Patch Notes/2009-09-15

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09.15.2009 Version 1600.20090902.4T2

Combined Release Notes for Issue 16

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


COMBINED

Animation

Arena

  • Added the ability to enable and disable inspirations by size class to the Arena.
  • Fixed Sudden Death in Arenas. Now, instead of setting everyone to 1 health at the start of the sudden death, all participants' maximum health is slowly reduced over the one minute of Sudden Death.
  • Players may now use the /arenalist command to access the Arenas from any location.


Badges

  • Back From the Future: Reduced this badge's requirements from taking over 1000 pillboxes to taking over 100 pillboxes.
  • Coldhearted: Reduced this badge's requirements from defeating 200 cold demons to 100 cold demons.
  • Celebrity/Bling: Reduced this badge's requirements from earning 1,000,000 inf to 500,000 influence/infamy.
  • Confined: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 20 hours to being mezzed for 3 hours.
  • Caged: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 40 hours to being mezzed for 6 hours.
  • Deathless: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 1,200,000 to 400,000.
  • Demolitionist: Reduced this badge's required 25 bombs placed to 10 bombs placed.
  • Electrician: Reduced the number of required 200 defeated Cap au Diable Gremlins to 100 Gremlins.
  • Empath: Reduced this badge's requirements from healing others for 100,000,000 points of damage to 10,000,000.
  • Entangled/Sleepy: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 120 minutes to being mezzed for 30 minutes
  • Exalted: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 10,000,000 to 1,000,000.
  • Fabricator: Reduced this badge's requirements from 10,000 crafted enhancements to 2,000 crafted enhancements.
  • Hero Slayer: Reduced this badge's required defeats of 100 named Paragon Heroes to 25 defeats to be on par with the hero badge "Villain Disruptor".
  • Illusionist: This badge now requires the player to defeat 100 Illusionists and Phantasms summoned by the Carnival Master Illusionist. NOTE: Phantasm defeats were not tracked until this patch. Previous defeats of these enemies will not count toward the total defeats required for this badge. However, defeating summoned illusionists and phantasms going forward WILL earn credit toward this badge.
  • Invulnerable: Reduced the amount of damage taken required to earn this badge from 500,000,000 to 50,000,000.
  • Immortal: Reduced the amount of damage taken required to earn this badge from 1,000,000,000 to 100,000,000.
  • Impounder: Reduced the number of destroyed cars necessary to unlock this badge from 200 to 100, updated progress bar text to match this.
  • Imprisoned/Dazed and Confused: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 600 minutes to being mezzed for 60 minutes.
  • Jailed: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 80 hours to being mezzed for 12 hours.
  • Leader: Reduced this badge's requirements from earning 2,000,000,000 influence/infamy to 500,000,000 influence/infamy.
  • Medical Specialist: Reduced this badge's requirements from healing others for 10,000,000 points of damage to 3,000,000.
  • Medicine Man/Woman: Reduced this badge's requirements from healing others for 50,000,000 points of damage to 5,000,000.
  • Nigh Indestructible: Reduced the amount of damage taken required to earn this badge from 100,000,000 to 25,000,000.
  • Popular: Reduced this badge’s requirements from earning 1,000,000,000 influence/infamy to 250,000,000 influence/infamy.
  • Protectorate: Reduced this badge's required 500 defeated Devouring Earth emanators to 100 defeated emanators.
  • Restrained/Slacker: Reduced this badge's requirements from being mezzed for 30 minutes to being mezzed for 10 minutes
  • Sensation/Mr. Big/Ms. Big: Reduced this badge's requirements from earning 10,000,000 influence/infamy to 2,500,000 influence/infamy.
  • Superstar/Midas Touch: Reduced this badge's requirements from earning 20,000,000 influence/infamy to 10,000,000 influence/infamy.
  • Somewhere in Time: Reduced this badge's requirements from taking over 100 pillboxes to taking over 50 pillboxes.
  • The Unwavering/Punch Drunk: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 100,000 to 50,000.
  • The Unyielding/Unbroken: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 400,000 to 100,000.
  • The Unbroken Spirit/Relentless: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 800,000 to 200,000.
  • Toy Collector: Reduced this badge's requirements from opening 200 presents during the winter event to 100 presents.
  • Trendsetter: Reduced this badge's requirements from earning 100,000,000 influence/infamy to 50,000,000 influence/infamy.
  • Undying: Reduced the amount of required paid off XP debt to earn this badge from 2,000,000 to 600,000.
  • Untouchable: This badge now requires the player to defeat 100 Consiglieres and Underbosses.
  • The Vanguard Recruit day job badge now requires the user to be level 35 or greater, to unlock this badge. NOTE: Players who already have this badge and are lower than level 35 will not lose the badge.
  • Venomous: Reduced this badge's required 200 defeated Toxic Tarantulas to 50 Toxic Tarantulas.

Accolades

  • Born in Battle: This Villain Accolade now requires:
    • Earn the Ironman badge (1,000,000 points of damage taken) instead of the Unbreakable badge (10,000,000 points of damage taken).
    • Earn the Hammer Down badge instead of the Raider badge.
    • No long requires the Lanista badge.
    • NOTE: Even though this badge’s requirements are changing, players who already have this Accolade should keep this Accolade even if they don’t have the Hammer Down badge.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Fixed a bug that caused this Accolade to unlock at level 35 instead of 30.

Character Creation

  • Returning to the Body Type screen at any time during the character creation process will no longer reset body scale changes made to the character


City Zones


Co-Op Zones

  • The Minimum Entry Level of the Rikti War Zone has been removed in order to support upgrades to the Sidekicking System


Email

  • There is now an in-game email setting to block all email except from those on your friends list or in your supergroup.


Emotes

  • Super Science Pack: The Drink Formula costume change emote (/cce # CCDrinkFormula) now behaves consistently (the flash and smoke animations used to be out of sync with each other depending on your character model).


Flashback

  • Flashback Missions now use combat level instead of security level.


General

  • Longbow Wardens' Lingering Radiation has been reduced to a more reasonable debuff


Graphics/FX


Mission Architect

  • Experience rewards for custom mobs in Mission Architect have been changed.
    1. Enemies created using the Standard setting will reward 75% of normal experience.
    2. Enemies created using the Hard and Extreme setting will reward 100% of normal experience.
    3. The total amount of experience an enemy is worth is split evenly between their two power set choices. Their primary set adds an amount to the experience, and then the secondary set adds an amount.
    4. The specifics numbers for individual sets are as followed:
      1. Standard: 37.5%
      2. Hard/Extreme: 50%
      3. If a mob is created that has a standard primary and a hard secondary, it will be worth 87.5% of the normal experience (37.5% + 50%)
      4. A mob created with a hard primary and a hard secondary will be worth 100% experience (50% + 50%)
  • Custom villain groups will suffer an experience penalty if they do not have at least one minion, lieutenant, and boss within them.
    1. If one rank is missing, there will be a 50% experience penalty applied to all enemies in the group.
    2. If two ranks are missing, there will be a 75% experience penalty applied to all enemies in the group.
    3. Players will still receive full experience for an enemy in their own unique groups if they are spawned in the "Fight a Boss" objective. This only applies to the specific enemy spawned in this manner and not the group spawned along with them.
  • Players can now select any powers for custom mobs to have. However, if the minimal amounts of powers required for them to be considered standard difficulty are removed on either power set, the mob will be worth 0 experience.
    1. As an example, a standard minion with Broadsword has Slash and Throwing Knives. If either of those two powers are removed, that minion will be worth 0 experience, even if a secondary power set has all powers selected.
    2. This will not cause any custom mobs currently on live to be worth zero experience.
  • New Enemy Groups
    1. Rogue Isles Villain (1-54) - Players can now use the villains you fight at the end of Safeguard missions in Mission Architect.
    2. Paragon Hero (1-54) - The heroes that are fought at the end of Mayhem missions are now usable in Mission Architect.
    3. Anti-Matter's Robots (40-54) - Anti-Matter and his minions are now available to use within Mission Architect.
  • Arcs containing Bosses have a warning flag again.
  • Custom Critters – As with player characters, Claws and Stone Armor are now mutually exclusive at critter creation due to animation issues
  • Custom Critters - Kinetics - Transference should now correctly drain endurance from players.
  • Defender: Oil Slick Arrow no longer cons friendly and can again be targeted by player in a MA mission.
  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when editing a published mission.
  • Fixed the waypoints for players to exit the map in the Carnival - Commercial map in Mission Architect and also to allow for escorts to be completed on it.
  • Freakshow Sonic Bombs, and Hamidon's Mitochondria Electrolytes and Antibodies have been pulled from the Mission Architect due to exploits with these mobs.
  • Removed the option to select location for ambushes - it wasn’t doing anything.
  • Removed a number of enemies from multiple enemy groups within Mission Architect that only had the Quantum Gun as a viable attack power.

NPCs

  • Fixed a bug where generic spawns of The Lost at level 30 or higher spawn as Rikti using The Lost animations. Level 30 or higher Lost spawns now spawn as Rikti with correct Rikti animations.


Powers

  • All dismissable pets will now zone with you, but will lose their buffs.
  • Brawl no longer accepts Endurance Discount Enhancements.
  • Brawl no longer costs Endurance when used.
  • Electric Melee (All versions) - Removed erroneous reference to Fury from Chain Inductions Long Help
  • Reduced Endurance cost of Origin Based powers Apprentice Charm, Taser Dart, Tranq Dart, Throwing Knives, and Mutagen from 6.5 per activation to 2.08 per activation.
  • Shields/Against All Odds: Detailed Info now shows Dmg debuff numbers that are applied to foes.

PVP Powers


Rewards


Tailor

  • Characters created before Issue 16 will no longer need to change a costume piece in order for customized power changes to update
  • Adjusted tailor costs for powers customization changes.
  • The cost for changing each individual power's theme is 1/9th the cost of changing your upper or lower body.
  • There is a Power Fee for changing powers customization. It is the same amount as the Tailor Fee for changing costume pieces.
  • Changing the primary or secondary color for a power charges 1/10th the Powers Fee for each power changed. This is only charged once per power, instead of once for each color.


User Interface

  • Removed "Suppress Extra Player FX" option. It wasn’t actually doing anything
  • Fixed a bug that would cause players to sometimes lose their Global Friends list.
  • Items in the Options Menu have been slightly reorganized and contain tool tip buttons.
  • On the login screen, players will see their current costume instead of costume 1.
  • Character Creation – Moved Save/Load Costume buttons so they don’t get blocked by other buttons


XP Curve Adjustment

  • To go along with our new changes to sidekicking and exemplaring, we've made some adjustments to the experience awarded from minions, lieutenants and bosses in the level 5 to 24 range. In short these enemies are on average receiving a 20% experience and influence increase. This will slightly speed up the pace at which heroes and villains advance through the 5 to 24 range.


CITY OF HEROES

Powers

Blasters

  • Radiation Blast – All AoE powers in this set will no longer give a damage bonus per target hit. Like other Blaster AoE powers, only a single damage buff will be granted per use of the power
  • Radiation Blast/Neutrino Bolt – This power now has a 4 second recharge, which increases base damage from scale 0.6 to scale 1.0 and increases endurance cost from 3.12 to 5.2
  • Radiation Blast/X-Ray Beam – This power now has an 8 second recharge, which increases base damage from scale 1.0 to scale 1.64 and increases endurance cost from 5.2 to 8.53
  • Electricity Manipulation - Power Sink: This power should no longer have a lingering icy effect on the caster.

Controllers

  • Kinetics/Fulcrum Shift: This power will now correctly use Controller buff modifiers instead of Defender buff modifiers, resulting in a 20% damage buff per target and a 40% damage buff on self, instead of a 25% damage buff per target and a 50% damage buff on self.
  • Cold Domination: All of these powers should now accept the correct IO Sets.

Defenders

Peacebringers and Warshades

Scrappers

Tankers


CITY OF VILLAINS

City Zones

General

  • Fixed a bug that would prevent a Villain from being able to trade with other Villains after a respec.

Powers

Brutes

  • Claws - Corrected a decimal shift error in the Recharge Time of Slash. Now recharges in 6.4 seconds, not 0.64 seconds.
  • Claws/Slash - Slightly increased this power’s damage to be in line with its recharge time
  • Claws - Eviscerate: Corrected this power's long help, it erroneously stated that this power had a chance to critically hit, which it does not
  • Claws - Powers in this set are now slottable for Taunt enhancements and Taunt IO sets.
  • Claws and Stone Armor are now mutually exclusive at character creation due to animation issues.
  • Electrical Melee – Jacob's Ladder: Re-enabled FX for this power.
  • Electric Melee - Chain Induction correctly jumps to additional targets when slotted with proc IOs.

Corruptors

  • Archery/Rain of Arrows – This power will now correctly Scourge enemies allowing for critical hits on enemies with low health
  • Kinetics/Fulcrum Shift: This power will now correctly use Corruptor buff modifiers instead of Defender buff modifiers, resulting in a 20% damage buff per target and a 40% damage buff on self, instead of a 25% damage buff per target and a 50% damage buff on self.
  • Trick Arrow/Acid Arrow - Fixed a bug that caused this power to deal additional damage to immobilized, held, or disoriented targets
  • Pain Domination - Soothing Aura is properly suppressed when the recipient is mezzed.
  • Trick Arrow - Glue Arrow: This power’s ground based glue effect will no longer fade once the initial target is defeated, instead it will last its full intended duration.

Dominators

Masterminds

  • Dark Miasma - Removed erroneous Jump Speed slow effect from Shadow Fall.
  • Mastermind Pets now correctly keep their level 6 and level 32 upgrade power buffs when zoning
  • Pets will now zone with their Mastermind owner and will keep their buffs
  • Necromancy - Zombies, Skeletons and Lich should use the selected custom colors for their enchanted and empowered particle effects.
  • Pain Domination - Soothing Aura is properly suppressed when the recipient is mezzed.
  • Thugs/Gang War now summons the Posse correctly
  • Trick Arrow - Glue Arrow: This power’s ground based glue effect will no longer fade once the initial target is defeated, instead it will last its full intended duration.

Soldiers of Arachnos and Widows

Stalkers