Design Notes

October 29, 2021

Class and Combat Dev Blog #1

Adventures, Bosses, and Classes- the ABCs of AQW combat!

Over the course of the last few years, we’ve made many major feature changes and mechanics changes that have drastically both improved and changed gameplay. Because of this, and in an effort to better communicate with the community and be transparent, we’d like to start doing Dev Blog posts before major mechanics changes or class changes.

We’ll discuss the changes we plan to make (broadly), why we’re doing them, and ask for your feedback on them. Currently on the plate is class rebalancing for November.

Beginning now, with Dev Blog #1!

November 2021 almost closes us out on a major year of changes, gameplay modes, and major class availability shifts. So first, a year-in review of the major changes to date, and why.

Awe Enhancements Update

Awe Enhancements updated earlier this year brought a range of new build options that players could consider, and created new variety in how classes could be optimized. The purpose of this project was to introduce an element of player agency to the game, and make the awe enhancements a strong part of both progression and gameplay.

We’ve left the middle levels of the Awe Enhancements as member-only, to maintain a membership benefit that’s been in the game since the introduction of Awe Enhancements. However, in the future, we plan to expand on the Awe Enhancement system with other “enhancement perks,” which may be obtained through other means.

/Heromart Reopens Update

Later in the year, in July, we brought back all of the Heromart calendar classes, and made them available ingame through Heropoints or Adventure Coins. Additionally, we brought all of the older calendar classes up to more modern power standards, and gave them all unique roles in battles.

This is part of a larger, long running effort to bring back all unique classes and gameplay to the game, so that newer players aren’t missing out on the fun. 

However, in the process of updating the calendar classes, several of them have been brought beyond the power levels we’d intended for them. Because of this, we plan to redistribute their power a bit in the next few months, and mellow out their performance in certain areas while buffing their performance in others.

Potions Shop Update

Then, in August, we rolled an update to Alina’s Armory in /alchemyacademy that made potions more widely accessible to players. This update was largely focused on increasing the number of potential builds by giving players more accessible Potion Slot options, as well as a meaningful place for them to spend gold.

Prices of the potions were balanced to reflect gold income through popular and optimal spots, while prices of Dragon Runestones (and Arcane Quills) better reflect players who don’t have access to high level gold farming, and would instead choose to spend their time creating potions to save gold.

With this update, we intend for potions to be used in challenging gameplay, and sometimes normal gameplay, giving us more options in building challenge monsters as well. Challenge bosses are generally intended to be beatable without the use of potions, but they may give a great boost to those who want to invest their time and gold.

Challenge Bosses Return

In addition to the Potions Update, we began a series of challenge bosses in August that featured special skills, mechanics and rewards.. We have many plans to expand this system going forward, and are already expanding on the kinds of abilities we can give bosses, kinds of rewards we can give you, and the challenges we can provide to all the high level players out there.

This update is going to be a mainstay going forward, but we do NOT intend for it to replace the style of content we’ve developed up until now. We’ll likely be giving parallels of rewards to classic AQW style farming, and challenge boss rewards, so that players may choose how they play the game. Challenge boss content is intended to promote social activities, guild activities, and late-game progression, and will cover a range of levels, not just endgame only.

Up until now, we’ve been doing one challenge boss per month, and occasionally for major saga finales, but we’ll be looking to slow this down a bit as we go into 2022, since we’ll have created a wealth of daily and weekly content for players to play with their friends to clear. We hope you will continue giving us feedback, so that we may continue to create more fun and challenging content for everyone.

Server Updates and Client Updates

In addition to all of these, we’ve been steadily making server changes to fix bugs in gameplay and improve elements of gameplay, from fixing haste stacking and rebound-kill aura application, to improving disconnect mechanics and adding better stat interfaces for players.

The server updates have led to several classes becoming more or less powerful than they were originally intended to be, and we’d like to adjust them back to where they should be. Please understand that these changes bring the classes back to how they were, and are not isolated changes.

And now, moving on to proposed changes-

Upcoming Sweeping Class Updates

Finally, this brings us to the current and upcoming updates to discuss. In the coming few weeks, we’d like to do another wide sweep of late-game classes that are overperforming and underperforming and bring them closer to levels that make sense by progression. 

Firstly, the underperforming-

Dragon of Time is a class that’s fairly late-game and quite difficult to get. While we don’t intend for this class to be a replacement for endgame classes, it’s currently performing under the level that we’d like it at. Because of this, we’ll be looking at raising its direct damage output to raise its performance in farming. Soloing performance is not far off from where we intend, so we likely won’t give it any soloing-focused buffs.

Yami no Ronin is another late-game class that’s performing slightly under where we’d like it, and has a few description errors, such as Flash actually increasing damage taken by up to 100%, instead of 60%. Because we normally balance by performance, we’ll likely update the description, but we’d also like to give it a performance buff focused around its defensive play mode. So instead of leaving the damage taken at 100%, we’ll look at lowering the effects of Flash a bit, while increasing its passive skills, to increase its base performance.

Legion Revenant is an endgame class that’s scaled fairly poorly with the recent updates to features and mechanics, and is now performing under where we’d like it to be. Since farming is its primary role, we plan to make it shine more in that category, rather than being just a generalist class, so we plan to give its second ability AoE capability.

Then, the overperforming classes-

Chaos Slayer is an earlier late-game class that has grown disproportionally powerful with recent game engine updates, and feature updates. Because of this, we plan to lower its direct damage output in its AoE state, while giving a few quality of life features. We’d like to make Chaos Blight only accessible during its single target mode, as it's a DPS-focused mechanic on the class, but we’ll give it a weaker damage boost that will still be present in AoE mode. Additionally, we plan to make its heal activate 100% of the time, but it will be weaker in compensation. However, the final healing over time output will still be the same.

Void Highlord was recently heavily buffed and is currently overperforming past its intended mark, both due to the buff and to some server bug fixes. This is partially due to having new, longer fights in the game that were previously not present (and so were not heavily accounted for, as we were unsure of the direction they would take). Because of this, we plan to decrease the power of Abyssal Sacrifice. Additionally, we’ll make Abyssal Sacrifice affect all damage dealt to the enemy, not just physical.

Vampire Lord is a midgame to late-game class that grew extremely, disproportionately powerful with the recent game updates because of how the class operates. We don’t wish for this class to outperform other late and endgame classes, so we plan to adjust its power a little bit to compensate. Its base performance is actually not far off what we’d like, but its scaling with Awe Enhancements and potions are what we’d like to address. Because of this, we plan to raise its autoattack cooldown a bit.

Chrono Assassin is a midgame to late-game class that was strongly buffed by the haste stacking server fix, and now has max haste when it was not balanced to. Because of this, we plan to slow down the class just a little, back to where it was before the server changes, and fix several bugs in the class.

Chaos Avenger is an endgame class that was balanced around Void Highlord's current performance levels. Due to the fact that we're changing Void Highlord, we're looking at changing Chaos Avenger's overall damage output so that it is still proportional to Void Highlord's. Additionally, as many of you noticed, Chaos Avenger’s taunt was made non-loopable. We intend this as the first to a series of updates to various classes with taunt abilities, so that it can create more timing based mechanics, instead of spamming taunt skills. However, in doing so, the taunt on Chaos Avenger is currently on a skill that makes using it unwieldy. Because of this, we’ll be revisiting this change and resolving that issue - so you don’t feel like you’re losing out on damage in order to save your taunt.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at taunts on various classes and adjusting them to provide a more interactive gameplay experience. We are looking to phase out loopable taunts as a whole, as they effectively remove the threat of any challenge monster with multi-target attacks.

What do you think of these changes? And what do you think of these dev blogs? Please tweet us at @AqwClass + @Alina_AE, or join the official Artix Games discord to share your feedback with us directly, and discuss it with other players! 

We’d love to hear your feedback, and look forward to having a more direct dialogue with you all, to better build the game together with your input.

- Eht

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October 29, 2021

Creepy, Cool, and Cute Mogloween Gear

Creepin' it real this year with holiday event gear!

We've got a ton of creepy, cute, cool, wicked, and killer new Mogloween items heading your way this weekend! Don't miss the new event rares and seasonal items in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu; these holiday equips will be available until November 26th.


Our 2021 Mogloween Event Rare items include:

  • Noble + Formal Vampire Emissary sets
  • Elegant Gothika armor
  • Lunar Witch + Warlock set
  • Solar Witch + Warlock set

New Seasonal Event items include:

  • Ebil-er Dread Paladin Armor + Horrorsaw
  • That Nightmare Clown set
  • BooBoo Hoodie set
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October 29, 2021

The Carnival of Horrors Awaits

Battle through our deceptively spooky Mogloween event

WARNING: if you are afraid of clowns, kids, or cute little fluffy creatures... TURN BACK NOW! This weekend, log in for our new Mogloween holiday event. Your destination? Doomwood, and a fight to save children trapped inside a cursed carnival. Unravel the riddles present by the carnival's mysterious master; IF you can cast a very strange spell to lift the curse, a truth meant only for the living and breathing will be revealed.

This weekend, /join necrocarnival to begin your adventure:

  • Quest to gather components to cast an ancient spell
  • Battle to undo the curse trapping kids and the mysterious carnival master
  • Uncover the mystery surrounding the dark... deadly... Forest Spirit
  • Defeat the mischievous master of mayhem, ZaZOOOL, to get even more rewards

And don't miss any of next month's updates. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Treat Yourself with New Rewards

No tricks... battle through /necrocarnival, fight monsters, and complete the reward farming quest to collect all our seasonal event rewards!

New reward gear for 2021:

  • Screamomancer set
  • Twilly Onesie Costume
  • Twig Onesie Costume
  • Zorbak Onesie Costume
  • Mort Onesie Costume
  • Dark Witchy set
  • Cute But Deadly armor + helm

Don't miss one of this weekend's most wicked reward sets: the Cursed Jester, based on one of the story NPCs! Complete the event in /necrocarnival to unlock the reward farming quest and collect all of the set pieces.

Moglo...WHAT?!

Candy, costumes, & craziness are in season this Mogloween!  If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last 13 years! Just /join mogloween and get ready for bats, brawls, and LOTS of hallow-SCREAMS!

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

October 31:

  • Daily gifts released between Oct 1 - 17

November 1:

  • October seasonal set leaves

November 2:

  • 13th Upholder ends

November 5:

  • 13th birthday events + rares leave

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark the Daily Gift page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at artix.com/launcher, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Tags: Alina,
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October 28, 2021

13th Upholder Final Weekend

13th Upholder ends Tuesday, November 2nd

October's almost over! If you want to become a 13th Upholder and gain access to all of our new StarSwords, the class, and the all-new Upholder-only zone, be sure to upgrade your account before November 2nd.

 

Over 12 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and our game universe was never the same. For the first time, we were able to go on adventures together. We've added new events, battles, rewards, and more for you every week since 2008. If you are not already a Member in AdventureQuest Worlds, please consider supporting the game by becoming one during our 12th Anniversary event.

Upgrade your account with any membership until Monday, November 2nd and you'll automatically unlock...

  • 24 Star Swords
  • Sentinel Class
  • Exclusive character page badge
  • and more

What does a 13th Upholder get?

As a 13th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!***
  • Sentinel armor set
  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone
  • 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 13th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

The 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords are:

  • Glacial Star Sword
  • SoulWeaver Star Sword
  • Rainbow Star Sword
  • Alchemical + Classic Alchemical Star Sword
  • Bonebreaker + Classic Bonebreaker Star Sword
  • Fallen + Classic Fallen Star Sword
  • SkyGuard + Classic SkyGuard Star Sword

All Upholders Unlock: Chaos Lord Star Swords

Last year, to celebrate our 12th Upholder / AQWorlds anniversary event, we permanently released the 12 Lords of Order Star Swords for ALL upholders in the StarSword Merge Shop in /dragonroad. This year, we are releasing the 13 Lords of Chaos Star Swords for ALL upholders in the StarSword Merge Shop in /dragonroad! 

The Chaos Lords and their Star Swords are:

  • 1st: Escherion + Star Sword
  • 2nd: Xiang + Star Sword
  • 3rd: Vath + Star Sword
  • 4th: Kitsune + Star Sword
  • 5th: WolfWing + Star Sword
  • 6th: Kimberly + Star Sword
  • 7th: Ledgermayne + Star Sword
  • 8th: Tibicenas + Star Sword
  • 9th: Khasaanda + Star Sword
  • 10th: Iadoa + Star Sword
  • 11th: Lionfang + Star Sword
  • 12th: Alteon + Star Sword
  • 13th: Dragon + Star Sword

AdventureQuest Worlds Members make our games possible, and allow us to keep the majority of the game free to play for ALL heroes. Thank you for helping us keep AQWorlds online and updating since 2008. Artix, the AE team, and I /salute you!

2021 Founder Pets + Achievement Tracker Update

12 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every year after that, we show our appreciation to them for being the first to support AQWorlds by giving them a new Platinum Dragon pet. This year's Founder Dragon pet will arrive in November, along with our 2021 Achievement Tracker rewards.

Get the Artix Games Launcher

Download the launcher and enjoy Artix Entertainment's most popular games, no Flash Player or web browser needed! Get the Artix Games Launcher for PC, Mac, or Linux. 

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October 27, 2021

AQW's 13th Anniversary Set Contest

AdventureQuest World's 13th Anniversary Contest!

October is AdventureQuest Worlds 13th birthday month, and since it's almost over, we thought we'd do a nice big contest so the best community in the world can show off!

We've got oodles of AC's to give away to the most creative fashionistas among you.

There are three themes you can use for inspiration:

  • Good
  • Evil
  • Chaos

Enter the contest using the nifty little tool below, and make sure you say what alignment your set is!

Official Rules

  • Must be your character, using in-game items on your account.
  • No editing screenshots.
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • Images entered must be in .jpg format.
  • All entries must be completed and uploaded by November 3rd at 11:59PM EST
  • Images must be no larger than "1920 x 1080"

Not following the above rules will warrant immediate disqualification

May the most stylish win!

AdventureQuest Worlds 13th Anniversary Set Contest

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October 27, 2021

AQWorlds Servers Back Online

We now return to your regularly scheduled adventures

The server issues affecting logins and stability have been fixed thanks to the combined efforts of Captain Rhubarb and Zhoom! You should be able to log in and battle uninterrupted again. Thank you for your patience! 

Yesterday's surprise 24 hour DOUBLE SERVER BOOST to Rep, Gold, XP, and Class Points has been extended through 12:01 AM EST tomorrow (October 28th) to help you get your farming back on track.

Wait, what happened?! O_O

Yesterday and the night before, we had been receiving ongoing reports of server issues. Captain Rhubarb worked tirelessly to track down the cause (related to some recent backend changes to optimize performance). 

The server hamsters were enrolled in an intensive boot camp to improve endurance and performance. I'm happy to say, they have passed with flying colors and are now rolling in their hamster balls faster than ever!

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October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021 Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

⦁    Alina in /poisonforest will now offer her quests at all times.
⦁    Trigoras challenge monster maps /trigors and /ancienttrigoras rebuilt to get rid of looping cutscenes
⦁    Progress in /darkalliance issue fixed
⦁    Basic Divine Elixir and Divine Elixir now work when consumed
⦁    Multiple items not showing in inventory now fixed
⦁    Vath Badge & Monster have been convinced they are not the same
⦁    Deady badge and pet have been convinced they are not the same


Art Fixes:

General Fixes
⦁    Cursed Captain's Hat now covers the full face
⦁    Cor Mortis Champion had a little surgery on the ear
⦁    Glacial Naval Commander (M) torso art fixed
⦁    Dreadful Victorian Garb Eye no longer disappears
⦁    Legendary Knight, Knight of Light (M&F) insignia issues fixed
⦁    Enchanted Tracksuit no longer showing off your underwear

These items have had CC fixes
⦁    Azure Cleric Of Time CC on hands
⦁    Ancient Wanderer (M)  CC on torso
⦁    StarBlade Master (M) CC on the arm
⦁    Eagle-Eye Archer Helm +5 CC fixes


These items have been repositioned:
⦁    Doomed Flintlock
⦁    Ti's Mace
⦁    Chaos Magus Greatsword
⦁    Crane Fan

Class Fixes

⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Ninja's Thin Air skill.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Lycan's Instinct aura which caused the second stack to have double its intended value.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Pirate's Combo and Cutlass auras which caused their second stacks to have double their intended values.
⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Chunin's Shadow Strength Passive.
⦁     Updated Horc Evader's skill descriptions for clarity.
⦁     Fixed a bug on HighSeas Commander's Combo Rune and Empowered Rune auras which caused their second stacks to have double their intended values.
⦁     Updated HighSeas Commander's Magical Enchantment skill description for clarity.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Glacial Berserker's Ancestral Rage and Frosted Fists auras which caused the second stacks to have double their intended values.
⦁     Removed the Rage Activated aura from Glacial Berserker's Shout of the Ancients skill.
⦁     Updated Glacial Berserker's skill descriptions for clarity.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Barber's Looking Sharp aura which caused the second stack to have double its intended value.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Dragonslayer General's Keen Eye aura which caused the second stack to have double its intended value.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Scarlet Sorceress's Vermillion Pact, Arcane Pact, and Mirroring Pact auras which caused their second stacks to have double their intended values.
⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Dragonslayer General's Drake Tongue skill.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Dragon of Time's Discordance aura which caused the second stack to have double its intended value.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Thief of Hours which caused the Stolen Life aura to apply the incorrect amount of Dodge.
⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Great Thief's Hidden Blade Passive.
⦁     Fixed a bug on Frost SpiritReaver which caused the Spirit Vanishing aura on Spirit Charge to apply the incorrect amount of incoming damage reduction.
⦁     Fixed a bug on ShadowScythe General's Consuming Shadows aura which caused the second stack to have double its intended value.
⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Blood Titan's Life Drinker skill.
⦁     Updated Lord of Order's Blessing of Order description for clarity.
⦁     Fixed an inaccurate description on Dragon Knight's Dragon's Fire skill.

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October 22, 2021

Queen of Chaos: Prison of Monsters

This Weekend: our 13th Birthday Origin Story Continues

Log in this weekend for the conclusion of our 13th birthday story event in... Queen of Chaos: Prison of Monsters! You've traveled back in time, battled alongside the 12 Heroes of Lore to recover the Elemental Orbs needed to seal away the Queen of Monsters. And now, the final battle is here. The Queen shows NO FEAR. There is no telling what tricks the Queen has up her sleeves... er, tentacles? O_O Stay alert at all times. To the very. Last. Second. 

In Queen of Chaos: Elemental Orb Hunt, you fought to help the original Ledgermayne, Tibicenas, Xing & Xang, and more find the rest of the Elemental Orbs... the keys to saving Lore by imprisoning the Queen.

In the first chapter, Queen of Chaos: The First Reign, your adventure began in /queensreign as you traveled back in time to help the 12 Heroes of Balance in their quest to bind the Queen of Monsters. 

/join orbhunt to continue your adventure!

  • Help Ledgermayne recover the Fire Orb
  • Complete Tibicenas' quests to secure the Light Orb
  • Fight through a frozen Mythsong to get the Ice Orb

Queen of Chaos Finale Reward Gear

Chaos is elemental. Fundamental. And has infected our world and heroes for centuries. That's why this week's rewards feature a selection of gear based on the Heroes of Lore...

And a selection of updated versions of their Chaotic Counterparts. 

Battle through the story in the /queenbattle map to unlock all 20 armors + their accessories.

New gear dropping from monsters this week:

  • ProtoChampion of Monsters set
  • 1st Hero of Balance armor + items
  • Evil Hero of Balance armor + items
  • Good Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 3rd Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 4th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 5th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 7th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 8th Hero of Balance  armor + items
  • 9th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 10th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 11th Hero of Balance armor + items
  • 12th Hero of Balance armor + items

New gear in the story merge shop:

  • 1st ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • Good ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • Evil ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • 3rd ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • 4th ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • 5th ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • 6th ChaosLord Prime armor + items
  • 7th ChaosLord Prime armor + items

13th Birthday Character Page Badge

Talk to Zorbak in Battleon, then complete his 13th Anniversary Gifts quest in the /birthday map by November 5th, 2021 to unlock this event exclusive character page badge!


Support AQWorlds and Become a Legend!

12 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every October after that, we hold the Upholder promotion - anyone upgrading their account during that period (or whose membership ends in early November of that year) becomes an Upholder... making them one of our most Legendary supporters. AdventureQuest Worlds would not be what it is today without their support.

How to become a 13th Upholder

tarting now we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder. Upgrade your account with any membership package until 11:59 EST on November 1st and unlock:

  • Have an active membership that expires after November 2nd, 2021 or
  • Upgrade your AQW account with ANY membership ANYTIME during the month of October**

All 13th Upholder badges and gear will be unlocked with tonight's release.

What does a 13th Upholder get?

As a 13th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!***
  • Sentinel armor set
  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone
  • 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 13th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

The 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords are:

  • Glacial Star Sword
  • SoulWeaver Star Sword
  • Rainbow Star Sword
  • Alchemical + Classic Alchemical Star Sword
  • Bonebreaker + Classic Bonebreaker Star Sword
  • Fallen + Classic Fallen Star Sword
  • SkyGuard + Classic SkyGuard Star Sword

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

October 15:

  • Daily gifts released between September 15 - 30th go rare

October 31:

  • Daily gifts released between October 1 - 17th go rare

November 5:

  • 13th birthday events + rares leave

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark the Daily Gift page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at artix.com/launcher, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Thank you

Our AQWorlds birthday celebration takes place all month long. YOU are the guest of honor, because you're the reason we're here. From Artix, the AE + AQW teams, and myself... thank you battling alongside us through THIRTEEN YEARS of adventure.

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October 22, 2021

Frostval Holiday Boss Design Contest

Design a Frostval Holiday Boss Monster Contest

For all of you artistic, creative, crazy monster hunters, beast masters, and mad scientists out there in the AQW community... this is your time to shine! Our "anything goes" AQWorlds Frostval holiday monster design contest begins now! We want to see your coolest creature creation, so grab a tablet, a drawing pad, or block of clay and get ready to rock. This contest will run until 11:59am (Noon) on Monday, November 1st. 


Prize Details

The winning entry will be created and released in AdventureQuest Worlds as a Frostval Holiday reward farming boss this year.

Grand Prize Winner/s from each category will get:

  • Winning design created and released in-game
  • 2,000 AC prize
  • Free 2021 Frostval Collection Chest
  • To choose a friend (or alt account) to also receive the free Frostval chest
  • Character page badge

Victory Circle Winner/s from each category will get:

  • 2,000 AC prize
  • Character page badge

How to Enter

To submit your monster design for this contest, click where it say "Design a Holiday Boss Monster" on the widget below to upload your image entry. 

AdventureQuest Worlds Frostval Boss Design Contest

Bonus information:

  • If your winning entry is submitted in Flash, we may reach out to work with you directly on creating the monster art for the game rather than having a team artist translate it.
  • As always, we reserve the right to reward contest entries that go above and beyond, or show incredible creativity or passion.

Official Rules

  1. Artwork may be created using any medium: pen, pencil, Flash, crayon, chalk, etc.
  2. Must be original. No Screenshots, no copy/paste, no stenciling or tracing.
  3. Concept cannot be based on any existing monsters. This includes other games, tv shows, movies, anime, manga, comics, novels, other people’s concepts, your brother’s concept, and anything else not created by you.
  4. You may only submit one monster.
  5. Your submission must include the concept art (You can, but do not need to, suggest skills or animations)
  6. Images entered must be in .jpg format.
  7. All entries must be completed and uploaded by Monday, November 1st at 12:01 PM (noon) Eastern 
  8. Images must be no larger than "1920 x 1080"
  9. Not following the above rules will warrant immediate disqualification.
  10. Ultra scary monsters are fine, just please keep your submissions family-friendly!

Contest Entry Gallery

Want to check out all the other entries? View them in the contest gallery here.

Have fun, and we look forward to seeing your viciously-creative creations!

Tags: Alina,
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October 20, 2021

Artix Entertainment's Pumpkin Carving Contest: 2021 Edition!

Can you... SQUASH... the competition?!

… Ok, at this point maybe “Fall Food Decorating Contest” is more appropriate, but it just doesn’t have the same ring. BUT on to the contest! Do you have what it takes to carve the best AdventureQuest Worlds-themed pumpkin in all of Lore? How skilled are you in the fine arts of squash carnage? Are you able to duel-wield a camera and a carved ear of corn at the same time? If so, this contest is perfect for you!

Attention all ye who wish to enter…this contest: Mogloween is drawing ever near, so we need pumpkin-carving masters to take on this challenge!

Mogloween mog-luh-ween; noun

The evening of October 31 in Lore; celebrated in the month of October; observed especially by Heroes in costumes who solicit treats, candy, and Seasonal Rare items inside AdventureQuest Worlds

Prize Details

  1. There will be ONE Grand Prize winner, who shall receive 2000 ArtixPoints

  2. 2nd Place Winners will get 1000 ArtixPoints

  3. 3rd Place Winners will get 700 ArtixPoints

  4. Runner Ups will get 500 ArtixPoints

  5. If you go Above and Beyond, we shall award you accordingly ;)

Contest Timeframe

The contest will range from today, October 20th until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 31st. The winners will be announced the following week on the Design Notes.

Contest Rules

To be considered, all entries must:

  • Include your game character name and the year (2021) visually displayed somewhere within the picture or video

    • The game character name in the picture must be tied to an Artix account to receive a prize

  • Must not use digitally altered art (so no photoshopping) - we want to see what you can do offline!

  • Be themed on any Artix game, character, monster, etc

  • Be posted to the AE_Contests Twitter accountAQW Facebook account

  • The photo of your pumpkin must be of the highest quality—the bigger and more clear the picture, the better!

  • One entry per person

You are welcome to think outside the box and submit other non-pumpkin creative entries for our consideration… but carved pumpkins and gourds are what we want to feature!  So you COULD...

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Dress an ear of corn

  • Carve a pumpkin pie

  • Build a diorama featuring acorn squash

  • … the possibilities are endless

Reminders

  1. Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only win once per person!

  2. A true hero is a good sportsman -- we reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants.

  3. As always, entries that WOW us and go above and beyond, displaying true effort or creativity, will get extra-special attention (or prizes)!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your creativity carved into pumpkins… or gourds… or apples (?!)! Will you win the Grand Prize? There is only one way to find out—submit your photo today!

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October 15, 2021

Queen of Chaos: Elemental Orb Hunt

This Weekend: our 13th Birthday Origin Story Continues

Our 13th birthday story event continues this weekend with Queen of Chaos: Elemental Orb Hunt! Last week, your adventure began in /queensreign as you traveled back in time to help the 12 Heroes of Balance in their quest to bind the Queen of Monsters. This weekend, log in and help the original Ledgermayne, Tibicenas, Xing & Xang, and more as you quest to find the rest of the Elemental Orbs you'll need to seal away the Queen. 

/join orbhunt to continue your adventure!

  • Help Ledgermayne recover the Fire Orb
  • Complete Tibicenas' quests to secure the Light Orb
  • Fight through a frozen Mythsong to get the Ice Orb

Elemental Orb Hunt Reward Gear

Chaos is elemental... and so are this week's event farming rewards! Battle through the story in the /orbhunt map to unlock the pieces of the Light, Darkness, Energy, and Fire armor sets. 

New armor sets this week:

  • Luminomancer 
  • Tenebral Warrior
  • Pyroclastic Mage
  • Elegant Eternal Ice Outfit

Return next week as we release the "Good Hero Lords" armor sets and a selection of evolved + reworked chaos weapons! 

Even MORE gifts for you this weekend!

We're increasing the sizes on max inventory and bank spaces, friends lists, guilds list, and the amount of starting inventory spaces. Plus, ALL accounts will get 10 free inventory and 10 free bank spaces.

 

The joint forces + skill of AQW programmers Spider and Captain Rhubarb (and our team of intrepid release testers) have been working VERY hard to bring you some much-requested features during our month-long birthday celebration!

  • Bank for your house items!!!
  • Stackable House Items can now be placed in your house! (E.g. Having 2x "Bunny" will let you place it in your house TWICE!)*
  • Extra xp from leveling up now carries over!
  • Music / Sound FX volume slider
  • New Bank! (Loading times exponentially faster!)
  • New House Shop/Inventory UI
  • Users in the same server as you on your friends list will be at very top
  • and more!
  • Plus... the team is working on even MORE feature and quality of life requests, to be announced in the near future.

* We are adding the functionality this week. It will take the team some time to go through and manually adjust the stack sizes on the house items to be increased. Which would YOU like to see first? (Columns, lamps, tables, chairs, rugs, etc are at the top of the list.)

Support AQWorlds and Become a Legend!

12 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every October after that, we hold the Upholder promotion - anyone upgrading their account during that period (or whose membership ends in early November of that year) becomes an Upholder... making them one of our most Legendary supporters. AdventureQuest Worlds would not be what it is today without their support.

How to become a 13th Upholder

tarting now we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder. Upgrade your account with any membership package until 11:59 EST on November 1st and unlock:

  • Have an active membership that expires after November 2nd, 2021 or
  • Upgrade your AQW account with ANY membership ANYTIME during the month of October**

All 13th Upholder badges and gear will be unlocked with tonight's release.

What does a 13th Upholder get?

As a 13th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!***
  • Sentinel armor set
  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone
  • 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 13th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

The 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords are:

  • Glacial Star Sword
  • SoulWeaver Star Sword
  • Rainbow Star Sword
  • Alchemical + Classic Alchemical Star Sword
  • Bonebreaker + Classic Bonebreaker Star Sword
  • Fallen + Classic Fallen Star Sword
  • SkyGuard + Classic SkyGuard Star Sword

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

October 15:

  • Daily gifts released between September 15 - 30th go rare

October 31:

  • Daily gifts released between October 1 - 17th go rare

November 5:

  • 13th birthday events + rares leave

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark the Daily Gift page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at artix.com/launcher, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Thank you

Our AQWorlds birthday celebration takes place all month long. YOU are the guest of honor, because you're the reason we're here. From Artix, the AE + AQW teams, and myself... thank you battling alongside us through THIRTEEN YEARS of adventure.

Tags: Alina,
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October 15, 2021

AQW Client Update Patch Notes

Release Notes for AQW Game Client 3.0

The AQ Lite client features have been merged with the AQWorlds official game client and rolled live!


Latest Big Changes

  • More Advanced Options, including a new Character Select login screen
  • New search box on the house inventory, house bank, and regular bank
  • Fixed "Hide Ads" from Death not properly saving
  • Friends list refreshes after 30 seconds (open and close to trigger) (does not work in combat)

 

Top 12 New Features of 2021

  • Faster Bank Item List
  • Auto-Untarget
  • Battle Analyzer
  • New Chat UI
  • Class Actives/Auras UI
  • Custom Drops UI
  • Custom Keybinds
  • Quest Pinner
  • Reaccept Quest After Turn-In
  • Smooth Background
  • Travel Menu
  • New Stats Panel



List of Advanced Customization Options

Want to tailor your gameplay experience? Head to the Options menu and check out all of the different ways you can customize the AQWorlds game client.

Advanced Options Guide

Patch Notes

Read on to see the details of what's been added, fixed, and updated.

View Detailed Patch Notes for Test Client Releases

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October 14, 2021

Queen's Chaos Collection Chest Update

Unlock 150+ items in our 13th Birthday Collection

We're celebrating AQWorlds 13th birthday all month long, and this weekend, we're adding even MORE gear to our event rare collection chest! Find the event shop full of 13th Birthday rare items in Battleon now, and then return when we add in Friday night's update to find even MORE gear. If you're a collector or rare hunter, pick up the Queen's Chaos Collection Chest to get ALL of the event rares and a character page badge for 10,000 AdventureCoins (that is over 50,000 ACs worth of gear)

This week, the Fire, Darkness, Light, and Energy sets -- along with the Ancient Knight -- join all of the gear released last week. 

  • The Queen's Chaos 13th birthday collection includes all 150+ items for 10,000 ACs (that's over 50,000 ACs worth of gear) 
  • Find all of the new items automatically added to your collection chest shop with tomorrow night's release... or buy individual items from Quibble's shop in Battleon.

New gear available in the Queen's Chaos collection chest includes:

  • ShadowLight of Doom (dual + single-wield variants, with item bonus)
  • Boreal Warrior armor, Fists of the North Wind, and accessories
  • Ignus Warrior set
  • Ionic Warrior set
  • Umbral Warrior, Umbral Screams cape, and accessories

In addition to all of the new gear, the collection chest over 150 items, like:

  • Exclusive Queen's Chaos Collection Chest pet to unlock the full collection shop
  • Monstrous Royal Chaos Garb set
  • Aquatic + Iridescent Nereidian Majesty sets
  • Elite, Legion, and Evolved ShadowReaver sets
  • Eternal Dragon of Time Caster set
  • Geodic, Glacial, Luminous, and Aquatic Warrior sets
  • Dark Dragon of Time set
  • 2 Bank Pets
  • Chrono Wyvern pet
  • Chronomancer's Loyal Companion Quest Pet (with quest for exclusive character page badge)

Even more items will be added to the Queen's Chaos Collection chest next week, so keep an eye on the Design Notes for more news.

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive pets, all of the gear contained inside the 2021 TLaPD Prime Collection Chest shop will also be available to buy individually in Quibble's Event shop.

Read on for important information

A few important tips to remember:

  • All of this year's holiday event rare items will be available individually from the shop in Battleon until the birthday event and Quibble's shop leave November 5th.
  • In order to prevent shop abuse, the Queen's Chaos Collection Chest cannot be sold.
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October 10, 2021

The 13th Birthday Event Continues

Log in for gifts, your /birthday party, and more!

Welcome to your AQWorlds' 12th Anniversary party, Hero, and thank you for battling alongside us! Another birthday event is here, and with it comes a dragon's hoard full of loot, gifts, and exciting adventures for you to journey on. /Party up with your friends and head in-game this weekend. 

Log in NOW as we continue our month-long 12th Anniversary celebration!

  • Head to Battleontown to /party with all your favorite NPCs and friends from across our game universe... like The Hollow, Tomix, Verylrus, and more! Each NPC has words of congratulations, shops, or quests for you to take.
  • "Sign" our Guest Book by posting on the Artix.com event page here: Sign the Guest Book
  • Head to the /birthday map to see even more friends, battle the 13th Anniversary Cake for delicious goodies and rare drops
  • Battle through first chapter of our Queen of Chaos: The First Reign origin story
  • Queen of Chaos Collection Chest + rares shop
  • The Elemental Blades of Awe have been added to Valencia's Merge Shop in /museum, along with Ethan Obi's NPC!* 

13th Anniversary 3-part Origin Story 

Our 13th birthday story event begins this weekend with Queen of Chaos: The First Reign! Before Drakath and his Chaos Lords... the Queen of Monsters ruled. Fight alongside 12 of Lore's greatest Heroes as you quest for the Elemental Orbs to seal her away. http://AQ.com

Queen's Reign Reward Gear

Chaos is elemental... and so are this week's event farming rewards! Battle through the story in the /queensreign map to unlock the pieces of the Earth, Energy, Air, and Water armor sets. 

13th Birthday Collection chest

We're celebrating our 13th Birthday with an all-new, massive event rare collection chest! Get ALL 150+ items + a badge for 10,000 AdventureCoins (over 50,000 ACs worth of gear) or buy individual items from Quibble's shop in Battleon.

Return next week and the week after as the rest the items release. If you have the collection chest, they will be automatically added to your chest pet's shop. 

Don't miss our newest class: Chaos Avenger

The member-only preview test is happening now! Pick yours up in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu, then let share your thoughts with the Class Balance team on our official Discord. https://discord.gg/FQsFCGV http://AQ.com

Curious about this year's new Chaos Avenger class skills? Want details on the member-only public class testing next week? Check out the Design Notes!

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

October 31:

  • October Daily gifts released from Oct 1 - 16

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark the Daily Gift page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at artix.com/launcher, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Thank you

Our AQWorlds birthday celebration takes place all month long. YOU are the guest of honor, because you're the reason we're here. From Artix, the AE + AQW teams, and myself... thank you battling alongside us through THIRTEEN YEARS of adventure.

* At long last, this 2017 contest winner's wish has been fully granted... because his wish was to share his prize with all of you!

Tags: Alina,
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October 08, 2021

Queen's Chaos Collection Chest

Unlock 150+ items in our 13th Birthday Collection

It's AQWorlds 13th Anniversary, and we're celebrating with an all-new, incredibly bright holiday event rare collection chest! Find the event shop full of 13th Birthday rare items in Battleon. And if you're a collector or rare hunter, pick up the Queen's Chaos Collection Chest to get ALL of the event rares and a character page badge for 10,000 AdventureCoins (that is over 50,000 ACs worth of gear)

This week, the Queen's Chaos Collection Chest releases with Earth, Ice, Light, and Water elemental warrior sets. Next week: Dark, Air, Energy, and Fire elemental warrior sets arrive! All of the gear will be automatically added to your collection chest pet.

  • The Queen's Chaos 13th birthday collection includes all 150+ items for 10,000 ACs (that's over 50,000 ACs worth of gear) 
  • Check Quibble's shop in your game menu to buy individual items from the collection

The collection chest unlocks over 150 items, including:

  • Exclusive Queen's Chaos Collection Chest pet to unlock the full collection shop
  • Monstrous Royal Chaos Garb set
  • Aquatic + Iridescent Nereidian Majesty sets
  • Elite, Legion, and Evolved ShadowReaver sets
  • Eternal Dragon of Time Caster set
  • Geodic, Glacial, Luminous, and Aquatic Warrior sets
  • Dark Dragon of Time set
  • 2 Bank Pets
  • Chrono Wyvern pet
  • Chronomancer's Loyal Companion Quest Pet (with quest for exclusive character page badge)

Even more items will be added to the Queen's Chaos Collection chest next week, so keep an eye on the Design Notes for more news.

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive pets, all of the gear contained inside the 2021 TLaPD Prime Collection Chest shop will also be available to buy individually in Quibble's Event shop.

Tags: Alina,
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October 08, 2021

13th Birthday Collection Giveaway

Want to win a free Queen's Chaos Collection Chest? Read on!

This month is AdventureQuest Worlds' 13th birthday, and we've got a month FULL of adventures, gifts, and giveaways headed your way... and it all starts NOW with our first Queen's Chaos Collection Chest Giveaway! 

To enter take any (or all!) of the actions below by October 31st:

  • Subscribe to our Newsletter
  • Visit our website and read THIS EXACT POST (You've already done that) 
  • Visit AQWorlds on Facebook 
  • Follow @Alina_AE on Twitter 
  • Retweet a special tweet 
  • Tweet with #AQWBirthdayGiveaway 
  • Visit Artix on Instagram 
  • Check out our YouTube Channel 
  • Enter the super special secret code on this page 
  • Share with your friends for extra entries 
  • Join the official Artix Games Discord Server

SUPER (NOT SO) SECRET SPECIAL CODE: Chaos

AdventureQuest Worlds Queen's Chaos Collection Chest

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October 08, 2021

Get 500 Free AdventureCoins

Your First 13th Anniversary Gift is Here!

Happy birthday, AdventureQuest Worlds heroes! Starting today, we're giving out the first of our 13th anniversary gifts: 500 Free AdventureCoins to all our active adventurers!

Read on to make sure you meet all the requirements, then log in to grab your gift! If you're eligible, you'll see the free ACs added right to your account.

How to get your free ACs

Your account must...

  • Have logged in within the last 3 months
  • Be level 10 or higher
  • Have a confirmed email address* (Need help with this? See the guide here.)

The 500 free ACs gift will be awarded the first time you log in for the day. Not able to log in on October 8th? No worries! The 500 AC gift will be available until November 1st, 2021.

More gifts headed your way

Do you REALLY want to know? Are you SURE?! Then read on for a small spoiler.

  • 13th Anniversary Gift, Part 2: free inventory, bank spaces, guilds slots 
  • 12th Anniversary Gift, Part 3: Chaos Hero Birthday character page badge

* Having a confirmed email address helps if you ever need to contact Player Support. It confirms you're the account creator, which lets them assist you more quickly. 

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October 04, 2021

Introducing... the Hero Guild PVP Community

A New Community Project for PVP Fans

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have seen tweets about PVP and getting your ideas, but also retweets of PVP tournaments hosted by a player group called The Hero Guild. This group of crazy talented players has crafted an awesome new set way for fans of AQWorlds' PVP to enjoy the battles, and the feedback from your fellow players who have gotten to try it have been overwhelmingly positive. That's why, we're excited to announce that the Hero PVP System is now an official AE Community Project!*

What is Hero PvP?

Hero PvP is a new Player versus Player system aimed at making PvP more fun, competitive, and rewarding. Check out the video trailer here!

Using Hero PVP:

  • Matches are livestreamed, recorded and saved to the Hero PvP database
  • Receive stats like kills/deaths/assists, DPS, and more after matches
  • Global leaderboard tracker on the Hero PvP website 

The Hero Community hosts tournaments, raffles, and contests for PvP. Over 100,000 APs worth have been won already, and we've received 52 weeks worth of Artix Points gift codes from the team to add even more prizes. Heromart items are also up as prizes, and even more may be coming in the future. 

Check out Hero PVP:

Hero PvP is hosted out of the Hero PvP discord and website. **

How does Hero PvP work?

Most of you are familiar with the classic AQW PvP maps, like /bludrutbrawl, /chaosbrawl, and more. Recently, working with the Hero PVP team, Captain Rhubarb rolled out the /bludrutpvp map, centered strictly around player vs player combat.

  • With Hero PVP, players engage in 1v1 / 2v2 / 3v3 / or 4v4 battles with other players.
  • Each team tries to be the first to 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 kills (team deathmatch style) 
  • The added mechanic of changing rooms / communicating with your teammates makes for an action-packed, high skill game

A full set of rules, guidelines, and allowed classes are available on the Hero PvP discord, along with the rest of the matchmaking functions.

Don’t see your favorite classes? Don’t worry, the AQWorlds Class team has already begun working to create PvP-specific versions of classes!

PvP versions of classes?

We will be working to optimize and lightly rebalance many of the classes used in Hero PvP in the upcoming months. We’d like to involve all of YOU in this process as well, so you can find the newest class undergoing testing available for Legends ingame starting later this week! 

These rebalanced versions of classes will be separate from their normal versions, so we won’t affect progression in other parts of the game.  You can find the testing class in the PvP rewards shop in the game menu, and it will be constantly updated with the newest class that we’re tweaking. 

You can interact with other community members, our class testers, and the Hero PvP members in a special channel on the Artix Games discord, where you can give feedback and receive the latest updates for how the class is evolving. Simply join the Artix Games official discord and visit the #aqw-pvp-class-testing channel, and leave your feedback.

Hero PVP Features

  • Match queue and private match builder through Discord
  • Individual and team statistics report 
  • Match livestream and replay post-match
  • Comsumables and Awe use detection
  • Live score updates on Discord
  • Ranking system with tiers (Bronze III through Legend) and a global leaderboard
  • Website where this ALL comes together: you can watch matches, even if you aren't playing them

Hero PVP Team

The Hero PVP team is made up of a mix of crazy-talented and dedicated players, programmers, and an AQWorlds game moderator. 

  • Python: Lead programmer
  • Rebel: Flash programmer
  • Corsa: Statistics programmer
  • Sweet Vayne: community organizer
  • Aku: community organizer

They've joined forces to make something incredible for you and the rest of the AQWorlds community. (And a bonus tip of the hat to Jester Nalgon, an AQWorlds player and artist for making the sweet character art used in the image above. Check his art out on Twitter!)

You Said PRIZES?

The Hero Community has put on a BUNCH of events including 1v1 and 3v3 contests, TLAPD giveaways, and even a bounty hunter mode for taking down top players!

  • 40,000 AP Giveaway to the first player into Legend Tier
  • Ongoing 3v3 Tourney with a prize pool of 105,000 Aps (registration closed)
  • Ongoing 1v1 Tourney with 2021 Calendar Code for the Top 6 players (registration closed)
  • Battle Bard testing (Start Date coming soon – October 28) – 8,000 AP raffle
  • Seasonal rewards (October 4 – Jan 1) – 10,000 AP for top ranked 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 player. 20,000 AP raffle for high-ranked players.
  • Fan art contest (October 4 – November 15) – create items for PvP! (10,000 AP first prize, 5,000 AP second prize, 2,000 AP third prize)

Follow Hero PVP on Twitter to stay up to date with current and upcoming tournaments and events. 

How to Get Started

  • Join the Hero Discord Server 
  • Once you have completed verification, type $pvproles
  • Read the #pvp-rules and #list-of-pvp-bot-commands to get an idea for what comes next 
  • Feel free to ask anyone in the server for help

Answering your questions!

After the above post was put out, we began receiving a lot of questions on Discord and other platforms... and I've got answers! The class team is creating several PVP-focused variants to help enhance the Hero PVP community's experience, but their main focus will continue to be on rebalancing existing classes and creating new one. 

The non-OP PVP community is a very specific, dedicated and passionate one, with a hardcore group of super-fans. Captain Rhubarb has made changes to assist the Hero PVP team's efforts (and in doing so, created functionality that will be useful elsewhere in the game!)

The vast majority of the team's time is still dedicated to the weekly releases + feature additions that will benefit all our players. We're helping promote the group because we appreciate the work they're putting in towards making the experience better for those who enjoy it.

Also exciting: our community managers -- Rellik and Taini -- have been working on new ways and methods to recognize and reward other community groups that are very active and helping their friends and followers enjoy Artix Entertainment's games and community! Stay tuned for more news on this in the near future.

* AQWorlds currently has two official community projects: the AQWorlds official wiki, a community-maintained wiki where players chronicle the AQWorlds releases and world, and now the Hero PVP Community.

Interested in more groups like this? Stay tuned for news as our community managers continue growing and expanding our officlal community group universe.

** The website and Discord are not owned by Artix Entertainment, but the Hero PVP team has been working closely with Artix Entertainment. They will not receive any of your personal information or game account information. They do not collect or store any data.

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October 04, 2021

This Friday: 13th Anniversary Gift

Find out how to get 500 Free AdventureCoins!

This Friday, we're giving out the first of our 13th anniversary gifts: 500 Free AdventureCoins to all our active heroes! Read on to make sure you meet all the requirements so you can get the gift as soon as we award it. Otherwise... you'll need to wait (or contact Player Support to get help with your account)!

How to get your free ACs

Your account must...

  • Have logged in within the last 3 months
  • Be level 10 or higher
  • Have a confirmed email address* (Need help with this? See the guide here.)

The 500 free ACs gift will be awarded the first time you log in for the day. Not able to log in on October 8th? No worries! The 500 AC gift will be available until November 1st, 2021.

More gifts headed your way

Do you REALLY want to know? Are you SURE?! Then read on for a small spoiler.

  • 13th Anniversary Gift, Part 2: free inventory, bank spaces, guilds slots 
  • 12th Anniversary Gift, Part 3: Chaos Hero Birthday character page badge

* Having a confirmed email address helps if you ever need to contact Player Support. It confirms you're the account creator, which lets them assist you more quickly. 

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October 01, 2021

October 2021 Daily Gift Schedule

October Daily Login Gift Schedule

We know a lot of you have had unexpected schedule changes and challenges over the last year. To help keep your spirits high as we enter the new year, we're making sure that when you log into AdventureQuest Worlds, you have even more to do. More rewards to hunt for, quests to complete, and battles to win. 

That's why we've added daily login gifts. Log in each day for a new item, boost, buff, or surprise. Follow AQWorldsGame on Twitter for more details and to see the newest daily gifts available for you at www.AQ.com!

Don't miss our 500 Free AdventureCoins gift! We will begin awarding this 13th Birthday gift on Friday, October 8th.

Rare drops released between:

  • September 15th and 30th leave October 15th
  • October 1st and 17th leave October 31st
  • October 18th and 31st leave November 15th

Previous Daily Gifts

Want to see some of the previous daily gifts? 
July 2021
August 2021
October 2021

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October 01, 2021

New Weekly Challenge Boss: Champion Drakath

Battle Drakath One on One and Reap the Rewards

If you fought Drakath at the end of the Chaos Lord Saga, you know that you haven’t REALLY faced him. Not in a fair fight! This week, if you’ve finished the Lords of Chaos Saga, and are at least level 80, return to the Inn at the Edge of Time to face Drakath at his full power!

Champion Drakath can be defeated once a week* for 5 of his Insignias, which can be used to unlock new Chaos-themed items, as well as merge upgrades to existing ones!

  • Parallel Chaos Amulet: Used to acquire the Chaos Avenger Class
  • Empowered Drakath's Armor: Deals 50% more damage to Chaos monsters when equipped. 
    Requires level 80. 
  • Empowered Original Drakath's Armor: Deals 50% more damage to Chaos monsters when equipped.
    Requires level 80. 
  • Empowered Blade of Chaos: Deals 75% more damage to Chaos monsters when equipped. 
    Requires level 80. 

Chaos Avenger Class?

That's right, this year's birthday class can only be obtained by those who challenge Champion Drakath, and win! Read on to see theclass breakdown for more details.

Champion Drakath battle tips:

  • He will not go down without a fight, this may very well be your toughest battle yet!
  • This may be a real fight against Drakath, but it won’t be a fair one! He gets stronger with every

TIPS WON'T SAVE YOU, HERO. DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU CAN DEFEAT ME? 

*Weekly quests reset every Friday at 12:01 AM EST. If you complete a weekly quest on a Thursday, it will be available again on Friday!


Chaos Avenger Class Skills

A Chaos Amulet is Yours to Wield!AdventureQuest Worlds turns 13 this year, and our month of Chaos begins October 1st with a new challenge boss, [Champion] Drakath! Then, return on Friday, October 8th for our new class, Chaos Avenger!

How to Unlock the Class

What if Drakath's Chaos Amulet was yours to wield? Time to find out! To unlock the class, you'll have to defeat the Champion of Chaos himself and obtain his Insignias to earn a Chaos Amulet of your own. There is no Adventure Coin variant of the Chaos Avenger class.

Chaos Avenger Details

Recommended enhancement: Lucky. In one timeline, The Hero managed to defeat Drakath and get a hold of their Chaos Amulet. Instead of becoming the Slayer who tried to destroy Lore, The Hero ended up becoming the Avenger that saved it.

Mana Regen: The Chaos Avenger regains 50 mana when they strike a target with Chaos Greatsword.

Skill Breakdown

Chaos Greatsword
Rank needed: 1 / Auto Attack
Target: Enemy
Type: Physical
Range: MeleeCooldown: 3 seconds

Swing your Greatsword down on your target for massive damage. Applies a stack of Chaos Fury, increasing your Crit Chance and Crit Damage by 6% for 12 seconds, stacks to 15. Deals double damage to Branded targets.

The Chaos Avenger's weapon of choice is the greatsword! This auto attack is your main source of damage on this class. What is a Branded target you may ask? We'll get to that soon enough.

Chaos Siphon
Rank needed: 1
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: Physical
Range: Melee
Mana Cost: 50
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Impale your target with your Greatsword to drain life from them. Deals damage and chaorrupts your target's defenses, increasing the damage they take by 8% for 15 seconds, stacks to 5. 
One of your sources of healing on the class, with an added defense debuff to really leave an impact on your opponent!

Flux
Rank needed: 2
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: Physical
Range: InfiniteMana Cost: 50Cooldown: 8 seconds

Chaos manifests itself, dealing damage while randomly reducing your target's Dodge, Crit Chance, Hit Chance, Haste, and outgoing damage. Each debuff reduces its respective stat by 30% for 15 seconds. Can’t miss and always crits.

It wouldn't be Chaos without a bit of randomness. The activation chance for each debuff is as follows:

  • Evasion Chaorrupted - (100% Chance) 
  • Crit Chance Chaorrupted - (70% Chance) 
  • Accuracy Chaorrupted - (50% Chance) 
  • Damage Chaorrupted - (40% Chance) 
  • Haste Chaorrupted - (30% Chance)

Chaos Bulwark
Rank needed: 3
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: Physical
Range: Melee
Mana Cost: 50
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Chaorrupt the raw energy around you and release a portion of it at your target, dealing damage while absorbing the remainder into your armor. Applies a stack of Chaotic Armor, reducing the damage you take by 30%, plus 5% for each additional stack (up to 55% total), and a stack of Chaotic Regeneration, which heals you over time and stacks to 5. Both effects last 15 seconds.

A very defense based skill. Not only does this skill contain your second source of healing, it also contains a hefty defense buff to yourself. The bulk of the buff is applied on the skill's initial use, but you'll have to use it a few more times if you want to get the full effect!

Fury Unleashed
Rank needed: 5
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 50
Cooldown: 35 seconds

Deals damage and channels your fury into your greatsword, increasing your outgoing damage by 50%. Also increases your Haste by 5%, plus an additional 5% for each stack of Ravaged your target has (up to 45% total) for 15 seconds. 

The longer your battles last, the stronger the Haste buff on this skill becomes. A flat 50% increase to your outgoing damage isn't too bad to have either!

Passives:

Brand of Chaos
Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Starting at rank 1, all skills (except Chaos Greatsword) Brand your target. Whenever your Chaos Greatsword strikes a Branded target, the Brand is consumed to deal double damage to them and apply Ravaged, which stacks to 8 and is used for Fury Unleashed.

This is the passive that ties the class together. Each time you use a skill, your next auto attack will be empowered to deal DOUBLE the damage. The timing for doing this is quite forgiving, but there may be times where you'll have to decide on which skill to use next.

Unending Rage 
Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Strength increased by 50%, but INT reduced to 0.

Death Defiant
Rank needed: 10
Type: Passive
Physical Damage taken reduced by 35% and Endurance increased by 200%.

Conclusion

The Chaos Avenger has harnessed a power that only one other has wielded before it. With its powerful attacks, great survivability stats, and crippling debuffs, the class is able to take on the toughest of bosses. So unsheath your greatsword, and show your opponents the true power of Chaos!

Bonus: Chaos Avenger Member Preview From October 8th to October 22nd, members can purchase a preview version of the Chaos Avenger class from the Featured Gear shop!

Since the permanent version of the class will take a few weeks to obtain, we wanted to give you guys a way to try out the class ahead of time! The class skills on the preview version will change to Berserker's after the preview period ends.

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October 01, 2021

Our Seasonal Mogloween Events are Back

Tricks, Treats, and Sweet Rewards are Back for Halloween!

Log in this weekend and return to the haunted town of MystCroft as all our seasonal Mogloween zones, bosses, and rewards return! /join mystcroft to talk to the Cauldron Sisters and begin your adventure. 

Getting a Head(less) Start on Halloween!

If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last thirteen years

Returning Mogloween zones this year:

  • /mogloween
  • /mogloweengrave
  • /candyshop
  • /voltabolt
  • /candycorn
  • /pie
  • /asylum
  • /franken
  • /ultrafranken
  • /poehub
  • /crusher
  • /cask
  • /wyvern
  • /necronaut
  • /mystcroftforest
  • /bloodmoon
  • /chromafection
  • /twigsarcade
  • /zorbot
  • /masquerade
  • /that

Check out our Mogloween Event Guide to see all the maps, bosses, and quests waiting for you: Mogloween Guide. Plus, all heroes can battle the Frankenwerepyre in /franken and /ultrafranken for a chance to get all-new 0 AC gear and house items.

Candied Costume Merge Shop

Bubble (the cat) went on a candy binge and ate ALL of the ingredients Toil and Trouble saved for the Cauldron Sister's super-delicious Candy Batch Deluxe. If they find out, Bubble’s going to be turned into an animatronic, and I’ll have to help. Robots are the CREEPIEST things out there. Even worse than that Necromancer wannabe, Sally.

For helping Bubble (the Girl), you'll be able to pick up a cauldron full of new Mogloween costumes! Just keep completing quests to earn Bubble (the Cat)'s favorite candy, and she’ll let you choose your prizes.

Complete quests to earn the pieces of our seasonal sets:

  • Super Scion Ninja
  • Force Guardian
  • Flesh Ripper
  • Fairy Tale Wanderer

Spookiest Gear of the Year!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear! 

October 1:

  • Rare August Anime sets
  • Rare Featured Gear Shop items released in September
  • Brasilian Independence Day map + gear

October 8:

  • TLaPD 2021 collection chest leaves

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark the Daily Gift page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Flash is Dead. AQWorlds lives on with the Artix Games Launcher!

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, stopped supporting Flash. But never fear! We built the Artix Games Launcher so you can continue playing AdventureQuest Worlds and your other favorite Artix Entertainment games.

Download the Launcher at artix.com/launcher, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

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October 01, 2021

Become a 13th Upholder

Support AQWorlds and Become a Legend!

AdventureQuest Worlds went live in 2008. 13 years ago.* Many insanely-passionate players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These dedicated, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. And in honor of their trust and confidence, every October, we hold the Upholder promotion. Anyone upgrading during that month automatically becomes an Upholder... instantly making you one of our most Legendary supporters and unlocking a host of exclusive items and perks! 

AdventureQuest Worlds would not be what it is today without the support of those original Founders and all of the Upholders that came after... and we would not be able to build what comes next without your support now.

How to become a 13th Upholder

tarting now we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder. Upgrade your account with any membership package until 11:59 EST on November 1st and unlock:

  • Have an active membership that expires after November 2nd, 2021 or
  • Upgrade your AQW account with ANY membership ANYTIME during the month of October**

All 13th Upholder badges and gear will be unlocked with tonight's release.

What does a 13th Upholder get?

As a 13th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!***
  • Sentinel armor set
  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone
  • 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 13th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

The 13th Upholder exclusive Star Swords are:

  • Glacial Star Sword
  • SoulWeaver Star Sword
  • Rainbow Star Sword
  • Alchemical + Classic Alchemical Star Sword
  • Bonebreaker + Classic Bonebreaker Star Sword
  • Fallen + Classic Fallen Star Sword
  • SkyGuard + Classic SkyGuard Star Sword

All Upholders Unlock: Chaos Lord Star Swords

Last year, to celebrate our 12th Upholder / AQWorlds anniversary event, we permanently released the 12 Lords of Order Star Swords for ALL upholders in the StarSword Merge Shop in /dragonroad. This year, we are releasing the 13 Lords of Chaos Star Swords for ALL upholders in the StarSword Merge Shop in /dragonroad! 

The Chaos Lords and their Star Swords are:

  • 1st: Escherion + Star Sword
  • 2nd: Xiang + Star Sword
  • 3rd: Vath + Star Sword
  • 4th: Kitsune + Star Sword
  • 5th: WolfWing + Star Sword
  • 6th: Kimberly + Star Sword
  • 7th: Ledgermayne + Star Sword
  • 8th: Tibicenas + Star Sword
  • 9th: Khasaanda + Star Sword
  • 10th: Iadoa + Star Sword
  • 11th: Lionfang + Star Sword
  • 12th: Alteon + Star Sword
  • 13th: Dragon + Star Sword

Want to know if you're already an Upholder?

That's easy! Just click the Manage Account link on the left under the ACCOUNT section. As soon as you sign in you'll see when your membership expires. 

Your support makes all of our daily and weekly releases possible. It allows us to keep updating and expanding AQWorlds, and lets us keep most of the game free to play for ALL heroes.

Thank you for helping us keep AQWorlds online and updating since 2008, and working on the early development phases that will bring AQWorlds Mobile to life.

* We had no idea what kind of chaos we would create over the coming years!
** Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count towards 12th Upholder.
*** The Sentinel Class will be available for ALL previous Upholders and Founders as our way of saying thanks for supporting us in the past! 

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October 01, 2021

October Seasonal Set: ChronoStriker

Available every year from October 1st - 31st

Every October, we celebrate the anniversary of AQWorlds' launch. This month, we're showcasing a set that pays homage to the origin of your hero... and their future. AQWorlds was created when Galanoth the DragonSlayer killed the Eternal Dragon of Time* and the 3 original timelines** merged. Unlock the full set and character page badge when you buy the full pack, or talk to Garek in Battleon to get individual set pieces.

October Set: ChronoStriker

The Eternal Dragon of Time rules over the past, present, and future. The ChronoStriker armor will enable you to strike at your enemies regardless of the timeline they inhabit. 

There are two ways to get the gear:

1) Total package: Buy the entire set directly through the website for $9.99 USD 

2) Individually: Buy each of the individual pieces from Garek the Traveling Gear Merchant in Battleon.

The total cost to buy all of the gear individually is 4,000 ACs, so getting all the gear from the ChronoStriker pack is a pretty sweet deal (you save 2,000 ACs).

The set includes:

  • ChronoStriker Armor
  • 3 helms 
  • 4 capes
  • 3 weapons
  • character page badge

Seasonal Set Details

Each month, we'll feature a new set, available only during that month every year. 

Seasonal Sets
January: ArchFiend OverLord
February: Obsidian Samurai
March: Legion Warseeker
April: Bio-War Cultist
May: Lord of the J-Sixth + Lightning Lich Lord
June: ShadowZard Mount + Rider
July: Flameborn + Underworld Summoner
August: Urban Assassins
September: Celestial Naval Commander
October: ChronoStriker
November: Harvest Hunters
December: Northern Wanderer

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the same as the monthly upgrade bonus? 

Monthly upgrade bonus gear is an extra reward for buying AdventureCoin or Membership packages. Seasonal set packs are bought separately. Just like the Flame Dragon Warrior pack, you can buy the entire set directly, for one price, on our site. You can ALSO buy the individual pieces in-game.

This set will return EVERY October, so if you can't get it now, you'll have another chance in upcoming years.

What if I just want ONE of the items?

You're in luck! Talk to Garek in Battleon. He'll be selling the individual pieces of the set through October 31st.

Where do I get my gear if I buy the full set through the website?

You'll find it in your Book of Lore.

* To see this in-game, /join thespan and play through the 10th Chaos Lord's story, Iadoa the Chronomancer. Your hero may experience deja vu upon seeing the Eternal Dragon of Time. It is perfectly normal. Do not be alarmed.
** Based on the first three Artix Entertainment games, AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and MechQuest.

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October 01, 2021

Become a Royal Mage

Upgrade to unlock the exclusive armor sets

If you want to use the power of your magic for Good, the best place to study is with the Royal Swordhaven Mages. Learn all you can to protect Swordhaven and fight for the Light! Get the Royal Swordhaven Mage upgrade bonus pack when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock three exclusive armor sets, a character page badge, and if you upgrade before November 2nd, you'll automatically unlock 13th Upholder!

After you purchase an account upgrade, select a bonus set of your choice from a list of options in your Account Manager

Pack Details

 Choose the Royal Swordhaven Mage to unlock the full armor set. 

  • Royal Swordhaven Novice + Adept Armors
  • 6 Royal Mage + Adept Hairs and Hat helms
  • Royal Mage Cape, Tome, and combo cape
  • Royal Mage Staff + Tome
  • Royal Mage Staff
  • Echanted Adept armor, helms, capes, and weapons (color-customizable)
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the Royal Swordhaven Mage bonus on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Other Achievements tab in your Book of Lore. 

40000 AC package rewards:

  • ALL the Royal Swordhaven Mage Set gear
  • Mythic Item of Donated Awesomeness (redeem for almost any rare item in the game!)
  • 15 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • 10 Wheel of Doom Tickets (worth 2,000 ACs!)
  • and a character page badge

Boosts and Doom Tickets will be added directly to your inventory.

12000 AC or 12 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the Royal Swordhaven Mage Set gear
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • 10 Wheel of Doom Tickets (worth 2,000 ACs!)
  • and a character page badge

Boosts and Doom Tickets will be added directly to your inventory.

2k and 5k AC or 1, 3, or 6 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the Royal Swordhaven Mage Set gear
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • and a character page badge
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