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December 09, 2022

Permafrost Holiday Collection Chest

Unlock rare items in our Frostval 2022 Collection

Our very own time-traveling sales moglin is BACK with a shop full of super-cool event rares to help you /slay... and then sleigh! For all you holiday-loving heroes, our Frostval 2022 Collection chest is here at last. Get all of Quibble Coinbiter's holiday items plus an exclusive character page badge when you buy the full collection this month! 

  • Get the full collection for 10,000 ACs (over 36,000 ACs worth of gear) or
  • Buy individual items from Quibble's Rares shop in Battleon 

The Collection Chest unlocks new items, including:

  • Frostval 2022 Collection pet to unlock the full collection shop
  • Auroran CryoMagus + CryoMagus armor sets (light + dark variants)
  • Rimeblossom Enchanter sets (battle + formal variants)
  • PermaFrost Enchanter sets (battle + formal variants)
  • Noel Maurader set
  • Frozen + CryoFrozen Arabesque sets
  • Fest-EBIL Terminator set
  • Auroran CryoMagus Grace ground rune
  • Dazzling CryoMagus Grace ground rune
  • Aurora CryoMagus Grace ground rune
  • Rimblossom ground rune
  • Ice Plane House (with armor/hair customization rooms)
  • Giftbearers of Darkness pet (with quest for exclusive character page badge)
  • Holiday Mort & Binky Bank Pet
  • And more!

This week's collection includes: 

  • 10 armors
  • 29 Helms
  • 4 Swords
  • 6 Staves
  • 1 Polearm
  • 1 Mace
  • 5 Daggers
  • 2 Axes
  • 4 Gauntlets
  • 4 Ground Runes
  • 12 Capes
  • 1 bank pet
  • 1 pet (with quest for character page badge)
  • 1 house (with hair/armor customization room)

And even more items will be added on December 22nd:

  • Frostball Aristocrat set + Frostball Balcony ground rune
  • Festive Wanderer set + Festive Frostval Friends ground rune
  • Frost Fox Spirits + Arctic Fox companions capes
  • Holiday Scale NPC armor (featuring festive NPC art from Darkon's Madness Saga)
  • SugarSweet Frostval weapons

Just want a couple of the items listed above? Apart from the exclusive collection chest pet and quest cape, all of the gear contained inside the collection chest shop will also be available to buy individually in Quibble's Frostval 2022 Rares shop.

Our 2022 Holiday AdventureCoin Bonus is Happening Now

Our 2022 Holiday AdventureCoin bonus is available now! Get 50% more ACs with with any Adventure or Membership package until January 20th. Top up in time for next week's releases, including our Frostval story event, Collection Chest, and more.

Get 60,000 ACs while our Holiday Bonus is on!

During our 2021 Holiday AdventureCoin 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

Wait...AdventureCoin Bonus?!

That's right! Several times each year, we have bonus AdventureCoin offers, where we'll increase the amount of ACs you get with each pack. (example: Summer, Back to School, and during the 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.

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December 08, 2022

Aurelio Voltaire's New Album

"The Black Labyrinth" is now available for pre-order!

Aurelio Voltaire is legitimately one of the most creative people we know. He is the maker of music, films, books, comics, toys and... mayhem. He first appeared in AdventureQuest Worlds back in 2009, during our first-ever in-game Friday the 13th UNLIVE event! Since then, he's appeared in all of our Friday the 13th events, and this year he made his first appearance in AdventureQuest 3D's "Return to Skullpunch Island."

The Black Labyrinth album is an homage to the film Labyrinth, in which David Bowie played the Goblin King, and was recorded with members of David Bowie's band. Pre-order and you will get 5 tracks to listen to now - including "Kill the Beast," which premiered in the Artix Entertainment 20th Anniversary Event in both AdventureQuest Worlds and AdventureQuest 3D.

Aurelio Voltaire has been a fan-favorite guest in our videogame events for years, and he's been a friend of Artix and our crew of devs for just as long. That’s why we’re excited to announce that his long-awaited 13th studio album is available for pre-order!

The full album releases on December 16th, 2022.

Don’t wait. Pre-order The Black Labyrinth ~ A Requiem for the Goblin King now!

Battle on!

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December 05, 2022

Chilly's 2022 Frostval Gifting Event

The Event begins December 16th. Signup Quest Now Available.

Chilly wants to help you and ALL the heroes of Lore have the merriest Frostval EVER! That's why we're bringing back last year's AdventureCoin Gifting event... with a few changes and improvements.

Talk to Chilly in Battleon and complete his Event Participation quest. Once the event begins on December 16th, your character will be ready to give or receive AdventureCoins! Read on for more news about what the event is and what's changed since last year!

Frostval AC Gifting Event Origin + Feedback

One of the best parts of our videogame community is seeing heroes helping each other. Last year, we wanted to help bring that spirit of giving in-game. So for the first time ever, we held an AdventureCoin Gifting event.

Heroes could donate ACs to other random players, unlock rewards in a Generosity Merge Shop, and climb the Donation Leaderboard where those in the top spots unlocked exclusive prizes.

We saw a flood of happiness from excited heroes who were surprised with random gifts of ACs. We also saw people who didn't have as good an experience, So we asked what you'd like to see different if we held the event again this year.

We got a huge number of messages; many were 100% positive, but just as many contained very helpful, constructive ideas and feedback on how we could make this year's event even better. We held a team debrief shortly after the event ended to discuss your thoughts last year, and then began discussions again last month to finalize plans for the changes.

You can read more about last year's Gifting event in the Design Notes (here and here)

AC Frostval Gifting Event Changes

Accounts must complete Chilly's quest to participate in the event
We heard from many people that their 2nd / 3rd / 4th alt accounts were getting ACs, rather than their main account. Now you can choose which of your accounts can receive donations by having them complete Chilly's Quest (or not). 

Participation Quest Requirements:

  • Account is level 30+
  • Confirm your email address 

Need help confirming your email address? Check out the Support Page for more exact steps.

Reward Tier milestones are based on the amount you give, not your ranking
Every time you donate ACs to a random Hero, it will contribute to your Donation Gift total. At the end of the event, we'll award prizes based on how much you gave to other heroes.

Last year, only a certain number of heroes could unlock each reward tier. This year, we're removing those limits and anyone who meets the AC Gift milestone will unlock the tier rewards.

Splitting up large AC gifts
You can only give so many gifts in a short period of time, and that frustrated some people. You asked us to be able to "split" AC gifts, so one gift could be sent to many people... and now that's possible.

This year, we've added the following gift options:

  • 20,000 AC Multi-Gift: 10 heroes get 2,000 ACs each
  • 10,000 AC Multi-Gift: 10 heroes get 1,000 ACs each

Frostval Gifting FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the requirements to donate a gift?

  • Complete opt-in quest

What are the requirements to receive a gift?

  • Account at least 2 weeks old OR donate ACs
  • Online in last 24 hours
  • Verified email
  • Complete opt-in quest

How much can I donate per day? 
There is no limit to how many times you can donate each day. (There is a limit on how many upgrade packs an account can buy each day.)

How much can I win each day? 
There is no limit to how many times in a day you can receive a random AC gift.

Can I choose who gets my donation? 

Nope! In the spirit of the season, your gift will go to a random eligible hero. Make someone's day bright... even if you don't know who they are!

Can staff accounts get on the leaderboard or give to players? 
Nope! Team members' staff accounts can only give to other staff accounts. They will not appear on the public leaderboard. Team members' normal (regular player) accounts can give to other players and may appear on the leaderboard.

How will I be notified if I get a gift? 
You'll see a message when you login if you've received a gift since your last login note

What are the reward tiers? Will they go rare?
Find more details on the reward tiers next week! Tier rewards will go rare, generosity shop gear is seasonal.

How long will this be available? 
Through January 2nd, prizes to be awarded on Jan 3rd.

Does the amount of AC donated affect your merge coins received per donation? 
You can get a max of 1 Generosity Coin per day, awarded the first time you donate for the day. Every donation you make will contribute to your reward milestones total.

So, is this REALLY totally random? 
It really is! The game will look for any eligible account on any server and will randomly choose who to give your prize to. You cannot specify which character will get your ACs.

What if I'm offline? 
The game will look for any account that was logged in within the last 24 hours. If you aren't online when you get a gift, it will still be added to your account the next time you log in.

When do I get notified? 
There are currently a few ways of being notified you received a gift: when doing battles or switching maps in-game, or when you log in. 

What if I make a mistake and donate the wrong amount? 
The game will ask you each time if you’re sure you want to donate that amount. We cannot give refunds for incorrect donations, so please check and double-check before you hit the donate button and before you confirm the donation amount.

What if I pick the wrong item in the Generosity Shop? Can I get my Generosity Coin back? 
We cannot give refunds for Generosity Coin shop purchases, so please check and double-check before you spend a GC on an item in the merge shop. 

Can I see how much I've donated, or how much I've received? 
Yes! Log in to your account manager to see your gifts and what you've given.

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December 02, 2022

Our Winter Holiday Lineup Begins!

This weekend: Frostval Returns, HollowDeep expansion, and more

Frostval is a time of joy, hope, and... defending Lore from all the cold-hearted monsters determined to wreck the halls!  Log in this weekend to being the Season's Beatings as you battle through all our winter holiday events, unlock holiday rewards, and more!

We've got a host of holiday (and hollowborn) adventures for you happening now:

  • /join frostvale to battle through all our returning holiday seasonal zones
  • Take on this weekend's new reward boss, Kitty Yu Yule, in /yulecat
  • Head to /hollowdeep and talk to Lae for an all-new endgame reward set
  • Balance updates on two boosted weapons. See morein the Balance Team's Design Notes!

Journey to Frostvale

Once again the Frost Moglins of Frostvale are opening the snow-covered gates of their town to all of Lore to help you celebrate. If this is your first year with AQW then you get to play through all of the previous adventures. If you've battled alongside us for a while, then return to the Northlands and relive those super-cool memories.

Battle through fifteen years of holiday adventures in:

  • Frostvale Adventures: /frostvale, /icecave, /snowpath, /factory, /frost, /snowglobe
  • Into the Northlands: /northlands, /mountfrost, /kingcoal, /northlandlight
  • Garaja's Ice Palace: /goldenruins
  • Frozen Heart: /icevolcano, /icecavern
  • The WorldEnder: /icerise, /battlefield, /frostdeep, /snowyvale, /icewindpass, 
  • Frostval the Evil: /darkwinter, /ultrafrostfang
  • The Cryomancer: /frozenruins, /icerisepast, /northstar, /wintersheart, /frozentower
  • Cryostorm: /frostspectre, /cryostorm, /cryowar 
  • Coldwind Valley: /coldwindvalley
  • Frozen in Time: /frostvalpast, /frostvalpresent, /frostvalfuture, /frostvalnext, /frostvalperil
  • Conflagration: /icedungeon, /howardshill, /winterhorror
  • Frostval Treasures: /mountotzi, /otziwar

New Holiday Reward Boss: Kitty Yu Yule

If you played the Throne of Darkness Saga, you may recognize Ziri's pet, Kitty Boo Boo! She's been possessed by the Yu Yule Cat, a spirit of Frostval that steals children who didn't receive any presents or treats. Now YULE need to stop this holiday horror before she decides to make YOU a Frostval snack!

Battle Kitty Yu Yule in the /yulecat map to collect new reward drops:

  • Northlands BeastHunter armor
  • 2 Northlands Hunter helms
  • Furred Hunter's Cape
  • Northlands Hunter Blade (single and dual-wield)
  • Kitty's Last Lunch polearm
  • Festive Wand mace
  • Kitty Yu Yule + Ziri's Holiday Horror house guards
  • Festive Flying Piggy + Holiday Party Piggy house guards

Defeat Helsdottir the Ancient

Head to /helsgrove to take on Helsdottir the Ancient, a holiday boss monster designed by Despera, one of the winners of our 2021 Frostval Boss Monster Design contest. His boss art and rewards were so popular, we began working with Despera regularly, and he's created some of the most well-loved new armor sets of 2022. 

Defeat Helsdottir in /helsgrove for a chance to get the following items:

  • Helsgrove Guardian Armor
  • Chibi Krampus Queen hairs
  • Antler and Scarf helms
  • Guardian Baton weapons
  • and more!

Gear up for GIANT Gift Grab

Test your mettle (and metal!) against the biggest gifts of them all: Giefury* and his darker, deadlier self, GieFURIOUS! 

Both Giefury and GIE-FURIOUS have seasonal gifts for you:

  • Frostval Nutcracker armor (red variant)**
  • Giefurious armor set + pet
  • Giefurious House Guard
  • Festive Frostval Elf + Merry Frostvale Outfit armor set
  • Festive Battle Elf armor (member-only)
  • Blue Frosty-val Doge helm

FrostScythe also drops an version of his armor set, crafted by the incomparable Aranx just to help you celebrate Frostval!

Let the SLAY bells ring! Head to the /Gifthulu map to battle an all-new boss monster stocked with gifts galore. 

Tinsel Arrives Tomorrow in Battleon!

A snowstorm is hurling rapidly towards Battleon and Battleontown! I expect snow to blanket all of Battleon tomorrow. Until then, Major Moglin's quests in Frostvale will not be available. 

All RPG-talk aside, the team ran into a bit of delay. One of our main devs has been out sick for two weeks. And because Battleontown got a significant update to some of its art, we need a little more time to finish the winter version of town. You should  see wintery battleon -- and Tinsel's Seasonal Frostval Gift Shop  -- tomorrow. My apologies for the delay!

Hollowborn Bonus Release!

This weekend, head to /hollowdeep and talk to Lae. Complete his new quests to unlock the Hollowborn Envoy of Chaos character page badge and a bounty of wicked reward gear!

Once you talk to him, accept the Stirring Discord quest to begin. (Quest requires level 75 + Lae's Hardcore Contract.) 

OMG Those floating Hollowborn Chaos Twins! O_O

Later this month...

  • New two-part holiday adventure
  • Generosity is rewarded again
  • Frostval 2022 Collection Chest
  • Limited Quantity Sets

Make sure you confirm your email! Several of our Frostval Holiday gifts will require you confirm your email in order to unlock the reward. Check out the help page here for a step-by-step guide on how to confirm it.

Daily Login Gifts

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

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

Thursday, December 1: October + November seasonal sets

Friday, December 9: Black Friday Collection + Harvest Fest 

Friday, December 16: Featured Rare Set, Immortalis Magus

Friday, December 30: Black Friday Nulgath Quest Drops + Elvira leaves the anniversary event

Saturday, December 31: Daily Gifts from 12/1 - 12/14

Monday, January 2: 
Frostval AC Gifting event end

Friday, January 6: Frostval Holiday maps + gear, Frostval Limited Quantity Sets 

Friday, January 13: Frostval 2022 Collection 

Friday, January 20: AC Bonus ends

Friday, January 27: New Year's zones + Rare Gear

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, then log in and get back to battling right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

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December 02, 2022

Unlock the Frostborn Wolf Pack

Upgrade to unlock exclusive mount + color-custom armor sets

There are no lone Frostborn Wolves. The only thing deadlier than facing one in battle... is turning your back on a member of the pack. Get the Frostborn Wolf Pack upgrade bonus when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock all the gear and 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 Frostborn Wolf Pack Upgrade Bonus Set to unlock the Frostborn Wolf Warrior and Frostborn Wolf Rider* armor sets:

  • 2 Frostborn Wolf armors (regular Warrior + mounted Rider)
  • 2 Enchanted Wolf armors (regular Warrior + mounted Rider)
  • 2 Axes
  • 2 Daggers
  • 2 Swords
  • 2 Gauntlets
  • 2 Wings
  • 2 Spirit of the FrostWolf capes 
  • 1 SnowFlake ground rune
  • 1 Frostborn Wolf pet
  • 7 helms
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the Frostborn Wolf Pack Upgrade bonus on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Other Achievements tab in your Book of Lore. 

* There are regular and color-custom variants of most items.

Package Boosts Include:

  • 1 Hour Reputation Boosts
  • 1 Hour Gold Boosts
  • 1 Hour EXP Boosts 
  • 1 Hour Class Points Boosts

Holiday AdventureCoin Bonus: Get 50% More ACs

Get 50% more FREE bonus AdventureCoins with any Adventure or Membership package for a limited time! So if you want to get a gift for that special someone (or yourself) this is a great time to do it! 

Wait...AdventureCoin Bonus?!

That's right! Several times each year, we have bonus AdventureCoin offers (example: Summer, Back to School, and during the 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 Holiday Bonus is on!

Get 40,000 ACs for $99.95 and unlock your choice of upgrade bonus pack, 15x Rep, Gold, Class Points, and XP server boosts, and the new Mythic Item of Digital Awesomeness (IoDA). But while our 50% holiday bonus is on... get 60,000 ACs for $99.95!

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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December 01, 2022

December Seasonal Set: Northern Wanderer

Available every year from December 1st - 31st

Winter is coming (for many of you, it's already here!), and so are all our snow-covered, ice-laden, gift-bearing holiday events! To help ALL our heroes celebrate, this month's seasonal set features the Northern Wanderers - the Northern Wanderer and Fallen Wanderer armors.

December Set: The Northern Wanderer

Unlock the Northern Wanderer and Fallen Wanderer armors and all their accessories!

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 Northern Wanderers pack is a pretty sweet deal (you save 2,000 ACs).

The set includes:

  • Northern Wanderer Armor
  • Fallen Wanderer Armor
  • 5 helms 
  • 6 capes
  • 3 weapons
  • character page badge

Seasonal Set Details

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

January ArchFiend OverLord
February Obsidian Samurai
March Legion Warseeker
April Bio-War Cultist
May 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 December, so if you can't get it now, you'll have another chance next year!

If this isn't the monthly upgrade bonus, what IS the bonus in December?

Keep an eye on the Design Notes. More information will be posted soon!

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 December 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.

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