Design Notes

July 26, 2016

Quibble Coinbiter Returns Friday

He's back with all-new, dark and mysterious rare items!

Rare hunters and Evil-lovers alike, rejoice! Quibble Coinbiter, rare item merchant extraordinaire is on his way BACK to Battleon this Friday with gear inspired by the Mysterious Stranger and the Throne of Darkness Saga!

Quibble Coinbiter sales moglin

Quibble's Dark and Mysterious Gear

If you've seen Quibble appear before, you know that his arrival heralds the beginning of the NEXT BIG THING... and THIS time around, he's bringing extra dark gear crafted to celebrate one of the darkest and most mysterious villain yet... the Mysterious Stranger! 

After the Queen of Monsters broke out of the Chaos Realm, the world has fallen to pieces... everywhere, villains are taking advantage of the anarchy imposed by Chaos! The Throne of Darkness is a collection of tales recounting your adventures in this post-Chaos world... from the VILLAINS' perspective!

And soon... very soon, we'll finally hear the Mysterious Stranger's tale of his encounter with YOU, Lore's greatest hero!

What's a Quibble Coinbiter? Why does it sell things?

Quibble Coinbiter is the friendly, hat-wearing moglin you see in the picture above! He travels across space and time collecting never-before-seen Items to add to your impressive collection. That's right, his gear has never been sold in the world before, but he sells them used*...

How is this possible? Quibble has a connection with a slightly corrupt time-travel fairy** who supplies him with items that have not even been created yet.

No one knows if— or when— Quibble’s items will go permanently Rare, so your best bet is to get all the goodies in his shop just in case it’s the latter!

* Thinking about this should hurt your brain. It hurts mine!

** I wonder... if the item's used, but never seen before... is the time travel fairy going to the future after you have discarded the weapon, taking it from you, and then coming BACK in time so Quibble to sell it to you before you ever found it***?

 

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July 22, 2016

The Summer Madness Offer Continues

Get Up to 40% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

Starting tonight and through this Thursday, August 11th, get more AdventureCoins with each AC package! The larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend as we battle our way through the final villains in the fan-favorite “Throne of Darkness Saga”! 

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Starting today, you'll get the following bonus AdventureCoins:

  • 12000 AC package: 4800 bonus ACs
  • 5000 AC package: 1500 bonus ACs
  • 2000 AC package: 300 bonus ACs
  • 900 AC package: 50 bonus ACs

So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs last year that we wanted to keep that love and excitement flowing for the rest of the summer!

Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

Unlock the July upgrade bonus gear!

This month, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive July upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Galactic Commander June bonus gear, and will be available until August 5th.

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

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

  • 2 armors
  • 2 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

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

  • 1 Armor
  • 1 Helm
  • 2 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

And all packages will also come with the Falcon Commander character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! 

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

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July 22, 2016

The Darkovian Catacombs await...

This weekend, battle to recover... the Sanguine Garnet!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

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July 25, 2016

This Friday: Pockey Mogs, WHOA!

Pockey Mogs: Gotta Save'em All!

On Friday, July 29th, prepare to battle through a world filled with NEW creatures and a new craze: Pockey Mogs!

One experiment gone awry. 

Two mad crafters seeking to undo the unexpected.

Tens of thousands of hybrid creatures hiding across the world.

Millions of people captivated by a shared goal: owning the ultimate pockey mog and becoming...

the VERY BEST!


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July 22, 2016

NEW Gear in the Suggestion Shop

The ArchFiend DoomKnight set and MORE!

This weekend, head to Yulgar's Inn and check out the Suggestion Shop to find all-new gear suggested by heroes like you! 

In the Player Suggestion shop tonight, you'll find:

  • Dark Blade Katana by Mateus 1002
  • Deax Goldwing Blade by Deax
  • Jorin's Fear of Death blade by Jorin900000
  • Zayark's Shadowwalker armor
  • Ichneumon Dragonslayer set by Shadowslayer Rei
  • Timekeeper's Presence Staff by Neoslasher
  • Fiendish DoomKnight set by HeroViolaterFer (going rare on August 5th!)

You'll be able to get the rare, non-color customizable Fiendish DoomKnight set from the Player Suggestion Shop until August 5th for AdventureCoins OR you can quest to unlock the full, color-customizable set! (The quest version will be a permenant in-game item, so you have as much time as you need to farm!)

ArchFiend DoomLord quests and gear!

For the first time ever, we're also offering a variant of one of the suggestion sets as a quest reward from Nulgath! Starting tonight, talk to Oblivion in the Tercessuinotlim zone to begin gathering the resources necessary to unlock the gear! 

Note: this is a long, HARD end-game quest. If you've ranked up all your classes, completed all the storylines, and are looking for something new to do, this is the challenge for you!

Want to get in on this?

We've received a ton of AWESOME ideas from heroes like you in our Suggestion forum! Our artists pick designs suggested by you, then recreate them in Flash and get them ready to release in-game.* Players who suggest an item also get that item for free! (/cheer!)

* We get more suggestions than we could ever have time to create, and we regret that we can't implement all the suggestions and ideas, but we DO love seeing what you send! 

PS: the DoomCaster set pictured earlier in the week will arrive in next week's EVIL Quibble shop... because the Mysterious Stranger is coming... soon... very soon.

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July 15, 2016

Unlock the Secrets of Yasaris

Unlock the Secrets of Sekt's 4th Dimensional Pyramid

This weekend, accept the quest to unlock the secrets of Sekt the Eternal's pyramid and battle to recover the artifacts of an ancient god... Wielding them will give you enough power to restore... or extinguish... the sun's energy! 

  • Complete Serepthys the Guardian's quests!
  • Solve the puzzles blocking you from reaching the artifacts!
  • Defy your fate and save the sun! 

Tthe Eternal Inversionist Class is HERE!

Each of the Throne of Darkness stories has had a class variant attached to it, and Sekt the Eternal's is no different... EXCEPT that THIS week's class can be bought for gold and rep by ALL players! If you don't have the time or inclination to farm, you can also buy the class for 2000 AdventureCoins!

Check out the Class Skills breakdown here!

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July 12, 2016

Server Disruption Update

Update on the recent server outages, and what we're doing to fix them

Hello everyone! Over the last several days, we've been experiencing an unusual amount of server disruption. We're working as fast as we can to get them all back and stable, and have been talking with our server host company since this began. 

Right now, we are: 

  1. Working with the server host company to mitigate the effect on your gameplay
  2. Investigating switching over our server to incorporate WebSockets, which will give us even more protection options
  3. Adding server boosts onto the less populated servers to spread out the playerbase  

Additional steps on the backend to help optimize and protect the server addresses, information, etc.

Common signs of a server having issues are:

  • Attacks not hitting the monster
  • Trouble opening shops
  • Quests not turning in
  • Items not loading properly

If you are experiencing issues with your gameplay during this time, please try a different server. Safiria and Artix servers have been hidden while this issue continues, but will return in the future. Zhoom server has been retired for the foreseeable future, as we are using it for multiple sites/functions.

Server Boosts Now Active on ALL Servers!

As our way of saying "sorry for the interruptions" and to help sweeten your time on our servers, we've added: 

20% boost to Class Points, Rep, Gold, and XP are now on all regular servers, with a 30% boost on the member server!

Note: the Server Hamsters are very, very sad, at how out of shape they are. They've started going to the gym to get trained by this Master Server Trainer! We should make them play Hamstermon GO! -- then get them all hamster balls to help them get fit!

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July 18, 2016

Friday: Valencia and the Sanguine Garnet

This weekend, quest to recover an ancient artifact!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

Tags: Alina,
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July 15, 2016

Friday: Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest

Unlock all 12 Surfboards when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl!

This Friday, when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl from the July Rares Shop for 1000 AdventureCoins, you'll be able to unlock... the Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest filled with all 12 0 AC surfboards from the July Rares Shop!

4 of the 12 dragon surfboards

Recently, I put out a Twitter poll recently to see what kinds of themes you guys would like on the 2016 surfboards, and dragons were a really popular answer. Last year, we launched our AdventureQuest:Dragons idle, mobile game, and it had some of the prettiest art we've ever created. Combining the two made a lot of sense, and so... starting this Friday, if you have a Black Dragon's Pearl, the treasure will be yours!

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July 08, 2016

Enter... the Fourth Dimensional Pyramid

Sekt the Eternal's Saga continues this weekend!

Battle through an ancient dungeon outside space and time, and uncover the secrets locked inside Sekt the Eternal’s Fourth Dimensional Pyramid this weekend!

  • Rank up a new rep faction to unlock two new sets of reward gear 
  • Get to rank 10 to unlock the Fourth Dimensional Pyramid House... IF you have enough Anti-Matter Gems!*

Will you fulfill the ancient prophecy? ... Your life depends on the answer!

* I hope you've saved your Anti-Matter gems from last week! If you haven't, though, never fear! This week's boss monster also drops them.

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July 08, 2016

New Music Video Making Contest

AE Presents: "Camera, Set, Music!" Contest

2016 might be the year of music, with new stars emerging daily thanks to the power of the internet and the Eurovision festival currently going on. So we thought... why not put on an AE music video contest? We've got some amazing video makers in our community, and you might be one of them!  

Throne of Darkness Trailer

Contest Plot: Create an original music video

You read that right! For this contest, create an original music video that takes place in one of our games (or all of them?!)! 

  • Submit your existing Music Video to us! (Just as long as you have the permission of anyone that helped you make it.)
  • You can enter videos made BEFORE the contest start date as long as it meets all of the other rules/requirements.
  • You must include your AQW or AQ3D character name in the form when you submit, NOT the video description

CHALLENGE! Being able to put every AE game ever made into 1 video would be a great challenge for the veterans in our video-making community. 

Contest Details: How to Audition

  • Contest begins: July 8th, 2016 
  • Contest ends: August 31th, 2016
  • Send your entry to us: by following this link

CGI-Prizes! 

The prizes for this contest are crAEzier than any we've ever done before! Fame and internet immortality. PLUS character page badges AND Artix Points! /cheer

Grand Prize Winner(s) will receive:

  • Your music video on Artix.com and in the AQW & AQ3D game design notes
  • A spot in the coming music video gallery on Artix.com contest page
  • 5000 Artix PointsBadge in AQW/AQ3D

Please remember: you cannot use anything that would cause copyright issues! Check out this link to see how you can make sure the song/s you choose are alright to use.

Read on for more information on the rules, full prize list, plus submission details!

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July 08, 2016

Summer 2016 Custom Surfboard Raffle

Get the Enchanted Surfboard AND a chance to win custom gear!

Starting tonight, buy an Enchanted Surfboard from the Summer Shop for 500 AdventureCoins and get our first color-customizable surfboard PLUS get a chance to win a customizable surfboard featuring your AQW Hero... or 1 of 1600 other exclusive boards!

Anyone with an Enchanted Surfboard in their inventory or bank will have a chance to win. The raffle winners drawing will be held on Monday, July 18th, 2016, and prizes will be awarded later that week!

  • 10 winners: surfboards with their AQW Character on them
  • 100 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Good
  • 500 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Evil
  • 1000 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Shadows

And find ALL the new 2016 surfboards (along with all our other returning seasonal gear!) in the Summer Shop in your game news screen!

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July 01, 2016

Hunt for the Infinity Shield

Battle through the Shifting Pyramid to recover the shield!

Anubyx is determined to see you enter the 4th Dimensional Pyramid, survive its dangers, fulfill the prophecy, and come out alive. There's only one thing he can think of to help you -- the Infinity Shield -- a condensed anti-quasar that will keep you safe as you fight to survive Sekt's dungeon!

Take on the crazed creatures spawned from the heart of the Black Hole Sun as you fight to come out on top (literally!) - once the Infinity Shield is yours, you'll be ready to enter the Fourth Dimensional Pyramid next week! 

The Shifting Pyramid Merge Shop has the following gear for you:

  • Void Wanderer armor
  • Dark Matter cape
  • Dark Flaming Fists
  • Colossal Black Hole Sword
  • Black Hole Sword
  • Black Hole Spear

You'll need to defeat tonight's boss monster to get the fangs necessary to create the gear. You'll ALSO find new rewards dropping off the monsters in the map!

  • The Tomb Thief armor and turban (looks like SOMEBODY failed the judgement test)
  • The Goblin pet and cauldron cape
  • The Vortex Hawk 
  • and the Infinity Shield Cape, a 1% drop off tonight's boss monster!
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July 15, 2016

Grand Opening: HeroMart Store... in AQW

Unlock more In-Game Rewards with HeroPoints!

Stop by HeroMart in Battleon! Talk to Stryche to see all of the rockin’ rewards that come with any real-world HeroMart purchase, and learn about our new points system, HeroMart’s HeroPoints! The in-game location opens THIS week for you to explore. The HeroPoints in-game currency will go live later this month!

Heromart is about to ramp up production, with many new posters, shirts, and other gear coming in the near future! All those items will come with HeroPoints, so keep an eye out for new merch!

How to find HeroMart's New Store

  • /join heromart
  • Talk to Stryche to learn all about HeroMart and its merch
  • Browse the store to see his big-ticket items and their in-game rewards
  • Click on items that interest you to get more information or go straight to HeroMart to buy them

HeroPoints: A New Way to Get In-Game Rewards

HeroPoints are a new way for you to get even more rewards when you get merchandise from HeroMart! Existing store items will keep the codes they currently use, but from here on out, all HeroMart merchandise will come with a quantity of HeroPoints that you can spend in Stryche's in-game merge shop.

  • 1 HeroPoint is roughly equal to $5 USD
  • For every $5 dollars you spend at HeroMart, you'll get 1 HP

And because shipping can be costly, the HeroMart team may add a few extra HeroPoints to your order as a way of saying "thanks!"

So, for example, a t-shirt that costs $19.95 would be worth 4 HeroPoints. If the HeroMart team adds in a few extra points, you could get even more! That means, you'd get at least 4 (and maybe up to 10 or more!) HeroPoints for a single order.

The final HeroPoint quantity will be determined based on the final order amount, including shipping.

Special merchandise like our yearly calendar classes will include exclusive in-game items PLUS HeroPoints!

Examples of special merchandise include:

  • Armor T-Shirts
  • Calendars
  • Card Games
  • Action Figures

We are currently planning to introduce new in-game items in the HeroMart Crystals shop each year, and retire old items. 

  • A new HeroMart CLASS and armor set
  • Showcase Villa HOUSE
  • Sneevil Bank Pet
  • Zard Bank Pet
  • Skeleton Bank Pet
  • Slime Bank Pet
  • Mystic Dragon Conqueror
  • Mystic Dragon Conqueror Helm
  • Drow Illusionist
  • Drow's Wings of Illusion
  • Enchanted Thorn Staff
  • Hood of Visions
  • Dage's Desolation G
  • Dreaded Axe of Evil
  • Blinding Edge of the Good
  • Twisted Crystal Staff
  • Heromart Gem Pet
  • Time-Travel Bot
  • Edge of Infinity
  • Bow of Galactic Conquest
  • Undead Artix Toy house item
  • Infinity Knight statue house item
  • Legion Paladin statue house item
  • And more to come in the future!

More In-Game Reward Details

  • You'll see variants of many existing HeroMart in-game rewards in the merge shop. If you bought a HeroMart item that unlocked the original versions of these itms, you will also get the variants for free in your badge shop.
  • We will not be recoloring versions of gear that has gone permanently rare, or of gear we've said can only be obtained exclusively by getting specific merchandise. (Example: the Not a Mod Class)
  • HeroPoints will only come with future merchandise, as all current merchandise already comes with exclusive gear!
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June 29, 2016

The Summer Madness Offer is BACK

Get Up to 50% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

Starting tonight and through this Thursday, July 21st, the Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale BEGINS!* Get more AdventureCoins with each AC package, and the larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend as we battle our way through the final villains in the fan-favorite “Throne of Darkness Saga”! 

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So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs last year that we wanted to keep that love and excitement flowing for the rest of the summer!

Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

* On July 22nd, the bonus amount will drop, so this is your best chance to get the MOST free ACs!

Unlock the July upgrade bonus gear!

Starting tonight, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive July upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Galactic Commander June bonus gear, and will be available until August 5th.

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

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

  • 2 armors
  • 2 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

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

  • 1 Armor
  • 1 Helm
  • 2 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

Pets for each package will ALSO come soon! And all packages will also come with the Falcon Commander character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! 

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

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June 28, 2016

July Release Lineup Coming At You

July is going to be a HUGE Month of Awesomeness!

We’ve had a LOT of movement this past month in AQW - from our BaconCat vs Laser Shark release to the Throne of Darkness: Death Arena... the Galactic Defender June bonus gear and the Warcraft Rares Shop... June has been insane! Good news: July is going to be even CRAZIER!


July Release Lineup

  • July 1 Throne of Darkness: Infinity Shield
  • July 1 Falcon Commander upgrade bonus gear
  • July 7 The Ancient CryptKeeper Limited Quantity Sets leave
  • July 8 Throne of Darkness: 4th Dimensional Pyramid
  • July 8 Summer Rares (with surfboards!) + Custom Surfboard Raffle
  • July 15 Throne of Darkness: Pyramid Maze Puzzle
  • July 15: The HeroMart in-game Store arrives*
  • July 15 The Eternal rep class variant + Black Hole Sun Limited Time Shop
  • July 22 Throne of Darkness: Scarlet Artifact Hunt
  • July 22 HUGE Suggestion Shop/quest update + Event Rares shop
  • July 29 Throne of Darkness: Tower of Mirrors
  • July 29 Mysterious (Stranger?!!) Quibble Shop

* More news on this next week!

 

New July Upgrade Bonus Gear: Falcon Commander

This is the first look at SOME of the gear in the Falcon Commander set arriving this Friday! More details in tomorrow's Design Notes!

 

Leaving This Friday

  • ALL the June Rare Gear Shop items - including the Roses and Gold and Warcraft gear
  • The June Upgrade Bonus package: Galactic Defender and Commander sets
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June 28, 2016

Roses and Gold Shop Leaves Friday

Last Chance to get our pinkest gear of the year so far!

This Friday, the Roses and Gold rare gear leaves the game... FOREVER! Find the gear in your June Rares Shop.

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

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

Classes:

  • Troubador of Love
  • BattleMage of Love
  • Sakura Cryomancer

Armors:

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

Weapons:

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

Helms:

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

Capes:

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

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

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June 27, 2016

Galactic Defender Leaves Friday

This Week is your last chance to unlock the June upgrade bonus gear!

Until this Friday at 6 PM EST (server time, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive June upgrade bonus items: the Galactic Defender and Commander sets! Once these go rare, the July Golden Falcon Commander sets will arrive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 24, 2016

Battle the Black Hole Sun's Minions

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

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

Battle to Raise the War Meter

How to fight in an AQWorlds war:

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

Special Black Hole Sun war features:

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

  • 10%: New room in the map
  • 20%: A new monster joins the war
  • 30%: The map expands
  • 40%: The map expands AGAIN!
  • 50%: A war chest is unlocked with surprises inside!
  • 60%: A new cutscene is unlocked PLUS a new monster joins the battle
  • 70%: The map grows even LARGER!
  • 80%: The next new monster joins the battle!
  • 90%: The battleground grows even larger!
  • 100%: The boss monster and area is unlocked AND new cutscenes are unlocked
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June 27, 2016

Coming Soon: The Infinity Shield

Battle through the Shifting Pyramid to recover the shield!

Anubyx is determined to see you enter the 4th Dimensional Pyramid, survive its dangers, fulfill the prophecy, and come out alive. There's only one thing he can think of to help you -- the Infinity Shield -- a condensed anti-quasar that will keep you safe as you fight to survive Sekt's dungeon!

Take on the crazed creatures spawned from the heart of the Black Hole Sun as you fight to come out on top (literally!) - once the Infinity Shield is yours, you'll be ready to enter the Fourth Dimensional Pyramid next week! 

Prepare to enter the wormhole... 

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June 23, 2016

Ziri's Magical Rares Shop Leaves Tomorrow

Last Chance to Get Ziri's Magical Gear!

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

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

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

How animated items work:

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

New Animations-in-Action Screenshots

Grumpy Rainbow Cat


One Million Gold Shower

 

Undead Horde Flood


Golden Flying Pig Bacon Hailstorm

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July 05, 2016

The Darkness is Coming...

Sekt the Eternal's Saga continues this Friday!

After many moons (and many days NOT staring at the Black Hole Sun), the time is at hand to enter the 4th Dimensional Pyramid! This weekend, battle through this ancient dungeon outside space and time, and uncover the secrets locked inside Sekt the Eternal’s Fourth Dimensional Pyramid!

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June 17, 2016

FOR THE HORCS!

New Rare Gear Available Until June 29th

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

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

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

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

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June 17, 2016

Drakel Warlord Class Breakdown

Warriors, come out to play!

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

How to get the class

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

Class Information

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

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


Drakel Auto Attack

A Drakel special auto attack that deals 150% damage.

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

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

Strengthened Strike:

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

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

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

Raged Strike

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

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

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

Strike of Expertise

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

  • ManaCost: 18       
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

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

Enter the Arena

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

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

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

Passive 1: Expertise: Increase critical damage by 15%

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

Passive 3: Drakel Skin: Increase END by 20%

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June 20, 2016

Coming Soon: Creatures of the Black Hole Sun

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

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

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

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