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"True Crossplatform MMORPG"
— The tagline for the game.

A re-envisioning of the original AdventureQuest game in 3D. AQ3D is the fourth major MMO from Artix Entertainment, and the first one to be in 3D. It heavily incorporates ideas from AdventureQuest Worlds. The game prides itself on its Crossplatforming feature, allowing allowing players to play simultaneously on PC through Steam, and mobile devices (Android and Apple).

The game follows the custom hero Player Character, exploring the land of Lore. Unlike the previous games, there is a lot less focus on story and a lot more focus on actively exploring the location. The Hero usually isn't actively faced with threats to the world, however the Ashfall release changes this.

New features that have been implemented include crafting your own gear, access to all free classes and readily being able to change in-game, Dungeon Crawling as an added feature, as well as the "sidekick system" where players can invite their friends who will be scaled to the friend's level temporarily.


As of 2016, the game is still in beta, but is open to all players.

  • Adaptational Badass: Melodia was a Damsel in Distress in AdventureQuest Worlds, while here she's the certified battle maid who once punched a tavern guest's teeth out after being called a "tavern wench".
  • Adaptational Distillation: Virtually every NPC has a much less prominent backstory and characterization, due to the much more limited dialogue, cutscenes, and the fact they almost always stand solitary in one location.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Robina typically has light brown chestnut hair, while here it's ginger red.
    • Blizzy's fur has gone from sky blue to bluish grey.
  • Affably Evil: Morgul the Necromancer in Darkovia. He serves evil but he's a pretty chill guy to talk to and doesn't appear to wish the player any harm.
  • Allegedly Free Game: The game is most certainly free to play, with the majority of features accessible to all players. However the Guardian class and certain items require membership or in-game purchases.
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  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Players can customize with any skin tone.
  • Archer Archetype: Robina Hood, as per usual.
  • Art Shift: Everything now rendered in 3D, the biggest project Artix Entertainment has ever undertaken.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Melodia was a minor character in AdventureQuest Worlds during the "Throne of Darkness" Saga, here she's a battle maid in Yulgar's Inn.
    • Jimmy the Eye plays his largest role in an Artix Entertainment main game. This is the first time Jimmy himself speaks and he serves as a quest giving NPC. This is also the first game to elaborate on Jimmy the Eye's backstory, where it's explained Warlic accidentally collapsed the dimension where flying eyes are native, and in trying to save the flying eyes he encountered Jimmy, who helped seal up the dimension before the damage could spread.
  • Author Avatar: As with all the Artix Entertainment games, in-game Non-Player Character versions of various devs can be found throughout the game, the most prominent ones being Artix, Warlic, Cysero, Faith, Galanoth, and Dage.
  • Badass Army: Galanoth's Order of DragonSlayers, dedicated to eradicating Dragon kind.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Galanoth gives one when he hears the Great Fire Dragon will awaken.
    Galanoth: I am a DRAGONSLAYER. NO dragon... no matter how powerful... lives. I have been hunting this beast for half my life. It won't escape again. Ready the troops. We assault Mount Ashfall at Daybreak!"
    • The Hero gives one when conversing to Morgul in Boog's tavern.
    Morgul: You don't even know the horrors that lurk in Darkovia Forest.
    The Hero: The horrors in Darkovia forest should be more worried about me.
  • Bad Boss: Talyn the DragonLord treats his minions like expendable tools. He doesn't bat an eye when his dragon partner gets killed, even thanking the The Dragonslayer who slew it, as it allowed him to find a stronger dragon to bond with. He also treats one of his dragon generals like trash, even scoffing it when it suggested being a candidate for the DragonLord to bond with.
  • Badass in Charge: Galanoth, leader of the The Dragonslayers Order. He is undoubtedly the greatest Dragon Slayer to have walked Lore, slaying countless dragons in his days. His followers respect him for both his leadership and his physical power.
  • Big Bad:
    • The Necroknight for the Doomwood maps.
    • Hallows Eve for Mogloween 2016.
    • The Yetun for Frostval 2016.
    • The Shrade for Friday the 13th events.
    • DragonLord Talyn for the Ashfall maps.
    • Exvidius for the Arcangrove maps.
  • Black Market: Gaz the Sneevil runs one of these in Battleon.
  • Boss Battle: Every map will have at least one of these.
  • Boss Subtitles: Used before the Shadow Entities fight in Darkovia Castle.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Robina Hood, a female version of Robin Hood.
    • Shrade is Jason Voorhees in all ways but name, complete with hockey mask, machete, and emerging from a lake.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: What sets the Hero aside from the pessimistic Morgul, s/he will never give up on helping someone else no matter how great the risk to their personal safety.
  • Colossus Climb: Some Boss Battles allow a version of this, where players can climb features in the environment and attack the boss using ranged spells (via the mage class), where the boss can't reach them. However this only works if the boss is taking damage from players on the ground, as otherwise the boss will instantly recover damage that the mages are doing.
  • Cowardly Boss: Daitengu’s boss fight has you searching for him in a forest of bamboo, and he teleports away once his HP gets low. He later spawns a clone of himself and powers up during the final phase.
  • Cult: There is one dedicated to Nightlocke, with cult members guarding the Nightlocke tombs in Bone Cliffs.
  • Damage Over Time:
    • Rogues are capable of inflicting poison on enemies that saps health over time. Certain monsters are also capable of this as well.
    • Mages later gained the Ice Spear ability that also has this effect.
  • Dark Is Evil:
  • The Dragonslayer: Galanoth, as per usual. Along with his order of DragonSlayers.
  • Dungeon Crawling: The first major Artix Entertainment game to feature dungeons, where there are maps with monsters that don't respawn after being killed, and players needing to clear rooms to move on. Most require dungeon keys to be accessed.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Early appearances of 3D Dage had him as a long-haired human wearing a skull mask. Later appearances have him more in line with his classic appearance from AdventureQuest Worlds, a skeletal lich clad in armor.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Talyn the DragonLord, the Great Fire Dragon, and their fire minions.
  • Expy: ShadowSlayer W is one to Vampire Slayer E from the original AdventureQuest and Shadowslayer Z from AdventureQuest Worlds. In fact he may be a Legacy Character to them.
  • Familiar: Jimmy the Eye serves as this to Warlic.
  • Fantastic Racism: Galanoth and the Order of DragonSlayers aim to kill every last dragon in Lore, not caring if the dragons are good or evil.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Once again, the starter classes are Warrior, Mage, and Rogue, with Guardian as the Membership class.
  • Final Death: The Son of Braken boss fight kicks out anyone who dies during the dungeon... and don’t even think about waiting for them to run back in, because the room closes shortly after the first phase starts.
  • Fur Against Fang: Like every other Artix Entertainment game, vampires and lycans are at war with one another. However this is the first time you can see the forces fight against each other in real time, where NPC monsters battle one another in the streets of Darkhurst and you can join in to attack one of the sides. However, this will still lead to the other enemy attacking you once one of the brawling enemies is defeated.
  • Ghost Ship: The wreck of the Vengeance appears as a dungeon during the Yokai Isle storyline, complete with you fighting the captain’s ghost as the boss.
  • Giant Squid: The Braken bosses are all examples of these.
  • Glass Cannon: The Mage class is this to a degree. It's able to fire off very strong ranged attacks like Fireball and Lightning, but it's not very helpful up close, due to said powerful attacks having a long charge time. This got rectified with a patch that shortened the Fireball charge time, as well as adding the fast charging "Ice Spear" Damage Over Time ability and the Finishing Move "Meteor Shower".
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The player character him/herself is one to the DragonSlayer Order.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Galanoth is certainly a hero, but can be quite harsh and mean.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: As part of the 2017 April Fools event, Artix Entertainment offered free VR 2D goggles for players, that are purely cosmetic. No stats or abilities whatsoever.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Players can customize their characters with any hair color they please.
  • Halloween Town: Darkhurst, the town on the outskirts of Darkovia.
  • Hate Sink: DragonLord Talyn is as despicable and unlikable as AE villains come with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He treats his own dragon like an expendable slave and was glad when a DragonSlayer killed it so that he could seek out a more powerful dragon, plans on enslaving the Great Fire Dragon so he can lay waste to the world, tried to create a human farm to serve as a food source for said dragon where he treated humans like livestock, and kills Essa for no reason just as the heroes were starting to feel some hope.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: As with every Artix Entertainment game.
  • Human Sacrifice: One of Talyn's Evil Plans was enslaving all the villagers of Brimston Village, then using them as tributes to be fed to the Great Fire Dragon. To further exemplify Talyn's monstrousness, he intended to breed the humans to create more offspring as dragon food, treating them as livestock on a farm.
  • Hunter of Monsters:
    • Artix hunts the undead, as per usual.
    • ShadowSlayer W, who hunts vampires and werewolves.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals:
    • All the male player characters and female player characters have the same facial structure, with the only difference being the skin color and hair color/style. For a while, all players had blue eyes before eye color customization was enabled, which was joked about in-game.
    • All Moglins (sans Zorbak) also have the same basic design, with an identical ever smiling face, with the only difference between them being their fur color.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Morgul. He doesn't seem to mean harm, but always ends up saying hurtful things in regards to the well being of Anne's family from Brutal Honesty to requests that are Too Soon.
  • Item Farming: Takes after its predecessors, where players endlessly kill monsters to drop items so they can craft powerful gear.
  • It's Personal: The player character says this about Talyn after he kills Essa in front of them.
  • Killed Off for Real: Essa is unceremoniously killed by DragonLord Talyn by being impaled In the Back with his sword.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • The Guardian class can fire a flame stream.
    • Several fire monsters in Ashfall can perform fire attacks as well.
  • Knight of Cerebus: DragonLord Talyn, whose arrival permanently plunges the game into a much darker tone. Prior to his appearance there was very little sense of urgency, with even his predecessor villain, the Necroknight, being hammy and Played for Laughs. However Talyn amps ups the stakes and changes the game from "explore the land" to "save the world".
  • Lava Pit: Ashfall features these. If players fall in the lava, it triggers an instant respawn without the player actually dying.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Darkovia, when the Hero asks if a vampire bite victim could be saved by a potion or spell, the following exchange occurs.
    Morgul: Wake up! This isn't a fantasy where you're the hero. What are you going to do? Run around collecting ingredients to magically save the day?
    The Hero: Yes!
    Morgul: Sorry you're in Darkovia now.
  • Level Scaling: Certain dungeons and areas will scale all players to the same level to make it fairer in farming and looting.
  • Living Legend: This version of Galanoth is said to be a famed legendary DragonSlayer, though Galanoth himself dismisses these claims.
  • Living Statue: Gargoyles will appear as still statues, until approached where they will attack the player. There's also the fact that not every gargoyle statue is alive.
    • The Shadow Entities boss fight in Darkovia Castle has you fighting spirits that inhabit two huge gargoyle statues.
  • The Lost Woods:
    • Doomwood is a forest overrun by the undead.
    • Darkovia forest is inhabited by vampires and werewolves.
    • Arcangrove is a huge forest filled with magical creatures.
  • Mascot Mook: Frogzards, stated by the devs to be Artix Entertainment's most iconic monster.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game: The third one Artix Entertainment has made, and by far their biggest project to date.
  • Mega Twintails: One of the character customization options, is giving the player character two massive pigtails.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Drickens are half dragon half chicken.
  • Money Grinding: One of the most farm heavy games Artix Entertainment has ever concocted, with monsters giving very low gold drops, and the various bosses a bit more. The only way to earn gold quickly is to find the item drops that sell for large amounts of gold at once.
  • Multi-Platform: Promoted as a "true crossplatform MMORPG", where players can play and interact in real-time on PC or mobile devices.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Galanoth's backstory is revisited, with him having a vendetta against a Great Fire Dragon. This dragon is heavily implied (and later confirmed) to be Akriloth, who appears in both DragonFable and AdventureQuest Worlds as the dragon who killed Galanoth's family.
    • There is a Call-Back to the Elemental Orbs Saga from DragonFable.
      • The Tower Pass segment of the "Dragons of Ashfall" Saga has DragonLord Talyn acquiring a Fire Orb from underneath a Guardian Tower.
      • Darkhurst's Guardian Tower reveals the Darkness Orb was kept there.
  • Nature Spirit: The Voice of the Forest in Heartwood can be considered one, being a sentient rockface that acts as the forest's guardian.
  • Necromancer: Morgul, who can be found in Boog's Tavern in Darkhurst.
  • Nerves of Steel: Galanoth is barely phased by the news of Essa's death, not because he doesn't care, but because he's so focused on the mission he doesn't have time for idle grieving.
  • No Fourth Wall: In-game characters are aware they exist in a video game. Unlike previous Artix Entertainment games this is done less for fourth wall humor and more for convenience in giving guides to players.
  • Non-Player Companion:
    • Not companions exactly, but there are NPCs on certain maps who will assist players in attacking monsters. They include Campbell (Battleon and Heartwood) and Jimmy the Eye (Greenguard).
    • Kord is a more literal example, actually accompanying the player for several Ashfall maps and fights alongside them in a Boss Battle.
    • Both Kord and Senna are NPC helpers that partake in the Dragon invasion of Battleon in helping fight off the dragons.
    • ShadowSlayer W will actively help the player fight off waves of vampire knights and werewolves in two Darkhurst quests.
  • Oculothorax: This game also features Artix Entertainment's famous flying eyes (a giant eyeball with bat-like wings and a tail). They can be found in Greenguard, Heartwood, and the Battleon Bank, coming in red, blue, and gold color variants. Jimmy the Eye is a friendly NPC version.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: DragonLord Talyn's end goal is to awaken the Great Fire Dragon, enslave its mind and bond with it, and use its power to lay waste to all of Lore.
  • One-Man Army: The higher level players can easily sweep through whole maps of weaker monsters.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: Gargoyles appear as monsters on Bone Cliffs and Shadowskull Bridge. There's one particularly strong gargoyle on Bone Cliffs called the Stoic Gargoyle which serves as a mini-boss of sorts.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Sneevils and Fire Phans, they are diminutive goblin like creatures, the former of whom have a very marked taste for boxes.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Trolluks, a combination of trolls and orcs.
  • The Paladin: Artix, as per usual.
  • Perpetual Smiler: All moglins have a permanent smile on their faces, with Zorbak having a Slasher Smile.
  • Quest Giver: Every map will have at least one, sometimes several of these NPCs.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Moglins, of course.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: After defeating the Son of Braken’s first phase, he sinks into the water as the room begins to flood. You have to find the correct lever to open the door, or you will be trapped underwater taking damage over time. The lever puzzle is repeated in the second phase, this time, however, you’ll have to dodge attacks from his tentacles.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Essa is a Quest Giver NPC in Brimston Ruins who the player got to know a bit of backstory on. However after finishing her quests and the Hero is celebrating with her, DragonLord Talyn shows up out of nowhere and impales her through the back with his sword.
  • Shapeshifting: A few items (available through in-game purchases) allow players to shapeshift into travel forms that can move faster than standard players. These include the Shadow Wolf morph, the Baby Dragon morph, the Armored Baby Dragon Morph, the Dricken morph, Lil' Skelly Travel Form, and Were-Pumpkin Root.
  • Series Mascot: Artix Von Kreiger, Robina Hood, and Twilly.
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  • Spin Attack: The Warrior class has one of these attacks called "Whirlwind", where the player spins with their weapon, doing damage to all surrounding enemies.
  • Squishy Wizard: Mages lack melee abilities and specialize in long range spells. They often serve as lurers in groups or parties.
  • The Undead: No shortage of these guys. Skeletons can be found aplenty in Doomwood Forest, Bone Cliffs, Shadowskull Bridge, and Ashfall's DragonSlayer Camp. Other undead like zombies, and bone spiders can be found in several dungeons. Ghosts can be found in Mystcroft, Mogloween dungeons, Camp Gonnagetcha, and Darkhurst.
  • Vampire Hunter: ShadowSlayer W hunts vampires and werewolves for a living.
  • With Us or Against Us: Galanoth tells the player character this in their first meeting.
    Galanoth: Dragons are the enemy. If you're not with us, you're against us. Join us in fighting these monsters or stand aside.

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