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[Gameplay Guide] Rance X: Decisive Battle

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  1. Jason Liang Cipher

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    So it's been five days since Rance X was released.

    This game is a hardcore rpg in every possible sense. It's.... 100 times more difficult than Sengoku Rance? 10,000 times more difficult than Rance VI?

    Anyway, the game is plain awesome and I recommend playing it immediately even with machine translation and not wait for an English translation.

    So in this thread I'm going to post some general and advanced gameplay info, especially for those who don't know how to read moonrune. I'm going to avoid story spoilers although there might be some accidental spoilers. Also going to have a card guide as well.

    Not sure how to organize this thread, so I will start with some general tips.

    General Card collecting:
    1. There are common cards, premium cards, and exclusive cards.
    When you open up a chest, premium and exclusive cards will be revealed last. Also they have a glossy effect, while common cards do not. Obviously you want to pick up premium cards instead of common cards. Normal chests might have one or more premium cards (about 1:10) while better chests have more premiums or guaranteed premiums.

    There are also some exclusive cards that you can't get from random chests. For example, most (but not all) of the Demon faction character cards can only be gotten by defeating (but not killing) the Demon boss character. These exclusive cards are typically found in the chest at the end of the route, in the chest after the boss fight. There might be other, non-exclusive premium cards in the chest as well, but usually only one is exclusive. The other premium cards are NOT exclusive.

    UPDATE: You can pick up characters like Lei from chests later, so they aren't exclusive, just plot-locked.

    Finally, many characters have both a normal version and one (or more) premium versions. For example, Miracle Tou have both a normal card and a premium card. Sometimes the normal version unlocks the premium version (Miracle Tou, for example), while occasionally the premium version is needed to unlock the normal version (Tillday Sharp, for example).

    2. Duplicate cards and alternate version cards
    Picking up a dupicate of a card gives that character a small power-up. Whereas, picking up an alternate character card gives the character a large power-up and allows you to use different abilities. Alternate cards of the same character use the same xp and levels. So keep this in mind that when you get an alt-version card, you are also getting a large character power-up.

    3. Use Overkill to pop open normal chests
    Try to finish anormal battles with as much Overkill % as possible, as Overkill directly affects the chance of opening the chest. Most chests won't open unless you have overkill by at least 15% or 30%. 30% will open most chests whle 50% overkill will generally open any random chest. The easiest way to achieve high Overkill is to finish the fight with a strong nuke ability like Rance's Rance Attack.

    Boss fight chests and mini-boss fight chests typically always open automatically.

    4. Many character cards need plot to unlock
    Many characters' premium cards only unlock after you meet them in the story progress. After you meet them, they'll appear randomly in chests. For example, you cannot get Maria Tulip's card until after you meet her on a mission, but once you've unlocked her, her card will be available in chests like any other premium (or normal card). Another example is Kaoru and Wichita, which only unlock once you encounter Gandhi.

    5. Don't prioritize characters from JAPAN
    JAPAN will be one of your weakest factions initially. Most characters from JAPAN are Premium cards, so it is the hardest faction to collect. Very often you'll open a chest with a JAPAN premium character card and an exclusive character card. You should NOT take the JAPAN character card instead of the exclusive card. This is important since for many players who are mostly familiar with Sengoku Rance, it's very tempting to choose the JAPAN character instead of the exlcusive character, but that's a mistake. Build your other factions first, JAPAN last.

    6. There are around 1,200 cards total
    So don't worry too much about your completing your collection early on!

    7. Some characters have abilities that improve the contents of chests (like no duplicates, etc...)

    Using resources:
    1. ALWAYS take medals.
    Rance X is an extremely difficult game and you must use every advantage. Medals unlock VITAL bonuses, and many bosses cannot be beaten if you haven't unlocked those bonuses. Picking up medals is THE most important way to progress in this game.

    2. Always use all your meal tickets.
    Meal tickets are used to see each character's events. Mechanically they also give the character a large xp bonus, which is very important if you want to use a character in battle. You should give at least 1 meal ticket to any character you might use in battle. A lvl 1 character is quite useless if they need to attack. You need your main combat characters to be 3 star rank *** (lvl 20). A single meal ticket on turn 3-4 will give a lvl 1 character 10+ levels, so it's very helpful.

    Keeping in mind that you can only use 1 character from any single faction, you should initially concentrate multiple meal tickets on 1-3 characters from each faction only. 1 meal ticket helps useful characters get to lvl 20, 2 meal tickets for your main 1-3 characters from each faction. 2 meal tickets unlocks the Nude version card of female characters in random chests, which is helpful since it gives them a large power-up as well, while 3 tickets (I think) unlocks a strong version of some characters.

    Unlike medals, which convert to bonuses immediately when you gather 3, meal tickets are capped at 3, and any extra that you pick up are wasted. The game let's you save your unused meal tickets, but you should always spend your meal tickets immediately since many mission routes have 2-3 meal tickets.

    You can also generate free meal tickets with Marina Curry's ability. So meal tickets are important, but they are also a plentiful resource, unlike medals.

    General Battle tips:

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    1. Defensive Action button
    On the right side of the battle interface, above the end turn button, is a button for defensive action. It allows you to spend up to 4 AP to reduce physical damage for 1 turn, up to 90% for 4 AP. You'll need this to use this button to beat several boss fights.

    2. Party Switch/ Reserve button
    On the left side of the battle interface (left of Rance's head in the picture) is the party switch button. This allows you to sub out characters mid-battle and replace them with a different character in your collection. However, this button is noromally locked until round 15 and can only be used once every 15 rounds. However, it is also an important tactical option needed to beat many boss fights, in case one of your characters becomes unusable mid-battle.

    3. Battle set-bonuses
    In random battles, you'll get large bonuses if you're lucky and draw a hand with 4 or more characters of the same faction or element. For example, if you draw a hand of 4 or more characters from Free Cities or 4 or more characters that are Fire, you'll get a large bonus. Sometimes you'll even become invincible! So it's always possible to win random battles no matter how helpless it seems.

    4. Use Biscuit to change fixed Army battles to random Army battles
    If you use the first Biscuit Burns character card, you'll turn fixedd Army battles into random Army battles. This can be useful to pass through some extremely difficult non-boss fights.
     
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  2. Jason Liang Cipher

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    General Character abilities:

    Icons:

    Active Abilities -
    Melee Attack (Sword):
    Ranged Attack (Bow and Arrow):
    Magic Attack (Spell Staff):

    First line is usually attack strength (1X, 2X, 3X etc...)
    Second line is extra attacks (attack 2 times, 3 times, etc...)
    Third line is if the ability has a cumulative AP cost

    For example:

    basic Lia's Ranged Attack reads:
    Ability 1 - Ranged Attack - 5 AP
    Ranged Attack (Physical damage) (8X Strength)
    AP cost cumulative

    basic Magic's attacks read:
    Ability 1 - Magic Attack - 1 AP
    Magic (.5X Strength)
    Remove 1 opposing bonus effect

    Ability 2 - Magic Attack - 2 AP
    Magic (2X Strength)
    60% chance to Shock

    Full Kalar's attacks read:
    Ability 1 - Melee Attack - 2 AP
    Melee (1X Strength)
    3 Quick Strikes
    AP cost cumulative

    Ability 2 - Magic Attack - 2 AP
    Magic (3X Strength)
    100% chance to Freeze
    AP cost cumulative

    Bonus Effect (Bust):
    Dispel Opponent Bonus / Opponent Malus Effect (Sword Striking Water):
    Heal and Malus Effect Removal (Heart):

    Passive Abilities -
    Auto- Abilities and Passive Battle Abilities (Cycle):
    Administrative Passive Abilities (Heraldry):
     
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  3. spacepop Barely Literate

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    Nice guide ! I have hard time play this game due to can't read Japanese and got bad end the first round.
    Now I stuck at find the betrayal or something part , any idea how can I pass this?
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  4. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Ok, what you do here is you have to talk to the person you think/ know is the traitor in every row (there are 9 people but you just have to talk to at least the one that's the traitor). And then when you get past that part, choose the red path (I've figured who the traitor is). Rance tells Kanami to keep an eye on the 3 people you talked to and she will assassinate the traitor among the three people you talked to. If that makes sense.
     
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  5. TheEntitledOne Arcane

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    Some tips:
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    • Combo like crazy. Each additional attack in a turn increases the combo counter, increasing the damage of later attacks. Keep the strongest attack for last. Some characters are excellent for this since they do multi-attacks, and others add automatic attack buffs.
    • Poison and Curse are very useful against the tankiest enemies, since it ignores armor, and most enemies are vulnerable. Kouhime is your main poisoner, Pastel Kalar is good for Curses.
    • Keep in mind the buffs in place (stuff like Flight or counterattack). If they have a number they can probably be removed. If they have a lock they wont dissapear unless in specific confitions. For example Demons have the Invulneravility Field buff, making them indestructible unless you hit them with Rance first.
    • Manage your healing. Regular healing skills have a cumulative AP inscrease (resets after rest/blue glowing thing). The AL church knights heal each time they hurt the enemy, it can be useful for longer missions. The Mikos from JAPAN can heal and next turn switch positions with another JAPAN unit (typically with Kou).
    • Some cards attack on their own, which means no AP cost, free attack and combos. For example Queen Lia has a % of making Leazas cards attack on their own. This automatic cards are specially useful if you are strugling for AP.
    • Remember that the bonus you get from collecting medals is not fixed. You can switch the bonus freely out of battle.
    • Try to always get treasure from battles. Don't be afraid of savescuming, every little advantage counts. Apart from food tickets you can also steal items (the Helman guy that looks like Lupin III is a good thief). But note that food tickets and items compete with character cards.
    • About the food tickets, in Operation phase you will likely get at least 2, so don't bother using the cook too much in those. In Preparation phase you should try to max them before the end of the fight. If you dont like the candidates you can pick for food tickets you can reload just before the end of the mission and try again.
    • Is technically possible to beat 2 DL (Demons) in a single mission, if you beat the first encounter against the first DL you met. But is virtually imposible without NG+ bonus points.
    • Don't think sort term. If you have to choose between a healing spot and a XP orb pick the XP (or treasure or whatever) unless you absolutely need healing.
    • Be cheap
     
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  6. abnaxus Arcane

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    So does your machine translator translate menu text too?

    It says Medusa is weak to fire, seems kind of important to know.
     
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  7. Jason Liang Cipher

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    I'm trying to keep strategy hints out of the start of this thread beyond basic how-to stuff. Like you can explain how poison works mechanically but I want to let players discover for themselves when and where to use it. After the beginning section is done, we can post more spoilery strategy here, especially character-specific strategy. TheEntitledOne, please spoiler you post, thanks! (I agree with them though, especially be cheap).

    Also, I HATE save-scumming meal tickets. It's one of the only and most terrible design decisions in the game.

    Another way of thinking about is like "don't do X" instead of "do X." "Don't do X" is ok.

    The game has clear graphical icons that show what the enemies on the map are vulnerable to, including the boss.

    And yes, Medusa is weak to Fire and Dark, but you aren't going to burst damage her down.
     
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  8. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Ok, this will be a basic walkthrough of turn 0 and turn 1. I won't spoil any story or strategy, but I'll mostly explain what the screens are, what the choices do, and what the cards do. The game is very intuitively designed and most of the buttons already have English labels, so outside of reading the abilities most players familiar with Rance games should have much trouble playing it.

    Turn 0:
    We start a new game. Most of the menu interface buttons are in English, so I wont bother with that. After a bit of story, the game hands it over to us here on the route screen for the prelude dungeon. The route screen basically shows us where the story branches depending on different choices we make. It's not really a maze, and we can only move forward, not backward.
    Beginning with the top-left corner, we can see which turn we're on and which phase of the turn. Each turn has a 3 phase structure - Preparation Phase, and . In later turns we'll be able to choose what to do each phase of each turn.

    Near the middle, we see 2 counters. The number counter indicates the monster difficulty level. This will increase each turn as we do plot events, and it will also increase each time Rance defeats a Demon boss. The game's difficulty scales up as this number increases. Monster and boss hp and damage increase, as do the amount of xp rewarded. The HP and damage bloat make some bosses impossible or near-impossible to defeat later in the game.

    Beneath that, we see 2 fire icons that indicate that monsters on this map (as well as the boss) are weak to attacks from Fire type characters and take extra damage from them. There are 5 elemental types: Light, Dark, Fire, Lightning and Ice. Some maps are like the prelude dungeon and have only 1 elemental weakness, while others have 2.

    The top right corner button shows the entire route map (which you can scroll). This is useful to let you know how much further you have to go and also shows you where the recovery points are. The button beneath controls the message speed.

    The lower-left corner opens the game menu where you can save and reload the game. The bar on the button indicates the resources you've collected. Swords are cashed in at the end of each turn to help Rance's army fight off the Demon Army. Each of the four main regions can have up to 3 swords. Medals are cashed in when you gather 3 of them to unlock vital strategic benefits and are by far the most precious resource early. Meal tickets are cashed in at the end of each phase and allow you to give the characters you choose a large xp bonus as well as view and progress their character events and unlock secret character cards.

    The lower-right corner has a button that opens up our card collection and let's us change the default characters we use in battle (leading each of the Allied factions), although this can be changed before the start of each battle as well. On top of the button is our hp bar (for all our characters combined) as well as our default leaders. In a new game, we begin with only 4 leader slots, but we can unlock up to 3 more leader slots with medal points for a total of 7.

    On the map itself we can see monsters, yellow plot events (says EVENT), blue side-plot events 9 (says OTHER), green random events (says ???), H Scenes (Heart), and finally recovery points (the blue pool). When we reach the recovery point, our hp refreshes as do most of our limited-use character abilities (but not all abilities. Some are once-per-mission).
     
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  9. spacepop Barely Literate

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    I am meeting this guy again.. this consider bad ending right? now I have to go for another round
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  10. Jason Liang Cipher

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    You have to rescue Miki before turn 7. At end of turn 6, Kay-chan finds Miki, kills her and becomes the new Demon King.
     
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  11. Azraeth Barely Literate

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    Hey !

    Been playing this game since it was out, mostly done with it now.
    Well. For what's the tip of the iceberg part at last...

    While I figure out what I need to do for what's next;
    I can anwser most question you can have about the game !

    And...
    About Kay-chan in Demon lord form;
    You'll need to kill this very form for a (bad) ending at some point...
    Have Fun !
     
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  12. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Turn 1:

    Turn 1 is still a tutorial turn, so for this turn we are still playing through set tutorial route maps.
     
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  13. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Turn 2:

    Now that we're done with the tutorial turns, we now have full control from this point on.

     
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  14. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Ok, now I'm going to post a card gallery with English translations. I'm going to break this down into several sets that progress in spoileriness, as follows:

    First set will be Standard Reward characters and Standard Common characters.

    Second set will be randomly found Premium characters.

    Third set will be Secret characters that must be unlocked by doing something special during the game.
     
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  15. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Rance Faction - Standard Character set

     
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  16. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Leazas Faction - Standard Character set

     
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    Helman Faction - Standard Character set
     
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    Zeth Faction - Standard Character set
     
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    Free Cities faction - Standard character set
     
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    JAPAN faction - Standard character set
     
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    CITY and Unaligned faction - Standard character set
     
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    Magical Races faction - Standard character set
     
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    Demon faction - Standard Character set

    Demon Lords and Apostles

    Dark Lord Satella and Apostles

    Dark Lord Silky and Apostles
    Dark Lords La Hawzel and La Saizel, and Apostles
    Dark Lord Lexington and Apostles
    Dark Lord Lei and Apostles
    Dark Lord Pi-R and Apostles
    Dark Lord Galtia and Apostles
    Dark Lord Kesselring and Apostles
    Dark Lord Rawthorn and Apostles
    Dark Lord Sieg and Apostles
    Dark Lord Kentaro and Demon King Miki
    Dark Lord Hornet and Apostles

    Dark Lord Warg and Apostles

    Dark Lord Kayblis and Apostles
    Holy Gal Monsters
    Angels and Devils
     
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  24. Jason Liang Cipher

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    Leazas faction - Premium Character set

     
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