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July 16, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Fishing Comes to Wizard101!

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Grab your fishing pole Wizards, it’s time to hit the open water and find your prize. We’ve wanted to include fishing in Wizard101 since before its launch almost six years ago, and now it’s finally here!

What makes fishing different in the Spiral? Magic of course! Wizards cast a magical lure into open waters to create a truly unique fish. Don’t expect any boring ol’ Salmon or Marlin in the Spiral… instead we have rare species like the Deathacuda and the (potentially tasty) Fish Sandwich. If you love hearing about the new and exciting kinds of fish you can catch, make sure to check out the Fishapedia created by Mercenaries for Hire.

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These dedicated Wizards have taken the time to catch, identify, and record each type of fish in the Spiral! Have you caught them all yet?

If you’re new to fishing or having trouble getting that prized catch, check out another one of our great fan sites. Duelist101 has created a Wizard101 Fishing Guide that will turn any junior angler into the Old Man and the Sea! This great guide covers everything from fishing basics to badges you can earn from your triumphs. It’s a must read for anyone who’s ready to dive into a world of magical lures.

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Not a huge fan of fish? Well, that’s outrig-ragious (outrig… outriggers… get it?). That’s okay, even if fish alone aren’t your thing fishing can add great value to your Wizard. Sometimes instead of a fish, your Wizard can catch an elusive treasure chest. These chests are filled with cool items ranging from gold to Crowns items!

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In the real world, one of the largest fish ever caught weighed in at nearly 1500 pounds! We’re not sure there are fish that big in Wizard101, but they definitely are going to be a lot more magical!  What’s better is that you can show off your best fish in new fishtanks that will look awesome in your house. Look at this amazing “wall of fishtanks” that Paige Moonshade has created:

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Let us know what you think of this new update, and what kind of fish you are looking forward to catching!  Plus… think of the amazing aquariums you could build with all of these new, exotic fish!

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July 10, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Throwback Thursday – Gardening Fun!

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Time for another Throwback Thursday, to showcase one of great Wizard101 articles printed in the Beckett Massive Online Gamer magazine.  Originally printed in the Mar/April 2011 issue, this article focuses on Wizarding with a green thumb… gardening!

Wizard Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

That’s right!  I fyou haven’t guessed it, the students of the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts are now using magic outside the battle c ircle and inside their houses to grow outrageous plants with unique personalities where harvesting bountiful rewards is just a click of hte “X” key away.  Can you dig it?

It all starts at level 12 when Moolinda Wu, the Life Professor, requests Wizards pay her a visit to begin ascending the path to mastering all 10 levels of gardening (Novice to Grandmaster).  Tending to plants and eventually harvesting them earns Wizards gardening experience (and loot) in this new, alternate way of progressing through Wizard101.

One of the first things you’ll notice as you begin to explore the new gardening system is a number of new vendors who sell gardening-related spells and give gardening quests.  Look for the primary gardening trainer (Farley) tending to the lawn around Golem Court as you begin your new classes in Gardening.

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Gardening 101

The basics of the system involve all the basics of real gardening: seeds, soil, tending to plants’ needs… and blasting the bugs that infest them with a Meteor Strike!  Now that’s how Wizards take care of business.

Let’s break down the basics of gardening in the Spiral:

Step 1

Obtain seeds through drops, vendors, crafting, or through the Crown Shop. Those seeds determine the difficulty and type of plant you’re going to grow and the reward they’ll possibly return to you.

Step 2

Prepare a spot of soil outside your player housing or prepare a batch o soil in a pot for an indoor plant.  This preparation involves casting a magic spell that doesn’t use mana from your blue globe but rather energy from your green and yellow globes.  This is the same energy you use when training your pet.

Step 3

Plant your seeds and watch them grow! Plants grow at different rates, determined by the type of plant you have and the envrionmental conditions in which you are planting it. For example, if a seedling has a natural affinity for the plants that surround it, it may mature more quickly.

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Step 4

Tend to your plants with magic.  You can cast both permanetnly trainable spells and one-use treasure cards to fulfill your plants’ needs.  AGain, you’ll find these spells from trainers, quests, drops, or through the Crown Shop.  Although there isn’t an equivalent to the Mega-Snack pack for gardening to make yoru platns gro waster, there is a new special pack of cards that helps save you time by casting a global-effect spell to take care oftthe neesd of all your plants with a single action.

Step 5

Reap the rewards!  Plants start as seedlings, grow to adolescence and then eventually become “elder” plants. Plants rward character sthroughout their life cycles.  For example, one of hte first plants you encounter in the new gardneing system is the Baby Carrot (sold by the Wizrad City vendor).  The rward a Baby Carrot plantgives is… a lot of different carrots! Throughout the carrot plant’s life cycle, Wizards have a chance to collect all the carrot pet snacks as rewards : the Flaming Carrot, the Diamond Carrot, and even the small chance of harvesting the Baby Carrot Mega-Snack Pack for your pets.  All of those rewards are in addition to a small amount of gold that you receive as well from all plants.

Eventually, you harvest your plant one final time at the end of its life cycle. You know a plant has entered its elder phase because it begins to glow.  At this final level of maturity, you can harvest your plant for a much bigger reward.

Step 6

Do it again! After your plant has been harvested at the elder level, it says good-bye and you can start the process all over again with a new seed.

By Tom Purdue

This article originally appeared in Beckett Massive Online Gamer Vol 6 No.2 on Mar/April 2011 and has been reprinted with permission from Engaged Enthusiast Media by Beckett.

What do you think Wizards, are you a fan of gardening?

June 25, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

FreeKI Games Launches Trivia!

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Recently on FreeKI Games, we launched a new trivia system!  Many Wizard101 and Pirate101 players rejoiced because of the prize associated with passing a trivia quiz… Crowns!

Here at KingsIsle, we were excited about the implementation of trivia for many different reasons. We thought it would give players a chance to stretch their brains and perhaps learn about new topics. Doesn’t everyone have a niche field that they know a lot about? As trivia continues to grow and we add more and more quizzes, we hope that every player can login to FreeKI Games and see a trivia topic that makes them go, “Oh! I know a lot about that!”

Plus let’s be honest… we knew that our players would be really excited about earning Crowns! With every trivia quiz that you pass with a 75% score or higher, KingsIsle will award 10 Crowns directly to your account. There is a limit of 10 trivia quizzes you can take per day, which means that if you pass all your quizzes you could earn 100 Crowns a day!

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We love how this gives our players an additional opportunity to get access to Crowns, especially knowing that it can be hard for many young Wizards or Pirates to gain access to premium areas of the game or purchase some Crown Shop items otherwise.

Hopefully you’re enjoying FreeKI Games Trivia as much as we have enjoyed creating it! If you haven’t checked out trivia before, head on over to FreeKI Games to try it out. All you have to do is login with your KingsIsle account and start taking quizzes!

What we’d like to know from you all today is what kind of quizzes are your favorite? Are there certain topics you’d like to see more of within FreeKI Games Trivia? Tell us in the comments section below!