Design Notes

May 23, 2016

Summer Art Contest Ends Sunday

Last Chance to get in on this Beachin' Art Contest Action!

Our summer themed art contest has prizes including AQ3D Keys, Badges, and Artix Points... but it ends THIS SUNDAY!  At first we thought, “Wow, this is a really dangerous idea for an art contest...” but WOW have we seen some amazing art! Draw your favorite AdventureQuest characters, items, scenes on an epic summer/beach/vacation adventure.

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“Prizes for winners include AdventureQuest 3D Beta Keys, Badges and Artix Points!”
For this contest, create an original piece of Fan Art showing your favorite AdventureQuest (Any version… AQWorlds, AQ3D, or the original AQ... or if you really want, you can use EpicDuel, MechQuest or other AE games too) character having some fun in the sun. Be sure to sign and date your original drawing and submit it using the rules below.

A few questions for inspiration!

  • Do moglins surf?
  • Are any heroes scared of the water?
  • What is the worst monster to encounter at the beach?
  • Do the undead enjoy soaking up some rays?
  • What would your favorite hero be doing at the beach?
  • Are there any Summer Vacation movies that would be perfect to parody?

You do not have to play the game where the character is from. But it helps to know what kind of character it is. Just make sure you read all the rules and that you send in your entry before the deadline.



PRIZES! (The future looks bright)

 The prizes for this contest are from a pool that includes multiple games! You can win badges from AQWorlds, Artix Points to spend in any game, and access and cool stuff in AQ3D!!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • 5000 Artix Points
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQW and AQ3D.

2nd Place Winner will receive:
  • 2500 Artix Points
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQWorlds and AQ3D.

Winner’s Circle & “Above & Beyond” entries will receive:
  • AdventureQuest 3D Beta key!
    Use for yourself, or if you already have one, give to a friend.
  • Character Page Badge in both AQWorlds and AQ3D.
  • Custom made AQW twitter avatar.

DEADLINE! Submit your original Artwork by May 24th! 
BEGINS: Friday May 6th, 2016
ENDS: Sunday May 29th, 2016

Tweet your entry to the @AE Contests Twitter page 

Tanning Rules (apply sunscreen!)

 This is the most important part of the whole contest. Read all the rules below BEFORE sending your art submission. Because if you don’t follow the rules, then you’ll be disqualified, and that is oh-so totally lame.
Follow each rule if you want your entry to be considered eligible
  • Create an original piece of AdventureQuest fan art.
  • You can Draw, Paint, Flash, etc.
  • You can use any character you like from the games
  • Be as creative as you want. We love and encourage creativity!
  • You must create your fan art entry 100% by yourself.
  • No stealing other people's art (obviously)
  • No tracing
  • It is ok to look at other things for reference, just make sure you are drawing/making your piece of art yourself.
  • 1 entry per person
  • Add your AQWorlds Character Name and the date to your art!
  • This way we know this is yours so nobody can steal your hard work. Be sure it is clear so we can read it.
  • Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting, That way, if you win, I can easily copy your character Name for faster prize awarding and no mistakes.
  • Entry must be “Work Safe” and appropriate for all players of Artix Entertainment Games. If you are worried your art might be crossing the line, just DM us and ask us if it is OK.

Ready to submit? Final Checklist!

Check off each thing below before submitting your entry to ensure your chance at winning!
  • AE themed Fan Art created by you
  • AQWorlds Character Name *neatly* written on your picture
  • The date on your entry
  • Type your Character name in your tweet to @AE_Contests
  • Upload your Fan Art picture to the same Tweet to @AE_Contests
  • Hit the Tweet button and submit your entry!

No Twitter? If you do not have Twitter or an AQWorlds account then e-mail your entry to [email protected] titled “Contest entry” and feature your Master Account name instead of your AQWorlds account name.
Good luck and have fun! This is a excellent opportunity for artists to work on their anatomy and armor skills at the same time. 
Tags: Alina,

May 23, 2016

Friday: Conquer the Flying Bacon Cat Palace

The Throne of Darkness continues this Friday with Ziri's story!

This Friday, travel to what is hands-down the CRAZIEST zone in the entire game - the Flying Bacon Cat Fortress! (It was constructed single-handedly by Ziri the Daimon, using his magic wish-granting amulet). He wants to be your BEST FRIEND… He ALSO wants to kill you. This should be a really interesting trip into insanity.

Throne of Darkness Saga

Artix's Throne of Darkness Saga is our new main storyline, and it's happening RIGHT NOW! If you haven't started the story yet, begin the adventure by battling your way through the Bone Castle to take on Vaden, the DeathKnight! (/join bonecastle to start!)

The battles will be difficult... enter at your own risk!  The Darkness is Coming.

Chapter 2 of the Throne of Darkness Saga takes you through space and time in Xevenx's Story of the Paradox Portal!


Chase Xeven, the Time-Traveling Assassin, through our past, future, and altered present (?!) before we take on the ultimate annihilator: Vorefax the Devourer!


May 20, 2016

Meet Artix at MegaCon 2016

The official AdventureQuest 3D panel is Saturday, May 28th!

MegaCon is a HUGE convention happening in Orlando, Florida next weekend. Join us for the official AdventureQuest 3D panel!

"AdventureQuest 3D Video Game with Artix"

WHAT: AQ3D Panel at MegaCon ( in Orlando, Florida
WHEN: Saturday, May 28th @ 3pm
WHERE: West Building Room W300

Expect our usual level of random hijinx which will include giving away Early Access & STEAM codes, showing embarrassing behind the scenes videos, and talking about forbidden secrets.

I am really surprised at the huge celebrity guest list at MegaCon this year. There will be actors from Doctor Who (Rose), the Walking Dead (Daryl), Game of Thrones (Circe), the New Star Trek (which will also premiere their 1st episode there), and a lot more. Stan Lee, William Shattner, Kevin Smith, and... (if you are one of my Facebook/Twitter friends from the Philippines, please sit down and brace yourself for this next one) Alodia Gosiengfiao. She is my favorite cosplayer of all time! ...and mark my words, I will not leave that convention alive without getting a cheesy thumbs up photo! So if you see her, please politely ask her to make sure she gets a photo with Artix. Or better yet... invite her and her boyfriend Eric to come to our our panel!

This is our first year running a panel at MegaCon and I am really excited. I really hope you can join us, and if you can make it please let me know in the comment section below.


May 20, 2016

Chrono Assassin Class is HERE!

Two Ways to Unlock the New Class Variant!

Xeven is an Assassin... of TIME! She's also one of the main villains in our new Throne of Darkness Saga, and if you haven't played through her story yet -- WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! It's mind-breakingly, time-bendingly awesome, and you can start the adventure when you /join portalmaze!

How to get this Class

  • All players: Fnd a version of the Class for 2000 AdventureCoins in the Tachyon Gear shop in your Game Menu*
  • Members: YOU can farm for a gold version of the class! 

The member quest is not a daily, so you can farm as much as you want to unlock the class as fast as you want!

Chrono Assassin Class Breakdown

Heya guys, it’s Sync. I’d like to thank Arklen for helping me with the Class, especially the animations and skill icons. They’re awesome! Now knowing me, I try to make variants as new and fresh as possible while still being intact with the original Class design. This is a variant of Thief of Hours, with a lot of stacking abilities as you manipulate time as the fight goes on.

Mana Regeneration: Chrono Assassin’s Mana Regen is majority of the evasives, gaining mana when they dodge. (Also restores HP as well)
Stats: This Class is an Evasive so it depends on Dexterity more than any other stat as a whole.

Auto Attack: Strike Blades 

1 second cooldown

You wield Strike Blades. Manipulating time allows you to attack incredibly fast, but sacrificing speed for power. This is similar to your normal auto attack, except it’s the fasted Auto Attack in the game right now. Attack incredibly fast but you lack power as you do so.

Rank 1: Shift

12 Mana, 5 Second Cooldown

Push time forward with your next strike dealing Light Damage to your opponent. Applies Push Time, increasing your Dodge and Haste by 8% for 12 seconds, stacks to 5. If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and applies Pull Time, lowering the opponent's Haste and Dodge by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is your first stacking skill, similar to Steal Seconds, it increases your Haste and Dodge the more you stack it. If Reverse time is in play, as you flow time backwards you apply a debuff that’s the opposite of the buffs you applied. 

Rank 2: Relapse

12 Mana 3 Second Cooldown 

Relieve time with your next strike dealing Moderate Damage to your opponent. Applies Deadlock to yourself, stacks 4 times. Once max stacked Deadlock will consume itself and apply Reverse Time, granting you a Moderate HoT for 10 seconds. This is VERY similar to Sonic Piledriver and your second stacking skill, also this is your main source of damage on the Class so use this as often as possible. Stacks Deadlock, at max stacks it consumes itself to apply Reverse Time, granting you a Moderate DoT. When this happens, you can apply one of the other skills to apply an additional effect while your Strike Blades turn into Temporal Blades, granting you a huge Damage Output buff for a solid amount of time.

Rank 3: Convert

12 Mana 4 Second Cooldown

Generate time with your next strike dealing Moderate Damage to your opponent. Applies Cause, increasing Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Damage by by 10% for 12 seconds, stacks to 5.  If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and applies Depress Time, lowering the opponent’s Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Damage Damage by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is similar to Timestream and your third stacking skill,  increasing your Crit Chance and Crit Damage per stack grants more damage over time the more you Crit. If Reverse time is in play, as you flow time backwards you apply a debuff that’s the opposite of the buffs you applied.

Rank 4: Prediction and Anticipation

Increases Hit Chance and Crit Chance by 10 Increases Dodge by 12%

You’re a Time Assassin, wouldn’t you be prepared for the Past, Present, and Future? Increases your overall Hit, Crit, and Evasion to better the Class as a whole.

Rank 5: Hysteria

30 Mana 20 Second Cooldown

Sever your foes mind in time making them go insane. Causes the target to hit itself when they try to hit you for 6 seconds. Applies Enhance Time, increasing your target’s Damage Resistance by 15%. If Reverse Time is in play, Strike Blades will replace it with Temporal Blades, increasing your Damage Output by 20% and apply Corrupt Time, increasing the damage they take by 15% for 12 seconds.

This is VERY similar to Temporal Insanity, throwing back 100% of the target's damage done on you back at them. Although, this gives them a Damage Resistance for the duration to force players to be prone to use this at random times. When you have Reverse Time in play, that’s when things start to get real. You increase the damage they take WHILE they throw the damage they done back on themselves WHILE you apply Temporal Blades increasing your overall damage.

Rank 10: Regenerate Rebirth

Rarely, when your hit points drop below 10% and your life is in danger, your health and mana will be restored to full and all damage taken will be significantly reduced for 10 seconds.
This rarely happens but is VERY rewarding when it does. Especially in PvP.


I recommend Thief and Luck enchants for this Class. This Class is an Evasive, getting the most out is by stacking DEX and LUCK stats to increase its survivability and it’s damage. Note this Class does VERY little Damage, but at a VERY high rate.

Thief: Having the most Dexterity means having the most Hit, Crit and Dodge one can have from a Physical Class, allowing you to be more persistent in your core stats.

Luck: Having Luck in your Build really compliments Revert, increasing your overall Crit Damage even more can be deadly. Even more brutal if Temporal Blades is up.

Overall Summary

In Conclusion, Chrono Assassin stacks to win. Start off with Shift to increase your Dodge and Haste to stack faster and live longer. The core of the Class is Relapse, so stack then whenever it’s up. Compared to Thief of Hours, I always believed you stack for a purpose not just for spamming. Every 4 stacks of Relapse, You have to choose what your debuff will be to give the Class variety and give it a higher skill cap. Convert will allow you to increase your overall Damage dealing with Crits if you need more Damage. Hysteria can be a game changer, remember if Reverse Time isn’t up you will give them a Damage Resistance and in PvP, they DON’T have to hit you so use this wisely. Once you figure out the stacking you can create your own combos and master being a Chrono Assassin!

Had fun with this variant. Even though two skills can’t be modified to my liking, it still came out an awesome Class. I want to know your thoughts on the Class. :)

* Plus the rare, wicked NechoTech gear from Axeros! NechoTech gear will be available until June 1st!


May 20, 2016

The Hunt for the Tachyon Blades Begins

Members: an all-new, exclusive mission waits for you!

Xeven, the Time Assassin, wields two VERY powerful blades -- their edges can cut through space and time itself. BUT in the last chapter of our Throne of Darkness Saga... her blades went missing! Members: It's up to you to battle your way through a maze of portals and spacetime to recover them! 

Defeated the devourer of space and time to unlock the quest to begin repairing the blades. Once you've gathered all the pieces of the Tachyon Blades, you'll be able to equip and dual-wield them! Talk to Kairos in /portalmaze to begin!

  • Battle Svelgr the Devourer to collect all the pieces of the Galactic Assassin set
  • Find the Time Assassin armor set in Kairos' merge shop in /tachyon

Not a member, but want to get in on the action? Upgrade your AQWorlds account to unlock exclusive zones, classes, pets, and more!


May 18, 2016

Wish Zereldo a Happy Birthday

The Pirate Mage levels up in real life today!

Zereldo the Pirate Mage, aka Zereldo the AQW Class Designer and all-around doer of stuff, has a birthday in real life today*! To celebrate, we've opened up the /blazebeard and /manacannon maps for you to battle throught... and you'll be able to find the Platinum Pirate Mage armor and helms in the merge shop!

All players can start battling to earn the merge resources for this super-shiny gear. The armor, helms, and both maps will be available for the next two weeks. Then they'll return again in September for the next Talk Like a Pirate Day event!

Wish Zereldo a happy birthday on Twitter or in-game, if you catch him!

Message from Zereldo

Hey everyone it’s Zereldo here and I just want to thank you all for all the birthday wishes and support over the years. I’ve been a volunteer at A.E for over 2 years now and hugely enjoyed it thanks to all of you. Even before that you guys are what motivated me to play a bigger part and help out more in the A.E community. During my time here I have designed over 10 classes and gotten to write an awesome Talk Like a Pirate Day event, as well as having loads of fun along the way. I hope you enjoy the Platinum Pirate Mage armor, it’s the colour you all voted for. Consider it a thank you for everything you’ve helped me to achieve.

* He lives in the future, across the world from the Lab. For us, technically his birthday is tomorrow. For HIM, though, it's today. TIMEY-WIMEY!


May 17, 2016

Hunt for the Tachyon Blades This Friday

Upgrade to unlock an exclusive new Throne of Darkness release!

This Friday, May 20th, members can log in to unlock an all-new bonus mission: to recover Xeven's Tachyon Blades! Once you finish the release, you can begin farming for the Time Assassin's very own, super-charged red and blue Tachyon Blades!

Chronos Assassin Class!

The Chronos Assassin Class -- a variant of the Thief of Hours Class -- will also release next Friday!

  • ALL players can purchase the class for 2000 AdventureCoins to begin battling with it immediately
  • Members can farm for a gold version of the class (the quest will send you through space and time slaying different monsters and merging the trophies you take from them.)

Keep an eye on the Design Notes for a class skills breakdown coming later this week!


May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th Starts... NOW

Boldly Go where No Hero has Gone Before this Weekend...

It's time for LoreTrek XIII: The Unluckiest Quest, our newest Friday the 13th event! THIS time around, it's In SPAAAAAAAAAAACE! Being so isolated and traveling through an airless void, it's really important that nothing go wrong. But since it's a Friday the 13th event... you know something's going to happen!

Voltaire has been booked to perform a huge Friday the 13th concert on the cemetery planet Necronus! Unfortunately, on his way there, he broke down near the cursed Bermuda Wormhole. Now, he's stuck on an abandoned space station that is being devoured by a swarm of terrifying (yet adorable) Trobboliers! It's up to you to help Voltaire escape in time to make it to his show – and before this fluffy hive-mind consumes you both!

Starting tonight, log in to:

  • Answer the distress call being sent from Voltaire's spaceship
  • Avoid the Bermuda Wormhole (NO REALLY DO NOT GET CLOSE)
  • Battle the furriest face-eaters the galaxy has EVER seen
  • Test your memory (and luck) to avert a critical mission failure
  • Resist being blown out into space!
  • Unlock the event rewards merge shop
  • Check out the Event Rare gear in your game menu

Test your luck with the Replicator Quest!

After you've completed the event, talk to Deady to unlock the Clone-o-Lier quest! Each time you complete it, you'll have a chance to collect one of the following Trobbolier pets (or a resource to use in the event rewards merge shop)!

  • All 4 common pets are 0 AC, member-only
  • All 4 "Hard to Find" pets are 0 AC, but can be used by all players
  • The Ultra Rare Rainbow Mustache Trobbolier pet* has a 1% chance to drop, and is also 0AC

*Thanks to AQW player Shadox for the new name!

Tags: Alina,

May 13, 2016

Limited Time Friday the 13th Event Items

Your luck is in  ... but not for long!

It wouldn't be Friday the 13th without new rare gear to commemorate the event -- and this week, our artists have gone intergalactic with their inspiration! 

Starting tonight, find Axeros' Undead Space Marine set in your rares shop along with 2 new NON-MEMBER event-themed helms from Boxer, the Cursed Guardian Bank Pet, and more!

Rare Gear Leaving Dates

Friday the 13th event rares leave on May 27th, along with the May Rares shop gear, the Nolan the Holy Goldfish pet (in Aria's pet shop to celebrate Pisces birthday), and the Abyssal Angel Class!


May 12, 2016

PTR Bug Reports: A How To Guide

New Bug Tracker Section for Server Rewrite Testing!

Greeting from the Asylum once again. Cemaros here with some tips to help everyone know how to make the best report possible for the PTR, since the next phase of the server rewrite testing is about to begin!

What makes a good bug report?

A good bug report contains all the information needed for us to know exactly what you are reporting.  If it’s about a shop not opening, the we would need the name of the shop (if possible) and the location of the shop (NPC name, game menu, map, etc).  For an item, we need to know the item name and exact details of what is wrong with it.You can never give us too much information.  You can give too little though.

Got it!

How do I report PTR bugs?

PTR reports will be handled almost exactly the same now as reports have always been handled, so for those of you who know how, you can skip this section.  For those who don’t here’s a nice little walk through of reporting a bug.

First you need to get to the right place.

Start by clicking that link. This will open a new tab on your browser.  Go there.On that page, you will begin the very short process of making a bug report.

Choose AdventureQuest Worlds as the game being reported.

Then use the drop down menu to get to the right type of report. In this case, we want the AQW Server Rewrite. Click that and it will bring you to the report form.

Some of you will notice this form is much more open on the fields than other forms. That’s because this form will be in use for the rest of the PTR now and there will be times that we ask you to look at specific things. 

Please don’t skip your name.  We really do want your name!  REALLY!  It’s incredibly important to me to know who is reporting in case I need to ask for more information.  Or other reasons.  

It’s equally as important to know if this is on the PTR or PTR2 server.  

So, Bug Info!

The examples are just that, examples.  We are interested in anything that you think is not working right.  So if you don’t see a heading that is a perfect match, just fill in what you think it should say.  

We’ve left you a LOT of room for describing the bug.  Use all of it if you can.  The better description we have, the faster we can track things down to get fixed.  It’s also vital to know if it caused a disconnection or not.  Things that throw you out of the game go to the top of the list.

Screenshots are always welcome and at times we simply cannot determine the bug without them.

Since they are so vital …

How do I link a screenshot?

You can’t embed the screenshots into the forms sadly.  So you need to put them on a public hosting site somewhere and then copy the link to the form.  

So how do you even take a screenshot?  Here’s a very handy YouTube guide:

I am incredibly partial to LightShot. With a very quick download, you can take the shot, make basic edits to it, and upload it directly to the internet with just a few easy clicks.  There isn’t even any need to save the screenshot on your computer if you don’t wish to. All of the screenshots used in this doc were made with LightShot and copied directly to the doc.  Nice tool huh?

Another really handy site is Imgur.

We prefer you not use Facebook and Twitter please.  Facebook often will not allow us to view the shots because of privacy settings, and Twitter pics are just too small.

If your screenshot link starts with  C:\ or Users:\ or file:\\, this means you have not placed the screenshot where we can view it.  These are files on your computer, and we do not have access to them.  Please upload them!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this, and I know the reports I will be reading will be the best ever. Right?  RIGHT!

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