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SAO-RPG is a text-based roleplay forum based on the popular anime franchise Sword Art Online. The game runs on a play-by-post format, incorporating elements of dice-rolling systems to determine the outcome of various actions such as gathering, combat and search rolls. Most elements in SAO-RPG adhere to canon, however this roleplay does not feature canonical characters in any way. 

How to Play

Players start by creating their character, fashioned under the system SAO-RPG uses. Once approved, players roleplay their characters in topics on the forum; occasionally alone and sometimes with other players. If multiple characters are present on an adventure, they take turns writing posts for each other, describing their actions and/or the environment before passing control of the pen over to their roleplay partner(s). 

Sometimes, players may take actions that have an outcome to be determined by chance. In these scenarios, players will want to use the game's Dice Roller to resolve these actions; the results cast by the roller will then be incorporated into the description of the player’s actions. 

This continues until the adventure reaches an end, to the consensus of all characters involved in the topic. When a topic is closed, it is sent for staff approval, and then rewards are distributed from there. Rinse and repeat!

Most of the time, adventures and environments are fluid and left up to the discretion of the players involved. However, some key fundamentals of the world need to be upheld (eg. the setting of SAO, description & key elements of floor environments) whilst some mechanics like quests, crafting and combat have more structured rotations and rules that must be abided by.

Using the Guide

Because of the many intricacies SAO-RPG holds, the manual is quite the lengthy read. We do not expect players to remember any nor all parts of the manual at any given time; simply use this guide as a reference to be reviewed against when in doubt of any mechanics, rules, structures or systems in the game.

There are two major pieces of reading when it comes to understanding SAO-RPG:

  • The Site Manual, which you are reading right now, acts as our version of the Player's Handbook.
  • The Resources List acts as a glossary or index for various aspects of the game.

Asking Questions

Feel free to ask questions often; even if something has been stated in the manual/guide, it never hurts to get a second opinion for verification or clarification, and the interest in the system is often interpreted as enthusiasm by staff. Members of the Player Support Team (PST) are often available to answer these questions; most of them can be found through the roleplay’s Discord server, however they may also be contactable via direct messages (DM’s) through the forum. One may refer to a list of staff here.

SAO-RPG Rules

  • The username that one registers with and uses to log in will be the username of their character within Aincrad. Take care when registering accounts to choose a proper username!
  • A user may have multiple characters, however they must be registered as separate accounts. Furthermore, their journals must state that the character in play is an alternative character (alt), a deviation from the user’s main character of use.
  • All roleplay posts must have a minimum of 150 words of in-character text (unless noted). Battle stats and OOC notes or comments do not count toward this minimum.
    • Posts in the Merchants and Shops sub-section, as well as posts in which a character is stunned or paralyzed, require only 100 words of IC text.
    • Posts in the Player Request Board sub-section, while regarded as in-character, do not have a word count requirement.
  • Spamming is not allowed under any circumstances.
  • Any form of cheating, intentional rule-breaking, or abuse of exploits or loopholes is strictly prohibited.
  • Keep all posts and journals PG-13. Should players find themselves unsure if any content they wish to write would go beyond PG-13, message a staff member for clarification. For any content intended above PG-13, please see the Unrestricted Chat Filter sub-section.

Credits

Without the time, care and attention of the following individuals, this guide would not be as rigorous and thorough as it would be today. On behalf of SAO-RPG, we thank you for your service:

@NIGHT @Axios Deminence @Bahr @Lessa @ChaseR @Snow @Freyd


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What is SAO?

Sword Art Online, abbreviated as SAO, is the first ever virtual reality massively multiplayer online (VRMMORPG). Run on the NerveGear, its release saw 10,000 players logged onto its servers on the first day of its release. These players were then subsequently trapped within the game later in the day, when they discovered that they were all unable to log out. Victims of this incident were invited by SAO's creator to reclaim their freedom by ascending the iron castle of Aincrad to clear the game. In doing so, these amateur adventurers would pitch themselves against the dangers of the world they now lived in with an incredible caveat:

If they died in-game, they died in real-life.

Your character is one such individual.

The World and Setting

It has been a few years since the start of the game, and no signs of its clearance is in sight. While many players have gone out to seek their fortune, venturing out of the Town of Beginnings to serve the frontlines, just as many have set foot out of the city only to meet their fate at the hands of Cardinal, the game's operating system. What has your character been doing all this time? Where have they gone, and who have they met?

Intrigue lies within the untold story, for better or worse, and Aincrad always looks forward to folding new aspiring individuals into its landscape.

For more clarity on the details of SAO's setting, refer to this FAQ [here].


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Before one can participate in any roleplaying threads, every player must fill out a Journal to create and manage their character. Imagine it to be like a character sheet. It should contain everything from their appearance, to their skills and stats, to their backstory and personality. A basic template has been provided, however players may edit the style to their liking. Just be sure to include all required information when crafting a journal.

Journal Rules & Restrictions

  • Players cannot be beta testers for Sword Art Online. This will be every character’s first time playing SAO before becoming trapped in the game.
  • Players cannot be or have any relation to canon SAO characters (Kirito, Asuna, etc). SAO-RPG is its own universe, the only canon character that currently exists being Heathcliff. He does not have any previously-established relation to any players in or outside of SAO.
  • Players cannot be “hackers” in a way that allows them to tamper with SAO or the Cardinal system.
  • Certain disabilities/mental illnesses are not permitted.
  • Non-human characters are not permitted. Players, however, may still equip appearance altering vanity items to create the illusion of a non-human persona.
  • Players must keep a log of all threads, SP gains/expenditures, and items in their journal. These logs may be kept together or be split up into separate sections. The logs must include a link to the thread/post along with the SP, items, etc., earned. SP totals and items any character has obtained must be able to be verified through these logs.

Anatomy of a Journal

  • Appearance: A picture of the character is preferred, but a written description is also acceptable as long as it is highly detailed. If an image is included, please use an anime-styled image to stay consistent with the site and setting.
  • Profile: Basic information about the character (eg. Username, Real Name, Age, Height, Weight, Country of Origin, etc.)
  • Background: Include a descriptive background for the character that is at least 2 paragraphs (5 sentences each). Since this is what brings the character to life, please add as much detail as possible!
  • Virtues/Flaws: Include a minimum of three virtues and three flaws for the character. Each virtue/flaw must be described with a minimum of three full sentences.
  • Skills, Inventory: This section will hold the abilities one's character has picked up as well as the items they have collected during their journey. It will be updated frequently as the character progresses through the game.
  • Roleplay Log: Keep a log of completed roleplay threads--simply link to the thread. Feel free to also enter the tracking of SP, items, and col in this section as well.
  • Friends List, Relationships, Story So Far: These sections are optional and can be removed should players imagine themselves not utilizing them. Players can keep track of other players they have met in these sections, alongside a summary of major events that have happened to them over the course of their stay in Aincrad.

Journal Template

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[character image]

Profile:
Username:
Real name:
Age:
Gender:
Height:

Background:

[Insert character backstory here. 2 paragraphs/5 sentences each minimum.]

Virtues

  1. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]
  2. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]
  3. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]

Flaws

  1. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]
  2. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]
  3. [Insert Virtue here. 3 sentence minimum.]

Skills:

  • [Insert Skills here.]

Inventory:

New Character Bundle: [State your New Character Bundle choice here.]
Equipment

  • [Insert Equipment here.]

Consumables

  • [Insert Consumables here.]

Roleplay Log:

  • [TAG] Thread Name | <<Quest Title>> | STATUS
  • [TAG] Thread Name | <<Quest Title>> | STATUS
  • [TAG] Thread Name | <<Quest Title>> | STATUS

New Character Bundles

New characters may choose one of four bundles to start out with that contain equipment, materials, col (the game's currency) and/or items to help them started. Specify which bundle has been chosen in the Inventory section of the journal when submitting it for approval.

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Set A | Basic Package:

  • Uncommon Weapon of choice
  • Uncommon Armor of choice
  • (5) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 HP)
  • 2,500 Col and (10) Materials

Set B | DPS Package:

  • Rare Weapon of choice
  • (3) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 HP)
  • 2,500 Col and (10) Materials

Set C | Tank Package:

  • Rare Armor of choice
  • (3) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 HP)
  • 2,500 Col and (10) Materials

Set D | Support Package:

  • (3) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 HP)
  • 2,000 Col and (25) Materials

Equipment rarity dictates how many enhancement slot the item possesses; equipment of Uncommon or Rare quality can hold up to one (1) or two (2) enhancements respectively. Declare these enhancements chosen on equipment when stating which package a character is picking up. Similar enhancements can take up multiple slots to further improve their effect. To learn more about enhancements, see [here].

In addition, all players are allotted 5 skill points (SP). These skill points can be invested into a variety of skills found [here]. Players may choose to invest these skill points now or hold them for later. Any skill that requires five (5) ranks to master will have an entry investment of exactly 4 SP (eg. weapon skills).

New players are especially recommended to invest their points into the first rank of a weapon skill. Since weapon skills determine one's access to sword arts, one may also turn to the Sword Art list located [here] for more information regarding their preferred weapon skill.

Tips for Creating a Character

  • Background: Who were they before entering Sword Art Online? How did they grow up? Did they have any major events in their life worth noting? How did this character secure their place as one of the 10,000 players to enter SAO? How have they passed their time since becoming trapped in the game?

    As they adventure, consider revisiting their journal and updating their background. Including synopses of important arcs a character has experienced or relationships they have established is a great way to develop one's story!
     
  • Virtues/Flaws: One should take a look at their character's personality, habits, and traits to determine what about them could be considered a “virtue” or a “flaw”. Keep in mind that what some might see as a virtue could also be seen as a flaw.  are allowed to have an identical virtue/flaw, but write them out separately and describe how this trait benefits them as a virtue, and also how it hinders them as a flaw.

Veteran’s Recommendation

  • Grab the Support Package. Players start out with an abundance of currency (col, materials) despite having little gear. This currency can be used to barter with existing players with professions in the Merchants and Shops section of the forum to gain better gear (of Perfect rarity, for example).
  • Invest in a two-handed weapon skill. Two-handed weapons come with an innate bonus of +2 DMG, while also priding themselves on having better maximum damage potential at end-game. At the first rank of the skill, a new player would have 1 + 2 + 1 = 4 DMG.
    • Players looking to invest into Martial Arts are advised to hold their SP for now. They will need to unlock the Martial Arts skill from completing the quest Breaking the Unbreakable. See [here] for further detail.
    • Players looking to invest into Katana are required to invest their SP into One-Handed Curved Sword and perform a single-page thread in which they obtain a katana to obtain the Katana skill. Players will then require an extra 4SP to invest into the newly obtained Katana skill. 

Getting A Journal Approved

Once a character has been created, their sheet should be submitted into the [Journals sub-forum] in a new thread. Staff on the Player Support Team (PST) will have to review the submission prior to approving these journals; please inform them of the journal’s completion when it is ready for approval. The quickest way to get into contact with them is via the roleplay’s [Discord server], however they may also be contactable via site DM’s on the forum. Refer to a list of staff [here].

Post Character Creation

Most players begin on the tutorial quest chain called The First Few Lessons, located [here]. The site's [Discord server] is also a good place to start looking for other players to roleplay with. Alternatively, one can make a post on the [Player Request Board] to announce their search for a roleplay partner.


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There are many different sub-forums to be found on SAO-RPG. Make sure that topics are posted in the appropriate sub-section. For any mistakes made with regards to threads and sub-sections, please message a staff member for help.

Starting the Game

  • Tutorials: The complete rules, resources, and guide for all different aspects of the game. You're already here!
  • Journal: All new journals must be submitted here. Other existing journals can also be found here should one find interest in reading up on other players in Aincrad.
  • Evaluations: Crafted items and unique item uses must be submitted for evaluation before they can take effect. Check out the Evaluation section of the guide [here] for more detail.

Roleplay Sections:

  • Beginner Floors: Roleplay threads that take place on Floors 1 through 10. Most newly created characters start their journey here.
  • Intermediate Floors: Roleplay threads that take place on Floors 11+. The difference in floors signify danger, as well as discern the role-playing hub for most veteran players from players just starting out.
  • Player Vs. Player: Challenge another player to a friendly duel. Check out PvP [here] for rules on combat with another player.
  • The Frontlines: Where floor boss raids take place. Check out Floor Bosses [here] for more info.

Progression-related Boards:

  • Quests: A list of quests that can be completed for additional rewards. Check out the Quest section [here] for more information.
  • Merchants and Shops: Player-run shops allow for customers to purchase or place orders for equipment and items. Check out the Crafting & Professions section [here] for more information.
  • Player Request Board: If players should need help on a quest, want to recruit guild members, or make a trade, post in the player request board! Threads in this section should still be in character--imagine one's character is posting a request to a bulletin board.

Miscellaneous:

  • Unrestricted Chat Filter: This is a mature section for players age 18+. Players and characters with face claims that are underage or can be misconstrued as underage are not allowed to participate in this section. Characters must also have at least 100 posts before being allowed to participate in this section. Threads in this section are not eligible for SP or other rewards. Should one be interested in some more mature writing, contact a staff member for access to this section.
  • Sword Art Online (OOC): Out of character discussion about SAO-RPG. Ask others to RP with your character, discuss plot, ask questions, etc.

One may also find other sections such as “Introductions” and “Support Ticket”. Use these sections appropriately when discussing about anything unrelated to SAO-RPG, have a question for staff, and so on. All of these remaining sections are considered to be OOC.


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Leveling

Leveling in SAO-RPG is determined by the total amount of EXP a player has accumulated during their time on site. EXP is gained primarily from role playing with others, by starting and closing threads with other players or perhaps by oneself. Players can go on quests and partake in events in these threads to further increase their EXP gain.

A chart can be referred to [here] to see how the EXP values correspond to the different levels, as well as review the stats your character will have at those levels.

We recommend players to read on to gleam more information about the game before officially looking into the different ways a character is able to gain EXP through.

Stats

Every character will have a few base stats to consider; these are the basic and most common stats that one will encounter:

  • HP: Hit Points - The amount of health a character has.
  • EN: Energy - The amount of energy points a character has.
  • DMG: Damage - The base damage a character deals.
  • MIT: Mitigation - Reduces damage done to a character after being hit.
  • ACC: Accuracy - Increases one's chance to hit an attack.
  • EVA: Evasion - Decreases one's chance of being hit by an attack.
  • LD: Loot Die - Increases a character’s luck.

To understand further what effects some of these stats have, consult the chapter on Using the Dice Roller [here].

For easier referencing, stats for a given character are often displayed in a stat bar, often formatted as such:

Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | LD: 2

Some stats increase passively as one's character levels up, such as HP and Energy. A chart can be referred to [here] to see how one character’s stats may correspond to their levels. Other stats can be increased with skills, equipment, and consumable items. Read on to see how to acquire them.

Items
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Items exist to lend a character bonus stats and effects. They can be acquired by running through quests or events and receiving them as rewards, crafting them or looting them from monsters. Items often come in two main varieties: Equipment and Consumables. 

  • Equipment refers to the items a character would wear like armor, weapons, and accessories. 
  • Consumable items provide temporary bonuses and typically disappear after they are used. Some examples include potions, crystals, and food. 

We refer to the bonuses and effects an item provides as enhancements. Each item also has a corresponding quality that limits the number of enhancements it carries.

Quality Enhancement Slots
Vanity 0
Uncommon 1
Rare 2
Perfect 3
Demonic 4
  • Each enhancement has a cap, or a limit to their effectiveness. When an enhancement cap is met on an item, it cannot be reassigned further to the rest of its enhancement slots.
  • Enhancements may be built upon multiple equipment to bolster its overall effectiveness, but they may not be used in tandem to exceed this cap on a character.
  • A player may only benefit from up to three pieces of equipment at any given time. All players may only equip one weapon, which also counts towards their three equipment limit, but they may mix and match their armors/accessories in as many combinations as they would like.
  • Enhancements from consumables and equipment stack upon each other.

Items also have a secondary State tag to them that describes its origins:

  • Unidentified: The item's stats are unknown. This item is not capable of being equipped and must instead be identified at an appraiser. 
  • Identified: The item's stats are known. This item may be equipped. In this state, the item may have its individual enhancements rolled upon at an appraiser.
  • Quest: The item's stats are known. This item may be equipped. This often indicates that the item has been obtained through a quest. In this state, the item may not have its individual enhancements rolled upon at an appraiser.
  • Crafted: The item's stats are known. This item may be equipped. This often indicates that the item has been made by crafting, however, it also may have passed through a crafter who has merged the item with another through Item Fusion or have been altered through the use of a special consumable. In this state, the item may not have its individual enhancements rolled upon at an appraiser.

Examples:

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  1. Player A has the following equipment:
    - Perfect Light Armor, with 3 slots of Evasion.
    - Rare Trinket, with 2 slots of Evasion.

    In this scenario, the total Evasion Player A has adds up to five (5). However, because the enhancement cap on Evasion is three (3), the player will not receive the benefits of two (2) of the Evasion enhancements.
     
  2. Player B consumes the following:
    - Rare Potion of Strength, with 2 slots of Damage.
    - Uncommon Potion of Strength, with 1 slot of Damage.

    In this scenario, the total Damage Player B has accumulated adds up to three (3). However, only the strongest quality of enhancements apply when using consumables. Hence, the Damage from Uncommon Potion of Strength is overwritten by the Damage from Rare Potion of Strength. Player B ultimately has a boosted damage value of two (2), rather than three (3).
     
  3. Player C has the following equipment:
    - Perfect One-Handed Straight Sword, with 3 slots of Damage.
    Player C then consumes the following:
    - Rare Potion of Strength, with 2 slots of Damage.

    In this scenario, the total Damage Player C has accumulated adds up to five (5). The temporary enhancements from the consumable stacks with the equipment’s enhancements; until the potion’s effect ends, he maintains his boosted damage total.
     
  4. Player D has the following equipment:
    - Perfect Light Armor, with 2 slots of Mitigation, 1 slot of Evasion
    - Rare Trinket, with 2 slots of Evasion.
    - Uncommon Heavy Armor, with 1 slot of Mitigation

    In this scenario, the total Mitigation and Evasion Player D has accumulated adds up to three (3) each. Enhancements can be spread across multiple equipment pieces at once to bolster their overall effectiveness. Additionally, whilst Light Armor may have a Mitigation cap of two (2), Heavy Armor has a Mitigation cap of three (3), so Player D is able to maintain his stats until he decides to switch his armor.

For more information on appraisers, see [here].
For more information on Item Fusion, see [here].

Vanity Items

Vanity items are an exception to the aforementioned mechanics. These are items players are able to create/obtain at any time, made in mind to consolidate various miscellaneous items (equipment, consumables, junk) that do not alter the state of play in the game. The following restrictions apply to Vanity items:

  • Within reason, one can don as many pieces of vanity equipment as they’d like. A character can’t wear two helmets, but they could wear a helmet, amulet, cape, chest plate, pants, and boots all at the same time.
  • Vanity equipment may be used to activate skills, however when doing so, vanity equipment must abide by the rule of benefitting from three equipment pieces at a single time. 
  • Vanity items must respect the setting of SAO

Acceptable examples of vanity items include potions that alter a character's hair colour and beachwear outfits.
Items such as potions that cause insanity in players or clothing that would have players' avatars appear naked are examples of items that would not be permitted.

Tiers

All items also have tiers. Some enhancements and skills scale based on the tier of the item or player. As a character increases in level, they will be able to use higher-tiered items in order to keep their stats up to par with the monsters they may be fighting. Tiers are unlocked for all players according to their progress with floor completion.

  • Tier 1: Unlocked at Floor 1. No minimum level.
  • Tier 2: Unlocked at Floor 6. Minimum level of 11 to use.
  • Tier 3: Unlocked at Floor 16. Minimum level of 21 to use.
  • Tier 4: Unlocked at Floor 26. Minimum level of 31 to use.
  • Tier 5: Unlocked at Floor 36. Minimum level of 41 to use.

The current Floor is 26. Tier 4 is the highest Tier available to players.

Consumable items that do not scale with item tier are considered tierless and can be used by players of all tiers. 

Certain items may have special or unique effects that provides a character with different stats to keep track of in battle. For more information on these enhancements and effects, a full enhancement list is available [here] to learn more about the potential of items.

Combat Mastery is a skill that unlocks for all players once they have reached Tier 2. For more information about this skill, see [here].


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Skills

The skills a character has will determine how well they perform different actions. Think of skills being the make up of a character’s core capabilities, while equipment helps to bolster the efficiency of their specializations by way of stats. Players earn skill points (SP) through completing quests, threads, sub-dungeons and events to spend on skills they think would benefit their characters most.

Skill Ranks

Some skills have ranks that increase their effectiveness. As you increase the ranks of those skills, the SP cost increases:

  • Rank 1 - Novice = 4 SP
  • Rank 2 - Journeyman = 4 SP
  • Rank 3 - Expert = 6 SP
  • Rank 4 - Master = 8 SP
  • Rank 5 - Grandmaster = 8 SP

It takes a total of 30 SP to Grandmaster a skill. Other skills have no ranks. To learn those skills, simply spend the amount of SP noted as its cost.

Spending SP

A character’s journal should be used to keep track of their total SP earned, spent and kept available, alongside noting skills and mods they currently have. Whenever they have enough SP for their next skill, the numbers on their journal may be adjusted to indicate an expenditure of SP

Refunding SP

Skill refunds allow players to remove unwanted skills from their character at a one-time col cost. In order to refund a skill, players must post in the [Skill Refund Evaluation] topic using the template provided in that topic. When the transaction has been confirmed by a PST member, they will quote and approve the refund. At this point, the skill points refunded will be free to be redistributed or reinvested into other skills at the player's leisure.

Mods

Some skills in SAO-RPG also have modifiers (mods). Mods increase the effectiveness of a learned skill or offer additional abilities. Mods are available to be unlocked once a player has obtained its corresponding skill, sometimes also raising its skill rank to a particular minimum level. For example, to learn the Precision mod, a character must already have 5 ranks invested into their Weapon Skill. 

There is no limit as to how many total Mods one can learn. However, players may only have up to 5 active mods in any given thread. For more information about declaring active mods, refer to the [Thread Anatomy] section of this guide.

Addons

Addons are a subset of mods that do not count towards the number of active mods within a given thread. However, they must also be declared similar to the active mods.

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Characters with their journals approved by staff are now free to roleplay at their leisure. While veterans of the site would have already become familiar with these rules, for new players to the site, this section covers roleplay etiquette with regards to SAO-RPG's systems. Explained here are the following:

  • [Thread Anatomy] covers the necessary components required from players when they create a roleplay thread.
  • [Using the Dice Roller] is a how-to guide on using the site's die roller; this is necessary when performing a wide variety of actions.
  • [Using the Economy Dashboard] explains where players can access their currencies, as well as provide information on how to send it off to other players.

It is highly recommended that new players use/rely on this section as an aide to their time here in SAO-RPG.

Furthermore, it bears repeating that players keep general roleplay etiquette in mind when playing with others. The following rules also have to be respected in all roleplay threads:

  • All roleplay posts must have a minimum of 150 words of in character text.
    • Battle stats and OOC notes or comments do not count toward this minimum.
    • Text bounced off from someone else’s post does not count towards this minimum.
  • Posting twice or more in a row (double posting) is generally disallowed, unless a player in a a Solo Party (SP) thread.
  • Details of the Sword Art Online setting must be respected; for more information on the game's generally accepted principles, see [here].

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Every roleplay thread must consist of the following items:

  • Thread Title: A thread tag is required. Quest names may also be visible here.
  • Player Stats: Must be declared on the first post of every player's entrance to that thread.
  • Post Actions, Dice Rolls: will fill the remaining posts from there on, alongside character interaction between roleplayers (or a written narrative for solo-party threads).
  • Thread Summary: Declares the rewards obtained from the thread's completion.

Read on further for more information about each topic.

Dice Rolls will be covered in [Using the Dice Roller], whilst Post Actions are covered in their own topic [here].

Thread Titles

All threads must be tagged with their corresponding thread type in the thread title. Thread tags are made up of the following components:

  • Floor: Indicates the floor the thread is taking place on. Players can travel between floors in a thread, but only one floor tag needs to be stated. This can be the starting floor, or the most prevalent floor the thread will take place on.

    Party Types:
  • [SP]: Solo Party. Only the thread creator may post in an SP. This type of thread is the only exception to the “no double posting” rule. If your thread was created as an SP, but you wish to convert it to a PP at some point, you may do so as long as it is reasonably plausible within the context of the thread at that point. 
  • [PP]: Private Party. A select number of players may participate in a PP. The creator will typically invite and decide on the players taking part before the thread is created, however participants are free to invite other players afterwards. A PP thread will be converted to an SP thread if a Player double-posts. It can still be converted back to a PP later on, so long as it is reasonably plausible within the context of the thread at that point.
  • [OP]: Open Party. Anyone can join and participate in the adventure. This type of thread is recommended for players looking to meet several other players in the game with little to no planning ahead. OPs are also a good way to host an event or throw a party. Don’t be afraid to get creative with an open party thread.

    Situational:
  • [EB]: Event Boss. Special occasions where players can fight one-of-a-kind bosses. Boss threads are considered to be [OP] during a “sign up & preparation” period, and change to [PP] when the battle has begun. Players are encouraged to investigate these threads should they spark interest; please abide by the fight's registration period and time limit for posting when doing so.
  • [BR]: Boss Raid. These are the Floor Boss battles. Check out Floor Bosses section [here] for more details.

If the thread creator wishes to undergo a quest in a thread, the quest name must be stated in the title of the thread.

Examples:

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  • [F01-PP] Start of Something New | <<The First Few Lessons are Free>>
  • [F05-SP] Wild Cats | <<Feeding your Enemy>>
  • [F01-PP] Bully in the Alley
  • [F22-OP] A Moment’s Respite
  • [F10-EV] New Year Celebrations
  • [F50-BR] Half-Time

For more information about quests, read up on them [here].

Player Stats
| tags: #stats on first post, #declaring stats, #stats first post

In every thread, all participating players are required to declare their stats, equipment, skills and active mods in their first post. Any consumables one might want to use may also be declared alongside their post as a post action. This helps players to be consistent with their stats during the duration of the adventure.

Example:

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Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | LD: 2

Equipped Items:

  • Standard Straight Sword | Tier 1 Perfect One-Handed Straight Sword | DAMAGE III
  • Standard Leather Armor | Tier 1 Rare Light Armor | EVASION II
  • Gold Ring | Tier 1 Rare Jewelry | ACCURACY II

Battle-Ready Inventory:

  • Teleport Crystal (3) | Tierless Crystal | TELEPORT
  • Healing Potion (5) | Tier 1 Perfect Potion | HP RECOVERY III [+60 HP]

Consumed Items:

  • Bread with Custard | Tierless Rare Dessert | LOOT DIE II

Skills:

  • One-Handed Straight Sword | RANK 3/5
    • Mod: Stamina

Misc. Buffs:

  • Well Rested | -1 EN for the first three expenditures of each combat.

For more information about the Battle-Ready Inventory and Combat, see Combat mechanics [here].
For more information about Post Actions, see [here].
For more information about additional buffs for player characters, read up about Character Growth [here].

Thread Summary
| tags: #thread summary, #thread rewards, #thread closing, #closing thread, #closing a thread, #thread complete, #completing a thread

A thread can be marked as 'Complete' and closed for rewards when it has at least a full page of roleplay posts (20 posts = 1 full page) and does not have unresolved combat.

At the end of each thread, one player will be required to write up a summary of the thread’s issued rewards. This would usually be on either the end of the last roleplay post or in a post of its own. The thread summary usually includes quest rewards, dungeon rewards, loot obtained from slain monsters and/or materials gathered during the journey.

When writing a thread summary, player also should take care to award themselves of the following:

  • Thread Progression:
    • Each closed thread will reward participants with col and EXP. 400col will be issued per page. There are two EXP reward schemes that players must declare opting into for that thread. Players may decide which option they will benefit from individually:
      • 200 * (player tier) per page, or 
      • 3 * (player tier) per 50 words.
        • EXP will be issued based off the thread participant's individual word count.
        • When opting for this option, please provide a document with all thread text compiled, alongside a word count based off [wordcounter.net].
    • EXP rewards will be given to each participant on a three (3) posts to one (1) page total requirement. For example, a player who has only made 5 posts in a thread that was completed with 64 posts/3 pages will only be eligible for a page's worth of rewards. Other players in that same thread that have made 6 posts will receive two pages worth of rewards, and players who have made 9 posts are eligible for the full 3 pages. Players who do not meet the 3-post requirement will not receive any rewards.
    • Col rewards are issued to the party as a whole. It is left up to the thread participants to decide how it should be split up. An even split is usually the default, unless all parties agree otherwise.
  • Completing a quest or clearing a sub-dungeon in a thread will usually award bonus EXP, col, and other items. Any bonus EXP should be added onto EXP calculations derived from page counts. 

Once the thread summary has been written, contact a PST via Discord or on-site DMs to submit the thread for review. Once players have been reached for an approval of their thread, they may add the obtained thread rewards into their character’s journal.

Example:

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Thread Summary

Kirito:
+ 700 EXP [Total] | 500 EXP [Quest] + 200 [Thread Progression]
+ 600col [Total] | 500col [Quest] + 100col [Thread Progression]
+ Anneal Blade | Tier 1 Rare Weapon | DAMAGE II

Asuna:
+ 700 EXP [Total] | 500 EXP [Quest] + 200 [Thread Progression]
+ 600col [Total] | 500 [Quest] + 100 [Thread Progression]
+ Sylvant Rapier | Tier 1 Rare Weapon | DAMAGE II

Klein:
Ineligible for Quest Rewards
+ 200 EXP [Thread Progression]
+ 100col [Thread Progression]

Agil:
Ineligible for Quest Rewards
+ 200 EXP [Thread Progression]
+ 100col [Thread Progression]

For more information about looting monsters, see Looting mechanics [here].
For more information about quests, see Quest mechanics [here].
For more information about gathering, see Gathering mechanics [here].
For more information about sub-dungeons, see Dungeon mechanics [here].


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SAO-RPG uses a random roll system, similar to many tabletop roleplaying games. Hence, various mechanics on SAO-RPG incorporate a dice roller to determine the outcome of actions. Players may find the dice roller [here], or by clicking this button that is located below a new post’s text box.

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The dice roller requires three fields to be filled in before submission:

  • Character Name, to log which player is rolling on the dice roller.
  • Post Link, to locate where the roll is being used at.
  • Roll Purpose, to indicate what the roll is to be used for.

The following mechanics utilize the dice roller:

To learn more about these mechanics, click on them to jump to their explanations.

Post Links

Players will need to create a placeholder post before they are able to fetch the post’s link. 

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Players may fetch post links via the three dots on the top-right corner of every post in a thread, or by right-clicking on the post ID number (‘#20’ in this example) and selecting ‘copy link’.

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Roll Purpose

Players must use the roll purpose field to indicate clearly what the roll is being used for. It is encouraged to be as specific as possible with regards to their roll purposes. If a character is attacking a monster with a sword art, the names of the sword art and the target must be indicated. If a character is crafting an item, the item’s tier and type must be indicated.

Examples:

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Post Action Roll Purposes

  • Material Search
  • Looking for Treasure Chest
  • Entering Stealth

Combat Roll Purposes

  • Basic attack vs Boar Pup #1
  • <<Blast>> vs Skeleton Warrior #2
  • Minotaur #3 attacks Kirito!

Crafting Roll Purposes

  • Crafting Tier 1 Salve
  • Crafting Tier 1 Light Armor
  • Identifying [#000001] | Tier 1 Rare Katana | Slot 1

Quest Objective Purposes

  • Fishing for Moretsuna
  • Searching for Fonsa

When using the dice roller, be sure that the character name, post link, and roll purpose are correct. Rolls with incomplete or incorrect information will be voided. Using exploits such as rolling multiple times is strictly prohibited.

Reading and Calculating Dice Values

For every roll made on the dice roller, four random numbers are generated.

Die Name Acronym Range
Battle Die BD 1 - 10
Craft Die CD 1 - 12
Loot Die LD 1 - 20
Mob Die MD 1 - 10

  • The Battle Die (BD) is primarily used for determining the outcome of a player’s attack during combat. It also sees secondary observations in Crafting; namely, an appraiser’s identification rolls.
  • The Craft Die (CD) is primarily used for determining the outcome of a crafter’s success at creating an item. It also sees secondary observations in combat, where it is used to determine the chance of certain conditions activating for either the player or the enemy, or utilized in looting where it determines what kind of loot the player will pick up.
  • The Loot Die (LD) is primarily used for determining the outcome of a player’s searching or gathering attempt, or the type of loot obtained from a fallen monster in combat. It also sees secondary observations in combat, where it is used to determine the chance of certain conditions activating for either the player or the enemy, or utilized in crafting where it determines the value or number of items its crafter is creating.
  • The Mob Die (MD) is primarily used for determining the outcome of an enemy’s attack during combat.

Almost all mechanics that utilize the Dice Roller follow these three simple steps:

  • Rolling the die: Obtain the base die value by rolling the die. This base die value is often referred to as a natural roll.
  • Adding modifiers: Depending on the mechanic the player is rolling the die for, certain modifiers may apply. These modifiers are derived from a player’s stats; for example, Accuracy may affect the Battle Die, Evasion may affect the Mob Die, Loot Die enhancements may affect the Loot Die, etc. A modified die value is often referred to as a modified roll.
  • Comparing the total: Once all modifiers have been applied, the final number can be compared against a target number or a chart to finalize the result of the dice roll.

Some mechanics may require players to look at multiple dice values on a single roll to determine the action’s outcome.

Examples:

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Post Actions

  • ID: 126908 | LD: 4 | Materials Search. Nothing found...
  • ID: 126912 | LD: 20 | Materials Search. Material found (1).
  • ID: 157635 | LD: 28 (18, +10) | CD: 9 | Materials Search. Material found (1). [Gatherer] activated, extra materials found (2).
  • ID: 158828 | LD: 23 (12, +11) | Searching for Treasure Chest. Treasure Chest located!
  • ID: 167285 | LD: 16 (11, +5) | Maintaining Stealth.

Combat Rolls

  • ID: 157035 | BD: 6 (2, +4+1) | <<Galaxy Destroyer>> vs Nemean Lion. Attack hits!
  • ID: 143395 | BD: 4 (4, +4-4) | <<Eternal Cyclone>> vs Terra Firma. Attack misses!
  • ID: 138638 | MD: 10 (6, +3+1) | Attack vs Hestia. Attack lands. 
  • ID: 151978 | CD: 11 | MD: 4 (1, +3) | Attack vs Alec. Attack misses. [Call to Hunt] activated.

Crafting Rolls

  • ID: 160934 | CD: 9 (8, +1) | LD: 12 | Crafting Tier 1 Snack. Rare Snack (2) created.
  • ID: 167291 | BD: 10 | CD: 10 (9, +1) | LD: 10 | Identifying [#161658] | Tier 3 Demonic Weapon | Slot: 3/4 | Outcome: Burn/Freeze

Quest Objectives

  • ID: 164534 | CD: 11 | Fishing for Moretsuna: Outcome Successful.
  • ID: 145291 | LD: 12 (7, +5) | CD: 5 | Searching for Fonsa... Fonsa found, barely alive.

All roll values, their calculations and their outcomes must be indicated on the post that was rolled on.

Example Post:

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For more information about rolling for different mechanics and their applicable modifiers, look to the Thread Mechanics section below.


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When receiving rewards from quests or trading currency between different players, SAO-RPG takes advantage of the forum’s Economy Dashboard. One can find it by clicking on their profile options, located at top-right of the forum’s interface.

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One can find two accounts listed on the left.

  • The Spending Account is where most of one’s currency on hand can be located. Rewards obtained from quests can be found here once a PST member closes one's threads.
  • The Central Bank of Aincrad is for a player’s personal use; they can move their currencies over to this account and utilize it as a savings account.

Players may perform various actions with their currencies by the icon on the right of their currency amounts.

Players can send their currencies over to another member by the Send to Member option; they’ll usually be required to do so for SP refunds and item crafts by forwarding their col and materials to the @Banker. Players should also do so to directly pay other players for goods and services from the Merchants & Shops section. Meanwhile, the Transfer option is for shifting currencies between the Spending account and Central Bank of Aincrad.

When sending money to other accounts, players should try to be specific with the message/note field to log their transactions accurately. For example, if a transaction is attached to a post, one should deposit the post's link into the roll purpose, along with a short description of its purpose. Players do not need to write posts to transfer currencies across different players and accounts. However, it is encouraged that all players log as much of their transactions between each other for accuracy's sake.

!!! Be sure not to mix the Central Bank of Aincrad (savings account) and the @Banker user account (transaction logger) up!

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The bulk of this guide will outline the various elements and actions of SAO-RPG that a player can take. It is split up into three main sections: Thread Mechanics, Character Growth and End Game.

  • [Thread Mechanics] will cover what actions are possible for players to take with regards to SAO-RPG’s systems and stats. We highly recommend giving most of these topics a glance over at least once, as these topics are frequently visited by most players during their time on SAO-RPG.
    Most necessary topic(s): [Thread Mechanics], [PostActions], [Combat]
     
  • [Character Growth] will cover elements of the game that players can look into should they want to build either statistical and/or flavour elements of their character. We recommend reading these topics based on one's interest in these elements. Keen on a familiar? Look into that.
    Most necessary topic(s): [Quests], [Evaluations], [Paragon Levels]
     
  • [End Game] will cover the mechanics necessary with regards to beating the game. We recommend reading these topics on a need-to-know basis, since these mechanics don’t come into play as often as topics under Thread Mechanics, for example.
    Most necessary topic(s): [PvP]

Click on the names of the various topics or sections in the list to jump to them.


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Most of the time, players will be off on their own adventures with a couple other characters in a thread of their own. In these scenarios, players will often take turns with each other writing posts, detailing their characters’ actions with regards to the other player(s) characters. Players will often create their posts in a set rotation: for example, if there are three players in a given thread, Player A gets to go first, Player B second and Player C third, before the cycle resets and Player A gets to reply again.

[OP]s are the exception to this rotational rule; any player is allowed to post at their own rate as long as they respect the no-double-posting rule. Ideally, this would also respect the rate of which other players involved in the [OP] can post, so player discretion is advised.

Players may pass their own turns to post to reorganize the post order. Communication with fellow party members and writers is crucial! In the scenario that a player is unable to post for an extended period of time, they should inform their teammates of an absence; the other players can then decide as a group on the best course of action from there onwards. In the event that a thread has been defunct long enough to warrant cause for concern (eg. lack of response from other players, outdated thread), please forward the thread to a PST member so that they may offer advice on what could be done.

Adventures like these are often fraught with uncertainties, whether it be an outing on a quest or a simple herb gathering stroll. As such, many thread mechanics rely on the use of the Dice Roller. Be sure to get acquainted with the topic first (found [here]) before continuing to read on.


Post Actions

Almost all mechanics in threads are considered Post Actions. Players may only use one post action per roleplay post. Certain mechanics, like Combat and searching for Treasure Chests, may take up multiple post actions to resolve and hence will require multiple posts from players involved. 

Out of Combat Post Actions:

  • Material Gathering
  • Looking for Treasure Chests
  • Opening a Treasure Chest
  • Searching for Dungeons 
  • Searching for Labyrinths
  • Using Stealth
  • Detecting Stealth
  • Using Consumables
  • Switching Equipment
  • Accessing and Organizing Inventories
  • Trading items between players.

Some of these Post Actions have their own caveats.

  • Characters may consume multiple items in one Out of Combat Post Action. This usually occurs for most players at the start of a thread.
  • Characters may access their general inventory during a thread to switch items between their Battle-Ready Inventory and Equipment. This is considered a single Out of Combat Post Action.
  • Characters may trade multiple items in one Out of Combat Post Action.

Details related to the other Post Actions can be found in their individual topics (eg. [Gathering], [Treasure Chests], [Dungeons], [Labyrinths], [Stealth]).

Some actions may be considered as a post action out of combat, but not in combat. Post Actions related to Combat will be covered [here]. Make sure to consult the guide and their specific topics or ask a PST member if any questions happen to arise with regards to how Post Actions work.


Gathering

Players can attempt to gather materials without fighting monsters. The following guidelines apply to gathering:

  • Players must be out of combat. Posts where monsters are spawned or killed cannot be used for gathering.
  • The fiction must allow for searching, foraging, or otherwise gathering of items. Players may not search for materials in safe zones/settlements, player shops, guild halls, etc.
  • Players may not attempt to search for materials without their character taking action to do so in their post.

When rolling the dice to search for materials, refer to the LD result. Players need to roll a 15 or higher to find materials. On a successful gathering attempt, gain one (1) material.

Gathering rates may be improved and unique items may be found while gathering should one pick up the Gatherer profession. For more information on gathering professions, see [here].


Treasure Chests

Every 20 posts in a thread, players are able to search for a treasure chest. Searching for a chest must follow certain guidelines:

  • The fiction must allow for a treasure chest to be found. For example, one would not be able to search for a treasure chest while they are in a settlement, player shop, house, etc.
  • Players may not search for a treasure chest while in combat.
  • Players may not search for a treasure chest and a sub-dungeon within 10 posts of each other. For example, if one searches for a sub-dungeon on post 20, the earliest they can search for a treasure chest is on post 31.

To search for a treasure chest, roll the dice and use the LD result. Players need to roll a 15 or higher to find a treasure chest. Modifiers such as the Search skill, +LD equipment and consumables affect this roll.

After finding the chest, another post action must be used to open it. Make another roll on a new post and use the LD result. While opening chests, only the Picking skill, Dismantling mod, and keys sold by Merchants can affect the roll.

Look to the following chart to determine the items obtained from the treasure chest. Keep in mind that items obtained through treasure chests are always <<Unidentified>>, and players will need to look for someone with the Appraiser profession to identify these items.

LD Result Col Materials Items
[1] A [Mimic] monster spawns at loot-minimum parameters. It immediately attacks the player that opened the chest, and it takes its turn before players’. This monster is eligible to drop loot once it is killed.
[2-4] [Floor] * 50 2 Uncommon Consumables (2)
[5-7] [Floor] * 75 3 Rare Consumables (2)
[8-10] [Floor] * 100 5 Rare Weapon (1),
Rare Consumables (2)
[11-13] [Floor] * 150 8 Perfect Armor/Shield (1),
Rare Consumables (2)
[14-16] [Floor] * 200 10 Perfect Weapon (2),
Perfect Consumable (1)
[17-19] [Floor] * 250 12 Perfect Weapon (1),
Perfect Armor/Shield (1),
Perfect Consumables (2)
[20+] [Floor] * 300 15 Gleaming Scale (1) or Demonic Shard (1)

For more information about Appraisers and Identifications, please look to the Resources List [here].Players can choose who amongst their party gets to open the treasure chest. Should players go a whole post rotation without opening the treasure chest, it will disappear.


Dungeons

Deep within the bowels of the floating castle of Aincrad, hidden behind false walls and hordes of monsters, there exists a surplus of secret dungeons untouched by the general masses. Their importance to the overall clearing of the game is negligible, but they aren't without their own challenges and rewards. These dungeons require a good deal of persistence, a keen eye, and a bit of luck to be uncovered.

  • Only one Dungeon can be found per thread.
  • Dungeons can only be found on Floor 5 or higher.
  • Players may search for a Dungeon once every 15 posts.
  • Players may not search for a Dungeon while in combat.
  • Players may not search for a Dungeon and a treasure chest within 10 posts of each other. For example, if one searches for a treasure chest on post 20, the earliest they can search for a sub-dungeon is on post 31.

To search for a dungeon, roll the dice and use the LD result. Players need to roll a 15 or higher to find a dungeon. Modifiers such as the Search skill, +LD equipment and consumables affect this roll. 

The general layout and theme of the dungeon is up to the discretion of the players. Dungeons will scale to the tier of the dungeon registered with the dungeon map. Monsters found in a dungeon may be looted should they meet the party's loot minimum.

When a Dungeon has successfully been found, it must be entered in the same thread it has been found in unless it is stored in a Blank Dungeon Map.

Using Dungeon Maps

Blank Dungeon Maps can be purchased from a Merchant. They can be used to save the information of a discovered Dungeon for later use. Dungeons that have been saved to a Map can be traded or sold, and can be used to initiate the sub-dungeon in a different thread from the one it was discovered in.

Blank Dungeon Maps must match the Tier range of the floor the sub-dungeon they were discovered on. For example, a sub-dungeon found on Floor 12 can only be saved to a <<[T2] Blank Dungeon Map>>.

When using a Blank Dungeon Map, assign the Difficulty and roll's ID# to the map. For example, a <<[T1] Blank Dungeon Map>> would become a <<[T1] Dungeon Map #12345>>.

Challenging a Dungeon

All enemies within the Dungeon must follow the following order of opponents with these minimum stats: 

  • Wave #1 | (4) Standard Monsters:
    • HP: (Tier * 50) | DMG: (Tier * 40) | ACC: 0 | EVA: 0
  • Wave #2 | (2) Elite Monsters:
    • HP: (Tier * 150) | DMG: (Tier * 75) | MIT: (Tier * 30) | ACC: 1 | EVA: 0
  • Wave #3 | (1) Boss Monster:
    • HP: (Tier * 400) | DMG: (Tier * 90) | MIT: (Tier * 50) | ACC: 2 | EVA: 1
    • Critical (MD 9): Deals (Tier * 100) DMG to the target with the highest hate. Also deals (Tier * 50) DMG to every other player.
    • Critical (MD 10): Deals (Tier * 110) DMG to the target with the highest hate. Also deals (Tier * 75) DMG to every other player.

Rewards are issued to the party based off how far it has progressed through the dungeon.

  • Wave #1 | Dungeon Floor Map (ea.)
  • Wave #2 | (Elite Monsters' totaled HP * 20) col (ea.)
  • Wave #3 | (Boss' HP * 50) col, (Floor * 5) materials, [LD Drop] (party.)

EXP Rewards are also issued to each party member based on their progression through the dungeon. EXP gained this way will only be issued to characters upon the closure of the thread. Consult the table below for EXP rates:

Tier
EXP
Wave #1 Wave #2 Wave #3
1 - 100 350
2 100 200 850
3 400 750 1500
4 1000 2250 4500

For beating the boss/Wave #3 of a dungeon, the dungeon finder may roll upon the following table using natural LD to obtain an [LD Drop]. All players present will receive a copy of the rolled reward each. All items found are scaled to the tier of the dungeon they were found in.

LD Reward CD
[1 - 6] Additional (Boss' HP * 50) col, (Floor * 5) materials
 
[7 - 11] Unidentified Perfect Consumables (4).
[12 - 14] Unidentified Perfect Armor/Shield with one guaranteed Unqiue Enhancement.
[15 - 17] Unidentified Perfect Weapon with one guaranteed Unqiue Enhancement.
[16 - 18] Unidentified Perfect Trinket with one guaranteed Unqiue Enhancement.
[19 - 20]
Unidentified Demonic Equipment of the dungeon's Tier.
[1 - 4] Trinket
[5 - 8] Armor/Shield
[9 - 12] Weapon
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Combat

Combat is the main heart of SAO-RPG. Because this topic is so crucial and in-depth to SAO-RPG, before combat discussions can begin, players are firmly advised to have read the following topics in order to gain context for some of the things discussed in this chapter:

Combat in SAO-RPG takes place over multiple posts in succession. In each combat, there are usually two opposing parties; Players and Monsters. Participants on each side get a turn to perform a series of actions; when all participants have utilized their turn, a new round of turns can begin. 

Turn order is initiated on the side of the Players unless otherwise noted. When all players have made their turn, one player in the party (usually the last person in the turn order) rolls for the attacks made by the Monsters party. When all monsters have been rolled for, players get to take their turns once again.

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Start of Combat

[0, 0, 0] Sachi | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 28/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | MIT: 15 | TAUNT
  | Sachi is a [TWO-HANDED SPEAR] user.
[0, 0, 0] Klein | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 28/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 10
  | Klein is a [CURVED SWORD] user.
[0, 0, 0] Agil | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 28/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 15
  | Agil is a [TWO-HANDED WAR AXE] user.
[0, 0, 0] Koharu | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 28/28 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
  | Koharu is a [DAGGER] user.

KagachiHP: 350/350 | DMG: 80 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 30
Kagachi's Minion #1 | HP: 200/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1
Kagachi's Minion #2 | HP: 200/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1


Round #1

  • KOHARU | ID: 186864 | BD: 3 + 3 + 1 = 7 | <<Accel Raid>> vs Kagachi.
    • | The strike lands! (-11 EN)
      | 8 * 13 = 104 DMG | 104 - 30 = 74 DMG
  • KLEIN | ID: 186865 | BD: 3 + 2 + 1 = 6 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi.
    | ID: 186866 | BD: 6 + 2 + 1 = 9 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    | ID: 186867 | BD: 9 + 2 + 1 = 12 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi's Minion #2.
    • | The strikes land! It's a minor critical! (-15 EN)
      | 7 * 11 = 77 DMG | 77 - 30 = 47 DMG
      | 7 + 1 = 8 DMG | 8 * 11 = 88 DMG
  • AGIL | ID: 186868 | BD: 5 + 3 + 1 = 9 | <<Exploding Catapult>> vs Kagachi.
    • | The strike lands! (-11 EN)
      | 7 * 12 = 84 DMG | 84 - 30 = 54 DMG
  • SACHI | ID: 186869 | BD: 7 + 2 + 1 = 10 | <<Imperial Southern Cross>> vs Kagachi.
    • | The strike lands! (-13 EN)
      | 7 * 15 = 105 DMG | 105 - 30 = 75 DMG

- - - - -

  • KAGACHI | Stunned!
  • KAGACHI'S MINION #1 | ID: 186870 | MD: 2 - 2 = 0 | Attacking Klein!
    •  Kagachi's Minion #1 missed!
  • KAGACHI'S MINION #2 | ID: 186871 | MD: 6 - 2 = 4 | Attacking Klein!
    •  Kagachi's Minion #2 missed!

KagachiHP: 100/350 | DMG: 80 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 30 | [STUNNED]
Kagachi's Minion #1 | HP: 123/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1
Kagachi's Minion #2 | HP: 112/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1

[2, 0, 0] Sachi | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 15/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | MIT: 15 | TAUNT || [ISC: 0/3]
[1, 1, 2] Klein | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 13/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 10 || [BI: 0/2]
[1, 0, 0] Agil | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 17/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 15 || [EC: 0/2]
[1, 0, 0] Koharu | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 17/28 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [AR: 0/1]


Round #2

  • KOHARU | No action taken.
  • KLEIN | ID: 186872 | BD: 8 + 2 + 1 = 11 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi.
    | ID: 186873 | BD: 4 + 2 + 1 = 7 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    | ID: 186874 | BD: 1 + 2 + 1 = 4 | <<Butterfly Illusion>> vs Kagachi's Minion #2.
    • | The strikes land! (-9 EN)
      | 7 * 5 = 35 DMG | 35 - 30 = 5 DMG
  • SACHI | ID: 186875 | BD: 10 + 2 + 1 = 13 | <<Dancing Spear>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    • | The strike lands! It's a major critical! (-11 EN)
      | 7 + 2 = 9 DMG | 9 * 11 = 99 DMG
      | Kagachi's Minion #1 has been defeated!
  • AGIL | ID: 186876 | BD: 6 + 3 + 1 = 10 | <<Dynamic Violence>> vs Kagachi.
    • | The strike lands! (-14 EN)
      | 7 * 12 = 84 DMG | 84 - 30 = 54 DMG

- - - - -

  • KAGACHI | ID: 186877 | MD: 10 | Attacking Agil!
    • | The strike lands! It's a major critical! (-4 EN)
      | 80 + 2 = 82 DMG | 82 - 15 = 67 DMG
  • KAGACHI'S MINION #2 | ID: 186878 | MD: 8 - 2 = 4 | Attacking Klein!
    • | The strike lands!
      | 20 - 10 = 10 DMG

KagachiHP: 41/350 | DMG: 80 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 30 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 0/3]
Kagachi's Minion #1 | HP: -11/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1
Kagachi's Minion #2 | HP: 112/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1

[2, 2, 0] Sachi | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 5/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | MIT: 15 | TAUNT || [ISC: 1/3] [DS: 0/2]
[2, 2, 2] Klein | Lv. 5 | HP: 90/100 | EN: 5/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 10 || [BI: 1/2] [RS: 0/1]
[2, 0, 0] Agil | Lv. 5 | HP: 33/100 | EN: 4/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 15 || [EC: 1/2] [DV: 0/2]
[1, 0, 0] Koharu | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 18/28 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [AR: 1/1]


Round #3

  • KOHARU | ID: 186879 | BD: 5 + 2 + 1 = 8 | <<Accel Raid>> vs Kagachi.
    • | The strike lands! (-11 EN)
      | 8 * 11 = 88 DMG | 88 - 30 = 58 DMG
      | Kagachi has been defeated!
  • KLEIN | ID: 186880 | BD: 4 + 2 + 1 = 7 | <<Death Creep>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    • | The strike lands! (-5 EN)
      | 7 * 5 = 35 DMG
  • AGIL | ID: 186881 | BD: 3 + 3 + 1 = 7 | <<Ultimate Breaker>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    • | The strike lands! (-2 EN)
      | 7 * 2 = 14 DMG
  • SACHI | ID: 186882 | BD: 10 + 2 + 1 = 13 | <<Heft>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    • | The strike lands! It's a major critical! (-11 EN)
      | 7 + 2 = 9 DMG | 9 * 5 = 45 DMG
      | Kagachi's Minion #1 has been defeated!

- - - - -

  • KAGACHI'S MINION #2 | ID: 186884 | MD: 2 - 2 = 0 | Attacking Sachi!
    • | Kagachi's Minion #2 missed!

KagachiHP: -17/350 | DMG: 80 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 30 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 1/3]
Kagachi's Minion #2 | HP: 18/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1

[2, 3] Sachi | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 1/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | MIT: 15 | TAUNT || [ISC: 2/3] [DS: 1/2] [H: 0/1]
[2, 3] Klein | Lv. 5 | HP: 90/100 | EN: 1/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 10 || [BI: 2/2] [RS: 1/1] [DC: 0/1]
[2, 1] Agil | Lv. 5 | HP: 33/100 | EN: 3/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 15 || [EC: 2/2] [DV: 1/2] [UB: 0/0]
[2, 0] Koharu | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 8/28 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [AR: 0/1]


Round #4

  • KOHARU | ID: 186891 | BD: 6 + 2 + 1 = 9 | <<Tri-Pierce>> vs Kagachi's Minion #1.
    • | The strike lands! (-3 EN)
      | 8 * 3 = 24 DMG
      | Kagachi's Minion #1 has been defeated!

Kagachi's Minion #2 | HP: -6/200 | DMG: 20 | EVA: -1

[3] Sachi | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 2/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | MIT: 15 | TAUNT || [ISC: 3/3] [DS: 2/2] [H: 1/1]
[3] Klein | Lv. 5 | HP: 90/100 | EN: 2/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 10 || [DC: 1/1]
[1] Agil | Lv. 5 | HP: 33/100 | EN: 4/28 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 15 || [DV: 2/2]
[1] Koharu | Lv. 5 | HP: 100/100 | EN: 6/28 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [AR: 1/1] [TP: 0/1]

Combat Stats

Let’s revisit the most commonly encountered stats to explain them in further detail using the knowledge we now have of the Dice Roller.

  • HP: Hit Points - The amount of health a character has. If this value reaches 0, the character will be forfeit.
  • EN: Energy - The amount of energy points a character has. If this value reaches 0, the character will no longer be able to use sword arts.
  • DMG: Damage - The base damage a character deals. This value will always minimally be at 1, and will be amplified by one's sword art’s multiplier during combat.
  • MIT: Mitigation - Reduces damage done to a character after being hit. 
  • ACC: Accuracy - Increases one's chances to land an attack. Affects a character’s die value when they roll to attack enemies in combat.
  • EVA: Evasion - Decreases one's chances of being hit by an attack. Affects the enemy’s die value when they roll to attack players in combat.
  • LD: Loot Die - Increases one's character’s overall luck. Affects a character’s die value when they roll to loot fallen enemies.

We will begin explaining Sword Arts first. This section will primarily address EN and DMG values.

For more information about Die Modifiers in Combat (ACC, EVA, LD), jump to Calculating Die Values in Combat [here].
For more information about Damage Modifiers in Combat (HP, DMG, MIT), jump to Calculating Damage Values in Combat [here].
For more information about regenerating lost values in and out of combat, jump to Energy and Health Regeneration [here].

Sword Arts

Combat in SAO is largely aided by the use of sword arts, a term used for combat movements assisted by the game’s greater Cardinal system. One can think of them as combat abilities in the context of SAO-RPG; characters can use them in battle to enhance their damage by a powerful multiplier. The use of sword arts is regulated by a character’s Energy (EN), and one can gain access to more powerful sword arts by increasing their weapon’s skill level.

Each sword art has a multiplier, a cool-down period and an EN cost. Some sword arts may cost more than others due to an additional effect the sword art possesses. Others might have a longer cool-down period due to the immense strength behind using such an art repeatedly.

Some sword arts may also have an attribute attached to them, which may change the way one strategizes for combat. These attributes are dependent on a player's weapon type. Refer to the list of attributes below:

  • [AoE]: This sword art can be used to strike multiple targets at a time. Each target attacked requires its own roll on the die roller. The EN cost for this sword art increases by 2 per each target struck.
  • [Stun]: This sword art can stun a target, forcing them to lose their post action on their next turn. Note that a target can only be stunned once every three turns.
  • [Focus]: This sword art alters the critical conditions for the attack alone. The range for criticals is pushed down by one value from the player's original range. This often decreases the requirement for a minor critical hit from a 9 to an 8 on that sole attack, and changes the bonus critical damage value of the attack from (+1/2) to (+1/2/3), with the lowest damage value being applied on a natural battle die roll of 8. See [Critical Thresholds] for more information.
  • [Delay]: This sword art reduces the target's ACC by 1 for their next turn. When in combat with an enemy that utilizes Sword Arts, forces the last Sword Art they'd used to be on cool down for an extra turn, and inflict the accuracy penalty for the duration of that Sword Art's cool down. Using sword arts with the [Delay] attribute will set all other sword arts the user owns with [Delay] to be on cool down.
  • [MA]: This sword art requires the player to have learned the [Martial Arts] skill and have raised it to Rank 1 before it is usable. All 1H Weapon Skills that utilize [MA] sword arts also benefit from an additional +1 Base DMG. The [Martial Arts] skill may be obtained through the completion of [Breaking the Unbreakable].

Players must declare which sword art they are using in their Dice Roll’s Purpose when they choose to attack with a sword art. If the attack roll is successful, use the art's multiplier alongside the character’s total base damage to get the character’s total raw damage for the attack.

To view all available sword arts across all weapon types, see the Resources List [here].
To learn more about status effects, see [here].

Sword Art Cooldowns

The duration of a Sword Art's cooldown is calculated in the turns in-between its cooldown usage to its next available usage.

Take [Meteor Break] from One-Handed Straight Sword for example. It has a cooldown of 2 turns.

  • If it were to be used in solo combat on post #10, two turns would have needed to pass before it may be used again. [Meteor Break] would be off cooldown and be ready for use on post #13.
  • If it were to be used in duo combat on post #10, both players involved in the battle would have had to have taken two turns before it may be used again. [Meteor Break] would be off cooldown and be ready for use on post #15.

Example:

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Here are Yuuki’s stats:
Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 78/78 | DMG: 6

Yuuki has her One-Handed Straight Sword weapon skill at Rank 5. Here is Yuuki performing a few sword arts.

  • [Vertical Square] has a multiplier of 5. It costs 5 EN to use and has a 1-turn cooldown.
    6 DMG * 5 = 30 DMG

Let’s get comfortable with tracking Yuuki’s EN and cooldowns.
Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 73/78 (-5) | DMG: 6 || [VS: 0/1]

  • Since Yuuki used [Vertical Square] on her turn, it goes on cooldown.

  • [Shadow Explosion] has a multiplier of 15. It costs 14 EN to use and has a 3-turn cooldown. It can also stun an enemy.
  • 6 DMG * 15 = 90 DMG

Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 59/78 (-14) | DMG: 6 || [VS: 1/1] [SE: 0/3]

  • Since Yuuki used [Shadow Explosion] on her turn, it goes on cooldown.
  • One turn has passed since the use of [Vertical Square]. It comes off cooldown on her next turn.

  • Since [Vertical Square] has come off cool down, Yuuki could use this sword art again. 
  • [Meteor Break] has a multiplier of 16. It costs 16 EN to use and has a 2-turn cooldown.
    6 DMG * 16 = 96 DMG

Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 43/78 (-16) | DMG: 6 || [SE: 1/3] [MB: 0/2]

  • Since Yuuki used [Meteor Break] on her turn, it goes on cooldown.
  • One turn has passed since the use of [Shadow Explosion]. 

  • [Snake Bite] has a multiplier of 2. It costs 2 EN to use and has no cooldown.
  • 6 DMG * 2 = 12 DMG

Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 41/78 (-2) | DMG: 6 || [SE: 2/3] [MB: 1/2]

  • Since [Snake Bite] has no cooldown, it is not indicated by Yuuki's name.
  • Two turns have passed since the use of [Shadow Explosion]. 
  • One turn has passed since the use of [Meteor Break].

  • [Snake Bite] has a multiplier of 2. It costs 2 EN to use and has no cooldown.
  • 6 DMG * 2 = 12 DMG

Yuuki | Lv. 30 | HP: 600/600 | EN: 39/78 (-2) | DMG: 6 || [SE: 3/3] [MB: 2/2]

  • Since [Snake Bite] has no cooldown, it is not indicated by Yuuki's name.
  • Three turns have passed since the use of [Shadow Explosion]. It comes off cooldown on her next turn.
  • Two turns have passed since the use of [Meteor Break]. It comes off cooldown on her next turn.

To view all available sword art cooldowns across all weapon types, see the Resources List [here].

Attacking in Combat
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Attacking in SAO-RPG requires a player to roll for a BD value on the Dice Roller and compare it to this chart before modifiers are added.

Natural BD Value Outcome
1 Critical Miss!
2 - 5 Miss.
6 - 8 Hit!
9 Minor Critical Hit! (+1 DMG)
10 Major Critical Hit! (+2 DMG)

There are three unique die values on this chart: 1 (Critical Miss), 9 (Minor Critical +1) and 10 (Major Critical +2). Critical is a key term that signifies a predetermined outcome; such values are unable to be modified by common stat values unless a unique enhancement or effect is in play.

  • On a Critical Miss, this means that players will always miss.
  • On a Major or Minor Critical Hit, this means that players will always land their hits.

Players gain bonus DMG upon rolling a Major or Minor Critical. This bonus DMG value is added to the player’s base DMG for that strike alone before sword art multipliers come into calculation.

Players should roll once for every attack made each turn. If players are performing an AoE attack, they should roll once per target they are attempting to hit. The same applies for enemies; players can choose to utilize a single roll's BD and MD values for a player's strike against the enemy and the enemy's strike against them respectively (unless stated otherwise, eg. in certain Quests).

Calculating Die Values in Combat
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Let’s take a look again at a few of the common stats found on SAO-RPG.

  • ACC: Accuracy - Increases one's chances to land an attack. Affects the character’s die value when they roll to attack enemies in combat.
  • EVA: Evasion - Decreases one's chances of being hit by an attack. Affects the enemy’s die value when they roll to attack players in combat.
  • LD: Loot Die - Increases a character’s overall luck. Affects a character’s die value when they roll to loot fallen enemies.

These stats directly affect the die value obtained from the Dice Roller. As such, they are valuable stats to focus on when considering one’s build. 

When rolling for a character’s attack, aside from criticals, any modified BD die value of 6 or higher will be considered a hit. A character’s ACC can boost this value; likewise, an enemy’s EVA can lower it. The same goes for an enemy rolling against a character as well, hence explains a worthwhile investment for players to build their EVA stat.

Examples:

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Here are Kirito’s stats:
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | LD: 2

Kirito is training against various types of dummy targets. Let’s see his rolls and determine the outcome.

  • ID: 74604 | BD: 8 | Attacking Training Dummy #1 | ACC: 0 | EVA: 3
    8 + 2 ACC - 3 EVA = 7
    Kirito lands the hit!
     
  • ID: 74558 | BD: 6 | Attacking Training Dummy #2 | ACC: 0 | EVA: 4
    6 + 2 ACC - 4 EVA = 4
    Kirito misses!
     
  • ID: 74555 | MD: 3 | Moving Target #1 attacks Kirito! | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
    3 + 3 ACC - 2 EVA = 4
    Moving Target #1 misses!
     
  • ID: 74556 | MD: 9 | Moving Target #2 attacks Kirito! | ACC: 1 | EVA: 1
    9 is a Minor Critical!
    Moving Target #2 lands the hit!
     
  • ID: 74557 | BD: 8 | MD: 7 | Sparring with Combat Trainee | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
    Kirito’s Attack: 8 + 2 ACC - 3 EVA = 7
    Kirito lands the hit!
    Combat Trainee’s Attack: 7 + 3 ACC - 2 EVA = 8
    Combat Trainee lands the hit!

Similarly, a character’s LD will affect their LD value when they are looting monsters in combat. Looting is covered in its own separate topic [here].

Calculating Damage Values in Combat
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Let’s take a look again at a few of the common stats found on SAO-RPG.

  • HP: Hit Points - The amount of health a character has. If this value reaches 0, the character will be forfeit.
  • DMG: Damage - The base damage a character deals. This value will be amplified by a sword art’s multiplier during combat.
  • MIT: Mitigation - Reduces damage done to a character after being hit. 

When attacking an enemy in combat, players must state if they are using a basic attack or a sword art on the Dice Roller’s roll purpose.

  • Basic attacks deal the base amount of DMG a player has.
  • Sword arts apply multipliers to the player’s base DMG to increase the amount of damage dealt with one attack.

When calculating damage on a successful hit, add up all sources of base DMG (eg. Critical attacks will net bonus points of DMG). Then, if a Sword Art has also been used, apply the multiplier to get one's total raw damage. If the opponent has any mitigation, it should be subtracted from the character's raw damage. This results in the final damage dealt. The calculation would look like this:

(Total Base DMG) x (Sword Art Multiplier) = (Raw DMG) - (Enemy MIT) = (Total DMG)

Note that on a successful hit, the lowest damage that can be dealt is 1, even if the target's MIT is higher than the raw damage being dealt against it. 

Examples:

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Here are Kirito's and Klein's stats:
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | MIT: 12
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 8 | ACC: 4

Kirito recently picked up a new set of Light Armor. Let’s help him test his newfound defense.
For the sake of this test, Klein has used an Uncommon Damage Potion (+1 DMG) and an Uncommon Accuracy Snack. Klein is also in possession of the Curved Sword weapon skill at Rank 3.

  • Klein attacks Kirito with [Bear Knock] of (x6) multiplier. It costs 6 EN and has a 1-turn cool down.
    The strike lands!
    8 * 6 = 48 DMG | 48 DMG - 12 MIT = 36 DMG

Let’s get comfortable with tracking Kirito’s HP and Klein’s EN and cool downs.
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 84/120 (-36) | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | MIT: 12
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 24/30 (-6) | DMG: 8 | ACC: 4 || [BK: 0/1]


  • Klein attacks Kirito with [Rising Sun] of (x5) multiplier. It costs 5 EN, has a 1-turn cool down and carries the [AoE] attribute.
    The strike is a Major Critical (+2 DMG); it lands!
    With one target struck, the sword art costs 5 + (2 * 1) = 7 EN.
    8 + 2 = 10 DMG | 10 * 5 = 50 DMG | 50 - 12 MIT = 38 DMG

Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 46/120 (-38) | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | MIT: 18
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 19/30 (-5) | DMG: 8 | ACC: 4 || [BK: 1/1] [RS: 0/1]


  • [Bear Knock] has come off cooldown. Klein can use it again.
  • Klein attacks Kirito with a basic attack. It costs 1 EN.
    The strike lands!
    18 MIT - 8 DMG = -10 DMG <= 1 DMG 

Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 45/120 (-1) | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | MIT: 18
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 18/30 (-1) | DMG: 8 | ACC: 4 || [RS: 1/1]

Energy & Health Regeneration

Managing one’s EN is crucial; without energy, there's not much one could do in combat. Note the following:

  • At the beginning of each player's turn, they recover (1 * Tier) energy. Starting at full energy, one might expend their energy in one post and then regenerate one energy at the beginning of their next turn before taking action again.
  • Successful basic attacks consume 1 energy.
  • Successful sword art attacks consume the amount of energy listed on the individual art used.
  • Failed attacks consume 2 energy.
  • Players cannot go below 0 energy.

If something has an energy cost, it would be listed with the sword art/skill information. There are also enhancements and skills that improve one's total energy and regeneration.

Out of Combat Regeneration

  • Energy is restored one point per post out of combat, and has a benchmark of being fully restored on the third post out of combat.
  • Health regenerates (Tier * 10) HP each post while out of combat.

Regeneration and recovery rates are based off each player's posts. In a party, each player would need to make three posts each to fully restore their energy.

Examples:

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Here are Kirito's and Klein's stats:
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 

Kirito and Klein are sparring. Let's see their rolls and determine their outcomes.

  • ID: 176103 | BD: 7 + 3 = 10 | <<Vorpal Lance>> vs Klein.
    The strike lands! (-7 EN)
    7 * 7 = 49 DMG
     
  • ID: 176104 | BD: 7 + 3 = 10 | <<Lasting Chopper>> vs Kirito.
    The strike lands! (-9 EN)
    7 * 9 = 63 DMG

Let’s get comfortable with tracking Kirito’s and Klein’s HP, EN and cool downs.
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 57/120 (-63) | EN: 23/30 (-7) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [VL: 0/1]
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 71/120 (-49) | EN: 21/30 (-9) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [LC: 0/1]


Since this is the start of a new round of combat, Kirito and Klein regenerate one (1) EN.

  • ID: 176106 | BD: 3 + 3 = 6 | <<Star Quint Prominence>> vs Klein.
    The strike lands! (-8 EN)
    7 * 8 = 56 DMG
     
  • ID: 176107 | BD: 10 + 3 = 13 | <<Fell Crescent>> vs Kirito.
    The strike lands! It's a major critical! (-4 EN)
    7 + 2 = 9 DMG | 9 * 4 = 36 DMG

Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 21/120 (-36) | EN: 15/30 (+1, -8) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [VL: 1/1] [SQP: 0/1]
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 15/120 (-56) | EN: 18/30 (+1, -4) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [LC: 1/1] [FC: 0/1]


Whoops! Looks like they both struck each other with a little too much force. The two players decide to take a few moments of short rest before getting back into training.

Post #1
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 31/120 (+10) | EN: 16/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [SQP: 1/1]

Post #2
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 25/120 (+10) | EN: 19/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 || [FC: 1/1]

Post #3
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 41/120 (+10) | EN: 17/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3

Post #4
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 35/120 (+10) | EN: 20/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3

Post #5 | Since this is the third post that Kirito has been out of combat, his EN has been restored to full.
Kirito also decides to chug a few HP Recovery Potions to restore his health to full.
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 (+10+60+9) | EN: 30/30 (+13) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3

Post #6 | Since this is the third post that Klein has been out of combat, his EN has been restored to full.
Klein follows Kirito's example to restore his health to full.
Klein | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 (+10+60+15) | EN: 30/30 (+10) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3

Now that their reserves have been replenished, Kirito and Klein are ready to spar once again.

Post Actions

There are two types of actions a player can take in combat: Post Actions and Free Actions.

Each post a player makes in combat is often tied to its own post action. Players are only able to make one post action per turn.

In-Combat Post Actions:

  • Using a Basic Attack
  • Using a Sword Art
  • Using Active Skills
  • Entering Stealth
  • Detecting Stealth
  • Using Consumables (except alchemy crystals)
  • Equipping items
  • Unequipping Items
  • Trading multiple items to a single player 
  • Retreating from Combat

On the topic of Active Skills: These are several actions one can take in battle that are not attacks nor sword arts. These actions are often learned through skills that one can pick up, and they can affect their party members’ stats, hate values and cooldowns amongst other things. For more information about these abilities, see the Resources List [here].

Free Actions

Free Actions can be utilized alongside Post Actions during combat. There are several caveats to using Free Actions:

  • Free Actions are split up into three distinct categories: Item Usage, Skill Usage, and System Mechanic.
    • Item Usage refers to the use of consumable items.
    • Skill Usage refers to the use of a skill, such as [Concentration], [Disguise] and [Quick Change]. All free action skill usages must be declared on the roll purpose of the corresponding post's action.
    • System Mechanic covers all actions that fall outside the realm of the first three categories.
  • Only one of each category of free action may be activated in a post.
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For example, let’s take an Alchemist’s Crystal. It has an enhancement called Mass HP Recovery, which allows players to restore health to the entire party as a free action. 

With this item:

  • Players can only use one (1) Mass HP Recovery Crystal per turn. [Item Usage]
  • Players can pair this Crystal use up with another Free Action (eg. trading away another Mass HP Recovery Crystal to another player, which would be categorized under [System Mechanic]).
  • Players can also choose to swap out their equipment on the same turn using a skill called [Quick Change]. [Skill Usage]

Look to the following for a brief list of possible Free Actions:

Free Actions

  • Item Usage
    • Using an Alchemist’s Crystal
    • Using a Performer’s Song (Masterpiece, type Instant)
  • Skill Usage
    • Swapping Equipment with [Quick Change]
    • Gaining stat bonuses through the use of [Concentration] or [Disguise]
  • System Mechanics
    • Trading one (1) item to one (1) player
    • Executing a [Switch]

For more information about Switching, see [here].

Hate

Attacks that characters make will draw aggression from their enemies. This mechanic is referred to as hate. Enemies will always attack targets with the highest hate value unless stated otherwise.

  • If a player misses, they draw no (0) hate.
  • If a player lands their attack, they draw one (1) hate.
  • If a player lands a critical attack, they draw two (2) hate.
  • Players have the option of choosing who an enemy attacks if it has zero hate from all sources against it.
  • If players are tied on hate on a target, the target’s attack will be deferred to the last player who struck that target.

Players will usually indicate an enemy's hate value beside their names or beside the enemy's names.

Examples:

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Here are Kirito's and Asuna's stats:
[0] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
[0] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 140/140 | EN: 32/32 | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12

Kirito and Asuna are fighting a wild hog.
Wild Hog | HP: 70/70 | DMG: 40

  • Kirito attacks the Wild Hog with [Vertical Square] of (x5) multiplier.
    Kirito misses! (-2 EN)
     
  • Asuna attacks the Wild Hog with [Crucifixion] of (x5) multiplier.
    The strike lands! (-5 EN)
    6 * 5 = 30 DMG

Let's get comfortable with tracking everyone's stats.
[0] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 28/30 (-2) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VS: 0/1]
[1] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 140/140 | EN: 27/32 (-5) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [CX: 0/1]

Wild Hog | HP: 90/120 (-30) | DMG: 40

  • Asuna currently has highest hate on the Wild Hog. The Wild Hog attacks Asuna!
    The strike lands!
    40 - 12 = 28 DMG

[0] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 28/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VS: 0/1]
[1] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 112/140 (-28) | EN: 27/32 | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [CX: 0/1]

Wild Hog | HP: 90/120 | DMG: 40


A new round of combat begins. Kirito and Asuna regenerate one (1) EN.

  • Kirito attacks the Wild Hog with [Star Quint Prominence] of (x8) multiplier.
    The strike lands! It's a minor critical! (-8 EN)
    7 + 1 = 8 DMG | 8 * 8 = 64 DMG
     
  • Asuna attacks the Wild Hog with [Neutron] of (x6) multiplier.
    Asuna misses! (-2 EN)

[2] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 21/30 (+1, -8) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VS: 1/1] [SQP: 0/1]
[1] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 112/140 | EN: 26/32 (+1, -2) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [CX: 1/1] [NT: 0/1]

Wild Hog | HP: 26/120 (-64) | DMG: 40

  • Because of his critical attack, Kirito currently has highest hate on the Wild Hog. The Wild Hog attacks Kirito!
    The strike misses!

A new round of combat begins. Kirito and Asuna regenerate one (1) EN.

  • Kirito attacks the Wild Hog with [Vertical Arc] of (x4) multiplier.
    The strike lands! (-4 EN)
    7 * 4 = 28 DMG 

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 18/30 (+1, -4) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [SQP: 0/1] [VA: 0/1]
[1] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 112/140 | EN: 27/32 (+1) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [NT: 1/1]

Wild Hog | HP: -2/120 (-28) | DMG: 40

The Wild Hog has been defeated!

On the subject of fighting with Multiple Parties: the enemy will always target the player with the highest hate in the last active party. Even if another player in party #1 had more hate than anyone in party #2, if party #2 was the last active party, the enemy would still only target players in party #2 on its second turn.

For more information on fighting in multiple parties, see [here].

Switching

Switching is a type of Free Action that allows two players in the same party to swap hate values on an opponent. Switching may only occur on a single opponent at any given time.

  • To initiate a Switch, a player must first land a successful attack. In the same post they must verbally call out to another player for a Switch.
  • To take over the Switch, the player called out to must agree and make a successful follow-up attack to complete the Switch. When this has occurred, the two players will swap hate values.

The player who had switched in must wait one round before initiating another switch.

Retreating
| tags: #running away, #run away from combat, #runaway, #withdrawing from combat, #withdraw from combat, #escaping combat

Dire situations call for dire solutions; call it a tactical withdrawal or an escape from combat, as long as one manages to live another day, they can return to the site of the fight for a rematch. Dead players tell no tales.

A retreat attempt takes up a post action in combat. Roll a die (LD) to determine the outcome; standard bonuses do not apply.

LD Outcome
[1-7] Failed attempt. The enemies are hot on the player’s trail. Roll for the enemies’ attacks on their turn. Combat resumes thereafter.
[8-14] Partial success. The enemy is still on the pursuit, but the player manages to evade their attacks. Combat resumes.
[15+] Success. The player has lost the interest of the enemy. Exit combat.

Circumstances in the escape attempt will affect the LD roll for a positive bonus.

  • If the opponents’ total health is below 50%, improve the escapee’s result by +1.
    • For a single enemy, the calculation is as simple as comparing their current HP to their max HP. For groups of enemies, ensure the group’s total health is below 50% of their total max HP before adding this bonus to the result. Enemies that have died in that pack of monsters are factored into this calculation.
  • If the escaping player does not have the highest hate against their opponent, improve their result by +2.
  • If this is a repeated escape attempt, improve the escapee’s roll’s result by the number of past withdrawal attempts in their current fight.

While running away, any monsters that happen to die will not drop loot. Players are also not allowed to re-engage these monsters in the same thread, even if other party members happen to remain in the heat of battle.

Examples:

Spoiler

Argo | Lv. 10 | HP: 200/200 | EN: 38/38 | DMG: 1 | EVA: 3 | LD: 5

Wild Wolf #1 | HP: 80/80 | DMG: 30
Wild Wolf #2 | HP: 80/80 | DMG: 30

Argo has just been ambushed by two Wild Wolves! She's not built for combat. The best she can do is try and run away!


ID: 176159 | LD: 1 | Retreating from combat.
Failure!

ID: 176160 | MD: 3 - 3 = 0 | Wild Wolf #1 missed!
ID: 176161 | MD: 9 - 3 = 6 | Wild Wolf #2 attacks!
The strike lands! It's a minor critical! (-31 HP)

Argo | Lv. 10 | HP: 169/200 | EN: 38/38 | DMG: 1 | EVA: 3 | LD: 5


ID: 176163 | LD: 5 +1 = 6 | Retreating from combat. Escape Attempt #2.
Failure!

ID: 176164 | MD: 1 - 3 = -2 | Wild Wolf #1 missed!
ID: 176165 | MD: 6 - 3 = 3 | Wild Wolf #2 missed!


ID: 176166 | LD: 6 +2 = 8 | Retreating from combat. Escape Attempt #3.
Partial Success!

Wild Wolves #1 and #2 automatically miss!


ID: 176167 | LD: 19 +3 = 22 | Retreating from combat. Escape Attempt #4.
Success! Argo has escaped combat!

Battle-Ready Inventory

It is worth noting that one's inventory is specifically limited during times of combat. Players are give five (5) slots with which they can fill with items, be it equipment to swap to or consumables for use. Each consumable, should they have the same name and properties, can stack up to a quantity of five (5) per slot. During combat, they may only use items from this prepared load out.

Players must declare what items they have in their Battle-Ready Inventory as part of their Character Stats at the start of the thread. Players are allowed to organize and swap items between their main inventory and their battle-ready inventory in a post action when they are not in combat.

An example has already been provided [here], regarding Player Stats under Thread Anatomy.

Some skills increase this limit. For more information, see the Resources List [here].

For more information about swapping items, see Post Actions [here].
For more information about having stats in a player's first post, see [here].

Status Effects
| tags: #status conditions

Special equipment and sword arts will be able to apply status effects. Status effects come in a few distinct flavours:

  • Buffs and Debuffs positively and negatively impact their targets' stats respectively. Debuffs in particular may also create vulnerabilities for the target that may be exploited in future turns.
  • Ailments debilitate their targets in various other manners (losing a turn, suffering damage over time). 
  • Conditions are unique effects that can't be categorized under the above labels. They also encompass effects that protect their targets from ailments and/or debuffs.

Examples of Status Effects:

  • Buffs
    • Thread Buffs; from Consumables, Skills, Housing
      eg. Damage, Mitigation, Accuracy, Evasion, Antibiotics, Filling
    • Turn Buffs; from Skills
      eg. Concentration, Disguise, Charge, Rampart
    • Support Buffs; from Skills
      eg. Sharpness, Barrier
    • Housing Buffs; from Housing
      eg. Rested, Clean, Relaxed, Col Stash, Skylight
  • Debuffs
    • Temporary Debuffs; from Consumables
      eg. Hypnosis, Lullaby, Misperception
    • Vulnerabilities; from Consumables
      eg. Incarcerate, Perpetuate
  • Ailments
    • Damage over Time (DoTs); from Consumables, Equipment
      eg. Burn, Blight, Bleed, Envenom, Toxic Venom
    • Disables; from Consumables, Equipment
      eg. Stun, Paralysis, Freeze
  • Conditions:
    • Immunities; from Consumables, Equipment
      eg. Paralytic Immunity, Bloodclot, Antifreeze, Fireproof

Note that enhancements that modify the damage of outgoing attacks, such as Heavy Momentum, Fallen, Holy, or Phase do not qualify as status effects.

Special Clauses:

  • Damage over Time: Damage done by DoTs are not affected by mitigation.
  • Disables: All disables remove evasion properties from their targets for as long as they remain disabled.
    • Stun vs Paralysis: Stuns have a 3 turn cooldown that must wear off before the target can be stunned again. Paralysis does not have this cooldown.
    • Freeze: If a player has activated Freeze in a solo-combat scenario, Freeze will remove the enemy's turn action. If another player is present to strike a frozen monster before it takes its turn, it will also inflict additional damage.
  • Vulnerabilities: Incarcerate and Perpetuate do not stack.

For more information about the various kinds of status effects, look to the Resources List [here].
For more information about Housing Buffs, look to the Resources List [here].

Critical Thresholds

Though the methods of altering one's critical thresholds are few, with game elements such as [Focus] sword arts and the [Duelist] Unique Skill, this section will explain how critical thresholds work.

When expanding a player's critical threshold, all expansions will be considered minor criticals. The die value the bottom of a player's critical threshold will always provide a +1 base DMG increase. This base DMG then increases should the player roll higher into the critical threshold. Critical thresholds will always end at the highest value of the die being rolled (in the case of combat, this value is 10).

Examples:

  • In most scenarios, players will work with a base critical threshold of natural BD9/10, which hence relates to a (+1/2) DMG increase.
  • An example of a modified critical threshold may be seen when using a [Focus] sword art, which expands the player's threshold and bonus DMG values to natural BD8/9/10 and (+1/2/3) DMG respectively.
  • Players with the [Duelist] Unique Skill using a [Focus] sword art will have a modified critical threshold of BD7/8/9/10, netting them (+1/2/3/4) DMG respectively.

It is worth noting that a natural BD10 is the only method of achieving a major critical. For the [Duelist] Unique Skill holder, with their BD+1 adjustment allowing for modified criticals, a natural BD9 will achieve them a major critical.

Order of Operations

During combat, the number of conditionals can grow out of hand should players utilize them to their fullest extent. The following standards have been provided to aid players in running through when their applied effects may come into play:

  1. Recovery effects (Health regeneration, EN regeneration)
  2. Detrimental effects (Bleed, Burn, Blight, Rend, etc.)
  3. Free Actions (Using Crystal, Quick Change, Readying for a Switch, etc.)
  4. Post Action
  5. Recovery from Detrimental effects (Ailments wearing off; Paralyze, Bleed, etc.)
  6. End Turn.

Examples:

Spoiler

Serpentine Soldier | HP: 80/240 | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE

  • Serpentine Solider attacks Kirito!
    The strike lands! It's a major critical!
    32 + 2 = 34 DMG

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 58/120 (-34) | EN: 12/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | REGEN: 4 | BLEEDING: 12 (0/2) | PARALYZED
[2] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 86/140 | EN: 24/32 | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12


A new round of combat begins. Kirito and Asuna regenerate one (1) EN.

Kirito has just been badly hurt! Thankfully, Asuna is there to cover for him while he wrestles with his debilitations. Let's look at the order of operations as he attempts to recover.

  • Kirito recovers health via Regen! (+4 HP)
    Kirito is bleeding! (-12 HP)
    Kirito is paralyzed; he is unable to move!
     
  • Asuna hands Kirito a Perfect HP Recovery Potion as a free action.
    Asuna attacks the Serpentine Soldier with [Crucifixion] of (x5) multiplier.
    The strike lands! (-5 EN)
    6 * 5 = 30 DMG

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 50/120 (+4-12) | EN: 13/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | REGEN: 4 | BLEEDING: 12 (1/2) | PARALYZED | REGENERATING: 4 (1/3)
[3] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 86/140 | EN: 20/32 (+1, -5) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [CX: 0/1]

Serpentine Soldier | HP: 50/240 (-30) | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE

  • With matching hate values, Asuna is the last player to have attacked the Serpentine Soldier. The Serpentine Solider attacks Asuna!
    The strike lands!
    32 - 12 = 20 DMG

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 50/120 | EN: 13/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | REGEN: 4 | BLEEDING: 12 (1/2) | PARALYZED | REGENERATING: 4 (1/3)
[3] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 66/140 (-20) | EN: 20/32 | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12

Serpentine Soldier | HP: 50/240 | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE


A new round of combat begins. Kirito and Asuna regenerate one (1) EN.

  • Kirito recovers health via Regen! (+4 HP)
    Kirito is bleeding! (-12 HP)
    Kirito has recovered from Paralysis! Kirito used an Perfect HP Recovery Potion! (+60 HP)
     
  • Asuna attacks the Serpentine Soldier with [Rip Ravine] of (x2) multiplier.
    The strike lands! (-2 EN)
    6 * 2 = 12 DMG

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 102/120 (+4-12+60) | EN: 14/30 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | REGEN: 4 | BLEEDING: 12 (2/2) | REGENERATING: 4 (2/3)
[3] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 72/140 (-14) | EN: 19/32 (+1, -2) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [CX: 1/1] [RR: 0/1]

Serpentine Soldier | HP: 38/240 | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE | [STUNNED: 0/1]

  • Serpentine Solider is stunned! It can't move!

Serpentine Soldier | HP: 38/240 | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE | [STUNNED: 1/1]


A new round of combat begins. Kirito and Asuna regenerate one (1) EN.

  • Kirito recovers health via Regen! (+4 HP)
    Kirito has recovered from Bleed!
    Kirito attacks the Serpentine Soldier with [Vorpal Lance] of (x7) multiplier.
    The strike lands! (-7 EN)
     7 * 7 = 49 DMG

[4] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 106/120 (+4) | EN: 8/30 (+1, -7) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | REGEN: 4 | REGENERATING: 4 (3/3) || [VL: 0/1]
[3] Asuna | Lv. 7 | HP: 72/140 | EN: 20/32 (+1) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 3 | MIT: 12 || [RR: 1/1]

Serpentine Soldier | HP: -13/240 | DMG: 32 | BD9+: BLEED [12], PARALYZE

Serpentine Soldier has been defeated!

Turn Order Terminology

The following terminology will be used to define batches of combat:

  • Every entity (player, monster, NPC) that attacks or takes a Post Action will normally take a turn.
  • After each participant in combat has taken their turn, a new round will begin starting from the first initiator of the fight.
  • Given multiple parties in combat, once every party has completed a round of combat with their enemy, a new rotation will begin starting with the first party in the fight.

Attacking in Parties

If more than four players are involved in combat, multiple parties should be formed. Parties can be split up in any way as long as a single party does not exceed four members (i.e. two groups of three / one group of four and one group of two). During combat involving multiple parties, the enemy must have a turn in between each group. A round of combat with six players could look like this:

  • Party #1
    • [Player 1]
    • [Player 2]
    • [Player 3]
  • [Enemies' Turn]
  • Party #2
    • [Player 4]
    • [Player 5]
    • [Player 6]
  • [Enemies' Turn]

The group of players that are currently attacking is known as the 'active party'. The last player in the active party should make additional rolls to control the enemies' movements. In the example above, Player #3 has the responsibility of wrapping up their party and the enemies’ turn, while Player #6 has the responsibility of concluding the entire round of combat by rolling once more for their opponents.

Custom Combat

Players can choose to start combat with enemies of their own design. Only four enemies can be spawned in and fought at any given time. All custom enemies must respect the following guidelines for monsters found on Aincrad’s floors:

Floor Standard Parameters:

  • Minimum:
    • HP = (Floor * 10)
    • Damage = (Floor * 3)
  • Maximum:
    • HP = (Floor * 50)
    • Damage = (Floor * 15)

Multiple enemies designed in the same fashion should be labelled with numbers behind their names (eg. Boar #1, Boar #2, Boar #3). Players are also allowed to empower or debilitate their enemies with different stats and effects as they see fit.

Custom enemies, should they meet loot-minimum parameters, are subject to looting once killed.

Examples:

Spoiler

Here are a list of monsters Kirito has spotted on his journey throughout Aincrad.

Floor 7 ]

  • Ibex Goat | HP: 70/70 | DMG: 21
  • Tiny Rock Golem | HP: 150/150 | DMG: 45 | MIT: 30
  • The Greatest Avian | HP: 350/350 | DMG: 105 | EVA: 3 | FLIGHT | STUNNING PECK
    > FLIGHT: If the opponent rolls a CD9+ on their attack, The Greatest Avian dodges it even if it is a critical strike.
    > STUNNING PECK: On an MD9+, The Greatest Avian's attack stuns the opponent for one turn.

[ Floor 9 ]

  • Imp | HP: 90/90 | DMG: 27
  • Scorched Fiend | HP: 130/130 | DMG: 52
  • Firestarter | HP: 300/300 | DMG: 90 | BURN II
    > BURN II: On an MD8+, Firestarter inflicts [BURN: 12 DMG] for two turns against its enemy.
  • Lava Drake | HP: 408/408 | DMG: 135 | FIRE BREATH
    > FIRE BREATH: On an MD9+, Lava Drake deals 50 more damage to its opponent and inflicts [BURN: 12 DMG] for two turns against its enemy.
  • Blazing Warrior | HP: 213/213 | DMG: 99 | MIT: 35 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | BURN II | BRUTE STRENGTH
    > BURN II: On an MD8+, Blazing Warrior inflicts [BURN: 12 DMG] for two turns against its enemy.
    > BRUTE STRENGTH: On an MD6-8, Blazing Warrior deals 25 more damage.

For more information about Looting, see [here].

Environmental Effects

Some floors and quests have specific rules regarding environmental effects. Environmental effects cannot be negated until one moves out of their circumstances (eg. leaving a floor, ending a quest). Environmental effects do not affect monsters within their vicinity unless stated otherwise. 

  • Visibility: Low-light or Darkness conditions are capable of lowering one's ACC and Searching.
  • Hazardous Terrain: Takes on various forms, capable of lowering various stats or apply ailments to passing players.

Be sure to check the floor descriptions or quest summaries for these details.

Putting it all Together
| tags: #combat summary, #combat tldr, #tldr combat, #how to fight, #combat how to

Combat is understandably complex and text heavy. While there are many rules to the subject, most of the time players will not be adhering to too many of its various rules and applications, especially when they first start the game. The list of actions below can apply to all combat scenarios as a streamlined, condensed process. Once this sequence is mastered, players are fully welcome to experiment as with combat as they see fit.

  1. Start a character's turn. Apply regeneratives (health and/or energy), resolve ailments and progress cool down counters here. Players should always be capable of delivering a basic attack (single target sword art, costing 1 EN and dealing player’s DMG).
    • Any Free Actions? Should players wish to utilize Free Actions, they must do so here before they take their post action. Depending on the type of Free Action, its use may also be required to be stated on the Die Roller.
  2. Take a Post Action. Most of the time, this would be a sword art. In the event that one is not attacking, declare the action taken as clearly as possible (consuming an item, doing nothing for that turn).
    • If a character is attacking, roll for their attack. On the [Die Roller], roll for a BD/MD’s results. State the attack’s name on the roll purpose (sword art or otherwise) and state the target that it’s being inflicted on. The numbers gained directly from the dice roller are referred to as natural rolls.
    • Modify that die. Apply ACC/EVA bonuses to the BD/MD accordingly. The attacking party’s ACC would improve the natural roll’s result, while the defending party’s EVA would reduce it. The numbers after these applications are referred to as modified rolls.
    • Did it hit? If the modified results are above 6, it’s a hit. Natural rolls of 1 will always miss. Natural rolls of 9/10 will always land, and the attack gains a +1/+2 DMG boost respectively. These ranges are referred to as critical hits or misses.
      • If yes, Damage Calculation. Attacks are calculated as such:
        [Player DMG] x [Sword Art Multiplier] = [Raw Damage]
        If an enemy has mitigation, then here’s how the calculation would continue:
        [Raw Damage] - [Enemy MIT] = [Final Damage]
        Remember that if the enemy’s MIT is higher than the delivered raw damage, they still take one (1) point of damage from that attack.
      • If yes, Hate Calculation. Each successful strike will yield the attacking player 1 hate from the targeted enemy. Critical attacks yield 2 hate. Hate is used to determine which player enemies will attack on their next turn; the higher the hate, the more likely an enemy will strike a player. On a tie of hate, the enemy will attack the last player who had attacked it. If an attack has not been made against a monster, the players get to decide who amongst them is targeted.
    • Energy Calculation. For players, failed attacks consume 2 energy (EN). Successful attacks consume the sword art/skill’s stated EN cost. 
  3. Ending One's Turn: Turn order will always operate in batches. Commonly, all players will take a turn each where they declare and roll for their post actions before the enemies take their turn. This is referred to as a round of combat. The last player posting for each round of combat usually rolls for the enemies’ attacks.

Players can opt to use the roll made for their attack for their enemy as well, or roll separately for their opponent, unless stated otherwise (eg. Quests will sometimes have this requirement). The same goes for enhancements with thresholds for activation (eg. Recovery, Vampiric (Defense)). In either cases, keep all combatants’ rolling styles consistent.

Full Combat Examples:

Spoiler

1v1 | Kirito vs. Frenzy Boar

Spoiler

Start of Combat

[0] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
  | Kirito is a [ONE-HANDED STRAIGHT SWORD] user.

Frenzy Boar | HP: 120/120 | DMG: 36 


Round #1

ID: 180498 | BD: 8 + 3 = 11 | MD: 2 - 3 = -1 | <<Vorpal Lance>> vs Frenzy Boar.

  • The strike lands! (-6 EN)
    | 7 * 7 = 49 DMG
  • Frenzy Boar missed!

Frenzy Boar | HP: 71/120 (-49) | DMG: 36 

[1] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 24/30 (-6) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VL: 0/1]


Round #2

ID: 180499 | BD: 1 + 3 = 4 | MD: 10 - 3 = 7 | <<Vertical Square>> vs Frenzy Boar.

  • Critical miss! (-2 EN)
  • Frenzy Boar attacks Kirito! It's a major critical!
    | 36 + 2 = 38 DMG

Frenzy Boar | HP: 71/120 | DMG: 36 

[1] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 82/120 (-38) | EN: 23/30 (+1, -2) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VS: 0/1] | [VL: 1/1]


Round #3

ID: 180500 | BD: 7 + 3 = 10 | MD: 8 - 3 = 5 | <<Vorpal Lance>> vs Frenzy Boar.

  • The strike lands! (-6 EN)
    | 7 * 7 = 49 DMG
  • Frenzy Boar missed!

Frenzy Boar | HP: 22/120 (-49) | DMG: 36 

[2] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 82/120 | EN: 18/30 (+1, -6) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VL: 0/1] | [VS: 1/1] 


Round #4

ID: 180501 | BD: 6 + 3 = 9 | <<Vertical Square>> vs Frenzy Boar.

  • The strike lands! (-6 EN)
    | 7 * 5 = 35 DMG
    | Frenzy Boar has been defeated!

Frenzy Boar | HP: -13/120 (-35) | DMG: 36 

[3] Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 82/120 | EN: 13/30 (+1, -6) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [VS: 0/1] | [VL: 1/1]

1v1 | Kirito vs Skeleton

Spoiler

Start of Combat

[0] Kirito | Lv. 8 | HP: 160/160 | EN: 34/34 | DMG: 9 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3
  | Kirito is a [ONE-HANDED STRAIGHT SWORD] user.

Skeleton | HP: 300/300 | DMG: 60


Round #1

ID: 180511 | BD: 9 + 3 = 12 | <<Shadow Explosion>> vs Skeleton.

  • The strike lands! It's a minor critical! (-14 EN)
    | 9 + 1 = 10 DMG | 10 * 15 = 150 DMG
    | Skeleton is stunned!

Skeleton | HP: 150/300 (-150) | DMG: 60 | STUNNED

[2] Kirito | Lv. 8 | HP: 160/160 | EN: 19/34 (-15) | DMG: 9 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [SE: 0/3]


Round #2

ID: 180512 | BD: 2 + 3 = 5 | MD: 10 - 3 = 7 | <<Nova Ascension>> vs Skeleton.

  • Kirito missed! (-2 EN)
  • Skeleton attacks Kirito! It's a major critical!
    | 60 + 2 = 62 DMG

Skeleton | HP: 150/300 (-150) | DMG: 60 || [STUN IMMUNITY: 0/3]

[2] Kirito | Lv. 8 | HP: 98/160 (-62) | EN: 18/34 (+1, -2) | DMG: 9 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [NA: 0/1] | [SE: 1/3]


Round #3

ID: 180513 | BD: 5 + 3 = 8 | MD: 5 - 3 = 2 | <<Lightning Fall>> vs Skeleton.

  • The strike lands! (-8 EN)
    | 9 * 11 = 99 DMG
    | Skeleton is immune to stun.
  • Skeleton missed!

Skeleton | HP: 51/300 (-99) | DMG: 60 || [STUN IMMUNITY: 1/3]

[3] Kirito | Lv. 8 | HP: 98/160 | EN: 11/34 (+1, -8) | DMG: 9 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [LF: 0/2] | [NA: 1/1] | [SE: 2/3]


Round #4

ID: 180514 | BD: 9 + 3 = 12 | <<Nova Ascension>> vs Skeleton.

  • The strike lands! It's a minor critical! (-12 EN)
    | 9 + 1 = 10 DMG | 10 * 11 = 110 DMG
    | Skeleton has been defeated!

Skeleton | HP: -59/300 (-110) | DMG: 60 || [STUN IMMUNITY: 2/3]

[5] Kirito | Lv. 8 | HP: 98/160 | EN: 0/34 (+1, -12) | DMG: 9 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 || [NA: 0/1] | [LF: 1/2] | [SE: 3/3]

1v4 | Agil vs Dire Wolves

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Start of Combat

[0, 0, 0, 0] Agil | Lv. 14 | HP: 280/280 | EN: 46/46 | DMG: 16 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 1 | MIT: 71
  | Agil is a [TWO-HANDED WAR AXE] user.

Dire Wolf #1 | HP: 280/280 | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #2 | HP: 280/280 | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #3 | HP: 280/280 | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #4 | HP: 280/280 | DMG: 84


Round #1

ID: 180502 | BD: 4 + 2   = 6 | 1 - 1   = 0 | <<Ordinal Cleave>> vs Dire Wolf #1.
ID: 180503 | BD: 10 + 2 = 6 | 7 - 1   = 6 | <<Ordinal Cleave>> vs Dire Wolf #2.
ID: 180504 | BD: 7 + 2   = 6 | 4 - 1   = 3 | <<Ordinal Cleave>> vs Dire Wolf #3.
ID: 180505 | BD: 2 + 2   = 4 | 10 - 1 = 9 | <<Ordinal Cleave>> vs Dire Wolf #4.

  • Agil lands 4 hits! (-20 EN)
    | 16 * 14 = 224 DMG
    | 16 + 2 = 18 DMG | 18 * 14 = 252 DMG
  • Dire Wolf #2, #4 attack Agil!
    | 84 - 71 = 13 DMG
    | 84 + 2 = 86 DMG | 86 - 71 = 15 DMG

Dire Wolf #1 | HP: 56/280 (-224) | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #2 | HP: 28/280 (-252) | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #3 | HP: 56/280 (-224) | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #4 | HP: 56/280 (-224) | DMG: 84

[1, 2, 1, 1] Agil | Lv. 14 | HP: 252/280 (-13-15) | EN: 26/46 (-20) | DMG: 14 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 1 | MIT: 71 || [OC: 0/3]


Round #2

ID: 180506 | BD: 1 + 2 = 3 | 3 - 1 = 2 | <<Whirlwind>> vs Dire Wolf #1.
ID: 180507 | BD: 4 + 2 = 6 | <<Whirlwind>> vs Dire Wolf #2.
ID: 180508 | BD: 4 + 2 = 6 | <<Whirlwind>> vs Dire Wolf #3.
ID: 180509 | BD: 5 + 2 = 7 | <<Whirlwind>> vs Dire Wolf #4.

  • Agil lands 3 hits! (-10 EN)
    | 16 * 4 = 64 DMG
    | Dire Wolf #2, #3, #4 have been defeated!
  • Dire Wolf #1 missed!

Dire Wolf #1 | HP: 56/280 | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #2 | HP: -36/280 (-64) | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #3 | HP: -8/280 (-64) | DMG: 84
Dire Wolf #4 | HP: -8/280 (-64) | DMG: 84

[1, 3, 2, 2] Agil | Lv. 14 | HP: 252/280 | EN: 17/46 (+1, -10) | DMG: 14 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 1 | MIT: 71 || [WW: 0/1] | [OC: 1/3]


Round #3

ID: 180510 | BD: 7 + 2 = 9 | <<Stunning Tap>> vs Dire Wolf #1.

  • The strike lands! (-5 EN)
    | 16 * 5 = 80 DMG
    | Dire Wolf #1 has been defeated!

Dire Wolf #1 | HP: -24/280 (-80) | DMG: 84

[2] Agil | Lv. 14 | HP: 252/280 | EN: 13/46 (+1, -5) | DMG: 14 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 1 | MIT: 71 || [ST: 0/2] | [WW: 1/1] | [OC: 2/3]

2v1 | Kirito & Asuna vs Minotaur

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Start of Combat

[0] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 36/36 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12
  | Kirito is a [ONE-HANDED STRAIGHT SWORD] user.
[0] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 36/36 | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT
  | Asuna is a [RAPIER] user.

Minotaur | HP: 300/300 | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 


Round #1

  • KIRITO | ID: 180529 | BD: 5 + 3 + 1 = 8 | <<Shadow Explosion>> vs Minotaur.
    • | The strike lands! (-14 EN)
      | 7 * 15 = 105 DMG | 105 - 25 = 80 DMG
      | Minotaur is stunned!
  • ASUNA | ID: 180530 | BD: 1 + 2 + 1 = 5 | <<Over Radiation>> vs Minotaur.
    • | Critical miss! (-2 EN)
    • | Minotaur is currently stunned, turn skipped.

Minotaur | HP: 220/300 (-80) | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 | [STUNNED]

[1] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 22/36 (-14) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12 || [SE: 0/3]
[0] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 34/36 (-2) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT || [OR: 0/3] 


Round #2

  • KIRITO | ID: 180531 | BD: 1 + 3 + 1 = 5 | <<Nova Ascension>> vs Minotaur.
    • | Critical miss! (-2 EN)
  • ASUNA | ID: 180532 | BD: 2 + 2 + 1 = 5 | MD: 3 - 3 = 0 | <<Penetrate>> vs Minotaur.
    • | Missed! (-2 EN)
    • | Minotaur attacks Kirito, but it missed!

Minotaur | HP: 220/300 | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 0/3]

[1] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 21/36 (+1, -2) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12 || [NA: 0/1] | [SE: 1/3]
[0] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 33/36 (+1, -2) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT || [PEN: 0/1] | [OR: 1/3] 


Round #3

  • KIRITO | ID: 180533 | BD: 2 + 3 + 1 = 6 | <<Lightning Fall>> vs Minotaur.
    • | The strike lands! (-10 EN)
      | 7 * 11 = 77 DMG | 77 - 25 = 52 DMG
      | Minotaur is immune to stun.
  • ASUNA | ID: 180534 | BD: 2 + 2 + 1 = 5 | MD: 5 - 3 = 2 | <<Flashing Penetrator>> vs Minotaur.
    • | Missed! (-2 EN)
    • | Minotaur attacks Kirito, but it missed!

Minotaur | HP: 168/300 (-52) | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 1/3]

[2] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 12/36 (+1, -10) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12 || [LF: 0/2] | [NA: 1/1] | [SE: 2/3]
[0] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 32/36 (+1, -2) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT || [FP: 0/2] | [PEN: 1/1] | [OR: 2/3] 


Round #4

  • KIRITO | ID: 180535 | BD: 10 + 3 + 1 = 14 | <<Nova Ascension>> vs Minotaur.
    • | The strike lands! It's a major critical! (-12 EN)
      | 7 + 2 = 9 DMG | 9 * 13 = 117 DMG | 117 - 25 = 92 DMG
  • ASUNA | ID: 180536 | BD: 3 + 2 + 1 = 6 | MD: 8 - 3 = 5 | <<Penetrator>> vs Minotaur.
    • | The strike lands! (-10 EN)
      | 6 * 8 = 48 DMG | 48 - 25 = 23 DMG
    • | Minotaur attacks Kirito, but it missed!

Minotaur | HP: 53/300 (-92-23) | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 2/3]

[3] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 1/36 (+1, -12) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12 || [NA: 0/1] | [LF: 1/2] | [SE: 3/3]
[2] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 22/36 (+1, -11) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT || [PEN: 0/1] | [FP: 1/2] | [OR: 3/3] 


Round #5

  • KIRITO | No action taken.
  • ASUNA | ID: 180537 | BD: 4 + 2 + 1 = 7 | MD: 8 - 3 = 5 | <<Over Radiation>> vs Minotaur.
    • | The strike lands! (-12 EN)
      | 6 * 14 = 84 DMG | 84 - 25 = 59 DMG
      | Minotaur has been defeated!

Minotaur | HP: -7/300 (-59) | DMG: 100 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 25 | [STUN IMMUNITY: 2/3]

[3] Kirito | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 2/36 (+1) | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | MIT: 12 || [NA: 1/1] | [LF: 2/2]
[4] Asuna | Lv. 9 | HP: 180/180 | EN: 11/36 (+1, -12) | DMG: 6 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | MIT: 27 | TAUNT || [OR: 0/3] | [PEN: 1/1] | [FP: 2/2]

 

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Looting
 | tags: #loot drop table, #item drop table, #loot table, #mob loot, #monster loot, #rolling for loot

Most monsters are capable of dropping loot. However, only under certain conditions would players be capable of looting them. In order for players to loot a fallen monster, the monster they slay must abide by loot-minimum parameters for all players who participated in the combat. Monsters must also abide by floor-standard parameters first and foremost before being considered viable for loot.

Loot Minimum Parameters:

  • HP = (Player Level * 12)
  • Damage = (Player Level * 4)

Quest enemies and bosses that fall within loot minimum parameters may be looted unless otherwise stated.

Enemies designed by players via custom combat must ensure their enemies' total ACC and EVA stats are only above or equal to 0. For example, an enemy with 3 ACC and/or 0 EVA may be eligible for looting. An enemy with 2 ACC and -2 EVA is not.

When facing multiple enemies, each target must receive a separate LD roll. In the same post that a monster is slain, that player rolls another die with the Roll Purpose "Looting: <target>", "Loot from <target>", etc. 

Looted monsters will net players (HP * 3) col when killed. Players will also benefit from natural CD and LD bonuses:

  • CD or LD even = (HP * 2) additional bonus col
  • CD or LD odd = (2) bonus materials

Furthermore, looted monsters get a roll at the Loot Table below, after modifiers apply.

All items obtained from looted monsters match their current floor’s tier; if a monster was killed on Floor 21, the item obtained would be of Tier 3. Items obtained this way will be unidentified; they would have to be examined by a player with the Appraiser profession in order to be utilized. Maps obtained from monsters match their current floor unless the current floor is below 5; in this scenario, they automatically default to Floor 5.

LD CD Loot Obtained
[1-5] [1-2] - - -
[6-10]
[1-4] Uncommon Consumable (1)
[5-12] Rare Trinket (1)
Additional Col (HP)
[11-15]
[1-4] Rare Trinket (1)
[5-8] Rare Weapon (1)
Uncommon Consumable (1)
[9-12] Rare Armor/Shield (1)
Additional Col (HP * 2)
[16-18]
[1-4] Rare Consumable (1)
Rare Weapon (1)
[5-8] Rare Consumable (1)
Rare Armor/Shield (1)
[9-12] Rare Trinket (1)
Additional Col (HP * 3)
[19-20]
[1-4] Perfect Consumable (1)
Rare Trinket (1)
[5-8] Perfect Armor/Shield (1)
Perfect Trinket (1)
[9-12] Perfect Weapon (1)
Additional Col (HP * 4)
[21-22]
[1-4] Perfect Armor/Shield (1)
Perfect Weapon (1)
[5-8] Perfect Armor/Shield (1)
Perfect Consumables (2)
[9-12] Perfect Trinket (1)
Additional Col (HP * 5)
[23-24]
[1-4] Perfect Trinket (1)
Perfect Weapon (1)
[5-8] Perfect Armor/Shield (1)
Perfect Weapon (2)
[9-12] Perfect Consumable (1)
Additional Col (HP * 6)
[25+]
[1-4] Perfect Consumables (2)
Perfect Armor/Shield (2)
[5-8] Perfect Weapons (3)
Additional Bonus Col (HP * 7)
[9-12] Gleaming Scale (1) or Demonic Shard (1)
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Examples:

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Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 15/120 | EN: 4/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 3 | EVA: 3 | LD: 3 | PROSP: 3

Hell Hound #1 | HP: 0/120 | DMG: 36
Hell Hound #2 | HP: 0/120 | DMG: 36
Hell Hound #3 | HP: 0/120 | DMG: 36
Hell Hound #4 | HP: 0/120 | DMG: 36

After decimating these Hell Hounds through the power of plot armor, he decides to loot them.


ID: 176151 | LD: 19 + 3 = 22 | CD: 12 | Looting Hell Hound #1
 | [BASE COL]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [CD BONUS]: 120 * 2 = 240col
 | [LD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [PROSPERITY]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [LOOT TABLE]: Perfect Unidentified Trinket (1), 120 * 5 = 600col
Total Loot: 1,560col, 2 materials, Perfect Tier 1 Unidentified Trinket (1)

ID: 176152 | LD: 7 + 3 = 10 | CD: 3 | Looting Hell Hound #2
 | [BASE COL]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [CD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [LD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [PROSPERITY]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [LOOT TABLE]: Uncommon Unidentified Consumable (1)
Total Loot: 720col, 4 materials, Uncommon Tier 1 Unidentified Consumable (1)

ID: 176153 | LD: 5 + 3 = 8 | CD: 1 | Looting Hell Hound #3
 | [BASE COL]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [CD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [LD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [PROSPERITY]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [LOOT TABLE]: Uncommon Unidentified Consumable (1)
Total Loot: 720col, 4 materials, Uncommon Tier 1 Unidentified Consumable (1)

ID: 176154 | LD: 5 + 3 = 8 | CD: 2 | Looting Hell Hound #4
 | [BASE COL]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [CD BONUS]: 120 * 2 = 240col
 | [LD BONUS]: 2 materials
 | [PROSPERITY]: 120 * 3 = 360col
 | [LOOT TABLE]: Uncommon Unidentified Consumable (1)
Total Loot: 960col, 2 materials, Uncommon Tier 1 Unidentified Consumable (1)


Loot Summary:
+ 3,960col
+ 10 materials
+ Perfect Tier 1 Unidentified Trinket (1)
+ Uncommon Tier 1 Unidentified Consumables (3)


Stealth

Sometimes it’s good to keep a low profile on the fields of Aincrad. Stealth allows players to stay hidden from anyone or anything that isn’t present in their party. It relies on multiple post actions and their LD die rolls; one post is required to enter the Stealthed state. Subsequent posts are to test the player’s ability to maintain their stealthed position.

There are two bonuses that apply to actions regarding Stealth: Stealth itself (often obtained from the Stealth skill and enhanced by low-light environmental effects), and Stealth Detection (often obtained from the Searching skill).

  • It takes a post action and a die roll (LD) for one to enter stealth. This rating must exceed their seeker(s)' passive Stealth Detection rating. Stealth bonuses apply.
    • When hiding from NPCs and monsters, this passive Stealth Detection rating is a 9 (unless stated otherwise).
    • When hiding from a player, this passive Stealth Detection rating is a 10 + any Stealth Detection bonuses the seeking player might have. When hiding from multiple players at once, roll against the highest passive Stealth Detection rating from the seeking party.
  • To maintain hiding with Stealth after the initial post, players must roll against the aforementioned passive Stealth Detection rating on every post thereafter. Stealth bonuses apply.
  • Players may stop rolling for stealth when they choose to leave it or when they are discovered. 
  • When discovered, players fall out of their Stealthed state. Another entry post and roll will be necessary if they wish to return to their Stealthed state.
  • A tie in stealth and detection ratings result in the stealthed entity being discovered.
  • Players and entities may choose to seek out players in stealth; this takes a post action and a die roll. On a search, players must roll (LD) to beat their target’s last Stealth roll. Stealth Detection bonuses apply.

It is also possible to attack from stealth. A stealth roll will need to be rolled against their opponents’ highest passive Stealth Detection rating before the attack to verify one’s maintenance of stealth for their strike; should it fail, the combatant falls out of hiding and loses all bonuses they might’ve gained from a surprise attack. If the strike succeeds, the player falls out of stealth after their attack. 

It is also worth emphasizing that stealth can only be entered out-of-combat unless one has the Vanish mod after unlocking it through the Stealth skill.

Examples:

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Argo | Lv. 10 | HP: 200/200 | EN: 38/38 | DMG: 1 | EVA: 3 | LD: 5 | Stealth Rating: 3 | Stealth Detection: 2
Kirito | Lv. 6 | HP: 120/120 | EN: 30/30 | DMG: 7 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | LD: 2 

Argo and Kirito are playing a game of hide and seek. Let's watch how events unfold.

Argo's passive stealth detection is 10 + 2 = 12.


ID: 176169 | LD: 20 | Kirito enters stealth.

ID: 176170 | LD: 4 +2 = 6 | 6 <= 20 | Argo can't seem to find Kirito...


ID: 176172 | LD: 18 | Kirito remains in stealth.

ID: 176173 | LD: 7 +2 = 9 | 9 <= 18 | Argo can't seem to find Kirito...


ID: 176174 | LD: 18 | Kirito remains in stealth.

ID: 176175 | LD: 3 +2 = 5 | 5 <= 18 | Argo can't seem to find Kirito...


ID: 176176 | LD: 13 | Kirito remains in stealth.

ID: 176177 | LD: 15 +2 = 17 | 17 >= 13 | Argo spots Kirito!
Kirito is knocked out of stealth!


Field Bosses

Field Bosses are a new type of enemy that have appeared with the introduction of 3.0. These mobs are unique in that they may be spawned into any player-made thread, so long as all participants agree. They may even be brought into quest threads, so long as all other quest requirements are met beforehand (excluding post requirements). This allows players to may spawn a Field Boss to fill the remaining space. 

Field Bosses differ between floors. To view a list of Field Bosses, look to the [Beginner Floor Guide] and/or the [Intermediate Floor Index].

Players may first spawn a field boss without consequence in a given thread. After which, there is a fifteen post cool-down before it may respawn. This allows players to slay them multiple times in a single thread. The cool-down begins on the first post after the boss is killed, but it may be reduced with the use of certain items and mods, such as [Spyglass] or [Tracking] respectively, if the Player with the mod has slain the mob before.

Field Bosses have a few caveats to them.

  • When challenging Field Bosses, players will have their equipment scaled down to match to the Field Boss' tier (eg. Player fighting Field Boss on Floor 17 will have their gear's stats adjusted to Tier 2).
  • Upon defeat, Field Bosses drop special items that cannot be found elsewhere in Aincrad. All players will earn a copy of the item.
  • Field Bosses may also be looted through standard looting processes if its meets all present players' loot parameters.
  • Field Bosses will award its combat participants with (Field Boss Tier) * 500 EXP should the players' tier match or are lower than the tier of the Field Boss.
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Characters that want to change and grow over time during their journey throughout Aincrad have several options made available to them to kit out their story, whether it be through levels and stats, seeking out new horizons to frontier or by finding solace from the bustle of everyday adventuring in the iron castle. Elements covered under this topic often provide one’s characters with permanent bonuses until they are opted to be altered or removed by their player.


Quests

Quests are additional challenges and narratives created by Cardinal; they often provide bonus rewards upon their completion. The [Quest sub-section] contains a list of all available quests, detailing specific objectives, enemies and rewards. 

When taking on a quest, the name of the quest must be included in the title of the thread. All quest objectives must also be completed come thread closing; it can be helpful to link the undertaken quest in the first post for all players present to refer their journey against. In the thread summary, players are also responsible for listing and distributing any quest rewards.

Most quests have certain rules and limitations:

  • Party Limit: States up to how many players can partake in the quest at any given time. Solo (1) is always an option unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • Level Limit: Only players with a level below this indicator can start the quest.
  • Non/Repeatable: Indicates whether or not the quest can be completed more than once. Repeated completions typically award a portion of the quest's original rewards.
  • Post Count: Some quests require more than a single page of role play to be considered complete.

In certain scenarios, some players might choose to aid another in a non-repeatable quest. Players are free to do so as long as the following rules are abided:

  • The player who starts the quest thread has not completed the quest.
  • The player who is aiding their companion does not receive quest rewards.

Extra Skills

Most Character Growth can be achieved through quests. As an example, Extra Skills are part of a load out feature in SAO-RPG that fuel most Free Action skill usages, as well as provide some passive bonuses or other Post Actions for players to use in battle.

Most Extra Skills may be unlocked through the completion of quests. The number of Extra Skills a player may equip in a thread is equal to a player's Tier. Players may pick and choose a variety of Extra Skills to equip in a thread as long as they have completed the corresponding Extra Skills quest. Players may swap Extra Skills in a thread at any time, so long as they are out of combat.

To view a list of Extra Skills available, see the Resources List [here].


Evaluations
| tags: #evals, #eval template, #evals template

Some items or actions performed by players must be run through staff to ensure that they abide by the rules of the game as well as stick to the setting of SAO-RPG. Examples can include the following:

  • Describing a familiar
  • Modifying a familiar (its skill or appearance via the use of an item)
  • Describing a crafted item
  • Appraising an unidentified item
  • Fusing two existing items together via Item Fusion
  • Declaring the use of a unique item to modify the properties of an existing item
  • Redeeming a newly generated item from a completed thread
  • Submitting a proposal for a Custom Skill/Sword Art

Each player is allotted one thread under the [Evaluations sub-section] that they will use during their time on-site. After an item has been submitted for evaluation, it must be approved by staff -- seek out a PST member either from [Discord] or from the [Staff List] to notify them that an evaluation is ready for approval.

Players are advised to be as meticulous as possible with their evaluations; items that are obtained from quest and events must have their obtainment posts linked, and items that are crafted must have their evaluation approval linked as well as item ID listed. Any items that might affect die roller rolls in the submitted evaluation process must also be listed either in the evaluation request itself or in a linked post related to the evaluation request.

Other types of Evaluations, such as skill refunds or housing approvals have their own specific threads in which evaluations are posted to.

Evaluation Templates:

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Do note that evaluations submitted to PST can be in any format so long as the following general guidelines have been followed and the post has been formatted in a readable manner. For other evaluation types that don't have a template provided, please provide as much information as possible so that PSTs are able to handle the unique evaluation request.

Making sure evaluation submissions are neat and tidy allows PSTs to evaluate submissions more quickly and handle requests in a streamlined manner. Thank you very much for your co-operation.


PROFESSIONS TEMPLATE

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SUBMITTING A NEW CRAFTED/IDENTIFIED ITEM FOR APPROVAL

  • Shop Post: [please provide a link where this request's craft/appraisal ids have been rolled upon. this should be a post in one's shop thread.]
  • Transaction Date: [should any materials/col be transacted to the banker, please note down the transaction date here for easier referencing.]
  • Cost of Transaction: [state the amount of materials/col that have been sent to banker.]
  • Crafter's Profession: 
  • Crafter's Rank: 
  • Item Name: 
  • Item Tier: 
  • Item Type: 
  • Item Rarity:  
  • Item Enhancements: 
  • Craft/Appraisal/Obtainment IDs & Rolls: 
  • Item Description: 

SUBMITTING AN ITEM FUSION

  • Shop Post: [please provide a link where this request's craft/appraisal ids have been rolled upon. this should be a post in one's shop thread.]
  • Transaction Date: [should any materials be transacted to the banker, please note down the transaction date here for easier referencing.]
  • Cost of Transaction: [state the amount of materials that have been sent to banker.]
  • Crafter's Profession: 
  • Item Fusion Materials: [optional, if any.]
  • Item Component #1 Details: [this item will act as the primary item to be fused upon.]
  • Item Component #2 Details: [this item will be consumed upon fusion.]
  • Roll ID: [please register this fusion with the die roller. be as specific as possible in the roll purpose.]
  • New Item Details: [please ensure that all details match item component #1 save for the enhancements transferred over during the fusion process.]

SUBMITTING ITEM REROLLS

  • Shop Post: [please provide a link where this request's craft/appraisal ids have been rolled upon. this should be a post in one's shop thread.]
  • Transaction Date: [should any col be transacted to the banker, please note down the transaction date here for easier referencing.]
  • Cost of Transaction: [state the amount of col that have been sent to banker.]
  • Appraiser's Rank: 
  • Item Details: [please provide information about the item to be re-rolled upon here in full.]
  • Selected Enhancements to Re-Roll:  
  • Appraisal IDs & Rolls: 
  • New Item Details: [please ensure that all details match the original item details save for the enhancements rolled upon during the re-roll process.]

ITEM MODIFICATION TEMPLATES

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SUBMITTING AN ITEM TO BE MODIFIED

  • Modification Item's Post: [please provide a link where the modification item has been obtained from.]
  • Target Item Details: [please provide information about the item to be modified here in full.]
  • Modifications Made: [state any changes to be made via the modification item's details.]

FAMILIAR TEMPLATES

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APPLYING FOR NEW FAMILIAR

  • Familiar Obtainment Thread: [please provide a link as to where this familiar has been obtained from. please ensure that the thread has been closed first before submitting the familiar for approval.]
  • Familiar Name: 
  • Familiar Description: 
  • Familiar Image: [optional.]

APPLYING FOR NEW FAMILIAR MASTERY

  • Familiar Approval Post: [please provide a link as to where this familiar has been approved.]
  • Familiar Mastery Thread: [please provide a link as to where this familiar has learned familiar mastery from. please ensure that the thread has been closed first before submitting the familiar for approval.]
  • Chosen Familiar Mastery: 

CUSTOM SKILL/SWORD ART TEMPLATE

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CREATING A CUSTOM SKILL

  • Paragon Level Log: [please provide a link to where you've been tracking your paragon levels.]
  • Skill Name: 
  • Skill Effect: 
  • Skill Description: 

CREATING A CUSTOM SWORD ART

  • Paragon Level Log: [please provide a link to where you've been tracking your paragon levels.]
  • Sword Art Name: 
  • Damage Multiplier & Modifiers:
  • Weapon Type Limitation: [state one of the following: one-handed weapons, two-handed weapons, a specific weapon type.]
  • Sword Art Description: 

 

For more information about crafting, see Crafting & Professions [here].
For more information about appraising items, see Appraisers on the Resources List [here].
For more information about Item Fusion, see Blacksmith on the Resources List [here].
For more information about Familiars, see [here].
For more information about skill refunds, see Skills [here].
For more information about Housing, see [here].
For more information about Custom Skills/Sword arts, see [here].


Familiars

Players can obtain a small non-humanoid companion to act as their familiar -- one can imagine this as a pet if they so choose. To unlock this feature, players must have completed the quest [Feeding your Enemy]. The familiar may then be submitted for evaluation; its template can be found under the Evaluations topic [here].

The following guidelines apply to what a familiar may be:

  • Players may only have one familiar at a time.
  • The familiar must be smaller than 3 ft. in any dimension (3 ft. is a bit larger than the size of a Great Dane)
  • No humanoid monsters allowed
  • May not be capable of direct communication with the player

If players so choose, they may then proceed to teach their familiar tricks that their character may benefit from via the [Training your Friend] quest. This will unlock [Familiar Mastery].

  • Only one [Familiar Mastery] skill may be unlocked at a time.
  • [Familiar Mastery] does not take up a skill slot. 
  • [Familiar Mastery] must have SP invested into it before its respective action may be used (see Resources List [here] for more information). When using [Familiar Mastery] actions, the player must make note of their familiar's presence or interact with their familiar.
  • [Familiar Mastery] may be altered after SP invested into it has been refunded; simply take on the quest again and submit it in a new evaluation post when the quest is completed.

Staff may deny any familiar should they believe it to not be within reason of these guidelines. If players are uncertain about their familiar ideas breaching SAO-RPG’s setting, they are encouraged to contact PST members to verify their concepts’ validity before approval.

Familiar names and descriptions should not change when training or retraining a familiar, although one may add on explanations into how the familiar fights. The familiar’s name and description must still be included in a training re-evaluation for staff’s records. If a training evaluation has been denied, please contact staff for more information.


Shops & Professions

Each player is allotted their own thread under the [Merchants and Shops sub-section] to set up their own store. There, they can trade with players (usually in an attempt to make a profit). If they have a Crafting Profession, their thread made in this section is also delegated to their crafting attempts and logs. Players are allowed to list items they have obtained, found or crafter up for sale in these threads. They can attach a stated price to their items or ask other players to barter for them. 

Posts made under this sub-section have a word minimum of 100, a deviation to the usual 150. 

Players are also welcome to communicate with others to collaborate sharing a store/crafting space. Feel free to be creative, but please message a staff member to go over the details of any out-of-the-ordinary shop set-ups. 

For more information about Crafting Professions, see [here].

Interacting with Shops

Most shops will feature at least one of two types of transactions when trading for goods:

  • Stock
    Some shops will often have items in stock. These shops feature items that have already been crafted/identified.

    To make a purchase, create a post tagging the store's owner about the sale of the item and send the required funds for the item(s) over to that player. The item will immediately belong to the player who had made the purchase. Players do not need to wait for a confirmation from the store's owner for this transaction to occur.
     
  • Order
    Other shops may feature a transaction by Order. These shops will require players to make a post having filled out an order form in the store owner's thread before the item can be made. Details like the item's enhancements and rarity types are left up to the client's wishes. Players should then submit the order's payment to the store owner. Payments vary between different shops, though most fees should be listed in a store's front page. These posts should also tag the store's owner to notify them of a request for items to be made.

    The customer will then need to wait for the store owner to evaluate these items. Once the order has been fulfilled, the store owner will notify their client of the availability of the item with a separate post in their thread, often alongside a tag to the item(s)' recipient. Players will need to make one last post stating that they have received their ordered items in the store owner's thread. This concludes the end of an Order transaction. 

Crafting Professions

There are two types of professions a player can take up; Crafting and Gathering. Players are capable of learning one profession under each category.

Players may take up a Crafting Profession via the completion of the [Earning a Living] quest in order to craft items with enhancements. Each profession has their own field that they excel in; look to the following table for details.

Profession Item Type Specialization
Blacksmith
Equipment
Heavy Armor, Shields, Weapons
Tailor Light Armor, Clothing, Plushies, Weapons (Handwraps)
Artisan Trinkets, Jewelry
Alchemist
Consumables
Potions, Crystals
Cook Support Songs, Debuff Songs
Performer Snacks, Meals, Desserts, Feasts
Appraisers Stock Consumables Item Appraisals, Junk-sales

Crafting for professions may only take place in shop threads. Every day, players are given a certain amount of attempts to craft items with; players should link their rolls back to their crafting post and keep track of their profession’s experience alongside their use of materials. These attempts can also be refreshed once a day with the use of a consumable with the [Crafter's Respite] enhancement.

After each day’s worth of crafting, players must submit any spent materials (or col for appraisers) to the @Banker via the economy system. Any items crafted that players wish to use must be evaluated in their own evaluation threads using an item template, found under the Evaluations topic [here].

Daily crafting attempts will reset at 12:00 AM for each player at their respective local times.

For more information on the economy system, see Using the Economy Dashboard [here].
More details about each crafting profession may be found on the Resources List [here].

Examples:

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A shop's crafting post may look something like the following:


DATE: [30/10/20]
RANK 7 BLACKSMITH | [EXP: 686/1240] | Daily Crafting Attempts: 8 +1

CRAFTING BUFFS:
Hephestus' Hammer | Obtained from Challenge of Olympus | [link] | +1 CD when crafting
Artisan's Pliers | Custom Ambition Tool bought from Argo | [link] | +1 EXP per craft
Extended Workshop | Housing Buff | [link] | +2 EXP per craft, +1 daily crafting attempt

Crafting Tier 3 [One-Handed Straight Sword]s:
ID: 176150 | CD: 4 | LD: 20 | Salvage (Success)
ID: 176149 | CD: 11 | Success! (Rare)
ID: 176148 | CD: 9 | Success! (Rare)
ID: 176147 | CD: 11 | Success! (Rare)
ID: 176146 | CD: 4 | LD: 1 | Salvage (Fail)
ID: 176145 | CD: 12 | Success! (Perfect)
ID: 176144 | CD: 1 | Fail
ID: 176143 | CD: 3 | LD: 15 | Salvage (Success)
ID: 176142 | CD: 1 | Fail

RESULT: +74XP (34, +10+10+20) | [EXP: 760/1240] 
-8 Tier 3 Materials | Sent to Banker.

NEW ITEMS:
Uncommon [One-Handed Straight Sword] (1)
Rare [One-Handed Straight Sword] (3)
Perfect [One-Handed Straight Sword] (1)

Gathering Professions

Crafting Professions require materials before players are able to forge any items. One can better their chances of gathering materials through the passive benefits of Gathering Professions. Players can pick up a Gathering Profession via the completion of the appropriate [Earning a Living] quest.

Profession Die Type Specialization Treasure
Gatherer LD Has a higher chance of obtaining more materials per gathering attempt. Demonic Shard
Fisher CD Has a chance to fish up a Sunken Cache with each fishing attempt. Gleaming Scale

 

Treasures
Gathering with a profession will allow players to obtain Treasures under the right conditions.

  • Demonic Shards can be used to upgrade an item from Perfect rarity to Demonic. It is also necessary to preserve an item's Demonic status when fusing it with another piece of equipment. To upgrade a Perfect rarity weapon to Demonic, three (3) Demonic Shards must be used. The last enhancement slot may either be rolled upon following standard Appraiser identification rules or chosen from one of the standard enhancements available to its item type.
  • Gleaming Scales can be used to preserve an item's unique enhancement when fusing it with another piece of equipment. To reroll an enhancement slot on an equipment solely from the unique enhancement table, three (3) Gleaming Scales must be used.

More details about each gathering profession may be found on the Resources List [here].
For more information about item fusion, read up on the example on Blacksmith Crafting Profession [here].


Guilds

Whether this be to help new players on their way, to amass and horde Col, or to make the ultimate sacrifice and head to the front lines guilds act as the premiere way of organizing fellow players together to shepherd them towards a shared goal. A guild can provide their members a plethora of benefits, including access to the purchase of Guild Halls and their respective profits. Players also have the freedom to run their guilds however they like, installing a member ranking system, holding promotional or guild events, etc. 

Players may check the list of current existing guilds via the [Guilds Page]; if a guild is public, players are welcome to join it. Otherwise, contacting a guild member would be the best way to investigate their application process. Do note that players are only allowed to be part of only one Guild at any given time.

Guilds come in four different flavours, and each type will decide what bonuses the Guild will benefit from in the future.

  • Front-lines guilds focuses on heralding players to searching for Labyrinths and clearing Floor Bosses.
  • Leveling guilds have their sights on shepherding lower-levelled players to higher frontiers.
  • Mercantile guilds specialize in providing their members benefits to crafting and professions.
  • PvP guilds are solely centered around PvP aspects of the game.

Guilds may change their specialization once they have been made. The cool down on this alteration is once every 30 days.

Guild Creation

Prospective Guild starters must abide by the following requirements:

  1. Minimum four character members (including the Guild Leader).
  2. These members must not be part of any other existing guilds.
  3. The Guild Leader must be at least Level 5.
  4. A guild type must be decided upon.

The Guild Leader must create a Guild via the [Guilds Page]. Once approved by a staff member, the Guild will be listed in the Guild Directory. There may only be one Leader and any number of Co-Leaders in a guild. 

  • The Leader is responsible for overseeing the guild thread and activity.
  • Co-Leaders are the only players able to claim the guild if the Leader becomes inactive.

Step-by-Step Guide to Guild Creation & Page Management

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Step 1: From the main page, under the "Browse" tab and next to "Forums" is an option that says "Guilds."

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Mobile users will be able to find it under the side navigation menu.

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Step 2: This is the Guild Directory, where current existing Guilds are listed. To create a new guild, use the green button on the right that says “Start a Guild”.

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Step 3: This is the Guild creation page.

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  1. State the name of the new Guild.
  2. Declare the guild's accessibility setting:
    • Public: All players can join this guild. They are also capable of reading and replying to this guild's topics and discussions. 
    • Open: All players can join this guild. They are also capable of reading to this guild's topics and discussions, however only its members can post and reply to them.
    • Closed: Players may request to join the guild. All players may view the Guild's front page and its list of members. Only its members can read and reply to the guild's topics and discussions.
    • Private: Only the Guild's members may view the Guild's information, alongside reading and replying to its topics. Players may only join this guild via the leader(s)' invitations.
  3. [OPTIONAL] Give the Guild a description. This could be anything from a welcome message to the Guild's motive operandi. Make sure its details abide by forum rules and role-play etiquette. Players will read this when viewing your Guild's information.
  4. [OPTIONAL] Give the Guild a logo by uploading an image.
  5. Declare the leader of the new Guild.
  6. Declare the type of Guild it will be. Select between Front-lines, Leveling, Mercantile and PvP; this will also determine the types of buffs the Guild will be able to provide its members.
  7. Declare the founding members (4 minimum, please include the leader's name).

Step 4: The guild has been created!

There are plenty of features available for use.

  • A miniature forum is available for guild members to use and discuss activities with (topics, threads).
  • Guild members also have access to a Calendar and a Blog for hosting Guild events or making Guild announcements. 

All of these are accessible via the Manage Guild function on the top left; members can visit these features via the tabs at the top of the Guild information once they have been set up.

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More features are available under the Members tab; one can view the list of Guild members, Co-Leaders, Moderators and Leaders there. By clicking on the gear/settings icon beside a member's card, options to alter their role will appear; only the Guild Owner can edit a guild's settings.

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  • Leaders can moderate content and promote others to Co-Leaders and Moderators.
  • Co-Leaders can moderate content and manage members.
  • Moderators can moderate content but cannot manage members.

Guild invitation notifications will appear as such (see below). Following the notification will take the user to view the guild's page. If the guild is Private or Closed, one can accept the invitation by selecting the "Join Guild".

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Guild Activity

With regards to guild activity, if a Guild Leader does not make an in-character post for 45 days, the Co-Leader may choose to take over as Guild Leader. The position of Leader may be passed on to another member by the current Leader at any time, in which case they would no longer be in control of the guild.

A guild leader is the only one who may Disband a guild. If a guild's leader would like to disband a guild, they must edit the description to include a disbandment tag ("DISBANDED") within the guild description and message an Admin on [Discord] or [on-site] with the name of the guild asking for them to remove it.

Guild Hall

Once a guild has been formed, it is immediately eligible for a guild hall purchase. Guild halls are useful for providing buffs to its members and storing items and/or col. Guild hall details should be posted and updated in a Guild's Page.

In order to purchase a guild hall, simply fill out the form located in the [Housing Evaluation thread]. Once the evaluation has been approved by staff, its mention and its buffs can be used freely in the guild members' threads. Additional rooms may be added after a guild hall's initial application. Check the Housing Reference page [here] for full information on costs, rooms, and the bonuses they provide.

Note that guild halls cannot be purchased on Floors 1-10.


Housing
| tags: #player housing, #estates, #apartments

Players may purchase an abode to retire to at the end of a long day of adventuring. Player houses provide multiple benefits depending on the types of rooms installed; they may be purchased by a single player or be signed under two players (provided they are married). Players may also obtain a home as a [Donation Reward].

Home Purchasing Rules:

  • Player homes cannot be purchased on Floors 1-10 (restrictions vary with donation rewards).
  • Player applying to purchase a home must be at least level 10 (these restrictions do not apply to donation rewards). 

Plots & Rooms

Player housing must be built on plots; different sized plots cost more as they get bigger. The larger the plot’s size, the larger the size of the house built upon it can be, hence more rooms can fit into the player’s home.

  • Standard plots are considered to be inside a Safe Zone; within a settlement or city. These plots are unable to be bought by Orange Players (PKers). 
  • PK-accessible plots cost more and must be located outside of a Safe Zone. 

Housing have three different limit values that describe their buildings: 

  • Room Slots indicate how many indoor rooms a home can have. 
  • Yard Slots indicate how many outdoor rooms a home can have.
  • Stories Limit dictates how tall (or deep) a home’s floors can go. They are necessary should one plan to have an attic or basement. 

Each room in a house has a Player Limit. When a room is purchased, a player must be assigned to that room to indicate their benefiting from the room’s buff. A player can be assigned to multiple rooms, but a room can’t have more people assigned to it than its Player Limit. A home’s owner can reassign each room’s beneficiaries once every 30 days. 

To apply for/purchase a home, fill out the form located in the [Housing Evaluation thread]. Once the evaluation has been approved by staff, any room bonuses can be used freely. Housing details should be added and kept up to date in its homeowner(s)’ Journal. Additional rooms may be added after a house's initial application.

The Housing Reference in the Resources list goes into details about the costs of homes, rooms and their individual limit values. Check it out [here] for more information.

Read on for more information about Orange Players.


Cursor Colours
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A player's cursor can be one of two colors: green or orange. The most common type of cursors for players is green. An on-site cursor color will remain green until a player has met the conditions of an indefinite or permanent orange cursor.

An orange cursor indicates that the player has committed some type of crime, and the duration of the orange cursor depends on the nature of the crime and how many infractions the player has had in the past.

List of infraction examples:

  • Attacking a green player outside of an authorized combat (with or without the use of dice rolls)
  • Stealing
  • Physically harassing another player
  • Killing another player (by flavour or by PvP)

Players with an orange cursor have a more difficult time getting around in Aincrad. Not only are orange players widely regarded as criminals, but most safe zones will have NPC guards that will act hostile towards them. Players with orange cursors are encouraged to keep this in mind when RPing in or around settlements, or populated locations. Orange Players are also at a higher risk of being attacked; there are no penalties against a green player attacking an orange player.

  • For the first three infractions, a cursor changes colors until the end of the thread in which the crime was committed. Afterwards, a player's cursor will turn back to green. These temporary cursor changes should simply be roleplayed.
  • On the fourth infraction, a player's cursor turns orange indefinitely. The only way to revert to a green cursor at this point is to complete the [Redemption] quest located [here]
  • On the fifth infraction, or after the first instance of killing a green player outside of a duel, a cursor will become permanently orange. Nothing may revert a permanent orange cursor back to green. If a player’s cursor would turn indefinitely or permanently orange, please notify a PST member via [Discord] or [on-site messages] to have their cursor color changed. 

Cursor color changes must be noted in the summary once a thread is completed. This includes temporary changes and the number of infractions to date. Players may choose to track when and how many times their cursor color changes in their journal.

For more information about killing another player, see PvP [here].


Paragon Levels
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In SAO-RPG, level caps match closely to the current floor that has been unlocked. However, once level-cap has been reached, players are still able to accumulate EXP and levels. These levels past the level cap are considered Paragon Levels, and for every 5 Paragon Levels a player achieves, they gain +20 HP, +2 EN, and +5 SP. There are also certain benchmark rewards of Paragon Levels that are only attainable once per character. Note that rewards obtained via Paragon Levels are bound to their individual character; the marriage system does not bypass these restrictions.

Paragon Levels are calculated as such:

Total Level based off EXP – Level Cap = Paragon Level

Paragon Levels are fluid. Once the level cap is increased, Paragon Levels are converted to standard levels to match the new level cap.

Paragon Level Benchmark Rewards
5 At the end of every thread, this player will gain an amount of col equivalent to 10% of the EXP earned in that thread.
10 Permanently increase EXP Gain by 3%.
25 Gleaming Scale (3)
Can be used to preserve an item's unique enhancement when merging it with another piece of equipment during Item Fusion. Three Gleaming Scales allows an enhancement slot on an item to be rerolled from the Unique Table.
Equipment Change Ticket (1)
Changes an equipment to one of a different type. Should any enhancements present on the equipment clash with the new type, contact staff for advice on how to proceed.

Free SP Reset (1)
60 Paragon Tier Up Tickets (3)
Increases an equipment's tier by one (1). Cannot be used on an equipment that has had its tier raised before.
Demonic Shards (3)
Can be used to upgrade an item from Perfect rarity to Demonic during Item Fusion. Must be used to preserve an item's Demonic status when fusing it with another piece of equipment. Three Demonic Shards allows a Perfect item to be upgraded to a Demonic item directly; its extra enhancement slot is rolled for normally using standard Appraiser identification rules.
75 +1 [Extra Skill] slot
100 Gleaming Scale (3)
Can be used to preserve an item's unique enhancement when merging it with another piece of equipment during Item Fusion. Three Gleaming Scales allows an enhancement slot on an item to be rerolled from the Unique Table.
Demonic Shards (3)
Can be used to upgrade an item from Perfect rarity to Demonic during Item Fusion. Must be used to preserve an item's Demonic status when fusing it with another piece of equipment. Three Demonic Shards allows a Perfect item to be upgraded to a Demonic item directly; its extra enhancement slot is rolled for normally using standard Appraiser identification rules.

Stats earned from all pre-existing Paragon Levels on this player will be doubled in value. (+40 HP/+4 EN/+10 SP for every 5 Paragon Levels)

To view the full level chart, look to the Resources List [here].


Custom Skills & Sword Arts
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Custom Skills and Custom Sword Arts are a collection of specialized mechanics submitted by the SAO-RPG community that have been approved by staff for use. They pose a chance for players to round out their build or add extra versatility to their weapon's type. Upon reaching level cap (currently 31), players can submit a Custom Skill or Sword Art for approval in their personal Evaluation thread. If staff does not believe that the submitted Custom Skill/Sword Art can be approved as-is, feedback and suggestions will be given and the player will be allowed to make modifications to their design before submitting it for approval once again. 

Players can manage the availability of their Custom Skill/Sword Art by teaching it to other players through roleplay. Players can choose to invest SP into these Custom Skills/Sword Arts to unlock them on their character once it has been taught to them by someone who owns the skill/sword art.

Custom Skills

  • Custom Skills will require a 10 SP investment to unlock on a character that has learned it.
  • Custom Skills will take up an Extra Skill's slot.
  • There is no limit as to how many Custom Skills players may acquire and keep active in their Extra Skills at any time (aside from the Extra Skills' cap tied to one's character).
  • There are no strict rules for constructing Custom Skills, only that it should be reasonable and comparable in value to other Extra Skills that exist. Custom Skills will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as there is no firm rubric for how they should be constructed. 

Custom Sword Arts

  • Custom Sword Arts will require players to have achieved Rank 5 in their weapon's mastery before being able to learn them. Custom Sword Arts are considered similar to a Rank 5 Sword Art, and hence its cooldown will match the highest cooldown value for Sword Arts of that weapon type.
  • Custom Sword Arts have their own cooldown timer separate from Rank 5 Sword Arts.
  • Custom Sword Arts can be taught to players with a different weapon type of its originating source. By default, this is as long as they match the same handiness (one-handed/two-handed weapons) unless otherwise stated. The creator of the Custom Sword Art may also choose to designate a specific weapon type(s) in the description of the Custom Sword Art if they don't want to allow cross-compatibility. 
  • A player may only equip one Custom Sword Art in any given thread.
  • Given a Custom Sword Art with a higher multiplier, players may choose between one of the four main attributes of a weapon to apply to their Custom Sword Art (Stun/AoE/Delay/Focus).
  • Given a Custom Sword Art with a lower multiplier, players may choose to apply up to two main attributes.

Understand that Staff reserves the right to change rules and mechanics surrounding Custom Skills and Sword Arts at any time. Should a combination of Extra Skills, Custom Skills and/or Sword Arts come about that is particularly game-breaking, staff will attempt to take steps to mitigate its abuse, and hence may impose limitations that might prevent or forbid combinations or use of these Custom Skills/Sword Arts outright.

For more information on the Custom Skills and/or Sword Arts currently available, refer to the Custom Skills List [here].


Unique Skills
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Unique Skills provide players with incredible power; these skills are few and far between and are often assigned by the whims of system Cardinal itself. Each individual person is limited to one Unique Skill across all their characters. To be qualified for rolling for Unique Skills, players will be expected to list all of their accounts across each character's Journal and the character must be at level cap (currently level 31). Understand that players cannot possess a Unique Skill and a Custom Skill at the same time.

Upon a person's first thread closure of the week, they may request that Staff roll for a Unique Skill. Players may roll again seven days after their previous roll. Should the roll meet an LD 20, CD4+, a Unique Skill has been discovered for obtainment.

The Unique Skills available to the player will be randomized, determined by both the BD and MD values of the die roll. Each Unique Skill is assigned a numerical value from 1 to 10. If the value of the BD or MD falls upon a skill that has already been taken, the available skill chosen for that die value moves down the line, ending at [10. Berserker] and starting over at [1. Holy Blade] where applicable.

List of Unique Skills:

  1. Holy Blade
  2. Shadowed Path
  3. Achilles
  4. Dual Blades
  5. Darkness Blade
  6. Battōjutsu
  7. Infinite Spear
  8. Duelist
  9. Inquisitor
  10. Berserker

In the event that neither value corresponds to a skill the player might be interested in, they may request a re-roll, purely based off new BD/MD values to try their luck again. Players will only be allowed one re-roll per closed thread that meets the required threshold.

Players must pick between the pair of BD/MD values offered to them. Should players choose to re-roll, they must choose from the new BD/MD die values and are unable to stick with their original proposed selection of Unique Skills.

Upon choosing a skill, the player will be led through a custom quest corresponding to the desired skill by a member of Staff. These quests will be customized to the player character, so please allow for a minimum of 24 hours for the Staff member to adequately research the character. When the custom quest has been completed, players will obtain their Unique Skill, alongside a free total SP reset for the character to better adapt to their Unique Skill in question.

Cheating regarding Unique Skills is a highly severe offense. Should staff obtain knowledge that a player has manipulated the systems regarding Unique Skills, that player will face the following penalties:

  • The Unique Skill will be stripped away from the player.
  • Any threads where the Unique Skill had been used/present in by ownership of the player will have their EXP rewards removed from them.
  • The person will be barred from rolling on Unique Skills for a period of no less than one year.

For more information on the details of Unique Skills, refer to the Resources List [here].

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After scaling to new heights, one may be able to see the light on the horizon. Yes; with their newfound power, special events are available to players to participate in, one where they risk their characters life on the line in an effort to test their characters' strength. The End Game section covers topics such as pitching players against each other, scouring the floors for the Labyrinth, taking on the Floor Boss for progression's sake and even death should their characters meet their untimely demise during this arduous process.


PvP

Player vs. Player (PvP) combat is almost identical to normal combat. The hate system is ignored, as players may choose their target regardless of who or what has already attacked them. There are two kinds of PvP combat: Duels and Unauthorized Combat.

Duels

Duels are consensual battles in which one player challenges another. Duels may be initiated at any time and place outside of other combat, including in safe zones/settlements.

When accepting a duel, the challenged party specifies the type of duel. The opposing party must accept the invitation for the following fight to be considered a duel. There are three different types of duels:

  • [First Strike]: Whoever lands the first strike wins.
  • [Half Loss]: Whoever drops their opponent to 50% or below of their total health wins.
  • [Total Loss]: Whoever drops their opponent to 0 HP wins.

After accepting, players are allowed one round (1 post each) to prepare. During the preparation round, each player rolls for initiative on their post (LD) to determine who goes first. A double-post is permitted in an instance where the last person to prepare wins the initiative roll.

Duels have a time limit of 15 rounds/30 posts from when it begins. If the victory condition for the duel is not met within the time limit, the victor is chosen based on who has the highest percentage of their total HP remaining. In the event of a tie, the duel is considered a Draw. 

When a duel ends, a large notification will appear between the two players declaring the victor. If the two players are far apart at the end of the duel, they will each receive a notification separately. 

If a player is killed in a duel, the victor receives the losing player's col and equipped items.

Unauthorized Combat

Unauthorized Combat is simply the term for combat between players that takes place outside of a duel. Unauthorized combat cannot be initiated in a safe zone. 

If a player with a green cursor damages another player with a green cursor in this way, the attacker's cursor will change to orange. We highly encourage players to communicate with others when there is conflict between characters. Whenever one player engages in unauthorized combat with another, it should make sense for them to do so. Using a character to attack or harass another player for OOC reasons will not be tolerated. 

Flavoured Combat (no dice rolls) is also encouraged as long as the players involved are communicative and there is no abuse or god-modding taking place.

Player Killing

No player can kill another player without OOC permission. Exploitation of this rule is also disallowed. For example, provoking others to the point where the insulted player would be driven to attack the aggressor may result in the attacker being allowed to PK regardless of receiving OOC permission. 

If players are interested in playing a PKer or 'villain'-type character, there is also the alternative of killing flavoured players/NPC player characters. Some quests also provide a route in which players slay NPC characters, which changes their cursor to an orange colour without the need for killing player characters. For more information on cursor colours, read up about the topic [here].

SAO-RPG staff reserves the right to validate, void, or otherwise make rulings on certain actions that involve Unauthorized Combat and Player Killing. Please be communicative with fellow players and staff to ensure everyone can have an enjoyable roleplay experience!


Labyrinths

Labyrinths are tower-like structures with many levels that connect each floor of Aincrad. Their entrances are protected by a guardian, which must be defeated before players can enter the Labyrinth and challenge the Floor Boss. Labyrinths are initially hidden on every new floor; during the search for the it, players are encouraged to roleplay exploring the new floor: finding settlements, points of interest, or fighting monsters.

Threads that intend to search for a Labyrinth on a new floor should include the word "Scouting" in the title and must declare the thread’s participating players. Scouting parties are limited to a maximum of 4 players unless a [Blank Dungeon Map] is used of the corresponding floor tier, at which point the Scouting party may be expanded to fit to 6 players.

All players must have at least one post of roleplay before any Labyrinth searches can be made.

Players may attempt to roll to find the Labyrinth entrance after reaching 20 posts. At that point, players can make searching rolls (LD) once every character's 5 posts (3 if they have the Reveal mod). As an example, Players A and B can search once after each other, and then must make 5 more posts each before they can roll to search again. The party needs to keep a running total of everyone's individual roll totals, alongside a party total. 

When the party meets or exceeds the total LD required as listed in the Floor Description, the players have found the entrance Labyrinth and discovered the guardian that defends it! Send a message to the Floor Developer GM once the total is met for information on the Labyrinth Guardian.

Come thread closing, the player who contributed the most to the LD pool receives +10% bonus EXP received from the thread. The second-highest contributor receives 5% bonus EXP.

Labyrinth Guardian

While multiple players and parties can go looking for the Labyrinth at the same time, the Labyrinth Guardian can only be fought and defeated once. The first party to find it will be given a brief description, and a separate thread will then be created by a staff member in order to facilitate the fight. These fights follow the same combat rotation as with multiple parties, with the exception of the possibility of increasing the party’s size from 4 to 6 with the use of a [Blank Dungeon Map] of the floor’s respective tier.

  • If a different party meets the requirements to find the Labyrinth Guardian, the first party will be given a time limit to initiate the fight (if they have not started the fight already).
  • Parties that discover the location of the Labyrinth Guardian while the fight is already in progress will be permitted to join the ongoing battle after 1 full rotation.

Players who successfully defeat the Labyrinth Guardian will be issued various rewards and be sent information about the Floor Boss’ room. This generally includes a brief description of the room and any noticeable features--things a character would see from taking a peek inside of the room.

Raid Meeting Threads

After the Labyrinth Guardian has been defeated, a Raid Meeting thread may be created. The Raid Meeting Thread can be organized by anyone, but only the players who defeated the Guardian have any knowledge about the Floor Boss room. This part of the process is completely optional, but crucial for players who might be interested in sharing details about the boss room or devising a plan of attack when facing the Floor Boss. The location and the meeting time is usually discussed in the Raid Meeting, and it is also up to the players involved to disclose that information.


Floor Boss Raids

Floor Bosses are considered one of the most difficult challenges in SAO-RPG. Defeating a floor's boss unlocks the next level of Aincrad, allowing the next floor to be opened for all players.

Assuming a Raid Meeting thread was created, when it has ended, the Boss Raid thread will be created. There must be a minimum 12 total players (3 groups of 4 players) in order to attempt a Boss Raid. Do note that the maximum size of a party in a Boss Raid is 6 instead of 4; no [Blank Dungeon Maps] are necessary for this increase in limitation. 

BR threads have a 72-hour "sign-up" period, where players must make at least one initial post that includes their full stats. Players should take this time to prepare themselves for the fight; this includes trading, using consumables, and determining group formations. 

  • A player in the raid may only benefit from up to five crafted consumables buffs at any given time. Only the strongest quality of enhancements will come into effect when using a consumable.
  • An enemy in the raid may only suffer from up to two crafted consumable debuffs at any given time. Only the strongest quality of debuffing enhancements will come into effect when using a consumable.

During the sign-up period, the BR thread is considered to be an OP thread. Despite being an Open Party, Boss raids are typically private events. While technically anyone is permitted to post and join the fight, it should make sense for characters to do so. Having a character act on information that should not be available to them is considered metagaming, and is not allowed. 

At the end of the sign-up period, players must declare their respective party members. Should parties not be decided by players, staff will sort players into their own groups. Participating players’ stats are locked in for the fight and may not be edited. Floor Bosses are controlled and facilitated by staff. Players are only responsible for their own actions in combat. 

The battle then begins! A single boss post will be made at the start of the fight to introduce it; after which, all players must take their turn within the given time limit. Boss Raid rotations will have a timer of approximately 72 hours, and players do not have a set turn order for posting. Players that do not post within the allotted time frame will have their turn skipped and generally receive a penalty.

Party rules still apply for certain actions, and the boss will (typically) take action against each party during its turn.

Keep in mind that all Floor Bosses are uniquely designed. Some Floor Boss abilities may override normal game mechanics or have special rules.

Floor Boss Raid Victory

Special rewards are issued to participating players upon the defeat of a Floor Boss. Congratulations on the shining victory! The road to the next floor is open to these players alongside their win, allowing them a 48-hour head start to explore it to their heart’s content. 

After 48 hours have passed since the Floor Boss’ defeat, anyone may create a thread that takes place on the new floor.

Event Boss Fights

Event Boss fights generally follow the same principles as a Floor Boss Raid; they too have a sign-up period where players will be required to post their stats and be allowed to prepare for the fight as they deem necessary with follow-up posts. The main differences between the two are the following:

  • Difficulty: Floor Boss Raids are usually considered more difficult than Event Boss Fights.
  • Party Management: Floor Boss Raids have a restriction of six (6) on their party sizes, whereas Event Boss Fights usually consider all players in a respective tier as a party.
  • Accessibility: Whilst Floor Boss Raids are considered to be rather private events, Event Boss Fights are often made out to be public information in-universe.

As long as an Event Boss fight is not in progress, players are welcome to sign up for the battle and test their mettle in a unique, time-limited experience!


Death & Rebirth

Death in Sword Art Online is permanent. Should one’s character reach zero hit points, the NerveGear which they had on in the real world emits high-powered microwaves to destroy their brain and kill them. This mechanically translates to the permanent loss of that character, and there are some rules around what happens when a character dies:

  • If the character was still in any unfinished/unlocked topics, players may choose to close them up. The character is, however, unable to join or start any new topics from thereon.
  • If the character had a home, it is destroyed upon death, unless they were married.
  • If the character had a familiar, it is destroyed upon death.
  • If the character had a shop, the shop thread is locked and cannot be posted to after the time of the character's death.
  • If the character was a Guild Leader, guild ownership is immediately transferred to the Co-Leader. 
    • If no Co-Leader was established, the guild may appoint a new Guild Leader within one week. If no new Guild Leader is appointed within the time limit, the guild will be disbanded.
  • All items and col a character has are lost upon death. 
    • If the character was married, only their equipped items and Battle Ready Inventory is lost.
    • If the character was killed in a duel, the winner of the duel receives the character's equipped items.

Rebirth System

When a character dies, that player may create a new character under the Rebirth System. A Rebirth character begins with a portion of the EXP of the deceased character, as a way of compensating the player for their hard work and time invested into a character and the site itself. A Rebirth character's starting EXP is equal to 50% of the total EXP of the deceased character. For example, a deceased character that had a final total of 50,000 EXP would allow a Rebirth character to start with 25,000 EXP

A Rebirth Character's application would follow these steps:

  1. Create a new journal for the Rebirth character. Include a tag ("Rebirth") in the new character's journal during the review process.
  2. Message a PST member either on [Discord] or [on-site] with two links: the deceased character’s journal and the rebirth character’s journal.
  3. Staff will review the new journal, verify account ownership and check transferable starting SP. During this process, players must be able to verify the e-mail addresses of both the deceased and Rebirth character accounts, or otherwise provide evidence that they own both characters.
  4. Once the review has been complete and the journal has been approved by a staff member, a Rebirth character can begin roleplaying as normal.

Submitting a character for Rebirth rewards has strict requirements that must be followed, or else the Rebirth request will not be approved. The requirements are as follows:

  • The new character must be submitted from a new account with a new journal. Characters whose journals have already been approved are ineligible.
  • The deceased character's journal must have all completed threads that awarded EXP linked in order to verify EXP totals. Incomplete or unlinked threads that cannot be verified will not count toward the Rebirth character's starting EXP.
  • Players may not transfer accounts or characters that have benefited or will benefit from the Rebirth system.
  • Players who have previously received strikes against their account may only use the Rebirth system at the discretion of staff.

Rebirth Character Bundles

Rebirthed characters may choose one of four bundles to start out with that contain equipment, col, materials, and/or items to get them started. Specify which bundle has been chosen in the Inventory section of their journal when submitting it for approval.

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Set A | Basic Package:

  • Rare Weapon of choice
  • Rare Armor of choice
  • (5 * Tier) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 * Tier HP)
  • (2,500 * Tier) Col and (10) (Tier) materials

Set B | DPS Package:

  • Perfect Weapon of choice
  • Rare Armor of choice
  • (5 * Tier) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 * Tier HP)
  • (2,000 * Tier) Col and (5) (Tier) materials

Set C | Tank Package:

  • Rare Weapon of choice
  • Perfect Weapon of choice
  • (5 * Tier) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 * Tier HP)
  • (2,000 * Tier) Col and (5) (Tier) materials

Set D | Support Package:

  • Rare Weapon of choice
  • Rare Armor of choice
  • (5 * Tier) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 * Tier HP)
  • (3 * Tier) Standard Healing Crystals (Heals 50 * Tier HP)
  • (2,500 * Tier) Col and (10) (Tier) materials
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GENERAL
define: SAO
Short for Sword Art Online, the name of the franchise that this roleplay is based off of, and the name of the game that players in this roleplay are trapped in.
define: VRMMORPG
Short for Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, a new type of video game genre that takes advantage of virtual reality technology to create a realm that supports a large number of players.
define: FullDive
FullDive defines a type of VR simulation where the player's consciousness is fully transported into a simulated reality.
define: NerveGear
NerveGears are the periphery with which Sword Art Online uses to connect its users to the game. It takes advantage of FullDive technology.
define: Cardinal
The name of the system that runs Sword Art Online. It is capable of monitoring player behavior and states as well as control enemies and generate new content for players in the game.
define: Aincrad
The world and setting of Sword Art Online. Aincrad is described as a giant iron castle in the sky, consistent of 100 floors. The game will end once the boss of the 100th floor has been defeated.
define: Floor
A vertically-separated layer within the castle of Aincrad. Each floor  differs from one another in terms of environment, enemies and atmosphere.
define: Settlement
Cities of a floor. The main hub of a floor is often referred to as the main settlement.
define: Teleporter
The main method of transportation between the different floors and realms of Aincrad. There is a teleporter in every main settlement of a floor.
SAO-RPG
define: SP
Short for Skill Points. Alternatively, if used in a thread title, short for Solo Party. 
Further Reading: [Skills & Mods][Thread Anatomy]
define: PP
Short for Private Party. Commonly found in thread titles.
Further Reading: [Thread Anatomy]
define: OP
Short for Open Party. Commonly found in thread titles. Alternatively, if used in a chat context, slang for overpowered.
Further Reading: [Thread Anatomy]
define: 1HAS, OHAS, 2HAS, THAS
Short for One-Handed Assault Spear or Two-Handed Assault Spear respectively. Both are weapon types and weapon skills players may obtain in SAO-RPG.
define: 1HSS, OHSS, 2HSS, THSS
Short for One-Handed Straight Sword or Two-Handed Straight Sword respectively. Both are weapon types and weapon skills players may obtain in SAO-RPG.
define: 1HBA, OHBA, 2HBA, THBA
Short for One-Handed Battle Axe or Two-Handed Battle Axe respectively. Both are weapon types and weapon skills players may obtain in SAO-RPG.
define: MA
Short for Martial Arts. It is a weapon type and weapon skill that players may obtain in SAO-RPG.
define: SA
Short for Sword Art. They define combat movements used by players and guided by Cardinal.
Further Reading: [Sword Arts]
define: Tier
Indicates the required level of a player to equip or consume an item. New tiers are unlocked at specific floor intervals.
Further Reading: [Tiers]
COMBAT
define: HP
Short for Health Points. When this reaches 0, a character is forfeit.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: EN
Short for Energy. In combat, this resource limits how many sword arts and/or skills players can use in succession.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: DMG
Short for Damage. Defines the amount of damage a player is able to deal to a given enemy in combat. All players have at minimum a DMG of 1.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: MIT
Short for Mitigation. Defines the amount of damage a player is able to negate from enemies in combat.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: ACC
Short for Accuracy. Defines how well a player is able to land strikes on their target in combat.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: EVA
Short for Evasion. Defines how well a player is able to avoid strikes from enemies targeting them in combat.
Further Reading: [Stats] | [Combat Stats]
define: Post Action
An action that requires a player to make a post to execute.
Further Reading: [Post Action]
define: Free Action
An action that does not require a player to make a post to execute. Often, players may only execute one free action per post.
Further Reading: [Free Actions]
define: Base DMG
Also known as Base Damage. A player's DMG stat taken at the moment of damage calculation. May be modified during combat by critical hits or skills.
Further Reading: [Calculating Damage Values in Combat]
define: Final DMG
A player's damage dealt to an enemy after calculations are complete (sword art multipliers, enemy's MIT deduction, etc).
Further Reading: [Calculating Damage Values in Combat]
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CHARACTER GROWTH
define: Skills
Skills often describe specializations that a character has decided to invest in. Skills may be bought using a character's SP.
Further Reading: [Skills]
define: Extra Skills
Separate from Skills, Extra Skills allow players to perform different actions in Combat. These Extra Skills may be obtained from quests or through the expenditure of SP.
Further Reading: [Extra Skills]
define: Combat Mastery
A special type of skill that greatly boosts the capabilities of a character starting from Tier 2. Only one Combat Mastery may be obtained per character at any time.
Further Reading: [Resources List]
define: Familiar Mastery
A special type of skill that requires the aid of a Familiar to utilize. Only one Familiar Mastery may be obtained per character at any time.
Further Reading: [Resources List]
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