DOTD FAQ

compiled by cryophallion with Steendor and Matpmar, with additions from Oracle_Hunter, Ancient6, and sairuh_angry

v. 1.4.9 - December 14, 2013

Also available here: http://leon-dotd.clanteam.com/guides/1-FAQ.htm

NOTE: Some items in this faq are Kongregate specific, such as information on the script and the colo team trick. Otherwise, the information should be generic for all platforms. Items that are kongregate specific are denoted in the title and with a kongregate icon.

General Questions

General Note on Manners

Why do people keep posting urls in the chat window? It’s so annoying!

Which stats should I focus on first?

Oops, I added stat points to the wrong attributes. Can I reset? Should I start over?

What is auto-leveling?

What is honor used for?

What is perception?

Should I focus on Raiding or Questing?

What are all these absurd initials and numbers I keep seeing in chat and the script/ Is there a Glossary?

Questing

Should I do all zones on normal first, or get each zone through nightmare first?

Help! I didn’t get my item even though I finished the region on nightmare difficulty!

What is this pouch thing?

Raiding

Why can’t I summon?

What are Legions?

What are Generals/Commanders?

What are Legion Bonuses/Specials?

What are the best Legions?

What equipment should I put on my Commander?

*What is the single best thing I can do to be more effective at Raids on Kongregate?

*What are all these pastebin links?

Why do people suddenly start posting a huge number of raids?!? It’s SPAM!

What is farming?

What is a World Raid?

Why does my raid have a red border? My raid was down to less than 25% health, why is it back up to 100%?

Raid Magics

What are the best magics?

All Purpose:

Auto-Leveling:

Dragons:

What magics should be avoided at all costs/ How do I ensure that people don’t scream at me about what I put on the raid?

PVP

What is PvP?

How do I make an army for Colo?

I’m constantly getting farmed in Colo! What can I do?

*Is there a way on Kongregate to get a better army?

Guilds

What is a Guild?

Why should I join a guild?

What are the Guild Ranks?

Who is Rhal?

Gold/Items

Why should I stash my gold?

What should I do with my gold?

Should I sell my extra items?

What is this weird glow I see on some people’s armor? What is enchanting?

Where can I get runes for enchanting?

More General, but slightly more advanced, Questions

What are these “Item Sets” under my character’s Profile?

Is server down due to maintenance? The game doesn't load.

Where can I get Solus Coins?

What is Gibbo-ing?

Why is the home screen important? Where can I find out if there is a World Raid?

The game lags a lot in raids and pvp, what can I do about it?

Any other good resources?

Final Notes

Versions

General Questions

General Note on Manners

I know this is the internet, but there is still a place for manners, especially in chat. Each room will have its own general rules, but overall, please be respectful and don’t troll. The only thing that will get you is muted, and then the people who can most help you won’t be able to hear you. That’s never a good thing. In extreme cases, when you use improper language or are overly crude, people will report you for improper behavior, which can lead to your account being banned. If you need help or a raid, please ask, don’t demand. People are under no obligation to help you. There are usually a number of people in the room who will assist you if you are respectful. We were all new players once, and so everyone needs both help and encouragement. This FAQ is meant to help you, but there are many detail items it leaves out in order to be concise. Please search for the answer first, then ask nicely in chat. People will likely be willing to help. This is a community driven game, so it is best to be respectful of the other people playing. Additionally, you will usually make friends, and that will make the game even more fun to play.

Why do people keep posting urls in the chat window? It’s so annoying!

One of the main ways of earning experience in the game is through raids, which use stamina. Most of them are so large as to require lots of other players to help to kill it effectively. Some of them can have up to 500 players all trying to help kill the boss. Additionally, there are guild links that sometimes appear.

The way to easily tell what the url is for is by mousing over it in most browsers. If it is simply the url of the game, it is invalid. If it says action_type=raid_help, then it is for a raid. Try going to your Raid page, and pasting the url in the bottom right corner, then hitting the refresh button on that page. A raid should appear in your new raids tab. More on raids will be explained later in this faq.

Which stats should I focus on first?

You first goal is to get your Leveling Speed Index(LSI) to 7. Your LSI can be found on your profile page, to the top right of your avatar.

Example of LSI. Ignore your BSI if you are just starting out.

Increasing your LSI is done by focusing your points on stamina and energy. Stamina will give you experience faster, but you shouldn't completely neglect energy. Having a store of energy will earn you special drops and essences that allow you to summon raids. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of limited-time quest events.

Once you are at LSI 7, you want to keep it there. It takes about 7 Stat Points(SP) for every level to keep it there, much less increase it. This is where crafting for stat points is very important. Many items dropped from quests and raids can be crafted into stat points. You will find some of these under the “Collect” tab on the Craft page. Others can be found on the “General” tab after you have crafted some of the items there. More information on doing this can be found in the Farming section of this document.

Then, focus on attack and defense until you hit the barrier where it is too expensive to add to those (the first barriers are once you reach 10,000 points for each item, after which you will spend 2 SP for each point increase). By that time, you will be sufficiently far into the game to know where to go next. Oracle_Hunter recommends you focus on defense as it will allow you to get Wyrm Slayers 2 faster, and that is one of the best legions in the game. It is also necessary for any higher level questing to ensure the bosses don’t rip you apart. Your attack is limited on the bosses, so defense is far more important for questing. Attack is helpful for raiding, but early on your legion damage is easier to raise.

Ignore health, it will only get you farmed more in PvP. Defense is far better to raise.

Additionally, your LSI can be higher than 7 before level 100, due to the math being so difficult. After level 100, you are limited to an LSI of 7 by an in game message.

Finally, your LSI is only computed on your base stats, not any stats added by equipment or legions. However, that equipment is very good for auto-leveling.

Oops, I added stat points to the wrong attributes. Can I reset? Should I start over?

Don’t worry about it. You can’t reset. The only way to start over is to make a new character, and you can only do that by creating a new Kong account (and that’s not something I encourage; don’t do it). You can recover from this horrific accident no matter what level you are. Just focus on LSI from now on.

What is auto-leveling?

Auto-leveling is when you are able to level up just by the usage of the new full bars given every level. This is most commonly done between the levels of 100-500. After level 500 there is an additional experience buffer built in making it extremely difficult to auto-level afterwards.

There is a fantastic guide to auto-leveling on the wiki, although it does use a lot of in-game terminology, which can be found at http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/Autoleveling. We have also recently released a more comprehensive guide which is a bit easier to understand, which can be found at http://leon-dotd.clanteam.com/guides/2-Auto-Leveling+Guide.htm.

The key components of auto-leveling are getting your LSI to 7, and getting a good leveling item set and legion. Far more in depth info can be found in the guides, and I recommend you read at least the LEON guide. Autoleveling is a really great way to get a huge head start in the game, and I highly encourage doing it while you can.

What is honor used for?

Honor is used for world raids, guild raids, and jousting. You get one honor point per level. Join a guild, meet people and have fun playing together. More info on guilds can be found later in this document.

What is perception?

Probably one of the most common questions in the game. Perception gives you a chance of “perception drops” while questing. These will be little window popups that will say that it is a perception bonus. Leave the perception value alone. Don't touch it. When you get to higher levels, you can add to it then. But the benefits are minimal compared to the other stats. It is far better to increase your perception by using questing specific armor instead of increasing these stats.

Should I focus on Raiding or Questing?

You should focus on both. You want to use both bars to their fullest, and being adept at both areas of the game is necessary for progression and crafting. Raiding gives you more experience and a wider variety of items, so that is generally where more stat points will be aimed. Many players use their 5 SP per level for 2 stamina and 1 energy. You should increase this by crafting additional SP, as it takes 7 SP per level to keep your LSI at the same value.

What are all these absurd initials and numbers I keep seeing in chat and the script/ Is there a Glossary?

LSI: Leveling Speed Index is an indicator of how quickly you can level-up. It is displayed on your character’s portrait in your profile. You want this to be 7.

BSI: Battle Strength Index is an indicator of how powerful you are for your level. It is also displayed on your character’s portrait. When you can maintain your LSI at 7, you want to start making this as high as you can.

TNL: The amount of experience left To your Next Level. Players will frequently complain that they have a high tnl number. If you want to auto-level, but you have several hundred (or thousand) tnl, you will complain too. However, it gives you more time to chat, and also get some new raids ready to be be hit after you do finally level.

AP: Achievement points are awarded for various accomplishments. You can see them under your character’s portrait on the profile tab. When you accumulate enough points, you can use them to purchase rewards. The accomplishments include killing various raids n times. AP can also refer to the amount of damage required to get credit for a kill; it is ½ FS, and only applies to Nightmare raids.

FS: Fair Share. The raid boss Hit Points divided by the maximum number of attackers. This is how much everyone would have to do in order to beat the boss with all slots full.

OS: Optimal share. This is the point at which you get the best ratio of epic loot items from a raid for the damage you dealt. UPDATE: we have discovered that the OS numbers for several raids are incorrect, and are researching the actual levels.

MS: Maximal share. When you get the most epic drops you can get for a raid. Generally not worth it. Stick with OS. In fact, forget you ever even read this. It really is just a waste. Pretend it doesn’t exist. The rest of us don’t think about it much, neither should you.

Tiers: Some raids are strictly tiered. You will not get epic loot unless you reach the minimum tier for epic loot. Additionally, you will always get the same number of epics within each tier. World raids and Dragon’s Lair are examples. Other raids have tiers as well, but they are less strict. That means there are certain points when you will generally get more epic items. As noted in the OS definition, research is being done on these tiers, and will be released as soon as the data is verified.

WR: World Raid. It's a timed raid that you get the equipment at the very end. You can pummel it with energy, stamina, and honor, and they are usually big events. There will be a table that posts what the damage tiers are. Get as high as you can, but if you can't make the next level, focus on other things. More detailed info on world raids can be found later in this document.

DL: Dragon's lair. It's a tiered loot raid. You have to do a certain level of damage to get loot from them. They are only 5 hours long though, so if you aren't strong yet, you either need a Normal one, be auto-leveling, or have really good gear to get a lot from it. Do NOT summon a Legendary DL; it’s an invitation for failure. It requires twice the damage of the Hard DL, but actually has one less loot item.

N,H,L,NM: These are the levels of difficulty on a raid. Generally, people keep to N or NM. DLs are also frequently summoned on H. Avoid L DLs like the plague. AP credit only comes from NM raids, and NM raids have more/better epic drops. However, for SP farming and for some special events, the extra Epic items in that loot table will compete with those items, so Ns are preferred for those situations. Plus, you can hit more of them since the OS stamina requirement is lower.

Tagging: This typically entails hitting a raid with 1 stamina and then running away screaming and possibly giggling like a little girl. If you are new to the game, you may want to spend some time tagging a bunch of large raids so you can quickly get decent equipment. This is most often done on the z9 dragons (Mesyra, Nimrod, Phaedra, Tenebra, Valanazes) to get cyan armor, and those tags are generally acceptable. Pay attention to the maximum number of people allowed in a raid, and NEVER tag small raids (maximum 10 people) or DLs. Tagging a DL is a terrible thing to do, and will earn you the label ”F-ing tagger.” F-ing taggers get a few drops for their effort, but sometimes they do it to fill up the slots so a raid will fail. Please don't do it. It's just mean.

Proc: Short for “Programmed Random OCcurance”. These are the texts that show up on certain hits that appear before your damage number (also used to sometimes drop items with certain magics, for certain items, and during some World Raids). Items will often have text after their stats, which shows you what the proc name will be for that item. There is also a table that is linked in the additional resources that has more info on each proc item and its damage.

SoCK: Sword of Conquered Kingdoms. It is a Legendary crafting item, and there are 3 versions of it.

SoR: Shield of Ryndor. Again, a legendary crafting item.

SoD: Scrolls of Dahrizon. This is a special area opened up by beating Bloodmane in Ryndor on Hard difficulty and crafting a specific legendary item. Also can be used for Simulacrum of Dahrizon -- one of the personal raids you can obtain in this area.

z1...z10: The various questing zones; they are numbered on the main quest map. Officially, z10 is the new crypt zone (pumpkin got demoted to 9,5). However, some people refered to SoD as z10, but the new numbers on the areas should clear up this issue.

IGN: In Game Name. Since your Kong username and Game name can be different, people may want to know your ign to connect with you inside the game.

PC: Planet Coins. The premium item currency.

CD: Cool down. The timer that makes you wait a while before summoning a new raid.

Potting: The use of Volatile Stamina or Energy Potions to help level. These potions return 25% of your base energy or stamina when used. After level 500, there is an additional xp requirement per level, and the use of a pot can get you over that hurdle. After level 1000, multiple pots are required.

Farming: Attacking raids to get easier to obtain crafting loot for extra SP or to get achievement points. The common Farming raids for SP are General Grune, Erebus the Black, and Zone 7 raids. More info on this can be found in the Farming section later in this document.

Expeditions: These are not high level raids or anything. Basically, they are a gamble for a random item using PC. If you are new, don’t do them. It is best to wait for new item sales no matter what, but just save your PC until you know better what to spend them on.

Questing

Should I do all zones on normal first, or get each zone through nightmare first?

In general, you should complete all zones on normal before you do them on harder difficulties. For one thing, the harder difficulties are harder. Shocking, I know. More importantly, as you progress through the zones on normal, you’ll get access to more bazaar items and you’ll acquire the essences you need to summon raids.

However, there are a couple solid reasons to do harder difficulties first. First, if there is a limited-time event, such as extra crafting drops, you should take advantage of that. Second, if you need an item that only drops from a certain region or a certain boss, then the harder difficulties give you a better chance to obtain the item.

If you are taking advantage of a limited time event, remember that you can also reset the difficulty of an area to maximize your drop to energy ratio. Also, it seems that there tend to be a rush of random encounters after you haven’t quested in a little while, but the precise amount of time has not been calculated to my knowledge.

Help! I didn’t get my item even though I finished the region on nightmare difficulty!

That’s OK, just reset the region and try again. The nightmare difficulty gives the best chance of dropping your item, so reset on nightmare.  Make sure to check the wiki as some drops are guaranteed, and others are only occasional.

What is this pouch thing?

The pouch in question is a tool used to allow you to carry items in battles, such as damage scrolls, healing items, etc. If you go to “consumables” on your profile page, and click the pouch, you can drag items into it for use in questing.  When you first start, you may only carry two items, but a pouch upgrade can be purchased.

Raiding

Why can’t I summon?

You are likely on a cool down, or are locked. If there is a timer listed under the Summon button, that means you have to wait to summon again. Cool downs are set by class of Raids (personal, small, medium, large, epic, colossal), not by specific raid. So if you summoned a small raid and are on cool down, you cannot summon any other small raids. If the text says locked, you have an active raid of that type summoned. Cool down doesn’t start until the raid is dispatched.

Personal raid cool downs are 6 hours. Other raids are 72 hours, unless there is a special even going on with reduced timers for certain specific raids (for example, raids tied to a specific zone).

What are Legions?

Legions are a way to add to your Raid damage. The formula for raid damage is 4*attack+defense+legion power. There is some randomness built in there, but that is the basic formula. Therefore, you want your legion attack power to be as high as possible.

What are Generals/Commanders?

Generals are a way of adding to your damage. They also have a variety of specials built into them. These include procs, additional stats, or passive attributes. Generals increase their power by leveling, up to level 5. They gain experience the same way you do, by raiding, but they have to be in the general spots on the active legion for them to gain experience. Commanders do not gain experience. At this time, commanders only contribute their proc; this is a “known bug,” so it will presumably change in the near future. It is more important to have all the general slots filled than to have a commander, as only the generals contribute to your legion damage.

Note: Commanders are a relatively new feature, and the details may change. Stay tuned for updates.

What are Legion Bonuses/Specials?

Legion bonuses are multipliers that apply in all cases. Some legions have these bonuses; they do not mention any requirements. Additionally, completing Scrolls of Dahrizon gives you a “legion tactic” the first time you complete each difficulty level; each tactic automatically applies a 50% bonus to all legions.

Legion specials are multipliers that only apply in special situations. For example, Bucket Brigade has a special multiplier for the Guild Raid Rhalmarius. This multiplier only takes effect if you are fighting Rhal. Wyrm Slayers only has its bonus when attacking dragons.

Example of Legion Damage. The 50% bonus is already applied to the Legion Damage figure and affects all raids. The 200% bonus only applies to dragons, but it is in addition to the 50% bonus, for a total of 250%. Against non-dragons, this legion will contribute 6405 damage. Against dragons, this legion will contribute 14946 damage.

What are the best Legions?

Oracle_Hunter has provided us with a handy guide to his legion rankings (which we will endeavor to keep updated):

A Class C Legion is good; unfortunately most direct PC Legions are only Class D

Class A: The most flexible and highest power general purpose Legions

Fellowship 2, Life & Death 4

Class B: The most flexible, high-power general purpose Legions

Breaking Dawn, Loyalists, Betrayed, Clockwork 3

Class C: High-power general purpose Legions with substantial restrictions

Danse Macabre II, Wall of Dead, Tundra Stalkers, Yellow Army

Class D: Medium-power general purpose Legions with moderate restrictions

Most Expedition Legions (e.g. Aegis, Unstoppable 3) & PC Legions (e.g. Runeweavers, March 4)

Class E: Medium-power general purpose Legions with substantial restrictions

Sod Type IV Legions (e.g. Might IV, Swiftness IV), Feast of Blood, Bucket Brigade 3

Class F: The best general purpose, easily available free Legions

Bucket Brigade I or II, Boar Snout 2

Class Z: Everything Else                                                                        

What equipment should I put on my Commander?

For now, use equipment that has the best procs. If you have two of the same item, you can equip one on your character and one on your commander, and sometimes they will both proc in the same hit. If you have only one of the item, you can still equip it on both your character and your commander, but it will only proc once per hit, never twice.

You should try to use the equipment with the best average proc, regardless of the item’s other stats. A spreadsheet with the proc power of each equipment item can be found in the other resources links at the end of this faq.

Note: This is a relatively new feature, and the details may change. Stay tuned for updates.

What is the single best thing I can do to be more effective at Raids on Kongregate?

Use the script, pure and simple. The script improves raid management. It is essentially a browser add-on; it supports Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, maybe more. The most important feature is raid tracking. It gathers raids posted in chat and stores them for you. You can then filter, sort, and join them at your convenience. Among other things, it will give you an easier heads up on what your FS and OS are for a raid, and add a new tab to the chat area where its magic is presented to you. Play with it. We also wrote a guide for the script that can be found in the additional resources at the end of this FAQ. People tend to get giddy once they install it. Like, insanely giddy. The link can be found here: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/140080

Raid links without the script                        Raid links with the script

What are all these pastebin links?

Pastebin links, or pasties (get your mind out of the gutter) are ways to quickly import a large number of raids into the script. Think of them as bullet trains: blink and you’ll miss them. If you are using the script, it will usually have text that says “import” next to the link. If you are not using the script, just ignore them. You can bookmark pasties in the “pastebins” tab of the Raid script tab.

Why do people suddenly start posting a huge number of raids?!? It’s SPAM!

Ok, this is a point that gets a lot of new players. I was personally reamed out my first day because of it, but luckily I didn’t let it affect me. Look at the url of the raid. If it it has different numbers, it is not spam. If the url is the same it is spam, and the person will likely get yelled at (I was using a different browser that day, which truncated the urls, but I should have stayed quiet and let the more senior players handle it). More than a few raids posted in a row are known as “trains”, which is using the script (or sometimes manual copying and pasting) to post a list of a number of raids one after another in chat. Trains are a great way of getting an updated list of raids. Some trains on kongregate travel room to room to ensure that people get fresh raids. These people are to be thanked for their hard work and dedication, never complained to. They are trying to help you. Appreciate their time and energy.

What is farming?

Well, there are two types, but generally it means hitting certain types of raids to a certain amount to get a certain outcome. If you are AP farming, you are usually hitting certain raids at AP to get as many points as you can. The script helps a lot with this since you can search and join a lot of raids easily (actually, the script makes any farming way easier). Otherwise, farming is hitting for certain crafting items. One of the most popular is glyphs from z7 raids. They can be crafted to 5 SP once you have crafted burning rain. You can filter for “farm” using the script to find the most popular ones. Other popular farming raids are General Grune and Erebus the Black.

What is a World Raid?

World Raids are infrequent, limited-time events. Everyone in the game joins the same raid and beats the snot out of it. There is no health bar, just a timer. They usually have special drops, and they are tiered-loot raids. (A “loot table” depicting what the tiers are and what you get at each tier is usually posted along with the raid.) When they are active, the in-game home tab will usually have a link to a forum post with the raid’s URL and the loot table. This link is often located above the news slideshow. Always check there first before asking in chat if one is active and begging for the url.

Additionally, World Raids will allow you to use all of your main attack bars to hit the boss (Energy, Stamina, and Honor). A quick tip is that if you are close to leveling, Honor and Energy produce about half the experience that Stamina does, so it may be better to use those two types of attacks to maximize your damage.

Finally, World Raids have no magic slots. Auto-levelers will miss Quicken Mind and Haste, making it difficult to impossible to auto-level. In some cases, players may be better off using only Energy and Honor on World Raids, and using their Stamina only for regular raids (with Quicken Mind and Haste) that will allow them to auto-level more easily. When this strategy is effective, you will do more damage to the World Raid than if you hit it with all three bars and ignore regular raids.

Why does my raid have a red border? My raid was down to less than 25% health, why is it back up to 100%?

It’s a feature! (With apologies to Rara.)

Some raid bosses have regenerative powers. You need to kill them quickly before they have the chance to regenerate. For some raids, this is more easily said than done. In particular, I recommend you join existing Tyranthius raids instead of summoning your own. There are already usually tons of them available.

Raid Magics

What are the best magics?

All Purpose:

Currently, the best all purpose magics for damage are Insanity Laughs (IL) and Greater Impending Doom (GID).

Auto-Leveling:

The most common magics on raids for auto-levelers are Quicken Mind (QM) and Haste (H). The raids you typically won’t see this on are high level tiered raids with few slots, most notably NM DL.

Dragons:

There are two dragon specific damage “couples.” The pairs can be used on their own, but are very ineffective unless used together. The pairings are Briseis' Blessing (BB) and Chryseis' Kiss (CK); and Lyria's Swiftness (LS) and Terracles' Blessing (TB). The former is slightly better than the latter on average.

What magics should be avoided at all costs/ How do I ensure that people don’t scream at me about what I put on the raid?

Unless you are going to solo a raid, do not ever put the following magics on the raid:

Lesser Poison (LP),

Poison,

Midas’ Touch (MT),

Greater Midas’ Touch (GMT),

Morituri Te Salutant (MTS),

Harmony,

Discord (even Harmony and Discord together are worse that LID),

Burning Rain,

Blizzard.

PVP

What is PvP?

PvP is when you put your stats against other players. It is just another aspect of the game. You get Duel and Colo tickets once a day, Skirmish uses stam, and Joust uses honor (you must be in a guild to joust).

Duel: You put on your best pvp equipment and attack other players. There are special items you can get as you level too.

Skirmish: You attack other players, using 1 stam per attack. You get money. Money is plentiful though. I think it is an absolute waste of stam, unless you are going for an achievement.

Colosseum: You build an army to attack other players. You get far fewer tickets for this.

Joust: Skirmish using honor. Again, seems like a waste aside from the achievement.

How do I make an army for Colo?

Make friends and influence people. Just add a person as a friend above the kong chat window in kongregate. Other platforms have different mechanisms for this. The people you add do not need to add you back. If people aren't showing up, and you are using kongregate, make sure your kong profile is public, or the game can't find out who your friends are. There are scripts for friending a whole room out there, but that isn't my style, so I cannot attest to it. There is also a site (which can be found in the additional resources later in the faq) that will tell you the best equipment to put on each person. It is HIGHLY recommended. Just put your top 5 items of each type of each category (attack, perc, bonus, etc) into it, and update it occasionally. It will make a huge difference.

I’m constantly getting farmed in Colo! What can I do?

Getting farmed is normal to begin with. Using the colo site will help a lot, and just please be patient with it. It takes a REALLY long time to advance in pvp. And after level 500, you don’t see any players below level 500 anymore, so be aware of that disadvantage when you are getting close.

Is there a way on Kongregate to get a better army?

Well, there is actually a trick to getting a far stronger army. Click the Achievements tab above the chat window. Then click the “view high scores link”. Change the drop down to “All-Time”. Friend the top people. Now put those people in your colo team (you can sort by level descending to find them easiest). They will give you a 30% bonus to the slots they are placed in. Using that and the equipment site together will get you your optimum colo team. And then you can enchant your colo gear for even better bonuses.

Guilds

What is a Guild?

A guild is a group of players within the game who generally play together. Guilds are limited to a maximum of 100 members, so the more popular ones are generally full. However, as with any game, there is a normal flux of players starting and leaving the game, so slots do open up.

Why should I join a guild?

There are plenty of reasons to join a guild. One of the more obvious ones is that guild raids use your Honor for hitting special guild raids. This will allow you to maximize your experience gain and significantly reduce the time it takes to level.

If you establish a camaraderie within your guild, you may gain benefits that are otherwise hard to come by. Other people may help you advance, give you access to “private” information (such as raids that are given to guild members first, forums for the guild with advanced help, etc.) and personalized assistance beyond the scope of this FAQ. Not to mention, having friends in-game makes it far more likely you will enjoy playing it.

What are the Guild Ranks?

There are several ranks in guild membership. The current ranks can be see in the guild roster, and are signified with a letter next to the player name. Please note that these are the default rules, but the leader can change these presets:

M - Member - This is the most basic guild member. They can hit guild raids and talk in guild chat.

S - Soldier - Soldiers are slightly more advanced than members, and can summon guild raids.

O - Officer - Officers can summon guild raids; remove magic from guild raids; accept new guild members; and promote and demote guild members.

L - Leader - Highest rank, the person who created the guild. If this person leaves the guild, it is automatically dissolved. They can set the permissions for each of the guild ranks as well.

Who is Rhal?

Rhalmarius the Despoiler is a very special guild raid, and you will often hear about it in chat rooms. It is the only guild raid that has a cool-down (48 hours) between summonings. It is also the only raid in the game currently where damage done doesn’t matter. Everyone has the chance for the same loot, whether they hit for half the total damage or 1 damage. It is one of the few raids that drops pragmatic relic fragments (all versions) and pragmatic relics (L and NM versions).

There is believed to be a timed component to rhal, where you want to kill it as early as possible so more loot is given, but no definitive answers are available on it (if anyone does have data on this, please let us know so we can update this). Commonly, it is thought that you want to kill it before the timer reaches 70 hours remaining (it starts with 84 hours).

There are several Rhal-specific legions and generals, which you can get from Rhal, and which can be upgraded through world raid items.

Gold/Items

Why should I stash my gold?

There are several reasons to stash. First, you get achievement points for stashing gold after a while. Second, there are several modes of PvP that give the victor un-stashed gold for winning. Stashing your gold will have a charge of 10% of the gold stashed. Once you get Ruth the Miser (from the bazaar), she will reduce the stashing charge by 1.5% per level. This will mean that the charge is only 2.5% once she is level 5. She does not have to be in your active legion for the reduction to occur. It is therefore wise to level her quickly to get the most benefits from her.

What should I do with my gold?

Gold is used to buy items in the bazaar, to insta-heal when your health is down, and to purchase land. Purchasing land will give you more money per hour, so it is a good idea to buy as you can. I recommend buying in 10s only, because it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Remember, the land list scrolls, sometimes people miss that there are land options after the Inn. Beware of spending too much however, as you want enough gold to heal yourself if you are low, and to potentially buy mandatory items for questing. This is especially true during world raids, and raids at levels higher than you have completed in questing, as you tend to take a lot more  damage per hit. Therefore, make sure you invest so you have adequate gold coming in for those situations.

Should I sell my extra items?

No. First of all, you may need them for higher level questing items. Additionally, the devs are talking about implementing a feature where you can take apart items to recombine them. You also want at least one of the item for achievement points, and since more than one doesn’t take up any additional room, there is no point to selling them. Gold becomes pretty common later in the game as you acquire more Land.

What is this weird glow I see on some people’s armor? What is enchanting?

Enchanting is adding extra stats to a piece of equipment to upgrade its usefulness. Using a rune will increase the att, def, and perc of an item. You will find it in the last tab of the crafting section. You can enchant an item as many times as you would like, but you will effectively be "re-rolling" the stats, and overwriting the previous ones, so it can be a gamble.

Where can I get runes for enchanting?

From PvP (both Duel and Colosseum), certain limited time events, and certain guild raids (currently: Slaughterers, Lunatics, Felendis and Shaoquin, Agony).

More General, but slightly more advanced, Questions

What are these “Item Sets” under my character’s Profile?

Item sets are very handy for quickly changing up your current gear. There are typically 3 different setups (since there only 3 slots, this kind of makes sense). They are presets for questing, raiding, and leveling. Your questing set will typically have items with a high perception value, to aid in getting perception drops. The raid set will have the highest attack and defense values, as well as the best proc equipment (a great guide to the relative strength of the proc for each gear item can be found here in the additional resources below). Finally, the leveling set will have bonuses for stamina and energy. You would switch to this about 100-200xp before leveling to maximize your stats upon gaining a new level.

The controls for managing Item Sets.

Is server down due to maintenance? The game doesn't load.

If you see a message that the server is undergoing maintenance then it is not necessarily true.

This image indicates actual maintenance is underway. Scheduled maintenance happens each Friday at noon PST. (20:00 or 8pm GMT most of the year)

When the game is actually down for maintenance, there’s nothing you can do but wait. You should reload only occasionally, not frequently. Better yet, go make a sandwich, and then make one for Steen, too.

This game pop-up does NOT always mean the server is down. Usually it just means the server is heavily loaded.

When the game fails to load, usually it just means the server is busy. If you refresh (or /reload if you have the script installed), you may get in immediately, or you may not. If you manage to get in, be prepared for very unresponsive gameplay—lag is a recurring problem in DotD.

On the other hand, sometimes it means there’s a problem somewhere between you and the server. If you have trouble connecting for a long period of time, this is probably the case. If you’re a computer nerd, try to determine the problem yourself. If not, find someone who can help. If nothing else helps, go make a sandwich. You’ll feel better after you eat.

One last (and by far not the least) thing worth noting: after every Friday maintenance developers release patch-notes listing all the important changes in the game. You can always find the link to them roughly in the center of the "Home" screen after logging in. If you do not read them, you are going to miss out on some important informations.

Where can I get Solus Coins?

Solus coins show up in the crafting section for Breaking Dawn items. They were available during an anniversary event, and from the bazaar in December 2012.  Solus coin fragments dropped during a special 12-day world raid, and were used as a craftable to create Solus coins.  The designers have stated that Solus coins will not be available directly any longer. However, they will still be craftable from solus coin fragments, which will have an extremely low drop rate from kessov sieges.

What is Gibbo-ing?

Sometimes you will hear people talk about gibbo-ing, or being able to use gibbo. Gibbo is a general you can buy for 1 gold (yes, gold) after finishing zone 6. His proc is that sometimes he can halve the experience you gain.

Now, on first glance, that seems like a terrible proc. You always want as much experience as you can get. However, what happens if you are gone for too long, and come back with full bars but a smaller than usual TNL number? If you just hit things, you would waste a ton of stamina that could have been used for crafting or AP points. In this case, Gibbo would let you use some of the stamina that would have gone to waste. So while seemingly a bad general, in reality he is exceptionally useful, especially in the higher levels of the game.

Why is the home screen important? Where can I find out if there is a World Raid?

The home screen will be the first thing updated after maintenance. The slideshow will tell you the key new event happening, even before the patch notes are released to the forums (which become insanely slow after maintenance due to people checking on the patch notes).

Now, it is very important you look to see if there is a link above the slideshow. It may have a link to a World Raid. Every time you log on, look for that link. People in chat can get busy, and everyone that is lazy asking for the world raid link can get rather annoying at times. If a world raid is happening, it will be listed in the slide show or in that link. Pay attention to them. Don’t constantly be asking if there is a WR every time you log on. Check the home page first. Loot tables are also usually included in the link.

The game lags a lot in raids and pvp, what can I do about it?

Lag could be because the server is under heavy load, in which case you will simply have to wait. However, you might also be experiencing lag from the animations; some of them are very resource-intensive. Luckily, it is possible to block the most problematic animations. This information was originally posted on the DotD forums, but the original thread seems to have been lost. In any case, you can add three custom filters to AdBlock*:

||dawnofthedragons.cdngc.net/dotd_live/images/bosses/*.swf

||dawnofthedragons.cdngc.net/dotd_live/images/items/equip/*.swf

||dawnofthedragons.cdngc.net/dotd_live/images/items/pets/*.swf

||http://5thplanetdawn.insnw.net/dotd_live/images/items/*.swf

They will block raid animations, equipment animations (like SoCK3), and familiars, respectively. In some raids, you will see a plain background; in others, you will see a static image.

If you are sufficiently tech-knowledgeable, you can likely use any URL-based filter that you like, but AdBlock is known to work.

*Obtaining and configuring AdBlock is beyond the scope of this FAQ.

Any other good resources?

LEON (the guild responsible for this FAQ) has created a website with numerous guides and additional tools hosted on it:

http://leon-dotd.clanteam.com

Another link to the script for Kongregate is never a bad idea:

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/140080

Sometimes you don't have a computer you can install the script on (stupid corporate IT restrictions and colleges for example - how dare they expect you to actually be productive on real world things when there are bars to use up!). In cases like that, use this handy spreadsheet:

http://tinyurl.com/dotd-fs-os-sheet

Fleecemaster, from room 3, has a fantastic guide with information on new target damage levels:

http://tinyurl.com/FleeceRaidGuide

Also, the wiki is a really nifty (yes, I said nifty) reference. Don’t ask in chat where you get crafting items, search the wiki first. Please. Being lazy is not an acceptable excuse, and only serves to earn you the disdain of everyone else in the room.:

http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/Dawn_of_the_Dragons_Wiki

There is a great spreadsheet with the proc values for each item (remember there are tabs down below to select each item type) here :

http://tinyurl.com/dotd-proctable

And a site that will help you determine what is the best equipment for your item sets and PvP setups can be found here:

dotd.cu.cc

The wiki has a great page with info on the generals:

http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Generals

and the troops, both of which are handy for effective legion building:

http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Troops

Final Notes

If you have more questions, look for cryophallion, Steendor, or Matpmar in Kongregate room 5, or just ask your question in the public chat. I know room 5 is very helpful, and other rooms should be as well. Enjoy!

If you have a great new suggestion that is common to new users, please let us know.

Versions

1.0.0 - initial formal release

1.0.1 - 11/5/12 - Initial additions from Oracle Hunter

1.1.0 - 11/6/12 - Reorganization, Oracle Hunter Legion ranking, Home page note, and colo best bonus trick added

1.1.1 - 11/7/12 - Added cooldown info, re-organized some of raiding, updated wiki link text, moved perception up to general questions

1.1.2 - 11/7/12 - Added manners note

1.1.3 - 11/9/12 - Personal raid cd is 6h, not 5. Minor revisions.

1.1.4 - 11/9/12 - Added real maintenance image.

1.1.5 - 11/11/12 - minor edits, added names of z9 dragons to tagging definition

1.1.6 - 11/12/12 - changed url for the proc table to tiny url version

1.1.7 - 11/14/12 - added tinyurl link to head of document

1.1.8 - 11/14/12 - added potting definition, and 6 times 9 = 42

1.2.0 - 11/15/12 - Began new magics section

1.2.1 - 11/16/12 - Added a tinyurl for the FS/OS spreadsheet

1.3.0 - 11/19/12 - Added WR Question, Guild category, changed the text for the script tutorial slightly

1.3.1 - 11/19/12 - Added guild ranks, some images, and had to delete the link to the forum based faq, as it was lost in the forum hacking recently.

1.3.2 - 11/20/12 - Added 2 new magics to the do not use list

1.3.3 - 11/25/12 - Added LSI image, added farming to glossary, linked farming throughout document, added expeditions to faq

1.3.4 - 11/29/12 - added OS update, tiers definition, pouch topic, solus coins topic, additional notes on perception.

1.3.5 - 11/29/12 - Updated pouch section

1.3.6 - 12/02/12 - added gibbo-ing

1.3.7 - 12/03/12 - Added “maintenance” dialog and revised the maintenance section.

1.3.8 - 12/11/12 - Regenerative raids, with screenshot.

1.4.0 - 12/12/12 - Made the faq more clear about kongregate specific items, reorganized some items.

1.4.1 - 12/13/12 - Added HTML link

1.4.2 - 12/14/12 - Added Proc definition, added Yellow Army to C Class legions after consultation with Oracle

1.4.3 - 12/24/12 - Added fleece’s guide, which should have been linked a long time ago, but was an oversight

1.4.4 - 12/25/12 - Added a link to the auto-levelling guide

1.4.5 - 1/2/13 - Added link to the LEON website

1.4.6 - 1/7/13 - Cleaned up ancient6’s solus coin additions, fixed all leon links to use website, removed much of the autoleveling snippet as it could be confusing, removed leon guide links since they are all on the website

1.4.7 - 1/11/13 - Fixed Zone definitions, to update it to Caracalla. Also updated the explanation, as there are numbers on the zones now.

1.4.8 - 1/26/13 - Added GMT info to maintenance section. Added animation-blocking.

1.4.9 - 12/14/13 - Updated animation server