Once more, I’m late giving a heads up about double pet xp — it’s been on for a couple of days and will end Sunday, February 24, 2018. Usually it doesn’t actually get taken down till something like 8 or 9 a.m. central time so you can get in some extra training Monday morning if you’re so inclined.
Everything doubles: the points you get for playing the games, the points you get for feeding the pet gear or housing items, the xp you get for feeding pet snacks. You can zoom really quickly through the first few levels during this time, which means if a talent you don’t want shows up in the first 2 or 3 you know you don’t want it and can start over without wasting as much time as usual.
I’m still feeling kind of bummed by the poor showing on the last go-round, so I’m not bothering this time…
After some more pet debacles during intense hatching and training during the birthday celebration, I eschewed the next two or three (or more?) Double Pet events, having thrown up my hands in defeat. But I decided to do some training on incomplete pets and to try a bit of hatching between two of my accounts.
As usual, none of the pets have all five talents I was aiming for, though I’ll admit all the ones you see above are pretty good, so I’m just shrugging and settling for these as I’m again pretty much disgusted at the whole process…
Sword and Shield has been the hardest thing to get rid of — and it’s such a dumb ability, I can’t imagine why it’s even on offer. The pet can randomly cast both a blade and a shield on you but pretty much 100% of the time the blade isn’t for your school and the shield isn’t one that helps against your opponents. Useless.
In the early fall hatching, etc. I managed one pet that was what I wanted and have been unsuccessfully trying to get the same thing (quint heals–see pic below) for many of my wizards. Last fall’s efforts included 12 unsuccessful hatches with a kindly wizard from the Adult Non-PVP players group… Also something like 8 hatches between the wizard who has the quint heal pet on my first account and another wizard on my third account… all unsuccessful though she is questing with the “best I could do” pet and it’s ok enough.
I keep wondering why KI felt the need to make it THIS hard to get a pet you want — and why they think this random bit–with the endless hours you can waste on a basically boring and tedious process–is fun. The people with the patience to do this to have different pets for different circumstances for every wizard astonish me — can’t imagine doing it!! 🙂
KI started another Double Pet Rewards event, which runs through Sunday, January 28, 2018. Double XP from playing games AND feeding pet snacks AND if feeding pet gear or housing items triggers pet XP. So, for instance, if you get all the points for a game and feed your pet a “loved” 50 XP mega snack, you wind up with 112 XP– 4 points for the game becomes 8, 50 for the snack becomes 100, and 2 points for the “love” becomes 4. Good time to train some pets!
I finally have restored my gold supplies after total depletion last fall due to a combo of lots of pet training and several wizards hitting the point of buying Plant All (300,000 gold at a stage when that’s your max). So, I’m considering whether I should do some pet training.
I felt pretty burned after getting up to 12 hatches for a couple of wizards without getting the stats I wanted and I don’t like pet training, so it’s a toss-up. But at least I have the gold to do it if I choose (plus lots of pricey amulets in the Shared Bank so I can sell some and get the gold levels back up). We’ll see. I took a pass on day 1. Might or might not on day 2…
Back when I started my third account (see post), I intended it to be a non-member account on which I’d just create wizards, buy WC and possibly KT and run wizards through the first two worlds, delete and start over. Then I decided that I wanted those beginners to be able to have good pets and enough gold to buy better gear at the Bazaar… So I decided the first wizard would go farther along so she could supply the account.
I’ve wound up getting Heather to level 77 and now am not sure what to do from here.The original reason for starting the 3d was that I was working on my guide to the game and I felt I needed to work a bit more with beginning wizards to see how things worked, and especially how it all went for a non-member. I’d created 12 wizards on the first two accounts and moved them all farther along; although I eventually deleted and started new ones for some of those slots, at the time I didn’t want to.
The first wizard, Heather, received packs (and thus a decent pet or two) and a few seeds gifted from my other accounts, and started gardening and pet training as soon as she was able. Before long I was leveling her up higher so she’d have more energy for the gardening and pet training. There was also a lot of pet hatching between accounts. I figured I’d take her through DS, joining for a month only during double garden or pet events and moving her along as far as I could.
Then I wanted a second wizard to help with gardening (especially for mega snacks), so I started moving Alura along. Pretty soon I wanted Heather to have the Pest Zapper spell that you have to get a bit into Zafaria to receive. Then, having hit Zafaria, I decided it would be nice if Heather and Alura finished Zafaria so I could buy access to Mirror Lake and let them farm there.
In the meantime a couple of wizards on the other two accounts got through Avalon and I discovered the wonders of the Plant All spell and suddenly I wanted to get Heather at least that far so she could have Plant All. I’d been slowly moving Alura along as well, so she’s made it into Zafaria. The goal at the moment is still just to finish Zafaria… but it sure would be nice to have Plant All 🙂
I have a month of membership on that account at the moment (so I could get double harvests in last week’s double garden event) and I’ve gotten Heather the Plant All spell. Here I am, well beyond any goals I had for this account at the start and not sure what I want to do.
First of all, I really like the wizard I created in Heather, from the look to the name to her chops as an awesome Life wizard. Second, I’ve paired her for questing with Jasmine R. on my first account and I have no other membership account wizards who are anywhere near Jasmine’s level — and the closest ones are already paired so it would be a long slog to get another wizard leveled up to partner with her. Third, on the other hand, I didn’t intend to take any wizards on the 3d account even this far and every time I join and do a marathon of questing with this account, one of the accounts I’m paying for just sits there. Finally, since the rest of the wizards are just a rotating crew of newbies, I don’t really need to store reagent and snack supplies at the rate I do for the two membership accounts, so why????
Right now I’ve turned to working on Alura. At the moment I have her soloing and just bring in a higher level from another account for major dungeons. I’d had her trio-ed with Destiny from the first account and Tatiana from the second but (a) I found three accounts open at once to be cumbersome; and (b) I wanted to move those two ahead during a spell when I didn’t have Alura’s account on membership so they’re in Azteca now. I think I can get her through Zafaria before this month of membership ends so my Mirror Lake farming plan can happen.
Heather is the big question mark. She and Jasmine never finished Wintertusk which means they didn’t get the call for their level 75 spells so I may quest the two of them in Wintertusk till I get the opportunity for those spells — I enjoy the level 75 minions. Part of me feels like it’s then time to stop. Part of me wants to take Jasmine and Heather together to at least level 100, which is probably where I’ll stop all my wizards.
I’m always curious about others who have more than one account and how they decided what to do with the various wizards. And those who have one account and take only one wizard at a time all the way up. What motivates these choices?
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 🙂
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?
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…
Even though I didn’t take as much advantage of the extended birthday celebration as I once would have, I feel kind of relieved the party is over so I no longer feel compelled to keep trying for another garden or to keep hatching and training pets.
I did very well with the gardening in spite of not planting one batch immediately following another nor planting the biggest gardens for every wizard. Pets ate LOADS of seeds and my mega snack coffers are well stocked. Wizards are well supplied with blades of many sorts, thanks to the Sword Fern crops that were already sitting at elder harvest when the event began.
Pet training wound up mostly being disappointing as usual, with one exception. I did get a great quint heal pet for Jasmine R. Tried to hatch hers with Heather G.’s triple heal Seraph and at 12 failed hatches I gave up. For one the fail was Life Giver, which I’m not that unhappy to have for a Life wizard so I trained the final step and got the fourth heal and Heather will just have to muddle through with that 🙂 The lovely lady from the Adult Non PvP group on FB who helped Jasmine then helped me with Rylee W., for whom I also wanted to get a quint heal pet. I kind of lost count but we’re at something like seven, maybe eight, hatches and the latest one is a fail there too.
Some of the pundits in the world of pets claim quite authoritatively that it takes seven generations or less to get a replica. I’d never hatched that many times on one so I’ve assumed it was true. Very lowering to find out that KI has set this up so apparently there’s no limit to how many hatches it could take to get the pet you want. Just adds to my general feeling that I don’t want to be bothered when it comes to pets.
I only train pets when they have double pet rewards so I’m done with that for a while. Rylee has a couple of miscellaneous plants that didn’t manage to reach elder before the double gardening was over but otherwise all gardens are empty and I plan to leave them sitting for at least a week.
My general plan once I’ve had time off is plant gardens for two wizards on an account, get all theirs to elder harvest and leave it then two wizards on another account, etc. until as many wizards as I want to participate in double rewards have elder harvests ready to go. That way I don’t have to put in too much time per day on gardening but manage to get plenty of double rewards when an event shows up. I’ve been doing it that way for a while and it makes the gardening very relaxed.
I spent so much time on the pets and gardens that once again I barely participated in the BOXES event and never did any of the Lost Pages stuff at all. As always, I enjoyed the party and it was really nice to have the extension so I was able to accomplish a bit more than usual without putting in tons of extra hours at the game. Now the Halloween festivities are just around the corner!
September 6, 2017
KI announced yesterday–the original end date–that the birthday celebrations will be extended because of the DDOS attacks (see here for their announcement, keep scrolling down) which have been keeping many players from participating. This includes everything; double pets, double gardens, BOXES, Lost Pages, extra rewards on daily assignments and PvP, double monstrology, etc. So far they’re not saying when this ends.
I know from comments I’ve seen that in some parts of the world they’ve still never been able to get back on since the attacks started last Thursday so I’m hazy as to whether the plan is to keep it going until some point after everyone gets back on??? I’m having intermittent problems with the same glitches I previously noted so I gather there are ongoing issues in many places.
I’m both pleased and daunted as the celebration always leads me to spend more time on the game than usual. I’ve been gardening quite a bit on three accounts (I often give a month of membership to one of the two non-member accounts during these events), hatching with some very kind and patient wizards on the Facebook Wizard101 for Non PvP Players group, and that of course leads to lots of the dreaded pet training (those of you who’ve read this blog for a while know how I feel about that 😬).
I’ve barely found time to take a couple of wizards through any of the BOXES — not very encouraged to keep trying by the zero sonic springs I’ve garnered so far (the only reason I do it at this point). As I’ve mentioned before, I find the Lost Pages event is too time consuming/difficult relative to the rewards you get so I’ve not worked on it at all.
The way the Spellwrits are scattered, it often takes the whole 10 fights to get the total you need and the Spellwrits are always quite a bit higher health than the normal mobs in the area. The dungeon then takes a bit of time and has a boss that’s tougher than the usual bosses in whatever area. And I’m always flabbergasted at the tiny amount of XP I get for the time all that takes as well as the relatively innocuous drops. If there are great drops, I’ve sure had no luck at getting any. I generally do so much better just questing…
Looks like some plants for which I thought I’d just get a few double mature harvests are going to make it to elder while it’s still double–though I’m starting to see signs they’ve slowed down the plant timers. As a just-in-case I’ve planted some Couch Potato and/or Evil Magma Pea gardens today for a few wizards who already raked in two elder harvests (plants already there the day it started and then planting and harvesting another round) in hopes of replenishing both some mega snacks and my hatching-diminished gold supplies. If the event keeps going even a few more days I’ll get the gold back up for sure and possibly make it to another elder harvest. My pets will be eating a lot of seeds 🙂
Anyway, if you’re fortunate enough to be in one of the areas where you can get on the game, keep on enjoying the birthday party!
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…