The September patch hit yesterday. It looks like some old bugs and some new were fixed. Dzarn has been busy it looks like as we got another round of AA changes that rolled out. I'm always glad to see that amount of work still being poured into the game.
Plenty of updates have happened to the site since the 2nd, largely done by Drewinette. Check them out by clicking on the Read More link below.
All NPC's in all expansions/zones should now have an expansion tag except for Plane of Knowledge. We'll need to go over that zone by hand to figure out the correct expansions for those NPC's. All Fabled NPC's should now be set to the expansions they release in as well. If you play on the progression servers and see we have a NPC set to the incorrect expansion, let us know please by posting on the NPC's forum.
All quests that had a minimum level of 0 are now set to level 1. The Troll Heritage Crate quest entry has been updated with most of the items that come in it.
The item collector was worked on by SwiftyMUSE and most new items have been uploaded. We hope to release that to everyone soonish after he's been able to patch it for the latest game update.
*** Items ***
- Removed the stacking on 5 Dose Potion of the Bone Field and 10 Dose Potion of the Bone Field items. Changed Toy Eye Ball to one charge.
- Fixed a typo in the lore of Overgrowth Shears.
- Restored mana preservation to The Burning Lands evolving shoulders that include classes with mana.
- Consolidated the various mount blessings. In nearly all cases, the new buff is equal to or an improvement over the previous buff, with the exception of Mount Blessing Izah which has had its AC value reduced to be in line with the other mount blessings.
*** Quests And Events ***
- Guntrik's quests - Sven and Philicia Drinn are no longer merchants and can be killed.
- Strange Magic - Pets and mercenaries will no longer flee right after the first golem is defeated.
- Destroy Marnek's Wand - If a character who has handed in the wand loses their Suncrest Isle instance, the fisherman will offer a new instance.
- Gnome Memorial Mountain - Adjusted the risk vs reward for Heroic Adventures in GMM.
*** Spells ***
- Buffs that absorb hits (up to a maximum damage value) will no longer fully negate resistible spells. These buffs will continue to properly block the intended amount of damage from spell and melee attacks.
- Corrected an issue that allowed certain types of pets (Cleric hammers, Wizard swords, Magician runes, etc) to be hit by detrimental spells. They are now immune to all spells as intended.
- Bard - Added a target limit of 5 to the Denon's Desperate Dirge line of AE damage songs.
- Cleric - Sacred Word and Stun Command now have their target limit explicitly defined on the spell.
- Druid - The Heliacal Flare and Lunar Chill lines of targeted AE spells now have their target limit explicitly defined on the spell.
- Magician - Fixed an error that caused pets that used Fire Elemental Bolt I-VII to deal less damage when focused. Increased the power all ranks of Fire Elemental Bolt VI and VII.
- Magician - Corrected an error that made fire pets on Progression servers deal more damage than expected in Kunark, Velious, and Luclin eras.
- Wizard - Thunderbolt now has its target limit explicitly defined on the spell.
*** AA ***
- All - Refunded Identify as this ability is redundant now that item descriptions are displayed when inspecting items at level 50+.
- All - Fixed a typo in the description of Veteran's Enhancement that errantly stated the ability increased your worn mana regeneration cap rather than your worn health regeneration cap.
- Multiple - Renamed the non-pet class ability 'Pet Discipline' to 'Companion's Discipline' to be in line with the naming used for pet classes.
- Bard - Refunded all ranks of Steady Hands and increased the base pick lock skill cap for bards for levels 80+ by 40 points. The skill bonus was reduced from 60 points to correct a few level span where bards had a higher skill cap than rogues. The skill cap increase is being granted at level 80 rather than level 70 due to the ability initially releasing with Secrets of Faydwer.
- Bard - Capped the maximum number of opponents that can be hit by Vainglorious Shout to 6 and increased the endurance cost for all ranks of this ability by 50%.
- Bard - Granted the ability to use Double Riposte as Bards were the only class with the skill that did not have access to this ability.
- Bard - Refunded all ranks of Tune of Pursuance and increased the base tracking skill cap for Bards for levels 65 and 96-100+.
- Berserker - Refunded all ranks of Student of War and increased the base frenzy skill cap for Berserkers for levels 101+.
- Berserker - Refunded all ranks of Weapon Proficiency and increased the base weapon skill caps for Berserkers for levels 85-105+.
- Berserker - Renamed Cry of Battle to Mass Group Buff.
- Cleric - Removed the undead-only restriction from Repel the Wicked.
- Cleric - Fixed a typo in the description for all ranks of Channeling the Divine that stated the ability granted a 50% twincast chance rather than a 100% chance.
- Cleric - Shield of Reverence has been changed to a passive ability.
- Druid - Refunded all ranks of Advanced Tracking and increased the base tracking skill cap for Druids for levels 65+.
- Enchanter - Renamed the enchant metal abilities to include the quantity as a suffix rather than prefix. Ex: 'Mass Enchant Feymetal' is now titled 'Enchant Feymetal (x10)'. Refunded 'Enchant Palladium (x3)' and 'Enchant Palladium (x20)' as they were inconsistent with the rest of the abilities.
- Magician - Call Hither has been renamed Summoner's Step and is now a teleport-forward ability similar to Netherstep or Whisperwind. Reduced the level and expansion required to obtain ranks 4 and 5 of this ability.
- Magician - Updated Turn Summoned to deal direct damage rather than damage over time and updated Infusion of Elemental Light to always deal instant critical damage that will no longer block other instances of Infusion of Elemental Light from landing.
- Magician - Updated the buff icon for Thaumaturge's Focus.
- Monk - Consolidated Hastened Crane Stance and Focus: Crane Stance into a single line, Improved Crane Stance, and added an additional rank that was intended to go live with The Burning Lands.
- Necromancer - Call to Corpse has been renamed Summon Corpse. This ability now has 9 ranks and will cast the highest rank of your equivalent level summon corpse spell with a 10 second reuse time.
- Necromancer - Refunded Self Sacrifice as its initial purpose of dealing damage to the caster in order to benefit from other abilities is no longer required.
- Necromancer - Summon Remains now consumes 4 Tiny Jade Inlaid Coffins when cast.
- Paladin - Hand of Tunare no longer triggers Tunare's Fatigue after fading but will now instead increase the mana cost of twincast healing spells by 100%.
- Paladin - Moved Holy Warhorse from the Class tab to the Special tab in the AA window.
- Paladin - Shield of Brilliance has been changed to a passive ability.
- Paladin - Refunded all ranks of Glorious Reflection as this ability provided no benefit given the existence of Healing Adept.
- Paladin - Consolidated Restoration of Life to be rank 2 of Gift of Resurrection. Rank 2+ will now restore 96% experience. Reduced the hastening offered by rank 5 by 1 second and increased the mana cost of ranks 2+ by 100 points.
- Ranger - Refunded all ranks of Tracking Mastery and increased the base tracking skill cap for Rangers for levels 66-70+.
- Rogue - Refunded all ranks of Weapon Proficiency and increased the base weapon skill caps for Rogues for levels 96 and 101-105+.
- Rogue - Fixed an error with ranks 5 and 6 of 'Focus: Hack' that prevented the ability from focusing the combat ability 'Slice'.
- Shadowknight - Moved Unholy Warhorse from the Class tab to the Special tab in the AA window.
- Shadowknight - Summon Remains now consumes 4 Tiny Jade Inlaid Coffins when cast.
- Shaman - Improved Pure Spirit has been changed from a passive focus ability to an activated ability that casts the best rank of Pure Spirit that you have scribed.
- Shaman - Turgur's Virulent Swarm will no longer land on PCs (including yourself).
- Shaman - Feral Bite, the damage triggered by Rabid Bear, has had its damage over time component consolidated into its direct damage component.
- Wizard - Ward of Destruction now summons a stationary aura rather than a ward. As an aura, Ward of Destruction will no longer be susceptible to damage and any opponents hit by Silent Fire will now credit the wizard as the attacker. Changed all ranks of Silent Fire from a 12 second damage over time spell to a direct damage spell that will not break root.
- Wizard - Updated Arcane Fusion to always deal critical damage and fixed an issue that allowed the ability to trigger on beneficial spells.
- Wizard - Corrected an issue that prevented Mirror Mirror from functioning as expected.
- Wizard - Refunded Translocational Anchor and updated all ranks of Cryomancy to include gate suppression as part of Cryomantic Stasis.
*** NPCs ***
- Moved a spiderling in the Broodlands that was spawning inside of a tree.
- In Stoneroot Falls, a witheran named Slubber with unique items now has a chance to spawn.
- In the Ruins of Illsalin, Overseer Xygern now drops unique items instead of the same items that Battlemage Ristyr drops.
*** Progression Servers ***
- Access to Gnome Memorial Mountain now requires that The Burning Lands is unlocked on your server.
- Corrected an error that made fire pets on Progression servers deal more damage than expected in Kunark, Velious, and Luclin eras.
*** Miscellaneous ***
- The /safelock command now requires typing the full command in order to function to prevent accidental locking of the game. This should help in real life when kerrans are frisking your keyboard and manage to lock the game with a secret safelock password.
- You can no longer block, parry, dodge, or riposte an attack that would have missed.
- Made multiple adjustments to Tribute and Guild Tribute:
- - Merged the various "II" lines into their parent line as additional ranks. This results in ranks above 10 for some tribute lines.
- - Reduced the cost of ranks 5 to 13 of the tribute lines: Power of Will, Visions of Suffering, Twinge of Pain, Expeditious Aid, Persistent Boon, Power of Sight, Power of Recovery, Power of Conservation, Power of Alacrity, Visions of Command, Commanding Presence, and Power of Suffering.
- - Increased the effectiveness of rank 12 of Bulwark of Honor, Strength of Body, Strength of Mind, and Strength of Will.
- - Increased the effectiveness of rank 13 of Arm of Power, Body of Divinity, Symphony of the Rabbit, Juggler's Grace, Sage's Requital, Sage's Comprehension, and Countenance of Ardor.
- - Reduced the cost of ranks 6 to 13 of the guild tribute lines: Aura of Preservation, Power of Will, Visions of Suffering, Twinge of Pain, Expeditious Aid, Persistent Boon, Power of Sight, Power of Recovery, Power of Conservation, Power of Alacrity, Visions of Command, Commanding Presence, and Power of Suffering.
- - Guild Tribute: Added String Resonance to rank 8 of Symphony of Replenishment.
- Removed the Hero's Forge - Tinker's Clockwork and Hero's Forge - Memorial Clockwork achievements. The items are not currently available.
- Housing Explorer (Achievement) - Visiting Evantil's Abode, Hermit's Hideaway, and Bixie Hive houses are now optional for completing this achievement.
- Guild Locals Explorer (Achievement) - Visiting Grand, Modest, and Palatial Guild Halls are now optional for completing this achievement.
*** UI ***
- Made improvements to taunt messages:
- - Taunt messages are sent to all players in the area, and include the name of the NPC being taunted.
- - Added a new chat filter for taunt messages.
- - Failing to capture your target's attention is more clearly indicated as a partial success.
- - Added a message when a player obtains aggro using an aggro lock ability (Ex: Undivided Attention).
- - Taunt spells are no longer blocked by spells locking an NPC's aggro.
- - Sends a single message to players in the area when someone uses an area effect taunt (Ex: Area Taunt).
- NPC tells are now formatted as 'Soandso told you' while player tells (including cross server tells) appear as 'Soandso tells you.'
- Removed an extra space from raid chat messages.
- Changed the format of tells from tell windows when writing to the log. They now use the same format as regular tells.
*** Previously Updated ***
- Shield of Spines reports the correct amount of healing on the item description.
- Staff of the Serpent (Enchanter epic 1.0) - The spectral librarian in Kaesora can again be charmed.
- Veeshan's Peak access - The NPCs that drop medallion pieces can no longer be charmed.
- The EverQuest Team