Thursday, October 19, 2017

KingsIsle Launches Empyrea on Test Realm

The Wizard101 October 2017 update includes the addition of Empyrea Part One, Level 125 increase, new Shadow Magic Spells, Revered Crafting, more Castle Magic spells, Bank Size Increase, New Daily Assignment Quest, Treasure Card Sorting, Realm Locking, and more!
I've summed up the most relevant updates below, and you can see if you qualify for Test Realm here.

The center of the Spiral, Empyrea, was painstakingly created by Raven to keep the Chaos Heart safe and Spider out. The Chaos Heart sits at the center of Empyrea, secured by three great Paradox Chains, and serves as the anchor point to a world comprised of disparate lands, inhabited by diverse beings. Raven enveloped Empyrea in a violent storm, the likes of which even she cannot pass or see through. However, the brilliant minds of the Arcanum have a plan: 
  • Reach Empyrea;
  • Save Mellori;
  • Save the Spiral.

Players who have completed the quest "Lost and Found" at the end of Mirage, and have reached level 120, can go speak to Fitzhume in the Arcanum to get the quest "Baba Boohooie."
For Crowns players, Empyrea Part 1 contains 3 separate Premium Zones, priced at 1995 Crowns each.

Level 125 Increase
New benefits await those who adventure through Part 1 of Empyrea! Characters can now increase their total levels to 125:
  • A Training Point will be awarded at level 125;
  • Be sure to catch Zeke's new hunt for Hootie's Blowfish, and Eloise has a fun quest for you as well! She also has brand new stitching gear;
  • Wizards who are level 121+ will now have a maximum gold allowance of 500,000.
Shadow Magic
Velma Von Venkma's chambers are now open! She will offer Wizards a new quest, which occurs as a part of the main quest line. After completing this quest, she will award you with the new Shadow Trickster spell and offer another new Shadow Magic spell for you to train: Donate Shadow Pip!
She will also offer to train the following spells if you do not have them in your spell book already:
  • Shadow Shrike
  • Shadow Sentinel
  • Shadow Seraph
  • Dark Fiend
  • Dark Nova
  • Dark Shepherd

Revered Crafting
There's an all new rank in Crafting beyond Legendary that will have you scouring the ends of the game to be a Revered Crafter. Librarian Fitzhume will direct you to Ignus to start your new quest. The Revered Crafting quests have new kinds of reagents you'll need to find!
Grady also has the new Wysteria Lore Pack spell recipes for sale, or you could just farm The Loremaster to get them.

More Space
Houses now have an additional 100 Castle Magic slots available to them. In addition, there is now an "Expand Backpack Elixir" available for purchase in the Crown Shop. Players can now buy up to two of these elixirs to increase their backpack size by fifty slots with each purchase. Also, everyone's bank space has been increased from 100 to 150!

New Daily Assignment Quest
With Empyrea comes a new classification of Daily Quests: Heavyweight. Do you have what it takes to be a new Daily Quest contender? To those ends, Aegon Statz also has a new quest to offer players on the twelfth day of Daily Assignments! Make sure to do your daily quests to continue those important pekron investigations.

And there are many more changes and minor updates that need testing! Read the complete list of Update Notes for more.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pirate101's 5th Birthday

Happy 5th birthday, Pirate101!

KingsIsle is celebrating the game's 5th birthday through November 2nd, 2017! Skull Island has birthday decorations for all of your Pirate parrrrtying, and there are free items for everyone!
  • New Darkling Duck Pet
  • Parrrrty Hat
  • Birthday Eyepatch
  • Mega Snack Pack
  • Ashes of Armada Pack
  • Rainbow Friendship Mask

This gift code is available until November 2nd, 2017,
at 11:59pm US Central Time.

New Birthday Items
Be sure to check out the Crown Shop to load up on fun items for your birthday party! Check out the brand new Birthday Balloons Mount and Party Room housing item that changes with the holidays and seasons! Also, all your favorite birthday items from previous years are back!

2017 Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack

Friday the 13th brings new and frightening items to the Wizard101 Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack: All Souls items, Frakenbunny Bride Pet, Giraffe Ears, Unicorn Hair and more!

This updated Day of the Dead inspired Halloween pack has new items that your Wizard has a chance of receiving, including:
  • All Souls Pegasus Mount;
  • Frakenbunny Bride Pet;
  • All Souls Gear Sets;
  • All Souls Calavera Wands*;
  • And many more wicked items!

*Note: There is a slight issue with the All Souls Cranium Wands set. They currently offer four wand attack spells instead of the intended six. This will be updated in an upcoming update to Wizard101.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wizard101 Halloween Run 2017

Our annual Halloween Run is back, and better than ever! For the first time, we'll have activities all day long!

Edward Lifegem has organized another fun community event and invited me to co-host the 2017 edition of the Halloween Run, along with Autumn Dreamwalker, Michael Walker and many other community members, for a memorable day that you are sure to remember.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Official Schedule:
11:00 am CST -  Nightmare Before Christmas Run
12:00 pm CST - Dance Party
12:30 pm CST - Favorite Spooky Mount Showoff
1:00 pm CST - YouTube Stream Begins
1:30 pm CST - Raid Wizard City
2:30 pm CST - TBA
3:00 pm CST - Costume Contest
4:00 pm CST - MEGA Twitter Contest
4:30 pm CST - Small Activities/Random Gifting
5:00 pm CST - Halloween Run Countdown
6:00 pm CST - Halloween Run Begins
6:30 pm CST - Group Photo Contest
7:00 pm CST - Afterparty/Random Gifting
Meetup in Nightside
Vampire Realm
Halloween Costumes
Halloween colors

Family-Friendly Event
When large crowds gather, problems tend to arise. To mitigate hostilities and bad behavior from some players, we have asked KingsIsle to help us monitor the Halloween Run, so there will be several Hall Monitors in our midst, in different realms, to ensure the event is fun for everyone and runs as smoothly as possible.

Run Details
We'll run from Nightside to the Haunted Cave, near Nightshade's Tower, in all Free Areas. Shortly after the Run, the portbus wizards will add you and teleport you to the Afterparty Events.


A list of all current contests can be found here, so don't forget to join in and I hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Empyrea Coming This Fall to Wizard101

KingsIsle revealed a new Wizard101 concept art, confirming that Empyrea is the next world our Wizards will visit!

The first hint of the Fall update was released at the end of August, and we know one of the areas of Empyrea is called Sycorax Jungle. The zone is inhabited by the BeastMen, which you can see animated in Tony Gaddis' (Senior Animator at KingsIsle) guest post on Swordroll's Blog.

From the Batman reference in the new sneak peek, we can assume that Old Cob's last child, The Bat, is hiding in Empyrea.
Will we find answers about Bartleby's illness there?

Hopefully we'll see the Test Realm doors open by the end of the month, or early November! And with that said, how excited are you for Empyrea?