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August 2, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Wizard101 Tips – Playing PvP

Today one of our amazing fan sites, Duelist101, has a huge treat for all of you Wizards that enjoy Pvp!  Player vs Player combat can be challenging and maybe even a little confusing, but here are some helpful tips to get any Wizard started.

In 2009, my Pyromancer had just finished defeating Malistaire and saving The Spiral. The professors in Ravenwood were all astounded at his capacity for magic, and every monster in his path had been thwarted. He was awesome.

It seemed only natural that I should take him to Diego on Unicorn Way, pummel a few opponents, and collect that shiny Warlord badge. I set up my spell deck, signed into the queue, and soon got my first opponent. Ten minutes later I landed back in the PvP waiting area, my head spinning in defeat. This was not the Wizard101 I knew. These people were, well, people! They played intelligently, and had access to all of the stats and spells I had. They were tough!

I did eventually make Warlord. It took lots of trial and error, and many more losses at the hands of those wily human opponents, but PvP quickly became my favorite part of playing Wizard101. There’s lots to learn, and the environment is always changing as new things are introduced.

Here are a few things I wish I had known when getting started, hopefully they will help you too.

Wizard101 Ranked PvP Tips

Controlling Health is Important

This seems like silly advice – of course we need to heal if our health gets low! In PvP, however, our opponent is thinking the same thing. So, a player ­must control not only their own health, but also the health of their opponent. Suddenly, spells that we’ve never used in Wizard101 become very, very useful. Spells like Infection, Doom and Gloom, Entangle – these are important in a PvP deck, to ensure that the opponent we have damaged stays that way.

Gear Up for Anything

PvP matching is random. We’ll never know exactly who our next opponent might be. We need to pack spells capable of defeating any of the other schools, and defending against them.


  • Tower shield (trained from the Ice School) gives 50% protection against any kind of damage. Similarly, negative charms like Weakness and Plague are great ways to reduce enemy damage.
  • Random matches also make Universal Resist helpful. Gear with this type of resist will reduce damage from anything an opponent can hit with, making it easier to survive and making heals more effective.
  • Universal Critical Block can be a life saver. Usually found in crafted boots and advanced wands, this stat will help block critical attacks from every school. Getting hit with a big critical is very inconvenient, often game-ending, so this is another stat that helps us survive long enough to win.

There is one other reason that universal defense is crucial: It is the only way to defend against Balance damage, and Sorcerers know it!

Shields: Awesome and Frustrating

Shields are a great way to foil your opponent’s attempt to beat you, but there’s a problem. Our opponents have them too! Shields are stumbling block for many players as they adjust to PvP. The standard plan of putting up blades and traps falls apart quickly when the other player throws a shield down in the middle of it.

  • Damage over time attacks are a great way to get damage past shields.
  • In 1v1, most minions are also very good at removing shields so that a player can blade up and attack. Keep your minion on the battlefield and remove their’s as soon as possible.
  • Some schools, like Storm, make due by removing shields with low-cost attacks that hit hard and keep opponents on their toes.
  • Finally, there are tools like Earthquake that can remove all shields from an opponent.

As with everything else in PvP, be careful because your opponents have access to these tools too!

Teaming Up

Some players enjoy the control of a 1v1 match, but others like to team up with friends. Sometimes it can be nice to have an assigned role instead of doing it all alone, or just to have pleasant company while you duel. The Life school’s team-wide healing spells shine in a team environment, and schools like Storm can have fun throwing out damage without worrying so much about defense. Death wizards have lots of tricky spells that can turn the tide of battle quickly in teams. Everyone has something unique to offer, and the playing experience is different with every team you make.

Anyone Can Play

You don’t need to be top level to play PvP in Wizard101. Players still questing in Wizard City can go to the arena and get matches, and the Ranked PvP matching system will do its best to make sure they get matched against a similarly leveled opponent. Even if you’re not ready for Ranked, the practice PvP kiosk is available to all players!


Wizard101 Tournament PvP

In case being able to play Ranked PvP at any level, with any school or any team didn’t seem like enough diversity, there’s also Tournament play! Tournaments are a new feature that allow players to earn bigger prizes that are unique to the arena.

Tournaments run at scheduled times, cost Crowns to join, and consist of several matches with a time limit. Tournaments also have big prizes, and everyone who enters is guaranteed to win something.

The time limit on matches really changes things up; you can spend as little as fifteen minutes in a 1v1 Tournament fight. If you don’t like the idea of a PvP match that could last hours, Tournaments may be for you! If a match hasn’t ended when the timer runs out, Diego will step in and decide a victor.

This style of play tends to lean more towards gear that gives up some basic defense in favor of more damage, critical attack, and armor piercing. You’ll have a very short time to make a very big impression, so make your attack count!

Study Up!

The best advice for any new PvP player is to educate yourself: read PvP guides, learn how spells work from all the schools of magic, and try different strategies to find what works best for you. Study the gear available for your School and Level, and see how many Training Points are available to you and how to best spend them. Don’t give up. Go in there and have fun, roll with the punches, accept that sometimes we lose and it’s fine. Learn from your losses, treat others with respect, and enjoy the game for what it is – a game. That’s the trick to succeeding in PvP.

If you enjoy Wizard101 PvP, visit Duelist101 today!


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  1. Melissa Ishak / Aug 2 2013 10:08 pm

    Great guide, but there is one thing on that guide that will be helpful to a lot of people and that is the last paragraph. It is just a game. I would love to pvp if it weren’t for all the sore losers in there. That is why I just don’t bother with pvp at all. I’m tired of saying: GG when all you get in return is: “You got lucky”, “You haven’t got a clue what you’re doing”, “You couldn’t have beaten me if you had gone second” or the classic “You suck, later noob.”. Yeah, I’m a Private rank in the new PvP. I’m a Veteran rank in first age. Why? Because I don’t like the poor sportsmanship. I’m an adult, it bounces off me, but doesn’t change the fact that I have lost MANY PvP matches and said: “GG. Thank you for a great match!” or “GG! Good luck in your future matches :)” before porting out. All you PvP’ers out there, if you lose, just say GG and be done with it. It’s just a game. It’s not the end of the world if you lose.

    Did a 4v4 group match last night. three of us were Privates and one of us was Knight. Our opponents were 1 Private, 1 Warlord, 1 Commander and 1 Sergeant. We won, they lost and the Commander whined and complained: “I can’t believe we were beaten by noobs. You all got lucky, there was no skill at all. I’ll take you all on in 1v1. Well, the Knight accepted and beat him soundly. He then conceded that “he has skill.”

    Then there are the poor winners: “you suck”, “you got no skill” “Later noob.”. Just say: GG, better luck next time” “GG, good luck in your matches” or even offer some advice to help the player learn where they went wrong! I’ve come across many players I’ve beaten who never shielded or bladed before they hit and I offered them the advice of using blades and buying towers from the library as well as elemental or spirit blades to add an extra blade to their hit. If you win or lose, be gracious. Say GG and leave. Remember, if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Just leave with a GG and that’s it.

    • Anonymous / Aug 7 2013 8:17 am

      I agree with you on that, since most of every match i’ve seen usually involves one or both of the teams hating each other both during AND after the match. I try to stay out of the arguing but my problem personally is that whenever I 1v1 almost every time I end up facing an ice with some 80% fire resist (my main character is fire) and it drives me crazy. Eventually I hope that my luck turns around when fighting ice wizards.

      • Anonymous / Aug 13 2013 5:48 pm

        you should try prisms, and maybe infallible.

    • Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 5:24 pm

      I know how you feel, especially with warlords. They think they’re the best of the best just because they’re warlords or have access to ranked, I have beat many warlords, knights, sergeants, and other rankings in the game, and even if they DO win, they still get all obnoxious to where the point that no one feels like doing pvp because people like these gets on everyone’s nerves.

      • Anonymous / Jul 1 2014 2:18 pm

        I agree. It’s just so fun to pop an insanely inflated Warlord’s ego by Insane Bolting around all his shields…

  2. Chogath Lolforever / Aug 2 2013 10:48 pm

    Tons of great PvP oriented stuff over at Duelist101, with many well know PvP commentators writing the guides. Help is offered for everyone, both beginners and veteran tournament players.

  3. John / Aug 3 2013 9:04 pm

    I think those last few sentences are the most important. Go in there and have fun and be respectful. I can’t count the number of times people are rude and talk down to me cause my attack wasn’t good enough for them. If you don’t want me on your team, leave. Let me have fun playing. :3

  4. Sierra / Aug 9 2013 9:20 am

    I think that a problem with pvp is people are always SO rude when they lose. For example, I beat a warlord when my rank was a private, and he was all like “You cheated, stupid little noob. If I had gone first, you would be dead. Your just a puppet.” So what if my friend was helping me strategize? She’s a warlord! I can ask her for help if I want to! And if she wants to watch my matches once in a while, and give me tips, well, that’s just super nice of her.
    I do think that it’s funny whenever a private beats someone with a high pvp rank. For instance, when I beat a commander as a private, he couldn’t believe he had gotten beat by a private. He wasn’t rude, simply asked me what my rank was in the first age, assuming I was a warlord. Very flattering but no. You could almost see his virtual character’s jaw drop when I told him I was a private who didn’t pvp in the first age ;). Another thing I hate about pvp is every time I win won, I lose the next it seems. I am a private who has won 56 and lost 55 matches, so pretty much, I’ve done over 100 matches and made next to no progress :(. Still, gotta love pvp.
    ~Sierra DragonFlame– Peace

  5. Kazaraa / Aug 9 2013 12:19 pm

    Just yesterday while I was pvping, it seems that once you leave the rank of private, you’ll start battling tougher opponents. I made a level 5 yesterday and I was battling a level 20 fire private while I was a corporal. I don’t think the pvp system is 100% fair to all players. Another character of mine, as a level 50 ice, I was battling against level 60’s, 70’s or even 80’s. It seems like the battling systems only goes by ranks. A level 10 – rank warlord even battled a level 40+. Do you think that’s kind of unfair? As a low level, we have weaker attacks compare to the higher ups, and not all of us are willing to use our gold to buy treasure cards.

    • Sophia / Aug 10 2013 6:20 pm

      It is kind of unfair.Like a few days ago I when into a pvp and it was a level 20 fighting against a level 11(the level 11 was me).I did win though cause he went easy on me.I like when people think to go easy on lower levels.:) <3<3<3

      if you find a play named






      that probaly would be me bye thx

      • Anonymous / Aug 16 2014 3:30 am

        I was just fighting a level 22 ice on my level 5 ice knight and he went easy on me the last two rounds. I said GG and thanks for the match 🙂 before leaving, but I’m not sure why he did it o:

    • Anonymous / Aug 23 2013 8:09 pm

      my level 16 takes out level 45s and if your not willing to spend the gold on treasures then you will eventually lose back down your rank. it just is what it is. what your complaints infer is you’d rather people show up and wave a white flag, as per say have a challenge that you might be bested at

  6. UberNoob90 / Aug 13 2013 12:39 pm

    If (like me) you dislike the hostile climate in ranked PvP these days, try setting up practice matches with friends or nice people you meet in game. It can be a lot more fun, and you can agree on rules in advance, so it can be more fair than random ranked matches. The tournaments run by some of the fan sites are also great fun.

  7. seamus / Aug 13 2013 5:55 pm

    there is some great edvice here and one thing i hate is people who super power up one attack and finish it there, and before this blog i never thought to use sheilds… great edvice.

    • JR / Sep 5 2013 12:10 am

      if you can afford the training point buy a cloak card (which hides what you cast) from diego then cast it with a shield or a dissapate they will go nuts figuring out what you cast and interupt their buildup

  8. Ali / Aug 17 2013 9:24 pm

    The only thing that doesn’t add up is how there are level 5 warlords. I don’t have a problem with it, but there could be a level 60+ private going against a level 10 or under warlord, and they would still lose. Then there are ranked pvp matches with 4 warlords against 4 privates, and I honestly don’t see why players aren’t placed in a battle against others that have the same level. Like level 50+ wizards fight players level 5, and they lose. It just doesn’t seem right. I think you should make it so on ranked you can choose what levels you fight just like in the practice. It would be much more fun/interesting that way.

  9. Anonymous / Jan 6 2014 3:00 pm

    i have max steal ward spells in and max tower shields and i am a level 94 ice warlord

  10. Bell / Jan 8 2014 6:46 pm

    PvP is a really fun game for people who are good sports, it’s a way to help each other out and be nice and happy you won, or lost. You don’t have to leave rude comments because your mad that you lost, deal with it, it’s just 1 match. If your on the path to warlord don’t get upset for losing..!

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  12. Joshua Willow caster and Jacqueline Star ( sharing with grandma and mom) Daniel SilverLeaf / Jan 29 2014 7:26 pm

    The thing I don’t get about pvp is that, How people don’t accept that they lose, I was against a warlord when I am lvl 35 myth, I am a veteran I used to be a captain but I guess I went down hill. everyone was cheering for the warlord so I used my blades and I lived by three health then I medusa the guy and he calls me cheap tc user I stink my rank sucks and I will never be one of them
    I was puzzled on that. Some people just need to say gg if you don’t have anything nice to say just don’t say it at all x: and you will be better off.

  13. thomas / Jun 20 2014 3:12 am

    i love pvp its great but some of the matches are just downright unfair i was playing my lvl 12 life in a pvp ( he is warlord ) and i got matched with a lvl 33 fire that is unfair he had something like 2500 health i had 800 something so please fix this is crazy

    • Anonymous / Jun 25 2014 10:33 pm

      I agree, people should pvp with their own same lvl, and it isn’t just fair that a lvl 15 losses with a lvl 45. People should change that, so it it is equal. 😛

  14. WYATT / Jun 25 2014 5:15 pm

    Well i got to say pvp was funner in the 1st age. It wasn’t so much about ranking up. It was for fun.
    Now sometimes i see people that don’t even say gg. I guess tc is allowed but i don’t like it.
    but on my of my charters i did use it. but now it seems to be warlord you have to use spells that you haven’t earned.

  15. Anonymous / Oct 15 2014 8:38 am

    I tried pvp once, lost (which was fine, no worries for me) then got the “you stink, noob” from the winner. Haven’t gone back since. Very sad for a part of the game that should be fun.

    • Thomas Shadowcaster / Dec 26 2014 6:26 pm

      Anonymous, I understand that that kind of set you off for pvp, but have you gotten stronger? I bet you have. Not everyone you face will be like that. You can beat a lot of wizards in pvp. Maybe you will come across that guy who called you a noob and beat the pants off of him. 😀

      Thomas Shadowcaster: level 70 sorcerer

  16. Thomas Shadowcaster / Dec 26 2014 6:21 pm

    I think that deulist101 is a good guide to go to for wizard101, especially for pvp. Even though I am a level 70 balance wizard, I have not done so much pvp before–only a couple times. It can be really annoying when you have bladed up and put lots of traps on your opponent(s), but they ruin the moment with a shield. Your treasure deck is just as important as your main deck, for it lets you carry treasure card versions of the spells you want but cannot access because of your school. PvP is a challenging way for wizards to use their knowledge of their spells and other spells and take it to a whole other level. For example, your enemies cannot enchant any of their spells. They might be cheated versions of spells, but are technically not enchanted. Pvp might be confusing to you at first, and maybe even still as you progress, but one thing is crucial, and maybe even a must–it is always very good to have a strategy!

    Thomas Shadowcaster: a level 70 sorcerer, played for about 5 months

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