Player vs. Player Combat
Barring a clan war or siege situation, in order to battle another player on the General Field, you must 'force attack' them. To force attack, hold the Ctrl key and double click on your opponent. You can also hold the Ctrl key and use a skill. The only exclusions to the force attack rule are flagged or chaotic players. When attacking one of the aforementioned, holding the Ctrl key is not necessary. You can simply click on the player to start combat. Some areas, such as villages, are considered Peace Zones. PvP combat cannot be initiated in these areas.
PvP gameplay is based on a color-coded system. The name of any character who attacks another player turns purple (aggressive), and this also applies to anyone who attacks an aggressive player. Players do not receive penalties for attacking and defeating aggressive characters. However, when attacking and killing characters that are neutral (white colored names), the player's Karma points and PK count increase and the player becomes a chaotic character.
Chaotic character names turn red, and the guards of any village will attack a chaotic character whenever they come in contact with one. Chaotic characters cannot use shop services, and have a high chance of dropping items and receiving the Death Penalty upon death. However, a chaotic character with a PK count of five or less will not drop items upon death. The table below shows the color-coded system in action.
To reduce Karma back to 0, the player must hunt monsters. There is also a quest available that can reduce the number of Player Kills a player has earned. Speak to the Black Judges to begin the Repent Your Sins quest. Dying to higher level mobs or lower level players will also reduce your Karma.
Combats Points and PvP
Combat Points (CP) add an extra layer of protection when being attacked by another player. CP acts as a buffer that must be depleted before damage will affect the player's hit points. The CP gauge is found both on your Character Status page (Alt+T), as well as your Character Status window (upper left corner of the game screen and pictured right).
If a player is damaged by another player (including pets and servitors), CP is consumed first with no effect on Hit Points (HP). If the CP is not enough to consume all the damage, HP begins to be consumed.
Like HP, CP is also gradually recovered as time passes. The CP total varies by class and level, recovers over time, and acts as a buffer that must be depleted before damage will affect the player's hit points.
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