Monday, November 21, 2016

New Mirage Raider's Bundle

The shifting sands of Mirage can be quite fatiguing. Not all wizards can handle walking in a scorching desert. Luckily, Wizard101's newest bundle can help you conquer Mirage quickly!

Introducing the Mirage Raider's Bundle for Wizard101! This bundle is available at GameStop for $39. Along with tons of cool items, you can get your choice of 1 month of membership or 5,000 crowns. Click here to find a GameStop location near you.

Level 120 Gear is now available for your wizard to redeem.

Mirage Raider's Bundle
The Mirage Raider's Bundle includes:
  • Nomad Camp house
  • Desert Racer mount
  • Sultan's Monkey pet
  • Mirage Dunerunner's Gear
  • Desert Lodestar Staff
  • 1 month or 5,000 crowns
  • Additional Castle Elixir
Nomad Camp house
The Nomad Camp house is beautifully designed. It truly feels like you are living in a desert. If you
Image from Duelist101
like fishing, you're in luck because this house has fish in it! You can catch Bone Fish, Chameleon Fish, Fall Foliage Fish, Pharaohmari, Qismah Doodlefish, and Sun Ray in this house. The house also has a PvP practice arena and merchants to get daily rewards from.



Desert Racer mount
The Desert Racer mount is a single person mount. It gives a normal speed boost. It's very unique and powerful-looking in appearance. I personally think the color scheme is kind of cool. It looks like Wizard101's take of a Griffin, but it could be something else.

Sultan's Monkey
The Sultan's Monkey pet is a 64 pedigree Balance pet. It takes 5 minutes to hatch, and can be received from a hatch. Its talents are great for adding to a talent pool. The Sultan's Monkey has a talent for each school, and does not have any selfish talents. See Wizard101 Central for more details.

Gear
Mirage Dunerunner's Gear and Desert Lodestar have stats that are typical of any other bundle. The gear could be used as temporary items until a better piece can be used. The robe, however, has plenty of health, resist, and block, making it a potential rival to Jade gear. The Desert Lodestar staff is gorgeous. Though it's stats aren't particularly great, plenty of great outfits can be based off it. This wand is worth stitching.


Overall. I think this bundle is super cool, especially if your favorite world is Mirage. The gear is great as a filler or supplementary piece, and the pet can act as a source of talents for breeders. This bundle seems like it can pay for itself through fishing and rewards.

What do you think of the bundle? 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mirage Test Realm 2016

After about a month of teasers, the Mirage Test Realm is now up! A new world, new stats, new quests, new hobbies, and so much more is jam packed into this update! 

Mirage

Step into Mirage, a world of shifting sands and shifting allegiances, where ancient treasures and ancient dangers were buried in the hope they might never again see the light of day.

Explore vast dune deserts punctuated by treacherous canyons and jungle rifts where the ancient House Qhats have retreated into their garden sanctuaries, abandoning the Dromel nomads to the wastes above and the ravages of the Winds of Change.

Walk the streets of Aggrobah, the so-called City of Thieves, where a charming but ineffective King has allowed crime lords like the notorious Ali Baboon to run amok.

Negotiate with mysterious Djinn to build an alliance between the world’s warring factions.

Battle alongside the ancient order of the Chronomancers who maintain the sacred Sands of Time.

Meet a cast of eccentric characters. Join them, and your friends, to expose the machinations of Grandfather Spider and his shadowy minions before their dark schemes lead to a catastrophic conclusion.

Level Up!
When Mirage goes live, the new level cap will be 120! Along with the level cap increase, wizards level 111-120 will be able to have a maximum of 475,000 gold! Level 120 PvP gear and henchmen are also now available.

Players who complete the quest "Trial of the Understudy" will own a brand new apartment in the Arcanum! This 2-tiered castle comes with an additional castle elixir, so even if you have 3 or more houses, you can still equip it!

Level 118 Spells
If you are level 118, be sure to finish the quest "History of the Cabal" to gain access to your new spell! These new spells introduce a new spell concept: divide damage! Simply select the spell, then click on the targets you wish to hit. Choose 1,2,3, or 4!

  • Fire: Scorching Scimitars
  • Ice: Climaclysm
  • Storm: Iron Sultan
  • Balance: Sand Worm
  • Life: Llamasu
  • Death: Qismah's Curse
  • Myth: Snake Charmer

Legendary Weapons
If you’ve completed the quest “Gemstone Secrets” from Polaris and “Stop! HammerTail” from Khrysalis and are currently a Promethean Crafter, you’ll gain a new quest from Librarian Fitzhume to discuss the Forge of Legends in the Arcanum with Ignus Ferric. Ignus will then sell you recipes so you can begin crafting Legendary Weapons.

Faction Vendors
There are new “faction” vendors in Mirage. This is a new type of vendor who only sells you items when you unlock a special badge associated with them. When you encounter these vendors throughout Mirage, do not be surprised when they offer you a quest to get you started. Unique (and hard-earned) treasures can be purchased from them when you earn a faction vendor’s respect!
You can even purchase a new apartment from a faction vendor. The apartment exits to your faction’s area of Mirage. (Remember, unlike your dorm room or Arcanum apartment, you will need to purchase an additional Castle Elixir if your housing limit is at max and you would like to purchase a new apartment from your faction’s vendor.)


Castle Magic
Ready to take castle decorating to a whole new level? To get started, head over to Regents Square in Marleybone and find Babbage Basset. Start the quest "Strange Charms" and begin your adventure learning castle magic with your Castle Magic Help Tome. After you have been well trained, you will be able to buy Castle Magic items from Babbage, such as treasure cards!

You'll be able to make items appear, animate, and react to your visitor's actions and locations. The creativity is endless! You can even make puzzles similar to those in early Wizard101 dungeons!

Pip Conversion
The newest stat in Wizard101 is pip conversion. This stat is found on amulets, decks, and wands from Mirage! This passive statistic can turn single pips into power pips or refund a pip back!

The first way to get a pip is by casting a spell that uses more pips then the actual value. For example, casting Phoenix, a 5 pip spell, requires 3 power pips, which is equivalent to 6 pips. Pip Conversion will occasionally refund a single pip back to you.

The second way is to get a power pip through a fully stacked 7 pip count. Again, pip conversion will occasionally replace a single pip with a power pip. It is based on your highest pip conversion stat. The higher the stat, the higher the chance.

No Spoilers!
KingsIsle will be withholding the final encounter in Mirage on the Test Realm until the time is right!

What is your favorite part about this update? Do you like Mirage?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Shinobi Bundle in Wizard101

The newest Wizard101 bundle, the Shinobi Bundle, is now available for $29 at GameStop in the United States! This Moo Shu themed bundle comes with stunning new gear and other cool items!

The Bundle

-Shinobi Dojo
-Shinobi Dragon Mount
-Shinobi Turtle (Shellnobi Warrior) Pet
-Shinobi Gear
-Shinobi Throwing Star
-1 Month of Membership or 5,000 Crowns

Shinobi Dojo
The Shinobi Dojo is a portable and placeable PvP dungeon. It's like a gauntlet, but when you enter it becomes a practice PvP arena. It is not the ring. The dojo is like a piece of furniture. It has been found that you cannot banish people from your house if they are in the dojo. 

Shinobi Dragon Mount
The Shinobi Dragon mount is a beautiful, long dragon shaped similarly to the Leviathan pet. It can accommodate 2 passengers and provide a +40% speed boost, 

Shinobi Turtle (Shellnobi Warrior) Pet
The Shellnobi Warrior pet is a faithful warrior who is a must-have for all your fighting needs! This little guys comes with a starting pedigree of 55 and a Death Ninja Pig card, which is great for PvP! He can be dyed and is very talented with daggers. Look out world. there's a new samurai is town!

Shinobi Gear & Throwing Star
The Shinobi Gear and Throwing Star is not the greatest gear, but can definitely be a great asset as a filler gear piece. All its stats are universal, which is very useful when you are between gear. The gear level goes up to level 120, so Mirage may be coming very soon.


The Shinobi Bundle is a very cool addition to Wizard101. What do you like about the bundle? Will you be buying one?

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack

The newest holiday themed pack in Wizard101 is the Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack! This spooky Halloween pack comes with plenty of new items for your wizard to enjoy.


For 299 crowns, you could get some pretty awesome items. This pack includes:

  • Gloomthorn Vine Mount
  • Bat Swarm Mount
  • Jack O Lantern Pet with new Headless Horseman Spell
  • Werewolf Armor
  • Moon Staff Weapons
  • Halloween House Guests
  • .... and many more awesome items!
Top 3 Things to Get
If you're not quire sure what to hope for in the pack, here's my Top 3 things to receive from the pack! Leave a comment below about your Top 3 Favorite things in this pack!

Bat Swarm Mount via Stars of the Spiral
1. Bat Swarm Mount
This super cool mount turns your character invisible! All that's left is a swarm of bats! Pretty cool, right? 

2. Moon Staff Weapons
They look super cool and are super flashy. Although not among the powerful pack wands, it still has its own unique abilities that may fill in gaps that other gear simply can't fill. But seriously, have you seen these wands? Nice job on the design KI!

3. Halloween House Guests
What's a Halloween party without ghosts- I mean, guests? These items will make your haunted house even more scary! Since they bring to life many essential aspects of making a successful haunted house, this item is a must!
One of the Moon Staff weapons via Swordroll

*For a more detailed look at the pack, take a look at these posts from around the Spiral:
Don't forget Edward Lifegem's Halloween Run on October 29th, 2016! Plenty of fun, prizes, and spooky activities! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

8 Crazy Things in Wizard101

Wizard101 is the reason for this blog. It is unbelievable the amount of advances it has made in the past 8 years, let alone the 3 years that I have been playing. Wizard101 has brought us so much more than a game, it's an immersive experience with a well thought out story. I am so glad I can be apart of this celebration! In honor of Wizard101's 8th Birthday, I decided to think of 8 crazy things in the game. They are not in any particular order.

8. Malistaire Drake
This dude is crazy. Like seriously... he'd destroy a whole world to bring back his dead wife, who's begging him to let go? The guy doesn't even know when to quit! Don't even mention "Malistaire the Undying" to anyone that's ever finished Azteca.

How can we forget the time he attacked an unarmed wizard? Ah, I remember it like it was just yesterday. I'm still traumatized and will not answer to "puny little wizard." You've got to be pretty insane to duel with an unarmed wizard and proceed to call them "puny." Also, it felt very nice when this "puny little wizard" went all samoorai on Malistaire.

7. The Tutorial
Headmaster Ambrose just up and throws you into a duel like it's no big deal. I don't know about you, but it was nerve racking in that battle. Who throws an inexperienced wizard into a high-stakes duel? Ambrose does, that's who.

6. Family Matters
Despite Malistaire being the epitome of evil crazy dudes in Wizard101, his family's brokenness surpasses all others. I mean, Cyrus has got one attitude. Like... do you really want some student doing your laundry? Plus, how do you deal with a criminal brother? I don't know man, it's just weird.

5. Xibalba
You know what's crazy? A comet suspended in the same place in the sky for years. Even crazier? It all falls down when you show up. The entire plot twist of Azteca completely takes us by surprise. I guess KI needed to damper our 8-0 winning streak. To much privileged wizards, I suppose.


4. Old Cob
The dude just turned on us. So, as Wizard101 starts to break away from its typical Arrive-Discover-Fight-Defeat-Win quest pattern, they shake it up with the last person you think would turn on you. Old Cob, that shady dude you thought was on your side the whole time, just up and betrays you! Maybe there isn't a lot going on for a spider?

3. Talking Animals
When you first begin, the only talking animal is Gamma. You probably thought to yourself... "This isn't that weird. It's just an owl." But next thing you know you're talking to dogs, manders, and kroks? At this point it probably doesn't bother you, but did you ever think that literally KI chose to use animals? Think about it... they literally said "Yes, I want talking dinosaurs in the game, it will be a hit!" (Disclaimer: I'm not knocking on this element of the game, rather pointing it out. It's an awesome element by the way)

2. Backpacks
The concept of our wizard's backpack is literally sorcery on its own. The average wizard can fit 80 items in a backpack, including but not limited to: houses, pets, giant mounts, plants, and gear. How do you even fit a HOUSE in a backpack? Only Ambrose knows.

1. Student Wizard goes 2-0
How does a student wizard, not a veteran wizard, go 2-0 in defeating the "most talented" (and I say that with sarcasm) villains in the Spiral? Beats me. Tons of accomplished wizards try their best at stopping them, but in the end it was the student who had the final spell. Also, not to mention Student Wizard goes 6-0 in the Immortal Games and their side bosses. Yep, perfectly normal.

Thanks for reading this short article! What's the craziest thing in Wizard101?