Neverwinter: Jewel of the North introduces the classic Dungeons & Dragons Bard class

Neverwinter is the MMORPG that just keeps on giving, and its latest expansion, Jewel of the North, is all set to launch for PC on the 27th of July while it finds its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – as well as Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility – this Autumn, or Fall if you’re Atlantic-ly persuaded. Along with a host of new improvements and quality of life changes, the expansion will bring the Bard class to the game so players can finally bring the game to life through the power of song.

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The new Bard class is based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition class. Players who choose the Bard class can become daring heroes who possess the ability to weave magic into their swords, use music to inspire allies, manipulate minds, and heal wounds. With the ability to select one of two unique Paragon Paths — the swashbuckling, close-ranged damage-dealing Songblade path, or the master musician, ranged-casting Minstrel — players will find that the new class offers an arsenal of unique abilities that are based on the power of music.

Along with the new class, Neverwinter: Jewel of the North will be one of the first modules since the action’s MMORPG’s launch eight years ago in June 2013 to greatly improve the ways in which players can access and enjoy all of the content in Neverwinter. One of the major changes is the new streamlined leveling system which follows the beloved system found in Dungeons & Dragons, as the max level cap in Neverwinter will be changed from level 80 to level 20. With this change, new and returning players are able to reach epic-level content much faster (in approximately 10-12 hours) — while veteran players will be able to have the option to quickly level up their alternate characters, and have even more players to party up with to take on challenging quests.

Players mid-way through leveling will be boosted to level 20, and for those who currently have max level characters, all of their stats and item power levels will remain the same; the only change is their character level will now be set to 20. All existing players are eligible for a new gear pack which can be claimed via the Rewards Claim Agent. In addition to the new leveling system, Neverwinter: Jewel of the North will bring additional quality-of-life changes, such as early game performance improvements, a revamp of in-game tutorials and a new Adventures system.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG featuring fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding lands, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies.

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