|Release Date||Aug 10, 2021|
|Genre||Action, Role-Playing, Adventure|
Base Game: US$39.99
What is the Lightbringer Update?
The Lightbringer Update is a free patch that is available to all players who own the base game, even if they do not have the Fire & Darkness DLC. The Lightbringer Update introduces new changes, mechanics, and features to the game such as the addition of Valorplate Skins.
As part of the Lightbringer Update, 40 new lootable items are available along with new equipment and builds players can try, however another new type of item is also available, referred to as Cursed Items. This type of item further provides a new challenge and emphasizes character itemization.
What are Cursed Items?
If you want to amp up the challenge during your runs, then equipping a Cursed Item will make things even difficult yet rewarding for you in the end. Cursed Items are imbued with negative effects and are applied to the player's character once it is equipped. In order to remove the curse, the player must follow and complete the objective or task that is listed on the cursed item and once the criteria has been met, it grants a massive bonus which can turn the tides and give you that unique edge in combat. Once all the curses have been cleansed, the item turns into an "Awakened Item" which is deemed to be the most powerful items you can acquire in the game.
The brand new Fire & Darkness DLC, as well as the Lightbringer Update, introduces a new feature that allows players to customize the look of their Valorplates which are Valorplate Skins. This new feature comes with 56 new skins across all Valorplates which are free to be unlocked by players and is a part of the Lightbringer update, while there are 30 cosmetic skins that are exclusive to the Fire & Darkness DLC.
Changes to Status Ailments
The Lightbringer Update has revamped the effects of the status ailments of the game, improving and adding more context to how players interact with it.
- Ignite – The target gains a short duration, high intensity damage-over-time effect.
- Bleed – Increases the damage taken by the target and applies a damage-over-time effect.
- Curse – Decreases the damage dealt by the target and applies a damage-over-time effect.
- Chill – Slows the target’s movement and attack speed and applies a damage-over-time effect.
- Shock – Increases Breach damage taken by the target and applies a damage-over-time effect.
- Poison – The target gains a long duration damage-over-time effect with a high total amount of damage
Certain ailments are guaranteed to be applied when specific effects are executed, such as throwing your shield, which can inflict certain ailments. In addition, ailments now stack and can be applied multiple times. This can be either to change the ailment or to increase its effect.
Strength of Ailments
The effectiveness of how ailments are applied are now relevant depending on the strength of your attack. The higher the damage is, the stronger and higher effectiveness the ailment is applied and stacks. Apart from that, there are also Ailment Power traits that can boost the capability of applying ailments to the enemies you encounter or even improve the duration of the effect.
There are now some items as well that will allow the player to consume ailments from enemies. Upon consuming an ailment, all stacked ailments are removed from the enemy and any remaining damage from the ailments is dealt to the enemy right away.
There are a few changes to the Ascended Tower of Trials in the Lightbringer Update:
- The chance for Primal Items to drop in the Ascended Tower of Trials has been doubled.
- A new type of bane has been added to the Ascended Tower of Trials which are called Intense Banes. These have stronger, more difficult effects, but a higher Loot Bonus.
- The Ascended Tower of Trials will now spawn the more challenging Ascendant & Exalted versions of Realm Bosses as you progress higher in the Tower.
Changes in the Ascended Tower of Trials
In the Fire Realm which is only accessible if players purchase the Fire & Darkness DLC, players are treated with 12 new different missions, 5 new bosses, 4 new story missions, 5 hunting missions, and a single Explore the Realm mission. Apart from that, there is also some end-game content that is exclusive to this DLC such as:
- New Fire Realm Dreamstones
- The Fire Realm will also be included in Lightbringer Update and the new Lightbringer Mode
- Bosses and Enemies that appear in the Fire Realm will also spawn in the Ascended Tower of Trials
Lightbringer Update Patch Notes
Quality of Life Enhancements
- Mission Level Scaling – Story and Hunt Missions have been updated to support level scaling based on the selected mission difficulty.
- Easy Difficulty: Missions stay at the recommended level
- Normal Difficulty: Missions start at the recommended level and scale to near your level
- Hard Difficulty: Missions start at the recommended level and always scale to your level
- Expanded Explore the Realm – Players can now interact with multiple Twilight Springs in Explore the Realm to keep pursuing new objectives.
- Item Keywords – Get more detailed information about loot effects on the Armory and Equipment screens via keywords. Press the info button to display them.
- Resistances on the Stat Screen – The Stat Screen has been updated so that capped resistances are highlighted in green.
- Dreamstone Sorting – Standard Dreamstones are now sorted by level (from high to low). Volatile Dreamstones now sort by level (high to low), then rarity (legendary to rare). Players can also change Volatile Dreamstones to sort by Recent/Rarity/Level/Name.
- Enemy Levels on Nameplates – Enemy nameplates have been updated to always show enemy levels, even when enemies are more than 10 levels higher than players.
- Improved Augment Navigation – The augment screen has been updated to keep you on the Augment Constellation screen after setting/updating augments, making augment management much faster.
- Improved Forge Navigation – The Forge will now remember which item you had selected for upgrading after you leave the upgrade screen.
- Improved weakpoint hit detection for Keyboard/Mouse controls – Hitting weak points with keyboard/mouse has been improved.
- Overhealth revamped: The rate that Overhealth drains now depends on the amount of Overhealth that you have. Overhealth drains quickly while it is nearly full, and the rate slows down as your Overhealth depletes. Additionally, new traits have been added to the game that slow down the Overhealth drain rate, and these traits have replaced any traits that completely stopped Overhealth drain.
- Due to the Ailments 2.0 changes, we have modified a number of ailment-related items so that they function properly with the new system. Some of these items had small balance tweaks, while other items had their traits modified to work with the new ailment mechanics.
- Rampage revamped: Rampage now drains while it is active but you can keep damaging enemies to maintain it longer.
We have slightly reduced the strength of three items that were too powerful compared to other items. We feel that after these changes the items will still be effective when used in your builds, but they will be more in-line with other options in the game.
- Surety (Augment): Weakpoint damage bonus has been reduced.
- Archon’s Tear (Life Stone): Critical Hit chance bonus has been reduced. Critical Hit damage bonus has been reduced.
- Mesa’s Banderole (Banner): Critical Hit chance bonus has been reduced. Critical Hit damage bonus has been reduced.
- Solved an issue where Soulshatter buildup would stop functioning after taking damage, being knocked down, or swapping weapons.
- Solved an issue where the Longsword Southern Technique’s Timing Attack scaled off Might instead of Spirit.
- Solved various issues involving Dual Blades where they could clip or appear unexpectedly in several animations.
- Solved an issue where Armistice’s Archon Fury trait would not apply damage to breached enemies correctly.
- Solved an issue where banner skill bonuses (besides Charge Speed) could stop functioning after death.
- Solved an issue where players could desync when placing a banner at the same time they died.
- Solved an issue that would prevent players from using their Shield Throw abilities if against a wall or pillar.
- Solved an issue that would prevent Shield Throws and Arcing Shield Throws from using Critical Hits.
- Solved an issue where enemies knocked down by a Weak Point hit from a Shield Throw were not valid targets for Takedowns.
- Solved an issue where the game could hitch when using Shield Throw for the first time after starting the game.
- Solved an issue where the player character could get stuck in a perpetual Shield Block position after repeatedly parrying attacks.
- Solved an issue where the player would not resume their block stance if they dodge a second time while holding the block input.
- Solved an issue where the Shield Ground Slam would be cancelled early if the input button was not held long enough.
Skill Related Items
- Included several missing tutorials that should appear after unlocking their respective skill.
- Included Takedown input priority over Archon Mode activation to prevent accidental activation while sprinting.
- Solved an issue where attempting to perform a Takedown with multiple valid targets could delay input commands.
- Solved an issue where certain enemies were unaffected by the Spectral Takedown ability and received no damage.
- Solved an issue where performing a Spectral Takedown could deactivate Archon Fury.
- Solved an issue where skill bonuses from the Polarity Attacks would stop working after death.
- Solved an issue where the first rank of the Breach Skill would not increase the damage dealt by Leaping Shield Base against full-health ranged enemies.
- Solved an issue where the Rampage Charge Speed bonus (from ranks 2 & 4) could stop working after player death.
- Solved an issue where Weak Points that appear after a parry (or revealed by traits) would remain for their full duration instead of disappearing once struck.
Multiplayer Related Items
- Solved a multiplayer issue where takedowns could deal no damage to enemies.
- Solved an exploit that allowed party members to replay Dreamstone missions while collecting loot and stacking boons infinitely.
- Solved a multiplayer issue where repeatedly attempting to climb a ledge with high latency could disable use of that ledge.
- Solved various issues with elevators in multiplayer.
- Solved a multiplayer issue where certain Ascension Powers were not working correctly.
- Solved a multiplayer issue where changes to the player’s loadout could revert after closing their inventory.
- Solved a multiplayer crash issue that could occur when a player attempted to place a banner without a banner equipped.
- Solved a multiplayer issue where players may not be able to see other player banners.
- Solved a multiplayer issue where the Warhammer’s Heavy Attack combo finisher would not trigger Soulshatter damage.
Enemy Related Items
- Adjusted Combat Weight of certain enemies to further balance encounters.
- Included new tutorials for boss fights with obscure game mechanics (such as Lunara)
- Updated Abyssian Bonecrusher AI to prevent it from using its Rage Grab if players move out of range.
- Solved an issue where a Vargul Warrior could become unkillable if the player was stunned out of their takedown animation.
- Updated boss encounters to die automatically if left unattended in their Takedown state.
- Updated boss health bars to show a visual flare when they have reached their Soulshatter damage cap.
- Solved an issue where bosses could queue attacks during their cinematics, giving no grace period when the fight starts.
- Solved an issue where bosses could snap to face players instead of using their turn animation when on their last health phase.
- Solved an issue where certain bosses could aggro before the player entered their arena.
- Solved an issue where players grabbed by Lunara could lose their ability to dodge.
Game Mode Related Items
- Solved an issue where players were unable to access Dreamstones through the Holomap while using a gamepad after completing the main story.
- Solved an issue where the Free Roam red bonus objective beam would remain visible if a Treasure Hermit managed to escape.
- Included new Boons to the Tower of Trials.
- Included a new KeyArt as a loading screen.
- Solved a crash issue that could occur by waiting several minutes in the defeated screen and then attempting to respawn.
- Solved a crash issue that would occur when attempting to switch to a different character while the Rampage Skill was still active.
- Solved an issue where players who rebound their interact key could not use the Boon selection menu in AToT due to the menu using the buffered input to select the default boon.
- Updated Polarity Codex entry to explain that Polarity Attacks deal Soulshatter Damage.
- Solved an issue where Augment traits that scale and benefit from connected Augment attributes would not display the bonus they grant.
- Improved HUD elements to provide better clarity for Archon Fury and Weapon Art meters.
- Updated on-screen tips to clear after a minute of uptime, regardless of (in)completion.
Previously the tip will remain on screen until the player fulfills its conditions.
- Solved an issue where item descriptions could overflow from their textbox.
They will now wrap into multiple columns.
- Removed the titles from holomap nodes that aren’t selected to reduce visual clutter.
- Solved various missing or incorrect text localization issues.
- Solved an issue where enemies could be seen walking in place during their patrols.
- Solved an issue where enemies would revert to a T-Pose if killed with a takedown after being knocked down.
- Solved an issue where enemy animations would flicker or stutter when viewed from a long distance.
- Solved an issue where the enemy AI would only play the first Taunt animation in its pool, instead of selecting one at random.
- Solved various issues with armor clipping for enemies.
- Solved an issue where the Sanctum could lose lip sync with its voice lines.
- Solved an issue where the player character could flicker or shake during cinematics.
- Solved an issue where the player character would excessively ragdoll after death.
- Solved an issue where the player character’s head would not follow to look at the current camera direction.
- Optimized biome landscapes by removing unnecessary geometry.
- Solved an issue where players could experience interference when entering a boss arena.
- Solved an issue where Spirit Tethers could become untargetable or indestructible in the Water Realm.
- Solved various collision issues with the environment where players could get stuck.
- Solved various issues where Chest event objects (such as pistons or plants) could become permanently invisible if the player opened their inventory or traveled out of rendering distance.
- Solved various issues where loot chests were clipping incorrectly with the environment.
- Solved various issues with low poly environment pieces would not update based on distance.
SFX & Audio Related
- Improved audio feedback for Light Attack SFX against armored enemies, to reinforce using other attacks.
- Solved an issue where certain keyboard inputs would not produce the associated SFX that can be found when using a mouse or gamepad.
- Solved an issue where no background music would play after loading into a mission.
- Solved an issue where no SFX would play whenever a player attempted to use a Life Stone (with 0 charges left) to notify the player they had none left.
- Solved an issue where the intro logos would not respect the volume settings saved by the player.
- Solved an issue where the SFX of the last hit in a Longsword combo attack would either be delayed or not play at all.
- Updated UI SFX to prevent abrupt audio cuts.
VFX & Visuals Related
- Added a fade effect to foliage whenever it intersects with the camera to avoid visual obstruction.
- Optimized VFX components to use less expensive materials.
- Solved an issue where certain boss attack VFX would not render when playing on lower graphical settings.
- Players could creatively move Zenun around the Sanctum against his desires.
- Solved an issue where the camera would clip under the ground if the player died to an enemy grab attack.
- Solved an issue where the Standard & Ascension level up animation, fanfare, and stat replenishment would not occur after the first trigger in a mission.
- Solved various text and Input Reminder issues located in the Codex.