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.

Update Notes: Tuesday June 7, 2016 — Summer Ethereals!

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There was no downtime notice, but…

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00am~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CST

From the EQ2 Forums:

SUMMER ETHEREAL EVENT

  • Summer Ethereal Items are here! Characters may pick up a new mission that will grant an Ethereal Coin with a chance at an Ethereal item. Ethereal coins may be used to purchase Ethereal rewards at a new merchant in Thalumbra: the Ever Deep.
  • Ethereal daily and weekly heroic missions are now available in Thalumbra! Speak to Holstin Coresprock for the daily mission and VV.E.E.K.I_.Y IIIissi0N5 for the weekly mission.

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Collectibles near Monolith of Woe and Ember Hive in Kylong Plains are no longer buried by snow or rock.
  • Harvestables and shinies will now despawn 5 minutes after opened instead of 2 minutes.

ITEMS

  • Tier 2 raid armor from the Scourge Wastes now grant the correct 6 resolve.
  • Paying Homage to the Past – Is now available from Navarius Orvalis <Sage> in Freeport.
  • The city Sages have received a huge shipment of Lore & Legend books, available for those who have completed the corresponding Mastery.
  • Fearknight is now available to purchase from Noble Tark Validus <Loyalty Merchant>.
  • Staff, Sai, Katana, and Mace of the Hua Mein are now heirloom

Update Notes: Wednesday June 1, 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:

ZONES / POPULATION
The Siege [Raid]

  • Sanctifier Goortuk should now have lower resolve when fought in normal mode.

Barren Sky

  • The 3 Princes have had their encounter level lowered

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Spine of Ancient Terror[/eq2u] now has the correct 14 resolve.

and…

MARKETPLACE

  • Legends of Norrath loot card packs are now available on the marketplace. Specific campaign packs will be available for a limited time and will alternate after a set period. When opened, each Legends of Norrath loot card pack will grant a single tradeable reward bag. Once that bag has been opened the item contained within will be bound to that account.

Ethereal Coins & Vendor Coming This Summer

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MMOs like EverQuest II can’t help but include a loot chase. While EQ2 offers many different styles of gameplay from crafting to decorating to soloing, those players who elect to group or raid find themselves on the loot treadmill and want to be able to point to forward progress. In recent years, the EQ2 team have scattered a few best-in-slot items throughout the content so that crafters and soloers get some “Whoa!” items. Still, most Progression items come from extremely difficult content that requires substantial coordination. There’ll always be that one ridiculously difficult heroic zone. There’s always that Wing 3 of raid content. With Terrors of Thalumbra as well as Altar of Malice (after some post-launch tuning), the heroic content has been made accessible so that more people get to enjoy it. But as with any organized sport, the tolerances between success and failure shrink the higher you go into more challenging fare.

I don’t envy game developers who are forced to create enough content to last a year. What has concerned me about Ethereal runes, Ethereal weapons, Mythicals, and Ancients is that they are acquired almost entirely based on the luck of the dice roll, not player skill or effort. It saps the sense of accomplishment when you say “This item took me 374 heroic runs!” after the person next to you says “I got it the first time through. Now what?”

Tomorrow: Resolve Buff Won’t Penalize Class Stacking

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EverQuest II players have a long memory. The unpopular Critical Mitigation stat was removed from the game over four years ago, yet player suspicion towards progression stats seems to have hardly faded in the intervening years. Buried amongst the update notes for GU100: The Siege of Zek came a new stat, Resolve. Even though the stat is thus far confined to the five strongest raid targets and does not affect Heroic content at all (at least until this fall’s expansion), players have responded strongly.

Over the years, Crit Mit, Crit Avoidance, and Resists have all been used to stratify content and provide a steady treadmill for players to consume dungeons and vanquish raid content. However in the absence of one unifying progression stat, developers have fallen into a vicious cycle of compounding player power at an astonishing rate. Player damage output has grown by a factor of 5,000 in recent years. Whether we want it or not, we need a progression stat to keep growth of the other stats in the realm of sanity. Resolve, rather than a guaranteed death or failure, has been described as a kinder, gentler mitigation stat in our interview with the EQ2 team. The stat affects incoming damage for both players and enemies. With exceptional healing, a shortage of Resolve can be worked around, while the reduction in damage received by the enemy may be an even bigger obstacle.

EQ2Wire Interviews the EQ2 Team About Game Update 100: The Siege of Zek

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On April 28th, EverQuest II launched its level 100 content release “The Siege of Zek“. The update takes us back to Zek, the Orcish Wastes and a lot has changed in 12 years. While the original level 35-appropriate zone can still be accessed, players may now choose to travel to the new level 100 Scourge Wastes. The update contains updated versions of classic Zek zones in Advanced Solo, Heroic, Event Heroic, and Heroic Contested versions as well as a Raid zone. Rather than a simple up-tiering of existing zones, the Designers and Art Team have put a lot into this All Access-only update with totally redone Orc models and many other touches that make this content feel fresh.

As it had been a couple of weeks since the release of the Siege of Zek, we had an opportunity to peruse the official EQ2 forums for player questions and concerns. The EQ2 team are already working flat out on EverQuest II’s thirteenth expansion slated for later this year, so our interview focuses on the few questions that I submitted about itemization and some of the new systems in the update including Heartbound, which is an in-game celebration of the real-life bonds that players have developed, and the new progression-tied Resolve stat.

After the jump, our interview!

Update Notes: Tuesday May 17, 2016

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST
EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fervor will no longer apply twice when damage is being duplicated from another source.

ZONES / POPULATION
The Siege [Raid]

  • The Weapon of War’s “War” buff can now be properly removed. Hardened By War remains unable to be removed.

Scourge Keep [Both Versions]

  • Prime Vigoth Ansleborg’s flanking order should be less strict to follow for fighters.

Update Notes: Tuesday May 10, 2016

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • A new Prestige Server Poll has been launched, check your in game mail for details!

ZONES / POPULATION

  • The lizardmen in The Fabled Temple of Cazic-Thule will now drop Thulian Puzzle Boxes.
  • Pork Chop should no longer barrel through walls when running in fear in Scourge Keep.

The Fabled Sanctum of Fear [Heroic]

  • Golem hearts are no longer needed to spawn Dread, Fright, or Terror.

Update Notes: Thursday May 5, 2016

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

Extended Update
Today’s update, slated to take two hours, took nearly four. A now locked Discussion on the EQ2 Forums.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Fixed a bug where characters logged out in membership only zones would not be playable if your membership lapsed.

Scourge Keep [Heroic]

  • Added a gong to the arena which can be struck periodically after the arena starts to summon a single enemy combatant a time.
  • Undead orc combatants will enter the arena at a slightly increased rate.

Game Update Notes: Tuesday May 3rd

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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: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Lowered the hit points of monsters in Level Agnostic dungeons.

The Siege [Raid]

  • Durtung should no longer be immune to the same damage types as his adds are immune to.
  • Required resolve for all bosses have been lowered to compensate for duplicate classes in raid makeup.
  • Sanctifier Goortuk should no longer kill players when logging in from a linkdeath due to assumed low power level.

Scourge Keep [Both Versions]

  • Some things required to spawn something are now stackable.
  • Qulkor’s dungeon key should be much more visible.

Game Update 100 “The Siege of Zek” is Now Live!

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

The moment we’ve been talking about for months has finally arrived: it’s the launch day for GU100! Are you ready to voyage to the Scourge Wastes and take on terrifying new adversaries? Will you be scouting for shinies to complete over forty new collections? Is your heart ready to connect itself to its true mate? All this and more awaits you with the launch of GU100!

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Access to special zones is one of the perks of having an All Access membership. In GU100 we’ve added Zek, the Scourge Wastes and Scourge Keep. Also, Fabled versions of Ruins of Varsoon, Temple of Cazic-Thule, Chamber of Immortality, and Sanctum of Fear that have been updated for level 100 players. You’ll need an active membership to adventure in these zones.

Update Notes: Thursday April 28, 2016 — GU100: The Siege of Zek

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From the EQ2 Forums:

THE SIEGE OF ZEK
The Orcish Wastes have been invaded! The Green Hood and Deathfist clan have been routed by a new breed of orc, The Scourge, who are preparing their armies to advance beyond the wastes. They must be stopped, or Norrath will be ruled by the tyrants of The Hounds of War!

  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Heroic]: Story Progressed Heroic Overland Zone
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Solo]: Story Progressed Solo Overland Zone
  • Signature Quests – Special quests for max level Adventure players! Check your mail for how to get started!
  • Level Agnostic Shard of Love – Version of Shard of Love: Moment in Valor dungeon that scales for players 20-100!
  • Heartbound: Become heartbound to that special someone to gain a nifty new title and bonuses for playing together!
  • New stat “Resolve” which NPCs and players alike can raise. Matching your opponent’s resolve will keep you from incurring added damage from the adversary and make it easier to keep your outgoing damage at its full potential. All Terrors of Thalumbra items have gained the resolve stat to help get you started!
  • Equip 2 Relic Items AND 1 Greater Relic item

On Test: Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes”

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Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes” has been under invite-only beta for the last three weeks and tonight it will hit the Test server to allow for a bit of public testing prior to its April 28th launch. Bugs should be reported on the EverQuest II Bug Tracker. The full Test Update Notes can be read here, but we’re going to cherry pick a few interesting points

This update is heading to test later tonight, ETA ~10pm PST.

GENERAL

  • GU 100 is now available on Test server. Level 100 players should expect to receive an in game mail directing them further.
  • Removed the embedded Legends of Norrath (LoN) client from the EverQuest II client. If you wish to continue playing LoN, please download and use the standalone client available at www.legendsofnorrath.com.
  • Characters on Thurgadin have been granted legacy server titles.
  • Fixed a bug where it would take a long time for your Daybreak Cash balance to show in the marketplace window.
  • Fixed a bug where players could lock other players out of Kralet Penumbra.

[TLE] Contested Avatar Now On Stormhold!

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Because we have awesome devs, and through some game archaeology, the EQ2 team have been able to bring back one of the original Avatars to coincide with today’s unlocking of the Echoes of Faydwer expansion on the Stormhold Time-Locked Expansion server. If this devilishly difficult Avatar  proves popular, additional avatars of that era might conceivably be brought back as well. The initial versions of these avatars were complex, requiring a tightly coordinated strategy. From the EQ2 Forums:

Do YOU have what it takes to defeat the Avatar of Growth, Tunare? This contested raid is now available on Stormhold, our Time-Locked Expansion server!

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Note: This is the only avatar that is currently available on Stormhold.

Update Notes: Tuesday April 12, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

STORMHOLD

  • The travel bells in Greater Faydark and Sinking Sands are now restricted to the city zones, Antonica,and Commonlands.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Antechamber of Fate

  • Adds in the Cheldrak encounter should no longer break with a full raid force.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Overwhelming Azure Light and Overwhelming Golden Light should no longer trigger a failure condition if the respective Captain is defeated before it wears off.

GU100 Preview: Scourge Keep

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re getting close to the launch of GU 100! This Members-Only content is planned to be released on Thursday, April 28th, and we’re continuing to preview the exciting new and updated content that will be available in it. If you missed the first two, you can read them here and here.

Now it’s time to venture in to Scourge Keep!

From Chris “Chrol” Garlick on the EQ2 Forums:

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Deathfist Citadel. It was once the stronghold of the great orc emperor, Fyst, and his savage Deathfist clan, who held sway over all the lands known as Zek, the Orcish Wastes. But that was the past. The grip the Deathfists had upon the land has been completely severed by the coming of a new breed of stronger, more intelligent orc, known simply as The Scourge.

After rising up from what was once known as Blood Ore Valley, The Scourge spread devastation throughout the wastes, swiftly taking the citadel for themselves and renaming the fortress Scourge Keep, and the valley from which they were born The Siege, where their leaders machinate against anyone who would oppose them.

This would include the Green Hoods, who have been at the forefront of the battle against the Deathfist Empire. With the aid of heroes from throughout Norrath, they kept the Deathfist contained within the wastes. Now, with this new orc threat, the Green Hoods look again for help from beyond the wastes, and know that this time – if gone unanswered – not only will their time on Norrath be at an end, but so too could the rest of the world with the release of the Scourge horde.

Update Notes: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

US  & EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00AM PST* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Halls of Seeing [Raid]

  • The Enforcer of Captivity is once again epic x4.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • The Forge Golem should now spawn correctly when getting a flawless kill on Cronnin/Dellmun, Kiernun, Bereth, Htardlem/Amzzem/Uigirf, and one of the Captains.
  • The Forge Golem has had new items added as an additional drop to his loot table.
  • Bereth should be back to his normal shenanigans when attempting to defeat him.

Kralet Penumbra: Uzulu Deep [Event Heroic]

  • Thought Graze and Thought Overload will no longer be cast multiple times in succession by Urzzra-Uzulu.

ITEMS

  • The Tallonite illusions granted by Mastery of the Karig’Dal and Tallonite Defender will now keep their appearances while riding mounts.
  • Aphotic Linked Hands have been renamed to [eq2u]Aphotic Linked Boots[/eq2u]. No more gloves on your feet… Silly adventurers.
  • [eq2u]Joculos, the Enduring[/eq2u] will now grant more potency and ability modifier.
  • Dirt encrusted keys may now be purchased from Sarforth.

Later update notes from Bunji:

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused some kills in the zone to identify as flawless kills when they were not.
  • Ashenfell and Graybeard Sureshots now give more time for reaction before attempting to kill priests.
  • Sureshots in the Captains encounter should more reliably miss with a fighter uses intervene on their target.

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • [eq2u]Signet of Pure Terror[/eq2u] now correctly requires a Stone of Ashenfell Power or Stone of Greybeard Power as a purchase requirement.

ITEMS

  • Psionist Crowns can now be upgraded through crafting using either original crowns or newly dropped crowns. Required component is now any crown of that armor type.
  • Psionist Helms that were previously upgraded using the Mindstone Crystal can now be crafted into the new version of the crown. The recipe book has had the new recipes added.
  • New armor drops* now have a descriptor added to their name for clarity.

Caith added:

ITEMS

  • The potency and crit bonus of Echoes of Faydwer dropped and quested rewards have been adjusted to match new progression.

* The new raid and heroic drops added on February 17th are having their names changed slightly so they can be viewed side-by-side in game (and as a side benefit, they will no longer conflict on EQ2U).

EQ2Wire Asks: Replace or Upgrade?

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Armor-Choice

The purpose of New Content in any MMORPG is to provide additional length to the “treadmill” so that players who revisit heroic dungeons or raids always have new things to do. New zones provide new rewards that raise the bar and keep that loot chase going. It is totally expected that when a new content update or expansion is released that previous items will be trumped by new ones. However we’ve seen something new and unexpected since the release of the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion.

In an update on January 20th, existing Weapons and Jewelry items were removed from the loot tables of current enemies in raid zones and then newly upgraded Weapons and Jewelry items were added. These new weapons and jewelry had new names.

In an update on February 17th, existing Armor pieces had their Crit Bonus and Potency slightly upgraded, then removed from loot tables while newly upgraded Armor items were added with hugely upgraded Crit Bonus and Potency. This new armor had the same names as previous items.

There is no doubt that the Terrors of Thalumbra raid gear at launch was hardly worth getting out of bed for. Clearly something had to be done to itemization and we’ve been assured that this was the best way to do it with the time available. However there are several concerns with this approach of replacing rather than upgrading items inline.

Update Notes: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — SERVERS UP!

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8:30am PST Update: This maintenance appears to be running long.

10:00am PST Update from RadarX: I’ve updated the main post but we are currently looking at before 12:00 PM PT ([3PM EST] 8 PM GMT).

12:00pm PST Update: Servers are now up after a five hour downtime.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: The Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Changed the message given when triggering the Forge Golem.

LIVE EVENTS
The Erollisi Day “Lovely Lacquer” achievement can now be updated by crafting the passionate and romantic filigree rugs.

QUESTS

  • The Wind of Strife Blows Fickle – The update is now found in the truck at the foot of the bed in Viktor T’Hoth’s room, to better fit the description.
  • Restoring the Underfoot Cathedral – Each of the tormented Serilian spirits can now only be seen by players on the appropriate step of the quest, and they no longer can be damaged lower than 3% of their health (thus allowing them to be updated by the “Serilian Spirit Gems”).
  • A Mind of My Own – The quest journal now specifies that you can return to Talvrae if you ever lose the kobold pet.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – Triggering the mount station updates will now be much easier, even if the player is mounted.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – The Butcherblock Mountain station now properly updates the quest.
  • A Time of Growth – Obtaining another sapling from Arbos is much more intuitive, if you have misplaced it.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue that reduced ranged auto-attack damage.
  • Heroic and raid Terrors of Thalumbra armor rewards have been upgraded [in place], and all new armor rewards will now drop in Terrors of Thalumbra Heroic and raid zones.
  • Signature Rewards are no longer Relic, but are instead Prestige.
  • Confidence will now grant the correct bonuses when grouped.
  • Signet of Pure Terror no longer has an effect, and now grants base stats on the item itself.

Update Notes: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST
UPDATE: It appears that it is still not possible to complete the Terrors of Thalumbra collection of collections or ”Meta Collection”. In a post from Kander, he said:

There is an issue, we’ll have it fixed ASAP.

This wasn’t intended at all. Its been a total mess. We apologize. We have again upgraded the final reward and hopefully it will be worth everyone’s time and frustration.

Looks like this fix will be February 2nd. We’re having some internal conflicts and wont be able to patch until then. Thanks for being patient everyone.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Charmed creatures in agnostic zones will no longer be supercharged.

Bonemire

  • Corpse Candles can no longer be charmed.

Kralet Penumbra: Rise to Power

  • Bone Crushing Swings and Pressure of the Deep no longer effect Dissonance of Savagery.

MERCENARIES

  • Mercenaries will now suspend after a period of player inactivity.
  • Mercenaries no longer have any initial hiring fees.

Update Notes: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — REVISED

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~12:00am EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST
NOTICE: It seems that much of today’s intended patch did not get applied to the game servers. Please see the revised update notes below. The servers will be bounced today to apply the patch.

Update from Caith:

Looks like a large part of the patch didn’t make it to the live servers in this morning’s hotfix, so this is still currently bugged. We’re working on getting it out asap.

and from Gninja:

We are working to get the parts of the patch that did not make it to live servers remedied asap. We are working on it as we speak. Thanks…

Here’s what got patched (from the EQ2 Forums), including that frustrating bug affecting the progression of numerous Zones such as Castle Highhold

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented interaction with many objects and NPCs.

ITEMS

  • Thalumbra fertilizers drop more frequently. [eq2u]bag of gypsum[/eq2u], [eq2u]flask of deep water[/eq2u], [eq2u]gnawed bone[/eq2u]
  • Items with the ability “Soulfeast” will now properly upgrade from items with “Soulthirst“.

Update Notes: Thursday, January 7, 2016 — 3 Hrs for Maj’Dul, Stormhold, Deathtoll

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers, Tradeskill

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST

EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

  • Stormhold & Deathtoll – Approx downtime three hours for Kingdom of Sky content prep.  We’re estimating that these servers will open at 10AM PST.
  • Maj’Dul – Approx downtime three hours for server maintenance

Tonight is the last night of Frostfell until later this year, while tomorrow sees the unlocking of Kingdom of Sky on the Time-Locked Expansion servers. Meanwhile on live servers, in addition to a number of content fixes, we will also see a potentially significant change to AAs. Abilities that used to grant Crit Bonus will now grant Potency instead.

Finally we must say goodbye to a feature that has worked inconsistently at best for many years but must have proven too difficult to fix. With tomorrow’s update, the PvP Arena feature will be disabled in EverQuest II, with the rewards from that content, including unique house pets, being moved to the Loyalty merchant.

From the EQ2 Forums:

TIME-LOCKED EXPANSION SERVERS
General

  • All encounters received a global balance update that can be adjusted dynamically by development.
  • Level 20+ encounters now mitigate damage based on level and tier.
  • All blue stats have been unlocked with the exception of crit bonus.
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