Rotmg or RotMG is the short form of the game
Wild Shadow & Spry Fox
The game was created in 2010 and was launched in 2011 by Wild Shadow Studios and Spry Fox. During this period, which players refer to as “Wild Shadow Era”, people were satisfied with the game and was very free to play friendly, where the main currency was available to all.
Unfortunately, because of this, Wild Shadow was forced to sell the game as they were running out of funds. Kabam saw potential in it and bought it. Most players consider this era bad overall, although it does has its strengths. Kabam implemented arguably the best and only true endgame content. However, Kabam does not deserve all the credit as, an ordinary player was the one who gave both the idea and the code. This was mainly the reason why many players stayed through the long time Kabam abandoned the game. Now, to the important cons (too many cons): after Kabam came, they turned this once co-operative(co-op) game into a pay to win and money-grubbing game. If that was not enough, they introduced pets. Pets enabled a single player to be stronger than 6-7 players combined. Pets were what destroyed the co-op aspect of this game. For context, it used to be about survivability, helping other players out and co-op. Now? its about who can get the most and deny the most loot from others. Have I mentioned about the amount of hackers? Adding that would be too long.
The game was at the verge of dying, but then, came Deca Games. Deca Games is an indie company that was formed for RotMG. The main team is made out of former Kabam employees. They started out by making everyone like them by giving away free stuff. They then continued by addressing the hackers (basically almost none now). Finally, they start adding more content and fix kabam’s many mistakes, like the imbalanced economy. However, a lot of content are new cosmetics( how they intend to make money without making RotMG pay to win), but there are also some quality content and quality of life changes that are quite frequent. Events such as Cinco De Mayo are also seldom made. They are also being more generous than Kabam during the annual ‘Month of the Mad God’ event. They also listen to the community and host contests on Reddit for players to win prizes.
Upon starting the game, there should be a tutorial about the very basics. Like controls, shooting and looting. Before I get started, you can change the controls by pressing “o”.
One of the main aspect of the game is permanent-death(perma-death), so prepare to rage, but prepare to come back afterwards.
Start out at the beach( where scorpions are at) and slowly move inland. They will drop some bags where loot like weapons, abilities, armour and rings can make you stronger.
On the right is the UI where your mini map(3), name(4), nexus icon(4), fame/experience/level(5), health(6), mana(6), inventory/stats/pet info(8), friends icon(12) and nearby players(11). On the top is the stars(1), obtained by getting fame requirements on classes, guild and guild position(1), fame(2) and gold(2). The chat is at the bottom left(10). Go here for more information.
The four slots, , , are slots for weapon, ability, armour and ring. The weapons, abilities and armours are different for different class, which will be explained later.
Health(Life)-If it reaches -1 you die
Mana(Mana)- You use this to use your abilities
Dexterity(Dex)-Rate of fire
Defense(def)-reduces damage taken by the amount you have until 85% reduction of the bullet’s damage
Vitality(Vit)-The rate in which you regenerate Health
Wisdom(Wis)-The rate in which you regenerate Mana
These stats can be increased permanently by leveling up and drinking potions, referred to as pots. There are maximum amount of each stats that are different for every class. They can be increased by gear and temporary boosts such as gumballs and tinctures above the maximum.
Update: Some greater potions are now added again. They give twice as much stat increases.
There are 14 classes, each with their own special abilities. On the top is which class you have to level to 20 to unlock each specific class. Getting each class to level 20 is the best way to unlock all classes.
You start with the wizard, the highest dps class, besides warrior, as it has the most att and dex of all classes, 75 each and its ability is the spell, commonly referred to spell bomb because of its high potential damage from 20 damaging shots that shoot from the cursor when used.
Next is Priest, arguably the best class for beginners, due to its ability, the tome, it instantly heals the player, the draw back is it’s dps with the wand, which deals low damage.
The bow and leather classes:
Archer and huntress, uses the bow, arguably the most powerful type weapons. They have exactly the same stats and highest attack in the game. They use the quiver and trap respectively, which slows or paralyzes depending on the tier. Recommended when you have the Doom Bow(Dbow) or Coral Bow(Cbow).
The dagger and leather classes:
Rogue, Assassin, Trickster. The dagger classes all have 75 max speed and 75 max dexterity. Dagger is a middle-ranged weapon with 5.6 range. With the cloak, which makes you invisible and not be noticed by enemies, poison, which deals damage over time, prism, which lets you teleport and create a decoy enemies will treat as a real player. The rogue is a solo class, having lesser players around you is better. Assassin is the class where you can deal damage without in danger of the target. Trickster is one of the hardest class to play as its ability is the hardest to use efficiently and has a high skill floor and ceiling. Recommended if you like to stay at medium range and being the fastest
The sword and heavy armour classes:
Knight, Paladin and Warrior. They all have the highest max health in the game, at 770. The sword is a short range and high damage weapon. The Knight is the most defensive class, with 40 max defense and the ability, the shield, stuns enemies and make then unable to shoot and grants bonus defense. Considered as the easiest class to play and well known for its infamous “Lel XD”. The Paladin uses the seal to heal, increase max health and increase damage dealt of himself and others. The Warrior, uses the helmet, giving berserk to all and speedy to self. With 75 attack, berserk giving 25% more dexterity, and high damage of swords, he has one of the most dps in the game. Most of the time warriors are incredibly selfish and will only buff itself to guarantee the most loot for himself, which is incredibly easy due to the buffs’ small radius.
The staff and robe classes:
The Wizard, Necromancer and Mystic. The staff is a medium to high damage with long range and 2 shots. All of them have the highest max mana, at 385 and above average wisdom. The Necromancer uses a skull as its ability, healing based on the amount of damage dealt in the radius of its ability, like a tome. Recommended for beginners who wants dps. The mystic uses a orb, which stasis and curses at the higher tiers. Hard to master and most of the time only useful for end-game dungeons and trolling.
The wand and robe classes:
Thee Priest and Sorcerer . They use the wand, the highest ranged weapon in the game, but the lowest damage. The sorcerer uses the scepter, which deals damage to multiple targets, reducing the damage done each time. Recommended for long range combat against bosses such as Oryx.
The katana and leather class:
The lonely Ninja , uses the katana, a short range weapon that is shorter than a dagger but longer than a sword and pierces. Due to its leather armour and short range katana, it is a difficult class to play. The star, gives you speedy when you hold down space bar or shift click, which does not stop until you shift click again. Letting go of space bar shoots a star dealing a lot of damage. This class is recommended for players looking for a challenge, hit and run or when you have the UT weapon, Doku No Ken.
There are a total of 8 types of bags: brown, pink, purple, cyan, blue, white and red. Brown and pink is not soulbound, meaning that they can be seen by other players and they can take whatever is inside.
Brown bags are mainly consumables that are such as health potion(not potion of life) and mana potions.
Pink bags contains low tiered gears like tiers( tiers 1-6 for weapons and armours, 1-2 for abilities, and 1 for rings( higher tiers are better)).
Purple and above are soulbound, meaning that they can only be seen by you and no one else. They usually drop tiers 7-9 for weapons and armours, 3-4 for abilities, and 2-4 for rings.
Egg baskets contain pet eggs, which is explained in a later part of this post.
Cyan bags contain all other better gear.
Blue bags contain stat potions.
The legendary rng bag is the White bag, they are very rare and drop special items according to the enemy.
Red bags drop when you use loot drop or tier potions or lucky clovers. The bags overwrite each other in this order: Red>White>Blue>Cyan>Egg>Purple>Pink>Brown
EDIT: New update! There are now new bags.
Golden bags contain treasures and marks.
Orange bags contain skins and ST items.
Red bags contains T13 weapons, T14 armors, and T6 rings. T13 weapons and T14 armors are added in the Lost Halls update.
Boosted bags now correspond to the colour of the bags.
There are a lot of items and they are self explanatory when you mouse over them. If you are unsure about what it does, you can go to realmeye to check.
Character slots and Vaults:
The amount of character slots is the amount of characters you can have alive at once. Vaults are chests which let you store items which do not disappear when you die. These can only be obtained by paying or when Deca Games decides to give them out, most of the time during an event like MotMG. If you are paying, it is best to wait for deals such as Super Ample Packs where you can get more value for money.
The most over powered thing in RotMG. They have various abilities and the most significant two are ‘Heal’ and ‘Magic Heal’. The abilities heal and increase your mana(not maximum) respectively, they get more efficient every level. There are 5 rarities: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Legendary and Divine. To make sure you do not waste your time with your pet, you can go here. Each family starts with several types of first abilities, except for humanoid, which is always heal and therefore the best egg.
EDIT: New Update! Pet stones changes your pet’s family and skin permanently.
Using flash projector is arguably one of best ways to reduce lag, close to Steam. Steam is a lot easier to set up and they offer a free pack, however, Steam is known to crash when playing RotMG, unlike flash projector, which is harder to make work. A step by step tutorial here. Another way to reduce lag is to go to the options and turn off ‘Draw shadows’, ‘Hardware acceleration’ and disabling player projectiles. In options, you can also assign a key to open the stats of the game, such as the memory and frames per second. RotMG is prone to memory leak, which causes a lot of lag, so you can use the stats to know when a memory leak is about to occur.
If you do this I have lost all respect for you… unless it is a weird game like Growtopia that is literally about merching. Merching in RotMG means buying low and selling high. This is most of the time used by players who have no skill to actually play the game and have no access to their mom’s credit card to pay their way to being “pro”. Basically, go here to see the offers and gauge the price, although most of them are overpriced(because most of them are also merchers).
Paying to win:
There are 2 types, the stupid one is buying gear from the nexus shop, the smarter ones are investing into their pet or Character and Vault slots(Lasts forever) and buy mostly great deals such as the Cinco De Mayo packs and Super Ample Packs.
People with no life who farm for fame in the godlands( a currency mostly only used to feed pets) 24/7 and think that they are pro.
PPE and NPEs:
PPE stands for Pet Player Experience, you start with no gear except t 0 weapon and ability, you can’t trade or get free items. The goal is to get 8/8(8 out of 8 stats maxed) and good gear. Most of time it is very easy as pets are over powered, but people still think that they are good when they complete one using the easiest class(lel xD ppe btw). NPE stands for New Player Experience, which is the same thing as PPE except no pets are allowed. This is mostly played for fun as it increases the difficulty of the easy game.
Actually playing the game:
The best way to improve is to learn from your mistakes and invest in pets as they can carry you. After having a good pet, preferably at least a rare, you can farm godlands and certain dungeons for pots to max your character and store items in vault in case you die for the next character.
This game has kept me entertained for 5 years now, so I recommend it, although it is not for the faint of heart.
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