Historical Zone Release and Revamp Timeline

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This listing is pulled from original patch messages and intended to serve as a historical reference on the original dates new zones were released or revamped. Zones highlighted in green represent that zone's first introduction into the game.

Zone Original Patch Date Expansion Era Continent Notes
Plane of Fear 26 July 1999 Classic Planes Initial release
The Temple of Solusek Ro 13 October 1999 Classic Antonica Initial release. Available via the optional patch.
Kedge Keep 28 October 1999 Classic Faydwer Enhanced with new items and creatures
Plane of Hate 3 November 1999 Classic Planes Initial release. Patch message is released on Wednesday but states actual opening occurred 4 days prior on Sunday (31 Oct 1999) after the Halloween event. Must be 46th level or greater to enter.
Plane of Sky 20 January 2000 Classic Planes Initial release
Paineel 17 February 2000 Classic Odus Initial release
Kerra Ridge 10 April 2000 Classic Odus 1st revamp; "Kerra Ridge has been completely revamped. The target level-range for the zone has been slightly increased. In addition, many new quests have been added to the zone. The faction for Kerrans has been changed so that those who killed them indiscriminately before today's update can take part. Be warned that the Kerrans still do not like everyone. "
Splitpaw 10 April 2000 Classic Antonica 1st revamp
Ruins of Old Paineel (The Hole) 22 June 2000 Kunark Odus Initial release
The Warrens 14 March 2001 Scars of Velious Odus Initial Release
Plane of Hate 14 March 2001 Scars of Velious Planes 1st revamp
Plane of Fear 14 March 2001 Scars of Velious Planes 1st revamp
The Liberated Citadel of Runnyeye 30 May 2001 Scars of Velious Antonica 1st revamp. "Runnyeye has been changed. Something is up in Goblin land..."
Siren's Grotto 27 June 2001 Scars of Velious Antonica 1st revamp. "Sirens Grotto has been changed a bit. It should be a more interesting zone now."
Stonebrunt Mountains 29 August 2001 Scars of Velious Odus Initial Release
Chardok 8 October 2001 Scars of Velious Kunark 1st revamp; see A Tale from Norrath which was found in the 8 October 2001 patch message
Lost Temple of Cazic Thule 13 February 2002
(TODO: verify date)
Shadows of Luclin Antonica Mob revamp; new zone called The Accursed Temple of Cazic Thule
Jaggedpine Forest 24 July 2002 Shadows of Luclin Antonica Initial Release
The Sleeper's Tomb (Kerafyrm's Lair) 26 September 2002 Shadows of Luclin Velious 1st revamp
Grobb 24 February 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Antonica Froglok Invasion Event of Grobb; renamed to Gukta. Froglok NPC's take over zone. Troll NPC's relocated to Neriak - Foreign Quarter
Grimling Forest 23 April 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Luclin 1st revamp; "We have updated the content in these zones to more accurately represent their design intentions and to address concerns voiced by players."
Hollowshade Moor 23 April 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Luclin 1st revamp; "We have updated the content in these zones to more accurately represent their design intentions and to address concerns voiced by players."
Acrylia Caverns 23 April 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Velious 1st revamp; "We have updated the content in these zones to more accurately represent their design intentions and to address concerns voiced by players."
Plane of Hate 14 May 2003 (All Servers),
8 April 2003 (Stormhammer),
The Legacy of Ykesha Planes 2nd revamp
Veksar 11 June 2003 (All Servers),
14 May 2003 (Stormhammer),
The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark Initial release
The Temple of Droga 10 July 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark 1st revamp
The Mines of Nurga 10 July 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark 1st revamp
The Halls of Betrayal 10 July 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark Initial release; This was introduced as a "pocket zone" to Chardok - "a new zone and new zone type."
Caverns of Exile (soldungc) 6 August, 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Antonica Initial release; This zone is below Nagafen's Lair - you may have to swim through lava to reach it.
The Accursed Temple of Cazic-Thule 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Antonica Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
The City of Mist 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
The Ruins of Old Paineel (The Hole) 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Odus Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
Siren's Grotto 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Velious Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
Dragon Necropolis 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Velious Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
Charasis (Howling Stones) 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Kunark Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
The Deep 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Luclin Partial revamp. "Gameplay in these zones has been improved, based on feedback from players and careful review of the content. The changes are not dramatic, but make these zones more entertaining to play in. "
Greig's End 26 August 2003 The Legacy of Ykesha Luclin 1st revamp. "The redesign includes new encounters, items, traps, and events that make the zone a challenge for the experience group, with plenty of events for a raid group. "
Plane of Mischief 9 October 2003,
26 August 2003 (Stormhammer)
Lost Dungeons of Norrath Planes 1st revamp
Veeshan's Peak 14 July 2004 Gates of Discord Kunark 1st revamp
The Lair of the SplitPaw (Infected Paw) 26 January 2005,
15 December 2004 (Legends)
Omens of War Antonica 2nd Revamp; see 15 December 2004 Patch message for lore details; 26 January 2005 patch message; also see EQPlayers: Zone Revamp - Splitpaw!
Mistmoore 26 January 2005,
15 December 2004 (Legends)
Omens of War Antonica 1st Revamp; see 15 December 2004 Patch message for lore details; 26 January 2005 patch message; also see EQPlayers: Zone Revamp - Mistmoore!
Lavastorm 26 January 2005 Omens of War Antonica 1st revamp; see 26 January 2005 Patch message for lore details; also see EQPlayers: Hot New Look for Lavastorm
Dragon's of Norrath Released 15 February 2005
Barter Zone 15 February 2005 Dragons of Norrath Other (off of Plane of Knowledge) see 15 Feb 2005 patch message; "The entrance to the Barter Zone is in the western section of the Plane of Knowledge."
Barter Zone Merged with Bazaar 3 March 2005 Dragons of Norrath Other (off of Plane of Knowledge) see 3 March 2005 patch message
Grobb 11 August 2005 Depths of Darkhollow Antonica Trolls retake Grobb from the Froglok's; Grobb restored (Gukta no more). Froglok NPCs relocated to Rathe Mountains. Troll NPC's that fled to Neriak - Foreign Quarter return. Some new NPC's are also added.
Everquest: Titanium Edition client released on 10 January 2006
Freeport (East, West, and North) 21 February 2006 Prophecy of Ro Antonica 1st revamp. Complete zone overhaul (textures, physical layout, appearance); "Freeport has been redone. East, West, and North Freeport have been replaced with a brand new East and West Freeport. All your old friends should still be there and more. "
Desert of Ro (North Ro, Oasis, South Ro) 21 February 2006 Prophecy of Ro Antonica 1st revamp. North Ro and Oasis were combined into one zone; South Ro was also adjusted; requires new zone files (Obsoleted/Removed Oasis as a zone); "Desert of Ro recreated. North Ro, Oasis, and South Ro have been replaced with a new North Ro and South Ro. Watch out for Sand Giants while checking out the new scenery. "
Nektulos Forest 13 June 2006 Prophecy of Ro Antonica 1st revamp. Graphics were overhauled and the zone file was replaced. "Nektulos Forest got a face lift! Check out the amazing new look. "; see also EQPlayers: Nektulos Gets a New Look! and Nektulos Revamp On the Way (same article with pictures preserved)
Highpass Hold 19 September 2006 The Serpent's Spine Antonica 1st revamp. Graphics were overhauled and the zone file was replaced when they added an entrance to the new expansion. "The entrance to Serpent's Spine can be found within Highpass Hold. "
Commonlands (East Commons and West Commons replaced) 5 December 2006 The Serpent's Spine Antonica 1st revamp. Graphics were overhauled and the zone file was replaced when they merged East and West Commons into the same zone.
Toxxulia Forest, Kerra Ridge 13 February 2007 The Buried Sea Odus 1st revamp Tox, 2nd revamp Kerra Ridge. Graphics were overhauled and the zone file was replaced when they merged Toxxulia Forest with Kerra Ridge and added access to The Buried Sea expansion zones. (Kerra Isle/Ridge was removed)
The Ocean of Tears 16 May 2007 The Buried Sea Antonica 1st revamp. Graphic overhaul, zone file replaced. "Ocean of Tears: The Ocean of Tears has a new look. Sail over to check it out and to experience the return of the boats! " Also see Ocean of Tears - Past and Present
Misty Thicket 5 July 2007 The Buried Sea Antonica 1st revamp. Graphic overhaul, zone file replaced. "Misty Thicket Revamp: Halflings across the world of Norrath rejoice as the hills of Misty Thicket flourish into a new paradise." Also see Misty Thicket - Past and Present
Innothule Swamp 25 July 2007 The Buried Sea Antonica 1st revamp. Graphic overhaul, zone file replaced. "Innothule Swamp Revamp: As the stench of evil pullulates throughout the region surrounding the home of the trolls, the denizens of the Innothule Swamp surface to see the rejuvenated swamplands." Also see Innothule Swamp: Past and Present - 7/25/07.\
Steamfont Mountains November 13, 2007 Secrets of Faydwer Faydwer 1st revamp. Graphic overhaul, zone file replaced.

Zone File Changes

The following table shows which zone files were replaced over the years and provides links to the original (classic) versions of those zones.

Classic Zone File Replacement Zone File Expansion Replaced Expansion Release Date Classic Zone File Links
hateplane.s3d hateplaneb.s3d Scars of Velious December 5, 2000
lavastorm.s3d lavastorm.eqg Dragons of Norrath February 15, 2005 Lavastorm.zip
freportw.s3d freeportwest.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Freportw.zip
nektulos.s3d nektolosa.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Nektulos.zip
ecommons.s3d & wcommons.s3d commonlands.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Commons.zip, Ecommons.zip
freporte.s3d freeporteast.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Freporte.zip
freportn.s3d freeportwest.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Freportn.zip
nro.s3d northro.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Nro.zip
sro.s3d southro.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006 Nro.zip
oasis.s3d southro.eqg Prophecy of Ro (PoR) February 21, 2006
arena.s3d arena2.eqg Prophecy of Ro? (PoR) February 21, 2006 Arena.zip
highpass.s3d highpasshold.eqg The Serpent's Spine (TSS) September 19, 2006 Highpass.zip
oot.s3d oceanoftears.eqg The Buried Sea (TBS) February 13, 2007
misty.s3d mistythicket.eqg The Buried Sea (TBS) February 13, 2007
tox.s3d toxxulia.eqg The Buried Sea (TBS) February 13, 2007 Tox.zip
innothule.s3d innothuleb.eqg The Buried Sea (TBS) February 13, 2007
steamfont.s3d steamfontmtns.eqg Secrets of Faydwer (SoF) November 13, 2007
  • highkeep was NOT replaced with highkeeppass during TSS.. i don't see highkeeppass ever being used, even on latest live?

See Also