Firstly, I'd just like to show everyone reading this, one of the most thought out posts that gives advice to starting players on DarkTide. I've found this post on the ACVault Board that pretty much sums it up for anyone that would want to make Darktide their server. I don't think I could have said it better myself.

Simple facts.

  1. Don't come to DT if you hate loosing your stuff. Whining about it just makes it worse.
  2. Don't even come here if you are not prepared to be PK'ed. If it happens. No big loss. Just burn the vitae and move on.
  3. Don't go into starter towns! Stay away from starter towns! You'll die, simple fact.
  4. If you do want to go into a starter town, make it to a lifestone nearby that town first! Then once you are dead. You can easily run into town do your business (quickly - so have things ready to sell and know exactly what it is you are looking for, you have just 5 minutes!) and get out. Make a B-Line away from town and don't stop for anything, until you are way out and clear of roads, houses, towns...just go.
  5. Get two of everything at first. Forget the frikkin idea of a death item right off the bat. It doesn't work half the time. I've lost swords that were worth less than the armor I was wearing! I lost a frikkin mana stone(lesser)which ain't worth much before I lost ring worth twice it's value!
  6. When it comes to stuff. Carry only what you really need. Forget about stuff you'll never use! Sell it all once you can get into town. Then turn your pyreals into notes! Don't run around with lots of pyreals. You'll loose them.
  7. When you are lower than 10th level and a red dot appears on your radar, run as fast as you can the other way! Don't bother with assessing them. Just run.
  8. Find a nice far away place to hunt and level. There are even a few dungeons scattered about where you can do this. Dungeons are a good place to level and get good loot. But be careful. When on DT you are a target no matter what your level. You can visit the level 1 - 6 dungeons, and you won't get PK'ed by a 10th level down there.
  9. It doesn't matter what kind of character you create. However, without some form of magic, you are pretty much toast at the higher levels.
  10. Forget about trying to get matching armor! On DT it isn't a fashion show! It's survival of the fittest, fastest, smartest and besides...wearing pretty armor will just attract attention! Hell I still wear basic armor that I buff, basic stuff! I don't give a rats ass about its color or its looks. Besides all the costly stuff will most likely get stripped from your poor dead carcases before its cold anyways.
  11. Don't play foolishly. If you are out in the middle of boonies, don't take chances that'll get your butt killed! Because guess what? If you die out there, you'll be sent back to the lifestone. Which is most likely camped. You're going to die again 7 out of 10 times. Why, because when you are killed by a monster it's different then when you are killed by a player. You're still PK. A TARGET! So play smart! Don't get into things over your head. On top of that unless you were smart enough to look at the map coordinates. It'll take you a long time to recover your body. And while you are looking, you are vunerable. So your best tactic is to not die wayout there. Again, play smart!
  12. Get use to being PK'ed - its part of the game.

Oh, just remember this. If you are PK'ed enough when you first start out. Maybe you'll think twice before doing the same to another just starting. Give a level 1 through - say 4 a break. They'll remember that you cut them some slack in the future most likely. They may even come to your aid once they have the ability.

I like to stress #9. I've had a couple of friends that insist on creating the "pure melee" characters without any type of magic so they can put all their experience into melee skills. This just does not work. You will lack the skills everyone else has when you hit level 20 and you will regret wasting your precious ac time. Written for your enjoyment are some other tips n tricks on PvP, levelling, and equipment.

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PvP Tricks:

To some these may seem very cheap, but for many regulars on Darktide, these are very viable options for escaping and engaging in PvP combat. If you have a moral against these tactics, feel free to email me explaining your reasons. But for the reasons I give you these little tactics, is that because everyone and their mother on Darktide uses these tricks on a regular basis and anyone just starting to get into PvP would have a huge disadvantage compared to the more experienced players.

  • Portal Logging: Hit auto run and click the X in the top right of the screen. Charge up jump to full and at the height of your jump, click YES to log out. If done correctly, you should continue to run strait while logging out. Be wary that when you log, if a melee is hitting you, he will do exceptional damage.
  • Wand Monkey: A person who uses the higher level wands (Wand of black fire, White Virindi Wand, Impious Staff) in player vs player combat. These spells all cast level VI spell and because they make no spell "words" when used, they give the element of surprise. A favourite technique with wand monkeys is to cast their highest vulnerability on you and "use the wand like a missile launcher from quake 2."
  • Something I found out on my own. Being a melee with lots of strength and spending lots of time killing lugians, I always find those extremely heavy weapons lying around. If I find a victim I want to punish, I take several lugian weapons, give them to the intended target, and watch as his run skill drops to a crawl.

Travelling/Newbie Tips:

  • If you are a low level exploring, make sure to avoid the many phyntos wasps and armordillos, they aren't that tough, but if you don't have good armor they will quickly drill you into the dirt.
  • At the end of this page I have posted what I believe to be the best aid for a starting or adventuring character. It contains all the coordinates for town meeting halls, and all the "Tou-Tou to Arwic" type portal coords. I will also include some coordinates for some places to hunt in that I've found and used while leveling.
  • Always make sure every part of your body is covered with a piece of armor before you start exploring. For a mage, make sure you have a robe that covers head and the entire body so that monsters won't get a lucky critical hit in.
  • To get the most yield collection motes, crystals, and shards, fight things your level. Quite often a low level will get a mote every 30-40 mud golem, while if a level 30 comes into a low level dungeon and clears the place, it will take him 100-150 golems for just one mote.

Weapons/Equipment:

  • Dagger - Use the dagger of gertarh (8-9 base 20 speed), the atlan dagger (2-8 base good spells, can be made to do elemental damage), or Tikola's dagger (3-10 base, bd III, hs III)
  • Sword - Use the atlan dagger or one of the commonly found high level tachis. I've found the tachi to have the best speed/damage ratio. For a good tachi easily found, look for the "mucker mosswart" in green mire grave and Underground City. The overlord sword and sword of lost light can also pack a nice punch.
  • Spear - For very low levels, I suggest going for Tibri's fire spear. It looks amazing and can be found on the ground of a cave at 24.2N, 43.2E. For higher levels, the atlan weapon is superb and the green mire yari (6-11 base, bd II) is very good
  • Mace/Axe - The only really good weapons for these I've found is the atlan weapons. They do very nice damage. What is fun about being good at these is that you can use the lugian weapons that are extremely heavy and slow but do a lot of damage.
  • Staff - Not sure about this one, I've seen people doing a lot of damage with a fire staff that is rumoured to come from a dungeon right beside Arwic, but your best bet is saving the motes for that atlan weapon.
  • Unarmed - Any good 2-5 base damage elemental or atlan weapon will work here. People usually try to carry every type of element to get the maximum damage for what they fight.
  • Bow - I usually carry at least a 60+% damage mod bow with a normal 33% damage mod yumi for backup. For pking, try to get a bow or gloves that cast a high level co-ordination spell to do extra damage.
  • Crossbow - Not many people use crossbows currently for PvP, so there is a low of selection of high mod x-bows out there. Just try asking around and you can easily find one over 100 damage mod.
  • Throwing - This is one I haven't seen once for pking, but would like to. Everywhere you go you see acid throwing daggers, frost throwing clubs, and lightning darts just lying around. If someone would make a throwing guy that can actually run with the best of us, I'd love to pk with him.
  • Armor - Armor pretty much depends on your strength and wealth. If you have both, I suggest going strait to platemail. It may be heavy, but it's probably the best protection your going to get at the lower-mid levels. Once you get a bit higher you could try a mattekar coat, superior/otholi helm, and some high al leggings. If you have a lot of mana to spare and don't mind buffing every 5-10 minutes, you might want to just wear a faran robe with hood and buff that with impen IV+.

Leveling:

  • For any low level I suggest finding the nearest, least crowded newbie dungeon. Instead of going for the level 2 drudge skulkers, go strait to the level 4 yellow skinned drudges.
  • For those newbies with a little more experience or some good equipment, consider find a good auroch cow (level 10) spawn right off the bat. Just north of yaraq is a regular 6 cow spawn that people love to hang out and bbq. For those of you melee's who can't directly take the hits, get a mage to blast once, while the cow chases it's aggressor, the melee can slash it's ankles till it falls.
  • At around level 10, you might consider looking for a better place then the cows to level. You could try the beaches surrounding yaraq which contain mud golems, water golems, ivory gromnies, and lower level reed sharks. Another good place fairly close by is the mysterious caves outside of Al'Jalima. It contains 4 limestone golem, 3 mud golem, and 1 sandstone golem spawns. By getting used to the brute force these things can do compared to drudges and cows, the new player can begin to tell when he/she can handle the higher level golems.
  • At around level 14, you should consider moving to the sand stone golem caves. There are two fairy close together just outside of Lin. Although the rocky crypt and golem burial ground have good spawns, they are regularly visited by the pks that enjoy killing newbies.
  • At level 18, if you are melee, I suggest heading over to Qualaba'r to participate in the regular lugian slaughtering that goes on all around, including two outposts, and two good dungeons (Forking Trails and Lugian Mines.) For mages and archers, I suggest a good spot in the dires such as fort teth where you can safely plunk away at the high level drudges without much risk of getting in trouble.
  • *NOTE, if you have a high level buffing you, and debuffing the npcs, you might want to considering going to the higher golems or lugians right away. I buffed a level 1 dagger character with gertarh's dagger (8-9 base) and lured a Lithos lugian (level 33) around while the level 1 whacked it. Doing this a couple of times, my newb friend was already level 4 and quickly increasing his skills.
  • For archers who have friends in high places, I suggest going to the many otholi spawns. The black death catacombs is fairly good, and starting at level 12, I have seen archers atop a rock near Neydissa (sp?) Castle plunking away at debuffed otholi workers.