Wizard City revamp is complete! You can now explore the refreshed Crab Alley. There's also several exciting new events like the team-based Beastmoon Hunt.
Thanks again to Test Realm participants for making this update a reality. See below for all the details and have fun exploring the new content!
Sizzling Summer Update Now Live!
In this latest Wizard101 update, Wizard City Revamp gets completed with the inclusion of polish to Crab Alley, the First Time User Experience (FTUE) of the first few hours of gameplay gets a major update, new Deckathalons are coming soon, and we’re introducing a new event called ‘Beastmoon Hunt’. That’s not all this Summer Update is providing too!
For Wizard101’s 10th anniversary, we accomplished what many said might never been done, a graphical overhaul of Wizard City. There’s so much content in just this first world, the task was daunting for our artists and programmers, but we accomplished it with a fresh new color scheme!
However, there was one area that remained untouched... until now. Congrats to the residents of Crab Alley with their zone having finally received a complete tank cleaning. Now the entirety of Wizard City has a fresh coat of paint!
FTUE! (First Time User Experience)
Can you believe that Wizard101 has nearly 11 years of amazing content under its belt? Wow! Way back when, most computers had just a fraction of the horsepower they do today. This limited our ability to produce life-like scenes and animations, though we think you’ll agree that we did a pretty good job with the tools we had at the time! We also found some places where we could improve upon the experience and teach new Wizards the intricacies of the game better.
We encourage you to create a new Wizard and play through the first few hours of the game and let us know what you think of the changes. If you can, think about the game with a fresh pair of eyes, as if you’ve never played before. It’ll be fun!
You’ll notice changes all the way from the first moments of the game until you find yourself in Olde Town, with Unicorn Way being the most revamped area.
Even veteran Wizards might notice that some of their old friends, like Mr. Lincoln and Annie Shutterbug, have relocated to other areas of Wizard City, but don’t despair – Abby Doodle’s side quest City Tour will show you where to go.
New Beastmoon Hunt Event!
Welcome to the new battlegrounds, Wizards! The Beastmoon Hunt is a new team-based, goal-oriented Event designed to bring Wizards together in a fun and friendly competitive event. These events are run on a regular basis for about a week at any given time.
Teams of 4-6 Wizards face each other in a classic contest of Domination. Each Team gains points by defeating opponents and capturing and holding Battle Rings in the arena. The match ends when one team reaches 100 points, or the timer expires.
In the Beastmoon Hunt, Wizards polymorph themselves into a variety of different Beast Forms, join a Team, and battle other Wizards in a match! Each Beast Form has a different set of Spells and Stats, making combat with each one unique. Also, like the Deckathalon, your Wizard level, stats, and items don’t affect this game mode, so everyone in the Spiral (over level 10) can be your opponents or allies!
Beast Forms level up in two ways – level and tier. Your LEVEL will increase more quickly, but this increase is temporary and resets at the end of each event. Each Beast Form’s TIER will take longer to improve, but you’ll be able to keep this boon from Event to Event.
To the victor go the spoils! You’ll be able to work towards some great rewards including:
A new, very flashy, very unique emote
New pet jewels
New unique Beast Form unlocks
Permanent Beast Form upgrades
A new Beastmoon robe
You’ll earn these rewards in many different ways, including Gardening (the Beastmoon Hunt event is the only place to find some new plants, unique soil planters, and ways to care for this plantlife), Crafting, and simply participating in these events and earning rewards.
For our PvP fans, we will be using the Beastmoon Hunt as a place to test out new combat systems before we bring them over to Ranked PvP. But don't worry, the Beastmoon Hunt is not intended to replace Ranked PvP. We will be paying close attention to all your Beastmoon Hunt feedback here!
Join a match by clicking on the Gamma icon in the upper right hand of your screen, select the Beastmoon Hunt event, and then click the 'Join Match' button as shown here:
There’s a lot to discover about the Beastmoon Hunt! You can explore the in-game help pages for more info on each feature when the event is running. Let us know what you think!
Scroll of Fortune
What would you say about getting extra rewards for things you likely do already, such as participation in Events? Well, we’ll soon be introducing a new feature with some nifty rewards – the seasonal Scroll of Fortune!
When the event is running, you will find it at the top of the new Events page. You gain points from participating in the Spiral Showcase, Deckathalon, and Beastmoon Hunt events. These points unlock rewards listed on the Event Page. There are rewards for everyone and also additional rewards for players that purchase the scroll. It is available per character, not account-wide. Members also get a discount on the scroll.
This is how the event will look when players log in. Red items with a lock are those exclusive for Scroll holders. When the event is running, you will find it at the top of the new Events page.
Professor Falmea also had this to say about the Scroll of Fortune.
Improved Quick Sell
We’ve improved Quick Sell functionality to be much more expansive and useful.
The Quick Sell button is now always displayed in your Backpack.
You can now Quick Sell Pets
Crowns items are available for Quick Sell (with a confirmation)
Cards now available include: Balance Blade, Nature’s Wrath, Sandstorm, Blizzard, Stormzilla, Hex, and each school’s Traps.
Medulla’s damage has been decreased by 10%
Indigo Giant can now be clicked on to attack it
Friendship counter will accurately show friend count after a used friendship elixir
Improved the UI scaling options to include another option for 4K resolutions
Support for individual progress bar badges has been implemented! Watch for these new badges to be released as they are developed for future updates.
Resolved North/South notation of Castle Magic spells
Improved memory management and other performance attributes
Several starting spells have updated sound effects
Lucky Hookline should now be visible in the Commons
Minor dialogue and quest description improvements
And numerous other minor fixes and tweaks
Here are some exciting items that have not yet been introduced on the Live servers that will make their way to the game at a later date:
More Deckathalon Fun
Come one, come all to the first Deckathalon for Wizards level 10 and above! When a Deckathalon is run, Gamma the Owl in the Wizard City Library will have all the information you need for these new exciting limited time events. You can enter the tower for free twice per day when an event is running. You’re allowed no bonuses from your gear, weapons, no prepared spells, none of the normal comforts of Wizarding you normally enjoy.
The Death and Ice Deckathalon events were a ton of fun – and we plan to continue the trend with more to come! Your feedback during each event is instrumental in our continued effort to improve the Deckathalons of the future. We’ll be introducing the following new Deckathalon Towers periodically:
Do you like training pets? Fishing? Helping others?
Weeks where we don’t have a Deckathalon or Beastmoon Hunt event, we’ll have the Spiral Showcase to earn points and rewards, likely for activities you participate in already! Learn more about this event when it runs periodically.