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January 26, 2014

Drew needs our help!

Help fund AQWorld's Drew Drechsel to compete in Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) Malaysia!

Drew Drechsel is AQWorld's very own "Real-Life Ninja." Appearing in-game as the Ninja Trainer,  Drew is best known for being one of the top competitors on the TV show, American Ninja Warrior. Drew is athelete of exceptional ability and has the heart and attitude of a true champion. Basically a real life Goku. He is also a good friend. When Drew was accepted to compete on Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) in Malaysia he was so exited! I personally believe he has a real opportunity to win if he goes. However, he does not have the money to cover the international trip & expenses. So what do you say we help him out? We have had success doing something just like this when you helped win J6 into that space camp program! More importantly, if someone's Ninja is going to be out there winning international competitions, it should be *OURS*! If you are able, please donate a few dollars to help send Drew Drechsel to compete in Malaysia via GoFundMe.

Send Drew Drechsel to compete in Malaysia

Update: Myself and a few other players have already chipped in. He is already over 1/3rd the way!


October 17, 2013

Dragon Shinobi Class Skills Breakdown


You've battled Brutalcorn, fought off con rot at BattleCon, and saved the convention guests and Artix Entertainment staff from certain doom at the hands of marauding undead ravers! Now, Artix needs your help again! Find him in the Underground Lab to unlock AQWorlds' 5th Anniversary class, which is... (drumroll, please)

What's better than ninjas? Dragon ninjas.

Dragon Shinobi! During our 5th Birthday event, you'll be able to earn this class by helping Artix save BattleCon (and the Underground Lab!) from a monster invsion. After the event ends, you'll still be able to buy it from Ragnar in Battleon. The class will be in game until our 6th birthday, at which point it will go rare.

To earn Dragon Shinobi, find Artix at the underground lab. Complete quests for him to earn Dragon Shinobi tokens, and then merge the tokens into class set items at his Dragon Shinobi merge shop. Just like last year, you'll have a month to earn the tokens you need. After that time, the only way to get these items will be to buy them. You should be able to earn enough tokens pretty easily though, since the quests can be repeated as often as you want. Plus there's an extra quest for Legends, so if you have a membership it will go even faster.

Anyway, on to the class itself...

Dragon Shinobi Skills Breakdown

Ninjas are hailed for their dexterity. Dragons are praised for their strength. And when the Ninja trains in the way of the Dragon, they shall become the Dragon Shinobi, master of brutal warfare! Dragon Shinobi have mastered the most effective ways of disabling their opponents while enduring their strikes.

Dragon Shinobi was designed as the evolved version of last year's Chunin class. Unlike Chunin, which was a brute force, multi-target sort of ninja, Dragon Shinobi focuses all of its damage onto a single target. Its damage is based on stackable DoTs, so it starts out slow and then ramps up the damage as the fight continues. And for a little something extra: you'll regen mana whenever you hit an enemy, and you'll regen both mana and HP whenever you dodge an attack.

Here's what I caught our playtesters saying about Dragon Shinobi:

"It's all about strategy with this class."
"It's a pretty powerful and tactical class."
"I soloed Desoloth with it, the one from the war... [though it] required patience."

Excited yet? Well, then you must be ready for a detailed skills breakdown!


2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.


10 mana, 3 second cooldown. Requires rank 1.

Throw a deadly shadow poison tipped shuriken at your target. Shadow Shuriken will continually damage your opponent from afar. Each throw not only increases the shadow poison's damage but also has a small chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.

Single-target DoT. Since the damage effect stacks, go ahead and use this skill whenever the cooldown comes up. The chance for Spinning Dragon is even more of a reason to use this skill as often as possible.


90 mana, 2 second cooldown. Requires rank 2.

Focus all your chi into restoring your life force.

Since this uses almost all of your mana, you'll have to be strategic with this ability despite its short cooldown. However, it is a FULL heal.


15 mana, 52 second cooldown. Requires rank 3.

Meditate, transferring yourself into the shadow realm to restore your mana. While meditating, you cannot attack for 7 seconds, and all attacks against you will deal greatly reduced damage.

This basically stuns you for 7 seconds (during which time you take a lot less damage), but it heals a large chunk of your mana. A cunning player could use this in conjunction with Chi Heal quite effectively. Note that using this ability will clear out your Shadow Shuriken damage stacks.


Passive. Requires rank 4.

Increases Endurance by 18%.


Passive. Requires rank 4.

Increases haste by 10%, and Damage Over Time effects are 30% stronger.


30 mana, 8 second cooldown. Requires rank 5.

Hit your opponent with a flaming strike for moderate damage to burn your target over time. This attack has a chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.

This one isn't stackable, but it is a stronger attack than Shadow Shuriken, so it's a good supplement for it.


Passive. Requires Rank 10.

Gives a small chance per attack to gain the power of the Shadow Dragon increasing the power of all Damage Over Time effects by 400% for 20 seconds.

This sounds more OP than it actually is. But it's still a really nice bonus for those longer fights.

So, there you have it! The perfect single-target complement to Chunin's multi-target awesomeness. Strength and dexterity are definitely your friends with this class, so be sure to choose your enhancements wisely . Have fun!


Edit: Shadow Soul no longer heals all of your mana; it brings it up to 65. Breakdown edited accordingly.


July 10, 2013

Ninja Lore-ior!

American Ninja Warrior comes to Lore

Hiya folks! And a HIYAA to all the karate kiddos out there! Drew Drechsel from the TV Show American Ninja Warrior released the Ninja Warrior Shop yesterday in Battleon!

Drew American Ninja Warrior

This shop is loaded with Ninja and Warrior gear so you can put the Karazy in Karate! There is even the Member-Only Ninja Warrior Class, trained by the original Ninja Class, that you can master with a 50,000 Gold donation.

Ninja Warrior Training in online adventure game

Becca, Miralissa, and JihadTheLegend training for Ninja Warrior at their dojo!

Here is the Skill breakdown for both Ninja and Ninja Warrior Classes:

Ninja & Ninja Warrior Class Skills


Auto Attack
Rank Needed:
Mana Cost:
0 Mana
1.5 Seconds
Description: A rapid attack studied only by a reclusive few.


 Rank Needed: 1
Mana Cost: 15 Mana
Cooldown: 2 Seconds
Type: Physical
Description: Instantly attack twice, dealing extra damage.
Note: Deals 200% weapon damage


 Rank Needed: 2
Mana Cost: 25 Mana
Cooldown: 12 Seconds
Type: Physical/Magical
Description: Deals physical and magical damage, and blinds enemy for 6 seconds.
Note: Deals 90% weapon damage


Rank Needed:
Mana Cost: 5 Mana
Cooldown: 6 Seconds
Type: Physical/Magical
Description: Deals light weapon damage plus magical damage, stunning any target afflicted by Shadowburn for 3s, or returning 20 mana otherwise.
Note: Deals 90% weapon damage


Thin Air
 Rank Needed: 5
Mana Cost: 30 Mana
Cooldown: 30 Seconds
Type: Physical
Description: Raises dodge by 3% and haste by 5% every time you are hit. Lasts 30s.
Note: Effect cannot be stacked.


Passive Abilities


Rank Needed: 4
Type: Passive
Description: Dodge chance increased by 15%


Rank Needed: 4
Type: Passive
Description: Critical chance increased by 15%

Wanna watch the real American Ninja Warrior TV Show? Tune in Sundays on G4, and Mondays on NBC. Or experience Ninja Warriors yourself in Lore’s Ninja Warrior Shop!

Karate on!

xoxo Beleen

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