Friendship Festival Contest

February is the time of the year when we celebrate our friendships in the Spiral! And to start off the Friendship Festival, Valentina Heartsong returns to her usual spot in the Wizard City Shopping District, near the fountain. She will be here with all of her wonderful wares, now through February 18th, 2016. But that's not all! Many new items are available in the Pirate101 and Wizard101 Crown Shops!

Friendship Festival Fish
The lovely Be Mine Fish is back in the waters of the Spiral! For a complete list of all locations where you can catch this Fish, check out the Fishing Database.

Friendship Festival Contest
To help you celebrate this fun and friendly time, I am holding a Spell-Making contest! 

Create a Friendship Festival spell that Valentina Heartsong could teach you, using Legend of the Spiral's CardMaker tool to create your spell. It has to represent the essence of friendship somehow and can be anything from a damage spell, charm, enchantment, ward, etc.!

Between now and Sunday, February 14th at 4:00PM CST, save your spell image and send it by email to, with the subject "Friendship Festival Contest". Only one spell image per person, please, and make sure to include your Wizard's name in the email (such as David SilverHunter). Entries will be judged on originality, so have fun!

Prizes: the four most creative spells will take home 5,000 Crowns, a Lovely Leopard Pet in Wizard101 & a Huggle Hoggle Pet in Pirate101 each!

Thanks a lot to KingsIsle for providing these awesome prizes and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any question! Good luck to you all!

Falmea Teases New Pirate101 Concept Art

In the most recent Falmea Friday, developer Leah Ruben teased a brand new concept art of an upcoming character in Pirate101, that will most likely arrive in the Spiral this Spring, as suggested by  this excerpt of Falmea's post:

"What we're working on right now is so… intriguing, I truly wish I could spill the beans, but it's still not the right time. Let it be known that Blind Mew, Ratbeard, and the rest of the crew, as well as myself, well, we're extremely, extremely excited to let the firecat out of the bag. Not yet, but soon. Certainly, when the skies turn a little warmer and the course we've set is a little more underway."

The Spring season officially starts on March 20th, so I'm thinking Test Realm will open in late March, early April.

Regarding this new character, Falmea added:
"So, this fateful Friday, let me share with you a fine fellow who will be making his way to the Spiral in the near future. My question is… tell me his story, if you were the one weaving the tale."

What do you think this new character will bring? Will it be a NPC or a new foe? Let me know what you think and feel free to share your theories in the comments below!

What We Know About the Future of Pirate101

The last storyline update to Pirate101 happened in May 23rd, 2013; in other words, it's been exactly 981 days since the release of Marleybone and Aquila. So what do we actually know about the future of the game, at this point?

Book 15: Chapter 38
In early 2014, Blind Mew hinted that we would return to Valencia in Book 15, as suggested by one of the last quest dialogues in Aquila (pictured below). And that is pretty much the only thing we know for sure about the highly anticipated Book 15!

Producer's Letters
FrogFather's last letter to the Pirate101 fans was posted on April 24th, 2015. In July 2015, Dalia Falmea replaced FrogFather and confirmed that he is no longer working exclusively on Pirate101.

According to Dalia Falmea's first Producer's Letter:
"We know many of you have been waiting a long time to hear about when we might continue the storyline. Unfortunately, I can only tell you that we are still exploring the possibilities. The Pirate story is a big one, and telling that story is a task we don’t take lightly. We are working hard to determine the best way to advance the story, increase the level cap, and allow you to forge ahead with your epic voyage, but I just cannot make any definite promises about how or when."

With a mobile game already in the market (Rise & Destroy) and a second one in the works (Alphacat), the team working on Pirate101 has merged with the one working on Wizard101, making the MMO Live Team. Of course, with fewer employees working on the game, updates to Pirate101 aren't as frequent as they used to be in 2013 and 2014. However, that doesn't mean the game is dead; it just needs that little boost to thrive again!

Falmea's second Producer's Letter was more vague, but still optimistic:
 "As for what comes next, we're charting the course for the new year, and we have some exciting stuff in store. I look forward to sharing that soon… perhaps in an upcoming Falmea Friday, hmmm?"

Companion Promotions
It was revealed in December 2014 that Old Scratch has a new promotion! That being the case, it is highly possible that many other companions are also ready to be promoted. If those promotions were ready in late 2014, why aren't they Live yet?

All main companions (those hired through storyline content) require actual quests to be promoted, and that usually happens when a new world is released. Another explanation is the fact that our companions have reached the current level cap, making it pointless to promote them without KingsIsle raising the level cap to 75 or beyond.

Long story short, we know that companion promotions have been ready for a while, but they require storyline development and the MMO Live Team is figuring out the best way to do it. I wouldn't expect a storyline update this year, but I certainly wouldn't rule it out either.

New Ginger Cat Cub Pet & Its Hybrids

There's a new ferocious pet in the Pirate101 Crown Shop: the Ginger Cat Cub! You can adopt this feline today for 5,000 Crowns! The fun thing about this pet is that morphing two of them brings out really cool results! In fact, the Ginger Cat Cub produces many new and colorful hybrids, and 9 have been discovered so far.

Wondering what this new pet's powers and talents are? Keep an eye on Petnome Pirates or you can even help them complete the page, by training your first generation Ginger Cat Cub and submitting its powers and talents, using the guideline to submitting data for Pirate101 pets.

New Wizard101 Witch's Hoard Pack

Nearly two months after the latest world release, a brand new Polaris-themed pack has made its way to the Crown Shop: the Witch's Hoard Pack! With a chance at the Waddling Witch Hut Mount, the Witch's Hoard Pack has cool new epic and ultra rare items for your Wizard.

This pack includes:
  • New Waddling Witch Hut Mount;
  • New Wildwood Yeti Pet;
  • Ice Floe Siren Pet;
  • New Seal Team Equipment and Weapons;
  • Polaris-themed Housing Items;
  • Animated Pingouins Housing Items;
  • Much more!