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January 2009 - Announcements Page


Turbine Announcements

Teaser Images

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Release Notes


Town Crier Rumors

Free Rumors:

Town Crier tells you, "It seems people have been purchasing some new and interesting things off the exclusive vendors who don't accept pyreal. I never really understood how anyone could live without pyreal but from what I hear two of these vendors aren't even alive..."
Town Crier tells you, "News! The Dereth Explorers Society has embarked on a great mapping project of the island and invites all adventurers to participate!"
Town Crier tells you, "News! There is a new hunter who is studying the fauna of Dereth. He's looking for adventurers to collect tokens from various creatures that he's tagged."
Town Crier tells you, "News! Owners of Runed Weapons can turn them in for practical training in the relevant skill!"
Town Crier tells you, "The Societies are training their members in the arts of war! They've developed some great big simulation to hone the tactical skills of their recruits."

Pyreal Rumors:

Town Crier tells you, "I've just been waiting for someone to give me some of those Olthoi venom sacs so I can go buy some protective clothing before the Olthoi make a comeback. We town criers really have to be prepared for anything!"
Town Crier tells you, "If you are a member of a Society, you may want to report to your stronghold for tactical training. I'm told the Tactical Officers of the Societies have developed a fascinating new method of war simulation."
Town Crier tells you, "If you have a Runed Weapon that you no longer need, you can turn it in to the Yaraq weaponsmith Bhravarn ibn Salizim for training in the relevant skill. How handy!"
Town Crier tells you, "The cartographers of the Dereth Explorers Society have announced a challenge to all exploration-minded adventurers in Dereth! Speak to Sean the Speedy in Holtburg for details."
Town Crier tells you, "The Hunter Rand in Holtburg seeks the help of adventurers comfortable with hunting in the wilderness. He has a variety of creature bounties to offer."
Town Crier tells you, "Well, I'm sure glad that awful T'thuun-thing was defeated, but it was kinda nice when his ambient magical corruption was keeping the weather warm."

Ulgrim Rumors

Free Rumors:

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I've been thinking of starting up my own shop where I sell things for ale. One can never have enough ale. And when one has ale, who has need for pyreal?"
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I've tossed back a couple of mugs with that Rand character who's sending people out on hunting expeditions. Nice guy, but he was way too interested in examining me for identifying marks."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh yeah, I finally got off my duff and sent that T'thuun screaming down to his own private abyss again. But not a word of thanks, or even a mug of stout bought for me by a grateful populace, eh? See if I defeat a demon lord of the cosmic chaos that lurks at the center of the planet again for you ingrates."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Tactical Defense? Please. More like worst drinking game ever."

Stout Rumors:

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "The Dereth Explorers Society is marking the island for map-toting adventurers, eh? I've marked parts of Dereth, too. I figure old Berkholt's stout has seen most of this island, one way or the other."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I hope you got all the Sclavus trophies you wanted. Clever creatures, those Sclavus. Able to adapt to stop dropping those bits that people like to make trophies out of. If I could adapt like that I'd grow a second liver and a third bladder."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Ho ho ho, the snows came after the demon went howling down to defeat. No justice in this world, I tell ya. As a wise man once said, we are slowly being digested by an amoral universe. Some of us more slowly than others, naturally."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh yeah, I saw Speedy Sean coming through here, marking targets for his map quest. I'll let you in on a secret, since you were so obliging with this mug of stout. He marked the back of Claude's mask. Yep, you're going to have to scalp that old trickster to finish the task."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Tactical Defense was so easy I beat it with one eye shut... Maybe it was both eyes. Actually I think I was passed out."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Thanks for the mug, friend. Hey, you didn't drop one of Rand's hunting tags in here, did you? I don't want to be trussed up and delivered to him for one of his weird little collection projects."

New Quests

Live Events

New NPCs

He awards 1 Adventurer's Token every 24 hours upon completion of 1 (of 5) kill tasks. 10 tokens give a Mana Forge Key.
Starts the Dereth Exploration quest.

Updated NPCs

New Locations

New Items

Dereth Exploration
  • Exploration Marker Icon.png
Exploration Marker

Monthly Game Hunter
  • Adventurer's Token Icon.png
Adventurer's Token

Tactical Defense Game
  • Tactical Defense Coin Icon.png
Tactical Defense Coin
  • Archer Tower Token Icon.png
Archer Tower Token
  • Flame Bolt Tower Token Icon.png
Flame Bolt Tower Token
  • Ring Tower Token Icon.png
Ring Tower Token
  • Trap Tower Token Icon.png
Trap Tower Token
  • Uber Tower Token Icon.png
Uber Tower Token
  • First Upgrade Token Icon.png
First Upgrade Token
  • Second Upgrade Token Icon.png
Second Upgrade Token
  • Third Upgrade Token Icon.png
Third Upgrade Token

Gladiatorial Clothing Set
  • Gladiatorial Leggings Icon.png
Gladiatorial Leggings
  • Gladiatorial Tunic Icon.png
Gladiatorial Tunic

Protective Clothing Set
  • Protective Leggings Icon.png
Protective Leggings
  • Protective Tunic Icon.png
Protective Tunic

Ceremonial Clothing Set
  • Ceremonial Leggings Icon.png
Ceremonial Leggings
  • Ceremonial Tunic Icon.png
Ceremonial Tunic

Colosseum Update
  • Empyrean Crystal Icon.png
Empyrean Crystal
  • Enhanced Blue Empyrean Ring Icon.png
Enhanced Blue Empyrean Ring
  • Enhanced Green Empyrean Ring Icon.png
Enhanced Green Empyrean Ring
  • Enhanced Red Empyrean Ring Icon.png
Enhanced Red Empyrean Ring
  • Enhanced White Empyrean Ring Icon.png
Enhanced White Empyrean Ring
  • Enhanced Yellow Empyrean Ring Icon.png
Enhanced Yellow Empyrean Ring

Updated Items

  • Mana Forge Icon.png Loot profiles improved.
    • All armor sets now have the same chance of appearing (previously, some sets were more common than others.) In addition, sets, as a whole, are now more common.
    • Chalices, Bowls, Goblets, etc. removed from weapon chest loot (but still occur in other chests such as Advanced Equipment).
    • New max wield weapons are now more common, as well as 400 wield weapons with 420 wield stats.
  • Granite Key Icon.png Granite Key - Trade value has increased.
  • Marble Key Icon.png Marble Key - Trade value has increased.
  • Sturdy Steel Key Icon.png Sturdy Steel Key - Trade value has increased.

New Titles


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New Creatures

Banderling Icon.png Banderling

Burun Icon.png Burun

Chicken Icon.png Chicken

Chittick Icon.png Chittick

Cow Icon.png Cow

Drudge Icon.png Drudge

Eater Icon.png Eater

Elemental Icon.png Elemental

Fiun Icon.png Fiun

Ghost Icon.png Ghost

Golem Icon.png Golem

Grievver Icon.png Grievver

Gromnie Icon.png Gromnie

Hollow Minion Icon.png Hollow Minion

Human Icon.png Human

Lugian Icon.png Lugian

Margul Icon.png Margul

Mattekar Icon.png Mattekar

Misc. Creature Class Icon.png Misc. Creature Class

Moarsman Icon.png Moarsman

Monouga Icon.png Monouga

Mosswart Icon.png Mosswart

Mukkir Icon.png Mukkir

Niffis Icon.png Niffis

Olthoi Icon.png Olthoi

Penguin Icon.png Penguin

Phyntos Wasp Icon.png Phyntos Wasp

Rabbit Icon.png Rabbit

Reedshark Icon.png Reedshark

Remoran Icon.png Remoran

Ruschk Icon.png Ruschk

Scarecrow Icon.png Scarecrow

Sclavus Icon.png Sclavus

Shadow Icon.png Shadow

Skeleton Icon.png Skeleton

Snowman Icon.png Snowman

Tumerok Icon.png Tumerok

Tusker Icon.png Tusker

Undead Icon.png Undead

Virindi Icon.png Virindi


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Known Issues

  • The "Failed to enter chat room" bug persists.
  • Some players still see black dome at Monster Fights.
  • Zongo's Fist is still surpassed by Strength of Diemos.
  • Tusker spells (i.e. Tusker Leap) still have an inflated difficulty.
  • The cleanup NPC in the Tower Defense minigame is cleaning up monsters too early, counting them against the player. This occurs at the third turn from the end. Monsters that make it to this point will likely count against you.
  • Can not apply dye to Protective Clothing Set. Confirmed bug by Django on Turbine forums.
*Django has reviewed the set clothing items, and has made some changes to the sets that will be effective in February's patch.[1]


  • The Tanada Nanjou Shou-jen and Bane Grievver creatures in the Tactics game are misnamed, and should be Mini Tanada Nanjou Shou-jen, or Mini Nanjou Shou-jen, and Mini Bane Grievver.
  • The Tactical Officer says he takes non-existent Slow Tower tokens.

Splash Screen

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