The Weekly Wizard – Get Started in Wizard101

Welcome to the Spiral young wizard! You’ve decided to take your first steps in a magical world and get started in Wizard101, but you’re not sure where to go or even what to do when you get there. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you, and we’re going to tell you exactly how to get your start in the magical world of Wizard101. So how do you get started in Wizard101?

The Basics to Get Started in Wizard101

When you take your first steps in the Spiral you’re going to be greeted by Headmaster Ambrose and you’ll have the option of going through a tutorial, but only if you really want to. For this installment of the Weekly Wizard we’re going to assume you skipped the tutorial and jumped right into the action – and who could blame you for doing that anyway? Let’s go over some of the basics.


If you want to level up as a wizard there are two ways to do it, the first and fastest being to complete quests throughout the Spiral. Don’t worry, finding quests is easy! All you need to do is search for NPCs (non-player characters) that have a yellow question mark (?) above their heads. When you talk to them they’re going to tell you exactly where to go, what to do, and where to go when you get done. Don’t you wish real life were that simple?

Get started in Wizard101

The Basic Quest NPC in Wizard City

When you’re on the quest, just follow the yellow arrow at the bottom of the screen and watch the distance numbers as they get lower. For example, let’s say you take a quest that is 1000 meters away. What you’re going to do is follow the numbers on the arrow, and move in a direction until they start to go down. A word of warning though; if your quest objective is inside a house, the numbers won’t count to zero until you’re inside and standing in front of the objective. For most indoor objectives, the distance counter will stop at 100 or 101, and will be pointing toward the door that you need to enter.

The Quest Pointer

When you have finished a quest for a character, the ? above their heads will become a ! – but be warned that sometimes the NPC you report to after the quest will be different from the one that you started with; pay attention!

Getting Equipped

You’re not going to get very far in the Spiral without the right equipment – who wants to run headfirst into battle without the right wand anyway? Certainly not you! If you don’t want to spend crowns on gold then you’re going to need to get some gold. Do some starter quests, kill some monsters, and get a little bit of money in your pocket before you head over to the shopping district.

When you’re buying equipment you’re going to want to buy something that goes along with your character, so let’s say you’re buying a new robe. The stats for the robe will be shown along with the school of magic that it works best with. Let’s say you’re a theurgist, and if you are, then you’re going to want something with the green leaf. If your specialty is the school of fire then you’ll want something that has the flame icon; you see where we’re going with this? Know your class, know your school, and most importantly, get the equipment that will enhance your chosen abilities.

Make sure you're properly equipped!

Make sure you’re properly equipped!

Mount Up!

If you want to get around Wizard City quickly you’re going to need a mount and if you’re like most people then you’ve been looking at the crown store wondering how you’re going to afford some of those horribly expensive mounts. Don’t worry; there’s a rental plan. There are a few NPC’s throughout Wizard City (two actually) that will sell a temporary version of many mounts, lasting for about one day. Sure it’s only one day, but that’s 24 hours of zipping around Wizard City like a pro! Visit Prospector Zee and get ready to ride.

Mount up!

Mount up!

Stay off the Roads

The first place you’re going to be sent in Wizard City is Unicorn Way and its pretty infested with all manner of creatures – all of which are out to get you for one reason or another. If you’re not looking for a fight, or you want to get to your quest objective quickly, then you’re going to need to stay to the far right or the far left of the road. As long as you stay on the sidewalks you’re not going to be attacked, but if you’re brave enough to venture out there, then you’re definitely going to have to fight something.


Getting into Combat

So you’ve finally decided to ditch the safety of the sidewalk and jump headlong into combat, and who can blame you? There’s a lot of fun to be had out there! This isn’t like fighting in most other games, you don’t run in swinging your sword and you don’t bop anyone over the head with your wand. Instead you’re going to engage in a turn based circle where everyone gets a turn, including the monsters. Don’t worry, the game is never going to throw more at you than you can handle! In Wizard City, so long as you are by yourself, you will probably be facing one enemy, but keep in mind that other players are able to join the fray by wandering into the combat circle. Once more players have joined in, you’re going to be facing more enemies whether you’re ready or not, but don’t worry! They’ll watch their back!

Pick a card and pick a fight

Pick a card and pick a fight

While you’re fighting, make sure you pay attention to your health and of course the enemy’s health. This will tell you when you need to heal, who to attack first, and most importantly, what card you should be playing during combat.

One the fight is over you’ll need to heal and you can do that by either taking a potion or walking around Wizard City looking for the various health and mana orbs along the sidewalks. You’ll be back to normal in no time!’]

Find these orbs to regain health!

Find these orbs to regain health!

Let it Load

Wizard101 isn’t a huge game, in all it’s about 5 gigabtyes but you don’t have to download it all at once! You start by downloading a small client that will allow you to log in once an initial download is done. At this point you will be able to make your character, and depending upon the speed of your internet connection you should be able to fully log in to the game shorty after. Once you get into the game it will continue to download in the background, meaning you can explore the starter area and complete all of the beginning quests. Now, if you try to wander into some of the other areas during the download you might have some luck, but in most cases it’s going to tell you to wait until the download is fully finished. Don’t worry, you’re going to be exploring all of Wizard City before you know it and you’re going to have a ton of fun doing it!

In short, there are a lot of things for you to do your first time out, even before you get to the business of defeating Malistaire. Explore the city, meet with the vendors, visit the schools of magic, and most importantly, build your character up the way you want! If you want to take it even further, make sure you check out the Crown store and buy new, exciting things for your character. From permanent mounts, to houses, and even castles, you have the opportunity to make the Wizard101 experience all your own, and it doesn’t end there! This is an MMORPG, or a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game which means you’re going to be playing with people from all over the world, talking to them, and even going on some of the most exciting adventures you could ever imagine.

As you learn your class and take on new challenges, make sure that in groups with other players you are doing the job that your class was designed to do. Some classes are better at healing, some are better at attacking, and most importantly, make sure you are playing the right cards in elemental situations. It’s a long journey from the beginning, all the way to the end of the main story, but there are a ton of things to do in between and as a brand new Wizard in the Spiral, you have a lot of ground to cover. Get started in Wizard101 today and claim your destiny whether it’s through hard work, through the crown store, completely alone, or in the company of good friends made here or in the real world. The possibilities are absolutely endless as you get started in Wizard101.

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About Rissa Trent

Rissa grew up on a farm, playing shareware games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Operation Comat, Solar Winds, and Kingdom of Kroz. Later she would dabble in Real Time Strategy games, and eventually left home to go on a cross country adventure of self discovery where she found out absolutely nothing. Today she works as a copywriter and games journalist.