Thinking of playing this again but with the intention of being completionist about it this time. I know that in this game and BOF2, each character requires a different amount of exp to reach a certain level. Can anyone tell me or point me to a resource as to which characters are the fastest and slowest to level up? Also, how is experience gain affected if a character is in reserve or is part of a fusion? I want to see how this affects party forming strategies if I want to level everyone to the maximum.
About stats: I do remember there being permanent stat boosting items here but they were mostly just hidden in certain places. Enemies don't seem to drop them and I don't recall those special player controlled shop being able to get them either. So is it impossible to stat max in BOF1?
well below is what I got when I maxed out everyone. As for leveling up Bleu and Nina are fast until they get to level 42 and 46 respectively, and after they reach the next level(which can take forever) they level up at around 50k exp. per level. Gobi and Mogu are by far the fastest, while Ryu and Ox are about average in 50k to 60k, and Ox and Karn are very slow, over 60k. If a character is in a fusion they will get the exp. split among all of them, but the stats won't show up until they are unfused; and also I believe the exp each character gets will be less so if you use Puka and a full team, exp. will be split up 7 ways. Only Ryu can max out every stat, the other characters will only max out certain stats as you can see below.
EXP 3441443(needs about 3.1-3.2 mil to reach lvl 99)
ATK 229 (255 with Sleeper)
Wepn Trident (Sleeper is best weapon)
Thank you very much for the information. Figures the characters I use the least end up being the fastest to level up in this game.
I have a couple of questions:
1) Do your listed stats factor in those permanent stat raising items?
2) Since fusion affects the distribution of experience, is it better to level up characters fused or unfused?
1) the permanent ones do not affect the final result as far as I know, the game will just take away one of the stats in a level to make up for it. My stats here do show the equipped stat boosters, like Ryu can not have an attack of 511 without the Ring equipped.
2) it all depends on how you want to do it, I leveled up Ryu and Bo alone, Nina and Bleu together, and Mogu, Gobi, Ox, and Karn together. If you have Karn fused, keep in mind that it will take forever for everyone to level up; I find killing off a few characters makes you stay sane since then your characters will level up every 20 minutes vs. every hour or more. You could also have just the Puka characters alive and fight with one character while the exp is split 4 ways. Either way it'll take the same amount of time overall.
IIRC, the EXP to level up info is the same in the GBA's port of this game (other than the soldiers though).
Also, I definately don't like a lot of those final equipment setups... for various reasons...
the exp. levels are the same, but in the GBA version you get twice the exp. from every enemy.
Now just need to level them all to 99. I have to say this game has one of the strangest leveling progression in an RPG and a look at Novalia's data confirms it. Wonder why they have that temporary huge exp requirement bump in the middle levels? it wasn't like that at all in BOF2.
Just out of curiosity, those equipment setups were chosen to max out stats rather than for overall effectiveness right? According to your FAQ, PowerHTs have those damage penalties. Also, I find that the EvilRB's 50% magic resistance works really well (since magic is more dangerous than physical attacks in this game). Considering replacing the ClearCL on Nina even though it has a ten pt. DEF advantage.
yeah, I chose my equipment to get the stats as high as possible. It really doesn't matter what I equip though, I could give them cloth armor and WoodSH and they'd still be untouchable even by Tyr. I had some fun with these guys by beating her to near death in her first form then making her transform and beating her without Agni again. I had to use cure on each person once, otherwise just beating her to the ground. Once they're lvl 99 it's really hard to kill them off, especially Ryu. I have to poison him and have everyone defend, but he counters every other attack and it's a one hit kill as well.
see an Experience List for the game here: http://novaliaspirit.99k.org/bof/docs.html