|Publisher(s)||Webzen (MU Online Korea & Global MU Online), Digital Media Exchange (MU Online Philippines), FPT Online (MU Vietnam)|
|Designer(s)||Webzen's MU Studio|
|Release date(s)||October 6, 2003|
MU Online was created in December 2001 by the Korean gaming company Webzen. Like most MMORPGs, players have to create a character among seven different classes and to set their foot on the MU Continent. In order to gain experience and thus to level up, a players needs to fight monsters (mobs). MU is populated by a large variety of monsters, from simple ones like goblins and golems, to frightening ones such as the Gorgon, Kundun or Selupan. Each monster-type is unique, has different spawn points, and drops different items.
- Outlaws and Heroes
Outside of a duel, PvP fighting is possible but discouraged. When one player attacks another, a self-defense system is activated, in which the attacked player may kill the aggressor within a time limit. Self-defense is also activated when a player attacks an Elf's summoned creature. If one player kills another without Self-defense active, they become an Outlaw, more commonly known in-game as "Player Killer" or PK. Outlaws have disadvantages during game play, depending on his Outlaw level.
To clear the Outlaw status, the character must wait a significant amount of time without killing other players. The waiting can be shortened by killing large number of monsters, which is generally done in one of the servers that does not permit PvP attacks, to avoid being attacked by another person (NON-PVP). The amount of time reduced from the outlaw penalty is equal to the monster's level in seconds, and depending on the number of monsters killed, the penalty time may be dramatically decreased.
There are many maps in this game. The beginning maps are Noria, where elves begin, Elveland, where summoners begin, and Lorencia, where all other classes begin. Successive maps hold stronger enemies and greater rewards, with level restrictions on each map to prevent weaker players from accessing the more difficult maps.
At the start of the game the players can choose between five different character classes - Dark Wizard, Dark Knight, Elf, Summoner or Rage Fighter (the last two are playable only through a purchase from the in-game shop). After levels 220 and 250, players can respectively unlock a Magic Gladiator and a Dark Lord. Each class has its specific powers and items, making no class truly "better" than the other, and they are typically used to their fullest extent when grouped together. As characters level up and complete quests, they can transform themselves into stronger classes. Each progressive class change grants, gain access to new spells, skills, weapons and wings as well as an associated change in appearance.
Spells and Skills
Like most RPG games, characters in MU can use many different kinds of magic and special abilities. Each character has its own set of spells and some weapons may be enchanted in order to provide the character with a specific spell. Casting a spell costs MP (mana, or magic point) and sometimes AG or stamina.
Mu Online has a built-in chat system that allows all visible players to easily communicate via text. Users can add custom players to their Friends List in-order to make it easy to keep in contact with one-another. The chat system also features a whisper function; which allows you to specify a particular player for private messaging. The communication over Mu Online is a smooth and user-friendly system, understandable by all age groups.
Along with seeing your friends and others on Mu, you will also have the option to team up in a party. Members of a party will take on monsters together to share exp and loot. Often this will result in faster killing of monsters and the ability to survive against higher level monsters using party-orientated support spells and items.
MU Master Events
Grand Masters, known in Global MU Online as "MU Grand Masters" or [MGM]s. The MGM events are mostly simple events that most players have a chance to win, such as "Catch the MGM", "MGM is lost" or "Missing 3 items" - the first player to meet the MGM with his/her request is rewarded with a Jewel of Bless, a Jewel of Soul or other items. There are examples where players have received other rewards in similar events, all of which are announced on GMO's official homepage.
- Global MU Online - Official Global MU Online (hosted by Webzen)