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Blade and Soul News: 2018 Cosmetic Design Contest

By Michel Z2018-07-04

The Costume Design Contest has become the Cosmetic Design Contest, as the BnS team have added the additional ability to submit weapon designs for creation and inclusion in the game! Check out this year’s submission process, and then get to it!




Blade and Soul team is looking forward to what wonderful creations you have in store for the game this year.


Take a look below to see the contest winners of previous years and read the full terms and conditions of the Cosmetic Design Contest

 2015 Winners | 2016 Winners | 2017 Winners


Costume Design



Your costume design submission must contain a front and back view of the costume, must be gender-specific, and showcased on a male and female Jin. During the developmental process, Jin’s designs will then be applied to the other races and their appropriate genders.


You can draw a design for Summoner Familiars or head and face adornments to accompany your costume, but they may not end up as a part of the final in-game design.



Weapon Illusion Design



Weapon illusion design submission must include all weapon types: Sword/Lynblade, Gauntlets/Bracer, Bangle, Axe, Dagger/Razor, Staff, and Pistols. Since this category is to highlight weapon designs, no characters should be included, and only the weapons can be showcased within the image. However, a hand and/or arm may be included at your own discretion if it helps to better display your design, especially for weapons like the gauntlets/bracer.


You can choose to enter both a costume and a weapon illusion design into the contest, but they must be submitted as two separate images following the above guidelines. Entries submitted together in a single image will need to be resubmitted.


Your artwork can be digital or hand drawn. If you like, you can also use this template as an assist when creating your costume design—the use of it won’t impact judging because the team is choosing finalists based on design ideas, and not art quality. However, your artwork must be original; any designs that violate copyright or someone else’s intellectual property will be disqualified. Any design notes and inspirations are optional, but the team wants to see your thought process behind the design.



One Costume Grand Prize Winner and one Weapon Illusion Grand Prize Winner will receive:

1 Costume Grand Prize Winner 1 Weapon Illusion Grand Prize Winner
Their design made into an in-game costume with a personalized tooltip and signature. Their design made into an in-game weapon illusion with a personalized tooltip and signature.
Their costume once development is completed. Their weapon illusion once development is completed.
$150 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (12,000 Hongmoon Coin) $150 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (12,000 Hongmoon Coin)
Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul



10 Costume Finalists and 10 Weapon Illusion Finalists will receive:

10 Costume Finalists 10 Weapon Illusion Finalists
$50 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (4,000 Hongmoon Coin) $50 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (4,000 Hongmoon Coin)
Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul




The Blade & Soul team will select 11 finalists for each category—costume and weapon illusion—with the players voting for the Grand Prize Winners on July 31 through August 7 via the forums. The Grand Prize Winner and Finalists will be announced the same day voting closes, August 7.


Judging will be focused on creativity and coherence of the design, as well as it fitting the theme and style of the Blade & Soul aesthetic. 


Entry Period

You may enter the contest from July 2 at 9:00am PDT / 18:00 CEST until July 30 at 9:00am PDT / 18:00 CEST.




All entries are to be submitted to and include the following information:


Entries that don’t meet these requirements may need to be disqualified.

All entries will be subject to NCSOFT & Team Bloodlust modifications where necessary. The final outcome of the designs may vary. Grand Prize winners will be contacted and requested to provide a tooltip description and signature files for the in-game item.

Please read the full terms and conditions of the contest before entering.


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