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Ghouls and Goblins Gallivant Again!

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. Here’s what’s new in 2016!

Update Notes: Tuesday October 11, 2016


US EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 4:00AM GMT September 28th). Estimated downtime is two hours.


 

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.

APPEARANCE CACHE
When the game client is started it reads various appearance related files into memory (from the app_cache files) into an appearance cache. To improve the visual quality of the game we need to add more art assets, which increases our memory footprint. This can cause issues for various users depending on their hardware setup and if they are running multiple programs, etc..

Players will now be able to use the client cvar “cl_use_app_cache 0” to turn off this appearance cache. This means all appearance assets normally read into memory will now be read directly from the hard drive as needed.

Enabling this setting will sacrifice performance for a smaller memory footprint and allow many players currently crashing (due to hitting memory limits) to enter into areas they could not before. In some cases these memory limits were even preventing login.

Usage:

  • 1.Create “eq2.ini” file in root install directory, if you don’t already have one there.
  • 2.Add this line to the ini file and save it, “cl_use_app_cache 0”

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

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!

Source: https://www.everquest2.com/news/gear-up-level-up-triple-ethereal-coins-eq2-2016

Update Notes: Tuesday October 4, 2016

US EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 04th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 04th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 4:00AM GMT September 28th). Estimated downtime is two hours.


ZONE POPULATION / PROGRESSION
Veeshan’s Peak [Raid]
Adjusted Silverwing’s script to account for charmed targets in regards to memwipes.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Fixed a bug that allowed some players to enter with a mount activated.
Handcrafted food and drink no longer give blue stats in Battlegrounds.

ITEMS
Fixed the DPS amount on several Rise of Kunark era weapons.

Update Notes: Tuesday September 27, 2016

US EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 4:00AM GMT September 28th). Estimated downtime is two hours.

Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.


 

ZONE POPULATION / PROGRESSION
Veeshan's Peak [Raid]
Silverwing can no longer charm more than 3 players at a time.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Corrected an issue with the battlegrounds quests not completing correctly when a match is won.

ABILITIES
Fixed an issue that showed an erroneous percentage based damage effect on several abilities.
Corrected a bug that caused fervor to apply to the base spell value on wards instead of the modified value. Fervor will not display in ward tool-tips, but will now correctly modify the final ward value.
Corrected a bug that was causing several abilities and items to display erroneous requirements.
Corrected an issue that would cause Repent to apply for zero when it critically hit in any case where the caster had zero crit modifier.

ITEMS
Several items from Veeshan's Peak have had their Fabled status restored.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday September 20, 2016

US EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 4:00AM GMT September 21st). Estimated downtime is two hours.

Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.



BATTLEGROUNDS
Corrected an issue that allowed adornments to apply in Battlegrounds.
Many consumables have been reduced in power while in a Battleground match.
Increased the amount of tokens rewarded from the Battlegrounds Quests.
Battleground missions are now repeatable quests, and no longer subject to mission removal timers.

ABILITIES
Joust now has a range of 35
Fixed an issue with Accuracy from Strength that prevented it from applying.

ITEMS
Fixed an issue that prevented Aura of Immolation from applying.
Mastercrafted food and drink should once again apply its bonuses on Time-Locked servers.

Moonlight Enchantment is Back

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


Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!