Last updated: Exalt Version (Feb 2022)
Music: Fountains

The Nexus is the hub area in Realm of the Mad God and a safe zone from enemies. In the Nexus, you can interact and trade with other players, customize your options, purchase Realm Gold and items, and access the Shop. It also allows access to your Vault, Guild Hall and Pet Yard, as well as The Tinkerer, the Login Seer and the Wall of Fame. Finally, the Nexus is the gateway to the Realm.

A portal to the Nexus will appear when any of Oryx’s three incarnations are defeated. However, players can return to the Nexus at any time from anywhere by pressing the “Nexus” icon on the right sidebar, or most commonly from pressing a hotkey (default R, but customizable from the Options menu). Players can return to the Nexus with no delay (not counting the loading screen) by using any of these methods. Therefore, “Nexusing” is a common way to prevent death if players suddenly find themselves in a bad situation.


The Nexus changes themes seasonally, and during holidays or certain events. There are currently 6 themes:

  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Month of the Mad God (changes each year)
  • Autumn
  • Halloween
  • Christmas

There exists a generic-themed Nexus using the Vault tileset, but that theme has not been used since the implementation of all the seasonal themes.

The current Nexus has an 8-hour day-sunset-night-sunrise time cycle, with four maps.

When the cycle switches in Nexus, the map for the new cycle will overlay any map tiles you have previously uncovered.

Spring Nexus (Current)

Winter Nexus Layout

Full resolution map here

Spawn Point

Spawn Location

It is here that players go when they escape to safety by pressing the Nexus key – R by default, clicking the temple icon Temple, or entering a Nexus portal.

  • Name Change Statue
    Golden Statue
    The shiny gold statue in the northwest corner of the spawn platform allows you to choose a unique name for yourself. This name must contain no more than 10 characters, and only letters are allowed. Once you have your name, it will cost 1000 Realm Gold to change it again.

  • Guild Hall Portal
    Guild Hall Portal
    The brown door in the southwest corner of the spawn platform is a portal leading to the Guild Hall, where you can meet with members of your guild. You may only go through this door if you are in a guild.

  • Vault Portal
    Vault Door
    Located in the southeast corner of the spawn platform, the Vault allows you to store items that you don’t currently need or want. Items in the vault are not lost with the death of a character.

  • Pet Yard Portal
    Pet Yard Portal
    In the northeast corner of the platform is the Pet Yard, an area where pets can be hatched, fed, and upgraded.

  • Character Change Statue
    Stone Statue
    Two grey statues north of the spawn platform. These take you back to the character selection screen, where you can switch to a different character, switch to a different server, or log out of your current account.


Fountain Locations

Six fountains are placed around the Nexus: two by spawn and four by the Realm portals. They are not marked on the map but can easily found near the water.

The fountains will heal a nearby injured player at a rate of +100 HP every 1-2 seconds, though they only heal one person at a time.


Shop Locations

Regular Shops
The Nexus has eight shops, in which Realm Gold (and rarely, Fame) can be used to purchase items. They can have up to 12 items on display, which appear throughout the day. Prices remain constant until a few minutes before the item sales end, at which point they can be found at a discount.

Each shop area deals in a particular type of goods:

Mystery Box Shop
Mystery Box Shop
North of the spawn area is the Shop which sells Mystery Boxes, offering the chance to receive a variety of items, along with item Packages. Step on the yellow tiles to see what is being offered. The shop is manned by an NPC also named “Mystery Box Shop”

The Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar Portal
Between the middle and lower shops of the eastern and western walls are portals to the Grand Bazaar, which offers everything the nexus also has to offer, but all in one grand place. For more information, see the Grand Bazaar.

The Daily Quest Room

Daily Quest Room Location    Daily Quest Room Portal

To the right of the Mystery Box Shop is the Daily Quest Room which leads to the Tinkerer and the Login Seer. The Tinkerer offers rewards for bringing specific items, and the Login Seer offers rewards for logging in daily.

Realm Portals

Realm Portals Location    Realm Portal

Once you’re ready to return to combat with Oryx’s minions, you come to the northernmost part of Nexus to enter a Realm portal.

The number of realms available changes often, depending on the population of the current server and which realms are sealed off. There can be up to 8 available at once, or there can be none at all (although having fewer than 2 is rare and temporary). Each is named after a minion, usually a god.

Below each portal is some fraction, with a denominator of 85 and the numerator displaying the current number of players in that realm. All realms are instances of the identical game; there are no differences in difficulty, skill level, or guild inclusion.

Guild Book

Guild Book Location

After getting at least 1000 fame, you can come to the northwest wing of Nexus to create a guild by interacting with the guild book. You will need to choose a unique name for your guild.

If you have already joined a guild, you can come here to leave the guild.

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame Location
Wall of Fame

To the left of the Realm Portals is the Wall of Fame which there is a structure, when you stay closer to it, it shows an option in which it shows the option to open. When opened, it displays every person that bought the Unity Support Campaign.

Previous Nexus Layouts

Halloween Nexus (no alchemist)
Halloween Nexus (no alchemist - brightened labyrinth)
Halloween Nexus (with alchemist)
Halloween Nexus (with alchemist - brightened labyrinth)
Christmas Nexus
Classic Nexus 2010 (not full)
Classic Nexus 2011 v1 (not full)
Classic Nexus 2011 v2 (not full)
Default Nexus
Autumn Nexus
Autumn Nexus (without alchemist)
Old Halloween Nexus
New Spring Nexus
Old Spring Nexus
Winter Nexus
Winter Nexus (without alchemist)


In February 2014 following the hacking of Realm by SwatSec, the Nexus was devastated with many player graves. This look was echoed in the Battle for the Nexus dungeon which was released afterwards.