PS4 Patch (05.12.2019) - Mounts! Follower leveling system! More combat rebalancing! But…by Crom! There’s even more?!

Greetings Exiles!

The time has come! Saddle up and ride into all the goodness packed into our newest free content update! We couldn’t let this year go without a bang. We worked hard to make this happen and are very excited to bring you one of the most anticipated and long-requested features since the early days of the game! Coconut clapping Mounts!

From a foal to a majestic and loyal Warhorse, you can now breed and train your trusty steed and ride into battle (or where adventure calls you) with the new Mount system. Not only can you use your horse for faster traveling, but you’ll also be able to engage in combat with many single-hand weapons, bows and a new weapon archetype: Lances!

And what better complement to this new feature than the new Follower Leveling System? That’s right! You can now level up and perk up any companion you bring with you as a follower -be it a Thrall, pet or your new mount. As a thank you for all your ongoing support, we’ve also squeezed in the possibility to rename your own thralls, so they can be more unique to you and reflect the time and effort spent in training them.
Please note that with this update we’re introducing a follower cap system that will limit the number of pets and thralls you can have active. While private servers can opt in or out as soon as the patch goes live, this change will be disabled on launch for official servers, giving you time to manually cull those followers you’re ready to part with. We will enable the limit on official servers at a later date, but we will announce it in advance. You can read more about this system in our recent write-up and our Frequently Asked Questions.

We have also continued our work in balancing and overhauling more aspects of the combat system. We spent some time bringing improvements to the dodging mechanic, which along with a new momentum-based player movement focuses on a fighter’s commitment to their actions, raising the skill ceiling during fighting situations. Trebuchets also get an overhaul, as well as the movement system, plus a myriad of tweaks and balancing to weapons we’d love to hear your feedback about.

This patch as well marks the release of our new DLC pack, Riders of Hyboria. You can now ride with both force and style with exclusive horse skins, three new armor sets and weapons as well as new stable-related building pieces and placeables. This is the fourth and last DLC pack included in the Year 2 Season pass, also available individually. For more details you can read the full announcement here.

And of course, we’ve packed in tons of other general bugfixes, QoL improvements and refinements based on player feedback you’ve been sending us.

Thank you all for being the best community this side of the Exiled Lands!


highlights

Mounts and mounted combat!

Ride your trusty steed right into battle with the new mount system, supporting mounted combat with a variety of weapons, including a new weapon archetype, Lances! Charging into your foes now feels… joust right.

New Follower Leveling System!

Level your followers (thralls, pets… even mounts!) through combat in the same fashion that you do as a player. Leveling a Follower grants them stat-points that are automatically distributed through a weighted system, and these stats grant various bonuses. You can read more about it in our detailed announcement.
And as an added bonus and huge thanks to our community, we’ve squeezed in an oft-requested feature: you can now rename your thralls, to make them more unique and personal.

Additional combat refinements: Trebuchet, dodging and momentum-based movement!

We’re continuing our efforts in revising, tuning and refining the combat system in the game with an overhaul of the dodging mechanics, momentum-based movements for player characters and new and improved trebuchet mechanics, along with a plethora of other balance and combat changes aimed at making combat strategies more varied and viable.

New DLC Pack: Riders of Hyboria!

Introducing the fourth and final Year 2 Season pass DLC. With the Riders of Hyboria Pack you can not only equip your horse with unique new saddles, but also gear yourself up in knightly armors and weapons from the region of Poitain. Build a stable for your horses with new building pieces and decorate it with placeables such as carts, haystacks and wheel barrows. Read the announcement here.

tldr

  • Mounts!
  • Mounted combat!
  • New weapon archetype: Lances!
  • Follower leveling system!
  • New DLC pack: Riders of Hyboria.
  • You can now rename thralls!
  • New and improved trebuchet mechanics.
  • New dodge-roll mechanics.
  • New momentum-based character movement.
  • Further combat balancing.
  • Plenty of bug squishing!
  • …and much, much more!

notes
performance

  • Fixed a number of crash bugs.
  • Optimized building replication from server to client for huge databases - this should bring a slight increase in overall performance to players that suffer from “huge-base-itis”.
  • Fixed a number of console specific crashes.

exploits

  • Fixed an exploit in regards to attributes.
  • Fixed a couple of undermesh locations in the world.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to loot corpses through walls.
  • Fixed a minor teleportation exploit in regards to the maproom.
  • Fixed collision detection in a certain placeable.

newadditions

  • New Feature: Mounts! You can now tame and ride horses. You will find foals in various locations in the world, which can be picked up and put into a stable. Feed these foals and soon enough you will have your own majestic steed! schwing!
  • New building placements and equipment have been added related to mounts. Saddles, new stables and more surprises have been added.
  • New Feature: Thrall/Pet leveling. It is now possible to level your (new) pets and thralls. Previously placed thralls and pets do not have access to this feature.
  • Thrall/Pet population limit has been implemented (but not activated) - when the population limit takes effect, thralls and pets will be removed slowly from a clan until the population limit has been respected. Please read more detailed information about this in the blog-post about this particular topic.
  • There is now a feat called “Apprentice Butcher” that grants Stone Skinning Knives and Cleavers.
  • Added Lances to the game - these weapons cannot be used while on foot but do very high damage when used while mounted. Damage from lances increases by the movement speed of the mounted player.
  • Added a third armor set that can drop from the boss at the end of the Wine-Cellar. In addition, there is now a 1% chance that he might drop the weapon he himself uses.

building

  • The Lion and Atlantean thrones now have new sitting animations more befitting of royalty.
  • The recipe for Spikes and Palisades has changed and should now be much easier to build.
  • Fixed an issue where Walls, Doorframes and Fences could not be placed in third horizontal axis of a Treehouse Foundation.
  • Inverted Wedge Sloped Roofs can now be attached by the bottom part of the wedge.
  • Palisades are now easier to place.
  • Ladders should now be possible to place more easily when hatchframes are next to ceilings.
  • Fixed a number of clipping issues with barrel stools.
  • Auto-close option of every kind of doors should no longer reset to default on server restart.
  • Fixed an issue where Ceilings could not be snapped to a Wall if Crenelated Wall or Fence were placed first on top of the Wall.
  • Increased the hitpoints for the Giant King statuettes when placed
  • Fixed an issue where Arena Wedges could not be replaced with each other.
  • Siege foundations should now be easier to place.
  • Stage pieces from the Debaucheries of Derketo DLC can now be placed next to stairs and other sloping pieces.
  • Ceilings, Hatch Frames and most of the Crenelated Walls now snap to the bottom part of Stairs.

crafting

  • Fixed an issue where several items from the Debaucheries of Derketo DLC would not be processed inside Dismantling Bench.
  • Fixed a number of inconsistencies with recipes.
  • There is now a cooling down version of the Godbreaker armor. If you learned the feat, you will already have access to it.
  • Fixed an issue where certain scrolls could be dismantled into Black Blood, which was only intended for the Black Blood scrolls.
  • Crafting Exceptional and Flawless Light Hyrkanian Bows now requires the correct feats and thralls.
  • Fixed an issue where the recipes of Black Corsair Chestguard and Gauntlets were switched.
  • Specific maces did not require wooden resources to be crafted - this is now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where clearing the crafting queue in crafting stations resulted in displayed number of items available to craft via Craft All button being one higher than correct value.
  • Fixed an issue where Recipes and non-armor items can be moved to armor’s slots under certain conditions.

combat

  • Siege Boulders no longer bounce from bottom of water.
  • Hammers no longer penetrate shields on their first attack.
  • 2H Sword Overhead smash damage has been reduced by 1/3. In addition, this attack has been slowed down and stamina cost reduced.
  • It should now be easier to get hits in using the Katana Light attacks courtesy of hyper-armor.
  • The falloff damage to buildings from Explosive Jars has been reduced.
  • The weapons “Havoc and Malice” and “Whirlwind blades” now do less damage.
  • Dagger hyper-armor during swings has been reduced somewhat.
  • Dagger stamina cost throughout combos have been slightly increased.
  • 2h Hammer speed and hyper-armor for light swings have been reduced.
  • 1h Mace now have hyper-armor during the swings for the first two light attacks.
  • 2h Swords now have slightly faster combo queueing.
  • Great Axes have gotten slightly increased damage modifiers through the combo, and will speed up after the first spin.
  • Serpentmen weapons have been reduced in damage.
  • Fixed missing damage types for bonus multipliers:
    • 2h Mace, Light attack 2
    • 1h Mace, Light attack 1
    • Daggers, Light attack 1
    • Daggers, Light attack 2
    • Bow, Light attack 1
    • 2h Axe. Light attack 2
    • 1h Axe, Light attack 1
  • The critical hit from Doomhammer and Act of Violence and Sharkbite is now much less severe.
  • Characters no longer receive damage outside AoE effects from the boss in the Wine Cellar’s dungeon.
  • Attacks can no longer be inflicted on the Wine-cellar Boss through the gate from outside the room.
  • Bleeding debuff can no longer be applied to the Undead Dragon from The Sinkhole.
  • Bleeding effect can no longer be applied on the Smoke Demon boss in Wine Cellar Dungeon.
  • Fixed an issue with players being able to exit directional attacks too early by abusing the system.
  • It is no longer possible to poison Riptide and the Black Ice Javelin
  • Man on the Wall now drops loot.

ai

  • Thralls and Pets no longer instantly consume “Tablet of Power”.
  • It is now possible to rename your placed thralls.
  • Oiled Weapon no longer disappears from Thrall’s Mainhand if Oil applied to the weapon expires.
  • Fixed an issue where hitting certain NPCs with a weapon that deals concussion damage would cause them to stop attacking.
  • It is now possible to feed your thralls and pets to provide leveling up and combat bonuses to them again. Feeding pets will also heal them and any amount of food present in their inventories will be eaten slowly over time if the pet/thrall is hurt.
  • Skeletons in the Wine-cellar boss room should now behave better and not pop up ahead of time. Way to spoil the surprise, skeletons!
  • Fixed a number of pathing issues with the Wine-cellar boss.
  • Wine-cellar boss should no longer go invisible when hurt by AoE effects during its spawn animation, or players rejoin the same session with two or more players.
  • Fixed an issue where Thralls in work stations would become frozen upon leaving and re-entering the render zone.
  • Szeth the Drunk has been told to respect his hitboxes and no longer does damage to players that shouldn’t have been hit by them.
  • It is now possible to “Break Bonds” with your pets and thralls. This will dismiss your pet from your employ - and the world. They will drop any equipment and/or inventory they have on themselves when dismissed in this fashion.
  • Elephants should no longer huff and puff continuously.
  • Fixed an issue where one of the tamed scorpions could not be harvested when it was killed.
  • Removed one of the two Dina, Master Huntress’es from the world.
  • Thralls and Pets no longer instantly eat full stacks of Consumables after server restart.

purges

  • Armorers from the Purge can now make Redeemed Silent Legion armor, which is a flawless version of the Silent Legion armor, provided you have unlocked the feat for yourself.

balancing

  • Trebuchet Overhaul:
    • The trebuchet can now be set to release its boulders at an angle. An additional lever has been added to the trebuchet that controls this. The maximum degree arc is 80 and the minimum is -20, allowing the trebuchet to shoot down in front and almost straight up. Bombs ahoy!
    • The trebuchet is now easier to maintain and build - it no longer costs iron reinforcements to build the actual trebuchet but the cost of other resources have increased.
    • The hitpoints for the trebuchet and siege foundations have increased significantly.
    • Siege boulders no longer costs twine to craft but instead require more stone.
    • The Siege boulder and Demon-fire barrage has had their damage increased
    • The missiles fired from a trebuchet can now pass through the god-shield without bouncing off.
    • The trebuchet no longer takes damage when it is being fired.
    • The AoE from Siege boulders has been reduced in size.
    • Lastly, the stairs leading up the siege platform have been removed.
  • Dodging overhaul:
    • Dodge now has 2 components, a dodge move and dodge settle. Agility affects how fast dodge settle is played; as in the more agility you have the faster the character can act after a dodge.
    • In addition to this, the dodges have been uniformed in length and the animation updated to a roll.
  • Nimble Tumbler perk has been reworked to double armor-values while dodging.
  • Climbing now takes a minimum amount of stamina to perform, and it’s no longer possible to climb for free using specific combinations of gear.
  • Gold Circlet no longer provides Temperature resistance.
  • T1 and T2 fences now stop climbing.
  • Adjusted base armor sets to put the temperature resistances on par with DLC armors. This was always the intention but a goblin stole the data.
  • Strength perks that previously granted 25% bonus damage has been reduced to 15% bonus damage.
  • The healing from healing arrows has been reduced.
  • Bones can now be harvested from Skeletons with both Pickaxes and Picks.
  • Dream Dust and Black Cove Rum droprates have increased, but Rare Spice droprates have decreased.
  • Increased bonuses from the Flawless Relic Hunter armor.
  • Increased amount of corruption removed with Cleansing Brew.

qol

  • Several base resources have had their max stack amount increased.
  • Khari Steel bars and Fragments of power now automatically stack after being collected from specific chests.

general

  • Using the Keystone in non-character’s inventory no longer results in teleportation to Sepermeru.
  • Fixed a bug where the Soothing regenerating buff would not be applied after death or to new characters until you would rejoin the session or gain and lose a temperature buff.
  • Fixed an issue with the skinning of the Khari armor sets.
  • Changing from Night-Stalker Mask to another head piece no longer causes it to be not functional after equipping the Mask again.
  • Fixed some stretched textures on male’s Nobles Chestpiece sleeves.
  • Fixed an issue where Fiery-Hot consumables did not provide any food or water.
  • Fixed an issue where characters might start shaking when getting in direct contact with a locked on target during specific emotes.
  • Frost Giants again drop loot as intended.
  • Reduced the amount of hitpoints for the Half-Child of Dagon.
  • Pirate bosses again drop their Scourgestone pieces.
  • Set’s Tongue now functions as intended.
  • The Smoke Demon in the Wine cellar no longer loses aggro after character moves from one edge of its arena to another.
  • Pick held by characters no longer clips through their chest.
  • Fixed a skinning issue with the Inn-Keepers Vestment.
  • Satiated buff no longer overrides Elixir of Freedom’s effect.
  • Fixed an issue where equipment granting Stamina would not do so. These now grant Grit instead.
  • Dark Templar helmet’s plume now has a holder.
  • Fixed an issue where the Nobles Skirt with any footwear equipped by a female character had physics only when camera is in very close range.
  • Fixed a visible gap between textures on the bottom of the Khari Soldier Mail.
  • Added functionality to the Endowment potion. #darksecrets
  • Tombstone markers are no longer assigned to the character corpse’s ragdoll but rather the location they died, making it easier to find your items.
  • Players can no longer avoid fall damage by landing on an NPC.
  • Fiery-Hot consumables do now provide Heating buff.
  • Fixed an issue where Khari Soldier or Raider Bracers were not visible when the Noble Chestpiece is equipped.
  • Fixed a bug where Asura armor and the Black blood tools would give double the intended bonuses.
  • Corrected an inconsistency between bonus attributes of ‘Gold Circlet’, and ‘Gold Circlet and Earrings’.
  • Armlets of Dark Templar Chestguard no longer hover over the Character’s arms.
  • Fixed a number of emotes not using the female version.
  • Reduced the weight of Seeds.
  • Empty flasks no longer weigh more than a flask filled with dye.
  • Epic Reptilian Armor values are now correct for the helm, chest and gauntlets.
  • Hunter’s Potion is now correctly overridden by the Prince of the Black Shores manuscript.
  • Fixed an issue where Drinking Night-Eye Potion affected brightness differently for 1st and 3rd person camera.

terrain

  • Fixed some boss-cheesing locations in various places in the dungeons. #notgrate
  • Fixed a number of visual inconsistencies and texture gaps in various locations in the world.
  • Moved some of the chests inside the Wine-cellar dungeon so they can be reached.
  • Fixed some floating decoration objects in Flotsam.

animation

  • There are now new sleep animations in the game and a way to learn them as emotes. #secrets
  • Running is no longer instant but has a very small acceleration phase until the player reaches max speed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Locust’s Queen animation would freeze after being hit by the player.
  • Fixed an issue where Idle variation/fidgets were missing the idle facial animation.

ui

  • After countless and definitely non-maddening sessions, our #spellchekker team fixed a number of spelling errors and grammar grammar grammar grammar
  • Added a label to The Maelstrom to make players aware of the attribute bonus.
  • Fixed a number of missing keywords from items.
  • New Asagarth should now correctly be listed as such for all references thereof. #newasgorth
  • Fixed the grading keywords for Iron Short Swords and Great Axes.
  • Fixed a number of missing/incorrect weapon and armor keywords.
  • Bindings of the Dead are now marked as Legendary.
  • Fixed some named NPCs that did not have a golden health-bar frame but should have.
  • Razor Gord has been humiliated enough for thinking he is a world boss and he now only has one skull on his health bar instead of three.
  • Fixed an issue where certain Darfari NPC’s would not spawn properly from the admin panel.
  • Emotes menu is now accessible through the Vanity Camera mode.
  • Fixed a misleading instructions sidebar for the Fluid Press.
  • Peg Legs no longer have interchanged icons.
  • Fixed a number of issues where white boxes would appear in armor dye screen for certain armors.

audio

  • Fixed an issue where inconsistent SFX was played when walking on Turanian DLC buildings.
  • Wine-cellar boss now has VO as intended.
  • Waterfalls in the wine-cellar dungeon now have ambient sounds.
  • Fixed a couple of issues that would prevent player characters and NPCs from playing sounds correctly during battle situations.

community

Trello Report Board

We have a public bug tracking board here! You can check this to track the issues that get brought up by the community the most. In the “For prioritization” column you can vote for the issues you would like us to prioritize and we will make sure it gets moved into development asap. You can read the full details on how it works on the forum post here.

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Please note that with this update we’re introducing a follower cap system that will limit the number of pets and thralls you can have active. While private servers can opt in or out as soon as the patch goes live, this change will be disabled on launch for official servers, giving you time to manually cull those followers you’re ready to part with. We will enable the limit on official servers at a later date, but we will announce it in advance . You can read more about this system in our recent write-up and our Frequently Asked Questions.

FunCom, please could you communicate patch info to Gportal regarding Thrall cap. Here a screenshot of them saying they dont know anything about this patch.

Although I am still experiencing a little trepidation regarding the new Dodge system here, I am still very excited to try this update out! I have it booked in for downloading tomorrow, so by tomorrow afternoon I should be having the time of my life. Cant wait to dive in and try it out. Thankyou for the hard miles you all put in to bring us all Mounts, and for the Thrall levelling system, which will give me some more end game activities to enjoy. Much obliged.

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I also ask this here: In latest stream, Jens said that the DLC (not the patch itself) comes with a black and white horse.

How or where do you get them?

…dood we are all excited but it seems it may be about different things… i did google schwing to make sure the kids didnt come up w another use for the word, they didnt. 8P

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I’m guessing that bug with the disappearing character on the creation screen and intro movie still hasn’t been fixed? Oh well, the rest of these features and fixes are quite substantial. Thanks Funcom!

Can someone explain what this means plz

Issue 1 - the run is exhausting and way too slow to get to a proper run from stand still.
Issue 2 - the roll animation wasn’t changed it was just reprogrammed to be slow no
Issue 3 - break bond option is too close to follow option (bad placement)
Issue 4 - the game renders even worse than before, base takes way too long to load in
Issue 5 - stamina drains twice as fast as what it used to and that’s just too much
Issue 6 - the game now takes at least a solid 5 minutes to load in the server
These are just the first few issues I’ve encountered in the new update and I’m really disappointed with it. Hope a fix is developed and rolled out soon

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The new momentum based movement is absolutely terrible. Change it back please. i’ll live with the new dodge mechanics, but this slow ■■■ movement is really a terrible idea.

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A neew read dragon boss spaw in at E-7. (utside the unnamecity). This boss have no loot.

Hi, ive noticed the riders of hyboria dlc is supposed to be apart of the year 2 pass however i do not have access to it even tho i have the pass, is there an explenation for this or is it just another conan mistake

Did you go into the store and try to purchase the dlc similarly to the problem when the season 2 pass first came out.

I’ll be honest… I read it as like, the sound of a sword being swung, ya know, from horseback.

Falloff damage is generally when something inflicting damage has an area of effect, usually with the centre of the area doing the most damage and it decreasing as you near the edge of the area. So what they’ve done is reduce how much the damage decreases.

feedback: the roll i can live with, the slow start running is ridiculous, you need to change that back. it feels slugish just to get around my base.

I leveled an archer and a fighter, both were getting perks i feels that the other class should have had. why would a fighter get a perk for -3str and +whatever it was to accuracy? I realize the perks are universal but it makes no sense. Unless you have changed it to where it makes no difference and a fighter qith high accuracy will be good with a bow.

With fighting, I was leveling my thrall around the racetrack in the volcano. Without the dodge and with the slow start run, it darn near impossible to fight multiple npcs at once. I had to go with flawless legion and daggers.

While in volcano i started out with hammer. Ran across a gaurd thrall. It did not stagger enough to get the full combo in to knock the thrall down. It proceeded to one shot me in the middle of the last light hammer attack. Went back and tried it again qith same result. Tried dodge and walk away during combo and could not get back quick enough to start combo again before one shotted. This was a legacy thrall as it qas there last night. It also killed my lvl 8 hosth. I thought the legacy thralls were supoose to be pretty much trash?

Moving around the map in general feels laggy now. Also i noticed my base would not load in the print on the walls, its turanian.

At one point in time i equipped a shield and was using the festering one. Even the shield is slow responding. The reaction time with shields needs to be modified significantly. As does the backflip with daggers. It i press l2 to backflip or use shield it shouldnt take forever to complete the action.

If ppl give time to adjust and find out what works It may not be that bad. So far imo the combat mechanics went down the toilet and i dont like it. Ive been religously in this game for a yr. So i will give ample try to find stuff that works for playstyles. But ultimatley there is ALOT left to be desired, and if i dont find a decent system that works, or is there isnt a hotfix to correct things, ill be saying goodbye to conan.

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Please fix movement there was no reason to have touched it was perfectly fine.
Now I cant even play the game anymore everything slow and sluggish this update made my whole clan quite please fix.
game is not playable
new roll is no good. when you getting shot by archer or simply in a 1v2 or a group pvp battle.
after playing conan for about a year I offical quit the game pvp is to slow I appreciate the work you guys put put towards the update but instead of helping pvp it hurt it

  1. Thrall leveling is cool - thanks.
  2. The MOMENTUM system is trash.
  3. The change to DODGE mechanics is trash.
  4. How do we see how many followers our clan has in total? Can we get that on the CLAN tab, please?
  5. I leveled a T4 Bearer to 17, only to have it disappear from my screen (while standing inside my base), to then see in the log that it died. I have no idea how or where, and I will now lose a legendary weapon and armor. Can we PLEASE get a way to see where our “following” thrall is on the map?
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Did they really remove names in game from server list!?!

Why is the update so huge on PS4 compared to PC? On PS4 it was 30.66 GB, yet on Steam it was just 3.3 GB, how is it almost 10 times as big on PS4?

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Am wondering the same, I expected 2-5gb or so but shocked to see I’m downloading basically an entire whole game. Don’t even know if my data cap will handle it. Conan exiles now is almost a third of my PS4 storage.

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