The Twelve Days of Velious – Guild Double XP & Free Server Transfers

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February 22: Othmir Day
Everyone who logs in on Launch Day, February 22nd, will receive an Othmir illusion potion. (Even those who aren’t playing in Velious!) The potion has 50 charges, and is available one per character. Just be sure to log in each of your characters during the day to claim a potion, if you want the illusion for more than one character.

This event will run at least until 10am pst (1pm cst, 18:00 gmt). According to some posts by SmokeJumper, this may be extended especially on Everfrost and Freeport which weren’t up until late last night. Remember, to claim this item, go to the Marketplace and select Expansion, then Nipik’s Gift.

February 23: Guild Double XP Day
Build up your guild and your guild spirit with Double Guild XP, today only!

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this seems an odd day to do Guild Double XP. It will likely give something to do for people who didn’t buy Velious or don’t have a level 86+.

February 24: Free Transfer Day
One day only! Get a free character transfer token from the in-game Marketplace and choose your own server. Up to five moves allowed per account.

NOTE: This is transfers WITHIN an account, but not BETWEEN accounts, as this still requires the involvement of Customer Service.

February 25: Snow Days Discounts
Every day’s a snow day in Velious, but today you’ll find lots of cool prices on frosty-themed items in the Marketplace.

Multi-Housing Gets an ETA

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After reading the Upcoming Housing Improvements! thread on the EQ2 Forums, and then hearing more about these changes in the Velious Webcasts, one might have logically concluded that these changes would be IN Velious.

You’ll recall that SmokeJumper referred to the Freeblood Estate, as well as Miragul’s Summer Home (part of the Velious Digital Collector’s Edition) as being smaller prestige homes that would connect to your main house once these changes went into effect.

After the jump, we get an estimate about when we might see Multiple Housing Ownership…

Hints of Velious II

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In a thread pondering when we might see the rest of Velious, SmokeJumper hinted much:

We didn’t do the Wakening Lands. We just have that one small tribute area to it. Think of it as a doorway to a potential future area.


We intend to grow a lot of the Velious stuff you’re missing. I have to stay mum for a bit until I get approval on *how* we want to roll it out to you, so I can’t say much else at the moment. Sorry.

Refer-a-Friend Gravy Train Ends

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If you have been abusing milking enjoying the Refer-a-Friend 300% XP bonus for its high speed leveling (and thus AA earning) goodness, especially by parking a level 1 trial account character at the zone-in, well, I’m afraid that has finally come to an end.

From Rich Waters 0n the EQ2 forums:

The Recruit-a-friend program is a great way for you to bring your friends into EverQuest II and help them level up a bit faster by playing together. When you group with a character you’ve recruited, you both gain a hefty 200% experience bonus. Unfortunately, many people were recruiting themselves and using it as a way to power-level their main character, rather than actually playing with a friend.

We’ve added a couple of limitations to the recruit-a-friend bonus to prevent it from being a solo leveling tool. In order to get the recruit-a-friend experience bonus:

Getting Reflections Back

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From Domino on the EQ2 Forums:

I spent the afternoon today lurking around listening in channels, including the homeshow channel, and heard quite a few comments about some changes to water textures and reflections. (Thanks to all who provided details!)

I talked to GermInUSA, who has been working on improving water and reflections lately. The quick fix is to turn on this display option:

Ctrl-O (open your options); click the advanced button; under the display options, in the “water” section, tick the “water reflections” tick box. (Despite the name, this also affects non-water reflections.)

A Tale of Two Servers: Freeport, Everfrost

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Rothgar, Zoltaroth, and others on the EQ2 team, as well as OPS (Operations) were up until all hours trying to wrangle Everfrost and the Freeport [EQ2X] servers into behaving reliably. But first, a quick fix for Everfrost players who are missing characters:

Everfrost players who are still missing characters are encouraged to follow the instructions on the EQ2 Forums. In short, go to your EQ2 folder and delete your LoginCache and LoginCache-US folders, as well as any <Servername>_characters.ini files.

Destiny of Velious EQ2Wire Mini-FAQ

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Q: How do I get to the new Velious zones?

A: Head to Sinking Sands and speak to an Othmir Ambassador.

Q: Where do I find the Destiny of Velious Update Notes?

A: Destiny of Velious/Game Update 59 Notes

Q: How do I get my Othmir illusion with 50 charges?

A: Go to the Marketplace, choose Expansion, then Nipik’s Gift.

Q: How do I get started on Flying Mounts for adventure, tradeskill, or Freeblood?

A: EQ2 ZAM’s Flying Mounts Guide

More questions and answers after the jump…

Destiny of Velious a No Show at its Broadway Debut

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It seems that all has not gone smoothly for the Destiny of Velious expansion launch. We are now +45 minutes with no sign of time estimate on when Velious will make its appearance.

No word on Script Rewrites, OSHA Violations (think of the poor gnomes), or Work Visa checks (are those Freebloods from Romania, Hungary, or Druidia?).

From SmokeJumper on the EQ2 Forums:

Well…launches always have at least one “gotcha” in them to make sure we’re awake and paying attention, I suppose.

We’ve got a missing asset issue that we’re troubleshooting right now. The gates will open as soon as we get it resolved.

More soon!

and later:

We’re missing some assets and working to get that resolved now.

As soon as that’s fixed, we’re good-to-go! No ETA yet, but we’re working on it.

We are receiving wild estimates about how long Velious could be delayed, some up to 3 hours.

Destiny of Velious Launch Day Coverage & Patching

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EQ2 Servers will be going down in about 10 minutes to commence preparations for the Destiny of Velious expansion. We thought we’d take a quick look around the web to see how other press and EQ2 sites are covering the expansion.

  • Calthine and Cyliena over at EQ2 ZAM have been working their fingers to the nubs catalogging every Quest, NPC, and Item in Velious. They plan to unlock their quest guides throughout the day.
  • Niami Denmother at EQ2Traders has loaded up her site with tons of Tradeskill info about Velious.

We are hopeful that EverSeek, Beetny’s AA Calculator, and Mitzy’s Adornment Guide will be updated soon to reflect Velious changes.

If you find any other sites that are working on EQ2 coverage, please drop a note in the comments and we’ll update this article!

Destiny of Velious Launch Trailer @ Massively

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In the last Webcast, we were told to be on the lookout for a trailer for EverQuest II‘s seventh expansion Destiny of Velious. This trailer is now exclusively available for viewing at

Watch the trailer at and then come back and post your comments about the trailer, as well as your thoughts on what has, to us, been a very low-key (some would say hush-hush!) launch.

Destiny of Velious Launch Day Schedule, Webcast and News!

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We’re just hours away from Destiny of Velious, and we’ve got a little bit of news to share for Launch Day!

First, all EQII and EQ2X servers will be coming offline at 3:00 am PST  [11:0o GMT] on Tuesday, February 22nd, and we anticipate having them back online around 9:00 am PST [17:00 GMT], for an estimated six-hour downtime. This includes both international and US servers.

Second, if you had issues pre-ordering the expansion on Monday, February 21st, please try again! All of SOE’s authentication servers were offline briefly today and should now be restored to normal. Pre-orders can be made until 11:59 pm PST on February 21st.

And finally, don’t miss the Launch Day Countdown webcast, beginning at 7:00 am PST on Tuesday morning! We’ll be interviewing members of the EQII team, giving live status updates, and we’ll even have some trivia questions and opportunities to win some EQII shwag! We’ll be on the air until 9:00 am PST, so tune in on Facebook or on Stickam to watch the webcast.

Your Feedback: DoV Shared Stats

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We’re working on an article about Shared Stats and Destiny of Velious. Share your comments about Destiny of Velious and shared stats and how they benefit:

  • Summoners
    • Conjurors
    • Necromancers
  • Enchanters
    • Coercers
    • Illusionists
  • Shamans
    • Defiler
    • Mystic

Also, any comments on Damage Over Time limitations for Necromancers and other pet classes above are appreciated.

What Are You Looking Forward To?

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Now the calm before the storm…

Tomorrow morning at 3:00am PST (11:00 GMT), the EQ2 servers will go offline to begin the process of installing the Destiny of Velious expansion and its related Game Update 59 patch. According to the announcement, the servers are scheduled to come up at 9:00am (17:00 GMT).

So what are you looking forward to?

  • Public Quests
  • Dungeons
  • Kael Drakkel Contested Dungeon
  • Tower of Frozen Shadow (x2 raid)
  • Velious x4 raiding
  • Tradeskills
  • Flying Mounts

Give us your comments, good, bad, or indifferent. Even if it’s just that there’s 2 days to go until Rift launches (There’s a Fan Site for that).

A Closer Look at War Runes

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In the Destiny of Velious Webcast #3 (video and notes), we first heard about War Runes. These are a new set of Red Adornments available to raiders in the Destiny of Velious. They’re essentially a “greatest hits” of the best, most popular, most powerful Procs/Effects from Avatars, Shadow Odyssey Fabled, and Sentinel’s Fate Fabled. War Runes open up Red Adornments to new slots, specifically Weapons (Primary, Secondary, Ranged), Charms, Belts, and Cloaks. From Silius in Webcast #3:

[War Runes are applicable to] your 3 weapon slots, 2 charm slots. Easy mode raids will have belts that have a red slot. Hard mode raids will have cloaks that have a red slot. So hard mode raiders can add effects to 7 total slots, on top of having red slots on their raid armor.

War Runes are the more specialized procs, custom-made procs, a lot of which are upgraded from Sentinel’s Fate procs that players have noted as being their favorites, the procs that make an item their favorite item.

These are raid-only dropped adornments. Whoever loots them and clicks on a War Rune gets flagged so he/she can go to a War Rune merchant and buy that adornment for raid shards. He/she gets permanent access to them.

9 Cool Things We’re Getting Next Tuesday

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Coinciding with each Expansion, there has traditionally been a Game Update. There have been numerous features which are available whether you’ve purchased the expansion or not. Today, we look closer into some of the features that will likely (but which we can certainly not guarantee) be available on Tuesday to all players. It is POSSIBLE that some of these items may end up being flagged Velious-only, so this is our best guess at this point…

Guild Hall Tapestries with Guild Heraldry

File this under things we heard about since the Fan Faire that launched EQ2Wire where Guild Halls were furst premiered, but at long last, we’re getting Guild Hall Tapestries with Guild Heraldry on them! Crafters will be able to craft a blank Tapestry item which, once you place it in your house or guild hall, it will adopt your guild heraldry. Some last-minute changes to the appearance were being made, so we don’t have a screen shot for you. If you’ve forgotten what Guild Heraldry looks like (mostly due to the amazing looks now available on cloaks), check out the EQ2 Guild Cloak Designer tool.

NO TRADE/HEIRLOOM Drops Tradeable Among Participants for 48 Hours

NO TRADE and HEIRLOOM items that drop from a chest will now remain tradable for 48 hours with any character who was present in the group when the mob/encounter was killed.  As soon as you attune or adorn the item, this provision drops. This should certainly cut down on Customer Service Petitions. This is NOT a change to being able to sell loot rights, nor does it make items any more tradeable to people who weren’t present than the current setup.

After the jump, seven more features we’re getting on Tuesday. Reveals Raid, Tradeskill Flying Mounts

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Soar over Norrath and see the world from a whole new perspective! Flying Mounts are one of the exciting new features coming to Norrath with the Destiny of Velious expansion! Take a look at the first flying mounts available to players, through adventuring, tradeskilling, raiding, and with purchase of the Digital Collector’s Edition.

Mounts Earned Through Adventuring

(Left to Right) Highland Gryphon, Tundra Gryphon, and Snow Gryphon

The Twelve Days of Velious!

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We’re celebrating the launch of Destiny of Velious with twelve days of events and special offers!

February 18-22: President’s Day Bonus XP Weekend!

On the first four days of Velious, enjoy bonus adventure, tradeskill and AA experience! This event runs from 10:00 am PST on February 18th until servers come down on Tuesday morning (currently scheduled for 3:00 am PST on February 22nd).

February 22: Othmir Day

Everyone who logs in on Launch Day, February 22nd, will receive an Othmir illusion potion. (Even those who aren’t playing in Velious!) The potion has 50 charges, and is available one per character. Just be sure to log in each of your characters during the day to claim a potion, if you want the illusion for more than one character.

Destiny of Velious Webcast #4 Starting Now

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This Friday, February 18th, members of the EQII Development Team will join us again to give an exclusive tour of Destiny of Velious!

  • Friday, February 18 at 4:00 pm PST [Midnight-1:00 GMT on Feb 19]: Live Tour of Destiny of Velious! Join members of the EQII team for a live walkthrough of the new expansion. Producer Dave “Smokejumper” Georgeson and Game Designer Paul “Cronyn” Molina will be on hand to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Destiny of Velious.

Tune in on Facebook or on Stickam to watch the fourth webcast this Friday!


We joined the Webcast along with some 1,450 other viewers at its peak. The video was rather choppy for us, and the audio was mostly describing the visuals. We’ll look for the video to get posted on SOE’s Youtube Portal. It should be much smoother to watch.

Stuck After Lucan D’Lere -> Crushbone Merger? Advice Inside

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From Rothgar on the EQ2 Forums:

I just wanted to check in and comment on the few people having trouble accessing their characters.

One thing you can try is deleting your cache and logincache directories. Also, you might try creating a new character on Crushbone. This normally forces a download of all characters on that server and will fix missing characters. You can then delete the temporary character.

I’m really glad to see there were so few problems with this merge. Makes sense that after so many of them they would start to get easier!

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