Bounty hunters

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Players can acquire the bounty hunter title through a quest available to citizens of Military Stage 4 (Town) nodes and potentially their vassals or affiliated nodes.[1][2]

  • Bounty hunters can activate their Pathfinding ability to reveal corrupted player locations on their map.[3][4]
    • This will flag the bounty hunter for combat only to corrupted players for a period of one hour from the time of activation.[3]
    • The pathfinding ability can be toggled on or off.[3][5]
    • It is possible that bounty hunters will be permanently flagged versus corrupted players with the pathfinding ability toggled off. This design change will be decided based on testing.[6]
  • The accuracy of bounty hunter maps is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[7]
  • Corrupted players may kill bounty hunters without acquiring additional corruption score.[8][9]
    • Corrupted player's combat penalties do not apply when battling bounty hunters.[8]
  • Chief bounty hunter is a node government title that grants special access to NPCs in a node.[10]
  • Credit for killing a corrupted player goes to the bounty hunter who lands the last hit (killing blow). This may be changed to damage contribution in future.[11]

Bounty hunter maps

Players with a high enough corruption score will be visible on the world and mini maps. These players will have markers posted on the map by an NPC from a Military node of at least stage 4 (Town), and will only be granted to players who have the Bounty hunter title.[12] The accuracy of bounty hunter maps is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[7]

Taverns are one of the locations that bounties will be posted. As players gain corruption, taverns may offer bounties to eliminate those players; or have a specific area cleared of problem players, thus giving a POI (point of interest) on the world map.[13]

Bounty hunter Pathfinding ability

Skill Icon Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3
Pathfinding Reveals corrupted player locations on the bounty hunter's map.[3][14] Activating this ability will flag the bounty hunter for combat only to corrupted players for a period of one hour from the time of activation.[3] The pathfinding ability can be toggled on or off.[3][5] The accuracy of the pathfinding skill is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[15] The accuracy of the pathfinding skill is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[15]

Player corruption

Corrupted player in the Alpha-1 preview.[16]

When you gain that corruption you have the potential of losing your completed items, your weapon, your armor, stuff that is very difficult to achieve; and then the other aspect of that is, that in order to deter basically players taking alternate characters and saying this is my PK alt, the more players you kill, the more corruption you gain, the higher your combat efficacy in PVP diminishes. If you're out there and you killed you know 20 players... you will not be able to perform in PVP any longer. You will need to take that character and go work off that corruption. The other aspect of corruption is that if you kill another player, who is a non-combatant and the level disparity between you and that player is great, you will gain a higher amount of corruption from that single kill. To the point where you should not be killing a level one character.[17]Steven Sharif

If a combatant (purple) character, or their summon, kills a non-combatant (green) character in Open-world PvP, they will be flagged as corrupt (red).[18][19]

You can't necessarily time perfectly the damage or understand even the health of the player. Unless you were in their party you cannot see an opponent's health as well, so that's another component that adds risk..[20]Steven Sharif
  • A player's corruption score (corruption value) increases with each non-combatant player killed.[21][22][2] Corruption score has a scaling impact on the efficacy of a character's skills in PvP combat.[23]
Reward without risk is meaningless... Corruption is just another word for risk.[24]Steven Sharif
  • The wider the level disparity between the players, and the higher the attacker's PK value, the more corruption they gain.[21][22][2]
Corruption value from PK'ing a non-combatant is based on level disparity along with the PKer's cumulative PK value.[21]Steven Sharif
  • Corruption penalties occur as the corruption is gained.[25] The higher the corruption score:
    If you go on a murder spree and you have 10 pks under your belt then you might start feeling a significant dampening to your skill effects against other players. I don't want to give necessarily a number or curve for players to extrapolate prior to us having the ability to actually test these ideas and where those numbers are going to lie; but I would say what is the intent behind that dampening: The intent isn't to limit the fun of the player, the intent is to provide a give-and-take or a risk-versus-reward; and the risk of continuing down the road of accruing corruption is not only the loss of your gear and amplified death effects but also your ability to perform in that activity.[29]Steven Sharif
    The more corruption you gain, the less effective you become in PvP and there's going to be a certain period at which point you have gained enough corruption that you're going to be gearless and you're also going to have a massive reduction in your PvP efficacy.[26]Steven Sharif
Q: Will there be any large-scale consequences when many players in a group guild region religion etc become corrupted frequently or for an extended period of time?
A: There are not group dynamics or mechanics that revolve around mass murdering people in the world. The corruption system is intended to deter mass murdering, not to provide incentives by which players can go out and gain corruption.[36]Steven Sharif
Q: If my guild has no one corrupted and your guild is like always killing people and always corrupted, will your guild have repercussions because they're corrupted versus my guild?
A: No I don't think so either. And the reason why is we want to deter it, but we don't want to make the system meaningless; and if the deterrent becomes too heavy-handed then it's a system without a purpose. And I think that the intent behind the corruption is that like during a rise in passion and like anger and whatever you want to make this decision and do something and you'll suffer the repercussions later. But if those repercussions are just overwhelmingly bad and even anti-social in the sense that like your guild is like hey man you went corrupted and this gives us like corruption points on the guild, and like you're out of here, then people just aren't going to choose to use it; and then at which point might as well just take it out. So I think there's a healthy balance between the type of deterrent used.[37]Steven Sharif

Players do not lose gold upon death, no matter their corruption level.[38]

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  • Corruption has a visible effect on a player’s appearance.[39]

Removing corruption

The primary means to remove corruption is through death. Multiple deaths may be necessary to remove all corruption.[41][32]

  • Dying removes a significant portion of a player's corruption score.[42]
  • Gaining experience will also slowly reduce a player's corruption score.[41]
    That creates a fun kind of experience for the bounty hunters to try to catch you while you're working it off.[41]Steven Sharif
  • A quest may be utilized to reduce the player kill (PK) count of a corrupt player in order for them to accumulate less corruption score in the future.[43][42]
    • This is a design shift from a religious quest being used to directly reduce the corruption score.[44]
  • Corruption duration is reduced in military nodes.[45]

Corrupt players killing bounty hunters

Corrupted players potentially gain rewards for killing bounty hunters.[46]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MMOGames interview, January 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 steven-bounty-hunters-2.png
  4. Interview, April 27, 2017 (9:28).
  5. 5.0 5.1 corruption toggle.png
  6. steven-bounty-hunters-3.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 Livestream, May 24, 2017 (48:00).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 steven-bounty-hunters-1.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 Interview, April 27, 2017 (1:18).
  10. Livestream, July 26, 2019 (1:20:48).
  11. Livestream, June 25, 2021 (1:06:22).
  12. Interview, January 20, 2017 (06:12).
  13. The mighty beard!
  14. Interview, April 27, 2017 (9:28).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Livestream, May 24, 2017 (48:00).
  16. Video, May 31, 2020 (5:29).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Podcast, April 23, 2018 (51:31).
  18. steven-summons-pvp-1.png
  19. 19.0 19.1 pvp flagging.png
  20. Livestream, January 30, 2020 (1:40:48).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 steven-corruption-value.png
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Interview, July 18, 2020 (41:54).
  23. steven-corruption-score.png
  24. corruption2.jpg
  25. corruption.jpg
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Livestream, May 22, 2017 (42:33).
  27. Podcast, May 5, 2017 (43:05).
  28. Interview, May 11, 2018 (5:05).
  29. Podcast, April 11, 2021 (38:31).
  30. Livestream, November 17, 2017 (35:20).
  31. Livestream, July 29, 2022 (1:07:20).
  32. 32.0 32.1 Interview, April 27, 2017 (0:17).
  33. Interview, April 22, 2019 (54:40).
  34. Livestream, November 17, 2017 (29:45).
  35. 35.0 35.1 Livestream, April 30, 2021 (1:14:49).
  36. Livestream, August 27, 2021 (1:20:09).
  37. Livestream, August 27, 2021 (1:20:51).
  38. vaknar-gold.png
  39. Interview, February 1, 2017 (39:33).
  40. Livestream, July 9, 2018 (20:41).
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Interview, July 18, 2020 (44:35).
  42. 42.0 42.1 Interview, July 19, 2020 (30:51).
  43. steven-removing-corruption.png
  44. Livestream, June 4, 2018 (2:18).
  45. pvp corruption duration.png
  46. Interview, October 20, 2018 (15:51).