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Merge Maker

March 29, 2014

Dark War Merge is LIVE

Fight in the Ravenloss War to Unlock Rare Gear!

The Ravenloss War Meter is at 14% - and that means... Ravenloss War Merge Shop! Talk to Riadne to see the gear, then slay ChaosWeavers for ChaosWeaver Eyes* and UnderBeasts for UnderBeast Fangs** to get exclusively dark and deadly war rewards! All of these rewards will go rare, but the war itself (and the storyline with it) will be here forever!

You'll find the following in tonight's merge shop:

  • Dark Arachnomancer Armor - 500 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang
  • Royal Arachna Robes - 200 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang
  • Pandora's Rage Blade - 200 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 3 UnderBeast Fangs
  • Deadly Helm of Arachna - 50 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang
  • Dire Helm of Arachna - 50 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang
  • Faceplate of Arachna - 50 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang
  • Prismatic Arachnotana (color custom) - 250 ChaosWeaver Eyes, 1 UnderBeast Fang

* Common drop
**
Rare drop 

Ravenloss War Challenge!

If you can get the War Meter to 50% by Tuesday night, the Bright Robes of Arachna and Bright Arachnomancer Armor, and both Dark and Light Arachnomancer capes will be added to the Rare Ravenloss Merge Shop!

Based on player feedback, monster HP has also been slightly lowered. 

Have a good weekend, Heroes!


Tags: Alina

 

War Maker

March 28, 2014

Face the Dark Queen's Rage

War Begins in Ravenloss TONIGHT!

Battle dark and destructive ChaosWeavers, Underbeasts, and other spiderkin in Ravenloss to cleanse the city of this deadly threat! Recover the scrolls of the Arachna Codex to unlock information that will help you once you face the Queen. Fight alongside your fellow heroes to get the war meter to 100%, then defeat the ChaosWeaver High Cleric to reach the Queen!

Royal Betrayal Waits...

Fight in the War This Weekend!

Complete the quests in Twilight's Edge (now with the real quest text!) to gain control of the Portal to Ravenloss. Then /join Ravenloss to begin battling through the war itself! You've got 1.5 MILLION monsters to defeat, but working together, we know you can do it! 

  • Legends will increase the war meter with every 9 battles
  • All other players will increase the war meter with every 12 battles
  • Battle monsters for a chance to get item rewards
  • Unlock quests with extra rep if you have certain Classes (also increase the war meter)!
  • Once the war meter hits 100%, the war boss will be unlocked! 
  • Defeat the High Cleric of the ChaosWeavers to unlock the war rewards shop* and reach the Queen!
  • Defeating the war boss ALSO unlocks character page and book of lore badges!

Recover the 10 missing scrolls of the Arachna Codex!

But make sure you recover the missing pages of the Arachna Codex first! The boss fight will not unlock unless you find all 10 pages of the Codex. Talk to Riadne to recover each page of the legendary tome of the ChaosWeavers; it holds vital information about their race and may just help you when you face the Queen.

* The ChaosWeaver Cleric drops his full armor set, too!

New Gear in Quibble's shop!

Talk to Quibble Coinbiter in Battleon to find the Royal Weaver armor set AND the Arachnophobia 2.0 set! Pandora's Envy is ALSO in Quibble's shop tonight. 

Arachnophobia2.0 and the Royal Weaver Armor set

The rest of the Pandora blade series (including Tomix's original staff weapon), Codex Scroll maces, and the Distinguished Royal Armor are in the War rewards shop that will unlock after you beat the boss.

Now Testing: ALL Monsters Give EXP and Gold!

Login this weekend to help us test the return of all monsters giving EXP and gold... no matter what level you are! This means that if you're level 55 hero and want to grind away battleing level 10 monsters, you CAN, it's just going to be much faster to level up if you fight monsters closer to your own level.

Let me know if this helps you enjoy playing AQWorlds more AND what level you are! (Knowing that helps us tailor releases to the majority of our active heroes.)


Tags: Alina

 

Arrangement Maker

March 27, 2014

Safiria Server Returns!

More Server Changes

Thanks to all your support, we have been able to upgrade ALL of our servers! Some of them were several years old and had MANY battle-scars after years of heroes, monsters, bugs, and brawls.

Thank you, Heroes!

Because we are running newer, faster server hardware (the server "box") and had made some additional improvements, we are able to combine servers. That is GOOD, because it means those servers can hold more players with less lag, which means more heroes for you to quest with! 

It also means that we lost several server names off our list, like Safiria, Minimal, Talim, Truffle, Samba, and, of course, good ol' Test4. :_:

Safiria server returns!

We know many of you have "home servers" you are loyal to, where you build communities and battle alongside your friends. Because of Safiria server's loooooooooong history (that server name goes back to 2008, and was the first open chat server!) and the legions of players requesting her return, I asked Captain Rhubarb to make the following change to our server lineup.

  • Quibble server (a Moglin safe server) has been renamed and its canned chat restriction removed.
  • Artix server slides into its place, and Safiria server returns to the line-up as an open-chat, all-player server.

To commemorate all the other home servers which have been retired, we are going to make "Home Server" plaques for you to display in your houses. Those will come soon.

Thank you all for your continual support! Without heroes like you, we could not continue to upgrade and update AQWorlds!


Tags: Alina

 

ArachnoMoglin

March 27, 2014

Arachnomancer Class Now Live

Be A Web-Slinging Spider-Mage!

Great news for you Arachno-fans! The Arachnomancer class (and gear shop!) is now live! Head to Battleon and talk to Iktomi the Arachnomancer to get the class - and other Arachnomancer gear! If you're a Legend, he'll also have a special, repeatable quest for you that will help you zoom to rank 10 with Ravenloss!

Well, coming NOW actually.

Remember, there are two ways to get it:

  • get to Rank 10 in Ravenloss rep (the Legend-only double rep quest is live now, too!)
  • spend 2000 AdventureCoins to unlock it immediately

Last week, Lore was invaded by ChaosWeavers, and you all fought to protect our land. Tomorrow, we're taking the war to them - we've invading Ravenloss! Fighting in this war is also a great way to get more Ravenloss rep - which means it's also a great way to earn your Arachnomancer gear more quickly!


Tags: Memet

 

Post Maker

March 26, 2014

Arachnomancer Breakdown

Weave a Web of Magic with our Newest Class!

What’s up, players? The “Friend of the Underworld” (AKA mysterious class designer) is here and back with a skill breakdown for the new class that will send chills up your spine: Arachnomancer! I like to call this the “Countdown Class,” and you'll soon find out why.

The original concept for Arachnomancer was to make a class that is - much like a real spider -  deadly, but squishy. You can deal massive amounts of damage, but you also take a lot of damage, and don't have a way to heal yourself. Arachnomancer is a Magical/Physical hybrid with a Rogue class base.

This means you will regain mana from all dodges and strikes you deal in combat and you get back a little HP for every dodge. The stats you'll want to focus on are Strength, Intellect, and Dexterity.

Auto Attack

(1.5 second cooldown, 75% weapon damage)

A rapid attack studied only by a reclusive few.

This is your regular Rogue-based auto-attack. You get back mana for every hit and crit, and that mana regen is really going to be helpful.

Rank 1: Venomous Fangs

(12 mana, 3 second cooldown)

A single spider bite will hurt, but multiple bites can be lethal. Bite your target with venomous fangs, causing a moderate DoT that can stack up to 6 times lasting 8 seconds with each stack. 

What’s a spider without venom or fangs? Venomous Fangs is a powerful DoT that does a good amout of damage, especially if you can get all 6 stacks on your target. Combined with other skills, it's pretty deadly.

Rank 2: Slingshot Web

(23 mana, 8 second cooldown)

Fire a strong web shot at your target that is guaranteed to crit. Applies Web Miasma, a moderate DoT lasting 10 seconds, if your target is suffering from Venom Fangs. However, you are left Webless, lowering your defenses by 20% for 5 seconds.

Slingshot Web is guaranteed to crit, but that’s just an additional strike for more damage. The real power of this ability lies in the Web Miasma DoT. Web Miasma does moderate damage, but requires at least 1 stack of Venom Fangs in order to activate and causes you to take 20% more damage. Is the extra damage worth it? Read on...

Rank 3: Foreboding Arachnid

(36 mana, 32 second cooldown)

Induces arachnophobia, sending your target into a state of Panic. Damage from all active DoT is doubled for 12 seconds. Also has a chance to stun your target for 3 seconds.

This ability is a killer. All active DoT (including DoT from your allies) are doubled for 12 seconds. The Panic effect will always activate on use, and it can’t miss. The stun effect has a 35% chance to activate – high enough to arguably make the extra damage you take during Web Miasma worth the risk.

Rank 4 Passives:

  • Eight-Legged Freak – increases dodge rate by 18%.
  • Attack-Your-Foe-Bia – increases crit chance by 10%

More crits for your auto-attack means more mana regeneration, and the dodge buff helps mitigate some of the extra damage you take from Web Miasma.

Rank 5: Toxic Adrenaline

(27 mana, 24 second cooldown)

A surge of toxic adrenaline gives you the strength to ensnare your target in steel-like webs. Applies Cocooned, reducing their defenses by 100% for 12 seconds. However, the toxin causes Poison Overload, reducing your defenses by 50% for 12 seconds.

You’ll take some extra damage from all attacks, but your target will take even more. Yes, this means Toxic Adrenaline’s effects will double the power of your already-doubled DoT. Let’s do some math here - multiply Foreboding Arachnid’s Panic effect with Toxic Adrenaline’s Cocooned effect and the power of all DoT will be quadrupled.

Rank 10 passive

 

  • Arachne’s Favor - increases your STR and INT stats by 12%.

This passive skill serves to make your DoT even stronger: when you increase the base power of your abilities, they’ll be even more powerful when multiplied.

Final Thoughts!

Now you know why I call this the “Countdown Class.” Once you have both Panic and Cocooned on your target, it starts the countdown for your enemy’s demise, so spam all the DoT you and your allies can. Arachnomancer is primarily designed to take on bosses in group fights, and it is at its deadliest when it synergizes with other classes in battle. I know a lot of you love to brawl it out, and Arachnomancer can also be used in PvP, but be warned: Arachnomancy is by no means easy to master.

Talk to Riadne in Ravenloss to begin training.

You’ve probably noticed the obvious risks in this class. You have no sure way of healing, no skill to increase your dodge rate even further, and you are likely to take extra damage from opponents. However, this is all balanced by how powerful Arachnomancer can be.

It can be a tough class to master:  Arachnomancer requires timing, precision, critical thinking, and strategy to reach its full potential. You'll want to try varying enhancement builds for different kinds of battles to improve your survivability, especially for PvP, and consider the balance between your attack power and your stats.

You have to think of different skill combinations to use and when to use them. In short, you must plan everything before you make your move. All of this goes back to what I said earlier, this class is deadly but squishy like a real spider. Now are you up for the challenge of conquering Arachnomancer?

Now I command you all… get this class and master the unique power of Arachnomancy and taken down whatever stands in your way! And of course we'd love to hear about the different strategies you come up with!


Tags: Alina

 

March 26, 2014

Face the Dark Queen's Rage

War Comes to Ravenloss this Friday!

The Dark Queen has evolved, but her goal remains the same: to protect the Nation from all who would harm it… and that includes you! Journey deep into the heart of Ravenloss to face the Queen’s Champion; survive the Cleric's magic and subdue the Queen, or there will be nothing left of Lore but a ChaosWeaver killing ground… and your friends will be left as prey!

Discover the ChaosWeavers' secrets!

Beginning this Friday, you and the rest of Lore's Heroes will need to descend into the depts of Ravenloss (once you've gained control of the Portal in Twilight's Edge!) and battle together to win the war!

The Codex will reveal much about your enemies!

Fight to get the War Meter to 100% to unlock the War boss and its exclusive drops. While battling, complete Riadne's quests to recover the scolls of the Codex Arachna, a tome which holds key information about the ChaosWeavers and their society. (You will need to complete all ten Codex quests to before you can battle the boss once it is unlocked.)

How Wars Work in AQWorlds

If you've never joined us for a war in AQWorlds, do not fear! (And if you're afraid of spiders, then be a little afraid, and bring a BIG BLADE!) AQW wars have several parts:

  • War Meter: kill monsters to earn war tokens. Turning tokens in will increase the meter count. When the meter hits 100%, it unlocks the war boss.
  • War Tokens: there are two different kinds of tokens. Turning in regular token increases the meter by a set amount. Turning in a mega token increases the meter by double the regular token amount.
  • War Boss: Once the war meter hits 100%, you will unlock the War Boss challenge! Beating the war boss unlocks the final cutscene in the war.

You and the rest of the heroes in Lore will all be fighting together to reach a common goal: defeating the war boss! With every additional hero who battles in the war, you'll reach the 100% mark that much faster... and that means you'll unlock the rewards and storyline ending sooner, too!

New Gear in Ravenloss Rewards and Quibble Shops!

You might never become like the Weaver Queen, but that doesn't mean you can't look like a member of her court with this special edition of her royal outfit! Pandora's Jealousy (green version) will also arrive in Quibble's shop this Friday!

The rest of the Pandora blades will arrive in the war rewards shop, but you'll have to beat the boss first! Tomix's original personal weapon, the original Pandora Blade, will be available for rank 10 Ravenloss rep. We hope to release the armblade versions of the SoulWeaver daggers, but it may not happen this week.

Arachnomancer Class Arrives Tomorrow!

If you want to dominate in this Friday's war, there's no better way to squash your arachno-enemies than with the Arachnomancer Class! We are releasing it tomorrow to give you guys a chance to start ranking it up before the war begins!

Remember, there are several ways to get it:

  • get to Rank 10 in Ravenloss rep (the Legend-only double rep quest will go live tomorrow, too)
  • spend 2000 AdventureCoins to unlock it immediately


Tags: Alina

 

New, Faster Moglin!

March 25, 2014

New, Faster Servers! And Other Awesomeness.

The server hamsters have faster wheels now.

You may have noticed some changes in the server list! That's because Captain Rhubarb has replaced most of our old, slower servers with newer, faster machines. (In some cases we were even able to merge two servers into one, since the new ones can hold so many people!)

Hammies are enjoying their new turbo wheels.

Hopefully this will reduce lag and other issues, and in general make your time in Lore smoother and more enjoyable. If you notice any improvement, let us know! And if you experience any disconnects or other problems, please report it to the bug tracker at www.artix.com/bugs.

We want to thank all of you for helping us make these improvements happen. We couldn't make important upgrades like this - or keep AQWorlds online - without your support!

Happy Birthday, Galanoth!

We've also got a birthday this week - Galanoth, the Head Dragonslayer of Lore! Head to /lair and talk to Galanoth to crack open his treasure chest of awesome DragonSlayer gear!

Time for some patented Dragonfire Spice Cake!

Birthday gear includes:

  • Prismatic Evolved Dragonslayer armor
  • Prismatic Dragonslayer Helm
  • Golden Dragon Blade
  • Emerald Dragon Blade
  • Legion Dragon Blade
  • Prismatic Dragon Piercer

Arachnomancer Class: coming soon!

Last week, you fought through hordes of Chaosweavers and Dreadspiders. This Friday, you'll battle your way through Ravenloss to confront the Weaver Queen herself. The only thing left to make your 8-legged adventuring experience complete is...

Those legs. Those eyes!

This class is set to release this Friday, but testing on it is going so well, we might even be able to release it early. Keep your fingers crossed - on all 8 arms!

MegaCon Blade: Available Now!

And for those of you who went to MegaCon this past weekend, your reward is now available in game! Just head to /museum and talk to Valencia to turn in your code and receive your Brutal Cam-PAIN Blade!


Tags: Memet

 

Contest Queen!

March 24, 2014

Battle Gems Fan Art Contest

Calling all Battle Gems heroes! 

Battle Gems, the brand-new puzzle RPG game in the iOS App Store, is a Critical Hit! Since its launch last week, over 500 shining Reviews gave Battle Gems a 4 Star Rating. AMAZING! Artix, Cysero, myself, and everyone here at Artix Entertainment is so happy that you love Battle Gems as much as we love creating the best video games online and on the phone!

Battle Gems iOS game app

We know you love Battle Gems. And we know you love Contests. And we know you love love LOVE winning free stuff. So let’s make everyone super happy by hosting the first-ever Battle Gems Fan Art Contest!

Battle Gems fan art contest

You don’t have to be a Battle Gems player to enter this contest—it’s open to anyone who has a passion for art, video games, horrible puns, and geek culture parodies! Just make sure you read all the rules prior to submitting, because we KNOW we’re gonna get A LOT of entries, and we’re really busy here making games (aka playing Battle Gems when Artix isn’t looking, haha!), so we want to make sure that your awesome Fan Art submission has a fair chance of winning. 

Epic Loot: The Prizes

The 1 Grand Prize Winner shall receive:

  • Exclusive Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; this pet will be Non-Legend and flagged at 0 ACs (free storage forever, yay!)
  • This winner will get to choose 1 of the 4 Battle Gems pets (pic below!)
  • This lucky winner will be the ONLY hero in all of AQWorlds to have this exclusive Battle Gems pet
  • 1,000 AdventureCoins for the Grand Prize winner
  • But wait—there’s more! The Grand Prize winner will also get 2nd and 3rd place Battle Gems pets!!

Battle Gems Fan Art Contest Pet prizes

2nd Place Winner(s) will receive:

  • A Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; this Non-Legend pet will be set to 0 ACs (so you can keep him forever)
  • 750 AdventureCoins will be awarded
  • 2nd place will also get the 3rd place Battle Gems pet

3rd Place Winner(s) will get:

  • A Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; a Non-Legend pet set to 0 ACs
  • 500 AdventureCoins for your hard work

Runner Ups will get:

  • 200 AdventureCoins

If your Fan Art is featured in the winning selections (Grand Prize, 2nd place, 3rd place, or Runner Ups ONLY), then you will also receive a character page badge in addition to your allotted prize(s).

Additional prizes may be awarded for those who go above and beyond!!! (Yes, three exclamation marks are totally necessary.)

Cooldown Timer: Contest Timeframe

The Battle Gems Fan Art Contest:

  • Begins Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Ends Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 11:59pm EST (server time)
  • All entries must be submitted to @AQWcontest Twitter page before 11:59pm EST/server time on 4/06/14 

Contest Rules (follow these EXACTLY, or your entry will be disqualified!)

This is the most important part of the whole contest. Read all the rules below BEFORE entering your Battle Gems Fan Art submission. Because if you don’t follow the rules, then you’ll be disqualified, and that is oh-so totally lame.

Follow EACH rule if you want your entry to be considered eligible.

  1. Create Battle Gems-themed Fan Art! You can Draw, Paint, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Print, Sculpt, Bake/Decorate, Comic-strip, Cosplay, or create a Stuffed Animal/Plushie of anything relating to Battle Gems. Get creative here, folks!
  2. Your Battle Gems Fan Art MUST BE created by YOU. And only YOU. No tracing, and no teaming up with friends, sorry. You CAN use in-game art, but get creative with it (don't just copy-paste the image, we know what our art looks like... since we created it lol!)
  3. Your Fan Art entry MUST include your AQW Character Name somewhere on the picture. No name = no chance at winning, and the possibility of someone else stealing your hard work. Please write/sign your AQW Character Name legibly so I can actually read it =)
  4. Also, put the date your entry so no one tries to steal your Fan Art during future contests (because you know some sneaky scoundrel will try)!
  5. Type your AQWorlds Character Name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting. That way, if you win, I can easily copy your Character Name for faster prize awarding and no mistakes.
  6. After following ALL THE RULES above, submit your awesome Battle Gems Fan Art entry to www.twitter.com/AQWcontest

Handy Dandy Checklist

Check off each thing below before submitting your entry to ensure your chance at winning!

  • Battle Gems Fan Art created by you
  • AQW Character Name *neatly* written on your picture
  • The date on your entry
  • Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet to @AQWcontest
  • Upload your Battle Gems Fan Art picture to your Tweet to @AQWcontest
  • Hit the Tweet button and submit your entry!

How to tweet in Battle Gems Fan Art Contest

Woohoo! There you have it, folks! Best of luck, and if you need some Battle Gem inspiration, download the game for free from the Apple iOS App Store here, or go to the Battle Gems website here!

Everyone here at Artix Entertainment is super excited to see what Battle Gems Fan Art you come up with! Best of luck to you, and don’t forget to Battle ON! 

xoxo Beleen =D

Submit your Battle Gems Fan Art to the @AQWcontest Twitter


Tags: Beleen Battle Gems Fan Art contest iOS game

 

Fire Maker

March 23, 2014

Class Callback: Pyromancer

Pyromancers LOVE fire... but Spiders HATE it!

Now that you've gained control of the Portal, we are going to need ALL players to work together to cleanse the ChaosWeavers from this vast underground city! As the saying goes, fight fire with fire. But you should also fight SPIDERS with fire!

In 2012, we released the Pyromancer Class, but we know many of you haven't discovered the Class for yourself yet, so check out the Pyromancer Class skills below* and see if this is the fighting gear for you!

Pyromancer Skills Breakdown 

Ready to burn it all down? Pyromancers are powerful magi who specialize in the elemental magic of fire. If you /join volcano and complete Xan's storyline, you can even start down the path to training as a Pyromancer yourself! (Earn the non-member Pyromancer Class by farming Shurpu Tokens or purchase it from the Class shop in Battleon for AdventureCoins.)

Here's everything that you will find in the Pyromancer Shop.

  • Pyromancer Class (Earned version, 84 Shurpu Blaze Tokens)
  • Pyromancer Class (AC version, 2000 ACs)
  • Pyromancer Mask (Member Only, 21 Shurpu Blaze Tokens)

For those who want some options on how your pyromancer (or any other class) appears there are some armor set options too.

  • Emblazoned Pyromancer Armor (500 ACs)
  • Emblazoned  Mask (150 ACs)

And for those of you who are fans of Xan, the Insane Pyromancer himself, we have added something for you!

  • Xan's Robes (600 ACs)
  • Xan's Flaming Skull (Legend Only, 42 Shurpu Blaze Tokens)

What is a Shurpu Blaze Token and How Will I Get Them?

Once you complete the Xan Storyline, speak to Warlic in the Shurpu Library. He will have some daily quests that will reward you with Shurpu Blaze Tokens when you complete them. Free players can earn up to 14 a week but there is a special Legend version of the quest that will reward Members with up to 21 Tokens per week.

LEGENDS: You will only be able to do ONE of the quests per day. MAKE SURE YOU DO THE LEGEND VERSION!

As always there will be an AC version of the class in both the Shurpu Library Shop and in Ragnar the class dealer in Battleon for those who don't have the time to invest in earning the class for free.

Now, let's see what the class can do.

PYROMANCER CLASS SKILL SET

Most mages learn ways to use their arcane arts to control all of the elements to some degree or another but some magi decide to focus their studies in a certain area of the magical arts. For some like Alina and Reens it is in the crafting of potions and magical mixtures, for some like Cysero it's the forging and creation of magical weapons, armor and constructs. But for some it is mastery of a particular element.

Pyromancers (as the name would imply) delve into the deep mysteries behind fire. They study the way that fire both gives warmth, light and life as well as the way it consumes and destroys... but some lose their will to the flame and the magical fires consume their mind and sanity.

As this is a caster based class I suggest Wizard Enhancements but you might try your luck with LUCK since the damage potential in this class is pretty high and your crits will be extra nasty. It's built on the Mage mana regen model which gets mana on hitting a target and criting as well.

This class is a single target / farming class with only one defense trick but it's a good one.

 AUTO ATTACK

2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers. 

 SEAR

10 mana, 6 second cooldown

Scorches your foe for light damage. Also applies Scorch for Damage over Time.

Light, fast damage with low mana cost and a quick cooldown. The really important thing to pay attention to here is the 6 second DoT, Scorch because every other attack DOUBLES ITS DAMAGE when Scorch is applied to your target. It means if you are farming you will need to juggle putting scorch on multiple enemies since its duration is so short.

Something else I should mention here: every non-passive ability in this class has its own battle effect on screen. FLAMES EVERYWHERE!

 WITHERING BLAST

20 mana, 12 second cooldown

A blast of flame leaps from your hands burning multiple enemies around you, also causes a burn effect for damage over time and reduces enemy damage for a short time. Damage increased on enemies with Scorch applied.

This is your only AoE skill, but the cooldown isn't too long, it's not terribly costly considering the cooldown length AND it hits all foes with a damage debuff so they all attack back for less. Even in a single target situation this is a really nice skill as long as you have Scorch doubling the damage to your target.

 

 BURNING WARD

35 mana, 20 second cooldown

Surround yourself in a magic shield of fire. Reduces incoming damage, heals for a small amount and any enemy who strikes you takes damage. Damage increased on enemies with Scorch applied.

This is my new favorite skill. Yorumi really put a lot into making this thing just exactly the way we thought it should be during the concept stages. As soon as you cast, you get a decent chunk of HP back. For 6 seconds, you significantly reduce all incoming damage and for that 6 seconds any monster who hits you will have their damage reflected back at them for roughly the same amount as they would have done to you with a soft cap of 1000 damage (meaning the monster can crit on themselves and Scorch can double that value).

This one will be extra fun in PvP as it will remain in effect even if you are stunned or petrified *wink nudge* and the damage will pretty much cut through any kind of defense.

"Oh, what's that Mister Glacial Warlord? You just took 90% of your OWN life away while I just stood there? Gee, sorry about that."

Since this is specialized damage, the damage numbers will appear as DoT orange numbers rather than white attack numbers. Here's my favorite part... Yorumi found a way to alter the way that skills function JUST to make this AWESOME skill animation continue to loop as long as your Burning Ward is active.

 HEAT OF THE KNIGHT & MELT FACES

Rank 4 passives

Increase Damage reduced by 10%

Increase Damage output by 10%

Increased survivability and damage, but as it is a non-member class you only get 10% of either.

 FLAME ORB

30 mana, 40 second cooldown

A massive fireball flies at your target exploding for HIGH damage, also also causing a burn effect for damage over time. Damage increased on enemies with Scorch applied

BIG BADABOOM! This is like a souped up version of the mage's basic fireball skill but MUCH LARGER in every respect. This is your nuke, literally. and the damage is still DOUBLED if you have your old pal scorch applied.

Oh, that little 833 you see in the image. That's not a crit, its WITHOUT scorch applied and it's BEFORE we raised the damage on the skill in balancing.

 BURN AT BOTH ENDS

Rank 10 passive

Occasionally, your Haste and Mana Regen will GREATLY increase for a short time.

With so much damage potential it seemed a little silly to make the rank 10 passive another nuke, so instead it will nearly quadruple your haste and mana regen for a short while letting you blast your enemies to cinders with a super-fast barrage of flame skills!

There you have it. Pyromancer does not take a genius to play but as with many of our skills you will get a lot more out of it if you put a little thought into how to use your skills to your advantage rather than just button mashing. Now that that's been said... let's LIGHT EM' UP!

Class-based quests for Ravenloss Rep!

Rolith says,"You need a Pyromancer-only quest for Ravenloss called 'Kill it with Fire'" I say we need that AND class-specific quests for Arachnomancer, Blademaster, and other classes, too! Equip specific classes and complete themed quests to earn extra (larger) amounts of Ravenloss rep! 

Female Arachnomancer Class art

* Thanks to Cysero's 2012 Pyromancer Class skills breakdown


Tags: Alina

 

Post Maker for ACW0

March 22, 2014

Willowcreek Weeps for You

Remember Who You're Protecting Each Week!

Welcome back to Willow Creek, a small farming town with a big problem. There’s a monster on the loose, and it’s nomming away all the town’s crops and livestock! While the farmer's names might represent many directions, their fingers all point to the same culprit.

But is it really the Dwakels who could do such a thing? /Join WillowCreek to sort out this mystery and prove to the townspeople that the Dwakels’ bite is no worse than their bark.

The Hungry Games

Warlic’s received word from Calafalas, the Church Elder of Willow Creek, that someone or something is attacking their animals and crops! Calafalas needs a hero to track down the attacker and save his people from starvation.

Don’t fly away on cold feet, prove your worth to Warlic and Calafalas by collecting Frogdrake feet and Mosquito wings, then it’s time to investigate! Get a move on though Gyro erm… Hero, if you don’t put an end to these attacks soon, the odds will never be in their flavor.

This Whole Investigation is Going South

Once you arrive, it’s time to question the entire town! Which would be pretty difficult if there wasn’t as many families as cardinal directions. When gathering your info, be ready to visit:

  • the Westin house
  • the Northrup gang 
  • the Eastman family
  • and the Southwick crew 

Don't forget to check in regularly with Calafalas at the Church. Be careful when interviewing the townsfolk, they are looking for a culprit too, and you don’t want to be their next suspect!

Brotherly Love

The Westin’s home ain’t no 5 star hotel but it’s good enough for them. That was until Farmer Westin’s brother decided to let a horde of Zards out all over the lawn.

 He doesn’t know if these are the beasts the town’s been attacked by, but either way they need removed ASAP! Could it be that the Zards caused this whole mess and the Dwakels are completely innocent?

Booting Out Bad Company

Typed too soon. Grab your pesticide hero, it’s time for an Northrup attic extermination. 

You don’t have time to wait for the Arcanomancer class to deal with these spiders, so get in there and get squashing! 

Just a Victim of A-SALT 

Snails are far from the most frightening creatures, unless they’re giant and taking over your backyard. This is the exact kind of problem the Eastmans have asked you to solve. It’s time to grab that salt shaker and teach these snails whose boss. 

After helping Farmer Eastman, be sure to learn all he knows about the town terrorizer, and why he finds the mountain caves so suspicious.

Bad Case of Pink Eye

Eye know this array of suspects and suspicions could lead you astray, but Farmer Southwick needs to open your eyes to one more beast. Be sure to store Speyeder in your memory bank, as you got to clear Southwick’s storage of of them. 

Even with a Speyeder invasion, Southwick is convinced it’s those pesky Dwakels causing the town’s troubles. Now that you’re done with the farm folk, it’s time to head over to the caves and check out these Dwarkels for yourself.  

Dwakels. Deadly or Misunderstood?

After interrogating the townsfolk, head to the caves on the outskirts of town to get your own opinion of the accused Dwakels. They seem like a peaceful race, with a strong leader at the helm. Never before had they attacked the town, why would they start now? Did something set the Dwakels aflame towards mankind or are they simply misunderstood?

Talk to the Dwakel Chief, bring your news to Calafalas, and figure out which culprit’s name to howl out to the masses!

Take  this Town Terror Out!

Between the community knowledge of Calafalas and your thorough investigation it’s about time the true culprit was unmasked. Be prepared for the final battle hero, things are about to get hairy! If you can slave the villain, save the town, and get out in one piece, be sure to stop by the Church to get the award you deserve!

Could a few eight legged creatures really clear the name of all other suspects? That’s what Famer Northrup wants to know.

Willow Creek Awaits!

All that’s left now is to playthrough Willow Creek yourself! Hopefully you liked this 2nd installment of AQW’s Throwback Thursday. If you have any ideas for next week’s throwback, please post them in the AE Forums or tweet them to me @ACWOAE. It's always a blast writing these kinds of posts for players to enjoy.


Tags: Alina

 

Bug Maker

March 22, 2014

Wrath of a Dark Queen Part 1

Take on the ChaosWeaver Army this Weekend!

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!

Crush the ChaosWeavers!

The Weaver Queen has called her ChaosWeavers - deadly, spider-like beasts from below the surface - to WAR... and YOU need to save the day! We've been battling her bugs ALL DAY LONG, which is why tonight's release was later than usual! But that's ok, because we knew that you guys had our back.


Got Soul? We know you do!

Head into the deepest shadows and face your fears when you /join twilightedge this weekend. Battle the ChaosWeavers and their minions across Lore until you gather enough clues to locate Tomix, the SoulWeaver who has the Key to control the Portal to Ravenloss.

Once you can stop the ChaosWeavers from flooding IN, you can go down there and take them ALL out! In fact, that's what the Queen of the ChaosWeavers is counting on!

The Queen is waiting... for YOU!

Once you've rescued Tomix, you'll unlock a repeatable farming quest to help you rank up your Ravenloss rep. Make sure to take advantage of the Double REP Boost weekend, because next Friday, the Arachnomancer Class arrives!

And if you've upgrade your account, check out the new quests and DreadSpider art in the Legend-only Twilight map!

Arachnomancer Class NEXT Friday!

Ravenloss is crawling with spiders and spider-type creatures, so it is the PERFECT place to train up your Arachnomancer Class! The Class releases NEXT FRIDAY, and there are several ways you can get it.

  • Rank up your Ravenloss rep
  • Get it 2X faster by completing the Legend-only quests from Riadne
  • Get it right away when you purchase it for 2000 ACs 

Dage is creating the Class art now... expect previews later this week!

Quibble Coinbiter is here!

Don't miss one of the darkest Quibble shops yet! Full of rare gear, helms to fear, and armors that will make you /cheer... these are items that won't be here long, so make sure you check them out while you can! Find previews of item art in yesterday's Design Notes.

SoulBinder and Purified SoulBinder


Tags: Alina

 

Chaos Maker

March 22, 2014

DOUBLE Rep Weekend

Login Now for DOUBLE the Rep Points!

ChaosWeaver Invasion: Wrath of a Dark Queen is LIVE, and the new Ravenloss Rep Faction is, too. That's why all weekend long, we have a DOUBLE Rep Server Boost on all servers! Find the repeatable farming quest from Riadne after you gain control of the portal to Ravenloss in the Twilightedge map.

The Dark Queen waits for you!

Arachnomancer Class Arrives Friday!

This is the PERFECT chance to earn a ton of rep for Ravenloss, and you are really going to want to take advantage of if, because NEXT Friday, we are releasing the Arachnomancer Class!

Female Class art preview by Dage

There are several ways to get the Class:

  • Rank up your Ravenloss rep
  • Get it 2X faster by completing the Legend-only quests from Riadne
  • Get it right away when you purchase it for 2000 ACs 

Legends will get a quest which gives them double Rep Points, or if you don't have the time to farm, you can buy it with 2000 AdventureCoins.

Weekend Changes!

Back at the Lab today to take care of some things we did not finish during the week.

  • Updating Trigoras monster, Binky's map, and Chaos Warrior to cut down lag
  • Adding back the Blademaster quests
  • Increasing the Rep and drop rate for the repeatable Ravenloss farming quest in Twilightedge.
  • Updating the new user guide in Battleon (it will appear for all new heroes up to level 12, rather than 7).


Tags: Alina

 

March 21, 2014

BattleGems gets Featured as a BEST NEW GAME!

Frankly speaking... you guys are freaking amazing!

Starting last night, Battle Gems, our brand new mobile game, was featured as a "Best New Game" in the Apple App Store. We are currently in slot #12 -- which is HUGE if you consider there are litterally millions and millions of games on the app store. The reviews from our long time players and from people who have never heard of us before have been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone seems to immediatley notice how much heart and effort we put into the game... even after playing just a few levels you can see the quality, humor and how surprisingly big the game is. We did not hold anything back making this for you... and you are not holding back helping us making Battle Gems one of the top games in mobile. Thank you!

BattleGems is best new game on the Apple App Store
BattleGems has a new website: www.AQBattleGems.com

Android & Bugs Update

The team has been working around the clock the last few days on the iPod Touch 4th Gen crashing bug, and the rare, but equally frustrating Character Data wipe issue. Also, we fixed the error with Dracustien Frankula in the CastlePainya area. We have our fixes in testing now an we will be submitting the fixes to the Apple App store ASAP. Then, completing the port to Android is the next top priority. To all of you Android users, thank you for being so awesome and patient! There are A LOT of different screen sizes and a few "gotchas" porting to Android -- but once these apple bugs are done, we should be able to muscle our way through it. When it does come out for Android, it is going to be even more polished.

NEW BATTLE GEMS VIDEOS!!!!!!

In case you have been missing them, here are the links!

BattleGems #42 - Pets

MegaCon 2014

If you happen to be going to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida this Saturday... keep an eye out for the Battle Gems suits. The Gems and I will be running around the convention taking crazy and silly photos. I will be posting pictures for everyone through next week via the Battle Gems Facebook page -- give us a like and keep a watch on it!


Tags: Artix BattleGems Dracustein Mobile

 

Oooooh Maker

March 20, 2014

Ravenloss Quibble Preview

Gear Up to Take on Beasts from Below!

Take a look at Quibble's Ravenloss lineup! Find him in Battleon tomorrow night with a host of elemental-themed items and gear to help you conquer your fear of the creatures that crawl up from the dark! Since all of Quibble's items are themed on our ChaosWeaver Invasion: Wrath of a Dark Queen event, his shop will ALSO count as the event rares shop.

Ascended SoulWeaver with and without Coat*

Quibble's shop will be around for at least 2-3 weeks. All other event rewards will be either permanent shop items or monster drops! Check back tomorrow for prices and more previews. (It is almost 3 AM, and I need to get a bit of sleep before tomorrow's release!)

Design Notes Item Key

  • Gear in BOLD is for ACs
  • Gear in ITALICS is for Legends
  • Gear in REGULAR font is for free players and costs gold

 Armors

  • Ascended SoulWeaver (with coat)
  • Ascended SoulWeaver (w/out coat)
  • SoulBinder
     
  • Purified Soulbinder
  • ChaosWeaver Warrior Morph
     
  • Bug Hunter

 

 

Tomix's Cape and Blade, and Ascended SoulWeaver**

Helms

  • Ascended SoulWeaver Locks
  • Ascended SoulWeaver Helm
  • SoulBinder Helm
  • SoulBinder Locks
     
  • Purified Soulbinder Helm
  • Purified Soulbinder Locks
  • ChaosWeaver Warrior Helm
  • ChaosWeaver Warrior Locks

  • Bug Hunter Helmet

 

Riadne's Cape and Mace and Warrior Gear***

Weapons

  • Black Pandora Blade
  • Scythe of Guilt
  • Hammer of Innocence
  • OmniElemental Claw
  • OmniElemental Mace
  • Void Key Staff
  • Ravenloss Defender Scythe 
  • Light Claw mace
  • Ice Claw mace
  • Darkness Claw mace
  • Nature Claw mace
  • Spirit Claw mace
  • Poison Claw mace
  • Metal Claw mace
  • Disease Claw cape

Purple and Black Blades in Quibble's shop  

  • Purple Pandora Blade
  • Ravenloss Defender Staff
  • Water Claw mace
  • Fire Claw mace
  • Wind Claw mace
  • Wood Claw mace
  • Silver Claw mace
  • Energy Claw mace
  • ChaosWeaver Defender

  • Stone Claw mace
  • Bug Blaster Gun
  • Bug Blaster Gun Mach 7

Elemental Claw Capes

Capes

  • Light Claw cape 
  • Ice Claw cape
  • Darkness Claw cape
  • Nature Claw cape
  • Spirit Claw cape
  • Poison Claw cape
  • Metal Claw cape
  • Disease Claw cape
  • ChaosWeaver Knight's Bladed Cape

  • Water Claw cape
  • Fire Claw cape
  • Wind Claw cape
  • Wood Claw cape
  • Silver Claw cape
  • Energy Claw cape
  • ChaosWeaver Knight's Cape and Spears

  • Stone Claw cape
  • ChaosWeaver Knight's Cape

SoulBinder and Purified SoulBinder sets

* Mystical SoulWeaver armor (non-animated) and the Elemental Key Staves will be in the permanent rewards shop.
** Tomix's armor will be in the permanent rewards shop. It is currently available in the DF shop in the /artistalley map.
*** Riadne's armor will not be available. She is modeling the cape and mace.


Tags: Alina

 

Survey Slayer!

March 19, 2014

Extreme Homepage Makeover

We need your Insight on our Website!

Hiya, hero! Beleen here, and I’ve got Ai no Miko right next to me. The two of us are on a real-life quest and we totally need your help.

AQ-com-Survey-Homepage-Makeover

It’s time to level up the www.AQ.com homepage!

You guys and gals always have the BEST ideas, so that’s why we are turning to YOU to help redesign the AdventureQuest Worlds website! Please, accept our Quest and fill out 10 Questions, which will help us create an AWESOME website that you will want to call home…page =D

Embark on your Question Quest here!


Tags: Beleen Survey Homepage Redesign

 

Question Quester

March 18, 2014

SurveyMonkey: Go Bananas

Help us help YOU boost your gaming experience!

Your friends at Artix Entertainment are eagerly working on exciting new games that you and your friends will love (like Battle Gems, which was released this morning woooohoo!!). But what kind of games would you like to play… and where would you like to play these games? Hmmm…

AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook survey

Behold! Our first ever SurveyMonkey Survey on the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook page!  This super quick 6 question survey will help Artix, myself, and the rest of the team develop games that YOU want to play on the devices that YOU play on the most.

We put the QUEST in questionnaires. So team up with us and let’s make history by creating the best video games ever!

Take the AQWorlds Game Survey on Facebook.

Thank you so much! You’re my real-life hero =D

xoxo Beleen!


Tags: Beleen Survey Facebook

 

Battle-adin

March 18, 2014

Battle Gems JUST went live!

Battle Gems goes LIVE on Apple App Store!

It just went live! Be the first to play our 1st major mobile game, AdventureQuest: Battle Gems! It is available right now for free on Apple’s App Store

Get BattleGems on the App Store!

The team and I are really proud to be releasing Battle Gems for you. As our first major mobile game, it took over 6 months to draw, animate, code and write the 450+ joke & pun filled levels for you. We think you will agree that it is our most crazy, addictive and fun game yet! Get Battle Gems and please help us spread the word. (P.S. We are working on the Android version as you read this.)

Battle Gems Screenshots

Battle Gems Features

  • Over-the-top fantasy Puzzle/RPG
  • 150+ monsters including BrutalCorn, Octobear and more!
  • 450+ quests to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull
  • 250+ items
  • Every item you collect increases your total power!
  • Fully customizable character
  • Crazy monsters, epic battles, and… horrible puns (but get it anyway)

Battle Gems Founder!

Limited Time Offer: Become a Founder!

Now is your only chance to become a Battle Gems Founder! Support the game during this launch and UNLOCK EVERYTHING with a one-time payment that is cheaper than a Pizza. …and our game comes with “extra-cheese” at no extra charge. Purchase the Founder Package during this limited time offer for $9.99, you shall receive:

  • UNLIMITED turns! (Yeah. Unlimited. In your face Crushy Candy game!)
  • Exclusive Dragon Knight Armor, Weapon, Wings & Helm
  • Permanent Gold boost
  • The Skeleton Key
  • AdventureQuest Worlds MMO exclusive - Dragon Knight CLASS, Armor, 2 Helms, 3 Capes, & 2 Weapons

BattleGems Founder Details


Battle Gems is already getting GREAT REVIEWS!

Thank you so much to everyone giving the game five stars to us on the app store. Battle Gems has been getting amazing feedback and reviews -- check out this KILLER game review from the game review site, Game Skinny! The humor is spot-on perfect "AE" and Battle Gems has the highest quality and most consistant art. I am really proud of the team, the testers, and our online community for all of the long and hard work that went into creating this amazing game. Thank you guys!!! We are working hard on the Android and other ports. Even if you cannot play yet, please help us spread the word! Each day this week we will be releasing a new Battle Gems video... and this weekend, "The Gems" will be heading to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida to run around and cause trouble. BATTLE GEM ON!

Battle Gems... Kitty is Disolving.. HURRY!

Do not forge to LIKE the BattleGems Facebook page!


Tags: Artix

 

Weaver Maker

March 17, 2014

5 Days Until the Invasion

The Wrath of a Dark Queen Event Begins Friday!

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!

Crush the ChaosWeavers!

The Weaver Queen has called her ChaosWeavers - deadly, spider-like beasts from below the surface - to WAR... and YOU need to save the world! (It's what you do, being the Hero and all.)

Chaosweavers, Dreadspiders, and Arachsya, OH MY!

If you're not familiar with the ChaosWeavers, they are iconic creatures from DragonFable, and were vital enemies in the SoulWeaver Saga in Ravenloss, one of DF's most popular storylines. This week, you'll face them in Twilight's Edge... and across the world!*

Armors from Ravenloss and Quibble's shop

THIS time around, though, you've got no time to study SoulWeaving. YOU have a nation of very angry, VERY deadly creatures to kill before you seal the portal bringing them to our world! Riadne and Tomix will help you here, then journey with you to Ravenloss itself NEXT week!

* The Legend-only Twilight map will be getting some new quests, rewards, and updated art for the Dreadspider!

Arachnomancer Class NEXT Friday!

Ravenloss is crawling with spiders and spider-type creatures, so it is the PERFECT place to train up your Arachnomancer Class! The Class releases NEXT FRIDAY, and there are several ways you can get it:

  • Rank up your Ravenloss rep
  • Get it 2X faster by completing the Legend-only quests from Riadne
  • Get it right away when you purchase it for 2000 ACs 

Dage is creating the Class art now... expect previews later this week!

Today's Server Boost: Class Points!

Continuing with our Spring Break Server Boosts, we're keeping the double Class Points boost active! 

  • Tomorrow's boost: 25% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50% more Rep (start farming that Ravenloss Rep!)

Quibble Coinbiter Arrives Friday!

Quibble Coinbiter is everyone’s favorite sales Moglin, who travels far and wide, collecting never-before-seen items to add to your impressive collection. (How is this possible? Quibble has a connection with a slightly corrupt time-travel fairy who supplies him with items that have not even been created yet.)

Tomix's Judgement Scythe

This week, he'll be bringing the Ascended SoulWeaver armor (with and without extra cape tail), the SoulBinder Armor, Tomix's Judgement Scythe**, Pandora's Rage and Hope Blades**, and more!

** Because Tomix needs to focus on the Ravenloss Part II Saga in DragonFable right now, he cannot come help AQW with the release. He IS sending you some of his favorite DF art to show he'll be there in spirit!


Tags: Alina Ravenloss ChaosWeavers Quibble Spring Break Twilight

 

Luck Maker

March 15, 2014

Lucky Day Fair and New Class

Lucky Day Double Class Points Boost!

Gear up and buff your LUK to make sure your HP stays high... because this weekend, ALL servers have a Double Class Points Boost! You're going to need it, because once you're doing carousing around the Lucky Day Faire (/join luck to head there!) and creating puzzles in our new Battle Gems Mini carnival game, it's going to be time to battle your way through Lore as an Evolved Dark Caster!

Find out more about Evolved Dark Caster Here!

You can get the Evolved Dark Caster Class from Dage in Battleon for 2000 AdventureCoins OR with 2000 Legion Tokens. That Class will be available for at LEAST one month from today. The Shamrock Fair will be in town for at LEAST a week so make sure that you meet all the carnival NPCs, Take a stroll through the hedge maze, play all the mini-games, and bring home LOTS of awesome Seasonal Rare Prizes!

ShamWOW!

But remember, you can only EARN these prizes by winning Golden Tickets from each of the fair games! If you're already an AQW Legend, then you get a leg-up on the competition (as always). We have a SPECIAL MEMBER'S ONLY FAIR GAME that gives a lot more Golden Tickets than the other games... but you'll want to try the others anyway. They're so much fun!

Also, if you feel like you need a little extra luck, the Fair Fairies who greet you at the entrance to the fair are selling a Lucky Hat for Adventure Coins that DOUBLES the amount of tickets you win at each game!

Battle Gems Mini: Lucky Day Fair's New Puzzle Game!

Step right up, Hero, and test your puzzle-prowess with the Lucky Day Fair’s newest game: Battle Gems Mini! Connect rows of gems to clear the board in under 42 turns to win… then create your OWN puzzle board and share it with friends! You'll just need to copy the code, then pass it around and your friends can try THEIR luck with YOUR puzzle! 

Battle Gems mini is a based on the full version of the Battle Gems mobile game (with combat, monsters, gear, skills, quests, and more) coming soon to the Apple app store! It is NOT an exact replica of the game; the minigame doesn't have combat, quests, or items... so if you want to get your paws on THAT awesomeness, you'll need to wait til Battle Gems hits your iDevice.

Reminders!

  • /Cheer for the AQW Wiki team members, who are celebrating FIVE YEARS of making sure you have all the info you need to know to play your best!
  • Quibble Coinbiter arrives next week in a cloud of rumors whispering about war, an underground city, and betrayal!
  • The ChaosWeaver Invasion: Wrath of a Dark Queen Spring Break event begins!
  • Log in EVERY DAY next week to find an all-new server wide boost! One day might be a Gold Boost, the next a Rep Boost. You'll have to /join us to find out!



Tags: Alina

 

Post Maker

March 13, 2014

Evolved Dark Caster is Live!

Dage's Darkest Gift Arrives Tonight!

Dage has one last birthday gift for you, Heroes: the Evolved Dark Caster CLASS! This thing is BEASTLY, both in terms of incredible art AND with a new combination of skills by a mysterious new class designer known only as a "Friend of the Underworld."

Every skill in the EDC is Magical, and you'll gain mana from all hits landed in combat (especially on crits)! So if you like to hit hard and hit often, this is the one you're going to want to equip. But don't neglect your HP, because the amount you deal will depend on how much health you've got left!

There are two ways you can get the gear:

  • Buy the Class, armor, and accessories with AdventureCoins OR
  • Use Legion Tokens to create them in Dage's merge shop (will be 0AC for free storage)

The Class costs either 2000 AdventureCoins OR 2000 Legion Tokens. The Armor, helms, cape, chakram, and spellblade each cost less, but all are available either for ACs or LTs. The Evolved Dark Caster will NEVER return, though Dage plans to release a different Dark Caster version for NEXT year's birthday.

Evolved Dark Caster Skills Breakdown!

This class is like a jack-of-all-trades; it’s good at something, but not an expert on all fields. Now this class is still quite powerful, and it’s worthy of belonging in Dage’s Legion. With this kind of set-up, you can keep yourself and allies alive to drag your enemies into the Underworld’s chasm of darkness.

Notes: You do NOT need the Evolved Dark Caster armor to unlock the Class. 

Auto Attack

  • 100% damage
  • 0 Mana, 2 second cooldown

Rank 1: Overshadowed

  • Applies Blighted Sight: decreases enemy's hit chance by 8% and haste by 7%
  • Deals 75% damage
  • Stacks up to 3 times, each stack lasts 8 seconds
  • 15 mana, 3 second cooldown

Overshadowed debuffs your enemy to improve your survivability. Your target becomes slower and lands less hits on you, so make these stacks count.

Rank 2: Onyx Combustion 

  • Deals 140% damage to 2 nearby targets
  • 18 mana, 4 second cooldown

This skill deals some heavy damage to your targets, and it’s pretty useful for farming. The short cooldown time lets you keep on attack, but watch out for the mana cost.

Rank 3: Stygian Pact

  • Heals you and a friendly target for a large amount immediately
  • Applies Styx Water to the first target for additional healing over 12 seconds
  • 24 mana, 14 second cooldown

Stygian Pact is support for you and your fellow Legionnaires to keep on fighting. It prevents you and your allies from crossing over the River Styx and owing Death another favor.

OvershadowedOnyx Combustion, and Stygian Pact were partially made to stall and keep you alive in combat, so you can let loose Soul Scourge to finish the job. I’m hoping to see players come up with different ways to use this class in PvP and against monsters. The skills are pretty straightforward, so it won’t be hard to use.

Rank 4 Passives

  • Dark Vision: Increases critical strike chance by 10%
  • Umbral Cloak: Damage increased by 10%, Dodge increased by 15%

Now this is the first rank 4 passive to permanently buff a Mage-based class’s dodge rate. The increase in crit rate and outgoing damage is to make sure your targets get hit hard.  

Rank 5: Soul Scourge

  • Deals 320% damage
  • Applies Decay: negates any healing for 10 seconds
  • Guaranteed crit, long-ranged skill
  • Hits up to 3 targets
  • 35 mana, 22 second cooldown

Soul Scourge can start your fights and end them with its guaranteed hit, nuke, and Decay effect. It’s much more effective when you get lucky and land a crit. If you hit more than one target with this attack, you’re likely to gain back most of your mana in an instant. The Decay effect will be extremely useful in PvP.

Rank 10 Passive

  • Dracolich Spirit: all physical damage received reduced by 18%

Now this is some extra protection in PvP and against monsters, giving you the power of a Dracolich to defend yourself.

Who is this new Class designer?

Hailing from the savage depths of the Underworld, I am AQW’s new Class Designer who shall remain anonymous. Like Dage, I am a fellow resident of Underworld, so the realm of darkness is not something new to me. The endlessly dark and ominous atmosphere of the Underworld can drive the tortured souls and the newly deceased into insanity and ghostly turmoil, but you get used to it. You get to meet new people every day, if you get what I’m saying. OK, enough of my rambling, let’s get to the point of why you’re reading this.

When Dage said he wanted Evolved Dark Caster to be a powerful, Mage-based class with AoE skills and good in PvP, I thought to myself, “No, let’s go beyond that. Make the class good for farming, group/boss fights, and soloing (to some extent). It will be a multi-purpose class!” Now let’s talk about the actual class. It won’t be hard at all to decide what enhancements to use because all the skills are Magical, including the Auto-Attack. The INT stat is your best friend. The mana regeneration is just like your regular Mage class, so it’s based on how hard you can hit your enemies, especially crits.

So. My command to YOU is... Get the Class. Fight with it. Then report back to me on the forum to let me know what you think!


Tags: Alina

 

NOT the Post Maker

March 12, 2014

SleuthHound Strikes Back

Wayback Wednesday: Revisit Sleuthhound Inn!

Jinkies! SleuthHound Inn is still operating?

Welcome to the coolest hotel around, /join SleuthHound in east Greenguard on your map is where all the best and brightest go for some R&R. So sit back, relax, and get ready to solve the mystery of a lifetime. Your lifetime that is, because without solving the mystery, SleuthHound staff can’t guarantee you check out in one piece!

Hi! Meet me. ACW0! I'm the goto detective for you! Not just a Tacomancer of the Quality Assurance team anymore, I'm a newish volunteer writer, too. And my first big assignment is to be YOUR guide to Lore's older hotspots. (I should really get a Design Notes avatar that ISN'T Alina...)

Some of you may be old hats at these maps, but for the newer players that could have missed them, I'm here to bring the spotlight back. The first stop on memory lane is the infamous SleuthHound Inn. Ready to dive right inn?

In Need of a Super Sleuth

Whether you’re a first time guest or stayed often enough for a frequent traveler’s card, each stay at Sleuthhound is never quite the same.

Owned and operated by Curry, currently checked in at SleuthHound are:

  • Angela Whiteberry (chef & author) 
  • Agatha Peacock (peacock enthusiast) 
  • Alfred Hitchgreen (big chicken) 
  • Edgar Allen Plume (Porcelain Pony ponderer) 
  • Scarlet Drew (rose by another name) 
  • and Sir Arthur Mustard (a saucy war vet). 

Now that you know the guest list, it’s about time to find your room and turn in for the night. When suddenly…

CRACK! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! BOOM!

Lightning strikes. Who’s that screaming! What’s that noise?

It’s about this time that, like in any vacation the hero partakes, it’s realized relaxation is out of the question. Down at the concierges, Curry informs you that the hotel furniture has been possessed and he needs your help to find the culprit.

Who Dun It?

Pull out your ever so stylish detective's hat, hero, it’s time to get questioning.

  • WHO would do such a thing?
  • HOW did they possess the furniture?
  • WHERE was the awful deed done?

No staff, guest, or frying pan (I’m looking at you chef Whiteberry) is safe from sause-picion. Be sure to check the entire house: hallways, patios, and bathrooms included.Talking to each guest and staff member should get the gears turning towards the true perpetrator. Don’t be afraid to take notes or revisit ncps to aid in your search.

The solution is... MYSTERIOUS!

Sleuth with caution hero, because the storyline of SleuthHound Inn is rarely the same thing twice. No wiki or guide is available to cheat from for this mystery, as with each visit, the story of SleuthHound begins anew.

What Next?

After you’ve formed an idea of the culprit, their weapon, and where this catastrophe took place, it’s time to bring your findings to Curry. Curry’s been forming ideas too and is pretty confident with his results. However, he wants to make sure you both see eye to eye.

When you tell ideas to Curry, make sure to pay close attention to how he responds. The more assured he sounds, the better chance you have the right idea! Don’t get discouraged if he doubts your answer, that just means it’s time to reexamine some evidence, descriptions, and alibis. A conclusion you can both agree on is just around the corner!

After you’re happy with your conclusion and Curry seems to agree with your findings, it’s time to click the solve button and catch that culprit!

Be warned, the real culprit is not always who it seems…

Spoils of the Search!

When the mystery is solved and the culprit unmasked, there’s no way you’re leaving that inn without confiscating some new gear for "evidence!" Feel free to help yourself to the garb of the person you convicted, now that they won’t be needing it… right?

Ready for Next Week?

How’d you guys like AQW’s first Throwback Thursday*? If you would like this to become a weekly post or have ideas for the next throwback, feel free to tweet me @ACWOAE or comment on the forums. It's your ideas and input that help us create the best content AQW can!

* I threw this first one back SO HARD it got posted on Wednesday!


Tags: Alina

 

March 12, 2014

Cosplay Interview #1

Meet Fuge-- AQWorlds player and creator of this EPIC Paladin Costume!

Cosplay is the hobby of creating and dressing up as characters from video games, movies, TV and comic books. It has become main stream in recent years, largely due to the success of popular fan conventions including ComicCon and DragonCon. The creavity, hard work and effort that goes into creating these costumes is simply incredible. So when Fuge, an AQWorlds player posted photos of his self-crafted Paladin armor on my Facebook page... I asked Fuge if we could interview him to get you the inside story. Read the full interview and see the photos at www.Artix.com!

Paladin Armor Cosplay


Tags: Artix

 

Luck Maker

March 11, 2014

Friday: Shamrock Fair 2014

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!


Sneaky Peeky!

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!


Tags: Alina

 

List Maker

March 07, 2014

Undead Apocalypse Rewards

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.


Tags: Alina

 

Slay-adin

March 06, 2014

Getting Excited!

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.

Undead Apocalypse

Battle Gems!

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.

Battle Gems just for kicks


Tags: Artix

 

Puts the 'Lore' in DeLorean

March 05, 2014

HUVr Board Hoax?

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…

Is HUVr board real online adventure game mmo

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

Enjoy!

xoxo Beleen  


Tags: HUVr board item hoax Beleen

 

March 04, 2014

Our Real-Life Ninja WINS!

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 wins Sasuke

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. 

Nagano and Drew Drechsel

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!


Tags: Artix

 

Pancake Moglin

March 04, 2014

It's Pancake Day!

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

 

Drummer Maker

March 03, 2014

March of Awesomeness

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.


Tags: Alina

 
 


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