Yet another MMO has decided to hand out free levels to players new and old. In a letter from Senior Producer Holly Longdale, Everquest 2 announced the creation of Heroic characters and a promotional event, called Hero’s Call, giving players a chance to try all the spiffy new characters out. According to the letter, Heroic Characters are pre-leveled and pre-designed with the goal of providing “a fun and easy option for existing and returning players to play or experiment with our characters and have immediate access to high-level content.’

The event begins October 1st and will allow players to create one new Heroic character per household for free. It will also allow existing accounts to create or upgrade to a Heroic as well. After the event ends on October 15th, the only way to get a Heroic character is through the cash shop, where players will be offered three different options:

1) Try Before You Buy: This option offers one full level of play from Level 85 to 86 – which takes a typical player several hours – with 100 Alternate Advancement (AA) points to test out a class of your choice at a high level. The Free Trial includes a flying mount, armor, consumables, and a few restrictions.

2) New Heroic Character: A full Heroic Character can be purchased at Character Select or while playing as a Free Trial character. It includes a level 85 character, 280 AAs, all items included in the Free Trial, and is unrestricted.

3) Upgrade Existing Character: The Upgrade option allows you to select any existing character at any level and upgrade it to a Heroic Character. All upgraded characters are leveled to 85 and are increased to 280 AAs, but not beyond. If you are above level 85 and have more than 280 AAs, you won’t receive additional levels or points, but will get a bundle of items that includes the flying mount, armor, and consumables.

Everquest 2 is currently enjoying its 9th expansion, Chains of Eternity which raised the level cap to 95. Players who snag a free Heroic Character will still need to purchase Chains of Eternity in order to reach max level.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


    • Furthermore, there’ll be a pile of noob 86’s around who have zero idea how to do high end raids. Money cannot buy you one will want to raid with you if you have no clue about what you’re doing.

      • They aren’t gonna find any real raiding going on til lv 95.They can use the ten levels which will take awhile to level through to learn their class.Plus this day and age most players should have enough experience with mmos in general to know the basics of raiding.unless they only played p2w garbage like most korean and chinese made mmos.

        And there are enough dungeons between lv 85 and 95 for newbs to learn grouping basics.And at least this way there is enough people for them to actually form groups with.Cause if they lv from 1 to 85 they won’t learn anything when it comes to group mechanics cause the lower leveled zones are dead.

  1. i started playing EQ2 like a month ago and im uhm i dont remember what lvl i am 😀 and kinda soloing stuff that i can , but gets boring so hardly play more than 1-2 hours now , but i want to try this lvl 85 char :$ i’m more interested playing with veterans than with noobs 😀 sorry 😛

  2. well before the comments setion is flooded with nothing but the game is going p2w.I’m going to give my opinion on this event.As a EQ II player I can say giving lv 85 caracters is not pay to win.First let’s look at the current state of the game.Levels 1-85 are practicly dead zones.If you are incapable of being being social then you will love those levels of non stop soloing.Cause that is all 1 to 85 is these days.And dungeons before level 85 are empty as well.Don’t believe me try using dungeon finder at those early levels when it becomes available.Notice the never ending wait due to there being no real low level population?Yeah so do most newer players.

    And don’t expect to find a guild that will let you join at low levels.Most are all maxed out toons that are all in the high level zones.And even if you do that solo grind to 85 and up.Your still going to lack any knowledge on group play until you reach those high levels where everyone is.And since 85 is not endgame level your not getting an advantage.Instead your getting to start at a level where you can actually start playing the game with other people.If anything this just pay to speed.Vetrens will be able to spot the noobs so the newer players will end up just playing with each other.And will learn how to function in a group.But then there are people who played EQ II back when it was a p2p and still play and still can’t function in group play.So people that are preping to say ,”but now I’m going to be finding nothing but groups of noobs.”Just stop don’t even bother opening your mouth.

    Sorry but there are plenty of these noobs at high levels already,this event will not be the first time idiots will be in high level groups.And truth be told is in EQ and EQ II your expected to be in a guild for endgame.So why are doing pugs like it’s WoW?I say let the noobs have their lv 85 toon so they can play together and find some of us friendly vets that are willing to teach them.And now if you decide to buy the chains of eternity xpac at least you won’t have to spend months soloing through what is practically dead content to start playing it.And if it bugs you that much you canstill choose to lv 1 to 85.Hey some people are just not very social.

  3. So litterly a way to make someone buy 2 things xD . U can now buy levels , but if u want to buy those levels you have to buy the expansion <3


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