Our next Progression Server, Mangler, is becoming available to players on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12 PM PT. Mangler is best-suited for players who want to go back to experience the early days of EverQuest, starting at the beginning and moving through content at a more relaxed pace.
If this is the first time you're hearing about Mangler, you may want to take a moment to look back at this post. Otherwise, read on for some of the answers to your most frequently asked questions!
Q: How is this server different from other Progression Servers?
Mangler is will be a more traditional Progression Server that will provide a more familiar EverQuest experience. The XP rate will be equivalent to that of Ragefire, and there will be no additional XP penalties on death. Focus effects will not be available until The Shadows of Luclin unlocks.
Mangler is a “True Box Server” like Coirnav. On a True Box Server, each player will only be able to play on one EverQuest account from each one of their computers.
Unlocks will initially happen every 12 weeks. Once Mangler reaches the Gates of Discord, expansions that do not include a level cap increase will remain current for just 8 weeks before the next expansion unlocks. If an expansion does include a level cap increase, it will last for a full 12 weeks before another unlock.
In addition, on Mangler, big raid targets from each expansion will be available via instances.
Q: Can I transfer my existing character here?
No. This will be a fresh server where all players will begin their adventures from level 1. There are no plans at this time to offer transfers to this server from any other progression server.
Q: How does Raid Instancing work on Mangler?
The system will allow a full raid (72 players) into an instance. You will need at least 6 players in your raid to request a raid instance, and the players in your raid need to be level 46 or higher.
When you request a raid instance, the player that requested it and their entire raid group will be given an account-wide request lockout for that specific raid for 2.5 days.
Each “boss” in the zone will grant a 6.5 day account-wide lockout. For the most part, this is only for the big boss (like Lord Nagafen or Lady Vox) and the stuff in their immediate vicinity.
For launch, Plane of Sky is an exception to the above instancing rule. Each island will have a lockout. Kill any NPC on that island and everyone in your raid will receive a 6.5 day account-wide lockout for that island.
Q: When you talk about expansions unlocking after a certain amount of time, does that mean killing raid targets isn't required?
Correct. Expansions will unlock 12 weeks after each other, regardless of when raid content is cleared.
As an exception, The Legacy of Ykesha will unlock 1 hour after the Planes of Power.
Q: Can I claim the 40-Slot “Broker's Backpack” on the new Progression Server?
Yes! This bag is a one-time claim available on any server, including progression servers. Be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for a new starter pack that will be released when Mangler launches.
Q: What things are not allowed on this server?
A True Box Progression Server is a place where players are only allowed to play one EverQuest account at a time on their computer.
Doing any of the following on Mangler may result in action being taken against your Daybreak Account:
- Playing multiple characters at the same time from a single computer.
- Using 3rd party software.
- Any method to send one key press to multiple characters.
And as a refresher, doing any of the following on ANY server may result in action being taken against your Daybreak Account:
- Unattended Gameplay: Any method that lets a character take actions while you’re not at your keyboard.
- Playing on virtual machines.
- Any attempt to circumvent the /pickzone timer.
- Any attempt to avoid or circumvent lockout timers.
Q: What’s the XP rate on Mangler?
Earning experience on the Mangler server will be faster than original EverQuest at launch, but slower than every other progression server.
Q: Which versions of raid bosses will be on Mangler?
The revised versions of raid bosses from Ragefire, Lockjaw, and Phinigel (the ones that are more difficult) will be the raid bosses on Mangler.
Raid bosses will still spawn out in the open world at the same rate that they do on Ragefire, Lockjaw, and Phinigel.
Q: Which versions of zones will be on Mangler?
Zones that were graphically revamped (Freeport, Commonlands, Nektulos, Lavastorm, and Ro) will be in their revamped form. Our progression servers have to co-exist with live servers, so we need to have the same geometry running on all of them. In cases where the geometry was the same but population changed, we will use the original populations where possible:
- Splitpaw - Will begin in its first revamped form (with the Ishva Mal).
- Cazic-Thule - Will begin in the form after Rubicite was removed.
- The Hole - Will begin in its first form (with Master Yael).
- Plane of Hate - Will be in the current layout, but with population much like the original zone after the first loot revamp.
- Plane of Fear - Will have population the same as the first loot revamp.
- Droga/Nurga - Original population.
- Firiona Vie - Original population.
- Veeshan's Peak - Original population, but no death restrictions.
- Plane of Mischief - Original population. The "easy" entrance will not be active until it changes to the current version.
Zones that are set up in this manner will transition to their current datasets in roughly the same timeframe as they originally changed.
Q: Will you be removing changes made to game functions?
In most cases, no. For instance, the UI will be current, you will not leave your items on your corpse when you die, coin will not have weight, and the advanced loot system will be in place. If it is a modern system that is enabled on live servers for everyone, it will be in place.
Features that were added with expansions, such as the Bazaar (Luclin), armor dye (LoY), out-of-combat regeneration (TSS), and mercenaries (SoD), are scheduled to unlock when those expansions are unlocked. The following will be enabled on launch:
- The Raid window
- AAs (though most abilities are restricted by level or expansion)
- Saving recipes in tradeskill containers
- Audio Triggers
- Many Achievements (but not kill or collect achievements)
- Hotbar revamps
- Guild rank customizations
Because leadership AAs were introduced as an expansion feature but later added for free to everyone, they will be available upon launch as well.
Q: But I have so many more questions!
Continue reading the FAQ on our forums!
Want to ask some questions of your own? Talk to other players on the Progression server forums here!