Order of Ecclesia/General< Order of Ecclesia
Making your life easier:
- Refill your health and hearts when you intend to explore a new area.
- Change your glyphs to suit the weaknesses of the enemies in each area.
- Remember you can use glyph combos with up+Y/X to escape a tight situation.
- If you have full hearts, you will be gathering money instead of hearts when you break a brazier, which is more useful in the long run.
- Drawing glyphs not only adds them to your repertoire, but also adds a point to each weapon/magic attribute and refills 10 hearts. The latter can be very useful when you are not close to an exit. Killing White Dragons also gives you hearts.
- If you can't get through a certain point, try leveling up or getting a few extra healing items. Purchase defensive equipment; you won't be finding enough of it in the stages.
- Don't play statically. Move a lot to avoid enemy attacks and counterattack if their attacks leave them vulnerable. Take advantage of your increased mobility underwater.
- Don't confront many enemies at once unless you can hit them at once. You can jump over most enemies to escape. Kill the weaker enemies first to free up more space on the screen. Kill enemies from above, below or through a wall when you can. Large enemies can absorb many hits at once (e.g. Luminatio or jump and use Ignis to get three hits).
- Use the overlooked buttons. L lets you backflip to avoid quick enemy attacks and select shows either the map when you're navigating or the last enemy you hit should you want to see their HP or weaknesses.
- Know your glyphs. You can have three configurations after a point in the game to account for different situations. Hit enemies from afar before you go close and personal. Experiment with your glyphs to be more effective and have more fun by using what suits you. It all adds up.
Note that you can press start to quit a dialogue.
Your max level is 99 for the normal game. You can play a capped (lv. 50 or lv. 1) Hard game for special rewards (see Game Modes) and unlock a lv. 255 mode. Max stats are 99, max gold 9.999.999 (ten million minus one), max hearts 350 and you can get up to 30 Hearts/HP/MP Max Up items during multiple playthroughs. The maximum attribute level is 65535 and you roughly double your attack power for 33000 points and triple it for the max. Roughly every 333 attribute points your ATK raises 1%.
The following are efficient tricks once you've acquired the necessary equipment or glyphs. Some of them are too efficient and come close to breaking the game, so decide how often you want to use them.
If you want to cause the maximum amount of damage (say, against a Boss), equip a Death Ring, a Heart Cuirass in case you receive a stray hit, a Judgement Ring, Dominus Agony or Sapiens Fio and equip Vol Umbra and Vol Luminatio. You can press up + B as many times as you can afford to, with almost no cooldown, for massive damage. Refill hearts and repeat if you want.
Double Nitesco plus Sapiens Fio is the best combo, once you get it. You may notice the Moon Ring is quite good and you won't get the Sun Ring till the endgame, so if you want to use it but it's daytime, change the clock of your DS -and then change it back-.
Equip two Gold Rings (they raise the money you get; the item description is bunk), easier acquired from sparkling green chests in the sunken ship of Kalidus Channel, and the Inire pecuniae glyph and go to one of the open vertical rooms (ridges) in Tymeo mountains. Find one of the torches positioned on a top of a room, double jump to it and press down and B to kick it. You get 1000g, leave the screen and gravity pulls you back for another kick and another 1000g. Keep the down button pressed and hit B as fast as you can (nevermind what Shanoa does on screen) and you will have more money than you can use.
The best way in the long term is to always -except for Bosses, perhaps- keep the Hierophant Ring equipped. The extra levels you gain will make up for its lower stats. It's best to combine EXP gaining with farming. Equip the Death Ring and the Heart Cuirass (lets you get one hit, in case you get distracted) and kill continually the two Final Knights or the two Great Knights in the corridors of the Final Approach for some good late-game EXP. The room with the two Demons in Final Approach is also good and if you're trying a Lv. 255 game, the Large Cavern should be your favorite hangout.
Do all the Villager Quests, equip the Master Ring and go to the Skeleton Cave in the room with the many friskies, right of the 1x1 room with a White Dragon. Alternatively, go to any room in Dracula's Castle with Nova Skeletons (say, in the Underground Labyrinth), go between them and absorb glyphs continually.
How to get these rare items for the quests and the Master Ring? The Fortune Ring gives you +1 Luck for every hour of play. You can leave your DS open in Wygol Village for some hours, return to it, save and your luck will have risen. Goes up to +99. Otherwise (or additionally), equip a Ribbon, Thief Rings (or Fool Rings if you don't have them) and Felicem Fio for extra luck or Rapidus Fio for more kills/sec. The Treasure Hat swaps the rarity of two drops in enemies that can actually drop two items. Don't wear it if the enemy you're farming has only one drop and if you use it to get a rarer drop faster, unequip it to get the more common drop. The Gold Ring's description is a mistranslation and the item doesn't do anything for your Luck. Don't use it. See also the Enemies page.
Equip the Emperor's Ring, use your healing items and then equip your old rings. Potions aren't a good option, so do the quests for the Chef to get not only good and cheap healing items, but also many types of them (i.e. more items in total).
Use the Lovers Ring and the Heart Earrings and voila. Kill the White Dragons (the flame-spitting long-necked enemy) or find an enemy that casts glyphs against you (Nova Skeletons, Sea Demons, Fomors etc.) and absorb them.
Do you keep getting killed?
If there is a place you can't negotiate, check the Healing and Money Making Sections and use healing items and Heart refills (and Glyph Unions if enemies plague you) liberally. If you are stuck in a Boss fight it's easier to read up on its pattern, as they often deal massive damage.