Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wizard101 Test Realm Brings Monstrology System

The Wizard101 Test Realm is back online and this update includes the Monstrology system, the new Monstrodome housing item, three new Skeleton Key Bosses, level 118 school pet quests, Aquila fishing, Jewel Vault, new trainable spells, new Castle Magic items and spells, and much more!

Now you can capture the "Animus" of monsters through the magic of Monstrology. Wizards level 12 and above should visit Monstrologist Burke, across from the Myth School in Ravenwood, to take on the quest "Know Thine Enemy".

You'll begin with a quick training session to using the Extract Animus spells, which apply to damage cards in combat much like other enchantments. Use these enchanted cards during combat to extract Animus. Use Animus to then create Summon Monster Treasure Cards, create Housing Guests for your Castle, or create powerful Expel Monster Treasure Cards for non-boss enemies.

Press "T" in game to open your Monstrology Tome to create and track these new items.

The Monstrodome is an interactable item you either purchase through the Crown Shop or craft (see Felicia Worthington in Marleybone to purchase the recipe). You can add your minion summoning treasure cards into the Monstrodome and invite friends to come duel your devious collection of monsters from within your player housing. 

You interact with the Monstrodome much like you would other housing items. You click on the "Place Object" housing button, place your Monstrodome in your house, click on your Monstrodome, and then click on the Monstrodome icon.

Skeleton Key Bosses
Unique loot is waiting for you in each of these three new fights, if you're able to master their challenges. What new treasures will you find? It's time to face off against the new Skeleton Key Bosses:
  • Find Sapoti in the Hall of Doors in Krokotopia (Wooden Skeleton Key Boss);
  • Find Captain Hockins in Zafaria's Waterfront (Stone Skeleton Key Boss);
  • Find Mirage's Verboten Mimic in Aggrobah near the river area (Gold Skeleton Key Boss).

New Pets
The Arcanum Scholars now have a new quest available to those who are level 118. They will summon you to talk to them in the Arcanum and will send you on a quest to earn a new school pet. Check out all the new pets here!

Aquila Fishing
New fish (and treasure chests) can now be found along the coast of Aquila. Fish up some great rewards and some new friends (like the Spartan Spear) for your fish tanks at home!

Jewel Vault
The Jewel Vault works similarly to the seed vault, but for jewels. You place your vault in your player housing, click on it, and open your jewel vault. From here, you can transfer your extra jewels into your vault. Note that a crafting recipe for the Jewel Vault is also available from Toshio.

And there are many more changes and minor updates to the game! Read the complete list of Update Notes for more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There's a known issue with the Advanced Combat Tutorial from Duelmaster Diego in Unicorn Way for this Test Realm. Please, avoid undertaking this quest for the time being as your game will crash, and your character will be unplayable until the bug is fixed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Wizard101 School Pets Coming This Spring?

The first teaser for the Spring Update was revealed just yesterday, and KingsIsle has uploaded another video about the forthcoming content.

Jaki Whisperwind, the Arcanum's resident Balance scholar, needs our help to retrieve stolen Opossum Eggs that she brought from her homeworld. Eggs? Interesting. Could these be the eggs for the level 118 school pets?

Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me, and don't forget to watch KingsIsle Live tomorrow for another pet reveal!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First Wizard101 Spring Update Teaser

Spring will be here in a few days, and that means we are a few weeks away from Wizard101's Spring Update. If that's not exciting enough, KingsIsle released the very first teaser video today!

Gilda Burke is the new face arriving to Ravenwood really soon and she refers to herself as "Principal Monstrologist"; in other words, Gilda studies and controls monsters. But what kind of monsters? Is there a school or academy where they study monsters, for Gilda to be known as Principal? And what is that new type of XP we are awarded from fighting mobs? So many questions!

I'm sure more will be revealed next Friday, during KingsIsle Live, so you don't want to miss it!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friendship Festival Contest Winners

It's been a fun month, filled with love and joy by spending some quality time with our friends in the Spiral, and the usual excitement that comes with fansite contests!

In my case, I've had some stressful days judging the entries for my Friendship Festival Contests. It's never easy to pick the right amount of winners, as your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Unfortunately, I had to disqualify a few contestants, because I found they were sending entries from multiple e-mail accounts and some of the drawings I received earlier this month are from copyrighted material.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the winners for each contest:

Friendship Spell Contest

Grand Prize - Eric StormBringer

Second Places - Tyler MythThief        Jonathan RavenWalker 

Runner-Up Winners

Iridian Willowglen     Connor LegendThorn    Blaze HexCaster

Companion Drawing Contest

Grand Prize - Lazy Flint Grant - "Hexavenom"

Second Places - Bloody Boris Blake - "Other Eye Frank"

Strong Jacqueline Dodger - "Eros"

Runner-Up Winners

Quiet Keena Davis - "The Friendly Flying Donut"

Joseph Eastman - "Pinky Swear"

Dishonest Casper Jenkins - "The Hikush"

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for entering! See you in the Spiral!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pirate101 Test Realm Party

There will be a party in the Pirate101 Test Realm later today! There's nothing to really test in the Test Realm... but the Test Realm itself! Basically, there's a new hardware configuration for the Test Realm, and KingsIsle would like to do a bit of stress testing.

KingsIsle will swing open the doors at 4:00PM CST, and One-Eyed Jack will be dropping turrets in the Skull Island Skyway of the Test Realm. There will also be a limited time code broadcast while in the Test Realm that will only be good for an hour or two; we may even do some Pet Sparring and take a few pictures! You'll have access to the usual 15,000 Crowns of fake Test Realm money, so Pirates can play around with that as well during the party.

Party Details
Who: Everyone who meets the Test Realm qualifications found here;
What: Party in the Test Realm;
Where: Skull Island Skyway to start and then possibly over to Bestia;
Why: Test Realm Hardware Testing and to have a bit of fun at the same time;
When: Thursday (2/23/2017) at 4:00PM US Central.

How's that for a bit of unexpected excitement this week?! Come join in the fun!