April Fools Day Brings New Mount & Fish

Just when you thought the equestrian selection from KingsIsle couldn't get any better, they bring us the most regal mount ever to be found in the Spiral: Wonky the Donkey! Some donkeys are too dignified to be ridden astride!

You can have the pleasure of carrying around Sir Wonky of Donkington, by getting him in the Pirate101 and Wizard101 Crown Shop for 4,000 Crowns! Hurry though, he will only be available until Tuesday, April 7th, at 11:59pm US Central Time.

New Fish
There's also an April Fool's day fish, swimming around in Wizard101! The Ol' Boot is a Balance fish, that you can catch in all world hubs where fishing is allowed, like the Wizard City Commons.

Test Realm Opens for Jewel Socketing

The Wizard101 Test Realm is up once again and this update adds Jewel Socketing, One-Shot Gauntlets, Dragonspyre Fishing, Join a Team, Skeleton Key Bosses and more!

Jewel Socketing
Players can now add jewels to many of their Amulets, Athames, Rings and Decks! Wizards level 15 and above who have completed the crafting quest "The Razor's Edge" will need to visit Eloise Merryweather, in the Wizard City Commons, to take on the quest "Digging Into a New Challenge."

Katherine Rockhammer, in her newly opened shop in the Wizard City Shopping District, will then teach you the ways of Jewel Socketing. You will notice a new button at the bottom of the screen when viewing your Amulets, Athames, Rings and Decks. Select the item you would like to socket and click "Add Jewels." This will then open the Jewel Socketing screen, that will allow you to modify your item.

For a complete list of new reagents locations, needed to craft jewels, check out Duelist101!

New One-Shot Gauntlets
Two new one-shot gauntlets are available in the Crown Shop: Baddle of the Bands and Tanglewood Terror! If you thought Hoard Packs were cool, you'll love these new adventures! One-shot gauntlets are unique in that they are like a hybrid between Hoard Packs and Housing Gauntlets, with some special rules and some considerations on buying them. They will provide you and three others with a chance at new unique gear, weapons, pets and mounts. Even better, when your adventure is over, you'll also be left with a cool housing item!

Credits for pictures to Jacob FireSpear and Scot Winter

Cast a Line in Lava
Visit Lucky Hookline in the Wizard City Commons if you are ready to up your Fishing game. He will introduce you to his friend Yuri Smokesnare, in Dragonspyre, who will teach you the ways of fishing in lava, which presents a unique set of challenges. Sentinels are a new tricky type of fish that are out to keep their fellow fishy friends from being caught. You'll need to use all of the tools at your disposal to outwit the Sentinels!

New fishing spells are available, including: Rank 3 Lures for all schools, Winnow spells that scare away all fish except those of a single school, Reveal spells to help you find those Whoppers and Small Fries, and a special spell to help you get rid of those tricky Sentinels. Visit Yuri Smokesnare in the Atheneum and Timor Flamecaster in the Labyrinth to learn these new spells!

Credits for picture to Paige MoonShade!

For a complete list of all the new Fish currently in Test Realm, check out the Fishing Database!

Join a Team
Visit the new Join a Team kiosk in Wizard City Olde Town to find a group for adventures! It will display a list of all teams that are waiting for additional members. Only the dungeons and worlds that your Wizard already has access to will be listed. Press the "Refresh" button at the bottom right to update the list and look for additional teams.

Also, a few tweaks have been made to the Team Up! feature, so make sure to check them out here.

New Skeleton Key Bosses
Three new skeleton key bosses have been added throughout the Spiral. Defeat these denizens in Cave of Solitude in Mooshu, the Crystal Caves of Avalon and Darkmoor for new challenges, and some epic rewards! You will notice that zones which include a skeleton key boss have a new sigil appearance. Some of these bosses even drop permanent new spells!

And there's a lot more changes and content to be tested! Read the complete list in the Update Notes.

Spring Festival Returns

Eggbert has just arrived in the Spiral to start the Spring Festival and he will be taking his regular spot, near the fountain in the Wizard City Shopping District. Make sure to visit him to see what he has to offer! Additionally, the Prismatic Hare and Caerbannog Rabbit mounts have returned to the Crown Shop and will be available for a limited time only, during this Spring holiday event.

Dropped Mount
The Stormrider Hare is also making its comeback! This special mount can be obtained as a reward from duels, but only during Easter festivities and only from bosses that are level-appropriate to the Wizard. Read Prospector Zeke's post to know which bosses to farm at your current level.
New Seasonal Fish
The Spring Festival brings three Easter Fish to the Spiral! The Eggshellfish can be caught in all worlds where fishing is allowed and there are multiple color variations of it: Black Eggshellfish (Death), Blue Eggshellfish (Life) and Yellow Eggshellfish (Myth).

Wizard101 Jewel Socket System

The main content of the Spring Update was finally unveiled today by KingsIsle developers! The upcoming update will introduce the Jewel Socket System. This was implemented as a way to allow players to enhance equipment with unique stat bonuses, that cater to their individual play style.

Jewel Socket System
Starting at level 15, players can visit Katherine RockHammer in the Wizard City Shopping District, to learn more about this new system. She is so excited to share her knowledge of Jewels that you'll be rewarded with your first set of items, and the new Jewel Crafting Station housing item.

Wizards will notice a new in-game item called "Jewels", which are magical items that can be affixed to Amulets, Athames, Rings or Decks. Jewels can be acquired through questing, minion and boss drops, fishing and crafting. Each Jewel comes in one of four shapes and can only be put into a Socket Item that has the same shape.

Jewels can be socketed to an item from anywhere in the Spiral through the backpack, provided the Wizard has a Jewel and an item with the corresponding shape. You simply need to affix and equip to gain the bonus!

What's the point of this new system?
Jewels will offer 16 stat enhancement choices of values, depending on the level of the Jewel. With some items having over 7 billion potential combinations of Jewels, this will make a Wizard's gear unique like never before! This takes character customization to a whole new level.

Want to know more about this new system? Read the Wizard101 Dev Journal's entry.