Fate/Grand Order


Fate/Grand Order PV

The staff of Fate/Grand Order

Fate/Grand order is a mobile game developed by DELiGHTWORKS(http://www.delightworks.jp/) on the iOS and Android platforms. It is a reboot of the original Fate/Apocrypha which eventually ended up into a novel series of 5 volumes. The Android version was released on 30th July 2015 and the iOS version was released on 12th August 2015.

The opening animation was animated by A-1 Pictures, directed by Ryosuke Nakamura and character designed by Mieko Hosoi. The opening Colour (色彩, Shikisai) is performed by Maaya Sakamoto. Kinoko Nasu, Yuuichirou Higashide and Hikaru Sakurai wrote the scenario.

What is it based on

The game’s story revolves around the holy grails throughout history. The holy grail war is a competition that decides the ownership of the holy grail through a battle royale and masters (usually magi) would summon heroic spirits to fight for them.

The game system

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The game is a turn-based combat and each servant has a set amount of health points and a bar that indicates the gauge for their Noble Phantasm. The Noble Phantasm can be upgraded by using duplicate cards and it allows you to charge the gauge further. You can have two servants in your party with one support (which cannot be moved into the reserve and have to be selected every battle) and up to three servants in reserve. Each turn consists of a command and attack phase. The command phase is when you can activate all the servants active skills and your master command seals. After you are done, the servants will attack depending on what cards you chose (you have to select three cards from the menu and you can’t cancel it if you make a mistake). Afterward, the enemies will attack and this completes a turn.

You have a maximum of three command seals and it recharges at one seal every day (at 00:00 JST). Using one seal heals a servant to full health and using three seals brings back your party with full Noble Phantasm gauge after they have been wiped out.

You use up AP to fight a battle and one AP recharges every 10 minutes. The max amount you can have increases as you level up and your AP recharges to the max every time you level up. You can use one Saint Quartz to refill it, but you also use it to summon servants and to increase the number of slots for servants and craft essences.

In the battle menu button, you can see the class relationship. Shielder is exempt from everything while Berserker is strong and weak against everyone.

There are 4 types of chains that you can perform in the tactical phase.sp_howtoplay_img_2_8

Arts chain: Selecting all three arts cards increases the rate of the Noble Phantasm gauge fills up and gives you 20% of the gauge.

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Buster chain: Selecting all three buster cards vastly increases the attacking power of the servants, which allow them to do more damage than their regular attacks.

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Quick chain: Selecting all three quick cards increases the servant’s critical rate for the next turn’s attacks. (Critical is denoted by the stars and each star increases the critical chance of the card by 11%. How many stars is allocated to which card is by chance.)

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Brave chain: Selecting all three cards of the same servant allows the servant to perform an extra attack.

A few things to take note:

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1) When selecting the cards that are in the same chain, the first card’s type affects the chain even if it does not form any special chain. This means that if the arts card is the first card, the subsequent attacks performed by the servant in the same chain would be able to fill up a bit of the Noble Phantasm gauge. This allows buster cards to charge up the gauge as it does not do so by itself.

2)If you chain Noble Phantasms together, they get a bonus in their effects. Put your strongest Noble Phantasm last in your chain. Noble Phantasms also benefit on the chain bonuses and any craft essences or abilities that boost the effectiveness of a card type.

You level up your servants using any cards, but it would cost QP. The QP cost is the same for any type of card and if it costs 100 QP for a 1-star card, it would cost the same if you use a 2 or 3-star card.

If you reach the required levels, you can ascend your servants. Ascension increases their max level by 10 each time and depending on the servant, you can access their locked skills. Class pieces are required for the first ascension and more rare items for subsequent ascension.

You can level up your servant’s skills by using weapon gems, which are blue orbs that have the class symbols on it.

Experience

The game has been fun so far even though I am only playing for more than a week. My rolls have been quite useless, with no 4 and 5-star servants. Cu Chulainn (lancer) is my main tank and together with Jing Ke, they are my main hopes of killing those high health enemies in one hit. Things get pretty crazy after you have completed the Fuyuki arc and move on to Orleans then to Rome. Utilizing the servant weaknesses would be key in completing those maps. Currently, there some ongoing event quests where you can get saint quartz as a reward and a 1/2 AP campaign on the daily quests from 21th to 27th August. After you finished story mode, there is only the daily quests to grind for EXP cards, QP and mana prisms. Mana prisms can be traded in for things at the shop and the attack up boost from there is permanent. It seems that the mana prisms from the daily quests are one time only and do not reset for now. You can get more by burning 3 star and above cards. The daily quests are in this order (Quest name – Drops):

Monday ( )
種火集め ‹三騎士編› – Saber, Lancer, and Archer EXP cards
宝物庫の扉を開け- QP

Tuesday ()
種火集め ‹四騎編› – Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker EXP cards
三騎士と対決 – Saber, Lancer, and Archer Ascension items

Wednesday ()
宝物庫の扉を開け – QP
四騎と対決 – Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker Ascension items

Thursday ()
種火集め ‹三騎士編› – Saber, Lancer, and Archer EXP cards
モンスター狩り ‹三騎士編› – Saber, Lancer, and Archer Skill Reinforcement Items

Friday ()
種火集め ‹四騎編› – Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker EXP cards
モンスター狩り ‹四騎編› – Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker Skill Reinforcement Items

Saturday ()
宝物庫の扉を開け – QP
黎明の手狩り ‹オール編› – all seven classes’ EXP cards

Sunday ()
絆の戦い – Increased Bond EXP
マスター訓  – Large amounts of Master EXP (Great for leveling quickly for more deck cost)

 

For Type-Moon and Fate/Stay Night Fans, this is a sure must play game for you guys.

All image used in this post are from their game’s official website here.

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