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4. Controls

In this section you will learn all you need to know about how to use the client, so that your character can successfully interact with the world around him. The basic controls are explained in the first part, while further sub-sections are dedicated to the topics of player communication and trading.

4.1 Basic Controls

Most actions in Tibia are controlled through so-called "context menus". Context menus are small sub-windows that open up whenever you right-click on a character or on an item. A number of actions will be displayed. To pick one, select it by using the mouse pointer and click on the left mouse button to confirm. To the left you can see a typical context menu. Depending on what kind of item you are looking at or whether you are looking at an NPC, a player character, or a monster, the context menu will differ. While you usually can choose to look at everything, you can only attack monsters or other characters. You can choose to trade most takeable items, but only containers can be opened in a new window. Whenever you click on some map field, you will be able to browse this field - this way you can easily search through large stacks. There are even actions which are only available if you open the context menu for your very own character.

Note: In context menus in the stand-alone client, keys are sometimes shown in brackets behind certain actions. These keys indicate shortcuts you can use to speed up controls. For instance, holding down the Shift key while left-clicking on an item will cause your character to look at it, and clicking on an item while pressing the Ctrl key will make him use an item.

4.1.1 Set Character Outfit
The setting of character outfits is a typical example for an action that is performed by using a context menu. You can change your character outfits anytime. Just open the context menu by right-clicking on your character and select "Set Outfit". On a free account, you can choose your favourite outfit from 4 different figures. Also, you can customise characters even further by painting individual body parts with the colour of your choice.
Premium players have a much larger choice of outfits. They can even increase their wardrobe by solving quests. An additional wedding outfit is available for all married characters, no matter if on a premium or free account.
Premium players are also able to earn additional accessories for their outfits. Each outfit can be upgraded further by activating 2 so-called addons. Simply ask NPCs for further information.
The set outfit dialog also serves another important purpose. Here, players can also select mounts here they have already unlocked or purchased. Riding on a mount is not only cool, but also gives your character a speed boost.
If you have chosen a premium skin and your Premium Time ends, your character will wear the citizen outfit at the next log into the game. All addons and mounts you have earned will be suspended until you add more Premium Time to your account. Note that you can still use mounts, outfits and addons which you have purchased via the Store or formerly via the Webshop.

4.1.2 Moving Your Character

a) Basic Movement
  1. Using the Mouse
    To control your character's movements by using the mouse simply left-click on the spot in the game window where you want it to go to. The character will do so automatically, taking the shortest possible route. If the spot you have clicked onto is out of reach, the character will stop.
    Although characters tend to avoid moving diagonally while walking towards their destination automatically, they are nonetheless capable of doing so. To walk diagonally left-click on your character and keep your finger on the mouse button, then move the cursor in the direction you want it to go. Please note, however, that there is a short delay when moving diagonally.
  2. Using the Keyboard
    You can also control your character's movement by using the cursor keys or the number keys on the num pad. Simply use them in the customary fashion to move up, down, left or right. Moving diagonally is also possible by using the keyboard. Simply press 7, 9, 1 or 3 on the num pad to move the character to the northwest, northeast, southwest or southeast. Please note, however, that the num lock must not be activated if you want to use the num pad to control your character. Note that the Flash client also offers the option to select other hotkeys for moving your character, e.g. if you have selected "chat off", you can select the popular letters w,a,s,d to move your character.
It is also possible to change the direction your character is facing. To do so press Ctrl and leave your finger on the key, then choose the direction you want your character to look by pressing the corresponding cursor button. This feature can be especially useful when casting spells that require your character to look into a certain direction.

b) Moving Up or Down Floors
Of course, characters can also move up or down floors. Depending on the area you are in you will encounter stairs, ramps, sewer grates, ladders or simple holes in the floor. If there is a hole in the ceiling, you will see a noticeable mark on the dungeon floor. The controls to move up or down floors differ depending on the type of stairs you are using:
  • To climb stairs or ramps simply move your character onto them. The same is true for holes in the floor.
  • However, if you would like to climb up through a hole in the ceiling, you must use a rope on the rope spot on the floor. Keep in mind that you cannot climb up holes in the ceiling unless you have a rope or the "Magic Rope" spell.
  • To climb down a sewer grate right-click on it and select "Use".
  • Finally, to climb ladders simply right-click on the floor in front of the ladder you wish to climb and select "Use".
Note that it is sometimes possible to move up or down floors by climbing onto items or by using the "Levitate" spell.

c) Movement Modes
There are 2 movement modes available which define your character's automatic movement during combat. "Stand While Fighting" will cause characters to stay where they are in combat and "Chase Opponent" will make them charge towards the enemy. For further information please see the section on the combat controls.
One further option should be noted here, however: you can instruct your character to follow a friendly character around on the map without attacking it. To do so, right-click on the character and select "Follow". Characters that are set to this mode will try to keep as close to the marked character as possible. If the marked character should leave the screen, the follow mode will be cancelled. You can also cancel the follow mode manually by right-clicking on the character and selecting "Stop Follow" or by hitting the Escape key.

4.1.3 Looking Around & Inspecting
Sometimes it won't hurt to have a closer look at your surroundings, for example if you would like to find out the name of an item. Taking a closer look at items or creatures is an action that is typically carried out through context menus. Simply move the cursor on the item or creature you would like to look at, right-click to open the context menu, and select "Look". Alternatively you can click on the item you wish to inspect while holding down a Shift key on the keyboard.
Note: Some items have an additional description that you can only see if your character is standing next to it or your character carries the item in the inventory. Also, you can get additional information on characters like their vocation or level if you look at them. If you look at books, scrolls, letters or other editable items, you will receive general descriptions only. To actually read or write into such items they must be used. Please see below for instructions on how to use items.

To get even more details about another character or a takeable opject, characters and takeable objects can be inspected:
a) Inspect character (only available for stand-alone)
If you inspect another character, you are able to see the character’s body slots including all equipped items as well as general information, such as character name, level, guild, vocation or active preys.
To inspect another character, you need to send a request to the character you like to inspect or to accept an invitation to inspect this character. You can do so via the context menu.
If you like to share or save the displayed information, you can copy it by clicking on the little copy symbol in the lower left-hand corner. Click on “Escape” or on the “Close”-button if you are done inspecting.
a) Inspect object (only available for stand-alone)
You cannot only inspect other characters, but also takeable objects. If you inspect an object, you will get general information such as the object’s graphic, its name and its weight. Depending on the object, further details are shown if available, e.g. the object’s capacity, attack or defense value, required body position, imbuements, or possible remaining charges.
If you like to share or save the displayed information, you can copy it by clicking on the little copy symbol in the lower left-hand corner. Click on “Escape” or on the “Close”-button if you are done inspecting.

4.1.4 Moving Items

a) Drag&Drop
In Tibia, items are moved using "drag&drop". In other words, to move an item you must left-click on it, then pull it on the place you want it to be, holding down the mouse button. The cursor will turn into cross-hairs to help you determine where exactly the item will be placed when you drop it. In the Flash client, you will also see a miniature version of the dragged item while moving the cursor around.
If you want your character to take an item, simply drag it onto her backpack and let go of the mouse button. Your character does not have to be placed next to the item you wish her to take, because characters move automatically towards the desired objects they are about to pick up. If you would like to throw an item away, click onto it and drag it onto the game window. The item will be dropped on the spot where you let go of the mouse button. Of course, your character cannot throw items through obstacles like walls. Also, note that heavy items such as furniture can only be moved one field away from your character at a time.

b) Moving Stacks of Items
If you would like to move a stack such as a heap of gold, a small dialog will open up in which you will be asked how many items you would like to move. You can modify the number of items you would like to move by using the slider or by typing the amount with the keyboard. Particularly for large amounts, hold Shift, Ctrl or Shift+Ctrl while using the slider to increase the slider's step size. There are 2 shortcuts in order to speed up the process of moving stacked items: if you drag the stack while holding down the Shift button, you will only move one stacked item at a time. On the other hand, if you keep your finger on the Ctrl key while you are dragging the items, the whole stack will be moved at once.

c) Moving Wall Decorations
Drag&drop is also used to put up or take down wall decorations such as cuckoo clocks, tapestries and paintings. Simply place your character in front of a suitable wall and drag the decoration onto it. Note, however, that wall decorations may only be put up on walls facing south and east. You cannot place decorations on windows, doors or southeast corner walls. Also, wall decorations may not be placed on walls that are already decorated. Finally, please note that some wall decorations cannot be moved at all.

4.1.5 Pushing Creatures
Pushing creatures or characters works just like moving heavy items. Simply left-click onto them, then drag them in the direction you want them to be moved. You will find that after a short delay your target will be moved in the desired direction, provided there is no wall or other obstacle and the creature or character has not moved away in the meantime. Note that your character will skip the next attack if he pushes a creature or character in combat. Also, please note that pushing your own character or another character will be slower than moving to the desired destination normally. Finally, many strong monsters cannot be pushed and often they can also push items or other weak monsters blocking their way.

4.1.6 Using Items
Using items is another action that is controlled via context menus. Open the menu by right-clicking on the item, then select "Use" with a click on the left mouse button. Items are used in a manner that is typical for their function - torches will be lit when used, food will be eaten, scrolls can be edited etc.

However, some items must be used on other items, characters or map spots in order to work. To use such items open the context menu, then select "Use with ...". On doing this the mouse pointer will turn into crosshairs. Now move the crosshairs on the item, character or map spot you want to use the item with and left-click to confirm. Typical items that are used this way include ropes, shovels, potions and runes. Also bread, cakes and cookies as well as various drinks can be produced this way. E.g. if you use water on flour, you will get the dough you need to bake the delicious Tibian bread. Weapons may also be used this way in order to smash many large items such as chairs, chests, etc. Note, however, that each strike only has a limited chance of success, so you may have to hit the target you want to destroy several times. Also, please note that most items cannot be destroyed this way.
If you have items you need to use often such as runes or food, you can make your life in Tibia much easier by assigning them to hotkeys. Once you have done this, all you need to do is to press the assigned button and the action of your choice will be performed automatically. Note, though, that the process of assigning hotkeys is somewhat different, depending on which client version you use. In the Flash client, open the hotkey options dialog by clicking on the "Options" button and selecting "Hotkeys" or hit the key combination Ctrl+K. Select the key you would like to assign your action to with a click on the left mouse button and then define the action you wish your character to perform. To find out more about assigning hotkeys in the Flash client, please see the description in the corresponding section on Flash client hotkeys.
On the other hand, if you are using the stand-alone client, please see the corresponding description of the hotkeys dialog.
In addition to hotkeys, the Flash client also offers action buttons, which are another great way to ease the using of items, or generally to speed up the repeated performing of actions in the game. For a detailed explanation, please see the description in the section on action buttons.
All editable items in the game, e.g. blackboards, letters or scrolls, can be read and edited if you use them. Please note that the name of the most recent editor of the item is shown above the input field. Consequently, you will always be able to see who has actually written the text on the item.
Pressing the Ctrl button and holding it down while clicking on an item will work as a shortcut for using items.

4.1.7 Rotating Items
This option is only available for large items such as chairs, chests and other kinds of furniture. Since these items come with standard facings when bought in a shop you may want to change their facings, e.g. to make sure they fit well into your private home. To rotate an item open the context menu by right-clicking on it, then select "Rotate" on the menu. The selected item will be turned 90° clockwise, i.e. if it faced south, it will now face west.

4.1.8 Combat
It is said that the pen is stronger than the sword, but you will quickly find that in Tibia, you will have to resort to brute force on many occasions. To attack creatures or other players open the context menu by right-clicking on your opponent, then select "Attack". A red frame will appear around your opponent, indicating that you are attacking him. Your character will actively attack your opponent as soon as he is in range. If your enemy strikes back, there will also be a black frame around him that flashes up briefly with every attack. To cancel the attack simply open the context menu again and select "Stop attack." As usual, clicking on Escape will also work to cancel the attack. Finally, clicking on an opponent while holding down the Alt key works as a shortcut to start or to stop an attack.
Please take a look at the description of the combat controls before attacking other characters. For further information on combat in Tibia please take a look at the manual section on combat.

Creatures as well as players often carry items on them, and if they die, those items can be taken. To loot dead creatures or characters simply right-click on their bodies to open them. You can now check any possessions the dead creature or character has. If you find something that catches your eye, you can take it.
Note: In the first 10 seconds after the kill, creatures can only be looted by the character who made the most damage. If this character has joined a party, all members of this party are able to loot the creature. During those 10 seconds, it is also impossible to move the corpse. However, this does not apply for dead characters.

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