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January 16, 2022

EpicDuel 1.8.50 Hotfix

EpicDuel has been updated with a hotfix addressing some bugs introduced into the latest update.

Fixes and Changes

  • Fixed PvP battles stalling after victory because of a drop error
  • Fixed banked items reverted to inventory after login

Tags: Nightwraith


January 16, 2022

EpicDuel 1.8.49 Hotfix

EpicDuel has been updated with a hotfix addressing some bugs introduced into the latest update.

Fixes and Changes

  • Fixed character creation causing an error due to the new color pickers
  • Fixed "redeem code" for arcade tokens not stacking when claimed 
  • Fixed picking up map items not stacking
  • Fixed PvP drop items not stacking
  • Some missions not being able to be complete despite having the required mission items

Tags: Nightwraith


January 14, 2022

EpicDuel Gifting 2021 Aftermath

EpicDuel Gifting 2021 Aftermath

The 2021 Gifting season ended late last week, and we're proud to celebrate the top-15 winners of this monumental event! I never expected ALL of the winners to score at or above one million gifts, but, as usual, EpicDuel's hardcore players blew away those conservative expectations in spite of a year that produced many hardships for people all over the world. We're glad that Delta V could be a post-apocalyptic refuge for people to escape the real disasters big and small occurring on a daily basis, and we hope to continue to serve you all for years to come.

BEHOLD! EpicDuel's 2021 Gifting Season Winners!

  1. Enchant
  2. I Am Mr. Nice Guy
  3. JoshTheCW
  4. Taiso
  5. Lycan
  6. Caddeus
  7. .SwatFighter.
  8. D Fense
  9. UrMenace
  10. Romulus
  11. CactusChan
  12. Gwuapo
  13. Xx.Dark Azrael.xX
  14. Machaon
  15. Santa

Thus far I have corresponded with every winner on this list and have started several of the requests. I understand everyone is equally excited to receive their prizes, but these are all unique customizations of varying difficulty, and they will go out as quickly as they can. I thank you all in advance for your patience.

This year's Silver and Secret Packages will open next week, revealing new weapons, vehicles, and armors created by Acatriel!


Inventory Improvements

This week we built on top of previous improvements to inventory management by making sure the search bar clears when going between interfaces (vendor, bank, inventory, etc...). To further clean your messy post-gifting inventory, Mission items and Arcade Tokens will now stack for easier scrolling. Stacking for additional items is being investigated, but there are some greater challenges with items that can be upgraded and equipped. 

If you have a stack of items in your bank, like Arcade Tokens, purchasing more will send them to your bank automatically. This can be confusing as it may appear that the purchase failed because the item won't appear in your inventory.

***Please be advised that if you sell stacked items, the whole stack will be sold at once! A proper warning message is in the works to prevent accidental sales!***


Super Stylin'

The color picker in EpicDuel's style change interface just got a major upgrade with an Advanced Color Picker. Everyone will now have access to a broader color spectrum to achieve the color palette of your dreams.

Another improvement to the style change interface is the addition of Gender Change for 15,000 Credits or 250 Varium. Using this feature once will award the Gender Changer Achievement


Seasonal Savings

To accommodate players who may have had limited access to a reliable internet connection over the last few months, we're leaving the seasonal rares and Epic Supporter package in until the end of the month and will be removed from the game in an update on January 31st! 


Additional Changes

The following changes don't fit into any other category but have been itemized here for quick viewing.

  • The Spreadfire cores for sidearm and auxiliary weapons are now unlocked and available for swapping to other items.
  • NPC Battle Cap increased to 300 from 100.
  • Permanent Health Reserve core added to Vendbots.
  • AFK timer increased to an hour.
  • New screen added to Titan's Peak to show off the latest Gifting winners.
  • Skeptical Study removed since mission items no longer take up inventory space.


2022 Thoughts

This is definitely not the only blog on the whole wide web to point this out, but the past two years have been hard for many people for a variety of reasons, and we're proud that EpicDuel could be a place for old and new players to chill out, duel, and forget about the outside world, if only for brief respite. Despite these challenges, we've emerged from another hectic year in a strong position: The additional of Spider and Acatriel to the team have been game-changers in terms of broadening the scope of possibilities for the future direction of the game. Features that were deemed impossible by Titan himself have been implemented in a matter of days, and there are still pages of suggestions that are suitable candidates for implementation. Despite the crushing responsibility of Gifter prize obligations that January brings, I'm more optimistic in EpicDuel's future than I have been in years. Is 2022 the year EpicDuel finally gets new classes? I'm not one to overpromise, but if it were to happen any year, this would be it!

Let's all raise a canister of Health Booster to an incredible year of duels! Duel on!

Tags: Nightwraith


January 06, 2022

The End of Gifting!

Gifting Ends 2021

The time for Gifting is nearing it's end, but there's still some more action left in EpicDuel's ultimate seasonal event! For those a bit confused at exactly when Gifting ends, it will end at the reset between January 7th and January 8th. This can be confusing based on your time zone, but when it ends, you will see the leaderboard change to a final, fixed display showing the final top 15 winners.

Seasonal rares and Omega Void Trial missions will remain in game for awhile longer to give dedicated collectors ample time to fill their inventories.


What's Next?

After gifting ends, the winners will be contacted via email (based on the email tied to the account) to congratulate them and sort out the details of their wishes. Please allow a few hours for these emails to arrive. Those who score over 1 or 2 million will also receive their achievements and bonus Secret/Silver Secret Packages to distribute as they please! The packages will "open" in a few weeks after they've all been distributed.


Alpha Boost

Early last year one of EpicDuel's goals was to reward long-time players with weapons to complement their legacy gear. True, there aren't many Alpha supporters still logging in for daily duels, but we're still offering a small boost in the form of a more complete set of rares:

Alpha players will receive the following new weapons to complement the existing set.

  • Alpha Blade E
  • Alpha Blaster P

The class-specific Alpha weapons have been consolidated into a mutating weapon, complete with a corresponding damage type.

  • Alpha Annihilator P
  • Alpha Annihilator E

It was tempting to update and remaster the artwork, but since the style of the time represents a great deal of nostalgia for veteran players, the artwork is mostly unchanged.


Beta Boost

You're not forgotten Beta players! Very soon, we're also boosting the inventories of players who have the Beta weapons of old! Holders of these weapons will receive the following weapons:

Beta Cleaver P
Beta Blaster E
Beta Bazooka P
Beta Brutalizer E

The original Beta Brutalizer has been adjusted to do physical damage for all weapon types including the staff. Like the new Alpha weapons, the artwork was mainly unchanged for the inactive states. These changes will not affect the Beta weapons that were originally low-level prior to Omega.



Some popular gifter items from previous winners will be restocked over the next few days! I won't say which or where, but if you know, you know.


Coming Soon

Gifting is winding down but Spider is just warming up! Next week we should be ready to introduce new features including gender change, an improved color picker, and inventory stacks for mission items!

Tags: Nightwraith


December 30, 2021

Farewell 2021!

Farewell 2021

EpicDuel's last update 2021 is now Live! Experience new features, new missions, and new items plus several critical fixes. 


Core Corrections

While the core-swapping feature was well received last week, it still brought a few pesky bugs that needed squashed. The cores most affected by this were cores that were never offered for sale in-game or were never meant to be removed from their original item.

  • Stun Shot: Swaps correctly without being destroyed. Due to the rarity of this core, those who accidentally destroyed their Stun Gun cores will have them restored.
  • Char’s Revenge: Added for sale on Charfade.
  • Infernal Spirit: Now has distinct Sidearm and Auxiliary variants. Sold at the Light Mechachillid's shop.
  • Ebil Crusher: Unlocked on the Platinum Pulverizer
  • Gifter’s Custom Wish Cores: Unlocked and swappable.
  • Infernal Fortitude: Infernal Golem armors now come pre-equipped with armor versions of the core.
  • Icy Chill: Distinct Sidearm and Auxiliary variants added to Edgar Boothe.
  • Azrael’s Anguish P/E: Unlocked core slots.
  • Aphrodite’s Woe P/EUnlocked core slots.
  • Harvest Reaper and Spectral ReaperUnlocked core slots.
  • Unbreakable Spirit: Typo corrected.
  • Lucky Strike: Typo corrected on armor variant.


New Features/Changes

Spider has been moving at incredible speeds to deliver some of the most desperately desired EpicDuel quality of life changes. This week, the focus was on improvements to inventory, adding a search bar. Gifters will also appreciate the new /open1000gifts command that will make short work of your gift stockpile, complete with a readout of total items and credits gained.

  • Additions
    • Search bars in the bank, core viewer, merchant, and inventory
    • "X" button to clear all text in the chat and search bars
  • Changes
    • /open100gifts replaced with /open1000gifts
    • Duplicates in gifts are replaced with 2k credits -- Cores and Mission Items are exempted
    • Withdrawing/Depositing an item from inventory <-> bank will select the previous item in the list
    • Swapping core warning messages now only show if replacing a limited core
  • Fixes
    • After buying a shared style and switching classes, the game no longer gives an error message for trying to equip the recently bought style

Some of you are already having trouble with the search feature due to tens of thousands of items in your inventory. Engaging with search may cause severely slow server response, but we're working on several solutions to this issue. You can avoid the slowdown by avoiding the bar for now.


Home Arcade

Another highly requested feature was the ability to purchase ArcadeBots for your homes. Now you can spin your way through the games and purchase Tokens from the comfort of your apartment, yurt, or subterranean compound.


New Daily Missions

New Omega Void trials have been added with to reward armors to match the brutal Inquisitor weapons!

  • Inquisitor's Armor
  • Inquisitor's CC Armor


Gifting Rules Update

At the start of this year's Gifting event we established a stricter scope for prizes. The intention was to prevent the obligations to the prize winners from spinning out of control, expanding throughout the year. Because the performance on the leaderboards has been so overwhelmingly impressive this year, we decided to allow some additional bonuses to those who cross the 1 million and 2 million gift thresholds.

  • Top 15 Gifters who achieve a score of at least 1 million and do not want Founder Armor may instead request for their prize the alternate damage type version of their chosen weapon if it already exists in-game. They may also request personalized cores for that item similar to what was offered in 2018. Only the animation and/or icon can be altered, not the skill itself. The core/skill must also already exist in game for that particular item type. Finally, they may request a custom hairstyle.
  • Top 15 Gifters who achieve a score of at least 1 million will receive 2 Secret and Silver Secret packages to distribute at their discretion.
  • Top 15 Gifters who achieve a score of 2 million or more and do not want Founder Armor may instead request for their prize a weapon set consisting of a sidearm, auxiliary, and primary (sword or mutating weapon, but not both). This set must already exist in game (i.e. Beta Weapons or the numerous promotional package weapons). They may also request personalized cores similar to what was offered in 2018. Only the animation and/or icon can be altered, not the skill itself. The core/skill must also already exist in game for that particular item type. Finally, they may request a custom hairstyle.
  • Top 15 Gifters who achieve a score of 2 million or more will receive 5 Secret and Silver Secret packages to distribute at their discretion.
  • The #1 Gifter's completely customized item can be paired with an alternate damage type item of the same category if applicable. This bonus item will not also be completely customized but have an alternate color scheme determined by the winner. 

Tags: Nightwraith


December 25, 2021

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New Year's Eve Party!

Come join us! Artix & the team will be running monster and loot-filled live events in AdventureQuest 3D through the day to bring in the new year for players around the world. 

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Battle on!


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Tags: Nightwraith


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