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January 21, 2022

Nulgath's Rares Shop + Collection Update

Unlock 100+ rare items in Nulgath's Birthday Collection

Nulgath the ArchFiend’s birthday celebration continues this weekend! If you haven’t joined the /party yet, now’s the time because we’re adding three more sets to his birthday rares shop + 2022 collection chest. Get all of the event rare gear + a character page badge for 10,000 ACs (Over 33,000 ACs worth of gear)!

In addition to all the gear released last week, this weekend we're adding even MORE to Nulgath's Collection Chest pet's shop.

New gear arriving tonight includes:

  • HighMage Lord set
  • Reincarnated Fiend set
  • Empyrean Void set
  • Reincarnated Fiend + Empyrean Void Orb Pets
  • Eternal Flame of Loyalty cape
  • Fiendish Eternal Flame cape
  • Fiendish Duality Blade (single + dual wield versions)

Plus, find all of the gear released last week in Nulgath's Collection Chest:

  • Void Symbiote's Blade Pet (with a quest for the exclusive character page badge)
  • Bloodbound Void set
  • SoulKnight of Nulgath set
  • Fiendish DragonKnight set
  • Purified ArchFiend Warrior set
  • ArchFiend Titan set
  • ArchFiend's Warlord set
  • ArchFiend's Judge set
  • ArchFiend's Commandant set
  • VoidFiend Symbiote set
  • Oversoul Vampire set
  • Aberrant armor
  • Plus additional pets, weapons and more!

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive pets, all of the gear contained inside the Nulgath 2022 Collection chest will also be available to buy individually in Nubble's shop.

Read on for important information

A few important tips to remember:

  • All of this year's event rare items will be available individually from the birthday rares shop in Battleon until February 11th, 2022.
  • In order to prevent shop abuse, the Collection Chest pet and Badge Quest pet cannot be sold.
Tags: Alina,
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January 21, 2022

Master of the Underworld, Part 1

New Nulgath Birthday Story, Farming Rewards, and More

Nulgath the ArchFiend’s birthday celebration continues this weekend as we begin Part 1 of our "Master of the Underworld" story. Set in the past, you'll battle as Nulgath's Commandant. Your task, to observe Dage the Lich, a promising new addition to your Master's Nation... and assess his loyalty.

It has been 10 years since AQW heroes first battled through the Dage vs Nulgath war. This year, we will all travel even farther back in time to experience the first conflicts and clashes between Nulgath's Nation and Dage the Lich... and his growing Legion. This weekend's story is the first of the three-party adventure exploring that tale. We'll continue it in March with even more lore, bosses, and war rewards as we celebrate Dage the Evil's birthday event.

This weekend, log in and /join fiendspast to:

  • Battle as Nulgath's Commandant
  • Talk to Dage the Lich to begin your mission to observe Nulgath's newest potential heir
  • Gauge his prowess, strength, and ability to complete your training missions... no matter WHO he is asked to slay.
  • Defeat newborn fiends
  • Battle fiend champions

New Fiendish Farming Rewards

Good (and evil!) things come to those who work for them! Battle to earn even MORE dark and deadly rewards this weekend!

Taro's farming quest

Talk to Taro in /tercessuinotlim and complete his member-only quest for a chance to get:

  • Taro's Prismatic Manslayer (single + dual-wield)*
  • Taro's Battleblade Pet (0 AC, member-only)

* The Prismatic Manslayer blade + blades are 0 AC and can be used even after your membership expires.

Monster drops

  • Fiendish Outlaw armor set

Merge shop

  • Vengeance of Nulgath armor set
  • Fiendish Outlaw Battlegear weapons

Don't Miss the Lore of the Nation!

Nulgath the ArchFiend’s birthday celebration began last weekend. To help everyone to get in on the /party, we added a new Loremaster NPC to /tercessuinotlim and brought back his seasonal birthday gear and a new shop FULL of wicked rare items! 

/join tercessuinotlim and find Jadzia the Nation Loremaster.

  • Complete her quests to learn more about the Nation 
  • Unlock fiendish base class armors 
  • Battle Taro Manslayer to unlock a short story from guest Loremaster and Nation fan, Sevestus aka Balorfiend

And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Nulgath's Seasonal Birthday Shop

Find Nulgath's seasonal birthday shop is full of dark and deadly gear. These sets will return every year for his birthday, as our way of helping all his fans celebrate! Find the shop in your Game Menu until February 11th. 

Nulgath's seasonal Birthday Shop features:

  • Void Rebirth armor set
  • Void Awakening armor set
  • Shielded variants of both armors
  • Nulgath's Bounty Hunter Drone Pet (with two quests)
  • Nulgath's Birthday Gift Pet (with one quest)

Not sure who Nulgath is? Read on!

Nulgath the ArchFiend is the in-game persona for Nulgath-the-team-member, one of AQWorlds' original artists. Though he no longer works regularly for Artix Entertainment, his art style (prevalent in early AQW and featured in Oversoul) and the character itself remain hugely popular with many of our long-time heroes. 

To recognize his dedication and enjoyment, we hold an event in-game each year to celebrate the character and give his fans a hefty dose of the gear they love.

PLUS... new badge for Hollowborn Paladins

In our quest to continue adding more character page badges so you can show off your end-game and high-level farming rewards, we've added the Hollowborn Paladin badge tonight.

In order to unlock the badge, though, you'll need to complete "The Post Summoning" quest one more time. Talk to Lae in /hollowdeep to access and complete the quest one more time to unlock your badge.

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

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, has 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 Artix Games Launcher at artix.com/launcher  and you'll be able to continue playing all your favorite Artix games right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Tags: Alina,
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January 19, 2022

Class and Combat Dev Blog #2

Rebalancing, Readjustment, and Releases

When doing class rebalancing, releases, repositioning, and readjustment, we’re always aiming to put the game in a better state than it previously was. Sometimes, this is in the form of putting classes where they make sense, and for others, we may aim to adjust classes so they make sense alongside their contemporaries. In doing so, we’d like to more clearly communicate our intentions and guidelines to you so that you all may better understand the work we are aiming to do.

Sometimes, the reasons for changes we make aren’t immediately apparent, though we strive to improve the game overall for new players, old players, and everyone in between. So, for our Dev Blog #2, I’d like to share some of our thought processes with you all.

Get all the details in the full post here.

Tags: Alina,
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January 14, 2022

Nulgath's 2022 Birthday Shop + Collection

Unlock 100+ rare items in Nulgath's Birthday Collection

Nulgath’s birthday celebration begins this weekend, and we want everyone to get in on the /party! For all you real-life rare hunters, the Nulgath 2022 Collection Chest is here! Get all of the event rare gear + a character page badge for 10,000 ACs (Over 33,000 ACs worth of gear)!

This week, Nulgath's Collection Chest pet unlocks 3 items, including:

  • Void Symbiote's Blade Pet (with a quest for the exclusive character page badge)
  • Bloodbound Void set
  • SoulKnight of Nulgath set
  • Fiendish DragonKnight set
  • Purified ArchFiend Warrior set
  • ArchFiend Titan set
  • ArchFiend's Warlord set
  • ArchFiend's Judge set
  • ArchFiend's Commandant set
  • VoidFiend Symbiote set
  • Oversoul Vampire set
  • Aberrant armor
  • Plus additional pets, weapons and more!

Even more gear will arrive in Nulgath's 2022 Birthday Collection Chest next Friday! If you buy the chest this week, those items will be automatically added to your chest. You can also buy individual items from Nubble the Makai in Battleon.

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive pets, all of the gear contained inside the Nulgath 2022 Collection chest will also be available to buy individually in Nubble's shop.

Read on for important information

A few important tips to remember:

  • All of this year's event rare items will be available individually from the birthday rares shop in Battleon until February 11th, 2022.
  • In order to prevent shop abuse, the Collection Chest pet and Badge Quest pet cannot be sold.
Tags: Alina,
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January 14, 2022

Fiendish LoreMaster Quests + Rewards

New Nulgath Birthday Rares, Farming Rewards, and Lore!

Nulgath the ArchFiend’s birthday celebration begins this weekend, and we want everyone to get in on the /party! Join us as we bring back his seasonal birthday gear and a new shop FULL of wicked rare items! 

This weekend, /join tercessuinotlim and find Jadzia the Nation Loremaster.

  • Complete her quests to learn more about the Nation 
  • Unlock fiendish base class armors 
  • Battle Taro Manslayer to unlock a short story from guest Loremaster and Nation fan, Sevestus aka Balorfiend

And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Discover More about Nulgath's Master

Last year, we introduced a new adventure, telling the story of how Nulgath was human once... until he met his Master, Adimonde. If you are just joining us, now's your chance to learn disover what Master Adimonde taught Nulgath... and how he was prepared to reward his hard work and sacrifice.

  • Fiend Champion of Adimonde
  • Evolved Worshipper of Nulgath
  • Arcane Warfiend of Nulgath

Nulgath's Seasonal Birthday Shop Returns

Find Nulgath's seasonal birthday shop is full of dark and deadly gear. These sets will return every year for his birthday, as our way of helping all his fans celebrate! Find the shop in your Game Menu until February 11th. 

Nulgath's seasonal Birthday Shop features:

  • Void Rebirth armor set
  • Void Awakening armor set
  • Shielded variants of both armors
  • Nulgath's Bounty Hunter Drone Pet (with two quests)
  • Nulgath's Birthday Gift Pet (with one quest)

Not sure who Nulgath is? Read on!

Nulgath the ArchFiend is the in-game persona for Nulgath-the-team-member, one of AQWorlds' original artists. Though he no longer works regularly for Artix Entertainment, his art style (prevalent in early AQW and featured in Oversoul) and the character itself remain hugely popular with many of our long-time heroes. To recognize their dedication and enjoyment, we hold an event in-game each year to celebrate the character and give them a hefty dose of the gear they love.

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.

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

January is a month of new beginnings and birthdays in AQWorlds! To help ALL our heroes celebrate the new year and our many team birthdays, we’ve got a host of new events, new rewards, and new daily login gifts! 

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

Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player plug-in, has 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 Artix Games Launcher at artix.com/launcher  and you'll be able to continue playing all your favorite Artix games right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

Tags: Alina,
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January 14, 2022

Fiendish Updates + Improvements

Nulgath Nation Quest Updates

 This week several Nulgath related quests and areas have received quality of life improvements and balance updates, most notably to the Gem(stone) of Nulgath Pet and Supplies to Spin the Wheel of Chance set of quests.

Supplies to Spin the Wheel of Chance

  • The Escherion’s Helm turn-in requirement has been replaced with a new misc item called Relic of Chaos.
  • Relic of Chaos stacks to 13 and drops from Escherion at the same rate of Escherion’s Helm.
  • Relic of Chaos also drops from Chaos Gemrald, Hydra Head 90, and Ultra Alteon (Chaos).
  • All farming pet quests that rewarded Escherion’s Helm now reward a Relic of Chaos instead.
  • Unidentified 19 is now a 3% drop from every version of the quest (it was previously a 2% drop on certain versions of the quest).

Gem(stone) of Nulgath

  • The Gem of Nulgath pet has been renamed to Gemstone of Nulgath.
  • Several Gemstone of Nulgath quests have been changed.
  • Forge Gemstones for Nulgath, Forge Tainted Gems for Nulgath, Forge Dark Crystal Shards for Nulgath, Forge Diamonds for Nulgath, Forge Blood Gems for Nulgath, and Carve the Unidentified Gemstone have all had their turn in requirements and rewards adjusted.

Receipt of Nulgath

  • The drop rate of the Receipt of Nulgath (misc) has been increased on the Receipt of Nulgath quest.
  • The Receipt of Nulgath quest now rewards a new misc item called Shredded ARS Document. 
  • Receipt of Nulgath (misc) can now be purchased in Swindle’s Ripoff Emporium for 13 Shredded ARS Documents.

Miscellaneous Quest/Map/Item Updates

Void Highlord’s Challenge

  • The level requirement has been changed to 80 (the class itself remains a level 50 item).
  • No longer requires Dwakel Decoder, The Secret 1, Elemental Ink, and Bone Dust.
  • XP reward increased.

Demanding Items of Nulgath

  • Unidentified 13 is no longer a reward option.
  • Gold and XP rewards increased.

Totem of Nulgath (quest)

  • The turn in requirement has been changed to 25 Essence of Nulgath and Taro’s Manslayer.

Void Spartan

  • Now requires 5 Blood Gems of the ArchFiend instead of 15 Diamonds of Nulgath.
  • The random drop rewards have been changed to “Choose One Of”.
  • XP reward increased.

Void Shogun Farming Quest

  • Now requires 7 Blood Gems of the ArchFiend instead of 10 Diamonds of Nulgath.
  • The random drop rewards have been changed to “Choose One Of”.
  • Gold and XP rewards increased.

Enough DOOM for an Archfiend

  • No longer rewards Unidentified 10 or The Secret 1.

Tools For the Job

  • Gold and XP rewards increased.

Reap the Souls

  • Now requires 20 Tainted Gems in addition to the Combat Soulreaper of Nulgath.
  • Rep reward increased.

Tercessuinotlim Updates

  • Incorrect cave paths no longer send the player out of the map.
  • Most monsters no longer aggro the player when they move.
  • Monsters in rooms with NPCs no longer aggro the player upon respawn.
  • Taro, Swindle, and the Twins’ rooms are now directly connected to each other.
  • Taro Blademaster has finished meditating.

Item Changes

  • Balor’s Cruelty drop rate increased.
  • Taro’s Manslayer drop rate increased.
  • Unidentified 19 can now be purchased from Swindle’s Ripoff Emporium for 6 Receipts of Swindle.
  • The Void Warlock weapons now give a 40% damage to all monsters boost.
  • The Void Warlock armor, helmet, and pet now give a 25% damage to all monsters boost.
  • ArchFiend Class...

ArchFiend Class Buff

Additionally, for Nulgath’s birthday this year, the classic Nation class ArchFiend has received a rework! It still retains its identity as an Archfiend of the Nation, now reshaped to better fit its roles as an offensive support and farmer. Now, it’s powerful enough to be an asset in anybody’s inventory. 

In lieu of its hefty performance buff, the class requirements have also been made worthy of its newfound power. If you own the old version of the class, congratulations! It's been replaced by the new version. Otherwise, head to /tercessuinotlim and speak to Oblivion to begin your “Void Promotion,” or purchase it for 2000 ACs. Unlike before, you no longer need to be a Legend to acquire the class.

Tags: Alina,
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