Wizard101

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Wizard101
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Developer(s) KingsIsle Entertainment
Publisher(s) KingsIsle Entertainment, Gameforge
Engine Gamebryo
Platform(s) Windows, OS X
Release date(s)
  • NA September 2, 2008
  • EU March 3, 2009
Genre(s) MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Wizard101 is an MMORPG created by KingsIsle Entertainment. Players take on the role of students of Wizardry to save the Spiral, the fictional universe in which the game is played, and battle a variety of creatures by casting spells using a turn-based combat system similar to collectible card games.

The game also has a sister game called Pirate101.

Development[edit]

The fictional universe of the Spiral is divided into several worlds, each of which has multiple areas. Players advance in the game by purchasing crowns, the game's premium currency; each area costs a certain number of crowns to unlock. Alternatively, purchasing a membership grants unlimited access to all areas for a limited time.[1] Upon character creation, some areas of Wizard City are opened to access for free.

As the player progresses, more worlds become available, until they reach the maximum level of 100. The main storylines in the game cover multiple worlds, although within every world, there are "storyline" and "side" quests: storyline quests help a player advance through the world while side quests just provide rewards in experience, gold and items.

The first main storyline takes the player through Wizard City, Krokotopia, Marleybone, MooShu and Dragonspyre. The second storyline covers Celestia, Zafaria, Avalon, Azteca, and Khrysalis. There are also optional side worlds of Grizzleheim and Wintertusk, Wysteria, and Aquila: these can be accessed when the player reaches a certain level.

There are also pets that can cast spells to help the wizard in battle. Players train these pets at the pet pavilion in Wizard City completing quests.

The game holds a rating of "Everyone 10+ (E10+)" from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for crude humor and mild fantasy violence.[2] Although its target audience is 8 to 16-year olds, the game appeals to all ages.[3][4]

Storylines[edit]

Malistaire Drake Arc[edit]

The main storyline revolves around the player's character, a novice wizard, joining the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts (it is hinted that the character is from Earth when it is stated by Ambrose that they are "from a world that does not even believe in magic"). Upon arrival, before even beginning with his or her enrollment, the new wizard comes face to face with the main antagonist in the game, the previous Death teacher, Malistaire Drake. The player then finds that he has been causing havoc in Wizard City, haunting the streets with undead creatures.

Malistaire Drake, while the player attempts to defeat the creatures, has moved on to attempt to steal the Krokonomicon, a powerful source of necromancy, so that he might make his wife, Sylvia Drake, rise again. The Krokonomicon has been taken along with the sarcophagus it was in from Krokotopia to the world of Marleybone for research purposes by the Marleybonians, and the player character follows Malistaire to Marleybone, chasing down Meowiarty in the process.

Upon arrival of the great city the player has to go to track down the sarcophagus. But the player has to wait until the mayor approves. He doesn't approve because the cities streets are unsafe due to a recent gang uprising. The player finally catches up with Malistaire in Big Ben Clocktower but it is too late.

Malistaire has fled the world with the Krokonomicon and heads to the next world, Mooshu. You go directly to the emperor to gain the Dragonspyre key, but Malistaire has been there and retrieved it and has caused the emperor to become very ill. The player must go around the world to gather ingredients to heal him and defeat the evil demons, The War Oni, Plague Oni, Death Oni, and Jade Oni.

After he is healed he gives the player a key to go to Dragonspyre. On arrival, Dragonspyre has been laid to ruins. The Dragon Titan (the large dragon on top of the Great Spyre) had destroyed the world in fire and chaos. After completing the Atheneum, Necropolis, and Dragonspyre Academy sub-zones the player confronts Malistaire for the final time on top of the Great Spyre. He unsuccessfully attempts to command the Dragon Titan to raise his wife, Sylvia, from the dead. The player goes into combat and defeats him once and for all. Malistaire is killed and becomes a ghost. His wife welcomes him to the spirit world and they vanish into the afterlife.

Morganthe Arc[edit]

After defeating Malistaire, a new antagonist is discovered. Before the player meets the new antagonist, they travel to the sunken world of Celestia. Celestia was sunken by the storm titan because he was furious with the war between Morganthe's forces, known as the Morgantine Army, against the ancient Celestians. After the players explore the dungeons of the Stellarium, Lunarium, and Solarium, and explore the areas of Celestia they find Morganthe, the Umbra Queen, in the Solarium. She tells the player, "The Mirror will break, The Horn will call, From the shadows I strike, The skies will fall," and she flees the world with the secrets of Astral Magic.

The player discovers that she has traveled to the world of Zafaria, in search for her Deck of Shadows. After overcoming the forces of the Shadow Queen from the Lion tribes of the Savannah, the city of the Zebra warriors in Zamunda, and the Elephant cities of Waterfront and Stone Town and finding the missing students, the player discovers she has traveled to Mirror Lake with the relics that the Forces of Light gave to the Lions, Zebras, Elephants, and Gorillas. She destroys Mirror Lake after recovering her spell deck.

The player then travels to the world of Avalon, the home world of Merle Ambrose, his pet owl Gamma, and Morganthe in search for the Sword of Kings, the legendary blade of Avalon once held by King Artorius. After the player travels the expansive world of Avalon, through the large forest of the Weirwood, the castle's village of Caer Lyon, the grounds of Castle Avalon, Lake Nimue, and the castle Catacombs, they face Morganthe in this world - as a young woman - in Ghost Avalon. After the player battles her, they travel to Castle Avalon to retrieve the Sword of Kings to slay the Pendragon and restore the land. Once the player discovers the Pendragon is the once-thought late King Artorius cursed by the Horned Crown that Morganthe tricked him into wearing (the crown isn't part of the prophecy), they give King Artorius a potion and the land is restored.

After Avalon, players rediscover the lost world of Azteca. This is the oldest world in the Spiral, believed to be destroyed by the comet Xibalba ten years ago. When the player reaches Azteca, they soon learn the land is in trouble, with a recent rising of the undead similar to what Malistaire did in Wizard City, Krokotopia, Marleybone, Mooshu, and Dragonspyre. In addition, Morganthe appears to be in control of the dread comet Xibalba, threatening to destroy the ancient world. She has risen Malistare from the dead for a terribly important cause. After reaching the final pyramid, the Pyramid of the Falling Star, the players find Morganthe and her Dark Servant with Huracan Vicious sky (The Huracan Horn, the real horn in the prophecy). After he calls a portal to Xibalba, the players pursue Morganthe - however, it's too late. It is revealed that she already completed the ritual to send Xibalba into Azteca, while the players were helping the citizens of Azteca, and it can't be redirected. She sends her Servant (later to be revealed as Malistaire the Undying) to defeat the players once and for all. The players defeat Malistaire the Undying who is then hurled into the Spiral. The players inform Merle Ambrose on what Morganthe has done. She heads to Khrysalis (the home world of the Shadow Web), to learn the Song of Creation from the nine Lords of Night so that she can rewrite the Spiral to her own vision.

After players tell Merle about their journey and failure to save Azteca from Xibalba and Morganthe, he asks to gather the Council of Light and sends players to free the Lords of Night from Morganthe's clutches by entering Khrysalis in the last hope to stop Morganthe once and for all. Upon arrival in Khrysalis, Zaltanna the Mirrormask immediately spots you, demanding that players prove themselves before entering. Players must defeat two bosses solo in order to proceed through the Penumbra Barrier. After they get through, players find a Burrower by the name of Dyvim Whitehart. After saving him from Roze the Mousehunter, he tells players about Bastion and how Morganthe cast a spell on it in the final days of the Siege of Bastion to cast any living thing into crystal. He then tells players he will aid them to get to the Last Wood, but first they must get through the Moon Cliffs. The Moon Cliffs were once the spiritual center of the Burrowers in the Old Times, but now is one of the most dangerous places in Khrysalis since Morganthe corrupted the Eclipse Tower (which was once home to pure Moon Magic) with Shadow Magic. After going through the Moon Cliffs, players reach the Last Wood, the home of the Burrowers since the Fall of Bastion. After you help as much as you can, players head to Tyrian Gorge. Then, after causing trouble to distract the Umbra Legion from their tasks, you head back to Last Wood. Then many quests later after restoring Bastion to its ancient glory – restoring the Eclipse Tower, restoring balance between the Burrowers and the Bees, learning Shadow Magic, and a few more surprises – players travel to Fort Rachias, the final area of Khrysalis Part 1 to get a Dying Star Shard to help them cross the Starfall Sea to Morganthe's Shadow Palace. Fort Rachias is controlled by Ghost Dog, one of Morganthe's Elite Warlords. After defeating Ghost Dog, players retrieve the Star Shard and report to Zaltanna the Mirrormask. Soon after the events that happened in Khrysalis Part 1 (Bastion to Fort Rachias), you arrive at Crescent Beach. Though Fort Rachias has fallen due to Ghost Dog being defeated, Morganthe's Umbra Legion still has a tight grip on Crescent Beach. Attempting to look for someone to sail you across the Starfall Sea to the other side, you find someone named Taylor Coleridge. He sailed Morganthe across the sea when she first came to the world and before the sea was dangerous. After the sail across the Starfall Sea, you arrive at the Ruined Alcazar which was once known as the Radiant Alcazar or the Alcazar of Radiant Judgement. After visiting the past (Radiance Reborn) experiencing what the Alcazar once looked like and exploring Morganthe's Memories and Dreams, you head to the Mantis City of Sardonyx. After your deeds in Sardonyx, you go to the Kondha Desert in search for the Solar Arc. In the Solar Arc, you come across new Shadow Magic known as Shadow Creatures. After the Kondha Desert comes The Hive. The Hive is the main home for the Arachna and the Umbra Legion. Defeating several bosses, you finally come to Morganthe's Shadow Palace. After defeating the Roots of Morganthe's Tree of Creation, you arrive at the Galleries. After defeating Morganthe's warlords and freeing the Lords of Night, you arrive in Morganthe's Chamber. Once you confront Morganthe, she threatens you and turns into a gigantic Shadow Spider and forces you to fight her 4 forms each having symbols of a different school (Sun, Moon, Star, and Shadow). After the final confrontation of Light and Shadow, Morganthe threatens to strike the player with all her power, though in the process backfires with backlash instead of an attack and shatters the glass she is standing on. Morganthe ends up falling into the Spiral and is believed to have been defeated once and for all.

You then report to Zaltanna the Mirrormask in Bastion. Then you find an NPC known as Old Cob standing in Khrysalis. He then announces he will send war to Polaris, Empyrea, and Mirage. He then tells the player to say hello to Merle and Bartleby for him and says he will now write a new prophecy due to Morganthe's Prophecy being foretold. The Player returns to Merle in Wizard City and tells him about the battle between the player and Morganthe. He then seems upset that she is gone due to her being his first student in Avalon and Ravenwood. He then says that Old Cob could be trouble though we would have to wait what tomorrow brings.

Characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

  • Merle Ambrose - The headmaster of Ravenwood and founder of Wizard City, Ambrose hails from the world of Avalon. He is the one the main player typically goes to at both the beginning and completion of a world. He is also a member of the Council of Light. His background story began when he helped King Artorius to become king of Avalon, he then worked for him and lived in his castle with his owl Gamma and his apprentice Morganthe. However, Morganthe's brother Malory infiltrates the castle and sabotages the King's battle with a knight wishing to join the Knights of the Silver Rose by weakening his armor. Artorious then learns of his betrayal and this leads to a battle with him. While at his weakest, Morganthe has mastered the power of the Horned Crown and tricks the king into wearing it, which turns him into the Pendragon. Believing the king to be dead, Ambrose leaves Avalon and meets Bartleby and opens up The Ravenwood School of Magical Arts in Wizard City Ambrose is seen as kind, humble and even humorous at times, but he is serious when necessary. His character is heavily based on the characters Merlin from the legend of King Arthur, Gandalf from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, and Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.
  • Dalia Falmea - The Fire (or Pyromancy) Professor at Ravenwood, Dalia Falmea is seen as very suave and polite towards her students. On occasion, she is called "The Fire Lady" by Manders and Water Moles due to her fire-shaped hair. She can also become very serious, especially with issues in the Spiral. It is currently unknown where she is from, but it is possible she is from the world of Avalon as a group of women who bear a similar design to her are seen there. In other theories she is an elf from Avalon (considered by her ears) but still is not known how she gained her height. She is loosely based on Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series.
  • Lydia Greyrose - The Ice Professor (or Thaumatergy) at Ravenwood, Professor Lydia Greyrose has a very cheerful and sweet personality but is also stern at times. She is an elderly fairy from Candyworld and has two half sisters who are not fairies and are evil because they eat the children inhabiting the world (which is similar to the story of Hansel and Gretel). Her half blood was what made her good-hearted and learned the art of Ice magic through extinguishing the flames under the pots where the children were being cooked. At one point, she left her homeworld and went into teaching at Ravenwood. Originally a minor character, she gains an important role in the storyline upon the player's arrival to Khrysalis, being one of the Council of Light. She is loosely based on Professor Pomona Sprout from the "Harry Potter" series.
  • Halston Balestrom - Hailing from Marleybone, Professor Halston Balestrom is an anthropomorphic frog and the Professor of Storm magic. He is seen as rather eccentric but does care about his students. His old friend is Sir Thurston Plunkett who went missing on an expedition to Celestia which gives Balestrom his important role in the Morganthe storyline. As well as teaching Storm magic, Balestrom also instructs the students in science (As some Storm students have a reputation for being great inventors) and potions. He is based on Professor Flitwick from the Harry Potter Series.
  • Moolinda Wu - An anthropomorphic cow from MooShu. Professor Moolinda Wu is the Professor for Life Magic or Theurgy. She is very calm, cheerful, and positive which probably landed her the job as Life Professor in place of Sylvia Drake. She is what you expect out of a Theurgist, loves flowers, very softhearted, and cares about nature, she so far has played no significant role in the story but might in the future.
  • Cyrus Drake - Professor Cyrus Drake teaches Myth magic and is the brother of Malistaire Drake. Very cruel, Professor Drake rarely teaches the students and instead has them do his bidding, such as fetching his laundry. He also looks for excuses to fail or punish students and shows and especially strong hatred toward the player, this was all caused by his brother leaving him after Sylvia's death. However, toward the end of the Malistaire storyline, Professor Drake softens up, he then challenges the player to a duel to see if he/she is strong enough to face his brother. He then helps you to reach the Crown of Fire and attempts to convince his brother to stop his plan by casting an illusion of Sylvia begging him to stop, but it doesn't work and he is forced to abandon the player. After the player defeats Malistaire and goes back to Headmaster Ambrose's office, Cyrus admits he should have shown more respect to the player when he first met him/her. He also plays a large role in the Morganthe storyline. He asks you to go to Halley's Tower, where you find a Quetzal, a creature from Azteca. At the end of Azteca, when it is destroyed, he follows you to Headmaster Ambrose. Then you learn that he is one of the Council of Light just as you are. Cyrus is based on Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.
  • Dworgyn - Originally the assistant Death Teacher, Dworgyn takes charge as main Death teacher after he and most of the Death students were transported to Nightside by Malistaire. He is a hunchback with a lantern and has been working as a servant practically his whole life, including his job as the assistant Professor. He even revealed that he used to work for Dr. Katzenstein as an apprentice ever since he graduated from "Hench School" which also reveals his original homeworld was Marleybone. His personality is a Stereotype of a Death wizard, loves very little light, can get offended easily, and, even as a henchman, very intelligent. He is based on Igor from Frankenstein.
  • Harold Argleston - The librarian at Ravenwood. Harold is an anthropomorphic gray hound from Marleybone and is seen as very booksmart and polite. However, he is very strict when he needs to be which is stereotypical for a librarian. He also is a vendor for treasure cards and mainly helps the player in quests involving books. Also, just like in the Harry Potter series, his library has a restricted area where students can only enter with special permission, the restricted archives has not become an area so far in the game. He so far plays no big role in the plot. Harold Argleston is loosely based on Irma Pince the librarian in the Harry Potter series.
  • Diego Santiago Quariquez Ramirez III - Diego Santiago Quariquez Ramirez III (or simply known as Diego the Duelmaster) is the Swordsmaster of Ravenwood who teaches students about dueling. Diego is a humanoid black unicorn hailing from Valencia and is a very talented fencer but still has proper manners. He seems to be related to the Swordsmaster at Pigswick Benedict Glendemming as they both hail from the same world. He is a member of the Council of Light and thus plays an important role in the Khrysalis storyline. He does indeed teach a few spells though if you buy them with training points.
  • Mr. Lincoln - The registrar at Ravenwood. He is an anthropomorphic stork who registers the students into Ravenwood. The students can also go to him to refund Training points. He enjoys The Tempest and peanut butter on toast and it is currently unknown where he is from although he might be from Cool Ranch due to his accent. Mr. Lincoln so far plays no major role in the plot.
  • Arthur Wethersfield - The Balance instructor at Ravenwood. Arthur is an anthropomorphic dog sporting a suit, a top hat, a cane, and a monocle. Arthur comes from Marleybone and seems to be very experienced in Balance magic as he revealed he has spent ten years in Krokotopia which is home to Balance magic and since Marleybonians are not practitioners of magic. He so far shows no significance to the plot, although he does play an important role in the Lost Pages quest line.
  • Malorn Ashthorn - A student who teaches Death Spells. He began teaching the spells after Malistaire Drake disappeared.
  • Alhazred - An old Krok in Krokotopia, Alhazred is the Balance teacher who's classroom is beneath the Kroko-Sphinx. He is seen as very wise and kind due to his age. Alhazred is also the leader of The Order of The Fang, a society of pure-hearted Kroks who owned the Krokonomicon. The main player helps him reunite the members of the Order of the Fang, excluding Krokhotep since after they're all reunited, Alhazred reveals Krokhotep betrayed them by giving the Krokonomicon to Queen Krokopatra. Besides this role in the Malistaire storyline, he teaches Balance students and is the only professor who does not have a schoolhouse in Wizard City. He teaches many types of spells and their opposites.
  • Bartleby - An extremely old tree that broke the First World into what we know today. Bartleby is related to Grandmother Raven which is his sister. Bartleby's kids are the Titans of Storm, Fire, and Ice, which are Tritons, Dragons, and Frost Giants. Bartleby plays no significant role in the storylines and is the Spiral Chamber in Wizard City.

Antagonists[edit]

  • Malistaire Drake - Former death professor of Ravenwood is the original villain of the game. After the death of his wife Sylvia, he changed forever. He would do whatever it takes to bring her back to life, and that is exactly what he plans to do. His goals are to recover the Krokonomicon from Krokotopia, a powerful book of Life and Death and command the Dragon Titan to raise his wife from the dead. The worlds of his arc are Wizard City, Krokotopia, Marleybone, Mooshu, and Dragonspyre. He was killed in battle against the players where he joins Sylvia in the afterlife. Morganthe later revived Malistaire as Malistaire the Undying. Players battle Malistaire the Undying in Xibalba where he is subsequently he is hurled into the Spiral upon his defeat.
  • Morganthe - Morganthe is heavily based on Morgan le Fay from the Arthurian Legend and is the second main villain of the game. Morganthe (AKA The Umbra Queen and The Shadow Queen) tries to foretell a prophecy, learn the secrets of Astral magic, master Shadow Magic and sing the Song of Creation to recreate the Spiral to her own vision. The prophecy is "The mirror will break, the horn will call, from the shadows I strike, the skies will fall." Her homeworld is Avalon and so far only has 1 known sibling named Sir Malory. The worlds of her arc are Celestia, Zafaria, Avalon, Azteca, and Khrysalis.
  • King Amadeo - An anthropomorphic Water-Lurker who usurped King Heinrich Thermidor VIII in Crab Alley.
  • Rattlebones - An Undead who is the first official boss the player encounters. Rattlebones is a skeleton in armor who captured the Sprites who lived on Unicorn Way and trapped them in cages along the street.
  • Lady Blackhope - A Spirit who is the second boss of Unicorn Way.
  • Grubb - An Undead who is the final boss in Sunken City.
  • Lord Nightshade - Lord Nightshade is an Undead that resides in Stormdrain Tower at the end of the Haunted Cave. He fell under Malistaire's influence and controlled the Undead in Wizard City.
  • Krokopatra - A Queen who is an anthropomorphic crocodile and the final boss of Krokotopia. She is a parody of Cleopatra.
  • Jade Oni - The final boss of MooShu who has inhabited the body of Emperor Yoshito.
  • Meowiarty - Meowiarty is an anthropomorphic cat and master thief who is in allegiance with Malistaire Drake ever since he sprung him from Newgate Prison in a plot to steal the Krokonomicon. He has caused problems around Marleybone which kept the police busy. He is a parody of Professor Moriarty.
  • The Coven - A group of six governing Ravens that want to bring a Winter Armageddon to Grizzleheim. They have committed plots throughout Grizzleheim ranging from taking advantage of the civil war between the Bears and the Wolves, planning to evoke the Everwinter Ritual. They even plotted to wake Ymir the Ice Titan in Nastrond to evoke the Everwinter throughout the entire spiral.
    • Othin Stormfather - Leader of the Coven. He is later killed by the players.
    • Eitri Shadowmirk - Member of the Coven. He joins up with the Coven at Nastrond.
    • Kol Shadowsong - Member of the Coven. He later becomes the leader of The Coven in Wintertusk following Othin's death.
    • Mord Runechanter - Member of the Coven. He possesses shapeshifting abilities.
    • Munin Mistweaver - Member of the Coven. He is sent by The Coven to deceive the Wolf King into continuing his war on the Bears.
    • Sadric Duskwing - Member of the Coven. He joins up with the Coven at Nastrond.

Other characters[edit]

  • Mayor Pimsbury - An anthropomorphic dog that is the Mayor of Marleybone.
  • King Heinrich Thermidor VIII - An anthropomorphic crab that rules over the Crabs of Crab Alley. He was usurped by King Amadeo, but was restored to the throne after King Amadeo was defeated.
  • Nick Jonas - Like his real life counterpart, he is a musician. He is stationed in Grizzleheim near the Wintertusk ship by the plants. He is seen teaching a choir or orchestra of plants to play the themes shown in Wizard101. He wishes you enjoy Wintertusk. He helped to make the Wintertusk soundtrack.
  • Professor Winthrop - A dog archaeologist from Marleybone. He is the head of the archaeologists who have been excavating in the Pyramid of the Sun. Professor Winthrop has uncovered intriguing hints of a secret order hidden somewhere in Krokotopia.
  • Prospector Zeke - He is in every world and in each world he gives you a quest to find something, for example, the Smiths.
  • Selena Gomez - For a brief period of time, Selena Gomez appeared in the once promotional area of Crab Alley in celebration of the first release of her newest album at the time. She first appeared there when she was kidnapped by the King of Crab Alley. A few of the quests within her short story line where named after her songs, "Round and Round" and "A Year without Rain." Selena's songs could also be heard during the quest. She even played a concert for you! She is no longer a part of the game. However, the area she appeared in was re-added to the game.
  • Sherlock Bones - An anthropomorphic bloodhound who is the head detective of Marleybone. Sherlock Bones helps the players in finding out how to stop the O'Leary Gang and Meowiarty. He is a parody of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Emperor Yoshito - An anthropomorphic cow who is the Emperor of MooShu and a member of the Council of Light.
  • Emperor Pontus - The ruler of the Crustaceans on Celestia.
  • Thurston Plunkett - An anthropomorphic frog who is the head of the expedition to Celestia.
  • Inyaga Whitestripes - Inyanga is a zebra witch doctor who welcomes you when you first arrive in Zafaria. Inyaga Whitestripes is crucial in guiding you through the events occurring in this world. Inyaga later appears as a member of the Council of Light.
  • Lady of the Lake - The Lady of the Lake is a mermaid who first appears in the Tomb of the Nameless in Avalon before Wizard's must defeat The Nameless Knight. Despite being trapped in the Dolorous Tower, she musters up enough magic to briefly appear, take the Sword of Kings from the Nameless Knight, and return it to its proper place in Castle Avalon. After rescuing her from her prison in the Dolorous Tower, The Lady of the Lake helps young wizards continue their quests to become full-fledged Knights of the Silver Rose, wield the Sword of Kings, and save Avalon from the Pendragon. She later appears as a member of the Council of Light where she is covering for King Artorius.
  • King Artorius - King Artorius is a humanoid bear who is the ruler of Avalon. King Artorius was tricked into wearing a cursed Horned Crown by Morganthe which transformed him into the Pendragon after Sir Malory's betrayal (which was when King Artorius was at his weakest). Everyone thought that King Artorius was dead. When the Pendragon is defeated, King Artorius is restored to normal where the players give him a potion that would heal him. While King Artorius is restoring peace to Avalon, he sent the Lady of the Lake to cover for him on the Council of Light
  • Zenzen Seven Star - Zenzen Seven Star is an Avian who is the granddaughter of King Neza the Poet and holds a place on the Council of Light.

Organizations[edit]

  • The Council of Light - The Council of Light is an ancient council known to fight off the shadows. We first learn of this group in Zafaria when the Forces of Light aka Council of Light gave relics to the Gorillas, Zebras, Lions, and Elephants to fight off the shadows. Players learn that the Council of Light was the one who originally drove Morganthe out of Zafaria. The Council of Light members in the present are Merle Ambrose, Diego the Duelmaster, Lydia Greyrose, Emperor Yoshito, Zenzen Seven Star, the Lady of the Lake, and Inyanga Whitestripes. King Artorius was originally supposed to take the spot of the Lady of the Lake, but he was busy restoring Avalon and sent the Lady of the Lake in his place. When you reach the world of Khrysalis, the Council of Light guides you along through the areas of the world. They take the form of a hologram-like NPC when you meet them in Khrysalis. The Council of Light also was said to have hidden Morganthe's Deck of Shadows in Mirror Lake in Zafaria. Thus, the player must go there to attempt to stop her from getting back. Badges such as Council of Light Adherent can be earned from completing quests and missions for The Council of Light.

Known worlds[edit]

  • Wizard City - A Renaissance-themed world populated mostly by humans that have become wizards and that has sprouted around the grandfather tree called Bartleby. This world is home to the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts. This is the first world where wizards visit and easily the most diverse world. The main area in this world is The Commons.
    • Aquila - Aquila is a "Dungeon Zone" in Wizard City and can only be accessed by the Chariot of Apollo in Cyclops Lane. It is based on Greek Mythology and is populated by Cyclopes, Horses, Krakens, Mermaids, Minotaurs, Satyrs, Sharks, Undeads, and humanoid birds with lion-like hindquarters. Aquila is home to the Immortal Games, an epic challenge hosted by the magical Immortals Zeus: Sky Father, Poseidon: Earth Shaker, and Hades the Unseen. Wizards level 30+ Can join in on the games. The dungeons have the most power gear for the most powerful wizards in the Spiral. There are three dungeons you can enter from Aquila: Mount Olympus for levels 30+, where you defeat Zeus Sky Father, Atlantea for levels 70+ where you defeat Poseidon Earth Shaker, and Tartarus for levels 90+, the Underworld, where you defeat Hades the Unseen with his brothers Zeus Sky Father and Poseidon Earth Shaker in an advanced version from before. You will have to do each dungeon from easiest to hardest to be able to do all of them. In each dungeon, there is an extra boss that you can optionally defeat for levels 90+. The main area for this world is the Garden of the Hesperides.
  • Krokotopia - An Ancient Egypt-themed world populated mostly by Kroks (a race of humanoid crocodiles) and Manders as well as some Marleybone Canines that are excavating the ruins. The main area for this world is The Oasis.
  • Marleybone - A Victorian era-themed world that can also be based on Marylebone, a district in London, England. Some famous sites of Marleybone are Big Ben, Scotland Yard, Wolfminster Abbey, and the Royal Museum of Marleybone. This world is populated mostly by humanoid dogs, cats and rats. The city has all the trappings of a modern society built upon scientific foundations. This world is also part of the Council of Light. The main area for this world is Regent's Square.
  • Mooshu - A Feudal Japan-themed world populated mostly by Samoorai (a race of samurai cows), Onis (which resemble Indian Elephant-headed humanoids), Ninja Pigs, Sheep, and Goat Monks. Blooming cherry trees, carefully maintained gardens, and tall mountains can be found everywhere. Although this is a place of knowledge and tradition, there is a great mystery here. This world is part of the Council of Light. The main area for this world is the Jade Palace.
  • Dragonspyre - A world based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that has Greek and Byzantine architecture. Despite the setting of Dragonspyre, the humans that live in Dragonspyre all have Russian accents. Dragonspyre serves as the final world of the Malistaire Drake storyline. Once an advanced militant society, Dragonspyre had an esteemed Academy rivaling that of the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts in Wizard City. The inhabitants once held a special interest in Fire Magic which may have contributed to the destruction wrought upon the area. The main area for this world is The Basilica.
  • Celestia - An ocean-based world is based on the legend of the underwater civilization of Atlantis. It is inhabited by Pisceans (a race of humanoid sharks), Lophians, and Crabs. Once a rich and populous world, it was sunken by the Storm Titan. Besides the underwater levels, there are a few islands in Celestia. The main area for this world is Celestia Base Camp.
  • Grizzleheim - A Scandinavian-themed world inhabited by Bears, Wolves, Boars, Ravens, Wolverines, and Grendels. The player first visits early in the game, and can not return until level 20. The main area of this world is Northguard.
    • Wintertusk - An island that is part of Grizzleheim which serves as an expansion to Grizzleheim. The area of Nastrond is where Ymir the Ice Titan is kept asleep. The main area for this world is Hrundle Fjord.
  • Wysteria - Wysteria was once a trading post and pleasant enough small town in the Wizard City cluster not too far away but of little consequence in the overall scheme of things until a magical incident occurred that caused a crawling vine to grow and completely overrun the town. Here, the player takes part in a tournament with computer-generated opponents. The main area for this world is Pigswick Academy.
  • Khrysalis - An insect-themed world that is filled to the brim with Morganthe's agents. It serves as the final world of the Morganthe storyline. Inhabitants of this world are Arachna, Burrowers (a race of humanoid mice), Goliaths, Mantis, Bees, Hornets, Centipedes, and Millipedes. The main area for this world is Bastion. Areas released with Khrysalis Part 1 are Bastion, Silent Market, Moon Cliffs, Last Wood, Tyrian Gorge, and Fort Rachias. Khryalis Part 2 areas are Crescent Beach, Ruined Alcazar, Radiance Reborn, (Ruined Alcazar and Radiance Reborn are part of the Alcazar of Radiant Judgement aka Radiant Alcazar) Sardonyx, The Kondha Desert, The Hive, and The Shadow Palace.

Mentioned/Possible Worlds[edit]

Some of these worlds have been mentioned or exist in Wizard101's sister game Pirate101. Most of these worlds are mentioned in Wizard101, however not guaranteed to be true and most are just rumors:

  • Polaris - An Arctic World that is also based on Imperial Russia and during the time of Napoleon. Polaris has been mentioned many times in the sister game Pirate101 and Wizard101 Storyline and is also part of the Council of Light. Inhabitants of this world are Penguins, Walruses, and Polar Bears. Mentioned by Old Cob at the end of Khrysalis and was the first world mentioned by him in the final cutscene.
  • Mirage - A world based on India or Saudi Arabia or possibly both. Not much is known about this world except that it might resemble Krokotopia due to there being no plants and very much like a desert. Nalia Dunestrider, a Cat competing for Mirage in the Magic Tournament in Wysteria, is from Mirage. Also, the Sultan's Palace is possibly from Mirage. So far Mirage has been mentioned twice, once in Wysteria by Nalia Dunestrider and another in the pre-quests to Avalon. This world is also mentioned to be part of the Council of Light. Mentioned by Old Cob at the end of Khrysalis and was the third world mentioned by him in the final cutscene.
  • Empyrea - A sky world. Only mentioned once in the game. Not much is known about this world except that Sky Squids inhabit the world. Also mentioned by Old Cob at the end of Khrysalis and was the second world mentioned by him in the final cutscene.
  • Valencia - A world based on the Renaissance of Venice, Italy and a touch of Spain. Valencia is only mentioned once in a side quest in Zafaria. Diego Santiago Quariquez Ramirez III is from this world as well. Valencia is an existing world in Pirate101 (the sister game of Wizard101). Valencia is the center of Education, trade, fencing and much more and sometimes even considered the center of the Spiral (Though proves to be wrong because Wizard City is the center of the Spiral). Inhabitants of the world are Unicorns, Crabs, and Guinea Pigs.
  • Monquista - A world based on Spain during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Monquistans (a race of humanoid monkeys) have been seen in Wizard101 shipwrecked in Saltmeadow Swamp, Azteca. Monquista makes an appearance in Pirate101 as the second world of the game. Inhabitants are mainly Monkeys and has a strong army known as the Monquistadors (a group on Conquistador Monkeys) and the Holy Monquisitors (a group of Inquisitor Monkeys). Monquista, though not mentioned in Wizard101, has evidence that proves the world does exist somewhere in the Spiral.
  • Candyworld - Candyworld is a land of candy probably based on the board game Candyland. Lydia Greyrose is from this world. Though never mentioned in the game Lydia Greyrose herself said in an interview that she originates from Candyworld.
  • Gobblerton - Gobblerton is the home world of the Gobblers that live on Colossus Boulevard of Wizard City. This world has only been mentioned once in which the Gobbler King wanted to rename Colossus Boulevard to "New Gobblerton." Little is known about this world other than it is overrun with witches.
  • The Hidden Lands- Mentioned by Old Cob at the end of Khrysalis in the final cutscene and was mentioned after Mirage. This could possibly be an area in the world or it could be the nickname of the world.
  • The Broken Shores - Mentioned by Old Cob at the end of Khrysalis in the final cutscene and was mentioned after The Hidden Lands. As with the Hidden Lands, this could be an area in a world or it could be the nickname of it.

Payment model[edit]

The game offers a choice of either subscription or "Free-to-Play" with microtransactions. Free-to-Play customers can purchase access to different areas of content using in-game currency called Crowns. Such areas only need to be purchased once, but other actions in the game may be necessary before accessing them. Crowns also can be used to buy in game exclusive items and access PvP tournaments. The fee for PvP tournaments vary depends on whether the player has existing member subscription. Crowns can be purchased by a game card or from the online store.

If a player decides to begin a subscription, they are not only free to roam about all playable worlds during their timed subscription days but are also able to participate in ranked PvP matches, Ranked Pet Derby races, buying Castles and Lands (or after reaching Level 15), advanced Crafting, Gifting capabilities, True Friends, faster Energy regeneration, larger backpack, larger friends list and faster Crafting timers. Also outside of the game, players will gain the ability to post on the Wizard101 Message Board.

Also, certain areas and dungeons in Wizard101 can be rented for a certain period of time such as the 6-hour rentals for Mount Olympus, Atlantea, and Tartarus in Aquila. PvP and Pet Derby can be rented as well. A certain amount of crowns per match or a certain amount per day(24 Hours).

Game mechanisms[edit]

Magic schools[edit]

All enemies, spells, and most of the equipment are assigned a magic school, which determines many of their properties. Every wizard has a school of focus, chosen during character creation. A short personality quiz can be taken at character creation, which will suggest a school of focus, which players can accept or modify. The possible focus schools are the Elemental Schools (made up of Fire, Ice, and Storm), the Spirit Schools (made up of Life, Myth, and Death), and the Balance School. The three astral schools of Star, Moon, and Sun and the new Shadow Magic cannot be chosen as focus schools, but rather are learned as secondary schools. A wizard's focus school determines which spells he or she will learn, what equipment they can use, their base stats, and gives access to school-specific quests and pets. Each school has specific advantages and disadvantages, but the schools are (at least in theory) balanced overall: Storm focuses on damage (with the strongest spells in the game); Ice deals with defense; Fire works with damage-over-time attacks, which deal damage over three rounds of gameplay; Myth can summon many minions and can eliminate enemies' shields; Life's main goal is healing themselves and others; Death is for stealing health from enemies and using half the stolen energy to heal themselves; Balance supports the other six schools while leveling out the playing field.[5] When players cooperate in fights, it is often advantageous to have representatives of different schools, but each school is fully capable of solo play. Every wizard also has the opportunity to learn spells outside the focus school, but must use a limited currency ("Training Points" gained every 4 levels until level 20, where it becomes every 5 levels) to buy these spells (in addition to Star, Moon, Sun and Shadow Magic spells) - this means that no single wizard can learn every spell. Along with the main schools of magic, astral and shadow magics have their own effects. Shadow is a school specially built for amazing effects to help your wizard through difficult times. Shadow Spells such as Shadow Shrike add effects such as Pierce and Damage, While Shadow Spells such as Shadow Seraph add a large heal boost. The Star school focuses on what are called by many wizards "auras". These increase the casters stats for 4 rounds or 5 rounds if the aura is cast as a pet may-cast. The Sun school focuses on enchants that boost the spells they are used on. They can increase damage dealt, increase accuracy, make blades/traps more effective, mutate cards into new spells, and increase healing ability. The Moon school is a school of magic that focuses on "polymorphing" into a different creature for 6 rounds. This changes gear, health, appearance, and even school of the caster.

Combat[edit]

Combat pitches up to four players against up to four computer-controlled enemies or other players, using spells from their deck to defeat them. A victory awards the player with experience and various items, including equipment which primarily serves to increase combat statistics (e.g. damage, accuracy, health).

The combat sequence is turn-based. The player chooses a card from a deck they have assembled from the cards they have, and clicks on the target, damaging the opposing player or enemy, restoring their own health (or health of their allies), or strengthening or weakening allies or opponents. Some cards (or "spells") do more than one of these things, or something else entirely (e.g. summoning a computer-controlled minion to assist the player who summoned it).

Certain creatures or players(with certain weapons) can interrupt another player's/creature's turn by either a cheat, may-cast pet, or one of the Khrysalis may-cast wands making figuring your strategy out a little more complicated.

Wisps[edit]

Wisps are floating orbs of light that fly around in an area. Red wisps restore some health and Blue Wisps restore some mana when you catch one. The amount of health or mana restored by each wisp differs on different wizards depends on the total health or mana of the particular wizard. Additional wisps cannot be caught once the player is full of health and mana. Red wisps are only found in monster-infested areas of the worlds, while blue wisps are more commonly found in the safe areas of the world, but can be seen in other locations. If a player is in a safe area, their health regenerates slowly over time.

Player housing[edit]

KingsIsle released a player housing feature named "Castles/Houses" on May 6, 2009, enabling players to edit and customize their own virtual space. Some houses can be bought in various locations around the game, often for gold, but sometimes for crowns, while others can be gained from Gift Cards. Housing tour feature had been introduced, enabling players to visit and rate houses that had been inserted in tour list.

Another addition to the housing world of Wizard101 is the ability to build their own castles, players are given a plot of land (currently only the Midday Estate, Meadows at Dusk and the Night Garden) where they are able to place blocks to create their own houses. Currently the only way to obtain these Plots of Land and Building Blocks is through the Arcane Builders Bundle. [6]

Player interaction[edit]

Due to its young core audience, Wizard101 restricts player interaction when compared to other games in the massively multiplayer online genre. There are three different types of chat: Menu Chat, Open Chat and Text Chat. In Text Chat, what a player types can be seen by every other wizard in the area either from a word bubble on top of the speakers head or in the chat box. Private Chat is when a wizard wishes to speak in private to another wizard. This appears on the screen in a transparent box to the left. The age of the player directly correlates to the communication allowable. When typed, words that appear in white are words that everyone is able to view. Yellow words can only be seen by players who have their account set to "Open Chat". Open chat is obtained when a player has a credit card and they are 18 years or older. Red words are not allowed and can be seen by no one, not even the player themselves. If an adult chatter types yellow words, young wizards will see ellipses (...) in place of the word.

Aside from the different levels of chat filters available depending on player age, duels between players are available only in a special player versus player arena designated for the purpose.[7] The PvP arena can be found upon entry to Unicorn Way from the Commons in Wizard City. The PVP arenas are also found in SOME crowns houses and all of the Bundle houses. (This is your private arena, and can only be used when you and other players are in your home.)

Rewards for combat or completing a quest are distributed automatically among the party, so players need not fight for spoils.[8] Players may trade a special type of spell card called a treasure card, which is a spell card that can be rearranged by clicking the golden card icon in their spellbook and then can be used in battle when the player discards cards and then clicks draw. These cards can only be used once, and can be used by any school of Magic. This spell will disappear from the player's treasure deck once it is used. So far the players are currently unable to trade items between one another (it is possible, however, to trade items to one's other wizards on the same account, through the use of a shared bank).[3]

Online safety features[edit]

Several features have been implemented to protect younger players in the online world. Parents must activate controls for players under 13, including setting levels for interaction with other players in the world.[9] Three different levels of chat are available. At the most restricted level, players select from a menu of pre-defined phrases, and players using this option can only see menu chat from other players. At the next level, players may type what they want, as long as the words are available in the game’s dictionary. If a word is not present in the dictionary, or part of a forbidden phrase, such as asking another player’s age, it will not be visible.[10] If players know each other outside the game, they can use a true friend code to allow less-restricted chat inside the game. However, it is still subject to some restrictions.[11] Additionally, players choose names for their characters from a list that allows selection of a first name and a one- or two-part surname.[10] You can also choose to not have a surname, and just have a first name. Names for in-game pets can also be selected from a list, though pets dropped from creatures or given as quest rewards are given randomly-generated names. Players must pay gold to change their names. The official game forums are filtered and moderated. Finally, at player request, KingIsle Entertainment added open chat for players aged 18 years and above, an age limit verified through credit cards,[12] which allows everything except profanities to be said.

Other features have been designed with a pre-teens audience in mind, for example opponents in combat disintegrate or vanish, and there is no blood.

Development history[edit]

According to a press release published in May 2008, the development of Wizard101 began in 2005, upon the founding of KingsIsle Entertainment under the creative direction of J. Todd Coleman.[13] The game entered open beta on August 6, 2008, and it launched successfully on September 2, 2008. On August 25, 2010, it was announced that Wizard101 would be released in foreign territories later that year.

Wizard101 launched a European Beta version on December 15, 2010 and then released the game on February 15, 2011, in partnership with Gameforge.[14] This eventually included releases of the game in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Greek and Turkish.

It was announced on August 17, 2011 that KingsIsle and Taomee Holdings Limited had an agreement to launch Wizard101 in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. This has been the company's biggest move since launching the game in Europe. Wizard101 Taiwan officially launched on April 27, 2012, with the others to follow.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.50%[15]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameShark B
About.com 4.5/5

According to KingIsle Entertainment's press releases, the game has experienced a steady growth in the number of players: 2 million in April 2009,[16] 5 million in September 2009,[17] ten million players by June 2010,[18] 15 million by January 2011, 20 million by July 2011,[19] and 30 million by July 2013. In terms of reception, the game currently scores an average of 77.5% from ratings on GameRankings.[15] GameShark reviewer Toni Dimayuga noted the game's overall ambiance and graphic setting as well as the overall fun nature of Wizard101 in the pro column, while the combat (in particular defeats) and the restrictive (at the time of the review) nature of chat were seen as the major minus points.[20]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ https://www.wizard101.com/game/arcane-builders-bundle
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  8. ^ "RPG Vault Focus: MMOGs for Younger Audiences – Part 1". RPG Vault. September 28, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2008. 
  9. ^ Liang, Alice (August 12, 2008). "Wizard101 Beta Impressions". 1up.com. Retrieved October 27, 2008. 
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  12. ^ "Largest Wizard101 Expansion Introduces Crafts, Bazaar, & More (Press release)". IGN.com. July 2, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
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  16. ^ "Wizard 101 Virtual World Surpasses Two-Million Player Mark, Launches Gift Cards at 7-Eleven (Press release)". IGN.com. April 30, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ "WIZARD 101 REACHES 5 MILLION PLAYERS(Press release)". September 10, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Ten Million Wizards Join Forces to Save the Spiral in Wizard101(Press release)". June 22, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Wizard101 hits 20 million players!(Press release)". July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ Dimayuga, Toni (March 11, 2009). "You have seen the TV ads on Nickelodeon – and what do you know? Wizard 101, the magical MMO for kids, is pretty darn good.". Gameshark.com. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 

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