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August 17, 2018

This Weekend: Attack on Akiba!

The Shogun of Shadows has come to take over Akiba

"You are destined to rule... Yokai Isle should be yours... Listen to me, and I will show you the path to victory..." So said the whispers that called the Shogun of Shadows to war. This weekend, battle alongside Emperor Daisho and Princess Miko as they fight to defend their home and save their people. 

Shogun of Shadow's War Features:

  • Battle the Shadow Samurai to defend Yokai Isle
  • Defeat monsters and turn in quests to raise the war meter
  • Unlock bonus war medal and reward farming quests at 25, 50, and 75%
  • Unlock the war boss fight at 100%

Our return to Akiba and Yokai Isle is also a return to the Chaos storyline; the Shogun of Shadows is an enemy Princess Miko and her father, the Emperor have faced before (off-screen... this is the first time your hero has encountered him). This time, the Shogun is armed with new powers and a creature that could help him destroy the Akiban dynasty!

Raise the water meter to unlock rare 0 AC pets:

  • 25%: Shadow Tanuki pet
  • 50%: Giant Kijimuna pet 
  • 75%: Shadow Kitteh pet

Featured Gear Shop: Yami no Samurai Set

For our heroes who ally with Evil, the Darkness, and the shadows... we have an all-new featured gear set for you! Find the Yami no Samurai (the Samurai of Darkness) set in your Featured Gear Shop until August 31st.

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August 14, 2018

Moglin Kickstarter is LIVE!

Help us make our dream of moglin plush a reality!

Greetings and salutations friend... we're about to do something crazy together. Want to join us?

You've had moglins at your side in our video games. Now, help us bring Moglins to the real world!


Moglins like Twilly, Zorbak, Twig, & Quibble are magical forest creatures born in our video game worlds. Back our Moglin Kickstarter to help them escape and join you in the real one.

Of course, each Moglin also comes with a code to unlock an in-game pet of itself in multiple Artix Entertainment video games.


Unlock the Master of Moglins CLASS in AQWorlds with the $120 Ultimate Moglin Collection. The Class art shown above is a KickStarter exclusive. (You will still be able to get the class by purchasing all 12 moglins from HeroMart after the KickStarter ends, but the art will be different.)

Oh! Our new Artix Games Launcher lets you play our games (with your moglins) without needing a browser or the Flash plugin.

Put a Moglin on your desk to cheer you on. They’ll keep you company while writing, drawing, coding, and gaming. Moglins love to watch your favorite shows with you...even when no one else will. You can keep the joy for yourself, or give a Moglin to someone you love.


Moglins are the ultimate sidekicks for real life adventurers like you. Help us bring them from the fantasy world into the real one!

Check out all of the Moglins on our Kickstarter Page...

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August 13, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Undead Paladin Token has been given an increase in the drop rate.  We’re still not going to confirm the rate though!
  2. Quibble has been convinced it’s vacation time.
  3. Mitsu Bishi’s shop has now opened.
  4. Book pages in Necrodungeon look better now.
  5. Cutscene “The End?” in Xancave names you now, and vanishing ring mystery has been solved.
  6. Cutscene “Mad Giant” character model now shows up.
  7. Knave1's quest "Weaken the Moya" no longer 1 time only.
  8. Typos!  Are these just a given yet?  Do I need to say it every week?

Art Fixes:

  1. Armor of War and Golden Armor of War now have skelly face.
  2. Herald of Stalagbite female skin is now CC.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Vampire Armor/Class males having different eye scleras. The Vampire Class is a male only morph, so the eyes could be recoloured.  The Armor is not a morph so needs to use standard eye colours.
  2. Shadow Blade Shinobi Hair shading.  Hair can come in 3 “tones” or “shades”, dark, light or none.  Helm shading is artist opinion.
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August 10, 2018

Risen Sun Ninja Set

Available for a Limited Time!

Gear up to celebrate Tanabata with Princess Miko's Star Festival in Yokai! The Risen Sun Ninja armor set will be available from your Featured Gear Shop for AdventureCoins from August 9th to August 31st. 

Pieces of the armor set include:

  • Risen Sun Ninja Armor
  • Hood, Hair, and Locks
  • Risen Sun Blade
  • Risen Sun Ninja Katana
  • Dual Wield Katanas
  • and Risen Sun Blade and Katana dual weaponn
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August 10, 2018

HeroMart KickStarter Backer Sneak Peek

The Moglin Invasion is almost upon us! Help make it a reality.

Want to help make 's AdventureQuest Moglins plushies possible? The Master of Moglins Class, is one of the in-game rewards available from select backer tiers. (The KickStarter was submitted for approval. We will let you know as soon as we put it live!)

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August 09, 2018

The Star Festival Begins

Help Grant Princess Miko's Seven Wishes

Happy Tanabata! This weekend, head to Yokai Isle as we celebrate the legendary Star Festival (known in our world as Tanabata). Battle across Lore to help grant Princess Miko's wishes for the Sky King's daughter come true, then stay for the /party presents!

Visit the Star Festival to:

  • Decorate Akiba for the Star Festival
  • Battle across Lore as you hunt for her wishes
  • Unlock the Moon Bow Ninja reward armor set after completing the story
  • Get the exclusive level 80 boss drop armor set
  • Return to the event at any time with the hanging Star Festival Decoration house item

After you complete this weekend's story, talk to Princess Miko to begin her Star Festival Gift quest. Bring her Fallen Stars and there's a chance she'll give you one of the following:

  • a piece of the Moon Bow Ninja armor set
  • Tanabata Polearm
  • Paper Crane mace
  • Soben Bowl + Sticks daggers (member-only)
  • Storm Kimono (member-only)

Return to the Festival at Any Time

If you are a member in AQWorlds, head to the Akiba House Items Shop. You can purchase the Tanabata Fest Decoration for 7,777 gold. When you click on this item, you'll be taken straight to a permanent version of Akiba, where you can continue to farm for the 0 AC Moon Bow Ninja armor set!

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August 08, 2018

Inventory Management Help!

 

Are you one of the players who has stacks of 0AC tagged misc items clogging your bank and/or inventory?  Have you been dreading the amount of time it will take to get rid of them, so you keep putting it off?  And then more and more stack up?

Then today is your lucky day!  Live now on the PTR servers, you can delete 0AC misc items the same as any other item!  Yes, you can delete the full stacks!  

We’ve also made sure that you cannot accidentally delete that treasured 0AC tagged sword/armour/helm/cape as well.  

This feature is only available on the PTR servers.  That’s Testing Server and Testing Server 2.  

Head over today to get rid of all your unwanted stacks!

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August 07, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Cutscenes at Yokai Boat play properly now.

Art Fixes:

  1. Infernal Caladbolg shrunk.  Given growth potion.
  2. Golden Fury male no longer missing a bit of leg/hip.
  3. Thief of Hours and Lucky Knight have been de-pixeled (unpixeled?).
  4. Darkblood Stormking Armor and Class art, male now has a Darkblood face & head.
  5. Tiki Fun female now holds weapons correctly.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Helms in the Pirate Shop - these items are so old they are CC to hair.  They use the darker shade to differentiate them from your hair.
  2. Royal Romance Garb male foot/leg connection.  This is the way it was made.  
  3. Keytar is not actually upside down. Facing left, you can read the name Soland in it. This is how it was intended to be.

Since this is a short week for bug fixings, some things had to be put off until next week.  Check back then!  (And every week really!)

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August 06, 2018

July Upgrade Bonus Winners

Congratulations and thanks for your support

Congratulations to the July upgrade bonus prize winners! Winners received their Golden Ticket prizes earlier today.

Bonus Prize Details

Each month, we will choose FIVE winners from among the list of people who upgraded the previous month. Winners will find a note in their inventory with details on how to contact us with their prize choice. They will get to choose one thing from the following list:

  1. Epic Item of Donated Awesomeness ticket
  2. 5 More bank, inventory, and house spaces (over the cap, if they are already maxed out)
  3. A 20% boost to one weapon of their choice (that they already own)
  4. 2000 AdventureCoins
  5. 1 month membership

And because we know not everyone is able to upgrade every month, we will ALSO choose 1 person from the list of all the everyone who logged in within the last 30 days. They'll receive the same prizes listed above.

Prize FAQ

  1. Only one entry no matter how many times you upgrade. (Upgrades include the 1-12 month upgrade packages and 2000 - 12000 AC packages)
  2. Staff-only/custom items are not eligible
  3. Team members may only donate an item they have legitimately purchased (not gotten for free).
  4. Winners can ask for any item; the list below is just a suggestion. Requests can only be fulfilled if a another account has donated the item. 
  5. If only one donated item is left (example: Great Thief Class) and two players ask for it, the first to email will get the item.
  6. While you can ask for a non-rare, farmable item instead of a rare item, the request can only be granted if another account has donated it.
  7. You can win EIoDA more than once on the same account (if you're very, very lucky)
  8. Eligible items to request include: classes, armors, weapons, capes, helms, pets, houses. Farming resources are not eligible.

If you ask for something that the developers feel may become a problem, they will write back and explain the issue, and ask you to choose another item. 

Where will I see the note? What will it look like?

Winners will see the note in the Miscellaneous Items tab in their inventory. It will look something like this: "January 2018 Golden Ticket"

If I already won the Ultimate Item of Donated Awesomeness, can I win the Epic one?

Yes, you sure can! (If you're that lucky, we have a couple favors to ask...)

Are there limitations to the boost I can pick?

You can only choose an item (weapon, helm, cape, armor, etc) you currently own. It cannot already have a boost on it.

Available boosts are: Gold, XP, Class Points, Rep, Racial (increased dmg to humans, dragons, etc)

Can an upgraded account win the "log in" prize?

We went back and forth on this. Short answer: no. 
Long answer: The pool of 5 winners is only drawn from people who upgraded in the previous month. If you did not, then you're elgible for the "log in" pool.

We know there are some of you who would love to buy a membership or ACs, but just can't. Real life happens (and so do bills). We want all our free players to have a chance to win awesome prizes like this, too. 

Ultimate Epic Item of Donated Awesomeness

Back in 2012, heroes who spun the Wheel of Doom had a chance to get the Ultimate Item of Donated Awesomeness. Anyone with the UIoDA could choose one item from a list of items donated by other, SUPER generous heroes. For years, you guys have been asking us to bring back the UIoDA. And now... we HAVE!

The Epic Item of Donated Awesomeness is the exact same thing... only you have a chance to get it by upgrading your account with an AdventureCoin or Membership package. (Or a smaller chance just by logging into the game!)

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August 03, 2018

Return to Yokai

4th Chaos Lord Revitalization

This weekend, head back to Yokai Isle as the team updates and polishes the 4th Chaos Lord Saga. If you haven’t beaten Chaos Lord Kitsune yet, now’s the time! 

Changes to the saga zones include:

  • Rebalanced monsters
  • Smoothed out level progression
  • Increased Zodiac Puzzle Key drop rates
  • Updated Book of Lore to send heroes to the proper saga starting point
  • Turned some "invisible / auto-complete" quests visible to make objectives clearer
  • NPC dialogue updates to make your next steps clearer
  • Changed monster locations to avoid confusion (example: monsters related to the Zanar storyline are now in separate rooms, visible only when you're on those quests.)
  • New level 30, 50, and 80 versions of the O-Dokuro boss* (and the exclusive Samurai Panda reward set) for our experienced heroes

The set includes:

  • Samurai Panda armor
  • Shadow Panda Morph helm
  • Bamboo Slicer katana and dual katanas
  • Samurai Panda Tail
  • Crossed Bamboo Slicer Katanas cape

The Samurai Panda set is based on one of my favorite animals - the Red Panda (with the coloring of your more common Giant Panda). It is found in the Himalayas and China, and is, very sadly, endangered. There are only less than 10,000 left in the world. 

Fun fact: the name for the FireFox web browser is based on the red panda's nickname - the Fire Fox.

* Design Notes earlier this week listed multiple levels of the Kitsune boss. The location of those drops has been moved to the level 30, 50, and 80 O-Dokuro bosses.

PS: the Frostval maps will close again on Friday, August 10th, and Quibble's Frostval shop will will not reopen until December. This is your last chance to cool off until Frostval!

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August 03, 2018

August 2018 Event Calendar

The Shadows are Rising in Yokai Isle

This month, we return to the main story in Yokai Isle. Though our world is being ravaged by the Queen of Monsters' Chaos, Princess Miko and her father, the Emperor, are faced with a more immediate threat: the Shogun of Shadows! He s is threatening to invade again, and this time he is stronger. Darker. Deadlier... 

August 3: Return to Yokai + Charged Ninja/Dark Shogun Upgrade Bonus gear 

August 10: Yokai Tanabata (Star) Festival and Hunt + Limited Time Shop

August 17: Shogun of Shadows 1 + Treasure Chest Update

August 24: Shogun of Shadows 2 + Featured Gear Shop Update

August 31:  Shogun of Shadows 3 + Featured Gear Shop Update

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August 03, 2018

Unlock the Dark Shogun Set

Upgrade with Select Membership or AdventureCoin Packages!

Starting this Friday, August 3rd, at 6 PM EST, unlock the Dark Shogun + Charged Ninja armor sets when you buy a 12 month membership or 12,000 AdventureCoin package. Plus, get up to 25% more bonus AdventureCoins with either a 12,000 AC or 5,000 AC package until August 31st, 2018! 

12000 ACs or 12 month membership: Dark Shogun Tier (All 14 items!)

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! 

  • 2 Armors: color-customizable Dark Shogun armor and the Charged Ninja armor (not customizable)
  • 3 helms, 3 capes, 4 katanas
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
  • Character page badge

Unlock the Charged Ninja armor set when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more

2000 AC, 5000 AC, 3 and 6 month memberships: Charged Ninja Tier

  • Charged Ninja armor
  • 1 helm, 1 cape, 2 weapons
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
  • Character page badge

The Dark Shogun and Charged Ninja bonus sets leave September 7th, 2018!

Upgrade Bonus Prizes

We always like to give you more than you expect! Each month, when you purchase any upgrade package (either AdventureCoins or membership) 5 heroes will have a chance to win one of the bonus prizes listed below!

  1. Epic Item of Donated Awesomeness ticket
  2. 5 More bank, inventory, and house spaces (over the cap, if they are already maxed out)
  3. A 20% boost to one weapon of their choice (that they already own)
  4. 2000 AdventureCoins
  5. 1 month membership

Read this Design Notes post for more details!

Tags: Alina,
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August 01, 2018

Samurai Panda Set

Return to Yokai Isle and fight to unlock new gear!

This weekend, head back to Yokai Isle as the team revitalizes the 4th Chaos Lord Saga in preparation for August's Shogun of Shadows 4-part storyline! We are also adding in high-level versions of the O-Dokuro saga boss for our experienced heroes.

Take on the level 30, 50, and 80 versions of the O-Dokuro boss for a chance to get the pieces of the 0 AC Samurai Panda set.

The set includes:

  • Samurai Panda armor
  • Shadow Panda Morph helm
  • Bamboo Slicer katana and dual katanas
  • Samurai Panda Tail
  • Crossed Bamboo Slicer Katanas cape

The Samurai Panda set is based on one of my favorite animals - the Red Panda (with the coloring of your more common Giant Panda). It is found in the Himalayas and China, and is, very sadly, endangered. There are only less than 10,000 left in the world. 

Fun fact: the name for the FireFox web browser is based on the red panda's nickname - the Fire Fox.

Tags: Alina,
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