Expeditions First Look: Recruitment of the Dead
What are Expeditions?
Expeditions are instanced PvE missions which can be accessed through the Expedition Master NPC in cities. These expeditions are relatively short, with a successful run taking 20 to 30 minutes on average, and can also be considered fairly safe; if you die, you will be transferred to the start of the expedition without losing any gear, but it will lose durability.
To start an expedition, find the Expedition Master NPC in the city. He will give you the option to select whether you want to play a solo or group (five-man) expedition, as well as the Tier you want to play. You will need to unlock the different Tiers through the Destiny Board in order to play higher tiered expeditions! You can queue up for group expeditions as a single player or as a pre-made group. When signing up for a group expedition, you will automatically be assigned a role (offense/defense/support) depending on your equipment, so make sure you are wearing the correct gear before signing up!
Once you have selected the size and tier of your choice, you will be teleported to an expedition, where you will be given a mission. Complete the mission and a portal will appear to bring you back to the city you came from. You will have 60 minutes to complete solo expeditions and 120 minutes for group expeditions, failing to complete the mission will teleport you back to the city. Leaving an expedition prematurely will put you on a penalty timer before you can start another expedition.
With the upcoming Galahad update, the following Expeditions will be available (do note that exact names might change):
Tier 3: Heretic Mines (Solo)
Tier 4: Fishy Business (Solo and Group) and Recruitment of the Dead (Solo and Group)
Tier 5: Lumber Camp (Solo and Group), Stone War (Solo and Group) and Sewer Maintenance (Solo and Group)
Tier 6: Mushroom Cave (Group)
Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will have a look at every single one of them.
What’s in it for you?
Expeditions are ideal content if you are not quite ready to venture into the open world or if you are simply lacking the time. Not only will you earn silver and fame during the expedition (albeit less than in the open world) finishing an expedition will give you additional fame and Royal Sigils. The first expedition you finish of the day will give you bonus fame and Sigils!
These Royal Sigils, in combination with regular resources, can be used to craft Royal armor. There are three different Royal equipment sets: Cloth, Leather and Plate. Similarly to Artifact items, they are unlocked through the combat-tree of the Destiny Board. Each Royal equipment piece will also boast a unique spell, which makes for 9 new spells! Royal armor has an Item Power on par with level 1 Artifact equipment.
First Look: Recruitment of the Dead
Adventurer, we need your help! An ancient graveyard is suddenly crawling with the Undead. Something – or someone – is bringing them back to life. Find out what is happening and bring a stop to the source!
Enter the misty graveyard, which is overrun by skeletons. As you venture deeper, the atmosphere starts to change and dangerous Undead mobs cross your path.
Careful! Right before you enter the churchyard, a Cursed Sharpshooter appears.
Phew, you made it through alive… for now. The churchyard is overrun by Undead mobs, which means you are getting closer to the source. There are several ways to progress, choose your path wisely!
You finally make it to the ruins of what once was a beautiful church. It now reeks of death and is surrounded by a thick mist. At the heart of this church, you finally find the Cursed Deathlord that has been the source of all this evil… Do you have what it takes to bring him down?
Are you looking forward to playing the Recruitment of the Dead expedition? Let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below or on our forums!