Pirate Hideout Decorating Contest


As you probably know, Pirate101's highly anticipated Book 15 is set to launch this Summer. In order to promote the exciting announcement of Valencia Part 2, I decided to concoct a contest for both Wizard101 and Pirate101!

Contest
I want you to decorate a Pirate hideout, using your Dorm Room in Wizard101. Follow the guidelines below to enter the contest. 

Guidelines
  1. Create a Pirate hideout in Wizard101, using your Dorm Room;
  2. You may use as many items as you wish to make your Dorm Room complete, following the theme "Pirate Hideout";
  3. You must stay within the Dorm Room space (if you use floating techniques, you must stay within the walls of your room!);
  4. All entries must be sent by email to frostcallerfan@gmail.com, with the title "Pirate Hideout Decorating Contest", along with your Wizard's name (such as David SilverHunter) by the deadline;
  5. You may include up to 3 screenshots in your email entry (please, no more than that!);
  6. If you are under the age of 13, please have your parent's or guardian's permission to enter;
  7. This contest starts now and ends on May 20th 2016, at 4:00PM CST;
  8. Winners will be announced by May 22nd 2016 and prizes will be sent by email.
Prizes
1st & 2nd Places
10,000 Crowns

5 Honorable Mentions
5,000 Crowns

If you have any question, leave a comment below and I'll reply as soon as possible. Good luck and have fun!

Plant-a-Palooza in Wizard101


April showers brought May flowers... and Plant-a-Palooza! Are you ready to grow your green thumb in Wizard101? From now through May 8th, 2016, KingsIsle is reducing the Crowns prices of seeds & gardening items up to 50% off. Save on your favorite seeds, as well as the Red Barn Farmhouse! This year, you can also get the Seed Vault item for a discounted price, for just 1495 Crowns.

Get a free mystery gardening Treasure Card spell with a chance at the Moolinda Green Thumb pack. Offer ends May 8th, 2016 at 11:59pm US Central Time.

Only one item can be redeemed per account!

First Pirate101 Arc Coming to a Close


The quest to El Dorado may be halted sooner than expected, Pirates! It may come as a shock to some of you, but KingsIsle revealed yesterday that the first story arc of Pirate101 will come to an end this Summer, following the addition of Book 15, which will be divided in two chapters.

What we know about Book 15
These informations were revealed by Professor Falmea, in the May 2016 Producer's Letter:

"We're able to offer a little more of the Pirate story with Book 15. Yes, we will be continuing the main storyline this summer. It's two chapters, but they're packed with revelations, resolutions, and rapscallions. We're actually pretty far along with it, and we expect it to hit the Test Realm before too long."

She added:

"We'll have more details as things progress, but have ever you wondered who built the Armada? Or the REAL scope of Kane's plans? There will be answers, lots of answers, and of course, more questions too in the thrilling conclusion to the first story arc. Interested in new power and wealth to chase after? We've got it. Want to put five more levels of new and improved battle prowess to the test with the most difficult challenge yet? I hope so, because that's what you're in for with Valencia, Part 2."

Book 15 will raise the level cap to 70 and with the climax coming this soon, I am guessing we will have to defeat Kane and his last remaining Captains, Queen and Phule, in "the most difficult challenge yet." Of course, considering the amount of things that remain to be done and the five new levels, reaching El Dorado now would be rushing it. In my opinion, our final showdown with Kane will be a turning point in the storyline, where the last piece of the map gets stolen or is lost somehow, preventing us from continuing our expedition to the lost city of gold. The curtain would still close after The Armada's downfall, which would conclude the first arc in an epic way.

Here are two new teaser of the highly anticipated Book, including the concept art of Florenza:


Captain Hande and the secret hideout
In February, a concept art of an unknown character was unveiled. It is now confirmed to be Captain Hande, one of the most infamous pirate captains in Skull Island. According to Professor Falmea:

"Barnabus Hande is renowned for his ferocity and cunning. A bully to his crews and a nightmare to his enemies, Hande's temper and stubbornness are the stuff of legend. After making a name for himself in the Napoleguinic Wars by double-crossing all four fleets and stealing a horde of gold, Captain Hande hit a period of bad luck. Mutinies and a few particularly nasty sea beast battles cost him a leg, then a hand, and then his other leg – leaving him with just one hand and a name that became something of a joke in Skull Island. Despite his stubbornness, Captain Hande found piracy too difficult after he lost his second leg, so he went into retirement. However, rumors around Flotsam say that the surly old pirate is coming out of retirement for a new scheme, and pirates all over the Spiral are shaking at the prospect."

The secret location that was teased in March is in fact "the long-hidden hideout of a famous pirate, where secrets of the Pirate’s past are waiting to be found... or lost."


What are your expectations for Book 15? Do you think we will reach El Dorado this Summer? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Save the Frogs Day


Today marks the annual Save the Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. We, too, have frogs in the Spiral and it is fundamental to know why they are important.

Why frogs?
Myth Wizards will know how cool these creatures are, but why is it so important to save them?

Frogs are an integral part of the food web:
  • They keep waterways clean by feeding on algae;
  • They eat large quantities of insects, including disease vectors that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans;
  • They are an important food source to a diverse array of predators;
  • The disappearance of frog populations disturbs an intricate food web, and results in negative impacts that cascade through the ecosystem.
Frogs are bioindicators:
  • Most frogs require suitable habitat in both the terrestrial and aquatic environments, and have permeable skin that can easily absorb toxic chemicals. These traits make frogs especially susceptible to environmental disturbances, and thus frogs are considered accurate indicators of environmental stress;
  • The health of frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole.
Frogs in medical research:
  • They produce a wide array of skin secretions, many of which have significant potential to improve human health through their use as pharmaceuticals;
  • Scientists found over 76 different antimicrobial peptides on the skin of the European Common Brown Frog (Rana temporaria).

Threats to frogs
The primary causes of amphibian extinctions are pollution, loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species, road mortality, over-harvesting for the pet and food trades, and the infectious disease chytridiomycosis, which is spread by human activity.

How you can help
If you want to support this cause and help save these amphibians, who have thrived for millions of years, you can donate here. There are many other ways you can help, so feel free to read more about this here.

The Wizard City Ecological Society thanks you for your support and I'll see you in the Spiral!

New Hybrids Discovered in Wizard101


Last year, Professor Greyrose and Dworgyn confirmed that there were still 100 undiscovered hybrids in Wizard101. It is very likely that this number may have decreased due to the discovery of many new pets, but the addition of countless new pet drops in the Spring Update may have opened the door for new hybrids.

New Hybrids
The Flamenco and Grimhorn pets, sold by Sir Nigel Higgenbottom in the Pet Pavilion, produce many new hybrids, when mixed with the Firestorm Quetzal, dropped by Moh'Lharz in Lower Zigazag. Please, keep in mind that hybrids are rare, so don't worry if you don't get one on your first try. You'll find a list of all the recently discovered hybrids below, and the pets needed to produce it.

Parents Hybrid
Firestorm Quetzal + Charred Grimhorn Inferno Quetzal
Firestorm Quetzal + Frostbound Grimhorn Icestorm Quetzal
Firestorm Quetzal + Flamenco Cantador Fabled Quetzal
Firestorm Quetzal + Flamenco del Muerto Grave Quetzal
Firestorm Quetzal + Flamenco Bailador Vital Quetzal
Firestorm Quetzal + Flamenco Tocador Harmonic Quetzal
Babydactyl + Leaf Foot Lifedactyl
Babydactyl + Pesky Beetle Deathdactyl
Babydactyl + Skink Mythdactyl
Babydactyl + Sailback Skink Icedactyl
Stray Piggle + Charred Grimhorn FOG Unicorn
Crabling + Jellyfish Dignified, Hearty & Grave Crabling
Pixie Queen + Stormbat ????
Pixie Queen + Scarab ????
Scorpion + Cunning Seal Pup Superstitious Scorpion
Scorpion + Intrepid Seal Pup Burnt Scorpion
Scorpion + Playful Seal Pup Chilled Scorpion
Pegasus Pony + Tempest Cloudburst Sprite

Judging by the number of new Quetzals, I'd say there might be more hybrids with the Babydactyl pet as well. Please, let me know if you find any!