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March 28, 2013

The Egg Hunt Begins!

The Hunt Begins!

EpicDuel's resident interstellar, sentient rabbits need your help to recover the fuel supply of their demolished ship. This fuel is stored within containers that closely resemble eggs. You can collect these eggs by winning PvP battles across Delta V for this limited time event. Visit any bunny on Delta V and click the "Egg Hunt" button to view your progress. You can use this interface to jump to any bunny and complete his or her mission for BIG rewards! Collect all the eggs to claim a special Egg Head Achievement!


Bunny Bots!

The bunnies aren't taking any chances as they come out of hiding, which is why they've constructed two new bots with an amazing new ability! You can purchase them from Capensis, Myxoma, Lepus, and Mr. Cottontail. Brachylagus has his bots tucked away in his secret shop along with his super secret arsenal!

Bunny Bots!

These bots come with a powerful attack called "Color Blast" that humiliates and hinders your opponents. One hit will paint the target's armor pastel colors, which allows Brachylagus to lock on his or her position. If they issue a strike attack for three rounds after being painted, a secret bunny artillery battery will rain down a hail of egg-shaped death!

Paint the Titan


Big Prizes!

Collecting these eggs will yield BIG prizes! They could be as simple as Credits and Battle Tokens or as awesome as a new seasonal rare armor or an arsenal of new weapons designed by fan-favorite Trizzzy!

Can't crack this shell.

Bunny weapons!

Hurry up and collect those eggs!


Titan's Wares!

Visit Titan in his icy Frysteland home to collect his silly seasonal rares from years past.  

Nothing foolish about these weapons


Tags: Nightwraith


March 22, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.7


  • Increased the maximum credits possible per battle from 210 to 300. This should prevent issues where you could get fewer base credits than expected while boosting during Power Hour.


  • Infernal Android
    • This bot could unleash huge, repeatable damage with no downside. This change should make using the bot the more tactical "Can I afford to wait for its full damage" decision we originally intended.
    • Is now usable once per battle
    • Damage dealt changed from 80-140% to 85-130%. Still gains 5% damage per round.
    • Added a 3 turn warmup on the special to prevent accidental use before it deals full damage.
    • Special now goes into a 3 turn cooldown instead of 4 when the normal attack is used.
  • Assimilation
    • This skill is intended to provide an on-demand energy boost; this change keeps the focus where it is intended.
    • Lowered damage on hit from 100% to 85%.


  • Reduced the visual size of the Lagomorph auxiliaries.
  • Reversed the position of the Sickle weapons to appear more natural.
  • Krampus Blaster, Krampus Cannon, Legion Blaster, and Legion Cannon were incorrectly removed in the last update. They have been moved to the Krampus Trader.
  • Resale price of Basic items was not visually upgrading in certain cases.
  • Inserting/replacing cores would not visually update the resale price of the item in some cases
  • Resatting items could sometimes cause the resale price to visually increase.
  • Fixed several animation flickers at the start of turns.
  • Botanical Battlegear was incorrectly labeled as Rare instead of Seasonal Rare.
  • Venom Strike initial damage was incorrectly scaling per round.
  • Price of Bio Trooper armor changed to correctly match the Bio Mage and Bio Hunter armors.
  • Certain prize items incorrectly had no resale value. This applies retroactively to existing prize items, including the Bounty Pistol and Banx0rz Blade.


PS - Nightwraith is on location at PAX East this week! Follow Nightwraith on Twitter for the latest reports live from the event. Look for a full post with all the exciting details when he returns!


Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


March 19, 2013

Epic Egg Hunt

Spring is very, very near (or at least it feels that way if you're near the Lab) and something is stirring beneath the Bio Dome.


The Bunnies Return!

The Bunnies Return

Last year, the interstellar, sentient rabbits that were stranded on Delta V years ago attempted to make an escape, with disastrous results! In the intervening time, they helped defend the Archives from an incursion of the Mechachillids and patiently planned their next escape attempt. To bypass the force field that surrounds Delta V, the rabbit leader, Brachylagus will need to recover the fuel supply of his demolished ship.  This fuel is contained within specially designed containers that closely resemble eggs. 


Egg Hunt

Ballistic Bunny Bot

Scattered across Delta V will be a sinister selection of eggs for you to collect. How will you collect these? Battle, of course! You didn't think you could just pick those off the ground, did you? That would be crazy! Collecting these eggs will unlock several awesome rewards with the best being a super-secret shop with never-before-seen weapons!

We'll need a bit extra time to deliver this jam-packed mega release so we're expecting to deliver it on Thursday, March 28!


What About This Week?

This week we will be prepping the artwork and coding the event for next week, but we are still planning to roll a release this week with balance adjustments and additional bug fixes.


Ballistic Bunny Bot

The bunny gang knows that gathering eggs through battle will not be easy, so they've constructed a fierce, mechanical bunny bot to assist you in your duels. This bot is small, but should not be understimated!

Special thanks to Disturbed and Trizzzy for helping out with the designs of these bunny-themed weapons of mass destruction! 


Mod Hunt

The hunt for moderators should be wrapping up very soon.  Our final interviews have concluded and we're making a final pass selecting the candidates. There were a lot of qualified candidates so picking the best of the best has been a great challenge. Thank you for your patience during this process!

Tags: Nightwraith


March 15, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.6


  • New Botanical Battlegear promo now available! Includes energy and physical mutating weapon sets with the Growth Serum active core. Growth Serum grows your character and increases your base Support by 30%
  • Reduced initial file load by around 25%
  • Added a percentage loaded indicator when starting the game
  • Maximum inventory slots increased to 200 items
  • Frysteland weapons removed from store
  • All Winter home items removed from store
  • New performance setting: "Play Idle Animations in Battle"


  • Critical Strikes
    • Defense ignore lowered from 50% to 45%
    • Minimum damage increase lowered from (7+Level/5) to (4+Level/7). At level 35 this was 14 damage, now 9 damage


  • Deadly Aim
    • Lowered damage by 5% at all levels
    • At Level 35 this requires 10 points for maximum benefit; 1 point gives +2 damage instead of +4, 10 points gives +9 damage instead of +10
  • Assimilation
    • Now usable while at maximum Energy
    • Before Update: Drained 1-10 Energy giving back 50% of amount drained. Slight level scaling, no stat scaling.
    • After Update: Drains 3-12 Energy, giving back 100% of the amount drained. No level scaling, steals 1 extra Energy per 9 Strength
    • This skill had many issues, to the point of being nearly useless in most cases. It should now provide Tech Mages with a more reliable on-demand energy gain.
  • Bloodlust
    • Lowered lifesteal by 2% at all levels
    • We overshot slightly with the last buff, this will bring it more in line.
  • Massacre
    • Lowered damage from 45-135% to 31-120% (Roughly 5 damage at level 35)
    • Despite previous minor nerfs this skill was giving far too much free damage, especially over Supercharge and Surgical Strike (Massacre was doing up to 22 more damage than these skills even with no stat investment).
  • Venom Strike
    • Increased initial damage from 70% to 85%
    • This should make the skill more attractive while still keeping a lot of the damage on the poison.


  • Omega Override
    • Increased debuff to 30% of base stat, from 20%
  • Curse / Curse Aura
    • Increased debuff to 30% of base stat, from 25%


  • Added back tooltips to skill minus buttons when retraining
  • Bounty Pistol and Azrael's Deathbringer were missing from Finderbot
  • Achievements from NPCs could appear to drop multiple times
  • Poison damage will now put characters into the "weakened" kneeling state
  • Poison bubbles would sometimes show up incorrectly on the Elite Yeti
  • Disconnecting at a certain point during battle could freeze it
  • Fixed a bug that could cause actions in battle to fail
  • Fixed a bug that could cause critical strikes to do an incorrect amount of damage
  • Stats and cores could show up incorrectly on your Basic Armor following a class change

Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


March 14, 2013

Spring Is Here! Again!

The icy grip of Winter is beginning to wane on Delta V, giving way to green, life-giving vegetation. However, Delta V is a dangerous world, with dangerous creatures, and even more dangerous plants. Based on extensive studies in the Biological Preserve, Delta V scientists have developed new weapons known as Botanical Battlegear.

Botanical Battlegear

These mutating items come in physical and energy damage variants and they will be available with the 10,000 Varium package!  This package comes with TWO mutating weapons plus an exclusive core: Growth Serum. This is an active core that increases your character's height while buffing the base Support. Cast a shadow of fear across the battlefield!

Azrael's Anguish and Annihilator package will not be leaving this weekend, but it won't be around much longer!


Spring Rares Return!


Celtic Weapons 

Seasonal rare weapons will be returning. Check out Charfade, Naomi, and Valestra (Frysteland) to get them!

  • Celtic Cleaver
  • Lucky Lacerators
  • Celtic Fangs
  • Celtic Claws
  • Celtic Maul
  • Cyber Shillelagh
  • Celtic War Axe
  • Celtic Clover Staff
  • Celtic War Staff
  • Serpent Warder
  • Carrotic Collider
  • Carrotic Cannon
  • Lagomorph Launcher
  • Lagomorph Laser
  • Egg Gun
  • Egg Laser
  • Carrot Impaler
  • Carrot Blaster
  • Bunny Borg

Winter / Frysteland rares will be leaving until next year! The missions and Heartbreaker / Azrael weapons will remain a bit longer to let everyone participate in the epic clash against the Elite Yeti!


Spring Cleaning

Since we released Omega, Titan and Rabblefroth have been hard at work cleaning up bugs and trying to optimize performance, but that's a challenging task to do in parallel with new content releases. This week, Practel was in the Lab to personally help Titan smash many outstanding bugs. Check out this video on our Official Youtube Channel to see our development in-progress!

Despite that progress, it's important to remember that smashing bugs is an ongoing process. We can't fix bugs if we don't have enough details to determine why they are occurring. Artix.com is making great strides toward an improved bug tracker, but for the time being, the AE forums is our primary source for bug reports.


Dead Battery?

Often in game development, something will seem like a great idea when it's initially conceived, but upon closer examination loses it's luster. Dead Battery seemed like an interesting idea coneptually, but in testing the effect was very confusing. It looked more like a bug than a feature. For the time being, we are tabling Dead Battery until we can rethink and rework it into a better, more useful, more clear core.

We're always on the lookout for new core ideas from the community. Post your ideas here


Contest Update!

Wow! Thanks to you guys, we now have an absolutely staggering amount of screenshots to show off Omega!  Although we'll always need screenshots, we will be placing a hold on the contest starting Monday 18th @ 6:00PM EST. At that point, we will begin awarding prizes to the best entries and prepare them for use on the EpicDuel website. We will allow for more entries again in the near future, but right now the amount is overwhelming!

If you haven't entered the contest alread, you still have some time to post your shots!


More to Come!


Cute and Dangerous

Tags: Nightwraith


March 08, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.5


  • New Frysteland missions! For those with the mysterious summoning stone, come see RabbleFroth in the Barrens to continue the story.
  • The Golden Yeti Tournament has come to an end! The competition was fierce, a job well done to all of those that participated. The winners should have their Yeti and Achievement when the servers are live.
  • RabbleFroth has a new question to ask you about how you play games.
  • Various improvements to account registration and character creation.


  • Tighter level matching for low level players


  • Class changing and battling with your Basic Armor could cause the battle to hang in some cases
  • Various other minor bugfixes

Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


March 07, 2013

Frysteland's End

Frysteland Conclusion!  

 The Final Battle for Frysteland

The gauntlet has been thrown: Battle Alydriah's champion, the fearsome Elite Yeti, for the fate of Frysteland! But you won't be able to do it alone! Complete the final quest chain, starting at Rabblefroth, to summon the Shadow of the Endless, a powerful spirit from the Void who can help you expel Alydriah's terror from Frysteland for good! Summoning such power comes at a price, though. Are you prepared for the consequences?

You will need to have completed the previous Frysteland quest chain up to the Summoning Stone to engage in this mission chain. Visit Edgar Boothe or King Alaric (both in Frysteland) to being the Frysteland missions if you haven't done so already. The Yeti training missions are not necessary to complete these new missions.


Concerning Missions 

We are in the process of outlining a brand new mission system! We are conducting a lot of in-house playtesting and have determined that our existing mission system is overwhelmingly confusing. It should not take paragraphs of guides and Wiki entries to help even experienced players navagate a chain so all of our existing missions are getting a much needed overhaul. This confusion no doubt leads many to neglect missions altogether, causing them to miss out on plot developments and all the great mission rewards! This new system will soon be revealed and go live within the next few weeks. 


Golden Yeti Tournament Conclusion!  

Who will win me?

When EpicDuel Omega 1.5.5 goes live*, the the top 100 competitors in the Yeti Tournament will win the coveted Golden Yeti! Additionally, the top 100 will win an achievement based on their final rank in the tournament. Congratulations, champions -- you've earned it!

We've learned a lot from this initial foray into organized competitions. We'd love to do more in the future with numerous refinements based on the knowledge gained from the Golden Yeti Tournament. If you didn't win, don't worry -- there will be more competitions, better competitions, on the horizon.

*Likely later than we expected, but we will update you in case of a delay. Follow our Twitter accounts for the most up-to-date details!  The tournament officially ended ~ 10:50PM EST.


The Forging of Azrael's Armaments Video!  

Check dis out! 

Keep checking EpicDuel's Official Youtube channel for a time-lapse video showcasing the creation of Azrael's Anguish and Azrael's Annihilator. The video will go live shortly after Friday's release. Rumor has it that there's a super-secret prize code hidden within the video. Watch closely or you'll miss it! 


New Poll!  

Visit Rabblefroth in the Wasteland who is seeking answers to yet another deep and meaningful question!


Balance Adjustments and Bug Fixes!  

New and improved balance and numerous bug fixes!  These will be covered in greater detail in the Patch Notes.

Tags: Nightwraith


March 04, 2013

A Letter from Nythera, Head of Player Support

Hey there EpicDuelists! Getting your account scammed or "hacked" is a terrible fear for many players, but it's actually a highly preventable matter if the proper precautions are taken. We have a very special guest in EpicDuel's Design Notes today to level up your knowledge about account security: Nythera

Dear EpicDuel players,

Nythera here. As many of you know, not only am I an awesome half-dragon Void Mage, I am also Head of Player Support for Artix Entertainment! That means I'm one of the people helping to protect YOU from scam/phishing sites. I work on getting all the harmful webpages taken down that hurt our game and threaten YOUR account! 

Not sure what I'm talking about? Read on!

How to Keep Your Account Safe

NEVER give your username or password to anyone! Not even to us. We won't ask for it because WE don't need it to help you! How to Keep Your Account Safe

  • Never share your account with anyone!
  • Use a secure password!
  • Confirm your email address with us! 
  • DO NOT trust any other sites or emails except official AE sites/emails. 

For more information on how to keep your account secure, see our Account Safety Help Page! It's designed for AQWorlds, but the general rules still apply to EpicDuel!

What sites are NOT safe, and Why?

Any site not owned by AE which asks you to enter your account information. We do not own them and we will never use them. Examples of popular scam sites are: 
Yola.com (yolasite), Weebly.com, Jimbo.com, dot.tk, webs.com, fordeon.com, jigsy.com, etc. 

The ONLY sites you should enter your account information on are:

What Should You Do If You Find a Site Like This?

Email us using this email form, please!. We will do our best to get them taken down, but it's impossible to find all of them, so we need YOU to help!


Beware of Scams from Email/FaceBook/Twitter

We will never contact you from a gmail.com or yahoo.com email address. The ONLY official email addreses we use are battleon.com addresses. 

Scammers use FaceBook or Twitter to steal accounts, too. Check our official EpicDuel and AE team FaceBook/Twitter accounts to see who is talking to you. 


What Sites are Dangerous?

Sites that promise FREE STUFF to steal your account information! Scam sites say they'll give you free Varium, upgrades, or items IF you give them your game or email login information.


Private Servers, Bots, and Trainers are Illegal!

Private servers are versions of EpicDuel made with stolen art/code. Bot/Trainer programs are created by people looking to cheat. Both have ways to steal your account information. Never download bot/trainer programs or login to a private server using your EpicDuel account information!

Botting or creating private servers can get your account banned. 

Thank You For Your Support!

I would like to thank all of you who play and support our games legitimately. Remember: you can always email us if you have a question about anyone contacting you! And by not scamming, hacking, phishing, or trying to steal from other players, it makes YOU one of the greatest Heroes on Delta V! 

Tags: nythera


March 01, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.4


  • New Cores
    • Nanosteel Armor
      Decreases the ignored defense of incoming Critical Strikes by 8%
    • Plasma Meteor
      Disintegrate an enemy with cosmic debris, increasing weapon damage by 110%
    • Dead Battery
      Due to some last minute issues that came up with this core it wasn't quite ready for today. We plan to have them resolved by next week's update.
  • Your current item now remains selected when equipping and unequipping items
  • New Concussive Shot animation
  • Websites are now filtered in chat




  • Primary, Gun, Auxiliary damage
    This change is designed to help with weapon damage on builds with very high amounts of a single stat. For more details see the final section of the Patch Notes labeled "Diminishing Returns."
    • The amount of stats you need per point of damage has increased. This will be most noticeable in builds with more than 85 points in Strength or Support.
  • Base Energy
    We felt that characters were getting too much free energy, preventing the need to stat for it. This change is a first step for helping with this.
    • Base Energy increases by 1 every 5 levels, from 1 every 2 levels
    • This will decrease base Energy at level 35 by 10


  • Bloodlust
    • Increased lifesteal by 4% at all levels
  • Malfunction
    This change brings Malfunction in line with Smoke Screen. Malfunction was stronger to account for the old, faster scaling of Resistance.
    • Technology debuff lowered by 3 at all levels
  • Fireball
    • Energy cost lowered by 2 at all levels
  • Plasma Bolt
    This skill was doing a bit too much damage for the cost, and the lack of a requirement allowed Tech Mages to overperform at low levels.
    • Energy cost increased by 2 at all levels
    • Added Strength requirement (15 - 33 depending on level)
  • Defense Matrix
    This skill was providing a bit too much defense on Support builds without needed to put many points into it
    • Gains an extra point of defense every 4.5 Support, up from 4

These cores were giving a bit more free power than intended. These changes are designed to bring them more in line.

  • Azrael's Will
    • Lowered damage on use from 100% to 85%
  • Azrael's Torment
    • Lowered damage on use from 100% to 85%
  • Massive Strike
    • Lowered defense ignore from 15% to 10%



  • Changed Mercenary Power Armor name to Metal Marine. Tech Mage Power Armor unchanged.
  • Fixed discrepancies in skill details between level 0 and level 1
  • Name changes were not being reflected in the Gold Yeti Leaderboard
  • Stat required could incorrectly show up red in battle under certain circumstances


NOTE: Diminishing Returns

For those unaware, there is a system in place to make stats less effective as they pass certain thresholds (55 stats, and again at 85 stats). For example, in the last update, you needed 4.5 Strength to get 1 point of weapon damage. After reaching 55 Strength, you would then need 5.5 Strength to get each extra point of damage. Finally, after 85 Strength, you would need 6.5 Strength per point of damage.

So the “diminishing returns” of Primary and Gun damage was (4.5 → 5.5 → 6.5). In this patch, the diminishing returns for Primary, Gun, and Auxiliary damage was changed to (4.5 → 6 → 8). This means that builds with less than 85 points in a single stat will see at most a small change in damage, while those with more than 85 points in Strength / Support may see a more noticeable drop in their Primary / Gun / Aux damage.

Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


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