Patch Notes for November 6, 2013

Here are the patch notes for this morning's game update (taken from the patcher):

*** Highlights ***

- Corrected an issue where some objects were not properly activating or deactivating in older missions, which could cause players to get stuck.
- Corrected an issue that caused pre-crit DoT focus damage to only be applied post-crit calculation.
- The majority of rare NPCs in Call of the Forsaken have been tuned to bring them in line with intended difficulty.  You may find them to be more challenging than before.  Experience rewards have been increased on these NPCs.
- Necromancers now have a new ability called Death Blossom, which is a group/solo oriented version of Death Bloom. This ability can only be triggered while in full out-of-combat regen mode and does not stack with Death Bloom.
- Adjusted collection spawn points in Ethernere Tainted West Karana and Neriak - Fourth Gate so that they should no longer spawn in inaccessible locations.
- Made many adjustments and fixes in Heroic Adventures.  See the Quests and Events section for details.

*** Items ***

- Uncursed shoulders no longer have Mana or Endurance if your class does not use that stat.
- Items that previously looked like a brown bag when equipped will now have a more appropriate visual. Additionally, these items are now placeable in real estates.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Gunthak Swabby's Eyepatch to cast an unintended spell.
- Corrected tribute values on Call of the Forsaken spell scrolls and tomes.

*** Quests & Events ***

- Testing the Invaders - Burning the boats with the Firebrand will no longer require you to target yourself.
- Testing the Invaders - Significantly reduced the amount of time it takes for the boat to burn.
- Jacyll's Jailbreak - Corrected an error in the task description.
- They've Gone Too Far - All spiderlings will correctly flee when their guardian is killed during this Heroic Adventure.
- Houses of Thex (mission and raid) - Evacuation spells will now return you to the correct locations when used in these zones.
- An Epic Request - Lady Carolline of Thex should now be less picky about how you phrase your willingness to tell her an [interesting tale] for this task.
- An Epic Request - Fixed an issue that could have caused some players to be given an invalid reward set after completing the task.
- Rallos Returns (normal and hard version) - This chest no longer requires 12 people to be in the zone to open if Veil of Alaris has been open on the server for at least one month.
- Field of Scale - Final Confrontation (normal and hard version) - This chest no longer requires 12 people to be in the zone to open if Veil of Alaris has been open on the server for at least one month.
- Terror of Illis Taberish - Killing the distorted souls in the Firiona Vie zone will once again update this task.
- Grinbik the Fertile is a bit more sturdy now.  It will no longer be possible to accidentally kill him while trying to get "Grinbik’s Blessing" for the ranger epic.
- Loremaster Solstrin will now give back the Runed Coldain Prayer Shawl that can be used to spawn the Dain when you hand it to him to receive the Empty Coldain Issue Kit.
- Corrected an issue where some objects were not properly activating or deactivating in older missions, which could cause players to get stuck.

*** Spells ***

- Bard - Fixed an issue that prevented Free players from casting the secondary debuffs that are part of all ranks of Chant-style DoT songs.
- Druid - Remote Moonfire now is correctly resisted by cold.
- Enchanter - Fixed an issue that prevented Free players from scribing or casting the spell Ward of Bewilderment.  Ward of Bewilderment will no longer cause Ward of Bedazzlement to be overwritten.
- Enchanter - Mental Appropriation is now on timer 11.
- Magician - Monster Summoning VI and Summon Elemental Ore can now be scribed and cast by Free or Silver members.
- Monk - Sting of the Wasp will now affect players as well as NPCs.
- Monk - Phantom Apparition has changed names to Phantom Partisan.
- Ranger - Corrected the icons for Bosquetender's Unity and Shout of the Bosquetender.
- Shaman - Spiritual Surge has had its mana cost and effectiveness reduced.
- Removed player levels and spell groups from several NPC-only spells.
- Alaran Cantrips and Periapts now have a note that tells you where to take them.
- Corrected an issue that caused pre-crit DoT focus damage to only be applied post-crit calculation.
- Houses of Thex (mission and raid) - Evacuation spells will now return you to the correct locations when used in these zones.

*** NPC ***

- The majority of rare NPCs in Call of the Forsaken have been tuned to bring them in line with intended difficulty.  You may find them to be more challenging than before.  Experience rewards have been increased on these NPCs.
- Fixed an issue that would prevent players from receiving credit for killing Dreadmole if he was submerged when he died.
- Prince Tarant Thex in Neriak - Fourth Gate can now be found using the find window.
- Friendly forces in Ethernere Tainted West Karana can no longer be attacked or buffed.
- Population in Vergalid Mines is less crowded.
- Bone golems in Vergalid Mines are now constructs instead of undead, and as such they will no longer see through invisibility.
- The Keepers of the Western Spire in Sunderock will no longer hide underground.
- High level Shadow Knight NPCs should no longer use the abilities Crimson Blade or Scarlet Blade.
- Level 65-80 Ranger NPCs will no longer use the incorrect versions of Hail of Arrows.

*** AA ***

- The timer for the alternate ability Mark of Travel should no longer conflict with timer for Teleport Bind.
- The timer for the alternate ability Tertiary Recall should no longer conflict with the timer for Silent Casting.
- Quickened Scourge Skin will now correctly improve the casting time of the second rank of Scourge Skin.
- The buff granted by the wizard ability Arcane Destruction should now correctly list the benefits it offers.
- The Shroud of the Miracle effect triggered by Quiet Miracle now goes into a standard buff slot rather than the short duration effects window.
- The AC component of the warrior ability Imperator's Command has been changed to improve the buff's stacking with other abilities.
- Necromancers now have a new ability called Death Blossom, which is a group/solo oriented version of Death Bloom. This ability can only be triggered while in full out-of-combat regen mode and does not stack with Death Bloom.
 
*** Tradeskills ***

- The Enchant Feymetal scroll now gives the correct error message when your level is too low to learn it.
- A number of items from the Equipment of the Ethernere tradeskill book that were set as not tradable on the Firiona Vie server are now fixed.
- Scribe Zikett now sells the Guide to Transcendent Bags.
- Brewmaster Berina now sells corks and water flasks.
- Poisons created from Ethernere Essence are now more effective.
- Chronomage's Tonic should now work properly with damage spells.

*** Achievements ***

- The achievement Hunter of Bixie Warfront will no longer require you to kill Firesting and Gellwing Bladeslinger.
- Corrected the achievements for Houses of Thex (mission and raid).
- Created achievements for Bixie and Dark Elf Hero's Forge armor sets.
- Created an achievement for completing all of the Hero's Journey.
- Added a new set of Hero's Journey equipment. They are available as rewards from Seeds of Destruction Hero's Journey achievements.
- Lowered the recommended level to 75 on existing Hero's gear from the Hero's Journey achievements.

*** Collections ***

- Adjusted spawn points in Ethernere Tainted West Karana and Neriak - Fourth Gate so that they should no longer spawn in inaccessible locations.
- The Severed Hand collectable from Bixie Warfront has been renamed to Partially Eaten Hand.

*** Miscellaneous ***

- The Zone Connection chart has been updated with many fixes and improvements.
- Improved pathing inside the Water Cavern area of Bixie Warfront.  This should improve gameplay within the Heroic Adventure "They're Everywhere!" as well.
- The waterfalls in Tipt and Vxed are no longer deafening.  What?
- The launcher in Dragonscale Hills will no longer remove levitation effects when transporting you to Fortress Mechanotus.
- Julaea Zimero should now be easier to find in the Ethernere Tainted West Karana.
- House pets are now ambulatory inside the Hive of the Bixie.
- The Hive of the Bixie will now correctly hold 600 items.
- Corrected an error that prevented some zone music from being played unless environmental sounds were also enabled.
- Corrected an issue that could cause a crash when attempting to earn Mercenary AA experience below level 20.
- Fixed an issue where Drakkin couldn't train in languages from their Guild Master.
- Corrected an issue with gaining AA experience from the completion of Heroic Adventures.
- Addressed an issue that was causing the Universal Chat Service to not properly re-connect.

*** UI ***

- Added more item icons.
- Removed the confirmation box from self only real estate anchor teleports.
- Fixed an issue where the Follow or Disband buttons would become grayed out if you were invited to a group before zoning.

- Changed -
EQUI_Animations.xml

*** Previously Updated ***
 
- Glimpse, the Unseen - Corrected a problem that prevented this raid from completing successfully.
- Glimpse, the Unseen - Corrected a problem that caused some NPCs in this raid to attack entities that were not players or pets.
- Entrancer R`Ker in Neriak - Fourth Gate will no longer crash the zone when she reaches low health.
- They're Everywhere! - The dialogue in the combat report for this Heroic Adventure has been adjusted to more clearly reflect the status of the bixie guards.
- They're Everywhere! - Enemy NPCs converted to fight for the players' side have had their logic improved, and should no longer betray the players.
- They're Everywhere! - Bixiefoot no longer has a chance to spawn during the event that has invaders come from all 4 routes.
- They're Everywhere! - Hatching Matriarchs now spawn adds based on their current health, not time passed.
- They're Everywhere! - Friendly NPCs in this Heroic Adventure do less damage, have more hit points, and will no longer prevent the player getting credit for kills.
- They're Everywhere! - The enemy NPCs that invade from all four routes at once have more health, but deal less damage. This should make it harder for friendly NPCs to kill them without player assistance, which could prevent the players from completing the task.
- They're Everywhere! - The number of enemy NPCs that invade from all four routes at once has increased by two. This should allow more time for groups struggling on this step to kill the required amount of enemy NPCs.
- They're Everywhere! - Enemy NPCs in this Heroic Adventure should no longer spawn at inappropriate times.
- They're Everywhere! - The Queen and her Advisor can no longer be knocked unconscious, and should never disappear during the mission.     
- Bixie Warfront - Plant parts no longer emote during combat.
- Jacyll's Jailbreak - Sneaky Eavesdropper should always give up the quest item after he is defeated now.
- Espionage Starts at Home - The loot and XP rewards for Fleeing Witnesses in this Heroic Adventure have been severely reduced.
- An End to Fear - Raid and Mission - Xaric will no longer cast his Lifepool spell after reappearing.

- The EverQuest Team

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