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Nightwraith

October 31, 2014

Halloween Harvest of Horror

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This week, in EpicDuel, we've released a horrific harvest of terrifying yet tantalizing gear.

 

Coffinzookas

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The dead are restless this Halloween, and they wish to rejoin the battlefield! These Coffinzookas were inspired by the work of Reki, who submitted them as a suggestion years ago. Better late than never? I'm happy I was finally able to squeeze them in this year, and I hope they were worth the wait. 

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These beastly bazookas are available for a limited time at Snork!

 

Paladin Armor!

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Ever wanted to dress like Artix in EpicDuel? Now, thanks to G00ny, you'll have your chance to adorn yourself in classic Paladin armor! Visit Titan, who clearly ripped a hole in the fabric of the universe to claim the armor from Lore, to check it out!

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Now you'll be able to take on the undead...if they ever show up in EpicDuel.

 

Bone Hazard Ahead

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Yikes! That's kind of like an undead. Stop at Snork to pick up the limited quantity season Bone Hazard Armor!

 

Power Weekend!

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After you're done collecting candy and partying off the sugar rush, hop into EpicDuel for Power Weekend! That means double XP and Credits all weekend! All you need to do to get this advantage is to log in and play!

 

Winter Preview

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We're hard at work on this year's epic Winter release. We can't release too many details yet, but it will be guaranteed to be an event to remember!

 

And now, a special message from Artix about some amazing new cloth armor available from HeroMart!

Armor T-Shirt Pre-Orders Open

Pre-Order at HeroMart.com to guarantee yours

Hiya guys! We found a way to get these amazing wrap-around armor T-shirts created. The process to create them is complicated and pretty expensive so we cannot just order a bunch of them like we usually do.  So, if you want to get your hands on a 1st Edition Paladin or Legion  Armor T-Shirt, lock in your pre-order at HeroMart now!

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Real-life Undead Legion armor

You have until production starts (We are estimating around November 25th-ish, Thanksgiving) to place your order and guarantee that you will get your shirt. We are going to produce all of the pre-orders at once and then ship in December.  

Includes exclusive items for AQWorlds!

Each shirt comes with an awesome weapon and half of the "Legion Paladin" class. Combine both halves to create the full class in AdventureQuest Worlds! Themed after the shirts... we merged Artix's Paladin armor and Dage's Paragon armor together into a horrifying and powerful new class. 

Get both shirts to unlock the Class!

  • Get the Legion Light of Destiny when you buy the Legion Armor T-Shirt
  • Get the Purified Caladbolg Sword when you buy the Paladin Armor T-Shirt
  • Get the Legion Paladin CLASS when you buy both T-shirts

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

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Trick-or-Treat On!

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Nightwraith

October 24, 2014

Huge Harvest

New Harvest 2014

We've fully knocked the safety valves off the pumpkin spice pipeline to flood EpicDuel with a deluge of harvest weapons created by our amazingly talented Guest Artists.

Snork Shop

Visit Snork in the Wasteland Minetower for his impressive inventory of spooky seasonal rares created by Bidoof, Vultex, Overlord Drekon, and Assassin Order.

Soul Binder

Cut through hordes of ghouls with the Soul Binder mutating sets!

Zombie Destroyers

Blast armies of the dead with futuristic shotguns and bazookas!

Pumpkin Annihilator

Unleash pumpkin fury with the Pumpkin Annihilator!

 

There is so much content in this release, I'm just going to list all the items here. They are all available NOW at Snork (lower floor of the Wasteland Minetower). The mutating items are limited quantity so you'd better be quick!

 

Mutating Items

  • Harvest Wrecker P/E
  • Soul Binder P/E

Swords

  • Harvest Wrecker Blade P/E
  • Soul Binder Sword P/E
  • Resounding Carnage P/E
  • Zombie Slayer P/E

Guns

  • Zombie Blaster P/E

Auxiliaries

  • Pumpkin Annihilator P/E
  • Zombie Devastator P/E

 

Harvest Missions

After you've browsed the Snork's shop, you may find yourself with a serious Credit deficit. We've got you covered! Help Hank scare up some business or secure a Frysteland trade route for the Krampus in two new mission chains: Hank's Harvest and Frozen Harvest! These missions offer some incredible Credit, Arcade Token, and items rewards! Our writers Trans and OWA worked hard to make them as enjoyable and rewarding as possible! 

 

Spooky Styles

Horrific

2046808 created this...I don't even know what, but it's terrifying. Equip it and scare the life out of your opponents with this profoundly disturbing style. Just don't get any dirt in it. That could be irritating.

 

Join us next week on Halloween for even more deranged content!

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Nightwraith

October 17, 2014

Dage's Deathrider

Dage's Deathrider

Tear up the roads of Delta V with Dage's Deathrider bike! This bike is a limited quantity item and is only available at Dage the Evil's Delta V avatar located in the Wasteland Minetower. Find him quickly before his insidious inventory is depleted!

Zoooom!

Vrooooooooooooooooom!

 

Harvest Styles 2014

Styles!

Get spoopy with 12 new styles designed by Bidoof!

 

Bug Fixes

To improve stability, we've taken steps to prevent the down-time we experienced last weekend. We also fixed a bug that prevented players from saving their home layouts!

 

Incoming Harvest

Harvest Set

This is just a taste of what is to come -- we're still hard at work on the Harvest 2014 event in EpicDuel which will feature new weapons, armors, mission, and home items for all to enjoy!

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Nightwraith

October 14, 2014

Omni Knight Guide

The Curse of the Phantom Pixel: 12th Anniversary Event!

DING! Artix Entertainment just leveled up! Thank you so much for being with us as we celebrate our 12th anniversary with special events happening in 7 of your favorite MMOs and RPGs. Complete "The Curse of the Phantom Pixel" event to unlock...

Curse of the Phantom Pixel

AdventureQuest Worlds

Quest to recover 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts in AQWorlds:

  • Death’s Cursed Hourglass 
  • Cysero’s Doom Sock 
  • Unholy Wasabi 
  • Cursed Chickencow Claw 
  • Zorbak’s Haunted Skull 
  • Dragon Khan’s Corrupt Scepter 
  • Sir Ver’s Cursed Power Button

Once you have recovered all 7, talk to Artix to merge them into the Omni Artifact!

Epic Duel 

Battle through Delta V to recover Titan's Coffee Mug!

  • Battle opponents in 1v1 and 2v2 matches, scour the frozen tundra of Frysteland and the barren Wasteland, then take on the boss to gather the shards of Titan's cosmic coffee mug!

AdventureQuest  

Artix has been cursed, and is stalking the wilds with the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!

  • Use the Battle Monsters button to hunt for Artix and the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!
  • Defeat him to unlock a shop to get the Axe for yourself!

OverSoul 

Capture Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade... if you DARE!

  • Battle, defeat, and possess Thok and his Cursed Phoenix Blade using the Battle Monsters button!

DragonFable

Enter the Wastelands to find a scrap of the Mysterious Necromancer's cloak!

  • Look in your Book of Lore to find directions to the Wasteland.
  • Complete the quest there to find the cloak!

HeroSmash

The 12th anniversary event is heating up... and so is Hottica's zone!

  • Head to Hottica's zone and battle the Igneos, Rhyolite, Dacite, and Andesite monsters for a chance to find Hottica's Cursed Shield!

MechQuest

The Cursed Tape Reappears... will you watch?

  • Work with River to secure the tape before EbilCorp gets their hands on it!
  • Complete the quest to unlock the Cursed Mod Tape!

The Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!

Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games! Read on to see what you'll need to do in each of our games to unlock the Blade!

After you've recovered all the artifacts listed above:

Head to the Portal Site and log into your Master Account. 
Go to the Quests tab to check your event progress. You are looking for 7 green checkmarks. If a game is not checked off, you have not found the artifact in that game. 

If you DO have all 7 checkmarks, you'll see a box appear saying"Congratulations! You have found all the cursed artifacts!"

Click the link that says "Click here to get your prizes!" and you will go to your Achievements tab. You should see "Artix Entertainment 12th Birthday Event" achievement under "What's New?"

Click that to get your prize code, then go to the "Redeem Codes" page to unlock the OmniKnight Blade in each game! 

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Nightwraith

October 13, 2014

Coffee Crusader Primer

Howdy, EpicDuelists!

I hope you're all enjoying the Curse of the Phantom Pixel event! Some have voiced some concern about the EpicDuel portion of the event -- specifically about the difficulty. I realize some may be joining us for the first time, or the first time in a long, LONG time. For the newcomers, here's a quick guide for starting the event and completing the Phantom Pixel missions in EpicDuel.

This guide is assuming you've already created an account, a character, and completed the tutorial missions. If you needed to create a new character, you will need to complete EpicDuel's brief tutorial -- which will actually teach you a great deal about EpicDuel's mission system. If you already have a character, you will not need to complete the tutorial.

Without further ado, here we go!

 

Handle It!

Start

First, click on the Mission Log button from your main HUD.

Mission Button

Event Missions

This will bring up the mission lists. From this interface, you can view all available missions in EpicDuel. They are divided into Permanent, Event, and Daily Missions. The Curse of the Phantom Pixel Mission group is know as Coffee Crusader, and it is located at the top of the Event Missions list.

Jump To NPC

Clicking Coffee Crusader will display all the mission in the group, but you cannot accept the mission until you visit the NPC offering it. Luckily, there's a handy Jump-To button to teleport to Titan. 

Finding Titan

Once on this screen, click Titan to display his options.

Choose Mission

You see he offers the mission "Handle It!" This is the first mission in the Coffee Crusader chain.

Mission Description

Now you can see the complete mission details including all the mission in the chain, mission text, rewards, and the requirements. Click "Accept Mission" when you are ready. Be sure to carefully read the mission text -- while providing flavor for the story, it may also offer more details about how to complete the mission.

Accept Mission

Confirm Accept Mission. You can only progress on the mission if you accept.

Finding Titan

For this first mission you must win 5 1v1 battles. 

Find 1v1

Click the Fight 1v1 Battle on the HUD to start a battle.

Mission Progress

You can go back to the Mission Log at any time to track your progress. Your progress is saved even if you log out. However, if you abort the mission or accept another mission before completing your current mission, progress will be lost.

Complete Mission

When you have completed the mission, click Complete Mission from your Mission Log, and receive your reward. In this case, your reward will be a mission item. Don't worry, you'll need it for the next mission!

Now that you're familiarized with EpicDuel's mission system, the next few should be cake so I'll give a brief rundown of each. If you're ever confused, you can check your Mission Log at any time to re-read mission text, check your progress, and review requirements.

 

Deity Stuff

For this mission you will need to search for a piece of Titan's Mug. Run from screen to screen searching for something that looks out of place. The item is somewhere in Frysteland so if you're not in Frysteland, you've missed the item. If an object you find is the mission item you're seeking, you will be able to click on it and add it to your inventory. If you've looked everywhere and still can't find anything, check to make sure you're on the correct mission -- scavenger hunt items only appear if the mission is active.

Return to Titan to turn in the item and complete the mission.

 

The Sound of Silence

For many players, this will probably be the most difficult and time-consuming mission. To complete it, you will need to win 5 2v2 battles.

 

Shard Search

This is another search mission. Titan tells you to search around Caden. To quickly find Caden, you can click the Map button from your HUD to see the map of Delta V. Clicking on a region like The Wasteland will show all the NPCs in the region. You can jump to any NPC by clicking it's avatar image. You may need a moment to find Caden, but once you find him, you can jump right to him and grab the final Mug piece.

 

Contents Under Pressure

This mission will require you to battle and defeat the NPC Talia to get her to drop a mission item. She was reduced to level 5 for this mission to make her easier to defeat for new players. Chances are, after completing the Tutorial missions and the PvP missions, most players will be well beyond level 1.

 

That's all there is to it! With a little persistence, you'll have Titan's Mug in no time!

http://www.artix.com/

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Nightwraith

October 10, 2014

Curse of the Phantom Pixel

Curse of the Phantom Pixel

If you didn't already know, this is the 12th Anniversary of Artix Entertainment. We're celebrating with a company-wide event spanning all 7 games! Dead pixels are dreaded by designers everywhere -- even one dead pixel in a sea of millions is enough to drive an artist mad! Tonight, this bane can be your bounty as you collect 7 cursed items scattered across our games!

Be sure to check Artix.com to track the releases as they go live! Will you be the first to defeat the curse and claim your ultimate prize?

These games, including EpicDuel, would not be possible without your constant support and input! We are eternally grateful for all of your love and generosity through the years to allow us to continue to build new experiences for you every week!

Next year is our 13th anniversary? Woah! We're going to need to plan twice as hard to make that event even more awesome than this one! Here's to at least 12 more years -- when you can absorb weekly game updates through your neural spore hivemind uplink! Juicy!

Battle On and Duel On!

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RabbleFroth

October 10, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.28

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Anniversary Event Coffee Crusaders Mission Chain
  • Returning Seasonal Missions
    • Halowarriors
    • Gourd Grinders
  • Returning Seasonal Harvest items
  • Talia reduced to level 5 for lower level players
  • New effect for Static Charge
  • Updated effect for EMP Grenade

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Nightwraith

October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Community!

A Thank You from Artix

It is our 12th Anniversary-- and we hope you enjoy this year’s cross-game event, “Phantom of the Pixel!” The idea of cursed items crafted from dead pixels is…. spine-tinglingly awesome! The event spans AQWorlds, EpicDuel, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, Oversoul and the original AdventureQuest. With the coming of the new mobile games, it might be too hard to have another full cross-over games event like this… so do this one while you still can!

I would sincerely like to thank you, and everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. Thank you to you and all of the amazing gamers who login and battle in our video games. Thank you to all of you who give us encouragement and much love on the forums, twitter, facebook and all of the other ways you talk with us. Thank you for not just playing the games but contributing your creativity and clever ideas. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and supports us by upgrading or buying things in the video games—because of you we can afford to keep the lights on and the server hampsters running at full speed. It has officially been 12 YEARS of weekly, non-stop updates! THANK YOU!  

Our video game’s “weekly new releases” — where we add new quests, maps, monsters, weapons & content to the game — is something that is really special about our community. AdventureQuest classic was one of (if not the) first to do it. We have been compared to long running shows like The Simpsons, Southpark, and Saturday Night Live with our game’s history of weekly releases. But there is one big difference… TV shows run in seasons and the cast and crew… take breaks. We do not. We never have. As a whole, the AE team has delivered a new video game update/release every single week for 12 years. Our games never take holidays off — the team and I actually work harder and have larger releases during them!  

Because of that, I would very much like to recognize and thank the AE team — all of the artists, animators, writers, coders, the moderators, the forum staff, and all of the volunteers for their hard work. I am extremely proud of these passionate super heroes. Thank you all, too — players, team, and all the people who love us and put up with our crazy video game habits — for making Frogzards, Moglins and DoomKnights a part of our everyday life!

Battle on!

Artix

NEXT year will be our 13th Anniversary; we should up the bar and change the format. Better start brainstorming now. Open to ideas!

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Nightwraith

October 09, 2014

Artix Entertainment 12th Anniversary

Anniversary Event

This Friday we are pleased to celebrate Artix Entertainment's 12th anniversary! We're celebrating with a massive multi-game-spanning event! In each game, you'll need to collect a special cursed artifact. In EpicDuel, that artifact is Titan's Mug. However, you mission will not be so easy as to collect a simple piece of kitchenware. Titan's Mug has been shattered and scattered across Delta V!

Shattered Mug

You don't mess with a mortal's coffee, and that is doubly true for gods. Assemble a Titan's cosmic coffee mug to appease the deity and receive your rewards!

Expect us to release tomorrow around 4 PM EST!

 

Legion Victory!

The Naval Yard War is over, and the Legion forces have finally prevailed by maintaining control of the Pirate Flagship. Could this be a turning point in the overall alignment conflict? We'll know for sure when the next regional war goes live in the next few weeks.

Legion Wins!

This was a very hard-fought and very close war, and the prizes were well-earned. We look forward to seeing how the next regional wars unfold in the future!

 

Harvest Time!

Let the spice flow -- PUMPKIN SPICE! Celebrate Fall and the Harvest Festival in EpicDuel with the return of seasonal Harvest items and missions!

Harvest Husk

Cardboard Armor

These awesome items are available NOW at Snork! Be sure to pay him a visit in his Minetower basement lair. He gets so lonely down there!

Reapers

Remeber, the Harvest Reaper and Spectral Reaper mutating items come equipped with the Jack-O-Fire core! Make it rain with a lethal shower of exploding pumpkins!

Harvest Home Items

Speaking of pumpkins -- decorate you home with the myriad fall styles already available from the Home Item shop!

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RabbleFroth

October 03, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.27

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Treasure Hunter Mission Chain
    • 7 new missions available at Ishmael
  • New Saber Swords
    • 18 Saber Swords
    • Available with prize codes only
  • Additional Naval Yard Screen

BALANCE CHANGES:

  • Kartherax's Darkspawn
    • Standard Attack changed from Blockable to Deflectable to match the animation more closely

BUGS FIXED:

  • Mission item "Toxic Water" was appearing behind a turret, making it difficult to claim
  • Kartherax's Claws renamed to Breath of Kartherax

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