|Wizard101 Level 88 Spells|
It's that time again - lets take a good look at the all new Wizard101 level 88 spells! With the release of Azteca and level 90, there was no doubt we'd end up with our rank 10 cards. What's interesting here is that every spell is themed to the world of Azteca - a concept that I'm quite fond of.
Now if you've been very far into Central, all you've heard is complaints about power balance and lack of effects, but I am absolutely loving these new spells! While I want to say that KingsIsle has been putting more time into spells and worlds, it simply wouldn't be true - they're releasing content faster than ever. My point, however, is that the new spells and world in general are better than ever. They're paying better attention to detail and getting more advanced with every update.
Not only do these spells have stunning animations, but each has a slightly different build. Some every introduce new concepts, or new concepts to a specific school. Wizard101 has done awesome work with these level 88 spells!
|Fire Level 88 Spell|
This is the first of these new concepts. Instead of a pure single target or pure multi-target, there's a mixture. While Sun Serpent is said to have a poor animation (it is one of few that I have yet to see), it looks pretty interesting, and the damage seems to make up for that. It'll do a definite 1100 damage, and could do as much as 2200, and that's without boosts! This is a great spell to be able to target one individual, while cleaning up shields and low-health enemies.
In PvE, I think spells like this are going to prove to be impressive. Imagine boss fights. More and more, these fights include powerful minions, some even have full enemies with only one person. Imagine using this spell a couple of times, or even once very powerfully, with the boss as the target. You could do some massive boss damage while still putting a dent in the health of the minions.
In PvP, it'll still work for single targets, but will have an additional advantage in 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4.
|Life Level 88 Spell|
One Life shield is no longer enough! In PvP, you'll have to keep constant shields up to avoid this guy and other attacks.
Several are arguing that getting a DoT is not in line with Life's class and spell structure. I can see their point - Life isn't a DoT school, and if everybody had every "trick in the book," no school would be unique. However, I think that level 88 is late enough in the game to introduce Life to a DoT. I'll be interested to see how this is used. The animation for this spell is pretty neat!
|Death Level 88 Spell|
I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the spell. Death is getting a partial multi-target here, which will be helpful, but also a powerful single hit. It seems that we alternate between drain hits and definite damage.
Several have suggested making the 250 to all enemies a drain. That'd be neat, but I'll be happy with this one either way. One thing I'm not quite as happy with is the animation. While it's cool, it needs a bit of polishing and, as several have said, does resemble Spinysaur and Basilisk specifically in movement and attack style.
As with Fire, PvP will work alright with this spell in 1v1, and will have added benefits in 4v4, but is not necessarily a game-changer. In PvE, it'll again be helpful, especially with bosses. In both the case of Fire and Death, I don't think these spells will be for battles with regular creatures.
|Storm Level 88 Spell|
The other complaint with this one is that an owl is not prehistoric. I have to disagree. Look at the variety of creatures they can make prehistoric in Azteca that normally aren't, anyway. I think they've done a stellar job decorating this owl. Besides that, it has a pretty awesome animation.
As it stands now, this won't have a horrible PvP effect, most players having Storm shields. In PvE, it gives Storm a total damage spell for a big hit. It is very useful in that aspect, and Storm happens to be built for big hits.
|Balance Level 88 Spell|
For now, it'll do nicely against Spirit enemies in both PvP and PvE. It offers Balance an alternate big hit to Judgement or their last single-hit since... well, is it Judegment? Looking back, there's Chimera which is 3 hits, Ra which is AoE, Power Nova is AoE, Hydra is 3 hits... wow!
The animation for this spell is really neat, I'd just work a little bit on the cliff underside and landscaping. When used against Elemental enemies in either PvP or PvE, this spell will still offer some solid damage for once, without eating all of your pips.
|Myth Level 88 Spell|
A variety of people are complaining that Myth does not get an AoE. Dear KingsIsle, don't make it an AoE! Myth is already dominating in the arena, and this spell only adds to their arsenal. In PvE, they may begin to have a bit of trouble due to this lack of AoEs, but they can always get one next time around. What KingsIsle could do is lower the damage, and give it the same effect as the Death and Fire.
If you haven't seen this animation, you've got to! In my opinion, it's one of the best in the game! It is based on the Myan Calender and end of the world. The large circular calender appears and rotates until everything matches up. The camera zooms in through the "eye" of the calender. Inside, dinosaur faces gaze upon several Spiral worlds in space that align and explode, causing bright, white light to pass through the hole and onto the enemy!
|Ice Level 88 Spell|
Balance has always been the manipulator of pips, and now Myth and Ice are joining in. It is also being debated that this guy has too strong of an effect for the damage. I do have to agree here, three pips is quite a lot with that damage. Ice isn't doing too badly in the arena right now, either.
Speaking of which, this, as it stands, will be a real powerhouse for Ice, and a real scare for anyone who isn't Ice. In PvE, it'll be a nice bit hit for bosses, and nice to remove those extra pips.
Now suppose, as is common, we get power pips - would it them take six pips? Yikes! No matter which way the damage goes, I like the animation and the sound effects - very nice!
Now, as for the theme for the spells, I'm loving it! These prehistoric creatures are simply amazing! Here's what I wish KingsIsle would do. As they create side and main worlds, each one offers a spell. Now, of course, we won't be able to go past 14, so we can't go immediately to 11, but that isn't really what we need anyway. As a Death character, I'd love some more two, three, and four pip spell variants. So, for each world, offer each school one new spell themed to that world.
|All Wizard101 Level 88 Spells|
This is an awesome opportunity to excite Wizard101 players with minimal content, while adding new layers to dueling strategy. Not only that, but it'd be awesome to obtain these spells - they'd be conversation starters, and people'd be able to say "Wow, you've been through that world?" I'd also hope for a high-level side world in the future. That'd add challenge to the whole thing. Furthermore, lower-pipped spells are almost more essential than these high-rank spells. And from a marketing standpoint, offering damage spells from the close-to-ends of worlds will be real motivation to buy/spend time in and complete them.
Obviously here, there's going to be some controversy - so what's your opinion? New spells - overpowered? Clash of school structures? Themed? Let me know! As always, thanks for reading, and see you in the Spiral!
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