Blue Archive is a brand new strategy-based RPG developed by Nexon. In just two days after its global debut, the game was named among the most popular RPG games. With beautiful graphics and a fleshed-out story, this game takes place in the city of Kivotos. This guide is perfect for you if you know nothing about the game and its mechanics. So let’s look into it.
Main Story of Blue Archive
The fantasy city of Kivotos is the setting for Blue Archive. Kivotos is home to thousands of different academies, all of which are separated into mainly self-contained districts. The game is led by us, the protagonist, dubbed as the “Sensei,” who has supposedly lost their memory. Following the president’s disappearance, several concerns arise in Kivotos, and students begin to carry their own guns. We, as the Sensei, have to solve these issues happening in Kivotos.
Raids, Main Story, Resource Stages, Commission Stages, Tactical Combat, and much more are among the many features found in Blue Archive. The Main story works as a visual novel with extremely adorable graphics and the ability to interact with the characters in the game. You can mostly play the missions, but the game also has a PvP feature. Skills are selected automatically in player vs player gameplay. The strengths and weaknesses of the students’ attacks and defenses are determined by the rock-paper-scissors method.
Blue Archive Gameplay
Blue Archive has one of the more incredible graphics compared to other RPGs in the market. You have to form a team of six students — four strikers and two specials – in this top-down shooting RPG. The Strikers are the characters who participate actively in battle, while the Specials give backline support. Players cannot control the movement of characters, but they can touch on their ability cards at the bottom of the fight screen to target their distinctive talents and skills. You don’t have to do much in terms of playing, just use their talents skillfully in the battle. Team formation is also an important aspect of the game. There are many different terrains in the game, and certain characters react good or bad depending on the terrain.
The Characters and Gacha system
This game also has a gacha system attached to it. Like most gacha games, the characters are divided into a star system. Players must use the gacha coin “Pyroxenes” to summon for the heroes through their summoning banners. The rarity of the Students and the rates of summoning them are shared by all of the gacha banners. These are the rates for each starred character:
- 3-Star Characters – 2.5%
- 2-Star Characters – 18.5%
- 1-Star Characters – 79%
There is a guaranteed one 2-star character in a 10 pull. The pity of the gacha banner is at 200 summons. Depending on the events, there could be higher rates for special characters.
Players can boost their students’ Mystic rating by utilizing Eleph’s specialized students. Mystic is essentially a star-up system in which players can raise their student’s star ratings. Players can raise a student’s Mystic from 3-Star to 4-Star by boosting the level of their Mystic.
Enhancing your characters
Blue Archive is a game where you can improve your characters’ stats and damage by leveling them up. Players can enhance and train their students to make them stronger, as progressing further in the contents is a need in every gacha game. Leveling Up is the most simple approach for players to raise the levels of their favorite characters. Students can be leveled by either engaging in combat with them or supplying Activity Reports. These are the types of Activity Reports in the game:
- Novice Activity Report
- Normal Activity Report
- Advanced Activity Report
- Superior Activity Report
Each report gives a different amount of leveling-up points depending on which one they are.
Character’s Skill and Ability
Every character possesses four distinct skills and abilities-
- Normal Attack: Every Character has different values for typical attack damage, which players can examine by going into detail. This is the standard attack, which does not require any skill costs and is utilized by students according to their usual attack speed.
- Sub-Skill: Every character has unique sub-skills and prerequisites for them to be activated. Sub Skills are skills that students engage automatically for a while or a specific length.
- Basic Skill: Basic Skills are another talent that Students have from the beginning of the conflict. These are often known as passive skills because they don’t have separate animations or durations and are always active unless otherwise stated.
- EX Skill: EX Skills are abilities with a range or area that may be controlled manually. Each EX Skill has a cost, which can be shown in the bottom right corner of the screen during combat. These abilities are comparable to Ultimate abilities in other games.
The skills that each student possesses are called abilities. You can enhance the abilities under Basic Info > Abilities. All of these materials can be obtained through the resource collection phases, and players can simply check the position of the item by clicking on it and seeing where it is located. Depending on their Academy and function, individual students require different types of supplies. The base resource, on the other hand, remains the same but is split according to the Academy.
Building Relationships with the Characters
In Blue Archive, we form relationships with our characters. Café is an option available after completing Chapter 2-1 of the main storyline. Players can do this by interacting with them in the Café system and boosting their connection level with that specific student. Every time a student’s Relationship rating rises, they gain bonus stats. They are also capable of generating AFK resources like Credit Points and AP. Players can also add more furniture, wall paintings, decorative items, and accessories to their Cafés. The more happy your students are in your Café, the more likely they are to improve their relationship rank. In the Café, you may also interact with your characters to learn more about them. You can also use the MomoTalk feature, which we will discuss later in this book, to enhance the Relationship levels of students.
Also Read: Blue Archive – Game overview
The game is heavy in terms of storage, and the graphics can make your phone heat up, but honestly, it’s not as bad as compared to other games. There is a lot more to explore in the game, and we will leave that up to you. Blue Archive is now available for download on Google Play and the App Store.