MMO and MMORPG Bots
In Short: Bots (short for Robot) are programs (AI) that can perform simple and complex tasks on their own without any assistance by a human being. In online games bots are mostly used to farm, level up characters and perform other tasks that are repetitive, no-skill based and time-intensive.
How Does an MMO Farming Bot Work?
In most MMORPGs a bot will read the game memory (on your RAM) in order to determine you position and scan for mobs (enemies / NPCs), then will follow a scripted path to do several tasks. The simpler the game is and the less actual skill it requires, the more effective a bot can farm it. – This is why games that use tab-targeting are especially easy to farm. Depending on the bot, you might be able to record or script your own paths and to customize the tasks that are to be performed. The bot will then start its script or route and repeat it until it gets stuck, the game gets disconnected or the bot stopped. Only very few bots are able to find their own way. Most bots are also using scripted routes in order to minimize the chance of getting stuck, seeming suspicious and reducing the risk of getting reported and banned. Bots can literally be programmed to do anything, as long as it does not require creative thinking or complex decisions.
Why Do People Use Farming Bots
There are three main categories of bot users: The ones that do it to save time and enjoy the game more, the people that do it to sell gold or other currency for real money and the ones that do it to super nolife an mmo, playing at daytime and botting while they sleep. – The vast majority of botter does it to save time: Leveling especially can be a process that takes a lot of patience, since often you do it multiple times. You level up your first character; let’s say a Tank and leveling up is still quite fun. Then you level up your DPS and Healer and suddenly the leveling becomes so much of a chore and complete waste of time that you just would rather use a bot. Especially seasoned MMO veterans have gotten tired of leveling up characters over the years and since they play to enjoy the endgame, they want to skip to the endgame. – And bots are the closest you will ever get to skipping the leveling process. With the rise of Free To Play games, grinding and farming has become even worse: Now certain developers are trying to force us into spending money by wasting our time, making the use of bots even more attractive.
Are Farming Bots Detectable / Bannable?
Compared to most hacks, bots do not inject any code into the game client and are therefore not detectable by scanning the game process. However, bots will always behave different from real people and if one is monitoring player behavior, one is still able to detect bots. – This is why we need to take a lot of precautions if we are using bots to farm in MMOs. The easiest way to detect bots is the playing time: Humans are unable to play a game 24h per day and if you keep your bot running 24/7, you will almost certainly rise some red flags and run the risk of getting banned. Time played is an easy metric to track on the server-side, but some games are going even further: They will analyze your paths, your actions per minute and other metrics that correlate with botting. – This is why we try to change our farming paths every few hours in order to mix the behavior up. The ideal situation is that you are using a bot that allows you to create your own paths and chain them together in a random succession. So generally: Yes bots can be detected by analyzing player stats, but if you invest the time to keep your bot save and limit your farming time, then you should not have to worry at all.
The Usual Features of a Farming Bot in MMOs
Usually, and farming bot by a decent developer will include the option to create or edit paths, the option to edit fighting procedures, insert keystrokes, sell items at vendors, repair equipment, gather materials from nodes, get unstuck, resurrect and resume path and path finding is static levels. Bots should in addition to that be able to heal automatically, as well as buff and debuff automatically in PvE. There are almost no bots that can successfully do PvP content, since AI is simply not bright enough to beat human players. Some bots are quite good at questing, but that depends on the static or dynamic nature of quests. Generally bots are good at performing static, repetitive tasks and bad at performing dynamic ones. – With other words: The more engaging and skill-oriented a game is, the harder it will be to bot it. Some bots are even able to trade on the action house and may even be programmed to buy at certain process and sell at others, but these bots are generally hard to come by, since they can generate huge profits.
Why there almost No Free MMO Farming Bots
Farming bots for most MMOs and MMORPGs are not only very hard to program, but also very hard to maintain. Aside from the bot AI itself, one needs to create and maintain farming paths that actually work and one should ideally have multiple paths to farm one area in order to not seem to suspicious. – That is a lot of working hours that go into programming such a bot and that means people need to get paid. Only very few games are simple enough to let the bot create it’s own paths. Usually, if you let the bot find his own path, he gets stuck. However in games that use a simple 2D surface, such as Diablo or similar games, AI path finding is more effective and bots can potentially be provided for free, if the developer is very generous. Usually however, bots cost a pretty high subscription fee that depends on how popular the game is and how much competition there is. Free bots are even harder to find than free hacks and that is not very likely to change anytime soon.