Tibia – Free Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game – About Tibia
Tibia is one of the oldest and most successful massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) created in Europe. In an MMORPG people from all over the world meet on a virtual playground to explore areas, solve tricky riddles and undertake heroic exploits.
For more than 20 years now, players have been visiting the medieval world of Tibia. At present, more than 500, 000 players from all over the world inhabit the Tibian continent enjoying the numerous game features.
Acting as knights, paladins, sorcerers or druids, players are faced with the challenge of developing the skills of their selected characters, exploring a large variety of areas and dangerous dungeons and interacting with other players on a social and diplomatic level. Besides the sophisticated chat tools it is especially the unique freedom players enjoy in Tibia that create an enormously immersive gaming experience.
Tibia can be played free of charge as a matter of principle. However, your account can be upgraded anytime to a Premium account. Advantages of Premium accounts include the access to special game areas and items as well as further special features relating to the game.
A great helper team consisting of tutors answers questions from unexperienced players in the help channel.
Detailed information about the game can be found in our manual.
Tibia (video game) – Wikipedia
TibiaDeveloper(s)CipSoftPublisher(s)CipSoftPlatform(s)Adobe Flash, Windows, macOS and LinuxReleaseJanuary 1997Genre(s)MMORPGMode(s)Multiplayer
Tibia is a 1997 massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by CipSoft. It is one of the earliest and longest-running MMORPGs, with a popularity that peaked in 2007.  It is a free game to download and play, though players may pay to upgrade to a premium account, granting substantial in-game benefits.  Tibia is a two-dimensional tile-based game set in a fantasy world with pixel art graphics and a top-down perspective.
A team hunting Hellspawns.
Tibia is a two-dimensional tile-based MMORPG with text-based elements. It is set in an open fantasy world that uses pixel art graphics, an oblique projection, and a top-down perspective.  The core gameplay involves killing monsters to receive loot and to gain experience to raise in levels. Early in the game, players choose between one of four unique vocations, each of which uses different spells and abilities. Players may complete quests to receive rewards, kill bosses to obtain rare items, fight other players, form guilds, buy and decorate houses or guildhalls, or spend time on idle activities like fishing, training skills, or role-playing with other players. Interaction with Tibia’s NPCs is text-based, requiring the player to type keywords like “hi” and “trade” to interact with them, similar to many earlier text-based adventure games. Many of Tibia’s quests and activities require a team of players, and players can speak to each other using the client’s chat interface.
To play Tibia, players must create an account on the Tibia website, and then create a character. During character creation, players must choose between 68 different servers (called worlds) that vary by location, PvP type, and various other factors. They must also download the game client, and once their character is created, they may log into the game. 
When first logging in, new players will find themselves on a tutorial island called Dawnport. There, they can test the controls, test out the game’s four vocations, and begin exploring and killing monsters. Upon reaching level 8, players are directed back to the town to choose their permanent vocation that will last for the rest of the game. The four vocations are knight, paladin, druid, and sorcerer. Knights specialize in melee, paladins in distance fighting, sorcerers in offensive magic, and druids in healing magic. Once players choose their vocation, they will be permitted to take a ship to the mainland, where the rest of the game takes place. Once on the mainland, depending on the server’s PvP type, players may be permitted to attack each other.
Tibia is an open world game that encourages exploration and discovery. Very little instruction is given once the player has reached the mainland, and the game is distinguished by its harsh penalty upon dying.  Players progress in the game by upgrading their equipment, increasing their level, and completing quests to access restricted locations. Each level requires the player to accumulate more experience than the previous level, but unlike many other MMORPGs, Tibia does not have a level cap, so players are permitted to gain levels without limits. 
Tibia is set in a diverse world of many continents, with thematic influences drawn from many fantasy genres. In its early years, Tibia took place in a medieval Tolkien-esque setting, but as years passed and new areas and content were added, inspiration was drawn from a wide range of fantasy, mythological, and historical influences. Tibia has seventeen major cities filled with hundreds of NPCs, each with unique dialogue and responses to keywords provided by the player. NPCs can buy and sell items, give quests, provide information and hints, and tell stories. The world also contains many books and libraries that contain information, quest hints, tales, and history about the world of Tibia. Tibia contains many allusions to the outside world, including pop culture references, allusions to video games and books, mythological references, and more. The demonym of a Tibia player is called a Tibian.
Tibia has hundreds of weapons and armors used for fighting and protecting from attacks. Melee fighting is the specialty of knights, who may choose to advance their sword, axe, or club skills, and who may also wear a large variety of armors and shields. Melee attacks only hit monsters on squares adjacent to the attacker. Ranged fighting is the specialty of paladins, who attack using an assortment of bows, crossbows, and throwing stars. Ranged attacks can hit monsters from many squares away, and different weapons have different attack ranges.
All four vocations can use magic to some degree. Sorcerers and druids have a wide variety of magic spells available to them, while paladins and knights have a limited variety. Tibia’s magic system is text-based. There are two types of magic: instant magic and rune magic.  Instant magic uses spells that, once cast, will consume mana in order to produce the desired effect. Each spell uses spell words and consumes some of the character’s mana points to use. Some spells are offensive and deal damage to creatures, some heal the player, and others serve other purposes. To cast a spell, a player can type the words of the spell into the text channel. Typing “exura gran” casts the Greater Healing spell. Tibia’s client developed over the years to make spells easier and quicker to cast using hotkeys. Players may assign each spell to a hotkey, and press the hotkey when they wish to cast it.
Rune magic is magic cast by using an item called a rune. Runes are magic spells stored in small stones. To create runes, a player casts a spell while holding a blank rune in their inventory. Casting the spell “adori mas flam” consumes 530 mana and turns one blank rune into four “Great Fireball” runes, which may be stored in the player’s inventory and then used later. Players may buy both blank runes and spell runes from vendor NPCs, along with mana and health potions to restore hitpoints and mana.
Players in Tibia are allowed to attack and kill other players. The rules governing PvP vary depending on the player’s server type. Some servers, called Optional-PvP, don’t allow player killing except under certain circumstances, while other server types, such as Hardcore PvP, encourage such fighting. In Tibia’s early years, players could kill any number of players without limits, and players who died lost a portion of their experience and dropped their backpack and equipment. For this reason, Tibia earned a reputation of being a punishing, unforgiving game. Over the years, PvP rules were adjusted and modified, and a complex system known as the “skull system” was implemented on Open-PvP servers to limit player killing. Many items and resources in Tibia are limited, and many intense large-scale wars have been fought in Tibia to decide who gets them.
Houses and Guildhalls
Players are allowed to purchase houses and guildhalls in Tibia’s major cities. The houses sit in the view of those walking by, and players often decorate their houses in various ways. Some players display their rarest items, and others decorate their houses with roleplaying items like chairs and tables.
History and Development
Tibia’s development began in 1995 as a hobby project of German students Guido Lübke, Stephan Payer, Ulrich Schlott and Stephan Vogler under the name CIP Productions.  The first server went online in January 1997, and its growing popularity led to the creation of Cipsoft GmbH in June 2001. Premium accounts were introduced the same year, which allowed players to pay a monthly fee to gain additional in-game benefits. In the years that followed, more features were introduced, including map expansions, new outfits, new game mechanics including a “skull system” for PvP, and additional game worlds. The number of players online reached its peak at 64, 028 players on January 2, 2007,  with Cipsoft reporting over 250, 000 active players.  According to a 2009 poll conducted by CipSoft, players came from a very wide range of countries, the largest numbers living in Brazil (26. 56%) and Poland (24. 38%). Other countries included Mexico, Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Canada, Venezuela, United Kingdom, and Germany. 
Tibia has remained online up to the present, with developers releasing major content updates every six months. There are currently 68 game servers online, of which 24 in Europe, 25 in North America, and 19 in South America. 
Before game updates test servers are run to find and repair bugs and glitches within the update. These servers are first available for testing to players that hold official positions such as Tutors, Fansite representatives and Senators. Test servers are sometimes opened to the general Tibian public. The major updates usually involve the creation of new cities, hunting areas, spells, weapons, etc. Updates may also include graphic redesign, gameplay changes, and anti-cheating measures. In addition to the major updates, as needed, minor updates are done throughout the year to fix bugs and other minor problems.
Phasing out of Game Masters (GMs)
In late 2010, CipSoft decided to phase-out the “Game Master” system which had been used since launch. The Game Masters, commonly known as “GMs” to the community were well compensated for their time with a rare item of their choice. CipSoft implemented a new report statement function to the game client that players could use themselves, and the official course of action is for customer support to deal with all game queries. These representatives can be noted on the game’s forum boards as Community Managers, or “CM” for short.
In 2005, a Tibia update added a door that requires a player to reach level 999 before it opens. The level 999 door remained a mystery until August of 2016 when a player named Kharsek, the first player to reach level 999, entered the room.  Kharsek, however, chose to keep their discoveries behind the door a secret, and the general public had to wait another ten months to learn the answer to the mystery of what lay behind the door. In June 2017, a player named Dev onica broadcast a live stream via their Twitch account, where they entered the level 999 door at level 1, 001; they were transported to a tropical island with a variety of NPCs and no additional content of note. 
Support and rules
The Tibian support system is made up of volunteer Tutors and paid Customer Support. Tutors are regular players who have no special or legal standing but can report in-game bugs as well as have access to a private chat channel and forums. Customer Support members are employees of CipSoft who handle cheating and bug reports. Retired gamemasters and long-term tutors may also, with prior invitation by CipSoft, choose to adopt the honorary title of Senator.
The role of tutor encompasses a number of duties including answering questions from the in-game Help Channel and on the Help board on the forum, checking the private tutor board and in-game channels regularly, and reporting bugs. All players are now able to report inappropriate statements, names, and posts in-game or on the forums which were previously a power held by tutors and higher positions.
Eligibility for the tutor position is determined if the player’s account is registered, has been played for at least three months with one character having at least level 20, their criminal record contains no banishment entries, and has received 40 “Thank you! ‘s” in the last 90 days. “Thank you! ‘s” are garnered when players submit them via the in-game Help channel or on the forums Help board indicating a player’s appreciation of someone’s assistance. Players previously had to take an online multiple-choice test on the official website to become a tutor and after 3 months of active tutorship without a bad/false report would be automatically promoted to the position of senior tutor. 
Conduct from players and premium accounts are expected to abide by rules rather similar to most such games, including prohibitions against sharing or selling account information, exploiting “obvious” errors or flaws which give unreasonable advantages to a player, posing as CipSoft employees, using any and all non-official programs such as “bots”, and offensive behaviors. In such events, CipSoft uses a system of a violation record and conduct levels that grade both the severity and frequency of violations, with the “conduct level” slowly relenting over time with no new violations. Once a violation is entered in the record it can be protested until 60 days have lapsed, allowing players to protest inappropriate charges or complain if the charges are not understood; the entry can not be expunged from the record later than that time. If the conduct level reaches its highest state, whether through continued minor violations or few very severe ones, the account is threatened with banishment (from the game and forum) or deletion.  If an account has been banished or scheduled for deletion, CipSoft promulgates that the only recourse is to either create a new character or appeal to Customer Support directly.
On 30 January 2009, CipSoft announced that they banned 4, 959 characters for using illegal software while playing.  A quote from CipSoft at the Tibia website states,
These accounts have been identified by an automatic tool with complete accuracy, therefore any complaints about these punishments are in vain. They are final and complaints will be ignored. We will neither reveal our criteria for these punishments, nor will we hand out any proofs.
The article goes on to say that CipSoft is not finished and will continue to work hard to eliminate cheating from the game.  Since then, CipSoft has used this automatic tool about once a month to delete tens of thousands of accounts.
On 22 September 2010, CipSoft made fundamental changes to the player versus player fighting mechanism, in an effort to mitigate abuse.
On 15 February 2017, CipSoft announced the implementation of the anti-cheat software BattlEye.  With the first game-worlds protected launching in 18 April 2017, with retroactive protection to other game-worlds over the course of a year. 
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The Game Archaeologist: The silent world of Tibia | Engadget
If I were to tell you that there’s a Western MMO out there that’s as old as Ultima Online and yet still has a half-million players, would you believe me? Heck, I wouldn’t believe me even if I came back from the future of having written this article to talk to the past version of me who had yet to start it! But that’s Tibia for you: a weird underdog of an MMO that’s cruised underneath most players’ radars for over a decade and a half.
From its origins as a student project, Tibia jumped in the unexplored waters of the early MMO era and dog paddled for all its worth. This 17-year-old title remains one of the very few active MMOs from the ’90s and one of only a handful that stubbornly stuck to a 2-D graphics format even as 3-D swept the gaming genre. And trust me, those aren’t even the most interesting facts about it!
Welcome to 1997
Nineteen ninety-seven: The year that saw games like Diablo and Grand Theft Auto launch. MMOs were almost unheard-of at the time except for the attention of dedicated geeks. While Korea’s incredibly popular Lineage had released and Ultima Online had broken into six-digit populations, they weren’t the only ones who showed up to the online party.
A few students at Germany’s University of Regensburg decided to craft their own MMO in 1996, a project that became Tibia when it officially launched on January 7th, 1997. The first non-dev player took a few days to show up, and from then on a slow trickle of adventurers gathered inside the grew steadily over the year, and the developers realized that the tiny server no longer fit their needs. A larger server was set up in 1998 at the University of Passau, and the game’s code was rewritten from scratch. This second, more improved version of Tibia launched a new beta program in 1999 and saw its player population grow to 150.
Meanwhile, the developers graduated and decided to turn this fun hobby into a full-time job. In June of 2001, CipSoft became an actual company, and the team took a major step forward in presenting Tibia as a professional project.
From there, CipSoft and Tibia took off. The company that began with four founders in 2001 grew to 30 developers by 2006 and 70 today. Tibia did even better, swelling to hundreds of thousands of players, 72 servers, and over 1. 3 million registered accounts. The official game site boasts that the game currently has more than 500, 000 players, a number that is disputed by other claims.
For the uninitiated, Tibia is usually compared to two of its contemporaries: Ultima Online (mostly for the similar 2-D isometric graphics) and RuneScape. Both RuneScape and Tibia shared forward-thinking ideas back in the early 2000s, including a free-to-play model that tempted players with a “premium” membership, skill-based leveling, and some of the most generous, lenient system requirements known to humankind. In fact, much of Tibia’s success has been attributed to the fact that pretty much anyone, anywhere could play it. Today, both a Flash-based browser version and a standalone client are given as options to the community.
While Tibia started off rather small, it’s since grown to include two continents, dozens of islands, and 17, 854, 464 squares. In this world, players assumed the roles of one of four “vocations” (classes): Knights, Paladins, Sorcerers, and Druids. Interestingly enough, all of these vocations had the ability to do both magic and melee. And if you can get past the graphics, the actual options of things to do in the game are as robust as any you might find in a modern MMO.
For example, players can customize outfits, explore “limitless” character development, go on quests, join guilds, buy houses, and interact with NPCs using an old-fashioned parser (i. e., you actually had to type to NPCs to “talk” with them). The world of Tibia used to be a lot harsher than it is today, with a severe death penalty that included corpse runs. And that NPC interaction system? It used to be that only one player could talk to an NPC at a time, leading to lines as folks queued up for their turn to chat with a questgiver.
So here’s one incredibly unique thing about this game that rocked me back on my heels: Tibia has no sound. As in, it lacks all sound effects and music. Fans of the game have defended that move, but you can’t deny that it sets it apart. After giving this some thought, I could see it as a connection to the MUD days of yore (which, of course, lacked sound as well). Sound in MMOs is a relatively newer feature if you look at the grand scheme of things.
As with any MMO, players in Tibia could be both supreme jerks and pretty darn awesome. It’s not uncommon to read stories about the various scams that players used against new fish, and when a form of griefing that saw players walling others into an area with furniture became en vogue, the company had to step in to make the furniture breakable. Some server communities have generated a bad reputation for creating and enforcing player-made rules, something CipSoft has teetered between approving of and fighting against.
However, it’s not been all bad. CipSoft set up and heavily promoted its player tutor program, in which experienced players volunteer to show newbies the ropes. The studio has also gone on a strong campaign of fighting against and banning botters to clean up the game’s environment.
Son of Tibia
While Tibia doesn’t have a claim to being the world’s oldest graphical MMO (although it comes close), it does have one claim for the history books: It spawned the world’s first mobile phone MMO. TibiaME (Micro Edition) came out in 2003 and currently runs on just about any phone platform you can list, including iPhone. This was a smaller version of the game that only allowed players to choose a Knight or Sorcerer, but it functioned well and grew to 10, 000 subscribers by 2009.
Even though Tibia looks as though it would have been at home on the SNES, I think it’s kind of charming how a home-brewed MMO managed to thrive and survive through today. I’ve read a few testimonies of gamers who claim this title as their first MMO, and almost invariably those stories are full of glowing memories. You keep trucking, Tibia, and don’t let anyone tell you not clawing his eyes out at the atrocious state of general chat channels, Justin “Syp” Olivetti pulls out his history textbook for a lecture or two on the good ol’ days of MMOs in The Game Archaeologist. You can contact him via email at or through his gaming blog, Bio products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Frequently Asked Questions about tibia free to play
Can you still play Tibia?
Tibia has remained online up to the present, with developers releasing major content updates every six months. There are currently 68 game servers online, of which 24 in Europe, 25 in North America, and 19 in South America.
How many players is Tibia?
The official game site boasts that the game currently has more than 500,000 players, a number that is disputed by other claims. For the uninitiated, Tibia is usually compared to two of its contemporaries: Ultima Online (mostly for the similar 2-D isometric graphics) and RuneScape.May 3, 2014
What do you do in Tibia game?
10 things to do in Tibia!Kill nasty monsters. Pack your rear and get some experience by fighting with nasty monsters! … Collect addons and mounts.Collect achievements. … Train your skills. … Decorate your house. … Talk with your friends. … Kill someone! … Make some money!More items…•Sep 28, 2020