How to Become a Better Wizard

How to Become a Better Wizard

Life is a learning curve. We’re constantly developing and striving to become the best person we can possibly be. Here are ten virtues that can help you become a better wizard. Not all of them are easy to achieve, but I’m confident that with time, we can all become the best version of ourselves possible.

(The screenshots are things I’ve overheard in the Spiral)

1. Resilience

This is the art of keeping going even when things are looking dark. Some dungeons in Wizard101 are tough (think of Darkmoor,  Baba Yaga or the Rat, if you’re a max level wizard). Resilience means that you try again after failing and/or dying. Dying occasionally is normal, don’t overreact. Remember that wizards are resilient. I’ve never seen a wizard fail to respawn with one health after dying.

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You need a resilient nature in PvP as well. PvP is all about testing your limits and facing people potentially better (or more lucky) than you. You’re not going to win every match. In fact, you may have periods during which you don’t win any matches at all. You may climb to the 2k rank range, and then lose 10 matches in a row. Resilience is accepting reversals as normal and keeping going regardless of the setbacks.



2. Empathy

adultEmpathy is the capacity to connect imaginitively with the sufferings and unique experience of another person. Say someone got drawn into the same battle you were in. Don’t get angry at them right from the start. They’re probably feeling just as annoyed about having been pulled in as you do. Hatch with someone with a bad pet occasionally, after imagining how they must feel getting rejected by people all the time.

Understand that your opponent in PvP might feel the game is unfair when you dddkill them through a lucky unblocked critical. They might react unpleasantly to your “gg”. Think about how you would feel in the same situation and let it go. Surely you know how frustrating it is to lose because of bad luck. Accept that your opponent might not be very happy, and don’t get drawn into an argument.


3. Patience

Patience, young padawan! Lsteelet’s face it: we’re not good at dealing with things that go wrong. Maybe you’re trying to hatch the perfect pet. Maybe you’re farming a certain boss for a specific item. Or maybe you’re standing in the Bazaar waiting for someone to sell Steel.

We should be calmer and more forgiving, by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go. Don’t be that person complaining: “I hatched once and failed at mega.” Hatching for a certain type of pet may require you to hatch 20 times. Accept the reality of 10 fails at mega. Don’t get a temper tantrum in the Bazaar or force friends into selling their reagents. Good things come to those who wait. True, the Loremaster is stingy and will most likely give you a totally useless spell. Don’t take it out on the friends that are nice enough to accompany you on your quest for the perfect spell.



4. Sacrifice

We’re hardwired to seek our own advantage, but also have this miraculous ability to occasionally forgo our own satisfaction in the name of someone else. Help a friend out once in a while! Doing the Jabberwock all alone is scary for a wizard in Avalon. Lend your friends some help when they ask for it. It doesn’t take all that long, surely you can spare ten minutes for a friend. Your friendship will be stronger and a good friend will return the favor at one point along the road.

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You can also help strangers out through the Kiosk in Olde Town, if you feel like it. This gives you the nifty “Team Player” badge, so you’re benefitting from it yourself as well! Apart from sacrificing your time, you could also sacrifice your gold by buying Empower TC for your poor friends.


5. Politeness

Politeness has a bad name. We often assume it’s about being fake, which is meant to be bad, as opposed to really ourselves, which is meant to be good. However, given what most of us are really like deep down, we should spare others too much exposure to our deepest selves. We need to learn manners, which aren’t evil. They’re the necessary internal rules of civilization. Ask before you join the battle ring to defeat mobs. Talk about your strategy in a dungeon before you jump in the fight. Apologize when you’re late or inconvenienced someone.

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There is such a thing as being too polite, but after most PvP matches, say “good game”. You and your opponent both did your best, regardless of whether you won or lost. If you’re having trouble accepting what your opponent did in the match, think about what you did yourself. Did you fight a good game? Did you play fairly and to the best of your abilities? Then it’s a good game, regardless of what the opponent did.

Politeness is very linked to tolerance; to a capacity to live alongside people, who we won’t necessarily agree with, but at the same time won’t be able to avoid. Work together with others in boss battles. There is no need for you to personally kill the boss, as long as the boss dies. It can be a lot more effective to buff one wizard than to have everyone buff themselves. It’s a little rude to want to take all the honor for the battle. If you rank up a little in PvP, you will keep running into the same opponents. Be polite to them. They’re almost unavoidable, so accept that they’re a part of your wizardly life now.


6. Humor

Humor is seeing the funny sides of situations and of oneself. There’s always a gap between what we want to happen and what actually happens. Like anger, humor springs from disappointment. Say you were planning on doing the two round strategy for Baba Yaga, which depends on everyone joining the fight at the same time. If your friend or a stranger is late into the battle, don’t work your disappointment or irritation out on them. See the humor in the situation. Starting all over again really isn’t that bad.

If someone dies multiple times in a long battle, focus on the funny side of it. Humor is disappointment optimally channeled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness. Everyone approaches humor in a different way and that’s fine. However, don’t let anger, disappointment or resentment occupy yourself.



7. Self-Awareness

To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods — to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself and what actually belongs to the world. Most of the rude PvPers I’ve met and got to know a little better, had something bad going on in their real lives. There is no need to work the frustration of your everyday life out on others. Nobody’s real life is perfect!

See your wizard life as a chance to get away from those imperfections and work on being the best wizard you can be. Be aware of your reactions in certain situations. We all have tendencies to overreact sometimes. When you know how you tend to react in a certain situation (like when you lose a PvP match or someone messes up in a boss fight), you can work on being a better person.

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8. Forgiveness

Living with others isn’t possible without excusing errors. I’m sure there are times when others have cut you some slack, so be prepared to do the same for them. If someone has the wrong deck equipped or no mana, forgive them for that tiny misstep and move on. If someone forgets to show up when you had agreed to hatch at a certain time, keep in mind that there might be very good explanations for this. Forgive people their missteps and guide them towards better ways of dealing with the situation. We’re all constantly growing and developing. Accept that you (and everyone else!) are learning to be better wizards all the time.

Forgive yourself as well. You’re bound to lose a few PvP matches because you discarded something important or forgot about a blade or trap. This is totally acceptable. Instead of beating yourself down, forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes. Nobody became good at anything without trial and error. Accept that you’re a flawed human being and will need time to be a better you.


9. Hope

The way the Spiral is now is only a pale shadow of what it could one day be. Pessimism isn’t necesasarily deep, nor optimism shallow. Some day, Kingsisle will deal with boosters. One day, the critical system will be fair.

There is also hope for you in PvP! Maybe you’re failing to get the rank you want right now. Don’t give up, there is always hope. Pessimism is like a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you think you’re going to lose, you probably will.



10. Confidence

The greatest projects and schemes die for no grander reason than that we don’t dare. Confidence isn’t arrogance: it’s based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we ultimately lose from risking everything. Personally I have to work on this one.

Dare to ask people to hatch with you; don’t be afraid of getting a negative answer. You can only try. Step into a new battle after you’ve informed yourself about the cheats and be confident in the fact that you can do this. It might take some trial and error, but you’re never going to get through it if you don’t start. Step into the Arena and do your best. You might not succeed right away, but be confident that you can learn from your losses.



Let’s try to keep these in mind and practise them a little every day!



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  • Chrissy The Blesser

    My GOODNESS! I think this is one of the best posts I have ever read! This one is bookmarked and should be required reading for EVERY wizard before they can even access Unicorn Way. Beyond well done and congratulations on producing a true classic. I think my favorite line in a post packed full of gems is: ” Humor is disappointment optimally channeled” Absolute must read.

  • Best. Article. Ever.

  • You are truly the wisest! 🙂

  • William DeathWhisper

    now I have a lot of wise MIST in my head! Thank you! <3

  • Duncan DarkBlade

    I feel like I just went on a spiritual journey reading through all of that. Very well made and put together! 🙂

  • Chris

    A large portion of the pvp community on wiz needs to read this.

    • note everybody
      (mine ice wizard as immunity to ice) xD call me a jade xD wasn’t wearing any part jade (just the hat) xD happen long time ago xD

    • ExplodingStar

      PvP is very competitive. So a little minor trash talk here and there is no problem. When it becomes personal insults then the situation turns ugly.

  • Blaze MeOut

    i havent a read an article in Duelist101 like this for awhile. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rubz

    Look, I love Wizard101 and Pirates too, but I have stopped playing after Hearthstone got updated. There is a big reason besides the fact that Wizard101 costs more money: Duelist101 posts come out, like, once a MONTH now. I used to go onto this site every other day and see a new post, but this has been the only one for a few weeks now. Please Duelist, start posting more!

    • Mr spoke

      Yes I know! Last pvp guide was like a year ago.

      • Mr spoke

        Last pvp guide was over a year ago March 14 2015 by Eric stormbringer.

    • Eric Stormbringer

      We’re trying. Sadly a lot of our writers have moved on with real life and the recent game changes. We are starting a recruitment push next week. In the mean time progress is being made on a guide to defeat the Angel strategy!

  • SpiralPeeveAssociation

    What is your email Duelist101?? Have you heard of us, Spiral Peeve Sports @SpiralPvp on Twitter?

  • mintquackers

    How to become a better Pirate:

    Stop playing Pirate101
    Move to Wizard101
    Go through steps 1-10

    • Luke Death

      So you’re saying that one should quit the game with fun, balanced pvp that requires a half ounce of skill and that isn’t teeming with toxicity and move to the game that requires 0 skill and is insanely toxic. You do you

      • mintquackers

        You realize I was kidding, right? I said “in all seriousness…” then left a comment about the actual article.

  • The Balance Wizard Soloer

    Or just have alot of crowns lol

  • tasos444

    Best article ever!!

  • Scarlet Deathweaver!!!

    Dang! If a vampire does 375 in wiz, it would also do 187 healing! Why would Wiz do that? I get that 188 is more than half of 375 but 375/2= 187.5, therefore, 187 is Pessimistic, 188 is Optimistic! But If you have a halfglass of water, you COULD look @ it 1/2 full, OR 1/2 empty. Halfempty is pessimistic, Halffull is optimistic. If you look @ rounding in math class, you can even argue that 187 is not only pessimistic, but also not even correct! If your wraith did 8333 damage through a tower & 40% resist without critical @ level 76, how would you feel? Would you get all excited that you won the match because he cant take 8333 so he died? (Optimistic), OR would you complain that should have done 8375 (8374.872) damage & 4187 (4187.436) healing & not 8333 damage & 4166 healing? (pessimistic)