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September 04, 2020

NEW! Labor Day Holiday Boosts

Labor Day Gold and XP Boosts:
Until September 8th, log in and gain a bonus 25% Gold and XP from battles!

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July 10, 2020

NEW! July Golden Giftboxes

Z-Token Sale!
 Until July 31st Z-Token packages give up to an extra 25% bonus Z-Tokens!

July Golden Giftboxes:
This month we have added 2 powerful sets to the Golden Giftboxes, PLUS the Blazing Infernal Legion Minion Guest! Blood Mages and Bloodzerkers are known for their prowess on the battlefield, sacrificing their own life energy to gain incredible power. Infernal Legion Minions dwell in deep regions of the Underrealm, and are said to only answer the call to serve the Legion's most devout members.

The Golden Developer's Ticket contest ends tonight 11:59 PM EST 7/16! We will select one lucky winner Friday the 17th that can redeem their ticket to create their own custom board design! We will contact the winner using the email listed on their account. So make sure your email is up-to-date!

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June 24, 2020

Balance updates to IronThorn Shield and Booster Pets/Guests

Hello, everyone! Kamui here with a balance update for everyone! This update is touching on a specific family of items that are getting a slight tweak and one very specific item that has been needing an adjustment for a very long time.

So first off, we have now added scaling code to all of the Poelala/Dunamis/Thernda pets/guests! In addition, these items haven't been quite performing exactly how we'd like, so there's a slight adjustment to how stats are used to influence the boost they give you. Before, you'd get half of the boost by default, 3/8 of the boost from either STR/INT/DEX (depending on if the pet/guest was Dunamis/Poelala/Thernda), and 1/8 of the boost from CHA. The stat boosts would be based on what your assumed STR/INT/DEX or CHA would be vs what we assume your stat to be at that level. Going forward from today, instead of a 3/8 and 1/8 split, the stat boosts will get a 2/8 and 2/8 split, so your damage boost from Poelala and her friends will be equally influenced by both STR/INT/DEX and CHA.

Second, the IronThorn shield has for a long time largely overperformed due to it giving x1.5 weapon/special damage for the paltry cost of only -10 BtH on weapon/special attacks and the "cost" of using a substandard shield. This effect was over three times as strong as what it should be giving considering what is sacrificed, so instead the IronThorn shield has been adjusted in the following ways. First off, it's being moved to Adder's shop on Isle d`Oriens. Second, it will no longer boost weapon damage just by being held; it is now an Earth shield that has a STR "drive" in it similar to the Celtic Wheel and Pie shields. Info subs for the new IronThorn shield are below. The Lv 75 and 100 versions of the existing shields have been updated to Lv 95 and 115, respectively.

We know this is a massive change for Iron Thorn, but it was a huge outlier, and frankly we shouldn't have let it sit idle as long as we did. We figure this will open up some diversity in builds, and players will actually have good reason to use something else other than this same shield. Thanks for your time, and look forward to the new Paladin quests!


June 10, 2020

NEW! Golden Developer Ticket

Golden Developer Ticket - Surf's Up:
For every Golden Giftbox you open from 6/8 - 7/16 you will receive an entry to win a Golden Developer's Ticket. We will select one lucky winner that can redeem their ticket to create their own custom Board weapon! We will contact the winner using the email listed on their account. So make sure your email is up-to-date!


The winner will get to choose:

Between Kneeboard, Surfboard, or Shortboard.
Functionality (obviously nothing game-breaking)
Custom design


May 11, 2020

NEW! Summer Z-Token Bonus!

Z-Token Sale!
 Extended until July 31st Z-Token packages give up to an extra 25% bonus Z-Tokens!

Get more Z-Tokens with each purchase until July 31st during our Z-Token Sale! The more Z-Tokens you buy, the more free bonus Z-Tokens you receive!


April 03, 2020

Future AQ Plans

Coming Soon to a Lore Near You!


Hello, Adventurers and Guardians!

Now that the first day of the month is well out of the way, we can poke our heads out of the Loco bunker with approximately 87% less risk of brick pie in the face — And it's safe to make a post to touch base with all of you and share some big news!

The AQ team is committed to providing quality entertainment for everyone staying home, or returning home after a rough day. Whether you're a long-standing fan, a bright-eyed new hero, or a returning player who is coming back to a Lore that has massively changed from what they remember, we've got something for you. So have a seat with us as we talk about our exciting plans for the year!

Void Dragon War!

Repelling the Void Dragon Queen was once quite the challenge, but driving her away was far from the end. Her numerous brood is now one of the many dangers constantly threatening to cross over into Lore, and the time has come to end that threat!

However, the border reaches of the Void carry the cruel winds of a dangerous change, twisting a simple hunt into a dangerous conundrum. The edge of a forgotten promise looms closer, a reckoning many years in the making that has only grown sharper and darker as time passed. Unlock deeper secrets of the Void to face a menace unforgotten, carving your mark deeper into the history of a proud people!


The Void Dragon Empress awaits...

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2020 Summer Event: Journey to Dragonlorn Keep!

The West has offered no small amount of mysteries and perils, as the Western Expanse paints the horizon with a history of conquest, treachery and clashing ideals. But as their borders have grown and clashed over the years, their zealous suspicion may have turned them into a wall through which the dangers beyond could not reach the eastern shores.


But when conflict grows predictable, intrigue takes its place, and the door may open to those who seek out the lost perils of the lands beyond... of the Far West.


The time has come for the denizens of Battleon to open their hearts and speak of a tragedy predating your rise as a hero, the Calamity that drove heroes and other friends to the lands that your adventures have helped shape for many years. 


Since the battle against the Exodus Titan, you have often asked about the fate of the Dragonlords, those paragons who formed powerful bonds with some of the most powerful beings in the world. Why were they not seen for years? What fate could make it more convenient to reach out to a hero from the past than seek them out in the present? 


...And why does nobody talk about them?


This summer, the answers will no longer wait for your friends to be ready to reveal them. As you and Warlic finally share the troubles of your past, the most painful of these lost secrets beckons you to find the answers yourself. Leaving the east in capable hands, you will set out to discover the fate of the heroes whose might inspired the hearts of entire kingdoms, and whose loss carved a life-long scar in their dreams.


Begin your journey to discover the shadowed remains of a glorious past. Beyond the warring kingdoms, to the Far West from where no one has come back alive. This year's summer event and Mastercraft set will take you on the search... for Dragonlorn Keep!


Paladin Class Overhaul - Artix Returns!

The long-awaited culmination of Artix von Krieger's soul-searching journey will also begin this summer, and it will soon be time to say "Greetings and salutations!" to a whole new generation of heroes! 


In a land still scarred by the bursting of the Leyline of Life and Death, humble new beginnings are a greater challenge than any grand organization. Join everyone's favorite Paladin as the founders of a new order that carries in its heart the seeds of a greater power and responsibility than ever before. 


To do good for its own sake and carry the light wherever it is needed. That is the torch your new order will bear. But to carry this light honestly and proudly, you must be willing to uphold it at all times. Whether it be old friends or older rivals that stand with you... or against you.


Be ready to face your heart and cast all doubt aside, for while your beginnings may be humble, the obstacles will be anything but. At Artix's side, you will have to face the past, present and future of the warriors of light.


Face the grief of those hurt by the war of extinction. Reach out to past members so that they don't go astray, and to strange allies that can help you bring old friends to rest. And secure a bright future, free of ancient grudges, by unraveling a conspiracy older than any enmity!

Here is some early concept designs of Kaley Obsidia from AE's insanely talented artist - Oishii!

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Further Into 2020!

We hope that you're as excited as we are for our big plans for the year! However, because we completely forgot to build any brakes into this hype train, we can't stop dropping hints yet! Here are some of our plans for the rest of the year!


Harvest Festival!

Against all odds, Famine and the BURPs have reconciled. In sharing his cause with them rather than commanding them as minions, he has provided them with a purpose to rally behind... With BlackWhisker as his [i]willing[/i] lieutenant! But this alliance has a very clear gap. [i]Pestilence[/i]. The loss of power has not taken him out of the equation, but it has forced him to think outside the box. And when he makes his move, you may discover that even an army of giant rodents would pale as a threat compared to the creativity of a cornered god!



This time, the Cauldron sisters have had enough. Every single time they try to play nice, something goes wrong in the ways that [i]aren't[/i] fun. They couldn't even throw a banquet without first having to deal with a ridiculous conspiracy of Pumpkin Spies! This time they're not having any of it.


Prepare for fire burn and cauldron trouble, because when the signs of a foe once thought defeated cast a shadow over Lore's future... Well, they sure aren't waiting that long to deal with it.



The holiday is finally proceeding unimpeded, all thanks to your efforts! The Moglins can't contain their joy! However, before you can partake of the warm Frostval cheer, there is a sinister cold to be dealt with.


There are two faces to fear, as the Whispered Prophecy foretold. Deep within the vast universe painted by our dreams, the Nightmare Realm is divided by the border between Terror and Horror. These married lands are wrought from our deepest fears and most twisted thoughts. For many, their personal fears are but a small, wandering part of one of these ever-changing halves. But a warped obsession offers to take you through the dividing line, to a land of both Terror and Horror that refuses to fade away so easily. 


Dare you face a burden so vast that even Panic couldn't carry its weight?

You who are so accustomed to saving others... Can you save yourself?


Thank you!

Because of you we have been able to constantly build and expand our online world of Lore for over 16 years - so much of AdventureQuest is the direct result of your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. Your ongoing support makes it all possible - thank you for being a part of this!


Battle On!
Your AQ Team



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