Category Archives: Wizard 101

Double Garden benefits for non-gardeners

As the Double Garden event wound down and I kept taking wizards to the Bazaar to sell off the last of their harvests, I realized even those who don’t garden and don’t want to can reap some some benefits during the double reward events.

Plants routinely can drop:  (1) housing items; (2) reagents; (3) treasure cards; (4) pet snacks.  Many plants drop all of the above, some just drop two or three.  Those of us who do a lot of gardening generally have well-filled stores of reagents, TCs, etc.  When we start getting double we make a lot of trips to the Bazaar to sell things off as we keep hitting our limits.

Many treasure cards, snacks, plant-“like”-housing items and reagents that can be hard to come by at the Bazaar are suddenly being sold in copious numbers.  Not only can you sometimes pick up cards, etc. that usually require a long slog at the shop, but often because more are available, the price is better.

For instance, I grow Pink Dandelions quite a bit.  They drop

Ancient Scroll
Black Pearl
Blood Moss
Bone
Cat Tail
Crystal Vial
Lava Lily
Spring

and several of those — like Black Pearl — are much in demand for crafting.  They can take a lot of farming to get enough and I sell a bunch every time I harvest.  Evil Magma Peas, besides a similarly enticing list of reagents (including Scrap Iron!!!), also drop Feint and Tower Shield tcs, both of which are so sought-after the Bazaar often has none.  Couch Potatoes drop a bunch of level 5, 6 and 7 snacks at regular harvests; because they drop mega snacks at elder harvest, many of us sell all the other snacks, so items like Killer Tomato and Shanta Pudding that can be not only hard to grab but pricey can be more available and lower in price.

So even if you never garden and never will, you might want to take advantage of the next Double Garden Reward event by hanging out at the Bazaar stocking up on items you usually have trouble finding.  If you have particular items you want, check the wiki to see whether there are plants that drop them.  If there are, make sure you haunt the Bazaar for them on Double Garden days.

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Double XP affected by DDoS attacks?

Besides the usual difficulties these attacks cause for getting into the game and getting kicked off the game, I’ve been noticing an impact on the harvest drops.  On two of my accounts for certain crops my wizards – and mostly two particular wizards- are getting no treasure cards.  Getting in and staying in has been such an issue I hesitated to try to plant some quick-growing crops but I’ve done it anyway so am interested to see whether the treasure card drought for these two continues.

For instance, one of the main reasons I grow Sword Ferns is to collect TC blades.  They normally drop blades at every level of harvest and then give even more at elder harvest, so if you get double rewards, there’s a boatload of blades.  Two of my wizards harvested 40+ Sword Ferns apiece at elder harvest as soon as the double rewards started and got … ZERO blades.

Now on these particular two accounts I’ve had an ongoing problem that the Harold Argleston warning about having reached the maximum number of treasure cards doesn’t work any more.  Not ever.  But I’m aware of it and am pretty careful about checking on how close to the 999 max I am and every time I’ve harvested a chunk of plants, I check in to see if I need to go to the Bazaar to sell a bunch off before I harvest more.  So realizing that my TC blade counts  had not changed at all after harvesting (including that I always sell or trade off all the ones for schools I don’t use so there should have been some piles of blades where normally there are none) that many Sword Ferns was a shock.

For these two accounts I’ve also been feeding a lot of seeds to pets and those wizards are not getting treasure cards for that either.  For Rylee W. (level 92 Life), there may be a bigger problem.  As noted in a recent post, I’ve been taking her in to farm Loremaster and she’s only getting one gear drop each time, with an occasional reagent added.  Nothing else.  Including no treasure cards at a boss who regularly drops more than one at a time.  So there may be something going on with this character where her programming is screwed up in some odd way that keeps her from ever getting a treasure card in any circumstances.

It also seemed like I got quite a bit less in the way of housing item drops than normal for certain crops.

Since KI seems to have taken to changing the growing times, drop rates, energy globe refill times, etc. to lower the benefits of these events, I’m not sure whether these drop issues are because of the DDoS attacks or are just part of the plan to reduce benefits?  Curious if others are noticing issues with the rewards this time?

A few hours of double pets and strange times at Loremaster

Miss Gigi at Mega

January 7, 2018

I”m again very late making note of a Double Pet Rewards event but you have till something like 8 a.m. tomorrow e.s.t. to train those pets for double points from the games and the snacks.   Hurry and you can get a few pets trained up while it’s still on.

Having been seized with a longing for one of my Life wizzes to get Pigsie, I’ve been farming Loremaster (the only place it drops) with three of my Life wizards.  Two of them have joined a Storm wizard in getting Krampus — pretty much useless to me for any of them as I don’t have a Fire Amulet and don’t intend to get one…

The Storm got it on her one and only battle with Loremaster before she was even in Dragonspyre by porting in to help someone, which led to me realizing you can pick up the Loremaster quest without having attained the world (she was almost finished with Mooshu and had done most side quests too so she was at a level that could have been in DS if she’d finished the main quests so I don’t know how low a level you could be to pick it up).

So today I put my one Fire wizard in just to see if she could get it and sure enough on the second try she got it.  Leaving me with four wizards who’ve gotten Krampus, three of whom won’t ever use it and one who will.  And no wizard has gotten any other permanent spell from Loremaster.  None.  Ever.  I keep thinking in these dungeons where you can get a spell dropped it would make more sense if KI tuned it up so you’re more likely to get the spell for your wizard’s school. But then I don’t do secondary schools…

Meanwhile I’ve been mostly farming with Rylee W., my level 93 Life wiz.  Not only is she not getting Pigsie but in almost every team she’s winding up directly across from Loremaster — which means she’s taking most of her hits — and only getting one drop.  Every time.  One drop.  And it’s always a low level item of gear, not any treasure cards, not any housing items and definitely no spells.  I’ve farmed it enough to know you often get 2 or 3 TCs, a gear item and a snack or a housing item so I find it very weird that randomly this particular wizard receives one and only one drop (besides the gold) 99% of the time.*

Meanwhile, back on the Double Pets.  I did decide to train a pet for my Fire wiz and wound up with a pet with 4 may-cast heals and a Fire damage boost, so pretty pleased.  The weird thing here was that I trained a bunch last night and then shut down.  Something like 14 hours later I got on today to finish mega and her energy had still not filled all the way back up from last night’s training.  I don’t have super energy gear, so she only needed to get to 114 from something like 6, but she’d only made it to 99.  In 14 hours.  Really?  I usually can come back after more like 8 or 10 hours and find the energy globe full.

I know many of us have been noting during Double Garden events that KI seems to be slowing down the growing time on various plants so there are several you can no longer plant at the beginning of a Double event and get it to elder harvest during the event.  So I’m wondering if now they’re also slowing down the refill time on the energy globes during Double Pet events?  Is anybody else having this experience?

Okay, so that’s my current noting of mysterious events in the spiral 🙂

What’s left of today is also our last shot at holiday drops and dungeons.  Have fun!


* Actually for Rylee, I’ve noticed her regularly receiving one drop to Morgan’s many a huge amount of the time when I have the two of them questing together, so it may not just be quirk of Loremaster … might be a quirk about Rylee 🙂

Funny time for dead zone

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On the Adult non-PVP group today people were commenting on the inactivity on Wizard101 and somebody mentioned it seemed odd to have nothing going on during a major school vacation time.  It’s a thought I’ve had every year.  One expressed hope for Double Garden XP; since I’ve had gardens sitting at elder harvest waiting for a double event since early October, I sure get that wish!

As I mentioned in the last post, every year KI just kind of disappears at the end of the 12 Days of the Spiral event.  A game that’s supposedly for children and they provide nothing in the way of extra entertainment or diversion during the whole Christmas vacation every year …  seems strange.

When they shut down for maintenance last night people were hoping there’d be a Double Garden or something special happening today but the Yule stuff continues.  You can still buy the Christmas housing items in the Crown Shop (most available for gold as well).  The holiday drops and bundles seem to be around and apparently will be through this Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Which means you can probably plan on waiting at least until next week to see any new or special activities in the spiral.  The holiday dead zone at Wizard101 continues…

Good membership sale

colossus-holiday-dungeon-sigil

Colossus Holiday Dungeon Sigil

KI is offering the membership deal I think is possibly their best.  Now through January 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. you can pay $74.99 and get a year of membership plus 13,250 crowns.  And the mystery discount deal is still going on (I think through the 31st? — they’ve taken down the page with the info) so if you haven’t used it yet you might get the deal for less.

One year I lucked out and got the 50% off discount on this deal!  Now that is a fantastic membership price.

In the meantime, we’ve hit the point I think of as the annual dead zone.  Once the 12 days of the spiral finishes, KI seems to shut down other than techs and nothing new happens for something like 3 weeks.  The holiday dungeons will still be there and you can farm for drops.  But no double pet or garden events, 5 BOXES or Lost Pages, etc. will be coming and going until a bit into January.  So enjoy the remaining time with the special holiday stuff and don’t expect surprises for a while.

Christmas Festivities

Banquet Room Holiday Dungeon

I’ve been remiss about posting on the Christmas festivities in the spiral.  The usual 12 Days of the Spiral event is already on day 9.  The Yuletide vendor is in the Shopping District.  Certain bosses are dropping Christmas pets and decorations.

As usual, the 12 days event is a mixture of giving away some free items and inviting you to spend crowns on new seasonal pets, mounts, etc.  They’ve given away new holiday packs a couple of times already.

The Stormdrain is the easiest, fastest place to farm for seasonal pets and decorations, etc.  If you want to get other drops that are higher level and will garner more gold for your farming time, try something higher level like the Jade Oni in Mooshu.  Some of the places to go:

A nice gift for your favorite Wizard101 player is my guide to the game, available on Kindle for $2.99.  It’s comprehensive and especially for wizards from levels 1-50:
Wizard Guide Cover
In the meantime, I’ve been waiting since early October for a double garden event with no luck so it looks like it might be after the first of the year before I can finally collect those elder harvests.

Instead of gardens, again double pets…

Deer Knight

Deer Knight

 

I tapped on the game icon to check out the “news” column, hoping we might finally get a Double Garden event and instead noted I think the third (if not the fourth) Double Pet event since the birthday celebrations.

I depleted my gold supplies so badly during the birthday celebrations–between TONS of pet training and a couple of wizards who hit the level for some super pricey garden spells– I’ve had a bunch of gardens sitting at elder harvest waiting for a double garden thing for a couple of months now.  Pretty soon I’m gonna have to harvest without a double event to restore more gold and replant, hoping for an event to show up.

If I participate in this pet thing much at all I’ll deplete what I’ve managed to build back and the coffers across accounts will be way down again.  Why no double garden?

Playing within your level

I’ve been playing some of my lower level wizards lately, which has left me reminiscing about playing back when it was all new and I was clueless.  Now, of course, I know much more, including a fair number of higher level tricks that low level wizards can use.

I will admit I use a few things here and there and, of course, my greater knowledge of strategy and game play means I run a better, faster battle than when I was new.  But for the most part I kind of like the challenge of playing within the tools KI gives you at each level.  I assume they’ve tested enough to know you can win your battles with the spells they grant for each school and I enjoy trying to maximize my impact within the bounds of what my wizard has been given.

Does that mean I don’t ever use a Feint TC I’ve passed over from another account or use a Star spell my pet offers?  No, I do those things once in a while — more likely if I’m soloing a boss than with a team.  But mostly if I’m in Triton Ave. with my level 7 wizard, I’m using my two-pip school spell and, depending on the wizard’s school, whatever has been granted in the way of traps and/or blades.

I do pass mega pets over to my new wizzes — usually ones that weren’t totally what I wanted – so they have a bit more in the way of heals or damage than they normally would.  But I’ve found I can win quite steadily without using level 8 TCs I’ve purchased at the Bazaar or tossing off Feints, etc.  Of course I’m not a player who’s fond of overkill — if that’s your thing, this stay-at-your-level plan probably won’t suit.

If you’re a little bored and you’ve been using all your high level stuff for your low level wizards you might have a bit of fun figuring out the best strategy for using the tools that go with your level.  Or even how many strategies can work…

Halloween fun drawing to a close

Nosferabbit

I’m realizing we’re running out of Halloween time in the Spiral and I haven’t participated very much.  My main activity involved two of my wizards fighting through Nosferabbit’s dungeon enough times for each of them to create a Nosferabbit house guest.  Which meant I also had enough veggie revenants to create a bunch of house guests from them.

 

I haven’t been too interested in Monstrology and since I find most of the creatures you can use to create guests yucky, I haven’t even wanted to do that.  But I do think Nosferabbit is funny and the veggie revenants are pretty cute, so…

I’m kinda done with the Stormdrain Tower since I don’t like the way so many people behave in there and I’ve gotten most of the pets and realized.. they’re not particularly good…   I’ve run through a bunch of the Jack Hallow quests — I DO get a kick out of the ghost collecting bit.  With one wizard I did the highest level of the Ravenwood dungeons — never have found that I get anything worth the time it takes to do those towers.  Not sure if I just have really bad luck or if the drops aren’t that great in general.

I must admit I’m more ho hum about the game lately than I usually am — and immersed in some genealogy research that’s calling to me more persistently — but I just couldn’t get too excited about the same old Halloween stuff.  There’s a new bundle that does look fun but I can’t afford it at this time.

And the test realm has been open for a new world.  As usual, only those who’ve made it through the last world (Mirage) can get in to see the new one.  I’ll never understand why they don’t make up some little quest anyone can do that lets everybody see the new world — seems like it would be a way better PR/advertising move to entice people by giving them a taste.  Since I can’t see it I’m not at all moved to log in to the test realm.

If you want those Halloween drops and your Frankenbunny, etc. start hustling, your days to collect Halloween goodies are dwindling.