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<span style="color:#0000ff">'''[[Wizard|<span style="color:#0000ff">Owl</span>]]-''' The "mage" class</span>
<span style="color:#0000ff">'''[[Wizard|<span style="color:#0000ff">Owl</span>]]-''' The "mage" class</span>
* '''Main stat:''' Intelligence
* '''Main stat:''' Intelligence
* '''Weapons:''' Wands, Staffs, and Tridents
* '''Weapons:''' Wands and staffs
* '''OffHand:''' Brittle Tomes and Ancient Tomes
* '''OffHand:''' Brittle Tomes and Ancient Tomes
<span style="color:#ff0000">'''[[Warrior|<span style="color:#ff0000">Bear</span>]]-''' The "warrior" class</span>
<span style="color:#ff0000">'''[[Warrior|<span style="color:#ff0000">Bear</span>]]-''' The "warrior" class</span>

Revision as of 23:38, 8 December 2019

Version 0.4.0: This article may not be up to date for the latest version of Isleward.

What is Isleward

Isleward is a multiplayer roguelike currently in development by Big Bad Waffle. The game is based around creating a character, exploring different islands, fighting mobs (monsters), forming a party, and spelunking and completing dungeons in search of treasure. Strengthening your character through looting better equipment and leveling up by gaining experience is also an integral part of the process!

The game is open-source, and the code and other assets can be found on the Gitlab. Thus, players can help spot bugs or even write mods to improve the game.

Registering an Account

To make an account, navigate to https://play.isleward.com, enter a username and password and press register.

Note: If your ISP blocks websocket access, try https://play.isleward.com/?polling

Note: Your account name and password should be kept privately. Do not share them with others.

Note: Do not lose your password as password recovery mechanism is not yet implemented!


The first step in creating a new character is choosing a"spirit." As a general rule, focus on increasing your spirit’s main stat (see below for ways to do this), as that is what your weapon’s damage scales from.

Owl- The "mage" class

  • Main stat: Intelligence
  • Weapons: Wands and staffs
  • OffHand: Brittle Tomes and Ancient Tomes

Bear- The "warrior" class

  • Main stat: Strength
  • Weapons: Swords and Axes
  • OffHand: Shields

Lynx- The "rogue" class

  • Main stat: Dexterity
  • Weapons: Spears and Daggers
  • OffHand: Shields

You will also see a box with different prophecies on the right. Prophecies are special and permanent modifications to characters chosen at character creation.

It isn't recommended for beginners, ignore these at first (You can at least take Titangrip that will boost your weapon stats).



Use WASD or arrow keys to move, or QEZC to move diagonally. Every move you do queues up on the server and every turn you move one square down the queue. Press ESC to clear your queue.


Click a monster or use tab to select one to attack.

Press space to activate your automatic attack with your main weapon. Note that you do not need to continue activating your weapon; it will keep going as long as you continue to fight the same monster.

Press 1, 2, 3 or 4 to activate the abilities that come from your runes (see below).

Controls List

Keystroke Function
WASD, QEZC, Arrows Movement
Left Click Select
Tab Cycle between targets
Space Activate auto-attack
1, 2, 3, 4 Use abilities from your runes
G Fishing/gathering herbs
I Open inventory
Escape Close windows
Cancel movement queue
V Show nameplates
H Show help
J Show character stats and equipments
O List online players
P Open passive tree
Enter Open Chat, Send Message
M Open crafting GUI
R Use the equipped quickslot item

Character Info

Press J to open up your character sheet. On the first page you will see all your basic stats and the equipment your character is wearing/using. At the top you will see tabs that will allow you to access three more pages with additional info.

The info on your weapon damage and what abilities your runes give you can be found moving your mouse pointer over the boxes in the upper-right corner of the main screen (the one where you move, fight, etc.). There may be up to five boxes there depending upon how many runes you have equipped (see below). The box furthest to the left is your main weapon, which performs your auto-attack.

Equipping Items

Most of the time when you kill a mob/monster, you will see "loot" (treasure) appear where the monster was. Simply move into that space to pick it up. Most of the time the loot will be an item.

  • Press I to open up your inventory. Left-click the item to see its stats. To equip the item, right click the item you want to equip, and click equip on the dropdown menu
  • Also you can press J to open up character sheet. Then click on any equipment slot to see all items available to use in that slot. Click on the item you want to equip.

You can do the same with runes, except that in your inventory you need to select "learn" on the dropdown menu.

Where to farm

Can be different depending on the luck you have on your gear.

Complete Quests

Excess Gear and Runes

  • If you have excess gear, salvage it by right clicking and selecting salvage. You can use the material you salvage to improve your gear
  • If you have excess runes, make sure to sell them. Runes bring in lots of money, which you will be happy to have later when you are buying gear from the Akarei and the Priest

How to Survive

  • Do not AFK where auto-aggro mobs spawn. You will die
  • Make a party with friends or other players, you will get full EXP and loot, don't worry. (You still have to hit the enemy, at least once)
  • Don't bite off more than you can chew, make sure you can survive farming in the next area if you want to move on
  • Make consumables to quickly restore some health in the middle of a fight
    • Fish for Sun Carps and cook them at the Hermit's fire. (Make sure to buy sticks from the hermit to cook them on)
    • Craft minor healing potions in the city at Estrid's shop using the Alchemy Workbench. (Buy vials from Estrid). Each potion heals half your health
      • To craft a minor potion you need 3 Skyblossoms and one empty vial. Skyblossoms can be found randomly around the map, to collect one stand on it and press G.
      • Be cautious when using healing potions, as they have a cooldown

Card Sets

  • If you obtain a full set of cards you can turn them in to Vikar in the city for a reward depending upon the cards.


  • Throughout Isleward there are multiple vendors, each one you can buy and sell from
    • The Hermit sells flimsy fishing rods, sticks, and random gear for new players
    • Vikar sells basic starting runes
    • Estrid sells empty vials.
    • Thaumaturge Yala sells Akarei necklaces if you are honored with the Akarei. (Give her digested crystals that drop from Crystal Snails and Crystal Whelks to gain reputation with the Akarei)
    • The Gaekatla Priest sells Gaekatla gear, but you must have a certain reputation with Gaekatla to buy gear from him. (Gain reputation with Gaekatla by killing monsters in the Estuary)


  • Fishing is a great way to pass time and get some nice healing consumables
  • To fish you need to be next to a school of fish and press G. After a few seconds you will either catch nothing, catch a cerulean pearl (used to augment fishing rods), or catch a fish
  • You can only catch one type of fish for now, sun carps, but depending on the weight of the fish, the fish will have a specific name and will give different amounts of health when cooked and consumed

General Community information

Chat Color / Prefix

  • Color
Gray : Default chat color for everyone
White : Patron / Moderator color
Light blue : Developer color
  • Prefix
(m) : Moderator
(p) : Patron
(dev) : Developer

Ask for Help

  • The Isleward community is very friendly, if you have a question or need help, just type it in chat

Do not Beg

  • The chat is not your personal begging grounds. Do not use it as such. Nobody likes a beggar in the chat, work for loot, don't beg for it

Don’t Flood the Main Chat

  • If you are in a party, type %<message> to use party chat
  • There is also whispering by :
    • Typing @<player’s name> <message>
    • Pressing O and right clicking a name
  • Create or join a custom channel by typing /join <channel name> and leave using /leave <channel name>. Chat in the channel using $<channel name> <message>

Useful Links

Credit : First written by ChaosBearer, formatted by Polfy