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Introducing: The DDO Hardcore League!
The Hardcore League Season Three is here!
The Hardcore League is a three-month experience from June 24th through September 22nd that tests the skill of players with the ultimate penalty for failure - permadeath!
During the Hardcore League, goals are set for players, and progress is based on two factors, each with their own ladder: One tests the player’s ability to conquer as many quests as possible, and the other tests the player’s ability to survive in the hardest mode ever brought to the game.
Here are the goals and rewards for the Hardcore League:
●Reaching a Total Favor of 1750 - Archon Helm
●Reaching a Total Favor of 5000 - Celestial Mount
●Gaining 10 Reaper Enhancement Points - Death Walkers Cloak III
A cosmetic prize will be awarded to anyone who can reach Level 20: Death Walkers Sash III. The top 100 winners of the two ladders will be immortalized in the Hall of Heroes.
Once you reach a goal, speak to the Hardcore League NPC to collect your reward! The reward will be unlocked for your account, and can be accessed by any of your characters on any of the servers.
For the third Season of the Hardcore League, we are making a change that will allow characters to earn a second and third resurrection if they die. A character earns one Extra Life at level 8, and a second Extra Life at 16. If a character reincarnates, the total number of Extra Lives is reset back to zero, and must be earned again.
Additionally, for the first time, all players can access the Hardcore League server regardless of their account type! Standard account restrictions apply based on whether you are a VIP or Season Pass holder. Note that all content is currently available through August 31st, and a free coupon is available to unlock existing adventure packs here.
When the Hardcore League ends, players will have a limited time to transfer any character from the Hardcore Server to any of the existing DDO servers of their choice - even characters who have died. These dead characters will miraculously find their way out of the Land of Lost Souls to reenter the world of the living and resume play like a normal character. It is not possible to transfer a character from another world to the Hardcore League.
Hardcore League FAQ
Do I need a separate game client to play in the Hardcore League?
No, you can use your regular DDO game client and simply select the "Hardcore" server from the list.
What happens when you die in the Hardcore League?
For this season of the Hardcore League, if you die and have not earned an Extra Life, your character is immediately taken from the playable area of the game to the Land of Lost Souls, a world between worlds occupied only by those lost. One Extra Life can be earned by achieving level 8, and a second Extra Life can be earned by achieving level 16. True Reincarnation resets this total, and Extra Lives must be earned again.
There is no exception made for the cause of death, whether it be in combat, falling, an Internet outage, playing the last section of The Shroud, or any other reason. There is no way to interrupt this process by being raised from the dead other than through the Extra Lives you may have earned this season, and certain abilities that promise to save you from death will not function (such as Death Pact). When you die, you will lose your spot on the leaderboards for that character, but you will not lose access to any Milestones that you may have earned with that particular character. You will be able to chat, move around, emote, and manage your guild, but beware...there is no escape from death ...
When the Hardcore League completes, you will be able to transfer your character(s) off the Hardcore League server onto one of the existing normal DDO servers and resume playing them.
What is different about the game while playing in the Hardcore League?
There is a level lockout to prevent characters from running quests too far over level. (Base level +4, or effective level on elite +2).
All Iconic characters start at level 1 instead of level 15, though they must still start the game with their iconic class level. Iconics will still receive their equipment upon reaching level 15.
Veteran status is disabled - all veteran status account characters on the Hardcore League server will start at level 1 and go through Korthos like any other level 1 character.
The /death feature will not function on the Hardcore League server.
How do the extra lives work?
If you have earned an extra life at level 8 and die, you will not be immediately transported to the Land of Lost Souls. Instead, you will be able to operate as you would in the normal game world; you can be resurrected, use a resurrection shrine, recall out to a tavern, etc. Upon your first death in which you do not have an extra life available, you will be transported to the Land of Lost Souls.
There are two Leaderboards for bragging rights that will list the top performing characters in the following areas:
Top 100 Characters in: Total Favor
Top 100 Characters in: Reaper XP
What happens to the items in your Shared Bank when a character dies?
Items that are in your Shared Bank will remain in your Shared Bank, even if the character who stored them is lost. Items on your character will remain on that character even in death. There is no Shared Bank in the Land of Lost Souls, so plan accordingly.
How many characters on one account may participate?
You may make as many or as few characters as you would like, limited by your available character slots for your account. Note that dead characters are not automatically deleted when they die. Because the Leaderboards are character specific, it is even possible for one account to place with characters on more than one Leaderboard, or to achieve more than one rank on a given Leaderboard!
What happens to my characters at the end of the Hardcore League?
At the end of the Hardcore League, we will be offering free Character Transfers to all characters - living or dead. Dead characters will be able to find their way back to the land of the living once they set foot on a non-Hardcore server. Characters will also bring their personal inventory with them, as with a regular character transfer. Note that normal character transfer restrictions apply - shared bank items, guild airships, TR caches, etc will not transfer off the server.
Can you use Hirelings, and if so, what happens if they die?
Hirelings will function as they do on non-Hardcore League servers, and will not be banished from the playable space when they die.
Can you create or join a Guild in the Hardcore League?
Yes, creating and managing a guild functions just as it does on non-Hardcore servers. However, note that Guild Airships and Guild deposits stay on the Hardcore League server and cannot be transferred off.
What happens when a Guild Leader dies?
They will still be able to manage their guild from beyond death. Bureaucracy, it seems, transcends even the mortal coil.
The Shroud kills you, does that count?
Yes, dead is dead. We do not recommend doing this quest.
How can I find out who is currently placing on the Leaderboards?
Speak with the NPC "Vallakarigin", and select "Show me who is in the running against the reapers" from Vallakarigin's available dialogue options. Vallakarigin can be found in several locations including:
The beach near Jeets when you first create a Hardcore League character
Just outside "The Grotto" tutorial quest on Korthos Island
Inside the Eberron Hall of Heroes
Inside the Forgotten Realms Hall of Heroes
I was in the top 100 list, then I died, and now my name is gone. I thought the leaderboard was for most favor / most reaper XP?
Remember, the leaderboards are for the top *living* characters. If you die, you fall off the list.
How can I receive my cosmetic rewards?
Speak with the NPC Vallakarigin and select the milestone that you reached. If you have not yet reached the milestone, Vallakarigin will tell you.
Specific claim details about the cosmetic rewards:
Cosmetic Cloaks Milestones:
The Cosmetic Cloaks will be automatically placed in the inventory of all your characters on your account, and all new characters you make, after you speak with Vallakarigin and claim either of the Cloak milestones
Creature Companion Milestone:
Speak with Vallakarigin and claim the milestone to get the Creature Companion Certificate. You may additionally speak with Vallakarigin on each server that you'd like to receive a Certificate for that server's Creature Companion stable. Note that the Creature Companion certificate is not able to be traded.
Will festivals or DDO bonus day events be active on the Hardcore League server?
No festivals or DDO bonus days will be active on the Hardcore League server.
Will Customer Service help me get out of a stuck quest?
Customer service will not be helping people get out of quests they are not able to complete due to a bug or other issue. We don't want CS being asked to complete dungeons for people, for example, regardless of the cause. We realize that might be a bit harsh depending on what happened, but the best solution if you get stuck in a quest is to either run a different quest or recall out, reset the dungeon, and try again. This isn't a wider policy decision, just one for the Hardcore League only.
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