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April 18, 2019

Springtime Smash!

Springtime Smash

EpicDuel will be updating shortly to add part of an epic springtime release featuring new weapons, balance changes, and a new arcade game!



Currently, many ideas for improving balance are being thrown around on the test server but there's not total confident in their viability. It's especially risky to push large balance changes over a holiday weekend when immediate corrective action wouldn't be possible. We're continuing to test and brainstorm ideas to revamp the skill trees to empower struggling classes and encourage build diversity.

  • General
    • Deflection chance max increased to 35%
  • Tech Mage
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 2.4 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with ever 0.4 Support
    • Technician: Improves with every 3 Dexterity
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 2.8 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with ever 0.4 Support
  • Robots
    • Cleanse: Reduces debuffs by up to 75% from 85%
    • Heart Attack: Reduces buffs by up to 75% from 85%


Try your luck and spend some tokens at the Springtime Smash Arcade featuring some new weapons from Bido!

  • Spring Slayer P
  • Spring Slayer E
  • Spring Slicers P
  • Spring Slicers E
  • Spring Axe P
  • Spring Axe E
  • Spring Staff P
  • Spring Staff E
  • Spring Splicer P
  • Spring Splicer E
  • Spring Boltcaster P
  • Spring Boltcaster E
  • Spring Spear P
  • Spring Spear E
  • Lucky Lacerators E
  • Celtic Maul E
  • Serpent Warder E
  • Eggscape Pod

New Weapons

Visit Deuce for new seasonal gear! There's still more to come so don't feel too disappointed if some items from the previews, like the awesome Highlander armor, aren't present in the shop just yet!

  • Highlander Broadsword P
  • Highlander Broadsword E
  • Highlander Shortsword P
  • Highlander Shortsword E
  • Highlander Gauntlets P
  • Highlander Gauntlets E
  • Highlander Cleaver P
  • Highlander Cleaver E
  • Highlander Staff P
  • Highlander Staff E
  • Highlander Blaster P
  • Highlander Blaster E
  • Highlander Shotgun P
  • Highlander Shotgun E
  • Highlander Launcher P
  • Highlander Launcher E


This the first part of our springtime release, the second part of which should have even more balance changes and seasonal content. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tags: Nightwraith


April 12, 2019

Patch Notes - 1.7.17

We just rolled a small patch with some small adjustments and preparations to make much larger changes to the skill trees next week, changes which will require some extemsive testing to evaluate their viability. We also have a glorious cache of weapons and items in the pipeline


New Features/Changes

  • Added an additional tier of diminishing returns for stats that kicks in after 100 points. This currently impacts Resistance and Defense to help counter tanky builds.
  • Improved Support scaling for Auxiliary damage. 
  • Epic Origins achievement that will be available with the EpicDuel poster from HeroMart.

Bug Fixes

  • Shadow Arts no longer intermittently defaults armor to black
  • Retrained Tactical Mercenaries as it was possible to have max Reroute without meeting the requirements
  • Reported but not a bug: Blood Lust and Reroute don't stack with other HP and EP regen cores. The engine is designed to use the highest value to determine regen so a skill that does 40% HP gain from damage will override max Blood Lust at 25%, rather than combining to become 65% HP gain.

Tags: Nightwraith


April 05, 2019

Passive Skills Return!

Passive Skills Return!

The day has finally come! It's been nearly 6 years and after hundreds of constructive and not-so-constructive comments, emails, and forum posts later Passive Skills have returned to the skill trees of EpicDuel! Party like it's 2013 and experiment with build options not possible in years, if at all!



Passive skills return to replace their former active skills! If you're new to EpicDuel, you're probably wondering why this is significant. Passive Skills haven't been a part of the game since 2013 and the game has changed a lot since then. At the time, we felt that Passive Skills didn't make the battles feel dynamic enough. On the surface, Passive Skills aren't as cool as summoning a lightning bolt or activating a space laser, but because they can impact almost every round for 0 cost, they're extremely powerful and essential for most builds. We replaced them with new active skills hoping that would make energy management more valuable and diversity builds. Sound theory, but the removal of Passive Skills left a large hole in EpicDuel that the new skills never quite replaced. This reversal could have happened much sooner, but many of the Passive Skills were completely shredded in the transition with the assumption that we would never go back. While some were simple to return (Blood Lust and Reroute are still equipped to many NPCs), others had to be rebuilt. This was a big, scary change with many unknown consequences, but hopefully it will all be worth it!

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Blood Lust - Replaces Mark of Blood
    • Shadow Arts - Replaces (Active) Shadow Arts
    • Massacre - Removed Lifesteal
  • Mercenary
    • Adrenaline - Replaces Adrenaline Rush
    • Hybrid Armor - Replaces (Active) Hybrid Armor. Now based on % of Defense / Resistance rather than flat value
  • Tech Mage
    • Deadly Aim - Replaces Fire Scythe. Reduced in power due to sidearm damage amplifying cores
    • Reroute - Replaces Battery Backup
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Plasma Armor - Replaces (Active) Plasma Armor. Now based on % of Resistance rather than flat value
    • Shadow Arts - Replaces (Active) Shadow Arts
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Reroute - Replaces Battery Backup
    • Mineral Armor - Replaces (Active) Mineral Armor. Now based on % of Defense rather than flat value
  • Blood Mage
    • Blood Lust - Replaces Mark of Blood
    • Deadly Aim - Replaces Bludgeon rather than Energy Parasite as it is extremely valuable to many Blood Mage builds
    • Supercharge - Removed Lifesteal

Since this is such a major change to battle dynamics, and the game has changed so much in 6 years, we'll definitely need some follow up updates to balance the returning skills. This'll be an ongoing process, but a major step towards returning something dearly missed by longtime players.


Core Changes

  • Shell Shocker defense reduction increased to 15% from 10%
  • Blood Bullet damage increase reduced to 125% from 135%



Since enough people liked the April Fool's armor, I've separated the head from the armor and added as a hairstyle. Now you can have whatever helm or hair you wish with the armor!

Bug Fixes

Spirit Meld now properly ignores armor on user. Additional defense reduction penalty added to description.

Tags: Nightwraith


March 23, 2019

Bunnyzooka Bunn-anza!

Spring is finally here! Can you believe it? Can you believe there's a brand new edition of the Bunnyzookas with pre-equipped cores? Can you believe HeroMart just restocked a truckload of EpicDuel merch? Believe!


Bunnyzooka Bunn-anza!

To refresh the classic Bunnyzookas, we've introduced the shiny new 2019 editions available at Brachylagus in the Biological Preserve Archives, complete with a new active core!

  • Bunnyzooka 2019
  • Energy Bunnyzooka 2019
  • Comes equipped with Shell-Shocker active core: Reduce defense/resistance 10% and reduces healing 25% for 3 turns. 85% damage.


New Cores

Available at Dage the Evil, these new active primary cores can make a huge different to the outcome of your duels!

  • Screaming Soul Spears: Summon a blade barrage to cause 25 points of energy/health loss for 4 turns. 85% damage. 
  • Crimson Offering: Sacrifice 80 Health for 300 Energy.
  • Spirit Well: Reduce and absorb enemy energy by 25% of normal strike damage.


Robot Change

The Bunny Bot has a sneaky special attack that has been underused for ages. To improve this, we've expanded the triggers for the Egg Rain attack to include regular sidearm and auxiliary attacks. Core attacks and skills are still exempt.

  • Ballstic and Electro Bunny Bot: Color blast now triggers when using a regular sidearm or auxiliary attack


Classic Core Unlocks

To encourage experimentation with some classic EpicDuel items, we've unlocked the cores on the Delta Gear. This was done as an experiment to see if it was something worth doing to other rare, locked gear. 

  • Delta Knight: Curse Aura unlocked 
  • Delta Destroyer, Delta Daggers, Delta Maul, Delta Staff: Curse unlocked



To increase the viability of Bounty Hunter Dexterity builds without making them overpowered, we've made the following changes:

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Multishot: Improves with Dexterity.
    • Reduced base damage by 20 per level
    • Adjusted scaling to improve with every .4 stats
  • Stun Grenade
    • Improves with every .5 stats



An incredible bounty of loot is finally available from HeroMart, including new designs to complement the return of old classics!

This marvelous merch comes with new home items, weapons, achievements in EpicDuel and AQW! What other kinds of EpicDuel merch would you like to see created for HeroMart?


Coming Soon

Spring is officially here and Easter is right around to corner, so Bido and Deuce are hard at work crafting some awesome new sets worthy of your extensive collections!

Cut Content

Not among the new cores were a handful of new passives that were designed to give players a big advantage if their health dropped below critical levels. However, there were some problems in the battle engine that kept them from triggering properly at the health threshold, meaning they would be active the entire fight! I fought my own battle against the code for a bit but had to cut them for this update. Hopefully we can get them working as intended and in game in an upcoming update!


Status Report

One major project I've been planning to implement is the return of Passive skills to the skill trees. I'm very close to having the logistics ironed out for this project but I will need some programming advice to make sure nothing breaks. Changing Passive skills to Active skills was a major change that took a long time to implement so it shouldn't be surprising that reverting the change is taking longer than anticipated. Some of the Passives no longer exist so they must be recreated. Plus, modifying the skill trees is a complicated process that is very unforgiving. It's possible to break every character in the game with small mistake! No pressure, right? 

Next week, I will be traveling to visit family so I there are no updates planned for next week. I know that's a bummer, but I haven't taken a real break since...


I don't remember. Anyway, I should return ready to tackle this major project to restore a bit of what you loved about the old battle engine. Hopefully, we don't prove the old saying true, "Be careful what you wish for..."

Now where did I put that Gamma.exe?

Another issue I'd like to address is the speculation of plans for EpicDuel's future. In the near term, I've been able to secure additional help with creating art assets to make meatier releases. The increased attention EpicDuel has received also motivated HeroMart to restock old merch and create new merch. I've noted people expressing fatigue with the weapon releases, but developing new or restoring old features is mostly beyond my capabilities alone. Many of the new features you've enjoyed have been due to snagging snippets of Titan's time for consultation or development. Larger features that require days or weeks are trickier as he has regular obligations to AQ3D. It's frustrating, but Titan's new role comes with less autonomy than he enjoyed as the EpicDuel lead. That's part of the tradeoff when you sign up to work for a company rather than running your own business. 

What about EpicDuel 2? ED2D? EDBR? I see people demanding these new projects enter the pipeline constantly, and I agree with you! You don't have to convince *me* that EpicDuel is awesome and deserves an awesome future. I don't need convincing, but I don't have the autonomy to greenlight a project. As I understand it, the plan is to use AQ2D as a basis for converting the Flash games to Unity. Why does AQ2D get preference? AQW is much, MUCH bigger than EpicDuel. Even at EpicDuel's peak, it was orders of magnitude larger by nearly every metric. For those of you clenching your fists like the Arthur meme, note I said bigger, not better. Big is big. If that weren't the case, why on earth would EpicDuel only have one dev? That said, EpicDuel's players are some of the most enthusiastic and devoted fans of all the games, and that doesn't go unnoticed. I love our humble little PvP game, but I understand the rationale, especially when working with limited resources. I can't build the game on my lonesome as I've tragically dumped all my stats into art and charisma (obviously). 

What I can do is continue building on EpicDuel, creating new releases, updating balance, and adding features whenever I can. It's in my interest, and AE's interest to see EpicDuel thrive, contrary to claims of sabotage I've seen. I've lashed myself to the mast of this project for over a decade and I really don't know what I'd do beyond it -- a scary thought that's kept me up many nights, but maybe that's a nudge toward better personal development. I'm 100%, full-time EpicDuel and plan to continue for as long as you'll allow it.

That's what I know at this current moment. That knowledge is always subject to change based on news I hear from on high, and I'll certainly update you all when that happens. I won't tease a project before it's 100% official. Thank you for your patience. If you're frustrated, know that it's mutual, but I aim to make the best of the present situation.

Duel On!

Tags: Nightwraith


March 15, 2019

Dage Overload!

Dage Overload!

This week EpicDuel is overloaded with new Dage the Evil weapons available in class-specific varieties to let you craft a truly killer build! Also, production is still underway for EpicDuel's HeroMart bounty. The proof is in the proofs (printing humor) as the new posters arrive hot off the presses!



To help Focus builds, some changes were made to the following skills:

  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: 1 turn warmup
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Static Charge: Improves with Technology instead of Support
    • Improves with every 7 Technology instead of 5
  • Mercenary
    • Blood Commander: Lifesteal increased to 70% from 60%


Weapons -- Located on Dage the Evil

Dage wasn't done sharing his bounty with some glorious class-specific weapons for EpicDuel! Some of these are very low quantity, so the collectors will want to hurry to get them before they run out!

  • Swords
    • Legion Phantasm Blade P
    • Legion Phantasm Blade E
  • Mutating
    • Legion Overfiend Warlord P
    • Legion Overfiend Warlord E
    • Legion Rune Brawler P
    • Legion Rune Brawler E
  •  Blades
    • Wrath of the Legion Daggers P
    • Wrath of the Legion Daggers E
    • Legion Phantasm Daggers P
    • Legion Phantasm Daggers E
    • Legion Caladbolg Blades P
    • Legion Caladbolg Blades E
    • Legion Dark Reavers P
    • Legion Dark Reavers E
    • WarSeeker's Dual Blades P
    • WarSeeker's Dual Blades E
  • Clubs
    • Legion Caladbolg Axe P
    • Legion Caladbolg Axe E
    • Wrath of the Legion Axe P
    • Wrath of the Legion Axe E
    • Legion Phantasm Axe P
    • Legion Phantasm Axe E
    • Legion War Axe P
    • Legion War Axe E
    • WarSeeker's Axe P
    • WarSeeker's Axe E
  • Staffs
    • SpellCaster's Dark Staff P
    • SpellCaster's Dark Staff E
    • SpellCaster's Bright Staff P
    • SpellCaster's Bright Staff E
    • Legion Caladbolg Staff P
    • Legion Caladbolg Staff E
    • WarSeeker's Staff P
    • WarSeeker's Staff E
    • Legion Sigil Staff P
    • Legion Sigil Staff E





Coming Soon

As I write this Bido and Deuce are hard at work on more Spring/Celtic/Easter content that should be hitting the game soon! Be sure to follow them on Twitter for updates!

Tags: Nightwraith


March 08, 2019

Epic Merchandise!

Epic HeroMart Restock

Greetings! This week we have some very exciting news for those who have been hankering for a piece of EpicDuel merch, which have been out of stock for ages: HeroMart will soon be restocking sold out EpicDuel merchandise and selling brand new merch, which will include items in EpicDuel AND AQW! This should be great news for those of you who wanted another chance to get a piece of EpicDuel you can hold in your hand, hang on your wall, or cover your body! Be sure to follow HeroMart for the latest updates when these new products hit the shelves! We don't know how many they're producing, but we wouldn't sleep on it very long!  



  • Block Formula Adjustment: Block Dexterity rate 4 instead of 5 (block rate improves more quickly as Dexterity increases)
  • Block Max % increased to 40 from 35


Bug Fixes/ Changes

  • Change: Health and Energy Packs increased to +240 Health/Energy
  • Change: Health and Energy Boosters increased to +340 Health/Energy
    FIX: Depositing mission/misc items into Bank caused the client to hang
  • FIX: Dage travel forms now included in Dage Collector 2019 Achievement
  • FIX: The most recent War prize was incorrected coded as an NPC armor. This was intended to be a unique CC armor based on NPC armor. Update should be automatic



  • Alydroid Hairstyle to complement the new war prize.


These achievements will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Pride of the Exiles (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Pride of the Legion (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Slayer Vs Harbinger (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)



These weapons will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Harbinger Battlegear P (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Harbinger Battlegear E (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Exile Pride Cleaver P (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Exile Pride Cleaver E (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Legion Pride Cleaver P (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)
  • Legion Pride Cleaver E (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)


Home Items

These items will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Slayer vs. Harbinger Poster (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Pride of the Exiles Poster (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Pride of the Legion Poster (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)


New Artist Arrives

We'd like to formally welcome Junny Osan to the EpicDuel Team. He'll be working with us, joining Bido and Deuce for some much-needed art assistance! 

Tags: Nightwraith


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