The question that stands the test of time: is it better to get a membership or purchase zones? Seems simple enough to answer, but let us go down the rabbit hole and look at different aspects to this question. Heads up! This will not give you a definite answer and we won’t influence you towards a particular option as they both have their merits.
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There are a lot of factors to consider here. A membership offers much more than just areas, however it can never be a permanent feature. On the other hand, purchasing zones is permanent but it just does that. Nowadays, a membership gets you:
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Purchasing zones requires crowns which sadly does NOT grant any of the above benefits. However, one must consider that purchasing a zone will allow you to access that particular zone for as long as the game is available. The same statement cannot be extended to memberships as they run out quite rapidly (especially when you are having fun). This might create pressure on member players because if they want to reach a certain location or level they have to do it in the allocated time span unless they can easily renew their membership.
There is also the option of having both. How would this work exactly? If you have an active membership, you won’t be able to purchase zones. Thus, you need to purchase zones when an account doesn’t have a member active. By default, you will have those zones purchased forever and you can buy the membership for when you specifically require it (like for a limited time member benefit). One could also have multiple accounts where one is a member and the other purchases zones. Basically, it depends on the specific situation of players.
As of late we have been seeing a couple factors introduced that would benefit a crowns player more. For instance, the Expand Backpack Elixir that permanently increases the backpack space on a single wizard by 50 slots. Such a feature shows that Kingsisle caters to both members and crown players. However, the topic at hand is purchasing zones and not crowns in general. Thus, the only other factor I’ll consider for this article are the crowns reward events introduced late 2018. Purchasing zones is considered as spending crowns which will grant you select rewards if the event is active.
I did some calculations below so that you get a better perspective of zone pricing and the costs it bears. Each zone past Wizard City’s Triton Avenue costs crowns or a membership to unlock, but let’s forget about members for the time being. Beneath is a list of all worlds including side worlds and side areas* and the total cost of crowns to fully unlock that individual world. A full breakdown of zone pricing can be found on Wizard101’s main site here.
The final total being 184,795 crowns!
While at first sight you might think this is an outrageous amount of crowns, do consider a couple of reasons. Look at each world individually and ask yourself this question, “Is it really worth that much crowns?”. I’ll let you determine the answer here, however my opinion stands that most of them are indeed very reasonable. Additionally, you are not required to purchase all the areas to progress your wizard to higher levels.
Let’s break it down between story arcs and side content:
A very noticeable point I gather from those numbers is how reasonable the third story arc is priced at. Considering the quality of life improvements Kingsisle has been implementing, the story plot, the animations, bringing the characters to life and many more mind blowing factors, the third arc is a bargain! On the other hand, it only contains three worlds, but I think that everyone has ever experienced the full extent of Polaris, Mirage and Empyrea 1 & 2 can agree that the price doesn’t do them justice.
The debate of whether to purchase a membership or buy the zones is a steaming one between the various communities of Wizard101. On the newly introduced Steam community we observed the following comment by a player to which Sparck – Wizard101’s Community Manager replied to.
It is indeed something many players have asked and wondered about for quite some time. The above statement by Sparck shows promise, however we can’t be too sure about anything at this very early point. Fellow author Jeremy Ravenhunter and myself discussed this to an extent where it became purely mathematics. Our thoughts were — since the game originally released with Wizard City till Mooshu and Dragonspyre being introduced just after — the game has remained with the same amount of free-to-play areas. To elaborate further, the game has successfully achieved ten years, however the same amount of free-to-play areas remain even after three story arcs, showing no sense of evolution / progression. Thus, here comes the math…
If Kingsisle planned to release more free-to-play areas in the future, what would be the limit or estimation? We tried to calculate just that!
This isn’t an actual fact, but just a calculation. The game keeps expanding and introducing new areas, but what if it were to keep the same percentage of free-to-play areas consistent as to that of when the game was first introduced? Would this be something Kingsisle considers? Now, this is where it might become tough to follow. If we were to give a price to the free-to-play areas, we estimated something similar to this. We group the free-to-play areas together so the price given would make sense:
Due to the fact that Wizard City areas cost 750 crowns each, each of the above grouped areas were given the same price of 750 crowns. Total being 3,750 crowns. Add that to the existing first story arc cost of 48,765 crowns and you will get 52,515. This is done so we can obtain an average idea of free-to-play areas compared to exclusive ones. At introduction, Wizard101 had 3,750 crowns worth of free-to-play areas and 48,765 crowns worth of exclusive areas.
Now, if we were to compare the game to how it was then and how it can be now let’s use some ratios (or percentages):
This would mean that all of Wizard City and most of Krokotopia would become free-to-play areas. However, games don’t evolve in that manner and I’m sure we can all understand why. Wizard101 somehow keeps finding mind-blowing ways to introduce new amazing features such as fishing, monstrology and hatchmaking. Not to forget the very recent Wizard City revamp implemented on the free-to-play areas that literally brought new life to the game. Thus, no new free-to-play areas were introduced, however Kingsisle does keep things interesting!
After gathering quite a few opinions on whether to purchase zones or membership from fellow #twizards (exactly 132 of them), these are the results:
Personally, I expected membership to be the winner of this poll, however I did not expect that so many would opt for zone purchasing. Perhaps it is mainly because of the bombastic crown purchase amount of 184,795 or that purchasing zones only gets you so far. But what if we were to roughly calculate the amount of years you would get worth of membership instead of paying that much crowns?
Wizard101 offers several different membership options as well as temporary deals or sales, but let us work this out with the yearly membership deal (without sales or discounts).
12 month membership = $79.95 = 60,000 crowns
184,795 divided by 60,000 = 3.08…
Therefore, purchasing all the areas in the game would cost as much as three years membership. Now it is only up to you to decide which deal your prefer as this depends on your preference, willingness to spend, availability and much more. What if we were to keep a look out for those deals? The standard crowns sale as of late has been exactly like as you can see below.
12 month membership = $79.95 = 80,000 crowns
184,795 divided by 80,000 = 2.31…
This would mean that purchasing all the areas in the game would cost as much as two years and three months worth of membership. All that being said, we still cannot land on a definite answer as each option like every other thing has its own pros and cons. It all depends on your preference. Happy gaming!
Players with a membership get all kinds of perk that crowns players don’t get. This is true for both Wizard101 and Pirate101, though the system is more developped in Wizard101. You can read about the pirate101 benefits here.
The year is almost done and, with that, I present to you an overview of a whole year’s worth of Wizard101 Member Benefits!
These are all of 2018’s member benefits organized chronologically.
During the double gardening rewards event, you will get double the xp AND double the rewards from harvesting plants. With it, you can double or even quadruple your seeds during one event! You’ll have all the Evil Magma Peas and Couch Potatoes you desire! This member benefit usually lasts three days. It happens only rarely, four times during 2018.
The event was extremely popular when it was first introduced. It continues to be highly valuable for newer gardeners. However, us oldies have kind of had enough of this one! For us, our backpacks and banks are so stuffed with seeds that they’ve become a nuisance rather than something longed for. Personally, I’m also a bit fed up with the pet snacks I’m carrying around everywhere as well.
Trying to collect animus from a tough boss like Malistaire in Darkmoor? This member benefit is the ideal opportunity for you to farm for animus! Basically, if you have an active membership when using an Extract spell to collect animus, you get double the amount. Additionally, there is the Triple Animus Elixir that stacks with this benefit and makes the chance of getting 18 total animus from one creature possible. Find out exactly how in this article here.
This event has taken place six times during 2018.
Each daily assignment sheet has 15 days, of which the 5th, 10th and 15th day are “chest” days. These chests can contain housing items, seeds, pets, jewels and 7 day mounts. The non-chest days give you small amounts of gold and crowns (and double of each of those during the benefit!).
Daily assignments are pretty nice if you are a little short on Crowns. Granted, they don’t give a lot of crowns, but if the goal is stitching a hat, and you’re totally broke, then this might get you enough. If you really are that broke, you could also do the Free KI Trivia games.
I don’t think the whole concept of daily assignments has really caught on. However, there are still people who do them every day. Some people only do their daily assignments on days that require you to visit a certain place, while they skip all the days you have to defeat a certain creature. We’ve had this member benefit twice during 2018.
Many people love fishing and find it relaxing. It’s popular among decorators for example, as well as among people who love to collect badges and collect things to put on display. Other players – often PvPers – think it’s boring and a waste of time.
However, fishing is not just limited to fish! You can go fish for rare wands in the Elephant Graveyard in Zafaria and the bundle houses can have chests with a permanent version of the bundle’s mount. Jeremy tells you more about this in his article. This benefit has been active six times during 2018.
During this event, crafting won’t result in any crafting timers. This means you can craft as much as you want without having to wait! Also, when reagents are dropped, harvested or collected, you will get double of whatever reagent you obtained.
While this benefit is active, you could go collect some of the most rare reagents in the Spiral:
This benefit has been active six times in 2018.
Some might think that this is a pretty useless member benefit, after the first time they use it. However, there are more sides to this member benefit than you’d think.
For example, did you know there’s this rare badge called “Master of Shapes”? You can only achieve this badge if you’re level 98 or above, because of its requirement. To get it, you have to train ALL the moon school spells in the game. These spells include all the Polymorph spells and the Shift spells.
In addition, if you’re a PvPer, you could use this benefit to craft a large amount of mutated spells, like the Deadly Minotaurand Inferno Kraken. You can read more about this here.
This event has been active five times during 2018.
I haven’t personally taken advantage of this benefit at all. Its concept is a little confusing if you hear about it for the first time. You have seen these chests that are located near the harder bosses, where you can try to get the item you’re farming for in exchange for crowns.
The idea of this member benefit is to give you one chance to open the silver chest free of charge. You can only get one free chest every day for a specific boss, but if you go and farm several bosses, you can open one chest for free for each boss. For example, you could open one free chest at Loremaster, another at Gladiator Dimachareus, another in Tartarus and one more at the end of Empyrea. The next day, you could do them all again for another free chest. Our article on the matter gives you a few examples of places that would be worthwhile to visit during this benefit.
This member benefit has been active eight times in 2018.
The double pet xp member benefit is the favorite benefit of many, next to the double gardening event. I think it’s also the one KI gets the most money through. You can read more about that topic here. While the Double Pet Experience event is active, every snack you feed your pet will be worth twice the amount of xp. This means you can level up pets at top speed!
This is the one benefit that happens every single month. Its popularity hasn’t gone down much over time. There are always newer players, as well as more experienced players working on new pet projects. We’ve been reaping the benefit of this event 14 times during 2018!
What’s your favorite benefit? Which one do you wait for the most? Are the benefits worth getting membership for?