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Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Hoard of the Hydra Pack Attempts and Test Realm Updates


Recently, KingsIsle announced the newest pack - the Hoard of the Hydra! For 399 crowns in the Crown Shop, you can get a chance at the first ever three-person mount - one per head! Of course, you didn't need ME to tell you about the new pack, it's all over the place. I did, however, decide to share my few attempts.

After Avalon, I've hit the end of my crowns supply, but I did win a Pet-A-Palooza contest over at Valerian's School For Wayward Wizards, and so I decided to redeem one of my codes for once. I was awarded 5000 crowns and spent a majority of them on this new pack, but that's about the extent to which I'll be throwing crowns into this pack. The pack is great, don't get me wrong, but there are more "filler" items than ever.


There are some decent items in here - the first picture shows on of my attempts resulting in a new bobble-head and a Grandfather Clock!


The above picture is one of three versions of the new level 80 wands in the pack, and probably the best version as well. With a stunning 123 block rating, I'd already spring for this wand. Throw in the extra healing and a one-pip card that's quite useful, and you've sealed the deal.

In Avalon, especially near the end, bosses, and even "street" creatures, tend to have an extremely high critical. They also use fewer and fewer buffs and debuffs, they just go directly for the big hit. When that's doubled, it can be detrimental to your health. Hopefully this new wand helps prevent that.


This final picture of mine shows a couple of the decent snacks given from the pack, as well as one of the pets. The highlight, though, it a hard-to-find housing item that looks fantastic - the Great Spiral!
In fact, in my recent contest (still reviewing the 1700+ entries), many people listed this as one of the ten rarest items.

In other news, the Test Realm is up for the weekend, and Wizard101 has a special assignment for Vista users!

In the Test Realm, there are updates to Quest Helper, new ways to obtain the rare Amber reagent, Wysteria Housing, and a number of miscellaneous updates. Check out all of the information at https://www.wizard101.com/game/update-notes/testrealm.

I logged on to the Test Realm to check everything out. There's a convenient glitch that gives you 23 items every time you buy a Hoard of the Hydra pack, and so, naturally, the Commons were swarming...



Anyway, it surprised me that we weren't seeing the three new spells from the pack, because their treasure cards had the HotH symbol on them. Guess I'll have to craft them!

Thanks for reading, and see you in the Spiral!

1 comment:

  1. I got so many pets from this pack! I think its the best hoard pack yet! I also got a life wand that is almost the same as the ice wand you got!:)

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