July 30, 2017
I’m very behind on posting so I’m just in time for the last day of Double Pet Rewards. You have till something like 8 a.m. EST Monday morning to get double XP on pet games and snacks if you’re a member.
It’s been a little odd this time. I’ve had several wizards who either couldn’t get into the Pet Pavilion without closing out and starting again or took several tries. And the Gobbler game froze midstream and I had to close the game and log in again — of course lost the energy points anyway…
I have managed to finish training some decent pets:
I’ve also tried to find hatches for my Storm and Fire girls, who’ve never managed to have very good pets, but no dice this time…
I finally decided to try again at pets during this last weekend’s Double Pet Rewards event. I’d unsuccessfully tried to get a hatch through the wizard central site so my hatching till now has been totally between my accounts and between pets on each account. But I joined the adult non-pvp players Facebook group a while back and noticed there are lots of folks who help out with hatches, so I gave it a try.
One of the folks with a great pet for every conceivable desire in a pet hatched a Death damage pet with me and for the first time ever I got what I wanted on the first attempt at training. I wouldn’t have minded having another critical or damage talent as the fifth, but I also don’t mind having energizing battery in there. I now plan to periodically ask for help with developing a roster of pets for different purposes. Of course since I still can’t stand much pet training, I will be training them only during Double Pet Reward days 🙂
Since I was on a roll I decided to train Prince Peanut on up to Ultra as I’d become hazy about why I swore off bothering with the final stage of training (you know, besides the I hate it thing 🙂 ). Now I’m puzzling over KI’s thinking. The Ultra bit with its jewel socket would make some kind of sense if you only got a socket at that stage (or a second one), but most of my pets have gotten a socket by ancient and I’ve been able to put any eligible level of jewel (i.e. eligible to the level of the wizard) in the socket. When I got to Ultra this time, I’d already put a fairly high-level damage jewel I quite liked in there and the jewel given for achieving Ultra didn’t inspire a desire to shatter the one I’d already placed.
If KI wants the Ultra to mean something, they should either (1) make the jewel socket available only when you get to that level, or (2) give you a second socket for Ultra, or (3) make the reward for achieving Ultra something else–leaving one jewel socket to arrive at earlier stages of training, as they have been.
My personal favorite idea would be to let you choose, upon achieving Ultra, which of the remaining potential talents for your pet it will get. That for me would make it absolutely worth training every pet to Ultra–or at least every pet with an unrealized potential talent I’d like to add. To get a random jewel for a slot I’ve already filled? not much of an incentive for me… So I’m back to eschewing any further training after Mega.
I’m very pleased to announce that an updated guide to the game, Wizard Game Basics 101, is now available on Amazon. The guide has been completely revised and updates include a section of tips for Wizard City and info on the 2016 and 2017 updates (so far). If you already have the Kindle version, it should update with the new edition.
KI also started yet another Double Pet Rewards event Thursday (6/22/17). I didn’t see an end date but through Sunday 6/25 is likely. Get double XP from games and snacks and speed your pet training along!
June 5, 2017
I was surprised to see a Double Pet XP event started today. It’s “limited time” so no clue when it’s over; it’s quite unusual to have it start on Monday, so I don’t have a “normal” to use for guessing. Normal would be to start on Wednesday or Thursday and run through Sunday. Sometimes they have one just for a day. Update: I finally ran into a tweet from KI that it is just for today, 6/5/17
During the event, pets receive double XP for pet games, eating gear, seeds and housing objects, and from pet snacks. You can get as much as 112 points playing a pet game if you get all the points for the game (8 when doubled), and feed a 50 XP “loved” pet snack (the 50 doubles and so does the 2 points for being loved, so 104).
Get into your energy gear, put your mega snacks in your backpack and train up your pets at double speed!
April 22, 2017
KI is offering Double Rewards for pets–started yesterday and I managed to forget to make the final click to publish this 🙂 — running for an unspecified amount of time. Usually it would be through Sunday, so let’s guess that 🙂 During this time you get double XP for games and snacks.
In other words, if you get all 4 points for a pet game, it becomes 8. If you have a 50 XP mega snack, it becomes 50. The specific stats double also, so if, say 14 of your 50 points on the snack are for Agility, you get 28 points for Agility. Good time to make the most of the harder-to-get stat of Intellect by feeding snacks with Intellect points.
Me, I’m kind of done with the frustration of spending hours on training only to wind up disappointed, so you won’t be seeing any of my wizards at the Pet Pavilion for this…
March 26, 2017
I’m late giving notice on the Double Pet reward event that started I think Thursday. Since I’ve by and large given up on pets I’m not all that excited and as usual it hasn’t changed much for me. The few pets I’ve trained have just resulted in the usual disappointment. I didn’t seen an end date but the usual would be to end today — which usually means you should be able to get the double rewards until 8 or 9 CDT Monday.
For one newer wizard I’ve hatched several generations now, trying to get the heal talents from Morgan D’s pet; the fourth generation is so far not throwing out any of the unwanted talents I’ve been trying to dump but has two levels to go so I’m not holding my breath.
The test realm also opened a few days ago. Not sure how long it was going to run this time and the small amounts I’ve seen about “Monstrology”, which is what they’re testing, have not clued me in to what it is nor caught my interest enough to want to be bothered signing in to the test realm to find out… You can find out more here.
Well, the annual Wizard101 birthday event wrapped up early this morning. As usual, I enjoyed it but wasn’t able to enjoy as many things as I hoped. Gardening was my main goal, then collecting sonic springs for crafting, and finally a bit of pet training.
The best way to major success on getting double rewards is to grow whatever crops you want to double well before there’s an event and leave them sitting at elder harvest until you get the news another Double Rewards event is happening. That way it doesn’t matter how long the seeds take to complete their cycle, everything is already waiting to give you double seeds, double snacks, double reagents, etc.
Of course you miss all those double mature harvests, but since most of the plants with highly desirable crops take so long to reach elder harvest that you can’t get from seed to final harvest in one Double Rewards event, it’s the only way to guarantee a double elder harvest. So I succeeded pretty well from the outset, because multiple gardeners on each account had plants ready to harvest the day it started.
There are more details about my success and lack thereof in the last post. The final results continued to be slightly odd. Most of the Pink Dandelions finally made it to elder harvest just within the deadline, which meant they took slightly more than seven days from seed to final harvest. The odd one was a patch for the one lower level gardener who doesn’t have a Red Barn Farm. Minus that one like, the PDs usually take about one day longer. Hers are only about halfway there after eight days, even with every other like.
The two batches of Sword Ferns I planted gave me about four mature harvests each, meaning I got lots of extra TC blades. Looks like Elder Harvest will be in the next day or two, so those went as expected. Some King Parsley crops went on wildly different schedules even though all planted around the same time and with all the same likes.
All in all I’m pleased with the results, mainly because of the crops I had waiting at elder harvest at the beginning.
KI introduced a bunch of crafting recipes for great housing items earlier this year. I bought lots of recipes with much excitement. Then I realized every recipe calls for a Sonic Spring. It’s another head-scratcher for me. I’d have thought they’d want to have people crafting the new stuff in great numbers so these fun pieces could start decorating the spiral.
Instead they’ve restricted the ability to craft them by requiring the Sonic Spring ingredient. It’s only dropped by bosses in the Five B.O.X.E.S. So you have no hope of getting any most of the year; only possible when there’s a Five B.O.X.E.S. event — maybe five or six times a year [they seem to do it a bit more often now than they did when I first started playing but I’ve never kept track]. They DID put up the boxes last year around Christmas and left them for about a month so best shot at getting more Sonic Springs may be then – if you can stand having to do the instances a few hundred times…
Even more puzzling is that they apparently didn’t raise the drop rate when they decided to add all these recipes with the SS required. Between three wizards I’d say I completed the Wizard City box at least 40 times this week and got maybe 4 Sonic Springs at most, possibly only 3 (I forgot to check how many a couple of the wizards already had when I started).
I have way more recipes than I have Sonic Springs with which to make them. I figure it might be a couple of years before I can manage to get enough to craft all the items I’d like (including some multiples). My willingness to repeat the same instance over and over for one item is limited so my patience with the WC box was past the breaking point by the time I decided it wasn’t worth it to keep trying…
I’ve mentioned many times that I don’t care for pet training. If I could choose which of the potential talents my pets get I’d be more willing, but the crap shoot they’ve created has left me disappointed and unwilling to spend much more time at it. For most of my wizards at this point I have “good enough” pets so I rarely bother with pet training unless I can get Double Rewards and I don’t do much then.
My two Storm wizards still don’t have pets that are quite what I’d like, nor does my Fire wizard. I chose to do a bit of training for the two Storm girls. Then I had a pet from the Evergreen Bundle sitting around untrained and another from the Olympian Bundle, so I did some training on those. The Spirit of the Forest pet did get “Gardening Pixie” (may cast a gardening pixie) but I haven’t remembered to equip it when I’m gardening, so don’t know if it will be helpful in the garden but the other talents so far are not anything I need; unless I make it part of my “energy set” I doubt I’ll use it.
Over all the training has been pretty much as usual. A waste of time.
The gardening took up so much time I really didn’t get to do very much of the other stuff. With the backpack and TC limits, the double harvests of these events involve a lot of stopping to go sell stuff, move stuff around in attics, vaults and the Shared Bank, etc. so gardening becomes even more time consuming than usual. I kind of fit in a few rounds of the WC Box after gardening as I had time and I never got a single wizard to any of the Lost Pages quests.
I look forward to this event every year and overall I’d say I enjoyed it. I’m always pleased to speed up some of my gardening goals and I did get a few Sonic Springs so a few more furniture items will be appearing. I’m not too sorry to have missed out on the Lost Pages stuff as I’ve always found it’s a little harder and more time consuming than the rewards (both in drops and low XP for the quests) warrant. Next up will be the Halloween fun which for me maybe ties with the birthday celebration as the most fun event. Now I have a week left on the month of membership for my third account and it’s time to move Alura further through Celestia.
Last night, after days of gardening and noting Morgan was on the tip of making level 90, I ran her around Avalon a bit to collect the last couple of scrolls and collect her quest points and it was enough to get her there! Promethean — woo hoo! And then I turned on the computer today and logged in to tend gardens and discovered KI has launched the annual week of birthday festivities as of today, September 2, 2016.
It’s a week of Double Garden Rewards, Double Pet Rewards, special gifts, AND they’re running both the Five B.O.X.E.S. and Lost Pages events!
When they suddenly ran a Double Garden Rewards event a couple of weeks ago, I figured they might not do it again for the birthday celebration. I’d gotten a bunch of gardens to elder harvest and had them waiting for this event. So I’m excited I got to collect doubles then and I’ve had time to get some longer-growing crops to elder harvest in time for this round.
Last year I found it tough to get as much of all these things in as I wanted to, so I can tell you you’ll have to do some juggling if you want to enjoy it all — and maybe devote your entire free time to it :-). If you, like me, can’t afford to keep buying energy elixir, it’s especially challenging to have double garden rewards going at the same time as double pet rewards. The free giveaway includes one free energy elixir, so for one of your wizards you can use up all your energy on the garden and then refill and go train pets. For the rest, which to do, which to do…
And since they added those great sonic spring-using recipes for sale in the B.O.X.E.S., I want to spend lots of time completing B.O.X.E.S. in hopes of getting some sonic springs dropped. Personally I choose that over the Lost Pages as I think the return in drops for the time spent is better…
Have fun everybody!
For the third time this year KI is offering Double Pet Rewards this weekend. You get double XP for both playing games and feeding snacks. I’ve gone pretty much “ho hum” about anything to do with bothering to train pets and I’m basking in the Marin County sun and beauty, so I doubt I’ll participate.
In the meantime, there’s only been one double garden rewards event this year so far and I could really use those double drops and seeds.
I did finally realize that the pet rewards pretty much just encourage people to buy energy and pay for mega snacks without causing KI to lose Crown sales opportunities. Since the double garden days give you twice the seeds for even Crown seeds, KI may lose some profit (I know I’ve expanded my gardens with those extra seeds–though I’d have just farmed for seeds rather than buying them in the Crown Shop) even though doing extra gardening to maximize those doubled rewards often takes buying some energy elixir. And a few times I bought some Crown seeds because of the event so I could try to double that number. But the Pet events may make a bigger profit than the Garden ones…
Wonder how long we have to wait to get another Double Garden Rewards event??? In the meantime, if you still imagine you can gain something by spending time on pet training, enjoy this weekend!
I spent far less time training pets during the double reward event last weekend than during any other. And given the poor showing for the time I did spend, I’m just as glad not to have wasted any more time at it.
I’ve just lost heart for the process of trying to get good pets. Some of my wizards already have pretty good ones and while there’s some tweaking I’d like to do, the failure of all efforts so far leaves me finding little point in continuing to try.
My Storm (2) and Fire (1) wizards are the ones whose pets I am really unhappy about so I put some effort in on them. One Storm girl is finally has a pretty good one. There are refinements I’d like to make here too and I’d like to have two or three with different talents for different occasions. But, again, I’ve lost heart…
Can’t decide what to do about the Fire wizard as she really doesn’t have a good pet and so far, several generations of hatching has made it worse instead of better… I’d really like her to have a better pet, but I just can’t raise enough enthusiasm to keep working on it. The second Storm girl is not doing much better…
I’ve expressed the wish before that we could choose which talents we want out of the potential list for each pet or have a market where people can buy and sell trained pets. This endless slog to try to get a pet with the talents you want is just too tedious.