Notifications & Updates
2023-12-08: New version v1.25.3 now available for download and auto-update.
Fix issue with logging in due to ISPs dropping packets
2023-02-06: New version v1.24.14 now available for download and auto-update.
Add Stones of Preservation/Blood for upgrading weapons and armor (see website Game Info for more details)
Add Champion Capes (purchase with enemy kills via city hall)
Add /timer command that displays a seconds timer
Add ALT+double click in bag to equip entire armor set
Add hot key for enabling/disabling CTRL guard for attacking friendly targets
Save last chat type to make consecutive party/guild/etc chats easier
Prevent map item from dropping on death
Increase allowed number of dailies per day to 15
Increase Lava Stone drop rate
Increase drop rates of various items
Fix bug with hotkeys triggering when typing chat/commands
Fix bug with knight weapon damages
2023-01-24: New version v1.22.33 now available for download and auto-update.
Modify mining rocks so that some are much easier to mine
Increase gold amount and drop rate from higher level monsters
Reduce rarity of gold/silver/mystic ores, rubies, emeralds, and magic essence
Remove howlers from initial undergrounds near towns
Increase experience from Reapers
Increase sale amount of manufactured bars
Increase sale amount of weapons and armor with special properties
Add monster pit locations to main town maps
Add several very rare item drops (see monster webpage)
Fix bug with F5 character not displaying on widescreen monitors
Fix bug with +gold weapon property
Fix bug with "fishing aborted" displaying when fishing was not attempted
Fix bug with undergrounds near towns so that they do not trigger town limit recalls
2022-12-13: New version v1.22.28 now available for download and auto-update.
Updated background terrain to use higher resolution textures
Updated maps to reflect new backgrounds
Add santa suits
Make safe mode hot key (default HOME) reconfigurable
2022-12-06: New version v1.21.6 now available for download and auto-update.
Small update to correct a problem seen with recent AMD graphics card driver
updates that caused frame rate to drop tremendously when drawing some of the
special effects. The most noticeable being the dust effect when you run was
causing the FPS to drop below 20 in most cases. This no longer occurs with v1.21.6
2022-11-23: New version v1.21.4 now available for download and auto-update.
Small patch to v1.21.3 which corrects an issue with the Cape of Destruction
sometimes incorrectly showing on maps where it isn't available
2022-11-23: New version v1.21.3 now available for download and auto-update.
Add Cape of Destruction
Add limited time turkey quest and turkeys fluttering throughout town
This update adds the Cape of Destruction which can initially be picked up from the ground
in the Contested Land. This cape greatly increases all damage to whoever wears it, but only
one person can ever wear it at a time. This item ALWAYS drops if the owner dies. This item is
also LOST if the owner logs out or leaves the Contested Land (it resets to the ground for
another person to take it). Also, the map in CL will always tell you where the cape is and
who has it. Take down the owner and the cape is yours!
2022-11-16: New version v1.20.20 now available for download and auto-update.
Add support for quests with rewards
Add various boss type quests and daily quests to aid leveling
CTRL+Q to open quest dialog, talk to NPC outside City Hall to start quests
Change game default to full screen exclusive (CTRL+F) to toggle windowed mode
Fix issue sometimes preventing item drop in buildings
Add popup messages for important information and server broadcasts
Fix exp gain msg missing when it resulted in level up
Fix archery critical attacks
Slight change to item description fore/background colors to make easier to read
2022-10-28: New version v1.19.36 now available for download and auto-update.
Correct shadow issues on some objects
Update building interiors
Add feature to map that allows moving with double click
Fix level up dialog requiring slow clicks
Modify graphics for arrows so they fly into targets
Correct occasional bug when exiting guild hall that moved player to the wrong place
Small update to NPC and player sounds
Reduce purchaseable spell costs
Small increase to damages of low level spells
2022-10-21: New version v1.19.25 now available for download and auto-update.
*********** Note that chat has changed so that only the ENTER key will start letting you type into chat/cmd ****************
Modify chat so that only the ENTER key initiates typing chat
Add ability to re-bind keys using a new Hot Keys dialog via the System dialog
Update inventory bag so that you can CTRL+drag to auto stagger items
Add help question mark to inventory bag
Change new items in bag inventory so they stagger on entry
Correct issue with drag and drop on other players/NPCs sometimes shows drop dialog (should be give/trade/sell)
Remove level limit from entry underground areas
Add reasoning msg if a /rep cmd is rejected
Correct bug in poison resistance calculations
Increase double axe damage
Decrease arrow price and increase arrow stack size
Modify how party member exp gains are distributed so that each member gets
somewhat more than a direct lvl-based ratio. Distributions are still based
on levels, but every member gets more exp now. This makes it so that it is
generally beneficial for people to hunt in a party versus solo.
Minor modifications to various text colors and sizes to make them more readable
Add help question mark to chat history dialog
Correct snake proportions
2022-10-17: New version v1.19.6 now available for download and auto-update.
Add recovery logic if a cached file fails to load
Add error handling to let user know the issue if a content file fails to load
Add logic to prevent dialogs from being dragged off screen
2022-10-10: New version v1.19.3 now available for download and auto-update.
Add support for updating steam stats and achievements
Add support for popping up steam stat progress w/skill increases at increments of 10
Increase exp gain from most monsters
Increase manufacturing skill gain when making weapons and armor
Increase hit probability when dashing
2022-10-05: New version v1.18.2 now available for download and auto-update.
Fix broken walls in jail
Modify client so that it checks for a version update on launch instead of only during login
Add quick cast spell buttons to main UI bar at bottom of the screen,
these are attached to the ALT+# bound spells and can also be populated
by dragging spells from the spells dialog
2022-09-30: New version v1.17.8 now available for download and auto-update.
Add dynamic shadows to graphics. These use a fair amount of resources; you can
disable them in the system dialog menu if desired. They also turn off with low
and medium graphics detailed (CTRL+D to cycle)
Add feature for system dialog settings to save and be persistent when closing/re-opening the game
Reduce monster densities in graveyards and center CL island to make them easier to fight
2022-09-26: New version v1.16.1 now available for download and auto-update.
Add logic to prevent create account timeouts if it takes a while to enter the email code
Update initial loading screen to be more representative of load progress
Remove load issue message from loading screen for computers that load slowly
2022-09-22: New version v1.15.1 now available for download and auto-update.
Correct problem with connection timing out when taking over 10 minutes to create a character
Correct system/loud chat msgs so they do not prevent clicking to walk/run
Remove blending on loud chat msgs in main game view to make them easier to read
Add an indicator that shows progress and abort status when fishing
Add maps to Arbranau/Ecdelton underground areas
2022-09-20: New version v1.13.1 now available for download and auto-update.
Added support for steam users to auto-create accounts and login using their
steam account. We are currently adding Howlbreath to steam, though it will not
be available there for a few more weeks.
2022-09-08: New version v1.12.0 now available for download and auto-update.
Small change to fix ALT+SHIFT ground items when an entity is standing on the item
2022-09-07: New version v1.11.1 now available for download and auto-update.
Changes for this version:
Fix bug in damage calculation with ancient weapons
Modify color of ancient weapons to be brighter
Make wand drops get cast probability stat most of the time
Add logic to prevent player from immediately running toward cast location after casting
Add bar to display hunger above the SP bar
Add ALT+SHIFT feature to view name of items on ground
Make weapons on ground slightly bigger to make easier to see
Modify target logic to make it easier to physically attack entities
Small modification to brilliant/exceptional potions
Add logic to make trees transparent when player walks behind them
Add weapon damage/defense info to character dialog
Add CTRL+U to quickly unequip shields
Increase cast probability contribution of intelligence for lower circles
Fix bug in cast probability calculations (results in minor increases for higher circles)
Fix spells dialog sometimes showing stale cast probabilities
Add HP/MP/SP bars to party members when you mouse over them
Move scorpion pits in CL closer to towns away from harder monsters
Add ALT+number spell binding/casting, see help pages or info site for more
2022-09-01: New version v1.10.0 now available for download and auto-update.
Changes for this version:
Bug correction so that poison damage does not interrupt casting
Bug correction to allow invisibility cast/scroll/potion in PVP safe zones
Increase number of mining rocks and big fish spots through world
Add item number and weight limit indicators to bag dialog
2022-08-31: New version v1.9.2 now available for download and auto-update.
Changes for this version:
howlbreath_updater.exe was updated to display progress while downloading updates.
Note: you need to download this from the download page manually as it will not
Increase size of snakes & ants to make them easier to attack
Increase chat box text default size and add buttons for changing size
Increase size of ant parts to make them easier to see
Correct Barracks to allow levels 0-50
2022-08-30: New version v1.9.1 now available for download and auto-update.
This version adds several UI updates including updates to the maps to help
players find underground entrances and updates to dialogs to better describe
skill limits, weapon/armor stats, and spell manual intelligence requirements.
Town/global chat colors were modified slightly to make them easier to read in
the chat box. Manufactured shields were previously not providing any bonus
when over endurance; this was fixed and they are now providing the bonus.
Berzerk visual effect was toned down (less bright now) to make it look more
This is also the first update such that our EV code signing certificate is
supposed to actually work. Please let us know if you see any issues downloading
2022-08-25: New version v1.8.1 now available for download and auto-update.
This version updates some of the messaging between client/server and corrects
issues found when users with latencies around 200ms change maps. It also
should make gameplay smoother with latencies up to around a half second
2022-08-20: We had an issue where the client/server login sequence wasn't
working correctly for some NATs (Network Address Translators). NATs are used
by commercial ISPs to translate local IP/ports (192.168.* often) into public
versions. We found that some NATs were changing the client IP/port at times
that weren't expected causing issues with the server identifying connections.
We believe we have corrected the issue, though we don't have a NAT where we
saw the problem to test with, so please email us if you experience any more
If you experienced any login issues due to this issue in the past (or especially
if you still see issues), please let us know! We'd like to verify the changes
are working correctly.
2022-08-10: The installer and client are no longer throwing warnings when
you download and run! We're still pursuing the long term solution of paying
a CA for a code signing certificate, but in the mean time the only difference
should be that it shows "unknown publisher" when you install.
2022-08-09: The client has been updated to version 1.6.3 which includes
various starting zone updates and ability to party with other players
We've run the installer and application with Microsoft's scanning tool, both
came back 100% clean and they said they would remove it in future definition
updates. We aren't seeing the removal yet and are also pursuing another path
that should help (basically pay a bunch of money to a CA), this will likely
take a week or so, maybe more.
2022-08-05: It has been brought to our attention that Windows Defender &
SmartScreen are incorrectly flagging the installer/client as malicious
We are investigating why, there definitely isn't anything malicious here!
2022-08-02: The first verion has been released (v1.5.1)
You can now download the client, create an account, and start playing!
2022-07-19: Howlbreath is still in finishing stages and not yet available.
Updates will be posted here as it completes and is ready for download.