Hope Upbringer! (DF Q&A/Guides)
[OV] - A Basic Overview of PvP
[AB] - The Aeris Battlespire
[AB-I] - The Introduction Screen
[AB-H] - The Main Hall
[AB-L] - The Duelist Lounge
[AB-A] - Akira
[B] - The Battles
[FT] - Farming PvP Trophies
[T1] - Farming Technique 1 - Other Dummies
[T2] - Farming Technique 2 - Your Own Dummy
[T3] - Farming Technique 3 - Zapp's "Another Floating City"
[RR] - Ranks and Rewards
[KB] - Known Bugs
A Basic Overview of Player vs. Player
[OV]First things first, what is PvP? PvP is a common abbreviation for "Player versus Player", which is exactly what it sounds like. In PvP, players can battle other players' characters and earn rewards and bragging rights. PvP is not multiplayer; you are fighting another player's character, but that character is not being controlled by its creator. Instead, the characters that you are battling run on an AI, an Artificial Intelligence, that are robots programmed by the DragonFable Staff. However, this does not take the fun out of battling, as you will find your enemies healing themselves with potions, using various attacks, and giving you a run for your money! The Aeris Battlespire is home to all that is PvP!
Quick spoiler here:
Dracelix hinted that he would revamp PvP arena artwise... so maybe the PvP mechanism will be revamped too!
The Aeris Battlespire
[AB]So, you want to be a Grand Master Duelist, eh (highest PvP rank)? Well you don't even know where to find the Battlespire yet...or do you? Well if you don't, the Aeris Battlespire is a floating ship soaring high above Falconreach, and to get to it, you can use a couple of methods:
Go to the Map, and in Book 1, click Aeris Battlespire. In book 3, click Greenguard and then click the scroll in the sky.
Some houses have the PvP Banner on their walls. You can use that to get to the Battlespire as well!
After that you will find yourself staring at a beautiful vista of flying ships so odd that only Cysero himself* could have created them. Do not let this view keep you for long, though, as we have some battling to do! Click the button in the bottom right that says "Enter". Now we will discuss where you can go in the Battlespire and what can be done there.
Or Bacon... This isn't as silly as it sounds. Bacon is what holds up the Battlespire.
The Introduction Screen
[AB-I]This is where you come to when you click the "Enter" button. You will find two knights on the left, and a knight on the right holding a PvP Banner. Talk to the knights on the left if you want the Battlespire to let you get off at Falconreach, Amityvale, or Oaklore Keep. Or, if you wanna get some Player versus Player action done, go right into the Main Hall past the banner-holding knight.
The Main Hall
[AB-H]This is the main hall of the Battlespire. The woman standing in the middle is Keelia, who is one of the 5 Arena Masters (the others are unknown). Through her you can...
Join a tournament!
Fight Akira (see below for more info).
Talk with Keelia.
Increase your PvP Rank (see below for more info).
Access the Battlespire Shops (see below for more info).
Set the Battlespire as your Home Town. (when you log in, you will always start at the screen with the "Enter" button)
The doors on the left (Duelist Training Room) and right (Danger Room) are both locked. Because they have nothing. If you go right, you can travel the Battlespire. These are what you'll see in the rest of the hall:
Screen 1: A door that leads to a beautiful view where you can see your house from, and a couple of knights, one who gives a warning and the other who is pretty quiet.
Screen 2: Windows and banners and knights, oh my!
Screen 3: More windows! More banners! More knights! Maybe Cysero or Artix thinks this is funny...
Screen 4: A couple of more knights and banners. You can't go on from here, as it is blocked. But the Duelist Lounge is open.
The Duelist Lounge
[AB-L]Hmm...wow...interesting. NOTHING. The Duelist Lounge currently has no purpose. The bartender is kinda creepy, and the two people in the corner change their look when you leave and come back. There's also many weapons hanging from the ceiling...pretty valuable too.
[AB-A]This guy is stupid. Plain stupid. A huge bragger. And he gets on EVERYONE'S nerves. Wow. Just a pathetic duelist. Right?
Keelia has had enough of this guy's boasting, and she wants you to take him down. How long can you last with him? After every round he increases in power. Make sure to use that Heal button! If you can survive 5 rounds with Akira, you can get a special Trinket that costs 200 Dragon Coins, Chi Blast. If equipped, you can use Chi Bomb, a skill, in battle to take out UP TO 50% of the enemy's remaining HP. Helpful. :P Sadly, it will not take out anything near 50% on most uses.
[B]The battle system of PvP could get confusing, but that's what this guide is here for! PvP is highly different from regular battles with monsters all over Lore.
When you enter a new Tournament through Keelia, you will get sent to an area with a few more banners and knights, and you standing on a platform, and Keelia announcing. On the bottom left you will see a few buttons. Here is a picture of those buttons, along with a description of what each of them does.
To win a battle, you must bring your opponent's HP to 0, as in normal battles. But be careful! Your opponent can execute skills from his/her armor, which includes using HP/MP potions and stunning you! If you manage to win 5 battles, you will have won the tournament and a PvP Trophy! The PvP Trophies are meant to rank your PvP Battlespire Rank up.
Note: If you bring any guests like Artix, Galanoth, Valencia, etc. they will be removed! It's 1-on-1 (except for pets, but they're bugged and will only do 0 damage) in these battles!
Note: The backgrounds will change, and those are there just for fun.
Note: If your opponent has a Dragon Amulet and has saved his equipment, he'll be fighting with all that equipment!
Farming PvP Trophies
[FT]Yeah, you want a lot of PvP Trophies for those high ranks down there at the bottom of the guide...300 Trophies to get from Master Duelist to Grand Master Duelist? Wow. To farm in Artix Entertainment games (or really, any online game) is to do a certain quest or mission multiple times to get a reward multiple times, or to find a certain reward. You've probably heard of Gold Farming, which is to find large amounts of gold in as little time as possible. Experience Farming is the same thing. PvP Trophy Farming is doing a lot of Tournaments over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over to get as many Trophies as possible! I will discuss two farming methods here with you: Other Dummies and Your Own Dummy.
Farming Technique 1 - Other Dummies
[T1]These characters have at least one extreme weakness, which makes them easy to farm for quick PvP trophies. Their ID number is listed, so you just have to copy/paste it when you click "Battle ID#" in the Arena. Make sure to read their weaknesses and strengths, because some of them have very few weaknesses, and some may even get healed!
All DragonFable characters up to Level 80 have a PvP dummy available to farm. Check which Dummy(ies) can be used for your level below! They are listed in order from lowest level to highest level.
NOTE: I have tested all of these out since March 12, 2012.
Name and Level: Laura, Level 11 (Good for all levels until 21)
Notable Weaknesses: -95 Darkness (Darkness attacks do almost double damage)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: She has a dagger equipped, so she can't attack since she tries to cast spells all the time!
Name and Level: Arklen, Level 19 (Good for Levels 9-29)
Notable Weaknesses: -350 Bacon (Bacon attacks do over quadruple damage)
Notable Strengths: 207 Darkness (Darkness attacks heal him for double damage)
Note: Unlike most others, Arklen has a large resistance to darkness weapons. Bacon weapons are highly suggested.
Name and Level: Rydia, Level 28 (Good for Levels 18-38)
Notable Weaknesses: -95 Darkness (Darkness attacks do almost double damage), low attack (14-34)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: The DOOM Weapons can easily
corrupt defeat her.... although I'm sure any Darkness weapon could end this battle quickly.
Name and Level: Not Your Character, Level 30 (Good for Levels 20-40)
Notable Weaknesses: Low health count (120 HP), extremely low attack (5-10)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: Not Your Character has a terrible attack, if he'll even have a chance. With no strengths to talk about, this should be a quick battle.
Name and Level: Zhoom, Level 30 (Good for Levels 20-40)
Notable Weaknesses: -350 Bacon (Bacon attacks do over quadruple damage)
Notable Strengths: 200 Darkness (Darkness attacks heal him for double damage)
Note: Zhoom's a very easy guy for being staff. Using a Flaming Bacon Lance can take him down in no more than 3 turns.
Name and Level: Lawton, Level 34 (Good for Levels 24-44)
Notable Weaknesses: -100 to Stone, Fire, Water, Wind, and -95 to Darkness (all those elements do double or near double damage), very low attack (14-34)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: One easy guy to farm for the ones who are beginning to get serious about DragonFable. A ton of elements do double damage to him, so it should be cake.
Name and Level: Zecharyas, Level 40 (Good for Levels 30-50)
Notable Weaknesses: -350 Bacon (Bacon attacks do more than 4x the damage!)
Notable Strengths: 205 Darkness (Darkness attacks heal him double their damage amount!)
Note: Zecharyas attacks 60-90. Not much for the level characters that can farm him. Using a Flaming Bacon Lance can take him down in no more than 3 turns.
Name and Level: Wolf, Level 60 (Good for Levels 50-70)
Notable Weaknesses: -100 Darkness (Darkness attacks do double damage!), very low attack (14-34)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: Wolf is a PvP dummy that may be used for DF players who are at most 20 levels from the level
Name and Level: Sylvari Celethas, Level 70 (Good for Levels 60-80)
Notable Weaknesses: -100 to Stone, Fire, Water, Wind (all those elements do double damage), very low attack (15-30)
Notable Strengths: None
Note: Sylvari Celethas is a PvP dummy that may be used for DF players who have reached the level cap.
Farming Technique 2 - Your Own Dummy
[T2]So, you are stuck with farming - none of the characters above match your needs for various reasons (weapons, level, etc.). What should you do? This is the time to choose the dummy account option. This technique is recommended mainly for the low levels. It's pointless above level 20 since it requires too much effort in those levels. Nevertheless, this technique is really good for the low levels, but if you're high leveled, the above characters don't work, and you've got a lot of free time on your hands, try this out.
If you have a spare character slot on your account, you can create a 'Dummy' character, whose sole purpose on your account is to act as a punch bag in the PvP arena. Typically, mages are weakest in one-on-one battles, so it is advisable to use this class for your dummy character. Rogues above level 15 are ill-advised for their Potion ability that has a 15% chance of finding an additional potion and using it, beyond its normal 2.
For a PvP battle to count as a 'win' towards your total of 5, the character you are fighting must be within 10 levels of your own so be sure to level up the character to a suitable level for your main character. You can work out what level your Dummy character ought to be by subtracting 10 from the level of your main character. If your main character is level 1-11, your dummy has to be level 1, if your main is level 12, your dummy has to be level 2, and so on and so forth.
Leveling up to about level 5 can be done easily within Oaklore Keep, from quests such as Sir Jing's Weapons, The VurrMen Ruins and Sir Koffagus Sarcophagus. Beyond level 5, you will need to go to Falconreach and start farming quests from there. For advice on EXP farming the section above..
Now that your dummy character is ready to fight in the Battlespire, you need to find its character ID number. This can be easily done from the Character Selection page after you log into DragonFable. Simply click on the button for your dummy character and note down the ID# from the details given, as show in the image below (Note: Just an example).
You are now ready to fight your dummy character in the PvP arena. Make your way to the Battlespire and hit the button to join a Duelist Tournament. From here, you need to click the Battle ID# button (highlighted) and enter the character ID you found previously in the box that appears. Hit the Battle button to fight your dummy character.
Repeat the process until you have clocked up your 5 wins and receive your trophy. Keep doing this until you've all the trophies you want. It's recommended to farm all the PvP trophies you want while being in the same level. This way you can save the trouble of leveling up your dummy character. Take PvP farming as a project. It's a onetime work which is worth it - the high leveled PvP weapons (noted below in this guide) are really powerful. Decide on it once and do not level up or do anything else until you get your trophies. It might take several days or up to a week or two. It's a hard job yet it's worth it.
This quest is pretty awesome for farming PVP Trophies. It is, in fact, a quest with 3-5 PvP battles. A trophy is guaranteed to drop. Now bring Rolith, or Aegis, and it is time to destroy 'em! Even better, if you get the error message "Character Not Found" each time, you will still get your trophy, without having to fight. To get here, go to Popsprocket, out through the gate, then talk to the gnome. Repeat this 2256 times (whoa, that's a lot) and you are a Grand Master Duelist. How simple. I recommend trying out this one for sure, but it can be slower than the dummy.
This quest can be accessed from Book 3, The Battlespire, and talking to San Robin and Batoro. Select any one of the bosses and kill them for your trophy. Very easy to do with a strong enough class. Complete all of them once and then choose the boss fight that you think is easiest for you to kill quick. Another one that is definitely recommended.
Additional Tips for DA Holders
If you have Dragon Amulets on all of your characters, you have an additional advantage over non DA-holders, as you can adapt the equipment of your dummy character to make your fights even easier. You're probably wondering what additional things you can do to your dummy character, but there are in fact several things you can give them that significantly reduce their chances of winning.
In order to change the default items of your character, go to the Guardian Tower in Falconreach (up two screens from the main town screen), head right then up a screen to get to the library, speak to Chiku and hit 'Set Starting Items'. Then choose the items you want to set as default and save it.
Those are the three farming methods for PvP Trophies. Follow every note, every word, and you'll be a Grand Master Duelist in no time!
- Equip the Ring Worm as found in the Marsh Madness quest. This gives the character -100 resistance to Stone, Water, Fire and Wind, doubling the damage you can do using these elements.
- If your dummy character is a Mage, equip the Bronze Blade found is Sir Lee's Swords and Axes store in Oaklore Keep. This will stop the character from using any of their Mage abilities; leaving the only damage it can do the normal attack, which is even weaker than that of the default weapon.
- If your dummy character is a Warrior or Rogue, equip the Rubied Staff found in Sir Lee's Staffs and Wands store in Oaklore Keep. This will limit some of the abilities they can use, limiting the damage they can do to you.
Cool Technomancer Trick: One of the skills on Technomancer takes away all of the enemy's MP, which, on most classes, will make the player you're fighting with have to use the Attack button or potions only. This could be really useful to make it easier on your HP while you beat up everyone else. :DUnfortunately, a bug causes the player to be able to use skills even with 0 MP. Oh dear. D:
Ranks and Rewards
[RR]In order to rank up, you need to earn a certain amount of trophies. However, the ranking-up system is a little confusing. To get to Rank 1, Novice, you need to get 1 Trophy. Easy right? You lose that trophy though. And to get to Rank 2, Amateur, you need to get 5 more trophies. Like that. The ranks and their required trophies are these:
1: Novice - Requires 1 Trophy (1 in total)
2: Amateur - Requires 5 Trophies (6 in total)
3: Scrapper - Requires 10 Trophies (16 in total)
4: Slugger - Requires 20 Trophies (36 in total)
5: Brawler - Requires 30 Trophies (66 in total)
6: Rumbler - Requires 40 Trophies (106 in total)
7: Grinder - Requires 50 Trophies (156 in total)
8: Pit Fighter - Requires 60 Trophies (216 in total)
9: Duelist - Requires 70 Trophies (286 in total)
10: Arena Fighter - Requires 80 Trophies (366 in total)
11: Ringer - Requires 90 Trophies (456 in total)
12: Savant - Requires 100 Trophies (556 in total)
13: Expert - Requires 125 Trophies (681 in total)
14: Professional - Requires 150 Trophies (831 in total)
15: Prize Fighter - Requires 175 Trophies (1006 in total)
16: Contender - Requires 200 Trophies (1206 in total)
17: Champion Duelist - Requires 225 Trophies (1431 in total)
18: Elite Duelist - Requires 250 Trophies (1681 in total)
19: Master Duelist - Requires 275 Trophies (1956 in total)
20: Grand Master Duelist - Requires 300 Trophies (2256 in total)
Depending on your rank, you can unlock different shops in the Battlespire!
At Rank 1, Novice: A shop, in which you can buy some metal and bacon weapons (eh?), and even a pig pet!
At Rank 3, Scrapper: Another shop, in which you can buy some capes.
At Rank 5, Brawler: Another shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 8, Pit Fighter: Yet another shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 10, Arena Fighter: Take a guess. Yup, it's a shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 12, Savant: Shock horror! It's another shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 14, Professional: Again another shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 16, Contender: Of course, another shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 18, Elite Duelist: Guess what? A shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons.
At Rank 20, Grand Master Duelist: Finally the last shop, in which you can buy some metal weapons. Phew!
Also, in the Traveler's Journal (found by clicking the treasure chest next to your inventory when you're not on a quest), there are badges to be attained for different PvP ranks!
PVP Brawler - Unlocked at Rank 5
PVP Arena Fighter - Unlocked at Rank 10
PVP Prize Fighter - Unlocked at Rank 15
PVP Grandmaster! - Unlocked at Rank 20
[KB]The following is a list of known bugs that have been spotted in the Aeris Battlespire:
All pets perform 0 damage.
The "Next Match" button does not always find a character within 10 levels of you.
Even if you drain all mana, an enemy can still use skills
It is not up to the owner of this guide to fix the bugs; that is up to the staff.
< Message edited by Hopeful Guy -- 4/22/2015 2:13:15 >