Ragnarok Online is a Korean massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and released by Gravity in 2002. The game is based on a Korean manwha (Korean comic) which is also called Ragnarok. Ragnarok Online could be played with a monthly fee, but today most servers are free2play. It has colorful and imaginative graphics, where the World is represented in 3D and characters and monsters displayed as 2D sprites. The game has received many Episode updates which brought new areas, maps, character classes, and much more.
Ragnarok Online offers many possibilities how to develop the character. A character has a character level and a job level. When a new character level is reached, Hit Points (HP) and Special Power (SP) is increased and filled up and the character receives Status Points to distribute over the available stats (Strength, Agility, Vitality, Intelligence, Dexterity, and Luck. Each job level allows the player to spend one skill point to learn a new ability or to upgrade the level of an ability. When monsters are killed, the player receives different amounts of character experience and job experience.
Every player starts as Novice which learns necessary basic skills like joining a party or trading with other players. When job level 9 is reached, the player can choose a first job class, e.g. Swordman, Mage, Archer, Thief, Acolyte, or Merchant. Most classes are similar to classes known from other role-playing games, but especially the Merchant is a special class which for example is able to open an own shop to sell items, get discount from NPC shops, sell with overcharge to NPC shops, forge weapons and to carry much more than other character by using a pushcart.
Characters can be specialized even more when the job level is at least 40. The player can then choose between 2 specialized classes, e.g. the Thief can either become a Rogue or an Assassin. Later in the game, when the character has reached level 99, you can rebirth to start again with level 1, but your will be able to become an even stronger third character class. So you see, there are many ways the character can be played. Male and female characters can also marriage to gain some advantages when playing together.
Equipment for the character can have a certain number of slots in which monster cards can be inserted. Each monster can drop it's own card with a very low chance, so a Poring can drop a Poring card, a Mummy can drop a Mummy card. Every card has it's own ability, so there are many ways how to improve your stuff.
Ragnarok Online has not as many quests as most modern role-playing games. You are free to explore the whole world and hunt monsters, mini bosses and boss monsters (called MvPs). The world is divided into maps of different size and each map has a certain number of monsters spawning on it. On some maps there are mini bosses and very strong MvP monsters. Normal monsters spawn instantly somewhere else on the map as soon as they were killed, mini bosses and MvPs have a certain time to respawn randomly on their map (time is often 1 hour or 2 hours).
The game offers a lot things to do and does not become boring when reaching a high level. There is a War of Emperium which takes places twice in a week for about two hours. Players can join together into guilds and fight against other guilds to conquer castles. When a guild defends a castle until the end of War of Emperium, the players of the guild receive access to an exclusive guild dungeon. Useful items can also be collected regularly from the castle. The castles can also be upgraded to reward the guild with even more items. There is also a Player versus Player mode in which players can compete against each other to identify who is the strongest. Also players which are not into PvP or guild wars can have much fun. They can join parties to hunt strong boss monsters in challenging battles to find very rare and powerful items. There is so much to discover, you should definitely check out Ragnarok Online.