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Asterisk Guide: Valkyrie

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 27 2014 · 111 views

Asterisk Holder: Einheria Venus

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Origin: Final Fantasy II (character), Final Fantasy III (Job) (called “Dragoon” in both)

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: Heavily-armored lance-specialists known for their jumping ability. Valkyrie is a powerful Job, starting out with an ability that allows it to attack the entire field at once, and then learning various jump attacks that prevents it from taking damage for a time before unleashing a powerful move. They also have a variety of nifty ways to manipulate MP and BP, as well as learning how to pierce Default, making them a tricky foe to take down.

Personal Thoughts: Crescent Moon alone is enough to make this Job worth equipping as soon as you get it, and it only gets better from there. Jump and its variants have always been interesting: while you will avoid all damage while you’re in the air, you also can’t be healed, so it can be risky in a tough fight. Still, I’m sure many players find Jump very nostalgic and are perfectly willing to spam it, and hey, if it works, it works. Visually they’re a bit brighter than what I’ve come to expect from Dragoons, and then there’s the matter of the ridiculous skirt spears on the female costume. It looks weird at first, but you get used to it. I'm looking forward to using it again.


Asterisk Guide: Freelancer

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 26 2014 · 186 views

Asterisk Holder: N/A

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Origin: Final Fantasy V

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: The basic Job one has without an Asterisk. Rather than having a unified theme, Freelancer outfits are whatever the character wears normally, though in Bravely Second three of the four protagonists do wear similar uniforms in their Freelancer Job. Though they don’t have any specialties, Freelancers do learn a variety of useful abilities, and gain a boost to all stats for every other Job you master. The majority of Freelancer abilities from Bravely Default will likely return in Bravely Second, though there will be a new ability called “Halfs” that allows a character to use a healing item on the entire party at once, though its effectiveness will be reduced to 50%.

Personal Thoughts: Freelancer, in any incarnation, is one of those classes most people ignore until very late in the game. Bravely Default gave them more early-game relevance thanks to having abilities like Examine, Treat, and Dungeon Master. Mid-game, investing in a Freelancer will get you the wonderful JP Up ability, and of course mastering it gives you the ever-broken Mimic. However, the allure of flashier Jobs kept me from spending a lot of time in Freelancer until I realized I needed one of its abilities. Even with the stat boost that comes with mastering Jobs, I still feel like its command abilities aren’t worth setting it as your main Job, but that might just be because I’m comparing it to the wonderful brokenness of post-game Freelancers in FFV. Regardless, I definitely recommend spending some time in Freelancer to get a few low-level abilities and then switching back to get JP Up before you start your serious late-game grinding.


Merry Christmas

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 25 2014 · 80 views

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Boxing Day!

(Whatever Boxing Day is.)


Bravely CATS

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 24 2014 · 130 views

We’ve got some official info on Bravely Second’s new Cat Master Job. The Asterisk-holder, Minnette, likes taking care of cats (obviously) and assassinating people (eh?!). Also she lives alone and looks kind of sad about it. Meh, not enough to make me feel bad for her just yet.

The Job itself, then. The Job’s command can translate to “Put to Work” or “Order”, and involves calling cats onto the field to do random stuff such as buffing the party or inflicting status ailments on enemies. Okay. They can also use cat food items, which will be dropped by monsters, to call cats out to actually attack enemies, and you can even combine foods to call out even more powerful cats…apparently too powerful, because the team wants to adjust it more.

Cats are serious business.

You know, now I sort of want to do a series of blog posts detailing what we know about each Job, similar to CHRIS PRATT’s Smash Files. Maybe “Asterisk Guide” or something, and it might expand to include other features (since I already post whatever I hear on the game anyway). I’m thinking I would set up the posts, put links to them on a sidebar on my blog, and then update those posts whenever we get new information—when the games are released, then, I could maybe even go as far as filling out all the abilities they get by levelling up. Would anyone be interested in seeing something like that?

Also, a new Bravely smartphone game was just announced. It’s called Bravely Archive: D’s Report, and takes place in a magical library in an alternate future. Apparently it has some of the same characters as the browser game (Bravely Default: Praying Brage), and it’ll probably be somewhat similar. There’s also not much chance that either of these will be making their way to America anytime soon, but…in case you want to know, this is a thing. But they both have Edea. That makes them important.


Ruby Madness Epilogue

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 23 2014 · 93 views
Ruby Madness
I've spent a lot of time playing since my last update, but it was mainly just a bunch of miscellaneous smallish things. Really I was trying to hold off making another entry until I had caught that Pokemon, but I don't know if it's going to happen anytime soon so I'm moving on.

At this point, Omega and his team have beaten the Pokemon League seven times. The first few rematches were to get the rest of the starters (Snivy and Turtwig), and after that I just wanted experience and money. Ultra Balls ain't cheap when you need to buy them in bulk. Cygnus, my Mega Altaria, is well beyond the rest of the team--she reached Level 100 a while ago, while most everyone else is around the high eighties. Mega Metagross is 95 since they've been the one catching all the Legendaries (and anything else), and man are they great at that! For this, I grant Cygnus the title of "Early Bird", and Mega Metagross the title of "Subduer of Legends". I also made it so that each Pokemon on my team has knocked out at least one of Steven's Pokemon, getting them all the Champion Slayer title.

I tried out the Battle Resort, but I don't really have the patience to do everything to get to Wally's rematch. I've also done some Mega Stone hunting so that, between Omega Ruby, X, and Y, I have at least one copy of every single Mega Stone! I might not use all of them, but I want to have the option. I love Mega Evolution. A lot.

Right, the legendaries! Well, as of now I have caught every legendary Pokemon available in Omega Ruby except for Cresselia. I even bought another year of Pokemon Bank so that I could bring some necessary Pokemon over to catch the trio masters. As I said, Mega Metagross handled all of these, barring Giratina who is immune to Hold Back. Originally I wasn't even going to try catching Giratina, but then I decided to just go for it, and the team of Gadunka, Falzar, and Armstrong was able to weaken and stall until I could catch the ghostly dragon! They have all been given the title "Braver of Distortion" for this achievement. I was also lucky enough to get the Eon Ticket, thank God, so if you visit the desolate cornfield known as Ohio keep your StreetPass on.

I've been soaring around trying to get Crescent Isle, but it hasn't appeared yet. Still, I've been able to catch a lot of Pokemon on the Mirage Spots that have appeared, and I've finally caught all the Pokemon who appear as flocks of birds while soaring (took FOREVER to get Murkrow, I was beginning to think it was Alpha Sapphire exclusive). So now I'm just checking in each day, running my lotto numbers, investigating whatever Mirage Spot shows up, and just enjoying my bird's eye view of Hoenn. I've been considering trying to catch Spiritomb since you can easily trigger its appearance in a legendary-like fashion, but I've already trained one, and Hold Back won't work, so...I dunno. Maybe if I get lucky in the lotto and get a Master Ball. :P

I wanted to do profiles for the other starters and the legendaries I've caught, but...that's a lot. Eh, it doesn't really matter at this point. Omega Ruby is so much fun though you should definitely buy it if you're on the fence.

NEW TITLE ACQUISITIONS: For Omega, “Seven-Time Champion of the Hoenn Region”; For Metagross, “Subduer of Legends”; For Falzar, “Braver of Distortion”, “Champion Slayer”; For Gadunka, “Braver of Distortion”; For Armstrong, “Braver of Distortion”; For Cygnus, “The Early Bird”, “Champion Slayer”


And Another Korra Entry

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 20 2014 · 130 views



Catching Up On Bravely Second News

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 18 2014 · 141 views

There have been a bunch of announcements recently but I haven’t posted any of them (and I haven’t seen anyone else posting them either), so I’ll summarize everything as best I can right now!

First up, returning(ish) features. The main thing is that the Norende minigame will have a counterpart in this game—now, you’re rebuilding Magnolia’s hometown, which I must remind you is on the moon. So be sure to StreetPass everyone, because rebuilding the moon is very important. Also there will be a journal, U’s Journal, I don’t think they’ve said if it predicts the future or anything special though. Probably just standard in-game journal functions.

We also have our villains! The guy who kidnapped Agnes calls himself Emperor Oblivion, which does sound pretty cool, and he’s going around with his military destroying things for reasons currently unknown. Also he’s accompanied by a fairy named Anne who looks suspiciously similar to…

Well, anyway. A release date has been set: April 23, 2015! In Japan, of course. In preparation, a demo was just released (in Japan), and apparently has returning Asterisk-holders you can fight. Reports mention Kamiizumi, Praline, Einheria, and…unfortunately…DeRosa. But this is just the demo, so, who knows. Apparently the demo also includes the previously mentioned Amy Matchlock with her Tomahawk Asterisk, and that leads right into our next topic!

Two new Asterisk-holders were announced, both of whom are designed by the creator of Soul Eater. One is an old man who doesn’t have an official name yet, but his Job will be Astrologer. There’s also a girl named Minnete Goroneze, using a Job called Cat Master. Yes, she and the artwork for Magnolia using the Asterisk are pretty much what you expect. Astrologer is usable in the demo, and uses Moon Magic that features powerful buff abilities. Also, it looks like Freelancer has a new ability that lets you use an Item on the entire party at the cost of reducing its healing effect by 50%.

Confirmed Job List: (Jobs new to Bravely Second in bold, newly confirmed Jobs italicized)
-Red Mage
-Time Mage
-Cat Master

There should be 20 more Jobs, and we should be getting at least 2 more brand new Jobs, maybe more if old Jobs are cut (though I don’t really want to see that happen). Since Astrologer uses Moon Magic and Magnolia is from the moon, I’m expecting there to be some sort of connection between her and the Asterisk-holder, which could possibly be why he doesn’t have a name yet. Of course I could be entirely wrong.

One more thing is a new feature called Consecutive Chance. If you clear the field of enemies in one turn, you can challenge another enemy with a chance to get increased rewards, x1.5 it seems. You can also chain this if you’re really good at clearing battles in one turn, with the reward chance increasing to x1.8, then x2, then x2.2; unknown if it can go beyond five battles. You will not regain BP, however, so if you used up a bunch of BP one-turning that first battle, you’ll be sitting ducks in the second. Use with caution.

Also there will be a Collector’s Edition, but since that might be Japan-only I won’t tempt you with the details. I think that’s everything, though since the demo is fresh, there might be more to discover that just hasn’t been reported yet. I’ll let you know, and I’ll be quicker about it this time!


I Think There's Been A Misunderstanding

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 16 2014 · 277 views
A+ Humor
Animators, when Professor Oak says "There's a time and a place for everything," I don't think he meant "Put the Mask of Time on everything".

But yeah the animations are pretty sweet.


The Champion is...?!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 15 2014 · 182 views
A+ Humor
"Huh, you made it past the Elite Four after all? That's actually rather impressive. But your challenge ends here. As Champion of the Akihabara Region, I, Makise Kurisu, shall show you what true power is!"

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...I don't know, I just wanted to take a picture of some of my new Pokemon figs (plus some old ones) and still like the idea of Pokemon Trainer Christina.

BTW the Elite Four would totally be Kyouma, Suzuha, Ruka, and Mayushii, feel free to give them whatever Pokemon you like.



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 12 2014 · 164 views

I just saw the new Korra and MAN


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