to the Beastmoon Hunt
The Beastmoon Hunt is the newest Wizard101 special event, released in the Summer 2019 update. This event is unlike anything Wizard101 players have seen before. The event combines team PvP, capture the flag, and a little bit of polymorphing magic to create an entirely unique battle environment. The Beastmoon Hunt can be very overwhelming, so this guide will serve as a jumping off point for beginners.
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The Beastmoon Hunt is accessed the same way the Deckathalon event is accessed. Simply look in the upper right corner of your screen for the Gamma icon. Clicking on this icon will open all special events currently available, including the Beastmoon Hunt. You can then teleport to the event, which uses the PvP Arena as a staging area. Here you can find Artemis New Moon, the NPC that introduces us to the hunt. Near her is Actaeon, an NPC that sells Beastmoon-related recipes. The Beastmoon Cultivator (an item used as the “crafting table” for Beastmoon seeds) can also be found here.
One of the most important parts of the Beastmoon Hunt is also here: the Beastform Upgrade Kiosk. From this kiosk, you have access to the stats of every beastform transformation and can preview every card they can obtain at each level. However, the most valuable aspect of this kiosk is that players use it to upgrade their Beastforms. Beastforms can upgrade their level and their tier.
Pro Tip: This is the only place you can upgrade your beastforms. You cannot upgrade your forms when in the Beastmoon hunt arena or when selecting what form to play as!
Each Beastform has access to 5 Levels. They start off at Level 1 with 6 spells, gaining a new spell each level for a total of 10 unique spells by Level 5. In some cases, leveling up also increases the number of copies of a particular spell a Beastform has access to. Finally, leveling up increases your sideboard space (i.e the number of Battle Cards you can hold). Leveling up will only last through the current Beastmoon Hunt. Once the Beastmoon hunt event is finished for the week, players will revert to Level 1 and will have the opportunity to level up again when the Beastmoon hunt event becomes active once again.
In addition to the level system, Beastmoon forms can also gain tiers. Tiers increase your Beastform’s sideboard space and can even increase your maximum hand size. Some Beastmoon forms, such as the Death Ninja Pig and Balance Cyclops, must have one of their tiers unlocked in order to be accessed by the player. Unlike Level upgrades, Tier upgrades are permanent and are active in every Beastmoon Hunt event.
You can join a Beastmoon Hunt match right from the event screen without teleporting to a different location! Simply hit the Join Match button at the bottom of the event screen. You will then be put into a randomized queue. Once the Ready to Go icon pops up on your screen, hit it to start the hunt!
The Beastmoon Hunt pits 2 teams of players against each other. Each player is randomly assigned to a team: Red or Blue. There is currently no way to choose who will be on your team, so there is no way to join up with friends. By capturing circles and defeating enemies, teams accumulate points. The first team to hit at least 100 points wins.
The first area you immediately appear at is your base. Here stands a teleporter and 10 different statues. Each statue represents a Beast Form that you must choose from before entering the Arena at large. Only one of each particular type of Beastform can be active on a team simultaneously. You need to be fast or a good negotiator if you want to ensure you play as your favorite.
At the front of your base stands the familiar NPC Actaeon who sells Battle Cards. The Battle Cards from this vendor are extra copies of cards you currently have access to. You can purchase these Battle Cards with Battle Coins. Battle Coins can be acquired from treasure chests found in the Arena or from harvesting Beastmoon Seeds(more on this later). Finally, your base has a teleporter in the center. This is your gateway to the arena. There is a brief countdown until the teleporter is active. Once that countdown finishes, the teleporter activates. By traveling through it, you start the game.
- Knowing your team is essential! The color of your name, your teammates’ names and your base’s teleporter match the color of the team you are on. So if you are on the red team, your base will have a red teleporter and everyone’s names will be in red.
- You can see your teammates chats from anywhere on the map which helps when sharing info. Not to worry, teams can only see their own chats and not the enemy teams chat.
- Beastmoon statues that have not been selected for battle have an aura of white wisps floating around them. Forms that are already selected look like normal stone statues.
- Use the time before the teleporter activates to scout your teammates and purchase Battle Cards!
- Battlecards purchased this way act as treasure cards in that they are single use. However, battle cards are added to your deck like item cards instead of your sideboard as treasure cards. In fact, there is no sideboard to draw from in this event.
- You can return to your base at any time to recover health from the health wisps floating around inside or to buy more Battle Cards! Players can even change their Beastform at this time.
- You can purchase the exclusive Battle Card “Exit Combat” from your base. This 0 cost balance spell allows you to leave combat without the penalty for fleeing or being defeated.
When in the Arena, you will notice that you have a minimap at the top right corner of your screen, your go-to source for information. The minimap shows all the battle circles as well as the controller of each circle. Teammates are represented by always-visible arrows that match your team colors . You can only see enemies when contesting a circle or when in battle. On the far left and right of the minimap, you can see both bases. The blue base is on the far right of the minimap, while the red base is on the far left. Players cannot enter the opposing team’s base, only their own.
The map is marked by 5 circles that players try to control. The circles have symbols that appear on your map. The four outside circles are named Sun, Moon, Star and Eye. Sun and Moon only support 2v2 battles, while Star and Eye support 3v3 battles. The central circle, Spiral, supports 4v4 battles. You can access the exterior 4 circles at all times during the match, while the center circle remains closed until about halfway through the match.
This section will give you a basic idea of each beastform’s playstyle and capabilities. A more in-depth guide to each individual beastform will be published at a later date. Curious about what spells these beastforms have access to? Simply click on the link to find out!
- Ice Colossus
- Ice Krokomummy
- Fire Elf
- Fire Minotaur
- Storm Wolf Warrior
- Balance Cyclops
- Death Fairy
- Death Ninja Pig
- Life Draconian
- Myth Rat Thief
Ice Colossus – (Spells)
The Ice Colossus is best described as a tank. Sporting the highest health of all the beastforms at 600 hp, this form specializes in shielding itself and its allies. It has stellar defensive capabilities, possessing a plethora of shields and the strongest AoE shield. Its offensive capabilities are rather limited, but it does have some spells that counter blades and interact with traps. This form has the slowest movement speed at -20% speed. This form also cannot collect combat pips. Thus, it will always start the battle with only one pip.
Ice Krokomummy – (Spells)
A more offensively oriented Ice beastform, the Ice Krokomummy has 500 hp, a normal (average) movement speed, and the ability to collect up to 2 combat pips. This means that this beastform has the potential to start combat with 3 pips. It has shields, but they are less effective than the Colossus’. Instead, it makes do with the ability to buff damage via traps, better damage per pip, and a 4 pip AoE at level 1+. This form also has spells that counter blades and carries a few spells that interact with traps.
Fire Elf – (Spells)
Our first look at the glass cannon archetype, the fire elf focuses on burning it’s opponents with consecutive DoTs and detonating them to great effect. It has the fastest movement speed in the event at +20% and can collect 3 combat pips, potentially starting a battle with 4 pips! The elf has spells that counter shields, interact with heal over times, and has a 4 pip AoE+DoT at level 1+. It pays for this increased offensive potential with 325 hp, the lowest health in the hunt. Finally, it further embraces its glass cannon roots with the ability to sacrifice its health to give pips to allies.
Fire Minotaur – (Spells)
A bulkier version of the Fire Elf, this Beastmoon form has stellar damage but focuses more on disruptive utilities instead of devastating back to back DoTs. It has normal speed, 425 hp, and can gain one extra pip, starting battle with 2 pips max. This is only Beastform with direct accuracy debuffs. This beastform hopes to buy extra rounds to shut out the opponent and has a modest DoT removal suite and a heal to help it achieve this goal. Unfortunately, it can struggle to deal damage to teams. It possesses a weak 4 pip AoE and an expensive 5 pip AoE. However, this form excels at dealing damage to a single target.
Storm Wolf Warrior – (Spells)
At 500 hp, 1 extra starting pip (starting battle with 2 pips max) and a slow -20% movement speed, this beastform is best described as Offensive Artillery. It carries the strongest blades in the hunt and can buff it and its allies effectively. However, it struggles with multiple opponents initially, having only a very weak 3 pip AoE and the most expensive AoE in the hunt (6 pips). It gains a 4 pip AoE but only at level 5. On the other hand, the form makes up for this with its ability to remove DoTs, synergize with heal over times, and 1v1 better than any other form, thanks to its many buffs.
Balance Cyclops – (Spells)
Almost as tanky as the Colossus at 575 health, this beastform shares many of its attributes. It also travels at the slow -20% movement speed and is the only other beastform unable to collect any starting pips, beginning battle with only one pip. A very technical class, it differentiates itself with its ability to shield and blade simultaneously and to swap shields. Sporting the only team dual blade/shield, as well as the unique ability to double the entire battle circle’s pip gains, this beastform is hard to master but offers great potential.
Pro Tip: This form is locked at default and must be unlocked by upgrading its tier at the Beastform Upgrade Kiosk.
Death Fairy – (Spells)
Death’s “Fire Elf”, this light and speedy form zips around at +20% speed. It also has the ability to gain 3 extra starting pips(starting battle with 4 pips). At 350 health, it is slightly more bulky than the elf but is still very fragile. This beastform can place traps on its opponent and has the most powerful drain in the event. Drains now recover 100% of the damage they deal, so this is nothing to scoff at. This form also sports DoTs and focuses on stealing blades and heal over times from the opponent. Just like the Fire Elf, it has the ability to damage itself to give allies extra pips.
Death Ninja Pig – (Spells)
The Death Ninja pig is a tankier Death beastform with 450 health, normal speed, and the ability to collect 2 extra starting pips (potentially starting battle with 3 pips). Debuff is the name of the game with this form, sporting damage debuffs, heal debuffs and the only universal dispel in the event. It struggles to deal with multiple opponents early on with its only AoE attacks at 5 pips. However, at Level 5 it gains the strongest burst damage AoE in the hunt. This attack also has a relatively easy conditional requirement that buffs all allies.
Pro Tip: This form is locked by default and therefore must be unlocked by upgrading its tier at the Beastform Upgrade Kiosk.
Life Draconian – (Spells)
This is the healer class in the Beastmoon Hunt. Sporting a single target heal that can revive allies, several heal over times and a guardian spirit like spell, this form often finds itself as the first target. Standing at 450 health, 2 extra pips max(potentially starting battle with 3 pips) and a normal speed, this form can start healing right away. It does suffer offensively with only 4 damage spells to it’s name and it’s only damage AoE at Level 5. However, it compensates with it’s unique ability to push DoTs back to foes and can even completely remove all DoTs from every ally while healing.
Pro Tip: Heal over Time spells cannot revive defeated players!
Myth Rat Thief – (Spells)
Mixing glass cannon with utility, this beastform is one of the most versatile offensive options. It sports the lowest health at 325 and an extra pip capacity of 3(potentially starting battle with 4 pips). The Rat travels at +10% movement speed, only outsped by elf and fairy. It complements potent burst damage with the ability to push traps onto opponents and remove blades. It can summon a 200 hp minion for free. This minion debuffs opponents and can hit the entire enemy team with a potent 4 pip AoE. Finally, it can sacrifice its minion to apply additional powerful effects.
Each Beastform has a different movement speed varying from -20% to +20%. This speed affects how fast the beastform can traverse the arena and has no effect in battle. Faster beastforms can more easily collect combat pips and Beastmoon chests. They can also quickly traverse the arena to support teammates or capture unoccupied circles. Each beastform’s movement speeds are listed below from fastest to slowest.
- Fire Elf and Death Fairy: +20% speed
- Myth Rat Thief: +10% speed
- Life Draconian, Death Ninja Pig, Fire Minotaur and Ice Krokomummy: Normal speed (+0%)
- Storm Wolf Warrior, Ice Colossus and Balance Cyclops: -20% speed
In the Beastmoon hunt, free floating combat pips drift around the arena. You can collect these pips to give you an advantage in the next battle you enter. Collected combat pips only last for one battle, so after each battle you will need to collect more. Each combat pip counts as one additional starting pip in the next battle. Remember, each beastform has a limit to the number of combat pips they can collect. The Ice Colossus and Balance Cyclops cannot collect combat pips at all. Combat pips can usually be found on the roof of the building immediately in front of each base’s teleporter and in various thoroughfares throughout the arena.
Pro Tip: You can see your opponent’s combat pips in a tab immediately adjacent to their beastform. Use this to challenge them when you are at an advantage(i.e you have combat pips but they don’t)
When passing through certain archways you will often go through a veil that matches the color of one of the teams. Passing through a veil that matches your team’s color will give you a temporary boost to movement speed. Use this boost to quickly traverse the arena.
Pro Tip: Rapidly walking back and forth repeatedly through the veils will give you an insane burst of speed that allows even the slowest Beastforms to rocket across the map
Scattered around the arena are vats with health wisps in them. Walking up to these vats will restore a portion of your health. Beastforms do not automatically recover health after battle, so use these health vats to get back into shape after a hard won fight. Returning to base can also offer you the opportunity to recover health!
Located at the top and bottom center of the map, these yellow teleporters instantly take you from the very bottom of the map to the very top or vice versa. Since these are an important tool for contesting circles on opposite ends of the map, make good use of these Teleporters. On the far-right of the arena is the teleporter to blue’s base and on the far-left is the teleporter to red’s base. Remember, you can only enter your own team’s base!
Beastmoon Battle Chests – Battle Coins
Battle coins are an exclusive currency that can only be used in the Beastmoon arena. Each player can collect up to 100 battle coins. Spend these in your team’s base to buy extra copies of your Beastform’s learned spells. You can acquire them via opening Beastmoon chests or harvesting Beastmoon seeds. Therefore, they are a vital asset on your road to victory.
Beastmoon Battle Chests – Treasure Chest Battle Cards
Treasure Chest Battle cards are exclusive, modified versions of certain schools’ spells. Currently, these battle cards from Beastmoon chests are the only way to access out of school spells. However, these treasure chest battle cards are much weaker versions of out of school spells. They offer a taste of what the other school can do, rather than a straight up copy. All treasure chest battle cards currently cost 0 pips. The known battle cards are:
- Beastmoon Blessing (Life School): Heal an ally 50 health
- Beastmoon Pixie (Life School): Heal an ally 75 health over 3 rounds
- Beastmoon Burn (Fire School): Deal 75 Fire damage to an enemy over 3 rounds
- Beastmoon Blade (Storm School): Apply a +50 flat damage blade to an ally
- Beastmoon Shield (Ice School): Apply a 50 damage absorb shield to an ally
- Beastmoon Curse (Death School): Apply a +50 flat damage trap to an enemy
Capturing a Circle
Capturing circles is the most essential function of the Beastmoon Hunt. To capture a circle, simply stand on it until the timer that appears counts down to 0. Certain types of circles have different time requirements for their capture.
- Unclaimed Circles- Showing up as gray on the map, these circles take 10 seconds to bring under your control.
- Enemy Circles- Claiming a circle that belongs to the opposing team takes 30 seconds to bring under your control.
Pro Tip: The more people of the same team that attempt to capture a circle, the faster the timer counts down. It pays to work together!
Contesting a Circle
When one or more players from opposing teams attempt to capture the same circle, they will engage in combat. Combat largely works like normal Wizard101 combat. However, it sports a unique turn system and unique school boosts that we will explore below.
Pro tip: There are unmarked combat circles scattered throughout the arena. Catch an enemy off guard in one of these unmarked circles to engage in battle, stalling them or denying them access to an area of the map.
The Beastmoon hunt sports a unique alternating turn system never before seen in Wizard 101. In every round, each player alternates who goes first. For instance, in a 1v1 it would look like: A-B ; B-A ; A-B etc. In team duels, where members of Team A are A1 A2 A3 A4 and Team B are B1 B2 B3 B4 the system goes: A1-B1, A2-B2, A3-B3, A4-B4 ; B1-A1, B2-A2, B3-A3, B4-A4 and alternates following this pattern each round. This system works extremely well for Team PvP scenarios and is well balanced within the Beastmoon Hunt itself.
The Beastmoon Hunt uses its own unique school advantage chart, which can be found on the top left of your screen. The school advantages are as follows:
- Fire has an advantage over Ice
- Ice has an advantage over Storm
- Storm has an advantage over Fire
- Balance has no advantages or disadvantages
- Life has an advantage over Myth
- Myth has an advantage over Death
- Death has an advantage over Life
In the Beastmoon hunt, you take an additional 25 flat damage per attack from a class that has an advantage over you. Thus, Beastforms with advantages also tend to have spells that counter or neutralize the disadvantaged class. For example, Ice has an advantage over Storm and comes with many blade removal spells to counter Storm’s many blades.
Points Awarded for Circle Capture
Capturing a circle nets you 1 point. You also gain 1 additional point for each circle you control. For example, if you capture 1 circle you will gain 1 point. If you capture a second circle you will gain 2 points(1 for the circle just captured and 1 for the circle you already control) for a total of 3 points. In other words it pays to control circles, as the more circles you control, the more points you gain for taking other circles.
Points Awarded for Contested Circle Capture
Unlike empty circles, circles that are contested(i.e circles you must fight for) award many more points for their capture. Winning a contested circle gives you 5 points at base. The spiral circle in the center gives a whopping 15 points at base if captured while contested! Furthermore, contested circles also award you bonus points based on the amount of circles already controlled and even more points for defeating enemies (see below)!
Pro Tip: The Spiral is not open till about halfway through the battle. Focus on the outside circles until the spiral opens. Winning the spiral can easily switch who is winning a game or further extend a lead making this circle one of the most important.
Defeating an opponent earns you 2 points. Points are calculated at the very end of the battle, so simply defeating an opponent but losing the battle may not net you any points at all. A defeated opponent returns to their base and receives a 30 second penalty before they can use the teleporter and return to the battle arena. Similarly, being defeated awards your opponent 2 points at the end of the battle in most cases. While defeated, if a teammate wins a battle within 2 rounds of your defeat, you are revived at 1 hp and the opponent gains no points.
Fleeing counts as a defeat and awards the enemy 2 points the moment you flee(instead of at the very end of the battle). It incurs the same 30 second cooldown timer as being defeated. Learning when to flee and when to stay are key to successfully winning contested circles.
For instance, let’s say my team has 88 points and the enemy team has 98 points. Both of our teams are battling at the spiral. My team is about to win the spiral battle which would win us the game. However one of our members is defeated the round before.
- If said member chooses to flee we would instantly lose the game as the opponent’s team would gain the 2 points needed to reach 100.
- However, if the defeated teammate stays, we will win the battle by capturing the spiral.
Domination occurs when one team controls all the circles in the Arena. When this occurs, the team with control of all the circles will receive one extra point every few seconds. This Domination bonus continues until the enemy team attempts to take control of a circle. Thus, holding control of all the circles can result in a very rapid victory.
Mercy is a condition that I have seen rarely. If a team has only one player left in the arena, while the enemy has 2+ players or, if your team is outnumbered by the enemy by 3+ players, the mercy bonus will apply. The opposing team will gain one point every few seconds for the rest of the game. The only action that stops the mercy bonus is engaging in battle, but the bonus will apply as soon as battle is over.
Win or lose, each Beastmoon hunt awards you with unique, never-before-seen rewards. After each fight, you will get your rewards. The winning team earns 2 pages of rewards, while the losing team earns one page of rewards. The rewards are as follows:
Lunari is the exclusive currency of the Beastmoon hunt and is used for virtually all of your Beastmoon-related needs. It purchases both level and tier upgrades for the various beastforms. You can also use it to purchase recipes for the exclusive Beastmoon robes and Beastmoon seeds. Lunari is acquired via participation in the Beastmoon event, the Scroll of Fortune and the Beastmoon Hunt event reward tab. Win or lose, players gain Lunari based on the amount of points they earned their team so it literally pays to be active.
Moonstones are special reagents that are needed to upgrade your Beastform’s levels. They drop from the Beastmoon Hunt and from Beastmoon seeds.
Another unique drop from the event and seeds, you need these ingredients to craft the coveted Beastmoon robes, available from Actaeon. They drop from the Beastmoon Hunt but to get enough thread to craft the robes, you will need to garden Beastmoon seeds as well.
Beastmoon Seeds are unique plants that drop battle coins, threads, moonstones and idols. These are needed to upgrade your beastform level and tier. Different Beastmoon seeds drop different rewards.
- You can acquire regular seeds by participating in the hunt, from the hunt rewards tab and from the scroll of fortune.
- Unfortunately, Elemental and Spirit seeds are a little harder to acquire. However, you can purchase the recipe from Actaeon. Furthermore, some come from the hunt rewards tab or the scroll of fortune.
- Finally, school specific Beastmoon seeds are the hardest to acquire–available only via recipe purchased from Actaeon. School-specific Beastmoon seeds are one of the only ways to acquire the elusive Beastmoon idols needed to get your beastform to level 5 and to tier up your beastform.
Pro Tip: Acquiring a Beastmoon seed recipe does not give you the seed. Instead, you must head over to the Beastmoon Cultivator to craft your seed. Different seeds require different moonstones to craft.
Beastmoon Seeds have unique properties that differentiate them from other plants, such as:
- You can only plant them in Beastmoon planters. You acquire 2 of these planters after your first hunt (win or lose). Upon your 25th Beastmoon match you will acquire your 3rd and final Beastmoon planter. Try not to feed these to your pet!
- Beastmoon seeds do not have a mature harvest and can only be harvested at elder. Beastmoon plants grow incredibly fast compared to their regular gardening counterparts. Normal Beastmoon seeds take about 30 minutes to an hour to hit elder, while Elemental/Spiritual take about 2 hours, and School Specific seeds 4+ hours.
- Unfortunately, there is no item or plant that can speed up your Beastmoon seed growth rate. That being said, there is a gardening treasure card called hasty harvest. This treasure card takes your mature Beastmoon seed immediately all the way to elder. These treasure cards drop from the hunt and from Beastmoon seeds themselves. Furthermore, you can even get some of these handy treasure cards in the Beastmoon hunt rewards tab!
Finally, the Beastmoon hunt adds badges, lots and lots of badges. Badges for unlocking forms, for maxing out forms, and for unlocking tiers. Badges for winning and participating in matches. Can you hunt down all five dozen(that’s 60!) new badges?
Now you’re ready to Hunt!
Grab your Beastform and take a spin in KI’s latest Special Event!