Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Test Realm is Open!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Big news has come to the Spiral! The Icy world of Polaris has been released to the Test Realm for all of us to try out before it comes to the Live Realm. Above is just few of the characters you can meet there. I finished it the other day and I have to say, this is one of my favorite worlds. The Storyline and Characters are so funny/quirky.
 
    There are many twists and turns during this 3rd Arc of Wizard101, including right when you start the Polaris Quest...You graduate from Ravenwood! When I first learned of this I got a nostalgic feeling from when I first started playing the game. It feels like such a long time ago, 8 years I started playing and now we are graduating? Its such a cool accomplishment, but sad at the same time we wont be seeing our old teachers anymore.
    I wont spoil anymore of the storyline, but will just leave you with this picture below! ;) I hope you all have a great time exploring and testing out the new additions to the game. For the FULL Update notes please visit the main Wizard101 site.
See you around the Spiral!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Got a lot of these hanging around?

Hello Wizards!
 
    I think at one point or another we have all had lots of these Trophies cluttering our bags or scattered around our houses... I also believe at one point or another a lot of us tried farming the one shot bosses for a certain item and didn't get it after many tries.
 
    After each One Shot Boss Gauntlet, the person who placed it in their house receives a Trophy after the dungeon. Most people just trash them or feed them to their pets for little gold and snacks/reagents. Seems like a Waste right? After farming the Krokopatra one multiple times trying for my Ice Wizards Hat, I thought of an idea. Below are just some of my collection from farming Krokopatra Exalted... 3 Myth perm mounts and 1 Fire perm mount including multiple pages of her staffs. Not to mention countless times I saw the hat icon pop up and got super excited just to be let down that it was her "all classes hat" version royal fez. 4 of those bad boys.
    After researching her confirmed drop table in the Wiki, you have 1/15 chance at getting the item you want. Slim odds, especially re-rolling every new try. Yes this is easier than going through the Graveyard and facing Darkmoor Malistaire, but you have a much better chance of snagging his gear, especially with the 2 rolls at his drop table you get.
 
    So after farming countless times I thought it would be a neat idea if we could actually use these excessive trophies for something useful and not let them go to waste! After you defeat the one shot boss, a Trophy Hunter NPC will appear near the back of the room behind the chest. If you have trophies in your bag from this bosses dungeon, you can trade him them for a certain item you do not have but desire!
    Find the Item you want in the bosses drop table, and see how many Trophies the Hunter wants for it. If you have enough, click the Trade Button and you receive the Item you want! Now some may be thinking "Well this is too easy". No its really not if you think about it. The only person who receives the Trophy is the house owner, everyone else doesn't get it. So you only get the Trophy by going out farming for the gauntlets or purchasing them via the crown shop for 500 crowns each.
 
    This is a win win situation in my eyes, and Im pretty shocked Kingsisle hasn't thought of this as the Trophies just end up getting trashed or fed to our pets for little to nothing! Thoughts?? Thanks for reading!
 
See you in the Spiral! ;)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jewel Crafter's Bundle!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Kingsisle has released a new Bundle by the name of "Jewel Crafter's"! You can find this shiny bundle located at Gamestop's across the Country. It just released so you may want to call first and see if your location's store has received some before making the trip! It is a $29 bundle similar to the Mystic Fishing Bundle and Atlantean Bundle! (Big thank you to Swordroll and Tasha [@Tkgib] for allowing me to take pics!)
    What is in this Sparkling Bundle you may ask? It comes jam packed with the Bountiful Mine Housing Item which you can place anywhere in your house and enter to get a daily reward! A Crystal Unicorn Mount that gives the regular 40% Speed, but brand new also it gives +2% accuracy to your stats! Interesting right? It is also dyable so color it to your hearts desire. Next is the Crystal Butterfly Pet, it has to be one of the most beautiful pets in game imo! You can dye it as well. Finally the Shard Warrior's Armor Set and Weapon which is all dyable. Plus the 5000 crowns or 1 month sub!
 
    Below I'll add in the renders I did for this bundle, ya'll can use them however you want. :) Have a wonderful day in the Spiral and stay tuned because we have a Spooktacular contest coming soon!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Teaser!

Hello Wizards!
 
    A new picture has been found and added to the Teaser Page of Polaris over on Wizard101.com! Wow actual In-game models are now being shown! That background in the sky looks beautiful, cannot wait to see more of Polaris!! Wish I could jump into the pic like Mario 64! Make sure to keep an eye out because more will most likely be popping up soon! I wonder what we will see next?
 
    Get your bags ready, because I'm sure the adventure in Polaris will probably be happening in the near future! See ya'll in the Spiral
 
Johnny

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Is Back!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Earlier today, Kingsisle packed away all of the birthday celebrations, and Halloween is back in the Spiral! The ancient Halloween Tower has returned to Ravenwood where the Death School ripped apart from Ravenwood for all of you to farm for Halloween Goodies. Spooky Bob and Jack Hallow are both back with their Halloween friends all over Wizard City as well!
    They stocked the Crown Shop with 2 new spooky costumes for us to enjoy this month! The Mummy and Vampire Costume Sets are available for 2500 Crowns each. You can also Farm the usual baddies of the Spiral to try and get separate pieces! (Jade Oni, Nightshade, etc.) You also want to stop by Dworgyn in Nightside for a Spooktacular Quest that will embark you on an adventure to stop the Evil Nosferabbit!
    Keep an eye out for the rest of the month, as the Halloween Packs will most likely be returning to the Crowns Shop. The Last teaser from the mysterious sender has fallen! Here is the new view! We know which world we will be visiting next on Wizards! "Welcome to Polaris!" Hehe Emperor Napoleguin here we come! ^o^
    They even put a new teaser on the Newsletter, what do you think it is? My guess is that its a classroom in Polaris somewhere that we could possibly learn new magic! Cannot wait to explore this new world! Penguins for the win!!
    I hope you all enjoy the rest of the night, and start of October! What will you be for Halloween in the Spiral? A witch or warlock? Maybe the new Mummy or Vampire? :)





Winners!


Hello Wizards!
 
    Emperor Napoleguin has left back to Polaris, but he has left the prizes we promised to give out after reviewing your entries for the Cheating Boss contest! We looked over all of them and chose 5 lucky winners! They were all very unique, thank you for taking the time to enter. I wish we could give you all crowns, loved them so much. Now lets start shall we?
(Credit to Evil-Witch-Inside-Me on deviant art)
Winner: Abbie Lancaster
Boss: Aαγαπώ (based off Greek word for love)
Rank 14 (Valentines Day Boss Event)
Health: 30,000 School: Death
Info:
The Story of this boss is that it hates love and couples.
When you enter the battle-
-Enter alone, it casts an absorb on itself.
-Enter with 2, it cuts half of each of your health and says "You won't need this since you have each other!"
-Enter with 3, it takes 1/3 of each of your health. Repeats same chant as 2.
-Enter with 4, it takes 1/4 of each of your health. Repeats same chant.
 
Aαγαπώ out of turn casts a doom and gloom that gives -80% heals anytime a different global spell is cast.
If you heal anyone but yourself (pet casts don't count), Aαγαπώ will steal half of your health and say "Awe, aren't you sweet? Can I have some love?"
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Winner: Brand Ghostspear
Boss: Trevor Whitetail
Ice/Shadow Boss who looks like a Polar Bear
For the area the wizard is fighting Trevor Whitetail at, he is in a warship filled with treasure and Trevor Whitetail standing in the middle of the room with 3 other polar bear soldier planning to steal the treasure. Here are the list of 5 cheats.
1.) Every 3 rounds, Trevor Whitetail says, "Is it cold in here or is it just you?" and casts freeze on random wizard.

2.) Whenever the wizard gets a heal over time, the boss says, "Is that for me? Why, thank you." And he casts Snow Drift on the target wizard that has heal over time.

3.) Every 5 rounds, the boss says, "You wizards are up to no good. Time to plan defensive." And casts a -75% tower shield on himself.

4.) Whenever the boss gets hit, the boss says, "We shall see what Woolly Mammoth has to say about that!" And casts Woolly Mammoth on target wizard that casted a damage spell on the boss.(pet may cast hit also triggers this cheat)

5.) Whenever the wizard traps the boss, the boss says, "Your trap is now my frozen shield." And casts cleanse ward, then cast -75% shield on himself. (casting elemental trap, spirt trap, etc makes him remove only one of the trap)
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Winner: Blaze Firebreath
Boss: The Shapeshifter
Shadow School Boss
Shapeshifter Cheat Details:
   • "All my friends are dead! Now it's your turn!"
      • Must be fought alone, 1 on 1. Minions and henchman will facetank a 25,000 Spinysaur the first round they enter the fight.
 
 • "Your power turns on you!"
      • Copies wizard's exact stats (Health+1000), excluding their pet.
      • Any spell the wizard casts (including may-casts & pet spells) , Shapeshifter casts first for zero pips.
      • Shapeshifter always passes on its real turn.
• "RNGesus has no power here!"
      • Before its first turn, and immediately after ANY other bubble is cast, Shapeshifter cheat casts a 0-pip, -200% Critical bubble with some extra effects.
      • For spells that deal a range of damage (firecat,imp,etc.), the same number is applied to both the wizard's and Shapeshifter's casts.
      • Similarly, Shapeshifter will only fizzle if you are about to fizzle (dispels are the exception to this rule.)
 
 I know at first glance, this seems broken. But here's a few quirks and tips I'd like to explain as to why this could be playable:
   • Bad Juju+anything with damage will cause the wizard to clear the debuff, but Shapeshifter will have it for his damage cast. Similar spell combos exist, this is just the obvious example.
   • Because he cheat casts before the wizard, not on his turn, auras/polymorphs will behave strangely. Either giving him and extra or a lost round on it, I honestly don't know how the game handles this situation.
   • Pets are the only 'free' stats here. Shapeshifter has the extra 1,000 health to counter this a bit, but pets can make it so 1,000 just isn't enough.
   • Dispels and bubbles are a waste of turns/pips. Not worth the bother.
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Winner: Logan Mistspear
Boss: Zane Shadowdrainer
Shadow School Boss
This boss is a Shadow School boss with a Mastery to death and life schools
In the beginning of the first round,  The boss uses Shadowblade 50% enhanced version and summons a spell called the basilisk of the king can deal 1800 damage all enemies.
Once the wizard decides to use stun, The boss will immune and defend himself with 125% Block and stun rating conviction.
 
If the wizard tried to beguile the boss, The boss will immune and react with a 5000 rebirth.
Every 5 rounds, The Boss will cast a shadow form called The Dragon's Kiss, The boss goes in the middle of combat circle, them starts to fly and deal 500 universal damage and puts a 300% locked feint (unlocks after passing 10 RDS)
 
Once the feint goes unlocked, The boss is going to say the following (Weakness hides behind strength) and the boss will use a shadow spell called Mind Weakner. Reduces 50% of the wizards damage and puts a 100% Balance blade on a Random wizard.

When the wizard tries to hit the boss, The boss will say the following (You're following your own path, But Shadow will remain Cold!) And Summons a Mirage Warrior with 180,000 health to boost the boss with healing and the boss will be hidden (Showing but you won't be able to hit him for 2 rounds) and the boss will be completely stunned in the same 2 RDS while he's hidden, The boss won't attack you or do anything.
 
The Mirage Warrior will get destroyed after healing the boss for 2 RDS after being summoned by sacrificing his health and restoring 10% of the boss's health.
The boss is going to say (The taste of life fuels my shadow) he will be revealed again and losing 50% of his resistance and getting a 10% Damage boost
The boss can use Deer knight and Shadow Deer Knight deals 230 damage when the wizard decides to use curse trap or smoke screen.
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Winner: Brandon Owlsword
Boss: Similar to Freddy Nine Lifes Concept
My idea for a cheating boss concept is having progressively harder bosses arrive in the battle as the battle goes on. This would be similar to the Freddie Nine Lives in Marleybone as he respawns so many times, but the creature would get both stronger and come into the battle rather than letting the wizard get health and regroup themselves. An added challenge to this is that depending on how long the battle takes is how much health the creature will have. Such as, if it has taken someone 5 minutes so far, the creature will have 50,000 or something health, so speed is a must in the battle, but still leaves AFK players a chance with a max cap on the amount of health the boss can have. This would acquire the attention of very serious and tentative players, but also show some light to those on the other side of the spectrum.