Design Notes

October 21, 2016

Don't Panic!

The Internet Went Kersplodey

Hey, guys. This morning, there was a massive DDOS attack against one of the DNS servers on east coast. This was not something that was done to us specifically, however it does seem to be affecting us - as well as Twitter, and a TON of other sites. If you're finding it hard to log into AQWorlds, this is probably the reason why.

For more information about this attack, just click here.

Hopefully this gets resolved soon! Battle on!


ETA: Apparently the website that the first link was posted on is also having issues. Oops! If you can't get to it, try this one instead.

Tags: Memet,

October 21, 2016

This Weekend: Darkovia Invasion

Battle to Save the Lycans and Vampires!

This Friday, return to the forests of Darkovia as this army of Infernal invaders threatens to destroy every living (and undead!) creature that roams the darkness!

Starting tonight, log in and click on the "Infernal Invasion" button in your game menu to:

  • Start your adventure in /darkoviainvasion
  • Battle through three of our most-loved areas with a NEW story*
  • Reunite with Lady Solani and Constantin, leader of the Vampires and Lycans
  • Take down the Infernal Invaders 
  • Save the Lands of Eternal Night before they are overrun!

* That's right, when we say we're returning to Darkovia, we're REALLY going home! But it's not the home we know and love - the Infernal Invaders have really done a number on the homelands of the Lycans and Vampires... and it's time to call them to account for it!

There are a couple important things to remember about the Infernal Invasion Saga:

  • The actions that happen in the last three releases in this series (Darkovia, Swordhaven, and Shadowfall) will permanently alter the course of our world
  • The storyline is a direct lead-in to the newer, much darker Queen of Monsters Saga.** But HOW it will do that... you'll need to play to discover!

Take Back the Night... and your sweet loot!

All of this weekend's gear (including BOTH armors in Axeros' Umbral Fiend sets) will drop from the monsters in the Infernal Invasion release!

  • Sealed Umbral Fiend armor
  • Chained Umbral Fiend armor
  • Umbral Fiend Blade and dual wield versions
  • Umbral Fiend morph helm
  • Floating Umbral Fiend cape
  • Dark Lycan Pup and Darkovian Vampragon pets

** Huge /cheers for Memet, our new weekly release writer! Fun fact: all of AQW's writers have gone through an unofficial (mostly coincidental) "Artix Saga Bootcamp," where they work alongside him on one of his big sagas. 

After slaying it with Artix on the Throne of Darkness Saga, she is primed and pumped to take on her next challenge -- retooling and evolving the Queen of Monsters Saga!

We are veering away sharply from the "too predictable" chapters of the first telling. Now, we want to bring in influences like HP Lovecraft, H.R. Giger, and the ever-impactful GRR Martin!***

*** What is it about creative people and using initials instead of names?! O_O

Tags: Alina,

October 21, 2016

This weekend: Undead UndeadSlayers

October's Featured Gear Gets... UNDEADER!

In Lore, it's the month of the Blood Moon, but here in OUR world, it's October. And there's one BIG holiday that happens during this time -- MOGLOWEEN! As we prepare for next week's Mogloween event, we know you undead slayers and lovers out there want MORE UNDEAD GEAR! That's why Aranx has crafted THESE beautifully-bony items for you to use.

This gear will only be available until November 4th, when the Mogloween 2016 Rares shop leaves the game. But until then, you'll be able to get your gauntlets on:

  • Undead UndeadSlayer armor
  • Dark Undead UndeadSlayer armor
  • Dual and Dark Chainsaw Hands
  • Silver Shotgun Cape
  • Crossed Silver Shotgun Capes
  • Sheathed Silver Shotgun Cape
Tags: Alina,

October 19, 2016

AQ3D Open Beta is LIVE on Steam

Log in and play now... in the 3rd dimension!

Artix just yelled across the lab that OPEN BETA is live on STEAM! Find it here and check it out!

Please give the game some love in a review. Android version launching shortly, with iOS to follow soon! Don't miss any of the news on AQ3D's open beta progress -- keep up to date with Artix's AQ3D Design Notes!


Unlock the AQ3D Nightlocke Weapons!

To celebrate the release of AQ3D on Steam... here in the 2D AQWorlds, we've introduced the Nightlocke weapons! Since players in AQ3D had to work so hard to get them, we couldn't just put them in a celebration shop... no, you'll need to EARN these wicked rewards!

/join aqw3D (remember that map from April Fools?) and head into Yulgar's 3D Inn, then up the stairs to find these floating-but-ferocious weapon monsters! There's a small chance you will get the Nightlocke weapons as a reward drop! The AQ3D heroes had to work HARD to get this gear in their game... and so will you! (But that just makes it more rewarding once you get the loot, right?!)

Tags: Alina,

October 19, 2016

2016 Pumpkin Carving Contest Ends Tuesday

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

  2. 2nd Place Winners will get 1000 ArtixPoints

  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 11th until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 25th 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 (2016) 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

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

  • Be posted to the AE_Contests Twitter account, AQW Facebook account, or on the AE forum (thread coming soon!)

  • The photo of your carved 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


  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!

Tags: Alina,

October 18, 2016

NEW at HeroMart

Find the Throne of Darkness Prints at HeroMart now!

Seven of the world’s deadliest villains were summoned to the Dark Throne to tell tales of their encounter with your hero... and now YOU can hang prints of them on your wall at home! (What better way to keep a close eye on these dark and deadly foes?)!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

  • The Villains of Darkness Print Bundle comes with all 7 prints for $19.95
  • You can also buy individual prints of your favorite villains for $4.95
  • The bundle comes with 4 HeroPoints 
  • Each individual print will come with 1 HeroPoint

Dage vs Nulgath Mousepad

Keep your DPI game strong with this post evil war relic, This amazing art collaboration between Dage the Evil and Diozz has received so many requests the we brought it back in the form of high quality cloth gaming mousepad, this supersized mouse pad is ideal for people using a low sensitivity or high resolution mouse but it's surface is suitable for all types of mouse sensors and sensitivity settings.

The mousepad comes with 3 HeroPoints to redeem inside Stryche's in-game merch shop!

NEW and returning shirts at HeroMart!

Just like heroes need armor, WE need to wear clothes (or you get tossed into a real-world dungeon). Since you do, you might as well wear an AWESOME one!

HeroMart has a collection of new and returning tees for you to /equip in real life!

  • AdventureQuest Time T-Shirt
  • Mogloween's Undead Twilly T-Shirt
  • Chibi Dragon Slayer T-Shirt
  • Pride of the Legion T-Shirt
  • BioBeasts Breakout T-Shirt
  • BioLab Official Employee T-Shirt
  • AdventureQuest 3D T-Shirt

Each T-Shirt comes with FOUR HeroPoints to spend inside Stryche's in-game merch shop inside AQWorlds!

Wait... What's a HeroPoint?

HeroPoints are a new way for you to get even more rewards when you get merchandise from HeroMart! Existing store items will keep the codes they currently use, but all the NEW merch (like the Throne of Darkness prints) come with a quantity of HeroPoints that you can spend in Stryche's in-game merge shop. The code to redeem your HeroPoints will arrive in the same package as your prints.

  • /join heromart
  • Talk to Stryche to learn all about HeroMart and its merch
  • Browse the store to see his big-ticket items and their in-game rewards
  • Click on items that interest you to get more information or go straight to HeroMart to buy them

Share Your Gear With Us!

Take pictures of your real-life swag and send them to Stryche! We design everything ourselves so it means a lot to us when we see people posting pictures of their favorite products... love the warm fuzzies! Our artists love what they do—and it shows with every product! We know that you too will love each and every product, and be sure to let us know your favorites on the HeroMart's Facebook or Twitter page!  Add  #HeroMart to your posts so we can see (and share) them.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you! Your support and motivation is what keeps the studio going. As you know, we are an indie video game studio, and we do not have any big corporations or investors lining our pockets. We are 100% funded by awesome players like YOU! Most people do not know we personally package and ship your boxes from right here in the game studio. You are as big a part of AE as Artix himself!

Shop smart. Shop HeroMart!

Tags: Alina,

October 18, 2016

Log in and get 200 FREE ACs

Our 8th Birthday Celebration Continues!

As we continue our month of birthday celebrations, we want to thank you loyal heroes for battling alongside us all these years! Starting today, log in and receive 200 FREE AdventureCoins if your account is level 10 or higher and you've logged on in the last 30 days.

Tags: Alina,

October 17, 2016

Letter from the High LoreMaster

Attacks from Mysterious Army Continue... 

To the Darkovian Rulers, Village Headmen, Town Mayors, and Freeholders in the lands of Eternal Night,

Several years ago, the war against Drakath saw the Queen of Monsters freed from her prison in the Chaos Realm. 

 Since the Alliance was shattered, there has been no reliable organization keeping peace; many bands and would-be conquerors are taking this opportunity to rise up. Drakath himself has all but disappeared, leaving a host of Chaorrupted creatures roaming the land… and a world ripe for the Queen of Monsters to conquer.

Though many have tried, no one has been able to fathom her true plan, or predict where she’ll appear next. Rumors tell of children disappearing, countries falling into anarchy, unallied villains banding together, armies marching, and monstrous beasts rising to save (or slay) entire towns.

Now… Loremasters have confirmed reports sent in from across the world -- a host of Infernal Invaders has attacked the Celestial Realm and Doomwood, and they have been spotted marching towards Darkovia.

We do not know if these creatures are connected to the Queen or some entirely new threat.   but urge all those dwelling in or near Darkovia to arm themselves… and stay vigilant.

The night is dark and full of terrors, but our records show the Queen of Monsters can strike at any time, and any place.


Albus Ketch
Secretary to the High Loremaster


This Weekend, the Infernal Invasion Saga Continues!

This Friday, return to the forests of Darkovia as this army of Infernal invaders threatens to destroy every living (and undead!) creature that roams the darkness!

Tags: Alina,

October 15, 2016

Celebrate AQWorlds' 8th Birthday

Battle through the Throne of Darkness Saga Finale!

AdventureQuest Worlds first launched back in October of 2008, and for the last EIGHT YEARS we have battled alongside you - our heroes - as we create and release weekly storyline updates with new bosses, battles, and LOTS of reward gear! This weekend, help us celebrate AQWorlds' 8th birthday as you fight your way through the Mysterious Dungeon towards... the truth about your next greatest, deadliest enemy!

See event page and Saga Chronicle

Happening Now: the Throne of Darkness Saga Finale 

7 of the world's deadlest villains were summoned to a Dark Throne to tell their tales of battling you, Lore's Hero.

Now, after hearing their stories, the Mysterious Stranger stands before them, ready to reveal its true purpose, and what the future will hold for these Villains of Darkness… IF they choose to join its mission.

They MUST answer because...

The monsters are moving...

The Darkness is stirring...

The shadows are whispering...

The time to decide is NOW!

8th Birthday Rewards!

It's not a party without goody bags and presents! Our team members have worked their tablet stylus' to the nubs to bring you some of the coolest, darkest birthday gear ever! 

Rep Shop:

  • Obsidian ArchPaladin Armor 
  • Blinding Edge of Obsidian
  • Blood and Darkness gear: staff, blade, claw, daggers, and cape
  • Cerulean Sorceress armor
  • And more!

Birthday Rares Shop:

  • Dark Sovereign Armor, helm, cape, and weapon
  • Deathlord Knight armor and helm 
  • Twilly’s Ultra and Ultimate Icecream Hats
  • ArchPaladin's Birthday Helm
  • Sakura Sorceress Armor
  • Blinding Light of Sorcery Armor
  • Sorcerer of Darkness Armor
  • DeathKnight Blood Lord armor and helms

Plank’s Skull Helm will also drop off the Mysterious Stranger boss fight!

8th Birthday Class: ArchPaladin

The 2016 Birthday CLASS is here! Help Artix celebrate the finale of his 6-month long Throne of Darkness Saga by questing to become an ArchPaladin! (Or buy the 2000 AdventureCoin version if you don't want to wait!) Talk to Artix in the /darkthronehub map for more information!

Gravelyn's DoomFire Armor and Helm

Though the Throne of Darkness Saga is coming to a close... it has not gotten REALLY Dark! But that will all change once you watch the final cutscene in the Saga Finale! 

Darkness. Is. Coming.... and that's why Empress Gravelyn has gotten involved. As the world faces an onslaught of Infernal Invaders, she prepares to fight BACK! Because if there's one thing Gravelyn knows, it's how to command the darkest forces on Lore! (With FIRE!!!!)

Talk to Gravelyn in the /darkthronehub AFTER you complete the Mysterious Dungeon event to begin her quest chain!

2016 Achievement Tracker Reward Update

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!

Each year, we add NEW achievements for those loyal heroes who've battled alongside us. This year's rewards are:

  1. 7 Years Membership
  2. 400,000 AdventureCoins
  3. 8 Years Played

The first two achievements are live NOW! I am working on finishing the NostalgiaQuest zone this coming week. Read on to see what is included in each of these achievements!

400,000 ACs Reward: DoomFire Warrior Set

Unlock the 8 items in the DoomFire Warrior set plus bonuses after you've purchased 400,000 AdventureCoins!

7 Years Membership Reward: DoomFire Guard Set

Unlock the 8 items in the DoomFire Guard set plus bonuses once you have been a member for 7 years!

8 Years Played Reward: NostalgiaQuest COMING SOON!

Unlock an exclusive map featuring the original Battleon design, classic quests with new flavor (and rewards!), the Pizza Hut House and armor, plus some of the first rewards ever introduced, but with more bonuses!

For those of you just experiencing your first Achievement Tracker Update, you're probably wondering...

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!)

See all the REST of the Achievement Tracker rewards and how to get them here: Achievement Tracker Post

Read here for more information about this year's rewards and why/how we choose them.

PS: Gjappy's birthday party map in /gparty leaves on Tuesday, October 18th!

Tags: Alina,

October 14, 2016

ArchPaladin Class Skills

The 8th Birthday class is here!

The 2016 Birthday CLASS is here! To celebrate the finale of Artix's 6-month long Throne of Darkness Saga, Pisces, Arklen, and the tester team have created a new, VERY shiny Paladin Class... the ArchPaladin! 

If you own either version of the Paladin Class, you will need to:

  • Get the Exalted Paladin Seal
  • Take the Paladin's Vow, Oath, and Pledge (these "quests" are just re-stating your loyalty to the order)
  • Complete the 5 ArchPaladin skill quests

If you do not currently own the Paladin Class*, you will need to:

  • Get the Exalted Paladin Seal
  • Complete 4 grueling quests to demonstrate your skill, aptitude for magic, and loyalty to the Paladin Order
  • Complete 4 ArchPaladin skill quests

* Non-members, this is the route you will take to get the class. 

If you do not have the time (or patience) to farm for the Class, you can:

  • Buy the Class for 2000 AdventureCoins from Artix in the /darkthronehub map

These quests are NOT for the faint of heart... or the inexperienced hero! You'll have to battle in zones across the world, take down your favorite (or not so favorite) bosses, and try to pry from their cold, undead hands the resources to show the Paladin Order what you're made of. (Hint: if the answer isn't Goodness and Light... you might need to vow a little harder!)

Though these quests are not daily quests, you will need to put in a great Good effort to prove you are worthy of becoming an ArchPaladin. Pray that the RNG gods will smile down on you, because the farming quests are about o begin! Are... You... READY?!

To start the quests for the class, /join darkthronehub and talk to Artix!

ArchPaladin Class information

As a warrior in one of the Paladin Order’s highest ranks, you have access to powers the likes of which Lore has not yet seen. Use your newfound abilities to fight for virtue and justice, because darkness will flee at the very sight of your righteous light!

Stats: Same as Paladin HighLord 

ManaRegen: Mage model: Gain mana from all hits landed in combat, especially on crits. The amount depends on damage relative to their own HP total.

Auto Attack

Type: Physcial

Mana Cost: 0

Cooldown: 2 seconds

Damage: 110%


Attack using a weapon infused with the power of light, dealing moderate damage to 3 enemies. Your opponent is commanded by the light and has 2% less damage, dodge chance, crit chance, crit amount, hit chance and takes 2% more damage. Lasts 100 seconds and stacks up to 50. They also receive a small DoT which stacks to 5.

Type: Physcial

Mana Cost: 15

Cooldown: 5

AOE: 3 (long range)

Damage: 135%

We have added ‘Divine’ which increases the damage the enemy takes by  2%. You should see a noticeable increase in damage for longer fights. We also reduced the cooldown from 6 seconds to 5 seconds so it was easier to build up stacks.

Hymn of Light

A forgiving light encompases you and up to five allies, protecting and absolving you from evil. Heals for a moderate amount, and slightly increases END/Defense for 6 seconds (20% END, -20% incoming damage)


Type: Physcial/Magical

Mana Cost: 40

Cooldown: 10

AOE: 6

Damage: 660% heal

Hymn of Light is an upgrade from Paladin’s heal-- not only do you heal twice as many people, but the amount of damage they take is slightly reduced! For that reason, this skill is very mana heavy and not loopable. This skill allows ArchPaladin to function as a supportive healer (and an excellent one at that), but to focus on healing, you will need to inevitably sacrifice damage.

Righteous Seal

Using holy magic, you temporarily seal yours and 3 of your opponent’s power away. Deals moderate damage but then reduces the damage that you and your opponents will do by 50% for 10 seconds

 Type: Physical/Magical

Mana Cost: 25

Cooldown: 15

AOE: 3 (long range)

Damage: 135%

We lowered the damage reduction to self so that this had a wider range of uses outside of  dodging nukes.

Sacred Magic: Eden

Deals massive damage buffed by the stacks of Commandment, capping out at 5 stacks. Consumes stacks of Commandment. You become exhausted and don’t gain stacks of Commandment for 8 seconds.


Type: Magical 
Note: Long range

Mana Cost: 70

Cooldown: 60 seconds       

AOE: 3

Damage: 475% (increased by Commandment stacks)

We have reduced the mana cost on this by 5 so that you don’t have to strain before casting it to finish off your opponent.

passive 1: Restitution: Reduces incoming damage by 20%

passive 2: Overwhelming Light: Heals 20% more and immune to Decay

passive 3: Righteous Judgement: Increases outgoing damage by 20%

Bug fixes

  • Mana costs are no longer artificially increased by 5%
  • Restitution now properly increases damage
  • Overwhelming Light properly increases healing
  • Your heals no longer occasionally deal damage (when critting)

The original Design Notes were incorrect. Sacred Magic: Eden was never meant to Always Crit and Overwhelming Light does not prevent Decay: Cannot Heal.

Tags: Alina,
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