Mankind is plagued by a catastrophe, and the world’s survival depends on an elite team of Valkyries under your command. Honkai Impact 3rd is the latest anime-style action RPG for Android and iOS devices. The game features fluid gameplay and stunning hand-drawn art. Do not make the mistake of thinking it is anything like other games from the genre, though. Honkai Impact 3rd is not some auto-play grinder filled with fan service and flashy lights. Its unique combat system keeps players on their toes. Utilize evasive maneuvers with combos in order to fight effectively.
On top of that, there are hundreds of weapons and stigmata available for you to equip. You will need to put together the right combination of Valkyries and equipment if you want to succeed. If you find yourself struggling to survive your battles, don’t worry. Just check out our Honkai Impact 3rd beginner’s guide for some much-needed tips and tricks!
1. Save Your Ultimate Move
As we mentioned above, Honkai Impact 3rd is different from others in the genre because it is not rigged with an auto-play system that leaves players with nothing to do but watch. On one hand, that means more work for you. On the other hand, it is great because you actually play the game. The game also minimized the need for walking around and talking to random NPCs, so you really won’t miss the auto-navigate from other titles.
The battle system mostly involves executing combos by mashing the large attack button. Doing this will charge up your ultimate move. Once fully charged, you can unleash a powerful attack. While you are free to use your ultimate at any point when it is charged, it is best if you save it until you encounter a boss. You won’t always have enough time to charge up another ultimate, so you should keep that ace in your sleeve until it is absolutely necessary.
2. Master The Evasive Maneuvers
One of the unique things about Honkai Impact 3rd is the ability to evade. While it is certainly not a new concept, evasion in this game works a little differently. You won’t button mash to dash around the map. You will need to wait for the right moment in order to evade. Wait until you see a faint flash on the screen, then press the evade button to dodge the incoming attack. Executing this successfully will allow you to quickly follow up with a counter attack. If you are not confident, you always have the option to run away from the enemy to avoid the attack. It’s just not as cool to look at, and you will miss the chance to return fire.
3. Invest In Rare Equipment
You will be able to collect a variety of equipment as you progress in the game. The different gears are rated from one to five stars. The higher the rating, the higher the rarity of the equipment. Make sure you hold on to the rare equipment. You should also take time to upgrade and level up the rare gear that you have equipped. This will increase your combat power even more. Don’t bother upgrading any of your one-star items since you will most likely replace them quickly. You should also save some of your learning chips so you can use them for leveling up your characters.
Before you can upgrade your weapon, you will need specific materials. Upgrading improves the stats and rarity of a weapon. Keep in mind, though, that the more you upgrade a weapon, the more materials you will need the next time around. If you are short on materials, you can easily farm for more by tapping on the material. Doing this will show you a list of stages where you can hunt for the needed materials.
4. Function Over Fashion
Since you have a team of beautiful Valkyries, it is understandable that you would want to play dress up with them. Just make sure, however, that you still prioritize function over fashion. No matter how pretty your Valkyries are, the enemies won’t stop attacking to admire them. Always equip your Valkyrie with battle clothes since these provide defensive stats. Casual clothes are useless in battle, so use them only when you want to play around.
Both casual and battle clothes can be acquired from events, clothing coupons, and by spending real money. You are free to go on a shopping spree if you don’t mind spending real money as long as you remember the difference between the two types of clothes. If you opt for the events and coupons, on the other hand, it will take you a bit longer to expand your wardrobe. If you cannot seem to spend your clothing coupons, it is most likely because the event associated with it has not started yet. Just wait and you will be able to use it eventually.
5. Learn The Character Types
There are three character types in Honkai Impact 3rd, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. These are Mecha, Creature, and Psychic. The enemies you encounter also belong to one of the three character types. You need to know how these interact in order to gain the upper hand. Mecha characters are strong against Creatures. Creature characters are strong against Psychics. Psychics are strong against Mecha types.
The character types of your enemies are not easily identifiable. You will need to pay attention to their color scheme and figure it out from there. After a few battles, you will be able to tell what type your enemy is at first glance. Use this knowledge to get an advantage in battle.
6. Complete The Side Objectives
Crystals are the premium currency of the game, but there is an easy way to collect it without spending real money. The best way to get more Crystals is by completing side objectives. Every side objective you complete gives you 5 Crystals. After a few missions, you will have enough to open loot boxes. Make sure you take time to complete those side objectives because you will need to open a lot of loot boxes in order to get better Valkyries, weapons, and stigmata.
7. Complete The Academy Missions
Honkai Impact 3rd gives you a bit more incentive to learn more about its mechanics. When you head over to the Help menu and go into the Academy tab, you will be able to work on some hidden quests. These quests will teach you the basics of the game and will reward you with Crystals upon completion. What is even better about these hidden missions is that you won’t be spending any stamina on them. All you have to do is take time to learn more about the game and you get rewarded with free premium currency. There is absolutely no reason for you to skip this!
8. Watch Out For Energy Leaks
Energy leaks are good in this game. You should keep an eye on the screen to see if the Energy Leaks icon appears. When it does, that means you have the chance to earn some more Crystals. Just look for the levels that are affected by the Energy Leaks. Keep in mind that Energy Leaks can affect levels that you have already completed. Just run through those levels again in order to gain more Crystals!
It is time to save mankind from the Honkai menace! Stick to our Honkai Impact 3rd strategy guide in order to wipe out your enemies!