A foe is any creature that can be the target of an attack or an offensive skill. Often called hostile NPCs, they appear red on the compass and almost always reactive aggressively when party members come within their aggro range.
- Players can only target foes with attacks and offensive skills and only foes can likewise target the party or its allies.
- PvE foes typically appear as red dots in the compass; when selected, their names appear in red text.
- Foes can be hostile to each other.
- Hostile foes do not appear on the compass unless they are selectable, e.g. wurms cannot be selected until they popup.
- Other mechanics
- By default, you can select the nearest foe by pressing
Cand cycle through all foes within compass range by pressing
- Any creature that is not a foe is treated by the game as an ally.
- The hostility of a foe can change, for example:
- Minions can be turned into allies (e.g. using Verata's Aura) or become hostile (e.g. if the owner dies).
- Various events will change the status, e.g. when encountered outside the Temple of the Ages, Greves the Overbearing is not hostile until he completes his dialogue.
- The event quest-specific skill The Mad King's Influence is the only skill available to players that allows to turn hostile foes into temporary allies.
A passive foe is any seemingly neutral creature that can be the target of an attack or offensive skill. They do not aggro unless they take damage or the party attacks or uses an offensive skill on them, which cause them to become hostile.
Passive charmable animals are a special case. Their names will appear green when selected as if they were allies and they will not appear in the compass unless they become hostile. From all targeted skills, only those that can target foes will consider them valid targets, but among untargeted skills, not only offensive ones will affect them, some that affect allies may affect them too. Some game mechanics also behave this way too (e.g select nearest ally will target them while they are passive). The mechanics that decide whether they are considered allies or foes by untargeted skills are currently unknown.
Another unique case are Water Buffalos. They cannot be targeted, so they can only be damaged with some point blank area of effect skills. They will never appear in the compass and won't retaliate when attacked, they will just try to run away.
Henchmen and heroes will only attack and/or use offensive skills on a non-charmable animal passive foe if any party member calls it as a target or the foe becomes hostile. Summoned creatures and summoning stone creatures will attack a non-charmable animal passive foe once they aggro it.
- Most charmable animals.
- Many level 0...2 hostile NPCs in tutorial areas.
- During certain quests, some NPCs will be passive until triggered by an event or an offensive action.