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December 27, 2019

Gifting 2019 Balance Update

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you had a joyous, relaxing holiday! It's hard to believe that 2019 is almost over!

This week, we've implemented a small update to help some of the underperforming classes and fix a few bugged skill cores. Currently, Bounty Hunters and Tech Mages are very strong, while Mercs seem to be having a difficult time in 1v1. Rewards for Juggernaut victories have also been slightly boosted.


  • Hybrid Armor: 
    • Lvl 1: 7
    • Lvl 2: 9
    • Lvl 3: 11
    • Lvl 4: 13
    • Lvl 5: 15
    • Lvl 6: 16
    • Lvl 7: 17
    • Lvl 8: 18
    • Lvl 9: 19
    • Lvl 10: 20
  • Plasma Armor: 
    • Lvl 1: 12
    • Lvl 2: 14
    • Lvl 3: 16
    • Lvl 4: 18
    • Lvl 5: 20
    • Lvl 6: 22
    • Lvl 7: 24
    • Lvl 8: 26
    • Lvl 9: 28
    • Lvl 10: 30
  • Mineral Armor: 
    • Lvl 1: 12
    • Lvl 2: 14
    • Lvl 3: 16
    • Lvl 4: 18
    • Lvl 5: 20
    • Lvl 6: 22
    • Lvl 7: 24
    • Lvl 8: 26
    • Lvl 9: 28
    • Lvl 10: 30
  • Static Charge: Improves with every 5 points of Tech instead of 7
  • Low HP threshold for cores like Wolf's Fury and Yeti Fury reduced to 40% instead of 45%
  • Rewards for Juggernaut victory slightly increased


  • Ice Shield: Greatly reduces damage in the event that an attack bypasses the block/deflection buff.
  • Lionhart's Shield: Greatly reduces damage in the event that an NPC targets player.
  • Blood Bullet: damage was at 125% instead of 115%
  • Hatchling Rush: No longer freezes and skips turn when used while rooted by Armored Roots or Tentacle Prison


Secret and Silver Secret Package Donation

Since these packages are so valuable and difficult to attain, we've decided to make having duplicate packages worthwhile by allowing the top 15 gifters of the 2019 Gifting season (not daily) to donate their excess packages to their friends. These gifts can be donated at the end of gifting.

Tags: Nightwraith


December 20, 2019

Gifting 2019 Continues

Gifting Heats Up!

Gifting 2019 continues with new home items, new styles, a new achievement and new gifting prizes! The prize pool has been expanded with some new prizes that may give you an incentive to check the gift before turning it in for store credit(s)!


Festive Home Decor

Decorate your Winter wonderhome for the season with some new seasonally-themed home items!


Seasonal Styles

Check out new Frost Knight styles in CC and non-CC varieties to complement Bido's Frost Knight armor! But where is this armor? Be sure to collect all the daily gifts and your prize drop gifts to find them (there are 2 varieties to collect)!


Frost Warrior 3.0

The old Frost Warrior 2.0 has been retired and updated with a 3.0 variant. Boost those rating points by collecting a new seasonal achievement! You should have plenty of credits by now so it should be an insta-buy from your personal Achievement shop!

Tags: Nightwraith


December 13, 2019

Seasonal Rare Bonanza

Gifting Continues

Gifting continues at an incredible pace as players new and old experience the most exciting time on Delta V. Since Gifting attracts so many players out of hiatuses, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring back nearly all seasonal rares for the duration of Gifting! Visit the many merchants from across Delta V to see what weird, wild weapons, armors, and cores you may have missed throughout the years!


Bundle Balance

Some small changes have been made to the promotional item cores. These should increase their utility without making them too overpowered.

  • Frozen Fist: Unlimited use. Reduced max damage to 140%
  • Frozen Rift / Improbability Gate: increased % of bonus damage to 10%

Armor Up

Visit Edgar Boothe in Frysteland to try on a brilliant assortment of new armors created by Deuce! Since some are very anti-cape ("NO CAPES!"), there are caped and capeless variants as well as CC and non-CC variants. Something for everyone! These will also count towards the Festive Coal Collector acheivement!

  • Festive Frostwalker
  • Festive Frostwalker CC
  • Caped Festive Frostwalker
  • Caped Festive Frostwalker CC


Friday the 13th in December???

I almost didn't believe the calendar, but it's Friday the 13th...in December! Not very festive, you may think, but that all depends on your aesthetic. In honor of this rare occasion, we're bringing back Nightmare Dage for a limited time! Through yourself against this formidable foe once again to try and claim his rare Nightmare Paragon armor. If you already have it, help a struggling friend overcome this supreme challenge! In addition to a returning boss challenge and returning Friday the 13th rares, there is additional new themed content to enjoy!

  • New Friday the 13th Achievement!
  • New Friday the 13th Hairstyle!

Tags: Nightwraith


December 06, 2019

Festive Coal Collection


Festive Coal Collection

The first week of gifting has been a wild ride as early gifters start strong to secure their places on the leaderboard. Whether you're giving or receiving the storm of generosity, this is probably the most amazing time to year to visit Delta V!

Remember, the winner of each Daily Gifting contest receives a Secret Package, while the top 5 receive Silver Secret Packages. You can also receive a Silver Secret Package for giving more than 15,000 gifts in a day!


Festive Coal Collection

Edgar Boothe has increased his stock of Winter seasonal rares with a brand new collection from the talented Deuce! This beautiful assortment is perfect for completing your holiday look! Look for the armors in a future update!

  • Swords
    • Festive Coalbringer P
    • Festive Coalbringer E
    • Festive Coal Cleaver P
    • Festive Coal Cleaver E
  • Wrist Blades
    • Festive Coal Sickle P
    • Festive Coal Sickle E
  • Clubs
    • Festive Coal Crusher P
    • Festive Coal Crusher E
  • Staffs
    • Festive Coal Curser P
    • Festive Coal Curser E
  • Auxiliaries
    • Festive Coal Buster P
    • Festive Coal Buster E
  • Sidearms
    • Festive Coal Cannon P
    • Festive Coal Cannon E

Purchasing even one of the items listed above from the Festive Coal collection will earn you the Festive Coal Collector 2019


Festive Travels

Edgar Boothe is also stocking a new way to travel...a Festive Tree? Why stop at ugly sweaters and Santa hats to show your holiday spirit when you can dark around Delta V as a completely-decorated, color-changing tree?!

Note: The Festive Tree is not a part of the Festive Coal Collection and doesn't contribute toward the achievement.


Daily Gifts

Have you been logging in every day to claim your prize? Some of these are credit and Arcade Token prizes, but many are also unique house items and weapons never before offered in game! Plus, each claim goes towards the evolving Yeti for Winter 2019 achievement! Free stuff just for logging in? Why not? Of course, while you're around, you might as well stick around for the gift rain!

Tags: Nightwraith


December 02, 2019

Ready! Set! Gift!

Gifting Approaches

Can you feel it? Gifting is mere hours away and here's a small preview of what's to come in this new update!

Tomorrow around 12PM EST, EpicDuel will reboot and the new season of gifting will begin! With this new beginning, new promotional packages will enter the Varium shop to replace the 35K Varium package and Pirate Captain promotion!


Omega Frost Slayer Pack

These new weapons designed by Lae are the evolution of the Frost Slayer and Frost Destroyer weapons of old. Welcome Winter season and the new year with a bang with these exciting new weapons and cores!

  • Omega Frost Slayer P
  • Omega Frost Slayer E
  • Omega Frost Destroyer P
  • Omega Frost Destroyer E
    •  Frozen Fist: Deal 105% Primary damage, increasing by 5% per round, (140% max)
  • Omega Frostbite Blaster P
  • Omega Frostbite Blaster E
    • Frozen Rift: Opens an icy rift, dealing Sidearm damage plus 10% of your target's max Health (Max 400)
  • Omega Frostbite Cannon P
  • Omega Frostbite Cannon E
    • Tactical Reload (Aux): Get a free reload of your Auxiliary, bypassing cooldown.

This promotional package will include the evolving Epic Supporter 2019 Achievement!


15K Gifting Boost

For those not interested in new weapons and cores, the 15K Varium package is returning to meet your gifting needs. This promotional package will also include the evolving Epic Supporter 2019 Achievement!


Diamonds Are Forever

Gifting is a great opportunity to increase your rating points to the maximum, and this year we've raised the cap to include 2 new star rating tiers: Diamond and Regal Diamond! Can you max out your ratings and achieve EpicDuel immortality?



  • For Blood Mages, Maestrom was adjusted reduce a target's energy by 26% of damage
  • Improbability Gate has been buffed to deal Aux damage plus 8% target's max HP (Max 400)
  • Wolf's Fury has been nerfed to a 20% Stun/Crit Chance
  • Higher level battle achievements have been increased to reflect the work involved in achieving them:
    • Grand Emperor: 8000
    • Legend: 12000
    • Epic Legend: 15000
    • Eternal Legend: 23000
    • Demigod: 30000

Tags: Titan


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