Are there any intrinsic benefits to beginning coda on a savefile which has cleared Law, Neutural, and Chaos?
For example, according to the coda guide, I have all the prerequisites uniques alive and recruited on the Law path. What do I gain if I were to world tarot back to Chapter 1 and complete the main game again on both Chaos and Neutral routes? I know I gain some additional characters not available on the Law route, but is there anything else?
Coda doesn't work differently than other anchor points, so its literally impossible for an anchor point to actually acknowledge you as having cleared more than one route. If anything this will mess up your PoTD/sidequest progression that you may want to preserve, if you're not careful. --- "Est Sularus oth Mithas...'My honor is my life.' You are your father all over again." -Tanis Half-elven, Dragons of Summer Flame
Not necessarily, but if you don't do the paths you may find yourself underdeveloped. Episode 2's battle is no joke and a traditional strategy won't work. There are ways around it, of course, but just rushing to get it done will not make things any easier. You're also missing a good part of the story.
When I write "clearing" the other paths, I mean going through them, not necessarily beating the game on all three. --- Cyril ~ I'm glad you know your place.
In a sense. Clear Chapters 1-3 (remember, Neutral is only one Chapter, and has less battles than 3C and 3L), and then the first few battles so that you can recruit the uniques. You may wish to see the PotD scene on 5F in 4N as well, simply because there's dialogue that's extremely important to one particular subplot.
There's also value in doing Law last, so that you've an easy way to farm Abyss 2 scrolls. Or at the very least, replaying Law last so that you reject Xapan.
In truth, there are quite a few reasons why I would defend going through the other paths. Unless you're interesting in 100%ing, however, I wouldn't bother too much with going beyond the first few battles in Chapter 4. --- Cyril ~ I'm glad you know your place.
-Currently on Chaos. I have all the unique characters save the warlock in the Palace. It's the princess ending. Denied shrine quest to get Cressida, have not finished the graveyard but have Azelstan. -Beat the game, WORLD back to Neutral. Get all the characters, get the Lord MARKS. Do not beat the game. -WORLD back and do Law. Complete the game on Princess, do all side quests (Graveyard, Palace, Shrines), see all scenes and get remaining characters. -Start Coda?
That would work, yes, absolutely. That's what I would do (except I'd do the Shrine sidequest in two playthroughs, but it's not necessary). Be sure to do the Wildwoods in your first Chapter 4, too. That's not marked and there are no events, but the recipe books are extremely important once enemies start scaling with you.
By the way, you can still get Xapan even if you reject him, you just need to record you rejecting him in a further Anchor Point, then WORLDing back to the previous and recruiting him, then WORLDing forward to the Anchor Point where you rejected him (where he'll still be considered rejected). You can also recruit him in the Chapter 4 battle, if you wish. So rejecting him is not losing him permanently. --- Cyril ~ I'm glad you know your place.