Kunark Ascending Preview: Ascension Classes

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From EverQuest2.com:

Kunark Ascending makes Ascension classes available as a form of progression for all max level characters. Ascension classes are the apotheosis of a facet of energy, and are the gateway to ascended power. Once you have completed the Kunark Ascending signature quest line you may speak with one of the four masters in the Obulus Frontier to begin down the path to Ascension.

Ascension Forms

Each Ascension class grants the character the ability to shift into an avatar of that Ascension, converting all damage done from any ability that does not deal damage based on your weapon’s damage type. This conversion will also convert most pet and swarm pet damage.

Preparing for the Kunark Ascending Expansion

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

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One of the proudest achievements in my EverQuest II history was acquiring my Eagle’s Talon epic weapon while Kunark was still fresh, challenging content. It took many months to find groups to get all the various group updates, many of which required defeating the hardest enemies in the game. Other updates required faction grinding (urrrgh Reet!), collection quests, and other solo side quests. Sadly I could not find a screenshot of when I received the fabled Eagle’s Talon, but I do have the above screenshot of when I acquired the mythical version during my brief flirtation with raiding.

When the Epic Weapon 1.0 quests went live in February 2009, nothing about them had been revealed as there had been no public beta test. They were a complete mystery. Players had to band together and use their knowledge of Lore to seek out the quest starters and find the updates and requirements themselves. Some classes took over a week to find their quest starter. Many of the quests had NO quest feather to help and some had extensive prerequisites requiring hours of gameplay to even start the quest. Fast forward to today, and most quests in EQ2 are expected to be straightforward and obvious, with few if any prerequisites.

Not surprisingly, the announcement that EverQuest II’s upcoming thirteenth expansion Kunark Ascending would have some requirements and prerequisites from older content before players would be allowed to start the new stuff has been met with surprise and searing feedback. After much forum strife, one requirement was dropped: You no longer need to have done the Terrors of Thalumbra Signature quest before you can zone into Obulus Frontier, the expansion’s new overland zone. That’s not to say all requirements  have been dropped.

Kunark Ascending Expansion Will Not Require ToT Sig Quest; Ethereal Runes & Tokens to Become Heirloom

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From Kander on the EQ2 Beta Forums:

We are no longer requiring the ToT Signature quests to start the Kunark Ascending questlines for beta or when it goes live. These changes should be in ASAP. We’ll make sure it gets in the patch notes.

and Kander on the Discord chat:

The Ethereal Merchant is staying up indefinitely. After some very heated discussion, we have decided to make the Ethereal Runes heirloom when the expansion launches. After some even more heated discussion, we have decided to make the ethereal coins heirloom when the expansion launches.

Gear Up, Level Up #2: October 14-21, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

It’s a great week for you to “gear up”- from 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 14, 2016 to 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 21, 2016, ALL Players will receiveDouble Public Quest Rewards AND Double Loot 1.25 Times Loot!

The Double Loot bonus will give you a 25% chance of getting double loot drops from all Terrors of Thalumbra, Scourge Keep, and Fabled Fallen Dynasty raid bosses, as well as from the final bosses in their heroic, event heroic, or solo zones.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and get looting!

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: October 14 @ Noon –  October 21 @ Noon
  • EDT: October 14 @ 3:00pm – October 21 @ 3:00pm
  • BST: October 14 @ 20:00 – October @ 20:00
  • CEDT: October 14 @ 21:00 – October 21 @ 21:00

Gear Up, Level Up #1: October 7-14, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

Gear Up, Level Up has returned to Norrath! Gear Up, Level Up is when special weekly bonuses are available to be found throughout your adventures as you prepare for the upcoming expansion, Kunark Ascending. 

Beginning at 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 7, 2016, ALL players (not just members!) will be able to get TRIPLE ETHEREAL COINS during this final week of the Summer Ethereals event!

That’s right: Summer Ethereals end next Friday, along with this bonus promotion! So, make sure you participate before 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 14, 2016,because that’s when both the Summer Ethereals event and the triple coin bonus end!

Update Notes: Tuesday October 4, 2016

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From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONE POPULATION / PROGRESSION
Veeshan’s Peak [Raid]
Adjusted Silverwing’s script to account for charmed targets in regards to memwipes.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Fixed a bug that allowed some players to enter with a mount activated.
Handcrafted food and drink no longer give blue stats in Battlegrounds.

ITEMS
Fixed the DPS amount on several Rise of Kunark era weapons.

Update Notes: Tuesday September 27, 2016 — RESOLVED

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EverQuest II is now back online after an extended downtime of four hours. — 2:00pm EDT

Original notice:

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

Fabled Nizara Metacollection Reward Will Get Buffed

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The reward for completing all the collections in Game Update 101′s Fabled Nizara has received a less than enthusiastic response from players.  The item, Misstress Zhvari’s Sash of Station, has rather low stats given the difficulty of acquiring it.

In the new EQ2 Discord chat which was opened yesterday, Kander had this response:

we’ll have it fixed next update. It should have 10 fervor and we upped the resolve and some other stuff, and now they are Fabled.

Join the EverQuest II Discord chat

Update Notes: Tuesday September 20, 2016

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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:

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Corrected an issue that allowed adornments to apply in Battlegrounds.
  • Many consumables have been reduced in power while in a Battleground match.
  • Increased the amount of tokens rewarded from the Battlegrounds Quests.
  • Battleground missions are now repeatable quests, and no longer subject to mission timers.

ABILITIES

  • Joust now has a range of 35
  • Fixed an issue with Accuracy from Strength that prevented it from applying.

ITEMS

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Aura of Immolation from applying.
  • Mastercrafted food and drink should once again apply it’s bonuses on Time-Locked servers.

RadarX: Current Time-Locked Expansion and Race-to-Trakanon Itemization Won’t Be Fixed

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Players on the subscription-required Race to Trakanon and Stormhold (Time Locked Expansion) servers have been requesting changes to itemization which would bring Heroic and Raid gear (specifically the iconic Mythical weapons that conclude the Kunark storyline) above the level of Solo and Crafted gear. We got an answer of sorts on that question today from RadarX on the EQ2 Forums:

You are taking a few liberties with this statement but to reiterate Kanders post and to ensure there aren’t concerns this hasn’t at least been communicated, there are no plans to do further itemization on current content. As with each expansion the team will work on what they feel is the most important and impacting gear but a complete overhaul is unfeasible.

While we can appreciate the concern and passion, but our next itemization focus will be on the next expansion.

Acquiring Mythical weapons and the defeat of Trakanon on the Race to Trakanon server seems designed to dovetail into this EverQuest II’s thirteenth expansion – Kunark Ascending — expected this November — which is rumored to include an Epic Weapon 2.0 questline.

Update Notes: Wednesday September 7, 2016

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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:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Increased the amount of currency rewarded for the Kralet Penumbra Attacks! public quest.
  • Corrected a bug that allowed extra rewards to be granted from Search and Destroy in Tranquil and Phantom seas.
  • Crusader’s Medals are now rewarded from the level 95 version of The Crusade in Jarsath Wastes.

BATTLEGROUNDS

Update Notes: Tuesday August 30, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00a.m.-ish
EU Servers: 9:00p.m.-ish

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue with global NPC hit points that gave level 80 NPCs lower hit points then level 79 NPCs. This change smooths out the progress slightly lowering the HP on many encounters below level 80, and increasing the hit points on encounters between level 80 and 94.

The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Heroic]

  • Vzee’rist the Overseer and Mistress Zhvari, Nizari’zhi will now switch targets less often.

ITEMS

  • Block chance on Gnasher Toothed Torque has been corrected
  • Weapons that had the default 3 second delay have been adjusted to 4 seconds or 6 seconds.
  • Many versions of Aspect of the Dragon can no longer harm allies.
  • Added the pet health share buffs to the Servant of Vazaelle and Elemental Manifestation.
  • Added the Heirloom tags to some raid armor pieces that were missing them.

Update Notes: Thursday August 25, 2016

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • All characters who were upgraded to [level 95] Heroic and did not receive Opegaz, Horde Bane have had it granted.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Advanced Solo]

  • K’huthas should no longer be stuck in combat if damaged too quickly.

ABILITIES

  • Fixed an issue with Devastation of War.

ITEMS

  • Fixed the appearance of Nizari’oshu and Nizari Vindicae’s Pauldrons.
  • Undying Destroyer’s Spiritstone will now fit in white adornment slots.
  • Race to Trakanon claimable reward packs for Time-Locked servers now have distinct names from their live server counterparts.
  • Kunark collection rewards have been updated to be in line with current progression.
  • Ethereal Leach will now scale damage correctly against Public Quest encounters.

Game Update 101 — Fabled Fallen Dynasty & New Public Quests Now Available!

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From EverQuest2.com:

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Hail, Norrathian!

Are you seeking an adventure? One that both feels somewhat familiar, but also offers exciting challenges? Then today is your day! With today’s update, the following have been added to EQII:

Fabled Fallen Dynasty
A portal awaits you in The Village of Shin that will take you to new fabled versions of dungeons from The Fallen Dynasty. You must be Level 100 and have a membership to access these zones.

Public Quests
New, limited-time Public Quests are available throughout Norrath. Check your map to find these battle regions!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 23, 2016 — Game Update 101

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US Servers: 7:00am-1:00pm PDT | 10:00am-4:00pm EDT | 15:00-21:00 BST | 16:00-22:00 CET
EU Server: 7:00am-1:00pm PDT | 10:00am-4:00pm EDT | 15:00-21:00 BST | 16:00-22:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • You’ll find new limited time Public Quests throughout Norrath. Just check your map for these unique battle regions!
  • Damage inflicted against public quest encounters scales to allow public quest fights to be relevant for players of all gear levels.

FABLED ZONES

New Fabled content to explore from The Fallen Dynasty!

  • The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fabled Cavern of the Crustaceans [Raid] x2
  • The Fabled Xux’laio’s Roost [Raid] x4
  • The Fabled Antechamber of Fate [Raid] x4

These new Fabled dungeons can be accessed through a portal just off the docks in The Village of Shin. Good luck!

Wave Three of Summer Ethereals Have Begun

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As of midnight, it appears that Wave Three of Summer Ethereals have begun. As we wrote about earlier this year, rather than weapons, the new Ethereals are Jewelry and Charms, and in this case, a Cloak ( Bonecaster’s Mantle ).

A player brought the rollover to our attention. While the new cloak offers a 15% damage reduction from elemental, arcane, and noxious damage, as well as +10.5 Fervor, it oddly includes a Daze effect. Disabling autoattack for an entire minute of combat seems like a non starter.

Update Notes: Tuesday August 8, 2016

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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:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where a character’s backpack appearance would reset after zoning in certain situations.

ITEMS

  • Equipment drops from Karnor’s Castle have been brought back down into progression.

Wave Three of Summer Ethereals — Coming Later This Month

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The @EverQuestII twitter account posted this news last night:

The final set of summer Ethereals is now available so earn them while you can!

However we’ve now confirmed that we’re still in the midst of Wave 2 of Ethereals and that Wave 3 won’t start until later this month. From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

The second wave still has a few weeks in it, wave 2 ends and wave 3 begins later this month.

False alarm folks! Wave 2 started on July 15th and I believe each wave is supposed to last at least a month.

Game Update 101 to Launch Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — Public Quests, Fabled Mara, and More!

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From EverQuest2.com:

New adventures await you, Norrathains! GU101 is scheduled to release on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and there’s something in this update for players of all levels.

New Fabled Content to Explore From The Fallen Dynasty!

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These new Fabled dungeons can be accessed through a portal just off the docks in The Village of Shin. This content is intended for level 100 characters, and a membership is required to enter these zones.

The Fabled Fallen Dynasty is made up of The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad which will have both Heroic and Advanced Solo versions! Also available will be The Fabled Cavern of the Crustaceans Raid for groups of 12 players and The Fabled Xux’laio’s Roost Raid and The Fabled Antechamber of Fate Raid for groups of 24 players.

Beta Test: Game Update 101 — Public Quests, Level Agnostic to 100, and Fabled Mara!

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The EverQuest II team are working full steam ahead on the thirteenth expansion due to hit this November, but in the meantime, they’re getting ready to drop a whopper of a Game Update which should keep us plenty busy this summer.

First up, the much beloved Public Quests first introduced in Destiny of Velious are making a return in current tier content. The EQ2 team have been given new tools to create PQs in weeks instead of months. In addition to faster development, the new tools promise to exhibit less server and client lag as the battles are underway. Game Update 101 will bring us more level 100 content in the form of Fabled Zones from the The Fallen Dynasty adventure pack. Nizara returns in Advanced Solo and Heroic versions, while x2 and x4 raids have both been added.

Five new Level Agnostic Dungeons have been added to Dungeon Finder and they can be played by characters from level 10-100 with content scaling appropriately. Finally some quality-of-life tweaks have been made, and healers who cast Wards will want to check out some changes to how these mechanics have changed.

Read the Beta Update Notes for August 3rd
Please note that the Game Update 101 Beta Test is currently invitation-only. You can try out GU101 on the Test server, but there is no character copy capability.

Update Notes: Tuesday August 2, 2016

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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
Crash!
Thurgadin (the EU server) crashed at 9pm GMT and the decision was made to go ahead and apply today’s update which caused a downtime of approximately 1 hour.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Qeynos

  • The Aerakyn Mentor has had his name changed to Lonce Jellysmots.

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Orb of Concentrated Memories[/eq2u] can no longer be modified by reuse speed.
  • Writ of the Arena Master now has its effect.
  • Undying Champion’s Knuckles now has the correct class restrictions for a fist weapon.
  • Epic Weapons that lost their FABLED tag are once again fabled.
  • Undying Champion’s Dagger can no longer be used by brawlers.

QUESTS

  • The unicorn-rump-sitting-cheap-Far-Seas-wine-drinking escaped fabled spirit in The Village of Shin can now also delete your active “Warzone Devastation” quests.

RACE-TO-TRAKANON EVENT SERVER

  • Corrected an issue that prevented the first 10 players to obtain level 80 adventure level from receiving the Undying Power adornment pack claim. This fix was retroactive.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented the first 10 players to obtain each class epic from receiving the Greater Undying Power adornment pack claim. This fix was retroactive.

CENSUS

  • Added ts_level and ts_class to the type field in census character export data. This is in addition to existing information as to avoid causing any issues with older census websites.*

* The way Tradeskill Class and Level were exported on characters made it almost impossible to do searches for all characters over a certain tradeskill level. Nine queries were necessary. This update will change this to only require one query.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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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:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where Aerakyn’s would sometimes show mirrored particle effects at their feet.
  • Fixed a UI related crash in the client.

Event Server: Race To Trakanon

  • Tinkering trainers are now available on the Race to Trakanon server!

ZONES / POPULATION
Lesser Faydark

  • Tunare’s Battleweary ability should not trigger as quickly allowing more time to complete the encounter.

Sundered Splitpaw

  • Encounters within Sundered Splitpaw will set a zone lockout timer when killed.

Agnostic Dungeons

  • Adjusted difficulty scaling in agnostic dungeons that can scale to level 100.

ITEMS

  • Scourge Watchman’s Quiver is now 36 slots.

and…

ITEMS

  • Marketplace quivers are now able to hold both arrow and throwing ammo types.

Wave Two of Summer Ethereals Begin

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As of midnight, it appears that Wave Two of Summer Ethereals have begun! As we wrote about earlier this year, rather than weapons, the new Ethereals are Jewelry and Charms. Here’s a post from two weeks ago giving today’s date from Kander:

Wave two starts July 15th. Yes, each wave drops a different item.

We will be doing double Ethereal tokens here some time in future also.

When asked if we’d still be able to buy Wave One items after Wave Two starts, he answered in the affirmative (quoted for posterity):

Yes,

With an overnight change in the items available on the in-game vendor, players have noticed that one new charm has been added — Bonecaster’s Mettle. It is oddly marked FABLED instead of ETHEREAL but can still be resold to the vendor for 15 Ethereal Coins. You’ll note that the existing three pieces of jewelry and three Ethereal Rune adornments (which vary based on your class) remain:

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UPDATE: It looks like this was a glitch as players are once again receiving just one Ethereal reward for completing the daily Ethereal mission.

Interestingly, players have been reporting receiving two rewards instead of one since last night. Some were hoping there would be a Double Coin event, but instead it looks like we’re getting a Double Reward event. Unlike past Ethereal events, this summer’s Summer Ethereals are tied to completing a specific Mission (quest) for a daily zone. The rotation can be viewed in the right column of EQ2 Library.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 12, 2016

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue causing the command /loadui to hang.

ZONES / POPULATION
Agnostic Dungeons

  • Reduced the damage on several attacks from mobs in agnostic Kralet Penumbra zones.

Zek, The Scourge Wastes: The Siege [Raid]

  • Fergul’s Dust Blind spell no longer requires line of sight to Fergul to be cast.

AMENITIES

  • The druid ring hireling is now available in the Highhold Guild Hall.

Update Notes: Thursday July 7, 2016

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

  • Veeshan’s Peak, Chamber of Destiny, and Venril’s Lair no longer require flagging to enter if on a non-TLE server.

Stygian Threshold [Heroic] and [Agnostic]

  • Killing either of the two fairies, Diurna or Nocturna, while they are casting their shield spell will no longer keep the remaining fairy invulnerable for the remainder of the fight.

Maldura: District of Ash [All Versions]

  • Gavitzle will always retreat regardless of the rate of damage inflicted upon him.

Kunark

  • Raid encounters in Kunark which were previously invulnerable can once again be damaged.
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