Patch Notes

Patch 39.07.05

March 1, 2016 (server updates begin at 7 a.m. PST)

What’s New:

Island of Dawn

Island of Dawn is now a level 65 BAM hunting zone that offers access to end-game gear and materials.
  • Added new achievements.
  • Added new storyline and related quests.
  • Island of Dawn quests are not auto-shared with other party members.
  • Vanguard Requests for the Island of Dawn are based on individual item level.
  • Quests and Vanguard Requests reward tokens which can be used to open specialty shops.
    • Underdawn Token: Schisma gear, Time accessories, glyphs, crafting materials, token exchange
    • Dawnfall Token: Dreadnaught gear, Ship’s accessories, glyphs, crafting materials, token exchange
    • Dawnstorm Token: Captain’s accessories, glyphs, crafting material
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Dungeons

Added Dungeon: Forsaken Island (Hard)
  • Drops Captain’s accessories, Starfall materials (Desolarus Heartbeat, Sea Ash, and Ghostly Seal), Starfall belt.
  • Five-person level 65 dungeon
  • One entry per day (two entries for elite players).
  • Instance Matching (item level 402)
  • Joy of Partying applies.
  • Forsaken Island (Hard) quests available through Vanguard Requests.
  • Ten achievements available.
  • Added related Vanguard Requests
Added Dungeon: Dreadspire
  • Five-person level 65 dungeon.
  • Instance matching (item level 390).
    • Instance matching is for Challenges 1–15 only.
  • Accessing Challenges 16–22 requires a Dreadspire Top Challenges Ticket.
    • Dreadspire Top Challenges Ticket has a chance to drop in Challenge 15.
    • Players can only enter Top Challenge (Challenge 16–22) via Shuma, the Dreadspire Entrance Manager.
    • Each member of the party must have a Dreadspire Top Challenges Ticket.
    • Dreadspire Top Challenges Tickets allowing access to Challenges 16–20 have been renamed to "Expired Dreadspire Top Challenges Ticket," and no longer function.
  • Added "bind-on-equip" Starfall items as drops in Challenges 21-22.
    • BoE Starfall gear has the same stats as "bind-on-pickup" Starfall gear, but can be traded and stored in the guild bank.
    • BoE Starfall items can be mixed with BoP Starfall items for set bonuses.
  • Added new achievements.
Kalivan’s Dreadnaught
  • Changed entry limit to two times per day (four for elite players).
  • Added guide quest for Kalivan's Dreadnaught.
Ebon Tower
  • Removed invincible monsters that placed poison on the fifth floor of Ebon Tower.
Rewards Changes
  • Removed Titan's Ember from all dungeons except for Ghillieglade.
    • Added crafting designs and consumables to Ghillieglade drops.
  • Removed Goldfinger token drops from Alliance vaults.
  • Removed Noctenium Infusion drops from monsters in dungeons and alliance vaults.
    • Now available from Vanguard Requests.
  • Reduced gold drop from dungeon bosses by half.
  • Changed monster XP rewards and loot drops for the following dungeons:
    • Manaya's Core
    • Sabex Armory
  • Added a "beam of light" special effect when top-tier items (diamonds and BoE Starfall gear) drop in the following dungeons:
    • Ghillieglade (diamond)
    • Dreadspire challenges 21–22 (diamond)
    • Dreadspire challenges 21–22 (BoE Starfall gear)
Instance Matching Changes
  • Added item level icon to HP/MP bar
  • Select dungeons now allow more than one of the same DPS class.
    • Bathysmal Rise (Hard)
    • Sky Cruiser Endeavor (Hard)
    • Timescape
    • Timescape (Hard)
    • Kalivan's Dreadnaught
    • Kalivan's Dreadnaught (Hard)
    • Kalivan's Challenge
    • Forsaken Island
    • Forsaken Island (Hard)
  • Adjusted item level requirements for instance matching for the following dungeons:
    • Sabex Armory (item level 322)
    • Macellarius Catacombs (item level 329)
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Battlegrounds

Gridiron
  • Now always uses equalized gear, regardless of item level.
Corsairs’ Stronghold
  • Changed the list of items that can be used in Corsairs' Stronghold.
    • Charms: Players can only use Talisman Trio, Balder’s Triple Charm, and Power/Endurance/Mirror/Infused charms.
Champions’ Skyring
  • Removed Noctenium Infusion buff.
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Crusade

Shifted content for the current Crusade season
  • Cutthroat League:
    • Corsairs' Stronghold
    • Gridiron
    • Fraywind Canyon
    • Champion's Skyring
  • Challenger
    • Forsaken Island (Hard) [High Score]
    • Dreadspire [High Score]
    • Sky Cruiser Endeavor (Hard) [Acc. Score]
    • Bathysmal Rise (Hard) [Acc. Score]
  • Adjusted rewards granted to guild leaders at the end of the season.
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Class Balance

Brawler

  • Reduced Jackhammer's Endurance debuff from 1.5% per stack to 1% per stack
  • Rampage no longer knocks players into the air for air combos. The knockup effect only applies to monsters.
  • Reduced damage by 20% for critical hits from Brawler's Perfect Defense.
  • Frontal Defense no longer mitigates damage in PvP.
  • Reduced damage against boss monsters by 7.5%.

Lancer

  • Spring Attack now activates faster after Debilitate and Shield Counter.
  • "Guardian Power" (Guardian Shout buff) now also applies to the caster.
  • "Line Held" (Hold the Line passive skill effect) has been changed:
    • Power and Crit Factor increase have been doubled (Increases Power by 4, Crit Factor by 6).
    • Now stacks up to 10 times.
  • Significantly increased lancer's damage against monsters and bosses.
  • Wallop now blocks attacks from the front.
  • Reduced Debilitate's healing skill effect debuff from 50% to 30%.

Slayer

  • Adjusted how MP decay works:
    • Reduced amount of MP decay from 40 MP per second to 10 MP per second.
    • Delayed onset of MP decay (after the end of combat) from 11 seconds to 60 seconds.
    • Delayed onset of MP decay (upon reaching full MP) from 16 seconds to 60 seconds.
  • Increased damage of Knockdown Strike by 20%.
  • Reduced MP cost of Knockdown Strike from 170 to 150.
  • Increase damage of Whirlwind by 10%.
  • Reduced cooldown of Whirlwind from 11 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Reduced MP cost of Whirlwind from 300 to 250.
  • Increased the chance to crit of Overhand Strike by 30%.
  • Reduced cooldown of Overhand Strike from 5.5 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • Reduced MP cost of Overhand Strike from 150 to 120.
  • Increased PvE damage of Heart Thrust by 20%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
  • Reduced cooldown of Heart Thrust from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.
  • Reduced MP cost of Heart Thrust from 250 to 200.
  • Increased PvE damage of Measured Slice by 20%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
  • Reduced cooldown of Measured Slice from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Reduced cooldown of Startling Kick from 20 seconds to 16 seconds.
  • Reduced cooldown of Headlong Rush from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Reduced healing skill effect debuff of Fury Strike from 50% to 30%.
  • Slightly increased slayer's PvP Defense.

Reaper

  • Changed starting items for reaper characters:
    • Major Healing Elixir VI (×10)
    • Major Healing Potion VI (×10)
    • Arunic Panacea (×20)
    • Toira Medicated Bandage (×10)
  • Reduced healing skill effect debuff of Whipsaw from 10% per hit to 6% per hit.
  • Slightly increased reaper's PvP Defense.

Gunner

  • Slightly reduced gunner's PvP Defense.
  • Decreased PvE damage of Arcane Barrage's explosion by 10%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
  • Lowered the cooldown elimination chance for Persistent Rolling Reload (common glyph) from 35% to 25%.
  • Lowered the cooldown elimination chance for Persistent Rolling Reload (uncommon glyph) from 45% to 30%.
  • Lowered the cooldown elimination chance for Persistent Rolling Reload (rare glyph) from 50% to 35%.
  • Sorcerer

    • Increased damage of Magma Bomb by 20%.
    • Increased damage of Ice Needle by 20%.
    • Decreased damage of Flame Pillar by 40%.
    • Overchannel's damage-increase effect now only applies to the following skills:
      • Fireblast
      • Nova
      • Void Pulse
      • Flaming Barrage
      • Arcane Pulse
    • Increased PvE damage of Hail Storm by 20%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
    • Increased PvE damage of Void Pulse by 10%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
    • Increased PvE damage of Nova by 10%. (This does not affect PvP damage.)
    • Explosion point of Nova is now 7m in front of you, instead of 2m.
    • Decreased PvP damage of Fireblast by 10%. (This does not affect PvE damage.)
    • Added new glyph: Carving Fireblast.
    • Carving Fireblast increases the chance to crit by 20% when attacking monsters with Fireblast.
    • Removed an old glyph: Impelling Fireblast.
    • Effects of Nerve Exhaustion on enemy players now ends when they are attacked or knocked down.
    • Increased cooldown of Time Gyre from 20 seconds to 35 seconds.
    • Increased casting time of Time Gyre by 0.3 seconds.
    • Decreased healing skill effect debuff of Hindering Burning Breath from 50% to 30%.
    • Decreased cost of Hindering Burning Breath from 4 to 2.
    • Reduced duration of Lightning Trap's stun effect against enemy players by 33%.
    • Increase Lightning Trap's chance to stun monsters.

    Berserker

    • Slightly increased berserker's damage against boss monsters.
    • Increased "Doubles the chance to crit" Carving glyph effect on Thunder Strike and Cyclone by 20%.
    • Increased the berserker's aggro gain from Intimidation.
    • Reduced Endurance reduction amount of Fiery Rage from 40% to 10%.
    • Added a 10% Crit Factor increase effect to Fiery Rage.
    • Added Cyclone Intensity II and III (passive skill) to Cyclone (at levels 38 and 50, respectively).
    • Added new glyph: Blazing Mocking Shout.
      • Blazing Mocking Shout speeds charging of Cyclone by 30% for a few seconds.
    • Removed an old glyph: Hastened Mocking Shout.

    Warrior

    • Increased base stat Power from 46 to 58.
    • Reduced Power increase from Assault Stance I–IV:
    • Assault Stance I: was 17, now 5
      • Assault Stance II: was 22, now 10
      • Assault Stance III: was 27, now 15
      • Assault Stance IV: was 30, now 18
    • Increased the warrior's aggro generation from Defensive Stance.
    • Reduced Endurance increase effect of Grounded Defensive Stance from 20% to 10%.
    • Reduced Combative Strike's healing skill effect debuff from 50% to 30%.

    Archer

    • Increased Endurance debuff of Enfeebling Ensnaring Trap glyph from 3.5% to 4.55%.
    • Reduced cost of Enfeebling Ensnaring Trap (uncommon glyph) from 5 to 3; increased duration from 5 seconds to 25 seconds.
    • Reduced cost of Enfeebling Ensnaring Trap (rare glyph) from 5 to 2; increased duration from 15 seconds to 25 seconds.

    Priest/Mystic

    • Significantly increased damage against field monsters (non-instance dungeon) for priest and mystic.
      • Applies to Divine Radiance, Shocking Implosion, and Final Reprisal for Priest.
      • Applies to Elemental Shot and Metamorphic Smite for Mystic.

    Miscellaneous

    • Changed order priority of the following "Decrease Endurance" debuff effects: They no longer stack, and the higher priority debuff now replaces the lower priority one.
      • Debilitate (lancer)
      • Jackhammer (brawler)
      • Punishing Strike (berserker)
      • Combative Strike (warrior)
      • Enfeebling Ensnaring Trap (archer) now stacks with Enfeebling Volley of Curses (mystic).
        • Enfeebling Ensnaring Trap does not stack with Traverse Cut's Endurance debuff, but instead replaces it.
    • The passive revival skills of the reaper, gunner, and brawler now display a cooldown timer in the cooldown notice UI when they are triggered.
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    Vanguard Requests

    • Changed the number of Vanguard Requests a level 65 character can complete in a single day:
      • Total: 3
      • Dungeon: 3
      • Battleground: 3
      • Field: 3
    • Changed Weekly Bonus reward for Vanguard Requests:
      • Weekly bonus now awards Bravery Potion (×10).
      • Weekly bonus reward now requires 9 Vanguard badges.
    • Removed some level 65 Vanguard Requests, along with monsters related to those quests, and made some non-repeatable.
    • Doubled quotas for remaining [General] level 65 Vanguard Requests and increased the reward for the non-option versions of these quests.
    • Added level 60 Shandra Manaya Vanguard Request.
    • Adjusted Sabex Armory quest.
    • Re-added Vanguard Requests for Dreadspire
      • Changed goal from "Conquer the 15th challenge…" to "Conquer the 14th challenge…"
    • Changed level 65 battleground rewards for the following:
      • Corsairs' Stronghold
      • Fraywing Canyon
      • Champion's Skyring
      • Gridiron
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    Leveling changes

    Avatar Weapons
    • Refined drop method of relic pieces.
    • Changed drop amount of alkahests.
    • Replaced weapon shard drops with appropriate feedstock.
    • Dungeon Adjustments
    Hunting Zones
    • Reduced bonus XP for 5-person party in hunting zones from +300% to +100%
    • Most monster skills now utilize a targeting marker.
    Dungeon Adjustments
    • Increased story quest reward for the following 5-player dungeons:
      • Sinestral Manor
      • Cultists' Refuge
      • Necromancer Tomb
      • Golden Labyrinth
      • Saleron's Sky Garden
      • Labyrinth of Terror
      • Ebon Tower
    • Added "Joy of Growth" buff
      • 2-person party: +50% XP
      • 3-person party: +100% XP
      • 4-person party: +200% XP
      • 5-person party: +400% XP
    • The Joy of Growth buff applies to the following dungeons:
      • Bastion of Lok
      • Sinestral Manor
      • Saravash's Ascent
      • Cultists' Refuge
      • Necromancer Tomb
      • Golden Labyrinth
      • Akasha's Hideout
      • Saleron's Sky Garden
      • Labyrinth of Terror
      • Ebon Tower
      • Kelsaik's Nest
      • Balder's Temple
      • Argon Corpus
      • Manaya's Core
      • Sabex Armory
      • Macellarius Catacombs
    • Doubled HP of named monsters in the following dungeons:
      • Bastion of Lok
      • Sinestral Manor
      • Saravash's Ascent
      • Cultists' Refuge
      • Necromancer Tomb
      • Golden Labyrinth
      • Akasha's Hideout
      • Saleron's Sky Garden
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    Stepstone Isle

    • Reduced the time limit of task 4 (defending Anya) for the quest "In the Name of Science" from 2 minutes to 1 minute
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    Crystals and Consumables

    • Changed rarity of crystal boxes from superior to uncommon.
    • Effects of Heart Potion I–III and Traditional Bleakfields BBQ no longer apply at the same time.
    • Using Traditional Bleakfields BBQ or Melsa's Triple Feast now replaces the effects of Heart Potion I.
    • Using Traditional Bleakfields BBQ or Melsa's Triple Feast while under the effects of Heart Potion II or III has no effect.
    • If a player uses Bleak Wings or Melsa's Triple Feast while Panaceaic Bolster I, II, or III is already in effect, the Bleak Wings effect now replaces the Panaceaic Bolster effect.
    • Using Panaceaic Bolster I or II while Bleak Wings is already in effect has no effect.
    • Using Panaceaic Bolster III while Bleak Wings is already in effect replaces the effect of Bleak Wings.
    • Added Pilka Medicated Bandage:
      • Level 65 bandage that recovers 2,672 HP per second for 15 seconds.
      • Not sold by specialty merchants, but may drop from final bosses in level 65 dungeons.
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    Crafting

    • Changed Desolarus Heartbeat to "bind-on-pickup."
      • Binding is removed when placed in the bank, and re-binds when withdrawn by another character.
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    Bug Fixes

    • Darkan's AOE attack indicators now display properly in Sky Cruiser Endeavor and Sky Cruiser Endeavor (Hard).
    • Eremes's and Hemera's AOE attack indicators now display properly in Timescape and Timescape (Hard).
    • Yana's AOE attack indicators now display properly in Timescape and Timescape (Hard).
    • Rokdos's AOE attack indicators now display properly in Forsaken Island and Forsaken Island (Hard).
    • Desolarus's AOE attack indicators now display properly in Forsaken Island and Forsaken Island (Hard).
    • Steam-Powered weapon skins now properly display weapon enchantment glow effects.
    • Gunner's Ornamental Hauberk now properly displays the hand and foot pieces.
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    Known Issues

    • When whisper chat is interrupted by a negotiation link, pressing enter to continue chatting results in /s pink text.
    • Splash art needs updated copyright info.
    • We’re aware of player feedback regarding granted titles, and will address it during future maintenance.
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