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September 26, 2016

Last Chance for September Gear

This Week is your last chance to unlock the Royal Raider gear!

Until this Friday at 6 PM EST server time, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive September upgrade bonus items! Once these go rare, the October Dark Sorcerey sets will arrive... and so will 8th Upholder!

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 21 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 armors: Royal Raider and Dark Seas Commander
  • 8 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 4 weapons
  • 1 pet
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: 10 items + Boosts

  • 1 Armor: Royal Raider
  • 4 Helms
  • 1 Cape
  • 2 Weapons
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Royal Raiders character page badge, so you can show all your friends who REALLY owns the seven seas! The September bonus gear goes rare this Friday, September 30th (when 8th upholder begins), so get it while it is still here!

Quibble's Talk Like a Pirate Rares

Until this Friday at 6 PM EST server time, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive September upgrade bonus items! Once these go rare, the October Dark Sorcerey sets will arrive... and so will 8th Upholder!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

This year's Quibble Treasure Chest (aka shop) contains:

  • Cursed Naval Commander set
  • Golden Pirate Captain set
  • Solar Naval Commander set
  • Lunar Naval Commander set
  • Explorer Naval Commander Class and Armor (returns each year)
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet

If you're a member of the Undead Legion and you own the Cursed Naval Commander, head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Aranx's Celestial Birthday Gear

Find Aranx’s Celestial Birthday gear in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu until this Friday's release.

Gear leaving forever:

  • Enchanted LightCaster 
  • Enchanted Blade of Light 
  • Light Caster Scarf  
  • Enchanted Light Hood 
  • Enchanted Rod of Light 
  • Enchanted Orbs of Light Cape 
  • Enchanted Mace of Light

The following items will be available until September 30th, then will not return until 2017, during the next Celestial Realm zone update.

  • Evolved LightCaster
  • Silken Hood of Light
  • Glowing Halo and Locks of Light
  • Glowing Halo of Light
  • Shining Blade of Glory
  • Shining Blade of Glory (member gold version)

Both the Enchanted LightCaster and the Evolved LightCaster armors will automatically unlock the LightCaster Class(currently scheduled for release sometime in 2017). These armors cannot be sold until October 1st.

8th Upholder Begins This Friday, September 30th!

Almost 8 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every October after that, we hold the Upholder promotion - anyone upgrading their account during that period (or whose membership ends after November 1st of that year) becomes an Upholder... making them one of our most Legendary supporters. 

8th Upholder NORMALLY begins October 1st, 2016, but this year we are starting it on September 30th, because that's when the new October upgrade bonus goes live. 

If your membership ends on or AFTER November 1st, 2016, then you are ALREADY an automatic 8th Upholder. If you are NOT an Upholder and you don't want to take the chance on missing it, then GOOD NEWS! You can upgrade now with a 3, 6, or 12 month membership and instantly become an 8th Upholder. You'll automatically unlock all the Upholder perks on October 1st!

* You can see what time it is on the server clock in your options menu)

** Upholder badge color not final

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September 26, 2016

Mogloween returns this Friday

Getting a Head(less) Start on Halloween!

This Friday is September 30th... and we are going to start our month of Halloween celebration a day early! 

Log in starting this Friday for candy, costumes, & craziness!  If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last eight years! 

New Side Story: Prelude to the Otherworld

This year, we'll have a NEW side story, "Prelude to the Otherworld," featuring Sora to Hoshi, Samba, Beleen, and a new Loremaster as they investigate a tale hinting at a legendary race of creatures and a mystical celebration... 

This side-story will introduce characters and lore for next year's Mogloween 2017 main event!

Spookiest Gear of the Year Returns Friday!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

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September 23, 2016

Cursed and Legion Naval Commanders

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

Starting tonight, if you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

Note 3: The Cursed Naval Commander cannot be sold until October 1st.

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Not a member of the Undead Legion? Find out to join in this post!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Gear Still Available

Pirates, swashbucklers, and seadawgs alike... yer time is now! Talk Like a Pirate Day rare gear will be availale until next Friday, September 30th! You'll find his shop in the Game Menu. Read on to see what he's brought fer ye this year!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

In Quibble Shop, you'll find the following gear:

  • Cursed Naval Commander armor
  • 12 Cursed Naval Commander helms
  • 8 Cursed Naval Commander weapons
  • 2 Cursed Naval Commander capes
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
  • Cursed Parrot pet and cape

  • Solar Naval Commander
  • Solar Naval Commander Tricorns (male and female)
  • 2 Solar Naval Commander weapons
  • Solar Commander's Cape 
  • Lunar Pirate Captain 
  • Lunar Captain’s Tricorns (male and female)
  • 3 Lunar Captain weapons
  • Lunar Captain’s Cape 
  • Lunar Battle Wolf
  • Solar and Lunar Parrot pets and capes

  • Golden Pirate Captain
  • Golden Captain’s Hats (male and female) 
  • Golden Captain’s Pistol (single and dual-wield) 

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September 23, 2016

Take on Captain Flintfang

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 War Boss Battle!

Y'arrrrr! Last weekend, ye fought to help choose the next ruler of the Midnight Sea... and the Vampirates flooded th' war meter with a bounty of helpful heroes. BUT the Lycan Buccaneers were NOT ready to parlay or recognize Bonnie's victory -- and THAT is why ye're needed to take down Captain Flintfang this weekend!

/join midnight war and talk to Bonnie's Lieutenant to begin the quest to take down Captain Flintfang! Each time you defeat him, you'll have a chance to get one of the reward drops shown above and listed below:

  • Flintfang Morph Helm 
  • Lycan Captain Armor
  • Truly Cursed Cutlass
  • Cursed Tricorn helms 
  • Midnight TopHat 
  • Vampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Naval Anchor Cape
  • Vampirate Cutlass V
  • ampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Hair helms

Captain Flintfang's armor and morph helm will also be available in the September Featured Gear shop until September 30th (for you heroes without much time to farm, but with a hunger for lycan-themed gear)!

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September 23, 2016

This Weekend: Paladin vs the Undead

Undead + Paladin + Surprises = Battle Frenzy!

While YOU have been fighting the Throne of Darkness villains, the rest of Lore still battles all the other monsters roaming free. Starting tonight, the Order of Paladins needs you to bear witness as one recruit faces a horde of undead to prove that she is ready to (and worthy) to become a Paladin!

Heroes: return to the lands of Doomwood! /Join lightguard to begin the adventure as you help Darcy on her final trial before joining the ranks of the Paladins!

  • Take on a legion of the Undead to prove your worth
  • Defeat the Skeletal Subjugator for a chance to get Darcy's armor, helm, and blade
  • Find Laken's Paladin Commander set in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu
  • SURPRISE ENDING! (Is it REALLY a surprise if we tell you there's a surprise coming?)
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September 21, 2016

Next Friday: Mogloween Returns

Getting a Head Start on Halloween!

Next Friday is September 30th... and we are going to start our month of Halloween celebration a day early! Log in next weekend for candy, costumes, & craziness!  If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last five years! Just /join mogloween and get ready for bats, brawls, and LOTS of hallow-SCREAMS!

Ok... not RIGHT NOW, but starting next Friday, September 30th

Welcome to MystCroft!

It is a dark and stormy night, fog creeps through the trees and into the houses of Battleon. When you step outside, a beacon pulses in the darkness. As you walk towards it, ghostly moans grow louder. When you enter a clearing you KNOW wasn't there before, you see a portal that takes you to... MystCroft, realm of spookily-delicious Mogloween adventures!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

Find the Necronaut in Mystcroft!

Last year, we introduced a new challenge fight: the Necronaut! Next weekend, you can take him down again and replay everyone's favorite spooky holiday from years ago & get 2016 Seasonal Rare items. 

This year, we'll have a NEW side story, featuring Sora to Hoshi, Samba, Beleen, and a new Loremaster as they investigate a tale hinting at a legendary race of creatures and a mystical celebration... 

Unlock 8th Upholder When You Buy Any Membership

AQW is coming up on another birthday! That's means we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder!

What does an 8th Upholder get?

As an 8th Upholder, you shall receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!*

  • Rare: Cursed Star Sword

  • Rare: Solar Star Sword

  • 8th Upholder Character Page Badge

  • Infinite bragging rights

  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone

Once you become an 8th Upholder, you can easily access these Items in your Book of Lore by clicking your 8th Upholder Badge icon in the Badges tab.

 

How do I become an 8th Upholder?

All that we ask is that you help support AQW the game undergoes its exciting rebirth!

Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count toward 8th Upholder.

* Memberships purchased on September 30th will award 8th Upholder this year.

 

Mark your calendars: October of OMG-AWESOME!

This is not the only new holiday event happening this month! Not by a LONG shot!

  • Friday, September 30: 8th Upholder BEGINS!
  • Friday, September 30: the October Upgrade bonus gear: Shadowfang Sorcery set 
  • Friday, September 30: Mogloween returns!
  • Tuesday, October 4: Taco Day returns
  • Friday, October 7: Part 1 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 14: Part 2 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 21: The Darkest Invasion (Bridge of Monsters)
  • Friday, October 28: Mogloween 2016: J6 Knows Your Nightmares
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September 20, 2016

Friday: Cursed Legion Naval Commander

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

If you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Dage the Evil wants YOU. Enlist Today!

Dage is one Evil dude, that’s for sure. Do you have what it takes to become part of his growing Undead Legion army?

Dage the Evil Recruitment Poster

Undead Legion Requirements

  1. Undying passion for the Undead
  2. Absolute affection towards the dark and deadly
  3. Total commitment to AQWorlds
  4. Passion for ridiculously ridiculous quests
  5. SKULLS!
  6. And more SKULLS!

If you meet the above requirements, then you are the perfect candidate for Dage the Evil’s Undead Legion!

How to Join the Undead Legion

  1. Log into AQWorlds
  2. Travel to the Underworld (/join Underworld)
  3. Find Dage the Evil and introduce yourself
  4. Click on “Shops”, then click “Armor Shop” and buy the Undead Warrior armor for 1200 ACs
  5. Speak to Dage again, and
    • click “Quests”
    • and then “Legion Quests”
    • and complete the Undead Champion Initiation
  6. If successful, you will be able to complete the remaining quests (Mourn the Soldiers, Understanding Undead Champions, Player vs Power, and Fail to the King)
  7. After you complete “Fail to the King” quest, you can buy the Undead Champion armor
    • In Dage’s speech bubble, click “Shops”
    • Then click “Legion Shop”
    • Buy the Undead Champion armor for 50,000 gold
  8. As an Undead Champion, you can now go on Champion Quests
    • Speak with Dage, slick “Quests”
    • Click “Champion Quests”
    • Complete INSANE quests to prove your worth
  9. Start earning Legion Tokens with every successful quest complete

10. Use Legion Tokens to buy things from the Merge Shop

  • Speak with Dage
  • Click Shops
  • Click Merge Shop
  • Get epic loot!

Assuming you’ve made it this far, you can complete lots of other quests from Dage, gain access to Dage’s Soul Forge where MORE items can be crafted, and also be fully prepared for Dage’s brand new armor arriving Friday…

Once you Achieve Undead Legionnaire Status…

You'll be able to unlock the Naval Commander shop and spend your Legion Tokens on the Cursed Legion Naval Commander! Now that I have shared everything with you… you can begin (or continue!) your journey into Dage’s Undead Legion!

Get to work, soldier!  

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September 19, 2016

Monday Server Rewrite Update

Post-Weekend Testing Information

Thank you to EVERYONE who logged on over the weekend to help us test the new servers -- you guys did an AMAZING job finding and confirming issues! So... what happenes next?

  1. We are reverting the right-side game servers back to the old system (so they will no longer be testing servers)
  2. Yorumi is fixing what you've found with the help of our testers and whitehats
  3. Right now, PVP is disabled on the testing servers as we try to isolate one of the bugs you helped shine a light on
  4. Expect another big weekend test in the near future 

But why do we NEED more testing?

More testing is needed because you found more bugs! Or rather, this weekend's big test highlighted that an issue we thought was fixed... wasn't. Some bugs only reliably appear when the server is under heavy load (which means that a lot of players are on it). Other bugs only happen when a very specific combination of triggers happens at once.

We've simulated heavy load (thanks, whitehats!) and tried to find and reproduce all of those tricky "special circumstances" bugs, but that's a LOT easier when we have a lot of real, live players playing the game and testing.

Make sure you are logging to one of those servers on this URL to get the new client with the boost: http://www.aq.com/play-now/defaulttest.asp for the right side servers

Enhancement Fix

For those of you who DO bounce back and forth between the testing and regular servers, Yorumi has added in a work-around so that you won't see your character breaking when you switch between them.

If you buy a new enhancement on testing server 1 or 2, then go back to the regular, live servers, you'll see a level 1 adventurer enhancement temporarily equipped. (That prevents your character from breaking.)

Any enhancements you buy and equip on the old server will carry over to the testing servers without a problem.

Read this post to see WHY we need the servers rewritten, what rewards you'll get, and how to report bugs properly.

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September 17, 2016

Midnight Crown War: Vampirate Victory

The Vampirates won the Talk Like a Pirate Day War!

That's the GOOD news! The BAD news is that Flintfang and the Lycans are HOOOOOOOOOOOWLING with rage over the outcome... and refuse to accept defeat! This coming Friday, battle Flintfang and save Bonnie Blood! 

Flintfang's letter reads:

To the crew o' th' Bloody Bonnie,

We do not surrender. We do not admit defeat. Bonnie Blood will never wear the midnight crown! Yer Captain is with me... for now. But if'n ye want her back afore I stake her out in the sun...

Ye'll need to return here in one quarter of a moon cycle (that's one week, if'n th' hero asks). 

Ye'll soon learn who the REAL masters of th' Midnight Sea are!

- FlintFang

PS: The Paladin vs Undead story will ALSO release this coming Friday!

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September 16, 2016

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 is here!

Choose a Side and Battle in the Midnight Sea War!

The Vampire Pirates are at war with the Lycan Pirates over the richest prize in the seven seas - the Midnight Sea Crown! Vote with your blades and battle to help determine WHO will rule all of the Midnight Pirates in Lore for the next year… who will YOU choose to become the Midnight Pirate King or Queen?

You'll find a bounty of epic and piratical booty waits for those willing to fight for it! YARRRR! But... WHO will you fight for? That's th' real question, me hearties!

This weekend, begin the adventure when you /join midnightcrown! Complete the first 12 quests to unlock the Midnight Crown WAR in /midnightwar! Choose a side and slay monsters to raise the war meter... and may the BEST side win!

  • Slay lycans for Bonnie Blood to get Full Moon Bounties
  • Slay vampirates for Flintfang to get Black Veil Bounties

Each time you turn in one of the MEGA Bounty quests, you'll have a chance to get one of the pieces of each side's farming reward set:

  • Crulon's Vampirate Armor
  • Axeros' Lycan Shinobi Armor!

At 25%, 50%, and 75% on the war meter, EXTRA reward drops will be added, too!

Quibble is back with Rare Pirate Gear!

Grab yer doubloons and prepare to parlay, because Quibble Coinbiter's ready to give you what you want... IF you can meet his price!

This year's Quibble Shop will feature:

  • Cursed Naval Commander set
  • Golden Pirate Captain set
  • Solar Naval Commander set
  • Lunar Naval Commander set
  • Explorer Naval Commander Class and Armor (returns each year)
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
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