EQ2Wire’s Kunark Ascending Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News


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So what’s new in the Kunark Ascending expansion?

  • 1 New Overland Zone – Obulus Frontier
  • 12 New Heroic zones – Dalnir, City of Mist, Kaesora, The Ruins of Cabilis, and Arcanna’se Spire
  • 1 Challenge Heroic Zone – City of Mist
  • 8 New Solo Zones – Dalnir, City of Mist, Kaesora, The Ruins of Cabilis, and Arcanna’se Spire
  • 4 New “Advanced” solo Zones – Dalnir, City of Mist, Kaesora, The Ruins of Cabilis, and Arcanna’se Spire
  • 6 New Raid Zones – Dalnir, Lost City of Torsis, Kaesora, Arcanna’se Spire, Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair, and Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares
  • 50+ New Solo and Heroic Quests
  • 65+ New Collection Quests
  • 4 New Archetypal Epic 2.0 Questlines
  • 4 New Ascension Classes – Etherealist, Elementalist, Thaumaturgist, and Terramancer.
  • New Wardrobe Feature
  • New Merc Gear Feature
  • New Threat List Window + Numeric Hotbar Timers

How do I get to the new Obulus Frontier overland zone?

Short answer: Check your mail.

Long answer: Start reading the Kunark Ascending timeline at EQ2 Wikia. You’ll want to install AdBlock Plus, uBlock Origin, or other ad blocking plugin in your browser.

Where do I find all the Instances (Solo, Advanced Solo, Heroic)?

  • Ruins of Cabilis and Kaesora zones are found in Fens of Nathsar.
  • Lost City of Torsis zones are found in Kunzar Jungle.
  • Crypt of Dalnir zones are found in Obolus Frontier.
  • Areanna’se Spire zones are found in the Terrors of Thalumbra.

What are the Prerequisites for starting the Kunark Ascending signature quest line?

I went into detail about the Prerequisites for starting the Kunark Ascending signature line in another article. But briefly, they are:

  • To Speak as a Dragon – If you completed Epic Repercussions, you’ve already done this lengthy quest.

Is there any easy way to lookup my EQ2 character and see if I have done all the prerequisites for the expansion?

Absolutely! Check out the new Adventure Report feature on EQ2U!

Type in your character name, pick your server, and hit Update Report and you’ll see if you are ready!

Do I have to do the Terrors of Thalumbra signature line before I can start the Kunark Ascending quests?

The Terrors of Thalumbra signature quest line “The Underdepths Saga” is now optional before starting the Kunark Ascending questline, however it is highly recommended to do so as there is a better reward waiting for you.

The Kunark Ascending signature line used to have you sneaking quest on a boat called the Frillik Tide. Should I do this quest?

This used to be part of the signature quest line, however many players had difficulty with the sneaking and gymnastics involved. You should still attempt it because there is a nice reward for completing all of Kunark Ascending (including the Terrors of Thalumbra signature line and the Frillik Tide boat sequence) as explained by ZUES here.

Bring up Raffik as your merc (if you don’t have him, you have some crafting quests to do!) to waypoint {-336, -240, -896} in Obulus Frontier. Thanks to Terrius for this loc.

Do I really have to do all these old quests like the Greenmist Heritage Quest and learn all these languages (Di’Zok, Draconic, Sathirian, and Froak) on ALL my characters?

As explained by Kander on the Beta forums, once you complete the Kunark Ascending Signature quest on one character, you can purchase [eq2u]The Essential Kunark Guide[/eq2u] bauble for your alts which bypasses these prerequisites.

What can you tell me about Tradeskills in the expansion?

Emily “Domino” Taylor has worked very hard in adding a complete tradeskill experience for this expansion, including new recipes, house decorations, and more, as well as a continuation of the original Tradeskill Epic quests from way back in Kunark. The upgraded cloak you get for completing the new quest is quite snazzy.

Your best source of information for crafting knowledge is going to be Niami Denmother who has delivered another expansion explosion on her popular all things crafting website EQ2Traders!


What are the new Ascended Classes? Do they replace existing classes?

There is a detailed Ascension Classes Preview article, and some Beta notes here, but here’s the facts and figures…

After you have completed the Kunark Ascending signature quest line, speak with one of four Ascension class trainers. Once you pick an Ascension Class, you can buy one empty Ascension Scroll per day from your trainer which you can fill with 1 million Ascension XP points acquired through normal gameplay (Skyshrine lol. You can stockpile Ascension Scrolls and then when you have an extended gameplay session, fill them all up.

As you gain Ascension Levels, you gain access to new Ascension Abilities. There are 10 new abilities for each of the four Ascension Classes.When you switch to an Ascension form, which grants you an illusion form, your damage output for most of your abilities is changed to the damage type associated with that Ascension class. Ascension Abilities start at Apprentice and may be skilled up to Journeyman, Adept, Expert, Master, Grandmaster, and eventually Ancient. This is done through Crafting (through a new rare component) or Research (through patience or Daybreak Cash).

How long does it take to level my Ascended Class? Can I have more than one Ascended class per character?

 It will take approximately one month to reach Level 5 in your chosen Ascension Class. You can eventually reach level 10 in all four Ascension Classes. If you want a detailed article on what it takes to level all four Ascension Classes and the reward for doing so, check out  Xyno’s article.

This is subject to change, but the current theory is that there will eventually be Double Ascension XP weekends where the merchant will give you TWO scrolls per day. We may also see adjustments in how much Ascension XP is required for each level.

Have you got a list of Heroic Dungeons arranged by Difficulty?

Here’s the list of dungeons in the Kunark Ascending expansion roughly ranked in order of difficulty. If you have feedback or suggestions, please let me know! Resolve numbers from ZUES.

Tier 1 Heroics — Minimum Resolve 189

  • Arcanna’se Spire: Forgotten Sanctum [Heroic]
  • Arcanna’se Spire: Repository of Secrets [Heroic]
  • Arcanna’se Spire: Vessel of the Sorceress [Event Heroic]
  • Ruins of Cabilis [Heroic]
  • Kaesora: Xalgozian Stronghold [Heroic]
  • Kaesora: Tomb of the Venerated [Event Heroic]
  • Lost City of Torsis: The Spectral Market [Heroic]

Tier 2 Heroics — Minimum Resolve 241

  • Crypt of Dalnir: Ritual Chamber [Heroic]
  • Crypt of Dalnir: Baron’s Workshop [Heroic]
  • Crypt of Dalnir: Wizard’s Den [Event Heroic]
  • Lost City of Torsis: Reaver’s Remnants [Heroic]
  • Lost City of Torsis: The Shrouded Temple [Event Heroic]

Tier 3 Heroic — Minimum Resolve 290

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

Have you got a list of Raid Zones arranged by Difficulty?

  • Crypt of Dalnir
  • Lost City of Torsis
  • Kaesora
  • Arcanna’se Spire
  • Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair
  • Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares

Can I start working on my Epic Weapon 2.0 Quest?

At the very minimum to start your Epic Weapon 2.0 Quest, you will need:

  • Complete your Epic 1.0 quest from the original Rise of Kunark. If you skipped it by getting a shattered weapon, you’ll need to go back and do it properly. You only need the Fabled weapon which can be entirely soloed, not the Mythical version that required raiding.
  • You must have completed the Kunark Ascending signature quest line.
  • You must have leveled at least one of your Ascension Classes to level 5.  Due to the time-limited way that Ascension XP works, this will be at least a month after the launch of the expansion.

What if I betrayed class or didn’t finish my Epic 1.0 Quest?

Here’s a helpful flowchart:

What changes are there to the Deity buff?


Buying Stamina, Potency, or Crit Bonus in the Deity window now provides a final buff to your final Health, Potency, and Crit Bonus. Look closely at the tooltips! (Beta discussion here)

What’s the new Enemies (Threat list) window?

(Beta discussion here)

What is Combat Mitigation and how does it affect encounters?

This is a new enemy stat that allows enemies to mitigate/avoid damage and be even harder to hit. Increasing your DPS or further debuffing the enemy will overcome this mitigation.

How do I upgrade Mercenaries with the new Training and Gear features?

Mercenaries can now equip up to 4 pieces of armor and up to 4 new items called Accolades. At first, only two armor slots and 2 Accolade slots are unlocked. With training (or Daybreak Cash), the other slots can be unlocked. Mercenaries can equip any type of armor you have collected regardless of mercenary class. Some gear will be flagged MERCENARY ONLY. Gear can be moved from one mercenary to another.

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A more detailed explanation can be found on the Beta forums.

What’s the new Wardrobe feature?

At long last, there is now a way for players to keep their different armor appearances without consuming a ton of bag space. When you drag a piece of armor or a cloak to the new Wardrobe tab, that item is destroyed, but its appearance becomes selectable in a dropdown menu on your Appearance tab. The number of Wardrobe slots you get per equipment slot (head, chest, cloak, etc.) varies depending on which edition of the expansion you purchased:

  • Standard — 6 slots (1 row)
  • Premium — 12 (2 rows)
  • Collector’s — 18 (3 rows)

Additional rows will be purchasable for Daybreak Cash.

WARNING: Any adornments. infusing, or reforged particle effects are lost when you add an item to the Wardrobe tab.

CAUTION: Any item placed in the Wardrobe can no longer be used for Guild Hall Mannequin appearances.

Are there any new Adornments in Kunark Ascending?

There are new craftable Purple adornments that increase Ability Mod, Potency, and Ascension Abilities.

There is also a new set of Green Adornments (spirit stones) with the exact same stats as Terrors of Thalumbra green adorns. This just means you don’t have to run old content to get relevant adornments.

We now know that Epic 2.0 Weapons will have two new adornment slots — Gold and Black.

Is it true that Quest Regions of Interest are no longer marked on the map? What about quest feathers?

Other than timed quests, the quests in Kunark Ascending do not light up the map in blue for the area needed to update that quest. Despite rumors to the contrary, Quest Feathers appear on all quests in the expansion. They may not appear on Epic 2.0 quest givers.

Help! There was some really important information on the Kunark Ascending beta forums but they’ve disappeared!

Have no fear — EQ2Wire is here! We have preserved a backup of the Kunark Ascending beta forums.

NOTE: The EQ2 designers and developers need to feel comfortable posting their opinions and best guesses in Beta forums without the fear that they will be crucified years later because they go down a different path. PLEASE do not use this archive to yell at the devs and say “You promised X”. They are preserved for informational purposes only and anything posted in them is subject to change!

Q: How do I see what expansions or account features I’ve got on my account?

Type /show_account_features in-game or visit this secret URL at the DaybreakGames website.

Q: Where can I download a high resolution version of the Kunark Ascending poster art?

You can download the Kunark Ascending artwork as a 2280 x 900 image here:



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Comments (18)

  • xpsync


    This is gold, Thanks for the info! 🙂


  • Saev


    The upgrades to Mercs… actually any stronger then before?


    • ziplock


      No, adding armour and items to them makes them weaker.


      • Feldon


        ooh sarcasm.


    • xpsync


      I’m certain my merc is much more powerful. Also trying to stay quiet about it as i love it, ok you got me it’s barley noticeable 😉


  • Zhaan


    Thanks this is very helpful! Is there a guide or information about which ascension class is best for which traditional class? Or is it all personal preference?


  • Moose


    I wasn’t able to get Frillick tide quest after you do the chaos stone scene 🙁

    I was hoping to do it for the achievement.


    • Occam


      I spent an hour trying to figure out why I couldn’t access The Frillik Tide after the Chaos Stone scene. Finally discovered that you now get the quest for it from one of the overland quest givers. Just do the overland quests and you’ll eventually get there. 🙂


  • Soresha


    Great guide as always, thanks. 🙂

    You need to fix that not-so-helpful invisible flowchart for “What if I betrayed class or didn’t finish my Epic 1.0 Quest?” though.


    • Feldon


      I fixed it. Glad to see you’re still playing! 🙂


  • Moose


    Thanks Occam!


  • xpsync


    Super helpful FAQ, Thanks!


  • Everoinye


    Any information on accolade recipes? I’ve looked everywhere online, and the crafted accolades are all Level 100 on the broker, at 100+ plat. Could we have a paragraph that explains who makes them (tradeskill class) or what factions are needed? Or are accolades only drops at lower levels – or simply not applicable below max level. Many thanks!


    • Feldon


      If Census ever comes back, we can just backtrack the recipes and see what the components are.


    • Trepide


      You can buy the book for merc gear in Twark. Any crafter can make accolades. Recipes are using lvl 100 components. You have hancrafted and mastercrafted accolades. Mastercrafted are using the new rares.


  • Whilhelmina


    This game became a lot more complicated since I left. It seems like a nice expansion though.
    Have fun!


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