Game updates/20080807

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Update - Thursday, August 7, 2008[edit]

Updated Zaishen Rewards[edit]

  • Updated the Zaishen Chest drops to replace the Boreal Tonic with a new tonic for the month of August. More information on Zaishen Rewards can be found here.

Automated Tournaments[edit]

  • Updated Automated Tournament map rotations.

Guild Battle Changes[edit]

  • There is no longer any Victory or Death effect.
  • There is no longer any Victory is Ours effect.
  • The Guild Battle NPCs no longer walk to the flag stand.
  • The Guild Lord’s Health has been reduced to 1680.
  • Removed all skills on the Bodyguard except Oath of Healing.
  • Removed Precision Shot from the Archers.
  • Whenever a team gets a moral boost [sic] that team’s Guild Lord gets an additional +300 maximum Health for the rest of the game.
  • The final, 28-minute tie-breaker is determined by the team that did the most damage to the enemy Guild Lord. This tie-breaker is now effective in all GvG matches.
  • Amulet of Protection: reduced the amount of damage the Guild Lord can take to 25 per second at the beginning of a match, scaling up to 300 damage per second later in the match.

Skill Updates[edit]

For more information on these changes, please see the Developer Updates page.

PvE and PvP[edit]

Assassin[edit]
  • Flashing Blades Flashing Blades: functionality changed to: "(5...25...30 seconds.) You have 75% chance to block while attacking. Block effect: 5...17...20 damage to your attacker."
  • Golden Skull Strike Golden Skull Strike: this skill no longer requires a lead attack; reduced Dazed duration to 1...4...5 seconds.
  • Hidden Caltrops Hidden Caltrops: increased recharge to 12 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(10 seconds.) Causes 50% slower movement. End effect: inflicts Crippled condition (3...13...15 seconds)."
  • Shadow Form Shadow Form: reduced the damage penalty to 33%.
  • Way of the Assassin Way of the Assassin: functionality changed to: "(20 seconds.) You attack 5...29...35% faster and have +5...29...35% chance to land a critical hit."
Dervish[edit]
  • Onslaught Onslaught: increased Energy cost to 10. Functionality changed to: "(5...17...20 seconds.) You attack and move 25% faster."
  • Vow of Strength Vow of Strength: functionality changed to: "(20 seconds.) Adds +5...29...35% damage to your attacks against foes not suffering from any conditions."
  • Zealous Vow Zealous Vow: increased Energy gained per hit to 1...6...7; decreased to -3 Energy degeneration.
Elementalist[edit]
  • Glimmering Mark Glimmering Mark: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge time to 10 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(10 seconds.) Deals 5...21...25 lightning damage per second. Ends if you cast a spell that targets this foe."
  • Master of Magic Master of Magic: decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased recharge to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(1...49...61 seconds.) Your elemental attributes are set to 12 and you gain +0...2...2 Energy regeneration."
  • Mirror of Ice Mirror of Ice: increased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge to 30 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(60 seconds.) You deal 5...29...35 cold damage whenever you cast a Water Magic hex."
  • Thunderclap Thunderclap: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Deals 15...63...75 damage. After 3 seconds, inflicts Dazed condition (1...8...10 seconds) to target and adjacent foes. 25% armor penetration."
Mesmer[edit]
  • Air of Disenchantment Air of Disenchantment: functionality changed to: "Also hexes foes near your target (5...17...20 seconds). Remove one enchantment from target and nearby foes. Enchantments expire 150..300% faster on those foes."
  • Extend Conditions Extend Conditions: functionality changed to: "Spread all conditions from target foe to all foes near your target. The durations of those conditions are increased by 5...81...100% (maximum 30 seconds)."
  • Lyssa's Aura Lyssa's Aura: increased recharge to 30 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(10 seconds.) You have 0...3...4 [sic] Energy regeneration. Renewal: every time you cast a spell on an enemy."
  • Signet of Midnight Signet of Midnight: increased casting time to 2 seconds.
  • Tease Tease: decreased casting time to .25 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Interrupts a skill. Interruption effect: also interrupts all foes in the area and you steal 0...4...5 Energy from each interrupted foe."
  • Visions of Regret Visions of Regret: functionality changed to: "Also hexes foes adjacent to target (10 seconds). These foes take 15...75...90 damage whenever they use a skill."
Monk[edit]
  • Aura of Faith Aura of Faith: this skill is now in the Protection Prayers attribute line; decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased casting time to .25; decreased recharge time to 8 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(3 seconds.) Target ally gains 50...90...100% more Health when healed and takes 5...41...50% less damage."
  • Empathic Removal Empathic Removal: functionality changed to: "Removes one condition and hex from target ally and yourself, and heals for 50. Cannot self-target."
  • Healing Burst Healing Burst: decreased recharge time to 4 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Heals for 5...105...130. Also heals party members for 5...17...20 in area of your target."
  • Signet of Rage Signet of Rage: increased non-conditional damage to 5...41...50; decreased conditional damage to 5...9...10.
Necromancer[edit]
  • Life Transfer Life Transfer: decreased recharge to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Also hexes foes adjacent to target (6...11...12 second [sic]). Causes -3...7...8 Health degeneration. You have +3..8 Health regeneration."
  • Order of Undeath Order of Undeath: increased recharge to 15; decreased Energy cost to 5. Functionality changed to: "All but one of your minions die. If that minion is non-Elite, it deals +5...25...30 more damage, has +5...17...20 Health regeneration, and attacks 33% faster (20 seconds)."
  • Pain of Disenchantment Pain of Disenchantment: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge time to 15 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Target foe loses 1...3...3 enchantments. Removal effect: that foe and all adjacent foes lose 10...82...100 Health."
  • Vampiric Spirit Vampiric Spirit: functionality changed to: "Steal 5...41...50 Health from target foe. You have +5...9...10 Health regeneration (10 seconds)."
Paragon[edit]
  • "It's just a flesh wound." "It's just a flesh wound.": functionality changed to: "Remove all conditions from target ally. This skill fails if you have a Deep Wound. Cannot self-target."
  • "The Power Is Yours!" "The Power Is Yours!": decreased recharge time to 0; decreased Energy cost to 0; increased adrenaline cost to 4 strikes. Functionality changed to: "(3 seconds.) Allies within earshot gain 0...1...1 Energy regeneration."
  • Soldier's Fury Soldier's Fury: functionality changed to: "(10...30...35 seconds.) You attack 33% faster and gain 33% more adrenaline if under the effects of a shout or chant."
Ranger[edit]
  • Expert's Dexterity Expert's Dexterity: this skill is now a stance; decreased activation time to 0; increased recharge time to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(5...17...20 seconds.) You attack 33% faster and you gain +2 to your Marksmanship attribute."
  • Incendiary Arrows Incendiary Arrows: changed skill to an attack skill; removed activation time; decreased recharge time to 3 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Hits 2 foes near your target and inflicts Burning (1...3...3 seconds)."
  • Melandru's Shot Melandru's Shot: decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased activation time to 1 second; increased recharge time to 10 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Deals +10...22...25 damage. Inflicts Bleeding (5...21...25 seconds) and Crippled (3...13...15 seconds) if target foe was moving or knocked down."
  • Scavenger's Focus Scavenger's Focus: this skill is no longer a preparation; decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased activation time to 0; increased recharge time to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(10 seconds.) You gain 3...10...12 Energy if you strike a foe who has condition."
  • Scavenger Strike Scavenger Strike: decreased Energy cost to 5; increased recharge time to 10 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Deals 10...22...25 damage. You gain 3...13...15 Energy if target foe has a condition."
Ritualist[edit]
  • Consume Soul Consume Soul: increased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge time to 5 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Steal 5...49...60 Health. If target foe was a summoned creature, you steal all of that foe's life."
  • Defiant Was Xinrae Defiant Was Xinrae: this skill is now in the Restoration Magic attribute line; decreased Energy cost to 5; increased casting time to 1 second; increased recharge time to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(15...51...60 seconds.) You cannot lose more than 20% of your max Health from a single hit. Drop effect: steal 30...78...90 [sic] Health from nearby foes."
  • Reclaim Essence Reclaim Essence: functionality changed to: "All your Spirits die. If a Spirit dies in this way, you gain 5...17...20 Energy and all of your Binding Rituals are recharged."
  • Xinrae's Weapon Xinrae's Weapon: this skill is now in the Restoration Magic attribute line; decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased recharge time to 3 seconds. Functionality changed to: "(8 seconds.) The next time target ally takes damage from a foe, that damage is limited to 5% of target ally's max Health and that ally steals up to 20...68...80 Health from that foe."
Warrior[edit]
  • Battle Rage Battle Rage: functionality changed to: "(5...17...20 seconds.) You move 33% faster and gain double adrenaline from your attacks. End if you use any non-adrenal skills. "
  • Defy Pain Defy Pain: decreased adrenaline cost to 5 strikes. Functionality changed to: "(20 seconds.) You have +90...258...300 maximum Health, +20 armor, and take -1...8...10 damage."
  • Quivering Blade Quivering Blade: increased adrenaline cost to 5 strikes. Functionality changed to: "Deals +10...34...40 damage. Inflicts Dazed condition (5 seconds) if target foe was moving."
  • Warrior's Endurance Warrior's Endurance: this skill is no longer a stance.

PvP Changes[edit]

Monk[edit]
Ritualist[edit]

PvE Changes[edit]

Monk[edit]
  • Unyielding Aura Unyielding Aura: decreased casting time to .25 seconds; decreased recharge time 10 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Your Monk spells heal for +15...51...60% End effect: a random other party member is resurrected and teleported to your location."
Asura[edit]
  • Air of Superiority Air of Superiority: increased duration to 20...28...30 seconds.
  • Asuran Scan Asuran Scan: increased duration to 9...11...12 seconds; increased damage bonus to 45...69...75%; decreased casting time to 0.
  • Mental Block Mental Block: increased duration to 5...10...11 seconds.
  • Mindbender Mindbender: increased duration to 10...15...16 seconds.
  • Pain Inverter Pain Inverter: increased damage bonus to 100...132...140%.
  • Radiation Field Radiation Field: increased duration to 4...6...6 seconds; increased Disease duration to 12...18...20 seconds.
  • Smooth Criminal Smooth Criminal: increased duration to 14...19...20 seconds; increased Energy gained to 7...9...10.
  • Summon Ice Imp Summon Ice Imp: increased level to 14...19...20; increased duration to 40...56...60 seconds.
  • Summon Mursaat Summon Mursaat: increased level to 14...19...20; increased duration to 40...56...60 seconds.
  • Summon Naga Shaman Summon Naga Shaman: increased level to 14...19...20; increased duration to 40...56...60 seconds.
  • Summon Ruby Djinn Summon Ruby Djinn: increased level to 14...19...20; increased duration to 40...56...60 seconds.
  • Technobabble Technobabble: decreased Energy cost to 10; decreased recharge to 10; decreased Dazed duration to 3...5...5 seconds.
Dwarf[edit]
  • "By Ural's Hammer!" "By Ural's Hammer!": functionality changed to: "(7...9...10 seconds.) You have +2 Health regeneration and do +25% damage. Lasts 7...9...10 more seconds for each ally in earshot under 50% Health."
  • "Don't Trip!" "Don't Trip!": decreased Energy cost 5.
  • Alkar's Alchemical Acid Alkar's Alchemical Acid: increased damage to 40...48...50; increased conditional damage to 45...65...70; increased conditional duration to 14...19...20 seconds.
  • Black Powder Mine Black Powder Mine: increased damage to 20...28...30; increased Blind and Bleeding duration to 7...9...10 seconds.
  • Brawling Headbutt Brawling Headbutt: increased damage to 45...65...70.
  • Breath of the Great Dwarf Breath of the Great Dwarf: increased Health gained to 50...58...60.
  • Drunken Master Drunken Master: increased duration to 72...86...90.
  • Dwarven Stability Dwarven Stability: increased duration to 24...29...30; increased Health gained to 55...91...100.[sic]
  • Ear Bite Ear Bite: functionality changed to: "Deals 50...66...70 piercing damage and inflicts Bleeding condition (10...22...25 seconds)."
  • Great Dwarf Armor Great Dwarf Armor: increased duration to 22...36...40.
  • Great Dwarf Weapon Great Dwarf Weapon: increased damage to 15...19...20; increased knockdown chance to 28...38...40%.
  • Light of Deldrimor Light of Deldrimor: increased damage to 55...75...80.
  • Low Blow Low Blow: increased damage to 45...65...70.
  • Snow Storm Snow Storm: decreased Energy cost to 10; increased damage to 30...38...40.
Ebon Vanguard[edit]
  • Deft Strike Deft Strike: increased damage to 18...28...30; increased Bleeding duration to 18...28...30 seconds.
  • Ebon Battle Standard of Courage Ebon Battle Standard of Courage: increased duration to 14...19...20 seconds.
  • Ebon Battle Standard of Honor Ebon Battle Standard of Honor: increased duration to 14...19...20 seconds; increased damage to 8...14...15; increased damage against Charr to 7...9...10.
  • Ebon Battle Standard of Wisdom Ebon Battle Standard of Wisdom: increased duration to 14...19...20 seconds; increased recharge reduction to 44...57...60%.
  • Ebon Escape Ebon Escape: increased Health healed to 70...102...110.
  • Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support: increased level to 14...19...20; increased conditional duration to 24...29...30 increased non-conditional duration to 12...14...15.
  • Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support: functionality changed to: "Deals 54...83...90 piercing damage and inflicts Bleeding condition (25 seconds). 10% chance of +540...828...900 piercing damage. 25% chance of +540...828...900 piercing damage if target foe is a Charr."
  • Signet of Infection Signet of Infection: increased Disease duration to 13...19...20.
  • Sneak Attack Sneak Attack: increased Blind duration to 5...7...8.
  • Tryptophan Signet Tryptophan Signet: increased duration to 14...19...20; increased movement speed reduction to 23...37...40%.
  • Weakness Trap Weakness Trap: increased Weakness duration to 10...18...20 seconds; increased lightning damage to 24...45...50.
  • Winds Winds: increased Spirit level to 4...9...10; increased duration to 54...83...90 seconds.
Lightbringer[edit]
  • Lightbringer Signet Lightbringer Signet: this is no longer elite. Functionality changed to: "You gain 3...5...5 strikes of adrenaline and 16...22...24 Energy if you are within the area of a demonic servant of Abaddon."
Luxon/Kurzick[edit]
Norn[edit]
  • "Dodge This!" "Dodge This!": increased duration to 16...19...20 seconds; increased damage to 14...19...20.
  • "Finish Him!" "Finish Him!": increased damage to 44...73...80; increased duration to 12...18...20.
  • "I Am The Strongest!" "I Am The Strongest!": increased number of attacks to 5...7...8; increased damage to 14...19...20.
  • "I Am Unstoppable!" "I Am Unstoppable!": increased duration to 16...19...20 seconds.
  • "You Are All Weaklings!" "You Are All Weaklings!": increased Weakness duration to 8...11...12 seconds; decreased Energy cost to 5.
  • "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!": increased damage to 44...73...80; increased duration to 8...14...15 seconds.
  • A Touch of Guile A Touch of Guile: increased damage to 44...73...80; increased duration to 5...7...8 seconds.
  • Club of a Thousand Bears Club of a Thousand Bears: increased damage to 6...8...9.
  • Feel No Pain Feel No Pain: increased duration to 30 seconds; decreased Health regeneration to 1...3...3; increased recharge time to 20 seconds.
  • Raven Blessing Raven Blessing: functionality changed to: "You lose all effects and take on the aspect of the raven (60 seconds). All your attributes are set to 0 and raven attacks replace your skills, and you have 80 armor, 660...692...700 Health, and a 20...28...30% block chance."
  • Raven Talons Raven Talons: functionality changed to: "Deals 20...32...35 piercing damage. Inflicts Bleeding and Cripple conditions (4...9...10 seconds)."
  • Ursan Blessing Ursan Blessing: functionality changed to: "You lose all effects and take on the aspect of the bear (60 seconds). All your attributes are set to 0 and bear attacks replace your skills, and you have 100 armor and 750...790...800 Health."
  • Ursan Strike Ursan Strike: functionality changed to: “Deals 40...68...75 damage and 40...68...75 slashing damage.”
  • Ursan Rage Ursan Rage: this skill is now touch range.
  • Volfen Blessing Volfen Blessing: functionality changed to: "You lose all effects and take on the aspect of the wolf (60 seconds). All your attributes are set to 0 and wolf attacks replace your skills, and you have 80 armor, 660...692...700 Health, and 2...4...4 Health regeneration."
  • Volfen Bloodlust Volfen Bloodlust: this skill now affects all nearby allies.
  • Volfen Pounce Volfen Pounce: this skill is now a stance.
Sunspear[edit]

PvE Creature changes[edit]

Underworld changes[edit]

  • Reapers now become invulnerable once all quests have been completed in the Underworld.
  • Replaced Cursed Dream Riders with Banished Dream Riders.
  • Shortened the distance Banished Dream Riders will follow a player.
  • Banished Dream Riders now stand stationary and overlook a small complement of added Wailing Lords.
  • Mindblade Spectres' base attack is now ranged.
  • Increased the Health of Mindblade Spectres by 500.
  • Reduced the run speed of Mindblade Spectres.

AI Updates[edit]

The following AI updates apply to Heroes and Hard Mode NPCs.

Assassin[edit]

  • Heroes now use Dark Escape less frequently when about to engage in combat.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Signet of Shadows on a non-Blinded target.

Dervish[edit]

Elementalist[edit]

Mesmer[edit]

Monk[edit]

  • Heroes will be more likely to use Signet of Devotion in useful situations.
  • Heroes will be more selective when using Supportive Spirit.
  • Heroes will use Balthazar's Pendulum on targets that are under attack and have been knocked down.
  • Heroes will no longer spam Vital Blessing on pets.
  • Heroes use Zealous Benediction less frequently when a target's Health is above 50%.
  • Heroes use Mending Touch more effectively.
  • Heroes will no longer use Martyr when they are the only character suffering from a condition.
  • Heroes maintain Smiter's Boon whether in combat or not.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Bane Signet and Castigation Signet against targets that aren’t attacking.
  • Heroes will now use Blessed Light less frequently if the character is only suffering from a condition or hex.
  • Heroes use Healing Breeze and Watchful Spirit more effectively.
  • Heroes will now use Purifying Veil as a condition removal.
  • Heroes will now maintain Healer's Covenant during combat and remove it after combat has ended.
  • Heroes will maintain Vigorous Spirit more frequently on themselves and allies.
  • Heroes now cast Defender's Zeal on any attacking target.
  • Heroes will now cast Patient Spirit on themselves when manually ordered to use the skill with an enemy targeted.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Pensive Guardian on allies who aren’t under attack.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Divine Healing and Heaven's Delight with allies outside of earshot range.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Extinguish if only one ally is suffering from a condition.
  • Heroes are less likely to cast protective enchantments that trigger on attack unless the party is in combat.
  • Heroes will no longer become confused when Dismiss Condition is queued without a viable target.

Necromancer[edit]

  • Heroes are less likely to use Enfeeble on foes that are already suffering from Weakness and are more likely to use Enfeeble on melee or ranged enemies before targeting casters.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Reckless Haste on enemies that don’t use physical attacks.
  • Heroes will no longer use Weaken Armor on foes who are already suffering from Cracked Armor.
  • Heroes now use Soul Bind on any target that is low on Health.
  • Heroes will always attempt to maintain Dark Bond on themselves.
  • Heroes will always attempt to maintain Infuse Condition on themselves.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Angorodon's Gaze unless they are suffering from a condition.

Paragon[edit]

Ranger[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to use preparations outside of combat.
  • Heroes now use Barrage more frequently against single targets.
  • Heroes now maintain Muddy Terrain during combat.
  • Heroes are more likely to use Bestial Mauling when their target is knocked down.
  • Heroes are more likely to use Punishing Shot and Magebane Shot as an interrupt.
  • Heroes will now use Poison Tip Signet out of combat and will no longer re-apply the skill while it’s still active.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Throw Dirt against enemies that don’t use physical attacks.
  • Heroes use Antidote Signet when suffering from any condition.

Ritualist[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to use Xiko's ashes for Health regeneration.
  • Heroes are more likely to use and maintain Ritual Lord outside of combat.
  • Heroes will now use Resilient Was Xiko outside of combat if they are suffering from hexes or conditions.
  • Heroes will now prioritize targets more effectively when casting Weapon of Warding.
  • Heroes will now assign a higher priority to allies under attack for Weapon of Remedy and Vengeful Weapon.
  • Heroes will now use Gaze of Fury on enemy Spirits before selecting allied Spirits.
  • Heroes will now prioritize the recipient of Weapon of Shadow to be allies under melee or physical ranged attack.

Warrior[edit]

  • Heroes now use Belly Smash.
  • Heroes will be less likely to use "Retreat!" when the skill is already active on the party.
  • Heroes no longer use Heavy Blow on foes that have already been knocked down.
  • Heroes are less likely to use Steelfang Slash on opponents that aren't knocked down.
  • Heroes use Hammer Bash more efficiently.
  • Heroes now use Disarm to interrupt actions.
  • Heroes are less likely to use "You're All Alone!" on targets standing next to their allies.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Heroes are less influenced by the weapon they have equipped when determining the range at which they'll engage an enemy.
  • Heroes with ranged weapons equipped will no longer move into melee range when a point-blank area-of-effect skill is equipped but disabled.
  • Heroes will now give up on targets that exit their combat range instead of staying locked in pursuit.
  • Heroes are less likely to use shouts, echoes, and chants if another ally has just used the same skill.

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed a bug that caused Air of Superiority to trigger on enemies that didn't award experience.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from canceling their Heroes’ maintained enchantments while the player was dead.
  • Fixed the warning text displayed when mousing over an attribute that the player didn't have enough points to increase.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Charrslayer Weapons to do less damage then [sic] intended.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Rebel Yell to not correctly award adrenaline.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mark of Instability to incorrectly cause knockdown for target other ally’s dual attacks.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Guild Wars Wiki notes[edit]

  • The update note for Dwarven Stability is inaccurate, the skill does not provide health gain, the stance duration increase was changed to 55...100%.
  • Raven Blessing, Ursan Blessing and Volfen Blessing are now forms, and their recharge time has been increased to 60 seconds. This has been confirmed to be intentional.
  • Glimmering Mark actually ends when you target the foe with any skill. The description was updated to reflect this behaviour in the August 8th update. Glimmering Mark also ignores armor, this bug was fixed in the August 14th update.
  • There is a new message when you type your account name and/or password incorrectly in the login screen.
  • The new tonics are Trapdoor Tonic and Everlasting Trapdoor Tonic.
  • Shadow Sanctuary's blind duration was changed from 10s to 5s.
  • It is suspected that Snow Storm's casting time was reduced from 2s to 1s in this update, however the change may have been made as late as the August 22nd update.