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February 26, 2024

Game News: February 26 - March 3

Read on for the latest news and information

Don't miss a battle, boost, or boss drop! Read on to stay up to date with the latest details about what's happening this week in AQWorlds!

Tuesday, February 27: Yokai Thief's Heist

While Valencia was traveling around Yokai Island, she learned of a merchant's stolen supply of weapons. Talk to her in the Museum and she'll be able to give you enough information to begin the hunt to recover it. Find them and you'll be rewarded with the valuable Yokai Sky Ripper Kamas!

Rewards include:

  • Sky Ripper Kama (single and dual-wield)
  • Backhanded Sky Ripper Kama (single and dual-wield)

Rewards will be permanently available. 

Wednesday, February 28: Balance Update Preview

Several balance updates are planned to arrive this Friday, including a rework of the Legion Paladin Class Skills. You can check out the changes in this post, and read on to see what else is on the balance team's list.* 

Class Updates

  • Legion Paladin: full skill rework, new icons and animations
  • Enforcer / Protosartorium: light rework
  • Chunin: Quality of Life updates / buff

Enhancements

  • Ravenous: added base damage, MP recovery, small stat buffs for self and stat debuffs for target, slightly reduced Execute damage bonus
  • Dauntless: slightly reduced damage
  • Smite: damage increase
  • Avarice: reduced stat penalties
  • Absolution: adjusted stat penalties
  • Hearty: removed stat penalties

Monsters

  • Ultra Exos: Touch of Chaos skill adjustment

Quest Updates

  • Quests in /Crashsite
  • Various Forge quests

* List is subject to change.

Thursday, February 29: Legion Token + Rib Boost

Get double rewards from select Legion Token quests and 2x Dark Unicorn Rib drops from Binky until March 13th in this special two-week Legion Token boost!

Legion Token Quests:

  • Spring Cleaning
  • First Class Entertainment
  • Legion Quest: Light vs Dark
  • Coal for the Legion
  • Hearts and Souls
  • Hearts and Souls (Member)
  • Legion Castle Quest
  • Research Materials
  • Suffering is Magic

Dark Unicorn Rib

  • Battle Binky in the /binky or /doomvault map to get x2 Dark Unicorn Ribs instead of x1

Friday, March 1: Update Details

Evil takes over Lore this weekend! Dage's seasonal Dark Birthday zones and gear return along with the oh-so-evil RNG-themed minigames in the Lucky Day Fair.

  • Holiday Events return: Dage's Dark Birthday and Lucky Day seasonal events return
  • March Seasonal Set: Legion Warseeker returns
  • New Battles: New Underworld Boss + Rewards
  • New Bonus Pack: color-customizable Underworld SoulSeeker upgrade bonus sets*

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double Gold Boost
  • Resource Boost: Legion Token and Rib Boost
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday: Luckiest Kiwi pet + Lucky Mask helms

Leaving This Friday

Seasonal Event Maps

  • Hero's Heart Day event maps + gear
  • Yokai New Year event maps + gear
  • Carnaval event maps + gear
  • Superbowl /punt map
  • Pancake day gear
  • February Seasonal set + Chronomancer
  • Nulgath's Birthday Collection Chest

Rare Daily Login Gifts

  • Mutou Hong drops in /yokaihunt
  • Lovely Mask drops in /yguasu
  • Stolen Heart drops in /lovespell
  • Paladin Ascendant drops in /voidrefuge + /voidchasm

Stay up to date with upcoming release plans and boosts on the Artix Calendar.

* Note: an earlier version of the text listed Dage the Evil as the set artist. His newest set will be included in the birthday collection, not the upgrade bonus pack. My apologies for the error.

Tags: Alina,
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February 23, 2024

Dragons of Yokai Saga WAR

The Blood of the Dragon is Strong in Yokai Isle

The Dragons of Yokai saga continues this weekend as WAR comes to Haku! Danger looms on two fronts: an army of invading dragons threatens the land while the Yokai themselves seek to kill Empress Miko. Battle alongside her loyal warriors to defend the Empress and her home. If she dies at the Shrine of the Great Yokai Spirit, all of Yokai Isle will fall back into the claws of ancient beasts.

Friday, February 23: Update Details

  • New Event: Dragons of Yokai Saga WAR!
  • Rewards: Yokai DragonSlayer sets (regular + color-customizable)
  • Featured Gear Shop: rare, color-customizable Draconic Assassin set 

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double Gold, XP, Rep, Class Points
  • Resource Boost: Celestial Dungeon + triple Void Orbs boost
  • Saturday: Dragon's Diamond Hoard cape drops from the war boss in /hakuwar
  • Sunday: Diabolical house items drop from the Diabolical Hoard in Lost Villa

War Rewards: Yokai DragonSlayer Sets

There are enough enough rewards in the Haku War merge shop to fill a greedy dragon's hoard... you just need to kill it first! Battle through the war to unlock the resources to craft the Yokai DragonSlayer (regular + color-customizable).

Hakuwar Merge Shop

Complete the War Medal quests to raise the meter and collect merge shop resources. You'll use the Village's Grace tokens to craft the pieces of the Yokai DragonSlayer set.

  • Yokai Dragonslayer armor
  • Noble & Yokai Dragonslayer Helms
  • Noble & Yokai Dragonslayer Beards
  • Yokai Dragonslayer Quiver Cloak & War Cloaks
  • Kisshoten Naginata
  • Luminous Mikazuki (single + dual-wield)
  • Seven Fang Blade (single + dual-wield)
  • Dragonbane Tanto  (single + dual-wield)

Save your set pieces and combine them with even more tokens to make the color-customizable version of the Yokai DragonSlayer set!

Dragons of Yokai Saga Order

  1. Prologue: head to YokaiPirate + YokaiTreasure
  2. Chapter 1: battle through /HakuVillage
  3. Chapter 2: fight through in /HakuWar
  4. Chapter 3 + 4 arrive later this Spring!

Featured Rare Set: Draconic Assassin

This weekend's featured rare set combines two of the coolest themes in all of Yokai Isle: dragons + assassins! Find the rare color-customizable Draconic Assassin armor sets & the Storm of Kunai cape in your Featured Gear Shop until April 26th!

This week's set includes:

  • Armed Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin armor
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Ponytail & Masked PonyTail
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Mask
  • Draconic Yokai Assassin Sheathed Katana
  • Storm of Kunai cape
  • Bladed Destiny Circle ground rune
  • Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Sheathed Dragon's Breath Katana
  • Backhanded Dragon's Breath Katana (single + dual-wield)
  • Kaminari Kunai (single + dual-wield)

Guide to War in AQWorlds

Battle alongside your fellow heroes to defeat the dragons attacking Yokai; Empress Miko is counting on you to defend her home! For many of you, this will be the first war you've ever fought in, so we've got a few tips to help guide you through this coming encounter: 

  • Complete Chapter 1 Quests: if you haven't finished the quests in /hakuvillage, head there now and complete the quests*. Then /join hakuwar.
  • War Meter:  Defeat your opponents to earn war tokens, then turn them in to increase the war meter. When the meter hits 100%, it unlocks the war boss.
  • War Tokens: There are two different kinds of tokens. Turning in 5 regular tokens to increases the meter by a regular amount. Turn in mega tokens to increase the meter by DOUBLE the normal amount.
  • Goals: Raising the war meter unlocks special achievements. Depending on the war, this could be a special shop, challenge fight, cutscene, or the war boss (once the meter hits 100%).  
  • War Boss: Defeat the war boss to unlocks the final cutscene, then battle him to earn reward drops

You and the rest of the heroes in Lore will all be fighting together to reach a common goal: victory! With every additional hero who battles in the war, you'll reach the 100% mark that much faster... and that means you'll unlock the rewards and final cinematic cutscene sooner, too!

War Exclusives

During the War event only...

  • Completing the one-time only quests in /hakuvillage will also increase the war meter
  • Increased gold and XP rewards on non-boss quests in /hakuwar

Commanders: 

While battling in the war, you may notice that a couple of the monsters are notably different than the rest. We're calling these monsters "Commanders," and here's what you need to know about them:

  • Considerably stronger than other monsters on the battlefield
  • Have increased stats, sometimes skills, and a damage shield* 
  • Drop more rewards than other monsters when killed. Any items dropped won't be exclusive to them, and will also be obtainable from regular mobs.
  • Have a longer respawn time**

* Adding increased stats and damage shield gives other players in the map time to reach them before they are defeated.
** For this war, Commander mobs will respawn when a new map instance is created, this may change in future wars.

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February 22, 2024

Challenges of Hosting a Contest in Today’s Tumultuous Internet

It was a tidal wave of challenges in the Dage vs Nulgath Weapon Contest. Now that we’ve announced the winners, it’s time to reveal the nitty-gritty behind-the-scenes secrets of what went down amongst the sea of 500 entries. 

dage vs nulgath contest behind the scenes

Hiya heroes! A few days ago we announced the winners of the Dage vs Nulgath Weapon contest! With over 250 participants submitting 500 entries, our judges faced a challenge of epic proportions, casting 7500 votes in order to *uh-hem* “narrow down” the contestants. What we assumed would be like 10 winners tops turned out to be… 55 🤩 

Every entry displayed a dazzling array of artistic passion and brilliance, so choosing winners amidst this typhoon of talent was no easy feat. And if that wasn’t already challenging enough, wait ‘til you see the troubled waters ahead 🌊

Navigating the Sea of Art Theft

The art world is a space for inspiration, collaboration, and, most importantly, donuts respect. Unfortunately, we encountered a hefty handful of contestants who decided to stray from these principles. Art theft, AI-generated art, and commissioned art pieces infiltrated this contest – a contest meant to celebrate individual creativity, artistic passion, and love for AQWorlds. 

Thankfully, we have wonderful players who reached out and let us know if they saw suspicious entries. Additionally, our panel of judges, which included 10 Artix artists, are expertly armed with keen eyes. They know what to look for since they have decades of combined professional experience in everything art related. Our judges took on the arduous task of distinguishing authentic creations from those that betrayed fair play – and of course the contest rules. It was very disheartening to witness such breaches of trust, but rest assured we stand firm in upholding the integrity of our contests and our community. Cheaters never win – not in our contests, and not in real life – and were therefore disqualified. 

Technical Twitter Woes

So. As if judging 500 entries and parsing through possible stolen art wasn't overwhelming enough, we also faced unexpected technical hiccups. Some entries on Twitter mysteriously vanished due to previously collected links leading to an empty page that said, “Hmm...this page doesn’t exist. Try searching for something else.” Naively assuming these Tweets had been deleted by the users (because this happens all the time), our judges moved on to the hundreds of other entries. While I have personally hosted numerous contests on Twitter before (and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of crazy things on that platform), never once had I encountered links playing hide-and-seek 🙈

Although something like this was totally out of anyone’s control, I take full responsibility for these unforeseen obstacles. Our misplaced entries caused a momentary panic among our participants, and I sincerely hope we've recovered all the entries 🤞 I must give a shoutout to Darkon for having the brilliant idea of posting all collected contestants in order to double (and triple) check that everyone was included.

I had NO idea this contest would explode THAT MUCH in popularity, and I was woefully unprepared. However, this contest has been a wonderful learning experience! That being said: for future contests of this magnitude, we'll be using Google Forms as our primary collection for entries. Posting on socials like Twitter and Facebook will still be allowed (and totally encouraged!) but your entry will also have to be uploaded to the Google Form, which will only take like 15 extra seconds :) 

Thank you for being the greatest gaming community ever!

Despite all the challenges we faced, this was undeniably one of the BEST contests I have ever had the pleasure of being part of! Thank you all for joining us on this contest journey – even if it was stressful at times 😵‍💫 But ya know what: it’s often the things in life that “go awry” that make for the best, most memorable memories... aaand lots of lengthy Design Notes, too. Tehehehe! 

On behalf of everyone at Artix Entertainment, we couldn’t be more proud of you all who played fairly. It is awe-inspiring to witness hundreds of honest artists showcasing their talent with passion and integrity – and THAT right there is what makes someone a good artist AND a great human being. 

Keep being amazing, heroes, and I cannot wait to see what you dish out in our next contest! 💕 

Battle on!
Beleen, our  judges, and the AQW team

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February 19, 2024

Unveiling the Winners: Draw Your Weapon Contest

Over 250 contestants submitted 500 entries, making this one of our most amazing contests ever!

Hey there, heroes! The moment we have all been eagerly awaiting is finally here! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Dage vs Nulgath Draw Your Weapon Contest 🏆💀😈 

With over 250 talented participants submitting a whopping 500 entries, our judges faced an overwhelming challenge unlike any I have ever experienced. Every entry displayed a unique blend of passion, creativity, and artistic brilliance, so narrowing down the winners was no easy feat – even with the help of 15 judges!

Now that 7500 votes have been cast and tallied… it’s time to reveal our wonderful winners!

Dage vs Nulgath contest winners

Feast your eyes on our winners at Artix.com

Battle on!
Beleen, our amazing panel of judges who are most certainly tuckered out, and the AQW team

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February 19, 2024

Game News: February 19 - 25

Read on for the latest news and information

Don't miss a battle, boost, or boss drop! Read on to stay up to date with the latest details about what's happening this week in AQWorlds!

Tuesday, February 20: Treasure Hunt

Talk to Samba in the /yguasu map. Complete her quest to choose from one of three Queen of the Waves artifacts!

0 AC, seasonal Quest drops:

  • Queen of Waves Mirror
  • Queen of Waves Pendant (dual + single-wield)

Once you have the mirror, head to /yguasu to craft the color-customizable Enchanted Queen of Waves Mirror in the merge shop!

Quest and rewards are available until Friday, March 1st.

Birthday Badger Brigade Update

For all you heroes wondering why you haven't gotten the BEST seasonal birthday house item drop, never fear, it's not bugged, it just has a very low drop rate.* As of today, 3 heroes have gotten the item from the Wind Elemental in /fableforest, so it IS dropping for everyone.

To give more people a chance to obtain it, we're extending the time it will be available; instead of leaving March 2nd, it will now be available until June 2nd. (That would be the definition of irony, if the BugSmasher's item were borked.)

Gravelyn's ShadowFall Quest Fix Update

While working on porting over early areas of the game for AQ: Infinity, last week Reens found and fixed an issue for heroes who skipped the second half of the prologue. This meant many heroes were seeing two quests they'd previously missed. There were a few more issues that appeared related to this bug, which lead to another round of fixes.

NOW:If you had not previously done the Recover Sepulchure's Armor or Unlife Insurance quest, you should see them and be able to complete them.

Make sure you clear your cache first, then log back in and /join shadowfall to try again.

Thursday, February 22: Celestial Dungeon Boost

Get double rewards as you battle to create your Greatblade of the Entwined Eclipse until February 28th.

  • Temple of the Midnight Sun: 2x Sliver of Sunlight
  • Temple of the Solstice Moon: 2x Sliver of Moonlight
  • Ascension of the Eclipse: 2x Ecliptic Offering
  • All Dungeons: 2x Hallowed Remains

We've heard your feedback and thrown in a surprise Triple Void Aura Boost along side the Celestial Dungeon Boost until February 28th.

Friday, February 23: New Update Details

WAR comes to Yokai Isle! The Dragons of Yokai Saga continues this weekend. 

  • Yokai Dragon Invation, Part 2
  • New Rewards: Yokai DragonSlayer set and more
  • Featured Gear Shop update: color-customizable Dragon Assassin and more

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double EXP, Gold, Class Points, and Rep
  • Resource Boost: Celestial Dungeon items + Triple Void Auras
  • Saturday: rare Dragon's Diamond Hoard cape
  • Sunday: permanent Diabolical house items

Leaving This Friday

Daily Login Gift drops from January 27 + 28

  • ArchFiend Stormbringer Eyes + Fiendish Stormbringer Spear from Carnage in /voidchasm
  • Fiendish Magus capes from Carcano in /voidchasm

Stay up to date with upcoming release plans and boosts on the Artix Calendar.

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February 16, 2024

Dragons of Yokai Saga, Pt 1

The Blood of the Dragon is Strong in Yokai Isle

Log in this weekend for part one of our Dragons of Yokai story: an ancient Dragon with a centuries-old grudge demands Empress Miko face him in combat, as her ancestor did long ago. If she refuses or loses, her people will be slaughtered and her home destroyed; victory will buy their safety forever. Guard the coast while she and her Guard Captain prepare for battle. 

To begin the Dragons of Yokai storyline in /hakuvillage, you'll need to finish the quests in /yokaipirate and /yokaitreasure (which act as a prologue.) Parts 1 and 2 arrive this month, and Parts 3 and 4 will arrive after March.

Friday, February 16: New Update Details

  • Dragons of Yokai Saga, Pt 1
  • Carnaval and Yokai Reward sets
  • New seasonal, rare, and permanent sets in the Featured Gear Shop

Weekend Daily Gifts & Boosts

  • Server Boost: double EXP
  • Resource Boost: triple Dark Spirit Orbs
  • Saturday: battle the Paladin Ascendant in the /voidrefuge map to get the 0 AC rare Radiant Bloodfiend Capes + Armblades
  • Sunday: battle the Wind Elemental in /fableforest for Aelious' 0 AC Birthday Badger house items

New Holiday Reward Drops

This weekend brings enough rewards to fill a greedy dragon's hoard! 

Dai Tengu in /hakuvillage:

  • Elegant Changshan armor
  • 2 Noble Topknot helms
  • Noble Incognito Cloak

Master of Ceremonies in /sambaflag:

  • Heartbeat Festa Dancer
  • 4 Heartbeat Festa helms + 2 masked helms (member-only)
  • Heartbeat Festa Cape, Heartbeat Festa Bow + Glimmer Bow

M'Boi in /yguasu: Yguazu Warrior armor, 2 Yguazu helms, and Spear

Green Rat in /Terradafesta: Back Alley Pancake Thief + Sweet Pancake Thief pet

Sakura Petal Fox in /eventhub:

  • Love Kitty Sweater armor
  • 3 Love Kitty helms
  • Love Kitty Tail and Budding Hearts capes
  • Love Kitty Paws gauntlets

New Limited Time Sets 

We've got a host of new rare, seasonal, and permanently-available items available in your Featured Gear Shop this weekend for AdventureCoins.

Rare Gear
Available in the Featured Gear Shop in your Game Menu until March 1st.

  • Badger Brigade Morph Armor
  • Fairy Tale Romance Dress + Garb armors*
  • Enchanted Love Kitty Sweater and Gauntlets*
  • Enchanted Budding Love Hearts and Love Kitty Tail capes*

Permanently Available Gear
Find these color-customizable items in the Featured Gear Shop until March 1st, and permanently available in Yue's AC Shop in /hakuvillage.

  • Enchanted Stylish Qipao armor*
  • Enchanted Modern Trend Bun + Hair*
  • Enchanted Dragon's Favor Fan*

Savage Glaceran Warlord Class 
The Savage Glaceran Warlord Class is the seasonal variant of the Glacial Warlord Class. Get more details on the Glaceran Warlord Class and skills in these Design Notes.

  • Savage Glaceran Warlord class
  • Savage Glaceran Warlord armor
  • Glaceran War Axe (single + duel-wield)
  • Savage Glaceran Warlord Cloak
  • Savage Glaceran Warlord Horns + Helm

If you have the Glacial Warlord Upgrade Bonus pack, good news! You'll find the class in your badge shop for free! 

* Color-customizable

Leaving Soon!

Heads up, heroes! The 2024 Nulgath birthday events, rares shop, and collection chest will be available until Friday, March 1st. New helms went live in the chest and shop last week, along with a fix to the Void Commander armor's leg position.

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