The Summer Update is fast approaching! The new content is currently available to check out on Test Realm. Explore all the changes and be sure to share all your thoughts, feedback, and of course any pesky bugs we need to squash. Thanks for the feedback so far, we appreciate it!
The first thing you’ll notice in the update is that the Wizards you know and love have received a makeover. We’ve taken the improvements we’ve made in creating creatures in later worlds and applied them to your characters. They should stay true to the look you're used but look improved, and we're continuing to tweak them as Test Realm progresses. Part of the changes include an overhaul to the Magic Mirror.
We are also adding a new event built on what you’ve come to love about the Beastmoon Hunt but without competitive PVP – the Beastmoon Monster Mayhem. You’ll notice that the event looks and feels familiar. Gameplay mechanics and progression are also similar, including the conditions established to keep matches fair and fun.
We also made several significant changes to PVP, including important Shadow PIP and spell balance adjustments, and improved chat regarding how players communicate in PVP events. These are also still being tweaked as Test Realm progresses.
Last but surely not least is the new Daily Spiral introduction page to the Crown Shop. We felt that there was so much more potential than simply listing Crown Shop items, so we’ve expanded the first tab entry to include more useful information and resources directly related to your Wizard.
Read more about what’s on Test Realm in the Update Notes!
Taking a quick look back in time, here are some highlights on what was recently announced:
JUN 6&7: Annual Fansite Festival
JUN 10: New Spellemental Road Warrior’s Pack
JUN 12: New Shenlong Pet Bundle
JUN 15: New Kit 10 Pet
JUN 19: PVP Roundtable with BlakePVP
JUN 20: First community-led Pride Run
JUN 21: Happy Father’s Day
JUN 25: KI Live
JUN 30: Test Realm begins
JUL 1: New Flying Saucer Mount
Keep updated daily on the latest news for next month on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, including special announcements from community fansites! Read on for more fun happenings with the community and their Spiral activities.
Click the ‘Community News’ link above to skip to community coverage for these new items!
BLAZE LIFEHAMMER'S TEST REALM TEASER
Community member, Blaze Lifehammer, received the first fansite exclusive teaser for the Summer Update with a first look at the Magic Mirror changes! He was excited to see the expanded customizability of characters now available. Check out his video below:
PVP Q&A LIVESTREAM HOSTED BY BLAKE PVP
The second community developer Q&A was hosted by BlakePVP! Several developers joined in on the fun and talked all about the next great set of PvP changes. Have a listen:
KI LIVE WITH SPARCK & PROFESSOR FALMEA
The community got their first teasers about Test Realm for the Summer Update on KI Live! We revealed a new game event, a new ‘The Daily Spiral’ Crown Shop window, three new Beastmoon Beastforms, PvE and PvP updates, and Blaze Lifehammer took the wraps off a major update to the Character Creation system!
If you missed the show, watch it now on YouTube:
Secret Reader Bonus - As of this newsletter's announcement, for those who didn't get a chance to redeem the KI Live giveaway code yet, we opened it up again (SUMMERSNACKS2020) for another 500 redemptions!
A great Wizard101 tip submitted to KI Live comes from community member Ashley Moon:
“When working on crafting badges, use online resources to look up the next recipe before you get there; that way you’ll have an idea of the reagents you’ll need which may drop from bosses between crafting quests.” - Ashley Moon
NEW WEBSITE FOR TRIVIA GAMES
FreeKI Games Trivia Quizzes are getting a new home! They have migrated over to both the Wizard101 and Pirate101 main websites.
This migration is in preparation for the eventual closure of the FreeKI Games portal later this year. Until that closure date arrives, the original trivia quizzes pages now automatically redirect you to the new pages if accessed from the FreeKI Games’s website.
News about Grub Guardian will be announced at a later date.
Free Crowns for Trivia Quizzes
Did you know that completing these trivia quizzes can net you additional Crowns?
Each online quiz you pass will automatically apply 10 Crowns to your KingsIsle account. You can complete 10 free trivia games per day and take each quiz once per day for Crowns. Come back each day to complete more free trivia questions and earn more Crowns!
Crowns can be applied to your Wizard101 and Pirate101 accounts to help you access premium zones and add cool game items to your supply.
Let us know if you have any questions about this update!
NEW COMMUNITY GUIDES WEB PAGE
Let the community guide you across the Spiral with our new Community Guides web page! Featuring the works of several fansites and other content creators over the years, there's tons of excellent how-to information available for both new and veteran Wizards. There’s a guide for every need on your adventures across the Spiral!
Have you discovered a great gameplay guide that we should add to the list, or an idea for a guide that someone in the community could create for players? Let us know!
COMMUNITY VIDEO SPOTLIGHT
CheerValX describes a couple of key Pros and Cons of the School of Fire! If you are a new Wizard looking to choose your first school to join and want to make sure it matches your overall gameplay style, you’ll want to hear what she has to say about Fire:
COMMUNITY SCREENSHOT SPOTLIGHT
Thanks to Annacorn_Luces, Brittany198913, Faeriequeenss, and @GuardianStudi0s on Twitter for their Friendly Screenshots posts. Thanks also to all who submitted a screenshot for this event! We plan to announce a similar event every month in place of the previous KI Live screenshot showcase.
COMMUNITY ART SPOTLIGHT
For this month’s fan art spotlight, Wizard ‘MysticalWonders’ has a real talent for crafting custom items representing all the Wizard schools!
He has yet to choose whether these pieces should be made into keychains or magnets. Help him decide!
We would love to see more screenshots and art from the community for next month’s newsletter. Do you have something amazing 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, videos, and other content.
Community art by: Swordroll
Keep updated on what’s happening in the community right here in our Community News section! For every newsletter, we receive direct from the community links to new gameplay guides, exciting upcoming contests, and much more. Thanks to the following fansites and other community leaders for their contributions this month!
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