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Rift 3.1 "Storm at Sea" patch notes

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Oops! I've been out of the loop, but this was a major update today, and it's huge:


Discover the Storm Legion's secret island lair in the Dreaming Seas. Reveal the dread experiments that the exiled Crucia commanded her armies perform upon the forbidden horrors of the Plane of Water, and prevent the Storm Queen's conquest and destruction of the planes. With 5 new story quests and much much more, the Tyrant's Throne is waiting for you.


Three new zone events have been added!

* The Ravenous Devourer: Fight a ravenous cephalopod that threatens to devour all life in Draumheim!

* Leviathan: Attempt to vanquish the monstrous Akvan that exists between the folds of reality. The mighty Yrlwalach has broken free and threatens Goboro Reef and beyond!

* Aphogglach: The ancient demon Aphogglach has risen from the depths of Nightmare Tide to terrorize the Calceron Sea!


From beyond the veil of sanity comes the new raid rift The Darkest Magic. Nightmare beings both evil and strange are tearing their way into Draumheim, and only the Ascended can stop the madness before it takes over.


Wondering what would become of Finric had you never stepped foot in the planes? Relive the action of the first Nightmare Tide Sliver in a new 2-player The Rhen of Fate Chronicle.


* Minion Adventure cards now have a shuffle button above them that you can use to cycle a new Adventure card. A shuffle can be purchased for either aventurine or credits.

* Minions can now have their stamina recharged through a lightning bolt button on the UI! Each minion can only be recharged once every 24 hours.

* Another minion slot is now available.

* 6 new minions have been added!


We've given the Dimensions UI some love!

* Personal and guild dimensions how have special permissions that allow you to give permissions to individual characters on a per dimension basis!

* You can now also ban individual characters from your personal or guild dimensions.

* New free movement camera for editing dimensions.

* Improved the +1 UI for visitors.


We have added a crafting favorites category to the crafting window!

* You can now flag recipes as your favorite from any of your crafting professions and they will all display when you select Favorites from the crafting profession dropdown.

* A new checkbox has been added that takes you to your crafting favorites when right-clicking on crafting workstations if you have a recipe in your favorites that uses that crafting station.


We've expanded Planar Attunement and added 3 new Nexuses! These are Steam (Fire/Water), Dusk (Life/Death), and Dust (Earth/Water). Each of these require that you have completed all 3 tiers of both the base planes that make them up.


* You can no longer fish while a loot window is open to prevent the loss of loot.

* Fixed Nightmare Tide rare mobs to give kill credit for the appropriate leaderboard category.

* Auction House: The Level and Stack column headers on the Bid tab of the Auction House are no longer reversed.

* Auction House: Fixed problem when creating auction buy orders from crafting recipe chat links. It should now correctly create a buy order for the recipe and not the item the recipe makes.

* Porticulums at friendly hubs are now unlocked when a player discovers the area near the porticulum - there is no longer a need to talk to the NPC to unlock it!

- If the porticulum is a part of an unfriendly hub, then players will still need to click on that porticulum master to unlock that porticulum.

- Players that have already discovered an area containing a porticulum, but have not yet unlocked that porticulum, will still need to talk to the NPC to do so.

* Adjustments have been made to the amount of experience gained while Mentoring and Sidekicking.

- Mentoring experience gained from kills has been increased.

- Sidekicking experience gained from kills has been reduced.

* Guild Quests: The following quests no long require targets of specific levels to count for credit, only that they grant experience or favor:

- War on Many Fronts

- Battles Old and New

- Planar Desperation

- Plagued by the Planes

- Destroy the Machineborn

- Upping the Ante

- Greatest Threats

- Kill Us Some Guardians

* Fixed a rendering bug that could cause distant objects show up as white.

* Fixed a client combat issue that sometimes caused players to automatically target a dead NPC.


* Molten Thresher Supply Crates are now available on the Store!

* You now have access to your bank within your dimension. Find the Bank Vault item in the RIFT Store within the Dimensions > Interactive section.

* Expert and Raid practice dummies for level 65 have been added to the RIFT Store! Get them now in Dimensions -> Interactive section.

* Hovering over a currency icon on a purchase button in the Store no longer prevents you from clicking it.

* Fixed the skill profession filters in the Store under the Crafting/Reagents category. The toggle button now also works for the skill profession checkboxes.

* The Planar Squirrels are now available in the Trophies section of the Store.

* The Chest O Shinys Dimension item is now available on the Trophies store as requested.


* Changing your portrait frame and turning on the portrait rare icon have been moved out of the Options Window, and are now part of the portrait menu you get when you right-click your player portrait.

* The in-game teleport to shard menu will now show a description of the server type after the name for special servers such as Oceanic, RP, and PvP.

* Fixed problem with chat console tabs not being clickable.

* Fixed nameplates being visible through objects with some combinations of render settings.

* Fixed a problem with renaming bank vault 8.

* Bank vault names now allow numbers in them.

* Improved the look of the Planar Focus background UI.

* Fixed /reloadui causing your bagbar icons to disappear.


* Nightmare Tide artifact sets from Fishing and Nightmare Rift now give Nightmare Tide level rewards instead of Storm Legion level rewards.

* The various artifact tracking vials now work more consistently with each other.

* The Normal Tracking vial now lasts 30 minutes and tracks Normal Artifacts ONLY.

* The Twisted Artifact Tracking vial is back and also last 30 minutes. It track ONLY Twisted Artifacts, and also casts a version of either Omen sight or Quantum sight so you can see them.

* The Unstable Tracking vial remains the same and tracks ONLY Unstable Artifacts.

* The Patron Artifact Tracking ability tracks all three types. However, it does NOT automatically cast Omen or Quantum sight. These will need to be cast separately if you want it to track Twisted artifacts.

* Level 61-65 Invasions can now, very rarely, drop artifact items.


* We've begun implementing some of the awards for people who donated to our devs during Extra Life. If you don't see your reward here, rest assured that they're still on their way!

* There is a new Artifact set celebrating some of the heroes from the recent Extra Life event! It is a 17 Artifact set with the required artifacts dropping in every zone, although even the common ones are quite rare.

* Goodwill Ambassador NPCs can now be found in Telara's capital cities!

- Lady Seralena, Sharpshooter Rhyladri, and Sir Mikko "Killer" Konnat can be found in Epoch Plaza in Meridian.

- Sir Llewellyn Lionheart, Myrmidon Allizboon and Sister Faerugue can be found on Thontic Row in Sanctum.

- Sir Stan the Lesser and Lady Emmrin can be found in Plaza Aurentine in Tempest Bay, attending the royal court.


* You can now link your minions to the chat window directly from your Minion Window! All you have to do is have a text input open in the chat window and shift-click on a minion.

* Attanium has been pulled out of the 5 and 6 star rewards for dimension adventures. Instead, it will now be looted alongside said boxes.

* Evil Finric has been renamed to Morid Finric.

* All minions should now have flavor text.

* Adjusted some existing minion flavor text.

* The small minion stamina status tooltip will now show you the time it will take to gain a stamina point if your minion is low on stamina.

* Adventure cards that are part of a chain set will display a chain icon on them.

* The minions window will now show a reminder of the time duration for in-progress and completed claimable adventures.

* You can no longer claim minion rewards while the loot window is open.

* All achievements relating to claiming X adventures should automatically complete for all your characters upon log in.

* Max level minions now have a new frame which replaces the minion leveling bar.


* When using a preset that has mastery points spent for you, you can now click ‘spend soul points' to spend your mastery points as you level up.

* Updated some soul descriptions.

* Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause damage from Power Manipulation, Arcane Manipulation, and Energy Manipulation masteries to fizzle on targets at extreme range.

(( Skipping class-related stuff ))


* Classic and Storm Legion zone daily quests to close rifts now require only 2 rifts closed.

* The number of kills needed for most Carnage quests in Storm Legion zones has been reduced by approximately 33% on average.


* All Instant Adventure rewards have been reworked to consistently reward in a manner appropriate to a player's real level, no matter where the adventure takes place.

* Planar attunement XP crystals have been removed.

* Zone chase items from Shimmersand, Stillmoor, and Ember Isle are no longer zone specific, and can rarely appear in any Adventure Cache.

(( Skipping specific zone/dungeon/pvp updates ))



* Fishing achievements should now be sorted in a much more meaningful way.

* We've added ten new fishing achievements including one with a new title!



* Fixed an issue where effects which increased damage or healing from Nightmare Tide weapon procs were not increasing those procs.

* Danew Yoder in Tempest Bay once again sells Synergy Crystals.

* All 3 types of Adventure Caches now stack to 99.

* Added new World Gear merchants to Sanctum and Meridian to sell all the same gear found on the classic Rare Planar Goods vendors from the various pre-50 zones.

* Transplanar Crystals are now Bound to Account.

* Rift consumables-- such as Salvaged Tablets, Renewing Pods, and Petrified Barnacle Runes-- no longer share a cooldown with other consumables such as health potions. Instead these now have a shared cooldown with all levels of the same planar type of rift consumables. (ie. Rift tablets of all levels share a cooldown.)

* Ascended Powers are no longer auto-consumed on pickup, and are Bound to Account.


* Various changes to the level 65 gear progression are in progress. These changes are intended to create a smoother and more enjoyable gearing experience for players. Additional changes will be made in upcoming hotfixes.

- Rebalanced the cost of level 65 gear available on the Store for in game currencies – these are all reductions in cost.

- Rebalanced the upgrade cost for many level 65 items, including Abyssal Gear, Lockbox Gear, and Marauder Chest Gear – these are all reductions in cost.

- Void Stones now have a weekly cap of 47,000 for Patrons, and 40,000 for all other players.

- Abyssal Crusader marks now have a weekly cap of 20,000 for Patrons and 15,000 for all other players.


* Reduced the Illusory Mote requirements of the final Greater Essence upgrade.

* Reduced the Illusory Mote requirements of most lesser essence upgrades on the Store.

* Low level lesser essences are now Bound to Account.


* Block Values for Ephemeral and Dreambreaker shields have been reverted.


* Boosted the expert trinket drop rate. Thanks, livestream viewers!


* Lots of love for relic weapons from Mount Sharax:

- Two handed weapons now proc for more damage.

- Boosted the proc rate for totems and the offhanded DPS proc.

* Fixed an issue with the Frost Reap proc on The Fixed Point. The resists provided by the buff is now correctly reflected in the character sheet while the buff is active.

* Damage for the proc on Rakure Re has been corrected. Thanks meph1111!

* Dreadwind, the Stormbringer has had its proc reverted to a healing proc. Thanks Warfyre!

* Fixed renderable on Dead Dreams and Call of the Stormbreaker. Thanks Razzle!

* Shij Ir, the Gatherer of Shadows and Ekor Ira, Hand of Threngar will now drop with a damage oriented proc.

* Fixed Upgrade on Alison the 4th so that it will no longer lose block from upgrade.

(( Skipping more, very extensive class update notes ))

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I just want to point out the striking difference of how these patch notes look like, compared to... one other's game.

Shocking is the word.

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Oh, and just got the 3.1 announcement email today:

Prepare to face Crucia herself in the heart of Tyrant’s Forge, a new 20-player raid debuting next week!
Doesn't interest me, but still. :P Hope it appeases the raiders in difficulty and quality and loot.

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I just want to point out the striking difference of how these patch notes look like, compared to... one other's game.

Shocking is the word.

I know, there's no known issues list.

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Or if there is, it's not longer than the patch notes :)


But seriously, the compared amount of effort input is ridiculous. Like Earth and Moon difference.

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