12-Month All Access is $72 for a Limited Time

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General

From EverQuest2.com:

Ready to add another year of membership perks to your account? NOW is the time! Beginning at 9:00AM PT on Thursday, August 25, 2016 the 12-Month All Access Membership will be available for only $71.99 USD* (regular price = $119.88 USD). That works out to less than $6.00/month!

Benefits of the 12-Month All Access Membership include:

  • Premium benefits in EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2 (PC), and DC Universe Online (PC)
  • 10% off Marketplace purchases
  • 500 Daybreak Cash Reward to claim each month
  • Special membership offers and promotions throughout the year

For full benefits, visit our All Access page.

This special price is available for a limited time only! Want to get your hands on this great deal? Make sure you purchase the 12-Month All Access Membership by 11:59PM PT on Monday, August 29, 2016!

*Sale/Promotional rates will renew at the standard rate. The standard rate will automatically renew for successive 12-month terms until cancelled.

Here’s how to get the rate:

  • Login to account management, choose membership info.
  • Click “upgrade membership” (even if you’re already a 12-month subscriber).
    • 12-month subscribers are seeing that their account will renew at the promo rate on their auto-renew day, even if it doesn’t fall within the promotional dates. This is likely just a display error.
    • If you want the rate, get it before 11:59pm PT on August 29th.
  • Choose the promo rate, enter card info, and complete the sale.

This is how the promotion is applied:

  • Your card will be charged the $71.99 immediately.
  • Your subscription will have +12 months added to it.
    • For example, my subscription previously had a renew date of 4/3/2017. It now has a renew date of 4/3/2018.
    • Any previously paid time and promotional paid time display as “pre-paid time” in membership info.
    • As mentioned above, your membership will not renew at the discounted rate in the future, despite what account management says.

Hopefully that clears up the confusion we’ve been seeing on the chat channels!

Update Notes: Thursday August 25, 2016

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

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.

Commentary: Daybreak Calls, Legends of Norrath Folds

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

This commentary piece comes to us from guest author Dellmon of EQ2Talk.com.

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The day has arrived and the online trading card game Legends of Norrath is no more. I suppose this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who played or is familiar with the game. LoN had long since reached the tipping point where, even in lights-out, no-development, break-fix-only support was costing more than the game was bringing in.

There was no fanfare. No sendoff. No final bonanza giveaway week or God-mode gameplay. No last hurrah. Not even a reminder post on the forums. Legends of Norrath went out not with a bang but with a whimper. Honestly between you and me – I don’t think there is anyone left at Daybreak who knows enough about supporting LoN to even attempt anything beyond hitting the power switch.

Within the Daybreak family, LoN seemed to be that uncle that, while still part of the family, no one ever talked about. He was always just hanging around creepily, standing in the corner sipping on a bottle of who-knows-what out of a brown paper bag. LoN was the only Daybreak title that customers could still spend green dollars on, yet did not have its own Twitter handle, Facebook page, or even its own support forums (which were summarily deleted despite receiving sporadic use). The Community and Marketing teams ranked LoN discussions up there with EQ and EQ2 General Gameplay in its twilight days — superfluous.

So why write a commentary about a sunset game that is gone and has taken up residence in the Parthenon of Former SOE Titles alongside Star Wars Galaxies and Free Realms (both of which also had incorporated card games too), EQ Worlds, or the absolutely amazing Fortune League? Well, some time ago I boldly said that I enjoyed LoN and that I was having fun playing it and Feldon aghast and in a bit of a shock asked why and dared me to write an article about this revelation and confession. Honestly I don’t think he believed I’d really do it. But here we are…

500DBC Marketplace Limited Time Offer Window

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

EverQuest II players with an All Access subscription can claim 500DBC every month as a reward for subscribing. To further sweeten this deal (and drive sales rather than stockpiling), a new “Offer Claim” window has been added with limited-time offers. Here’s an example — presumably the offers will change and may even be randomized:

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Hat tip to stickmack for reporting this to us.

DING! Heroic Characters Now Start at Level 95

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

From EverQuest2.com:

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Beginning their journey in the Tranquil Sea, new Heroic Characters will venture into the battles of Norrath starting as Level 95 Adventurers!

Want to experience these new Heroic Characters for yourself? Log in to EverQuest II by 12:00PM (Noon) PT on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and you will get your first Level 95 Heroic Character FOR FREE!

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The free Heroic upgrade icon on the Character Select screen. If the graphic is not there, just click in the empty space to the right of your character name.

A few things to note:

  • If you have previously purchased a Heroic Character, it will not automatically become Level 95. Only new Heroic Characters begin at this level.
  • You must have had an EQ2 account in good standing on/prior to 12:00PM PT on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in order to get the free Heroic Character. If you create a brand new account, it will not be eligible for the promotion, unless the account has membership.

Commentary

If you have not already got accounts sitting around with unleveled characters, the smart money here is to create a new account, roll a new character, add a Krono to the account, and bam you can upgrade that character to level 95 for free. A $60 value for $19.

On the flipside, if you already paid $35 for a level 90 Heroic character, today’s update will not automatically ding that character to level 95. If you recently purchased a Heroic character, I might be inclined to contact Customer Service and see if there’s any wiggle room here. $35 is $35.

Double Personal Status, Guild Status, and Alternative Currency for ALL players — August 23 – 29

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From EverQuest2.com:

As August winds to a close, we have doubled up on bonuses for ALL players!

From 12:00PM (Noon) PT on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 through 12:00PM (Noon) PT on Monday, August 29, 2016, everyone in Norrath will receive:

  • Double Personal Status
  • Double Guild Status
  • Double Alternative Currency

All Access Members – This special promotional bonus stacks with your regular member bonus!

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization

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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.

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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The monthly Moonlight Enchantments event begins tonight! The grottos open up on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion for all servers.

Grotto Zone & Location Collection Quest(s)
Brownie Darklight Wood
/way 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/way -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/way -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/way -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/way -132, -44, -771
Flower Petals Seasonal Blooms
Blooming Good Tea

Achievement: Shinies Beneath the Moonlight
Merchant Items: See on EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Traders Corner | EQ2 Design Gallery

Update Notes: Tuesday August 16, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00am~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET

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

storm Stormhold: 7:00am ~ Noon PDT | 10:00am ~ 3:00pm EDT | 15:00 ~ 20:00 BST | 16:00 ~ 21:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Lyceum

  • Vilucidae the Priest of Thule is once again Lord over the Lyceum.

Scourge Keep [Heroic and Advanced Solo]

  • The Glutton should no longer fail to spawn.

ITEMS

  • The ability modifier for Galiaia the Just, Deraklas the Destroyer, Diathena the Reconciler and Uranon the Avenging will now correctly apply.
  • Undying Invoker’s Wand now has the correct number of blue stats.

ABILITIES

  • Corrected an issue that prevented potency, crit bonus and fervor buff reduction from applying to many swarm pets.

STORMHOLD (Time-Locked Expansion)

  • Rise of Kunark expansion content is now available!

Daybreak Maintenance: Tuesday, August 16 @ 5AM – 8AM PDT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

 5:00~8:00am PDT | 8:00am~11:00am EDT | 14:00~17:00 BST | 10:00~13:00 CEDT

From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be a general maintenance tomorrow (Tuesday, August 16) beginning at 5:00AM Pacific Time. Commerce and Account Management may be unavailable for 2 – 3 hours. We will update you after 8:00AM PT if any extensions of this maintenance are necessary. Thanks for your patience!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 8, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization

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

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization

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.

Time-Locked Expansion Server Stormhold to Receive Rise of Kunark on August 16th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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It looks like the Rise of Kunark expansion, which was up for its third unlock vote on the Stormhold server, has squeaked by with the exact percentage needed to unlock. If the vote had gone the other way, it would be a full three months before the next one. From the EQ2 Forums:

The results are in! The community has voted and it looks like everyone is ready to assail Chardok and conquer Karnor’s Castle! The Rise of Kunark expansion will launch at noon PT on August 16th.

The final results for those of you interested were 66% of participants voted to unlock the next expansion.

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

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

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!

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

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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.

Stormhold Vote: Unlock Rise of Kunark or Stay on Echoes of Faydwer for 3 Months!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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The Stormhold Time-Locked Expansion server is back at the voting booth for its third ballot asking whether the Rise of Kunark expansion should be unlocked. The imminent launch of the Race to Trakanon server did little to encourage voter turnout as the last Stormhold vote failed with only 46% voting in favor of unlocking Kunark. Now, for the first time in the EQ2 TLE server’s history, it looks like this server may be stuck on its current expansion for three more months. To unlock an expansion, a supermajority (2/3rds) must vote YES.

From the Stormhold server launch announcement comes this curious clause:

Players will have the option to vote to unlock content on Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) servers every 30-days. The voting period will last a week, and if the server votes not to unlock the next expansion, the vote will start again after 30-days.

If the server chooses not to unlock content three times in a row, the votes for the next expansion will change to 90-days in-between votes. This will reset back to 30-days in-between votes after an expansion is successfully unlocked on your server.

Players must be within 20 levels of current content cap to be eligible to vote.

Not surprisingly, the impending vote (which will conclude this Friday August 5th), has garnered loud responses from both sides of the aisle. The first thread on the topic “3rd RoK Vote – 3 more months of EoF if it fails” contains most of the discussion for-and-against. A second thread also gathered some comments on the subject. And finally, a third thread includes a YouTube video promoting the idea of unlocking. I suppose it’s fitting in an election year that campaign videos would be popping up!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 2, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, TLE/Prestige Servers

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.

Commentary: Is the Pokemon GO Phenomenon Over?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

No EverQuest II content whatsoever!

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Talk about being in the right place at the right time. After a single month on the app store of iOS and Android devices, Niantic‘s Pokemon GO (Pokemon being short for Pocket Monster) has obliterated even the loftiest expectations and entered the national consciousness. Some 80 million people have downloaded and played this new augmented reality game. Despite a few early hiccups, including a spying fear when the initial iOS release requested FULL access to your Google profile before a patch fixed it, the game has been a staggering success. The Pokemon GO juggernaut was strong enough to buoy Nintendo’s own stock from a low of 13,500¥ six weeks ago to a high of 31,770¥, a 135% leap, despite the fact that Nintendo actually has no role in and gains no financial benefit from its development. This realization has caused the stock to return to year-over-year averages.

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So why do an article about a game I’ve never even played? Because I feel strongly about APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and public data.

The Pokemon GO app for iPhone and Android provides scant guidance to its players. At first, the app provided a Footsteps feature which provided an exact distance to the nearest monsters. However after one week, this feature was reduced to a misleading estimate that reports all “nearby” Pokemon as being the maximum distance away. With this change, players were obligated to walk (or drive) around aimlessly in search of Pokemon. Nature abhors a vacuum, and, so a cottage industry of third-party websites sprang up including Pokevision, Pokehound, and PokeNotify. These sites harvested game data to pinpoint Pokemon on a convenient Google Maps overlay.

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Kelethin City Festival Returns (August 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events, TLE/Prestige Servers

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Set your sights on Greater Faydark because the Kelethin City Festival returns from August 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, and more. Make sure all your characters have finished the Kelethin Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 94 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bixie Barnstormer title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on August 1st – 11:59pm PT on August 7th
WHERE: Greater Faydark, Green Knoll, /way 536, 44, 53
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

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
General

  • Flight is now allowed in the Skyshrine Capitol and Highhold premium guildhalls.

Time-Locked Servers

  • The travel bell in Qeynos harbor no longer hates time-locked servers.

ITEMS

  • Merchants that sell items for status will now only buy those items back for half of the sell value.

RACE TO TRAKANON

  • The achievement Race: Completed 400 Collections is now Race: Completed 355 Collections.

Don’t Punt the Gnome… Tinkerfest Returns!

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

Tinkerfest LogoThe cogs are oiled and the steam is rolling out—it’s time for Tinkerfest celebrations! The event runs from 12:01am PT on July 21st through 11:59pm PT on August 3rd. This year features one new collection, new quest reward options for “We Can Rebuild”, as well as more merchant items, Tinkering recipes, and Master Tinkerer blueprints. Previous quests will make their return along with the Aether races in Butcherblock, Great Divide, Lavastorm, and Tenebrous Tangle.

tinkerfest_jumppackThe new Tinkerfest Jump pack!

Niami has posted pictures of the new recipe and merchant items over on EQ2 Traders. The Stormhold TLE server will have a special Tinkerfest themed merchant, a celebrating tinkerer—as well as Shiny Tinkerfest Cog spawns—in Freeport, Qeynos, and Steamfont.


Guide Sections:

Too many alts? Get the Tinkerfest quest tracker! Print it out or copy it to your own Google Drive by going to the File menu and choosing “Make a copy…”.

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