EverQuest II: A reference

This is a curated reference site for new, current and returning players of EverQuest II.
Websites Tools Useful resources Terminology Tradeskill terminology Addons Returning player resources YouTubers and content creators Live events Expansions

Websites

ResourceDescription
EQ2iThe most expansive wiki for EverQuest 2, contains information about practically everything.
EQ2FurnitureAn expansive website with information about house items, and a searchable database where you can look up how to craft certain items, or list all items in a given recipie book - complete with screenshots.
EQ2 Traders CornerLoads of useful information for tradeskilling, on house items and event quests.

Tools

ToolDescription
EQ2UCharacter and item information, directly from the DBG servers.
Number helperEverQuest II's numbers for i.e. damage dealt or amount healed have grown extremely large and can be hard to wrap your head around. This tool helps you by breaking down the numbers and allowing you to quickly compare two sets of numbers (ie. old grandmaster spell values vs. new adept). Works well on a phone so you can enter values while in-game.

Direct links to useful resources

ResourceDescription
All overseer questsA list of (almost) all overseer quests. Useful for finding out which quests to purchase as "charged" versions (ie. which are legendary or above).
Ballads of Zimara timelineA list and guide for the various questlines in the Renewal of Ro expansion. There are similar pages on the wiki for all expansions and other major questlines.
Familiars wild wiki pageContains information about where to find the creatures needed for the Familiars wild daily quest.
Game update notesLists the latest patch notes for the live game, as well as archives of previous updates.
List of slash commandsA list of all the various commands you can use in-game, for instance in macros.
The EverQuest II discordA discord server frequented by developers and designers, as well as many players. A handy place to find information and ask questions.
Tradeskill timelineA list and guide for all of the main tradeskill questlines in the game.
RoR guide for returning playersOnce you have finished VoV and reached 125 and are ready to head into RoR there is an excellent guide called Renewal of Ro Guide for Beginners (or Returning Players) on the forums that will help you get up to speed in RoR. It will help you sort out your gear and adornments.

Terminology, systems and features

TerminologyDescription
/claimYour account or character may be entitled to receive certain items, for instance pre-order or veteran rewards. You receive these on your character by typing /claim or by selecting "Claim" from the EQII menu.
AA"Alternate advancement", a way to customize your character by spending points to gain passive and active abilities.
AdornmentsItems that can be applied/socketed into equpment, enhancing their stats. You can remove adornments from items safely using the adornment reclamation ability that you can purchase from any class trainer. The adornments can then be reused and applied to a different item.
Alternate currencyIn-game currency that's not the usual coin. For instance currency gained for doing event quests, like during Frostfell, or from doing daily and weekly quests for current content, which can then be used to purchase specific items.
Bonus prestige pointSpecial AA points that you gain from achievements tied to specific questlines or collections. These were added in the Reign of Shadows (2020) expansion. You can get up to 20 bonus prestige points.
Breakout [housing]Breaking free of the usual boundaries of the house. Lets you build on larger areas normally not accessible.
BrokerPlayer-to-player selling of items for in-game currency. Equivalent to market board or auction house in other MMOs. Members can access it anywhere from the EQ2 menu for free, non-members need to visit specific Broker NPCs and use broker credits.
Call of the tinkerer, Orbs of reconciliationCrafted (tinkerer) and quested (orb) item that can teleport you instantly to another person in your group in the same zone.
Charged overseer questA special type of overseer quest that you can run without using any of the 10 daily quest slots. It does not grant overseer experience.
Chat channelAn in-game serverwide (or even cross-server) channel that you can chat in. By default you're joined to several, like the frequently useful General channel.
CoVCall of the veteran, an item that lets you port directly to anyone (or port anyone to you). Granted as a 6th year veteran reward, hence the name.
Companion petA pet that follows you around and, in most cases, gives you stat bonuses. Often offered as part of the collector's edition of an expansion. You can hide it from view by right clicking on it and selecting "pet options".
DBCDaybreak cash. The in-game currency bought with real money (or gotten as a 500 DBC stipend each month for being a member). Used to purchase items or services from the marketplace, or for various in-game actions, like unlocking mercenaries for hiring anywhere or speeding up certain actions (most of those can also be sped up from in-game dropped items).
Daily resetThe time your daily quests, objectives and server-defined actions (like the number of overseer quests) reset. This is 11 PM PST. Note that many quests count from the time you completed the previous one, rather than being tied to the server reset (this is true for instance for the familiars wild daily quest).
Dhalgar's Last Call, Stein of Recollection, Stein of the AlesmithA spell (Dhalgar) and items (Steins) that lets you bind at taverns/bars throughout Norrath, and then use the spell/item to return there. This can let you teleport to zones that don't usually have any way to teleport to. The spell is granted from the meta collection Banners of Thalumbra from ToT. The two others you can get from Legends of Norrath lootboxes on the marketplace.
Epic 2.0This is the second "epic" questline, which unlocks a special set of class-specific spells. The questline is no longer required to acquire the spells, you may purchase apprentice versions from the NPC Maesy Colmiter located in either Sanctus Seru or The Blinding once you reach adventure level 120. Higher quality versions of them can be crafted by any crafter that has scribed Awakened Abilities (you must scribe the apprentice version first, and then each subsequent tier to upgrade).
Epic repercussionsThis questline grants you a spell equivalent to the old "Epic 1.0" weapons. In order to complete this questline you need to be able to speak Draconic, which you can learn by completing To Speak as a Dragon.
Event SlotAn item/character slot added during summer 2023. It is intended for certain special items obtainable through live events. For now only the "plume" items from the 2023 Summer Jubilee (encompassing tinkerfest, scorched sky and oceansfull).
FactionWhat many other games call reputation. Defines how much NPCs belonging to said faction likes (or dislikes) you. Good faction can unlock quests, merchants and other advantages. Bad faction might make the NPCs attack you on sight. Faction ranges from -50K (hates you) to +50K (loves you). The individual steps are -40K (scowls), -30K (threatening), -20K (dubious), -10K (apprenhensive), 0 (indifferent), 10K (amiable), 20K (kindly), 30K (warmly), 40K (ally).
FamiliarA special pet that any class can summon that grants a buff. This pet can be leveled, most commonly through familiar XP potions that you get from overseer quests. You can also hide it from view by right clicking on it and selecting "pet options". You can get one random familiar each day by doing the daily familiars wild quest.
Fast travel/quick access teleportIf you are a member, you may teleport to almost any overland zone instantly by clicking the icon in the upper left corner of your map (accessed through the EQ2 menu, or by default by pressing "m"). Free accounts may also use this for a fee.
Fertilizer treasureItems that can be exchanged for shinies by feeding them to a Carnivorous Plant or giving them to a guild hall groundskeeper (among others). You need one of each type (water, bone, soil/compost). To unlock the ability to exchange fertilizers in Visions of Vetrovia you need to complete the quest to the lair.
FrostfellThe yule event in Norrath. Usually available in December.
Guide questsQuests given out by guides (special players). Usually grants pretty good rewards, but only offered at specific times. Make sure you are in your servers General chat channel, as they're usually announced there.
Heroic opportunityA chain of abilities that once executed grants a greater effect than the abilities on their own. In group settings several group members contribute to the same heroic opportunity. Each archetype has their own triggering ability that starts an heroic opportunity: Arcane Augur for mages, Divine Providence for priests, Fighting Chance for fighters and Lucky Break for scouts.
HousingPlayers may own an in-game home (or several), which can be decorated with special house items that you can get from many different sources.
KronoA tradeable item bought for real money that once consumed grants 30 days of membership to your account. Can be bought and sold on the broker for plat.
Loyalty tokenA token that you get for completing certain daily objectives. Can be used to purchase house items, appearance equipment, vitality refresh items, a large bag, XP potions and more.
MarketplaceIn-game real money store, where various perks like mercenaries, familiars, apperance items etc. can be bought for DBC.
MembershipA term used to denote people that pay the monthly subscription fee. Unlocks use of the broker anywhere, doubles alternate currency gain, allows use of prestige items, grants 500 DBC each month, among other benifits.
MercenaryAn NPC that will group with you and assist you in combat. Can be leveled, opening up item slots where you can use special mercenary gear, or regular gear. The stats on the gear apply to the mercenary.
Mount equipmentYou can level your mount, opening up equipment slots. Stats on these items apply to your character.
Named mob/NameA mob that has a non-generic name (ie. "Lucan" instead of "A Freeport soldier"). These are genereally stronger enemies/bosses.
OverseerA system that lets you send out minions on automated quests, where they bring back loot to you. See the wiki for details.
Overseer bagA separate bag, introduced with overseer season 5 (2023), that can only contain rewards from the overseer system.
PQ/Public QuestA time limited quest in a specific location that anyone in the zone can join and assist in completing, gaining rewards. Somewhat akin to world quests or FATEs in other MMOs.
Panda questsThe panda quests (a.k.a. the "travels" of Yun Zi) is a catchup questline that grants you, among other things, some mounts, loads of house items etc. If you have flying and a membership this doesn't take long. In the panda store, for 2021 items search "jubilee", for 2022 search "collector", for 2023 search "botanist".
PlatPlatinum coins, the main in-game currency.
Prestige [item]Items that require a membership to use.
Prestige housingSpecial rent-free houses, usually either bought on the marketplace, received from /claim or as a quest reward. They are generally larger than normal houses.
ResolveResolve is a gatekeeping stat. If your resolve is lower than your targets resolve, then your damage dealt will decrease X% amount and damage received will increase X% amount, where X is the difference between your resolve and the targets. For instance, if your resolve is 1000, and the targets is 1100, your damage is reduced 100%, ie. you do no damage. Having a higher resolve than the target has no benefit. It is primarily a stat that indicates what kinds of dungeons and raids you are geared for, and is mainly useful at max level.
Set recall pointThe ability Set Recall Point is used to change where you appear when using the Call to Home ability (also sometimes called your bind point). You may use this in any location in a city of your alignment to change your call to home to that location.
ShinyShinies are items that you can find on the ground which can then be added to collections, and complete collections can be turned in for rewards. The name comes from the appearance of uncollected items in-game: they are shiny spots on the ground.
Signature questA main story quest that's pretty much required. Equivalent to campaign (order hall, war, covenant), or main scenario quest (MSQ) in other MMOs.
Veteran rewardsRewards given out based on subscription time (and, earlier, based on expansion ownership). This has largely been replaced with loyalty tokens these days, but there are still some nice rewards available from the veteran reward program, like CoV and a prestige house, among other things.
VitalityA pool of bonus experience that regenerates by around 0.5% each real-life hour. When you have vitality you will gain 200% bonus experience. There are separate pools for adventure and tradeskill experience. There are ways to refill your vitality if you run out, purchased with loyalty tokens, as a veteran reward or through the marketplace.
WardrobeA special inventory where you can store items for appearance use. The items themselves can not be used as regular items any more, but they do not take up any bag or bank space. Additional slots can be purchased for DBC.
Weekly resetThe time available weekly quests refresh. This is Thursday at 11 PM PST.

Tradeskill terminology, systems and features

TerminologyDescription
AdorningSecondary tradeskill, allows the creation of adornments.
BlueprintsThe tradeskill blueprint system is unlocked by being a member and tradeskill level 125. It lets you auto-craft recipies that you have crafted previously.
Bountiful harvestIncreases your chance to get additional items when harvesting. See the harvesting stats guide on EQ2 traders for information on how to increase this.
Gathering GoblinAn AA that lets you summon an NPC that will harvest for you. This can be converted into a buff that increases your harvesting speed by 1.5 seconds by completing the Kunark Ascending crafting questline, specifically the Growf sub-questline.
Harvest bagAlso known as Artisan's Harvest Stash. A special 44 slot bag that can only contain harvests, but that comes in addition to all your other bags. Unlocked by completing the Planes of Prophecy crafting questline.
Pack ponyA pony you can summon that can be sent out to harvest for you. Unlocked by completing up to part 10 of the "A gathering obsession" questline. Completing the entire questline upgrades your pony to also gather rares and holiday harvests. Completing up to part 3 of the Planes of Prophecy tradeskill questline unlocks "autonomous harvesting", which lets the pack pony automatically harvest from nodes around you when you're out in the world.
Rare harvest chanceIncreases your chance to get rare items when harvesting. See the harvesting stats guide on EQ2 traders for information on how to increase this.
Red shinySpecial tradeskill shinies. You need to have Earring of the Solstice in your inventory to be able to see them. You get this by completing the tradeskill epic 1.0 questline.
Secondary tradeskillsAdorning, tinkering and transmuting. These are tradeskills that all characters can pick up, regardless of which primary tradeskill they have. Antizark gaming has a good video on leveling secondary tradeskills. Secondary tradeskills go up to 5*your highest level (as of BoZ, skill level 650).
Shadow harvestingHarvesting of specific shadow nodes. The shadow prospecting skill allows you to harvest the nodes, while Shadowed Staff of Luclin lets you see them. You gain both the skill and the staff by completing the Blood of Luclin tradeskill questline.
TinkeringSecondary tradeskill, allows the creation various useful items with abilities (like bonus to tradeskilling, summoning pets or mounts etc.).
TransmutingSecondary tradeskill, allows converting of items into components that are used for adorning.

Addons

TerminologyDescription
DarqUI UnifiedA UI addon that enhances almost every UI component. Improves the default UI by a lot. Includes EQ2Maps.
EQ2MapsAdds a huge amount of useful information to your in-game map, as well as maps for zones that don't have any by default. Essential.
Advanced combat tracker (ACT)A program that reads your chat log and reacts to events with notifications, for instance about boss mechanics.

Returning player

Here are some concepts that should get you back up to speed.
ConceptDescription
OverseerA system that lets you send out minions on automated quests, where they bring back loot to you. See the wiki for details.
FamiliarA special pet that any class can summon that grants a buff. This pet can be leveled, most commonly through familiar XP potions that you get from overseer quests. You can also hide it from view by right clicking on it and selecting "pet options". You can get one random familiar each day by doing the daily familiars wild quest.
WardrobeA special inventory where you can store items for appearance use. The items themselves can not be used as regular items any more, but they do not take up any bag or bank space. Additional slots can be purchased for DBC.
Mount equipmentYou can level your mount, opening up equipment slots. Stats on these items apply to your character.
Fast travel/quick access teleportIf you are a member, you may teleport to almost any overland zone instantly by clicking the icon in the upper left corner of your map (accessed through the EQ2 menu, or by default by pressing "m"). Free accounts may also use this for a fee.
Panda questsThe panda quests (a.k.a. the "travels" of Yun Zi) is a catchup questline that grants you, among other things, some mounts, loads of house items etc. If you have flying and a membership this doesn't take long. In the panda store, for 2021 items search "jubilee", for 2022 search "collector", for 2023 search "botanist".
Event SlotAn item/character slot added during summer 2023. It is intended for certain special items obtainable through live events. For now only the "plume" items from the 2023 Summer Jubilee (encompassing tinkerfest, scorched sky and oceansfull).
Ascension classes"Ascension classes" were added in the Kunark Ascending expansion. They are essentially seperately leveled subclasses that are independent of your primary class, which grants you several new abilities. Max level for ascension classes is 25. The free gear chest of Visions of Vetrovia contains free level 20 ascension class boosts that can be used to boost each of the four ascension classes to level 20. See the wiki article and/or the returning player article for more details.
Free gear chestAt the beginning of all recent expansions (usually close to the zonein to the first overland zone), starting with Planes of Prophecy (2017), is a chest that contains gear that will get you ready to face the content of that expansion.
Reforging/infusionReforging has been removed as of the Visions of Vetrovia (2021) expansion. Likewise, infusion, while not removed, will not work on items from VoV onwards.
RoR guide for returning playersOnce you have finished VoV and reached 125 and are ready to head into RoR there is an excellent guide called Renewal of Ro Guide for Beginners (or Returning Players) on the forums that will help you get up to speed in RoR. It will help you sort out your gear and adornments.
Summer etherealsA summer event where you get a currency for doing daily and weekly quest. Once started the event is usually active until the new one starts the following summer. Even if a new expansion has launched since the ethereal event, it can be useful to get some ethereal currency, as you can buy a mount and familiar upgrades. Daily/weekly quests of the current expansion will grant trackers/currency.
VoV guide for returning playersOn the forums there is an excellent guide called Visions of Vetrovia Guide for Beginners (or Returning Players) that will help you get back up to speed.
Video guidesAntizark gaming has several useful video guides that can help you get up to speed: stats, leveling tinkering, adorning and transmuting, macroing, DPS, tanking, healing and more.
DarqUI UnifiedA UI addon that enhances almost every UI component. Improves the default UI by a lot. Includes EQ2Maps.

YouTubers and content creators

ChannelDescription
Antizark gamingEverQuest II video news and guides.
The EverQuest ShowEverQuest and EverQuest II news and commentary, see also everquestshow.com.

Live events

Upcoming and ongoing time-limited in-game events.
June 2024
New Halas city festival01 - 08 Jun.
Tinkerfest06 - 20 Jun.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Jun.
Scorched Sky celebration28 Jun - 12 Jul.
July 2024
Gorowyn city festival01 - 08 Jul.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Jul.
August 2024
Kelethin city festival01 - 08 Aug.
Oceansfull Festival08 - 22 Aug.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Aug.
September 2024
Neriak city festival01 - 08 Sep.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Sep.
October 2024
Qeynos city festival01 - 08 Oct.
Nights of the Dead11 Oct - 05 Nov.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Oct.
November 2024
Freeport city festival01 - 08 Nov.
Heroes' Festival08 - 19 Nov.
Moonlight enchantments20 - 22 Nov.
December 2024
Frostfell03 Dec 2024 - 03 Jan 2025.

Expansions and adventure packs

This table contains all the EverQuest 2 expansions and adventure packs in release order, along with the most notable changes in the release. Note that features that are no longer relevant (like infusing) are omitted from the description.
PackDescription
The Bloodline Chronicles (2005)Adventure pack. Added new dungeons and quests.
Questlines: adventure.
The Splitpaw Saga (2005)Adventure pack. Added destructible environment, new dungeons, raids and quests. The main quest zones scale to the character's level.
Questlines: adventure.
Desert of Flames (DoF, 2005)Expansion. Increased level cap to 60. Added the continent of the Desert of Ro.
Questlines: adventure.
The Fallen Dynasty (2006)Adventure pack. Added the the Isle of Mara.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Kingdom of Sky (KoS, 2006)Expansion. Increased level cap to 70, added AAs and the overrealm zones.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Echoes of Faydwer (EoF, 2006)Expansion. Increased the AA cap to 100, guild level cap to 60, added the Fae as a playable race and the continent of Faydwer.
Questlines: adventure.
Rise of Kunark (RoK, 2007)Expansion. Increased level cap (adventure/tradeskill/guild) to 80, added new AA trees, added the Sarnak as a playable race and added the continent of Kunark.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
The Shadow Odyssey (TSO, 2008)Expansion. Increased the AA cap to 200, added a lot of new dungeons and the continent containing the Moors of Ykesha.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Sentinel's Fate (SF, 2010)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 90, new AA trees and the lost remnants of the continent of Odus.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Destiny of Velious (DoV, 2011)Expansion. Increased the AA cap to 300, added flying mounts, public quests the continent of Velious.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Age of Discovery (AoD, 2011)Feature expansion. Increased the AA cap to 320, added the Beastlord class and mercenaries. Also added dungeon maker and tradeskill apprentices, which are not relevant in current content.
Chains of Eternity (CoE, 2012)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 95 and added two zones in the Ethernere (the Norrathian afterlife).
Questlines: adventure.
Tears of Veeshan (ToV, 2013)Expansion. Increased the AA cap to 340, and expanded the Ethernere.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Altar of Malice (AoM, 2014)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 100, new prestige AAs, added the Aerakyn as a playable race, made spells upgradeable to grandmaster/ancient and added the Shattered Seas zones.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Rum Cellar (2015)Adventure pack. Added a new questline and associated dungeons and raids.
Questlines: adventure.
Terrors of Thalumbra (ToT, 2015)Expansion. Added level agnostic dungeons, and the area Thalumbra in the norrathian underfoot.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Kunark Ascending (KA, 2016)Expansion. Added ascension classes, mercenary gear, the Epic 2.0 questline, the wardrobe system and a newly uncovered part of Kunark.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Planes of Prophecy (PoP, 2017)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 110, the ascension level cap to 15, guild level cap to 250, added mercenary leveling, and added the Celestial Realm.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Chaos Descending (CD, 2018)Expansion. Increased the ascension level cap to 20, increased the mercenary level cap to 20, added leveling of mounts as well as mount gear, and added additional zones in the Celestial Realm.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Blood of Luclin (BoL, 2019)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 120, added the overseer system and added the light side of Luclin.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Reign of Shadows (RoS, 2020)Expansion. Added new Reign of Shadows prestige AAs, increased the guild level cap to 350, added the Vah Shir as a playable race and added the dark side of Luclin.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Visions of Vetrovia (VoV, 2021)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 125, added the blueprint system for tradeskilling and added the continent of Vetrovia.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Renewal of Ro (RoR, 2022)Expansion. Increased the ascension level cap to 25. Expanded the continent of the desert of Ro.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
Ballads of Zimara (BoZ, 2023)Expansion. Increased the level cap to 130, added the advanced research system and chrono dungeons. Expanded the Overrealm.
Questlines: adventure, tradeskill.
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