A Revelation on Shadow Pip Chance

Recently on Twitter, I asked senior Kingsisle developer Matthew(@Mattnetic on Twitter) about why base shadow pip chance has been hidden in game and if it could be considered ever revealing it. In his answer, Matthew revealed some brand new information about shadow pip chance. See for yourself:

Shadow Pip Chance Comment 1

What this means…

This reveal means that shadow pip chance is the first combat dependent stat we have seen in Wizard101. Instead of being an unchanging number, shadow pip chance is a dynamic value that differs each round in combat. So far, we know that the 2 major influences on your shadow pip chance are the current round in combat and previously generated shadow pips. How do these two factors affect shadow pip chance? We don’t know. However, experiences in the Battle Arena would seem to indicate that shadow pip chance likely increases each round.

Although it is unconfirmed, this new revelation leads us to believe that the longer the match, the more the Shadow Pip chance. Thus, schools that can last longer in matches (RIP Diviners) have a better chance at obtaining shadow pips. This also explains why the Ice school seems to have a higher shadow pip chance. They would seem to generate more shadow pips simply due to the fact that matches involving Ice tend to be longer. Finally the last bit of info we have confirmed is that the base shadow pip chance for all schools is the same as seen below.

Shadow Pip Chance Comment 2

Shadow pip chance is one of the most mysterious stats and to finally shed a little light on the subject is a big win for all. Big thanks to KI Developer, Matthew, for sharing this information with everyone and granting us permission to discuss it further here.

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Eric Stormbringer

A Wizard101 player since 2009, Eric has always enjoyed PvP at the level cap. Known for his contributions to Storm PvP, Eric is nonetheless knowledgeable about all max level schools, tactics and gameplay styles. Eric loves analyzing the nitty gritty of spell and game mechanics, particularly as they apply to 1v1 PvP and can often be found offering feedback and suggestions on a variety of platforms.


  • I’ve been playing about as long as you, Eric, although I did take a hiatus for a few. I’m eager in learning all the new techniques and tactics. My most advanced character, Tatiana Wildeyes, is Death. She has acquired Call of Khrulhu and Dark Shepherd. Together, these spells wreak havoc and I laugh my ass off. However, because the first requires 2 Shadow spells and the second required one, they rarely get to work together. (Sort of like a married couple working opposite shifts. 😭)

    My question is whether there’s a way via gear or experience to increase the likeness of gaining Shadow Pips? I do have the Fatesailor’s Exalted Steel sword woth a +11 Shadow critical rating stone inserted, but for my other gear, only the Tear Stone can be inserted—and it’sa Mana increase, which doesn’t trip my trigger, if you get me.

    So, what, if anything, can be done to increase my chances?


  • This is probably the case because if a match takes too long then your probably vs a jade and kingisle wands matches to be fast so they give you more shadow pips to kill the jade

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  • We should just make an Eric Stormbringer fanclub at this point 😂 Eric is trully and amazing person who is willing to take time out of his day to advise others.

  • A few weeks ago, I saw a few post of Eric Stormbringer and they caught my attention real fast. As a struggling Storm wizard in PVP, I needed someone like Eric. I was so happy to be able to friend him on game and that he even was willing to friend me, LOL. Its like being friends with a celebrity. Love to watch his matches, He makes them look so easy. I hope to learn a lot from him. He is the best of the best Storm PVP players.

  • Love Eric Stormbringer!He is a wealth of knowledge at PVP amd I always stop to read what he has to say. I have learn quite a bit from him over tye years in his posts and hope to continue to hear from him over the years. I recently was able to friend him in the game on my Iridian Stirmcloud char and I was thrilled he added me. I love watching his matches as he seems to be able to predict what the other person will do. He is amazing to watch and thank you fir being my friend in the game!

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