Design Notes

July 18, 2019

This Weekend: Attack on Arcangrove

Malgor's ShadowFlame DragonLords are attacking Arcangrove!

The Shadowflame Army has DESTROYED the defenders of Arcangrove with their legion of shadowy Dragonlords and their blackflame-breathing dragons! We must regain control of Arcangrove Tower's library before they secure the secrets of the ley lines. The ley lines are like arteries of mana... and if those are corrupted with shadow, Malgor will control the world's lifeblood AND have a stranglehold on Lore's magic users.

Prepare to face...

  • Shadow Dragons and Wyverns
  • Shadow DragonMasters
  • ShadowFlame Mutants

ShadowFlame War Rare and Permenant Rewards

Battle to raise the war meter in /shadowgrove. Each time you turn in war medals, you'll have a chancec to get one of the pieces of the Shadow DragonMaster or ManaShaper Mage armor sets.

A number of the quest drops will go rare... so make sure to collect them all!

ShadowFlame War Rares: DragonLord becomes DragonSLAYER

Check out the deadliest ShadowFlame War set - the ShadowFlame DragonLord! From a loyal dragon ally to the cause of their dragon's dark demise, ShadowFlame DragonLords have embraced Malgor's shadowy power... and taken their dragons down with them. Find the ShadowFlame DragonLord armor set, Shadow Dragon miniion cape, and the ShadowFlame DragonLord Class skin* in the War Rares Shop all month long!

  • ShadowFlame DragonLord Class
  • ShadowFlame DragonLord armor
  • ShadowFlame Dragon minion cape
  • 2 sets of Wings, Shadow Dragon Tail, Wrap
  • ShadowFlame Dragon weapons
  • ShadowFlame Dragon helms
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    * The ShadowFlame DragonLord uses the animation and skills of DragonSlayer General with the ShadowFlame DragonLord's art.

    Battle hard, heroes. The fate of Arcangrove depends on you!

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    July 15, 2019

    Next Week: Three Letter Names Available

    Have you always wanted a 3-letter name? Read On!

    For a short time early on in AQWorlds' life cycle, characters could be created with 3-letter names. We removed that ability due to some backend optimization but now, based on an overwhelming number of requests... we are bringing BACK the ability to give yourself a 3-letter name. This functionality will return next week. Read on for more details!

    3-Letter Name Details

    Later on next week, we will return the ability to give yourself a 3-letter character name... with a few caveats:

    • 3-letter names will only be available through our "name change" system. (This prevents players from creating a flood of accounts to "steal" three letter names and sit on them, unused.)
    • You will need to have a confirmed email address on your account.

    We are releasing this next week to give anyone who recently changed their name a change to avoid the week-long "name change cooldown" period.

    There are currently only 3,206 accounts in AQWorlds with a 3-letter name. That means there are over 30,000 names you could get as soon as we turn this option back on!

    How to Change Your Name in AQWorlds

    • Log into the Account Manager and choose Change Username. 
    • Pick your new username. You will be charged 2000 AdventureCoins.
    • The name you choose has to be one that is currently available. You can search for a character name to see if it available via Character Lookup.
    • Starting next week, there will be a 3 letter minimum for names.
    • Names are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    How to get a Name that is Not Available

    • If the name you want was on a deleted account, you will have to wait for it to be purged from our system (this can take up to 30 days after it was deleted).
    • Certain accounts will never be deleted, including upgraded accounts, accounts with confirmed email addresses, verified accounts, and others.
    • We have been renaming "very, very old and inactive" accounts to free up some usernames. We will continue this over time.
    • If you just changed your name and want your previous name back, you will have to wait the normal 30 days for the account name to be purged and be available to use again

    For more information on account name changes, please see this article in our Help Pages.

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    July 15, 2019

    Issue Update: LQS Set Quantity Error

    Quantities will be corrected Tuesday at 11:59 PM

    Last Friday, our July 2019 Fire and Ice Limited Quantity Shop sets went on sale. Each set has a total number of available sets (with the majority of them available at launch, and the restocks added over the course of the next three days).

    Late this weekend, we saw that several sets which had sold out had additional restock quantities added accidentally. If you or your friends purchased any of these sets, you will get to keep them. Whenever issues like this happen on our end, we want to take swift action and mitigate the damage as much as possible, making sure you -- our community -- are not punished for our error.

    To avoid punishing other players (who may be visiting the site for the first time and seeing those quantities), we will give everyone a chance to get these "overstocked sets" until 11:59 PM tomorrow. At that point, the sets will be manually set to 0 as they should have been.

    Affected sets that will be reset to 0 include:

    • Spirit of Ice
    • Sheng Long Guardian
    • Dreadhound Rider BattlePet
    • Dage's Dreadspace
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    July 08, 2019

    Happening Now: Frostval in July Limited Quantity Set

    Only 3,000 Yokai Summoner Sets Available!

    Lig in and and celebrate Frostval in July... in Yokai Isle! Find the Yokai Summoner set, Nulgath's Santa Warlic set, Dage's Dreadspace set, and more at our Limited Quantity Sets page starting this Friday, July 12th, at 6 PM EST! Each package also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore and on your character page!* 

    What is a Limited Quantity Set?

    The Limited Quantity Sets are just what they sounds like... each set has a certain quantity and once that number has sold out then that's it. The total number of sets is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 items left on the web page, that's what we've got left in stock.

    How Do Limited Quantity Sets Work?

    1. Log into a special LQS webpage on AQ.com (not into the game!) 
    2. Purchase the set using either ACs or gold
    3. Log into AQW and find your set badge in the Book of Lore 
    4. Get all the items in the badge shop for 0 ACs (yay free storage!)

    Isn't this gear rare, though?

    Good question! Limited Quantity Sets aren't considered "rare" until they've sold out. (These aren't limited timepackages, they are limited quantity packages!) Once they do sell out, then they will never become available again!

    Restock Schedule

    Quantities for the new packages wil partially 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:

    • 6:00 PM Friday, 7/12 (initial stock)
    • 6:00 AM Saturday, 7/13 (restock)
    • 12:00 PM Saturday, 7/13 (restock)
    • 6:00 PM Saturday, 7/13 (restock)
    • 12:00 AM Sunday, 7/12 (restock)

    Note: Returning packages will not restock, as their quantities are so low... so get them while they're available!

     

    Also this Friday: Frostval in July Festival in Yokai!

    Empress Miko has called for a mid-Summer festival in Akiba to celebrate life, love, friends, and family in the midst of war. Log in and complete her quests to unlock our Frostval seasonal gear...

    • Chibi moglin helms
    • the Frost BladeMaster set
    • Bido's Frostval in July gifts open

    Find Bido's 0 AC Frostval in July gifts in your Featured Gear shop in the game menu. There are 2 gifts -- one for male heroes and one for female heroes.

    And don't miss our two rares shops! 

    • Yokai Rares Shop: Flamebringer set
    • Yokai Limited Time Shop: Fire and Ice accessories pack (floating sword pets, swords, back items) + the Frostbringer Mage set

    The Fire and Ice Limited Time Shop will only be available for 72 hours... so make sure you don't miss out!

    * Based on your feedback from previous Limited Quantity Set releases, we will not be holiding a limited quantity item ticket raffle. This will be replaced by the super-short limited time shop.

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    July 05, 2019

    Frozen Pyromancer Boss + Bido's Birthday

    Boss Battles + Birthday Gear Abound!

    This weekend, log into AQWorlds and find Chanky the Underworld Imp to chill out. He needs your help to take down the Frozen Pyromancer, a fiercely frigid foe causing problems for Dage and the Undead Legion. Defeat the boss for a chance to get the Frozen Pyromancer armor and helm.

    Legion Pyromancer Upgrade Bonus Set

    A gift for members of the Undead Legion, from Dage the Evil and his dark armorcrafter, YoLae -- if you unlock the Infernal Invoker upgrade pack and you are a member of the Undead Legion, you'll unlock all 16 pieces of the Legion Pyromancer armor set immediately.

    If you are a member of the Undead Legion and do not have the upgrade bonus, you will be able to earn the set pieces through a combination of boss battles drops, Legion Tokens, and collecting Darkness Shards from Vinara's Odds Shop.

    Bido's Birthday Bash!

    Long-time hero and guest artist, Bido, levels up in the real world this week. He's crafted all-new, extra special celebrattory gear to help you /party. Find his birthday rares in the July Featured Shop in your game menu, and find Bido himself in-game (in Yulgar's attic) to begin his quests for even MORE gear. 


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    July 05, 2019

    Become an Infernal Invoker

    Upgrade to unlock new exclusive gear sets!

    Pyromancers are among the most feared magic users on Lore. Their fiery magic can give cauterize wounds or engulf their enemies. But those who have truly mastered its power can summon the deadliest of elementals. Invoke the might of the infernal elementals, and embrace your power! Starting this Friday night, get the Infernal Invoker armor set with 2 armors (including the color custom Enchanted Invoker), set accessories, pet/battlepet, and more when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more. If you are a member of the Undead Legion, you'll also immediately unlock the Legion Pyromancer set!

    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 Infernal Invoker pack to unlock all 30 pieces of the set, including: 

    • Infernal Invoker armor
    • Enchanted Invoker armor (fully color-customizable)
    • 12 helms
    • Infernal Servant and Enchanted Infernal Servant back items
    • 12 weapons (including daggers, staff, flame mace, and tomes)
    • Molten Moglin Minion pet
    • Molten Moglin Minion battlepet (member-only)
    • Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
    • and a character page badge

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

    Undead Legion Bonus Variant

    A gift for members of the Undead Legion, from Dage the Evil and his dark armorcrafter, Yo_Lae -- if you unlock the Infernal Invoker upgrade pack and you are a member of the Undead Legion, you'll unlock all 16 pieces of the Legion Pyromancer armor set immediately. /Join battleontown and head to Vinara's Curio Shop. You'll see the Legion Pyromancer moglin pet with your gear.

    • Legion Pyromancer armor
    • 6 helms
    • Infernal Legion Servant back item
    • 6 weapons
    • Legion Moglin Minion pet and battlepet

    Find the Legion Moglin Minion in Vinara's Odds Shop in Battleontown to access your bonus set.

    (If you are a member of the Undead Legion and do not have the upgrade bonus, you will be able to earn the set pieces through a combination of boss battles drops, Legion Tokens, and collecting Darkness Shards from Vinara's Odds Shop. Talk to Chanky the Underworld Imp to begin your quests.)

    12000 AC or 12 month membership package rewards:

    • ALL the Infernal Invoker and Enchanted Invoker 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 Infernal Invoker and Enchanted Invoker gear
    • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
    • and a character page badge

    Upgrade to unlock your choice of exclusive bonuses

    When you buy any AC or membership pack worth $10 USD or more, you'll be able to choose one of the following bonus sets:

    • Infernal Invoker / Enchanted Invoker / Legion Pyromancer
    • DoomDragon's Master mount/rider armors
    • Infinity Titan Class / Throne / House
    • Galactic Captain / Galactic Battle Pilot
    • Paragon Fiend / Legion Paragon Fiend Rider
    • Akiban Defender
    • Copper Void ChronoKnight
    • Golden Northlands Royalty

    With our upgrade pack bonuses, you get even more options and choices in your rewards. Plus, each time you upgrade, you get to choose a new reward! 

    Important Details

    • ALL of the upgrade bonus gear for a set will be available when you buy an AC or membership pack worth $10 USD.
    • Each time you upgrade, you'll be able to choose another bonus set. If you've already unlocked all the available sets, once a new one releases, you'll be able to choose it immediately.

    If you buy a 12,000 AC or 12 month membership pack, in addition to choosing an upgrade bonus set, you'll also get 7x Game Boosts, a character page badge, plus 10 Wheel of Doom Fortune Tickets (worth 2,000 ACs).

    Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins for Free!

    We're celebrating our Summer of Shadows with a great AdventureCoin Bonus! Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins when you buy select AC packs until July 31st.

    From now until Tuesday, July 31st, get up to 40% more AdventureCoins with each AC package. On July 31st, the AdventureCoin bonus amounts change, so now is the best chance to get the most free ACs!

    • 12,000 AC 16,800 ACs (best offer - 40% more!)
    • 5,000 AC 6,500 ACs 
    • 2,000 AC 2,300 ACs 
    • 900 AC 950 ACs 

    Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 


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    July 04, 2019

    Summer AdventureCoin Bonus Sale

    Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins for Free!

    We're celebrating our Summer of Shadows with a great AdventureCoin Bonus! Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins when you buy select AC packs until July 31st.

    From now until Tuesday, July 31st, get up to 40% more AdventureCoins with each AC package. On July 31st, the AdventureCoin bonus amounts change, so now is the best chance to get the most free ACs!

    • 12,000 AC 16,800 ACs (best offer - 40% more!)
    • 5,000 AC 6,500 ACs 
    • 2,000 AC 2,300 ACs 
    • 900 AC 950 ACs 

    Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

    Upgrade to unlock exclusive gear sets!

    Sepulchuroth, the Dragon of DOOM, bows to no hero... unless they prove they can defeat him. Get the DoomDragon's Master armor set with 3 armors, accessories, pet/battlepet, and more when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more.

    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 DoomDragon's Master pack to unlock two mount armors, a rider armors, a pet, battlepet, and more. 

    • DoomDragon's Master and DoomDragon mount armors
    • DoomDragon Rider
    • 3 DoomDragon Rider helms
    • DoomDragon Rider's wings, Rune, and Winged Rune back items
    • DoomDragon Rider's blade (single and dual-wield)
    • DoomDragon pet
    • Enraged DoomDragon battlepet (member-only)
    • Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory
    • and a character page badge
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    July 02, 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:

    • Horc armour added to the Horc Rep Shop.
    • Surfboard of the Nation is back at the Nation Merge Shop.
    • Monster Priestess Blade Battle Pet no longer opens Blade of Nulgath Quests.
    • Blocked off screen in Waterwar has been unblocked.
    • Insomniac Beauty and Jinx have had their apops fixed.
    • Love Caster class is back in a shop in Curio for owners of the armor. (Look for the pretty pink banner!)

    Art Fixes:

    • Legion Revenant female fixed again. (Sorry about that one folks!)
    • Galaxy Outfit female tank top altered for better fit.
    • OverSoul Witch's Hat now has a CC ear.  
    • The Flayer hand position adjusted.
    • Master Punk armour and helmet de-lagged.

    Extras:

    Backhair Helms! (aka the ones with really long hair in the back)

    The helms which have recently become very popular with the long flowing locks which go behind players models have also become a source of frustration for some.  There are times and places that long part just does not show up.  Unfortunately, this is not a bug and is not something we can easily fix.

    Remember here where we talked about layers?  This is the reason these helms derp out.  The part that goes behind your character model uses a layer that was not originally part of the engine, called backhair.  This layer was wiggled in for the sole purpose of obtaining this specific look, as it had been highly requested for years.

    This layer does not actually exist on character pages or on item previews, so the long part simply will not show in these areas.  This item may also decide not to show for you or for others in the room from time to time.  Re-equipping the helm will resolve that.  This item also tends not to play nicely with certain long hair styles as well.  If you plan to wear the helm a lot, a bald or blank hairstyle is recommended. 

     

    The Armour of Derpage! (or why some bits just won't move right)

    Going back again to where we talked about the layers, many of you have noticed certain types of derpage on certain armour pieces, where the bits do not move as they would in a normal armour.

    Let’s use these pieces as the examples:

    Heroic ZombieSlayer Armor
    This armour has a beautifully drawn shield which to all appearances, is being properly held.  It is not.  It is actually attached to the body layer.  While this does allow it to have that beautiful, fully rendered look, it does mean the shield does not move with your arm.  

    Grimlord of Nulgath
    This is another example of attaching a piece where it normally does not go in order to get a specific look.  In this case, the shoulder piece which is normally blacked out, has been attached to the chest piece as well so that it can be filled in.  Again, this means the “shoulder” part will not move normally.


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    July 01, 2019

    Summer AdventureCoin Bonus Sale

    Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins for Free!

    We're celebrating our Summer of Shadows with a great AdventureCoin Bonus! Get up to 40% more AdventureCoins when you buy select AC packs until July 31st.

    From now until Tuesday, July 31st, get up to 40% more AdventureCoins with each AC package. On July 31st, the AdventureCoin bonus amounts change, so now is the best chance to get the most free ACs!

    • 12,000 AC 16,800 ACs (best offer - 40% more!)
    • 5,000 AC 6,500 ACs 
    • 2,000 AC 2,300 ACs 
    • 900 AC 950 ACs 

    Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

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    July 01, 2019

    Unlock the Flameborn Summoner

    Available every year from July 1st - 31st

    With Summer's heat blazing, the smartest heroes channel those flames into weapons! Our July Seasonal Set is the Flameborn + Underworld Summoner sets. Unlock the full set and character page badge when you buy the full pack, or talk to Garek in Battleon to get individual set pieces.

    The Flameborn Summoner was forged in the heat of creativity by Darkon, with inspiration and input from the incredibly talented LHGart, Photoshop artist extraordinaire.

    July Set: Flameborn + Underworld Summoner Sets

    Starting Saturday, June 1st at 12:01 AM EST (that's server time), unlock the ShadowZard Mount and Rider set.

    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 5,050 ACs, so getting all the gear from the pack is a pretty sweet deal. 

    The set includes:

    • Flameborn Summoner armor
    • Underworld Summoner armor
    • 4 helms
    • 4 capes
    • 2 weapons
    • 2 pets
    • an exclusive character page badge

    Seasonal Set Details

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

    Seasonal Sets
    September: Celestial Naval Commander
    October: ChronoStriker
    November: Harvest Hunters
    December: Northern Wanderer
    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: ??? 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is this the same as an upgrade bonus? 

    Upgrade bonus gear is an extra reward for buying AdventureCoin or Membership packages; new bonus gear comes out roughly every month. 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 June, so if you can't get it now, you'll have another chance in 2020, or 2021, or 2022, etc.

    If this isn't a new upgrade bonus, what IS the next bonus?

    You can see all the available upgrade bonuses on our upgrade site. The next bonus set will be available soon, so keep an eye on the Design Notes! 

    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 May 31st.

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

    You'll find it in your Book of Lore.

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