I’m probably not cut out to play one game forever, especially not one as time-consuming as Granblue Fantasy, so I’ve been looking for a good end point for the past twenty levels or so. I heard someone refer to level 101+ as Granblue’s “endgame” and it clicked. Endgame… end game… end the game! I’m a genius!
The other reason I dropped the game is because reaching HL undoes all the progress you’ve done until that point. Not really, of course, but it feels like it because you’re so strong compared to other players circa level 99, then you reach 101 and jump into HL battles and WHOA, I cannot compete at all. Forget 120k contribution, I can’t even hit 60! That’s what you get with incomplete weapon pools but it’s still a bit of a shock to the system. It’s like going from your final year of junior high to your first year of high school. From the top of the totem pole to the bottom of the food chain in one night. Gyaaah!
Out of idle curiosity I looked up what I would need to start being competitive again. Let’s see, I’d have to fully uncap all my Tiamat Bolt Omegas…
Wind Centrums are a guaranteed drop from Tiamat HL, but that’s still 15 x 7 battles to uncap the whole pool = 105 battles. More troublesome were the wind urns, a rare random drop from 6-man battles. How many battles would it take to get them all? (correction: they’re a guaranteed drop as well. That’s good to know) And then the gun stones. With only 500k chips to my name it will be a loooong casino grind to get the 77 million needed for Jewel Modele. And the quartz, I only have about 20 spare Tiamat summons and no money to reduce them with. Nope, nope, nope.
What about Tier IV classes? I had a Murakumo replica in my storage, how hard would it be to get a class weapon?
The plan falls apart at the very first stage. Co op? You want ME to do co op? And not just once but possibly hundreds of times for the first stage alone? In fact, you are not serious. End of conversation.
Well I wasn’t planning to continue after HL anyway so these extra grind requirements were just the final nails in the coffin. And so with that lengthy introduction, welcome to what is most likely my final post on Granblue Fantasy. It’s nothing exciting, just a record of my final parties and weapon pools in all elements, plus the result of my final Legfest rolls and maybe a few tips at the end. If you’re interested you can compare this last status report with my earlier ones:
Might be helpful if you’re thinking of starting Grindblue and want to know how far you can get in 7 months as a fairly casual player. Now on to our story.
My blastin’ Wind weapon pool, or How I Settled on a Main pool
I thought I would go Dark when I first started out, but after pulling Vaseraga in my first legfest I didn’t get another Dark SSR until December 2016. Also being a Dark/Light player means you really have to cap renown every week if you want to progress and I hate doing my daily raids. I can count on two hands the number of weeks I’ve capped renown since I started, it’s that bad. That was the end of that.
So then I thought I would go Water because I had Silva and later got Lilele, but I couldn’t MVP Leviathan Omega for the life of me. Plus he just wouldn’t give me any daggers in the single red box I got from hosting. It was around level 90 before I saw my first Leviathan Omega dagger, true story. First tip: don’t waste your gold anima on omegas you can’t MVP. You’ll regret it later, especially now that the casino doesn’t dish out anima like candy any more.
After that I flitted here and there trying this pool and that depending on what the game dropped or what legfest blessed me with. It was only in the upper 70s when I won Super Bingo that I realized I had a pretty good Wind team in Feena, Metera and Sutera + a Wind Carbuncle. I added Anat, started stalking Tiamat and the rest is history:
An improvement from level 90 but it still needs work. Those last two bolts need to be MLB’d, for starters. A Cosmos gun is not going to happen because I hate camping for Grand Order so I’m supposed to MLB a Wind Unknown to fill its place instead. Not going to happen either. What I might do one day (actually I’m lying, I won’t do it) is upgrade that Bahamat dagger to benefit my Erune-heavy party. Speaking of which, here are my beautiful Wind ladies:
From left to right: Feena, Metera and Sutera. Oh wait, their names are right there in the picture. Unless otherwise stated my backline always consists of Yuel and Amira because I’m trying to get them to level 100. When that’s done I’ll probably stick Helnar and Summer Jin back there. I was building Seofon/Siete to be my main Wind attacker, but once I decided to quit the grind seemed kinda pointless. Besides, these three girls have been together since June. It would be a shame to break up a beautiful female friendship because of a guy.
My rockin’ Earth weapon pool
Very powerful team in short fights where Nemone’s fragility and my lack of healing don’t become issues. They had a field day last Unite and Fight, for starters. Here’s the pool:
3 out of 6 Yggdrasil Swords MLB’d and plans are far advanced to replace the Titan broadsword with a GW dagger. By that I mean I won’t actually do it but it’s nice to talk about it. And here’s my party, unchanged from last time.
The nice thing about having a Human + Erune + Harvin team is I can take full advantage of Tezcatlipoca summons for a huge attack boost. Beating Leviathan Omega before he unleashes his overdrive is as easy as twisting a baby’s arm now. I don’t even know what Perilous Tidefall looks like any more :-p.
My splashin’ Water weapon pool
All that Levi bashing has given me a nice starter Water pool that lets me whittle Colossus Omega down to 50% HP within two ougis.
I have a lot of good water SSRs, but the real star is Yngwie. The man tanks Dimensional Cleave like it was nothing and says “Please sir, may I have some more?” On a good day he can even tank two in a row without healing. I think his synergy with the Cosmos Dagger DEF has a lot to do with it. Either way, you go Yngwie, you da (creepy old) man!
Lancelot and Romeo are very recent additions I haven’t had the time/money/anima to level up yet. In the future I might go with a team of Silva, Lilele & Yngwie for short battles that need Yngwie’s tanking skills and Lancelot, Romeo & Lilele for everything else. Not that there’s any future for me and Grindblue, but you know what I mean.
My sizzlin’ Fire weapon pool
Or more like fizzlin’, since it’s my personal favorite but also my weakest next to Dark. I’m sorry to report that it has now become a boring cookie-cutter team just like every other fire pool in the Granblue universe. It takes away a lot of the excitement of building your own pool when it’s just going to look the same as yours and his and hers and everyone else’s in between, all 12 million Granblue Fantasy players aiming for the same results. Imagine if all 100 million starving artists in the world were trying to paint the exact same picture, how boring would that be? Maybe that’s how MMORPGs work and I’m only surprised because this is my first one. It’s normal in an offline RPG for there to be only one or two ultimate weapons per game per class, but in a potentially limitless MMORPG? Boooring. But I digress. I always digress. Sumimasen.
The Unknown axes aren’t FLB’d because my grind fu failed me at a critical moment. I just couldn’t bring myself to fight even one more battle. Now that damascus ingots are a thing, that might be something to consider…nah. Can’t be bothered.
I also have Agielba but his damage output isn’t high enough to justify giving up Anna and her sweet Charm and Dark attacks. Anna 5* when? Yuel in the middle was kinda useless until she got fire echoes at level 95. She’s still useless though. And her voice is annoying. Zahlhamelina would be mai waifu if I bothered having waifus outside romantic games.
My gloomy Dark Pool
*sigh* Where did I go wrong, Dark? I liked you so much at first. I still like you a lot even now. But… but… just look at this.
I don’t even have enough dark SRs or SSRs to fill the pool, haha, ha, haa… But you can look on the bright side and call it a real fixer-upper, in real estate parlance. I have a level 100 GW Harp almost ready for element-changing so that would be a start. But really I’ve just given up on dark. It is enough.
My favorite party to look at, aesthetically-speaking. I find a soothing harmony in the combination of stoic Vaseraga, dark troubled Danua and flashy Yuri. It’s almost enough to make me forget that this lineup hasn’t changed at all since I started the game, haa… I pulled Lady Grey in the most recent Legfest but I don’t really want to use her. Like, “What do you want here?” Why here, why now? Why not 20 levels ago? *sigh*
My brilliant Light Pool
Not much to say about this one. It would be in better shape if fighting Luminiera wasn’t such a chore. Then again maybe not, knowing the drop rates in this game.
It used to be even better back when I used my awakened GW dagger as a main hand. Combined with Amira’s Bal-Sagoth it helped me keep spitting out double and triple attacks like water, which kept the ougis constantly flowing. Have you ever seen Juliet ougi? With ATK boosts from Lucifer and Light carbuncle and a Light Res Down on the enemy? It’s a sight to make grown men weep.
My surprisingly-powerful-despite-a-mediocre-pool light party. I also have Sarunan and SSR Rosamia waiting in the wings, probably forever. I used to sub SR Katalina in for Celeste Omega battles, but now I use my Wind team + Katalina + two Onyx carbuncles for that so the Light team doesn’t see much use.
My Final Legend Fest pulls
That’s it for the pools. Now for the results of my final Legfest draws. I saved up 18,000 crystals in November and December and scrounged up another 6000 from game gifts and events. I was hoping to pull either Korwa, Birdman or Mahira for characters and Tezcatlipoca or Shiva for summons. Heh, I should be so lucky. I’ll just post the draws where I got something remotely useful.
That’s Lucifer, Rosamia and Lady Grey, if the images are too small to see. I also got Romeo and two Onyx Carbuncles from single pulls and the useless Setekh wind summon from a New Year’s Special ticket. Not a very impressive haul tbh. If I’d known this would happen I would have saved up for a spark instead. That’s still an option. I could just log in and do events for the crystals until I have 90,000. But, hmm, it’s kind of meaningless getting a good character or a summon for a game you don’t intend to pursue any further. That’s that, then.
My Granblue Fantasy tips, or Stuff That Worked for Me but might not Work for You
It’s hard to make any irreparable errors in Grindblue Farmtasy. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, and it doesn’t mean there aren’t many things that can make your life way easier. Here are a few things I wish I’d known or done back when I started out.
-If you’re a casual free-to-play player like me, Wind is the best element. When you’re Wind, you can get three guaranteed SSR characters just by grinding (Christine, Seofon and Niyon – the latter two are some of the best SSRs in the game), you can get four or more Wind carbuncles pretty easily, you’ll get a great summon from the casino, you don’t need to take part in Guild Wars/Unite and Fight and you don’t need any summon friends. Heck I unfriended everyone and turned off the “Receive Friend Requests” option 20 levels ago and haven’t missed it one bit. It’ll be a cold, cold day in Granblue Hell before you’ll ever find the Wind summons list without three or four MLB Anats on it.
And that’s not even getting into the lovely numbers you can put out with a “Hurt me more!” Tiamat Bolt Omega grid. If you’re in doubt which element to pick, just go Wind and never look back.
-Get a Weapon Stash when you start and stick every weapon with a Skill in it. If you fight a monster and it says “Rare Monster” and it drops a weapon, HANG ON TO THAT BABY FOR DEAR LIFE! You’ll thank me later when you decide to get one of the Unite and Fight/GW characters.
-When I started out I had no idea what weapon skills were so I wasted countless skilled Rs, SRs and SSRs on leveling up weapons. I would see that little skill up percentage sign and just assume it was cumulative. 5%? Oh okay, so next time I can add some more percentage points and eventually it will get to 100% right? >________< So sub-tip, learn what weapon skills are ASAP and don’t carelessly fuse away any weapon with a skill.
-Also hang on to all SR and SSR weapons you get from gacha, events and enemies. They’ll come in handy much later when you have your element pool ready for skilling up. You’ll also need the weapon stones from gacha weapons for MLB’ing and FLB’ing omega wepaons. Oh, and get a Summon Stash and stick all spare SR and above summons inside. You’ll need so many elemental quartz when you reach HL that you’ll regret every Hellhound and Elderwyrm you fused away with a dismissive “Pah!”
-That “Favorite” option isn’t just there for decoration, use it! Especially on anything you plan to use soon but not just yet. Otherwise it will be you fusing away your second Garnet Carbuncle without thinking. Or getting a Yggdrasil Sword drop and using it to uncap another, little knowing the drop actually went into your crate and the one you just fused away was a SL5 you were going to put in your party later, etc etc. You should definitely Favorite one-time only weapons like the Suzaku katana and Xuanwu mace and any good unknowns. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
-Be in a crew / guild if at all possible. You don’t have to join an existing one, you can start your own. I was guild-free from level 1-50, in a fairly powerful guild from 50-80 and in my own one-man crew from 80-103. I’d rank them Existing Crew >> One-man Crew >>>>>> No Crew.
The only real reason to go one-man is if you’re super-casual, super anti-social or you have the rupies to burn and don’t want to deal with other people. Just being able to set and change strike times anyhow you want is worth the price of admission.
For everyone else there are so many thousands of guilds out there you’re bound to find one that fits your timezone and play style. Then you can get advice from older players, tackle co-op and tough raids together, chat and commiserate with each other over shoddy legfest pulls and so on and so forth. It’s well worth the effort.
-Unless you plan to quit after level 101, you really should do your Co-op dailies. Yes, co-op sucks. Getting into a room in the first place is an exercise in frustration. Even if you do they probably won’t be doing the quests you need. And the leader might close the room after just a quest or two. Or the other players might kill the enemy before you can even get a hit in. And good luck getting the item you need to drop even if you’re in the right quest. Etc. etc.
But still, you should do them if you can. Those blue crystals and creeds are just too valuable, and the scales and animas and other rewards are pretty nice too. The solution here is, find a good crew and form a regular co-op posse or get some like-minded fellow players together and do the same.
-Get your info from a regularly updated source. I liked to lurk the GBF Reddit for the latest info and answers to questions. There are a lot of forums and articles about Granblue Fantasy out there but the game changes so often that a lot of it is old intel. E.g. you’ll still see references to “starred Angel halo” even though that hasn’t been a thing for a few months now. Or recommendations of tweetdeck when everybody uses the Granblue Raid Finder these days. Again a good guild can be invaluable for this.
If you have any questions about how I in particular did something or why I chose to do X rather than Y you can ask in the comments, otherwise just direct all your questions to Reddit or your crew for speedy, accurate answers.
-Use Journey drops for better drops and faster leveling. I ignored them for a while but it’s pretty painless to have those buffs going in the background while you play. Any little boost helps with the poor drop rates.
-Use your full elixirs, and soul balms too. That’s what they’re there for. Use them especially if you just need a last push to finish off a boss and double-especially if there are crystals or blue crystals at stake. Hoarding virtual game items is pointless, says the gamer who still has 145 full elixirs to her name. By the time I realized I was hoarding in vain I was already too strong to need them. Kind of a waste, so don’t end up like me
-Don’t bother grinding up more than a copy or two of the rotating summons like Ifrit, Cocytus and Diablo. You’re just going to replace them with MLB Omega summons before too long.
-Don’t bother uncapping characters you won’t use immediately. You’ll want all that money and those materials and merits back later on. This especially applies to mediocre units like all the story characters except Katalina.
-You really should try and cap renown every week. Do as I say and not as I do.
Final impressions of Granblue Fantasy after eight months of playing
I made my first post on May 17th 2016, so today makes it a little over 8 months since I started. It’s been fun. Really. I may complain about the grind here and there but that’s just Kina-talk, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
My favorite part of the experience was definitely getting stronger every week and being able to tackle content I couldn’t even dream of before. I’m a solo player at heart so while it’s nice to have other raiders pile in and help, I was happiest when I could solo the hardest enemies in events and showdowns.
Apart from that I also enjoyed tweaking my weapon pools, adding stuff and throwing things out with the changing seasons. All the more reason why I got a little bored once I moved out of the midgame and all my pools became more or less fixed. Legfest was fun for the same reason because despite my complaining I did pretty well on the SSR front. It was fun testing my new hires and seeing how best to fit them into my party or even rebuild the whole party around them if necessary. I already mentioned Yngwie giving my Water team a new lease on life. Nemone did the same for my Earth team, and what can I say about Juliet “Gorilla” Capulet? Wow-wee!
The game story is rather boring and the world is vague but the Granblue Channel comic strips were really funny and cute. I learned a lot more about the characters that way than from the game itself. That’s why I’m not too interested in the upcoming anime. Unless I hear it’s super-duper good I probably won’t watch it. The soundtrack is great, I’ll especially miss that music that plays when you finish a regular battle. And I super-liked the way there’s always something to do in the game and half-elixirs are so plentiful you never have to wait for your life to refill. You can play as much or as little as you want every day.
And so on and so forth. I found plenty to like about Granblue Fantasy. I’m glad I played it, now it’s time to move on. But first/last I should thank a few people: Davzz and teasel for telling me about the game, teasel again for letting me mooch off his excellent guild for so long without complaining and all the fine members of (You) for putting up with me, Spoopy for patiently listening to me whine and gloat in turn for so long and finally all my kind and loyal readers for not abandoning this blog even though this game ate up a lot of time I could have spent on a wider variety of games last year. Thank you everyone for reading this far and good night!