March 27, 2017
This is a pretty cool adventure (ice puns give me the chills)
The Elemental Avatars control the hidden forces of Lore. But sometimes, to truly change the world, an Elemental Avatar needs more than their Champion, Dragon, and Titan. Next weekend, help a young hero discover his identity… and destiny!
This weekend, /join iceplane and battle alongside Abel (who many of you will remember from the Cryostorm zone) as he discovers his TRUE destiny... and becomes the very cool dude he was always fated to be!
Unlock the icy armor on the left from the story release, and chill out after battle with the BitterCrystal Mage Robes, available from the March Featured Rares shop!
March 25, 2017
Tribute to the immortal battle puppy
It is with deep sadness that I write to tell you that during the night, the real life Daimyo, my faithful companion of over 15 years, has left our world. The veterinarian said that his heart was just too big… which was true both figuratively and literally. If you did not know, he was with me when I wrote the first line of code for the original AdventureQuest. He was the inspiration for Daimyo, the Undead Slaying Pomeranian, who appears in many of our video games-- where he will live on forever, as an iconic symbol of hope, loyalty, and cuteness.
It is our tradition, that every year on Daimyo’s birthday, we release a different version of him as an in-game pet. This year, on his birthday of June 1st, we will do something special. If you would like to show your respect to the real life version of this legendary video gaming puppy, you can like this Facebook post, or favorite this Twitter post. If you would like to share any fan art of Daimyo, please post it to those links.
This is the only time I have ever cried writing a design notes post. Much love to you all.
March 24, 2017
Will YOU ally with Chaos?
It is said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" -- and in this case, that is VERY true! On Friday, March 24th, journey to Crownsreach and talk to Drakath - the former Champion of Chaos. He is plotting his return to power after the Queen of Monsters stripped it from him... and humiliated him in front of the entire world.
Will you ally with him to take down the Queen of Monsters? If your answer is YES (or if you just want to check out what this long-time enemy is getting up to) /join Crownsreach to find...
- 15 new quests and 5 new shops from...
- 5 new NPCs, each with quests and/or a shop of their own
- A NEW reputation to rank up: Chaos Militia and 17 new items for it
- 10 new items for the existing Chaos faction rep shop
- 8 new pets to buy (including 2 for AdventureCoins, no membership required!)
- 4 tasty potions to enhance your gameplay
- The Chaos Contract for those brave (or rebellious) enough to ally with Chaos
Meet the Residents of CrownsReach
When plotting to re-take over the world, it's important to surround yourself with people you trust. Drakath, having been betrayed once, has taken pains to vet his new companions. Meet the crew:
- Cemaros the Chaotic: Chaos Reputation Vendor
- Gesar, the Chaorrupted Blacksmith: Gear shop NPC
- Skoa, the Cryptozoologist: Pet shop NPC
- Dr. Havelock, the Mad Chemist: Food & Drink shop NPC
- Iaste, the Militia Leader: Militia leader NPC
Rank up your Chaos Faction rep to unlock new gear from Cemaros, check out Gesar's gear shop, and do NOT poke your fingers into the cages in Skoa's Chaotic Critter cave.
For the Dedicated: Chaos Awaits
Since AQWorlds began, we've had heroes asking for the ability to choose a Chaos Alignment, just like you can choose Good or Evil. Chaotic Good, Neutral, and Evil heroes... your TIME is almost here!
Talk to Cemaros to choose a Chaos Alignment. You'll need the Chaos Contract (sold for 100,000 gold). Once you choose this, your character page will change to show the Chaos Hero alignment.
If you are TRULY dedicated - and have rank 10 Chaos rep - YOU can begin Iaste's quests to rank up your Crownsreach Militia faction. Those who do will become Drakath's MOST dedicated, and trusted, battle companions.
March 24, 2017
March Bonus Gear: The ProtoParagon 3017 Set!
Unlock the ProtoParagon 3017 set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting until Friday, April 7th, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the ProtoParagon Mk 3 set, too!
Tier 1: ProtoParagon 3017
The Undead Legion 3017 demands everything of its soldiers... and any hero skilled enough to equip the ProtoParagon 3017 becomes one of its deadliest weapons.
Get the Gear with a
Tier 2: ProtoParagon Mk 3
Only one team is fit to fight alongside the elite ProtoParagon 3017 unit - the members of ProtoParagon Mk 3, a unit so fierce, so dedicate, and so deadly that the galaxy trembles when they approach!
Get the gear with a
Unlock the rewards
March 23, 2017
New Forums Help For Portuguese Speakers!
Greetings! Starting today, we are launching a new program for Portuguese speaking players to get basic help on the AQW Forums.
No more hoping Google Translate got it right! Now you can ask and be answered in Portuguese.
Anything that cannot be resolved on the forums will still be directed to file a bug report with the Bug Tracker.
Nova ajuda nos Forums para fluentes em Português!
Saudações! Começando hoje, nós estamos lançando um novo programa para jogadores que falam Português para obterem ajuda no AQW Forums.
Sem mais esperanças que o Google Tradutor tenha pego de forma correta! De agora em diante, você pode perguntar e ser respondido em Português.
Qualquer coisa que não possa ser resolvido nos Forums, será direcionado a mandar um bug report com o Bug Tracker
March 17, 2017
Unlocks the exclusive DragonKnight set inside AQWorlds!
The new BattleGems update on iOS rolls out Monday (Apple app store approval is IN)! This is the very last chance for iOS players to get Founder in BattleGems, our mobile RPG Puzzle Game.* Considering that you had.. oh wow, almost two and a half years, it is finally time to make BattleGems Founder go perma rare! For REAL!
Rolith and his team have finished upgrading BattleGems to the newest version of Unity, improving the game's speed and giving it 64 bit support. He will roll out the new version to the iOS app store on Monday, March 20th. (Hey... that is also Galanoth's birthday. Thematically appropriate!)
Along with this release, we will be removing the Founder package which basically gives you ulimited turns, unlimited keys, special in game armor set, special AQWorlds armor set, well... EVERYTHING for a single in-app purchase of $10. Founders will be pretty proud of that they got it, because after the new patch goes live, the armor will be permanent!
Replacing Founder is... the Ultimate DragonSlayer Set!
If you have been wanting the DragonKnight armor from BattleGems in AQWorlds and BattleGems... this is your final chance to get it on the Apple iOS or Android versions of the mobile game! If you've already gotten that set, or decide to upgrade your BattleGems account after the new patch rolls, you will unlock the...
BattleGems Founders automatically unlock the Ultimate DragonSlayer gear!
March 17, 2017
Do ya feel lucky, Hero?
The luckiest day of the year is rapidly approaching, and so is Galanoth’s birthday! This Friday, log in to play through the Lucky Day Carnival and talk to Potsy McNobbin to complete his all-new Potchapon reward quests!
The Lucky Day Shamrock Fair rolls back into town, too, with all your favorite seasonal gear. Get your Golden Tickets and test your luck with our mini-games, then /join luckdragon to help Galanoth get ALL the luck during his birthday Dragon Hunt!
Potsy's Potchapon Quests
Talk to Potsy in /luck. Battle his Pot o' Gold for a chance to get Bronze, Gold, Platinum, or Rainbow coins. Turn those coins in for a chance to get ALL the 0AC rewards below!
The Dark Mime and Clovercraft Bank Pet are also in the Featured March Gear shop until April 7th!
Your Guide to the Shamrock Fair
Once a year the Shamrock Fair comes to town with it's games of chance. Here's hoping the luck of the Mog-lish bring you treasures of chance. Also Roy G. Biv needs help saving the colors, so /equip your rainbow and fight Monochrome!
End of the Rainbow
Where to go: join /rainbow
Who to talk to: Woodland Faeries, Roy G Biv
What do to: Monochrome has blasted the Rainbow, help the Faeries make everything right.
Where to go: Join /luck or button in Rainbow
Who to talk to: Mog O'Rahilly and Carnie Sneevils
What to do: Play games and earn Golden Tickets for prizes!
Shamrock Fair Shops
A-MAZE-ing Race: Find the Small Pot O’ Gold in the Hedge Maze and get the Pot O’ Gold Polish from Monochrome.
Clover Fields: How’s your memory? Pretty good? Well click the clover pattern for Golden Tickets. You have 3 chances to get the highest score. (Legend Only)
Jackpot o' Gold: Step up and test your strength! When the pointer is in the red zone click the button for a strong smash and earn Golden Tickets.
Rainbow Run: Grab that gold! Collect as many coins as you can without falling or tripping. Speed the Sneevil up by moving your mouse to the right. Slow down by moving your mouse to the left. Jump over holes and obstacles by clicking the left mouse button.
Ring Toss: Ring ring! Want Golden Tickets? Just get as many rings onto the bottles with 10 chances. Choose which bottle you want the ring to be on with the pointer then hold down the mouse button. The higher the red in the bar gets the farther the ring goes.
Smack A Sneevil: Frustrated at Sneevil’s for taking your boxes? Well let it out by using the mallet to whack as many as you can in the time allowed.
Shamrock Smash: It’s your Luckee day! Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to control Luckee and bounce
March 15, 2017
Dark, Chaotic, and COOL releases ahead!
It's your lucky month, Heroes! Get ready to March into battle this month, because war, Chaos, and a very cool adventure are coming your way. Read on and mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.
- Thursday, Mar 2nd: Dage's seasonal birthday map + gear arrive
- Friday, Mar 3rd: Undead Legion 3017 event + March Upgrade Bonus Gear
- March 3 - 5th: Dark Birthday Server Boosts! Get 15% more CP and Gold!
- Friday, Mar 10th: The Undead Legion 3017 WAR begins... how will you end it?
- Friday, Mar 17th: Lucky Day returns with your favorite minigames + new gear!
- Friday, Mar 24th: Journey to Crownsreach and learn more about Drakath's plans
- Mar 24 - 26th: Weekend of Chaos! Get 15% more Rep and XP!
- Friday, Mar 31st: Battle through the Plane of Ice with Abel!
On Friday, April 7th, say goodbye to...
- Dage's seasonal birthday gear and zones
- Lucky Day map and seasonal gear
- Galanoth's Birthday gear/shop
- March Featured Gear Shop
- March Upgrade Bonus set: ProtoParagon 3017
March 10, 2017
Dage's birthday event continues as we head to WAR!
The battle to control the future rages on as Dage the Evil fights his most dangerous enemy! Help him survive the war as we battle aboard the Dreadnaut! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on its Facebook page!
Even MORE Birthday Rewards
We released a TON of gear last but, but the birthday fun continues this Friday with new gear, including...
Seasonal rare gear
- A NEW (and final) Dark Caster set
- the Dreadnaut House (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)
- Shogun Paragon Quest Pet (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)
Find the Shogun Paragon Pet for AdventureCoins or Legion Tokens! Get a quest to farm for Legion Tokens and the Eternal Legion Blade (shown above)
Farmable War Chest Rewards
- Proto Ragnarok Blade
- Evolved Painsaw Blade
- And more when the war meter hits 100%
- Spoilers! Every birthday needs to have a bit of mystery! Find the mysterious rare set for AdventureCoins once the war boss is unlocked!
- UW3017 Blaster set
- SF 3017 Shogun set (only available for Legion Tokens!)
Note: the quest from the Shogun Paragon pet will be reviewed once we have enough feedback from you guys. If necessary, changes will be made next week.
March 08, 2017
"Wait... what just happened?" you ask? I'll tell you! We've been planning a fun surprise for heroes who upgrade in AQWorlds and managed to keep it a secret! This morning, we gathered up a list of everyone who bought an upgrade in February -- both AdventureCoins and Memberships -- and chose one lucky person from among them to win a custom weapon. That winner is... Zay_M8!
We had big plans to put together a video letting him know, and posting it on the Design Notes, but when I went to check out his account, I saw he was online. It is always more fun to give people good news "in person," so I hopped on and talked with him then and there.
After being pretty surprised, he got down to business, and described his new custom weapon... and told me the name of two friends he'd like to share his prize with.
One of the AQW artists will build that blade on Monday, and Zay_M8 and his friends will get it with Friday's release!
Will You Do This Again?
Good question! Short answer, yes! During the first week of April, we'll choose one person from among a list of people who upgrade in March to get their very own custom weapon (with the option of sharing it with up to 10 friends). Keep an eye on the Design Notes to see if this fun surprise will continue after that!
Some of you are asking: "why didn't you announce this before?" Answer: because it's more fun to announce new ways to get rewards when we already have the name of the first winner.
I love happy surprises where you guys get cool stuff! SURPRISE!
March 03, 2017
In the future... EVIL has taken over!
Dage the Evil’s all-new birthday event - Undead Legion 3017 - starts this Friday, March 3rd, as he faces his deadliest enemy… in the future!
All the returning seasonal birthday event maps and gear arrive this Thursday, March 2nd! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on its Facebook page!
Darkest Birthday Rewards: Week 1
Dage the Evil is being kinder than ever this year! (Hey, everyone gets to be nice on their birthday, right?) Starting this Friday, you'll be able to fill your inventories with a bounty of birthday gear!
- ProtoBlaster set
- Paragon Dreadnaut Rider Pet (w/ quest)
- Paragon Dreadnaut Rider Bank Pet
- UW3017 Shield set
- UW3017 Paragon Pet (w/ quest)
Rewards to Farm (or die!) for:
- UW3017 Gunner set
- Legionator set
PS: All the farming rewards this week are 0AC... enjoy the free storage!
PPS: We will be reviewing feedback on the Paragon Pet quests over the course of this weekend. Based on player feedback, they may be rebalanced early next week.
PPPS: It's been a LONG time since we had a PS and a PPS (post-script and post-post-script in the DNs)
Gear Arriving NEXT week:
- New Dark Caster set
- UW3017 Blaster set
- SF3017 Shogun set (Legion Token only!)
- Shogun Paragon Quest Pet (Legion Token and AC variants)
- UW3017 Paragon Battle Pet (member-only)
- Laser Ragnarok Blade
- And more!
March Upgrade Bonus: ProtoParagon 3017
Starting this Friday at 6PM EST, the March Upgrade bonus sets arrive (replacing February's Blood Samurai gear). Unlock both the ProtoParagon 3017 and ProtoParagon Mk 3 sets with a 12 month or 12,000 AdventureCoin package or get the ProtoParagon 3017 set with the packages listed below!
March 01, 2017
Member Only Preview/Test Starts Now!
This Friday, we will launch an update to one of the most popular classes around, the Legion DoomKnight! We're updating the class now to coincide with Dage's birthday, plus we want to make sure it stays as strong and competitive on the new server as it is in the current one.
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 new Legion DoomKnight class so you can try the changes/rebalance 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 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: "Legion DoomKnight Tester"
New Legion DoomKnight Info
Once the class does go live, it will be available to ALL players!
- Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
- Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
- Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class.
- If you already have the Legion DoomKnight Class, on Friday you'll unlock THIS version for free!
Right NOW, though, members can find the class in their game menu and get it for just 10000 gold. Huge thanks to Arklen and the class balance team for their work!
Class Skills: Subject to change!
To see what the original skills looked like, check out this Design Notes post!
Design Goals: The general idea here is to reduce the burst potential of the Legion Doomknight while improving upon its long term fight capabilities, especially when it comes to damage. We are moving away from Luck being the primary enhancement for all classes to add more diversity to your enhancement pool. Fighter and Hybrid will provide you with the resilience you need to compensate for the weaker heal. The improved maximum stack on Touch of Doom is a huge damage boost from the Classic Legion Doomknight so longer fights should end sooner.
2 second cooldown.
A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.
You’ve seen this before on many classes. It needs no further explanation.
Rank 1: Touch Of Doom
Changes: Touch of Doom has been changed to stack to 15. Touch of Death and Doom have been lowered to 3% per stack. At first, this buff is not as strong. BUT as you get closer to 15 stacks though, it will dramatically outpace its old damage.
Rank 2: Soul Siphon
Changes: Soul Siphon cooldown has been lowered to 5 seconds from 6 seconds and the heal is based on current health instead of Attack Damage. The heal is lowered overall but you’ll be able to spam it more frequently.
Rank 3: Legion Dark Blast
Changes: Legion Dark Blast Torment and Shadow Step aura has been increased to 5 seconds from 4 seconds.
Rank 4: Dage’s Favour & Strength of the Legion
Changes: Dage’s Favor has been changed from 20% Increased Damage to 10% Increased Damage and Haste.
Rank 5: Imminent Doom (New animation!)
Changes: Imminent Doom has been lowered compared to the original's DoT, but lasts for 15 seconds now. Damage on hit slightly lowered to compensate DoT damage boost from Touch of Doom buff.
Rank 10: Doom Armor
Changes: Doom Armor has been changed from 10% Damage Resistance to 8% Damage Resistance and 8% Endurance.