Ragnarok X: Next Generation is a mobile MMORPG which has been hyped since its launch in China a year ago, and now finally launched in Southeast Asia last month. Publisher Nuverse might be a new name to most, but it has already launched several mobile titles all around Asia. Here, we will take a quick look at what players will experience when they play Ragnarok X: New Generation for the very first time!
For those new to the Ragnarok world, there are 2 main Experience Points (EXP) to look out for. Base EXP is the typical character level, which allows players to equip higher level gears. Job EXP is required to advance into new jobs, and also obtain new skill points. Some monsters give more Base EXP, some better Job EXP, so it is essential to do some planning. This monster database which we found will help all players!
Sticking to classic MMORPG titles, Ragnarok X: Next Generation allows players to manually add character stats to make their own unique builds. There are 6 different stats to choose from, and the focus should be on the STR stat when starting out.
After players choose a job, recommendations for stats allocation will be provided by the game itself, which is definitely a big help for gamers not used to this system (almost all games nowadays have no manual additions for stats).
This is the same for skill points as well, where each job has several skills and not all can be used on the battlefield at the same time. Ragnarok X: Next Generation’s does a great job in recommending possible builds, but players are still free to meddle around. In all honesty, the price required to reset stats and skill points are far more affordable than we initially feared. Yes, it is not free (you do get the items free some times), but at least it is not 50 bucks or charged per point being reset.
While the Ragnarok IP has come a long way since the days of Ragnarok Online, this new mobile MMORPG is also designed for younger gamers with no prior knowledge of the lore. Rather than forcing players to pick a job (class) right away, Ragnarok X: Next Generation eases players through a series of tutorial quests at first, before allowing them to choose after trying each of the 1st advancement jobs’ skills. This freedom to choose is something which is seldom seen in mobile MMORPG titles these days.
For those who do not know, there will be several more job advancements as characters progress, opening up new aesthetic looks, skills and abilities! These advanced jobs are more specialized in a certain discipline, such as different weapons and skills, hence adding much depth to the MMORPG genre which in recent years lacks.
Here is how the Job Advancement system currently looks like in Ragnarok X: Next Generation: Novice —> First Job Class —> Second Job Class —> Transcended Job Class
In Ragnarok X: Next Generation, there are currently 3 different grades of equipment, pretty much similar to a rarity system. The most common equipment comes with White name (normal drops), followed by Blue name (crafted), and the most powerful and rare have a Gold name.
These Gold name equipment drops from mini bosses and also the most powerful group of monsters in the game, MVPs. They come with several bonus stats as well, such as Attack Speed, Movement Speed, Defense Penetration and many more!
While there is not an expansive loot system with hundreds of different equipment, Ragnarok X: Next Generation provides players with a slew of upgrade features, such as enchant and refine. Players only need to change equipment around every 10 levels, hence these strengthening features do work well. Trust us, we have tried them!
Combat in Ragnarok X: Next Generation is not just about having the best equipment, but also details such as weapon element, monster element, and even monster size! A basic example is how a water element weapon will deal more damage to monsters with fire element, and a holy element weapon will deal more damage to undead monsters. Certain weapon types deal bonus damage to small, medium, or large monsters too!
That is not all! A classic feature of almost all Ragnarok games is the card system. Monsters drop their own monster cards at times when slayed, and these cards can be slotted into various equipment. For example, there are cards which allow weapons to deal additional damage to large size monsters, or to a specific monster race such Orcs.
Overall, the battle system in Ragnarok X: Next Generation is very flexible, allowing players to have unique and interesting combinations of equipment properties/ bonuses and card effects to turn the tide in battles.
NPC Favor System
Most of the time, NPC are merely there to give quests, a lazy design which still plagues many online games. In Ragnarok X: Next Generation, players can gain favor with them by gifting items and eventually unlock special rewards and even adventure EXP. Here is a full list of NPCs with the gifting feature and what they will give to players!
Gifting items is not the only way though, with some really “hidden” ways such as standing beside a specific NPC for a few minutes, use a NPC’s feature a few times, achieve a certain level in life skills, and many more. Oh, did I mention that some of these rewards include free unique costumes?
Ragnarok X: Next Generation genuinely provides players with a plateau of choices to build their dream characters, be it in unique battle styles (via weapons and cards) or one-of-a-kind aesthetic looks (costumes and mounts). While all these might seem challenging for new players, it is advisable to take time to understand them, join guilds for support, and find your own path in Midgard. Remember to download the game!