Wizard101 Crafting: How to Craft the Watchtower Hall
The Watchtower Hall is one of my favorite houses in Wizard101, with its beautiful clouded sky and Nordic forests. Unfortunately, many feel like it 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, where to farm for gold, what reagents you need to buy, and which reagents you can find and where to find them. You can start by going to Torald Wayfinder, sitting in one of the market stalls in Northguard, who sells the recipe for the house itself.
If you've never heard of Wizard101, go check it out here. It's a MMORPG that the whole family can play (I used to play with my middle sister before she quit and I got hooked), with combat based on trading card games like Magic: the Gathering. You play as a wizard student at the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts and you learn cool spells and 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 is now approaching its 10 year anniversary and is coming to Steam soon, 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 being added, such as a magic mirror shop where you can change your character's appearance, and a new method of taking screenshots called photomancy.
There are many fun activities you can do in game besides play through the main story, like crafting houses and other cool items, battling other players in the arena, racing pets, creating a bestiary of monsters with funny captions, taking screenshots with photomancy, and fishing. 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
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 these housing items:
- 4 wooden water towers
- 4 carved stone towers
- 8 grassy mounds
- 2 water fountains
- 15 ornamental stepstones
- 30 stacks of wood planks
So where do you find the recipes for these housing items? The recipe for the stacks of wood planks is sold by Eudora Tangletree for 138 gold. In Krokotopia, you can find the recipe for the ornamental stepstones; it is sold by Wul'yahm for 595 gold. The carved stone tower recipe is sold in Mooshu by Toshio for 1900 gold. And finally, the recipes for the wooden water towers, water fountains, and grassy mounds are sold by Balthazar Dragonthorn in the Atheneum for 2150 gold, 2700 gold, and 2370 gold, respectively.
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 (they didn't really teach me any math in wizard school, just how to kill people and, according to the Khrysalis questline, a bit of sewing). 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 if you don't have a life wizard.
Gold Farming in Wizard101
So you may be wondering how I got that much gold. Well, I have several bosses that I like to farm. 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 (all it takes is 1 or 2 gargantuan 4-pip spells that hit multiple targets and he and his friend are down) and the amount of gold the drops sell for is only about 200 less on average, so it is more efficient (unless you are strong enough to kill Halfang and his buddy in one round). More gold for less time is what you're going 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 a friend or two or three. Plus, it's more fun to farm with friends, unless said friends are pigs, in which case it'd be better to send them to a farm.
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 good stuff. 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.
Or you could just sell everything not nailed down. That works too.
Flower Picking for Dummies, or 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, though, 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 giant field of dandelions, fickle pickles, orange dandelions, frozen fly traps, and helephant ears. It took out all of my energy though, so if you're planning to train pets at this time I would just find reagents.
You could also buy them from the bazaar if your wizard is in the mafia or you 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. It depends on whether you'd rather spend your time digging through the bazaar or running around finding stuff 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 by the time you finished you would be older than Ambrose. Sorry, Headmaster, please don't look at me like that.
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 way too crowded with fellow crafters and desperate Loremaster farmers, so it's hard to find stone blocks there. Nobody seems to farm here, people avoid it like hair avoids Cyrus Drake... And now I have detention again. I like this 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 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 (so much better than 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. Nobody seems to know about it, which works for me, although now you do too, so maybe I'll run into you and we can fight to the death in the crafting hunger games. Winner takes all.
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 is awesome.
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
So now that you have all your ingredients crafted (It will take three whole days for cooldowns even if you are a reagent klepto 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.), 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. Congratulations, and enjoy your awesome house!
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