Introduction To Ragnarok Online

1. Overview

Ragnarok Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). It was created by the Gravity Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Ragnarok Online (RO) allows you to create a virtual character, customize it, and partake in epic adventures across exotic lands. RO is a great way to hang out with friends as well as make new ones. With an ever-expanding universe, in-game events, and a large community of users, there are always places to see, things to do, and people to meet in the world of Ragnarok!

2. Features

*Over 20 Classes in the game for players to choose from!
*Cute 2D characters with customizable looks!
*Large and detailed 3D game world that continues to grow!
*Simple game mechanics that are easy to learn!
*Battle other players in PvP (Player vs Player) arenas!
*Challenge other guilds in the War of Emperium!
*And more!

3. Story

In a time of strife between God, humans, and demons…

Scarred during the gruesome war and avoiding total destruction altogether, God, humans, and demons manage to enter into a truce…

But after 1,000 years of fragile and forged peace in Rune Midgard…

The lengthy peace eventually led the humans to forget their memories of the scars and hardship from the war. As they forgot faults of the past, selfishness, corruption, and arrogance slowly spread throughout the land…

Finally, the balance of peace broke and strange occurrences started happening. There came a strange howl from the boundaries that divided God, humans, and demons. Peaceful creatures became aggressive and attacked innocent villagers. Violent earthquakes ripped whole continents apart. Great hail storms drove some species to the brink of extinction…

The mysterious legend of demons were rediscovered…

As the fragile peace began to fall apart, stories about the parts of Ymir protecting the peace began to spread among the adventurers. Forgetting the true nature of the ancient relics, people set out to seek the pieces out of selfishness and the promise of wealth that would come with it…

4. Ragnarok Versions

Ragnarok Online is a globalized game. Gravity Corp. (Gravity KR) has licensed the game to different companies in certain countries/regions. For example, Oceanic Ragnarok Online (oRO) was licensed by OnGameNet and was operated for the Australia/New Zealand region (However, this server no longer exists). Many other companies run RO in different parts of the world. The version run in the United States/Canada is called International Ragnarok Online (iRO) and is run by Gravity Interactive, a company controlled and owned by Gravity KR. Most servers require payment from institutions in the area they serve. For example, kRO only accepts payment from banks and cards issued from Korea.

5. Account Creation

Each version of RO has a different way to create accounts. This wiki covers the MysticRO version of creating accounts.

First, register on a Control Panel (CP), then fill out the form and submit. Account creation itself is free and currently players can create as many accounts as they want.

The sex entered during registration will affect the sex of characters in the game. If "Male" was entered in the registration form, all in-game characters will be male. Likewise, if "Female" was entered, all in-game characters will be female. It is not possible to have both male and female characters on a single account. It is possible to change the gender in the CP. (Note: You can't change gender when you have Bard/Clown/Minstrel or Dancer/Gypsy/Wanderer in your account.)

Make sure the ID and password are complex enough so that people won't be able to guess them. Also, sharing account information is not recommended. Doing so may place the account at risk of being compromised.

Simply create a character [or choose one previously made] and join in! Enjoy Mystic Ragnarok Online!

6. Game Server Types

When RO is started, the patch client will download updates for the game. After the updating is complete, it is time to login. Input the account information. Sharing an account would be detrimental should the account be hacked and restoration be required. It's strongly recommended that account information be kept secret.

There are different servers available in Ragnarok Online:

a. Sakray Server

Many RO servers host a server known as a 'Sakray Server'. It is a test server where EXP/JEXP gained may be higher than normal servers. New updates are tested there first, and the Sakray server is hence at a higher risk of being subject to serious bugs being introduced by new content. Sakray is also wiped periodically. To access a Sakray server, a special separate client is required as the normal game client cannot access this server.

b. PK Server

Some RO servers (not iRO) allow players to PK in maps outside of PvP. Unique rules are in effect for these servers, which usually include a Mass Murder System. Although popular in past years, PK servers have gradually been phased out, concurrent with the introduction and growth of F2P servers.

c. F2P/Open Server

Most of private RO servers have special free servers which do not require paid accounts. However, they have fairly unpleasant mechanics and are supported through item malls.

d. VIP Server

VIP servers are free to play once you have created any characters but require a VIP subscription in order to make characters. Mechanics for unpaid accounts are almost identical between VIP and Open servers. iRO no longer has a VIP Server.

e. Subscription Server

Subscription servers require a subscription in order to access them. There is usually only one level of access/benefits. Over time, most RO servers have grown away from this model, moving towards entirely F2P and Freemium (Free access with optional paid subscriptions) servers.

Disclaimer: Some of the information are taken from IRO wiki.

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