What Is Twinking in Video Games

A twink is very specific term used in video games. A twink is player’s character with maximum gear and attributes for his current level, and build specially set for specific task. Most usual twinks are made for PVP (player vs. player combat) on lower levels, or for solo farming certain dungeons which are otherwise inaccessible to characters of their level without a party. Twinking is a process of making twink character. It involves getting the best gear for current level, usually from dungeons or from maps for higher levels. In this case twinking process usually includes some friends with higher level characters who are willing to “carry” the twink through higher level dungeons in order for him to get highest level gear possible. In games where there is possibility of crafting gear of various qualities twinking involves crafting the highest quality gear with specific attributes best suited for the twink’s role. Twink is usually a sort of munchkin player (Munchkin is another term for overpowered player whose only concern is how to get most power for his character without interest in anything else). Usually twinks have two roles. First one is PVP twink, and second is dungeon farming twink.

Example of twinking in game

Most of MMORPG games have level brackets for PVP. For example, the MMORPG Requiem: Memento Mori, which I played for PVP mostly, had several PVP brackets. First PVP ground was for levels up to 25. Next bracket was for levels 26-49. Third PVP bracket involved characters 50 to 60. Fourth and last PVP bracket was for levels 61-71, which was highest possible level during that time. Most high level players were, of course, in last bracket. When I started playing and got to 20th level, I got the message that PVP battlegrounds are now open for me. It sounded very interesting, and I wanted to try it out. I entered a mini game, which was some variant of capture the flag battleground. Right after entering I ran into a player who literally one-shot me. At the same time, my full power attacks took only like 5% of his health. To be honest, that was the first time I encountered I PVP Twink and I thought this player was some kind of a cheater. It was impossible for him to have that much power. After awhile, I stopped playing mini PVP games for this bracket and decided to continue with leveling. In fact, this is what most players do. They try some casual PVP, which can be fun if they run into other casual players with some gear and abilities. If they run into a twink, the whole battle becomes a sort of cat VS mouse game. Carefully made twink is literally invincible when taken on by players of same levels. Making a twink usually involves farming some dungeon for lower level which gives some above average loot. For example, what I didn’t know in this case is that there was a dungeon for level 23 players in other map. This dungeon is not even in the story, so there is no need to enter and clear it, as there is no mission which should be done there. But the bosses in this dungeon had very rare drops which were overpowered gear equal to normal gear of 30th level equipment. So farming this dungeon for around 30 times in a row was the first step in order to collect necessary drops and begin twinking. Next step involved finding special improvements for the gear. They were collected as rewards from PVP battlegrounds or bought from auction house (if you knew what to look for). PVP rewards were earned with some 50 hours of PVP, or simply paying around 300.000 in game currency for each one of the improvements on auction (which was decent money even for end-game character). Of course, there was also some excellent knowledge of skills and abilities for that particular level which allowed for so called mini-maxing of abilities. And last step, of course, was using a decent amount of cash for in-game premium items. Requiem Memento Mori was free to play game, which meant it had in-game cash shop for micro transactions. Unfortunately, these premium items included some really overpowered stuff for players. For example, the most basic premium item in cash shop was costume which added 500 hit points and 500 magic points to the user who wears it. Knowing that the average hit point base of 25th level character is around 1500 hit points, it is easy to see what kind of empowerment this was. The second most useful premium item was a mount which was 50% faster and with 50% more hp than regular mounts available in game for free. Of course, list of premium items included special potions for further upgrading your abilities. When you mix all of these, it is easy to see how you make a twink. And believe me; this twink can literally kill a whole party of same level characters with normal gear without sweat. It can also clear a 5-man dungeon of his level solo, no problem. After all, after I got to end game, I also got back and made me a twink so I can dominate in that PVP bracket!