The Level 5 and Studio Ghibli co-produced JRPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally makes its way to Aussie stores this week. And in anticipation thereof, we thought we’d knock up a quick guide of five essential tips to ensure you success in this epic JRPG.
Because after all, no one wants to suffer incredibly long, tedious boss fights if they can help it!
Learn to move around the battlefield
Like many other modern JRPG’s, Ni no Kuni’s random battles allow you to move around the battlefield while issuing loosely turn-based commands. Likewise, enemies too can move around, getting in close to deal massive damage while you’re recharging a spell or trying to heal.
Staying in the one place too long can result in receiving critical damage if you’re not careful, so it’s highly advised you move around. Doing so will avoid you having to use your all important health items.
Attack once, move away or to another position and attack again. If you prefer to use magic from afar, then keep an eye on enemies movements, and retreat at the first sign of danger. After all, the developers allow you to move around for a reason, so use it to your advantage.
Befriend as many familiars as possible
Ni no Kuni allows each character to use up to three familiars in battle. Familiars are creatures who can be tamed, kept and used in battle - a concept which isn’t unlike Pokémon.
Each familiar is of a different type, and with it, capable of using a different variety of abilities. There’s also differences in what method of attack each excel at (physical/magical). By that admission, taking the time to fill your roster with as many different types as possible will help you overcome the tricky situations you’re sure to encounter.
Evolve your familiars as often as you can
Just like how Pokémon evolve and become stronger, the familiars in Ni no Kuni become stronger when they ‘metamorphose’ into their second and third forms.
This is done by feeding them special orbs that align with their specific type, though only after they reach a certain level. To that end, take the time to search every little nook, and complete all the side-quests possible outside of battle to locate as many of these orbs as you can, so you can eventually evolve.... er, metamorpho... um, evolve (let’s stick with that) all your familiars.
However, doing so resets your familiars level back to one - regardless of whatever level they are when evolved. While it’s annoying having to essentially ‘start over’, your familiars will be all the more powerful by the time you get their level back up to what it was previous.
Take the time to level up and improve your stats
This is rule number one with any RPG, and never has been as so relevant as in Ni no Kuni. Whenever you tame a new familiar their level is sure to be lower than your others. Additionally, whenever you evolve one of your existing familiars their level is reset to one, I mentioned in point four.
By all means don’t avoid doing either, especially since both are point three and four respectively of this tip guide. Instead take the time to engage in a few more random battles than normal afterwards. Very rarely you’ll tame or evolve two new familiars at once for one given character, so chances are you’ll have a battle-ready one in your ranks who can pick up the slack until your new friend is ready.
Moreover, take the time to use special foods that can be fed to your familiars, which boost their statistics exponentially in some cases. Also be sure to purchase new weapons and armor regularly, which in some cases will help your newer familiars jump into battle a lot sooner.
Build a strategy
With so many different familiars and up to three playable characters on the battlefield at once, it’s vital that you as the player retain complete control over everything.
Keeping a balanced team of familiars with the central player is crucial, as is too the two supporting characters. You should approach each respective team as a singular unit, so no matter what you encounter in-game you’re prepared.
It is entirely possible to stay with the one character (familiars notwithstanding) during gameplay, and make use of tactics to control how the other two behave. While not as deep as say, Dragon Age: Origins, tactics will dictate whether a character focuses primarily on healing, attacking a particular type of enemies or just do nothing at all.
Taking the time to experiment with all the different ways to control battle, and thinking of all the possible types of enemies you’ll encounter and coming up with a means to easily overcome them will make your time with Ni no Kuni far more enjoyable, not to mention make you a total badass who can’t be beaten.
By Jayden Williams