Getting Started

RotMG means Realm of the Mad God. It is a common abbreviation for the game’s title.

In RotMG, death is permanent: in other words, when you die, you die. There is no respawning with the same stats; every character must begin at level 1. Furthermore, all items equipped by a character or stored in their inventory are lost upon death; you can’t keep anything, unless you store it in the Vault or another character’s inventory prior to death. Click here for a guide on how to choose your equipment.

Realm Gold

All players start with 40 Realm Gold (gold), and can buy more with real currency. Gold allows you to buy various items such as dyes, cloths, pet eggs, pet food, equipment, vault chests, and character slots.

Note that money spent on Realm Gold goes to the developers, and supports them in making a better game.


Fame is obtained as you survive and gain XP from the monsters you kill in the realm. Fame cannot be accessed or used until a character dies, earning it. Fame can be used to feed items to pets, found & upgrade Guilds, and–occasionally–purchase Mystery Boxes in the Nexus.


In RotMG, there is no standard currency–all trading consists of equipment, potions, and other items. Done correctly, trading is an efficient and secure method of acquiring wanted items (so long as they are not Soulbound).

Before trading, it is recommended that you check the wiki for an item’s tier (which gives a rough idea of its value). It may also be helpful to check the Current Offers on RealmEye’s trading page; this shows what other users are willing to buy and sell their items for.

Unless using a service like RealmEye, trading is generally verbal–basically, tell other players what you have and what you’d like in exchange. As a helpful tip, try not to spam the Nexus with messages, and be polite to other traders; you’ll generally get a better deal!

If you’d like to sell something fast, many traders gather in the Nexus on the server USWest4.

Basic Trading Procedure
  1. Get someone to trade with you by offering to sell something to them, or buy something from them. Click on their character icon and request a trade.

  2. If you haven’t discussed the exact details of your trade in chat, check the other person’s inventory for items you want. Let them inspect yours too.

  3. Select the item(s) in your inventory you want to trade. The other player will select the item(s) they wish to trade. Make sure you know what you’re selling and what you’ll receive–some scammers try to remove items from the trade at the last second, or switch them for less valuable items.

  4. Accept the trade and thank your trading partner in chat.

  5. If the trade was good, you may wish to lock the other person as a reminder that they are a fair trader. However, this is up to you–if you’re not interested, leave them be and enjoy Realm!

Note: If you are trading frequently or dealing in valuable items, we recommend making sure that your trading partner is not a scammer. This can be done using the RealmEye database of user reports; for more information, reference the MrEyeball commands “Tag,” “Untag,” and “Scammer.” Also, pay attention to what other players are saying; if they’re calling someone a scammer, be careful!


The HUD is the user interface for RotMG, which contains several components.

On the mini map in the top right, several dots are used to represent players. You can click on these dots to see what players are in a certain area, and teleport to them if possible. Most players are represented by yellow dots; however, gray dots represent unnamed players, and green dots represent your guild mates. Red dots represent monsters, and also show the location of quests and some other Heroes of Oryx from any distance. Note that uou can zoom in and out the minimap by scrolling, or clicking the “+” and “-” signs on top of it.

Each different realm (given names such as Medusa, Flayer, Ogre, etc) randomly generates a world map upon opening. Generally, lower level monsters are found towards the outside of the map, while the most powerful monsters are found within the Godlands at the center. If you are a low level player, be careful when teleporting to a large group of level 20 players near the Godlands.

On the side you can lock people in your grid. They stay there until you unlock them, and while they are locked you can easily teleport to them.

It may help to set your teleport to the nexus hotkey to F so that if you are in trouble you can teleport out fast. For even more convenience, set your health and mana potions to keys near your movement keys in case you need a quick boost of either of them.


Introduced in build 121, guilds are a feature to help players organize and interact. They cost 1000 fame to make, can hold up to 50 members, and allow 5 different ranks.

The Nexus

This is the place where you start. It is where you can safely trade, heal and access your Vault to store items.


The best way to interact with other players is to use social common sense! Be polite and have fun!

Finally, RotMG means Realm of the Mad God. Use this list to understand RotMG slang.

Once you’ve reached level 20 with a few characters, you’ll probably be looking for the next challenge. For information on the trickiest area on the normal game map, see here.

All this is summed up nicely in this Beginner’s Guide to Realm video, made by IanW.

Vital Combat

Introduced in Exalt Version (Sep 2020), Vital Combat is the combat system used by the game, which modifies the effectiveness of resource recovery depending on how frequently players can avoid damage. See the page for more details.

Choosing Equipment

This page should help provide further insight into choosing equipment for your character(s).

If you are new to Realm of the Mad God, check out these pages for an introduction and tips to help you succeed!