By default, the Status window is located at the top left of your screen. It displays your character's name, level, HP, MP, CP, and Vitality. To the right of the Status window is the Buff bar, which displays buffs that are currently affecting your character, including beneficial buffs and hindering debuffs. To cast buffs or spells on your own character, click the Status Window to target your character.
The Target window displays a selected target’s name and HP bar; if the target is another player, only the player's name will be displayed. Click the arrow on the left side of the Target window to view Clan and Alliance information for other players, or attribute information for monsters. Click ESC to cancel targeting.
At the bottom right of your screen is the Menu Bar, a panel with eight buttons:
Character Status – Opens your Character Status window, which displays the current status, combat stats, regular stats, social info, subclass slots, and attributes of your character.
Inventory – Opens your inventory window, which displays current weapons, armor, items, and total Adena in your possession.
Action – Opens the Action window, which displays the basic, party, token, and social actions your character can perform.
Skills and Magic – Opens your Skill window, which displays your character's current skills and magic.
Quest – Opens your Quest window, which displays the quests your character current has active as well as detailed information about each quest, its task, your character's progress on it, and the rewards.
Clan – If you are in a clan, this button opens your Clan window, which displays information about your clan including the clan’s level, member info, leader, clan base, and clan options.
Map – Opens the world map in small or large size, depending on how you left it the last time you used it. By default it is small-sized. The map displays the current location of your character.
3a. System Menu – Opens the System menu, which allows you access many more game options and interface functions. These extended options include: create a private store, use the Friend Manager, check your mailbox, access the Museum window, adjust game and video options, edit shortcuts, submit a petition to the support team, log out or exit the game, create/edit macros, and much more.
The radar is a very small map at the top right of your screen. It displays the current position of your character and the immediate surroundings. The radar indicates what direction your character is facing. If your character changes direction, the radar will rotate. Monsters are shown in red, and party members are shown in green. When you select a target, a purple dot appears on the radar. You can click on the hammer icon on the radar's upper right to toggle the radar display options, which include fixing the radar's orientation on North.
There are multiple shortcut bars that can be displayed either horizontally or vertically on your screen. You can have easy access to skills, macros, and items by dragging their icons into shortcut bars. Use the skills, items, or macros on your shortcut bar by clicking on the icons or pressing the key to which each icon’s slot is assigned. The shortcut window can be locked by clicking on the lock icon located at the bottom of the window. When the shortcut window is locked, shortcuts cannot be added, moved, or deleted. It is wise to lock your window during combat so that you do not accidentally drag out and cancel a skill that you may need to use.
Talk to other players in Lineage II by typing in the Chat window, which is by default at the bottom left of your screen. Type what you wish to say, and hit Enter. Different chat window tabs filter the different chat channels. Click on the hammer icon to adjust the chat options and filters.
The Chat window allows you to chat to different groups of players using different channels. To use multiple channels, you will need to include a prefix symbol (such as @, #, “, and others) before the words you want to speak in a particular channel. For clan, alliance, party, and trade channels, you can bypass the necessity of using a prefix symbol by clicking on the dedicated tab in the Chat window.
This window is only activated when a player has joined a party. By default, it is displayed on the left of your screen, below your Status window. The Party window displays the names, HP, and MP of other party members as well as that of their pets and servitors. You can also view party members’ buffs and debuffs by clicking View Buffs.
Emotes let you express yourself through your character with animations and sound effects. Available emotes are found in the Action window (ALT+C) and can also be used by typing slash commands, such as /charm and /coupledance.
Within Lineage II, players can use Microsoft’s MSN Messenger service to chat with characters in-game as well as friends in the MSN contact list outside of the game. To chat with a character in-game on MSN, that character must be listed as your friend in the Friend Manager.
Character movement in Lineage II is best done using the mouse. Place the mouse cursor over the location to which you want your character to move and left-click. Your character will move to that location.
WASD movement (moving using the W, A, S, and D keys or the arrow keys) is possible in Lineage II, but it is not as precise as click-to-move. To use WASD movement, check the Enter Chat option in the Shortcut tab of the system menu. The W and S keys move your character forward and backward; the A and D keys turn your character.
You can change your viewpoint by moving your mouse while holding down the right mouse button. Right-click the mouse or click the Home key to return to the default viewpoint, which is the direction your character is facing. Click the mouse scroll wheel or the End key to turn the camera to face behind your character. This feature is especially useful when you are being pursued by monsters or trying to keep track of a party.
Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to toggle between three different zoom levels, including first-person point of view. Zoom can also be changed using your mouse’s scroll wheel.