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February 2012

Welcome to the February 2012 Update Notes Page. What are Update Notes you ask? Every time we update Wizard101, we like to let our players know what changes have been made and what new additions have been given to the game. Update Notes explain those changes and updates.

This month's updates include many small updates and changes that are important, so please read carefully.

Combat & Spell Updates


Combat Updates

The following updates are being made to combat: null
  1. Underwater Casting Animation has been repaired and should correctly reflect the type of casting implement you are using.
  2. Rank X spells now use the correct amount of mana for spells outside your school of focus
  3. Area of Effect spells no longer play through if all targets are eliminated before the spell is cast
  4. Pips and spells are no longer being lost if the creature or player they were about to cast a spell on was defeated in combat.
  5. Players can no longer use the mark and recall exploit to escape combat.
  6. Resurrected players should no longer display the stars and moons dizzy animation.
  7. Casting a spell that targets no one and that doesn't create a global/minion/etc will no longer take away cards/pips/mana.
  8. Players in combat should no longer appear to have maximum power pips when you approach, or log in to a duel.
  9. Enchanting a card during your turn of a duel will now hold its position in your hand and not re-sort.
  10. Many more music scrolls have been added to duel rewards.

Spell Updates

The following updates are being made to spells:
  1. Insane Bolt Treasure Cards now restricted from use in PvP
  2. Mend now has the correct description of outgoing instead of incoming
  3. Icebird & Icezilla Treasure cards can now be bought and sold in the Bazaar
  4. Myth Banshee now does myth damage, as she should!
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  6. The Goat Monk spell now has sound effects.
  7. The Samoorai spell now has sound effects.
  8. Sirens is now removing two charms as intended and now correctly displaying -50% Accuracy on cast.

Creature Changes


Creature Updates

null null The following updates are being made to creatures of the Spiral:
  1. Mr. Incinerator is now using a storm deck instead of a death deck
  2. Clinker was labelled storm, but used a myth deck. Clinker is now labelled as Myth

Equipment & Item Updates


Equipment & Item Changes

null null The following updates are being made to equipment:
  1. Snow on the Small Snowy Maple Tree and other snow covered items in the Raven's Hoard pack should once again be white!
  2. Savanna Dream Headwrap's Spell "Spirit Blade" will no longer appear to be cast by your pet
  3. Level 65 and 70 equipment now have the Crowns icon
We recognize that players want to dye the level 65 and 70 outfits. We are listening to your requests and considering this change for a future update. No promises, but please know we are listening to your concerns and discussing them for future implementation.

Shopping Updates


Shopping Updates

Crown Shop Updates

To help organize and make shopping faster, there are two new tabs in the Crown Shop:

Accessories will show you athames, rings and amulets.
Housing Items will show you decorations for your home. Teleporters are the exception, and will be sold in the Houses tab.

We have also made improvements in how quickly the Crown Shop will load for all players.
Spiral Shopping Updates

Items previously sold for Crowns in vendors throughout the Spiral have been removed from those shops. We will soon be placing those items in the Crown shop, so there's no longer a need to find a friend to take you to nullDragonspyre to purchase the Storm Hound, you'll be able to purchase those items in the Crown Shop for the same currencies for which they are available on the Live Game. (Crowns only or Crowns and Gold depending on the item)

Miscellaneous Updates

Miscellaneous Updates

The following updates are being made to the game:
  1. Recent changes that required players to complete Triton Avenue, Firecat Alley and Cyclops lane in a specific order have been reverted. You can now receive quests to enter all three streets at the same time.
  2. The "Go to Commons" button now displays "Go to PvP Lobby" when you're in a PvP arena
  3. Everyone will be able to see KingsIsle Support badges even if they have their "Display Names" setting to none
  4. The Yellow Elf pet will be removed from the Kirin Hoard pack rewards. It was intended as an exclusive first generation pet for those who voted for us in the Online Choice Awards. We're human and mistakes happen - the yellow elf pet was erroneously added to the Kirin Hoard pack rewards, and will be removed as a chance reward from that pack.
  5. New accounts can no longer skip the tutorial on their first Wizard
  6. Limit 1 restrictions have been removed from most items (but not all!)
  7. Advanced computer users are now allowed to change installation directory on Vista or Windows 7
  8. Zamunda Barracks is now a gauntlet which means you cannot teleport into this area
  9. Players can now properly switch from high res textures to low res textures
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  11. Clicking on the Quest arrow will now bring up your Quest Journal
  12. Two handed swords will now be held properly in the character selection screen
  13. Some issues with oversized ice blocks in the pet minigames have been resolved

Tag, you're it!


Tag Housing Game!

A new housing object will allow players to play a game of Tag at their Castle or Dorm!

The housing kiosk has a 'Press X to Start the Game' option that will open a window to show you variants of the types of Tag you can play.

It Tag:
The player starting the game is “it.” If a player who is “it” walks near another player, they become “it” and the player who was “it” has a 15 second immunity from being “it” again. The player who is “it” looks like a Gobbler. There is no score in this game and the game ends when another one is started, the player who is “it” leaves the house or someone stops the game at the kiosk.


Wildfire Tag:
The player starting the game is “it.” If a player who is “it” walks near another player, they become “it” too. The players who are “it” look like Fire Elves. When everyone is “it” except one player, that player wins. A message about the winner is sent to everyone at the house and the game is ended.

Power Ups:
Power Ups are randomly added to the inside and outside of a house once a Tag game starts. Players just run them over to collect them. Players can collect 1 Power-Up at a time. A Power-Up activate button appears on the screen. Both collected and uncollected Power-Ups are removed when game ends. Power-Ups randomly respawn after they’ve been collected. Power-Ups appear like pet derby or maze game power-Ups. The space bar is a hot key for using your collected Power-Up.

Speed up – Allows a player to go 50% faster for 9 seconds
Freeze – Encase all nearby players in a block of ice for 4 seconds
Teleport – Teleports the player to a random location in the current zone
Disguise – If they're not "it", this gives the player the "it" effect without them actually being "it" for 30 seconds. If they're "it", the "it" effect is removed for 30 seconds
Invisibility – Makes the player invisible for 30 seconds
Immunity/Break Immunity – If they're not "it", this makes player immune from being tagged for 15 seconds. If they're "it", this allows them to tag immune players for 15 seconds

The game is only active in the interior and exterior of the currently occupied house. Other houses that players can get to using housing teleporters won’t participate in the game.

Important Notes
  1. All types of Tag games will un-mount you for the duration of the game.
  2. All types of purchased and quest transformations will not appear during a Tag game, but the transformation and mount rental timers will continue to countdown for the duration of the game.
  3. You cannot equip a mount or transformation while you are participating in a Tag game.
  4. You cannot teleport to friends who are playing the same Tag game.
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  6. Players who are participating in housing PvP are exempt from the Tag game until they leave the duel.
  7. This Tag Game Kiosk is only available by chance in the Emperor's Attic Pack, and will be craftable very soon.
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