Design Notes

April 23, 2024

AQWorlds: Infinity For Dummies Guide Book

Excruciatingly Available at Bones & Gnomefells

Peek inside (read on) for an Infinity progress update, new animation sneaky peeks, intentionally confusing tech mumbo jumbo, and (REDACTED).

The "Dummy" is called... Mr. Guy

You may already know Mr. Guy. We have covered him before in previous posts. He is the "dummy" character. Sorta like a digital mannequin. He is a placeholder that is replaced my all player pieces in the game, cutscenes, and for previewing items in your inventory. His skin is gray and his hair is white for color customization reasons. He has one of every possible piece of equipment that a character to can wear. When creating a new animation, they must use Mr. Guy to create it. This is why you will almost always see Mr. Guy in animation previews.

While appearing to spend a lot of time at the digital gym on his 8-pack, Mr. Guy thinks that every body type is beautiful. Probably because he is... literally.... every-body. Also, sometimes Monsters. One way of thinking about it... everyone has some Mr. Guy (or Ms. Girl) deep within us.

We discovered a number of problems with Mr. Guy across the various projects that form together like Voltron to make AdventureQuest: Infinity. (Does anyone even know what Voltron is any more? Originally I was going to go with Transformer Constructicons forming Devastator or enough skulls forming Vordred... shared pop cultural references are in such a weird place these days) Now that we have cinematic cutscenes working, we started finding issues when making them. Mr. Guy needs rebuilt. So, Ghost is biting the bullet and rebuilding Mr. Guy as you ready this. (Sorry Ghost!) ...also, Ms. Girl.

New Animation Sneak Peeks!

The DragonSlayer class (Infinity version) is getting some new animations. Spider & Immortal Joe have the Skill Forge (a tool to build new classes & monsters) functional. Nulgath just sent in these new animations.

Spinning like a large Hadron Collider.... potential risk of creating a DPS black hole.

Bladed upper cut. This technique is probably barred from the upcoming Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul fight. But you will be able to perform it in game without having to wear mandatory head gear.

Rolling a 1 when attempting to start your camp fire. Use this technique to smoke the competition.

Sticking your knife into the electrical outlook.

"DragonSphere Y power up!" OK... so my kids watched Goku go Super Saiyan for the first time last weekend. But since we always do everything out of order, it was the one where he went Super Saiyan 3 against Majin Buu. The power up goes on for quite a while in that episode. My oldest son turned to me and said, "Seriously... how long is this going to go on?" My wife glanced at the TV, worked on something in the house, went outside to water her plants, came back in, looked at the TV and said, "Is he STILL powering up?" As Goku powered up the Earth started shaking and breaking apart. The other two kids are watching unblinkingly as Goku's hair starts getting awkwardly rock-star big. I was sitting there on the couch thinking, "Ah, now this is peak parenting!"

Running to get groceries during a multi-episode power up.

Mr. Guy got lonely. So, our animator, Ghost, started working on Ms. Girl. This is important because these two models are animated differently.

Why... the Green!?

"To mess with green screens, of course!"

Some armors and skins are color customizable. To make sure they work, we often test using extreme colors. Reens, for example, really likes using green. As the saying goes, "It is not easy being green..." when "...the color customizer breaks."

New Loot Inventory System

When you get items, they will go into a special loot bag. This means you can pick up a bunch of stuff and then decide what to do with it later.... with previews. The loot inventory persists when you log out. We limited it to 20 items... and as you get more items, it should auto destroy the oldest ones. It would be nice to make an option to prioritize rare items over trash drops. But I think you will agree, we need to get the base functionality working and get the game up for you to play before adding those sort of quality of life features.

Destruction to all Dialog Boxes!

I hate modals (those pop up dialog boxes). Sometimes, they serve a purpose... but as a general rule, we should get rid of them whenever possible. This was put here to make sure you knew you got an item. Instead, we are going to move the item from your loot bag to your inventory... and have the new item be up at the top of the list where you can instantly see and use it. If you close and re-open your inventory, everything will go back to being in alphabetical order.

"Use this skill when the fighting is starting to Drag-on!"

Techno Mumbo Jumbo Engage!

There are two major topics we did not discuss in today's update. The biggest one is major issue with the armor importer. Warlic & Spider built a system to automatically import (most) AQWorlds armors. They will not have animations or any special features, but hey, at least you will have the art when you login! But Unity's default way of importing things was not designed to handle importing the insane volume (Hundreds of thousands?) of individual armor parts through the sprite packer to export asset bundles. During some tests of the armor importer, the process said it would take 60 hours for just the armors starting with an "A"! ...but the process would never actually finish. Honestly, there are a lot of things I do not understand about the importer and its complex set of daisy-chained systems. Anything I am writing now is probably oversimplified and inaccurate. Warlic & Spider (and now Zhoom, too) have been experimenting and working on potential solutions. As of Monday's full team sync up, things are finally looking promising.

A More Lively Undead Game

The second thing.... while working on Willow Creek, the team noticed that the new game did not look "as alive" as the existing AQWorlds. The NPCs are not animated and do not blink. So the the content team lost their minds and started rebuilding the NPCs as fully functional actors with all of the player animations. (I love this about this team so much.) This happened while I was out of the country. Both Zhoom and I were out of the country-- hence the eerie radio silence. The original AQWorlds has a whole lot of super weird bugs baked into it. Things that we did when we were first making the game that would haunt us for the decade and a half that followed. We only get one shot at making the base of AQWorlds Infinity right. Once the game is live and you are playing it, it will be too late to change the core stuff. We are already running super late... so we are going to get these things right now, while we still can.

We are currently preparing the DragonSlayer Class and updated Dragon's Lair for the next Tech Demo.

If you enjoyed this book, please rate it 5-stars & look forward to future Artix Entertainment Press books including

  • Of Dice and Men
  • How to Win Games & Influence Players
  • Hairy Potty & the Chamber of Secretions
  • The Catcher in the Jimmy the Eye
  • Bored of the Rings
  • War and Peas
  • To Kill a MockingTweet
  • Grave New World
  • Slime and Puns'I'Ment

Until the next design notes post...

Battle on!
Artix & the AQWorlds Infinity Team

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April 22, 2024

Game News: April 22 - 28

Read on for the latest news and information

Our flood of Spring updates continues this week with new rewards, rares, and the arrival of some much-anticipated gear. Get the latest details on this week's news, Treasure Hunt, Boosts, find out more about this weekend's new update.

Tuesday, April 23: Darkon's Harvest

It is a foolish king who sows seeds of injustice. Wise gardeners wait patiently, tools in hand, ready to reap their rewards when the harvest time comes. As we prepare for the arrival of Darkon's Class of Madness this Friday, return to Astravia and battle to craft 2 new 0 AC weapons!

Rewards include:

  • Astravian Sickle (0 AC, monster drop)
  • Karmic Battlegear (0 AC, in the Astravian Merge Shop)

Requirements:

  • Talk to La to complete the Isolani quest in /Astravia to unlock the Astravian Merge Shop
  • Karmic Battlegear requires the Astravia Mercenary's Boomstick and the Astravian Sickle

Other updates going live today

  • Bujin DoomKnight Mask helm added to the Yokai Realm Merge
  • Enchanted Bujin DoomKnight Mask added to the Featured Gear Shop

Wednesday, April 24: Class Previews

Check out these sneak peeks of the Class Icons from Lae... 

... and one of the skill animations from Darkon!

Thursday, April 25: Spirit Orbs + Metals Boost

Get double rewards as you battle to create your Blinding Light of Destiny Axe through next Wednesday.

Spirit Orb Quests

  • Essential Essences
  • Bust Some Dust

Get x10, x20, x30, or x40 Spirit Orbs while the boost is on!
(Regular reward quantity: x5, x10, x15, or x20)

Minecrafting Metal Quest

Choose your reward from the list of Metal resources; get x4 Metals while the boost is on.
(Regular reward quantity: x2 Metals)

Friday, April 26: Update Details

Get a first look at what's coming in this weekend's upcoming game release!

  • New Class: Darkon's Arcana Invoker end-game class
  • Rewards of Madness: new gear for all players in the /garden + other Astravian zones
  • Treasure Chest: Urban Dragon Warrior set + Battlegear of Madness
  • Featured Gear: Urban Dragon Warrior set, Battlegear of Madness + more

Events + Gear Leaving Soon

April 26th

  • Draconic Assassin set leaves the Featured Gear Shop
  • Enchanted Stylish Qipao gear moves to only the Haku Village Shop

May 1st

May 3rd

  • Harlequin Fool + other April Fools rares
  • April Holiday events (Grenwog, April Fools, GardenQuest, etc)
  • seasonal April Event Hub + Holiday drops

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double Class Points, Gold, Reputation, and XP boost
  • Saturday: permanent Undead Pwny Pet, member-only BattlePet, & guard
  • Sunday: Wings of Debris
Tags: Alina,
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April 18, 2024

Dragons of Yokai Saga Finale

The Blood of the Dragon Reigns in Yokai Isle

The duty of a ruler is to protect her people, defend her land, and do what she must to help both thrive, no matter what it costs. Ai no Miko, Empress of Yokai Isle, is ready to give everything -- including her life -- to serve those she loves. But with luck, skill, and the favor of her ancestors... you just might be able to save her before her spirit is lost forever. Log in this weekend and battle through the finale of the Dragons of Yokai Saga in /yokairealm!

New Game Update

  • Saga Finale: Yokai Dragon Invasion, Part 4
  • Reward Sets: Yokai Shadowscythe Empress gear + Sacred Forest Dragon set
  • Featured Gear: Enchanted Bujin DoomKnight, Gravelyn Bank Buddy pets, and more
  • Event Hub: two new quests + rewards from the Court Jester

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

Server Boost: double Rep
Resource Boost: Legion Token + Unicorn Rib
Saturday: Rare Usagi Oni houseguard + seasonal Kawaii Usagi houseguard drop from the event boss
Sunday: Ruby, Amethyst, Jade Noble Yokai Battlegear drop from the event boss

BONUS WALLPAPER: YOKAI EMPRESS 
Rightclick and save to download a wallpaper version of the image above for your desktop mobile device! Desktop | Mobile

DOOM & Dragon Rewards

What wonders would we see if the Doom and Dragon Empresses combined their forces? The world would never be the same again. O_O

YokaiRealm Merge Shop

Craft pieces of the Bujin DoomKnight armor set*, and find additional items as reward drops from monsters.

  • Bujin DoomKnight armor 
  • Bujin DoomKnight Hairbun, Locks, and Morph helms
  • Bujin Doomknight Helmet
  • Bujin Doomknight Oni Mask
  • Doomed Artillery Array cape
  • Necrotic Dao of Doom (single + dual-wield)
  • Usagi Oni Battle Fan  (single + dual-wield)

YokaiRealm Drops:

  • Bujin DoomKnight Empress Helm
  • Yinglian Tyrant's Sashimono
  • Dracolich Guandao of Death
  • Tyrannic Matchlock of Doom
  • Inaba Oni Battle Fan (single + dual-wield)
  • Yokai Realm Dream Lights
  • Red String Loops, Fateful Red Strings, Dangling Red Strings
  • Bujinn Doomknight Gravelyn Houseguard (1% drop rate)

HakuVillage Merge Shop

Craft pieces of the Sacred Forest Dragon armor set, and find additional items as reward drops from monsters.

  • Sacred Forest Dragon armor
  • Sacred Forest Dragon Hair + Locks
  • Forest Dragon Morph helms
  • Sacred Forest Dragon Tail, Wings, and Combination cape
  • Cleyera Sakaki Katana (single + dual-wield)
  • Cypress Dragon Fang (single + dual-wield)

HakuVillage Drops:

  • Forest Dragon Hair + Locks
  • Sheathed Akamatsu Katanas cape
  • Akamatsu Katana (single + dual-wield)

* The rare color-customizable variant is available for AdventureCoins in your Featured Gear Shop until May 20th.

Gifts of the Empress

To celebrate the finale of the Dragons of Yokai Saga, we've got even MORE for you to do this weekend than normal! 

  • Unlock the Yokai Ascension badge on your character page. The badge shop in your Book of Lore contains an even greater prize.
  • The never-released Deluge Dracolich Armor and Helm have been added as 0 AC drops to Chaos Fluffy in /dragontown.
  • Talk to the Court Jester in /eventhub for 2 new quests to collect super-sweet and super-sour seasonal reward items
  • Defeat the Chest in /nostalgiaquest to collect the Skin of Druz and Skin of Rawg armors.

Dragons of Yokai Saga Order

To begin the Dragons of Yokai storyline in /hakuvillage, you'll need to finish the quests in /yokaipirate and /yokaitreasure (which act as a prologue.) 

Dragons of Yokai Saga Order

  1. Prologue: head to YokaiPirate + YokaiTreasure
  2. Chapter 1: battle through /HakuVillage
  3. Chapter 2: fight through in /HakuWar
  4. Chapter 3: enter the /YokaiPortal
  5. Chapter 4: survive the /YokaiRealm

New Featured Gear Shop Items: Yokai & DOOM

The blood of the dragon runs strong in Yokai Isle. Paired with the power of DOOM, a ruler would be... unstoppable. Find the rare color-customizable Enchanted Bujinn DoomKnight and Usagi Oni sets available for AdventureCoins in the Featured Gear Shop until May 20th. (The seasonal Inaba Oni set will return next February.) 

Rare Usagi Oni Gear

  • Usagi Oni + Festive Usagi Oni armors
  • Hair + Ponytail, Morph helms, Masked + Ornamental Mask Morph helms
  • Usagi Oni Obi cape
  • Usagi Oni pet
  • Moon Crusher Kanabo (single + dual-wield)
  • Usagi Oni Gourd (non-AC, single + dual-wield)

Seasonal Inaba Oni Gear

  • Inaba Oni armor
  • Hair + Ponytail, Morph helms, Masked + Ornamental Mask Morph helms
  • Inaba Oni Obi cape
  • Sheathed Kimon Benevolence Nagamaki cape
  • Inaba Oni Gourd (non-AC, single + dual-wield)
  • Kimon Benevolence Nagamaki (single + dual-wield)
  • Sacred Inaba Hare pet

Rare color-customizable Enchanted Bujinn DoomKnight set:

  • Enchanted Twisted Youxia Shadow
  • Enchanted Bujin DoomKnight armor
  • Hairbun + Locks, Morph Helms, 
  • Bujinn Empress' Helmets + Oni Mask
  • Enchanted Doomed Artillery Array
  • Enchanted Yinglian Tyrant's Sashimono
  • Enchanted Necrotic Dao of Doom (single + dual-wield)
  • EEnchanted Dracolich Guandao of Death (single + dual-wield)
  • Enchanted Tyrannic Matchlock of Doom (single + dual-wield)

Plus, the much-anticipated Gravelyn Bank Buddy and Original Gravelyn Bank Buddy pets are here! Find them in the AdventureCoins shop in your Game Menu for 2,000 ACs.

FINAL WEEK: Draconic Assassin Set

This weekend's featured rare set combines two of the coolest themes in all of Yokai Isle: dragons + assassins! Find the rare color-customizable Draconic Assassin armor sets & the Storm of Kunai cape in your Featured Gear Shop until April 26th!

This week's set includes:

  • Armed Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Ponytail & Masked PonyTail
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Mask
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Sheathed Katana
  • Storm of Kunai cape
  • Bladed Destiny Circle ground rune
  • Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Sheathed Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Backhanded Dragon's Breath Katana (single + dual-wield)
  • Kaminari Kunai (single + dual-wield)
Tags: Alina,
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April 16, 2024

Game News: April 15 - 21

Read on for the latest news and information

Our flood of Spring updates continues this week with new rewards, rares, and the arrival of some much-anticipated gear. Get the latest details on this week's news, Treasure Hunt, Boosts, find out more about this weekend's new update.

Tuesday, April 16: Secret Lab Reward

This week's treasure can be found without too much hunting. (After last week's Eclipse event, Caddeus, the Tuesday update designer, was feeling kind!) Head to the /undergroundlab and talk to Artix. In his Merge Shop, you'll find a new pet who is Cuter on the Outside. 

Rewards include:

  • Doctor Ham-ster Stack pet

Rewards will be permanently available. 

Thursday, April 18: Legion Token + Rib Boost

Get double rewards from select Legion Token quests and 2x Dark Unicorn Rib drops from Binky until March 13th in this special two-week Legion Token boost!

Legion Token Quests:

  • Spring Cleaning
  • First Class Entertainment
  • Legion Quest: Light vs Dark
  • Coal for the Legion
  • Hearts and Souls
  • Hearts and Souls (Member)
  • Legion Castle Quest
  • Research Materials
  • Suffering is Magic

Dark Unicorn Rib

  • Battle Binky in the /binky or /doomvault map to get x2 Dark Unicorn Ribs instead of x1

Log in each day for a new reward, bonus, or resource boost at AQ.com

Friday, April 19: Update Details

Get details on this weekend's upcoming game release!

New game release

New Story: Yokai Dragon Invasion, Part 4
Reward Sets: Yokai Shadowscythe Empress gear
Featured Gear: Usagi Oni set, Gravelyn Bank Buddy pets, and more

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

Server Boost: double Rep
Resource Boost: Legion Token + Unicorn Rib
Saturday: Rare Usagi Oni houseguard + seasonal Kawaii Usagi houseguard
Sunday: Ruby, Amethyst, Jade Noble Yokai Battlegear

Stay up to date with new release plans and boosts on the Artix Calendar.

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April 12, 2024

Dragons of Yokai Saga, Pt 3

The Blood of the Dragon is Strong in Yokai Isle

The Dragons of Yokai Saga continues this weekend! Empress Miko's people are (slightly) safer after your heroic efforts in Chapter 2, but now her life is in even greater danger! In defending you, she's been pulled through a mirror portal... to the land where Yokai are born, and where they return to die. If you don't save her -- and FAST -- she will dissolve, becoming a part of the Yokai Realm itself.

Friday, April 12: Update Details

  • New Event: Dragons of Yokai Saga, Part III
  • Rewards: Noble Yokai Warrior sets
  • Featured Gear Shop: Jade Pirate + Fiendish Monkey King sets (regular + color-customizable)

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double 
  • Resource Boost: Celestial Dungeon boost
  • Saturday: 0 AC rare Katanas + House guard drop from the boss in YokaiPortal
  • Sunday: 0 AC ghostly rewards drop from the Spirit Oni + Kitsune Spirits in YokaiPortal

BONUS WALLPAPER: Rightclick and save to download a wallpaper version of the image above for your desktop mobile device! Desktop | Mobile

Rewards: Noble Yokai Warrior Sets

The Noble Clans of the Yokai Isles were founded by the warriors who originally fought alongside the First Emperor and his brother. Each family has their own combat style, but all reward loyal service. You can unlock their gear for yourself, if you battle hard enough.

YokaiPortal  Merge Shop

Defeat the Dragons of Yokai Saga bosses to collect the merge resources to craft the following items.

  • Yokai Amethyst Noble armor (Robes + Plate)
  • 5 Yokai Amethyst Noble helms
  • Yokai Amethyst Noble War March + Shikigami capes
  • Noble Amethyst Katanas (single + dual-wield)
  • Noble Amethyst Katana and Sheath
  • Jade Yokai DragonGuard armor (Robes + Plate)
  • 5 Jade Yokai DragonGuard helms
  • Jade Yokai DragonGuard War March + Shikigami capes
  • Jade DragonGuard Katanas (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade DragonGuard Katana and Sheath

Member-only:

  • Ruby Kitsune armor (Robes + Plate)
  • 5 Ruby Kitsune helms
  • Ruby Kitsune War March + Shikigami capes
  • Ruby Kitsune Katanas (single + dual-wield)
  • Ruby Kitsune Katana and Sheath

Merge resources: Admiral Zheng's Jade, Zakhvatchik's Sapphire, and Kitsune's Ruby

YokaiPortal Drops

  • Yokai Amethyst Noble Banner
  • Sheathed Noble Amethyst Katanas cape
  • Noble Amethyst Katana
  • Noble Yokai Amethyst Blade (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade Yokai Dragonguard Banner
  • Sheathed Jade Dragonguard Katanas cape
  • Sheathed Ruby Kitsune Katanas
  • Ruby Kitsune Blade (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade Dragonguard Sword (single + dual-wield)

And don't miss the Yokai DragonSlayer sets -- regular + color-customizable variants are available from the HakuWar map. Complete the War Medal quests to raise the meter and collect merge shop resources. You'll use the Village's Grace tokens to craft the pieces of the Yokai DragonSlayer set.

  • Yokai Dragonslayer armor
  • Noble & Yokai Dragonslayer Helms
  • Noble & Yokai Dragonslayer Beards
  • Yokai Dragonslayer Quiver Cloak & War Cloaks
  • Kisshoten Naginata
  • Luminous Mikazuki (single + dual-wield)
  • Seven Fang Blade (single + dual-wield)
  • Dragonbane Tanto  (single + dual-wield)

Save your set pieces and combine them with even more tokens to make the color-customizable version of the Yokai DragonSlayer set!

Dragons of Yokai Saga Order

To begin the Dragons of Yokai storyline in /hakuvillage, you'll need to finish the quests in /yokaipirate and /yokaitreasure (which act as a prologue.) 

Dragons of Yokai Saga Order

  1. Prologue: head to YokaiPirate + YokaiTreasure
  2. Chapter 1: battle through /HakuVillage
  3. Chapter 2: fight through in /HakuWar
  4. Chapter 3: enter the /YokaiPortal
  5. Chapter 4: coming next week!

Featured Gear Sets: Jade Rabbit Pirate + Fiendish Monkey King

This weekend's featured sets combine two classic themes: pirates + fiends! Find the Jade Rabbit Pirate set in the game menu and in the Yokai Portal Shop. The rare Fiendish Monkey King has regular + color-customizable variants, and will be available until  in your Featured Gear Shop until May 3rd.

This week's shop update includes:

  • Jade Rabbit Pirate armor
  • 4 Jade Rabbit Pirate helms
  • Jade Rabbit Pirate Side-Swords, Wheel, and Gear capes
  • Jade Rabbit Buccaneer Blade (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade Rabbit Buccaneer Rapier (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade Rabbit Flintlock (single + dual-wield)
  • Jade Rabbit Pirate Accoutrements
  • Jade Rabbit Buccaneer Swords
  • Fiendish Monkey King armor (AC + member gold)
  • Fiendish Monkey King Morph (AC + member gold)
  • Fiendish Monkey King Grin + Beard helms
  • Fiendish Monkey King Spirit companion cape
  • Fiendish Monkey King Staff (AC + member gold)
  • Mutuo Hong Guardian
  • Ink Mutuo Hong Guardian
  • Enchanted Mutou Hong Guardian (color-customizable)

Color-customizable Fiendish Monkey King set:

  • Enchanted Fiendish Monkey King armor 
  • Enchanted Fiendish Monkey Morph, Grin, and Beard
  • Enchanted Fiendish Monkey Tail
  • Enchanted Fiendish Monkey Staff

Featured Rare Set: Draconic Assassin

This weekend's featured rare set combines two of the coolest themes in all of Yokai Isle: dragons + assassins! Find the rare color-customizable Draconic Assassin armor sets & the Storm of Kunai cape in your Featured Gear Shop until April 26th!

This week's set includes:

  • Armed Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Ponytail & Masked PonyTail
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Mask
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Sheathed Katana
  • Storm of Kunai cape
  • Bladed Destiny Circle ground rune
  • Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Sheathed Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Backhanded Dragon's Breath Katana (single + dual-wield)
  • Kaminari Kunai (single + dual-wield)

Leaving Soon: Solar Eclipse Event

Starting tonight, you and your friends can /join eclipsecliff, a new one-frame map that will let you take the perfect group shot. The map (and leZard Man's shop + gear) leave Friday, April 19th, but they'll all return for future eclipse events.

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April 12, 2024

Arcana Invoker Class Preview

The 22 Arcana Will Be Yours to Wield!

This is not a joke (despite what you may have seen during April Fools). We are making a Darkon Class, and it arrives on April 26th!

Since it began, the Elegy of Madness Saga has been a fan-favorite, one of the most popular stories in the entire game. It took almost two years to tell due to the complex story, macabre graphics, and intense cutscenes, but it was absolutely worth the effort (and the wait). Since the ended, we've gotten a steady flood of suggestions, requests, and pleas for a unique Darkon-theme class.

For the last several years, the class team's focus has been on improving existing classes rather than releasing new ones.* That benefits everyone playing the game - new heroes and experienced ones. But to do a Darkon class justice, we were going to need to go all-out and fully embrace insanity.

We wanted to make this class a reality as much as you all did... but be warned. The line between reality and the realm of madness is a thin one. Tread carefully.

How to Obtain the Class

If you are at least level 80, Arcana Invoker can be unlocked by obtaining 22 different Arcana related items and turning in their respective quests. There are two ways to obtain these items:

  1. Create each one in a merge shop using new and existing items.
  2. Merge Darkon and/or King Drago Insignias for Arcana's Debris, which can then be used to create the Arcana items. 

Each Arcana's Debris will cost either 1 Darkon or King Drago Insignia, and if you are only using Arcana's Debris to obtain the class, you will need a total of 80.

Note: The farming methods aren't mutually exclusive. If you want to get some of the Arcana items through merge shop farming but others with Arcana's Debris, go right ahead!

Arcana Invoker Details

Arcana Invoker is an endgame two target farming and solo DPS class that revolves around summoning all 22 aspects of the Arcana, starting with The Fool, then ending with The World.

Unlike other classes, Arcana Invoker is acquired at rank 5, so you'll have access to all of its skills immediately! As such, it has no rank 4 passives in the traditional sense, but its rank 10 passive provides more effects than the average one to make up for it.

Recommended enhancement: Wizard

Stat Model: Offensive Caster

Mana Regen: The Arcana Invoker regains 15 mana when they strike a target with Arcana Invocation (affected by Mana Consumption).

 Active Skill Breakdown

Anagenesis

 Rank needed: 1 / Auto Attack
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 2
Type: 60% Physical
Range: Infinite
Cooldown: 2.2 seconds

Deliver a strike with your blade of flesh. Deals physical damage based on your Spell Power.
A fairly standard Auto Attack, but this one hits two targets.

The Beginning and the End

 Rank needed: 1
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: 222% Magical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 0
Cooldown: 5 seconds

Begin the cycle anew by summoning The Fool, increasing your Damage Resistance by 80% for 45 seconds. 

If Judgement is active, instead summon The World for 22 seconds, changing the effects of your other skills. 

If The World is active, instead deals damage based on your stacks of End of the World. 

Using this skill while Judgement isn't active will reset the cycle. Can't miss.

The start and end of your journey. The first skill you use on this class should always be this one, as summoning The Fool enables the rest of the class skills to function, while also granting you a massive defense buff. Once Judgement is summoned, use this skill again to summon The World, unleashing the full power of Arcana Invoker!

Arcana Invocation

Rank needed: 2
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: 100% Hybrid
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: -15
Cooldown: 3 seconds

If The Fool is present, summon an Arcana. Arcana are summoned in a set order, with each one granting you a new effect and the effects of all previously summoned Arcana. Each time an Arcana is summoned, your Damage Resistance is reduced by 4%. 

If The World is active, instead deals increased damage and applies two stacks of End of the World, stacks to 22. Recovers 15 mana on hit. Can't miss.

Once The Fool is summoned, you can start summoning the other Arcana. Simply put, each time you use this skill, you gain a stat buff (see passives below), but you lose some of the defense granted to you by The Fool.

Arcana Revocation

Rank needed: 3
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 2
Type: 80% Magical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 40
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Channel a magical attack through your Arcana, applying a Reversed effect to your target based on your currently summoned Arcana. All effects last 15 seconds unless otherwise specified.

If The World is active, applies The World (Reversed) for 5 seconds, applying all Reversed stat debuffs at half potency.

This skill applies a debuff to your target based on the current Arcana you have active (see passives below). While this is the only skill on the class that costs mana, it costs a lot, so you may want to conserve your mana to ensure that you can apply a specific debuff at the right time.

One With the Cycle

Rank needed: 5
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 2
Type: 100% Magical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 0 
Cooldown: 9 seconds

The Fool's power surges from within you. Deals more damage the longer The Fool has been summoned.

If The World is active, instead applies Erasure, a massive DoT for 5 seconds.

This skill starts off weak, but gets noticeably stronger the longer The Fool persists. 

Passive Skill Breakdown

The Arcana

Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Applies the following effects when using Arcana Invocation:

  • Magician: 22% INT
  • High Priestess: 22% WIS
  • Empress: HoT
  • Emperor: 22% outgoing damage
  • Hierophant: 22% Heal Power
  • Lovers: 22% END
  • Chariot: 22% Haste
  • Justice: 22% Phys and Mag damage
  • Hermit: 22% Dodge
  • Wheel of Fortune: 22% LUCK
  • Strength: 22% STR
  • Hanged Man: 22% DEX
  • Death: 22% Crit Damage
  • Temperance: Enhanced HoT
  • Devil: 22% Crit Chance
  • Tower: 22% Phys and Mag Resist
  • Star: MoT 
  • Moon: -22% Mana Costs
  • Sun: 22% Hit Chance
  • Judgement: Awakens The World

The Arcana (Reversed)

Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Applies the following effects when using Arcana Revocation:

  • Magician: -22% damage
  • High Priestess: -22% Dodge
  • Empress: DoT
  • Emperor: -22% Damage Resist
  • Hierophant: -22% DoT Resist
  • Lovers: Decay
  • Chariot: -22% Haste
  • Justice: -22% Phys and Mag damage
  • Hermit: -22% Dodge
  • Wheel of Fortune: -22% Hit Chance
  • Strength: -22% damage
  • Hanged Man: 4s stun (50%)
  • Death: 5s delayed DoT 
  • Temperance: Ramping DoT
  • Devil: -22% Crit Chance
  • Tower: -22% Phys and Mag Resist
  • Star: -22% DoT Resist
  • Moon: -22% Haste 
  • Sun: -22% Hit Chance
  • Judgement: Massive damage

Arcana's Blessing

Rank needed: 10
Type: Passive

Haste, Hit Chance, and Crit Chance increased by 22%.

Conclusion

Much like Darkon, your goal as an Arcana Invoker is to complete the cycle by summoning The World. To assist you in this are the other 20 Arcana, starting with The Fool which grants you a massive defense buff, then the next 19 Arcana, which grant you a new buff when summoned, but weaken the power of the Fool's defense buff.

The core gameplay of the class revolves around using Arcana Invocation as frequently as possible, while also using Arcana Revocation to apply specific debuffs, and One With the Cycle to deal damage to your opponents. Once you have reached Judgement, you can summon The World, greatly enhancing the power of your skills for a short time.

Well that's enough explanation, you've got a Primordial to serve. Now go forth, though try not to sacrifice anyone or end the world.

* Plus, when AQW Infinity releases, every class will need to be reworked. That's a hefty project. O_O With that said... *hint hint* I'm not saying Infinity won't get brand new classes in between the re-release of existing ones... OR AM I?!?! 

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