JP Week in Review - Week 2017-3

posted 1 hour ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post
Hope you've had another awesome week and pulled some awesome relics if you were tempted by any of the recent event or dungeon update banners!
 
Another busy week in the Japanese version of the game with Full Throttle mode in particular really starting to take off. While originally I was very resistant to the idea in practice they have actually been quite fun. They do seem to be extremely relic dependent though, so your mileage may vary. Anyway, let's get to the good stuff:
 
JP Week in Review!
 
Launch of FFVI event Iron Will, Iron Fist
  • No new characters this time
  • No new abilities this time
  • New OSB introduced for Sabin
  • New USB introduced for Relm
  • New BSB introduced for Celes, Mog, Leo, Strago
  • New Legend Materia relics introduced for Relm, Celes, Terra, Sabin
  • A Full Throttle version of the 220 Ruin battle from the event was also released separately. It is expected that these types of battles will recur each time an event for the realm is released, to be confirmed!
  • A VI synergy EXP dungeon has been included within the event, a great chance to level up VI characters or anybody else if you're looking for some extra EXP.
  • Small balance change - Leo Cristophe name changed to General Leo, General Leo DEF stat increased. 
 
Nightmare Dungeons return
  • This return includes the following recurrences and introduction:
    • FFIII 200, 250, 300 Full Throttle (all new introductions, face off against a jerk version of Bahamut!)
    • FFVII 200, 250 , 300 Full Throttle (all recurring)
    • FFV 200, 250, 300 Full Throttle (only the 300 is new)
 
Launch of FF Brigade collaboration event Break the Seal
  • Another short collaboration with only one dungeon, this rewards a mythril and 5* accessory giving moderate confuse and silence resists. 
  • A voting campaign is also running to select two dress spheres to be added to the game, one male and one female. Check the in game announcements and vote for your favorite!
 
Legend Sphere Lucky Draw
  • A half price lucky draw has been added again, with the theme being characters that have access to legend spheres. The relic list is extensive yet heavily curated with some represented characters only having access to old relics. Do check which relics are available before you pull!
 
Apology Mythril - Nemesis
  • DeNA roll out their old joke and issue an apology mythril to all players due to people being able to defeat 300 Nemesis multiplayer battles. This is an unintended feature of this battle as Nemesis is supposed to be 'the One who transcends all'.
 
There we have it, another busy week with plenty of new 220+ battles to cut your teeth on. Do tune in next week to see what new things may be in store, we're expecting a FFIX event but who knows what other surprises may lie in wait? The answers will surely shock you!
 
 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

Best wishes from Australia, Derek. 

If you're been listening to the last few episodes of our FFRK Podcast, The Crystal Chronicles, you know that we've been working hard to get an interview with someone from DeNA for our 50th episode (which should be recorded on February 1st). After many emails, tweets and whatnot, we finally received a reply from DeNA, declining our request.

The fact that they don't want to grant us an interview is within their right. However, I'm having a hard time trying to understand the justification they provided. While I'll be sharing my personal opinion later tonight on our 48th episode (recorded live on Twitch at 9pm EST, join us!), I wanted to let the community makes its own opinion so here is the full reply we received from DeNA:

Hello Mr. Brunet,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your interest in FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper, as well as for your active efforts to enliven the FFRK community!

While we are delighted and honored by your offer to join your Podcast, it is very important for us to treat all of our loyal fans equally, regardless of any specific community to which they may belong, so it is important that we avoid favoring one community over others.
Therefore, we are sad to inform you that we must respectfully decline your kind offer to participate in your Podcast.
Nevertheless, rest assured that we are extremely grateful for the great contributions by FFRK Central in enriching the experience for our players.
We would like to ask for your kind understanding and we hope that you will continue to enjoy playing FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper.

Best regards,

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FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper Support
ffrk-en-support@dena.com

The Crystal Chronicles Episode 47 - Lightning Strikes Twice - is now available!

On this episode of The Crystal Chronicles, we discuss:

  • Announcements (00:06:40)
    • New Memory Crystal Lodes III available
    • Highlight on some of the new Record Materias introduced
    • Discussion: Who have you used Memory Crystal Lodes III Lodes on and who have you leveled to 99?
  • "Flash of Defiance" (FFXIII) event, new abilities, dungeons up to Ultimate ++ and both of Relic Draw banners. (00:15:18)
  • Multiplayer FFXIII Raids (00:59:00)
  • Discussions (01:17:00)
    • What FF spinoff would you like to see in FFRK?
    • #DrawOfTheWeek
    • #CrapOfTheWeek
  • FFRK JP "Week in Review" (Credits: Australian Derek) (01:13:30)
  • Mobius Minute with Mark (01:23:30)
  • Special request from Mark to our listeners (01:25:17)

Links mentioned in this episode:

Intro Music: Final Fantasy XIII - Barthandelus Battle Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH5QcBC0G28

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JP Week in Review - Week 2017-2

posted 1 week ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post

Hope you’ve had another awesome week and have managed to pull through the XIII ultimates and the new Barthandelus multiplayer without too many troubles.

We’ve had an interesting week in the Japanese version of the game; a few new things and lots of tough content available. On a personal note it was a real thrill to finally take Nemesis 255 down, a big shoutout to Racsa, Bruce and Schwartz on the #FFRK_JP Slack Chat channel for making this possible! Let’s get to it:

JP Week in Review!

Launch of FFI event The Heretic WItch

  • This is a collaboration with Mobius Final Fantasy in the standard collection format common to collaboration events. 
  • Introduction of Meia: Black 5, Summon 5, WItch 4
  • New OSB released for Garland
  • New USB released for Wol (Mobius)
  • New BSB released for Meia, Echo
  • Small balance change: Wol is granted monk 4 access. 

Nightmare dungeons return (briefly)

  • Return marks the introduction of the new 300 difficulty battles! 
  • Only FFVII available for this recurrence, and it was closed after 1 day due to a bug with players having to complete the 250 difficulty battle again to unlock the 300 difficulty. 
  • The 300 difficulty version of the battle includes some mechanical changes:
    • There is no trash (just the boss round). 
    • All characters start with a full 3 bars of soulbreak gauge, but cannot gain any additional soulbreak gauge. This makes the fight a real puzzle as you have to figure out how to kill a difficulty 300 boss within 3 soulbreaks available to each character. 
    • Synergy characters should also get an additional realm synergy bonus at this difficulty level. 
    • All characters start with half an ATB gauge, eliminating an RNG factor and possibly placing some importance on the SPD stat. 
  • This new difficulty represents a significant step forward in power creep. Some of the newer relics are a big help here, particularly Cloud's USB and the EX Soldier mode it grants. I was able to leverage it to do 160k+ entry damage with my Leon BSB, but that is nothing compared to what the whales are doing - check out this clip from fan favorite Keystang (skip to 4m 20s):

Dungeon Update 34 released

  • Taking us back to FFIX, FFX and FFT
  • Recurrence of the JP style DU lucky banner - 1 free single pull, everything else full price. 
  • Recurrence of limited time half price stamina for all story dungeons. A great chance to catch up or keep up!

Exclusive Relic-bound Legend Materia

  • It is anticipated that the upcoming FFVI event will see the introduction of equipment that will confer Legend Materia that cannot be learned through record dive. Not a lot of solid details at this point so tune in next week to find out whether DeNA have done a good job with this or not. 

FFRK Report #18 released

  • Event schedule is FFVI, FFIX, FFXIII. 
  • Suggested there will be additional collaborations launched for Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade and Saga Scarlet Grace.

That's a wrap for this week. Not a lot of material content on quantity basis, but some significant changes both current and incoming nonetheless. Do tune in next week for further updates on the FFVI event and the incoming Legend Materia relics!

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

Best wishes from Australia, Derek. 

The Crystal Chronicles Episode 46 - Dr. Mog is not sweetening the deal - is now available!

On this episode of The Crystal Chronicles, we discuss:

  • Announcements
    • New Year's Celebration Logon Bonus
    • Greeting from the Developers - Who could be "that certain heroine" Tetsuya Nomura is talking about?!
    • New Feature Added - Greased Lightning
  • Orb Fest Update/Analysis (00:15:00)
  • "Lady of the Vortex" (FFXIV) event, introduction of Minfilia and Alphinaud, dungeons up to Ultimate ++ and both of Relic Draw banners. (00:24:00)
  • Multiplayer FFXIV Raids (01:07:00)
  • Torment Dungeon "Dead from the Deep" (FF V)
  • Discussions (01:17:00)
    • What is your favorite secret (aka optional) boss?
    • #DrawOfTheWeek
    • #CrapOfTheWeek
  • FFRK JP "Week in Review" (Credits: Australian Derek) (01:24:00)
  • Mobius Minute with Mark (01:30:30)

Links mentioned in this episode:

Intro Music: Final Fantasy IX - The Evil Mist's Rebirth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQo6OasnV0Q

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