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Rico’s Bravely Default Guide: Leveling

Update: I recommend doing this only to job level 9 on most jobs until Chapter 5. At Chapter 5 you’ll want to use a new strategy which I’ll be writing up shortly (next day or so) to hit level 14 on all jobs in the blink of an eye. Click any of that sentence to go to the other post :p.

I’m going to talk about how I power level and I’ll be keeping this as content light as possible. Sadly it will be image light too, seeing as the 3DS doesn’t support native screenshots…one of the dumber Nintendo decisions. But I digress! Let’s begin with what you’ll want:


The Checklist

Support Ability Quantity of 2.

Knuckle Lore (Support Ability from Level 5 Monk)

Self Healing (Support Ability from Level 5 White Mage)

A Dime (US Currency, Results may vary in other countries)

  The reason I suggest Knuckle Lore, and indeed if you are leveling a class the first class you should level is Monk, is that it allows you to be other classes without buying new weaponry. Knuckle Lore makes your unarmed attacks incredibly strong and you keep this relatively consistent high DPS across all characters. This guide is about ease and lack of thought rather than some complex money and numbers game.

  The reason I suggest Self Healing is that you will find often during random battles you will get poisoned, this is extremely bad for the strategy we’ll be developing because it means while you AFK play you’ll be reducing all your characters HP to 1. You don’t want that, so with Self Healing you will heal from Poison, Paralysis, and something else after combat.

  Finally you want to find a place where you can easily kill the mobs without it being “a close one”. The ideal locations are places you find that have good JP output, unless you are more desiring base leveling but, trust me, you’ll be getting plenty of that. You want to find a location on the map that is not smooth, rocks, chests, something where if you ran into it your character would “jitter”. This creates a motion of bouncing back and walking forward that is subtle but noticeable. After you’ve got this angle down you’ll want to fight a match.

  In that match hold down L to Brave 4 times and then hold down A to attack 4 times. Do this on all 4 characters. Press Y and this will cause you to repeat this attack combination ad infinitum. Now after the match put that dime under your directional stick so that you infinitely run towards that bouncing spot on your map, nearly every map and even the overworld has these spots all over. Once you’ve found one you’ll know what I mean. All you have to do now is press A a few times each time a fight is over. If you are on the PC you can press A with your left pinky while you type or play other games (like I do with World of Warcraft).

  Congratulations! It still requires you “be there” but if you crank the encounter rates to +100% you’ll be grinding out levels, money, and jp in no time! If you want you can even make one of your characters to “Steal” from each bad guy instead of attacking. To do this best you want to wait till you have a 4v4 fight and have him steal from each mob once. Then when you auto-battle he’ll target each unique enemy once. Alternatively you can make all 4 of your characters Merchants and crank out money like its nobodies business (They each give you 1.5x money from winning and this stacks for each of them).

  That’s all there is to it! I find this incredibly relaxing and it allows me to enjoy the story and all the job classes without staring at my game all day :).

  If you need any further guidance feel free to leave a comment or message me, whatever have you. I’ll be adding a few new comment options soon once I figure out how to make them tabs under the posts instead of full replacements.

By | 2014-12-20T22:20:23+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Journal|4 Comments

Playing with myself

  I sometimes play multiplayer games against myself. Magic: The Gathering, Chess, Checkers, and today I found myself playing Scrabble.  The interesting thing about the latter case is that I started noticing a pattern with my scores. Both of my characters were ending up within a few points of one another.

  I finished each game so close that it could be covered by a margin of error and I wasn’t looking at my scores until the end. I don’t really know what this reveals but it was somewhat neat to me. I’ve seen the same thing in other games when I play myself. I tend to clear my mind and just imagine each turn from complete ignorance.

  It requires a lot of practice to make yourself not think about what you plan to do. Especially when you realize knowing what you plan to do means you change what you were going to do in response to what you planned to do which in turn means you must reformulate what you plan to do in response which…well you get the picture.

  The only [rewarding] way to play games against yourself is to be fair. To make every turn count like it’s the most important turn of your life. It’s a lot of fun and it greatly improved my Magic game. If I play myself a few dozen times with a deck I’ve built I can start to play it with my hand face down on the table most of the game.

  Doing so also serves to unnerve your opponent once you are playing someone. They wonder if you are confident or just retarded.

  Little do they know, I’m both.

  So yes, it would appear that I’m evenly matched against myself. This makes an awful lot of sense. I also just realized the best possible title for this post. But you probably already know that because that is what lead you here.

  Which begs the question…

  Why did it lead you here o.o…

By | 2013-12-04T22:05:10+00:00 December 4th, 2013|Journal|Comments Off on Playing with myself

Living on a Budget ~ How much entertainment do I have?

  I won’t be updating my story tonight. We are working double time to pack for the move. Luckily I’ve been writing so much lately that I can afford to miss a day and still be on time. It turns out I’m in a new tax bracket. My previous bracket took about 20% of my paycheck, this new one takes 30-33%. Taxes for me are a bit too difficult to predict. But it is what it is for now. I’ll move some money around and mitigate my entertainment spending. Because taxes murdered expected monthly income. Far more than I’d have predicted even as a joke.

  I’ve got 6 months of wow already paid for and frankly I really like Blizzard games. Even with just that I’ve got enough to do for a while. If 6 months of gaming isn’t adequate I apparently have got 190 days worth of games I need to play through that I haven’t yet. 4,560 straight hours of gaming that is already paid for. Remarkable number, much higher than I expected, I might have a problem with steam sales. If I assume I’ll be working 8 hours a day with an hour commuting each day that’s 1.7 years of games to play. This doesn’t even include Vita or 3DS games that I own.

  Sweet mother of god…

  I might start updating about budgeting for food and stuff. Give people tips on fun things to eat on a budget and living healthy on a budget. I don’t plan to change my diet just to keep costs down, that ends up being more costly in the medium and long run. Once Liz gets a job again we’ll throw on monocles and mock plebeians. Until that point…sweet goodness…could income taxes be a little more reasonable? I could pay for an apartment with all the taxes taken out each month now.

By | 2013-11-16T20:25:24+00:00 November 16th, 2013|Journal|Comments Off on Living on a Budget ~ How much entertainment do I have?

The literal absolute best way to grind money and exp in Pokémon X and Y.

Today was quite productive. Caught up on writing and I’m really liking where it is going. I think I’m going to talk about Pokémon X and Y a bit for either the next couple of days or just today. We’ll see how well my memory works. Today lets talk about the best way to make money and level your team. You might be saying to yourself “wait you have one easy method to get both experience and money?”

Yep! Same exact way! First lets start with the materials. What do you need to do this? First you’ll want to get 2 different O-Powers.

  Exp. Point Power is important for…exp. You can find it at the Hotel in Cyllage City.

  Prize Money Power is important for…money. You can find it at the Pokémon Center in Anistar City.

At least one Pokémon with an AOE attack. Your legendary from the story should be perfect.

Once you have these two use your flying Pokémon to fly you to the center of Lumios. This will take you to the Pokémon center near the central plaza. This is convenient because you’ll be walking between here and the 3 Star Café. I suppose I should warn you that the Pokémon you’ll be fighting at level 60 ish. But by now that’s probably not a problem.


Original Map from Potato.

  Alright so by now you have your full team and are standing just outside the Pokémon Center near the middle of Lumiose. Walk into the central Plaza and walk to your left until you reach Hibernal Avenue (the second big exit after the Pokémon center). Walk a bit down the avenue until you find the 3 Star Restaurant which is easy to locate because its black and has 3 stars on it.

Personally I used Yveltal for this but you can use any strong Pokémon with an AOE attack. You don’t NEED this but it is good for cutting down your grind time. Set your sweeper to the 2nd slot on your team (top right of the Pokémon party list).

Before you speak to the waitress at the counter either do level 3 EXP O-Power and Level 1 Money or vice versa. One combo will give you double the exp per fight (which is astoundingly high) and the other will give you double the money. If you make sure to put a lucky charm or amulet coin on one of your first 3 Pokémon you’ll be rolling in cash. You might think I’m exaggerating by saying rolling but trust me, your avatar will be limping in agony from carrying all the money you make from this.

Once those are activated speak with the woman and (I recommend) you use triple battle. This is because if you set up your Pokémon moves correctly you can just press A over and over without looking. Each fight is only 3 Pokémon and the money+exp is as good or better than anywhere else in the entire game.

Rinse and repeat to your desire. You’ll have all the level 100 Pokémon you want in a matter of hours (you’ll see what I mean, its incredibly fast) and if you go the money route you’ll have millions of money in even less time. Not only do you make back your 90K (assuming maximum style) in 2 fights with level 3 money power you get even MORE money on top of that PLUS mushrooms that you can sell for bank. I’m often selling 500K to 900K in mushrooms without realizing I’ve gathered that many.

This is by far the best method to level and make money in the game. It’s faster than the elite 4, faster than the battle chateau and I didn’t even mention the best part.

Your O-powers don’t run out until you finish the entire sequence of fights! No more 3 minutes and gone! You get 4 (5?) straight fights at 60K, 60K, 20K, 20K, (20K?) + mushrooms to sell (with level 3 O-Power).

If you get a max level legendary with a sweeper (like Yveltal with Snarl) you can actually put nothing but low level Pokémon on your team and power level them. 1-20 ish (depends on Pokémon type, bug require less exp, dragons more, etc.) in a single fight and just keeps on racing from there.

As of writing this article I have 4.8 million moneyz, the entire central pokedex done, half of coastal and mountain done, and almost all of this is because of this diner. Go try it! You’ll love it. The best part is that you can do it while doing other things so it isn’t even intrusive (like the chateau would be with all that walking).

Finally a thank you to PsychoBeast who sent me a Torchic with Pokerus today :). It’s not as helpful as it once was but it still is cool to have!

ps. Someone sent me a level 32 Combusken that knew nothing but endure…touché.


By | 2014-09-15T23:11:01+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Journal|4 Comments

New Pokémon X and Y are MMM MMM Good.

  Wow! Where did my day go?! Holy balls everybody! The new Pokémon game is way better than I thought it would be. There is just, holy crap, so many good changes.

  Pokémon-amie is this awesome mesh of Nintendogs, minicamps, and Pokémon. Then you’ve got the training area which is awesome sauce. You can get your EVs maxed on the toilet without fighting a single fight (assuming you have no fiber in your diet). Then you’ve got the social networking stuff which, for the first time ever, don’t suck! You can random trade with someone somewhere in the world. You put up a random Pokémon and they put up a random Pokémon and you trade. You might think you only get crap from this but I’ve been getting lots of fun stuff!

  The graphics are gorgeous, the story is cute and fun, the controls are actually real good (D-pad for walking, Joystick for Roller Skates. Did I mention they added Roller Skates?). EXP Share is now a key item and it works on all your Pokémon at once! So now you can level all 6 easily without eating up those hold spots! Which is great because they brought back the berry farm! Easy as hell to water all your plots too! Just put the mulch down, then seeds down, and when you are watering tap left or right to move to the next spot and water it without needing to rearm the watering can!

  Metric shit ton of Pokémon in each zone which comes with the territory since there are so many. I dunno man, there is a lot more to talk about. I kept reading how this was “the same game” as before but I feel like you’d need to be shoulder deep up your own ass or supremely jaded to not be impressed. So many great changes.

  This is the biggest departure ever in a Pokémon sequel. It’s still Pokémon (just like Halo is still Halo, or any RTS game is still that RTS game. I mean StarCraft II is still StarCraft if you think this is still Pokémon).

  I’m amped. I need to try and calm down though because this ate up like 8 hours of my life today. I enjoyed every minute of that but still! Holy crap! Between this and Disgaea D2 being so supremely good I fear for Arkham Origins. If I get hit with 3 stellar games in one month I might just faint.

  Go get it. Stop what you are doing if you own a 3DS and go get the game. I’ll post my friend code this week too. Jeeze man, this and Pikmin 3 both give me great hope for Super Mario 3D World.

By | 2013-10-12T22:16:04+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Journal|Comments Off on New Pokémon X and Y are MMM MMM Good.