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Heretics and Abyss Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Leprechaun, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. Leprechaun

    Leprechaun Worst RNG king GL Player Worst RNG King

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    You're in endgame now.
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    Well, it's quite true: these events are meant to be the most difficult out there.
    To beat these events you need a good character selection, not easy for new players.


    1- Heretics

    Rules:

    - There are different difficult tiers

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    I.e. Catalyst is the easies, rising is an intermediate difficult while pinch is quite hard.

    - Every difficult tier has more than one quest inside
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    When you clear a quest fullfilling all objectives and score, you achieve a "Perfect" this means that the characters you just used are locked. You can't use them again in that difficult tier unless you perfect again that same quest with a different party.

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    Usually heretics have some synergy characters they are worked around. If you use them, they have another surprise besides higher stats: they don't get locked

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    If you don't have many strong units, mix synergy characters!

    - When you perfect all quests, you unlock a harder quest (or harder quests) where you can use again the characters you locked.

    While the name of quests do hint what enemies are weak to, read all enemies' weaknesses so you don't lock characters useful for a different quest and having to perfect again to unlock it.
     
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    Leprechaun Worst RNG king GL Player Worst RNG King

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    2- Abyss

    Heretics got an enhancement and became... Abyss!
    This event is permanent, so you don't have to rush to complete it (if not for time limited rewards) and rules are quite similar to heretics... but there is no synergy here.

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    You just have to tap on Abyss to enter this event. It's shaped like story/lc with different layers, called stratum.
    You can fast travel between cleared stratum by tapping the "Strata" stair icon on the left.

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    Each fight here has some very strict requirements, but you're not forced to complete them in one run (except every 3rd layer)

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    Every 3rd Stratum you get a locked level to proceed. You have to clear every fight in the stratum to reach gold nodes (EX difficult), then... you must perfect these nodes and, like heretics, here your characters will be locked for the other boss fights in the same stratum (except the locked level).

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    When you manage to unlock the final fight (Cosmos difficult), you just have to clear it to proceed to stairs, no need to complete nor perfect it (unless you're looking for time limited rewards)

    Examples: 3rd and 6th stratum:

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    Remember, as the gold nodes lock your characters, read all enemies entry, so you don't lock characters you need in future nodes.
     
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    3- Strata 10 and Substratum

    With Strata 10 Square Enix tried a new way to unlock Cosmos level: you have to clear 4 EX levels in strata to unlock cosmos...
    But these 4 EX fights are locked behind 6 more EX fights in substrata (the upperleft and upperright stair).

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    If you tap stairs you enter substrata, here you have 3 fight each, they all lock characters... But only for that substrata.

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    What does this lock mean? Easy: if you have trouble, you can lock a character in one of the 3 substrata fight... and then you're able to use it again in a fight for the other substrata or main strata!

    I.E. You can see I locked Lightning and Onion Knight in two substratum... but I was able to use them again in the main strata EX fights!
    This is good if you don't have many characters as you are able to use them for more fights than just one.

    IF they get a bit of fantasy with restrictions. Seriously, they are all the same in Strata 10, it's quite limitating for new players
     
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