Design Notes

July 01, 2022

Battle Darkon the Conductor

This Weekend: New Challenge Boss + Rewards

Last week, the finale of our fan-favorite Darkon's Saga: Elegy of Madness went live! We received a TON of feedback about how everyone was flooded with all the feels; this saga has truly become a fan-favorite. Now, the big question is... Did you truly fight Darkon at his full power? O_O This week, if you've completed Darkon's Saga finale in /theworld map, you can take on his Ultra Boss form: Darkon the Conductor! Log in this weekend and /join ultradarkon to assist La and the rest of The Scale members in knocking some sense back into their friend. 

Calling all Level 80 Heroes!

 Defeat Darkon to earn 5 Darkon Insignia per week, then use them to create new, supercharged reward gear.

Darkon's Debris 2 (Reconstructed): Darkon's restored axe in all of its glory.
Deals 75% more damage to humans when equipped
Creation cost: 20 Darkon Insignia

Dual Darkon's Debris 2 (Reconstructed)
Deals 75% more damage to humans when equipped
Creation cost: 20 Darkon Insignia

Empowered Darkon's Debris 1
Deals 35% more damage to all monsters and gives 25% more XP/CP/Gold/Rep when equipped
Creation cost: 25 Darkon Insignia

!!! A special surprise reward coming VERY SOON
Creation cost: Prince Darkon's Poleaxe and Darkon's Debris 2 (Reconstructed)

Upgrade Astravia Castle Past + Present II Houses
Both houses include a color customization room
Creation cost: 10 Darkon Insignia each

If you have both the houses, you can unlock a new quest in the /ultradarkon map. Complete it to create the Astravia Castle in Flux House!

  • This is a special version of the Astravia Castle II that can switch between the art for the past and present houses
  • Client-side change -- only the house owner will see the change and the button for it

Darkon's Finale Reward Gear

After such a rousing performance, Darkon wanted to leave you wanting JUST a bit more. That's why after you unlock the rewards in /theworld map, you'll be able to evolve several after defeating Darkon the Conductor in /ultradarkon! 

Darkon's Ultra Merge Shop:

  • Darkon's Debris 2 (Reconstructed) axe
  • Dual Darkon's Debris 2
  • Empowered Darkon's Debris 1 armor

The World House Shop:

  • Astravia Castle Past I 
  • Astravia Castle Present I 
  • Astravia Castle Past II
  • Astravia Castle Present II
  • Ring of Creation (Activated)

Both the Astravia Castle Past / Present I Houses require the Astravia Castle House dropped by La in /astraviajudge. 

New Encore Darkon Reward Drops:

  • House Guest Darkon
  • House Guest King Drago
  • House Guest Prince Drago
  • House Guest Prince Darkon

New Reward Drop from Ti in /theworld:

  • House Guest Helmetless Ti

Even more house guests will be available in early July as Daily Login gift drops, too!

The World Merge Shop Gear:

  • Darkon's Debris 1 armor
  • Darkon's Debris 2 (Recovered) axe
  • Darkon's Hair and Morph helms

Reward Drops from monsters in /theworld:

  • Ring Of Creation
  • House Guest Re
  • House Guest Mi
  • House Guest Fa
  • House Guest So
  • House Guest La
  • House Guest Ti
  • House Guest Suki

Even more house guests will be available in early July as Daily Login gift drops, too!

Elegy of Madness Saga Finale

If you have not played through the saga finale in /theworld yet... NOW IS THE TIME! Witness Darkon's story from its grave beginning in /garden to its tragic end. You have born witness to Darkon’s past and the reason for his ceaseless drive. A sacrifice has been demanded and the time for justice is at hand. Lore is on the brink of being erased and replaced with a more perfect reality. The fate of the world... and the prince... is in your hands. How will YOU choose to end the Elegy of Madness?

If you have not played through the previous chapters of Darkon's Elegy of Madness... your time is at hand!

Darkon's Saga Order

  • Part 1: /garden
  • Part 2: /eridani
  • Part 3: /astravia
  • Part 4: /astraviacastle
  • Part 5: /astraviajudge
  • Part 6: /eridanipast
  • Part 7: /firstobservatory
  • Part 8: /astraviapast
  • Part 9: genesisgarden
  • Part 10: /theworld

Bonus! Ultra Boss Battles

  • Battle Drago in /ultradrago
  • Battle Darkon in /ultradarkon

Darkon's Chorus: Curtain Call

Over two years ago, we first ventured into the dark, deadly and, in all honesty, horrifyingly nightmarish shadows of AdventureQuest Worlds' artist, Darkon's mind. Together with AQWorlds writer, Cylisse, they've crafted a ten-part tale that will leave you feeling both terrified *and* intrigued. This saga has been called one of the best in AdventureQuest Worlds... and the saga finale is here at last. 

Why end it? Because THIS story is complete. And Darkon wants to go out on... *cough* a high note. (We just HAD to include one more music pun. Now I'll give it a rest. A whole rest.)

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Summer's heating up, and so are our weekly game releases! Check out the June release calendar to see what's happening and when things leave so you don't miss a moment, a battle, or a limited time reward. 

  • Friday, July 15:  Rare daily login gifts from June 13 - 30
  • Friday, July 22: Father's Day of Doom events in /nursery and /dreadforest
  • Friday, July 29: Debris 297 set + Bloodmoon Faerie set, 4th of July + Canada Day items
  • Sunday, July 31:  Rare daily login gifts from July 1 -  17, National Day drops

Daily Gift Schedule

2022 has been a CRAZY year so far... but Summer is almost here! We've got something new for you every day of the week. Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark this 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.

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  and you'll be able to continue playing all your favorite Artix games right from your computer. No Flash Player or web browser needed.

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July 01, 2022

New July Reward Gear is Here

Display the official colors of your country proudly

Our country scarf capes, flag banner house items, and other rewards let heroes across the world celebrate their national holidays. Defeat the Zard in /battleontown to collect all the July spirit gear until Sunday, July 31st.

House Item Flags and Scarf Capes are now available for:

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Columbia
  • France
  • Palau
  • Peru
  • Slovakia
  • The Maldives
  • The Netherlands
  • The United States
  • Venezuala

You can also battle the Zard in Battleon to collect even more gear to celebrate Slovakia's Independence Day, crafted by AE designer, Adam1a1!

  • Slovak Kroj set
  • Vlast na Chrbte
  • Merino Sheep pet
  • Sheep pet
  • Valaska Dvojita Valaska
  • Merino Sheep house item
  • Miniature Bratislava Castle
  • Miniature Cicmany House
  • Sheep
  • Mountain Diorama
  • Sheep Battle Pet

Happy Canada Day

Today is Canada Day, and that means... we've got new gear as a tribute to our friends up north! A ton of the AQWorlds and Artix Entertainment devs, plus many of our community artists and players, are from Canada; that's why we want to /celebrate extra-hard with fireworks and new gear. 

Log in now to find the following new and returning seasonal items...

Featured Gear Shop:

  • Iron Maple Leaf Axe
  • Beaver Pet
  • Maple Wings
  • Prismatic O Canada Top Hat 
  • Prismatic O Canada Top Hat + Locks
  • Very Canadian Beaver
  • Canadian Top Hat
  • Canadian Top Hat + Locks

National Day Drops from the Zard in Battleon:

  • Flag of Canada
  • Canada Spirit Scarf
  • Canadian Coffee Mug
  • Canadian Flag Staff
  • O Canada! Top Hat
  • O Canada! Top Hat + Locks

PS: All of the United States 4th of July gear also returned today, in preparation for Monday's Independence Day celebration! You can find it all in your Featured Gear Shop this weekend.

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July 01, 2022

The Wrath of Xan is Here

Upgrade to unlock exclusive armor sets

Xan the Pyromancer's madness is fueled by a red-hot rage... and his fury threatens to burn the world down! Get the Wrath of Xan upgrade bonus pack when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock 5 armors, 7 helms, 6 capes, 7 weapons, a pet, a ground rune and a character page badge in your new upgrade package.

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 Wrath of Xan to unlock the full armor set. 

  • 5 armors*
  • 7 helms
  • 4 cloth capes
  • 2 Guardians of Wrath capes
  • 3 swords
  • 3 daggers
  • 1 bow
  • 1 ground rune
  • 1 Floating Skull pet
  • and a character page badge

* 2 armors and select accessories are color-customizable.

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

12000 AC or 12 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the Wrath of Xan 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 Wrath of Xan gear
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts 
  • and a character page badge

Don't miss our other upgrade bonus sets

Maybe you prefer a more shadowy theme. We've got you covered. Check out the Alternate Upgrade Bonus Set bonus set! You'll find it now in your Account Manager.

Upgrade to unlock the ShadowFire Lord set

Shadows + flame combined create a force darker and more deadly than any sane mortal can withstand. Get the ShadowFire Lord Upgrade Bonus Set when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock 21 items 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 ShadowFire Lord Set to unlock the full armor set. 

  • Gold and Platinum ShadowFire Lord armors
  • 6 helms
  • 3 capes
  • 10 weapons
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the ShadowFire Lord Set on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Other Achievements tab in your Book of Lore. 

Get 50% more ACs with any Membership or AC Pack

NOW AVAILABLE! Get 50% more FREE bonus AdventureCoins with any AdventureCoin or Membership package you buy during our Summer AdventureCoins bonus! With the release of the Wrath of Xan upgrade pack and the return of our July seasonal set, now's a great 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 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 Summer Bonus is on!

During our Summer 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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July 01, 2022

Frostval in July Returns

Get your /Party On this weekend! 

Get ready to chill out with the return of our Frostval in July holiday event! Countries around Lore are ready to celebrate with gifts, good times, and new gear this summer, and they're not waiting until December to do it!*

This weekend, log in and head to the following maps for holiday hijinks:

  • Head to the Northlands to celebrate a fireworks festival based on this real-life Canadian event in /brightlights
  • Celebrate life, love, friends, and family with Empress Miko in /akibalight
  • Save the day (and presents!) in /icestorm during the Dragon King's Festival in the Etherstorm Wastes

Note: our regular Frostval holiday maps do not return this week... they'll be available for everyone in December)

This Year: Bright Lights and New Gear

Help Adak gather the resources necessary to light up the night. After enjoying the fireworks finale, talk to Adak and Tinsel; complete their quests to get the seasonal reward gear!

  • Enchanted Mountaineer set (color-customizable)
  • Festive Party Outfit set (color-customizable)
  • FlameHeart Warrior set

Plus, find the all-new FrozenDawn Herald set, available as reward drops from the Holi-Drake boss!

  • 1 armor
  • 8 helms
  • 2 capes
  • 1 sword
  • 1 dagger

Celebrate Frostval in July... in Yokai!

Empress Miko has called for a mid-Summer festival in Akiba to celebrate life, love, friends, and family in the midst of war. 

Complete her quests to unlock our Frostval seasonal gear...

  • Chibi moglin helms
  • the Frost BladeMaster set

Attend the Dragon King's Festival in Etherstorm

Once again, the dragon clans of the Etherstorm Wastes have invited humans and moglins to celebrate the Festival of the Dragon King. But not all humans are eager to share in the event... the Dragon Hunters have been spotted nearby. Help keep the peace (and the baby dragons safe) this weekend!

After you complete this weekend's event, battle the boss for a chance to get the items in our Frosted Assassin weapon series:

  • Frosted Shuriken
  • Frosted Katana
  • Frosted Kunai
  • Frosted Ninjato
  • Frosted Katana + Ninjato

Battle the monsters in this weekend's map to get Burnt Bows and Dragon Scales. Save these up to create the pieces of the Winter Assassin armor set!

Celebrate Frostval in July... in Yokai!

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July 01, 2022

Unlock the Flameborn Summoners

Available every year from July 1st - 31st

With Summer's heat blazing, the smartest heroes channel those flames into weapons! Our July Seasonal Set is the Flameborn + Underworld Summoner sets. 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.

The Flameborn Summoner was forged in the heat of creativity by Darkon, with inspiration and input from the incredibly talented LHGart, Photoshop artist extraordinaire.

July Set: Flameborn + Underworld Summoner Sets

Starting Saturday, June 1st at 12:01 AM EST (that's server time), unlock the ShadowZard Mount and Rider set.

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 5,050 ACs, so getting all the gear from the pack is a pretty sweet deal. 

The set includes:

  • Flameborn Summoner armor
  • Underworld Summoner armor
  • 4 helms
  • 4 capes
  • 2 weapons
  • 2 pets
  • an exclusive 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 an upgrade bonus? 

Upgrade bonus gear is an extra reward for buying AdventureCoin or Membership packages; new bonus gear comes out roughly every month. 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 June, 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 May 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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June 28, 2022

Weekly Event Calendar

Upcoming Game Events: July 2022

The Summer sun is shining brightly, but darkness lies ahead of you, Hero! Log in all month long for new seasonal and special events, wicked rewards, and the beginning of final chapter in our Shadows of War Saga! 


July 1 

  • Darkon's Ultra Boss monster + Frostval in July returns
  • Wrath of Xan Upgrade Bonus pack
  • July Seasonal Set returns (Flameborn + Underworld Summer sets)
  • July National Day drops

July 4 Fireworks in Battleon + Freedom Gear for USA's Independence Day

July 8 

  • Star Festival (Tanabata) returns with new quests and rewards
  • Blacksmithing Tradeskill update
  • Bido's birthday merge shop update

July 15 Attack of the Titans: Defense of Battleon

July 22 Attack of the Titans: Mega Boss Battle

July 29 Shadows of War finale, Part I 


July 1 (ShadowZard Rider set) + June National Day dro

July 15 Rare daily login gifts from June 13 - 30

July 22 Father's Day of Doom (/nursery, /dreadforest maps + gear)

July 29 Featured Gear Shop: Debris 297 + Bloodmoon Butterfly sets

July 31 Rare daily login gifts from July 1 - 17

July Daily Login Gift Schedule

There's always something new to do or battle for in AdventureQuest Worlds! Log in each day for a new item, boost, buff, or surprise. 

Follow AQWorldsGame on Twitter for more details and to see the newest daily gifts available for you at!

Release time: Gold, Rep, Class Points, and XP boosts are scheduled to begin at 12:01 AM EST (server time). Farming resource boosts and item drops do not have a set release time.

Rare drops released between:

  • June 1 - 12 leave June 30
  • June 13 - 30 leave July 15
  • July 1 - 17 leave July 31
  • July 18 - 31 leave August 19
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