To start off, even if you're not a 'new' player, this page is still useful if you would like a general progression guide. In that case, you may prefer to move onto the the Classes & Items sections below. Otherwise, continue reading below!
The Red Bar next to your portrait at the top-left shows your Health Points (HP). You lose HP by being attacked.
The Blue Bar shows your Mana Points (MP). This resource is used for your skills.
The Green Bar shows your Stamina Points (SP). You can use your Stamina by pressing the Space Bar and clicking where you want to go in quick succession. This will make you walk much faster than normal until you get to where you clicked.
Rest to quickly regenerate all of these (either press X or the red and blue Heart icon at the bottom-right).
These are the point and currency systems in the game:
Experience Points (XP)
To level up, you gain XP by defeating enemies and completing quests - currently, the level limit is 100. You can find the best methods of getting XP in the XP Section below.
Class Points (CP)
These are like XP but just for your class - when you defeat enemies, it ranks up the class you have equipped up to Rank 10. Extra abilities and passives are unlocked the higher your rank is. The amount of CP you earn is based on the enemy's level, just like XP.
This is obtained from quests and is used to gain points with in-game factions (like Good, Evil, and Chaos) up to Rank 10. Some classes in the game require Rank 10 with a certain faction.
This is the base currency of the game and is used to buy many things. It's rewarded like XP - through kills and quests. The Gold cap is 100 million.
Adventure Coins (ACs)
These are the paid currency in AQW. They are required or help to get many of the nicer items and classes in the game. 1500 ACs are given out each year for free in January (Honourable Hero - don't get muted or banned!), October (Birthday), and December (Frostval). You need to log in for those periods and have a confirmed email to receive them.
For the most part, items are categorised as either:
This covers any item that is always obtainable.
These items are only available at a certain time/month each year.
These items are available for a short time then permanently leave the game. However, there may be future reskins of them if it's a cosmetic.
There is another type of Rare called Pseudo-Rare where an item can still be obtained but a requirement for it is Rare.
These are items that are obtained by purchasing something, usually through Heromart or by buying ACs or membership. They are claimed from within the Book of Lore, which is the Book icon button.
This is an item sub-category, meaning it can also be any of the above item types. An item with yellow text can only be bought and used by people who have membership.
This is another sub-category. AC items can be any of the above item-types but it would also have an AC tag, which looks like a gold dragon in a circle that says AC.
AC items can't be deleted but they can be banked for free (see below). The exception to this is Treasure Potions, which are rewarded from the Wheel of Doom and are unbankable to prevent a bug.
If you're running out of Inventory storage, you can enter the Bank by typing in the chat box /join bank. You can store items you don't need in the vault here. If it has an AC tag, it uses up none of your bank space.
You can make yourself stronger with enhancements from the Game Menu. To access them, click on the Treasure Chest icon at the bottom-right then on Shops > Enhancements. There are 7 enhancements you could use but only 2 are generally recommended - Lucky and Wizard. Click here for a full enhancements guide.
Each ability in the bar at the bottom-centre of the UI has a number assigned to it. Instead of clicking on your abilities, you should press those numbers on your keyboard. This is more efficient than clicking but isn't normally needed for your Auto Attack, which is activated with 1, as it activates automatically when you're in combat. However, for classes that rely on their Auto Attack for damage, like Abyssal Angel's Shadow, it is recommended to press 1 as well.
Click on the Map icon button at the bottom-right to see many of the locations (in World Map) and story chapters (in Story) in the game. Completing the 13 Lords of Chaos story, which is at the beginning of the Story tab, will help you to gain a lot of experience in the game - I highly recommend doing this first.
Accepted quests are not kept in the Quest Log if you log out or disconnect. Any Temporary Items that you collect aren't kept either (the Temp Inventory can be accessed from the Scroll button with the yellow exclamation mark).
If you want to know how boosts work, see this guide.
Events occur weekly. See here for more information on those.
Try joining AQW Discord servers. There are almost always people who are willing to help out. If you'd like to, join the aqwg.net server.
Type the following commands without the brackets in the in-game chat box to perform an action. These are not all the commands in the game but are the important ones.
/join [location] - This command teleports you to a map of your choosing. On this website, locations that you can travel to with this command are shown with a forward slash ( / ) before it, like /yulgar. If you add a hyphen after the map name with a combination of any 4 or 5 numbers, you can enter a private instance of that location. Example: /join yulgar-8301
/goto [player] - Teleport to a player. This won't work if you're trying to teleport to someone in a full map, progress-locked map, or they have this turned option turned off in Settings. Example: /goto Ver0
/house - Teleport to someone's house. If they don't have one equipped, you'll go to /buyhouse instead. Example: /house Ver0
/who - See who is in your map along with their level and class. You can also just press U on your keyboard.
/friend [player] - Add someone to your friends list to see when they're online. They have to be online and on your server to add them.
/pi [player] - Invite someone to your party, where you can privately chat. Example: /pi Ver0
/roll - Randomly generates a number between 1-100, which can be useful for games or roleplay.
[player] > - Send a message to someone privately. Example: Ver0 > hey!
/r - Reply once to the last person who privately messaged (whispered) you.
/c - Reply to the last person who whispered you until you change chat mode.
/s - Return to general chat after talking somewhere else.
/p - Talk in your party's chat.
/g - Talk in your guild's chat.
/e [action] - Send a custom emote. Example: /e dances - appears as *'your name' dances*
/gc [guild name] - Create a guild with a name of your choice. This can only be performed as a member.
/gi [player] - Invite someone to your guild. This can only be performed by Officers or as the Leader of a guild. Example: /gi Ver0
/gr [player] - Remove someone from your guild. Similar to /gi, this can only be done by Officers or the Leader. Example: /gr Ver0
Click on the gears icon at the bottom right of your screen and read through each setting within Advanced Options. These are only available from the Official Artix Games Launcher.
If you're completing a storyline chain, enable Quest Pinner. With these enabled, open the quest list from any NPC and click on the Pin icon at the top-left in the red circle. Now wherever you go, you can view and interact with those quests again by clicking on the yellow exclamation mark ( ! ) under your character portrait at the top-right.
If you're farming the same quest(s), enable Quest Log Turn-Ins and Reaccept Quest After Turn-In. With these enabled, you can turn in quests from your Quest Log, which you can access by pressing L.
Battle Analyser allows you to view your battle statistics, like overall damage, damage per second, gold and XP earned, and more! Try enabling it then fighting an enemy.
To assist with lag, disable animations and/or hide players.
Enable Show Monster Type so you know when to equip certain damage-boosting items in the future. Monster Types will appear under each enemy's name. They include Chaos, Drakath, Dragonkin (or just Dragon), Elemental, Human, and Undead. There's also an Orc type but this is extremely uncommon - so much so that it won't be mentioned elsewhere on this site. If they aren't one of these, they are referred to as All or untagged on this site.
It's generally good to turn on Freeze/Lock Monster Position so that other players don't move enemies around. A situation where you might not want to have this enabled is if you're using a class that has short-range abilities and the enemies are far and spread out.
Enable Auto-Untarget Self so you don't get stuck not attacking for a few seconds.
Optionally, turn on Class Actives and Auras and the Visual Skill Cooldown setting.
Use the Custom Drops UI and enable Draggable Mode and Quantity Warnings. If you place it at the top of your screen, remember to enable Invert so it drops downwards.
Use the Minimal Mode Chat UI, enable time stamps, disable red messages, and turn off the Censor Profanity setting (if you want to) under 'Chat'.