Forums JRPGs Dragon’s Blade How far should I grind in each area?

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  • #24898

    MSG Commander
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    In each town (well, out of the two I’ve been to), there are weapon, armor, and spell shops. The second town has gear that’s far superior to the first town – so I’m assuming it will be the same with each subsequent town.

    My first time playing the game, I explored the first town and bought what little gear I could afford, then left the town and walked all the way to the second town (and almost died before I got there…) After awhile I realized that I could avoid dying around the second town if everybody actually had decent weapons, armor, and spells… (hey, I am a casual gamer, after all!)

    So, I’ve been grinding to try and buy everyone in my team the absolute best gear available, figuring if I do that, then I should be well equipped to venture on to the next area, and that gear should serve me well until I reach the third town. The only thing is, it takes a long time to accumulate that much gold… so, my question is, do I need to buy the absolute best in each town, or is it safe to go with gear that’s somewhere in the middle price range?

    If I have to grind until I can afford the best, I guess I don’t mind; I’d just like to know if I’m wasting my time if I do so.

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    #24989

    MSG Commander
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    Well, three weeks later, I have an answer: A lot! lol

    It actually seems to depend a little bit on where you are in the game – for example, in the first two towns I had to grind until everyone had the best armor and weapons I could buy, and until their character level matched the level of magic books available. (In each town, the range of books is higher than the town before, and yes, higher level magic books are much stronger and cost more mana per use.)

    Once I got to the third town, things got easier until I got to Norwind (which I think is the fifth or sixth town? I can’t remember at the moment). Now, all of the sudden I’m getting wrecked in the dungeon here – I’ve already grinded from level 42 to level 50 and I still can’t beat the boss in this area. (And grinding takes a long time). But, overall the game is fun. I just don’t like grinding so right now I’m playing in short bursts, like 30-45 minutes a day… but I’ve enjoyed the game so far so hopefully the rest of it is worth all the grinding.

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    #25071

    MSG Commander
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    Another week later – and the answer is now TOO MUCH!

    I’m still at Norwind, and have grinded to about level 54, and I still get beat by the stupid boss in the next dungeon (like, ridiculously beat, as in I don’t even stand a chance against him).

    The walkthrough for the game recommends facing the boss at level 60, and it just takes too darn long to go up even one level. One level required roughly 20,000 EXP, and one battle in this dungeon yields roughly 2-300 EXP, so… that’s a LOT of battles to get from level 54 to level 60… I’m just not willing to do it.

    I did write a full-length review of the game, though, for all who are interested: https://www.rpginsanity.com/reviews/why-i-ultimately-bailed-on-dragons-blade/

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    #25072

    3beez
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    I agree. I really tried to like this game, but the grinding is insane…and I usually don’t have any issue with that as my typical strategy is OP. But it was excruciating to make progress. The game has potential, but unless this is remedied… I quit.

    Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.
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    #25073

    Travelman31
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    Ya, too much grinding for exp and money. I REALLY wanted to like this game. It has potential. But I give it a miss. They should have a map for the confusing dungeons too. Or at least one that is easier to find.

    Not quite my cup of tea.

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    #25310

    jazzy
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    I understand that the grinding becomes boring. I feel the same about this game. There is, however, an easier way to get money and good equipment. Once I reached Kanticle at about level 26 and with approximately 3500 gold, I saved the game and played Slots in the casino placing the highest bet. Actually, this Slots game is pretty fair. Once I got a substantial amount of money (in the beginning about 1000 gold), I sold the scrolls, which gives you extra money and which, when you place the highest bet, are by far beyond your current level anyways, so that it is recommended to sell them. Then I saved the game. Sometimes you have to wait for saving the game, since after starting the Slots game, you have to wait for 5 minutes to be able to save again. When you did not win (which sometimes happens), you just reload the game and start playing again. I played in the casinos of Kanticle and Breckerton for many hours. I agree that this is boring, however, I did that during watching TV (most of the time boring as well). 😉 In the meantime, I also fighted somewhat, but significantly more than 90% of the gold I now have (more than 900 000) I got from the Slots game. What, however, was more important: I got very good equipment when seeing three guys with an axe or the forked spear (I do not know what the name of this weapon is, it looks like a can opener). I only managed to obtain three times the three 7, which rewarded me with two Larkwood orbs (unlimited uses; I sold them for red gems, because the one time use orbs are not expensive and I do not go back to Larkwood very often) and a herb against poison with unlimited uses (which I found to be extremely useful). Sometimes, you can obtain the black hole in a box or the life in a bottle; of these, I won about 50, each. These are extremely useful!

    A few hints on equiplment: Phylite armor is very useful, since it can be used to boost your stats for a few rounds, but only on the person that is able to wear this armor. This person, however, does not have to wear the armor to boost the stats and if you set in the settings that boost spells are renewed automatically, these will also be renewed. If you manage to find or win magical weapons for the cleric or the sorcerer, you should keep and wear them. My cleric and sorcerers have weapons that occasionally cast spells that give you a few hundred HP for a few rounds or once. For this, the sorcerer or cleric have to attack with these weapons. Without these weapons, I would have died many times! This is better than a few more strength points of non-magical weapons.

    Three major drawbacks I have to add to the very nice review of MSG commander:
    1. Collecting the monster leftovers cllutters your inventory. Since I do not intend to go back to Larkwood for a few monster parts of very weak monsters, I decided to sell some of the single parts in Breckerton.
    2. It is very cumbersome (= almost impossible) to collect red gems (for which you can buy very nice equiplment). In the Windows version, you can, according to the walkthrough provided elsewhere, kill thieves that may show up in the cities at night. Even though I waited several nights in different cities (being online when starting and during the game), I never met a thief there. I believe that gem farming by killing thieves is not possible in the Android version. The only way to obtain a few red gems is is either to stumble upon one of theses very rarely or to win the Slots game with three 7 (which is a very rare event) giving you an item that you can sell for red gems.
    3. The distance of the dungeons to the towns is very long – too long! Sometimes you might be dead or run out of potions before you reach them. Therefore, I am grateful for the sorcerer’s and the cleric’s magical healing weapons (see above), and I rarely use spells with my sorcerer. By the way, I used the party originally provided in the game. It consists of a Juggernaut, a Templar, a Sorcerer and a Cleric. This is a very good combination IMHO. My healing spells between the fights, if necessary, are mostly cast by the Templar.

    All in all, this is a fun game that could be better in some respects, and I doubt that I will finish the game.

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    #25322

    MSG Commander
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    Thanks jazzy!

    I spent a little time (like 10-15 minutes) playing slots and blackjack, but I never won any armor or any red gems. I also tried a couple times to find thieves, and was unsuccessful. So I think, like you, that this option is not available in the Android version. Either that, or it’s just not worth the effort.

    Overall I really was impressed with how well the game is put together; I just think that most mobile players prefer games that don’t require as much grinding… I mean, when you’re on your phone or tablet, usually you don’t have hours at a time to devote to a game. It’s often more like 10-15 minutes (maybe an hour if you actually schedule the time to sit down and play.) Of course I usually can get a few hours a day but I know quite a few people who only play on the bus on their way to work, or in between classes, or something like that. And when you only have those little pockets of time, I think you want the story to move along faster than it does in a game like Dragon’s Blade.

    It’s unfortunate because it really is an exceptional game – but I just don’t have the patience to stick with it.

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    #25328

    jazzy
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    I completely understand that you – just like me – are not able to spend hours and hours for grinding. Therefore, I sometimes prefer just to play Slots for money and equipment – in the meantime I have about 1.05 million gold, so money is no longer a problem. 😉 You cannot win red gems directly in the slots game, you can only win something that you can sell for red gems and only when you get 3 times number 7. To really win in Slots, you have to be very patient. Sometimes, you may have a losing streak but then you can just reload. More often, you have a lucky streak. Nonetheless, it is about as boring as grinding. 😉

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