Update Notes: Tuesday January 24, 2017

The U.S. EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 7:00AM PST for an update. The EU Server will be updated at 5:00AM London Time on January 25.

Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.
POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]
  • High end difficulty encounters have had their "Panic" mechanic made a bit more lenient toward the beginning of the encounter.
  • Vhaksiz the Shade has had his health adjusted.
Ruins of Kaesora: Ancient Xalgozian Temple [Raid]
  • Xalgoz has had his health adjusted.
  • Xalgoz's Staff of Control should now correctly be able to be used on Xagloz but is still not a required item to defeat his encounter.
  • The Strathbone Runelord should no longer remain immune to damage at low health for an extended amount of time.
Crypt of Dalnir: The Kly Stronghold [Raid]
  • The Kly has had his health adjusted.
Lost City of Torsis: Ashiirian Court [Raid]
  • Lord Rak'Ashiir has had his health adjusted.
Tomb of the Mad Crusader [Raid]
  • Xebnok the Wretched no longer charms players.
Lair of Haunts [Quest Zone]
  • Corrected an issue that caused the zone to not allow a group to zone in.
  • Tombwatch L'Drykk can no longer be charmed.
Arcanna'se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid]
  • The botanist will now spawn plants slightly faster once engaged.
Kaesora: Tomb of the Venerated [Heroic]
  • The first two nameds, Chatizad and Zannaska, have had their hitpoints reduced and their adds now spawn less frequently.
ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
  • Corrected an issue that would cause Ascension Combos to be heavily influenced by lag.
  • Removing the daze effect that randomly got applied to Double Up.
  • Corrected a bug with the duration of Glacial Freeze which made it to apply for longer than intended.
  • Gift of Bertoxxulous will now cooperate with ascension buffs.
ITEMS
  • Adjusted a number of set bonuses on TSO raid armor to ensure proper ability stacking.
  • Corrected protection values on a number of shields dropped in Innothule and original Kunark overland zones that were too high. Boosted some TSO raid shield protection values to compensate.
QUESTS
  • The Map is a Key. The Key is a Map? will reward a primary hand weapon for Rangers.
  • Awakening Bonds: Once Was Lost... will reward a primary hand weapon for Channelers.
  • Jerol in Village of Shin now offers "Lilly's Letter" to those who have completed "The Heart of Qeynos" and "A Body to Die For".
  • Body to Die For - Lilly now responds appropriately, even if you have completed "The Eyes Have It".

Update Notes: January 19, 2017

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:00AM PT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Thursday, January 19th, 2016 at 9:00PM PT for an update (Approx. 5:00 AM UTC January 20th). Estimated downtime is two hours.

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



ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Fixed an issue with Ethershadow Assassin that was granting it two points of base damage per point of power spent.
  • Smoothed out the curve for obtaining Fabled and Mythical critical hits when crit chance is over 1000.
  • Spiritual Leadership may no longer critically apply.
  • Increased the base ward amount of Spiritual Leadership.

TRADESKILLS
The recipe for Blocker's Bauble will now return the correct product.

ITEMS

  • A number of The Shadow Odyssey items (mainly Heritage and dungeon quest rewards, and charms) have been updated with proper stats.
  • The 4-piece set bonus on Guardians' Ether Champion armor now properly stacks with their Shield Bash class focus.
  • The 2-piece set bonus on TSO Dirge and Troubador raid sets has been replaced with the effect from their shard armor set.
  • The 6-piece set bonus on TSO Coercer and Illusionist raid sets now properly stacks with their class focus.
  • The 3 belts dropped by Warlord Ykesha now properly show their Poison Coins effects again.
  • Removed the confusion percentage sign on Illuminated Bonds Telluric Rending modification.

QUESTS

  • Shady Swashbuckler XVIII - Now offers the Tanaan Portal Device, for those who have completed "The Rift".
  • Awakening Bonds: Whispers of the Past - Those who crafted the Vessel of Wisdom in Crypt of Dalnir: Baron's Workshop [Solo] need only return to Dalnir's forges in "Crypt of Dalnir: Baron's Workshop [Heroic]" and interact with the placed Vessel of Wisdom, nearby to receive credit.
  • The Captain's Lament - Researcher Tahar will now grant the "Experimental spire device plan" and components to those who have deleted them before creating a spire device.
  • Tears of Veeshan: The Core Problem - The Arcanum Vision Elixir is now removed from the player's inventory when the quest is deleted.

Update Notes: January 12, 2017

Accounts and Purchases will be unavailable beginning at 4 AM PT (Noon UTC) for approximately 2 hours.

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

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



GENERAL
Fixed an issue where client updates for Beastlords would be sent way too frequently.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Shady Swashbuckler XVIII - Now offers The Shield of the Magi, for those who have completed "Koada'dal Magi's Craft".
  • Several Heroic bosses have had issues with spawning more adds than was intended. These should now properly spawn the correct number of adds more reliably.

Ruins of Kaesora: Ancient Xalgozian Temple [Raid]

  • Bleeding Bite will now increase the amount of damage taken from all sources.

Kunark Ascending: Raids

  • Achievements for killing Shanaira the Prestigious are no longer hidden.

Crypt of Dalnir: Ritual Chamber [Heroic]

  • The Kly's reflections will now unroot when they receive damage.
  • An achievement has been added for defeating The Kly [Challenge].

Arcanna'se Spire: Repository of Secrets [Heroic]

  • Adds properly despawn for the Tabor'Zaai and Xerxes'Kade encounters.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Ethereal Mastery, and Ethereal Expertise now use the new Ability Doublecast stat instead of a scripted effect.
  • Double Up now uses the new Ability Doublecast stat instead of a scripted effect.
  • Fixed an issue with certain abilities when using pass-through targeting.
  • Focused Offensive now displays the correct chance to recast any offensive Combat Art on Time-Locked Servers.
  • Reduced the spell tier multiplier on Ethershadow Assassin.
  • Corrected the display on combat mitigation debuffs. They will now show their full reduction after all multipliers in the ability examine and tooltip.
  • Cheap Shot no longer casts a separate 2 second Cheap Shot on termination that only applies to non-heroic targets. Instead, its duration has been increased to 4 seconds and can affect heroic targets that are not immune to stuns.

ITEMS
Gear from The Shadow Odyssey expansion has been upgraded to provide progression for the Time-Locked Expansion Server.

QUESTS

  • Quest targets for "Mending a Broken Land" and "Never Ending Mending of a Broken Land" have been made to respawn faster.
  • You no longer have to wait 18 hours after completing "Mending a Broken Land" to pick up "Never Ending Mending of a Broken Land".
  • Flying wyverns should now count toward "Mending a Broken Land" and "Never Ending Mending of a Broken Land" kills.
  • Spirits in the Streets - Nelik Ulnya will now accept your report from Acolyte Ksylia, even if you have completed "Collective Memory" or "Grobb, Not Forgotten".
  • Collective Memory - Nelik Ulnya will now only offer this quest after "Spirits in the Streets" is completed.
  • Ritual of Bone should now progress normally after speaking with Osh.
  • A Message to Osh - Osh will now respond to those who have used the spiritgate, even if the player is on "Curse of the Magic Thief" or "Awakening Bonds: Forks in the Road."
  • Awakening Bonds: Whispers of the Past - The mortar and pestle will now require the necessary component.
  • How the Mighty Fall - Skalmos is now susceptible to being damaged by the most mighty.
  • The Warriors Call: Volume II – People who used the incorrect forge and now have the Indestructible Hammer and no update should use the Worker’s Sledgemallet to travel to the Forge of Time and Space and click on the correct forge. This will update your quest.

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Jaled Dar's Shade and The Iksar Hero's hitpoints have been further reduced.
  • Shade of the First Brood - First Brood sentries should no longer spawn under the world.

Server Maintenance January 5th @ 7 AM PT

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

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


GENERAL
  • Added Resolve as a searchable stat on the broker.
  • Fixed a bug where switching your warder in the warder UI would not update the abilities displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where tool-tip information would not display correctly on some Deity abilities above rank 12.
POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General
  • Adds for Captain Vhankmin and Tabor'Zaai should now despawn when the encounter is defeated.
Arcanna'se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid]
  • Once Shanaira the Prestigious has been triggered, the phoenix statue can no longer be interacted with.
  • All achievements related to Shanaira the Prestigious have been reset.
ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
  • Corrected an issue with the damage formula for Ethershadow Assassin that allowed it to hit for ludicrous amounts of damage.
  • Corrected the description of Awakened Enlightenment to display the correct Thaumaturgist enhancement to Withering. This is a display change only.
  • Removed the ability for some damage reflect abilities from to critically apply, including Bulwark of Rime, Faith, Illusory Barrier, and Divine Light.
  • Increased the AoE arc of Fusion to 120 degrees.
  • Increased the max number of targets of Fusion to 8.
  • Characters may now only benefit from in combat global reuse clearing effects once every 120 seconds.
  • Slightly reduced Swarm pet damage.
ITEMS
  • Word of The Kly will now display its activated effect.
  • Collectible item "Fraudulent Gem Pouch" is now spelled correctly.
  • Collectible item "Workman's Metallic Crumb" is now spelled correctly.
  • Polished Turtle Shell Buckler is now spelled correctly.
  • Nightmarish Goo-covered Axe is now spelled correctly.
  • Diamond Rod and Shard of Hate now have white adornment slots.
QUESTS
  • Ritual of Bone - The conversion between Osh and Nika will no longer end abruptly.
  • A Fated Confrontation will now update when returning to Lachlyn Cauldthorn.
  • Strashka <Solo and Advanced Solo Missions> in Obulus Frontier will now grant the mission, "Long Live the Emperor!" if you choose the "gimme all the quests!" dialogue option, but only if you qualify for that quest.
  • Awakening Bonds: Forks in the Road - Those who are already fighting corruption manifestations can no longer spawn additional manifestations by cleansing the jeweler's items again.
  • Curse of the Magic Thief - The Blackscale rune cube can now be found in a secondary location.
  • The Never Ending Mending of a Broken Land no longer has an 18 hour timer.
  • Curse of the Magic Thief - Sigil of Krakatus now also drops in an instance.
PUBLIC QUESTS
  • Dracurion stoneweavers and infiltrators will now adjust their health to compensate for the number of participants engaging The Iksar Hero.
  • Reduced the damage from several scripted abilities in public quests, public quest encounter hit points have been adjusted to compensate.
WARDROBE
Weapons placed in your Wardrobe that have Reforge Decorations or Experimented Effects on them will now keep their particle effect.

MERCENARY GEAR
Fixed an issue where entering / exiting the Battleground server would cause mercenary gear to vanish.

40% Off Marketplace, and Double XP & Status

Have we got a New Year’s surprise for you!

To wrap up 2016 and start 2017 off with a bang, we’re having a HUGE sale in the EverQuest 2 Marketplace!

Beginning today and running through Tuesday, January 3 @ 11:59AM PST (~NOON), the Marketplace discount for All Access Members will be increased to 40% off.

 

That’s 40% off many of your favorite items* – including the newest Frostfell additions! What has been missing from your collection that you just can’t wait to add? Now’s the time to get it!

We’re not just bringing savings in to the new year – we’re bringing BONUSES too!

Members will be receiving Double XP (Adventure, Tradeskill, & AA) and Double Guild AND Personal Status. But remember, status received from items purchased from vendors or the Marketplace does not double.

But hurry! The sale & bonuses will only last until Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:59AM PST (~NOON) PST.

Enjoy the sale, Norrathians, and Happy New Year!

There is no better time to be a member! Want to learn more about all of the perks of All Access Membership? Click here!

Source: https://www.everquest2.com/news/members-december-2016-special-promotion?cid=1069406

 

December 2016 - EQ2 Producer's Letter

Greetings Norrathians!

DING! Another year has slipped by like a roguish Gigglegibber. Santa Glug is up to his old tricks and it’s time to usher in another new year!

This past year was a whirlwind with GU100 in Spring, live events, weekly live and Stormhold updates, new Isle of Refuge and Race to Trakanon servers, and, of course, the Kunark Ascending expansion. Whew!

And we are ready to keep on keepin’ on! We are well into our planning for 2017 and have some exciting plans, including a very cool concept for our next expansion that we are running through now. Big plans for Norrath!

The Race to Trakanon server was our first experiment with an event server and we are looking at options for what we may do in the coming year.

You can expect to see a content update in the next few months., Our plans for you for 2017 include more content, focus on performance, fixing bugs, and of course, FUN!

There is plenty more to come and we are truly thankful and amazed by you, the community, who play our game and love Norrath! We’re heading into year 13 and it feels lucky!

Here’s wishing you and yours a warm, wonderful holiday and a staggeringly great new year!

Sincerely,
Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

Server Maintenance December 20th @ 7 AM PT

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.


The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 5:00AM UTC December 21st). Estimated downtime is two hours.

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


 

GENERAL
  • Values for current and max character Health and Power are now on separate lines in the character UI to better fit the values.
  • Time-Locked Servers: Corrected an issue with players not being able to fill out the Shadow Odyssey expansion unlock poll.
POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Crypt of Dalnir: Baron's Workshop [Heroic]
  • The broken forge maw control lever can now be repaired by all tradeskill levels and should be visible when not already picked up by another player.
  • Fixed an issue that was keeping the party alive when all 3 forges were open.
ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Corrected the damage reduction effect of Scorched Earth, it now provides percentage reduction.

ITEMS
Xalgozian Wristlet of Blood now has the correct stats for its difficulty.

PUBLIC QUESTS
  • Jaled Dar's Shade in Fens of Nathsar and The Iksar Hero in Jarsath Wastes now properly adjust their health based on the number of public quest participants.
  • The Danak messenger in Jarsath Wastes now paths from just outside Danak Shipyard to Ganak's Battlement and back, and remains outside Danak Shipyward for the duration of the public quest.

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!

EQ2 Zam Needs You!

Hey folks!

missjackie here. In case you haven't noticed, I volunteer on the EQ2 side of Zam. Whenever there's new updates, holidays, or events, I post them here.

However, with all of our volunteer admins, I am the only one that volunteers on this side of things. I am looking for a few more to help out. Maybe you're an avid quester and see some incosistences? Shoot me a PM and I'll send send your interest to the right people!

Thanks for reading!

Update Notes: Tuesday December 13, 2016

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 13th,2106 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

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



POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause some overland zones and popular dungeons to crash.

Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • Raenha, Sister of Remorse should now allow a little extra time to defeat her.

ASCENSION
Adjusted the minimum time required to gain ascension levels to account for the four extra scrolls granted to all characters.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Cleric

  • Corrected an issue with Divine Healing that prevented it from applying if the caster had the Potent Protector prestige ability.

Ascension

  • Corrected an issue that prevented some hostile ascension spells from stacking when cast by different casters.

ITEMS
Fixed an issue where signs in houses wouldn’t update immediately when text was changed.

QUESTS

  • A Goblin Nightmare - Frightened Bloody Tooth goblins should no longer be "too far away" when attempting to escort them back to Twark.
  • Players who deleted and restarted "The Final Blow" after completing "Time Is Short" can now hail Queen Alwenielle's hologram in the Arcanna'se Spire to update their quest.
  • There is now a goblin fuel merchant in Twark.

LIVE EVENTS

  • O Frostfell Tree - Jarith Icewing will now recognize your work in this quest, even if you have completed "Tis the Season" or "Gift Giving", previously.
  • Tis the Season - Jarith Icewing should now only offer quest to those who have completed "O Frostfell Tree" during this holiday season.

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Shade of the First Brood in Fens of Nathsar and Battlement Bound in Jarsath Wastes should no longer spawn at the same time.
  • Public Quest bosses now adjust their health based on the number of participants.