Design Notes

April 19, 2019

The Queen of Monsters... The Story So Far

Leading Up to the War of Shadows

This week's update is smaller as the team prepares for the start of the Queen's Finale next week. But there's still battles ahead, new gear to grab, and dark tale to discover. Head to Dreadrock Keep this weekend for...


  • "The Story So Far," a cutscene reviewing the Queen of Monsters' plots 
  • Armor variants of fan-favorite classes 
  • The return of the Infernal Dark Lord set
  • The Radioactive Wanderer set
  • and our story release: the Infernal Corruption (a tale of what happens when a Good Hero is turned to Evil)

Queen of Monsters: A Pre-Finale Post-Mortem

There are a lot of benefits to updating our game stories on a weekly basis: we can adjust and re-route our stories as you react and respond to them, increasing or decreasing the importance of characters, weaving in ideas, and telling the tales you want to play. We've kept to that schedule for the last ten years, and it's part of what makes Artix Entertainment games special.

Like with any project, endeavour, or undertaking, there are real-world challenges that have to be overcome. That real-world, behind-the-scenes chaos also has an impact on where the story goes. Especially one that updates on the kind of schedule we do.

Staff changes, server limitations, program crashes, illnesses... all of those are a part of life, and a part of the life-cycle of making a video-game. The big difference is that we update our projects every week, and have roughly a week or two to work on each update. That means a couple things:

1) We have a much smaller window to react in -- whether it's to unexpected staff absences or a flood of feedback.

2) We have to get it right the first time, as closely as possible. (So when we have to, on the fly, take the story in a new direction, one we don't have a long-term plan for, it adds even more challenges to our writer and her Lore-Crew).

To be clear -- there's no blame here. Memet (our lead writer), the team, and I can tell how much you care, and we LOVE that you get invested in all our characters. We care about what you want, and your feedback. We always want to take that into consideration because we are making AQWorlds for and with you. If we see we're doing something you guys don't like, we can (and do) change direction. That can -- and has -- had the side-effect of making the story we planned to tell feel less cohesive.

We've never shied away from tackling big projects, but in hindsight, there is a lot we would have done differently with the Queen of Monsters' saga. 

Part of the goal of the Queen of Monsters' finale is to rectify that, putting to rest the fragments of the story we started and introducing a new main story with more built-in room to change courses (whether that's a slight turn towards Swordhaven or a 90 degree turn towards Elemental Planes we've never entered).

And to that end, as a team we've done a lot of analysis about what we can do to prevent some of the pitfalls and downturns from the Queen of Monsters saga that weren't as well received.

The War of Shadows is the beginning of the Queen of Monsters' finale, in which we'll discover:

  • the fate of the Queen of Monsters
  • meet a cast of new characters
  • Explore new worlds, realms, and planes
  • meet a new opponent who may very well be the Queen of Monsters' deadliest rival

We're committed to moving forward with our weekly updates on the web (as long as feasibly possible), and to evolving our world and its story, because that's what you want, and what we want to give you.

Tags: Alina,
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April 19, 2019

Class Armors Abound

Find Armor Variants of your favorite Classes

Earlier this week, we released a surprise for all you heroes who want armor versions of your favorite classes. And tonight, we added even more!

Armors added tonight:

  • Chunin*
  • Mindbreaker
  • Acolyte
  • Ninja
  • Sorcerer
  • Thief of Hours
  • Warlord
  • Renegade
  • Darkside*
  • DragonSlayer
  • DoomKnight*

Find the armors in their class shops, with the exception of the Chunin, Darkside, and original DoomKnight armors. If you have those classes, you'll find quests to get the armors in the Battleontown Curio Shop. Unlock the majority of the classes listed above, the Chunin and Darkside Classes are no longer available, so the armors have been added to quests, and the classes are required to unlock them. 

Armors added Monday:

  • Bard
  • Beast Warrior
  • Defender
  • Lycan
  • Troll Spellsmith
Tags: Alina,
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April 19, 2019

This Weekend: Toxic Wanderer Set

Will you be consumed by corruption?

Last week, we celebrated Earth Day, a day where heroes across Lore remember how much the planet means to us. Remember... we only get ONE planet, so if we abuse it, corrupt it, and poison it... we are really short onother options (until colonizing other planets is WAY more feasible). The Toxic Wander is a deadly (but wicked-cool) new set that serves as a warning to your enemies. Find all the set pieces in your Featured Gear Shop for AdventureCoins until April 31st.

  • Radioactive Wanderer armor
  • 4 Radioactive Wanderer weapons
  • 1 Radioactive Wanderer cape
  • 7 Radioactive Wanderer helms

* This set will return every April as we celebrate Earth Day.

Tags: Alina,
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April 19, 2019

This Weekend: Infernal Dark Lord

Set Available for a Limited Time 

Lord Balax'el is a scion of the Darkness, leader of the Infernal Army fighting under the banner of 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 back in the Featured Gear Shop!

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 May 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 takes place in Dreadrock Keep. (So if you can't get it this month, keep an eye on the Design Notes for when it will return!)

Tags: Alina,
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April 15, 2019

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:

  • Quests in /pollution will now show again, even if you have completed the story line.

    Art Fixes:

    • Legacy of Nulgath Helm nose is now properly CC’d.
    • Shadow OathKeeper's Cowl fixed - show through part and the not covering face part.
    • Acid Rain Mage male waist part put back on.
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      April 11, 2019

      Grenwog + Earth Day Return

      Celebrate Earth Day this Weekend!

      Be a hero, join the clean-up crew to save the world from the evils of pollution! Captain Lore is back and he needs your help again! /Join pollution to help Captain Lore battle General Pollution, the foulest villain around, free his eco-friendly energy platform from the chaotic clutches of General Pollution! Reduce, reuse, and recycle as many elementals as you can to unlock Captain Lore's shop and gain access to the greenest gear in the game! 

      New for 2019: General Pollution’s evil knows no bounds. He has moved beyond polluting our world and is now using a new ally to pour his filthy lies into the minds of the good people of Lore. His scientists have created Commodore Core… a super-villain leading the push for deep-lore drilling straight into the heart of Lore’s core under the guise of finding newer, cleaner sources of energy.

      Need help battling through the Earth Day seasonal event? Check out the event guide in the Lorepedia

      Featured Spring Gear

      Last year's Cutsey GrenwogSlayer is BACK in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu, and is joined by the Lightning Mage armor set. Channel the power of nature as you defeat the villains trying to destroy it!


      Our Seasonal Spring Event Returns: Grenwog is back!

      Every year, heroes hunt around Battleon for eggs and prizes, and battle the deadly, egg-sucking Grenwog as we celebrate the return of Spring! This weekend talk to Cabdury (the friendliest, most inedible bunny in town) to begin this year's Egg Hunt quests in Battleon.

      BattleOn Town Egg Hunt

      Collect the eggs hidden around BattleOn and the rest of the town to unlock the Backpack of Eggs and the Vorpal Bunny pet! (Note: Any Vorpal Bunny will be able to access the quests to get this year's regular Berserker Bunny items. Enjoy!) 

      Cross-Lore Egg Hunt

      After whetting your detection skills in BattleOn, TRUE eggsplorers can talk to Cabdury and decipher his clues to find the pink, green, blue, purple, or multicolored eggs hidden around the rest of Lore to unlock all-new rewards: the Steampunk Eggsplorer set!

      • Pink Eggs: Cape
      • Green Eggs: Helm
      • Blue Eggs: Weapon
      • Purple Eggs: Armor
      • Multicolored Eggs: Magical Shifting Grenwog Egg House

      Once you've collected all those, why not try Cabdury's Treat Hunt to unlock the Evolved Berserker Bunny set? The merge items will drop from the bosses in Greenguard Forest.  With an Armor, a Helm, a Spear, and a Long-sword, you'll have a bun-tiful amount of items to choose from! The Evolved Berserker Bunny Armor also requires the drop from the final Vorpal Bunny quest.

      Battle the Grenwogs

      The legendary Grenwog is one of the fiercest beasts on Lore. Each spring, it awakens with one thing on its mind -- FOOD. And its favorite snack is, of course, eggs! (And the heroes who try to steal them. So beware!) Last year's Jurassic Grenwog adventure will return, along with the seasonal boss battle in the /grenwog map!

      Grenwog gear, collect it all! (Or as much as you can carry):

      • Cyberpunk Grenwog pet
      • Evolved Berserker Bunny set
      • Berserker Bunny armor, helm, and longsword
      • Daisy on your back cape
      • Mayflower and Marshmallow Cheep pets
      • Fire Egg Staff, Carrotine Cutter, ChickenCow Club
      • And much more!

      Undead Legion Updates

      Underworld General Set

      The Eerie Underworld General variant from AQW Community Artist is now available!

      • If you have the Dark Caster Collection Set from Dage's birthday event, you will find all the set pieces in your collection shop.
      • If you bought the Underworld General armor from Dage's Birthday shop, you can find a shop with the 0 AC set pieces in the Curio Shop in Battleontown.

      Undead Legion exclusive weapon

      Last month, Dage vowed to craft an exclusive weapon for he loyal members of his Undead Legion. The Blade of the Loyal Legion Warrior is available for 1,000 Legion tokens from the Undead Legion Merge Shop and gives a 20% boost to gold. It's a pricey weapon, but shows that only the most loyal and dedicated legionnaires will possess it.

      Legion Castle House Quest

      A new quest has been added to the Legion Castle house (available from Undead Legion Merge Shop for 25,000 Legion Tokens and 15 Shadow Shrouds).

      Slay 13 opponents in the Underworld Arena to receive:

      • 20 Legion Tokens (every time)
      • A chance to get the dual-wield, cape, or floating sword pet versions of the Blade of the Loyal Legion
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