Free to play
On March 16, 2012, EverQuest went free-to-play (F2P).
Daybreak calls it Free to Play. Your Way.™
- SOE EQ free-to-play matrix and FAQ (Original Matrix, Link via the Wayback Machine from February 4, 2012)
- SOE EQ free-to-play matrix and FAQ (Link via the Wayback Machine from March 13, 2014)
- SOE Info on EQ Free. To. Play. on the Way! - March 13, 2012
In addition to the standard Free to Play, playing on the Test server is free without most of the F2P restrictions.
EQ has three levels of membership, of which only two are available for new players. Note that all levels of membership do not include the latest expansions (currently Torment of Velious and Claws of Veeshan), which must be purchased separately. Purchasing the latest expansion will grant you all previous expansions.
Play For Free.
Beginning players default to the Free level of membership. They have access to most of the content in the world of Norrath. There are certain content, feature, and service limitations that are only unlocked through a la carte item purchases or by upgrading membership to another tier. Initially, these accounts were limited to a choice of four classes and four races, as well as limit on how much platinum they could store, but these restrictions were later dropped.
To become a Silver member there was a one-time item purchase called the "Silver Membership Pack," which cost $5.00 USD or 500 Station Cash. That pack granted two additional character slots per server, better chat options, extra inventory capacity, raised your quest journal limit, gave you the ability to create guilds, and more. Once you purchased a Silver Membership Pack, you were permanently raised to that membership level. There was no recurring fee for this pack or membership.
You could not use the Station Cash from one account to buy a Silver Membership Pack (or anything else) for another account.
Previous EverQuest subscribers who did not have an active subscription at the time of the free-to-play conversion will automatically be converted to the Silver membership.
End of Silver sales
When SOE All Access went live on April 29, 2014, SOE stopped selling Silver memberships.
If you had a Gold account before Gold was replaced by All Access (April 29th, 2014), then if your account lapses (goes free), the account becomes Silver. Accounts created after that date will become Free accounts if All Access lapses.
All Access (Gold)
All Access (formerly known as Gold) accounts have full access to EverQuest (some expansions require additional purchase). In addition, All Access grants full membership in EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2 (PC), DC Universe Online (PC).
The cost is US$14.99/month (note that there are various discounts and subscriptions available). Using one Krono will grant you 30 days of All Access.
Gold members get the same exact level of play that paying customers have always gotten. All paying customers automatically become Gold members.
If you cancel your Gold Membership and your account was Gold anytime before or about April 16, 2014, you will be converted to Silver membership when your Gold membership expires.
500 Daybreak Cash monthly
All Access members also receive 500 Daybreak Cash per month for each paid recurring subscription they have. This excludes people who use other methods to pay for their accounts, only recurring subscriptions (credit / debit card and automatic account billing payments) get this. Additionally, All Access members receive a 10% discount on Marketplace purchases. You must go in-game and claim your Daybreak Cash each month by opening up the Marketplace and clicking the Claim button.
With the link to SOE's matrix only available via the Wayback Machine, this is an attempt to create one here based on what current information we can find. Some of this information may be incorrect or outdated. See also the Notes below the table.
(Many additional features and services available in the Marketplace)
(only available for grandfathered accounts)
|$9.99 to $14.99 a month|
(depending on subscription).
Additionally, one Krono grants 30 days.
|Expansions provided at no extra cost
(All memberships can purchase additional expansions)
|Up to and including The Burning Lands||Up to and including The Burning Lands||Up to and including The Burning Lands|
|Player Character Races||All||All||All|
|Player Character Classes||All||All||All|
|Maximum level attainable
(Purchase of Torment of Velious required to reach 115)
|Player Character Slots
(Three additional may be purchased in the Marketplace, and three additional with loyalty tokens)
|2 per server||4 per server||8 per server|
(Rank II and III spells will cast as Rank I for Free and Silver accounts)
|Rank I||Rank I||Rank I, II, III|
(If your account was at a higher membership and dropped down you do not lose any, you just can not gain more if at or above your current membership maximum)
|AA Auto-Grant option||No||No||Yes|
|Can use Prestige items||No||No||Yes|
|In-Game Mail Service||Receive||Receive||Send and Receive|
|Parcel Delivery System
|Loyalty Tokens (Crowns)||Per-week maximum of 30||Per-week maximum of 120||Per-week maximum of 120|
|Loyalty Vendor||Cannot buy alternate currencies||Cannot buy alternate currencies||All items available|
|Mercenary Tier||Apprentice Tiers 1 and 2||Apprentice All Tiers||Apprentice and Journeyman, All Tiers|
|Guild||Join only||Join and Create||Join and Create|
|House and Neighborhood Guild Hall||All housing but no guild halls||All||All|
|Place Items in Guild Hall||No||Yes||Yes|
|Chat||/shout, /auction, /raid, /fellowship, and the new player channel||All||All|
|Customer Service||Knowledge Base Only
(full service for transaction-based issues)
|Knowledge Base Only
(full service for transaction-based issues)
|In-Game Pop-up Advertising||Upgrade Reminders||Upgrade Reminders||None|
|Opens Browser Advertisement On Game Exit||Yes||Yes||No|
|Shared Bank slots||4||4||6|
|Overseer rewards||Experience, Overseer Tetradrachms||Experience, Overseer Tetradrachms||Experience, Overseer Tetradrachms, Ornamentations, and Collections|
|Dragon's Hoard slots
(Additional slots available in the Marketplace)
- Free access requires payment if you wish to upgrade your membership or to make purchases in the in-game Marketplace.
- Many "unlockers" are available in the Marketplace which grant Free and Silver accounts some All Access benefits.
- All membership levels are granted full access to the game world though the The Burning Lands expansion. The Claws of Veeshan expansion must be purchased separately and will grant access to all previous expansions as well.
- Higher ranked spells and tier mercenaries may be subject to content unlock.
- Players must have a Silver or All Access Membership to own a Guild Hall that can be placed in a neighborhood zone.
- Free and Silver membership accounts will receive customer service to resolve real money transaction-based issues only. Support for other gameplay and performance issues is available at the online knowledge base.
- All Access accounts created before March 16, 2012 were granted two additional Player Character Slots. They will continue to have them as long as the accounts do not lapse.
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