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5.3 CombatTibia is a world threatened by dark forces, and its brave inhabitants fight an endless battle to hold off the evil hordes that have sworn to destroy all civilised life. Adventurers are in the front line of this epic struggle, and they are actually making a good living from it - if they survive, that is. Doing battle is part of their everyday business, and every adventurer who is worth his salt must learn the trade of war.
The following section is designed as an expansion of the basic introduction into combat provided in the section on basic controls. Here you will find additional information on how combat works as well as some useful strategy hints. Furthermore, the logout block is explained here, as are regulations concerning combat against other players. The final section covers the party mode which allows characters to form adventuring parties.
5.3.1 How Combat Works
a) Combat Rounds
Characters or creatures who are attacking will try to hit designated opponents whenever they come into range, using whatever weapon they are currently wielding. Attacks take place at regular intervals, i.e. once characters or creatures have started striking at an opponent they will go on striking steadily. Only one target can be attacked at a time. Attacked characters or creatures always get a chance to defend themselves against attacks even if they do not retaliate. Note, however, that no more than 2 attacks can be blocked at a time.
The outcome of a fight is determined by a number of factors including the attacker's and defender's skills, equipment, set combat mode, and also a random factor. Each time the attacker lashes out at the defender his attack value is calculated and compared to his opponent's defence value. If the attack value exceeds the defence value, a hit has been scored, and the damage done is displayed as a little number on top of the injured character's or creature's head. On the other hand, a little puff of smoke is displayed if an attack has been blocked successfully by the defender, while flashing sparks indicate that the defender's armor has protected him against a blow.
b) Damage Types
Damage types allow you a greater variety in your attacks. All creatures have more or less stronger sensitivities against one or more damage type. By using the weapon or spell of the right damage type, you can bring down your enemy much more quickly and easily. There are 7 different damage types in Tibia: fire, ice, energy, earth, death, holy and physical.
Sorcerers are the masters of energy and fire damage. However, they are also able to make the strongest death damage rune - the legendary "Sudden Death" rune. Druids are especially skilled in all ice and earth spells. Paladins are the only vocation that can use holy spells. Knights yield mainly physical damage, but depending on what kind of weapon they are using, they can deal out also fire, ice, energy or earth damage.
c) Skills, Equipment and Combat Modes
As has been said before a character's performance in combat is determined by three factors: skills, equipment and the set combat mode. The skill that is used to calculate a character's attack value is determined by the weapon that is currently wielded. Note that if no weapon is equipped at all, the fist fighting skill is used. The same is true if you are trying to use a weapon of another vocation.
Items determine a character's performance in combat in accordance to their nature. For instance, armor such as legs or helmets will reduce the damage caused by successful hits, while the bonus yielded by shields is used to calculate a character's chance to block attacks. Special clothing and certain amulets can also help you to reduce the damage of a certain type. Furthermore, you should choose your weapon, runes and spells according to the characteristics of your opponent.
Weapons are generally characterised by 2 values, since they influence both a character's attack and defence value. Additionally, some one-hand weapons have a defence modifier which will either reduce or raise your defence value whenever you are wearing a shield in your other hand. Also note that your attack value will drop if you are wielding a weapon for which you are too inexperienced. Some weapons can also be enchanted by using magical stones, produced and sold by sorcerers and druids, to add a certain damage type to them. You are always well-advised to check out the weaknesses and the strength of your foe before you go into battle. A fire-resistant armor and an ice-enchanted weapon are surely a good choice for your next dragon hunt.
Finally, the combat mode a character is set to also influences his chance to successfully attack or defend. For instance, characters that are set to "Offensive Fighting" have an increased chance to hit their opponents, while their chances to successfully block attacks are reduced. Conversely, characters that are fighting defensively will receive a bonus to their defence, while the strength of their attacks is reduced. Please note that changing the combat mode takes a bit of time, so you will lose one attack whenever you do so.
d) Critical Hits, Life Leech and Mana Leech
Characters that have proven themselves worthy will be able to gain special equipment which can be charged with one of these effects:
- Critical hits: When equipped with an item charged with this effect, characters have a certain chance to strike a hit which causes a certain amount of additional damage.
- Life leech: When equipped with an item charged with this effect, characters have a certain chance to get back a certain amount of hit points which equals a certain percentage of the damage they have caused.
- Mana leech: When equipped with an item charged with this effect, characters have a certain chance to get back a certain amount of mana which equals a certain percentage of the damage they have caused.
Being equipped with such a charged item, also effects the damage caused by spells and runes.
e) Distance Fighting
Distance attacks are handled similar to melee attacks. Characters or creatures who fight from a distance will fire or hurl projectiles at regular intervals. However, characters will only use ammunition and weapons for which they have the required minimum level. Note that the actual distance between attackers and their targets has an influence on how successful distance attacks are - the larger the distance the smaller the chance to hit. Note, however, that distance fighters will also receive a to-hit penalty if they are firing at an opponent who is standing right next to them! What's more, distance weapons such as bows and crossbows are ill-suited for melee combat, since they require the use of both hands. Because of this, distance fighters are well advised to maintain a moderate distance between themselves and their enemies. However, if your character is a skilled distance fighter and you cannot avoid a melee situation, you should equip him with a throwing weapon and a shield rather than a bow or a crossbow. Please note that thrown weapons vanish sometimes when used.
f) Protection Zones
Unless characters play on optional PvP worlds, they are free to attack each other once they have reached level 8. However, even on worlds with open or hardcore PvP combat there are areas where characters are not allowed to fight each other. These areas are called "protection zones". You can tell that your character is standing in a protection zone by the little icon displayed in the condition indicator field. Players standing in protection zones are perfectly safe from any offensive action, even if others are trying to attack them from outside. Conversely, players cannot perform any offensive action inside protection zones. Note that the regeneration of hit points and mana is also disabled in protection zones, although food will be consumed normally. Finally, in protection zones characters can walk on fields, with the exception of a few special fields, on which other characters are already standing on all game worlds.
Protection zones are usually found in temples, depots, ships or in private houses. Also the pyramids in Ankrahmun are protection zones that cannot be entered by somebody that has a protection zone block. Your character will not receive a protection zone block when attacking a member of your party or when fighting back after somebody has attacked you.
Special protection zones are Tibia's swimming areas. As soon as you jump into the water, your character will be cleaned from all special conditions. Also you can neither use "Invisible", nor "Creature Illusion", nor the "Chameleon" spell, nor stealth rings in the water. Additionally, it is impossible to use the safe trade option while enjoying a bath in the Tibian sea.
Players can seek shelter in protection zones anytime, provided they are not affected by a protection zone block, and they can stay there for as long as they like. Note that although characters can be pushed around normally within protection zones it is impossible to push them out of protection zones.
5.3.2 Combat Strategy Guide
This is a little compilation of useful combat tips. Read them carefully. If you observe them, they may save your character's life one day!
- Know Your Enemy
Ever since Sun-Tzu wrote his famous treatise on the art of war, generals have known how important it is to study the enemy you are fighting against. Things are by no means different in Tibia: creatures have different strengths and weaknesses, and you should know them all. Make investigations. Study them. Remember you can check out our list of all creatures in the library section or ask veteran players. And most of all, be wary whenever you meet a new creature. If you carelessly bump into a new enemy, you may quickly learn its strengths the hard way!
- Know Your Surroundings
Knowing the terrain your character is moving in is also important. You should always have a general idea of your surroundings so that you know which direction to run if your character is in trouble. After all, there is no point in fleeing from a drooling giant spider only to find yourself looking into the mocking faces of a couple of bloodthirsty hunters!
Be careful when exploring, but explore as much as you can. Eventually you will learn to use your knowledge of the land against your enemies.
- Cooperate with Other Players
It is a mistake to believe that 2 characters are twice as strong as one - in fact, 2 characters that are well attuned to each other are much, much stronger than solitary fighters! In a team, characters can fully exploit their individual strengths while relying on others to make up for their weaknesses. An experienced group of characters that concentrates its firepower on one enemy can bring down the toughest creature in no time!
Furthermore, keep in mind that characters can also cooperate in many different ways: for example, they can rope each other through holes, they can carry equipment for each other etc. Just think how glad you will be if your character dies and a friend of yours is ready to save your lost equipment!
- Avoid Getting Cornered
Characters that are surrounded by enemies often have a hard time to escape. Remember even weak creatures can hand out hefty damage if there are too many of them. Keep in mind that no matter how high your character's shielding skill, you will not be able to block more than 2 opponents at a time! Always make sure your characters are placed in positions where no more than 2 enemies can attack them at a time - ideally you should also have an escape route in case something goes dreadfully wrong.
However, if one of your characters ever gets cornered, you can try pushing an opponent away. You have to be quick to move out once you have pushed him, though, because your opponent will probably move back into position as soon as possible. Also, note that pushing will not work with all creatures.
- Plan Your Attacks
While charging head-on into battle may have its charms you should keep in mind that the most dangerous enemies are those who plan their actions well. You should do just like them - prepare a strategy based on what you know about your adversaries and put it into practice in a deliberate, systematic way. Finish off opponents one at a time, starting with the most dangerous one. Make sure your first opponent is dead before you start attacking another one - remember a heavily wounded enemy can still attack as viciously as a healthy one. More importantly, you should always think about your character's safety. You should try to figure out how you can protect your character best - perhaps you can find a way to attack enemies from where they cannot even reach your character. While this may not be particularly heroic it will definitely help to extend your character's life expectancy. Reserve honourable fighting for combat against other characters.
- Have a Backup Plan Ready
Remember even the most fool-proof of plans can fail, and even if something has worked perfectly for a thousand times it may still fail spectacularly next time you are trying it out. You should be prepared for that - always expect the unexpected! Have some healing magic available at all time, and be prepared to get your characters out alive from whatever situation they may possibly encounter. Most of all, don't hesitate to run if you find a battle is too tough. Keep in mind those who run away from a lost battle will live to fight another day!
In the Prey dialog you can either select a Prey Creature or start a Hunting Task:
a) Prey Creatures
Activate a prey to gain a bonus when hunting a certain creature! To be able to activate a prey, your character must have left Rookgaard or Dawnport.
How to activate a prey:
- Open up the Prey dialog and select the tab "Prey Creatures".
- In the prey slot you will see 9 creatures from which you can select your prey creature. If you do not like any of the displayed creatures, you can roll for a new list. You get one free list reroll every 20 hours.
- If you do not have a free list reroll, you can purchase one for gold coins. The price for a list reroll depends on the level of your character.
- For the price of 5 Prey Wildcards, you can even choose your prey freely from all creatures that are available as prey.
Prey Wildcards can be purchased in the Store for Tibia Coins. They can be used to reroll the bonus of an active prey, to lock your active prey or to select a prey of your choice.
The bonus for your prey will be selected randomly from one of the following: damage boost, damage reduction, bonus XP, or improved loot. If you do not like the bonus, you can roll for another one by using one Prey Wildcard. The value of the newly rolled bonus will be higher than your current one - unless you have already reached the highest possible value. A prey lasts for 2 hours hunting time. Therefore, your prey time will only decrease while hunting. After this time, you can activate a new prey using a list reroll. Whenever you have rolled for a new list or a new bonus, the hunting time will be reset to 2 hours.
Automatic Bonus Reroll:
If you tick the box for this function, you will automatically roll for a new prey bonus whenever your current prey is about to expire. This way, the hunting time of your active prey creature will be extended for another 2 hours. Each time the Automatic Bonus Reroll is triggered one of your Prey Wildcards will be consumed. If there are no Prey Wildcards left, this function will be deactivated.
If you tick this option, you will lock your prey creature and your prey bonus. This means whenever your prey is about to expire its hunting time is simply extended by another 2 hours. Each time Lock Prey is triggered five of your Prey Wildcards will be consumed. If there are not enough Prey Wildcards left, this function will be deactivated.
You can activate up to 3 preys simultaneously. The first prey slot can be used by every player. The second slot can be used for free by all Premium players. Free players can unlock this second prey slot permanently by purchasing it in the Store. Finally, everybody can unlock a third prey slot permanently by purchasing it in the Store.
b) Hunting Tasks
Start a Hunting Task to gain a special reward for hunting a certain creature! There is no time limit in which you need to complete a task. However, for each Hunting Task slot you can only pick up a reward for completing a task once between two server saves. To be able to activate a Hunting Task, your character must have left Rookgaard or Dawnport.
How to start a Hunting Task:
- Open up the Prey dialog and select the tab "Hunting Tasks".
- In the first slot you will see 9 creatures from which you can select your Hunting Task creature. If you do not like any of the displayed creatures, you can roll for a new list. You get one free list reroll every 20 hours.
- If you do not have a free list reroll, you can purchase one for gold coins. The price for a list reroll depends on the level of your character.
- For the price of 2 Prey Wildcards, you can even choose your Hunting Task creature freely from all creatures that can be selected as Hunting Task. If you have already selected a creatures as prey, it will be shown on top of the list.
- Select the amount of creatures you like to hunt for your task. The higher the amount the higher the reward. Note that higher amounts are only available for creatures that you have already completed in your Bestiary.
Prey Wildcards can be purchased in the Store for Tibia Coins. They can be used to select a Hunting Task of your choice.
Hunting Task Points:
For completing a task, your character will earn Hunting Task Points. The amount of points you receive depends on the difficulty of the selected creature and the selected amount. For very difficult tasks, you have a 10% chance to gain extra Hunting Task Points.
The NPC Walter Jaeger in Thais will happily exchange your Hunting Task Points for exclusive rewards such as a special outfit, mount or decoration items. Note that these rewards can only be used by the character who has earned them.
Hunting Task Slots:
You can activate up to 3 tasks simultaneously. The first Hunting Task slot can be used by every player. The second slot can be used for free by all Premium players. Free players can unlock this second Hunting Task slot permanently by purchasing it in the Store. Finally, everybody can unlock a third Hunting Task slot permanently by purchasing it in the Store.
Cancel Hunting Tasks:
If you don't want to complete your current task, you can always cancel it. Careful! This will cost you some gold which depends on your level and you will not receive any rewards.
Hunting in a Party:
While each task can of course be completed solo, it might be more fun to hunt with your friends. If you are in a party and shared experience is activated, the kill counts for all party members who have attacked the creature. If no shared experience is activated, the kill only counts for the character who has dealt the most damage.
5.3.4 Player Killing
As a rule, killing other characters is legal on all game worlds of Tibia where player vs. player combat (PvP) is enabled. However, there are differences. There are no limitations on player killing at all on hardcore PvP game worlds, while there are certain restrictions on worlds with open PvP combat to make sure player killing does not get out of control. On optional PvP game worlds, player killing is only possible if both sides agreed to it.
Some general remarks:
- Regardless of which game world you are playing on, you cannot deal damage to characters who have joined the same party or guild as you with the exception of friendly fire.
- Characters cannot attack other players in the first 10 seconds after login, unless they are attacked and have to defend themselves.
- When you attack a character (with the exception of characters with a black skull), you only deal 50% of the damage you would deal in PvE fights.
Some words on "justice" on worlds where a moderate amount of player killing is allowed. Of course, every automatic system has weaknesses. Players may try to abuse the protection offered by this system to provoke you in any conceivable way. Still, you should always think twice before attacking an unmarked character, no matter what he has done. You may have good excuses for attacking the character, but your fellow players may not accept them. It is not the goal of the marking rules to ensure justice but to handle most typical conflicts arising in the game in a fair and neutral way.
All your kills will be automatically evaluated and logged. As has been said before, you are free to kill as many marked characters as you like. This is because your victims have either been aggressive towards unmarked characters (white, red and black skull) or attacked you first (yellow and orange skull).
Things are different, however, with unjustified kills, i.e. kills of unmarked characters. You may only kill a limited number of unmarked characters within some limited periods of time. The marking rules on player killing are designed to penalise aggressive players. We feel it is never a good thing if you attack a character that has no mark. Therefore you have to bear the disadvantages of being marked as an aggressive player. If this does not stop you from behaving aggressively, the red skull mark comes along with the additional punishment of full item loss when dying. Furthermore, if you exceed one or more of the aforementioned kill limits, further killing of unmarked characters will mark your character with a black skull which results in even tougher sanctions.
If a kill is listed as assisted, the character has not inflicted any damage on a killed character. However, the character has helped to bring down an opponent in the last 5 minutes before the victim's death. Note that there are no assisted kills for members of your own guild during a guild war. Assisting a kill is possible in two ways, either by paralysing the victim or by being part of a trap. Trapping means that all squares around a victim are taken so that the character in the middle cannot move anymore. Being part of a trap can either be done by standing yourself on one of those fields or for example by shooting a magic wall on it. An assisted kill also counts towards the skull system, however, it will let your kill counter fill up slower than inflicting actual damage on the victim.
b) Player Killing on Hardcore PvP Game Worlds
On hardcore PvP worlds there are no restrictions whatsoever on player killing. Quite the contrary, attacking and killing other characters is actually encouraged. In addition, the spell "cancel invisibility" has a chance to destroy worn stealth rings. As you cannot walk through other characters on hardcore PvP game worlds, blocking is not rated as an attack on another character. The secure mode is always turned off on hardcore PvP game worlds and the expert mode is set to the red fist mode. Finally, harmful magic fields always deal damage to characters walking on them including the caster.
c) Player Killing on Retro Hardcore PvP Game Worlds
On retro hardcore PvP worlds there are no restrictions whatsoever on player killing. Quite the contrary, attacking and killing other characters is actually encouraged and even yields experience points if the killed character is approximately the same or a higher level. In addition, the spell "cancel invisibility" has a chance to destroy worn stealth rings. By default the secure mode is set to the red fist mode, but players can change this mode. The expert mode is not available. Finally, harmful magic fields deal damage to other characters walking on them including the caster, however, only for the first 5 seconds after creation. Also, the PvP blessing "Twist of Fate" is not available.
For more information on rules for retro hardcore PvP worlds, please take a look at the FAQ.
d) Player Killing on Open PvP Game Worlds
On open PvP game worlds a limited amount of player killing is allowed and kills are divided into 2 categories, in ok kills, i.e. kills of marked characters, and in unjustified kills, i.e. kills of unmarked characters. A character may make any number of ok kills, but too many unjustified kills within certain limited periods of time will lead to tough sanctions. For details on how characters are marked please see the next section.
Please note that a kill counts fully for a maximum of 5 characters that inflicted damage on a character in the last 5 minutes before its death. Depending on whether the killed character was marked or unmarked for them, the kill counts as unjustified or ok. If the kill was unjustified and more than 5 characters took part in the fight, the individually gained unjustified points are lower.
e) Player Killing on Optional PvP Game Worlds
On optional PvP game worlds, player killing is only possible within the scope of a guild war. Only characters who are involved in a war can attack or inflict damage on each other. Furthermore, characters cannot walk through characters and their summons with whom they are at war. Finally, a harmful magic fields does not deal any damage to the character who has cast it.
Note that neither your weapon nor your shielding skill will improve by attacking other characters or their summons during a guild war on an optional PvP game world.
While you can simply walk through other characters on Optional and Open PvP game worlds, there are certain PvP situations in which characters can block other characters. Whether you will block another character depends on your expert mode settings. If the dove mode is activated, you will not block other characters at all, in the white hand mode, you will only block characters who have been aggressive against yourself or members of your party or guild. If the yellow hand mode was selected, all skulled characters are blocked. Finally, characters with the red fist mode will generally block all other characters. Of course, characters who have joined the same party or guild cannot block each other, no matter which mode you have selected.
Keep in mind that every blocking of another character is rated as an attack on this character with all negative consequences.
g) Join Aggression
To help a guild or party member in a critical situation, you can join the same fight. To do so, right-click on the other character and select from the context menu "Join Aggression". This way you are instantly transformed into the same PvP situations like the character you have joined. This means all these characters will receive damage from your area spell or be blocked from your magic wall, without the need to be aggressive with all of them beforehand. Be careful though, as this counts the same as if you had attacked every single of these characters yourself.
However, if the secure mode is active, you can only join aggression if all attacked characters fit to your predefined expert mode, i.e. all attacks on the single characters must be justified.
h) Friendly Fire
Generally, characters that have joined the same guild or party cannot block or deal damage on each other. However, there is one exception. If you and a member of your party or guild attack the same enemy combatant together, you and your guild/party ally can also block or deal damage on each other, e.g by casting an area spell. In case you manage to block or deal damage on a guild member only, you can still enter a protection zone.
5.3.5 Player Killing Related Symbols and Unjustified Points
a) Unjustified Points
If a character is killed unjustified, its death has a certain value. Characters that have helped bringing this character down in some way will receive a certain percentage of the death's value. Characters who have actually dealt damage to the killed character will naturally receive the biggest share. However, also blocking or debuffing the victim as well as healing the attacker will fill up a character's bar of the unjustified points widget. As the system is additive, characters which have e.g. dealt damage to a character and blocked it will receive a higher share than characters who have only dealt damage.
b) Skull Marks
Skull marks appear only on open PvP game worlds. A character that has not recently been involved in any violence is unmarked. You will not be able to attack such a character if your combat controls are set to secure mode.
If unmarked characters are attacked or hurt by another player, the attacker will receive a mark which will be visible to all other players as a little skull underneath the name. Once a character is marked all other players are free to attack this character! A character that attacks or kills a marked character will not receive a skull mark himself. Therefore you can kill as many marked characters as you want to without risking a red or black skull. However, if you plan to attack a marked character, you should still be careful, because, like everybody else, marked characters have the right to defend themselves. Please note that not all skull marks indicate that a character is truly a player killer, even though any marked character may be attacked. Skulls come in 5 different colours:
- White Skulls
A character marked with a white skull has recently attacked or killed an unmarked character. All players can see this mark. It will stay as long as the logout block is active. If the character performs further offensive actions while he is marked with a white skull the duration of the mark will be extended, as will the duration of the logout block and of the connected protection zone block. Still, white skulls are temporary marks which indicate that the marked character has been aggressive recently.
- Red Skulls
Characters that kill or assist in kills of several unmarked characters within some periods of time will be marked by a red skull and have to face serious sanctions for their player killing. This happens when one of the bars of the unjustified points widget has filled up. As a rule of thumb, this happens when the value for the following kills has been reached. Please keep in mind that the percentage of unjustified points you receive for an unjustified kill depends on the fighting situation and on your way of participating in the fight:
- 3 to 5 unmarked characters in 24 hours,
- 5 to 9 unmarked characters in 7 days or
- 10 to 19 unmarked characters in 30 days.
- Black Skulls
Characters with a red skull that keep killing or assisting the killing of other characters unjustified, will receive a black skull once their bar of the unjustified points widget has filled up. As a rule of thumb, this happens when the value for the following kills has been reached. Please keep in mind that the percentage of unjustified points you receive for an unjustified kill depends on the fighting situation and on your way of participating in the fight:
- 6 or more unmarked characters in 24 hours,
- 10 or more unmarked characters in 7 days or
- 20 or more unmarked characters in 30 days.
Furthermore, characters with a black skull cannot choose the expert mode "Red Fist". Also, characters with a black skull will receive 100% instead of 50% of the dealt damage in PvP fights. Finally, if a character with a black skull dies, he will awake in the temple with 40 hit points and 0 mana.
- Yellow Skulls
This skull is somewhat special because it is not visible to all players on the screen. You will only see it if your character was attacked or damaged by another character first when your character was marked with a skull. This happens because you have the right to defend yourself also if you have a skull. If you kill a character with a yellow skull, the kill does not count as a "bad" kill as any other kill of a marked character. Similar like a white skull, a yellow skull will stay as long as the logout block is active. If the character performs further offensive actions while he is marked with a yellow skull the duration of the mark will be extended, as will the duration of the logout block and of the connected protection zone block.
- Orange Skulls
Similar to a yellow skull, this skull is not visible to all players on the screen. You will only see it if your character was killed unjustified by another character. All characters that have killed your character unjustified are marked with an orange skull visible to you and themselves for 7 days. This gives you enough time to gather all your friends and take revenge for such kills.
If you kill a character with an orange skull, the kill does not count as an unjustified kill. Still if you attack a character with an orange skull, you will be marked with a yellow skull for your victim and receive the usual protection zone block.
An orange skull lasts either 7 days or until you took revenge and killed the character with the orange skull. If a character has killed you several times in the last 7 days, the orange skull lasts until you took revenge for every single of these kills. Once all those unjustified kills are avenged or older than 7 days, the orange skull vanishes.
Normally, characters can leave the game anytime. However, if characters are currently fighting, or if they have recently been involved in some sort of violence, they will be temporarily barred from logging out. You can tell a character cannot log out by the little icon displayed in the condition indicator field underneath the inventory. As long as this icon is displayed you cannot log out, although you are of course free to shut down the client or even to turn off the computer. However, this is not a good idea since your characters will stay in the game if you do so, and they will be extremely vulnerable! For this reason it is a good idea to make sure the logout block icon has disappeared whenever you decide to leave Tibia. Characters will receive a logout block whenever they
- attack other characters or creatures,
- get attacked by other characters or creatures,
- damage other characters or creatures,
- get damaged by any means,
- cast offensive spells or use offensive runes.
A special case of the logout block applies whenever characters engage other characters in PvP combat. As with normal logout blocks, characters affected by so-called protection zone blocks are not allowed to log out. However, in addition to the regular logout block, these characters are also barred from entering protection zones such as temples, depots or private houses to make sure all attacked characters get a chance to retaliate. Protection zone blocks last as long as logout blocks do, i.e. characters that have attacked others will be able to enter protection zones if at least 60 seconds have passed since the last time have been involved in violence.
Note: Casting certain offensive spells will also cause characters to receive protection zone blocks even if the spells are not used to attack other characters at all! Spells of this kind include for example all field runes. Protection zone blocks imposed because of such spells last for 60 seconds due to the connected logout block, provided the casting character does not get involved in combat in the meantime.
Things are more serious if a character has actually killed another character. Player killers may not log out or enter protection zones for a full 15 minutes! What's more, if the killer is involved in violence during the last minute of this period, his logout block will be extended as usual, so player killers can be barred from logging out for a long time.
In PvP fights between opponents of nearly equal strength, a summoned creature might just tip the scales. If several characters try to yield an advantage with one of these fluffy helpers, particularly in a heated and confusing war scene, it comes in handy if one is able to quickly recognise whether a summon belongs to yourself or to somebody else. For this reason, all summons are marked with one of these little animal heads:
- your own summon
- summon of another character
A further graphical indicator for the various PvP situations are the differently coloured frames around characters.
- your own character and summons if you are in an active PvP situation
- all characters and summons that you have attacked or that have attacked you
characters and summons who have attacked another character of your guild or party
all characters and summons that participate in a PvP situation in which you are not involved; e.g. members of 2 other guilds fight with each other
5.3.6 Party Mode
Players can form groups called "parties". All members of a party are automatically invited to the party channel. Parties are useful if you would like to hunt with friends as you cannot hurt your party members while using area spells for example. Further you have certain advantages like shared experience or certain party spells.
a) How to Form a Party
If you want to form a party, you have to invite another character. Simply right-click on the other character and select "Invite to Party". This character can accept your invitation by right-clicking your character and selecting "Join XXX's Party". The player who has invited the others automatically becomes the leader of the party. Any further characters that join will become members of the party.
The party-status of a member is indicated by a small shield mark beneath the character's name:
- leader of your party
- member of your party
- leader of the party to which you are invited
- character that has been invited to your party, but has not joined yet
- member of
b) How to Leave a Party
You can leave a party by right-clicking on yourself and selecting "Leave Party". Please note that you cannot leave a party if you have a logout block. If you leave a party, your character's shield mark vanishes immediately. You will be dismissed from a party if you log out or you get disconnected. If the leader leaves the party or gets disconnected, the leadership will automatically be forwarded to the first invited member. If this character decides to leave the party, the second character that was invited will become leader and so on.
c) Shared Experience
To share experience points, the leader of your party must activate this feature via the context menu. If shared experience is activated, an experience bonus of 20% is granted if the defeated creature usually yields at least 20 experience points. If party members of 2 vocations are involved in the fight, the bonus is raised to 30%; 3 different vocations yield a bonus of 60%; and if party members of all 4 vocations participate, the bonus will even be raised to 100%. To activate shared experience, the leader must not have a battle sign and the following requirements need to be fulfilled:
- Only characters that are of similar levels can share experience when hunting together. To be more precise, the lowest character in a party may not have less than two-thirds of the levels of the highest character. This means a level 40 can share experience with a level 60 but not with a level 20; or a level 200 can share experience with a level 300.
- The distance of all party members to the leader must be smaller or equal to 30 fields, this works also if you are one floor up or down.
- Finally, all party members must be actively involved. This means they must either have healed another member or attacked an aggressive monster.
One of these 2 symbols appears beneath your character's name if one of the above mentioned conditions are not fulfilled. Now shared experience is deactivated until all party members fulfil all requirements again. You can easily recognise the members who do not meet the conditions by their flashing party icon. If you are that person, simply heal a party member or deal damage to a monster; or get back into the leader's range to activate shared experience again for your party. If shared experience is deactivated because the highest level has gained a level, it will not be activated until the lowest level has caught up to have no less than two-thirds of the highest character again.
Whenever, shared experience is deactivated, the experience points will be distributed according to the damage every member has been dealing out.
The Tibiadrome is a special zone where Premium players can test and practise their combat skills without losing any experience, skills or items. Moreover, players have the chance to some nice prizes in these fights. So far, Tibians can find dromes in Ankrahmun, Kazordoon, Thais, Edron and Rathleton. While only Premium characters are able to participate in these fights, spectators on free and Premium accounts are welcome to watch the fights from the roof.
The entry is a teleporter, marked by a demonhead.
Some general information on drome fights:
- challenges for 1-5 players with level 50 or higher
- every 2 weeks a new rotation starts in which characters fight one or more battles to collect drome points and win special potions
- a single battle consists of an unlimited number of monster waves (they become stronger with every wave) combined with combat modifiers
- each wave lasts a maximum of 120 seconds
- characters don't lose any experience points, skills points, items or blessings when dying in the drome
- mana potions, health potions, arrows, bolts, and runes are not being consumed upon use (other consumable items like rings, amulets, cupcakes, but also imbuements will be used regularly)
- there is no skill or experience gain when fighting in the drome
- fights in the drome do not lower a character's stamina
- spells that use soul points are deactivated
- only one group of players can fight in a drome at a time
- no PvP possible
- use of familiars and Chivalrous Challenge allowed
- there is a leaderboard on the website and ingame (in the middle of the entry hall) showing the standing of the participants in the current rotation
- characters with the most drome levels (adding up all drome levels ever reached) are listed in the Highscores
- reached drome level and starting level will also be kept if a character is traded; however, for the time the auction is running and the trade is not completed, the character will be removed from the leaderboard; if a rotation ends before the character is back on the leaderboard, the character will not receive any points or prizes for this rotation
Starting and Drome Level: Your starting level defines which wave you start at when entering a battle. Once you have beaten a wave, your drome level and starting level will be raised by one. If you are entering as a group, the starting level of the participant with the lowest starting level determines which wave you start with. Once a rotation is over, the drome level of all players will be reset to 0 and their starting level will be reduced by 5.
If you like to start at a lower level, you can talk to the NPC in the entrance hall to reduce your starting level by 5, you can repeat this until you've reached the minimum level 0.
To start a drome fight, all participating characters need to go downstairs and stand on the light grey tiles. The first character needs to pull the lever and all characters will be teleported into the drome. Now the fight starts after a preparation phase of 8 seconds. The number of monsters depends on the number of participating players:
- 1 combatant: 4 monsters
- 2 combatants: 8 monsters
- 3 combatants: 11 monsters
- 4 combatants: 14 monsters
- 5 combatants: 17 monsters
- Murmillion: Tanky melee
- Scissorion: High single target damage melee
- Hoodinion: Ranged with AoE spells and high damage spikes
- Mearidion: Ranged with consistent single target damage
- Domestikion: Support melee that increases the damage output of all monsters
- Somersault: All melee monsters have a 15% chance to teleport to the furthest player.
- Going Down With Me: Upon death, monsters trigger an AoE that hits the last hitter and all players around him for 40% of their current health points.
- Exploding Corpses: Monsters explode in an AoE upon death, hitting all players around them for 25% of their current health points.
- That Escalated Quickly: Monsters that drop below 25% increase their power as if they were 5 wave levels higher.
- The Floor is Lava: Every 15 seconds 100 random fields will be marked. After 3 seconds they deal damage equal to 60% of the current health points of the players standing on them.
- Beam me Up!: Every 15 seconds 100 random fields will be marked. After 3 seconds all players on them will be teleported to a random position in the drome.
- Tanked Up: Every 15 seconds 100 random fields will be marked. After 3 seconds all players on them will be super drunk for 10 seconds. While being super drunk, the taken damage is increased by 10%.
- Sown Sorrow: Every 20/17/14/11/8 seconds, depending on the number of participants, a seed will spawn. If no player steps on it within 6 seconds it will explode and fear all players for 2 seconds. While being feared, the taken damage is increased by 15%.
- Bad Roots: Every 20/17/14/11/8 seconds, depending on the number of participants, a seed will spawn. If no player steps on it within 6 seconds it will explode and root all players for 3 seconds. While being rooted, the taken damage is increased by 25%.
End of a battle: A battle ends if the monsters of a wave cannot be killed within 120 seconds, if all members of your team are dead, or if you leave the fight using the teleporter. If a group is fighting and one character is leaving, the fight continues for the remaining combatants. After the fight, characters are relocated to the middle of the entry hall and their health and mana points are reset to the same values they had when entering the drome. The starting level is reduced by 5.
All combatants are blocked for any further drome fights for the next 60 minutes.
End of a rotation: Once a rotation is over, characters receive drome points equal to their drome level times 10 (e.g. drome level 25 = 250 drome points), which can be gathered and spent on outfits, mounts, and decorative items. Talk to the NPC in the entry hall to exchange your points for prizes. Note that most prizes are not tradeable. In order to be eligible for a reward, a player must have defeated at least one wave in the rotation.
Those who have made the top 5 in a rotation will also receive a temporary title that will last until the next rotation ends. In addition, characters might receive some special potions which cannot be gained any other way:
- 1st-5th place: 3 potions
- 6th-10th place: 2 potions
- 11th-20th place: 1 potion
- On top of that, a number of potions equal to 20% of the remaining participants will be raffled among the places 21 and below. The chances of winning a potion this way are based on the participant's drome level. The higher the drome level is in comparison to their competitors, the higher the chance to win.
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