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  1. LAST UPDATED: 03/3/2016
  2.  
  3. Strategy website & Event information: http://ffrk.kongbakpao.com/
  4. Elite Dungeon Data and game statistics: http://happypluto.com/~misterp/r/ffrk.pdf
  5. /ffg/'s Friend Codes List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yjUI0AwTAoBxuZlGQQZfaEQMnNt2bUdzm0gMZHXq4Cs/edit#gid=0
  6. Upcoming event banners: http://bantha.org/~dscotton/ffrk.html
  7.  
  8. >What's FFRK?
  9. Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a mobile spin-off of the Final Fantasy series. Like all shitty mobage games, it has a fairly simple plot: for some reason we have a kingdom that gets its power from magical artworks that depict the story of mainline FF games, and some jackass is corrupting them, so you go into the world of paintings and fix everything. Cue battles in these realms using the old Active Time Battle system simplified for the attention-deficit generation.
  10.  
  11. >mobile
  12. Yes, I know, microtransactions, et cetera, et cetera, good goy. FFRK's mythril / gems system is set up in such a way that you can literally, with time, some strategy, and maybe some luck, beat even the hardest content level without spending so much as a shekel and sucking Jewgle's dick. Don't be fooled.
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  14. Anyway, you might ask: what's the appeal? Waifu/husbando collection. Nostalgia. Whatever. The old ATB system is >fun. Also, All the Bravest was a horrible game and Square probably wanted to make up for that. Are you the kind of guy who enjoys collecting characters like Pokemon? Theoretically, you could collect an entire party of your waifus, or villains (seriously, Exdeath and Kefka are actual released characters), or whatever you like. Live out your ideal party.
  15.  
  16. >Okay, I guess this is interesting.
  17. Great! Welcome to the circlejerk. If you haven't downloaded the game yet, though, keep in mind there's a Friend Invite system like all those shitty browser games on Facebook have -- if you want some bonuses before starting, you could leave a post in the general asking for a reference and maybe gift someone a free mythril while you're at it.
  18.  
  19. For RK players on the other end: REMEMBER THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO USE FACEBOOK FOR THAT SHITTY INVITE FUNCTION. USE E-MAIL AND MAKE SOME THROWAWAY EMAIL.
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  21. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  22.  
  23. >Okay, so what important things should I know?
  24.  
  25. Don't worry about having to understand all of this stuff now -- you can come back to it later when you specifically need a reference.
  26.  
  27. Of particular interest for beginners, however, are sections 1-4, 7, 9, and 11. More advanced players may want to check 5, 6 and 8.
  28.  
  29. /**********
  30. >>contents:
  31. ***********/
  32.  
  33. [1] RECORD SYNERGY AND EQUIPMENT IN GENERAL
  34. [1.1] Record Synergy
  35. [1.2] Upgrading, Combining, and Weapon Types
  36. [1.3] Augment Rank
  37. [2] SKILLS, HONING, AND COMBINING
  38. [3] SOUL BREAKS
  39. [3.1] Super and Burst Soul Breaks
  40. [4] RELIC DRAWS
  41. [4.1] Rare Relic Draw methods
  42. [4.2] Special Relic Draws
  43. [4.3] Which banners should I draw on?
  44. [4.4] Some notes
  45. [5] ROAMING WARRIORS
  46. [6] COMMON STRATEGIES
  47. [6.1] Retaliate-based strategies
  48. [6.2] Magic-based parties
  49. [6.3] Lifesiphon
  50. [6.4] Stun chains
  51. [6.5] Historical note: the VIT0 exploit
  52. [7] PROGRESSION AND EVENTS
  53. [7.1] Core Dungeons
  54. [7.2] Event Dungeons
  55. [7.3] Special Events
  56. [8] RECORD MATERIA
  57. [9] DAILY DUNGEONS
  58. [10] QUESTS
  59. [11] TIPS AND TRICKS
  60. [11.1] S/L -- or, the quit and reload trick
  61. [11.2] The airplane mode trick
  62. [11.3] RW List Shuffling
  63. [11.4] Good and bad ways to spend your Mythril
  64. [11.5] Differences between Global and JP
  65. [11.6] Banner errors
  66.  
  67. /*****************************************************************************************************************************
  68. *****************************************************************************************************************************/
  69.  
  70. [1] RECORD SYNERGY AND EQUIPMENT IN GENERAL ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  71.  
  72. [1.1] Record Synergy -------------------------------------------------------
  73.  
  74. Whether you are lucky with rare relic pulls or not, PAY ATTENTION TO THE RECORD SYNERGY SYSTEM. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Basically, Record Synergy assigns a "realm" to pretty much any weapon, armor, or accessory. When you use that piece of equipment in said realm (e.g., use Cloud's Buster Sword [VII] in the Midgar Highway [VII] dungeon), all of its stats will get a proportional multiplier. The same goes for characters, who will get a Synergy boost in their realm approximately the equivalent of a 10-level boost.
  75.  
  76. VISUAL REFERENCES, PULLED FROM THE PDF AT THE TOP:
  77.  
  78. WEAPON COMPARISONS BY SYNERGY: http://i.imgur.com/iBxE6ey.jpg
  79. ARMOR COMPARISONS BY SYNERGY [1]: http://i.imgur.com/JzwDlFh.jpg
  80. ARMOR COMPARISONS BY SYNERGY [2]: http://i.imgur.com/c10zSI6.jpg
  81.  
  82. A piece of equipment that is a 3* base combined twice (5*, or 3*++) with Synergy beats an equivalent natural 5* with no Synergy by a mile. Learn to use Synergy well and it'll make your life easier.
  83.  
  84. [1.2] Upgrading, Combining, and Weapon Types --------------------------------
  85.  
  86. While we're on the subject of upgrading and combining, let's have an overview.
  87.  
  88. All equipment have a level cap, which you've probably noticed -- each piece of equipment will also have a different level cap depending on its rank: for example, 5*s have a base cap of 20, 4*s 15, and so on. Naturally, all equips start at level 1 and are upgraded by feeding upgrade materials to level up the piece. While you can use pretty much anything in your inventory barring accessories as upgrade materials, dedicated materials called Scarletite (for weapons) and Adamantite (for armor) exist. (You can use Adamantite for weapons and Scarletite for armor, of course, but the effect is drastically reduced.)
  89.  
  90. Once a piece of equipment reaches its cap, you can no longer upgrade it except to increase its Augment Rank (more on this below). This is where combining comes in: if you have a second piece of that equip, you can combine them together to increase its level cap and continue upgrading it. Combined equipment is denoted by a + beside its name, such as Mythgraven Sword +. You can only combine equipment up to two times, however, so keep this in mind -- furthermore, combined equipment doesn't have the same base stats as "natural" equipment of that rank, and are therefore weaker as a result.
  91.  
  92. So far, natural equipment only exists up to 5* (while there are 6* natural accessories in store, you can't upgrade them anyway), which can be combined twice to create a 7* with a level cap of 30. Be careful about combining your natural 4* and 5* equipment, though, since these pretty much only come from Rare Relic Draws and you want to be able to outfit entire parties, not just one character.
  93.  
  94. In general, weapons have more ATK if they are melee-range and a melee-type weapon, like a sword or katana. Exceptions are, for example, swords that are the unique weapons of a mage, like Ashe and Terra's Runeblade and Enhancer. Daggers, since they can be equipped by pretty much anyone, usually have lower ATK.
  95.  
  96. [1.3] Augment Rank -------------------------------------------------------
  97.  
  98. A minor feature worth noting: each weapon has an "Augment Rank". Augment Ranks increase the highest stat point given by a piece of equipment by one per level; in case of a stat point tie, the stat to which the Augment is linked to is arbitrary.
  99.  
  100. To increase the Augment Rank of a piece of equipment, simply upgrade it by using another piece of equipment with at least an Augment Rank of 1 as material. Combining natural 5*s also increases its Augment Rank, so a 7*++ has a Rank of 3, for example.
  101.  
  102. However, the problem is that most equipment starts at an Augment Rank of 0. The exception is natural 5* equipment, which starts at a base Rank of 1, which is why this is a rather minor feature -- why the fuck would you use natural 5*s as material?
  103.  
  104. Now, this wouldn't have been a problem if Giant Scarletite and Adamantite were given an Augment Rank, but unfortunately for us DeNA decided instead to make a new upgrade material specifically to increase Augments: the 5* Rosetta Stone, usually given out as the reward for a +++ Bonus Battle in an event, or as part of a special login bonus.
  105.  
  106. Generally, the few points don't make the difference, but it's recommended that you augment the equipment of characters you expect to use often, especially their unique SB relic if you have it.
  107.  
  108. [2] SKILLS AND HONING ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  109.  
  110. Skills aren't created equal. Some find more use due to their relevance in a strategy, and some are just plain shit or are too niche.
  111.  
  112. So let's narrow it down: you want these specific skills, listed in about the general priority you want to craft them:
  113. - Fire / Blizzard / Thunder / Comet / Bio / Water / Dia -> their higher-level equivalents
  114. - Protectga / Shellga / Cure/a/ga/ja
  115. - Breakdown skills (Magic / Power / Mental / Armor Break/down)
  116. - Thief-type Breakdowns (Steal Defense/Attack, etc.)
  117. - Full Break (this is a 5* skill, so leave it until you have the orbs)
  118. - Double Cut + Retaliate [6.1]
  119. - Ruinga / Quake / Valefor / Maduin
  120. - Meteor (same as Full Break)
  121. - Faith / Boost
  122. - Carbuncle
  123. - Lifesiphon [6.3]
  124. - Spellblades (Fire / Blizzard / Thunder / Water / Aero / Drain / Bio / Break Strike)
  125. - Elemental Jump attacks (Wind Jump, etc.)
  126. - Dark / Venom / Sleep / Silence Attack / Buster
  127. - Silencega
  128. - Slowga
  129. - Intimidate
  130. - Dispel / Banishing Strike
  131.  
  132. Situational skills:
  133. - Death / Raise / Berserk / Break
  134. - Reflect
  135. - Esuna (specifically, when it happens too often that S/L becomes frustrating -- Iguions come to mind)
  136. - Kirin / Memento of Prayer
  137. - Haste
  138.  
  139. The reason summons are, generally speaking, shit, is because they start with one ability charge, are one-hit, and are usually damage-dealing skills. In JP, they're buffed and hit two times now, but that boost isn't coming here for a bit.
  140.  
  141. Five-star abilities are, for the beginner, trophy skills because: a.) you won't be honing them for a long while b.) they start with two charges, and c.) you can generally rely on a 3* or 4* skill to deal 9999 damage anyway, especially if you're making use of elemental weaknesses. If you're one of those anons who spams mythril refreshes on the Orb Dungeons (and this isn't necessarily a bad idea) and got lucky, though, this might not apply to you.
  142.  
  143. It's generally a good idea to keep up with events, because these often give out free skills and a lot of orbs so that you won't need to craft them.
  144.  
  145. Honing skills takes a lot of orbs, which means you should be hitting the Daily Dungeons, because you will want to put serious hones into a lot of these skills. However, not many skills need to be honed to rank 5, because: a.) R3 / R4 can usually last you all the way, and b.) the orbs required for that can easily hone a second same skill to rank 3 -- sometimes, you'll need two of a skill on more than one character to take down bosses faster. You'll only need about one or two of a skill, usually.
  146.  
  147. There's also a few skills that, while useful, may be outclassed by another skill that comes in the future, like Breakdowns being outclassed by the respective Steal [stat] skill. This means that, as a rule of thumb: if you don't really /need/ a skill ASAP, hold off on crafting it.
  148.  
  149. [3] SOUL BREAKS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  150.  
  151. Soul Breaks are special attacks characters can use by filling up their Soul Break gauge, which goes up with actions or damage taken.
  152.  
  153. There's three types of Soul Breaks: Default, Shared, and Unique.
  154.  
  155. Default SBs come with the character and are generally sub-par.
  156.  
  157. Shared SBs come with 5* equipment from Relic Draws, can be used by the character that equips the piece, and are kind of a mixed bag.
  158.  
  159. Unique SBs come with 5* equipment, similar to shared SBs, but the difference is that they can only be used by the SPECIFIC CHARACTER who the weapon is meant for. While the piece can be equipped by other characters, they won't be able to use the SB. Uniques can be deal-makers or deal-breakers for a lot of characters, and sometimes their effects are so good that people will do mass Rare Relic Draws on banners that feature them, blowing upwards of hundreds of mythril.
  160.  
  161. While most of these weapons have been featured already and are unlikely to return all too quickly, it's good to get an idea of the kind of relics people will usually draw for:
  162.  
  163. Sentinel's Grimoire
  164. Character: Tyro
  165. Soul Break: Sentinel's Grimoire
  166. Increases the party's Defense and Resistance; stacks with Shell and Protect.
  167.  
  168. Golem's Flute
  169. Character: Eiko
  170. Soul Break: Emerald Light
  171. Casts party-wide Cura and Hastega.
  172.  
  173. Thyrus
  174. Character: Y'shtola
  175. Soul Break: Stoneskin II
  176. Increases the party's Defense and Resistance; stacks with Shell and Protect.
  177.  
  178. Moore Branch
  179. Character: Exdeath
  180. Soul Break: Grand Cross
  181. Casts a 4-hit non-elemental magic attack on all targets. Then, single-target casts of Black and White Magic are drawn to caster; caster gains immunity and converts them to an ability charge. Party-wide attacks will still affect the entire party, but the caster will enjoy Grand Cross's effects.
  182.  
  183. Wutai Headband
  184. Character: Yuffie
  185. Soul Break: Clear Tranquil
  186. Casts a party-wide cure up to 40% of a character's max HP. 0.1 seconds of cast time.
  187.  
  188. Red Scorpion
  189. Character: Quistis
  190. Soul Break: Mighty Guard (VIII)
  191. Casts party-wide Shell, Haste, and major Regen. Quistis gains +10 MAG when this Soul Break is mastered.
  192.  
  193. Golden Armor
  194. Character: Leon
  195. Soul Break: Hand of the Emperor
  196. Increases Attack and Defense of all allies.
  197.  
  198. Tyrfing
  199. Character: Luneth
  200. Soul Break: Advance
  201. Caster's Attack becomes 250%; loses Defense.
  202.  
  203. Noticing a pattern? Good Soul Breaks tend to be support effects and not heavy damage dealers, due to the existence of the Roaming Warrior system. There's nothing wrong with drawing for the relic of your favorite characters, but if you have no idea what to use your mythril on or just want to have a relic considered "good", look into relics like these.
  204.  
  205. Damage-dealing SBs are considered good when they deal truly absurd damage or have the potential to do so. They're best used not as RWs, but as your own SBs.
  206.  
  207. A list of characters whose new SBs you might want to pay attention to in future are as follows:
  208.  
  209. - Ramza (+50% ATK + Hastega)
  210. - Aerith (party-wide Cura + Reraise)
  211. - Garnet (RES increase + Hastega + greater Regen)
  212.  
  213. There's plenty of other Soul Breaks that aren't on this list and may have subjective usefulness for you, so don't take this list as 100% fact.
  214.  
  215. [3.1] SUPER AND BURST SOUL BREAKS -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  216.  
  217. Also known as concrete proof of power creep™, Super and Burst Soul Breaks grant a permanent +10 boost to a certain stat once a character masters the associated SB. Usually, SSBs and BSBs are a cut above regular Soul Breaks, but tend to be damage-dealing.
  218.  
  219. Burst Soul Breaks are a whole other level: not only do they give the +10 stat boost associated with a SSB, but they also grant a character "Burst Mode" status: a temporary increase to all stats, plus Hastega -- and change the character's Attack and Defend commands to special abilities.
  220.  
  221. For example, Cloud's 1st Fusion Sword Burst Soul Break changes his Attack and Defend to a two-hit AoE and a four-hit single-target attack.
  222.  
  223. RWs using Burst Soul Breaks grant these commands to the user.
  224.  
  225. As a rule of thumb, BSBs are good, but SSBs can be hit-or-miss.
  226.  
  227. [4] RELIC DRAWS -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  228.  
  229. Here we fucking go.
  230.  
  231. Relic Draws are your main way of getting equipment, from weapons to armor (accessories, however, can only be won in events).
  232.  
  233. Every day, you get one free Common Relic Draw, which usually isn't worth anything since it can pull any item from 1* to 5* and the odds of getting anything good are pretty much zero.
  234.  
  235. The real monster is the Rare Relic Draw. The game offers three different methods of doing these: 1x Draws, 3x Draws, and 11x Draws, for 5, 15, and 50 mythril respectively -- which you get for clearing dungeons in the core content and events. The thing about Mythril is that it's non-renewable, and free mythril hand-outs, like the daily Mythril login bonus, are slow. If you're a NEET with disposable income, though, Rare Relic Draws go for 100 Gems on your first 1x pull, 300 subsequently, 900 for a 3x, and 3000 for an 11x.
  236.  
  237. Now, Rare Relic Draws can pull any equipment piece rated 3* to 5*, and they are where you will draw most of your mid- to end-difficulty equipment. The problem is, RNG is a bitch and will pretty much never give you what you want: cue despair as highly anticipated Relic Draw banners give out no 5*s and /ffg/ anons commit sudoku by the hundreds, killing the general for real this time.
  238.  
  239. [4.1] Rare Relic Draw methods ----------------------------
  240.  
  241. There's two common philosophies that go into Rare Relic Draws:
  242.  
  243. a.) Straight 11x draws. Consider that a 1x draw costs 5 Mythril, which is to say that a bulk draw nets you an extra chance FOR FREE. Not only is this costly, but it also prolongs the suffering as you wait for your desired banner (and as you fail to draw the relic anyway) and definitely requires a lot of planning on which events you don't intend to draw from. Nonetheless, probably the most common kind of draw.
  244.  
  245. b.) Continuous 1x draws.
  246.  
  247. Crediting this to anon who first wondered about Relic Pull probability: https://warosu.org/sci/thread/S7389586#p7401007;
  248. the reasoning: https://warosu.org/sci/thread/S7389586#p7401022 (check 'em)
  249.  
  250. Replies: https://warosu.org/sci/thread/S7389586#p7401309; https://warosu.org/sci/thread/S7389586#p7401350
  251.  
  252. The obvious advantage also being that you don't really have to save your Mythril too much -- every event gives out 10 Mythril, giving you a guaranteed two draws in this system too.
  253.  
  254. To quote: "...if i was interested only in obtaining a [5*], would I be saving any money by [doing Relic Draws] one at a time and stopping as soon as I draw such a prize?" The idea, therefore, is that your goal is to obtain a 5* and then stop -- if the math works out, this should save Mythril more of the time. The wording, however, fails to address the problem that 5* equipment is not created equal: the answers assume that prizes of the highest tier are equally desirable. Furthermore, you may be interested in obtaining several 5* relics from a banner instead of aiming for one 5*.
  255.  
  256. The former argument, however, can be similarly applied to the 11x draw. I still don't have the time or mental capacity or authority to tell you which one to do, so choose wisely, whichever strategy you go for. They both have their strengths.
  257.  
  258. [4.2] Special Relic Draws ----------------------------
  259.  
  260. -- LUCKY RELIC DRAW --
  261.  
  262. The Lucky Relic Draw was first introduced in Japan's 1-year anniversary event, and works as follows: you get an 11x draw for half-price (25 Mythril or 1500 Gems), and all 5*s drawn are guaranteed to be the unique SB Relic of a named character. Any relic from a past event is fair game here.
  263.  
  264. However, you can only draw once per a defined period of time, which is a shame for DeNA's business model because I'm pretty sure there's a bunch of redditfag whales who would love to blow a whole lot of money on that shit.
  265.  
  266. These are pretty rare, and only happen during special events (like anniversary events or the Black Friday draw), but it's well worth your while to stock up at least some Mythril to be ready for them. Global is lucky in this respect, given that their introduction during the Orb Dungeon means we not only get this a lot earlier than JP, but probably more often than they do as well.
  267.  
  268. -- THE BEGINNER'S BANNER --
  269.  
  270. Similar to the Lucky Relic Draw, the Beginner's Banner was introduced at around the same time, and goes like this: for an 11x draw at full price, you then get to pick one extra Unique SB Relic in addition to what you got from the draw (or didn't get).
  271.  
  272. The items featured on the Global banner are fairly lacklustre: Tyro's Healing Grimoire, Rydia's Ice Whip, Wakka's Official Ball, and Kain's Blood Lance. I won't cover them here since they're all pretty basic and low-tier effects -- what you really need to look into is the extra Unique SB relic that comes afterward.
  273.  
  274. There's one piece of equipment available from each realm, for a total of 14 items (Core synergy and I - XIV sans XI):
  275.  
  276. Stormlance Grimoire
  277. Character: Tyro
  278. Soul Break: Stormlance Grimoire
  279. Deal four physical lightning-elemental attacks to one target.
  280.  
  281. Breakdown:
  282. + It's Global-exclusive, meaning you might want to get this for the sake of collection
  283. + Multi-hit SBs are generally good among damage-dealing SBs
  284. + Its damage multipler is similar to that of Super SBs
  285. - Tyro, who has lower base stats than most non-Core characters, is using it
  286.  
  287. The multiplier on these attacks is on the level of Squall's SSB Blasting Zone...which would make it good if it were on any other non-core character. One of the things going for this, however, is that it's meant to be a Global-exclusive relic. For now, at least. Expect not to see it in a Relic Draw for quite some time, if ever.
  288.  
  289. Sun Blade
  290. Character: Warrior of Light
  291. Soul Break: Shining Wave
  292. Deal one physical holy-elemental attack to one target.
  293.  
  294. Breakdown:
  295. + I synergy is rare
  296. - I dungeons are similarly rare
  297. - One-hit one-target SBs are awful
  298.  
  299. One attack on one target is a pretty awful SB -- this should go without saying. FF I synergy is rare, I guess.
  300.  
  301. Giant's Gloves
  302. Character: Josef
  303. Soul Break: Noble Sacrifice
  304. All allies gain +50% ATK. User is KO'd.
  305.  
  306. Breakdown:
  307. + Attack-boosting effects are really good
  308. + II synergy is rare
  309. - Its stats are awful for its weapon type
  310. - It's outclassed by a similar SB
  311. - KO as a negative effect is awful in a game where Raise effects are rare and KOs affect medals
  312.  
  313. If you were one of the unlucky souls who got this when they were trying to draw for Sentinel's Grimoire, you should know the deal with this weapon. For a melee weapon, it's pretty awful: 101 ATK at Level 20 is beyond shit for a fist when stuff like Zell's Maverick has about 116. Furthermore, it's outclassed: with the release of Aerith's Keepsake Ribbon, which does the same thing minus the KO effect, there's no reason to have this, even with II synergy being scarce.
  314.  
  315. Tyrfing
  316. Character: Luneth
  317. Soul Break: Advance
  318. Caster's Attack becomes 250%; loses Defense.
  319.  
  320. Breakdown:
  321. + Advance is a god-tier RW
  322. + III synergy is really rare, and later difficult dungeons tend to be in the III realm
  323. - It's not as good a SB as it is a RW
  324. - It's everywhere because it was overhyped as fuck, get in line with all my other Advance RWs
  325.  
  326. Ahh, here we go.
  327.  
  328. I'm not going to go into detail right now about what makes Advance such a good RW. For now, let's just say that this was a fairly rare and popular SB to look for, especially right after the VIT0 bug had been patched [6.5].
  329.  
  330. Or, at least it used to be, until this banner came up. Most people were probably expecting Luneth's second relic, King's Sword, to appear -- so Tyrfing showing up came as a shock. In the aftermath, a lot of people decided to take this relic -- immediately regretting it once its market value as a RW decreased and they realized it wasn't all that good being used on its own.
  331.  
  332. Advance is a good RW, but not a good SB on its own, most of the time. Thanks to this banner, it's no longer hard to find an Advance RW, so there should be no trouble finding one if you need it to clear a high-level dungeon.
  333.  
  334. However, if you like Luneth for some reason, or want to be helpful to others, feel free to take this relic. III synergy is also rare, and a lot of high-level dungeon updates later on have III synergy.
  335.  
  336. In the future, skill augmentation will give Luneth the opportunity to use Samurai abilities, which might make this relic worth a spin for Advantaliate [6.1].
  337.  
  338. Dark Sword
  339. Character: Cecil, Dark Knight
  340. Soul Break: Darkness
  341. Deal one dark-elemental physical attack to all targets. Caster loses 1/8th of max HP.
  342.  
  343. Breakdown:
  344. + Area-of-effect damage is nice
  345. + Dark-elemental damage is rare
  346. - It doesn't really stand out
  347. - HP loss is an annoying side-effect
  348. - One-hit SBs aren't usually worth it
  349.  
  350. Similar to Sun Blade in that one-hit attacks are generally sub-par SBs, because they're generally meant to be used on bosses, moreso if they're multi-targeting. If you have these kinds of SBs, that's nice, but don't aim to get them as a rule.
  351.  
  352. Healing Staff
  353. Character: Lenna
  354. Soul Break: Royal Devotion
  355. Fully revive one KO'd ally.
  356. User also gains +20% to holy-elemental damage in general.
  357.  
  358. Breakdown:
  359. + Having a White Mage staff is nice
  360. + V synergy is common and useful
  361. + Lenna is a top-tier White Mage, having a 2nd Memory Crystal
  362. + Bonus effect is actually relevant
  363. - SB borders on useless
  364.  
  365. V synergy is nice to have, and being able to have a White Mage who can heal at full potency for your team should be a primary aim for a beginner. Later on, this staff also amps the potency of your Dia attacks, which can be useful.
  366.  
  367. However, Royal Devotion is useless. In RK, strategies are often built with the assumption that no one can be KO'd at all. Probably the only time you'll be able to use this is ,say, if a high-end boss has no KO condition and has KO'd someone when you're really close to beating them. In other words, it's incredibly situational.
  368.  
  369. Kiku-ichimonji
  370. Character: Cyan
  371. Soul Break: Bushido Flurry
  372. Deal four physical attacks to random targets.
  373.  
  374. Breakdown:
  375. + Katanas are nice. They're usually the weapon of choice for Retaliators.
  376. + VI synergy is common.
  377. - Cyan isn't the best character, and this SB is fairly lacklustre.
  378.  
  379. Nothing much to say here. Katanas are a good weapon type to have, but the SB and character aren't of particular note, mainly because multi-hit physical is often inferior to multi-hit magical. If you're looking for a 5* weapon though, this is easily more solid than most of the other choices.
  380.  
  381. Buster Sword
  382. Character: Cloud
  383. Soul Break: Braver
  384. Deal one physical attack to one target.
  385.  
  386. Breakdown:
  387. + SB damage multiplier is high.
  388. + VII synergy is common.
  389. - Even worse than Shining Wave.
  390. - First ever Soul Break relic released, meaning that it has a lower base attack due to power creep.
  391. - Cloud has way too many relics -- if you actually want one of his relics, might as well go for another one in a Rare Relic Draw instead of settling for this.
  392.  
  393. It makes sense that the first-ever released relic is Cloud's iconic Buster Sword, but as a direct result, it's shit. You want to be doing attacks that repeatedly, consistently do high damage, not attacks that are one-hit but cap at 9999. Braver is a prime example of this.
  394.  
  395. Cloud's a character you will probably be using often, though, since he's one of the first you get and also one of the best. If you're set on getting him a relic, try not to make it this one.
  396.  
  397. Valkyrie
  398. Character: Rinoa
  399. Soul Break: Angel Wing Bolt
  400. Deal three magical lightning-elemental attacks to random targets.
  401.  
  402. Breakdown:
  403. + 5* Black Mage relics are nice to have; Rinoa is a high-tier BM.
  404. + Multi-hit magical SBs are usually better damage-dealers than their physical counterparts.
  405. - Most Black Mages can't equip thrown weapons, making your selection fairly limited.
  406.  
  407. One of the better SBs you can pick from this lot, mainly because it provides you with a solid Black Mage going forward. The SB is average -- it's pretty good if you're just starting out as well.
  408.  
  409. VIII synergy is so-so. Thrown weapons are not very common to Black Mage equipment useability, though, so keep that in mind.
  410.  
  411. Storm Staff
  412. Character: Garnet
  413. Soul Break: Ramuh
  414. Deal one magical lightning-elemental attack to all targets.
  415.  
  416. Breakdown:
  417. + Has high MAG and MND, making this useful for both WMs and BMs.
  418. + IX synergy is one of the rarer ones.
  419. - Same as the above for synergy.
  420. - SB is average.
  421.  
  422. Probably the best pick, in general. It benefits both Black Mages due to its MAG being higher than MND (strange for a WM's relic), and White Mages since this is a White Mage's relic. Stick this on one of your mages and you'll be good to go on spells for a while. IX dungeons don't come until a fair bit into the dungeons, though, so synergy will have to wait.
  423.  
  424. Ramuh is decent on Garnet if she has it, but it's nothing special.
  425.  
  426. Dusk Lance
  427. Character: Kimahri
  428. Soul Break: Mighty Guard (X)
  429. All party members are granted immunity to one magic attack.
  430.  
  431. Breakdown:
  432. + SB has situational use against dangerous attacks.
  433. + X synergy is common in events and dungeons.
  434. - Kimahri has stats rivaling Core characters, which is to say he's shit.
  435. - Spears are not as commonly equippable as one would like.
  436.  
  437. There's a few AoE attacks later on that you can use this to repel: stuff like Bahamut's Megaflare. X synergy is fairly common, too.
  438.  
  439. The character using this relic, however, is consistently low-tier and spears don't see much use. Pity. Not a weapon I'd recommend among other choices here.
  440.  
  441. Ras Algethi
  442. Character: Balthier
  443. Soul Break: Tides of Fate
  444. Deal one water-elemental physical attack to all targets.
  445.  
  446. Breakdown:
  447. + Guns are nice to have, especially against ranged bosses where you might want to use physical attacks.
  448. + The SB animation is amazing.
  449. - SB isn't much to talk about.
  450. - XII synergy is possibly the least used in events and core dungeons.
  451.  
  452. Since the XII SBs are all based on the characters' Quickenings, expect their SB animations to generally be on a higher level than that of most others. Guns are useful for physical characters who need to attack out-of-range targets, as well as for attacking from the back row.
  453.  
  454. However, XII synergy is one of the least relevant and the SB is fairly ordinary as they come. Might be worth the pick if you enjoy the use of this leading man.
  455.  
  456. Wild Bear
  457. Character: Snow
  458. Soul Break: Froststrike
  459. Deal one physical ice-elemental attack to one target.
  460.  
  461. Breakdown:
  462. + XIII synergy is common enough
  463. - One-hit one-target SBs are awful
  464. - It's not even a weapon
  465.  
  466. Same as Shining Wave and Braver, except this one is even worse by virtue of being Light Armor instead of being an actual weapon.
  467.  
  468. Please don't pick this.
  469.  
  470. Ninja Chainmail
  471. Character: Thancred
  472. Soul Break: Death Blossom
  473. Deal one physical attack to all targets with a chance of inflicting Slow.
  474.  
  475. Breakdown:
  476. + Slow is a target condition on many bosses, making this useful for those
  477. + XIV relics are rare collectibles since they've only come out in SB Celebration, Lucky Draw, and the crossover event so far
  478. - XIV basically has no synergy in Global
  479. - It's armor, not a weapon
  480. - If you don't have Thancred, good luck getting him and using this SB
  481.  
  482. Basically, if you don't have Thancred, don't bother. Pretty much the only way to get him / Y'shtola right now is to use Hero Souls later on, and Empty Memory Crystals for their SBs. This isn't even his other relic, Yoshimitsu, which is a fairly decent dagger for having no synergy, and has an Armor Breakdown-like effect.
  483.  
  484. It is nice to collect, I guess.
  485.  
  486. A summary:
  487.  
  488. (Relics sorted by order of relative value when chosen.)
  489.  
  490. Interesting in general: Storm Staff, Valkyrie, Tyrfing, Healing Staff, Kiku-ichimonji, Stormlance Grimoire
  491.  
  492. Situational: Ras Algethi, Dusk Lance, Dark Sword, Ninja Chainmail
  493.  
  494. Probably don't pick these: Sun Blade, Giant's Gloves, Buster Sword, Wild Bear
  495.  
  496. An extra closing note: the banner's available until the end of September, which is a pretty long time from now. There's no rush; draw from it during a dry spell of good RWs or anything you're not really interested in.
  497.  
  498. [4.3] Which banners should I draw on? ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  499.  
  500. In the end, the main object of RK is >fun. Feel free to ignore this and just draw for your favorite characters' relics if you like.
  501.  
  502. However, if you need to be serious about it, go for viability first and then synergy.
  503.  
  504. Generally, realm-specific banners are inferior to Soul Break Celebration banners, which usually only come once every two months or so, and don't often contain all the best SB relics in one banner compared to Celebration banners, but it's still worth pulling on them.
  505.  
  506. In terms of SB viability:
  507.  
  508. Wall-type SBs (Sentinel's Grimoire and Stoneskin II) are a must if you can for high-level content, as are group-heal SBs like Vanille's, Eiko's, Yuna's, Yuffie's, and so on. Runic-type SBs are also good (Celes, Exdeath).
  509.  
  510. Attack, Magic, and Haste-granting SBs take a similar status.
  511.  
  512. Damage-dealing SBs are also useful, but these take a backseat to the aforementioned. Having these is a good way to start building up a Lifesiphon-based team, however [6.3].
  513.  
  514. In short, the following rules apply:
  515.  
  516. - Get a Wall-type SB (Thyrus or Sentinel's Grimoire).
  517. - Get a party-healing SB of some sort.
  518.  
  519. If you can get both, you're set for a really good while and can feel a bit more free to draw for the relics of the characters you want.
  520.  
  521. As always, it's still a good idea to grab really good upcoming SBs.
  522.  
  523. In terms of synergy:
  524.  
  525. Look at your equips and see which ones you think you're lacking in or consider which realms you're having difficulty in.
  526.  
  527. [4.4] Some notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  528.  
  529. In closing, remember this: A RARE RELIC PULL IS A GAMBLE. Don't go over what you can afford, and never let bad luck cause you to make bad decisions -- remember the sunk cost fallacy! Give yourself a Mythril budget for banners you want to draw from and STICK TO IT. More importantly, don't be those whales on Reddit who apparently spend like thousands until they draw what they want. When they quit or the game's service ends, they'll lose all of it, but DeNA still has their shekels, and at the end of the day that's what counts to them.
  530.  
  531. [5] ROAMING WARRIORS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  532.  
  533. Building on that, let's look into the Roaming Warrior (RW) system.
  534.  
  535. Roaming Warriors are the game's call-a-friend system: at the start of every dungeon, you're given a list of Roaming Warriors, each with their set Soul Break, and if you want to check, their equipment, stats, and comment. Pick one, and you can use the Soul Break's effect in that dungeon - two charges total.
  536.  
  537. The second main feature of Roaming Warriors is that you can follow them.
  538.  
  539. There are three ways, in total, to follow players: at the end of every dungeon that you have a non-followed RW, through the Friend Search function, or going through your Followers in the Friend List and following them back.
  540.  
  541. Since the list of RWs generated is random and picked from the global playerbase, you're essentially guaranteed to miss a Roaming Warrior once the RW list refreshes. Follow an RW to pin it to your followed players list, so that you have a better chance of drawing the SB you need to clear a dungeon. Bear in mind that once you follow enough people, you'll basically have two lists of RWs: ones you've followed, and random RWs; which is to say that you may have to re-roll RWs to find a SB amongst several players you're following.
  542.  
  543. That being said, looking for a good SB by surfing the RW list is a crapshoot. Most people will use the Friend Code system: each player is assigned a four-character case-sensitive code which you plug into the Find Friends option in Menu -> Friends -> Find Friends. Inputting a valid code brings up the stats of that player's RW and an option that lets you follow them.
  544.  
  545. There's a gil reward for every time someone else uses your SB to the tune of 200 gil each, calculated during 24-hour periods. It's usually a non-issue and is mostly useful for giving you a baseline indicator of how good your RW is.
  546.  
  547. Now, the Followers system is kind of wonky and I don't understand how it works myself, but here's my best approximation. Two lists govern the system: people you follow, and people who follow you -- both cap at 100. Your following list is a hard cap: if you follow 100 people, you won't be able to follow any more unless you unfollow at least one person. The followers list is a soft cap: once you reach 100 followers, you can still gain new followers, but older followers will then be bumped off the list in First In, First Out order. It doesn't matter how often you use their RW -- if you're out, you're out.
  548.  
  549. To avoid this, players will often mutually follow one another, because the system does not bump off mutual followers. This creates a problem: RWs can be filled if the player has mutually followed all 100 people on their list -- that is, no more players are allowed to follow this RW through the search function, and it will not appear on random lists. This is mostly a problem for good SBs such as Advance or Boon, especially if it's someone from Reddit who gets into the habit of mutually following pretty much everyone whose profile message is PLS FOLLOW /r/FFRecordKeeper 99/100 :)
  550.  
  551. Balance-wise, RWs are fairly important, because people with horrible Relic Draw pulls can and should be making good use of it -- and since some RWs are basically paramount to clearing a good number of high-level content, it's important to know good RWs to pick and set for other people. Help someone help you, help someone else too.
  552.  
  553. Good SBs, as in the list above, generally translate into good RWs, especially because ANY character can activate a Roaming Warrior's Soul Break -- hence the ubiquity and effectiveness of Advance as a RW but not as a normal Soul Break, due to Luneth's lack of 2* Samurai. While damage SBs have a lot more use as non-RW Soul Breaks, they're shunted to the side for trickier or more difficult bosses in favor of support SBs as RWs.
  554.  
  555. Setting your own SB is fairly simple: it's in Menu -> Profile -> Change Roaming Warrior. Set up equipment here, and try to make it good, because MND stats affect buff duration, for example. Your Friend Code is also listed on your Profile Page.
  556.  
  557. And for the love of Etro, if you draw a really good SB, like Scream (or whatever it ends up being translated as in Global), post it to the thread. /ffg/ always needs some help clearing high-level content.
  558.  
  559. [6] COMMON STRATEGIES --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  560.  
  561. Higher-level content can't be brute-forced by that really good sword you got when you started the game, so you'll have to start planning your parties, sometimes very specifically and carefully.
  562.  
  563. Not an exhaustive list.
  564.  
  565. General tips:
  566.  
  567. >Learn the concept of damage mitigation. Without any protection or stat debuffs against bosses, they can easily pop 2k+ damage against you with an AOE attack, instantly losing you a medal and making it a lot more difficult due to the rarity of group healing abilities. Pay attention to the boss's main method of dealing damage when you have limited slots so you can decide whether to bring Shellga or Protectga and Magic or Power Break/down, and stack all these things with Sentinel's Grimoire or Stoneskin II if possible.
  568.  
  569. >Whenever possible, HONE YOUR SKILLS REALLY HIGH. The longer the battle, the more mitigation / DPS you want to be consistently maintaining. An Ultimate+ Boss in Japan, for example, can go up to 350K HP, which is several levels above our ability and needs a serious amount of R4 / R5 hones.
  570.  
  571. >Prepare to overprepare, Monster Hunter-style. A standard party should consist of at least one White Mage, only as many physical attackers as is necessary, and Black Mages for nuclear options. Don't stack up on too many of a kind unless the boss of a dungeon is especially weak to it. PAY ATTENTION TO WEAKNESSES AND RECORD SYNERGY.
  572.  
  573. >Not sure if your party is going to cut it? Struggling with this one boss? Post your set-up in thread, along with relevant information such as your hones, the SBs you have, and what other characters you have at a good level. Someone's bound to help, after they call you a filthy redditor who needs to git gud and stop using Redditaliate and other such strategies, of course.
  574.  
  575. [6.1] Retaliate-based Strategies --------------------------------------
  576.  
  577. Retaliate is fun -- it's a 2* Samurai skill that causes all physical attacks directed at the user to miss for three turns; the user then responds with a counter basic attack. What's so important about Retaliate, however, is that if YOUR party members attack the Retaliate user, they'll still aim for the enemy (when there are multiple enemies, it targets the one with the lowest HP).
  578.  
  579. This is intentional: the official strategy for Humbaba in Mobliz suggests this as a method. It also simplifies party-building: if your equipment selection is limited, you only need to stack all your attack power onto the Retaliate user, while the rest can be relegated to supporting roles or allow you to use the Retaliate user to clear mobs while backrow mages deal most of the damage to the boss. Since it's not very efficient or easy to build a party where all the members are equal physical damage dealers, Retaliate becomes kind of the default physical attacking strategy -- for a while, at least.
  580.  
  581. Retaliate is often combined with a 2* Combat skill named Double Cut, which attacks a target twice for 0.9x the power of a normal attack each. Attack the Retaliate user with Double Cut? Two hits at 1.0x power each. For this reason, Retaliate is one of the few skills you want to hone as much as is possible, while Double Cut is a skill you want to have multiples of.
  582.  
  583. Tauntaliate relies on either Paladin Cecil's first SB, Sentinel, or the 3* Knight Skill Draw Fire -- what these abilities do is draw all single-target physical attacks to the user while simultaneously increasing DEF. Combine this with Retaliate and you will get bosses who can do nothing as all their attacks are funneled into a Retaliate user who avoids every blow. As of the time of writing, Gilgamesh and Tyro are the only characters who possess this combination of skills. Basch will get it when he arrives, and Auron will receive an ability pool update in the future.
  584.  
  585. Advantaliate is basically Retaliate, but combined with the Advance RW to maximize damage (extended even further by Boost and Armor Breakdown, among other things) -- and it's stupidly good, to the point that it can mindlessly destroy 90+ difficulty bosses, and it is for this reason that the SB is so prized. Bear in mind that due to Advance's DEF drop, you'll have to pay even closer attention to when Retaliate's effect stops if you don't want to KO the user from damage.
  586.  
  587. Now, the thing with Retaliate is that it's an excellent skill for carrying players with sub-par gear and hones, but at some point you'll have to consider branching out.
  588.  
  589. [6.2] Magic-based Parties -----
  590.  
  591. Fairly simple concept: a party focused on nuking bosses with magic.
  592.  
  593. Some bosses are out of melee or physical range altogether, or greatly discourage physical strategies (some Ultimate bosses, then others with absurdly high DEF such as Seifer's gang or Proud Clod), making this another viable end-game strategy.
  594.  
  595. The one problem with mage-focused parties is how severely limiting the concept of ability charges is to spell-casting, so to conserve charges this is paired frequently with a Retaliate user to clear mobs.
  596.  
  597. You'll need to go into dailies as often as possible to achieve the ability hones needed to outfit a full party of mages, so bear this in mind if you want to construct a consistent mage-focused party.
  598.  
  599. Bear in mind that one of these days you'll want to build at least one of these parties if you want to clear quite a bit of content: for example, VII's Bottomswell, XIII's Havoc Skytank (and all of XIII's hundred other out-of-range bosses). Retaliate can only get you so far.
  600.  
  601. [6.3] Lifesiphon --------------------------------------
  602.  
  603. Lifesiphon was introduced in Fang's event, where Lightning also gets her 2nd Memory Crystal. It's a 4* Combat skill which does an attack and greatly charges the Soul Break gauge.
  604.  
  605. The conclusion is obvious: several honed Lifesiphons are enough to be able to simply charge down a boss with repeated casts of powerful SBs. Naturally, not for those unlucky in that department, but it's solid enough for those who have the SBs and the characters.
  606.  
  607. It's a 4* skill, requiring Greater Power, Ice, and Wind Orbs. Get grinding, anon.
  608.  
  609. [6.4] Stun chains ---------------------------------------------
  610.  
  611. Zack's original event introduced the 4* Celerity skill Dismissal, which does physical damage and has a chance to Stun the target. A successful Stun resets the target's ATB gauge.
  612.  
  613. Only a handful of bosses have immunity to Stun, usually high-end Bonus Battle bosses.
  614.  
  615. Several SBs also have good rates of triggering Stun, like Zack's Air Strike, Snow's Sovereign Fist, and Krile's Wind Drake's Roar, so you can either combine this with Lifesiphon strategy or just flat-out create and hone a million Dismissals.
  616.  
  617. You have to admit there is something nice about the opponent being unable to move at all.
  618.  
  619. [6.5] historical note: VIT0 --------------------------------------
  620.  
  621. DeNA can't code. Consider any skill with an Armor Breakdown-like effect (that is, -50% DEF), such as Vanille's Deprotega, Wakka's Status Reels, or Fran's Whip Kick.
  622.  
  623. Take any boss whatsoever. Let's say, for example, that the Proud Clod (VII) has 300-something DEF -- no, the exact number doesn't matter.
  624.  
  625. Cast Protect on that boss and double its DEF. Now, use any Breakdown ability, and after that cast Protect again.
  626.  
  627. Any character at a certain baseline attack (somewhere in the low 220s) will now deal 9999 damage to that target with the Attack command. This was known as the VIT0 bug, which occurred because:
  628.  
  629. 1. [DEF <- Protect] --> DEF * 2
  630. 2. [DEF * 2 <- Breakdown] --> DEF
  631. 3. [DEF - DEF <- Breakdown] *2
  632.  
  633. To clarify: the crucial step here is #3, which is the second time you cast Protect: it "refreshed" the original Protect, removing the stats of the original buff before re-applying it and multiplying 2. Breakdown, however, was continuous -- it called priority to debuff before the Protect was refreshed, and subtracted itself instead of acting as a multiplier. This meant that
  634.  
  635. - Protect being lost meant that it returned to base DEF
  636. - Breakdown's debuff effect, however, still remains at the value of [DEF * 2] / 2, which is subtracted from the DEF before Protect is re-applied
  637. - DEF becomes 0, which is rounded to 1 by the game. 1 * 2 = 2 DEF.
  638.  
  639. Why is it named VIT0 and not DEF0? Probably because of the FF VIII status that does the exact thing.
  640.  
  641. If I recall correctly, the bug was first discovered in JP during the closing stages of Selphie's event, right around the time of the EX+ battle with Edea -- coincidentially, the same event in Global where it was patched out. Since they didn't know how to fix it directly back then, they settled for nerfing Breakdowns to 40% and applying Break Resistance to a ton of EX and EX+ bosses, or in some cases making the boss immune to Protect buffs. Usually combined with Retaliate.
  642.  
  643. This bug was the reason Vanille's Deprotega SB was popular -- it had the longest effect duration of all Breakdown skills available. However, it never quite reached Advance's popularity due to the fact that it was an exploit, and therefore frowned upon.
  644.  
  645. [7] PROGRESSION AND EVENTS -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  646.  
  647. [7.1] Core Dungeons
  648.  
  649. You'll want to go through these first to build up your stamina, obviously.
  650.  
  651. The first few dungeons are easier, can usually be auto-'d through with the 5* you got from the Relic Draw, and are usually just a check to see if you can follow target conditions and get the hang of using SBs and charging them up.
  652.  
  653. They also give out Stamina Shards like candy. Reaching or going over 5 refills your Stamina and increases your cap by 1. To make the most of it, always check your current number of shards, and if clearing the dungeon will refill it, try to clear it at exactly the stamina needed so that you hit 0 stamina which immediately refills after you clear.
  654.  
  655. When dungeons get longer and harder, they also start to give out less Shards and can't be cheesed through, which means it's time to start planning out your team. Black Mages are not always mandatory, but White Mages pretty much are for obvious reasons.
  656.  
  657. Start looking into strategies by the time Classic difficulty starts to hit 50 or so.
  658.  
  659. Elite difficulty as marked is often misleading: these dungeons are meant to be tackled at the same level of progression as you have gone in the Classic dungeons once you get far enough. Beginners should avoid them for the time being, however, especially if their difficulty goes above 36 or so.
  660.  
  661. If you want, you can try to clear some of the early Elite bosses with a powerful damage-dealing RW like Blasting Zone or Blade Beam. They'll usually die in one hit, and your 5* from the first draw should be able to carry you through the mobs alright.
  662.  
  663. Some of the early Elite dungeons are notable for having 4* equipment as rewards, which might be useful starting out. These are the Soul Break relics of the Core characters.
  664.  
  665. Sudden drops in Elite difficulty between dungeons are indicative of a split between Dungeon Updates. For reference, here's the breakpoints:
  666.  
  667. DU #1: Mako Reactor No. 1 (VII) to South Figaro Cave (VI)
  668. DU #2: Phantom Train (VI) to Darill's Tomb (VI)
  669. DU #3: Fire Cavern (VIII) to Library of the Ancients (V)
  670. DU #4: Gapra Whitewood (XIII) to Shinra Cargo Ship (VII) / Palumpolum, Part 2 (XIII)
  671. DU #5: Corel Prison (VII) to Cave on the Veldt (VI)
  672. DU #6: Mushroom Rock Road (X) to Giant of Babil, Part 2 (IV)
  673. DU #7: Mysidian Tower, Part 1 (II) to Alexandria Castle, Part 3 (IX)
  674. DU #8: Dragon Spire (III) to Ronka Ruins, Part 2 (V)
  675. DU #9: Sanubia Sands (X) to Big Bridge (V)
  676. DU #10: Via Purifico Sewer (X) to Galbadia Garden, Part 3 (VIII)
  677. DU #11: Underground Waterway (V) to Cultists' Tower, Part 1 (VI)
  678. DU #12: Xezat's Fleet (V) to Lunar Subterrane, Part 5 (IV) / Mt. Gagazet - Cavern (X)
  679. DU #13: Fossil Roo (IX) to Ultima Weapon (VII)
  680. DU #14: Trabia Ravine (VIII) to Fifth Ark, Part 3 (XIII)
  681. DU #15: Alexandria Castle, Part 4 (IX) to Lake Dohr (III)
  682. DU #16: Narshe, Part I (VI) to Mt. Gulug, Part 2 (IX)
  683. DU #17: Light Cruiser Shiva (XII) to Castle Exdeath, Part 4 (V)
  684. DU #18: Ipsen's Castle (IX) to Dreamscape, Part 2 (IV)
  685. DU #19: Dome, Part 1 (X) to Airship, Part 3 (X) + Sastasha Seagrot (XIV) to Tam-Tara Deepcroft (XIV)
  686.  
  687. [7.2] Event Dungeons
  688.  
  689. You'll want to give Event Dungeons some priority while trying to rack up Stamina in Realms, because in Events you'll be gathering most of your characters, as well as plenty of needed orbs, Growth Eggs, Memory Crystals, and even skills. 2 of a 3* relic, one weapon and one armor each, are also given out in addition to accessories.
  690.  
  691. I should note that if you haven't gotten to the end of the Classic-level dungeons at the very least and gotten the event's featured character, make the Event Dungeons your priority over Core Dungeons. Don't be afraid to go further and try for Memory Crystals, too.
  692.  
  693. Sometimes it might be worth challenging high levels and using RWs to break through them if the reward is great enough. Mythril revives are also viable if you need to beat high-level bosses in order to get a 2nd Memory Crystal, for example.
  694.  
  695. The bonus battles should be of no concern to you until you get a properly geared party. You'll need to clear all the Classic-level and Elite-level dungeons to even unlock them, and they pose significant challenge. The tiering is as follows:
  696.  
  697. + battles - A boss rush. You'll need to fight through a collection of bosses adhering to a certain theme. Make the most out of your ability selection and RW to meet target conditions and have abilities honed to survive the entire rush.
  698.  
  699. ++ battles - One battle on a level higher than the boss rush.
  700.  
  701. +++ battles - A tier higher than ++, obviously, but on some occasions the power difference is negligible.
  702.  
  703. Ultimate - End-game level challenge. You need to know what you're doing, have the hones and equipment for it, and have a proper battle plan. Don't be afraid to ask in thread; post your set-up and a few anons can always recommend changes if yours sucks. Include relevant information such as SBs you have available.
  704.  
  705. Just note that not all Ultimate bosses are created equal. Some are notoriously mean (Vossler, Beatrix, Bahamut-SIN) while some are, relatively speaking, jokes (Garland, Yunalesca, Maduin). Trying them out never hurts.
  706.  
  707. [7.3] Special Events
  708.  
  709. Events that are marked as giving out tons of orbs, EXP, upgrade materials, and the like. Often accompanied by special login bonuses and SB Celebration banners, as well as other generous gifts like Mythril straight from the Jewgle.
  710.  
  711. You want to be running these dungeons as often as possible when they are active for as long as they are active. Most other things can wait unless some other event runs entirely within the special event's range. Do only as much of it as you need, in that case, then go back to the special event ASAP. EXP and Orbs are the main draw here, because they are given out much more freely than in the Daily Dungeons, and for more than one day at a time. Personally, during the Orb Dungeon alone I was able to take at least 30 characters to the 65 cap, along with a haul of quite a few Major and Greater Orbs, as well as 3* orbs in the hundreds.
  712.  
  713. Don't miss out. More than anything, these events are also the best time to attract new players. Login bonuses during these times often have 5* weapons, 4* skills, or accessories being handed out for free as well.
  714.  
  715. [8] RECORD MATERIA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  716.  
  717. The base level cap for characters is 50, but once you start clearing content in dungeons both core and events, you'll start to pick up Memory Crystals that break this cap and put a character at 65. Furthermore, clearing bonus battles and other high-level content in event dungeons give out 2nd Memory Crystals that raise the cap further to 80. With breaking the cap comes a neat little bonus called a Record Materia: an equipped bit that gives an extra boost to its user -- think VII's Materia or VI's Magicite. These can range from a boost to stats (with a penalty / condition such as weapon type equipped), abilities, or even a free buff granted at the start of every battle.
  718.  
  719. Breaking the level cap grants a character's first Record Materia and a slot to equip RMs. Some characters have two or more RMs, which can be obtained by meeting conditions, usually a random drop with the character in your party.
  720.  
  721. Some noteworthy RMs:
  722.  
  723. Terra #2: Blood of Espers
  724. Chance to doublecast Black Magic.
  725. [Condition: Break Terra's second level cap. Randomly obtained in dungeons with Terra in your party; must have Terra's RM #1.]
  726.  
  727. Josef #2: Double Hit
  728. The Attack command takes on Double Cut's effect.
  729. [Condition: Randomly obtained in II dungeons with Josef in your party; must have Josef's RM #1.]
  730.  
  731. Zidane #1: Thief's Code
  732. User begins battle with Haste.
  733. [Condition: Break Zidane's level cap.]
  734.  
  735. Tidus #3: Ace Striker
  736. User actions greatly charge the Soul Break gauge.
  737. [Condition: Randomly obtained in dungeons with Tidus in your party; must have Tidus's RM #2 and broken his second level cap.]
  738.  
  739. Fusoya #2: Moon's Grace II
  740. Restores one White Magic and Black Magic ability charge at the start of every battle.
  741. [Condition: Randomly obtained in IV dungeons with Fusoya in your party; must have Fusoya's RM #2.]
  742.  
  743. Vivi #2: Devotion
  744. Increases MAG at the cost of DEF and RES.
  745. [Condition: Randomly obtained in dungeons with Vivi in your party; must have Vivi's RM #1.]
  746.  
  747. Cloud #3: Mako Might
  748. Begin each dungeon (not each stage of each dungeon) with one full charge to the Soul Break gauge.
  749. [Condition: Randomly obtained in dungeons with Cloud in your party. Must have Cloud's RM2 and broken his 2nd level cap.]
  750.  
  751. [9] DAILY DUNGEONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  752.  
  753. In the Events section in Realms, you'll notice that apart from the event(s) which are active at any given time, a Daily Dungeon also exists. The name speaks for itself -- these dungeons appear once every week and give out rewards ranging from Orbs to upgrade materials like Scarletite to gil to EXP. Each dungeon has five difficulties: Easy, Normal, Hard, Heroic, and + giving out rewards from their tier level -- and even if you have already built up a party that can take on the Heroics consistently, it is still in your interest to clear and master lower-tier dungeons, if only for the first-time Mythril.
  754.  
  755. The + level dungeons have pretty much the same rewards as the Heroic ones, although Greater Orbs tend to drop often and there's a rare chance that a Magic Pot will drop a Major Orb. The enemies also hit stupidly hard, so be careful.
  756.  
  757. The rewards will not reset every week, which is to say that once you have cleared a dungeon and obtained the First-Time and Mastery rewards, they'll show up as completed the week after that. The Daily Dungeons have only ever changed once, during the Memory Crystal update some time ago, and the current set is still being used in Japan (although it may change soon or already have changed, but that's a pretty long time to wait), so don't expect a refresh or any free mythril from the Daily Dungeons any time soon, apart from new difficulty levels which are hard enough they don't count as free mythril.
  758.  
  759. [9.1] MONDAY: ARENA OF STEEL and BRIMSTONE CALDERA (CORE)
  760.  
  761. REWARDS:
  762. Arena of Steel: Scarletite and Adamantite
  763. Brimstone Caldera: Fire and Earth Orbs
  764.  
  765. Overall, not a very interesting daily. One you should only visit if you specifically need these materials. Earth Orbs are mostly useful in honing or creating Breakdown-type skills, or Protectga and Shellga and the like.
  766.  
  767. [9.2] TUESDAY: EBONFIST KEEP (IV)
  768.  
  769. REWARDS:
  770. Ebonfist Keep: Black and Power Orbs
  771.  
  772. Base ability orbs are always useful to have. If you're building a mage-focused party you want to stock on as many Black Orbs as your filthy hands can carry, while Lesser Power Orbs are useful for crafting and honing things such as Retaliate and Double Cut. Power Orbs are useful for crafting 3* Physical skills like Breaks.
  773.  
  774. [9.3] WEDNESDAY: GIL GREENWOOD and FLASHWIND PLAINS (VI)
  775.  
  776. REWARDS:
  777. Gil Greenwood: Gil
  778. Flashwind Plains: Wind and Lightning Orbs
  779.  
  780. If you've missed out on all these events where they give out shittons of gil like Festival of Gold and Forbidden Treasure, you might need to make a quick stop at the Gil daily to finance the escalating costs of your equipment upgrades and ability hones. As always, elemental orb dailies are strictly situational.
  781.  
  782. [9.4] THURSDAY: SHRINE OF IVORY MIGHT (III)
  783.  
  784. REWARDS:
  785. Shrine of Ivory Might: White and Power Orbs
  786.  
  787. Similar to the Tuesday daily, except with White Magic. Healing and damage mitigation skills do tend to be useful, so you'll want to make good use of this one.
  788.  
  789. [9.5] FRIDAY: MAZE OF DARK DIVINITY and DREAMFORGE VILLAGE (X)
  790.  
  791. REWARDS:
  792. Maze of Dark Divinity: Dark and Holy Orbs
  793. Dreamforge Village: Adamantite and Scarletite
  794.  
  795. Similar to the Monday daily. Holy orbs tend to see a lot of use, especially with White Magic skills, while Dark Orbs supplement Black Magic skills like Bio, Drain, and a select few others.
  796.  
  797. [9.6] SATURDAY: GIL GHOST SHIP and ICENOUGHT SHRINE (VII)
  798.  
  799. REWARDS:
  800. Gil Ghost Ship: Gil
  801. Icenought Shrine: Ice and Non-Elemental Orbs
  802.  
  803. Similar to the Wednesday daily.
  804.  
  805. [9.7] SUNDAY: SHORES OF WISDOM
  806.  
  807. REWARDS:
  808. Shores of Wisdom: Growth Eggs
  809.  
  810. Drop whatever the fuck you are doing and grind the hell out of the Sunday dungeon. No exceptions -- /ffg/ calls it Sunday Funday for a reason. The enemies here will give absurd tons of EXP for relatively low stamina cost.
  811.  
  812. On Heroic / +, maximizing the use of your stamina and Growth Eggs can level a party of 35s straight to 50 -- once you really get going, you can cap characters faster than this game can shit them out for you.
  813.  
  814. Note that this dungeon has no synergy because it'd be even more ridiculous if it did.
  815.  
  816. Incidentally, if the EXP dungeon and an Orb Dungeon are running at the same time, the Orb Dungeon more likely takes priority, but it's up to you.
  817.  
  818. [10] CID'S MISSIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  819.  
  820. For anyone joining us at this point in time, Cid's Missions are the successor to the old Quest system.
  821.  
  822. Mind, most of these quests aren't typical RPG fare in that the objectives aren't things that you need to go out of your way to do -- in fact, if you're a new player, they'll be things that you'll end up doing one way or another, like leveling a character to 50, honing an ability, or doing a Rare Relic Draw, in one case.
  823.  
  824. Unlike the old Quests, you won't have to accept the Mission to complete it: as long as you accomplish the task, it'll mark as cleared and you can collect the reward. As a result, leveling quests no longer auto-complete, which means that the next time the Raise a Character to 80 mission clears is the next time you get a Memory Crystal II to break a cap.
  825.  
  826. In general, don't be in a rush to complete quests or actively go out of your way to complete them, especially the honing quests -- just do them as they come.
  827.  
  828. [11] TIPS AND TRICKS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  829.  
  830. [11.1] S/L -- or, the quit and reload trick
  831. If the battle isn't going well for you (suppose your ATB gauges started empty and all five of the mobs acted before you did) tab out of the game and close the app. Then restart the app -- when you hit Play, you'll be prompted to either continue the battle from the beginning of the current round, or quit the battle and restore your status pre-battle (but not your stamina used). Starting the battle from the beginning of the current round gives you your status at the start of the round, complete with ability charges and so on.
  832.  
  833. This is pretty fucking important to know, since beating a good number of bosses will rely on your first turn -- whether you can apply a debuff that isn't 100% guaranteed to land, whether you can hit it with Power / Magic Break and cast Protectga / Shellga before it attacks, and so on. ATB gauges are not set in stone when you restart rounds, which is what makes the trick work.
  834.  
  835. S/L is not just for bosses, as mentioned above in the example concerning mobs -- you want to stay as healthy as possible before you get there. It's perfectly possible to stay at 100% HP, for example, if there are two mobs each round that require two hits to kill, but if they have annoying skills or damage output a few S/Ls may be necessary.
  836.  
  837. [11.2] The airplane mode trick
  838. The daily isn't really the most efficient way to grind Greater Orbs. Plenty of bosses will have excellent Greater Orb drop rates, but the problem is that they are at the end of long Elite Dungeons that cost a lot of stamina, and what if it doesn't drop the orb at the end anyway?
  839.  
  840. The trick goes like this: once you enter the battle round containing the boss, set your phone to airplane mode.
  841.  
  842. This works because once a battle starts, the game does not need to access the Internet for information until it resolves (which is why drops are set once you enter the battle), so even without Internet connection you could complete all the rounds of a battle before the battle results prompted you to reconnect. See where I'm going with this?
  843.  
  844. If the orb doesn't drop at the end of the boss round, quit the game, just like you would do when trying to S/L, then turn off airplane mode so the game can connect. Once you restart the game, choose the option to EXIT OUT OF THE BATTLE, and then restart the battle, turning airplane mode on again. Repeat until the orb drops, in which case you can turn off airplane mode to bring you to the Battle Results screen and clear the dungeon. Granted, it costs stamina, but it sure beats having to go through the dungeon again and wasting even more.
  845.  
  846. [11.3] RW List Shuffling
  847. If you need to shuffle your list of RWs, that requires you to enter at least one battle and expend at least 1 stamina, no exceptions. Fortunately, Fabul Castle (IV) on Classic has battles that only cost 1 stamina. Fairly simple: enter the dungeon, clear the easy single round, and flee the dungeon.
  848.  
  849. Note that once you use an RW on your list once it disappears from the list for a day, so you can also whittle down the search pool by picking an RW that you don't really need to clear the next dungeon at hand. Just remember to use them, though, because it is still nice to be appreciated.
  850.  
  851. [11.4] Good and bad ways to spend your Mythril
  852. Ranked from best to worst:
  853. - Relic Draws
  854. - Inventory expansion
  855. - In-dungeon revives when you lose a battle
  856. - Stamina refreshes
  857. - In-dungeon heals at camp
  858.  
  859. Heals at camp rank lower than in-battle revives and stamina refreshes mainly because there is no incentive to do so, not when you get a random stat bonus for using the in-battle revive option along with all the normal effects of a party heal. Party wipes do not have any bearing on medals, either, but only for the current round of battle.
  860.  
  861. Keep in mind that it's still generally a bad idea to use Mythril for anything below inventory expansion. Only do so if:
  862.  
  863. a.) You really, really need to beat the boss. Is it high-level enough that this becomes important? Is it within your reasonable range so long as you get something like a stat boost? More importantly, is it a battle on a timer, like an event? Don't use revives for core dungeons. Just quit, git gud, and try again. It'll be there next time.
  864.  
  865. b.) Is it a timed event that you want to farm? Granaldo in Squall's event's boss rush, for example, was an example of a farmable because it could drop up to 4 Greater orbs at a time with a reasonably good rate. A similar situation applies to the Sunday daily dungeon and special Festival-like events which dole out lots of EXP and orbs.
  866.  
  867. On the topic of inventory expansion, you definitely want to expand your equipment inventory a bit (personally, I had to expand to 140 slots), because 100 slots will not hold all your equipment once you start doing tons of 11x draws. You don't need to expand your abilities list too much, but it may be an issue in the future.
  868.  
  869. [11.5] Differences between Global and JP
  870.  
  871. JP is ahead in characters, relics, power creep, and has plenty of cross-over events, which sometimes contain skills that aren't always included in the global client. As of time of writing we're still missing some skills from the SaGa event.
  872.  
  873. Furthermore, they also have features such as the Record Dive: a way of upgrading your characters' stats and ability sets by using a new kind of material. They'll come to the Global client soon, though -- or if you're reading this and these features are here, then I haven't updated the guide and you can feel free to call me a faggot in the thread.
  874.  
  875. However, if you haven't started in JP now, you've already missed out on stuff like the Abyss events, which are end-game content with limited completion time. They may come back in the future but that's a huge question mark. However, it's also easier to catch up, with Experience and Orbs being handed out by metric fucktons in events.
  876.  
  877. In terms of characters missed in previous events, this isn't much of a problem: later JP events will often give out pretty much all the missed characters as rewards, along with their Memory Crystals -- even if they're not even remotely close to being the featured characters for the event. This doesn't even take Bonus Quests into account.
  878.  
  879. The requirements to access the JP client is fairly simple, as far as I know: you just need to download the app for the JP version of RK through a third-party site. Try it out if it's your kind of thing.
  880.  
  881. The global client, while behind for obvious reasons, often gets plenty of JP's quality-of-life updates early, such as the Roaming Warrior system, the Lucky Relic Draw, and several Memory Crystals (Vivi's MC was not originally available with Garnet's event, for example).
  882.  
  883. Also, unless you speak moonrune, it's pretty easy to access and deal with.
  884.  
  885. [11.6] Banner errors
  886.  
  887. Occasionally, DeNA fucks up some of the info or mechanics of Relic Draw banners, such as during Sabin's event when Golden Shield (VI) was listed as granting ATK instead of DEF, or in the XIV event when the first-time 100 Gem draw initially cost 97 Gems. When they correct these errors, they'll often send a note informing players about the change, and a refund of some Mythril to players who drew from the banner before the error was corrected, regardless of intention.
  888.  
  889. If you notice discrepancies in banner information at any point, it's worth considering drawing from that banner if only because you know you'll get refunded.
  890.  
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  892. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  893.  
  894. Okay, that got a bit long-winded. Most of this stuff is based on my personal knowledge from playing the game (I started near the end of Terra's original event) so feel free to correct me whenever there's some info that could be improved or is just plain wrong.
  895.  
  896. I'll update this in the future when the need arises; until then, as the FFRK announcements always say, we hope you continue to enjoy Final Fantasy Record Keeper!
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