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[Misc. Guide] A guide for new players
Community Helper * Member Since 2005-08-28
posté October 16, 2012, 23:40:24 | #1
[Misc. Guide] A guide for new players Updated as 06.10.14



Oi oi,

Before you read on I may give information some may deem as spoilers that they wanted to find out for themselves. So read at your own risk.

Feel free to ask me question by joining my team speak server.

This is my attempt to make a rough guide to help new players as a very long introduction to the game. I will update this from time to time, my words here are not absolutely perfect and they may well be room for improvement or in my experience my beliefs may be based on wrong assumptions.

To play Wakfu firstly you will be to create an Ankama account and download Wakfu. On the menu type in your username and password. When you create an Ankama account you may be automatically put onto a particlaur community/server. To change servers you will have to contact Ankama support who should supply you with a new account for the server of your choice. There is no server or accounts transfer for existing accounts so you can not get max level on Remington then want switch to Nox for example is currently impossible. When you make your account right down your secret quest , answer and try to make it memorable just in case you lose or forget where you wrote it down.

There are currently several servers:-
  • Aerafal (French speaking) - pay to play only
  • Remington (International English speaking) - free to play - this forum
  • Elbor (Spanish speaking) - free to play
  • Amara (German speaking) - free to play
  • Nox (English speaking North American community) - free to play - this forum
  • Dathura (International French speaking) - pay to play only
  • Efrim (Portuguese speaking)- free to play
  • Phaeris (Wakfu Asia/ WAPAC)- free to play
Community's usually have their own community managers (CM). The CM for this forum (the international one) is Sabi who manages the Nox and Remington community.

Background
Wakfu was released on 29th February 2012 with every server being pay to play, some of Wakfu server have now moved over to free to play with an option to subscribe in order to gain some benefits. There is tons of information on the official forums as well as tons of helpful people.

Free2Play Vs. Pay2Play (on the f2p servers)
Firstly you have access to 99% of the content, sometimes when a new area is released f2p have to wait a month or so before they get access to it. P2P get +30% combat exp, some extra drops, they also get double dungeon token. Here is the full list of differences. Personally I would try before you, go p2p then if you have some extra cash and want a little bit less of a grind then p2p.

Deciding on what class to pick?
This is 100% up to you, I have been playing a very long time. All the classes are good they all have good and bad points. People can spend years arguing over the best class so what I like to do is think what do I want to do within the fight.

I personally went for an Eni because everyone loves and needs healing, also I can do a moderate amount of damage when I solo.

What nation to pick?
Nations do not affect your gameplay that much. You have to pick a nation to pretty much do anything in the game as well. You can change nation by exchanging kamas with an NPC so I dont know the details OR buying a scroll from Ankama shop.

Now Plan! Your character build
I will try to keep this as short as possible, as a new player you may not know understand all the aspect of the game to make perfect decision but I will give some general advice.
If you do not know what to level, in terms of special abilities or characteristics point level nothing, yes you heard me correctly if you level nothing then you can not make a mistake. However you get a free respec at level 30 and another at level 80 so get experimenting.

Respecs
Within the game you can reset your spells, abilities etc via a respec scroll.
You can buy a respec scroll from the boutique or do a respec quest, rarely does the game give out free respec.
You can also buy the items needed for the respec quest from other players.
If you are a subscribed member you can access the beta server, level characters to high levels and test tons of stuff.

Damage
Here are some guides to damage first, second.

Elements
I am the not the master of spells and spell exp but here is some general info. If you go single or mono element you can max 4 spells with a total of 4 maxed spells all other spells are zero. Duo/two element you can get max 3 spells in one element and 2 spells in a second element with a total of 5 maxed spells. Tri/three element you can get max 2 spells in all 3 elemental trees with a total of 6 maxed spells.

For new players you may want to start out mono or dual element, then after you level 80 respec keep dual element, there is no real benefit from being mono element any more. Tri element can be viable with certain classes using certain builds however its going to be significantly harder to gear then a dual element character.

Stats
Here is a video link to the current stat system explained.

Level trapper!
Before I start the tips section I would strongly advise learning and level the trapper profession.
The trapper profession allows you to spawn your own monster this isn't so you can be a eco-lover this is much more for yourself and your group. Lets say you was killing a certain monster with a group size of 300, once all the 300 mobs are gone you have to leave the area instead with trapper you can plant your own monster mobs . The size will be slightly random however certain maps part of the map will tend to spawn bigger mobs have fun finding out where.

Trapper can also be used in conjunction with the otomai disciple quests these are daily quests which get unlocked the higher your combat level increases. Often you start out gathering some monster resources you can drop via fighting then next quest you have to gather some seeds then sometimes after that kill a boss. These are all repeatable every 24 hours.

Solo
Learn to play the game solo, like any game it is going to take you some time to learn as this is a tactical game it may take a little longer than a first person shooter for example. I have played with people who leeched all their level so at level 100 did not have a clue what they were doing.
I clearly understand we all have to start somewhere bare in mind its a turn based game. Also soloing teaches you to play in a completely different way, it teaches you much about your own class, such as the good and bad about your class and so on. I used the words learn to play I never said play "alone until you quit", recently lots of new players have been telling me I can not solo, its boring and other untrue statements.

Ok, you just started the game, you have 100s of monsters to fight a whole world to explore you have 5 spells if you went mono element and 5 active passives to master.

Groups
This game is built around groups, only at the start can you solo dungeons and content. From say level 50 onwards you will need more characters. Now its within the rules of this game to play multiple accounts at once or use mutlimen aka sidekick who can join you within the fight but use a single account.

There may not be millions of people per server but there is more than one person you will be able to play with. The main tip here is to find the right guild personally I put massive importance on this I would read the Guild section of the forum related to your server. So you know what you are looking for in a guild so getting searching . A common place for players within each nation are the market places or the Alamanax in Asturb and the outpost maps of each of the nations such as bonta, outpost.
I would also suggest putting multiple characters in many different guilds especially if you play more than one account.
Want more people to play with and to join the community, join the team speak server.

Tips!!
Do you turn as fast as possible because its a turn based game this will help you, others and maximise your time.
Try to learn and unlock all your spells even the one's that are not in your chosen element as all have some tactical benefit.
Use short cut keys (not if you have fat fingers) change "End turn" to something quick but that can't be pressed my accident like F1.
Change the short cut key from delete (give up) to something else.
DO NOT TYPE ON YOUR TURN UNLESS ITS 100% NECESSARY COME ON USE YOUR BRAIN FOR ONCE.
Also if you need to go for a short period of time especially while playing in a group doing a dungeon please shout BRB or AFK the amount of times fight get started without people is quite amazingly bad. Especially when they just said R (Ready or Aie!) or ready 30 seconds ago.

Leveling
This is the main grind of the game, but at the end your awesome so get started already!!

You can not level via quest, grinding monsters is the way to go.

Press M and bring up the mini-map in the top right it tells you the recommended level for each area overall its quite good. Now fight some thing, I am not going to tell you everything. So lets say your an iop I would suggest do not fight long ranged monsters why? you will find out.

Fight what is easy to kill.

How is exp worked out? very simple its done by the level of the group vs. the level of the monster group you want these to be about the same. The higher the level the monster the more exp you get. As long as they don't take forever on their turns you should be laughing. Also you could try to be social and omg have fun playing with other people who knows?.

Dungeons can be a great way of earning exp because firstly they have fixed maps usually let you use more range/tactics and they have two challenges AND a wisdom bonus for just being inside a dungeon also you have the chance to get boss drops.

Equipment
Realistically getting levels if you play with others can be done quite quickly, so I would suggest don't bother wasting your time doing 50 Royal gob dung's for that Royal gob set, instead I would use what you can. P.S many guilds or even players may give gob sets to the right people. It might also be quick to make/mine kamas and buy your starting sets over farming for them.

Kamas and earning money
To read my guide on how to make money please click here.
Here is great way of earning money but you will need to be level 65,115,120 to get all the money.
The main ways mining ore's then mint them into to kamas is the obvious way.
Selling resources and equipment the best way to price check an item is to use Wakfu element and look up the server you are on. For example type in gobbal hat Wakfu Element will then tell you the recent prices which the item sold at, so you can see if someone currently selling the item is selling at a fair price or not.
Learning a profession and making item/consumables and selling those.

I would suggest doing a little bit of mining until you have 100 kamas with that money sell resources and hopefully make more money. Or use the 100 kamas to travel to the different islands and farm the sets you need. How to travel to other nation and islands find the boat in your nation usually located at the back/last map then use that.

Other stuff
If you feel the game is lagging and its not your internet, quit the client as soon as you can and load it up again.
Go to the options, Game/tick the box "allow interaction with the left click I find this much more comfortable.
If you experience a bug, log to the character selection screen should fix most bugs (do not do this during a fight).
If you get stuck anyway, or your cheap (like me) and want to save kamas then zapp back to your home nations type /suicide then press enter it should kill you, and you go back to your phoenix statue.
When you start a fight with a group and you are not sure everyone is in your fight. Look at the left hand side of the screen, the players who in a fight (hopefully your own) will have two crossed swords next to their name. So shout at the person not in the fight, sometimes you may need to pm them quick as group chat does not make a sound.
The classic mistake most people make fighting against close range monster is they keep running towards the monster. This is pointless let monster come to you, the AI is not super advanced to drag out the fight in psychological warfare .

Ogrines expire, Ankama emails you when they will expire there is some formula to work it out exactly but in general buy just enough for what you want and spend them all within a month or so.

What to do with yourself?
Don't ask me, I dont know what to do with myself .
Joking this is sandbox game so the limit is your imagination (well to a certain extent).
Here are some suggestions.

  • Get all the zapps and drago-turkey expresses on the game
  • Travel and fighting within all the different islands and nations + fight all the different monsters
  • Get some tokens and then go to the troll fair
  • Look after the eco-system and help the government
  • As a new player you can try to get a government position (people mainly use long standing friends or people who have done a good job before)
  • Get max. level
  • Get the best equips this is a never ended process really
  • Worship me (as your server god)
  • Beat all the Ultimate bosses
  • Have fun, so find your own path to enjoyment

Now if there are any sections you feel this guide really needed tell me please. Some sections like the eco-system I have left out because I know its all on the wakfu wiki.

Useful websites
The Wakfu wiki
Wakfu Element I can not stress enough how useful this website is check it out.
Wakfu Encyclopedia (on this website).

Useful topics
The guide section in general
Class Guides index.

Useful videos
Beginners guide general overview of the game
How to organise a group like a pro
Video guides.

JerryDB (in-names for Nox and Remington)
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About me
I have over 10 pages on topics if you want to message me directly please use the ankabox system
You are more than welcome to add me on Steam however I don't play via the steam client
 


This post has been edited by JerryDB - October 06, 2014, 18:18:26.
Reason for edit : Updated
Bellaphone Lover * Member Since 2011-11-06
posté October 18, 2012, 12:13:38 | #2
+1 for this guide!

I found it very simple, informative and newbie friendly. I'd require a sticky if it was possible.... is it? XD

Hope a lot of newbie will use this guide especially for the golden advice to save points at the starts (I find hilarious that gemlin always says "don't forget to distribute your points" when you level up, that thing is a troll XD).


Community Manager * Member Since 2012-02-28
posté October 18, 2012, 15:01:29 | #3

Quote (JerryDB @ 16 October 2012 23:40) *
Please note there doesn't seem a be a section for guides so I have posted in advanced gameplay. As this topic is a guide more than a simple discussion.

You're right, and therefore I just created a "Guides" section as I'd like to see more initiatives like this one!

Oh, I'm also making this thread a sticky.


Community Helper * Member Since 2005-08-28
posté October 20, 2012, 14:54:14 | #4
Thank you both very much.

I have been meaning to write this guide for a long time but its actually hard to keep it short. I could easy write 1,000 on so many aspects of the game. I hope I have given people enough information that they can play, overcome simply problems and progression for the game.


Featherless Piwi * Member Since 2012-03-24
posté April 03, 2013, 23:12:41 | #5
ok so im VERY new to this game.. just finally decided on my class.. read this guide and it was very helpful.. had one question though

picking an Element just means the skills you choose to use the most, and since you use them the most theyre at really high levels.

so if some one is an Air Cra it is because all they use is air skills so most of them are very high say compared to fire/water right ?

But is there a max on how high skills can get ? or can you level all skills in all elements to 100 ?

For an Air Cra would that mean you would want to get all your Air skills to 100 for the extra Air Damage and resistance?

If you cant level all elements to 100 what is the main point to use skills in other elements besides your main ? just for the resistance ?

thanks in advance


Community Helper * Member Since 2005-08-28
posté April 04, 2013, 18:48:47 | #6

Quote (bennyskates @ 03 April 2013 23:12) *
1.picking an Element just means the skills you choose to use the most, and since you use them the most theyre at really high levels.
2.
so if some one is an Air Cra it is because all they use is air skills so most of them are very high say compared to fire/water right ?
3.
But is there a max on how high skills can get ? or can you level all skills in all elements to 100 ?
4.
For an Air Cra would that mean you would want to get all your Air skills to 100 for the extra Air Damage and resistance?
5.
If you cant level all elements to 100 what is the main point to use skills in other elements besides your main ? just for the resistance ?

thanks in advance
My reply
1. Yes, you pick the spells you want to use most, certain tactical spells will end up being leveling through the course of the game like being fire but using retreat arrow (air).
2. Yes.
3. Yes there is a spell exp limit.
4. You would would that but its is not possible atm.
5. Yes, you put a few points in for resistances.

Here is my cras spells and build as you can see I have reached my spell exp limits.
I have respeced to make retreat arrow and homing arrow low again at fixed level.

Please click on the links as I can not insert them correctly as this time.


Click here

Click here

Please ask any further questions.


This post has been edited by JerryDB - April 04, 2013, 18:49:37.
Featherless Piwi * Member Since 2012-03-24
posté April 04, 2013, 20:22:12 | #7

Quote (JerryDB @ 04 April 2013 18:48) *

Quote (bennyskates @ 03 April 2013 23:12) *

But is there a max on how high skills can get ? or can you level all skills in all elements to 100 ?
My reply

3. Yes there is a spell exp limit.

i looked at your build and just have 1 question.. how do i know when i will reach skill cap ? is there a talent builder of some kind ?

should i be shooting for 1-2 skills near 100 and all the rest 50 and below ?


Thanks for the reply


This post has been edited by bennyskates - April 04, 2013, 20:22:38.
Reason for edit : wanted to say thanks
Overweighted Chafer * Member Since 2011-09-21
posté July 24, 2013, 10:29:08 | #8
You should probably update this guide a bit Jerry. It's kind of old beans by now.

Example: You state that newbies need to mine only 50 kamas for Zaap transport, when in fact it costs like 100 kamas these days (thanks to Ankama's Kama update lol). Yeah I know it's common knowledge for us regular players, but newbies who are reading your guides MIGHT take it at face value.


tl;dr version: If your going to link to your guides, at least update them once a month or so.


Community Helper * Member Since 2005-08-28
posté July 31, 2013, 12:23:55 | #9
Updated.


This post has been edited by JerryDB - September 07, 2013, 20:08:33.
Tofurby on Diet * Member Since 2012-02-21
posté February 25, 2014, 22:53:32 | #10
I just started playing again after a long break and I found this quite helpful and easy to understand. It gave me some nice tips. Good job  


Featherless Piwi * Member Since 2012-07-27
posté July 16, 2014, 03:17:56 | #11
I just restarted playing, and these guides have been so helpful! I was able to follow pretty well, which is rare for me! Thank so much for writing this.


Community Helper * Member Since 2005-08-28
posté July 21, 2014, 15:49:36 | #12

Quote (frenchlady1 @ 25 February 2014 22:53) *
I just started playing again after a long break and I found this quite helpful and easy to understand. It gave me some nice tips. Good job
Cheers


Quote (KoMiyavi @ 16 July 2014 03:17) *
I just restarted playing, and these guides have been so helpful! I was able to follow pretty well, which is rare for me! Thank so much for writing this.
Your welcome

I have updated this guide quite a lot so I would strongly suggest reading it again.

Updated again.


This post has been edited by JerryDB - October 06, 2014, 17:12:09.