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.
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Release Date: Jun 1, 2003

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May 5

Weekly maintenance changelogs for 5/5

This week's maintenance will be light since the Production team is working hard to get our Episode 15.1 Update live. Here's what's changing this week

The Lucky Box from April is leaving, and a new Groove Pack is arriving!

===Headgear Promo===
We are also announcing our bonus Costume: Poring Wild Rider headgear for players who spent 2000kp between 5/1 and 5/15 on Renewal. We'll be distributing these in two batches through Code the Redeemer on the 9th and 16th! On Classic you can write in once you've picked up on a Renewal character to receive an Antler Fedora!

===RENEWAL===
+25% Drops event departs

Gramps TI:
Low: Yao Jun/Neraid
Mid: Ice Titan/Hodremlin
High: Skogul/Bradium Golem

One more week of the Enriched/Generous Hammer upgrade event

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April 28

Maintenance changelogs for 4/28

Our weekly maintenance is beginning!

Here's what's changing this week:

Campitor's working on getting 15.1 prepped for Sakray this week.

We just added the first batch of headgears for our "Spend 2000kp between 4/15 and 4/30 and get a bonus hat" promotion to Code the Redeemer! If you spent the points between the start of the promotion and 11am Pacific Time today you will have received your headgear!

On April 29th, our ISP will be having a hardware maintenance between 2-5am Pacific time, during that time it's likely there will be high latency and intermittant connection blackouts while they work.

This week we're resetting the Alchemist Brewer list!

===RENEWAL===

Ending this week:
Green ale effect returns to non-event strength.
St. Patrick's Day Quest leaves

Continuing
New gramps TI:
Low: Siorava/Rybio
Mid: Blazzer/Seeker
High: Gajomart/Cenere

Costume: Devoted Eyes added to boxter list

MVP Summoner list returns to non-event (sans Kiel) list of monsters that will now better reflect MVP desirability.

New Spotlight!
Glast Heim/Geffen Spotlight

===Classic===

Spotlight changes to Lighthalzen!

Green ale effect will be reduced for non event time.

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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!

*Steam login designed for new accounts registered through the Steam service.

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound (or compatible with 3D Sound Effect Support)
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Mushroom Turtle
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This has been an all time favorite game of mine. It was the first RPG I have ever played and I still love playing it today. It's fun for all ages and it always has a good community base.
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TensuiTae
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Having played this game and its many iterations since it released in the US in 2003, all I can truly say about this version is that it's so...free.
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IronJavelin
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
well as a player who played this for over 9 years now i would say this game has improved but has a lot of room for improvement such as changing the outdated engine amongst other things otherwise this game is a great 2d/3d hybrid

(but as far as steam goes im disappointed with the fact you cant switch accounts and are forced to make a new one to even play this makes players like me forced to have the original and steam patcher taking unnecessary space

once thats done this version will be much better) -outdated info

whoops i double check this and you only need to login then press the cancel while in the server login screen and you can switch accounts my bad
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LD
( 86.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
hw to auto pick item?
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Yuckani
( 2,686.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
what can i say ?

pay2win at best full of bots and one guild who dominate the server

pretty much the woe is dead, the pvp too, full of pinoys,cheats and cheats and GRF manipulation everywhere iRo is really trash seriously don't play it if you want to experience ragnarok again, better play a private server.

and also 5 years behind of the new updates HAHAHA
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Achikpaku
( 147.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
this is the greatest game ever
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Heyᴾᴮ
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
gg i rate 8.9/10
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LoLzzyy
( 107.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Well I should tell you that i have played many servers for this game. The servers are animaRO, AnthemRO, CakeRO, HiddenRo, RareRo, mysticRO. I'm a huge fan of this game and well this server is the worst server i have ever played. I believe the conpany running the server is in it for the money but the thats not the only problem. So lets start with the money problem. I dont have a problem with dontations until the items are break the game or you get more exp for paying. This server does the ladder and that means there is a gap among the players. Next the server basically lets you bot. This kills the community aspect of this game. This leads to the guilds being unbalanced because people who pay have extra exp and bots that follow the person usually healing them. So this means the economy is unbalanced too. I estimate their to be about 300 actually people to be playing this server. Even the most experinced players would have a hard time in this enviroment. In the end, i wouldnt even bother with this server and i would go to ratemyserver and find a good server to play. Im sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors i made.
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BL!Ñk-™
( 251.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
cani ask how to unbanned account
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Warxa
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
This game is too ancient. Whoever likes this game must be wearing nostalgia goggles.
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The AJ
( 42.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
classic, never gets old
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ZiLioN
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
My favourite MMORPG. Unlike other mmorpg game, ragnarok nid more player play together to level up faster and fighting boss together. Rare item drop rate low, sometime got money also cant buy.
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Sirvalakar
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Way too much story. The law isn't interesting and there is just walls of text. Gameplay clunky and glitchy, hasn't been updated in forever clearly. Crashes constantly. Actually unplayable.

1/10
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Sidewalk DxD
( 245.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
too many BOT and lag!
no recommend this game at all
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Savierpain
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Really fun, very addicing. The only issue is the delayed movements which they haven't really fixed yet.
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Minimum Effort
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
First and still one of the best MMOs I've ever played. Everything about this game is unique and fun. Having come back from the depths of Ragnarok II, I came to appreciate its functions and details more (like its catchy and quirky soundtrack).

I notice that they added more quests so now there's even more things to do. Can't wait to make my Royal Guard!
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onfueg0
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
I really love this game, it has been my child, but i must recognise that i feel a loot of Lag when i play on this server :(
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Having played this game and its many iterations since it released in the US in 2003, all I can truly say about this version is that it's so...free.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Hi steamers. I played Ragnarok Online religiously before it was released on steam and while it was on steam. Although it seems my hours are not logged, They are there. I have had the best times in this game. It really breaks my heart to not recommend this game.

Best friends of mine who played this for decades, girl friends who hated my soul for WoE timed events, craziest card drops that changed the whole tide of war, awesome battles in WoE, and PvP. Please beleive me. I am trying to warn you of your current time.

Year 2000. Alpha and Beta stages all alike. This game was the best MMORPG you would ever of played, even surfacing vanilla WoW Imo if u had a chance to play it. PVP and Guild WoE slaughtered the idea of capture a flag.

Since around 2005 till now its cash shop has screwed and spread like a virus crossing the korean world and globably to not just this game but many others. It has ruined this game. This game is also ran on a bot fest economy, if it isn't then problems start showing up. This is another hatred of many. But the problem is that its needed, yet not allowed, supposedly lol.

This game has turned into a phantasmal ghost yet people still feed into it and I can't blame them, It's beautiful. Not alot of games come close to the joyous, no holding of the hand feel of entering a world such as midgard. There is always something to do unless you have it all. Venturing map to map as your cool class, seeing and slaying awesome pixel monsters, hopefully with friends. Hearing some classic music that makes your nostalgic sense kick in always, and collecting items such as cool hats, accesories, and of course those cards. Gosh, next to increasing your skills and stats through an allocation system. You will never wanna leave.

But heres the hard truth. This free game still lives because of the real life dirty money still being pulled through botting and idiocracy. You either need to be in this game to be slaving someone, becoming a botter, or selling into the cash shop. But why not do it all? Lol. Zero game experience

It will never shine like it used to and as a retired vet take my word of advice. You are better playing on a private server or just a different game. The people playing this game are mainly young millennials experiencing a zombie game full of bright colors and cool effects being mislead, or adults still milking this game dry.

Do not be mislead by my words.

R.I.P. RO
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32 of 57 people (56%) found this review helpful
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
245.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
too many BOT and lag!
no recommend this game at all
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
157.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Ragnarok Online is one of my favorite MMORPGs out there. Maybe I've got my nostalgia goggles on or something, but I've always loved the art, pixel work, music and just overall feel to the game. (Although I will say the story itself and the dialogue is still -- since I started playing in 2004 -- some of the worst Engrish I've ever read. I can't understand a thing!)

I've been playing the game since its launch in 2004 when it could barely run on my clunky, poorly-made computer and have been playing on and off since then. It's been over 10 years but I saw it on Steam and had to REALLY get back into it again. It's been a long time, but I think I can see what makes this game so addictive and yet so frustrating at the same time. At age 14 I was't exactly sure how to pinpoint the amazing things in this game, nor did I know how to word exactly what was wrong with the game, and how it got worse over the years.

Basically there's about 394304034 bots, a Cash Shop which throws things off and the Engrish is so bad you can't understand the storyline if you tried. Also there's constant crashing and Gravity will ignore your emails for weeks until they feel bored and answer your question.

10/10 would continue to play constantly and be treated like garbage
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
classic, never gets old
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
I really love this game, it has been my child, but i must recognise that i feel a loot of Lag when i play on this server :(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
First and still one of the best MMOs I've ever played. Everything about this game is unique and fun. Having come back from the depths of Ragnarok II, I came to appreciate its functions and details more (like its catchy and quirky soundtrack).

I notice that they added more quests so now there's even more things to do. Can't wait to make my Royal Guard!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Really fun, very addicing. The only issue is the delayed movements which they haven't really fixed yet.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
107.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Well I should tell you that i have played many servers for this game. The servers are animaRO, AnthemRO, CakeRO, HiddenRo, RareRo, mysticRO. I'm a huge fan of this game and well this server is the worst server i have ever played. I believe the conpany running the server is in it for the money but the thats not the only problem. So lets start with the money problem. I dont have a problem with dontations until the items are break the game or you get more exp for paying. This server does the ladder and that means there is a gap among the players. Next the server basically lets you bot. This kills the community aspect of this game. This leads to the guilds being unbalanced because people who pay have extra exp and bots that follow the person usually healing them. So this means the economy is unbalanced too. I estimate their to be about 300 actually people to be playing this server. Even the most experinced players would have a hard time in this enviroment. In the end, i wouldnt even bother with this server and i would go to ratemyserver and find a good server to play. Im sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors i made.
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77 of 100 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Ragnarok Online was for me the best MMORPG out there, but its official servers confront some issues mong them:

I. Economy. The cash shop of Ragnarok Online offers a lot of powerful hats and items, that aren't available normally inside the game, of course, you can purchase some of those items with IGC if someone else is selling them at the market, but this has two issues: 1. A player can become rich in a short amount of time by purchasing items from the Cash Shop and then selling them for IGC. Making it completely unbalanced for F2P users. 2. The price of those items is so high, it demands a ridiculous amount of effort to acquire only one item. It's funny how is illegal to sell IGC for real money and yet is OK to sell Cash Shop Items bought with real money for IGC.

II. Bots. The game is plagued with them. There are many solutions to deal with bots, but, either, Gravity got tired of trying or just didn't try hard enough.

III. Lag. The server has lag peaks, not only on WoE time, but at any other time as well, it makes it horrible to play, even when alone. The problem must be either, the way the servers are distributed or their capacity, which is strange, considering there aren't that many active players nowadays.

IV. Rates. People grow and time decreases, the rates of experience and drop of the game are so demanding, that you either, have a lot of time in your hands or you can forget about getting anywhere inside the game, it doesn't particularly appeal to new players and it didn't adapt it to its actual player base, causing a constant drop of users.

As you see, those problems could be easily fixed, but Gravity never seemed to care about them, that's why, if you still want to play Ragnarok Online, I'd highly suggest you a private server instead.

★★☆☆☆ | Loved it, but disliked iRO servers
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
I adore this game. I have been playing on private servers for years. My one complaint is the botting. There is no community. I have only once ran into other users that actually talk. I try to stand even at eden group or warp points in prontera. Nothing. If I ever had a question, I'd go to like 5 different places to ask it and was lucky if I had one response at all. Needless to say, great game, ♥♥♥♥ing terrible community.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Ragnarok Online is a game where you star as a ruthless warlord who murders tons of small, fluffy, blobby creatures.
Revel in victory when your murder entire villages of fuffly animals (including the younglings)

Collect and build your character until you level up to the ulitment warlord.
Start a guild and go on a murder spree with your fellow maurders

Never go to prontera, we dont goto prontera
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
I'll admit I am a bit naive expecting to play a MMORPG that is older than me, expecting there will be the same amount of players as it did when it was first released.

Don't get me wrong, Ragnarok Online is an awesome game, and is certainly still much better than it's successor Ragnarok Online 2. However, a MMORPG cannot be a good MMORPG without a playerbase, because without one, that would make it a single-player game. The single-player experience and MMO experience of the same game is totally different.

That said, the "playerbase" of the current RO is just what all MMORPG suffers from; AFKers as well as bots, automated third-party programs that does the grinding for you.

I can't recommend RO on Steam. I would recommend RO private servers instead.

3 out of 10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,520.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
+ the world experience
+ classic 16-32 bit RPG style
+ meeting new ppl (like Chiyoko)
+ making friends
+ best selection of classes
+ doesn't require the top of the line PC to run

- assassin/rogue thief bots plague classic server
- novice spambots that spam hack links on renewal servers
- doesn't work well with win 8 so stick with win 7 better or upgrade to win 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Played this game from 2007 - 2012. I'd recommend this game before the cash shop took over and made the bad players ok, the good players better and the better players crazy.

So who's warping to Payon?
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Many hours spent on this game : ) Awesome game years ago - lots of fun. Really need friends to play with you to enjoy it properly.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Best game all time
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