January 2019


A New Year of Fun in the Spiral

2018 Holiday Snow Globe Contest Entry

What an amazing 2018 with the community across the Spiral! There were so many exciting things we released and talked about, such as celebrating the game’s 10th Anniversary and the release of Empyrea Part 2 that wrapped up a very special part of Arc 3 of the storyline. An avalanche of items and other goodies were sprinkled in from month to month as well. Check out the list below for the highlights.

On the more intense combat front, there were some heated battles for top dominance on the PvP leaderboards, and of course new pets and spells to aid in PvP. Final Bastion wrote a great guide for PvP builds to help you get started. Look for more updates here in 2019 on expanding out our support for the combat system!

Most importantly, there was a huge amount of community generated content that you introduced to each other. From events like contests and charity giveaways to housing tours and useful starter guides for new players, we saw a ton of community generated content. Keep it coming! One of our goals in 2019 is to expand our presence on new social media sites, so let us know which ones you are on and we’ll check them out.

Wizard101 in 2018

Let’s take a quick look at some of the treasures of 2018 to remember together. A big thanks to Final Bastion, Adventures of the Spiral, Frostcaller, and other sites for tracking content and releases throughout the year!

  • January: Alphoi Hoard Pack was released
  • February: Friendship Festival and Five B.O.X.E.S. event kickoff
  • March: Butterfly Swarm Mount was released
  • April:
    • Hatchmaking introduced
    • April Fool’s ‘Ball-N-Chain' Mount and Unicorn Hoard Pack were released
  • May:
    • The first 10th Anniversary Video was released
    • Battlemage Keep Bundle was a hit in GameStop stores across the country
  • June: Moonblade Pantera Mount and the Accursed Play Gauntlet Bundle were released
  • July:
    • Wizard City revamped
    • Christmas in July
    • 10th Anniversary Part 2 video was released
    • New features introduced: Photomancy and Magic Mirror Shop
    • Monstrology updated
    • KingsIsle participated in Make-A-Wish
    • Decaversary Hoard Pack was released
    • Several new blog posts
  • August: New Decade Pets: the Decade Firecat, Decade Gargoyle, and Decade Piggle
  • September:
    • Happy 10th Anniversary Wizard101
    • 10th Anniversary Part 3 video was released
    • Leah and Tom’s Top 10 KI Live moments blogs were posted
    • Launch of Wizard101 on Steam
    • Autumn Leaf Swarm Mount released
  • October:
    • Happy Halloween across the Spiral!
    • Introduced the Elven Nightmare Pack and Spider Rider Mount
    • Happy birthday Pirate101! Visit www.pirate101.com for their newsletter.
    • The Great Detective Bundle has been spotted at GameStop with level 130 gear!
    • We gave away several All Souls Pegasus Mounts in a giveaway with MMOBomb.com
  • November:
    • Empyrea Part 2 released
    • Harvest items returned
    • We honored Veterans Day with a free Peace Dove Pet
    • The super popular Aero Plains Bundle was released
    • The Night-Knight Crowns rewards event is launched with updates that soon followed.
    • Extra Life donations totaled over $18,000!
  • December:
    • A jolly 12 Days of the Spiral begins!
    • Charity mounts, Bah Humbug and Noelephant included in the 12 Days event
    • The Yultetide Gingerbread Pack was released
    • The final 10th Anniversary Video, Part 4, focused on the community, was released
    • Congrats to the 2018 Snow Globe contest winners!

Get even more 2018 coverage in December 2018’s Producer’s Letter!

Kicking off 2019 at PAX South

Kicking off the new year, we’re heading to PAX South! Join Community Manager Mathew “Sparck” Anderson and Associate Producer Renee “Wooften” Wooten as we meet with the community during the show. We’ll be attending on January 19th and 20th.

Email community@kingsisle.com and let us know you will be attending so we can say hello! We’ll be hanging out with The Untold Spiral and DuelCircle as they team up for a KingsIsle Community PAX South takeover.

Non-KI Live Community Livestream with Sparck

There was no KI Live in December due to the holidays, though Sparck managed to still sneak into one of the conference rooms to play Wizard101 and Pirate101 while chatting with the community:

For more videos and recorded livestreams, be sure to subscribe to KingsIsle's YouTube channel!

Zone of the Month: Introducing...

We’re going back to special offers with our zone spotlights, so we need your feedback on what zones we should cover next! Which area in Wizard101 should we spotlight for February? Let us know by tweeting your suggestion @Wizard101 or by emailing community@kingsisle.com!

Fan Screenshot of the Month

Here is Lucas StarDust with this lovely wintry scene from the coziness of his Spiral home:

We love to see your screenshots every month! Send us your best and high-res screenshots to community@wizard101.com (three max please). We can’t wait to see what you capture!

Fan Art Spotlight

We have some truly amazing talent in the community, wow! Usually we will spotlight here a random piece that was submitted to us throughout the month, but this time we want to highlight a few of the additional 2018 Holiday Snow Globe contest entries that didn’t quite make it into the final pool:


Anna WaterBloom

Julia SparkleFountain

Save your creative designs for future contests, as we may run a similar contest for 2019!

We need to see more art from our fans for next month’s newsletter. Do you have something to share? Send it to us in an email to community@wizard101.com! We’re always interested in showing off more fan art, gameplay guides, and other content. Thanks, Wizards!

Community News

The Untold Spiral is selling hoodies and t-shirts. All proceeds go to AbleGames Charity!

Final Bastion wants all PvP warlords in the community to share their setups.

The Untold Spiral and DuelCircle are joining together for a KingsIsle Community PAX South takeover!

Both Stars of the Spiral and Blaze Lifehammer reviewed the goodies that were offered during the 12 Days of the Spiral.

The holidays brought a new, four-player Yuletide Parade Truck that Blaze Lifehammer was intrigued to check out.

Ravenwood Academy shared the many aspects of decorating, and continued their series with a look into Wysteria, Christmas, and Mooshu music.

In the holiday spirit, Edward Lifegem shared a recap of his Santa Run event.

With resistance being as important as it is, Final Bastion shared the gear to have in order to get max resist.

Stars of the Spiral looked back at the member benefits that were granted in the past year.

JWhisp visited Annie Shutterbug for a new photomancy quest.

With the many bobbleheads you can decorate your castles with, Final Bastion made a guide to where to get them.

Want to know more about managing gold? DuelCircle created a three-part series to share ways to obtain, store, and manage gold:

The ending of the Third Arc left wizards with many questions. AwesometheSauce shared some of the questions that many wizards may have. (Warning: Arc 3 Spoilers)

With the conclusion of 2018, Kyle IceWielder shared his look back and thoughts on the year. (Warning: more Arc 3 Spoilers!)

Adventures of the Spiral looked back at everything KingsIsle had to offer in 2018.

Wizards around the Spiral not only looked back on 2018, but Vanessa Mythdust on MMORPG also looked forward into 2019.

With the new Yuletide Gingerbread Pack came a lot of pack openings:

Last but surely not least, several events and great gameplay guides that DuelCircle announced:

The unaffiliated-with-KingsIsle “Community Newsletter” had a great selection of Wizard101-related links this month from around the web. NOTE: Be sure to visit and follow their Twitter page for more information. To subscribe to their newsletter, send a Direct Message to them over Twitter inquiring to be added or email them at community.newsletter.101@gmail.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending them an email with the phrase “UNSUB”.




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