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Do You Feel Lucky, Hero?
There's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow THIS year, just a treasure chest full of the shiniest gems a Hero could hope for! Visit the Lucky Day fair to play Lore’s favorite mini-games, unlock the brightest gear in-game, and show the world it’s your LUK-y day!
May the odds be ever in your favor!
Don't miss the many minigames you'll find at the Shamrock Fair:
You can access the Fair beginning this Friday when you /join Luck! There's even more rainbow-filled fun in the /rainbow and /hedge maps!
Save up the Golden Tickets you earn from the minigames to purchase gear from the Lucky Day Shamrock Fair Merge Shop, and if you get a Lucky Hat or Lucky Top Hat from the Fair Token Shop, you'll earn double the number of Golden Tickets from any minigame you play!
2014 Minigame: Battle Gems Puzzle!
The puzzle-based minigame is built off the theme of our soon-to-be released mobile game, Battle Gems! We've removed the monster combat, but Dumoose is working on a REALLY cool system where you should - if all goes well - be able to design a custom puzzle board and share it with your friends!
This game will be permanently availalble in Yulgar's Inn once the Shamrock Fair leaves, so you can play all year long! Along with the minigame, we're introducing a shop filled with Gem-themed gear and pets based on Battle Gems monsters!
Evolved Dark Caster!
Our Luck is NOT in, because both Dage and I are out of the office today. I've got a mysterious illness (but do not worry, Artix already cast /heal!) and Dage has gone off on a quest for the INSPIRATION OF ULTIMATE DARKNESS... but we snuck a preview of the Evolved Dark Caster Class (with all-new art) arriving this Friday anyways!
It will be available for 2000 Legion Tokens (if you're a member of his Undead Legion) OR 2000 AdventureCoins (if you are not). This version of the Dark Caster Class WILL go rare, though he has plans to release a new version for his birthday next year.* We will also release versions of the armor and accessories for Legion Tokens and ACs.
* So all you rare hunters begging for something exclusive, this is it!
Defeat the Undead Horsemen to Unlock Dage's Gear!
Tonight, your adventure in the Underworld's Void begins! Dage has summoned four of his champions, all based on the legendary horsemen of the apocalypse, to test your strength, valor, determination, and skill!
Death waits for you in the Undervoid!
Battle monsters in the underworld to warm-up before the battles, then power through each of the horsemen to unlock the reward shops AND learn one of Dage's most closely-guarded, darkest secrets!
Undead Apocalypse Event Breakdown
Dage's champions fight clean but hit HARD. No fancy moves, no tricks or chicanery, just a straight battle to the death... or to victory!
Can YOU conquer Conquest?
After completing the event, you can access the rewards shop AND additional quests:
- Two Legion-exclusive exp and Token farming quests
- One Legend-only farming rep/exp quest
- and a Merge Shop Resource farming quest! (The merge shop resources will drop from ALL monsters, but completing the quest will give you more at once.)
Champion's Gauntlet Daily Quests
Once you've beaten all four horsemen once, you will unlock the Champion's Gauntlet Daily Quests! Defeat each horseman 7 times to earn an item which completes their corresponding badge quest to unlock a character page badge!
Can you withstand War's wrath?
You must unlock each badge in order:
- Defeat Conquest 7 times to unlock the "Humiliation of Conquest" character page badge!
- Defeat War 7 times to unlock the "Slaughter of War" character page badge!
- Defeat Famine 7 times to unlock the "Feast of Famine" character page badge!
- Defeat Death 7 times to unlock the "Master of Death" character page badge!
This event will be available until April 18th to give everyone a chance to unlock these character page badges!
The Reward Gear You're Here For
There will be rewards and drops for EVERYONE in tomorrow night's event!*
Feast on Dage's birthday rewards!
- The AC versions (upgrade not required) of the full sets are available in Dage's Undervoid shop
- Battle the bosses to earn the Legend-only armors and some of the accessories
- Some Legend-only and free-player accessories, as well as the free-player gold Obsidian Guardian armor, will only be available from the Dark Gifts Merge Shop (Legion Tokens NOT required)
- Don't forget: Dage's DARKEST birthday gift arrives NEXT week, and tomorrow night the Holiday Paragon Cape will be available for 10 Legtion Tokens!
Dage announced on Twitter that he wants to make the Altar of Caladbolg available while his birthday is here. (During the month of his birthday, he becomes Dage the Mostly-Good!) The Altar is ALWAYS available as a drop from the Treasure Chest, but now you don't have to rely on Luck to get it.
Unlock the Altar of Caladbolg's quest!
To make that fair for all the players who have worked hard (And spent many ACs) trying to get the drop from the Treasure Chest, the Altar's birthday price will be 5000 AdventureCoins, but the quest from the Altar of Caladbolg will also get NEW GEAR added to its quest next week.
So if you already have the altar, you get more gear for free! If you're contemplating getting the altar now, you'll still have to pay for it, but you're going to get more than you were yesterday!
After his birthday ends, the Altar will still be available from the Treasure Chest. If you do not want to pay 5000 ACs for the Altar but DO still want it, you can keep trying to get it as a drop from the Treasure Chest. (If you are upgraded, you get two free keys a month.)
* These rewards will only be available during Dage's birthday each year.
Undead Apocalypse coming tomorrow
UNDEAD APOCALYPSE!? *wipes the happy & joy inspired drool off mouth and grabs Battleaxe* Seriously... it should be Dage the Evil's birthday every day of the year! The new game release goes live in AQWorlds tomorrow at Sundown. As an added treat for us, Dage's Ultra Boss Birthday Challenge is coming too.
ANY DAY NOW AdventureQuest: Battle Gems, our first major mobile game will hit the Apple App Store. This fantasy/puzzle/RPG is filled with creative monsters designed by your favorite AE artists. It is also laced with deadly puns and more than a few inside jokes that only you will get. We have been anxiously waiting on Apple to approve the game and add it to the app store. In the mean time, we have been working on the Android and Web/Facebook ports. Also... I picked up my camera again and we started shooting some new crazy videos to promote the game. Remember the original Battle Gems commercial where we saw Brutalcorn for the first time? Haha, yes-- we created life sized versions of the gems that you use in the game to make attacks. While editing late last night I made a few "vines" of my monitor so you can sneak peek what I am working on and then posted them to my ArtixKrieger twitter.
Puts the 'Lore' in DeLorean
Lies! HUVr board is REAL in AQWorlds!
There’s been a lot of rumors floating around the internet today, talking about a levitating hover board named the HUVr. Everyone is saying that the HUVr board is a hoax, a fake, a scam, a joke. Well…
HUVr board is REAL! When you log into Battleon, speak to Cleric Joy and open the Battleon Assorted Shop. It’s only 2,014 gold, too!
Your legit HUVr board cannot fly… but you sure will look fly beating monsters back to the future =p
Tags: HUVr board item hoax Beleen
Drew Drechsel wins Sasuke Malaysia
INCREDIBLE!!!! You helped send AQWorld's real-life ninja, Drew Drechsel, to compete in Malaysia... and... HE WON! He did not just won 1st place... he won ALL FOUR 1st place trophies for completing and getting the fastest time on every obstacle.
Drew asked me to pass on his gratitude, "Thanks to all of you who helped get me to Malaysia to compete in the 1st ever international Sasuke! It was an honor to represent you as AQWorld's Real-Life Ninja. Expect the same on this year's American Ninja Warrior competition."
Behind the scenes story
You can find Drew in-game as our Ninja Trainer. You may have already seen him on the TV show, American Ninja Warrior (the world's most difficult obstacle course.) In addition to being a top competitor, he is a truely remarkable person. It is rare to find such humility, kindness, and what I can only personaly describe as an "aura of good" around a person who is so talented.
So, a month ago when Drew asked for help getting to the 1st ever International Sasuke in Malaysia.... AQWorlds players along with Drew's friends and family raised funds. This was a big deal. All of the likes and shares on posts on Facebook to aid Drew helped spread the world. So much so that Drew raised more money than he needed. So he generously used the rest to help fellow Ninja Warrior, Michelle Warnky (who reached the Vega Stage on last years ANW) to attend the competition as well! Drew spends a lot of time training children in parkour/ninja activities. In fact, he met Michelle at a American Ninja Warrior training camp for kids in Ohio. They were also joined by another of our friends, Ryan Stratis (Who... if you are a fan of The Walking Dead, played that old man zombie that Daryl beat up with a golf club in last Sunday's episode.) There were also many amazing athletes from Japan's Sasuke at this competition.
There was a heart warming moment before the competition when Drew asked his long time hero & role model Makoto Nagano (The famous fisherman / Ninja Warrior competitor from Japan who is a hero to so many of us) for a photo of them together. Then, after the competition, Nagano walked up to Drew and asked him... if *he* could have a photo of them together. It was, in my opinion, an incredibly humble, honorable, and sincere sign of respect between two legendary athletes.
If you are one of our many awesome players in Singapore, you are so lucky to be able to watch the event on Television. For the rest of us, if you would like to see all four of Drew's runs... and holy smokes just look at his Speed, Dexterity and Strength! Check out this (Shhh! Probably not allowed-- recorded on a cell phone) footage! Be sure to give him a hearty "Congratulations!" and "Battle on!" in his video's comments. This is an epic win for both him, and our gaming community. OUR REAL-LIFE NINJA WON!!! WAY TO GO!
Grab Your Maple Syrup!
Grand Master Lunch Lady Oishii is back in Yulgar's Inn for pancake day, bringing you her yearly breakfasty silliness. Seasonal items are returning - like the Pancake Hat w/Butter and the Oolong the pancake bunny pet. Since it's also Fat Tuesday, for this year only we also have a New Orleans-inspired voodoo doll pet with pancakes on its head.
Zack Storch also likes pancakes, I hear.
Also, to celebrate our friend Zack Storch and his appearance on King of the Nerds, we've released his armor (shown above)! Free players and Legends alike can get the Nerdly Royalty armor for 5000 gold by visiting Zack Storch in Battleon!
Oishii's Pancake Goodies:
- Pancake Hat
- Pancake Hat w/Butter
- The Full Stack
- Oolong Pet
- Pancake-Topus pet
- Voodoo Cakes pet
Tags: Memet Pancakes Pancake Day Zack Storch
Mark your calendars with our March release dates!
It is always good to march to the beat of a different drummer... especially when it calls you to WAR! Train up your skills this March in Dage's Undead Apocalypse Ultra Boss Birthday Challenge, test your luck in our Lucky Day Fair, then head into battle as we celebrate Spring Break with some of the darkest, creepiest creatures Ravenloss has ever spawned!
Conquest, War, Famine, and Death wait for you!
March 7th, 2014: Dage’s Undead Apocalypse
It's Dage the Evil’s birthday, and this year, he’s going to give you the gift of VICTORY! But if you want the rewards you’ll find in the Underworld’s Arena, you’re going to have to fight for them! Battle the four horsemen of his undead apocalypse and show Dage that you’re worthy of the darkest gifts he’s got to give!
- Ultra Boss Birthday Challenge Event
- Dage's Birthday Rares shop
- Undervoid Merge shop
- Monster drops galore
March 14th, 2014: Lucky Day Fair Returns
There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow THIS year, just a treasure chest full of the shiniest gems a Hero could hope for! Visit the Lucky Day fair to play Lore’s favorite mini-games, unlock the brightest gear in-game, and show the world it’s your LUK-y day!
What the LUCK?!
- Lucky Day returns with an all-new, VERY shiny minigame!
- Lucky Day 2014 Rares shop
- Spring Seasonal Shop gear from Oishii
- Dage's darkest birthday surprise!
March 21st/28th, 2014: 2 Week Spring Break WAR!
Wrath of the Dark Queen: Ravenloss goes to war! Prepare for the invasion of the ChaosWeaver nation! ChaosWeavers - deadly, spider-like beasts from below the surface - are flooding into the towns and cities of Lore with only one goal: to prepare the world for the arrival of their Queen! Pierce the web of deceit being spun around you before everyone you know falls to the warriors of Ravenloss!
They're coming... for YOU!
- Defend Lore from ChaosWeaver Queen's army of spiderkin!
- Ravenloss War rares shop
- Quibble arrives with Arachnomancer gear... and more!
- Arachnomancer Class arrives March 28th
Additional releases in March
- The Doom Zorbak and Twilly Bank pets from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny (and their merge shops) will be removed next Friday, but WILL still be available in Aria's Pet Shop!
- Tomorrow, the Legro Inmortuoum poster shop will get two more swords, courtesy of the Epic Duel team!
- Server Zoning will be removed next week! (Yorumi is working all this week with Zhoom to address the disconnect and server issues)
- We are reviewing the 1% items from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny and will have more news on those for you later this week.
- The applications for new Testers have been gone through. We'll be contacting the last candidates later this week.
- The server wide messages from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny have been removed, though you will still see individual messages when you get item drops.
- The ChaosWarrior boss has changed while we are investigating the server issues. Please watch the Design Notes for updates on when it will return to normal.
Moglin de Festa
Are You Ready To Party?
It's that time of year again! Beads, feathers, sparkly costumes, samba dancing, and lots of celebrating! But before you can get to the party, you'll have to fight your way through hordes of zombies and hexed voodoo dolls - and one ornery ghoul!
What the heck, Samba Zombies?
You'll be able to play through all of last year's content if you /join carnaval. Once you're finished, head to /terradefesta to help Samba's cousin Frevo prepare for the party - assuming Baron Sunday and his zombies don't destroy the island first!
Don't Forget Your New Party Clothes!
Can't go to Carnaval without a Samba costume! We have a ton of new Carnaval rares for 2014, including two gorgeous full sets for free players: Roroth's HarleQuint set and the voodoo-themed Samba costume pictured below...
New Carnaval Rares Include:
- HarleQuint jester set
- Firebird Carnaval set (above, right!)
- Firebird Maraccas
- Frevo Carnaval set (above, left!)
- Frevo's Voodoo Doll mace
- Voodoo Doll battle pet
New Stuff In Dage's Birthday Shop!
Dage the Evil's pre-birthday celebration continues with a boatload of new additions to his Dark Birthday Shop. That includes the new Hardcore Paragon quest pet, which - if you buy it - will also unlock access to the Living BladeMaster armor, as well as the heavily-requested Dual Blademaster Katanas.
Now Available in Dage's Birthday Shop:
- Hardcore Paragon Pet
- Legion Dreadrider armor
- Dreadmarch armor
- Blademaster Hood, Wraps, Mask and Horns
And don't forget! Once the BladeMaster class goes rare, we'll randomly choose ONE of the players who bought it and send them a free Undead Legion poster signed by Dage the Evil! That's right, you didn't need any extra incentive to get BladeMaster, but we're giving it to you anyway.
Tags: Memet Carnaval Dark Carnaval Dage the Evil
Let's Be As Clear As Possible
First, some changes have been made to the Hardcore Paragon Pet being released later today.
After announcing the extreme challenge quest and rewards in YESTERDAY's DESIGN NOTES, we sat down and did a little math. As of yesterday the quest was to collect 13 drops at 2% drop rate, which would give you 66 legion tokens OR a 1% chance to get the Dual BladeMaster Katanas or the Living BladeMaster armor.
Let's Look At The Numbers
Most of the time, winning battles against binky take an hour on average.
2% means an average of 50 wins to get a drop. You needed 13 drops.
13 X 50 = 650 runs, or 650 hours on average.
The item drops are 1%, meaning it would take, on average, 99 quest completes to get one of them.
650 X 99 = 64,350 hours, on average, to get one of the item drops.
That is 7.3 years of straight playing without eating, sleeping, pooping or doing anything else.
There is no accounting for luck, (and I just KNOW that some lucky turkey is going to get one of the drops on their first turn in) but still it seemed a LITTLE unreasonable to play a game longer than it's been alive to get a single quest drop. Granted, when you got it you would feel like a GOD but even Dage isn't that evil.
Let's Fix The Numbers
Dage has requested that the drops be lowered to 1 rib, rather than 13. It's STILL a VERY HARDCORE quest requiring an average of 206 hours of gameplay, but a lot more possible to actually complete. The Legion Token reward has also been raised from 66 to 250 per turn in.
A lot of people also pointed out last night (thank you) that while an optional hardcore quest seems like fun, the POINT of a Paragon Pet is to be able to farm Legion Tokens faster or at least easier then you could without the pet. It was a very good point.
I've added a second quest (this one is a daily) that will require 20 drops (25% drop rate) off of the Ultra Chaos Warrior, but the reward is 100 Legion Tokens. Not the fastest way to earn Legion Tokens but faster by far than not having the a Paragon Pet. The quest and monster also both drop rather a lot of XP and gold so it's a good place to farm to approach max level.
If you have 0 Tokens now, get the Hardcore Paragon Pet, complete his quest once a day for the next 20 days, you will have enough to get the Legion Token version of the new BladeMaster Class and still have time to spare before it goes rare.
Dage has also created the LESSER CALADBOLG (which is just as powerful as the original but harder to get and with no glows or animations to cause lag) which has been added as another 1% drop to the Binky quest.
The Hardcore Paragon Pet is going into Dage's Birthday Shop later today.
It has 2 quests:
- FIRST QUEST: Collect 1 Rib from Binky (2% drop rate). Rewards: 250 Legion Tokens, or a 1% chance to get the Dual Blademaster Katanas, Living BladeMaster armor or the Lesser Caladbolg weapon. This quest is NOT a Daily.
- SECOND QUEST (DAILY): Collect 20 Chaorrupted Dark Fire samples from the Ultra Chaos Warrior (25% drop rate). Rewards: 100 Legion Tokens.
The Hardcore Paragon Pet is showing up in Dage's Birthday Shop later today and will cost 2000 ACs like all of its brothers before it.
ONCE AGAIN: This pet was made with HARDCORE players in mind. The first quest isn't unfair to anyone because it's not required and completely optional. This is a CHALLENGING quest for people who were asking for a CHALLENGE.
Tags: Dage Paragon Pet Cysero
How Hardcore Are You?
As many of you know, Dage The Evil's birthday is Sunday and we kicked off his birthday with a bang on Wednesday by releasing the new (eventually Rare) BladeMaster Class!
You can see my Class Breakdown HERE. Maybe you got it for ACs. Maybe you're an Undead Legion follower and you grabbed it for Legion Tokens. Maybe you're still farming Legion Tokens so you can get it before it goes rare in about a month. All good options.
IF you're a loyal Undead Legionnaire then it's fair to assume that you're a pretty Hardcore Player, but exactly how Hardcore Are you?
The Hardcore Paragon Pet Club (No Whiners Allowed)!
Tomorrow, we will be adding a bunch of new stuff to Dage's Birthday Shop but my favorite is the Hardcore Paragon Pet!
There would be a
picture of it here but
Dage hasn't finished
the art for it yet.
Like most Paragon Pets, this one comes with a quest. Since I've been covering for Alina during her well-earned holiday, I've seen a LOT of you saying that Legion Tokens were too easy to farm and you wanted a REAL challenge. So I made one for you.
WARNING: If the impossible scares you, just crawl back into your casual-gamer hole right now.
The Hardcore Paragon Pet comes with 3 possible rewards.
- 66 Legion Tokens (we might raise that, considering...)
- The BladeMaster Dual Katanas
- or The Living BladeMaster armor.
You asked for a challenge so here it is: You will get 66 Legion Tokens each time you finish the quest unless you get one of the items. Each of the items is a 1% drop (0 AC for storage, naturally) from the quest. In order to complete the quest, you will need to collect 13 Ribs from Binky the ungodly-powerful, nasty-as-frak unicorn monster and each rib only has a 2% Drop rate.
You read that right. 2% chance to get a rib, IF you manage to kill the unkillable Binky. Collect 13 ribs to complete the quest. 1% chance that you'll get one of these items, making them two of the rarest items EVER in AQW.
Sound impossible? Some say it is. Some say it's not worth buying the pet. That's fine. It isn't for them...
It's for YOU. I made this quest as hard as I could think without making it literally impossible for those few of you who say that the game has become too simple... who say that even Drakath is too easy and you need a REAL challenge.
Remember: This quest is NOT REQUIRED AT ALL. Complaining about it is like complaining about a test you don't have to take. Accepting this challenge will require you to spend 2000AC on the pet but if you're really a HARDCORE player, then this is just exactly what you've been asking for.
Good luck and godspeed, adventurer.
Sounds Dumb, What Else Ya Got?
Fair enough. Also coming in the shop will be the Legion DreadRider armor (800 ACs) and helm (90 ACs)...
... The DreadMarch Armor (500 ACs or 500 Legion tokens), helm (90 ACs or 90 Legion Tokens and cape (250 ACs or 250 Legion Tokens)...
... And finally some items that we missed in the initial BladeMaster release: BladeMaster Hood (90 ACs), BladeMaster Wraps (9000 Gold for everyone), BladeMaster Horns (90 ACs), the BladeMaster Mask (Legend only, 9000 gold) and the BladeMaster Cape (animated, 250 ACs).
Something About A Free, Signed Poster?
Thanks for reminding me. Once the BladeMaster Class goes rare (again, in a month or so) we will be looking through everyone who has it (AC or Legion TOken version, both work) and drawing a name at random. That lucky Legionnaire will recieve a free Undead Legion Poster signed by Dage The Evil. We'll even pay the shipping.
What Else Is Happening Tomorrow?
That's not enough?
No, That's Basicaly Just A Shop.
OK, true. We also have our Mardi Gras/Carnival Big Bad Voodoo Event! There will be beads and dark magic and some colorully attired undead. It's not something that you want to miss beacuse of all those things I just mentioned. Especially the last one.
See ya tomorrow!
Tags: Dage Birthday Paragon Cysero