Design Notes

June 29, 2016

The Summer Madness Offer is BACK

Get Up to 50% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

Starting tonight and through this Thursday, July 21st, the Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale BEGINS!* Get more AdventureCoins with each AC package, and the larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend as we battle our way through the final villains in the fan-favorite “Throne of Darkness Saga”! 

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So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs last year that we wanted to keep that love and excitement flowing for the rest of the summer!

Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

* On July 22nd, the bonus amount will drop, so this is your best chance to get the MOST free ACs!

Unlock the July upgrade bonus gear!

Starting tonight, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive July upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Galactic Commander June bonus gear, and will be available until August 5th.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 12 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
  • 2 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

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

  • 1 Armor
  • 1 Helm
  • 2 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

Pets for each package will ALSO come soon! And all packages will also come with the Falcon Commander character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! 

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

Tags: Alina,
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June 28, 2016

July Release Lineup Coming At You

July is going to be a HUGE Month of Awesomeness!

We’ve had a LOT of movement this past month in AQW - from our BaconCat vs Laser Shark release to the Throne of Darkness: Death Arena... the Galactic Defender June bonus gear and the Warcraft Rares Shop... June has been insane! Good news: July is going to be even CRAZIER!


July Release Lineup

  • July 1 Throne of Darkness: Infinity Shield
  • July 1 Falcon Commander upgrade bonus gear
  • July 7 The Ancient CryptKeeper Limited Quantity Sets leave
  • July 8 Throne of Darkness: 4th Dimensional Pyramid
  • July 8 Summer Rares (with surfboards!) + Custom Surfboard Raffle
  • July 15 Throne of Darkness: Pyramid Maze Puzzle
  • July 15: The HeroMart in-game Store arrives*
  • July 15 The Eternal rep class variant + Black Hole Sun Limited Time Shop
  • July 22 Throne of Darkness: Scarlet Artifact Hunt
  • July 22 HUGE Suggestion Shop/quest update + Event Rares shop
  • July 29 Throne of Darkness: Tower of Mirrors
  • July 29 Mysterious (Stranger?!!) Quibble Shop

* More news on this next week!

 

New July Upgrade Bonus Gear: Falcon Commander

This is the first look at SOME of the gear in the Falcon Commander set arriving this Friday! More details in tomorrow's Design Notes!

 

Leaving This Friday

  • ALL the June Rare Gear Shop items - including the Roses and Gold and Warcraft gear
  • The June Upgrade Bonus package: Galactic Defender and Commander sets
Tags: Alina,
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June 28, 2016

Roses and Gold Shop Leaves Friday

Last Chance to get our pinkest gear of the year so far!

This Friday, the Roses and Gold rare gear leaves the game... FOREVER! Find the gear in your June Rares Shop.

We asked for your ideas on Twitter, and got FLOODED with requests! We can't create all of them, but we DO have some really awesome, pink gear coming your way starting tonight! In honor of Beleen the Pinkomancer's unbirthday*, the Roses and Gold shop will be available until July 1st. 

Take a look at a full list of what's releasing in the list below:

Classes:

  • Troubador of Love
  • BattleMage of Love
  • Sakura Cryomancer

Armors:

  • Pink Data Runner
  • Gold and Roses
  • Sakura Cryomancer
  • Rouge Lord and Lady
  • BattleMage of Love Armor
  • Pepto Spectro
  • Think Pink Cheerleader
  • Celestial Love Commander
  • Pinkality of Nulgath
  • Rougeweaver
  • Ravin' Legion Raven
  • Pastel Skyguard Captain

Weapons:

  • Electric Loveletter Opener
  • The Pink Redemption
  • Rose Flaming Fists
  • Dual Electric Loveletters
  • Whip of Love
  • Roses on Fire Batons
  • Beamsword of Love
  • Celestial Love Sword
  • Rose of Ragnarok

Helms:

  • Pink Redemption Helmet
  • Rogue Lord Helm
  • Data Runner Helmet
  • Horc-a Horc-a Burning Love
  • Pepto Wyld Hoodie
  • Pepto Wyld Hoodie Locks
  • Celestial Helm of Love
  • Ravin' Legion Raven Hood

Capes:

  • Roses and Gold Flame
  • Pepto Spectro Tail
  • Celestial Wing of Love
  • Ravin' Legion Raven Rune

* Technically, every day besides your birthday is your UNbirthday, but we thought it would be the most fun to release this shop the week of her six-month unbirthday! 6 more months until Beleen's birthday shop arrives.

Tags: Alina,
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June 27, 2016

Galactic Defender Leaves Friday

This Week is your last chance to unlock the June upgrade bonus 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 June upgrade bonus items: the Galactic Defender and Commander sets! Once these go rare, the July Golden Falcon Commander sets will arrive.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 15 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: Galactic Commander and Defender
  • 3 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes (6 winged variants and a cloak)
  • 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: 6 items + Boosts

  • Galactic Defender armor
  • High Defender's Helm
  • 3 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Galactic Defender character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! The June bonus gear goes rare July 1st, so get it while it is still here!

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

Tags: Alina,
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June 27, 2016

Coming Soon: The Infinity Shield

Battle through the Shifting Pyramid to recover the shield!

Anubyx is determined to see you enter the 4th Dimensional Pyramid, survive its dangers, fulfill the prophecy, and come out alive. There's only one thing he can think of to help you -- the Infinity Shield -- a condensed anti-quasar that will keep you safe as you fight to survive Sekt's dungeon!

Take on the crazed creatures spawned from the heart of the Black Hole Sun as you fight to come out on top (literally!) - once the Infinity Shield is yours, you'll be ready to enter the Fourth Dimensional Pyramid next week! 

Prepare to enter the wormhole... 

Tags: Alina,
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June 26, 2016

Black Hole Sun War Boss Unlocked

Take on the Reflecteract Now!

Congratulations! The Reflecteract war boss has just been unlocked! Talk to Anubyx for the boss quest and story cutscenes, then take on the boss for a chance to get its reward drops.

The boss has a chance to drop a pet or cape version of itself, PLUS the Reflected Commander armor set has been added to the war merge shop!

  1. Talk to Anubyx in the /blackholesun map
  2. Watch the new cutscene
  3. Accept the quest to kill the Reflecteract
  4. Defeat the boss and watch the final war cutscene
  5. Grab your Tesseract Shard
  6. Cjheck out the new armor set in the war merge shop
Tags: Aethai,
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June 24, 2016

Battle the Black Hole Sun's Minions

The next chapter of the Throne of Darkness begins with... WAR!

When a black hole sun appears over Battleon, it’s a sign that things are about to get… TWISTED! And inverted. And very, very BAD… As we gear up to begin telling Sekt's tale of the 4th Dimensional Pyramid, you'll need to get down and DARK as our world is threatened by creatures spawned from the heart of a black hole sun!

Battle to Raise the War Meter

How to fight in an AQWorlds war:

  1. /join blackholesun
  2. Slay the creatures of the Black hole Sun to get war medals and mega war medals
  3. Turn the medals in to raise the war meter
  4. As the war meter rises, more areas will be unlocked and special surprises will arrive
  5. Complete Anubyx's farming quest to get merge shop resources to create reward gear
  6. Get the war meter to 100% to unlock additional cutscenes AND the war boss!

Special Black Hole Sun war features:

Get the war meter to the following percents to unlock new content!

  • 10%: New room in the map
  • 20%: A new monster joins the war
  • 30%: The map expands
  • 40%: The map expands AGAIN!
  • 50%: A war chest is unlocked with surprises inside!
  • 60%: A new cutscene is unlocked PLUS a new monster joins the battle
  • 70%: The map grows even LARGER!
  • 80%: The next new monster joins the battle!
  • 90%: The battleground grows even larger!
  • 100%: The boss monster and area is unlocked AND new cutscenes are unlocked
Tags: Alina,
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June 24, 2016

CryptKeeper Limited Quantity Packages

Friday, June 24th: Throne of Darkness Limited Quantity Gear

Starting tonight, Friday, June 24th, at 6:00 PM EST (server time), head to our Limited Quantity Package page to grab the darkest, deadliest limited quantity sets off the year! Only a few heroes in AQWorlds will ever be able to equip them, which means once the quantities run out, they become instant status symbols for you rare hunters. Each package also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! 

Each of these items was crafted by Dage the Evil and is based upon Vaden's tale of the Bone Castle from our Throne of Darkness Saga. The green parts of each item are color customizable, and will match to your "eye color"!

Unlock the CryptKeeper Vault and get ALL 25 items!

Price: 4000 AdventureCoins
Total Quantity: 4100 sets (initial stock: 2000 sets, 150 sets per restock)

  • Ancient CryptKeeper Armor
  • Arcane CryptKeeper Armor
  • Abyssal CryptKeeper Armor
  • 13 helms
  • 4 capes
  • 5 weapons
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

This is the first-ever time we are putting EVERY limited quantity item into one package! We know that many of you won't want to miss a thing, and this will make sure you don't! 

Ancient CryptKeeper

Price: 2000 AdventureCoins
Total Quantity: 4100 sets (initial stock: 2000 sets, 150 sets per restock)

  • Ancient CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Plague Doctor Helm 
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Locks Helm
  • CryptKeeper Skull Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braids and Collar Helm
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Helm
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Hawk Helm
  • Plasmatic Dagger and Tome Daggers
  • Ecto Dragon Cape
  • Ecto Minions Cape
  • Reversed Plasmatic Daggerand unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

Arcane CryptKeeper

Price: 50,000 gold 
Total Quantity: 8040 sets 
(initial stock: 4000, 360 per restock)

  • Arcane CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Braided Ponytail Helm
  • Masked CryptKeeper Locks Helm
  • Masked CryptKeeper Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braids Helm
  • Cryptic Arcane Tome Mace
  • Plasmatic Dagger Mace
  • Flaming Bone Web Cape
  • Ecto Minions Cape
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

Available for gold to anyone who has ever purchased a membership (even if your upgrade has expired)!

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

Abyssal CryptKeeper

Price: 25,000 gold 
Total Quantity: 56400 sets (initial stock: 20000, 2600 per restock)

  • Abyssal CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Bone Web Cape
  • Dual Plasmatic Daggers
  • Bearded CryptKeeper Helm
  • CryptKeeper Hawk Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braided Locks Helm
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

What are Limited Quantity Packages?

A Limited Quantity Package* is a group of items sold together which has a set quantity. Once the gear has sold out, that's it. The total number of packages is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 packages left on the web page counter, that's what we've got left in stock. These items are non-refundable, so once you click the "confirm purchase" button, that set is yours to keep!

How Do They Work?

Excellent question! Starting this Friday, June 24th, at 6 PM server time, the intial stock of our Limited Quantity Packages will be released. Once they are, you'll need to:

  1. Head to the Limited Quantity Package page
  2. Select the package you want to buy
  3. Confirm your purchase
  4. Log into your AQWorlds account
  5. Open your Book of Lore and go to the Achievements tab
  6. Look under the "Other Badges"section
  7. Find the Package Badge and open the shop to get your gear!

Limited Quantity Package Restock Schedule

We have more than doubled the number of restocks of our 2015 limited quantity sets to make sure everyone has a fair chance at getting the items they want*! Package quantities restock throughout the weekend to give everyone a chance to get the gear they want, no matter what timezone or country they live in.

Restock times:

  1. 6:00 PM Friday, 6/24 - initial stock
  2. 10:00 PM Friday, 6/24
  3. 2:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  4. 6:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  5. 10:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  6. 2:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  7. 6:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  8. 10:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  9. 2:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  10. 6:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  11. 10:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  12. 2:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  13. 6:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  14. 10:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  15. 2:00 AM Monday, 6/27 - final restock
All time zones listed are in EST (that's the same as server time). You can find a timezone converter here so you know exactly when the restocks are in your part of the world!
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June 23, 2016

Throne of Darkness: 4D Pyramid

Throne of Darkness Sekt Story Update

I just finished the full script for Sekt and the 4th Dimensional Pyramid and am waiting to see Alina's response. 

This was a challenging assignment. I broke three big rules and think you will enjoy it.

  1. You will have a surprise NPC which you WILL NEVER guess. 
  2. 2.) Sekt is the Pharoah of the Black Hole Sun. He is telling the story and starts it out in a way that I do not think we have ever done before. Finally - 
  3. 3.) It ends in a way we have never ended a story before... 

This is the 5th Chapter of the Throne of Darkness saga which starts this Friday with a war... then next Friday with a challenge arena, and the story part will begin the following Friday. I really hope you enjoy it.

Alina reaction: I LOVE the story we're telling here! The twists (both in the art and in the plot) are awesome. As a note... NEXT week we are releasing the 4th Dimensional Arena. Artix's 4D Pyramid release is not one we want to rush, and now that the story and design are done... we can REALLY begin building it!

Tags: Artix,
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June 23, 2016

Ziri's Magical Rares Shop Leaves Tomorrow

Last Chance to Get Ziri's Magical Gear!

A few weeks ago, we released an all-new animated item shop FILLED with gear inspired by Ziri the Daimon's story. Now, sadly, it's time for this limited time shop to go forever rare. Ziri's magical animation shop leaves TOMORROW NIGHT!

  • Golden Flying Pig Bacon Hailstorm
  • Grumpy Rainbow Cat Smash
  • 1 Million Gold Storm
  • Undead Horde Flood

Though the gear in Ziri's Magical Rares Shop will leave, the animations may be used in the future. There are a also a number of animated items you can get right NOW from the Animated Item shop in your game menu!

How animated items work:

  • Animations ONLY appear to you (to reduce lag for other players)
  • Every time you use auto-attack or any skill, there is a chance for the animation to go off
  • Some items will also have a boost (rep, XP, class points, gold) or racial bonus attached (undead, dragons, human, orc, chaos)

New Animations-in-Action Screenshots

Grumpy Rainbow Cat


One Million Gold Shower

 

Undead Horde Flood


Golden Flying Pig Bacon Hailstorm

Tags: Alina,
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June 21, 2016

Those Pesky Treasure Chest Keys!

Twilly's Quests Reopened

If you head over to Battleon, you will see that Twilly's Treasure Chest quest has been reopened!  You can now turn in your Key for Epic Loot, and Members have access to their free keys again!

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I guess being Warlord Twilly is more work than I thought, so we jumped in and helped by unlocking a few things after the fixes went live. If you tried to turn in one of these quests, then you could not turn in any other quest until you relogged. 

This fix means that those quests will no longer block other quests from being turned in.

Tags: Reens,
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June 20, 2016

Coming Soon: Creatures of the Black Hole Sun

Friday, June 24th, the battle begins in the Black Hole Sun WAR!

The Throne of Darkness Saga continues next weekend as we begin exploring the realm of the 4th Dimensional Pyramid! When a black hole sun appears over Battleon, it’s a sign that things are about to get… TWISTED! And inverted. And very, very BAD… 

As Artix and Memet work on the upcoming 4th Dimensional Pyramid story (where you'll learn the tale of the Hero vs Sekt the Eternal), the rest of the team is concentrating on Black Hole Sun war starting Friday, June 24th! While YOU battle the creatures of the Black Hole Sun, they will be finalizing the last pieces of Sekt's dungeon and the bonus release that will follow afterwards.

Tags: Alina,
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June 17, 2016

FOR THE HORCS!

New Rare Gear Available Until June 29th

So many of the devs here at the Secret Underground Lab are huge gamers, and many of us spent way too many hours questing, battling, and farming on one (or more) of the WarCraft games. In honor of the new movie released last week, Memet crafted a full set of gear to help you celebrate!

Starting tonight, find the following gear in the June Rare Gear shop in your game menu:

  • HorcCraft Commander Armor
  • FOR THE HORCS banner
  • Pounder of Faces hammer
  • Tribal Horc Locks
  • Tails of the HorcLord
  • DOUBLESMASH hammers

(Alliance fans, you haven't been forgotten... but when we went to craft your gear, we found all Memet's styluses strangely crushed into smithereens. We took that as a sign to focus on the Horc tribe this time 'round.)

Tags: Alina,
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June 17, 2016

Drakel Warlord Class Breakdown

Warriors, come out to play!

Drakel Warlords are kings of the arena. Using their brute strength and earned combat prowess they can dish out intimidating damage while fending off bevies of physical attacks. That's wny Pax the Warlord's Class Variant is based on the Warrior Class!

How to get the class

The Drakel Warlord Class is available from the Class shop in Battleon for either 2000 AdventureCoins OR 100,000 gold if you have a membership in AQWorlds!*

Class Information

  • This class has a LOT of defensive stats and a focus on crit damage. 
  • Drakel Warlords are the masters of single target focused combat. 
  • In PvP this class is very strong vs other physical damage classes but its lack of magic resistance makes it vulnerable to classes that focus on spell damage. 
  • Since, at the moment, all monsters do physical damage, Drakel Warlords can tank very well in PvE scenarios. 
  • Their lack of AoE (outside of an AoE stun) means they aren’t the quickest farming class but their high defenses and decent heal mean they can keep going for days.
  • Random fact: the head of our Class Designer group (Arklen) has been running around for the last week challenging random testers to fight him. "PvP me, bro? C'mooooonnnnn...."

* The next Throne of Darkness Class variant will be for ALL players, and will requre rank 10 of the 4D Pyramid faction rep!


Drakel Auto Attack

A Drakel special auto attack that deals 150% damage.

  • Type: Physical
  • Mana Cost: 0
  • Cooldown: 2 seconds
  • Damage: 150%

Notes: We wanted to keep the Warlord’s abilities heavy and hard hitting. The bonus damage on this auto means it’s crits are even bigger.       

Strengthened Strike:

Tap into your Warlord strength to deal 200% attack damage and intimidate your foe, reducing any physical damage they deal by 7% for 10 seconds, stacking up to 5.

  • Type: Physical       
  • ManaCost: 15       
  • Cooldown: 3 seconds       
  • AoE: 1 Range:
  • Melee Damage: 200%

Notes: Your bread and butter spam skill. You get this at early ranks to help both your offense and defense. This skill is a mana trap if you’re not careful. The 10 second duration on the debuff means you don’t need to spam it constantly to keep Intimidation up.

Raged Strike

You rage at everyone around you. Stuns up to 3 targets for 3 seconds. Your boiling blood heals your wounds, applying a HoT for 15 seconds.

  • Type: Physical       
  • ManaCost: 20       
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds       
  • AoE: 3 Range:
  • MeleeDam: 0%

Notes: AoE stun and sustain. As long as this doesn’t miss, it’ll keep you alive in just about any situation (barring DoTs maybe). You probably won’t be taking damage while you’re stunned so it’s a guaranteed bit of healing until the stun wears off. Combo this with Strike of Expertise and you shouldn’t have any trouble finishing your foe off.

Strike of Expertise

Warlord’s experience on the battlefield allow them to position themselves to perfectly land attacks. Applies Prepared Strike, making any autos done in the next 5 seconds always hit and crit.

  • ManaCost: 18       
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

Notes: Critting on a 150% auto twice is pretty huge, especially with your crit damage buff on your passive. Use this in combination with your stun to guarantee the damage.

Enter the Arena

Challenge your opponent! Deals 100% damage and applies ‘Master of the Arena’ taking 50% less physical damage for 15 seconds. 

  • Type: Physical       
  • ManaCost: 30       
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds       
  • AoE: 1 Range: AllDam: 100%

Notes: Helps targeting in pvp! Really though, this skill is the reason you dominate in 1v1 combat. Your 30% physical damage reduction passive plus Enter the Arena means you have capped out your physical damage resistance to the maximum (80%) for 15 seconds! This can be up 15 out of every 25 seconds which is 60% of the time (isn’t math cool)!

Passive 1: Expertise: Increase critical damage by 15%

Passive 2: Warlord’s Respect: All physical damage taken reduced by 30%

Passive 3: Drakel Skin: Increase END by 20%

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June 17, 2016

This weekend: The Hun'Gar Games BEGIN

Death Arena PVP: Two Teams Enter... One Team Wins!

After the trials and tribulations of Pax’s warlord challenge, battles inside the Death Arena will never be the same! This weekend, fight alongside your team members to hone your combat skills in our newest PvP arena!

Drakel begin practicing the art of war from a very early age... and to help YOU keep your blades and skills sharp, we've built a new PVP arena and stocking it with NEW rewards! 

In the Death Pit Brawl Rep Shop you'll find:

  • Drakel Warlord Armor, weapon, and two capes
  • Pax the Warlord BattlePet
  • Chud, Gall, Hun'Gar, and Velm pets

In the Death Pit Arena Rep Shop from last week you'll find:

  • Spinal Carnage Staff
  • Sword of Malice
  • Drakel Chud Armor and Helm
  • Drakel Velm Armor and Helm
  • Drakel Hun'Gar Armor 
  • Drakel Gall Armors (green and white skin)
  • Drakel Gall Morph
  • Green Drakel Morph

This week's PvP map is modeled after the team PvP in Darkovia Brawl, but fear not, PvE-ers -  if you're a member, there will also be some PvE quests and rewards if you aren't a fan of PvP. If you're a free player who isn't into PvP, even MORE good news! We've added some new gear to the DeathPit Rep shop*

If you ARE a PvP fan, though... this is your time to break out your best class and get to battling! And speaking of Classes... the Drakel Warlord CLASS arrives tonight, too! Read this Design Notes post for more info.

* And fixed the issue with the gear that was not requiring rep.

DragonFable 10th Anniversary Gift

Happy 10th anniversary, DragonFable! To celebrate DragonFable's 10th anniversary, the incredible Cronix (a DF artist) crafted an all new scythe JUST for you! You'll find it for 0 ACs in the DragonLord shop inside the Guardian tower! 

Make sure you've linked your DragonFable account to your AQWorlds account, then find the Ultimate DragonLord Scythe in the DragonLord shop in the Guardian tower! 

PTR Testing Bonus: 200% to XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts

As we race to the finish of the server rewrite, we need ALL the testing we can get! Log onto the PTR servers this weekend for a MEGA boost on both the PTR and member-only PTR Testing Servers! Get 200% MORE Class points, rep, XP, and gold!

 There is a known issue with the display off bonuses, but you ARE still being awarded them. If you encounter any issues wh

Tags: Alina,
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June 15, 2016

Progress Report of all Reports

Who wants updates on what's happening in AQWorlds?!

According to Twitter, Facebook, emails, and messages in-game... YOU DO! So let's get down to it!

Server Rewrite Update

Yorumi and M are cranking out the updates, and everything you guys have been finding on the testing servers has been very helpful. (THANKS!) Here is what we have left to work on:

  • Onoing: bug fixing (based on what you find) and confirming all the fixed glitches
  • Fishing tradeskill*
  • PvP memory leak (estimated fix date: this Friday)
  • Fixing mod report functionality 

This may sound like a lot, but Yorumi and M have made good progress on each of these, and we are ironing out the wrinkles (and smashing the bugs).

* Fishing is the only tradeskill that will go live with Phase 1 of the server rewrite. We want to rebuild Alchemy and spellcrafting to be better, faster, and more of what YOU want them to be!

The rewrite has taken a fair bit longer than we expected, but we are essentially rebuilding the game. It's like if you have a car that doesn't run very well, so you replace the engine but leave the interior the exact same. You'll notice improvement in how the car performs, but not how soft the car seat fabric is. 

Our goal is to make the game's engine run super-smoothly, and we are on track to do just that!

AC Generation Glitch

If you saw Twitter over the weekend, or logged in to see the testing servers had disappeared, you may have heard about an AC generation glitch. The glitch (which was only abused by around 20 people), was quickly fixed thanks to player reports and the swift escalation by our whitehats (these are the good-guy testers with the extra-handy programming power).

All is well with the glitch, and those who exploited it to get free ACs have had them removed and their accounts disabled until they can write in to Player Support for more information.

Testing Mission Sprocket

Those of you who have completed quests on the testing server may have noticed a new item dropping from ALL quests - the Testing Mission Sprocket! Save up enough of these babies and you'll be able to turn them in for the 0 AC Sir Ver Bank Pet, a wicked-cool PTR testing reward!

Remember: as you find issues testing quests, killing monsters, and running around the game, please report them on the Bug Tracker!

Coming Releases

WOAH I hope you like your brain broken! This week is the Death Arena PvP release... but NEXT week we start the three-part 4th Dimensional Pyramid story. It begins with the Black Hole Sun War next Friday, followed by Sekt's story in the 4th Dimensional Pyramid, and then the all-player bonus release!

Tags: Alina,
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June 13, 2016

This Friday: The Hun'Gar Games

Death Arena PVP: Two Teams Enter... One Team Wins!

After the trials and tribulations of Pax’s warlord challenge, battles inside the Death Arena will never be the same! This weekend, fight alongside your team members to hone your combat skills in our newest PvP arena!

Drakel begin practicing the art of war from a very early age... and to help YOU keep your blades and skills sharp, we're building a new PVP arena and stocking it with NEW rewards! 

This week's PvP map is modeled after the team PvP in Darkovia Brawl, but fear not, PvE-ers -  there will also be some PvE quests and rewards if you aren't a fan of PvP. If you ARE a PvP fan, though... this is your time to break out your best class and get to battling!

Testing Server Glitch Abuse

Over the weekend, our whitehats (these are the security testers with mega-bonus programming skills who help us track down issues and exploits) let us know about a new AC glitch, where some people (less than 30) managed to get a LOT of free ACs due to some broken monthly-quest check code.

Those accounts have been rolled back and disabled. That means 1) they do not get to keep the ACs and 2) they will need to write in to Player Support to have their individual situation reviewed.

If you encounter any glitches or expoits on the testing server, please do not tweet about it or create more accounts to help make AE aware of the issue. The best thing to do is send a report to the Bug Tracker so we can get the devs on it as soon as possible!

Why do you want to ban for glitches like this, but not ones like the DoT room, merge shop, and quest window glitches?

Good question, phantom player! I believe it is the dev team's responsibility to fix glitches when they are in-game as soon as possible so they you guys cannot abuse them (and therefore don't get punished for them. The new server has fixed most of the glitches that people are using, so that will not be an issue very shortly. However, our rules ask people not to discuss glitches, as that can lead to more abuse. (Want a refresher on the rules? Check them out here!)

But when it comes to AC-related glitches, where some people are abusing a glitch to get ACs... that is essentially stealing from Artix Entertainment, because everyone else needs to spend real money to get those ACs and the glitch abusers are getting them for free.

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June 10, 2016

Roses and Gold Rares Shop

Put on your Rose Colored Glasses as we celebrate PINK!

It's time to put on your rose colored glasses as we prepare for the "Roses and Gold" limited time shop! We've had a ton of fans asking for a pink-themed version of our Black Friday rares shop (where we take your favorite gear and rework them in shades of black)... and this week, we are delivering!

We asked for your ideas on Twitter, and got FLOODED with requests! We can't create all of them, but we DO have some really awesome, pink gear coming your way starting tonight! In honor of Beleen the Pinkomancer's unbirthday*, the Roses and Gold shop will be available until July 1st. 

Take a look at a full list of what's releasing in the list below:

Classes:

  • Troubador of Love
  • BattleMage of Love
  • Sakura Cryomancer

Armors:

  • Pink Data Runner
  • Gold and Roses
  • Sakura Cryomancer
  • Rouge Lord and Lady
  • BattleMage of Love Armor
  • Pepto Spectro
  • Think Pink Cheerleader
  • Celestial Love Commander
  • Pinkality of Nulgath
  • Rougeweaver
  • Ravin' Legion Raven
  • Pastel Skyguard Captain

Weapons:

  • Electric Loveletter Opener
  • The Pink Redemption
  • Rose Flaming Fists
  • Dual Electric Loveletters
  • Whip of Love
  • Roses on Fire Batons
  • Beamsword of Love
  • Celestial Love Sword
  • Rose of Ragnarok

Helms:

  • Pink Redemption Helmet
  • Rogue Lord Helm
  • Data Runner Helmet
  • Horc-a Horc-a Burning Love
  • Pepto Wyld Hoodie
  • Pepto Wyld Hoodie Locks
  • Celestial Helm of Love
  • Ravin' Legion Raven Hood

Capes:

  • Roses and Gold Flame
  • Pepto Spectro Tail
  • Celestial Wing of Love
  • Ravin' Legion Raven Rune

 

* Technically, every day besides your birthday is your UNbirthday, but we thought it would be the most fun to release this shop the week of her six-month unbirthday! 6 more months until Beleen's birthday shop arrives.

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June 10, 2016

Enter the Death Arena

The Throne of Darkness Saga continues with Pax's Story!

Pax the Warlord has a bone to pick with you… in fact, the gladiators in his arena will pick ALL your bones up, then hurl them down, and stomp on them until you’re dust. Who do you think you are, coming into his Arena like you OWN the place? The Death Arena Tournament is NOW open for Drakel challengers to battle for the title of High Warlord. But first... the entertainment, and that includes YOU! 

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June 10, 2016

Are you ready to become... A Daimon?

Daimon Class Skills Breakdown

Daimon are like the genies or Lore… but Ziri the Daimon is, in reality, simply insane. His believe in his magical wish-granting amulet is so strong that, in effect, he convinces himself that his delusions are real. Sadly, he is the only one who can truly “experience” his wishes. For everyone else, they do not really exist. Fun fact: our Hero is Ziri’s idol, and he would like nothing more than to become his sidekick.

A New Psionic Class Variant

In the (new) tradition of having a class variant for each of the Throne of Darkness Sagas, and trying to keep true to Ziri's NPC Class, we've combined several classes - Mindbreaker, Oracle, and Evolved Shaman - into one to create fun and useful combination that marries psionic attacks with healing abilities. The class also has new icons and animations -- enjoy unlocking them all!

How to Get the Class

You'll find both member and AC versions of the Daimon Class in Ziri's Shop when you /join baconcat. To read the full skills breakdown, head to the Class details page!

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June 08, 2016

Ninjas, Babies, and Drakel Warlords

Most legit post ever.

Greetings friends! I am writing to you from my super uncomfy seat at the hospital with a triple dose of exciting news. 

American Ninja Warrior: Drew, Mack, & Reko

On tonight’s episode of the American Ninja Warrior TV show, 3 friends of AQWorlds will be running! Pleaase join us in cheering on our very own ninja trailer, Drew Drechsel. Also, the “King of Obstacles” Mack Roesch who declared on AdventureCouch that he would try out for the show… well, he made it on! Finally, my close friend Reko Rivera who will be unmissable with his red ninja outfit, haircut, and… well, he normally shows up breathing fire. 

Baby Mia “Warrior Princess” 

At the stroke of midnight on Sunday, we got a very… very…  special surprise. See the official announcement video on my Facebook page. It should be noted that she was born on 6/6/16 during a storm -- likely future member of Dage’s Legion? 


Special secret story: Our AdventureQuest 3D Kickstarter was funded, we were Greenlit on Steam, and I found out we were having Mia all on the same day! I was asked not to publically announce this because, you know, things can go wrong… but as you can imagine, that was THE BEST day ever. 

Drakel Warlords

On Friday our new main storyline, Throne of Darkness, continues with a much more serious and deadly release… Pax and the DEATH ARENA. It should be noted that these are Elite Drakel… they claim to be the descendants of the ancient great Dragons themselves and believe they are the rightful heirs to this world. Pax has several Elites with him including one very rare Albino Drakel. This character was based off of a close childhood friend of mine-- perhaps I could tell you a more funny story about this in a later post. 

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June 06, 2016

Friday: The Death Arena

The Throne of Darkness Saga continues with Pax's Story!

The Death Arena Tournament opens this weekend as Drakel challengers arrive to battle for the title of High Warlord! But first - heroes and monsters alike will be forced to fight as Pax the Warlord watches… and laughs.Will YOU survive?

Meet the four High Warlord challengers!

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June 04, 2016

BaconCats vs LaserSharks

NOW: Enter the Bacon Cat Force HeadQuarters!

Heroes of the Bacon Cat Force… UNITE! The Laser Shark Brigade’s invasion of the flying Bacon Cat Fortress is about to begin, and Ziri needs every adventurer’s help to drive them out. 

It is vital that we get as MANY heroes possible to attack the waves of invading LaserSharks. That's why ALL heroes will get to:

  • Take on some of the LaserShark Brigade's finest warriors* as you explore the BaconCat Force HQ
  • Unlock the BaconCat Force gear by farming the new BaconCat Force rep
  • Quest for the key to open Kitty Boo Boo's secret and super-secret boxes

SECRET: If you are not an AdventureQuest worlds, do not read any further!

Well, hello! As an AdventureQuest Worlds member, you are eligible to join the Special BaconCat Forces Unit (SBCFU), an elite group of heroes with the skill and ability necessary to take on the heart (and the boss) of the LaserShark Brigade!

You'll have access to exclusive quests and the BaconCat Lair Underground (which... doesn't make sense now that I think of it, since the Force HQ is in the sky, but... hey. It is Ziri the Daimon's world and delusions, so we go with it!), plus member-only gear!

* Though the Great White Cyborg LaserShark may not recognize them once they've triggered the security magic!

PS: The AC/member Daimon Class variant has been delayed until next week due to unforeseen insomnia on the part of the dev team. We are fixing this with copious amounts of energy drink and lolcat videos.

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June 03, 2016

New: Galactic Defender and Commander Gear

Unlock the June upgrade bonus gear with select upgrade packages!

Starting tonight, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive June upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Tempus Mori May bonus gear.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 15 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: Galactic Commander and Defender
  • 3 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes (6 winged variants and a cloak)
  • 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: 6 items + Boosts

  • Galactic Defender armor
  • High Defender's Helm
  • 3 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Galactic Defender character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! The June bonus gear goes rare July 1st, so get it while it is still here!

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

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June 01, 2016

Happy Birthday, Daimyo... and more!

Log in to Battleon to get your own Daimyo Pet

Wish happy birthday to everyone's favorite undead-slaying battle puppy*! Each year on his birthday (today!!!) Artix adds Daimyo into Battleon, so heroes can buy him as a pet. This started in the original AdventureQuest, and has become a yearly tradition. Log in through tomorrow night to celebrate everyone's favorite "fearless undead slaying" battle puppy by getting your own to travel alongside you! 

* Wish him Happy Birthday on his official Daimyo FaceBook page!

Daimyo: Defender of the Secret Underground Lab

Though some of you might not know this, Daimyo often comes to the Lab with Artix.* Whenever he's here, we feel EXTRA safe from any potential undead army attacks... or student tour groups... or the lunch cart... or Herormart package delivery men...

Those are some of my favorite days at the Lab, because though Daimyo is FIERCE, he can also be pretty sweet. Especially when he wants a treat.

The Legend of Daimyo

Once upon a time there was a feudal lord from a great Eastern Kingdom. He battled an evil Witch, who cursed him into the form of an adorable puppy. While undertaking the perilous quest to return to normal, he befriended and became the faithful companion of the Paladin, Artix. No one knows Daimyo's secret or what quest is required to return to normal. Mostly because every time he tries to speak it comes out as cheerfully high pitched, "Arf!"

MoglinRiders... Incoming!

Daimyo has many fans, but especially rare pet collectors! So many of you get so excited when his birthday rolls around that we began giving him a new outfit every year (Vampire, Derp, DoomKnight, Dage's Legion and more). The goal is to collect as many as you can! For the last couple years, some of the birthday daimyo pets have not made it back into the shop... but this year, you'll be able to choose one Daimyo from the full collection!

After Daimyo leaves Battleon tomorrow, you'll find merges for all the birthday Daimyos PLUS the three new Moglin Rider Daimyo pets from Artix in the Necropolis map! 

More Birthdays to Celebrate!

Happy belated birthday to Sora to Hoshi, lead AQWorlds and AQ3D in-game moderator, who celebrated this Monday! Her birthday shop is available now in the game menu, PLUS we have a number of players also celebrating birthdays this week, including Kira Nightengale!

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