Atlantica Online's battle system is unusual for its genre in that it uses a turn-based system. When a player character and an enemy character come into contact with each other on the game map, both parties are transported into a miniature instance where the battle takes place; meaning that this can lead to large battles of up to 27 monsters versus 27 heroes (3 players, 24 mercenaries). Each party can never have more than 5 characters act during a turn.
The characters of each party are positioned on a 3x3 grid. Positioning the characters is an important decision, because different weapons and skills have different attack patterns. The player can change the position of his/her characters during a battle if desired.
We have assembled a few movies showing combat in Atlantica Online, and they may be interesting to watch the various animations and special effects. To better enjoy the in-game fantasy artwork, however, you are better off trying one of the other galleries, such as the official screenshots.