Gameplay Mabinogi Online is similar to classic 2D side-scrolling arcade hack and slashes games, such as Golden Axe or Double Dragon. Players will traverse 2D screens while fighting hordes of monsters. Characters have two meters, the HP meter and the MP meter; the HP meter decreases when the player gets struck by enemies and the MP meter decreases upon using a skill, while items can restore either or both at once. The player can move in eight possible directions, with joypad or arrow keys, and attacks/jumps/uses skills by pressing the assigned key/button. Skills can be designated upon an upper row of hotkeys, which can be further expanded by the decision of the player. However, a player can choose to manually input the command to perform a certain skill; for example, a Blade Master can choose to press the assigned hotkey for the skill Draw Sword, but can also choose to perform its direct input. Directly inputting the skill (done by pressing the arrow keys in a certain sequence and then pressing the basic skill key) makes the skill cost less MP and lowers the cool down of the skill (the time needed to wait to use the skill again) by a small amount. Skills are usually performed separately from normal combos; however, by buying "cancel" skills for certain skills, those skills can be used in the middle of a normal attack.