In the world of Rune Midgard, it was a time of strife between the Gods, Humans and demons... Battle weary from the long war's carnage, the factions entered into an uneasy truce. The truce grew into a fragile peace that lasted for a thousand years.
User reviews: Very Positive (725 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 2003

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May 8

Ragnarok VIP+Points plan returns to Steam!

We're happy to announce we've brought back the VIP+Point plan to our steam users. Previously the way the VIP worked was that you were paying for VIP and got the points for "free", but those free points caused some issues with how we calculate billing. The new plan is 20.00 USD for 2000 Kafra Points that inlcudes 30 days of VIP. We apologize in the delay in getting this plan launched and thank you for your patience.


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April 2

Jumping Janeway Quick Leveling Event returns to Chaos!


Available now through the end of April, we have a special visitor to Izlude town on Renewal who will help players quickly level up to level 99/50 with a series of simple quests!

Cathy Janeway is a experienced military leader who sails the seas of Rune Midgard to find new lands and new trading opportunities. She periodically visits the Rune-Midgarts kingdom to bring her special brand of extreme training to rapidly level new adventurers up to a high level. You can find her on the bridge connecting Izlude and South Prontera Field.

When you speak to her, she will give you a monster hunt mission to complete and teleport you to the location where you can hunt them. When you complete this and speak to her again she will reward you by jumping you up multiple levels and (if you are playing a non extended class character) with appropriate equipment.

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About This Game

In the world of Rune Midgard, it was a time of strife between the Gods, Humans and demons...

Battle weary from the long war's carnage, the factions entered into an uneasy truce. The truce grew into a fragile peace that lasted for a thousand years.

As the memory of that great war faded into legend, the humans began to fall back into the corruption, selfishness and arrogance that they had once risen above.

Breaking this time of tranquility is the sudden strange howl that tore through the boundaries dividing the Gods, Humans and Demons. Once peaceful creatures began to attack villages, and violent earthquakes ripped whole continents apart.

Sinister corporations to the north engage in twisted genetic experiments and the recent discovery of a pan dimensional portal has opened up amazing new adventures.

With the Ragnarok threatening to destroy Rune Midgard, adventurers are needed to step up and battle against the forces of Chaos. Join your friends in exploring the world and build your own legend in RO!

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Key Features

Hybrid 2D/3D Graphics
One of the first things noticed about RO is that the character and player models are sprite based while the towns, fields and dungeons are polygonal. This gives RO a unique visual style that hearkens back to the golden age of console RPGs.

Extensive PVE and PVP content
Whether you want to hunt down the toughest monsters in Rune Midgard or engage in our bi-weekly Guild vs. Guild War of Emperium, Ragnarok Online has over 10 years worth of content, including new maps, new classes, challenging instanced dungeons and PVP arenas and Battlegrounds.

Extensive class system
Every player starts out as a novice class character, from there you choose a class. Multiple branching paths when you level up adds up to a total of 32 classes, each with their own specific abilities. From the hard-hitting Monk to the Robot riding Mechanic, there is a class for every type of player.

Make your character your own
Character's skills stats are completely customizable with each choice ultimately changing the direction a character will take. Combinated with many different job choices this allows characters to be unique adventurers in the world of Ragnarok Online.

Forge, brew and sell
Merchant class characters can open shops, and put items up for sale in a totally player driven economy. In addition, certain classes can craft high level equipment and consumables.

Weekly events and updates
RO is updated every week with fun new things for players to do, and we have major quests and events added every month.

Passionate Community
The RO fanbase was established in the early 2000s and we have many players who have been with us since the game's early days. We have quests, in-game art and events that come directly from our extremely creative community.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows-based (with administrative ability to install and patch)
    • Processor: Pentium II, 400MHz (or better)
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any with 3D Acceleration & at least 16MB on-board RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound (or compatible with 3D Sound Effect Support)
    • Additional Notes: May not run properly on integrated laptop graphics cards
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium Dual Core or Better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound (or compatible with 3D Sound Effect Support)
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
This is for the Classic Loki server. I have not played on the Renewal server.

In terms of a decade old MMORPG, Ragnarok really hits home for the nostalgia factor. Gameplay is still smooth and fun. I quite enjoy playing.

That said....

The botting is rampant, don't bother trying to sell anything through vending. Someone has more on sale for less because bots.
War of Emperium is a cycle of 3-4 guilds exchanging castles on a weekly basis. If you want to try and bring a new guild in, be prepared to be squashed by maxed out veterans wearing god-items.
The market is beyond skewed. The botters have so much on the market that you are LUCKY if you keep a vigilant eye on sites like ragial.com for good deals, as some poor sap tries to undercut the botters of their excessive amounts of loot.
To counter the botters, folks will often crack "dead branches" (spawns high-level mobs) where bots frequent in an attempt to grief kill them. Chances are you will die a few dozen times to these things walking from Prontera to Izlude or just trying to get to your hunting grounds.

Logging on, the server is usually at 500+ players. Of that, I suspect 150-200 are vending and about 100 are actual human players. The rest are botting.

With the population so low, it does make the game a bit more fun, in terms of not having to fight over mob spawns (unless it is a profitable area with decent returns, in which case you'll be fighting with botters for mobs) and Prontera is, pretty much, the only place one will find Vendors. There are some in Payon, sometimes. Ragial.com's bot only survery's Prontera/Payon, so why vend elsewhere?

There are constant "jump" events. Events where people can take their character from lvl 1 to 70 in a day with a few simple quests.

Falling outside of the 15 level limit for shared exp in parties will leave you lonely and bored as the rest of your guild refuses to help you catch up because there is no profit for them in it, despite having helped them along...


TL;DR, plan to play a solo game and you'll have fun. If you played this back in the day, Classic Loki is, pretty much, exactly the same game you played 10 years ago.

Despite all the annoying and frustrating things I listed above, I still like the game. I just wish there were fewer botters. :(
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game... Oh boy this game. Where do i even start, For starters i am what you would call an old time veteran when it comes to Ro1. This game and me go way back, I couldn't even tell you how many years/months/days i have spent running around in this game. This is one of those classics situations where i have a sudden wave of nostalgia and emotion run through my head just thinking about it.

Now, here's the nitty. I have of course played this game, i was an avid hard core player of Ragnarok, But i moved on to other things and basically rarely ever turned back unless i was just casually hopping on to see what changed or for nostalgia purposes. And let me tell you this game is not the game it was back in 2002-2007. Oh no, The new IRO is just a mess of Trolls/Bots a very strange slapped on questing system as well as many other band-aided systems trying to keep this game afloat or up to par with what i would call mmorpg standardization. Many server merges causing lots of strange naming conflicts and renaming issues. Some people given free character name changes, While others somehow being skipped over.

The game at its core is still the same old Ragnarok, But the magic that is Rune Midgard has just somehow been lost somewhere down the road these past years. Partially the community, and just the way the game is ran, The game even seems to somehow run worse now than it did years ago, as if the Server technology has been downgraded even tho computers have gotten better.


So what is my final verdict? I would say give the game a shot, But don't go into the game expecting a lot, It's pretty laggy and seems very quiet at times. gravity definitely seems to be letting the game run its course, But on the bright side at least it seems to be alive and probably kicking for many years to come.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This game brings me back to a very nostalgic place called Childhood. Ragnarok Online was the very first MMORPG I've ever played, and it really is a good feeling to relive the adventures I'd had when I was 12ish.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
My love for Ragnarok is deep and infinite. I quit playing years ago because (much like The Sims), this game is a giant addictive time-suck... in an amazing way. Years later, I still love seeing those cute little pixelated sprites.

It's still a great game for people whose computers can't handle the more graphic/RAM heavy MMOs.

I now love Ragnarok from afar, like a creepy old lady at the park.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Old Classic that has Aged very well!!!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
444.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
old school yet stil fun to play
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
This will always be my favorite online game. Lots of fun to play with a group of friends.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Haven't played the Steam version but this is basically the very first MMORPG game I've played :)

Brings back memories! I would love to try this out again one day. I rate this game as one of the best MMORPG games around! There are so many job classes, including 2nd and 3rd jobs and a lot of maps to grind from. Quests isn't the main focus for this game but you will have to grind a lot in order to become useful in its best feature, the WOE (guild war). The WOE or War of Emperium is basically a guild vs guild taking over castles when its WOE time and it is the most enjoying part of the game!

I also think this game has the BEST soundtrack of ALL MMORPGs around. I would sometimes login just to hear the music. Each city/map has their own theme song! My favorites are Prontera city, Gonyryun, Alberta, and even the WOE music!

The game does look childish because of its graphics but what do you expect from a very very old game? Try it out and meet people to guild with and get stronger and get better in WOE and you won't be disappointed. This game is a MASTERPIECE!

11/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Game was ok years go, now... servers to slow and nothing is worked on and its a waste. Would say avoid and play games that are active and not empty can't do anything anymore games. RIP Ragnarok
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I love this game. Would I recommend it to newbies? Thats always the hard question because of the learning curve. I always tell my friends when they try to play that either you suck or you rock those are the only ways to play RO and it takes some dedication to reach the good end. Aside from that it has great class selection, wonderful skill animations, and an overall art style that really enjoy aside from the low-rez 3d terrain. One of the things that I enjoy with this game is that it doesn't hold your hand like the new MMORPGs. Sure the new tutorial is designed for weiners but they made it so hard to find most of the instructors for the tutorial quests it balanced out anyways.

10/10 no wieners allowed so b gud
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118 of 131 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
It's like I'm 16 again, only this time it didn't take a day and a half to download the client.
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303 of 387 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: November 5, 2013
Ragnarok is something I wasn't expecting to see in Steam in late 2013.
So, does that mean that Ragnarok 2 failed so hard they put 10-years-old-game on steam?
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149 of 180 people (83%) found this review helpful
194.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
One of the first MMORPGs to grace the Internet. It still has the same look and feel from 2004. Despite it's outdated graphics, the sprites and music make this game cute and nostalgic enough to re-try again. The game is still active after all these years and has a very familiar feel to it. It might be hard for newer players to just pick it up without any outside research but still worth it.
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145 of 175 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
390.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
I hate this game why do I keep coming back
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119 of 150 people (79%) found this review helpful
2,211.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2013
This is by far the best MMORPG I have ever played, even now that the game is 10 years old. If only modern MMORPGs followed this game model instead of WoW...
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58 of 69 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
169.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
This is my first online game that I've ever play. My childhood is here. A very good game to play. A game that worth to learn.
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65 of 84 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Came for the RPG, stayed for the hats.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
293.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
This game is a great AFK-merchant simulator.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
I've been playing this game for years off and on, have tons of fond memories of playing with my brothers and friends.
No matter how much time goes by and no matter how many new shiny games come out, the original RO will always
have a place in my heart and games folders.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
Can't help but recommend this game. Yes it's old like other people have said but it's graphics were setup in way so they don't age. Wonderfull 2D sprites in a amazing easy on the eyes 3D world. I've actual played this game since late Alpha, early Beta, about the 1999-2000 time frame. And I still play to this day, though mainly on the classic server.

Beside the easy on the eye graphics another amazing feature is the customization you can do with your character's stats and skills. Unlike nearly every other game on the market you stats matter. Your character's ablity will change massively based on what stats you take.

Want a Swordsman that dodges attacks and hits faster instead of just taking hits and having high hit points ? Put points in to Agility instead of Vitality. This means you trade High Hitpoints and high defense for High Flee (dodge) and high Attack speed. You then could go on to make a Agility based knight or Crusader with your swordsman. Or go the middle of the ground and do a hybrid of Agility and Vitality, You might not dodge as well as pure agility or have as much hitpoints and put Vitality but you can take less damage per hits then agility based characters, and dodge more then pure vitality.

And this is just the start of it, You can go pure support acolyte forgoing increased melee damage for the ability to heal massive amounts of damage, or for a true acolyte and have a mix of Melee damage and Healing ability.

Want a Mage that beats things as well as toss magic at them? Put points into Strength, Vitality, and Agility, instead of going pure intelligence. You lose magic damage but can dodge, take hits, and do better melee damage then a pure magic caster. Go the sage route and get the skills that let you move while casting and add the chance to auto cast a low level bolt spell while your hitting monsters.

Like making money, while beating on things with axes, swords or maces? Go a Merchant class character. They don't have the Melee skills of other classes but you can care more loot or heal potions items then any other class, can buy cheaper and sell for more then any other classes, have access to a cart to carry even more loot/potions, and use your fortune to pay the god of the merchants to attack your enemies (Mammonite skill). Want to craft potions or weapons, take your Merchant to ether Alchemist or Blacksmith. And even Blacksmith and Alchemist have the ability to go Pure Battle, pure Crafting, or a Middle ground, not building items as well as their pure counter parts but still being able to fight for themselves.

And there are many other classes to chose from like Archers, thief, TaeKwon Kid, Ninja, Gunslinger ans Super Novice. On top of all that it's free to play, with subscription players (only 7 bucks a month) only get 50% more experience and loot drops, larger storage and other minor abilities. I've spent most of my time since it's gone free to play not using a subscription (they call it VIP) and had no problems with it. So give it a try, nothing to lose but a lot of your free time, and a lot of fun to be had.
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