I copied over the majority of the old Devtracker thread from the other forums. Still had some good information and occasionally it was nice remembering when certain things we’re added to the game. Cheers
07-31-2012, 05:50 PM
As of the last patch the game should no longer be scaling UP based on party
size, making it easier in full groups. It’s currently balanced on a 4 person
party. Adding a 5th or 6th doesn’t affect scaling.
11-02-2012, 12:33 PM
About guild renown
Originally Posted by Eladrin
This already exists.
When kicking out an
inactive member, you receive:
Full Penalty: Member was inactive for less
than 30 days.
Reduced Penalty: Member was inactive for 30 days or more, but
less than 180 days.
No Penalty: Member was inactive for 180 days or
No renown loss maybe, but I know you still get
the recent departure penalty. I only booted the players that were more than one
Yes, sorry for being confusing
- the penalty part that I referred to was them taking a percentage of their
earned renown with them. They’ll still count as a recently removed member.
11-26-2012, 05:35 PM
The Greater Dragonmark of Finding increases a chest’s relative treasure level by
12-13-2012, 05:07 PM
As of today, the number of times per day you may use the /stuck command has been
increased to be once per hour. This rate may be adjusted again in the future.
Thanks for your patience and we’ll see you in game!
12-24-2012, 04:25 PM
Re the CITW raid:
Epic Normal commendation drop chance:
15% per player for a commendation in
the first chest.
15% per player for a commendation in the second chest.
Epic Hard commendation drop chance:
30% per player for a
commendation in the first chest.
30% per player for a commendation in the
Epic Elite commendation drop chance:
100% per player for
a commendation in the first chest.
100% per player for a commendation in the second chest.
Originally Posted by Ape_Man
Do they drop in chests 3-6? I cannot
They do not. Every chest in Caught
in the Web has a chance to drop raid weapons, however.
If all you want is the
commendations, you only need to go for two chests. If you want items, then the
more chests the better.
02-27-2013, 05:23 PM
For example, we already have a change coming for the next patch (as a belated
birthday present maybe) which will add 10% boost to all earned XP for VIP
accounts. We can’t make every player always decide it is worthwhile to be a VIP,
but we will continue to do what we can to make the program a good deal for our
most ardent players. We will share more details on these changes as they are
04-05-2013, 05:33 PM
In answer to " Can a gem of fortune stop you getting named loot ?"
indeed one quest currently in the game where a Jewel of Fortune can, in some
circumstances, prevent you from getting treasure. If affected by this, the chest
will be completely empty for you- nothing at all will appear in it.
can only happen in “The Reaver’s Fate”, which is the Heroic-tier raid in
Gianthold. This does not happen in the Epic Gianthold raid, or any other quests
in the game.
This issue is fixed in the next upcoming patch to DDO,
Bit more on the subject
Originally Posted by DareDelvis
Does running a loot gem increase the chance for
named loot in heroic quests?
Does it bump a normal run to elite level
named loot (that one I doubt)?
Fortune and other loot boosts increase the level of a chest, which determines
what level of random treasure will generate inside.
Jewels of Fortune
and other loot boosts do not affect named treasure.
“Named” treasure is
any treasure that has a special, bonus chance to appear in a specific treasure
chest. It doesn’t care about the chest or quest level, only that you’re opening
the right chest.
Originally Posted by Derailment
Well with introduction of hard- and elite- versions of items I guess it care for quest level
It cares about difficulty, not level. =)
06-20-2013, 05:23 PM
Upcoming Quest XP Changes
Originally posted by PurpleFooz
Very soon we’ll be opening Lamannia with the newest version of Enhancements. Included in that version of the game code are several new features and changes coming to quest XP in the expansion. We wanted to highlight what’s coming with a very early write up, because the changes that you’ll see on Lamannia are not yet ready for testing, and include a lot of place-holder numbers. Today we wanted to talk about the changes so that you have some insight into what features are coming:
We’ve previously mentioned in our Reincarnation discussions that we’ll be reworking the XP curve to be less steep for 2nd and 3rd life reincarnations. Those curves will be ameliorated, so that the increase in XP needed to level isn’t such a drastic increase in the 15-20 range, and so that the lower level ranges require move XP to level.
One of the other changes we are working on for the upcoming Expansion release is a change to the way quest repetition XP penalty works. Currently whenever you repeat the same quest over and over, the XP degrades until the quest permanently gives little to no XP. With the Expansion, we will allow the penalty to reset after a grace period, similar to the way chest loot ransack works.
Next a new daily bonus is being added to quest completions. Every day, a quest will have a bonus added to the base XP value. Playing the quest on any difficulty level qualifies for this daily bonus.
Finally, we will be adding a new way to receive bonus XP: Sagas. New NPCs will be arriving in Eberron and Faerûn who chronicle the deeds of heroes across multiple story archs/adventure packs. By completing all the quests in a given Saga, you can speak with the Saga NPC to claim an extra reward such as a large one-time XP grant, guild XP, or even tomes. The quality of those rewards can also be influenced by running the quests on higher difficulties.
We are still refining what the final numbers will be for these changes and bonuses, and as we get closer to Expansion launch day we will go into greater detail. The version that will appear on Lamannia is not meant for testing, and is there merely because we have taken an early game build to continue Enhancements review with players. You’re welcome to provide feedback on what you see, but it is not something Lamannia participants should focus on because it is still a work in progress.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this early look, as we’d like to continue these types of posts to let players peek behind the DM screen a bit more ahead of Shadowfell Conspiracy.
06-14-2014, 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by Bradik_Losdar
I have been away from the game for some time now and was curious if the chance for named treasure to drop is still better on higher difficulty settings. I’ve heard rumor that the treasure system was changed a little while back so that it doesn’t matter what difficulty you run a quest on, the treasure drop percentages are now all the same.
Content that has tiered loot in Normal/Hard/Elite flavors - such as Wheloon or the High Road - generally has static drop rates across all difficulties.
Content that has the same items in every difficulty setting - such as most old Eberron Epics or U22’s Epic Three-Barrel Cove - generally has higher drop rates on higher difficulties.
Originally Posted by Bradik_Losdar
So, what about things like scrolls, seals, and shards? Same drop rate regardless of difficulty?
The Scrolls, Seals, and Shards of the old Epic Item system usually have higher drop rates in higher difficulties. The exact rate may vary between packs.
10-22-2014, 06:18 PM
Re: Devtracker Tidbits
Effects that provide bonuses to saves - Such as “+X Resistance” items, or Sapphires of Resistance augments - do already stack with effects that provide bonuses to saves from individual schools (such as the +6 to Illusion and Enchantment saves found on the Epic Glimpse the Soul), even if they are the same bonus type. We’ll look into a possible wording change to make this more clear.
When calculating your save against, say, Hold Person, the game uses something like: (Total Will Save)+(Bonuses to Saves against Enchantment Spells). They’re entirely separate channels, and seem to have worked that way since at least Module 5, if not earlier. The Will Save bonus will apply to every Will save; the Enchantment Save will only apply if the effect you’re making a saving throw for is an Enchantment effect. So they won’t always apply in exactly the same situations.
We don’t presently have plans to change those channels, but if people are confused we’ll look into ways it can be made clearer.
Long term we hope to clarify this more, as it’s clearly caused some confusion.
These things are somewhat like Natural Armor vs. AC. These both increase your chance to avoid being hit, but you can have (for instance) an Insight bonus to AC that stacks with an Insight Bonus to Natural Armor. Natural armor isn’t a bonus type, it’s a separate statistic that can be modified. Tabletop players may recall that it’s possible to increase an existing Natural Armor bonus. Within the mechanical rules, this meant that Natural Armor couldn’t be easily done as a mere bonus type, but instead gave birth to a separate statistic. Otherwise if something gave you +2 Natural Armor it wouldn’t stack with characters that already had Natural Armor, and it was intended to. (Similar to multiple sources giving +2 Insight bonus to Strength, it wouldn’t work to have multiple Natural Armor bonuses to Armor Class – the Strength bonuses shouldn’t stack but the Natural Armor ones should, sometimes, per the pen and paper rules.)
For saves, there are separate statistics tracked for Disease, Poison, Magic, Traps, Paralysis, Fear, Illusion, Energy Drain, and Sleep (in addition to general Reflex, Fortitude, and Will). Each of these is actually broken up by Reflex, Fortitude and Will.
This kind of separation largely exists for “older” stats that closely followed pen and paper rules. As another example, Barbarian’s get Trap Sense, which is specifically a bonus to Reflex saves vs. traps, making this a separately tracked statistic. (Some of these things were of course judgment calls as to the precise implementation when translating to a video game, of course.)
We’ve largely tried to avoid this level of complication for newer statistics such as Dodge or Spell Power.
12-16-2014, 06:27 PM
We have reduced the number of Monster Champions that spawn, and also reduced the overall damage boost Champions get. The numbers are now:
⦁ Hard normal monsters: The percentage chance for a Champion to spawn has been reduced from 12% to 6%.
⦁ Elite normal monsters: The percentage chance for a Champion to spawn has been reduced from 12% to 9%.
⦁ Hard Orange named monsters (mini-bosses) is now 33%.
⦁ Elite Orange named monsters (mini-bosses) is now 66%.
⦁ Champion Damage boost: Reduced by 25%.
01-14-2015, 05:45 PM
Release note not Devtracker , but the tidbit part was right and interesting:
The chance for epic monsters to ignore ability score damage has been reduced from 90% down to 33% on Epic Hard and 50% on Epic Elite. This chance remains zero percent on Epic Casual and Epic Normal.
03-05-2015, 05:46 PM
Um, you know that something that scales with 200% Melee Power does double damage if you have 50?
The below while discussing Assassins an special attacks that reduce MP of enemy mobs:
~ The way Melee and Ranged Power works is this:
If MP is positive, the multiplier to damage is (100 + Rating)/100.
If MP is negative, the multiplier to damage is 100/(100 + Rating)
03-25-2015, 06:16 PM
Some repeater news for update 25:
We ripped apart the system and re-implemented the animation scripts for firing crossbows. When this hits Lamannia you will see that crossbows now fire and reload all in one action, somewhat like bows. Each click fires one bolt and reloads for normal crossbows, and fires three bolts and reloads for repeaters. Ranged alacrity now speeds up the entire animation; shooting and reloading. Activated attacks like Leg Shot now queue properly and aren’t simply lost as the ability goes on cooldown. And yes Endless Fusilade still works. That took a lot of time to fit into the new system.
What does this mean?
Crossbows of all types got a DPS boost because the feats and abilities that currently boost ranged alacrity now work correctly on the whole animation and the number of bolts fired is higher. This also means that repeaters can use Leg Shot reliably and since all three shots from that volley get the increased damage it is very effective.
All this means that Mechanics that use repeaters on our internal builds are too good and we will have to do another pass on it to tone it down.
We are essentially starting our balancing tests from scratch and we will be very interested in Lamannia feedback.
< Snip changes since it will probably be better to post them all at once after our testing.>
~ As an aside, Artificers that use crossbows will see an increased rate of fire.
Originally Posted by patang01
You mention leg shot, but there are features (from destinies) that are one click activation and that was lost in the old reload sequence, are these all now going to queue up and work properly? If so that’s awesome.
Yes. The fixes are meant to work on activated attacks in general.
Doubleshot is divided by 3 for repeaters to compensate. This is on live so if it doesn’t appear to be working in some cases we would definitely welcome a bug on it.
To clarify some questions:
The rate of fire for a base character with a crossbow with no speed bonuses (like Rapid Reload) should be the same. The reason I say that builds will see an increased rate of fire is that Rapid Reload and itemization boosts (like Pinion) will speed up the entire animation.
On example builds we were testing with various alacrity boosts we saw rates of fire jump from 99 per minute on live to 133 per minute on the test servers. That’s a large increase.
To throw out some math to players about the DPS increase and why we need to be careful: take a Mechanic using Shadowdancer on live and assume 10 damage average per bolt. That would be 990 damage per minute. On test this would, with the increased rate of fire and the ranged power in Epic levels and Shadowdancer cores, jump to 1330 * 1.42 = ~1880. That’s about double the DPS with no boosts to Mechanic.
(Note that damage we pick for the average bolt damage is irrelevant to determining the percent increase.)
03-30-2015, 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by Vargouille
It can be as high as +28 to saves on the highest levels of Dungeon Alert. There are some straight saving throw boosts and some ability score boosts monsters receive with higher Dungeon Alert. It’s much, much lower on low levels. Green alert is +4 (or+20%) to saves (+2 to saves and +4 to ability scores).
Sharing is caring, some clarifying information on Dungeon Alert after looking more closely:
Monsters only get a buff to physical ability scores (STR, DEX, CON), which means that under Dungeon Alert they currently aren’t getting Wisdom bonuses (nor INT, nor CHA), which further means their Will saves won’t go up as much as Reflex or Fortitude. (And monster Casters generally aren’t getting increased DCs for spells.)
Dungeon Alert monster buffs can include (at their strongest):
⦁ STR, DEX, CON: Up to +24
⦁ AC, To-Hit: Up to +16
⦁ Fortification: Up to +100%
⦁ Saving Throws: Up to +16 (not counting the indirect ability score buff to saves, which won’t affect Will)
⦁ Skills: Up to +24
⦁ Movement speed: Up to +20%
⦁ True Sight
⦁ Immunity to certain triggered effects (I’m not 100% sure which things this affects)
04-28-2015, 06:02 PM
There’s a lot of different loot that drops in a lot of different places in TOEE. The distribution is a bit different than a lot of other dungeons in DDO.
For the upgradeable Elemental Weapons, those are found in each dungeon’s End Chest, in Random Encounter chests, and the Arc Reward List (when you complete both dungeons). If you’ve been playing TOEE, you’ve probably seen a lot of these so far. The drop rate for each kind of weapon is roughly equal. If you’re looking for one of a particular element, you may want to search Random Encounters in the particular Node for that element.
For the upgradeable Elemental Armors, you’ll want to search Random Encounters in the Elemental Nodes of Part 2.
For the Mythic Named Weapons, they can be found in Random Encounters within the Temple (but not inside the Nodes, I believe) as well as the end chests for either part - However, your odds are much higher on Random Encounter chests than the end chests.
The Mushroom Cap is the only item unique to the End Chest of Part 2.
(Additionally, +6 to +7 Upgrade Tomes can only be found in the End Chests for either Part 1 or Part 2).
06-11-2015, 06:03 PM
Assuming everyone in the party is the correct level, Monster Champions are intended to have a 33% chance to drop chest or remnants (and 66% during Double Remnant events).
Now remnants and chests are placed near where the killer was - since we know the killer somehow got there in the first place. If the killer isn’t a player, it won’t create the loot drop (mostly due to technical reasons).
Originally Posted by TeacherSyn
Thanks for that information.
Something others haven’t brought up: On a character with multiple classes, with “End Rewards based on Class” checked in Options, what items may likely drop for them? I’ve never been clear if the end-chest factors into this or just the NPC end-reward. Having up to three classes then would mean that players are limiting themselves to specific drops if that’s the case.
It does not affect end chests, only what kind of lootgen items appear in end reward lists.
06-22-2015, 05:18 PM
Re healing cocoon
This is a change that was made, but did not make it into the release notes. Sorry! I wasn’t aware this was in the update. That said, yes, this is a deliberate change in that Cocoon really shouldn’t have been able to target people through walls and such, and is expected to remain as it currently functions (requiring line of sight.)
06-24-2015, 05:56 PM
Confusion is considered level 3 Warlock Enchantment spell.
Mass Confusion is considered a level 6 Warlock Enchantment spell.
08-03-2015, 04:39 PM
Re: Devtracker Tidbits
To settle an argument (not that people regard what the Devs say as definitive but what can you do)…
Originally Posted by redoubt
At about 35 minutes you say blur stacks with displacement. Is this correct?
The long story short: No, we were incorrect about that. Our apologies.
The slightly longer version: Blur and Displacement are different effect channels, and with the way DDO’s effect system works, they should stack. (The text doesn’t reflect this, for reasons we’re about to get to). However! Deep in the deepest of code, there’s a part that, when you are attacked, looks at your Displacement, Blur, and Visual Concealment percentages, finds the highest of the three, and throws out the other two. So, in the end, they don’t stack.
08-11-2015, 05:54 PM
Helmed Horrors are always healed by Force, and also healed variably by one of (fire/cold/electric/acid) at any given time.
10-28-2015, 05:15 PM
When a graveyard monster is killed, there are a couple of different percentage rolls made, and based on the outcome of those rolls, the Darkest Chocolate or Night Revels Key is distributed. Among the things that make you eligible for receiving an award is being the person who hit the monster first, being the one who killed it, being on the monsters hate list, or being in a party with someone who did one of those things. Additionally, it makes ineligible characters who are massively over the level of the monster. It is possible to get both a Darkest Chocolate and Night Revels Key when killing a mob. The things that make you eligible are not all weighed equally.
11-25-2015, 05:01 PM
- Potency (the item bonus that gives a bonus to all spell powers) does NOT give a bonus to Universal Spell Power. Potency essentially has nothing to do with Universal Spell Power, the statistic.
- Feats and enhancements that give bonuses to Universal Spell Power (there are many) all stack with Potency (you can see this currently in game with any feats/enhancements that do this.)
- Universal Spell Power is a statistic, like Constitution and Reflex Saves. Asking “Does Constitution stack with increased maximum hit points?” is similar to asking “Does USP stack with Electric Spell Power?” The answer is yes, but the question itself is confusing, and doubly confusing because we’ve failed to tell you that Potency is a bonus to Electric Spell Power (and fire, and cold, and force, and positive, etc.) Because Potency is not a bonus to Universal Spell Power, it will always stack with USP 100% of the time, the same way that bonuses to Dexterity always stacks with bonuses to Reflex saves - they stack because they are technically bonuses to different things.
12-02-2015, 05:16 PM
Yes, “on Vorpal” is the same as “on a roll of 20 confirmed by a second roll which has to hit”. It’s a bit of dev-speak that sometimes sneaks into text, but is the way these kind of procs are described in conversation on the team for the most part.
03-02-2016, 06:27 PM
The Vulnerability portion of Final Strike works the same as other Vulnerability effects, which is why the duration is as it is.
There’s been some folks recently who are interested in learning more about Final Strike, so we’d like to explain this effect a bit more.
Unfortunately, we have discovered a bug with Final Strike post-today’s-hotfix in that the initial AOE damage is not accurate. That said, in addition to Vulnerable, the benefit should be:
On-Hit: 2d6+1d6 per Ranger level
Additionally, if the target is at 50% health: 5d20 damage
Additionally, if the target is at 25% health: 25d20 damage
Additionally, if the target is at 10% health: 100d20 damage
This damage does not scale with Ranged Power.
Again, the On-Hit initial damage is not correct in either the Ranger or Elven Final Strike currently.
As an additional note: each of those damage numbers are independent of one another. Thus creatures with 10% health or less should receive four separate damage effects.
Yes, both will be based on Ranger levels.
03-10-2016, 04:40 PM
DDO Bonus Days bring you a new bonus event: Treasure Hunter’s Weekend! Now through March 13th!
What it does: Treasure dice rolls are increased by 10, making it more likely that you will get maximum effects on loot.
- Yes, this stacks with the Treasure Hunter’s Elixirs.
- No, this doesn’t increase your chance to get named loot.
- This is a separate bonus from traditional Loot Boosts, which raise the level of the chest. This raises the chance to get the good stuff for the level of the chest you are opening.
- A loot boost will raise the level of the chest, and a Treasure Hunter’s Elixir will increase the chance to get lucky loot from the chest. So, combining both together will have an impact.
Things like higher/best possible numbers on the benefits, better chance to get additional benefits, that kind of thing.
So, under our new loot system, when you open a chest, a roll is made on a loot table. The higher the number, the better. This adds +10 to that roll. The loot table rolled changes as the level of the chest increases, so that in general the loot keeps pace with character level.
Question: So you said it does not affect the chance to get named loot. However, a lot of named loot “has a chance” to roll with mythic boosts (whatever they are called). Will this affect that chance?
No. In general, named loot has its own %-based chance to appear. If it appears, there’s another %-based chance for it to be Mythic (unsurprisingly, the % for Mythic is pretty low.)
Does the treasure hunter bonus from elixirs and event affect end rewards or is it chest only?
The Treasure Hunter’s Bonus acts like a Treasure Hunter’s Elixir, and procs this chest beam of light effect when you’ve hit a lucky loot roll as a result of the bonus.
Spatz’s Note - I’ve seen the effect a bunch of times so far. I think each item gotten this way was Masterful, but haven’t seen useful yet.