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Last Edit: Mar 22, 2013 10:46:25 GMT -5 by Kamikaze
You have your combo formation set in your mind, but you don't have the cards yet. Then you look at the auctions... ... THEY WANT WHAT?!
Yeah the combo is expensive as hell, but there is a reason for it. You're not just out for a good formation, but an AWESOME formation.
You're just starting out, you're in the minor leagues, you have to make your bones first. This section is going to get you familiar with the currency of the game and the auction house. You'll save a lot of time and headache that will put you ahead of the rest of the n00bs. Let's get to work!
The Currencies of Dark Summoner
Energy Potions (EP) There is one thing you need to know before you start wasting hard earned ep on missions and events. DON'T! You'll end up setting yourself back significantly by doing so. There are two types of energy potions: The Energy Potion, which can be traded, and the My Energy Potion, the ones that are for only you to use. Know the difference and you'll be swimming in energy and currency to trade for the cards you need for your awesome 5x combo formation.
Battle Potions (BP) Just like the eps, there are the regular and the "My" versions of this potion. Only use the "My Battle Potions" for your personal use, but we'll save those until AFTER we have our kick ass formation. We don't want to waste them on small battles when we want the Weekly Ranking item reward. Just keep in mind that you can have as many as you want and that the regular versions of this potion is for currency.
Skill Stacks (aka "stacks") These are B/B+/A cards that you sell that have their skill upgraded to (5) or more. i.e. Critical Up (5) You can barter these for eps and bps to help you get closer to your goal of getting your 5x Combo. More on making stacks later.
Souls There are special monsters that are used for upgrading skills, leveling monsters, and even evolving your monsters to make them overall stronger. These are a good source of currency to trade for eps and bps.
You'll notice a trend here: NEVER FORGET TO GET EPS OR BPS UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE YOUR BASIC FORMATION ESTABLISHED. The reason is because they are unbelievably rare and expensive to buy on the auction. Note: If you get your hands on an A version of the card and you have enough to trade eps for another one of it, or an Evolving Spirit (Soul) then make the trade. You can then evolve the cards to make your A+ version. But if you can't then don't spend valuable gold or skill stacks on upgrading the A. You're just wasting time and resources.
Since we now know our currencies, it's time to get to work.
First we need to look at our Summons screen. You'll notice that there are this thing called Dark Summons. These require Soul Points (SP) which can be purchased through the store for real world cash. WARNING! You can get Dark Summons in-game, through events and login rewards. Though they guarantee an A and above summon, there are a lot better ways to play then paying for it with your cash.
You'll also notice a Summon tab. This is the main way we will be generating our sacrifices and stacks to auction off later. The price for a single summon is 200 Ally Points. You get 4 free summons daily by logging in with a registered Twitter and Facebook account. Do it. It helps in the long run. There is also the chance to get two more free summons everyday by logging in at 12am EST and 12pm EST. That's 6 Free Summons EVERYDAY! In addition to that you earn Ally Points by participating during the day your guild faction wins the daily war (200 AP), by having allies (5*ally total) and your daily login (200 AP). Not to mention the Login Stamp Campaigns that give occasional mass boosts to your AP. The maximum at a time that you can "group summon" is 10 Summons for 2000 AP. These summons range the entire game library of summonable monsters. So don't waste them.
Here's what you do with your summons...
Skilled Cards: Use to make stacks of five to sell for eps and bps. Card Needed for the Formation: Keep it...but don't increase it until you get a spirit to evolve if it is an A version of the card, otherwise start leveling it. B+ and Below w/o Skill: Sell it directly for coin. It's better used for the clan coffers to increase everyone's overall stats. More on that later.
This is your daily routine. Hit the missions, get your coin, sell the trash monsters you collect and then donate to the clan at the end of it. Restore your energy using only the "My Energy Potions" you get and rinse, repeat until you're spent for the session. Come back in a few hours and start it all over again. In no time you'll have contributed a lot to the clan, making everyone stronger, made your stacks for the day, and gotten one day closer to having that awesome formation.
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2013 11:54:46 GMT -5 by Kamikaze
You've made it! You've scored your first keeper, a Balrog of Rage+
Now it's time to get this bad boy ready to wreak hell on the competition. Let's fight 'em! ;D Whoa there rookie. You're not there yet, not by a long shot. You'll get there in time, but right now we need to get this guy skilled. And that takes skill stacks.
The purpose of stacking is getting the monster you want leveled to max its skill, i.e. our Balrog of Rage+ to be a Level 70 with Covert Down (20). We'll use this card for the example.
For the first part we're going to be using a variety of B/B+ cards with the Covert Down (1) skill attached. These can be any card with this skill. But we are going to be sacrificing them into a single B/B+ card to bring its skill to Covert Down (5). This will be the stack we are going to use to sacrifice to our Balrog of Rage+.
For this example we will be needing the following B and B+ versions of the following monsters:
JBlack Wings of Despair Scrap Zombie Sun Sword Pharaoh Charon of Hatred Cu Chulainn the Slayer Rampage Gargoyle Vucub Caquix and its "+" variants
We will not be using Paimon because we'll need that later to complete the formation, remember he's part of your team so keep him if you get him.
These will be our stack cards used for sacrificing to make the stack. We already have a Black Wings of Despair+ in our library so we'll use this card as our stacker card.
We will then boost his skill to Covert Down (5) by sacrificing any cards we get from the above list to Black Wings of Despair+ until he gets to (5).
We now have a "stack" of Covert Down (5). We are then going to sacrifice our Black Wings of Despair+ with Covert Down (5) into our Balrog of Rage Level 1 with Covert Down (1) so that the chance of it gaining a skill up increases significantly. Keep in mind this does not guarantee a skill increase, it just increases your chance of it gaining a skill increase.
We get a skill increase and our Balrog of Rage+ (1) is now a skill of Covert Down (2).
By doing this you can increase your chances of increasing the skill beyond the very low chance of increasing your skill once the card is at max level.
Once you've maxed the Balrog's skill to it's max, then you can start sacrificing peons like all those trash monsters you get from missions in order to feed it and make it grow up big and strong until it reaches level 70!
Your first keeper for your awesome 5x combo is now maxed out and ready to fight, but you're not ready to fight until the whole team is ready to fight with him. Still a long road to travel but you're on your way and ahead of your peers.
Congrats. Continue the processes above until you get your whole team assembled.
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2013 10:35:40 GMT -5 by Kamikaze
The first part was showing you how to get your first 5x combo team, but I glossed over how to get your stacks, auctioning, and contributing to your clan effectively. This next section is going to go in depth as to how to do these daily grind activities so you can be an effective player and clan member.
The Mission Grind
Many of you usually hit the Missions button on your main screen and start plugging away at the current mission. This is fine for events as your intent in most is to find certain items, which can only be gained on your current mission. But to actively contribute to your clan's funding you either have to spend your own gold, which takes away from sacrifices, or contribute loot, a better way of doing things. Here's how you get the most bang for everyone's gold.
Eerie Breezy Plains
Go to the Missions and click Area List. This will bring up all of your previous missions and defaults to the beginning. Hit the first area, Eerie Breezy Plains. After it loads click the very first flag in the mission line. You should notice that the first mission gave you the opportunity to get a loot item, the Rainbow Belbind, this is what you'll be harvesting for the clan. They contribute 1000 gold per belbind, and at one energy per mission you'll find that you can easily harvest 100 in a single session at level 70+. After your done harvesting for the day, switch over to the clan screen.
Hit the Add Funds button. This will bring up the contribution menu. You'll notice four tabs up top: Gold, Collectible Loot, History and Ranking. We'll cover the last two later when we talk about the clan more in depth in a later section. For now just hit the Collectible Loot tab. You'll see that Rainbow Belbind is already there and all of your Red Belbinds are just begging to be unloaded. Select the drop down list marked Select Your Contribution and scroll all the way down to the bottom. Select the number and then press Add Funds. You'll see that for every belbind you contributed it was converted to 1000 gold. In a half hour you can easily, and without cost to you, contributed 100k to the clan, earned respect, and not wasted too much time on getting your next stack or card leveled.
Speaking of cards, you'll notice that you got a ton of peons during that grind session just clamoring to be sacrificed. Take the time to unload them to your best card and watch it level. No muss, no fuss. Just straight gravy. Easy.
We covered stacks in the first part of the guide. Now it's time to get them knocked out and quickly. We don't have time to lose and time is money that you could be losing in battles while you wait to make your 5x Combo. Let's get to work.
Getting Skill Cards
Not many people replay early raids because it's way too long before they realize it's potential. They beat the raid, collect the card, sacrifice or sell it, and then move on. Before they realize it, they've wasted a lot of opportunity exploiting this valuable re-playable resource. Every raid boss, after it's completed, gives a Rank B Summon. This means that for the price of a day's worth of energy you can have a guaranteed rank B or higher card. Which means a lot better chance at getting a skill for one of your stacks.
Here's how to get a constant source of B summons: Remember the first mission in the game gave you a Red Belbind loot item for the Rainbow Belbind loot set? Here's where you go back through the early missions and get them again, repeatedly. Here are the missions where the set is to save you trouble looking for them.
Eerie Breezy Plains: Missions 1,2 and 4 Quiet Coastline: Missions 1,3 and 5
These missions are all only 1 energy each.
The Dark Lord for this Set is the Lord of Massacre. it uses 10 energy per strike, but at 70+ you should have a decent enough "sluff" formation that can still tank it in one shot. At the time of the guide's writing, the author is using a total attack value of 39,595 and a total ally power of 1.7mil.
Afterwards collect your reward, and go to the Unique Summon tab on the Summon screen. You will see your brand new Rank B Summon waiting for you.