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Old 01-15-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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FAQ: How to Stat Grind and Create Strong Characters

Last and ultimate update : 04/10/09.

This thread is about having the best stats and possible unions, but it is not mandatory to get the full 1000. You will need über-characters to pwn DLC bosses, Absolute Conqueror and The Fallen.

Nearly all the credit go to Otaku and Ardorius, some to Rockman 1031 on the GameFAQs forums, also Skidillydoo and of course everybody who was kind enough to post and help.

Why do I need to stat-grind ?

To kick The Fallen (140G) and the Absolute Conqueror (200G) in the nuts, and finish the 68 sidequests (200G) for a grand total of 540G. And, of course, to have a kick-ass party.

What is the best way to stat-grind ?

You would think you're supposed to link like crazy and fight everything you encounter to raise your BR as fast as possible, but it is the other way around. The idea here is to keep you BR very low so you can gain more stats between each BR. To do that, you have to follow a few rules :

Dodge EVERY ENEMY you see, and NEVER fight something that isn't a boss or a forced fight (like 2 immobile Skull Scavengers sitting on a chest, or Landworms in the mist). Save whenever you're not targeted and dodge like crazy getting all the chests (you will need what's inside for your über-characters).

Do every possible sidequest for cash and components (and because you have to), and finish ALL 42 sidequests of Disc 1 before leaving Nagapur to finish the disc. Try and do a shitload of Guild tasks for cash, new formations, achievements (at least one), and rare components you will need for your characters.

Last note : when you reach BR70 or so, you can disband all your unions and make a Rush-only union, and go grind in Robelia (room with the 10 Landworms) untill you build a chain of 500-1000, using only weapon and mystic arts commands. If you do that, you will gain only 2 or 3 BR and all your leaders (now in the roster) will have learned and improved all their arts. Great way to learn Second Chance and Kiss of Life and upgrade every art to its maximum level (or at least level IV).

Where should I grind on Disc 1 and on Disc 2 ?

1) When you hit BR10, enter Blackdale regular entrance for a first boosting session, turn right and save before entering the Obsidian Trail. Go in and you will see a Skull Scavenger sleeping on the floor. Go and fight him. It is going to be hard, so if he kills one of your leaders or 2 or 3 of your soldiers, exit and retry. Stop when you're BR25. Before BR10-12, you will be too weak. Use 2 or 3 full unions.

Bring Glenys, Caedmon and Baulson to boost them. Try and get Emmy too to replace Emma. More on the soldiers at the end of this post.

You can use this boosting session to up Emma a bit and be able to kill Namul-Niram (her and Rush need to have Remedies to be able to beat the Remnant at a low BR). You can also stop this boosting session at BR18-20, do the Nest of Eagles quest, get Emmy ASAP, and finish grinding here with Emmy in your party untill BR25-30. Then finish all the sidequests of Disc1 (all 42 of them) and finish Disc1. You should be around BR38 when you start Disc2 with all quests finished.

2) When you reach BR40 at the beginning of Disc2, go in the Grammi Tier - Anatoray part of the Ancient Ruins, first room on the left (second floor, you need to beat Ymir to gain access). You will have 3 Rockgraters roaming free. Ice them, then go back to the teleporter in the first zone, save, reload, and kill them again untill you're BR60-65. Forget about the Charibdys in here for boosting. If you don't find the 3 Rockgraters and Grand Rockgraters where I tell you, just exit AR and re-enter untill you get the right set-up.

Upon entering the AR, you can find on the first floor : Charibdys, Rockgraters, or nothing. Try each set-up, each one leading to different monsters in the next floors. Just try untill you get the monsters you need. This is also true for finding the Ancbolders on the third floor (they can be replaced by Greater Demons, in which case you will also find the Brynhildrs you need for one achieve).

3) When you reach BR60-65, grind in the Metopon Tier - Boreas (third floor). Go there after killing Holy Servant to get the key (he's in the room in front of the teleporter on the second floor) and kill Ancbolders, the giants I already talked about. They're easy and give a shitload of stats. Then do the save and reload trick in the room that leads to Demi-God.

To get the Jewel Steel you will need for almost every character's ultimate weapons, use the monster set-up that makes a single Diatryma appear in front of you when you reach the second floor. Save on the first floor, fight the Diatryma, and do the save/reload trick untill he drops Jewel Steel. He drops it 1/3 of the time, and by the numbers of 2 or 3, so he's the best and fastest way the get the precious metal in the game.

Let me be clear on this : apart from the DLC bosses, there isn't a single enemy that will give you better stats than Ancbolders, so when you reach BR90-100 and your stats don't upgrade much anymore, continue, you have no better choice. Also, when you get Hawkarang (the first weapon art you will get with Glenys's Swordflash), you can go kill The Fallen, then come back and grind some more.

Last thing : don't worry about following all this to the letter. When you feel like progressing the story, or do sidequests, or hike for components for Rush or your leaders, do it. It doesn't matter, really. Just do 1 big grinding session with Caedmon, Baulson and Emmy on Disc1 (with Glenys in the roster, or you can even use her), and 2 big ones on Disc2 in AR, the first versus Rockgraters untill you can pwn Holy Servant, then against Ancbolders untill you're god-like. This is the general idea.

Opening Ancient Ruins ?

Talk to the big Yama on the right of Athlum's pub, at the end of the street, and he will put a new Siebenbur Path on your map (the 2nd one). Go in, travel to the upper-left dead-end and open the Ancient Ruins with your beautiful DLC key (the DLC is free). You should be around BR40 when you enter this place. You can find Ancient Ruins maps on GameFAQs. They help a lot since you don't have your radar on in here.

Who should I use ?

Last but not least, you should use who you like, of course, but IMO Torgal, Baulson, Emmy, Jager, Caedmon and Glenys are the best. Irina is a very good healer and Psionics user, but you need muscle, not mystics, and all the people I have named are awsome healers too, except Torgal and Jager. You could also like Dave and Blocter, even Pagus, but I wouldn't use them. At the end of the game, Dave is useless, and Blocter has no weapon art even if he becomes immune to all satus-effects. The best choice of the 3 would be Pagus who has healing abilities and 2 weapon arts (one unique), but you can do better than him since he doesn't hurt much, and you will need hurt. Lots of it.

The only rule is to recruit the leaders you want ASAP, before grinding, put them in your active party, and NEVER change them. That's what I did with Baulson, Caedmon and Jager/Glenys. Once they're on the team, they stay on the team, because if you change a lot, they won't be as strong as they could.

What about the soldiers ?

On my third playtrough, I changed things and liked it. A lot. So here it is for you :

Union 1 : Rush, Baulson, Combat soldier, Herbs soldier, Herbs soldier.
Union 2 : Torgal, Glenys, Combat soldier, Herbs soldier, Herbs soldier.
Union 3 : Emmy, Caedmon, Combat soldier, Herbs soldier, Herbs soldier.

Rush, Baulson, Caedmon, Emmy and Glenys will be healing tanks at the end of the game, each one having Kiss of Life and Second Chance, so you don't need weaker units using Recovery arts. Forget about Lotions. And when I say "Combat soldier", I mean a soldier that uses, and I stress this, only weapon arts, has a 2-handed weapon, and a dual-wield combat style. For example, a soldier who holds a Tabar-Zin (like Blocter) with 2 hands, or a huge katana with 2 hands. These soldiers are the ones who have the more HP and do the more damage.

This set-up is for big fights. You can use 4 unions when grinding. This will allow you to boost 3 more soldiers. I would select the 3 Recovery arts users that have the most HP, and include them in the boosting sessions, you never know. Always select the soldiers that have the most HP. When you reach your last roster upgrade (before the 6 bases I think), check if a soldier or 2 are better than the ones you're using. If so, switch to them, and never switch again.

What about gear ?

Your soldiers can end the game with Divine weapons, so you can grind untill they upgrade to these. Also, they will must likely have a Roseraphim Bracelet for their HP. When you get your Goddess Wristlet, Emmy should ask for it. Give it to her, and some BR after that, everybody will clone it, giving you a +50% HP boost. I had to wait untill BR130, so be patient.

Finally, always say "Yes" when a leader asks for something (the most important being giving Emmy her Nightbloom), and always respond "Combat arts, of course" when a leader asks for advice. One false answer and Torgal will end with a gay magic wand instead of Halphas Dominus and Hawkarang. Also, at the end of the game, look for the Snievan's Belt print (defeat Enlightened Seven I think). Make it with the right components. Some leader will ask for it. Say "Yes" and most characters will clone it as well. It is the best attack accessory in the game, save for the Black Belt which is nearly impossible to make.

This is it, I know it is a long post but it beats reading the whole thread. Trust me with what I say, I have 9999 HP in my unions, 16 weapon arts, ultimate gear, I have killed The Absolute Conqueror in 2 turns and can deal near 1 million damage in a single turn.

Sorry if my english is so-so sometimes, but I'm french
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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Well I can tell you one thing
I know exactly how you feel, on my last playthrough I kept most of my leaders in for the whole game (I got right to the final boss) but I think I only had like 3-4.9K health with each union and it sucked big time and I just didn't get how other people could have so much HP so I'm hoping for some tips from this thread xD
I learnt two Weapon Arts, Hawkarang which to be honest was doing about the same as Lughs Revenge (sp?) but obviously coming up more often, and Snowblind with David but he never once used it
I'm on my second playthrough now (fighting Bai Zi at the exact same time and place I did on the first playthrough but it's much easier now) and I'm doing the whole "one enemy at a time) thing looking to beef up my stats, and I think my HP is quite a bit higher than it was first time around so that could be how people have such high HP I dunno
Oh and a word of advice about Weapon Arts, when I learned mine (using play it by ear as I said) I didn't actually use it, I just saw it on the list coming up, and at the end of the battle it didn't tell me I'd learnt it, so if you're not paying attention in battle you might have learned it already and not have noticed, so check their arts after every battle xD
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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Please man don't tell me I screwed up before BR70, because it is true that before that I tried to link as much monsters as possible. Damn, this is messed up, it is said everywhere that you have to link like crazy to get the best items and capture monsters to split them. So I did... There is no way in Hell I am doing this game twice and putting with another 80 hours of "Come on out !" that make me want to kill someone

Even if I linked a lot before BR70, I didn't all the time and it couldn't be responsible for this huge gap in HP, could it ?

I don't get it, really... I haven't find anything hard up to now, and was surprised people said it was hard, but I have half the stats of some guys and now it is becoming hard. My fight against the Magick Idol at the end of Yuniver's quest lasted for 40 minutes...

For the Weapon Arts, trust me I look at the list every time I save lol Especially since I grind while watching 24

EDIT for Ardorius : man, I live only for those two 200G achieves right now. If you're telling me right here right now I have no way of beating the Fallen and the AC with my stats, and I need to restart a game, there are 20% chances I will start again and not continue to waste my time, and 80% chances I will never play this game again. Learning you can't have half the achieves after 80+ hours is messed up. I seriously wish the B and C teams at Square-Enix and Tri-Ace that committed this game and Infinite Undiscovery were hired at a McDonald's instead of in the game industry.
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Please man don't tell me I screwed up before BR70, because it is true that before that I tried to link as much monsters as possible. Damn, this is messed up, it is said everywhere that you have to link like crazy to get the best items and capture monsters to split them. So I did... There is no way in Hell I am doing this game twice and putting with another 80 hours of "Come on out !" that make me want to kill someone

Even if I linked a lot before BR70, I didn't all the time and it couldn't be responsible for this huge gap in HP, could it ?

I don't get it, really... I haven't find anything hard up to now, and was surprised people said it was hard, but I have half the stats of some guys and now it is becoming hard. My fight against the Magick Idol at the end of Yuniver's quest lasted for 40 minutes...

For the Weapon Arts, trust me I look at the list every time I save lol Especially since I grind while watching 24
You don't have to dig much anyway. The only time I digged is when I needed specific components and on The Assistant side quest. I already got my 1000g and I am doing this game for a 3rd time now. I actually like playing this game and getting the best possible. My first playthrough I finished with a BR around 80 and I also only had 4000-4800 hp, I also linked everything possible. Then I overwrote that save seeing as I couldn't get all the achievements there anyway, and followed everyone's advice of not linking monsters. I ended up with the setup you've probably read about 5 times already on different threads :P

I like overpowering myself, so I play this game in a different way now. I load my save if I accidentally have to fight a monster I didn't have to fight. I only fight bosses and monsters I have to beat for side quests. Again, I am BR 13 now and just before NoE. I know skills like Mighty Smash IV on this BR lol.

BR 1 to 70 is a long way, so if you linked during that whole time I think it does mess up your stats a lot. I don't even get why people link, you don't need the money or components anyway... Just get your BR up and get your soldiers/leaders to upgrade their stuff. If you're already BR 100 with 4000 hp, I'd say start over because you will probably never beat the Absolute Conqueror... even with a 5 leader-only party like I did, you probably won't get over 7000 hp and that's about what his Obliterate III did to me if I wasn't lucky enough to dodge it. Starting over doesn't take that long if you just do the side quests and main story, without fighting anything else. Took me about 6-7 hours to where I am now.
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Haha, Infinite Undiscovery was lame to get all achievements on. Compulsive without an ingame item list, how gay is that? Not to mention a 1 gamerscore achievement for beating the whole game on Infinity mode again (I just did Compulsive and that one in my Infinity playthrough, rare items drop more on a harder difficulty).
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Starting over doesn't take that long if you just do the side quests and main story, without fighting anything else. Took me about 6-7 hours to where I am now.
Yeah man but when you say "just do the main story and the side quests"... well... yeah there isn't anything else to do lol nIt is going to take me at least 3 weeks to come back where I am right now, I don't know if I can endure that

I have refused to start again on Infinite Undiscovery just because Sigmund wouldn't give me his music note or whatever, and I missed one chest. ONE CHEST during the boss fight on the beach. Ridiculous...

EDIT : so if I have the heart and the balls to try it again, from scratch, what should I avoid, what places should I boost in, what places should I just run trough ? It would be a big help not to screw up again
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Yeah man but when you say "just do the main story and the side quests"... well... yeah there isn't anything else to do lol nIt is going to take me at least 3 weeks to come back where I am right now, I don't know if I can endure that

I have refused to start again on Infinite Undiscovery just because Sigmund wouldn't give me his music note or whatever, and I missed one chest. ONE CHEST during the boss fight on the beach. Ridiculous...

EDIT : so if I have the heart and the balls to try it again, from scratch, what should I avoid, what places should I boost in, what places should I just run trough ? It would be a big help not to screw up again
If you want to do it like me:

- Only hire soldiers that can use herbs, and 1 in each union with lotions.
- For a mystic union have at least 1 lotion user also (unless your union leader learns lotions)
- Just run through the story fightning nothing until after Numor Mines (after that you can use 5 leaders and make 3 unions of 4)
- After that, grind from whatever BR you are to 30 in Blackdale Obsidian Trail
- Do every side quest available, I use this: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/genme...topic=47570398
- You can basically beat disc 1 with this, after that, grind on disc 2 in The First Path until BR 50-70, not sure when morale goes up.
- Open Ancient Ruins, grind there a lot more if needed, else do side quests and continue the story.

I haven't actually tried it out yet, but it's what I'm planning to do now. I'm on BR 19 now. Still before NoE, doing side quests... almost done with them :P
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I know if I was in your shoes I probably won't play this game again. I'm already at battle rank 79 and I'm hoping its not too late to get my stats up there to take out absolute conqueror. My best union right now is Rush's union that has Blocter and 3 other soldiers with 4,400 hps. Their damage ranges from 10k to 30k depending on the skills I can select. Omnistrike does close to 30k now. That is my best union though. My weakest is Emmy's union with 3 other soldiers and they only have 2300 hps. At least her Hundred Flowers does about 30k damage. Although that unit regular hits for 8k to 15k.

I'm the kind of person that would like to get all the achievements from my games but I just don't have the time anymore. There are lots of games I want to play (Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia) and if I just don't get the full 1k for this game on this playthrough I'm just going to stop and go on and play the next game on my list. Perhaps if I ever get a downtime between game I'll go back to get achievements but I usually use those times to play downloadable games. I just really liked this game so I'm trying to make an effort to get the 1k for this game. As opposed to Infinite Undiscovery which I did not like at all.
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Hey nice guide I'm just starting you guide. When at br 40 your saying defeat the 3 gaters etc do you mean link all 3 or kill each one separate ,? X
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Hey nice guide I'm just starting you guide. When at br 40 your saying defeat the 3 gaters etc do you mean link all 3 or kill each one separate ,? X
You want to kill each one separately... you'll be too weak at BR40 to take on all of them at once.
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Hey nice guide I'm just starting you guide. When at br 40 your saying defeat the 3 gaters etc do you mean link all 3 or kill each one separate ,? X
Fighting multiple monsters raises BR much faster. You're boosting stats and you always fight one at a time so that your BR doesn't get too high. The reason is that the greater the difference in BR compared to the monster then the greater the stat gains. This applies to all stat boosting sessions so when you graduate to Ancbolders keep them to one at a time also.

You don't even need to link groups of monsters when you move to skill boosting as what counts is the chain count. The higher the chain count, I think up to 400, the better the chance of a skill gain, and you don't need to link to keep raising the chain count.
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Okay thanks for the info, I'm just on the first boosting session at blackdale and it's going really well. I'm defeating the sleeping skull scavenger first then skipping past the other mobsters to the fly skull scavenger in the middle of the map but what I'm doing is letting the creature get enemy advantage so it breaks my chain up. I got Emmy at battle rank 11 so all looking good. Thanks for the guide big help already stronger then my first play through, x

Edit. I went up to rank 25 only got 5 quests left on disc 1 and I'm only rank 31. Shall I do more stat boosting or do quests get on disc 2 and do the rank 40 boosting session,? ATM all 3 unions are over 3k hp. ,? X

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OK after sifting through the majority of this long topic ...

I've come to the conclusion ... my save sucks >_<

I'm using two unions:

Formation: Wings of Nagapur
Rush, Emmy and Torgal backed up Blocter and Caedmon (also for Forcefield III)

2nd Formation: Wings of Nagapur
Pagus and 5x Qsiti (for purpose of healing/reving/blackout)

My first unions hp is just under 5k - 4995 and there ap - +47/331
Pagus's group only has 2.5k hp with +52/348 ap

My current battle rank is ... uh 82 i think ? And i'm currently stuck at the fallen, i'm dishing out almost 50k per turn on him with emmy's hundred flowers, but its rare

I've done all but the assistant sidequests up will undelwalt, coz if i go there i lose the fallen.

Any help and advice on my team, would be a great help

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Scratch that, i whooped his ass! Just, can't hold a candle against the Absolute Conquerer ... my hp is under 6k

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Hey everybody

I didn't use the "search" engine, because I have been reading every single thread in here, from day one lol And that is exactly why I need this one. So this thread is for you TLR gods...

I have read character charts, party setups, posts on defeating the worst enemies, upgrading the best weapons... and I am at BR 100, and I feel weak.

I just came out of Darken Forest, and I died only twice in the whole game, one against the Gates of Hell, and one against Roeas and Castanea. I feel like I am breezing through the game, but I feel extremely weak when I look at your posts.

I have been using 4 unions (4 5 5 4) for the whole game, have been harvesting every level like crazy, have been stats grinding from level 70 to level 100 in Fornstrand and the 6th Path, have been splitting every creature I saw for components, and have been using nearly exclusively Combat Arts, and the "Play it by ear" command EVERY SINGLE TIME since BR 70 (thanks to Otaku who pointed out that it is the best way to upgrade and learn new arts).

Some of you, including a friend who helped me a lot, Ardorius, are talking about parties at BR 110 or 120, with twice the damage, HP, and arts than mine...

1) My weakest party has around 3000 HP, my strongest 4800 HP, and you guys are talking about parties with 6000 HP, and almost 10 000 HP if you just use leaders. If I just put the best leaders, I will not even reach 6000. I chose what I thought was a good setup for 5 unions : 2 leaders (1 of which can heal and resuscitate), 2 fighters and 1 that can heal and resuscitate). But a good balance between healing and fighting doesn't go with a lot of HP...

2) You guys are talking about Heaven's door, Hawkarang and ultimate Arcana Arts, but even with what I did, I have not a single one of them at BR 100. Some people even say they got Heaven's door at BR 45. Either they are lying, or I suck bad. Are these arts related to BR, ATK, weapons ? Nobody is clear on this in the forums.

3) You guys finally talk about the damage you deal, around 80 000 per union. My average is 20-25 000, sometimes 12 or 15K with weak unions, sometimes near 40K with strong unions and a lucky Special Art. But that's it. That's an average of 50 or 60K per turn, not per union. WTH ?

So that's it. I know this topic is long, and I know my english isn't perfect, but some of us need your help (I know I do lol). There have been topics to talk about this, dozens of them, but with no clear answer or checklist of what to do to build a strong character at the end of the game. No way we played for 80 hours and will cave in in front of the Absolute Conqueror or The Fallen

1) Did I do something wrong ? If so, what, so the people who are less advanced than me don't do the same mistakes.

2) Are my stats normal ? Is it just because I didn't try the Ancient Ruins yet, so I don't have good weapons, so I don't have Ultimate Arts ?

3) How is it that some of you have twice the HP I have ? There is just no way I will double my HP in just 10 or 20 BR...

4) I know I switched leaders and soldiers, not a lot, but twice, when I understood the game mechanisms (or lack of). Is it because I didn't use all my characters all the time, from the start ? They seem to upgrade exactly the same way in the roster, even if people say they don't. I have observed Baulson in the reserve for 30 BR, and he upgraded at the exact same rythm as my active leaders.

That's all the things I can think of. Please give us in here an idea of the level we should have at the endgame, the way you got there, what we shouldn't do or have done, which hasn't been discussed anywhere before.

Thanks in advance, except trying the Ancient Ruins, I don't know what to do or where to go anymore...
That's a long post o.o

I'll start off by saying why the hell did you grind in Fornstrand and the 6th path from BR 70 to 100? The Ancient ruins is basically the only place to go for that BR. You get more stats per BR there, so you become more powerful compared to enemies.

The rest I will answer step by step, like you did. Else I will lose track :P

1) Some say combat specialized soldiers have higher defense and evasion. I don't believe this and stick with my usual setup: 2 leaders, 2 herb users, 1 lotion user for every combat oriented union. My mystic union (if I have any) ALWAYS has Irina, along with another good mystic user (in my save I chose Pagus), a hexer, evocer and another healer. Btw, I got to 9000+ hp using 2 leaders + soldiers, not 5 leaders in a union :P both my combat unions have 9000+ hp.

2) The name says it already, they are Weapon Arts. Meaning, you will learn them from weapons. Weapons will be upgraded by either gaining BR (recommended), or by collecting components (a must for the final upgrade I think, but for the rest, just get your BR up). Arcana is learned by creating a synergy, e.g. 3x Invocations, 4x Evocations, 4x Hexes, 3x Remedies, 4x All different spells (Invocations, Evocations, Hexes, Psionics) without being interrupted. You also need luck to trigger it and some higher level spells (Spark III+)

3) If you stick with the same units throughout the game, they will learn arts of course, and gain strength and thus become stronger. My Deacon (soldier you can hire at the start) does 20k damage with Dragon's Flight alone. I do hire new soldiers after certain story events, but I always tend to keep my BR low until I have all the soldiers I want.

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1) (why not make it #4? >.<) You grinded at the wrong place, your morale needs to be near to zero for you to gain maximum advantage. I think Fornstrand and The Sixth Path don't. Also don't switch your whole setup. Chose what you want at the end, and build those characters up. I just started a new game and decided to use the same soldiers for my 2 combat unions, although I can't all hire them before Nest of Eagles, I will get them a.s.a.p. and never switch them again. I'm just before NoE now with BR 13 so they won't suffer a lot from the switch.

2) Ultimate Arts are basically only useful against The Fallen, The Absolute Conqueror and the DLC bosses. For the rest of the game, you don't even need them. Hell, I beat The Fallen without having any Weapon Art or Arcana (Arcana is useless against single enemies anyway) on my first try.

3) Again, stick to your units. They will probably have more hp than the new ones you can hire, if you grind right. Also, at certain BR's your soldiers will upgrade their equipment. On my main save I am BR 133 now, and my soldiers all have accessory that give +50% hp. This gave me a boost of like 1500-2000 hp per union in just a few BR's.

4) I had Caedmon in my reserve all the time too. All his stats (str, speed, etc) were about the same as the rest of my leaders. However, there was one stat that stayed behind: hp. While my Baulson had like 2200 hp, Torgal 2400, Caedmon only had 1300, that's even lower than my Emmy or Rush. I'm thinking this is because I haven't used him in my main team. Now, on my new save, Caedmon has about the same as Torgal and Baulson.

Trying the Ancient Ruins now is a bit late, you should have went there much earlier :P my first time was around BR 40.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:59 AM   #15
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5) Talk to the big Yama on the right of Athlum's pub, and he will put the 6th Path on your map. Go in, travel to the upper-left dead-end and open the Ancient Ruins with your beautiful DLC key (the DLC is free). You should be BR40 or BR45, no more. You can find Ancient Ruins maps on GameFAQs.

Do u mean 6th path or 2nd path coz I talked to a yama and he opened up the 2nd path?
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Phewww, thought i was lost then. Ok so im br 33 and have just entered 2nd path but the upper left dead end is confusing me, does anyone know of a map of the 2nd path or some more directions as i was runnin round the 2nd path last night for ages tryin to dodge monsters so i wont raise my BR and got lost, found some good treasure from dig points but took ages to get back to beginning.....thanks.
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I'm sorry if this has already been asked but I really don't want to read through 9 pages only to have no answer for my question.

What do I do up until Blackdale? Do I just avoid battles with the exception of forced battles or do I fight normally until then?
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"Do the start of the game dodging everything and only fighting bosses. Never link. Never fight. Never breathe. Dodge everything and follow the main story untill you have your last roster capacity upgrade."

When do you get your last roster capacity upgrade?
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Sweenish- Are you positive you didn't break down an Auld weapon just before that upgrade? Cuz those all give you necros and blacksteels...I know on my first play through it seemed like they were upgrading without getting stuff, but that was also the playthrough where I did dismantler and recycle...on the other playthroughs they wouldn't do anything until I had all items...You'd be surprised at how easy it is to miss the acquisition of one item...even a necro...Jager will ask for Schiavona.

Immortal- when you fought the scavengers, did you have any dead party members at the end of the battle? That'll screw up just about everything cuz only those alive at the end of the battle get the boosts and you still go up a BR...also, are you sure it was the right scavenger? There is only one that'll actually do the job. If you fought ANY of the others then that's where you messed up...if the one you fought was insanely difficult then you fought the right one and I have no clue where you went wrong...


Horndog- don't feel too bad about the greater demons they'll always be a miserable waste of time...and surviving in with everyone in tact is just luck...they like to spam that twister sometimes and annihilate you...just stay away...yeah, Blocter tells you to link to get better rewards and its true...if you link you have a better chance of getting components, but you miss out on stat increases...there will be the occasional need to link, say when you're searching for the infernal Godwood Timber, but you want to avoid it when it isn't ABSOLUTELY necessary...I hope you haven't gotten too far but I must say in the least rude way possible your BR and stats do not go together well at all...that's how I looked my first time through and I was okay story-wise, but TF HS and all DLC bosses were insanely difficult and I wouldn't have stood a chance against AC...all I can suggest is to bag the dismantler and recycle achievements on the file you're on if you haven't done so already, then start over and follow this lovely little guide to awesomeness...oh, and try not to waste too much effort on arcana...they look cool and do decent damage to lots of enemies, but all the bosses I mentioned before are alone and arcana will get you crushed...just go weapon arts all the way...

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Darqstalker- At the beginning of disk 2. You go through fornstrad then the academy. You return to athlum and you get your final upgrade.

Ahrxelc- No. No dead members. At the beginning of the game i followed the guide and picked herb users. I made sure to pick Vivocation herbalists to make sure everyone was alive. The path i took was Entering blackdale turning right into the obsidian trail. The skull scavenger that was there at the entrance. It was a 3-2 group. I killed walked back into blackdale save / reload / rekill. Was that not the right one to kill? (moral was fully to the left and at most and inch off of it).
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Thanks immortal... but in reference to the stats guide which started this thread, and the line I quoted in my post above, I am referring to a point before disc 2.

"...follow the main story untill you have your last roster capacity upgrade." Later on it mentions this point is before reaching Nagapur.



Also, this Skull Scavenger I'm supposed to find. I just got into the Obsidian Trial, and the 1st monsters I come across is the Imp, which is next to a map of the area. The next 2 i come across are spiders. So I assume I must go further into the Trail to find this Scavenger?

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um i made some of thoose mistakes is it to late for me too im Br 53 with hp near 1900 and right before the catacombs just doin quest. i linked a lot and thought i was grinding when i went to any random place like dillmoor then majcado castle.

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Your Hp isn't too low, its actually higher than normal and Rush doing most of the healing is pretty normal as well. There is a pattern to their attacks tho...regular attack, regular attack, heaven's flight so just hit them with all you got for two turns and heal on the third just before heavens flight...if you go to grind up to 10, you'll only have Rush and Emma...not good...
Um i just realize i have a passt save with 26 br so do i have have a chance of recovering stats that are needed im at the part where u just enter elysion. And if so where should i grind.

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and the "Play it by ear" command EVERY SINGLE TIME since BR 70 (thanks to Otaku who pointed out that it is the best way to upgrade and learn new arts).
Can you tell me about that method, please?

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can you tell me the correct way to grind?
like train till br 20 on blackdale vultures, whats more?
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Read through this thread and some other threads on the first page. All the answers are there...
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Sorry if I am asking a question that has already been answered, I really don't want to read 11 pages of posts... I was wondering about killing monsters other than the Skull Scavenger so that I might get components upgrade my weapons?
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I was wondering about killing monsters other than the Skull Scavenger so that I might get components upgrade my weapons?
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sort of worried but i have got to ancient ruins at br 38 to grind. started fighting the rock graters on second floor and my battle ranks going up really quickly, is that suppose to happen? im ony fighting one and not linking. would fighting the things on the first floor be better? thanks
You're better off fighting monsters on the first floor until you can beat Holy Servant, then go up to the third floor and beat on some giants
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So - bomb through disc 1, avoiding fights til after Nest of Eagles (last soldier upgrade for disc1). Go do the side quests. Go grind. Progress to disc 2, get next upgrade not far in. Grind to hearts content/do side quests.
Pretty much yeah, just make sure when you "bomb" through disc one that you follow the guide so you don't miss any of the quests that disappear after certain story events
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I was wondering about killing monsters other than the Skull Scavenger so that I might get components upgrade my weapons?
That's fine, following this guide exactly will propbably max out all your characters and make the game way too easy, so follow it losely and go get components when you feel the need to
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1) Do the start of the game dodging everything and only fighting bosses. Never link. Never fight. Never breathe. Dodge everything and follow the main story untill you have your last roster capacity upgrade.
When you say last roster capacity, would you mind specifying that as I've not actually played the game before. At the moment I have the ability to make:
4 Unions
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Is this the right time to grind on the skull scavengers? Right now my BR is 10 and I'm using 5 leaders and healing soldiers in 3 unions, as I can't beat the Skull Scavengers atm with 4 unions.
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