Design Notes

December 08, 2021

Server Performance and Bug Fixes

What is the "ServerTest" server?

This is an updated version of the regular Live AQW servers, with some performance and bug fixes.  This is NOT the "new" AQW mobile server.

Before rolling out changes to the live servers on Friday, we need to make sure there are no mysterious bugs or side effects to the code changes.


Want to help test?  Here is how: 

Log into the "ServerTest" server and just play the game like normal. 

If you have any strange problems or bugs, keep a note of them.   Then logout, and log into one of the regular Live servers, and try the exact same actions again. 

If the problem bug is ONLY on the ServerTest server, please Report the bug at the Bugs site.

Remember: This is testing SERVER issues only.  Do not report client bugs like menu and animation issues.


Brief List of Changes

December 8, 2021

  • Faster server calls to game database (very small speed boost)
  • Item Drops that are stackable, and already in your Bag will auto-add to your Bag without drop prompt.
  • Accepting drops that are stackable items already in your Bank will update the stack in your Bank.
  • Better syncing of your current gold/xp/acs amount with game data.


Older Changes

November 2021

  • House Layout Changes (work in progress!)

October 2021

  • Extra XP during Level Up carried over to next level
  • Boss monsters can say things when they die
  • Smarter logic for groups of Boss monsters

September 2, 2021

  • Fixed using your last Magic Treasure Chest key not freeing up inventory slot.
  • Fixed Bag and House slots not freeing up, when selling AC items, and using Merge shop.


August 24, 2021

  • Preventing skill spam cheating in PVP
  • Faster monster respawn when server is not busy.
  • Less chance of getting disconnected when game client spams the server.

July 15, 2021

  • Collecting Item Drops too fast will not disconnect you.
  • When session is kicked from multi-login, the client will show a more helpful message.
  • When trying to join a map that has a broken room instance, there is a better chance now of getting assigned to a working instance of the map, instead of nothing happening.
  • Using class skills immediately after Class Rank up will no longer kick you.
  • Killing your own character in PVP will not award a score for either team.


May 10, 2021

  • Selling items when you are at the max gold cap, will refund zero gold, but the item will be removed from your inventory. Fixes house item selling bug.
  • Fixed lots of random bugs, where player data is "missing" and the server tries to make changes anyway.
  • In PVP zones, it is no longer allowed to Get items from your Bank.  You can store items, but can not swap or pull items from Bank. 
  • Added cool downs to guild,friend, and duel invites.  Less spam!

April 26, 2021

  • Better warning messages when guild, party, and friend actions fail.
  • Buying items that are higher than your character level are blocked.
  • Item drops from monsters will now have enhancement level equal to your char level, unless the item is a higher than your char level. It will not be enhanced.
  • If you try to go to a player house that does not exist, and you already own a home, you will get an warning message, instead of going to the buyhouse map.
  • Removed an old process that would often lag the entire system every 15 minutes.
  • If you log into another game server, this server will show a warning message, instead of Kick for some actions, like quest turn-in, equipping gear.  More improvements in this area will be coming soon.
  • Faster server reboot time.
  • Many other behind-the-scenes performance and bug fixes.



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
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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.

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