Ever since there have been Farm Event in FlyFF, AFK Farmers have been there, too. These are players who perform certain activities ingame without being present at their PC, more specifically not taking control of their own pixel lookalike.

Yesterday evening, a discussion welled up on the German FlyFF Discord server concerning a very special method of AFK Farming. It has not been made clear in the past whether this method violates the rules of the game or not. Is there really a legal method for AFK Farming?

What AFK Farming method is this about?

Let us return to the controversial method with unclear rules on the players’ side for now. This method relies on the ‘Damage Reflect’ attribute for slaying monsters. This causes a part of the damage dealt to the player by a monster to be thrown back at the monster itself. With appropriate equipment, this damage is being maximised as well as possible.

What follows now is the search for a spot at which aggressive monsters spawn. In the past, the Mars Mine held some popular spots. With this dungeon having been modified during the course of ‘Turning Point Part 2’, which effectively turned it into an endgame hellhole, the focus for preferred spots and monsters has shifted to the ‘Ivillis Red Totems’ in the Ivillis Dungeon.

AFK Farming usually spikes in popularity during farm events, for example the just finished ‘Madrigalaxy Event’ or the current ‘Macaroon Drop Event‘. Due to their heightened chances of dropping sun- and moonstones, the ‘Ivillis Red Totems’ remain a sought after target for AFK Farmers even outside of farm events.

Amenofus sheds light on the situation

After the players had speculated back and forth on the German Discord server, Amenofus stepped in and enlightened them. He explained that the illegal aspect of AFK Farming is botting, which renders the Damage Reflect method not forbidden.

The statement reads:
@Patronus With pure Damage Reflect, there is no element of botting (which constitutes the illegal aspect of AFK Farming) involved. Ergo it is not forbidden.

This Saturday morning held some further inquiries from the players though. Based on Amenofus’ statement, players assumed blocking every fitting spot in the Ivillis Dungeon to be all right. Furthermore, the question of intentional key-jamming arose. Again, Amenofus took care of any further doubts.

According to his statement, overdoing it with the Damage Reflect method, as in blocking all possible spots, should be avoided. The question of intentionally jamming one or multiple keys was answered by him as well. He explained that intentional key-jamming is regarded as equal with the use of a macro (meaning a third-party program) and is therefore a violation of the rules.

The particular part of the statement reads:
@ATUM The intentional jamming of a key is being treated equally to using a macro. The Damage Reflect method distinguishes itself by the player staying inactive. There is no need – at least, if done right – for any ‘keys to be pressed’ (be it via intentionally jamming them or using a tool).

Caution when using the Damage Reflect method

Before some of you feel motivated to use this method as well, we would like to issue a warning. Defeating the monsters via Damage Reflect is only half the battle. You will also need to make sure that your character does not get knocked out by the ‘Ivillis Red Totems’ in the process. After all, continuously using heal items while AFKing or placing an RM with a jammed heal key would be forbidden, based on Amenofus’ statements.

You will need to make sure that your character does enough damage via Damage Reflect and is able to stand their ground while tanking all of the monsters’ attacks. Only then will this method of AFK Farming become a more or less legal matter.

Generally, this topic is very controversial and the opinions differ greatly. Us, too, are not big fans of such a method, even if it is ‘technically’ – as Amenofus calls it – legal. It is still AFK Farming. Our thanks are likely to be given to the tremendous game design of FlyFF for this matter, which allows such procedures in the first place.

What is your take on all of this? We would love to hear about it in the comments!