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AQW's Nightmare Moglin Levels Up in Real Life!
In Lore, you don't GET presents for your birthday, you GIVE them! And that's why you should head to Battleon now: Memet, AQW's assistant game lead, has a chest shop full of cutely-creepy (also terrifyingly-adorable if you are scared of dolls or clocks) gear to say thank you for playing AQW!
Memet's apprentice, Blade, made her a very appropriately-scary gift!
Memet started working for Artix Entertainment in the Player Support department... until we saw how amazing she was as an artist and kidnapped her! After Cysero transferred to the BattleGems team, Memet leveled up to AQW's assistant game lead, helping with art, writing, and release design.
Wish her a Happy Birthday on Twitter, then head to Battleon to check out the gear in her shop:
- Clockwork Doll armor
- Clockwork Dolly morph helm
- Clockwork Doll Key +5 (gives 5% bonus to gold when equipped!)
- Clockwork Doll Bowler and Locks helms
- Clockwork Doll Key cape
This Week's Releases!
Prepare to face the Turdrakolich next Wednesday by stuffing your face AND your inventory with sweet gear TOMORROW! Login Thursday night to beat down the Turdraken and mash the monsters attacking the Cornycopia to earn a feast full of rewards!
Oishii's thankful for Lore's heroes!
Then log in this Friday to unlock a portal to the Chaos Realm, create a guidestone, and battle your way through the Chaos Realm to the heart of Drakath's Lair! You'll also be able to check out our shop full of Doctor Who-themed gear AND go on Quibble's quest into simulations of Lore's past, present, and future!
Tags: Alina Memet Doctor Who Chaos Drakath
Chaos Twins Xing & Xang Return Tonight!
The long-awaited second half of the 2nd Lord(s) of Chaos saga begins tonight! Go back to the Mirror Realm and team up with Mirror Drakath and Gravelyn the Good to restore balance to both realms, and stop the Twins from unleashing their chaos beast onto Lore!
Did you miss them? They missed you!
You'll travel to Brightfall, then battle through the terrifying RedDeath Swamp to help Mirror Drakath find a way to get Good Xang and Evil Xang back to their original realms. On the way, collect Mirror Realm Tokens to trade in for awesome new gear in the Mirror Merge Shop!
Change from good to evil as a Duality Mage!
Don't forget! Luck of the Draw contest ends Monday!
We'll keep logging your spins on the Wheel of Doom and the Wheel of Destiny until 11:59 PM server time on November 11, 2013. So you've got until then to get your name in the hat for one of our exclusive prizes, including:
The Fallen Warlord set by Dage the Evil!
After the event has ended, we the grand prize winner and put ALL of the winners' prizes directly into their inventories!
Shops Leaving and Items Arriving!
- This month's Ultimate Item of Donated Awesomeness prizes from the Wheel of Doom have started appearing in inventories!
Currently the only mount armor available to purchase in AQW!
- Blade of Doomination from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny leaves tonight, but TWO new weapons will begin dropping from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny!
- Watch THIS POST to know when to sell your Investment Trinket!
- Nulgath Dragonfiend Rider shop leaves Monday, November 11th.
- 5th Birthday Rares shop, quests to farm for Dragon Shinobi, and Ultra BrutalCorn battle leave Monday, November 18th
- Dage's Dragon Katanas leave the Carnival of Fortune merge shops in /wheel on Friday, November 15th!
Tags: Memet Xing and Xang Twins 2nd Lord of Chaos Luck of the Draw
Plasma Pyro should totally be rare, right?
Yep. It should. It's an awesome set! Each piece of it is made of beautifully rendered flames that flicker and dance across your character's body. And, apparently, cause a lot of lag for a significant portion of our players. Wouldn't be a big deal if this was a rarely-seen set, but when an armor looks this good, of course everyone is going to want it:
Obviously it's freakin' gorgeous, so we don't want to remove it from the game entirely. And we definitely want to give those of you who might have used a slightly-delayed payment method a chance to get this great set. However, we do need to limit the number of people who have it, for lag-management reasons. So the set will remain in game until Friday, at which point it will go rare.
And on the bright side (heh, bright), all of you Arklen fans who bought it will be the proud owners of a very limited, very prestigious set. Good compromise?
PS: the Chaos War rare gear leaves this Friday! Don't miss out on some of this great gear. /join chaoswar to battle the Chaorrupted creatures of Lore!
Tags: Memet Arklen Plasma Pyro
Social Media Moglin
YOU LIKE US! YOU REALLY LIKE US!
We promised you a special class if AQWorlds reached 1 million likes on Facebook, and it's finally happened! After much thought and extensive testing, we are ready to unleash our gift to you upon our servers. Are you ready for it?
I see all - everything you post on your wall.
Our way of thanking you for showing us so much love, Oracle class will be available to ALL players for 0ACs - so you can even store it in your bank without having to worry about space. You'll be able to get it tonight from the Oracle Class shop in Battleon.
Ready to see what this thing can do?
Oracle Skills Breakdown
As an Oracle, you're a strong (and clairvoyant!) healer who can gaze into the past, present and future of all of your friends. You're excellent at maintaining the health and status of your friends with your supportive wall posts skills. And of course, you can notify your friends of your enemy's strengths and weaknesses, because you've read everyone's timelines.
Oracles regain mana from all hits landed in combat, more if it's a critical strike. The amount of mana regained is based on the amount of damage done relative to their own HP total. The stats you'll want to favor as an Oracle are Intellect, Endurance and Wisdom.
2 second cooldown
A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.
5 mana, 8 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 1.
Your next auto-attack will be a critical strike. Has a chance to apply Prophet's Vision, increasing Intellect and critical strike damage by 30% for 15 seconds.
Your main damage ability. I feel like I should point out that Prophet's Vision lasts for longer than the cooldown, so if you see this pop up, you can hit Foresight again for an extra strong crit.
30 mana, 8 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 2.
Heals a friend and up to 3 others by placing a random judgment on each based upon their relationship with the Divine.
Tags Allies with one of the following effects:
- Close Friends: Increases Strength & Intellect by 20% for 20 seconds.
- Befriended: Strong heal over time for 15 seconds.
- Divine Acquaintances: Moderate heal over time for 15 seconds.
- It's Complicated: Reduces damage taken and Luck by 10% for 10 seconds.
- Unfriended: Increases mana costs by 10% and reduces Endurance by 10% for 10 seconds.
Of course "The Divine" is capricious, making the effect you receive completely random. Better hope you don't get Unfriended.
20 mana, 14 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 3.
Share photographic imagery with a friend of your opponent's next movement. Applies Shared Link, increasing your or your ally's chance to dodge and critically strike significantly for a short duration.
If Prophet's Vision is up, and you're the one who gets the buff, this can be especially cool.
HIDDEN FROM ENEMIES
Passive. Requires rank 4.
Wisdom is increased by 20%.
AVILABLE TO ALLIES
Passive. Requires rank 4.
All healing is ncreased by 15%.
19 mana, 12 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 5.
Advanced precognition allows you to read your opponent's timeline and notify allies of his weaknesses. You will either block most of your opponent's Attack Power, or ignore most of your opponent's Spell Power for a short duration.
Note that this is also a random effect. You have an equal chance of getting either one regardless of what monster you are fighting.
TWIST OF FATE
Passive. Requires Rank 10.
On rare occasions, the Oracle and his entire group are granted Divine Recovery, fully healing them and granting temporary invisibility.
As you have probably noticed, this class has a lot of random effects. But they should all be pretty useful no matter what you get (except for Unfriended, hehe), so your ability to be effective doesn't have to depend on getting the right die rolls.
Tags: Memet Class Breakdown Oracle Procrstinating on Facebook
Way of the Moglin
READY FOR YOUR REWARD?
You've battled Brutalcorn, fought off con rot at BattleCon, and saved the convention guests and Artix Entertainment staff from certain doom at the hands of marauding undead ravers! Now, Artix needs your help again! Find him in the Underground Lab to unlock AQWorlds' 5th Anniversary class, which is... (drumroll, please)
What's better than ninjas? Dragon ninjas.
Dragon Shinobi! During our 5th Birthday event, you'll be able to earn this class by helping Artix save BattleCon (and the Underground Lab!) from a monster invsion. After the event ends, you'll still be able to buy it from Ragnar in Battleon. The class will be in game until our 6th birthday, at which point it will go rare.
To earn Dragon Shinobi, find Artix at the underground lab. Complete quests for him to earn Dragon Shinobi tokens, and then merge the tokens into class set items at his Dragon Shinobi merge shop. Just like last year, you'll have a month to earn the tokens you need. After that time, the only way to get these items will be to buy them. You should be able to earn enough tokens pretty easily though, since the quests can be repeated as often as you want. Plus there's an extra quest for Legends, so if you have a membership it will go even faster.
Anyway, on to the class itself...
Dragon Shinobi Skills Breakdown
Ninjas are hailed for their dexterity. Dragons are praised for their strength. And when the Ninja trains in the way of the Dragon, they shall become the Dragon Shinobi, master of brutal warfare! Dragon Shinobi have mastered the most effective ways of disabling their opponents while enduring their strikes.
Dragon Shinobi was designed as the evolved version of last year's Chunin class. Unlike Chunin, which was a brute force, multi-target sort of ninja, Dragon Shinobi focuses all of its damage onto a single target. Its damage is based on stackable DoTs, so it starts out slow and then ramps up the damage as the fight continues. And for a little something extra: you'll regen mana whenever you hit an enemy, and you'll regen both mana and HP whenever you dodge an attack.
Here's what I caught our playtesters saying about Dragon Shinobi:
"It's all about strategy with this class."
"It's a pretty powerful and tactical class."
"I soloed Desoloth with it, the one from the war... [though it] required patience."
Excited yet? Well, then you must be ready for a detailed skills breakdown!
2 second cooldown
A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.
10 mana, 3 second cooldown. Requires rank 1.
Throw a deadly shadow poison tipped shuriken at your target. Shadow Shuriken will continually damage your opponent from afar. Each throw not only increases the shadow poison's damage but also has a small chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.
Single-target DoT. Since the damage effect stacks, go ahead and use this skill whenever the cooldown comes up. The chance for Spinning Dragon is even more of a reason to use this skill as often as possible.
90 mana, 2 second cooldown. Requires rank 2.
Focus all your chi into restoring your life force.
Since this uses almost all of your mana, you'll have to be strategic with this ability despite its short cooldown. However, it is a FULL heal.
15 mana, 52 second cooldown. Requires rank 3.
Meditate, transferring yourself into the shadow realm to restore your mana. While meditating, you cannot attack for 7 seconds, and all attacks against you will deal greatly reduced damage.
This basically stuns you for 7 seconds (during which time you take a lot less damage), but it heals a large chunk of your mana. A cunning player could use this in conjunction with Chi Heal quite effectively. Note that using this ability will clear out your Shadow Shuriken damage stacks.
MIND OVER MATTER
Passive. Requires rank 4.
Increases Endurance by 18%.
Passive. Requires rank 4.
Increases haste by 10%, and Damage Over Time effects are 30% stronger.
30 mana, 8 second cooldown. Requires rank 5.
Hit your opponent with a flaming strike for moderate damage to burn your target over time. This attack has a chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.
This one isn't stackable, but it is a stronger attack than Shadow Shuriken, so it's a good supplement for it.
Passive. Requires Rank 10.
Gives a small chance per attack to gain the power of the Shadow Dragon increasing the power of all Damage Over Time effects by 400% for 20 seconds.
This sounds more OP than it actually is. But it's still a really nice bonus for those longer fights.
So, there you have it! The perfect single-target complement to Chunin's multi-target awesomeness. Strength and dexterity are definitely your friends with this class, so be sure to choose your enhancements wisely . Have fun!
Edit: Shadow Soul no longer heals all of your mana; it brings it up to 65. Breakdown edited accordingly.
Tags: Memet Ninja Dragon Shinobi Class Breakdown 5th birthday Not OP I swear
Mages! Swordhaven Needs Your Help!
What do you do when your entire city has become chaorrupted, and your spellcasters just aren't sturdy enough to handle the fight? You train them to cast spells while encased in solid steel, of course!
How to Become a Battlemage
Only the most loyal defenders of Swordhaven can train to be Battlemages! Once you have reached rank 10 in Swordhaven rep, you'll be able to buy this class from the Swordhaven rep shop - talk to Sir Vival in /castle or Roald in /ceremony. You can also buy this class by talking to Ragnar in Battleon for 2000 ACs. This is not a member-only class.
Built like a tank, but mana-friendly!
Battlemage Skills Breakdown
The Battlemage focuses on taking down his opponents as quickly as possible. He is capable of focusing greater amounts of mana into each spell for the maximum effect. He specializes in wearing heavy armor for defense in order to spend all of his mana on offensive spells.
Battlemages excel at taking down multiple enemies at once with their devastating AOE attacks, but can also focus their damage on a single target when fighting tougher enemies.
2 second cooldown
Battlemages are rejuvenated by their Arcane Strike granting them bonus mana with every successful blow.
This ability replaces auto-attack. It functions similarly, except that as a Battlemage it also restores some of your mana.
15 mana, 12 second cooldown. Requires rank 1.
Removes the explosion (AOE) effect from the Battlemage's attacks but increases all spell damage and accuracy by 50% for 12 seconds.
Use this whenever you want to focus on one enemy at a time. Awesome for boss fights due to its damage and accuracy increases, and imperative for those times when you want to avoid pulling more than one enemy.
45 mana, 15 second cooldown. Requires rank 2.
Summon an explosive fire ball burning with arcane energies on up to 3 targets.
Just a nice boost of extra damage. Unless you have Enchanted Blade up, this will aggro enemies that you're not currently fighting if you're standing next to them.
29 mana, 45 second cooldown. Requires rank 3.
Break apart surrounding raw mana and form it into an Arcane Shield transfering most incoming damage to the Battlemage's MP instead of HP, as well as reducing mana costs for 10 seconds. The initial break explodes damaging up to 3 enemies.
This is a pretty sweet shield. While it's up, you'll mostly take damage to your mana pool instead of your health. And to make up for it, your spells will cost less mana. As a bonus, you'll do a burst of AOE damage when you first cast it. Again, you will aggro nearby enemies with this unless you're using Enchanted Blade.
HEAVY ARMOR EXPERTISE
Passive. Requires rank 4.
Physical Damage received reduced by 30%.
BATTLE HARDENED MAGE
Passive. Requires rank 4.
Wisdom increased by 20%.
62 mana, 18 second cooldown. Requires rank 5.
Conjure a powerful, explosive, arcane blast damaging up to 3 targets. If Enchanted Blade is active, your target will be weakened and take 30% more damage from all sources.
When you're fighting multiple enemies, this serves up a nasty chunk of AOE damage. In a boss fight, this attack is even stronger, as it will cause your target to take extra damage from anything and anyone that hits it while the effect is up. The effect lasts slightly past the cooldown, so if you use this ability every time it becomes available you'll be doing 30% more damage for the entire fight.
Oh, and once more: you will aggro nearby enemies with this unless you're using Enchanted Blade.
In summary: This is a great class for boss fights, just make sure you use both Enchanted Blade and Arcane Devastation every time they cool down if you want to be at your most effective. It's also a strong class for farming/questing, since you can use your AOE abilities to smash several enemies at once.
EDIT: The following changes have been made to this class!
- Arcane Fire mana cost increased from 40 to 45
- Explosive Shield mana cost increased from 23 to 29
- Arcane Devastation mana cost decreased from 65 to 62
- Arcane Devastation's Enchanted Blade buff now lasts past its cooldown. This means subsequent uses of Arcane Devastation can do 30% more damage if you time it right.
- To make up for increased mana costs, Arcane strike returns more mana per hit.
Tags: Memet Battlemage classes Big Chunk Of Metal
Yer Moglin Storyteller, Arr!
Now They're Letting Moglins Write Releases?
This is an exciting release for me, you guys, because it is the first one I've designed myself! As you may or may not know, I've been working on art for AQWorlds for about a year. A couple of months ago, I started writing some quests, too. And now, this week, I get to inflict upon you all an entire release. Just a small one, though - I'm dipping one paw in at a time here.
Here's What's Happening!
Tying in to last week's Friday the 13th release, Legends will be able to go back to Skull Punch Island for a new challenge boss, the Chaos Kraken!
Ain't he purty?
Your guide for this release is Gustav duGrog, a pirate merchant sailor who washed ashore on Skull Punch Island after his pirate ship totally legit cargo vessel was sunk by a chaorrupted kraken! He'll need your help to find the precious cargo his ship was carrying, and take revenge on the monstrous beast that destroyed his ship and possibly ate his captain.
Kraken Boss Gear & Merge Shop!
There's plenty of cool new gear that drops from the Chaos Kraken, and even more that you can get from Gustav's merge shop! We've got both Legend and non-Legend items in this release, so you can keep wearing your cool new stuff after your membership runs out.
Just a sampling from the kraken hoard that awaits you!
- Chaos Hunter (Legend)
- Brown Chaos Hunter
- Chaos Hunter Hood (Legend)
- Brown Chaos Hunter Hood
- Chaos Hunter Crossbow
- Legit Chaos Blade
- Chaos Hunter Bolt Pouch
- "Rudder Beanie" plush squid hat
- "Chaos Dragon Flames" cape
- Chaos Polearm
- Dual Chaos Crossbows
- Dual Chaos Blades
- "Rudder" plush squid battlepet!
Naval Top Hats!
By popular request, when you /join skullpunch, a special naval top hat merge shop will be available for ALL players from the event menu! There's a tophat to match every Naval Commander set, past and present. Well, actually there are several. Here are some of the available variants, all by the talented Roroth:
Also: top hats with beards!
There are over 70 top hats in this shop. Half are for ALL players and are 0AC for free storage! The other half are Legend-only, do 5% extra damage against undead, AND give 5% more gold when equipped!
To get them, get Top Hat and Legend Top Hat drops from vampirates, fishbones, Von Poach, or the Chaos Kraken. Then, buy special merge resource shop items items (for 10,000 gold) to customize your top hat! Naval-themed hats tagged "13" will be back next year, but any items without the year tag will go rare!
Wheel Of Destiny
As frequent readers of the Design Notes know, we've also added the Wheel of Destiny to the /wheel map. You can also /join destiny to go directly to the new wheel... or /join doom to go to the normal, much-DOOMIER wheel!
Swaggy's brother, Shiny! Can't you see the family resemblance?
Right now, both wheels have the same gear in them, but wheel-specific items will be added to both the Wheel of Doom and the Wheel of Destiny in the near future. Next week, we'll be adding some limited-time high-drop rate items to both wheels, so keep an eye out!
Shiny! The swords, I mean. Not the moglin.
There is already one difference in the merge shops! We've added the Skull & Bones blade to the Wheel of Doom merge shop, and the Ancient Skull & Bones blade to the Wheel of Destiny's shop. Both of these items leave at the end of September, so you'll want to turn in your potions soon!
Please note that the Doom Strength Draught has been renamed to Fortune Potion. Don't freak out when you see these in your bags!
- Quibble Coinbiter's Talk Like A Pirate Day shop is still in town and will be for at least one more week. If you haven't gotten this year's Naval Commander gear, now is a good time to do it!
- Chika's birthday shop, with super pretty Sakura gear, is still in the Battleon game menu!
- Be sure to come back next week to attend Princess Brittany's royal "Purple Wedding" in Swordhaven!
Tags: Memet Chaos kraken Pirates yarrrr
Voltaire Comes Back to Lore!
This Friday is Friday the 13th, and Pirate Captain Voltaire and First Mate Deady are going to be sailing into Lore with a spooky new nautical adventure! Join them this Friday as they battle sea monsters and race to reach a priceless buried treasure before Captain Von Poach, the Vampirate, can get to it!
Artix is having so much fun he's even forgotten about the undead pirates!
If you're still craving more of Voltaire after Friday the 13th (and I know you will be), check out more of his music, books, toys, and general awesomeness on his website!
Friday the 13th Rares Shop!
The Friday the 13th Rares shop will be arriving with Voltaire this Friday. Despite the pirate theme we've got going on this week, this is NOT Quibble's Talk Like A Pirate Day shop, which will be coming next Thursday. More details on this shop when I've got 'em!
Mmm, barnacely goodness!
Wheel of Doom Merge Shop!
Got more Doom Strength Draughts than you can possibly use? Well, now you'll be able to use them to forge new gear (or create different potions) in our new Doom Merge Shop. Merge gear includes:
- Doom Epic Flail
- Doom Failed Epic Flail
- Doom Frozen Tentacles
- Cloak and Sword
- Shadowscythe Cannoneer
- Chaos Cannoneer
- Shadowscythe Cannoneer Helm
- Chaos Cannoneer Helm
- Doom Dodge
- Doom Haste
- Doom Endurance
Quibble Leaves Tonight!
It's time once again for Quibble Coinbiter to leave BattleOn in search of new and wonderful things to sell when next he returns. If there's something you wanted to get, do it now before he heads out!
DragonCon Pet Coming Soon!
DragonCon attendees, you have not been forgotten - this year's pet is in the works and looking great! Here's a preview of what this little guy is going to look like:
Striking fear into the hearts of players everywhere.
This pet is so cute it's making me feel like the flu gumbo I brought back from DragonCon has disappeared! Actually, no - that was probably all the Vitamin C I've been taking. That's taking my luck into my own hands! If Friday the 13th brings you guys any bad luck, Tweet at us to let us know what you did to turn it around and make it become good luck! We'd love to hear about it!
Feeling like you need some more Artix Points?
Want some extra spins on the Wheel of Doom? When you buy ANY package of Artix Points between now and September 1, 2013, you'll get an extra 10% bonus points if you use one of the following payment methods:
Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, PayPal, Visa Credit Delta/Debit/Electron, Paymentez Credit Card, ClickandBuy
Swaggy has already bought a few packages.
So, if you buy 2000 Artix Points, you'll get an extra 200 for free. Not bad!
That's not enough! I still need more!
You'll also get the extra 10% free bonus Points when you buy our new extra-large 16,000 or 22,000 Artix Points packages! That's an extra 1600 or 2200 Artix Points for free! To take advantage of this sweet deal, log into your Artix account at our portal site!
Last Weekend to GameStop and Go!
Do you live in the United States and have a GameStop nearby? Do you want to unlock epic features like all the other Legends in AQWorlds? AND you want an exclusive item set to show off your Legendary status and make the noobs jealous? GREAT—and here’s how!
Due to an overwhelming demand, we have extended the exclusive GameStop offer until this Sunday, August 25. So when you’re out shopping for back-to-school items, swing by a GameStop and:
- Purchase an Artix Entertainment Game Card
- Return back home with your glorious plastic artifact
- Become a Legend by following these instructions
- Unlock the Combo Breaker Armor Set
- Become the (AQ)World’s greatest Combo Breaker
- Show off your C-c-c-combo Breaking Screen Shots on my Twitter and the AQWorlds Facebook Page!
Get up and go to the GameStop nearest you and become the greatest hero—or villain!—you were destined to become!
Back to Schooling Monsters for YOU, Hero!
Don't miss our BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!
- Get 10% more Artix Points when you pay with a credit card before September 1st!, 2013!
- Plus, two new Artix Point packages are now available, providing even more value!
- Use Artix Points to upgrade your account or purchase secondary currency in any Artix Entertainment game!
Tags: Memet Artix Points Game Cards