I’m doing one of these again except with one of the other Ivalice games: Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. I was intrigued to play the Tactics games from both loving Final Fantasy XII (in my top 5 favorite games, definitely my favorite Final Fantasy) and having the art design done by Akihiko Yoshida; Akihiko Yoshida is one of the best artists at Square Enix. 33~ hours with the game, here’s my little progress report (note: I’ll probably sound really ignorant as this is my first time playing it so I have no idea what I’m doing).
First off, I had to backtrack 5 hours after getting to Belias completely unprepared and getting wiped out EVERY time trying to fight him with literally no hope (I couldn’t do any of the suggested methods like Tailwind spam or getting Lich/Graviga/etc. on him and I couldn’t just outright kill him with my current party because I didn’t have a specialization for one of them, one of them would just get one shot by Gigaflare, Unholy Darkness, or Belias’ many summons, and the rest couldn’t do enough fast enough to kill Belias. I spent about 5-7 hours on trying to beat him alone). I switched to a save that I accidentally (and luckily!!) made 5 hours prior to getting to Belias. Now I’m going to be far more prepared for him with my improved party.
Right now, I’m heading for the Yuguewood before heading to Riovanes Castle where Belias comes.
To start off, my Ramza is a Dragoon with Theif as a secondary. After figuring out how to properly use Jump and getting it leveled up a bunch, I’ve really come to liking it. It’s strong, pretty hardy, and has a lot of options (especially with Move+2). I use Germinas Boots because to be honest, I haven’t really looked too much into accessories (as I did in XII), so the Move+1 and Jump+1 just seemed nice to have. I like being able to walk halfway across any map and being able to jump the rest of it. Right now, he’s my mobile bruiser.
Agrias is really nice because Holy Sword is sexy. Free AoE nukes on an instant cast with status effects? Mmmmmm. I made her a Monk because I’m working on making her a Geomancer and making her a secondary source of physical damage, but with a bit more utility with status effects. She’s currently my favorite story character to join so far; and she’s one of the stories more compelling characters (and there are many!). I think I’m being a little derpy playing as a Monk and having Equip Swords but whatever.
My first “generic” is Josian, my Ninja and my main source of physical damage. She’s mastered Geomancy (because I had 0 idea what I wanted to do with her for a lot of the game), and so I have that as her secondary and her counter ability. It’s nice being able to constantly do damage, even if you can’t get near them with both Geomancy (for utility) or Throw (for more damage). I just got Ninja, so I’m still figuring out how to best use her right now.
Eschina is my Summoner and my main nuker and secondary support. I’ve done some dabbling in White and Black magic to also help her stats get better (that low speed on Summoners is really sad) and I had her get a lot of the most useful Time Magicks, but she’s been primarily a Summoner for a lot of the game. I basically have her just spam Haste in normal battles to get JP and EXP because enemies die so quickly.
Celestria is my primary support with a little bit of ranged damage. Right now, I’m working on making her a Arithmatician so I can have some really sexy things happen. Right now, though, I have her switch off between White Mage and Chemist (THROWING ITEMS ACROSS THE MAP IS UNDERRATED I SWEAR). By the way, I know her Bravery/Faith numbers show that she should be better fit for a physical based job but w/e. Haters gonna hate.
I’m rull excited to see if this party can actually handle Belias where my previous one (they were underleveled, Celestria was a Mystic (omg y) and Josian was a level 1 Samurai) couldn’t.