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December 03, 2021

Frostval Returns for 2021

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 head to /helsgrove to take on the first of a series of holiday boss monsters designed by members of the AQWorlds player community! The concept for Helsdottir the Ancient was created by Despera, one of the winners of our Frostval Boss Monster Design contest!

Defeat Helsdottir in /helsgrove for a chance to get the following items:

  • Helsgrove Guardian Armor
  • Chibi Krampus Queen hairs
  • Antler and Scarf helms
  • Guardian Baton weapons
  • and more!

Test your mettle (and metal!) against the biggest gifts of them all: Giefury* and his darker, deadlier self, GieFURIOUS! 

Both Giefury and GIE-FURIOUS have seasonal gifts for you:

  • Frostval Nutcracker armor (red variant)**
  • Giefurious armor set + pet
  • Giefurious House Guard
  • Festive Frostval Elf + Merry Frostvale Outfit armor set
  • Festive Battle Elf armor (member-only)
  • Blue Frosty-val Doge helm

FrostScythe also drops an 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! 

Gifts, Gift, and MORE GIFTS!

It is time to let the SLAY bells ring! Head to the /Gifthulu map to battle an all-new boss monster stocked with gifts galore. Plus, find our fourth Frostval Gift, the 0 AC Frostval DragonSlayer, in Tinsel's Gift Boxes shop. Merry Frostval!

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

Later this month...

  • Adventure with Valencia and her cousin in this year's Frostval story + war
  • Generosity is rewarded
  • Frostval gifts (from armor sets to free AdventureCoins, !)

Make sure you confirm your email! Several of our Frostval Holiday gifts will require you confirm your email in order to unlock the reward.

Check out the help page here for a step-by-step guide on how to confirm it.

Tags: Alina,

December 03, 2021

Unlock the Frostborn Warlord

Upgrade to unlock the exclusive armor sets

The kings and warlords of the Frostborn clan challenge each warrior to combat once a year. They celebrate each other's skill and the glory of battle itself. Get the Frostborn Warlord upgrade bonus pack when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock all the gear and a character page badge.

After you purchase an account upgrade, select a bonus set of your choice from a list of options in your Account Manager

Pack Details

 Choose the Frostborn Warlord Upgrade Bonus Set to unlock the Frostborn Warlord and Frostborn King armor sets:

  • 2 armors
  • 4 axes
  • 6 capes
  • 2 daggers
  • 10 helms
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the Frostborn Warlord Upgrade bonus on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Other Achievements tab in your Book of Lore. 

40000 AC package rewards:

  • ALL the Frostborn Warlord Upgrade Bonus Set gear
  • Mythic Item of Donated Awesomeness (redeem for almost any rare item in the game!)
  • 15 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • 10 Wheel of Doom Tickets (worth 2,000 ACs!)
  • and a character page badge

Boosts and Doom Tickets will be added directly to your inventory.

12000 AC or 12 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the Frostborn Warlord Upgrade Bonus Set gear
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • 10 Wheel of Doom Tickets (worth 2,000 ACs!)
  • and a character page badge

Boosts and Doom Tickets will be added directly to your inventory.

2k and 5k AC or 1, 3, or 6 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the Frostborn Warlord Upgrade Bonus Set gear
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • and a character page badge

Holiday AdventureCoin Bonus: Get 50% More ACs

Get 50% more FREE bonus AdventureCoins with any Adventure or Membership package for a limited time! So if you want to get a gift for that special someone (or yourself) this is a great time to do it! 

Wait...AdventureCoin Bonus?!

That's right! Several times each year, we have bonus AdventureCoin offers (example: Summer, Back to School, and during the holidays). Bonus amounts and dates may change from year to year, so keep an eye on the Design Notes and social media for more news of future bonuses.

Get 60,000 ACs while our Holiday Bonus is on!

Get 40,000 ACs for $99.95 and unlock your choice of upgrade bonus pack, 15x Rep, Gold, Class Points, and XP server boosts, and the new Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness (IoDA). But while our 50% holiday bonus is on... get 60,000 ACs for $99.95!

Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness?!

The Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness (or MIoDA for short) is a miscellaneous item you will get by purchasing the 40k AdventureCoin pakage. Like the other IoDA items, it allows you to choose any item in the game when you redeem it through your Account Manager.

How to Claim your MIoDA Prize

Make sure you have a confirmed email address attached to your game account, and then follow these steps:

  1. Decide on the item you want
  2. Log into your Account Manager
  3. Click on the "Awesome Prizes" link on the sidebar
  4. You'll see a list of the IoDA tokens you have available
  5. Choose from a list of ALL the eligible item rewards  
  6. You'll be taken to a verification page to confirm your choice
Tags: Alina,

December 01, 2021

December Seasonal Set: Northern Wanderer

Available every year from December 1st - 31st

Winter is coming (for many of you, it's already here!), and so are all our snow-covered, ice-laden, gift-bearing holiday events! To help ALL our heroes celebrate, this month's seasonal set features the Northern Wanderers - the Northern Wanderer and Fallen Wanderer armors.

December Set: The Northern Wanderer

Starting this Tuesday at 12:01 AM EST (that's server time), unlock the Northern Wanderer and Fallen Wanderer armors and all their accessories!

There are two ways to get the gear:

1) Total package: Buy the entire set directly through the website for $9.99 USD 

2) Individually: Buy each of the individual pieces from Garek the Traveling Gear Merchant in Battleon.

The total cost to buy all of the gear individually is 4,000 ACs, so getting all the gear from the Northern Wanderers pack is a pretty sweet deal (you save 2,000 ACs).

The set includes:

  • Northern Wanderer Armor
  • Fallen Wanderer Armor
  • 5 helms 
  • 6 capes
  • 3 weapons
  • character page badge

Seasonal Set Details

Each month, we'll feature a new set, available only during that month every year. 

Seasonal Sets
January: ArchFiend OverLord
February: Obsidian Samurai
March: Legion Warseeker
April: Bio-War Cultist
May: Lord of the J-Sixth + Lightning Lich Lord
June: ShadowZard Mount + Rider
July: Flameborn + Underworld Summoner
August: Urban Assassins
September: Celestial Naval Commander
October: ChronoStriker
November: Harvest Hunters
December: Northern Wanderer

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the same as the monthly upgrade bonus? 

Monthly upgrade bonus gear is an extra reward for buying AdventureCoin or Membership packages. Seasonal set packs are bought separately. Just like the Flame Dragon Warrior pack, you can buy the entire set directly, for one price, on our site. You can ALSO buy the individual pieces in-game.

This set will return EVERY December, so if you can't get it now, you'll have another chance in upcoming years.

What if I just want ONE of the items?

You're in luck! Talk to Garek in Battleon. He'll be selling the individual pieces of the set through November 30th.

Where do I get my gear if I buy the full set through the website?

You'll find it in your Book of Lore.

Tags: Alina,

December 01, 2021

Free Treasure Chest Keys

Monthly Membership Perk Now Available

Happy December 1st! Members, log in and talk to Twilly to claim your two FREE treasure chest keys! Collect treasure chests as you battle through Lore, then use the keys to open them for new free items. 

Want to get in on this?

Upgrade your AdventureQuest Worlds character with any membership package to unlock two free Treasure Chest Keys for each month the membership is active.

Tags: Alina,

November 26, 2021

Now available: Dark Holiday 2021 Gear

The darkest gear of the year is here!

Our Dark Holiday 2021 Collection, featuring a backpack FULL of new Black Friday rares, is now available in Battleon! Find dark variants of your favorite gear arrive, plus all-new sets created just for this shop. The seasonal Black Friday gear also returns. Read on for more information about the gear you'll find in the shop this weekend!

Dark Holiday 2021 Collection Chest: Unlock 175+ items

Rare collectors, take note! The Dark Holiday 2021 Collection Chest -- with all of the new seasonal and rare event items -- will be available for 10,000 ACs and contains ALL of the Dark Holiday 2021 rare + new seasonal shop items (over 50,000 ACs worth of gear)

Dark Holiday 2021 Collection Chest contains:

  • Dage the Obsidian armor, helm, cape, sword
  • Cyber J6 armor + helm
  • Dark Celestial Avenger armor, helms, capes, and weapons
  • Shadowed Gothika armor
  • Onyx Dragon of Time
  • Rose Warrior Coif
  • Enchanted Obsidian and Cyber Frostreaver blades
  • Dark Gothic Casket Mace
  • Dark Celestial Guardian armor
  • Obsidian T-421 armor
  • Dark Apocalyptic Conqueror's armor and helms
  • Onyx Mage Robes and Cowl
  • Onyx Vampire of Nulgath armor + helm
  • Onyx ZombieSlayer armor
  • Shadow's Costume
  • Shadow Witch + Warlock armor + helms
  • Royal Legion Vampire, Enchanted Shadow Vampire, Rosy Legion Vampire sets
  • Onyx Drone Pet
  • Dark Avenger's axes + Reaver
  • Onyx Monarch of Monsters armor + helms
  • Black Blood Fiend of Nulgath
  • Obsidian Halo of Nulgath
  • Onyx Wings of Nulgath
  • Shadow Leeches of Nulgath
  • Darkfiend Backblades of Nulgath
  • Dark Fangs of Nulgath
  • Obsidian Fury armor, helms, cape, and blade*
  • Neon Sage and Void of Revontheus
  • Onyx Shinobi armor, helms, capes, weapons
  • Shadow Vordred Armor + Sword
  • Shadowed Drow Helm
  • Shadow Ripper + Miasma Blades
  • Cyber Dread Paladin + Saw Variant
  • Dark McLuck armor + helm
  • Arata Gamer Gear armor, helms, capes, weapons
  • DeathWealker and Cloaked DeathWalker armor, helms, capes, weapons
  • plus more gear to come on Cyber Monday!

* If you purchased the Golden Fury upgrade pack, you will find these variants for free in your Book of Lore badge shop.

Undead Legion Token Merge:

  • Shadowed Legion Vampire armor
  • Shadowed Legion Vampire helm
  • Shadowed Legion Vampire bats

These items are available for Legion Tokens in the Undead Legion Merge shop, and will go rare on December 10th, 2021.

Dark Holiday 2021 drops from the BOGO DRONE Prime in /blackfridaywar:

  • Onyx Masquerade armor, helms, and fan (seasonal)
  • Chocolate Cake Helm + Pink Cake Helm (rare)
  • Rose Glasses and Rose Hunting Hood helms (seasonal)
  • Shadow Demonhunter + Demonhuntress Horns (rare)
  • Shadow Vordred Helm (seasonal)

Read on for important information

A few important tips to remember:

  • All of this year's event rare items are available individually from the Black Friday Shop in your game menu until the event leaves December 10th.
  • The Hollowborn Collection Chest is a seasonal item and will not be included in the Dark Holiday Collection Chest.
  • In order to prevent shop abuse, the Dark Holiday 2021 Collection Chest and DeadM0g pet cannot be sold.

New HollowBorn Boss Battle

This weekend, /join hbchallenge and find Hel Fö, the Hollowborn Judge's disciple. She passes judgements handed down by the ShadowFiend. No matter the outcome of the judgment, it will always be fair... and the Hollowborn Judge's sentence is final. Complete her quests to collect Hollowborn Writs, then use them in the merge shop to an all-new set of gear.

Next week: the pieces of the Hollowborn DoomKnight set will arrive, but you can begin farming for them now!
Note: The /shadowharvest map has been renamed to /shadowcliff. The maps are now permanently available. Happy Hollowborn reward farming!

HollowBorn Collection Chest

The Hollowborn Evoker set, created for Black Friday by AQW Community artist, Yo Lae, is a Black Friday seasonal  collection chest. Unlock a TON of dark, deadly items for 5,000 AdventureCoins when you get the Hollowborn Chest pet (items available in the pet's shop).

The Hollowborn Collection includes:

  • Hollowborn Collection chest pet (has shop for all the gear)
  • Hollowborn Lightning pet (with quest for character page badge)

The Hollowborn Chest is seasonal, and will return every Black Friday. (Please note, the Hollowborn Chest does not receive new items each year, and will not receive the 2021 Hollowborn Judge or DoomKnight farming items. You can battle the boss this weekend to unlock those.)

We’re very sorry, but we cannot offer exchanges or compensation or exchanges on IoDA choices when an item is recoloured and released for Black Friday or Cyber Monday anymore.  The IoDA program allows you to access rare items you would not otherwise have access to. Due to this, and the fact that recolours are not the same as the original items, we can no longer give any additions bonus or compensation for these items.

Tags: Alina,

November 24, 2021

Happy Harvest Fest, Heroes!

New Boss Battle, New Rewards, and New Rare Items

Greetings and good eatings, hero! The Harvest Queen has finally arrived to help you, Oishii, and all your friends celebrate! She is fresh off the vine and ready to dine… on you! JUST KIDDING! (That's the job of her royal spouse, the Great Pumpking.) She's here with sweet treats to reward you for surviving another year, and to give you an opportunity to reap what you sow. 

We've got a bountiful release for you this weekend:

  • /join harvestqueen to battle the boss + get reward drops
  • /join stonewood to complete VORDRED'S new quest for the Skullbreaker Knight gear
  • Return this Friday for our Black Friday Collection and seasonal event maps

Harvest Treats for Victorious Heroes

Talk to Gourdlin in /harvestqueen, then defeat his mistress to collect all of the pieces of this year's sweet new seasonal sets, the CandyCorn Sweater outfit, Pumpkin Magus set, and the Pumpkin House.

Featured Rare Gear Set: Vordred's Knight

Find the color-customizable rare Vordred's Knight armor, helms, DOOM Blade, spear, Reavers, and Vordred's Shadow Axe of Destiny in the Featured Gear Shop in your Game Menu until December 10th!

The shop contains:

  • Vordred's Knight armor
  • Hood, Shadow Hood, and Hooded Skull helms
  • Spikes, Cloak, and Spiked Cloak capes
  • Vordred's DOOM Blade
  • Vordred's Knight Spear
  • Vordred's Knight Reaver and Dual Reavers
  • Vordred's Knight Dagger
  • Vordred's Knight Axe + Blade
  • Vordred's Shadow Axe of Destiny

We've also got a permanent (non-color customizable) farming version of the Vordred's Knight set! Talk to VORDRED in /stonewood. He's got two new quests for you to unlock the pieces of the SkullBreaker Knight set. 

Learn his ways of TALKING IN ALL CAPS AND BREAKING SKULLS! (Members: you have an exclusive quest to get double the amount of merge resources)

Server + Client Updates

Log in now to check out all of the new features, fixes, and Advanced Options menu updates from Spider and Captain Rhubarb! Thanks to all of the team testers (and last night's late night player testers) who gave early feedback and bug reports. 

OMG 3.001 - 11/17/2021

# Additions
- Added a "search" box to the house inventory, house bank, and regular bank
- Added a new "Character Select" screen (Must be turned on in Advanced Options) (Does not work for users who  log in through the blue Facebook button)
- Added an "equip" button for houses in the house inventory (no unequip button)
- Max stack counter for temporary items
- New Gun Animations (for HandGun and Rifle)
- New Item Type: Gauntlet
- New Item Type: HandGun
- New Item Type: Misc
- New Item Type: Rifle
- New Item Type: Whip
- New Whip Animations

# Fixes
- Fixed "Hide Ads" from Death not properly saving
- Fixed DoT resistance showing a negative value when it should be positive in the "Stats Panel"
- Fixed a full item inventory preventing you from picking up house items
- Fixed an issue with house items bypassing the inventory limit after transferring from bank
- Fixed bank <-> inventory item transfer being interrupted when the player closes the bank interface too fast
- Fixed friends list still being capped at 125 when it should be 225
- Fixed mount armors
- Fixed non-working link in the "Currency Help" interface
- Fixed the "search" term persisting for the bank
- Fixed the "search" term persisting for the inventory
- Fixed the issue of the "Item Inventory" button showing at the bottom of the shop interface
- Fixed the issue with the bank scrolling to the top when making changes to the bank items
- Fixed the options interface opening at the same time as other interfaces
- Fixed wrong backhairs showing in cutscenes (?)

# Changes
- "Target Random Monster" is smarter and makes sure that the next random monster isn't one you're already targetting
- Buying an item from a shop when said item is in the bank is now allowed
- Chat warning text color is now a darker shade of red
- Friends list refreshes after 30 seconds (open and close to trigger) (does not work in combat)
- Item Block List is now alphabetized
- Lowered "Cancel Combat" cooldown to match your class's auto attack cooldown (Minimum of 2 seconds)
- Monsters now face the player correctly after a respawn
- Tweaked Chat UI's "Minimal Mode" functionality and made messages disappear after 45 seconds

# Removals
- Removed inaccurate hover tooltip text for stats in the inventory

OMG 3.002 - 11/23/2021

# Changes
- Changed "Character Select Screen" into an Advanced Option
- Change "Character Select Screen"'s password box to white color
- Removed stacking UIs in "Character Select Screen"

# Fixes
- Removed new house code that accidentally rolled out
- Fixed "Character Select Screen" not obeying "Hide Helm" and "Hide Cloak"
- Fixed "back" button in the "Character Select Screen" going to the server select screen
- Fixed Server List button in options redirecting straight to the "Character Select Screen"
- Fixed "Add New Character" button in the "Character Select Screen" going directly to the server select screen
- Fixed Misc items not being able to be previewed in the bank

OMG 3.003 - 11/24/2021

# Changes
- Censor Profanity setting is now account based (will not save until friday)

# Fixes
- Fixed NaN display in the "Battle Analyzer"
- Fixed "Battle Analyzer" clearing on stop
- Fixed "Character Select Screen" not properly deleting characters
Players will have their Character Select Screen reset once for this fix

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

November 30:

  • Daily gifts released between Nov 1 - 15
  • Harvest Hunters seasonal set

December 10th:

  • Black Friday 2021 Collection Chest
  • Harvest Events and seasonal rewards

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

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