Design Notes

October 10, 2018

ShadowScythe General and Special Bludrutbrawl event!

Fight the team in Bludrutbrawl today at 5pm eastern!

The Class Council will be participating in /bludrutbrawl team pvp fights from 5pm+ eastern Thursday, October 11th on the Artix server. Look out for the new ShadowScythe General class on Class Council members!

Welcome to the ShadowScythe General design notes! First off, this testing version of the class will be available to members 1 week before official release. The skills below will likely be changed by the time the official release happens NEXT Friday. 

How to Get the Class 

You can obtain the test version of the class tomorrow (the 12th) if you're a member by speaking to Gravelyn in birthday /battleontown. The Member preview class will convert to a base class next week when the class is out for everyone!

Starting Friday, October 19th, you can get the class by...

  • Talking to Gravelyn in Battleontown to find the Class for 2,000 ACs or 
  • Collect merge items from the daily quest to create the Class or
  • Farm the boss for a 3% drop to get the merge items to create the class

Important details

  • Legends can earn the merge items 2x faster!
  • Both versions of the Class and gear will be permanently available. 
  • The AC versions of the armor, helms, cape, and weapon will have additional damage boosts.

Class Focus

We built this class with a focus on group PvP. It’s a niche we haven’t really focused on much and we wanted the Paladin-crushing General to be an absolute boss in group PvP. In fact, your Undead Rebirth straight up prevents Paladins (and LightCasters) from getting or giving several of their auras! Outside of PvP we also wanted it to hold its own as a farming class and we gave it some of the best sustain out there.

Description: Recommended Enhancements: Lucky, Hybrid. By the powers of of Noxus, you have been reborn as an Undead General! Paladins, Lightcasters and even High Lords tremble at your dark presence. Gather your undead army and take what is rightfully yours!

Stats: ShadowScythe Generals favor Strength, Intellect, and Endurance

Mana Regen: ShadowScythe Generals don't use mana. They gain power from submitting their defenses to Consuming Shadows.

Abilities:
Auto Attack: Shadow Slam
Deals damage on hit and grants a stack of Consuming Shadows which which debuffs your damage resistance by 4% and increases the damage done on all of your skills for 20 seconds. Stacks to 20. Also applies Overwhelming Shadows to your target, reducing their haste and damage by 10% for 2 seconds.
          Type: Physical
          ManaCost: 0
          Cooldown: 4 seconds
          AOE: 1
          Medium range
          
Rank 1: Shadow Blast
Disperse the shadows in a blast of dark energy. Deals damage to up to 6 targets and has a 50% chance to petrify them for 1 second. Applies 3 stacks of Consuming Shadows per target hit. You also gain Rush of Unlife which increases your haste by 40% for 8 seconds.

           Type: Physical/Magical
           ManaCost: 0
           Cooldown: 8 seconds
           AOE: 6
           Full screen range


Rank 2: Bone Picker
Rips the bones right out of your enemies! Deals damage to up to 6 targets and applies a stack of Consuming Shadows. Also applies a stack of Undead Assembly which increases your damage done and healing done by 10%. Undead Assembly lasts 15 seconds and stacks to 4.
           Type: Physical/Magical
           ManaCost: 0
           Cooldown: 6 seconds
           AOE: 6
           Full screen range


Rank 3: Undead Rebirth
You rebuild yourself. Applies a HoT that lasts 4 seconds. Your undeath creates an aura of decay around you preventing up to 6 hostile targets from healing for 4 seconds. Applies a Shadow Seal on you and your enemies which blocks your enemies from applying the following auras: Illuminated, Lumen, Light Wave, Soul Drinking, Abolish, Righteous Seal and Blinding Light. Shadow Seals lasts 10 seconds.
           Type: Physical/Magical
           ManaCost: 0
           Cooldown: 10
           AOE: 6 (hostile only)
           Full screen range

Rank 4 Living Dead
          Increases damage resistance to a max of 80% and prevents 10% of damage resistance debuffs.

Rank 4 Passive: Unblinded
          Increases your hit chance by 30%

Rank 5:  Shadow Void
Explode in a void of darkness. Deals massive damage to your primary target and less damage to up to 5 surrounding targets. Damage is increased by Consuming Shadows stacks and consumes those stacks. Damage always crits and can't miss. Also applies Crippling Fear to all enemies hit, decreasing their dodge and hit chance by 30% for 3 seconds.
           Type: Physical
           ManaCost: 0
           Cooldown: 12 seconds
           AOE: 6
           Full screen range

Rank 10 Passive: Sepulchure’s Blessing
          Increases your Crit Chance by 20%



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October 04, 2018

Naval Commander and Dragon Shinobi Buffs!

Classy Buffs for Killer Heroes

This week we have two class buffs for you. The (delayed) Naval Commander and Dragon Shinobi. Read on for more details about the changes to each class in the full Design Notes post here.

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September 10, 2018

How to Get LightCaster Class: Update

If you've already got the Class, this does not apply to you

 

The Good news: the LightCaster Class is CRAZY strong and REALLY easy to get.

The Not-So-Good news: the LightCaster Class is CRAZY strong and REALLY easy to get.

 

 

In the name of improving class diversity and healthier game balance moving forward, we're making some changes to the LightCaster Class requirements.

 

The Better news: If you already have the LightCaster Class, NOTHING changes for you. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Go on blasting bad guys like you always have.

 

The Best news: LightCaster Class is NOT CHANGING or being nerfed. (BUT Heroes who do not already have the class will need to hit level 80 before they can start to unlock it.)

 

If you don't have LightCaster Class yet, pull up a notepad and read on. You've unlocked a new quest!

 

LightMage Class: the Precursor to LightCaster

If you do not have the LightCaster Class yet, starting this Friday, you'll need to obtain LightMage Class. LightMage is LightCaster’s younger sibling. It’s a less powerful but balanced version you'll unlock if you own the Evolved LightCaster or Enchanted LightCaster armors. 

To get LightMage Class:

  1. Talk to Aranx in the /celestialrealm map (click "Shops")
  2. Buy the Evolved LightCaster armor from the Evolved LightCaster Armor shop.*
  3. Get the Evolved LightCaster Token from its shop.
  4. Use this token to purchase the LightMage Class.**

Rank up your LightMage Class and enjoy!

*If you already have the LightCaster Class you can get LightMage for free by buying a free LightCaster Token C from the same shop.

**The LightMage Class Shop will only appear if you own Evolved LightCaster (or the Rare Enchanted LightCaster). If you have Enchanted LightCaster, then you will use that Token to purchase the LightMage Class.

To get LightCaster Class:

  1. Talk to Aranx in the /celestialrealm map
  2. Get the Evolved LightCaster Armor. Buy the Evolved LightCaster armor from Aranx’s shop shop to get the LightMage Token.
  3. Get LightMage Class. Click “LightMage Class” in Aranx’s apop once you have the LightMage Token to get the Class.
  4. Complete Aranx's Celestial Realm quests. You’ll need to do all the quests in /celestialrealm and /lostruinswar to access the farming quest
  5. Get LightMage to at least Rank 1 and gather all the items required to start the quest, then begin the LightCaster Quest. Accept Aranx’s LightCaster Class quest to begin (Level 80+ required, at least 1 rank in LightMage required and the items listed below)**
  6. Complete the quest to unlock the LightCaster Class.

Rank up your LightCaster Class and enjoy!

** The LightCaster Class quest can be found by clicking ‘Shops’ and then ‘LightCaster Class’ on Aranx in /celestialrealm.

LightCaster Class Quest

Requires LightMage (rank 1)

Items required to start the quest are:

  • Guardian of Spirits’ Blade  
  • Avatar Of Death’s Scythe 
  • Lance of Time 
  • Burning Blade 
  • Burning Blade of Abezeth

Guardian of Spirits’ Blade  
Defeat Infernal Knights or Fallen Knights in /celestialrealm, /lostruinswar or /lostruins 
Turn in Trapped Spirits to Aranx in /celestialrealm by clicking ‘Farming Quests’

Avatar Of Death’s Scythe 
Defeat Undead Hounds in /lostruinswar or /lostruins
Turn in Energy of Death to Aranx in /celestialrealm by clicking ‘Farming Quests’.

Lance of Time 
Defeat Infernal Imps in /celestialrealm, /lostruins or /lostruinswar
Turn in Captured Time to Aranx in /celestialrealm by clicking ‘Farming Quests’.

Burning Blade 
Defeat Diabolic Warlord in /lostruinswar for a 1% chance to get a Burning Blade.

Burning Blade of Abezeth
Defeat Aranx in /celestialarenad for a 5% chance to get a Burning Blade of Abezeth

You'll need Aranx’s Pure Light to complete the quest, which has a 10% chance to drop from Aranx in /celestialarenad starting this Friday!

Now that the how is out of the way, here is the what! 

LightMage Class

(Armor art and skill animations match LightCaster)

Auto Attack (1)
Double click a monster to start Auto Attacking it. This is a basic attack, taught to all adventurers. Damage dealt is based on your weapon damage.

Light Beacon (2)
Cast down an elemental light beacon upon the target. Does lite damage and applies In The Beacon increasing the amount of damage your opponent takes by 2% per stack and lasts 10 seconds if not re-stacked. (Stacks up to 50 times)

Light Beam (3)
Beam your opponent with a ball of pure light. Deals significant damage that is guaranteed to hit but cannot crit. Each hit applies a stack of Blinding Light which decreases your opponent's chance to hit by 5% per stack and lasts 12 seconds if not restacked. Maxes out at 2 stacks.

Lumenator (4)
Casts a net of light upon your allies. Heals for 300% spell damage to up to 6 allies and applies Lumen which increases damage, crit damage, crit chance, hit chance, dodge chance, haste and damage resistance all by 8% for 12 seconds. Cannot stack.

Seared by the Light (5)
You focus the power of the entire sun on a single point. Does a large amount of damage on hit then deals 400% damage over 10 seconds.

Bright Mind (p1)
Increases Intellect by 8%

Light Speed (p2)
Increases Haste by 8%

Power of the Light (p3)
Increases all damage done by 10%

All in all, this is a solid single target mixed healing/dps class with a decent group buff. It doesn’t have that absolutely busted well rounded good-at-everything-ness that LightCaster has but it will hold you over for pretty much any non-major boss fight in the game. Also, pro-tip, LightMage and LightCaster's auras are different so you can stack LightMage's Lumen with LightCaster's Illuminated!

 

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October 29, 2013

Plasma Pyro: Too Hot For This World

Plasma Pyro should totally be rare, right?

Yep. It should. It's an awesome set! Each piece of it is made of beautifully rendered flames that flicker and dance across your character's body. And, apparently, cause a lot of lag for a significant portion of our players. Wouldn't be a big deal if this was a rarely-seen set, but when an armor looks this good, of course everyone is going to want it:

Freakin' gorgeous.

Obviously it's freakin' gorgeous, so we don't want to remove it from the game entirely. And we definitely want to give those of you who might have used a slightly-delayed payment method a chance to get this great set. However, we do need to limit the number of people who have it, for lag-management reasons. So the set will remain in game until Friday, at which point it will go rare.

And on the bright side (heh, bright), all of you Arklen fans who bought it will be the proud owners of a very limited, very prestigious set. Good compromise?

PS: the Chaos War rare gear leaves this Friday! Don't miss out on some of this great gear. /join chaoswar to battle the Chaorrupted creatures of Lore!

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October 29, 2013

Arklen’s Artist Showcase Shop

Animation Wizard turned Featured Artist

Just when you thought your favorite day was Friday Release Day… here comes Tuesday taking the spotlight with the Featured Artist Showcase Shop!

Artist Showcase Shop online adventure games

Special Tuesdays throughout the year are dedicated to an AdventureQuest Worlds artist who gets to express his or her creativity by creating unique items for YOU! We have been blessed with the artistic talents of… *a really big deep breath*… Zoshi, Diozz, Tyronius, Aegis, Jemini, Ven, J6, Dage, Mido, Hizu, Nuglath, and myself, *another big breath* aaaand now it’s time for Arklen to ignite the stage.

Give me the Goodies

As much as you’d love to learn more about Arklen as a person, you’re probably a bit more excited about the items in his shop. And for good reason, too—Arklen conjured up some of the HOTTEST items we have ever seen!

Plasma Pyro Armor and Helm

Plasma Pyro Armor and Helm

Plasma Pyro items

Plasma Pyro Cape, Plasma Pyro Blade, and Battle Pet Pyro

Arklen Banana Blade

B’Naner Blade… because you’ve always wanted a delicious concealed weapon… some might even call it a conpeeled weapon...

Starting at 5pm Sever Time, open your Game Menu and claim your favorite Arklen items from the Featured Artist Shop! You can also speak with Arklen in Battlecon to access his hot stuff.

Pyro Pricing

Due to insane inferno animations, the items in Arklen’s Shop will be Legend-Only, OR you can use AdventureCoins instead! If you haven’t already become an Upgraded Legend, then this is the PERFECT time to Upgrade your Membership because the LAST day for 5th Upholders is Thursday, October 31.

5th Upholder badge and star swords

Click here to become a Legend now!

Additionally, we are running a special on AdventureCoins: 10% More AdventureCoins when you buy with a Credit Card.

Earn 10 percent more ACs when you buy with your Credit Card

Click here to order your AdventureCoins bundle and receive 10% more ACs!

So if you wanna be the hottest thing in AQWorlds—literally—then help support your favorite online adventure game and show off your smokin’ hotness =D

Hark Arklen’s Story

Arklen’s adventures began 10 years ago when he started playing the original AdventureQuest—it was the only Flash RPG back then! After scoring some animation software, Arklen created a magical floating turtle that shot a blue water blob at its enemies. When Captain Rhubarb and Galanoth caught sight of this reptilian rascal, they invited the intrepid animator to join the Artix Entertainment family.

Arklen first animation in AdventureQuest game 

For as long as he can remember, Arklen always liked drawing. Japanese TV shows made drawing seem a little more accessible, and his immensely more talented friend kept him motivated. Arklen calls himself an Animator first and an Artist second. He’s been focusing on effects animation (hence the Plasma Pyro armor set), but character animation is close behind. To this day, Arklen continues to animate and is leveling up his artist abilities with the help of the AE community!

Arklen Featured Artist

Not only has Arklen traveled across AdventureQuest Worlds, but also all across the real-world; he’s found artistic inspiration in Poland, London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Arklen also loves raviolis, sweet chili, and spaghetti squash. Douse that with red sauce, and he’s in love. Wash it all down with an almond milkshake and Arklen is in heaven! 

Wowie! Arklen sure is a fascinating fellow. And come later this afternoon, you too will be fascinated by Arklen’s fiery items as you Battle On to victory!

xoxo Beleen

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