HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR SNOWFLAKE EMBLEM
(as a free to play player)
The snowflake emblem as of 10.4 is the most viable emblem in-game and one of the most important accessories.
This is a short description of how to get it and how to upgrade it.
Patch notes: https://dekaron-rising.com/news/articles/patch-106-black-friday-3x-weekend-bug-fixesqol-changes-r17/
In order to proceed through this guide you will need:
Snowflakes: The only way of obtaining snowflakes currently is farming either Arcadia or Arcadia prison. Which would require you to have Arcadia Protection (150x Seed of Dreams per hour). You can get Seed of Dreams by either AFK farming Mitera, Dravice and Arcadia or you can do the Ellonhom party dungeon. There is no other way of obtaining Snowflakes aside of Battle Supporting in these 3 maps so if your holy water has expired, you will need to farm Ellonhom dungeon to get more Seed of Dreams for Holy water as well. Holy Water will bring you back 1900 Seed of Dreams for 1 Day, 5400 Seed of Dreams for 3 Days and 12500 Seed of Dreams for 7 Days. What you can do is create jump event alts with holy water and feed them Arcadia protection with your main character, which you have farmed Ellonhom with. Anyway, enjoy battle supporting and not being able to buy snowflakes from other players for dil or exchanging them for materials. I was able to get about 20 snowflakes per hour of grinding during a 2x Drop event. Don't worry. Snowflakes are tradeable and there are a lot of people farming Arcadia already!
Circulation Argates: These can be obtained by spamming the Death Corridor dungeon, which can be found in Deneb. Go to the NPC named Buttler Alfredo and receive the ticket from the 2nd option in the list. Easy mode only drops Circulation Argates I ~ III. Don't worry, you can basically exchange these to any argate you desire through Marielle (NPC, Deneb). Currently the options in both NPCs are codes. They should eventually be fixed up with a future patch
Obtaining the Snowflake V emblem:
Receive the Snowflake Emblem from Aria (NPC, Ardeca).
Upgrade your Snowflake to III through Aria.
You will need a total of 1150 snowflakes.
Receive the Circulation Emblem from Buttler Alfredo (NPC, Deneb).
Upgrade your Circulation Emblem to Lv. 50.
The upgrades are done at any blacksmith. You will need Circulation Aragates I ~ V. In order to get Circulation Argate IV and V you will need to exchange Circulation Argates I, through Marielle (NPC, Deneb) next to Buttler Alfredo. When upgrading the Circulation Emblem, each successful upgrade will grant you 10 levels. Failing upgrades will not decrease the Circulation Emblem Level.
Go to Aria and upgrade your Snowflake Emblem to IV.
You will need to have both Snowflake Emblem III and Circulation Emblem Lv. 50 to craft Snowflake Emblem IV. The success rate is 100% so you have nothing to worry about.
Attempt to upgrade your Snowflake Emblem to V.
This is the final stage of the Snowflake Emblem. Success rate is 3% so good luck!