AOE Spell Animation Changes
Spring 2021 Update

The Spring 2021 Test Realm brought along a lot of changes including additional skeleton key bosses, rewards and even stat changes. The spell audit continued, adjusting old spells, and bringing new spells as well. There were also a series of AOE spell animation changes. This was to help speed up the game, and improve the quality of life for players while they quest and farm the various battles in the Spiral.

Most of these AOE’s have an updated animation in which they hit everyone at once, rather than one enemy creature at a time. Take a look below at each of the updated animations.



Deer Knight


Meteor Strike

Fire Dragon

Rain of Fire


Frost Giant

Forest Lord




Mystic Colossus


Storm Lord


Disclaimer: As a fellow #Twizard pointed out, no Imps were harmed in these videos besides for all the damage from all 17 revised AOEs. Thanks for the save Moira Stormheart! xD

My personal favorite is the updated Rebirth as the way it works now is quite stunning. The rest of the AOE spells seem to be looking good with a few minor details that probably need a bit of adjusting.

  • Meteor Strike – the meteor targets seem unclear and at the very end of the spell the camera seems to shake uncontrollably;
  • Rain of Fire / Forest Lord / Mystic Colossus – the animation focus seems to be centered which doesn’t seem like it is targeting the enemies at the far ends;
  • Orthrus – right at the very end it seems that the light effect on the enemies doesn’t end immediately even if the battle ends;
  • Tempest – the camera angle could use some adjusting as near the end you can only see the foam from the waves;
  • Storm Lord – when the enemies are being electrocuted, the sound seems to drop drastically.

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With his main focus in Wizard101 PvE, you will find Cody knee deep fighting one of the Spiral's major bosses with an army of wizards at his disposal. Proficient in quite a few other areas of the game such as gardening, fishing, and most of all monstrology. Why monstrology? He chases after every single creature out there and catalogs them for all to see!


  • It is worth mentioning that Reindeer Knight was also changed, even though yes, I get it’s entirely based on the regular Deer Knight.

  • Scarecrow and Forest Lord recently got updated on April 14, 2021 on graphics and animation changes.

    • We will be updating these soon!

  • Not gonna lie, they kinda made Forest Lord’s animation worse.

  • I’ve left some feedback on the effects to the devs. I hope they still have the time to adjust some of the things.

  • Meteor Strike reminds me of the time I got inside a washing machine and my friend turned it on….

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