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 (826 reviews) - 80% of the 826 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2003

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November 25

Maintenance 11/24

Due to the thanksgiving holiday, we had our weekly miantenance on Tuesday, November 24

Announcement: After the closure of ruRO, we have received word from Gravity Korea that we are able to open registration for RO1 to players from that region! We are requesting that steam remove any previous restrictions on registrations from there. Unfortunately we have not received word if any data can be carried over from the Russian server.

If you didn't receive VIP from the compensation event last week, we'll be distributing the rest tomorrow in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend!
We will be adding a special Black Friday box on both classic and renewal as well as a special Cyber monday box that will only be available on Chaos only on the 30th.
On Classic we are adding NPCs to the Asgard village map that will warp to the monster turn ins and the current spotlight
On Renewal we have an update to the TIs:
Low: Red Novus/Yellow Novus
Mid: Hodremlin/Centipede
High: Salamander/Kasa
Next week, Jumping Janeway will be departing on Thor server so get your characters leveled up before then!

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November 18

Unexpected Downtime 11/18

Starting at 9:25pm Pacific Time, we encountered a failure of the hardware unit connecting our sites and servers with the rest of the net. This added to the amount of downtime we've had this week including the server hardware move on Sunday. With the help of our ISP we were able to restore connections as of 1:30 this morning. We will have details on our compensation plans posted on our main warpportal page as well as Facebook tomorrow. Thank you very much for your patience.

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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

    • 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
    • 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)
Helpful customer reviews
83 of 103 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
After 2 weeks of coming back, it is obvious that this game is cashing out on its old legacy. It used to be an amazing game I admitted. But if you're looking to come back for the good old days, there's not much iRO can offer here.

1) Pay2Win system:
It is against term of service to purchase in-game gold (zeny) using real cash. Yet it is ok to sell your warp portal energies into zeny ( which is obtained by cash). So the only way to cheat is to give money to WarpPortal.

Cash shop items also rendered many other in-game gear useless. And the only way to upgrade safely to +9 is to choke up $20-$50 in game cash for it.

2) Cheaters
There are so many bots in this game. Honestly I only see around 100-300 active players in game, and the rest are either bots, vend bots, or afkers. Worst part is some bots are actually ok, I see them roaming around cities buffing people, and somehow that makes everything ok? Also there's this thing called ragial which is obviously run by third party bot systems.

3) Lag issues and DDOS:
It's 2015 and this game is still constantly lagging and I am using 75mbps fiber optics internet. Also their servers keep crashing very often, and usually at the worst time of the day.

4) Immature game design decision:
For those who paid for VIP for leveling, the GM sometimes decide to change the turn in quests so impossibly difficult that only godly geared veterans can do them. So you're likely wasting 1 week of VIP time afking or slow grinding your level. Also good luck finding public parties to play with outside of the turn ins.

5) Slow customer support:
It literally takes them days weeks or months to answer ticket issues. Worst part is they will just ban you and give you no reason sometimes. So you have to open them a ticket just to find out that some of the items you bought may came from a cheater, causing you to have weeks of downtime.

6) Good luck finding players to play with.
Finally, good luck finding enough players to play with. It's a dying game, and most of the time you'll be spending time waiting for a party to setup (30min - 3 hours recruiting time just to setup 15 minute leveling session)

I'd say save your money folks. The old days of Ragnarok is loong gone.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Ragnarok Online was for me the best MMORPG, but, it now confronts 4 issues, that could easily be fixed, but have caused the game to enter the state it is in now. I played it a lot back in the day, but couldn't keep doing it for the next reasons:

I. Cash Shop. 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. 2. The price of those items is so high, it demands a ridiculous amount of effort to acquire only one item, unless you buy it directly from Gravity. This could be solved by adding ways to acquire those items without having to pay absurd sums of ICG or money, like, I don't know, quests, tournaments, events, etc.

II. Bots. The game is plagued with them, and, it is sad to be the only one in a map, when all the other characters are just bots programmed to kill mob endlessly, that's not how an MMO should feel, in my opinion. 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.

IV. Rates. People grow and time decreases, the rates of experience and drop of the game are so demanding, that you either, are a school kid with a lot of time in your hands or you can just forget about playing this while studying a career or working, the game doesn't appeal to new players, and they didn't adapt it to its actual player base, causing a constant drop of players.

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.

★★☆☆☆ | Disliked it
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
483.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Where to start...This is one of those games that if you played it when it first came out, years would pass, you would try multiple other MMOs and realize that you keep coming back to Ragnarok. There's just a certain charm to it. On the surface this might seem like a usual simple grind-fest, however the game is very complex. Mainly because it gives you complete freedom to build your characters the way you want (and make many, many mistakes in the process).
Want to build a battle-priest because you do not like monks? - go for it. Want to make a full-crit assassin with the sole purpose of hunting high-def monsters? - go right ahead. The beauty is that with enough research and equipment planning you could make even the most bizzare character builds work. Or you will fail miserably and realize that you want to try again, with a different skill-set, different stats, different cards and equipment..possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Even though the game is quite old, it definitely held up very nicely and is worth a try.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
it is nostalgic for me
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