Game Update Notes - March 4, 2014

Game Update Notes - March 4, 2014

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LIVING WORLD
The Battle for Lion’s Arch
Lion’s Arch has been battered and razed, but as long as there are those who’ll take up arms for our city, it will not be beaten! Scarlet and her armies—the Aetherblades, the Molten Alliance, and the Toxic Alliance—may have pushed us out of our city, but now the winds have blown her vile miasma out to sea. Lion’s Arch belongs to all Tyrians. It’s time to regroup and rally, liberate our besieged city, and take the fight to Scarlet to end her menace. Remember this day, for this battle will be worthy of legend!

—Captain Magnus the Bloody-Handed

Regrouping and Rallying
While Lion’s Arch is occupied by enemy forces, survivors have established refugee camps near each of the order headquarters.

  • Outside Vigil Keep in Gendarran Fields
  • South of the Durmand Priory in Lornar’s Pass
  • Along the north shore of Stormbluff Isle in Bloodtide Coast

At these locations, refugee camp directors can apprise players of the situation and show a flashback of the initial attack on Lion’s Arch. While the Captain’s Council oversees relief efforts, the Lionguard are making preparations for a counterattack. Also, heirlooms and found belongings can still be turned in for items.

Liberating Our Besieged City
Help the Lionguard reestablish a foothold near the three city entrances at Trader’s Forum, Postern Ward, and Fort Marriner. After defending each point, order representatives will arrive to sell combat bonuses—Vigil Valiance, Priory Aethershield, and Quickness of Whispers. Members of each order will be granted a discounted price on their respective bonus.

Throughout the city, miasma canisters are still guarded by Scarlet’s armies. Stopping all three miasma deployments simultaneously will earn bonus rewards. Moreover, Scarlet has secured different areas of the map by deploying her champions.

  • Aetherblade Admiral
  • Aetherblade Cannoneer
  • Toxic Warlock
  • Toxic Spider Queen
  • Molten Fire Shaman
  • Molten Munitions Specialist

Taking the Fight to Scarlet
Arriving on each hour, Scarlet’s legendary assault knights will show up at three locations and hover for several minutes before descending to attack.

  • Grand Piazza
  • Moran Memorial
  • Gunnery Range

Defeating the three assault knights simultaneously is the key to reaching Scarlet’s airship, the Breachmaker. And players will not stand alone, for Tyria’s heroes have come together and will fight alongside the players—Rox and Braham, Marjory and Kasmeer, and Captain Ellen Kiel and Heal-o-Tron.

Arriving upon the Breachmaker, players should expect an all-out battle against Scarlet’s defenses to reach Scarlet herself. She’s always got a trick up her sleeve, so come prepared. Be sure to pack consumables, food, utility buffs, and a favorite finisher. This may be our best and only chance to put a stop to Scarlet’s villainy.

For the brave who battle their way to the Diverse Ledges, they can meet up with Lionguard Turma. Her latest scouting report states that she’s found a new type of portal but is unable to access it without special equipment derived from Scarlet’s technology.

Rewards and Achievements
Alliance supply bags will continue to be found on the defeated troops of Scarlet’s armies. These bags often contain Refugee’s Belongings, Blade Shards, and the occasional Refugee Child’s Drawing for luck. Rarely, the satchels can contain items such as Quaggan Tonics, Captain’s Airship Passes, and Powerful Potions of Slaying Scarlet’s Armies.

Defeating all three miasma deployments simultaneously will award champion loot and 10 Blade Shards. Additionally, level 80 players will earn Empyreal Fragments, Dragonite Ore, and a rare chance for ascended gear.

Legendary Assault Knights will drop 5 Deluxe Gear Boxes and a chance at an Assault Knight Power Core, which can be used to color the Tempered Spinal Blades back item. Defeating all three knights within 6 minutes will award several masterwork items, a luck bonus, 1 Obsidian Shard, and 5 Blade Shards.

Players who ascend to the Breachmaker and finish the story will earn a new title and a unique helm skin to display proudly. Not only that, but by defeating Scarlet’s defenses, players will additionally earn several masterwork and rare items, 15 Dragonite Ore, 3 Obsidian Shards, another chance for Assault Knight Power Cores, as well as a chance for rewards from previous Living World releases and a rare chance for one of two new unique rifles.

Additionally, completing the “This Is My City!” meta-achievement rewards a container of desirable items, including a 5-skill-point Scroll of Knowledge, 1 Essence of Luck, 5 Obsidian Shards, 50 Blade Shards, a five-use Guild Shield Finisher, and a rare item.
Note: Aetherblade enemies across Tyria now have an added chance to drop Blade Shards. This addition to their drop list is permanent.

Aftermath
A small release will be available on March 18, which will provide an epilogue to recent events. That release will show the aftermath of what players have experienced in the Battle for Lion’s Arch and will conclude the current story arc.

BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
World Polish

  • World Bosses
    • Spawn timers for Tequatl and the Great Jungle Wurms should now be offset from each other.

BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions

  • Torment weapon skins are now available from Black Lion Weapon Specialists for the limited-time price of 1 Black Lion Weapon Ticket. Black Lion Weapon Tickets can be found in Black Lion Chests.
  • A new mini 3-pack is available containing replicas of some of Scarlet’s champions. Combine them in the Mystic Forge with a Mini Mai Trin to create Mini Scarlet Briar herself! The 3-pack is available in the Toys category for 500 gems.
  • A new Guild Shield Finisher is available in the Upgrades category for 800 gems. Players can now proudly display their guild emblem over defeated foes!

Improvements

  • The Consumables category of the Gem Store has been replaced by the Special category. This category holds non-service items, many of which are unique to the Black Lion Trading Company.
  • The Minis category of the Gem Store has been replaced by the Toys category, which now includes minis, musical instruments, and more items that are just for fun.

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Bug Fixes

  • Fixed various server crashes.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Attunement Pools were not appearing correctly after an assault knight was killed.
  • Fixed an issue in which assault knights would reset health when targeting players at the edge of their engagement radius.
  • Players leaving the Scarlet’s End instance will now always return to the ground of Lion’s Arch.

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Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where the Prime Hologram event would become stuck
  • Updated the ground collision to prevent the Aetherblade Cannoneer from becoming stuck in the terrain.

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Bug Fixes:

• Fixed a server crash.
• All overflow maps that begin up to 10 minutes after the hour will run their own version of the Battle for Lion’s Arch event.
• Fixed the description on the Assault Knight Power Cores to correctly reference Crystalline Dust instead of Incandescent Dust.

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Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving loot from the Assault Knights. A reward chest will now be awarded after all three Assault Knight events have finished, and will be given to the corresponding participants even if only one Assault Knight was defeated.
  • To encourage players to split up, the boon from the associated Attunement Pool will now be required in order to damage each Assault Knight, and only 50 players can have the attunement for each color simultaneously.
  • Fixed a server crash during the Prime Hologram encounter.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Synergetic Assault Knight could be pulled into the water.

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Bug Fixes:

  • As previously implied, each player who participated in any Assault Knight battle will receive a bonus reward chest when all 3 events complete as long as at least one Assault Knight has been defeated.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Assault Knight kill counter would reset incorrectly.
  • Fixed additional bugs related to the health regeneration issue with all Assault Knights.
  • Fixed an issue in which the “In Tune” and “No More Tricks, Scarlet” achievements were not being awarded if the player was downed or killed.
  • The “In Tune” and “No More Tricks, Scarlet” achievements are no longer awarded to players that leave the Prime Hologram encounter before it is completed.
  • Removed Assault Knight health bars from the meta-event UI to avoid confusion.
  • Scarlet has activated additional defenses on the Breachmaker during the Prime Hologram encounter. Thirty seconds into the battle, lasers will target the areas near the entrance portal and the elevator leading to the Breachmaker’s interior. Being hit by these attacks will count against the “No More Tricks, Scarlet” achievement.

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Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a server crash.
  • Reduced the health of each Assault Knight by 25%.
  • Removed the Twisted Menders from the Grand Piazza

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Maintenance

• After some maintenance, Twilight Arbor’s story mode is now available again.

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Bug Fixes:

• Fixed an issue that prevented players from completing the Six Minutes to Knightfall achievement.