[Beginner Guide] - How to Play

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    Getting Started

    Guide create by IMetal

    Once you have downloaded the game, run the installer, and launched the game you will come to a screen that looks like this:

    Once you have pressed the “Connect” button you will see a screen that looks like this:

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    You will then be taken to the character creation screen. This looks like the picture below:

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    At this point you will be able to establish the details of your character’s appearance and statistics. Follow these steps:

    1. Create a name for your character and type it into the name box. Your name must contain only letters, without spaces. In the example below, we have included a space in order to demonstrate what would happen in the event of an invalid name.

    2. Choose if you want your character to be male or female (in the example below we have chosen a female character).

    3. Select from one of eight different faces, twenty-one different hairstyles and colors, and three different styles of beginner’s wardrobe.

    4. Finally, click on the “Create a Character” button.

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    In this example, we were given a dialogue box asking us to change anything that might be wrong. (Remember our space in the character’s name?) After revising the name till it becomes valid, we come to the next screen shown below. Click on the “Yes” button to confirm the character’s creation.

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    This will take you back to the main screen, except now you have a character to begin the game with. Click on the “Start 9Dragons” button.

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    After a brief loading screen…

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    …you are now in the game! Your new character is ranked as a wandering Vagabond, with no allegiances whatsoever. You are free to explore The Land as you wish.

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    Your Character

    In 9Dragons you will be able to play the role of a fantastic character with unique characteristics and undetermined potential. You can generate up to three of these characters and customize them as you wish.

    When you create a new character you will start in the Bamboo Village map. If you follow the first quest in the Bamboo village you will be able to learn every basic skill to survive in the Land of 9Dragons.

    New characters are however still considered neutral regardless of this choice, without allegiance to any faction or clan. They are referred to as Vagabonds. A Vagabond is any player character who does not belong to a clan. This could be because they have not yet chosen one or, at higher levels, because they have been expelled from one. There are Sifus (teachers) who will teach you Kung Fu techniques as a Vagabond. However, these skills are quite weak compared to the Kung Fu techniques you can learn from clan masters.

    Each clan has it's own unique combat techniques that you can only learn once you have joined a clan. After gaining the confidence of your Clan Elders, you will eventually be given a chance to learn even greater Kung Fu by specializing in one of 4 clan specific classes or Roles that offer different styles of play. The Clan Elders will then show you the basic Kung Fu or Chi Kung techniques that your selected Role can learn. There are higher level techniques available but you will need to raise your level of achievement before the Clan Elders will reveal them to you.

    Each clan has it's own base or stronghold. This is where clan members can eat, sleep, gather and train. The leaders of the clans reside here and will sometimes offer opportunities for advancement.

    Clan leaders may offer great wisdom, compete with each other in contests, brag about the strength of their clan and even take out their vengeance on those who offend them! Their primary goal, however, is to recruit strong new disciples to rebuild their clan following the devastating War of Nine Dragons.

    There are many ways to make a living in The Land. You can sell any items you might find to the various merchants scattered throughout. However, the prices that these merchants will offer you are only a fraction of what they are really worth. To get the best prices many players offer their items to other players by opening up a personal shop, called a Stand, and setting their own price, however you need to be in game to sell item with stand. There is also a system called auction house which allow you to set up item price and sell it while you are not in game, the auction house owner will request you some gold depending of how long you want to open you auction.

    While it is true that you could gain riches just by selling items to stores, your Clan Elders also expect you to contribute wealth to the clan. Sell and trade items with your fellow disciples, and make Clan Contributions to the Clan Elders of your clan when possible. Donating items to your Clan Elders will often reward you with Clan Contribution Points, which you will need to trade for the privilege of learning clan Kung Fu.

    Remember that the aftermath of The War of Nine Dragons has generated much poverty and hardship in The Land. Those in need can be found on every street corner. The elderly need assistance to travel, parents seek lost children, and vendettas abound. Helping others brings one good karma as well as Experience in The Land, and Experience leads to mastery. One may also find that the most precious rewards come from simple acts of kindness.
     
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    Learn The Ways of Kung Fu

    There are many basic necessities you will require as you travel, among them eating, drinking, lodging, and meditation… but perhaps nothing is more essential in this dangerous world then learning some strong Kung Fu. You are urged to find a local trainer and begin your study of Martial Arts as quickly as possible. Mastering Kung Fu is the only way for you to survive the harsh realities of The Land.

    Once you have learned some Kung Fu, it is time to join a clan, seek a master, and begin your real training. There are nine major clans in The land, each based on actual historical clans. However, there are only six that new disciples can join, which include: The League of Beggars, Shaolin, Wu-Tang Clan, Heavenly Demon, The Brotherhood of Thieves and Sacred Flower.
     
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    Clan

    A Clan is a community of teachers, warriors and disciples that share the same philosophy and goals.

    Once you have joined a Clan you may freely enter that clan's stronghold and learn that clan's secret Kung Fu techniques. However, you will also be required to abide by that clan's rules and regulations.

    Entering a Clan
    Each clan has different entry requirements. In order to become a disciple you may need to pass that clan's entry test and/or have successfully completed various required quests.

    Different clans accept players at different levels.

    To join The League of Beggars or Sacred Flower one must first attain Cheng 4 of Losing Self. To join Shaolin one must attain Cheng 6. The Brotherhood also requires a minimum of Cheng 6 as well as a Letter of Recommendation from a brother disciple. Both Heavenly Demon and Wu-Tang Clan have several strict prerequisites and one typically cannot join until Cheng 8 of Gathering Chi. The Disciples of Iron Fist, Black Dragon and The Union of Noble Families are advanced clans that require one to complete the full training of one of the above listed six clans prior to their secret initiation.

    Bear in mind that joining a clan only qualifies one as an Apprentice or Acolyte. To become an official Student one will need to complete other tasks for the clan.

    Contribution Points

    You need to gain Clan Contribution Points from your clan if you are to learn your clan's Kung Fu and progress toward mastery.

    You gain Contribution Points by completing the "Road To The Dragon" quests or by donating items to your clan's designated Clan Elder. Any Item can be donated, but each clan places a different Contribution Point value on different items.

    Your designated NPC Clan Elder will tell you what each item is worth in Contribution Points. You can also donate money to your clan, but they will only accept large amounts.

    These are the NPC Clan Elders of each clan:
    * The League of Beggars – Bamboo Master, Elder of The League
    * Shaolin – Guanglian, Librarian Monk
    * Wu-Tang Clan – Juyun, Truist of Wu-Tang
    * The Brotherhood of Thieves – Deadly Tongue, Chief Council of Black Panther
    * Sacred Flower – Celestial Crone, Sacred Flower Elder
    * Heavenly Demon – Blood Magistrate, Secret Soul Lord

    Clan Role
    After passing the required tests and achieving an acceptable level, you will be offered a specific Role within the clan.

    Consider carefully before choosing your Role. Your choice of weapons, trainable Kung Fu and Chi Kung techniques, and responsibility within a Hero Band will depend on your choice.

    Once you have chosen your Role you will be trained in the Kung Fu or Chi Kung techniques that best suit your new Role. Under certain circumstances you can go back and select a different Role later (using Chi reconditioning), but you should be aware that your overall abilities may be lower because you will lose all Kung Fu skills you have learned in a previous Role.

    Available Roles by Clan
    Clan: Warrior, Strategist, Hollist, Chi Kung User

    The League of Beggars: Vanguard Beggar, Strategy Beggar, Spirit Beggar, Dragon Beggar
    Shaolin: Luohan Monk, Diamond Monk, Deva Monk, Exorcist Monk

    Wu-Tang Clan: Blue Dragon, Red Phoenix, White Tiger, Black Turtle

    The Brotherhood of Thieves: Warrior Bandit, Strategist Bandit, Taishan Bandit, Armored Bandit

    Sacred Flower: Mistress of War, Mistress of Heaven, Mistress of Cloud, Mistress of Spirit
    Heavenly Demon: Blood Demon, Phantom Demon, Fire Demon, Storm Demon

    Clan Relics
    As a symbol of your clan membership you will be given a Clan Relic. Possession of this Clan Relic will grant certain bonuses to your vital statistics, as shown in your character window.

    As your rank within the clan grows, or upon completion of certain important quests, your Clan Relic may be replaced with those of higher value or greater enhancement.

    Your Clan Relic appears in your inventory Bag like any other item, except that it cannot be sold or discarded. You may have only one Clan Relic equipped at any given time.
     
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    Dying and Coma States

    If your Life bar falls to zero you will enter a state called Dying. Should this happen, pray for enlightenment.

    While Dying you will eventually fall into a state called Coma. If you are in a party with friends, then one of them can revive you from your Coma by quickly DOUBLE-CLICKING upon your CHARACTER NAME and thereby sharing their Chi. This technique is called Reviving Chi Kung. You too can apply your Chi to assist those who are dying by administering your own Reviving Chi Kung with a DOUBLE-CLICK.
    Here an example of dying :

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    At the moment you see my char is on the knee, once the blue bar goes to 0 i will enter in coma stat and people won't be able to revive me just by DOUBLE-CLICK on my char or CLICK on my char name in the party.
    At that stat i have lose karma because i am entering into coma. Even if a friend res me i will lose karma but it will prevent me from losing anythings else.

    Here the blue barre is goes to 0, so i am dead :

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    Now there is only phew way for me :

    - A healer or hybrid can use his revive skill, I will only lose some karma and my blood point if he do it.
    - I can select "Revive at the clan base" this will make me lose 5% experience, blood point and karma, i will also have an penalty buff for 5 min which decrease all stats and speed.
    - I can select "Revive from northwest..." this is because i have check in at that spot. (See check in guide here for more detail). This will make me lose 5% experience, blood point and karma.
    - I can select "Revive Here", I will res on spot but i will lose 10% experience, blood point and karma, I will also have an penalty buff for 5 min which decrease all stats and speed.
    - I can select "Use Huatuo's Panacea". This is a special item mall item. I will revive on Spot and only lose Blood Point and Karma :

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    There are some way also to prevent you from losing experience from death : Item Mall premium item package and mastery (see mastery guide for more details).
     
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    How to Gain Experience

    A completed quest brings with it Experience, as does victory over an opponent. After gaining enough Experience, one finds that they have suddenly increased in their level (Cheng) of mastery. As you raise your Cheng you will find you are stronger, faster, and less easily injured. One of the best ways to gain Experience is to join a group of fellow warriors who share your allegiance. If you find several people who have embarked on the same quest as you, you will find your path becomes much easier to walk.

    By the way, the number nine is considered especially lucky. So good things may happen to a band of nine people.

    Stronger than a general group is a Hero Band. This is a group of players who are all from the same clan, and they can embark on special Hero Band quests together, sharing Experience and Rewards as they travel. In the battles between the clans the smallest clan unit is called a Hero Band.

    The most important form of advancement you should pursue is the development of your Kung Fu and weapon skills. Learning a Kung Fu technique is only the beginning of your journey. To be effective you need to practice your techniques in actual combat. Mastering an individual Kung Fu technique makes it far more powerful.

    While techniques improve with use, your Kung Fu Weapon Mastery will be able to rise with Experience just as your character does. Each time your character ascends to a higher level (cheng) they are given one Mastery Point, which you can add to the mastery skill of your choice.

    "Empty hand" Kung Fu is greatly praised, but if you wish to master a weapon you will need to foster your Kung Fu Skills, your achievement level, and your Weapon Mastery Points. There is an ancient proverb that says "The edge of a skilled butcher's knife needs little sharpening". This is important, because if you use weapons that are "beyond your ability" you are likely to wear them down quickly, if not destroy them entirely.

    You can create up to three characters per account in 9Dragons, and each one can belong to any clan you choose (provided they meet the qualifications).
     
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    Leveling Up

    Leveling up is how you measure your character's growth in 9Dragons. Every time you perform a quest or win a battle you gain some Experience. At certain points you are rewarded for this growth in Experience by attaining a new level, also called a "Cheng".

    There are currently 18 major levels to advance through. Each major level has 12 minor levels (or Cheng) within it. At the start of every major level you must demonstrate new mastery of your Chi Breathing technique to advance. These are the 18 levels of Cheng you may attain on your road to The Dragon:

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    Function of Towns

    Deviant Clans disciples tend to avoid entering towns where Major Clans have settled or Imperial Guards hold posts.

    The town are easy to find on map, here on the following example screen in the green circle you will see each Zhengzhou Town.

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    When you click on "FIND A NPC" Button you are able to easily see on the map where is the selected NPC.
    A red circul will appear in each town where there is the specific NPC :

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    On each town you will find the same design of NPC, so they are easy to find :

    Tavern Girl : She can give you some food to recover life or some supplement like liquor that are useful for League of Beggar clan.
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    Hermit : This NPC can give you some buff if you give him some money or you are a item mall user with premium.
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    General Store : This NPC trad for some money accessories. In Hefei he also give you more stuff such as refine material or item to disassemble stuff.
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    Blacksmith : You can buy weapon from him but the one you will get in dungeon, boss or mobs are better. He is useful because he can repair items.
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    Drappery : You can buy clothes from her but the one you will get in dungeon, boss or mobs are better. Shee is useful because she can repair items.
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    Inn keeper : This NPC allow you to check In on his spot. like that, if you die, you will be able to res at her spot.
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    Doctor : The doctor can heal you wounds, he also sell pill to heal you wounds and various medecine.
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    Discipleship Headmaster : This NPC allow you to trad M&D disciple item, it doesn't require gold but Master point.
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    Courrier Guild : With thi sNPC you are able to open a storage for a certain amount of gold. This storage allow you to store some item and share them between you chars on the same account.
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    NPC's

    There are many services available to you from NPC’s (Non-Player Characters) that reside in villages all across The Land. NPC’s serve multiple functions from selling required equipment to requesting your assistance on various quests, for which they will usually offer a handsome reward. NPC’s are easily located and identified by simply rolling your mouse over the red dots that appear on your minimap.

    Courier’s Guild Storage Keepers offer to deliver packages and lease storage to players. Storage options vary by capacity and duration and require advanced payment.

    General Store Shopkeepers sell accessories, ornaments and ornament binding craft tools.

    Blacksmiths sell and repair weapons. They can also repair most other kinds of equipment. Those in more dangerous areas sell powerful weapons usable only by advanced level characters.

    Tavern Managers sell food and drinks. Most of the items sold in a tavern help in Life recovery. Others allow disciples of various clans to use certain special techniques.

    Innkeepers offer a place for players to check-in that can serve as your temporary home base. Once you have checked-in at an inn you may revive there after falling into a Coma State.

    Seamstresses have Wardrobe Items for sale. They also offer repair services.

    Doctors can cure both internal and external wounds inflicted during battles. They also sell treatments that can be used for self-recovery from such wounds out in the field.

    Kung Fu Trainers (Sifus) are those who teach Kung Fu or Chi Kung techniques. Some operate local Martial Arts Schools which are not affiliated with any of the Major Clans. These trainers can only teach Vagabond Kung Fu, unlike clan trainers who can teach various forms of advanced Clan-specific Kung Fu. Vagabond Kung Fu may be purchased with gold, but Clan Trainers demand Clan Contribution Points before they will teach you.

    Clan Elders / Contribution Receivers: You may donate all kinds of items as well as gold to your clan as often as you wish. There is an NPC (Non-Player Character) in each clan who is designated to receive such donations, and you may gain Clan Contribution Points only from them. Donating items frequently gives you more Points than donating gold.

    Event NPCs are placed for certain events. They can be involved in many different kinds of events, including the giving out or receiving of special coupons or for certain competition rallies.

    Weapon Refiner currently resides in a village called Hefei. She enhances the capabilities of weapons by refining them. If you request weapon refinement from her, she will examine your weapon free of charge and then most likely require you to bring her some form of Dragon’s Blood (derived from Blood Essence) and various amounts of gold for her services.

    Collectors collect certain types of loot and offer certain rewards in exchange for certain combinations of it. More difficult collection sets yield better rewards. Some collections offer certain rewards only once, while others are repeatable.

    Black Market Dealers
    sell random, hard to find Items. Unlike other shopkeepers, you will not be able to see the details of these items before you purchase them. It is always a gamble whether an Item purchased from them may be worthless or priceless.

    Cavity Press Masters can give special Attribute buffs by giving you a quick hit to the chest, which supposedly opens up your chakras. These buffs are of limited duration.
     
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    Checking In

    There is at least one Inn in every town. If you talk to the Innkeeper, she will allow you to check-in and make that Inn your Revival Point. By choosing to revive at such an inn, you can minimize the amount of experience lost from dying.If you check-in at a new town's Inn, it will replace the previous Inn as your Revival Point.
    Here and example on the Tibet map, in last village, In the following screen I am near the Inn Keeper:
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    If I talk to that NPC I can Check In
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    The following window appear with the map and the location. I have then to confirm and i will be able to revive here in case I fall in coma.
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