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September 26, 2023

Become a 15th Upholder

Support AQWorlds and Become a Legend!

Starting now, upgrade your account with any membership to become a 15th Upholder. You'll instantly unlock a bounty of exclusive items and perks. We always say that we make AdventureQuest Worlds for and with you. It would not be what it is today without the trust and confidence of the original Founders and early Upholders... and we would not be able to build what comes next without your support now. 

History of Founders and Upholders

15 years ago, in 2008, AdventureQuest Worlds went live. A legion of passionate AdventureQuest Guardians and DragonFable DragonLords joined us on a new game-making journey. The early support of those Founders kept AQWorlds free for everyone to play. In recognition of their trust and confidence, every October we host a new Upholder promotion to reward other heroes who support the game's development. 

How to become a 15th Upholder

Starting Friday, September 29th, 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 11:59 PM November 1st or
  • Upgrade your AQW account with ANY membership* starting this Friday or ANY TIME during the month of October

On Friday, badges will be added have been added to all heroes who are already 15th Upholders.* The first batch of 2023 exclusive Star Swords will arrive with Friday night's game update. 

15th Upholder Rewards

As a 15th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Guaranteed access to the AQW: Infinity Tech Demo test / preview as soon as it is available
  • 10 exclusive 15th Upholder Star Swords (new for 2023!)
  • 5 new AE Star Swords, available for all heroes (new for 2023!)
  • Upholder Sentinel Class and armor set
  • Star Sword: Origins zone access
  • 13 Chaos Lord Star Swords
  • 12 Lord of Order Star Swords
  • 15th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

15th Upholder Star Swords

The 15th Upholder Star Swords are based on fan-favorite NPCs from AdventureQuest Worlds.

  1. Artix's StarSword of Destiny **
  2. Zhoom's Sandsea Ranger Star Sword
  3. Dage's Underworld Star Sword
  4. Warlic's Blue Mage Star Sword
  5. Beleen's Pink Hearts Star Sword
  6. Cysero's Green Mage Star Sword *** 
  7. Gravelyn's Star Sword of DOOM
  8. Galanoth's DragonSlayer Star Sword
  9. J6's BountyHunter Star Sword
  10. Grimskull's DungeonMaster Star Sword

A while back, I polled my followers on Twitter to see which NPCs were among the most popular. We based a number of our Talk Like a Pirate Day armor sets as well as this year's Star Swords on those results. Thank you for your suggestions and feedback!

* Only memberships count towards 15th Upholder.
** The original sword from DragonFable (shown below) will be available separately in the future. It was included as part of Artix's Star Sword as a special bonus for 15th Upholders.

*** Item description says what?! O_O

DragonRoad Star Swords & Class For ALL Upholders

We wouldn't be here without your support, and we want to make sure you know it! The Sentinel Class will be available for ALL previous Upholders and Founders as our way of saying thanks for supporting us in the past! And for the last several 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. 

New for 2023:

  • Epic Duel Star Sword (Click to change the blade between red and blue!)
  • BioBeasts Star Sword
  • Twilly's Star Sword
  • Zorbak's Star Sword
  • Twig's Star Sword
2022 Additions 2021 Additions 2020 Additions
Black Dragon Star Sword Escherion's Star Sword Mirrored King's Star Sword
Star Sword of Awe Xiang's Star Sword Mirrored Chronomancer's Star Sword
Golden DragonLord Star Sword     Vath's Star Sword Mirrored Prophet's Star Sword
Mecha Star Sword Kitsune's Star Sword Mirrored Djinn's Star Sword
ShadowFlame Star Sword WolfWing's Star Sword Mirrored Werepyre's Star Sword
Akiban Star Sword Kimberly's Star Sword Mirrored Twin's Star Sword
Star Sword of Debris Ledgermayne's Star Sword     Mirrored Mage's Star Sword
Monstrous Star Sword Tibicenas's Star Sword Mirrored Bard's Star Guitar
Monstrous Star Sword Khasaanda's Star Sword Mirrored Samurai's Star Sword
Star Sword of Shadows Iadoa's Star Sword Mirrored Mana Star Sword
  Lionfang's Star Sword Mirrored Knight's Star Sword
  Alteon's Star Sword Mirrored Drow's Star Sword
  Dragon'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. 

Thank you, sincerely, for your support

We appreciate every single upgrade and AC that you pay for. We know many of you prefer different types of upgrades, and art, and stories, and battle difficulty. It takes all kinds of people to make a world... and to make a game... and to make a gaming community. For you reading this right now... the entire team is grateful you are here.

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 AQ: Infinity to life.

Without you there supporting AdventureQuest Worlds' development, we could not keep the game running. Full stop.

The original AdventureQuest Worlds Founders will always hold a special place in our hearts for believing in us and supporting the game before we even had a game to support. As always, Founders will recieve a special upgraded version of your Platinum Dragon pet. This year is the 0 AC Palladium Armored Platinum Dracolich Battle Pet (non-member).****

15th Upholder Badge Accidentally Added to Character Pages. FIXED!

At 11:55 AM this morning, we added the 15th Upholder badges to everyone who automatically unlocked the achievement badge. 45 minutes later (and after many confused posts and bug reports) Captain Rhubarb figured out the issue. There was a typo in the query awarding the badges... so anyone who got 14th Upholder in 2022 accidentally got the 15th Upholder badge. 

We rollled the fix by 12:41 PM EST, and the badges were removed from all accounts that should not have had them. I apologize for any confusion the issue caused. If you believe you should  have a 15th Upholder badge but don't see it, you can check your Upholder status inside your Account Manager. 

**** More adjectives = more cool. Plus, Palladium is rarer than Platinum. \O/

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