Fans of MMORPGs or the Final Fantasy games are definitely up for a treat with the celebration of Granblue Fantasy’s six years of gaming! A massive Multiplayer Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) with hero collector elements, Granblue Fantasy is notable for reuniting the famous composer Nobuo Uematsu, and the art director for Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy IX. and Lost Odyssey’s Hideo Minaba.
This game is also famous for its omnipresent voice-acting, featuring a star-studded cast of Japanese voice actors such as Sakura Tange (Sakura of Cardcaptor Sakura), Hikaru Midorikawa (Heero Yuy of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing), and Takehito Koyasu (Dio Brando of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure).
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The Granblue Fantasy mobile game currently ranks at number 42 in Google Play Japan’s top grossing apps. Despite no official release outside Japan, the game has an official English translation that you can always play on Google Chrome or Safari on a PC or on your phone.
For its 6th year anniversary, Granblue Fantasy ran the “Seeds of Redemption” story event that ran from February 26 to March 20, but to everyone’s surprise, they also celebrated with the story that started it all: the re-run of the iconic story event, “What Makes the Sky Blue”, and its conclusion with Triple Zero.
While this story event only began during its 3rd year anniversary, this year’s event concludes the saga and features the Granblue community’s favourite Girl in Blue, Lyria, now taking to the front lines as an SR playable character. Lyria is notable for her abnormally powerful Charge Attack that far surpasses the power of SSR Characters and even the mighty Eternals, in exchange for not being able to attack normally.
The timeline of the current event follows after What Makes the Sky Blue II: Paradise Lost, Part 2 of the Archangel Saga.
With the event re-run’s duration running from April 20, 2020 – April 28, 2020 (which was extended until the 29th), notable rewards include the coveted Cherubim’s Lance and Dragon’s Rage. There are also higher gains for new players that join and participate in the event!
The developers announced the anticipated event last February 28th, and while the event is entering its final hours, don’t be discouraged if you just started. The event is currently the only way to get Sandalphon’s 5 star uncap material, White Plume. If you’re a complete newbie to the game, don’t worry! The event is quite easy to finish, since all combat scenarios are either made with premade teams, or are in multiplayer format, allowing you to call on other players to clear the battle for you. In the worst case scenario, you could simply use the skip function and read the story at your own leisure through the Journal.
The Iconic Retelling of the Tale
Pronounced as Triple Zero, the final chapter of the Archangel Saga is a story re-run event.
Following the events after Paradise Lost where mass panic spread through the sky dwellers due to a mysterious veiled darkness, now the Grandcypher along with its crew must travel to the land of Canaan to fight against the root of this threat. Paradise Lost commemorated the 4th anniversary of Granblue Fantasy last year, featuring a playable SSR character, Sandalphon and antagonist of Part 1. Sandalphon is notable for being one of the most powerful free SSR characters released, easily competing with most other SSR Light attackers that players can obtain from the draw.
After inheriting the title of Supreme Primarch after Lucifer’s death, Sandalphon, the Four Primarchs and the rest of the skies now face the threat of the Fallen Angel Belial and the rest of the fallen angels’ attempts to activate Pandemonium, and with it the destruction of the skies as they know it.
As this is a rerun, most veterans will have obtained the story rewards already and only need to worry about the crystal rewards for finishing each story chapter as is usual for reruns. For newer players and veterans who missed the initial run of the event, the main rewards of note would be the White Plume and the Speaker’s Bangle, the rewards for clearing the story and the God’s Reverie bonus battle respectively.
The White Plume is the only necessary item needed for Sandalphon’s 5 star uncap. Players who don’t have him can obtain him by playing “What Makes The Sky Blue II: Paradise Lost”, in the Side Stories.
The Speaker’s Bangle is a special item used to trade for a single Atma Weapon of your choice. Veterans who missed the first run will benefit from having an additional team-building option due to the limited quantity of Ultima Cores needed to craft them in the first place.
Newer players will get a huge jump start in their weapon grid since the ability to host and join the raids necessary to even begin crafting only becomes possible at Rank 80.
With the exception of “The Fallen Lord Rises”, all enemies are Dark-element. For the raid battles, players are advised to use a Light-element team for maximum damage.
Tips for Veteran GranBlue Fantasy Players During Re-run Event
For those who finished the original run, items of interest will include crystals from draw boxes and trophies, Sephira Stones, Damascus Crystals, Coronation Rings and Lineage Rings from battle badges and honour rewards. If you’re extremely lucky, there’s a non-zero chance of obtaining a Damascus Grain from the Nightmare-difficulty fights and raid battles.
Those who have yet to clear the event may also refer to the newbie section below for rewards of interest.
The rerun now includes a new addition, quite different from the previous run of the event. This time, the rerun now features an exclusive Proud difficulty battle, “The Fallen Lord Rises”, a slightly toned down version of the Impossible (Hard) Difficulty Raid Battle, Dark Rapture.
Lucilius comes complete with all of the mechanics of the original raid such as the Twelve Labours, 999,999 damage Paradise Lost triggers, and even a plain damage opening move with some numbers toned down such as the opening nuke being “only” 10 thousand as opposed to the usual 30 thousand, having “only” 250 million hp compared to the usual 500 million, and a much longer time limit. The rewards of the battle include a Blue Sky Crystal, 50 crystals, 200 draw box tokens, and, most of all, bragging rights to have cleared one of the most difficult Proud-difficulty fights released yet.
Warning: this fight is not to be taken lightly. Come in prepared and proceed with caution.
Interested challengers can simply refer to the same tips and guides used by exceptionally powerful players who have fought the raid version of Lucilius alone and won.
Veterans of level 101 and higher will also have access to the Impossible-difficulty raid battle which has far more health and provides more rewards.
Quick Event Guide for New Granblue Fantasy Players
Like all story events, new players can dive into the event right away! Most of the event is pure story, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the light show.
For chapters with battles, all solo battles consist of premade teams with fixed stats and characters. While a couple of the fights may require a bit of thought, none of them will require any of the player’s own resources to clear.
Don’t worry. It’s easy!
If one is concerned about spoilers or is pressed for time, you can opt to skip all the story beats and read all about them later after finishing up on the side stories of the previous 2 stories, the first “What makes the Sky Blue”, and “Paradise Lost”.
Raid battles are the game mechanics that allow Granblue Fantasy players to field their own party. With this mechanic, newbies can easily request for backup. Plenty of veterans within the game are more than happy to clear it for you.
The God’s Reverie bonus battle is going to appear intimidating to newbies at first glance with it’s 25 million health.
However, the boss not only damages itself for 1 million each time it takes damage 5 or more times in one turn, it’s attacks are not particularly damaging and, to top it all off, it buffs your party with permanent healing each round. Newer players only need to worry about outlasting him and either performing at least one double attack each turn or using at least one damaging ability each turn. Eventually, he will fall.
Renie and Wulf owners rejoice! Just leave the thing on full auto battle and he’ll go down. Eventually.
For your patience and participation, you will be provided with a Speaker’s Bangle, which can be exchanged for a single Atma Weapon of your choice.
Atma Weapons are powerful weapons normally obtainable roughly midway through the game that grants a significant 20% bonus attack and 10% bonus health to characters that are proficient in the weapons. For example, the Atma Sword boosts all party members that have sword proficiency.
Because the weapon with the greatest number of proficient users happens to be Sword, the Atma Sword will be the safest and most consistent option and will serve you for a long, long time.
Traditionally, anniversary events come with ½ AP, ½ treasure cost events which is exactly what the name implies: most raid battles except for some select ones only require half AP to host and half the materials needed. As some raids such as Nezha require a relatively expensive 50 elemental whorls to host, this makes it the best time to host such raids.
The bigger reason to join during the anniversary is because of the Gachapin and Mukku Roulette, featuring famous Japanese television characters, Gachapin and Mukku.
Each day during the celebration period, players are given a minimum of 10 FREE draws from the draw, up to a maximum of 100. Each spin helps fill up a meter and fills it up even more if it’s of lower value. A mechanic triggers when the meter is filled, letting the player make as many free pulls as they want until they obtain at least 1 SSR or continue to draw a maximum of 300.
But wait! There’s more!
After Gachapin Frenzy finishes, there’s a chance to procure a Mukku Frenzy! In this state, the player draws as many times as they want until they obtain at least 3 or more SSRs.
We’re not done yet! As of the 6th Anniversary celebration, the final day of roulette is guaranteed to be a 100 draws AND will trigger Super Mukku Frenzy afterwards, where players may perform as many draws as they want until they obtain at least 5 or more SSRs.
What Else To Expect from Granblue Fantasy?
While not as big in scope nor in production value as the What Makes The Sky Blue and Seeds of Redemption events, the next event coming is a story event called, “The Art of Mercy”. The character in focus for this event appears to be Altair, the Silver Strategist. The featured reward is a new outfit for Altair.
In the official event page for Art of Mercy, the developers declared that due to recent developments with COVID-19, this event, along with several other new events, will feature partial-to-no voice acting. The devs did promise that once the whole thing settles down, they’ll make an announcement in regards to voice-acting for affected events.
Based on the teaser images shown so far, it looks like the enemy will be Fire-focused so it’s possible that Water teams will be at an advantage.
As usual, the main story of the event is trivial in difficulty and even total newbies can easily clear it for the rewards with some assistance from veterans for multiplayer battles.
Veterans will likely be more interested in the draw boxes and battle badge rewards. The teaser for the event features the following rewards.
- Intricacy and Lineage Rings
- Damascus Crystals
- Sephira Stones
- Blue Sky Crystals
- Champion and Supreme Merits
- SSR Summon Stone. Details unknown and to be updated during the event!
Based on the GBF Calendar, the event starts on April 29, 7 PM and ends on May 7.