EQ2′s Fourteenth Expansion Won’t Require Epic 2.0 Weapons

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From Kander on the EQ2 Forums:

To clarify, the Epic 2.0 will not be required for the expansion, expansion access or 99% of the expansion content. It will not be required for any solo or quest content, including the signature line. There will be some specific content, that if you have done the epic, you will be able to participate in. It isn’t required. Alts and new players will have virtually no pre-reqs for expansion 14 content. We’re even going to gear your alts and new players for said content before they begin. The plan is to make the new content easier for alts to go through after the initial pass.

We will be doing things to help alts catch up, like the summer promo quests and tithe baubles, etc, on Ascension and several other aspects of content. More news soon.

Epic 2.0s will not be required for any raid or heroic content. They will remain the best items for those slots throughout the expac content though.

   

Kander’s Candor – What’s Coming Up In 2017: Level 100 Boost, Co-opetition “Proving Grounds” Challenge, new Fallen Gate TLE server, AMAs on April 26-28th, Level 110

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Fellow Norrathians!

Just stopping by to give everyone some information on what we have coming this year and some insight on the direction we are going.

Cooperative Competition: Co-opetition!

EQ2 Producers Letter (Holly & Lauren) – April 2017

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From EverQuest2.com:

Greetings, fair Norrathians!

The team has been busier than a pack of Brownies in a bag of catnip! There’s plenty coming up this year, so let’s get right to it, shall we?!

First, on Tuesday, May 2nd we are launching the first of our Level 100 Co-opetition Challenges in the Proving Grounds! What the heck is “co-opetition”? Well…Cooperative Competition, of course!

In teams, you can compete side-by-side with other groups – and even sabotage their progress – as you mow through baddies so you can win! Why win? For new loot and bragging rights! We will start with one Co-opetition Challenge and switch it out with a new match type or layout periodically. Woot!

Ascension FAQ & Eager Players Hit a Wall!

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After years of watching players race through content and levels within hours of expansions launching, the EQ2 devs clearly wanted something different this time around. With Kunark Ascending, a new Ascension subclass system was put in place. Most important, gaining Levels in the new Ascension system strictly time-limited. The design ensures that no player will hit Ascension Level 5 until December 13th, one month after the expansion launched. It was designed so that even if a player somehow did find a way around the rules, a failsafe was put in place to prevent progression before the aforementioned date.

After complaints about fairness and glitches in filling Ascension XP scrolls, a new hybrid Ascension XP system was rolled out on December 6th. With the updated system, half of your daily Ascension XP pool comes from Ascension scrolls, while the other half just comes from waiting patiently, sort of how Vitality works. Also, in a “make right” for the glitches people experienced, players were mailed four Ascension XP scrolls. The new system is sufficiently complex that an Ascension Frequently Asked Questions seems essential to navigate all the details.

EQ2Wire’s Kunark Ascending Frequently Asked Questions

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Update Notes: Tuesday November 15, 2016 (Kunark Ascending)

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From the EQ2 Forums:

KUNARK ASCENDING

Norrath remains in danger from Lanys T’Vyl, God of Malice, and her pursuit of power! Return to Kunark and adventure through unexplored lands full of strife as a powerful force of iksar plan to overthrow the lich emperor, Venril Sathir. Uncover dungeons long sealed or lost, amassing power and piecing together the history long buried, in an attempt to keep the last Chaos Stone out of Lanys’ evil clutches!

It will take great courage to stand against the coming darkness and stop her from ushering in a new age of dominance by the gods. When the Tenets of Hate ascend to godhood, will you stand against them?

Kunark Ascending is the 13th EverQuest II expansion and brings new and exciting adventures to Norrath.

Journey to Obulus Frontier in North Kunark where you’ll explore the ruins of Kaesora, fight through the Crypt of Dalnir in Warslik Woods, traverse the City of Mist, and adventure through more areas both familiar and undiscovered!

Kunark Ascending Preview: Raids

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From EverQuest2.com:

A struggle exists between the gods. Lanys T’Vyl, upon being resurrected, has summoned forth the once forgotten demigods Terris-Thule and Saryrn using the remnants of power from their planes, forming a new realm dubbed Vaedenmoor. Along with these powerful beings, some of their followers have reemerged to protect them. The fearsome Hobgoblins, Shades, as well as the Kaniz werewolves will defend their newly formed plane to the death… preferably yours!

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There are six raid zones to discover, from the magical Arcanna’se Spire, to the former cities of Kaesora and Torsis; from new and difficult foes in the decaying Crypts of Dalnir in the depths of Obulus Frontier, to the newly formed plane Vaedenmoor where you will face planar beings of unimaginable power. If you are powerful enough to master this new plane, you will be allowed to enter the Heart of Nightmares where the Avatars of Torment and Nightmares await. This realm is a maze of puzzles and powerful beings with new and exciting treasures waiting to be discovered.

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.

Are you Ready for Kunark Ascending? — Epic 2.0 Teasers!

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From EverQuest2.com:

Only a few short weeks remain before the launch of Kunark Ascending, but are you ready?  If you haven’t met a few pre-requisites which will ensure you can enjoy the new content, now is the time!

EQ2 Wire has a great writeup on which content you’ll need to complete not only to begin the Kunark Ascending Signature quest but finally upgrade that Epic weapon you meant to finish.

Here is one of the new Epic weapons you’ll be able to earn:

If you want to finish a few more AA points, this week’s Gear Up, Level Up promotion will grant double experience and loot to everyone!

If you wrapped all those up (of course you finished Speak like a Dragon year ago!) then be sure  you have logged on to Beta and earned your rewards for participating.   Everything you need to do you can find right here in our forum post!

 

Early Sarnak Concept Art & Continent of Kunark Sketch from the Rise of Kunark

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A popular trend on Twitter is #ThrowbackThursday, where everything old is new again, at least on Thursdays. The @EverQuestii account has adopted this trend over the last  2 weeks by posting concept art from the original Rise of Kunark expansion from 2008. Above is one of the first maps for the continent of Kunark. Below would be concept art for the then-new Sarnak race…

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Kunark Ascending Preview: Explore the Obulus Frontier

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We are now less than 4 weeks away from the launch of Kunark Ascending. EverQuest II’s thirteenth expansion includes a sprawling new overland zone The Obulus Frontier.

From EverQuest2.com:

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Not every adventure will have you awaken on a pirate ship bound for ports of unknown villainy, but in Kunark Ascending you will find yourself under Captain Zythox’s hospitality. Your respite will be brief as you approach the Obulus Frontier.

Kunark Ascending Beta Rewards

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From the EQ2 Forums:

For those of you participating in Kunark Ascending Beta, your efforts have not gone unnoticed! Everyone who participates between now and then end of Beta and accomplishes certain objectives will receive one of the following rewards:

Quest/Solo: Complete at least 25 quests in the Obulus Frontier or Defeat all Solo Dungeon Bosses
Reward: [eq2u]Bellissi, Cloud Soarer[/eq2u], [eq2u]Skyfire Beta Infuser[/eq2u], [eq2u]Minor Coin of Tithing[/eq2u]

Preparing for the Kunark Ascending Expansion

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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 Beta is NOW OPEN — October 11, 2016 @ 12:15pm

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The beta test for Kunark Ascending is now open! It started on Tuesday, October 11, 2015 at 12:15pm PDT.

Everyone that pre-orders Kunark Ascending gets immediate access to the beta servers. Playing Kunark Ascending on the Beta server also has perks for your live server accounts! There is more information coming soon about the rewards players will be able to earn by testing expansion content on beta.

Tell me more about the Kunark Ascending expansion!

After the jump, the necessary information to help you get started in Beta…

50% Off Terrors of Thalumbra Through October 4th, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

Between Noon PDT on Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Noon PDT on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, expansions will be available to players for 50% off, including all released versions and upgrades!

Are you an All Access Member? You’ll receive an additional 10% off expansions during the sale!

Don’t miss your chance to get huge discounts on the Premium or Collector’s Edition of EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra. The unique bonus items that come with EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra won’t be available with an expansion purchase once pre-orders begin for our next expansion!

EQ2 Producer’s Letter: Let’s Talk “Kunark Ascending” Expansion

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From EverQuest2.com:

Greetings citizens of Norrath!

Fall is on the doorstep! What does that mean? Expansion news, of course!

We have some epic adventures in store this year as we delve into undiscovered areas of a familiar continent in our thirteenth expansion, EverQuest II: Kunark Ascending! Quite a bit of time has passed since we have explored Kunark’s secrets and there are some great stories to be told and adventures to be had. Danger awaits you in the Crypt of Dalnir, Kaesora, Warslik’s Wood and more!

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.

Terrors of Thalumbra Expansion Now Available for Daybreak Cash

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From EverQuest2.com:

Are you ready for another adventure this summer? Have you been waiting to pick up the most recent expansion, Terrors of Thalumbra? Now is a great time to get it! Why? For the first time, Terrors of Thalumbra is available to purchase with credit card or with Daybreak Cash!

EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra is now available for $34.99 or 3499 DBC (Standard Edition), $89.99 or 8999 DBC (Collector’s Edition), and $139.99 or 13999 DBC (Premium Edition).

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