Design Notes

January 17, 2017

Void Highlord Member Class Test

Member Only Preview/Test Starts Now!

This Friday, we will launch a class many of you have been waiting for since LAST January - the permanent Nulgath farming class! The Void Highlord Class is insane and awesome... and not for the faint of heart. Just like Nulgath!  

If you have an upgraded account, you can try out the skills RIGHT NOW and let Arklen (our lead class designer) know what you think! The skills may change based on player feedback... so if you want to have a hand in fine-tuning our newest class, now's your chance!

This is the "test" version of the Void Highlord class so you can try it out in advance and let us know your thoughts on the skills. Once the class is ready to go live, its skills and art will change to those of the default warrior class. You can keep the "test" version with the warrior class skills/art as a souvenir of your participation in the test. The item's name will stay the same: "Void Highlord Tester"

Once the class does go live, it will be available to ALL players... but you will have to work for it! Requirements will be:

  • Level 50
  • 1 Hadean Onyx of Nulgath
  • 1 Voucher of Nulgath (non mem)
  • Complete an insane quest worthy of Nulgath the ArchFiend

Right NOW, though, members can find the class in their game menu and get it for just 10000 gold. Huge thanks to Sync for the skills design, Arklen for the icons (and coming skill animations), and the dreaded duo of Tendou and Asuka for the farming quest!

Class Skills: Subject to change!

Void Highlord(Physical) (Mage Mana Regen)

Stats: Fighter  || end > str >dex > wis > luk > int

Nulgath ranks you a Void Highlord and bestows a portion of his power to you. You are a sinister brute bringing anyone to your knees. Half of your soul has been taken by Nulgath as for the price of this untamed power, use it wisely..

Contract 

If Shackled is in play, you feed off their soul, healing a bit of your health every time your weapon connects. Applies Soul Fend, inflicting a Moderate HoT that lasts for 5 seconds and stacks to 5. If Unshackled is in play, damages your enemy's soul the more your weapon connects. Applies Soul Breach, inflicting a Moderate DoT that lasts for 5 seconds. Stacks to 5.

Cooldown: 2.3 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close

Shackle 

Binds your Soul for protection, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets and increasing your Damage Resistance by 50% for 15 seconds. Also applied Soul Void increasing Haste and Healing taken by 10% for 15 seconds. Stacks to 5. Costs 20% of your maximum health.  (Replaces Unshackled)

Cooldown: 4 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close
Note: 100% Weapon Damage

Highlord’s Gaze 

 You strike fear into your opponent with the eyes of the Void, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets with a 30% chance to stun and causing their blood flow to dwindle. Applies Congested, lowering their Hit, Haste, and Dodge by 10% Stacks to 3. You feed off their despair, healing you for some of the damage dealt.

Mana: 20
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Physical
Range:
Far
Note: 150% (Weapon Damage)

Unshackle

 Releases your Soul for destruction, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets and increasing your Damage Output by 50% for 15 seconds. Also applied Soul Void increasing Haste and Healing taken by 10% for 15 seconds. Stacks to 5.  Costs 20% of your maximum health.  (Replaces Shackled)

Cooldown: 4 seconds
Physical
Range:
Status
Note: 100% Weapon Damage

Passives

Relentless Onslaught: Increases Hit Chance and Crit Chance by 15%

Tremble in Fear: Increases Damage Resistance 20%

Armageddon

 Spawn a portal straight to the Void itself to call mass amount of swords to do your biding dealing cataclysmic damage up to 3 targets around the user. Applies Arbiter's Wrath, increasing your Critical Strike Damage by 30% for 10 seconds. Also applies Armageddon to the enemies as long as they're not Chaos. Armageddon deals massive Damage over 12 seconds.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close
Note: (420% Weapon Damage)

Undying Warlord: Increases Endurance by 50%

 

Again, these skills MAY change... that will be based on your feedback and what our designers see while you test. 
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January 16, 2017

This Weekend: Laken's Saga Returns!

Battle to discover the history of the Seraphic Reaper!

Laken came from the future to help Dage in his battle against Nulgath, but his story is so much more than that. This weekend, travel back into the past as battle as Laken the Good to discover Ada, the Seraphic Reaper, grew into the deadly warrior she is today.


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January 13, 2017

Heroes Heart Day Returns Next Month

The Game of Love can be Killer...

Next month is our Heroes Heart Day event, and Swaggy's been hired to put a new spin on the oldest game in the world! Along with Beleen, he'll put on a show like Lore's NEVER seen - and in the end, one very lucky and special contestant may find the best prize of all -- LOVE!

Take note, Heroes: The Wheel of Doom is not returning. But there will be a Wheel... even if YOU aren't the one spinning it! 

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January 13, 2017

This Weekend: Friday the 13th is BACK!

Chaos + (UnLuck) + Voltaire = Shenanigans on Friday the 13th!

Chaos and Luck are both unpredictable. But tonightis Drakath’s (un)lucky day - Voltaire (our favorite gypsy goth musician-turned-decorator) is back to help jumpstart his quest to recover his Chaos powers… by helping him get his house in order! A little paint, a lot of mayhem, and BOOM (...and DOOM?!), Drakath will be back in business!

Voltaire is a... WHAT?!

Voltaire and the crew at Artix Entertainment have been buddies for a long time now. We always like to give our friends a helping hand, so in past events, we've included references to Voltaire's most recent projects. (Like when he went riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children)

In October of last year, Voltaire launched a new Youtube show - "Gothic Homemaking with Aurelio Voltaire." It is as awesome and dark and interesting as Voltaire is.

WE knew we had a Friday the 13th coming up, and needed to create Drakath's new home... and the Chaos hub-town. What better way to ensure the design is spot on (and help out a friend) than to hire Lore's best new interior decorator?

Find all new event gear this weekend!

Find the Dark CrownsGuard set, Doomed Dandy gear, and more in this week’s event and rares shops! 

Find event gear in the following places:

  • Check out the event rares shop in your Game Menu
  • Decorate your house with rewards from the farming quest availble after you finish the story
  • Battle the event boss to get exclusive item drops
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January 12, 2017

Nulgath's Birthday Coming Soon

Next Friday, the ArchFiend Celebrates his Birthday!

All you Nulgath the ArchFiend fans... rejoice! Your ruler is returning, and bringing new gear for his birthday rares shop! 

He's taking one of the most popular sets from his Patreon account (Though AQWorlds is a family-friendly game, this link is not necessarily safe for work. Make sure you have your parent's permission to click this if you are under 18.) and hand-crafting an AQWorlds version.

Expect a new bank pet and Nulgath resource farming pet, as well!

New Farming Class Coming Soon!

Last year, when we released the rare Abyssal Angel class, we ALSO said we would have a new Nulgath-based farming class coming. At long last, the time is almost here! Designed by Sync, the class*** will be permanently available and will require a lot (a whooooooole lot) of farming! So stock up on your Diamonds, your Unidentified 13s, and prepare to get a new resource or two. This baby's going to be a fun one!

OverSoul Gear Arrives!

In honor of Nulgath's birthday, we will be adding some items from his game, OverSoul, to existing Nulgath-area quests as new rewards. A more comprehensive list will come next week.

** The image in the picture is from the Patreon account. The in-game variant will look slightly different.**
*** It will be renamed from the Void Warlord to avoid confusion with an existing, rare armor.

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January 11, 2017

So many things are happening

Read on to get news you need to know!

We've had a lot going on this week - the server rewrite bugs list is shrinking rapidly, the team is on track to launch the release early Friday afternoon, Adobe rolled out a new patch for Flash, and Artix & Dage are preparing to leave for the Anime Impule Expo at 5 AM tomorrow. Read on to get a flash (and Flash) briefing!

Update Your Flash Player!

GOOD NEWS! Adobe just released an update fixing the major issue with the Flash Player Plugin which fixes the slow connect / increased login time issue. Update your Adobe Flash player at https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Random Monster Respawn Changes

One of the major bugs for the server rewrite involved some weirdness with random monster spawns breaking. To combat that right now, we are removing the random respawns. Each monster pad will only spawn a single monster. If you aren't sure why your favorite farming spots have changed, this is why.

Server Rewrite: The Final 16

That's right. Yorumi's bugs list is down to the FINAL 16 bugs before we can roll out the new server and client. These include:

  • Removing the last of the random monster respawns
  • Not being able to change equipment when you are cast on while outside of combat
  • Every time the HoT ticks, it causes combat to reengage.
  • Enhancements aren't color coded
  • Awe Enhancements not giving their specials
  • Awe Enhancements not showing their full name
  • Two maps showing black screens
  • Door in /chaoscrypt not opening
  • Rep Panel not functioning properly
  • Travel map not showing Dwarfhold complete
  • A few graphical glitches with directional arrows
  • Ballyhoo is being stingy, not giving rewards
  • House spaces not reading cap properly
  • House items resetting
  • Cannot promote or demote in guilds

Are you experiencing a bug in the test servers that is NOT on the list above? If so, we need you to report it on the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs! And Cemaros (who runs our bugs crew) reminds me to ask:

Please make sure you put your character name when submitting bug reports, and make sure your email address is spelled properly! We cannot help you or get more information if we don't know who you are.

Testing Server DOUBLE BOOST on Thursday and Friday

To give you guys an incentive to help test this week (and maaaaaaybe this weekend? We'll see!), tomorrow morning once Yorumi gets online, we will start double XP, Rep, Gold, and Class Points boosts on the testing servers only. This is a great time to log in, see how the new servers feel, and send us any feedback or bug reports that may have been overlooked!

Getting a White Screen in AQW?

Over the last few weeks, we've gotten reports about players seeing a whitescreen when they go to play AQW. If that's happening to you, read on! We've tracked the issue down to two ISPs in the Philippines. This issue is out of our control, but on the plus side, once the ISP's cache clears, you should be good to play again! 

If it is happening to you, please contact your Internet Service Provider directly.

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January 09, 2017

See us at the Anime Impulse 2017 Convention

AdventureQuest 3D at Anime Impulse 2017

Come out to the Anime Impulse convention and meet Artix, Dage, & Faith! We will be at Booth #9820 and our panel about AdventureQuest 3D is at 2pm on Sunday, Jan 15.

AdventureQuest 3D at Anime Impulse 2017

WHAT: Anime Impulse 2017 Convention
WHEN: Saturday, Jan 14 & 15th, 2017
WHERE: 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California, 91768
WHY: Meet Artix, Dage, & Faith and see the panel on AdventureQuest 3D seeecrets!

See the official Anime Impulse Convention Website

AdventureQuest 3D Schedule

  • MEET & GREET: "Get a signed sketch from Dage or Artix" - 1pm on Sunday, Jan 15th
  • PANEL: "AdventureQuest 3D with Artix" panel at 2pm on Sunday, Jan 15th
  • BOOTH #9820: See Artix, Dage, & Faith. See and/or buy stuffs.
  • Moglin Hats go on sale! (Twilly Red, and Zorbak Blue)

Wait... they are letting Artix and Dage go to a convention together again? We all remember what happened last time.

We will also have our first ever Moglin hats available for sale there :D Bring anything you would like Dage or Artix to sign, they will happily do it for a smile (or a sneering vampire fanged grimace if that is the best you can muster.) There is a lot of other awesome stuff happening at the convention too! Check out Anime Impulse's official site at http://animeimpulse.com for all of their events, special guests, and more.

Battle on!

 
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January 06, 2017

Holiday Cookie Contest Winners

Delicious! Scrumptious! And simply amazing! These words best describe the editable entries that you all submitted to the Creative Cookie Contest… mmmmm! It was so much fun to judge them all, and it was incredibly difficult to choose winners out of all the amazing submissions… and it’s a shame that Taste-Vision has not yet been invented.

This just might have been our best—and yummiest—contest ever. Because the entries were all so enticing, we chose FOUR Grand Prize Winners! Each will receive 2000 Adventurecoins plus the exclusive 2016 Crumbly Cookie Blade! You can see their entries below:

The other winning entries are listed in the winners circle below. Since they did such an AMAZING job, they will each get 500 AdventureCoins!

  • M1n2r3
  • Kingnaruke
  • Vampyr_Bella
  • Alpha_RISKY
  • Synthetic
  • Ugha Tugha
  • megaprotomant
  • Dweldoron
  • Lilyjing
  • Ann Liu
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January 06, 2017

The Cathedral of Time is OPEN!

WARNING: DATA BREACH DETECTED IN THE ARCHIVES OF TIME

Corruption will result in alteration of existing persons, places, and things in Lore. Correction required before countdown expires or changes will become per-pe- *static* SIGNAL LOST.

Log in now... before there's no world to log in to! /join cathedral to begin the adventure!

OUT OF CHARACTER COMMENT

The world as we know it doesn't have Sock Goose. Wouldn't it be better to let our world's data be corrupted until Sock Goose zoops into existence?

Go ahead and dance to the chant. "Sock Goose all the time, all the time Sock Goose." You know you want to.

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January 05, 2017

Evolved Light Caster Class

Find the Light Caster Class in your game menu!

The Order of the LightCasters formed to support the Champion of Light, and need every mage available to fight the battle against Chaos! Head in-game and find the LightCaster Class shop in your game menu! You'll need to buy the Evolved LightCaster armor first to access the shop.  

How to get the Class

It is pretty easy! You will just need to buy the Evolved LightCaster Armor for 1000 AdventureCoins*. Then you can unlock a special shop in your game menu to get the 0 AC version of the Class! (This will be one of only two classes you can get for 1000 ACs, and with the blindingly brilliant animations and fun skills, we think it's a pretty good deal!)

*If you have the rare Enchanted LightCaster armor, you will also unlock the 0 AC version of the Class!

 

Class Skills: Subject to change!

Auto-attack: 

2 second cooldown, 100% damage

Lingering Light:

4 second cooldown, 10 mana, mid range

Cast down an elemental light beacon upon the target. Does light damage and applies In The Spotlight increasing the amount of damage your opponent takes by 3% per stack and lasts 8 seconds if not restacked. (Stacks up to 50 times)

Light Blast:

3 second cooldown, 20 mana, 250% damage, long range

Blasts your opponent with a ball of pure light. Deals significant damage that is guaranteed to hit but cannot crit. Each hit applies a stack of Blinded by Light which decreases your opponent's chance to hit by 5% per stack and lasts 6 seconds if not restacked. Maxes out at 5 stacks.

Illuminate:

12 second cooldown, 20 mana, 300%  healing, 6 allies

Casts a net of light upon your allies. Heals for 300% spell damage to up to 6 allies and applies Illuminated which increases damage, crit damage, crit chance, hit chance, dodge chance, haste and damage resistance all by 8% for 12 seconds. Cannot stack.

Burned by Light:

15 second cooldown, 35 mana, 500% damage, long range

You focus the power of the entire sun on a single point. Does a large amount of damage then deals 700% damage over time of 10 seconds.


Passive 1:
 Mentally Bright: Increase INT by 15%

Passive 2:  Speed of Light: Increase Haste by 15%

Passive 3: Power of the Sun: Increase Damage by 15%

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January 04, 2017

Holiday AC Bonus Extended Through Monday

Get up to 50% more FREE Adventurecoins Until Monday!

We had SO many people asking us to extend the AdventureCoin bonus over the last few days. So, in the spirit of starting the new year off right... we've extended the bonus until Monday at 6 PM EST! Buy any Adventure package and get up to 50% more FREE bonus ACs! 

The bigger the AC package you buy, the more free AdventureCoins you'll get!

900 AC pack: 100 extra ACs

2000 AC pack: 500 extra ACs

5000 AC pack: 2000 extra ACs

12000 AC pack: 6000 extra ACs 

* Note: bonus AdventureCoins are only available with AdventureCoin packages. The special bonus offer does not apply to membership packages.

Unlock the January Upgrade Bonus at the Same Time!

Starting on Friday, January 6th at 6 PM EST, you will also unlock the ArchAngel Defender set with the 900, 2000, and 5000 AdventureCoins packages or, if you get the 12000 AdventureCoin package, you'll unlock both the ArchAngel Defender AND the ArchFiend Loyalist gear!

Tier 1: ArchAngel's Defender

Show your loyalty to ArchAngel Nulgath, he who dwells in the Mirror Realm!

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender Armor
  • ArchAngel's Hood and Face Morph
  • Banners of the Defender Cape
  • Bright Blade of the ArchAngel
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: ArchFiend's Loyalist

Sometimes a good defender just wants to be... bad. The ArchFiend Loyalist has decided to defent to our world and the side of ArchFiend Nulgath!


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender and ArchFiend Loyalist armors
  • 4 helms and 2 capes
  • 2 blades
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge


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January 03, 2017

New Upgrade Bonus Arrives Friday

Unlock the full set when you upgrade in January!

Unlock the ArchAngel's Defender set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting this Friday, January 6th, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the ArchFiend's Defender set, too!

Tier 1: ArchAngel's Defender

Show your loyalty to ArchAngel Nulgath, he who dwells in the Mirror Realm!

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender Armor
  • ArchAngel's Hood 
  • Banners and Wrap of the Defender Capes
  • Bright Blade of the ArchAngel
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: ArchFiend's Loyalist

Sometimes a good defender just wants to be... bad. The ArchFiend Loyalist has decided to defent to our world and the side of ArchFiend Nulgath!


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender and ArchFiend Loyalist armors
  • 4 capes and 2 helms
  • 2 blades
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge
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January 02, 2017

Last Chance to Get December Upgrade Gear

Northlands Ranger Set Leaves Friday

This is your last chance to unlock the gear from our December upgrade bonus when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more. All these items go perma-rare on Friday, January 6th, and 6 PM EST!

Tier 1: Northland Ranger

Hunt down evil-doers and rewards Good heroes with the Northland Ranger! 

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 

Unlock the rewards

  • Northlands Ranger armor
  • 2 Helms and 3 capes 
  • 2 weapons 
  • WyldeHunt Keep House
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: Icewild Hunter

Your targets will never know you were there... until they find the evidence you left behind. 

Get the gear with a
  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • Icewild Hunter + Northlands Ranger armors
  • 4 helms and 6 capes
  • 4 weapons
  • WyldeHunt Keep House
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge


Undead Legion Bonus Gear

Last month, Aranx made a special variant of the November armor set just for members of the Undead Legion. We got a ton of positive feedback, so this month... we're doing that again!

If you're a member of the Undead Legion, when you unlock the Northlands Ranger or Icewild Hunter gear, you'll also unlock the exclusive Legion variant created by Dage the Evil - the Darknight Stalker.

Once you log in, you can buy the with Legion Tokens in Dage the Evil's shop in the Underworld!

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