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Monday, December 06, 2004

Pocket Kingdom FAQ

Well, here it is - everything you ever wanted to know about Pocket Kingdom!

Well, not quite. As a n00b myself I don't have all the answers so I would appreciate it if other PK'ers could help gradually improve this FAQ. There is one rule: Please don't ask questions or provide answers in the comments - I would prefer to update the FAQ myself so if you could send me your questions/answers it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Before asking questions please browse the pk.warcry site thoroughly - it is extremely thorough and you will usually find your answer there, or in FAQ below. If not, by all means send me your question.

Note this FAQ is always under development - more questions/answers will be added regularly.


Unanswered Questions - Please help!
General Questions
Menu System Questions
Gameplay Questions

    General Questions

  1. How much will Nokia charge me to play Pocket Kingdom online

  2. Nokia charge no fee for using the N-Gage arena so it's free in that sense (when compared to XBox Live which charge approximately £5 a month just for a subscription to the network). However, there are GPRS charges where your phone provider will charge you for the amount of data sent and received via GPRS. It is difficult provide any figures regarding how much cash Pocket Kingdom eats up in GPRS charges because all providers have different rates. Some providers have a fixed rate GPRS tariff where you pay a fixed monthly fee where as others tend to charge per KB.

    In the coming months I will look into this issue further and try to come up with some general figures regarding GPRS charges but for now you can check out the Pocket Kingdom forum and search for "GPRS" to find out how much it's costing other PK'ers.

  3. Is it worth buying Pocket Kingdom for the offline mode only?

  4. The offline mode in Pocket Kingdom is certainly worth playing but as many players have commented, it can get boring. It's really just a matter of taste but it would be a shame to miss out on the online mode to be honest.

  5. What's the difference when playing online?

  6. In a nutshell the experience is exactly the same except you can attack (and be attacked) by other online kingdoms. There is also an online auction system where you can bid for items and put your own items up for bid. However, if you want to rank highly on the "All Time Owner Board" you need to be owning other player's kingdoms online. It doesn't matter how much VP you earn offline (or online) beating NPC bosses, you need to get online and pwn some real kingdoms!

  7. I can't find anyone online. Why?

  8. I am having the same problem and it seems the general answer from PK gosu's is to give it time. Wait until after Christmas and there should be many more players. In the meantime, just keeping searching!

  9. But I am getting bored with the offline mode. If online is pretty much the same then I may just give up and play Pathway To Glory instead.

  10. That's not a question! Anyway, slow down a bit! Don't give up on PK just yet! I think many players have questioned whether PK is really that good, until they own their first "real" kingdom online! You see, PK is all about the rush of victory! So persevere and you will soon realise what makes this game special.

    Also I find that PK can get boring if you play it non-stop all day and allow it to take over your life! I recently bought Colin McRae Rally and played it for a few days, but I soon started to miss PK! It really is a great game. Fact. :)

    The Terrible Menu System

  11. The menu system in Pocket Kingdom is a bit shit. Why?

  12. No one knows I'm afraid, Sega probably concentrated on ensuring the battles and the Arena features were working, forgetting that players spend most of their time in the menu system! Hopefully, a patch will be released but don't hold your breath.

  13. But those transitions! Can't I turn them off so the menus appear instantly?

  14. Nope!

  15. But what about Ranking up? Currently I must create an emblem, then remove my unit from the party, then perform the RankUp then replace the unit in to the party. There must be some menu shortcuts or something?

  16. There isn't, damn it!

  17. What about the shop? Are you seriously telling me if I want to buy or sell multiple items, I must do it one item at a time

  18. Yep!

  19. Jesus! That's frustrating. There must be at least one tip to make this less painful, no?

  20. Well, funny you should ask that! There is one small, tiny feature that some players may not be aware of. When scrolling through the menus, you can use LEFT and RIGHT to affectively PAGE UP and DOWN, which is far quicker than using UP/DOWN. This helps a little, but as for the other problems, you just have to put up with it I'm afraid.

    Gameplay Questions

  21. I am just starting out and I can only buy Soldiers and Nobles. How do I get better units?

  22. You need to RankUp your units. To do this, buy a RankUp mold then start experimenting with combinations to produce an Emblem. For example, to make a Warrior Emblem, use the RankUp mold, Copper Ore, Garnet Jewel and a Black Leaf. Once you have the emblem, go to the RankUp section in the Lab. Here you need to figure out the correct combination of Emblem and Unit. Also keep in mind that the unit must meet the level requirements and you must have a certain amount of Victory Points (VP) to perform combinations. Have a look at the Unit Guide over at pk.warcry for more information about how to RankUp each unit.

  23. The N-Gage arena option is disabled in the main-menu! What is going on?

  24. You can't access the online feature of the game until you have completed area 3 - at that point you are given the Online Crest and the N-Gage arena option on the main menu will be available. The idea is that up until area 3 you are really playing a tutorial and becoming familiar with the game.

  25. No matter what I do I can't RankUp. What's I am doing wrong?

  26. You must have 10 Victory Points (VP) before any RankUps become available. To earn 10 VP, simply attack (and win) one of the boss NPC castles. For better units you will need more VP. Refer to The pk.warcry Unit Guide for more information. For example, lets say you want to create a Rogue. Just go to the unit guide and select the Rogue to display it's details. So, to create a Rogue you need to RankUp a Thief with a level of 2 or higher using the Soldier Emblem and must have at least 70VP to be able to perform the RankUp.

  27. When I look at my units stats in the List option, I don't understand all the abbreviations. What does AGI, DEF, etc mean?

    • Name = Unit name (e.g. Cheat Code)
    • Class = Unit type (e.g. High Priest)
    • Race = Unit race (e.g. Priest)
    • Rank = Unit rank (e.g. 5 bars)
    • Move = Movement type (e.g. Walk)
    • Slot = How many slots this unit occupies (e.g. 1)
    • HP = Hit points (aka health points; e.g. 62/62)
    • Level = # of battles this unit has survived (including KOs)
    • ATK = Attack; governs hit strength
    • DEF = Defense; governs hit resistance
    • AGI = Agility; governs evasiveness and search power
    • DEX = Dexterity; governs accuracy
    • WIS = Wisdom; governs Ability power
    • INT = Intelligence; governs Ability accuracy
    • Ability = Any special attack/spell this unit can perform (e.g. Restore)
    • Hit Rate = % chance of landing a successful attack (e.g. 28%)

    Answer provided by ch3mical fusi0n

    Unanswered Questions

    If you have any unanswered questions you would like adding to this list please send me an email.

  28. What are the rules that govern whether a unit is OUT or OWNED? Is it just a random thing or is there some logic behind it?

  29. If you know the answer to this question please send me an email.

  30. Does race or class affect what items can be put on a unit?

  31. If you know the answer to this question please send me an email.