2014-05-04

Ragnarok Online 2

Ragnarok Online 2 has become my second favourite MMORPG since early 2012 when I first heard of it (for the record and according to Wikipedia it was released in Korea in March 26, 2012). Was the first one which I played for the longest period of time. I made several attempts to bypass the country block put in place by AsiaSoft. Although it was possible I had no luck - the further I've been able to go was to character creation...

Ragnarok Online 2 Open Beta was released for North America and Europe by Gravity in April 2013. I have already watched game-play videos and wasted no time to jump in and give it a try. It was the first time I embarked on a levelling spree. Was very enjoyable although finding the right party for dungeons was very hard since my choice was to become a Beastmaster.

Ragnarok Online 2 became available for all (NA/EU) in May 1, 2013. In the next 4 months I created other characters and even formed my own Guild just for the fun of it. We even have a dedicated website that is hosted at enjin with the following address: matrixguild.enjin.com. The Guild is now just sitting there; the other members are long gone but it's nice to have a place to come back to.

I am writing this with two objectives:

  1. Share the experiences I had and still have;
  2. Remind me the details of all of it for future reference! :)


Graphics

Ragnarok Online 2 graphics are the closest to Anime I have ever experienced in a MMO. The colors are well balanced and there is plenty visual food so that it really seems like being inside a typical Anime. This is why I call it the best Anime MMO. Unlike it's predecessor, is a full 3D MMo.


Game-play

Ragnarok Online 2, presents various options to control the character. It is even possible to play it like a point-and-click game. I prefers the mouse/keyboard combination to walk around and fight. Quests make possible to level fast but there is a possibility to level up ignoring all the quests although it would take a considerable time to do it. After going through 5 levels ignoring quests it becomes boring - by my experience. Dungeons can be run with lowest required level but the best is to level about 5 levels pass the required so that game-play becomes less stressful. It is possible for a level 50 to run alone through the first 3 to 4 dungeons. But in a group is always more satisfying!


Personal Choices

My first choice was to go with my instincts and just create a character that best suited my own character: emerges the Beastmaster! Next I started creating several characters to see how all the classes work.

So decided that I should have at least all the jobs available to me so that I could be self sufficient and would not have to spend any Zenies (Zeny) to acquire crafted items. I also choose classes that would have the best chance to be chosen to a party. This was particularly needed when I created the Guild and decided that I had to have a way to be able to help my fellow members if they needed a particular class for some specific task. These choices resulted in the creation of the Priest, Sorcerer and Knight.

Some of the following character details are not yet filled. I will update them as soon as possible. Their characteristics are as follows:



NEOelder
Race: Human
Class: Master Beastmaster (level 1)
Job: Alchemist (level 50)

Bonus Stats Distribution
STR: 50 (Strength)
AGI: 25 (Agility)
INT: 1 (Intelligence)
WIS: 1 (Wisdom)
VIT: 8 (Vitality)













Skill Points distribution
Cruel Bite: 10/10
Rage Smash: 1/10
Fury Strike: 1/10
Beast Roar: 1/5
Bear Form: 1/5
Beast Tornado: 1/6
Survival: 10/10
Tiger Form: 1/5
Frenzy: 1/5
Feral Defence: 1/5
Wild Crush: 1/10
Beast Charge: 1/5
Grizzly Form: 5/5
Brutal Strike: 1/5
Wild Impact: 1/5
Ymir Child: Gaia: 1/3
Bear's Carnival: 1/3

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Founder (STR 28, AGI 28, INT 27, WIS 12, VIT 42)
Mayor Plumberge (STR 30, AGI 30, INT 30, WIS 14, VIT 44)

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Helledore
Race: Human
Class: Priest (level 50)
Job: Blacksmith (level 50)

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DaneelOlivaw
Race: Human
Class: Swordman (level 15)
Job: Chef (level 20)

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From now on, the job choices are only random since the 4 available jobs are already represented in the previous characters.


Then the Noel race become available and then I just could not resist their charm and cuteness. This resulted in the creation of my Soul Maker.


AfraLyon
Race: Noel
Class: Alter (level 15)
Job: Chef (level 18)

[will become a Soul Maker]

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LordLondubh
Race: Human
Class: Sorcerer (level 50)
Job: Artisan (level 50)

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Taking into account that I already had created those that are - at least for me - the best choices for playing in a party and since I had to try on of those that are hard to play but - according to what I have read - very rewarding, I created a Rogue.


NicholasBlunt
Race: Human
Class: Rogue (level 50)
Job: Chef (level 50)

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Ragnarok Online 2 current major update is Advent of Valkyrie so it is no longer called Ragnarok Online 2 - Legend of the Second but Ragnarok Online 2 - Advent of Valkyrie.