- How to Use Crystals and Tickets to Summon Weapons
- Paying Attention to Chocobo Stamps
Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis launched on mobile in September 2023 and quickly gained a large following of avid players. Constructing teams of three at a time, this Final Fantasy game aims at building strong, cohesive units to take down waves of enemies, collect spoils, and strengthen those characters. One way is to work on the crystarium using magic crystals and character shards, but another method is by using the game’s gacha summon system. Unlike most games that rely on a heavy roster of characters to pull from, Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis focuses on drawing for weapons.
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Weapons vary in terms of how they boost each individual character. Some focus on adding specific sub-stats and elemental attacks, which come in handy when taking on stages with a powerful boss. Others place an emphasis on team building and keeping teammates alive with HP-replenishing abilities. In order to pull, players must collect 3,000 blue crystals for one summon of ten weapons. Players can also pull for a single weapon, which costs 300 crystals if they don’t wish to wait for the accumulation of a larger quantity. Summoning tickets are also available after event completion. Weapons range from three stars to five stars, and duplicate weapons are transferred as parts; three-star weapons offer one part, four-star weapons offer ten parts, and a five-star duplicate earns 200 parts, good enough to overboost a weapon by one level.
How to Earn Crystals
For new players, earning crystals at the beginning may come very easily. There are limited-time events that give away hundreds of crystals just for logging in, and new players can take advantage of the welcoming bonus as part of Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis‘ arrival on Steam. The rewards section also offers players with daily, weekly, special, and campaign rewards to aim for, and the tasks range from logging in every day to playing through specific levels. Crystals can quickly pile up before touching a level, but the fun truly begins when it’s time to jump into story mode.
Crystals will not go toward a player’s total count but instead to the Gift Box. Select the Present icon in the main menu to collect Crystals earned during gameplay.
It’s also important to remember that Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis does not come fully unlocked. Various different modes and areas will come locked, forcing players to fulfill the necessary tasks in order to unlock them. These range from the Chocobo Ranch, where players can assign characters to do quests for spoils, and Event stages, challenging players around the world to take down difficult waves for five-star weapons and summoning tickets.
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Once enough of the story has been played through, these modes will unlock and players should jump into these events as soon as possible. All events come with a time span between one and two weeks and give everyone a small window to collect all the rewards before time runs out.
How to Use Crystals and Tickets to Summon Weapons
When a player has accumulated 3,000 Crystals or 10 Summoning Tickets, they can use them to summon for weapons. Select the Draw icon on the main menu to advance to the Summon section. Here, players can find all available summons and can choose which one they wish to pull on.
Sporadically throughout the month, Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis will release Special Draws, either giving players a free pull or a bargain pull using Red Crystals, the game’s monetized version of Blue Crystals. Featured draws focus on specific characters and draw attention to a newly-released weapon and outfit. Outfits are not only aesthetic; they offer increases to certain stats of the character and boost elemental advantages that are typically paired with the event that is ongoing.
The Ticket section is specifically used for summons involving tickets accumulated throughout the playthrough. There are various types of tickets, from three-star to five-star weapon draws, and character-specific draws, where all ten weapons pulled belong to one character.
Once a selection is made, tap the Draw button in the bottom right corner to make the selection and then confirm the decision to advance to the next stage. A graphic will show Cloud running toward an Iron Giant enemy, and the animation may indicate a guaranteed five-star weapon. Five-star weapons are not guaranteed initially on each draw, but the following animations will indicate one is on the way:
- Cloud enters the animation in a robe instead of his normal Soldier gear.
- Cloud will flip out of the way of the Iron Giant’s attack.
- Cloud will parry the Iron Giant’s attack and knock his weapon into the air.
If any of the above scenarios occur, players can expect at least one five-star weapon in their pull. If Cloud’s parry with the Iron Giant ends in a stalemate, there’s a good chance that the ten weapons in the draw will be three and four-star weapons. There is still a chance to get a premium weapon, but the odds will not be in the player’s favor in this scenario.
Paying Attention to Chocobo Stamps
When players pull on a Featured Draw, they accumulate stamps that go towards a bonus known as the Stamp Sheet. Prior to the animation involving Cloud and the Iron Giant, a yellow Chocobo will appear in front of a sign, cry out, and run past a wooden post, which will indicate the total number of stamps a player gets.
Unlike the usual pity system most gacha games have, Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis runs on a luck-based system that ensures players get the featured weapon after five pulls and that they also get the featured costume after ten pulls. Fortunately, the number of stamps a player collects can range from one stamp up to twelve in one single pull. Here are the odds of each number:
- 1 Stamp: 45%
- 2 Stamps: 35%
- 3 Stamps: 15.92%
- 4 Stamps: 2.02%
- 5 Stamps: 1.5%
- 6 Stamps: 0.55%
- 12 Stamps: 0.01%
Obtaining 12 stamps in one pull guarantees the player both the featured weapon and costume and advances the player to the second page of the Stamp Sheet. There are four pages in total, with forty-eight rewards overall to accumulate. It’s highly unlikely a player will see 12 stamps in one pull, and reaching the last page of the Stamp Sheet appears to be the most predatory of microtransactions that the game offers, with big spenders being the only ones to achieve that number of stamps in a short amount of time.
It isn’t recommended for those who wish to remain as free-to-play as possible. For those who wish to keep their wallets tucked away, they should only prioritize characters they wish to build for the main trio.
Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis was released on September 7, 2023, for iOS and Android devices.
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