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Jewel Vault, B.O.X.E.S. and ho hum…

Finally got around to crafting a Jewel Vault so I could check it out.  I’ve been kind of ho hum about the game so I’ve been slow to post about it and in the slowness I’m quite late mentioning the Five B.O.X.E.S. event that’s been going on for a while now and continues through Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The Jewel Vault ingredients aren’t too bad.  You can get the rubies from the vendor right next to Tashio (from whom you buy the recipe), Aubert Quickhammer in the Shopping District has the reinforced crate if you can’t find one at the Bazaar, a number of treasure card vendors have the required cards.  Since I garden and pick up reagents whenever I see them, the pearls, scrap iron and mist wood were already in my back pack.

You use the Jewel Vault the same way you use the Seed Vault and Gear Vault:  open the housing interface, click on the Jewel Vault and when the move/pick up icons show up, click on the vault icon that appears above them to open the vault.  Once open you get the same tabs as the others have, one for what’s in your back pack, one for what’s in the vault and you can move jewels from one to the other.

The B.O.X.E.S. are located in Wizard City (level 10 and above), Marleybone (level 30 and above), Mooshu (level 40 and ab0ve), Zafaria (level 60 and above) and Avalon (level 80 and above) .  The B.O.X.E.S. have some special drops and vendors with some great recipes for housing items.  Every recipe requires a sonic spring and the only place to get them is in the B.O.X.E.S.

I usually do a few rounds in the WC box to try to collect some of the springs as I have more recipes for some of my wizards than springs with which to craft them.  Since every box has them and WC is the easiest and fastest, I prefer farming there.  If you want to try for some higher level gear, you’d have to take the extra time to farm a B.O.X. appropriate to your level.

I’ve been fairly ho hum for a while about playing the game.  I’ve left my two highest level wizards stuck at Azteca since last September.  Stopped for the Halloween stuff, sidetracked on starting new wizards on a new account to try some theories and update my guide to the game and having read about the tricky final dungeon in Azteca, have been dragging my feet about getting back to it…  Nothing about the increasingly tricky stuff above that level is enticing me and I’ve pretty much decided to just try to get them to level 100 (both now level 92) so I can get the level 100 spells.  I’ll  probably try to get several of the higher level ones I now have to 100 also — I at least have a goal of getting some more far enough through Avalon to get the Plant All spell.

When I do want to play I’ve been slowly bringing some of my lower level wizards along.  They’re at stages where I do it solo instead of opening two accounts and sometimes that’s all I feel like doing…

Birthday Wrap-up

crafted furniture telegraph box recipes

Furniture from B.O.X. recipes

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.

GARDENING

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.

Sword Ferns lit up by pixies

Sword Ferns lit up by pixies

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.

SONIC SPRINGS

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…

PETS

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.

MISCELLENEOUS

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.

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Birthday Celebrations and Level 90!

Seventh bday decorations_edited_edited

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.

Elder Harvest

Elder Harvest

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!

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Porting within dungeons… or not…

Dual Mount in Dragonspyre

I’ve been pretty steadily playing with two accounts open at a time, running two wizards through the same worlds together.  And one of my great frustrations arises from the many dungeons where you not only can’t port INTO the dungeon but you also can’t port WITHIN the dungeon.

With two accounts open and lots of dungeons that involve a lot of running around and a lot of dodging past sections that are hard to get through without getting caught, it’s incredibly frustrating to constantly get into dungeons and realize I can’t port one character to the other.

I sort of get why KI wants to keep certain dungeons free of inward ports; in other words why they may not want you to be able to have a friend port in to help you.  Sort of.  Mostly I can’t see why you can’t get help from wherever you are.  But I really don’t get why they also make it impossible to port to one another from within those dungeons.

It mostly seems kind of random.  In Dragonspyre’s Great Spyre you can, blessedly, port to one another.  So I can have one character run around to do stuff like click on the thing that opens the final door and then port her back to the other.  Or run one ahead to the next battle and then port the other to her.  But in many other dungeons, like the Five B.O.X.E.S, once your group is in, you still can’t port to one another within the B.O.X.

Recently I opened all three accounts and brought in Tatiana F (level 62 Fire) to help Heather and Jasmine with Belloq.  [His trick is to keep casting a giant-hit Ra every round he isn’t hit by damage and the key to defeating him is over time spells, so bringing in a Fire girl with her selection of OT spells seemed a good idea).  In order to hurry things up I kept her in, porting to the other two at each new dungeon or mob fight.

Until I got to the Black Palace, the final dungeon in Stone Town.  She, of course, needed to port in as she has no sigil access yet and she just got the “your friend is busy” message which means you’re not allowed to.  Even worse, it’s a dungeon that requires a lot of running around and you can’t port once you’re in the dungeon either, so I had to separately take each wizard through.

Since I wanted to get Sonic Springs, it was especially frustrating to me this time around with the B.O.X.E.S., because it was such a pain in the neck to run two wizards around in them, I gave up on doing it with two accounts.  For me that just quadrupled the sense of frustration I felt at how rarely the Sonic Springs drop.

I wanted to open two or perhaps all three accounts and raise the chances that at least one or more of my wizards would get a Sonic Spring each round.  But with all the running back and forth in there, I found it too cumbersome to have to run more than one wizard through (even given that only one needs to go do all the “chats” with NPCs).

I really don’t see any reason to prevent wizards from porting to one another within the dungeons and towers once they’re already in so I seriously wish KI would reset all those no port dungeons so we could hop to one another with ease after we get in.  Particularly for those of us who play with multiple accounts open at once, it would make life so much easier!

Sonic Spring Disappointment

Sonic Spring, upper right

Sonic Spring, upper right

May 31, 2016.  Since, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got a one month membership for my third account and am trying to get through Zafaria, I’ve had a dilemma about the current Five B.O.X.E.S. quests.  There are some great crafting recipes now available in the B.O.X.E.S. for furniture and decorating items.  Unfortunately every recipe requires a Sonic Spring.  Sonic Springs are dropped in the B.O.X.E.S and not available anywhere else.

I’ve never done the quests very much so the accumulation of Sonic Springs on my accounts is negligible.  But I bought quite a few recipes for my top level wizards.  More recipes than I have Sonic Springs.

I’ve taken some time out here and there from my pursuit of getting through Zafaria with Heather G. and Jasmine R. to run some wizards from each account through some of the B.O.X.E.S. with disappointing results.

I don’t do the boxes too much because to me they’re a bit long and there’s way too much running around in them.  I’ve rarely gotten much in the way of drops that made it worthwhile to keep repeating them.  But suddenly I want Sonic Springs.

I hadn’t previously realized how rarely they drop.  All the extra time spent on it recently has garnered little help in collecting the one missing ingredient for my recipes.  Tonight, in fact, I put Rylee W. (level 85 Life, second account) through the Wizard City Box* FIVE times and got one spring, which you see above in her reagent list as seen right after completing the five rounds.

It’s another of those moments in the game where I’m failing to see the point of adding all these great recipes and then requiring an ingredient that’s so hard to get.  After all those attempts, I won’t be able to craft a bunch of the recipes I got until — MAYBE — the next time the Professor shows up.  And that’s only if I have better luck than this round.  So many ways in this game you can work your tail off and wind up with nothing to show for it.  Odd message to be giving children — theoretically the main intended audience…


*  I chose that one just because it’s the fastest to get through.  The down side of that, of course, is you’re not going to get any great drops for a high level wizard there so if you also don’t get a Sonic Spring, it’s pointless…

Team Up: Be a Team Player

Info on team and opponents

Okay I know, I harp on this a lot.  But every time there’s an event that encourages lots of teaming up to repeat going through dungeons or towers, I run into the issue of high level wizards who get on Team Up and then wipe out all the enemies before everyone else is officially in the circle.

When that happens, those not in the circle get no drops for that round of the dungeon and, if someone is actually completing the quest, it can keep them from getting credit.  Since some wizards don’t seem to know this, I’ll spell it out:  the only way all the wizards are counted in is the point when everyone’s circle is lit up and everyone has one or more pips at their feet.  If one or more wizards are standing in an unlit circle, the group is NOT in.

Just because you get lots of pips immediately and have big spells that can be lobbed by the first or second round, doesn’t mean you have to do it.  If some of your team hasn’t made it into the circle, it’s in fact poor sportsmanship and basically just a crap thing to do.  In the B.O.X.E.S. often one person has to make a final trip down to the Professor for the last instruction and it takes that person longer to get into the battle circle.  Make sure everyone is in a lit circle before you cast a spell that wipes out all the enemies.

Come on — if you can’t be bothered to be a team player DON’T TEAM UP!  Seriously, if you’re in that big a hurry and obviously perfectly capable of beating everyone in the dungeon on your own, don’t Team Up.  If you join a team, play for the team.  Give lower level wizards not only a chance to be counted in, consider giving them a chance to play.  It is a game after all.

New furniture recipes in Telegraph Boxes

crafted furniture telegraph box recipes

As mentioned in the previous post, the Professor and his five B.O.X.E.S. are back and now, Rose Piper, the recipe vendor in the boxes, has some great new recipes for furniture and decorations available.  The event ends May 31, 2016, so make sure you get in there to buy your recipes before it disappears or you’ll have to wait till next time.

Grouped in the above photo are the first items I crafted:  Blue Canopy Bed, Sturdy Table with Bookshelf, Barnstable Stove, Sloped Blue Club Chair, and Grand Tome Repository.  Quite nice additions to the available furniture — I’m especially pleased to have the stove, as nothing I’ve been able to do in the way of kitchen furniture has quite made a kitchen seem like it had one — other than a couple of ways to make it look like cooking is done in a fireplace…

The catch (in my opinion) is that they all seem to require a Sonic Spring, which is only dropped in the B.O.X.E.S. — and no guarantee you’ll get one every time you complete one of these dungeons.  I only had five for the wizard for whom I bought these first recipes, so I couldn’t even craft all the recipes I bought.  Not in love with farming in the B.O.X.E.S. but I guess I’ll be repeating some of them to get the Springs.

Five B.O.X.E.S. are back

Royal Museum telegraph box

May 21.  A new Five B.O.X.E.S. event started Thursday and will run through May 31.

  • If you are 10th level or above, Talk to The Professor in the Wizard City Commons
  • If you are 30th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Marleybone’s Regent’s Square
  • If you are 40th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Mooshu’s Jade Palace
  • If you are 60th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Zafaria’s Baobab Crossroads
  • If you are 80th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Avalon’s Caliburn

I’ve written guides to several of the boxes:

There are some special drops in these boxes and now there are some recipes for housing items available for purchase from Rose Piper, downstairs from the Professor in each box.

Have fun!

Zafaria Telegraph Box

We’re coming to the end of this round of the Professor and the Five Boxes (Nov. 16) and I’ve at last done them all.  I’m generally on a team and often everyone is moving so fast I don’t get a chance to see the drop list because I’m too busy scurrying to the next place.  I keep landing in popular dungeons like this with level 100s who don’t wait for everyone to get in the circle before wiping everybody out…

However, I have gotten a couple of nice music boxes and some gear that would be good if I had a wizard who could use it.  Unfortunately a lot of it is “No Auction” so if you don’t have a wizard on the account from the right school, you just get whatever you can from feeding it to a pet.  A few pretty good jewels.  I’ve gotten a couple of 7-day mounts, which I generally don’t use since all my wizards have permanent ones.  Some pretty good seeds, like Couch Potatoes.  Some seeds I just feed to pets and don’t remember where I got them.  Sometimes good reagents.

Sometimes I do a Box and move right on to some other quest or a different dungeon without looking at my Backpack so I’m not always sure where I got what…

Finally managed to get some screenshots in the Zafaria Telegraph Box and take a few notes.

1st Battle Zafaria Box

The first battle is against:

  • Champer McGill, Storm, Health 7,210
  • 2-4 Cutthroats, Ice, Health 2,970 each

Second battle is some Red Claw Thugs, Fire, Health 2,890 each

Third battle:

  • Buster Crab, Balance, Health 13,880
  • Red Claw Thugs, Fire, Health 2,890 each

Fourth battle is more Red Claw Thugs, Fire, 2,890

 

Red Claws in Zafaria Box

The fifth and final battle:

  • Custos Decimos, Storm, Health 7,360
  • Armada Marines, Balance, Health 1,820

Final Battle Zafaria Box

I’ve done this one several times now and as far as I can tell there are no big tricks you need to be aware of.  At least when I went in with a slightly lower level wizard, the two of us defeated everybody using normal methods and without being punished for casting traps or having one of the creatures constantly setting up -90% shields or anything like that.  The rest of the time I’ve been with level 100s who smashed everybody so fast, I wouldn’t know…

Mooshu Telegraph Box again

I’m reposting the notes on this box I put up a while ago:

Dimwood Vale

Dimwood Vale

The Professor’s Telegraph Box quest in Mooshu is the highest level I’ve done so far. I have yet to get notes while doing the Zafaria box so we’ll see if I can manage before they take the Boxes quests down on November 16.

Where the first two (Wizard City and Marleybone) send you to rooms that are like the sites on that world, the Mooshu quest sends you into a world that looks more like Dark Side and Sunken City — graveyard, darkness and creepy. [I’ve seen some wizards comment that it’s like Avalon —it’s not like the part of Avalon I’ve seen, but I’m just in the early stage]  That’s not usually my thing, but somehow this was fun for me.  You’re rescuing Dworgyn so he can become a teacher in the Death School.

There’s also a classroom straight out of Wysteria–just a visit with an NPC there.

This time around I used Team Up so I could take notes during the extra time it takes to get around the circle.  I kept getting teamed with a level 100 guy who smashed the bad guys so fast it took several times to manage to get notes on everybody 🙂

[Side note to high level folks:  you might ask before wiping everything out that fast.  While some wizards like getting the drops without doing anything and appreciate your massive spells, some of us would like to participate even if our spells aren’t as great as yours.  And you should definitely make sure everyone gets fully in the circle (with pips showing up) before you lob a kill-everybody-spell.]

There are four battles:

1.  Aunt Eunice, Life, 3780; Crying Spirit, Death, 1010, 2 Rotten Scallywags, Death, 1010

2.  Aunt Eunice, Life, 3780; Aunt Millicent, Ice, 3990

3.  2 Anguished Wraiths, Death, 890

4.  Ostrame, Fire, 3870; 2 Anguished Wraiths, Death, 890

A bit formidable, I’d think, for wizards to solo at the lowest level with access, but doable.

Since I make so much gold from gardening that I’m always bumping up against the limit, I don’t really battle for drops and don’t pay much attention to them unless I’m trying for something specific (i.e., something that’s a plant “like” or a pet).  A few items received there sold at the Bazaar for a lot of gold but I didn’t scribble down what she got.

Enjoy.  If you’re in with lower level wizards, please help them along.  Hope you get the drops of your dreams!