Octopath Traveler begins with the distinctive requirement to decide on between eight totally different protagonists. Whereas all of them will ultimately meet up and change into one huge household, your first alternative will outline your preliminary playstyle.
There’s additionally so much to contemplate past that alternative. This information will aid you get in your ft within the first few hours in order that the subsequent 40 can be a breeze.
Select a personality you’re probably the most comfy with
After the primary a number of hours of any given journey, you’ll begin wandering the world map and assembly new celebration members, at which level the sport opens up and turns into extra like a standard Japanese role-playing recreation.
To make sure these inaugural moments aren’t a slog, you’re going to need to decide somebody who works together with your private playstyle.
The only solution to break down the 2 archetypes of all eight heroes is to categorize them as mages and warriors. Alfyn, Cyrus, Ophilia and Primrose match into the previous class. H’aanit, Olberic, Therion and Tressa slot within the latter. There are a number of exceptions (Alfyn and Tressa straddle the road between each), however that’s typically the kind of play they slot into.
Mages are glass cannons (sturdy however susceptible to break) and warriors are just a little extra hardy with larger HP counts, extra protection and entry to higher armor or weapons. To higher get a deal with on which precise character to decide on first, learn our Octopath Traveler character information for a extra detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of every particular person hero.
Purchase a number of low cost upgrades instantly
Characters begin with a barebones loadout that you may improve instantly with a little bit of thrifty spending.
The very first thing you must do once you acquire management of your character is discover the small city. Every setup could be very comparable in that you simply’ll have entry to a tiny village, full with errant treasure chests, a few of that are hidden behind buildings. Discover each display you’re allowed to discover with out being informed that “you’ll be able to’t go there” by an in-game immediate. Relying in your beginning hero, you’ll acquire tools, gadgets, cash or some mixture of all three. Take Therion the thief — a poison dagger is out there immediately within the preliminary zone.
After that first errand, head to the tools store, denoted by a defend and sword emblem. Purchase the most cost effective weapon and armor improve you could find for a small bonus, and also you’ll nonetheless have loads of cash left for gadgets. Talking of which, right here’s a fast record of necessities.
Your merchandise buying record:
- X7 therapeutic grape (restores HP)
- X2 herb of therapeutic (poison)
- X2 herb of awakening (sleep)
After your buying record is full, you’ll be able to splurge on extras. Characters typically don’t begin with equipment. Two are low cost from the get-go.
Breaks and boosts rule fight
Octopath Traveler is ruled by two essential fight ideas: breaks and boosts. Right here’s an in depth breakdown of what each ideas entail.
In every flip wherein a personality acts, they’ll earn a lift. Consider it like a short lived power-up that’s cached as a vibrant dot close to your character info record. You may spend three boosts in any given flip, and celebration members can inventory 5 boosts in the beginning every. After that, it turns into a use it or lose it scenario. Should you determine to spice up, no enhance meter will seem on the next flip.
Given this info, the gears in your head could be turning simply eager about the implications of boosting. For straightforward battles (also referred to as trash in JRPGs), it’s environment friendly to simply burn all three boosts directly so you’ll be able to whittle down weaker opponents and transfer on to the subsequent struggle. For boss battles, selecting when to spice up is extraordinarily vital and might swing the tide of the encounter.
To make use of boosting to its fullest, you must perceive how the break system works.
Conveniently situated under every enemy is their weak spot bar, in addition to a defend icon with a numerical worth within it. Enemies could be weak to axes, fireplace magic or any variety of offensive assault classes. Should you assault an enemy with their weak spot and deplete the numerical defend worth, you’ll break them for that flip, beautiful them.
To maximise your harm, you’ll be able to truly time boosts with breaks. If an enemy boss is charging up an assault that takes a number of turns to make use of, breaking them with their weak spot will shut that transfer down. Alternatively, you’ll be able to whittle down an enemy’s weak spot with out boosting, then unleash an enormous boosted assault to interrupt them, permitting your self a further flip to recuperate with an merchandise or therapeutic spell whereas they’re surprised.
Another factor that pertains to weaknesses: Discover these arrows subsequent to the essential assault immediate in fight? You may swap weapons with a press of the left and proper D-pad. Since every enemy is weak to a unique weapon kind, it’s crucial that you simply select the best instrument for the job.
When you hit halfway via stage 4 (it’s not fairly at stage 4 — you’ll have to get just a little larger), you’ll unlock expertise. These extra talents can add some additional utility to your package and normally play to every particular person character’s strengths.
Regardless of the talent could be, you’ll need to work it into your break and enhance rotation. If a talent permits a celebration member to do extra harm subsequent flip, put it aside for when that character has three boosts obtainable.
Our Octopath Traveler character information has a full rundown of which expertise it’s best to decide up first.
Don’t overlook to heal and save typically
Octopath Traveler is modeled after old style JRPGs, and there’s some baggage that comes alongside for the journey: particularly, an actual recreation over display should you die throughout fight. Save and heal early and infrequently.
Don’t threat coming right into a battle with half well being. You may get taken abruptly (a random occasion the place an enemy troop assaults first) and get hit by 4 assaults immediately.
Save each time you see a save journal (denoted by a quill pen). When you’re out of the protected haven of the primary chapter, you may wander right into a dungeon the place enemies do extra harm than your total well being bar. You don’t need to lose an hour of progress even should you’re grinding ranges in an space you assume is protected. Should you’re going to hunker down and spend plenty of time in an space, make certain it’s close to a save level, and periodically pop in to retain your file.
Quick journey again to protected havens
If you end up in a pickle with no therapeutic gadgets and little to no well being in a harmful space, you don’t want to simply accept defeat. Press the minus (-) button to carry up the menu and choose a city to quick journey to. (You may even do that in a dungeon.)
With that in thoughts, most dungeons characteristic a touring peddler close to the top of them, so press on should you see the merchandise bag icon in your in-game radar (situated within the backside proper facet of the display).
Should you’re misplaced, the map will information you
Should you skipped via a proof display right here or there, you’ll be able to entry it once more from the semi-hidden tutorial part of the primary menu, beneath the miscellaneous heading. It’ll educate you on the fundamentals of breaks and boosts, in addition to character-specific skills and expertise.
However the actual secret is that Octopath Traveler retains monitor of each essential questline each within the journal menu and on the world map. Should you’re misplaced, simply head to the world map and search for an icon of your character’s head. It’ll not solely offer you a clue as to the area that can set off the subsequent a part of that character’s quest, nevertheless it’ll dish out a really useful stage vary.
Alternatively, the journal will spell out every hero’s story on prime of the subsequent zone you’ll want to go to. With map icons and a quick journey system, you’ll by no means lose your method, even should you return to the sport after an prolonged break.