The Winter Convergence Festival Update

December 5, 2022

Greetings, Adventurers!

The Winter Convergence Festival Update (New World Update 1.8) downtime will begin for all regions at 5:00AM PT (1:00PM UTC) on December 6. Expected downtime is 2 hours. This update marks the end of the Turkulon event, making room for Winter Convergence world events. Join in the quest to defeat the Winter Warrior, explore a fresh take on a familiar Expedition, and enjoy quality of life improvements to Trade Skills, Companies, and the Group Finder. Check out our full breakdown of the release notes for more information on all things Winter Convergence, or find an overview of some spotlight features below.

Winter Convergence Festival

Icy winds and glimmering Gleamites fill the air once again as Winter Convergence returns to Aeternum. Visit Winter villages in Everfall, Monarch’s Bluffs, Weaver’s Fen, and Brightwood to meet the Winter Wanderer and carry out his holiday quests. Players can also collect Winter Tokens to earn new, limited-time rewards including festive skins, emotes, housing items and more.

Winter Warrior (World Boss)

The Winter Warrior and his legion of Frigid Folk are on a relentless mission to spread a Forever Winter across the land. Rally a party of 20+ players to defeat this brand-new world boss wreaking havoc throughout Great Cleave, Brightwood, Edengrove, Ebonscale Reach, and Brimstone Sands for new seasonal rewards.

New Mutated Expedition - Starstone Barrows / Amrine Mash-Up

This new take on Starstone Barrows includes a special appearance. Players will revisit parts of the Amrine Expedition and face both the intrepid Simon Grey and Foreman Nakashima. Challenge the Expedition to find out more.

Crafting and Refining Station Tier Changes

We are making two major changes to improve the Trade Skill leveling experience:

  • The Forge, Outfitting Station, Workshop, and Arcane Repository now offer Azoth discounts for relevant recipes:

    • Tier 3 = 20% discount.

    • Tier 4 = 30% discount.

    • Tier 5 = 45% discount.

  • Certain recipes are now no longer gated behind tiers:

    • Crafting Stations

      • Most procedural weapon and armor recipes.

      • Arcane Repository - Stat potions (Health, Mana, Regeneration, and Focus) and elemental recipes.

      • Kitchen - Health and mana foods

    • Refining Stations

      • Tier 3 unlocks - Recipe level is less than or equal to 100 and not legendary.

      • Tier 4 unlocks - Recipe level is 150 and not legendary.

      • Tier 5 unlocks - Recipe level is 200 or legendary at any recipe level.

      • Stonecutting - All gemcutting is no longer gated, but gem fusions remain gated behind relevant tiers.

Joining Companies Unfactioned

Players no longer need to be in a Faction to join a Company, but Companies must still declare a Faction. Non-Faction-affiliated members may not become the Governor or participate in Wars.

Group Finder Active Lobby Counts

Players can now see the number of active lobbies for each Expedition, both on the Map tooltip and the Expedition Entrance screen.

Shell Company Mitigation

We will implement the following changes to make shell Companies less effective at owning multiple territories:

  • Daily War Limit

    • Players will have a limit of 1 defensive War and 1 attacking War per world (resets daily at 5AM server time). These limits will apply to both even if you have two different characters in the same world.

  • War Roster Restrictions

    • Participating Companies will have a limited number of Mercenaries they can recruit.

      • Attacking Companies: Up to 25 mercenaries.

      • Defending Companies: Up to 10 mercenaries.

      • The remaining slots are reserved for their Company members.

  • Company Switching Cooldowns

    • When leaving a Company, players will start a 72 hour cooldown on fighting in a defensive War and earning Influence for any Company toward War declaration eligibility. The cooldown begins once a player leaves. Any Influence earned will still count towards the player’s Faction.

  • Server Transfer Cooldowns

    • We have increased the cooldown on all server transfers from 3 to 30 days.

New Heartrune: Bile Bomb

Use the new Bile Bomb Heartrune to give yourself the gift of projectile vomit. On impact, it creates a diseased cloud that infects targets with lingering damage-over-time and reduced healing. The cloud also sticks to enemies on direct hits, infecting their allies if they get too close. This makes the Bile Bomb particularly potent in group fights and finishing off foes that are trying to heal. Complete the new mutated Starstone Barrows Expedition for a chance to get your own Bile Bomb Heartrune!

Thanks for your support and enjoy the holidays! We'll see you in Aeternum.