Dark RO: May The Force Be With You!
Discover the World of Dark RO
Dark RO is a private server (free for registered users) based on the original p2p mmorpg "Ragnarok Online" also known as iRO (International Ragnarok Online). There are two servers under Dark RO; low rate (Pie) and high rate (Force). The most popular between the two is the Force server. It has customized Star Wars classes integrated into the game. Both servers have customized items, characters, NPCs, maps, quests, and who knows what more!
An Introduction To Dark RO Pie
Pie; The Low Rate Server
The low rate (Pie) is just like the original Ragnarok Online p2p server but with quite a few perks. There are several @commands available to the player that are not available on iRO. (To see all the available commands, type @command when you are logged in the game)
The rate of pie is 6x/6x/6x which means it gives 6 times more in base exp/job exp/drop rate than the p2p server. This server is being maintained and run as close as possible to the p2p server of kRO.
This server features all the classes and jobs available, including Taekwon, Taekwon Master, Gunslinger, Ninja, and Soul Linker.
All available quests, maps, and items from kRO and kSakray are on this server. There are also quests, maps, and items available and unique only to the Pie server.
Server Specs and Description:
Intel P4, 3.6GHz, HT, 2MB Cache
60 Gb Hard Drive (10Krpm)
Linux SuSE 10.0
Max level: 99/70
Max storage capacity: 300
Commands: @autoloot, @go, @warp, @sleep/@afk/@brb
WOE: Tuesday (19:00 - 21:00), Thursday (22:00 - 24:00) and Saturday (15:00 - 17:00) (Eastern Time - Toronto, New York)
An Introduction to Dark RO Force
Dark RO Force; The High Rate Server
The high rate server, also known as Force, is the most popular (and in my opinion, the best) among the two servers of Dark RO. Making and leveling a character on this server is incredibly fast and easy even if one is a n00bie.
This server is packed with fun but it can cause some major headaches from time to time. Don't say I didn't warn you. There are a few players that cause trouble from time to time and some quests are a little difficult. PvP and WoEs can be a challenge. But is it worth it? Abso-frikin-lutely. The boos cannot amount to the fun. Afterall, if everything is easy and perfect, it would be boring.
All classes, jobs, items, maps, and quests are available on this server, including the Star Wars classes unique only here at Dark RO Force. The server features complete new custom Star Wars classes and was officially opened to the public on January 23rd of 2006 after a Beta-Phase period.
There are a lot more fun and perks on this server than the p2p or Pie server (or any server for that matter). There are a lot of unique quests, more @commands, customized leveling maps, customized rooms, customized items, and more!
There is one catch though... It's a player vs player (pvp) server. But this server is just so awesome that you can turn off your "pk state". To do this, you must be in a town map and type @pk. This will disable your pk state - player killable state - and other players can no longer attack you when you are leveling or in the mvp room.
Specs and Details:
Dual AMD Opteron 270, 4x1MB Cache
2x150 Gb RAID rated Server-Class Hard Drive
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
100 Mbits connection
Rates: 3k/3k/10k (Cards drop rates: 600x)
Max level: 255/100
Max stats: 255
Max storage capacity: 600
Emulator: eAthena highly customized
Type: PK (Player Killable) means you can attack other players (and being attacked) after reaching level 70 (you can attack everywhere except in towns).
Commands: @go, @who2, @warp, @autoloot, @storage, @gstorage, @mi, @me, @sleep/@afk/@brb
WOE: Sunday (13:00 - 15:00), Friday (20:00 - 22:00) and Wednesday (9:00 - 11:00) (Eastern Time - Toronto, New York)
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Where and How to Download DarkRO - Due to many (repeated) questions about downloading, installing, and properly running the game, I took it upon myself to break
1. To get started, make sure you have a folder which has kRO and kSakray downloaded, installed in, and has all the stuff. iRO will not work. You will receive errors every time you go into a map you don't have the file for or if someone is wearing something you don't have the file for and therefore cannot recognize.
Cannot recognize = errors = you don't want.
Again, only kRO and kSakray will work and both should be downloaded and installed in one folder.
Here is where you can download the kRO and kSakray (scroll down and you'll see it):
Update (July 17, 2009): If those links don't work, go on to these websites and download the newest version of kRO and kSakray:
Update (March 4, 2012): If NONE of those work, try this:
I repeat, if those links don't work, try the updated links! Don't tell me you need help unless you tried all the links provided here. Thanks.
If the links don't work or are too slow, go to http://www.filemirrors.com and do a search for "rag_setup" and "sak_setup" and choose version 0325 (The latest)
Once you've finished downloading and installing, run kRO then the kSakray patcher so they can update. There's a little bar that tells you how much progress it's gone. It might take a while since it's the first time patching and updating so please be patient. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or so depending on the speed of your internet connection and your computer.
2. Download and install the DarkRO client in the SAME folder as the kRO and kSakray. Run the patcher so it can update and such. It will take a few minutes - about 5 minutes or so. And once it's done, you're ready to play! (Unless you don't have a game account)
So again, kRO, kSakray, and DarkRO should be installed in the same folder.
3. If you don't have a game account yet, register here: http://dark-ro.net/register.php Remember, Pie is a low rate server and closer to iRO. Force is high rate, pk enabled, and is Star Wars themed.
If you're having errors while on the game, it means:
-You did not download, install or patched/updated correctly; therefore there are missing files.
-kRO, kSakray, and DarkRO are not in the same folder.
-There has been a change and you need to patch/update - which just means running kRO and Sakray and then the DarkRO updater.
If you can't log in, it means the server might be down. To be sure, check the forums.
Some Things You Might Have Missed or Don't Know About DarkRO
1. You can turn off your PK state by typing @pk This means you cannot attack and cannot be attacked by others. (Only for Force since force is the only pk server between the two)
2. You'll need to validate the e-mail you registered with. Therefore, make sure it's really your e-mail address.
3. The forums have a lot of info and is an excellent way to make friends =)
4. DarkRO Force has tons of things. Custom NPCs, custom items including Naruto hats, custom maps, custom pets, custom jobs (Padawan, Jedi, and Sith), crazy ideas, crazy people, and well, with that it surely will come with some problems. But if you've logged in the game, you know it's crowded and all but people still love it.
5. Pie is a more relaxed server but it's tough to be 1337 since it's low rate. However, it is rarely crowded and even though you're bored to death leveling for months or even years perhaps, you'll make close friends with other players because it is such a small but respectful community.
Important Links To Guide You - Here are the links you need to get you on your way to Dark RO.
- Dark RO Official Website
You can find out more about Dark RO here, register, and download the game patches.
- Dark RO Official Forum
This is the official forum of Dark RO. There are many posts that can answer your questions, quest guides, screen shots, guilds, events, and more!
- Official Ragnarok Online Website (p2p)
This is the p2p server (pay to play). I wouldn't recommend it as you have to pay to play and it's not even worth it. The servers are crowded and support is cruddy. Not all characters, quests, and maps are available on some servers (ie: Global server)
- RO Empire - Database
RO Empire is one of the trustworthy database websites that can give you information about quests, items, monsters, maps, and more!
- Server Features
This link includes information on the custom NPCs, new and unique quests, location, new maps, custom items, and many more!
- Wings Quest Guide
Interested in making your own wings? Here's a great write up on where and how to make the wings on DarkRO.
- More Tips and Guides for DarkRO
Read up! The more you know, the more you'll enjoy the game. Use the search function in the forum to find what you're looking for. This part of the forum can give you any info about any quest you want.
- (Most) Everything You Need To Know About Becoming A Jedi
Here's a guide that you can use to help you with the Jedi quest. If you want to become a jedi and you don't know where to start, here's where you need to go first.
- Jedi Quest Guide
Need help to become a jedi? Here's everything you need to know including maps and things you need to gather to become a jedi.
- Sith Quest Guide
Need some directions on how to become a sith? Here's a quick simple guide to let you know the necessary details.
So? Now what?
Well, if you're not on your way to download the game yet, then I guess you need to read more.
Dark RO Force. It's fun, easy to start and understand, entertaining, and there's a lot of people you can meet and be friends with (about 2,000 players online everyday). There are hundreds of things to do; quests, leveling, hunting, mvping, exploring, pvping, etc. WOEs and pvps are intense but fun once you get your groove on. Speaking of getting it on, characters can dance on both of the Dark RO servers. Force is a more internationally diverse server than Pie, although Pie has a lot of other players from all over the world too.
Pie, on the other hand, is underpopulated. The most I've ever seen are 90 players during WOE. It's not a bad thing, in fact, I favor it. Less people to compete with and a lot less chances of lag, scams, or hacks. There is an average of 40-60 people online everyday. Just like the p2p server, it is hard to level and it takes time to get anywhere and get anything worth it. Most people prefer to be able to level faster (trust me, it gets boring hunting the same kind of monster for weeks or even months). Hard work on this server is not my kind of fun but if it's yours, then cheers!
(Ironically, I have one transcendant level 96 char on Pie)
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Useful STUFFS For Your Game Play
Available @commands are available for you to see when you type @commands in game.
This is an autoloot command. Aside from the @autoloot (which will enable you to loot ALL of the monster drop), @autolootitem enables you to loot a specific item only. For example, if you want to loot blue herb, type: @autolootitem blue_herb or if you know the item number, you can replace the name with the item number. Also, @autoloot can be used to loot items with a certain percentage. For example, you want to loot only items that drop for 50%, type: @autoloot 50
@autotrade : Allows you to vend online while client closed.
@changegm : Change guild leader.
@go : Warps you to specific location. (do @go for a list)
@gstorage : Opens guild storage.
@idsearch <(part of) item name> : Returns corresponding item ID.
@ii : Displays item information.
@jailtime : Returns remaining jail time.
@me : Displays message in a /me IRC style.
@mi : Displays monster information.
@hominfo : Returns info on your homunculus.
@homtalk : Makes your homunculus talk.
@showexp : Displays EXP earned while leveling.
@storage : Opens Storage.
@time : Returns server time.
@warp : Warps you to given map. (x and y optional)
@who2 : Returns basic information on online players. (name optional)
@whodrops : Returns monsters given item.
Custom commands made by and for DarkRO
@autolootitem : Autoloots given item.
@bot <(part of) player name> : Send alert message to online GMs for a possible bot.
@commands : Display this message.
@dance : Makes you dance.
@garbage : Allows you to bypass dropping delay but items will disappear when dropped.
@lock/@unlock : Lock or Unlock your account (talk to Security NPC to set up a password)
@noallychat : Filters alliance chat or not. (PM to 'Alliance' to use alliance chat)
@nobc : Filters broadcasting messages from players. (not GMs)
@pk : Changes your PK state so that you may attack/be attacked or not by other players.
@rcs : Warp you to the Helper's town and creates a chatroom with your question.
@seeitems : Shows item or not on the floor. (useful for PVP)
@sleep/@afk/@brb : Makes you sleep.
@ss : Searches player's shop for given item.
@status : Displays a list of the states you're in.
@viewpk : Allows you to see which PK state others have.
Custom @go locations
@go mall : Warps you to the shopping mall.
@go base : Warps any siths to the sith base.
@go pvp : Warps you randomly to the PVP Izlude.
@go gvp : Warps you randomly to GVG Prontera.
@disco : Warps you to dancefloor in Comodo.
@go dun1/2/3/cursed : Warps you to any of the custom leveling dungeons.
/notalkmsg or /nm : General chats will not be shown in your chatbox only whispers, party chat, gm announcement and guild chats are allowed.
/notalkmsg2 or /nm2 : Same function as /notalkmsg (/nm) but this time even guild chat is blocked.
/noctrl or /nc : Automatically attacks the monster without pressing the ctrl key.
/noshift or /ns : Able to attack/cast spell on players without pressing the shift key. Can also be used for Resurrection Bombing (Ygdrassil Leaf) and Heal Bombing.
/bingbing : Rotates your character counter-clockwise.
/bangbang : Rotates your character clockwise.
/doridori : Turns character's head left/right.
/aura : toggles on/off aura effect.
/set1 : Switches /noctrl, /showname, and /skillfail "on" if they're "off" or vice versa.
/lightmap : Toggles on/off the use lightmap from the RO set up
/fog : Toggles on/off the enable fog from the RO set up
/mineffect : Simplifies effects.
/font : Makes your character name appear above you instead of below you.
/quickspell or /q1 : Use the skill assigned on the F9 hotkey by right-clicking.
/quickspell2 or /q2 : Rolling mousewheel upward to use the skill assigned in F8, rolling mousewheel downward to use the skill assigned in F7.
/miss : Toggles the Ã¢€œMissÃ¢€Â sign when you miss hitting a target.
/notrade or /nt : Automatically cancels trade request from other players. (Use this in WOE please)
/battlemode or /bm : Typing it will cause the following:
Q - O keys will correspond as F1~F9 for skill shortcut bar #2.
A - L keys will correspond as F1~F9 for skill shortcut bar #3
Z - > keys will correspond as F1~F9 for skill shortcut bar #1
You cannot chat while this command is activated, if you do want to chat press "space bar" once and type what you want to say then enter.
Chatbox changes into a purplish color whenever /bm command is enabled.
/skillfail or /sf : Removes the "Skill Failed" message.
/showname : Changes your character's name display and font
/emotion : Shows the current emoticon listing
/emblem : Removes guild emblem
/h or /help : Displays the list of commands/keys available.
/memo : Memorizes warp point. (For Acolyte/Priest/Monk/Super Novice class only)
/savechat : Saves your chat log.
/where : Displays your current location including the x,y coordinates.
/w or /who : Displays current number of players online.
/sit : Makes your character sit, otherwise it make your character stand.
/stand : If your character is sitting it makes your character stand, otherwise it make your character sit.
/effect : Toggles magic/item effect on/off.
/skip : Lowers your frame rate speed
/tip : Displays the tip of the day.
/bgm : Toggles background music on and off.
/sound : Toggles sound effects on and off.
/v (0-127) : Adjusts the sound effect volume.
/bv (0-127) : Adjusts the BGM volume.
/ex : Displays a list of all the characters you have ignored.
/ex (Character name) : Ignores the specified character.
/exall : Blocks all whispers from anyone.
/inall : Accepts all pm from anyone.
/in (Character name) : Un-ignores the specified character.
/chat : Opens the create chatroom dialogue box.
/camera : Toggles camera zooming on and off.
/q : leaves a chat room.
/snap : Snaps the battle cursor on or off.
/skillsnap : Snaps the skill cursor on or off.
/itemsnap : Snaps your cursor to pick up items on or off.
$ (i.e. $Hello) : Sends a message to your guild.
% (i.e. %Hello) : Sends a message to your party.
Note: When a command is activated there will now be a notice if it is ON or OFF.
/blacksmith : Displays your Blacksmith's/Whitesmith's ranking on the fame system.
/alchemist : Displays your Alchemist's/Creator's ranking on the fame system.
/am or /automsg : An Auto Message that you can edit so that when AFK the client will automatically message the person who PMs you.
ESC : Open/Close menu to end the game or return to the main menu
Insert : Character Sit/Stand. (Basic Skill Level 3 Required)
Page Up or Page Down : Scroll up or down while in the text windows. (Mouse wheel can be used as well)
Shift + click on Character : Follow a character that was clicked on (left or right click on character using mouse)
Ctrl + tab : Adjust the mini map's mode (transparency off / on / no mini map)
Ctrl + v : Activate / Minimize Basic Info window
Alt + a or Ctrl + a : Open / Close Status window, Activate / Minimize Status window
Alt + q or Ctrl + q : Open / Close Equipment window, Activate / Minimize Equipment window
Alt + o or Ctrl + o : Open / Close Option window, Activate / Minimize Option window
Alt + e or Ctrl + e : Open / Close Inventory window, Activate / Minimize Inventory window
Alt + h : Open / Close Friend window
Alt + I : Open / Close Friends Setup window
Alt + z : Open / Close Party window
Alt + p : Open / Close Party Setup window
Alt + c : Open / Close Chat room window
Alt + s : Open / Close Skill Tree window
Alt + F10 : Open / Close Chat window
ALT + M : Shortcut Keys window
Shift + Click Direction : Change where your character is facing to the direction you click without moving
ALT + D : Open / Close Arrange Detail window, Adjust sprite and texture resolution
Alt + Home : Ground cursor on / off
Alt + End : Character Status Bar on / off (HP & SP Bar)
F1 to F9 : Use items or skills in the Hot Key window
F10 : Adjust chat window size
F11 : Exit all windows except Basic Info and chat window
F12 : Open/Change Page of the Hot Key Window
ALT+ Enter : Send your guild a message
CTRL + Enter : Send your party a message
CTRL + SHIFT + Right Click Drag : Change camera angle to the lowest possible
SHIFT + Right Click Drag : Slightly change the camera angle
CTRL + Right Click Drag or Rotate Mouse Wheel : Zoom in/out the camera
CTRL + c : Copy
Shift + Insert : Paste
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