If you have been playing MMORPGs since the early 2000s, chances are you have heard of Ragnarok Online, a highly popular title in the genre created and developed by South Korean game studio Gravity. While many of its players have come and gone as the years went by, Gravity was able to adapt to the ever-changing trends of the gaming industry. And now they are back with an exciting new mobile MMORPG called The Labyrinth of Ragnarok.
The Labyrinth of Ragnarok is an MMORPG in the same vein as the original Ragnarok Online as well as Ragnarok M: Eternal Love but with a newer feature in the mix: this is mostly an idle game. Similar to idle games such as Nonstop Knight or Raid the Dungeon, The Labyrinth of Ragnarok makes sure that you play hard while you do something else.
Whether you are cooking your favorite lunch, waiting for your laundry to spin-dry, or even feeding your baby, this game is easy to pick up and then put down right after, where the only consequence you might face is the death of your character. Because The Labyrinth of Ragnarok is an idle game, death is a slap on the wrist and can thus be easily remedied by going back a level and grinding there.
In The Labyrinth of Ragnarok you follow the story of a supposed “Hero of Hope”, according to a mysterious man you meet at the entrance of the Labyrinth. Your character had warped all the way back to a time when 1,000 years of false peace had been broken. Supporting the peace of the world was a legend about the Piece of Ymir, an artifact of unknown, mystical power.
The adventurers who sought this artifact wanted to know their true identities and wealth, but were easily led into the Labyrinth by monsters that plotted to destroy the Middard Continent (Midgard in the former games). With no way out, the adventurers had been led further from the Piece of Ymir and had their memories taken from them.
Now, it is up to you and thousands of other adventurers to delve deep into the winding corridors of the Labyrinth and put this mystery to rest once and for all.
You are first greeted with the tutorial where the game teaches you how to move, fight, etc. But you’d probably be wondering: can I customize my character? Why do I have a random name? Can I make my character the opposite gender?
Don’t be alarmed! Let us answer those questions for you:
“Can I customize my character?”
With regards to physical appearance like their hair, we’re sorry, but you can’t. The game does give out free costume gear every now and then, so there’s that!
“Why do I have a random name?”
We’d like to think that the game favors the attention of its players. If you had been stuck on the character creation screen thinking of a good name for two hours, you wouldn’t be able to jump right in and test the game out immediately. Who knows? Maybe your character’s name is already cool, but if you so desire that name change, the game will also give that in your character’s profile page.
“Can I make my character the opposite gender?”
Of course you can. The game will be sure to grant you a Gender Change Potion early on into your playtime, so keep your eye out for that one in your inventory if you would like to change your character’s gender! Drink the potion only if you are sure about this decision as the effects are permanent until you drink another one. In the end, your character’s gender is purely cosmetic. If you have 100,000 Zeny (the main currency of the game), you can buy another of these in the Shop.
If you’ve just picked this game up and are looking for ways to bring yourself closer to the Piece of Ymir, then read our comprehensive The Labyrinth of Ragnarok beginner’s guide below for some useful tips, tricks and strategies! Knowledge is power, after all!
1. Complete Your Quests
Like any good RPG out there, The Labyrinth of Ragnarok comes with quests. Quests pop up on the lower left-hand portion of the screen as a big, white rectangle. You can’t miss it. Clearing quests might easily be the best way to make yourself stronger as they provide experience points, Zeny, and occasionally, items. If a quest comes your way, try to get it done. Bear in mind that each quest gets harder the farther you progress not without rewarding you tremendously. As they say: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
2. Upgrade Your Gear And Cards
Sometimes the costume makes the Superman. In this game, this certainly helps. When able, you should always try to upgrade your gear, especially when you feel like you’re getting your butt kicked. Notice that weapons and armor will have different materials required for an upgrade, so if you’re short on Oridecon or Elunium, keep on playing and you’re bound to get more.
Every ten levels in an upgrade, the gear piece gains a card slot. Cards are items you obtain from certain events like challenging Labyrinths or beating bosses or MVPs, and they each come with the illustration of a monster. Different cards come with different bonuses and if you want to know how good your card is, take a look at the Card Quality. If the bonuses fit your playstyle, don’t let the Card Quality stop you from slotting that into your gear. Unlike gear, cards use up different materials, so upgrade wisely!
3. Cycling Party Members And Knowing Your Job
One of the interesting features of an idle game is to play alongside people who might be offline. The Labyrinth of Ragnarok does not shy away from this feature as you’ll be able to hire party members on the fly. You need not wait for them to accept your invitation; you can easily pick them from a list and they will join you on your quest. Picking party members can be easy as you can simply choose those with the bigger Battle Power (BP) numbers.
As you rise in level, there is a chance that your party members might not be able to keep up with you or the stage, so it’s always good to cycle through a fresh roster of players every now and then. Pay attention to their jobs, too, as having a well-rounded team will verily turn the tide of battle. If you aren’t so versed in what each Job does, here are some brief explanations about them:
Swordman – They are as durable as they are powerful. When the enemy wants a worthy opponent, a Swordman would be sure to give them a good workout.
Archer – Lithe, sharp-eyed, and quick, the Archer gives enemies hell from afar through a storm of arrows and their snappy sense of fashion.
Thief – Wily and cunning, Thieves excel at getting the jump on the enemy by any means necessary. If their daggers won’t cut it, then poisoning the enemy certainly will.
Magician – A Magician or Mage ensures that the party is well-protected from enemy attacks by bending the elements to their will. Would you prefer your foes roasted or frozen? Let the Mage help you out with that.
As you play the game, you get Job Changes where your character gains an upgrade of their current Job. Unfortunately, you will not be able to jump from Swordsman to Archer, so it’s always good to build on what you are.
Lastly, you will be able to upgrade your Sharevice, an in-game device that is behind the recruitment of your allies. You can also upgrade this device later on, so you can find more powerful party members. The Sharevice has a time limit or a battery, so charging this item with consumables like Hourglasses will allow you to keep your party afloat… or you can put the game down and share your character (more on this below).
4. Fulfill Event Requirements
As you play the game, you will notice that you might have cleared events. These events can grant you prizes in the forms of money, experience points, or items. Much like doing quests, these events increase in reward quality as you continuously fulfill each event requirement. The only difference between events and quests is that events have a time limit and, usually, they have rewards that you can never get again after the event has expired. Interested? Be sure you don’t miss out!
5. Allot Your Points
As it was in Ragnarok Online, so it shall be in The Labyrinth of Ragnarok. Your character has two levels: Character Level and Job Level. Your Character Level denotes how strong your character is as an individual and thus grants you Stat Points with every level up. Your Job Level, on the other hand, denotes how proficient your character is at their current Job and grants you Skill Points for every level up. Skill Points can be distributed to skills that you would like to have or make stronger. With that said, this is where you can diversify the playstyle of your character.
Stat Points can be allocated, too, and you have the option to turn off the Auto Stat Point Allocation in your character’s stats page. If you are not familiar with traditional Ragnarok builds, it’s recommended that you keep the Auto Allocation on. On the other hand, if you think you know how an old build works, go ahead and build your Agi (Agility) Swordsman or whatever floats your boat.
If you are unhappy with your stats, you may tap the Reset button so your character’s slate is wiped clean. All your points should be open for re-distribution. The first Reset is free, so use this one only if you are sure you need a Reset.
6. Use Consumables When Able
From time to time, you will receive consumable items such as food or potions as rewards, prizes, or even gifts from the developers of the game. Using these will grant you temporary buffs that can last you a couple of minutes to a few hours. If you use a potion of the same kind, however, you will only extend its time and not stack its effects.
Thankfully, you can stack similar effects from two different items when used together (e.g. Concentration Potion and Berserk Potion—both of these increase your attack speed but have different durations). If you need more of these, the Shop has them, but the Zeny prices vary so be a smart shopper!
7. Fight MVPs And Earn More Rewards
Every minute you play in Adventure Mode, a special monster appears. This monster is called an MVP and it can be tough if you aren’t prepared to fight it. When the MVP appears, your screen will flash red and a red arrow will appear at the feet of your character to guide you to the MVP if you want to give it a go.
If you currently have a party with you, it’d be best if you pressed the Gather button on the right side of the screen as you close in on the MVP. This button will summon your allies to the MVP and, together, you’ll all proceed to clobber it. If any party member dies to the monsters before fighting the MVP, they will come back to life for this battle as you press the Gather button. Not only does this make the fight smoother, but you will certainly get more rewards for doing so. Your friends will share in the spoils, too, so when they log back on, you’ll have left them some nice things.
One last thing you should notice is that fighting an MVP makes a timer pop up on the left side of the screen. Make sure you beat them before the time runs out or you get absolutely nothing! The same principle applies for bosses, but bosses are usually summoned if you think you can take the next level on.
8. Fight Duels
PVP isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t stop the game from encouraging you to at least try it. The PVP modes of The Labyrinth of Ragnarok, specifically Duel Mode, grant interesting prizes to the victor of eight battles. Whenever you win a duel, you will gain a Duel Piece and you require eight of these pieces to claim the prizes presented to you in the duel area you are currently on (see the top of the screen in the Duel Mode interface). Such pieces are prizes only victors deserve, for once you lose a duel, you lose a piece.
Whether you are online or offline, keep on your toes, as you do not know who will slowly take all of your hard-earned pieces. To prevent this from happening, it is wise for you to continuously improve your character with any of the steps we mentioned here. To add to your chances of victory, open up any PVP Companion Boxes you come across. As you play the game, you will gain more slots for more PVP companions, so win your duels, claim your pieces, and take the prizes available to you.
While you have only five chances to win duels, you may recharge these with the Nyangvine currency (more on that below) or by waiting a while so checking back on your duel page once in a while always helps. With what you might gain from taking Duel Pieces, you may eventually become inevitable.
9. Engage In The Labyrinth
What is The Labyrinth of Ragnarok without the “Labyrinth”? Not this game at all, that’s for sure. If you have played Pac-Man before and are somewhat good at it, congratulations! You might be a step ahead of everyone else! What makes the Labyrinth mode interesting is that your character has to take Blue Coins in order to engage the boss monster. As your character traverses its corridors, the boss monster and its cronies will make their rounds, too.
Colliding with one of its minions will slow your character down, get a Blue Coin stolen, or even hurt you considerably. If you collide with the boss monster before getting the required amount of Blue Coins, consider yourself out of the Labyrinth with a wasted attempt (you get five a day).
Different Labyrinths can have different conditions. For instance, the Payon Labyrinth doesn’t have a boss monster roaming about, but you will have to collect the required amount of coins to instantaneously fight the boss. The catch here is that it will require ten Blue Coins as opposed to just five in the previous Labyrinths. After unlocking your Labyrinth of choice through the Scenario Mode, you will unlock its Multi Mode where you can assist other players in clearing their Labyrinth quest and vice versa.
Beating a Labyrinth boss can net you Cards for your gear. As we mentioned earlier, these cards will definitely add to your BP rating if used well.
10. Dispatch Workers To Find Materials
While you fight, you can dispatch workers to find different kinds of material for crafting. After a set amount of time, these workers will return to you with their haul and are ready for deployment again. Pay attention to what you need, though, for there is no way you can cancel an expedition.
Each cleared stage in Adventure Mode will grant you new items to be gathered, so the more stages you clear, the rarer the material you can get from Dispatching. Keep in mind that there are some items that you can only obtain through Dispatching. Looks like your allies aren’t just players after all!
11. Upgrade Your Library
As you progress in this game, you will encounter newer foes, better equipment, rarer cards, and more. This information is stored in the Library. When your Library receives new information, you will get permanent bonuses to random stats after you tap the Upgrade button on the lower right-hand corner of the Library interface. Plain and simple, isn’t it? Now get out there and explore the great unknown!
12. Craft Better Items
After collecting enough equipment, you should be able to craft newer, better ones. If you happen to pick up an old piece of equipment (e.g. Old Sword), do NOT throw it out or disassemble it. They can be hard to come by and if you want to craft yourself something fancy, you’ll definitely need it as an ingredient.
Two-Star Gear is the easiest to craft but the higher you rise in tier, the more difficult it is to craft the next item on the list. Thankfully, if you do not know where to get an item or ingredient, simply tap the icon of the item and then tap “How To Get” and the game will show you how. Stock up on those crafting materials so you can get the best of the best items in the game!
13. Share Your Character
Remember how you can recruit other players to join you on your quest? They can do that, too! Whenever you would like to take a break from the game, you can simply exit the app and you will automatically share your character. If you want your own peace of mind, however, you may manually share your character by tapping the Sharevice and then tap the Register Share tab. Make sure you have enough weight left in your bag so you prevent not gaining any items before you tap the Register Share button!
After pressing that button, you may exit the game and let someone hire your character while you go do something else. Coming back after a couple of hours will certainly grant you a lot of rewards and maybe a few levels up!
14. Save Your Nyangvine
Because The Labyrinth of Ragnarok is a free-to-play mobile game, it’s bound to have its premium currencies here and there. The premium currency of this game is called Nyangvine – cat-shaped coins that can be used to buy a variety of items like potions for buffs, PVP or Dispatch companions, etc. You earn these by completing events, playing the game, or even doing some quests. For this guide, we suggest keeping Nyangvine for your Duel Pieces as 100 of these can recharge your five attempts.
Another way your Nyangvine can help you is if you use it to grant yourself more skill slots. More skills on your character could mean easier battles. If you really, really want huge amounts of this premium currency, send the devs a pretty penny.
15. Visit The Marketplace
Lastly, you can buy yourself some materials, equipment, cards, and other useful items from other players in the Marketplace found in the Adventure Stage Selection. The prices can be reasonable, but to trade with other players, you will require another currency called RO Points atop your Zeny. Without any RO Points, you will not be able to make purchases.
Like Nyangvine, these can be earned by playing as well. In turn, if you have items that you no longer need such as old equipment or excess material, you can set up a stall yourself and earn some RO Points through your sales.
The Labyrinth of Ragnarok is among the latest entries into the idle MMORPG genre but opens itself to both old fans of Ragnarok and new ones who have never heard of the game before. If you want to make yourself stronger, doing almost anything in-game will always help and no stepping stone will be too big for you as the game will offer you several ways around it.
In the words of a stuttering cartoon pig: “That’s all folks!” If you’ve come across other tips or tricks that we have missed out on or have tricks of your own, be sure to let us know in the comment section below! Strap in, find some friends, and make the Piece of Ymir your own!