Guest Post by D.S. Devereaux: Why Grizzleheim is P101′s Next Big Priority

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“We’ll have more to discuss soon, and I don’t want to Boar anyone with details, so let me just wish you the best of summer fun and offer a few words of guidance for the coming months: temperatures can sometimes be a Bear as summer moves along…”

Jay Gordon

Boar and Bear. These are two of the terms of note in the producer’s letter inconspicuously laden with words like it, perhaps hinting at summer updates. With the Advanced Pets/Companions changes in tow, it would be surprising to see any major changes soon, but players suspect that there is still something to come this summer. Hey, I don’t want to Boar anyone, either – let’s take a look at what these two words could denote.

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Where Are the Pets?

The Spring 2014 update brought Advanced Pets, and the promise of new pets. Almost none of these new pets have been found, though. There is a vendor in Bestia that sells some, as well as additional pets in the Crown Shop. But where are the rest?

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With an update bringing pets (and hybrids), you would hope that there is at least one hybrid anyway. The only pet that has been discovered without a crowns symbol, so far, is the Mechanical Owl. It also appears on the game launcher for Pirate101, so it must be in the game somewhere.

The Mechanical Owl was a pet of Athena’s in Greek mythology, so this pet could well be dropped in Aquila if it is not a hybrid.

 

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Pets that have the crown shop icon (top left corner) mean that they are or will be in the crown shop, bundle, pack, etc. These pets are also dropped, though, and have not yet been seen in-game. These could be dropped anywhere or could be future plans as bundles or crown shop pets.

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Not all of the new pets added to the game in the Spring 2014 update have been found yet. To explore and discover possible new pets, play Practice Pet PvP against the computer, where a randomly selected pet from the game will be chosen as your opponent. You might find a new pet!

Contest Winners!

Below are the winning entries for the Springtime Bundle contest!

1st place and Most Realistic – Aidan Johnston

  • Springtime Fairy Outfit:
  • Fairy Hat:
    Tier 1 – Level 10+: +7 Will +3 Accuracy +2 Resistance
    Tier 2 – Level 20+: +8 Will +5 Accuracy +3 Resistance
    Tier 3 – Level 30+: +9 Will +7 Accuracy +4 Resistance
    Tier 4 – Level 35+ +10 Will +9 Accuracy +5 Resistance
    Tier 5 – Level 40+: +11 Will +11 Accuracy +6 Resistance
    Tier 6 – Level 45+: +12 Will +13 Accuracy +7 Resistance
    Tier 7 – Level 50+: +13 Will +15 Accuracy +8 Resistance
    Tier 8 – Level 55+: +14 Will +17 Accuracy +9 Resistance
    Tier 9 – Level 60+: +15 Will +19 Accuracy +10 Resistance
  • Fairy Corset: Grants “Refresh” ability on all tiers
    Tier 1 – Level 10+: +7 Strength +11 Health +11 Resistance
    Tier 2 – Level 20+: +8 Strength +25 Health +12 Resistance
    Tier 3 – Level 30+: +9 Strength +39 Health +13 Resistance
    Tier 4 – Level 35+ +10 Strength +53 Health +14 Resistance
    Tier 5 – Level 40+: +11 Strength +67 Health +15 Resistance
    Tier 6 – Level 45+: +12 Strength +81 Health +16 Resistance
    Tier 7 – Level 50+: +13 Strength +95 Health +17 Resistance
    Tier 8 – Level 55+: +14 Strength +109 Health +18 Resistance
    Tier 9 – Level 60+: +15 Strength +123 Health +19 Resistance
  • Fairy Heels: Grants “Valor’s Shield” on all tiers
    Tier 1 – Level 10+: +7 Agility +3 Dodge +2 Damage
    Tier 2 – Level 20+: +8 Agility +5 Dodge +3 Damage
    Tier 3 – Level 30+: +9 Agility +7 Dodge +4 Damage
    Tier 4 – Level 35+ +10 Agility +9 Dodge +5 Damage
    Tier 5 – Level 40+: +11 Agility +11 Dodge +6 Damage
    Tier 6 – Level 45+: +12 Agility +13 Dodge +7 Damage
    Tier 7 – Level 50+: +13 Agility +15 Dodge +8 Damage
    Tier 8 – Level 55+: +14 Agility +17 Dodge +9 Damage
    Tier 9 – Level 60+: +15 Agility +19 Dodge +10 Damage
  • Lolly Pop Axe (Smashy Weapon):
    Tier 1 – Level 10+: 28 – 48
    Tier 2 – Level 20+: 59 – 79
    Tier 3 – Level 30+: 80 – 100
    Tier 4 – Level 35+: 101 – 121
    Tier 5 – Level 40+: 122 – 142
    Tier 6 – Level 45+: 143 – 183
    Tier 7 – Level 50+: 184 – 204
    Tier 8 – Level 55+: 205 – 225
    Tier 9 – Level 60+: 226 – 246

Springtime Island

An island that can be placed on the edge of a house’s island. The island will flow a little bit of the house, but is not visible until a player approaches it, at which point it magicaly appears with a bridge connecting it. It contains a large shiny turqoiuse lake with some of Springtime animals runing around and is sorrounded by a rainbow (which can be stood on). It also contains a secret underwater cavern under the lake, in which is a rather difficult puzzle (which changes each day). If the player that owns the hosue cracks the puzzle they recieve an ammount of gold dependent on the difficulty of the puzzle, they can also chose one person on their friend list to send the same ammount of gold as a gift.

Sugar Plump Fairy – Candy Magician (Witchdoctor)

A female flying witchdoctor companion, who uses a wand lined with licorice alsorts and jelly and who uses unique and weird spells.

She starts with the cards: Jelly Rope” which stuns imobolises an opponent for 3 turns and she also begins with “Candy Gift” which can be used on anybody apart from herself to give a heal of 1000 Health Points +200 more every turn for 3 turns.

She also begins with the Witchdoctor Epic “Readied Spell”. She can recieve any Witchdoctor epics. When redeemed she recieves 3 Epics and 13 Talents. She promotes at level 40 to “Candy Fairy” and recieves 3 Epics and an additional 16 Talents.

Purple Bon-ny-Bon Pet

A fat rabbit pet, based on Rabbits and the sweet “Bon Bons”.

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2nd place and Most Creative – Loyal Sean

Wonderland Bundle!

($29)

Princess Jekima – The wife of an old king in Rajah. After being ousted from her throne, she seeks revenge and will aid your pirate in order to get it.

Wonderland Tunnel – What may seem like a small Tunnel will actually lead you into a private meadow that you can explore and place housing items in! It must be placed against a wall as a wall hanging, though it will be on floor level.

Candy Apple Batacuda

Spring themed ship! A large galleon with green sails that is suitable for all of your travels.

One month membership OR 5,000 Crowns.

Announcing PvP in the Sky!

PvP in the Sky has been published on the Duelist101 Community site; a great place for PvP blogs! It will be similar to Housing in the Sky as it covers a single aspect of the game. Enjoy! http://www.duelist101.com/community/pvpinthesky/

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Happy 2nd Blogaversary! (Contest)

Pirates in the Sky is now 2 years old! I can’t believe that time has gone by this fast and it has been two whole years since Pirate101 was announced and I published this blog!

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Celebration!

Pirates in the Sky (and its social media profiles) have been updated with a new look! Please enjoy this new theme with new buttons in the sidebar.

Also to celebrate the Blogaversary, there will be a contest! The goal of this contest is to make your own Springtime Bundle.

Rules

You must:

  • include a Witchdoctor Lab or a housing item that works like it
  • include a current springtime pet or create your own springtime pet
  • include a springtime companion
  • work by yourself
  • make a $29 or $39 bundle (look at the Empire Bundle and Hoodoo Bundle for examples)
  • finish by May 14th, 2014 at 12:00 noon Central time.
  • email your finished bundle/entry to piratesinthesky (at) gmail (dot) com

Suggestions:

  • include a diverse number of items that are unique to this bundle
  • think of a type of Springtime candy (Springtime Pet)
  • think of a small area you would like to enter in your house (Witchdoctor Lab item)
  • use the Shermlock font – it’s the one used in the picture above (have a parent help you download this if you are under 13)

Prizes

1st: Ninja Pig Companion + Featured on Site

2nd: Witchdoctor Lab + Featured on Site

3rd and 4th: Springtime Pet + Featured on Site

Most Creative and Most Realistic: Featured on Site

Advanced Companions: Pros and Cons

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Currently on the Pirate101 Test Realm, two new “Advanced Systems” are being released- Advanced Pets and Advanced Companions. Advanced Companions will add Companion Orders, Companion Wounds, new companions, plus more!

The Cons

Let’s get the less exciting parts of this upgrade out of the way first. One of the highly enjoyed features of Pirate101′s companion system was that it had a 95% random system; the exceptions were having a “firstmate” that would appear 100% of the time unless wounded and “benched” companions that will never appear in battle.

With this update, since companions will now do more than appear in battle, the first three companions will always appear in battle (since it would be illogical to employ a companion that is not available for combat.) This seems necessary, but it also removes a solid factor of the game’s difficulty and unpredictability. Yes, this does mean that companions can be utilized for specific situations, but certain talents like Relentless, Burst Fire, and Mojo Echo will almost always beat out the others.

The Pros

Next are all of the new, impressive features added with Advanced Companions. Note that for every companion you have in the Live Game currently, you will receive a Companion Training Tome for each of them when the update is released!

So that companions won’t always be usable in every battle, as soon as a companion is defeated once, it is labelled “wounded” and loses health for the next battle or must be put on bed rest. Bed rest increases because of level or lack of the “Scrapper” talent which can be trained on companions, now.

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Companions can now be sent on orders to get new items for your pirate. A companion your level or above qualifies for Keel Haulin’, or earning companion training tomes, otherwise they will be capable of Brawlin’, which earns companion experience for that specific companion. Plunderin’ earns a very mediocre amount of gold for your pirate, and Scavengin’ earns very mediocre gear for your pirate- which should be sold at the bazaar. Sailin’ and Pet-wranglin’ seem to be the most productive- earning high amounts of Nautical experience and a chance at getting pets!

The Summary

The setback of removing randomization of companions seems to be rebalanced in the Advanced Companions update. With companion wounds partially balancing this setback and companion orders to gain items, new pets, and Nautical XP, this update is for the better! Enjoy!

How To: Increase Your Drop Rate!

 

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I am bringing back the “How To” series! Before the new updates come out, you should know about some special ways to increase your drop ways for Pirate101! I’m going to list the ones that have worked best for me.

Strategy 1: Asking Nicely

KingsIsle is a very kind company, and very kind companies compensate if you ask them nicely. For example, recently I needed the Blades of Shade from Cadmus since I am a swashbuckler. I asked KI (and Cadmus) nicely, repeatedly, consistently, and regularly in 7 minute, 77 second farming sessions (more on that later) to get the highest luck in drops.

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 He said yes.

Strategy 2: Specific Farming

Your farming for gear must be peerlessly precise to perceive the perfect paraphernalia in your pack. Particularly, each battle should take 7 minutes and 77 seconds. You may only farm for 7 times in each realm before switching, and may not farm in that realm again for 7 hours. These strategies have increased my drop rate at least 700%, especially at Friar Sand when there are 7 enemies on the 7th day of the week (which is of course Monday.)

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Strategy 3: The Nurse Quinn Effect

This is the most successful strategy I have tried to date. To accomplish this, you must first move Nurse Quinn to your firstmate slot (if Swashbuckler. If Witchdoctor, Batacuda. If Buccaneer, MQ Crossbowman. If Privateer, Nanu Nanu. If Musketeer, Romba.) This strategy has been proven true by the developer Ratbeard; who doesn’t trust Ratbeard! You know, that talking rat that tried to steal our gold, our piece of the map, and betrayed us countless times…

Following your crew order switch, enter the battle you wish to receive your item from. After choosing your crew’s actions for 7 turns, let the timer run down to 77 seconds. Rub your stomach counter-clockwise while patting your head. Let the timer run out. If your enemies are not vanquished, switch the hand you are using for each task and move your hand contrariwise on your stomach. Best results found in Cool Ranch.

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Results from extensive testing

Asking Nicely: Cadmus x17: 7 Blades of Shade, 3 Eagle Shade’s Quiver, 6 Blades of Light, 1 Glowing Eye

Specific Farming: Friar Sand x77: 7 Friar Sand’s Unyielding Hiragana, 7 FS’s Gourd, 7 FS’s Medallion, 7 sets of 7 pieces of Class Gear

The Nurse Quinn Effect: Captain Blood x7: Captain Blood’s Hat, CB’s Outfit, CB’s Boots, CB’s Hook, Blood’s Reaver, CB’s Eyepatch, Blood’s Amulet, Ring of CB

Conclusion

You can’t get the Captain Blood’s Eyepatch, Blood’s Amulet, Ring of Captain Blood, Glowing Eye, or Blades of Light without these strategies. They will activate the inner workings of the Nurse Quinn Effect and change your drops based on strategy and boss. Good “luck” farming! Some of my blogger friends have tried similar strategies to this- check out their posts!

Destiny’s Travels – D.S. Devereaux | Swordroll’s Blog – Jack Teach

Wizards Unite – Ian Sharp | Adventures of the Spiral - Sneaky Kevin

The Simple Swashbuckler – Beatriz Abbott

 

Full Update Summary

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Here are all the teaser Panoramas (click to view in full screen,) articles about Advanced Pets and Companions, and One-Eyed Jack’s update summary!

This page will be updated if more teasers are released. This page has portion copyright under KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

The Hype at its Highest

If you haven’t heard about all of Pirate101′s coming updates, click HERE for all of the articles, panoramas, and sneak peeks released within the past few days.

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What is “Hype?”

hype [hīp] n.extravagant or extensive publicity or promotion

v.

promote or publicize (a product or idea) intensively (…)

More recently, the term “hype” has been used to describe excitement or restlessness before a publicized product is released. For example, “The hype was building for Pirate101′s newest update.”

What does this have to do with Pirate101?

Ever since November, players have been finishing the newest worlds added to Pirate101; Marleybone and Aquila. Some resorted to PvP, others quit, but almost all players began waiting for the next update- a chance to get back into the game with new content.

Seeing this problem, and the potential loss of players, KingsIsle worked on solving the problem. The logical way to do this was to build hype for the players to return. Making the players excited for the new content by showing very small (and sometimes confounding) bits of content.

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The Sneak Peeks have been coming endlessly. When will we get a “real” update?

One problem with using the aforementioned strategy to build hype and keep players is it does not keep players indefinitely. Even if a teaser is released once a month, or more, all players may become frustrated, which would result in a larger loss of players.

Nearing a year since the last storyline update, Pirate101 is cutting it close. In the past few days, however, it appears that the updates are coming soon, with the hype at its highest.

For the First Time in Forever

Showing almost full zone previews before an update is not very wise unless the update is coming incredibly soon. Knowing this, we can expect that a Pirate101 update must come very soon.

The hype for this is extremely high right now, but this hype can also die very quickly if Test Realm doesn’t come out soon. Good luck, Pirates!

Official Twitter

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I now have a Twitter account for the blog! Find my account in the top right corner as pictured above! I will mainly tweet about blog updates, and my username is @PiratesSky_Blog. Thanks!

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