My favorite world in Wizard101

December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

I have been playing Wizard101 for a long time now. I have played each World multiple times on multiple accounts. I have enjoyed playing every world but none of them have been as fun to play as Khrysalis. I am aware that this is not a popular choice but in next few paragraphs I will try to explain my perspective and hopefully will get some of you to agree with me by end of my post.


The storyline of Khrysalis is very good. We do get to do some important quests and progressive storyline there. By contrast other worlds like Zafaria or Polaris have many quests which don’t contribute much in the main storyline and are more like ‘fillers’. These Worlds mostly consist of fillers that have nothing to do with the overarching plot and the events weren’t interconnected with each other. So the storyline of Khrysalis is much better where the quests progress the main storyline in a positive way and lead it to a resolution. Khrysalis is not only the magnum opus of Wizard101, but should be the model of how Kingsisle writes and designs quests for future Worlds.


In Khrysalis every event is interconnected and has a purpose and serves to further hurt Morganthe and shatter the Umbra Legion. And help further restore Khrysalis. From liberating Bastion and Sardonyx, beating the warlords, defeating Atlach-Leng, restoring the Astral relics, learning Shadow Magic and controlling it, crossing the Starfall Sea and descending into the Black Hole. All these events further our journey to reach the Shadow Palace and break apart the magical and military high ground that Morganthe has. All while learning about the suffering that the people of Khrysalis had to endure under Morganthe’s reign and foreshadowing the Grandfather Spider arc.


The main villain of Khrysalis, Morganthe, is probably the most formidable enemy that we have ever faced. Even though Malistaire, Old Cobb and his children get a bigger buildup and more hype, only Morganthe ever lives up to her reputation. This is evident when Morganthe is compared to them.



In Khrysalis, the Spider told his Children to “Marry and make war! Build fleeting empires and towers of cards and beautiful disasters!” and to “sow Chaos to one day reap.” But the most evil thing Rat did was hypnotize Urville Station’s mining workforce, and enslave that town. And the Scorpion did nothing significant at all! He only showed up two times in Mirage, one in Alkali Barrows and one in Aggrobah. That is not causing Chaos! I am not commenting on the Bat yet since Empyrea hasn’t finished and his role in our journey isn’t clear yet.



Grandfather Spider’s prophecies made them seem like extremely dangerous Chaos Bringers, who would cause unimaginable Chaos. But the Cabal, and even Malistaire, seems like a bigger threat than the Rat and the Scorpion. And the plans to sunder Land and Sky, and reverse the Sands of Time aren’t as chaotic as they should have been. I don’t even see how reversing the Sands would have caused unlimited Chaos.



Morganthe on the other hand was everything the Children should have been but were not. She was dark, devious, intelligent, extremely evil and used Shadow Magic. Even if the spells she used was a very small portion of Shadow Magic. Her actions made us terrified of her. To the point where she committed genocide upon the people of Azteca by destroying the entire world! She also indirectly plunged Avalon into disarray and crystallized the City of Bastion. And committed many more evil acts! A true villain indeed!



The Children of Shadow were hyped up to be even more dangerous and powerful than Morganthe, and have a connection to the Shadow Web(whatever that is). But they failed immensely, and the story suffered for it. By stark contrast, Morganthe personally took part in the story, and we saw the evil she’s capable of doing. She was a very dangerous threat to the Wizard and the entire Spiral.


Khrysalis also has another thing going for it and that is the gradual build up to the resolution of the arc. Like Dragonspyre, Khrysalis benefits from being the last World of a story arc. But even then, it surpasses Dragonspyre in every aspect- be it grandiose, story depths or the epic feels. Throughout the second arc Morganthe’s master plan and backstory was revealed little by little, the major event in each world affected the overarching story. The purpose of Morganthe’s plans in each world was a piece of her master plan to rewrite the Spiral. And the final battle with her in Khrysalis was built up. We liberated Bastion and Sardonyx, raised an army of Mantis Warriors and Mouse Knights, learned the process of how she became so powerful in the Solar Arc and the Hive, and dissolved the Umbra Legion by fighting members of it from the bottom to the top of its ladder (culminating in defeating the second-in-command Archmagus Lorcan).


Usually comedy, puns and humor add extra layer to a World but the lack of humor helped Khrysalis become a great World in my opinion. With a build up to a story that was grim and scary, we satisfactorily get a Khrysalis story which is more grim and less funny, and rightly so. In Khrysalis we raced against the clock to reach the Shadow Palace and rescue the Lords of Night, before Morganthe rewrites the Spiral in her image. And the situation felt tense and dangerous because not only was the confrontation between Morganthe built up, but Khrysalis itself was written to be as serious as possible. The jokes were subtle and subdued, and there was a grim tone in Khrysalis, fitting for a world pinned under Morganthe’s tyranny for centuries. The characters took Morganthe’s plan seriously and were deadset on helping the Wizard reach the Shadow Palace, all the while freeing the people of Khrysalis through the various events.



So in conclusion, keep everything in mind, I would say that Khrysalis is the best Wizard101 World till date and hopefully Empyrea (Empyrea1 and Empyrea2 combined) will be able to successfully topple it from the position to become Wizard101’s best World. Fingers crossed!

6 responses to My favorite world in Wizard101

  1. Eh to some extent I agree, but to other extent’s I don’t.
    1.) Malistaire … the reason we loved Malistaire was because in my opinion, we see a man that will resort to anything to bring his love back. Steal ancient death magic artifacts, steal the eye of history, a key to dragonspyre, and along the way bring a undead army to distract everyone. He was evil, but for a good reason. We can all relate to having love lost. It was very human and touching.
    2.) Morganthe … I remember while waiting for this arc that everyone always complained about it being over already. Until the later worlds, (Azteca and Khrysalis) Morganthe’s plan wasn’t revealed to us similar to Old Cob right now. Everything was confusing to us until the end as well. She killed off two worlds in various wars/conquests (Celestia and Azteca), cursed the land of Avalon, and ruled Khrysalis under her iron fist. She definitely wasn’t like Malistaire; there was no trace of human touch or reason to it, but pure greed. After defeating Malistaire, we started to view ourselves in a role of a hero learning new magic and getting stronger… But look who got stronger with us the entire time as well… MORGANTHE. The reason this story resonated with me after Avalon was the constant idea that Morganthe had many things in common with the wizard as well. We were both Merle Ambrose’s most promising students, but we ended up so different, yet mirror images of each other. Morganthe even noticed this before we did asking multiple times to join her as her protégé. In the end both the wizard and Morganthe learned shadow magic and astral magic within the time frame of the entire story arc. By defeating Morganthe with her own magic, we’ve accepted overcoming ourselves and our shadow; Old Cob pronounced us the child of shadow and light. Not to many people get this idea because both the Morganthe Arc and Old Cob are actually based on a series of books called the Earthsea trilogy… Which is why I wont spoil the rest of the story in the arc we are on.
    3.) This is the part were I would disagree with you to the extent that this story is not entirely finished yet, and I know this story based on how the Earthsea trilogy ends out… Obviously because the Spiral was built with Old Cob’s heart, Old Cob knows all the ways to destroy the spiral easily as his shadow children have been feeding him intel when he was asleep. Morganthe wanted to rule the spiral, but not destroy it … which is where her shadow magic failed as it didn’t fulfill the prophecy. Doing inhumane acts related to us more as evil, but Old Cobb just plain out destroying the spiral with apathy gives people apathy as well. Old Cobb in Khrysalis and Mirage that he has no interest of torturing people within the Spiral like Morganthe has because his motives were different…Why spend time torture people and destroy worlds like Azteca when its all gonna get blown away with the spiral anyways? But at many times, unlike the previous arc I’m lost, but I SHOULD BE LOST. The wizard is confused and lost with what to do… there isn’t enough time like there was with Malistaire and Morganthe … the spiral could be destroyed any moment. Your the child of shadow and light, do you destroy Old Cob? Do you join the Cabal or Arcanum? What is the Cabal? Is GrandMother Raven the bad guy? We are sent quickly to Polaris, Mirage, and Empyrea to quickly stop Old Cob… it feels so rushed, but it raises so many questions for us as well. 2 things are emphasized in this arc… shadow magic is spreading everywhere and we don’t have time. This off pacing from the other arcs does feel out of the blue, but realize that like Celestia and Zafaria for Morganthe … nothing big has really happened, yet for the Old Cob. It’s not suppose to happen yet… Right now we are winning, but is Kingsisle just making us intentionally feel like this is no big deal? You may ask the question why is Empyrea suddenly split into part 1 like Khrysalis? Maybe, a game changer in the arc is in place … No doubt, the shadow heart isn’t gonna stay there forever. All these other issues were basically like bugs compared to whats gonna happen in the future arc of Empyrea.

  2. I loved Khrysalis too! I see tons of people say that they hate it, and I just can’t understand how, especially since you highlighted every single thing about it that makes it my favorite Wizard world. The third arc gets a lot of praise from people nowadays, but deep down, I still find the story weak compared to what it used to be in Khrysalis. I admit that I did enjoy Empyrea Part 1’s story a lot, and if Part 2 is everything I’m expecting it to be, then it may even pass Khrysalis as my favorite world…

  3. Khrysalis was my favorite world. So large and busy. Everyone involved in either ripping it up or saving it! LOVE THAT!
    Enjoyed your article.

  4. I have to say that I definitely agree with you based on your points about Old Cob and his children. But that being said, I thought Khrysalis was too dark and I didn’t really enjoy how long it was. But don’t let my opinion influence yours. I definitely love Morganthe’s fashion sense though.

  5. I can see your points, even if I don’t like Khrysalis very much xD Exactly the lack of humor is a big thing for me. I do have to agree that Khrysalis HAS many positive sides too!

  6. I love this post!

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