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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)

Tags: Alina,
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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... 

Tags: Alina,
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June 26, 2016

Black Hole Sun War Boss Unlocked

Take on the Reflecteract Now!

Congratulations! The Reflecteract war boss has just been unlocked! Talk to Anubyx for the boss quest and story cutscenes, then take on the boss for a chance to get its reward drops.

The boss has a chance to drop a pet or cape version of itself, PLUS the Reflected Commander armor set has been added to the war merge shop!

  1. Talk to Anubyx in the /blackholesun map
  2. Watch the new cutscene
  3. Accept the quest to kill the Reflecteract
  4. Defeat the boss and watch the final war cutscene
  5. Grab your Tesseract Shard
  6. Cjheck out the new armor set in the war merge shop
Tags: Aethai,
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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
Tags: Alina,
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June 24, 2016

CryptKeeper Limited Quantity Packages

Friday, June 24th: Throne of Darkness Limited Quantity Gear

Starting tonight, Friday, June 24th, at 6:00 PM EST (server time), head to our Limited Quantity Package page to grab the darkest, deadliest limited quantity sets off the year! Only a few heroes in AQWorlds will ever be able to equip them, which means once the quantities run out, they become instant status symbols for you rare hunters. Each package also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! 

Each of these items was crafted by Dage the Evil and is based upon Vaden's tale of the Bone Castle from our Throne of Darkness Saga. The green parts of each item are color customizable, and will match to your "eye color"!

Unlock the CryptKeeper Vault and get ALL 25 items!

Price: 4000 AdventureCoins
Total Quantity: 4100 sets (initial stock: 2000 sets, 150 sets per restock)

  • Ancient CryptKeeper Armor
  • Arcane CryptKeeper Armor
  • Abyssal CryptKeeper Armor
  • 13 helms
  • 4 capes
  • 5 weapons
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

This is the first-ever time we are putting EVERY limited quantity item into one package! We know that many of you won't want to miss a thing, and this will make sure you don't! 

Ancient CryptKeeper

Price: 2000 AdventureCoins
Total Quantity: 4100 sets (initial stock: 2000 sets, 150 sets per restock)

  • Ancient CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Plague Doctor Helm 
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Locks Helm
  • CryptKeeper Skull Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braids and Collar Helm
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Helm
  • CryptKeeper Cowl Hawk Helm
  • Plasmatic Dagger and Tome Daggers
  • Ecto Dragon Cape
  • Ecto Minions Cape
  • Reversed Plasmatic Daggerand unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

Arcane CryptKeeper

Price: 50,000 gold 
Total Quantity: 8040 sets 
(initial stock: 4000, 360 per restock)

  • Arcane CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Braided Ponytail Helm
  • Masked CryptKeeper Locks Helm
  • Masked CryptKeeper Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braids Helm
  • Cryptic Arcane Tome Mace
  • Plasmatic Dagger Mace
  • Flaming Bone Web Cape
  • Ecto Minions Cape
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

Available for gold to anyone who has ever purchased a membership (even if your upgrade has expired)!

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

Abyssal CryptKeeper

Price: 25,000 gold 
Total Quantity: 56400 sets (initial stock: 20000, 2600 per restock)

  • Abyssal CryptKeeper Armor
  • CryptKeeper Bone Web Cape
  • Dual Plasmatic Daggers
  • Bearded CryptKeeper Helm
  • CryptKeeper Hawk Helm
  • CryptKeeper Braided Locks Helm
  • and unique Book of Lore AND character page badges

"Green" sections on armor and accessories are color customizable.

Each limited quantity set comes with an exclusive character page and Book of Lore badge! (Note: each package unlocks its own badge, and only one badge per package.)

What are Limited Quantity Packages?

A Limited Quantity Package* is a group of items sold together which has a set quantity. Once the gear has sold out, that's it. The total number of packages is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 packages left on the web page counter, that's what we've got left in stock. These items are non-refundable, so once you click the "confirm purchase" button, that set is yours to keep!

How Do They Work?

Excellent question! Starting this Friday, June 24th, at 6 PM server time, the intial stock of our Limited Quantity Packages will be released. Once they are, you'll need to:

  1. Head to the Limited Quantity Package page
  2. Select the package you want to buy
  3. Confirm your purchase
  4. Log into your AQWorlds account
  5. Open your Book of Lore and go to the Other Achievements tab
  6. Find the Package Badge and open the shop to get your gear!

Limited Quantity Package Restock Schedule

We have more than doubled the number of restocks of our 2015 limited quantity sets to make sure everyone has a fair chance at getting the items they want*! Package quantities restock throughout the weekend to give everyone a chance to get the gear they want, no matter what timezone or country they live in.

Restock times:

  1. 6:00 PM Friday, 6/24 - initial stock
  2. 10:00 PM Friday, 6/24
  3. 2:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  4. 6:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  5. 10:00 AM Saturday, 6/25
  6. 2:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  7. 6:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  8. 10:00 PM Saturday, 6/25
  9. 2:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  10. 6:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  11. 10:00 AM Sunday, 6/26
  12. 2:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  13. 6:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  14. 10:00 PM Sunday, 6/26
  15. 2:00 AM Monday, 6/27 - final restock
All time zones listed are in EST (that's the same as server time). You can find a timezone converter here so you know exactly when the restocks are in your part of the world!

Why Doesn't the Vault Package have exclusive items?

Question: Can't I just buy all the other packages separately to get the same gear?
Answer: Sure you can!

That is intentional -- the "vault" package is a bundle, it's not intended to have exclusive items (though it does have a unique character page badge). If someone never bought a membership (and doesn't want to) but DOES want the membership package gear, or they want the free player gear, but it's sold out, the "vault" package offers an additional way for them to get that gear.

So if you're fast enough to get all three packages in one go, more power to you! But if you want a guaranteed way to get ALL the gear without having to worry about timezones or quantity availability, then the Vault package is your best bet!

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June 23, 2016

Throne of Darkness: 4D Pyramid

Throne of Darkness Sekt Story Update

I just finished the full script for Sekt and the 4th Dimensional Pyramid and am waiting to see Alina's response. 

This was a challenging assignment. I broke three big rules and think you will enjoy it.

  1. You will have a surprise NPC which you WILL NEVER guess. 
  2. 2.) Sekt is the Pharoah of the Black Hole Sun. He is telling the story and starts it out in a way that I do not think we have ever done before. Finally - 
  3. 3.) It ends in a way we have never ended a story before... 

This is the 5th Chapter of the Throne of Darkness saga which starts this Friday with a war... then next Friday with a challenge arena, and the story part will begin the following Friday. I really hope you enjoy it.

Alina reaction: I LOVE the story we're telling here! The twists (both in the art and in the plot) are awesome. As a note... NEXT week we are releasing the 4th Dimensional Arena. Artix's 4D Pyramid release is not one we want to rush, and now that the story and design are done... we can REALLY begin building it!

Tags: Artix,
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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

Tags: Alina,
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June 21, 2016

Those Pesky Treasure Chest Keys!

Twilly's Quests Reopened

If you head over to Battleon, you will see that Twilly's Treasure Chest quest has been reopened!  You can now turn in your Key for Epic Loot, and Members have access to their free keys again!

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I guess being Warlord Twilly is more work than I thought, so we jumped in and helped by unlocking a few things after the fixes went live. If you tried to turn in one of these quests, then you could not turn in any other quest until you relogged. 

This fix means that those quests will no longer block other quests from being turned in.

Tags: Reens,
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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.

Tags: Alina,
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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.)

Tags: Alina,
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