Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Wizard101 Hoard Pack Might Be Coming Soon

After discovering three new spells in the Wizard101 Test Realm, there have been reports of them being dropped by Loremaster, but no official confirmation.

Yesterday, on KingsIsle Live, Senior Producer Leah Ruben, otherwise known as Professor Falmea, revealed that Athena Battle Sight, Hephaestus and Queen Calypso are indeed dropped by the Dragonspyre boss. Professor Falmea added that there might be crafting recipes for these spells later on and suggested that a possible new Hoard Pack may be underway.

With that in mind, now's the perfect time to stock up on Crowns and take advantage of the Crowns Sale, that ends on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016!

New Pirate101 Hybrid Hint

In the last episode of KingsIsle Live, we've had a short visit from Decius Duelmaster, who was asked "What is your favorite new hybrid pet in the last update?", revealing that his favorite hybrid is still undiscovered, so he left a little riddle for players:

"One is old, one is new. One is orange and one is blue."

So one of the parents is orange and an old pet, while the other was released more recently and is blue. Seeing as the Royal Ibis was launched in the Pirate101 Summer Update, I believe it's definitely one of the parents, so I've compiled a few combinations for you to try:

Clown Fish x Royal Ibis
Ginger Cat Cub x Royal Ibis
Fire Lizard x Royal Ibis
Fire Toad x Royal Ibis
Flying Cobra x Royal Ibis
Friendly Hugtopus x Royal Ibis

Let me know how your morphing experiments go and good luck in the Morphing Tent!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Christmas in July Returns to Wizard101 & Pirate101

Take a break from the heat this Summer with Christmas in July! Now through Monday, July 25th 2016, let's pretend it's the Holidays with decorations, mounts, pets and more!

Felix Navidad is back to the streets of the Shopping District, so make sure you pay him a visit and enjoy Holiday decorations throughout the Wizard City Commons, and purchase your favorite Holiday items for a discounted Crowns price from the Crown Shop. See the fun Holiday items that are returning in Wizard101 and Pirate101!

Free Item Giveaway
During Christmas in July, get a free item for your Wizard and Pirate! You will get a mystery Holiday item, which could be Holiday housing decorations, a Yuletide or Winterland Pack, or even a companion in Pirate101!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wizard101 Summer 2016 Test Realm

The Wizard101 Test Realm is back once more and filled with awesome new additions to the game, including a new Level 50 Boost Elixir, streamlined quests in Celestia and Zafaria, Tournaments for Gold, new Astral Magic spells, interface changes, new Make-a-Wish Boss fight and quest, Fishing quests and spells in MooShu, and a ton of other welcome changes!

Boost to Level 50
There's a brand new elixir in the Crown Shop for players who already have a level 50+ Wizard on their account. The Level 50 Elixir allows you to head straight to Celestia and start your adventures in the second story arc of Wizard101:
  • Instantly be granted level 50 on one character;
  • All main quests up to and including Dragonspyre will be completed;
  • All trained spells of the Wizard's school through level 50 will be added to their spell book;
  • A new set of level-appropriate gear, a mount and a pet will be awarded to the character;
  • Additional training points will be added to the character;
  • The access pass for the Survey Camp, Celesta Base Camp, and the Grotto is awarded to your account if you did not already own it;
  • A new quest will be added to your quest log: Visit Merle Ambrose to begin your new adventures!

How do I qualify?
  • You must already have a Level 50+ Wizard on your account;
  • The Level 50 Elixir can only be applied to a Wizard character under Level 50.

NOTE: Purchasing a Level 50 Elixir from the Crown Shop cannot be undone, and you will not be able to change your decision or refund this action. All sales of this elixir are final.

Changes to Tournaments
The fee for entering PvP tournaments has been changed from Crowns to Gold for members! Additionally, a second chance "Roll Again" button has been added, where you can pay an incrementing amount of Crowns, for more attempts at loot after your tournament. There's also a new lower tier of cosmetic (Defender, Guardian, Protector, and Challenger) tournament armor, for stitching.

New Astral Spells
Librarian Fitzhume in the Arcanum has a new quest for high level players, who would like to train in Astral Magic. Fitzhume will escort you quickly over to Qyburn Stellargaze, who will introduce himself and offer you a plethora of new spells. Get ready to make your damage spells much more "Epic"!

Advanced Friends List & Interface Improvements
First, the Friends List is now larger, easier to use, and contains more information. To access your new friend list features, click the "More Friends" button from within the friends list. Click "Less Friends" to return to your basic friends list.

Second, you can now see a list of all the charms, wards, and other effects that are applied to characters, during combat. Roll your mouse over your character label while in combat and you'll see a complete list!

Third, you'll now notice a new option to the side of your chat window, which will allow you to darken the transparency of your chat window background to provide more contrast, so you can see text more easily in areas where white text is difficult to read. And there's also a brand new option to make chat much larger in the chat window! See your options interface to try out this new feature.

Fishing Update
Ryoshi in the Jade Palace of MooShu has two brand new fishing quests for you! Please note, however, that you must have completed the quest "New Fishing Buddy" from Grizzleheim to begin Ryoshi's quests. Ryoshi also has a couple of new winnow fishing spells that will make isolating those prized catches a bit easier! Furthermore, new Doodlefish have arrived in your favorite magic-school-themed houses of Wizard101. Take a housing tour and add them all to your collection!

New Boss in Polaris
KingsIsle recently played host to another amazing Wizard, thanks to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

You'll find Brandon in Forlorn Tayg and he has a brand new quest, "Trial by Dragon's Fire", for those Wizards who have completed the quest "Into the Bleaks". Brandon will also be able to help you on your journey through a minion spell, and you'll even be getting a free treasure card with the Brandon spell right when you first accept the quest. If you like to hunt for cool gear, don't miss the new Dragonborn Helms you have a chance to get from repeating this awesome boss fight! 

New Spells
Brandon's minions can cast new School-specific spells: Athena Battle SightHephaestus and Queen Calypso. These spells are also reportedly being dropped by the Loremaster.

And there are many more changes coming to the game! For a complete list of updates, click here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Soloing Kane in Pirate101

This guide will not contemplate the first two fights in The Machine Core instance, as they are two fairly easy challenges. Instead, I will give you advice on how to overcome your brief encounter with The Armada's leader and how to come out victorious!

Know your opponents
He can hit hard and will unleash his Deadly Frenzy every turn, as long as there are enemies in adjacent squares, and will defeat anything around him until he misses. His greatest weakness is his limited movement; he can only move one square at a time. Keep in mind that when you hit Rooke, Kane will teleport to an adjacent square.

With her ability to target anyone on the board, she is by far the biggest threat. The Queen will charge on her first turn and is granted a critical that will reduce your health by half, in most cases. She has First Strike 3, so she will attack first even if you are hidden. Queen will occasionally cast Reinforce, to heal her entire team.

Armada Marines
These Armada soldiers are fairly easy to defeat, although they tend to dodge a lot. What makes them dangerous is their Courtly Promotion, transforming them into an additional Queen when they reach your side of the board.
His Rookochet will reflect any shot with a gun to a companion or ally anywhere on the board. Rooke will also provide extra armor to adjacent squares, with his Castle ability. Lastly, Swift Retribution grants him the first hit everytime magic is used on him.

He will spawn an Armada Device trap at the start of the Armada's turn. Bishop's long range and Area of Effect spells are annoying, but he's especially dangerous if you have a Witchdoctor attacking him, due to Witch Hunter 3. Other than that, he should be treated as a regular opponent.

He's the underdog of the Armada, so he should be treated as a regular opponent.
A few tips
1. Who to target first
From experience, I can assure you that Queen is the most dangerous pawn on the board. Why? She has this nasty advantage of moving freely and being able to target anything on the entire board, so it goes without saying that she's the one you need to take out first. The Armada Marines are the ones who should be defeated next, as they are granted a Courtly Promotion when they reach your side of the board.

2. Keeping Kane at bay
Knowing that Kane will teleport to Rooke when you hit the latter, it isn't very wise to attack Rooke with a melee unit; that will give Kane the opportunity to move within range at the start of his turn and take out a member of your crew, with Deadly Frenzy. If you have a ranged Companion on your team (except Musketeers), use them to attack Rooke; that will trigger Kane's Castle ability right off the bat.

3. Spam summons!
Summons are perfect to stall and draw out epics, that would otherwise be used on your Captain and your crew. If your Captain doesn't have any summon, have at least one companion who does. Doubloons are helpful here, so don't be afraid to use them!

4. Ranged companions
Have at least one ranged companion on your team. I've heard countless Pirates say how they were struggling to defeat Kane, because they were using melee units and no ranged companions. Kane is slow, so use that to your advantage. Only use physical attacks on him if there are no other options!

5. Gear set-up
This strategy revolves around spam summon, so the Nefarious Staff is a key item to have. If you're not using the staff, don't worry; Scorpions don't always show up on your first turn anyway. Captain Blood's Jacket is a must-have in this fight!

6. Ideal team
I've been through this dungeon more than 50 times solo and I've always used the same team: Old Scratch, Baar and Gracie Conrad, in this order. Here's why:

  • Old Scratch - his Mojo buffs will boost the level of Gracie's Construct Golem and the damage dealt by her Proximity Mine;
  • Baar - his two summons are perfect to keep your opponents busy and his Weasel War Dance is great to prevent Kane's Deadly Frienzy;
  • Gracie Conrad - her Golem can halt Queen's initial rush and prevent her deadly strike for a round.

Walkthrough video