Design Notes

February 24, 2017

Join Nythera's Justice Squad

Quest to sign Nythera's Scroll of Laws and Unlock Rewards

Nythera is the head of the Player Support team. She and her two battle-companions, Neveya and Vidra, are here to help all our heroes whenever they have account issues. But because the world of Lore can be dangerous, we have certain rules all our players need to follow - they help everyone play friendly and fair, and help keep you safe. 

To make it easier for everyone to find and know the rules, Nythera is now parked right in the center of town with a basic list of rules, a quest, and an achievement. 

Our goal is to make sure EVERYONE understands the rules. That way, you won't break them. (And if you do... it will be intentional. Please don't break the rules. We want you to keep your accounts!)

Nythera's Scroll of Rules

  1. Enjoy playing AQWorlds! Do not bot, cheat, or use any programs to help you play.
  2. Keep your account safe. Do not share, trade, give away, or sell your account. 
  3. Keep your password secure. Do not share it, or ask anyone else for their password.
  4. Be friendly! Do not harass, insult, or threaten anyone.
  5. Do not upgrade other players' accounts. Buy them a gift certificate instead!

Check out a full list of the rules here: http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/AQWRules

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February 23, 2017

6 Reasons Not to Share Your Account

Sharing leads to swearing... when your account is stolen

Your AQWorlds account is your online alter-ego -- the hero you want to be while inside the world of Lore. Playing alongside your friends is a huge part of the fun. But it’s better to have them battling alongside you… not AS you. Sharing your account is a risky business, and you stand to lose a lot when you do it.

 

1. You may lose your account. Permanently. 

When you upgrade your account, you invest real money into it. But if you share your account with others, they may upgrade it, too. Accounts that are shared among many people, and which have payments made by many accounts, can be disabled for payment fraud. 

Even if you are the original owner, you may lose access to your account.
Your friend may lose access to theirs, too, if they make payments on accounts they don't own.


2. They may not give your account back.

If you tell someone else your account and email address passwords, and they change it, they become - in effect - the new owner of your account. Then all the time and effort you put into it will be gone… until you start the process of recovering it. (But jump back up to #1 for a reminder about payment fraud.)

Give away your password and you give away your control.


3. Other people can sell your items/spend your ACs.

Anyone with access to your account can spend your AdventureCoins or sell your items (including rares)... and you can't get it back. 

If someone sells one of your rare gold items, it will be gone forever.


4. Your friends can share your account with others.

Just like it’s a bad idea to use someone else’s toothbrush (because you don’t know where it’s been. EW.)... when other people are able to access your account, they can share it with other people. Who can share it with other people… until people you do not even know have as much control over your account as you do.

Sharing your AQW account is like sharing a toothbrush.
It can get gross and messy REAL fast.


5. The account you use can be taken from you.

If you are playing on an account you did not create, the original creator can take it back without your permission by recovering their account or contacting the Help Team.

If you did not make the account originally, you do not "own" the account.


6. You may get punished for what your friends do.

If you share your account with a friend, and that person uses it to bot, scam other players, or attack the server, you (the account owner) are responsible for their actions. 

You may never use a bot, but if someone bots on your account, it may be banned. Then YOU lose out.

 

Remember: one account, one person.

That means: each account should only be used by one person. :)

Why Write This Listicle? (A mini bonus listicle!)

  1. Many people put years into building their ultimate AQWorlds account. We want don't want to see you lose it... for any reason! 
  2. We hear a lot of you saying "But I didn't know it was against the rules. You can't ban me for not knowing!
  3. We've gotten a lot of player feedback about losing accounts, and trying to get them back. The best way to prevent losing your account is not to give it away/share it in the first place!

 

Check out a full list of the rules here: http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/AQWRules

But because inside the game is the BEST place to list our rules, an in-game TL;DR version of the 5 most important rules is being added tomorrow night, along with a quest, reward, and character page badge. Complete Nythera's quest to sign the "Scroll of Rules" to unlock the rewards and achievement!

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February 21, 2017

Dage: Past, Present, and Future

The Future is Evil

In this inspired painting by www.AQ.com artist, Dage, we see a glimpse of the distant future.... where an army of soul powered mechanized Samurai battle a mysterious and unstoppable force upon a post-apocalyptic world.

About "Dage the Evil"

Dage grew up playing the original AdventureQuest and other Artix Entertainment games. He was a regular on the forums and posted his 2D weapon and armor art reguarly for the team to see. Impressed by Dage's growing skill and persistance, Nulgath took him on as an apprentice. It was not long before Dage's artwork made him a fan favorite. We offered him a full time artist position and he moved to work with us here at the lab. His story is very similiar to many of the incredible artists who build the games with us.

I walked into the lab yesterday and saw Dage drawing a sketch of the image posted above. He said, "Check this out... todays warm up painting." He worked on it for an hour or so. When he switched to working on the AQWorlds items you could tell he was thinking about his painting all day. Around midnight last night I get a text on my phone. It just said "Future Dage" and had the picture above.

What is really fascinating about Dage, and something I hope every young artist who reads this pays special attention to.... Dage pushes himself harder than anyone else ever could. He is never satisfied with the work he creates. He always strives to make it better or do something new. He wakes up in the morning, comes to the lab, and does a "warm up painting." Then he creates AdventureQuest Worlds. At the end of the day, he hits the gym, goes home, and then goes right back to work on his paintings (or plays some video games, or lately, works on Project: Omni art.)

For the past year, Dage has been focusing on his painting skills because he knows that the future of our games, both 2D and 3D will require artists with strong painting skills. Of course, no one told Dage he needed to do this. In fact, I have never given Dage a painting asignment. He has created all of the paintings that you have seen posted over the past year because "he just had to." And for those of you seeking a career in art, I urge you listen carefully. Do not wait for someone to tell you to make something. If you feel that need inside you to make something... do not hesistate, start making it immediately and force yourself to finish it. Spend your time looking at the type of artwork you want to create. Let yourself get mad because your artwork does not look that good... and study, read, and keep trying different things until you create artwork better.

Someone once told me "...being an artist requires sort of mental illness." If have a super human passion and motivation is an illness, then please tell me how to get infected!
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February 24, 2017

Carnaval gets HOT HOT HOT

It's time to get your /party on as Carnaval returns!

/Party with your fellow heroes as we return to last year's multi-cultural parade bash ... but beware - when an old villain decides to celebrate this year... things may just get too hot to handle! 

The Party Keeps Going...

This weekend, head to Carnaval for all your favorite party gear!

  • Talk to Cysero and Beleen in the /carnaval map
  • Find Frevo in /terradafesta
  • Talk to Fausto in /parades

Many thanks to AQW team member Ergotth for designing the release and doing the Portuguese translations!

It's Not a Party without Presents!

Head to Terra da Festa to find our favorite seasonal Carnaval rewards, plus a host of new items! Tip your tophats to fellow AQW hero and Brasilian artist extraordinaire, daniel_pp2 - his Caliente Carnaval armor set inspired this year's reward series!

  • Paraíso Carnaval Set: available in the Featured February Gear shop, will return each year
  • Caliente Carnaval Set: will drop from this week's boss monster

  • Rare Carnaval After Dark Set: available for a limited time only in the February Featured Gear shop
  • Linda Carnaval Set: available for all players, for gold, from the seasonal Carnaval shop
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February 19, 2017

Twilly's Dark Box Fix

Magic Treasure Chest Key AC Refund

Hello! Hidden in various parts of AQWorlds are small, hidden side adventures or battles. We like to build these surprises for you to find because that makes the world feel more full and fun. On Friday, we released 2 surprise bonus quests - one from Twilly in Battleon, and the other... well, you'll just need to find it!

The Issue

The problem was - anyone trying to complete Twilly's Dark Box quest between 6 PM Friday night and Saturday at 1:30 AM had to turn in 2 items from the "Open Treasure Chest" quest to get a reward... but weren't guaranteed to get anythnig, much less the low drop rate reward they were after.

The Solution

Later that night, we adjusted the quest rewards so that all rewards had the same chance to drop. BUT that didn't solve the problem of players who had spent a ton of ACs. So if you were one of the 148 people who turned in more than 5 Treasure Chest Keys before the quest fix went in, your AdventureCoins will be refunded.

Twilly apologizes, and so do I. From here on out, you will need to have 1 Dark Box and 1 Dark Key to begin the quest, but you will only need to turn in 1 Dark Gem to complete it.

For the 288 of you who turned in Dark Keys/Boxes after the Saturday quest fix but before today's change, you'll get an AC refund, too!

(For all those of you who enjoyed part one of the Dark Key and Dark Scroll hidden quest chains, though, the next installation arrives Friday!)

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February 20, 2017

Dage's Birthday Coming Soon

Celebrate the dark party starting March 3rd!

Dage the Evil, leader of the Undead Legion and AdventureQuest Worlds artist, has a birthday in two weeks! If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that this fan-favorite event means evil gear, dark rewards, and all-new birthday items! 

Join us on March 2nd (Dage's real birthday) for all the returning seasonal birthday gear. Then, on Friday, March 3rd, the two-week event begins with new rewards, new monsters, and a new WAR! 

  • Dage faces off against his most dangerous enemy... of ALL TIME
  • The Ultimate Dark Caster set returns* 
  • the Legion DoomKnight Class and armor set return*
  • New Paragon quest and bank pets
  • A TON of new rewards: rare gear, farmable accessories, and more!**

Dage's Undead Legion 3017 event now has a Facebook page! Get previews, discuss the coming war, and invite your friends.

* These are available for both AdventureCoin and Legion Tokens
** Last year's rare gear, including the Arcane Dark Caster, will not return. 

A NEW, for-real final Dark Caster Set

For the last two years, Dage has been itching to move on to new designs and start new traditions. But the Dark Caster series has proven to be one of the most popular designs we've ever created. So, to make all our current heroes happy and pave the way for new, future traditions, here's the plan:

  • Dage is going to create a 2017 variant of the Arcane Dark Caster set*
  • This set will return seasonally each year**
  • There will be AC *and* Legion Token versions
  • This armor set will likely come later in the month of March. Stay tuned for a release date.

This will be the final new Dark Caster armor set, but it will return each year, along with the Ultimate Dark Caster. Keep an eye out next year to see what insane, new tradition Dage begins!

* He may need to become a Chronomancer to make time... but we are always eager to break the laws of reality to make you guys happy!
** So that all heros now and in the future, are on the same footing, there will be no shortcuts for the pieces in this armor set.

Legion DoomKnight Class: How to Get Yours

Dage's been itching to recruit more DoomKnights into the Legion! And each year during his birthday, the Legion DoomKnight Class will help spread the darkness...

There are THREE ways you can get the Legion DoomKnight armor:

  1. Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
  2. Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
  3. Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class. 

Note: The original Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor is not required to get the Legion DoomKnight Class. 

Legion DoomKnight Class Rebalance

As Yorumi works fixing the final bugs before launching the new server/client, our class and rewrite testers have been focusing on its class balance and class bugs. Over the next year, the team wants to do a lot with the older, weaker classes, to revitalize them and make them fun and useful once more. BUT...

Since we've received reports about classes being weaker on the new server AND Dage's birthday is coming soon, we are sending the LDmK to the front of the list for adjustments to make sure it stays as useful and competitive as it is been on the current server. The Legion DoomKnight is a wicked class, and you guys love it. We want to keep it that way!

Are you a member of the Undead Legion?

Death, darkness, and destruction - all are hallmarks of a Legendary member of the Undead Legion! If YOU think you are worthy of the title "Undead Legend" then head to Shadowfall and seek out Dage! Members of the Undead Legion get pretty sweet benefits... FOR ETERNITY (/spooky voice) - including exclusive quests, Legion Token variants for many of Dage's popular new items, and more. 

If you aren't a member of the Legion NOW but you bow down to the Darkness (or just like awesome-looking gear), this is the time to join!

Dage the Evil Recruitment Poster

Undead Legion Requirements

  1. Undying passion for the Undead
  2. Absolute affection towards the dark and deadly
  3. Total commitment to AQWorlds
  4. Passion for ridiculously ridiculous quests
  5. SKULLS!
  6. And more SKULLS!

If you meet the above requirements, then you are the perfect candidate for Dage the Evil’s Undead Legion!

How to Join the Undead Legion

  1. Log into AQWorlds
  2. Travel to the Underworld (/join Underworld)
  3. Find Dage the Evil and introduce yourself
  4. Click on “Shops”, then click “Armor Shop” and buy the Undead Warrior armor for 1200 ACs
  5. Speak to Dage again, and
    • click “Quests”
    • and then “Legion Quests”
    • and complete the Undead Champion Initiation
  6. If successful, you will be able to complete the remaining quests (Mourn the Soldiers, Understanding Undead Champions, Slay the Unworthy, and Fail to the King)
  7. After you complete “Fail to the King” quest, you can buy the Undead Champion armor
    • In Dage’s speech bubble, click “Shops”
    • Then click “Legion Shop”
    • Buy the Undead Champion armor for 50,000 gold
  8. As an Undead Champion, you can now go on Champion Quests
    • Speak with Dage, slick “Quests”
    • Click “Champion Quests”
    • Complete INSANE quests to prove your worth
  9. Start earning Legion Tokens with every successful quest complete

10. Use Legion Tokens to buy things from the Merge Shop

  • Speak with Dage
  • Click Shops
  • Click Merge Shop
  • Get epic loot!

Assuming you’ve made it this far, you can complete lots of other quests from Dage, gain access to Dage’s Soul Forge where MORE items can be crafted, and also be fully prepared for the brand new gear arriving next month!

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February 17, 2017

This Weekend: Infernal Dark Lord

Set Available for a Limited Time Starting Friday

Lord Balax'el is a scion of the Darkness, leader of the Infernal Army invading Lore to help the Queen of Monsters fulfill her goals. For those who aspire to be like him, you're in luck! The Infernal Dark Lord armor set is now available!

The set consists of:

  • Infernal Dark Lord armor
  • Dark Lord's Visage helm
  • Wings of Wrath cape

Infernal Dark Lord Set Availability

These items will be available in the Featured February Gear shop until March 3rd for AdventureCoins... but it WILL come back in the future (just like reoccuring event gear does)! The set will be avilable for two weeks whenever we have a release featuring Lord Balax'el or which focuses on Dreadfire Keep. (So if you can't get it this month, keep an eye on the Design Notes for when it will return!)

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February 17, 2017

This Weekend: Dreadfire Keep

The Queen of Monsters' Saga Continues in Dreadfire!

This month, journey to Dreadfire Keep, where the Queen of Monsters’ infernal allies have made camp - a base from which to continue their invasion of Lore! 

Starting Friday, February 17th, /join dreadfire to find:

  • Haasheth: Dreadfire Reputation NPC
  • Cimzon: Infernal Gear Shop Vendor
  • Tasom: Dreadfire Pet Shop Vendor
  • Skamedar: Hair Shop Vendor
  • Malurach: Militia Leader

Some of you may remember the mysterious shop vendor in Dreadrock city (a home for dark and villainous heroes of all kinds) selling what appears to be Infernal Army gear. Good eye! If you talk to him again, he'll explain that he found that gear left by some pretty shady characters as they scouted the city... but left their gear behind. 

Now, you'll get to meet the creators of that gear as you battle through the Infernal Army's home. And the gold you spend on it will go to fund their dark and deadly campaigns. 

Fiendishly Stylish New Pets and Hairstyles

Talk to Skamedar in DreadFire Keep to choose from one of six new hairstyles!

And, if you dare, convince Tasom that YOU are the perfect guardian for one of... its (we can't really tell WHAT gender Tasom is)... new pets.

Fans of OverSoul may recognize the monsters above - these three snuck into OUR world from the lands of the OverSoul the last time we opened a portal there. Captured by the Infernal Army, these luckless creatures have been trapped in the Dreadfire dungeons to await tasty HeroSnacks!

Do YOU want to join the Infernal Army?

Make no mistake about it, the Infernal invaders are the BAD guys -- these are your enemies. But sometimes, you've got to make nice with your opponents in order to gain their trust and learn their secrets. If you're up for going undercover and... bending the truth of your allegiance... you'll have the option of ranking up an additional Dreadfire reputation: Dreadfire Militia. Starting this Friday, talk to Malurach in Dreadfire Keep!

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February 10, 2017

Heroes Heart Day Rewards

Seasonal Event Items Arrive this Friday!

Love might be its own reward, but we don't think that's not enough for OUR heroes! Find all-new event rare gear in the February Featured Gear Shop in your game menu, plus over 20 new reward items dropping from this year's new quests and monsters!

In the February Featured Gear shop you'll find:

  • Red-Hot Swank armor set
  • Toxic Swank armor set
  • Be Mine Candy Heart Pet
  • Ultra Swank Helm

Wheel of Love Quest* Rewards

  • Bloody Dungeon Guard armor set
  • King and Queen of Hearts armor set
  • Wheel of Love house item (comes with Wheel of Love quest)
  • Lovabear Mace
  • Beloved Vampragon pet

* Complete the release to unlock!

Monster drops

  • Grim Dungeon Guard armor set
  • Puppy Love pet
  • Kiss Me and Love You Candy Hearts

The seasonal event gear will be available until March 3rd (unless you have the Wheel of Love house item, then you can access that quest all year long). The February Featured Gear shop will also leave on March 3rd.

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February 05, 2017

The Superbowl LI In-game Event is ON

Log in during the Half-Time Show to Punt Twilly!

It's the biggest American Football game of the year!* On Lore, the Loyalists and the Doom Phoenixes (what the real world knows as the Patriots and the Falcons) are preparing to face off! After the 2nd Quarter ends, the Superbowl halftime show will begin... and so will our special event!  When you've had your fill of watching Lady Gaga rock the stadium, Log in and head to Battleon for our once-a-year PUNT TWILLY minigame!

We've got a stadium's worth of new gear from guest artists, Goddess! So no matter which side you're rooting for, you'll find Loyalist and Doom Phoenix:

  • Team Armor
  • Away Team Armor
  • Rush Team Armor
  • Varsiy Team Armor
  • Juice Barrels
  • Helms
  • Pom-poms 
  • Pigskins
  • and a Moglin Ref pet

Don't forget that this is the ONLY time of year that you will be able to get the Moglin Punter Character Page Achievement Badge and all you have to do is kick Twilly the full 100 yards!

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February 03, 2017

This Weekend: February Bonus Gear

The Blood Samurai is February's Bonus Set!

Unlock the Blood Samurai set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting this Friday, February 3rd, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the Jade Samurai set, too! Both sets will be available until 6 PM Friday, March 3rd, 2017.

Tier 1: Blood Samurai

By decree of the Warlord of Yokai Isle, only the truest, bravest warriors are worthy of equipping the Blood Samurai gear.

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • Blood Samurai Armor
  • 4 helms
  • 2 capes (including Samurai Guardian)
  • 2 weapons
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge

Tier 2: Ceremonial Jade Samurai

By decree of the Emperor of Yokai Isle, only the noblest, most loyal warriors are worthy of equipping the royal Jade Samurai gear.


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • All the Blood Samurai gear plus
  • Ceremonial Jade Samurai armor
  • 4 Jade helms
  • 3 Jade Katanas
  • 3 capes (including Jade Guardian)
  • Exclusive Jade and Blood Guardian pets
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge
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February 10, 2017

This Weekend: Hero's Heart Day

The Game of Love can be Killer...

This weekend, join us as our seasonal Hero's Heart Day event returns! Plus, find an all-new adventure: Swaggy's been hired to put a new spin on the oldest game in the world! Along with Beleen, he'll put on a show like Lore's NEVER seen - and in the end, one very lucky and special contestant may find the best prize of all -- LOVE!

Take note, Heroes: The Wheel of Doom is not returning. But there will be a Wheel... even if YOU aren't the one spinning it... and there will be dungeons and death. Possibly several. O_O

Hero's Heart Day Server Boost: 15% More Gold and XP

To help all our AQW Heroes celebrate Hero's Heart Day, when you log in this weekend, you'll get 15% more Gold and XP! 

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January 31, 2017

February Calendar of Events

It's a Short Month, but We've got a Long List of Fun!

It's almost February here in the real world, and we've got a TON of plans for the coming month inside the game. Read on and mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.

  • Thursday, Feb 2nd: Groundhorc's Day
  • Friday, Feb 3rd: Mysterious Quest + Blood Samurai February Upgrade Bonus
  • Sunday, Feb 5th: Punt Twilly in the LoreBowl - Loyalists vs Doom Phoenixes
  • Friday, Feb 10th: Hero's Heart Day Returns... with a new OTP?!
  • Feb 10 - 12th: Weekend of Love Server Boosts! Get 15% more XP and Gold!
  • Friday, Feb 17th: Travel to a dark fortress, home to the Infernal Invasion force
  • Friday, Feb 24th: Carnaval returns with a new /party + seasonal gear
  • Feb 24 - 26th: Party Weekend! Get 15% more Rep and Class Points!
  • Tuesday: Feb 28th: It's Pancake Day! Get all Oishi's tasty treats at the Inn!

Say Goodbye To...

  • Tuesday, Jan 31st: All Frostval event maps, seasonal gear, and drops
  • Friday, Feb 3rd: Friday the 13th gear, LightCaster Class*, Nulgath's Birthday, January Featured Shop, January Bonus gear
  • Monday, Feb 6th: Groundhorc's Day leaves
  • Wednesday, Feb 8th: Superbowl Sunday Shop leaves
  • Friday, Mar 3rd: Hero's Heart Day + Carnaval events leave
  • Friday, Mar 3rd: Blood Samurai February Upgrade Bonus gear leaves

Server Rewrite Update

The week of balance! Arklen and the class testers are focusing all week long on monster and class balance on the PTR servers. If you hop on towards the middle of the week, you might notice some changes. Make sure to send him your feedback on Twitter and on the forum and thoughts on how the strength/stats feel.

New this morning: a VERY odd bug where items disappear from your inventory on PTR servers. First time this one's shown up in testing. O_O Yorumi is pulling out the BIG BUG BLASTER! He is continuing to address the issues you guys are finding on the PTR servers.

We've gotten a lot of questions about why the rewrite is taking so long. There's an easy answer, and a realistic one. Yorumi is rebuilding the game's server and client from scratch... with 8 years worth of content to account for... and essentially all on his own. This is a challenge we knew he was up to, but our time estimates were (admittedly very) off since it is the first time he'd tackle a project of this magnitude. But that is the fun (and frenzy) of real-time, week to week development!

Thank you to everyone logging on and reporting the bugs you find!

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January 31, 2017

Last Chance for January Bonus Gear!

The ArchAngel's Defender Set leaves Friday, February 3rd

Unlock the ArchAngel's Defender set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more until this Friday, February 3rd, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the ArchFiend's Defender set, too! This set will be replaced by the February bonus gear at 6 PM EST.

Tier 1: ArchAngel's Defender

Show your loyalty to ArchAngel Nulgath, he who dwells in the Mirror Realm!

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender Armor
  • ArchAngel's Hood 
  • Banners and Wrap of the Defender Capes
  • Bright Blade of the ArchAngel
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: ArchFiend's Loyalist

Sometimes a good defender just wants to be... bad. The ArchFiend Loyalist has decided to defent to our world and the side of ArchFiend Nulgath!


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • ArchAngel Defender and ArchFiend Loyalist armors
  • 4 capes and 2 helms
  • 2 blades
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge
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February 03, 2017

Begin the Mysterious Quest

Hunt through Darkness for Light this Weekend!

A Mysterious Stranger has appeared in ShadowFall with a quest for you - one that requires intellect as well as raw battle skills. Decode his clues to discover where your quest will lead, then take on the enemies there to gain the material necessary to complete the reconstruction a long-lost reward!

Wait... a Lost Reward?!

OOC (Out of Character) Warning - this means that what YOU are about to find out, your in-game hero will not know.

You can talk to this Mysterious Stranger RIGHT NJOW in ShadowFall and follow his clues. Find (or fight) what you need to in order to get the pieces necessary to create a VERY special golden blade... something required to reforge an even MORE important (and powerful) weapon! 

We're not looking at a new Necrotic Sword of Doom quest line here. No insane number of reagents. You'll need to battle (possibly quite a few times) but once you reach the end of the 10 quests coming Friday night, you'll have a reward worthy of the darkness... AND the light! (And it may just come in handy once it comes time to slay some monsters!)

Dark and deadly reward drop from this weekend's boss fight!

WHY is the Mysterious Stranger Involved?!

Good question! Short answer: he's not... maybe. Long answer: Mysterious people have mysterious motives. 

But really, we have seen a number of Mysterious Strangers over the years -- humans, creatures, or "other" who -- for whatever reason -- don a dark cloak and call themselves "Mysterious Stranger"* (It is pretty hard to see under that cloak to tell them apart!) And hey, you never know. THIS one might be trying to help you, maybe. Probably!

From the Mysterious Brain of Inanitas

Inanitas, a crazy-insane and creative member of the team, came up with the concept for this hunt! If you are *really* stuck on where to go during this hunt, you can ask him gently on Twitter or collaborate with each other on the forum!

Happy 10th Anniversary, Ghost!

Ten years ago, our lead animator Ghost started helping Artix Entertainment. That way WAY back in his DragonFable days. He's crafted some gear for you to celebrate, and it's all in his Featured Artist shop in Artist Alley. Enjoy! (And if you're feeling nice, wish him "Happy Anniversary!" on Twitter!)

* Like the one from last year's Throne of Darkness Saga!

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January 26, 2017

Last Chance for Battle Gems Founder

Unlocks the exclusive DragonKnight set inside AQWorlds!

This is your very last chance to get Founder in BattleGems, our mobile RPG Puzzle Game. Considering that you had.. oh wow, nearly two years and a half years now, it is finally time to make BattleGems Founder go perma rare! 

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Rolith and his team have finished upgrading BattleGems to the newest version of Unity, improving the game's speed and giving it 64 bit support. He will roll out the new version to Android on Saturday, January 28th. The iOS version will go live in the next week (once Apple updates it).

Along with this release, we will be removing the Founder package which basically gives you ulimited turns, unlimited keys, special in game armor set, special AQWorlds armor set, well... EVERYTHING for a single in-app purchase of $10. Founders will be pretty proud of that they got it, because after the new patch goes live, the armor will be perma rare and will have to pay double to get the upgrades and perks.

Replacing Founder is... the Ultimate DragonSlayer Set!

If you have been wanting the DragonKnight armor from BattleGems in AQWorlds and BattleGems... this is your final chance to get it on the Apple iOS or Android versions of the mobile game! If you've already gotten that set, or decide to upgrade your BattleGems account after the new patch rolls, you will unlock the...

BattleGems Founders automatically unlock the Ultimate DragonSlayer gear!

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January 24, 2017

Server Rewrite and Client Update

We need your feedback, the clock is counting down!

Hello all! We are down to the wire and may -- depending on your feedback -- be able to release the new server and client this Spring. It really does depend on what reports and comments you send in - that's why we're doing another push to get everyone to take a look at our PTR servers. 


Here are some changes you can expect to see

  1. Tradeskills are still being built - we are designing all-new, more fun systems for them. The new server gives us much more flexibility with these!

  2. LUK enhancement changes

    1. These will only work for luck based classes now

    2. For everything else, make sure you equip enhancements geared for your class like fighter for str based classes and wiz for int based classes

  3. Parry has been added (a chance to reduce incoming damage)

  4. Monsters and players regen hp/mp in combat

  5. Bonuses stack now, including from gear

  6. You get extra exp/cp etc from killing monsters higher level than you

  7. PVP is currently disabled on the PTR servers. Those will be turned back on this week.

The addition of gear boost stacking means you guys can get some incredibly high boosts, especially when we do serverwide boosts. 

Send us your comments and feedback!

Right now, we NEED you all to log into the PTR servers - that's Zorbak, Safiria, Testing Server 1 and 2 -- and run around and play the game like normal. 

Let us know if it "feels" right, what feels wrong, and what is still broken. Report any bugs you do find to the Bug Tracker and post any feedback you have to this thread on our forum!

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January 27, 2017

Yokai New Year Event Rares

Spicing Up the Event with Hot Rare Rewards!

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

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

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

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January 20, 2017

Celebrate Nulgath's Birthday this Weekend

Birthday Rares, New Class, and More!

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

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

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

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

New Permanent Gear in Nulgath's Zone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Void Highlord Farming Class is LIVE!

Good news, Nulgath Nation fans! We've launched the class many of you have been waiting for since LAST January - the permanent Nulgath farming class! The Void Highlord Class is insane and awesome... and not for the faint of heart. Just like Nulgath!  

If you tried out the test version earlier this week, your "Void HighLord Tester" item has changed to show the default Warrior Class skills and art. Thanks for participating! 

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

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

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

Void Knight Sword Pet Quest Changed

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

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

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

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January 17, 2017

Void Highlord Member Class Test

Member Only Preview/Test Starts Now!

This Friday, we will launch a class many of you have been waiting for since LAST January - the permanent Nulgath farming class! The Void Highlord Class is insane and awesome... and not for the faint of heart. Just like Nulgath!  

If you have an upgraded account, you can try out the skills RIGHT NOW and let Arklen (our lead class designer) know what you think! The skills may change based on player feedback... so if you want to have a hand in fine-tuning our newest class, now's your chance!

This is the "test" version of the Void Highlord class so you can try it out in advance and let us know your thoughts on the skills. Once the class is ready to go live, its skills and art will change to those of the default warrior class. You can keep the "test" version with the warrior class skills/art as a souvenir of your participation in the test. The item's name will stay the same: "Void Highlord Tester"

Once the class does go live, it will be available to ALL players... but you will have to work for it! Requirements will be:

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

Right NOW, though, members can find the class in their game menu and get it for just 10000 gold. Huge thanks to Sync for the skills design, Arklen for the icons (and coming skill animations), and the dreaded duo of Tendou and Asuka for the farming quest!

Class Skills: Subject to change!

Void Highlord(Physical) (Mage Mana Regen)

Stats: Fighter  || end > str >dex > wis > luk > int

Nulgath ranks you a Void Highlord and bestows a portion of his power to you. You are a sinister brute bringing anyone to your knees. Half of your soul has been taken by Nulgath as for the price of this untamed power, use it wisely..

Contract 

If Shackled is in play, you feed off their soul, healing a bit of your health every time your weapon connects. Applies Soul Fend, inflicting a Moderate HoT that lasts for 5 seconds and stacks to 5. If Unshackled is in play, damages your enemy's soul the more your weapon connects. Applies Soul Breach, inflicting a Moderate DoT that lasts for 5 seconds. Stacks to 5.

Cooldown: 2.3 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close

Shackle 

Binds your Soul for protection, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets and increasing your Damage Resistance by 50% for 15 seconds. Also applied Soul Void increasing Haste and Healing taken by 10% for 15 seconds. Stacks to 5. Costs 20% of your maximum health.  (Replaces Unshackled)

Cooldown: 4 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close
Note: 100% Weapon Damage

Highlord’s Gaze 

 You strike fear into your opponent with the eyes of the Void, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets with a 30% chance to stun and causing their blood flow to dwindle. Applies Congested, lowering their Hit, Haste, and Dodge by 10% Stacks to 3. You feed off their despair, healing you for some of the damage dealt.

Mana: 20
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Physical
Range:
Far
Note: 150% (Weapon Damage)

Unshackle

 Releases your Soul for destruction, dealing Moderate Damage to up to 3 targets and increasing your Damage Output by 50% for 15 seconds. Also applied Soul Void increasing Haste and Healing taken by 10% for 15 seconds. Stacks to 5.  Costs 20% of your maximum health.  (Replaces Shackled)

Cooldown: 4 seconds
Physical
Range:
Status
Note: 100% Weapon Damage

Passives

Relentless Onslaught: Increases Hit Chance and Crit Chance by 15%

Tremble in Fear: Increases Damage Resistance 20%

Armageddon

 Spawn a portal straight to the Void itself to call mass amount of swords to do your biding dealing cataclysmic damage up to 3 targets around the user. Applies Arbiter's Wrath, increasing your Critical Strike Damage by 30% for 10 seconds. Also applies Armageddon to the enemies as long as they're not Chaos. Armageddon deals massive Damage over 12 seconds.

Mana: 50
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Physical
Range:
Close
Note: (420% Weapon Damage)

Undying Warlord: Increases Endurance by 50%

 

Again, these skills MAY change... that will be based on your feedback and what our designers see while you test. 
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January 27, 2017

This Weekend: Yokai New Year Returns

The Year of the Flaming ChickenCow is almost here!

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

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

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Wànshì rúyì

Happy Lunar New Year

* Chinese New Year begins January 28th!

HOT HOT HOT Rewards

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

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

Happy Birthday, Axeros!

One of our newer, but crazy awesome, artists is Axeros and he has a birthday in January! Rather than putting his gear in the monthly rares shop, instead we've added his Sullied Blademaster gear to the PVP Trophy shop in your game menu. These items will never leave, and can only be gotten by battling other heroes in PVP. Happy birthday, Axeros!

Leaving Soon

Nothing lasts forever, and we've got some really sweet gear leaving VERY soon!

  • Jan 31st: All Frostval event maps, seasonal gear, and drops
  • Feb 3rd: ArchAngel January Upgrade Bonus Gear
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January 13, 2017

Heroes Heart Day Returns Next Month

The Game of Love can be Killer...

Next month is our Heroes Heart Day event, and Swaggy's been hired to put a new spin on the oldest game in the world! Along with Beleen, he'll put on a show like Lore's NEVER seen - and in the end, one very lucky and special contestant may find the best prize of all -- LOVE!

Take note, Heroes: The Wheel of Doom is not returning. But there will be a Wheel... even if YOU aren't the one spinning it! 

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January 12, 2017

Nulgath's Birthday Coming Soon

Next Friday, the ArchFiend Celebrates his Birthday!

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

He's taking one of the most popular sets from his Patreon account (Though AQWorlds is a family-friendly game, this link is not necessarily safe for work. Make sure you have your parent's permission to click this if you are under 18.) and hand-crafting an AQWorlds version.

Expect a new bank pet and Nulgath resource farming pet, as well!

New Farming Class Coming Soon!

Last year, when we released the rare Abyssal Angel class, we ALSO said we would have a new Nulgath-based farming class coming. At long last, the time is almost here! Designed by Sync, the class*** will be permanently available and will require a lot (a whooooooole lot) of farming! So stock up on your Diamonds, your Unidentified 13s, and prepare to get a new resource or two. This baby's going to be a fun one!

OverSoul Gear Arrives!

In honor of Nulgath's birthday, we will be adding some items from his game, OverSoul, to existing Nulgath-area quests as new rewards. A more comprehensive list will come next week.

** The image in the picture is from the Patreon account. The in-game variant will look slightly different.**
*** It will be renamed from the Void Warlord to avoid confusion with an existing, rare armor.

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January 20, 2017

This Weekend: Laken's Saga Returns!

Battle to discover the history of the Seraphic Reaper!

Laken came from the future to help Dage in his battle against Nulgath, but his story is so much more than that. This weekend, travel back into the past as battle as Laken the Good to discover Ada, the Seraphic Reaper, grew into the deadly warrior she is today.

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

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

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

Laken and Dage Saga Guide!

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

 

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January 13, 2017

This Weekend: Friday the 13th is BACK!

Chaos + (UnLuck) + Voltaire = Shenanigans on Friday the 13th!

Chaos and Luck are both unpredictable. But tonightis Drakath’s (un)lucky day - Voltaire (our favorite gypsy goth musician-turned-decorator) is back to help jumpstart his quest to recover his Chaos powers… by helping him get his house in order! A little paint, a lot of mayhem, and BOOM (...and DOOM?!), Drakath will be back in business!

Voltaire is a... WHAT?!

Voltaire and the crew at Artix Entertainment have been buddies for a long time now. We always like to give our friends a helping hand, so in past events, we've included references to Voltaire's most recent projects. (Like when he went riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children)

In October of last year, Voltaire launched a new Youtube show - "Gothic Homemaking with Aurelio Voltaire." It is as awesome and dark and interesting as Voltaire is.

WE knew we had a Friday the 13th coming up, and needed to create Drakath's new home... and the Chaos hub-town. What better way to ensure the design is spot on (and help out a friend) than to hire Lore's best new interior decorator?

Find all new event gear this weekend!

Find the Dark CrownsGuard set, Doomed Dandy gear, and more in this week’s event and rares shops! 

Find event gear in the following places:

  • Check out the event rares shop in your Game Menu
  • Decorate your house with rewards from the farming quest availble after you finish the story
  • Battle the event boss to get exclusive item drops
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