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June 28, 2019

Balance Update and Charfade Preview

Balance Changes/Fixes


  • Sidearm : Improves with strength. We've had Sidearm set to improve with Dexterity for years, but ultimately determined that it made the stat too powerful compared to Strength. We hope this change encourages more build diversity and improves utility of the Strength stat.
  • Field Medic: Improves with every 2.5 Support; Improves with every .1 levels over 20
    • Level 1: 165 Health Points
    • Level 2: 190 Health Points
    • Level 3: 215 Health Points
    • Level 4: 240 Health Points
    • Level 5: 265 Health Points
    • Level 6: 290 Health Points
    • Level 7: 315 Health Points
    • Level 8: 340 Health Points
    • Level 9: 365 Health Points
    • Level 10: 390 Health Points

Bounty Hunter

  • Smoke: Increase base cost by 10 energy
  • Stun Grenade: Improves with every .4 Dex instead of .45
  • Shadow Arts: Removed damage reduction aspect as it was viewed to be too strong


  • Blood Commander: Increased lifesteal to 80% of strength from 70%

Tech Mage

  • Overload: Improves with every .3 Dexterity; Improves with every .3 levels above 20
  • Plasma rain: Improves with dextery
  • Assimilation: Now absorbs 100% of  energy drained

Tactical Mercenary

  • Frenzy: 0 Energy requirement
  • Field Commander: 10% Crit boost was only applying to primary damage. Will now apply to sidearm and auxiliary.

Cyber Hunter

  • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.5 Support instead of 3.7 Tech
  • Shadow Arts: Removed damage reduction aspect as it was viewed to be too strong

Blood Mage

  • Overload: Improves with every .3 Dexterity; Improves with every .3 levels above 20
  • Plasma rain: Improves with dextery         


  • Health booster:  300 health  ; Energy booter: 300 energy
  • Absorption: Changed from 50% to 40%


Next Week!

"Hey! Where's the meat?" You may be asking. Next week, we'll kick off the 4th of July Week with an Epic Charfade Evolution release. Charfade has been on Delta V for nearly a decade and while that harsh environment has made her gruff and gritty, it hasn't hardened her heart toward the sparce wildlife remaining on her adopted planet. Join us next week for new achievement, new bosses, new weapons, new armors, and all the burgers you can eat!*

Charfade Preview

*Last part may not be true.

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June 21, 2019

Epic Overachiever

This week in EpicDuel, get ready to boost your rating points as we introduce 3 new, long-awaited, evolving achievements. While your stacking your ranks and trying the latest round of balance updates, try downloading the latest Artix Game Launcher for the best dueling experience!



As of the latest balance update, Mercenaries were punished hard and Hunters surged while Mages languished somewhere in the middle. This update will introduce some changes to soften the other passive armors, reduce the spam-ability of Venom Strike, and increase the stat cost of Shadow Arts. Mages should see a bump with a boost in Plasma Bolt and a change to Supercharge which can provide a huge boost to Rage depending on the target's Rage.


  • Auxiliary damage rate improved slightly to encourage Support builds

Bounty Hunter

  • Smoke Screen: Improves with every 4 Tech instead of 3.7
  • Venom Strike: Cooldown 3
  • Shadow Arts: Changed requirement to Support
    24 Support(+2 per skill level increase)
    Level 1: 24 Support
    Level 2: 26 Support
    Level 3: 28 Support
    Level 4: 30 Support
    Level 5: 32 Support
    Level 6: 34 Support
    Level 7: 36 Support
    Level 8: 38 Support
    Level 9: 40 Support
    Level 10: 42 Support


  • Artillery Strike: Improves with every .35 support instead of .4

Tech Mage

  • Plasma Bolt: Boosted defense ignore to 15% from 10%
  • Supercharge: Caster receives bonus Rage based on target's current Rage
  • Deadly Aim: requres Strength instead of Support

Cyber Hunter

  • Venom Strike: Cooldown 3
  • Shadow Arts: Changed requirement to Support
    24 Support(+2 per skill level increase)
    Level 1: 24 Support
    Level 2: 26 Support
    Level 3: 28 Support
    Level 4: 30 Support
    Level 5: 32 Support
    Level 6: 34 Support
    Level 7: 36 Support
    Level 8: 38 Support
    Level 9: 40 Support
    Level 10: 42 Support
  • Plasma Armor:
    Level 1: 10% Resistance
    Level 2: 12% Resistance
    Level 3: 14% Resistance
    Level 4: 16% Resistance
    Level 5: 18% Resistance
    Level 6: 20% Resistance
    Level 7: 22% Resistance
    Level 8: 23% Resistance
    Level 9: 24% Resistance
    Level 10: 25% Resistance

Tactical Mercenary

  • Artillery Strike: Improves with every .35 support instead of .4
  • Toxic Grenade: Cooldown 3
  • Mineral Armor:
    Level 1: 10% Defense
    Level 2: 12% Defense
    Level 3: 14% Defense
    Level 4: 16% Defense
    Level 5: 18% Defense
    Level 6: 20% Defense
    Level 7: 22% Defense
    Level 8: 23% Defense
    Level 9: 24% Defense
    Level 10: 25% Defense

Blood Mage

  • Supercharge: Caster receives bonus Rage based on target's current Rage
  • Deadly Aim: requres Strength instead of Support


  • Pyro Fly:Chooses from top 3 skills rather than top 4 


Win Rank: Awarded for wins, corresponding to rank icon on stats page. This will default to hidden and will update after one PvP victory.

Buy Backer: Now an evolving achievement with 12 levels. Will take some time to update, but can be updated instantly with a Buy Back purchase.

Banker: Awarded for buying bank slots (doesn't include the 20 free slots). 10 levels. This will take some time to update, but can be updated isntantly with a Bank Slot purchase.


Get the Artix Game Launcher V2

Artix Launcher

If you didn't know already, very soon most major browsers are discontinuing support of Flash! You may notice that browsers already disable Flash by default and require you to give special permissions to enable Flash. The best way to play EpicDuel and all the other Flash Artix Entertainment games is with the Artix Games Launcher 2.0! This app is the best way enjoy all your favorite AE browser games with easy access ot the latest news on each game's ongoing development. Ideally, all these Flash games will be ported to alternate platforms (like Steam, iOS and Android), but that project will take a bit more time and resources considering many of these games have decades of content!

In the meantime, get the latest Artix Games Launcher and Duel On today!


Get the Moglins on BackerKit! New stretch goal unlocked! 

You can still get the Moglins for a limited time on BackerKit!
The Moglins Kickstarter was a success! We have been using a service called BackerKit to send out the in-game codes to backers months ahead of schedule. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still pledge and get your Moglins through BackerKit until the end of December. For more details, check out the complete Design Notes post about it!

Tags: Nightwraith


June 11, 2019

Epic Balance Update 1.7.25

Surprise! To get out ahead of the ongoing security updates to the servers, which did cause some downtime earlier today, we're rolling out some significant balance changes today! Currently, Mercenaries and Tactical Mercenaries are extremely power, partially due to passive shield bonuses like Hybrid Armor. Other classes that are underperforming due to lack of damage or limited build diversity will receive signifant buffs to make them more competative.


Balance Changes

  • General
    • Field Medic: 3 turn cooldown
  • Bount Hunter
    • Venom strike: Reduce cost -20; Cooldown 2; Poison 4 turns.   
    • Cheap shot: +3 % per lvl
    • Shadow Arts: Damage reduction added
    • Stun Grenade: Reduce energy cost 20; Improves with every .45 Dex instead of .5
  • Mercenary
    • Hybrid Armor: Reduced Defense/Resistance % to 6-15% 
    • Surgical Strike: Improves with every .35 Tech instead of .3
  • Tech Mage
    • Supercharge: Reduce cost -30 per lvl
    • Bludgeon : 20% Crit chance; Reduced cost -20
    • Plasma rain: Improves with every .35 Support instead of .4
    • Overload: Improves with every .4 Dex instead of .45
    • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.7 Dex instead of 2.4 Supp; Improves for every 2 levels over 20
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Cheap Shot: +3 % per lvl
    • Venom Strike: Reduce cost -20; cooldown 2; Poison 4 turns 
    • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.7 Dex instead of 2.8 Supp; Improves for every 2 levels over 20 
    • Shadow Arts: Damage reduction added
    • Multi-shot: Improves with Dex
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Surgical Strike: Improves with every .35 Tech instead of .3
    • Poison grenade: Cooldown reduced to 2 turns; poison lasts for 4 turns
    • Stun Grenade: Reduce energy cost 20; Improves with every .35 Dex instead of .4
  • Blood Mage
    • Supercharge: Reduce cost -30 per lvl
    • Fireball: Removed warm-up
    • Plasma rain: Improves with every .35 Support instead of .4
    • Overload: Improves with every .4 Dex instead of .45


Bug Fix

  • Hairstyles
    • Male Bounty Hunter style 209 should now be purchaseable. 
    • Bug that prevents you from equipping a purchased style after a class change until you log out and back in again persists

Tags: Nightwraith


June 07, 2019

Infernal Buff and Preview

This week in EpicDuel we're introducing a truckload of new styles, fixing bugs, and significantly buffing some of the new Infernal Gladiator skills!


Infernal Buffs

  • Tremor Blast: Removed warmup; increased reduction to 20%
  • Infernal Surge: 25% increase in stats; 0 energy use
  • Plasma Super Beam: 4 Turn cooldown; Unlimited Use
  • Infernal Sting: 4 Turn cooldown


Bug Fixes

  • April Fools Founder Armor and Bike show up in Item Finder
  • Molten Bullet: No longer blockable


New Styles

It seems like it's been ages since EpicDuel added some hairstyles that were just...hair and not some kind of weird alien helmet or grostesque mask. This week, we borrowed some styles from DragonFable and adapted them to EpicDuel's template for use on all classes and genders. Hopefully these 30+ new styles will allow for some unique new customization combinations!


Coming Attractions

Although we started June strong with 2 new promotional bundles, there's still plenty in the pipeline for EpicDuel's June releases! Charfade will be getting a new makeover, along with new gear to reflect her evolution over the nearly 10 years she's been stranded on Delta V.

Charfade Preview 1

Charfade Preview 2

We've also enlisted the help of 2 new artists: Lae and Tyronius, who've already lent their talents to AQW. I think their style translates quite well to ED, and I can't wait to get their new WIPs in game!Charfade Weapons

Cyber Spartan Preview

Tags: Nightwraith


May 17, 2019

Infernal Gladiator Preview

Infernal Preview

Very soon it will be time to say goodbye to the current Azrael Promo and hello to a new Infernal Promo set with new armor, weapons, and cores! This upcoming week will be your last chance to grab the Azrael Promo before it's gone for the season!

Also, many out-of-stock weapons and cores have been restocked! 


Core Buffs

To improve the viability of some existing cores, they've been given substantial buffs to increase their utility

  • +8% Lucky Strike (core buyable from Naomi, equipped to Celtic Cleaver and Blazing Celtic Cleaver): Increased to +13% 
  • +4% Lucky Strike (seasonal weapons; buyable from Vendbot): Increased to +9%
  • Deep plague: Field Medic doesn't remove; 3 turn cooldown
  • Pacify: 70 energy instead of 100
  • Salvage: Deal 100% damage on initial strike
  • Energy shot: 30% of the normal sidearm damage instead 25%
  • Phase shift: 0 energy instead of 40
  • Hatchling Rush : 100 energy instead of 130



In preparation for the new Infernal Promo, we're introducing 54 new styles (9 new styles across all classes)

  • Magma Golem
  • Magma Golem CC
  • Infernal Soldier 
  • Infernal Soldier CC
  • Infernal Gladiator
  • Infernal Gladiator CC
  • Skull Shaman
  • Steel Defender Open
  • Steel Defender Closed


Remember, this week will be your last chance to acquire the Azrael's Evolution promotional gear! It will be replaced with the new Infernal Gladiator package sometime on Friday ("when it's ready o-clock")! 

Infernal Gladiator

Infernal Golem

Infernal Weapons

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May 10, 2019

Infinity Titan Gear

Infinity Titan

The MCU isn't the only place you can find a Mad Titan! Visit Titan's Peak to discover new cosmic cores, weapons, and a starship-load of home items fit for a galactic supervillain!


New Weapons

Wield the power of a Mad Titan with new Infinity Titan weapons created by Yo_Lae! These cosmic weapons come pre-loaded with the new Infinity Power Strike core! These are limited rares so you'd better hurry, or they'll be gone in a SNAP!

  • Infinity Titan Sword P
  • Infinity Titan Sword E
  • Infinity Titan Axe P
  • Infinity Titan Axe E
  • Infinity Titan Daggers P
  • Infinity Titan Daggers E
  • Infinity Titan Maul P
  • Infinity Titan Maul E
  • Infinity Titan Staff P
  • Infinity Titan Staff E



Visit Titan in Titan's Peak to try a new selection of powerful Infinity Titan cores!

  • Infinity Power Strike (bound to weapon, not for sale) --  Spend 95 HP for 130% strike damage. Blockable.
  • Infinity Power Strike x25 --  Spend 95 HP for 130% strike damage. Blockable.
  • Infinity Mind Spears -- -- Summon a piercing barrage, ignoring 25% of a target's Defense.
  • Infinity Mind Spears x25 -- Summon a piercing barrage, ignoring 25% of a target's Defense.



To make navigation a bit easier, the Afterlife region and the NPCs contained therein are now accessible from the main map interface to the southeast of Frysteland. 



After the last update, we may have overcorrected the stat boosts from the passive cores. In this update, they've been set to provide +4 stat boost to find a sweet spot where they're useful, but not overpowered.

  • Strength Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Dexterity Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Technology Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Support Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost


New Home Items

Check out brand new Infinity Titan home items created by Yo_Lae! Collect all the gems for display and gaze upon your collection from your new hover-throne!

  • Floating Throne Right
  • Floating Throne Left
  • Floating "Throne" Right
  • Floating "Throne" Left
  • Red Gem Display
  • Yellow Gem Display
  • Green Gem Display
  • Blue Gem Display
  • Orange Gem Display
  • Purple Gem Display
  • Crossed Infinity Spears
  • Crossed Mind Spears
  • Infinity Titan Sword
  •  Green Portal Right
  • Green Portal Left
  • Purple Portal Right
  • Purple Portal Left
  • Yellow Portal Right
  • Yellow Portal Left
  • Red Portal Right
  • Red Portal Left
  • Infinity Titan Guantlet
  • Infinity Titan Helm
  • Infinity Titan Axe Right
  • Infinity Titan Axe Left

Tags: Nightwraith


May 03, 2019

Infernal Update

Pyro Fly

EpicDuel is about to be updated with new war changes, restocked Pyro Fly, new achievements, and a new CC Pyro Fly travel form!



Currently, the war system functions on a mostly "winner take all" binary. We've changed the system to encourage participation regardless of Alignment by adding a new prize tier. This will allow all players who perform at a high level to earn the war prize, plus a larger amount of Credits and Arcade tokens.

  • New tier at 15K influence: “Warlord”
  • Warlord Tier prizes
    • 20,000 Credits
    • 20 Arcade Tokens
    • You can claim prize regardless of  winning alignment 



After the last update, Tactical Mercenaries appeared to overperform in 1v1, mostly as a consequence of regaining passive armor and energy regeneration.

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Frenzy: Reverted the skill back to work more like it did in Delta. With the return of Reroute, Frenzy's strong health and energy recovery were too strong.
      • Added an energy cost
      • Blockable
      • Increased base HP gain
        • Level 1 33%
        • Level 2 36%
        • Level 3 39%
        • Level 4 42%
        • Level 5 45%
        • Level 6 48%
        • Level 7 51%
        • Level 8 54%
        • Level 9 57%
        • Level 10 60%



It seems that many are using the passive stat cores to the exclusion of all others. To encourage diverity in core use, we've adjusted pricing and potency of the cores

  • Strength Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Dexterity Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Technology Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Support Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Strength Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Dexterity Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Technology Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Support Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost



To reward those who have gone above and beyond in the Gifting off-season to share codes with their fellow players, we've added new tiers to the Code Crafter achievement. If after launch your achievement is "stuck" at an old tier, you can either share a new code wait for an manual update to properly set your achievement.

  • New tiers to the Code Crafter Achievement
    • Great Leg. Code Crafter 20000 Code Redeems 6000 RP
    • Grand Leg. Code Crafter 30000 Code Redeems 7000 RP
    • Ultra Leg. Code Crafter 40000 Code Redeems 8000 RP
    • Epic Leg. Code Crafter 50000 Code Redeems 9000 RP
    • Ultimate Leg. Code Crafter 60000 Code Redeems 10000 RP
    • Supreme Leg. Code Crafter 75000 Code Redeems 11500 RP


New Items

Visit Kraggor in the Mines for a restocked Pyro Fly and a new CC Pyro Fly travel form!


New Game: DungeonBorne!

Dungeon Borne

JUST LAUNCHED! Get DungeonBorne, the story-based card game on the Apple and Android app stores. Grab a copy, and show it some love. Congratulations to Cysero, Oishii, Rabblefroth, and PanicPop on the release of this brand new game! It is free, with an optional one-time $1.99 expansion pack which unlocks more cards and adds variety!

Tags: Nightwraith


April 26, 2019

Springtime Smash Part 2

Springtime Smash

EpicDuel has just been updated with the second part of its springtime release featuring new weapons, new cores, balance changes, and a new mission chain!



Drastic ideas for improving balance are still being discussed and tested, but some adjustments are being made as of this release to help Tech Mages and Cyber Hunters while weakening the energy control capabilities of Blood Mages and Tactical Mercenaries.

  • Tech Mage
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every 0.35 Support
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every 0.35 Support
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Atom Smasher: Reduced base values to mitigate energy control gained by Reroute
      • Level 1 48
      • Level 2 51
      • Level 3 54
      • Level 4 57
      • Level 5 60
      • Level 6 63
      • Level 7 66
      • Level 8 69
      • Level 9 72
      • Level 10 75
  • Blood Mage
    • Energy Parasite: 
      • Increased max drain while reducing duration and conversion to mitigate energy control
      • Duration reduced to 2 turns
      • Caster gains the amount drained
      • 1-11%
      • 2-12%
      • 3-13%
      • 4-14%
      • 5-15%
      • 6-16%
      • 7-17%
      • 8-18%
      • 9-19%
      • 10-20%


Visit Brachylagus in the Biological Preserve Archives for a series of crucial tasks to earn bountiful credits, an adorable prize, and an epic achievement!

  • Oops All Lepus - Brachylagus
    • Bio Basher
    • Electric Exorcism
    • Supply Lines Restored
    • Nuclear Data
    • Omega Data
    • Bundorable Disguise
    • Lepus for All

New Weapons

Visit Deuce and Xraal for new seasonal gear! The most epic gear contain new cores pre-installed cores for your convenience! The cores can be replaced if so desired.

  • Arboreal Annihilator P
  • Arboreal Annihilator E
  • Arboreal Artillery P
  • Arboreal Artillery E
  • Arboreal Blaster P
  • Arboreal Blaster E
  • Arboreal Broadsword P
  • Arboreal Broadsword E
  • Highlander Armor
  • Highlander Armor CC


New Cores

Visit Deuce and Xraal for new seasonal cores that should heal greatly increase survivability in battle and allow for more build flexibility when assigning passives.

  • Luck Strike (Armor): Passive skill that decreases an target's chance to block your strike by 4%
  • Critical Heal (Primary) (Doesn't stack!): Passive skill that increases Field Medic heal by 20% while in critical condition.
  • Hardened Armor (Armor): Active skill that applies a 20% damage reduction for 3 turns.
  • Lifeline (Armor): Active skill that enables a heal while in critical condition for a minimum of 300 HP.


New Promo?

Now that the Azrael Package has been around a few months, many have been asking when the next promotional package will be released. Promotional packages take a lot of work and planning, particularly the new skills the items come equipped with. There will be a new promotional package, and we will update you on the progress as soon as details are available!

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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!

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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!

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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


March 01, 2019

EpicDuel and Dage's Birthday!

Dage the Evil

Today Dage the Evil and EpicDuel are both celebrating birthdays! Visit Dage the Evil in the Wasteland for an amazing armory of epic new undead wares! Also, today marks the 10th Anniversary of EpicDuel's Alpha Launch!


Meet Dage the Evil at the base of the Wasteland Minetower to inspect his amazing inventory of new weapons. This is already an impressive arsenal, but there are many more weapons on the way (next week)! 

  • Paragon Spear P
  • Paragon Spear E
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade P
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade E
  • Legion Overfiend Blade P
  • Legion Overfiend Blade E
  • Wrath of the Legion Blade P
  • Wrath of the Legion Blade E
  • Enchanted Caster Scythe P
  • Enchanted Caster Scythe E
  • Legion Caladbolg Bow P
  • Legion Caladbolg Bow E
  • UltraWrath of the Legion P
  • UltraWrath of the Legion E
  • Legion Bright Scythe P
  • Legion Bright Scythe E
  • Legion Dark Scythe P
  • Legion Dark Scythe E
  • Legion Overfiend Warlord P
  • Legion Overfiend Warlord E
  • Paragon of Parity Blade P
  • Paragon of Parity Blade E
  • Paragon OverFiend's Blade P
  • Paragon OverFiend's Blade E
  • WarSeeker's Blade P
  • WarSeeker's Blade E


Travel Forms

Dage can gift you with the ability to warp your form into a new twisted abomination. Want to run throw Central Station as an undead horse? Now you can!

  • Dark Caster Skull
  • Knightmare War Horse
  • Knightmare Horse



Dage's Paragon armor has a new coat of bling. Those with heaps of Credits to spend couldn't ask for a more imposing way to show off their post-gifting wealth!

  • Dage’s Platinum Paragon (Epic Legendary Arsenal)



  • Dage’s Platinum Paragon Helm



Take on the ultimate challenge with a trusted ally. Regular Dage the Evil was already on of the most challenging bosses in the game. Will you be the first to defeat his Legendary form?

  • 2v1 Boss Legendary Dage the Evil



Boost your rating score with 3 new achievements! That Legendary Dage Achievement is going to be tough to get!

  • Ten Year Alpha (Grab it for Free to commemorate the 10th anniversary of EpicDuel's Alpha!)
  • Dage Collector 2019 (Earn by buying 1 new Dage item)
  • Legendary Dage the Evil Achievement



Buy an underworld dwelling of your very own!

  • Paragon Fiend's Dome (3 room home)


Home Items

What would an underworld home be without plenty of Dage/Undead-themed decorations? If there's one thing all Dage fans can agree on, it's that you can never have too many skulls, bones, or blue fire!

  • Paragon Fiend's Helm Right
  • Paragon Fiend's Helm Left
  • Paragon Fiend's Wings
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade
  • Paragon Spear
  • Double-Edged Paragon Spear
  • Paragon's Famine Right
  • Paragon's Famine Left
  • Paragon's Knightmare Right
  • Paragon's Knightmare Left
  • WarSeeker's Skull Right
  • WarSeeker's Skull Left
  • Wings of the UnderWorld
  • Dark Runes of the UnderWorld
  • Bright Runes of the Underworld
  • Legion OverFiend Blade
  • Dark Caster Skull Right
  • Dark Caster Skull Left
  • Legion Sigil
  • Spikes of the Underworld
  • Dark Caster's Tome
  • WarSeeker's Blades Right
  • WarSeeker's Blades Left
  • WarSeeker's Horned Visor Right
  • WarSeeker's Horned Visor Left
  • WarSeeker's Mage Statue Right
  • WarSeeker's Mage Statue Left
  • Legion SpellCaster Statue Right
  • Legion SpellCaster Statue Left
  • WarSeeker's Knight Statue Right
  • WarSeeker's Knight Statue Left
  • Legion Mage Statue Right
  • Legion Mage Statue Left
  • Legion OverFiend Crest
  • Dark Rider Chest Bank Right
  • Dark Rider Chest Bank Left
  • Paragon Fiend Rider Right
  • Paragon Fiend Rider Left
  • Paragon Fiend Bobblehead Right
  • Paragon Fiend Bobblehead Left
  • Paragon of Parity Blade
  • Crossed Paragon Spears 


To help improve the viability of Focus builds, we've buffed Cyber Hunter's EMP and Plasma grenade. To compensate for the buff, Stun grenade base damage was adjusted to match Plasma Grenade.

  • Cyber Hunter:
    • EMP: Energy cost reduced by 20
    • Plasma Grenade: Damage starts at 190 base and goes up by 20
  • Tactical Merc and Bounty Hunter:
    • Stun Grenade: Damage starts at 190 base and goes up by 20 for parity with Plasma Grenade


EpicDuel's 10 Year Anniversary!

Ten years? Where does the time go? When we first launched EpicDuel's public Alpha ten years ago, we never would have imagined that kind of longevity for the game. During those lean times, subsisting on bulk ramen and generic cereal, we would have been thrilled at the prospect of half that lifespan. Thanks to players like you, we've succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, hosting millions of PvP battles for players from all over the world. Although the player count isn't near our peak, we're still live and updating after ten years, which is not a boast many other MMOs can make. Whether you're an Alpha, Elite, Founder, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Omega, or brand new player, thank's for visiting Delta V!

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