Chapter 1262: A Huge Boost in Equipment Power

“Clang!!”

The shortsword struck against the surface of the Cataclysmic Seal with a loud metallic cry. A brilliant ball of red light flashed out from the Cataclysmic Seal and immediately swallowed the shortsword.

The light died away moments later, but the shortsword was nowhere to be seen. Bai Yunfei, however, felt the +14 additional effect had indeed activated, so the shortsword surely had to already be absorbed by the Cataclysmic Seal.

The process seemed simple, if there was a process. It felt like the Cataclysmic Seal was basically akin to a bottomless hole and simply absorbed the shortsword ‘into’ itself.

Curious, Bai Yunfei waved his hand to call the Cataclysmic Seal back to him.

Upon observing its stats, Bai Yunfei noticed that the other stats didn’t change, but there was a small line saying it was in the ‘middle of absorption’ and had a Hidden Effect now.

Hidden Effect: 10% Increase in attack.

Pleased with the results of that experiment, Bai Yunfei stored away the Cataclysmic Seal. He might as well see how long it’d take for the Cataclysmic Seal to absorb a low-heaven tier soul armament and how much attack it’d gain from it.

Now, it was time for him to research something equally important… 

After a moment’s consideration, Bai Yunfei brought out a +11 low-heaven tier longsword. Humming to himself, Bai Yunfei thought, “Upgrade.”

His eyes narrowed as he focused on the Upgrade Technique. In one fluid motion, his right hand flew over the longsword’s blade and plucked at something!

Upgrade Failed
Equipment Destroyed

Two messages appeared in Bai Yunfei’s head before the longsword immediately burst into ashes and sprinkled the ground beneath him.

Bai Yunfei narrowed his eyes, but he was otherwise fine with the results. Thinking a little bit longer, he decided to take out another +11 low-heaven tier soul armament.

“Upgrade.”

Like before, his right hand plucked at something over the soul armament.

Upgrade Failed
Equipment Destroyed

His eyes lit up with the beginnings of an idea even as the soul armament transformed into ashes. Without waiting this time, he took out another +11 low-heaven tier soul armament. 

“Upgrade.”

Upgrade Fa

Faster than lightning, Bai Yunfei’s right hand plucked at the air before the notification could finish!

Upgrade Successful
Equipment Grade: Low Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Metal
Upgrade Level: +12
Attack: 2300
Additional Attack: 2000
Soul Compatibility: 30%
+10 Additional Effect: 10% Chance to inflict Knockback.
Cooldown of 10 seconds.
+12 Additional Effect: 50% Increase in attack.
Upgrade Requirement: 120 Soulpoints

……

“It worked!!”

Bai Yunfei whooped with joy!

He didn’t even bother to look at the stats of the +12 soul armament. He simply stored it away so he could take out another +11 low-heaven tier soul armament.

“Upgrade.”

He was entranced. The fingers of his right hand danced in the air as if he was playing an invisible harp and manipulating something… 

Upgrade Successful
Equipment Grade: Low Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Metal, Wood
Upgrade Level: +12
Defense:

“……”

Again, Bai Yunfei ignored the stats of the soul armament and threw it back into his space ring for another soul armament.

“Upgrade.”

……

Like a demon spellbound, Bai Yunfei continued to upgrade soul armament after soul armament until he ran out of low-heaven tiers. Then, when he ran out of the mid-heaven tiers, he moved onto a high-heaven tier soul armament!

And every single soul armament he upgraded had been successful!!

That was the greatest benefit Bai Yunfei had when he gained an insight on the +14 upgrade! His understanding of the Upgrade Technique had deepened, allowing him a stronger ability to upgrade to +12!

When he was in that entranced state from before, Bai Yunfei was able to alter the outcome of the Fate Pendant so it could become a +13. But that was when he was in a very special state of mind he had yet to replicate. However, he could still at the very least guarantee a successful upgrade to +12, and that was a big enough leap in ability that left Bai Yunfei overjoyed.

Once the experiments were over, Bai Yunfei could say with certainty that he could now upgrade soul armaments to +12 without issue. And thus, Bai Yunfei began the operation to upgrade the rest of his soul armaments to +12.

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Equipment Grade: Low Earth
Elemental Affinity: Space
Upgrade Level: +12
Attribute: +660 Spirit
Additional Attribute: +600 Spirit
Soul Compatibility: 35%
Equipment Effect: Volume of ring increases to the cumulative sum of all space-related items held within.
+10 Additional Effect: Up to 2000 soulpoints can be stockpiled for later use.
+12 Additional Effect: An additional 20000 soulpoints can be stockpiled.
Upgrade Requirement: 110 Soulpoints

The Violet Soul Ring wasn’t very strong in terms of tiers, but it was something precious to him. Given to him by Zi Jin all those years ago, Bai Yunfei had a significant amount of memories associated with this ring, thus why he upgraded it to +12. Somehow, the additional effect to stockpile soulforce was at least ten times greater than the +10 additional effect, which gave Bai Yunfei no small amount of joy. As a Mid-stage Soul Emperor, the total amount of soulforce he had was probably around seventy thousand. Twenty thousand soulpoints would be just enough for a Chaotic Dual Dragon Burst, so that was definitely a welcome effect to gain.

……

Equipment Grade: High Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Fire
Upgrade Level: +12
Soul Compatibility: 75%
Equipment Effect 1: Chances of success when crafting multiplied by 10.
Equipment Effect 2: Substantially increase the soul compatibility of any crafted soul armament.
Equipment Effect 3: 30% Chance to add a fire affinity to an equipment when crafting.
Equipment Effect 4: 5% Chance to apply the Law of Fire to a heaven-tier equipment.
+10 Additional Effect: 30% Chance to be refunded all materials used if crafting failed.
+12 Additional Effect: 20% Chance to increase the tier of a soul armament by one when crafting.
Upgrade Requirement: 400 Soulpoints

The +12 additional effect of the Dualflame Cauldron was also a welcome addition.

……

Equipment Grade: Mid Earth
Elemental Affinity: Wood
Upgrade Level: +12
Attribute: +450 Strength
Additional Attribute: +450 Strength
Soul Compatibility: 30%
Equipment Effect: Increase healing rate by 15%.
+10 Additional Effect: Increase healing rate by 10% for every time 10% of vitality is lost. When user is in a near-death state (Under 10% vitality), increase healing rate by 200%.
+12 Additional Effect: Increase healing rate by 100%.
Upgrade Requirement: 110 Soulpoints

The Vitality Bracelet was only a mid-earth tier soul armament, but its +10 additional effect was hard for Bai Yunfei to replace. And now that it had this +12 additional effect, Bai Yunfei was going to have an even harder time replacing it.

……

Unique Equipment
Equipment Grade: High Earth
Elemental Affinity: Illusion, Fire
Upgrade Level: +12
Attribute: +800 Spirit
Additional Attribute: +50 Charm
Soul Compatibility: 50%
Equipment Effect: Reduce damage taken by illusions by 40%.
+10 Additional Effect: Consume soulforce to establish a mental link with anyone within a kilometer.
+12 Additional Effect: Become immune to any illusion upon activation. If already afflicted by one, immediately break free from it.
Cooldown of 1 hour.
Upgrade Requirement: 110 Soulpoints

The +10 additional effect was already an extremely helpful tool for Bai Yunfei, but the +12 additional effect could now spell the bane of any illusion user. Given that it was already a soulbound armament, Bai Yunfei had no plans of swapping out the soul armament for another and was happy to see the new effect.

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Unique Equipment
Equipment Grade: Mid Earth
Elemental Affinity: None
Level: +12
Pet Loyalty +50
Additional Effect: Pet Loyalty +40
Soul Compatibility: 78%
+10 Additional Effect: Gain the ability to control the soulbeast wearing this item.
Success rate is dependent on the difference in metal strength between user and target
+12 Additional Effect: 100% Increase in strength of the controlled soulbeast for 1 hour.
Cooldown of 24 hours.
Upgrade Requirement: 110 Soulpoints

The true worth of the Beast Taming Ring couldn’t even be compared to its grade. In Bai Yunfei’s mind, the Beast Taming Ring was essential a Regalia in terms of utility and was fully deserving of being called the ‘bane of soulbeasts’. The Beast Taming School was gone, but if there was ever a chance Bai Yunfei had an enemy of a soulbeast, their fate wouldn’t be as happy as they’d think… 

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Equipment Grade: Low Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Lightning, Wind
Upgrade Level: +12
Attack: 2400
Additional Attack: 2200
Soul Compatibility: 75%
Equipment Effect 1: Enable the ability of flight by consuming soulforce.
Equipment Effect 2: 30% Chance to drop a bolt of lightning on target when attacking. Lightning bolt has 50% of the equipment's attack.
Cooldown of 10 seconds.
+10 Additional Effect: Grant mirror image of identical attack power with the next attack in exchange for soulforce.
Cooldown of 1 minute.
+12 Additional Effect: 100% Increase in flight speed. 50% Reduction in soulforce consumption.
Upgrade Requirement: 120 Soulpoints

The Heaven’s Thunder, truthfully speaking, had been a little lacking as a means for Bai Yunfei to attack. But the +12 additional effect wasn’t so bad. As an alternative mode of transport, it could at least be used on a frequent basis without fear of using up too much soulforce.

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Equipment Grade: Mid Earth
Elemental Affinity: Wind
Upgrade Level: +12
Defense: 5000
Additional Defense: 4500
Soul Compatibility: 30%
Equipment Effect: 30% Increase in agility.
+10 Additional Effect: 50% Increase in agility.
+12 Additional Effect: 100% Increase in agility
Upgrade Requirement: 200 Soulpoints

This was a pair of battle boots given to him by Shen Pojun not too long ago. Battle boots were a relatively rare breed of soul armaments, and his Lightning Boots had finally been retired. As wind-type soul armaments, these boots were especially suited for speed, and with them, Bai Yunfei was confident he could race with a wind-type soul cultivator in speed. As such, he called these the Galeburst Battle Boots. It was a rather common name, but he was sure its power would be top-notch.

……

There were also a few other soul armaments Bai Yunfei upgraded, such as the Double Dragon Spectre, the Heaven’s Bloodtear Sword, the long-since retired Desert Eagles, the Devouring Chains, and a few others. All of which were now +12 and had effects that could be stated later when they were used.

In short, Bai Yunfei gained a vast increase in strength after upgrading the Cataclysmic Seal to +14. Truly, Bai Yunfei’s strength had skyrocketed in no time at all.

He had also gained the ability to upgrade soul armaments to +12, which would also be a good thing for those near Bai Yunfei. It could be said that the entire Crafting School would benefit from this.

It wasn’t until another hour before Bai Yunfei stopped upgrading. Organizing all his soul armaments and putting them away, he began to rest his mind.

Bai Yunfei just never imagined that he’d be in store for another pleasant surprise after he was done resting… 

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