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Summer Event

Summer has arrived in Midgard, and what better way to beat the heat than by heading down to the water for some good ol' fashioned fishin' fun? The waters all across the land are absolutely rippling with aquatic activity, so what are you waiting for? Grab your fishing rod, bring your friends and let's go!
Wait!
You don't have a fishing rod?!
We'll have to fix that real quick!
 
    How To Start
Head on over to Althea, by the pond, and talk to the Giant Spirit Aegir.
If you give him the money he needs, he'll fix you up a rod of your choice, including some bait.
Return to Aegir with your best catches to redeem his personal gear!

PRO TIP: Higher quality rods will make it easier for you to catch different variants of fish and goodies, so it's good to have some variety!
They give you different advantages, just like your Lure & Bait, which help beginners to find their way around certain obstacles.
It's possible to unlock even better rods if you get lucky. Talk to Aegir to get further details, tips & tricks on how to go around with your fishing equipment. One of the 2 highest tier rods is available in our token shop in exchange for gRO Tokens.
 
    Fishing Spots
Equip your fishing rod and fish your way around Rune-Midgard!
There are fishing spots all over the world, all labelled as Fishing Spot.
Once you see ripples in the water, click on it to start fishin'! Choose your rod, your bait, and cast away!

PRO TIP: Enable sound effects to find fishing spots. It also helps you additionaly for faster reaction speeds.
It is also recommended to switch your fishing areas after an extensive fishing session, as the fish population will decrease and needs to replenish.
Areas/towns/fields/dungeons which are nearby share a total population with each other! So make sure you travel far enough before continuing your fishing session.
 
 
    Lure & Bait
As mentioned above, you can obtain rods from Aegir, but he also sells some basic lure and living bait.
Based on your choice, the lure/bait may increase your chances of catching Rare Fish by increasing your initial reaction and fight time.
You can certainly fish with the basic lure and rods only, but it won't be easy to catch anything rare that way!
Certain caught fishes may be perfect as a new and bigger bait, which will further help you to catch something even bigger.


PRO TIP: Take a close look at everything that you're catching.
You never know what you're going to catch, but using better lure and bait will help you to succeed.
If you're struggling with harder catches, swap your rod and lure to compensate for your skill.
 
    Fishes / Sea Animals
There's a huge variety of fishes, trash and other shiny things which you may encounter. But be careful... monsters might be hungry for some more than just a little bait. Some fish types, monsters or other loot might be more rare, depending on your fishing area. For instance a fishing spot within a dungeon might have a higher chance for a boss monster to appear than if you're fishing in a town. Follow your natural instincts!

PRO TIP: Some fish can steal your basic rods and bait even though you have been successful. Upgrading to an advanced rod can help to prevent that.
Some sea animals have swallowed precious treasure for you take out of them.
The faster you have to react, and the faster the fishing action bar is moving, the bigger/better the fish/catch! If you can't hold onto the harder ones, make sure to swap to a better rod and bait combo.
 
    More Rewards
There's a big variety of rewards which you can get your slippery hands on.
As mentioned already, Aegir exchanges big fish for his personal gear.

His wife, Ran the Water Spirit is seeking for her lost daughters.
She's claiming that they might appear as weird looking fishes to you.
Return them to Ran, and she will greatly reward you with Blue Sea Eggs from the cash shop.

PRO TIP: Ran rewards you with an additional Exotic Exclusive if you can help her to return all of her 9 lost daughters!
The sea & ponds are full with all kinds of treasures to find, so keep on fishin'!
 
    Fishing Screenshots
Share your fishing experience with the community!
Don't forget to tell us your ingame character name and show us your favourite fishing spot & catch.
The 3 most innovative fishing themed screenshots will be rewarded with some extra Blue Sea Eggs!

Get creative, and tell us your story with an image ~
~ [ Submit your entry as a comment down below ]
 
"Grant me the serenity to accept the size of the fish i catch, the courage not to lie about it, and the wisdom to know that none of my fishing buddies would believe me anway."
 
 

News

Cash Shop

Summer Exclusives
The Blue Sea Egg is back, which you can not only purchase from the cash shop, but also unlock by fishing!
This beauty withholds a great set of summer costumes from the past years, and includes brand new summer 2020 exclusives!
We're just a few days away from our annual fishing event, so stay tuned. 
Blue Sea Egg has been updated and may now also contain one of the following costumes:
          

          

We've added even more time limited exclusives to our cash shop.
Grab them while they're still available!
 
  Shop Section Changes
This small restructure of our cash shop is based on your feedback that we've gathered during our last survey.
We removed entire cash shop sections, added new ones, and moved several items back and forth.
 
  Equipment Section
Since the items offered were only mediocre, and adding stronger gear would only generate a pay 2 win situation, we felt removing it is the right way to go. We weren't sure whetever we're supposed to remove or update this section.
Your feedback helped us to go into the right direction and remove it eventualy.
 
  New Pet Section 
We're now featuring a pet section, which mainly features costumes, that ressemble a pet that's following you on your adventures!
Some of them have already been available as limited time offers in the past, while others are brand new. This time around, they're here to stay!
Starting off with a basic set of pets, we've planned to add new ones as time moves on.

The Deluxe Pet Box which includes real pets that require feeding has also been moved into this new section.
     

     


 
  Costume Sets Section
All random costumes have been removed, including all glasses. These are planned to find their way back into other costume shops, which means they will become available for ingame currency eventualy.
Now, this section features class related costume sets and the invisible costume set only.
However we've also plans to further populate it with new class/costume sets in the future.


  Special Offer Section
This section was never in use, as it was bound to an official limited quantity system that never caught our interest.
Since we're already running a limited time section and continue to do so, this special offer section is no longer available.

 
  Price Reduction
Gym Pass (1piece) has been permanently reduced to 250 cash points. Gym Pass (10 pieces) has been permanently reduced to 2000 cash points. These are permanent character strength upgrades, which can also be unlocked ingame.
 
 

News

New Patcher

New Branding
The re-design of our patcher gave us a great opportunity to re-brand ourselfs.
Our new logo represents Skoll & Hati, the relentless pursuers of Mani & Sol (divinities of the moon and sun).
Also our font is inspired by the old norse signs, which brings us closer to the true experience that Ragnarok Online is all about.
For now, the new logo is only represented on our patcher. But we'll make sure to update other aspects of our representations as we step into the future.

 
    Patcher Design
A big welcome to all Cyanophobia people out there!
The cyan/blue times are over, as we step into a more grounded and darker era of norse mythology.
While the patcher has been slightly increased in size, we're also featuring a beautiful new art piece from caesty, a very talented artist!
It took multiple iterations and lots of polish to reach this release state.
We hope you enjoy the balance between functionality and design.

 
    Functionality
We put a lot of thought into the usability of the patcher, and believe that we improved in most aspects.
News
Even though the old patcher offered news with full text and images, it was all smushed into a small box that made it uncomfortable to read and navigate through. With this new approach, we deliver announcements with clear titles and a short summary instead.
The Announcements button at the bottom will then navigate you to the full news experience that we've just recently released.
You may also notice that all website links throughout the patcher will now always open in your default browser instead of Internet Explorer.
Buttons
Yes, there are many new buttons all over the place!
Each one has its own purpose, and now navigates you to the most important places on our website and social media.
The button at the borrom right corner offer you the replay client, support and game settings.

Also don't miss out on the review button, because we rely on it more than ever!
Update your review every few months, and we can reach new stars! (How about right now?) 

Official Updates
Did you notice? The ugly box button that says "Official Patches" went missing!
From now on, we package official patches up for you, and deliver them through our normal patch process.
This reduces official patches in frequency, and since we deliver them on demand, you only download content that's actualy required.
So sit back, relax, and focus on playing.
 
    New Architecture
That's right, this isn't just a simple re-skin of our existing system, there's an entire new architecture running behind the curtain.
The new patcher system is based on the official Ragnarok Online patcher, which means it's a proper, field tested solution that just works!
It gives us the reliability and stability a patcher must have, to deliver you a frictionless patching experience.
False Anti-Virus positives are a thing of the past, which also allows us to change the patcher in design or functionality at any given time.
Official Updates
As mentioned before on this convenience change, this also improves a lot from a technical standpoint.

The fact that we're now also delivering official patches directly, means that at any given time a player has the same client patch state just like us.
This helps us immensely on fixing technical issues like missing sprites, etc.
At the same time, official patches can no longer interfere with our own. Several players experienced missing translations, simply because official patches were overwriting our customizations. Scribblish Achievement text was a great example that resulted out of that.
This can no longer happen!
 
    Patch Speed
Our old system delivered all data directly from the game server.
While our game server has very broad bandwith to offer a reliable and fast connection, it also uses lots of other ressources during patch-peaks which could possibly affect our game server's performance. To reduce impact on gameplay to a minimum, we were forced to limit download speeds and take other precautions. This resulted in overall mediocre download speeds.
From now on, all patches are being delivered through our webhost instead.
This means that patches will run through Cloudflare's Global Anycast Network, that serves content from the closest server near you.
In theory, this should reduce answer latency and hopefuly also increase download speeds for most likely everyone.
We're not entirely sure if the Cloudflare caching algorithm takes all patch files in to account, so we rely on your feedback.
Share your experience with us, as we're keen to hear if there's any improvement in speed and stability, when compared to our old patch process!
It's really great to know that our game server can now fully focus on your skill spam ~ keyboard smashes instead.
 
    Help!
Is something not working as expected?
Did something went wrong during the patcher update process?
Create a Support Ticket, let us know what happened and we'll make sure to get your problem solved.
 

News
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Bug Fixes

Items
Fixed Rudra Bow HP/SP Recovery bonus to properly cap at max lvl 10 and increase only every second refinement level. Fixed Turisus Runestone description. Several Achievement rewards can now be sold to the NPC. In case you want to get rid of them. Updated some achievement reward translations to get rid of scribbled item descriptions.  
   Boss Treasures
This is another approach, trying to fix rare cases where players do not recieve their reward for both world bosses and other boss treasure chest drops.

Please let us know if you're still experiencing issues.  
   Thanatos Tower
Summoner can now properly interact with the 7th floor NPC.

No Summoner left behind!  
   VIP Storage
Fixed a bug that allowed to put more items into the VIP storage than intended.
If you've managed to do so, make sure to take out items for invisible ones to pop up again.

Note: None of your items went lost!  
   Account Plus
Account Plus expire date is now displayed in the chat log upon login.
 
   Colorizer Quest
Fixed item naming in all NPC dialogues since the items have recieved a color name update in the past.
White became Gray, and Gray became Brown. This is only a textual correction and doesn't change its looks.  
 

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Forum Overhaul

Streamlined News
With our latest addition, you can now follow our latest News and Events more easily at one single place.
This update also includes better visual fidelity with toned background art and thumbnails.
While this is a great feature in itself, it has also been designed to improve our news delivery on the upcoming new patcher.
We now also have more artistic freedom when releasing our news, without the limitations of making it compatible with our legacy patcher window!
Old News and Events have been moved into our new archive.
 
    Support Ticket
Looking for help can be confusing, since we have such a vast amount of channels.
That's why we now have a dedicated support page which hopefuly helps to start on the right foot.
To improve the experience for our player base, and improve our efficiency, we now feature a ticketing system.
It shall help us to recieve required information from the very beginning, rather than asking for character names or other crucial information, which only delays the process.
The new ticketing system also replaces our Player Report forum!
 
    Bug Tracker
We're pleased to announce that we're back with a full-fledged Bug Tracker System.
This helps us to better track on current bugs, and give players better feedback on our progress.
The prepared report form also helps us to recieve important information from the get go.
Old Bug Reports have been moved into our new archive.
 
    Forum
Even though our forum activity has decreased due to our Discord server, it's still a very important part of our website.
Several changes have been made to improve the information flow, visual clearance, performance and mobile support.
There are tons of smaller improvements as well such as; new sharing functions, category icons, text editor improvements, removal of the legacy rating system and much more.
More Great News: We have removed all advertisements from our website, so you can enjoy every content without the need of using an Ad Blocker.
We hope you enjoy these small and big improvements to our forums!
 
    Website
Yes, also our main website received several smaller improvements all over the place.
These minor changes took place during the course of updating all forum links and testing everything through.
Please Note:
The News and Event feed is still linking to our old news system, we're aware of that and will update it as soon as we've found a good solution to do so.
 
While we're at it:
Don't miss your chance to win great prizes!
Our Forum Guide Event awaits your knowledge to be shared!

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Vote Shop - End of Life

That's right, we're shutting down our vote shop system by the end of this month!
Everyone who's got some points left, should go on a shopping tour before your vote points will vanish by the 30th of June.
You can still access it for now by visiting: https://gatheringro.ch/vote

The Reasons
We Hate Daily Voting!
Let's be honest: No one likes to vote, it's a chore. Some people feel forced to do so, because you miss out on rewards.
And having certain quest items bound to a vote shop system, only makes it worse.

Bad Results
Our website statistics clearly show: top sites don't bring any new players...
When we ask you to help us by writing a short review, it's because:
All top sites combined, bring less monthly visitors than a single player review, which result in over 50% of total new monthly visitors!
Pro Tip: Instead of wasting minutes with voting every day, write a single 5 minute review instead, which supports us for months to come.
It really helps!

Shady Business Strategies
Smaller servers don't ever get a chance because they're being overshadowed by the big guys.
The main way to get ranked higher: Purchase fake votes.
You either pay a monthly subscription, purchase votes directly or compete in actual auctions to keep your site as high as possible.
This is not just extremely expensive as you pay per page, but also creates absolutely unrealistic results for top site visitors.
To put it simple: Top Sites ratings do not reflect a good server, they reflect forced votes, and who's spending the most money.

Toxic Backlinks
Search engines like google and co. run very complex algorithms to determine the best possible search results.
These algorithms also rate websites worse, based on toxic backlinks, which are links that are being posted via paid services or things like these top sites. Getting our website removed from these pages will ultimately improve organic search engine results (real visitors finding us through search engines).

Lacking Updates
Oh boy, isn't it boring? The vote shop basicaly faced its end of life when we stopped with seasonal content rotations, what a shame...
While it helped us to focus on ingame content, the shop did no longer fullfill basic expectations of our player base.

The Day After
Don't you worry about our fellow member of the GatheringRO Corp!
The Vote Prize Redeemer will continue to serve you with rewards, just in a different way:
After the 30th of June, our gRO Token merchants will recieve an update to include vote shop items that are being moved over, so you have a new way to redeem your precious consumables and tools!

So make sure you use all your vote points, before they're gone! Vote Points can no longer be accessed after the 30th of June.
https://gatheringro.ch/vote

All these reasons combined lead to a very simple conclusion.
Let's say goodbye to top sites, so we can spend more time playing the game.

Let us celebrate its upcoming demise! ~<3


What's New?
Our website and forum has been getting some love lately, which both now return clean URLs. Here's an example:
Old Address: https://www.gatheringro.ch/index.php?module=account&action=view
New Address: https://gatheringro.ch/account/view/

It's not just user friendly, it also helps for better search engine ratings, which is a great plus.
There were are also plenty of content updates on several web, wiki and forum guide pages. Information is power!

What's Next?
1.) As usual, bug fixes and smaller changes are on the horizon, which are based on your reports. Thank you <3
2.) You told us in our last survey that it sucks, and we listened. A brand new patcher is coming! It is a reliable, field tested system, that improves your experience with brand new visuals and the removal of manually patching official updates!
3.) We're currently also working on a big update, which still requires lots of work and testing to get it done right. This one will bring a vast amount of changes, big and small!

Stay tuned, safe, and connected:
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Guide Event

Dear GatheringRO players,
let's support each other with some new and updated guides by introducing the unique forum event Write-A-Guide!
This event has officialy started and will last until the 30th of June. Every new guide that is written within that period of time or every guide that receives a major overhaul by its author will automatically be registered for this event.

The main criterion for this event is QUALITY & DETAILED INFORMATION.

Writing multiple guides that lack in quality will not improve your chances to be among the winners. The more effort you put into this, the higher the chances we will not let your efforts go to waste. If you want your old guide to be considered, you will have to do some major edits (e.g. if it currently lacks pictures, add those, go further into detail etc.).
However that doesn't mean that cluttering your guide with tons of random images will improve its quality.
Sometimes less is more, so make sure you create a clean guide everyone is able to pick up with ease.
We prefer original guides for our Custom GatheringRO Features or Class Guides as this will help newbies and oldies find their way around GatheringRO.

You can also write your own version of guides that already exist but which heavily lack in up-to-dateness (again, make sure the effort you put into it is visible). Keep in mind that in order to qualify guides have to be written in reasonable English and they have to contain high quality images.

Lastly, we want to show you that we appreciate your recent guides. That's why we decided to also consider recent guides that are not older than 2 months for this event. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. There can be multiple winners. Prizes are intentionally set very high as each entry requires a lot of effort and contributes greatly to the community. We will choose 1 guide from among the winners which will receive Cash Points as an additional prize, and a 2nd and 3rd prize for an additional Account Plus egg.

Prizes for every winner:
1x GatheringRO Surprise Box
2x Surprise Box (15-20 Tokens)
1x Chest of Loyalty
1x Exclusive Costume Golden Question Mark (Equip Location: Upper Head)

Additional Prize for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best guide:
1xAccount Plus for 1 Month

Additional Prize for the best guide:
1x 2000 Cash Points

Summary:
Date: 2020.05.21 - 2020.06.30 How to participate: Write a new guide or (significantly) update an old guide of yours Criteria: Quality, up-to-dateness, English (punctuation, grammar etc.), Images Prizes: All winners get the prizes listed above, the best guides win additional prizes
  Uploading Images:
We prefer images being uploaded to our forums rather than using external image hosting services.
This ensures that they don't get lost over the years!
It's a simple drag&drop upload system, super fast to use and can be used for free.
It also helps us to keep your effort for the longest period of time possible.

Thank you

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OGH Overhaul

Old Glast Heim - Normal & Hard Mode
This overhaul brings major changes to the reward experience for both normal and hard mode and changes the way you upgrade your temporal boots.
The release of hard mode brought a very unbalanced experience when it came to the rewards and upgrades, and this update shall rectify those problems.

  New Reward Mechanics
There are now 2 main reward sections in the dungeon that rewards every party member individualy.
This change highly increases the reward base-line for bigger parties and does no longer force you into solo power-farming.

a.) Corruption Root now rewards 20-40 Coagulated Spell or 20-30 Contaminated Magic per player.
b.) Amdarais now rewards 50-80 Coagulated Spell or 50-80 Contaminated Magic (slightly lower chances) per player.

Please note that on top of the guaranteed 50 drops, there are multiple bonus drop chance packages ranging from 75-10% to be more rewarding rather than being a flat, fully random 50-80.

That means each player has a guaranteed base-reward of at least 70 Coagulated Spell or Contaminated Magic respectively, by finishing the dungeon.
It is expected to easily reach >100 Coagulated Spell or Contaminated Magic per player with the current drop / reward chances, regardless of party size.
 
  Monster & Drop Rate Changes
* Monster drop rates have been highly reduced to a base of only 5-10% drop chance. Rather than being the main-reward in the instance, these now act as a bonus on top of the main reward sections mentioned above. Of course, these drop chances can be further enhanced by using consumable drop boosters.
* The excessive Temporal Crystal rewards have been reduced to 2 guaranteed drops per run, while having the chance to get an additional one from Amdarais. Hard Mode now has tripple the chance to drop an additional one, compared to Normal Mode.
Please note that since the release of the hard mode, the total amount of Temporal Crystals that can be farmed per day have already been more than doubled while the upgrade prices remain.
* Maggots do no longer drop Spells or Magic, which brings them more to their original purpose; avoid getting near bodies. This should also slightly speed up your time spent within the dungeon while keep being reward-efficient.
* Bodies which spawn Maggots do no longer respawn once they've been triggered.
* Additionaly to the random chance of the commander appearing, there's now also a hard-cap of 80 monsters that can be killed which will then ultimately spawn the commander in any case. This fixes the issue of getting stuck at this second stage, while also limiting the reward drops which before could have been exploited.
* Monsters will no longer respawn upon the commander has been spawned.
* The secret room rewards now drop one additional Coagulated Spell each.
 
  New Temporal Boots Enchant Process
* Upgrades from lvl 1-4 are now exclusively paid with Coagulated Spells.
   This brings back their old value in the overall enchanting process. The costs remain the same.

* The second enchant is now exclusively paid with 400 Contaminated Magic.
   While this price has been increased, Contaminated Magic are no longer required for the rest of the echanting process.
   Their main purpose is now for either slotting your boots, getting the second enchant or buying cards.

* You can now choose the currency to slot your boots.
a.) LOW chance - 50 Choagulated Spells (lower chance compared to pre-update)
b.) MEDIUM chance - 50 Contaminated Magic (same chance compared to pre-update)
c.) HIGH chance - 5 Temporal Crystals (increased chance compared to pre-update)

Checkout our updated Temporal Boots Enchants Wiki entry for full details.
It now also features a Flowchart to see the entire Upgrade/Enchant process.

 
 
  Misc. Updates
* Reduced the high flee rate of Morocc Necromancer and Naght Seiger.
* Fixed an issue with World Boss Chests that in rare cases resulted in players not recieving a reward due to a redundant damage check.
 
  Cash Shop
* Our Limited Time section now features Deluxe and VIP Consumables with a -20% price reduction for a limited time!

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