Design Notes

December 13, 2018

Frostval 2018 Featured Collection Chest

2018 Frostval Collection + Quibble's Holiday Shop

Our very own time-traveling sales moglin is BACK in Battleon with a shop full of ice-cold gear from the past, present, and future. And for all you holiday-loving heroes, our Frostval 2018 Featured Collection chest is here! Get all of Quibble's rare gear plus our featured seasonal Frostval armor sets, the IceStorm Warlord and Festive Archer. (Plus 2 exclusive pets and a character page badge.)


The collection of items is SUPER-COOL, as you can see in the screenshot above, and includes items crafted by Dage the Evil, Nakana Rei, Aranx, and Yo_Lae. 

The Frostval 2018 Collection Chest unlocks over 50 items, including:

  • Featured Frostval 2018 sets: IceStorm Warlord and Festive Archer
  • Boreal Cavalier armor set
  • IceStorm Eagle Rider armor set
  • FrostSworn Emperor armor set
  • All of Quibble's 2018 Frostval rare gear
  • the Frostval Barbarian Class and armor set (coming next week)*
  • 2 bank pets
  • Exclusive Festive Floating Snowball pet with a quest for the character page badge

The 2018 Frostval Collection chest costs 10,000 AdventureCoins (but unlocks over 20,000 ACs worth of gear)


Collection Chest Exclusive Pets

When you unlock the Frostval 2018 Collection chest, in addition to all armors and accessories, and the IceStorm Quibble Bank Pet, the Paragon SLAY-Rider Bank Pet, and the Frostval Barbarian Class + armor set, you'll ALSO unlock 2 extra exclusive pets:

  • IceStorm Collection chest pet feat. Santa Zorbak (with shop for all the gear) 
  • Festive Floating Snowball (with quest for character page badge + pet)

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive pets, all of the gear contained inside the Frostval Collection chest will also be available to buy individually in Quibble's shop.

Rare and Seasonal Gear Breakdown

There are over 50 (maybe 60... Reens is still setting up the Frostval Barbarian Class accessories!!!) items to unlock in the Frostval 2018 collection chest. In the past, all of the gear in our collection chests has gone rare. This year, though, we are including several of our featured Frostval sets in the collection chest: the Festive Archer and the IceStorm Warlord. Next year, those sets will be available directly in our seasonal Frostval shop, but will not be included in the collection chest.

Frostval 2018 Collection Rare gear: 

  • IceStorm Eagle Rider armor
  • Boreal Cavalier armor
  • 7 Boreal Cavalier helms
  • Bladed Boreal Wrap
  • Boreal Cavalier Pike
  • Boreal Cavalier Blade
  • Boreal Cavalier Blade + Shield 
  • Frostsworn Emperor armor
  • 2 Frostsworn Crown helms
  • Ancient Frostsworn Wrap
  • Frostsworn Ice Axe
  • Frostsworn Ice Blade
  • Frostsworn Ice Scythe
  • Quibble's Icestorm Rider Bank Pet
  • Giftbearer Paragon Bank Pet
  • Festive Floating Snowball Pet

Featured Frostval gear (seasonal): 

  • Frostval Barbarian Class + armor set
  • Festive Archer armor
  • 2 Festive Archer helms
  • 3 Festive Archer capes (wrap, bow, quiver)
  • Festive Archer bow
  • IceStorm Warlord armor
  • 3 Frostbreath helms
  • 3 IceStorm Archer's capes (wrap, quiver, combo)
  • Wings of Ice Wrap
  • IceStorm Back Blade + Auxiliary Daggers
  • IceStorm ShatterSpear
  • IceStorm Archer's Bow
  • IceStorm General's Blade
  • IceStorm Daggers
  • IceStorm Gryphon Pet

Next Week: Limited Quantity Sets + Prize Pool

On Monday, December 17th, all heroes can talk to Khuddar Khamundi in Battleon to get tickets for the member-only Santa Warlic set** and Treasure Pack. On Friday morning. Captain Rhubarb will choose the winners of the Frostval 2018 Prize Pool. 10,000 Santa Ticket winners and 10,000 Treasure Pack winners will be chosen. (Note: the member badge shop is available to current and previous members. Gear inside will be 0 AC.)

Ticket Details

  • Tickets will be available until 11:00 PM EST on Friday, December 21st
  • Tickets cannot be sold
  • Each ticket gives you a chance to get the set or pack associated with it
  • If your ticket is selected, it will be removed and you will get your rewards automatically

The Frostval 2018 Limited Quantity Sets will go on sale at 6 PM EST, and will feature the Holiday Paragon of Light armor set + Pet, the BatttleLord of Ravens set, and the SnowMoglin and IceRealm Portal houses. Find more details on the quantities and prices of our LQS sets next week!

* The Frostval Barbarian Class will also be available for 2,000 ACs or by farming.
** OverSoul fans, this is your chance to get the Santa Warlic set in AQWorlds! For news about the upcoming Warlic's Treasure Frostval 2018 OverSoul release, keep an eye on Twitter next week.

Tags: Alina,
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December 13, 2018

Level Cap Increases to 90 + IceStorm Arena

SLAY Bells are ringing this weekend!

Our Frostval celebration continues this Friday at www.AQ.com with a bounty of new gear, an all-new battle arena, and a level-cap increase to 90! Heroes of all levels and class type are invited to fight through the ranks of the IceStorm Raiders for honor, glory, and prizes. Take on this weekend’s level 100 boss -- Warlord Icewing -- with a group of friends, or try to fight him solo if you're a high-enough level!

This weekend:

  • Level cap increases to 90
  • Higher-level enhancements (including Awe Enhancements) added*  
  • IceStorm Arena (with monsters level 5-100)
  • Double XP boost **
  • Quibble’s Frostval Rares + Frostval 2018 Collection Chest

The Level Cap Increases to 90!

For all you heroes asking us when the level cap will increase... today is the day! It's only been about 1.5 years since the last multi-level cap raise, so it we're adding 5 more levels, taking the cap from level 85 to 90! (Current plans for a level cap increase schedule: 95 in 2019 and 100 in 2020.)

To celebrate, we've added a DOUBLE XP server boost. Next week, we'll add Double Gold, Rep, and Class points as we releaes the Frostval Barbarian Class. 

  • Level 85 - 90 Enhancements: level 50+ enhancement shops in your game menu
  • Awe Enhancements: in the Awe Enhancements shops in /museum

Also, this week: we've added in functionality from the PTR servers so that as long as you fight monsters that have more than 1 HP, you'll always get at least the minimum level of class points, no matter what level the monster is. (Before, if you fought monsters that were too low a level, you would not get any CP.)

Enter the IceStorm Arena

Warriors, Rogues, and Wizards of all levels and ranks are invited to fight through the ranks of the IceStorm Raiders for honor, glory, and new gear! Battle icy opponents from level 5 to 100 as you earn EXP and gold. High-level heroes can blast their way to the end of the arena to take on the level 100 Warlord IceWing boss.

Icy Barbarian Gear

The dev team's goal is to have the IceStorm arena serve as the best level farming area in-game - with the smoothest, most balanced progression, and high-level monsters for our more experienced heroes.

Merge Shop Rewards include:

  • Icy Barbarian armor + accessories
  • Icy Infernal armor + accessories

Plus, take on Warlord IceWing for a chance to get the Boreal Bardiche and Cavalier Claymore! 


Icy Infernal Gear

Who are the IceStorm Raiders?

After Tyndarius’ mortifying defeat in the Etherstorm Isles, and his rejection by the Queen of Monsters, the islands were abandoned… until King Rimescar and his army moved in to annex the lands. Ice and snow now blanket an area once known for its volcanic activity. To honor the winter holidays, he’s thrown open the arena to Lore’s most well-known and skilled hero… YOU!

Farming and Rebalancing

In the interest of updating some unbalanced areas and quests in the game, we've adjusted some monster levels and quest rewards.

Changes include:

  • Darkness monster level in the Bloodmoon Arena lowered to 25*
  • Alchemy quests XP lowered from 100 to 0
  • Dys-Geni-c Chaorruption? quest now rewards 5,000 gold and XP

And quest reward increases:

  • Willpower Extraction quest now rewards 10,000 XP
  • Demanding Items of Nulgath quest now rewards 10,000 XP
  • The Poisonous / Refreshing Deal quests now reward 10,000 gold and XP
  • GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE... quest now rewards 5,000 XP
  • Crag's Thirst quest now rewards 5,000 gold and XP
  • Retrieve Void Auras quest now rewards 10,000 gold and XP
  • Unstable Essences quest now rewards 10,000 gold and XP
  • Shadow Essences quest now rewards 10,000 gold and XP

* The Nothing monsters in the member-only /nightmare remain level 99.

Tags: Alina,
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December 13, 2018

Level Cap Increases to 90 + IceStorm Arena

SLAY Bells are ringing this weekend!

Our Frostval celebration continues this Friday at www.AQ.com with a bounty of new gear, an all-new battle arena, and a level-cap increase to 90! Heroes of all levels and class type are invited to fight through the ranks of the IceStorm Raiders for honor, glory, and prizes. Take on this weekend’s level 100 boss -- Warlord Icewing -- with a group of friends, or try to fight him solo if you're a high-enough level!

This weekend:

  • Level cap increases to 90

  • Higher-level enhancements (including Awe Enhancements) added*  

  • IceStorm Arena (with monsters level 5-100)

  • Double XP boost **

  • Quibble’s Frostval Rares + Frostval 2018 Collection Chest

Also, this week: we're adding in functionality from the PTR servers so that as long as you fight monsters that have more than 1 HP, you'll always get at least the minimum level of class points, no matter what level the monster is. (Before, if you fought monsters that were too low a level, you would not get any CP.)

WHY NO PICTURES?

I know.. the Design Notes look so EMPTY! I have been sick since Monday night, and am just now getting back onto a computer. In place of the normal pics, I've crafted a clean, simple image as a placeholder. 

We'll have many impressive, epic images in tomorrow's Design Notes, along with full details of Quibble's Shop, the Frostval 2018 collection chest, what goes rare, what won't, why the IceStorm Raiders have opened this new arena... and more (like what to expect from next week's Limited Quantity sets).

* Like the Spitfire Enhancements, the Darkness Enhancements have a limited level range, and will not receive updates this weekend.

** A double XP boost starts this weekend. Next weekend, in honor of Frostval, we'll have a Double XP, Gold, Rep and Class Points boost!

Tags: Alina,
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December 10, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Icestorm map reopened.  It was originally supposed to be part of Frostval In July, not December.
  2. Candy Cane Rippers have been moved from the Rescue Blizzy quest to a drop from Frosty.
  3. A Rock Inanitas Is Making You Keep  has been made sellable.
  4. Ultimate Flame Katana is now Ultimate Flame Blade.
  5. Chaos Witness badge will light up now.

Art Fixes:

  1. Tainted Destruction Blade has been upsized.
  2. Black J5 female neck has been touched up some.  This armour is actually non-standard so this is the best it can get.
  3. Claws Of Darkon have been moved a bit for less groping.  Due to layering, this is the best it will get though.
  4. Obsidian Grovebreaker Armor has had brown/yellow lines removed.
  5. Titanium Northern Queen's Crown and Titanium Queen's Battle Crown will now stop trying to turn into each other.
  6. Same for Fiend of Nulgath (Rare) and Evolved Fiend Of Nulgath.
  7. Copper Bullet and J6's Birthday Guns have had the grip adjusted.
  8. Armed Celestial Commander Wings have been untilted.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Pets with quests being unsellable - This is not a bug.  There was a two fold reason for this one. One is we have noticed that when accounts become compromised, these pets seem to be the first things sold off, so this is for the pet owner's protection.  The other is to prevent players from obtaining the pet, getting a reward and immediately selling the pet.  This is not how they were ever intended to work.
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December 07, 2018

Frostval Returns for 2018

Battle through our returning seasonal events!

Frostval is a time of joy, hope, and... defending Lore from all the insane ice monsters that cannot stop attacking it?!?! Log in this weekend to battle through all our winter holiday events and unlock seasonal rewards!

/join Frostvale to begin battling through all the previous years of Frostval releases, then test your mettle (and metal!) against the biggest gift of them all: Giefury!*

This year, in additional to his seasonal presents, Giefury has NEW gifts for you:

  • Frostval Nutcracker armor (red variant)**
  • Giefury armor, helm, house guard, and pet
  • Frostvale Healer and Mage armors
  • Dark Frostdrake Ruler
  • Santy Hats and Holiday Flails
  • Frostval Doge helms

FrostScythe also drops an all-new version of his armor set, crafted by the incomparable Aranx just to help you celebrate Frostval!

* Giefury's name comes from the Old English noun "giefu" for "a giving, gift", which is related to the Old Norse word "giftgipt" meaning "gift; good luck." 

** Created just for you by AQW Community artist, Dominik! The blue variant will arrive in the Featured Gear shop this weekend.

ALL of the seasonal events from previous years will also return - that means you'll get to battle Kezeroth, Quetzal, and more... PLUS get all the holiday seasonal goodies that come with them!

Journey to Frostvale

Once again the Frost Moglins of Frostvale are opening the snow-covered gates of their town to all of Lore as they prepare for the merriest of all of Lore's holidays... Frostval! If this is your first year with AQW then you get to play through all of the previous adventures:

  • Save Frostvale, 
  • Stop the Ice Symbiote infection 
  • Watch a young Empress Gravelyn experience her first Frostval 
  • Fight to survive as Kezeroth and Karok, ice giant brothers from another world, battle to take OURS
  • Somebody PLEASE think of the children! An icy ancient horror has kidnapped them, and they need your help.
  • and get SO MANY presents with the return of Tinsel's Seasonal Frostval Shop

Join us Next Week for...

A bounty of battles and XP!

  • IceStorm Arena + Level Cap raise to 90
  • Double server boosts
  • Quibble Coinbiter's Frostval rares shop
  • Frostval 2018 Collection Chest (unlock ALL of Quibble's rare + seasonal gear for one price)

Later this month...

That's all leading up to an ALL NEW FROSTVAL ADVENTURE, where we'll battle through the past with Cysero, Lim, and Sora as they teach their bestest friend EVER, Warlic, the true meaning of Christmas. (PSA: things go very, very badly BUT you'll meet some of your oldest, coolest monster-buds from DragonFable.) You are welcome to all of the great Frostval seasonal rares and the heart-warming Frostval stories.

Tags: Alina,
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December 07, 2018

Unlock the Northern Royalty Sets

Upgrade to unlock the December exclusive gear sets!

Unlock the all-new Northern Royallty upgrade bonus gear starting Friday, December 7th at 6 PM EST! Buy any AC or membership package worth $10 USD or more to unlock the color-custom Northland Royalty set or get the bonus color-custom Titanium Royalty armor and accessories with the 12,000 AC or 12 month membership packs!
December 2018 upgrade exclusive: Midnight Royalty armor and accessories.

Pack Details

  • The Northlands Royalty gear* will be available as an upgrade bonus set every December when you buy membership or AdventureCoins. 
  • All packages will also come with the Northern Royalty character page badge and, this year only, the 2018 exclusive character page badge.
  • This upgrade bonus gear will be available until 6 PM EST on January 4th, 2019. 

*not including the 2018 exclusive gear.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: ALL 40+ Northern Royalty Set items

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the Titanium, Golden, and Midnight Plates of the North armor sets with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages, plus all the accessories:

  • Titanium and Golden Plates of the North armors (fabric is color-customizable)
  • 24 helms
  • 8 capes
  • 6 swords
  • 2 pets
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
  • Plus the Midnight Northlands Royalty exclusive gear

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: Golden Northlands Royalty

Unlock the Golden and Midnight Plates of the North armor sets with the above packages, plus their accessories:

  • Golden Plate of the North armor (fabric is color-customizable)
  • 12 helms
  • 4 capes
  • 3 swords
  • 1 pet
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
  • Plus the Midnight Northlands Royalty exclusive gear

December 2018 upgrade exclusive: Midnight Northlands Royalty

  • Midnight Northern Royalty armor (fabric is color-customizable)
  • Guardian of the North cape
  • Guardian's Frozen Great Sword
  • Exclusive 2018 Northlands Royalty character page badge

2018 Holiday AC Bonus: Get up to 50% More Free ACs

Get up to 50% more FREE bonus AdventureCoins when you buy any Adventure package until January 2nd! If you're excited about all our 2018 holiday items, new gear in the Wheel of Doom, or our 2019 New Year's rare gear, now's the time to top up your ACs and get even more for free.

The bigger the AC package you buy, the more free AdventureCoins you'll get!

12000 AC pack: 6000 extra ACs (50% more ACs)

5000 AC pack: 2000 extra ACs (40% more ACs)

2000 AC pack: 500 extra ACs (25% more ACs)

900 AC pack: 100 extra ACs (11% more ACs)

* Note: bonus AdventureCoins are only available with AdventureCoin packages. The special bonus offer does not apply to membership packages.

Tags: Alina,
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