Livestream Recap: February 19th, 2016

Greetings Adventurers! Here’s a small recap of the topics we covered on today’s livestream:

A recap of recent ArcheAge News: At the beginning of the livestream, we listed off a few upcoming important dates. They are as follows:

  • The February Update is now available for testing on the PTS! Go and try it!
  • The February Update will be coming to the game officially on February 23rd. It includes Costume Synthesis, Mistsong Summit: Hard Mode, and the Stormwing Pegasus!
  • Character transfers are coming to the game on February 29th — we’re still on target to release this awesome new feature!

Who is Localization and what do they do? — The bulk of our livestream this week was focused on learning more about the localization team and what they do for ArcheAge. If you’re interested in learning how the game is actually made or are looking to learn how to get into the industry via localization, make sure to check this interview out!

Don’t forget, you can always watch the full livestream on the official Trion Worlds Twitch page at your leisure!

 

ArcheAge Version 2.5, Build 8.0 Patch Notes — Bloodsong

ArcheAge Version 2.5, Build 8.0 Patch Notes — Bloodsong

Heed the call of the Bloodsong: Mistsong Summit is here!
“Aurorian pioneers have been leaving their villages, heading towards Mistmerrow in droves. Their eyes are wide and a smile has been washed across their faces, almost as if they aren’t in control of their own bodies. The Crimson Watch has been able to stop the flow of people to the altar, but a mysterious portal has appeared. What dread omens could this new development bring?”

A new threat has appeared within Mistmerrow. Will you brave the portal and solve the mysteries of ArcheAge’s newest dungeon before it’s too late?

To learn more about Mistsong Summit, read our website article devoted to this new challenge!

Follow the Bloodsong with a Hero’s Welcome!
“The threat of danger in the North has re-invigorated the profession of Adventuring. Let’s make good use of these new allies, be they stalwart veterans, returning soldiers, or bright-eyed novices.”

New Hero’s Welcome bundles are available to be claimed on the Glyph Account Management page starting on January 27th! Log into the Glyph store, select your visible bundle, purchase it for 0 credits, and pick which character/server you’d like it delivered to.

There will be two types of Bloodsong Hero’s Welcome packs avaialble: the Bloodsong Homecoming Bundle for players returning to ArcheAge and the Bloodsong Loyalty Bundle for existing players (logged in within the last 30 days prior to the release of Update 2.5: Bloodsong).

The Bloodsong Homecoming Bundle includes Mirage Weapon, Armor, Accessory and Vehicle coins for temporary gear to provide a leg-up for returning players. It also provides consumables, a music box for your house, a temporary Wisdom Tree combat pet, and a temporary Springsong Greenman Costume. The combat pet and costume can be made permanent through use of coins that are received from opening the Bloodsong Homecoming Day 1-Day 14 chest included with the bundle.

The Bloodsong Loyalty Bundle includes a myriad of consumable grimoires, labor potions and loyalty tokens (175 in total) to thank current players for their support. It also includes the temporary combat pet and greenman costume which can be made permanent by using the coins distributed in the Bloodsong Loyalty Day 1-Day 14 chest included with the bundle.

The temporary Wisdom Tree pet and the temporary Springsong Greenman Costume will last for 30 days. This means users who wish to keep them as permanent items must open their 14 day chests completely within the 30 day timeframe.

Players who have supported ArcheAge by making a purchase for real money during any time in ArcheAge’s past will receive 2 bonus Homecoming Coins or Player Appreciation Coins depending on which bundle they receive. These coins can be traded in for different rewards on Mirage Isle, at the appropriate vending machine in the lobby.

Active ArcheAge Supporters will also receive 20 Loyalty Tokens in addition to their coins and loyalty bundle to compensate for the loyalty tokens lost during the Divine Clock’s outage from 1/19 to 1/26.

Newly created characters made after the release of Update 2.5 will now benefit from an improved Supply Chest that will now last for 14 days instead of the prior 7. After a new character receives the temporary farm cart and eco fuel on the 7th day, the 8-14 day chests will now be available. These bonus chests include: a temporary harpoon clipper, temporary polaris bjorn mount, temporary cogwheel longboard, and many other consumable benefits.

Current and lapsed players who have ever had Patron status will also receive 1 skill saver pendant claimable through the Glyph Account Management page as a 0 credit purchase.

Fight on an even playing field in Skirmish and Sparring Arenas!
“They wanted an arena where magical improvements are nullfied? Heh. Wait until they get a load of this place…”

Take your fate into your own hands and fight on your merit alone! Our new 3v3 and 1v1 Arenas will nullify all bonuses provided by gear, potions, and other sources and will place you on an even playing field against your opponent.

Besting your opponent in a 1v1 Sparring Arena will now yield 150 Honor points. Defeat will only yield 90. Defeating your opponent without losing in a match will offer an additional 70 honor for being Invincible.

Victory in the 3v3 Skirmish arena will yield 200 honor points. Defeat will yield 120 honor points.

To learn more about these new types of Arenas and review the stats you’re able to choose before going in, click here!

Build statues dedicated to your faction’s leaders
“..and so the great masons of the age laid out a plan. Statues were to be erected in the honor of the great rulers, and the Heroes would have the honor of laying the first stone…”

Adventurers of Nuia, Haranya, and the Pirate faction can now build statues honoring their leaders! Both Heroes and common Adventurers will have to combine their might to build these new wonders in Marianople, Austera, and Growlgate. Construct a new type of tradepack available within the Faction Hall in order to being this process. Once complete, the statue will offer the “King’s Protection” buff for 3 days. Remember to maintain your statue in order to maintain this new bonus!

The specific name of the buff will vary depending on your leader, but all versions of this buff will offer a +5 bonus to most attack types, -4% damage received to most damage types, increases Vocation Badge earnings by +1, decreases production time by 5%, and increases the skill level of all proficiencies by 500.

Play Castaway Cutthroat for treasures and wealth: January 26 – February 8
“I’mma tellin’ ya, that’s what the pirates SAID! Even wrote it down on parchment, they did! There’s a newfound wealth of treasure down under those waves, and it’s certainly more real than those bloomin’ Aust Mana Towers. I don’ care whatcha’ say, I’mma goin’, and those blackpowder posers be damned.”

At the release of ArcheAge: Bloodsong 2.5 a new festival event will become available: the Castaway Cutthroat Treasure Hunt.

This event allows players to gain a daily quest to search for treasure located underwater in the Castaway Straight/Halcyona Gulf regions. In order to participate in this event, players must visit a new NPC located in Mirage Isle. The NPC will provide 2 Daru’s Bubble consumables which grant a special underwater breathing buff for 30 minutes.

As this event takes place in an unruled portion of Erenor, Festival Law will not be enacted during this event. This means PvP will happen. Often. You have been forewarned.

The rewards produced by this event are similar to the present smashing portion of the Winter Maiden Festival. Regrading materials, mining gems, lunarite and library-tier coinpurses (including stolen bags) are the most common rewards for finding sunken treasure during this event. Rarely, you may obtain fragments of lucky regrade materials, Shabby Pirate costume components, Merit Badges and the Gilt Steamfish Submarine.

This event will be active from the release of Bloodsong until 12:01 AM GMT, February 9th, 2016. Good luck in your dives!

World Changes

  • A period of peace will now lay over Mistmerrow for 2 hours after a battle completes. After that period is over, Mistmerrow will enter back into Conflict and War as normal based on the daily schedule.
  • The Battle for Mistmerrow will now occur 3 times per day at 2:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM GMT (6:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM PST) in order to allow more players to experience the battle. New system messages will display additional information about the battle as it elapses including conquering of specific capture points and the Crimson Army invasion.
  • Characters will now be required to speak with an NPC to complete Mistmerrow battle related quests rather than have them automatically completed.
  • Karkasse will no longer experience a period of peace. The zone will now cycle between War for 12 hours and Conflict for 12 hours. The War period will begin at 8:55 PM GMT daily, and the housing zones will receive their normal protections only during the Conflict period.
  • The Red Dragon will now only spawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Karkasse. The Dragon will spawn at 9:00 PM and last for 12 hours if not killed. After the 12 hours have elapsed, he will leave the world, mocking your cowardice as he does so. Pansies.
  • Bone chips will no longer drop in the Karkasse Ridgelands. See the items section for more information on this change.
  • Peace time in Diamond Shores will now begin at 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM GMT, in order to take the Ocleera Rift into consideration.
  • Common crafting workbenches have been added into the faction bases in Diamond Shores.
    Some Merchant NPCs in Diamond Shores have had their spawn locations adjusted.
  • Players may now enter the “Heart of Ayanad” dungeon 3 times before the daily dungeon reset timers are taken into account.
  • Players may now use buff items, coinpurses, and similar consumables within the area of a Nui statue. The Goddess now looks kindly upon mundane activities!
  • A whole tribe of Daru have appeared on Mirage Isle, eager to trade for coins featuring members of the Library Expedition.
  • The amount of Siege Damage dealt by defensive cannons during the Golden Plains Battle in Halcyona has been reduced (avg. 6000 siege damage is now avg. 3000 siege damage and 3500 ranged damage).
  • In ArcheAge 1.2, we adjusted the Archeum drop rates to be 4 : 2 : 2 (Sunlight : Moonlight : Starlight) in order to compensate for the demand upon Sunlight and Moonlight Archeum, and less emphasis on Starlight. Now that demands have shifted and all types of crystals are required, the ratio has been shifted to 3 : 3 : 3.
  • It is now easier to shift zones through Conflict to War.
  • The Delphinad Ghost Ship now drops multiple packs instead of a single Delphinad Register.
  • The system broadcast that occurs at the end of a Delphinad Ghost Ship encounter has been changed to occur when the ship dies, not when the loot is acquired.
  • Adventurous players out on the high seas are now able to find sunken ships hidden at the bottom of the ocean. Here’s some pointers to get started:
    • Broken lifeboats now appear randomly in the Arcadian Sea.
    • A sunken ship may appear underneath the location of the lifeboat. Its location is marked by bubbles rising from the sand.
    • To expose a ship, a player must approach it in a vessel capable of revealing its location — typically this can be done using a Submarine with Sonar.
    • Once the base material is revealed, it must be unearthed by interacting with it. Doing so costs labor. It can also be blasted with an Air Cannon from a submarine to speed the process.
    • When the entire vessel is revealed, recovery pouches can be attached to it to being the raising process.
    • After all the recovery pouches are attached, the sunken ship can be cut loose from the ground. This will cause it to rise to the surface.
    • Sunken ships contain cargo that require a high level of exploration skill to unseal.
    • Unsealed cargo reveals multiple tradepacks. These packs can be managed normally and turned into an Ocean Trader.
    • Tradepacks from a sunken ship can be of basic, grand, or rare grades. Their values vary from 10-30g at 130% turn-in value.

Arena Changes

  • All arenas outside of the 5v5 arena are now limited to 5 matches per day. To play in additional matches, please purchase a Bruiser’s Badge from a merchant for 15 gold. The 5v5 Arena remains unlimited.
    New leaderboards were added with new filters. You can now see the top 100 players per server for gear score, not just region. You can also filter by weapons worn — 1-handed, 2-handed, or bow.
  • The equipped gear of a player on an Arena Leaderboard can now be viewed, regardless if it’s private. Additionally, if they have a tradepack equipped instead of a glider, it will be shown in this area.

Quests and Achievements

  • The four “Glorious Nui” daily quests have been converted into normal, one-time completion quests. They include “The Goddess Nui,” “Gifts for the Goddess,” “A Lily Offering,” and “Energy for the Hereafter.”
  • The quest “Calling All Farmers” now offers a Rainbow Sprinkler as an additional reward.
  • The “Blood, Sweat and Training” daily quest is now available with Balanced Arenas and Legacy 1v1 and 5v5 Arenas. The completion reward has been changed from 1 Gilda Star to 2 Warrior’s Medals. However, victories in multiple arena types are necessary.
  • Characters who attain level 55 will now receive 5 bonus Merit Badges.
  • Some quests can now be completed even if a required item is stored in your warehouse.
  • 281 new achievements have been added. Most of them are related to progression through the new dungeon and to new systems.
  • Added 12 new Mistsong Dungeon quests and 1 new Blue Salt quest.
  • The Maestro Titles previously attainable for completing a Blue Salt quest after obtaining 180,000 skill in a profession have been reviewed. The names of each title have been changed but the benefits they provide will remain the same. Here is a list of the new 180,000 skill titles:
    • Construction: Raises the Roof
    • Mechanic: Car-diologist
    • Metalwork: METAL MAYHEM
    • Fisherman: Krilling It
    • Logging: Never Strikes Twice
    • Farming: Grain Reaper
    • Handicraft: Multifaceted
    • Blacksmith: Got Hammered
    • Tailor: Shear Genius
    • Leatherwork: Boiled and Oiled
    • Artistry: Chart Topper
    • Miner: Rock Bottom
    • Carpentry: Nailed it!
    • Larceny: Criminal Mastermind
    • Husbandry: Bleu Ribbon
    • Chef: Culinary Cutthroat
    • Printing: Bound by Greatness
    • Commerce: Baller Status
    • Alchemy: Periodically Epic
    • Gathering: Cutting Hedge Technology
    • Masonry: Taken for Granite

Auction House

  • The auction house now keeps track of recently sold items and trends their average prices. This should provide a solid baseline for item values and help manage expectations when listing items for sale. To access this feature, click the Bar icon after searching for or when listing an item. The graph reveals the 7-day price trend for the item along side the 24-hour price info.

Guilds

  • Some items in the Guild Prestige shop have had their costs decreased.
  • Guild experience can now be gained by crafting Experia harvestables. A new guild mission has been added to describe the quantities and requirements of Experia items that must be harvested for completion.
  • Players who voluntarily leave a guild will now be subject to a 24 hour period where they will not be able to join a new guild.
  • Adjusted the Guild XP awarded from completing the Auroria Colonization quests.
  • Due to the increased amount of guild XP awarded from these quests and additional 20 Guild XP is possible per day.
  • Adjusted the number of guild members that can be summoned using a Guild Flare. This number now scales between 10 and 15 depending on the overall size of the guild.
  • A new guild mission related to growing Experia items has been added.
  • The Aust Mana Towers now spawn appropriately in Auroria. No really, they’re real.
  • The amount of honor received for participating in a Jury trial while under the effects of a higher rank guild have been reduced. New values are +50 honor points and +100 honor points depending on the strength of the guild buff.
  • The Mirror of Boundaries item purchased in a guild’s prestige shop has been revamped. Old versions of this item will no longer be sold. The new version costs 8 prestige and has the following effects:
    • Allows the user to detect cloaked opponents within 9 meters.
    • No longer reduces the movement speed of opponents.
    • Cannot place down a new mirror if there is another mirror within 15 meters.
  • The following new items have been added to the Guild Prestige shop:
    • The Radiant Earth Lunagem: Tempest.
    • The new Cloudstrike Panther mount
    • New types of pet armor
    • 4 new types of pet UCC armor

Castle Sieges

  • The maximum number of attackers and defenders in a siege has been increased to 100 vs. 100 from 70 vs. 70. This change has been made to fall more in line with the guild member cap.
  • The Extra Defense Force can now join the battle after 40 minutes has elapsed, increased from 20 minutes.
  • The siege defenders begin play with 60 members on the field vs. an attacking group of up to 100. When the Extra Defense Force is allowed to join, this the defending forces will also have up to 100 members on the field. This has been increased from 70 attackers vs. 50 defenders.
  • Castle Walls, Towers and related designs are now only available to purchase on Mirage Isle with Lord Coins.
  • The health of a castle’s lodestone will no longer regenerate after the siege. It must be manually healed through a new repair system.
  • All non-siege related buildings are now attackable. If the building’s health is reduced to 50% or less they become ruins. After the siege ends, all damaged buildings will be restored to their normal form. If you have a building that’s in a siege zone please note that these rules will be applied.
  • The Siege/Defense Force no longer sells item and will no longer appear – this mechanic has been removed.
  • “Explosive Kegs” can no longer be created or used – existing ones can be sold to a vendor.
  • “Anti-Aircraft Turrets” can no longer be purchased and existing ones can be sold to a merchant.
  • A Siege/Defense Captain may spend Blood Archeum Crystals to spawn Anti-Aircraft Turrets.
  • A Siege/Defense Captain may spend Blood Archeum Crystals to use related skills.
  • As a reminder, Blood Archeum Crystals can now be purchased at a guild’s prestige shop if the guild is of the appropriate level.
  • A new type of Siege Weapon known as the “Battle Station” has been added.
  • The Battle Station design can be purchased in Mirage Isle and constructed at a Carpentry Workbench. Battle Stations can be spawned during a siege at the stronghold or near another deployed Battle Station and they have two activatable modes available: Movement and Deployed. In movement mode, they are allow to move but the 4 cannons are retracted. Once deployed, Battle Stations are unable to move but gain the use of their 4 cannons. Once a battle station is deployed, they cannot be moved again, but you may spawn additional siege equipment within their area.
  • Players participating in a siege can now earn honor points. You must be a siege participant and in the siege area when it ends in order to earn this award, no matter if you win or lose. Victors, however, do receive more honor than the defeated guild.
  • Claiming a territory now rewards a supply box to the newly appointed lord, it includes the following: 60 Lord Coins, 1 Nuian Gatehouse Design, 15 Nuian Wall Designs, 2 Harani Rampart Stairs Designs, 14 Nuian Tower Designs.
  • Lords of claimed territories in Auroria will now receive 60 Lord’s Coins each week.

Housing

  • Upgraded Thatched Farmhouses now gain specific benefits based on type:
    • The mineral vein located on the back of a Miner’s Farmhouse can now hold up to 6 hours worth of materials extrating.
    • The animal pen located inside a Rancher’s Farmhouse now has a chance to become Glossy when animals are raised in it. Harvesting a Glossy pen results in an increased yield.
    • A new type of vegetation can sometimes be found growing the roof of an Upgraded Thatched Farmhouse.
  • Players are now able to revert the design of an Improved Scarecrow Farm with an Evenstone – the result is an 8×8 Scarecrow Garden.
  • The Basic Nuian and new Harani Mansions can now be upgraded to the Spring Swept-Roof Mansion.
  • 3 new types of 28×28 Tree Houses have been added: Oak Treehouse Design, Cherry Treehouse Design, Aspen Treehouse Design. All are available for 500 Merit Badges.
  • 5 new types of Haranya-inspired private workbenches have been added for purchase with Gilda Stars on Mirage Isle.
  • 42 new types of fences have been added to Mirage Isle.
  • 6 new Masonry furniture items have been added.
  • 4 new UCC Motion Picture Frames have been added.
  • 3 new UCC props that can be stacked or attached have been added.
  • A Fellowship Plaza now has the option to be remodeled and upgraded to a Culture Plaza.
  • The name “Tudor Rose Villa” has been changed to “Discontinued Tudor Rose Villa” and the design is no longer available in Mirage Isle.
  • 1 new version of the 44×44 Mansion has been added: The new Haranyan-style Black Tile Mansion design can now be purchased for 1000 Gilda Stars.

Pets, Mounts, and Vehicles

  • Characters may now use a Battle Pet and a Mount at the same time. Separate tool bars have been provided to manage the abilities of your companions. The global cooldown of mount and pet use will be reflected in the toolbar of the Battle Pet.
  • Snowlion mount armor is available only for Snowlions. Crimson Lightning is considered to be a Snowlion for purposes of equipping this armor.
  • The amount of experience required to level a pet from 51 to 55 has been lowered.
  • When a pet dies it is now unsummoned. It will again be summonable in 2 minutes after a new revival cooldown has elapsed.
  • Pet Recovery Potions can now be used to remove the 2 minute revival cooldown to resurrect a pet.
  • The Pet Recovery Potions can only be applied if the pet is stored and no longer visible in the world. If the pet remains summoned in a dead state the potion will be consumed and the pet will not be resurrected.
  • Pets that are summoned after a revival cooldown has elapsed or is bypassed will spawn with full health and mana.
  • Pets that have been instructed to Attack or Defend will remain engaged with their target until the target dies, or the pet dies.
  • A new button has been added for the player to determine the active target of the battle pet.
  • Pet or mount armor is automatically applied to a Mount or Battle Pet when it is used. The pet inventory is no longer required to be opened to switch equipped gear. Gear cannot be changed during combat.
  • Equipping mounts is prioritized over battle pets when using right-click equip functionality. Battle pets will be equipped correctly if they’re the only pet summoned at the time. Drag functionality is still enabled.
  • All pets receive a default amount of damage mitigation when afflicted by cleave or area of effect style attacks.
  • Starting mounts for each race can now be evolved through use of the Anima system. For more information, visit the Distorted Mistsong Workbench outside of the Mistsong Summit Dungeon. Evolved starter mounts have statistics that are more in line with other mounts.
  • The cooldown of the “Lower Anchor” skill common to light and medium class warships has been adjusted.
  • The Glider Upgrade System has been reviewed and improve to award a more probable amount of success when upgrading to a tier 2 enhanced glider. The base chance of success when upgrading an enhanced glider to a tier 2 enhanced glider has been increased from 20% to 50%.
  • All enhanced gliders will now receive the Boost skill which can be triggered through use of a flaming pinion. While under the effects of Boost, flight speed will be increased by +30% for 30 seconds.
  • Tier 2 enhanced gliders will now receive the Turbo Boost ability increasing this speed bonus by +50% for 30 seconds.
  • The Flaming Pinion item will be adjusted so it can only be used in conjunction with glider boost and turbo boost abilities. Flaming Pinions will become available for purchase in-game for 50 silver and are also available on the Marketplace.

Items, Crafting, and Regrading

  • The Sunken Treasure mechanic has been adjusted the following ways:
    • Sunken Treasure now spawns more frequently.
    • Sunken Treasure now has a chance to reward the discovering player with a fragment of Vaultstone. If 35 fragments are fused together the Vaultstone is completed and can be opened to reveal new types of treasure. This list includes 28 new Aurorian Relics that can be used as physical housing items or sold to a vendor for a moderate amount of gold. These amounts are lower than past chest values.
    • Vaultstones may also contain pages from ancient manuscripts that can be bound into books by a Printer.
  • Necklace, Ring, and Earring recipes have been removed from the Dragonslayer’s Workbench in Karkasse Ridgelands and are no longer available. Existing accessories will remain in the world. The Dragon Ward ring is still craftable as it’s related to the Red Dragon encounter.
  • Items purchased with Lord’s Coins are now bound to the character.
  • Restored functionality to the Dawnsdrop Belt item – it now grants its stacking passive buff as intended.
  • Ancient and Eternal Lunagems now contain more descriptive text to call out their limitations on what types of they cannot be socketed in.
  • The “Equipped Two-Hand Weapon” passive buff now provides +10% Shield Defense Penetration Rate (the frequency at which it occurs) and +40% Shield Defense Penetration (the amount of shield defense that’s ignored).
  • A new type of Level 55 dungeon re-entry pass, named “Mistsong Grinding Guardian Scroll” has been added to the general merchant. This pass can be purchased for 50 gold. Please double check the type of re-entry pass required for a dungeon you intend to enter prior to purchasing the pass.
  • The Ship Component Regrade process has changed to more closely align with the Pet Accessory Regrading system. Ship Component Regrades now always have a combination cost of 10 gold. Ship Components from Basic to Unique grades will no longer be destroyed upon failure however they will remain the same grade. No downgrading is possible. Ship Components from Celestial to Legendary grades will be destroyed if the regrade is not successful. The rate of success on Ship Component Regrading has been adjusted from its previous table to emphasize upgrades at lower grades and increase the rarity of top grade components.
  • Recipes for Rank 5 Food and Drink consumables have been added.
  • New types of Lunagems related to Shield Defense Penetration / Rate have been added to the Handicraft Profession. These Lunagems can be crafted in Clear, Vivid and Lucid tiers.
  • The display order of items in the Honor Shop has been adjusted – most notably, cloaks and weapons have been moved to page 8 and 9.
  • The Ambitious Cloak, Lionhearted Cloak and Freedom Cloak are no longer available.
  • XP Potions and Growthstones have been removed from the Honor Shop.
  • Lower tier Honor Lunagems have an increased chance to be socketed successfully.
  • Clear Honor Lunagems now cost 10 honor and Vivid Honor Lunagems now cost 50 honor. The benefits provided by Clear and Vivid Honor Lunagems has been increased by up to 30%.
  • Honor purchased Lunafrosts are no longer tradeable to fall more in-line with other honor items. Previously purchased Honor Lunafrosts will remain tradeable.
  • NPC creatures of level 51 and higher will no longer drop Unidentified Dreadnaught or Shroudmaster Accessores – instead they’ll have a chance at dropping a new class of Unidentified Accessories. These drops will be most notable from creatures located inside the Ayanad Library.
  • The maximum stack amount for all Mana Wisps has been increased to 1000.

Merit Badges

  • New types of Cozy Loungewear have been added to the Merit Badge store. Wearing these fancy pajamas can increase the amount of labor earned while sleeping.

Skill Changes
The following changes have been made to existing player abilities. Please note that if an ability has had it’s damage “adjusted” this can indicate an increase or decrease. For the purpose of PTS notes, notification that the ability was modified is the starting point and ultimately will include the summary of the actual change.

BATTLERAGE

  • The ability Whirlwind Slash has now been changed to include a triple-activate component with a 12 second cooldown after the third swipe is activated or after 1 second elapses in between swipes. The 1st hit of Whirlwind Slash deals bonus damage to Shaken targets and Trips a Slowed target. The 2nd hit of Whirlwind Slash deals bonus damage to Tripped targets. The 3rd hit of Whirlwind Slash slightly knocks back an opponent in addition to dealing normal ability damage.
  • The base damage of the Precision Strike ability has been increased but the Melee Attack damage coefficient has been reduced.
  • Frenzy has been adjusted to include a scaling move speed bonus of +5% each time you deal damage to a maximum 5 stacks at 25% damage. It also now increases Melee and Magic Attack values by +30 each time you hit for a maximum of +300 at 10 stacks. It reduces the character’s physical defense by -10% each they deal damage resulting in 0 defense at 10 stacks. Finally it now decreases the mana cost of all Battlerage skills by -50% while it’s active.
  • The melee attack coefficent of Tiger Strike has been reduced. An additional line was added to the description indicating that a character can use this ability to break out of the Snared status
  • The Attack Speed Training passive now considers the third hit from Whirlwind Slash as a critical hit for purposes of stacking Delirium.
  • The duration of the Reckless Charge passive ability’s effect has been increased from 3 to 4 seconds.

WITCHCRAFT

  • The base damage and Magic Attack damage coefficient of Earthen Grip ability has been increased.
  • The base damage and Magic Attack damage coefficient of the Enervate ability has been decreased.
  • The level of the Demon Pet summoned by Fiend’s Knell has been reduced in level (55 to 53) if summoned without use of the Augment Witchcraft Passive.
  • The level of the Demon Pet summoned by Fiend’s Knell while using the Augment Witchcraft Passive has been adjusted to level 55 with a 5 minute duration. Only one demon may be summoned at a time.

DEFENSE

  • The base damage of the Shield Slam ability has been increased but the Melee Attack damage coefficient has been decreased.
  • The base damage of the Bull Rush ability has been increased but the Melee Attack damage coefficient has been decreased.
  • The base damage of the Ollo’s Hammer ability has been increased but the Melee Attack damage coefficient has been decreased.
  • The Mocking Howl ability now applies the Shaken debuff to affected targets. If the user is under the effects of Shrug It Off the Distressed status will be applied instead.

AURAMANCY

  • The movement speed bonus granted from Comet’s Boon has been increased from 80% to 100%.
  • The Health Lift buff now affects all group or raid members within 25 meters.
  • The Melee Critical Rate bonus granted from the Improved Targeting passive has been increased from 3% to 5%.
  • The Magic Critical Rate bonus granted from the Magic Condenser passive has been increased from 3% to 5%.

OCCULTISM

  • The Mana Force ability can now be selected at level 5.
  • The use of Mana Force against a Fettered target results in the Shaken debuff being applied.
  • The base damage of Hell Spear has been slightly decreased and the Impale duration has been slightly increased.
  • The Crippling Mire ability can now be selected at level 25.
  • Crippling Mire is now an instant cast ability but the range has been reduced to 10 meters. The afflicted slow component of Crippling Mire has been increased from 30% to 50% movement speed reduction. When used in conjunction with the Death’s Beckoning 10 point passive Crippling Mire will affect up to 3 targets simultaneously.
  • The Retribution ability now renders the caster immune to Fear and Slow during the duration of the buff. It doesn’t remove any active Fear or Slow conditions.
  • The base damage and Magic Attack damage coefficient for Death’s Vengeance have been increased.

ARCHERY

  • The trip duration applied after reaching 30 stacks of Feral Mark on a target has been increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds.
  • The base damage of Charged Bolt has been increased but the Ranged Attack damage coefficient has been decreased. The cooldown of Charged Bolt has been increased from 9 to 10 seconds.
  • The base damage of Concussive Arrow has been increased but the Ranged Attack damage coefficient has been decreased.
  • The base damage of Missile Rain has been increased.
  • The Ranged Critical Rate bonus that’s applied from the Eagle Eyes passive has been increased from 3% to 5%.
  • Float can no longer be used while gliding.

SORCERY

  • The base damage of Freezing Arrow has been increased.
  • The base damage of Freezing Earth has been increased but the Magic Attack damage coefficient has been reduced.
  • The base damage of Chain Lightning has been increased but the Magic Attack damage coefficient has been reduced.
  • The base damage of Meteor has been increased by the Magic Attack damage coefficient has been reduced. The effective strike range for the Meteor impact has been reduced from 5m to 4m.
  • The effect of the passive ability Mana Pool Increase has been increased from 18% to 20%.
  • The effect of the passive ability Efficient Sorcery has improved to reduce mana costs from -18% to -20%.

SHADOWPLAY

  • The base damage of Wallop has been increased but the Melee Attack damage coefficient has been reduced. Wallop now debuffs an opponent’s Physical Defense by -120 on each hit. A maximum of 10 Wallop debuff stacks can be applied to a target resulting in a -1200 Physical Defense debuff.
  • The base damage of Toxic Shot has been increased but the Ranged Attack damage coefficient has been reduced.
  • The Pin Down ability now inflicts the Shaken debuff on Stunned targets and inflicts the Distressed debuff on Shaken targets.
  • Shadowstep may no longer be used while Snared or through pass through an obstacle.
  • The animation of Throw Dagger has been improved. The penalties to movement speed, attack speed and cast time have been increased from 40% to 60%.

SONGCRAFT

  • The base damage inflicted by Dissonance has been increased but the Magic Attack damage coefficient has been decreased. It now decreases your opponent’s damage by -20%, increases their cast time by +20%, slows their attack speeds and cooldowns by 33%, and reduces their Magic Defense by -320. The damage inflicted by Dissonance has been converted from single target to area of effect with an effect radius of 4 meters. Dissonance does does not interrupt performance skills.
  • The base damage of Critical Discord has been increased but the Magic Attack damage coefficient has been reduced. It can now be repeatedly fired as an auto-cast skill.
  • The Hummingbird Ditty buff is now appled to all group and raid members within 25 meters when cast.
  • Performance skills grant the Rhythm buff every 3 seconds. The Rhythm buff stacks up to 15 times and lasts for 6 seconds. If a new stack of the buff is applied the duration on the total number of stacks will be refreshed. Each stack of the Rhythm buff grants: +7 Healing Power, +7 Magic Attack and -0.4 seconds on songcraft cooldowns. Unlike previous versions of Rhythm this new version only grants 1 stack every 3 seconds regardless of how many performances are played. While Rhythm is active, if an enemy Charmed by you is slain by anyone, cooldown of Startling Strain is reset.

VITALISM

  • The Skewer ability has been adjusted to deal area damage across 4 smaller overlapping circles instead of 1 large circle. Enemies trapped in the overlapping areas receive increased damage.
  • The Infuse ability now grants a Mana Insulating Lens buff to the caster. This is a damage absorption shield similar to the Sorcery ability Insulating Lens. The amount of damage absorbed scales with the level of the caster.
  • The cooldown of Infuse has been increased from 15 to 25 seconds. The cooldown of Infuse is reduced 1.5 seconds if the user is under the effects of the Auramancy ability Inspire.
  • The Aranzeb’s Boon buff is now applied to all group and raid members within 25 meters when cast.
  • The Renewal buff now has a 25% chance to trigger, increased from 15%. It also heals for 50% more when the regeneration effect is active.

Miscellaneous

  • Additional information has been added for items that cost 0 credits to claim in the marketplace. No 0 credit items may be available at this time.
  • Pirates are no longer allowed to access Memory Tomes located on Haranya or Nuia. If a memory point was registered prior to joining the Pirate Faction it will no longer be accessible. Pirates retain access to Auroria and Ocean-focused tomes.
  • New sections have been added to the folio to help classify existing recipes. The proficiency to craft specific recipes remains unchanged. Recipes that were previously only accessible by visiting a workbench in the world can also be referenced through the updated Folio.
  • When players obtain a Proven Warrior Chest the system will now provide both on-screen messages and chat logs to reflect this gain.
  • More detail has been added for character statistics and combat modifiers in the character information window.
  • Shield Defense Penetration and Shield Defense Penetration Rate will now appear on the character window.
  • Confirmation that Lucky Points, or fragments thereof, cannot be obtained from regrade braziers.
  • Players can no longer join the Arena while they’re under the effects of Rebirth Trauma.
  • Hero candidates must have earned at least 500 Leadership during a previous cycle to be eligible for the next cycle.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the name “Necromantic Flame” didn’t appear correctly.
  • Described the activated ability on the shield “Jola’s Eternal Grudge” as being unusable in arenas.
  • Fixed an issue where the graphic effect for Rhythmic Renewal remained after the intended period.
  • Fixed an issue that caused mousing over some merchants in Mirage Isle to not display a bag icon instead of a pointer icon.
  • Fixed an issue surrounding the intended usage of the Aft Ladder on the Lutesong Junk light warship.
  • Fixed and issue that prevented players from changing their hair color when they chose a specific preset model.
  • Fixed an issue where the Play Music and Save Music commands would prevent the client from closing if players entered over 1,000 notes.
  • Fixed an issue where custom compositions would loop unintentionally due to excessive length.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed the Enhance Glider buff to be cancelled when using the Feathered Dragon or Legendary Dragon Wings gliders.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the faction of a guild from correctly displaying in the guild window while inside the arena.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking the Siege Info icon would lead to a permissions page during a siege.
  • Fixed a text issue where the word “Gold” didn’t appear in the center of the Dominion Registration Window.
  • Reviewed the stage transition at the Lusca Awakening event to ensure all Luscas that were graphically displayed could be engaged in combat.
  • Fixed an issue where the buff for being in a guild didn’t apply to slain characters.
  • Reviewed the “unavailable items” that were associated with Arcane and Heroic grade Treasure Maps to ensure they could be interacted with.
  • Submarines can now attack allies when their pilot is in bloodlust mode.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the exclamation mark on quest NPCs and doodads to constantly appear even after completing their quest.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the model of the Tudor Rose Villa to display a different wall setup than the player placeable version.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from using the Polaris Ursun’s Toughen ability when it reached (Rank 12).
  • Fixed an issue that caused some tooltips to not display correctly at certain resolutions.
  • Fixed an issue where text was truncated or overlapping on the remodel confirmation window.
  • Fixed an issue where item names with special characters could not be linked correctly in the chat window.
  • Fixed a graphical issue with the Epherium Windsong Cloak that may have led to some awkward animations.
  • Fixed an issue that incorrectly displayed a character’s hair color when using the salon.
  • The tooltip for the Bound Golden Teardrop Storage chest has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Festival Achievements to update slowly after the action was completed.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Keep Appearance” option didn’t work when creating a character or using the salon.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a character’s hair color to be improperly displayed during night time in some areas.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the preview model of the Jumbo Green Elk Plushie to not appear.
  • Fixed an issue related to wearing the Summer Racer’s Swimwear for some male models.
  • When the effects of the Dream Ring and the Ynys Guardian Ring are both applied to the same target, the Dream Ring’s armor reduction effect will always take precedence.
  • A huge rock in the Marcala housing area was preventing some players from using a large portion of their farm. The same problem occurred in a Windscour Savannah housing area. Both rocks have been thoroughly scolded and considerately, humanely relocated.
  • Fixed one of the issues that caused a bag, warehouse or storage chest to become unsorted after relogging.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a Stealthed character to become unstealthed if a damaging DoT had been applied to an opponent.
  • Fixed an issue where the location information of the following quests was incorrect: Portal Trouble, The Specialist, One Last Job.
  • Fixed an issue with the system message pop up error that occurred when a pet whistle was moved in a bag while the pet was summoned.
  • Fixed an issue where receiving an item through the trade window wouldn’t trigger a related achievement.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to enter the Arena while in combat.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed characters to spawn an Enoan Galleon in the Mistmerrow pond. Get in your final photo opportunities now.
  • Fixed an issue that caused random client disconnects while fishing in the Upper Loka River area of Windscour Savannah.
  • Fixed a terrain issue in Castaway Strait off the coast of Cinderstone Moor.
  • Fixed the incorrect siege time information in the daily schedule user interface.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some NPC furniture to be floating in the air in Villanelle.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause players to fall through the world in Nuimari and Mistmerrow Basin.
  • Added the Marine Housing icon to the Ynystere map.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a Guild Level to incorrectly be displayed as 0.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent a guild mission from correctly resetting.
  • Fixed an issue that that was causing some creatures who had reduction to cleave or area of affect abilities to take full damage from Missile Rain – Archery.
  • Fixed an issue where a character casted Startling Strain – Songcraft, while wearing the “Minstrel’s Friend” item, and the affect was applied before the projectile struck the target.
  • A tracked target’s casting bar will now appear under their nameplate.

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.3 Patch Notes — The Winter Maiden Update

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.3 Patch Notes — The Winter Maiden Update

The Winter Maiden Festival is HERE!
“Even in the darkest night, against the snow our light is bright!”

Only the most joyous tidings to you, citizens of Erenor! The Winter Maiden has come again, and the cities of Marianople and Austera are fully decorated. Grab your festive stockings, crack open a few presents, and give thanks to the Winter Maiden as the festival proceeds from today until January 18th.

For more information about all of the different aspects of the festival this year, click here.

Ayanad Design Simplification, part 1
“Last time I did this, I remember it being much more complicated…”

To begin the tour of community requested changes, the first part of our Ayanad Design changes will be going live with the Winter Maiden Update! Our current 20 Ayanad Designs will be collapsed down into three generalized designs – Ayanad Weapon, Ayanad Armor, and Ayanad Accessory. Now, instead of hoping to get that very specific two-handed sword recipe (while you keep getting recipes for earrings or rings), all you’ll need is the Ayanad Weapon design.

In a future update, the Ayanad Designs will be moving away from a small drop chance to a scrap-based collection system.

Family size increased to 10
“After adopting all of these children, my dear, I think we’re in need of a Godmother and Godfather.”

Bring two more friends into your close-knit family in this update! Fulfilling another community request, the maximum size of families has been increased from 8 to 10. Share your wealth, your land holdings, and more, with more of your closest kin!

Protect your gems from mishap with Refined Lunagems
“These gems are a thicker cut, just designed by the diligent craftsmen of Austera. When hammered into an item, their magical resonance disperses harmlessly throughout the weapon upon failure, rather than resonating into the gems set prior. Wonderous.”

It’s a terrible feeling when you place that last Lunagem into your weapon, just to have it fail and destroy the other 6 gems you had already carefully placed. However, with the introduction of Refined Lunagems, you can keep your previously slotted Lunagems safe from destruction.

Refined Lunagems can be made out of Fire and Wave Lunagems. They will require Handicraft and a few additional materials to create. Once a Refined Lunagem is made, you will be able to socket it as normal into an appropriate item. If the Refined Lunagem fails to socket, it will still be destroyed, but it won’t destroy the other gems still in the weapon!

Please note that once a Refined Lunagem is socketed, it will behave like any other gem in the future. If you socket another normal Lunagem on top of it and it breaks, all prior Lunagems (even refined ones) will be destroyed as normal.

Wave, Gale, and Honor Lunagems are not included in this first introduction of the system, but can be introduced in the future depending on community feedback and how the system performs in the game.

UPDATE: Thanks to PTS player feedback, XL will be modifying the Refined Lunagem system to allow the gems to be tradeable instead of Bind on Pickup. Thank you to our testers for your feedback! This change will be made to the game either next week, or the week after, depending on development time and testing.

Improvements to salvage crafting
“These new forges are much more efficient than the old ones. Less waste, less consumption, more reliability. After building these, I think I deserve to brag a little in this tavern, don’t you think?”

Crafters will find a few improvements to the system in the Winter Maiden Update as we pull the system back from RNG surrounding upgradeable items. Now crafting from salvage up to the Magnificent Tier will always result in an upgradeable version of the item. There’s also been some rebalancing of mana wisps required to craft weapons from salvage in the Epherium and Delphinad tiers, reducing their costs significantly.

General Changes

  • Key Faction Base NPCs in Diamond Shores will now be invulnerable for 2 hours after spawning (due to a server restart) to ensure an Alemine Attack does not result in the downgrading of a base that couldn’t be defended.
  • Carrying a tradepack now prevents interactions with a spawn point for Auroria Mineral Water or Burning Logs pack bundles.
  • Furling and unfurling sails to gain an abnormal speed buff is now prevented. A single buff is now applied and appropriately removed without stacking.
  • Some monsters and bosses in Serpentis are now immune to damage if the attacking player is located in an inappropriate area.
  • Fixed an issue where players are able to attack the Heart of Ayanad Guardian without taking any damage using the Treasure Guardian’s Imprison ability.
  • By community request, the Event Exchanger in Mirage Isle will now offer rewards for coins from the Sandeep Blue Salt Festival and the Rookborne Rum Runner Rapids past events.

Quests

  • The quests to obtain the Larceny Mastery Titles “Takes, But Does Not Earn” and “Maestro Cutpurse” have received new objectives. The 90,000 skill title quest now requires the player to open 10 Stolen Prince’s Bags and the 150,000 skill title quest requires the opening of 50 Stolen Prince’s Bags. KNOWN ISSUE: The quest text still references the old Library bags instead of the new Stolen Prince’s Bags. The quest still functions correctly.
  • In the quest “One Last Job”, Eldris is supposed to take off the mask but he instead remained wearing the mask. This has been adjusted so Eldris is no longer wearing the mask as the story unfolds.
  • Fixed an issue where the quest “Reinforce the Ramparts” could not be completed due to an incorrect system setting.

Items

  • Enraged Red Dragon’s Legacy now properly increases Agility when the cloak proc is activated.
  • A type of hat that provides additional labor while resting in a bed has been added.
  • The drop rate of the Pink Dolphin Mount known as Fusciafin, obtained rarely from killing Dahuta in the 10 man Sea of Drowned Love, has been increased from 1% to 3%.
  • Seasonal décor items have been added and will soon be obtainable through in-game events and the Marketplace. For more information, visit the Winter Maiden article, or check out our last livestream.
  • A speed bug with the Enhanced Squirrel Glider Companion: Speed has been fixed.
  • Texture and color have been restored to the loyalty-earned Spiked Goblin Fences, Gates and Lightposts introduced during the 2015 Hallowtide Season.

Crafting & Regrades

  • The Leviathan’s Eye has been removed as a crafting component for Tier 6 Obsidian Weapons and Armor. It has been replaced by other rare drops from various world bosses like the Red Dragon, Anthalon, and The Kraken. The Leviathan’s Eye will likely be used in the future for an undetermined system.
  • The amount of the refunded materials when an item is destroyed due to a Major Failure during the regrading process has been increased.
  • The salvaging system has changed to allow the reforging of Magnificent tier items to always result in an upgradable version rather than a Sealed Magnificent version.

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.2 Patch Notes — The Pawesome Autumn Update

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.2 Patch Notes — The Pawesome Autumn Update

The Ocleera Rift Event is now available!
“The Crimson Watch has reported sightings of undead forces and ever watchful eyes in Diamond Shores. The Hateful Ocleera has begun summoning its nightmarish minions…”

Foil the plans of the Aust Followers and claim lucrative new rewards in ArcheAge’s newest event! Visit Diamond Shores and battle through waves of undead as you work towards the death of the powerful Hateful Ocleera.

This new rift takes place at 2:00 AM GMT (6:00 PM PST, 3:00 AM CET) and 16:00 (4:00pm) GMT (8:00 AM PST, 17:00 CET) in Diamond Shores! Collect the Revenant Soulstones dropped in the area to create new weapons and armor on the Soulforged Anvil. Please note, adventurers, that Soulforged gear isn’t as dynamic as other types of gear. The maximum rank Soulforged can attain through regrades is locked to Celestial.

Greater Dungeons have been unleashed!
“No no no…. that’s completely not how I remember that place. That monster was huge! Twice the size! And the treasure we found… it was more than just some shabby legguards!”

Revisit the dungeons of levels past! Sharpwind Mines, Palace Cellar, Hadir Farms, Burnt Castle Armory, and Kroloal Cradle have all received brand new Greater Dungeon versions, new daily quests, and new loot to boot!

For pet-lovers everywhere, you can also now craft new pet armor by participating in these new dungeons. These new pieces of armor are equivalent to the Delphinad tier of power, so don’t miss out!

Everything becomes Pawesome: November 13 – November 28
“These animals are in need, Adventurer. They are young, weak, and hungry. Will you take up the call to aid them?”

With winter fast approaching, many of the animals in Erenor are in need of your care! Take up the call to adopt a baby pet, raise them maturity, and you may find yourself with a steadfast companion who’s always ready to curl up with you in your home.

General Changes

  • Lil’ Sheepie has retired to his sunny Halcyona pasture. Elfred humbly requests that raids no longer barbecue him on sight.
  • The Mirage Weapons have been added to the Proven Warrior’s Workbench and can be crafted with Proven Warrior’s Medals. These weapons have varying ranks of power to help you catch up as you level, but they also come with a temporary time limit before they dissipate back into the ether.
  • Car upgrades are now available. Upgrade your existing car with Vehicle Upgrade Devices (purchased from General Merchants for gold or the Marketplace for credits) and use the appropriate car version recipe from your crafting folio.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Guild UI to fail to open.
  • Fixed an issue where a character’s durability could fall to 0 after dying in a certain situation.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to type up to the maximum text limit on Guild Notices and Guild Recruiting Notices.
  • Fixed an issue where a fish tradepack’s tooltips wouldn’t appear during mouse-over.
  • Fixed an issue where the House Sale UI didn’t appear correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the appearance of the Crazed Hermit’s Jerk displayed incorrectly during certain actions.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to pick up the Prime Weapon Temper when Superior Temporing Burnish was used while the inventory was full.
  • Fixed an issue where a scroll bar appeared incorrectly on the Great Construction Progress UI.
  • Fixed an issue where a character would not receive the “Good Day to Work” buff after sleeping in a bed.
  • Fixed an issue where female Elves and Harani hair color appeared incorrectly during customization.
  • Fixed an issue where some Townhouse and Farm Design names appeared incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where the doors and windows on Solariums worked incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where mouse scrolling didn’t work when the cursor was placed on the reward selection area of the Quest UI.
  • Fixed an issue where a players was unable to gain a Guild Quest when six Guild and Merit Quests were tracked.
  • Ships are able to change direction while the Andelph Mistral Rudder is equipped.

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.1 Patch Notes — Hallowtide

ArcheAge Version 2.0, Build 7.1 Patch Notes — Hallowtide

Known Issues

  • There is an issue with the candy-throwing Hallowtide Arena quests in Two Crowns where the quest goals do not properly appear. For both quests, the quest tracker should state — Complete One: Fill a jack o’ lantern first to earn a Treasure Chest. Fill a jack o’ lantern second to earn a Shabby Treasure Chest.
  • The Larceny quests related to the uncommon Library Bags cannot currently be completed, as those items have been removed from the game. XL is aware of this issue and will be correcting those in a future update.

Hallowtide Approaches — October 20 to November 3
“The leaves shall fall as the wind turns cold, yet here is another adventurer so bold. So cool and calm as they patrol the night, but as Hallowtide comes, you’re in for a fright! The dead shall walk and the souls need tended, for we’ll need your help to keep Erenor defended.”

From Tuesday, October 20th to November 3rd, the citizens of Two Crowns and the Solis Headlands will celebrate the coming of Hallowtide! Look for more information on this event in a new article coming later this week!

Daily Login Rewards are now available!
“Sometimes it’s not about overwhelming power. Sometimes it’s just about perseverance.”

Logging in ArcheAge each day now comes with a few more perks above loyalty tokens! Log in and check the event calendar in the bottom right hand corner to claim a new prize each day by clicking the “Login Tracker” button. The days logged in are cumulative, so if you miss a day during the month it won’t break your streak. This month’s prizes are candies!

At 6, 12, and 18 days logged in cumulatively in a month, you will also receive Merit Badges. Don’t forget to log in and click that button once per day!

Library item drops have been fixed
What do you mean they ran out of bags? It’s the Ayanad Library! The scholars have to store their research SOMEWHERE!

Adventurers, we apologize, but Update 2.0 introduced a bug that caused newly redesigned Library drops to fail to appear in the Library. This bug has been addressed, and here’s what you can now expect from your Library Expeditions:

  • The Library Bags (uncommon/green) have been removed. They have been replaced by Research Crates.
  • Archeum Motes and Dusts will no longer drop from Library Safes.

Research Material Crates now drop from Library Coinpurses. They include the following:

  • Librarian’s Research Materials Crate: Drops Ayanad Costume Scraps, Archeum, Regrade Stones, Lunagem Materials, and other materials that previously dropped from bags. Drops from the first floor.
  • Scholar’s Research Materials Crate: Drops Enchanted Skeins, Archeum, Regrade Stones, Lunagem Materials, and other materials that previously dropped from bags. Drops from the second floor.
  • Dean’s Research Materials Crate: Drops Disciple’s Tears, Archeum, Regrade Stones, Lunagem Materials, and other materials that previously dropped from bags. Drops from the third floor.

General Changes

  • The skills Triple Slash, Rapid Strikes, Mana Stars, and Endless Arrows have been set to their Korean equivalents in skill functionality. Tap the key once to issue a single strike from the combination. Hold down the key to rapidly perform strikes. You are no longer committed to the full combo of shots after pressing the key once.
  • Hasla Tier 2 and Tier 3 gear have been re-enabled across all servers.
  • Lavaspark is now able to wear battle pet armor.
  • Hero’s Dignity now only counts down when the user is online.
  • Fixed tooltips on the Hound of Kyrios Statue and Anthalon Statue.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the opening video to be unskippable.
  • You can no longer harpoon a harpoon to create Harpoonception. (RIP flying ships.)
  • Harpoonception will be the name of our next indie ArcheAge soundtrack cover band.

Items

  • The Yuletide Hauler has been fixed and can be driven once more! Go deliver all of those trade packs to the good boys and girls of Erenor!
  • Fixed an incorrect category listing on the Auction House for the Glowing Sealed Delphinad Necklace and the Glowing Sealed Delphinad Earring.
  • The Gilt Blackwood Coffins now restore 150 labor when slept in (up from 80.)
  • The Feathered Glider is now included in the glider upgrade process.
  • Fixed item skill errors on the Enhanced Corrupt Ally’s Wings: Gliding and Enhanced Corrupt Ally’s Wings: Turning models.
  • The materials required to craft Archeum Supply Packs (Faint, Clear, Lucid, Pioneer’s, and Pirate’s) have been drastically reduced. Archeum Dusts are now the main component.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue that could cause “Burden of Proof” to become stuck.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause “Portal Trouble” unable to be attained.

Recurring Events

  • Battle for the Golden Plains — After building a stronghold, the area is now protected for 5 minutes.
  • Crimson Rift — Fixed an issue where you couldn’t receive Crimson Altar Energy from the Crimson Rift.

Achievements

  • Fixed the Book Collector achievement from being unattainable.

Heroes Awaken 2.0 Release Notes NA/EU

The following list of release notes summarize a majority of the changes included in the ArcheAge: Heroes Awaken update. This release includes the Korean 1.8 and 2.0 updates along with some post 2.0 hotfix updates.

For those of you who are into patch notes, sit down, get a cup of coffee, and wrap yourself in a comfortable blanket. You’re gonna be here a while. (That update is going to take some time, after all.)

Known Issues

  • A few gear tooltips are written confusingly. We’ve gotten updated versions of those tooltips, but a few more still need to be added.
  • Safe zones are in effect around player housing in hostile zones, but this system is UNDER EVALUATION. Please continue to provide your feedback!
  • The Synthesis tab on the regrade window will only be used for cloaks, not costumes.
  • Current chat throttling is being evaluated.
  • Casting Songcraft performances quickly while under the effects of Rythmn may cause a given performance to stop channeling. We will continue to investigate this and provide a fix in a future update.

Hero System
“The time has come to take the mantles that have rightfully been yours. It is time for Heroes to return to Erenor…”

Update 2.0 introduces a brand new political system to the game known as the Hero System! To learn more about the ins and outs of this system outside of this brief overview, visit our website and check out the Hero System Spotlight!

  • Hero halls have been added to Marionople, Austera and Growlgate Island Tower, and thrones that correspond with each Hero rank (Erenor, Ayanad, Delphinad, and Epherium) have been added inside the hall.
  • Players begin accumulating Leadership Points through world PvP, raid PvE bosses, and Reputation ranking from group/raid members. There is a limit to how many times a player can rate another player. Total reputation is tallied at midnight, and extra Leadership Points are given to your character depending on how positive your reputation is.
  • The top 20 players who have earned the most leadership during a month long Hero cycle appear as candidates for election. Leadership is also the deciding factor of who receives general status in the automatic Raid General selection process.
  • 10 Heroes are elected on a 30 day cycle through the voting system available inside of the Hero Hall at the Voting Machine.
  • Anyone may vote as long as they are level 30+ with a minimum of 50 Leadership points accumulated. Votes can be cast on the Thursday and Friday of the first week of the month, which is Election Week.
  • Elected Heroes serve a term of 1 month after which time the election process cycles and new heroes are brought to term. If you are nominated, you may withdraw from the race by visiting the Voting Machine at your faction hall on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Heroes receive a temporary hero cloak that corresponds with their hero rank and is removed after their term has ended. This cloak is delivered in the mail after an election is won.
  • This heroic cloak provides a buff to all faction members within 25 meters depending on the rank of the hero. It will always grant the hero +100 stamina.
  • Heroes can receive “Concentrated Hero Power” from the Territory Representatives NPC at the faction base.
  • Mobilization Orders may be invoked by a Hero who meets the requirements to rally and teleport faction members who have earned 50+ leadership and are level 30 or above to special banners. Heroes can use Mobilization orders at their faction base up to 5 times. Adventurers who respond to the summons are rewarded 1 Warrior’s Medal.
  • Heroes can unlock new faction-wide quests on a weekly basis through the Alliance Support Board located inside the Hero Hall. Any level 30+ faction member can accept the quest. Rewards consist of 5-10 Warrior’s Medals. These quests are collect & deliver quests that last 3 days.
  • Messages are displayed for when heroes achieve combo kills in PvP, or when an enemy hero has been taken down in combat.
  • Heroes abide by all normal rules regarding bloodlusting, infamy and jail.
  • Hero status can be taken away from a person for various reasons, including changing factions, moving servers, performing unauthorized gameplay, and other reasons.

Guild Management Tools
“…and so they banded together in this new age of war. Their calls brought more allies to their side, and the bonds that held the guild together drew ever tighter.”

The ArcheAge Guild management tools have been revitalized and improved with this update! Guilds now have the ability to recruit and accept pending applications in-game, engage in war with other guilds through Guild Dominions, and level their guild for more benefits! For a complete look at these new features, visit the Guild Spotlight on the website.

  • At the release of Heroes Awaken, all guilds that have over 100 members will require a roster update. All members will be removed from the guild except the Leader, who will be able to re-invite Adventurers up to the new 100 player cap. Guilds that already have under 100 players will remain formed and can proceed as normal.
  • On Evolution worlds, all guilds will be disbanded completely. Leaders will need to reform their guilds at the launch of Heroes Awaken.
  • The guild member cap has been introduced in order to provide balance between guilds in Guild Leveling and Guild Dominion battles.
  • A new guild advertisement system has been added! A guild official with the appropriate ranks can publicly advertise recruitment through the new Guild interface. Guild advertisements may be listed for specified periods with different costs associated with posting the ad.
  • Unguilded players may review all Guild advertisements and apply to join the Guild through the interface. Their applications will be reviewed by guild officials, who will have the ability to accept or reject the applications they receive.
  • A player who is removed from a guild or who leaves voluntarily will maintain the benefit of their guild-purchased items but will no longer receive the persistent guild buff
  • A cooldown period may be added in the near future that prevents a player from immediately leaving and immediately re-joining a guild.

Guild Leveling

  • Guilds may now level up to rank 8. Guilds earn experience as their members level up between 10 and 55, and by participating in world events, Dominion and open world events.
  • To rank up a guild an item called a Guild Ribbon is required based on which rank the guild is upgraded to – these Ribbons are earned through new guild quests.
  • A corresponding buff is applied to all guild members based on the guild’s current rank. This buff becomes more powerful as the Guild attains higher ranks.
  • Leveling a guild is a manual process that must be enacted by the guild leader once the guild meets the requirements to rank up.
  • Guild members will also receive Prestige Points, which can be used to purchase items from the Prestige Shop. Prestige Points can be earned through participation in guild activities such as daily missions and Dominion conflicts.
  • The guild leader must enable their Guild Daily quests in a manner similar to daily Achievement missions. These quests include large scale crafting objectives, world boss kills, dungeon runs, participation in conflicts on Diamond Shores, and more! Completing these missions rewards Prestige Points and Guild Experience.

The following items are currently available in the prestige shop, accessible via the guild interface:

  • Zone Teleportation Pinions for Halcyona, Hasla, Mistmerrow and Diamond Shores.
  • Epherium Cloaks – Comparable to Auroria Cloaks and may be upgraded.
  • Mirror of Boundaries – Temporarily placed in the world to reveal opponents in stealth.
  • Peace Agreement – Renders a guild safe from Dominion declaration for 48 hours.
  • Guild Flare – Use to summon guild members en masse to a specific location.
  • Weapon and Armor Tempers – Improves temper-related stats by 106-110%.
  • Pioneer Earring – A fabled earring with sweet, sweet stats.
  • Lunascales – These special scales are tier 1 Lunagems that do not fail when attempting to socket.

Guild Dominion
Guilds of rank 3 or higher can now participate in Dominion — a formalized war between guilds. Once declared, a Dominion conflict lasts for 1 hour and may only be declared against other guilds who are Rank 3 or higher.

  • Dominion may be declared against the same guild 3 times per day but the cost in gold to do so scales dramatically.
  • Guilds may be protected from Dominion through the use of a peace treaty, available from the Prestige Shop.
  • Once Dominion is declared, the guild that accumulates the most PvP kills during the duration is declared the winner. If both guilds do not score above 10 kills, the Dominion is considered a draw.
  • Dominion ignores normal PvP rules in ArcheAge and allows combat in safe areas except for jail, Mirage Isle, trials, Mistmerrow, and Arenas.
  • Guards do not assist in Dominion conflicts and will remain passive.
  • Guilds who do not wish to participate in Dominion may remain at level 2, keeping them out of the system entirely.

Housing System
“The architects looked upon their blueprints and smiled. The fresh ink that lay on the page may have been simple to behold, but its meaning would change the tradecrafts of Erenor forever.”

All Thatched Farmhouses, Medium Houses and Large Houses (Townhouses, Villas, Chalets) can now be upgraded to new specialty versions. Farmhouse upgrades are more geared towards gathering professions, like Husbandry, Mining, Farming, and Gathering, while House upgrades are tailored towards production vocations.

  • The upgrading system is engaged by accessing the Remodel button on a house management panel. Access this menu from any currently existing house.
  • To remodel a house, a player must meet the necessary requirements and have the appropriate material components. Remodeled houses may require an increased tax rate, and will require Enchanted Blueprints. These blueprints can be received from using an Evenstone on an existing house design.

Thatched Farm Houses upgrade to the following versions:

  • Rancher’s Farmhouse – Provides additional support for Husbandry.
  • Miner’s Farmhouse – Provides additional support for Mining.
  • Harvester’s Farmhouse – Provides additional support for Farming and Gathering.
  • All upgraded farmhouses include 2 gardening planters that support the placement of 50 seeds
  • Seeds planted in this manner may be batch planted and harvested based on normal grow times.
  • A new workstation called the Multipurpose Trimmer has been added to all upgraded farmhouses. This workbench allows for the expedient processing of harvested raw materials to first tier processed materials.
  • Daily quests are now available from the Task Jar on all upgraded farmhouses.
  • The water barrel has been relocated to the rear of an upgraded farmhouse.
  • The interior space of an upgraded farmhouse has been slightly adjusted.
  • Plants that normally grow in the wild may be harvested randomly atop a farmhouse – this does not follow normal housing permissions and any passerby may harvest them. These random growables include Clubhead Fungus, Vanilla, Clover, Pepper, and other similarly rare plants.

Luxury (Medium, Large) Houses upgrade to the following versions:

  • Armorer’s House – Provides additional support for Weapon, Armor and Jewelry crafting including the ability to craft sealed illustrious items in one crafting action using an amount of material similar to what’s used by the traditional system
  • Apothecary’s House – Provides additional support for Consumable crafting including the ability to craft top tier potions, food, drink and printing items en masse with one crafting action using an amount of material similar to what’s used by the traditional system
  • Tradesman’s House – Provides the ability to craft zone-specific fertilizer tradepacks. Only works in zones that naturally have Specialty Workbenches. A Tradesman’s House may currently be placed or upgraded to in Aurorian zones but the tradepack functionality has been disabled at this time (the workbench will be identified as “Deactivated.”)
  • Skill requirements have been removed when crafting at an upgraded luxury house.
  • A luxury house’s access permissions determine who can use its workstations.
  • All upgraded luxury houses include a new workstation called the Complex Processing Shelf.
  • This workbench allows for the expedient processing of raw crafting components to their first tier form
  • Daily quests are now available from the Task Jar on all upgraded luxury houses
  • A teleportation system to the house’s roof has been added due to awkward stair collision. (And because teleporting is cooler than stairs.)
  • Livable space has been added to the roof of all upgraded luxury houses.

Additional Housing changes

  • The following house types may not be upgraded through the new system at this time: Farms, Cottages, Mansions, Spired Chalet, Solariums.
  • Houses may have their facing orientation changed through the remodel feature.
  • All house upgrade types may be previewed prior to upgrading.
  • When remodeling a house ensure that all items are removed prior to its conversion as this process is actually the managed placement of a new house type.
  • Wait, we’ll say it again: Furniture will be lost if the house is not emptied prior to remodeling. You have been warned!
  • Specialized houses give a Memory Ember from the fireplace every 22 hours that allow players to teleport directly to the house.
  • Lighting a fireplace now takes 10 labor and no logs.
  • Improved the appearance of houses under construction.
  • Safe zones have been added to built player houses in conflict zones. This safe zone is removed when the area progresses into a war state. Safe zone housing is currently the method used by the Korean version of ArcheAge – we decided to enable this feature to support evolution server land claiming – this feature may be disabled during a future update.
  • If the housing owner is located in safe housing area and engages in a hostile action against another player, they may incur immediate retaliation regardless of being in the safe zone. This attackable state persists for a considerable duration after the hostile action occurred.
  • All types of housing may now be placed residential areas that previously had placement restrictions with the exception of the Scarecrow Garden areas in starting zones.
  • Farmhouse-only areas can now accept all types of housing.
  • Luxury-only areas can now accept all types of housing.
  • Pumpkin Gardens can now accept all types of housing.
  • Memory tomes in Scarecrow Farm zones have been removed; players can no longer use these locations to recall or teleport to.
  • Full Kit Houses will be granted to players on Evolution-candidate worlds based on the types of land they currently have built and placed in the world. A Full Kit house is a normal type of house but when placed it is fully built and doesn’t require materials. It does, however, require taxes to place.

Diamond Shores Update

“The face of the land has changed, and so our conflict must change. Improve the defenses. Begin construction of our fortress. Let us remind our enemy that this is our land…”

  • All player housing has been removed from the Diamond Shores zone, and the landscape of the zone has been changed to support faction conflict.
  • Housing areas have been redesigned to support residences on the Eastern and Western side of the zone. Aquafarms and Bungalo zones have also been added to the Eastern side.
  • While having the correct faction is not a requirement when placing housing in Diamond Shores, please keep in mind that faction-aligned guards and automated cannons will support their assigned factions. Putting your Nuian house in front of that Haranya cannon is possible, but not recommended.
  • Diamond Shores now has a war/peace cycle, with war starting at 3am and 3pm gmt. The cycle runs through 8 hours of war, 3 hours of peace, and 1 hour of conflict. Due to this, ships can now be damaged in the zone by the normal methods.
  • The Diamond Shores lighthouse has been split into two faction aligned structures.
  • The faction-aligned pavilion areas have been converted into faction fortresses, and these new fortresses can be improved from rank 1 to rank 3 through large scale player participation.
  • Quest NPCs are available and resources may be gathered from surrounding areas to progress the level of the faction base.
  • As faction bases rank up, Auroria-based world events become active including Aust Mana Tower conquests and Alemine conflicts.
  • Ships cannot be customized in the Diamond Shores Ezi’s Light region until your faction base is upgraded to at least rank 2.
  • Once a faction fortress reaches rank 3 the Purified Archeum Pack may be crafted in order to claim Auroria Castles – this is particularly important on evolution and fresh start worlds.
  • The fortress workbench is activated every Sunday at 6pm GMT (+7 PDT), and can be activated with 20 Rising Star Stone Packs that can be crafted in Haranya/Nuia.
  • As the faction base increases in rank the landscape of Diamond Shores continue to change offering more support to the progressing faction.
  • The Hero System and Guild Progression largely revolve around the Fortress progress in Diamond Shores.

Pet Accessories and Enhancements

  • Combat Pets and Mounts may now level to 55. No longer are they held back from the same level as their owners!
  • Combat Pets that are captured in the world may now have additional abilities that are random and confirmed when they are capture/bound.
  • Increased pet combat stats and modified some combat skills and damage.
  • Combat Pets (and not mounts) may now equip Pet Accessories.
  • Pets can now be revived at Temple Priestess NPCs.
  • The Pet Accessory Workbench is available outside of most dungeons and in most NPC cities. It can also be crafted and placed inside of a player structure.
  • Three types of craftable pet accessories exist: Headwear is crafted by a Metalworker, Chestplates are crafted by Tailors, and Footwear is crafted by Leatherworkers. Appropriate recipes have been added to related professions.
  • The progression of pet accessories is similar to the traditional crafting system prior to the sealed phase. The previous tier of a pet accessory is required to upgrade it. The type of pet accessory crafted and the type of statistical bonuses it provides is decided by the crafter.
  • Pet accessories may be regarded through use of a Pet Accessory Regrade Scroll, crafted via Printing. No regrade support charms may be used in this process, similar to Ship Component Regrades.
  • The results of pet accessory regarding are either success or no change from the Grand to Unique rarity tiers – no downgrading can occur. Once a pet accessory reaches Celestial tier or higher it can be destroyed during the regrade process.
  • Pets do not benefit from rarity buffs.

General Notes

  • Newly created characters can now choose to skip the tutorial, even as the first character on the account. At the launch of 2.0, the tutorials will be temporarily disabled to assist with land rushes.
  • The passenger view in the car has been fixed. We call shotgun.
  • Dead mounts/pets should no longer block ships. #GetRektDeadDonkey
  • Added Auto Raid General Delegation: Five minutes after a raid has been formed, a Raid General is designated via the following priority: Hero rank > Leadership earned > Level > Equipment score.
  • Added Sort by Price to the Auction House UI.
  • Added icons for the Shipyard Workbench and Pet Accessory Workbench to the map UI.
  • Added three new emotes: /raisesword, /vow, and /dignity.
  • Mail now costs 5 silver for Express, 50 copper for Standard delivery.
  • #SheepieLives #MirageIsle2015
  • Item tooltips now list how much the item contributes towards your gearscore. It will separately list the base value of the item, and then the value added by gems and enchantments.
  • The item fusion interface has been added to the inventory menu.
  • The vocation vendor is now available in the character menu.
  • Honor vendor available in the character menu.
  • Growthstones and Experience Potions have been removed from the honor point vendor.
  • You can now check on the timing of events with our new Event Calendar! The new button is in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  • It is now possible to shift-click items while the crafting folio is open to search for them, similar to the auction house.

Vehicles

  • Reduced the respawn cooldown for ships and vehicles from 10 minutes to 5 minutes.
  • Fishing boats: Base movement speed increased. Increased base health to 30,000. Added a new skill, Paddle Spin.
  • Captain’s Intuition is now activated automatically when using a steering wheel.
  • Cars now receive the Drowning debuff while underwater. This slows the vehicle and damages the car if Supercharging is attempted.
  • Increased the damage to ships from Keel Collisions.
  • Three words: Fishing Boat Propellers.

Combat Balance Adjustments

  • Players can no longer gain experience by killing mobs that are 11 or more levels above theirs.
  • Equipping a 2-handed weapon now also provides Physical and Magical Defense Puncture of 240, and global cooldown reduction of 7%.

Class Balance Changes

AURAMANCY

  • Comet’s Boon: Increased damage.
  • Vicious Implosion: Increased damage.
  • Mirror Warp: Decreased cooldown to 0.3 seconds from 0.5 seconds.

DEFENSE

  • Bull Rush: Now deals additional damage equal to 50% of mettle.
  • Revitalizing Cheer: Now also removes 1 debuff from the caster.
  • Imprison: Decreased duration to 12 seconds from 15.
  • Seizing Shove: Increased damage reduction for raid members to 50% from 30%. Now adds an additional 1500 Mettle when cast.

OCCULTISM

  • Caster’s Enrichment: Added the Branded buff. Branded is triggered when Hell Spear, Summon Crows, or Stillness hit a target. Branded will increase all Occultism skill damage by 1% per stack. The stack has a 6 second duration and can stack up to 20 times. When Branded hits 20 stacks, the buff becomes Mortally Branded. This higher tier buff has a 6 second duration and decreases the attack and healing effectiveness of all targets within 8 meters by 15%.
  • Hell Spear: Increased damage.
  • Summon Crows: Increased damage, and increased the Melee Accuracy reduction to 30% from 25%.
  • Stillness: Decreased cooldown to 36 seconds from 45. Decreased Silence duration to 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds.
  • Urgency: Decreased casting time to 3 seconds from 5 seconds.

SHADOWPLAY

  • Overwhelm: Increased stacks of Bloodthirst granted to 3 from 1.
  • Stalker’s Mark: Increased damage bonus removed. Changed “number of ranged attacks suffered during the mark’s duration” to number of melee, ranged and magic attacks.
  • Pin Down: Increased stacks of Bloodthirst granted to 9 from 6.

SONGCRAFT

  • Disciplined Performance: Added the Rhythm effect. Rhythm is triggered 3 seconds after a Perform skill is cast. It has a 6 second duration and stacks up to 25 times. Each stack of Rhythm increases your magic damage by 4 and decreases the cooldown of Songcraft skills by 0.2 seconds.
  • Dissonance: Increased damage.
  • Ode to Recovery: Increased combo damage dealt to Charmed targets. Added combo effect for Dissonance targets.
  • Bloody Chanty, Grief’s Cadence: Added combo effect for Dissonance targets.

SORCERY

  • Mana Flurry: Added Mana Fountain effect. Mana Fountain is triggered when Flamebolt, Magic Circle, or Frigid Tracks are cast. Each stack of Mana Fountain increases your casting and attack speed by 2%, decreases cooldown of Sorcery skills by 2%, and decreases your Physical Defense by 3%. Mana Fountain has a 3 second duration and stacks up to 8 times.
  • God’s Whip: Decreased the range and area of effect range across ranks 1-5.

VITALISM

  • Defiance: Added the Prayer effect. Prayer is triggered when Antithesis, Mend, or Fervent Healing finish casting (only on the first cast for Fervent Healing). Has an 8 second duration and stacks up to 5 times. Each stack of Prayer reduces casting time by 2%. At 5 stacks, Prayer becomes a new buff called Sacrifice. Sacrifice has a 4.5 second duration and decreases casting time by 10%, doubles the duration of Omnipotent Ward, and continually restores health and mana to party and raid members within 6 meters at the cost of the caster’s health.
  • Antithesis: Increased damage, reduced healing.
  • Skewer: Decreased casting time from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
  • Mend: Players are now immune to Fear when under the effect of Omnipotent Ward. Will not remove Fear already on the player.
  • Aranzeb’s Boon: Now increases all stats instead of just Intelligence and Spirit. Slightly decreased the amount of stat boost per rank.

WITCHCRAFT

  • Courageous Action: Removed Fear immunity.
  • Lassitude: Increased buff duration to 4 seconds from 3. Buff combo duration increased to 2 seconds from 1.5. Decreased Sleep duration to 12 seconds from 15. Decreased sleep combo duration to 22 seconds from 25.
  • Weeping Dead, Wailing Dead: Increased base stats.

Quests

  • Added 28 new racial story quests post-level 30.
  • Increased the experience rewarded by level 51-55 quests.
  • Added a whole bunch of new Achievements.
  • A gold reward has been added to merit quests.
  • Added 37 raid boss kill quests.
  • Successfully regrading an item to Arcane now rewards a bound Green Regrade Charm.
  • Crimson Watch quests have been changed to story quests, and now also reward gilda stars.
  • Added 4 Ayanad Library quests plus associated cutscenes.
  • Lowered the level requirement for the Item Regrading tutorial quest from 50 to 35.
  • Doubled the amount of consumables (potions, food) rewarded from quests.
  • Added 3 quests to the Mermaid Bathtub (obtained from fishing coins) that can only be accepted by the bathtub owner. Completing these quests rewards the upgraded version of the tub.
  • Decreased the number of items required for textile and ore vocation daily quests.
  • Increased the quest item drop rates of some quests from level 1-30.
  • Removed Diamond Shores daily quests and replaced them with the updated Diamond Shores content.
  • Doubled the rewards from signpost kill quests.
  • Low-level quests are now displayed in white instead of grey text.
  • Increased the target number and reward for the Lusca kill quest: now requires 5 kills instead of 10, and rewards 1500 honor instead of 2000.
  • “Stopping Doomsday”: Changed rewards from 1x Gilda Star, 5x Shatigon’s Sand to 2x Warrior’s Medal, 5x Shatigon’s Sand.
  • “Trouble at the Weeping Mine”: Improved the functionality of this quest in order to make sure the quest can be beaten.

Items

2 Slot Farm Carts Change
Prior owners of the 2 Slot Farm Carts will find that their “Scroll: Farm Cart” has been replaced with a “Ripped Scroll: Farm Cart” which cannot be used. This is due to a bug that allowed more than 2 trade packs to be placed into the cart simultaneously. This bug has been addressed in Update 2.0, but you will have to re-create your Farm Cart to get the new version.

You can fix this by visiting a Carpentry Workbench, selecting your Machining Proficiency, and then crafting a new “Scroll: Farm Cart” with your Ripped Scroll. This recipe takes no other materials to create, and you’ll be presented with your new Farm Cart scroll after the conversion is complete.

Revised Item Salvaging System

  • The Weapon, Armor and Jewelry Salvaging systems have been changed to combine similar types of salvages into general salvage materials.
  • Pre-2.0 item salvages must be converted by right-clicking on them resulting in the appropriate amount of new salvage materials as though the item had been Evenstoned using the post 2.0 system.
  • Post-2.0, using an Evenstone to disintegrate an item will result in new salvage materials.
  • Sunlight, Moonlight and Starlight Salvage Forges now use Mana Wisps to re-forge sealed items instead of a number of salvages.
  • Obsidian Weapons and Armor have all been converted to use Mana Wisps in place of salvages.
  • The goal of this system was to provide more versatility to item crafting and to mitigate penalty for failed RNG at upper-mid crafting tiers. Note that salvaging an Epherium weapon can result in the creation of multiple sealed illustrious attempts.

New Salvage Materials from Illustrious, Magnificent, Epherium and Delphinad Items:

  • 1h Metal Mana Wisp (Dagger, Sword, Katana, Axe, Club, Shortspear).
  • 2h Metal Mana Wisp (Greatsword, Nodachi, Greataxe, Greatclub, Longspear).
  • Wooden Mana Wisp (Scepter, Staff, Bow, Shield).
  • Musical Mana Wisp (Lute, Flute).
  • Cloth Mana Wisp (All Cloth Armor)
  • Leather Mana Wisp (All Leather Armor)
  • Metal Mana Wisp (All Plate Armor)
  • Large Jewelry Mana Wisp (Necklaces)
  • Small Jewelry Mana Wisp (Earrings, Rings)

New Auroria Armor

  • This update also introduces brand new pieces of Auroria Armor (v2.0). 10 sets of 7 armor pieces are now available, with each one geared towards a single skillset. (Yes, Songcraft, you get armor now!)
  • These new armor pieces are obtained from opening Divine Garden Plate, Leather and Cloth Gear pouches. Divine Garden Pouches are obtained through the normal method of killing non-Library Auroria creatures and can now drop both v1.0 and v2.0 armor at a rate of 1 piece per pouch.
  • The grade of Auroria Armor obtained from these pouches has a base range of Basic to Unique.

The new pieces of Auroria Armor v2.0 include the following:

Divine Garden Plate Pouches now additionally contain:

  • Auroria Haunted Occultism (Plate) Sta/Int – Same passives as previous Cloth versions now as Plate
  • Auroria Noble Sorcery (Plate) Sta/Int – Same passives as previous Cloth versions now as Plate

Divine Garden Cloth Pouches now additionally contain:

  • Auroria Cruel Witchcraft (Cloth) Sta/Int – Same passives as previous Leather versions now as Cloth
  • Auroria Wistful Songcraft (Cloth) Sta/Int – All new set with new passives for Songcraft
  • Auroria Dulcet Vitalism (Cloth) Sta/Spi – Same passives as previous Cloth versions now with Spirit instead of Intelligence
  • Auroria Precise Auramancy (Cloth) Sta/Spi – Same passives as previous Plate versions now in Cloth with Spirit

Divine Garden Leather Pouches now additionally Contain:

  • Auroria Devious Shadowplay (Leather) Str/Sta – Same passives as previous Leather versions now with Strength instead of Agility
  • Auroria Wildborn Archery (Leather) Sta/Spi – Same passives as previous Leather versions now with Spirit instead of Agility
  • Auroria Eternal Defense (Leather) Agi/Sta – Same passives as previous Plate versions now with Agility instead of Strength
  • Auroria Lorn Battlerage Belt (Leather) Str/Sta – Same passives as previous Plate versions now as Leather

Both versions of Auroria Armor of grade Grand and higher may be disintegrated using an Evenstone to produce the standard amount of Moonlight Archeum Crystals and a new material called Memory Shards. The type of Memory Shard created corresponds with the type of Auroria Armor that was disintegrated. There are 3 types of Memory Shards produced during disintegration:

  • Ferocious Memory Shard – Battlerage/Archery/Shadowplay
  • Mystic Memory Shard – Shadowplay/Occultism/Vitalism
  • Stalwart Memory Shard – Witchcraft/Songcraft/Auramancy/Defense

Memory Shards can also be obtained by killing non-Library Auroria enemies.

New Lunagems

We’ve added 10 new types of Ancient Lunagems and 10 new types of Eternal Lunagems! Memory Shards and existing Lunarite are the primary components used in crafting Ancient and Eternal Lunagems, and these gems adhere to the standard socketing method.

Ancient Lunagems can be socketed in non-Auroria Wrist Armor and are available in 3 tiers (Clear, Vivid, and Lucid).

  • Ancient Battlerage Lunagem – Increases Triple Slash damage by +1%, +2%, and +3%
  • Ancient Witchcraft Lunagem – Increases Mitigation duration by +0.2s, +0.4s, and +0.6 seconds
  • Ancient Defense Lunagem – Increases Boastful Roar damage by +3%, +4%, and +5%
  • Ancient Auramancy Lunagem – Increases Liberation duration by +0.6s, +0.9s, and +1.2 seconds
  • Ancient Occultism Lunagem – Increases Stillness by +0.1s, +0.2s, and +0.3 seconds
  • Ancient Archery Lunagem – Increases Feral Mark duration by +0.2s, +0.4s, and +0.6 seconds
  • Ancient Sorcery Lunagem – Increases Arc Lightning damage by +2%, +3%, and +4%
  • Ancient Shadowplay Lunagem – Increases Rapid Strikes damage by +1%, +2%, and +3%
  • Ancient Songcraft Lunagem – Decreases Startling Strain cooldown by -0.3s, -0.5s, and -0.7 seconds
  • Ancient Vitalism Lunagem – Decreases the cast time of Revive by -0.2s, -0.4s, and -0.6 seconds

Eternal Lunagems can only be socketed in non-Auroria Waist Armor and are available in 3 tiers (Clear, Vivid, and Lucid).

  • Eternal Battlerage Lunagem – Increases Battle Focus duration by +0.4s, +0.8s, and +1.2 seconds
  • Eternal Witchcraft Lunagem – Decreases Enervate cooldown by -0.3s, -0.6s, and -0.9 seconds
  • Eternal Defense Lunagem – Increases the HP Healed with Revitalizing Cheer by +400, +600, and +800 HP
  • Eternal Auramancy Lunagem – Increased the duration of Inspired by +0.3s, +0.5s, and +0.7 seconds
  • Eternal Occultism Lunagem – Increases Hell Spear damage by +1%, +2%, and +3%
  • Eternal Archery Lunagem – Increases Piercing Shot damage by +1%, +2%, and +3%
  • Eternal Sorcery Lunagem – Decreases Frigid Tracks cast time by -0.2s, -0.3s, and -0.4 seconds
  • Eternal Shadowplay Lunagem – Increases Stalker’s Mark duration by +0.3s, +0.5s, and +0.7 seconds
  • Eternal Songcraft Lunagem – Increases Zeal duration by +0.3s, +0.5s, and +0.7 seconds
  • Eternal Vitalism Lunagem – Increases the HP Healed by Fervent Healing by +1%, +2%, and +3%

New Artistry Instruments
For those of you with music on the mind (or a tune you can’t get out of your head), there are a few new instruments in town, and some important updates.

Beginning in our October Update (after 2.0), instruments will be moving out of the loyalty badge business and into the merit badge business! If you’re saving up for an instrument and don’t think you can get it soon, start saving up merit badges!

For those of you with Artistry, you can also craft some new instruments yourself:

110,000 Artistry: Triestes Cello
130,000 Artistry: Noryette’s Centrebass
150,000 Artistry: Marianople Violin & Wyrdwind Viola
180,000 Artistry: Brahm’s Notorious Melody

5 new decorative instrument versions can also be placed in your house. These do not require Artistry to craft, but they cannot be played.

  • Prince’s Coinpurses can now drop multiple Archeum Trees and Braziers.
  • Lunagems now have a gold cost associated with socketing. Cost increases as more gems are socketed, but the first tier is free.
  • You may now auto-attempt to socket lunagems a set amount of times. This option will continue to the set number, regardless of failure or success.
  • The buffs provided by armor of heroic grades or higher have been revamped into ranks. Cloth features an increased Critical Hit Rate and Critical Heal Rate. Leather increases Critical Heal Amount and Critical Hit Damage. Plate increases your Parry Rate and Shield Block Rate.
  • Added waist armor that can be crafted with honor point materials and drops from some world bosses.
  • Added wrist armor that can be crafted at the Proven Warrior Workbench, using warrior’s medals and drops from Serpentis.
  • Mirage Warrior Weapons will be removed from the Proven Warrior’s Workbench and will not be included in the release of Heroes Awaken.
  • Added tier 11 and 12 Proven Warrior Necklaces. Also adjusted the amount of Warrior’s Medals used for each stage:
    – Stage 1: Set to 3 (was 10.)
    – Stage 2: Remains at 6
    – Stage 3: Remains at 9
    – Stage 4: Remains at 12
    – Stage 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Set to 15 (was 12.)
    – Stage 11: New stage; requires 15 & 1 large jewelry mana wisp
    – Stage 12: New stage; requires 15 & 2 large jewelry mana wisp
  • Added 3 new lunastones that boost Critical Heal Bonus to the Honor Point Collectors.
  • Increased some stats and buffs on Howling Abyss Leather and Plate armor.
  • Added Spirit to Clubs from low-level dungeons.
  • Air-filled Sea Cherries can now be used to charge Underwater Breathing Devices.
  • Changed the set effect of Sea Serpent’s Malice and Reverse Thornscale Shield.
  • Added healing critical rate to the Cunning Thief armor and Purified Monk armor set effects.
  • Adjusted the set effect of Dancing Queen’s Ruin and Blooddrinker Blossom.
  • Certain consumables with effects can no longer be stacked. The effects for Spellbook: Brick Wall and Spellbook: Unstoppable Force can’t be active simultaneously. Alchemy potion effects for Physical and Magic Defense can’t be active simultaneously.
  • Added a new dungeon boss drop, the Companion’s Growthstone. This is a growthstone that will offer your pet additional experience when used.
  • Improved the unidentified item icon.
  • Unidentified Accessories now give a randomly graded Accessory.
  • Failing a Halcyona Necklace unsealing now downgrades the item to tier 6, as opposed to rank 4.
  • There’s a new steamfish on the block, and it’s hiding in a world drop near you. Good luck!

Sieges
Castle siege schedules have changed to a three week cycle where all sieges occur on the same week followed by a 2 week peace period.

  • Week 1: Nuimari, Heedmar, Marcala and Calmlands are all simultaneous siege targets
  • Week 2: No sieges
  • Week 3: No sieges
  • Siege schedule repeats with Week 1

Fishing and Gathering

  • Removed the warning window that appears when butchering certain types of livestock: Pig, Water Buffalo, Turkey.
  • Adjusted the amount of Vocation Badges granted through Sport Fishing, and adjusted the Sport Fishing content.
    – Different types of fish schools have been combined into two: Saltwater Fish School for the 4 saltwater sport fish and Freshwater Fish School for the 3 freshwater sport fish.
    – Different types of fish school baits have been combined into two: Chopped Mackerel for saltwater sport fish and Chum for freshwater sport fish.
    – Some fish school bait items have been discontinued. (Chopped Squid/Roosterfish/Sardine/Pike can no longer be purchased, but existing items can still be used to activate fish schools.)
    – Increased the saltwater sport fish sale price. (freshwater sport fish price remains same)
    – All dropped Sport Fish Packs now disappear after 5 minutes.
  • Updated the Mirage Isle Fish-Fest.
    – The fishing contest now has only one category to compete in: Sport Fishing.
    – Reduced the duration of the contest from 2 hours to 1 hour, and changed the contest time to Saturdays at 7pm-8pm GMT.
    – Reduced the health of the Pink Marlin that spawns for the contest.
    – While fishing, there’s now a random chance that a Treasure Mimic can appear; dropping 1-3 Fisher King Coins or Soprere’s Frog.
    – Duration of the Mirage Fishing Rod from Surprise Helper’s quest is now 1 hour to match the event.
    – Decreased the number of Mirage Lure rewards from the quest.
    – The Surprise Helper no longer sells “Lucid Mirage Fishing Rod: 2 Hour”.
    – Added Bugira’s Coin and Pink Octopus Fishing Hat items to the Contest Coin Collector.

Crafting

  • Added 60 new Lunagem recipes.
  • Changed the recipes for Construction Material bundles. Previously crafted bundles can be disintegrated to recover the materials and a small bound labor potion.
  • Added two new craftable storage chests that can store Relics and Books.
  • Changed the minimum level requirement for some Blue Salt daily quests:
    – Guerilla Marketing, A Rare Perfume: Minimum level 40+
    – Raising a Wild Horse, Raising a Wild Elk, Raising a Malfunctioning Leomorph, Raising a Wild Snowlion: Minimum level 50+
  • Crafting or selling a Specialty pack now costs 70 Labor.
  • Crafting a Multi-Purpose Aging Larder now costs 65 Labor.
  • Crafting an Aged specialty pack now costs 70 labor.

Zones

  • When the following hostile zones enter War, raids are now formed automatically: Ynystere, Cinderstone Moor, Hellswamp, Sanddeep, Rookborne Basin, Windscour Savannah, Perinoor Ruins, Hasla, Karkasse Ridgelands.
  • Reduced the peace duration in the following zones to 3 hours from 4: Ynystere, Cinderstone Moor, Hellswamp, Sanddeep, Rookborne Basin, Windscour Savannah, Perinoor Ruins, Hasla.
  • Old Jars around the Sea of Drowned Love now have a 1-minute cooldown between interactions.
  • The Diamond Shores Worldgate in major cities can now teleport players to the Diamond Shores housing area OR to the Ayanad Library portal location.
  • Theatres in Marianpole and Austera now have the same sound effects as the Caernord Opera House, and improved lighting. Added more instruments so all theatres now have a grand piano, cello, contrabass, and drumset.
  • The Ocleera Rift is temporarily unavailable in this version. It will be added in a later version. Keep your “eye” out.
  • You can now teleport directly to Dungeon entrances via the Teleport Book. When a party leader teleports, the rest of the group receive a notification.
  • Characters no longer have collision with the Distorted Dimension Repair Bench in Serpentis and Sea of Drowned Love.
  • Increased general drop rates from all overworld mobs.

Zone Modifications

  • Austera: Moved the Worldgate and related NPCs to the front of the Hero hall.
  • Mahadevi: Changed Arsakes’ faction to West Ishvara.
  • Cinderstone Moor, Ynystere: Added Gold and Item traders in these zones.
  • Marianople, Austera: Moved the recall bind to inside the hero hall.
  • Marianople: Placed a mailbox and warehouse manager nearer to the crafting area.
  • Two Crowns: Improved the terrain textures in the underground sewers.
  • Karkasse: Modified parts of the Aust Spy Camp.
  • Karkasse: Moved the Haranya respawn point closer to the Red Dragon’s Keep. Haranyans will also respawn here during War.
  • Growlgate Isle: Added a Fish Stand and Artistry Workbench. Moved some of the barrel objects on the shores.
  • Heedmar: Added a new Skill Manager.
  • Hasla: Vyravas no longer spawn in Hasla.
  • Increased the level and ranks of some General, Strong, and Elite NPCs.

Instanced Dungeons

  • Added a 2H Club and Cloth Armor for Healer in Serpentis. It’s real.

A new type of dungeon entry system has been added. Details are as follows:

  • Enter high level dungeons (Lv50-55) twice a day for free. Requires a Superior Grinding Guardian Scroll for additional entries.
  • Enter lower level dungeons (up to Lv49) five times a day for free. Requires a Grinding Guardian Scroll for additional entries.
  • Grinding Guardian Scrolls and Superior Grinding Guardian Scrolls can be purchased from General Merchants.
  • Previously used dungeon entry tokens can be sold to NPC merchants and can no longer be used.
  • Adjusted the criteria of the instance dungeon boss quests for Novice and Experienced Adventurers.
  • Added daily dungeon quests that grant experience. Quests can be accepted from task boards or are automatically accepted when players enter the dungeon for the first time that day.
  • Added an entrance to the Heart of Ayanad instance in Evening Botanica inside the Ayanad Library. This boss is also a target for the epic library quest.
  • Improved the appearance of dungeon entrances for Palace Cellar, Howling Abyss, Kroloal Cradle, Serpentis, and Sea of Drowned Love.
  • Added dungeon-exclusive item workbenches at the entrance to each dungeon.

Golden Plains Battle

  • Added a taskboard where Battle for the Golden Plains quests can be completed. These can also be completed with the Nuia Alliance Guard Captain, Harani Alliance Guard Captain, and the Mercenary Quartermaster.
  • Changed the layout of the Golden Plains Battle Supplies that spawn when the battle begins. These now also respawn after being used.
  • Only characters level 30 and higher can obtain the Proven Warrior’s Chest.

Abyssal Attack

  • Abyssal Attack now takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, down from every day of the week.
  • When the Abyssal Kraken is killed, Luscas spawn around Whirlpool Isle.
  • Healing skills no longer work on the Ocean Guardstone. Increased the Guardstone’s health slightly. Increased the damage dealt by the Aftereffect debuff triggered when the Ocean’s Guardstone is destroyed.
  • Slightly increased the number of times the Abyssal Crystal can be mined. Added a Small Abyssal Crystal from which Abyssal Crystal can be mined. These spawn in the same location as the Ocean’s Guardstone.
  • You cannot place drydocks while under the Abyssal Burden debuff.

Mistmerrow

  • Players now gain 6 points for destroying Anthalon’s Shackles and claiming the base.
  • Players now gain 3 points for destroying the weakened versions of Anthalon’s Shackles and claiming the base.
  • Anthalon’s Shackles Remnants can now be used in combat.
  • Players can now steal enemy teams’ points by destroying their Anthalon’s Shackles and taking control of the base.
  • Destroying the Anthalon’s Shackles spawned at the start of the battle does not reward points.
  • Bonus points and points lost are now displayed on the scoreboard.
  • Removed the peace zone in the basin beneath the Crimson Altar.
  • Added a quest pointing players toward the Mistmerrow battles.

Lusca Awakening

  • Takes place at 10pm GMT each day at one of three set locations within the Sea of Graves. You can use the Abyssal Attack Worldgate to join in.
  • Added and changed some related quests and NPCs.
  • Luscas can only be killed with Siege damage and additional item drops.

World Bosses

  • Changed Delphinad Ghost Ship spawn schedule to respawn after 12 hours. Reduced some skills’ casting time and increased damage. Increased some skills’ range.
  • Leviathan: Changed the quest completion location of the Leviathan Salvage quest, as Diamond Shores itself has changed.

Arenas

  • Characters in arenas cannot be invited to parties.
  • Modified the Polestar and the turrets inside the Arena. They are now level 55 (up from 50), their difficulty is now Epic (was strong), and they have received damage reduction to Melee, Ranged, and Magic attacks.

Miscellaneous

  • Updated the intro video and loading screens for 2.0. Get. Hype.