Thursday, December 7, 2023

Winter Nexus Patch Notes And YouTube Guides

I am two days late on delivering news about EVE Online's last seasonal event for 2023, Winter Nexus. The event, running from last Tuesday through 4 January 2024, offers 30 days of login rewards. Alpha accounts can obtain up to 125,000 skill points and Omega accounts up to 650,000 skill points for logging in 23 of the 30 days of the event.  In addition to a selection of boosters, filaments, the login rewards also include Aurora Universalis SKINs. Alpha accounts can receive the festive SKINs for the following ships:

  • Tormentor (Day 3)
  • Incursus (Day 6)
  • Vigil (Day 9)
  • Harpy (Day 11)
  • Pontifex (Day 13)
  • Stork (Day 17)
  • Bellicose (Day 19)
  • Lachesis (Day 21)

Omega accounts receive the Alpha SKINs plus a few others:

  • Merlin (Day 3)
  • Algos (Day 5)
  • Kikimora (Day 8)
  • Arbitrator (Day 10)
  • Rook (Day 12)
  • Rapier (Day 14)
  • Barghest (Day 17)
  • Chimera (Day 19)
  • Nidhoggur (Day 21)

For those collecting event points, in addition to boosters, crates and filaments, another 9 SKINs are available:

  • Ishkur (50 pts)
  • Dragoon (150 pts)
  • Talwar (300 pts)
  • Magus (350 pts)
  • Blackbird (450 pts)
  • Arazu (600 pts)
  • Huginn (700 pts)
  • Nestor (800 pts)
  • Thanatos (900 pts)

I included a list of all the SKINs available from the login and event tracks because a lot of people like to decorate their ships. But since I didn't see a description of the event in The Agency (I could have missed it), I thought posting the patch notes might help out.

Winter Nexus Event!

  • The Winter Nexus event has returned to New Eden! This in-game event will run until downtime on January 4th 2024.

  • Volatile Ice Storms have begun to appear across highsec, lowsec, and nullsec space. These ice storms spread out across the stargate network two jumps from a central system, and occasionally move from system to system just like metaliminal storms. These storms provide bonuses to ship thermal resistances and module overheating for all capsuleers flying within them. Sansha's Nation and Outer Ring Excavations have both mobilized to take advantage of the novel forms of stellar ice found within these storms.

    • Wightstorm combat anomalies have begun appearing within the Volatile Ice Storms. These sites are full of hostile Sansha's nation vessels, and CONCORD advises capsuleers bring a battlecruiser ship or better when attempting to engage with these forces. The Wightstorm Forward Base site found within storms that originate in highsec space appears to be guarded by the weakest Sansha fleets, with the nullsec Wightstorm Transit Site posing an intermediate challenge and the lowsec-based Wightstorm Muster Point offering the greatest challenge for the greatest rewards.

    • Wightstorm data signatures can also be found within Volatile Ice Storms. These Sansha's Nation data sites can be hacked by enterprising capsuleers equipped with scan probes and data analyzer modules.

    • Volatile Ice Field anomalies can also be discovered within Volatile Ice Storms. These fields of newly discovered stellar ice have recently been captured by ORE and Mordu's Legion forces who have driven away the Sansha harvesting fleets. These ice fields can be accessed through a special ORE-commandeered acceleration gate that only allows medium and small mining and hauling ships to enter (Expedition Frigates, Mining Barges, Exhumers, Industrial Ships, Blockade Runners, Deep Space Transports, and the Porpoise). The volatile ice found within these fields cannot be reprocessed by standard facilities, however Outer Ring Excavations has set up mobile ice collection operations within each of these ice fields and is willing to trade with capsuleers who contribute to their mining operation. Capsuleers can trade seven units of volatile ice with the ORE representatives in the ice fields to receive a package of valuable salvage and items that ORE forces collected from the wrecks of Sansha ships. Rumors suggest that other valuable Sansha salvage has frozen directly into some of the ice chunks and can be occasionally picked up along with the ice by normal mining activities.

    • Rewards that can be found by capsuleers within all of these sites include valuable Overseers' Effects, hundreds of festive ship SKINs, limited-time Cerebral Accelerators, character apparel, special Sansha's nation combat boosters, Sansha's Nation pirate implant blueprints, and rare faction modules. 

  • Limited-time Ice Storm filaments are now available that will instantly transport capsuleers into one of these volatile ice storms. Each filament clearly states in its description how many capsuleers it can transport and whether it will take them to a highsec, lowsec, or nullsec storm.

  • A new Yoiul Festival seasonal challenge track can be found within the Agency. These challenges can be completed over the course of the event by engaging with the combat, hacking, and ice mining sites within the Volatile Ice Storms. Completing these challenges will provide players with points that will progress them along a reward track consisting of new exclusive Aurora Universalis skins, Sansha combat boosters, and ice storm filaments.

  • A new set of daily login gifts are available over the course of the Winter Nexus event including snowballs, ice storm filaments, new Aurora Universalis skins, Sansha combat boosters, EverMarks and up to 650.000 skill points. Players can receive all of these rewards by logging in everyday between now and January 4th.

  • An expert system has been included which will allow all players, including alpha accounts, the ability to fly an Endurance and fit an Ice Mining Laser to mine ice for 4 days. 

I also decided to include some guides made by YouTubers in the EVE Partner Program. These content creators received exclusive access to the Singularity test shard to give them the opportunity to create videos for release when events begin. Here are some of the guides I managed to find:

Loru Gaming

Captain Benzie

Torvald Uruz

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