Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wizard101 Test Realm Brings the New Wizard City

The Wizard101 Summer Test Realm is here and includes graphic and music updates for several free Wizard City zones, classic mode toggle, the Magic Mirror makeover, Photomancy, Azteca fishing, new Monstrology, and more!

The New Wizard City
This update includes new graphics for Wizard City, through Unicorn Way and Olde Town. KingsIsle has also updated Character Creation, Character Selection, and the Tutorial. The NPCs and enemies in these areas now feature updated looks and talk animations. The sound and music in these areas have also been polished!

For those who prefer nostalgia or less graphic-intensive visuals, KingsIsle has also instituted "Classic-Mode" so you can return these areas of the game to their original look. Just look for the option in the Options Menu!

Magic Mirror
The ability to change your hair, hair color, face, skin, and eye color is now available through the Magic Mirror Shop, in the Wizard City Shopping District! Through the Magic Mirror you now have access to new hairstyles, new hair colors (including rainbow), new skin tones, and new faces (including ones with glasses) that aren't available in character creation. Also, new to Wizard101 are Face paints! Add stars, hearts, and more to your character's cheeks. NOTE: you can "wipe off" your face paint for free if you change your mind.

Each cosmetic effect you apply to your character will cost a small amount of Crowns. Roll your mouse over "Buy Makeover" and you'll see a full itemized list of changes being made. Press "Buy Makeover" and your account will be deducted the amount of crowns listed in the "Cost" section.

A new NPC has arrived in The Commons, over by the Library. Be sure to visit Annie Shutterbug to take on a new quest to become a Photomancer! Annie's quest will talk you through the basics of the new, fun way to take screenshots in game.

Azteca Fishing
Fishing has come to Azteca and tons of new fish are ready to be caught there! To start, visit Lucky Hookline in the Wizard City Commons for the quest "The New (Fishing) World". This will send you to the new Azteca Fishing Trainer, Alejandro de la Paz. NOTE: You must have completed the Avalon fishing quests to be eligible for this quest!

Alejandro will have a new fishing quest for you titled Rivers of Gold. Can you catch the elusive Ax Xolotl, Pirahptor, and Chupacarpe? If you can, Alejandro will give you the Buoy 1 spell, which increases your chances of catching a treasure chest! Alejandro will also sell you the Sink Chests spell to decrease your chances of catching a treasure chest.

Even More Monstrology
Monstrologist Burke can now be found in Krokotopia and Zafaria, as well as her regular locations! She has three new types of Monstrology Animus types for you to capture:
  • Krokotopia - Manders
  • Grizzleheim - Imps
  • Zafaria - Elephants

And there are many more updates to be tested! For the complete list of Update Notes, click here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Wizard101 Accursed Play Gauntlet

The newest Wizard101 game card is available in stores now: the Accursed Play Gauntlet! You can find this all new game card at Wallmart stores across the United States, for $39. For a complete list of stores, click here.

This Game Card comes with
  • Theater Gauntlet
  • Stage Ship Mount (2 player)
  • Drama Llama Pet
  • Dramaturgist's Gear
  • Dramaturgist's Wand
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

Bundle Overview
The Theater Gauntlet is a housing item that will take you to the Ravenwood Dramaturgy Club, where you'll compete with MacDeath's specters and phantoms in three different acts, before the last curtain falls. For a complete rundown on what to expect, go to Swordroll's Blog. Are you up to the challenge?

The Stage Ship is a two-passenger mount that grants your Wizard the regular 40% speed boost bonus, perfectly designed to sail away from your foes (or when drama arises!).

The Drama Llama is a funny and slightly dramatic companion to have around. This pet comes with a "Virulent Plague" card at Baby, and the excellent starting pedigree of 71. For a list of its Talents and Derby skills, head over to Petnome Project.

The Dramaturgist's Gear goes up to Level 125, giving great overall stats to your Wizard, and has an incredibly stunning design! The Dramaturgist's Wand grants your Wizard 6% universal pierce100 critical rating, 7% universal damage, 1 power pip, 205 pip conversion rating, a Square jewel socket and Maycast 'Sacrifice' and 'Bad Juju' at Level 120+.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Wizard101 Test Realm Teaser

KingsIsle has provided Wizard101 fansites with "before" and "after" snippets, showing a very small glimpse at some of Renee Wooften and her crew's handiwork in Wizard City.

Here's the teaser I was given, depicting Elik's Edge with new textures:

I was told the Test Realm is coming soon, so keep an eye out for more teasers on other Wizard101 fansites!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wizard101 Makeover Shop Sneak Peek

In this month's KingsIsle Live Wizard101 segment, we learned that a long anticipated feature is currently in early stages of development: the Magic Mirror Makeover Shopkeeper!

The Magic Mirror will set up a brand new shop, most likely located in the Wizard City Shopping District, where Wizards will be able to change:
  • Hairstyles (new ones are coming);
  • Hair color (including new, unreleased colors);
  • Skin tone;
  • Faces;
  • Eye color;
  • One more thing, yet to be revealed.
Of course, the Makeover Shopkeeper will charge you Crowns to apply all these changes. And I'm guessing the unrevealed edit that we'll be able to make to our Wizards is something like accessories; Pirates have it, so it would be really cool if they carried this over to Wizard101.
While no date has been fixed for the launch of this content and seeing as it still is in development, we might have to wait for the Fall update or even until early 2019.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wizard101 Battlemage Keep Bundle

A brand new Wizard101 game card is available in stores now: the Battlemage Keep Bundle! You'll find this all new game card at GameStop stores across the United States, for $39.

This Game Card comes with
  • Battlemage Keep
  • Battle Havox Mount
  • Wargoyle Pet
  • Battlemage Armor
  • Battlemage Staff & Shield
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

Bundle Overview
The Battlemage Keep is the tallest castle in the Spiral, with a PvP Arena at the top of the highest tower! Lost in the skies of the Spiral, this magic house has plenty of space for you to develop your decorating skills, housing games and parties. You'll also find a Cauldron in a hidden secret passage, offering daily rewards!

The Battle Havox is a fearsome, dyable mount that'll grant a 40% speed boost to your Wizard, and an additional 2% universal damage boost!

The Wargoyle Pet is ready to join you on your magical adventures, giving your Wizard a "Vengeance" card at Baby, with a starting pedigree of 73 and the Vehement Vanquisher talent, which may cast "Conviction".

The Battlemage Armor goes up to Level 120 and gives great overall stats to your Wizard. The Battlemage Staff & Shield grants your Wizard 70 critical rating, 70 block rating, 10% universal damage, 1 power pip, 205 pip conversion rating, a Square jewel socket and Maycast 'Quicken' and 'Impede' at Level 120+, and includes different color variations for each school that you can stitch.