Design Notes

May 29, 2015

Now Available: Lightning Dragonsworn Gear

Survive the Storm with our most electrifying gear yet!

Check out Dage's most electrifying set yet! Find the Lightning Dragonsworn shop filled with 14 rare items in your game menu, then shock your opponents with how intimidating you look before you tackle Tonitru the Lightning Dragon in Thunderfang Spire! The shop wil only be available for one month, and leaves forever on June 29th!

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Inside the Lightning Dragonsworn Shop, you'll find:

  • Lightning Dragonsworn Champion
  • Lightning Dragonsworn Warrior
  • Dragonsworn Champion Spear
  • Dual Dragonsworn Blades
  • Blade of the Dragonsworn
  • Dragonsworn Helmet
  • Dragonsworn Locks
  • Dragonsworn Shag
  • Thunderfang Faceplate
  • Electrified Spire Helmet
  • Lightning Spire Helmet
  • Thunderfang Blades Cape
  • Electrified Wings and Tail
  • Electrified Wings

May 29, 2015

Synderes is LIVE at Yulgar's Inn

Rock Out with the Band, then Battle for their Gear!

Lead by lead singer Amanda, aka Synder, Synderes is a rock band that formed not far from the Secret Underground Lab back in 2012... and their music is really addictive! They'll appear onstage in Yulgar's Inn starting tonight alongside the Thunderfang Spire release. Before you jump into the dragon adventure, you'll want to /dance to their newest song, then /join enemyforest to battle Expendable Rogues, Evil Elementals, and the Enemy Inside to recover the band's most valuable treasure: the Synderes Sock Monkey! 

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Battle Through the Forest of Good and Evil

Talk to Serenity in Yulgar's Inn to watch Synderes' music video, "Enemy Inside," then /join enemyforest to battle through the Forest of Good and Evil! You'll need to fight Imps, Evil Elementals, Expendable Rogues, and the Enemy Inside before you'll be able to recover the Synderes Sock Monkey! As you quest, you'll gain Synderes Souvenir Tokens which you can use to create the merch from their merge shop!

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  • Sock Monkey Pet
  • Sock Monkey Cape
  • Synderes Acoustic Guitar
  • Synderes Electric Guitar
  • Synderes Cape of Shadows
  • Synderes Blade of Shadows
  • Synderes Groupie Armor
  • Expendable Rogue Armor
  • Expendable Rogue Mask 
  • Synderes Minion Mask
  • Synderes Minion Mask and Locks
  • No Bots Armor

How We Found Synderes and Who They Are

We first met the members of Synderes last year at MetroCon. Then, last month, they toured the Secret Underground Lab and filmed the latest AdvenureCouch episode. The members of Synderes, led by lead singer Synder first came together in 2012. They began playing not far from the Secret Underground Lab, and quickly got the attention of producers and music lovers around the world. After winning iHeart Radio’s Rising Star contest, they went right back into the studio to produce even more amazing music!

A couple days after they toured the Lab, Artix sent me the links to their Enemy Inside and Expendable videos, and before the first one was done, I was singing along. They reminded me immediately of Evanescence (which is not surprising; it's one of Amanda's favorite bands).

When I met Amanda, their lead singer, I was incredibly impressed by her passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. I got a chance to sit down with her after their tour of the Lab, and she talked about her music, what inspires her, and how much she loves writing. (Then we geeked out over fantasy novels in general, because who doesn't love a good epic adventure?!)  

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The surprising thing is how young she is, especially considering how POWERFUL her voice is. Think you can guess? Good luck, because I tried and was WAY off! Check out their appearance on the latest episode of AdventureCouch, where Artix interviews Amanda and Anthony.

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Amanda is really genuine and dedicated to her craft; it was easy to see from the stories I've heard that the rest of the band mirrors that dedication and passion. 

  • Anthony on Lead Guitar
  • Pierson on Bass
  • Alec on Drums
  • They are all SO hyped to share their creations with you (including a sneak peek of their next EP) and that's why WE are so excited about bringing them onstage in Yulgar's Inn!

    Update: the updated Synderes Cape of Shadows and Blade of Shadows files were eaten in a massive computer failure. I am rebuilding the fies tonight, and will release them ASAP.

    May 29, 2015

    Survive the Lightning Dragon Battle

    Battle Through Thunderfang Spire!

    It has been foretold: 12 VERY SPECIAL eggs are about to hatch, and one day, the descendants of those dragons will be the most powerful of their kind... But right now, the heroes of Lore must battle the dragons who already rule!  To the far north of the Dragon's Lair lies a mountain range ruled by the iron claws of Krenos the Lightning Dragon… and if you are skilled enough to survive the storm… you may find yourself richly rewarded from his treasure hoard! This Friday, face Tonitru the Lightning Dragon, ruler of Thunderfang Spire!

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    Take on the Storm Draconians, Thunder Wyverns, and more as you hunt for the hidden Storm Cache filled with some of Memet's most shocking gear! IF you have what it takes to survive the storm, go head to head with Tonitru the Lightning Dragon! Riches await those who can master the mountain... will it be you?

    Last Chance to Get Rare Gear

    • The May Holiday Shop leaves on Sunday, May 31st. Last chance to get all the May Holiday Gear!
    • Daimyo's birthday shop arrives on Monday, June 1st! The Daimyo pet is only available once a year, but once his birthday ends, you can merge it into the Space Daimyo pet!
    • The Sentinel Class from last year's AQW Birthday event leaves on May 31st!
    Tags: Alina,

    May 29, 2015

    Next Friday: Tournament of Heroes

    Take on 15 of The Tournament of Heroes Contest Winners!

    Can YOU defeat 16 of Lore’s fiercest fighters? Take on the Gauntlet of Champions in the Tournament of Heroes! Discover their stories, marvel at their accomplishments, then challenge them to head-to-head combat - if you survive all 16 rounds, your portrait will be placed alongside theirs in the Hall of Victors!

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    Take on these Champions:

    • Ash Dragonblade (hey, how'd he sneak onto the list?!?!)
    • Shadic Shasaya  
    • Sun Guardian 
    • Ultamate Aether 
    • Yorohime 
    • Stealthycupcake 
    • Matthew The Dark 
    • Toaudro 
    • Wretch 
    • Sivur Anagram 
    • Fayt Ascylla  
    • Yokai Steel 
    • Chaos Crow
    • Phantix 
    • Luminitos 
    • Admiral Vermillion 
    • Terrmis 

    Legends of Lore Chronicles: Discover More Champion Stories

    Another 15 winners will have their stories features in the Legends of Lore Chronicles, and you'll be able to read their histories in-game when you talk to Gjappy, the Chronicle Keeper!

    • Surge the Stealthy 
    • Leng1david 
    • Dajacky 
    • Ser Nikica 
    • Luke PH 
    • Sudden_deathz
    • Orochi63 
    • Darkhgjg56 
    • strone  
    • Rhyftry 
    • King of the Night 
    • Strawhat Luffy1 
    • avatar_henry 
    • Cap_kiruru 
    • Chessnl 

    These are the first round of winners. Many thanks to the team of judges, who have worked tirelessly to choose these heroes! But they still have 35 MORE Champions to add to these lists. Those will be posted in the near future, and featured in the Tournament at a later date.

    May 28, 2015

    AdventureCouch Episode #5: Synderes

    Artix Interviews Amanda and Anthony from Synderes!

    In our newest episode of AdventureCouch, Artix interviews Amanda and Anthony, the lead singer and guitarist from alternative rock band Synderes! Tomorrow night, their band will appear onstage at Yulgar's Inn, and AQWorlds heroes will get a sneak peek of their newest EP!*

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    Synderes is the first real-live band to become game characters and play in Yulgar's Inn! Not only that, but they won iHeart Radio's Rising Star contest and have already filmed two extremely impressive music videos for their singles.

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    At the posting of this video Synderes is in the studio recording. We especially like that Amanda, lead singer and her brother are surprisingly long time players of AE video games. In addition to being the face of the band, Amanda has always played legit, and.. is it just me, or does she look A LOT like Gravelyn on that cover pic of this video?

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    Become an instant fan of the band:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/synderes
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Synderes
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/synderes...

    An EP album is a collection of songs, usually shorter than a full album, that artists use to showcase their talent and to help build their audience.

    May 29, 2015

    Memorial Day AC Offer Ends Sunday, May 31st

    Don't Miss the Hottest AC Offer of the Year!

    Get more AdventureCoins with each AC package until this Sunday, May 31st during our Memorial Day sale! The larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you get as we prepare to kick off our summer of crazy awesome events - written by Artix, Beleen, and Cysero as they return to AQWorlds for the next 2 months! 

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    This Friday, the Lightning Dragonsworn Rares shop arrives, then NEXT week, the Summer Blockbuster Shop will heat up your inventory, followed by the Fotia finale release (with a beast you only THINK you've already encountered!). Finally... we will blast off the Summer of DEV-estatingly awesome releases with Artix's first release! This is going to be a summer to remember!

    Leaving Tomorrow: the Obsidia Necromancer Package

    Until tomorrow night, if you buy a 12000 AC package, you'll unlock ALL of the Obsidia Necromancer gear! Plus, because the Memorial Day AC sale is stilll on, you'll get 18000 ACs instead of 12000!

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    The in-game Obsidia Necromancer Rares shop also leaves tomorrow. That includes:

    • Obsidia Necromancer Armor
    • Obsidia Hood
    • Obsidia Skull
    • Obsidia Necromancer Wrap
    • Cernunecros Skull Staff
    Tags: Alina,

    May 27, 2015

    LIVE at Yulgar's Inn this Friday: Synderes

    Rock Out with the Band, then Battle for their Gear!

    Lead by lead singer Amanda, aka Synder, Synderes is a rock band that formed not far from the Secret Underground Lab back in 2012... and their music is really addictive! They'll appear onstage in Yulgar's Inn this Friday alongside the Thunderfang Spire release. Before you jump into the dragon adventure, you'll want to /dance to their newest song, battle to recover one of the band's most prized possessions, and watch their "Enemy Inside" music video!

    free online mmo rpg synderes

    Last month, Artix sent me the links to their Enemy Inside and Expendable videos, and before the first one was done, I was singing along. They reminded me immediately of Evanescence (which is not surprising; it's one of Amanda's favorite bands).

    When I met Amanda, their lead singer, I was incredibly impressed by her passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. I got a chance to sit down with her after their tour of the Lab, and she talked about her music, what inspires her, and how much she loves writing. (Then we geeked out over fantasy novels in general, because who doesn't love a good epic adventure?!)  

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    The surprising thing is how young she is, especially considering how POWERFUL her voice is. Think you can guess? Good luck, because I tried and was WAY off! You really need to watch the upcoming AdventureCouch interview with them to find out and also learn how they got started.

    Amanda is really genuine and dedicated to her craft; it was easy to see from the stories I've heard that the rest of the band mirrors that dedication and passion. 

  • Anthony on Lead Guitar
  • Pierson on Bass
  • Alec on Drums
  • They are all SO hyped to share their creations with you (including a sneak peek of their next EP) and that's why WE are so excited about bringing them onstage in Yulgar's Inn this Friday!

    May 26, 2015

    Battle Dragons in ThunderFang Spire

    The Hunt for Krenos begins on May 29th!

    It has been foretold: 12 VERY SPECIAL eggs are about to hatch, and one day, the descendants of those dragons will be the most powerful of their kind... But right now, the heroes of Lore must battle the dragons who already rule!  To the far north of the Dragon's Lair lies a mountain range ruled by the iron claws of Krenos the Lightning Dragon… and if you are skilled enough to survive the storm… you may find yourself richly rewarded from his treasure hoard! This Friday, face Tonitru the Lightning Dragon, ruler of Thunderfang Spire!

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    Also happening on May 29th:


    Tags: Alina,

    May 22, 2015

    Face the Wrath of the FlameLord

    Can you Withstand the Wrath of the Flamelord?

    The Fire Titan has risen, summoned by the might of an army of fire mages and warriors. The Firestorm Onslaught rules in Embersea now and after demolishing the Forege last week, there's only one thing left to do - defeat their leader at the Lavarun Altar and take over the entire army!

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    If you haven't played through the Firestorm Onslaught storyline yet, you're missing out on one of the hottest zones in AQWorlds! Find out what you've missed, and how you begin your adventures to save the people of Embersea from the Queen of Monster's fieriest general in our Saga Summary Design Notes post!

    Flamelord Rares Shop

    Things are heating up in AQWorlds, and the Flamelord Finale rare gear is proof! Find these hot items in your game menu until June 22nd!

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    But tonight's reward gear is not JUST in the rares shop - each of the boss monsters tonight has drops for you to farm for (and some of them are also available in the merge shop)!

    Take on the Phedra and Mega Tyndarius to unlock all the cutscenes in tonight's release and complete the Firestorn Onslaught storyline! THEN unlock the Ultra Phedra battle (with its own drops) and if you're a Legend, take on ULTRA Tyndarius (also with his own rewards)! 

    May 22, 2015

    Get Bonus AdventureCoins Until May 31st

    We're celebrating Memorial Day By Giving More to AQW's Heroes!

    Get more AdventureCoins with each AC package until May 31st during our Memorial Day sale! The larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you get as we prepare to kick off our summer of crazy awesome events - written by Artix, Beleen, and Cysero as they return to AQWorlds for the next 2 months!

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    Get up to 50% More Free on AdventureCoin Packages

    Until May 31st, when you buy any of the following AdventureCoin packages, you'll get tons of EXTRA ACs, and based on what I've heard from Artix, Cysero, and Beleen as they plan out their releases, we're going to have reward gear so cool, you won't even need to turn on your AC (air conditioner)... but you WILL want to stock up on ACs (adventurecoins) to get the gear they're planning to create!

    • 12000 AC package + 6000 bonus ACs     $39.95
    • 5000 AC package + 2000 bonus ACs       $19.95
    • 2000 AC package + 500 bonus ACs        $9.95
    • 900 AC package + 100 bonus ACs           $4.95

    Note: this offer is not available when you purchase through Paygarden or use Artix Points.

    May 21, 2015

    New Combat Test Server is LIVE!

    Upgrade to get a preview of combat system changes and help test!

    Alongside the weekly release updates and the other backend projects we're working on, Yorumi made a LOT of progress on the server re-write… in fact, we are ready to start getting YOUR help testing the changes!!

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    Why we need help testing, and what is different

    When we set out to rebuild the server, we decided to change the way stats work in order to make the game more fun. But that means the entire balance of combat has changed - which means we have to rebalance EVERY class in the entire game.

    It’s a giant task, but one that we can do with your help! (I know a lot of you have wanted classes rebalanced for a long time. That time for that STARTS now, and will need a lot of testing.) We need to make sure each class is working properly, and that the changes to the stat system have not made any single class too over- or under-powered.

    Important information 

    • This server is still in testing, and not every feature is included in this build. Whatever you see while testing may - and probably will - change in the final version.
    • This is a test of the current combat system using the NEW server. The gameplay will be almost entirely the same, functionally.
    • Combat, chatting, joining maps, and equipping items work for this first test. The rest will be added later.
    • This is primarily a BALANCE test - we want to see if the changes we’ve made to the existing combat system are working on the new server.
    • The server does not currently save character data, so if you equip an item and log out (or change to another server), you will need to re-equip your items.
    • You MUST use the correct version of the game to help test. If you are not logging on to the right version, you will not be able to log in to the server.

    Once this test is over, anyone who has helped test will get a prize as a way of saying thank you!

    How to help test

    • Upgrade your account. We’re restricting this test to members so we can start testing under load (to make sure the server can handle the strain) but we want to limit just how many players we throw at it to start.
    • Log onto the correct server. You can do this here.
    • /join testinghub
    • On this map you can choose classes to equip, enhancements, and automatically level any class to rank 10. You can even equip legend and AC classes from the list available, so have fun playing some classes you might not currently have. REMEMBER: THESE WILL NOT STAY ON YOUR ACCOUNT.
    • Post your comments and bugs in this thread on the forum or on Facebook.

    What to do during the test and how

    The purpose of the test is to rebalance combat. There is a lot of work to do, and it won’t be over in one week any probably not even one month. Combat on this new server should feel as close as possible to combat on current live servers. Since some things were added like parry and resist it means it's impossible to get things to be exactly the same, but we want to make sure no classes are “broken.”

    Warrior Class test example:

    1. Equip Warrior Class, with all fighter enhancements at your current level. and
    2. Go fight the Red Dragon in Lair on the test server.
    3. Record how long the fight takes you, and what damage you are seeing.
    4. Log into a regular server in the normal game with all the same equipment.
    5. Go fight the Red Dragon in Lair on a normal server.

    Let’s say on current servers you can kill him in 1 minute. If you kill him in 30 seconds on the new server, it means the Class is too powerful and will need some sort of nerf. On the other hand, if the Red Dragon kills you on the test server, then it means the Class is too weak and needs a buff.

    Another good test is to equip classes, use them on the regular servers to see how much damage you do, mana regen, buff/debuff amounts, and how much damage you take, then compare those numbers to what you get on the test server.

    Good bug reports vs Bad Bug reports

    The more specific details you can give the better.

    Bad report: “Warrior is too weak”  
    A report like this gives Yorumi a place to look but does not tell him HOW WEAK it is.

     Good report: “I was using warrior, level 35, all fighter enhancements. I fought monsters in arcangrove. On live servers I was hitting for 100 and taking hits of 80. On the test server I was hitting for 280, and taking 60 damage hits. Monster HP was higher on the test server but they were much easier to defeat.”
    Look at all that information! It will help him determine exactly how weak the class is, and how much to change.

    Stat changes

    • Parry and Resist were added to the game. Both work the same way, but parry is for physical attacks, and resist is for magical attacks. When you parry or resist an attack you reduce the damage done by an amount based on your parry/resist stat.
    • Strength increases physical attack power, the amount of damage reduced by a parry, and for melee classes the amount of extra damage you get from a crit.
    • Intelligence increases magical attack power, and reduces damage from a resist instead of a parry.
    • Endurance still increases HP like before, but also reduces the incoming damage from all attacks. The higher your endurance the less damage you take from attacks.
    • Dexterity and Wisdom are largely the same, except Dex works for melees and Wis for mages. These stats increase dodge, hit chance, haste, and crit chance for their respective classes.
    • Dexterity increases parry chance, and Wisdom increases resist chance.
    • Wisdom has one more effect - increasing all healing output. The goal here is to make Wis a healing stat.
    • Luck has been significantly changed. Luck now has a very small effect on hit chance, dodge, and crit chance for most classes.
    • Luck has a major effect on Luck-based classes: Cardclasher, Leprechaun, and a few others. (Luck enhancements are designed to work best this those classes. Mages and Fighters will want to use Strength or Int from here on out.)

    Final Thoughts: Combat is different, but different can be GOOD

    One final thing to keep in mind, as mentioned with the luck stat, sometimes things will just be different. I'm trying to avoid huge changes to the combat system, but there are also times it's better to just try something that's really broken for one reason or another. So again the goal is to get things as close to live as possible while allowing for some differences.

    Report bugs and balancing issues to this forum thread or our Facebook post and I'll be reviewing things and making changes as necessary.

    Tags: Alina,

    May 18, 2015

    I Can Has Mod Winner: Noobstine

    Congratulations to Noobstine, Super Hero Contest Winner!

    Earlier this month, we brought back the hugely-popular "I Can Has Cheezburger" contest. The deal was, if you bought a Golden Cheezburger and kept it in your bank or inventory, when the time came, you'd have a chance to win a single wish, a temporary gold name, and a chance to hang out with your favorite member of the AE team.

    The first winner has responded, and... congratulations to the amazingly-generous Noobstine! One of the very first things he said when he emailed was: "I was thinking of my wish to be something for everyone, Because in my opinion everyone is a winner no matter who's entered [or who] won. The wish could be something of a item to represents that they are a winner too..." 

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    What a seriously AWESOME and generous wish! He chose to meet me in-game, so as soon as we can decide on a time, we'll hang out, battle monsters, and decide on just what the Golden Cheezburger should turn into.

    Secret Wish Rule #6 Unlocked!

    By wanting his wish to show EVERYONE, not just Cheezburger holders, that they are a winner no matter what, he's unlocked Secret Wish Rule #6! That means that his character will become a permanent NPC inside AQWorlds and he will hand out the Golden Cheezburger prize.

    Once the rewards are ready, anyone with a Golden Cheezburger will get to turn it in to receive the item he wishes for. Anyone who does NOT have a Golden Cheezburger can still talk to the Noobstine NPC in-game to get a DIFFERENT, free but-still-very awesome item no matter what. Like he said, EVERYONE wins!

    We still have lots of other ICHM Wish Rules left to be unlocked by the winners. Here are the rules so far:

    #1: Unknown
    #2: Any wish that breaks, or ruins the game or causes a lot of players unhappiness will not be granted.
    #3: Any wish for an item will turn ALL Golden Cheezburgers in the game into the item that was wished for.  
    #4: Unknown
    #5: If a wish is made for something that does not exist, it will be created as long as it is original. If it is a selfless wish, it will be created with love and care. If it is a greedy or hurtful wish, another randomly selected player will be chosen to make a counter wish, which may produce unexpected and unfortunately results upon the original wisher.  
    #6: Any wish that is designed to uplift and strengthen the spirit Lore's heroes will be created with love and awesomeness... and the hero making the wish will be immortalized as an NPC so that they may grant their wish to others.
    #7: Unknown
    #8: Unknown
    #9: Unknown
    #10: Unknown, and oh man, this one is 100% insane. Please never unlock it!

    Noobstine Made His Wishes: a New Class AND a Weapon

    Update, May23rd: Because Noobstine unlocked Rule #6, he got to wish for 2 items - one for anyone who has their Golden Cheezburger, and one for everyone else! I met Noobstine in-game last week, and we hung out for around 2 hours... and part of that time was spent picking what he would like his items to be.
    • Undead Goat Class: Noobstine is a huge fan of undead, goats and goat-themed games, and Fairy Tale. Memet will create the Undead Goat Class art (name may change) while our class designers finalize the skills next week. Once the Class is ready, anyone who bought their Golden Cheezburger last month will be able to speak with Noobstine's NPC in-game to exchange it.
    • Gilded Blade of Champions: As we talked and I saw Noobstine hanging out with players, it was clear he truly believes that EVERYONE is a winner and a hero. That's why we will make the Gilded Blade of Champions available to everyone in AQWorlds! Once the art is ready, you'll be able to speak with Noobstine's NPC in-game to get that, as well.

     


    May 18, 2015

    Friday: Firestorm Saga Finale

    Can you Withstand the Wrath of the Flamelord?

    The Phedra - a giant phoenix-like titan - has risen, summoned by the might of the an army of fire mages and warriors. The Firestorm Onslaught rules in Embersea now, and after you traded your freedom to save the innocent villagers, there is only one thing left to do - defeat their leader at the Lavarun Altar and take over the entire army!

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    If you haven't played through the Firestorm Onslaught storyline yet, you're missing out on one of the hottest zones in AQWorlds! Find out what you've missed, and how you begin your adventures to save the people of Embersea from the Queen of Monster's fieriest general in our Saga Summary Design Notes post!

    Burning Challenger Rares and Lavarun Rewards

    The battle's have gotten heated, but the rewards this week are on FIRE! Laken's Burning challenger armor will arrive in the rares shop this Friday along with weapons, capes, helms, and pets.

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    If you want to get your gauntlets on the hottest gear, though, you'll have to take on the Phedra, Mega Tyndarius, or Ultra Tyndarius battles!

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    The drops from Ultra Tyndarius are Legend-only, but all heroes can face off against the Phedra and Mega Tyndarius for a chance to get his gear!

    May 16, 2015

    May Shop Dates to Remember

    Obsidia Necromancer, Lightning Dragonsworn, and More!

    First impressions are important in the real world and when you're facing down an army of savage fire monsters or the abominably-large phoenix-tiger-dragon they've set free. If you want to look like a Hero and battle like one, we've got the gear that'll help you do that! Mark your calendars so you forget when these items are available!

    Tags: Alina,

    May 15, 2015

    Can YOU Survive the Forge?

    If you can't stand the heat, destroy the FIRESTORM!

    Prove your worth as you battle through The Forge - a gauntlet of the Firestorm Onslaught's greatest warriors. If you survive, you'll earn the right to face Tyndarius, Lord of the Firestorm, in head-to-head combat! Winner. Takes. ALL!

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    If you haven't played through the Firestorm Onslaught storyline yet, you're missing out on one of the hottest zones in AQWorlds! Read more here to find out what you've missed, and how you begin your adventures to save the people of Embersea from the Queen of Monster's fieriest general!

    Then battle against the full force of the Firestorm Onslaught before facing down... the Flamewing! This fiery beast is one of the minions of the Phedra, Firestorm's Flame Titan.

    Quest to take down each rank of the Onslaught and save up the Forge Tokens you earn! Combine those with Badge drops from the different Firestorm opponents to create some of the hottest new gear in Lore!

    May 14, 2015

    LIVE At Yulgar's Inn: The NPCs

    The NPCs, Yulgar's House Band, have Arrived at the Inn!

    Log in NOW and /join yulgar, because the Inn has been remodeled! We've added a band stage and the first-ever AQWorlds house band, the NPCs. They've got a permanent spot right in the heart of the Inn and will stay there until Serenity finds guest bands to begin making appearances.

    THE NPCS

    Last month, Artix talked about expanding the Inn - adding in a live house band, quests, and fun new events. The band has arrived and, while they are getting everything set up, Serenity - their promoter - has some rockin' quests for you to battle through. 

    • Quest for the VIP Pass
    • The Stick of Destiny
    • Platinum Album Shards

    Each quest will reward you with an item or a merge shop resource. Collect enough of those and you can pick up gear from the NPC's merch shop!

    I know some of you have heard the drama surrounding the band that will appear in Yulgar's Inn next week... I spoke with Artix today, and he's giving Synderes' lead guitarist a call tonight. I'll have a full Design Notes post just about that for you tomorrow.

    Tags: Alina,

    May 13, 2015

    Tournament Of Heroes Contest

    Write YOUR Hero Story and Win a Place in the Tournament!

    If you don't have a backstory for your AQWorlds character, now's the time to start thinking! We just started a contest to determine which heroes will enter the Tournament of Heroes and battle... YOU! 

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    The rules are simple, but need to be followed accordingly! Write a short story – 250 words or less – of your AQWorlds character’s story and enter it. How long is 250 words? Well, this entire post is 250 words, so you’ve got a lot to work with.

    Your story can be ANYTHING you want it to be—it is YOUR story after all, so tell us all about your hero’s (or villain’s) past, present, and future!

    After you’ve documented your legacy, include a link and/or a screenshot of your Character Page. Players will fight THAT version of you if you’re a chosen winner. So choose wisely!

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    You will then email us your written story, Character Page link, and/or Char Page Screenshot to AEcontests@battleon.com , and the AQW team will review it and choose our favorites stories based on creativity, uniqueness, and anything else that tickles our fancy :)

    You’ve got until Wednesday, May 20th, at 11:59 pm EST (server time) to submit your story to AEcontests@battleon.com . Winners will have his or her character turned into fightable challengers in our next coliseum tournament event!

    Everyone here at Artix Entertainment is SUPER excited to learn all about your noble (or notorious) AQW character!

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    May 16, 2015

    Blazebinder Class Skills

    Blaze Your Way to Victory with our newest Tier II Class!

    The Blaze Binder Class is stronger than a Pyromancer, requires more strategy, and you're guaranteed to critically BURN your opponents to the ground Fire Binders control the power of fire and darkness. They are known to burn their enemies to a crisp and bind their souls into service. 

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    Read on to check out the Blazebinder Class skills. You can talk to Thaumus in Battleon or Caustus in /fireforge to get your gauntlets on the new class!

    There are two ways to unlock Blazebinder Class:

    • Buy it immediately for 2000 AdventureCoins
    • Buy it for gold if you meet the requirements: Rank 10 Embersea Reputation, Rank 10 Doomwood Reputation, and either version of the original Pyromancer Class (of any rank)

    Why Choose Blazebinder Class?

    Blazebinder is a tier 2 class (the first since original Doomknight), and has more base power under the hood to begin with, since it has such high requirements. It also requires a more thought and strategy to use well, too.

    You've got a guaranteed crit on Combustion Blaze, which is awesome because hey - you know you're guaranteed to do damage! But it's also used as a form of damage control; the set value stops oerly-massive spike damage from crits and lets us give the class higher base power without having to worry about excessively-high crit hits unbalancing the game.

    In addition to the Blazebinder Class, you'll also gain access to its gear! All of the items are 0 ACs for free storage (awwwww yeah!), and require different ranks of Embersea rep to purchase.

    • Blazebinder Armor
    • Helms
    • Weapons
    • Capes
    • and Pets!

    Auto Attack

    Rank Needed: 0
    Mana Cost: 0
    Mana Cooldown: 2.0 Seconds
    Type: Physical
    Description: A basic attack, taught to all adventurers

    Combustion Blaze

    Rank Needed: 1
    Mana Cost: 15
    Mana Cooldown: 4.0 Seconds
    Type: Magical
    Description: Unleash explosive flames on three enemies and then watch them burn with a small DoT for 4 seconds afterwards.

    combustion blaze skill in the Blazebinder Tier 2 Class

    Choking Shadow Smoke

    Rank Needed: 2
    Mana Cost: 25
    Mana Cooldown: 8.0 Seconds
    Type: Magical
    Description: Your smoke is infused with the power of Darkness and causes your opponents to have a reduced chance of hitting you and occasionally stuns them for 2 seconds. Inhaling the smoke also causes a large DoT lasting for 8 seconds.

    Choking Shadow Smoke skill in Blazebinder Class

    Fire In Your Skin

    Rank Needed: 3
    Mana Cost: 35
    Mana Cooldown: 16.0 Seconds
    Type: Magical
    Description: You are so ablaze with flame that it hurts your opponents if they touch you. You also use your darkness powers to restore your life from the ashes around you causing a HoT for 8 seconds.

    Dark Fire

    Rank Needed: 4
    Mana Cost: 35
    Mana Cooldown: 12.0 Seconds
    Type: Magical
    Description: You unleash a devastating burst of Dark Fire on 3 opponents. They all take heavy damage and continue to burn from a reasonable DoT for 8 seconds. The fire may also apply Burnt to a Crisp, causing your opponent’s DoTs to intensify, or apply Shrouded in Shadow Flame which decreases the damage they deal.

    Fire In Your Skin Skill Blazebinder Class

    Sear Flesh

    First passive: 20% Damage to DoTs

    Sear Bone

    Second passive: 10% Outgoing Damage

    Class Notes

    Choking Shadow Smoke and Fire In Your Skin are carefully crafted around each other. Firstly, burning ward is something pvping players are not fond of because of the potential power, however for Burning Ward to work your opponent actually has to be able to hit you.

    Fire In Your Skin can stop your opponents hitting you, thus stopping reflected damage. Essentially it’s to encourage the idea that just because you can loop something does not mean you should. This combination allows more strategic players to weigh up whether they want to loop Choking Shadow Smoke or alternate between Fire In Your Skin and Choking Shadow Smoke

    You'll want to use Wizard Enhancements with this Class. Int is your best friend with this hot number, but End and Wis will also work. All three of those beat out Luck, Dex, and Str when it comes to enhancements.

    Class Changes

    Originally, we'd planned to require you to have both the Pyromancer and Necromancer classes at rank 10 PLUS have rank 10 Embersea reputation. Then you would have had to rank the Blaze Binder class up in order to unlock its accessories.

    Though changes to the game's servers have made that impossible FOR NOW*, I still think that is a really fun idea, and a great incentive to keep ranking up your class. Look for that in future Tier 2 classes as we delve deeper into the Queen of Monsters Saga!

    * We are working to rebuild the server better, stronger, and faster... but in doing so, some core functionality (like locking items to a required class rank) was stripped away. We still have the pieces, they just do not currently fit where they used to. By the time we're done with the rewrite, they will fit again!

    May 11, 2015

    100k AC Contest Winner Announced

    Will YOU be the Next AQW Contest Winner? New Contest Starts today!

    Congratulations to Vampireguard, the winner of our first-even 100,000 AdventureCoin raffle winner! He must have put ALL his points into a real-life Luck stat, and it's a good thing he did! We're so excited for you, Vampireguard, and hope you enjoy hitting the jackpot!

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    I Can Has Cheezburger Contest Winner Chosen

    Last week, we ran the first I Can Has Cheezburger contest since 2011, and MAN did we have a lot of heroes to choose from! 55863, to be exact! One lucky hero has been randomly chosen off the list, and we're waiting to hear back from them now. As soon as we do, and as soon as they makes their dev selection and wish, we'll announce their identity to the (AQ)world!

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    Make sure to KEEP your golden cheezburger! It will turn into a prize item soon (after the winner makes a wish, and we create it).

    Cheezburger Wish List Rules

    #1: Unknown
    #2: Unknown
    #3: Any wish for an item will turn ALL Golden Cheezburgers in the game into the item that was wished for.  
    #4: Unknown
    #5: If a wish is made for something that does not exist, it will be created as long as it is original. If it is a selfless wish, it will be created with love and care. If it is a greedy or hurtful wish, another randomly selected player will be chosen to make a counter wish, which may produce unexpected and unfortunately results upon the original wisher.  
    #6: Unknown
    #7: Unknown
    #8: Unknown
    #9: Unknown
    #10: Unknown, and oh man, this one is 100% insane. Please never unlock it.

    Next Contest Begins Later This Week: Write YOUR Hero Story!

    If you don't have a backstory - a character history - for your AQWorlds hero, now's the time to start thinking about it! Later this week, we'll begin the next contest. Write a short summary of your AQWorlds hero's story and enter it in the contest; winners will have their character turned into challengers in our next coliseum Tournament of Heroes! More details coming soon!

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    May 11, 2015

    Survive the Firestorm Forge

    If you can't stand the heat, destroy the FIRESTORM!

    Prove your worth as you battle through The Forge - a gauntlet of the Firestorm Onslaught's greatest warriors. If you survive, you'll earn the right to face Tyndarius, Lord of the Firestorm, in head-to-head combat! Winner. Takes. ALL!

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    If you haven't played through the Firestorm Onslaught storyline yet, you're missing out on one of the hottest zones in AQWorlds! Read on to find out what you've missed, and how you begin your adventures to save the people of Embersea from the Queen of Monster's fieriest general! In the last release, heroes had to battle through the Fyreborn Caverns and take down Cinderclaw the Ravenous... but so much happened before that!

    The Firestorm Onslaught story so far...

    Embersea Isle: Talk to Warlord Kyron in Embersea Islae as he and the townspeople of Embersea prepare for war against the Firestorm Onslaught and struggle to survive the deadly plague they've unleashed!  /Join embersea to begin the adventure!

    Pyrewatch Peak: Battle to reach Pyrewatch Peak, where the sick have gathered for protection. With attacks on the rise, your skill and courage are needed to help defend the weak and innocent! /Join pyrewatch to begin the adventure once you've completed quests in Embersea!

    Mount ShadowFlame: Join Empress Gravelyn, ruler of the Shadowscythe, her newly-resurrected father, Sepulchure the DoomKnight, and Akriloth the Fire Dragon as they move to take Tyndarius and the Queen of Monsters down! /Join Shadowflame to take part in the ShadowDragon War!

    Feverfew Falls: Fight to escape the Blazebinder’s trap in Feverfew Falls! Attacks by the Firestorm Onslaught are increasing, and when the temple is destroyed, a horrible fate befalls many of those who had escaped Tyndarius' army! /Join feverfew to begin the adventure once you've completed quests in Pyrewatch!


    Phoenixrise: Pass through the Pheonixrise Gates and battle to save those taken by the Onslaught. Defeat the dread beast Cinderclaw the Ravenous before it's too late to save them! /Join phoenixrise to begin the adventure once you've completed quests in Feverfew!

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    May 08, 2015

    Survive the Forgotten Tomb

    Will You Protect or Destroy Dage's Darkest Artifact?

    Battle through The Forgotten Tombs this weekend as we continue the saga of Dage the Evil. Members of the Undead Legion guard one of Dage's most treasured artifacts deep inside the tomb, and Laken's Seraphic Paladins will do anything to possess it - the fate of the Dark Shard depends on YOU!

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    If you're up to date on the events in the Dage's Betrayal storyline, talk to Darkon when you /join legioncrypt and begin the hunt for Dage's Dark Shard! If you are not up to date but want to jump right into battle, talk to Angelina Rayder, Extraction Specialist and begin her quests!

    Dage's Betrayal: the Story So Far...

    The First Betrayal

    Battle as Dage the Evil through Nulgath’s Shifting Planes cavern in the /darkfortress as you quest to gain your Mark of Mastery and become a full-fledged necromancer! But beware, betrayal waits for you... from the person you least expect!

    Undead Legion Infiltration

    The Order of Seraphic Paladins are charged with keeping Lore safe from Evil, and the Undead Legion is their favorite target! But something is amiss inside the Seraphic Fortress... Talk to Darkon when you /join seraph and answer the call of the Seraphic Paladins as they seek out the spies sent by the Undead Legion!

    This week's other releases

    Don't miss the rest of the new content in AQWorlds this week! This is the LAST weekend to get the Golden Cheezburger before we pick a winner on Monday! 

    May 07, 2015

    Nulgath's Chaotic Fiend Rares

    Nulgath the ArchFiend Embraces Chaos to Create New Gear

    If you love evil but are not a fan of the Undead Legion, then you might just enjoy the new gear crafted for you by one of Artix Entertainment's darkest artist-animators - Nulgath the ArchFiend, Lord of the OverSoul! Nulgath took time from his work on the mobile and OverSoul teams to bring his newest, most chaotic gear to AQWorlds!

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    Find the Chaotic Fiend armor, wings, and blade PLUS the Nulgath's Motorcycle Pet and Battlepet in the Chaotic Rares shop in your game menu starting tonight! The gear will only be available until June 5th, so get your gauntlets on it now if you don't want to miss out!

    May 05, 2015

    Fifth of May Celebrations

    Revenge of the Fifth, Cinco de Mayo, and Birthdays, Oh My!

    Yesterday, we released the "May the Fourth" shop filled with gear crafted to make our nerdiest, space-lovingest heroes happy. TODAY is the Revenge of the Fifth, which is a "holiday" that continues the celebration Star Wars nerds began so long ago. The nAErds (it's a thing now) here at the Lab cannot get enough of this stuff, so Memet crafted these dark versions of yesterday's light sais  for those heroes who live on the Dark Side of the galaxy.

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    You can find this new gear and all of yesterday's "May the Fourth" gear in the May Holiday shop in your game menu.

    What is the "Revenge of the Fifth"?

    As my favorite intergalactic, internet knowledge compendium states, "Star Wars Day became so popular that May 5 was jokingly called "Revenge of the Fifth", a play on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. On this day, fans join the "Dark Side" by celebrating the Sith Lords and other anti-heroes from the Star Wars series."

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    It's the Fifth of May, and that means mad Cinco de Mayo celebrations are underway! And to join in the fun, we're bringing back a shop full of crazy-awesome accoutrements for you to equip. If you're looking for colorful gear that will let you look your best while busting through enemies like they were filled with candy, check out the returning seasonal rares in the May Holiday shop.

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    Rock out for Randor the Red's Birthday

    Help us with a very happy birthday to our favorite wallpaper-maker, Randor the Red! And to celebrate, he wants to give YOU gifts, instead of the other way around. So for the past few weeks, he's been laboring in secret (and not so secret, since he's posted some previews on Twitter) to bring these gifts to you!

    All of the May Holiday Shop gear will leave on June 1st, so you've got an entire month to pick up your favorite items!

    Reminder!

    AEXtras is still a great way to get FREE ADVENTURECOINS and even FREE ARTIX POINTS so you don't miss out on these limited-time rare items! Just CLICK HERE to get started!

    Or, You can jump onto your Master Account and start earning free Artix Points using AExtras and use those Points to get stuff in ANY of our games!

    May 04, 2015

    May the Fourth Be With You...

    The First of 4 May Holiday Rares Shops has Arrived!

    Here at the Secret Underground Lab, we are all game developers... but also HUGE nerds! All I've been hearing about in the lunch room is Star Wars, clones, and what would happen to pop culture if the Star Wars and Avengers franchises crossed-over (hint: EXPLOSIONS)!

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    To celebrate this nerdiest of pop holidays, Memet launched herself into hyperdrive on Friday and created all-new gear based on one of her favorite new characters: Ahsoka Tano. YOU can head into AQWorlds now and find the May 4th (sci-fi/space-themed gear) in the May Holiday Shop in your game menu for a limited time. 

    • TT8
    • Ahsoglin  
    • Dark Twigder
    • Galactic Light Sai
    • Galactic Light Spear 
    • Togrulek Helm
    • Togrulek Locks  
    • Youngling Armor

    Why IS May the Fourth a Holiday?

    Well... it's not, really. Unless you're a particular breed of nerd. As the Intergalactic Space Wiki (run by wookies, of course) tells us:

    "May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise's films series, books, and culture as well as strict religious rituals.[3] The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you"—"May the fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not actually created or declared byLucasfilm many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday."

    May 04, 2015

    Enter the Forgotten Tombs

    Battle to Save the Seraphic Paladins from the Undead Legion!

    Battle through The Forgotten Tombs this weekend as we continue the saga of Dage the Evil. Members of the Undead Legion guard one of Dage's most treasured artifacts deep inside the tomb, and Laken's Seraphic Paladins will do anything to possess it - the fate of the Dark Shard depends on YOU!

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    The Story So Far...

    The First Betrayal

    Battle as Dage the Evil through Nulgath’s Shifting Planes cavern in the /darkfortress as you quest to gain your Mark of Mastery and become a full-fledged necromancer! But beware, betrayal waits for you... from the person you least expect!

    Undead Legion Infiltration

    The Order of Seraphic Paladins are charged with keeping Lore safe from Evil, and the Undead Legion is their favorite target! But something is amiss inside the Seraphic Fortress... Talk to Darkon when you /join seraph and answer the call of the Seraphic Paladins as they seek out the spies sent by the Undead Legion!

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    Watch out for:

    Betrayal.

    Treason.

    ... and murder.

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