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01 April 2017

 
 
 
 

April: The Coolest Month Ever!

Welcome to April: now officially the “coolest month ever” thanks to the “coolest mount ever!” We hope you enjoy sliding through the Spiral . . . don’t forget to take the opportunity to capture memorable screenshots in Mirage or Krokotopia. What better place to bring your permanent block of slippery ice.

We also hope you enjoyed the month of March in Wizard101! It was a great month where we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Pat O’Gold, Launched the Witch Hunter’s Bundle in our online shop, had two member benefits, introduced the new Marleybone Car to the Crown Shop, had a special St. Patrick’s Day themed KI Live, and (most importantly) reopened the Test Realm.

If you haven’t yet joined us in testing out what’s coming soon to Wizard101 and meet the qualifications found here, please download the Test Realm and join us in Testing the Monstrology system, three new Skeleton Key Bosses, the level 118 school pet quests, Aquila fishing, and much more.

Cross your wands, April is also the month we hope to release all that is found on the Test Realm into the live game! Other surprises are sure to happen this April as well! We can’t give away all our secrets.

 
 
 
 

Turn Your Attention to Arcanum

 
 
 
 

A Quest-ionnaire for the New Scholars

It’s time for another “quest” to fill out a QUESTionnaire for one of our Arcanum Scholars. This time we’re going to hear from a scholar you’ll already be familiar with if you’ve journeyed through Polaris: Tarrak Hadfield, the majestic Moosetaur and ice school scholar. Here’s what he had to tell us.

Name: Tarrak Hadfield

Likes: Tying up loose ends; Long walks over frozen lakes and rivers; Yuletide season!

Dislikes: Hats; People who forget to be young at heart; Jorts.

Favorite Spell: Snowball Barrage

Favorite Food: Tie between goulash and hardboiled eggs (I may or may not have one in my pocket right now [a hardboiled egg, not a bowl of goulash] {note to self: research To-Go Goulash}])

Bio?

Oh, you know, I suppose I had the typical Moosetaur childhood, really. I was born in the frozen wilds of the majestic Forlorn Tayg – that’s in Polaris, don’t ya know. I was just your ordinary happy calf with ordinary parents. Oh, my father! He had the best set of antlers you’ve ever seen! Anyways, we’d wander the plains, do a little gold mining, peruse the “frozen section” of the River of Frozen Tears for Cold Cod and Fish Sandwiches... Good times. We were happy. I was happy, eh! And that’s all that mattered.

But like most good stories, mine has a turning point. One day, my folks and I were trekking up in the Borealis Peaks – my mother always loved a good high-altitude family trek, when a terrible storm blew in from out of nowhere. We were scrambling down the mountain when a gust of wind as cold and ferocious as the breath of ten Frost Giants hit us. Sends a chill down my spine just thinking about it. Even more so because that was the last time I saw my parents. The whole ordeal happened so fast that it’s all kind of a blur now. Alls I really remember the sense of falling, and then a sound of wings flapping that was more beautiful than I could ever possibly put into words. I eventually came to miles away from the Peaks, practically at the front door of a kindly family that took me in and cared for me as if I was their own. I was in pretty bad shape, but my adoptive parents new a few healing spells, and they fixed me right up! For as much as I missed my parents, I found myself in another loving home. And I even had new siblings!

As sad as it was, if it weren’t for that turning point, I never would have acquired my fascination with Snow Angels, or with magic and casting spells! Oh, the story about me casting my first Ice Beetle spell is one I have to tell you someday! You’d like that. Anywhoo, point is, don’t go around feeling sorry for old Tarrak, cuz I don’t. One must always be paying attention to the lessons that life has to teach. My papa taught me that!

So to make a long story short (speaking of short, did I mention it’s tough being this tall?), before you know it, I was taking the trials to gain an audience with the Auroracle. It’s a rite of passage for Polarian wizards, don’t ya’ know? When I finally made it inside, the Auroacle took one look at me and said I needed to go to school . . . forever! It’s ok though because I love to read and study Ice Magic (just the facts, ma’am!). The Arcanum provides me with access to knowledge I never would have found in Polaris, and I really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The Auroacle’s words are still a mystery to me though, “Forever to learn. Forever to teach. Search for the book to which all wizards beseech.” I should figure out that riddle someday, eh?

Favorite quote?

“Invincibility lies in the defense”

My friends describe me as . . . ?

My friends say I’m the second smartest moosetaur they know. And I don’t let the fact that there are about 80 other moosetaur tied for first don’t get me down though. Ha! It’s all in good fun. You need to be able to tease your friends like that. Momma always stressed the importance of having thick hide. If a Polarian can’t take a good joke, they end up doing things like sharpening their horns and carrying around a whip all day. And what kind of life would that be?

How I feel about Magic?

I love Magic! But, to tell you the truth, I worry more about the caster of the spell these days. OH! Just one more thing… if you want to see a novice young spell caster evolve into a great Wizard, let them roughhouse with their brothers and sisters as much as possible. After locking horns a few times, the entire family’s strengths become theirs . . . and knowledge of their family’s greatest weaknesses become a Wizard’s best defense.

 
 
 
 

Screenshot Favorites

 
 
 
 

Screenshot of the Month!

It’s getting pretty difficult to choose our favorite screenshot of the month since we receive so many great ones. Keep it up! We love to see the pictures you send us and sharing them on our Facebook page. This month’s screenshot comes from Amber.

Amber shared a funny fact with us: This isn’t Amber’s only “Amber.” Amber names all her wizards “Amber!” Although we think this particular Amber should be renamed “Ember.” If only that was an option. ;) Thanks for the great screenshot of your Fire Amber, Ember . . . er Amber!

As a reminder, please only send us your best three screenshots every month to community@wizard101.com if you’d like to participate. For more tips, check out this blog post with helpful screen shot hints. Don’t forget to press Control+G before you snap your picture!

 
 
 
 

Fan Art Spotlight

 
 
 
 

Fan Art Spotlight

We had a lot of amazing art submitted this month, please keep them coming! We love to see your creations and are happy to share them with all through our Fan Art Pintrest Page. Send your Wizard101 fan art to community@wizard101.com, and it could end up being featured in the newsletter!

This month we’re featuring the work of Julianna SparkleFountain, who sent us a lot of fun pictures, and some super fun Wizard101 chibis! Also, don’t miss this Speedpaint of SparkleFountain’s latest creation.

 
 
 
 

What's up in the Community?

 
 
 
 

Your Guide to Creative Chatting!

Every month we see great topics being shared on our Official Wizard101 Message Boards. We’d love to see more people joining in the discussion, so don’t be shy, come say hi! Our message boards feature a fully moderated environment that provides a platform for both young and old alike. Here are a few discussion threads from last month that caught our eye:

Outside of these links, the unaffiliated “Community Newsletter” also had a great selection of links from around the web. NOTE: Be sure to visit and follow their Twitter page for more information. To subscribe to their newsletter, send a Direct Message to them over Twitter inquiring to be added or email them at community.newsletter.101@gmail.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending them an email with the phrase “UNSUB”

As a special note, don’t miss out on the Fansite Festival events being hosted on April 8th!

Test Realm Update Highlights

Frostcaller and Blaze Lifehammer go over everything the Test Realm is introducing to Wizard101.

Duelist101 provides a guide to the biggest addition to test realm, Monstrology.

Watch Blaze Lifehammer’s experience becoming a Monstrologist!

Allison Dragongem shows how to craft the Monstrodome.

Blaze Lifehammer and friends struggle in their own Monstrodome battle.

Stars of the Spiral shares all the undead monsters you can acquire as a Monstrologist.

Vanessa Mythdust and Duelist101 offer a look at the new gold skeleton key boss, Mimic.

Stars of the Spiral and Swordroll feature lots of new level 118 School Pets acquirable through quests and hybrids.

Duelist101 looks deeper into all the miscellaneous changes in the test realm.

Swordroll offers many tips to help understand and defeat the new skeleton key bosses.

Reel in some new fish with these guides to Aquila Fishing from Swordroll and Stars of the Spiral.

Other Highlights

Read the great time Vanessa Mythdust had in our office and as our guest on KI Live!

Watch this short video of the Bunny Run that was hosted on March 25th.

The community voted on their most loved pets and Skelemystyk reveals the top five!

Check out this advanced fishing guide involving the chances you have to catch a fish.

Nordic Champion explores the mystery of Dragonspyre and shares her theories about the world.

Zenmaster Blue teaches how to make yourself “invisible” to take a great picture.

On MMORPG, Vanessa Mythdust shares a very unlucky experience she had in the Upper Halls.

Edward Lifegem looks back to when Selena Gomez was around the Spiral!

Vanessa Mythdust reveals the stories of Wysteria in her Untold Stories series.

Skelemystyk reveals some of his favorite skeleton key bosses and discusses their drops.

Julia on Adventures of the Spiral shares her creation of a caravan in the Nomad’s camp.

Duelist101 reveals all the dropped mounts that can be acquired throughout the Spiral.

Skelemystyk shares his top five funniest mounts in Wizard101.

Paige Moonshade displays the new Marleybone Car mount that can be bought in the Crown Shop.

Zenmaster Blue does some roleplay as he gets his new Marleybone Car mount!

AwesomeTheSauce shares what he feels are the most underused spells.

 
 
 
 

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