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Grand Chase (Korean: 그랜드체이스, lit. Grand Chase) was a free-to-play, two-dimensional side-scrolling MMORPG developed by the South Korean company KOG Studios. Alternative names for Grand Chase include 3小俠 (Three Young Heroes) used on the Taiwan server but was changed to 永恆冒險 (Eternal Adventures). Another name used was 彩虹骑士 (Rainbow Warriors) on the Mainland Chinese server. The reopening of the server also used the name of the Taiwan and Hong Kong server.[1]

As of April 15, the game ceased development and terminated its service worldwide, with North America being the last foreign server to close in 2015.[1] The mobile sequel Grand Chase Dimensional Chaser was launched in January 2018.

Grand Chase was awarded as Indonesia's most popular online game in August 2011 and has spawned several spin-off games such as Grand Chase Lite and Grand Chase M. It was also considered as the national online game of Brazil.

Elsword, another game developed by KOG, was regarded as the spiritual successor to Grand Chase, having subtle references within the story, such as using Elesis as a new character in the game.

Plot Summary

Main article: Story Timeline

The story focuses on the adventure of the Grand Chase group originally by Elesis, Lire, and Arme, who depart from the region of Bermesiah to hunt down the sorceress Kaze'aze who was the cause of a civil war between two kingdoms, Serdin and Kanavan.[1]

Development

Gameplay

Grand Chase is a free-to-play game, where players need to earn currency known as GP or Game Points from completing dungeon quests or PvP to buy equipment and items, but there are some items that could only be purchased with real-world currency. Players start off roleplaying as one character of their choice and can make three others. To add more characters, players are required to buy additional character slots. However, they might freely switch among the characters they unlocked before entering combat, each with their own specific equipment, skills and experience level.

Each character is leveled and equipped separately. Equipment is character-specific except for accessories.

After each expedition, characters would gain EXPs. When sufficient EXP is obtained, the player's character will level up. Higher levels improve stats and grant access to better equipment and moveset. EXP can also be gained through PvP.

When choosing a dungeon to play, players are given the option to create a party of their own or join one created by others. Each dungeon consisted of a certain number of floors, or levels with a boss on the final floor.

Items needed to complete quests would automatically be given at a certain point after the monster was defeated. Other items were distributed via "Dice" system and each member rolls their own set of dice. The size of the inventory can be increased through Cash or some Events. To encourage group play, there is a slight experience boost when working together.

The Relay Dungeon can be entered the same way as a normal dungeon. Up to 4 players can form a party and attempt the Relay Dungeon together. The bosses have increased stats, making them harder to defeat. After a boss was defeated, a chest opens which contained many valuable items including Cash items. This mode was only available during certain events.[2]

Members of the Grand Chase

Character Description Joined the Chase
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Elesis

A human warrior from Kanavan and the leader of the Ruby Knights, Elesis joined the Chase in hopes of locating her father Elscud, a Kanavan Tracker who had gone missing after being dispatched in the search for Kaze'aze.

From the beginning

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Lire

An elf of Eryuell Island and a member of the Elven Corps, Lire joined the Chase on behalf of the elves of Eryuell to combat Kaze'aze's evil.

From the beginning

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Arme

A cheerful magician of the Violet Mage Guild in Serdin, Arme joined the Chase for one simple reason alone: to encounter the evil queen and her magic in order to study it.

From the beginning

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Lass

A member of the Silver Cross Thieves and a half-demon, Lass is a child possessed by Kaze'aze. He was first introduced at Partusay's Sea as an illusion and later has his first true encounter with the Chase at Kamiki's Castle. He is finally freed from Kaze'aze's possession at Kaze'aze's Castle upon her defeat. Overwhelmed with guilt at the atrocities he had committed whilst under Kaze'aze's control, he joins the Chase to atone.

Kaze'aze's Castle

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Ryan

An elven druid hailing from the Elven Forest, Ryan is first encountered by the Chase in the form of a wolf as he fights to defend his homeland. After defeating the Troll who was responsible for the destruction of the forest, Ryan joins the Chase.

Elven Forest

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Ronan

A Spell Knight of Kanavan and a member of the Kanavan Royal Guard, Ronan is first introduced at the Gorge of Oath and requests their aid at Gaikoz's Castle, leaving after empowering the group with the spell, Holy Bless. Upon defeating Gaikoz at his own castle, Ronan thanks the group and joins them on their journey to overthrow Kaze'aze.

Gaikoz's Castle

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Amy

An Oracle and celebrated dancer of Xenia, Amy first appears in Lake Aurora where she spies on the Chase before leaving. She is later encountered at the Temple of Cuatal and, after saving Samsara with the help of the Chase, joins them to stop the Ascendant God's mission of chaos.

Temple of Cuatal

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Jin

A survivor of the nearly annihilated guild, Silver Knights, Jin is first encountered at the Ruins of the Silver Knights, where he kills an Undead Fighter who was attacking Elesis. After defeating the Black Fairy Queen, Jin joins the Chase in hopes of avenging his fallen brethren.

Ruins of the Silver Knights

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Sieghart

A well-known hero of Bermesiah from 600 years ago, Sieghart had participated in the battle of Kounat and was nearly killed before being reborn as a Highlander. He is looking to join the Grand Chase and encounters the Chase many times through their travels, only realizing who they are at Xenia Border but only joining them at the Wyrm's Maw.

The Wyrm's Maw

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Mari

An amnesiac girl who is encountered at the Temple of Destruction, Mari is in actuality a descendant of an ancient kingdom known as Kounat. She first wakes up from her hibernation in an escape pod at the Kastulle Ruins Upper Floor and, lacking her memories, wanders around the world in a search. Upon learning about Sieghart's immortality, her interest is perked and she joins the Chase to further her research.

Temple of Destruction

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Dio

An Asmodian from Elyos and the chief of the Moderate family Burning Canyon, Dio was an embassy sent to aid Kounat against the invasion of the Radical Asmodian clans. Trapped in Aernas after the war, Dio continued to seal the dimensional portals left in Aernas. He is introduced and invited to join the Chase in the Relics of Kounat, to which he agrees for the sake of pursuing his own interests.

Relics of Kounat

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Zero

An artificial demon created by Oz to wield the Grandark, Zero constantly wanders the world in search of a source of power. He clashes swords with the Chase at the Wyrms Maw and later with Void at Thunder Hammer, leaving both times. He has teamed up with the Chase during the Wizard's Labyrinth but has not been encountered since. In Grand Chase Dimensional Chaser, Zero appeared again and saved the Grand Chase from the Zero clones.

City in the Sky

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Ley

An Asmodian from Elyos and the young lady of the Moderate family Crimson River, Ley was sent by her father to search for Dio in order to reaffirm their family's alliance. The Chase encounter her and her butler Jeeves in King Guang's Fen. Realizing that they do not have Dio's whereabouts, she leaves and is not seen again until the Wizard's Labyrinth. She has joined the Chase by the events of Berkas' Lair.

Prior to Berkas' Lair

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Rufus

A Haros from the Underworld, Rufus is a Bounty Hunter and also Lass's half-brother. Whilst completing a job in Aernas, he detects the use of the blue flame and sets out to investigate, narrowly missing the Chase at the Nightmare Circus. He has, however, allied himself with the group during the Wizard's Labyrinth and has joined the Chase by the events of Berkas' Lair.

Prior to Berkas' Lair

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Rin

A girl from the uncharted village of Gaon and the current incarnation of Agnesia, the goddess of life and purity, Rin is encountered by the Chase in the Relics of Kounat. After realizing that she is being pursued by a powerful demon, Rin is invited to join the Chase for her protection.

Relics of Kounat, after the Wizard's Labyrinth

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Asin

Once a nameless boy who had saved Asin Tairin and nursed him back to health, Asin was taught martial arts by the man he saved. He adopted his mentor's name and weapon after the man died from his injuries during a second monster attack. Seeking to prove his strength, he searches for his mentor's former student Jin until he eventually stumbles upon the Grand Chase and joins them.

Prior to Talin's Revenge

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Lime

A Holy Knight of the Holy Kingdom, Lime was accompanying her comrades on their campaign to seal off all dimensional portals when she was separated from the group. Lost and wandering around the desert, she was found by the Grand Chase and, after learning that they were also sealing the portals, joins them.

Prior to Talin's Revenge

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Edel

The Captain of the Knights of Serdin, Edel was researching for information on dimensional portals in her search for Adel when she came to know about the Grand Chase. Upon hearing that they were hunting and sealing portals leading to Elyos, she set out to join them and study the portals for clues regarding her missing brother.

Prior to A Realization of the Prophecy

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Veigas

A magi ordered by the Creator to destroy Aernas, Veigas of the Extremist family Terre, fought the prophecied Twelve Disciples and were no match for his overwhelming strength. Upon realizing that the order was false, he left to look for the source of the conspiracy. In Grand Chase Dimensional Chaser, he was saved by Sieghart, Dio, and Lime in the Purgatory after being held by Pino then he eventually joined their siege.

Purgatory

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Uno

The existence born from the pool of blood of Highlanders killed by Ashtaroth several hundred years ago, Uno ascended from the ruins when the shield blocking it was broken after Ashtaroth was defeated by Grand Chase and was seen looking at them from a nearby forest by the events of Episode &.

Has not joined the Chase

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Timeline of Grand Chase Updates

2003

August 20

  • The official Korean server is released.
    • This marks the beginning of Grand Chase.

2004

January 20

February 19

March 11

2005

September 15

  • Lass is released in the Korean server.

December 12

  • Lass' second job, Assassin, is released in the Korean server.

August 10

  • The official Japanese server is released and was closed shortly after.

2006

March

  • The official Taiwan server is released.

May

  • Elesis' third job, Sword Master, is released in the Korean server on the 4th.
  • The official Hong Kong server is released.

June

  • The official Brazilian server is released on the 28th.
  • Lire's third job, Arch Ranger is released in the Korean server on the 20th.

July 21

  • Arme's third job, Warlock, is released in the Korean server.

August 17

  • Lass' third job, Dark Assassin, is released in the Korean server.

September 28

  • Ryan is released in the Korean server.

2007

January

  • The official Chinese server is released.

February 22

  • Ryan's second job, Sentinel, is released in the Korean server.

July 12

  • Elesis' fourth job, Savior, is released in the Korean server.

August

  • Arme's fourth job, Battle Mage, is released in the Korean server on the 2nd.
  • Lire's fourth job, Nova, is released in the Korean server on the 22nd.

September 20

  • Lass' fourth job, Striker, is released in the Korean server.

October 25

  • Ronan is released in the Korean Server.

December

  • Ryan's third job, Viken, is released in the Korean server on the 13th.
  • Korea receives the Season 2 update.
  • The official Singapore server is released.

2008

February 12

  • Ronan's second job, Dragon Knight, is released in the Korean server.

March 8

  • The official North American server is released.

May

  • Ryan's fourth job, Vanquisher, is released in the Korean server on the 10th.
  • Amy is released in the Korean server on the 29th.

June 4

  • Ronan's third job, Aegis Knight, is released in the Korean server.

July 10

  • Amy's second job, Muse, is released in the Korean server.

August 14

  • Elesis' Skill Tree is released in the Korean server.

September 11

  • Ronan's fourth job, Abyss Knight, is released in the Korean server.

October 23

  • Arme's Skill Tree is released in the Korean Server.

November

  • Amy's third job, Siren, is released in the Korean server on the 20th.
  • The official Philippines server is released.

December 23

  • Jin is released in the Korean server.

2009

January 22

  • Jin's second job, Shisa, is released in the Korean server.

March 2

  • Lire's Skill Tree is released in the Korean server.

April

  • Lass' Skill Tree is released in the Korean Server on the 2nd.
  • Sieghart is released in the Korean server on the 30th.
  • Jin's third job, Asura, is released in the Korean server alongside Sieghart.

May 28

  • Ryan's Skill Tree is released in the Korean server.

June 23

  • Amy's fourth job, Starlet, is released in the Korean server.

July 23

  • Sieghart's second job, Warlord, is released in the Korean server.

August 20

  • Ronan's Skill Tree is released in the Korean Server.

September 24

  • Jin's fourth job, Rama, is released in the Korean Server.

October

  • The official Thailand server is released.
  • Sieghart's third job, Duelist, is released in the Korean server.

November 26

  • Amy's Skill Tree is released in the Korean server.

December

  • Mari is released in the Korean server on the 23rd.
  • The Korean server receives the Season 3 update.

2010

February

  • Mari's second job, Gunslinger, is released in the Korean server.

March

  • Sieghart's fourth job, Prime Knight, is released in the Korean server on the 24th.
  • Thailand receives the Season 3 update.

April

  • Mari's third job, Polaris, is released in the Korean server on the 29th.
  • North America receives the Season 3 update on the 28th.

May

  • The official Indonesian server is released on the 8th.
  • Brazil receives the Season 3 update on the 12th.
  • Sieghart's Skill Tree is released in the Korean server on the 26th.

June 1

  • The Philippines receives the Season 3 update.

July 7

  • Dio is released in the Korean server.

September 15

  • Dio's second job, Drakar, is released in the Korean server.

October 28

  • Jin's Skill Tree is released in the Korean server.

December

  • Zero is released in the Korean server on the 9th.
  • The Korean server receives the Grand Chase Chaos update on the 10th.

2011

January 27

  • Ley is released in the Korean server.

March 17

  • Zero's second job, Seeker, is released in the Korean server.

April 28

  • Ley's second job, Harbinger, is released in the Korean server alongside the Chaos update.

March 3

  • The official South American server is released.

May 2

  • North America receives the Grand Chase Chaos update.

August

  • Grand Chase is awarded as Indonesia's most popular online game.
  • Mari's fourth job, Geas, is released in the Korean server on the 25th.

November 3

  • The Korean server receives the Grand Chase Heroes update.

December 15

  • Rufus and all of his jobs are released in the Korean server.

2012

February

  • The official European server is launched but was closed shortly after.
  • Rin is released in the Korean server on the 2nd.
  • Dio's third job, Leviathan, is released in the Korean server on the 29th.

May 3

  • Asin is released in the Korean server.

July

  • Korea receives the Grand Chase Resurrection update.
  • Lime is released in the Korean server on the 5th.

October 11

  • Dio's fourth job, Dusk Bringer, is released in the Korean server.

November 16

  • Rin's second job, Awakened, is released in the Brazilian server.

December

  • Rin's second job, Awakened, is released in the Korean server on the 6th.
  • Rin's third job, Chaotic, is released in the Korean server on the 18th.
  • Rin's fourth job, Chosen, is released in the Korean server on the 27th.

2013

January

  • Zero's third job, Vanquisher, is released in the Korean server on the 10th.
  • Zero's fourth job, Advancer, is released in the Korean server on the 31st.

February 21

  • Ley's third job, Evoker, is released in the Korean server.

March 21

May 2

  • Asin's special job, Mugen, is released in the Korean server.

June 5

  • Lime's special job, Saint, is released in the Korean server.

July 18

  • Edel is released in the Korean server alongside the Eternal update.

September 12

  • Veigas is released in the Korean server.

December 19

  • Edel's second job, Major, is released in the Korean server alongside the Season 5 Update.

2014

July 30

  • Mari's Skill Tree is released in the Brazilian server.

September

  • Uno is released in the Brazilian server on the 3rd.
  • Uno is released in the Korean server on the 4th.
  • Uno is released in the North American server on the 19th.

2015

April 15

  • The official Brazilian server is closed.

April 15

  • The official North American server is closed.

2016

January 1

  • The official Korean server is closed.
    • This marks the end of Grand Chase.

2018

January 30

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