Ys VIII details Cathleen and Aaron, new facilities
posted on 04.21.16 at 02:09 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Latest characters set up Blacksmithery and Industrial Arts Shop.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Falcom has released new Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana information and screenshots detailing characters Cathleen and Aaron, castaways with specific skills who will further the development of the Drifting Village by opening new facilities. Both were first introduced in Dengeki PlayStation earlier this month.

Get the information below.

■ Characters

Cathleen (voiced by Sayaka Hirao)

“You redheaded punk… you couldn’t possibly demonstrate sufficient power with a blunt blade like that.”

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

A female blacksmith worker with a frigid and sharp discerning personality.

Her grandfather’s name is known as a skilled craftsman in the Romun Empire, and she herself watched her grandfather from behind, inspiring her to become a blacksmith since she was young.

As a craftswoman, Cathleen’s skills are certain, and limited to the facilities and resources of the Drifting Village, she single-handedly takes up the job of making weapons and armor for Adol and his party.

Aaron (voiced by Eiji Takemoto)

“Are you guys Lombardia passengers? All of you look familiar.”

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

A member of the Romun Empire Imperial Military Police with a scary face and military temperament.

His home country sends him aboard the Lombardia Passenger Liner in pursuit of a perpetrator of a violent crime, but got rolled up in the shipwreck accident and was washed ashore by himself on the southern part of The Isle of Seiren.

Contrary to what you might expect from his large build, he is good with his hands, and will lend his power to the construction of village facilities and creations of tools for the sake of the other castaways.

■ System: Expanding the Drifting Village’s Facilities

During your exploration of The Isle of Seiren, you’ll rescue castaways with specific skills, like Cathleen and Aaron, who will establish facilities like the “Blacksmithery” and “Industrial Arts Shop” in the Drifting Village, which you can use to create new weapon enhancements and accessories.

Blacksmithery (Cathleen)

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

A weapon shop does not exist on the unpopulated Isle of Seiren, but if Cathleen constructs a Blacksmithery, you can “strengthen” and “drill” the weapons you own by bringing her specific materials, as well as create armor.


Raises the performance of a weapon you own and can further increase its attack power.


By combining together specific materials with a weapon you own, you can create a powerful new weapon. (After drilling, the newly created weapon is automatically changed in your equipment. Drilling also changes the weapon’s name.)

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

[Armor Creation]

Similar to strengthening and drilling, you can create armor for each character by bringing Cathleen specific materials.

Industrial Arts Shop (Aaron)

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

After linking up with Military Police member Aaron, and after you advance the story some degree, he will establish an Industrial Arts Shop.

In the Industrial Arts Shop, different from Cathleen’s Blacksmithery, you can request Aaron create “Arm Armor” and “Accessories” that offer various stat boosts and special abilities.

Additionally, as Aaron is skilled with his hands, he as a special skill known as “Item Disassembly,” which lets him disassemble the items you bring him, such as equipment you no longer need, so you can reuse them as materials.

■ System: Exploring The Isle of Seiren

Location Point

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

When you reach areas with terrain that stands out or superb views during your exploration of The Isle of Seiren, the site will automatically register on the map as a “Location Point.”

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Since the terrain around the discovered Location Point is automatically added to the map, you’ll be able to proceed with your exploration of the island more efficiently starting from the Location Point.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is due out for PS Vita in Japan on July 21 and for PlayStation 4 in 2017.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Traingham

    Loving Cathleen already.

  • Lara Croft

    “You redheaded punk… you couldn’t possibly demonstrate sufficient power with a blunt blade like that.” — if only she knew :P

  • raymk

    Love what i can gleem from her personality. She looks pretty handy with tools.

  • Traingham

    Adol’s forced death fight in the collosseum remains one of his best moments. It’s foggy to me now since I haven’t played YsVII in five years, but wasn’t he given a dull blade?

    • King Last

      ya and broken shield and one healing item not good enough to take one extra hit from the boss too

  • Taiga571

    The village development system sounds waaaay more fun than Bravely Default.

    • ElementaB

      This game sounds better then everything in BD. IMO

    • Hayate Aizhlumendei(S.L.A.)

      Sitting and waiting to for it to finish like paint was the best part

    • Suikoden did it before it was cool.

  • PuppetMaster

    Cathleen looks hot :3
    I want her to strengthen my ‘blade’ *wink*

  • Retro Reloaded

    The art rocks but the in game models look like early PS2 graphics.

    • Budgiecat

      The Bouncer was early PS2 :p
      So was FFX :p

      • Wow, you’re right.. This looks way worse than early ps2.. Like PSP or something..

    • Pastmaster

      It looks worse than Onimusha and Klonoa 2. Those were early PS2 games.

    • Zatekuyo

      It’s just an artstyle, who cares what you think, and i believe Japanese doesn’t give a dip about graphics as long as it was believable and that’s Western’s job.

  • Pastmaster

    I would admit, I’m not a big fan of the 3D design in Vita games (Freedom Wars, Zero Escape, etc). Looks stiff.

  • Hours Left

    *looks at Aaron*

    Now I know why Dogi wants to stay in the village.

  • Joisey Dragun

    For a sec I was thinking ” That you, Jack Van Burace? “