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Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Complete Idiotís Guide to Being a Newbie

Iíve played through all three races up to level 20+ on RF online. Here are some insights Iíve gleaned:

What are PTs?
PTs are your skills (press ?S? & ?F? to view as well as ?C? and open the Abilities tab). You level your skills in RF by using them. Regardless of class you should keep them all up in level, if not maxed out. Start developing them before you get to the upper teens in levels, otherwise it will be difficult (if not impossible) to level up your lowest level PTs (thus relegating you to ?gimpí status). It is worth while to level all skills, because they influence your HP, FP, and SP as well as what armors you can wear.

How do I level my Shield skill?
When you are to the point where, say, regular Ratmoths are a one or two ?dotí monster to you, go stand in an area where they will spawn and attack you. Leave for a few hours and come back and you shield skill should have risen. It takes a while to get it started, as you only block, like, one in thirty hits in the beginning, but as your skill develops you will block more often and level it faster.

[An aside on 'Dots' and monster level: When you click on a monster it's information box shows up in the top middle of your screen. This contains the monster's Name, Normal/Ace, Type, Element, and whether it is Aggressive or not. There are colored dots surrounding this info that are orange, yellow, green, and a blue gem-ish circle on the upper right.

The number of dots from zero to seven determine the difference in level between you and the monster, thus how much experience you gain, how much damage they deal to you, etc. Seven dots means they are 10+ levels above you, 3 dots same level, zero dots means you will get no experience or items from that monster).]


What is the best way to level? Where do I get good equipment?
DO THE QUESTS. They will give you the best experience for you level, and you will be rewarded with high quality items for completing them. You will almost never have to buy weapons or armor until youíre level 25+. You can only keep five quests in your journal at a time and you get a new quest every level. If you get more than five the oldest will be deleted automatically. This will not hurt you other than not getting the reward items or money.

What are these Excelsior pieces?
At level 25+ you can combine these utilizing gold and silver catalyst items to make completed Excelsiors for combining weapons. Take the gold and silver catalysts and excelsior pieces to the Hero NPC and select the Item Combine option. This will give you a completed Excelsior. Find the Complete Guide Here.

Sold in small quantities theyíre worthless, however the shopkeepers will give you a little gold for them if you sell a dozen or so at a time (44 Gold for a stack of 99). Also you can sell them in bundles of 30 at the auction.

Where is the Auction?
Go to the teleporter in the HQ and go to:
Accretian ? Armory 213
Bellato ? Solus Settlement
Cora ? Haram Stockade

What is gold?
Gold is a universal currency. Its exchange rate with your raceís currency fluctuates based on success in the chip war and other factors. The amount of gold your race has on hand as a whole also affects tax rates and shop prices (This counts gold in your inventory as well as stored at banker).

What is Chip War (CW)?
In the Crag mining area there is a magical inner core area where the ore is plentiful and gems and talics line the walls. But youíre not allowed to go there. Youíll be killed by the Holystone Keeper, a HUGE nasty monster who is covetous of this magical realm. The only way to sate the beast is to destroy each opposing raceís control chip during a two-hour period known as the Chip War (held every eight hours).
Find Guide Here.

You need to be at least level 25 to even damage a chip, and it is guarded by high-level NPC guards. Even if your race wins the chip war you must have picked up a Holy Metal Scanner item dropped by the chip guards during that specific chip war to be allowed to mine in the core.

How do I upgrade my weapon/How do I use an upgrading tool?
First, donít bother until you are level 30+. Second, you need a talic to put in the weaponís slots. The talic determines what ability/enhancement the weapon gets. The possibility of success is minimal, however by throwing gems into the mix they increase your odds of success by some percentage per gem. You can purchase the upgrading tool at the Sundries NPC.

Where do I get talics and gems?
You can obtain them by refining ore from mining. You can also get gems by completing Battle Dungeons with a party. Take ore to the Ore Processing NPC. Your chances are pretty random. Supposedly +3 Ore gives you a better chance, but thatís been debated.

How do I mine?
Around level 8-10 you get a quest that rewards you with a training mining tool and battery, as well as a teleport you to Crag Mine Area item. (DONíT USE THE TELEPORT ITEM. It teleports you into the inner sanctum of the mine, and if the Holystone Keeper is hostile, heíll smash you before you have a chance to blink.) Alternately you can buy a mining tool and battery from the Ore Processing NPC. I believe the only difference between the training tool and a purchased one is that it is tagged as ?Non-tradable.?

Head to the HQ portal and teleport to Crag Mining Area. Once there you can mine just about anywhere on the map. To begin mining equip the mining tool and make sure you have a battery(ies) in your inventory. Press ?A? to open the mining dialog box (youíll see it at the top of the screen). Click on the ?Move Mode? button to toggle to mining mode. Once it says ?Start Digging? youíre on your way. Youíll obtain an ore every couple minutes.

A word of caution: beware of PKers. Enemy races can use invisibility potions (purchased through the cash shop) to sneak around the guards and kill AFK miners.

How Do I use those unmanned mining tools?
At level 25+ you can purchase one (and its proprietary batteries) from the cash shop. You also need to set up a storage bin for it through the NPC. An unmanned mining tool will let you know if it is being attacked and you can recall it remotely.

What is the Cash Shop?
From RF Onlineís website you can use real world money to purchase credits for the cash shop. There you can buy various ammos, potions, tools, etc.

What are Battle Dungeons (BDs)?
Using a gate key a party (usually of a full eight members and plenty of area of effect (AoE) attacks) can use the Gate Keeper NPC to open an instanced dungeon with some specific timed objective. Creatures drop no loot, but members are rewarded with rare items for successful completion of the mission.

Iím killing the monster the quest tells me to but theyíre not counting toward the tally!
Step 1: Press ?J? to open your journal. Check the quest to see where specifically it wants you to fight the monsters.
Step 2: Make sure they are not the Ace variant of the monster. Ace monsters hit about the same but have a ton more hit points and drop more loot.

What are the Chat commands?
See my Supplemental Post.

Where are the Ace Bulky Lunkers?
Go to the HQ and take the portal to the Sette Desert. Youíll find them on the Nadir Plain. Watch out for PKers, theyíre everywhere. It is actually advisable to wait until you are higher level to complete this quest.

Where are the Little Lhazuwardians?
They are in the Crag Mining Area. I'd describe them as being counter-clockwise from your race's portal about half way to the next race's portal.

How do I get one of those cool mechs?
They are called MAUs, and they are exclusive to the Bellato Driver class (upgraded Specialist). Find the Guide Here.

What class gets Summons?
Those are exclusive to Cora Summoners (upgraded Spiritualists).

How do I expert/elite skills?
Hit "S" to open up your skills. In your Melee/Ranged tabs you'll see above them a ##/##. To unlock expert skills you need to have 30/##. The earliest this can be attained is level 28. To unlock Elite skills you must have both your Basic and Expert skill PT at 50.

For Expert Force skills your PT must be at 40. If you are playing a Specialist you will get Expert skills at level 40 with 50 PT in your Basic skills.

What are Contibution Points?
You obtain contribution points by completing quests, and PKing enemy races. They are an arbitrary measure to "rank" you among your race. They also determine who is eligible to run for Race Leader.

How do I utilize the Hammer tool from the sundries?
The Hammer tool breaks down crafting materials into lesser versions of themselves. You must take 10 hammers and 10 material to the Hero NPC and use the combine option.

How do I make money?
See my Supplemental Post.

Race Specific Info

Answers: Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie ( Codemasters forum RF Online New Users )
Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Good stuff. Very thourough.

Cerephim

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

While it's really kind that you took the time to put this together, it is more of a FAQ's than a guide.

AshGUTZ

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
Originally Posted by AshGUTZ
While it's really kind that you took the time to put this together, it is more of a FAQ's than a guide.


I'll give you that, though I tried to write it so that each question lead to the next.

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Sticky maybe? This will save people a lot of trouble hunting the boards, or... asking only to get attacked by trolls.

Awesome work!

Radigundis

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Where are the Little Lhazuwardians?

ok well i dont have exact coords but i can direct you.
After you teleport to crag mine, start heading East-NorthEast around the Farside of the map, towards the alliance portal, they are about halfway up on the far eastern side

theryl2002

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

There are three main hunting spots for Little Laz, one for each race, within a short walk from the race's portal. The one closest to Bellato is to the south of the portal, the one for Cora I remember is to the west of the portal, and if i remember correctly the one for Accr is to the north side of their portal. Obviously you can go to another race's intended hunting ground, but the farther you go away from your own portal the danger goes up quite a bit.

Just be careful of mistaking the new Pitboss in crag mine (and his guards) for the Little Laz's. And try to walk around to avoid unintentional aggro when mobs appear close on the radar.

Chiaki

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Thanks! I'll be referring to this a lot. (as soon as the game is fixed and i can actually play)

skittlecody

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Thanks! I'll be referring to this a lot. (as soon as the game is fixed and i can actually play)

skittlecody

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Little Lazyguardian are in the canyon parallel to the one that bring on Cora Gate in Craig...

Kayurin

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Good stuff. Very thourough.

Cerephim

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

damn that helps alot, ty!

Bane_

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Where are the Little Lhazuwardians?

ok well i dont have exact coords but i can direct you.
After you teleport to crag mine, start heading East-NorthEast around the Farside of the map, towards the alliance portal, they are about halfway up on the far eastern side

theryl2002

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

There are three main hunting spots for Little Laz, one for each race, within a short walk from the race's portal. The one closest to Bellato is to the south of the portal, the one for Cora I remember is to the west of the portal, and if i remember correctly the one for Accr is to the north side of their portal. Obviously you can go to another race's intended hunting ground, but the farther you go away from your own portal the danger goes up quite a bit.

Just be careful of mistaking the new Pitboss in crag mine (and his guards) for the Little Laz's. And try to walk around to avoid unintentional aggro when mobs appear close on the radar.

Chiaki

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Sticky maybe? This will save people a lot of trouble hunting the boards, or... asking only to get attacked by trolls.

Awesome work!

Radigundis

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

While it's really kind that you took the time to put this together, it is more of a FAQ's than a guide.

AshGUTZ

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
Originally Posted by AshGUTZ
While it's really kind that you took the time to put this together, it is more of a FAQ's than a guide.


I'll give you that, though I tried to write it so that each question lead to the next.

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

I'll add chat commands to the post.

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

[Due the character/length limit of posts I've moved information to this reply]

How do I Make Money?
Making money is a matter of two things:
Efficient farming, and a little luck refining ore.

Efficient farming is simply killing mobs quickly without wasting potions. Any class is capable of this in the right situations. In my experience 3-5 dot monsters will give you the best drops for the potion cost.

Failing getting into the core from a successful chip war, at level 35+ I recommend farming Warrior and Spell Lazhuwardians. Picking up Ore drops from them is much faster than regular mining. Refine the ore (or sell some stacks at auction if you wish) and auction off the talics you get.

The Lazhuwardians also drop a fair amount of rare ore. Sell these if you like (usually people hanging around HQ banker will buy) or take a chance processing them at the Ore Refining NPC. They can then be traded for small or large gift boxes at the rare item trader NPC. You have a random chance to get special items or nothing at all from opening these boxes. I've seen everything from Chaos pot, high or low-grade talic masters, master gift boxes, tier 4 gems, intense weapons, etc.

[A quick aside on selling Rare Ore stacks: Pricing will vary between servers. Generally the older the server is this higher the average character level, and thus the more average disposable income. Therefore demand and purchasing power for Rare Ore goes up along with the price. On Lumen a stack typically goes for 400k (November 2007). I've heard prices on Novus anywhere from 500K-800k-1.1mil. Solus server is about the same as Lumen I suspect at the moment.]

Talic masters are combined with talics at the hero NPC (at a 1:1 ratio). On a success you will get 1~5 talics back of the same type and use up the Talic master. On a failure you lose the talic and retain the master. The difference between high and low-grade is supposedly the percent% chance of success.

One last note on making money: keep level 35+ weapon and armor drops for the Auction house. Quests stop rewarding weapons and armor after level 29. There is a demand for everything, even normal (white) items. If you can't use it auction it. There's probably someone out there trying to complete even a normal set of lvl 37 closerange armor.

What are the chat commands?
/map - Everyone on the same map will see this chat (like shouting)
/USERNAME - whispers/private messages the user
/Buy /Sell - Trade channels, be sure to capitalize them
/guild - Guild chat
/all - must be level 30+ and have blue powder in inventory

What do all these Acronyms/Abbreviations mean?
Here are all the ones I know off the top of my head:

ABA = Assassin Builder A
lfm = looking for more
acc, bell, cor = abbreviations for the 3 races
ab = ace brutals
bd = battle dungeon
BMAU = black mau, boost mau, big mau... basically a lvl 40+ mau
RMAU = red mau, the lvl 50+ mau
WTS, WTB = want to sell, want to buy
DPS = damage per second
acc, bcc, ccc = acc control chip, bell control chip, cora control chip
INC = short for 'incoming'
64 78 = numbers like this are map coordinates, hit 'M' and turn on the grid.
AH = auction house
pb = pit boss
AoE = area of effect
int = short for Intense
SI = strong intense (or shorthand for any class C weapon; wind intense, smart intense, sharp intense, etc...)

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

I just came across this thread. Must say EXCELLENT post.

Also to many newbies, DO NOT be afraid to ask questions or for help from the higher lvls. There are always ppl out there bored and willing to help some ppl out, especially when doing lunker quests. Just ask in sell chat or map chat.

If u are a newbie on Novus on Bell side and have a question just pm me ingame or xfire.

ASBV

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

very nice and helpful

Lancer107

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
Originally Posted by ASBV

If u are a newbie on Novus on Bell side and have a question just pm me ingame or xfire.


Will do...as I'm on the Lunker quest and already got PKed five times...

Sorinake

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
[An aside on 'Dots' and monster level: When you click on a monster it's information box shows up in the top middle of your screen. This contains the monster's Name, Normal/Ace, Type, Element, and whether it is Aggressive or not. There are colored dots surrounding this info that are orange, yellow, green, and a blue gem-ish circle on the upper right.

The number of dots from zero to seven determine the difference in level between you and the monster, thus how much experience you gain, how much damage they deal to you, etc. Seven dots means they are 10+ levels above you, 3 dots same level, zero dots means you will get no experience or items from that monster).]
Tried to send you a PM but for some reason I can't. Anyways the above needs a lil amending. It's 2 dots is the same lvl, 1 dot is lower than your lvl, Seven dots (with red name) means 5~10lvls above you, while 7 dots and grey means 11+ lvls above you.

Anyways good to see this post is still updated/read.

SkipIsHere

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Race Specific Info

Accretian
You do not get force skills, however you get and extra weapon type: Launchers. This must be leveled separately from ranged attacks and basic ranged skills do not enhance your launcher attacks. However, there are launcher specific armors that increase you rate of fire with launchers. Launcher ammo varies by its elemental attack, and some only hit one enemy, but most hit an area.

Where are the Big Ratmoths and Arghols?
HQ map x80 y36.

Where are the Block Lunkers?
Very furthest northeast on the HQ map.

Bellato
You have access to Holy force abilities and specialists have access to MAUs (Massive Armored Units). Upkeep costs and repairs of MAUs are expensive. It is advised that you have a guild that can help you with costs so you can contribute to the chip war.

Where are the Lunkers and Ratmoths?
In the southern end of the cave, east of the Sundries NPC.

Where are the Splinters?
Outside the Outpost, just inside the cave.

Where are the Bulky Lunkers, Argholquichs, and Lavas?
In the northeast of Barrier Valley. The quest journal calls it Gate Valley.

Cora
You have Access to Dark force abilities and spiritualists can gain Summons.

Where are the Splinterbrats and Lunkers?
Between the Crimson Coast and Sunny Plain.

Where are the Bulky Lunkers, Lavas, and Tweezers?
Further east in the Dark Plain. Almost in the lower middle of the HQ map.

Where are the Ops Lava?
I had to kill the ones inside Hunter Cave for it to count toward my quest tally. Theyíre inside the north entrance.

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
Originally Posted by C00KG0D
when im fighting large amouths of monsters there is a bar above my health bar,
what is it? what dose it do? and who am i?.. lol jk

but the 1st 2 questions wer real

bellato all the way!!!


The bar above your health bar (and to the left of your level on the top left of your screen) is your defence meter. The more you get hit, the less effective your defence becomes, and in turn, the more damage you'll take per hit.

Xjere

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Awesome!!! I've searched everywhere online for help like this...Nothing has even come close to your thread. *big geeky thumbs up*

Peace.

natty-atty-asha

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

thats great..im new so thanks for the effort 10/10

ChYpReS

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

when im fighting large amouths of monsters there is a bar above my health bar,
what is it? what dose it do? and who am i?.. lol jk

but the 1st 2 questions wer real

bellato all the way!!!

C00KG0D

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Chip War Guide

Every eight hours a chip war is held. This begins with a 60 minute countdown, during which each race martials their forces by their control chip tower. At about T-minus 10 attack forces move to a position closer to the enemy chip they plan on attacking and regroup around one of the barricades.

When the countdown time reaches zero the runtime counter begins. Chip wars last for two hours.

When assaulting the chip the first concern is to keep the NPC chipguards under control. Although they are high level, they only have 1 hit point. Area of Effect spells (or attack abilities in a pinch) are best utilized for taking them all out at once as they spawn. With the chipguards suppressed the rest of the force can move in.

(Also note that these chipguards drop the Holy Metal Scanner you need to mine in the core. Even if your race wins the chip war you will not be allowed to mine in the core unless you have obtained a scanner from that specific CW.)

With the guards down the Warriors will move in and tangle with and Player Defenders. Ideally Mages will keep the guards down, tanks will keep the opposing race players at bay and then high Damage Per Second (DPS) characters can come in and wail on the control chip.

If all goes well you'll be able to bring down the chip usually within the first half-hour or so of the war. But things rarely go well do they not?

Often the enemy race will gain a foothold and push the attackers back. Typically when this happens the assault force draws back to the barricade where there is a choke point. They then wait for any reinforcements to gather and catch up and try for another assault.

When battling at the barricade, defenders will often tempt you into pursuing them to get a kill, thus leading you away from the main body of troops t pick you off. Cohesion of your troop body ('staying together') is the most important thing at this stage.

As for inter-race politics, the Archons/Race Leaders of each race can communicate to one-another. Temporary alliances are forged for the Chip war. If your RL tells you not to attack a certain race, adopt a 'don't fire unless fired upon' stance. Typically this ends with the allied races knocking the enemy chip down to <5% and then either A) Race Leaders instructing their forces to use their spike-damage skills to get in the last hit at 2% or B) One of the Race Leaders will instruct their force to pull back while they employ a Nuke on their erstwhile allies, leaving the chip open for the killshot.

As a participant in the war it is a good idea to party up. The party leader can shift-click an enemy player, marking him as a party target. A blue arrow appears over the party target allowing coordination of attacks.

Mostly pay close attention to map and race chat to see where your force is regrouping and what route they are using to approach the target.

While gathering at your race's control chip it is common for mages to cast buffs on those who request it. For Bellato it is useful to purchase the Bless force reaver. Casting it on yourself extends the time holy buffs (like speed or resists) will last. A word of warning to low-level mages: Don't cast buffs on others unless they request it. You can only have eight at a time, so if you have a full set and someone casts an undesired buff on you you lose one that was already cast on you, forcing you to cycle through and get a full new set of buffs to get rid of the one you don't want.

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Little Lazyguardian are in the canyon parallel to the one that bring on Cora Gate in Craig...

Kayurin

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

damn that helps alot, ty!

Bane_

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Thanx Thats what I needed to know

Jarashna

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

bump-Ba-bump

-=PanzerFaust=-

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

This thread deserves a sticky.

Delta041

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quick question regarding weapons.

What exactly is a faust launcher and what does it do regarding missiles? It looks a lot like Ratchet and Clank's RYNO, so does it shoot several at once at a target?

Thothexy

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

they can be found at 19:64 in Crag mines

dGwan

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

ok, here's an REALLY dumb question,

How do i shout? -.-' i cant find it, lol

Tompha

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

How much is a stack? I hear people selling stuff ie a stack of rare ores for $x

Jarashna

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarashna
How much is a stack? I hear people selling stuff ie a stack of rare ores for $x


Most items stack to 99 units.

Chiaki

Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Newbie

Complete Idiotís Guide to Being a Newbie

Iíve played through all three races up to level 20+ on RF online. Here are some insights Iíve gleaned:

What are PTs?
PTs are your skills (press ?S? & ?F? to view as well as ?C? and open the Abilities tab). You level your skills in RF by using them. Regardless of class you should keep them all up in level, if not maxed out. Start developing them before you get to the upper teens in levels, otherwise it will be difficult (if not impossible) to level up your lowest level PTs (thus relegating you to ?gimpí status). It is worth while to level all skills, because they influence your HP, FP, and SP as well as what armors you can wear.

How do I level my Shield skill?
When you are to the point where, say, regular Ratmoths are a one or two ?dotí monster to you, go stand in an area where they will spawn and attack you. Leave for a few hours and come back and you shield skill should have risen. It takes a while to get it started, as you only block, like, one in thirty hits in the beginning, but as your skill develops you will block more often and level it faster.

[An aside on 'Dots' and monster level: When you click on a monster it's information box shows up in the top middle of your screen. This contains the monster's Name, Normal/Ace, Type, Element, and whether it is Aggressive or not. There are colored dots surrounding this info that are orange, yellow, green, and a blue gem-ish circle on the upper right.

The number of dots from zero to seven determine the difference in level between you and the monster, thus how much experience you gain, how much damage they deal to you, etc. Seven dots means they are 10+ levels above you, 3 dots same level, zero dots means you will get no experience or items from that monster).]


What is the best way to level? Where do I get good equipment?
DO THE QUESTS. They will give you the best experience for you level, and you will be rewarded with high quality items for completing them. You will almost never have to buy weapons or armor until youíre level 25+. You can only keep five quests in your journal at a time and you get a new quest every level. If you get more than five the oldest will be deleted automatically. This will not hurt you other than not getting the reward items or money.

What are these Excelsior pieces?
At level 25+ you can combine these utilizing gold and silver catalyst items to make completed Excelsiors for combining weapons. Take the gold and silver catalysts and excelsior pieces to the Hero NPC and select the Item Combine option. This will give you a completed Excelsior. Find the Complete Guide Here.

Sold in small quantities theyíre worthless, however the shopkeepers will give you a little gold for them if you sell a dozen or so at a time (44 Gold for a stack of 99). Also you can sell them in bundles of 30 at the auction.

Where is the Auction?
Go to the teleporter in the HQ and go to:
Accretian ? Armory 213
Bellato ? Solus Settlement
Cora ? Haram Stockade

What is gold?
Gold is a universal currency. Its exchange rate with your raceís currency fluctuates based on success in the chip war and other factors. The amount of gold your race has on hand as a whole also affects tax rates and shop prices (This counts gold in your inventory as well as stored at banker).

What is Chip War (CW)?
In the Crag mining area there is a magical inner core area where the ore is plentiful and gems and talics line the walls. But youíre not allowed to go there. Youíll be killed by the Holystone Keeper, a HUGE nasty monster who is covetous of this magical realm. The only way to sate the beast is to destroy each opposing raceís control chip during a two-hour period known as the Chip War (held every eight hours).
Find Guide Here.

You need to be at least level 25 to even damage a chip, and it is guarded by high-level NPC guards. Even if your race wins the chip war you must have picked up a Holy Metal Scanner item dropped by the chip guards during that specific chip war to be allowed to mine in the core.

How do I upgrade my weapon/How do I use an upgrading tool?
First, donít bother until you are level 30+. Second, you need a talic to put in the weaponís slots. The talic determines what ability/enhancement the weapon gets. The possibility of success is minimal, however by throwing gems into the mix they increase your odds of success by some percentage per gem. You can purchase the upgrading tool at the Sundries NPC.

Where do I get talics and gems?
You can obtain them by refining ore from mining. You can also get gems by completing Battle Dungeons with a party. Take ore to the Ore Processing NPC. Your chances are pretty random. Supposedly +3 Ore gives you a better chance, but thatís been debated.

How do I mine?
Around level 8-10 you get a quest that rewards you with a training mining tool and battery, as well as a teleport you to Crag Mine Area item. (DONíT USE THE TELEPORT ITEM. It teleports you into the inner sanctum of the mine, and if the Holystone Keeper is hostile, heíll smash you before you have a chance to blink.) Alternately you can buy a mining tool and battery from the Ore Processing NPC. I believe the only difference between the training tool and a purchased one is that it is tagged as ?Non-tradable.?

Head to the HQ portal and teleport to Crag Mining Area. Once there you can mine just about anywhere on the map. To begin mining equip the mining tool and make sure you have a battery(ies) in your inventory. Press ?A? to open the mining dialog box (youíll see it at the top of the screen). Click on the ?Move Mode? button to toggle to mining mode. Once it says ?Start Digging? youíre on your way. Youíll obtain an ore every couple minutes.

A word of caution: beware of PKers. Enemy races can use invisibility potions (purchased through the cash shop) to sneak around the guards and kill AFK miners.

How Do I use those unmanned mining tools?
At level 25+ you can purchase one (and its proprietary batteries) from the cash shop. You also need to set up a storage bin for it through the NPC. An unmanned mining tool will let you know if it is being attacked and you can recall it remotely.

What is the Cash Shop?
From RF Onlineís website you can use real world money to purchase credits for the cash shop. There you can buy various ammos, potions, tools, etc.

What are Battle Dungeons (BDs)?
Using a gate key a party (usually of a full eight members and plenty of area of effect (AoE) attacks) can use the Gate Keeper NPC to open an instanced dungeon with some specific timed objective. Creatures drop no loot, but members are rewarded with rare items for successful completion of the mission.

Iím killing the monster the quest tells me to but theyíre not counting toward the tally!
Step 1: Press ?J? to open your journal. Check the quest to see where specifically it wants you to fight the monsters.
Step 2: Make sure they are not the Ace variant of the monster. Ace monsters hit about the same but have a ton more hit points and drop more loot.

What are the Chat commands?
See my Supplemental Post.

Where are the Ace Bulky Lunkers?
Go to the HQ and take the portal to the Sette Desert. Youíll find them on the Nadir Plain. Watch out for PKers, theyíre everywhere. It is actually advisable to wait until you are higher level to complete this quest.

Where are the Little Lhazuwardians?
They are in the Crag Mining Area. I'd describe them as being counter-clockwise from your race's portal about half way to the next race's portal.

How do I get one of those cool mechs?
They are called MAUs, and they are exclusive to the Bellato Driver class (upgraded Specialist). Find the Guide Here.

What class gets Summons?
Those are exclusive to Cora Summoners (upgraded Spiritualists).

How do I expert/elite skills?
Hit "S" to open up your skills. In your Melee/Ranged tabs you'll see above them a ##/##. To unlock expert skills you need to have 30/##. The earliest this can be attained is level 28. To unlock Elite skills you must have both your Basic and Expert skill PT at 50.

For Expert Force skills your PT must be at 40. If you are playing a Specialist you will get Expert skills at level 40 with 50 PT in your Basic skills.

What are Contibution Points?
You obtain contribution points by completing quests, and PKing enemy races. They are an arbitrary measure to "rank" you among your race. They also determine who is eligible to run for Race Leader.

How do I utilize the Hammer tool from the sundries?
The Hammer tool breaks down crafting materials into lesser versions of themselves. You must take 10 hammers and 10 material to the Hero NPC and use the combine option.

How do I make money?
See my Supplemental Post.

Race Specific Info

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