Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, November 8 @ 5AM PT

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5:00~8:00am PDT | 8:00am~11:00am EDT | 13:00~16:00 BST | 14:00~17:00 CET
This update is now complete.

From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be a general maintenance on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 beginning at 5:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Gear Up, Level Up #5: November 4-11, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

We’re approaching the end of Gear Up, Level Up, but the bonuses haven’t stopped yet!

From 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, November 4, 2016 until 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, November 11, 2016, ALL Players will be awarded with Double Currency(Including Public Quest Rewards) AND Double Loot!

Head into Norrath to take advantage of these limited-time bonuses!

Commentary

Just a reminder that the exact definition of “Double Loot” has not been explained. As far as we’ve been able to confirm, it’s a 25% chance to get a second batch of loot off of certain enemies in Thalumbra zones.

Update! Here’s an explanation from Kander:

There have been a lot of questions on how this actually works, so I am going to explain it here. Is it a little late in the promo to be explaining it? It really is. We are knee deep in expansion 13 beta and it just sort of got away from us.

So, Double loot means that any heroic zone end boss or any raid boss in Terrors of Thalumbra [currently] has a 25% chance to roll on their loot table and drop it twice in the same kill. They are able to drop anything on their table twice.

I hope that clears things up, we will most certainly be using this again in the future. Thanks to everyone for being understanding and a special thanks to everyone who has been involved in helping us test Kunark Ascending.

Heroes Festival — November 3rd – 14th

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From EverQuest2.com:

It has been twelve years since we first caught sight of the Isle of Refuge and made our way into this magical realm of Norrath. In that time, we have built cities, fought dragons, and – most importantly – formed lasting bonds of friendship with our fellow adventurers.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Heroes’ Festival is returning to Norrath once again. And this year, there is a special reward for anyone who participates! Earn the Twelfth Anniversary Celebration Mount if you complete six Heroes’ Festival Quests during the event.

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On the TLE server Stormhold, the Twelfth Anniversary Celebration Mount will behave like a leaper mount.

Kunark Ascending Preview: Ascension Classes

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From EverQuest2.com:

Kunark Ascending makes Ascension classes available as a form of progression for all max level characters. Ascension classes are the apotheosis of a facet of energy, and are the gateway to ascended power. Once you have completed the Kunark Ascending signature quest line you may speak with one of the four masters in the Obulus Frontier to begin down the path to Ascension.

Ascension Forms

Each Ascension class grants the character the ability to shift into an avatar of that Ascension, converting all damage done from any ability that does not deal damage based on your weapon’s damage type. This conversion will also convert most pet and swarm pet damage.

Update Notes: Tuesday November 1, 2016

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Veeshan’s Peak [Raid]

  • Trakanon’s hitbox has been reduced.
  • Silverwing should no longer charm players.

ITEMS

  • Yha-lei Oracle’s Ring now gives the correct amount of DPS.
  • Corrected some appearances on level 100 boost cloth armor. No more mooning!

QUESTS

  • The Name of Fear – The ancient idol which offers this quest can now also be found at the beginning of “Emperor Atrebe’s Laboratory: The Fabled City of Kor-sha”.

RACE TO TRAKANON

  • Corrected an issue with the achievement “Race: Complete the Assassin Epic Quest” that would prevent it from updating if you completed the epic via the quest “Speak with Preceptor Nyjuss”.

Freeport City Festival Returns (November 1-7)

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All hail the Overlord – the Freeport City Festival returns to the Commonlands from November 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 November 1st – 11:59pm PT on November 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

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

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From EverQuest2.com:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Kunark Ascending Preview: Explore the Obulus Frontier

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

From EverQuest2.com:

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

Kunark Ascending Beta Rewards

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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

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

Preparing for the Kunark Ascending Expansion

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One of the proudest achievements in my EverQuest II history was acquiring my Eagle’s Talon epic weapon while Kunark was still fresh, challenging content. It took many months to find groups to get all the various group updates, many of which required defeating the hardest enemies in the game. Other updates required faction grinding (urrrgh Reet!), collection quests, and other solo side quests. Sadly I could not find a screenshot of when I received the fabled Eagle’s Talon, but I do have the above screenshot of when I acquired the mythical version during my brief flirtation with raiding.

When the Epic Weapon 1.0 quests went live in February 2009, nothing about them had been revealed as there had been no public beta test. They were a complete mystery. Players had to band together and use their knowledge of Lore to seek out the quest starters and find the updates and requirements themselves. Some classes took over a week to find their quest starter. Many of the quests had NO quest feather to help and some had extensive prerequisites requiring hours of gameplay to even start the quest. Fast forward to today, and most quests in EQ2 are expected to be straightforward and obvious, with few if any prerequisites.

Not surprisingly, the announcement that EverQuest II’s upcoming thirteenth expansion Kunark Ascending would have some requirements and prerequisites from older content before players would be allowed to start the new stuff has been met with surprise and searing feedback. After much forum strife, one requirement was dropped: You no longer need to have done the Terrors of Thalumbra Signature quest before you can zone into Obulus Frontier, the expansion’s new overland zone. That’s not to say all requirements  have been dropped.

Moonlight Enchantments Return (Oct 20-21)

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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 October 18, 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:

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue that prevented beta reward mounts from showing up in the /claimed crates. Players who unpacked their crates will be receiving them automatically.
  • Corrected an issue with Faeralith, The Obedient One that made it give less resists then intended.

Kunark Ascending Expansion Will Not Require ToT Sig Quest; Ethereal Runes & Tokens to Become Heirloom

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From Kander on the EQ2 Beta Forums:

We are no longer requiring the ToT Signature quests to start the Kunark Ascending questlines for beta or when it goes live. These changes should be in ASAP. We’ll make sure it gets in the patch notes.

and Kander on the Discord chat:

The Ethereal Merchant is staying up indefinitely. After some very heated discussion, we have decided to make the Ethereal Runes heirloom when the expansion launches. After some even more heated discussion, we have decided to make the ethereal coins heirloom when the expansion launches.

Gear Up, Level Up #2: October 14-21, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

It’s a great week for you to “gear up”- from 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 14, 2016 to 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 21, 2016, ALL Players will receiveDouble Public Quest Rewards AND Double Loot 1.25 Times Loot!

The Double Loot bonus will give you a 25% chance of getting double loot drops from all Terrors of Thalumbra, Scourge Keep, and Fabled Fallen Dynasty raid bosses, as well as from the final bosses in their heroic, event heroic, or solo zones.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and get looting!

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: October 14 @ Noon –  October 21 @ Noon
  • EDT: October 14 @ 3:00pm – October 21 @ 3:00pm
  • BST: October 14 @ 20:00 – October @ 20:00
  • CEDT: October 14 @ 21:00 – October 21 @ 21:00

Nights of the Dead Returns to Norrath

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From EverQuest2.com:

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As the most daring and ghost-hunter-y among us know, Nights of the Dead returned to Norrath in early October! If you haven’t been skulking in the shadows among the spooky seasonal haunts, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to join in the Fall festive fun, since Nights of the Dead will take place through 11:59PM PT on November 2, 2016.

Whether you fancy crafting seasonally appropriate wares or get thrills from hunting ghosts in various haunted locations, there’s something for everyone during Nights of the Dead.

If you’re a resident of the TLE server Stormhold, you can participate in the full Nights of the Dead event this year! This year, Nights of the Dead brings with it a new collection (A Swinging Wake),illusions, house items, and a holiday recipe book!

Of course Niami Denmother has updated her website with all the new goodies in this year’s Nights of the Dead. You can check it out here:

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Daybreak General Maintenance: Thursday, October 13 @ 5AM PT — COMPLETE

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UPDATE COMPLETE!

5:00~7:30am PDT | 8:00am~10:30 EDT | 13:00~15:30 BST | 14:00~16:30 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be a general maintenance on Thursday, October 13, 2016 beginning at 5:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

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

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

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

Tell me more about the Kunark Ascending expansion!

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

Update Notes: Tuesday October 11, 2016 — Fix for Out-of-Memory Crashing

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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:

GENERAL

  • The Kunark Ascending Beta will be available at 12PM PST on 10/11/2016. Participation in the beta will allow players to earn rewards that can be /claimed on live server!

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue with Mindbender’s, Elementalist’s, Mesmerizer’s, Graverobber’s, Despoiler’s, and Evoker’s Symbols that made them pretend to be weapons, and thus unusable by casters.
  • Fixed a bug preventing some level 100 boost ranged items from using the correct ammo.
  • Mistress Zhvari’s Sash of Station and Mistress Zhvari’s Girdle of Station now are flagged as Fabled, and are to be more competitive with other end game belts. They now have 5 resolve and 10 Fervor.
  • Corrected more Kunark era items that had low DPS mod.
  • Corrected an issue with Pet Illusion: patchcraft spiderlings that prevented them from applying their pet illusion in some cases.

Poll Results: NO to The Shadow Odyssey for Stormhold (TLE) Server in October

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The [Stormhold TLE] community has voted again and decided to remain in the Rise of Kunark era for the time being. Take this time to continue enjoying Kunark and all it has to offer!

The final results for those of you interested were 39% of participants voted to unlock the next expansion.

NOTE: A supermajority of 66% is required.

Gear Up, Level Up #1: October 7-14, 2016

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From EverQuest2.com:

Gear Up, Level Up has returned to Norrath! Gear Up, Level Up is when special weekly bonuses are available to be found throughout your adventures as you prepare for the upcoming expansion, Kunark Ascending. 

Beginning at 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 7, 2016, ALL players (not just members!) will be able to get TRIPLE ETHEREAL COINS during this final week of the Summer Ethereals event!

That’s right: Summer Ethereals end next Friday, along with this bonus promotion! So, make sure you participate before 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 14, 2016,because that’s when both the Summer Ethereals event and the triple coin bonus end!

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