Having run 3(!) NA accounts through the campaign so far, here’s a few things I tried to every time I made a new account:
Add the most powerful (whale) rosters to your friend list you can find. Friend rosters that are stacked NP2+ 10/10/10 can carry you through the game like nothing else can. Bonus points if the dpses are 2k foued and level 100. Every map without a forced support should be treated as an opportunity to expand your friends list.
a. As a side corollary, find as many maxed out friend Cu Alters (Berserker) as you can right at the start. 3-4+ should do. Cu Alter can dominate most maps on his own no matter what sort of weak team you’re running, so this is a big plus for newer rosters. After that, focus on adding Wavers and Merlins (Caster supports), then top-of-the-line single target (ST) DPSes for each class, then top-of-the-line Area-of-Effect (AOE).
Try to finish Part 1 as soon as you can so you can participate in all events. To this end, there are two ways to speed through the campaign:
a. Run solo bond 10 Hercules (I rarely did this myself) for boss fights.
b. Run taunt lines featuring a whale DPS from your friends list (my preferred choice). For this, you’ll need to level up Mash, Georgios, and Leonidas, but even if you’re short on embers it’s doable. On both my alts, I squeezed by with those three at something like level 35/45/45, which is pretty weak – and they were my highest servants on the whole roster by the time I beat Solomon.
Beyond that, level your favorite servants, and prioritize at least one ST/AOE DPS for each class. Here are some notables from your roster or upcoming free event servants:
Archer: Robin Hood (ST), Ishtar (AOE), Arash (AOE farming), David (party evade). Euryale (ST anti-male specialist). Atalanta will be pretty good later.
Saber: Caesar (ST), Artoria (AOE)
Lancer: Cu (ST), Elizabeth (AOE and support), Romulus (AOE).
Caster: Sanzang (ST), Avicebron (AOE). Hans for support, Shakespeare and Mozart are helpful as well.
Rider: Ushiwakamaru (ST), Ishtar Rider (AOE upcoming welfare).
Assassin: Hundred Faces (ST), Fuuma (AOE). Or just level up Passionlip for AOE.
Berserker: Jalter (ST upcoming welfare), Spartacus (AOE).
You can level DPSes more at your leisure if you learn to rely on friend list servants as your primary attacker in each battle. I’d focus more on Hans and other supports after mainstays like Mash (and Leo/George if running tauntlines).
- Save the bulk of your apples for lotto events in the fall and around Xmas, but don’t be afraid to use them to polish off events or story as needed, since we get a lot of them. This is a particularly good time to rush the story since main quests are further halved in AP cost. We’ll get another 1/4 AP campaign not too far in the future with the release of Lostbelt 2, so that’s another good time.
The lottos are by far the best way to develop your rosters; you can easily ascend half or even your entire roster during these events, provided you have the patience. And although max efficiency lineups are ideal, they’re by no means necessary – I farmed a hefty amount of boxes on my month-old main in Nerofest 2 years ago. But your mileage is going to vary a lot depending on your patience with grinding, so a developed roster is better.