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Short link: http://www.kongregate.com/forums/137/topics/329807Solprovider's Old Guide for New Players of Dawn of the DragonsFirst Things First
You loaded DotD. You are looking at the Home screen. A sequence of three pictures is announcing the newest changes to the game.
Click one of the small circles along the bottom left of the pictures to stop the sequence. 5thPlanetGames, the makers of DotD, use that slide show in all their games. If left running in the background, it eats your computer. The game will quickly start lagging terribly. Always stop it from running.AbbreviationsAP
= Achievement Points. Also used for the damage needed to get credit towards the Achievement for participating in a Nightmare raid. Example: "Maz AP is 100k" means to get credit for Achievement for "killing" a NM Mazalu, you must do at least 100,000 damage.FS
= Fair Share, the total health of a raid divided by the maximum attacker slots.KB
= King's Bounty, an Achievement Points reward. See the PC section.NM
= Nightmare, the highest difficulty for Raids and Areas.PC
= Planet Coins, the real currency of DotD.SoD
= Scrolls of Dahrizon, a special Quest area.SP
= Stat Points. The devs forgot how to spell "statistic", which most games call attributes. You get 5 SP per level. More are created from Crafting.WR
= World Raid. Occasional short-term events with a raid that cannot be killed. The raid link is in yellow at the top of the Home screen.
[Brackets] indicate something is rarely available and probably costs PC when it is available.Badge Hunters
DotD has 3 Badges: "Reach level 6", "Reach level 30", and "Do 100,000,000 raid damage". Focus on the third. Most of this guide applies. Use the Stamina class. Do not put any SP into Energy unless you expect to complete the Badge during a WR. Buy some Land so you do not worry about buying Health. Tag for stuff.
"SP Farm" when you have decent gear. Forget about NM raids and AP. Hit Normal raids for some very low damage. The more successful raids you hit, the more loot you get. If you cannot find more Normal raids, hit some from your Active Raids list again. (Normal FS is 1/2 NM FS, so hitting a Normal raid for 1/2 AP value, you get the same loot as from hitting AP on a NM raid.)Class
You want the class giving Stamina fastest. At level 6, choose Battlemaster, then Warlord at level 100 and Warmaster at level 500. After level 500, players do not choose. You cannot reset your character.Stats
During World Raids, only add Energy.
Initially, Stamina is most important Stat for tagging raids, and hitting Mesyra. Increase Energy so you can hit the Quests available to you. Put the rest of your SP into Stamina.
When you reach the "More Raids" section, switch from Stamina to Energy until you complete NM SoD and have General Dahrizon.
LSI is (Energy + 2*Stamina) / Level. After level 100, you cannot increase Stamina or Energy to increase LSI over 7. Put extra SP into Attack (and Defense if needed) until 10,000.
For Zone 10, you will need Defense. 6000 should reduce damage received to 1 per attack.
Do not put SP into Perception until your LSI is 7, and your Attack and Defense are 10,100. See the Quests section for its effects.
Do not put SP into increasing maximum Health. Health is lost when attacking Raids and Quests. You cannot die. You cannot lose a raid, just cannot attack without at least 10 Health. You can lose in Quests to the random encounters and bosses. If you lose to a random encounter, you do not get the extra loot. If you lose to a boss, you cannot progress to the next area. If you stall because you cannot beat a boss, first try using equipment with Health bonuses (see below "Item Sets"). If you still cannot progress, work on a previous zone.
Raise a stat to exactly 10,000, then buy 100 in a single purchase to reach 10,100. Then increase a different stat because the cost increases to 2 SP until level 1500. The costs at each level are on this page:http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/StatsWorld Raids
If a World Raid is available, hit the World Raid with all your Energy, Honor, and maybe Stamina. The rewards are usually much better than anything else you could be doing. During World Raids, only increase Energy because you get 2 Energy for the same SP as 1 Stamina, and they do the same damage to the WR. If a WR has much time left, you may use Stamina for normal raids with the Quicken Mind and Haste magics so you level more often. When you cannot level again before the end of the WR, use your Stamina on the WR.
Check the rewards for each WR. The largest WR have per-hit drops so keep hitting as much as possible. Some mini-WRs only have Tiers for Loot so you should stop at the best Tier you can reach.Magic
From best to worst, use these Magics: Haste, Quicken Mind, Suicide Is Painless, [Shadow Strike], Eyes of the Walrus, Greater Impending Doom, (Dragon-only combo) Chriseis' Kiss + Briseis' Blessing, [Mad Marcia's Momentary Massacre], [Insanity Laughs], Impending Doom, [Kyddin's Nexus], Lesser Impending Doom.
If it isn't on this list, do not use it.
MMMM must be removed at 85% health. SS must be removed at 80% health. This is usually difficult except for Guild raids. Do not use either on small raids that will die quickly.Horgrak
gets QM. Highly desired and never reaches full so adding damage magics is bad.Dragons
get Haste+QM, (SIP), [SS], (EotW), GID, CK+BB, [MMMM], [IL], ID. Even a Colossal Dragon does not have slots for TB+LS.Non-Dragons
get Haste+QM, (SIP), [SS], (EotW), GID, [MMMM], [IL], ID, [KN], LID. The only non-Dragon raids with 6 slots are Tyr, Jack, Jack's Revenge, Caracalla. Beg for someone to add EotW, IL, or KN.
When you summon a raid, use what you want to get your damage, then remove the magic, and add the first you have from the list. If you Summon a non-Guild raid, you are the only player able to remove magics. Check your raid after distributing it to see if the magics make sense. Usually that means removing low damage magics or expired MMMM/SS.
How to Obtain (in typical order based on damage required):Quicken Mind
- Rare loot from Grune (AP:200k), Lurking Horror, Gravlock, Al-Azab, RagetalonHaste
- Epic loot from Groblar (AP: 600k)Impending Doom
- Craft from Wizard Hats, loot from Hydra (AP:650k), Bloodmane, Kerberos, Sir Cai, Tyr. Orange is Epic loot.Greater Impending Doom
- Craft from Runestones, loot from Kang-Gsod (AP:950), Gunnar, Nidhogg, Ulfrik, Kalaxia. Orange is Epic.Vampiric Aura
- Epic loot from NM Guilbert (AP:2200k) raid. Only use on Horgrak for Brough's Trinket 6 and Dirthax for Enigmatic Item 2Briseis' Blessing
- Epic loot from Legendary and NM, Tenebra (AP:4000k) and Valanzes raids.Lesser Impending Doom
- Buy from Bazaar after reaching Zone 6.Chryseis' Kiss
- Epic loot from Dragon's Lair raid. (Tiered:105M. Available on Normal min 7m, best 20m)Eyes of the Walrus
- Reach level 2500.Suicide Is Painless
- Reach level 5000.
Magics to avoid: Beastmaster (needs 9200 Mounts to equal LID), Burning Rain, Expose Weakness, Glimmering Moon, Greater Midas Touch, Greater Poison, Harmony, Harpy's Curse, Khan's Gift, Lesser Poison, Lyria's Swiftness, Morituri Te Salutant, Nela's Kiss, Poison, Reflection, Terracles' Blessing, Vampiric Aura. Guild
Join a Guild. Guild raids use Honor, which is otherwise wasted (except for WR.) The Groblar raid is the only source for Haste magic.
The Salome raid has changed the game with the best Legion and free troops available from tagging, and the best free Mount and a great General available from hitting.
The Rhalmarius raid gives the Bucket Brigade legion and the great generals Kalevra and Booma. Tag even if you cannot do much damage because everybody gets the same number of rewards. Most Guilds like to kill Rhal quickly to start the Cooldown. Rhal's Loot includes Pragmatic Relics (also available from Dragon's Lair and Tisiphone) which everybody wants.
Do 10M damage to Kasgore, Malchar, and Xessus to get parts for Insecticide. 20M is best Loot for damage. 90M is highest Tier. Use Insecticide to get Eyes from N'rlux. Once you have 20 N'rlux Eyes, only hit N'rlux for 100M for AP.Your Raids
Only create raids on Nightmare. Never solo a raid. Do your damage (see below.) Then release it into the Raid Catcher or Kong Chat. Everybody is looking for Nightmare Horgrak.Raids from other people
You can copy/paste Raid links from Kong Chat into the field in the bottom right corner of the Raids page. This will quickly become extremely tiresome.
Use Firefox. Install GreaseMonkey. Install the Raid Catcher script using the light green "Install" button in the top right corner of:http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/157708
Raid Catcher allows clicking links in Chat without reloading, joining all raids from Chat, filtering which raids you see, and an Import function that sometimes works if you have submitted a raid to Raid Catcher.Tagging raids
Tagging is using 1 Stamina on a raid to get loot. Tagging is the most efficient way to reach a decent level of power. Many raids give nothing useful for tagging. This section lists the useful stuff that can be gained by tagging. When tagging, a Normal raid is as good as a NM raid; the loot is the same, and the raid has a better chance of success.
Too many taggers can kill a raid. Wait until a raid has enough margin that the high-levels can still make the raid succeed. Do not tag a raid until health is under 80% and the time is visibly much higher than the health. Check the list for other taggers.
1. Join a Guild. Use Honor to tag Salome
for Chaste Angels and "Angels of Virtue" Legion, which will likely become your main Legion for a while.
2. Tag Mesyra, Nimrod, Phaedra, Tenebra, and Valanazes
for the Cyan Scale Helm, Gloves, Pants, and Boots (80/120 each), Wyrm-Worshipper's Band (Ring:70/70/60), and troops (see "Legions and Troops" section.)
3. Tag Normal Riddlers
for Treasure Golems, third best available-early troop behind Oroc Invaders (from Invasion) and Chaste Angels. Can also tag Leonine (Normal and Hard), and Centurion Marius (Normal, Hard, and Legendary, not NM.) Check if your Legion can use Treasure Golems - "Angel of Virtue" cannot.
Do not tag these if a raid already has enough taggers. Each hitter must do 100M damage. For these raids, a tagger is anybody who will not reach 100M.
3. Other tags (best to worst):Mardachus, Sisters, Rift, Grimsly
: Glorious Sword of Unimaginable Doom (MH:124/57), Sky Shark (Mount:120/90,Bonus raid damage), Grim Guardsman Breastplate (Chest:75/105)Jack, Jack's Revenge
: Dread Butcher's Ring (100/60,Stam+5), Dread Butcher's Gloves (100/60,Stamina+6)Zombie Horde, Stein
: Spectral Dagger (OH:54/26/20)Lord Tyranthius, Sir Cai, Kerberos
: Iirhinian Pavise (OH:0/75, worse than Spectral Dagger)
When you have these items or better, stop tagging those raids.Legions and Troops
Most of your damage will come from Legions. For Raids and Quests, your character and your Legion are summed to determine damage. Your Legion will quickly surpass your character's power. Early in the game, Legion power is mostly determined by Troops. As you gain Generals, they will have as much or more impact on Legion power as the Troops. The total power is summing the Attack and adding 1/4 of the Defense of all Troops and Generals, then multiply by any Legion Bonus. Some Legion Bonus only apply in certain battles; a second Legion Special damage number appears at the top for when those criteria are met.
As you gain Legions, check whether they are stronger than your current Legion by clicking Auto-fill. If the new Legion is stronger, then add your unique Troops, rearrange your Generals, and replace all the equipment. You only use the last Legion that was loaded when you leave the Legion screen.
The Legions you use will likely be:Boar's Snout II
(from Mesyra) with Terraclean Statues and Demon hunters/Dragon-Slayer Mages, quickly replaced by Angels of Virtue.Angels of Virtue
(from Salome) with Chaste Angels.Bucket Brigade
(from the Rhalmarius Guild raid) with Chaste Angels and Treasure Golems for Rhalmarius.Insecticide
(from Guild raids) with 10 Demon hunters/Dragon-Slayer Mages, 10 Manticore Hunters, and 10 Centaur hunters for N'rlux.Wyrm-Slayers II
(from Z9 NM Vala Quest) 12 Demon Hunters, 6 Treasure Golems, and 6 Manticore Hunters for Dragons.
When you have 3 Legions, start PvP/Invasion. The best easily available troop is at 700 points:
198 = 120/70 Oroc Invader (Oroc, Ranged, Agility)
The next best Troops are from tagging these raids (which you've already been tagging):
122.5 = 90/130 Chaste Angel in Angel of Virtue Legion.
85 = 60/100 Chaste Angel (Angel, Special, Wisdom) UNCOMMON FROM Salome
83.3 = 67/65 Treasure Golem (Construct, Melee, Strength) COMMON FROM Krugnug. Riddler, Leonine, Marius
65.0 = 40/10 Terraclean Statue (Construct, Tank, Strength) RARE FROM Tenebra, Valanazes
62.5 = 55/30 Dragon-Slayer Mage (Half-elf, Ranged, Agility) RARE FROM Mesyra, Nimrod, Phaedra
48.8 = 40/35 Blood-Drunk Vampire (Undead, Melee, Special) COMMON FROM Mesyra, Nimrod, Phaedra, Tenebra, Valanazes
Auto-assign uses the unused Attack stat to choose equipment ignoring whether the equipment adds any value. Legion Equipment only use their bonuses, not their Attack/Defense/Perception, or any bonuses that affect stats such as Energy, Stamina, or Health. Check to use equipment with "Bonus raid damage". No filter or sort is available to help find the equipment that has effects in Legions.Item Sets
You can save a set of equipment for your character by first changing the Item Set under your character on the Profile screen, changing the equipment, then clicking Save. Very early in the game you will just use items with the best Attack. When you have more choices, save your best Attack set into Item Set #2.
Item Set #3 should be your best Stamina and Energy gear. Switch to this set just before you level to get extra Stamina and Energy when you level. After leveling, use the extra Stamina and Energy before switching back to your Attack set. The Day 5 Daily Gift Calissa Armor is great for leveling.
Item Set #1 is for any combination you need for a specific purpose. Common uses are bonuses vs specific enemies such as dragons. Questing can benefit from using your best Perception items. If you are having difficulty with a Quest boss, use items with the highest Health bonuses, and save it in Item Set #1 because you will want it for the next Quest boss after using your Attack set for the other Quest nodes.
You will often use a specific Item Set with a Legion that has complementary bonuses. Use these Generals (best to worst) for:Energy/Stamina for leveling
(Abbess Catherine with Boost), [Pelari], (Angus with 2 Boost), [Woosen], [Belsamus], [Kember], Milaku, Kapitän Karotte, (Angus with 1 Boost), Ridolphus, Aeric, Galatea, Pugnacious, Angus, Syriss, Ullis. (Dant'Kun unknown)Perception for Questing
Cogs2, Cogs, Panoptica, [High Priest Maclis], [Katya], [Pelari], AericHealth
[Wun Ping], Calla, Galatea, Abbess CatherineAttack and Defense
Medea2 (WR boosts), Roland2 (Crossed Swords boosts), Tiberius, [Ariala], [Dao], [Rubarb], Prince Xand, Queen Lena, [Shandra], Olaf, Francis, Abbess Catherine, Kapitan, Galatea. ([Gerlow] and [Sycrax] unknown)
For more about setting up to level quickly, see:http://tinyurl.com/dotd-autoleveling-guide
While 5thPlanetGames never releases any useful information about their games, many players have worked to guesstimate numbers for Generals and Equipment. You can find their results here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AvP2qXrWcHBxdHpXZkUzTHNGNkVWbjE5c2VEZUNNMUEYour first real raids
You have some gear and troops, and can do some damage.
Your first real Stamina attack should 4.000m to NM Mesyra for:
* General Bakrax
* Boar’s Snout II Legion, which can use 10 Terraclean Statues and 10 Dragon-Slayer Mages (but not Blood-Drunk Vampires or Treasure Golems.)
* 2 Nestor (Mount:150/150/80), the second-best free Mount for you and your Legion until you get Battle Drake from Salome.
* Dextrous Cyan Claw (MH:158/42), Sinister Cyan Claw (OH:118/82), and Cyan Scale Wings (Chest:80/120).
Your first real Honor raids should be:
* NM Celeano (300k) for Caelian Stallion, Mount for Leveling set.
* NM Groblar (600k) for Haste magic.
* NM Salome: Start with 6.660m for Angels of Virtue legion and Chaste Angels. When you can, hit the Epic Tiers (min:13.33m 18.66m 24m best:26.64m 40m 53.28m 67m 80m 93.24m 107m max:120m) for General Matilda and Battle Drake mount (get second for Legion.)