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How To: Increase Your Drop Rate!

 

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I am bringing back the “How To” series! Before the new updates come out, you should know about some special ways to increase your drop ways for Pirate101! I’m going to list the ones that have worked best for me.

Strategy 1: Asking Nicely

KingsIsle is a very kind company, and very kind companies compensate if you ask them nicely. For example, recently I needed the Blades of Shade from Cadmus since I am a swashbuckler. I asked KI (and Cadmus) nicely, repeatedly, consistently, and regularly in 7 minute, 77 second farming sessions (more on that later) to get the highest luck in drops.

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 He said yes.

Strategy 2: Specific Farming

Your farming for gear must be peerlessly precise to perceive the perfect paraphernalia in your pack. Particularly, each battle should take 7 minutes and 77 seconds. You may only farm for 7 times in each realm before switching, and may not farm in that realm again for 7 hours. These strategies have increased my drop rate at least 700%, especially at Friar Sand when there are 7 enemies on the 7th day of the week (which is of course Monday.)

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Strategy 3: The Nurse Quinn Effect

This is the most successful strategy I have tried to date. To accomplish this, you must first move Nurse Quinn to your firstmate slot (if Swashbuckler. If Witchdoctor, Batacuda. If Buccaneer, MQ Crossbowman. If Privateer, Nanu Nanu. If Musketeer, Romba.) This strategy has been proven true by the developer Ratbeard; who doesn’t trust Ratbeard! You know, that talking rat that tried to steal our gold, our piece of the map, and betrayed us countless times…

Following your crew order switch, enter the battle you wish to receive your item from. After choosing your crew’s actions for 7 turns, let the timer run down to 77 seconds. Rub your stomach counter-clockwise while patting your head. Let the timer run out. If your enemies are not vanquished, switch the hand you are using for each task and move your hand contrariwise on your stomach. Best results found in Cool Ranch.

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Results from extensive testing

Asking Nicely: Cadmus x17: 7 Blades of Shade, 3 Eagle Shade’s Quiver, 6 Blades of Light, 1 Glowing Eye

Specific Farming: Friar Sand x77: 7 Friar Sand’s Unyielding Hiragana, 7 FS’s Gourd, 7 FS’s Medallion, 7 sets of 7 pieces of Class Gear

The Nurse Quinn Effect: Captain Blood x7: Captain Blood’s Hat, CB’s Outfit, CB’s Boots, CB’s Hook, Blood’s Reaver, CB’s Eyepatch, Blood’s Amulet, Ring of CB

Conclusion

You can’t get the Captain Blood’s Eyepatch, Blood’s Amulet, Ring of Captain Blood, Glowing Eye, or Blades of Light without these strategies. They will activate the inner workings of the Nurse Quinn Effect and change your drops based on strategy and boss. Good “luck” farming! Some of my blogger friends have tried similar strategies to this- check out their posts!

Destiny’s Travels – D.S. Devereaux | Swordroll’s Blog – Jack Teach

Wizards Unite – Ian Sharp | Adventures of the Spiral – Sneaky Kevin

The Simple Swashbuckler – Beatriz Abbott

 

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What to do While Waiting for Test Realm

Well, we have all been expecting Test Realm to be released for about 2 months, but it still hasn’t come. Here are some things that you can do while you’re waiting for the test realm, but have reached level 65.

1. Farm for Gold

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What pirate doesn’t need some extra gold? I recommend farming for gold at Friar Sand because he not only drops a hefty amount of gold (and sometimes good gear!), you only have to defeat one enemy but get drops from all! You can also get more gold while you’re farming for gear; more on that later.

If you’re not going to buy 200,000 gold housing items like me, shown above, I would certainly suggest purchasing some companion Training Tomes from a Professor in a tavern. It is ideal to train all of your companions to level 65 before the new update comes out, and what’s a better time to do it?

2. Farm for Gear

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Whether you are going to PvP or if you just need some extra powers, new gear can get that for you! There are several guides on Pirate101 Central that can get you the gear you need. Hopefully sometime in the future it can all be one guide. Here are the guides: Original: Levels 1-40, MooShu: Levels 40-45, Marleybone: Levels 50-55, Aquila: Levels 55-60.

There is also a new guide published by Swordroll that covers boss’ gear drops that look the same as the boss’ clothing! These are very unique so be sure to look at the Illustrated Guide to Unique Boss Gear.

Be cautious: There is lots of gear to pick from, and it may take many fights to obtain. Get a list of what powers you want, then consult all of the guides.

3. PvP

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Some of us have had bad experience in Wizard101 PvP, but so far Pirate101 PvP is much better. I might stay away from overly crowded realms with random matching. I recommend setting up matches privately with other players.

It’s lots of fun, but make sure you have farmed for gold and gear before doing this! Duelist101 has some good strategies for PvP pirates.

4. Housing

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You’ll also need some gold for this one! Buy a house from the Crown Shop, there are ones for every class and some that are Skull Island themed! (You could also get one from the Empire Bundle or Cutthroat Bundle- both $39 at GameStop.)

Housing is a little hard to find, but there is at least 1 vendor in every world, and you can get items from the bazaar or Crown Shop! Paige’s Page has a lot of information about housing, and showcases some houses for you to get ideas from!

5. Side Quests

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Even though some side quests don’t seem like much fun, they often have very interesting storylines, great rewards, or both! For example, Zeena is unlocked from a side quest, and can be trained with Burst Fire 3, and has Rain of Fire arrow attacks. The Aquilan Pegasus mount is unlocked from a side quest. To find out more about these, visit the Pirate101 wiki to search for side quests you may not have completed!

While some of these may or may not seem like very much fun, I’m sure you can find something you like to do while you’re waiting for test realm to be released. Don’t forget, you can also make new characters!

Beta Key Giveaways!

 

Woooooooohooooooo! Beta key giveaways from official fansites! Sadly, this blog isn’t official. Yet. Well, for the giveaways, you can go here to get to all of them in one place. Most of them are quizzes, or have something to do with raffles. I hope I get in! Well, for the rest of the post I’ll have to entertain you with pictures. Good luck in the drawings! Also, there is a new Shark week page on Pirate101.com. Dittomonster has a new KingsIsle “sponsored” post, with all new pictures! Remember there is still an NDA. Here is Ditto’s post. Avast ye images!

 

 

 

 

Also, here’s the Monquistan King.

 

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

BETA BETA BETA!

It’s out! BETA IS HERE! The official press release on the Pirate101 website was just released today! I’m soooooooo happy! Thank you KingsIsle for finally doing this! 🙂 The only bad thing is, that I can’t post images, even if I get in. I think I can tell you, but I’m not sure. Time will tell. The press release is here, or below.

PLANO, TEXAS (August 3rd, 2012) – Avast me hearties! KingsIsle Entertainment is pleased to announce the Beta for Pirate101 is officially underway. The first round of Beta invitation emails has gone out to testers, and a variety of additional Beta key giveaways are planned over the next several weeks.

“The start of our closed Beta testing marks a massive step forward for Pirate101,” said J. Todd Coleman, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. “Design, art, technology, story—our teams have worked tirelessly to craft this fantastic new online experience for families. I cannot wait for our testers to get in and experience the new world we have created for them.”

In Pirate101, players take the helm of their very own pirate ship as they pursue an epic storyline of grand swashbuckling adventure. Intended to entertain a broad and cross-generational family audience, Pirate101 is accessible and simple to play for casual gamers, yet simultaneously offers systems with great depth and complexity for more sophisticated audiences.

Access to Beta:
Pirate101 is currently in closed Beta testing and will launch later this year. To be considered for closed Beta access, please sign up at http://www.pirate101.com. As part of KingsIsle’s partnership with AMD’s Gaming Evolved program, AMD will be giving away a limited number of Pirate101 Beta keys. More information about this exclusive chance at early Beta access is available at blogs.amd.com/play/2012/08/03/pirate101. Finally, ongoing updates regarding Beta access promotions can be found at http://www.pirate101.com/free_game/closed_beta_keys.

Also, a few new images have been released on J Todd Coleman’s and Pirate101 Central’s Facebook pages. Voila!

Zeke’s in Pirate101 too! Yay! I’ll have to see if I get into beta… That’s all for this week! Since beta is out, I may be posting more with updates from around the Spiral or around the Internet. 😛

New Pictures!

KingsIsle has released some new Pirate101 images on Pirate101 Central! The thread is here. Also, they’re posted with very nice analyses on Swordroll’s blog. The particular post is here. There’s not much else to post about Pirate101, but I’ll keep trying my best.

In this picture, it shows the tutorial, at the very beginning. Boochbeard is to Ambrose as Gandry is to Gamma.

After you’ve left there, they’ll send you on a ship. You fly/sail to Skull Island. Gandry is telling you what to do.

After you get to Skull Island, you can get to Avery’s office. “One-Eyed Jack” posted two similar pictures of these on Central.

Last is the Character page of what would be, in Wizard101, your Spellbook.

Also, I have a quote from One-Eyed Jack. Remember, this is an exact quote. I did not write this.

Heya Pirate101 fans! It’s fun to see you all guessing at things from this screen capture. I don’t want to stop the fun, but I also just want to say that you’re looking at an Alpha product of the Pirate101 game. I think you’ll find the final UI a little different when playing the actual game . . . in fact, I was just at the interface designer’s desk a few minutes ago, and he had a giant folder full of old screenshots of the different generations of the interface. It’s amazing to see how much it has progressed and how it is changing all the time while the game is still being designed. I got permission to post a few screenshots of the game to show you how the interface is looking these days. It’s almost finished and there could be further tweaks, but check ’em out! Have fun with these!

So basically, the UI (User interface) might change, and probably will look a lot different before Pirate101 is released to everyone.