Veteran rewards are a special way of rewarding long-time EverQuest subscribers. Accounts earn Veteran rewards based on the total amount of paid time they have accrued, and are given a special ability for each full year of paid time. Players have the ability to flag characters on their account to receive Veteran rewards; accounts will allow one character to be flagged for each full year of Veteran time earned on that account. Once flagged, that character will be able to use all current Veteran abilities associated with that account, and will also gain new abilities as they're unlocked on the account.
This program is based on the account and its EQ Game Pass time paid. This also includes Game Cards and the All Access Game Pass as long as you already owned EQ during this time. After your account has been paid for 1 full year you will receive your first reward for 1 character. Each subsequent year paid will allow new rewards as well as additional characters allowed to claim these rewards (you can flag 1 character for each year worth of Veteran time you have. So the maximum number of characters you can have flagged is equal to the number of Veteran Rewards you have!). The maximum Game Pass you can purchase is 2 years. Please note however, that although you can purchase a 1 or 2 year Game Pass, that Veteran Rewards granted in-game will only become available at the point at which your account has actually been active for that amount of time; you will not receive Veteran Rewards in advance by purchasing one of these Game Passes.
You can check in game and find a close approximation your account's entitled time by typing /play. The amount is rounded in years and a fraction thereof. Please note, however, that this total includes the free trial time which does not add to rewards. This total will therefore usually be slightly higher than your actual Veteran time credited and at times may appear to be frozen due to this rounding. Also note that breaks in Game Pass do not count to the total time entitled.
The only Game Pass plan that shows in-game entitled time in advance is the yearly versions, although this does not affect the actual rate at which you will gain your Veteran Rewards. This displays your in game entitlement time in a "lump sum", showing the time you have already paid for. If applicable you will not see your time change again until your Game Pass is renewed. All other plans only show time in monthly increments.
These rewards are only updated once per month generally in the first week only, the exact date varies by account and recent payments may take several weeks to be applied to your total time entitled. Allow the system time to update.
Before flagging any characters, here are some important things to be aware of:
To create hotkeys for your Veteran rewards, simply open your Alternate Ability window (CTRL + V), and click on the tab marked, "Special", then highlight the ability you want from the list and click the "Hotkey" button in the right-hand side of your window.
The current Veteran Rewards with their descriptions and reuse timers are as follows:
|1st year||Lesson of the Devoted||The player is surrounded by a beautiful blue/white glow as they gain double experience for half an hour once every 20 hours. This effect does not stack with other experience buffs (like Potion of Adventure, Bottle of Adventure, etc.), but it can be used effectively, with non-buff XP modifiers, such as double experience weekends and hot zones!|
|2nd year||Infusion of the Faithful||Usable once every 20 hours, the player enjoys maximum resistances, statistics and a faster run speed for 15 minutes while he glows brightly with power.|
|3rd year||Chaotic Jester||Usable once every 20 hours, this summons a Bristlebane puppet that persists for 15 minutes or until you zone. Bristlebane will randomly cast various spells that provide benefits or minor penalties. His wry sense of humor is sure to get you noticed at that next gathering!|
|4th year||Expedient Recovery||Usable just under once per week, all the player’s corpses are summoned to their feet and given 100% experience resurrection if they are still eligible. This reward is very handy to use for those difficult situations where getting a resurrection is inconvenient.|
|5th year||Steadfast Servant||Summons a faithful servant that casts healing spells upon the player and others nearby. Lasts for half an hour or until you zone and is usable once every 20 hours.|
|6th year||Staunch Recovery||Usable once just under every 3 days, the player is fully restored with health, mana, and endurance. Great for those emergencies but it does take a few seconds to cast.|
|7th year||Intensity of the Resolute||Surrounded by a glow of energy this greatly increases the power of the player’s melee abilities, spells and heals for 1 minute. This handy ability is especially useful for tough situations requiring your best and is usable once every 4 hours.|
|8th year||Throne of Heroes||Usable every 72 minutes, the player is teleported to the Throne of Heroes in the Guild Lobby.|
|9th year||Armor of Experience||Usable once every 20 hours this grants you several layers of protection from harm for 90 seconds or 10 strikes. This protection lessens as you take more damage. Great for when you know you’re going to take a few hits.|
|10th year||Summon Resupply Agent||Usable once every 20 hours this summons a helpful mechanical merchant to your side. This is great for stocking up on supplies or selling loot when getting to a merchant is inconvenient. He will stay up for 10 minutes or unless dismissed by the player.|
|11th year||Summon Clockwork Banker||Usable once every 20 hours, a helpful mechanical banker is the latest initiative from the new Norrathian Banking Consortium.|
|12th year||Summon Permutation Peddler||Usable once every 20 hours, this summons an augmentation distiller vendor to your side.|
|13th year||Summon Tribute Master||Useable once every 20 hours, this summons a Personal Tribute Master to your side.|
|14th year (Current Maximum)||Blessing of the Devoted||This passive ability reduces the time required between uses of your Veteran Rewards by 25 percent.|