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Six Tips for Starting F2P TERA

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So why have I been playing TERA lately? It’s free, and kinda weird, and my elf is pretty. I guess I’m fairly easy to please, at least for a little while. As the latest AAA title to go free-to-play, TERA has seen a resurgence in the past couple of weeks. Want to check it out yourself? The following tips might help.


TERA’s payment model is surprisingly playable. All content is free without restrictions, and the game never nags you about buying things. The new cash shop has the usual features for sale like extra bag slots and appearance changes, along with fancy costumes and weapon skins. “Founders”, or folks who paid money for the game previously, get to queue skip on busy servers.

Lost and confused? The quest log holds many answers. If you’re looking for a certain mob for a quest or an NPC, open your quest log (“L”) and click on any of the blue links in the description. You should see symbols pop up on your map telling you where to go.

You can also check the log to see where you are in a quest chain: future quests will be marked with “Not Yet Unlocked”, and clicking on them will show their pre-requisite quest.

TERA Quest Log

TERA Quest Log

Turn off Area chat. (Global chat is generally more reasonable.) Man, okay, so I know you have seen some version of this tip for just about every multiplayer online game ever, but I have never quite so sincerely meant it. If you want to know what you’d be missing, I have a summary below.

lOrd.420: I’m 14 and I learned how to swear damn hell shit bollocks
NiceGuy: um, it’s ephebophile, please

I am not even kidding. Save yourself, leave area chat. This brings us to…

Problematic shit! TERA’s got it. To be fair as Talarian pointed out in comments here the other day there are also hyper-sexualized male characters who are not traditional power fantasies.. although they have those, too. Basically while there is a wardrobe system that allows you to eventually attain some degree of pants, if you play TERA you have to be prepared for all the ladies to fight in heels and ride side-saddle. If that’s not your bag, I certainly understand.

TERA strange mob

creepy mobs!

Level 11 is a good level. At level 11 you can take a pegasus to the first major city. If you follow the breadcrumb quests from Newbie Island you’ll then get a free fast horse mount, and you can start learning professions from trainers. (Although you can begin harvesting almost immediately at level 1, and you get XP for it too.)

The mailbox is a dude. For some reason both sending and receiving mail is done through Banker characters, who have a little key symbol on your map. Talk to him and select the “Parcel Post” option.

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    February 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What server are you on? I recently started playing TERA again on the RP server, Celestial Hills.

    I would actually advise against turning off area chat. Yeah, it’s horrible in the first newbie zone. Celestial Hills seems to be at war with Brazilians. But all later zones have group quests, and area chat is your best hope of getting a group for those.
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      February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I’m playing on Tempest Reach. If you happen to show up there, my character’s name is Cadmium.

      Glad to hear that area chat gets better in later zones — it’s kind of a cesspool in the first two areas! I’ll have to remember to turn it off later.

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        February 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Sounds like the classic Barrens Chat problem. Lower level zones have all the crazy and the freaks, and mid-level zones seem to be more reasonable.

        Also, Liore’s kingdom for a pair of pants, apparently :) Your elf seems to be reasonably covered up. Was that pieces you had to look for explicitly, or did you just luck out?

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          February 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          For want of some pants the kingdom was lost!

          And I lucked out, actually. It turns out that high elf priests are pretty covered at least so far. I hear that at max level it’s relatively easy to find pants for all races except the Castanic.

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