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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #16 4/18/14

Note: EU will get this update before NA. NA does not get this update until tomorrow morning.

GENERAL
* The hit and toughness tooltips now display Storm Legion Raid 3 requirements, and no longer display classic requirements.


PVP AND WARFRONTS
* Fixed issues with the following trinkets not obeying PVP damage/heal/absorb reductions: 
- Warlord's Shielding Apparatus
- Myrmidon's Shielding Apparatus
- Shield of the Awakened
- Reawakened Shield
- Reawakened Shielding Apparatus
- Expanse of the Crashing Seas
- Shield of Static Wind
- Empowered Shield of Static Wind
- Empowered Holy Shield of Static Wind
- Twyl's Facade
- Empowered: Twyl's Façade
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #14 4/16/14

== FEATURES ==

NEW TIER OF RAIDS: BINDINGS OF BLOOD
Travel back in time to aid legendary heroes in their quest to imprison The Blood Storm. Delve once more into Greenscale's Lair and the depths of Hammerknell-- but first, be sure to gather your fellow Ascended, as mysterious and powerful forces seek to ensure that Telara's fate is rewritten.


GENERAL
* The following older, outdated dungeon-related currencies can no longer be earned in-game:
- Plaque of Achievement
- Mark of Ascension
- Greater Mark of Ascension
- Infernal Mark of Ascension
* In the future, a currency conversion will be applied to remove the above currencies from your inventories.
* Any gear that could be purchased with any of the above currencies is no longer available on the Store.
* The amount of bonus power granted to players with high tier equipment while mentoring has been reduced.


RIFT STORE AND SERVICES
* Depleted Supply Crates are now available on the Store! These are new, PVP centric lockboxes that can be purchased with either Warlord's Marks or Credits. 
* As a new tier of raid gear has been released, raid 2 armor and weapons are now available for credits on the Store under Equipment>Bundles!
* As tier 2 raid gear is now on the Store, the credit price of raid 1 armor and weapons has been reduced.


SOULS

ROGUE

BARD
* Cadence: Increased damage by 10%.
* Verse of Agony: Increased damage by 20%.
* Cadenza: Increased damage by 20%.
* Riff: Increased damage by 20%.
* Power Chord: Increased damage by 40%.
* Coda of Wrath: Increased damage by 50%.
* Coda of Fury: Increased damage by 50%.
* Virtuoso: Now has a 2 minute cooldown.
* Virtuoso: Removed a slight delay before the effect goes off due to the issues it was causing with Rogues spending their combo points.

RANGER
* Twin Shot: Fixed an issue that caused it to stack oddly when used by multiple Rangers.
* Twin Shot: Increased damage by 26%
* Ace Shot: Increased damage by 15%


ZONES
* Keep an eye out for Unstable Artifact Thieves during the Unstable zone events! If you can figure out a way to catch them you might get some of their ill-gotten gains. 
* You now have an additional 60 seconds during Stage 4 of the Apothecary Rifts to complete the objectives.

BLOODFIRE CONTENT
* Bloodfire Stronghold: Fixed a bug with Charr'Denor that caused the NPC not to reset correctly when fighting the LV30 version.
* Bloodfire Stronghold: Fixed a bug with Renak Ladne that was preventing Roaring Flame from resetting if players wiped to the encounter.
* The issue with NPCs spawning at the incorrect level during the Bloodfire Army zone event in Silverwood has been fixed. 


DIMENSIONS
* When entering edit mode in a dimension, if you have a PVP scoreboard in your quest tracker, the quest tracker will no longer be automatically hidden.
* Fixed the minimap for the Castle Fortune dimension.


ITEMS
* Token Tablets and Patron Token Bonuses now affect the gain of Frozen Eclipse Stones, as the new top level currency, Fragments of the Ward, has been introduced.
* Upgrade paths have been added to the following items, which will allow them to become Raid 2 equivalents: 
- Defense of the Dusk
- Band of Darkest Dawn
- Signet of Rolling Thunder
- Ring of the West Wind
- Band of Deft Deflection
- Ring of the Raging Storm
- Spiked Bone Loop
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #13 4/9/14

== FEATURES ==

NEW PRELUDE CONTENT: AIR SAGA FINALE
A crashing conclusion is in store for the Ascended as the Air Saga Finale is now live!


== PROMOTION ==

BUDGIE WEEK RETURNS
Budgie Week is back, and this time it runs from 3:30pm server time April 10th until 3:30am server time April 17th!

This time, the Umbral Budgie mount can be acquired from Limited Edition: Umbral Budgie Troves, available on the Rift Store. You can also earn a Limited Edition: Budgie Trove by completing the achievement Chicken Run, which has a chance to drop the Frosty Budgie mount.

On the Store this time are the Ashen and Frosty Budgie mounts, which can be purchased with Bird Seed. Bird Seed is obtained from the Limited Edition: Budgie Trove and Limited Edition: Umbral Budgie Trove, and by completing new daily quests in Silverwood (Guardian Only), Freemarch (Defiant Only), Pelladane, and Cape Jule!


GENERAL
* Due to popular demand, the currency caps on end game currencies have been lifted! (See above due to popular demand – but note that this is a test and we may revert it :P)
* Fixed an issue with certain marvelous recipes not being able to be sold to a merchant.
* Dramatically increased the drop rate of Relic cape recipes in the wild! ...But, they're still pretty rare.


RIFT STORE AND SERVICES
* Redder than RED, the new exceptionally Crimson Dye is now periodically available on the RIFT store!
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #11 3/26/14

== FEATURES ==

PVP DIMENSIONS!
All PVP Dimension items can now be found in the RIFT Store! 


GENERAL
* All remaining Empyreal Sourcestone has been converted to Infinity Stones at a rate of 35 to 10. 


BLOODFIRE CONTENT
* Zone Event: Bloodfire Behemoth: Slight increase in health and damage values.
* Bloodfire Stronghold: Corrected an issue that caused Guardian players to be sent to Meridian when zoning out of the instance.
* Burning Core Cinders will now only drop Burning Cores.

* All remaining Empyreal Sourcestone has been converted to Infinity Stones at a rate of 35 to 10.
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #9 3/19/14

== FEATURES ==

AIR SAGA
Crucia returns in the next phase of the Air Saga! New quests and zone events become active on Thursday, 3/20, at 3:30 PM server time.

BLOODFIRE ARMY INVASION
A pair of mysterious gateways have manifested in Freemarch and Silverwood, radiating with power from the Plane of Fire... The Bloodfire Stronghold goes live on Thursday, 3/20, at 3:30 PM server time.


CARNIVAL OF THE ASCENDED

ITEMS
* Fixed the Spell Power on the following Carnival Cleric tank weapons:
- The Inquisitor's Firebrand
- Firebrand of the Inferno
- Firebrand of Wildfire
- Firebrand of Conflagration


GENERAL
* Quest: Mayhem: Silverwood and Freemarch - Now increments for all members of the group.
* The Rift Mobile Carnival Scratcher is no longer available.

PROMOTIONAL EVENTS
* Return to Deepstrike will now correctly grant credit for the "Complete a Level 60 Expert Dungeon" step of To the Strongest and Smashing the Competition when P.a.U.L.A. is defeated.
* Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the Temporal Flux rift to produce level 1 creatures.
* The minor version of the Temporal Flux rift now has a chance to show up in Dusken and Brevane in addition to Mathosia.


LOOKING FOR GROUP & MENTORING
* The Looking For Group (LFG) feature and how it works with mentoring has changed.
* The LFG system no longer cares if the player is current mentored.
* Players that queue for specific dungeons can change their mentor level while inside the instance. 
* Players that queue for random dungeons can not change their mentor level while inside the instance.

Random Storm Legion Expert Dungeons
* Does not mentor the player, since the dungeons are level 60.
* Party members in the instance can not change their mentored level.

Random Classic Expert Dungeons
* Always mentors the player to Level 50.
* Party members in the instance can not change their mentored level.

Random Normal Dungeon (with Queue as Mentor unselected)
* Does not force the palyer to mentor, since groups are placed in dungeons that are the highest-level available.
* Party members in the instance can not change their mentored level.

Random Normal Dungeon (with Queue as Mentor selected)
* Mentors the player as appropriate, depending on which dungeon they are put into.
* Party members in the instance can not change their mentored level.

Specific Dungeon
* Always mentors the player to the level appopriate for the select dungeon.
* Party members in the instance can change mentored level.

Special case:
* If a specific-dungeon party is joined by a player that queued for a random dungeon, then no members of the party can change mentor levels while in the instance.

* The Queue as Mentor checkbox ahas been moved down, as it now only applies to the Random Normal Dungeon.
- If unselected, then the Random Normal Dungeon queue will place players in the highest level dungeons they have access to, excluding low level dungeons. 
- If selected, then the Random Normal Dungeon queue will place players in any normal dungeon they have access, to including low level dungeons.



SOULS

WARRIOR

PALADIN
* Protector's Fury: Removed "life" from the damage increase description. The description is now accurate for how the ability has been functioning for some time.

PARAGON
* Way of the Wind: Added Reaping Harvest to the description of the ability. The description is now accurate for how the ability has been functioning for some time.


ZONES
* The expansion version of Invasive Species will no longer mistakenly appear in old world zones.



DUNGEONS AND RAIDS

INFINITY GATE
* Island hopping will now trigger correctly.


PVP AND WARFRONTS
* Conquest mega turrets are no longer reflectable.
* Conquest: Steppes of Infinity and Conquest: Stillmoor

Conquest: Steppes of Infinity
* Now ends after 10k has been scored by a team.
* The team that fully upgrades a dreaming focus removes 25 points from both other teams. 
- This point reduction cannot happen if the teams are below 25.
* Fixed spawn in location for Oathsworn to face a direction that is not out to the wrong edges of the map.
* Fixed an issue with the chest ability so that it cannot land on someone that already has it active.

CRAFTING

APOTHECARY
* Sovereign Solution will now start sorting under Crafting --> Materials --> Plants in the Auction House, along with the other plant distillates.

WEAPONSMITH
* Crafting rifts can no longer trap you inside the forge.


ITEMS
* Empyreal Source Stones have been removed from the game, replaced by a smaller amount of Infinity Stones.
* Voucher: Empyreal Sourcestone to Infinity Stone can now be purchased, allowing conversions at a ratio of 35 Empyreal Sourcestone to 10 Infinity Stones.
* Hunt Legend Flamecaller's Greater Sandstone: Reallocated some of this item's wisdom into intelligence. Based on Forum Feedback.
* Several upgrade components are now stackable.
* Fixed the hit values on the Windborn Scepter.
* Artifacts from the "Depths of Murder" set are no longer BoP.
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #15 4/17/14

Note: EU will get this update bundled together with Hotfix #14. NA does not get this update until the morning of 4/17.


RIFT STORE AND SERVICES
* Fixed hit on Raid 2 Store weapons – the Despoiler weapons have 78 hit for 1h and 156 hit for 2h.


PVP AND WARFRONTS
* PvP equipment from the Depleted Supply Crate now works as intended in Warfronts and Conquest.
* Increased the power of Warlord Essences dropped from Depleted Supply Crates.
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Battle all-new versions of Akylios and Greenscale!
Mysteries abound in the Runic Athenaeum, where a dark foe attempts to change the fabric of history itself. Prepare to travel back in time and assist the original Heroic Souls in binding some of Telara’s greatest threats: the Dragons of Water and Life! Will you emerge triumphant, or be crushed under their scaly grasp? Our first two Tier 3 raids – now live – feature all-new battles against terrifying incarnations of Akylios and Greenscale armed w...
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #12 4/2/14

== FEATURES ==

NEW PRELUDE ZONE EVENTS
The Bloodfire Army and The Power of Nightmares are now active! If you've been wondering what Crucia has been up to, now's your chance to find out...


GENERAL
* Substantially increased drop rates on Bounty Artifacts. More Bounty additions incoming soon! 
* Fixed the rare bug where some players might still hear phantom chat from a previous map they were on.
* Private chat channels now automatically turn off announcements the first time they reach 20 members.
* The Adventure Dealer now displays Infinity Stones as his preferred currency. Infinity Stone Vouchers now display properly for each Calling without selecting all of the options.
* Relaxed chat throttling in some more private conversations; players should not experience the "You have sent too many chat messages" error as often.
* The achievements for mounting a Planar Squirrel should now work correctly.


BLOODFIRE STRONGHOLDS
* Bosses will now drop Burning Cores 100% of the time. Burning Core Cinders will no longer drop. 
* Addressed an issue where cross-faction groups would sometimes send players to the wrong location when exiting the instance.
* Level 15 and 30 bosses will now drop level-appropriate currencies, as well as reduced Infinity Stones. Level 60 bosses drop the same currency as before.


ZONES

STONEFIELD
* Fixed a rare whoa, double rift in Stonefield. Thanks to shockwavelol for the report! 

PVP AND WARFRONTS
* Added an alternative upgrade path to Myrmidon gear, which uses a Depleted Infinity Cell rather than a Radiant Infinity Cell.
* Depleted Infinity Cells can be made with 550 Depleted Infinity Shards. These items are Bind-on-Pickup and not Bind-on-Account.
* Rank 80 and above players will now receive Depleted Infinity Shards for completing the following weekly quests: Guns for Hire, Victory in Conquest, and Conquest Carnage.
* Rank 80 and above players will now receive a Depleted Infinity Shard for completing their random warfronts with charges.


DUNGEONS AND RAIDS
* Fixed an issue with players sometimes entering forced-mentor instances at the default level.

INFINITY GATE
* Volan: Sterilize will now properly trigger Volan's Outbreak ability.

PLANEBREAKER BASTION
* Inyr’kta: Now drops a Heart of the Planebreaker.
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RIFT 2.6: Hotfix #10 3/21/14

GENERAL
* Fixed a bug that would prevent a small number of people from logging in.
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Fourth soul coming in 2.7:
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