With a fair chunk of Comrades being a bit arcane in explaining how things work, I figured I’d make a quick 20 tips guide to help us all become accustomed to it.
Note: This guide was written with Ver. 1.0 in mind.
Select your Birthplace for stat growth
When you enter Lestallum for the first time, you will be required to select a birthplace. This choice affects your stats and stat gain, so choose carefully. You can back out before choosing if you change your mind.
Note: When by choosing New Game Plus, you will be able to change your birthplace to something else.
Royal Sigils need to be unlocked
Royal Sigils may seem like they’re available to select from the start, but they do require unlocking one by one via power nodes on the map. Once you unlock a Royal Sigil, they will carry through with you into New Game Plus.
Weapons are basically stat sticks
You may prefer to focus on one weapon type, but be sure to fill your slots with upgraded weapons, as the stats all add up to your characters total stat count. You can always have multiple copies of weapons with different stats and abilities or spells.
Clean your characters clothes at the cleaning tent
Your character will start out muddy and a mess, clean yourself up with the steam cleaning tent in Lestallum. Good as new! This doesn’t affect anything in the game, outside of looking clean, so it’s not required.
Visit Dustin to change character or edit your look
While at the cleaning tent, Dustin, the NPC allows you to edit your character, change clothes and even allow you to inflate your ego (by making your head bigger). All pieces of clothing you’ve purchased will be available in this character editor.
Filter your game down to region to make it easier to find friends
You can create easy to find games for your friends by changing your custom parameters to friends, you can even filter down to your region. Do note, that as the game is fairly new and has had it’s hiccups, this may be unstable at times.
Grab food, as it can save your life
When you zone into a mission camp, be sure to grab a food item. Holding one will ensure you can revive after 20 seconds of being KO’d. By collecting food, you will also have it ready for when the mission is over for a meal.
Hold attack for easy attacks
You don’t have to button mash to attack enemies, just hold the attack button! You can also press the attack button as your character steps back after an attack to do a power attack.
Heavy weapons and magic will break enemy parts
Heavy weapons like the Mace can break enemy weak points on heavily armored enemies. Also, rumor has it that daggers are great for envenoming enemies with their swift attacks and multiple hits.
Held food items are combined after a mission into a meal
After a mission, a chef will make your party a meal. This is based on items each member picked up in the mission. These buffs carry over to the next mission. If you get Cid as a chef, you will gain a buff that will multiply your stats on weapons when remodeling.
Remodel with Cid’s remodeling bench
You can remodel weapons at Cid’s crafting station. Some weapons have a stat meter under set stats, fill these up and max out the weapon level for them to be remodeled into a brand new, more powerful version.
Enemy item drops are used to remodel weapons
So, how do you fill up those stats? With enemy item drops. Though, try to focus on ones that give multiple of any given stat point, as you will never reach those stat caps with a lousy +1 items.
Plan out your kW or energy point purchases
Before investing in a node, be sure to check other nodes in your budget, they may provide better quests, resources or refugees. By the time you reach end game, kW will be falling out of your pockets, so don’t stress about unlocking everything quickly.
Fashion Catalogs and Arms Schematics equal new shop items
On the power grid map, you may come across arms schematics and fashion catalogs. These rewards will increase Iris and Dave’s item lists in Lestallum.
Outposts also have a good range of items
Aside from Dave & Iris, outposts offer vendors that sell completely different gear from what’s available in Lestallum. Some offer amazing equipment that requires specific items to trade for.
Different outpost leaders offer different benefits
Unlock outpost & refugees for outpost leaders, you will have a choice of 3 people who provide different benefits for donation resources, discounts or trading posts. If you want to reset this, you’ll have to do a New Game Plus.
Use Roboresurrection early on to gain levels and kW
There’s a quest that is super easy to get to, which isn’t too difficult and offers 6.1k Power and 2.25k Gil. It’s Roboresurrection near the Caulthess Depot. Here’s a map so you can pause the video to find it.
There’s a mini-game in Meldacio, check it out!
Aside from the combat and item management, there’s also some mini games and special vendors, like the Meteorshard dig in Meldacio. I had a quick go at this and found more items than power, though.
Fast chat with your trigger buttons
You can do fast chat in games with other players by hitting R2 or RT and selecting your statement from menus. Later in the game, you can purchase little picture chats, which add to the fun.
Make a new character without losing your items
If you want to start again, making a new avatar starts at lv1, but with all nodes you’ve unlocked still in place and equipment still in your inventory. You can also do New Game Plus, by visiting the door behind Monica, the quest counter. This will reset your game, but will keep your items and levels.
To completely fully reset your Comrades progress, you will need to delete your save from the PlayStation Saved Data menu. This is separate from the main data, so you won’t lose your 500 hour file, just your Comrades.
I hope these tips help you slip straight into the action and building up that awesome avatar.