The Harrowing Hoard PackThis new pack is now available in the Crown Shop, with the official announcement page being HERE. You can purchase the pack for only 299 crowns! These packs provide a chance at rare items.
So far, I've only seen one or two permanent mounts, but a lot of rentals. It appears that the trend with this pack is that you'll get general Halloween items for 6/7 slots, then one will give you a guaranteed Harrowing Hoard item - most likely a rental wings mount, but potentially new gear, weapons, or that pet! Grab a few today!
Gear That's Perfect For HalloweenThese new gear sets are pretty great. They not only look cool, they have decent stats, too. The hat is a top hat with a half skeleton mask. The outfit has a pumpkin shoulder guard and spider web textures galore. The boots are the classic striped socks and shoes. Awesome!
What sets this pack apart from others is that there aren't just three sets. There are three sets, with each style having a stat set for each school. So, if I'm not mistaken, that's 63 new items to get. Then you've got either 7 or 21 new wands depending on how those work, plus the mounts and pet put the total new item count somewhere around 74-88, as opposed to packs normally having 14 or so.
Overall Gear Rating: B+
|Alric Ravensinger's new pet|
Pets and Mounts Sure to PleaseThese new mounts, for as simple as they are, look very cool. Their special effects are awesome, and even their idle animations are entirely unique, as opposed to wings in the past which simply borrow animations from either the dragon wing style or the faerie wing style. Swordroll approves. They go perfectly with the outfit.
The pet is a creature that originated in Azteca, but that we also see not only as a boss, but a companion in Pirate101. We know them as Grim Calacas, but the "Harrowing Bones" pet is a miniature version that I'm quite fond of. The Petnome Project has started a page for the pet HERE.
Overall Pet and Mount Rating: A-
New Wands with Crazy Critical!
|Alura Silver's Death weapon|
The wands certainly look cool - there's no arguing there. The little guitars are to die for. However, the insane critical reinforces the two extremes we see in PvP today - Jadezillas and Crit Monsters. Now, to be fair, the insane critical setups were a result of the high-defense, "turtle" setups, but I don't see why we're not working to gradually balance out gear instead of push it to opposite ends of the spectrum.
Overall Wand Rating: C-
Pack Drop Rates DisappointYou'd think that with one of these items guaranteed each pack (though it's mostly one-day rentals) that I'd be satisfied, and maybe a year or two ago, I would have. But when Pirate101 started releasing packs, they set a new standard in the world of KingsIsle. Their "filler" items were all brand-new furniture. They didn't have a bunch of useless snacks and reagents. Instead, the snacks from their packs are megas! Plus, you've got a shot at multiple companions on top of pets and gear that will help you outside of looking great.
This pack had a lot of potential with its item in the third slot each purchase, but gave up the chance at being a must-buy pack when it was filled with existing Halloween items that are essentially free at the Bazaar, on top of old Nightmare gear and snacks and reagents and treasure cards that are entirely too common and hardly useful for the average wizard.
Overall Drop Rate Rating: D-
To Buy or Not to BuyThat is the question, isn't it? My advice: Definitely try your hand at a few of these packs. It's not very hard to get a set of gear, and all of those one-day mounts will last a little while as well. But once you have that, my advice is to not to buy excessively. I think that in the future, I'd love to see the drop rates remain constant in packs, but to have a few new items added as opposed to filling with old gear. But... I've certainly purchased my share of packs already! Give it a try and let me know what you find!
Overall Pack Rating: B-
Winter Wonder Pack (B+) | Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack (A) | Immortal's Lore Pack (C+) | Witch's Hoard Pack (B-) | Road Warrior's Hoard Pack (A) | Terror's Hoard Pack (A-)