Taking out masses of basic creatures like squirrels and spiders in MMORPGs is generally an inconsequential part of the player character’s journey. Today it’s culling the local forest wildlife, tomorrow it’s fights against dragons or world-conquering supreme beings. In RIFT, however, the wanton slaughter of basic beasties will now carry a consequence in the form of new raid world bosses which are, effectively, very large and angry squirrels and spiders.
Despite these new bosses being larger versions of routine creatures, an FAQ explains that they will be challenging encounters that will require an entire server to work together as a team. Players can spawn these new bosses by killing “a lot of critters,” and once they do spawn, players have 45 minutes to take them down. The rewards for doing so include Champion’s Weapons and a new currency that will be traded for rewards in the future.
In addition to hyper-mean squirrels, the new update has made a couple of simple bug fixes. You can read up about what’s in the patch in the notes and can get a detailed guide about these new raid world bosses over at CADRIFT.