EQ2 Official Support for Windows XP Ending in June 2016

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

In November 2014, the EverQuest II team spent additional time debugging the game’s graphically demanding Altar of Malice expansion to make sure the game continued to work on the end-of-life Windows XP and soon-to-follow Windows Vista. In November 2015, further effort was expended making sure the in-game Marketplace supported these obsolete systems. However it seems that time is running out on legacy Windows support.

According to an announcement on the EQ2 Forums, EverQuest II will receive some kind of update in June 2016 which will render the game unplayable on Windows XP. Vista may share the same fate at some future date. While it may be possible to institute further workarounds to get the game working, players will not receive official support from Daybreak in these attempts.

As mentioned in the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion, the minimum system requirements to run EverQuest 2 at this time is Windows 7 and we have not offered support for [previous] systems since it’s launch in 2015. While an older OS may have continued to function, after the first game update in June these may no longer be able to run the game in an optimal manner.

Please ensure you have reviewed the specifications here.

Windows XP, introduced in 2001, is fully end-of-life and stopped receiving any kind of security or stability updates on April 8, 2014. It should not be used except on internet-disabled computers for mission critical applications. Windows Vista, introduced in 2006, will reach its official end-of-life next April 11, 2017 and will no longer receive updates either. The announcement thread is locked from any customer replies, so clearly the topic has reached an “end of discussion” stage.

 

Members Get DOUBLE Status from May 19 through May 24, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Members! Want to fill up your status bar? Looking to improve your guild’s status bar? Well, good news! From noon (12:00PM) PDT on Thursday, May 19 through noon (12:00PM) PDT Tuesday, May 24, members can earn DOUBLE PERSONAL STATUS and DOUBLE GUILD STATUS!

ALL servers are included in this special bonus weekend, which means those of you on Stormhold (who are all members already) will get to take advantage of the Double Status.

Being a member has its perks! Not a member yet? Visit www.everquest2.com/membership to learn more!

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

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

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

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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!

Terrors of Thalumbra Rare Heroic Loot Merchant is Live

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

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From the EQ2 Forums:

A “Merchant of Rarities” has rare heroic drops from Terrors of Thalumbra dungeons available to players that are looking to pick up an item that has been eluding them, or to get a character caught up to adventure in Thalumbra and beyond!

Are you looking for awesome new Green Adornments? Koolor Ironblood has them!

Koolor Ironblood can be found in Thalumbra: the Ever Deep. He has items to purchase for status, for platinum, and for Coin of the Eternal Queen. What items are YOU most excited for?

UPDATE from Kander:

We missed the rare raid trash drop cloaks and belts. We will be adding them to the merchant next hotfix.

We will absolutely not be adding the rare mythical weapons.

After the jump, the complete list of items available from the merchant…

Update Notes: Tuesday May 17, 2016

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

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.

EverQuest II Surveys Players About Prestige Servers

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

Thanks to a player who sent us this screenshot…

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Player Poll

Which of the following two prestige servers would interest you more?

  • No-Hierlom: All Heirloom items can be traded freely between players.
  • Race to Trakanon: A seasonal server race to Kunark end game to earn exclusive rewards redeemable on live servers for all participants.
  • Both: I want to have access to both, though I know they will be separate servers.

Update Notes: Tuesday May 10, 2016

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

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

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

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 100: The Siege of Zek Info Around the Web

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

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EQ2Traders maven Niami Denmother has delivered another extensive writeup for the recent Game Update 100: The Siege of Zek. Her site documents the new recipes and crafting which are now available for All Access subscribers:

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Meanwhile EQ2Library has developed an entire GU100: Zek  the Scourge Wastes page with copious information about this update:

Game Update Notes: Tuesday May 3rd

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

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.

Freeport City Festival Returns (May 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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All hail the Overlord – the Freeport City Festival returns to the Commonlands from May 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Freeport Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 119 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Portal Jumper title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on May 1st – 11:59pm PT on May 7th
WHERE: Commonlands, near The Crossroads, /loc -563, -49, -427
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Marketplace: New Mercenary Crates and Ultra Rare Mercenary

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

New Mercenary Crates are now available in the Marketplace starting today, April 28th, 2016!

The new Stormcaller series features mercenaries who are fashioned after the ever-popular Perrin Wanderhoof, and they use Fury class abilities! There are 10 new appearances for this popular mercenary, including some very unique and sought-after versions like this fierce warrior:

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Update Notes: Friday April 29, 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: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Zek, The Scourge Wastes

  • Killing Warrider Steeltusk before killing his lackeys will no longer result in them attacking you while invisible.

Shard of Love

  • The non-agnostic version of the zone has been re-added to the zone entrance in Everfrost for those who do not want to run the Agnostic version.
  • The health of the creatures found in the Agnostic version of the zone have been slightly lowered.

Fabled Chamber of Immortality

  • The door in Thundering Steppes now allows more than 2 players to zone in.

Fabled Sanctum of Fear

  • The door in Thundering Steppes now allows more than 2 players to zone in.

ITEMS

  • Removed the effect Perfect Being from Siren Scale Pouch.
  • Corrected the item tier on charms from the Scourge Wastes.

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

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

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

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

US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT
EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT

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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”

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

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.

Members-Only Bonus XP/Status (April 22-27)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General

From EverQuest2.com:

We’re less than a week away from GU 100! Are YOU going to be ready to venture in to the new adventures that await you in the scourge wastes and beyond? Spend the next few days getting yourself (and maybe some of your alts!) prepared with MEMBERS ONLY bonuses:

  • Bonus XP
  • Double Guild Status
  • Double Personal Status

These bonuses will begin at 12:00PM (Noon) PDT on Friday, April 22 and will run through the weekend and into next week, until 12:00PM (Noon) PDT on Wednesday, April 27. The launch of GU100 is scheduled for the next day, Thursday, April 28!

These bonuses are available for members only, and this upcoming content release is for members only. So if you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on all that’s coming to Norrath in the next few weeks. Become a member today at www.everquest2.com/membership.

GU100 Preview: Treasure Hunts

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

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From Chris “Chrol” Garlick on the EQ2 Forums:

Timed treasure hunts return for GU100 – this time in Zek, the Scourge Wastes! Search the solo version of the Wastes for the solo level timed treasure hunts, or bring friends to the heroic wastes and take your chances with the heroic level timed treasure hunts. But be forewarned – the heroic versions of these quests are tough, and time won’t be on your side!

You’ll be rewarded for your efforts! Completing the heroic level timed treasure hunts grants a dirty key that has a chance of rewarding a more valuable key when cleaned. And what do these valuable keys open? Why, treasure chests of course! These all new valuable keys open a new set of treasure chests scattered throughout the Wastes. So get out there, collect those keys, and find your treasure – there’s no time to Waste!

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, 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
/loc 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/loc -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/loc -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/loc -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/loc -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

Splitpaw, Storms, & Valor Consolidation into Thurgadin Now Under Way

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

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As of 9:00am PDT this morning, the consolidation of the Splitpaw, Storms (FR), and Valor (DE) servers is under way. The newly combined server, Thurgadin, will be an English language EQ2 server operating out of the Level 3 datacenter in Amsterdam. While chat in French and German will be possible, no translations of Quests, Items, Recipes, Spells, etc. will be available. The maintenance is expected to last 24 hours.

The detailed announcement can be read here: Server Consolidation: Splitpaw, Storms, & Valor – Monday, April 18 @ 9AM PDT

GU100 Preview: Collections

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

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From Laylaih, Communications Coordinator, on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re getting even closer to the members-only launch of GU 100 on Thursday, April 28, 2016. If you haven’t seen our other preview articles yet, make sure you catch up on everything that’s been unveiled so far:

And now, we’re going to talk about Collections & Heritage Collections!

From Kyle “Kander” Vallee on the EQ2 Forums:

For GU 100, we will have over 40 new collections for you to seek, spread throughout all of the new content in the update, including both solo and heroic versions of Zek, the Scourge Wastes, and both advanced solo and heroic versions of Scourge Keep. You will also find new collections within each of the new fabled zones: The Fabled Temple of Cazic-Thule, The Fabled Ruins of Varsoon, The Sanctum of Fear and the Chamber of Immortality. All of these collections for the update must be sought out in order to complete the rare meta-collections and receive the final rewards.

One of these many zones from GU 100 will also contain a secret rare collection which we are calling a Heritage Collection, as it contains bits and pieces from the heritage quests for the Short Sword of Ykesha and the Shiny Brass Shield. Both of these quests were featured in the original Orcish Wastes and these collections are homage to those infamous heritage quests. Upon completing these collections you will have a choice between a fabled version of these items that have new updated effects.

Antonia Bayle Login/Crashing Issues — April 13 – Ongoing

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

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Players have been reporting issues with trying to login to the Antonia Bayle server since last night yesterday morning. Specifically, their Antonia Bayle-based characters are missing from the Character Select screen, or they are dropped when zoning. We’ll update when we have more information. As of 7:00pm PDT, issues continue with players unable to Zone or login all their Antonia Bayle characters.

Update as of April 17thDay five of issues with the Antonia Bayle server. We have stickied this article to the top of EQ2Wire until the issues are resolved.

Update as of April 16th: This issue seems to have returned as players are reporting it again.

At 10:21am PDT on April 15th RadarX posted:

We’re still working on this issue and don’t have an ETA at this time. We know it’s frustrating for you guys and it’s just as frustrating for us I assure you. We hope to have this resolved really soon.

Norrathian Spotlight: The Talented, Fascinating Cyliena

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From Suka on the EQ2 Forums:

Ok, I know, I said on Facebook that I would only put these out on Wednesdays. But this one is special in a number of ways. First this is about a very special person and second, I intend to try something new in the post.

We have a person on our forums and in the game who has made a major difference to all of us. For the past few years she has been someone we have looked up to, have been in awe of her abilities, and it is a special privilege and honor to be able to present her in a spotlight. I personally have loved seeing her homes and have read her articles and guides on ZAM, EQ2Wire and other sites. Without further ado, let me introduce you to one of most interesting and talented persons we have in the game. I am sure a lot of you are very familiar with her already.

I present to you Cyliena:

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Continue reading the interview after the jump…

GU 100 Preview: The Experience Vial System

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From  Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

The launch of GU 100 is just around the corner! So far, we’ve unveiled The Island of Zek Scourge Wastesthe new Fabled Zones, and the raids in Scourge Keep. Today, to get you ready for the anticipated Thursday, April 28th launch, we’re going to introduce you to the new Experience Vial system!

While the content for GU 100 will be released only to All Access Members, this new Experience Vial system is accessible in the Marketplace and usable by all players! Who will you share your experience with first?

Want to get your hands on everything GU 100? Then become a member! Find out more at www.everquest2.com/membership.

UPDATE: An EQ2 player Aivet has put together an XP Vial Spreadsheet with these estimates based on 200,000 XP vials:

  • 1 vial will get you from level 1 to level 31
  • 9 vials to get from level 99 to level 100
  • 88 vials to get from level 1 to level 100

UPDATE from Dexella:

We’ve clarified with Dev. These will not be available on Stormhold.

From Robert “Caith” Fouts on the EQ2 Forums:

Ever wish you could bottle up your hard-earned experience and share it with your friend or guildmate? Wait no longer, and allow me to introduce the new Experience Vial system!

Experience Vials will allow players to purchase empty vials off of the EverQuest 2 Marketplace for Daybreak Cash; these vials can be used to “bottle” experience points as you earn them. Once you fill up an empty vial, you will be able to claim a full vial which you can give to a friend or alt, sell on the broker, or even save for yourself for later.

Here is how the system works:

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