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Barbaric Beast Contest!

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A new Grizzly Beast “hoard pack” just came to Pirate101, and it brings lots of Grizzleheim-themed items! If you didn’t see Pirates in the Sky’s guest post on Destiny’s Travels, check it out here! Also, check out Destiny’s post on our blog, here! Grizzleheim is likely to come to Pirate101, so we wanted to brainstorm some ideas for the world! In the Barbaric Beast Contest, you can create your own companion or quest (or quest-line!) for Grizzleheim!

(Also, enter our giveaway for three Grizzly Beast packs on Twitter here before September 19! You’ll need a parent’s permission to get a Pirate101 Twitter account if you are under 13.)

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If you’re choosing to enter the Create-a-Barbaric-Companion Contest, follow these rules!

You must:

  • Include the class or classes (you can pick All Classes) that receive the companion
  • Include the level the companion is recruited at, or what point in the storyline (beginning, middle, end) of Grizzleheim they are recruited at
  • Include how many levels above the pirate the companion is when they are recruited (0, 1, 2, or 3 usually)
  • Include the class of the companion
  • Include the epics the companion starts with and can train

You should, but it is not required to:

  • Include a picture (drawn, edited, or screenshot from Wizard101 or Pirate101)
  • Include a promotion storyline
  • Include levels the companion promotes
  • Include title(s) for the companion (i.e. Mouse Swashbuckler, Mouse Corsair)

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If you’re choosing to enter the Create-a-Grizzleheim-Quest Contest, follow these rules!

You must:

  • Include a reference to Grizzleheim or make part (or all) of the quest take place in Grizzleheim
  • Include a unique title for the quest
  • Include at least three quest goals
  • Include at least one “talk to an NPC” goal, and at least one “defeat a creature” goal
  • Include dialogue (including, but not limited to: NPCs, companions, and creatures)

You should, but it is not required to:

  • Include a prequest/post-quest: you can be as detailed as you want with these quests
  • Include a background story as to why this quest is happening
  • Include new NPCs that the player must talk to/creatures that the player must defeat
  • Include images of each quest goal (for example, click here)
  • Include images of all new NPCs or creatures (drawn, edited, or screenshot from Wizard101 or Pirate101)

Email your entries to  contest before September 28 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time! If you win, you will receive an email in reply with your prize code and a short message of congratulation!

prizes

Grand Prize (1, either contest) 5,000 Crowns

1st place (1 per contest) 2,000 Crowns

2nd place (2, either contest) Random Springtime Pet

3rd place (1, either contest) 1,000 Crowns

Honorable Mention (1 per contest) x1 Grizzly Beast Pack

Good luck!

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Where Are the Pets?

The Spring 2014 update brought Advanced Pets, and the promise of new pets. Almost none of these new pets have been found, though. There is a vendor in Bestia that sells some, as well as additional pets in the Crown Shop. But where are the rest?

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With an update bringing pets (and hybrids), you would hope that there is at least one hybrid anyway. The only pet that has been discovered without a crowns symbol, so far, is the Mechanical Owl. It also appears on the game launcher for Pirate101, so it must be in the game somewhere.

The Mechanical Owl was a pet of Athena’s in Greek mythology, so this pet could well be dropped in Aquila if it is not a hybrid.

 

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Pets that have the crown shop icon (top left corner) mean that they are or will be in the crown shop, bundle, pack, etc. These pets are also dropped, though, and have not yet been seen in-game. These could be dropped anywhere or could be future plans as bundles or crown shop pets.

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Not all of the new pets added to the game in the Spring 2014 update have been found yet. To explore and discover possible new pets, play Practice Pet PvP against the computer, where a randomly selected pet from the game will be chosen as your opponent. You might find a new pet!

Map of Pirate101

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I have completed all of the world maps and updated my Cool Ranch map to create a full map of the worlds. The version of the map pictured above has the map background and spiral threads marked. To view other types of the map or individual maps, click the links below.

Full map: Original, With Threads, With Threads and Map

Single World Maps: Skull Island, Monquista, Avernus, Valencia, Cool Ranch (old/new), MooShu, Marleybone, Aquila

I spent a lot of time on these maps, rendering and getting them from the game, so I would appreciate that if you repost these images please mention my blog. Thanks!

Note: I have kept full quality when uploading these maps, so the images are very large. (The full map, for example, is about 9500 x 8000 pixels.)

What to Expect in Test Realm

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Starting in November, we began to receive teasers for the coming Pirate101 updates. Some have been resolved (or thought to be) instantly, but others have puzzled us for weeks. If you’re bored right now and are not sure what to do before test realm is released, read What to Do While Waiting for Test Realm.

The hype has been up for a while, but will it pay off? What should we expect in the test realm?

Side Content: Barmy

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The teaser to the left is the oldest one, and Bonnie Anne is saying, “The Ancient Ones aren’t the only ones who’ve gone. He’s gone . . . gone completely barmy, Captain!”

From Wizard101’s Azteca, mostly, we have ascertained that The Ancient Ones could be referring to the Aztecans who live(d) in Skull Island. This could be part of a side quest line either as a lower level “side world” or to unlock something. The chest on the right picture could just be a goal where you have to open it with two keys.

Side Content: Class Companions

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Both of these teasers are in class areas (Witchdoctor, Musketeer), and look like they could be companions especially considering Carcarius Grimtooth’s line of “Hola, tiny Captain! I seek passage with you!”

These could or could not be related to the Barmy quest line but are fairly certain to be rewarded as companions. I’m interested to see how we will recruit them and what the other classes’ companions will be!

Function: Ship PvP and Ranked PvP

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These functions have been highly requested to the game, and judging by the developers’ comments on these requests, they are coming at some point.

This areas is Aquila-themed, and Greeks/Romans did lots of dueling, so this would make sense. I think this will be for Ship PvP and there will be a different PvP house for ranked or a kiosk.

Function: Location Marking

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In Wizard101, location marking came with teleportation. Right now, if you use your shortcut back to Skull Island button, it leaves a mark so you can return, but I think now the marks will stay without you having to teleport to Skull Island/stay in the areas around Avery’s Court.

This hint is also pretty obvious because it is next to the NPC “Marquis Mark.”

Storyline/Main Content: Valencia Expansion

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The end of Aquila made it fairly obvious that our next trip will be to Valencia. I believe, though, that the levels may only be increased by 5 and there will only be one book, since the Pirate101 team had to work on all the other items in this update. (See above)

Even if our trip isn’t very long (or we haven’t left yet at the end of the book), I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Armada. These images have been on the Pirate101 website since release, but we still have yet to see the town, so I’m excited!

The Metal “Eye”Patch

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The Metal Eye Patch is a reward for entering a code received from one of “Avery’s CourtCam” events. These are announced  on Pirate101’s Twitter the day of the event and only last for about 15 minutes. Friendly Thomas, also known as The Friendly Necromancer or One-Eyed Jack will give out a code related to a camera (Cam and Camera have been the two codes as of 2/24) that redeems for an eyepatch.

Those that are there at the predetermined time are recorded using the KingsIsle flyover and posted on Pirate101’s vine account then tweeted.

These types of giveaways are a step in the right direction for KingsIsle! They can keep players entertained while preparing new content updates! Make sure to keep checking Twitter if you want an eyepatch- good luck!

Pirate101 Card Packs

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Pack-a-Palooza launched in Wizard101 less than a week ago, and is due to finish on the 9th. Wizard101 has 12 packs, not counting those that solely give treasure cards (5,) pets/pet items (4,) furniture/other items (2,) officially retired (1,) or seasonal (2.)  This is 26 in all, completely ignoring promotional packs given away by fansites or packs bought without premium currency, Crowns. Pirate101 has 1 card pack, excluding those bought with gold. Many have speculated the release of more packs, the Tribal Crew having come out more than a year ago.

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Many other players have created new ideas for packs, and one of my favorites is the Heroic Crew pack posted on the Pirate101.com boards.

It’s Aquilan themed, and suggests Centaur, Satyr, Gladiator, Eagle Sailor, and Ophidian Assassin companions. It has so many well thought out Greek treasures, housing items, and weapons. Who wouldn’t want a Hippocampus mount? Go visit the link posted above if you want to read more into the Heroic Crew Pack.

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The next pack is one of my own. It’s MooShu themed, and is named the Tranquil Crew Pack. It consists of mainly Privateers and Swashbucklers, with “ninja” style gear.

Companions you can receive are: Shizu Kana- Duck Scribe (Privateer), Hei Wa- Pig Monk (Swashbuckler), Ka Shi Koi- Cow Follower (Privateer). Housing items include candles, shrines, traditional paintings, etc. Mounts are Jade Wings (epic rarity), Koi Fish (ultra-rare rarity, 5 colors).

There are also some more threads on the official boards brainstorming ideas for new packs/bundles. If you want to see more, just search new game packs on the Pirate101.com message boards. Feel free to suggest your own ideas there or in the comments on this post! 😀

Dueling Diego: The Start of Pirate101 Prizes

Earlier this week, Pirate101 posted on their Twitter account, announcing the release of Pirate101 Prizes on their gaming website, “FreeKIGames.”

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Links: Follow Pirate101; #Pirate101; freekigames.com/dueling-diego; Reply to this Tweet; Retweet; Favorite this Tweet

Dueling Diego was previously a Wizard101 game, but now it has switched genres. What does this mean for Pirate101?

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Dueling Diego is a cartoony game with easy to learn controls. It progressively gets harder and you win a prize based on your score. You have three lives and have to jump over barrels and fight various types of monsters. Prizes are based in a tier-ranked system, but it is currently unknown exactly how tiers are determined. When you complete a game, if your score is high enough, a valid Pirate101 game code and a “Redeem Code” link will appear below your score. Click it, and you will be taken to the Pirate101 website to redeem your code!

PART I: THE GAME & GUIDE

There are four levels in Dueling Diego.

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On level 1, your enemies will consist of Blood Bats and Gobblers. It has an abundance of obstacles (barrels) and has a 5-heart Gobbler Pirate boss at the end. Think you can take it on?

Blood Bat

1 health, 100 points. Must hit at same level as blood bat.

Gobbler
3 health, 80 points. Hit the Gobbler before he hits you!

Gobbler Pirate

5 health, 1000 points. Must hit quickly after he raises his sword.

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After you’ve left the ship’s hold, there are still barrels rolling around, and you encounter some new enemies. Fight the Fire Elves and the Shield Gobblers to get to the next Gobbler Pirate.

Fire Elf

1 health, 120 points. Jump over his arrows until you can get close enough to hit him with a low attack.

Gobbler (shield)

3 health, 150 points. When you see him, remember where his shield is. Hit that area when you get to him, then switch the place you hit, then switch again.

Gobbler Pirate

See above.

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You’ve  swam to the shore of Skull Island, but the natives are acting strangely. Get ready to meet 3 new enemies!

Fire Elf

See above. (120 points)

Nose Goblin

3 health, 200 points. Similar to Fire Elf, just be more cautious of the spears. You can hit with any attack.

Snake

3 health, 200 points. Hit it with the low attack with the right timing, and you won’t be hurt.

Nose Goblin Shaman

5 health, 1000 points. Like a Nose Goblin with more health, and can dodge (move away from) your attacks.

Hint: Once you defeat the Nose Goblin Shaman, don’t go into the cave right away. Stay outside and wait until you have 3 hearts restored.

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You’ve cleared the shore, but behind the shaman was a mysterious cave. Francesca is probably in there!

Snake

See above.

Ghoul

4 health, 500 points. Watch out, the ghouls move very fast and can hit you unexpectedly.

Blood Bat (cave)

1 health, 200 points. See above, but moves significantly faster.

Skeleton

3 health, 600 points. Pretty much like the Fire Elf, but you can hit him with any attack. Relatively easy approach- jump over two projectiles he throws then strike. (Repeat, but only jump over one)

Roberto

Unknown health (appears as 1,) 2000 points. He will not be affected by your attacks. Dodge his attacks and let a spike fall on his head.

Falling Stalactite

Watch out for these on the ceiling. They hurt!

PART II: ANALYSIS

Wizard101 has had online minigames (and an app!) for quite a while, starting with KI Free Games and moving to FreeKI Games this October. Doodle Dug, Dueling Diego, and Sorcery Stones started the online code-giving minigame sequence, with WizardBlox, a game like Sorcery Stones, as a mobile app. Later, a revolutionary idea (especially in Wizard101) was released as an app and minigame on KI Free Games which many players joined in. You could train your in-game pets while not having to do tedious, repetitive training games, or while not at the computer! Dueling Diego is a step in the right direction, and would be even more amazing if it were released as an app.

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We may see other popular minigames from Pirate101 launched onto FreeKIGames.com such as Pirate’s Pub or Windjammer, because so far Dueling Diego is a hit.

Dueling Diego gives unique prizes, some that have never been seen before. So far we know you can get furniture, ship equipment, training tomes, or rental mounts.

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From left to right: Small Candle, 2x Pineapple Jug, Wicker Basket, Monkey King Piece, Armor Media

So this means that we may be getting even more new equipment with the coming updates to Pirate101! Test Realm should be coming out soon- we never know what we’ll get!

Sources: For the information Dueling Diego used to be a Wizard101 minigame: “Free Online Games|Dueling Diego”  Proof of other prizes: “Twitter / Pirate101” More evidence of other types of prizes: “Message Board post by One-Eyed Jack