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Update Notes: Tuesday April 11, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid]

  • Shanaira the Prestigious has had her messaging tweaked for clarity.

Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • The Hemorrhage spell should now correctly apply its damage portion of the failure condition during the Setri Lureth encounter.

Lost City of Torsis: The Spectral Market [Expert]

  • The doors at the back of The Spectral Market now send you to Crusader’s Cave in Obulus Frontier instead of Kunzar Jungle.

ABILITIES

  • Master’s Interpose will now only trigger up to 15 damage reflections before it needs to be recast, and will only trigger on hits greater than 20% of the target’s maximum health.
  • Coordinated Wounds will now only apply to targets currently engaged in combat with the group.
  • Glacial Freeze now reduces effective level at all spell tiers.
  • Increased the duration on higher tiers of Glacial Freeze.

STORMHOLD

  • Reduced Combat Mitigation debuffs when the caster is below level 100 in preparation for an upcoming TLE update.

TLE Vote: Unlock Sentinel’s Fate?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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EverQuest II: The Shadow Odyssey expansion unlocked on the Stormhold Time-Locked Expansion server on January 12th. Now it’s time for the first vote about whether EverQuest II’s sixth expansion “Sentinel’s Fate” should unlock!

From the EQ2 Forums:

It’s that time again for the Time Locked Expansion server!

The vote is happening right now so if you want to experience The Sundered Frontier or forge your way into Paineel, voice your opinion! Voting will remain open until April 14th.

Venser has posted an epic video championing the unlock and asking for your vote:

Update Notes: Tuesday April 4, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET

EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Raids

  • Adds in most tier 4 encounters have had their combat mitigation reduced.

Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares [Raid]

  • Adds in the Warden of Nightmare encounters have had their respawn timers corrected to intended values.
  • Corrected an issue that occasionally caused 4 adds per round instead of the intended 3 in the Warden of Nightmares encounter.

Update Notes: Tuesday March 28, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, TLE/Prestige Servers

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Kaesora: Xalgozian Stronghold [Solo, Heroic, Expert Heroic]

  • Over-General Vihgoh should no longer path into the walls when idle and not being attacked.

ITEMS

  • Monk and Bruiser TSO raid set 6-piece bonus (riposte chance) now stacks properly with their class focus effects.
  • Warlock TSO raid set 2-piece bonus now grants some additional damage to Apocalypse.
  • Several TSO tradeskill items that had a required level of 82 have been correctly set to level 80.
  • Several items in Kurn’s Tower have had their stats upgraded slightly to match items from Ward of Elements.

QUESTS

  • Vanishing Act – Damaging “a visage of fear” too quickly will no longer prevent the quest from updating.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Shanaira the Prestigious in Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid] should now correctly update personal achievements.
  • All bosses within Crypt of Dalnir: The Kly Stronghold [Expert-Raid] and Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Expert-Raid] should now award flawless achievements.
  • Corrected an issue that caused the guild achievement for defeating Setri Lureth to not update correctly.

Update Notes: Tuesday March 21, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 14:00~16:00 GMT | 15:00~17:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 04:00~06:00 GMT | 05:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Encounters from Kunark Ascending should no longer periodically remain stuck in a stunned or rooted state.

Castle Highhold [All Versions]

  • Defeating Gudre Blackhand too quickly will no longer prevent him from dying by chandelier.

Lost City of Torsis [All Versions]

  • Meld of Vapor will no longer chain cast Spell Diffusion.

Update Notes: Tuesday March 14, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 14:00~16:00 GMT | 15:00~17:00 CEST EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 04:00~06:00 GMT | 05:00~07:00 CEST
90 minutes after servers came back up, players are still reporting issues logging into the game or accessing certain zones.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Defeating the final boss in Kunark Ascending [Solo] and [Advanced Solo] instances now grant bonus experience.

Expert Zones
All expert versions of heroic and raid zones will now exit players to Obulus Frontier near the portal summoner. Normal versions of the zones will continue to exit players into their respective entrance locations.

Kaesora: Tomb of the Venerated [All Versions]
Implosion will no longer break Chatizad’s and Zannaska’s pathing.

Lost City of Torsis: The Shrouded Temple [Heroic]
The Meld of Haze should now return to combat after all group members are cleared of Lost in the Fog

Brokenskull Bay: Hoist the Yellow Jack [Heroic]
Adventurers are given more time to stop damaging Captain Krasnok before he and his crew becomes epic.

Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid]
Shanaira the Prestigious has had her combat mitigation reduced to account for recent changes based on values a full raid of fully geared tier 3 raid force with max ascension levels would be able to overcome.

Vaedenmoor, Realm of Despair [Raid]
Setri Lureth has had her combat mitigation reduced to account for recent changes based on values a full raid of fully geared tier 3 raid force with max ascension levels would be able to overcome.

Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Expert-Raid]
Sporous Plants and Magic Mushrooms in the Botanist Heridal encounter have had their health reduced.

Lost City of Torsis: Reaver’s Remnants [Expert Challenge]
Neh’Ashiir has had her health lowered to a more realistic value.

ABILITIES
Retribution of the Fallen will now only increase damage for profession spells.
Implosions combo will now trigger off of the initial hit instead of the final hit.
Corrected an issue that prevented Wildfire from triggering its combo on certain tiers of encounters.
Corrected an issue that prevented Scorched Earth from triggering its combo on certain tiers of encounters.

Epics
Awakened Epic abilities will no longer be removed when betraying.
Awakened Epic abilities no longer have a plat or status cost to purchase from Polúmetis.

QUESTS
Clinical Trials for Trees – Applying Merza’s Sick Tree Ointment to the trees is easier now for those on mounts.
Path to Understanding – Deletion of the quest will now remove the Fetish of Leadership from the character’s inventory.
Shellfish Ambassador – Offering shellfish to an ulthork will no longer have a chance of immediately angering the target.
The Shadow Odyssey, Chapter 5: Breaking the Chains – The dimensional anchor in Obelisk of Ahkzul has been overhauled. It should now consistently update the quest when destroyed with the Staff of Theer equipped, even when it is destroyed in one hit.
Thumpy Sticks – The crafted “thumpy stick” now correctly identifies that it is associated with this quest.
Clinical Trials for Trees – Applying Merza’s Sick Tree Ointment to the trees should now stop the poison mist from reappearing.
Finding Dolas – The Golden Shackle of Mist drop should now update in Lost City of Torsis: The Shrouded Temple [Expert - Event]

Arcanna’se Spire: Forgotten Sanctum [Heroic]
“The Five Chambers of Protection” has had its required time of completion increased from 6 minutes to 12 minutes.

Crypt of Dalnir: Baron’s Workshop [Heroic]
“Put to Rest” has had its required time of completion increased from 8 minutes to 16 minutes.

ITEMS
The Sovereign’s Medal – Item description now states that “Sarya Val’Sara, a Nye’Caelona merchant in Obulus Frontier” is the merchant that accepts these coin.
Expert’s Channeled Shadow Neckguard has had its potency value corrected
Expert’s Bracelet of Bones has had its potency value corrected
Wrist rewards from the quest Hook, Line, and… Anchor? may now be equipped at level 80.
The 3-piece bonus on the Volcanic Percussion set now grants higher bonuses to keep in progression with previous sets.
The 4-piece bonus on the TSO Mystic raid set now debuffs strength instead of multiattack (which raid mobs no longer use).
Several charms in Kurn’s Tower that were previously class restricted are now usable by all classes.

The 4-piece TSO raid set bonus for Wizards now grants 15% additional base damage to Fusion II.

Massively: The Domino Effect on Daybreak and EverQuest II

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

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I have been remiss in reporting on this, as the bombshell came nearly a month ago. Emily “Domino” Taylor, Tradeskill maven in EverQuest II for nearly a decade, will be leaving Daybreak Games and heading home to her native Canada. John Smedley leaked the news on Twitter in advance of Emily’s planned announcement. Anyone who follows her on Twitter has A) learned a lot about baking and B) knows that she endured a month’s stranding in Canada by US Customs in December 2015/January 2016 despite having a valid work visa. After that unbelievable inconvenience, it seems more than plausible that she has seen the immigration crackdowns of our current President and made an executive decision of her own.

Domino has made her mark on EQ2 since 2008, adding Tradeskill and other content to nearly every expansion since. In 2012, she did accept a position at Trion to help launch the Television-MMO crossover game Defiance. It’s always good to have more than one game on your résumé. Then, when she came back to SOE, she was able to hit the ground running and continue to add fun content that players have enjoyed. She introduced countless Quality-of-Life improvements to Tradeskills, introduced Tradeskill Epic quests, and overall raised the profile and value of crafting in EQ2.

MassivelyOP’s MJ Guthrie has conducted an interview with Domino which we are happy to link to here:

MassivelyOP – EVERQUESTING: THE DOMINO EFFECT ON DAYBREAK AND EVERQUEST II

After the jump, a couple of funny photos…

Update Notes: Thursday March 9, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PST | Midnight~2:00am EST | 05:00~07:00 GMT | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue with expert zone encounter mitigation where it was not applying the full mitigation package for some encounters.

Raids

  • Corrected an issue that caused all players zoning into the Crypt of Dalnir: The Kly Stronghold [Expert-Raid] and Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Expert-Raid] to be put into their own instance.
  • Xalgoz should no longer cast his heals during the few seconds he is looking for a new target.
  • Boss progression in expert raid zones have become a bit more strict. For example, the first boss needs to be defeated before raiders can fight second boss, etc.

EQ2Wire Looking For a Staff Writer

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

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After eight and a half years, it is time for me to step back and see if there is anyone else in the EverQuest II community with writing ability and a desire to lend their voice to this site. I have barely played EQ2 in the last few years and it shows in the lack of coverage exhibited. Other than Update Notes, there has been limited discussion about the Kunark Ascending expansion, the race to discover Epic 2.0 Weapons, Public Quests, Burnt Keys, and all other elements of gameplay which EverQuest II players wish to know about. Keeping this site running without actually covering the game does a great disservice to readers who wish to stay informed about the happenings in Norrath, and so I find it necessary to find another writer to carry the torch.

Kunark Ascending: Expert Dungeons Now Available

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping

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From EverQuest2.com:

The dungeons and raids of Kunark Ascending are now even more dangerous! Today, with the introduction of Expert dungeons and raids, players will be able to experience a more challenging version of this great content.

Speak to Prissaia, the Expert Dungeon Portal Summoner, within Crusdaers’ Cave in the Obulus Frontier zone to begin an Expert instance.

The following dungeons are now available in Expert Mode:

  • Arcanna’se Spire: Vessel of the Sorceress
  • Arcanna’se Spire: Forgotten Sanctum
  • Arcanna’se Spire: Repository of Secrets
  • Kaesora: Tomb of the Venerated
  • Kaesora: Xalgozian Stronghold
  • The Ruins of Cabilis
  • Crypt of Dalnir: Wizard’s Den
  • Crypt of Dalnir: Ritual Chamber
  • Crypt of Dalnir: Baron’s Workshop
  • Lost City of Torsis: The Shrouded Temple
  • Lost City of Torsis: Reaver’s Remnants
  • Lost City of Torsis: The Spectral Market

The following raids are also now available in Expert Mode:

  • Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos
  • Crypt of Dalnir: The Kly Stronghold

With greater risk comes greater rewards, and each of these dungeons/raids will provide better loot drops for their completion. Begin your adventure today and see if you have the expertise to face these new challenges.

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Update Notes: Tuesday March 7, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization

Downtime is unknown.

I’d heard some of this information from the Discord chat but I’ve been asked not to repost said information here until it’s official. So, here’s the official thingy from the EQ2 Forums:

ASCENSION
Members now receive five bonus Guided Ascension scrolls per week from the Ascension masters. When these bonus scrolls are claimed you will be not be able to receive any more bonus scrolls for six days and 20 hours.
Ascension Masters will now continue to grant Guided Ascension scrolls until all four Ascension classes are level 10. You are still limited to one scroll per day.

EXPERT ZONES
Expert zones are more challenging versions of all current Kunark Ascending heroic zones, as well as the tier one, two, and three raid encounters in the Crypt of Dalnir: The Kly Stronghold and Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos raid zones. Expert zone encounters drop more powerful items. All current heroic missions will update within the appropriate expert zones and grant an extra reward if completed utilizing an expert zone.

Speak to Prissaia <Expert Dungeon Portal Summoner> within Crusaders’ Cave in Obulus Frontier to venture to these new instances.

EverQuest II 2017 Survey

Written by Feldon on . Posted in DGC Wants Feedback, EQ2

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This survey seems to be going out to certain EQ2 players and apparently it will be sent out on a semi-periodic basis, perhaps quarterly. I received a copy on each of the e-mail addresses associated with my accounts:

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the EverQuest II development team is developing the game?

  • Approve
  • Disapprove
  • No Opinion

2. How would you rate your enjoyment playing the latest expansion, Kunark Ascending?

  • Highly Enjoyable
  • Enjoyable
  • Neither Enjoyable Nor Unenjoyable
  • Unenjoyable
  • Highly Unenjoyable
  • I have not played this expansion

Update Notes: Tuesday February 28, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Tower of Frozen Shadow [X2 Raid]

  • Tserrina should no longer be able to be killed, bypassing her exit script.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Primary and Swarm pets will now share 20% of the casters DPS stat, and 100% of the casters strikethrough.
  • Combos involving Telluric Rending and Terrestrial Coffin will now properly trigger.

QUESTS

  • Ornate metal lamps for the quest “Key to Curing the Spellpox” should be a bit easier to find.
  • Geobotany – Gathering 100 crystal dusts no longer spams updates. It now only updates the quest on the 100th crystal dust gathered.

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Reduced hitpoints on Jaled Dar’s Shade, The Iksar Hero and The Omen Feeder.

TLE Vote: Unlock The Shadow Odyssey Mid-Expansion Content?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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EverQuest II’s fifth expansion The Shadow Odyssey unlocked on the Stormhold [Time-Locked Expansion] server on January 12th. Now, players are being asked whether they want to see TSO’s post-expansion content unlocked.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Now is the time to make your voice heard! Vote now on whether you would like to unlock Kurn’s Tower, Charasis, and 4 raid zones in The Shadow Odyssey expansion. This vote will remain open until next Friday so vote now!

Unscheduled Downtime Feb 24th @ 2:15pm PST

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

After various server crashes last night on Halls of Fate, we now have an unscheduled downtime today for all EQ2 servers.

From the EQ2 Forums:

All US Servers will come down at 2 PM PT for a brief update to address a few outstanding issues. Downtime is anticipated to be less than 2 hours.

The EU server will come offline at 9 PM PT (5 AM UTC) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be less than 2 hours.

Update Notes: Thursday February 23, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Obulus Frontier

  • Reduced the mitigation on solo encounters in Obulus Frontier.

The Lost City of Torsis: Ashiirian Court [Raid]

  • Lord Rak’Ashiir has been allowed to summon his adds more freely.

Ruins of Kaesora: Ancient Xalgozian Temple [Raid]

  • Xalgoz’s failure effect “Vampiric Lifeleach” will now heal for slightly more.

Love It or Leave It! 50% OFF Many Marketplace Items

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

From the EQ2 Forums:

Don’t miss your chance to take up to 50% OFF classic Marketplace items, before they’re gone. Love it… or leave it… because all of the items that are part of this sale will go into the Norrathian Vault on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:59PM PST.

Want to see what’s on sale? All items that are part of this sale can be found in the “Vault” category tab in the Marketplace.

Happy bargain hunting, Norrathians!

Double Ascension Scrolls Until Sun, Feb 26

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From the EQ2 Forums:

Hail Norrathians,

Are you working to level up your Ascension classes? If so, you’re in luck because you’ll get TWO Ascension Scrolls every time you visit your Ascension trainer until Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11:59PM PST.

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Not sure what an Ascension Class is? Check out the full write up on Ascension Classes here.

Not sure where Ascension Trainers are?

  • Chosooth, Thaumaturgist Master – Located in Crusaders’ Cave in Obulus Frontier
  • Miragul, Etherealist Master – Located in Nye’Caelona in Obulus Frontier
  • Najena, Elementalist Master – Located in Crusaders’ Cave in Obulus Frontier
  • Aranolh Tol’Ren, Terramancer Master – Located in Nye’Caelona in Obulus Frontier

How will YOU take best advantage of double Ascension Scrolls?

Update Notes: Tuesday February 14, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET

EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PST | Midnight~2:00am EST | 05:00~07:00 GMT | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Arcanna’se Spire: Forgotten Sanctum [Heroic]

  • Sabellah’Xen, Keeper of Fire’s adds now despawn when he is defeated or when his encounter is reset.
  • Caelan’Gael, Keeper of Growth’s adds now despawn when he is defeated or when his encounter is reset.
  • Lachina, Defender of Magics’ adds now despawn when she is defeated or when his encounter is reset.

Kaesora: Xalgozian Stronghold [Heroic]

  • General Janosz’s adds now despawn when he is defeated or when his encounter is reset.

Day 6: Daybreak Login Issues Persist

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

Not sure what else to say about the nearly week-long Login problems at this point, except that maybe @DaybreakGames shouldn’t tweet the suggestion that login problems are likely the fault of the customer’s computer or internet connection. This tweet rubbed more than a few people the wrong way:

Thursday afternoon as issues were resolved:

Update Notes: Tuesday February 7, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET
According to reports, EQ2 servers went down for several hours at least once last night, hours ahead of the scheduled maintenance:

Update Notes from the EQ2 Forums posted as of 8:00am PST:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

  • All raid encounters above tier 1 now have a base mitigation increased based off of expected mitigation debuff values.

Login / Launchpad Issues Affecting Daybreak Games, EverQuest II

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

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Update Mon Feb 6th @ 4:00pm PST: According to a new tweet on @DaybreakGames, the login issues continue.

Update Mon Feb 6th @ 7:38am PST: Login problems continue for some Daybreak customers. Now, some players are reporting that their accounts, protected with Two-Factor Authentication that requires a code from a mobile phone or other device to login, are unable to login at all.

As players have been reporting in several threads:

and according to several twitter posts by Daybreak Games, the company is having issues with its Login Servers. This issue has been ongoing for at least two days, with some players having issues prior to that.

Update Notes: Thursday February 2, 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

From the EQ2 Forums.

 All Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET

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ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Soulburn will now cooperate with Reaper.
  • Reduced the autoattack damage for Savage Allies.
  • Elemental Unity will now trigger when under an ascension buff.

ITEMS

  • Imbued Void Capsule now properly equips to the Charm slot.

QUESTS

  • Consolidation of Power – The Ethereal Catalyst will now drop 100% of the time if you are on the appropriate stage of the quest.

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