Our Top Five Reasons for Looking Forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation

By Jeff Francis
Top five reasons looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation

Fantasy adventurers are normally the powerful hunters of evil, but in the upcoming Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update, they may become the hunted. One of the more intriguing regions in the Forgotten Realms, Chult, is coming to the D&D-based online rpg in a few short weeks. If you like your fantasy questing peppered with aspects of The Lost World, the Arabian Nights, and Jurassic Park, then the Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update will be right up your alley. Prepare to mount an arduous safari deep into the steaming jungle as we go over our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation.

Chult
The first of our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation is the new region of Chult. I spent over twenty years adventuring through the Forgotten Realms in many different D&D campaigns, so I'm always happy to see another part of it become a part of Neverwinter (which you can play for free here). Chult isn't your normal fantasy locale. It's a heady mixture of South American jungles mixed with Arabic culture. Players can cruise around the new hub of Port Nyanzaru or head into the dense jungle. We're eager to venture into the new Soshenstar River zone that features all-new assets, and then there's the new endgame Tomb of the Nine Gods dungeon that features the archlich Acererak. Overall, Chult should bring a highly exotic flavor to the Neverwinter experience.

Tougher Enemies
Most players love a good challenge, which brings us to number two on our list of our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation. The realm of Chult boasts tougher enemies than those we've been dealing with over the last few updates. The developers of the free mmo note that it's been some time since they increased the difficulty of the enemies found outside of high level dungeons, but that will change when Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation launches. The devs promise that the enemies players will encounter in Chult will be more dangerous and tougher to defeat than ever before, which means that players will likely be looking to grab the new gear that will become available. Some of the new foes will have new unique behaviors in combat, but all of them will have greater hit points, attack power, defense, and armor penetration. Better have those healing potions handy!

Neverwinter Chult

New Story
Next on our rundown of our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation is the new story that will unfold. We're suckers for new narrative content as it helps immerse us deeper into the game's virtual world. The gist of the new storyline is that a strange new malady has begun affecting people across the Sword Coast and beyond. This malady is horrific as the victim starts rotting to pieces. To make things worse, those afflicted cannot be healed by normal or magical means. And to top it off, the victims die and are then brought back to life by some strange resurrection magic. It's believed that the cure to this plague can be found in the depths of Chult, so a mysterious benefactor funds an expedition to the strange land, of which the players are an integral part. We're sure that there's going to be lots of twists and turns as players seek out the cure. Plus, we're always stoked to begin a new story.

Flexible Campaign
Players can expect a much more flexible campaign, which is our next item of consideration on our list of our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation. Some players complain about the grinding associated with campaigns in the game (which does have some merit), but it appears that the developers are actually taking some of the grumblings to heart and have acted upon it. The campaign for the Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update is somewhat different in that there are now repeatable tasks. There will still be weekly tasks that players can complete, but now the daily tasks can actually be done in short order in that they can now be done a certain amount of times within a week. This means that instead of logging in every day to do a specific task, you can now do them again and again on the same day until you reach the limit. We love this as it means no more angst if we're unable to log in for a day or two due to other commitments. There's a new currency tracker, and players can accumulate more currency on a weekly basis as they progress through the campaign. Even the boons are more customizable as well. While there'll always be grinding in mmo games, players can now tackle it on their terms a lot more.

Neverwinter dinosaurs

Dinosaurs!
The last of our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation is the appearance of dinosaurs! Everybody knows that dinosaurs are damn cool, and there are plenty of them roaming around Chult. One of the campaign features is hunting dinosaurs, who are the prominent predators of the region and are worshipped by the natives as aspects of Ubtao, the deity that rules over Chult. Dinosaurs are a fact of life in Chult, and their role can range from mount to savage foe. Personally, we're looking forward to getting our hands on some dinosaur mounts so that we can ride into battle in style. Fighting orcs and demons is always fun, but there's just something special about fighting dinosaurs. We can't wait to square off against the massive Tyrannosaurus Rex.

As you can see from our top five reasons for looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation, there are a lot of good things waiting for players when the update launches. We can explore the exotic and distant Chult, get to interact with dinosaurs, enjoy a new storyline, and do the campaign on our own terms. The Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update is scheduled to be released on July 25th.

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