Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Some Wise Words about Wild Bolt

Now that Wild Bolt is a Rank 2, 70% accurate 'Wild' Damage spell, there is a LOT of bickering going on about WHY they had to change it. Well, let's see:
10% Base
+30% Unstoppable = 40%
+25+% Gear boost = 65+%
+10% Infallible Aura = 72-75+%
+10% Lightning Strike = 79-82+%
+10% Precision = 86-90+%
+10% Guidance = 94-99+%

Now, yes, we have people complaining 'But 10 and 100 damage is too weak'. Add Gargantuan. +225 for the Trained, +250 for the Treasure. Now Bolt reads: 235, 325, or 1225 OR it reads 260, 350, or 1250.
235 - 10 points weaker than Weak Lightning Bat
325 - 50 points weaker than Weak Storm Shark
1225 - 195 points Stronger than Leviathan

So next time you think about 'But it's not fair to storm anymore' - Remember, you can still Boost it.

Recent Activity of the Legendary Theurgist

So I'm sorry I wasn't updating for a few months... Real Life issues, and a temporary Cease of gameplay for a couple of months will do that. Well, here's the lowdown on what I've done over the last month in-game:
Logan Soulsinger has completed every available quest in the Spiral
Talon Ravenbane is Level 56 and about to start the Survey Camp once Celestia Furniture hits Live from Test.
Valerian DreamDreamer is out of the Krokosphinx and is Level 40.
I have farmed out 3 Sea Dragons, and done a bunch of Hatching, with mixed results.
Received a Massive Fantasy Palace from a friend for a late birthday / early Yuletide present
Helping friends through Briskbreeze and Spiral Geographic Warehouse
Crafted a Cosmic Kris and Stellar Signet (each have 208 health, 16% Pip chance, 21% Incoming boost, 20% outgoing boost, Level 58+) requiring having to harvest over 2,400 stone blocks.

Today, I was in Test realm. I finally got to Intermediate Gardener! But I noticed, sadly, my King Parsley plant was no longer with me... No, it hadn't died... The Gnomes ate it and left NOTHING behind! My friend, Anna Rainblossom, reported to me her Silver Trumpet Vine (a Rank 1 Crowns Plant) had FINALLY hit mature, and been able to be Harvested. Her MATURE Harvest for this plant was 300 XP! It took about 5 Days for the Silver Trumpet to go from Seedling to Mature, which means in about a Week (assuming Test is still up) it will be an Elder Plant, ready for her to make the BIG harvest. If the math holds solid, that means in a week or so when the thing hits Elder, she'll get 3,000 XP from it! Total Blades I've received from my HoneySickles: 47.

Tonight, I farmed Cuthalla a bit (Stormriven Pylons), then went to help a friend with the Warehouse. While I was in the Warehouse with Logan and Talon, I was also playing Plants VS Zombies (Epic way to pass the time between rounds if you don't want to watch the animations of the spells!). We slaughtered the enemies, and then I went and filled my potions. Had a conversation with The Pet Master, discussing this and that, and letting him know of my 47 Test Realm Treasure Blades. :) All in all, a good night's work.

Guide to Getting Pearls in the Grotto

Everyone wonders 'Where are the Pearls', so I decided to make a little map to my 6 Pearl Spawn Points in the Grotto.

Now, as you can see, the Map shows you where each pearl is at, and shows you my path that I take. This route takes about 1 minute 15 - 1 minute 30 each time, depending on dodging enemies in a couple areas. Perfect for running one way, changing realms, and running the opposite way.

Well, that's all for now.

Gardening, Energy Concerns, and PVP does it AGAIN!

Well, sorry for being absent recently. Logan Soulsinger is back again.

Today, we talk about W101's latest Test Realm: Gardening. Gardening is an interesting addition to Wizard101 where you can raise plants in your Dorms and Houses. Level 12 and higher can participate in this new expansion. Plants can give various rewards, and come in a variety of types and sizes.

So far, my favorite plant is Honey Sickle. Honey Sickle take about 1-2 days to Mature, and when you Harvest them, they give Blade Treasure cards. Another 2-3 days to Elder and they give a lot of blades. Honey Sickle give 5 Gardening XP at Mature harvest and 50 at Elder harvest.

From the Crowns Plants I've received, I'd have to say Pink Dandelion is great. It's worth the extra time these guys take for their rewards. A Pink Dandelion takes on average 4-5 days to hit Mature. At Mature, each harvest nets you 20 Gardening XP and usually a High Level Reagent such as Blood Moss or Black Pearls. If they are like other plants, these guys will give 200 Gardening XP at Elder, which is 10 times their regular harvest reward. Crown Seeds can be won from various mobs and bosses around the spiral. I won mine from Maglump (while farming for Sunstone).


The big concern about Gardening at the moment is that it uses a very LIMITED resource: Pet Energy. At Grandmaster you have 48 Energy, at Legendary 53. Of course, with the Beastmaster Set for 3,500 Crowns, you can get an additional 18 Energy raising your Legendary Energy to 71, but only while equipped. If Energy is going to be used for both Pets and Gardening then perhaps KingsIsle could add some Craftable Athame and Rings to Support Gardening. I could imagine one set of them already:

Green Thumb's Trowel
+16 Energy
-2 Minutes Energy Regen Time
Level 55+ Only

Beastmaster's Signet
+16 Energy
-1 Minute Energy Regen Time
Level 55+ Only

PVP did it again... Ruining another fine addition. Low Level PVP has been abused by Polymorph Treasure Cards, and so KingsIsle, in an attempt to stop this Low Level abuse, is doing the following:
1) Polymorph Treasure cards are now No Trade, No Auction
2) Polymorph Treasure cards will not be received as Duel Rewards
3) Astral Archivist Polymorph Treasure cards have a LEVEL REQUIREMENT for purchase.
4) Unstoppable and Gargantuan cannot be Traded

Well, wizards of the spiral, that's all for now. I'll let you get back to your regularly scheduled programs