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October 20, 2017

This Weekend: Blood Moon Boss Battle

Blood, Bones, and 5-part Boss Battle!

This weekend, join special guest stars Aurelio Voltaire, Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll, the AQW team, and tens of thousands of your fellow heroes as we battle to escape Count Maxius’ castle in a 5-part boss fight… to the UNDEATH! Our AE 15th Anniversary + AQW 9th Birthday + Mogloween triple event continues Friday in… the Red Dawn Gauntlet!

Choose Wisely...

Make sure you've finished last week's release in /bloodmoon, because the companions you rescue there hold the key to helping you survive this week's multi-stage boss battle! Each holds an item that will prove vital to defeating Count Maxius and his minions...

  • Aurelio Voltaire and his Wounded Heart
  • Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll and Pony Gary Yellow
  • Safiria's Ghost and her Spirit Orb
  • Bubble and Bubble the Cat
  • Constantin and the WolfFang Dagger

Featured Player Suggestion Gear: Crimson BoneLord

Each of the bosses in this week's release drops one or more pieces of our featured player suggestion gear... crafted by two of Lore's finest hero-smiths: Nakana Rei and Evan!

Each of these talented artists has battled through Lore for years, and we're excited to include their contributions in this week's release - as 0 AC farming gear, all you heroes willing to fight for your rewards have a chance to get these epicly dark and deadly gear!

Tags: Alina,
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October 19, 2017

Blood Moon Event Rares

Get 15th Anniversary / 9th Birthday / Mogloween Combo event rares!

Celebrate the AE 15th Anniversary + AQWorlds 9th Birthday with event rare gear. The Vampire Masquerade and Royal Vampire Renegade sets are only available for a limited time!

  • Vampire Masquerade Armor set
  • Royal Vampire Renegade Armor et
  • Vampire Dragon Bank Pet
  • Vampire Shifter Armor (gender-swapped version of the Vampire Lord Class art)

Unlock all 3 weeks of event rare gear + exclusive items!

We're celebrating our 15th anniversary / Friday the 13th / Mogloween combo event with an all-new holiday event rare chest! The Vampire Lord's Castle contains many hidden riches, but the most prized is the Blood Moon Treasure Chest. Permanently unlock all 3 weeks of Blood Moon event rare gear (like the Vampire Masquerade and Royal Vampire Renegade gear above) , plus an exclusive color custom class variant and character page badge for 10,000 AdventureCoins (that is 12,500 ACs worth of gear)!

Blood Moon Treasure Chest: 10,000 ACs

  • Exclusive color custom Enchanted Vampire Lord Class
  • Vampire Queen Memorial Statue with quest for rare character page badge
  • Dark Butler pet with house item shop
  • 5 event rare armors + accessories
  • Vampire Dragon Bank pet
  • Vampire Lord Castle House

The entire collection of gear will be available to you 0 ACs (meaning you can freely get it, delete it, and get it again whenever you want.) Like the Dragon King Treasure Chest, gear from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest cannot be sold.

Blood Moon Chest gear:

  • exclusive Enchanted Vampire Lord set
  • Vampire Masquerade armor set
  • Vampire Shifter armor (gender-swapped version of the Vampire Lord class)
  • Royal Vampire Renegade armor and helms
  • Dark Nosferatu armor set

All the items (except for the exclusive chest gear listed in red) will be available from the event rare shop for regular prices, and will release over the course of 3 weeks. 

Tags: Alina,
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October 19, 2017

Real Life Blinding Light of Destiny

Crafted by Real Life Weaponsmith, Michael Cthulhu

Michael Cthulhu is famous for his YouTube channel where he creates real-life versions of fantasy weapons from video games... and he's finished crafting Artix's battleaxe, the Blinding Light of Destiny in real life!

Not only did he make the Blinding Light of Destiny for real... he made it REALLY sharp. Watch him making the axe here!

Who is Michael Cthulhu?

If you haven't heard of him before... we're happy to introduce you! Michael Cthulhu is a welder and weapon-smith who builds giant swords, axes, and other weapons for real-life warriors from around the world. He's also starred in a show on the Discovery Channel called, appropriately, Big Giant Swords.

Don't miss any of his next projects or news by following him all over the internet:

BLoD Damage Buff + Pumpkin Spice of Destiny Axe

We released the Blinding Light of Destiny in AQWorlds years ago, but we wanted to get in on the awesomeness, too! Since it's Mogloween season *and* the 15th anniversary, we've crafted the Pumpkin Spice of Destiny axe to help celebrate. Talk to MichaelCthulhu in Battleon to get the axe before it leaves on November 3rd!

Many thanks to ALL the heores on Twitter who helped brainstorm ideas for the axe's name with Artix! We bring you, the Pumpkin Spice of Destiny ... also known as the: 
Pumpkin's light of Terror 
Pumpkin Squash of Destiny
Blinding Light from PUMPKIN Root
Moglowing Axe of Destiny
The hollows light of destiny
Fusion Pumpkin of DESTROY
blinding pumpkin of spice
Blight gourd of destiny
pumpkin light of destiny
Pumpkin slicer of destiny
and many more names
from many more heroes who are now being followed by Artix on Twitter!
Plus, because we are SO EXCITED about the real-life axe, we've given the in-game Blinding Light of Destiny and Ascended Blinding Light of Destiny axes a HUGE buff... each axe now does a total of 75% more damage to Undead monsters when equipped!
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October 18, 2017

2017 Pumpkin Carving Contest

Can you... SQUASH... the competition?!

… Ok, at this point maybe “Fall Food Decorating Contest” is more appropriate, but it just doesn’t have the same ring. BUT on to the contest! Do you have what it takes to carve the best AdventureQuest Worlds-themed pumpkin in all of Lore? How skilled are you in the fine arts of squash carnage? Are you able to duel-wield a camera and a carved ear of corn at the same time? If so, this contest is perfect for you!

Attention all ye who wish to enter…this contest: Mogloween is drawing ever near, so we need pumpkin-carving masters to take on this challenge!

Mogloween mog-luh-ween; noun

The evening of October 31 in Lore; celebrated in the month of October; observed especially by Heroes in costumes who solicit treats, candy, and Seasonal Rare items inside AdventureQuest Worlds

Prize Details

  1. There will be ONE Grand Prize winner, who shall receive 2000 ArtixPoints AND the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D AND the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQWorlds

  2. 2nd Place Winners will get 1000 ArtixPoints AND the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D AND the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQWorlds

  3. 3rd Place Winners will get 700 ArtixPoints

  4. Runner Ups will get 500 ArtixPoints

  5. If you go Above and Beyond, we shall award you accordingly ;)

Contest Timeframe

The contest will range from today, October 18th until 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 27th. The winners will be announced the following week on the Design Notes.

Contest Rules

To be considered, all entries must:

  • Include your game character name and the year (2017) visually displayed somewhere within the picture or video

    • The game character name in the picture must be tied to an Artix account to receive a prize

  • Must not use digitally altered art (so no photoshopping) - we want to see what you can do offline!

  • Be themed on any Artix game, character, monster, etc

  • Be posted to the AE_Contests Twitter accountAQW Facebook account

  • The photo of your pumpkin must be of the highest quality—the bigger and more clear the picture, the better!

  • One entry per person

You are welcome to think outside the box and submit other non-pumpkin creative entries for our consideration… but carved pumpkins and gourds are what we want to feature!  So you COULD...

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Dress an ear of corn

  • Carve a pumpkin pie

  • Build a diorama featuring acorn squash

  • … the possibilities are endless

Reminders

  1. Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only win once per person!

  2. A true hero is a good sportsman -- we reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants.

  3. As always, entries that WOW us and go above and beyond, displaying true effort or creativity, will get extra-special attention (or prizes)!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your creativity carved into pumpkins… or gourds… or apples (?!)! Will you win the Grand Prize? There is only one way to find out—submit your photo today!

Tags: Alina,
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October 16, 2017

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.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.

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: October 16, 2017

  1. Kaiju chest is giving proper quest again.
  2. All previous F13 maps (that are not rare) are now open to all players.
  3. Shadow Blade Shinobi Hair fixed.
  4. Vampire Lord Morph - all 3 versions are now CC to skin on face.
  5. Sinister Clown rarity changed to same as rest of set: Seasonal.
  6. Vampire Dragon Bank Pet should remember he’s a bank pet now.
  7. Lynaria’s button to Falcontower works now.
  8. Sora is no longer holding people hostage in Oaklore.  WHOOPS! Seems we were a little ahead on this. The fix has been made, but other fixes are coming as well so this one will not be live just yet.  
  9. Book of Lore badges showing when they should not has now been fixed.
  10. Various typos.
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October 13, 2017

Blood Moon Rising: Friday the 13th

Battle through Part 1 of the Blood Moon Event!

A rare Blood Moon rises in the night sky. Scouts report a castle appearing out of thin air in Darkovia. Undead across Lore grow restless. These signs can only mean one thing… Friday the 13th is upon us! This weekend, log in for our dual 15th anniversary + Friday the 13th event with special guest stars Voltaire and Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll!

Featuring music from Aurelio Voltaire and One-Eyed Doll, you'll rock out as you battle to escape the deceptively-friendly Count Maxius' castle!

  • Fight to escape from (and free!) your friends
  • Take on the cuddliest, cutest, most terrifiyingest boss
  • Battle to earn the Dungeon Rockstar armor and other reward drops

Blood Moon Treasure Chest Collection

Find the Blood Moon Treasure Chest in Battleon starting tonight! 

Unlock over 25 holiday event rare items immediately inside the Blood Moon Treasure Chest! Plus, permanently unlock an exclusive color custom class variant, house item, and rare character page badge, available until November 3rd, 2017 (that is 12,500 ACs worth of gear)!


Blood Moon Treasure Chest: 10,000 ACs

  • Exclusive color custom Enchanted Vampire Lord Class
  • Exclusive Vampire Queen Memorial Statue with quest for rare character page badge
  • Exclusive Dark Butler pet with house item shop
  • 5 event rare armors + accessories
  • Vampire Dragon Bank pet
  • Vampire Lord Castle House

The entire collection of gear will be available to you 0 ACs (meaning you can freely get it, delete it, and get it again whenever you want.) Like the Dragon King Treasure Chest, gear from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest cannot be sold.

All the items (except for the exclusive chest gear) will be available from the event rare shop for regular prices, and will release over the course of 3 weeks. 

Vampire Lord Class Now Available!

Welcome to Vampire Lord! The much anticipated class is finally coming out (or has, depending on when you’re reading this), and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone!

Vampires are all about blood, beatings and… bats! With that in mind we gave the Vampire Lord class a kit with a focus on sustain, debuffs and, well... bats! It seemed only natural to build it into a solid farming class and so all of its abilities can hit (count it) 2 targets.

How to unlock the Vampire Lord Class

There are several different variants of the Vampire Lord Class, and 3 different ways to unlock it.

  1. Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Seasonal)
  2. Royal Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Rare)
  3. Enchanted Vampire Lord Class: color customizable, only available from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection. (Rare exclusive)
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October 13, 2017

Vampire Lord Class

Unlock our new Anniversary / Mogloween Class this weekend!

Welcome to Vampire Lord! The much anticipated class is finally coming out (or has, depending on when you’re reading this), and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone!

Vampires are all about blood, beatings and… bats! With that in mind we gave the Vampire Lord class a kit with a focus on sustain, debuffs and, well... bats! It seemed only natural to build it into a solid farming class and so all of its abilities can hit (count it) 2 targets.

How to unlock the Vampire Lord Class

There are several different variants of the Vampire Lord Class, and 3 different ways to unlock it.

  1. Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Seasonal)
  2. Royal Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Rare)
  3. Enchanted Vampire Lord Class: color customizable, only available from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection. (Rare exclusive)

Recommended Enhancements: Wizard, Lucky.

Vampire Lords rule over their sanguine servants and, feasting on the blood of mortals, they can live forever. Don't show one a mirror though, or you might not like what you don't see.

Mana Regeneration

Vampire Lords gain mana when they:

  • Strike an enemy in combat (more effective on crits)
  • Are struck by an enemy in combat.

Skill Breakdown

Auto Attack: Slash
Rank needed: 1
Mana cost: 0
Cooldown: 2 sec. cooldown
Type: Physical
Range: Long Ranged
Description: You slash out at two targets with your extended Vampire claws, dealing 70% weapon damage to each. Deals 70% damage to 2 targets.

2 targets! Good damage too, just wait until you see your 4th skill!


Rank 1: Devour Blood

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 5 sec.
Type: Magical/Physical
Range: Long Ranged
Description: Deals damage to up to 2 enemies and heals for some of the damage dealt. Applies 'Blood Loss' debuff to your enemies, reducing damage done by 50% for 5 seconds.

Does not apply 'Blood Loss' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

This is your heal and defensive debuff. It’ll keep you alive and help some teammates stay alive too.

 

Rank 2: Sonar Scream

Mana cost:  0
Cooldown: 10 sec.
Type: Magical
Range: All
Description: Applies 'Deafened' debuff to up to 4 enemies, increasing the damage they take by 30% for 8 seconds. If you have 'Aspect of The Bat', applies 'Sonar Senses' buff to yourself, increasing your hit chance by 50% for 8 seconds.

Does not apply 'Deafened' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

Use this to grab all the attention when you enter a room (who doesn’t love screaming the moment they enter a room?). It has the longest range of all your skills and the most targets. Its Deafened debuff is great to maximize damage so don’t forget to sneak it in before getting batty.

Rank 3: Ghoul Gouge

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 8 sec.
Type: Magical/Physical
Range: Long Range
Description: Deals damage to up to 2 targets and applies 'Gouged' debuff to your enemies, dealing damage over 12 seconds.

Does not apply 'Gouged' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

This is your big damage dealer while applying a decent DoT as well. Even though you lose the DoT while Aspect of The Bat is active, you gain a ton of mana cause of all the damage so it’s still huge.


Rank 4 Passives

Pure Blood: Increases Endurance by 25%
Ageless: Intellect increased by 30%, Crit Rate reduced by 20%

Your defensive skills aren’t a little lacking so the Endurance helps cushion that. Crit Rate reduction here only matters if you don’t have Aspect of The Bat, so it’s not as bad as it looks. The intellect buff is to boost your damage and haste.

Rank 5: Aspect of The Bat

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 30 sec.
Type: No Modifiers
Range: Melee
Description: You take on the aspects of a bat! Your haste and crit chance increase by 500% for 15 seconds but you deal 50% less damage, take 50% more, , your skills cost 100% more mana and no longer apply debuffs to your enemies.

It immediately maxes out your crit rate and haste so you will be critting every single hit and your autos hit every second! This comes at a cost though. All of your damage is cut in half, you take more damage and your skills no longer debuff and all mana costs are doubled! You’ll find that this still results in a massive damage boost and you regain mana more if you crit... as long as you’re hitting enough enemies.

Versus one enemy you may run into mana problems and healing (you heal from each target hit) but versus three or more and you might begin to take too much damage. Versus two enemies is where you’ll find the sustain to be just right.


Rank 10 Passive

Sanguine Lord: Damage increased by 20%

Who doesn’t love more damage?

Conclusion

To master this class, you’ll have to master timing your debuffs perfectly. Aspect of The Bat is situational and figuring out the best times will take some practice. If your health gets low, you might not want to use Aspect of The Bat, because stakes will be higher and you won’t get the defensive debuff from Devour Blood. If your mana gets low though, despite the increase in mana costs, Aspect of The Bat will likely recover your mana faster because of all the crits.

We all had a bloody good time building this class! Happy fighting!

PS: the original (Rare) Vampire Class will ALSO get the skills listed above. Enjoy!

Tags: Alina,
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October 13, 2017

New Shirts Coming to HeroMart

Vampire and Lycan Logo Shirts Arrive later this month

How come the undead guys get all the cool logos?! Because you keep asking for them! New Vampire and Lycan logo shirts will arrive at Heromart.com later next week! If you're super-stoked about the Friday the 13th war over in AQ3D, you can ALSO get the extremely limited-time AQ3D Camp Gonnagetcha shirts from HeroMart this weekend!


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October 12, 2017

Special Guest Voltaire Returns to AQWorlds

Join Him in Our Newest Friday the 13th Event

Friday the 13th and Aurelio Voltaire go together like undead invasions and Paladins. So of course, this Friday our always-positive, family-friendly game team and community want to welcome Aurelio Voltaire back for another musical event! With songs from his new album- “Heart-Shaped Wound,” he'll join you as you battle to escape the Vampire Lord's castle in our newest 3-part holiday event: the Blood Moon Rising!

Featuring... Aurelio Voltaire's Heart-Shaped Wound album

I have been playing Aurelio Voltaire's album on a near-constant loop as the team prepared for this weekend's Friday the 13th: Blood Moon Rising event. As you battle through the event, you'll hear 3 of the tracks from the album:

  • The Projectionist (the title of this track is an event spoiler... but I love it so much)
  • Human Nature
  • The Necropolis of Former Lovers

Get the album and much more on Aurelio Voltaire’s official website!

Who is Aurelio Voltaire?

Aurelio Voltaire is legitmately one of the most creative people I know. He is the maker of music, films, books, comics, toys and... mayhem. He first appeared in AdventureQuest Worlds back in 2009, during our first-ever in-game Friday the 13th UNLIVE event! Since then, he's appeared in all 15 of our Friday the 13th events... and tomorrow's will make his 16th!

His work has been featured on TV in the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, he's released 13 albums (including the AQWorlds tongue-in-cheek "all-audiences" appropriate Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids.), won BEST ANIMATION at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Imagi-Movies film festival, he's the creator of the Goth HomeMaking youtube series and many, many more. You should read the full story on the Voltaire Wikipedia Page!

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October 12, 2017

Log in and get 500 FREE ACs

Our 9th Birthday Celebration Continues!

As we continue our month of birthday-anniversary celebrations, we want to thank you loyal heroes for battling alongside us all these years! 

Starting today, log in and receive 500 FREE AdventureCoins if your account is level 9 or higher. The birthday gift will be available until the end of the year, so make sure you and all your friends log in before it leaves.

Tags: Alina,
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