Game updates/20090618

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Update 2 - Thursday, June 18, 2009[edit]

Bug Fix[edit]

  • Fixed a bug with Hero and NPC AI which would prevent them from effectively utilizing minion skills.

Update - Thursday, June 18, 2009[edit]

Skill Updates[edit]

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

PvE and PvP[edit]

Assassin[edit]
Elementalist[edit]
Mesmer[edit]
  • Visions of Regret Visions of Regret: functionality changed to: "For 10 seconds, target foe and adjacent foes take 15...39...45 damage whenever they use a skill and 5...41...50 damage if not under the effects of another Mesmer hex."
Necromancer[edit]
  • Lingering Curse Lingering Curse: increased Energy cost to 15.
  • Suffering Suffering: increased recharge time to 10 seconds.
  • Weaken Knees Weaken Knees: decreased duration to 1...13...16 seconds; decreased Health degeneration to -1...3...4 ; decreased damage to 5...9...10 .
Ritualist[edit]
  • Spawning Power: increased effect on Weapon Spells to 4% per rank.
  • Brutal Weapon Brutal Weapon: decreased duration to 10...34...40 seconds.
  • Guided Weapon Guided Weapon: decreased duration to 4...9...10 seconds.
  • Resilient Weapon Resilient Weapon: decreased duration to 5...13...15 seconds.
  • Signet of Binding Signet of Binding: functionality changed to: "You lose 200...80...50 Health. Gain control of target spirit."
  • Spiritleech Aura Spiritleech Aura: functionality changed to: "Skill. For 5...17...20 seconds, all of your spirits within earshot deal 5...17...20 less damage and steal 5...17...20 Health when they attack."
  • Spirit Siphon Spirit Siphon: functionality changed to: "The spirit nearest you loses all Energy. You gain 15...43...50% of that Energy."
  • Vital Weapon Vital Weapon: decreased duration to 5...25...30 seconds.
  • Wailing Weapon Wailing Weapon: decreased duration to 3...8...9 seconds.
  • Warmonger's Weapon Warmonger's Weapon: decreased duration to 3...11...13 seconds.
  • Weapon of Shadow Weapon of Shadow: decreased duration to 3...7...8 seconds.
  • Weapon of Warding Weapon of Warding: decreased duration to 3...7...8 seconds.

PvP Only[edit]

Elementalist[edit]
Paragon[edit]
  • "Help Me!" "Help Me!": functionality changed to: "For 1...8...10 seconds, you gain 5...41...50 Health and other allies' spells targeting you cast 50% faster."

PvE Only[edit]

Sunspear[edit]
  • Cry of Pain Cry of Pain: functionality changed to: "Interrupt target foe's skill. If that foe was suffering from a Mesmer Hex, that foe and all foes in the area take 25...45...50 damage and -3...5...5 Health degeneration for 10 seconds."
  • Vampirism Vampirism: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 4...12...14.
Ritualist[edit]
  • Agony Agony: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Anguish Anguish: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; decreased Energy cost to 15; increased spirit level to 1...9...11 .
  • Armor of Unfeeling Armor of Unfeeling: decreased Energy cost to 5. Functionality changed to: "For 10...30...35 seconds, your spirits takes 50% less damage and are immune to critical attacks."
  • Bloodsong Bloodsong: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Destruction Destruction: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Disenchantment Disenchantment: decreased casting time to 1 second; decreased Energy cost to 15; decreased recharge time to 30 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12 .
  • Displacement Displacement: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Dissonance Dissonance: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Earthbind Earthbind: decreased casting time to 1 second; decreased recharge time to 30 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Empowerment Empowerment: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Gaze of Fury Gaze of Fury: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Life Life: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Pain Pain: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Preservation Preservation: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Recovery Recovery: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Recuperation Recuperation: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Rejuvenation Rejuvenation: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...16...20.
  • Restoration Restoration: decreased casting time to 1 second; decreased recharge time to 30 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...11...14.
  • Shadowsong Shadowsong: decreased casting time to 1 second; decreased recharge time to 30 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...8...10.
  • Shelter Shelter: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Signet of Creation Signet of Creation: increased recharge time to 30 seconds. Functionality changed to: "For 5...25...30 seconds, your next 1...3...3 Binding Rituals cast instantly."
  • Signet of Spirits Signet of Spirits: increased recharge time to 20 seconds. Functionality changed to: "Create three level 1...10...12 spirits. These spirits deal 5...25...30 damage with attacks. These spirits die after 60 seconds."
  • Soothing Soothing: decreased casting time to 1 second; decreased Energy cost to 15; decreased recharge time to 45 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Union Union: decreased casting time to .75 seconds; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Wanderlust Wanderlust: decreased casting time to 1 second; increased spirit level to 1...10...12.
  • Weapon of Warding Weapon of Warding: decreased duration to 3...7...8 seconds.
Paragon[edit]
  • "Brace Yourself!" "Brace Yourself!": functionality changed to: "For 5...11...12 seconds, the next time target other ally would be knocked down, all nearby foes take 15..75 damage instead."
  • "Can't Touch This!" "Can't Touch This!": functionality changed to: "For 20 seconds, the next 1...4...5 touch skills used against allies within earshot fail."
  • "Fall Back!" "Fall Back!": decreased recharge time to 20 seconds.
  • "Find Their Weakness!" "Find Their Weakness!": functionality changed to: "For 5...17...20 seconds, the next time target ally attacks, that ally inflicts a Deep Wound and the next attack does 5..50 additional damage"
  • "Go for the Eyes!" "Go for the Eyes!": decreased recharge time to 0 seconds; increased chance to land a critical hit to 30...86...100%.
  • "Help Me!" "Help Me!": decreased recharge time to 10 seconds. Functionality changed to: "For 1...8...10 seconds, you gain 15...75...90 Health and other allies' spells targeting you cast 50% faster."
  • "Incoming!" "Incoming!": decreased Energy cost to 5; decreased recharge time to 20 seconds.
  • "Never Give Up!" "Never Give Up!": decreased recharge time to 15 seconds.
  • "Never Surrender!" "Never Surrender!": decreased recharge time to 15 seconds.
  • "Stand Your Ground!" "Stand Your Ground!": decreased Energy cost to 10; decreased recharge time to 20 seconds.
  • "We Shall Return!" "We Shall Return!": increased Energy cost to 25; increased recharge time to 30 seconds. Functionality changed to: "All party members in earshot are resurrected with 25...45...50% Health and 5...17...20% Energy."
  • Anthem of Disruption Anthem of Disruption: decreased casting time to 1 second.
  • Bladeturn Refrain Bladeturn Refrain: functionality changed to: "For 20 seconds, target non-spirit ally has a 5...17...20% chance to block incoming attacks. This Echo is reapplied every time a Chant or Shout ends on that ally."
  • Blazing Finale Blazing Finale: increased Burning duration to 1...6...7 seconds.
  • Defensive Anthem Defensive Anthem: decreased Energy cost to 10.
  • Signet of Return Signet of Return: decreased recharge time to 5 seconds.

AI Updates[edit]

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

Assassin[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to use offensive Shadow Step skills before their Health reaches 50%.
  • Heroes will now use Black Lotus Strike against non-hexed foes when appropriate.

Dervish[edit]

Elementalist[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to use attunement skills during combat.

Mesmer[edit]

  • Heroes will now more appropriately use hex spells that require an interrupt to take effect.
  • Heroes will now maintain Mantra of Inscriptions both in and out of combat.

Monk[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to scatter appropriately when affected by Ray of Judgment.
  • Heroes will now use Life Sheath to remove conditions out of combat.
  • Heroes will now use Boon Signet more frequently.
  • Heroes are now more likely to use Spotless Mind and Spotless Soul in conjunction with other hex and condition removal skills.
  • Heroes are now more likely to use Restore Condition if their target is suffering from multiple conditions.
  • Heroes will now use Dwayna's Kiss more frequently when hexes and enchantments are present on the target.
  • Heroes will now use Words of Comfort more frequently on characters suffering from conditions.
  • Fixed a bug where the AI only used Healing Burst as a self-targeting spell.
  • Fixed a bug where the AI did not recognize Unyielding Aura as a hard resurrection skill.

Necromancer[edit]

Paragon[edit]

  • Heroes will now check if Angelic Bond is active on all party members before using the skill.
  • Heroes will only activate Angelic Bond if a party member is under 50% Health.
  • Heroes are more likely to use "Incoming!" outside of combat.
  • Heroes will only use Chest Thumper against foes that are suffering from Cracked Armor.
  • Heroes will now use "Never Surrender!" both in and out of combat.

Ritualist[edit]

Warrior[edit]

  • Heroes are more likely to use Defy Pain at 95% Health to make better use of its damage-reduction feature.
  • Heroes will use "For Great Justice!" as is appropriate for their weapon type.
  • Heroes are less likely to overwrite Rush with other stances.
  • Heroes are less likely to overwrite Frenzy with other stances unless Health is low.

General[edit]

  • Fixed a bug where Heroes would not use zero-Energy skills when low on Energy.

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed a bug that would cause GvG matches to end in a tie if a Guild Lord died when the tiebreaker triggered. All Guild Lords will now become non-combatants when the match ends after 28 minutes according to the server clock. Note that this time may differ slightly from your client's timer.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Depravity and Ether Phantom from displaying Energy loss.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Depravity to affect all nearby foes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the following Ritualist skills to use an incorrect casting animation: Agony, Anguish, Empowerment, Gaze of Fury, Recovery, and Rejuvenation.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Xunlai Tournament Agents now offer prizes for the May tournament. These agents can be found in the Great Temple of Balthazar, Lion's Arch, Kaineng Center, and Kamadan.
  • Reduced the amount of wins needed for the base objective and second bonus objective on the Random Arenas Zaishen quest.
  • Increased the Zaishen Coin rewards for all Zaishen Mission quests and Zaishen Bounty quests.

Guild Wars Wiki notes[edit]

  • Ray of Judgment scatters heroes in both normal and hard mode. In hard mode, all NPCs will scatter from it.
  • Recharge of "Brace Yourself!" was lowered from 12 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • Activation time of Signet of Creation was lowered to 1 second.
  • Spirits summoned by Signet of Spirits suffer an AI glitch that makes them idle during battles. They often delay several seconds between each attacks due to targeting priority script (which prevent them from attacking the same target of any ally spirits), and usually doing nothing at all against single target when you control a massive number of offensive spirits.
  • Spirit Siphon should be self-targeting to function properly. But if you cast Spirit Siphon while targeting anything out of your spell range, it will make you run to the target to cast even if the spirit is adjacent to yourself. If the nearest spirit is outside of casting range from your target, Spirit Siphon will fail.
  • Kun Shao will not give out tournament reward points for the May tournament to most people.
  • This update introduced the following bugs, which were fixed in the June 19th update.
    • "We Shall Return!" bypassed Frozen Soil.
    • The Flux Matrix damaged party members.
    • Equipping "Brace Yourself!" (PvP) caused the client to crash.
    • Order of the Vampire gave the stolen health to the caster instead of the attacker.
    • Signet of Spirits' recharge time was left at 10 seconds instead of being increased to 20 seconds as intended.
    • Signet of Binding had a bug which prevented spirits' defensive effects from being applied properly.
    • A bug prevented players from receiving credit for completing objectives in the Random Arena Zaishen Combat quest.
    • The descriptions of all Blood Magic and Death Magic well spells have been changed, however the functionality of these skills has not been changed. Concise and verbose descriptions of Blood Magic and Death Magic well spells were appended with "You do not sacrifice Health if there is a fresh corpse to exploit.". In verbose descriptions, "Exploit nearest corpse to create a Well of [Name] at its location." has been replaced with "Create a Well of [Name] at your location.". In Concise descriptions, "Exploits a fresh corpse." has been removed.
    • "Incoming!" (PvP) has the wrong skill description, stating that "For 4...9...10 seconds, all party members within earshot take 33% less damage.".