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October 06, 2022

Happy 20th Birthday, AdventureQuest

They level up so fast, don’t they?

The game that started it all just turned 20 years old! ūü•≥

Back in the day, the original AdventureQuest (commonly referred to as BattleOn) dominated high school computer labs since it was legitimately one of the two online games available at the time. Sure, there were other Flash-based mini-games out there like Frog in a Blender and Gerbil in a Microwave,* but none of these time-killers compared to the full RPG experience of AQ. 


* Gosh, the early 2000s had a sick sense of humor…

Before AQ came along, the only way to play a full RPG video game was to buy a physical game for your PC or console. That. Was. It. You (aka your parents) would have to shell out like $50 to buy a game cartridge or a CD, oooor you‚Äôd have to wait weeks for a certain game to become available at Blockbuster.** Of course, there was always the option to play games at your friend‚Äôs house, but it wasn‚Äôt much fun playing a single player RPG with only one save slot ūüė≠

** I am seriously aging myself with all these archaic references.

But then!! AdventureQuest came along in 2002 and revolutionized the gaming experience! No longer did you have to worry that your eMachines computer wasn’t powerful enough to run the latest CD-ROM; AQ made gaming possible anywhere, so long as your computer was hooked up to the internet (back then, it was called the World Wide Web dial-up connection). High school and middle school computer labs were prime gaming grounds thanks to AQ’s browser-based gameplay, a F2P model that was unheard of at the time, and some of the worst graphics you had ever seen!

Fast forward 20 years, and AQ is still free-to-play with much better graphics than before (except that default character face ‚ÄĒ goodness gracious!!). If you wanna check out the game that started it all, check out that default face I mentioned, and check out the birthday celebrations happening now in the OG AQ, then tickle this link right here!

Update: AE’s 20th Anniversary in AQW

There are some things in life that are out of our control. Sometimes it’s pimples, sometimes it’s terrible fashion trends, and other times it’s devastating forces of nature. Hurricane Ian wrecked Florida last week; our thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes go out to everyone affected by the storm. Thankfully, all of the AE team and their families were unharmed, although some suffered property damage and went without power & water for many days. *gasp* Does that mean y’all went without coffee too?! *sobbing hugs* 

Hard to work on anything ‚ÄĒ esp computer game stuff ‚ÄĒ when you don‚Äôt have any power. That being said, we have to push back AE‚Äôs Anniversary event to the following Friday, October 14, 2022. I knnnnoooww I said it would begin Oct 7, but good luck voicing complaints to a Hurricane ūü§∑‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ¬†

The 20th Anniversary event is still so enormous (and somehow got even bigger, thanks Artix lol) it will span the course of 2 weeks PLUS we’ve got Mogloween nipping at our heels AND ermahgerd there’s so much going on this month and in this run-on sentence SO here’s the current updated AQW release plan (barring any other force majeure events):

October 7

  • seasonal Mogloween events return
  • seasonal AQWorlds Birthday maps + gear return
  • Artix 20th Anniversary Collection Chest
  • 14th Birthday Gift I: Free inventory + bank slots¬†

October 14

  • AE 20th Anniversary Event, Part I
  • Artix 20th Anniversary Collection Chest update
  • 2022 Achievement Tracker gifts
  • 14th Birthday Gift II: 500 free AdventureCoins

October 21

  • AE 20th Anniversary Event, Part II
  • 14th Birthday Class: ArchMage
  • 14th Birthday Gift III: Multi turn-in / buy / sell / enhance

October 28

  • 2022 Mogloween event¬†
  • Wheel of Doom Treasure Chest update
  • 14th Birthday Gift IV: Cosmetic / outfit slots

As if all that wasn’t enough, there’s all kinds of other stuff you can do in the meantime, like gettin’ yer gauntlets on the new Star Swords and collecting viscera (uh wut?) during the newest Carnax adventure. I saw somewhere on Reddit that there’s this heccin sweet house item but idk if that is for realsies or is just joke. It was these 2 dragons coming down through the ceiling as if home insurance would be a-okay covering that claim.

‚ÄúFirst Hurricane Ian, and now DRAGONS?‚ÄĚ No wonder why insurance companies are leaving Florida‚Ķ¬†

Well just like everyone else at AE, I have got to get back to work! BTW: when I wrote this, it was Wednesday, so that means we should ALL have worn PINK! ūüíě

xoxo, Beleen :D

 

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October 01, 2022

Become an Obsidian DragonSlayer

Upgrade to unlock the exclusive armor sets

DragonSlayers are among Lore's most-skilled warriors and known for their unparalleled courage in battle! Get the Obsidian DragonSlayer upgrade bonus pack when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock the Enchanted DragonSlayer set, Obsidian DragonSlayer set, and Royal DragonSlayer set! Total pack includes 42 items plus a character page badge.

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 Obsidian DragonSlayer Upgrade Bonus Set to unlock the full armor sets. 

  • Enchanted DragonSlayer armor (color-customizable)
  • Obsidian DragonSlayer armor
  • Royal DragonSlayer armor
  • Enchanted Dragon's Rage cape¬†(color-customizable)
  • Bright Enchanted Dragon's Rage cape¬†(color-customizable)
  • Obsidian Dragon's Rage cape
  • Bright Dragon's Rage
  • 9 regular capes¬†
  • 12 helms
  • 3 Daggers
  • 3 Swords
  • 3 Gauntlets
  • 3 maces
  • 2 Pets
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the Obsidian DragonSlayer Upgrade Bonus Set bonus on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Badges - Other Badges tab in your Book of Lore. 

40000 AC package rewards:

  • ALL the¬†Obsidian DragonSlayer¬†Upgrade Bonus 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¬†Obsidian DragonSlayer¬†Upgrade Bonus 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¬†Obsidian DragonSlayer¬†Upgrade Bonus Set¬†gear
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts¬†
  • and a character page badge

Our Back to School AC Bonus ends October 3rd

Last call for our Back to School AdventureCoin bonus! Get 50% more ACs with aany AdventureCoin or Membership pack you buy through Monday, October 3rd. If you're excited about all our upcoming holiday events, now is the time to top up!

Wait...AdventureCoin Bonus?!

That's right! Several times each year, we have bonus AdventureCoin offers (example: Summer, Back to School, and during the winter holidays). Bonus amounts and dates may change from year to year, so keep an eye on the Design Notes and social media for more news of future bonuses.

Get 60,000 ACs while our Back to School Bonus is on!

During our Back to School AC bonus, get 60,000 ACs for $99.95 (that's 20,000 ACs more than normal!) and unlock your choice of upgrade bonus pack, 15x Rep, Gold, Class Points, and XP server boosts, and the Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness (IoDA). 

Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness?!

The Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness (or MIoDA for short) is a miscellaneous item you will get by purchasing the 40k AdventureCoin pakage. Like the other IoDA items, it allows you to choose any item in the game when you redeem it through your Account Manager.

How to Claim your MIoDA Prize

Make sure you have a confirmed email address attached to your game account, and then follow these steps:

  1. Decide on the item you want
  2. Log into your Account Manager
  3. Click on the "Awesome Prizes" link on the sidebar
  4. You'll see a list of the IoDA tokens you have available
  5. Choose from a list of ALL the eligible item rewards  
  6. You'll be taken to a verification page to confirm your choice
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September 30, 2022

"OMG October" Starts Now

14th Upholder, New World Boss, Upgrade Bonus and more

This weekend we're launching a month of events celebrating AdventureQuest Worlds' 14th birthday (and Artix Entertainment's 20th anniversary) a day early with an all-new world boss based on one of Lore's most iconic monsters: Nightmare Carnax! Read on for more details about everything coming this weekend.

This weekend's game update features:

Carnax World Boss + Rewards

Your heroic adventures through the universe have slowly but surely been causing ripples in the timeline… And now they’ve come together to create another universal threat: Nightmare Carnax. Log in this weekend to enter the Nightmare Realm and fight a brand new World Boss to save our world!

Carnax has risen and been defeated twice in another timeline; now, the monster has found its way into the AdventureQuest Worlds universe and is forming again here! (You can battle through Carnax's first two appearances right now in the original AdventureQuest)

NightMare Carnax World Boss:

  • join /darkcarnax to begin your adventure
  • Talk to the Nightmare Queen for more information
  • Join your fellow heroes to fight back this new threat, and earn wicked reward gear¬†
  • After the World Boss is defeated, you and everyone else will earn a new limited-time badge from the event

Complete The Last Stand quest in /darkcarnax to collect Synthetic Viscera (... ew). Save them up (... ew x2) to create all four armor sets!

24 Merge Shop Items:

  • Disciple of Carnax armor
  • Devotee of Carnax armor
  • 2 Devotee of Carnax helms
  • 2 Disciple of Carnax helms
  • Temple of Carnax back item
  • Dragon Guardians of Carnax cape
  • Summoning Portal of Carnax ground rune
  • 2 Carnax Devotee weapons
  • 2 Carnax Disciple weapons
  • Nightmare Carnax's Disciple armor
  • Nightmare Carnax's Devotee armor
  • 2 Nightmare Devotee helms
  • 1 Nightmare Disciple helm
  • Nightmare Carnax's Temple back item
  • Nightmare Carnax's Guardians cape
  • 3 Nightmare Disciple's weapons
  • 1 Nightmare Devotee's weapon

For all you fans of the Nightmare Queen, good news! Her armor + accessories will be added as daily login gift drops in October. 

World Boss Details

World Bosses were first introduced to AQW earlier this year in April, when the giant Chickencow from outer space took over Battleon by storm. Here’s what you need to know about Nightmare Carnax’s fight:

  • The boss will share ONE health bar across every room and every server*
  • All damage you deal to the boss, whether you die or not, is permanent
  • While fighting the boss, you will occasionally receive quest items, which can be turned in for XP, gold, and merge reagents
  • After the boss is defeated, it will never respawn again. Instead, it will be replaced with a killable, permanent version of the monster that will drop the quest items
  • The room limit is set to 4 heroes. This helps prevent "server churn"** and reduces lag***

Unlike the Chickencow however, this fight will be more difficult and more unique, so bring out your best for this fight! Along with this fight will be several cool cosmetic sets, including a few powerful boosted items. 

Here’s a few tips on how to fight the boss:

  • Nightmare Carnax has an incredibly tough hide, significantly reducing the damage it takes.
  • Watch out for its laser attack! Avoid the glowing spots on the ground, and the laser will miss you completely. Get hit, and your health AND defenses will be shredded!
  • Your psionic link to Carnax will grant you an incredible boost to your Endurance and reduce mana costs- make the most of it!
  • Keep an eye out for its debuffing Roar attack- it can be taunted so it doesn‚Äôt hit your teammates.

14th Upholder Now Available

The AQW 14th Upholder bonus is now available! Purchase any membership pack until November 2nd to unlock the Sentinel Class + set, the DragonRoad map, 14 exclusive 2022 Star Swords, 25+ Star Swords for ALL upholders, a character page badge and more

How to become a 14th Upholder

We are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder. 

  • Have an active membership that expires on or after November 3rd, 2022¬†or
  • Upgrade your account with any membership package until 11:59 EST on November 2nd¬†or
  • Upgrade your AQW account¬†with ANY membership starting now and ANYTIME during the month of October

The 2022 exclusive Star Swords are now available. The star swords coming this year in the Dragon Road merge shop will arrive next week.

2022 Dark Seas Collection Update

Earlier this month, our Talk Like a Pirate Day 2022 Dark Seas collection arrived! Each week since it launched, we've updated the gear in Quibble's Rares Shop + Collection Chest with new items. The collection includes over 200 items and a rare character page badge for 10,000 ACs! This weekend, we've added the final update to his shop + collection: the Raven Naval Commander set!**** The collection leaves Friday, October 7th.

Plus, this weekend we've added a bounty of new Talk Like a Pirate Day-themed drops for you to collect! 

14 Monster Drops

  • 2 Icy Naval-themed weapons from the Aqua Familiar in¬†/hiddendepths
  • 2 Icy Naval-themed weapons from the Aquamancer in¬†/hiddendepths
  • 2 Chaos Naval-themed¬†weapons¬†from the Heart of Chaos in¬†/lagunabeach
  • 3 Rotting Naval-themed weapons¬†from Captain Kraylox in¬†/kaijuwar
  • 3 Kaiju-themed weapons¬†from Klashex in¬†/kaijuwar
  • Landlubber‚Äôs Hair Landlovely‚Äôs Locks¬†from the Kaiju Cannoneer in¬†/kaijuwar

This weekend's new gear is themed after some of our most iconic Naval Commander sets, and drops in seasonal from monsters in our seasonal TLaPD event maps. Get'em while you can. TLaPD leaves next Friday, October 7th.

* Unlike last time, health synchronization will happen in the background, so no more gigantic damage numbers randomly appearing!

** The boss mechanic has to keep up all of the player data in sync, which means it increases the load exponentially with the # of players in the room.

*** Don't forget, there are settings in the Advanced Options tab to help you reduce lag.

**** This set was one of the winning designs by the 2021 TLaPD Set Design contest. The other winning sets will be released in-game this year, but are not a part of the collection chest, and will not go rare.

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September 30, 2022

Become a 14th Upholder

Support AQWorlds and Become a Legend!

AdventureQuest Worlds went live in 2008. 14 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 14th Upholder

Starting this Friday, September 30th, at 12:01 AM EST, we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder. 

  • Have an active membership that expires on or after November 3rd, 2022¬†or
  • Upgrade your account with any membership package until 11:59 EST on November 2nd¬†or
  • Upgrade your AQW account¬†with ANY membership starting now and ANYTIME during the month of October**

Our 14th Upholder promotion begins now!  Badges have been added to all heroes who are already 14th Upholders. The 2022 exclusive Star Swords will arrive with Friday night's game update. 

What does a 14th Upholder get?

As a 14th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!***
  • Sentinel armor set
  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone
  • 14 new exclusive Star Swords for 14th Upholder
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 8 Artix Entertainment 20th anniversary Star Swords
  • 14th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

14th Upholder exclusive Star Swords

The 14th Upholder Star Swords are all themed on bosses from across our game universe. (Plus the bonus, rare Platinum DragonLord StarSword inspired by DragonFable.)

  • Carnax's Star Sword
  • Desoloth's Star Sword
  • Kezeroth's Star Sword
  • Phedra's Star Sword
  • Sepulchure's Star Sword
  • Vordred's Star Sword
  • Quetzal's Star Sword
  • Noxus's Star Sword
  • Xan's Star Sword
  • Wargoth's Star Sword
  • Valoth's Star Sword
  • Malgor's Star Sword
  • Star Sword of Madness
  • Platinum DragonLord Star Sword

Earlier this year, I polled my followers on Twitter to see which of the bosses across our game universe were the most popular. Then, along with some of the AQW game artists, we selected the following to base Star Swords on. Thank you for your suggestions and feedback!

DragonRoad Star Swords For ALL Upholders

We wouldn't be here without your support, and we want to make sure you know it! That's why, for the last two years, we've added new Star Swords available to every Upholder... and that continues this year. You'll find them in the Star Sword Merge shop in /dragonroad.

The star swords coming this year in the Dragon Road merge shop will arrive next week.

2022 Artix Entertainment 20th Anniversary Star Swords:

  • Black Dragon Star Sword: inspired by Artix Entertainment's logo¬†
  • Star Sword of Awe: inspired by the original AdventureQuest
  • Golden DragonLord Star Sword:¬†inspired by DragonFable
  • Mecha Star Sword:¬†inspired by MechQuest
  • ShadowFlame Star Sword:¬†based on Malgor's faction
  • Akiban Star Sword:¬†inspired by the Yokai Isle + Oni Naval Commander styles
  • Star Sword of Debris:¬†inspired by Darkon's Elegy of Madness
  • Monstrous Star Sword: based on the Queen of Monsters
  • Star Sword of Shadows: a pure black Star Sword silhouette****

2021 Chaos Lord Star Swords:

  • 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

2020 Lord of Order Star Swords:

  • Mirrored King's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Chronomancer's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Prophet's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Djinn's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Werepyre's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Twin's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Mage's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Bard's Star Guitar
  • Mirrored Samurai's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Mana Star Sword
  • Mirrored Knight's Star Sword
  • Mirrored Drow's 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 14th 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! 
**** Suggested by AQWorlds Hero @TheSkyAE on Twitter.

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September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian + Donation Efforts

AE Team Status: Safe and Secure

Thank you to everyone who sent messages with wishes of safety and to check in on our Florida team members. I am writing to give you a status update. Our hearts go out to everybody affected by Hurricane Ian, both in Cuba, Florida, and any other areas in its future path. While the storm is over for us, here, it is still heading north, and its impact is not over yet. We are making a donation to local relief efforts* to help recover from the storm.

Everyone on the team is alright. The storm turned and hit considerably south of us, the left side -- which is the far less dangerous side. We are checking in on individual team members (and their relatives, our AE extended family). So far, everyone we have heard from has had to deal with power outages and mild to moderate clean-up, at most. Currently we have about 50% of our Florida staff without power.

If you didn't know, almost all of the AQ3D team lives in the Tampa Bay area. Several of our AQ3D team members evacuated to make sure they and their families stayed safe. Because of this, the AQ3D game update was delayed, and we added an XP boost instead.

An overwhelming majority of other team members (AQWorlds, AQ, DF, ED) live outside of Florida. Those game releases will proceed as planned.

Thank you again to everyone who reached out. It means a great deal that you care. We will continue to keep you posted with any new developments about the team status and AQ3D release as we move forward.

And if you, your friends, or your family are in a position to help, we encourage you to do what you can. You can donate to relief efforts through:

* Artix is donating to Save the Children, which has been "supporting children’s most critical needs in emergencies along the Gulf Coast since 2005," including Hurricanes Irma, Michael, and now Ian. 

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September 28, 2022

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. Starting this Saturday, October 1st, at 12:01 AM EST, 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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