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Annihilation: Getting Started
Annihilation is a team-based PvP gamemode with 4 teams, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green.
Your team's objective is to destroy the other 3 team's nexus, while protecting your own. Each team has their own quarter of the map where they can gather resources, build defenses etc.
You can join a team in the pre-game lobby, and in phases 1 and 2, by using /team join (color). You won't be able to join a queue for a team anymore when the game hits phase 3, so make sure to be queued before the start of Phase 3.
Every player is in a pseudo-adventure mode, meaning block breaking is only possible with the correct tools.
Your team wins when it is the last one with a nexus.
The game is split up into 5 phases, each phase lasting 10 minutes.
Phase 1: Nexus blocks are invincible
Phase 2: Nexus blocks lose their invincibility
Phase 3: Diamond ores spawn in the center of the map. Witches spawn in their huts.
Phase 4: Boss spawns. Blaze powder is added to potion shop
Phase 5: Nexus Bleeding
All teams will lose 1 nexus health every 45 seconds until one team is on 5 health. The bleed will restart if a team is knocked out
The game will remain at phase 5 until a team wins.
The Nexus(top)The Nexus is the most important block in the game.
Each Nexus only starts with 75 hit points, and when mined it will lose 1 HP each time. When mined it makes a very loud anvil sound at the base, or a light note block sound if you aren't close enough, to alert the team their nexus is being hit.
Once a team's Nexus is destroyed, that team will no longer re-spawn. The remaining members of the team will remain in the game until they die, meaning they can still attack and destroy your nexus.
In order to win, your team must be the last one with a nexus.
Mining the nexus rewards the entire team with +1 XP
Killing an enemy rewards you with +3 XP (+6 XP if defending/attacking a nexus or in memory of your team)
Killing the Wither will reward the team that killed it +25 XP.
If your team's nexus is destroyed, the team receives +10, +20 or +30 XP for 4th/3rd/2nd place, respectively.
Winning the game rewards the entire team with +100XP, with an added bonus of the Nexus health.
Winning the game rewards the entire team with +1XP for every point of nexus health remaining as a bonus.
Multipliers do work in Annihilation, so each XP Gain gets the respective multiplied amount. [Only for Premium/Sub which can be bought here.]
Resources(top)Gathering resources is crucial to victory. The game places every player in adventure mode, meaning you will need proper tools to harvest blocks. i.e. A pickaxe for ores & stone, an axe for wood, and so on.
You can safely smelt ores in your Enderfurnace, located around your base. It has particles around it similar to an Enderchest along with a message when you open it up. Only you can see inside this furnace, allowing you to smelt safely. Each map has only one!
You may wish to check out the maps and see where to find the mines.
Melons - These are your primary source of food and can be found in a farm within the team base. A sword of any type is required to harvest them. Melons disappear but will respawn back in a few seconds.
Logs - These are nearly everywhere on all the maps. All team spawns usually have a log farm near the base, and most maps have trees scattered around which you can chop. When logs are right clicked in-hand, they will automatically craft to planks. Logs will also respawn very quickly.
Ores - Your basic Coal, Iron, Gold, Redstone, Lapis or Emerald mines. When you mine an ore block, it will turn into cobblestone and add the drop directly to your inventory. You will need a proper pickaxe type to mine the ore. (ex: Iron pick for gold) The ores respawn after a short time, depending on the rarity of the material. Some maps may not contain some ore types, and some maps contain more of each type than others, check the maps page for details.
Gravel - Often found in the team spawn or awfully close. This is the source for flint, feathers, string, bones and arrows. This is your source of bow and arrow making materials, you will need to make a shovel first. Gravel respawns very quickly.
Diamonds - Diamonds spawn ONLY at the center of the map, and only in Phase 3 or later. They require an iron pickaxe to mine, and respawn after 30 seconds. Teams will often fight over the mine all game long.
- As you mine, you will also get experience you can enchant with. You can enchant your gear using your team's enchanting table, usually located near your team's nexus.
- Gold ingots can be used at the shop signs near your base to buy useful items, such as gear or brewing ingredients. Potions can turn the tide in battle, and of course invisibility is useful for sneaking past defenses.
Potions - Invisibility potions have been tweaked for gameplay balance and, as such, do not function as vanilla invisibility potions do. There are certain limitations to the their use;
- If the player takes ANY form of damage while invisible, the effect is broken. This includes environmental (fall damage, fire) or players/mobs/entities (arrows) hitting you.
- If the player breaks ANY block while invisible the effect is broken. This includes tall grass!
- Any other action will NOT break the invisibility effect - such as eating, placing blocks or dealing damage to players. Remember however that invisibility particles still appear around your character model.
When you have selected a team you will be speaking in team chat. Only your team can hear you which allows you to discuss tactics in private. If you wish to talk to everyone on the server put a "!" before your message (example: !Red team is the best).
You are able to toggle and filter many messages which are shown in chat. A full list of the commands and what they do can be found here.
Video Guide(top)For more in depth information on Annihilation, watch this video guide by Brett Haythorpe (slightly outdated)For Japanese players check out this guide by ゆーけむProject!/Yu_kemu