- 1. Getting started on Octopath Travelers: Champions of the Continent
- 2. Mastering the art of battling
- 3. Enlisting more travelers
- 4. Limit breaking in Champions of the Continent
- 5. How Influence and Feats work
- 6. Champions of the Continent sends you on a nostalgic trip
You are a starter in Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent? If so, this article will give you all the best tips and tricks to easily pass the game.
Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent is Android’s first entry in the series. The beloved IP originated on the Nintendo Switch in 2016, considered a love letter to the old-school RPG style with a few shakeups. Nonetheless, newcomers can experience Champions of the Content without prior knowledge of the series. The game is a prequel with plenty of character-collecting gameplay to explore on your favorite Android gaming phone.
Our starter’s guide will teach you the basic mechanics of Champions of the Continent to help you breeze through the first chapters of the game while getting the most bang for your Rubies with the upgrades and gacha pulls.
1. Getting started on Octopath Travelers: Champions of the Continent
Moving your character is limited to a ‘point and click’ style on a touch screen, though you can move faster by swiping your finger. Your character automatically stops once a corner in your path is reached. You can tap on the arrows to move in the desired direction or swipe.
While in combat, characters can use skills based on their equipped weapon and the magic tied to their class, along with regular attacks. Each character includes a stat for HP (your life points), while your SP (your spell power) determines how much magic and skills are used over a battle’s duration. You win battles by reducing your opponent’s HP to 0 before they reduce all of your character’s HP to 0.
How to start battle engagements in Champions of the Continent
Battles are random encounters, but some unique enemies, more challenging enemies, referred to as Elite Enemies, appear on the field. Otherwise, you’ll be sent to another combat screen as you walk around the area.
Combat is turn-based, paying homage to the old classic JRPG days. To spice things up, players can control the tides of the battle using the familiar boost and break mechanic found in the mainline Nintendo Switch game.
Exploiting enemy weaknesses and break mechanic
You can repeatedly exploit an enemy’s weak point by using weapons and skills the enemy is weak against. Eventually, the enemy’s guard breaks after tanking so many attacks, leaving your party open to unleash a devastating blow.
How to see the enemy’s guard
Progress for breaking the enemy’s guard is visually indicated through the display of cracks on the shield icon with a number next to the enemy’s HP bar. The more cracks on the shield icon mean you’re getting closer to breaking the enemy’s guard. Succeeding the break mechanic renders enemies incapable of action for a short period, which could very well turn the tides of a fight in your favor.
How boosting works in Champions of the Continent
Adding the ability to boost invites a more frugal playstyle in a fight. Boosting your attacks/skills can dish out multiplicative damage in a single instance, but you have to wait patiently for your window. You can control who to boost and how many to delegate at a time. Your number of boosts refresh as you perform actions that are unboosted.
Choose your story
You can choose between three tales: Power, Wealth, or Fame. Each tale focuses on a corrupted villain wreaking havoc on the lives of the locals.
Tip: After completing the tutorials and deciding your story’s destination, auto-saving is enabled once you gain control over your character.
2. Mastering the art of battling
Controlling up to eight party members can be a handful, but it is vital. The game punishes you for playing with less than eight in your team as you start approaching Elite Enemies/bosses. Essentially, you’re required to use the game’s character switch system while enduring grueling battles.
The most consistent way to heal HP and SP is by using the switch system. This system allows the four inactive back-row characters to heal HP and SP on every turn. After swapping to the front row, your back row characters can still use skills/attacks on that same turn. You’ll need to coordinate when your characters swap in and out during vulnerable moments in battle.
Tips and tricks
- Enemies have multiple weaknesses, so attack with different weapon types and magic to identify what they are.
- Diversify your battle party’s Job (classes) to have different weapons and magic available.
- Use the switch system to your advantage. Let your weaker character stay in the back-row until it is time to unleash their skills/magic. All the characters get experience points regardless of their battle position, so there’s no need to play favorites.
- Save your character boosts until you break the enemy to maximize damage.
- When an enemy is ready to unleash a strong boosted attack, chain all your magic and skills to force the enemy to break and interrupt that attack.
- Recuperate characters that have taken a big hit, use healing magic, and switch them to the back row.
- Elite Enemies are formidable so spend time leveling your characters before taking them on (avoid being three levels below the Elite Enemy’s level).
- Level up your skills by using JP (job points) and always equip new skills.
- Visit the weapon shop periodically and sell materials. Remember to buy and upgrade your equipment.
- Form your team with at least one healer, one tank, one warrior, and one DPS; your healer is the glue, while the tank and warrior hold the frontline together.
- Spend your resources on a good healer; the healer is the lifeline.
- Go Cait farming if you need to acquire more experience points for your units; one nets you at least 100k experience.
3. Enlisting more travelers
A massive part of Champions of the Continent is recruiting new companions to join your quest to experience each epic tale with you. You are provided free pre-determined characters at the start, so you’re not left empty-handed. However, be aware that the starting characters only offer 3-star ratings, which means they cap out at level 40. You’ll have to learn quickly not to get too attached to your travelers; the game incentivizes you to upgrade to higher rarities or put the work in to upgrade your levels, pressuring you to dabble into the Guide system to seek upgrades either way.
Rarities and Guidestones
When you acquire a new character, it’s important to find the rarity. Each character offers a star rating that reflects their rarity. So the higher stars your character holds, the rarer they are, which means they have a higher starting level cap. For example, 3-star characters cap at level 40, 4-star at level 60, and 5-star at level 80.
An exception to the rule
You may encounter characters at 3-star and 4-star that hold unfilled stars; these characters are treated one grade higher for their Awakening potential but will offer the same level cap as their respective star rating. So if you see an unfilled star for a 4-star character, you can classify the character as a 4.5 star. The unit is nearly 5-star level in power but requires a class up material to truly shine.
How to use the Guide system (Guide 10)
- Tap on Menu > Guide.
- Choose and tap on a banner system.
- Tap on Guide (300 Rubies) > Guide (300 Rubies) to confirm. Pulling for ten characters guarantees a bonus for a higher rarity character.
- Now you have ten characters. Character duplicates turn into character-specific Guidestones.
How to re-roll in Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent
Thankfully re-rolling is simple and stress-free. You can re-roll the starting 5-star unit or simply aim for better gacha results after collecting your free Rubies. We’ve outlined the steps below:
- Install and launch the Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent app.
- Sign in as a guest account.
- Follow the in-game introduction and claim the 5-star character.
- After finishing the series of tutorials, collect all the free Rubies in your mail, then perform a Guide 10 (a ten pull).
If you don’t like the results from the gacha and want to re-roll, tap Options > Delete Account. Don’t forget to register the account once you’re happy with the results to avoid losing your data.
4. Limit breaking in Champions of the Continent
Raising the character’s level cap is known as Limit Breaking. Limit Breaking requires character-specific Guidestones or regular Guidestones (Bronze, Silver, or Gold). Depending on the star rating of your character, it will require a specific grade for limit breaking. These generally are:
- Bronze Guidestones for 3-stars
- Silver Guidestones for 4-stars
- Gold Guidestones for 5-stars
How to Limit Break a traveler
- Tap on Party > Travelers.
- Select and tap on a character of your choice to Limit Break.
- Tap on Limit Break. Tap on the minus and plus to navigate how many levels are over the cap. Note: Character-specific Guidestones are always consumed first.
- Tap on Limit Break > Use > Close. Now your character’s level cap is increased!
Another guaranteed character upgrade is Awakening. Like Limit Breaks, Awakening also consumes your Guidestones. Your character can awaken up to four times. Awakening increases your stat attributes and adds another battle skill slot.
5. How Influence and Feats work
Feats are your daily, weekly, and achievements list. You’re rewarded once you’ve completed the set tasks or achievements. Rewards can range from Guidestones to Rubies and Influence points. Tip: always check and claim your rewards.
Influence has three categories, each having a separate rank: power, wealth, and fame. Improving the rank earns precious Rubies and rewards passive skills/bonuses. We advise you to level up influence as these skills/bonuses are helpful additions to your adventures, such as shop discounts, more allies (extra limited skills), and extra party damage.
6. Champions of the Continent sends you on a nostalgic trip
Octopath Traveler: The Champions of the Continent will send you on a nostalgic trip returning to the good old days of classic RPG story-telling. The luck-based gacha nature of Champions of the Continent will test your resource management and team planning skills. But if you’re ready to dive into the challenge, we’ve included a link to the download below.
Source: Android Police