In both RO and RO2, the minimap gives players a quick glimpse of where they are on the current map. In RO the minimap can display the entire map while in RO2 the map only displays a certain area.
RO's minimap is very basic in that it allows players to zoom in and out of the map they are on. Players can adjust the opacity of the map or make it disappear by pressing Ctrl + Tab or clicking on the Map button.
Talking to a guide NPC in a town was the only way to find certain things on the minimap such as inns and weapon shops. The guide NPC would then mark the map with various + signs of different colors to indicate the location. If you only have one location marked on the minimap, zooming all the way in on the minimap will cause a blue arrow to pop up to indicate the direction of the + mark. The + signs can only be removed either by going to the marked location or by asking the guide NPC to remove all marks.
It wasn't until the Navigation System was added in 2012 that icons were added to the minimap. Clicking on an icon on the minimap will activate the navigation system to lead players to the selected icon.
- Guide NPCs are indicated by a magnifying glass icon. ()
- Inns are indicated by a bed icon. ()
- Storage NPCs are indicated by a chest icon. ()
- Tool Dealers are indicated by a potion icon. ()
- Weapon Dealers are indicated by a sword icon. ()
- Armor Dealers are indicated by a shield icon. ()
- Repairmen are indicated by a hammer icon. ()
- Quest NPCs are indicated by a yellow plus sign. (+)
- Portals are indicated by a red dot.
Minimap icons will only lead players to NPCs that deal in Zeny, which means players cannot utilize them to find NPC vendors that deal in Splendide Coins, Manuk Coins, and Mora Coins. At this time, there is no option to disable the icons on the minimap.
Ragnarok Online IIRO2's minimap reflects modern MMORPG features such as a channel menu and a dungeon finder. A later update added a server time display.
- Mailboxes are indicated by a letter icon. (File:Minimap Letter.png)
- General Merchants are indicated by a bag icon. (File:Minimap Bag.png)
- Weapon Merchants are indicated by a double sword icon. (File:Minimap DoubleSwords.png)
- Armor Merchants are indicated by a shield icon. (File:Minimap Shield2.png)
- Food Merchants are indicated by a chef hat icon. (File:Minimap ChefHat.png)
- Card Merchants are indicated by a card icon. (File:Minimap Card.png)
- Life Job Experts are indicated by a spool icon. (File:Minimap Spool.png)
- Union NPCs are indicated by a herald trumpet icon. (File:Minimap HeraldTrumpet.png)
- Repairman NPCs are indicated by a hammer icon. (File:Minimap Hammer2.png)
- Refinement and Disassembly NPCs are indicated by an anvil icon. (File:Minimap Anvil.png)
- Mount NPCs are indicated by a Pecopeco icon. (File:Minimap PecoPeco.png)
- Guild NPCs are indicated by a guild banner icon. (File:Minimap GuildBanner.png)
- Auction House NPCs are indicated by a balance scale icon. (File:Minimap BalanceScale.png)
- Kafra Services are indicated by a purple cone icon. (File:Minimap Cone.png)
- Flight transportation NPCs are indicated by a winged broom icon. (File:Minimap WingedBroom.png)
- Portals are indicated by a gear icon. (File:Minimap Gear.png)
- Save Point NPCs are indicated by a pillar icon. (File:Minimap Pillar.png)
Minimap icons can be enabled and disabled by clicking on the right arrow on the Map window.
RO never had a world map in-game until 2007 when it was implemented along with the Battlegrounds update. In comparison, RO2 was developed to be launched with a world map of its own.
The default hotkeys to access the world map is Ctrl + ~ in RO while it is M in RO2. RO2's world map can be displayed in 3 different opacities by pressing M multiple times.
Exclusive to RO is the ability to find prime spots to hunt certain monsters as well as the preferred level range of every map. To use this, open up the world map and click on the Poring with a magnifying glass located on the bottom right corner. This also shows dungeon monsters and level ranges as well.
RO2's version of this feature only activates when on a hunting quest. Monsters corresponding to the hunting quest will show up as red dots on the minimap.
Party & Guild Indicators
Indicators showing party members and guildmembers will show up on the World Map.
- Party Members - Highlighted as pink dots on the world map in RO. In RO2, party members are indicated as purple dots.
- Guildmembers - In RO, guildmembers are indicated by pink triangles on the world map. In RO2, guildmembers are indicated as blue dots.
- Patch (2017 Nov. 08)
- World map will be improved to allow navigation to dungeons when used.
- Patch (2016 Nov. 16)
- Improved to display new map in World Map image.
- Patch (2016 Mar. 30)
- Added the command '/minimap' which hides extra Minimap options (Navigation, Magnifying Glass or Extended Map).
- Added an 'ON/OFF' command to make the Minimap follow the character.
- Patch (2014 Jan. 09)
- The World Map is renewed:
- New World and localized maps are added.
- NPCs and monsters will we added to the search function.
- The navigation route will be displayed on the World Map.
- The World Map will show the airship route but it will not show the real position.
- The World Map is renewed:
- World Map & Navigation Update (2014 Jan. 07)
- Integrated navigation system into World Map.
- Patch (2013 Dec.)
- Added New World/Jotunheim World Map and culture town maps.
- Patch (2012 May 30)
- Changed the mini-map to show a more accurate position of oneself on the map.
- Fixed a bug where the NPC location marker on the minimap was visible through the World Map window.
- Patch (2009 Nov. 18)
- On the World Map screen (ctrl + `), you can now use 'alt' to toggle field names and 'tab' to toggle the monster map.
- Patch (2009 Jul. 17)
- The monster information button on the World Map has been moved to the lower right and has a new image.
- Patch (2007 Dec. 05)
- The World Map system has been added.
- The shortcut key is Ctrl + ` (left of the 1 key on most keyboards).
- You can view the minimap by clicking on that map.
- Party members are indicated on the map, and you can view their names by mousing over that map. Party members also show up on that maps minimap.
- You can also view your own position within the game world.
- The World Map system has been added.
- Patch (2004 Dec. 14)
- Party member display on the minimap has been modified to make it easier to see.
- Patch (2003 Dec. 30)
- Members of the same guild will now appear as pink triangles on the mini map if on the same map. Previously, only party members were visually represented.
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