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This beginner's guide is intended to help make Age of Wushu a less painful experience for free-to-play beginners by addressing common issues and questions. To access the game, see: How to download Age of Wushu.

Is Age of Wushu still alive?[]

Yes. New players regularly try the game, and old players occasionally return to scratch that nostalgia itch. The game is still getting updates and new content, but not very often. As one of the only remaining Wuxia-inspired MMOs left, Age of Wushu provides a very unique experience compared to other games.

Character creation[]

Wudang male

In Age of Wushu the first thing the player must do is create a character. This is not a choice that should be made lightly as the player can only have one character per account. This adds weight to the decisions, and is a unique and intentional feature of Age of Wushu. When deleting a character, there is a 48-hour protection period in which the character can be reclaimed; only after it, a new character can be created.

School[]

Main article: School

The player must choose one of ten available Great Schools. Some of the schools are gender-locked, so players should decide their path carefully during character creation.

The character can only be an active member of one school at a time. Each school will give the player access to a different set of Martial Arts Skills and Internal Skills. It is possible to leave a Great School and join another, but this process will cause the player to lose all of their learned school skills.

Great School Notable Skills
Shaolin
Wudang
  • Rhino Watches the Moon: Parry Stance that recovers the user's Energy.
  • Circle the Moon Three Times: Recovers the user's Energy.
  • Pegasus Flying in the Sky: Switches the user's HP and Energy.
Emei
  • Far and Removed: Parry Stance that increases the user's Rage.
  • Golden Diamond Soft Palm: One of the best supportive skillsets.
  • Departing Sting: Good skillset for running instances.
  • Green Lotus Script: Internal Skill that revives the user upon death.
Beggar's
Sect
Scholars
  • Green Shadows of a Maiden: Skill that can deal very high single-target damage.
  • Turn Weapon Around: Parry Stance that recovers the user's Energy.
  • Pierce the Sky in Rage: Skill that recovers nearby allies' Energy.
  • A Drop in the Sea: Skill that increases nearby allies' damage.
  • Mingyu Skill: Internal Skill that passively increases the user's Movement Speed.
Tangmen
  • Stalk in Stealth: Skill that greatly boosts nearby allies' external damage.
  • King of Hell's Invitation: Skillset with good AoE damage.
  • Runic Demon: Internal Skill that boosts the user's Critical Hits.
Royal
Guards
  • Blood Killing Knife Skill: Skillset with Life Steal.
Wanderer's
Valley
  • Perish Blade: Skillset with extremely high DPS.
  • Dark Wind of Nine Hells: Skill that increases the user's Movement Speed.
Ming Cult
Tianshan
Sect

Can't decide which Great School to join? The player can postpone their decision by ignoring the beginner quest and joining the Xu Family Manor. The Xu Family is a Faction, an alternative type of school. It has the lowest Strength requirement of all the Factions; the beginner will only need to level up their Self Recollection to level 11 to meet the entry requirement. Factions will allow their members to graduate, letting the players leave their school without losing the learned skills. Great Schools do not have a graduation option, so joining a Faction can be a great way to postpone the decision without needing to worry about any lack of progression.

Name[]

The character's name cannot include spaces. The name can be changed after character creation, but it is very expensive to do so. The Name Change Document can be purchased from the game's Cash Shop. The item costs 99 Gold Gold, which can only be obtained by spending real money.

Facial customization[]

The character's face can be changed later by purchasing a Makeover Certificate from the game's Cash Shop at the cost of 30 Gold Gold. Two Makeover Certificates can be obtained for free from quests.

Gender[]

The character's gender cannot be changed after character creation. The game contains gender-locked content, such as single-sex schools and the marriage system (same-sex marriage is not possible in the game). Additionally, some outfits look drastically different depending on gender.

Backstory[]

During character creation, the player may choose from one of four different backstories. Depending on the backstory chosen, the player character will start in a different town and has a different main questline.

Backstory Starting Town
Phoenix Pledge Qiandeng Town
The Tale of Tianshan Sword Yanyu Villa
The Nameless Sword Jiming Posthouse
A Scholar’s Legend Chengdu

This is an open PVP game—should I be worried about getting killed?[]

People will usually avoid killing low level players because they assume it's someone's alternate account and they don't know who they're dealing with.

Dying will always cause the player to lose some Silver Coins Silver Coins. This is not a big loss because the Silver Coins can only be used to trade with NPCs. If the attacker has an extremely high number of Alignment Points, the victim can lose Cultivation Points and Equipment. The lost stuff can be reclaimed by paying a small fee.

What level am I?[]

There are no generic character levels in Age of Wushu, but the game still tracks the player's progress as they level up their Internal Skills. This is displayed via Strength titles: the first and weakest title is called Weak Body and Mind, and the strongest one is called Recover Your Original Simplicity. The player can check the Strength of any online or offline player by hovering their mouse over their character. The player's own Strength can be checked in the Character Attributes menu (default shortcut key C).

Why are my gathering Life Skills failing?[]

Non-VIP players cannot use most gathering Life Skills (Miner, Hunter, Woodcutter, and Fisherman) unless they purchase the Gathering Secrets book. The item can be purchased in Jinling (1140,1571) for 250 Liang Silver Coins Silver Coins. However, this trade is not available to fresh beginners; the character's Strength must be Flows With Chi or higher to qualify for the trade.

The Farming Life Skill can be used by free-to-play players without fail. As such, the Chef is a good manufacturing Life Skill option for players who do not want to purchase the VIP subscription.

Where is everyone?[]

Online players typically hang out in Chengdu. Some popular areas are listed below. To understand the abbreviations used by the community, see Age of Wushu terminology.

Scene (area) Coordinates Server time
Chengdu (Bank) (738,676) 24/7
Chengdu (Marketplace) (775,631) 24/7
Chengdu (Huanhua Creek Herbal Hall) (1040,840) 24/7
Chengdu (Impart Knowledge) (836,673)
07:30 - 09:00
13:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:00
Chengdu (Team Practice) (999,999) 23:59

How does Experience work?[]

Main article: Experience

Experience can only be used to gain Cultivation Points, which can be used to train skills. The Experience-to-Cultivation conversion is passive and occurs every 100 seconds. The player's VIP subscription status affects the conversion rate:

Player Passive Experience Conversion
Non-VIP 1 Experience point for 266 Cultivation Points every 100 seconds
VIP 1 Experience point for 380 Cultivation Points every 100 seconds

The player can gain Experience with almost any action, including fighting, swimming, jumping, and completing tasks. One of the easiest ways to gain a large amount of Experience is to do the Spy Mission. The player can only have a maximum of 999 Experience.

How do Cultivation Points work?[]

The Cultivation Points can be used to...

Cultivation Points do not have a cap, and having a lot of unused Cultivation Points is desirable — After using enough Weapon Manuals, the player must spend 2 million Cultivation Points to continue using more Weapon Manuals. Opening Meridian acupoints can also cost millions of Cultivation Points.

Cultivation Points can also be used to open temporary bank slots, but most would consider it a complete waste of points. It's highly recommended for beginners to focus on spending their Cultivation Points to level up their Internal Skills, because this will increase their Strength, which unlocks new content in the game.

Using Cultivation Points[]

Cultivation menu

The Cultivation menu.

Players can use their Cultivation Points in the Cultivation menu. The menu can be opened by clicking the "meditating man" icon on top of the player's red HP bar. The menu has three options:

  • Internal Cultivation: passively use Cultivation Points to train a skill (click to toggle on/off).
  • Practice Martial Arts: spend Silver Coins Silver Coins or Silver Taels Taels to use a random amount of Cultivation Points to train a skill.
  • Team Practice: host a co-op minigame to use Cultivation Points to train a skill.

Internal Cultivation[]

When Internal Cultivation is toggled on, the player's selected skill will slowly use Cultivation Points to level up. It it recommended to always have Internal Cultivation active.

If the player has purchased the VIP subscription, the Internal Cultivation will remain active even if the player is offline. Free-to-play players can leave the game running while away from keyboard to train their skills. The school area is a good place to go AFK because the player can gain a passive +10% Experience conversion buff from activating School Patrol mode. The School Patrol is only available to members of a Great School; it is not available to members of a Reclusive Faction or Faction. Sacred sites can also be used to boost Internal Cultivation while AFKing.

Practice Martial Arts[]

The Practice Martial Arts option allows the player to spend Silver Coins Silver Coins or Silver Taels Taels to speed up skill training. Practice Martial Arts is not a good use of Silver Coins in the long run — the Murong Flower Garden is a better use of Silver Coins. Taels are extremely valuable and beginners should not be spending them to train skills.

Team Practice[]

The Team Practice requires multiple players, up to 10, working together to play a button input mini-game to use Cultivation Points to train a skill. The player can cultivate with Team Practice until their fatigue reaches 100% (100,000 Cultivation Points used). Fatigue will reset to 0% at midnight in-game time.

Team Practice is most commonly done in Chengdu at coordinates (999,999), and the area is most populated around 23:59 in-game time. A message that says "TP 25 +7" would mean "We are doing a 25-round Team Practice, and we're missing seven players". VIP players can reach 100% fatigue in a single 25-round Team Practice if nobody fails their button input. Non-VIP players will have to complete at least 2 Team Practices to reach 100% fatigue.

How to grow stronger?[]

There are many different ways to grow stronger in this game. Understanding how Experience and Cultivation Points work is an important part of character growth, but there are alternative methods to gain power.

Internal Skills[]

Main article: Internal Skills

The Internal Skills provide stats to the user. There are many different Internal Skills, and the player can have only one Internal Skill active at a time. Leveling up Internal Skills costs Cultivation Points. Annotation Books can be used to reduce cultivation cost by 5%.

Meridian acupoints single

The Kidney Foot Meridian's acupoints; only the first acupoint has been opened.

Meridians[]

Main article: Meridians

The Meridians provide stats to the user. There are many different Meridians, and beginners can have up to 3 Meridians active at a time. To increase the number of active Meridians, the player will need to consume Ganoderma Pills.

To increase the maximum level of a Meridian, its acupoints must be opened by cultivating specific Internal Skills to high enough levels. Alternatively, the player can spend a large amount of Cultivation Points and an item (Manual of the Core) to open an acupoint.

Weapon Manuals[]

Main article: Bai Xiaosheng's Weapon Manual
WeaponManualDamage

The bonus damage from Weapon Manuals is displayed in purple.

The Weapon Manuals are a type of item that permanently increase the damage of a weapon type. There are many different ways to obtain Weapon Manuals.

Beginners should first find a Martial Arts Skill Set they enjoy using before using all their Weapon Manuals to boost the weapon type's damage.

Equipment[]

Main article: Equipment

The equipment provide stats, particularly defense and attack damage. Some good basic equipment can be obtained from the main questline. Better equipment can be crafted and enhanced by players, but beginners usually cannot afford to buy them. The Relaxation Points can be traded for some basic weapons. School NPCs provide untradeable equipment that boost school-specific Martials Arts, and are a good option for newcomers.

The equipment in Age of Wushu have no level requirement, with the exception of Treasure and Jade Dolls.

Martial Arts Skills[]

Main article: Combat#Martial Arts skills

Martial Arts Skills are all the combat skills. Leveling up the skills costs Cultivation Points. When cultivating a Martial Arts Skill, it's worth using an Annotation Book to reduce the cultivation cost by 5%.

Beginners should avoid leveling their skills to a high level because their energy costs will skyrocket, rendering the beginner unable to use their skills. All Martial Arts Skill sets have a rage move. Because the rage moves cost no energy to use, they can safely be leveled up to the maximum level.

Flying Skills[]

Main article: Flying Skills

The Flying Skills are jumping, dashing, and sprinting abilities that can be used in and out of combat. The basic Flying Skills are fairly cheap to buy from the player market in Chengdu, but only players with VIP subscription can make the required money easily.

To browse the market for Flying Skills, follow these steps:

  1. Travel to Chengdu
  2. Press "V" to open the Trade Center
  3. Go to All Items Script Basic Flying Skill

Martial Brother[]

Main article: Martial Brother

Forming a Martial Brother bond with an experienced player will allow the beginner to level up their skills faster, and grants them access to a useful shop. Most masters will only take VIP players as students because the subscription allows the student to teleport to Influence Challenges, saving a lot of time. However, it is possible to find masters who are willing to take free-to-play students.

Follow these steps to become a Martial Brother student:

  1. Go to My Jianghu Martial Brothers
  2. In the Elder Martial Disciple list, right-click one of the online player names, and select Check Information.
  3. Click the blue chat bubble icon to open a Private Chat window.
  4. Ask the player if they are willing to take you as a student.

Which activities should I be doing?[]

The world of Age of Wushu is massive and filled with all kinds of activities. Below are some newbie-friendly, free-to-play activities with good rewards.

Sign-in Roulette

Sign-in Roulette[]

Main article: Sign-in Roulette

Spin the Sign-in Roulette for free stuff. They're all useful items!

Spy Missions[]

After joining a school, the player can do Spy Missions up to five times per day. The Spy Mission provide a lot of Experience, Silver Coins Silver Coins, Jackdaw Herbs, and School Certificates. The School Certificates can be used to unlock higher level Internal Skills. If the player is a Herbalist, they can use the Jackdaw Herbs to create powerful Experience conversion pills (Green Pills).

Jianghu Hermit's Trial[]

Main article: Jianghu Hermit's Trial

The Jianghu Hermit's Trial is a quick duel with the NPC Jianghu Hermit. The NPC can be found in Chengdu and Luoyang. He's very difficult for beginners to defeat, but the player will receive some rewards even if they lose the duel. This event can be done once per day.

Impart Knowledge[]

Main article: Impart Knowledge

The Impart Knowledge is a simple button input mini-game similar to Team Practice. It provides a significant boost to Experience conversion. To participate, the player must go to the School Instruction Administrator NPC located in Chengdu, Luoyang, or the player's own school. This activity is available daily during the following times:

Server time
07:30 - 09:00 13:30 - 15:00 19:30 - 21:00

Murong Flower Garden[]

Eighteen Scholars Flowers growing

A flower growing in the garden.

After obtaining 100 Family Tokens from repeatable Four Families quests, the player can go to the Rosy Clouds Villa in Suzhou (792,1768) to trade the tokens for 10 Garden Certificates. This will allow the player to start their own flower garden.

The flower seeds can be bought with Silver Coins Silver Coins, and the planted flowers can be harvested in 12 hours. The flowers can be exchanged for valuable rewards, including Weapon Manuals that can permanently increase the user's damage.

Warning: if the garden is not visited for 10 days, the player will lose access to it and they must start a new garden.

Jianghu Heroes[]

Main article: Jianghu Heroes
Jianghu Hero gauge

Jianghu Hero gauge.

When the player defeats enough NPCs in an area, an orange gauge will slowly fill. When the gauge is full, the player is challenged by a Jianghu Hero. Defeat the challenger to claim rewards!

Having trouble defeating the challenger? Leveling up your Internal Skills will make the battle harder because the Jianghu Hero's power scales with the player's Strength. To make the battle a little easier, level up your Martial Arts Skills instead of your Internal Skills.

The rewards for defeating the Jianghu Heroes are pretty good for beginners. They will sometimes drop Training Scrolls. Beginners cannot use the scrolls, but they're worth stockpiling until they can be used. Training Scrolls increase the maximum level of Internal Skills, but the Internal Skills need to be learned before the Training Scrolls can be used.

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