Power of the Primal Matrix

Written by Team WildStar on January 04, 2017

The Entity is far from defeated, and the fate of Nexus teeters upon a razor’s edge. Growing ever weaker in her struggle against her eternal foe, Drusera has reached out to the heroes of Nexus, inviting them to expand their power and unlock the potential of their own Primal Matrix. In doing so, she strives to fortify the forces arrayed against the Entity and his minions before her own strength fades. Could this be the key to securing a lasting victory against the enemy? Drusera certainly seems to think so, but only time will tell...

Power of the Primal Matrix is a massive update coming to WildStar next month, and introduces engaging, high-end content, as well as a variety of incredible new systems focused at end-game players.

Primal Matrix

The Primal Matrix system unlocks the latent power in every hero on Nexus, allowing for additional character progression beyond level 50. Through Drusera you’ll be able to further increase your power by way of Primal Essence—an element that’s collected in and spent through the Primal Matrix interface—allowing you to customize and unlock your newfound potential, including new class abilities.

Primal Essence is collected by engaging in a wide variety of content, including instanced PvE, PvP, Daily Quests, Contracts, and throughout the world itself. A new reward system will provide Primal Essence collection bonuses on an ever-changing rotation of content, and a personal loot system will help reduce loot distribution woes for these highly sought-after elements. There are four different types of Primal Essence you’ll collect, and as you progress through the Primal Matrix system, some amount of each Essence will be required to unlock each node. While only earned at level 50, Primal Essences are a region-wide material stored in the Primal Matrix UI, which allows you to play all of your characters however you want, and continue to make progress through the Primal Matrix for each and every one of your 50s. And our Signature members, along with all of their other great benefits, will receive a significant bonus when collecting Essences.

As you collect Primal Essence and progress through the Primal Matrix, you’ll gain additional power in the form of ability points, new abilities, and stat increases, some of which will provide bonuses for the three new character stats also being added to WildStar: Toughness, Tenacity, and Hope. And as your Primal Matrix nodes are unlocked, you’ll increase your Heroism rating—a trackable number that allows you to easily gauge your relative power increases post-level 50.

Obviously, this is a massive new system and we’re just scratching the surface here. But don’t worry! We’ll have a more in-depth overview in the coming weeks.

Prime Difficulty Scaling

You’ve collected Primal Essence, you’ve unlocked new-found power through the Primal Matrix system, and now it’s time to put it to the test. Along with two new pieces of instanced content (detailed below) also arriving with Power of the Primal Matrix, we’re introducing a new difficulty scaling feature for an initial selection of our classic PvE content (with more coming in the future).

When queueing for a supported Expedition or dungeon at level 50 you’ll have the option to set a Prime difficulty level for the instance. Prime levels will offer greater challenges from enemies, and increased rewards with item drops that scale relative to the difficulty of the instance. Prime 0 replaces the Veteran dungeon setting, and the difficulty levels scale up from there.

Prime difficulty scaling will initially be featured in two classic dungeons (Ruins of Kel Voreth and Stormtalon’s Lair), two classic Expeditions (They Came from Fragment Zero and The Gauntlet), and in two new pieces of content arriving with Power of the Primal Matrix: Coldblood Citadel and Evil from the Ether.

Content scaling goes the other way too. All normal pre-50 instances will scale enemy levels to the group’s lowest character’s level, and then reduce everyone in the group to that level as well. This allows high level characters to help out new low-level WildStar friends and guildmates—and these instances also feature scaling items that will make it worth their while.

Coldblood Citadel

Harizog Coldblood, warlord and the leader of the Osun in the north, has been killed while defending the Vault of the Archon. Though many other Osun met a similar fate alongside their master, many more survived and were left within the confines of the Fortress of Kel Havik to brood and plan their revenge against the offworlders. They have left the Hall of the Hundred behind, moving instead to their warlord’s ancient holdfast—Coldblood Citadel.

In this new scalable 5-player Prime dungeon, you’ll be called upon to strike at the very heart of the Osun plot.

Evil from the Ether

The Mordesh lost contact with the transport ship Zarkhov's Shade not long after it left Grismara. Now, its derelict husk has drifted close enough to Nexus for an enterprising business-Ekose, like Captain Weir, to dock with it and see what remains that might be worth taking… though it might be more than he bargained for.

Set off on this new 1–5 player scalable Prime Expedition, and discover what dark secrets this derelict ship holds.

Stay Tuned…

This is just an overview of the larger systems and content coming with the next update, and we’ll have a few in-depth previews to go into them even more. The Power of the Primal Matrix update will also be available for testing on the PTR next week, so jump in, help us test, and get an early look at the changes.

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