Friday, October 22, 2021

The Baron's Crusade - A Full Guide, Playthrough, and Hidden Easter Egg Reveal!

Have you played the Baron’s Crusade yet? The new side quest focusing on Poptropica’s most notorious sky pirate was released earlier this week for all players! Here’s a recap of the Baron’s Crusade for those of you that’ve already completed it!

 

 

Immediately after landing on Home Island, the Baron’s reveal she has a special job for you. Meet her in the Cabin of Curiosities to learn more! Once in the Cabin, the Baron redirects you to a trapdoor in the floorboards. While you may have noticed it before, this is the first time she’s allowed us to see her private living quarters!

 

Inside her home, the Baron’s busily studying heaps of maps. She reveals that Ack, her loyal first mate, has finally located an ancient treasure that she’s been hunting for. Although “Ack is very capable,” the Baron still needs “someone with a strong arm.” That’s where you come in!

 

The Baron only reveals one crucial piece of information before refusing any further questions. The place she’s taking us isn’t on the map.We’re headed for uncharted territories!

 

The Baron's Crusade - quest objective

 

After accepting her quest, you’re off! You’re whisked away to a mysterious beach, with Ack shoveling the dig site as fast as he can.You can explore the beach and the areas with shallow water to the left. Headed towards the left, you may notice a few peculiar objects. First, you might encounter a floating orb rising from the deep darkness of the water. Do you recognize the figure? If you don’t encounter the floating object, try swimming back and forth in the shallow waters.

 

Keep paddling left and you can just make out a familiar island on the horizon! A massive skull marks the isle… Where have we seen this before?! As you reach the left boundary, you’ll come across one final item – a shipwreck. Now, what could this be? Is this just another boat that’s fallen victim to the ocean, or have we encountered this before? What do you think the shipwreck could be?

 

Mysterious landmarks among the uncharted waters

 

With that, it’s time to head back to shore. Tread up the hill to reach the tunnel entrance Ack’s been working on. Now, you and the Baron can begin your descent underground. Inside, the structure is far more complex than the outside let on. Clicking on the Baron prompts her hint, that “Old Captain Crawfish hid some treasure down here somewhere.” Jump across the different levels to reach the right side of the cavern. But beware! Whoever designed this cave has booby-trapped it! Avoid the poison darts shooting from the walls as you and the Baron make your way down.

 

Once in the water, there’s a submerged lever just out of reach. Swim left until you see an accessible lever and pull! As the water level decreases, head back to the first level to activate it.

 

Swim left once again; this time, a hidden passage is revealed! Head through the passageway until you reach a baffling puzzle concealing a vault, complete with gears, symbols, and a panel of open holes. The Baron will take it from here! She instructs us to take the wrench and whack any guards that might come through the dark holes. Hold the figures off until the Baron can unlock the vault!

 

You're on whacking duty, while the Baron solves the puzzle

 

Suddenly, bright green skeletons begin to climb out of the inconspicuous holes. This was NOT what we were expecting. Use the wrench to clobber the skeletons! Be sure to move back and forth between the holes. The skeletons must begin to climb out of their hole for you to hit them! Keep the intruding creatures away until the Baron’s able to solve the puzzle. Don’t let the skeletons get too close, or you’ll have to start over! 💀

 

Skeletons guarding the treasure

 

In the nick of time, the Baron pulls through – she’s done it! The skeletons retreat and the vault door slides open. Inside, there are heaps upon heaps of treasure. Seemingly out of place, Captain Crawfish’s distinct eyepatch and hat are perched atop the treasure. As a reward for your help, the Baron generously offers you 500 credits and a pirate costume! With that, the quest is complete🥳

 

The Baron's Crusade quest is complete!

 

Back in the Baron’s living quarters, you can learn more about the mysterious sky pirate. Apparently, she and Ack live on the Airship year-round and her treasure hunting skills are only put to use when she’s in the mood for adventure. Exhausted, the Baron admits she had a crew once. But, when you’ve been in the game as long as her, you “find trust is hard to come by.”

 

With that, the Baron’s back to studying her maps and we’re left to take a look around. Under a regal painting of the Baron and Ack, a glowing chest of bones transports you to a practice round of the skeleton game! Each successful round of fending off the skeletons awards 50 credits.

 

Just below, the Baron has several items we can take a closer look at. The first is a map, titled “Where Is the Golden City?” There’s a handful of ports circled and labeled, but none appear to be the right one. Below the map, there’s a photo of the Baron and Ack hanging out of a window in the bank, joyfully showering local Poptropicans with cash! What in tarnation could be the story behind this?!

 

Where is the Golden City?The Baron and Ack showering Poptropicans with money

 

 

If you have a keen eye, you might’ve noticed that the bookshelves prompt you to read through the Baron’s book collection. “Lost Cities of Poptropica,” “Grappling with Grapple-Pap,” and “Into the Maw of Glowbhax: In Search of the Island Devourer” are among the first to catch your eye. The Baron’s obsessed with Poptropica’s legends. Not myths though, she’s not a fan of those. 📚

 

Into the Maw of Glowbhax: In Search of the Island Devourer

 

To the right, Ack is fast asleep. You can click on Ack’s litter box, prompting your Poptropican to get super grossed out. On the wall, click to enlarge the most adorable picture ever! Ack’s drawing shows him holding the Baron’s hand, with a large heart surrounding the two. ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS! 🥺

 

Ack's drawing of the Baron and Ack

 

Just when it seems that we’ve seen all we can, from the ladder back to the Airship’s shop, a glimmer catches your eye – click on the box on top of the Baron’s wardrobe. Inside the box is a unicorn plushie and a broken picture frame displaying an old newspaper. The front page shows AMELIA AND THE BARON (of all people), smiling and embracing each other, beneath the headline “Local Adventurers Save Island!” The two look delighted together! What does this mean? What could have happened between them in the past?! 

 

The Baron and Amelia pictured together - "Local Adventurers Save the Island"

 

Underneath the wardrobe, one final item deepens the mystery. The Baron’s stowing Captain Crawfish’s costume beside her bath! Where did she get the outfit from? Why does she have it?

 

Captain Crawfish's costume

 

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.

 

WOW. In just one quest, it seems that everything we thought we knew about the Baron has turned upside down. What possible explanation could there be for the Baron’s friendship with Amelia and her former adventurer status? What’s so special about the Golden City? Why does the Baron have Captain Crawfish’s costume? Do you have any thoughts about what the mementos in the Baron’s cabin might be?

 

Last but certainly not least, what did you think of the Baron’s Crusade side quest? Share your ideas and explanations to any and all of these questions in the comments! With so much information, we have to put our heads together for this one!

 


 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS! 🎃

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Guest Blog: Gentle Dolphin’s Declassified Costume Creation Guide 🎃👕

Hello, Poptropicans! This is Gentle Dolphin from the Poptropica Help Blog! We at the PHB are currently hosting a Halloween costume contest based on the greatly grim and wonderfully whimsical tales of old. If you readers are interested in entering but don’t know where to start, I wrote a small guide to making the perfect costume for your popsona. Here are three tips to keep in mind when assembling your ensemble:

 

  1. Look to some of your favorite stories and characters for inspiration. You can make a pop portrayal of a fairytale figure or create a new character from your own imagination.

     

  2. Give your costume a good color scheme. Your costume can have complementary colors like red and green, or you can have one bright color paired with one muted color. Just be careful not to overdo it to the point that it physically hurts to look at your costume.

     

  3. Mix and match clothes and accessories. You don’t have to stick with a premade outfit like the Rock Star or the Fairy Queen. Try pairing different clothing items together to make a completely unique look. Who knows? You may find some combinations that surprisingly work.

 

How do you get the parts you need for your costume? You can buy outfits from Adventure Outfitters and the Baron’s Cabin of Curiosities. You can also get free outfits by winning them from certain ad games and by using the Costumizer on Poptropicon: Episode 1. You can access your items at the Character screen, where you can also use the Colorizer to change your skin and hair color.

 

Now let’s take these tips and put them to practice. I made some costumes as examples for this guide, and I give you Poptropicans permission to replicate these looks if you so desire!

 

Let’s start with a simple cosplay. Rumpelstiltskin is a popular Poptropica villain, so much so that members can purchase his outfit from Adventure Outfitters. Here’s how non-members can make a somewhat accurate recreation of Rumpel’s look:

 

First, go to Poptropicon: Episode 1 and costumize the shirt from the female Space Jaunt worker as well as the belt from the Pete’s Pizza Puffs employee. Next, go to the Character screen and use the Colorizer to turn your skin green and your hair dark purple. Finally, put on the pants from the Headless Man costume, the large ears from the Elf Queen costume, and the hair from the Pumpkin Punk costume to complete this magical look. 💚😈

 

Gentle Dolphin's Rumpelstiltskin costume

 

This next one will strictly follow my color rule from earlier. I made a knightly princess costume with a primarily blue and yellow color scheme. To create this chivalrous garment, I used the armor from the Knight in Shining Armor suit, the hair and skirt from the Prom Princess dress, and the sword from the Templar Knight costume. 🗡👸

 

Gentle Dolphin's Knightly Princess costume

 

Last but not least, I made a costume using various pieces from the six winning entries of the Red October costume contest. I imagine this character as an excitable wizard student with a penchant for fire. This is just one combination out of many, though. Feel free to come up with your own crazy costume combo! 🧙🔥

 

Gentle Dolphin's Wizard Student costume

 

I hope these tips help you with creating your ideal costume. To cap off this guest post, I will give you all one last crucial tip:

 

  • Have fun! I know this line is cliché, but it’s important to not stress your costume’s quality too much. Make a costume that you enjoy both creating and wearing. Trust me, you’ll be a lot happier with the results in the end.

 

One final reminder that you can enter your costume to the PHB’s Halloween costume contest. This year’s theme is 💀Grim & Whimsical, and we are accepting entries until Friday, October 29th. The grand prize winners will win 1-month free memberships and have their costumes immortalized on our Costumes page. Good luck to everyone who is entering!

 

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

 

Gentle Dolphin 🐬

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

IT'S HEREEE! Set sail on a striking adventure with the Baron's Crusade! 🗺🏴‍☠️

Yo ho, Poptropicans! 📣

 

All aboard the Airship! Hope you have your sea legs on, because The Baron’s Crusade side quest is available now to ALL players🎉

 

The Baron's Crusade

 

The Baron’s sounding off the last call for deckhands. The sky pirate and her loyal sidekick, Ack, are bound for a treasure-ous adventure – come along! Join the Airship’s crew and head towards unmapped territory. Visit Home Island to speak with the Baron to get started! 

 

After you've completed the new side quest, share your reactions and first impressions in the comments below! Bon voyage, mates. Enjoy the crusade! 🛠🚢

 


 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 12 DAYS 🎃

 

Monday, October 18, 2021

A Big Red Dog has been spotted around Clifford Island! 🐶🦴

As a special treat, Clifford is taking a pit stop in Poptropica! Because the Big Red Dog needs somewhere with enough space for him to play, it’s only fair that he gets his own island. For a limited time, Clifford Island is available to all players and includes a handful of minigames and dog-gone awesome prizes! Use the map to visit Clifford Island to play with the colossal pup before he hits the big red carpet for his pup-coming movie debut!  

 

Clifford Island on the map

 

As soon as you enter Clifford Island, you’ve got a present waiting for you! Click on the surprise to claim your Clifford Emoji prize to use anywhere in Poptropica!

 

Clifford Island prizes and minigames

 

You’re also challenged to a race by Clifford’s owner! Run to the top of the hill to meet Clifford at the movies before your competitor beats you there. If you come in second place, you’re due for round two! Ready or not, here we go. 🏁

 

Race to the movie theater minigameYou won!

 

Once you beat Clifford’s owner to the cinema, congratulations! You did it! As a reward for winning first place, you'll earn the Clifford Paw Prints item! Try out your new prize by adding it to your Popsona in the character screen. Press the spacebar to leave a gigantic paw print behind you!

 

Clifford Emojis and Paw Prints prizes

 

After completing the first minigame, explore the rest of Clifford Island. There’s even some neighborhood pooches taking a load off and relaxing by the pool! Stop for a chat with the Poptropicans near the kiddie puppy pool. One of them hints that Clifford’s paw prints leads the way to another surprise. Track down the surprise by following the slew of paw prints around the island! Thankfully, they’re pretty hard to miss. 🐾

 

Follow Clifford's tracks to the surprise!

 

After following the tracks to the mystery location, you can retrieve-r your third prize – Clifford’s Grow Power! Activate the power through the character screen and press the spacebar to transform your Poptropican into a giant!

 

Clifford's Grow Power

 

It’s quite the party trick! Try out Clifford's Grow Power in a common room (ex: the Airship’s deck or the arcade) to see the other players’ reactions!

 

Don’t forget that Clifford’s only in town for a short while! Head to Clifford Island to meet the Big Red Dog and win three exclusive rewards before he's bound for his movie premier! 

 

If you're in search of a fur-ever friend, here's a tip: adopt, don’t shop! 

Monday, October 18, 2021

New spook-tacular costumes are available in-store! 👻🛍

Goooood mornin’, Poptropicans! Have a marvelous Monday!

 

Red October’s inventory updates continue in Adventure Outfitters! Throughout the month, Amelia’s proven her knack for Halloween costumes – and this week is no different.

 

Without further ado, let’s see what’s new!

 

Adventure Outfitters 1Adventure Outfitters 2Adventure Outfitters 3Adventure Outfitters 4

 

AO’s updated inventory includes three classic outfits: the Ice Cream, Tie-Dye Hoodie, and Fairytale costumes! All three looks are available to all players for 250 credits each. What do the three returning costumes have in common? They’re all worth melting for!

 

Our furry friends' section of the store also got an update! The pet inventory is fully restocked with both new and old costumes to add to your collections, just in time for Halloween. Let’s take a look!

 

Pets 1Pets 2Pets 3Pets 4

 

This week’s pet additions match several Poptropican costumes that dropped just a few weeks ago (and are still available in the store!).

 

Lemon Shark, Fuzzy Monster, and Bubble Gum Unicorn costumesPets: Fuzzy Monster, Bubble Gum Unicorn, and Lemon Shark costumes

 

Outfit your pet with the Lemon Shark (75 credits), Bubble Gum Unicorn (75 credits), and the Fuzzy Monster (75 credits for members) looks to match your Popsona’s Halloween costume! Who doesn’t love a festive pet pair?

 

That wraps up this week’s store update! See y’all next Monday for the last inventory update of Red October!

 


 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 13 DAYS! 🎃

Friday, October 15, 2021

SNEAK PEEK: You're invited to join the Baron on a brand new side quest! 🏴‍☠️🚢✨

Have you been visiting Home Island and the Airship throughout the month? We’ve been frequenting the Airship’s deck, and boy, your Red October Halloween looks are spectacular! Poptropicans are putting on a show with their inventive Halloween costume combinations, it’s the perfect spot to people watch (Poptropican watch?) and get some inspiration for fun and frightening ‘fits! But there’s more planned for the Baron and her Airship during Red October… As hinted in the Rumpel’s side quest walkthrough, another special Halloween surprise is in the works. Finally, we're thrilled to share the news with you!

 

While the Baron’s stationed on Home Island for the entirety Red October, she’s not finished with her Red October hijinx. The Baron’s headed on an adventure and rumor has it, you’re the prime candidate to come along! Prepare yourself to be first mate (or more likely second 🐒) to the notorious sky pirate in the Baron’s upcoming side quest!

 

But before we embark on the secret adventure, the buccaneering Baron was nice enough to share a special sneak peek into her mysterious plans! Behold, the Baron and Ack in all their glory!

 

Baron Painting

 

This portrait is a masterpiece in and of itself, but there’s more where this came from. 👀

 

The Baron’s new side quest is coming soon to ALL PLAYERS! Visit the Airship to check out other players’ costumes and be sure to keep an eye on the horizon for the Baron’s next adventure! What do you think we’ll see in the Baron’s upcoming side quest? 🤔

 


 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 16 Days! 🎃

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Riddling Rumpel Challenges Poptropicans to a Fairytale Twist | Side Quest Walkthrough 🪄🏰

 

Rumpel’s Challenge was recently released as a members only side quest, that picks up where Fairytale Island left off! The side quest begins with Rumpel reappearing on Home Island’s Mainstreet, offering players the chance to uncover the King’s whereabouts. 

 

Rumpel's Challenge Side Quest

 

Thankfully for our “puny” Poptropican brains, the magic man’s gracious enough to write down t the riddles leading to the King. With a burst of his signature puff of purple smoke, Rumpel’s disappeared in thin air and we can begin the adventure.

 

Rumpel's Challenge objective

 

Examine the first riddle in your sidebar’s quest tab to get started!

 

Rumpel's 1st Riddle

 

Where gods stand…” the next destination must be on Mythology Island! Use the map to travel to Ancient Greece to search “beneath a pretender’s head.” Hmm, who do we know Mythology that might fit that description?

 

After arriving to the next island, consider the lines “here your education is fed” and “hard as stone…” The Museum of Olympus fits the riddle’s clues – the Greek gods’ and goddesses’ statues are housed inside. Enter the Museum and sure enough, you’ve found the second riddle under Zeus’ statue.

 

Rumpel's 2nd riddle

 

The next riddle offers further clues to the next destination. If you’re familiar with the islands, this one should be relatively easy! “The clock is always striking” refers to Time Tangled island! But the unknown era on Time Tangled is the harder question. Let’s check out the time device options to see where we should travel. Rumpel’s hints the next leg of the challenge is located “above my lost herd of viking” – and sure enough, the Vikings are represented on the time device’s watchface. At Rumpel’s recommendation, take a hike above the Viking herd near the cave to find the next clue! 

 

Rumpel's 3rd riddle

 

Finally, it seems we’ve come across the last riddle. Who have we met that’s notorious for his weeping and crying? The Fairytale Prince, of course! Use the map to travel to Fairytale Island and up to the crying royal on the palace’s steps. He’s overjoyed by Rumpel’s “pretty bad poem” and the prospect of finding his missing father. The Prince suspects that the room housing “golden troves” is the treasury!

 

Side by side, you and the Prince must descend into the depths of the treasury, making sure to use the levers to unlock the gates blocking your path. As you navigate the golden troves, you might notice Rumpel’s back to his usual mind games. Look closely at the statues you pass – the figures’ heads are replaced by Rumpelstiltskin’s smirking face.

 

 

of visitors touching his gold. Try to keep both you and the Prince from touching the dragon’s spoils, or the Prince will run away when the dragon wakes up.

 

On the lowest floors of the treasury, you can see the King! He’s imprisoned in a cell, protected by electrified panels. The Prince’s reunion with his father is too much for him; he can’t help but cry! Surprisingly, the young royal’s tears damage the electrified panels, overriding the system’s locking mechanism. Several cell doors swing open. That’s it! Who would’ve thought that the Prince’s vulnerability would be the very thing to save his father?!

 

Let his fragile, crybaby disposition chariot me to freedom!

 

Click on the Prince above the panels to insult and make him cry! Move the Prince around the panels until you find the right combination to release the jailed King. It seems Rumpel’s left one last riddle to aid our efforts. The walls read, “Two are shocking, four are not. In a column, or he’ll stay caught.” There are several different combinations you can use to manipulate the security system. With Rumpel’s last riddle in mind, you can make the Prince cry over both levels’ panels on the left and right sides. Alternatively, making the Prince cry over the upper and lower middle panels is just as effective. What other combinations have you found that unlock the King’s cell?

 

After the Prince’s tears force the system to malfunction, the two royals are finally reunited! But their celebration is short lived. The King warns of a rumor Rumpel delivered just before he disappeared. The Queen, the Prince’s mother, is returning to Fairytale Island. Both men simultaneously burst into tears and flee the treasury. What would make them react so poorly?!

 

Congratulations! You saved the day! Upon completing Rumpel’s Challenge, you’re rewarded with 2,000 credits and left with one final clue – Rumpel shall return.

 


 

Whew! What did you think about Rumpel’s Challenge? Did you use a different combination of broken panels to breach the security system? And why on earth would the King and Prince be terrified by the Queen’s return? Only time will tell!

 

Bonus Question: How many statues did you see Rumpel’s head temporarily replace? Mischevious should be the magic man’s middle name…

 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 18 days! 🎃

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

New store update: Red October’s costume-ary Halloween additions continue! 🕷👻

This week’s inventory update has some wicked surprises beheaded your way! Get your freak on and get ready to frighten with the newest spine-chilling clubhouse items and Halloween costumes. Let’s start with the clubhouse gear, shall we?

 

Halloween clubhouse items

 

Treat yourself to a clubhouse revamp with these devilishly good décor items! Turn your cottage into a creepy clubhouse with the Coffin (250 credits), Tombstone (250 credits), Candle Holder (250 credits), Ghost (75 credits), and Bat (75 credits) decorations. If that doesn’t bat-isfy you, consider adding the Scary Plaque (75 credits), Dr. Jekyll portrait (250 credits), and the Bride of Frankenstein portrait (250 credits) to your walls! Legend has it, the portraits’ eyes follow the movements of any nearby Poptropicans. 👀

 

Next up, costumes!

 

Adventure Outfitters 1Adventure Outfitters 2Adventure Outfitters 3Adventure Outfitters 4

 

Adventure Outfitters’ Halloween costume releases continue with the Headless Man (250 credits) and Egyptian Mummy costumes (members only, 250 credits)If you think these outfits look familiar, you know your Pop culture! These eerie looks are a revival from Poptropica’s previous Halloween celebrations that have reappeared to relive their past.

 

That’s all for this week, Poptropicans! How are you going to incorporate the new inventory items into your customized creations? Between the Baron’s free costumes and Amelia’s outstanding outfits, which Halloween costumes are your favorites so far? Keep an eye out for more store updates coming next week and throughout the entirety of Red October!

 

🎃 HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: 19 DAYS 🎃