Design Notes

November 22, 2017

EbilCorp Takes Over Battleon

Our Thanksgiving 2017 WAR is live!

Agents of the Battleon Resistance report EbilCorp bots IN TOWN NOW! The free crates full of this year's hottest tech are on shelves now, and EbilCorp BogoDrones are monitoring sales of the eWatch. EbilCorp never gives anything away for free. Ever. This is a trap. Be on guard. And whatever you do… do NOT buy the eWatch.

Thanksgiving War Details

EbilCorp is attempting to take over the people of Battleon... and beyond! They are using BogoDrones to hold all the shopkeepers captive, forcing them to work for nothing, and to sell the eWatch. Equip it and YOU will become a slave to their ebil mission. 

  • Fight to free the hypnotized shoppers
  • Take out the BogoDrones and Dealbots
  • Turn in war medals to raise the war meter

War rewards: Alpha Rogue and Hunter sets, Dark Moglin Jester, Obsidian Reavers

War Meter timeline

  • 0%: watch the first cutscene + battle to raise the war meter
  • 25%: Unlock the second cutscene + 2 more quests
  • 50%: Unlock the war mini-boss fight 
  • 75%: Unlock the war chest (find Bido in Battleon town to get your gear) 
  • 100%: Unlock the third cutscene + boss fight

Defeat the final boss to unlock the fourth cutscene and get boss drops!

Black Friday Shop arrives 11.24.17

Starting this Friday, find all our 2017 rare Black Friday gear in Mr. V's shop in Battleon. Featured sets: Obsidian Legion Vampire, Obsidian BladeMaster, and the Shadow Void of Nulgath. The shop opens at 12:01 AM EST on Friday, November 24th and leaves December 4th.

Come back on Monday, when we'll add several cyber-themed sets for Cyber Monday!

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November 20, 2017

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Twilly’s Completely Harmless Holiday Shopping List

Oishii still needs....

  • Turdraken
  • Cranboggy Juice
  • Whipped Seedspitter Balls

Ok. We are in the clear.

 

Battleon Resistance Communication Module

Agents of the Battleon Resistance have spotted EbilCorp bots scouting locations in town. Shopkeepers have been sent FREE crates full of this year’s hottest new Black Friday tech: the eWatch. EbilCorp never gives anything away for free. Ever. This is a trap. Be on guard. And whatever you do… do NOT buy the eWatch. Not until we know more. Additional messages will be posted here.

11.20.17

700 hours: Culinary Specialist Oishii begins preparations for the Harvest Feast on schedule. It is imperative that EbilCorp agents do not realize we know their plans.

900 hours: Zorbak has disappeared from his cage in Battleontown. In its place is a very lifelike dummy. This does not bode well.

1100 hours: Logistics Specialist Yulgar has been called to an Emergency Meeting of the Lorian InnKeepers and Crafters Kabal (LICK)... This organization is unknown to us. Agents dispatched to recover LS Yulgar while the imposter put in his place remains under surveillance.

1200 hours: EbilCorp's slogan is "EbilCorp. A name you can trust." I do. I trust them to corrupt all that is good and wholesome about our Harvest Feast. I have heard rumors that a drone has been made in Twilly's image. I doubt they'd create a Healbot, so... if it DOES exist, it's sure to be much more nefarious and consumer-centric.

1400 hours: Mmmm, mmm. you can smell Culinary Specialist Oishii's roast turdraken for the feast all the way across town. I am surprised the EbilCorp agents haven't followed their noses to find our base. Better engage the Smell-o-Shields to keep us hidden.

1500 hours: Twig keeps disappearing to check the lastest Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on Oishii's Culinary Compotater. I keep telling him shopkeepers do not accept fish for goods.

1600 hours: Something is watching us... But our scouts have not found anyone. Or anything. The fur on the back of my neck is prickling. 

1900 hours: A squad of Guardian Tower knights are preparing for patrol through the town. They have been instructed not to "see" anything suspicious, but to just let their presence be known.

 

Note: EbilCorp agents all have augmented eyes. This font was designed to change encoded messages into completely harmless grocery items. 

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November 17, 2017

2018 Calendar Now Available

Orders begin shipping next week from HeroMart!

This year is Artix Entertainment's 15th anniversary. All year long, we've been looking back at some of the best, most classic moments in our games. As we went down the memory lane the one thing became very apparent, we could not have done it with you by our side!  We took those epic battles and crazy moments, then gathered artists from across our game teams to build the 2018 Calendar. The 2018 Artix Entertainment Calendar pre-order begins tonight at HeroMart!* 

* Delivery sneevils expect them to arrive at the lab early next week. We'll begin shipping as soon as they get here.

Unlock rewards in multiple Artix Entertainment games!

The Eternal Chronomancer art is by far my favorite, out of all the years! When you get the 2018 Calendar, you'll unlock in-game rewards inside AQ3D, AQWorlds, AdventureQuest, and DragonFable!

  • AQWorlds: Eternal Chronomancer Class + armor set
  • AQ3D: Eternal Chronomancer armor
  • DragonFable: Epoch Class + Eternal Epoch Orb 
  • AdventureQuest: Eternal Chrono Daggers

Coming soon: Immortal Chronomancer! The in-game version of the Eternal Chronomancer class and armor set - the Immortal Chronomancer - will be available later this month (after the physical calendars begin to ship). Buy an Inifinity Key for 6000 AdventureCoins from Chronix in Battleon to unlock the shop.

The Infinity Key will unlock:

  • Immortal Chronomancer Class
  • Immortal Chronomancer Armor + accessories

Note: the Infinity Key cannot be sold... so make sure you really want the class before buying the key!

2018 Calendar: Collector's Edition 

For those of you SUPER collectors, we've got a really sweet treat this time around. The Collector's Edition includes a limited "Darkovian Bloodlust" Collectors print as well as a signed copy of the 2018 calendar!

Eternal Chronomancer Class Skills

The Eternal Chronomancer Class is in progress... Arklen is just finishing up the attack animations and icons. We'll have a class skills writeup for you early next week. Until then, check out a sneak peek of the class skills.

Time Strike
Eternal Deadlock
Taking Eternity
Speed Abrasion
Rank 4 passive: Speed of Time
Rank 4 passive: Time of Speed
The Fourth Dimension
Rank 10 passive: Chronoternity

Note: the skill details posted before were from an earlier version of the design doc and do not reflect the current/final version of the skills. Please keep an eye on the Design Notes next week for the final details.

Tags: Alina,
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November 24, 2017

2017 Black Friday Shop Arrives Friday

The darkest gear of the year will be here soon!

Our Thanksgiving / 2017 Harvest Fest event launches on Wednesday, November 22nd. On Friday, November 24th, our Black Friday rares shop opens. All-new, dark variants of your favorite gear arrive and the seasonal Black Friday gear will return. Read on for a sneak peek about some of the gear you'll find in the shop!

Sneak peek list of armor prices coming in Friday's rares shop

  • Obsidian Legion Vampire armor: 1,000 ACs
  • Onyx Legion Vampire armor: 1,000 ACs or 1,000 Legion Tokens
  • Obsidian BladeMaster armor: 1,000 ACs or 100 Legion Tokens + 200,000 gold
  • Shadowed Berserker armor: 500 ACs
  • Dark Iced Jester armor: 500 ACs
  • Shadow Void of Nulgath armor: 1000 ACs or 7 gold (member-only)
  • Shadow Fox pet: 25,000 gold (member-only)
  • Dark Champion swords: 30,000 gold (member-only) 
  • Black Blunderbuss gun: 100,000 gold (member-only)
  • Dark Midknightgown armor: 10,000 gold
  • Dark Chaos Berserker armor: 100,000 gold

The member-only Shadow Void of Nulgath has the same gold price as the original armor, and the same rank 10 Evil requirement as the AC version. We wanted members to be able to get (and use) the new armor as quickly as those who bought the AC variant. So if you've got a membership... enjoy!

Many items will also drop from the war quests and boss monsters. Check them out:

  • Alpha Rogue and Hunter sets
  • Dark Hunting Hood
  • Dark Moglin Jester pet
  • Renegade ShadowSlayer set (final boss drop)
  • Blackrog Blade (1% boss drop)
  • Black Bloodriver (mini-boss drop)
  • Black Diamond Whip (mini-boss drop)
  • Obsidian Reavers (mini-boss drop)

All these dark dark rewards will drop during EbilCorp's Thankstaking war, as they attempt to entice our heroes with wicked and deadly Black Friday-themed items. It's a shadowy recruitment scheme... but EbilCorp will stop at nothing to own YOU!

Featured Player Contributor: Ferozakh

For years now, we've had a Suggestion Shop in Yulgar's Inn, where art suggested by you guys, members of our player community, are created and added into the game. This way, YOU get to help build our world, and become a part of AQWorlds forever. Earlier this year, we began taking those ideas and art sent in by player contributors and featuring them in the weekly releases. This way, their creations can be even more celebrated and appreciated by all our heroes!

 

This artist has been sharing his art with fellow heroes on Twitter for years. We've been able to watch him grow and evolve as an artist, so we're excited to include Ferozakh in next week's event!

Tags: Alina,
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November 17, 2017

This Weekend: Mutations and Mayhem

Celebrate Memet's Birthday with a Nightmarish New Adventure!

True heroes defend the innocent, whenever - and wherever - they need help. This weekend, journey to a super-secret biological laboratory where the experiments were too cute to be evil… until Genetech got ahold of them!

As the good Dr. Ian Malcolm said in the original Jurassic Park... "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." Genetech's scientists should have watched more movies... but now, they've become part of their very own HORROR show.

  • A mysterious contagion is spreading through the lab.
  • All of the lab animals have been abandoned.
  • The most deadly experiment of them all is loose... and VERY VERY ANGRY.

Deadly (and Adorable) Rare Birthday Gifts

AdventureQuest Worlds writer + artist, Memet, is leveling up in real life. She’s crafted deadly (and adorable) new gear for you this week! Find her gear in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu until December 1st, 2017!

  • Hedgehog Kurugami Armor and Helm
  • Nightmare Moglin Kurugami Armor and Helm
  • Wistar-287 Bank Pet
Tags: Alina,
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November 10, 2017

This Weekend: Harvest Fest Returns

Help Oishii and Battle the Wretched Rider!

Before you can sit down to the hero-worthy feast Oishii's cooked up, talk to Ergotth in Feast. This ShadowMan has a mission for you, and a monsterous creature to defeat. Deal out its just deserts*, and then YOU can sit down to dessert! 

Take on the Wretched Rider

This weekend, talk to Ergotth in the /harvest map to find our more about this ancient undead creature (based on the real-world mythological creature called a dullahan), and why he is a threat to the residents of Greenguard.

All your favorite Fall holiday gear returns, then battle the Wretched Rider for a chance to earn a new seasonal reward set from Bido! The Undead Wretched Rider armor also drops from the boss quest.

Limited Time Set: Primal Wraith

Find the Primal Wraith set from Axeros in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu until December 1st! 

The set contains:

  • Primal Wraith armor
  • Wraith's Shadowed Hood, Skull Face, Crowned Skull, Shadowed Crown helms
  • Wraith's Backblades, Wings, Flight of the Wraith capes
  • Wraith's Cursed Daggers
  • Wraith's Lantern Mace
  • Wraith's Soul Collector Polearm
  • Wraith's Cursed Blade

Olantern's Undead Edge

The October Custom Weapon winner, Olantern, has graciously decided to share his prize with ALL of our heroes for a limited time! You can find his weapon, the Olantern's Undead Edge, in the /underworld until November 17th.

He's gotten a lot of feedback from all of his friends and fellow players, and we'll be making some adjustments to the stats and adding a 0 AC tag to the item later this week.

* Just deserts are not just for dessert.

J6 Birthday Gear and Contest Prizes

J6's seasonal birthday gear will return to the Hyperium shop later this weekend and if you were one of the Pumpkin Carving contest winners, you'll see your Artix Points and AQW prizes on your accounts this weekend, too. (The AQ3D prizes will take a little longer to award, but are coming soon).

Tags: Alina,
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November 03, 2017

Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners

Congratulations to all who entered!

Last month, we held our 2017 Pumpkin (and other weird, random, funny objects) Carnving contest. We had a lot of REALLY amazing entries, including a few that went WAY above and beyond! We were all so impressed, that we buffed the contest rewards to show our appreciation of all the skill and creativity the entrants demonstrated. Read on to see who won our Grand Prize, and take a look at all the winning entries. 

Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations, BloodyKnight_Rami111!  You'll receive:

  • 3000 Artix Points 
  • the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D
  • the BloodMoon Treasure Chest collection in AQW
  • and the Mogloween Cauldron t-shirt from HeroMart!

We will be in touch next week to get your t-shirt information, then will ship it to you.

Platinum Pumpkin Winners

Congratulations to:

Carvers in this patch will receive:

  • 3000 Artix Points
  • the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D
  • the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQW

"Spoopy Pumpkin" Above and Beyond Patch

Congratulations to:

These carvers went above and beyond in some way that really WOW'ed our judges. They'll each receive 2000 Artix Points!

Winners Circle

Congratulations to:

Carvers in this patch will receive:

  • 1000 Artix Points

Congratulations to all who entered, and to everyone who won! Prizes will be awarded next week.

Many thanks to all our contributor judges, who spent much time pouring (and salivating) over the entries and voted to help determine the final winners. 

Tags: Alina,
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November 06, 2017

This week: Harvest Fest Returns

Help Oishii and Battle the Wretched Rider!

This week, the majority of the team is working hard to bring you our EbilCorp Thanksgiving event, which releases November 3rd. While they do that, we're bringing back all our seasonal Harvest Fest events for you to battle through PLUS...

Take on the Wretched Rider

This weekend, talk to Ergotth in the /harvest map to find our more about this ancient undead creature (based on the real-world mythological creature called a dullahan), and why he is a threat to the residents of Greenguard.

All your favorite Fall holiday gear returns, then battle the Wretched Rider for a chance to earn a new seasonal reward set from Bido!

Olantern's Undead Edge

The October Custom Weapon winner, Olantern, has graciously decided to share his prize with ALL of our heroes for a limited time! You can find his weapon, the Olantern's Undead Edge, in the /underworld until November 17th.

He's gotten a lot of feedback from all of his friends and fellow players, and we'll be making some adjustments to the stats and adding a 0 AC tag to the item later this week.

Tags: Alina,
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November 02, 2017

AQWorlds, Feedback, and the Future

Reposting from Twitter to share with everyone

I've seen a lot of feedback screenshots going around lately. When in Rome (or on Twitter), do as the Roman Tweeters do. 

One of the best things about our community is how close all of you guys feel to the team, and how much we get to directly interact with you. I remember how I felt back when I first started playing AdventureQuest in 2006. The direct responses from the game makers was crazy to me; I'd never played a game where the devs talked to me directly, and considered my ideas.

We've always said that we make our games for and with you guys - it was true then, and it's still true today. (With as many ideas as you guys send in, we could make 5 different games... if we were also able to bend space and time). 

We care about all our games, and the feedback you give for them, as much as you do. And we know you care a LOT. The passion and dedication we see on our Twitter feeds is awe-inspiring. 

When you send specific feedback, we read it and internalize it... even if we can't act on it immediately. And sometimes (ok, maybe a lot of the time), the plans we made a year or two ago need to change because the game, the community, and the internet itself are changing. WAY faster than most people (or programs, or browser plug-ins) can keep up with.

But that doesn't stop us from coming in each week and doing everything we can to make the best (aka funny, punny, grand, and slightly insane) games we can. Every day, we strive to do our best, and our best is almost always bigger and bolder than what we did the month before. 

One hurdle our teams face right now is "scope creep" and managing expectations. AQWorlds is 9 years old; many of you have been playing our other games even longer than that. Making new content each week that feels as fresh and as "grand" as what came the week before would only be possible with a team 20 times as large as we currently are.

For as long as we've been around, we are still an indie company.We don't have investors; we're able to do what we do because of your support, and because we love the games we make and the community we make them for. 

What we all do here, together, is my life, and Artix's. That's true of all our developers and designers. It's what we do to feed our children, (and/or) our pets, and our cars (gasoline is like car food, right?). 

That's true because you -- and all our players -- care about our games. A lot of you want to see a lot of things in AQWorlds, AQ3D, AQ, and all our other games improve. So do we.

That's what we will keep doing, every week, incorporating as much of your feedback and suggestions and ideas as we can, because WE are Artix Entertainment.

Tags: Alina,
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November 03, 2017

Good and Evil and Golden Battles

This weekend: Golden Gauntlet, Achievement Tracker, and more!

We've got a lot planned for this weekend, and the team is already pushing full steam ahead to get everything ready for Friday. Because of how much we've got planned for you, in this week's update we return to the Celestial Realm's Arena to take on some of the brightest bosses in the game!

Golden Gauntlet in the Celestial Arena

This week's battles will send you to some of your favorite zones before you can blast through Aranx's shiniest bosses! Starting Friday, /join goldenArena and talk to Aranx to begin his quests: defeating original bosses to gain THEIR Champion Badges. Once you do, you can return to him to unlock the Golden Gauntlet boss versions.

  • Greenguard Dragon
  • Grand Inquisitor
  • Gladius
  • Karok the Fallen
  • Queen of Envy

Battle the golden bosses to get merge shop resources. You'll use these to collect the pieces of each boss's armor set! (The Blessed Inquisitor's gear is already available in the Celestial Arena)

 

Achievement Tracker Update

The 2017 Achievement Tracker rewards launch this weekend. Each of the 2017 Achievement Tracker houses is an exact replica of the zones themselves (except for Brightfall, which has been expanded to more closely match the size of ShadowFall).

  • 8 years membership: Swordhaven Castle House
  • 500,000 ACs: BrightFall Fortress House 
  • 9 years played: ShadowFall Fortress House

Each house will also have:

  • Color Customization room
  • Hair / Appearance room
  • Bank room
  • NPC to greet you and give access to rep shops 

Princess Victoria, Gravelyn, and the BrightScythe Gravelyn NPCs will also be added to the houses on Monday, to welcome you to your new home. See this year's Achievement Tracker update post for more details on how to claim your rewards.

 

NostalgiaQuest Update

Last year's 8 Year's Played achievement was an entire zone called "NostalgiaQuest" - a place where long-time heroes could go to relive some of their fondest memories and get new versions of their favorite gear. See everything the town holds in this post.

Both the team and players from around the internet sent in ideas for the update. Here's what made the final cut:

  • Mazumi NPC Armor (with male and female art), backblade, and locks 
  • Original AdventureQuest Mage, hood, cape, and staff (based off the very first Mage art Artix made back in 2002)
  • Enchanted Celestial Staff
  • Dual Iron Spears
  • Dual Undead Plague Spears
  • Dual Sanguine
  • Dual Oblivion Blade of Nulgath
  • Dual Grimlord Blade of Nulgath
  • Dual Legion Flesh Ripper
  • Dual Mighty Sword of the Dragons
  • Single-wield Butcher Knife

If you choose to change your base weapon (by enchanting it or making it dual-wield) you'll also have the option to revert it back to its original form.

Tags: Alina,
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November 03, 2017

This Weekend: BrightScythe Knight

Upgrade with a Membership or AdventureCoins for exclusive gear!

Starting this Friday, November 3rd, at 6 PM EST, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock the exclusive BrightScythe Knight November upgrade bonus items! Get the Golden Raider gear and the ShadowScythe Knight set with a 12 month membership or 12000 AC package.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: BrightScythe + ShadowScythe Sets

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 3 armors: BrightScythe Knight, ShadowScythe Knight, and ShadowScythe BattleMage
  • 5 helms
  • 5 weapons: 2 swords, 2 dual swords, 1 staff
  • 4 capes 
  • ShadowScythe Claymore floating sword pet
  • ShadowScythe Claymore BattlePet (member-only)
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: BrightScythe Knight Set

  • 1 Armor: BrightScythe Knight
  • 2 Helms
  • 2 Cape
  • 2 Weapon: sword + dual swords
  • BrightScythe Claymore floating sword pet
  • BrightScythe Claymore BattlePet (member-only)
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the BrightScythe character page badge, so you can show all your friends who REALLY dominates the Mirror Realm! The November bonus gear goes rare December 1st.

Tags: Alina,
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October 30, 2017

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.

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: October 30, 2017

  1. Dual BLoD damage bonus upped to 75% to match BLoD and other variants.
  2. Suit of Flame is now reputation required lowered to bottom end of rank 3 Etherstorm.
  3. Some more Naval Commander shading fixes.
  4. Button added at Ultra Vordred in /vordredboss in case of lag issues causing final quest not to register.
  5. Male Safiria Tribute head now turns into female instead of guy head on girl armour.  
  6. Wings of Sade on move position updated.
  7. Ceremonial Assistant Pet only has 2 ears now. Stray Pixel also removed.
  8. Voltaire’s Guitar lettering fixed.
  9. TLAPD maps removed.  Evolved Lightcaster will be sellable again after 24 hours have passed.
  10. PVP button got the letters back. (May need to reload/relog to see).
  11. “Life after Victoria” cutscene now loads properly on replay.
  12. Monochromancer colour error fixed.
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October 29, 2017

November Calendar of Events

This Month: Black and Gold and Thanksgiving!

November brings cool air, Fall colors, and the start of the holiday season here in the land of the Secret Underground Lab. Summer may be gone, but we're ready to Fall into a battle stance and gear up for all the releases to come! 

November 3: Golden Gauntlet in the Celestial Arena + November Upgrade bonus gear + Achievement tracker rewards + NostalgiaQuest update

November 10Thanksgiving Hub town + Wretched Rider bonus boss

November 17: Memet's birthday in the Nightmare Realm + Birthday rares

November 23EbilCorp Takes Over! Thanksgiving + Black Friday WAR

November 24: Even more Black Friday gear added to rares shop

November 27Cyber Monday rares shop

Tags: Alina,
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October 27, 2017

New Website Offers in Testing

Helping the Community Grow

Over the last month, you may have seen new additions to the website (like the RSS notification banner)... but maybe you haven't. We working with a team offsite* and looking at some new ways to help our community of heroes grow.

When that team tries new things, we test them out first, showing them to half of the visitors to the site, to see what they think and whether they like it or not. If it works well, we'll be showing the offers to everyone. 

We're planning to try a lot of new things - both to welcome new heroes to the game and to make playing AQWorlds better for all of you who've been with us for so long. Some special deals may only be available if you've been with us for a couple years, or if you're in a certain country (like how we have rewards for players in Brasil who use BoaCompra to upgrade)

Our community is very large, and made up of so many different types of people, with different play styles. We want to offer rewards and improve the game for all of those groups.

Wheel of Fortune

If you've seen the Wheel of Fortune website offer, lucky you! (If you have a friend who saw it and shared the code, also lucky you!) If you spin the wheel, you'll get a code you can use one time per account for a pretty sweet freebie.

Note: Captain Rhubarb just fixed an issue where the bonus ACs were not being rewarded when you redeemed the code. If you were affected, you will see those on your account now.

* This team does not work on the game itself, just the website. They are focused on improving how you (and other new visitors) experience the site. 

Tags: Alina,
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October 25, 2017

Next Week: 2017 Achievement Tracker Rewards

The more you play, the more rewards you'll unlock!

Every time you log into AQWorlds, you've got some goal: meeting up with friends, ranking your newest class, or farming for the Blinding Light of Destiny. The sense of satisfaction when you accomplish that goal is one of the best things about playing AQW! But we want to give you even MORE rewards for playing... and that's where the Achievement Tracker comes in.

NEW Achievement Tracker Rewards for 2017

  • 8 years membership: Swordhaven Castle House
  • 500,000 ACs: BrightFall Fortress House 
  • 9 years played: ShadowFall Fortress House

The 2017 Achievement Tracker rewards will launch with next weekend's Golden Gauntlet release in the Celestial Arena. Each of the 2017 Achievement Tracker houses is an exact replica of the zones themselves. Each house will also have:

  • Color Customization room
  • Hair / Appearance room
  • Bank room

Keep an eye on next week's Design Notse for the new NostalgiaQuest items! NostalgiaQuest is available to all players with the 8 years played achievement badge, and each year will get several new, very nostalgic items added to the zone.

What IS the Achievement Tracker?

If you're just hearing about the Achievement Tracker, it is one of the ways we reward you for staying, playing, and supporting AdventureQuest Worlds!

  • Time Played Badges track how old your account is (1 week, 1 year, 5 years, etc)
  • Sagas Completed Badges track which of the main storyline sagas you've finished
  • Loyalty Badges tracks the support our Legends and AC buyers have contributed

Some of these rewards may take a while to unlock, but don't worry... they will never leave, so you can keep battling towards your goal!

  • 3 different achievement categories: Sagas completed, Time Played, Loyalty
  • 54 badges and 200+ items
  • 3 of the badges are NEW this year: 9 years played, 8 years upgraded, and 500,000 ACs
  • 200+ permanent reward items for you to unlock, including the NEW gear below! 

And the best news: ALL of the progress you've ever made count towards the Achievement Tracker! 

How to unlock your rewards:

  1. Once you see an achievement unlocked on your Tracker, head in-game
  2. Open up your Book of Lore and go into the Achievements tab
  3. Scroll through your badges until you find your new badge and its shop
  4. Open the shop and get all the gear (0 ACs for free storage!)

Sagas Completed

Keep track of the main sagas in the 13 Lords of Chaos that you've completed! Grey badges mean you have yet to unlock the shop. Colored badges mean you can head in-game and find the reward shop in your Book of Lore!

 

  • Prologue: Ascended Avatar's Blade
  • Shadowfall: Shadow's Fang Gear
  • Chiral Valley: Phoenix Hunter Set
  • Dwarfhold: Mountain's Heart Gear
  • Yokai: Amethyst Enchantment Gear
  • Darkovia: Sapphire Enchantment Gear
  • Mythsong: Rockstar Armor
  • Arcangrove: Arcana Invoker
  • Sandsea: Sun's Tear Gear
  • Bloodtusk: Horcs Master Phoenix Hunter Set
  • Bloodtusk: TrollsElite Phoenix Hunter Set
  • The Span: Ruler of the Deep Set
  • Thunderforge: Blood Summoner Set
  • Swordhaven: Cyber Ruler Set
  • Mirror Realm: Mirror Daimyo Pet
  • Chaos Realm: Lore's Champion Set

Time Played 

Keep track of how old your account is... the longer you've been with us, the more rewards you get! Grey badges mean you have yet to unlock the shop. Colored badges mean you can head in-game and find the reward shop in your Book of Lore!

Time Played mockup

  • 1 week: Ornate Blade of Light
  • 1 month: Hunter's Gear
  • 3 months: Vasalkar's Champion Set
  • 6 months: Emerald Emperor's General Set
  • 12 months: Beastmaster Ravager 
  • 15 months: DoomKnight Battlemage Set
  • 2 years: Doomknight Shadowmage Set
  • 3 years: Prismatic Laser Set
  • 4 years: Bright Amadis Set
  • 5 years: Cyber Dreadhaven General Set
  • 6 years: Gravelyn's Champion Set

Loyalty 

The heroes who support the game by purchasing memberships and AdventureCoins are the lifeblood of AQWorlds! Without them, we could not keep the servers running or so much of the game available to anyone who wants to sign up and play. To thank them, we have several inventories' full of exclusive gear!

Each of the items in the Loyalty Achievement category come with a bonus, special item animation... or both as our way of saying THANKS! 

What counts for the totals?

  • Each month of membership you've purchased (total time purchased, not used)
  • ACs included in membership packages you've purchased
  • The 5k bonus AC add-on you can choose to add to membership packages
  • Any regular AC packages you've purchased
  • ACs earned through doing AExtras offers

  • 1 month: Gandolphin Pet
  • 2 months: Ultimate Flame Katana
  • 3 months: Celestial Paladin Set
  • 6 months: Illusionist Set 
  • 9 months: Phoenix Armor
  • 12 months: Elite Asgardian Set
  • 15 months: Bitterblade Rogue Set
  • 2 years: Chaos Watcher Armor
  • 3 years: DragonSlayer Inquisitor Set
  • 4 years: Jade Dragon Mage Set
  • 5 years: Toxic Flame Biker Morph and house item*

  • 500 ACs: Floating Matrix Conduit Katana pet
  • 2000 ACs: Blazing Chaos Gear
  • 12000 ACs: Overclocked Techsuit Set
  • 25000 ACs: Noxious Symbiote Armor
  • 50000 ACs: Toxic Symbiote Armor
  • 100,000 ACs: Necromancer Rising Set
  • 200,000 ACs: Platinum GryphonRider Set

 

Achievement Tracker Rewards: The Whys and Whats

A "reward" is, by definition, something that must be earned. It's given in return for service, merit, hardship, etc.

  • For players who unlock the "Time Played" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for their dedication and stamina, for staying with our community.
  • For players who unlock the "Sagas Completed" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for their skill and drive to complete the many in-game sagas.
  • For players who unlock the "Loyalty" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for having the desire and ability to financially support the development of the game.

Achievement tracker gear is a bonus, an extra bit of "oomph" to make the act of reaching the goals even more awesome!

For those of you unlocking new achievements this year, I hope you enjoy your bonuses! For those of you who are SO CLOSE to beating that saga or reaching that anniversary, keep at it! For those of you who have helped allow us to continue updating each week, thank you for your support! 

Remember: none of the achievement tracker rewards go rare. If you can't get the thing you want today, it will still be here tomorrow, next month, and next year!

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October 27, 2017

Mogloween War: Defend the Vampire Queen

Our 2017 Holiday event war begins NOW

The war to bring back Vampire Queen Safiria starts NOW!

Vampires: you have seven days to complete the Blood Moon ritual and help your original Queen return to our world.

Lycans: your goal is to interrupt the ritual. You'll need to destroy the Vampires' defenses and entry the Crypt before it is completed.

Safiria's fate, Solani's future, and that of ALL the vampires and lycans on Lore, depends on you. The choice is yours... who will you fight for?

War Stakes

The stakes have never been higher or harder* for the vampires and lycans of Lore. The first side to reach 100% on the war meter before the countdown timer hits zero wins... and determines the war boss for everybody!

Vampire victory: Queen Safiria returns to Lore, and rules over the Vampires with Royal Lady Solani

Lycan victory: the Ghost of Queen Safiria will return to the Underworld, and Queen Solani continues on as their ruler and Constantin's ally.

*pun 100% intended

Terms of Engagement

/join bloodmoonwar and talk to Rayne, the BloodFang General to fight for the Vampires OR talk to Saros, the Midnight Assassin Scout to fight for the Lycans.

Once you reach your chosen battlefield, slay enemies to get War Medals. Turn them in to raise your side's war meter.  Each time you turn in a quest, you have a chance to unlock a piece of reward gear.

War timeline:

  • War Start: main war quests unlock
  • 25%: bonus cutscene and extra war quest unlock
  • 50%: bonus cutscene unlocks
  • 75%: war reward chest with rare Eternal Flame capes and maces unlock
  • 100%: pre-boss cutscene and boss quest unlock
  • The End? final story cutscene unlocks... to be continued in the next Darkovia expansion!

Defend the Vampire Queens

No matter who you fight for, you're defending one of the Vampire Queens' rights to the throne.

For Vampires who value the old ways and their original leader... fighting for Safiria is your logical choice.

For Lycans who despise what Queen Safiria lead her vampires to do...  following Constantin in defending Solani's reign would be your path.

And for those of you out to get rich and get loot... battle on both sides of the graveyard!

War Rewards

We know that the heroes of Lore LOVE loot... and we've got a lot of it for the heroes working to earn it! Turn in the war medal and 25% meter quests for a chance to unlock reward gear, and complete the 25% war quest to get Rubies or Sapphires to spend in the war chest merge shops.

Vampire Rewards

  • Medal quests: Vampiric Knight armor, cape, sword, and cane
  • 25% quest: Blood Guardian armor, helm, sword, and pet
  • 75% war chest: Eternal Flame cape, daggers, 2 vampire surfboards, Vampotato pet
  • Boss: Safiria's Armor + Blood Moon Safiria house painting

Lycan Rewards

  • Medal quests: Midnight Assassin armor, helm, daggers, sword
  • 25% quest: Lycan Shaman armor, helm, sword, and pet
  • 75% war chest: Eternal Flame cape, daggers, 2 lycan surfboards, Weretato pet
  • Boss: Lunar Blazebinder + Constantin+Solani house painting

BOTH sides will have the WerePyre Warrior set in their 75% war chest. The pieces of this set will require Rubies AND Sapphires, so save up!

Defeated side war chest: The losing side's war chest WILL open when the winning side reaches 100%! However, the merge shop prices will be increased, as a penalty for the defeat.

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October 23, 2017

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.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.

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: October 23, 2017

  1. General Nevana set now Rare rarity.
  2. Gravefang's Furled Wings and Grave's Fang Blade +5 now Rare rarity.
  3. Barnabus no longer confused on what his name really is.
  4. Art fixes for:
    •      Toxic Swank Valentine
    •      BattleOn Destroyer
    •      DOOMFire Warrior Hair
    •      Cupid Avenger
    •      Royal Renegade Vampire
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October 19, 2017

Blood Moon Event Rares

Get 15th Anniversary / 9th Birthday / Mogloween Combo event rares!

Celebrate the AE 15th Anniversary + AQWorlds 9th Birthday with event rare gear. The Vampire Masquerade and Royal Vampire Renegade sets are only available for a limited time!

  • Vampire Masquerade Armor set
  • Royal Vampire Renegade Armor et
  • Vampire Dragon Bank Pet
  • Vampire Shifter Armor (gender-swapped version of the Vampire Lord Class art)

Unlock all 3 weeks of event rare gear + exclusive items!

We're celebrating our 15th anniversary / Friday the 13th / Mogloween combo event with an all-new holiday event rare chest! The Vampire Lord's Castle contains many hidden riches, but the most prized is the Blood Moon Treasure Chest. Permanently unlock all 3 weeks of Blood Moon event rare gear (like the Vampire Masquerade and Royal Vampire Renegade gear above) , plus an exclusive color custom class variant and character page badge for 10,000 AdventureCoins (that is 12,500 ACs worth of gear)!

Blood Moon Treasure Chest: 10,000 ACs

  • Exclusive color custom Enchanted Vampire Lord Class
  • Vampire Queen Memorial Statue with quest for rare character page badge
  • Dark Butler pet with house item shop
  • 5 event rare armors + accessories
  • Vampire Dragon Bank pet
  • Vampire Lord Castle House

The entire collection of gear will be available to you 0 ACs (meaning you can freely get it, delete it, and get it again whenever you want.) Like the Dragon King Treasure Chest, gear from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest cannot be sold.

Blood Moon Chest gear:

  • exclusive Enchanted Vampire Lord set
  • Vampire Masquerade armor set
  • Vampire Shifter armor (gender-swapped version of the Vampire Lord class)
  • Royal Vampire Renegade armor and helms
  • Dark Nosferatu armor set

All the items (except for the exclusive chest gear listed in red) will be available from the event rare shop for regular prices, and will release over the course of 3 weeks. 

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October 19, 2017

Real Life Blinding Light of Destiny

Crafted by Real Life Weaponsmith, Michael Cthulhu

Michael Cthulhu is famous for his YouTube channel where he creates real-life versions of fantasy weapons from video games... and he's finished crafting Artix's battleaxe, the Blinding Light of Destiny in real life!

Not only did he make the Blinding Light of Destiny for real... he made it REALLY sharp. Watch him making the axe here!

Who is Michael Cthulhu?

If you haven't heard of him before... we're happy to introduce you! Michael Cthulhu is a welder and weapon-smith who builds giant swords, axes, and other weapons for real-life warriors from around the world. He's also starred in a show on the Discovery Channel called, appropriately, Big Giant Swords.

Don't miss any of his next projects or news by following him all over the internet:

BLoD Damage Buff + Pumpkin Spice of Destiny Axe

We released the Blinding Light of Destiny in AQWorlds years ago, but we wanted to get in on the awesomeness, too! Since it's Mogloween season *and* the 15th anniversary, we've crafted the Pumpkin Spice of Destiny axe to help celebrate. Talk to MichaelCthulhu in Battleon to get the axe before it leaves on November 3rd!

Many thanks to ALL the heores on Twitter who helped brainstorm ideas for the axe's name with Artix! We bring you, the Pumpkin Spice of Destiny ... also known as the: 
Pumpkin's light of Terror 
Pumpkin Squash of Destiny
Blinding Light from PUMPKIN Root
Moglowing Axe of Destiny
The hollows light of destiny
Fusion Pumpkin of DESTROY
blinding pumpkin of spice
Blight gourd of destiny
pumpkin light of destiny
Pumpkin slicer of destiny
and many more names
from many more heroes who are now being followed by Artix on Twitter!
Plus, because we are SO EXCITED about the real-life axe, we've given the in-game Blinding Light of Destiny and Ascended Blinding Light of Destiny axes a HUGE buff... each axe now does a total of 75% more damage to Undead monsters when equipped!
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October 20, 2017

This Weekend: Blood Moon Boss Battle

Blood, Bones, and 5-part Boss Battle!

This weekend, join special guest stars Aurelio Voltaire, Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll, the AQW team, and tens of thousands of your fellow heroes as we battle to escape Count Maxius’ castle in a 5-part boss fight… to the UNDEATH! Our AE 15th Anniversary + AQW 9th Birthday + Mogloween triple event continues Friday in… the Red Dawn Gauntlet!

Choose Wisely...

Make sure you've finished last week's release in /bloodmoon, because the companions you rescue there hold the key to helping you survive this week's multi-stage boss battle! Each holds an item that will prove vital to defeating Count Maxius and his minions...

  • Aurelio Voltaire and his Wounded Heart
  • Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll and Pony Gary Yellow
  • Safiria's Ghost and her Spirit Orb
  • Bubble and Bubble the Cat
  • Constantin and the WolfFang Dagger

Featured Player Suggestion Gear: Crimson BoneLord

Each of the bosses in this week's release drops one or more pieces of our featured player suggestion gear... crafted by two of Lore's finest hero-smiths: Nakana Rei and Evan!

Each of these talented artists has battled through Lore for years, and we're excited to include their contributions in this week's release - as 0 AC farming gear, all you heroes willing to fight for your rewards have a chance to get these epicly dark and deadly gear!

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October 18, 2017

2017 Pumpkin Carving Contest

Can you... SQUASH... the competition?!

… Ok, at this point maybe “Fall Food Decorating Contest” is more appropriate, but it just doesn’t have the same ring. BUT on to the contest! Do you have what it takes to carve the best AdventureQuest Worlds-themed pumpkin in all of Lore? How skilled are you in the fine arts of squash carnage? Are you able to duel-wield a camera and a carved ear of corn at the same time? If so, this contest is perfect for you!

Attention all ye who wish to enter…this contest: Mogloween is drawing ever near, so we need pumpkin-carving masters to take on this challenge!

Mogloween mog-luh-ween; noun

The evening of October 31 in Lore; celebrated in the month of October; observed especially by Heroes in costumes who solicit treats, candy, and Seasonal Rare items inside AdventureQuest Worlds

Prize Details

  1. There will be ONE Grand Prize winner, who shall receive 2000 ArtixPoints AND the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D AND the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQWorlds

  2. 2nd Place Winners will get 1000 ArtixPoints AND the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D AND the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQWorlds

  3. 3rd Place Winners will get 700 ArtixPoints

  4. Runner Ups will get 500 ArtixPoints

  5. If you go Above and Beyond, we shall award you accordingly ;)

Contest Timeframe

The contest will range from today, October 18th until 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 27th. The winners will be announced the following week on the Design Notes.

Contest Rules

To be considered, all entries must:

  • Include your game character name and the year (2017) visually displayed somewhere within the picture or video

    • The game character name in the picture must be tied to an Artix account to receive a prize

  • Must not use digitally altered art (so no photoshopping) - we want to see what you can do offline!

  • Be themed on any Artix game, character, monster, etc

  • Be posted to the AE_Contests Twitter accountAQW Facebook account

  • The photo of your pumpkin must be of the highest quality—the bigger and more clear the picture, the better!

  • One entry per person

You are welcome to think outside the box and submit other non-pumpkin creative entries for our consideration… but carved pumpkins and gourds are what we want to feature!  So you COULD...

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Dress an ear of corn

  • Carve a pumpkin pie

  • Build a diorama featuring acorn squash

  • … the possibilities are endless

Reminders

  1. Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only win once per person!

  2. A true hero is a good sportsman -- we reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants.

  3. As always, entries that WOW us and go above and beyond, displaying true effort or creativity, will get extra-special attention (or prizes)!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your creativity carved into pumpkins… or gourds… or apples (?!)! Will you win the Grand Prize? There is only one way to find out—submit your photo today!

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October 16, 2017

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.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.

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: October 16, 2017

  1. Kaiju chest is giving proper quest again.
  2. All previous F13 maps (that are not rare) are now open to all players.
  3. Shadow Blade Shinobi Hair fixed.
  4. Vampire Lord Morph - all 3 versions are now CC to skin on face.
  5. Sinister Clown rarity changed to same as rest of set: Seasonal.
  6. Vampire Dragon Bank Pet should remember he’s a bank pet now.
  7. Lynaria’s button to Falcontower works now.
  8. Sora is no longer holding people hostage in Oaklore.  WHOOPS! Seems we were a little ahead on this. The fix has been made, but other fixes are coming as well so this one will not be live just yet.  
  9. Book of Lore badges showing when they should not has now been fixed.
  10. Various typos.
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October 13, 2017

Blood Moon Rising: Friday the 13th

Battle through Part 1 of the Blood Moon Event!

A rare Blood Moon rises in the night sky. Scouts report a castle appearing out of thin air in Darkovia. Undead across Lore grow restless. These signs can only mean one thing… Friday the 13th is upon us! This weekend, log in for our dual 15th anniversary + Friday the 13th event with special guest stars Voltaire and Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll!

Featuring music from Aurelio Voltaire and One-Eyed Doll, you'll rock out as you battle to escape the deceptively-friendly Count Maxius' castle!

  • Fight to escape from (and free!) your friends
  • Take on the cuddliest, cutest, most terrifiyingest boss
  • Battle to earn the Dungeon Rockstar armor and other reward drops

Blood Moon Treasure Chest Collection

Find the Blood Moon Treasure Chest in Battleon starting tonight! 

Unlock over 25 holiday event rare items immediately inside the Blood Moon Treasure Chest! Plus, permanently unlock an exclusive color custom class variant, house item, and rare character page badge, available until November 3rd, 2017 (that is 12,500 ACs worth of gear)!


Blood Moon Treasure Chest: 10,000 ACs

  • Exclusive color custom Enchanted Vampire Lord Class
  • Exclusive Vampire Queen Memorial Statue with quest for rare character page badge
  • Exclusive Dark Butler pet with house item shop
  • 5 event rare armors + accessories
  • Vampire Dragon Bank pet
  • Vampire Lord Castle House

The entire collection of gear will be available to you 0 ACs (meaning you can freely get it, delete it, and get it again whenever you want.) Like the Dragon King Treasure Chest, gear from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest cannot be sold.

All the items (except for the exclusive chest gear) will be available from the event rare shop for regular prices, and will release over the course of 3 weeks. 

Vampire Lord Class Now Available!

Welcome to Vampire Lord! The much anticipated class is finally coming out (or has, depending on when you’re reading this), and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone!

Vampires are all about blood, beatings and… bats! With that in mind we gave the Vampire Lord class a kit with a focus on sustain, debuffs and, well... bats! It seemed only natural to build it into a solid farming class and so all of its abilities can hit (count it) 2 targets.

How to unlock the Vampire Lord Class

There are several different variants of the Vampire Lord Class, and 3 different ways to unlock it.

  1. Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Seasonal)
  2. Royal Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Rare)
  3. Enchanted Vampire Lord Class: color customizable, only available from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection. (Rare exclusive)
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October 13, 2017

Vampire Lord Class

Unlock our new Anniversary / Mogloween Class this weekend!

Welcome to Vampire Lord! The much anticipated class is finally coming out (or has, depending on when you’re reading this), and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone!

Vampires are all about blood, beatings and… bats! With that in mind we gave the Vampire Lord class a kit with a focus on sustain, debuffs and, well... bats! It seemed only natural to build it into a solid farming class and so all of its abilities can hit (count it) 2 targets.

How to unlock the Vampire Lord Class

There are several different variants of the Vampire Lord Class, and 3 different ways to unlock it.

  1. Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Seasonal)
  2. Royal Vampire Lord Class: buy it for 2000 AdventureCoins or talk to Safiria to farm for it. (Rare)
  3. Enchanted Vampire Lord Class: color customizable, only available from the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection. (Rare exclusive)

Recommended Enhancements: Wizard, Lucky.

Vampire Lords rule over their sanguine servants and, feasting on the blood of mortals, they can live forever. Don't show one a mirror though, or you might not like what you don't see.

Mana Regeneration

Vampire Lords gain mana when they:

  • Strike an enemy in combat (more effective on crits)
  • Are struck by an enemy in combat.

Skill Breakdown

Auto Attack: Slash
Rank needed: 1
Mana cost: 0
Cooldown: 2 sec. cooldown
Type: Physical
Range: Long Ranged
Description: You slash out at two targets with your extended Vampire claws, dealing 70% weapon damage to each. Deals 70% damage to 2 targets.

2 targets! Good damage too, just wait until you see your 4th skill!


Rank 1: Devour Blood

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 5 sec.
Type: Magical/Physical
Range: Long Ranged
Description: Deals damage to up to 2 enemies and heals for some of the damage dealt. Applies 'Blood Loss' debuff to your enemies, reducing damage done by 50% for 5 seconds.

Does not apply 'Blood Loss' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

This is your heal and defensive debuff. It’ll keep you alive and help some teammates stay alive too.

 

Rank 2: Sonar Scream

Mana cost:  0
Cooldown: 10 sec.
Type: Magical
Range: All
Description: Applies 'Deafened' debuff to up to 4 enemies, increasing the damage they take by 30% for 8 seconds. If you have 'Aspect of The Bat', applies 'Sonar Senses' buff to yourself, increasing your hit chance by 50% for 8 seconds.

Does not apply 'Deafened' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

Use this to grab all the attention when you enter a room (who doesn’t love screaming the moment they enter a room?). It has the longest range of all your skills and the most targets. Its Deafened debuff is great to maximize damage so don’t forget to sneak it in before getting batty.

Rank 3: Ghoul Gouge

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 8 sec.
Type: Magical/Physical
Range: Long Range
Description: Deals damage to up to 2 targets and applies 'Gouged' debuff to your enemies, dealing damage over 12 seconds.

Does not apply 'Gouged' while 'Aspect of The Bat' is active.

This is your big damage dealer while applying a decent DoT as well. Even though you lose the DoT while Aspect of The Bat is active, you gain a ton of mana cause of all the damage so it’s still huge.


Rank 4 Passives

Pure Blood: Increases Endurance by 25%
Ageless: Intellect increased by 30%, Crit Rate reduced by 20%

Your defensive skills aren’t a little lacking so the Endurance helps cushion that. Crit Rate reduction here only matters if you don’t have Aspect of The Bat, so it’s not as bad as it looks. The intellect buff is to boost your damage and haste.

Rank 5: Aspect of The Bat

Mana cost: 25
Cooldown: 30 sec.
Type: No Modifiers
Range: Melee
Description: You take on the aspects of a bat! Your haste and crit chance increase by 500% for 15 seconds but you deal 50% less damage, take 50% more, , your skills cost 100% more mana and no longer apply debuffs to your enemies.

It immediately maxes out your crit rate and haste so you will be critting every single hit and your autos hit every second! This comes at a cost though. All of your damage is cut in half, you take more damage and your skills no longer debuff and all mana costs are doubled! You’ll find that this still results in a massive damage boost and you regain mana more if you crit... as long as you’re hitting enough enemies.

Versus one enemy you may run into mana problems and healing (you heal from each target hit) but versus three or more and you might begin to take too much damage. Versus two enemies is where you’ll find the sustain to be just right.


Rank 10 Passive

Sanguine Lord: Damage increased by 20%

Who doesn’t love more damage?

Conclusion

To master this class, you’ll have to master timing your debuffs perfectly. Aspect of The Bat is situational and figuring out the best times will take some practice. If your health gets low, you might not want to use Aspect of The Bat, because stakes will be higher and you won’t get the defensive debuff from Devour Blood. If your mana gets low though, despite the increase in mana costs, Aspect of The Bat will likely recover your mana faster because of all the crits.

We all had a bloody good time building this class! Happy fighting!

PS: the original (Rare) Vampire Class will ALSO get the skills listed above. Enjoy!

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October 30, 2017

Last Chance for 9th Upholder

Upgrade with Any Membership until this Friday November 3rd

This is your LAST CHANCE to unlock the 9th Upholder upgrade bonus! Upgrade with any membership until November 3rd to unlock our 2017 Star Swords, the exclusive class, zone, and all our membership perks! 

What is an Upholder?

Nine years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Now, we are celebrating AQW's 9th birthday and offering YOU the chance to join the AQW Founders by becoming a 9th Upholder!

The first nine years have been crazy, insane, and awesome, but you have not seen anything yet. We are returning to some fan-favorite areas in 2018 - Darkovia, Yokai, and more! The Queen of Monsters is still a threat to the world, but we want to focus on more "immediate" stories featuring the characters you know and love, and their adventures in the post-Chaos Saga world. 

What does a 9th Upholder get?

As a 9th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!*

  • Vampire Star Sword 

  • Lycan Star Sword 

  • Paladin Star Sword 

  • Dragonborn Star Swords

  • 9th Upholder Character Page Badge

  • Infinite bragging rights

  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone

The Paladin, Vampire, and Lycan star swords come with 2017 and classic variants (because we know you long-time heroes love that classic art!) Once you become a 9th Upholder, you can easily access these Items in your Book of Lore by clicking your 9th Upholder Badge icon in the Badges tab.

* The Sentinel Class will be available for ALL previous Upholders and Founders as our way of saying thanks for supporting us in the past!


How do I become a 9th Upholder?

All that we ask is that you help support AQW the game undergoes its exciting rebirth!

Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count toward 9th Upholder.

Want to know if you're already an Upholder?

That's easy! Just click the Manage Account link on the left under the ACCOUNT section. As soon as you sign in you'll see when your membership expires. Here's mine:

Cool! When Do I Get My Upholder Gear?

9th Upholder badges, Star Swords, and Sentinel Class will be awarded starting September 29th! You will find your 9th Upholder Badge in your Book of Lore in the Other Badges tab.

Only Memberships Count?

Yes. You can use Artix Points on the Portal site or any method in AQW to upgrade, but it MUST be an AQW Membership. AdventureCoins DO NOT COUNT TOWARD 9th Upholder.

Your Support Makes AQWorlds Possible!

Thank you so much for helping us make AQWorlds! Without you, we couldn't make this game, or allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy it for free. We couldn't keep AQWorlds running without every single upgrade and AC that you buy. Nearly every penny you spend goes back into the game.

Though some people prefer buying AdventureCoins and others prefer upgrading, anyone who spends real money on this game deserves to get as much as we can give them, because without their support... there wouldn't BE an AQWorlds for everyone to play!

You may not know this but AQW (like all AE games) is ENTIRELY supported by the players. We have no financial backers and nobody owns stock in the company. Clicking on ads and doing AExtras offers does bring in some money, but not nearly enough to keep AQWorlds free for everyone to enjoy.

That's why we continue to reward the AQWorlds' Founders, who supported us in the very beginning. To make sure they know how much we appreciate that, we are continuing to give them free gear each year!

Thank you for battling alongside us, and for sharing your ideas and love of AQWorlds with us. You truly are the best gaming community on the internet, and I am genuinely grateful for all of you. /bow Thank you for the first 6 years of AQWorlds, and here's to another 5 years, 10 years, and beyond!

* The same way that the Founders got their chance at the birth of the game and the way 1st Upholders got their chance eight years ago, 2nd Upholders got the chance seven years ago, 3rd Upholders got the chance six years ago, 4th Upholders got their chance five years ago, 5th upholders got their chance four years ago, 6th upholders got their chance three years ago, 7th Upholders got their chance two years ago, and 8th Upholders got their chance last year at this time.
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