Dragon’s Prophet

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Dragon’s Prophet is a 3D fantasy MMORPG that transports players into the mysterious world of Auratia. Become an honorary knight fighting a dangerous territorial war involving mankind, dragons, and dark magic. Encounter over 300 different types of dragons to battle, capture, train, and ride. Challenge rival guilds and reign supreme in this action-packed F2P adventure.

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Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment
Playerbase: Medium
Graphics: High
Type: MMORPG
EXP Rate: Medium
PvP: Yes
Filesize: 7.8 Gb

Pros: + Great graphics. + Fast action-based combat. + Wide variety of dragons and monsters to battle. + Cool dragon mounts. + Instances can be done solo. + Diverse home building system for individuals and guilds.

Cons: – Lots of grinding. – No auto-walk feature. — Very limited inventory space.  — Reliance on cash shop for full enjoyment of the game.  – Action combat style may not be for everyone.

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Overview

Dragon’s Prophet Overview

From the creators of Runes of Magic, Dragon’s Prophet is a free to play fantasy MMO that transports you to Auratia, a realm where dragons fill the sky. For the first time ever, you have the ability to capture, train and ride your very own dragons!

Dragon’s Prophet is a free-to-play MMO that’s entirely dragon-based. Developed by the same creators of Runes of Magic players enter the majestic world of Auratia to battle, capture, train, ride, and fight alongside dragons. There are over 300 unique type of dragons each capable of different skills, powers, and special abilities. Complete challenging quests, clear treacherous monster inhabited instances with friends, and join a guild to participate in large-scale territorial wars. Players must use skill mastery and their chosen dragon companion strategically for an advantage in the game’s action-oriented combat. Build a homestead or even establish a kingdom to rule in this fun fantasy adventure from Sony Online Entertainment. .

Features:

Dragons Everywhere - In a world shaped by dragon-kind, more than 300 unique dragons roam the lands. Fight, capture, train and ride them in order to unlock their unique skills and abilities.

Action-Based Combat System – Dragon’s Prophet uses a unique auto-target and combo system to give players more realistic battle action gameplay. This system gives players a higher degree of control with a wider range of tactical options than traditional MMOs.

Beautiful Immersive World – Players are transported to the breathtaking world of Auratia, which is filled with amazingly detailed landscapes. Mysteries, challenges and monsters await as players fight for their survival and that of the entire realm.

Extensive Housing System – Let your imagination and expectations run wild. Players have complete control to construct epic structures that defy imagination. Let the decorating begin!

Frontier System – Guild leaders rejoice! With this large-scale construction system, players have the ability to build their ultimate kingdom. By empowering your citizens and constructing a powerful military, true leaders will be able to create and sustain their very own empire!

Unique Player Classes – You can choose from four unique player classes to begin your journey into Auratia. Whether you like getting in close, popping an arrow into a dragon’s eye or blasting a group of goblins with ranged DPS, there is something for you!

Your Dragon Destiny – The dragons you choose to capture shape your character and, ultimately, your fate. Will you be a legendary tank or a famous healer? Do you lead the charge or let your dragons bear the brunt of the fighting? Training the right dragons is the difference between life and death!

Revolutionary MMO Meets Free to Play – Enter the world of Auratia for free and immerse yourself in the world where Dragons abound. Obtain loot through gameplay or enter the marketplace to make purchases via Station Cash™ SOE’s virtual currency. How you play or whether pay is up to you.

Classes:

Guardians – Skilled swordsman that are heavily armored. They often use their sheer strength to defeat opponents with little resistance. Guardians function as tanks with melee combat maneuvers and two-handed swords as weapons.

Rangers – As exceptional marksman they utilize their speed and ranged weapons to attack from a safe distance. Gun blades and bows are weapons of choice for rangers.

Oracles – Considered somewhat as spiritual or draconic followers they manipulate the forces of nature to eliminate foes. Oracles wield a large scythe.

Sorcerers – Masters of the elements and draconic disciplines this class is capable of powerful spells. Summon mighty winds, freeze monsters, or even ignite enemies by conjuring up firestorms. Sorcerers are equipped with wands and staves as weapons.

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Full Review

Dragon’s Prophet Launch Review

By Jaime Skelton

Dragon’s Prophet Review

Who doesn’t love dragons?  The staple of most fantasy, dragons encapsulate raw power, ageless wisdom, and unrivaled ferocity.  As players, we fancy ourselves either as the greatest dragon slayers, or their staunchest allies.  Dragon’s Prophet, from the creators of the popular Runes of Magic MMORPG, bring many of our fantasies to life, allowing us to battle, train, and even fly on a dragon of our very own.  Dragons alone can’t make a game, however, so how does Dragon’s Prophet stay in flight when the allure of having your own dragon fades?

 

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The Harbinger

At first blow, character creation seems simple enough.  Choose a male or female character, and then from the classes Guardian, Ranger, Oracle, or Sorcerer.  The classes are fairly standard to the genre, with Guardians as the heavy melee class, Rangers favoring distance weapons like bows, Oracles functioning as a light melee class, and Sorcerers given the path of healing or magical DPS.

Customizing your character’s appearance, however, will leave your jaw a little slack, especially considering Dragon’s Prophet is a free-to-play game.  The sometimes dreaded slider-based system makes an appearance to allow you to tweak your character extensively.  While many games offer you a chance to change your height, Dragon’s Prophet also lets you adjust your torso size, arm and leg length, your musculature, your facial features, and even seemingly ridiculous options like the size and position of your buttocks.  Amusingly, the one character feature that isn’t fully customizable is hair, as there are only a limited amount of preset options. Still, it’s almost impossible not to create a unique character in the world.

 

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Dragons, How Do They Work?

The lack of innovation in questing is the most immediate gripe we have with Dragon’s Prophet. After a short tutorial that helps introduce basic commands like movement and attacking, you’re thrown into a vibrant world to kill the proverbial ten rats for the local townsfolk.  In fact, one of the first quests you get is to kill poisoned chomper rats, while collect viscera from healthy ones.  Another early quest has you play shepherd to very stubborn sheep in town. You’ll have to get used to the traditional style of questing here, too, because it makes up a good portion of the gameplay.

Luckily, though, salvation comes in the form of taming dragons.  The game boasts several types of dragons to choose from:  flying, ground, aquatic, and hybrids between these three types.  You will be given your first taming task fairly early in the game.  When you use your dragon taming skill, you’re thrown into a mini-game where you use WASD to keep an indicator in a designated area while the dragon tries to buck you off.  If you’ve ever played Red Dead Redemption and done the horse breaking missions, you’ll be familiar with this bronco-busting experience.

 

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Fighting Fire With Dragons

Despite the weakness of the questing system, combat in Dragon’s Prophet is incredibly engaging.  At a cursory glance, it seems like a normal skill based system; however, your auto attacks are bound to the left and right mouse buttons, and these attacks can be chained into various combinations, a la Dynasty Warriors.  It’s not just those auto attacks that can be chained, though.  Most of your other skills also have of combinations to utilize.  For example, a Sorcerer can use their Ground Fissure skill to knock enemies back, and follow up with a basic attack to do further damage to all of them.  Most skills also synergize quite well: using the Sorcerer again, they can cast Fiery Dragon’s Breath to deal a good deal of damage and leave a damage field on the ground, and follow up with a Zero Dimension freeze chain to ensure the enemies take full damage.

Combat is not only combo-based, it’s action-oriented. While a Sorcerer may have to stand still to cast their spells, a Ranger, for example, can move while using their auto attack chain.  All classes get an active dodge mechanic that can be used to avoid attacks, and this can also be used with some synergy to other attacks.  Rangers, for example, can knock back enemies back with Griffin Rake, and immediately dodge backwards to give them plenty of breathing room to launch more damaging attacks.

You’re also able to use your dragon in combat, and choosing a dragon is as “simple” as selecting what skills complement your character best.  A Ranger may find a dragon with tanking skills best, to keep enemies from getting close, while an Oracle may find something to help focus on damaging mobs.  Dragons can also be trained, helping them learn new skills in the process.

 

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Here, There Be Dragons

Each time you level up in game, your character gains an increase in seven base stats:  Strength, Constitution, Ferocity, Intelligence, Focus, Charisma, and Dragon Affinity.  Strength increases physical damage and defense, constitution increases maximum health and health regeneration, ferocity increases critical hit chance and damage, intelligence increases magic damage and defense, focus increases physical defense and armor penetration, charisma extends the time your dragon can help you attack and boosts their attributes, and dragon affinity increases magic defense and penetration.  You also gain three points per level in addition to the base increases to develop your character as you see fit.

At level 15, all classes gain a Mastery system, allowing each class to buff one or more of their core abilities, or even learn brand new ones.  Sorcerers who use a lot of AoE abilities like Fiery Dragon’s Breath and Ground Fissure can increase the damage they cause, or add additional effects to the spells.  Some skills can outright be changed through the system, such as the Sorcerer’s Arcane Missile auto attack changing into a melee ability that does magic damage instead of being ranged.  The amount of points you can spend on the mastery is limited, however, so many players utilize a calculator to ensure they get exactly what they want.

 

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Can Anyone Make That for Me?

Crafting is a big part of Dragon’s Prophet.  Each character can learn the Weaponsmith, Armorsmith, Alchemy, Chef, Tinkerer, and Carpenter professions.  Recipes for each profession can be learned through leveling up said profession, and as random drops from monsters in the world.  Weapon and armorsmithing produce weapons and armor, respectively; alchemy creates useful potions for healing and buffs.  A chef can create various foods that provide buffs to character attributes for a time.  Tinkers create jewelry as well as armor and equipment for your dragon.  Carpenters create furniture for player homes, and can craft the Draconic Flute, a much-sought after item that summons dragons for the player to tame – rare, powerful dragons can only be obtained through this item.

Gathering items for crafting can be done one of three ways:  nodes, monster drops, and your dragon.  Herb, wood, and ore nodes are scattered around the world, and can be gathered simply by interacting with them.  Monsters drop leather and cloth, meat, and a variety of other crafting materials.  Finally, you can instruct your dragon to gather any of the above in great quantities, though this does require spending gold, and time spent waiting for the dragon to gather.  The benefit to having your dragon do it, however, is the ability to continue playing the game in the meantime (your dragon will also gain experience, increasing the value).

 

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Goods For Sale, Specials Await

Unfortunately, there is one elephant in the room when it comes to Dragon’s Prophet:  it relies fairly heavily on the cash shop to truly enjoy the game.  Players are only allowed two dragons by default.  If you want more, you’ll have to pay for them, at 99 Station Cash a pop (about $1.00).  Additionally, inventory space is at a premium for the game, especially with the amount of crafting materials in the game.  While you unlock more space at level 10 and 20, if you need the room before then, you’re looking at another 99 Station Cash per row of inventory room.  There is also a slight buy-to-win aspect, as players can purchase hard-to-find item strengthening bonuses in the cash shop, giving them better equipment.

 

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Final Verdict:  Great

For a game with dragon in the title, Dragon’s Prophet certainly delivers.  Each breed of dragon is unique, both visually and with the skills they learn.  Some dragons can fly high, while others can only glide short distances, and others can only run on the ground.  Choosing a dragon is often as much of a challenge as choosing how your character looks, or how to specialize.  Being able to use your dragon as a combat pet and a mount adds to the feel of the game, and remains a solid, enjoyable gameplay mechanic as you level up.  Combat is fluid and action-packed, which will keep players going even while trudging through boring quests.  Being able to utilize every crafting profession is also a major benefit to people who want to do everything without having to create a long list of alts.

On the downside, inventory room is incredibly sparse, with a total of 40 spaces once you’ve reached level 20.  Destroying items just to make room for more items to destroy became far too common, and was a clear bid for a cash shop purchase.  Being able to only have two dragons as a free player was also stifling, since there are so many choices, even in the starting zone.  Still, these things won’t deter dedicated players, leaving Dragon’s Prophet flying as a worthy free-to-play MMORPG.

Dragon’s Prophet Closed Beta Review

By Ange Perdu

Dragon’s Prophet is a 3D action-packed fantasy MMORPG, set in the world of Auratia where mankind, dragons, and the sinister forces of evil are at war. As one of the most highly anticipated games of the year from Sony Online Entertainment and the creators of Runes of Magic players enter a dragon-based environment as a hero determined to reclaim their beloved country to its former glory. Complete challenging quests as you trek across dangerous areas overflowing with monsters that are simply waiting for the opportunity to strike. Battle fire-breathing dragons, capture them, train them, and recruit as companions. The game features four distinct character classes that play differently depending on a player’s selection of dragon companion and skill mastery. Join a guild to participate in territory based wars, build a home worthy of a hero’s presence, and establish a kingdom to rule alongside friends in this unique F2P.

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Killing Giants & Raptor Ambushes, the Gameplay

Players start out as a soldier proving their worthiness to move up the ranks. After a somewhat lengthy tutorial with cinematic cut scenes depicting the aftermath of the Dragon Wars and the current turmoil now plaguing the cities, heroes are instructed to complete several essential quests. Dragon’s Prophet is a fast-paced action-oriented game and definitely different from most MMOs. Within minutes of the tutorial a gigantic fire breathing dragon swoops down to attack. Players have to successfully kill the dragon, eliminate raiding marauders harassing innocent townsfolk, and attempt to take out levitating bug handlers while fighting off their monstrous beetles charging at you in every direction. The intense start of the game really sets the bar high for the rest of the gameplay. Luckily players are not disappointed. The combat incorporates a fun auto-target and combo system allowing heroes to engage in a more free-flowing yet authentic battle style. There’s also a much higher level of control and tactical options available. Players are able to swiftly move while firing, dodge, and counter-attack their opponents. The fast paced combat action feels almost like a third-person shooter similar to Warframe. Activate specific hot keys to perform powerful spells as well.

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Monsters in the game also truly live up to their title. There are no stationed non-aggressive AIs in Dragon’s Prophet. Creatures will fly, lunge, pound the ground, run in circles, and even throw boulders at you. The uniqueness of each beast and their unpredictability is refreshing. Although quests tend to vary it usually involves combat of some kind. Whether it’s a direct task like killing a gang of intoxicated giants or more subtle in the form of collecting a special herb, a fight is sure to follow. Much like Sony’s Ever Quest II heroes have a large game world to explore while questing. Simply trekking through dangerous canyon valleys on route to a certain destination a raptor ambush can occur. The intensity of the combat requires every hero to have a little assistance.
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Taming the Mighty Dragon
Dragons are one of the most prominent features in the game. Dragon’s Prophet is entirely dragon-based. These mythical creatures are intertwined into every aspect of a hero’s destiny throughout the game. They are equally fierce adversaries as they are trusted allies. Dragon’s also affect a hero’s class and combat skills during melees. It’s up to players to capture, train, ride, and battle alongside their chosen dragon. Regardless of the class of a specific hero, the dragon selected as a companion and mount will determine the skills a character is capable of executing while that particular dragon is summoned. The in-depth creature hunting system requires users to participate in dragon collecting and training for a fair advantage on the battlefield.
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To capture or tame a dragon a player must activate their capture skill on their hot bar when in close range. Comparable to one of those interactive fishing games a meter will appear on the screen and your character jumps onto the beast. The dragon is bucking and attempting to shake the hero off of its back while you strategically keep pressing the WASD keys to stay in the middle of the target spot displayed in the meter. When successfully tamed the dragon becomes a pet companion that will fight alongside its master. There are over 300 different dragons available with their own unique set of dragon soul skills and mount elements. Players can own as many dragons as they wish. Collect land, aqua, gliding, and flying dragons to use at your disposal. The option to fly a dragon and fight mounted on an enormous beast is one of the coolest features of the game. The beautifully detailed graphics reminiscent of RaiderZ makes exploration and battles a majestic experience.
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Heavy Armor & Honor
The weapons and character customization options are standard in Dragon’s Prophet. There’s nothing that stands out in terms of innovative gear or weaponry. Players have their choice of one or a two-handed sword, axes, maces, bows, gun blades, sickles, talisman, scythes, staves, and wands like most MMOs. Basic shields, boots, t-shirts, trousers, gloves, helmets, cloaks, cloth armor, and heavy armor are available depending on a hero’s class. Gear and weapons features various energy levels and stats that can be upgraded using magical gemstones. Although merchants have impressive walk-in shops with shelves and items displayed, very few equipment are actually for sale from merchants. Players must rely on looting and purchasing the bundle packs in the item mall for rarer gear. Merchant shops often carry health potions or magical amulets for enchantments and boosts. There’s a variety of replenishing foods like charred fish skin, crispy fried meatballs, verdant vegetable rolls, steamed cabbage, sizzling sprouts, viscous beast broth, and fried flower mushroom as well.
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Final Verdict: Great
Dragon’s Prophet is a truly unique fantasy MMORPG from Sony Online Entertainment. It combines the Runes of Magic lore with innovative fast-paced combat action rarely seen in traditional RPGs. Players become honorary soldiers fighting on mankind’s behalf in a war involving a mysterious evil and dragons. Heroes have the ability to hunt, mount, fly, and fight alongside powerful fire breathing dragons makes this an extremely fun game. Clear dungeons inhabited by swarms of gigantic monsters from giants to raptors and in between. Forge your own alliances, build a homestead, and rule an empire with friends. Although the maps and customization could use improvement, Dragon’s Prophet is an exciting action-packed F2P adventure that any fan of fantasy MMOs should definitely check out.
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Dragon’s Prophet Screenshots

Videos

Dragon’s Prophet Videos

Dragon’s Prophet Interview with Senior Producer Todd Carson

Dragon’s Prophet Open Beta Announcement Trailer


Dragon’s Prophet SOE Live Announcement Trailer

Dragon’s Prophet New End Game Content E3 Developer Preview

JamesBl0nde stops by the Sony Online Entertainment to learn about some of Dragon’s Prophet’s new end game content and zone called Winter Tide which increases the games level cap from 60 to 70. The town is actually built within the remains of an ancient dragon’s skeleton! We get to see some of the giant bosses that cause players to roll and dodge incoming attacks. Towards the end of the video we get a glimpse of player housing coming soon to Dragon’s Prophet!

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Dragon’s Prophet is a 3D fantasy MMORPG that transports players into the mysterious world of Auratia. Become an honorary knight fighting a dangerous territorial war involving mankind, dragons, and dark magic. Encounter over 300 different types of dragons to battle, capture, train, and ride. Challenge rival guilds and reign supreme in this action-packed F2P adventure. 

Dragon’s Prophet Articles

  • SOE Announces Halloween Events & More - Posted on October 17, 2014
    Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is kicking off its annual Halloween seasonal events and promotions for players across its games portfolio, including DC Universe™ Online, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest®, EverQuest®II, Landmark™, and PlanetSide®2.
  • Dragon’s Prophet (EU): Thadrea Rising region unveiled - Posted on October 8, 2014
    Infernum Productions is proud to announce that the fantasy MMO Dragon’s Prophet has just unveiled a new region known as Thadrea. The highland of Thadrea brings a story of royal intrigue and dark magic that players must investigate. With new quests, new dungeons, new dragons, and an increased level cap up to 102; the update dramatically expands the Dragon’s Prophet universe.
  • Dragon’s Prophet (Europe): Now available through Gamingo Portal - Posted on June 19, 2014
    gamigo AG will be launching four new titles on its gaming portal gamigo.com in English very soon. The successful launches of Granado Espada and Supremacy 1914 in May will be followed by Dragon’s Prophet, a fantasy MMORPG that's in a class of its own.
  • Dragon’s Prophet (EU): New anniversery events - Posted on May 27, 2014
    In just a few days, Dragon’s Prophet, the successful fantasy MMORPG, will celebrate its one-year anniversary.
  • Dragon’s Prophet (EU) – Auratia’s Got Talent - Posted on May 16, 2014
    Auratia’s Got Talent – from creative minds and expert dancers to fearless dragon riders! With the current patch, Dragon’s Prophet opens the gates to the new event zone,

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