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Update Preview — The Defender-Centric Update

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DEFENDERS!

Our next update, the Defender-Centric Update, is upon us! This update contains a whole lot of love to a lot of foundational systems within Dungeon Defenders II. These changes are based off of feedback many of you have provided, and as Chromatic, we wanted to really give our GLORIOUS Defenders something that demonstrated how much we value our community. Without further ado, let's get into it!

SHARD SHOP

Shards are such an integral part to Dungeon Defenders II when it comes to empowering your heroes with great strength to take out the waves of enemies constantly thrown at you. Currently there is a lot of RNG regarding which shards you get, and to help cut down the randomness, farming lower tiered content is the easiest way to go.

We don’t want that. We want you playing content you find engaging, while being able to acquire the Shards you want. With this update, you can! We're adding in the Shard Shop, a service that the Gran Ma'ster now offers. Visiting her allows you to purchase Shards directly from her, from Campaign to Chaos VII. There is also search functionality so you can search for the Shard you want and cut down the hunt!

CHAOS VIII SHARDS

Chaos VIII Shards are a new tier of shard, that some of you may have snagged before. We went through and found a way to make these shards feel like a good reward for climbing higher Onslaught, and have them compete with similar Shards. You can get them after a certain point in Onslaught, similar to when you start receiving Chaos VIII Ampoules.

MATERIAL CONVERSION

We want players enjoying Ancient Power as much as they can, and our big goal was making sure that Defenders could play content they found engaging, while working towards a specific goal. Enter Material Conversion. Material Conversion allows you to take a Pristine quality material and convert it to the same type of material of a lower quality. This makes it so that if you are climbing Onslaught, or playing higher Chaos, you're always gaining usable materials to acquire Ancient Power.

That's not all though! As you play Chaos VII and above, you can take your Chaos VII Ampoules and convert them into CHAOS VIII AMPOULES! We want players upgrading and getting Chaos VIII gear, so this is a step towards making that process feel good and not entirely beholden to RNG.

NEW WEAPONS

One thing that we love is the ability to customize the heroes in Dungeon Defenders II. Weapons are part of the epic-ness (or silliness) that can really show off your own personal taste. This update provides over 30 NEW Weapons that are currently unobtainable. These weapons are gained by climbing through different tiers of Onslaught. The higher you go, the more epic the weapons become! There's a ton to hunt down, and if you happen to get the same weapon repeatedly, no worries — you can trade it to your friends!

NEW ELEMENTAL DAMAGE — POISON!

Poison Mods in the form of Chips are coming with this update. Poison can be applied to weapons to give them an additional damage over time effect. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! If earth damage is dealt to a poisoned enemy, they now become PETRIFIED, freezing them in place, turning them to stone, and causing their fellow enemies to attack them

SOCIAL DEFENDERS

To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:

The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!

For Etheria!

The Dungeon Defenders II Team

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Wow thanks so much for material conversion!!

What's the price for a c8 ampule and a single shard? 

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12 hours ago, Jaws_420 said:

Adding Earth to my PDTs now...

I'm in two minds whether to keep my monster Pdt or turn it into cc and use other towers for earth (e.g. wmr)

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3 hours ago, Little Magic Hat said:

I'm in two minds whether to keep my monster Pdt or turn it into cc and use other towers for earth (e.g. wmr)

Yeah, i have more than 1 huntress, so likely do both.

plus mods added a bunch of poison to other towers. Mystic coils could be great for cc now w spilt vipers and poison on sand viper and earth on the coil. Could Harpies be useful now, hmmmmm? 

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47 minutes ago, Jaws_420 said:

Yeah, i have more than 1 huntress, so likely do both.

plus mods added a bunch of poison to other towers. Mystic coils could be great for cc now w spilt vipers and poison on sand viper and earth on the coil. Could Harpies be useful now, hmmmmm? 

Harpy will still fall foul of targeting and reloading issues.

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21 hours ago, Jaws_420 said:

Adding Earth to my PDTs now...

I’m assuming they’re going to change the PDT to attune with Poison so you can’t add another element to it. 

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I'm glad that the Enchantress is returning after two years of binge drinking haha! Really happy with the shard vendor and mat conversion system too - Bye Bye farming lower tiers!

And also looking forward to collecting those sweet weapons and documenting them too!

Overall, thank you CG for this great QoL update!

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