Design Notes

June 24, 2016

Battle the Black Hole Sun's Minions

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

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

Battle to Raise the War Meter

How to fight in an AQWorlds war:

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

Special Black Hole Sun war features:

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

  • 10%: New room in the map
  • 20%: A new monster joins the war
  • 30%: The map expands
  • 40%: The map expands AGAIN!
  • 50%: A war chest is unlocked with surprises inside!
  • 60%: A new cutscene is unlocked PLUS a new monster joins the battle
  • 70%: The map grows even LARGER!
  • 80%: The next new monster joins the battle!
  • 90%: The battleground grows even larger!
  • 100%: The boss monster and area is unlocked AND new cutscenes are unlocked
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June 23, 2016

Ziri's Magical Rares Shop Leaves Tomorrow

Last Chance to Get Ziri's Magical Gear!

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

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

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

How animated items work:

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

New Animations-in-Action Screenshots

Grumpy Rainbow Cat


One Million Gold Shower

 

Undead Horde Flood


Golden Flying Pig Bacon Hailstorm

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June 17, 2016

FOR THE HORCS!

New Rare Gear Available Until June 29th

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

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

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

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

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June 17, 2016

Drakel Warlord Class Breakdown

Warriors, come out to play!

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

How to get the class

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

Class Information

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

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


Drakel Auto Attack

A Drakel special auto attack that deals 150% damage.

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

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

Strengthened Strike:

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

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

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

Raged Strike

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

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

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

Strike of Expertise

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

  • ManaCost: 18       
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

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

Enter the Arena

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

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

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

Passive 1: Expertise: Increase critical damage by 15%

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

Passive 3: Drakel Skin: Increase END by 20%

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June 17, 2016

This weekend: The Hun'Gar Games BEGIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DragonFable 10th Anniversary Gift

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

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

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

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

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

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June 15, 2016

Progress Report of all Reports

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

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

Server Rewrite Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

AC Generation Glitch

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

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

Testing Mission Sprocket

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

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

Coming Releases

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

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June 20, 2016

Coming Soon: Creatures of the Black Hole Sun

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

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

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

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June 10, 2016

Roses and Gold Rares Shop

Put on your Rose Colored Glasses as we celebrate PINK!

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

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

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

Classes:

  • Troubador of Love
  • BattleMage of Love
  • Sakura Cryomancer

Armors:

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

Weapons:

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

Helms:

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

Capes:

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

 

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

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June 10, 2016

Enter the Death Arena

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

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

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June 13, 2016

This Friday: The Hun'Gar Games

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

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

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

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

Testing Server Glitch Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 04, 2016

BaconCats vs LaserSharks

NOW: Enter the Bacon Cat Force HeadQuarters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 06, 2016

Friday: The Death Arena

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

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

Meet the four High Warlord challengers!

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June 03, 2016

New: Galactic Defender and Commander Gear

Unlock the June upgrade bonus gear with select upgrade packages!

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

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 15 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 armors: Galactic Commander and Defender
  • 3 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes (6 winged variants and a cloak)
  • 1 pet 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

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

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

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

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

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June 01, 2016

Happy Birthday, Daimyo... and more!

Log in to Battleon to get your own Daimyo Pet

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

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

Daimyo: Defender of the Secret Underground Lab

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

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

The Legend of Daimyo

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

MoglinRiders... Incoming!

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

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

More Birthdays to Celebrate!

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

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May 31, 2016

Last Chance for Tempus Mori

The May Package Bonus Gear Leaves Friday!

Through this Friday, June 3rd, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive May upgrade bonus items! The package leaves at 6PM, to be replaced by the June Bonus Gear!

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 13 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 Tempus Mori Armors (one floating, one walking)
  • 2 helms (Hood and Skull face)
  • 3 weapons (2 scythe, 1 staff)
  • 4 winged capes 
  • 2 minion pets (one regular pet, one member-only battle pet)
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

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

  • Tempus Mori armor (floating version)
  • Tempus Mori Skull Face
  • Dark Wings of Time and Blooded Wings of Time
  • Infinita Mortem Scythe
  • Tempus Mori Minion pet
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Tempus Mori character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of death and time!

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

Also leaving Friday

The Friday the 13th event and rare gear will leave this Friday, June 3rd!


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May 28, 2016

Ziri's Magical Rares Shop

Rain down a Flying Golden Pig Bacon Hailstorm upon your enemies!

A few years back, we released an "animated item" shop full of really cool gear with an added kick! If you have one of the animated items equipped, every so often, a super-crazy animation would fill up your screen. We have shadowbursts, comet storms, whirlwinds, and more... and you can find them in your Game Menu shop. But with Ziri's release coming out, we saw this as an opportunity to add in a few NEW animations:

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

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

How animated items work:

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

New Animations-in-Action Screenshots

Grumpy Rainbow Cat


One Million Gold Shower

 

Undead Horde Flood


Golden Flying Pig Bacon Hailstorm

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May 27, 2016

Ziri and the Flying Bacon Cat Fortress

Return to the Throne of Darkness Saga this weekend!

Oh man, you guys! We have an INSANE RELEASE for you... right now! This weekend, we're returning to the Throne of Darkness Saga with Ziri the Daimon's Flying BaconCat Fortress! Read on for what to expect!

Thanks for your patience... I know it was a late release, but we have SO MUCH for you tonight!

  • A new zone with TWO boss fights
  • 8 new cutscenes
  • 17 new monsters
  • Parodies of your favorite classic arcade games... with a twist
  • Non-member armors and gear dropping from several monsters plus a new rewards shop
  • A super-crazy ending that will make you feel all the feels
  • PLUS a villain with a magical wish-granting amulet that

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May 26, 2016

AE Panel at MegaCon is THIS Saturday

Join us for the official AdventureQuest 3D panel is Saturday, May 28th!

I walked into Artix's war room yesterday and saw his table PILED with candy, prizes, and craziness. That means only one thing here at the lab* - convention time!  If you've never been to an Artix Entertainment convention panel... we'd love to see you there!   MegaCon is a HUGE convention happening in Orlando, Florida next weekend, so if you're in the area (or could get nearby in time), I hope you'll join us for the official AdventureQuest 3D panel!

"AdventureQuest 3D Video Game with Artix"

WHAT: AQ3D Panel at MegaCon (www.MegaConvention.com) in Orlando, Florida
WHEN: Saturday, May 28th @ 3pm
WHERE: West Building Room W300

This is our first year running a panel at MegaCon and I am really excited. I really hope you can join us, and if you can make it please let me know in the comment section below.

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May 26, 2016

New News for AQW: May 26th!

This week's news in one convenient place!

Do you get our weekly newsletter? If not... now's a great time to start!  All you need to do is confirm your email address and we'll deliver what's new and noteworthy into your inbox once a week. That way, YOU can keep up to date with what's going on in the world of Lore on your phone, tablet, or computer...without having to log out of the game!

Click here to see the rest of the newsletter!

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May 31, 2016

Bacon Cat Force vs Laser Shark Brigade

On June 6th: Enter the Bacon Cat Force HeadQuarters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Alina,
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May 24, 2016

Friday: Ziri's Magical Rares Shop

Rain down a Flying Golden Pig Bacon Hailstorm upon your enemies!

A few years back, we released an "animated item" shop full of really cool gear with an added kick! If you have one of the animated items equipped, every so often, a super-crazy animation would fill up your screen. We have shadowbursts, comet storms, whirlwinds, and more... and you can find them in your Game Menu shop. But with Ziri's release coming out, we saw this as an opportunity to add in a few NEW animations:

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

Though the gear in Ziri's Magical Rares Shop will leave, the animations may be used in the future. AND if you can't wait until Friday, there are a number of animated items you can get right NOW from the Animated Item shop in your game menu!*

How animated items work:

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

* This shop is full of permanent content, but the shop disappeared from the game menu a while back... and now it's returned!

Tags: Alina,
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May 23, 2016

Summer Art Contest Ends Sunday

Last Chance to get in on this Beachin' Art Contest Action!

Our summer themed art contest has prizes including AQ3D Keys, Badges, and Artix Points... but it ends THIS SUNDAY!  At first we thought, “Wow, this is a really dangerous idea for an art contest...” but WOW have we seen some amazing art! Draw your favorite AdventureQuest characters, items, scenes on an epic summer/beach/vacation adventure.

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“Prizes for winners include AdventureQuest 3D Beta Keys, Badges and Artix Points!”
For this contest, create an original piece of Fan Art showing your favorite AdventureQuest (Any version… AQWorlds, AQ3D, or the original AQ... or if you really want, you can use EpicDuel, MechQuest or other AE games too) character having some fun in the sun. Be sure to sign and date your original drawing and submit it using the rules below.
 
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A few questions for inspiration!

  • Do moglins surf?
  • Are any heroes scared of the water?
  • What is the worst monster to encounter at the beach?
  • Do the undead enjoy soaking up some rays?
  • What would your favorite hero be doing at the beach?
  • Are there any Summer Vacation movies that would be perfect to parody?

You do not have to play the game where the character is from. But it helps to know what kind of character it is. Just make sure you read all the rules and that you send in your entry before the deadline.
 

 

 



PRIZES! (The future looks bright)

 The prizes for this contest are from a pool that includes multiple games! You can win badges from AQWorlds, Artix Points to spend in any game, and access and cool stuff in AQ3D!!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • 5000 Artix Points
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQW and AQ3D.

2nd Place Winner will receive:
  • 2500 Artix Points
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQWorlds and AQ3D.

Winner’s Circle & “Above & Beyond” entries will receive:
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQWorlds and AQ3D.
  • Custom made AQW twitter avatar.

DEADLINE! Submit your original Artwork by May 24th! 
BEGINS: Friday May 6th, 2016
ENDS: Sunday May 29th, 2016


HOW TO SUBMIT? 
Tweet your entry to the @AE Contests Twitter page 


Tanning Rules (apply sunscreen!)

 This is the most important part of the whole contest. Read all the rules below BEFORE sending your art submission. Because if you don’t follow the rules, then you’ll be disqualified, and that is oh-so totally lame.
 
Follow each rule if you want your entry to be considered eligible
  • Create an original piece of AdventureQuest fan art.
  • You can Draw, Paint, Flash, etc.
  • You can use any character you like from the games
  • Be as creative as you want. We love and encourage creativity!
  • You must create your fan art entry 100% by yourself.
  • No stealing other people's art (obviously)
  • No tracing
  • It is ok to look at other things for reference, just make sure you are drawing/making your piece of art yourself.
  • 1 entry per person
  • Add your AQWorlds Character Name and the date to your art!
  • This way we know this is yours so nobody can steal your hard work. Be sure it is clear so we can read it.
  • Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting, That way, if you win, I can easily copy your character Name for faster prize awarding and no mistakes.
  • Entry must be “Work Safe” and appropriate for all players of Artix Entertainment Games. If you are worried your art might be crossing the line, just DM us and ask us if it is OK.


Ready to submit? Final Checklist!

Check off each thing below before submitting your entry to ensure your chance at winning!
  • AE themed Fan Art created by you
  • AQWorlds Character Name *neatly* written on your picture
  • The date on your entry
  • Type your Character name in your tweet to @AE_Contests
  • Upload your Fan Art picture to the same Tweet to @AE_Contests
  • Hit the Tweet button and submit your entry!

No Twitter? If you do not have Twitter or an AQWorlds account then e-mail your entry to [email protected] titled “Contest entry” and feature your Master Account name instead of your AQWorlds account name.
 
Good luck and have fun! This is a excellent opportunity for artists to work on their anatomy and armor skills at the same time. 
Tags: Alina,
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May 20, 2016

Chrono Assassin Class is HERE!

Two Ways to Unlock the New Class Variant!

Xeven is an Assassin... of TIME! She's also one of the main villains in our new Throne of Darkness Saga, and if you haven't played through her story yet -- WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! It's mind-breakingly, time-bendingly awesome, and you can start the adventure when you /join portalmaze!

How to get this Class

  • All players: Fnd a version of the Class for 2000 AdventureCoins in the Tachyon Gear shop in your Game Menu*
  • Members: YOU can farm for a gold version of the class! 

The member quest is not a daily, so you can farm as much as you want to unlock the class as fast as you want!

Chrono Assassin Class Breakdown

Heya guys, it’s Sync. I’d like to thank Arklen for helping me with the Class, especially the animations and skill icons. They’re awesome! Now knowing me, I try to make variants as new and fresh as possible while still being intact with the original Class design. This is a variant of Thief of Hours, with a lot of stacking abilities as you manipulate time as the fight goes on.

Mana Regeneration: Chrono Assassin’s Mana Regen is majority of the evasives, gaining mana when they dodge. (Also restores HP as well)
Stats: This Class is an Evasive so it depends on Dexterity more than any other stat as a whole.

Auto Attack: Strike Blades 

1 second cooldown

You wield Strike Blades. Manipulating time allows you to attack incredibly fast, but sacrificing speed for power. This is similar to your normal auto attack, except it’s the fasted Auto Attack in the game right now. Attack incredibly fast but you lack power as you do so.

Rank 1: Shift

12 Mana, 5 Second Cooldown

Push time forward with your next strike dealing Light Damage to your opponent. Applies Push Time, increasing your Dodge and Haste by 8% for 12 seconds, stacks to 5. If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and applies Pull Time, lowering the opponent's Haste and Dodge by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is your first stacking skill, similar to Steal Seconds, it increases your Haste and Dodge the more you stack it. If Reverse time is in play, as you flow time backwards you apply a debuff that’s the opposite of the buffs you applied. 

Rank 2: Relapse

12 Mana 3 Second Cooldown 

Relieve time with your next strike dealing Moderate Damage to your opponent. Applies Deadlock to yourself, stacks 4 times. Once max stacked Deadlock will consume itself and apply Reverse Time, granting you a Moderate HoT for 10 seconds. This is VERY similar to Sonic Piledriver and your second stacking skill, also this is your main source of damage on the Class so use this as often as possible. Stacks Deadlock, at max stacks it consumes itself to apply Reverse Time, granting you a Moderate DoT. When this happens, you can apply one of the other skills to apply an additional effect while your Strike Blades turn into Temporal Blades, granting you a huge Damage Output buff for a solid amount of time.

Rank 3: Convert

12 Mana 4 Second Cooldown

Generate time with your next strike dealing Moderate Damage to your opponent. Applies Cause, increasing Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Damage by by 10% for 12 seconds, stacks to 5.  If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and applies Depress Time, lowering the opponent’s Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Damage Damage by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is similar to Timestream and your third stacking skill,  increasing your Crit Chance and Crit Damage per stack grants more damage over time the more you Crit. If Reverse time is in play, as you flow time backwards you apply a debuff that’s the opposite of the buffs you applied.

Rank 4: Prediction and Anticipation

Increases Hit Chance and Crit Chance by 10 Increases Dodge by 12%

You’re a Time Assassin, wouldn’t you be prepared for the Past, Present, and Future? Increases your overall Hit, Crit, and Evasion to better the Class as a whole.

Rank 5: Hysteria

30 Mana 20 Second Cooldown

Sever your foes mind in time making them go insane. Causes the target to hit itself when they try to hit you for 6 seconds. Applies Enhance Time, increasing your target’s Damage Resistance by 15%. If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and apply Corrupt Time, increasing the damage they take by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is VERY similar to Temporal Insanity, throwing back 100% of the target's damage done on you back at them. Although, this gives them a Damage Resistance for the duration to force players to be prone to use this at random times. When you have Reverse Time in play, that’s when things start to get real. You increase the damage they take WHILE they throw the damage they done back on themselves WHILE you apply Temporal Blades increasing your overall damage.

Rank 10: Regenerate Rebirth

Rarely, when your hit points drop below 10% and your life is in danger, your health and mana will be restored to full and all damage taken will be significantly reduced for 10 seconds.
This rarely happens but is VERY rewarding when it does. Especially in PvP.

Enhancements

I recommend Thief and Luck enchants for this Class. This Class is an Evasive, getting the most out is by stacking DEX and LUCK stats to increase its survivability and it’s damage. Note this Class does VERY little Damage, but at a VERY high rate.

Thief: Having the most Dexterity means having the most Hit, Crit and Dodge one can have from a Physical Class, allowing you to be more persistent in your core stats.

Luck: Having Luck in your Build really compliments Revert, increasing your overall Crit Damage even more can be deadly. Even more brutal if Temporal Blades is up.

Overall Summary

In Conclusion, Chrono Assassin stacks to win. Start off with Shift to increase your Dodge and Haste to stack faster and live longer. The core of the Class is Relapse, so stack then whenever it’s up. Compared to Thief of Hours, I always believed you stack for a purpose not just for spamming. Every 4 stacks of Relapse, You have to choose what your debuff will be to give the Class variety and give it a higher skill cap. Convert will allow you to increase your overall Damage dealing with Crits if you need more Damage. Hysteria can be a game changer, remember if Reverse Time isn’t up you will give them a Damage Resistance and in PvP, they DON’T have to hit you so use this wisely. Once you figure out the stacking you can create your own combos and master being a Chrono Assassin!

Had fun with this variant. Even though two skills can’t be modified to my liking, it still came out an awesome Class. I want to know your thoughts on the Class. https://twitter.com/Sync_AE. :)

* Plus the rare, wicked NechoTech gear from Axeros! NechoTech gear will be available until June 1st!

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May 20, 2016

The Hunt for the Tachyon Blades Begins

Members: an all-new, exclusive mission waits for you!

Xeven, the Time Assassin, wields two VERY powerful blades -- their edges can cut through space and time itself. BUT in the last chapter of our Throne of Darkness Saga... her blades went missing! Members: It's up to you to battle your way through a maze of portals and spacetime to recover them! 

Defeated the devourer of space and time to unlock the quest to begin repairing the blades. Once you've gathered all the pieces of the Tachyon Blades, you'll be able to equip and dual-wield them! Talk to Kairos in /portalmaze to begin!

  • Battle Svelgr the Devourer to collect all the pieces of the Galactic Assassin set
  • Find the Time Assassin armor set in Kairos' merge shop in /tachyon

Not a member, but want to get in on the action? Upgrade your AQWorlds account to unlock exclusive zones, classes, pets, and more!

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May 23, 2016

Friday: Conquer the Flying Bacon Cat Palace

The Throne of Darkness continues this Friday with Ziri's story!

This Friday, travel to what is hands-down the CRAZIEST zone in the entire game - the Flying Bacon Cat Fortress! (It was constructed single-handedly by Ziri the Daimon, using his magic wish-granting amulet). He wants to be your BEST FRIEND… He ALSO wants to kill you. This should be a really interesting trip into insanity.

Throne of Darkness Saga

Artix's Throne of Darkness Saga is our new main storyline, and it's happening RIGHT NOW! If you haven't started the story yet, begin the adventure by battling your way through the Bone Castle to take on Vaden, the DeathKnight! (/join bonecastle to start!)

The battles will be difficult... enter at your own risk!  The Darkness is Coming.

Chapter 2 of the Throne of Darkness Saga takes you through space and time in Xevenx's Story of the Paradox Portal!

 

Chase Xeven, the Time-Traveling Assassin, through our past, future, and altered present (?!) before we take on the ultimate annihilator: Vorefax the Devourer!

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