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''[[http://atlantica.nexon.net/ Atlantica Online]]'' is a Korean {{MMORPG}} from [=Ndoors=]. Like many of its kind, it is free-to-play as opposed to the subscription-based hits like ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.'' Centered around the myth of Atlantis, the stage for this unique game is a CrossoverCosmology version of good ol' Terra.

All major continents (as well as the fictional continent of Atlantica) are accessible and provide various quests and classes based around the respective mythologies, fairy tales and the like.

Gameplay wise, it is completely different from other [=MMOs=], instead of controlling a single character, players command up to nine in a TurnBasedCombat system. The main character may choose one of eleven classes (largely defined by their weapon) and recruit slightly less powerful mercenaries to fill his ranks. While the classes themselves are fairly simple, the combination and teamwork opportunities make for a deep and varied combat system.

Also, with an update a new combat system, the TurnBasedStrategy was introduced.

Outside combat, guilds can take control of various cities and form alliances.

The game was widely recognized as the most innovative game of its kind the year it arrived, and is still a very unique MMO with no real alternatives. Despite it's age, it still enjoys a fairly large and dedicated playerbase.

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!!This game provides examples of the following tropes:
* AcrophobicBird: the Valkyrie has a winged armor that allows her to fly, but is not treated as a flying character.[[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense as she is meant to be a defender for your back rows, and by flying she would allow melee attackers to ignore her, making that point moot.]]
* ActionBomb: Tons of enemies do this [[TakingYouWithMe when at low health]], especially wild animals. If they destroy themselves in this manner, not only do they do a ton of damage, but they don't count for Kill X quests, nor do they leave a corpse you can loot for your [[TwentyBearAsses Loot Quest]]. Casting [[PowerNullifier Silence]] on suicide prone enemies about to enter their turn with low health or [[AntiMagic Holy Guard]] on your front row helps stop this.
* ActuallyFourMooks: Rare MMO example where there can be up to nine monsters in a formation and you only see one before you challenge them.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: There are some [=NPCs=] that will buy your "unneeded" items for 10 Gold each. Even potions that NPC Shops sell for over 25.000 Gold. Another NPC will instantly buy any low-level equip you might have, at ''half'' of its value: all of this is to encourage player-to-player trades.
** Subverted with two systems: the Atlantis Coin currency, which can be converted to and from spendable gold tax-free and can be held without fear of losing it in battle, and the Trading Post, which allows you to buy VendorTrash in a town that has an abundance of them and sell them in a town with short supply.
* AnachronismStew: It's been done and expected in the genre. Drilling robots in the Old West, Spartan hoplites rubbing shoulders with Shinto shamans, and Istanbul being called Constantinople.
* AncientEgypt: Plays a vital role in three major quests: The main story quest involving a feud between Isis and Seth, a sidequest which gives you the Anck Su Namun (Oracle), and Necropolis, which provides the player with a valuable accessory upon completion.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes / NiceHat: Some Item Mall boxes have a chance of netting you alternate outfits for your character. They are pretty functional though, as each either adds about 1500 HP, or increases other stats.
* AnnoyingArrows: Averted; while the bow is weaker than most melee weapons, it's still the strongest ranged one, and several archers in the formation can prove lethal for sniping, especially if buffed by the right teammates.
** The Princess and Punisher mercenary have magic that severely weakens bows, making them annoying at best if they fire often enough to stun the target.
* AntiMagic: Holy Guard. It will also remove any existing effects on the targets, such as Freezing Axe.
* AntiPoopSocking: The stamina system, until it was removed. It allowed players a set amount of battles against normal monsters without penalties, but it became marginalized to the point that it was recently removed completely. Instead, there are now various other limiting factors as well as some actions and bonuses that can only be used a certain number of times each day.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Any myth mentioned in the game has a quest line devoted to it.
* ArrowCam: There's a feature where, at random, the game's camera will get close up to a character as it's attacking or, more often, casting magic.
* ArtificialBrilliance: More like Monster Placement Brilliance, but monsters in Lerna's Labyrinth have Poison and Lightning-element magic (which sharply depletes AP) and Mana Trap, which dispels and prevents you from casting Will spells, the most common way of restoring AP in battle.
** Also, heavily injured monsters will try to hide behind others if possible. If there is a boss, other monsters will move in front of it when possible.
* ArtificialStupidity: You can let an AI control your characters, but it only works well for the ones that just attack. You can expect characters like healers healing fighters with barely a scratch on them ignoring their almost-dead companions, powerful mages wasting turns casting low-power spells and warriors wasting potions when the enemy would go down with one more attack. Luckily, you can choose which skills they can and can't use when AI-controlled.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Bursting Beam is the most powerful magic in the whole game, which deals huge damage and stuns a whole formation of enemies bar bosses.But to pull it off, first three players with different attributes (Melee, magic, ranged) must join the same party.Then they must cast three skills in a precise order.And lastly, by level 100/120 the skills needed to cast it become obsolete as more powerful variants are made available.
** Two-handed weapons possess huge attack power and give some bonus to partially balance the lack of an off-hand, but a 1-handed weapon+offhand usually outmatch them, also considering they tend to be rare and expensive.
* AwesomeYetPractical: Mercenaries get thicker in this aspect as their grade raises: A-Grade mercenaries not only have strenghtened attributes, but also possess a wider array of skills to quickly change strategy in mid-battle.
* BadassAdorable: The witch looks so {{Moe}}, and yet she can also summon [[KillItWithFire Met]][[DeathFromAbove eors]] on your enemies.
** Players can throw parties where they temporarily transform into RidiculouslyCuteCritter.If they have a back Decoration equipped, they even keep it while they're transformed.
* BadassArmy: Technically you can only use your main character plus eight mercenaries, but you can store dozens of extra characters in a variety of places.
** And from your house you can send up to two squads to raid dungeons for you.Which will join up with your friends' squads if you are planning to besiege an Oriharukon mine.
** Up to three players can join each side of a battle, meaning up to 27 warriors on each side, without counting "support" characters like Search Robots or siege engines.
** Guild and Nation Dungeons bring this trope into play proper: you and all the guild/nation mates [[TrueCompanions you've (hopefully) grown to love and respect]] are pitted against a huge onslaught of monsters. [[BigBadassBattleSequence Have fun!]]
** What can trump even that? Spelltower battles, which are held on weekends and are open to players ''of all servers''. Each army counts up to 50 players and their mercenary of choice.
* BadassBeard: The Viking, General, Artilleryman and Champion all sport a good one.
* BadassNormal: While most characters naturally have or have acquired magical skills or divine protection, there are some who stand out for having little to no such magic, and still kick ass. Prime examples are the Knight, Tarkan, Patriot, Janissary and Sheriff.
** On the enemy's side we have Catherine, who is among the few enemies who didn't get their power from Oriharukon. She holds her ground against a team of warriors wielding the power of Atlantis with nothing more than a few bartenders and [[StuffBlowingUp a batch of dynamite ]][[{{Hammerspace}} hidden in her gown]].
* BadFuture: The pure-blood Atlantians come from Antillia, a reproduction of Atlantis from a time where Riederan is too strong for any warrior to be a decent match. The whole plot is retroactively set in motion with them going back in time and working with the Descendants of Atlantis to defeat Riederan's allies one by one.
* BareYourMidriff: Both the heroes and many mercenaries of either sex.
* BearsAreBadNews: Certain bear groups, and the druid mercenary who was the first A class mercenary. He's the little kid with the giant bear if you look in-game. And yes, they're that strong.
* BigBad: Many quests end with you and your allies swearing vengeance to Riederan, the head of the criminal army Chin Tai Tong Do.[[TheUnfought You never get to meet him in person, though.]]
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The battles for Oriharukon Mines feature up to 180 soldiers in large-scale, chaotic battles.
** Oriharukon Mines were removed from the game, but its replacement, the Spelltower Battle, works in a similar way with the added aspect of giving the player control over it.
* BigDamnHeroes: The climax of the Troy arc has you and your units [[HoldTheLine defending a camp]] with no backup while enemies pour from many sides. Eventually Athena comes down and joins your side, wiping out all the enemies except for the bosses.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: "{{Ori|chalcum}}harukon", anyone?
** Apart from that incredible blunder (considering it's one of the main themes of the game), the translation is mostly fine, if a bit awkwardly worded at times.
* BlackMagicianGirl: The witch mercenary with Meteor Strike. Female Staff mains also count.
* BlatantLies: The overworld enemy you engage is not always there in the actual battle. You can charge into a Hell Warrior on the overworld map and find not a single Hell Warrior in battle.
* BladeOnAStick: The spear is one of the 9 weapon types.
* BoozeBasedBuff: One sidequest has you collect 100 bottles each of Vodka, Whiskey and Airak as random drops, craft the "Ultimate Bomb Shot" out of them, and chug it. The reward is the power, usable once a day, to greatly increase your Attack Power sacrificing your Defense.
* BoringYetPractical: Healers, you need them, they most of the time are support roles, but they keep your group alive.
** Items that are both in constant demand and can be crafted from purchasable materials (such as Fused Devil Stones or Multi-Hued Jewels) always return quite a bit of profit, provided you have the patience to craft them yourself (or have powerful guild mates that can contribute for you).
** Owning a resource facility can start off pretty slow, but tending to them every day and investing some money in them can return a hefty revenue (20-30 millions per day) after a certain point.
* BossInMookClothing: Starting from Bran Castle, special enemies appear randomly in ordinary groups that are almost as strong as bosses. Unsurprisingly, many players call them minibosses.
* ABoyAndHisX: Naruk and his/her {{bear|sAreBadNews}} as well as Rin and her chainsaw-wielding doll, Zhu Rong and her tiger, Attila and her eagle...
* BreastPlate: Though this is rampant in most {{MMORPG}}s, many players are quick to note for some bizarre reason, ONLY the female melee characters are {{Stripperiffic}}. Ranged mains have fairly modest armour, and the robes for staff mains cover from head to toe.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: As a free-to-play MMO, AO makes money by offering various items that make the game much easier for real money.
** It is not game-breaking, though: most items in the Item Mall simply make grinding faster or easier (by temporarily granting teleporting ability, AI for the main character to fight on their own, and so on and so forth) or give novelty mercenaries whose upgrades are however much more expensive than those of regular ones. They can however be bought ingame from other players, depending on supply and demand.And most of the IM items are boxes with random rewards anyway, so you still need some luck to actually get very powerful or valuable items.
*** Atlas Ore is one of the various {{Unobtainium}}s of the game: it can be used for a variety of purposes, from exceeding the daily cap on experience bonus, to enlarging one's house, to repairing and upgrading equipment free of charge, to learning skills without books, and so on and so forth. It's also the "safest" item to buy on Item Mall, since you get exactly what you buy.
** In-game, many quest items can either be collected by the player or bought from the market or nearby [=NPCs=].Some quest givers even question the player on whether they got it themselves or bought it off.
** Played straight with the Crafting system: you can either fight to complete your crafts, ask your guild mates for help, stay in Auto-Crafting mode (which is the slowest of the options)...or just buy high-level crafting books off the market or a certain NPC to complete it instantly.The highest level book is extremely expensive, and five of them are needed to craft one piece of the highest-tier equipment.
* CallBack: In the Tatami Battlefield, the manager Daka will give you additional quests (and rewards) if you took your time to help Miyamoto Musashi, the Mute Shaman and Momotaro about 30 levels earlier.
** Also, Pasiphae, who you help in the level 60 quest line, can be encountered in Rome at level 115 and over, panicking about the Minotauros you killed back then being resurrected more powerful than ever.
* CallingYourAttacks: every character's method of using magic includes shouting "[Target's Name]!Take This/Here![Magic's Name]!"
* CameBackWrong: There's a sidequest in the Taj Mahal that centers around the NPC's love for his wife and attempts to bring her back to life because, after she died, he was too stricken with grief to live his life. However, she came back as an [[OhCrap insane monster who tried to kill him against her will]], and he sealed her in what becomes the boss chamber. Your task during the quest is to help him cope with his grief, [[BittersweetEnding and finally release his wife from her pain by killing her again.]]
* {{Cap}}: The level cap is 150. Skills can be raised up to 80. You can do five random guild quests per day. Advanced Mercenaries have a limit of one per group. And so on.
** There is also a level cap every 10 levels from 19 to 79 until you complete a specific quest in the main storyline.
** Caps are so commonplace that the game now features a Diary that keeps track of them for you.
* CashGate: among the requirements to unlock quests and content beyond level 120 there are three items that cost about 800 million coins altogether.Players who are strong enough to tackle quests past that point will have no problem collecting them in the span of a few days, so it also doubles as a test.
* CastFromHP: The Pirate has an attack magic that is cast from ''one of her companions' '' HP. Hwarang and Punisher have such skills too.
* ChainsawGood: The Punisher mercenary and the Powersaw Main.
* ChefOfIron: The burly Viking and the deadly Archer can become a chef for your house, while still retaining all of their combat skills should you need them again.
* ChurchMilitant: The Lady Knight mercenary, aka Joan of Arc.
* CombatMedic: Any staff user except the Witch and Elementalist. The Monk mercenary has healing, but he is there for stun prevention more than anything else.
* CombinationAttack:Some skills interact with each other, unleashing powerful attacks if cast in sequence on enemies. Most notable the Champion's Disarm skill, that doubles the secondary effect of other sword magic, and the Sorceress' Retribution, who completely transforms her other magic.
* CoolBike: One of the cash shop mounts that can be obtained resembles a giant motorcycle.
* ContractualBossImmunity: All except the first bosses (and, past a certain point, mini-bosses) are immune to the Silence and Stun effects.
* CrossoverCosmology: The myth of Atlantis is the thread that connects all the myths together here. Since mercenaries are also themed after them, a player's formation is often a good example of this, too.
* CrutchCharacter: The D-grade mercenaries: they are pretty much the slightly underpowered version of 7 of the 9 hero's classes, but eventually more powerful mercenaries with their same abilities are unlocked.
** The Monk is this as well: in spite of his poor fighting abilities, he can counter enemy stuns and magic, but the same effect can be obtained from high-tier, more offensive-oriented characters (Empress, Punisher, Puppeteer, Goddess).
* CuteBruiser: The Witch, Druid and Puppeteer are about half as tall as most other characters and all look like kids. The former can devastate large areas with Meteor Strike, while the latter control, respectively, a bear and a puppet.
* DeathFromAbove: Staff Main's Flame Blow, Witch's Meteor Strike, Bow Main's Arrow Cascade, and Punisher's Powersaw Raid.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Usually. Before level 120, a player only stands to lose several hundred XP upon death (for reference, your average *attack* is worth more than that, and a kill will easily recover more than enough.) The aversion to this trope, however, is gold. [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted You lose 10% of whatever gold you had on you]], so you better not be taking hundreds of millions into dangerous areas. Further averted after level 120, when XP lost goes up over a million per death (though by that time, killing a single party of monsters will make up for it).
** Also, upon losing a battle you are booted back to the nearest town. If you don't have a Teleport License and the dungeon you were in is several minutes away, you'll have to backtrack there. And there are some rooms in dungeons that require one-use keys to enter: lose against the boss there, and you have to fetch another.
** In TBS, the only way to lose is by either the enemy meeting their InstantWinCondition, or being on the receiving end of a TotalPartyKill. Unlike normal battles, where reviving characters involves using certain scrolls, any fallen character can be revived without penalty by ''regular healing spells''.Failing that, they can restart from the start of the map with half HP and zero MP -easily fixed with Elixirs-.
* DieChairDie: Many quests, sidequests and treasure maps let you find treasure chests around the world.How do you open them? By whacking them with your weapons, of course!
** One particular quest pits you against a chest that actually fights back.And how!
** In TBS mode, you can break tents, topple pillars and break walls even if they're not essential to completing the mission.
* DistressedDude: You have to save Kim Ju Shin from the wounds he received battling the Thousand-Year Python, and spare James the Pretender certain death in a duel by sabotaging his opponent's ammunitions.
* DodgeTheBullet: With high enough Evasion or Accuracy debuffs, it is possible for a gunner to miss the target in front of them but hit the ones just behind.
* ElementalCrafting: The game is pretty realistic about the materials used, but there is still a distinction of armor types even though they are usually crafted with the same materials.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Players can cheaply change their mercenaries' names, but since it would cause lots of confusion, they usually refer to them with their class (Witch, Swordsman, Gunner) or default nickname (Odysseus, Guan Yu, Rin)
* EverythingFades: Enemy corpses stay around for four turns after their death. If they haven't been looted or resurrected by then, they will vanish.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses / RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Princess and the Empress mercenary. Both snotty at best, but with the power of protecting your ranged mercenaries while crippling the enemy's and that of shielding against enemy magic respectively.
* ExactWords: The Carmilla event for the international version. The company promised to give players a way to get the newest player created mercenary as an event. It required a huge quantity of an event item (777 just to get the mercenary with no upgrades or skill books included) that dropped quite rarely during random battles. Also, if players managed to get her books with event items they would be a no trade event item, which means it couldn't be used for anything else and were LostForever at the end of the event. Two weeks later, the same mercenary was made available in the item mall... for 50 USD (plus another 100 for the books and upgrade items). Players were, suffice to say, less than pleased.
** [=NDoors=] has had a history of events that promised the chance to get something that can normally only be gotten from the Item Mall... neglecting to mention that the chance was so slim to be completely irrelevant. In many cases, a good chance could only be achieved using items from the Item Mall or buying them off other players. One particular example was the fishing event. Using special bait, players could catch various items, mostly tickets, which in turn could be used for various rewards. The big reward advertised took 1400 tickets to purchase. Without items from the Mall, players could fish for these items exactly ''once'' per day.
* FallenAngel: The Exorcist is actually the Archangel Michael, sealed in human form.
* FetchQuest: Quest [=NPCs=] will often ask for more or less common materials to make something, or even ask you to craft them. If you happen to have the materials on hand at the time, all the better. The next town to buy it usually isn't far either. The game even goes as far as asking you to do things as simple as selling an item on the market or looking up information. These quests serve as a reminder of the different things you can do.
* GaiasVengeance: The Elementalist and Druid use the power of nature to their advantage.
* GeniusBruiser: The Inventor Da Vinci, who can not only shoot a gun, but also summon massive siege engines to lay waste to the enemy.
** The Champion is none other than Odysseus, the mastermind behind the siege of Troy and a character renowned in GreekMythology for his wits.And he is a StoneWall which is almost impossible to take down.
* GlassCannon: The Pirate mercenary. DualWielding and speedy AP recovery combined with less HP and defense than a SquishyWizard.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The migration from Ndoors to Nexon was suppose to be "smooth", but as it turns out not the case. To begin around 1/2-6/10 of the people who did this couldn't do so because they never got the verification e-mail, it was resolved later on but the game started to act erratic for things such as missing item mall pickups, dropping down in [=PvP=] divisions for no reason, freezing item mall pickups etc...
* GuideDangIt: All TBS missions that don't include simply destroying targets can be this: without prior knowledge, predicting where ambushes and traps appear is impossible, which makes it even worse if you [[EscortMission have a NPC to protect]].
** One such missions has a soldier suddenly appear behind you, and the objective change to "Protect the king from the pursuit party". Trying to kill him only makes him ''capture'' you, netting an instant mission failure.What you're supposed to do is to ''completely ignore'' it and run away. In a gamemode where pretty much everything has to be killed.
* HandCannon: The Artilleryman, Cannoneer, and Cannon Main all use literal hand cannons.
* HauntedCastle: Bran Castle, home to Dracula, as well as the Shogun Castle of Death.
* HealingHands: The Shaman and Oracle are designated healers (though they do have other skills); the Minstrel and Monk also have healing skills, but are used mostly for their abilities to remove debuffs.
* TheHero: Your main character has a pair of spinning circles around him indicating he is the Main Character, or Hero. He/she is a slightly stronger version of a class of mercenary. He tends to be a better fighter, and in most cases, with a good setup of hired support, can even tank under most circumstances, even if he's not a class known for tanking (any non-melee class), though this is risky: If the main character dies, even if other allied units are standing, you lose the engagement and are considered dead.
* HopelessBossFight: Several times, [=NPCs=] will send you into boss fights without the necessary {{Nerf}} items you need to beat them. You can tell when those are because the Quest Log says "Battle With X" instead of "Kill X". The most egregious example is the Punisher quest, which pits you against a Level 199 Enraged Frank Reade (the level cap is currently 160), outfitted with extremely good armor and weapons. [[RocksFallEverybodyDies You don't win that one; even if you can withstand his devastating physical attacks, his Power Saw Raid cuts your entire party to ribbons, ending the fight on the second turn.]]
** With the enlargement of level caps and gear, plus new and more powerful mercenaries, [[LordBritishPostulate it's become possible, if tedious, to kill them]].
** There is one exception with a repeatable quest (in order to obtain a mercenary, it has to be done twice) which involves merely fighting a boss instead of killing him. The boss *is* beatable, but chances are you are a good bit too weak the first two times around. Eventually, the same boss has to be killed during the main storyline.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The player is this, willingly performing quests for anyone who asks, no matter how shady.
** And unlike other [=MMOs=], we can't snark back at the [=NPCs=].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Female mercenaries tend to be smaller than males, though player characters of either gender end up in the middle. The most extreme examples are the [[MightyGlacier bulky]] Viking and the TokenMiniMoe Witch.
** At the opposide side of the scale we have the not-so-macho Hwarang and the [[AmazonianBeauty towering]] Tarkan barbarian.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Eating food istantly heals everyone in the party for a certain amount. You need 10 points of Will to consume food, but since Will goes up to 125, a player can eat up to 12 full meals in few seconds.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: of several types, with different effects. The Wrath-eater Minotaur Axe inflicts huge fire damage, the Sealed Dragon Fang petrifies enemies on hit, the Lucifer Rifle has piercing bullets that damage the back row greatly, the Dragon Long Spear increases the efficiency of Critical hits, and the Immortal Bow empowers single-shot attacks.
* InstrumentOfMurder: the Instrument mercenaries, hero, and some monsters who use guitars as weapons and [[CrazyAwesome can equip music sheets that change the colors and power of "shot" notes and can make them poisonous or enchanted]].
-->'''Nina Paganini''':"''My sharp melody pierces all!''"
* InterfaceSpoiler: in the Summer of 2012, by looking at a staff or an orb in the inventory, it would list "Goddess" as the equippable classes.Some weeks later, the Goddess Roro mercenary was announced to be released in October.
** You can find many hints at what [=NPCs=] and dungeons are related to a quest simply by opening the Quest Book.
*** Averted with one of the central characters of the late Atlantis quest arcs, Aaron.Looking him up on the NPC book returns no results. [[spoiler:That's because the NPC's name is abbreviated as A.R, and he only reveals his true name a couple of quests in.
* AnInteriorDecoratorIsYou: You can purchase a (rather expensive) house, where you can hold parties, store items and party members, rest to gain buffs, send raiding squads and much more.And of course you get to pick from a variety of furniture to decorate it.
* ItemCrafting: Atlantica Online offers a large number of different crafting skills. Guilds can also set up guild crafting, which allows all guild members to work on an item (or several) together. The crafting process is presented by a workload attribute. Workload is created primarily through combat.
* ImmuneToBullets: There are a few enemies, such as the Ruler of Evil and Chief Prison Guard in Devil's Forest, that are inexplicably immune to basic attacks from guns and bows (but not cannons). Also, the cannon is the only non-melee weapon unable to hit flying units with its standard attack.
* ImplacableMan: the Tarkan has a skill that lets her shrug off Stun and Freeze effects.
* JungleJapes: Hanging Gardens Of Babylon.
* KeystoneArmy: Bosses and main characters (both have a special circle around them) act like this, with any remaining units either running away ([[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]]) or dying instantly (PvP) when the leader goes down. Also, most TurnBasedStrategy missions are accomplished by killing the enemy boss.
** Oddly enough, averted for players in TBS mode. Some missions have you protect an NPC or building instead.
* KillItWithFire: Flame Blow and Meteor Strike are the best and second best magic in the game in terms of sheer damage.Add to that that in TBS all Fire magic [[GeoEffects turns the tiles the enemies are standing in a damaging fire tile]], and you have yourself a OneHitKO.
* KillSat: The Summon Machine skill becomes this in TBS, with a huge cannon appearing above the target and firing a laser at the ground.
* LeakedExperience: While new recruits start out at low levels, this trope comes in various forms. Group play causes all experience to be divided rather evenly over all combatants, and new people arriving in a guilds town reward experience to all guild members formations. Quests also award experience evenly when completed, regardless of whether the active mercenaries actually had anything to do with completing the objective.
* LevelGrinding: As stated above, new recruits always start out at lower levels and require some training (or experience by other means) to catch up. Otherwise, completing quests too fast may require a few extra levels of grinding before you can continue with the main quest line.
** Made interesting by the fact that you and up to eight (not counting inactive ones) mercenaries have ''separate'' EXP bars. All newly-hired mercenaries start at level 1, meaning not only is it possible that your team is going to not be the same level across the board, it's extremely likely. This is okay, to a certain extent, but if a player lets his team levels vary too wildly the lower levels will get butchered in combat. The interesting part is that it inspires a careful balancing act, making sure never to deprive any one mercenary of kills/EXP for too long. It also forces careful consideration before adding a new mercenary later on, especially more than one at a time.
* LightEmUp: Staff main's Evanescent Scud, and Lady Knight's Light Slash.
* LightningBruiser: thanks to the Talent system, a high-level Axe main can leap from MightyGlacier to this, being able to recharge AP faster than any other melee class.They still have a glass jaw for magic attacks, though.
* LoadingScreen: Get ready to see this a lot; every area requires a loading screen upon entry.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Basically every few months we get one more mercenary, that most people might just add to their formation just for the hell of it.
** As of the Rin patch here are your choices
** main characters (staff, sword, axe, spear, powersaw, gun, cannon, bow, and instrument)
** Sword mercenaries( swordsman, pirate, lady knight, champion, valkyrie, and warlord)
** Axe mercenaries ( Druid, viking, northern viking, Tarkan, beast trainer)
** Staff mercenaries( witch, sorceress, monk, princess, oracle, shaman)
** Bow mercenaries ( prophet, archer, dark archer, empress, and hwarang)
** Gun mercenaries ( inventor, jannissary, gunner, and sheriff )
** Spear mercenaries( spartan, spearman, and general )
** PowerSaw mercenaries( Punisher and Puppeteer)
** Instrument mercenaries ( minstrel and vampire)
** Cannon mercenaries ( artillery man, and cannoneer)
* LostForever: Two events in 2012 made available two mercenaries: the [[GlassCannon frail but powerful]] Puppeteer and the [[TheLancer hero-supporter]] Warlord. As of now, there are no ways to obtain them.
* LethalLavaLand: Lost Volcano Valley.
* LuckStat: When failing to enhance an item with the Atlas Ore, you gain a temporary increased chance to do multiple enhances with only one process.These points carry over failed attempts and are consumed upon a successful enhancing.
* MadeOfIron: The main character outside battle. Some quests have him withstand explosions, soul-draining charms, the Mandragora's screams, poisoned/drugged drinks, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and an]] [[LethalChef overly-spicy dish]] with little to no ill effects.
* TheMafia: Paganini, aka the Minstrel mercenary, was formerly a member of the Detroit Mafia. You also fight Mafiosi in the Detroit area itself as monsters/bosses.
* MagikarpPower: Playing as a Staff hero?You'll be stuck as the formation's healer and limited to cast some weak status-altering spells at the enemy...until you hit level 100 and unlock the [[KillItWithFire ridiculously powerful]] Flame Blow spell, which can pretty much obliterate anything provided you survive long enough to cast it.
* ManaDrain: The Witch's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin mana drain]]. Mana Trap is a wide-radius, drain-over-time effect, and the Exorcist's Mana Burn damages enemies by as much health as the Mana they lose.
* MayDecemberRomance: The Detroit quests end with your character match-making for a young engineer and a Henry Ford in his fourties.
* MemeticHandGesture: The Druid gives his bear a bro fist.
* MightyGlacier: Vikings and Punishers in build and stats (though both are weak against magic). Most sword-users in stats, but not necessarily size.
* MonsterCompendium: The game practically has an in-game library of everything. The monster part is interesting in that fighting a particular monster gives you a chance of receiving part of its Info, divided into General, Location and Items. Parts can be traded between players and can be required for a quest. Owning complete information allows you to get extra items from slain monsters of that type. Monster information also allows you to deal extra damage while taking less damage from monsters.
** Now there is an even further, 4th Origin Info for monsters, which gives bonus experience when defeating them.
* MultiShot - The Empress, Princess, Sheriff and some other mercenaries can shoot multiple arrows/bullets/magic missiles at once, though it's only due to their attack animation and it will still consume a single piece of ammunitions. You can tell this kind of attacks by the fact they have the exact same damage, which is actually the attack's total damage split in two or more "hits".
* MurphysLaw: For every new patch that adds content there are always somethings that will go horribly wrong; the community seems to have adjusted to this.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Staff mains and Shamans can learn Noble Sacrifice: When below 35% health they can sacrifice themselves to do a heal over time (and defense boost) for three turns to an entire formation. Works great sometimes for shamans... for staff mains it's either {{t|ooDumbToLive}}his or most of the time [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments this.]]
** The Hwarang has Hwarang's Fury, an offensive version that boosts attack power instead.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Monsters tend to have zero to one special magic per variety, so to even the odds, the game gives the AI some special powers. Different monsters have access to magic that the player does not, or if they have familiar magic, they get bonuses to it. For example, it takes the player three turns to charge up Brutal Will or Seth's Will, magics that your healers can cast that increases the attack power and combo rate of mercenaries affected, at the cost of lowered defense and being unable to control where they attack. Many animals, however, can use that magic on their first or second turn, giving them a distinct advantage in combat.
** There are also cases where the very nature of certain monsters is strange, hindering the player's ability to fight it. For example, there's a high level monster that is treated as simultaneously an [[AnAxeToGrind axe-wielder]] and a ranger, allowing it to strike the middle row of the player's formation, and strike the entire row; however, it's immune to the Elementalist's magics, which target melee characters. (Axe-specific nerfs do work, however.)
** All bosses (and some other monsters) are also immune to stuns and freezing and mostly ignore the rules concerning action power, enabling them to act pretty much every turn if alone, even with poison affecting them.
* NewGamePlus: After hitting level 100 with a character, the player has the option to create a level 1 chainsaw character with [[LightningBruiser many strengths and no apparent weaknesses]].
** There is one small weakness that they do have, and that is that their weapon, a Power Saw, does not come naturally from boxes. Therefore, they must be crafted or bought, which can cost quite a bit of money.
** They're also weaker to magic attacks than other physical classes, but their high HP tends to make up for that in the long run
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Kim Joo Shin is nearly killed when the cursed horse Chun Guan asked you to deliver to him turns into a monster and attacks him. Even worse, by examining the horse the description remarks "there is something unsettling and evil about it", but [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you have to deliver it anyway to continue the quest]].
** You act as an assistant to Rose the witch in an experiment which lets loose a small flock of time-distorting Gremlins. You then help her banish them to another world. Dozens of levels later, you find out they're still there, and much, much stronger...
** While infiltrating a demonic hideout, a demon officer hands you a Hell Marble and instructs you to empower the demons in your care with it. After you oblige him, your ally Fei Yue informs you that you just turned the whole thing for the worse.
* NoArcInArchery: Played straight; arrows fly directly to the target, through other (unaffected) enemies in the formation, if need be.
* NoExportForYou: Inverted as the US version of the game introduced the Patriot mercenary, which is unobtainable in the Korean version.
* NonCombatEXP: The Experience you get by fighting is just a tiny slice of all the exp you can gain.Complete a quest, even if it just requires you to go from point A to point B?You get 10% closer to your next level, up to 3 times a day. You go fishing?Another bonus.Send your mercenaries on a quest on their own?They all gain exp.People arrive at your guild's town?Free exp for all the guild mates.Your guild finishes a collective crafting project?You watch two friends duke it out at the Colosseum?Make friends with a roaming mercenary?Go fishing?Dismantle equipment?'''All of these tasks give experience!'''You even get free experience[[UpToEleven by going away from the keyboard and then coming back to the game!]]
* NoobCave: The short [[YouCantGoHomeAgain non-returnable]] Dream's Other Side is a tutorial level. After that is the returnable Forest of Spirits, which is a warm-up dungeon proper complete with a warm-up boss.
* OlderThanTheyLook: By now most people should have mercenaries and characters who are stated in-game age to be 60+ , they still look the same as the day you recruited/hired/bought them.
** You can also make characters age backwards with certain "Vials of Youth". How do you get them?By attending parties, of course!
** It is somehow handwaved by stating that the main character not only is immortal as a descendant of Atlantis, but also has the ability to pass a fraction of his power on to his or her companions, not only allowing them to unlock their inner powers, but also granting them slower aging as long as they accompany him. [[AllThereInTheManual This is only stated in the tutorial levels and some guides.]]
** Also averted at the same time in the fact that mercenaries can be sent into retirement once they hit a certain level while still exchanging items with the main character via mail. Once old enough, [[NeverSayDie the letters simply stop coming]].
* OneHitKill: In strategic battles, standing in the middle of a river when a flood comes means instant death. To anything. '''Including bosses'''.
* OneManParty: Played in both versions; it's entirely possible for a single unit, or type, to either rocket ahead or fall behind in XP. There are ways of correcting it, but depending on the severity it can be rather expensive.
* PlayerMooks: Mercenaries hired by the player.
** TBS scenarios like the Three Kingdoms or Troyan War also give you small groups of generic soldiers to fight by your side.
* PopQuiz: There are quests that requires you to answer about some of the game's features as well as background. Albeit many of the keywords are highlighted in different colors or said by the previous NPC they spoke to, [[ViewersAreMorons many of these questions are still often asked in peer or guild chats by new players]].
** Also, wealthy players may create quiz rooms to share some of their riches with whomever gives the correct/wittiest answers.
* PowerGlows: Moderately enchanted weaponry glows orange. Highly enchanted weaponry glows blue. Maximally enchanted weaponry glows red with some other special visual effects.
** Players under the effect of Blessing, which increases Experience gain, Attack and Defense, have a thin golden aura. Leaders of Nation stand out by having the same circle icon that highlights heroes in battle, in the overworld.
* ThePowerOfRock: The Instrument Main and Minstrel use electric guitars as weapons, and can cast several skills revolving around music.
* PowerupFood: Besides regular food, which serves as quick healing between battles, feasts can be held in one's house which will give every participant a temporary boost to Attack and Defense.
* PowerupMount: Horses, Tigers, Elephants, Velociraptors, Motorbikes, Mechas, Giant beasts...the list goes on.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner / LargeHam: every character delivers one when attacking. Melee characters in general are way hammier.
--> "I will show you the power of NATURE"
--> "Evil, be GONE!"
--> "Hmph.I'll trample on you easily."
--> "SPARTAAAA!"
* PVPBalanced: Some skills which are incredibly powerful in [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] are given massive nerfs in PvP because they would be too powerful. Additionally, the damage done by skills and attacks in ranked PvP is very different from that done in war PvP.
* TheQuest: And how. The game is primarily quest-driven, which thankfully reduces (not eliminates) the need for painful grinding. Also, many side quests can be reset with the proper License, which provides extra XP, or something to do to keep your mind off of grinding at least.
* RebelliousPrincess: The Princess mercenary.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Minstrel and Punisher mercenary were released at the same time. The former is calm and almost melancholic, and is a support character with good defensive abilities. The latter is an AxCrazy, LightningBruiser ScaryBlackMan capable of dealing massive damage to the enemy.Also, the Minstrel sports a trenchcoat with a blue angel motif complemented by little wing-shaped shoulder piecesm while the Punisher has a huge, flaming demonic skull tattooed on his back.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Enemies of the "Cursed" type get hurt if hit by healing magic, and regain health if hit by dark-type magic (Silence, Dark Seed, Hex and such). The secondary effects are not reversed; Silence will still prevent them from casting magic and so on.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The main character does this at the end of every quest line. In the case of the main story, it's off to the next quest and [=NPCs=], with side quests it's left open as to where you're going.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: Ruins Of The Yellow River, which unsurprisingly is a low-level dungeon.
* ScaryBlackMan: The Punisher mercenary, who is 7.5 feet tall, carries a [[ChainsawGood BIG chainsaw]], and is quite resistant to physical damage. [[SarcasmMode Nothing scary about him at all.]]
** Related: [[ScaryMinoritySuspect Frank Reade, the Punisher, is implicated in a murder he didn't commit.]]
* SceneryPorn: The game world is huge, and to unlock cities so that you can travel there with the Travel Office, you need to reach them on your own first. To give you something to see on the road, besides plenty of sidequests and [=NPCs=], there are huge structures such as a transparent underwater tunnel in the English Channel, a view from the top of the Great Wall of China, huge pagodas in Japan and so on and so forth.
* ShieldBash: The Odysseus mercenary can perform this as a magic skill. It incapacitates one enemy for a set period, acting similar to stun effects.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: In both PvP and [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]], it's either this or keeping them silenced/sealed.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Frozen Adlivun.
* StopPokingMe: The Empress delivers this line if you click her enough times.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: As guilty as any other MMORPG. Just take a look at the default armor and Divine armour for females... and that's just the start.
** Most costumes for both genders show off quite a lot of skin as well.
* SuddenGameplayChange: Normal gameplay involves you and 8 of your mercenaries fighting a battle against a group of monsters, 5 actions can be taken in one turn. Skirmish battles are more similar to FinalFantasyTactics, where you have to move your units on a large battlefield, and certain rules such as spells' area of effect, statuses or commands change drastically.Then there is the Raid dungeon, where you can only fight with your main character.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Brought UpToEleven. Pretty much every mercenary has his or her strong and weak points.Some strengthen ranged units, some can block the enemy mages, some can heal statuses, others just hit hard but are susceptible to magic, and that's only to name a few.
** A simplified version is that in PvP, generally, melee and ranged fighters receive less damage from their counterpart and more from mercenaries of the same tipe, while magic attacks hit melees harder, but aren't as effective against other mages.
* ATasteOfPower: When hitting the first level milestones, players receive a temporary mount and decoration, which pretty much triple their fighting capabilities for 7 days.
* TeamDad / TeamMom: Whenever the player interacts with his/her mercenaries, their attitude and dialogue options pose the player as this.
* TempleOfDoom: Angkor Wat.
* ThatOneGuy: It has been noted that Hwarang is the only male archer mercenary (excluding main characters) and even then he looks a bit [[{{Bishonen}} effeminate]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: The Puppeteer Rin, who is the boss's [[TheDragon dragon]] during the Empress quests. She is the only character whose skills all have a drawback: one of them prevents the enemy from receiving heals but also makes them immune to offensive magic, another buffs an ally but makes them lose control, and the last one sacrifices an ally to buff herself.
* TokenMiniMoe: The witch mercenary. Subverted in that this cute, high-pitched merc has two distinct advantages: She can fly, making her impossible to physically attack with melee characters, [[TookALevelInBadass and can drop meteors on the enemy formation.]]
* TournamentArc: Every Saturday, there's a weekly tournament where the strongest [=PvPers=] from your server duke it out. On Sunday, it's in Titan where the strongest from all servers duke it out.
* TurnsRed: All fighters, both humans and monsters, start to stagger or otherwise show signs of weakness when they have less than one third of their HP left. Many skills can only be used in this state, and bosses tend to spam their most powerful magic when under ''50%'' HP.
** The Patriot and Axe Main also get a drastic increase in attack power when under a certain treshold of HP.Also, D-Grade mercenaries can unleash a Deadly Strike or Deadly Shot when they're in the Low HP animation.
* TwentyBearAsses: As an MMORPG, this is standard fare and expected. Non-quest specific items are sometimes asked for so it crosses over with GiveMeYourInventoryItem.
* UnderTheSea: The Sea Palace level.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Mana-Draining spells or weapon-specific debuffs can be a big help against bosses and certain formations, but useless against others.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: If you're a Power Saw main or have a Puppeteer in your party, you can ''kill one of your allies'' (Including other players in your team or friendly soldiers in a mission) to heal yourself and boost your offense.
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: In the Rescue quests, some battles have you fight strong monsters along with "hostages" that almost never attack you. Every hostage still alive by the end of the battle coutns as one point for the quest, but every hostage killed will ''decrease'' the quest completion, greatly slowing you down.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Many quests require you to "pacify" monsters, "steal" items from them of otherwise get them to stop fighting. Of course, this only means beating the crap out of them.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Boss monsters after the Bran Castle stage stop being vulnerable to stun or freezing, which prevent it from moving. Bosses after Yggdrasil become immune to regular silence (target can't use magic) as well, making it more difficult to prevent them from using their more powerful skills against you.
** A far earlier example could be the Hellish Fairy at the end of the first dungeon. Up to that point, you could probably just continuously attack and win. While she's a rather simple boss if you know what you're doing, The Hellish Fairy has a powerful magic attack that targets the entire party. If you don't take her down fast, she can easily wipe out your team. She can be taken down quite easily with Scrolls of Vortex, but new players likely won't think of that.
* WeaponOfChoice: Nine to choose from, and every character except the hero has his or her favourite:
** [[CoolSword Swordsmen]] usually pair their weapon with a shield, giving them [[StoneWall the best endurance but poor attack and range]].
** [[BladeOnAStick Spearmen]] boast [[GlassCannon good damage and good agility, but are more fragile]]
** {{A|nAxeToGrind}}xemen [[MightyGlacier deal lots of damage and can take many hits, but are slow]].
** [[ArcherArchetype Bowmen]] [[FragileSpeedster deal mediocre damage, but have good range, accuracy and speed]]
** [[TheGunslinger Gunmen]] [[JackOfAllStats have a good compromise between speed, attack and defensive power]], being able to hit all types of enemies.
** [[{{BFG}} Cannoneers]] [[MightyGlacier can deal damage to a large area and have the most endurance of ranged characters, but are also the slowest]].
** [[SimpleStaff Mages]] are, expectedly, [[SquishyWizard pretty squishy]], but have arsenals of powerful spells to compensate for it.
** [[InstrumentOfMurder Musicians]] [[MasterOfNone don't excel at any stat]], but due to their decent Magic Defense and variety of spell [[TheMezzer they can hinder the enemy team in a variety of ways]]
** [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw users]] [[LightningBruiser are rather fast, can soak up quite a bit of damage and hurt a lot]], but that's usually it, as their Intelligence and Magic Defense isn't too impressive.
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: After some quests, you are awarded the ability to sit down and rest. A bit later, you gain the ability to command all your active mercenaries to search for loot with one click, rather than ordering each one separately.
** Also the ability to Auto-Craft, as opposed to generating workload through combat.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: As per the OlderThanTheyLook trope up top, there are other times when mercenary ages do not match, such as how a monk is always an old man in appearance, but sometimes the age setting says they're 15-22, depending on how long he's been in the party.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Most of the female mercenaries, especially the basic Archer mercenary.
** See Also: Lady Knight, Elementalist, Gunner
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