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01 February 2017

 
 
 
 

February: Hard to Spell, no Spell too Hard!

Last year during the Spelling Bee finals, Google released a picture that showed America’s top spelling mistakes, and the word “February” was among them. While there’s no “spelling bee” in Wizard101, there are three or four “Bee” related Gardening Spells, a Queen Bee named Sabina, and even a Bumble Bee Pet! But why does the Bumble Bee pet cast a “Luminous Weaver” spell that’s a spider? It’s really been bugging us! That Spider is just a wanna-bee!

All joking aside, in Wizard101, an accidental side effect of misspelling words is that they’ll show up yellow in your chat box; therefore, misspelled words will only be seen by players with Open Chat. While it may not be our original intent, we hope this “feature” will help you correct a few spelling mistakes during this difficult-to-spell month!

Speaking of “difficult” and “spells,” February is a great month to power up your Wizard with a brand new spell like one of the new level 118 spells from the Arcanum . . . or maybe try your hand at farming the Loremaster! Did you know there are 17 different spells you can win from the Loremaster? This month show the world that no spell is too hard for you to cast.

While farming the Loremaster, you might even make a friend or two, and in Wizard101 February is all about friendship! Valentina Heartsong will be returning to the Spiral some time shortly before Valentine’s Day. She’ll be waiting for you with her usual inventory of heart wands, cherub scepters, and captivating staffs.

Before Valentina arrives, however, the Lost Pages event will return so you can fight the possessed wizard study group members for big rewards like the Bone Dragon Mount! If you’re lucky, you might even find a pet while questing through Lost Pages. Wouldn’t a spellwrit pet make a great new friend in February?

And finally, make sure to join us again for KI Live this month! Last month and back in November we teased a couple of the new pets that are coming to the Spiral in an upcoming update to the game. We’ll be revealing another pet this month, so make sure to tune in and find out what’s coming to Wizard101.

See you in the Spiral and thanks for reading the Wizard101 Newsletter!

 
 
 
 

Turn Your Attention to Arcanum

 
 
 
 

A Quest-ionnaire for the New Scholars

As many of you know, we are handing out “quests” to our new scholars in the Arcanum in the form of a QUESTionnaire! We feature their responses here in our newsletter every other month. So far we’ve heard from Zander, Baba Yaga, Ione, and Qismah, but this month we’re turning our attention to a very interesting Celestian who teaches Astral magic to the graduates of Ravenwood. Here’s what Qyburn had to say!

Name: Qyburn Stellargaze

Likes: Solitary research, Space, That “old book” smell, and Hand sanitizer

Dislikes: Bad manners, loud noises, and large bodies of water

Favorite Spell: Indemnity

Favorite Food: Dry toast

Bio?

Oh dear, I really hate these kind of things. I never know what to write. I usually end up rambling on about absolutely nothing. They always say, “Just write a little bit about what makes you interesting.” But all I can ever come up with is that I am extremely well-versed in the subject of Astral Magic. Whoopie! Right? I mean, it’s not even anyone’s favorite school of magic. I guess it could be. Anywhoo, what I mean is I spend so much time researching and chronicling that I don’t really have time for activities or hobbies or a social life of any kind. I mean, I can’t remember the last time I even went home. It’s probably been a millennium or two. Oh jeez, I hope I didn’t leave the bathroom sink running.

Ooof! I did it again… You could have spent this time reading something useful. Instead you suffered through me rambling on and on about absolutely nothing. Sorry about that. Tell you what – after this, I’m going to visit the Repository and see if there’s a book on brevity in polite conversation. OH! I can also see if Fitzhume procured the copy of Writ Cosmonomika I requested! I have so much research to do!

Favorite quote?

“I just need space.”

My friends describe me as . . . ?

Honestly, I haven’t really had time to make friends at the Arcanum. Or back home in Celestia for that matter. Books are my friends, and they’d describe me in great detail if they could. *Note to self: write my autobiography.

How I feel about Magic?

The Magic works to enhance the individual, thus the individual should never cease working to enhance the art of Magic. Magic is not power. Knowledge is power. Now, a powerful knowledge of Magic, that’s a different story...

 
 
 
 

Screenshot Favorites

 
 
 
 

Screenshot of the Month!

As a reminder, we’ve started a new feature in the newsletter where we choose our favorite screenshot for the previous month. Last month we received a great batch of screenshots, and it was difficult to choose a winner, but Alejandro FrogBreath won our praise this month with this awesome picture of him challenging Old Cob to a dance battle!

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.

 
 
 
 

Fan Art Spotlight

 
 
 
 

Fan Art Spotlight

Hear ye’! Hear ye’! We’re looking for new, original fan art. Please send your Wizard101 fan art to community@wizard101.com! Your art could end up being featured in the newsletter and you could be listed as our artist of the month! This month we have a picture of William Shadow, a level 120 Thaumaturge and his shadow creature waiting to strike. Thank you for sending us your art, William!

 
 
 
 

What's up in the Community?

 
 
 
 

Discussions, Hints and Recent News

The Official Wizard101 Message boards are always hopping with great discussions and helpful tips. It’s also 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”

With the release of our new Ghulture’s Hoard Pack, many wizards reviewed and shared their opinions:

Sophia Lifecaster created a recap of all the exciting events and updates that took place in KingsIsle games in 2016!

Frostcaller broke down what’s to expect in 2017.

On MMORPG, Vanessa Mythdust listed the most notable additions in 2016 and discusses difficulty in family games like Wizard101.

The annual Fansite Festival announced the date when the fun begins!

Vanessa Mythdust shared the Untold Stories of Krokotopia and Mooshu.

Zenmaster Blue shared the mysterious secrets he found in Marleybone.

Frostcaller showed off the pets that were teased in our last KI Live!

Duelist101 discussed a variety of unique spells that can make your battles quite interesting!

Swordroll was busy as he shared the best school gear at level 120:

Want to duel in style? Duelist101 shows you how to battle in style!

Blaze Lifehammer showcased the new school themed flying carpet mounts!

Zanzidia showed off the Comet Tail in her reagent series.

Isaiah Walker gave a descriptive overview on how Castle Magic works in his two part series: Part 1 and Part 2

Check out Duelist101’s master guide on all things Mirage!

Ditto Wizard continues his walkthrough in Khrysalis.

Kelsey Fireheart shared her favorite pop culture references from Mirage.

Check out this amazing fan art drawing of Dworgyn and his new pet by ChickenLove on Wizard101 Central!

Share your thoughts on what scares you in game!

 
 
 
 

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