Step 1: Installer

download installer

  • Right click the installer and run as admin.
  • Do not change the default install path!
  • If the installer won't run, delete it, and download again.
  • To verify the download completed:
    right click the installer > properties > size of 571 MB is correct

Step 2: Replace client and DAT Files

download zip

  • Unzip for three files:
    acclient.exe, client_cell_1.dat, and client_portal.dat
  • Copy and paste all three files into your Turbine > AC folder.
  • Click “Replace the files.”

Step 3: ThwargLauncher

download launcher

Step 4: Account Creation

Harvestbud - 3 account limit
Reefcull - unlimited accounts

Step 5: Character Creation

  • Battle mage - 46 skill credits
    specialize War or Void
    train Life, Mana Con

  • Four school mage - 50 skill credits
    train War or Void, Life, Creature, Item, Mana Con

  • Void hits harder than War at starting levels, but Void has no quest casters.
    War hits harder than Void with Minor Atlan wands, equippable around level 40.

  • Archer - 44 skill credits
    specialize Missile Weapons
    train Melee D, Fletching, Healing, Item, Mana Con

  • Alchemy is no longer needed. Prismatic ammo is equippable around level 30.

  • High damage melee - 46 skill credits
    specialize Two Hand Combat
    train Melee D, Healing, Item, Mana Con

  • Tank melee - 46 or 44 skill credits
    specialize Heavy or Finesse and Dual Wield
    train Melee D, Healing, Item, Mana Con

  • Two hand weapons all double strike. Cleavers (anything except spears) can also hit two enemies at once, for a total of up to four hits per swing. The trade-off is lower melee defense, and no shield option.

    Dual wielding applies the highest defense and attack modifiers of two weapons. Shield skill can wait until higher levels.


Protips for starting out:

  • Unused skill credits carry over. Put them towards Summoning or magic.
  • Save credits on buffs. Facility Hub Master Enchanter sells level 4s, or use buff bots.
  • Sneak Attack and Recklessness are optional, and dependent on play style.
  • Speced Healing adds a 40% bonus, but it's unnecessary at starting health levels.
  • Avoid speced defenses. The bonus damage reduction is negligible until high levels.

Direct3D error

  • Fullscreen often causes an error when entering the world.
  • At the character selection screen, hold Alt + Enter to change to window mode.
  • This may result in a tiny window. Ignore this for now and click Enter.
  • Press F11, click the Config tab, and set your preferred resolution.
  • If you wish to use fullscreen, set up Decal, then see if it will work for you.


Install Decal

download decal

  • Right click the installer and run as admin.
  • Do not change the default install path!
  • If you receive this error message, run the DirectX installer, then try again.
  • Start Decal, and close the pop up that says the client is out of date.
  • Click update in Decal.
  • A red X for the filter "Version 1 plugin surrogate" is normal.
  • If you have all red Xs, go back to step 1 and replace acclient.exe from the zip file.

Add ThwargFilter.dll

  • Click add > browse > Program Files (x86) > Thwargle Games
  • Select ThwargFilter.dll and save, as shown below.
  • Enable Decal injection in the bottom right corner of ThwargLauncher.
  • Log in and stay in game for at least 30 seconds before installing any plugins.
  • AC will close with no error message if ThwargFilter.dll has not been added properly.

add thwargfilter

Virindi Bundle plugins

download virindi bundle

  • Right click and run the installer as admin.
  • Do not change the default install path!
  • Click Check Libs and install anything it says you are missing.
  • Uncheck Virindi Integrator 2 in Decal, or you will see disconnect chat messages.

Virindi Tank

  • Beginner Guide
  • Wiki
  • Disable peace mode when idle, or bots may freeze changing combat positions.
  • Add the /fixcombat chat command to a meta if you have issues.
  • Disable repeat attacks for dual wield.
  • If text is too large, reduce Windows font scaling

Virindi Global Inventory

  • Wiki
  • Rename _Reefcull.db or _Hightide.db to a retail server name
  • i.e. _Leefcull.db or _Darktide.db


download .dll files

Special thanks to Diablorath and Xanius.

  • Download these two files: GoArrow.dll and GoArrow.dll.config
  • Copy and paste both files into your GoArrow folder. Click “Replace the files.”
  • The default location is C:\Games\VirindiPlugins\GoArrowVVSEdition
  • Restart AC.


ThwargLauncher Setup

  • Change ThwargLauncher to Advanced View in the bottom left corner.
  • Click Help and follow the instructions for UserPreferences.ini and Decal settings.
  • Click OnLogin Cmds and add automatic chat commands for /loadui or Vtank.

Reduce CPU and GPU use

  • AC runs at excessive frame rates, but it's easily controlled outside of the game.
  • Set a frame rate target of 60 to 120 FPS for your active window.
    Nvidia graphics: MSI Afterburner
    AMD graphics: Radeon Chill
    Intel graphics: AC Power Saver for Decal

Unattended Bots

  • In Decal options, enable "No movies" and "No logos."
  • In ThwargLauncher, enable Auto Relaunch at the top right corner.

Decal Plugins and Metas

Recommended plugins

Link Description
Virindi Bundle Includes everything most people need. By Virindi.

See the Wiki for help.
Loot Snob Loot profile for Virindi Tank. By Immortal Bob.
UtilityBelt DungeonMaps, QuestTracker, AutoSalvage, AutoVendor, AutoTrade, AutoTinker and much more. By trevis, Schneebly, Harli, Yonneh and Cosmic Jester. GitLab
TreeStats Upload character and allegiance info to the TreeStats website. By Petridish.
Mag-Tools Remove window borders, frame limit out of focus windows, suit builder, and meta utilities. By Mag-nus.

See the Wiki for help.
Scrolls Makes level 8 scrolls and shows which you've learned. By Mania. Updated by pappy.
Radar Add-on Required for MiniMap and some features of AC+. By Flynn.
MiniMap Adds dungeon walls to the radar. Unvisited areas show in white, while visited areas are shown in blue. By Flynn.
AC+ Chat filters and much more. By Flynn. Updated by Virindi.

See Silo's Toy Box for description.
AC Power Saver Intel graphics significantly benefit from the default settings. Prevents CPU throttling, overheating, and fan noise. By Lino.

Nvidia and AMD frame targeting utilities are linked here.

Metas and Bots

Link Description
IBControl Fellowship control meta. See second post for instructions.
Autocrafter Ammo crafting meta.
IBAirport Portal bot meta.
BuffCaster Buff bot meta.
SkunkTrader Trade bot script for SkunkWorks.
Mission Impossible Meta builder for Virindi Tank. By Harli. GitHub.


Link Description
Thwarg Launcher Recommended launcher for all emulators and servers.
By the most famous musician in Dereth, Thwargle.

Tutorial video for advanced mode.
Endy's Tinkering Calculator Note for Iron / Granite calculator:
Results table can save a lot of granite vs. "best average."
2 to 4 fewer bags is usually within 1% difference.
Decal Registry Cleaner Only use as a last resort for old installs!
For issues with new installs, ask for help.
Virindi Views Cleaner Only use as a last resort for old installs!
For issues with new installs, ask for help.


Click here for the full list of quests through January 2006

New content for June:
Stipends given by Monroe at Arwic LS, once per week.
Aetheria, cloaks, trinkets and void casters in loot.
Set armor buffs i.e. adept, defender, tinker, hearty, and proofs.
Sets appear in Dark Isle, Graveyard, Mana Forges and Legendary chests.
Master Fletcher sells upgraded prismatic and greater deadly ammo.
Item tinkering devices i.e. imperil lenses, horns, medals, and virindi essences.
Casino rewards updated. Turn in ancient trinkets for random exp.
Shadow armor updated to 9 piece suits with set buffs.

New quests

Link Rewards
Graveyard kill tasks NPCs in the bunker at 65.4S, 44.0W.
80m exp and 5 legendary keys each.
Deathtail 100m exp and one Ancient Mhoire Coin.
Society flagging Access to stronghold vendors and initiate quests.
20m exp. 120+
Glenden Wood Invasion Up to 150m exp. Slash rend bow.
AL 400 gauntlets with major quickness and regens.
80+, 100+, and 130+ tiers.
Repaired Shadow Stone 161m exp and hookable frost ward. 125+
Collegium Occultus Ring 100m exp and major storm ward ring. 130+
Faces of the Mukkir Up to 99m exp and weapon tinkering cantrip orb.
40+, 60+, 80+ and 100+ tiers.
Necklace of the Elemental Adepts 78m exp and necklace with 4x minor wards. 100+
Lunnum's Disappearance 18m exp. 100+
Head of Baron Entemarre 30m exp and AL 300 gloves with moderate coordination. 80+
The Shadows of Bitter Winter 20m exp and shadow slayer melee weapons. 80+
Nexus Commander's Helm AL 400 major frost ward helm. No exp. 100+
Glenden Wood Invaders 3.5m exp and Glenden Wood Recall.