Gear Up, Level Up Bonuses are Coming to Norrath!

Gear Up, Level Up has returned once more! Gear Up, Level Up is a time when bonuses become available throughout Norrath to help adventurers prepare for the season's upcoming expansion. This year, we've got a number of different bonuses slated that will all kick off starting next week!

If you're adventuring on a Live Server, you'll earn triple Ethereal coins from 12:01 AM on September 24, 2018 until 11:59 PM PT on September 30, 2018. During this same time period, All Access Members will also earn double currency. These bonuses will stack, which means members will earn six times the Ethereal currency

In addition to these ethereal bonuses, all players on Live Servers will also find themselves earning double planar gems and double Planes of Prophecy loot drops from 12:01 AM on September 24, 2018 until 11:59 PM PT on November 4, 2018! Double loot drops means the final boss in expansion dungeon zones will drop twice as much loot as usual.

Players on Progression Servers will be granted double currency and double Shadow Odyssey loot drops from 12:01 AM on September 26, 2018 until 11:59 PM PT on October 2, 2018! Just like with Live Servers, double loot drops means that you will earn twice as much loot from the final bosses in expansion dungeon zones!

Be sure to use this time wisely as you prepare for EverQuest II: Chaos Descending! The Elemental Planes will need a worthy hero to quell the chaos that is rising within them.

Server Downtime Wed, Sept 19 @ 4:00 AM PT


Site News:

Spells are updated. 9-21-18

Item collector has been updated. 9-21-18


 

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All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 4:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 8 hours.

Patch notes for this update can be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

*Convert to your local time


September 19, 2018
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*** Highlights ***

- Made a number of improvements to the way spells are processed in an effort to improve zone responsiveness.
- Changed the icon for several blue diamond items to help differentiate them from regular diamonds.
- The commands /targetgroupbuff and /tgb have been removed and the behavior is now enabled by default.


*** Items ***

- It is no longer possible to use the Fellowship Registration Insignia while invulnerable.
- Changed the icon of the Metamorph Totem: Summer Murkglider.
- Changed the icon for several blue diamond items to help differentiate them from regular diamonds.
- Fixed a bug that could prevent you from recovering deleted lore items. Obtaining another item in the same lore group will still cause deleted items from that lore group to be removed from the recovery tab.
- Corrected several item text errors.


*** Quests And Events ***

- The Sathir Line - Reduced the health of Rile Sathir and Venril Sathir.
- Tirranun - Made the following changes to this event:
- - Fixed a bug that completed the raid early when the first stage of Tirranun was defeated. He will now go into a regenerative phase when his health is lowered below 5%.
- - Fixed a bug that was preventing the correct types of adds from spawning.
- - All text now uses the Event Messages color and filter.
- Queen Velazul Di`Zok - Made the following changes to this event:
- - Fixed a bug that could cause other NPCs in the zone to enrage instead of Queen Velazul Di`Zok.
- - Fixed a bug that was causing some of the Queen's enrage mechanics to occur early.
- The Captured Portal - Killing the Guardian of the Sword will again increase Astire, the Lunar Eclipse's slashing damage mitigation.
- Moved Talendor's Trophy from Talendor to a hero's satchel.
- Talendor should leave a corpse when he dies.
- Silverwing and Xygoz - Veeshan's Peak - PC corpses will now be gathered and a message will be given if the event resets.


*** Spells ***

- Made a number of improvements to the way spells are processed in an effort to improve zone responsiveness.
- All - Made data changes to all rain spells and updated their descriptions to be more accurate. The spells should behave the same way they did before, but the spell data will look different.
- Cleric - Changed the level 6 spell Sanctuary to be a free target spell.
- Enchanter - Changed the level 5 spell Sentinel to be a free target spell.
- Magician and Shaman - The Malaise line of debuffs now has a greater resist modifier so it will land more often.
- Paladin - The Challenge for Honor line of spells now has a base cast time of 0.5 seconds and a base recast time of 3.5 seconds.
- Paladin and Shadowknight - The Withstand line of combat abilities will now absorb spell damage in addition to melee damage at an increased cost in endurance.
- Shadowknight - The Challenge for Power line of spells now has a base cast time of 0.5 seconds and a base recast time of 3.5 seconds.
- Shaman - Corrected an error with Roar of the Lion that caused it to cast itself on the group an additional time for every group member it landed on.


*** AA ***

- All - Enhanced Reformation now increases your current endurance regeneration in addition to the maximum amount of endurance regeneration available from items.
- Multiple - Ingenuity and Empowered Ingenuity now affect damage-over-time spells in addition to direct damage spells.
- Multiple - Added ranks 6-10 of Innate Enlightenment for intelligence casters.
- Multiple - Passive abilities that add damage to each melee hit have been changed to scale the per-hit damage based on weapon delay. This impacts the following lines:
- - Berserker - Juggernaut's Weapon Mastery and Juggernaut's Mastery of Throwing
- - Monk - Disciple of the Tonfa and Disciple of the Katori
- - Paladin - Valiant Blade
- - Ranger - Close Combat Mastery and Bow Mastery
- - Rogue - Weighted Strikes
- - Shadowknight - Bloodthirsty Blade
- - Warrior - Merciless Grip
- Multiple - Changed buff stacking for spells and abilities that restore mana or endurance when applied (as opposed to restoring every tick) to not conflict with other buffs that do the same.
- - Ex: Swift Tail's Chant and Killing Spree will now coexist.
- Bard - Fixed a bug that prevented Glyph of Arcane Secrets from functioning for bards.
- Cleric - Consolidated Unfailing Divinity, Reaching Divine Intervention, and Hastened Divine Intervention into a single line, Improved Divine Intervention.
- Cleric - Consolidated Enhanced Forgetfulness and Hastened Atonement into a single line, Improved Atonement.
- Druid - Quickened Blessing of Ro has been replaced with a new ability line, Wildtender's Survival, which will trigger the highest rank spell you have scribed from the Survival of the Fittest line.
- Druid - Reduced the base cast time of ranks 4+ of Blessing of Ro and all ranks of Vortex of Ro from 1.5 seconds to 0.75 seconds to match the quickening previously offered by Quickened Blessing of Ro.
- Druid - Rank 2 of Flight of Eagles can now be activated on your own group without a target.
- Druid - Removed the mana and cast time restrictions from Wrath of the Forest Walker.
- Magician - Added a haste component to ranks 7-9 of Theft of Essence.
- Necromancer - Consolidated Willful Death to be ranks of Death Peace.
- Necromancer - Increased the chance for lifetap spells to trigger Reluctant Benevolence from 25 to 30% and added a 15% chance for damage-over-time spells to trigger this ability.
- Ranger - Fixed a bug where the damage-over-time component on all ranks of Flaming Arrows and Poison Arrows was dealing less damage than was intended and flagged Flames, Frost, and Poison of Kesh`yk to not twincast.
- Ranger - Fixed the descriptions on all ranks of Scout's Mastery of the Elements.
- Rogue - Increased the base damage modifier of ranks 5-7 of Improved Onslaught by 10%.
- Shadowknight - Consolidated Willful Death to be ranks of Death Peace.
- Shadowknight - Removed the 5 hit limit from Cascading Theft of Defense.
- Shadowknight - Changed Presence of Fear into a toggled-passive ability, replaced the mesmerization and fear components with an intimidation effect, and reduced the proc chance.
- Shaman - Activating Soothsayer's Intervention will no longer cause any memorized version of spells in the Ancestral Intervention spell line to inherit a recast timer.
- Shaman - Ranks 3 and 4 of Lupine Spirit can now be activated on your group without a target.
- Shaman - Fixed a bug where ranks 8-12 of Spirit Guardian were healing less than was intended and rank 7 had a lower reuse time than intended.
- Shaman - Changed the illusion component of Pact of the Wolf to prevent it from landing on NPCs and corrected a bug that caused it to overwrite other illusion spells.
- Wizard - Removed the mana and cast time restrictions from all ranks of Sorcerer's Vengeance.


*** NPCs ***

- Tunare will play female sounds instead of male.


*** Progression Servers ***

- Culturist Devari, a cultural smithing historian, a cultural tailoring historian, a cultural tinkering historian, and scribe Zikett will spawn when Dragons of Norrath unlocks.
- The Shadows of Luclin gate potions can now be created once Luclin unlocks.
- Quartermaster Grik will once again be available before Gates of Discord is open. He will not be a tribute master until Gates of Discord.


*** Miscellaneous ***

- The commands /alt buy and /alt buyall now use the same 'AA ability Group ID' that the command /alt activate uses, rather than an AA ability's individual ID.
- The commands /targetgroupbuff and /tgb have been removed and the behavior is now enabled by default.
- Fixed a bug with auto-hide afk that could cause some models to display as a default human instead of rendering them invisible.
- Adjusted various UI sounds (like bag opening and looting coin) to be more in line with the rest of the game's sound levels.
- Adjusted how re-leveling after death is processed in an effort to improve zone responsiveness.
- Fixed an error where you could not unpack your crate of eviction following server transfers.
- Fixed an error that was occasionally causing servers to crash.


*** UI ***

- Corrected an issue where loot messages displayed the quantity remaining on the corpse instead of the amount looted.
- Corrected an issue where hotbuttons that toggle between two states would not change their name.
- Corrected an issue that prevented the correct zone name from being displayed when loading into instanced zones.


*** Previously Updated ***

- Planes of Power Progression - Fixed a bug with Grand Librarian Maelin's "lore" dialogue.


- The EverQuest Team

Days of Summer – Week Five

The fifth week of Days of Summer has arrived, which means it's time to meet up with Yun Zi to take on your next quest. Explore the Enchanted Lands for the bear, and you'll earn an Ascended Mastery Primer, an Ascension Focus Rune, a Divine Stamina Grant, a belt, bracelet, necklace and boots, as well as the Days of Summer 2018 Decoration Pack 5.

In order to take on this quest, you must ensure that you have already completed all of Yun Zi's previous quests!

 

Yun Zi will have a new quest ready on Tuesday, September 25th at 12:01AM PT. Quests will unlock each Tuesday until all 9 weeks of quests have been released.

 

Are you ready? It's time to pay a visit to the Enchanted Lands!

Update Notes: Tuesday September 18, 2018

GENERAL
  • Corrected a bug that prevented items with database ID's exceeding 9 quintillion from being able to be placed on the broker, infused, reforged, etc, etc, etc.
LIVE EVENTS
  • Against the Elements for... - Librarian Elol and Librarian Jasozi are no longer confused by odd items in your inventory and will update the quest, as intended.
  • Librarian of Light Arcane Scroll - House item is now available from Scientist Dally Scrumplecog or Mage Fulcrum Gearshift, the Against the Elements event merchants in Qeynos and Freeport.
QUESTS
  • An Earthy Heart - A wounded earth elemental is now susceptible to Query Element.
ITEMS
  • Redistributed the potency granted by The Shadow Odyssey raid set bonuses throughout the set levels.
  • Replica Dragon Ring - House item is no longer No-Trade.
  • Replica Wizard Spire - House item is no longer No-Trade.
COLLECTIONS
  • Many collections within Fabled Guk are now less rare.
ZONES AND POPULATION
Zarrakon's Abyssal Chamber [Raid]
  • Zarrakon has had his maximum health reduced.
Shard of Hate: Reignited Hatred [Raid]
  • "Abhorrence" should no longer stun players outside of 8m from the origin of the spell's target.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk
  • Frenzied bosses now properly gain improved base auto-attack multiplier from Force of Ykesha III.
Obelisk of Ahkzul
  • The lockout for this zone has been reduced to a minimum of 90 minutes.
Najena's Hollow Tower
  • The lockout for this zone has been reduced to a minimum of 90 minutes.

Huge List of Item Updates can be found here: https://forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/update-notes-tuesday-september-18-2018.586514/#post-6520436

 

September 2018 Producer’s Letter: Expansion

Greetings Norrathians!

 

It’s quickly approaching that time of the year again, and we are excited to announce our 15th expansion, EverQuest II: Chaos Descending! Your adventures in the Planes aren’t over yet, and this year you’ll delve deeper into the Elemental Planes to deal with the Chaos that resides within them. You’ll encounter some familiar, and some not-so-familiar faces along your way, and your journeys will take you through the Earthen Badlands, the Kingdom of Wind, the Unresting Waters, the Burning Lands, and the Great Library.

 

These Planes are full of deadly, powerful gods and beings. One such goddess you will meet on your quest is E’ci, the very essence of ice and the second member of the Triumvirate of Water.

Make sure to stay tuned for additional information about this year’s expansion as we’ll be revealing more expansion details and information about pre-orders and beta in the upcoming weeks. EverQuest II: Chaos Descending is slated for launch this November with pre-order and beta coming in October!

 

To help pass the time, as we all wait eagerly for more planar adventures, there are a series of promotions running until expansion launch:

 

 

 

We hope you’ve been enjoying all the content so far this year, but there is more to come from the spooky Nights of the Dead, the celebratory Hereos’ Festival, and the chilly cheer of Frostfell. It is because of our players that we can deliver these magical moments, and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support of each and every one of you!

 

 

See you in Norrath!

 

Lauren “Mooncast” McLemore

 

Producer, EQ & EQ2

 

Expansion Prelude Event: Against the Elements

Elementals are raging across Norrath! But who or what is to blame? The ranks of Freeport’s Academy of Arcane Science and Qeynos’ Concordium have been stretched thin as they attempt to investigate the destructive phenomenon.

 

Those wishing to volunteer their services for the investigation, and to help battle the onslaught, are encouraged to speak with the Concordium Pupil Adepts or Academy Apprentices who have been sent all across the world. In this time of need, heroes of all levels are encouraged to help quell these violent occurences - this means that all characters can participate in this prelude expansion event, and that the quest has requires no prerequisites!

Those who help defeat the raging elementals will be able to pick up a number of handsome new rewards! The Academy of Arcane Science and Concordium merchants have 41 new items, and a few returning ones, that they are looking to exchange for elemental storm shreds.

Norrath needs your help to put an end to the destruction! Against the Elements will be available up until the next EverQuest II expansion launches this November.

 

Days of Summer – Week Four

 

Yun Zi's next Days of Summer quest is here, with the tradesbear's travels taking you all the way out to the Thundering Steppes. Do some exploring, and the fourth quest will net you a Divine Potency Grant, charm, ring and gauntlets, as well as the Days of Summer 2018 Decoration Pack 4.

As always, you must make sure you've completed all of Yun Zi's previous quests before you can take on this week's quest!

 

Yun Zi will have his next quest ready for you on Tuesday, September 17th at 12:01AM PT. New quests will keep becoming available every Tuesday until 9 total weeks of questing have been completed.

 

Get on out there adventurer - another week of awards awaits!

Update Notes: Tuesday September 11, 2018

ZONES/POPULATION
Shard of Hate: Reignited Hatred [Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused Bonepiles in the Avatar of Bone encounter to not get counted when they died.

Solusek Ro's Tower: Citadel of the Sun [Raid]

  • Amohn should no longer deathtouch players sent to cages.

The Fabled Ykesha's Inner Stronghold [Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused Field General Uktap to reset encounter quickly after engaging.

ABILITIES

  • Corrected a bug that prevented Feedback from triggering from combat arts.

ITEMS

  • Fracture will now sell the inheritance The Flowing Black Robe.

Days of Summer – Week Three

The ambling merchant Yun Zi is back this week with another new Days of Summer quest for you to partake in! For your assistance this in the Nektulos Forest this week, Yun Zi will offer you a bundle of new rewards including a Divine Crit Bonus Grant, an earring, a ring, ranged weapons with Cyan Adornments, and the Days of Summer 2018 Decoration Pack 3.

But don't forget - you'll have to make sure you've completed all of Yun Zi's previous quests before you can take on this week's quest!

 

Yun Zi will have another new quest available next week on Tuesday, September 11th at 12:01AM PT. New quests will become available every Tuesday until all the Days of Summer quests have finished releasing after 9 weeks of questing have been completed.

 

What are you waiting for, adventurer? There are handsome new rewards for you to earn!

Update Notes: Thursday September 6, 2018

ZONES/POPULATION
Plane of Disease: Crypt of Decay [Tradeskill]

  • You can now revive and escape within this zone.

Zraxth's Fabled Unseen Arcanum [Heroic]

  • Anathraxxis Fetidspine's Decay of Souls inflicts slightly less damage and is cast less often.

The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Ykesha's Outer Stronghold [Heroic]

  • The Chaos Spark now applies to the entire group when used.

The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Halls of the Fallen [Heroic]

  • Only half of the summoned shin knight squires increment Guk Strong and gain benefits from it during the encounter with Lord Kurpep.

The Fabled Ruins of Guk: The Lower Corridors [Heroic]

  • Only half of the summoned royal guk protectors increment Guk Strong and gain benefits from it during the encounter with King Vroak Vriip.

Shard of Hate: Reignited Hatred [Raid]

  • Kpul D'Vngur should no longer target dead players with his curses.
  • Corrected an issue that caused the bonepiles in the Avatar of Bone encounter to spawn extremely fast and in large numbers.

ABILITIES

  • Corrected a bug with Crystallized Soul that prevented it from summoning at several levels and spell tiers.
  • Corrected a bug that caused Siphon Essence to reduce the recast of Harm Touch by more than stated.
  • Corrected a bug that prevented several scripted "on hostile ability cast" effects from triggering.

ITEMS

  • Hunters Coin: Kunark have been made Heirloom
  • Corrected an issue that caused the blue Foundation of Excitement, Ruin, and Thought to go into an orange adornment slot instead of blue.
  • Planar Mastery: Necromancer will now increase the base duration of the necromancer's Blighted Horde before any other modifiers.
  • Added The Shadow Odyssey heritage rewards to Fracture. If you have already completed one of the The Shadow Odyssey heritage quests and have the achievement for earning that reward on the Fallen Gate server, hailing Fracture will grant the account flag that allows you to purchase the rewards for your alts.
  • Bittee Silvertail will now sell Riftwalker's armor to Channelers for Void Infused armor patterns.
  • Centered Mantle of the Lava Lotus: Potency decreased by 0.5, Primary Attributes increased by 100, Stamina increased by 78, Crit Chance increased by 4, Ability Mod increased by 350, Mitigation Perc increased by 2.8, Defensive Skills increased by 23
  • Elemental Infused Shoulderpads: Potency decreased by 1.5, Primary Attributes increased by 76, Stamina increased by 95, Crit Chance increased by 3, Ability Mod increased by 340, Added 25 Offensive Skills
  • Ethermage's Flamespun Mantle: Potency decreased by 1.5, Primary Attributes increased by 74, Stamina increased by 90, Crit Chance increased by 3, Ability Mod increased by 325, Added 25 Casting Skills
  • Ulteran Pouch of Pain: Potency decreased by 0.2, Crit Bonus decreased by 0.2, Primary Attributes decreased by 4, Stamina decreased by 9, Crit Chance decreased by 0.2
  • Recurve of Paineel: Potency decreased by 0.2, Crit Bonus decreased by 0.2, Primary Attributes decreased by 4, Stamina decreased by 9, Crit Chance decreased by 0.2, Offensive Skills decreased by 1
  • Staff of the Deeps: Potency decreased by 0.2, Crit Bonus decreased by 0.2, Primary Attributes decreased by 4, Stamina decreased by 9, Crit Chance decreased by 0.2
  • Focus Wand of Infidel Decimation: Potency decreased by 0.2, Crit Bonus decreased by 0.2, Primary Attributes decreased by 4, Stamina decreased by 9, Crit Chance decreased by 0.2, Casting Skills decreased by 1
  • Ulteran Ornate Bow: Potency decreased by 0.2, Crit Bonus decreased by 0.2, Primary Attributes decreased by 4, Stamina decreased by 9, Crit Chance decreased by 0.2, Offensive Skills decreased by 1
  • To correct a bug that prevented Artifact flagged adornments from being returned after being removed from an item they will now return an otherwise identical non-artifact flagged version when removed.
  • Familiar coins and mercenary coins from the Heroic Bundles may now be sold for status.
  • Corrected a bug that prevented many characters from gaining the PoP Rune: Planar Ascension account flag when crafting Rune: Planar Ascension. Characters who previously crafted the Rune: Planar Ascension may obtain the account flag by removing the adornment from any item it is socketed on, re-socketing it.
  • Corrected a bug that prevented several scripted "on hostile ability cast" effects from triggering, such as the Planar Mastery rune's chance to recast any offensive combat art or spell used.

QUESTS

  • The hunter's union have made their way to the Moors of Ykesha and now offer quests for collecting bounties within The Shadow Odyssey dungeons.
  • The Days of Summer merchant and quests are available once again.
  • High Tide - Journal now correctly identifies the location of the shrine as Great Divide.
  • Broken Equipment - Deletion of the quest now removes "Essence Injector" and "Undying Essence" from player's inventory.
  • Book of Thex - A Curious Tome will now drop off Fallen Scholar Edgars, for players level 101 and higher.
  • Picking Up Slack - Ginwyss D'Arkenett will now complete the quest, as intended, even if the player has completed "A Guard Insignia?" already.
  • Restoring Valor Guk tradeskill mission will now update A Restitch in Time.

More notes after the jump.