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January 24, 2017

Coming Soon: Yokai New Year Event Rares

Spicing Up the Event with Hot Rare Rewards!

It's not a /party without party favors! This year, we're celebrating Yokai's New Year with Rooster (aka Gong Ji)-themed rewards! Inspired by the beautiful and intricate costumes of the Chinese opera, * created the Hei and Jin Gong Ji sets for this weekend!

Find the Hei Gong Ji and Fiery Roosterbull pet in our Featured January Gear shop this weekend. The pieces of the Jin Gong Ji set are a seasonal rare (which means it will return with next year's event), and will drop from the Treasure Chest quest until February 10th!

*Tell her which you prefer on Twitter - red/black or gold/orange, and send her love and/or feedback on all our reward item art!

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January 20, 2017

Celebrate Nulgath's Birthday this Weekend

Birthday Rares, New Class, and More!

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

For this birthday, it was important to our dev team that we feature gear created by Nulgath himself, so the birthday rares shop is showcasing the Void Knight set from his Patreon account. 

  • Void Knight Armor set: armor, helm, wings, and sword
  • Void Knight Blade with merge shop resource farming quest
  • Void Knight Blade battlepet
  • Swindle Bank Pet

Each of the items in the Void Knight set gives 25% more XP and Class Points when equipped (except for the battlepet sword pet, as those cannot get item bonuses).

New Permanent Gear in Nulgath's Zone

Because Nulgath's birthday only comes around once a year, we ALSO wanted to add some new items to existing quests! Talk to Swindle in /tercessuinotlim to find Swindle's Mobile To Go Hut - a shortcut/convenience pet* that will let you access the "Supplies to Spin the Wheel of Chance" and "Swindle's Return Policy" quests!

* Heeeey, now you don't have to keep running back to him! /cheer

Nulgath's Enchanted Nation House now has a new quest with exclusive gear!

  • Void Destroyer Armor
  • Void Destruction Blade and Void Spear of War
  • Horned Void War Helm and Crested Void War Helm
  • Wrap of the Void

Talk to Dirtlicker in the /ArchPortal map to begin the adventure to unlock this house! 

We've also added items from OverSoul onto some of the most popular farming quests:

  • Supplies to Spin the Wheel of Chance quest: Void Vamparagon, ArchFiend Spikes helm, and the Wicked Edge Cape
  • The Assistant quest: Toxic Eye of the Void Blade
  • Drudgen the Salesman: Corrupted Gem Blade

Void Highlord Farming Class is LIVE!

Good news, Nulgath Nation fans! We've launched the 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 tried out the test version earlier this week, your "Void HighLord Tester" item has changed to show the default Warrior Class skills and art. Thanks for participating! 

The class requires the following to begin the quest to unlock it:

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

You can begin the quest by talking to the Void Knight in /tercessuinotlim!

Void Knight Sword Pet Quest Changed

Our designers are huge fans of Nulgath, just like you guys, and they love that Nulgath IS pure evil. But there was a prblem with today's farming pet quest. You guys weren't having fun, and you thought you were investing in something nice... that would make completing all the evil Nulgath quests a wee bit less painful.

The Aquamarine of Nulgath is being moved off the Serepthys boss and onto a new: the Crystallized Jellyfish in Battleunderc. Thank you all for the feedback!

Note: For 2 minutes, an improperly-priced version of the Void Knight Blade quest pet was in the shop. It was removed and replaced with the proper price. If you are one of the few who bought the original version, you will keep your pet, since it was our mistake.

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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 23, 2017

This Weekend: Yokai New Year Returns

The Year of the Flaming ChickenCow is almost here!

Hey, party people! Did you know it’s the year of the Rooster... AND Fire... AND the color red? We did! And that means only one thing in Lore -- fiery hot ChickenCows! Cysero's got this MAD idea that Zeuster, god of the Chickencows, can be summoned through the power of electronic dance music. (We do not THINK he means the funky chicken dance... maybe) 

Log in this weekend to celebrate the Year of the Flaming ChickenCow with Ai no Miko in Akiba as we ring in the Yokai New Year (and Chinese New Year!*) with an all-new, red-hot, fiery boss monster, new quests, wicked-hot gear, and all our returning seasonal events!

* Chinese New Year begins January 28th!

HOT HOT HOT Rewards

Do not get cocky, heroes. You're going to have to fight if you want the gear pictured below, but once you do unlock the rewards, victory will tasty mighty sweet!

The Spicy Samurai and Flaming Chickencow pet will drop from this weekend's boss monster. Then, talk to Ai no Miko after completing all of Cysero's quests to unlock a special quest for all the pieces of the Zhànshì Gong Ji armor set on the left! 

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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 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 20, 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.

Nine new and returning reward items drop from the monsters in /laken!

  • Sparring Suit armor
  • Dr. Eisenbacke's Armor and helms
  • a palatial Couch item for your house
  • The Dust Bunny and Moth pets
  • Seraphic Pistols
  • and Ada's Overcharged Scythe (which a wider damage range)

If you're not sure what we're talking about and/or haven't started this Saga before... you're in luck! You can find a saga guide here OR you can check the Adventure map in your game menu!

Laken and Dage Saga Guide!

Laken came from the future to help Dage in his battle against Nulgath, but his story is so much more than that. Battle alongside Laken as you discover more about Dage the Evil, the Seraphic Paladin Order, and the nature of Good and Evil.

 

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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 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 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 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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December 31, 2016

Earth Levels Up Tonight

2017 is Almost Here (unless you live in the future)

It's almost time for the New Year! (Except for all you time-traveling heroes that live in the future... hey, how's 2017 working out so far?) Log in this weekend to battle through the finale of our 2016 Frostval event and starting NOW, you can /join newyear to play through all our seasonal new year events! At 6 PM EST, the 2016 celebration ball will begin dropping, and it will officially be 2017 in Lore!

Find the New Year's rare weapons in your game menu this weekend, then head into battle in the following maps:

  • NewYear
  • NewYearLab
  • Darksun
  • Frostmane
  • Grimattack

You have probably already noticed but the Gift Boxes have opened! Enjoy the AWESOME armor set from guest artist, Goddess, who has returned for a one-event-only appearance to help you celebrate Frostval!

The Gifts will stay where they are until the end of the week but the folks that get them NOW don't get the sheer joy of waiting to unwrap those mystery gifts.

Happy Frostval, everyone and have a great new year!

Time Marches On... And So Does Server Testing

With as much time and testing as we have put into rewriting the game's server and client, we don't want to release something you guys will say feels unfinished. Yorumi, Cemaros, and the Bugs crews have been reading and verifying all your reports and it looks like we're down to the last of the bugs you guys found. That is AWESOME!

The server rewrite will allow us to more easily change and improve the AQWorlds you know and love. Significant changes to core gameplay, however, will be coming in the mobile/omni version of AQWorlds that Artix has been talking about. 

Now that I am back from vacation, Yorumi and I will meet to review what's left and get an idea of how much longer he expects. 

Class Balance update: After getting a lot of feedback from you guys, I've talked with Arklen and Artix. We will not be rebalancing/reworking the "overpowered" existing AC and member classes - we don't want to change the classes you have been enjoying for so long. We will be working to bring all underpowered classes up to par with the recent classes, though, and will be adjusting monsters so that the game remains fun.

The Queen of Monsters Saga... Returns/Renews/Reforms

The Queen of Monsters emerged from the Realm of Chaos in 2014, and since then, we have had a whirlwind of craziness, huge monsters, armies, and... a bit of confusion as to what her TRUE plans are. This past fall, we saw one of her armies, the Infernal Invaders, begin attacking Lore. Their Saga has just finished... but the story isn't done! 

We'll be continuing our new direction for the Queen of Monsters' story in 2017 - darker and deadlier, and I will leave you with one warning... NO ONE is safe!

Speaking of... Friday the 13th is coming around again! We should go check on Drakath in his new lair in a few weeks. 

Happy Holiday Birthdays! 

Man, so many team members are leveling up in real life right now! We've got Artix, Nythera, Aersion, and... Crulon! You'll find Crulon's birthday shop in-game on Friday, but his real birthday is tomorrow! Wish him a happy birthday and happy new year on Twitter!

Happy Holidays

This season is a time for giving but that means more than just presents. Sometimes it means just giving a little bit of your time to the people who wish we all had more time to spend together. We loved making the Frostval event for you but we also loved taking a few days off and spending them with out friends and families. I've had a wonderful vacation up in the frozen Northlands of Chicago, and I know the team here enjoyed time with their family and friends. 

We will ALL be back to work on Tuesday, January 3rd, but until then...

We hope that no matter where you are, who you are or what you believe... you got to take a bit of the Frostval Spirit with you into the real world and share it with the people that you care about. 

Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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December 31, 2016

Our Frostval Gift to You: Free ACs

Get Your 250 Free AdventureCoins for Frostval!

Every year, we award free AdventureCoins to all of our heroes who have been battling alongside us through the winter events... and this year is no exception! Yesterday, we gave 250 FREE AdventureCoins to eligible heroes as our way of saying "thanks!" for logging in and participating in the releases we've created for you!

If you are a hero who:

  • Logged on with from December 1st through December 30th
  • And are at least level 15

Then you can log in and find the AdventureCoins have been automatically added to your total! (Remember, the gift went out yesterday, so you may have already spent them by now.)

2016 Honorable Hero Award Coming Next Week

Heroes who did not get a mute or ban for 24 hours or longer in 2016 are eligible for our Honorable Hero award! They are what true in-game heroes and role models are, and will receive a new character page badge for the 2016 Honorable Heroes PLUS they will get even more free ACs!

To get the 2016 Honorable Hero ACs and badge, you need to meet the following requirements: 

  • Did not receive a 24 hour or longer in-game mute or ban in 2016
  • Logged in between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016
  • Are level 11 or higher
  • Created your account before January 1st 2017
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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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December 25, 2016

This Weekend: Frostval 2016 Finale

Battle through IcePike Peak to find the Crystal of Glacera!

Fight fire with fire… and ice with ice! In this weekend’s Frostval 2016 event finale, quest for the ancient Crystal of Glacera to aid you in your quest to save Lore from Karok and Kezeroth!


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December 24, 2016

Ice Giant Warrior Pet Now Available

72 Hour Frostval Drop: Ice Giant Warrior Pet

Log in all weekend long and battle the Glacial Elemental in Ice Wind Pass for a chance to get the Ice Giant Warrior Pet!

Note: the version of the pet accidentally released earlier today was originally released during last year's Quibble shop. The art has been changed to preserve the uniqueness of last year's rare pet. 

War Reward Update

I have just been informed by Karok the Fallen that if heroes want the Ice Shards and Glaceran Gems, they will need to turn in war quests to get them... not JUST slay the minions in the war. He hopes this will prove to be a ... suitable... incentive.

On an off-topic note: Happy Frostval, heroes!

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December 20, 2016

Glacial Berserker Class

Member Only Preview/Test Starts Now!

Next week, we'll launch this year's Frostval Class - the Glacial Berserker. It is a pretty cool class, by all reports (pun intended, of course). 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 Glacial Berserker 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 either keep the "test" version with the warrior class skills/art OR exchange it for a free version of the class armor.

Once the class does go live, it will be available to ALL players with either rank 10 rep OR 2000 AdventureCoins.

Class Skills: Subject to change!

Auto-attack:  Ancestral Rage

4 second cooldown, 200% damage

Your Ancestors speak out to you from their frozen prisons, telling tales of suppression and torture, building rage within. Applies a stack of Ancestral Rage. Stacks are activated only after using Shout of The Ancients. Each stack increases haste up to of 50% for 8 seconds if not restacked (stacks 5 times). Also imbues you with Curse of The Ancestors, reducing hit chance by 5% for 4 seconds.

Fists of Frost

8 second cooldown, 20 mana, melee range

Your hands freeze over and are covered in glacier sized ice, increasing your crit chance by 10% (stacking up to 30%)). Lasts 10 seconds. If you have been cursed by your ancestors, their chilling presence cause your enemy's movements to slow, reducing their haste by 10% (stacking up to 30%) lasts 10 seconds.

Shout of the Ancients

20 second cooldown, 30 mana, 300% damage, long range,

You scream with the force of millions of deceased ancestors and strike a decisive blow dealing massive damage. The rage you have built up from your Ancestors is released, increasing your haste based on stacks of Ancestral Rage. If your opponent has been chilled by your ancestors they are overwhelmed and are forced to attack you for 6 seconds.

Calm before the Storm

25 second cooldown, 30 mana, 100% damage, long range, 1 target

You center yourself, releasing some residual negative energy and quieting the ancients. Deals moderate damage and heals 800% damage over 10 seconds while preventing Curse of the Ancestors from applying for 6 seconds. If the enemy is Overwhelmed, they become Numb, reducing all damage done by 60% for 6 seconds.

Glacial Storm

40 second cooldown, 50 mana, can't miss, long range

You explode with frozen rage, unleashing a storm of ice and snow. The storm empowers your critical hits and encrusts you with a protective veil of ice. Your crit damage and Endurance are increased by 50% for 10 seconds. If your foe is Numb, they become frozen in shock, remaining Stunned for 10 seconds.

Note: "Calm before the Storm's" debuff is required to get "Glacial Storm's" debuff. 


Passive 1:
Ancestral Strength: Increase STR by 15%

Passive 2:  Frozen Skin: Increase End by 10% and reduces damage taken by 10%

Passive 3: Berserker’s Hatred: Increase Crit Chance and Crit Damage by 10%

Again, these skills MAY change... that will be based on your feedback and what our designers see while you test. 
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December 24, 2016

This Weekend: Karok vs Kezeroth

Karok vs Kezeroth = One COLD war!

Our 2016 Frostval holiday event continues this weekend as Karok the Fallen and Kezeroth continue their quest for world domination! Make sure you're all caught up on the storyline by completing this weekend's release, then prepare. For. WAR!

You’ll need to battle alongside one brother to defeat the other, but which will you choose to destroy? Karok or Kezeroth, the choice is yours!

This weekend: DOUBLE Server Boosts!

Log in starting tonight to get DOUBLE Rep, Gold, XP, and Class Points as our holiday celebrations kick into overdrive!

New Pets in Quibble's Shop

Two new pets arrive in Quibble Coinbiter's Shop tonight! Find the Mounted Paragon Quest Pet with three quests (1 for all players, and 2 just for Undead Legion Members). The quests were modelled after the Bright Paragon Pet's quests from last year, and have a chance to award either 20 or 50 Legion Tokens! (Or for the all-player quest, some pretty sweet gold and XP rewards).

Requested by fellow hero, Gandiral, the classic Quibble Bank Pet will return with his shop each time Quibble makes his way back to town!

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December 20, 2016

Frostval 2016 LQS Starts December 23rd

Get your gear before the packages disappear!

Starting this Friday, December 23rd, at 6:00 PM EST (that's server time, and you can find a server time clock in your in-game options menu) head to our Limited Quantity Sets page to grab some of our coolest, most festive gear of the year! Each package also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore and on your character page! 

New sets in this year's Frostval LQS will feature:

  • Anatomically Correct Snowmoglin House 
  • Lord of Ravens Armor set
  • Nightelf Stalker (Dark and Ice versions)
  • Frostling Horror Rider Battlepet and weapons

Plus a number of existing Frostval LQS sets will return! 

BattleLord of Ravens

Price: 1000 AdventureCoins
Quantity: 3000

  • Battlelord of Ravens armor set
  • Character page badge

BattleLord of Ravens

Price: 25000 gold (for current and past members)
Quantity: 7000

  • Battlelord of Ravens armor set
  • Character page badge

Nightelf SnowStalker

Price: 1000 AdventureCoins
Quantity: 3000

  • Dark Nightelf Snowstalker armor set
  • Icy Nightelf Snowstalker armor set
  • Character page badge

Snowmoglin House* 

Price: 1500 AdventureCoins
Quantity: 2000

  • In-game house with 4 rooms (and all the snow innards you could hope for!)
  • Character page badge

* Unfortunately, "Anatomically Correct Snowmoglin House" is too long of an item name. SAD DAY!

Frostling Horror Pet and Quest

Price: 15000 gold for all players
Quantity: 20,000

  • Frostling Horror pet with a quest for 2 helms and a sword
  • Character page badge

And we've got good news for those of you who prefer silver/blue to the more ordinary red/gold holiday colors - we are adding a blue and silver variant to the existing Crimson Knight limited quantity set package! 

Dage's Frostval Set Returns with a NEW VARIANT!

Price: 2000 AdventureCoins
Quantity: 990

  • 2 Crimson Knight armor sets (with and without built in shield)
  • 2 Sapphire Knight armor sets (with and without built in shield)
  • Character page badge

If you already purchased the Crimson Knight armor set back when it was released in 2014, you will find the Sapphire Knight armor sets in your Book of Lore badge shop starting this Friday (and the character page badge, too).

What is a Limited Quantity Set?

The Limited Quantity Sets are just what they sounds like... each set has a certain quantity and once that number has sold out then that's it. The total number of sets is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 items left on the web page, that's what we've got left in stock.

How Do Limited Quantity Sets Work?

  1. Log into a special LQS webpage on AQ.com (not into the game!) 
  2. Purchase the set using either ACs or gold
  3. Log into AQW and find your set badge in the Book of Lore (no character page badge attached.)
  4. Get all the items in the badge shop for 0 ACs (yay free storage!)
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December 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Blade

Wish Blade a Happy Birthday... OR ELSE!

On the Artix Entertainment team, we don't GET gifts for our birthday, we GIVE them! To celebrate hos real-life level up, Blade crafted a new armor and hoods for those heroes who wish they were a little bit taller... wish they were a brawler... *ahem* 

His gear will be PERMANENTLY available from his new shop in the /artistalley! Find Blade and check out his gear, then why not wish him a happy birthday on Twitter?

You'll be able to get his birthday gear forever, but if you're online now (and I know you are, if you're reading this!) wish him a happy birthday on Twitter

Tags: Alina,
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December 12, 2016

Quibble Coinbiter is Back

Quibble Returns with cool new holiday gear!

Past, present, and future Frostval items freeze the insides of Quibble Coinbiter's pack... and YOUR inventory! AQWorlds' very own time-traveling sales moglin is back Battleonthis weekend with all-new holiday gear!

You won't be left out in the cold because, though most of his items will cost AdventureCoins, we will include gear for both members and non-members, too! 

The shop includes:

  • Ice King armor set
  • Crimson Archer armor set (member-exclusive!)
  • Frost Knight armor set
  • Quibble Claws pet
  • Frostvale Quibble Bank Pet
  • Paragon Paindeer Rider Bank Pet*
  • Nulgath and Dage SnowGlobe staffs 
  • And more!

Wait... Who (or what?) is Quibble Coinbiter?

Not exactly sure who Quibble Coinbiter is, or how he gets all that gear? Neither are we!

But here's what he said last time I asked:

How do I get never-before-seen used items? Well, that's a trade secret. But just between us, I have a deal with a time travel fairy who brings me these things… even though they have not been built yet! They might show up later in the game or might be Rares that are never seen again!

This gear and more will come when Quibble's shop arrives on Friday PLUS a handful of items celebrating Beleen's birthday gear will arrive in the December Featured Gear Shop in your game menu!

This icy equips won't be around for long, though. Quibble's gear and Beleen's Birthday gear leave on January 6th, 2017!

* The Paragon Paindeer Rider Bank pet does not have quests. A version of the pet with Legion Token quests will arrive next week.

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December 16, 2016

Frostval 2016 Event Begins This Weekend

Kezeroth the World Ender is coming BACK!

Last weekend, we brought back all our seasonal winter events in Frostvale. But THIS weekend, we are starting our new 2016 Frostval storyline - continuing a saga began years ago.

2012: Kezeroth the Worldender arrived and nearly destroyed the planet with the Beast Quetzal

2014: Karok the Fallen arrives with his horde of Frostspawn to conquer our world and avenge his brother.

2015: The Queen of Monsters recruits Karok the Fallen to her side... with betrayal imminent.

Together, these two coldhearted villains from the planet Glacera have destroyed millions of heroes and wrought destruction on much of the southern continent.

But no more! This year, you and the other heroes of Lore will team up to end the threat they pose once and for all...

......

.........

OR WILL YOU!? 

Log in this weekend and /join icewindpass for the first of our three-part holiday event begins! 

Battle to earn Cool Rewards

Take down the monsters in this weekend's release for a chance to unlock the gear in the Frozen and Frost DeathKnight sets from Axeros!

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December 09, 2016

ShadowStalker of Time Class

In-game Variant of the 2017 Calendar Class Arrives Friday!

For the first time ever, we are making a version of the new HeroMart Calendar Class available in-game! Starting this Friday, unlock the full class and armor set when you buy a ShadowStalker Key for 6000 AdventureCoins from Chronix in Battleon.

The ShadowStalker Key will unlock:

  • ShadowStalker of Time Class
  • ShadowStalker Armor
  • Cape, Staff, 5 helms, Dagger

Note: the ShadowStalker Key cannot be sold... so make sure you really want the class before buying the key!

This is a variant of the exclusive 2017 Calendar Class!

You are right on point, disembodied voice! We are breaking with tradition this year and selling a variant of the 2017 Calendar Class in-game... for a few very good reasons. 

We have players who would happily pay for the calendar but:

  1. Are prevented by the over-the-top shipping costs charged by shipping companies
  2. We cannot ship to some countries at all... even ones we used to.

Because of changes in how mail systems and services work*, and where those companies will ship to, we are physically unable to send the calendar to people who would happily pay for it in order to get the class (and the gameplay/skills that come along with it).

The majority of our players cannot choose where they live... or where our mail company ships to. We don't want to punish those players by preventing them from getting the calendar.

* Some of this is due to current events around the world... which neither we or you guys can control.


If you are buying the Class from HeroMart...

We don't want to punish you because other players cannot get the Calendar/Class from HeroMart. So, in the spirit of fairness...

  • The ShadowStalker of time Class will cost 6000 AdventureCoins (roughly $25 USD) 
  • This is about the same as what a player in the US purchasing a calendar from HeroMart could expect to pay. ($20 USD for the class + shipping)
  • If you buy the calendar from HeroMart, you will unlock both the Shadow Walker of Time Class set AND the Shadow Stalker of Time Class set.

Questions (and Answers)

"Why is the class so expensive?! 6000 ACs is a lot!" That's a fair question with an easy answer. Many people buy the calendar just to get the class. This is an opportunity to get the class, not a discount.

"If I buy the in-game class, do I get the calendar?" No, the in-game variant does not come with a calendar. This is geared primarily towards people who want to get the class but, for whatever reason, cannot purchase the calendar from Heromart.

"If I buy the in-game class, do I get the character page badge?" Nope. This is geared towards people who want to get the class (and its skills). We don't want them to miss out on the gameplay. The character page isn't a part of the deal. 

"Why do people who buy the calendar from Heromart get more gear?" We have a lot of people who collect classes. We don't want those people buying the Heromart calendar to get the Shadow Walker of time class and then feel like they have to ALSO buy the ShadowStalker of Time in-game variant. Plus, this is the 2017 Calendar Class... if people are buying the Calendar for the reward gear, it's only fair that they get all of it!

"Will this be available for older calendar classes like Chronomancer?" No, those have all sold out. No in-game versions of the classes are available.

"Will the other games be offering their rewards in-game?" At this time, AQWorlds is the only game with an in-game reward option.

"Will you do this for future calendar classes or other Heromart gear?" At this time, AQWorlds is the only game with an in-game reward option, and we are focusing on this year's calendar and plan. We will finalize plans for the future as we get closer to it.

"Will both class sets have the same gear/skills?" Yes. We want all our players to have the same opportunity to experience the class skills as the designers intended. Bost classes cost roughly the same, and therefore will do the same damage/have the same skills.

"How long will the class be available?" The class will be available until the real, physical calendars sell out of Heromart (this usually takes a year to a year and a half). Once Heromart no longer has calendars to sell, the in-game version of the class will go permanently rare.

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