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5 Game PlayIn this section you will learn everything you need to know about Tibia's game play. This includes detailed information on characters, on the world and creatures of Tibia, and on major game features such as magic, quests, guilds and houses.
5.1 CharactersPlayer avatars in Tibia are called characters. They are of crucial importance, because it is not possible to play the game without them. Also, you will find that the training and general improvement of your characters makes up a large part of the fun of Tibia. Characters are determined by a number of characteristics. Some of these characteristics such as name, gender or game world are defined during character creation and cannot be modified later on, while others will change in the course of the game.
5.1.1 Experience Points and Levels
The level of a character is perhaps the single most important characteristic. As a rule, characters grow in power whenever their level increases, so the level is a good indicator of a character's overall strength. To advance in level characters must collect experience points. Whenever they have amassed enough points they will advance to the next level automatically. The progress to the next level advancement is indicated by a little bar. Experience points are gained by killing creatures. Note that characters under level 50 receive an experience bonus for killing creatures. The bonus they receive decreases with every level they gain. Finally, killing other characters will not yield any experience.
In addition to the increase in power there is another good reason why you should try to level up your character. Many quests can only be completed by characters that have reached a certain level.
Here is a list of all characteristics that improve whenever characters advance in level:
- Hit Points and Mana
Both his maximum hit points and maximum mana increase whenever a character advances in level. Note, however, that while the net increase of hit points and mana is initially the same for all characters this will change once they have reached level 8. After level 8, the amount by which hit points and mana increase is determined by a character's vocation: fighter classes such as knights gain more hit points than mana, while spell casters such as druids will receive more mana and fewer hit points with each level.
A character's capacity to carry items will increase each time he advances a level. Again, a character's vocation is a crucial factor here, because some character classes tend to be stronger than others.
A character's walking speed will increase with every level. Note that this does not influence combat speed, i.e. a character will not be able to attack or defend faster if he advances in level.
- Magical Power
The damage a character causes when using harmful magic will increase with every level. Also, any healing spells a player uses will become more effective.
Hit points and mana represent your character's health and magical energy. The maximum levels of hit points and mana are determined by a character's level and vocation. If characters have their hit points reduced to zero, they die, whereas characters that have no mana are unable to cast any spells. Hit points and mana can be restored by feeding characters. Both values will steadily regenerate as long as a character has had enough to eat. Healing spells or health potions can also be used to restore hit points quickly, while mana potions can boost a character's mana. However, it is not possible to raise a character's mana and hit points beyond the maximum of his respective level by any means. Also, please note that hit points and mana will not regenerate if a player is standing in a protection zone such as a depot or a house.
5.1.3 Soul Points and Stamina
Soul points and stamina are the only characteristics that will not increase while levelling up your character.
In addition to mana your character needs soul points to cast rune spells or certain other spells which are used to magically generate items such as ammunition or food. The maximum of soul points is 100 for normal characters, and 200 for promoted ones. If you gain experience points that equal at least your character's level for one kill, you obtain soul points for a while. For example, if you are a level 10 character, you would need to kill a monster that gives you at least 10 experience points, e.g. a snake you have killed alone. From that kill on, your soul points will be restored for 4 minutes. Normal characters will regain 1 soul point every 2 minutes, promoted characters will restore 1 soul point every 15 seconds. Characters also obtain one soul point for every 15 minutes they are sleeping in a bed. The counter for your stamina indicates the time that is left until a character is too tired to gain experience while hunting. Characters can hunt for up to 42 hours before they no longer gain experience points. In the first two hours, so up to hour 40, Premium players gain 50% more experience points for every monster killed. During the final 14 hours defeated creatures will only yield half the experience. Furthermore, if the character that has dealt the most damage to a monster has only 14 or less hours of stamina left, the defeated monster will not contain any loot. Stamina regenerates while characters are logged out. For every 3 minutes you are logged off, your character will gain 1 minute added to its stamina up to hour 40. For the last two hours, your character needs to be logged off for 10 minutes to regain 1 minute of its stamina. Please note, however, that stamina only starts to regenerate after you have been logged off for 10 minutes.
Skills determine a character's ability to perform vital actions such as attacking with a weapon, blocking blows with shields etc. Unlike hit points or mana, skills do not improve when a character advances in level. Instead, skill levels mainly increase through use, i.e. a character will train sword fighting when using an edged weapon, while his club fighting skill will gradually improve if he uses a blunt weapon. However, there is a second and very convenient way to train your character's skills: simply let your character train his skills while you are offline! All you need to do is to log out your character next to the training statue of your choice or, if your character is lucky enough to have a bed of his own, to select the desired skill from the menu when you put your character to sleep.
Once a skill has been used often enough to advance, a white message will be displayed in the game window, and the skill level will automatically increase by one. The progress to the next skill level is indicated by a little bar underneath each skill.
There are 8 different skills in Tibia. Most of them are related to the use of weapons:
- Fist Fighting
This skill determines your character's ability to fight with bare hands. Needless to say, characters do not cause much damage when fighting unarmed, even if they have a considerable fist fighting skill.
- Club Fighting
This is a weapon skill. It covers blunt weapons such as clubs, maces, staves and hammers.
- Sword Fighting
Another weapon skill. This skill is needed to use any kind of edged weapons, from puny knives to mighty giant swords.
- Axe Fighting
Similar to other weapon skills, your character will need the corresponding skill to successfully wield any kind of axe, from hatchets to the legendary Stonecutter Axe. Also, this skill covers pole weapons such as halberds and lances.
- Distance Fighting
This weapon skill covers all distance weapons. This includes thrown weapons such as stones and spears as well as bows and crossbows.
Shielding is the ability to successfully block enemy attacks with a shield. Of course, characters need to hold shields in their hands in order to use this skill. Note that it is not possible to block more than 2 opponents at a time.
Fishing differs from other skills in that you must actively use it every single time you try to catch a fish. To use this skill characters need a fishing rod and some worms in their inventory. Worms can be found in some monsters or can be bought at shops that also sell fishing rods. Equipped with the fishing gear, you will have to find a place close to a river or some other body of water that contains fish. Once you have found a suitable place all you need to do is to use the fishing rod on the water. Do not worry if you do not catch a fish immediately - your chance to catch one will increase with your fishing skill. However, please note that not all bodies of water contain fish, so if you have tried many times without success, it is probably a good idea to try your luck somewhere else. A worm will vanish from your inventory every time you actually catch a fish, so make sure you always have enough baits left.
- Magic Level
The magic level is similar to regular weapon skills in that it directly influences the power of a character's spells. Thus, a druid with a high magic level will restore more hit points when casting a healing spell than a druid of comparable experience who has a lower magic level. This way it is even possible for a low-level spellcaster to cast spells that are more powerful than those of some high-level characters. Please see the manual section on magic for details.
Characters in Tibia divide into vocations, i.e. character professions. A character's vocation determines his characteristics in many ways. For instance, a knight will quickly surpass any spellcaster in his fighting skills, while magic users such as sorcerers or druids can advance their magic levels further than any paladin or knight can ever hope to reach. There are 4 vocations players can choose from once their character has made level 8:
Druids are pure magic users. Like sorcerers, they are of weak build, and their weapon skills are rather limited. But then, what do you need weapons for when you can bring down your enemies with a well-aimed blast of magic? Druids have a good number of offensive spells at their disposals, and an experienced druid with a reasonable magic level can take out enemies as well as any other vocation in Tibia. As the masters of earth and ice spells, druids are especially feared by creatures that make fire and energy damage.
However, even though druids can be fearsome opponents, their magic focuses on different aspects. Being friends of nature and of everything that lives, druids concentrate on the creative and benevolent side of magic. Druids are Tibia's best healers, and their ability to cure others makes them very popular with all other vocations. Only they know how to create "Ultimate Healing" runes. Experienced druids are never short of cash because players of other vocations will be happy to pay them good money in exchange for all kinds of useful runes. Furthermore, players of all vocations appreciate to have a druid around as a life-saver, so druids have an advantage when it comes to making friends.
If you prefer using powerful magic instead of brute force, and if you are also a team player who likes to cooperate with others, you should choose a druid.
Knights are the toughest warriors in Tibia. They are strong, resilient, and they know how to wield any melee weapon with fearsome efficiency. In combat, they are always found in the front line, engaging the mightiest opponents in vicious hand-to-hand fighting. When they are travelling with others it is usually the knights who charge enemies in order to protect their companions. Because of their incredible resilience and their skilled use of shields experienced knights are almost impossible to overcome, and even if a battle is lost, it is usually the knights who are the last to fall.
However, for all their prowess in combat knights do have a weakness: knights are comparatively weak when it comes to using magic. Even though they know how to cast a few spells, their magic is rather basic. For this reason knights rely on healing potions or more magically gifted characters to heal the wounds they receive in battle. However, this does not really pose a problem as knights are the best blockers in Tibia and are therefore welcome in every hunting party.
Furthermore, their ability to amass large amounts of gold is legendary. Strong as they are, knights can carry immense amounts of items which they can sell for good money in any city, so knights never leave a dungeon with empty hands.
If you are looking for a vocation that is easy to play and to level up, the knight is what you are looking for.
Paladins, too, are gifted melee fighters. Their ability to train melee skills is second only to that of knights. Also, they know how to handle shields very well, and experienced paladins can block most enemies even though they are not as resilient as knights. The paladins' true strength, however, is their ability to fight at a distance. Paladins are Tibia's best archers. From throwing simple stones to firing crossbows, paladins can learn to handle any distance weapon with deadly accuracy. A paladin that manages to keep away from his opponents in battle can bring down any enemy.
But there is more to paladins. They are also magic users of considerable skill who have an impressive range of spells at their disposal. Even though their magic skill cannot be compared to that of pure magic users such as druids or sorcerers, paladins have access to many additional spells because they can use a large number of runes. Furthermore, paladins are the only vocation that can use holy spells so they have an immense advantage when fighting undead creatures.
Paladins are the best all-rounders in Tibia. If you are looking for a good fighter who can also handle magic rather well, the paladin should be your choice.
Like druids, sorcerers focus on magic use. Similar to their more peaceful brethren, sorcerers require skill and patience to rise in power because their weapon skills are very limited, and just like druids sorcerers are of weak constitution. However, sorcerers have great potential. In fact, due to the offensive nature of their spells sorcerers are perhaps the most deadly of all vocations. Unlike druids who focus on the creative and benevolent side of magic, sorcerers concentrate on its dark, destructive side, and their spells can become truly devastating in higher levels. They are especially skilled in mastering energy and fire spells. Additionally, only sorcerers can create the notorious "Sudden Death" runes, and only they can learn how to cast the apocalyptic "Hell's Core" spell. An experienced sorcerer can bring down the mightiest enemies with a wink of his eye, and because of this, sorcerers are a welcome addition to any hunting party.
If it is sheer magic fire and energy power you are looking for, you should go for a sorcerer.
5.1.6 Special Conditions
Characters can suffer from special conditions which can have diverse effects. They have one thing in common, however - all special conditions are temporary, and given time they will eventually disappear.
Each character has a limited amount of hit points. Whenever characters take damage through weapon attacks, poison or other harmful effects they lose hit points. Characters whose hit points drop to zero die. However, in Tibia, death is not the end. Characters that have died will always be returned to the temple of their home city safe and sound, so even though it is possible for characters to die they are in fact immortal. However, this does not mean that dying does not matter at all in the game, nor is death desirable. A character that dies will suffer the following penalties:
- Experience Loss
Characters that die lose a certain amount of their experience points. Characters up to level 23 lose 10% of their total experience points. Starting at level 24, the total percentage that is lost is declining and is easier explained by the number of levels that are lost. Every 50 levels, a character loses half a level more, starting with losing 1 level for a character at level 50. A character at level 100 will lose 1,5 level upon death, at level 150 2 levels, at level 180 character 2,3 levels, at level 200 2,5 levels etc.
If a character is promoted, the total amount of lost experience points is lowered by 30%. Furthermore, your character can also collect blessings in the game which will further reduce the loss of experience points. Each blessing will reduce the loss by 8% (on Retro Hardcore PvP game worlds only by 6.31%), so promoted characters that have received all 7 blessings will lower their total experience point loss by 86% (74.17% on Retro Hardcore PvP).
- Skill Loss
In addition to the loss of experience points, a character's skills will also be reduced on dying. However, this does not necessarily mean that your character will lose levels in every skill because of the way skill level advancements are calculated. If your character was close to an advancement in a given skill when he died, he may actually not lose a skill level at all, although he will take much longer to advance in that skill again. Similar to experience loss, skill loss will be reduced if a character is promoted or if he has received one or more blessings.
- Item Loss and Blessings
Finally, characters that have a vocation and die have a chance of dropping items. This chance is 10% per equipped item, however, containers such as bags or backpacks will always be dropped along with their contents. By buying blessings, characters reduce their chance to lose equipment and their containers by the following percentages:
- 1 blessing = 30%
- 2 blessings = 55%
- 3 blessings = 75%
- 4 blessings = 90%
- 5 or more blessings = 100%
Blessings can be purchased ingame or via the Store.
PvP Blessing: In addition to regular blessings, players can also buy a PvP blessing to protect their regular blessings. If a character dies in a PvP fight (at least 5% of the damage dealt within the last 5 minutes was PvP damage OR the last fatal strike has been made by a character or its summon), it will lose items, skills etc. depending on the regular blessing it owns. The equipment of a character that has at least 5 blessings will be fully protected also in a PvP fight. Characters that own a PvP blessing, however, will not lose any of their regular blessings or a possible "Amulet of Loss", but only the PvP blessing. If a character has a PvP blessing and dies in a PvP fight but does not have any regular blessings or an "Amulet of Loss", it will not lose the PvP blessing. PvP blessings do not work for red or black skulled characters, however, such characters will not lose their PvP blessings upon death. PvP blessings can be bought at every temple for the price of one regular blessing for players up to level 120. Unlike the price for regular blessings, the price for the PvP blessing continues to rise up to level 270. Adventurer's Blessing: Characters on open PvP game worlds up to level 20 are automatically protected by the Adventurer's Blessing. You can easily see if your character is protected by this blessing by the little ankh shown in your inventory. Further, your character's inventory will be displayed in yellow. If your character dies in a PvP fight being protected by this blessing, your character will not lose any items, experience and skill points. But beware! As soon as your character attacks another character first or reaches level 21 for the first time, the blessing will be lost for good.
Any items lost upon death will remain with the body of the deceased character and can be looted by any player who happens to find it. In case a character has lost its bag or backpack after death, it will receive an empty bag in the container slot.
Characters up to level 8 will never lose items upon death.
Death Redemption: In case your character is not protected by all available regular blessings at the time of death, you have the option to purchase the blessing Death Redemption in the Store. Death Redemption will restore all skill and experience points you would not have lost if you had been protected by all available regular blessings. Death Redemption can only be purchased within the next 24 hours after death and only for the most recent death. However, Death Redemption is not available on Retro Hardcore game worlds.
Each vocation has an elite rank which is achieved by getting promoted. A promotion will give several advantages to your character:
- Cool Title: Characters receive an official title which depends on their vocation. Thus, paladins will be promoted to "royal paladins", while sorcerers will be appointed "master sorcerers" etc.
- Improved Regeneration: The regeneration speed of a character's hit points and mana will increase. More precisely, druids and sorcerers will regenerate mana at an increased rate, while knights take less time to heal their wounds. Promoted paladins, on the other hand, have both their mana and their hit point regeneration speed increased.
- More Soul Points: Promoted characters have 200 soul points instead of 100. Also the regeneration speed of soul points is increased. A promoted character will regain 1 soul point every 15 seconds.
- Reduced Loss when Dying: Your character will lose fewer experience points and skills when dying.
- Special Spell: Each vocation will be able to learn one extra spell.
- Level: They must have reached at least level 20.
- Payment: They must pay a one-time fee of 20,000 gold pieces.
- Premium account: Only Premium players can promote their characters.
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