Many MMOGs use very similar mechanics, and in some respects TERA is no exception. Then again, there are plenty of new things to learn in this Korean import. If youÂre just setting off on your adventure in Arborea, our basic tips for new TERA players will get you off to a strong head start.
The UI and You
#1 - Fixing the tiny font size
If youÂve stepped into TERA and everythingÂs looking great, go ahead and skip this step--youÂre golden. But if youÂre like some, you might find that text is too tiny to read, even with your dorky reading glasses on.
TERAÂs UI is scalable and somewhat customizable, but figuring out what makes it tick can involve some trial and error. Hopefully, we can save you the hassle.
- Hit O to bring up the options menu and then go into ÂUI SettingsÂ (so far, this is intuitive)
- Move the slider under ÂScale All UIÂ until things look big enough to read
- Unfortunately, youÂll probably find that making the UI scale larger has made the chat box enormous. Before you mess with your UI options any further, save your current settings and back out of the options menu
- Click on the little gear icon in the upper left corner of the chat box. Select ÂCurrent Tabs,Â and then ÂSet Font Size.Â Adjust the font size so it isnÂt enormous.
- You may notice that your chat box still bleeds into your other UI elements such as your hot bar. ThereÂs an appÂ er, a fix for that. Hit O to go back into the options menu, then back into ÂUI Settings.Â
- Under ÂScale Combat ElementsÂ you can adjust the size of your hot bar and other screen elements so that everything fits and is readable. More or less.
Word on the street is that this particular problem is on the developerÂs list of issues to address. Until itÂs fixed, however, youÂre welcome.
#2 - I see gold spammers
ItÂs inevitable, isnÂt it? YouÂre going to encounter players spamming general chat trying to get you to buy gold from some hinky site. In fact, you might even see them from the moment you reach the Isle of Dawn. Do yourself and everyone else a favor--report them.
Simply left click on the spammerÂs user name in the chat panel, click ÂReport,Â and then use the drop-down menu to select the nature of your report. Once youÂre done there, you can go ahead and click the userÂs name again and select ÂBlock.Â Until a GM is able to ban the spamming evildoer, their annoying text will not darken your chat again.
#3 - Find your pre-order/CollectorÂs Edition stuff
So, you pre-ordered TERA but you donÂt know where to find your promised goodies. No problem! Hit ALT to bring up the Activities Menu. Select the Account tab, then look for ÂItem Claim.Â Voila!
#4 - Take a screenshot
TERA is a gorgeous game, so youÂll no doubt want to capture some screenshots. You can turn off the UI by hitting CTRL + Z. Take a screenshot by pressing PrtScn on your keyboard. After youÂve taken a screenshot, TERA will post the fileÂs location in your chat interface. Take note of it, because those screens can be a little challenging to find later on.
Gathering and Items
#5 - Gathering can get you buffs
Gathering has a benefit besides yielding you crafting resources--you also have a chance to get a random temporary buff when harvesting a node, and those buffs can stack up to three times granting you things like boost to your healing or attack speed. You also get XP for gathering.
Although thereÂs a quick gathering tutorial early in the game, you donÂt have to train for gathering, so you can start from the moment you first spot a node. To make things even easier, nodes are marked on your mini map as a cluster of three dots. A yellow dot at the top of the triangle means its a mining node, green is for plants, and blue is for essences. [Thanks to a Ten Ton Hammer reader for the color coding tip!]
#6 - You gotta break some eggsÂ
After youÂve completed some quests, you might see eggs (Lucky Eggs, Destiny Eggs) appear in your inventory bag. Right clicking the eggs will crack them open and net you a random consumable item. Or, if your inventory space allows for it, you can buy Ovomeld from a general merchant and collect eggs to combine them into Fortune Eggs, which yield even better consumable items.
UPDATE: Eggs were recently removed from TERA, so they're no longer available, although a few players may have eggs in their inventory leftover from beta/headstart. So since this tip is no longer valid, we've added a bonus tip at the end of the guide.
#7 - Get in the first hit
The first hit tags an enemy, meaning if you're part of a queue waiting for a quest mob you'll need to whack the mob first to get credit. This gets difficult when you're a melee class with a long windup, such as the Berserker or Lancer. And if that becomes a problem for you, proceed to the next tipÂ
#8 - Too many players on the dance floorÂ
Occasionally, youÂll run into an area that happens to be overrun with players who are all looking for the same quest mobs you are. Fortunately, TERA allows you to switch channels if an outdoor zone is overcrowded. YouÂll find a drop-down for channels in the upper right of your screen. Select a channel with a low population and youÂll be back to smacking down monsters in no timeÂ with a lot less competition.
#9 - Be careful what you shoot at
Remember Captain RamiusÂs line to Jack Ryan as theyÂre deep in the belly of a nuclear submarine reactor chasing after an armed saboteur in The Hunt for Red October?: ÂBe careful what you shoot at; most things in here donÂt react too well to bullets.Â
Similarly, if youÂre not careful with your aim (especially if you play a ranged class), youÂre likely to find that most gentle mobs become angry if you ping them with a stray spell or arrow. If youÂre unaccustomed to combat that requires you to aim with a target reticle, flailing around while holding down your left mouse button may cause you to bite off more aggro than you want to chew. At lower levels, this amounts to nothing more than some temporary irritation. As mobs get more difficult, though, youÂre going to want to be careful to tick off only the monsters youÂre actually trying to hit.
#10 - Set up chain skills
Gaining levels means gaining skills. (Duh.) You can access your skills menu by pressing K, and then click and drag skills to your hot bar. (They wonÂt automagically appear there as they do in other MMOs you may have played.)
You can (and should) also create chain skills, where using one skill automatically triggers another follow-up skill. To set up chain skills, hit K to open the skills menu, then select ÂChain Skills.Â Click and drag your trigger skill to the box marked ÂSkill,Â and your follow up to the one marked ÂChain skill.Â
To use chain skills, activate your trigger skill. YouÂll see a notification appear telling you that you can use your chain skill. Trigger your hotkey (the default is the space bar, but you can change it in the skills menu), and the chain skill will activate.
Bonus Tip: Stamina matters!
As you engage in combat your stamina will degrade, which also degrades your maximum health and mana pool. Keeping your stamina up is important, and for that TERA has campfires. You'll find them scattered around the game--you can stand beside them to regenerate your stamina. You can also get campfires as dropped items or purchase them from general merchants. It's a good idea to have some on hand for when you're far away from civilization.
While you're standing by a campfire, you can burn different types of charms (open your inventory and right click them) for random combat buffs. Charms of the same type don't stack, so be careful not to overwrite something particularly useful.
While you're still thinking about TERA, you'll want to also check out our Top 5 Newbie Tips. Do you have a great TERA tip of your own? Jump in and share it in the comments below.