Dragon Nest M has come to the West, and it’s brought its authentic MMO goodness with it! Whether you’re a veteran of the game from its PC years or you simply stumbled onto it while browsing new mobile games, no doubt the unique style and strong community have drawn you in.
Feeling lost and confused? Need a few pointers before you dive headlong into this addictive mobile action game? You’ve come to the right place!
In this beginner’s guide, we’ll go over some combat basics, a few general tips, and all the level unlocks you need to know about up until level 15.
Ready, set, attack!
General Tips for Dragon Nest M
Before you begin, here are a few things you should know about the game:
Players can have one character from each class, but items can’t be transferred between characters. Each class has its own unique playing style, and the prologue gives you the chance to try them out with all their top skills, so check them out and pick the one you enjoy the most.
You can’t change the general appearance of characters, but you will have the option to customize them with outfits, sprites, mounts, and lots more, so the more you play, the more uniquely you the character becomes.
At first, your character’s name will be randomized, but don’t worry — you’ll get the chance to change this name at Level 5.
For passive playing, Dragon Nest M has a few automatic features, but these are only partially autonomous.
You can run towards quests and quest destinations by tapping on them — to stop, simply walk in the other direction.
Characters attack continuously if you hold down the attack button, and most longer attacks can be canceled by dodging and redirected by moving the character (so if you find your attack about to miss because the enemy moved, just change direction and land that hit!).
UI and camera settings
You can also change how the camera behaves by switching between 2.5D (fixed) and 3D (trailing), and you can even alter the sensitivity through your character menu (tap on your icon).
Don’t want the UI cluttering up your screen? You can hide most of it! Just click on the arrows in the upper right and left corners to make the quest menu and the various event and activity icons disappear.
Find the hidden goodies!
The daily rewards here are plentiful and not always as in-your-face as other games, but they’re worth finding, so take the time to find them. Every time you unlock a new feature, explore it thoroughly!
Equipment and skill distribution
Don’t worry about how you distribute your skill points: You have infinite free skill point resets until level 30 (yes, you can use it multiple times, not just once!).
Equipment is fairly straightforward, but it can be easy to forget about it, so we felt it worth mentioning: Don’t forget to actually equip your equipment!
One of the best parts of Dragon Nest M is the community feel of it. In the spirit of the PC MMO that it stems from, the mobile game is strong on community interactions and has a vibrant and talkative user base (there’s even an option for voice chat!).
Here are just a few things to keep in mind about it:
- If you have any questions, ask! Someone will be happy to help. The community, at least on the server we tested, is extremely noob-friendly.
- In the chat, clicking on a user’s icon allows you to look at their guild, challenge them to a sparring match, invite them to a party, and more.
- As soon as you can, join a guild! Be on the lookout for recruitment notices, or just check out the guild list (once you unlock it) for a guild that seems to suit your playstyle. Guilds give you special perks (you can increase your attributes, which carries over even if you leave) and give you access to more daily rewards and the slightly disturbing minigame of Clown Poker (just… why?).
- Certain special events encourage player interaction. For instance, currently, the Charisma event has players giving each other roses for helping out, being nice, or just because.
- You have a limited amount of free times you can use the World Chat per day (presumably to prevent spamming), so use them wisely! Some players will respond to a question via DM, though, so you can still get plenty of help.
- You can even customize your chatbox with special items if you feel like being fancy!
In short, be friendly!
The Beginner’s Guide to Level Unlocks in Dragon Nest M
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, you’re ready to play.
But wait, where are all the options? Shops? Crafting? The aforementioned guilds?
Don’t panic, you’re not confused.
Dragon Nest M has a unique way of introducing players to the game. Instead of bombarding you with all the different options, shops, and special menus, you begin with the very bare bones of the game. As you level up, you unlock new features.
This process goes on until the high levels — for instance, cooking isn’t unlocked until level 32!
Below, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to leveling and what it unlocks up until level 15. Here are all the important unlocks you’ll need to know:
In the very beginning, all you can access is the options menu (by tapping on your icon) and the character menu (by tapping on the icon on the bottom right).
Unlocks the skills menu.
Unlocks your first piece of equipment, the first daily reward (in the upper right-hand corner), and the ability to change your character’s name (tap on the character’s icon).
Unlocks your first sprite, which fights alongside you and offers special buffs.
Unlocks the closet, which allows you to equip outfits (appearance-changing equipment).
Things pick up from here. This level unlocks:
- The “Mall,” which gives you access to certain shops and markets.
- “Benefits,” where you can get daily free rewards.
- “Rewards,” where you can collect achievement rewards.
- The “Sprite Shop,” where you can collect daily free food, summon new sprites, buy goodies for them, and more (access it by clicking on the sprite icon on the bottom right).
Keep in mind that the rewards and events change, and some of the items that you can get now may only be here for a limited time.
Unlocks your first team buff and the Team Abyss, which is a team dungeon where you can get crafting items and a lot of EXP, as well as the following features:
- Daily events, which you can complete for special rewards.
- “Strengthen,” which acts as a sort of checklist for strengthening your character (go here if you’re having trouble in battle).
- The Daily Carnival, a limited-time event which allows you to complete a certain number of quests in order to unlock a fabulous sparkling llama mount. (It’s so fabulous.)
- The auction, where you can buy from and sell to other players.
Unlocks crafting. You can now also enhance or dismantle your equipment.
Unlocks the option to join a guild and spectate (but not participate in) PvP matches — the ability to participate in matches is unlocked at level 16.
You also get access to the current temporary events (at the time of writing, this is the Charisma Expert quest we mentioned earlier, a Guild Contest, and a Nest Challenge). This is also the place where you would go to input gift codes received from other players or social media.
Unlocks class specialization, which allows you to choose a path for your character.
Note: Your initial choice is irrelevant!
During the Trial, you’ll have the chance to try both paths and see how each path plays. Following this fight, you can choose whichever path you prefer.
Now that you know what to expect, get going and play the game! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Dragon Nest M news, guides, and updates.