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Neverwinter

Mount Changes & Upgrades

By Julia (nitocris83) | Mon 24 Aug 2020 07:00:00 AM PDT

Mounts in Neverwinter are very much the same as they have been for years. While that is a good thing in many areas, there have been some aspects of mounts that you, our community, have been asking to see improved. As having a blog post implies, we have made some changes that will soon be coming to a server near you and we wanted to share all the details.

 

Mount Speed

A lot of players have commented on how they want a legendary mount because they want the faster movement speed when mounted. We thought it would be nice to simplify mount speeds all together.

All players will now have 2 mount speeds. The first speed is as fast as the existing Legendary mount speed. The second speed is the same as the speed for Uncommon (green) quality mounts for your roleplaying and Protector’s Enclave parade needs.

With this change, mounts also no longer grant a speed when adding them to your stable.

 

 

Mount Upgrades

It could be tough for players to get higher quality mounts, especially legendary quality, which left some players missing out on mount combat powers all together. Now, mounts will be able to be upgraded all the way from Common quality to Mythic quality. While it may have been one of our worst kept secrets, Mythic quality mounts have now arrived.

Mounts are upgraded through Mount Upgrade Tokens which initially will be available from the Zen Market, the Tradebar Store, and from certain events such as Hell Pit.

A few changes were made to mounts to support upgrading:

  • All mounts have 3 insignia slots regardless of quality. Insignia slots do not change during upgrading.
  • All mounts now have a Passive and Combat power. Those powers scale up as the mount is increased in quality. Any power shared by multiple mounts will scale to the highest quality mount that you own which grants that power. Mounts which previously didn’t have a combat power will have one of 3 generic new combat powers that either do: Single target damage, AoE damage, Self Heal Over Time.
  • Mount Bolster: Your 10 highest quality mounts add to your mount bolster which in turn increases your mount passive and combat powers up to double their base effectiveness.

 

As mentioned above, insignia slots do not change as your mount is upgraded. Along with that, you do not unlock additional costumes or powers as your mount ranks up. This means that the rarer legendary mounts will retain a good amount of their uniqueness including their multiple universal insignia slots and their unique combat powers.

 

Mount Passive powers were reworked to be a higher item level and grant more stats. Along with this, they also grant a large part of their stats to Combined Rating to better help players gear up overall and make it less likely that slotting a given passive power will shoot one stat far over cap while leaving others under cap.

 

Mount Collars

But wait, there’s more! We also wanted to add some more options and value to mounts. Your stable mounts now have a new slot which is for Mount Collars.

Mount Collars are new items that will grant benefits to your utility stats. They come in qualities from Common to Mythic and a mount can only wear an equal or lower quality collar.

Base mount collars will drop in dungeons as will some new upgrade materials (Stones of Empowerment from critter drops and Greater Stones of Empowerment from Epic Dungeons and Trial end chests) to rank up those collars.

One extra unique aspect of these collars is that they come in specific types. A character can only benefit from one of a given collar type at a time so make sure to get all 5 types to maximize your benefits.

 

Zen Store Adjustments

And there’s still more mores! We have lowered the cost of Mounts in the Zen Market. Epic mounts will now be 1500 Zen down from 3500 Zen.

While we were making that change, we also went forward with another plan we have been talking about for a little while. We lowered the cost of Epic Companions down to 1500 Zen and we made Companion Zen Market purchases account wide unlocks in the same way that Zen Market mounts already were.

In many cases the account wide reclaims for companions will be retroactive and players will see the reclaims for past purchases show up for their alts to claim as this change goes live. This does not apply to all companions, and it does not apply to previously limited time event companions such as the Alpha Compy, or companions that are not currently for sale.

Because they are now reclaims, companions no longer come with a Bonding Runestone.

 

Lockbox Adjustments

There is one last change that goes along with all of the others. The top tier chase items in lockboxes have had their odds improved. The top chase prize is now over 3x as likely to drop!

 

Free Pack

We also wanted to make sure everyone could enjoy the new mount features right away. When the changes go live, players will be able to claim one free pack per account from the reclaim agent which will give you the following items:

  • 75 Mount Upgrade Tokens
  • Free Epic Mount Collar Choice Pack
  • 150 Stones of Empowerment – upgrade material for collars
  • 50 Greater Stones of Empowerment – upgrade material for collars
  • 100% off companion coupon.

 

 

That is a lot more change than we usually have for a blog. When it came to mounts, we felt it was time to make some bigger changes to make mounts as interesting and exciting as they can be.

Happy adventuring, and don’t forget to grab your free gifts when this feature goes live! The freebies will not stay around forever.

 

Jared Sears
Lead Systems Designer

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