The Start Dash gacha and Surprise gacha allows you to pick any SSR of your choice with a few exceptions. That said, you probably want to know what you should pick. There are many factors to consider, but here are some important tips for starters.
- You should definitely pick a character-unlock weapon if you started the game recently. This is because a character-unlock weapon gives you both a weapon and a character.
- Even though stats and skills are important, you need to like the character you pick. His/her character design and voice actors are both equally important factors as you’ll be seeing and hearing that character for a long, long time. You get to preview all the characters and hear their voices in the selection list so take your time with it.
Now I will introduce particularly useful characters. There will be one offensive-type character, one defensive-type character, one support-type character, and a few healing-type characters.
I will only introduce SSR characters as using the exchange ticket for a SR or R is really a waste of the ticket. Also, this is ultimately just a recommendation so you should still consider your own party’s strengths and weaknesses and your own preferences as well.
Yodaruraha is a very new character. He is incredibly strong, capable of dealing 999,999 damage right off the bat at level 1.
For a player in his first week, three or four-digit damage will probably be what you are likely to see. Not 999,999 for sure. No other characters in the game are capable of dealing such damage at low levels.
Yodaruraha has a buff called sanmaku (三幕), and he starts out a battle with three of those buffs. Every time he attacks or uses an ability, he loses one of them. Every four turns, he will replenish three sanmaku again.
When Yodaruraha uses his finishing move with three sanmaku on, he will deal 333,333 non-elemental fixed damage for each sanmaku he has. This means that regardless of a monster’s defense or element it will eat that 333,333 damage. With three of those, that will be 999,999.
However, there is a little problem. It’s hard to time the sanmaku buffs and the finishing move nicely to deal the maximum damage. It is possible to overcome this with Assault Time. For new players who don’t know what that is, Assault Time is a special period of time set by a guild leader. During this period of time, your party starts a battle with maximum finishing move gauge, so your entire party can use their finishing moves and end with a full chain burst in the first turn of a battle. Do take note that you need to get to chapter 4 for main quest to be able to join a guild. That should not be a big issue though.
Since Yodaruraha starts a battle with three sanmaku, the Assault Time will allow him to deal 999,999 damage on the first turn.
Yodaruraha is not perfect though. When he uses up his sanmaku his stats will fall drastically. This means during Assault Time he will become extremely weak on turn two and three. Also, you can probably tell that he can be a very technical character to use. That might be bad for a player who doesn’t understand Granblue Fantasy well enough yet. Lastly, as you can see, Yodaruraha is an old Harvin man (Harvin is the dwarf of the Granblue Fantasy world). If you don’t mind his appearance you can consider picking him for your Start Dash exchange ticket for maximum firepower.
Sara is THE absolute wall of Granblue Fantasy. She is probably the best defensive character you can find.
Sara can take damage for party members, increase her own defense, and reduce damage taken by all party members. She’s a useful character from the start all the way till certain end-game battles when wall characters no longer matter as much. As her defensive capability is exceptional she can be brought into boss battles for any element, including Sara’s weakness, the wind element.
She does have her weaknesses though. As Sara is a 100% defensive characters, she is really weak offense-wise. If your party has no hard-hitting characters all Sara can do for you is to make your party survive really long. You won’t be killing bosses any more easily. If you do have offensive characters then do consider picking Sara to keep the characters alive and balanced so that they can unleash more hurt on bosses. Secondly, to use Sara effectively, you need to understand the bosses’ attack patterns very well. If you activate her ability to reduce damage taken for the whole party, and the boss heals itself during its turn, Sara’s ability will simply go to waste. This might not be a bad thing though, as Sara forces you to thoroughly understand a boss attack patterns and may help you to fight more wisely.
Altair is the ultimate support character. He is able to buff the party’s attack and defense by up to 30%, increase the finishing move gauge of the party by 30%, and debuff monsters’ attack and defense by up to 20%. These are useful skills that will stay relevant from start to end.
Do take note that even though his debuff skill has the same effect as the Dark Fencer’s miserable mist, it has a lower probability of having an effect. However, if you can overlook that, this allows you to equip a skill other than miserable mist for the main character’s EX ability slot.
That’s it. He is simple to understand isn’t he?
Characters with party-healing ability : Rena, Yuel, Lily, Caliostro
Other than Katarina and Lo from the main story, your party will not have any other characters with the ability to heal the whole party. It is fairly common for a beginner player to get wiped out mercilessly if they don’t have healing abilities, or if Katarina and Lo’s healing abilities don’t cool down fast enough. These four characters will provide a solution to that.
Of these four characters, only Rena has an all-heal ability at level one. The other three girls gain their party-healing skills at level 45. Also it’s worth mentioning that Rena is wind elemental, which is strong against earth elemental monsters, and earth element is Katarina and Lo’s weakness as they are water elemental. Picking Rena will cover all grounds for the beginner player. She is the best of the four during early-game play.
Yuel is a fire elemental balanced type with fairly strong offensive capabilities.
Lily is water elemental with a fire-damage reduction ability.
Caliostro is a late-blooming earth elemental support character. She gains the ability to buff the entire party at level 100 (!). Caliostro is one of the only six SSR characters who has her max level 100 unlocked at the time of this writing.
Healing-type characters are generally quite weak in all aspects. They deal little damage, and they die easily. Once you get past the early-game you will find healing-type characters to not be that useful. Though they do become useful again end-game. Give that a thought if you decide to pick these girls.
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About the author :
I’m Desheng, a Singaporean guy who loves everything about the Japanese culture but especially Japanese games. Among those I am particularly knowledgeable about rhythm games and JRPGs. Currently working in Japan as a writer.