Melissa MistSinger has been an avid player of Wizard101 since 2008 when the game was first released.
What Is Wizard101?
Wizard101 is an MMORPG that the whole family can play, with combat based on trading card games like Magic: The Gathering and a storyline reminiscent of the Harry Potter series. You play as a wizard student at the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, and you use spell cards and strategy to fight against Malistaire, the former death magic teacher who has betrayed the school and is unleashing undead monsters on Wizard City for an unknown purpose.
Wizard101 has now reached its 10-year anniversary as of September 2018 and is now available on Steam, so this is a particularly exciting era in the game's history. The graphics in earlier areas are being updated, and there are many other new improvements that have been added, such as a magic mirror shop where you can change your character's appearance and a new method of taking screenshots called photomancy.
What You Can Do in the Game
Players can choose between seven different schools of magic, each with their own unique spells and styles of combat. They can work together to beat difficult dungeons and explore the fragmented spiral of worlds in the Wizard101 universe.
There are many fun activities you can do in game besides playing through the main story, like crafting houses and other cool items, battling other players in the arena, training pets and participating in the Pet Derby, creating a bestiary of monsters with funny captions, taking screenshots with photomancy, and fishing.
How to Build the Watchtower Hall
The Watchtower Hall was one of the first houses that you could craft in game, and it is one of my favorite houses in Wizard101, with its beautiful clouded sky and Nordic forests. Unfortunately, many players feel like this house is off-limits to them because it is crafted. It may seem like a daunting task, but knowing what reagents you need and where to find them makes it easier.
This guide shows what recipes you'll need to buy to build your house, where to farm for gold, what reagents you need to use when crafting the Watchtower Hall, and which reagents you can find and where to find them.
I've got a Grandmaster balance wizard that needed a house, so let's show you how I crafted it!
Buying the Recipes for the Watchtower Hall
You can start by going to Torald Wayfinder, who sells the recipe for the house itself; he is sitting in one of the market stalls in Northguard, the hub area of Grizzleheim. The recipe for this house is 60,000 gold, and you need to be a Master Artisan to buy it.
You need to buy or trade for 10 blizzard treasure cards and buy 20 ghost fires to start with. The ghost fires are sold by Balthazar Dragonthorn in the Atheneum, and you could find the blizzard cards in the Wizard City Library's treasure card shop. The recipe also requires you to craft several housing items, listed in the table below.
Crafted Housing Items Used in the Watchtower Hall Recipe
|Amount Required||Crafted Item||World||Shopkeeper||Price|
Wooden Water Towers
Carved Stone Towers
Stacks of Wood Planks
Treasure Cards and Reagents That You Will Need
There are also a number of reagents that can't be found in the wild that you'll need. Besides the 20 ghost fires, you'll need:
- 20 glass vials
- 45 simple vials
- 90 black coals
- 142 shadow oils
You'll also need these treasure cards:
- 4 seraphs
- 8 locust swarms
- 32 nature's wraths
- 10 blizzards
- 16 evil snowmen
So the total price of the things you absolutely have to buy comes up to around 93453 gold, give or take a few thousand.
You may end up having to craft the nature's wrath treasure cards because they seem to be kind of rare in the bazaar. I used my max-level life wizard for this, but you could ask a life friend to make some treasure cards and trade them to you if you don't have a life wizard.
Gold Farming in Wizard101
You may be wondering how to make a lot of gold in Wizard101. There are several bosses that you can farm (battle over and over) to make a lot of gold quickly.
One of my favorites is Shattertusk, the boar in Savarstaad Pass. I actually prefer farming him over Halfang on lower levels because he is much quicker to kill, and the amount of gold the drops sell for is only about 200 less on average, so it is more efficient to fight Shattertusk unless you are strong enough to kill Halfang and his minion in one round. More gold for less time is what you should aim for.
Another boss I like farming is Calypso, in the Crustacean Empire over in Celestia. She has a nice little lever next to her that makes her come back to life every time you kill her, so you don't have to leave the instance and come back. Her drops sell for about 1000 to 5000 gold, but she takes a bit longer to kill. I'd farm her with friends so that the battle goes faster.
If you have access to Wintertusk, Erling the Unready in Austrilund is good to farm because he drops the Wyrm's Curse Charm, which sells for 10000 gold, and some other expensive items.
And of course there's poor, beaten Halfang, who gets mugged every day by cash-hungry wizards. His drops seem to sell for 2000 gold each, at least, with the Cow's Pearl amulet being a relatively common drop that sells for around 7000 in the bazaar.
Harvesting Reagents in Wizard101
The rest of the reagents needed for the house can be harvested through finding them on the ground, fighting monsters, or gardening. In total, you will need to obtain:
- 268 water lilies
- 370 ores
- 80 diamonds
- 544 deep mushrooms
- 90 nightshades
- 100 frost flowers
- 160 parchments
- 144 scrap irons
- 168 stone blocks
- 380 mist woods
- 300 ectoplasms
- 544 bronze gears.
I ended up buying most of the ectoplasms and bronze gears, because they only drop from monsters and I'd rather save time and not fight.
Gardening every day helped out a little bit, I made a gigantic field of Dandelions, Fickle Pickles, Orange Dandelions, Frozen Fly Traps, and Helephant Ears to gain some of the reagents required for this recipe. However, this took out all of my energy, so if you're planning to train pets at this time harvesting reagents or buying them will be better.
You could also buy all of your reagents from the bazaar if you have a lot of gold on hand or if you really, really like farming bosses. Some reagents can now be bought in sets of 100 for crowns in the Crown Shop. Finding them, however, may be easier on your wizard's wallet, and your own. It depends on whether you'd rather spend your time digging through the bazaar or running around finding reagents on the ground. Either way, it's a grind, but if you choose to find them instead of buy them there are certain harvesting routes that will make it go faster.
I had six main harvesting routes: the Baobab Crossroads in Zafaria (did this on my life because my balance is still in Celestia), the Grand Arena in Krokotopia, the Necropolis in Dragonspyre, Mirkholm Keep and Nidavellir in Grizzleheim, and Hrundle Fjord in Wintertusk. Maps of the routes are below.
To get most of the rare reagents, I transmuted the common ones with the card crafting station. You can get all of the transmute recipes from Avery Templeton in the Celestia Base Camp. Usually, 15 common reagents make one rare, for example 15 cat tails will make 1 water lily. Without the transmutes it would be very time-consuming to find the rare reagents, so they are pretty useful for speeding up your crafting project.
This is my favorite place for cat tails and mist wood, because the reagents spawn back instantly. Only one will show up at a time, and when you get it it will reappear instantly in a different place. By using this method you don't have to change realms, and you can go back and forth between each spawn point. Cat tails are the red dots and mist wood is teal.
This is the best place for parchment. It also has some deep mushrooms and wooden chests for spare change. There are a few spawning points for silver chests too, but these are rare. Be careful though, many spawn points are in the middle of the street, so it's easy to get pulled into a battle you don't want. On this map, parchment is yellow, deep mushrooms are blue, silver chests are silver, and wooden chests are brown.
This is my favorite place for stone blocks and deep mushrooms. The Atheneum is extremely crowded with fellow crafters and desperate Loremaster farmers, so it's hard to find stone blocks there. Nobody seems to farm in the Necropolis, so it's a great spot for you to pick everything up with no competition.
I like this area for deep mushrooms better than the Mooshu streets, because it's more compact and therefore it doesn't take a whole minute to get from one mushroom to the next. Stone blocks on the map are neon green and deep mushrooms are light blue.
This is the best place to find ore and a good spot for frost flowers. Just start by the catapult, work your way up one side of the road and down the other, then go back into the village and use the teleporter to get to the cave, grab all the frost flowers, then change realms and repeat. All of those orange dots are ores (It's so much easier to find them here than in the Atheneum!), and the pink dots are frost flowers.
Nidavellir is excellent for finding frost flowers and stone blocks. Because of the compact size of the area, it's easy to find the reagents quickly. Stone blocks are marked in green and frost flowers are marked in pink.
This place is a crafter's dream. People tend to just pass through on their way to fight Halfang, so you should be free to pick up all the reagents with little competition.
It takes a bit to go around, but it has a decent amount of the things you need to craft this house. This is my favorite place to get scrap iron in particular, since everybody hangs around Chelsea Court now. Plus, the music in Hrundle Fjord is one of the best tracks in game.
On the map, orange is ore, yellow is mist wood, purple is scrap iron, frost flowers are pink, wooden chests are brown, and silver chests are silver.
Crafting the Watchtower Hall
Making the Watchtower Hall itself will take some time. It will take three whole days for your crafting cooldowns to run down even if you are a reagent hoarder and already have all of the ingredients waiting in your backpack. If you've got money to burn you could reset your crafting timers, buying crafting elixirs with crowns to do it faster.
Once you have all of your ingredients, it's time to actually craft the house. To do this, go to Northguard. The Grizzleheim crafting station is in the Hall of the Ice Forge, over by Imric Gloomlight, near the entrance to Mirkholm Keep. Go up to the large, ice-encrusted hammer and select the Watchtower Hall (Make sure there is space in your backpack for a house. Wow, that's not a sentence you see every day). Congratulations on completing the recipe, and have fun decorating your new crafted house!
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