Pandas and Gear Up and Level Up Events Hit EverQuest II

With the announcement of the Visions of Vetrovia expansion last week I opined that we might soon be seeing Gear Up, Level Up events as well as the possibility of the now usual Days of Summer event.

The 2021 Expansion

And this week saw both get announced, though not in that order.  The Gear Up, Level Up event news hit the EverQuest II site late on Tuesday announcing the usual array of pre-expansion bonuses.  For live servers we will get:

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double loot drops, double experience for members, double status for members.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double loot drops, and for a limited time: mount training drops.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double loot drops, and for a limited time: spell research.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double loot drops, for a limited time: spell research, double experience for members, double status for members.

For those on the Kaladim server, there are some lesser bennies… but they’re paying to walk to school up hill in the snow both ways, right?  I guess they do get a bit of double XP.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double status for members.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double Destiny of Velious Hunter coins.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double experience for members.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double Destiny of Velious loot drops.

And then there is the Tarinax PvP progression server, which I am reminded is even still a thing, has its own set of bennies.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double status members.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double Cobalt coins.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double experience for members.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
    • Double Kingdom of Sky loot drops.

As with Mickey Donovan’s favorite jacket, these bennies are “Members Only,” which means you have to subscribe to the Daybreak All Access plan.  $15 a month is all they ask.

Those bennies are all fine and good, though not much there really appeals to me.

On the “Level Up” front  I managed to get six characters to the current level cap of 120 back when we first went to the moon with the Blood of Luclin expansion.  I still have characters that are not at level cap, but I do start to wonder how many level cap characters I really need.  (Also, there is a pile of them in the 40-70 range, which is a long way from level cap.)

As for “Gear Up,” I am already way behind there having not bought the Reign of Shadows expansion.  That means I’ll be depending on the crate of gear that is on the ground at the start of most of the recent expansions.

And then there is the Days of Summer event which, even at its earliest, ran deep into autumn, and has finally submitted to reality and been given a name change.  It is now Panda Panda Panda … because the related NPCs are pandas.

Panda Panda Panda starts in autumn

As with gear up/level up, there isn’t much available that we realistically ready me for the next expansion, though I am sure the gear will be upgrades over what I have.  But the event, which comes in a series of weekly tasks, sends you all over Norrath and is kind of fun.  And there are always some cosmetic items worth having, and this year there is a mount… and ant mount.

I wonder if that is foreshadowing for the next expansion?

Anyway, I’ll be doing that over the next few weeks.  And then when that ends we’ll be in the zone for the launch of the next expansion.

Bhagpuss also has a write up about the event and I am sure we’ll both share pictures of the mount.  It certainly won’t be the worst looking mount in the game.  I wonder if it scales to barbarian size?

3 thoughts on “Pandas and Gear Up and Level Up Events Hit EverQuest II

  1. bhagpuss

    The Gear Up, Level Up announcement came anoyingly right after I finished my post on Panda Panda Panda or I would have combined the two. GULU is pretty useful for me this year because I want to have a max level jeweller by the time the expansion arrives and if there’s one part of the game where all extra XP is welcome it’s crafting.

    I also hoard all my status items to hand in whenever there’s double status so I did that last night. My guild, in which I have been the only active member for about seven years, is somewhere in 160s now and guild levels are hard to come by these days. I got one more for all my hand-ins and I might just about scrape another. If I do writs levelling the jeweller, though, that will help. Not that I have any idea what use guild levels are but… they’re levels, right? You have to get levels.

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – I wrote this then later realized I had not yet done the 2020 Days of Summer event, which means I get to run through that one first, then go on to the 2021 quests.

    I have a level 115 sage that I suppose I could get to level 120, but I’m not even sure where to pick up tradeskill quests for him. He wrapped up there with Plane of Magic quests, but also got to 120 in Luclin, so I think he has done the quests there too. It is hard to even tell.

    Our guild is just level 48 at this point. The last 8 levels have been just me over the last few years. getting to 160 is pretty impressive.

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  3. Telwyn

    As is normal, I am going away just as *all the things land*. So I will miss all the initial rush of excitement as players dive into new content. At least with the Pandas it is weekly and easily caught up afterwards…

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