Update Notes: Tuesday May 23, 2017

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We’re going to assume:

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

PROVING GROUNDS
General

  • The “All Hands on Deck” and “Nature’s Fury” incrementing buffs cast by many of the non-boss NPCs in Battle upon the High Seas and Battle for Felwithe now apply 5.0% strikethrough per increment.

Battle upon the High Seas

  • Corrected an issue that granted extra hit points to human Brokenskull pirate’s on the blue side.
  • The number of pirates answering Cap’n Ketch’s calls has been reduced.
  • Turbulent spirits (drakes) will no longer attack groups not engaged in combat.

 

FAMILIARS

  • Five new familiars are now available from different merchants around Norrath: Sarya Val’Sara, and Scribbleclaw in Obulus Frontier, Jasper Sodtiller in Kelethin, Naris T’Vaska in Neriak, Durbain in Thalumbra, and Far’Saethe Dom in the Proving Grounds lobby.
  • The Hordemother Vespid Familiar’s deaggro proc will no longer trigger on fighters in defensive stance.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Fixed an issue that prevented non-members from entering the following zones after the membership restrictions were lifted.

  • City of the Nayad [Advanced Solo]
  • City of the Nayad [Heroic]
  • Scourge Keep [Advanced Solo]
  • Scourge Keep [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Antechamber of Fate [Raid]
  • The Fabled Cavern of the Crustaceans [Raid]
  • The Fabled Chamber of Immortality
  • The Fabled Nizara
  • The Fabled Nizara
  • The Fabled Ruins of Varsoon
  • The Fabled Sanctum of Fear
  • The Fabled Temple of Cazic-Thule
  • The Fabled Xux’laio’s Roost [Raid]
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Heroic]
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Solo]
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes: The Siege [Raid]

Chamber of Rejuvenation [Raid]

  • If the Reet Ritualist gets removed from the encounter a warning message is now generated to avoid confusion.
  • When Massive Jawing is removed any debuff components applied by the spell are also removed.
  • Trakanon’s eyesight has been improved so he no longer attempt to kill already dead players and spam the raid with the message.
  • Players chosen for the specific challenges involved in the Trakanon encounter should more reliably be able to do damage to their respective targets.
  • Trakanon’s summoned challengers should no longer be permanently rooted.
  • Descriptions have been added to Fetid Cloud and Toxic Tempest.
  • Poison Spray should now grow in damage quicker.
  • Using teleport to target type spells or abilities on Trakanon should no longer result in teleporting under the world.
  • Adds in the Trakanon encounter have had their health rebalanced for recent buff package changes.

ABILITIES

  • Ulla’s Resolution will no longer heal hostile targets.
  • Most fighter threat snaps are now unresistable.
  • Corrected an issue with wards that allowed some ward types to reduce damage without losing ward amount.
  • Increased critical damage across the board for both Sorcerer classes by between 8% and 17%.

ITEMS

  • Enchanted Slobberjaw Eye may now be used from inventory.
  • Glomalin Divining Rod will now equip automatically when double clicked.
  • Prestigious Wand of Power no longer requires ammo.

Stormhold

  • Several of the red focus adornments available from Kal’Jeketh can now be added to additional equipment slots.

QUESTS

  • Toxxulian Flora collection pieces are now spelled correctly.

Update Notes: Thursday May 18, 2017

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

PROVING GROUNDS
Battle upon the High Seas

  • Poxy can now be damaged.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Chamber of Rejuvenation [Raid]

  • The Reet Ritualist should now despawn when encounter resets.
  • The entrance door should no longer require 18+ players to enter.
  • The exit door should now allow use.
  • Basilisk Bite should no longer overwrite itself when attempting to apply it twice.

Update Notes: Tuesday May 16, 2017 Proving Snark

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Any change to Proving Grounds (PvE Battlegrounds?) likely requires patching both US and EU servers, so we’re going to go out on a sturdy limb and guess…

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

Also it looks like EQ2 Developer Snark has now leaked into the update notes. From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where guild events may not display the most current events after a server restart.

PROVING GROUNDS

  • Increased most heals in Proving Grounds.
  • Each member of the winning team will now receive their bonus tokens after completing the final objective.
  • The final zone bosses are now immune to Verdict. Mayong smiles.
  • Trash encounters and some boss adds will now apply a group-wide negative damage reduction debuff. This debuff stacks and cannot be cured.
  • Trash encounters will now set their Bleedthrough percentage to 100 if your group is attacking more than 6 at a time, but will drop back to 75% when fighting 6 or less. Bosses will remain at 75% Bleedthroughout. (That’s “Bleedthrough throughout” for the lazy.)
  • All bosses will have an ability that will either outright kill a group member if that group does not have a fighter, or aggro a group member with the fewest hitpoints if that group does not have a fighter.
  • Bring a fighter.

Update Notes: Thursday May 11, 2017

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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:

PROVING GROUNDS

  • Rewards are now granted upon leaving a match if any were earned by completing objectives.
  • When the 2nd objective is completed (on either team), neither teams’ numbers can be reinforced by anyone outside the match.
  • After the first team completes the final objective, the opposing team’s group count will be checked periodically. If their group total falls below 3, the match will end.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • You should no longer occasionally get spammy messages regarding progression within the zone.

GU103 Livestream Round-Up!

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

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Coinciding with today’s launch of Game Update 103, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Tony “RadarX” Jones, and Chris “Chrol” Garlick held a livestream on Facebook to walk through some of what players can experience in the update going live today. This is not an exact transcription of the livestream but a rough outline. The Livestream, which requires a Facebook account, can be viewed here.

Proving Grounds

We’re now seeing a demo of the new Proving Grounds which takes place in an instance of New Tunaria. As with the Battlegrounds server, characters are copied to the Proving Grounds server and participate in a group event which takes about 30 minutes depending on players’ knowledge of the boss strategy. You and the opposing group do not directly interact, but you can do things that affect the other group.

  • 1 zone to start, Battle of Felwithe
  • 1 zone to be added later (Pirate ship themed)
  • Gear is equalized, should be able to “Jump in and play” as a level 100. Skill-based.
  • Cross-server. Group up and compete across server! Editor’s Note: Proving Grounds works like Battlegrounds — characters are copied there and must wait for events to start to participate.
  • Will take around 30m-1hr to complete
  • Timed group challenge, you compete against another group. You can see the other group’s progress but you can’t interact.
  • Earn token currency, receive double if you’re a member.
  • Each boss kill earns a token, last boss is 2 tokens, 3 tokens for winning (double for members)
  • Proving ground lobby is old Battleground lobby. Merchants available for gear purchases with earned tokens.
  • Upgraded white (wantia) adorns will be available.
  • New orange slotted gear (ring, pants, and more)
  • Proving Ground teleporters are in your home city.
  • Missions are available, including a weekly mission for familiar crates.

Game Update 103 Notes: Tuesday May 9, 2017

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All Servers: 7-10:00am PDT | 10:00am-1:00pm EDT | 15:00-18:00 BST | 16:00-19:00 CET

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:00 AM PT (14:00 UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is less than 3 hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

NEW KUNARK ASCENDING HERITAGE QUEST

  • Interested adventurers should search within Obulus Frontier for clues on how to begin this new quest. Good hunting!

FAMILIARS

  • Experts in the mysterious menagerie have discovered a subspecies of creatures that have been found to increase the master’s ability to channel greater power.
  • You can access the Familiar window via a tab in your character UI.

PROVING GROUNDS

  • This update includes two new cooperative competition zones (Battle upon the High Seas and Battle for Felwithe) that allow groups of up to six to compete against each other in timed races to see who can complete the zones’ challenges first.
  • Only one zone is available at a time, and the fastest times for each round, currently set for seven days, will be recorded on a leader board accessible from within the Proving Grounds.
  • To keep things competitive, stats granted from gear are not added to the character in the Proving Grounds.
  • All heals and wards are percentage based while in the Proving Grounds, scaling off of spell tier and level.

Game Update 103: The Menagerie is Now Live

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From EverQuest2.com:

Are you ready to test your mettle in this round of the Proving Grounds? Will you begin the work to form lifelong bonds with mysterious menagerie creatures? Jump in to GU103: The Menagerie – available now!

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Cooperative Competition Zones

For a limited time, get in and compete against other players to fight to the finish first!

In our first two Cooperative Competition Zones, two groups of up to six to compete against each other in timed races to see who can complete the challenge first. The fastest times for each round are recorded on a leaderboard. Each time there is a different challenge, the fastest group in that round could possibly win an extra set of rewards. Participating in these limited time events is your way to earn rewards like powerful orange adornments, unique titles, new familiars, and more.

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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!

Update Notes: Tuesday April 18, 2017

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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:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • The number of adds in the Raenha, Sister of Remorse encounter should no longer grow for each successful threshold passed.
  • The number of adds in the Raenha, Sister of Remorse encounter required to be killed if the script is failed should no longer grow.
  • Deaths in the Raenha, Sister of Remorse encounter still affect add numbers.
  • Respawn speed on adds in the Raenha, Sister of Remorse encounter are no longer affected by reuse debuffs (in players’ favor).
  • All adds in the Raenha encounter now count toward the add count mechanic.

Ruins of Kaesora: Ancient Xalgozian Temple [Raid]

  • Xalgoz should now send a warning message for his event at 5%.

Update Notes: Tuesday April 11, 2017

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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:

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.

Update Notes: Tuesday April 4, 2017

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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:

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

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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:

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

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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 7, 2017

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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.

Update Notes: Tuesday February 14, 2017

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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.

Update Notes: Tuesday February 7, 2017

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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.

Update Notes: Tuesday January 31, 2017

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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
Lost City of Torsis: Reaver’s Remnants[Challenge Heroic]

  • Neh’Ashiir has had her max health reduced.

Monolith Of Wrahzul

  • Reduced the control immunity on Fathad Zastim.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Spell Weapon Damage Bonus and Weapon Damage Bonus have been consolidated into one stat, Weapon Damage Bonus.
  • Corrected an issue with Glacial Freeze that would cause the targets to heal after returning to their natural level.
  • Pass Judgement will now correctly grant a Fervor component to Heretic’s Destruction instead of Fervor Overcap.
  • Targets of Oration of Sacrifice may now trigger Fierce Combat for the entire duration of the effect at a maximum of once per 1.5 seconds.
  • Unfetter will now correctly remove the stealth component to Hidden Assault.
  • Corrected an issue with Shadow Trickery’s fervor effect not applying correctly. Added the amount of fervor increased to the examine of Shadow Trickery.

Surprise Afternoon Update Notes: Thursday January 26, 2017 — 2-4pm PST, 5-7pm EST

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Update: EQ2 US servers are back online.

From the EQ2 Forums:

All US EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, January 26th, 2017 at 2:00PM PT (10 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime could be up to 4 hours.

All EU servers will come offline at 9:00 PM PT (5 AM UTC January 27th) for this update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 2 hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Ikile Harmonia <Tradeskill Tutorial> and Ralika Mekkila <Crafting Trainer> in Kelethin should no longer fall to the forest floor.
  • Lama Mukhlisah in The Stonebrunt Highlands should no longer fall through the floor.
  • Proctor Talnisk <Representative of Dominus Rile> in Fens of Nathsar should no longer fall through the floor.
  • Monsters and Bosses in Kunark Ascending dungeons all now see stealth and invis.

ITEMS

  • Brought the [eq2u]Ring of Pursuing Sagas[/eq2u] and [eq2u]Band of Pursuing Sagas[/eq2u] into the correct item progression.
  • [eq2u]Gossamer Blade[/eq2u] and the [eq2u]Blade of the Naya’Patel[/eq2u] will now accept cyan adornments.
  • Corrected the stats and effect on Gossamer Blade.
  • Removed the 2 extra resolve and predicated effects that were added to the wrong tier of some raid armor.

QUESTS

  • Nonsense is Better Than no Sense at All – Certain elements of the coin quest now require the completion of specific quests to pick up the coins.
  • Awakening Bonds: …Is Whole Again – Corrected an issue that prevented the seeress from fully updating the quest for some players.

Plus whatever emergency glitch/exploit needed to be patched in such a hurry.

Update Notes: Tuesday January 24, 2017

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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
Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • High end difficulty encounters have had their “Panic” mechanic made a bit more lenient toward the beginning of the encounter.
  • Vhaksiz the Shade has had his health adjusted.

Ruins of Kaesora: Ancient Xalgozian Temple [Raid]

  • Xalgoz has had his health adjusted.
  • Xalgoz’s Staff of Control should now correctly be able to be used on Xagloz but is still not a required item to defeat his encounter.
  • The Strathbone Runelord should no longer remain immune to damage at low health for an extended amount of time.

Update Notes: Thursday January 19, 2017

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Downtime notice from the EQ2 Forums:

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:00AM PT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Thursday, January 19th, 2016 at 9:00PM PT for an update (Approx. 5:00 AM UTC January 20th). Estimated downtime is two hours.

UPDATE: Due to the occasional typo in past downtime announcements, we assumed that the notification above was a mistake and that US servers would come down at 7am PST while EU servers would come down at 9pm PST. We were wrong. All servers came down in the morning and no further update is required.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Fixed an issue with Ethershadow Assassin that was granting it two points of base damage per point of power spent.
  • Smoothed out the curve for obtaining Fabled and Mythical critical hits when crit chance is over 1000.
  • Spiritual Leadership may no longer critically apply.
  • Increased the base ward amount of Spiritual Leadership.

TRADESKILLS

  • The recipe for Blocker’s Bauble will now return the correct product.

Commentary: Are Epic 2.0 Quests Burying Players in Prerequisites?

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The original Epic Weapon quests introduced in 2009 were crafted by 18 designers working on nothing else for 3 months. All 24 quests required the completion of prior Heritage quests, befriending various Factions, and a fair share of “filler” content. It was expected, or certainly anticipated that the Epic Weapon 2.0 Quests would have similar prerequisites. However nothing could have prepared increasingly jaded players for the mountain of homework which has dropped into their laps as the curtain has been pulled back on Epic 2.0.

Only two characters have reached Ascension Level 8 at publication time, so we have yet to glimpse Parts 4 and 5 of these quests, yet even lifelong EQ2 fans are already begging for mercy. With the vague dialogue and inscrutable clues that only make sense in hindsight, players are at their wit’s end hailing NPCs by the thousands in a scattershot zone-by-zone grid search to figure out where to go next.

Update Notes: Thursday January 5, 2016 — No Longer Hammer Time

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 Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET
The downtime ran an additional hour and there was a tweet advising us about it.

A bunch of Update Notes, but the one you’ll probably be hearing the most about appears, at first glance, to rein in the incredible power of items such as Ethereal Onslaught, Ethereal ConduitIre-Dread (the hammer), Spine of Ancient Terror, Spine of the Deep One, which can Reset the Reuse of some or all of a character’s abilities sometimes several times a minute. This effect has been the subject of much debate on the forums for the last year and a half.

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Added Resolve as a searchable stat on the broker.
  • Fixed a bug where switching your warder in the warder UI would not update the abilities displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where tool-tip information would not display correctly on some Deity abilities above rank 12.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Adds for Captain Vhankmin and Tabor’Zaai should now despawn when the encounter is defeated.

Update Notes: Tuesday December 13, 2016

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POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause some overland zones and popular dungeons to crash.

Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • Raenha, Sister of Remorse should now allow a little extra time to defeat her.

ASCENSION
Adjusted the minimum time required to gain ascension levels to account for the four extra scrolls granted to all characters.

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