How To Start
After completing the registration, you can't see the main chat or use the game chat until you reach the rank of Master Sergeant. Also, if you are a lower rank than Master Sergeant, you'll be given a guide in the main chat on how to play Tanki Online.
Once you have logged in and the game has loaded, you'll enter what is called a lobby. At default, the lobby will have the Communicator (chat) button on the bottom right, and the news button near the bottom left. Near the top of the screen, you will see a large "Play" button to join a battle, or you can choose a specific mode or battle with the options in the smaller button next to it. This opens is the Battle interface, which will allow you to enter a battle in a mode of your choice with only a single click of the mouse, (keep in mind, you unlock more battle modes as you rank) or to visit the battle list and join PRO Battles.
To access the battle list, scroll down the available modes in the Battle interface to the Battle list button. Once you click it, the battle list will appear on your screen. To enter a battle, choose one which is available to you (highlighted in green), and click on the Play button in the bottom-right, below the battle details.
Alternatively, you can click on the Create button below the battle list to create your own battle. The battle creation menu will appear.
To access Pro Battles, click on the Battle List button in the lobby .
To return to the previous screen, press the Z key or click the button at the top-left of the screen.
The Communicator consists of three tabs in two locations:
This tab, which can be found along the bottom bar next to the friend's button, is where the important announcements from the game are stored. This can include any updates, Newspaper or social news, event and contest announcements, and last but not least, server update warnings.
This can be accessed with the button in the bottom right, and it is simply the tab that allows tankers to interact with other people through the use of the lobby chat.
In a recent update, the Chat tab was split into various group chats, namely:
- Game Reports
Want to quickly see the clan chat but don't want to shift to the whole Clan button? This tab is made for doing just that. If you click on the Clan Chat tab, the chat of your in-game clan will open up, without the need of you completely "going inside" the clan using its original button.
Matchmaking refers to the process of distributing players into battles based on their rank and other factors, resulting in a fair match where players or teams have equal strength. The goal of the system is to allow players to quickly join battles and have fair and balanced games.
The Play Button
The Play button (for PRO battles) allows you to join a game. If it's disabled, the most likely reasons for this:
- There are no more free places in this battle.
- You must join the team with fewer players if auto-balance is on.
- The battle is unavailable for your rank.
- If you are unable to play any battles at all, you may be experiencing ping lag. To fix ping lag, see this article.