Bandai Namco’s Tales of Link brings your favorite characters from the “Tales of” series to mobile (and in English, at that), and while it’s only available for iOS devices now, we reckon it should soon be making its way to Android and the Google Play Store. You can create a party of heroes consisting of nine different characters, all of whom have their own unique skills. Considering the number of available characters, there are over 360,000 possible team combinations that Bandai says can give you “maximum tactical advantage” in battle. You can, of course, train and develop your characters as you go along in the game, and do that in various ways.
Fans of anime-themed games should enjoy this title, which helps the “Tales of” series celebrate its big 20th anniversary. But you may find some of the aspects of the game a little hard to pick up, which is where we can be of help. Check out our list of tips and tricks in this Tales of Link strategy guide, which includes advice for all kinds of players, from the newbies to the more experienced.
1. Start Out With Lower Attacks
Depending on the hero you choose, you’ll be dealing with different attack multipliers. In other words, links that begin with the lowest attacks and end with the highest should result in greater damage against the enemy. Attack multipliers can vary depending on the hero you’re using – specifically, we’re referring to their status. And while it may be a bit complicated to explain how this work in greater detail, we can tell you that you can multiply your damage by thousands (maybe even by 50,000 times) by having the right combination in your link.
2. Improve Your Weapons
Tales of Link comes with five different types of weapons – these include slashing, thrusting, shooting, bashing, and magic weapons. Each weapon has ten levels, with N being the lowest and UR++ being the highest. So how can you make these weapons better, or get better ones? You can use a gear summon, or you can also join the game’s special events, which we’ll be delving in again later. Weapons gathered in events may be better than the ones you collect via summons. For example, you can only get UR-level weapons by joining the Weapon Events. Join those events, and your weapons and heroes will become even more powerful.
3. Take Advantage Of The Beginner Summon
Go to the Summon menu on the bottom of your screen and you’ll see an option to use the Beginner Summon. This will guarantee you one five-star hero and three four-star heroes once you make use of it. Take full advantage of this feature, as this could give you the heroes you need to complete the early quests and gather more hero stones. As an aside, you can also get additional hero stones from your login bonuses. And once you use your second summon, you’ll still be getting a couple of four-star heroes; indeed, this game does seem to be quite generous when it comes to the summon feature, though there are so many other ways to get more quality heroes.
4. Take Part In Events For More Rare Heroes
Want more rare heroes beyond the ones available via summons? You can join events, which can sometimes give you different four-star heroes. Got a duplicate hero? Don’t worry about that, as you can break their limit; limit-broken heroes of four-star rarity can sometimes be as strong as a less powerful five-star hero. Just keep on joining events, and who knows – you might be able to unlock a hero who could be of good use to your team, even in the harder levels.
5. Complete More Daily Contracts
What can you get by completing more daily contracts in Tales of Link? For starters, you can get additional hero points and stamina gel, among other rewards. We would suggest sending Lippy on missions – click on him and deploy him, it’s as simple as that. By completing missions, you can earn different free items, as well as free heroes. And since rewards get better as missions get harder, you just might find yourself winning some five-star heroes by completing the harder contracts or missions in the game.
6. Release Heroes For More LP
Level Points, or LP, are the points you can use to level up your heroes. As you cannot use heroes you don’t need to upgrade the star rarity of a target hero, you can release them in a different way, getting more LP in return.
7. Go To The Soul Arena
Like many other RPGs, Tales of Link comes with some MOBA elements in it, in the form of the Soul Arena. Fighting in the Arena could potentially earn you five-star heroes and 400 percent attack Mystic Artes, though if you’re new to the game, you shouldn’t exactly be hoping for those goodies. For the meantime, you’ll want to start by earning more mana in the Arena; the mana prizes do come with some additional rewards! You could also end up with new SR gear by winning Soul Arena fights, so work on your skills and prime yourself for this mode in the game.
8. About The Game’s Other Currencies
Earlier, we gave you a backgrounder on LP, or level points. But what about the other currencies? Gald (I guess that’s what they call gold) can be spent to fuse gears and evolve equipment, and when it comes to fusing and evolving, you should always go with your best weapons and armor. As for the other currency, Hero Stones can be used to roll for a summon, or to immediately complete a mission. We suggest using your Hero Stones for the former, but not for the latter!
9. Equip Some Guardians
It’s possible to equip Guardians (e.g. Attack, Defense, and Support) to launch different skills, but you should make sure that a Guardian’s element matches that of your hero’s. This will launch elemental effects, which can be really powerful. Also, you can earn Guardian Tickets from Part 2 of Chapter 5; going back to what we were covering above, you can use those tickets to buy a five-star rarity Guardian. That could be really helpful if you’re fighting regularly in the Soul Arena.
10. Improve Your Heroes’ Abilities With Miscellaneous Items
Your inventory will show you different items you already have, such as your stamina gel and your herbs. Obviously, stamina gel allows you to refill Stamina, while the herbs (sage, rosemary, lavender) can be used to improve the abilities of your heroes. You may also encounter summon tickets and keys; be sure that you use those keys, as you can only hold a maximum of 15 keys at any one time in the game.
11. Revisit Adventures In The Scenario Gallery
Tales of Link has a rich and interesting story to tell, and you can look back on that story by going to the Scenario Gallery. May it be a previous plot or cutscene, you can go back to it in the Scenario Gallery; you can also use it to look back and give yourself a refresher on characters you encountered.
That’s all for now as far as our list of Tales of Link tips and tricks are concerned. Stay tuned for more hints, as we are planning to publish another guide for this exciting game!