Aion Beginner's Guide                                                                               Go back to Game Guides


Welcome to the EpicToon Aion Beginner Guide! This game guide will help Aion newbies learn how to get started on Aion; from getting the game to playing, questing and earning Aion Kinah!

I. What is Aion?

Aion (or Aion Online, Aion: The Tower of Eternity) is a fantasy MMORPG published by NCSoft, the same guys who brought us Lineage II and City of Heroes. The game was released in South Korea on November 28, 2008, in the US and Europe on September 25, 2009.

Game Setting and Plot
The game's setting is the fantasy world of Atreia, a world split in two when the Tower of Eternity was destroyed. The god Aion once ruled over the world of Atreia and created powerful beings called Draken to protect the humans living there. The Draken eventually rebelled and began attacking humans, prompting Aion to create the 12 winged beings called the Empyrean Lords to protect the humans. The Empyrean Lords set up a barrier that prevented the Draken, now calling themselves the "Balaur", from ravaging the humans. Some humans eventually learned to harness the same energy that the Empyrean Lords used, and thus became known as Daevas. Ten Empyrean Lords formed armies of Daevas to do battle against the Balaur, while two Empyrean Lords remained to defend the Tower of Eternity, which was the embodiment of the god Aion on Atreia. The two Tower guardians proposed that they make peace with the Balaur. Five Empyrean Lords opposed this, while the other five agreed. They then attempted to make peace with the Balaur and invited them into the Tower of Eternity, but the Balaur were somehow provoked into attacking the Tower. Failing to raise the Tower's defenses in time, the Tower guardians sacrificed themselves to save part of Atreia as the Tower and the world itself was split in half. The five Empyrean Lords who opposed peace styled themselves as the "Shedim Lords", and reigned over the dark upper half of the world. The five Empyrean Lords who supported peace began calling themselves the "Seraphim Lords", and ruled over the bottom half of the world which was bathed in light. The two factions detested one another and blamed each other for the destruction of Atreia and the Tower. The humans who joined either the Shedim or Seraphim Lords evolved into the Asmodians and Elyos, two races that are now at war with one another.

II. System Requirements

  Minimum Recommended
CPU Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
AMD 2800
Pentium 4 3GHz
AMD Athlon64 3000
RAM 512 Mb 1 Gb
Graphic Card GeForce 5700
Radeon 9600
GeForce 6600
Radeon X1550
Disk Space 20GB 20GB
System Windows 2000 (SP4)
Windows XP (SP2)
Windows Vista
Windows 2000 (SP4)
Windows XP (SP2)
Windows Vista
DirectX 9.0c 9.0c

III. Getting Started

Logging In
The first things you will see on the login screen are the Account and Password fields. If you haven't created your NCSoft account yet, you may do so by clicking on the New Account button located below the Account and Password fields.

You may also adjust the game's Graphic and Sound settings by clicking on the Options button. When done customizing your settings, you can leave the Options panel by pressing the ESC button.

You can also view the game's credits by clicking on the Credits button, or exit the game using the Quit button.

Server Selection
Once you login, the Server Selection screen will pop-up. The screen displays Server Names, the number of characters you have on that server, and the server's Status.

You may have up to 16 characters in your account, with a limit of 8 characters on a single server. Characters are only playable on the server they were created in, and may not be transferred to another server.

To select a server to play on, click on the server's name, and click on "Select Server".

Race Selection
After choosing a server to play on, you will be taken to the Select Race screen. There are two playable races available in Aion: the followers of the Seraphim Lords called the Elyos, and the servants of the Shedim Lords called the Asmodians. The Elyos and Asmodians are at war with one another, and players cannot create both Elyos and Asmodian characters on the same server using the same account. Players may, however, opt to go to another server if they wish to create a character of the opposing race.

Characters of both races undergo the process of Ascension to become Daevas at Level 10, and this grants them the ability to fly.

The Elyos are a race that evolved from the human followers of the Seraphim Lords. The Elyos evolved into beautiful, elegant beings withangelic wings because of their exposure to warmth and light on their side of the world that they call the kingdom of Elysea.

Asmodians are the descendants of the followers of the Shedim Lords. The Asmodians evolved into demonic, bestial beings with black wings, claws, and manes because they reside in the dark half of Atreia called Asmodae.

Class Selection
After selecting a race, you will be taken to the Select Class screen. This will display all the character job classes that you can choose from.

Character classes are pretty much the same no matter which race you choose. There are four different classes in the game: Warrior, Scout, Mage, and Priest. Each class has two subclasses, and you will eventually have to choose which subclass you want your character to specialize in.

Warriors are capable of sustaining tremendous amounts of damage or sustaining moderate damage while dealing considerable amounts of damage to opponents. Warriors are the only characters that are able to equip Plate armor, which provides the best physical defense in-game, from the start.

Should you choose to become a Warrior, you will be able to specialize in either defense or attack by taking either the Templar or Gladiator subclass. Templars specialize in defense and shield skills but have lower attack ratings than Gladiators. They are especially proficient in wielding swords and shields in battle. Gladiators specialize in attack skills, but are not as capable defense-wise compared to the Templars. They are able to equip most of the weapons in-game, but are more proficient when dual-wielding swords or wielding a polearm.

Scouts are the main physical damage dealers in Aion. Despite their relatively low defense, they are able to dish out devastating attacks that help them kill their opponents before they themselves are killed. As a Scout you can learn Assassin and Ranger-oriented skills early on, but you will eventually have to choose which to specialize in. Assassins specialize in stealth, and are able to dual-wield. Dual-wield daggers are the Assassin's specialty, but may also wield a dagger and a sword, or two swords if they so wish. Rangers take on their targets at a distance, and specialize in wielding bows. Aside from doing ranged attacks, Rangers are also great at crowd control because of their skills that hinder opponents' movements.

Like the Scouts, Mages have low defense and specialize in damage-dealing, but Mages have significantly lower defense and usually deal greater amounts of damage using magic. As a Mage, you can choose to focus on becoming Sorcerers and nuke your opponents with powerful spells or a Spiritmaster and summon elemental beings to aid you in battles.

Character Creation
Upon reaching the Character Creation screen, you are given a character with a random face and body to start with. Aion offers a wide range of options for character customization, which enables you to get your characters to look exactly the way you want them to. You can choose the color of your characters' hair, skin, and facial features from preset colors or a custom color of their choice from the color palette, and you can also adjust details such as your characters' height, shoulder width, and even the smaller details such as brow height and mouth shape.

IV. Interface and Controls

User Interface
Now that you've created your character, it's time to start playing! The first thing you need to familiarize yourself with is your User Interface (UI). The main aspects of your UI are the following:
Chat Window
Press Enter to activate your Chat Window. When active, your Chat Window is located at the bottom-left of your screen, just above your character portrait. You can use this to communicate to other players through Chat channels, and you can also access your Chat Options from here.

Status Bar
Your Status Bar is at the bottom-left of your screen, right below your Chat Window. The Status Bar displays your character portrait as well as bars that display your Hit Points (HP), Mana Points (MP), and Divine Points (DP). Your Status Bar can be customized using the Options Menu.

XP Bar
Your XP (Experience Point) Bar is found below your Status Bar. This bar displays the amount of Experience Points your character has earned, and your character will level up once this bar is full.

Quick Bar
Your Quick Bar, located to the right of your Status Bar, displays your character's Active and Action skills shortcuts. It displays somedefault skills the first time you log in, but you can customize your QuickBar by dragging-and-dropping your skills and consumables onto it.

Your Menu icon is located to the right of your QuickBar. Clicking on this icon will bring up the Menu, which lists shortcuts to different character windows such as the Profile Window, Inventory, Quests Window, and Skills Window.

Influence Ratio
Right beside your Menu icon is the Influence Ratio icon, which will display the different races' Influence Ratios. Remember that the Asmodians, Elyos, and Balaur are at war, and whoever is succeeding at the war will have higher Influence. Influence affects Prices and Tax.

Flight Meter
The slightly larger icon beside your Influence Ratio icon is your Flight Meter. This displays information about your flight capabilities. The central icon on your flight meter will be green if you are in an area where you are allowed to fly (a Flight Zone) and grey if otherwise. The small bars surrounding the icon indicate how much flight time you have left. The bars become black one by one as more time elapses; if the remaining bars turn red while you are flying, this means that you have to land ASAP or else you will fall.

Your Mini-Map is located at the bottom-right of your screen. This displays your location, directions for your quests, nearby enemies, and other areas of interest. There are two smaller icons below your Mini-Map; clicking on the one to the left displays the time of day and the date, while clicking on the other will bring up your World Map.

Controls and Shortcuts

Command Description
W Move character forward
S Move character back
Q Move character left
E Move character right
A Pan left
D Pan right
C Toggle Walk/Run
NumLock Auto Walk/Run
Space Bar Single-tap: Jump
Double-tap: Glide (only when you've already become a Daeva)
Right-click While Standing: Hold down and move mouse to simulate head movement
While Running: Hold down and move mouse to change direction
Single click to interact with Items, NPCs, etc.
Left-click Point-and-Click character movement
Double-click Interact with Items, NPCs, etc. (same as right-click)
Scroll (Mouse wheel) Scroll up: Zooms camera in
Scroll down: Zooms camera out
Click (Mouse wheel) Single click: Look behind character
Double click: Resume looking forward
Enter Brings up/closes Chat window
M Displays World Map
N Displays Transparent Map
O Opens System Menu
J Opens Quest Window
F10 Displays Menu
K Opens Skills Window
I Opens Inventory

Chatting and Channels
Learning how to Chat in-game can help ensure optimum communication between you and your friends in-game.

/whisperTyping "/whisper" before your friend's name (ex. /whisper Name) in the Chat Window will enable you to send him/her a private message.

ChannelsUpon logging in, your Chat Window will display the "All" channel, meaning you will be able to see messages from the Normal, Group, and Combat chat. The Chat Window has tabs for All, Normal, Group, and Combat chat so that you can switch between them easily.

To change a different channel aside from the ones mentioned above, click on your Menu icon (or press F10), hover your cursor over "Support", and click on "Change Channel". This will enable you to select a new channel from a drop-down list.

V. Basics

Quests Once you finish familiarizing yourself with the UI/controls, you can go ahead and start on your Aion adventures by doing some quests. Quests are an important aspect of almost all MMORPGs; they help you progress through the game and grant rewards in the form of items, Aion kinah, and XP.

There are three types of quests: Standard Quests, Campaigns, and Work Orders. Campaigns and Work Orders differ from Standard Quests in that Campaigns ask you to complete multiple quests in a row, while Work Orders are crafting quests that you must complete to advance your character's skills in Crafting.

An NPC with available quests is marked by a blue (Standard Quest/Work Order) or gold (Campaign) arrow above his/her head. Right-clicking (or double clicking) the NPC will bring up a Dialogue Box, which will list the available quests. Clicking on one of the quests listed will take you to a page that displays the rewards for that quest; click on the "Accept" button at the bottom of the page to accept the quest. Note that you can only accept 30 quests at one time; check your Quests Window to see how many you've already accepted.

If the quest's objectives require you to speak to another NPC, that NPC will have a double arrow above his/her head.

Once you've completed all the objectives in a quest, the NPC that you have to turn in the quest to will have a star-like icon above his/her head.

After accepting some quests, it's time to go out and complete them. A lot of quests involve you attacking monsters or NPCs, so knowing a thing or two about Combat will make things easier for you.

To start attacking an opponent, you have to Target it first. This can be done by using the Tab key to target the closest enemy, or by left-clicking on the enemy you want to target. You may also double-click or right-click on the enemy to start auto-attacking it if it is within range.

When an opponent is targeted, its Status Bar will appear at the top of your screen. This will display the target's level, aggression, and HP. If your opponent is battling another player or NPC, information on the player or NPC will be shown below the enemy Status Bar.

When you've defeated your opponent, its corpse will fall to the ground and glow blue. This indicates that it has items that you can loot. To do this, right click on the corpse to display a window that lists the items you can get from the corpse, or Shift + right-click to auto-loot everything.

If you're having a hard time finding a specific NPC or location, you can use the Pathfinding function of the game. Pathfinding will mark the NPC or location you're looking for on your map so that it will be easier for you to find them.

You can find specific NPCs or locations by typing "/pathfinding" and the name of the NPC or location (ex. /pathfinding Name) that you want to find in your Chat window. If you need to find a location or NPC to complete a Quest, open up your Quest Window and click on the Quest's name. This will bring up the Quest's description page. Place names or NPC names in the description will usually be written in blue text. Click the name of the place or NPC you want to find; this will open up your Dictionary.

The Dictionary displays information about NPCs, places, and monsters in the world of Atreia. Most of the entries in the Dictionary have a "Locate" button on the bottom. Clicking on the "Locate" button will mark the entry's subject on your map.

As an adventurer in Aion, you will also need to gather different items for quests, for crafting, or for earning some Aion kinah from NPCs or other players. These items include fruit, plants, and minerals, among others. They can be gathered from Collection Nodes found throughout the world of Atreia. Gathering items from certain nodes will increase your Collection skill.

When you find one of these nodes, you can move your cursor above it to view information about it. These nodes require characters to be of a certain level to gather items from them. If the node's name is in grey, this means that you are of the appropriate level, but that you will not gain skill points for your Collection skill. The names of nodes that you can gather from and earn skill points from are displayed in yellow, and those that you cannot gather from because you do not meet the level requirement are displayed in red.


A lot of your time in Aion will be spent interacting with non-player characters (NPCs). Apart from standard NPCs and Quest-giver NPCs, players will also encounter Vendor NPCs and Training NPCs. Vendor NPCs sell goods or services to players, while Training NPCs sell Skill Manuals to allow players to learn and upgrade their skills.

Purchasing items from NPCs is simple; right-click or double click them to open up a dialogue box. Some text that says something like "Buy Items" should appear in the dialogue box; click on this to open up a Shop window. The Shop window displays the NPCs goods, your Shopping Cart, how much Aion kinah you have, and the total cost of your purchase. Moving your cursor over these items will display their descriptions. Right-click on items to add them to your Shopping Cart, and when you're done selecting the items for purchase, click on the "Buy" button.

To use the Skill Manuals purchased from Training NPCs, open up your Inventory and right-click on the Skill Manual. The new skill will be added to your Skills Window.

VII. Flight

Once your character reaches Level 10, he/she evolves into a Daeva through the process of Ascension and gains the ability to fly. You can only fly for a certain amount of time, and that time increases as your character levels up. Certain armor and potions help prolong and/or regenerate your flight time. There are also some magical rings in the air that you can fly through in the air to regenerate a few seconds of your flight time.

Flight Meter
As mentioned in the User Interface subsection of this guide, the Flight Meter displays information about your flight capabilities. For easier reference, a flight time gauge (equivalent to the time gauge in your Flight Meter) will appear above your character's head when in flight.

You can Glide as soon as you've become a Daeva, regardless of whether you're in a Flight Zone or not. To start Gliding, tap your Space Bar twice. You can speed up by pressing on W and slow down by pressing S, and you can control your direction using the mouse.

Flight Commands

Command Description
Page Up Begin flying/gliding
Page Down Land
R Rise vertically
F Descend vertically
Scroll Lock Lock your altitude
Space Bar In Flight: Toggle between Gliding and Flying
Not in Flight: Double-tap to start Gliding; tap once to stop

Directional commands (W, A, S, D, mouse clicks) are the same in Flight as when your character is walking/running.

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