This guide will give you the basics of surviving your first few hours playing Wyvern. This guide will cover advice for both mobile/tapping users as well as keyboard users.
Here are the top things you need to know about moving around:
- You can move by tapping anywhere on the screen, with the arrow keys, or by aliasing new keys for movement.
- The most important command in the game is “apply.” You can apply things by standing on them and tapping your character or with the ‘a’ key on your keyboard. You use it to go through doors, enter buildings, climb stairs, read signs, and do many other things.
To go in a building, stand on it and tap your character.
- You can look at things by tapping on them, either in your map view, the ground view, or your inventory view. Tapping on the ground or inventory view will bring up a menu of commands you can perform on the object.
- You can’t enter the water until you enable swimming by typing swim. Once you’re in the water, you’ll drown quickly unless you’re flying or levitating. You move slowly in the water. Try to stay out of it, and use bridges or boats instead.
Before you venture out into the wild, you should explore the main village, New Verden, and familiarize yourself with the main shops and buildings. Also take a few minutes to solve the tutorial in the tower in the center of the town you spawn in.
To do a lot of things in Wyvern, you have to type in commands. For example, to say something, you type:
To enter a command, press or the Enter key. A text box will appear in your game window. Type in your command, then tap Send or hit Enter again to send it.
Here are the top things you need to know about communication:
- You can shout to send a message to everyone on the game. For example, you could type:shout hi everybody!
- You can send a message to a particular person by typing tell <person> <message>. For example, you could type:tell fred how’s it going?
- You can say something to the people around you by typing say <message>. For example:say hi Fred
- To talk to a person in town (an “NPC”, for Non-Player Character), stand next to the person. Then tap on them or type “talk.”
If you’re having a conversation with a person, don’t shout the entire conversation! Use tell instead.
You can wear/unwear armor, and wield/unwield weapons by selecting that action from the menu when you click on that item.
For tablets and systems with larger screens, your inventory will always show up as a scrollable list. For smaller devices such as phones, you will have to click the _ button to bring up your inventory.
Your armor and weapons gradually wear out as you fight and dig through walls. You need to repair them at a Blacksmith. There are Blacksmiths in nearly every town in Wyvern. Over time, repairing an item makes it more fragile, and it will wear out faster. Digging through walls really beats up your weapon, so you should get a shovel or pickaxe for digging.
When you find something you want to keep, click on it and select “keep” or type “keep <item_name>.”
These are some non-obvious things that it’s really helpful to know
- Always keep an eye on your HP (red bar at the top), Mana (blue bar at the top), Food (brown bar at the top) and your carrying weight (grey bar at the top). Losing all your HP causes death. Losing all your mana means you can’t cast spells. Losing all your food will result in confusion and becoming weaker. Carrying too much weight will slow you down.
- You can see your score, health, status and experience by typing score. You should do it often.
- You can leave the game at any time by typing quit. You won’t lose anything, and when you restart, the game will put you in the last Inn that you saved in.
- You can see everything you’re carrying, and how much weight you can carry, by typing inventory or inv.
- You can see everything you’re wearing by typing “show worn.”
- Using a potion of enlightenment to see all your resistances, weaknesses, move speed, and attack speed.
- Always pay attention to yellow text. It will display important warnings such as potions expiring and petrification warnings.
- You can turn combat text off with “hitmsgs off” or turn them back on with “hitmsgs on.” Use this carefully as you will not always know when something is attacking you until you take damage!
- Eat all the food you come across or save it in a bag. Going hungry will cause confusion and make you much weaker! The “satiety” spell or scrolls are also a great way to manage your hunger levels.
- When you are low on health, or when afflicted by a harmful spell like blind, confusion, or fear, use the smart heal button to automatically heal and cure yourself if you have something in your inventory or appropriate bag that will do so.
In order to get the equipment and training you want, you have to make money. To do this, you find stuff, bring it to a shop, and sell it.
The basic rules are:
- You’re allowed to take anything you can pick up. Not everything has value to a shop, of course.
- Currently, all shops will buy all items. To sell everything un-kept in your inventory, type “sell all.”
- You can find out how much something is worth by taking it into a shop and typing value <item>.
- You can identify an item such as a spellbook by dropping it on an identify table in a shop or by typing “identify spellbook.”
A great technique for making money at lower level is the WyvernPost package delivery system. Not only do you get paid for making deliveries, but it helps you to explore the lands of Wyvern. There are WyvernPost stations in the New Verden post office (upstairs in the adventurers guild), as well as other post offices about Wyvern.
The Merchant skill will also increase the rate at which you make money in Wyvern.
Your character starts off fairly weak. You start with 3 or 4 Skill Points (depending on your race) that you can spend on any skills you want. Some skills cost money, so you have to go find some money before you can train in them. You can also use your starter crowns to train your skill points up to level 6 which is a great way to save money and use your crowns the most efficiently.
There are lots and lots of skills in the game, but the most important ones are:
- Healing — this causes your hit points to come back faster. You should build up as many points in this skill as you can unless you have other ways to heal, such as spells or potions. There is a Healing trainer in the Hospital in New Verden.
- Lore — this skill allows you to learn spells. You should put one of your very first skill points into Lore, so you can learn the Minor Healing spell (very important). The trainer is in the Magic Shop.
- Weapons Skills — Specific weapons skills including Sword, Blade, Axe, Club, and Whip, or if you’re a naga, rakshasa, or going to be a monk, Unarmed combat. The weapon skills make you attack faster, hit more frequently, and do more damage.
- Meditation — this is like Healing, but it causes your spell points to recover faster. It’s a very important skill for spellcasting characters. The trainer is in the Magic Shop.
- Spirit Travelling — this lowers the amount of experience you lose when you die. It also provides a chance to not lose any xp when dying. The trainer is in the Cathedral.
- Strength — this increases the amount of damage you do with physical attacks, as well as the amount of weight you can carry. The trainer is in the Adventurer’s Guild.
Your first two skill points should probably be spent on your main weapon skill and then Healing or Lore, depending if you want to use the healing skill to heal or minor healing to heal. After that, choose as many of the critical skills as you can. If you kill enough monsters, you’ll get to 2nd level and earn more skill points to spend.
Some other important skills are:
- Dodge — this skill makes you harder to hit. The trainer is in the Adventurers Guild.
- Sneaking — some monsters will not see or attack you until you attack them. Also allows you to use lockpicks to open locked doors. It’s a very important skill that you should try to get from training or elven armor you find. Trainer is in the Adventurers Guild.
- Merchant — gets you better prices in shops (both buying and selling). It’s an expensive skill to learn, but it pays for itself very quickly. The trainer is in the New Verden bank. This is the best skill to use your strater crowns on.
To train with a Trainer, stand next to the trainer and just type train. You have to have enough money. Tap on the Trainer to see how much they charge and what skill they teach.
There are Trainers scattered all through the Lands of Wyvern. A particularly large concentration of Trainers can be found in the Capital city of Minath Elion.
To learn about all the skills available in Wyvern, check the Skills List.
The Tutorial Tower in the middle of New Verden shows you how to do a variety of things and provides important information about how to successfully play the game. This is where your character appears when you first leave your player home.
You might also want to take a look at the Player FAQ, which has some of the most frequently asked questions.
When you get time, you should read the rest of the essential guides on WyvernSource. They all have a lot of useful information in them. If you read them all, it will significantly enhance your ability to play the game well. The next guide in the series is Gameplay Basics.
Good luck, and happy adventuring!