Producer's Letter: Carnage in Kael & more!

Greetings, fair Norrathians!

The first half of the year has been great thanks to you, our amazing players!
We are preparing to bring you Game Update 111: Carnage in Kael on August 27! It wasn’t originally planned for the year, but the team stayed late and snuck in on weekends to give you more content to chew up as we work on the expansion and events! There is a giant-sized tankard of events as we head into our 15th Anniversary and expansion season….

Speaking of expansions, EverQuest II will be raising the adventurer level cap to 120 this year! With that in mind, last year’s Chaos Descending expansion will be on sale at 50% off at everquest2.com/expansions as of August 21. Get ready for this year’s expansion!

About our not-yet-announced expansion, we wanted to give you a hint about the new location you’ll be travelling to this December! WHERE IS THAT?


Also, earlier this year, I talked about putting together a fan event which we are exploring for next year. That said, we wanted to get a feel for how many players would be interested, so we have a survey here: LINK. We want to get an idea of how many players are interested and a couple of other questions. Please participate if you are interested in hanging with your EQ friends and family for a couple of days!

Of course, the 15th Anniversary for EverQuest II coming November 9 and is a HUGE milestone for us! The team managed to carve out time to not only deliver new content for Heroes’ Festival but also a completely new server-wide event on live servers. The dragon-themed event will come with a reward that is a FIRST-EVER for EverQuest II players. We are excited to get one ourselves! Stay tuned.

The team is also planning to launch a new server for the anniversary which will have a unique rule-set. Hints? Start as a Heroic Character with all content unlocked up to the Chaos Descending expansion and live server (normal) experience rates!

We’ll be announcing more details as we get closer to November!

Until then, enjoy the game update on August 27, and dive into our third year of Panda Events, get your mounts up to level 20 with their new level cap, and enjoy a new season of familiars available on the marketplace and in game. Also, look to Labor Day weekend for some in-game bonuses and get ready for Gear-up, Level-up Bonuses starting next month!

You’ll be hearing a lot more from us as we head into fall and prepare for a fantastical winter!
Sincerely, always,

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale

Update Notes: Tuesday August 20, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Anchorage

  • The recipe scrolls for "Mischievous Saddle of Spellflurry" and "Mischievous Reins of Experience" on Sprocket should now properly cost Anchorage chits to purchase.
  • Mirt's Illuminating Beam should no longer require status to purchase.



QUESTS

  • Lightning Bolt Shaped Key - Increased drop rate of quest starter "Lightning Bolt Shaped Key".
  • Virtue Belt - Increased drop rate of quest starter "a rusted iron belt".

Update Notes: Tuesday August 6, 2019

ITEMS

  • Corsair Neckerchiefs - Collection pieces are now spelled correctly.



QUESTS

  • The Motley Merchant Manifest - Fippy Darkpaw the 4th now returns to the Crow's Resting Place after his nerves have calmed.
  • Ghost's Lost Score - Quest is now listed in the proper zone category "Plane of Magic".
  • Turn Loose the Ignus - Quest is now listed in the proper zone category "Plane of Magic".
  • Why Don't the Ayriegales Sing - Quest is now listed in the proper zone category "Plane of Magic".
  • Esper in the Deep Dark Forest - Quest is now listed in the proper zone category "Plane of Magic".
  • For the Voice She Once Had - Quest is now listed in the proper zone category "Plane of Magic".

Update Notes: Tuesday July 30, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Pedestal of Sky
  • Barakah and Simayak's outgoing damage has been increased.


ABILITIES
  • Elemental Blast no longer makes caster or caster pet die in a horrible fire of pain and suffering.
  • Elemental Blast is now a tiered ability based off of the tier of the primary pet you have summoned. To see correct damage values, you must have a primary pet summoned.


QUESTS
  • Thexian Taint - Ginwyss D'Arkenett will now acknowledge you correctly, even if you have completed "The Missing Recruit."

Season Two of Nagafen, the PvP event server is upon us!

GENERAL
  • Each account will only be able to create a single character on Nagafen, so be diligent when deciding on a race and class! And of course, know that with only one character, you will become known for the choices you make and your victories in battle.
  • More Info: https://www.everquest2.com/news/eq2-nagafen-pvp-server-faq-2019
  • As well as some updated announcements: https://www.everquest2.com/news/eq2-kaladim-nagafen-update-july-2019
  • New Achievements, Appearance armor, and Titles for Unique kills.
  • Blue Stats have been added to equipment. Blue stats will grant a reduced benefit in pvp combat.
  • Most encounters will have some combat mitigation and deal more damage to account for a portion of the power gained from blue stats.
  • Experience potions have been removed from the Nagafen marketplace.
Level Progression
  • This is a PvP server, so the majority of your progression will come from PvP fights. When you defeat an opponent, you will be given an XP reward, with unique kills giving you much more experience than players you have taken down previously. The more you defeat the same player, the less they will be worth. Quest experience will be the next best experience available, with NPC encounter experience rewards being relatively low in comparison.
  • You may now disable adventure experience, which includes pvp experience, by right clicking your experience bar in game.
  • Discovery XP has been greatly reduced.
Free-For-All PvP
  • PvP combat will be free-for-all and factionless, which means that anyone outside of your group or raid will be considered a hostile target. Every player is a potential target, and every player is a potential group mate, so you'd better learn how to make friends fast.
Leaderboard
  • Speaking to the Priest of Discord in Freeport and Qeynos will open a PvP leaderboard which will display a sortable list of all pvp leaders.
Bounty Missions
  • Once you have obtained level 15 you will become eligible for PvP bounties, granted by the Priest of Discord in Freeport and Qeynos. These bounties will update when you defeat one of the top 15 PvP leaderboard members of the appropriate type. While on a bounty mission you will have access to the Bounty Tracker inventory item to assist you in tracking down your targets.
  • Experience from bounties has been reduced in season 2.
Zones and Player Vs. Player Level Range
  • "Newbie" zones will have a 4 level PvP range. Zones that are included in the 4 level PvP range are: Antonica, Commonlands, Darklight Wood, Frostfang Sea, Oakmyst Forest, Outpost of the Overlord, Queen's Colony, The Caves, The Forest Ruins, The Graveyard, The Peat Bog, The Ruins, The Sprawl, The Sunken City, Big Bend, Stonestair Byway, Temple Street, Beggar's Court, Longshadow Alley, Scale Yard, Nettleville, Starcrest Commune, Graystone Yard, Castleview Hamlet, The Willow Wood, and The Baubbleshire. Normal zones will have an 8 level PvP range and zones intended for level 40+ will have an unlimited PvP range. The only non-PvP zones will be Freeport and Qeynos. All other zones are open for business.
  • Icy Dig has been lowered to Tier 1 heroic difficulty and treasure has been lowered in quality.
PvP Death
  • Characters that are killed in PvP will drop up to 70% of the coin they are carrying with them. Coin kept in the bank is not affected. There is also a chance that they will drop one of the tradeable items that they are carrying in their bags.
PvP Combat
  • Healing has been reduced overall by 30%.
  • Druid Regens have been reduced in pvp combat.
  • Crusader heals have been reduced in pvp combat.
  • Scout Damage has been increased.
  • Autoattack damage has been increased for all classes.
  • Control procs have had pvp templates applied.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday July 23, 2019

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where zone transports (like the Sinking Sands airship) were not zoning characters properly.



ZONES / POPULATION
Pedestal of Sky

  • Simayak and Barakah have returned to Pedestal of Sky.
  • Loot from Pedestal of Sky will now spawn normally instead of being triggered by destroying the orb in the room.
  • Corrected an issue that caused the dragons to respawn improperly.



QUESTS

  • Menhir or There - Gathering beryl and stibnite crystals is now a group update.

ABILITIES

  • Elemental Blast has been updated as it could cause a significant amount of lag when cast due to each spell hit being individually processed first from the caster, to the pet where it applied modifying effects, then to the target. The ability now does its damage in a single strike sourced from the caster. However to adjust for the damage increase this causes, the ability will deal 50% of the caster’s maximum health to the target, which may be warded, and 150% of the pets maximum health to the pet, which may not be prevented.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 16, 2019

TLE
The following raid targets have had their offensive and defensive stats reviewed and adjusted as needed.

  • Terrorantula
  • Simayak and Barakah (Within Pedestal of Sky)
  • Godking Anuk
  • The Djinn Master

Corrected an issue that caused some bosses in Desert of Flames raid zones to not respawn and/or despawn properly.


ZONES / POPULATION
Plane of Justice: Scales of Justice [Both Raid Versions]

  • Adjusted health of the Seventh Hammer to be more in line with other encounters in same tier.


Awuidor: The Veiled Precipice [All Versions]

  • Collectibles near the Champion of Marr have been moved to an area where they can be more reliably collected.


Castle Mischief [Raid]

  • The doll adds during the Linneas encounter should now have less health.


The Living Tombs

  • Urzyd the Undying will no longer spawn more than 2 adds when pulled and adds properly despawn when Urzyd's encounter is reset or he is defeated.



QUESTS

  • My Service for an Idol - The Far Sands cargo can now be picked up by multiple group members.

Item updates over at: https://forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/update-notes-tuesday-july-16-2019.590118/#post-6560599

Update Notes: Tuesday July 9, 2019

ZONES / POPULATION
Ragrax, Sepulcher of the Twelve [Raid]

  • Further adjustments made to help with the lag in the Rathe Council encounter.



PUBLIC QUESTS
Awuidor, the Dark Fathoms

  • Fathom dwellers can no longer be pulled across the zone.



MERCENARIES

  • Mindbender Talid should now properly cast his "Intellectual Remedy" ability on his group.



ITEMS

  • Sharpened Necklace of the Terranaut - Item name is now spelled correctly.
  • The Firelord's Massive Smasher - Item name is now spelled correctly.

EQ Update #19 and Summer, Summer, Summer Stuff!

Here are the updates for the past week+.

Click Read More to see all the updates.

 


 

Also starting today, Daybreak activated some cool stuff for us in game. Check it out!

 

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Summer Spectacular!

Summer is here, the days are long, and that means it's time to celebrate. Start your July off right with in-game bonuses, member gifts, and deals! Everything begins July 1, 2019:

Bonus Rewards!

  • All XP, faction, and rare drop rewards will be increased by 76%.

Member Gifts!

  • Log in to claim your two timely and celebratory familiars: the Metamorph Totem: Murikaglider and the Metamorph Totem: Cernerder'Eh Murkglider. Look for these in your reward window once you log in. Members only.

Heritage Crates Return!

  • Make sure you check out the Marketplace, because the spectacular is a special opportunity to catch up on any of the Heritage Crates you might have missed. ALL Heritage Crates are back in the Marketplace throughout the event.


The Summer Spectacular begins at 12PM PT (noon) on July 1, 2019, and ends at 12PM PT (noon) on July 8, 2019.

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Producer's Letter: Summer 2019

Hail, almighty Norrathans!

Summer is upon us and we've got updates for you! We are all really excited for what's coming this year, including the 15th Anniversary of EverQuest II and our expansion. And we've got plenty coming up between now and then!

Legendary Ethereal Item Drops and New Expert Dungeons!

This summer, play in new Expert versions of the heroic dungeons in the Chaos Descending expansion for awesome lewtz! It’s a good idea to use this opportunity to get leveled up for...reasons…too!

Check out this Fabled item from an Expert dungeon:

You also may want to look for some best-in-slot items in the Chaos Descending Public Quests as of the June 18th Game Update too. Vagueness intended. Both the Chaos Descending Public Quests and Expert Dungeons begin June 18, 2019.

Here's a look at a couple of the tasty Ethereal armor items dropping this summer. Whoa.

Nagafen PVP Server Seasons

The first Nagafen PVP Server Season 1 will come to an end on June 18, 2019, with the Game Update and will kick off its Season 2 on July 16, 2019. The team will be making some changes and tweaks based on Season 1, so keep an eye out from posts from the team as we move along!

Let’s Celebrate Pride!

This year, you can get our Pride-themed bunny familiars from the in-game store for free from June 21, 2019, until July 31, 2019. As a studio, we support every gamer who contributes to our community. Show the love!

The Scorched Sky Celebration Heats Up!

For the second time, worshipers of Fennin Ro and his son, Solusek Ro, will be celebrating across Norrath with Scorched Sky celebrations! The celebrations begin June 26, 2019, and end July 8, 2019.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday June 18, 2019

GENERAL

  • Fallen Gate / Antonia Bayle Merge: During downtime we will be merging missed Wardrobe data.


EXPERT DUNGEONS

  • Chaos Descending Expert Dungeons are now available! If you meet the requirements for their Heroic counterparts, then you may enter Expert dungeons through the same portals within the Elemental Portal Gallery in Myrist, the Great Library.


SUMMER ETHEREALS
2019 Summer Ethereal Event is now available. While the ethereal event is running, completing any Chaos Descending solo mission will grant an Astral Ethereal reward crate. When the Astral Ethereal reward crate is received it grants an Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallion up to your daily limit, and a small chance to receive a bonus reward based on the current Ethereal Wave. You may only receive 4 Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallions per day on each character from expert missions, 1 Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallion per day on each character from solo missions, and 1 Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallion per day on each character from Public Quest missions. On the test server, and only on the test server, solo missions will count as both the solo mission and an expert mission for calculating ethereal rewards.

Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallions may be used to purchase rewards from the Ethereal Merchant located in Myrist, the Great Library. During wave 1 the Ethereal Merchant will sell Gloom-Hardened armor pieces, and Astral Gloom-Hardened Shards. Astral Gloom-Hardened Shard may be used to upgrade the planar level of Gloom-Hardened armor.

Unlike in previous ethereal events, Astral Gloom-Hardened Medallions will not be made Heirloom at the end of the event. Instead, once a character has three fully upgraded Gloom-Hardened armor pieces, they will receive an account flag that allows them to upgrade Gloom-Hardened armor without expending shards on all characters on the account.

Ethereal Waves

  • Wave 1 begins on 6/18/2019
  • Wave 2 begins on 7/30/2019
  • Wave 3 begins on 9/10/2019

The 2019 Summer Ethereal event will end on 10/29/2019.


ACCOUNT TO ACCOUNT TRANSFERS

  • Fixed an issue where the purchase confirmation UI could not be interacted with.


ZONES / POPULATION
Eryslai: The Midnight Aerie [Heroic & Expert]

  • Beaknik's bird friends will no longer increment Prevailing Winds.
  • Xochéntula's nilborien adds will no longer increment Prevailing Winds.
  • Prosperon's chaotic tempests and Aerieyal no longer increment Prevailing Winds.
  • Sterek's budgies no longer increment Prevailing Winds.

Eryslai: Trials of Air [Heroic & Expert]

  • The timed trials now last 60 seconds.

Eryslai: The Aether Value [Raid/Mythic Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused xegony to sometime not use her auto attack abilities.
  • Xegony should no longer fly far away quite as often and if she does she should return quickly.


LIVE EVENTS

  • Frock of Flame Armor - Armor set is now heirloom.
  • The Heat Is On - There are now more flame tuatara eggs and hatchlings to be found within a larger area of Darklight Wood.
  • Mage Fulcrum Gearshift, the Concordium Collector, and Scientist Dally Scrumplecog, the Academy of Arcane Science Collector, are back in their respective cities, for a limited time, to exchange Elemental Storm Shreds for items in their stores.


QUESTS

  • Path of the Past - Tombs of Night is now level 56 and updates within The Tomb of Night.
  • Hide of the Fleshgoyle - Fleshgoyles will once again update this quest.
  • Parasite's Prize - Albino cave snakes will once again update this quest.


ITEMS

  • Cutthroat Hunter's Brand: Corrected a bug with the Undying effect that prevented it from functioning.
  • A Selkie Mushroom - House item can now stack.
  • Ambar the armor merchant no longer requires you to have unlocked previous tiers of armor to purchase from him.

More updates over at: https://forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/update-notes-tuesday-june-18-2019.589923/#post-6558092