Mini-waterfest

Man, I’ve got a ton of catching up to do.

Water has long been the element I neglected the most, due to a lack of (SSR) characters and the perception that it’s a “fujoshi” element–one that appeals to female otaku with “bishounen” characters (good-looking males).

Water has other issues–it lacks practical enmity builds, which means it is generally not possible to hit the damage cap on auto-attacks. Its strongest elemental summon Bonito comes with a restrictive condition, and its next-best elemental summon full-limit break (FLB) Macula Marius is somewhat uncommon, and only goes up to 80% elemental ATK. Although Varuna builds are still quite good, the Fimbul nerf dealt a huge blow to their damage output.

But anyway, prior to the time that I ended up sparking Orchid, the only water SSR character I had was Lilele.

After the spark, I suddenly had the Varuna summon, and Romeo and Drang, two very good water characters.

Later in the week, the final daily free ten-draw netted me Altair, generally regarded as the most core water character. And thus, I was handed an entire water team–Altair, Drang, Romeo–in just under a week.

While I’d prefer to have more girls on my teams, water is a lot more enjoyable to play now. Between Altair and Drang, I don’t need to bring Miserable Mist, Rain of Arrows III, and Defense Breach/Armor Break. That kind of flexibility can’t be found when playing other elements.

Anyway, it’s funny how being handed a good team can motivate you to work on an element you previously didn’t care about.

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Sparking Part Two

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been playing a lot of Granblue Fantasy this month, and when I play a lot, it’s hard to find time to post to the blog. 😅

I mentioned near the end of April that I would probably have a “spark”–300 rolls on the premium gacha in a short period of time–saved up by the end of May, but thanks to several days of free 10 draws as part of the Golden Week celebration, as well as some lucky betting during April’s Unite and Fight (Guild War) event, I was able to amass a spark in time for April’s Premium Gala (Legend Fest AKA legfest).

Normally, I would’ve passed on it because Mahira still hadn’t returned to the Premium Draw, and I wasn’t particularly interested in Drang, who debuted in April’s legfest.

However, I was interested in the other newly released character–Dark Cagliostro. Additionally, Summer Zooey was made available in April’s legfest for whatever reason. Those two swayed my decision enough to just go for it.

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It’s Been 53 Weeks of Granblue Fantasy

Events during this period (2017/04/16 ~ 2017/04/23):
Cerberus and Fenrir Showdown Re-run
“The Inner Light” Story Event Re-run
April Unite and Fight Event

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My Third Eternals Character: Tien (Esser)

I’m not too sure what to say. I farmed everything I needed back during 1/2 AP free quests, so I was able to recruit Esser very quickly after I acquired the four Ten-Wolf Guns I needed from the ongoing Unite and Fight (Guild War AKA GW) event.

It will take several Celestial Beast events before I have enough Gold Nuggets to trade for another Gold Brick, and thus I haven’t put much thought into who I’ll get fourth. Chances are it’ll be Threo (Sarasa), but I’ll wait and see how my earth pool’s progress goes.

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Sparking

You may have noticed a “Spark Goal” on the sidebar for a while:

As it suggests, I’ve been saving up my tickets and crystals to “spark” an item. The way things are going, I think it should be ready by the end of May, or June at the latest.

What is Sparking?

Well, let me back up first. “Sparking” refers to the process of rolling 300 items from the premium draw (gacha) within a certain draw period. Each roll increases the Cerulean Spark counter by 1 (a 10-part draw yields 10 sparks), and when the counter hits 300, you are obligated to trade the 300 sparks for any item of your choice from an available pool of items. When a draw period ends, any leftover sparks are converted in a 1:1 ratio to Cerulean Stones, and the Cerulean Spark counter resets to 0.

As you can see, the current draw period lasts until 18:59 JST 2017/04/21:

Why Spark?

Sparking is one way to guarantee getting a character (or summon) of your choice. Usually, you can get characters of your choice via Surprise Tickets or Start Dash, but some characters (e.g. limited and seasonal) are not available on them; or you’re staunchly opposed to spending any money on the game (a perfectly fine position to take, to be sure!).

For better or worse, quite a few seasonal/limited characters are considered extremely good: Summer Zooey, Limited Sturm, Summer Beatrix, Limited Katalina, Christmas Arulumaya, Limited Eugen, Mahira, Andira, Lecia, Summer Heles, Lucio, and Limited Orchid; to name a few. Unfortunately, the only sure, viable way to acquire them (besides sheer luck) is to spark them.

Should I Spark?

No. If you’re a beginning player, don’t. Unless you have tons of disposable income that you don’t mind throwing in Cygames’ direction*. It’s pretty important to roll on the Premium Draw not only because it has the chance to provide SSR characters and summons, but also for SR carbuncle summons, as well as weapon stones**.

*A spark from scratch costs ¥90,000 (approximately $823 US).
**Character weapons yield much more weapon stones when they are reduced.

In my case, I only made my decision to spark in mid-December, about eight months after I started to play. By that point, I had at least one carbuncle of every element, and passable dark, light, and wind teams character-wise (“earth fest” helped to turn around earth from a liability to a strength).

But yeah. It’s been four months since I started to save all my crystals and tickets, and I’m just 44 rolls away from the goal. From what I’ve heard, it seems like it typically takes around 6 months to cobble a spark together. It should be noted however that crystals were recently removed from Qilin (Kirin) raids, formerly a pretty good source for crystals if you could catch many Kirin raids in a row (AKA a “Kirin train”).

Who am I Sparking?

Let me just say who I’m not sparking: Summer Zooey (dark SSR). S.Zooey is arguably the single most useful (and therefore “best”) character in the game, and my stubbornness to not pursue her is detrimental to my dark team, and a foolish decision overall. However, it is pretty unlikely that Summer Zooey and the other summer seasonal characters will get rate ups during the Premium Gala (Legend Festival AKA Legfest) this year. I don’t want to spend 300 rolls outside of legfest when the SSR rate is a mere 3%.

As for who I will spark, my order of priorities go:

1.

Limited Lecia (wind SSR)

I always liked Lecia’s design with the distinctive hat, and Ayako Kawasumi–while not a favorite–is a voice actress who I like quite a lot. It was disappointing then that the free playable story version of Lecia was exceedingly mediocre. But when the SSR limited version was unveiled, I thought she was incredible.

Although some people complained that her signature third skill “Stalwart Command” stifled team building, what I saw was a world of possibility thanks to an exceptionally flexible skill that made Lecia a ‘Swiss Army Knife’, capable of covering any role.

Anyway, she was what motivated me to save for a spark, and I planned to be a wind main after I got her; although I’m not so sure about the latter now.

2.

Mahira (earth SSR)

Originally off my radar, Mahira has come into strong consideration after I recently got a lot of great earth characters from free draws. Coupled with the fact I have the Titan summon, earth will likely be my strongest element in the long run.

Mahira is the top earth buffer and covers the shallow harvin spot for Tezcat teams (although the Tez meta will slowly go away in the future as more people acquire Alexiel). Although Mahira is quite cute, I don’t personally like her that much. Nevertheless, her value is undeniable.

3.

???

I don’t have a plan C in the highly improbable case that I manage to roll both Lecia and Mahira before I hit 300 rolls.

I used to want Black Knight (dark SSR), but in general her utility isn’t needed very much; and there are other, better dark attackers, such as Orchid (dark SSR). Orchid is powerful, but offers little team utility in the same vein as Seox (Six). I’m not sure that I’d want both on the same team.

Rosetta (wind SSR) is extremely good for wind players who want to beat content solo, she’s the best wind buffer, but her value plummets in raids. If I were still planning to be a wind main, I would’ve given her serious consideration.

I like Katalina (water SSR) and she’s very good, by far one of the best water characters in the game. Unfortunately, I only have one water SSR character at the time of this writing.

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It’s Been One Year of Granblue Fantasy

Well, it’s been an entire year (+ four days) since I picked up this game.

About two weeks after I started to play, I instinctively knew I’d be in it for the long haul, but nevertheless it still feels a bit surreal to know it’s been an entire year already.

I’ve accomplished far more than I ever expected to–acquired two Eternals (Guild War characters), hit rank 100, unlocked row four classes, mostly finished my dark grid, soloed all my magna (omega) raids, soloed a limit break summon raid (Apollo), got MVP in a Bahamut HL (Impossible) raid once, soloed Extreme+ Celestial Beast raids (Titan, Neptune, and Zephyrus), and so on.

I still have many goals on the horizon, so I fully expect to still be playing a year from now.

But anyway, here’s to a year of Granblue Fantasy. It has had its ups and downs, but I’ve mostly enjoyed the journey thus far.

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It’s Been 48 Weeks of Granblue Fantasy

Events during this period (2017/03/27 ~ 2017/04/03):
“L.E.T.S. H.A.N.G.” Story Event Re-run
“Big Bad Shadow” April Fool’s Event
“Table for Six” Story Event

Finally caught up on weekly summaries; hopefully the other stuff will follow.

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