Downtime - Tuesday April 1, 2014

The US servers will come down on April 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 2nd, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The update notes are below.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is the beginning of April, bringing us the Qeynos City Festival! The festival begins on April 1st at 12:01am PDT and runs until April 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Antonica just beyond the bridge to North Qeynos.

There are no new items available this month. Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods.

An Aether Race will also be available in Antonica during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 134 seconds or less to earn the Bridge Buzzer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near the Coldwind Point Lighthouse.

As a reminder, April 1st is also the Highest of the Silly Days and there are special Bristlebane Day events happening, including bunny collections!

The Joke is on Norrath.. Bristlebane Day Returns!

Bristlebane Day returns tomorrow, Friday, March 28th, and runs through Thursday, April 10th. There's new recipes, new rewards, and a new event currency! Keep your eye out for interesting Patchcraft mobs all over Norrath and earn your Patchcraft Slayer achievements! All your favorites from last year return, some with new rewards.  

On April 1st things really get hopping! New this year... bunnies. Everywhere, bunnies. You may have been stumbling over them around the world, and on April 1st you can collect them for three new achievements. Returning are the Jester's superior gardens in Enchanted Lands, giving harvestables from all holidays. Frostfell crafting stations will also pop up in Enchanted Lands on the Highest of Silly Days. There are two quests offered exclusively on April Fool's Day, so you'd best like riddles if you want to add to your dice collection!

Read all about it in our Bristlebane Day Guide! And if you've got a lot of alts, use our Bristlebane Day Quest Tracker to help keep track of them during the event.

Downtime - Wednesday, March 26 2014

The US servers will come down on March 26th, 2014 at 7:00 AM PT for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET March 27th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 2 hours.

Full patch notes are available after the jump.

Restored High Keep Guild Hall on Test

While running around on Test yesterday, we were notified by Kuulei that there was a new guild hall available for touring on the Antonica and Commonlands guild hall bells: Restored High Keep.

Not much is known about it yet, aside from the fact that it is the entirety of the High Keep zone. Afista of EQ2 Design Gallery has posted images of the entire place over on her site. We did ask Senior Producer Holly Longdale about it and she responded "It's coming out the end of April. We're working on the details of how it's acquired at the moment."

Could it be a Marketplace-sold prestige guild hall, akin to the Palatial halls on EverQuest? Looks like we'll find out sometime in April! In the meantime, you can tour this hall on the Test server, but the exit doesn't function so have your Call to Home spell ready to get out!

Marketplace Instant Rebate Sale

An instant rebate sale is now live in the Marketplace. It will run through Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Got your eye on something special in the Marketplace? This is your lucky week! From Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at noon to Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT, all players will have access to a 30% instant rebate.

*Note: Instant rebate excludes services, features, and heroic characters.

Downtime - Thursday, March 20, 2014

All servers will come down on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM PDT for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. The full patch notes are available after the jump.

Chronoportals Event Celebrates Norrath's History

EverQuest II takes part in the celebration of 15 years of EverQuest with the Chronoportals live event. Ancient portals take players back in time to battle creatures of a distant past. Several of these encounters have memorable dialogues that any former EverQuest player can appreciate.

Whether you're looking for the chronoportal that Quillmane dwells within, need some help defeating the Nagafen's Lair encounter, or just want some info on collecting event shinies and buying merchant items, our Chronoportals guide has it all. The event begins at 12:01am PDT on March 20, 2014 and will run until 11:59pm PDT on March 27, 2014.

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

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

Year of EverQuest: March Update Video

SOE has released their March edition of the Year of EverQuest video series, featuring Thom Terrazas, Terry Michaels and Holly Longdale all discussing what players can look forward to in their respective games over the next month. Check it out after the jump!