Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wizard101 Level 118 School Pets

The January episode of KingsIsle Live brought about some great news for Wizard101 and Pirate101, but I will focus on one specifically.

Back in November, a Wizard101 player asked KingsIsle when they would be releasing new school pets, since there were none in the Mirage update. Professor Falmea replied that they are planning on adding new pets really soon, and the very first level 118 pet was then revealed on KingsIsle Live:

  • The Raincore is an adorably cute cloud pet that Diviners will get in a future update.

Yesterday, Community Manager Tom Purdue and Senior Producer Leah Ruben made clear that the next update will be a minor one, so I doubt that these pets will be added then. Still, they decided to unveil yet another new one during the livestream:

  • The Kookaburapictured below, is the forthcoming pet for the Life school.

Which pet do you want to see next? Do you like the ones revealed so far? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wizard101 Ghulture's Hoard Pack

Just a month after the release of the latest world, a new Wizard101 game card pack has emerged from the desert sands of Mirage: the Ghulture's Hoard Pack!

With a chance to get one of the seven Ghulture Mounts, the Ghulture's Hoard has cool new epic and ultra rare items for your Wizard. Here are just some of the cool items you could receive in the Ghulture's Hoard:
  • 7 School Themed Ghulture Mounts;
  • Wurm Larva Pets;
  • Ancient Purrzian Armor;
  • Purrzian Scimitar Weapon;
  • Mirage House Guests;
  • Mirage Housing Items;
  • Much More!

See what cool items you can get for your Wizard by checking out the Ghulture's Hoard pack in the Crown Shop today!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wizard101 & Pirate101: What to Expect in 2017

Happy New Year's Eve, my dear Pirate and Wizard friends! May the New Year bring about some great things for you and your family. I hope you all had a great Christmas and year, and are enjoying some time with your family and friends in the Spiral, during the Holidays.

As we bid farewell to yet another thrilling year in Pirate101 and Wizard101, it is time to look forward to what's coming in 2017! Although nothing is set in stone, here are the things I hope to see in both games next year.

  • Empyrea and Cabal Headquarters - with Mirage in the distant horizon, it is still unclear where the next journey will take our Wizards, but I'd say there's a good chance we'll visit Empyrea next, as I theorized in this and this posts, and that the Arcanum Scholars will most likely allow us to get inside the former Cabal headquarters, behind the warded door in the Arcanum.
  • New level 120 gear and dungeons - our Wizards have become less competitive than level 110 Wizards, so it's only fair we get more powerful gear to compensate for the slash in critical and block stats, after we become Champion Wizards. Also, in the newest Producer's Letter, Professor Falmea stated that we "may be inspired to travel the worlds of the Spiral again with renewed purpose", so I'm guessing new dungeons are underway. Personally, I'd love to travel back to Wysteria for a new expansion!

  • Polaris or Darkmoor - after the downfall of the Armada's leader, countless haywire Armada troops went rogue and with Queen on the prowl, there's no telling what she'll be up to next, but with an existing Stormgate to Polaris in the Calabrian Skyway, visiting the frozen world is very likely. Not to mention the pre-existing models of that world would make it easier for the MMO team to release this content, although they would still have to come up with different NPCs, textures and sounds. Darkmoor was also hinted at by Ratbeard, but this one would most likely come at a later time.
  • Item lock and Gear Vault - both of these features already exist in Wizard101, and I'd love to see KingsIsle carry them over to Pirate101. It is long overdue and we really need a way to lock items, so we don't accidentally trash or sell them, and more space to store our gear.

What are your New Year's Resolutions in-game? Is it a particular item that you want? A mount or spell you have been farming for? Helping a friend or family member travel the worlds of the Spiral? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wizard101 Santa Run 2016 Recap

If you happened to be walking the streets of The Commons in the Greyrose realm last Saturday, you probably bumped into a lot of Santas that were actually warming up for the annual Santa Run!

The Santa Run is an event in Wizard101, created by Edward Lifegem and hosted every year. For the third time this year, Edward kindly asked me to help him out with this, by co-hosting the party along with my amazing friends Autumn Dreamwalker and Michael Frost.

Although not as many areas were filled as our Halloween Run back in October, countless faithful Wizards showed up to hang out with friends, make new ones or just to have a great time. The run started at the Rainbow Bridge and ended with Wizards running through the streets of Unicorn Way.

Shortly after the run, we invited players to join us for the after party at one of Autumn's five stupendous houses, that she decorated for the occasion. While I didn't have a tour of the houses prior to the event, I was mesmerized by Autumn's decorating skills, especially upon reaching her Celestial Observatory and getting lost in those stunning sparkles all around the place. Very well done, Autumn!

Amidst the PvP matches and many housing games going on, there were many contests as well, either on Twitter or in-game, which included some trivia, and there were also secret Santas walking around and gifting packs to some lucky Wizards.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Edward again, for putting so much effort and dedication into this, and to my fellow co-hosts Autumn and Michael, for also being extremely dedicated and amazing. I owe it all to you three, so thanks for having me and I'm looking forward to see you all at our next event!

Be sure to read other recap posts at Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem and Secrets of the Spiral, and here's the official stream of the event!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wizard101 & Pirate101: Best of 2016

2016 has certainly been an exciting and wonderful year for both Wizard101 and Pirate101! From traveling the dangerous sands of Mirage, to being able to recruit Armada troops to your crew, many great things happened in the Spiral in the last twelve months, so I decided to sum up my favorites!

Valencia Part 2
The launch of Book XV in Pirate101 is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of 2016! After two long years, Pirates finally got to defeat the Armada's commander-in-chief, Kane, and reach level 70. With Queen on the loose, she will probably cause havoc in the Spiral, opening up an entirely new chapter in Pirate101's storyline, which will eventually take us to Polaris.

Housing Improvements
The brand new Castle Magic mechanic stepped it up a notch in the way Wizards will interact with housing from now on! Being able to add subtle, yet magical touches to your houses has definitely improved and changed housing for the better, taking a huge step forward in terms of creativity and quality.

The Gear Vault has also been a wonderful addition to Wizard101 this year, allowing players to store additional items in their homes. 

Hoard Packs
This year has had a plethora of new pack releases! A total of seven game card packs were launched in 2016:
With its amazing sceneries and the appropriate difficulty for higher level Wizards, Mirage shaped up to be one of my favorite worlds. It's been a big jump from Polaris, and I'm loving the fact that the Grandfather Spider arc has become darker than previous ones!

Item Requests
Back in January, KingsIsle started taking housing item requests in Wizard101, which has definitely been a real treat for avid decorators like me, always trying to get fancy furniture.

Seasonal Dungeons
After the Halloween towers, KingsIsle launched a brand new Christmas-themed dungeon based off of Krampus. I love it and hope to see more of these in the near future!

Community Events
I've teamed up with many community leaders and members this year to bring more in-game events, such as our Easter Bunny Run and Halloween Run, the latter being our most successful event to date, with nearly 500 attendances. Other events I've hosted include the NXP/Scrip Event in the Fansite Festival and the Wizard101 1v1 Luau '16 PvP Tournament, having lent a few of my arenas for the matches, and I'll be co-hosting the Santa Run this Saturday.

What were your favorite things in 2016? Leave a comment below and let me know!