This guide has become my pet project, and I've made substantial updates to it. As I have spent substantial time aiding beginning players in Sacred Seasons, I have a fair idea of what belongs here. However, I have undoubtedly forgot or perhaps am simply unaware of some important topics. Please contact we with any requests or suggestions. I tend to frequent chat room 2 on Kongregate.
- HoopleDoople, same Kongregate and in-game name.
The original primary contributor is Imyourwerewolf (in-game name: IYWerewolf, Kongregate: ImYourWerewolf). He is another potential contact regarding this guide, he claims to frequent chat room 1.
Basic Game Info
A nice place to start for complete beginners.
Note: You cannot trade silver for gold.
Note: Gold is a source of revenue for the game's developer. You can get it seven ways:
- Complete certain quests and or arenas. Some arena quests reset weekly.
- Complete "free offers" accessed through the game. Some offers aren't actually free (the gold is an added bonus to a purchase), most require personal information, and a few even may try to get you to download software that includes viruses/trojans/malware. BEWARE! Multiple offers may be from the same advertiser -- you can only earn gold from one offer per advertiser (and said offer is non-repeatable). Not all offers pay out immediately; go to the "offer status" tab to see how long it might take. If after this time the offer has still not payed out, you may file a request from the "offer status" page, though there is no guarantee they'll accept your request.
- Complete tasks, accessed from the free offers page. These tasks are not available most of the time, but when they are the tasks may be repeated as much as you wish. The only way to truly grind gold.
- Purchase it.
- Refer a friend. (+20 gold for him/her to reach level 10, and +80 for level 100.)
- Win an event with a gold reward.
- Play though Facebook and get your friends to play.
More information about gold can be found here.
Choosing a Starting Class
- This section is subject to change frequently with updates, and should kept be as accurate as possible
As mentioned in the game guide, you can change your class at anytime without consequence. You keep all your items, gold , silver , quests, experience of all of your classes, and even dungeon progress, so don't worry about messing up... you can't.
What is good for others might not be best choice for you -- the best way to choose your class is to try out many of them and use the one you liked the most.
Sacred Seasons is built as a team game, with a good amount of emphasis on teamwork at higher levels to make quests easier and more manageable. The classes are balanced in a manner that each have their own pros and cons. It is more fun to choose something you like than choose something others say is good, as ultimately, you are the one playing the game, and not others.
Charmer - Charmers are a party oriented class, as they have good healing and some buffs. They come with a moderately fast timer and the highest luck growth (for lots of crits). Charmers are one of the few classes that develop both attack and magic, allowing you to attack an enemy's weakness. However, Charmers have the lowest HP in the game and don't have very high damage.
Evergreen Soldier - Evergreen Soldiers have high health and good damage, but low resistance and only weak heals. They have some decent single target damage skills. An easy class to play for beginners, but the higher your Evergreen Soldier gets the more he needs support from other classes.
Scout - Scouts are noteworthy for having the fastest timer and having a powerful level 150 skill, which allows the entire team's timer to instantly recover after attacks (for a limited duration). Scouts don't deal very high damage and get hit hard by enemies, though they do dodge attacks more than any other class. Due to their fragility, lack of heals,and their eventual group attack rate buff, Scouts belong in a group.
Shaman - Shamans have a fast timer and good healing, but are most notable for their Area of Effect spells. Nature's Judgement 2 allows the Shaman to level from 57 to 100 faster than any other class. The downside to Shamans is that they have very low defense and their attacks are somewhat weak.
Desert Bandit - One word defines the Desert Bandit: luck. He has a decent luck growth rate, skills to boost luck, and skills that rely on chance. He has a cheap full heal and full group heal, though they have only a 50% chance of success. Desert Bandits are deal fairly good damage and have more reliable (albeit weaker) heals. Watch out for magic attacks (as the Desert Bandit has very poor resistance) and runs of bad luck.
Hypnotist - The Hypnotist is notably the only class that develops good defense AND resistance. As such it takes less damage than any other class. The Hypnotist also packs great defense buff skills, a fast timer, and decent healing. The Hypnotist doesn't hit very hard though, and for some odd reason is not the one class with the ability to put enemies to sleep.
Pathfinder - Though fast and good at dodging, Pathfinders deal modest damage and get hit quite hard. Their repertoire of skills below level 50 isn't terribly impressive, but at and above 50 they gain access to good heals (including a group heal), a good attack rate buff, and eventually an AoE skill. Pathfinders become a versatile and powerful class at high levels, though their fragility never really disappears.
Sun witch - Sun Witches are slow but hard hitting magic attackers. They have decent healing which can be used quite frequently, as Sun Witches have the highest SP in the game. Sun Witches come with a few debuffs, good resist, and some nice magic buffs as well. Sun Witches suffer from low health and defense, however, so you'll be needing those heals.
Clown - Clowns are uncommon in appearance, meaning they look rather, well, unique and are one of the least played classes. Clowns develop both attack and magic well, giving them versatility in weapon choice. They have good slowing skills and the most powerful poison skills in the game. However, they have poor defense AND resistance, yet lack healing. Their poison is also not useful in a lot of situations.
Harvest Soldier - A slow class but with good attacks, HP, and healing. They do have an attack rate buff which can help with their timer and eventually get a great group defense buff. Harvest Soldiers are lacking in resistance.
Savage - Savage is the fastest hitting character, after scout. Of course Savages are somewhat fragile (they'res especially vulnerable to magic attacks), but they do come with heals. Savages get a very good attack rate buff and AoE attack at high levels.
Thaumaturgist - One of the slowest classes in the game, but the Thaumaturgist has very high magic and thus packs quite a punch. Though his healing is marginal he does pack both defense and resist buffs. The Thaumaturgist also has the second highest luck growth and is the only class with an ability that can put enemies to sleep (much to the chagrin of Hypnotists everywhere). Don't expect your Thaumaturgist to dodge many attacks.
Arctic Soldier - Arctic Soldiers are the prototypical warriors of Sacred Seasons, packing exceptionally powerful attacks, high health, and high defense. He also suffers from the slowest timer, poor resistance, the lowest SP, and no heals. He can slow his enemies down and eventually gets an exceptional group attack buff.
Clairvoyant - The Clairvoyant is a class that starts weak but gets much more powerful later on. Her signature skill, Astral Travel III, causes a single target's timer to instantly refill after attacking (for a limited duration). She also has exceptional resist, magic buff, a group resist buff, and decent healing. She suffers from a slow timer, poor defense, and marginal skills at lower levels.
Medicine Man - The Medicine Man has the most powerful heals in the game, just don't expect to get them until later in the game; the Medicine Man has very poor heals (almost to the point of worthlessness) until level 43. The Medicine Man also is one of the few classes to develop both attack and magic. His def/res growth are better than average. He is one of the highest mag hitters, has a group resist buff, attack rate buffs, slowing skills and luck de-buff on monsters. The Medicine Man has the lowest luck growing rate.
Snow Bandit - Snow Bandits have a decently fast timer and moderately powerful attacks. They are notable for their AoE attacks, though their AoE is only useful at low and high levels. Snow Bandits get hit hard by enemies, but dodge well, can slow enemies, and have limited healing abilities. Snow Bandits are one of the most versatile and popular classes in the game.
What's the best class?
- Understand that classes shift in power relative to one another depending on level and gear. The best classes for players who plan on stopping at level 50 (for Kongregate badges) aren't necessarily the same as the best for players with level 300+ characters. Also realize that if you come to dislike your first choice, it is much easier to raise a second character (either by self power leveling or trading power leveling). Only once you start buying class-specific equipment do you really become locked into a choice (and even then you could always just buy more gold to equip your new character). In the scheme of things, class choice is secondary to level and quality of equipment. Someone 50 levels higher than you or with the best items for his level (when you lack them) will be way better than you regardless of your classes. And also never forget this is a game - you're supposed to have fun. If you have the most fun playing a Clown or you want to play a Charmer for role-playing purposes then they are your best choice, regardless of their power relative to other classes
- What characters under level 200 typically find most useful is the ability to gain experience quickly. The best way to do this is with area of effect attacks. Effective AoE users include the Snow Bandit at low levels, the Shaman from level 57 to 100, and the Pathfinder, Savage, Shaman, and Snow Bandit over 150. Other than AoE, you simply want good damage (to reach new grinding areas quicker) and speedy attacks (to clear each dungeon run quicker); attack rate buffs help with the latter. Most classes have a balance between speed and power, so they're all on pretty equal footing.
- Near or above level 200 arena runs (notably BRA and later PGA) supplant dungeon runs as the primary method of gaining experience. At this point every class can gain experience equally fast; what defines a good class is it's ability to survive and contribute to the group in arenas. If the arena is easy for the group, contributing mostly means speeding up the run. A fast timer is obvoiusly helpful with this, though some skills can really pay off. Examples include the Shaman's Nature's Judgement 2 which can clear out any battles with weak enemies quickly and attack rate buffs which can cut down time spent fighting more powerful enemies. If the arena is difficult keeping the group alive is the most needed contribution. Good healing skills are most essential, while low cost def/res buffs and group slow moves are also useful.
- Of final note is that some classes become wildly useful when paired with a rich player (i.e. one who got 50k gold to obtain a sacred weapon). The top 2 notables are the Scout (with its fantastic group attack rate buff, Rabbit Speed) and Arctic Soldier (group attack buff in Polar Bear Claws). Together their skills can allow difficult battles to be cleared extremely quickly, and skill roars replenish their skills for the next battle (note that attack buffs are more useful than magic buffs as attack based characters are slightly more common and popular). Other classes with group buffs (Sunwitch or Thaum for magic, Hypno or Harvest Soldier for defense, Clairvoyant or Medicine Man for res) can be decent. Classes with group heals (mainly the Pathfinder, but to a lesser extent the Medicine Man) pair well with rich players as well since they can keep a party healed even when everyone is taking substantial damage.
- In my opinion there isn't one but there are definitely classes that are easier to play. The most frequently agreed upon by the community seems to be Evergreen Soldier, Scout, Desert Bandit, Hypnotist, Pathfinder, Savage, Arctic Soldier, and Snow Bandit... The most frequently avoided are currently most the caster classes because they are gimped by slow battle timers and bad defense without a real boost in damage, making them punching bags. Any class can be played... Some just won't be played as well :3 A safe plan is to not choose a class with a slow battle meter unless the tradeoff they give for it makes you happy enough to be killing much slower then other classes. Arctic Soldier is the only example of a slow class that's used a bit more than average.
- Being able to heal yourself and your team is another factor you should take into account. Unless a monster kills in one or two hits a healer effectively multiplies amount of damage players can hold and save unlucky party members from death. AoE attacks are also useful, since they allow to level up much faster.
- A word, as ever, for my beloved Clairvoyants: even though they have among the worst battle meters in the game, the eventual mass of Magic stat, in my opinion, definitely makes up for it. Regardless of the concept of a "best" class, each class has its ups and downs. However, Imyourwerewolf's suggestions are wonderful for newbies/early training.
- In my opinion, Shamans are the best class throughout the game. This is because they have a full healing spell, (Medicine Anthem,) and a good AoE (Area of Effect) attack, (Nature's Judgement III.) Also, as people have said, they are the fastest in training from level 57 to 100 because of Nature's Judgement II. This shouldn't stop you playing with your Arctic Soldier for example, because like HoopleDoople said, "You're supposed to have fun."
- The best class is Harvest Solider, hands down. This is because they're really tanky, stats and health, they hit really hard, and they have a plethora of useful abilities. They make great healers, though a little short on sp, and they have an incredibly useful aoe defence buff. They have a reasonably slow timer, but gosh damn they're great. Also Clairs are really good cause they hit fast and hit a lot and have unfair res with an unfair res buff. But hey, if you wanna be that sorta tryhard, go for it :^ )
Gl1tch: If you play a harvest soldier, your eyepatch switches eyes when you turn around. While this is statistically irrelevant, choosing a class is more about personal preference, and not stats.
How do I heal?
The best methods of healing are healing skills and clearing a dungeon. Clearing a dungeon fully restores HP and SP (see terminology if you do not know what this means). Dying also heals you fully, though you get sent back to town. When you level your character is fully healed. You may also use items to heal, though this is usually the least preferable method (it becomes a better choice in arenas).
Does it make a difference which season I choose?
No. Only class choice affects game play, not the season your class belongs to.
The seasons are little different. It's like Fall season is gathering the highest hitter. The summer season is gathering the tanks(those with high def/res growth rate). The spring seasons is gathering the speed(scout-rs, and some decent heals from the charmer and the shaman). And the winter class has the best group healer(Medicine Man), the best soloer (Clair) and the best attack buffer (Arctic Soldier).
So it's up to you which season you will choose. First be sure that you've written the whole wiki and what game style it suits you best!
Is there any penalty for dying?
Upon dying your HP and SP is fully restored and you are sent back to town. If you died in a dungeon and no other players remain alive in it your progress will reset (remember you have to teleport back into the dungeon to rejoin the other players). If you died in an arena you cannot resume your run (you can only start a new one); this is still the case even if other players in the run remain alive (THEY may still complete the run; you may not).
Dying can actually be seen as beneficial in some circumstances. If you need to travel to or through town anyway, dying is the same as a quick warp to town with the added bonus of a full heal. Switch to a level 1 character to speed up death, if necessary.
How many players can be in one battle?
Up to 5 players may be in a single battle at one time. You could involve more players if some combatants died or left, but remember that only players present when the last enemy of the battle is killed get experience and silver.
Does speed buff attack speed?
Your attack speed is independent of your speed stat. The speed stat affects your ability to block or resist attacks from monsters slightly. Your attack speed affects the rate you attack.
What weapons can my class use?
Any class can use any weapon, with the exception of a few high level class-specific weapons. Of course not every weapon is a good choice for your class - see the weapon basics section below for more on this.
Can you sell items?
No, you may not sell any items, weapons, armor, or hats; regardless of whether you bought them from the Town Store, bought them from the World Store, or earned them through quests.
How do you get to the Underworld?
How do you get out of the Underworld?
Initially there is no exit from the Underworld; you must unlock it by completing the quest The Demon Pirate. Prior to unlocking the exit your two options of escape are teleporting and (ironically) dying.
How do you get to the Plagued Grounds?
Complete all Underworld quests with the exception of Underworld Invasion (the arena) to open the Plagued Grounds. The Plagued Grounds entrance is found by traveling 1 north and 1 east from Coldwoods entrance.
With the addition of the Plagued Grounds Arena, there is now a second way to access Plagued Grounds: anyone may teleport to the lobby of the Plagued Grounds Arena, regardless of whether or not they have completed the Underworld quests. You can exit from the lobby and you'll be in Plagued Grounds proper. Of course, if you can't unlock Plagued Grounds the standard way there is little point in traveling to it unless you have help lined up.
The sprites and pictures of some classes are rather ambiguous as to gender. This can be an issue as gender does have a small but real effect in this game: all armor (except the class specific ones) can be used by all of one gender or the other (though the same piece of armor may have a version for each gender). So if you purchase Emerald Armor for your Arctic Soldier you may be surprised to discover that the Snow Bandit can't use it as the Snow Bandit is female (or vice versa).
Spring - Evergreen Soldier, Scout
Summer - Desert Bandit, Hypnotist
Fall - Clown, Thaumaturgist
Winter - Arctic Soldier, Medicine Man
Spring - Charmer, Shaman
Summer - Pathfinder, Sun Witch
Fall - Harvest Soldier, Savage
Winter - Clairvoyant, Snow Bandit
There are many abbreviations and acronyms frequently used that may not be immediately clear to new players.
BR - Bellroot
BW - Bleakwoods
CW - Coldwoods
DD - Death Dunes
DF - Deadfields
PG - Plagued Grounds
SV - Summerville
Town - Shikaakwa, the only town
UW - Underworld
WH - West Hills
FF, WHA - West Hills Arena (Fatal Fortress). FF is a 7 floor, 7 room arena.
SVA - Summerville Arena (A Hero is Born). SVA is a 7 floor, 7 room arena.
BWA - Bleakwoods Arena (Chilling Treasure). BWA is a 7 floor, 7 room arena.
DFA - Deadfields Arena (Stolen Pumpkin Seeds) . DFA is a 7 floor, 7 room arena.
BRA - Bellroot Arena (Badgers and Spiders and Bears, oh my). BRA is a 7 floor 7 room arena.
CWA, BI2 - Coldwoods Arena (Bear Invasion 2). CWA is an 8 room arena.
UWA, UWI - Underworld Arena (Underworld Invasion!). UWA is an 8 room arena.
PGA - Plagued Grounds Arena (A Plagued Arena). PGA is a 7 floor, 7 room arena.
BI3, SHA - Bear Invasion 3 (Bear Invasion 3). BI3 has different paths to the end starting from 13 rooms.
DDA - Death Dunes Arena (Temple Of Death). DDA is an 8 room arena.
AS - Arctic Soldier
Clair - Clairvoyant
DB - Desert Bandit
ES, EGS - Evergreen Soldier
HS - Harvest Soldier
Hypno - Hypnotist
MM, Med Man - Medicine Man
PF, Pathy - Pathfinder
Sav, Svg - Savage
SB - Snow Bandit
SW - Sun Witch
Thaum - Thaumaturgist
Sham, Shammy - Shaman
140+ Weapons - A powerful set of weaponry. They are items that have been discontinued.
200+ Weapon's - A powerful set of weaponry. They are available in the World Store for 1550 gold.
Level 100 Hats - Currently the most powerful set of hats available in the World Store. They cost 850 gold.
Level 333 Weapons - They are available in the World Store for 1750 gold.
Level 400 Weapons - Now significantly more powerful weapons, availible for 2000 gold, in the world store.
Alt - Alternate character. As players may switch classes at any time without penalty, it is common for players to have a second (or third, fourth, etc), weaker class that they sometimes use. Sometimes players raise alternate characters with the intention of eventually making it their new main character.
Anchor - An anchor is a player who remains out of battle (at least until the enemies have been sufficiently weakened), preventing the dungeon from resetting should all other players die, as well as allowing other players to quickly teleport back into the same dungeon should they die.
AoE - Area of Effect, skills that hit all enemies (allies if used in reference to buffs and heals).
Arena - An arena comes in two flavors: one type has seven floors consisting of seven rooms each, the other has just eight rooms. They emphasize endurance and once someone enters arena proper (beyond the lobby) no one may teleport to them until they leave. The entire arena must be cleared before HP and SP are restored.
Battle - Arenas and Dungeons contain one or more battles. Once all monsters in the battle are defeated experience and silver are awarded (rather than piecemeal as each monster is killed). Weak players (or alternate characters) may take advantage of this by joining late in the battle (or only entering when the monsters are 1 hit from death).
BI - Bear Invasion. A difficult quest that yields nice rewards (100,000 experience, 100 gold, and a weapon - the Bear Claw Lance).
BI2- Bear Invasion 2. A difficult arena unlocked in Coldwoods after doing BI (called also CWA).
Buffs - Beneficial skills that boost the stats or attack rate of one or more allied players.
Class Armor, 133, 133 Armor - The first class specific armor(s) available in the World Store; they have a required level of 133.
Class Weapon, 125, 125 Weapon - The class specific weapon(s) available in the World Store; they have a required level of 125.
Debuffs - Detrimental skills that lower the stats or attack rate of one or more enemy monsters.
Ding - The "sound" of a player leveling. Players often announce this to the group/chat upon leveling.
Dungeon - When walking around you encounter red portals that take you into new rooms or buildings. These rooms are known as dungeons, and consist of one or more battles (red portals with the word "battle" below them). Clearing all battles in a dungeon results in HP and SP being recovered (only if you are in the last battle when it ends).
Enhanced Class Armor, 200, 200 Armor - The second class specific armor(s) available in the World Store; they have a required level of 200, and are the best armor available to any players.
Grinding - Repeatedly clearing a particular dungeon or arena in order to quickly gain experience and/or silver.
Guild - A group of players who have voluntarily affiliated themselves with each other. Being in a guild provides no bonus other than the ability to chat with your entire guild (through the /g command), though your guildmates will be more likely to help you than random strangers. You can only be in one guild at a time, and may choose to leave a guild at any time.
GvG - Guild versus guild combat. This can be done only through a portal in the northeast room of Shikaakwa (near the town store).
Gz, grats, gratz, cg - Short for "congratulations". Usually the response to another player's "ding".
IGN - In-game name. If you are playing on Kongregate your Sacred Seasons name may be different. As Sacred Seasons commands are case sensitive, make sure you use the appropriate caps when telling another player your in-game name.
ISO - Short for "In Search Of". Usually when someone is gathering a team for an arena run
Leech - A player who participates in battles too difficult for their character to make any significant contribution. This results in them "stealing" rather than "earning" the experience and silver. Nice players may rarely let others leech, most players will not, and a few will be furious if you attempt to leech them.
Lvl, Lv - Level.
HP - Hit points, health.
HP Items - purchased from either the Town Shop or the World Store and can be used to restore some or all hit points of any single player in battle, or self outside of battle. See Miracle.
Main - Main character. A player's highest level or at least most frequently used class.
Miracle - An item used to replenish all the HP of a player. (You can purchase it from the World Store for 25 gold.)
Mob - A term used to describe monsters in the game. Mobs are generally all the monsters you kill to earn loot (in this case, silver and EXP).
PLvl, PLevel, Power leveling - If a high level player is nice, they sometimes will assist a beginner (or alternate character) in leveling up quickly. The player to be power leveled essentially leeches off the higher level player. Don't expect to be power leveled unless you are friends with a high level player (and even that is no guarantee) or can reciprocate (i.e. two high level players power level each other's alts).
Port, Tele, Teleport - To teleport is to warp to a friend's location. This is done by first adding the player you wish to teleport to (if necessary), bringing up your friends list, and selecting the "go to" option for the appropriate friend. Teleportation will bring you to your friend's server if you aren't already in it. You cannot teleport to players in the Underworld or Plagued Grounds unless you enter the corresponding area first. You may not teleport into arenas with the exception of the lobby. You can, however, teleport out of these areas as normal.
PvP - Player versus player combat. This can be done only through a portal in the northeast room of Shikaakwa (near the town store).
Run - A run in Sacred Seasons is the play-through of a dungeon or arena. For example, high level players like to train in Bellroot Arena, and often complete it multiple times in succession. Each attempt/completion is a run.
Roar - Short for "Skill Roar", an item used to replenish all the Skill Points of a player. (You can purchase it from the World Store for 25 gold.)
SP - Skill points, mana.
SP Items - purchased from either the Town Shop or the World Store and can be used to restore some or all skill points of any single player in battle, or self outside of battle. See Roar or Whisper.
Whisper - A command used in chat (/w <username> Whispered message) to send a private message. Also, can refer to a skill whisper which recovers a 20 skill points.
Weapon Basics and Progression
Damage in this game can come from either your attack or magic stat (attack or magic alone does not determine damage, level is also very important and speed and skill play minor roles). If you equip a weapon that gives attack (or use your fists) attack is used; if you equip a weapon that gives magic the magic stat is used. So if your character has higher attack use weapons that give attack and if your character has higher magic use weapons that give magic. A few classes (Clown, Medicine Man, Charmer) grow both attack and magic at a near equal rate. To determine whether to use attack or magic weapons first examine the weapons available to you. If one has much higher attack/magic bonus than any other weapon use that one. If the top attack and top magic weapons give you a similar amount, examine the defense and resistance of the monsters you are fighting. If they overall have lower defense use the attack weapon (defense lowers damage from attack); if they overall have lower resistance use the magic weapon (resist lowers damage from magic).
The most important stat a weapon gives is usually attack or magic, as this increases damage. Higher damage allows you to kill monsters quicker, earning you experience and silver faster in addition to decreasing the number of turns the enemy alive to hit you. Only use a weapon with lower attack/magic if the loss of damage does not affect the number of hits needed to kill the enemies you are fighting. For example, if your damage would go from 800 to 600 against 1300 HP enemies stick with the weapon that has higher attack/magic. If your damage were to go from 800 to 700 against the same enemies the weapon with lower attack but better additional stat bonuses would be a fine choice. Please note that the level 143+ World Store Weapons offer such large stat bonuses that the rule of attack being most important does not necessarily hold true. When you reach a level high enough to use these you should know what stats are most important to you; make your choice accordingly.
Because silver is not easily obtainable until you can handle the Underworld and many weapons are quite expensive, it is best to limit yourself to the ones with the highest attack or magic for a given level unless you have plenty of silver.
Attack Weapon Progression
This list only includes weapons that can be obtained without spending gold. Unless you have plenty of gold or plan on quitting before level 150, save your gold for the best World Store weapons (currently the level 140+ ones), even if you have to wait for them to become available. For most weapons only attack is listed, though they do give other stat bonuses. Check the weapons page for more information. It is worth noting that many of these weapons will not be available to you at the unlocked level, especially if playing solo. Seroline Sabre was gained at level 25 or so for me, due to the difficulty of beating it's prior quest, The Puppet. Sword of Thorns was not unlocked until level 40 or so, for similar reasons with the BleakWoods quests
Level 16: Silver Longbow - 24 attack (available in the Town Store for 16,000 silver).
Level 47: Sirius Battle Axe - 40 attack (available in the Town Store for 29,000 silver).
Level 81: Royal Archers - 52 attack (available in the Town Store for 175,000 silver).
Level 120: Black Widow Bayonet - 62 attack (available in the Town Store for 1,300,000 silver).
Level 155: Life Axe 75 attack (available in the Town Store for 3,200,000 silver). Also gives 45 luck and 39 resist.
Level 156: Falcon Sword - 73 attack (available in the Town Store for 3,000,000 silver). Also gives 45 speed and 39 defense.
NOTE: While the Falcon Sword has 2 less attack than the Life Axe, this is not very significant at this level. Choose which one to use based on which of the other stat bonuses you prefer. Once you can afford it purchase both and switch them as necessary.
Magic Weapon Progression
This list only includes weapons that can be obtained without spending gold. Unless you have plenty of gold or plan on quitting before level 150, save your gold for the best World Store weapons (currently the level 140+ ones), even if you have to wait for them to become available. For most weapons only magic is listed, though they do give other stat bonuses. Check the weapons page for more information. (You should wait for armour before buying weapons.) It is worth noting that many of these weapons will not be available to you at the unlocked level, especially if playing solo. Kolenya's War Staff was not unlocked until level 45 or so, due to difficulties with the BleakWoods quests leading up to, and including Into The Fire.
There is no weapon that gives magic (and uses magic to determine damage) until level 3. Though the level 1 weapon Strange Warhammer gives 8 magic, it uses attack to determine damage. You COULD use an attack based weapon until level 3, but only do so if your base attack plus the attack from the weapon is higher than your base magic. If this is not the case use one of the following weapons:
Olive Nimbus - 9 luck. You start with this weapon so anyone can use it.
Level 48: Tsunami - 38 magic (available in the Town Store for 30,000 silver).
Level 72: Birds Gaze - 53 magic (available in the Town Store for 100,000 silver).
Level 120: Emerald Essence - 64 magic (available in the Town Store for 1,500,000 silver).
Level 153: Stone Book - 75 magic (available in the Town Store for 3,300,000 silver). Also gives 45 speed and 39 defense.
Level 154: Sun Book - 75 magic (available in the Town Store for 3,000,000 silver). Also gives 45 skill and 39 resist.
NOTE: As the Stone Book and Sun Book have the same amount of magic, choose which one to use based on which of the other stat bonuses you prefer. Once you can afford it purchase both and switch them as necessary.
- Prioritize enemies that deal more damage. You can get a general idea of which monsters deal more by mousing over them and looking at the first stat (which will be either attack or magic); the monsters with a higher number tend to deal more damage. However, the monster's level (which is not listed) plays an important part in determining damage - a monster with a lower attack but higher level than another may deal more damage. There are two exceptions to the rule of attacking the most damaging monster first:
- If you have high defense and low resist a monster with a magic value lower than another monster's attack value may still hit you for more. But not ALL monsters with magic damage will hit you for more than monsters with attack damage, so pay attention. With practice you'll know or be able to spot the enemies that hurt you most.
- If a monster that deals lesser damage can be killed in fewer turns it may be best to deal with it first. However, if the monster's damage is significantly lower it can be safely left for the end.
- Pay attention to the order of enemy attacks. If you can kill all enemies in one hit, you should give additional priority to enemies who are about to attack and less to those that just did. However, enemies that do very little damage compared to the others should still be left for last.
- Remember where the actions menu was. Keep your mouse over attack (or the desired action) so that when the menu reappears you can make an attack that much faster. Sometimes the menu will shift a little, (This is basically to prevent botters/hackers from botting/hacking, and also to prevent players from using Macro programs.) but more often than not it stays put.
- Use buffs, debuffs, and attack skills appropriately. Normally standard attacks are your best bet, with the occasional heal as necessary. However, some skills deal more damage than your standard attack (they will likely become weaker at some point so pay attention). Since they usually can only be cast a few times, save them for the tougher enemies of the dungeon. Buffs that raise attack rate are almost always helpful, but other buffs and all debuffs usually aren't. Higher level buffs/debuffs or ones that affect the whole group are typically the only ones worth using.
Group Battle Tips
- Enter battle together. If you enter piecemeal, the first to enter may be badly hurt while some players may not see which battle everyone went into. Only split up if you're facing weak monsters and trying to speed up progress through an arena (or more rarely a dungeon).
- Focus fire when facing enemies with high HP. If everyone attacks the same monster until it is dead, your group will take less damage than by having each person attack randomly.
- Avoid wasting attacks in groups. Monsters near death should be left for weaker party members, unless waiting for them is the difference between the enemy getting in one last (powerful) attack. Also pay attention to how many hits are needed to kill a monster. Consider a player that hits for 325 damage and is paired up with one that hits for 100 damage facing a group of enemies that includes a 600 HP monster. Two attacks from the stronger player will kill it, and attacks from the weaker player won't speed things up. Thus the weaker player should attack a different enemy while the stronger one deals with the 600 HP enemy.
- Be a smart healer. When grinding, this means don't heal if you can safely clear the dungeon without one (as it would reduce efficiency). If you DO need a heal, the ideal time is when there is only one enemy (preferably the weakest) left. That said, don't be afraid to heal at any time if there is a chance of death. In arenas, conserving SP becomes important, yet at the same time death is more problematic so one can't be too stingy. You may wish to designate a single healer (usually whoever has heals and is closest to leveling), with others only healing in emergencies or after the original healer runs out of SP. Having a single healer prevents duplicate heals, which wastes SP.
- Communicate with your group. This is especially important in arenas. If you are going to leave your computer briefly, are about to level, or are in need of a heal (and unable to do so yourself), tell the group. If your group members are not being smart, have them stop while you talk strategy with them.
- Anchor tough battles/dungeons. A player outside the battle (the anchor) is in no danger of dying, and even if everyone else dies, they can teleport back to the anchor and keep their progress. Make sure to get the anchor in before the end of the battle(s) so that they get experience, silver, and/or completion for a quest (assuming this is needed or desired). NOTE: arenas can NOT be anchored.
Sacred Seasons seems to be prone to lag. And lag does negatively affect you -- your timer fills slower resulting in slower grinding and possibly more hits from enemy monsters per attack of yours. There are a few steps you can take to reduce lag:
- Allow Flash to store unlimited information on your computer. To do this:
- Right click in the game.
- Select "Settings...".
- Select the folder icon.
- Move the scroll bar all the way to the right.
- Lower the graphics quality. To do this, right click in the game, select Quality, and change the option to medium or low.
- Avoid highly populated servers. Lots of players running around the same screen as you increases lag.
- Periodically clear your cache and refresh your browser. If you've been playing for a couple hours, lag tends to build up. To clear your cache in Firefox:
- Go to Tools -> Clear Recent History.
- Make sure "Cache" is selected.
- Clear private data.
- Close your browser, reopen it, and reload Sacred Seasons.
- Close other windows or tabs, or at least the actively loading ones.
This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully contains the glitches that can negatively affect gameplay. Due to updates, new glitches may appear or old ones may be fixed faster than this guide is changed.
- If two players try to perform an action on an enemy at the same exact time and the enemy dies from one of the actions, the other player's action is not performed. The player whose action is not performed cannot perform any action for a second or two until they get a message informing them that the server "did not respond to the previous battle command".
- If your weapon has a slow attack animation (notably bows and bombs) and you attack quickly, typically due to an attack rate buff, damage can can appear to be dealt to the wrong enemy at times. This occurs when you attack a new target before the damage has appeared on the old one. While the damage appears to hit the new target, it was in actuality dealt to the old one.
- If one player of a full group of 5 dies and a new player joins the battle, they sometimes appear at the top of the screen (where no players should be) and their HP/SP isn't displayed in the normal spot. To see their HP/SP, mouse over their avatar.
- In battle, stats only display up to 2 digits per stat -- if a stat was 104, for example, it would appear the same as a stat that is 10. Most stats in battle are a sum of your base and the bonuses from your gear, but the attack/magic stat is only your base plus bonuses from non-weapon gear. However, you may be able to see 3-digit stats if you have large screen.
- When a stat is buffed it is displayed in blue during battle. After battle the buff is no longer active, but the buffed stat remains blue until you log out.
- When you "Escape" a battle immediately after death, you return to the dungeon lobby with full health.(Can't join more battles, it seems like the battle is full.)
- You can purchase weapons from the town store that you already own. This is likely true with World Store weapons, armor, and hats as well, though this has not been tested (nor would I recommend anyone waste their gold trying it). While you can always grind more silver, it can be a lengthy process. Save yourself some grief and check that you don't already have a weapon before purchasing it.
- If you die in PvP or Guild vs Guild, you respawn with only half HP and SP. This is likely an unintentional holdover from when all deaths resulted in this.
- The name of your class up top near your character portrait does not always adjust appropriately when you change classes. The character portraits in the friends list also don't always change correctly. So if a friend appears to suddenly have a high level alt, it could very well be that he's using his main but the portrait did not change appropriately.
- If after choosing your server you continue scrolling though or selecting the server choices, the server menu can remain visible during normal gameplay. Though visible, you can't switch servers with it. A refresh will fix this problem.