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EQ Manual

EverQuest Manual Supplement - 3/15/99

The following is a supplement to the printed EverQuest manual that comes in the retail box.   

A general view of the stats: 2
View 3
Hot Button Keypad 4
Text Box 5
Navigation 5
Starting Equipment 6
PC Interaction - Inspecting, Trading and Grouping 7
NPC Interaction 8
NPC Alignments and Factions 8
Equipping Yourself - Weapons, Armor & Clothing 10
Spells 10
Combat 11
Trade (Craft) Skills 12
Feedback 13
Keyboard Commands 16
Character Movement 16
Camera Controls 16
Hot box Commands 16
Targeting 17
Combat 17
Chat Commands 17
Other Commands 17

 EverQuest Manual Supplement
Step 1 - Creating Your First Character

When you first enter the game, you will be prompted to create a new character. Your first decisions will be race, class, gender, stats, facial aspect and name.

The race chosen will define the classes available to you.    Certain races have advantages that are fairly obvious when you go cycling through the various combinations of race and class.  As you select a race, the picture changes, the classes available change, and the base stats change.  One of the differences between the characters is the use of infravision or ultravision... i.e. the ability to see in the dark.  Humans, Erudites, and Barbarians do not have this ability, all other races do in some form or another.

The classes available vary with the race chosen.  Not all classes are available to every race.  Changing the class chosen changes the base stats of the character.  A brief description of each class is included in Appendix A below.

Gender is a personal preference and has no bearing on any aspect of the character beyond appearance.

Statistics are broken into two categories, primary and secondary.    The primary stats are the brighter colored stats that are the most important to the class chosen.  The secondary stats are the less bright ones that still effect your character, but are not as important to your class.  Once you've decided upon your race and class, you have a group of bonus points to spend, located at the top of your stats, to increase selected stats.  The stats can not be lowered beyond their initial values, but can be raised as high as desired.  It is recommended that the primary stats be focused on, as increasing those will be most beneficial to your character's profession.

A general view of the stats:

This is the physical power of the character.  It determines how much the character can carry without being encumbered and is figured into the character's ability to do damage to an opponent in melee.

This is your health and constitution.  It reflects your ability to perform strenuous tasks without becoming exhausted.  It is also used in calculating your hit points.

This is your physical dexterity and is used to determine your defensive abilities.    The higher your Agility, the less likely you are to be hit by melee combat.

This is your hand/eye coordination and is used in combat accuracy and spell casting capability.  This is used in calculating your missile combat skills and aids in determining if you are interrupted when you are hit while casting a spell.

This is willpower and faith and is used to determine the casting abilities of Shaman, Druids, Rangers, Clerics, and Paladins.  It is also involved in resisting magical spells that effect the mind.

This is intellect and is used to determine the casting abilities of Wizards, Enchanters, Magicians, Necromancers, Shadowknights, and Bards.

This is a combination of the physical beauty and charm of the character and is used primarily to calculate how various NPC factions react to the character.  The higher the charisma, the less likely they will be adversely effected by actions that will lower the characters standing with a group, though this modification is very limited (i.e. a pretty and charming murderer is still a murderer).  Charisma also can cause merchants to alter their pricing to the character, again depending upon the character's standing in the merchant's faction.

Spending the bonus points is the one and only time that a character's stats change throughout the life of the character.  Certain spells and magical items may cause temporary changes to a character's stats, but these initial values will otherwise remain the character's permanent stats for their entire life.

Pressing the Face button allows the player to change the character's facial aspect, customizing the character's appearance somewhat.

The character's name must be suitable to a fantasy genre and not be a direct plagiarism of an existing literary character.  The best solution is to allow the character generator to create a name for the player, or for the player to create a name on their own instead of borrowing from an existing character.  Creating an offensive name or a name that is distracting or non-fantasy can result in the GM's changing the name or deleting the character with or without notifying the player.

After selecting the above characteristics, the player will be prompted for a Deity. It is not required to pick a Deity, unless the character is of a religious profession (Cleric, Shaman, etc).  The choice of a Deity is an important one, as the character will have this Deity for the full of it's life, and that Deity brings with it certain faction assumptions.  For example, choosing Innoruuk, the Prince of Hate, will most certainly not make your character popular around the temple Rodcet Nife, the Prime Healer.  And, being human and choosing Innoruuk will not necessarily make you welcome in Neriak, the home of the Dark Elves.  For further discussion on the Deities, it is best do research on them at

Step 2 - Customizing Your Playing

After making a character and Entering the World, you will need to make yourself "comfortable".  You do this by adjusting your view and settings to give you the greatest amount of flexibility to your style of playing.


You arrive in EverQuest with a small viewscreen boxed in by utility keys, etc. They are mostly self-explanatory, but we will cover a couple of them here.

The first view you see is called "Windowed" and offers the best performance on slower machines.  In your upper left corner are your Options and Persona buttons.  Lower left has a rectangle of 6 empty buttons.  This is your Hot Button keypad.  It allows you to have this view and keep needed skill or function buttons readily available (more on this later).  The bottom center is your text box.    This window or box is where you interact with other players (by speaking), transact with NPCs, and receive information about monsters (such as keeping track of your combat).   On the upper right hand side is your vital signs (hit points (red bar), manna (blue bar) and stamina (yellow bar) ) and below that is the space for your party member's vital signs.  On the right hand side are a series of menu buttons and below them are the menus that these buttons bring up.

Press F10 once, and you should have a full-screen view with your Hot Button keypad in the bottom left hand corner, your text box is now translucent in the bottom center, and your vital signs top right corner. This is the "Half Screen" view.  It allows you to keep track of your vital signs and gives you a wider field of view, but can be a bit sluggish on slower machines.  In the upper left corner are 4 green numbers. The first is your "ping" time to the EQ servers, the second is packet loss out, the third is packet loss in, and the fourth is data throughput to the server.  When the 1st number goes up, your response time is slowed.  If the 2nd and 3rd numbers turn yellow and then red, be prepared, your connection could be in trouble (server down, ISP, etc.).

Pressing F10 again gives you a full-screen view without any buttons, bars, or text. Press F10 once more and you're back to the "Windowed" view.

Pressing the Options button allows you to customize your game settings. Here is a brief overview of the settings that can be adjusted:

General:  allows you to change the sound & music volume of the game.
Display:  allows you to change display specific to your monitor, as well as show PC and NPC names (see the /shownames command below). It also allows you to alter your 3dfx Glide settings if your graphics drivers are Glide3 3.0 compatible.

Chat Filter: allows you to turn on or off things in your text box that you do or do not want to see (such as /shouts and other peoples combat information).

Hot Button Keypad

The rectangle in the lower left of your screen (in the first 2 views) is a place to put skills or commands that you would like to use often.  To transfer buttons to the Hot Button Keypad, left click on the desired button and hold the button down.  A floating button will appear on top of your cursor. Move it to the desired position on the Hot Button Keypad, and left click again to secure it there.    Left clicking on the left and right arrows above the Hot Button Keypad will cycle through the 6 sets of buttons.  Pressing the numbers 1-6 will activate the buttons without clicking on them, and pressing Shift-1-6 will change through the different sets of buttons.

To remove a button from the Keypad, left click on it and hold to pick it up, move the button to the middle of your screen, then right click.  The button will vanish.

A. Two basic command buttons that are usually transferred there are the Sit/Stand button and the Run/Walk button.  From the "windowed" view, there are 3 of 4 buttons on the right hand side, Abilities, Combat, Main, and Socials.    If Main is on the list, press it.  This brings up the main menu.   Move the button labeled "Walk" to the Keypad.

B. To do this for secondary combat skills, click on the Combat button in the middle right side of your screen.  The Combat skill buttons will appear to the right of the text box.  The two buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen are available for combat skill assignment.  Right clicking on either of these buttons will bring up a list of your current available combat skills.  Which skills appear is dependant upon your Class.  To choose a skill to be assigned, left click on it.  This places that skill on that button. Then move it as above.  These assigned skills are used in combat by clicking on them during combat. Combat skills each have their own duration for re-use and the button will stay depressed until you can use the skill again. Some of these skills have a short duration of only a few moments, while others can remain depressed for as long as a full game day (there are 4 game days in a real day).

C. To use various other non-combat skills, press the Abilities button on the center right of your "Windowed" view.  Assign skills to these buttons in the same way you do the combat skills.  Skills that are not listed in these areas are either not attainable by your current level or are practiced automatically by other means.

D. Spells can also be copied from the Spell Button bar to a Hot Button Keypad in the same manner, allowing them to be used in the "Half Screen" view.  See the section on Magic below on how to memorize spells.

E. The Persona button (the button that takes you to the inventory/skill screen) can also be dragged to your Hot Button Keypad.  This allows the character's inventory to be brought up from the Keypad.

F. Under the Socials menu, there are several pre-programmed text macros with some of the more commonly used commands.  These can be moved like the above buttons to the Hotkey Button Bar.  In addition, they can be reprogrammed to provide your own customized text macros.  Right click on the button you want to program.  A typing box will appear in your text window; simply click on the top slot to rename the button, and type below it what you want your character to say, using the appropriate "/" commands (Appendix C below).  Click Done and Control click to move as above.

Text Box

Right click on the text that appears at the center bottom of your screen in the Windowed and Half Screen views.  This is your Language box and your Current Language should say Common tongue. If it says anything else, no one else except others who speak that language will understand you and will perceive your speech as gibberish.  Click on it to see what other languages (if any) you know.  Then right click again to return to the text box.

To speak to another character that is near by, hit Enter or "/" and type your message.  You are automatically defaulted to /say, which means only people around you hear you.  In the language box, you can choose to default to Group, which means only people you are grouped with hear you, or default to Tell, which targets only a specific person to hear you. These allow you to set a default instead of typing /tell or /gsay before every line of text.  You can also default to speak Out of Character, or to default to speak only to members of your Guild.

Step 3 - First Play Session

Now you have your character and are ready to play, but there are some basics that need to be covered.  How do you move around?  How do you buy things you need or interact with other players?  What is combat like?  If you are a spellcaster, how do you get spells?  It's a lot easier to begin playing if you don't have to worry about answering these questions, so they are provided here.

Use your arrow keys on the keyboard to move your character around the world.  A more detailed listing of the keys that are used to move about are included in Appendix B below.

A. Click the Run button on the bottom right of your screen (on the Main menu of your "Windowed" view or on your Hot Button Keypad if you put it there) to run and again to resume walking.  If you have a long way to go, you may want to Auto-Run.  To start this, press on the Forward arrow to run.  Then press and hold the Alt key.  Let up on the Forward arrow key, then the Alt key.  You are now running until you press either the Forward or Backward arrows.  You can adjust direction with the Right or Left arrow while still running.

The Page Up and Page Down buttons will allow you to look up and down, and the Home key will center your view again.

Holding down the Spacebar will allow your character to crouch, and releasing the Spacebar will allow you to jump.  To running broad jump, lightly tap the space bar while running.

B. Swimming is pretty much the same as running. Use the arrow keys to move forward, back, right or left and the Page Up and Page Down to face up and down.    You will swim in the direction you are facing.  Remember to keep an eye on your air supply in the top left of your screen while submerged or you may find yourself in a watery grave. It's sometimes best to skim the surface while swimming. Tapping gently on the Page Up key while pressing your Forward arrow key will create a nice dog paddle effect and keep your head above water.  You can Auto-Swim using the same process as Auto-Run.

C. While moving about, you may want to change camera views.    You enter the world with a first-person view.  Pressing F9 will change your camera view.  You can view yourself from directly above, from behind, and from various angles.  There are 5 different possible views. The first view is 1st person, as if looking from the character's eyes.  The 2nd is top down, from directly above the character's head.  The 3rd view is Chase Camera, which follows from behind and turns when the character does, looking over the character's shoulder.  The other two are static cameras that do not turn with the character but keep a constant position (facing east, etc).

D. To adjust your view, you can hold down the ALT key and then use the arrow keys to move the camera to the right and left, and up and down.  To zoom the camera in and out, use the 7 and 1 key, respectively, on your numeric keypad.    These settings will remain throughout a playing session, but will need to be reset after logging out and back in.

Starting Equipment

Your character starts with certain items, depending upon your character's profession.  To find out what you have, go to the "Windowed" view.  To view your inventory, click on either your Persona button on the left of your screen or the animated icon underneath it. A front view of your character appears in the upper right corner and underneath are the items you are carrying. To view all the equipment you are currently wearing, click on the front view of your character or click on the button above it.  Here is a basic outline of what these items are for.

A. Most characters start with 2 notes, and spellcasters will usually have a scroll of their 2 basic beginning spells.  One note is a "tattered note-rolled up".  Right click on this to read it and find out the name of the NPC to give it to.  This is your first quest: to join your profession's guild.

[Note: Some PC's do not start with this note, as their Guildmaster has not yet been added to the world.  Not having a note does not is not a disadvantage, as membership to your profession's Guild is not required to receive training]

Once you've read it, proceed to your guildhall, which may or may not be somewhere in the vicinity of your starting point.  To give the note to them, left click on the note, then release, and it will float with your cursor.  Click on the NPC to give it to them.  If you give this note to anyone other than who it's intended for, they will say "Thank You" and the note is irretrievable.  When you give the note to the correct NPC, you will receive a small amount of experience, and a usable item of some sort.  Put the item in your inventory, or on your person by dropping it on the picture of yourself in the upper right hand corner.

B. The second note is a PK note.  If you want to be able to fight other players, read this note and follow the instructions therein.  If you do not ever want to fight another player, click on the note, and move it to the Destroy button right above your inventory items.  Click there, and the PK note is gone forever.  Another option is to put it in the bank for possible future use.

C. If you are a spellcaster, you will begin with 2 basic spells which you will need to scribe in your spellbook.  Other spells are also available to buy in or around your guildmaster.  See section VII below on Spells to find out more about preparing your spells for casting.

D. When in the Guildhall, at first level, you have skill practice points and can train with the Master or other NPC members of your guild.  Double clicking on the guildmaster or trainer will bring up a Training Menu, with the skills available to you and their cost, if any.  You can come back to train at any time, spending practice points you have earned by gaining levels.  To spend your points, highlight the skill desired on the left by clicking on it and click on the Practice button at the bottom left of the skills list.

Some skills are labeled with a level number and cannot be practiced until you reach the level listed with that skill.  Once this level is reached, you will need to spend at least one practice on it to learn the basics.

Your first few practices in your skills are free, but more advanced training will eventually require payment to the Trainer.  To view all of your skills and their rankings, click the animated icon or Persona button on the left of the screen and then the Skills button at the top left.  As you move about the world and fight, the skills you use will advance on their own, without training, as long as the basics of the skill are known.  The maximum a skill will rise on it's own is dependant upon your level.  As you advance in level, this "ceiling" will rise as well.    There is no "cap" or maximum total number of skills a character can have.   Each skill has it's own "ceiling", based solely upon the character's race/class/level.

E. Most towns will have a bank or Vault where you can deposit money, make change, or store items you want to keep but don't want to carry. It is strongly recommended that you cache your starting weapon, once you get a better one.  It is not worth any money at any merchant, and it's always nice to have a back-up.

PC Interaction - Inspecting, Trading and Grouping

A. To target another player, click on them.  You will see their name on the middle right of your screen with a red hit points bar behind their name.    Double clicking on the player will /consider them, telling you how difficult they would be for you to defeat, and will show you their Inventory if you are close enough to inspect them. Underneath the view of their character will be a brief player-generated description. To create your own description, press F9 to change to a view that you can see yourself, then inspect yourself by double clicking on you.  Click on the box that will contain the text and start typing.  This text is visible to anyone that inspects you.

B. To trade with another player, click on the item you want to give to them in your inventory to pick it up, then click on the other character to "drop" it on them.  The Trade Menu will come up and you will be able to drop additional items for trade into one of the slots under your name.  To complete the trade, press the Trade button (your name will turn bright green on the trade screen).    The trade will be completed when the target player also ok's the trade.   You may also add other items to the trade, but if you do it will reset the trade switch and both members must ok the trade again.  If more items are traded than the recipient has empty slots (including within bags and backpacks), the excess items will fall to the ground at the recipient's feet and need to be retrieved.

C. To group with another player, target them and hit the Invite button on the Main menu of the "Windowed" view.  If the player accepts your invitation, you will see the character's name and life gauge (red HP bar) appear in the party window on the center right of your screen. If another player invites you to join a group, the Invite button will change to say "Follow".  Clicking Follow will add you to that group.  To leave a group, hit the Disband button.  If you are the leader of a group, you can selectively remove group members by clicking on the member's name in the party window screen and clicking on Disband.  If you target yourself or have no target and click Disband, the entire group will disband.

While grouped, any experience gained from any member of the group killing a monster is divided up among the party members, regardless of the amount of participation of those members.  If all of the characters are of the same level, then the experience points are divided up evenly.  If there is some disparity in the levels of the characters, then the higher level characters get a larger share than the lower level ones.   The important thing to note is higher level characters get more experience points in a group than lower level ones.

Note on Grouping: To prevent "twinking", or higher level players carrying lower level players around and killing monsters for them to get experience from, there is a limit to the maximum distance in levels between the highest level player and the lowest level player in a group.  At the lower levels, (< 10th or so), that maximum is around 3.  So if a 10th and a 7th level character are grouped, the 7th level will get some (but a lot less than the 10th will get) experience from monsters killed.  However, if a 6th and a 10th level character are grouped, the 6th will get little to no experience.  The pretense for this is because the lower level character is not experienced enough to even understand what the higher level character is doing.  As characters advance in levels, this maximum increases, so that a 35th and a 27th could adventure together and the 27th could still get experience.
NPC Interaction

A. To target any NPC, click on them.  Double clicking on Merchants will bring up the Merchant menu and Guildmasters will bring up the Training menu (see II.D above).  When in the Merchant menu, you may buy any equipment the Merchant offers in the left-hand menu, provided you have enough money for it and space in your inventory. To make a purchase, click on the item of interest and click the purchase button underneath.

The price you are offered will be determined by many factors: How your race is viewed by that of the merchant, your charisma, your "reputation" based upon offenses you have committed.  For example, Dark Elves may be able to purchase items from a Human merchant, but the prices will be extremely high as there is no love lost between Humans and Dark Elves.

B. To sell an item to the Merchant, (such as loot taken off monsters killed) click on it and then click the sell button underneath (if you agree to his price).

C. Double clicking on any other NPC or monster will give you a very general assessment of its level of difficulty compared to you.  In the case of NPC's, these individuals may have information for you, or be involved in some form of quest.    Try to talk to them (using normal /say text) and see what they offer.   For monsters, the assessment can be done at a range to allow you to decide whether or not you want to engage it.  The text of the messages gives an indicator the relative danger of the monster and the color of the text represents the relative amount of experience points you will gain by killing it. For example, Green text indicates that no experience points will be gained, as the monster is too easy for the character to kill.

NPC Alignments and Factions

A. Norrath is a world full of NPCs, and many are important members of that world. Interacting with them will reveal the rich history of the world, including the many factions that exist. NPCs will typically belong to a faction, and that faction has both enemies and allies. If you do something for an NPC (a quest, perhaps), that act will typically raise your standing in their faction (as well as lower your standing in those factions opposed to the NPC's). Similarly, killing that NPC can dramatically affect your standing with that NPC's factions and other associated factions.

B. When you enter the world of EverQuest with a new character, he or she begins their journey with an initial faction standing -- these are determined by the character's race, class, and deity. This is very important to keep in mind -- for example, if you begin your life as a Human Shadowknight in the city of Qeynos, you shouldn't expect most of its citizens to treat you very well. In fact, several might attack you on sight. Qeynos, being a city primarily of 'good' alignment, doesn't react well to Shadow Knights, whom they consider 'evil'. Also, keep in mind that the world is dynamic -- some NPCs only appear during the night, or after certain events. It is important to be aware of this, in that an area might be safe to certain classes or races at times, yet unsafe at others.

C. After character creation, it is your character's deeds that modify his or her factions. It is important to keep in mind that alignments in EverQuest are relative, not absolute. Dark Elves do not view themselves as evil, whereas Wood Elves certainly believe they are. It would therefore be possible (albeit difficult) for a Troll to perform deeds and quests for the Humans (let's say, for example, the Qeynos Guards, which are a faction in and of themselves), and eventually gain their favor. And then, while almost every Troll would be attacked on sight by those guards, that Troll in particular wouldn't be.

D. If a character is attacked by an NPC, it is typically due to one of two reasons: either that NPC is just inherently aggressive, or that NPC's factions are diametrically opposed to the character's. If it is because of the latter, the NPC (if capable of speech) should say why he, she, or it, is so upset. For example, an NPC Necromancer that hates Paladins should, upon encountering a Paladin, both attack him and mutter something like 'I hate those holier than thou Paladins!' It is important to pay attention to what the NPC says.

E. If the player encounters an NPC and his or her character is not attacked, it is still possible to ascertain how that NPC feels about the character, based on factions. Double clicking on that NPC will display one of several sentences, each describing to what severity the NPC either hates you or likes you, or is indifferent (double clicking also reveals other information not related to factions -- please see section IV above).  After performing quests, or attacking various NPCs, it is very useful to double click on other NPCs to determine if your actions have changed the way they feel about your character.

F. Determining if an NPC is a Key Member of Norrathean society or not is very important. Key Members almost always have proper names and/or titles, while non-key NPCs have more generic names. An example would be B'ranick Notai, a gnoll that is known to hang out in the vicinity of the Qeynos Hills. He is a Key Member, while another gnoll called perhaps 'a patrolling gnoll' or 'a gnoll scout' is not.  Killing B'ranick will significantly affect your faction standings, while killing a non-key member will either affect your standings to a significantly lesser degree, or very often not at all.

G. EverQuest has a great deal of quests (and more and more are being added every day). It is very important to understand the faction system, as well as the concept of Key Members, if the player wishes to interact with the game's quest system. In addition to determining whether an NPC will attack a character, the faction system is also used to determine what, if any, quest information an NPC will give to a character. The best way to find quests is to interact with Key Members (a non-key member will rarely if ever reveal quest information). First target the NPC, and then hit the H key (or use the /hail command) to initiate conversation with the NPC.  If the NPC has a quest or other information, they will typically respond to you with a sentence or two.  In their response you will see 'key words' with brackets around them (for example, in the sentence 'I am in search of [fish]', fish is the keyword).  Ask the NPC in a full sentence about the key word, and they will often respond with additional information.    Note: not all quests and information are formatted with brackets around the key words – this is simply because we are not done formatting the NPC text, and you’ll find more and more NPC text formatted properly as we get closer to releasing the game. Also remember that the NPC will consider your factions, and might give a different quest to different character, or perhaps no quest at all.

G. Understanding the faction system, and using the double click method of determining how an NPC feels about your character (or noting what the NPC says if it's attacking your character) is clearly and for obvious reasons an important part of playing EverQuest. If your play style is such that you enjoy quests and learning about the history and details behind the world of Norrath, then interacting with Key Members (NPCs with proper names and/or titles) is essential. And if your play style is more focussed on character advancement and combat, it is important that you avoid attacking or otherwise interfering with Key Members, in that doing so can drastically change your faction standings and significantly alter the way NPCs react to your character's presence (for example, doing something to upset the Guards of Qeynos could make it very difficult to enter the city, in that they might attack you on sight).

Equipping Yourself - Weapons, Armor & Clothing

A. To pick up a piece of equipment you see, simply left click on it, then release.  To add it to your inventory, either click on to an inventory slot or just click on your player view window.  When using the player view window for adding equipment, the item will automatically be equipped on the appropriate body position if your character can use the selected item and that slot is empty.  When picking up something from the ground or while looting a body, you can right-click on it and it will automatically be placed into your inventory.

B. To inspect any item, right click on it and hold the button down to bring up it's properties screen.  This can be done anywhere, including your inventory, a merchants inventory, in the trade window, etc.  The information available will include weight, classes/races that can use it, damage and speed, etc.    The amount of information gleaned will vary based upon where the item is (i.e. looking at someone else's inventory will give you less information than looking at your own.)

C. If you're buying weapons or armor, you will need to equip yourself after purchasing, which means removing the item from an inventory slot and clicking on your character in the player view window to "put it on", so to speak.  Weapons, armor and clothing are all done this same way.  Before purchasing items, right-click on them and hold the button down to inspect them and make sure that they are wearable/usable by members of both your race and your class.    Wearable items come in 3 sizes, Small, Medium, and Large, and certain races are limited to certain sized items.

D. To use any consumable item (potions, liquor, etc), right-click on it. Caution must be used when consuming excessive amounts alcohol as the results may be random and somewhat erratic...similar to real life.

E. Food and Water are an important part of your adventuring life.    If you do not have food and water, you will become thirsty and starve.    Thirsty or starving characters do not regenerate stamina, health, or mana.    They move slower and are less effective in combat.  To prevent this, always have enough food and water in your inventory.

Food comes in many forms: Rations, Iron Rations, Meat, Muffins, etc. and can be found in many ways.  It is purchasable from many types of vendors, can be fished for with the Fishing skill (assuming you have a fishing pole and bait), foraged for with the Foraging skill, or found as loot on some animals (in the form of meat).

Water comes in Flasks of Water that can be purchased or found through foraging, and Globes of Water, which are summoned by casters for their use..    Contrary to some dwarven beliefs, Alcohol is not a substitute for water in EverQuest ;)

If you are capable of using spells, you will have a Spellbook symbol underneath the animated icon on the left center of your screen in the "Windowed" view.  Click on this icon and you will be brought into the Spellbook screen.

A. Scribing - All spell casters start with a single spell scroll in their inventory.  To scribe the scroll into your spellbook, click on the scroll to pick it up, then drop it onto one of the empty squares in your spell book.  The gauge on the bottom right of your spellbook screen is the time it takes to scribe the scroll.

B. Memorizing - Once you have the spell written in your book, you can memorize it for use by clicking on it to pick it up and clicking to drop it onto one of the 8 memory notches, which are the horseshoe shaped indentations on the left side of the spellbook screen.  The gauge on the bottom left of the spellbook screen is the time it takes to memorize the spell.  Once the spell is memorized, it appears as a "spell gem" in one of the horseshoe shaped notches.  The gems are color coded to give a general indication of the type of spell.  Here is the legend:

YELLOW: The spell will be cast on you.
RED: The spell will be cast on who you have targeted.
GREEN: The spell is area effect, and will radiate out from who you have targeted.
BLUE: The spell has no range, and will radiate out from you.
ORANGE: The spell is area effect, and will radiate out from who you have targeted. It will also effect everybody (usually for spells like Rain of Fire)
PURPLE: The spell is area effect, but will only affect people in your party.

C. Casting - To cast the spell, click on the intended target, then click on the spell icon in your memory slot (or on the Hotkey Button if it you moved it there).  A time gauge will appear in the upper lefthand corner of your screen, indicating the casting time.  If the caster is struck or moves during this time, the spell can be interrupted, causing it to fail.  The Channeling skill gives the caster a chance of recovering from such interruptions.  Many casting classes do not get this skill until later in their career, and the chance of success is VERY small at the lower skill levels..

Spells will cast successfully according to your skill in the appropriate skill area.  The better you get at the linked skill (Abjuration, Divination, Evocation, etc), the more successful your casting will be.  Failure to cast a spell results in a fizzle, which costs mana and produces no effect.

Once the spell is cast, it may or may not affect the target.    If the target is of a much higher level than the caster, or is especially resistant to magic, they may resist the spell.  Casting a spell upon someone, seeing it successfully complete, but seeing no effect means they resisted it.  The greater the distance in levels between the caster and the target, the greater the chance of resisting the spell each time it is cast.

To remove a spell from your memory, right click on it.  To determine what a memorized spell is, right click on the icon in the notch and hold the button down.  The Spell Properties box will appear in your text box.

D. Meditating - Clicking the Meditate button in the bottom center of the Spellbook screen may speed up the scribing and memorizing process.  This is a skill-based ability and will speed up scribing, memorizing, and mana regeneration as the Meditate skill rises.  The longer a person meditates, the faster things regenerate.    This represents a "deeper trance" and encourages players to meditate for longer periods instead of "quick hit" meditations.  While meditating, you can hear what's going around, but cannot speak or do anything else.   If the button will not remain pressed down, that means that the character does not yet have the meditate skill.

To initiate combat, left click on what you want to attack to target it, then press the Z key (or whatever key you've assigned to that function).  This will put you into attack mode using the weapon in your right hand.  If there is a weapon in your left hand (many combat classes get the Dual Wield skill at higher levels), pressing the X key activates the attack mode for that weapon as well.

If you are out of range of your target you will be informed in the chat window.  You may move freely while engaged in combat, but you will only make effective attacks while facing your target and staying within attack range.  Your attack will automatically stop once your target is vanquished.  If you are attacked by another creature during combat, you must make sure that creature is targeted and again press the Z key in order to take up battle anew.  Most NPCs don't take being attacked very kindly and if you target someone while in combat mode they will turn on you.

In addition to weapon attacks, many classes get non-weapon attacks, such as Kick, Bash, Slam to name a few.  These cause damage in addition to the weapon attacks and require pressing the button for them each time an attack needs to be made instead of being automatic, like the weapon attacks.  Taunt is also a Combat skill that has an important role in protecting the more vulnerable casters in the party.    By targeting an opponent and using the Taunt skill, you attempt to enrage the monster to force them to focus upon you instead of upon another player.  This is a critical skill for keeping the unarmored spell casters alive in a group of adventurers.

Trade (Craft) Skills

Trade skills in EverQuest allow you to construct useful items from component pieces.  This will allow you to make materials which will help your character in their profession, as well as providing a secondary source of income.  To get started with a trade skill visit a merchant of the skill you wish to learn.  They will have the books and kits which you will need to begin your career.

Once you have carefully read a book appropriate to your Trade Skill and acquired the component pieces necessary to build the item, you may attempt to construct it.  Start by right clicking on the container used for the trade skill.    This will open a window to which you drag the component parts from your inventory to the available slots in the container.  Double check that all of the correct parts have been placed in the container, then click on the COMBINE button.   If your character skillfully worked their trade skill you will get a new item(s).   If your character blundered, you will usually lose all of the component pieces placed in to the container.

Allows Shamans to concoct potions.
Examples of this are Charming Deceit, and Troll’s Essence.
Requires: Medicine Bag

Allows people to produce a wide variety of baked goods.
Examples are Bixie Crunchies, Lizard-On-A-Stick, and Dwarf Chops.
Requires: Oven

Allows any inhabitant of Norrath to produce potent alcoholic beverages.
Examples are:  Mead, Short Beer, Kalish, and Halas Heaters.
Requires: Still

Allows people to manufacture valuable metal items.
Examples:  Lockpicks, Muffin Tins, and Iron Boots.
Requires: Forge

FLETCHING: Allows anyone to construct a wide variety of bows and arrows.
Examples are:  Elm Linen Bow and a Class 1 Point Porcelain Arrow.
Requires: Fletching Kit

FORAGING: Allows nature oriented classes to find food and water.
Examples are: Grubs, Berries and Rabbits.
Requires: Nothing

FISHING:  Allows people to pull fresh fish from larger bodies of water.
Examples: Fish.
Requires: Fishing Pole and Bait

JEWEL CRAFT:  Allows anyone to fashion jewelry gems and precious metals.
Examples: Golden Hematite Choker, Engagement Rings, and Wedding Rings.
Requires: Jewelry Kit

POTTERY:  Allows people to craft clay into pottery.
Examples are Small Bowl, Small Clay Containter, and Clay Deity.
Requires:  Pottery Wheel and Kiln

RESEARCH: Permits the magi classes to assemble spells from component pieces.
Examples: None.
Requires: Tome (class specific)

TAILORING:  Allows anyone to sew fine leather items from hides and pelts.
Examples: Raw hide tunic, Backpack, and a Tattered Belt.
Requires: Tailoring Kit

TINKERING:  Allows Gnomes to fabricate mechanical items.
Example: Collapsible fishing pole, Gnomish Fireworks, and a Spyglass.
Requires: Toolbox

If you'd like to give us feedback regarding the game or to comment on something, please use the /feedback command.  This will bring up a screen identical in functionality to the /bug screen.  Please only use /feedback for feedback and comments, and /bug for bugs.


I.   WARRIOR - Warriors are the masters of armed combat, in all its many forms. They are at home on the battlefield, and are trained to take punishment as much as dole it out, so their Hit Points are the highest of any class.

II.   CLERIC - The Cleric is a holy man endowed by his patron deity with the power to heal, and, to a lesser extent, call upon the wrath of his deity to smite his foes. Prayer is how the Cleric gains his ability.

III.   PALADIN - Paladins are the very picture of a holy knight, fighting for the cause of good in all aspects of life.  They share some of the power of a Cleric, and a good deal of the fighting ability of a Warrior, but have a few powers all their own.  Paladins have the innate ability to Lay on Hands.

IV.   RANGER - The Ranger is a meld between a Warrior and a Druid, sharing some of the skills of both.  They are at home in the outdoors.

V.   SHADOW KNIGHT - The dark reflection to the Paladin class, Shadow Knights derive all of their powers from the evil gods whom they serve.    They are a meld of Warrior and Necromancer, and share some of their abilities and spells.  Shadow Knights have the innate ability to Harm Touch.

VI.   DRUID - A Druid is the complete master of his domain: the outdoors.  He is a friend to all flora and fauna and due to this, animals rarely ever attack him unless first attacked by the Druid.  They are Clerical spellcasters whose focus are all things natural, allowing them to call upon the forces of nature for their aid and defense.  They share some woodland skills with their Ranger brothers, but are much more limited to their choice of equipment.

VII.   MONK - Monks are dedicated to the pursuit of honing their bodies into a pure weapon, shunning nearly all weapons and most forms of armor.    They are very religious as well, and the gods are known to bless them not by prayers and spells, but by magically enhancing their attacks.

VIII.   BARD - The Bard's stock-in-trade is his ability to play songs. His songs are actually spells of a sort, and their magical affects last as long as the Bard continues to sing and play the correct instrument.  They have some passing knowledge of the Warrior ways (mainly for self-defense), but their main focus is always their art, and so they will never be as skillful as Warriors.

IX.   ROGUE - Rogues are the secretive, mysterious class of Norrath,.  Some say they are assassins, others say that they are nothing but common thieves, but the truth lies somewhere in the shadows between, for they are capable of both.  They are quite skilled with many weapons, but they cannot stand toe to toe with a Warrior, preferring to make the kill by a sudden attack from behind, at which they are extremely skilled. They would rather not be discovered at all or if they are, not be there when opponent's blows land. The shadier skills of picking locks and stealing are also their forte.

X.   SHAMAN - Similar to the Cleric, but are more of a tribal witch doctor, the Shaman are typically found amongst the more primitive races.    Their primary focus is the healing of Clerical renown, but they also employ a variety of augmentation and offensive spells.

XI.   NECROMANCER - These are the dark brotherhood of the arcane arts, dabbling in death.  Through evil spiritually based spells, they are able to animate dead bodies and skeletons to do their bidding, as well as having spells which leach life from their victims.

XII.   WIZARD -  Wizards are the master seekers of knowledge, and their talents and spells focus on this goal.  They use powerful spells to not only see things from afar, but to transport them there as well.  This thirst for arcane knowledge has also made them the true masters of the strongest form of defense: offensive spells of pure destruction. In their ability to do magical damage, they have no rival.

XIII.   MAGICIAN - Magicians are the summoner of the arcane arts, and wield the power to call forth everything from a loaf of bread to a huge Fire Elemental to fight for them.  While not as adept at offensive spells as Wizards, Magicians still wield considerable power in this area as well.

XIV.   ENCHANTER - The primary focus of this art can be summed up by the name of the arcane order to which it belongs: Enchantment. Their spells are crafted to enchant people, places, and things allowing them to charm beings and make them fight for their new master, or magically enhance the capabilities of a sword.    They have some proficiency in offensive spells, but cannot match a Wizard's skill.


To begin with, your keyboard will have the following commands pre-programmed.  To change these from the default, go to the "Windowed" view, and click the Options button in the top left corner.  From the choices available, pick Keyboard.  Click on the function you want to customize, and press the key you wish to change it to.

Keyboard Commands
Character Movement
Numpad 8 - Move Forward
Numpad 2 - Move Back
Numpad 4 - Move Left
Numpad 6 - Move Right
Right Control Key – Strafe (in conjunction with left and right movement keys)
Space Bar - Jump
Num Lock - Auto Run Toggle

Alternate Movement Keys
Up Arrow – Forward
Down Arrow – Backward
Left Arrow – Left
Right Arrow - Right
Camera Controls
F9 - Camera Toggle
F10 - Full/Partial Screen Toggle
F11 - Toggle Lag Meter
F12 - Toggle Mouse Look
Numpad 9 – Pitch up
Numpad 3 – Pitch Down
Numpad 7 – Zoom In
Numpad 1 – Zoom Out
Home Key – Center View
Right Alt Key + Movement Keys – Pan Camera

Alternate Camera Controls
Page Up – Pitch Up
Page Down – Pitch Down
Insert – Zoom In
Delete – Zoom Out
Hot box Commands
The hotkey banks contain six slots, all of which are activated by using the 1-6 keys, or by left-clicking on the desired slot with the mouse.  To place a skill, spell, combat, ability or social action into a hotkey slot, center the mouse icon over the desired key then press and hold the left mouse button for approximately 2 seconds.    The selected button will appear on the mouse icon, which may then be dragged over an empty hotkey and placed by left-clicking over the desired slot.

Change Hotkey bank – Shift + 1-6 keys
F1 – Self
F2 - Party Member 1
F3 - Party Member 2
F4 - Party Member 3
F5 - Party Member 4
F6 - Party Member 5
F7 - Nearest PC
F8 - Nearest NPC
Esc - Cancel Target
A - Auto-attack
C – Consider
D – Duck/Crouch
I – Inventory
T – Tell
H – Hail
Chat Commands
Enter – Toggle Chat bar On/Off
Shift + Up Arrow – Chat History Forward
Shift + Down – Chat History Back
Shift + Left – Cursor Left
Shift + Right – Cursor Right
Shift + Delete – Delete a line of text
Shift + Insert – Replace Line of text
Shift + Home – Places the cursor at the beginning of the chat line.
Shift + End – Places cursor at the end of the chat line.
Shift + Page Up – Scroll text window up.
Shift + Page Down – Scroll text window down.

Other Commands
"-" on the numerical keypad – takes a screenshot and stores it as a .bmp file in the EverQuest directory.
U – Activate or use the center of your view screen, such as opening doors, chests, and looting corpses.

/anon or /a (ON or OFF) - Makes you Anonymous in /who and /who all, preventing other players from seeing your class, level, and current location.
/assist - if you target a player who is engaged in combat, the /assist command will automatically target for you whoever that player is fighting at the moment -- this can be very useful in heavy combat.  To be most effective, it is best to set this as a Social (see IV.F above)
/autosplit - automatically splits any loot you get with the rest of your part.  Each member must do this to split all loot.
/bug or /b - takes you to a bug-reporting screen
/consent (player name) - gives player permission to loot your corpse
/consider or /con - gives vital statistics of a targeted PC or NPC
/duel or /d - challenges targeted PC to a duel - to accept, they type /d with you targeted as well. Duel is in effect until one "dies" (is knocked unconscious) or flees the zone
/em (text) or : (text) - emotes the text.  Some emotes have animations associated with them, most do not.  Other Emotes include:
/wave - waves at the targeted individual
/cry - cries
/nod - nods
/panic - screams in panic
/bow - bows to the targeted individual
/cheer - cheers
/rofl - roll on the floor laughing
/feedback - takes you to the feedback/comments screen
/friend (player name) – adds or removes a ‘friend’ from your friends list.    /friend (player name) will add the player to your list, and /friend (player name) again, with the same player, will remove him/her.  /friend by itself will list the players in your friends list.  A /who friend will let you know if anyone on your friends list is in the zone you are in, and a /who all friend will let you know if anyone on your friends list is on the server you are on.
/gsay or /g - text is seen by all in your group
/ignore (player name) - turns off all text from that player
/ooc - allows you to say something as yourself, not as your character, heard throughout the zone
/pet (command) - gives orders to a charmed or summoned pet.  Sample pet commands:
/pet guard here - tells the pet to guard its current location.
/pet guard me - tells the pet to attack anyone that attacks it's master, or that it's master attacks.
/pet follow me - tells the pet to follow you, but ends when you cross a zone line.
/pet attack <target> - tells the pet to attack the designated target.
/pet back off - tells the pet to stop its attack.
/pet as you were - returns the pet to neutral, belaying all prior orders.
/petition <msg> - Used to request assistance for a GM.  The more detailed <msg> is, the quicker the assistance can be rendered.
/played - gives you the birthdate & hours played w/ your character
/random (x) – Generates a random number between 1 and x.  This can be used to decide things randomly, for instance, who gets a recently acquired treasure.  Simply have the players who want the item each guess a number between 1 and x, and then use the command to randomly generate a number.  The player who guessed the number closest to the randomly generated number wins the treasure.
/shout - text is seen across entire zone
/shownames (ON or OFF) - turns on or off visible names above PC's and NPC's heads.    Red names are PvP, Blue names are -PvP
/split # # # # - splits a defined amount of money with your group: plat, gold, silver, & copper respectively...i.e. /split 4 3 2 0 splits 4 plat, 3 gold, 2 silver, and 0 copper with the rest of the group.  All numbers must be present, use 0 for coins to not be split.
/tell (player name) - text is seen by named player anywhere in the game
/time - gives you the time of day in Norrath

/who - lists all player characters in your zone
/who corpse - lists all the corpses a player has in the current zone
/who all - lists all player characters in the world

Note: /who and /who all are also usable with masks to look for certain players or classes online.  For example:

/who wiz all - generates a list of all Wizards online in all zones
/who 1 5 all – generates a list of all players in online who are between levels 1 and 5.
/who ae all - generates a list of all characters whose names begin with Ae
/who gm all - generates a list of all the GM's that are online
/who all friend – generates a list of the players in your friends list who are online (see the /friend command)

Please also note that the GM's are grouped into differing types.
GM-Admins are Sony Administrators that can answer your questions and resolve issues.
GM-Coders and GM-Areas are Sony developers and artists that are resolving game issues and are not available for questions.
GUIDES are fellow testers that are there to answer gameplay questions, and assist in problem resolution due to bugs.

 APPENDIX D - Use of the Chat Screen and Chat Channels

Names in red in the player list are 989 Staff personal
Names proceeded by 989- are official Technical Support staff.
Names in blue are official non-staff Guides.

Private Messages
You can send a private message to another player, unseen by anyone else. Type a '/' and the player's name and then your message.

E.g.: To type a private message to Fred, type:

/Fred Hello Fred!

You can send emoticons (means of expressing actions without "speaking".)
Type a ':' before your message.

E.g.: if your name is Fred and you type   :laughs out loud
Appears as:    Fred laughs out loud.

"Pound" Commands

#goto <handle>
Go to wherever channel/game player <handle> is in.
Lists all the players you are ignoring

#ignore <handle>
Start ignoring a player

Make your own Chat Channel

Reports YOUR IP address

Pages all staff on the system, if you require help.

Find out your Privilege Status Level

Report bad language/behavior/harrassment

#channel allow <handle>
Allow player <handle> access to this channel.

#channel kick <handle>
Bar player <handle> from this channel. Unbar using #allow

Alias for #ignore

#tell on/off
Ignore private messages (tell) using #tell off
Turn them on again using #tell on

#unignore <handle>
Stop ignoring a player

Alias for #unignore

#whereis <handle
Find out what channel/game player <handle> is in.


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