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August 6, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

5 Tips for Returning to Wizard101

Wizard101 has been around for nearly six years now, with over 40 million Wizards having visited the Spiral. Though many players have been here consistently since the beginning, others may have taken a break from the game. As a returning player, you may have been away for months or even years… but now there are so many new and exciting things to explore that you should definitely hop back in!

If you’ve been away for a while, you might be a little rusty when you return. Here are 5 tips to help make returning to Wizard101 easy and fun!

1) Read the update notes
Even if you’ve been away for a while, the Spiral keeps turning. The Wizard101 update notes are a great resource to keep you up-to-date on what’s been happening since you’ve been gone. There may be new worlds to explore, or entirely new systems to learn, like the recent Magical Fishing update. Just have a peek, and you’ll be ready to explore in no time!


2) Clean out your backpack and check your spell deck
If you’ve been away for a while, you may have left your backpack in disarray. Visit a vendor and sell any of those extra items. You’ll want the space for new items once you start questing again. It also might be a good time to check on your bank and shared bank to make sure you have space available. Before you head into battle, open up your spell deck, take a look of what spells you have equipped and re-familiarize yourself with them. You can even name your deck, by clicking the icon in the top left corner! This can be very helpful when keeping multiple decks for questing or PVP.


3) Get back on track with your quests
Remembering where things are and what quest you left off with may be a challenge. You can randomly choose to continue with any quest in your log, but if you’d like to make sure you are focusing on your main storyline quest, the wiki at Wizard101 Central can be a big help. Just choose a quest that you have in your quest log, visit the wiki and search by that quest name. Once you’ve found it, the page with information about that quest will tell you if it is a storyline quest or a side quest. You can also visit the Quests page of the wiki and explore all available quests for an area. There is a wealth of information available to help you there.


The Quest Finder is another wonderful tool to help you find a new quest to pursue in game. Just click the Quest Finder button on the last page of your quest log and it will direct you to the nearest available quest.

Your fellow players are another amazing resource when you need help with quests. Just ask around in game or on our forums and they may be able to help point you in the right direction.

If you are still stuck, unable to progress or find your proper quest, a quick email to will connect you with our customer service team and they will help you get back on track.


4) Try something new
There is such a great variety of activities to master in Wizard101 that returning to the game is a good time to try something new. Maybe you’d like to try out pet training for the first time, or level up a new pet. Head over to the Pet Pavilion and choose a game to play. You could even match your pet up with others to race in a Pet Derby.

If you’d like to test your Wizard’s green thumb, try out Gardening. Your Wizard must be level 12, and then you will be given a quest from Moolinda Wu who will teach you the art of growing and caring for plants on your home.

Magical Fishing is new to the Spiral, so if you are returning, you might try your hand at casting a line. If your Wizard is level 7 or higher, Lucky Hookline will call you with a quest to teach you how.

Want an intense challenge, why not try out PVP? Tournaments now provide a shorter match experience with a ladder mechanic.


5) Catch up with old friends and meet new ones
One of the best things about the Spiral is the friends that we make in game. When you return to Wizard101, catch up with your old friends or make new ones by grouping up to complete quests. If you are going to take on a dungeon, try the new Team Up feature to find players who want to try the same dungeon. It’s a great way to get help, and meet new Wizards!

No matter how short or how long you’ve been away, returning to Wizard101 can be just as fun as the first time you played. Hop in and see what’s new in the Spiral! There may be a lot to learn, but remember to have fun and play at your own pace. You’ll catch up and soon be on the path to becoming an Exalted Wizard!

What tips do you have for players who are returning to Wizard101?


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  1. As a recent returning player myself, one of the biggest ways to catch up and redevelop momentum was reconnecting with old friends and not being shy about asking questions, no matter how silly or numerous they may be. I’ve even poked and prodded strangers in-game, and they’ve just been as helpful!

    • Ronan Dawn / Aug 6 2014 2:27 pm

      The timing of this blog post was perfect! Just returned to the game with a bunch of old friends!

      • Anonymous / Feb 10 2017 8:00 pm

        I played this game when I was 9, almost 7 years later and I am returning since I forgot to cancel my membership lol

  2. Chrissy The Blesser / Aug 6 2014 2:49 pm

    I recognize that Wizard 😀 Well done with the post. Who knew you would be doing such wonderful stuff so well so quickly. Great advice here. 😀

    • Anonymous / Sep 5 2014 8:26 pm

      I have pirate101 and i finished one player and wizard101 on my storm i finally got storm owl

  3. ridemaker / Aug 6 2014 3:56 pm

    wow just came back after a loong time so much new stuff

  4. Anonymous / Aug 6 2014 3:56 pm


  5. Destiny Dee / Aug 6 2014 4:19 pm

    This advice is relevant to everyone, not just those who have been gone, and highlights some great game resources. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  6. Sander / Aug 6 2014 4:34 pm

    You should hang and chat to people in the commons for a bit! There are always people in the commons!

    • Joshua Cox / Aug 6 2014 11:51 pm

      Granted, the “I need a guy/girl” and all sorts of pseudo-drama that crops up in the Commons is a bit bothersome, but if you can get beyond the annoyances, hanging out in the common is always a fun thing to do.

    • Hunting Hunter / Aug 7 2014 7:48 am

      My friend loves the new Greek Gods World Aquila I think

  7. Hunter MoonSpear / Aug 6 2014 5:27 pm

    I literally JUST returned after two years, and this blog post comes out. My luck is insane.

  8. Amber Owlbreeze / Aug 6 2014 5:43 pm

    after playing pirate101 for a while, it’s nice to come back to wizard101.

    • Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 2:53 pm

      same here

  9. Tamara / Aug 6 2014 5:46 pm

    I could’ve really used this in the middle of June, but thanks anyways! Since I was on P101 instead of W101 I really missed a lot of stuff happening. The transition back to W101 battle and gameplay was really hard since P101 is extremely different, but I managed

    • Kevin Firegem / Aug 7 2014 12:27 pm


  10. andraehenry / Aug 6 2014 5:57 pm

    This was perfect

  11. Anonymous / Aug 6 2014 6:20 pm

    i cant bileve i am level 24!

  12. Scarlet Ravenheart / Aug 6 2014 7:04 pm

    This was a great help! You should do this for Pirate101 too!

  13. Anonymous_2 / Aug 6 2014 7:43 pm

    My suggestion is to study up on the game, and find some friends to play with, the new wizard is FUN!!!

  14. Anonymous / Aug 6 2014 8:54 pm

    I’d love to start again but im stuck on a boss that no one will help me with and i am a max lvl life type sooo i stopped playing

    • Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 2:55 pm

      what boss I will help you my name is devin griffen spear

  15. Anonymous / Aug 6 2014 9:49 pm

    Wait… is teaming up with people for dungeons the main way people make friends?! Poor me. I have a vow to solo everything on wizard101, no exceptions.

    • christina unicorn caster ( lol add me if i seen ) / Jan 5 2015 3:41 pm

      lol XD

  16. TwinoPlaay / Aug 7 2014 3:28 am

    Wizard101 is best game ever i play it 2 years and I playing wizzy101 now and this uptades is super

  17. fred seacatcher / Aug 7 2014 5:32 am

    Well maybe not the commons, because sometimes people get around saying bad things.
    But if you can avoid it I think you will be fine. 😛

  18. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 5:58 am

    i have been on dis game for ages since 2009 and i love the game thank u kingsisle idk what i will do without dis game

  19. King Dezy / Aug 7 2014 8:00 am

    nice to have new things around you know

  20. keith / Aug 7 2014 9:27 am

    wizard101 is my absolute favorite game of al time. I have been away for like to months simply cause I don’t have a computer anymore.:( but I make sure to stay updated o everything happening in the spiral!

  21. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 9:39 am

    that good info

  22. JustinBoomer / Aug 7 2014 9:57 am

    don’t forgot about Pirate101 (when you come back from wizard101) might not hear of game of pirate101 (Pirate101 IS NEW GAME Made by Kingsisle!

  23. sarah soulstalker / Aug 7 2014 10:43 am

    thats helpful

  24. Dezmas / Aug 7 2014 3:41 pm

    wizard101 is the best game ever made

  25. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 3:50 pm

    haven’t been on the site in 3 years i only started playing last year in august, i was surprised at the changes, nice work KI you really look out for us veterans players.

  26. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 3:51 pm

    yay. I JUST created a new account after ’bout 2 years cuz some bizarre firewall doodah blocked my old account, and this comes up. Just wow.

  27. Jdog / Aug 7 2014 3:55 pm

    I am back for the moment as well. I had my slip ups and am back from a break. I agree with Kevin. Strangers are just as helpful as any blog KI posts or things like that. I do catch up with an old friend of mine and things have most definitely changed a ton. Have to learn what it new, and adapt to what is new when it comes to pvp. Check and see what the most popular gear is and try and get your hands on that. It helps your mind learn what it needs to in order to catch up!

  28. sam b / Aug 7 2014 4:41 pm

    been playing for 5 years now and 3 years ago I got married and now me and my wife plays Im 100 death and she is 100 ice. we made new guys and both new guys is 79 we just love wizard101.

  29. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 7:08 pm

    I’d be doing quests if I had Member, but Unfortunately I don’t and I don’t think I will for quite some time. Man It’s be fun to rock out on my Death’s going technically Solo

  30. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 7:38 pm

    level 70 ‘ i havent been on in a week :/ but i love it thanks

  31. david / Aug 7 2014 9:53 pm

    i have a new idea for a wand for w101

  32. Anonymous / Aug 7 2014 11:10 pm

    Wow, I just got back to playing wizard101 after 1 year! This came out just in time!

  33. kean loubser / Aug 8 2014 12:57 am

    hi thx alot Wizard101 for the greATE GAME THAT YOU HAVE CREATED over the years< ive been playing and have had about 5 wizards and ive taken a brake. now im back and hope to go spelling with you all soon.

    P.S. the tips work. thx!!!

  34. Shenandoah Flepp / Aug 8 2014 1:07 am

    Wow, this article is right on time! I’m returning to my favorite MMORPG really, really soon after being away for 7 months! So many things I want/need to do! Can’t wait to catch up with old friends, make new ones, finish up Khyrsalis, get my hands on the new Shadow spells, try out the ‘Team Up’ feature, do some fishing… 🙂

  35. Anonymous / Aug 8 2014 2:42 am

    It’s great to come back from Pirate101 and it’s crazy adventures, Now let’s see what Wizard101 has to offer time to hope back inside the game and have fun time to make all my wizards lvl 100 may take a few days to spare but it’s worth it 😀 thanks kingsisle for this little step by step tips

  36. Anonymous / Aug 8 2014 6:37 am

    I am a returning player myself, and there is so much more! When I took a break, the only side world was Grizzleheim and the final boss was Malistaire with 100k hp! I love what Kingsisle has done with Wizard101! Keep up the good work
    ! 😀

  37. vishal love wizard101 / Aug 8 2014 7:11 am

    KingsIsle You are the best of the best game we have ever played, Thanks for all this great game plays and crowns stuff. But, My family is enjoying it and That’s what I love friends and family to enjoy it thanks for the great game it has changed my life and family.

  38. vishal love wizard101 / Aug 8 2014 7:12 am

    My parents and friends play until day to night with me and friends as well, And its always to have friends play with you.

  39. vishal love wizard101 / Aug 8 2014 7:13 am

    So go ahead and make new things.

  40. Olivia the Mojo Master / Aug 13 2014 12:20 pm

    I haven’t played Wizard101 since Pirate101 came out, I do remember some of the controls but this really helped. Thanks to the guide I got from level 43, to level 60 in no time. I was also very amazed by the fishing update. I love the game animal crossing and since Wizard101 fishing had the same mechanics I am already a level 8 fisher. Thanks for the guide! I just have a little off topic question. Do you have a release date for the next Pirate101 World? I have been a max for the past 6 months. Thanks!

  41. william silver / Aug 16 2014 10:16 pm

    dear kingsisle, i really like the new update of fishing in wizard101, it is really cool.
    there is only one thing i really dont like, i wanted to build an aquarium for my fish, i spent a lot of gold in the recipe and the reagents, and then it turns out that i can only put one fish in the aquarium, i really dont like that, please make it so that you can put a decent amount of fish, not like a million, but like five, a decent amount, i think it would be fair, counting all the time i spent working on the aquarium, plz can you fix that

  42. Mindy WaterGlade / Aug 30 2014 2:33 pm

    For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to re-enter the game, but I haven’t been motivated to start questing on w101 quite yet…. I keep dying in my quests, and it frustrates me quite easily. I tend to like p101 better, since I don’t die much, and I’m a heck of a lot better at it than I am at w101…. I think this post has changed my mind, and I might go back onto wizard101 once in a while. Thanks (:

  43. Anonymous / Sep 4 2014 11:03 pm

    dear wizard101, thank you for making knew things in the game I appreciate it. by the way in my opinion I think that wizard101is THE BEST GAME IN KINGSISLE

  44. Anonymous / Sep 4 2014 11:06 pm


  45. Anonymous / Jan 6 2015 9:41 pm

    I stopped playing for a while but I rejoined a while back p101 is so different I like w101 combat styles a lot more

  46. Anonymous / Jan 12 2015 8:45 pm

    Yea my computer broke so I haven’t been on the game for months and I really miss it so thank you SOOO much for this advice it really means a lot

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