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The Knight Challenge ReturnsJun 2, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/72716c5b77be445c25b5c93df28fe57945437ff0.jpeg Who says chivalry is dead? For the entire month of June, take the Knight Challenge to collect fantastic rewards. Earn points for open-world activities, unlock chests to get valuable loot, and claim the powerful and imposing Giant Horse mount. A Knight to Remember https://i.imgur.com/hinTWA0.png GIANT HORSE: This month's Challenge brings back the powerful Giant Horse, a noble mount with a combination speed boost / immunity spell that leaves foes in the dust. Ride fearlessly into the wilds of Albion on the back of this mighty steed! https://i.imgur.com/bCKrrJm.png AVATAR RING: Adventurers who rack up enough total Challenge Points will also earn the Knight Challenge Avatar Ring, a bold, plate-armor-themed ring that will give your avatar an aura of nobility. This non-tradable item permanently unlocks this avatar ring for one character. https://i.imgur.com/kxPZwxn.png SEASONAL SPECIALS: All month long, reach weekly goals to unlock Knight Challenge chests. These chests contain valuable rewards like Adventurer's Tomes and Silver bags, plus knight-themed furniture like the Stone Throne, Round Table, Knight Statue, and Regal Carpet. As always, you can earn Challenge Points by gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters. Points count simultaneously toward a daily bonus, a weekly unlockable chest, and the monthly mount. So log in, head out into the open world, gather points, and claim your rewards! //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/6233f9ab9e82b22973be496d8ec44616c8cf7afa.pngRefer One Friend and Claim a White Direboar Mount SkinJun 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/a912c4441b0efcd92f2d8e130585251c282c5fb8.png A new referral season is here - starting June 1, refer your friends and claim your very own mount skin! The White Direboar skin gives your Direboar base mount a striking ghostly-white appearance - and like all mount skins, once you've unlocked it, it can be used by all characters on your account forever. On top of that, you can earn huge amounts of Fame for your third and fifth referrals: three referrals scores you a T7 Pile of Tomes worth 100,000 Fame, and five referrals gets you a T8 Pile of Tomes granting a colossal 200,000 Fame. And as always, your first-ever referral grants an additional T8 Pile of Tomes along with the White Direboar skin. The current referral season lasts until maintenance on August 1, so you've got until then to refer your friends and claim your rewards. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/c5b0fb6416df2d711ee856733c132ef6f093dc8a.png How to Earn Seasonal Referral Rewards Send your referral link, which you can find here, to a friend. (You must be logged into your account on the website to view this page.) Your friend registers an account and starts playing Albion Online (preferably along with you!). The first time your friend purchases at least 30 days of Premium, they will trigger a reward for you. On top of that, for your very first referral ever, you'll receive a T8 Recruiter's Pile of Tomes, worth a whopping 200,000 Fame. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/8cc35bcfdb34cb3cb014d5b238df2820ae7b2a47.png The Off-Season Crystal TournamentMay 25, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/7783620a6e970fcf4a248e8c3fd28efa59fb17b3.png With the Queen update, territory control shifted to open-world battles while the Crystal League filled the void left by GvGs. Season 9 improves the overall Crystal League experience with new timeslots, easier access for starting players, and a streamlined rewards progression. And to continue growing the Crystal League, we're excited to announce the Off-Season Crystal Tournament, taking place between Seasons 9 and 10. The grand prize? None other than the incredibly rare and valuable Sabertooth Rex Swiftclaw skin! We're announcing the tournament now because participation will be based on activity during Season 9. Here are the confirmed details so far: The tournament will take place between Seasons 9 and 10, sometime after August 10 (exact date and time TBA) The tournament will be open to teams that win a Level 9 Crystal League match during Season 9 While the exact structure is still a work in progress, and will be based on the number of teams participating, the following rules will apply to the finals: Battles will be full loot and players will have to bring their own gear Same IP cap as Level 9 (1700) Matches will run on 30-minute timers Each round won delivers Level 3 off-season rewards //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/88bc45edccf4e69b14bc4b25e2b5431335882202.png Prizes The following prizes apply for the first through third place winners. First Place: Each player on the winning team will receive the extremely rare Sabertooth Rex Swiftclaw skin unlock item and 10,000 Gold. Second Place: Each player will receive the White Tiger skin unlock item along with 5,000 Gold. Third Place: Each player will receive 5,000 Gold. (Note: we may add in additional rewards later depending on how many eligible teams are participating in the tournament.) Up for a challenge? Then gear up, climb the ranks, and leave your mark on the Crystal League! Community Spotlight: Road to a BillionMay 22, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/cf4558a8c362db02321438d514a2ff894f443f29.jpeg Albion streamer FlaccidBaron is no stranger to creative gameplay, often trying out new builds and playstyles in his videos. (You can read our Streamer Spotlight on him here). Recently, he launched a new project: to make a billion silver in Albion Online using a wide variety of tactics, and to document the process for his viewers. What gave you the idea for this series? A lot of other similar games have story-driven content. I feel like Albion videos are mostly PvP montages, so I wanted to bring more of a story-based series to the game – the story of how I built my way up to being a very rich Albionian. What has the community reaction been like? Very positive. I get private messages ingame and on Discord all the time asking "when is the next episode". So I know I’m doing something right. Has this series given you experience with new features you hadn't tried yet? I know Faction Transport Missions were fairly new to you. Yes many. There are so many diverse ways to make money in the game. When people ask "what's the best way to make money?" I can’t really answer that. I can give them suggestions on what to try, but in the end there are so many good methods it's hard to pick just one. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/ffb46956f9352330ee19fc0cb215675a7cc445c1.jpeg Any unconventional money-making ideas you've discovered along the way? My audience is always pitching new ideas to me. Some are a bit weird but surprisingly work. One method I never thought would work was buying runes in bulk and enchanting gear, then selling it for a huge profit. I guess some people pay for the convenience of not having to enchant items themselves. What are your current favorite builds? The thing I love most about Albion is the variety of builds and the ease of switching between them. So this answer changes almost every week. Currently, however, I'm really in love with the Bloodletter. It has so much damage potential while also being able to make a quick getaway if you need to. Any ideas for future streaming series along the lines of this one? As soon as I finish this series and finally become a billionaire, I feel like the obvious next step is to see how quickly I can get back to zero. Full T8.3 solo ganking maybe? Check out FlaccidBaron's "Road to a Billion" series below, and be sure to subscribe to his channels! Youtube Twitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E5XvghEopE&feature=emb_logo https://youtu.be/SoZETn6OoWA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LocEsERIEwg&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63qUdS43uTE&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUtme0sie00&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyftxGF2hwE&feature=emb_logo Stay tuned for more spotlights in the coming weeks. Patch 12 Brings Combat Balance ChangesMay 19, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/7793646e24b6ab5d31dc62dbdd588a66fed04f0b.png Queen Patch 12, AKA the Season 9 Balance Patch, is now live, bringing a host of balance changes and improvements. Here's some of what's new: Balance Changes Patch 12 brings numerous updates to keep Albion's combat meta fresh. These changes are intended to make Crystal League matches more balanced, while also bringing several underused weapons and abilities to the fore. Changes include: Reworked Holy, Fire, and Arcane Staff spells; added new Arcane Q-ability Updated various heavy melee lines like Hammers and Maces Reworked Spear abilities Updated cleanse and block spells on various armors Updated move speeds and stats of battle mounts //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/b13d5f289ab06ae2a168a6f5ca18d9088e6b38fd.jpeg Mobile Improvements and Fixes This patch also brings further optimizations for mobile players, including: Joystick control improvements Optimized scaling for mobile screens On-press tooltips for buffs and debuffs Option to ignore low-tier resources while gathering Additional updates with this patch include further Mail UI improvements, fixes to broken and bugged terrain, and more. As always, you can read the complete list of changes and fixes in the official patchnotes. Season 9 Brings Incredible New RewardsMay 7, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsAlbion's ninth Guild Season starts on Saturday, May 16. As with past seasons, guilds that reach a high enough rank can claim fantastic rewards including an avatar, avatar ring, Fame Boost, furniture items, and an incredible new mount: the fearsome Ancient Ent! //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/722fed68c659fb360561d69a21c48fd8836d7bfe.jpeg The Ancient Ent will be a heal and support mount with area-based healing spells for allies and attacks that make use of the raw forces of nature. This mount will be awarded to guilds who reach Silver Rank or higher during Season 9, with increasingly higher stats (and increasingly epic appearances) with each successive tier. The winning guild will receive a statue among the past Guild Season winners in Conquerors' Hall, which since the Queen update can be accessed via all major cities. Qualifying guilds will also receive a Fame Bonus and furniture items, as listed in the tables below: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/63d05ff67747dba45d1e6f65e59c80e4e43313e7.png //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/94018529bd07149fcb9a6c596cba03d9bd234d78.png Season 9 Schedule and Changes This new season brings major changes and updates to guild warfare in Albion, including Territory Point/Energy Storage, Season Points from Elite Enemies, and optimizations to the Crystal League. Season 9 follows a similar schedule to past seasons, with an Invasion Day kickoff and two midseason resets: May 16: Invasion Day, start of season June 13: Invasion Day #2, all territories reset July 11: Invasion Day #3, all territories reset, scores doubled August 10: Season ends In addition to these key dates, the season also includes point/energy payouts based on the new Point and Energy Storage Feature. For the full schedule and a detailed list of what's new, check out this forum post. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/e0d46c2ab6c152e87f86f01251a85262a86a2b4d.jpeg Population Update: May 2020May 6, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/9e84ebc0711a79cb9eb8264690acb0d7f67610f2.jpeg The Queen Update, released January 20, 2020, was by far the most successful Albion Online content update since launch, confirmed by consistent population growth since January and a record-high of over 500,000 monthly users for the month of April. Nearly six months in the making, Queen was nothing less than a complete revisioning of Albion's high-level endgame, although the new features and systems it introduced affected players of all levels and playstyles. On a more bittersweet note, player numbers have also been affected by the lockdown and quarantine measures worldwide. We know many in the Albion Online community have been touched by the current pandemic, and are facing numerous present and future challenges. Games in general have seen a tremendous surge in popularity over the past months, and Albion Online is no exception – and as unfortunate as the reason behind it may be, we're grateful for those in our community who have stepped up to support each other, help out new players, raise funds for charity, and make the Albion community even stronger during these uncertain times. For us, as the developers of the game, increased player numbers mean increased responsibility to all our players to ensure the game's performance remains optimal, and that gameplay remains fun, accessible, and fresh. To make sure we keep up with the increased resource demands of a growing population, we're designating dedicated performance developers to make sure the game runs as smoothly as possible, and implementing game design changes, balancing, and improvements with a larger player base in mind (such as the recent increase in Solo Randomized Dungeon spawns with Patch 11). //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/3f62750de37449b1711f0b1a93cc50fb439ded80.jpeg Another positive effect of this uptrend (which started even before the Queen launch) is that it allows us to further expand our development team. Those looking to join the Sandbox Interactive team, or who know others who might be interested, can check out a list of available positions on our jobs page. Thanks for your loyalty to, and support of, Albion Online over the past year. We're happy to welcome new players to the world of Albion, and very excited to bring some major new features to the ever-growing world of Albion. The Season 9 Patch is HereMay 5, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/d00121fcbbc3e0ee963c0545599df06f975e5ce9.jpeg Queen Patch 11, AKA the Season 9 Patch, is here! This patch brings a host of updates and quality-of-life improvements to numerous game systems. Here's a partial list of what's new: Wide-Ranging Mobile Improvements Patch 11 brings the first version of an all new way to play Albion on mobile devices. These new mobile features apply to both iOS and Android, and include the following: A virtual joystick for movement that snaps to the initial press position Auto-targeting of attacks and spells Context-based interactions with the world Updated HUD layout Default in-game zoom level increased//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/2ef4c4fc277db33932df5fa9a7d5d206353ded7c.jpegOutlands, Elite/World Boss, and Guild Season Changes Outlands Banks Season Points from Veteran and World Bosses Increased Fame and Silver from high-level enemies Increased access to Crystal League matches Remember, Guild Season 9 starts on Saturday, May 16 - click here for the complete season schedule. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/dc7110592d103dda03d7f7f5aa1cad23d736e585.jpegUI Quality-of-Life Improvements Visual updates to world map and local maps Updated Building interface Improved Mail system Clearer Carry Capacity display New spell icons//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/26a1a4f1bfcb98026baac74f4ca8ded2436212e6.jpegAdditional Improvements and Changes Faster potion crafting and clearer Focus/resource cost progression Increased spawn rate of Solo Dungeons Improvements to farming and territory tower UIs Terrain improvements to increase visibility Scaled durability loss for group PvP kills Bug fixes for graphical/terrain issues and spell behavior ...and much more You can read the complete list of improvements, changes, and fixes in the official patchnotes. Over €40,000 Raised for CharityMay 4, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/f4122e7bf98463f0442433203225ff29957493d8.jpeg The Staff of Hermes fundraiser has come to an end, and thanks to your generous support, we're thrilled to announce we've raised €42,644.94! 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Staff of Hermes Pack will go to the COVID Solidarity Fund, which goes to ensuring patient care, buying and shipping essential supplies, and accelerating efforts to develop vaccines, tests and treatments during the current pandemic. We're very proud of the Albion community for such a tremendous outpouring of support. Special thanks to everyone who posted screenshots of the Staff of Hermes in action - here are a few of our favorites: LordSilva: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/9614dfc88cc9bed346fbbbb5a4cc5296b7f46cda.png DiegoDiaz: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/104de1f78853c62d59012bcf33fe6b9926fa1b89.png Guerreira: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/8be034d35ac47509078c1f43c0e5737484613e4c.png Shadrick: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/34c553109bfaf19f1889bb13adc2cdd451341027.png iRawr: //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/f19fbdd22130868e138e5d9b7e8f12e0ce815e1f.gif Thanks again to everyone who bought a pack and helped spread the word about this initiative - it was a real group effort and we truly appreciate it. The Preseason Fame Boost is HereMay 4, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/210c4d751a721898da63448b5492419a6bc4bb36.jpeg It's time for a Fame Boost in Albion Online! Get 25% additional Fame for a whole week for all ingame activities. Here are the details: At the end of maintenance on Monday, May 4 the Mists of Albion buff will be automatically enabled for all players Automatically grants an additional 25% Fame for all activities Excludes Fame earned via PvP kills and Tomes of Insight Ends at maintenance on Monday, May 11 Now is the perfect time to explore the new Outlands, face off against the Avalonians in an Elite Dungeon, go out gathering and fishing, or level up that new weapon or armor line you've been curious about. Log in today and start earning extra Fame! The Morgana Challenge ReturnsMay 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/027dde82b736f8d6b84326863dbd8c9d7f287f1f.jpeg The Disciples of Morgana have re-emerged from the shadows... and for the entire month of May, you can take the Morgana Challenge to collect fantastic rewards. Earn points for open-world activities, unlock chests to get valuable loot, and claim your very own Morgana Raven mount. Embrace the Darkness https://i.imgur.com/FCBnHa1.png MORGANA RAVEN: This month's Challenge brings back the popular Morgana Raven, a fearsome, fast-moving flying mount with an area-of-effect Fear spell. (Note: the Morgana Raven requires the same terrain pathing as all other mounts, and cannot fly over gaps or obstacles). https://i.imgur.com/Ke0GfuX.png AVATAR RING: Adventurers who rack up enough total Challenge Points will also earn the Morgana Challenge Avatar Ring, a menacing, fiery frame that will give your avatar an aura of dread. This non-tradable item permanently unlocks this avatar ring for one character. https://i.imgur.com/TjmuDnJ.png SEASONAL SPECIALS: All month long, reach weekly goals to unlock Morgana Challenge chests. These chests contain valuable rewards like Adventurer's Tomes and Silver bags, along with unique Morgana-themed furniture items. As always, you can earn Challenge Points by gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters. Points count simultaneously toward a daily bonus, a weekly unlockable chest, and the monthly mount. So log in, head out into the open world, gather points, and claim your rewards! //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/video_/media/5ea8d2b55f60e_720.webmSeason 8 WrapupApr 30, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/ad18578bbd5379a49f0b6c28095cbcb6876448e1.jpeg Guild Season 8 saw major changes to guild warfare in Albion Online, as well as a massive change to the land of Albion itself in the form of a whole new Outlands continent. The interplay of these new regions and systems presented both challenges and opportunities for guilds of all sizes and opened up the playing field for a new champion to take the crown. Congratulations to Sex with Ex for emerging victorious among a highly competitive field of challengers and claiming their first-ever season victory! //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/15231728415aaf88abf426d514ba3231c7b9ff07.jpeg Season 8 started on February 1, directly after the release of the Queen update. Veteran guild Conflict took an early lead on Invasion Day, with last season's second-place winners Black Order, HustlinHitmans, three-time champions Blue Army, and last season's third-place winners RAQ rounding out the top five. But already within the first week, newcomers Sex with Ex had risen through the ranks to first place, where they would remain by fending off numerous challenges throughout the remainder of the season. With the new Crystal League in play, Final Order managed to break into the top five over the following weeks until being supplanted by Agresor. After the first Territory Reset (on Leap Day 2020), the top 3 stood at Sex with Ex, Black Order, and Conflict. On March 6, the AO Daily Show aired an interview with Arista, GM of Sex with Ex, in which he shared their hardworking approach to staying on top in an open-world-based season - click here to watch. By mid-March, Agresor had broken into the top three, on their eventual way to edging out Black Order for second place overall. The final ranking was cemented after the Territory Reset on March 28, despite a last-minute push by Agresor to take first place by winning the final Level 8 and 9 Crystal League matches with hand-picked 5-man teams. Ultimately, the final Crystal League showdowns, while thrilling (and lucrative for the participants), weren't enough to upend the final rankings. Congrats again to Sex with Ex and all the top-ten teams: 1st place: Sex with Ex (514,195 points) 2nd place: Agresor (316,337 points) 3rd place: Black Order (239,612 points) 4th place: Final Order (233,480 points) 5th place: Hammer and Sickle (206,958 points) 6th place: Conflict (202,008 points) 7th place: Last Warn (190,959 points) 8th place: Blue Army (190,358 points) 9th place: RAQ (113,549 points) 10th place: Crimson Imperium Reborn (112,291 points) //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/29dea58b7452ff4a385138ceccc7e3aeb10d45e7.jpegSeason 8: A Whole New Type of Guild Warfare Season 8 started on February 1, following the unique Avalonian Invasion Standalone Season that filled the gap between Season 7 and the introduction of the new Outlands that arrived with the Queen update. This season introduced two major new gu...The Season 9 Patch is ComingApr 22, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/5d596d414e91aae98bb32a524960b8383695d0a1.jpeg On Tuesday, May 5, Queen Patch 11, also known as the Season 9 Patch, will go live. This patch includes numerous updates, changes, quality-of-life improvements, and bug fixes that affect nearly every aspect of gameplay. Here are some of the major changes it will bring: A Whole New Mobile Experience Patch 11 brings the first version of an all new way to play Albion on mobile devices. These new mobile features apply to both iOS and Android, and include the following: A virtual joystick for movement that snaps to the initial press position Auto-targeting of attacks and spells Context-based interactions with the world Updated HUD layout Default in-game zoom level increased ...and much more //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/94f439a9e18e7f4a2701c83d18e829b14fd72460.jpeg For more details about these changes, including work-in-progress screenshots, please see this forum post. Outlands Banks The shady underworld organization behind the Black Market has branched out, and now offers personal bank space at numerous Outlands locations. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/5df965f269b954064d8d63e8a6746ea614dae14f.jpeg Any given Outlands Bank location can be unlocked with a one-time Silver payment and used forever, and any number of locations can be unlocked. But watch out: while these banks may offer protection for your gear, they're situated in full-loot PvP zones. Guild Season Changes Patch 11 brings wide-reaching changes to guild warfare in Albion. First and foremost is the new Season Point and Energy Storage system, where higher-level territories hold onto a portion of all generated Season Points and Siphoned Energy until the end of the current season phase. The amount of Season Points and Energy the territory holds onto increases with its proximity to the center of the Outlands, encouraging clashes between large guilds and alliances while offering smaller guilds increased rewards for conquering and holding a territory. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/884089b17cf05c7025ddad83a9b12051b7238230.jpeg Other Guild Season changes include: Season Points from Veteran and World Bosses Crystal League Tokens now purchasable up to Lv.3 Updated Crystal League schedule and reward pools Adjustments to Energy, Fame and Silver penalties for larger alliancesUI and Map Improvements Patch 11 will introduce a wide range of quality-of-life improvements to make navigating the world of Albion much easier. UI improvements include an updated mail system, improved building interface, clearer carry capacity display, and new icons for numerous weapon skills. The world map visuals have been improved and reworked, and zones can now be viewed by prime time. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/b5b2f8a2b2d8d159cca1c686885dd97df91956da.jpegAdditional Improvements Increased Fame and Silver from high-level enemies Terrai...One Year of Free-to-PlayApr 10, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/4437a0a734076e31f35588eb6c26e83f7d6dc301.jpeg One year ago today, Albion Online went free-to-play, introducing the world of Albion to a broad range of new players all over the world. The Albion community has grown tremendously since then, and continues to grow month by month. Whether you're a hardcore veteran or a brand-new arrival to the shores of Albion, we're grateful to have you with us during such an exciting time for the game, and we look forward to everything that's coming up this year. We also want to take this opportunity to give a special shout-out to our early supporters. Without your support of our development efforts, the world of Albion as we know it today would not have been possible. We also know that many members of our community have been affected by the current pandemic. For those able to donate, our Charity Promo Pack is still available ingame until April 30 - huge thanks to everyone who has already picked one up. Here's to the Albion community, and to many more years together ingame! - Your Albion Online Team The Rites of Spring are BackApr 8, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/1f557a77d35faaab76cfc6b838c9a7f4107239dd.png A change has come over the land of Albion: the chill of winter has begun to recede, decorations have sprouted up in cities and towns, and mysterious egg-shaped chests have appeared throughout the world. It can only mean one thing: the Rites of Spring have begun! During this two-week event, you can celebrate the return of spring by hunting down special eggs, unlocking unique items, and joining in other community events. The Egg Hunt is On Throughout the wilds of Albion, giant, colorful eggs have sprouted from the ground. Break them open to get Surprise Eggs, a new item that can be used as currency at the Vanity Merchant, or thrown to hatch a surprise of their own! For the duration of the event, Surprise Eggs can be traded with the Vanity Merchants in Albion's cities for a variety of spring-themed items, including: Wearable "Bunny Stalker" Armor, Hats, and Backpacks Golden Egg Chests (Furniture Item) Chocolate Bars that give a boost to Energy Regeneration You can also trade your eggs for the mighty Eggsecutioner, a two-handed weapon skin that uses Heretic magic to fire three different types of magical eggs! This weapon skin will remain unlockable for Gold via the Appearance menu, but for the two-week duration of this event, you can also get it by collecting eggs. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/3710ae048c92900b71a5beee1f0e42fd9b09d2c1.png And for those with Fool's Golden Eggs left over from past events, you're in luck: while the event is running, the Vanity Merchant will also accept them as currency! And finally, you can join in a community-wide egg hunt in our new forum contest. Track down all the egg baskets to win some fantastic prizes! For more details, click here. Support the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response FundApr 2, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/8b876ec24d4dbca9c41c1abd75786ca1fdbe9bba.png The COVID-19 pandemic has already touched millions of people worldwide, with countless more expected to be affected in the coming months. To assist in the fight against this crisis, we've created a new, limited-time Charity Pack with all proceeds going to the World Health Organization. This pack is available via the ingame store, and includes: The Staff of Hermes, a vanity offhand skin A matching Staff of Hermes Avatar Ring The Staff of Hermes is an ancient symbol of medicine and healing, and was chosen in honor of those on the frontlines of the current pandemic. 100% of the money raised from sales of this pack will go to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. This fund directs donations to ensuring patient care, buying and shipping essential supplies, accelerating efforts to develop vaccines, tests and treatments, and much more. To read more about this fund and the specific ways it's helping those affected by the current pandemic, and to learn about other ways you can help, click here. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/981fa7db7540fd92f80d8b4e96c73ce30ecc9dcb.png This fundraiser will run until April 30, so pick one up and support a great cause! Note: Purchasing this pack once will unlock the Staff of Hermes forever for all characters on your account, and provide a free unlock option for the avatar ring for each character. Vanity offhand skins can be displayed in city, island, and Hideout zones. Patch 9 Brings Fishing ImprovementsApr 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/9d4b9ee4db192d0ca324329c41249c10d273f339.png Anglers rejoice! Today's patch is dedicated to the topic of fishing. In addition to resolving several issues that hindered the higher-tier fishing experience, we've also taken this opportunity to review rewards and bonuses for all tiers. With today's changes, fishing will be more rewarding at all levels, but rewards will now increase even more at higher-tier zones, especially for players who prepare with special gear and foods. Here's a partial list of what's new: Chance for bonus seaweed that increases with the tier of the fishing spot Gathering bonuses from food now also apply to fishing yield Fishing gear now applies bonuses to T1 fish and seaweed Destiny Board fishing bonuses now apply to all tiers With the Mists of Albion buff running until April 7, it's the perfect time to grab a fishing pole and head for the waters of Albion! As always, you can read the complete list of changes in the official patchnotes. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/3710ae048c92900b71a5beee1f0e42fd9b09d2c1.png Meet the Eggsecutioner With Easter just around the corner, today's patch introduces a new wardrobe skin: The Eggsecutioner. This elaborately built, Heretic-themed contraption uses arcane poultry magic to fire three different types of eggs, which hatch into rabbits, frogs, and marmots when fired. Note: during the upcoming Easter Event (April 8-22), this item will also be purchasable via Surprise Egg tokens that will be obtainable throughout the world. As with all vanity skins, once acquired it is unlocked for all characters on an account, and can be displayed in city, island, and Hideout zones via the ingame settings. The Hunter Challenge ReturnsApr 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/51b0902b256574216a78cbabebb9ecc6d70f3238.jpeg Let the hunt begin! For all of April, take the Hunter Challenge: earn points for open-world activities, unlock chests to get valuable loot, and claim your very own Black Panther mount. Hunt Down Fantastic Items BLACK PANTHER: This month's Challenge sees the return of the mighty Black Panther, a sleek feline mount with a fearsome appearance. It boasts a powerful speed boost spell that can propel its rider across large distances – helping both hunters and hunted alike. AVATAR RING: Reach your goals to unlock the Hunter Challenge avatar ring to give your favorite avatar a hunting-themed border. This non-tradable item permanently unlocks this avatar border for one character, or can be traded for one Adventurer's Token at the Vanity Merchant. SEASONAL SPECIALS: All month, reach weekly goals to unlock Hunter Challenge chests. In addition to valuable rewards like Adventurer's Tomes, Silver bags, and rare resources, this month's chests contain various hunting-themed statues and furniture items. As always, you can earn Challenge Points by gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters. Points count simultaneously toward a daily bonus, a weekly unlockable chest, and the monthly mount. So log in, head out into the open world, gather points, and claim your rewards! //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/262e39aec81b6ea60d855e766d0c35fea3f9dce8.jpeg Refer One Friend and Claim an Alpaca Mount SkinApr 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/c9b5d806aca8cdbf1e3775c29c36010b52f1c747.png Starting April 1, for just one referral, you can get your very own mount skin! The Alpaca skin turns your Stag base mount into a charming, loyal companion - and once you've unlocked it, it can be used by all characters on your account forever. On top of that, as with the last season you can earn huge amounts of Fame for your third and fifth referrals: three referrals scores you a T7 Pile of Tomes, worth a whopping 100,000 Fame, and five referrals gets you a T8 Pile of Tomes, granting a colossal 200,000 Fame. And as always, your first-ever referral grants an additional T8 Pile of Tomes along with the Alpaca mount skin. The current referral season lasts until maintenance on June 1, so you've got until then to refer your friends and claim your rewards. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/ab8397aa462a60f9888bae0ac1e8dbb85ce02df2.png How to Earn Seasonal Referral Rewards Send your referral link, which you can find here, to a friend. (You must be logged into your account on the website to view this page.) Your friend registers an account and starts playing Albion Online (preferably along with you!). The first time your friend purchases at least 30 days of Premium, they will trigger a reward for you. On top of that, for your very first referral ever, you'll receive a T8 Recruiter's Pile of Tomes, worth a whopping 200,000 Fame. //assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/bdcf7528ffeb8cde3bf03062870e9b8a7a053c32.png Albion Online Theme Song Cover by Günther WachApr 1, 2020 - Community Announcements//assets.albiononline.com/uploads/media/default/media/672bb6611725d9622599a1d68b990a6e81ee5b75.jpeg We are pleased to announce that a very special guest has delivered an innovative experimental cover of the Albion Online theme song. The composer is none other than Günther Wach, the up-and-coming artiste in Berlin’s avant-garde music scene! Before we present the cover to you, we managed to personally get in touch with Herr Wach himself to ask a couple of questions about his work (not an easy feat – he’s quite a busy man!). What made you choose to do a cover of the Albion Online Theme song? Albion Online has always meant a lot to me - from the full-loot system where I’ve spent many sleepless nights over losing my Command Mammoth to getting ganked in a deeply unfair 20v1 fight. It really teaches you the power of resilience, numbers and fighting for what you believe in. The world is unfair, get used to it. Actually, Albion Online is really like a metaphor for me. A small indie game overcoming all odds to succeed in a niche market… and I, who was once a lowly, unknown misfit, but now THE rising star of Berlin. I resonate with it so much. Interesting. And what’s the inspiration for your work? Simple. Three things: Oat milk Daily yoga and meditation A constant state of existential crisis Anything else you’d like to mention about the game? I would love to do a musical K-Pop Dev Talk with Robin Henkys. I think it would be a T8.3 Masterpiece! Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… https://i.imgur.com/sDxm9d1.jpg Happy April Fool’s, everyone!