________________________________________________________ |________________________________________________________| BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Legion Mode FAQ By: Brigg_of_Eden Version: 1.0 ________________________________________________________ |________________________________________________________| Intro: This is actually my first FAQ for GameFAQs. So I'm hoping that the information I can impart to the community will be helpful and informative. For my first FAQ, I will be going over Blazblue: Continuum Shift's Legion Mode. This mode, in my opinion, is a nice change of pace from the normal rules of the other game modes. In this mode, you start with one character. As you defeat "armies" around the map, you recruit members to your team. The catch is, is that if a member of your army is defeated in battle, you lose that character permanently. Making matters worse, the more time that passes, the stronger the undefeated armies become. This requres you to harness a whole new level of strategy and judgment that goes beyond the here-and-now feel of regular battles. With this FAQ, I hope to show you the individual strategies I used for each map, as well as providing you with the "path of least resistance", to help you conquer the maps a little easier. I hope I can be of help. Enjoy the FAQ! __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Disclaimers and Things to note: Despite what you see in Network matches, everyone has a different "Main" and a different way of playing said "Main". I primarily use Rachel, Arakune and Tager. For this Walkthrough, I may be expressing a bit of favoritism toward my "main"s. However, this is not a way for me to demand you use the characters yourselves. Use and recruit whatever characters you are comfortable with. I would recommend, though, that you do a little training with every character so you're not stuck for recruitment choices throughout your journeys through Legion Mode; especially when it comes to recruiting *Unlimited* versions of characters. That being said, I will not be able to provide specific battle strategies since your army may look vastly different from mine. It would make no sense to me to tell you who to bring into a battle if you didn't recruit them. There are a couple of exceptions to this disclaimer, which you will see in the walk- through of the Hard Map. Also, note the timer on the top of the map screen. Every time you engage and defeat an army, one of the little diamonds will fill in. When the timer reaches a big diamond, all of the undefeated armies on the map will go up a level. (For example: from A-Rank to S-Rank) This will jack up the AI for the opposing army a notable amount, which is why it's good to carefully plot your course over the map. Lastly, your characters do not heal completely after every battle. They heal partially, and the more members you have in your army, the less each character heals. Also, as mentioned before, if one of your recruits falls in battle, they are lost permanently. Choose your battles wisely. Okay, on to the nitty-gritty. The individual map Walkthroughs. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ "Let's get this party started!" - *Easy* Map Walkthrough Look-Over: This is a pretty straightforward map with a fork after the first battle. Take note that the bottom row of opponents are A and B-Rank while the upper row is all C and D-Rank. A rule thumb to note for Legion Mode: "Take out the harder opponents before they have a chance to level up any higher." Remember this as you go through the game. Tackling the map: For this map, we're going to be taking the bottom row first. Your opposition is as follows: D-Rank: Iron Tager B-Rank: Bang Shishigami A-Rank: Hazama Defeat these three and recruit as you see fit. (I Started with Rachel and only recruited the Tager) At the next fork, you will have 2 options, one of them being a battle against some Unlimited Characters. Now the Unlimited Characters are only B-Rank. So now is the time to take them out before they have a chance to level up. Make sure you save your game before facing them so if things go awry, you can pause it and return to the main menu to reload your save. (If you Game Over, your save erases and you have to start from the beginning.) Your opponents are as follows: B-Rank: *Unlimited* Iron Tager Lambda-11 *Unlimited* Bang Shishigami After this series of battles, two of your party members will be healed at random as a bonus! You also get the chance to recruit an Unlimited Character. Obviously, I chose Tager, but if you're more of a Bang or Lambda person, then go for it! At this point, you are 1 timer-diamond away from the enemies leveling up. However, if you go back to the space where you fought the A-Rank Hazama and take the other fork, you will see that the bonus for defeating this 4-person army is to reduce the enemy levels by 1. So this is where you want to go! Your opponents are as follows: A-Rank: Carl Clover Noel Vermillion Tsubaki Yayoi Jin Kisaragi You shouldn't have too much trouble sweeping them out with your new Unlimited Character (Or Lambda), and the bonus of having your party healed. But do save anyway, just in case. After the 4-person army is dispatched and the Enemy-Level-down bonus has been applied. The last 4 spaces on the map should be a breeze to clear. Start with the 5-member B-Rank army on the crown- shaped space and work your way back across the top row. After defeating the army on the Crown-Space, the rest of the undefeated armies will be of D-Rank. Just tear through them and you're done. Congrats, you cleared the Easy Map! There's your "Napoleon Bonaparte" Achievement and 10 Gamerscore! (Or your trophy for you PS3 Folk) __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ "Tougher Territories" - *Normal* Map Walkthrough Look-Over The Normal Difficulty map is a different animal right off the bat. You have the decision to go to the left or the right from the start position, and you have only 3 battles before the enemy armies level up. Looking around a bit more, you'll see that the crown-shaped boss space is already SS-Rank(!) with an assortment of tough AI opponents! To aleviate the difficulty, we're going to have to be very meticulous about the order in which you dispach the armies. Tackling the Map: How you start off this map should be an issue of character preference. If you prefer Arakune, Start off my beelining to the right. If you're more of a Jin kind of person, then start off to the left. Either way, your first goal should be clearing the entire horizontal line from where you started. From the starting position, going left, your opponents are as follows: B-Rank: Rachel Alucard Jin Kisaragi A-Rank: Hazama *Unlimited* Tsubaki Yayoi *Unlimited* Jin Kisaragi After defeating the A-Rank Army, I prefer recruiting the Unlimited character of your choice. Now, not only do you have some big power early on, but the enemy and boss levels have been reduced by 1. However, this has only delayed the inevitable enemy level up that will occur after your next battle. So, from here, proceed to the right, ignoring the other two A-Rank armies for now. Your next opponents are as follows: A-Rank: Litchi Faye Ling Taokaka After defeating these two, the undefeated armies will level up. So, your next opponent ends up as: S-Rank: *Unlimited* Arakune After defeating Arakune, you will get a "Health Potion" Bonus, which will heal two members of your party. Also, I HIGHLY recommend recruiting the Unlimited Arakune, even if you don't know how to play him, you can always put him on the front lines to powerhouse through as many enemies as you can make him before he bites it. Your goal now, should be targeting the the aforementioned SS-Rank Crown space, which is only two spaces down from the Arakune you just beat. The first thing you'll notice is the fact that the next space down has the "Level Down 3" Bonus, which will reduce the boss levels again! Your next opponents are as follows: B-Rank: Taokaka Carl Clover Bang Shishigami Hazama Now that the big boss stage is weakened to S-Rank, it is now the time to strike before they can level up again! Remember to save your game before tackling this! Your next opponents are as follows: S-Rank: Iron Tager Ragna the Bloodedge Rachel Alucard *Unlimited* Hakumen *Unlimited* Lambda-11 (v-13) After this grueling series of battles, the rest of the board will feel like a walk in the park! But before you get too comfortable, take note that there is one more boss square. It's at the far top of the board, two spaces up from where you fought the Unlimited Arakune. Backtrack and head up in that direction. Your next series of opponents are as follows: B-Rank: Iron Tager Hakumen Hazama A-Rank: Taokaka *Unlimited* Rachel Alucard After defeating the Tao and Rachel duo, there are no more boss rooms on the board. However, if you look to the left of your position, you'll see a "Level Down 2" Bonus is available to you in order to make the rest of the board a breeze. Fight this army next. Your opponents are as follows: C-Rank: Tsubaki Yayoi Jin Kisaragi Arakune Litchi Faye Ling After the Level Down Bonus takes effect, the rest of the undefeated armies are now nothing but beginner-level computer opponents. Begin systematically taking the rest of the opposition apart, starting with the strongest to the weakest. Here's a preferable order to do them in: B-Rank: Arakune Hakumen Jin Kisaragi C-Rank: Ragna the Bloodedge Iron Tager Carl Clover After that battle, the undefeated armies will level up again. Continue on, though. None of them are a real threat anymore. B-Rank: Litchi Faye Ling Bang Shishigami Noel Vermillion B-Rank: Ragna the Bloodedge B-Rank: Noel Vermillion Lambda-11 B-Rank: Noel vermillion Lambda-11 Tsubaki Yayoi C-Rank: Bang Shishigami Carl Clover And that's it! You've conquered the Normal Map! Enjoy your "Alexander the Great" Achievement and accompanying 20G or trophy! __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ "Journey of all Journeys" - *Hard* Map Walkthrough Look-Over This map is divided into 5 sections: The "Diamond" - The four spaces in your starting area The "Cross" - The four spaces to the right of the "Diamond" The "XX" - The mass of spaces to the north of the "Diamond" The "Triangle" - The 3 spaces to the right of the "XX" And the "Base" - The area surrounding and Crown-shaped Boss space. This is how I will be referring to the area on this map throughout this part of the walkthrough. You'll notice the crown space on this map is no laughing matter! As such, your primary focus should be both to recruit many of the powerful *Unlimited* Characters that are scattered over the map as well as carefully planning your course to weaken the big boss space in order to stand a chance against it. Well, let's get started. Tackling the Map: Start off by going right, directly toward the "Cross". Your opposition is as follows: B-Rank: Jin Kisaragi Rachel Alucard A-Rank: Ragna the Bloodedge Lambda-11 Now, you have a choice between 3 armies, each with an *Unlimited* character amongst thier ranks. You should also notice that you only have room for 2 more battles before the undefeated armies level up. What I recommend is defeating and recruiting 2 of them and ignoring the third one until later. That being said, I highly encourage your next opponents be: A-Rank: Arakune *Unlimited* Taokaka A-Rank: Hakumen *Unlimited* Carl Clover __________________________________________________________________________ Side Note: "Why is this?" you ask? Two reasons: 1. Against AI opponents, Unlimited Taokaka is absolutely broken. Her *D* attacks deal inappropriate amounts of damage and leave her unfairly safe even if blocked. She is the prefect weapon against the AI you will be facing. 2. Unlimited Carl may as well be called "Unlimited Nirvana". Nirvana moves twice as fast, deals out twice as many hits and builds Carl's heat up blindingly fast. You can effectively take out whole armies using JUST Nirvana, leaving Carl out of harm's way with his "Vivace" maneuver. With these two Brokenly-powerful members on your team, it will be hard for you to lose to anything that isn't *Unlimited* or in the "Base" part of the map. Now, I could just tell you to save before every battle and just bash through everything with Unlimited Taokaka, wrap this FAQ up and call it a day. But that wouldn't make for a very interesting walkthrough, would it? However, I will stand on the mention that from this point on, you SHOULD save before every fight in the event you lose your Taokaka. Like I said, she WILL be an important teammate against the Crown space in the "Base". ___________________________________________________________________________ Moving on, as I said before, it would be in your interest to ignore the third army in the "Cross" in the interest of conserving your timer. Go back to the "Diamond" and challenge the army in the upper right: A-Rank: Iron Tager Bang Shishigami After defeating them head into the "XX" part of the map, ignoring the last undefeated army in the "Diamond". Your first set of opponents are: S-Rank: Taokaka *Unlimited* Hakumen Once you're in the "XX" part of the map, it would be a good chance to check the status of your army. As you can see, there are TWO "Health Potion" bonuses in the "XX" section. However, I wouldn't recommend taking any of them unless you REALLY REALLY NEED a specific member of your party restored. Remember, our goal right now is to beeline for the boss space while getting all of the "Level Down" bonuses along the way. So, continue your journey to the next space toward the right. Here are your next opponents: S-Rank: Bang Shishigami *Unlimited* Iron Tager Unlimited Tager is no joke! He starts with a full Electric Gauge and can fire TWO Spark Bolts off of a full charge. Making matters worse is he is MUCH more mobile! (As in, he can now DASH AND AIR DASH) He WILL close distance on you very quickly if you are not careful! Fortunately, when you best him, you can recruit him into your army. His sheer power is a great asset! Now it's time to do what we came here for. You'll notice that the center of the second "X" has a "Level Down 1" Bonus. This is where you'll go next and fight the following army: A-Rank: Taokaka Lambda-11 Hakumen Now that you have leveled down the opposition, go back toward the right and head toward the "Triangle", fighting this army along the way: S-Rank: Carl Clover *Unlimited* Tsubaki Yayoi After this battle, the timer will have reached it's next big diamond, causing the undefeated armies to go up a level. But don't fret, there's plenty of help in the next section of the map: the "Triangle". The "Triangle" is three armies, two of them carrying "Level Down" Bonuses! Your next goal is to take out all three of these armies! Remember to save, because it's going to get real tough from here on out. Hope you still have your Unlimited Taokaka! S-Rank: Hazama Hakumen *Unlimited* Lambda-11 (v-13) S-Rank: Carl Clover Jin Kisaragi *Unlimited* Noel Vermillion S-Rank: Tsubaki Yayoi Ragna the Bloodedge *Unlimited* Rachel Alucard After your done, check your army again. Do you have any characters that need to be healed? If so, I suggest you turn back to the "XX" and fight one of the armies that provide a "Health Potion" bonus. Preferably this one: B-Rank: Ragna the Bloodedge Jin Kisaragi In my run-through to write this FAQ, I HAD to do this, so to aleviate any confusion, I will continue the walkthrough as such. Go heal your party. But only ONCE. You don't have a whole lot of time left before the "Base" levels up again! After healing, it is now time to approach the "Base". SAVE YOUR GAME! Your first battle in the base goes like this: S-Rank: Bang Shishigami Iron Tager *Unlimited* Litchi Faye Ling *Unlimited* Arakune Watch out! These S-Rank Unlimited characters can pack a serious wallop of you're not careful! Arakune's Curse is instantaneous on hit, like it was in Calamity Trigger, and 3-times as many insects appear during the curse. Litchi is fast as lightning and can take out half your life bar before you even know what's going on. (I don't play Litchi at all so I don't really know all of her changes) Engage all of these opponents with caution. After you take out the first army in the "Base", it's time to go right to the heart. Attack the Crown-Space now while it's still weakened by your bonuses! Save your game and prepare for a the toughest army Legion Mode has to offer! And as tedious as it is to say this, it's still necessary: SAVE YOUR GAME!!!! S-Rank: Tsubaki Yayoi *Unlimited* Rachel Alucard *Unlimited* Jin Kisaragi *Unlimited* Ragna the Bloodedge *Unlimited* Hazama If you get through the battle with less than 3 characters left in your army, or you lost a member you rather would not have, then I would recommend reloading your save and trying again. If not, then congrats! You've cleared the strongest army in all of Legion Mode. Now all that's left is to sweep up the rest of the undefeated armies. Before you select your next target, take note that the enemies will level up again after your next battle and will level up again every other battle after that. So you want to stay in the "Base" and clear it all out before you do anything else. To the right of the Crown-Space, is a "Health Potion" Bonus. If you want to heal right away after the tough battle you just endured, you should. So, your next 3 battles go as follows: A-Rank: Bang Shishigami Taokaka Arakune Rachel Alucard Ragna the Bloodedge Then the Enemies level up, so you now have to fight: S-Rank: Litchi Faye Ling Arakune Iron Tager Hakumen Lambda-11 S-Rank: Carl Clover Noel vermillion Tsubaki Yayoi Hazama Jin Kisaragi After defeating these armies, the rest of the undefeated spaces will level up again. Go back to the "XX" section of the map and clear out the three remaining armies. Unless you're desperate for a "Health Potion" Bonus, I recommend you tackle the S-Rank Armies first (So they don't become SS-Rank): S-Rank: Noel Vermillion Tsubaki Yayoi S-Rank: Rachel Alucard Hazama After these two battles take place, the last few armies will get one final Level Up. Start with the last battle in the "XX" area and work your way back toward the "Cross". The final 3 battles of the long-fought Hard Map are as follows: In the "XX" S-Rank: Carl Clover Litchi Faye Ling Arakune In the "Diamond" S-Rank: Noel Vermillion Hazama And lastly, in the "Cross" SS-Rank: Litchi Faye Ling *Unlimited* Bang Shishigami *Note that throughout this entire walkthrough, the very last battle is the ONLY SS-Rank battle you should encounter in ALL of Legion Mode if you followed this guide to the letter ^_^ There you have it! Congratulations! You've completed Legion Mode on Hard! Enjoy your "Genghis Khan" Achievement and 30G/Trophy! _______________________________________________________________________ Contact: If there's anything you may feel I need to add, feel free to contact me at BriggZain@gmail.com _______________________________________________________________________ Thank you for checking this out! I hope you enjoyed this walkthrough and also hope to be inspired to make another one in the future. _______________________________________________________________________ This Legion Mode Guide is for use on GameFAQs only. If you find it anywhere else, please notify either myself or GameFAQs staff.