But yeah. They revealed the 5* forms to the Eternals (Guild War characters) a bit over a week ago, and it generated a lot of buzz thanks to the beautiful/cool artwork, considerably buffed skills, and the addition of monstrous 4th skills (which unfortunately can’t be used until 10 turns have passed).
They finally let people know the steps/material requirements three days ago. People had braced themselves for something bad, but I don’t think any of us expected it to be that bad.
To use Seox (Six) as an example:
• You have to collect 40 silver fist shards. These drop from the Dominion Core, which appears from a Nightmare version of the Angel Halo raid. These Nightmare quests appear approximately once every 20 runs of Angel Halo. There is an unknown chance for the Dominion Core to actually drop the shard or not. If we assume the shard drops 50% of the time, that would give an estimate of 16,000 AP (40 [shards] x 10 [Angel Halo AP] x 20 [runs until NM appears] x 2 [divided by 50% shard drop rate]) to collect all 40 shards. And this is during 1/2 AP special quest promotions.
• Collect 300 of each attribute’s quartz. Not that bad in the grand scheme of things, but it’s tough for the general player to collect that much quartz since they also need them to 4* uncap many weapons.
• Fully upgrade a second Six-Ruin Fist (going through all eight steps), then reduce both that Fist and the one you used to recruit Six in the first place.
• Use a gold brick, 10 Damascus crystals, 10 Silver Centrum, and other items to craft a special weapon… which you reduce to obtain a “Weapon Soul”.
• Fight (as Six) against the nine other Eternals, then a special tenth battle. You have to start over if you fail any of the battles.
• Other things I omitted since they aren’t quite as bad as the above.
To sum it up, you need to use at least two gold bricks for the 5* uncap of a GW character. And you will no longer have the original GW weapon you used to recruit that character since you have to reduce it (this hits people pursuing Niyon/Nio 5* and Feower/Quatre 5* particularly hard).
Two gold bricks is no trivial matter. The odds of one dropping from a raid or quest is astronomically low, so the only viable way to obtain them is via trading for them from the shop (of which there is a limited supply), or with 450 Valor Badges in the Unite and Fight event. The latter is not an option to most players because the 275 Valor Badge Sunlight Stone pack is more desirable.
Put another way, you can choose to 5* a GW character, or recruit two other GW characters instead. Many players would like to have 4~5 GW characters, including myself, so 5* uncapping a GW character is beyond our grasp for an extremely long time. Even then, I can’t see myself ever getting more than one GW character to 5* since it’s a pretty troublesome process.
This whole thing has me bummed. Even if you gave me a year, I doubt I could 5* a GW character in that time. And although the 5* buffs are very nice for each character, I don’t think they’re good enough for me to justify spending the effort. Given this information, I’ve decided that I’ll just get Tien (Esser) for my third GW character and then stay put.