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August 12, 2022

Hellfire Havoc Begins!

Hellfire Havoc Tournament

The Hellfire Havoc Tournament is about to begin! At 6:00 PM (EST) the tournament will activate and the duels will begin! This tournament will run until Monday August 15 at 12:00 PM (EST). Winning achievement and prizes will be awarded shortly after the tournament concludes. Good luck to all participants, and duel on!

Hellfire Havoc Prizes


Changes / Fixes

  • Acatriel and Azrael Boss fight music can now be muted using the in-game Settings.
  • Acatriel's boss music added to the Level 40 version of the NPC.
  • Music disabled in Azrael's layer as it was conflicting with the boss music track.
  • New Achievement: Nightmare Acatriel Master awarded to those who defeated Nightmare Acatriel before yesterday's nerf.

Tags: Nightwraith


August 11, 2022

Pre Tournament Update

The Hellfire Havoc Tournament has nearly begun but we still have at least one more update before the battles begin! 


New Styles!

In preparation for the newest tournament, we're adding 18 new Darkeater and Hellfire Havoc-themed credit and Varium styles to choose from in the style change shop.


Tournament Points Changes:

After some more thought we determined that the Juggernaut point value needed to be adjusted again to be more in balance vs. the 1v1 and 2v2 point values.

  • Juggernaut: 3 points instead of 5.


Core Changes:

Additional changes have been made to certain cores that were allowing nearly infinite heal loops to artificially extend duels.

  • Tranquility: Reduced max heal from 650 to 525, 4 turn cooldown, 100 Energy cost.
  • Sea King's Spirit:  4 turn cooldown.


Bug Fixes:

Nightmare Acatriel: Taunt skills cannot be used when out of energy or disabled the by the Pyro Fly special.

Tags: Nightwraith


August 08, 2022

EpicDuel Darkeater Collection

Darkeater Collection

The Darkeater Collection!

Finally, a new promo package arrives -- the Darkeater Collection! This new promo is absolutely stuffed with new content!

Those who purchase this achievement will receive the commemorative Darkeater's Crest achievement.


  • Darkeater Armor A
  • Darkeater Armor B
  • Glorified Darkeater Armor A
  • Glorified Darkeater Armor B
  • Darkeater Armor A CC
  • Darkeater Armor B CC
  • Glorified Darkeater Armor A CC
  • Glorified Darkeater Armor B CC


  • Darkeater Katana P
  • Darkeater Katana E
  • Darkeater Greatsword P
  • Darkeater Greatsword E


  • Darkeater Devourer P
  • Darkeater Devourer E


  • Darkeater Breaker P
  • Darkeater Breaker E


  • Darkeater Consumer P
  • Darkeater Consumer E


  • Darkeater Drifter
  • Darkeater Drifter CC
  • Shadowlord Morph M
  • Shadowlord Morph F
  • Shadowlord Morph M CC
  • Shadowlord Morph F CC


  • Shadowlord's Avatar P
  • Shadowlord's Avatar E 

Bot Abilities

  • Shadowlord's Slash P: Attack with a barrage of slashes, dealing physical damage.
  • Shadowlord's Severance P: Bypass 40% target's defense with a barrage of physical slashes.
  • Shadowlord's Slash E: Attack with a barrage of slashes, dealing energy damage.
  • Shadowlord's Severance E: Bypass 40% target's defense with a barrage of energy slashes.


  • Darkeater's Adjudication: Converging blades, lowering target's Rage gain by 85% for 5 turns.
  • Darkeater's Overcharge: Spend HP to mini-Rage, destroying target's armor for 2 turns.
  • Darkeater's Edge: Deal 95% unblockable Primary damage, increasing by 5% per round, (135% max).
  • Darkeater's Defiance: Lower attacker's energy by 50% melee or ranged damage.
  • Darkeater's Stun Blast: Adds a 10% chance to stun the enemy when firing your auxiliary.
  • Darkeater's Insanity: Increases target's Rage while lowering Strength/Support 50%
  • Darkeater's Impaler: Summon a blade barrage to cause 40 points of HP/MP loss for 3 turns.

This pack will be the perfect power-up you need to get a head start in the upcoming tournament!

*All items in this package aside from the weapon/armor cores are now flagged as RARE, meaning they will not be available for sale in-game at a future date.*

Since it's relatively short notice, the Flesh Demigod Promotional Package will remain online for another few weeks to give new and returning players coming to play the tournament a change to gear up.


Hellfire Havoc Begins!

Hellfire Havoc

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit the Slayer in the Barrens to purchase a Hellfire Havoc Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! For this latest tournament we're trying something a bit different. The cost of entry will be the lowest yet, but the prize pool will also be smaller. The tournament will also have a shorter duration, lasting from Friday August 12 at 6:00 PM (EST) to Monday August 15 at noon (EST). As usual, at the tournament's conclusion, the server will restart briefly to award some prizes manually. As of Monday August 8, the scoring per victory will be as follows:

  • 1v1: 10 points
  • 2v2: 20 points
  • Juggernaut: 5 points

For a complete list of prizes, read on:

ALL participants will receive the following items at the end of the tournament:

  • Hellfire Havoc Scimitar P
  • Hellfire Havoc Scimitar E
  • Hellfire Havoc Lance P
  • Hellfire Havoc Lance E


Those who finish the tournament with the Bronze tier achievement will receive:

  • Hellfire Havoc Armor
  • Hellfire Havoc Armor CC
  • Hellfire Havoc Sword P
  • Hellfire Havoc Sword E

Bronze tier finalists will also receive the participation rewards.


Those who finish the tournament with the Silver tier achievement will receive:

  • Hellfire Havoc Heater P
  • Hellfire Havoc Heater E
  • Hellfire Havoc Harbinger P
  • Hellfire Havoc Harbinger E

Silver tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.


Those who finish the tournament with the Gold tier achievement will receive:

  • Hellfire Havoc Harrower P
  • Hellfire Havoc Harrower E
  • Winged Hellfire Havoc Armor
  • Winged Hellfire Havoc Armor CC

Gold tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.


The hardcore duelist who finishes the tournament with the Platinum tier achievement will receive:

  • Ascended Hellfire Havoc Armor
  • Ascended Hellfire Havoc Armor CC
  • Hellfire Havoc Sword P CC
  • Hellfire Havoc Sword E CC

The Platinum tier finalist will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

Hellfire Havoc Prizes


Upcoming Tournaments

Shortly after Hellfire Havoc concludes, we will be launching a new tournament, Shoggoth's Showdown, featuring new achievements and prizes with a similar duration. We'll follow that up with Typhoon Terror to conclude this tournament trilogy. This is a bit of an experiment to see if shorter more frequent tournaments can be more successful than longer tournaments spaced months apart. We hope you enjoy them!  In the meantime, gear up and duel on!

Tags: Nightwraith


July 29, 2022

Cheff's Challenge

Cheff's Challenge

Visit Cheff's Bar in Central Station to climb the leaderboard in the latest Arcade offering: Cheff's Challenge!

New Arcade: Cheff's Challenge

Visit any ArcadeBot, including Cheff's own custom bots in the Central Station bar area to play Cheff's Challenge and collect an assortment of stylish new sidearm and auxiliary weapon both futuristic and fearsome. Cheff was able to assemble quite an epic arsenal thanks to his old collections in the Legion and he's more than happy to share the wealth with you...for the price of an Arcade Token!

Gold Tier

  • Skeletal Rail P (pre-equipped with Spreadfire)
  • Skeletal Rail E (pre-equipped with Spreadfire)

Silver Tier

  • Memet's Plasma Cannon P
  • Memet's Plasma Cannon E
  • Cheff Bobblehead
  • Mega Soaker P
  • Mega Soaker E

Bronze Tier

  • Chrono Blaster P
  • Chrono Blaster E
  • Heroic Blaster P
  • Heroic Blaster E
  • Xeno Claw Blaster P
  • Xeno Claw Blaster E
  • Gilded Pan
  • Platinum Pan
  • Cheff's Pan P
  • Cheff's Pan E

As with all new Arcade Games, this will include a new tiered achievement that can be leveled up by depositing Arcade Tokens and winning prizes!


Nulgath's Arsenal: Missions Added

Two new missions have been added to Dage's Nulgath Arsenal mission chain. Earn big Credit rewards and two new Nulgath weapons by completing them! 

  • Nulgath's Arsenal 10
  • Nulgath's Arsenal 11
  • New Mission Weapons:
    • Fiend Dragonblade P
    • Fiend Dragonblade E


New Achievements

Since upcoming balance changes may make lengthy boss encounters easier, these achievements will be awarded manually to those who already defeated Legendary and Nightmare Acatriel. 

  • Legendary Acatriel Slayer
  • Nightmare Acatriel Slayer

Going forward we will have a policy of awarding special achievements for those who are able to defeat new bosses within a week (approximately from one release to another). 

Balance Changes

  • Tech Mage:
    • Battery Backup: Cooldown reduced from 5 to 4
    • Nanotech: Damage reduction max increased from 10% to 15%
  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Nanotech: Damage reduction max increased from 10% to 15%
  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Adrenaline: 15% to 20% reroute
    • Frenzy: Cooldown reduced from 5 to 4
  • Mercenary:
    • Static Smash: Buffed base numbers to compensate for strength reduction skills
    • NEW Static Smash: 35 40 45 50 54 58 62 66 68 70
    • OLD Static Smash: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
  • Gun Cores:
    • Aim assist: Reduce chance for weapons to be deflected by 30%
    • Energy Shot: Reusable.
  • Armor Cores:
    • Tranquility: Reusable; 4 turn cooldown.
    • Sea Kings Spirit: Regenerate mana based on your armor defense, 3 turn cool down instead of 4 and reusable.
    • Titans Shroud: 30% damage reduction/deflection, increase block and deflection chance.
  • Aux Cores:
    • Aim Assist: Reduces for this weapons attack to be deflected by 30%
    • Stun Blast: Increase chance to stun to 6% from 3%
    • Concussive Shot: Reusable
    • Sea Kings corruption: Reduces the effects of all healing by 25% instead of 35% for 4 turns instead of 3


Coming Attractions

  • New Promotional Package: Very soon we will be introducing a new promotional package, the Darkeater Collectoin, absolutely packed with new gear, including bots, bikes, cores, and new gear in all categories!
  • New Tournament: Later next month we will be hosting a new tournament: Hellfire Havoc. This tournament will feature fiery infernal gear the likes you have not seen before. To allow more people to participate in and have a chance to win the top prizes, we're considering splitting the tournament into 2: a 1v1 tournament and a 2v2/Juggernaut tournament. Rather than a week, these would run over a weekend to help maximize participation and prevent battle fatigue.
  • See Ya Seasonals: Earlier this month we brough back all the seasonal items. Soon, they will be leaving again until they are re-added in later this year.

Tags: Nightwraith


July 22, 2022

Acatriel's Arsenal

Acatriel's Arsenal

Acatriel's Arsenal

The Fate Subjugator Acatriel has unveiled his personal cache of mystical weapons forged in a realm beyond time and space.

  • Ascended Fate Subjugator Armor (click the chest to extend / retract the wings)
  • Ascended Fate Subjugator Armor CC (click the chest to extend / retract the wings)
  • Fate Subjugator Armor
  • Fate Subjugator Armor CC
  • Pandora's Dominator P
  • Pandora's Dominator E
  • Pandora's Arc of Fate P
  • Pandora's Arc of Fate E
  • Pandora's Fate Handcannon P
  • Pandora's Fate Handcannon E
  • Pandora's Fate Blaster P
  • Pandora's Fate Blaster E


Legendary Shop Stock

The Legendary Arsenals located in Titan's Peak have been stocked with new weapons and armors!

Available at Exquisite Legendary Arsenal

  • Dragonlord Watcher
  • Dragonlord Watcher CC

Available at Epic Legendary Arsenal

  • Corrupted Dragonlord Watcher
  • Corrupted Dragonlord Watcher CC

Available at Legendary Arsenal

  • Dragonlord Watcher Sword P
  • Dragonlord Watcher Sword E
  • Corrupted Dragonlord Watcher Sword P
  • Corrupted Dragonlord Watcher Sword E


New Styles

Open the style shop to choose from 6 new styles themed after the Dragonlord Watcher sets and a pair of silly, yet stylish burrito-based helms.


New Mods

If you see the green names Estwing, Dewalt, and NEXTEC, know that these are official mod characters. These accounts serve as shells to allow mods to separate their mod persona from their in-game persona. If you are banned or muted in-game and would like to dispute it, you are welcome to appeal through the EpicDuel Support page. Other devs will not lift bans or mutes or personally investigate your case, so please refer to the link if you wish to have your issue resolved as quickly as possible.

Tags: Nightwraith


July 15, 2022

Acatriel's Coming Attractions

Unfortunately, there will not be a new update this week, but next week, and in the upcoming weeks, EpicDuel will see a bounty of new content arriving from some of your favorite artists!

Also, congratulations to Machaon and Cresphontes, the first two duelists who were able to finally defeat Nightmare Acatriel!

Enjoy a preview of some of the new gear arriving on Delta V in the next few weeks!

Acatriel's Arsenal

Bido's Nightmare Seeker

Fate Subjugator Armor

Dragon Watcher Armor

Tags: Nightwraith


July 08, 2022

Nulgath Nation Arcade

Nulgath Nation Arcade

Nulgath Nation Arcade

There's finally a new Arcade to deposit some of your hard-earned Arcade Tokens into to score a host of new Nulgath items! Don't have Arcade Tokens and not enough Varium to buy some? Remember that you can earn them for free through PvP victories and many daily missions!

  • Gold Tier
    • Reincarnated Overfiend P
    • Reincarnated Overfiend E
  • Silver Tier
    • Reincarnated Scythe P
    • Reincarnated Scythe E
    • Taro's ManSlayer CC P
    • Taro's ManSlayer CC E
  • Bronze Tier
    • Reincarnated Blade P
    • Reincarnated Blade E
    • Empyrean Blade P
    • Empyrean Blade E
    • Nation Symbiote Sword P
    • Nation Symbiote Sword E
    • Soul Devourer P
    • Soul Devourer E
    • Nulgath's Visage
    • Draconic Overfiend P
    • Draconic Overfiend E
    • Overfiend Blade Display

Each new arcade comes with a new Arcade leaderboard and an evolving achievement to boost your score and show off the fruits of your lucky spins to all your friends and foes!


New PvP Drops

  • Home Items
    • Classic Nulgath Statue Right
    • Classic Nulgath Statue Left
    • Nulgath Portal
    • Overfiend's Runes
    • OS Nulgath Statue Right
    • OS Nulgath Statue Left
    • Nulgath Bobblehead
  • Weapons
    • Bido's Beast Breaker P
    • Bido's Beast Breaker E
    • Bido's Beast Breaker 2 P
    • Bido's Beast Breaker 2 E


Bido's Birthday Bash!

Visit Bido in the Afterlife to accept his new Bido's Birthday Bash missions! These missions come with lavish rewards of Credits, weapons, and an Achievement!

  • Bido Breaker Badge
  • Bido's Beast Breaker CC P
  • Bido's Beast Breaker CC E


Balance Changes

  • Nightmare Acatriel: Since nobody has defeated him yet, his HP has been reduced to 25K
  • Concentration: Removed deflection damage reduction passive effect

Tags: Nightwraith


July 01, 2022

Fate Adjudicator Acatriel

Acatriel the Fate Adjudicator

The Fate Adjudicator's Challenge

Visit the Fate Adjudicator Acatriel in his Time Fortress sanctum to challenge his incredible power in 2 new extreme boss fights!

  • Legendary Acatriel: Drops Achievement, Pandora P, Pandora E, Runic Pandora P, Runic Pandora E
  • Nightmare Acatriel: Drops Achievement, Pandora's Nightmare P, Pandora's Nightmare E, Runic Pandora P, Runic Pandora E

Will you be the first to defeat this extra-dimensional regal warrior?


Balance Changes

This week's update implements another round of balance changes, this time focused on Tactical Mercenaries. 

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Adrenaline Rush: Active -> Passive. Level 1: Increase Rage Gain by 8% (Increases by 3% per level). Level Max: Increase Rage Gain by 35%. Additional effect: Flat 15 Reroute %.
    • Battery Backup: Changed to Concentration. Reduced energy gain per level of skill investment. Additional effect: For 3 turns after this skill is used, reduce block, deflection, and crit chance by 50%.
    • Frenzy: Recovers HP based on % of damage. Additional Effect: Reduces your opponent’s energy by 25% damage.
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Shadow Arts: Increases block and grenade stun chance. Boosts weapon dmg while reducing dmg taken. Max 10%.
  • Core
    • Titan's Curse: 25% debuff instead of 35% 

New Achievement

Now available in the achievement shop: Independence Day 4!


Seasonals for Sale

Christmas in July! For the remainder of this month (at least), we're restocking all seasonal rares: TLaPD, Halloween, Winter, Spring, Infernal, all back!

To complement this restock, we've added last year's Titan's Dread promotional package items to Titan a bit early:

  • Titan's Dread Armor
  • Titan's Dread Slayer P
  • Titan's Dread Slayer E
  • Titan's Dread Dominator
  • Titan's Dread Devourer
  • Titan's Dread Shotgun P
  • Titan's Dread Shotgun E
  • Titan's Dread Artillery P
  • Titan's Dread Artillery E
  • Titan's Dread Blaster P
  • Titan's Dread Blaster E
  • Titan's Dread Cannon P
  • Titan's Dread Cannon E
  • Titan's Shroud
  • Titan's Curse
  • Titan's Trigger
  • Titan's Barrage


NPC Credit Boost

Do you want to complete your collection of seasonal rares but find yourself low on Credits? We've boosted the rewards for eligible NPC battles. This includes 1v1 NPC battles, not Simulation mode battles.

Tags: Nightwraith


June 24, 2022

Acatriel Arrives


The Time Fortress awaits! Explore this mysterious dimension beyond time and space to encounter the Fate Adjudicator himself: Acatriel!


Balance Changes

This update we're introducing some small tweaks to address more urgent balance concerns. Next week expect even more adjustments impacting more classes.

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Neural Scythe: +5 Energy cost per level.
    • Master of Arms: Boosts Sidearm and Auxiliary only with max % raised to 15 from 10.
    • Proton Cannon : Requirement changes to Strength from Technology.
  • Tech Mage
    • Assimilation: 75% damage instead of 100%
  • Cores
    • Exsanguinating Stomp: 2 turn warm up, increased defense / resistance reduction to 20%, and reduced duration to 2 turns.
    • Titan's Shroud: Increased duration to 4 turns from 3.
    • Assault Bot P/E Cleanse: Added +125 points of HP heal to incentivize use of the special ability.
    • Infernal Surge:  Added 25% rage gain, HP gain based on Defense, and 1 use limit.

Acatriel Arrives

Originally introduced in a limited form during Azrael's encounter, the Time Fortress is now open for deeper exploration! Venture into this mysterious realm to encounter Acatriel the Fate Adjudicator! Challenge him to receive Acatriel's Hood achievement and a chance to collect the following weapons:

  • Pandora Unchained P
  • Pandora Unchained E

More challenges await those who are able to master this formidable solo encounter!


Central Station Expansion

The famous train hub and common gathering place of Delta V has just received a new expansion in the form of a relaxing restaurant to hide away from the battles raging outside. Meet Cheff, the proprietor of this establishment.

Cheff of Central Station

Formerly a Legion Administrator, he laid down his arms (literally) to devote himself to the protection and nourishment of Delta V's war-weary citizens. His stock is limited now, but he should have more as soon as the supply lines open up a bit.


New Emotes

To allow you to more comfortably spend your leisure time in Central Station's latest hotspot, Acatriel has helped craft 4 new emotes!

  • /sit
  • /stand (use to get up from sit)
  • /squat
  • /backflip


New Styles

Open the Style shop to select from 6 new styles inspired by Acatriel himself!


Coming Soon

Next week, in addition to more long-awaited balance changes, you'll finally be able to challenge Legendary and Nightmare Acatriel!

Acatriel's Next Encounter

Tags: Nightwraith


June 16, 2022

Nulgath's Arsenal

Nulgath's Arsenal

Nulgath's Arsenal

The Overfiend's influence has once again permeated the barrier between Delta V and his own cursed realm! Awesome artists Bido and Tomcat have crafted a bounty of new fiendish weapons and items to add to the PvP drop pool. Collect them all to receive incredible rewards in a new mission chain!

  • Weapons
    • Overfiend Nemesis Slayer P
    • Overfiend Nemesis Slayer E
    • Overfiend Nemesis Blades P
    • Overfiend Nemesis Blades E
    • Overfiend Nemesis Axe P
    • Overfiend Nemesis Axe E
    • Overfiend Nemesis Staff P
    • Overfiend Nemesis Staff E
    • Infernal Overfiend Slayer P
    • Infernal Overfiend Slayer E
    • Infernal Overfiend Blades P
    • Infernal Overfiend Blades E
    • Infernal Overfiend Axe P
    • Infernal Overfiend Axe E
    • Infernal Overfiend Staff P
    • Infernal Overfiend Staff E


  • Home Items
    • Overfiend's Crest
    • Infernal Overfiend's Crest
    • Overfiend's Nemesis Crest
    • Overfiend Nemesis Slayer
    • Infernal Overfiend Slayer
    • Wrath of Nulgath P
    • Wrath of Nulgath E
    • Overfiend's Nemesis Head


Nulgath's Collection

Collect the new PvP weapon drops to complete the Nulgath's Arsenal mission chain available at Dage the Evil. Completing this chain will reward large quantities of Credits, two rare new swords (Wrath of Nulgath P and E), and the Nulgath Collector 2022 achievement!


Epic Pride

The new Epic Pride achievement is available in the Seasonal section of the Achievement Shop!


Burrito's Return

Suggestion weapons added to Nightwraith as LQ

  • Burrito Blade P
  • Burrito Blade E


Anti-Titan Cores

An unlockable shop has been added to allow repurchasing of anti-Nightmare Titan cores. The vendor is revealed after completing the "Godkiller "mission. This change is designed to help people who sold the Titan cores after completing the quest but need them again to complete other missions that require defeating Nightmare Titan.

  • Titan Shot
  • Titan Blast
  • Titan Guard
  • Titan Bane


Still in progress:

Join us next week for the grand opening of the new Central Station bar and lounge and finally challenge Acatriel to a duel to remember!

Tags: Nightwraith


June 09, 2022

EpicDuel Nulgath Preview

Nulgath Preview

This week's update has been postponed, but that just means more content for next week!


Nulgath Preview

A new terror is preparing to unleash itself upon Delta V! Bido and Tomcat are crafting new armaments to honor the diabolical, demonic demigod (is he a demigod? I just wanted the alliteration) known as Nulgath! Gear of this nature doesn't often show around this corner of the Artix-verse, but members of Nulgath Nation will finally be represented with a robust selection of new weapons!

Nulgath Preview

Infernal Nulgath

*Players who haven't yet harvested the current PvP drops will have one more week to claim them before they're gone forever! Seriously this time!


Train Hub Hangout

Acatriel is hard at work on new screens to provide the Central Station crew a welcoming new environment to chill out. This area has a lot of potential for new features to complement the environment! That room sure is wide! Imagine EpicDuel with a widescreen tune-up! You might not have to imagine long.

Train Hub Hangout

What would you like to order from the new chef NPC?


Acatriel's Realm

Very soon you will also meet the powerful addition to EpicDuel's art team in his very own realm! Will you be able to defeat him in combat in a friendly or not-so-friendly duel?

Tags: Nightwraith


June 03, 2022

Epic Homes Unlocked

New Homes Unlocked

The tournament has ended, the awards are distributed, but EpicDuel's Summer excitement is just beginning!


New Homes

Browse the home interface to unlock 2 new homes! 

  • Star Hunter's Den The abandoned cave of Luthiel, pulsing with cosmic energy.
  • Chrono Palace: Own a pocket dimension beyond time and space all for yourself.


Balance Changes

  • Cores/Bots
    • Gamma Bot/ Gamma Bot Variants: This bot has dominated since it's damage was buffed to +110% over a year ago. To be fair to players who weren't able to acquire these rare bots and to encourage the use of other bots, damage has been reduced to 108%.
    • Apocryphal Demigod's Roar: Damage increased to 100%.
    • Apocryphal Champion's Roar: Damage increased to 100%.
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Nanotech Shield: Requires 30 Support max.
    • Proton Cannon: Damage boost reduced by 10% at all levels. Requires Technology, 42 max.
  • All Hunters' Festival tournament prizes except cores will now be available to be sold. Please be careful as we don't have user-selected item locking (yet!).


In progress

The team is still working on some major improvements, features, and content! Here's just a taste of what's currently in progress:

  • Acatriel NPC and Time Palace quests (including bosses)
  • Pausing 2v1 Bosses
  • Custom player scaling during bosses (enable huge bosses)
  • Idle animations respective to weapon type
  • More distinct attack animations for different weapon types
  • Adaptive Armor, a new passive skill that would buff the lower of either Defense or Resistance by a %.
  • Ability to sell item drops directly from the prize screen.
  • Revamped SFX (special effects like explosions)
  • And much more!

Tags: Nightwraith


May 27, 2022

The Hunters' Festival Ends

Hunters' Festival Ends

Today we end the latest EpicDuel Tournament, The Hunters' Festival, and honor the champions with a great bounty of prizes, including rare armors, weapons, and cores! Congratulations to all 241 players who participated and enjoy your hard-fought loot! Special thanks go out to Acatriel and Bido who helped craft such an enormous pool of amazing prizes!

Attached to these new prizes are new cores. Because we didn't want to offer overpowered cores that people who did not participate in the tournament would never be able to earn, some of these cores are only aesthetically different from existing cores.

  •  Apocryphal Demigod's Wrath: At low HP, morph into a beast and deal 110% damage with 50% lifesteal.
  • Apocryphal Demigod's Roar: Unleash a terrifying roar dealing 85% damage, lowering Rage by 50%.
  • Apocryphal Champion's Wrath: At low health, mutate into a beast and deal 110% damage with 50% lifesteal.
  • Apocryphal Champion's Roar: Unleash a terrifying roar dealing 85% damage, lowering Rage by 50%.
  • Hunters' Retribution: Apply a curse, use auxiliary to detonate, adding 10% damage per turn the target was hit.
  • Hunters' Eradication: Remove target's armor (1 turn), sidearm (2 turns), and auxiliary (3 turns).
  • Hunters' Evocation: Summon void tentacles to snare prey, immobilizing them.
  • Hunters' Judgement: Final judgement, dealing primary damage plus 12% of target's max Health (Max 500).
  • Apocryphal Demigod Rift: Open a bloody rift, dealing Sidearm dmg plus 10% of target's max Health (Max 400).
  • Apocryphal Champion Rift Open a bloody rift, dealing Sidearm dmg plus 10% of target's max Health (Max 400).

This tournament was also a significant learning experience. There are aspects of tournaments that will likely change in the future. For one, a more focused tournament, limited to a single battle mode over a shorter duration would be easier to moderate and result in less player fatigue. Another feature we have been considering to increase the excitement of tournaments in the future is a Spectator mode. Still in the planning phases, allowing players to watch any active battle would provide lots of entertainment for players who don't have time to grind winds for most of the day but still wish to cheer on their friends! There is still a wealth of possibilities on the horizon to make tournaments an amazingly rewarding experience for all!


New Hairstyles:

In addition to a wealth of new combat items, this update introduces 8 new Hunter-inspired styles available now from the style-change shop!

Tags: Nightwraith


May 18, 2022

May Madness Update

Spider's Lab

In anticipation of the upcoming Tournament, we're pleased to release a bounty of new features and improvements to EpicDuel! 

New Features

  • New Battle option "Brace" to skip a turn for a small buff to block, deflection, and damage reduction.
  • Save username and password on login.
  • Daily login reward.
    • Receive a gift in your mail each day you login.
    • Gift is selected randomly among Arcade Tokens, home items, and various Credit amounts.
  • Track influence from battle during war cooldown with new achievement.
  • Track daily missions completed with new achievement.
  • View NPC stats in battle.
    • Since NPC's don't abide by normal class skill trees, the configuration on their skills page might be odd.
  • Pause NPC battles.
    • This is not currently enabled in 2v1 bosses, but functionality is in progress for a future update.
  • Increased level gap in Simulation mode to ease difficulty for struggling players.
  • Missions can reward XP.
  • Missions can support multiple reward types for the same mission.
  • Bank view shows an item's equipped cores.
  • Shop search can search a weapon's equipped core names.
  • Stacking cores.
    • Cores that are replaced will have resale value set to 0.
    • Duplicate cores purchased with Varium or Credits will form different stacks based on currency used to purchase.
    • To implement this change, currently held cores will have their resale values set to 0. 
  • New and improved animations.


New Achievements

  • Daily Mission Achiever Tier 1 - 11: Awarded for completing individual daily missions. Not dependent on completing whole mission chains.
  • Grunt - Eternal Legend: Earn influence from battles during war cooldown. Amount is slightly randomized and adjusted based on battle type.
  • Friday The 13th 2022: Purchase from the Seasonal achievement shop.


Balance Changes

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Adaptive Armor replaced with Nanotech Shield (passive)
  • Cores
    • Frost Shards: 120 Energy
    • Infernal Fortitude (Primary): 100 Energy
    • Infernal Surge: +35% support instead of 35 points.
    • Draconic Frost King's Will: +40% support instead of 40 points


Mission Changes

  • Bouncer for Hire - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP
  • Bloodbath - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP
  • Fishy Tactics - Reward 2000 Credits
  • Pirate Problems - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP
  • Bad Dreams - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP
  • Drone Touch-up - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP
  • Combat Practice - Arcade Token swapped for 150 XP


Bug Fixes

  • Mission completion bug for missions requiring more than 1 item
  • Fixed ping showing double than the intended MS value
  • Fixed finder module sorting


Hunters' Festival Reminder

In a few days the new Hunters' Festival Tournament will begin! If you haven't already, stop by Slayer to grab a ticket and prepare for battle!

Tags: Nightwraith


May 13, 2022

Spider's Lab: Spring Edition

Spider's Lab

Team EpicDuel has been hard at work creating content for the new Hunters' Festival Tournament, crafting custom prizes for the last of the Gifting winners, and developing brand new features and improvements to refresh EpicDuel just in time for Summer. Spider worked his magic on a raft of frequently-requested features to vastly improve the EpicDuel experience. Since some of these features are a bit complex, we're allowing a bit of additional time to make sure they're rock-solid. These features should arrive in an update early next week after necessary review and polish. 


New Features Coming Soon:

  • New Battle option "Brace" to skip a turn for a small buff to block, deflection, and damage reduction.
  • Save username and password on login.
  • Track influence from battle during war cooldown with new achievement.
  • Track daily missions completed with new achievement.
  • View NPC stats in battle.
  • Pause NPC battles.
  • Increased level gap in Simulation mode to ease difficulty for struggling players.
  • Missions can reward XP.
  • Missions can support multiple reward types for the same mission.
  • Bank view shows an item's equipped cores.
  • Shop search can search a weapon's equipped core names.
  • Stacking cores.
  • New and improved animations.
  • More!


Hunters' Festival Reminder

Next Friday the new Hunters' Festival Tournament will begin! If you haven't already, stop by Slayer to grab a ticket and prepare for battle!

Tags: Nightwraith


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