Friday, May 30, 2014

A Successful Hybrid in Pirate101!





I was so excited when I hatched this pet from my Golden Sky Rattler and Cheyenne's Deathstalker Scorpion. But apparently the Golden Dragon as I call it since it doesn't fit the "Golden Sky Rattler" at all is not a true hybrid. It's a bug. And they are planning to turn them all back into true rattlers or snakes. What a let down. But suddenly I heard rumors of another hybrid in the morphing tent...


Introducing the Grimtooth Reaper that came from a Ebon Spectre and a Not So Great White Shark (NSGWS). Thank you Swordroll for hatching with me!

But the work on hybrids is not stopping here and Decius has given nice information and hints for us to focus on.


So there's more hybrids among the most common pets? That would be the Ostrich, maybe the pack pets, the new pets for gold, chameleon or the badge pets maybe?


If you're doubting that they exist on live, don't fret. Decius have confirmed that they are!


We have been having an extremely hard time trying to copy over the new Grimtooth Reaper and what Decius said might explain why. The reaper probably doesn't allow itself to be copied over at all. The only way you can get it is if you hatch its parents. It took me NINE tries while my lovely friend, Chrissy The Blesser had to do it up to 25 times. Persistence and Patience are the keys here. Don't give up! One day you could be an owner of a Grimtooth Reaper or a brand new hybrid!

Here's a few suggestions:

-When farming for gold, try out the chests in Aquila. If you find the coveted 2 person or especially the 4 person chests,  you can earn up to approx. 11k in one shot! This does make Friar Sands look cheap. I also like this because it helps me work toward my treasure chest badge anyway. There's one for 500 chests! In no time, you'll be an Expert Treasure Hunter!

-Keep an hybrid hatching journal, write down every combo you have tried, so this will keep you on track. Also write down your theories as well. Here's mine: http://starsofthespiralforums.com/topic/10298423/1/?x=0#post8300477

-Just remember, it takes MANY tries to get a new hybrid, so it's all about luck. So don't get so upset if you continue to fail. If you're tired of doing a certain combo, try something new. You can ALWAYS come back to the previous theories later.

-Don't forget, there is a bunch of us hatchers like you on the Wizard101 Boards and other sites. So if you need help, just post away and we're here for you.



Friday, May 23, 2014

The Brand New Arcane Builder's Bundle!







 
Coming soon from Gamestop; the Arcane Builder's Bundle!

It will be sold for $39 at your Gamestop store. It comes with a cool Build-A-Castle place where you can create your own house design! It also comes with a cool Arcane Helper pet as well as an Arcane Minecart cart. The gears and weapon are also pretty awesome. It gives you that retro, steampunk feel which I really love!


The Contents of the Bundle


Here's the most interesting part. The first time you purchase the bundle, you will get the Midday Estate.

Midday Estate



The second time you buy the same bundle and redeem it on the SAME character as the first house, the Midday Estate, you redeemed, you get another house, the Meadows at Dusk.

Meadows at Dusk


Then finally, if you purchase it for the THIRD time and redeem it on the same character where you also redeemed the previous two houses, you get the Night Garden.

Night Garden



Each time, you get the SAME large plot of land with a castle outdoor and another castle in a large cave. The only difference is one is in a daytime setting, one is at dusk and another at nighttime. Also obviously each castle looks different has its own parts to offer for you to use!


The Ultimate Build-A-Castle!





You can tear it down, rebuild it into anything you can imagine it to be!

The Pet Stats

This pet gives 3 Wild Bolt cards when maxed out at Mega.
One at Baby, Second at Ancient, the Third and Last at Mega.


The Mount Stats



The Gear Stats





The Weapon Stats



I want to thank Paige Moonshade for letting me take pictures of her gear and houses.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Adventures in Pet Hatching




My babies lurvvvvvvvvvvvves me!

So, I've been called a Crazy Pet Hatcher. That's probably true. I've hatched so many times, working on so many different goals and few of them are to get new pets and find out new hybrids.


If you want to know what to expect in pets that were seen in test,
The only pets that are not included that I will talk about next.

Once test came to live, we were surprised with THREE new pets in Crown Shop - the Clown Fish, Thresher Shark and the Hammerhead Shark.

Now that's a mighty fine afro on the brand new Clown Fish!

Not So Great White Shark on left, Thresher Shark in middle and Hammerhead Shark on right.

The Not So Great White Shark you could get from Pet Wrangling. Apparently it drops from the Sky Snakes near Paths of Penance in Subata Skyway, Mooshu.

I have been hatching like mad and of course what you need most is SNACKS!
How do you get snacks? There's FIVE methods.

1 - Pet Wrangling

You can set your companions on the Pet Wrangling Tasks. They will get you Pet Gear, Pet Snacks and if you're really lucky, a pet!

2 - Pet PvP

It doesn't even matter if you win or lose. Even Practice PvP gives you snaks! You still get some really good snacks! If you're confused how Cheering works or all of the Pet PvP stuff, check out my guide about it at: http://starsofthespiral.blogspot.com/2014/05/pet-training-cheering.html It isn't perfect. But it does cover the basics!

3 - Battles

Any battle you go into will have a chance of snacks dropping!

4 - Second Chance Chests

They do have a chance of giving you snacks as well!

5 - Packs!

There's two brand new packs in the Crown Shop. Mega Snack Packs which gives you Rank 9 and 8 Pet Snacks which normally costs 2,500 crowns each. They also have a much cheaper Snack Pack which goes for 115 crowns. If you 're lucky, you can get a Rank 7 Pet snack along with lower rank snacks. Now don't think this is cheap. I have bought the cheaper Snack Pack and used them a lot if I have to. If you pay to skip the training, you can easily raise a pet from baby to adult within 10 minutes on those same snacks.


So far, there's only a few "special" pets. I think of them as Hybrids, but Pirate101 doesn't think of them that way. Here's the Skull Island Macaw. You can't get a copy of the original Beta pet, the Skarakeet, so instead of that you get a different pet that looks like it. Although, it is named differently and even looks differently.


There's one more pet that I'm totally stumped over if it's a Hybrid or a mistake.
I hatched my Ostrich who's normally very pink with a Ice Scarab and got a blue Ostrich. They both have the SAME name and well, it doesn't make any sense to me! I just found out from one of the developers on the Pirate101 message board that the Pink one is a special pet and the Blue one is the normal pet. Kinda like our special Skarakeet and its Macaw hybrid.




And I discovered a bugged pet when I was using my Golden Sky Rattler..




I was so excited when I hatched this pet from my Golden Sky Rattler and Cheyenne's Deathstalker Scorpion. But apparently the Golden Dragon as I call it since it doesn't fit the "Golden Sky Rattler" at all is not a true hybrid. It's a bug. And they are planning to turn them all back into true rattlers or snakes. What a let down. But suddenly I heard rumors of another hybrid in the morphing tent...


Introducing the first TRUE Hybrid, Grimtooth Reaper, this pet came from a Ebon Spectre and a Not So Great White Shark (NSGWS). Thank you Swordroll for hatching with me!


But confirmed pets in-game that I KNOW that you can get:

Ice Scarab - Dropped by Cadmus, Illios, The Caves of Ruin, Aquila (Not Confirmed)
DinoLizard - Pyramid of Fire, Xol Akmul, Blood Shoals, Skull Island (Confirmed)
Quackosaurus -
Marie Celestia, Skull Island Skyway, Skull Island (Confirmed)
Prawn Emperor, Skull Cap Cove, Skull Island (Confirmed)
Inky Octopus - ?
Violet Puffer Fish - ?
Not So Great White Shark - Sky Snakes, Subata Skyway, Mooshu
Coconut Crawlie - ?


Now so far, we've noticed new animals in the surrounding lands of each world.

Both found in Aquila

But nobody noticed this incredibly interesting new monster in Cool Ranch, the Rollie Pollie!



It even acts like the Armadillo!

So what does this mean? Is it possible that there's a new pet out there based on this monster? Why did it suddenly pop up? What is its purpose?

 Finally, then I decided I neglected Wizard101 long enough, so I visited it. While wandering around and chatting with a dear friend, I accidentally stumbled into a room and found the Stormzilla Eggs.


Then I realized, HEY! Pirate101 should let us have an egg and raise a Stormzilla pet! :D Yes, yes, I know I'm a bit overboard with this pet hatching and all that. I just had an genius idea! I should have a special badge that says "Pet Hatching Maniac!" 

By the way, Pirate101, can I PLEASE have this Panda as a pet?!




Monday, May 12, 2014

Pet Training & Cheering


Confused where to start? Let's start here with a pet of mine.



Time To Do Some Explainin'..




This is its stats. Notice it has two sections. One is a section about Strength, Agility, Will, and Health. Then the second section, the Cheer Stats.

The reason why they're separate is they're for two different purposes. The top section is for making your pet tougher and stronger. The bottom section pertains to the cheering ability that you have in Pet PvP. Be aware when you train, there are DIFFERENT activities for both.

The Activities


This Activity page is how you train your pets. There's different options you can use as you unlock them. Each one will be geared EITHER to the section with Strength, Agility, Will and Health OR the Cheer Stats.




Look carefully, I picked Dead Lift which gives point towards Strength, Health and Experience.




Now if you read carefully, Deadlift will give you also a pet gear which you can save up for higher level activity. Higher level activities will require pet gear, but they will give MORE points towards Strength, Agility, Will, Health and Experience. You can also earn Pet Gear from Pet PvPing, Questing or if you buy them.




Now this is my maxed out pet, so she is able to unlock ALL worlds' activities.




Now I picked Iron Fist. Notice it will give points or NOT to the Cheer Stats. Like I said before, there are activities that are geared to one section or other.



You can see this requires a Squirt Bottle which I don't have, so therefore I can't train for it until I get some!

Now you're starting to wonder what to do with those Cheer Stats. You see in Pet PvP, you get to cheer your pet to make it fight harder or be stronger or dodge better, etc etc. 


How Do I Use Cheer?

When you Pet PvP, you will notice the cheer section on the bottom of the screen.


As you can see my Cheer button on the bottom is grayed out. You have to wait for the meter on the left side on top of the cheer button to fill up before that cheer button lights up


Now the meter is full. You can see it be white.

 

Now it's green which is the more stronger cheering you can give. But be aware that sometimes the icon on the left side of the button changes. Strength..



Or Will. You'll have to choose, but do it quickly. They tend to change within a second.




WOOT I WIN! I get some pet gears that I can use towards my pet's training.


Okay, So What Should I Do With The Cheer Stats?


This is straight from Pirate101: 

  • Guts. Pets with great Guts get more Action from cheering when their Health is high.
  • Grit. Pets with great Grit get more Action from cheering when their Health is low.
  • Guile. Pets with great Guile get more Action from cheering when their Health is mid-range.
  • The number of times you can cheer depends on your pet's power.
    It’s also important to watch your pets as they spar and time your cheers. Pets get bonus Action from cheering when they successfully attack (Strength-based cheer bonus), take damage from a hit (Will-based cheer bonus), or dodge (Agility-based cheer bonus). Knowing your pet’s forte with Strength, Will, and Agility will help make for winning decisions when it comes to cheering!



    Have you noticed the other meter opposite of the white one? Well that's something you'll really like. Every time you cheer, you will slowly fill up the right meter. But once you fill it up, you will be able to pick from THREE actual cards and cast one of them. 

    What Cards?! 


    Well, the cards you unlock while training your pet is very useful for pet pvping. You can use them to be casted on your opponent's pets for great damage or on your own pet for boosts and protection.

    Hope that I answered all of your questions.