March 21, 2017 - EQ Patch 3/22 - EQ Producers Letter - 18th Anniversary Quests + Items - EQ 18th Anniversary Events - EQ Anniversary Live Stream - GamParse 1.5.1.7 Update - EQ Resource in-game channel




March 21, 2017 - Patch 3/22

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:30AM Pacific* for maintenance. Servers will be unavailable for approximately three hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.



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Update Notes:
March 22, 2017
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*** Quests And Events ***
- Delving into Frostcrypt (18th Anniversary) - This mission is now available from Sionachie Heartsinger in the Plane of Knowledge. Corrected an issue that was preventing players from entering the instance.
- Fippy's Revenge (18th Anniversary) - Removed the despawn behavior from the NPCs in the instance.
- Fippy's Revenge (18th Anniversary) - Added additional quest drops. NPCs may still be difficult to find.
- Tsaph's Day Off (18th Anniversary) - Due to how simple the task is, the experience and point rewards for it are now reduced.
- Look to the marketplace this anniversary for the Teir`Dal Heritage Crate. Each crate contains a random item. Trade these Teir`Dal Heritage items to your friends or collect them all yourself!


- The EverQuest Team



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March 16, 2017 - EQ Server Downtime

All servers will be restarted in just a few minutes to address an outstanding issue with the free heroic character promotion. Downtime is anticipated to be less than one hour.



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March 16, 2017 - Producers Letter

Greetings Norrathians!

Where does the time go? Today is the 18th anniversary for EverQuest!

We are incredibly grateful for you, our community, who've continued to breathe life into Norrath for these many, many years. This game and its audience are truly unprecedented! As for us, we've had our heads down working on the game and planning for the year. We are ready to talk about our immediate plans!

With this year's anniversary, we're introducing a new quest and two new player-designed missions. In addition, there are new rewards for purchase on the jubilant merchant that can be purchased with Commemorative Coins. While we celebrate our anniversary, we've turned bonus XP on for all servers until the end of March. Also, don't miss our anniversary gift to everyone that has ever played EverQuest - a FREE Heroic Character!

Next up, our plans are weaving together for our new Progression server: Agnarr!  We're planning on launching around early summer this year. This is a new time-locked progression server with a unique rule set. Here are a few details:

    Agnarr is a time-locked progression server that will start at the base game and eventually lock at Lost Dungeons of Norrath... permanently
        We will refer to this server informally as "PoP-locked" even though it will eventually include Legacy of Ykesha and Lost Dungeons of Norrath
    Expansions automatically unlock 12-weeks per expansion
    Experience rates will be the same as Ragefire and Lockjaw
    True Box server rules apply (one account per machine)
    We will have a limited store that will start with lower-tier consumables (potions & buffs), appearances, and bags - and some mounts will unlock with Luclin, but marketplace offerings will not be too powerful for each expansion's era
 

Around the same time as the Agnarr release, we are working towards releasing new features to all servers, including new achievements for the original game content and early expansions.  We will also work on an in-game calendar so you can keep track of all of our releases, notable events, and info for sales, promos, and bonus timelines.

And, lest there be any doubt, there will be an expansion later this year! The team has already been working on it. No spoilers yet, though!

Please join us for the 18th anniversary as we pay tribute to you and this amazing game we all share!

And below, please stay tuned for a word from our newest producer, Lauren McLemore!

 

Sincerely, as always,

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale

 

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Hello everyone!

It's incredible to think that EverQuest has been crafting memories for the last 18 years and I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of it! I'm still learning the ropes and sinking my teeth into what makes EverQuest, well, EverQuest, but the more I learn and understand the more I'm inspired by the depth and richness of the game and by you all, the players!

This anniversary holds a special place for me as it marks the first anniversary I've been part of the EverQuest team. They're an amazing group of developers and truly care about creating lasting, memorable experiences within Norrath. I hope you all hop in to play and check out everything the team has put together for you during this anniversary celebration!

I know I'll be logging in to play and to snag some Teir'Dal Heritage Crates! I'm definitely a collector so I can't pass up the chance to try to get all 12 sets of Dark Elf-themed Hero's Forge armor, the new familiars, and fingers crossed, the Wrulon mount.

Happy 18th Anniversary EverQuest!

 

See you in Norrath!

Lauren McLemore



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March 16, 2017 - Free Heroic Character

Our anniversary gift to EVERYONE who has ever played EverQuest is a FREE level 85 Heroic Character. All you have to do to claim this is log in before Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 11:59PM PDT.

Heroic Characters are a great way to get a head start when playing a new character, or get to caught up to friends when you come to join them on their server.

Never played EverQuest before? No problem! This promotion is also available to new accounts if they have an All Access Membership! Being a member has its perks, and you can learn more about membership benefits here.

Special Note: Heroic Characters can NOT be redeemed on progression servers. This feature unlocks on a progression server after that server unlocks Call of the Forsaken.

Coming back to EverQuest after a vacation from Norrath? Learn more about what Heroic Characters are here.



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March 15, 2017 - 18th Anniversary Quests

18th Anniversary brings 3 new Quests and 5 new Items to buy with Commemorative Coins.

Check out this years Quests: http://special.eqresource.com/18thanniversary.php

Check out the Merchants full item list: http://special.eqresource.com/ajubilantmerchant.php


New Items on the Merchant:
Some 1 Use Illusions: Burning Telmira and Red Drolvarg (New Model!)

Some new Buff Clicks:
Fortifying Fizz and Sanguine Souffle

And a New Mount:
Bridle of the Wrulon Strider

For the Fastest Commemorative Coin farming we still recommend Magically Delicious if you can reasonably Pre-Farm the pieces. It is still the highest Coin earning mission (at 20 per) and with enough Pre-Farm you can complete it within 5-10 minutes every 6 hour lockout!

All of this goes live at Midnight Pacific on Thursday, March 16th and lasts until May 10th, 2017 at 11 PM Pacific.



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March 15, 2017 - EQ Emergency Downtime

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 7PM Pacific* for additional maintenance. We expect that servers will be unavailable for up to three hours.



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March 15, 2017 - EQ 18th Anniversary Events

Can you believe that EverQuest is turning EIGHTEEN? We're kicking off the 18th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 16, 2017!



New for the 18th Anniversary

We've gone into the vault to finish two Player Designed Missions that groups of players created with the development team during SOE Live 2014. "Fippy's Further Revenge" and "Delving into Frostcrypt" are new tasks for the 18th Anniversary.

In addition to this, explore Norrath through the anniversary quest "Tsaph's Day Off" for a special teleport item "Zueria Slide." When you use this item you can choose if you'd like it to teleport you to Nektulos, Dreadlands, Skyfire, Stonebrunt, Great Divide, or North Ro.

There are also NEW rewards available on jubilant merchants for Commemorative Coins! Look for them in the Special Celebratory Goods section of your find window in the Plane of Knowledge!

These events start Thursday, March 16 at 12:01AM PDT and end on Wednesday, May 10 at 11PM PDT.



Bonus Experience

Starting on our anniversary, players will earn BONUS EXPERIENCE on ALL servers for the rest of March!

Bonus XP STARTS Thursday, March 16 at 12:01AM PDT and ENDS Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT.



Marketplace Addition: Teir`Dal Heritage Crate

As a special addition for the 18th anniversary, there's a Dark Elf themed crate in the Marketplace. Each of these crates has one random item from the Teir`Dal Heritage set, and if you're lucky you'll get a complete set of unique Dark Elf Hero's Forge armor or a special Fourth Gate Guardian illusion!

The Teir`Dal Heritage Crate is available in the Marketplace on ALL SERVERS for 799 Daybreak Cash, and is available from Thursday, March 16 at 12:01AM PDT through Wednesday, May 10 at 11PM PDT.



Anniversary Content From Previous Years

All of the anniversary content from the 14th - 17th anniversary will also go live on Thursday, March 16 at 12:01AM PDT.

For normal servers this includes ALL of the Player Designed Missions, the Hate's Fury Raid, and the Plane of War Mission "War Games."

Also the Gnome Race is back on ALL servers! This event happens a few times each day. Server-wide messages will go out prior to each race, so you always have a chance to join if you want.

    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays this event starts at 3AM PDT, 9AM PDT, 3PM PDT and 9PM PDT
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays this event starts at 12AM (midnight) PDT, 6AM PDT, 12PM (noon), PDT and 6PM PDT.

The reward for being one of the first players to complete the drunken gnome race is YOUR CHOICE of a piece of Tipsy Gnomework Hero's Forge Ornaments.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:01AM PDT the anniversary content from the 5th-13th anniversaries (and FABLED NPCS) will return.

ALL of the EverQuest anniversary content will END on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11PM PDT.

We appreciate your support over these 18 years, and we're excited to celebrate our anniversary with you in Norrath!


Check out our Anniversary page for Guides + Merchant Items:



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March 14, 2017 - Patch 3/15

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 6:30AM Pacific* for maintenance. Servers will be unavailable for approximately four hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.



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Update Notes:
March 15, 2017
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*** Highlights ***
- We’ve finished two Player Designed Missions that groups of players created with the development team during SOE Live 2014. “Fippy’s Further Revenge” and “Delving into Frostcrypt” are new tasks for the 18th Anniversary, starting Thursday, March 16, 2017. In addition to this, explore Norrath through the anniversary quest “Tsaph’s Day Off.”
- - There are also NEW rewards available on jubilant merchants for Commemorative Coins! Look for them in the Special Celebratory Goods section of your Find window in the Plane of Knowledge!


*** Items ***
- Corrected the spelling of Hero's Band.
- Extruded Underfoot Diamond now stacks to 100.
- Added Brass Resonance to Circlet of Umbra and the Invested Circlet of Umbra.
- Corrected the description on a number of items that are no longer used in tradeskills but do not have an item conversion option.


*** Tradeskills ***
- Jewelers can now select their cutting or setting tool using the convert item button as well as their jewelry bag.
- The tradeskill trainers in Crescent Reach will train you in their recipes if you are above the skill that the training offers.
- The merchants in Abysmal Sea that offer free tradeskill quests will now train you in prerequisite recipes when accepting the quest, once you have earned the refinement ability for that tradeskill.


*** Quests And Events ***
- Run, You Fools! (Group) - Fixed an issue that could cause the completion of the "By The Power of Dead Skulls" achievement in this mission to be unreliable. It should be more reliable now. If you let Taros get the final hit on enough targets, you should get the achievement.
- On Behest of the Emperor and Others' Things (Heroic Adventures) - These no longer share a replay timer.
- The Prince (Raid) - Added a specific message when the Prince has become fully enraged.
- Unstable Creation (Raid) - This no longer requires 18 players to trigger once House of Thule has been open on that server for 3 months or more.
- The Blade of Sirrik (Quest) - The Gleaming Serrated Blade can now drop from any black reaver in the City of Mist.
- Three new missions have been added for EverQuest's 18th Anniversary:
- - Fippy is restless again. Find a sloshed gnoll in the Plane of Knowledge to give Fippy a hand.
- - Help Firiona Vie stop Lanys T'Vyl's quest to dominate Norrath! Find her associate, Sionachie Heartsinger in the Plane of Knowledge.
- - Accompany Tsaph Katta himself as he tours the many ancient spires and dragon circles of Norrath!
- Lowered the level of the ballista in one of the Plane of Health errands to make it so they can be killed at a reasonable pace by lower level characters.
- Wanderer Astobin in the Plane of Knowledge now offers the Spell: Instinctual Panic as one of the rewards for an Ethereal Parchment.
- Thin Strands of Golden Silk should now drop on non-progression servers.
- Lost Dungeons of Norrath reward points have been increased for more difficult adventure types.
- - Kill count type adventures have not changed.
- - Collect type adventures now reward 20% more points.
- - Boss type adventures now reward 50% more points.
- - Hostage rescue type adventures now reward 75% more points.


*** Spells ***
- Fixed an issue where pets summoned with certain levels of Enhanced Minion had incorrect Cloaks of Enhancement equipped:
- - Beastlord, Magician, and Necromancer pets between level 86 and 105 with Enhanced Minion XV and XVI
- - Beastlord, Magician, and Necromancer pets between level 81 and 85 using Enhanced Minion VII - XII
- - Magician and Beastlord pets between level 71 and 75 using Enhanced Minion I and II
- Druid - Reduced the efficiency of some Damage over Time spells that were combined in last month's update.
- Druid - Lowered the damage dealt by all spells in the Chill of the Natureward line.
- Shaman - Converted Falhotep's Malosenia and Livio's Malosenia to cast the highest rank you know of their component spells. You will now be charged the correct cost for the DoT they use. Higher ranks of these spells have lower recast times.
- Shaman - DoT spells that were consolidated in the last update are now less efficient and will do less damage than before. They will still do substantially more damage than before they were consolidated.
- Shaman - Corrected a problem that made Sephry's Malady (and earlier spells in the line) do less damage per tick than Breath of Hemocoraxius (and earlier spells in that line).


*** NPCs ***
- It is no longer possible to spawn infinite black reaver NPCs in City of Mist by setting up a situation where the encounter cannot spawn the unique NPC because it's already up.


*** Progression Servers ***
- Event NPCs in The Halls of Betrayal (ChardokB), The Caverns of Exile (SoldungC), The Plane of Mischief, and Veksar will be treated as bosses.


*** Miscellaneous ***
- Players can now get onto the floating ruins of Atrebe's Lab while in the non-instance version of Kor-Sha (not applicable for raids).
- Veksar, The Halls of Betrayal (ChardokB), and The Caverns of Exile (SoldungC) now have load balancing enabled.
- All Legacy of Ykesha zones have load balancing enabled.
- The number of characters necessary to trigger a new load balanced zone (pickzone) has been adjusted to better reflect the amount of combatable population in each zone. In the vast majority of cases, the threshold has been lowered, meaning it will be easier to trigger the new pickzone, requiring fewer characters in a zone to do so than before the update.
- Additionally, when a pickzone's population drops below the threshold, it may lock. Players will be alerted when a pickzone locks and will have 15 minutes to leave the zone before it closes. If players do not leave, they will get teleported to the main zone after the time expires.
- Fixed an issue that could cause Address Book files with invalid filenames to get generated in the client directory.
- Fixed an issue where the Looking For Players information wouldn't properly display for the guild that is looking for players. Search Guilds was unaffected and would still show the guild in the search results.
- Changed the chat color description for 'Membership Restriction Messages' to 'System Messages' to properly reflect what they're actually used for. This aligns with the Chat Filter 'System Messages'.


*** UI ***
- Added the item overflow window available through /itemoverflow. This window will be utilized in the future.
- Fixed a bug that could cause an item description to not properly appear for some abilities.
- Added the ability to enable the display of timestamps in your chat windows.
- - The display of timestamps defaults to off but can be customized per window.
- - Available formats are hh:mm:ss, hh:mm, or mm:ss.
- - The default color of timestamp text matches the color of the chat channel it corresponds to. This setting can be toggled, and the timestamps can instead display in a uniform custom color per window.
- - Tell windows can also have their timestamp settings customized like normal chat windows.
- Fixed a crash issue when a character had too many zone lockouts.


*** Previously Updated ***
- Some spells that should be available when Planes of Power opens are now available when this expansion opens on progression servers.
- Phinigel - Fixed an issue that was causing an inability to access to Plane of Hate instance.


- Changed -
EQUI.xml
EQUI_ItemOverflowWnd.xml


- The EverQuest Team



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March 10, 2017 - EQ Anniversary Stream 3/16

The EverQuest 18th anniversary livestream will start on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10AM Pacific* and we would like to invite YOU to join us!

We'll be doing this stream from Facebook Live, and you can tune in here: http://www.facebook.com/EverQuestLive

We'll be talking about what's coming up for EverQuest. Also, join members of the EverQuest team on the Firiona Vie server, as we play through game content that's new for the 18th anniversary.

We look forward to hanging out with you, as we celebrate 18 years of EverQuest together!



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February 13, 2017 - Patch Weds 2/15

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 6:30AM Pacific* for maintenance. Servers will be unavailable for approximately four hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.



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Update Notes:
February 15, 2017
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*** Highlights ***
- Rumors abound that brave adventurers are needed in Kunark! Long-forgotten heroes in Cabilis, Overthere, and Firiona Vie are offering long-forgotten quests.
- The daily bonuses for completing Heroic Adventures offered by Guard Hamarn in Ethernere Tainted West Karana have been significantly improved.
- Druid - Increased all DoT lines in power and efficiency. Removed the ability for the same caster to stack multiple spells within these DoT lines (where it was possible).
- Shaman - All DoT lines have been increased in damage and efficiency but can no longer stack with earlier spells in their lines.
- Mercenary equipment has been simplified and improved.
- Level 100+ mercenaries have had their base stats improved.
- Load balanced pickzones will now 'lock' if any two versions of a load balanced zone have a player count less than or equal to 1/3 of the zone's threshold.


*** Items ***
- Several items with typos in the names no longer have typos.
- The charms Burnt Effigy of Tsaph Katta and King's Key will now include group currency in their calculations as intended.
- Fixed an issue with the Empires of Kunark progression based charms (Stone Feather, Star Plate Charm, White Dragon's Tooth, and Petrified Egg) where the Droga mission "The Summoning of Droga" was not counting towards the charms' stats. Additionally, Petrified Egg will now give more weight to group content than raid content, though raid content is still required for maximum potential.
- Bag tokens are now convertible items. Click the convert button to turn it into a bag. This is a one-way conversion.


*** Quests And Events ***
- The Kar'Zok (Raid) - Beetles and frost spheres should no longer hang around after successfully defeating the Kar'Zok raid in Kor-Sha. When the Kar'Zok event resets, the on-screen message will now be correct.
- The Kar'Zok (Raid) - Fixed an issue that was causing the Unstable Potion to not work properly.
- Completing Kor-Sha raids will now activate the next available raid correctly.
- Erollisi Day (Event) - Corrected the placement on three collection spawn locations that became inaccessible behind a locked door in Halas.
- Rumors abound that brave adventurers are needed in Kunark! Long-forgotten heroes in Cabilis, Overthere, and Firiona Vie are offering long-forgotten quests.
- Fixed issues with the Substance Delivery Device used for quests in Droga.
- The daily bonuses for completing Heroic Adventures offered by Guard Hamarn in Ethernere Tainted West Karana have been significantly improved:
- - Guard Hamarn has been relieved of his duties. These bonus tasks are now offered by Clayton Teek in the Plane of Knowledge. You will be able to find him next to his brother Franklin Teek near the door to the Guild Lobby.
- - Clayton Teek has the ability to directly teleport you to the quest giver of any Heroic Adventure for which you have the daily bonus task to complete.
- - The amount of experience rewarded by the bonus tasks has been increased by an average of 300%. The bonus task now offers approximately the same amount of experience as just completing the Heroic Adventure.
- - The bonus now additionally rewards 50% of the experience needed to complete a Mercenary AA ability point as well as approximately the same amount of matching currency of completing the Heroic Adventure.
- - Heroic Adventures from The Darkened Sea, The Broken Mirror, and Empires of Kunark are now included in the list of possible adventures that bonuses are granted for.
- - The bonuses for the tasks 'Into the Hills', 'Scouting Ahead', and 'Disrupting the Ritual' have been removed from the list of possible adventures that bonuses are granted for.
- - The number of daily bonus tasks offered per day has been reduced from four to two.
- Lost Dungeons of Norrath changes:
- - Hostages will be less likely to be stopped by nearby monsters as they are fleeing, unless the monsters are very close by.
- - Hostage movement speed has been increased.
- - Hostages will not be stopped by most non-combat NPCs.
- - The kill percentage necessary to trigger the boss in boss adventures or to allow the hostage to escape in hostage adventures has been lowered slightly.
- - Collection adventure items will no longer be seeded on NPCs that do not leave a corpse.
- - The "bad luck" item seeding script will more accurately determine the location nearest to the adventuring party when seeding an additional collection item during an adventure.
- - The "bad luck" item seeding script will no longer seed additional collection items when no one is in the zone or when NPCs aren't being actively killed.


*** Spells ***
- Buffs that allow you to regain health as a percentage of your melee damage will now only heal you for attacks made on your current target.
- - This change prevents ripostes made on creatures that aren't your current target from healing you while under the effects of abilities such as the Shadowknight AA ability Mortal Coil.
- Druid - Increased all DoT lines in power and efficiency. Removed the ability for the same caster to stack multiple spells within these DoT lines (where it was possible).
- The following lines were consolidated:
- - Sunscorch (Vengeance of the Wild to Sunflash)
- - Stinging Swarm (to Horde of Aculeids)
- - Flame Lick (to Consuming Sunray)
- - Nature's Blazing Wrath (to Nature's Fiery Wrath)
- - Gelid Moonbeam (to Argent Moonbeam)
- - Chill of the Natureward (to Chill of the Copsetender)
- Enchanter - Rune spells at and above level 86 now have a recast time of 2.5 seconds.
- Enchanter - Modified "Unity" rune spells (Spectral Unity, Arcane Unity, Phantasmal Unity, and Enticer's Unity) in the following ways:
- - All spells now cast the highest ranks you know of their component runes. For example, If you know Enticer's Rune Rk. III and Polyrefractive Rune Rk. II, those are the two ranks you get when using any rank of Enticer's Unity.
- - All Unity rune spells now have a base recast time of 30/29/28 seconds and share timer 15. Type 3 augments will still reduce this recast time.
- - All spells had the additional hate modifier removed.
- - All spells now have their own mana cost in addition to the base mana costs of the triggered spells.
- Shaman - All DoT lines have been increased in damage and efficiency but can no longer stack with earlier spells in their lines.
- Shaman - Removed the recast time from the Undaleen's Venom line of fast DoTs. This line will now deal the same damage to all targets, but does not stack with the Blood of Saryrn line of DoTs.
- Shaman - Removed the recast time from the Nargul's Malady line of fast DoTs. This line will now deal the same damage to all targets, but does not stack with the Breath of Ultor line of DoTs.
- Shaman - Vengeance of Sholoth, Vengeance of Anguish, and Vengeance of Woe have been extended to four ticks rather than two.
- Added an innate defensive effect that reduces incoming damage to all pets focused with Enhanced Minion I or higher. This effect will increase in power with greater ranks of focus.


*** AA ***
- Necromancer & Shadowknight - Fixed a bug that caused the pet feign death command to stop working consistently with the release of Empires of Kunark.
- Beastlord - Fixed an issue with Feral Swipe that caused its accuracy bonus to function as an accuracy penalty.
- Enchanter - Chromatic Haze and the effect of Gift of Hazy Thoughts will now increase the base damage of direct-damage spells that have a damage-over-time component; either increasing the initial direct-damage of a spell cast or increasing the base damage of the next damage-over-time tick of a qualifying spell.


*** NPCs ***
- The Emissaries of Shadowrest are retiring now that Shadowrest is no longer a repository for forgotten bodies, with one exception: the Emissary in Plane of Knowledge is still available should adventurers wish to visit Shadowrest and reminisce about the olden days.
- A goblin in Nurga was spawning outside the world. He is now back at home.
- Tuned down some charmed NPC combat values that were unintentionally stronger than non-charm combat values.


*** Mercenaries ***
- Mercenary equipment has been simplified and improved:
- - All existing pieces of mercenary equipment (excluding the Vestments of the Forsaken) are now 'Faded' items that can be converted to newer equivalent level and archetype items.
- - Vendors that sell mercenary equipment now sell the newer items.
- - The stats for all levels of mercenary equipment have been improved significantly.
- - There are now four archetypes of mercenary equipment corresponding to each of the four mercenary types: Defender, Soother, Assassin, and Sorcerer.
- - Mercenary equipment slots have been changed from head, chest, primary, and secondary to ear, neck, shoulder, and waist in order to correct a bug that would cause melee DPS and tank mercenaries to become less effective when wielding primary/secondary equipment.
- - Two new sets of mercenary equipment have been created for Empires of Kunark. One set can be purchased for Sathir Trade Gems in Lceanium while the other set can be obtained as rare drops from basepop and rare creatures.
- Level 100+ mercenaries have had their base stats improved:
- - Increased the total HP and evasion of tank mercenaries
- - Increased the evasion of healer mercenaries
- - Increased the evasion, offense, and HP of melee damage mercenaries
- - Increased the evasion of spell damage mercenaries
- Identified and corrected an error with melee damage mercenaries that caused them to delete their innate haste item.
- Healer and damage caster mercenaries will now update their target when casting spells. This corrects an issue where casting target-of-target type spells would not resolve correctly when targeting a mercenary.
- Added an innate defensive effect that reduces incoming melee damage to Journeyman mercenaries. This effect will increase in power with each tier.
- Additional ranks of Mercenary Alternate Advancement abilities have been added for levels 101-105. Additionally, the following Mercenary Alternate Advancement abilities have been improved:
- - Increased the effectiveness of Furious Wrath from 1% to 2% per rank
- - Increased the effectiveness of Subtle Magic from 2% to 3% per rank


*** Progression Servers ***
- Pride of the Legion - A lower level version of Stone Seer Kaigek spawns in pre-revamp Droga and drops the Broken Medal.
- Trooper's Pike - The froglok outlander that drops the "Barsh" Froglok Head has returned to the Swamp of No Hope.
- Demi Lich Skullcap - Lowered the restrictions on the spawns needed for this quest so that it can be completed in Kunark era.
- Small Bricks of Titanium are now available on progression servers when Velious unlocks.
- Loren Thu'Leth's purchasable items are now restricted to the expansions in which they should be unlocked.
- Fixed a bug where Agents of Change in pickzones would fail to send you to an instance.
- Hateplane 2.0's Agent of Change instance will become available when LDoN unlocks on the server.
- Bite of the Shissar items have been restricted to the unlocking of Underfoot.


*** Miscellaneous ***
- Guild Looking for Player and Player Looking for Guild should now again persist across world restarts.
- Load balanced pickzones will now 'lock' if any two versions of a load balanced zone have a player count less than or equal to 1/3 of the zone's threshold. A locked zone will:
- - Transfer any player corpses to the base zone and any new corpses created when you release from hover mode will get moved to the base zone immediately.
- - Block entry and will be removed the from the /pick options.
- - Start despawning mercenaries.
- You will now see the mount and illusion key ring features as active immediately after purchasing, without the need to zone or relog.
- Invalid reward sets should no longer display in your list of pending rewards.
- Corrected some default text that contained duplicated punctuation.
- Corrected an issue that could cause a player to get stuck in an instance if entering from a pickzone. This addresses the issue with Agents of Change in the Plane of Tranquility.
- The Plane of Tranquility now has load balancing enabled.
- When there is a world experience modifier in effect, experience messages will now reflect a bonus.


*** UI ***
- Adjusted the label positions in the Mercenary tab of the inventory window to be more consistent with the Stats tab.
- - Additionally, Mercenary Armor Class and Attack will now display their component parts, and a mercenary's heroic stats are now displayed.
- Completing certain achievements will no longer automatically generate messages if you have enabled social sharing.
- - Enabling the ability to post a message with a screenshot to your Twitter or Facebook account will no longer result in automatically generated achievement messages.
- - A button to quickly access the social sharing window has been added to the EQ button command list.
- When logging on, /announce will no longer state if announce is turned on or off. It will state the status if you run the command.


- Changed -
EQUI_Inventory.xml


*** Previously Updated ***
- Queen Velazul Di'Zok (Raid) - The popup message for Queen Velazul Di'Zok's Doomlight ability will now take precedence over her Reflective Scales ability.
- The first step of Drogan Toes will no longer suggest that you should get Drogan Toes from the quest giver, Vasyryx Teken'tlar.
- Plane of Time NPCs will now use the Mitigation of the Mighty buff.
- Tome of Deflection Discipline is restricted to the unlocking of Seeds of Destruction on all merchants.
- The shady merchant and shady smuggler in Nadox are on vacation until Dragons of Norrath unlocks.
- Warrior Epic 2.0 changes:
- - A chat message will indicate when Larnik the Recluse spawns.
- - The messages showing the direction of Larnik the Recluse will occur twice as frequently.
- - The messages showing the direction of the Blackfall Borer will occur twice as frequently.
- Corrected an issue that caused the tunnels to The Broodlands in Lavastorm to be blocked even after the launch of Dragons of Norrath.


- The EverQuest Team



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