Welcome to Skalkaar
Skalkaar is a tutorial area for any new dragon to the world of Istaria.
The tutorial will teach the basics of Dragon Adventurer and also the basics of the Dragon Crafter school.The tutorial takes the form of ingame quests from a number of NPC’s (Non Player Characters) and via the blue tutorial window.
Do not dismiss the blue tutorial window. It contains important information and will popup from time to time with new information. It is strongly advised that you read through all the content in the tutorial windows.
The starting interface is not the best way of interacting with the world. The following are optional changes that will help you play the game.
1. Change the chat window to 50% transparency
When the chat window is set to fully opaque (default setting), you do not see any flashing tabs which indicate new chat messages or game feedback.
Anywhere on the chat window, right click the mouse and choose ‘Properties’ from the context menu.
|The properties for the chat window will now popup (pictured left).
Move the top slider for window transparency to the middle for 50% transparency.
Then click on the ‘Okay’ button.
The chat window will now appear transparent and you will be able to see the world that was previously hidden behind the chat window.
You can set almost any window in the interface to a different transparency if you wish to do so.
2. Join the global chat channels
Istaria is a very big game with an extremely large map across several different islands. Due to this there may be times when you appear to be the only person in an area. Just because there is no one in your local area does not mean that you are alone in the world.
By joining the global chat channels you are able to talk to others players who may be anywhere on the shard. This is useful if you want to chat, ask for help, as for support or trade.
There are 3 important global chat channels that exist on both live shards (chaos and order)
– New Player
Please note that despite the channel names they can be used for other chat functions (IE you don’t just have to buy/sell items in Marketplace you can ask for help in there as well).
Click on the ‘Browse Player Chat Channels’ button
|A new window pops up (pictured left). This shows all the current public channels.
Find the channel marked ‘Marketplace’, left click once to highlight and then click on the ‘Join’ button
The chat channels window will disappear and you will see that the chat window has changed.
There are now 2 tabs at the top of the chat window.
The first tab is the main tab. Here you will see any local messages and local chats.
The second tab is the ‘MarketPlace’ channel. One the right side you will see a list of players who are currently in this chat channel. If someone speaks in the channel then their message will be displayed in the main part of the chat window.
To switch between the two channels you can click on the relevant tab at the top to change channel focus.
Now repeat the above steps and this time choose ‘Dragon’ and then the ‘New Player’ channels.
In order to say something in the chat channels you use the blue bar at the bottom of the chat window and enter the text that you want to say and then press the enter key on the keyboard.
With the ‘New Player’ channel selected (as pictured above) type ‘Hello’ into the blue chat bar (you first have to left click the blue chat bar to get a flashing cursor), and then press enter.
You will see (as pictured above), the message that you just typed appears in the format [ChannelName: PlayerName] message. Other players in this channel can now see this message and reply to your message.
If you are not comfortable/confident in talking in the different channels, then you can join them but remain as an observer. You don’t have to say something every time someone else says something.
Also please remember that these are public channels. Therefore anything said is broadcast to the whole shard.
1. Turn on co-ordinates
Co-ordinates show you current location in the world. Often when asking players for locations of objects you will be given a set of co-ordinates. By having your own co-ordinates on display you can then use this as a guide to help find locations of objects.
|Right click the compass window and choose ‘Show Position’ from the menu options.
You will see that you co-ordinates are now displayed underneath the compass in the format X, Y
The map screen also allows you to work with co-ordinates
1. Turn off the loading screen
Whenever you recall to your bind point, or teleport elsewhere in the world then the loading screen displays while new terrain data is being downloading.
If you are travelling to an area you have not been to before or a heavily populated area, then it can take several minutes to the load the area.
By turning the loading screen off you are still able to use the chat channels and also move before everything has loaded.
Using the chat system type in the following ‘/setpref useloadingscreen false’ and press the enter key.
It does not matter which chat channel you are in at the time as the ‘/’ character indicates that you are entering a game command.
Once the command has been entered you will see a feedback message on the ‘Main’ chat channel.
2. Turn off Free Movement
When free movement is activated it means you have to physically move your character to within range of a monster to be able to attack.
With free movement deactivated when you attack a monster your character will automatically run into range of the monster.
This is more helpful for melee combat rather than magical combat.
Go to the blue orb menu (bottom left corner), left click to bring up the menu and choose ‘Options’.
|The options window will now be displayed (pictured left).
There are 5 tabs along the top for all the different game options.
Click on the tab called ‘Options’
On the options screen there a number of different values that can be changed.
Find the one called ‘Free Movement’ and take the tick out of the box next to it.
Then click on ‘OK’ at the bottom of the window.
3. Switch to windowed mode
While running in full screen mode it is very easy to hit the Windows key (or similar buttons) which will interrupt the game and possibly cause it to crash. Additionally if you run any software that causes popup’s (such as Messenger) then these can also interfere with the game.
An advantage of running in windowed mode is you can minimise the game and do other things (such as browse the internet) without interrupting the game.
Go back into the options window. (Blue Orb and then choose ‘Options’).
This time click on the ‘Video’ tab at the top of the options screen.
Near the top of the window there is a tick box for ‘Full Screen Mode’.
Take the tick out of the box and click the ‘OK’ button at the bottom of the window.
Your screen will now flicker and switch to running inside an OS window.
Movement is controlled via a combination of keys and using the mouse.
All keys and mouse functions can be changed via the Blue Orb Menu and choosing Options
|Left Mouse Button||Select / Switch Focus|
|Right Mouse Button||Context Menu|
|Middle Mouse Button||Mouse Look|
|Select Nearest Enemy||
Different windows can be opened or closed by using keys or the Blue Orb Menu
Ctrl + G
|Player List Window||
Ctrl + Q
Ctrl + N
When you first appear in Skalkaar you will see that you are in a forest.
In front of you is another hatchling Dragon called ‘Spitfyre’ who is an NPC.
|Go up to Spitfyre and select him using the left mouse button.
As you have selected another character, the option to greet the character has now been lit up on your actions window.
A new dialog window will appear (pictured below).
This is what Spitfyre has replied to you now that you have greeted him.
Please note that some of the text in the Chat window is blue and underlined (like a hyperlink).
If you click on one of blue links, then Spitfyre has more that he wants to say to you.
Clicking on links in a chat window with an NPC is how to gain and also progress some quests.Try clicking the different blue links (chat links) and see what Spitfyre has to say.
Once you have finished with Spitfyre and listened to the information he gives we need to head on and find Instructor Karkath.
Follow the road to the east out of the forest and into a volcanic area. After a while on your left you will see the road branch and another Dragon to greet.
This is Instructor Karkath who is an adult dragon.
|Select Instructor Karkath and greet him
This time you get a chat window with Instructor Karkath
According to Karkath’s chat dialog he has joined you to the Dragon Adventurer school.
If you look at your Player Status window you can see that you are now a level 1 Dragon Adventurer (DRAG)
You have also received some feedback messages in you Main chat (Chat window and the ‘main’ tab)
This shows that by greeting Karkath and joining the Dragon Adventurer school you have been given 4 Abilities and 1 Spell to use.
You have also been given a quest to complete.
Before you go and complete the quest you need to add these new abilities and spell to your hotkeys so that they are ready to be used in combat.
Lets start with the abilities
Press ‘C’ to bring up your character screen
|Click on ‘Abilities’ tab at the top of the character screen.
Make sure that the Adventure radio button has a dot in it.
This shows all abilities that your character currently knows and can use.
Abilities marked as passive are always in use.
Abilities marked as active are ones that need to be activated to be used. This is normally during combat via a hotkey.
We will ignore Dragon Intuition for now as it is not a combat ability.
Bite I, Sprint I and Breath of Fire I all need to be added to a hotkey so that we can use them.
| Left click and hold the mouse button down on the Bite I icon.
Drag the mouse across to the hotkey bar and let go of the mouse button over an empty hotkey.
You will see that when you drag and drop the mouse cursor changes to the ability icon that has been clicked on and when you let go the ability icon has been copied to the hotkey.
This means that the ability is ready to use on that hotkey.
Repeat this process for Sprint I and Breath of Fire I making sure that you drag and drop them onto different hotkeys. This is shown in the picture to the right.
Close the character window once you have done this.
Now we need to scribe and then add the new spell to the hotkey bar.
Open your inventory window (by pressing I)
|In your inventory you can see that there is one item in there.
This is the Spell: Training Breeze that Karkath gave to you.
Move the mouse over the spell icon and right click to get the context menu. Select ‘Scribe’ from the available options.
Once confirmed, the spell will then disappear from your inventory and you will receive a feedback message indicating it has been scribed (consumed in the process of scribing).
Close your inventory and then open your spell book (by pressing B).
You can see that you have one spell in your spell book.
Move the mouse cursor and hold it there for a few seconds. A ToolTip will be displayed with a description of what the spell does.
Any item in the game whether it is in the spell book, abilities, formula book, techniques, inventory, equipment, trade screen or vault can have it’s description shown.
The alternative way to see descriptions is by right clicking an item and choosing ‘Show Details’.
You can see from this spells description that it is an area healing spell that lasts for 30 seconds.
The majority of usable or equippable items in game will have a school level requirement and/or a skill requirement in order to use them.
Now using the same method as with abilities, drag and drop the spell onto an empty hotkey.
Now we are ready to go and complete the quest that Karkath has given us to do.
Open your quest book (Press Ctrl+Q together)
In the quest window you can see that there is one active quest and there are currently 2 steps to it. An arrow is pointing to the first step, ‘Kill 1 Skalkaar Grulet’, with a counter of 0/1.
Now we need to find the Skalkaar Grulets and kill one to update the counter.
Turn around and head back into the forest. Once in the forest leave the road and explore the south side of the forest.
Using the Select Nearest Enemy key (F10) will make it easier to locate a monster as they may be hiding behind trees and other objects.
Once you have found a Skalkaar Grulet then left click it once to select it.
|When you select an object in game notice that the target window updates.
In this case it shows us the name of the monster and its rating, health and race.
At low level it is best to try and kill monsters that are either the same level or lower level than yourself as you have a better chance of surviving.
Now we are ready to attack the grulet.
There are 3 ways to start an attack.
– Click on the attack button on the actions window
– Use an damaging ability (melee or magical)
– Cast an offensive spell
With the grulet still selected, click on the hotkey that has Bite I assigned to it.
Watch as your character runs towards the grulet and then uses the Bite ability.
If the ability hits then the grulet’s health goes down by a certain amount.
You can try using the other assigned hotkeys to see what they do.
Once you use an ability or cast a spell it will go grey for a certain amount of time before becoming available again. The time it takes is called its recycle time (or cooldown).
If you die
Don’t worry if the grulet kills you.
You don’t get penalized for dying until you are level 10 or higher in adventure school.
You need to click on the ‘Recall’ button on the actions window which will respawn you at the Skalkaar shrine.
Then run back to the grulets and try again.
Once the grulet has been killed, right click its corpse and choose ‘Loot Corpse’ from the context menu.
|A loot window will popup (pictured left).
This shows what loot the monster may have dropped.
Sometimes it may be an empty window (no loot) or they may be items in there that you can pickup by clicking the ‘Take all’ button.
Once you have finished with the loot window click the ‘Close’ button to remove it.
Now look at your main chat tab on the chat window
This shows that you have gained some XP (experience) for killing the monster and also some copper coins when you looted the monster (not all monsters will drop coin).
There is also a quest update that tells you to return to Instructor Karkath.
If you open you quest window (Ctrl + Q) you will see that the quest step has updated and the counter has updated to 1/1.
Head back to Instructor Karkath (coords 41825 / 16519)
Greet Instructor Karkath again to update the quest from him
The quest now updates and Instructor Karkath also gives use a new quest to do.
Have a look at your main chat tab, you can see updates regarding the quests
We will look at the new quest in a moment.
Firstly Instructor Karkath has given us an item. In this case a ‘Dented Bell’.
Open your inventory window (Press I)
|So what is this item?
Right click and choose ‘Show Details’ from the menu
From its description you can work out that this item is a hoard item.
Hoard is very important to a Dragon as it powers some abilities and also adds armor points.
When you use an ability that has a hoard cost, your hoard value is depleted by the cost of the ability. So the more hoard you have the better.
Right click the ‘Dented Bell’ again and this time choose ‘Add to Hoard’
|A confirmation window pops up to ask you to confirm that you wish to add the item to your hoard.
Click the ‘Add to Hoard’ button on this window.
You will see that the ‘Dented Bell’ has been removed from your inventory window.
So where has it gone?
Press ‘E’ to bring up your equipment screen
|At the bottom of the equipment screen (pictured left), you can see your current hoard level.
The value of the ‘Dented Bell’ has just been added to the ‘Hoard Size’.
Hoard is also important, as you need a minimum of 250,000 hoard to be able to start your quest line to become an adult (Right of Passage) and be able to fly.
Press ‘E’ again to close your equipment screen.
Now lets see what Instructor Karkath has asked us to do this time.
Open your quest window (Ctrl + Q)
Note this is a new quest.
The previous quest will be viewable under the ‘Completed Quests’ tab on the quest window.
This time we have to ‘Loot 1 Grulet Tusk’ with a counter of 0/1.
If a quest has a counter on a step then this means that your character has to physically loot, gather, or make an item. You cannot obtain the item from another player or NPC.
If a quest asks you to obtain something but does not have a counter, then you can obtain the item by any method (IE from someone else).
Head back to the grulets and kill another grulet.
Loot the grulet and take any loot it may drop.
You may need to kill several grulets until one of them drops the tusk required.
Now head back to Instructor Karkath and greet him again
Before we move onto the next training NPC we need to look at what happens when you gain a level.
Each time you gain a level in adventure or craft you may gain new abilities.
For a level 2 Dragon Adventurer you have gained ‘Silver Strike I’
Open your character window (Press C) and goto the abilities tab and make sure you have adventure selected.
|You can see that ‘Silver Strike I’ is showing in the list of abilities and also that it is an active ability.
Drag and drop this new ability onto an empty hotkey so it can be used during combat.
Before you close your character screen, right click the icon for ‘Silver Strike I’ and choose ‘Show Details’.
The description of the ability appears.
Silver Strike I has a hoard cost of 5. This means that every time you use this ability, 5 will be deducted from your total hoard value.
On the character window, click on the general tab.
|A couple of things to note here.
Your adventure rating has updated to 2 as you have gained an adventure level.
Your statistics have also updated as you have gained a level. (If you were to look at your skills tab you would notice the same for skills)
Also where it says training points you now have 24 training points (12 per level gained).
Click on the ‘24’ to open up the training points window.
The training points window shows a list of statistics or skills that your character currently knows and that you can add training points to.
As we have not yet added any training points to anything it is set to zero for points spent.
Each different statistic/skill has an associated cost in order to add to it.
For example it costs 4 training points to add to dexterity, which will add 4 to the current dexterity figure and 1 to the current base dexterity figure.
As we are a Dragon and also low level I would suggest spending half your training points on Strength and half on Tooth and Claw at this stage (for melee damage).
Training points can always be changed later on when you have generated sufficient ‘Buyback points’ to reclaim training points and to respend them.
Buyback points regenerate over time and cap at 300.
For a single statistic/skill you can spend a maximum of 600 training points.
Experiment now with spending your training points and when you are happy click on the ‘OK’ button to continue.
The statistics/skills that you have changed will now also be updated on the character screen.
It is recommended that you spend your training points as soon as you receive them.
Congratulations you now know the basics of adventuring for a Dragon
Now lets move onto Artisan Jemenoth (coords 42068 / 16624)
Continue east along the road in the volcanic area. After a while you will see another turning to the left, follow this turning up the road and you will find Artisan Jemenoth.
|Artisan Jemenoth will teach the basics of crafting to a new dragon and give you some essential basic craft formulas.
Greet Artisan Jemenoth to continue.
Before we look at the quest that Artisan Jemenoth has given us, notice that we have now joined the Dragon Crafter school.
As a Dragon you do not use tools to gather resources. Instead you use Craft abilities. If you look at your main chat tab on the chat window you can see that by joining Dragon Crafter we have gained lots of new craft abilities.
We need to add some of these abilities to a hotkey bar so that they can be activated to gather the different resources that Artisan Jemenoth requires.
Open you character window, click on the abilities tab, and click on the craft radio button.
|There are quite a few abilities listed here.
Some are used to gather resources.
Some are used to make items.
One the hotkey bar, click the up arrow to move the hotkey to the second bank.
Now drag and drop each ability one at a time onto a different hotkey so that they are ready to be used.
Close the character window once you are done.
|You should now have a hotkey setup similar to the one pictured to the left
There are 10 different hotkey banks with 10 slots on each (allowing 100 hotkeys).
To switch between different banks you can use the up and down arrow buttons on the hot key bar.
Alternatively you can add another hotkey bar to your screen.
You can reposition this new bar anywhere on the screen you choose and set it to a horizontal view by right click and choose ‘Horizontal Alignment’.
Different hot key bars can be changed using the arrow buttons to show any of the ten hotkey banks.
It is possible to have all ten hotkey banks visible on your screen at the same time.
Experiment now with one hotkey bank for your combat abilities, and one for your craft abilities.
Now back to the quest Artisan Jemenoth gave us.
|If you look at your quest window (Ctrl + Q) you can see a summary of what we have been asked to do.
In this case it is ‘gather 50 copper and tin ore’ with a counter of 0/50.
We need to find the copper and tin ore field.
Go back down the road we came up and continue a little bit East along the road.
On your right you will see some resources on the ground.
| Select a resource node with a left click.
Move next to the resource.
Now we need to use the correct craft ability to gather copper and tin. In this case it is the ‘Dragon Mining I’ ability.
Click the hotkey that corresponds to Dragon Mining.
Now click the gather button on the actions window (or press Backspace).
You will start gathering the resource and see updates in your main chat tab.
If you have used the wrong tool ability you will receive a feedback message advising which craft ability you should be using.
Open you inventory window (press I) and you can see the resource you are gathering going into your inventory.
When the resource node runs out (or your inventory is full) you cannot gather anymore.
Move to the next resource node and start gathering again.
Stop when you have at least 50 copper and tin ore in your inventory.
As you gain crafter levels and complete Dragon craft quests you will increase in skill and gather more per strike of a resource. There are other items ingame that can provide temporary increases to a craft skill (such as potions).
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him to advance the quest.
If you look in your inventory you can see that he has given you your first formula.
Formulas are used in order to make items within the game.
This formula is for Beginner Metal Bar and has 3 products
Right click the formula in your inventory and choose ‘Scribe Beginner Metal Bar’
You will be prompted with a confirmation window, click on ‘Scribe’ to continue
When a formula is scribed it is consumed and added to your formula book.
Now we have the formula scribed and the copper and tine ore in our inventory, next we need to find the machine needed to make the bronze bars Jemenoth requires.
Items can only be created with a combination of resources, machine and craft ability.
Behind Artisan Jemenoth is a bridge to a Dragon structure, go over the bridge and into the structure.
Just to your left as you go in you will see a ‘Lunus Smelter’.
This is the machine needed to smelt the copper and tin ore into bronze bars.
If you are unsure of what type of machine you may be looking at, if you left click it the target window will show the name of the machine selected.
|In order to use a craft machine you need to be next to it.
Move as close as you can to the machine.Next we need to activate the correct craft ability to make the bronze bars.
In this case we need to use Dragon Smelting.
Click your ‘Dragon Smelting I’ hotkey.
Now we need to open the formula that we scribed for making bronze bars.
Click on the ‘Create Item’ button on the actions window.
This opens up your formula book showing products/items that can be made.
Double left click ‘Bronze Bar’
This brings up the item creation window for a ‘Bronze Bar’.
There is a lot of information on this window, but the main one to focus on for now is the batch slider.
If something is wrong on the item creation screen then it will appear in a red color.
This can include the wrong tool ability, missing machine, insufficient or missing resources and insufficient skill to make an item.
Check the quest window (Ctrl+Q) to see how many bronze bars need to be made.
Move the batch slider to the right until it is set to 10 batches.
Please note that the amount of resources needed goes up as you change the number of batches.
To make 10 batches (10 bronze bars) it requires 50 copper and tin ore.
Now click on the ‘Create’ button to make the 10 bronze bars.
|Notice that you have gained some craft XP (experience) for making the 10 bronze bars.
The 10 bronze bars have been put into your inventory and the resources used to make the bars have been subtracted (50 copper and tin ore).
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him again.
Now we need to gather 35 uncut garnets using the Dragon Quarrying ability.
Please note that the bronze bars previously made are still in your inventory. You need to keep them for now as they are used later on.
Any leftover copper and tin ore can be deleted by right clicking it and choosing ‘Delete Copper and Tin Ore’.
The gem field is back down the hill and past where the copper and tin ore was located.
Head back down that way.
When you find the gem field you will see that there are 3 different types of gems (Turquoise, Malachite and Garnet).
Go up to a Garnet resource node, activate Dragon Quarrying from your hotkey and click on gather.
Once you have 35 uncut garnets in your inventory you can stop gathering and return to Artisan Jemenoth.
Many resources give you bonus resources from time to time as you gather. Bonus resources can be useful or can be a hindrance. In this case there is no need to keep any bonuses that are not uncut garnet.
Greet Artisan Jemenoth again to advance the quest
Jemenoth has given you another formula to scribe and use. This time ‘Beginner Cut Gem’.
|Using same process as earlier, right click the formula in your inventory and choose the scribe option.
Now we need to go and find the correct machine to make gems from uncuts and the correct craft ability to use.
Go back across the bridge to the floating Dragon structure.
This time click on the ‘Create Item’ button before you have gone next to a machine and choose the product/item of ‘Garnet’.
This time you can see some items in red on the item creation screen.
We don’t have the right tool ability activated.
We aren’t next to the right machine.
Under tool it says ‘Gem Cutter or Gemworking Ability’. Therefore click on your Gemworking ability on your hotkeys. This will activate the correct craft ability.
Now go round looking for the Gemworking Bench.
Selecting different machines with a left click will tell you their names.
Can’t find it?
It is down a passageway directly left of the entrance past the smelting machine
Once you are at the correct machine and have the correct ability active, make 6 batches of garnet to fulfil Jemenoths quest.
Return to Jemenoth and greet him again.
In your inventory is another formula, this time ‘Skalkaar Dragon Claws’. Right click and scribe this formula.
Now go back into the floating structure and find the Scale Forge machine and activate your Dragon Scalecraft ability.
|Once at the machine click on Create Item again and choose the ‘Skalkaar Dragon Claw’ product.
You will only have enough resources to create one batch.
Create the claw and then have a look at its description in your inventory.
There are lots of details on this item.
As it is an equippable item you can see that it has requirements that have to be met in order for it to be equipped.
Also the claw grants a +3 bonus in skill to the Primal and Tooth & Claw skills.
Right click the claw in your inventory and choose ‘Equip Skalkaar Dragon Claw’.
The claw will now disappear from your inventory.
Open your equipment screen (press E) and you can see that it is now equipped on your character.
Only one item can be equipped into one equipment slot at a time.
If you try to equip and item into a slot that is already filled then the currently equipped item will be swapped for the one you are attempting to equip.
Additionally there is no penalty for equipping heavy items as opposed to lighter ones.
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him again to finish the quest
Please note that you do not gain any training points for leveling a craft school.
However your craft skills do increase as you level up.
Artisan Jemenoth has given you another quest to do now.
The sandstone resources are next to where the gems where on the opposite side of the road.
Head there now and gather 50 sandstone slabs
Where you able to work out which craft ability you needed?
Answer – Dragon Quarrying
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him.
Scribe the formula you have been given (Beginner Stone Brick).
Now head back across the bridge and try to find the Stonecutter machine
|Using ‘Create Item’, make 10 batches of the Sandstone brick.
Don’t forget to use the correct crafting ability.
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him again.
Lets see if you can create a Dragon Scale now, it’s the same process as we have done for the last few created items except using a different formula, ability and machine.
Equip this scale and have a look on your equipment screen to see which slot it has taken.
A dragon only starts off with one scale slot (chest).
As you gain either adventure or craft levels you achieve access to the other scale slots.
In some locations in the world there may not be a scaleforge available to use. Dragons are able to use an anvil machine in place of a scale forge, however they do not receive any bonuses that may be granted.
Now return to Artisan Jemenoth and greet him.