Call of the Forsaken: Feature & Zone Preview

Take a look at some of the EverQuest expansion's features and zone screenshots!

With the Beta NDA now lifted, we take a closer look at two prominent features set to be added with the Call of the Forsaken expansion - Heroic Adventures and Mercenary Enhancements - as well as several screenshots of the zones being introduced at launch time (October 8, 2013).

Heroic Adventures

Heroic adventures are customized shared tasks (1-6 players) that take place in instanced zones and scale in level, difficulty, and loot quality (based on the highest level player in the group) down to Level 95. They are designed for groups of 2-3 players and their mercenaries, and shouldn't take an average group any longer than 45-60 minutes to complete.

What do we mean by "customized"? Well, instead of a standard shared task with an unchanging set of steps to run through, heroic adventures have a randomized component to them whereby there are multiple options (or 'possible directives') for each step in the task. In other words, you can complete one of these heroic adventures, and then the next time you run through the same adventure, you could have a different set of task steps and encounter different NPCs.

Loot-dropping nameds (such as the Dreadmole of the Bixie Warfront or the Monstrous Minnow of the Dead Hills) can also appear in these adventures, and completion results in group currency that can be used to buy gear (both player and mercenary) and spells from vendors in the Ethernere.

It should be noted that there is plenty of content outside of heroic adventures as they are but one facet of Call of the Forsaken (there are also regular partisan and mercenary tasks, as well as regular group missions), and every zone has a static (non-instanced) version.

(Mercenary Enhancements and Zone Screenshots can be found below the jump!)

Mercenary Enhancements

Another feature we're looking forward to is made up of mercenary enhancements. Put simply, you'll be able to boost your mercenaries' strength and overall usefulness in the form of gear (for example, the chest piece that comes with expansion pre-orders - image below) and passive AAs (among which are improved healing for healers and improved defense for tanks, for example).

Mercenaries will gain AA experience with you (you'll have to have them spawned for them to gain experience), and gear can be purchased from a vendor in the Ethernere using currency rewarded from tasks.

Here is a look at the chest piece that comes with expansion pre-orders (scales to level):

And here is a look at the mercenary AA tab:


Zone Screenshots

Below here are two screenshots of each zone (in this order): Ethernere Tainted West Karana, The Dead Hills, Bixie Warfront, and Neriak Fourth Gate.

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COTF
# Sep 29 2013 at 5:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Every time they do not increase the level the expansion is very hard to do. Just hold out because the next expansion then will be super easy
Vestments chest piece needs reworking
# Sep 27 2013 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I hope they plan on adding some major AC + stats to that Vestments of the Forsaken chest piece cause 818 hp/m/e only is horrible. Considering how hard trash, not to mention names hit a tank merc nowadays I don't see any value in those numbers. That alone is making me not want to pre-order the expansion. Just my 2 cents...
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# Sep 27 2013 at 10:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I reviewed EQResources....1 Monk spell and a useless...not worth me spending money $60 X 3 accounts.

Best of luck that do
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# Sep 27 2013 at 11:54 AM Rating: Good
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ahh...No one is forcing you to purchase the collector's edition.
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# Sep 27 2013 at 6:30 PM Rating: Default
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I knew i wasn't going for the expansion back on august 5th when i read news about it on this site. Nice to see you still trolling Moonlight55. Hope you read my replies back then. Understand if you didn't. Trolling can be a full time effort. Probably troll so much you have no idea what i am even talking about. Oh well. I look forward to seeing what else they eventually add to this next expansion. Maybe something will be worthwhile especially if they finally decide to lower the price at some point though giving SoE's track record that seems unlikely. Well i still have 19 expansions worth of content to ***** around with and 16 different classes i can play.
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# Oct 02 2013 at 5:40 AM Rating: Good
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How is he trolling? Like correct me if I'm wrong here, but he has a point. The guy said he didn't wanna spend 180 bucks for 3 account expansions and he's like: That's the collector's edition price, nobody is making you buy that to play CotF, he would knock a whole 60 bucks off that and pay 120 for the base game alone, and you say the guy pointing out: that's collector edition price is trolling? I'm not getting the troll out of that.
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# Oct 02 2013 at 8:03 PM Rating: Default
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She is correct. He doesn't have to buy the collector's edition of the expansion. That is not why i said she is trolling. She made comments in other threads asking me questions. I answered and asked her questions as well. She didn't reply to anything. I thought it was because she was trolling. A non troll would reply when asked a question right? Not drop smart *** questions and never look back. Maybe what i think is a troll is not actually a troll. What would you call it though cardeonclarols?

@stickietoes95 No im not. Please reply and explain how i am a troll? I check back on my posts every day or so. I don't post and then leave and not ever reply. That is what i think trolls do. Like i said though i could be wrong and that might not be what a troll is. Feel free to reply and discuss it.

EDIT: Looks like i won't be getting that civil discussion from cardeonclarols or stickietoes95. In cardeonclarols case though at least that post of his was his last as of this date. Stickietoes95 has made several posts since october 2nd so i know he visits this site regularly. I guess he has been busy trolling and getting his toes sticky, ewww. It doesn't take a genius to figure out how that is happening. lol

Back to my original post about Moonlight55. Yet another troll that has made several posts and of course never replies to anything directed at her. That is why i thought she was a troll and still do to this day. So my track record so far is 2 out of 4. Baeddon and cardeonclarols last posts were directed towards me. Moonlight55 and Stickietoes95 are on this site regularly and have yet to reply. I do hope some day they will stop trolling and reply so we can have a civil discussion. Like i said i may be wrong about what trolling is to begin with and wouldn't mind hearing feedback from those i claimed were trolls.



Edited, Oct 8th 2013 10:46am by Rickymaru
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# Oct 18 2013 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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Oh Rickymaru,

I don’t troll, but I do play the game. So my “absence” of not checking on alla daily and replying to you in an expedient manner was not due to “full time trolling” but finishing all the mercenary, partisan and mission in CotF. Which sadly to say that I am indeed finished…not even the slightest bit of difficulty and the missions, normally the hardest part of progression, were beyond simple in scale, effort and difficulty. I guess I can work on hunter now that SOE upped the spawn rate per adventure. I’ll reply to your original post to make you happy.

However, my post still stands, people complain about the cost when there are two price tags. One gimmicky one with silly bells and whistles that cost the most, and the other with far less bells and whistles more reasonable priced. No one is forcing anyone to purchase the most expensive. I also love seeing people complain they can’t afford the highest priced game for their 3 or more accounts. All I’m saying is…this is a game, and there is a big difference between need and want.

As a side note. I’m guessing Lowebal, Puhnjab and Auldian (posts here) are indeed very disappointed.
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# Oct 25 2013 at 5:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I had to send you a message in the first place which is the actual reason you replied. Nice of you to use CoF as the excuse even though it took you more then 2 months to reply to my post in another thread and anyone checking your profile can see that you posted other times after august 5th. Don't lie. Just be honest. You were trolling and didn't even think to see or care to see if anyone replied to what you had said. The least you could do is be honest.
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# Oct 15 2013 at 9:16 AM Rating: Good
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I also never had the thought to come back, cause I read everything I wanted to, forgot all about my post on your comment. Till you sent me a PM today asking why am I a troll...
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# Oct 15 2013 at 9:11 AM Rating: Good
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Sorry, but it sounded to me like you were a troll... like most of other complaining posts I see about everything.

Edited, Oct 15th 2013 11:14am by Stickietoes95
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# Oct 15 2013 at 12:48 PM Rating: Decent
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ah well no harm. All is forgiven. Still wouldn't mind hearing from Moonlight55 but i doubt ill ever hear from her.
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# Oct 02 2013 at 8:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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If anyone is the troll, its rickymaru
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Mercs
# Sep 27 2013 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone else notice a few weeks ago when suddenly Merc Healers started hesitating a tiny bit before healing? Or your Tank Merc Taking more damage all of a sudden? Hopefully these new merc "enhancements" will put Mercs back where they were. You Gotta love Soe. Reminds me of when the spell fizzle AA"s were released, after fizzles suddenly had increased dramatically, LOL. Just my 2 cents worth. Still looking forward to the new expac!! Go Mercs !!! If it wasn't for the Mercs I would have quit this game years ago! Just my loner style ha ha.
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"If it wasn't for the Mercs I would have quit this game years ago! Just my loner style ha ha." - You play a massive MULTIPLAYER online roleplaying game to play it entirely alone? Ok then...
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# Sep 26 2013 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
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For the Necros out there that do not know it yet....

(Beta/Test, and soon to be live) Death Bloom AA is now on a 10 minute refresh.

SOE = Bastards.

In other news.... SparxxUI is updated for the COTF expansion and will be available on EQInterface.com soon.
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# Sep 27 2013 at 5:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sparxx wrote:
(Beta/Test, and soon to be live) Death Bloom AA is now on a 10 minute refresh.

SOE = Bastards.


Thanks for that heads up. If they bring this latest nerf live it is sad indeed for Necromancers. As I'm now recovering from the Reluctant Benevolence "group-proc" nerf.

This has been a wretched couple years for my Necromancer.Smiley: oyvey
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# Sep 26 2013 at 8:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I hope they have changed the mobs hit speed and how hard they hit. I did a little of the BETA but got very discouraged rite away. The animals weren't to bad, but the Humiods or what ever hit so hard and so fast that you were dead before you could say oh @#%#%^. The zones that I was in were nice though.
Have fun and good luck!
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# Sep 27 2013 at 8:06 PM Rating: Decent
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in Beta they would give you all the aa's you wanted and they still didn't do any good. They might have tuned the mobs down by now, but not sure haven't played it in awhile now.
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# Sep 26 2013 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
Sounds a lot like underfoot. Got *** kicked quickly until you geared up and AAed. Loved that expansion!
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# Sep 26 2013 at 10:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Me Too! Underfoot was a fun expansion!
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# Sep 27 2013 at 12:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah that's why so many people left during.
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# Oct 07 2013 at 7:13 AM Rating: Decent
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... and no one misses them.
I hope this is an UnderFoot grade challenge. Being bored in my favorite game is disappointing.
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