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Update Notes: Thursday February 21, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Chaos Descending Zone Portals

  • Raids should now be listed at the bottom of the list when a portal has more than one option on it.


Ragrax, the Sepulcher of the Twelve [Raid]

  • Smooth pledge stones have had their charges increased from 3 to 10 per stone.


Awuidor: Reef of Coirnav [Raid]

  • Coirnav should once again scale his damage upwards if the raid attempting him is severely under the minimum number of players.



QUESTS / MISSIONS

  • Coirnav and raid bosses within Awuidor: The Adumbral Depths [Contested Raid] should now count toward all three raid weekly missions based on their tier.
  • A Strange Gem - Respawn point for "a small hideout" is now just outside the entrance, in Antonica.

Update Notes: Tuesday February 5, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Eryslai: The Empyrean Steppes [Mythic Raid]

  • Pherlondien Clawpike should now properly update the mission "Transcripts from the Element Planes [Raid I]" instead of "Transcripts from the Element Planes [Raid II]".

Vegarlson: Upheaval [Raid]

  • Sergie the Blade's "Earthen Power" buff has been reduced in regards to outgoing melee damage.

Vegarlson: Upheaval [Mythic Raid]

  • Sergie the Blade has had her maximum health reduced.
  • Warlord Gintolaken has had his buffs corrected.

Palace of Roehn Theer [Raid]

  • Roehn Theer, Chaos has had his outgoing melee damage reduced to be more appropriate to players' health pools.

TRADESKILLS

  • Raid Celestial Weapons Recipes will now return 45 of the elemental ores required for the recipe if the recipe is failed instead of 5. Beware not to fail reactions!

ITEMS

  • Corrected a bug that prevented the Empowerment of Aniquilacion, Pingyuan Diqu, Zou Kunnen itemsets from casting their Chaos Descending spell effects.
  • Skull of the Damned - Collectible item is now spelled correctly.
  • Frostfell Merry Kitten - Familiar now has a proper description.
  • Patchcraft Growler - Familiar's description has been corrected.

MISSIONS

  • Raid missions now reward a miscbag that allows the player choose between 2 of either Celestial Obsidian Ore, Celestial Earthen Ore, or Celestial Zephyren Crystal.

Kander's Candor: Return of Nagafen - Seasonal PvP

Hello fellow Norrathians!

 

I am here to talk about the return of Nagafen as a Seasonal PvP Server... and the beta that will start on February 5th!

We have been working to bring PvP back to EverQuest II with renewed excitement! In approaching Nagefen, we wanted to improve on and make changes based on what we learned from the Deathtoll PvP server. We're looking for feedback and testers in a beta before we make any moves towards a full launch, so here's a look at what we to expect right out of the gate. 

 

NAGAFEN

 

To get started, Nagefen is a seasonal PvP server that will require membership. Seasons are planned to last three months: the first month featuring vanilla EverQuest II, the second unlocking Deserts of Flame, and the third unlocking Kingdom of Sky, followed by a short break. Future seasons may unlock different expansions.

 

During a season, everyone will be able to earn unique titles and a special set of Nagafen appearance armor if they complete certain season-specific objectives. For season one, that means racking up enough kills to earn The Dreadnaught appearance armor. Plus, the character with the most unique kills will earn a unique title - the only one on the entire server. When a season ends, these rewards will carry over to future seasons so you can display your PvP prowess. 

 

Perhaps most importantly, Nagafen will be a free-for-all PvP server. That’s right, factionless PvP. If you are a Qeynosian and you want to take out other Norrathians from your city, feel free! Grouped characters will be able to avoid the friendly fire of PvP combat. 

 

Just remember, your actions will be remembered. Your reputation will follow you on Nagafen. That's because you can only create one character, and you will be known for both your victories and your crimes! Your choices in this world will matter. 

 

Also, Nagafen is all about the PvP. Keeping that in mind, experience will best be gained through direct PvP combat. Want to level up fast? Get out there and fight! But also, be careful. Nagefen will also be a Free-Trade server. This means items can be looted from fallen foes, so make sure you attune your items so you don't drop them when someone ganks you!

 

About your items, we are rebalancing early game itemization and implementing custom rulesets that will allow for tailored itemization on unique servers. This means we can tune the content to more closely resemble original PvE and PvP combat. We are bringing the stats closer to how they were at launch so that items complement PvP and do not “make or break” anyone's experience.

 

Plus, Marketplace items will be very limited. We expect bags, ground mounts, and expendables to be available, but not much more. 

 

Finally, in the spirit of competition, we also have built all new in-game Scoreboards! There will be scoreboards for total kills, unique kills, and more. Keep track of who's after who on the server... and who needs to have a bounty issued for their head!

 

BETA

 

We are looking forward to getting this beta started, and we’ll be asking for lots of feedback from those who participate to help us make it even better. Our goal is to relive as much of the glory days of EverQuest II PvP as possible, and bring back the rakish spirit of the Nagafen community. It’s something we have really wanted to do for a while, and hope everyone will be on board.

 

So just to recap:

 

  • Nagafen is a seasonal, free-for-all PvP server.
  • Nagafen is a Free-Trade server, where most items are tradeable. 
  • Beta access is free, but live will require membership.
  • In-game scoreboards will keep track of the top killers.
  • Only one character is allowed per account. 
  • Stats will be customized and updated for PvP and balance. 

 

Answers to some of your questions before you ask:

 

  • Channelers and Beastlords will not be available for this season of PvP.
  • Spell research will not be available on Nagafen.
  • Familiars will not be available on Nagafen.
  • Experience potions will not be available on Nagafen.

 

We can't wait for you to join us for the Seasonal Nagafen PvP server beta on Feburary 5th! We're really looking forward to your contributions and feedback.

Kyle “Kander” Vallée
Lead Designer, EverQuest II

Update Notes: Tuesday January 29, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Icy Keep: Retribution

  • Base population within the zone have had their health adjusted to be more appropriate.



ITEMS

  • The Ascension of Destruction effect from Empowerment of Aniquilacion will now modify Ethermancy II.
  • Ascension of Magic from Empowerment of Zou Kunnen will now modify Frozen Heavens II and Virulent Outbreak II.
  • All tradeable adornments should now be able to be placed into adornment depots.
  • Insignia of the Guardian - Collectible name is now correct.
  • Tempestorill's Hands of Gusting Winds - Armor name now has proper grammar.
  • Terranaut's Shining Band - Item name now spelled correctly.

Producer's Letter: 20 Years of Norrath

Greetings, Norrathians!

 

As you may know, this year we are celebrating the launch of the original EverQuest, which shipped 20 years ago. Not to be outdone, EverQuest II is celebrating an incredible 15 years of adventure itself this year! Where does the time go, my friends?

EverQuest II will be participating in the EverQuest anniversary celebrations around March 16 with unique in-game content in the Plane of Mischief and a new progression server! The exact details and rules of this server will be announced as we get closer to that date in March, but we wanted to give everyone enough time to grab their guildies and start prepping for that launch.

But there's more coming! Next week we are preparing to kick off the Beta of a new event server, called Nagafen (of course), with revamped-back-to-old-school PvP and a seasonal approach.  Lots of stuff has been ripped out to get it as close to original PvP gameplay as possible. Look for Kander to give you dates and details on the server next week. If it gets a good following in Beta, we'll look to launching it live!

There’s more than likely to be a few more announcements coming as we celebrate EQ and EQII and what makes our games great – YOU, the community. We are also working on an IRL get-together with our players this year in the summertime and will announce details around March! We want to celebrate with you! 

And of course, we will have EQ2’s 15th anniversary plans for November this year, as well as another expansion that will take you to a whole new unexplored location of lore and legend. (A terrible hint, but that’s all I’m willing to say this early!)

I promise you that our dedication to you and this game is unwavering. Every moment we share here is focused on bringing this Norrathian fantasy to life every day, year after year. And we aren’t stopping – not by a long bowshot. The world of EverQuest has a bright future.

This game, and our livelihoods, have lasted these many years because of our players and fans. I, and our team here, are very humbled to have been on this rare and wonderful ride as we’ve grown and changed with you to become one of the deepest and friendliest MMOs around.

Please join us as we LIVE THE LEGACY of EverQuest and EverQuest II this year!

 

Cheers, adventurers!

 

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale

Executive Producer

Update Notes: Wednesday January 23, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Chaos Descending Raids

  • Entering a raid zone will now produce a lockout regardless of the reason for zoning in. This only applies to raid zones in Chaos Descending and going forward should the need for it continue. This change may be temporary depending on further investigation.

Doomfire: The Molten Caldera [Mythic Raid]

  • Corrected an issue during the Pyronis encounter that would cause the boss to get stuck looping his mechanics and creating high zone lag.
  • Pyronis should now correctly activate without having to defeat General Reparm.

Throne of Storms

  • Decanus Prime Vundr will now successfully shape change into his lion form even if slain in one-shot, allowing for the zone to progress as intended.

ITEMS

  • An upgrade for the Emboldened Clawed Earthcrafter's Pendant may now be purchased from Rayburn Franchot for characters who have completed the Clawed Earthcrafter's Pendant collection as well as the "Triumph: A Tier Above", "Triumph: Another Tier Above" and "Triumph: Yet Another Tier Above" achievements.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented Fragment's of Planar Energy from dropping from tier 2 heroic end boss encounters.
  • Enoxus, Cloud Cleaver: Potency increased by 8.5, Crit Bonus increased by 15, Primary Attributes increased by 134, Stamina increased by 134, Crit Chance increased by 7.4, DPS increased by 34.1, Ability Mod increased by 435, Flurry increased by 1.2
  • Staff of Toxic Horror: Potency increased by 8.5, Crit Bonus increased by 15, Primary Attributes increased by 134, Stamina increased by 134, Crit Chance increased by 7.4, Casting Time increased by 10.5, Ability Mod increased by 435, Spell Double Attack increased by 1
  • Sublime Staff of Deathdealing: Potency increased by 8.3, Crit Bonus increased by 15, Primary Attributes increased by 129, Stamina increased by 129, Crit Chance increased by 7.3, DPS increased by 33.3, Ability Mod increased by 423, Reuse Speed increased by 3.1, Casting Skills increased by 52
  • Ykeshan Bear will once again scale appearance with level properly.
  • Celestial Rune: Despoil will now enhance Erosion II
  • Celestial Rune: Fellowship of Stone will now enhance Obsdian Mind II
  • Celestial Rune: Fissure of Ice - Corrected an issue that decreased the combat mitigation reduction of Brittle Armor II
  • Celestial Rune: Illuminated Bonds will now enhance Virulent OUtbreak II
  • Celestial Rune: Paragon will now enhance Ethermancy II
  • Mark of Mollusks is now spelled correctly.
  • Elegant Seashell is now spelled correctly.
  • Javonn's Glowing Neckguard is now spelled correctly.
  • The Caertaxian Hunter's Cincture is no longer mage only.

Update Notes: Tuesday January 15, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Chaos Descending Raids

  • Drop rate for the Celestial Zephyren Crystal, Celestial Obsidian Ore, and Celestial Earthen Ore have been increased across all raid bosses.
    • Tier 1 bosses will have a 25% chance
    • Tier 2 bosses (non-zone boss) will have a 50% chance
    • Tier 3+ bosses and zone bosses will have a 100% chance
  • Mythic versions of bosses will use the same drop rate as normal version of the encounter.

Vegarlson: Upheaval [Raid]

  • Sergie the Blade has had her damage per increment for the "Earthen Power" ability adjusted.

Doomfire: The Molten Caldera [Mythic Raid]

  • The Brittle Magma Gem can now be used within the zone, regardless of which zone the gem was obtained from.

Plane of Justice: Scales of Justice [Raid]

  • The entrance for this zone has been merged with the normal Plane of Justice portal to avoid conflicting portals.

Eryslai: The Empyrean Steppes [Mythic Raid]

  • Encounters (Boss and Base Population) should now spawn the appropriate version and drop the correct rewards.

The Palace of Roehn Theer [TLE]

  • Roehn Theer, Chaos has had his outgoing auto attack values reduced.
  • Roehn Theer has had his maximum health reduced.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Corrected an issue with the achievement "Triumph: Weathering the Upheaval" where Vegerogus would not properly update.

ITEMS

  • Celestial Voidwrought Runes will now correctly apply their bonus in Planes of Prophecy raid zones.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented black adornment slots from displaying on Gemcrafted and higher armor tiers.