One of the nicest rewards for an Everquest II expansion is being bundled with the retail version of the The Shadow Odyssey. This time around, you can pick up a new Dire Bear pet and mount. Per Ilucide, the stats on the bear are as follows:
As you level, your bear grows with you.
- From 1 to 19, he’s a little bearcub that follows you around.
- From 20 to 39, he grows up and you can ride him around (a 20% speed mount).
- From 40 to 59, he gets a saddle, and some more speed (30%).
- From 60 to 79, he gains armor, and more speed (40%).
- At 80, he’s fully grown. He has a full set of armor & saddle and is as fast as he’ll ever get (52%).
The bear is available with the retail box.
Please note that last line again: “The bear is available with the retail box.” If you preorder the digital download, you will not receive the dire bear pet/mount.
This is a bit of a faux pas for SOE, since they just gave out thousands of copies of The Shadow Odyssey at the latest FanFaire – but the version those attendees will be receiving is the digital download version anyway. Anyone who attended FanFaire who wants the dire bear will still need to shell out $40 for the retail version of the game after all.
We brought 15 members to FanFaire this year. In addition, many members of my guild already ordered the digital download version of the expansion. I now need to make sure they all understand that they won’t be receiving the dire bear unless they also pony up for the retail version as well.