This page details some advanced mechanics beyond 'use all skills off cooldown and press attack'. The base information for this is from the official game manual (available underneath the game client under Help). Additional notes have been added based on logic.
Elemental affinity has a dramatic impact on a character's damage.
If a character attacks an enemy with an element they are weak against, she will do increased damage. And if she attacks an enemy with an element they are strong against, she will do reduced damage.
If, for instance, a dark character attacks a light enemy, it will deal 148% extra damage, however a dark enemy will only deal 75% damage to light character.
Normally, against a Fire target a Water team is recommended and a Wind composition is discouraged and so on, but since Light and Dark have no weakness on the player side, they are the go-to elements when no other element fits the bill. They are slightly better than using the elements that are 'true neutral' relative to the target element. Similarly, if the Quest dialog indicates that enemies are of mixed elemental nature, bringing Light or Dark is recommended to avoid getting caught in weakness to something.
|Attack Up||Increases outgoing damage|
|Special Attack Up||Increases outgoing damage. Similar to the buff above, but has its own bracket in the damage formula|
|Counterattack||Increases outgoing damage based on HP lost|
|Vigor||Increases outgoing damage based on total HP|
|Ability Damage Up||Increases damage dealt by abilities|
|Critical Chance Up /
|Chance to deal extra damage with elemental advantage|
|Burst Damage Up||Increases damage dealt by burst attacks|
|Defense Up||Reduces incoming damage|
|Endurance||Increases defense based on the HP lost|
|Reflect||Reflects and reduces a certain percentage of incoming damage|
|Damage taken down||Reduces a certain percentage of incoming damage|
|Double Attack Rate Up||Increases the chance of performing two attacks|
|Double Attack guaranteed||Next normal attack guaranteed to be Double Attack|
|Triple Attack Rate Up||Increases the chance of performing three attacks|
|Triple Attack guaranteed||Next normal attack guaranteed to be Triple Attack|
|Affliction Resistance Up||Reduces chance of being afflicted by negative statuses|
|Affliction Immunity||Blocks one affliction. Lasts until the end of the quest or until the character gets hit by an affliction|
|Rampaging||Prevents use of active abilities and Burst attacks,|
but increases base damage
|Nullify||Dodges all attacks|
|Intercept||Dodges enemies' normal attacks and strikes back. Does not work against abilities and Overdrives.|
|Elemental Attack Up||Increases damage dealt from an element|
|Elemental Resistance Up||Reduces damage taken from an element|
|Stands in front of an ally and takes enemies attacks. Does not work against Overdrive and abilities that targets the whole team|
|Barrier||Mitigates a set amount of damage|
|Burst Gauge charge rate up||Increases the charge rate of the Burst Gauge|
|Zeal||Increases Burst Gauge and decreases HP by a certain percentage at the end of the turn.|
|Recovery Up||Increases HP healed by healing Active abilities|
|Energy Drain||Heals based on damage dealt by normal attacks|
|Regeneration||Heals HP at the end of the turn as long as it is active|
|Auto revive||Automatically revives a character when their hp reaches 0|
|Fortitude||Heals the character for 1 HP when their HP reaches 0, preventing death once.|
|Rage Mode Gauge Reduction Up||Increases Raging dissipation rate when enemy is Raging|
|Increases the chance of being targeted|
|Stealth||Reduces the chance of being targeted|
|Evasion||Chance to evade attacks. On the player side, it works against abilities, overdrives and normal attacks. On the enemy side, it only works against normal attacks.|
|I'm feeling lucky||Exclusive to Dazbog. Chance to dodge enemies attacks|
|Follow up||Deals additional damage for each performed attack.|
- Damage over time deals a set amount of damage and cannot be increased or decreased in any way.
- During raids, damage from these abilities do not count towards the total damage dealt and do not give any Participation Points (PP).
|Snatch||Increases rate of item drops by approximately 5% per stack (Max. 9). Does not appear to affect drop distribution|
|Zombied||Restorative abilities and items will hurt character instead of healing|
|Cursed||Prevents all healing|
|Doomed||Character will receive DMG equal to their max HP after a few turns. Barrier can save a character from this effect, if the sum of the Barrier's HP and character's current HP exceeds the max HP.|
|Abilities do not recharge|
|Ability Seal||Abilities cannot be used|
|Burst Seal||Burst Attacks cannot be used|
|Restraint||Exclusive to Dysnomia from Tower of Malice events.|
Lowers the target's defense and chance to lose a turn.
DEF↓ + Dizziness
|Petrified||Defense is increased but unable to attack or use abilities.|
DEF↑ + Paralysis
|Frozen||Chance that character will not be able to act and receives water damage.|
Dizziness + Drowned
|Energy Scourge||Attack power increases consummate to Mode bar. Exclusive to Thunder Guardian.|
All enemies have an 'Overdrive meter' in the form of dots below their HP bar. When it is full, they will use a special Overdrive Ability specific to the enemy type.
In general, enemies with more dots have stronger Overdrive abilities, but take longer to prepare them. The general tactic is to eliminate those which can Overdrive every two turns (one dot) immediately, eliminate targets with strong Overdrive abilities next (3-4 dots), and use defensive skills to guard during the Overdrive of the targets who cannot be eliminated before they burst (2 dots). Rare monsters and Boss monsters have relatively strong Overdrive abilities which should be avoided whenever possible.
The Mode Gauge is unique to Boss-class monsters. All Bosses begin in Normal Mode, but will transition to Raging Mode and Stun Mode, as they take damage. Bosses also possess the Overdrive meter like all other enemies.
- Normal Mode
- Boss behaves normally.
- Upon receiving enough damage, the transition to Raging mode is made.
- Raging Mode
- Cooldown for the Boss' Active abilities is reduced.
- Special Active abilities only usable during Raging Mode become available.
- Upon receiving enough damage, the transition to Stun mode is made.
- Stun Mode
- The Boss' Overdrive meter will not charge, and the Boss cannot use Overdrive if the meter is full.
- The rate at which the player's party will perform double attacks and triple attacks is increased.
- Upon receiving enough damage, the transition to Normal mode is made.
- Do NOT allow the boss to perform a Overdrive attack (full, flashing dots) while Raging. The effects will not be pleasant even with damage mitigation skills active. During such attacks, the bosses' attack often double, triple or more in damage and turn into an AOE effect, capable of wiping out half of the health of a team. Mind this fact especially in Raids, due to the boss being much stronger than normal bosses.
- Multiple attack rate does not affect any Active abilities or Overdrive. Therefore as far as possible you will not want to do anything other than perform normal attacks in Stun phase.
- The transition between the three modes is made at the end of each action. One attack turn (which may comprise of 15 attacks in a 5x triple attack scenario) will lead to at most only one mode transition.
- The best timing for Burst abilities is when the Boss is Raging as it does so much damage it will generally force any Raging solo boss into Stun mode. Raid bosses are not as easy to deal with due to their significantly larger HP pool. Raid bosses with their HP pool that are Ultimate or above can usually take a lot of hits from most teams, and Bursts usually don't do that much compared to what it does to normal bosses.
- Usage of Active abilities other than debuffs in Normal mode is not advisable as the boss does less damage to begin with (making defense abilities irrelevant), and increasing outgoing damage to the boss will shorten the duration of Normal mode. Weak/Utility/Healing/Debuffing summons are usually used in this phase rather than damage-based summons. However, debuffs to the Boss' health should be used relatively soon to maximize their utility, unless there is a reason to conserve it, like a full Burst.
- Usage of debuffs in the initial Normal mode is recommended as debuffs have long duration (180s) - the longer they stay applied, the more effect they have in total.
- Usage of debuffs should be activated relatively late to be if you are activating a wide range of abilities, due to the fact that much of the debuffs are actually timed rather than turn based
- Usage of Active abilities in Raging mode is recommended as this will shorten the Raging duration, possibly ending it within one turn if summed Active ability damage and normal attack damage can fully deplete the Raging bar. Note that for Ultimate and above Raid bosses, abilities might not have such a significant effect due to their extremely high HP pool
- Usage of Defensive abilities is generally restricted to defending against the Boss' Overdrive in Normal Mode. The objective of Raging mode is not to reduce incoming damage, but to transition to Stun as soon as possible. However, the Defensive abilities can be very useful in saving your team from a few extra strikes. Defensive abilities are also affects Burst charges.
- Counter-attacker Souls are especially potent in Raging and Stun modes.
- Use of Active abilities in Stun mode is not advisable as this will put the skill on cooldown while possibly reducing overall damage as well as Burst Gauge charge. This occurs as Active ability damage will shorten, or even end the Stun mode, reducing the total number of multiple attacks that can be used, while putting the ability on cooldown that locks it out of use during the Raging mode where that damage is extremely valuable.
Recommended boss turn order
- Start out with certain debuffs, including damaging debuffs, blindness, and similar abilities, especially Snatch if available. Use no other abilities initially. Normal attack until Raging.
- AoE Healing Active abilities should be used at the cusp of Raging to prevent members from getting wiped during Raging.
- When Raging starts, apply all self-buffs except Defense, then attack with all offensive abilities at once. Then follow up with buffed normal attacks. Debuffs to the boss' damage and shield should also be used to make sure that the boss does not melt your team and that your team's damage can send the boss to stun as soon as possible
- When Stun mode starts, use only normal attacks (i.e no Burst and no Active abilities). This will lead to more double attacks being used, charging the Burst gauge faster, and likely increasing overall damage.
- Normally attack through Normal mode 2. This time it is okay to use offensive abilities, but reserve buffs. Heal when off cooldown if needed, otherwise wait until after the boss uses Burst to heal as its attacks are normally AoE. Use defensive abilities when the boss has maxed flashing dots.
- When target reaches Raging for the second time, dump all remaining offensive abilities. Apply buffs. Then activate a Full Burst.
- This will push the Boss directly into Stun, unless it's a raid boss. For raid bosses, try to rely on teammates when you are in a difficult situation, like when the boss is raging with full Overdrive and your team is low on health. Follow up with double attacks and the boss should fall. If not, repeat from Step 2.
When the Burst gauge on the right side of each character's slot reaches 100, the character is capable of using a Burst Attack. The Burst attack does extremely high elemental damage at the cost of not being able to use combo attacks, depletes the Burst gauge to zero, and increases the Burst levels for all successive characters by the constant. Ways of charging the Burst gauge are as follows:
- Dealing damage from normal attacks
- Using Active abilities or summons that increase the Burst gauge
- Having another character earlier in the turn order use their Burst
- Receiving damage (percentage relative to damage received)
- Using an Elixir in battle (not recommended)
By default, Bursts activate as soon as they are available. By clicking the orange button at the bottom right corner, it is possible to disable this behaviour to time the Bursts when they do the most good (i.e. when Full Burst is available, when a Boss is Raging, etc.)
When more than one character uses a Burst Attack in the same attack turn, a Burst Streak is executed at the end of the attack turn, with damage proportional to the number of Bursts activated. When all 5 characters execute a Burst Attack in succession, the Burst Streak is known as a Full Burst. The element of the Burst Streak is decided by the element of the first character to use their Burst, and so all Full Bursts are necessarily of the element of the Soul, as they are enforced to be the first character to act.
By default, the amount added by normal attacks or Bursts is 10 per attack, and so the lowest Burst gauge conditions for a Full Burst is 100-90-80-70-60.
Some status effects are capable of increasing or decreasing the chance to perform a Combo Attack, Bosses in Stun phase increase outgoing multiple attacks to them, and certain passives will increase multiple attack rate under certain conditions (Arthur has increased multiple attack rate for whole party when she applies AoE Attack Up, Siegfried has further increased multiple attack rate during Stun phase, etc.).
One thing that is important to note is that multiple attacks not only deal more damage, but also increase the Burst gauge by that amount per strike. Ergo, triple attacks will charge the Burst gauge three times faster.
You will commonly see Combo attack rate be referred to as DATA (double attack triple attack). Base DATA chances are estimated to be ( source )
|Double Attack||Triple Attack|
During quests, enemies may drop consumables upon defeat. They will only last for the current quest and if not consumed, they will be automatically sold for 5 Gems
- Potion - heals 50% HP of an ally
- Super Potion - heals 33% HP of all allies
- Stopwatch - reduces the cooldown of Main Eidolon by 5 turns. Automatically used upon drop.
- Elixir - Revives any downed character, heals 100% HP and gives 100 Burst Gauge to all allies. Only obtainable on Shop at the cost of 100 Magic Jewels or Star Points. Unlike other consumables, it will remain in the player's inventory after the quest end.
By default attacks are randomly assigned. It is possible to order your party to aim for specific targets by clicking on them. All Active abilities are also aimed towards the selected target.
Enemy target selection is semi-random. Your Front Line (Soul and top two Kamihime in the Formation interface) will tend to be targeted more often than your Back Line (bottom two Kamihime in the Formation interface).
For this cause:
- Kamihime with multiple attack capabilities should be assigned to the back line as they already charge the Burst Gauge more easily and do not require help from receiving damage.
- Kamihime with self-debuffing skills (Boreas or Ignis lvl 25+ for instance) should be assigned to the back line to reduce the chance they are hit with their defense down.
- Kamihime with elemental disadvantage that you want to bring for some reason (for instance, Nike in World 3, as she takes increased damage from Thunder targets, but is useful for her AoE heal) should be assigned to the back line.
- Kamihime with elemental advantage should be assigned to the front line to reduce the damage they take.
- Kamihime with defense self-buffs (Rusalka for instance) or self-healing skills (Indra for instance) should be assigned to the front line as they can mitigate damage better.
- Kamihime Project Guide by sanahtlig