Gacha games often have their detractors, but really, they are a juggernaut at this point. Fate/Grand Order alone was the reason why Sony Music was in the black last year (Note I specified Sony Music) as it’s gross revenue is just that, gross. We all have our feelings about them but I enjoy the collecting of characters meant to appeal to varied audiences without the clutter that would go with physical things.
Now, many will simply ignore them and move on, but others will eventually find their gacha of choice and then wonder how to either get started or how to avoid certain traps. Coincidentally, I decided to start Knights Chronicle today, so I’ll be sharing my personal methodology to try and get the most out of a Gacha title.
Remember: Gacha is gambling, so if you suffer from or believe you would be susceptible to gambling addiction, please DO NOT get into Gacha.
No matter which Gacha game you want to play, chances are there are people who banded together to assemble tons of information about it. As such, before you even make the plunge to download the game, research it first. The key points I personally look out for is current events, ease of reroll, key units and emulator support/bans.
As Gacha games age, things like yearly anniversaries, special events and recruitment drives happen. There are two typical moments where starting a Gacha game is extremely beneficial to the player. That’s when it launches, and when it celebrates a milestone. You want to do it then usually because the publishers tend to be much more loose with the pursestrings with prizes offered for free to players, and why would we spit on free shit?
The reason for the second is simple: No one wants to be stuck with bad RNG on a gacha game (unless your favorite is the worst unit in the game, in which case you want to know if you can reset until you get them) - It usually makes content that should be trivial into more of a slog and may lower enjoyment of the game prior to the game. If it’s easy to reroll, then the fourth point becomes moot as the use of an emulator tends to be for macroing purposes (which are usually frowned upon, except if you’re playing FFBE Global) or to play games that simply have not been released here yet.
In the case of Knights Chronicle, I found that so long as you do not link your account to Google Play Games (for Android), you can safely reroll so long as you clear data (not uninstall the game - you want Settings/Apps/(the game)/Storage). First warning: Do not reroll without wi-fi - your phone bill will thank me. Other games have similar means of rerolling so long as you don’t pair accounts - some to Facebook, some to Google Play, some to their own proprietary service. When in doubt, don’t link.
Many games will have a feature that you can download the rest of the game (again, stay on wi-fi!) while playing through the tutorial. I suggest taking advantage of this so you can learn the intricacies of the game - You won’t learn top tier strats or anything of the sort (this’ll come in time) but you’ll at least know how the game handles turn flow or how it wants to be played. It will also usually introduce the story of said game.
In the case of Knights Chronicle, its’ tutorial is extremely short and the game itself is quite simple in terms of gameplay, so the tutorial is a good way to find out whether you’ll want to play the game or not. Other games have in-depth tutorials - F/GO’s first zone is a giant tutorial, for example.
Some will recommend that you reroll until you reach certain rolls - In the Knights Chronicle example these would be the 3 units known as the Big 3: Cain, Ruby or Rue. We’re also told that Karen, Mina, Electra and Meryl are free SSRs so we are almost guaranteed to get them. I’m not going to bore you as to the reasons why if you’re not interested in that game. That’s valid info. Personally, I’m willing to put stock in rerolling until I get at least one of the Big 3, and a unit that pleases me aesthetically or gameplay-wise.
Unfortunately, there’s no real timeskip for this step. You’re literally just rerolling your account until you get something you find acceptable. Since there’s currently a banner with Ruby on it (meaning there’s a higher chance of pulling her from the Gacha, though the chance is minimal), that’s what we’re going to roll on. I’ll proceed through the first portion of the game as that grants me enough to do a 10+1 pull (a common thing in Gacha games is that you can do a singular pull for the currency, or get 11 units for the price of 10).
After a ton of rerolls, I still don’t have anything so let’s go to the next step anyway.
Most Gacha games will have teambuilding capabilities. Few will require you to stick it alone. As most of them are RPGs, you’ll typically want a Tank and a Healer, and then it depends entirely on how the game divides the rest. If there’s team affinities, take them into account when building your team. In the case of Knights Chronicle, the Leader ability affects the entire team AND will be my representative as far as the friend list is concerned, so I’ll want to take that into consideration when I build the team.
Currently, we’re guaranteed one SSR in the form of Rebecca. She’s not considered top tier, but she has great farming capabilities due to her ability to trigger multiple attacks on units of 2 elements so chances are I’ll stick with her for now.
Typically, all Gacha games can be played for free, with premium currency being purchaseable if you want extra pulls or other perks that the game offers. Thing is, regardless of how pretty the characters are or how well-made the game is, gacha is still an exploitative method of accruing money from players and thus any free resources you can use is precious. However, is the best use of a premium currency always to pull on the Gacha? Nay, say FFBE and King’s Raid - They usually have ways to acquire characters (and weapons in the case of KR) that do not require the currency. In that case, it’s better to use it for a refresh (Either topping up Stamina or an alternative resource at a low cost) or loot buffs.
However, games like F/GO have items that refresh that re available in events, so in that game, saving your premium currency for the Gacha is a must.
In the case of Knights Chronicle, I’ve personally settled on waiting until I know more about the game. Stamina seems to be pretty damned prevalent in the beginning of the game, and since I’ve rerolled I won’t need to hit up the Gacha for a bit.
Considering just how much work I just put into this shit, you can bet your sweet ass I’ll be enjoying my time in that game. Until I get bored of it or something really bad happens, such as the storyline taking a turn for the stupid so hard I write an article about it.