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  1. 3 points
    I was a huge fan of the Advent Children movie. Then, after learning that a game was about to release, that had action similar to AC, I started to look into it. I remember looking up Dissidia trailers and gameplay videos with my brother on GameTrailers, including one very funny instance of accidentally layering duplicates of the Bartz' vs Exdeath cutscene with a slight delay. The game looked so cool that it convinced me to buy the silver PSP bundled with Dissidia and the Advent Children UMD, which I still have to this day (still operational). Once I started playing it, I fell in love, and it actually acted as my gateway to play more Final Fantasy games, since I had only had a minimal amount of exposure to older FF titles via emulators. I also eventually bought my brother a PSP and his own copy of Dissidia. We played against each other several times every week. As 012 Duodecim released, I immediately jumped on it day one and loved it more than the original. The gameplay had been fine-tuned, and the aadded characters were great. Especially Lightning and Tifa, who became two of my most used characters, next to Squal, WoL, and Tidus. My brother and I, as well as 2 of our friends, would play it every time we hung out, my brother and I continuing to play against each other at least a time or two every week. Eventually, we moved on to the Vita, but would rebuy Duodecim digitally, to play from time to time. With the impending release of NT, and my disappointment with the very different direction it has taken from pre-established "Dissidia", I am going to pick Duodecim back up to quell this betrayal I feel from Square Enix. I even regret buying Final Fantasy 15, a bit. I'll probably finish 15 eventually, but only after my disdain for SqEnix dies down. I just find it sad that they would take the series in such a drastically different direction, saying "screw you" to those of us who wanted a sequel to what what was already established across two entries for some aspirations of esports grandeure. They really shoud've given NT some non-Dissidia title (is suggest Manipulus or Equitus, latin words that have to do with "teamwork") and eventually made a Dissidia sequel that actually feels like previous Dissidia. So, at the end of the day, I'm a long-time, passionate (and now somewhat disgruntled) fan who's love and passion for the series has been rewarded by being left in the dirt, given a game that doesn't feel like Dissidia to me, and met with no choice but to miss the series that I put thousands of hours into during my teenage years and play the old entries.
  2. 3 points
    Eric So of Square Enix just posted this amazing interview that was made during Tokyo Game Show 2017. Highlights: spectator mode for custom lobbies (tournaments) sanctuarium features (customization and stats) matchmaking improvements
  3. 2 points
    When this came finally comes out you'd best believe that I am gonna be one of the ones who start uploading videos so quick it'll make your head spin. There's just one itty bitty issue. I haven't the slightest idea of how YouTube or twitch works, however I figured that there are others who are also unaware of the inside and outs of using YouTube or Twitch. And if we want the is game to get popular and make it to EVO then what better way then to create a market by uploading videos and Livestreams. So let's talk about it, let's share what we know about these topics, answers to common questions or stories about experiences you'd like to share with the community so that future uploaders can avoid the issues you had while trying to figure things out on your own. We can talk about what kind of setup can give us the best quality footage, the rules do and don't about YouTube and Twitch. Ya know things that will allow us to help each other make the best quality channels. We can even share gaming setups and equipment for streaming, just talk about everything related to twitch and YouTube cause I for one would like to make a career out of this and I'm more than positive there are others as well. And while we're at it, please by all means I encourage you to share you YouTube channel or twitch id so that we can all come over and subscribe (I know I will at least). Let'sshare advice and make this happen- S.O.L
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    I'm just going to throw out a couple of loose thoughts here and see what everyone's response is... We don't know if Square is going to host any sort of championship series, so if we want to make sure we are the main tournament hub and are taken seriously, we need to have an infrastructure in place and ready before the game releases. Otherwise we run the risk of like...FF Peasants or that FB group being seen as the go-to place to play Dissidia, and then our game will never be taken seriously by the wider tournament community. So, leading up to release, I think we should be prepared to launch the first tournament season or a Dissidia League. Something that will be structured and ongoing that gives the community a sense of legitimacy, direction, and ranking. To further that end, one idea I had was the encouragement of crews. Dissidia is a 3v3 game, so even if we only hold Dissidia Community tournaments once or twice a month, or even less, making sure your whole team is available on a certain day(s) can potentially be a big problem for a lot of people. So I was thinking that if players participated in crews of 6-10 players, we could alleviate that problem a bit. I'll use TNB as an example to illustrate. Let's say Dragon, Chandela and I enter the season as a team(call us TNB | DCL). We play two tournaments together, but Chandela is unavailable for the third. Within the crew rules, we would be able to sub in Dimitri and still keep our title as DCL and have our performance count towards DCL's ranking. This helps avoid having to keep individual player rankings(though you still could) and allows us to handle seeding in the normal fashion. So, say Dimitri is part of TNB | PDD (Poiman, Dimitri, DJ). When he played with us, it would have no bearing on his base team. That's why I suggested 6-10 players. That way, with at least 6, no one would ever have to just sit out for lack of enough members in the crew. As it's extremely likely that everyone won't be available every weekend, I think it is a system that could work. Finally, any given team would need to play more games than not with it's complete original roster. Meaning if I played one tournament with DCL, but had to play the next three tournaments with subs, it wouldn't make sense for DCL to receive ranking credit for those wins. The overall result would be a hard ranking per static team, just like if we were all single participants, and a sort of "soft ranking" by crew for use where applicable. You could still participate as a static team without a crew, but you'd have to deal with circumstances that could otherwise be mitigated. So with this system, seeding would look something like: Known Static Teams Known Crews Teams with no results. That took longer than I thought to explain, so I'll end it there. Please share what you think, add suggestions, ridicule me endlessly. After this gets some feedback I'll make another post. I have a bunch of topics to cover. (P.S. To the members of TNB, I understand that this changes the idea of crews from us having a good time, to something that holds more importance, so I understand if you don't want anything to do with it.)
  5. 2 points
    Hey all! I am completely new to the dissidia games, though i've been playing Final Fantasy games since I could read. I am very excited to be part of the community and help it grow. Can't wait for the 30th!
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    Hey! Sorry, just saw your message on the other topic. I'd be happy to talk about my recording/streaming process. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll try to be as detailed as I can, hopefully it helps! So YouTube is my main thing, and my commentary videos were pretty simple because I didn't have to record any game play. I just downloaded the videos from YouTube, and used OBS to record over them. OBS is a pretty popular streaming tool, I don't actually use it for streaming but a lot of people do. I can explain it if you don't know what it is, but it's basically a streaming/recording hub where you can choose what audio and visuals you want to use. Anyways, as far as mics go, any decent mic will probably do. I personally have an Audio‑Technica AT2020 which I found at my local music store. It was around $100, works solid. So yeah, that's my basic commentary recording setup. Open the video, put it up on OBS with my mic, and just record. For actual gameplay, I personally use an Avermedia Gamer Live Portable 2. It was a little cheaper than the Elgato, which I'm pretty sure is the most popular capture card for gaming. Either way, I imagine they work really similarly. It has a few settings -- one of which is a stream mode which is basically a straight feed from your TV to the computer you're connected to. That will let you grab that visual in OBS and record/stream it. Avermedia also has it's own hub that works exactly like OBS that I use, I haven't had any problems with it and it seems a little more user friendly. Another option on the AGLP2 is to just straight record your gameplay. It has ~50gb of internal storage and saves it in 1080p60fps which is nice. For the JPN beta, I would basically set it to this record setting, turn it on at 4 AM, turn it off at 9 AM when the beta ended, then transfer the file to my computer and cut out the matches that were bad. As far as actual editing goes, I use Blender for my video editing. It's definitely the cheap option (Blender is free, but it's actually made for 3D modeling and rendering). For whatever reason, it also has a video editing mode. A lot of people use Adobe Premier (not free) or Windows Movie Maker (free but limited in functionality). I've worked with Adobe Premier in the past, and I feel like I have all of the options I need in Blender. It's definitely been a learning curve and there isn't that much out there in terms of a tutorial for it though so it helps if you've worked with that kind of software in the past. Anyways, it's pretty straightforward for making highlight reels and stuff, just insert your clips and cut out what you don't want. I'd be happy to go over the settings and stuff if anyone wants, but I feel like I'm the only person who has ever used Blender for video editing so I doubt anyone else will go that route haha. I haven't had any issues with copyright from YouTube. Maybe I'm too small a channel for anyone to care, but so far so good. I always put in the Square Enix copyright line that they requested we use back in the NA closed beta. So yeah tl;dr for me, for straight gameplay I just record to my AGLP2 and then transfer it to my computer and edit it with Blender. For streaming, I just put the AGLP2 in stream mode and use their software to stream, although OBS works just as well.
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    Oh boy asking the big gun questions, alright I'm gonna try to put this in Spolier tags in order to save space and room and the incase some of you looking at this later are already aware. - The YouTube Copyright Issues Video Copyrights Sound/Music Copyrights So that about does it for youtube copyright madness feel free to pm me, or ask, any other questions you may have and also i am open to critisism from any content creators on my views and how i approach the copyright dance. But moving on, the next question happens to deal with Capture Cards again spoiler tags for long wall of text. (Sorry guys I just don't know when to shut up :/)
  8. 2 points
    Wow that's actually pretty neat your wanting to get into this now. In that case here is my channel While twitch is somthing i have used in the past, due to alot of updates, moving states (yes this can effect your streaming dependant on where you live), and OS updates... i have fallen off the live stream business. How ever it's not to say I haven't learned any thing from my baby steps through YouTube and twitch and thus here is some of my tips for getting looked at in YouTube /Twitch. Disclaimer; I am no means a pro YouTuber (barely have 100 subs to my name ) these tips are use it or leave it help. Quality First and for most while ps4 is neat with its share function I'm willing to bet money there will be a god awful watermark on there somehow. And while I hate to say it, the quality on the ps4 share function is lack luster. Most if not all viewers want alot of clean crisp gameplay and if they like what they see they will continue on watching that channel or series. Recommendation obviously is to get a video capture card. I am currently using an ElGato HD60 Pro which hooks into the PCI port of my motherboard. Now I am not here to endorse Elgato however they are pretty much the lead runners in Capture Card Devices and mine happens to be one of their pricey models(I just looked and apparently they made a newer better model of the version I have... go figure.). But as with all things, there's cheaper versions of the same. So if you go snooping through the Elgato line up you'll see they have different strokes for different folks, their earliest model the Elgato game capture HD is being discontinued/No longer being manufactured so if it's sold out best to look for the next best thing. With a capture card you directly capture everything on your screen as you see and as your audience will see it making great quality for your videos. I'll be posting more tips later, going to go ahead and post this so my battery on my phone don't die hahaha.
  9. 2 points
    But my Hazama would totally kick the crap out of his Ragna though :D
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    What's it been now... 6 years... geez and here I was thinking we all found our seperate games... Welp to start off, I was a wee lad of about 14 when I first started Dissidia. Later after FF13 came out met a friend, friend later introduced me to dissidia forums where he in fact learned all his skills from before even touching the game and beating me with his 40 hours of gameplay to my 120 hours, and I pretty much got to know and love this community. LXD is my hasbando mentor back in ye ole Duodecium days but since at the early time I didn't have a ps3 or a good computer to run PPSSPP I kinda fell off the community flow. But I studied LXD's Zidane combos like crazy (did i mention of a monkey boy main) trying to master his 6 k combo only managing a 4k so to LXD I will never be able to hold a candle to. Now I play FF14 like my life depends on it. Super hyped for Dissidia NT but mad Yoshi P(FF14 Director) is fixing to release patch 4.2 at the end of Jan, when he knows good well that Dissida NT is coming out in US around that time, Oh well. Also a casual YouTuber in fact dissidia was what got me to start on my YouTube channel priority in terms of Gaming/Anime. Some of my more popular videos came out of the time of my playthroughs of Duodecium Story. I would add a shameless plug but I should know better than that, I'll just throw that up in my about me. Hope to see you guys in the battlefield, or in my raids.
  11. 2 points
    Afternoon guys, I been getting a large number of questions these past few days about Japanese PSN's and importing the game for the earlier Japanese launch. So i thought I would put together a quick FAQ for playing either the Japanese Beta or the Japanese version of the full game. Q1: Is it easy to create a Japanese PSN account? Yes the hardest part is getting an Japanese address to use for your details, once you solved that issue, it easy as pie, after creating your JP account, login to the account via a new profile on your PS4. Q2: How do I create a Japanese PSN account There are plenty of guides around the internet, a quick google and you should have your account created in no time. Q3: I created my account, how do I access the open beta the awesome japanese are doing? You first need to wait until Midnight Friday morning JST (that is 3PM GMT or 10AM EST) then head to the PSN store on your Japanese profile, the store will be in Japanese but you can find search at the top of the store screen, then just search dissidia (Dissidia is still in English Text on the JP store) and you should find the beta as a free download. Beta will be open on the 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st December and 6th and 7th January, the beta will be open from 6PM JST to 11PM JST on these days (that 9AM - 2PM GMT and 4AM EST - 9AM EST, Sorry America :( ) Q4: I liked the beta, I want to import! what are my options? You got 2 options, you can either buy a physical copy and get it delivered, I recommend Amazon Japan or Play-Asia for this, they both take western credit cards and Play-Asia even accepts PayPal! while you get a nice clean box and disc, you might be waiting on delivery and your looking at up to 20$ (£15) for express delivery if you want the game by launch day. Your other option is to buy the digital version off the Japanese PSN store, the advantage is A, you can download the game on the 8th and play at midnight JST on the 11th (that 3PM GMT and 10AM EST on Wednesday 10th, you can play it a day early :D) and b, no shipping costs The disadvantage is you need to get PSN cards for the JP PSN store as you cannot use English cards/paypal on the JP Store. Good news is Play-Asia which I mentioned before does digital PSN cards. Also, it costs more, your looking at £75 (or 100$) to buy the game off PSN. Q5: Do I need to play on my terribly named JP PSN account to play the Japanese Beta/Import NOPE! once you have downloaded the beta/game you can switch to your English PSN account and play on there, you even gain trophies and trophies even carry over from the Japanese game to the English one!! You can even play online using your English PSN account (You WILL need PS+ for the final game but NOT for the open beta.) Q6: This download takes forever!!!! Do I have to wait on my JP account while it downloads? Again NOPE!!!! You can start the download, then switch to your English account and play other games and the download will continue.in the background. Updates will download as long as you got update auto-download turn on without needing to login to your Japanese account. Q7: DLC came out, do I need to buy the DLC off the JP store for my Japanese copy? Yes, English DLC Download will not work on a Japanese version of a game, you must buy DLC off the English store for the English version and JP DLC for the JP version of the game. Q8: Can I play my friends with their English copy on my JP copy? Yes, You can play English players with your Japanese copy. Q9: Will the JP version have any sort of English text? We are not sure, assume that it does not. Hope this helps out players that are looking to join the Japanese beta but are not sure on certain things and/or want to import but wasn't sure about some things. See you on the battlefield!
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    Oerba Yun Fang Pulsing Huntress - Powers through opposition with debilitating abilities and raw offensive prowess. Fluff 012 Type Arcade Type Notes It took me a while to figure out how to make Fang, hence her being last. Eventually I decided upon her being probably the heaviest rush-down character out of all the XIII movesets I've made, as well as potentially the most versatile rushdown characters I've created period. Her ability to close the gap with Saboteur and, in the 012 version, Sentinel alongside the relative safety of Bahamut's glider form felt like a good way to go about making someone who can stay in her opponent's face while keeping herself safe. Although there's definitely some risk/reward stuff going on with how I did Highwind, which I figured would be more accurate to how it works in XIII than making it an HP attack as I original planned and just turn Fang into an even more OP Kain. Speaking of, due to PSP limitations, I imagine Bahamut's gestalt form would probably be shrunk down so it's just strong enough for Fang to stand and brace herself on and not much bigger. Kinda like her own Green Goblin glider. I know that wouldn't be necessary in the Arcade version, but the thought still amuses me and made for an interesting take on the HP attack format for XIII characters.
  14. 2 points
    FINAL FANTASY I — Cornelia FINAL FANTASY II — Pandemonium FINAL FANTASY III — The Floating Continent FINAL FANTASY IV — Lunar Subterrane FINAL FANTASY V — The Interdimensional Rift FINAL FANTASY VI — Narshe FINAL FANTASY VII — Midgar FINAL FANTASY VIII — The Promised Meadow FINAL FANTASY IX — Alexandria FINAL FANTASY X — Besaid Island FINAL FANTASY XI — Stellar Fulcrum FINAL FANTASY XII — The Royal City of Rabanastre FINAL FANTASY XIII — Eden FINAL FANTASY XIV — Porta Decumana
  15. 2 points
    Discord Name: BB | RDF Ping ID: RDF Time Zone: GMT -5 (EDT)
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    Hey everyone I'm new to this community (joined a few days ago) been playing Dissidia since 2009 (possibly one of the most fun PSP games I still play to this day). I mostly play as WoL, Garland, Firion, Emperor Mateus, Cecil, Kain Highwind, Golbez, Bartz & Exdeath. Hopefully we'll all work hard on ranking up & maybe give each other some useful tips on how we could've improved on our matches by going over what mistakes we made & how could we done better to prevent it from happening again.
  17. 1 point
    Hey guys, not sure if many of you will remember me but I'm Star from the old Dissidia Forums (full name back then was Starseeker358). Been playing Dissidia since 2009 and was a member of the forums from 2010. I used to do some mod work and graphic stuff with all the OG members. Started to tone down a little bit around 2012 and have been semi active since. I'm an avid Zidane main in 012 and have put in 1500+ hours into the two PSP games collectively, some of my favourite games of all time. I played the NT beta several months ago and I'm real keen to get back into it when it comes out next month. I'm in Australia so if anyone else around here is from Oceania as well HMU as I'm sure I'll be looking for games. Hope to talk to you all again!
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    Ragna the Bloodedge Black Beast - Onslaughts opponents with a barrage of quick attacks and crushing blows. Fluff 012 Type Arcade Type Notes I tried doing something clever with musical themes, let's see if it worked. The 012 version is a bit rough and not too heavily updated since it's original version, with the gameplay description clearly lacking as a result. However, I think the raw amount of OPTIONS he has speaks for itself in the end. The Arcade version, however, was made just recently and shows what I think could be done with making a hybrid class character without considering it "Unique." I figured he would count better as heavy due to his overall damage output and his gap closers not actually being particularly mobile. Especially since his twin EX-Skill combo just screams "Heavy type" to me.
  19. 1 point
    Round 2 Match 1 kewldude475 (Lightning) vs Djquibi (Bartz) - Order's Sanctuary - Djqubi 1-0 Match 2 kewldude475 (Firion) vs Djqubi (Bartz) - Pandaemonium - kewldude475 1-1 Match 3 kewldude475 (Firion) vs Djqubi (Bartz) Pandaemonium Top Floor - kewldude475 2-1 kewldude475 wins 2-1
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    Hai, can you give me a way how to apply the stage mod?
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    Filling in for Mogstache as of 11/1/2017 at 8:20 PM EST Discord Name: Lokreah#9294 IG Name: Lokreah Timezone: GMT -5 (East Coast, United States)
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    Most of you know me as LuckySeven, but along with most things in my life my name is changed to JSeven for here. I typed in dissidia forums after 2 years of retiring to see if this place was dead but couldnt find the sight but got sent here lol Just checking the difference and seeing who migrated from the old forums. I don't plan on playing dissdia duodecim here...mostly because im too lazy to download all the shit to play with others but i might hop on the NT. For sure casually, but not sure competively. Man I got so much memories looking at everything here. Haha Im on discord which ill probably be on more than the actual forums. But yea good to see a lot of you guys again
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    Hi, decided to finally make an account here since the NT beta started and I've been dedicating a lot of free time to it and the arcade version. I played a lot of the original Dissidia with some friends from school since its US launch, they were all a lot older and better than me with the game at the time. Since then I've gotten into more traditional fighting games and eventually into anime fighters like Persona and Blazblue. It wasn't until earlier this year that I ran into some competitive Duodecim footage on youtube and decided to download it onto my Vita for old times sake, but after doing that I started to find Dissidia Arcade videos and started following a bunch of JP players and their channels, then EVO happened which was followed up by the closed beta announcement and suddenly I'm gathering resources and analyzing match videos in preparation for the beta. Lucky me I got into the closed beta soon after it was announced and I've been really loving my time with it(mostly)! Anyway! I made this account hoping to have people to discuss the game with and learn as much as I can about it. I'm also starting to record my beta matches and want to start uploading and sharing them. This was long! Sorry! I am interested in playing Duodecim too, so I hope we can play together in both games in the future.
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    Table of Contents The Basics How to suck less in the customisation screen End Words (Sharing Builds) The Basics What you should know about your accessories. It was touched briefly upon in the beginner's journal guide and you should also know about hacked accessories so you dont use them. Basic Accessories (Yellow Icon) Effected by the multiplied number (x) your booster accessories currently have. Example. You have Hyper Ring (5% increased damage and a basic accessorie) and 3 boosters that gives you 2.5x mulitplier, basic math is 5 x 2.5 = 12.5 > rounded down to 12, so you get a 12% increased damage. Booster Accessories (Purple Icon with red flag) Your multiplier, the higer X you have the higher your basics accessories effect will be. The current active multiplier number (x) is shown in the top corners and is colored red while fighting. You will always have 1x even if you dont see it (having no boosters equipped). There is a few different mulitplier numbers 1.2x - Average 1.3x - Good 1.4x - Really good 1.5x - The best 2.5x - This is only one accessorie and the 2.5x only lasts 15 seconds and drop to 0.5x after that which halves your booster multiplier. 5.0x - Also just one accessorie and works only when you take damage longer then 4 seconds. Also note that the boosters are different in how and when they are activated. Example. You have two 1.2x, one 1.4x and lastly a 1.5x equipped: 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.4 x 1.5 = 3.024 rounded down to 3x which means your max booster is 3x Special Accessories (Red Icon) Some are good with strong effects but they dont work with the boosters. However this dont mean they are completly useless. If you see accessories with the note "Breakables" dont use them online. How to suck less in the customisation screen Brought to you by Muggshotter with a bit of help from TKG09 When planning a PvP build it is a necessity to include meter depletion on both assist and EX. These can be included either via Judgment of Lufenia or Seal of Lufenia equipment sets and / or Battle Hammer and Dismay Shock basic accessories. These take away a bit of opponent's meter upon landing an HP, enabling you to force the opponent to escape from HP damage earlier as well as bypass EX Revenge situations when you could've been finished otherwise. It is a good idea to make equipment sets for your character with both Judgment of Lufenia and Seal of Lufenia sets on as to accomodate different matchups where you may have to prioritise depleting one meter over the other. After that, an ideal PvP build usually goes for one of the following: A) Damage (with or without wall rush) B) Side by Side C) EX D) Bravery boost on dodge / block E) EX Core F) Hybrid (a mix of everything) Good reliable accessory boosters include Summon Unused (and the opponent variant), Pre-EX Mode, Pre-EX Revenge, Aerial and Large Gap in HP. You'll see these recommended a lot. Damage Self explanatory, a damage build prioritises high bravery damage output and subsequently total HP damage per HP hit. Not everyone can reach the same lengths of bravery damage, usually due to low damage multipliers on one's moves and lower base attack stat. These characters usually circumvent this shortcoming with wall rushes or the help of high base bravery in conjunction with assists, but we'll get to those a bit later. Prishe, Garland, Sephiroth, Cloud, Kain, Kuja and Ultimecia are some of the characters who can benefit greatly from the following. For equipment you should always seek out a weapon with 69 ATK stat unless your character's exclusive weapons provides 70 ATK (Garland's Gigant Axe for example). If your armor set is for Seal of Lufenia's 5 % EX depletion, Lufenian Dirk (hand, Parrying gear) is a must as it provides +1 attack as well as good 72 defense. Earthbreaker, Cleaver and Rhongomiant (for King of Tragedy EX Revenge builds) are good weapons possessing 69 attack stat that anyone can wield with the help of a CP glitch. For accessories it comes as no surprise that Hyper Ring, Muscle Belt / Earring are viable choices here. Bundle Hyper Ring + Muscle Belt or Earring ()depending on the character) with boosters such as BRV > Base Value, Pre-EX Mode, Pre-EX Revenge, Summon Unused and Aerial / Grounded for a respectable damage output. Add extra abilities such as Sneak Attack, Counterattack and Riposte to really shred the opponent's bravery with upped critical hit rates, maybe even include First Strike ability if you think you(r character) can go the distance, that one is guaranteed to activate on the first hit you land. These are generally always good to have, your opponent can only disable one of them, meaning you will still maintain a good critical hit rate throughout the match. Even characters with subpar bravery damage can do wonders with a bit of double damage from critical hits, so when spreading out your CP give these abilites some thought. Side by Side These builds revolve around the special accessory "Side by Side" that prevents you from acquiring any EX AT ALL (even from EX cores), but in turn gives you a massive chunk of assist bar from landing just one HP. Side by Side is very potent with characters who can link HPs on their own and followup with an assist afterwards or need meter to for general momentum, including (but not limited to) Warrior of Light, Cloud, Onion Knight, Zidane, Jecht, Golbez and Kefka. The goal with a Side by Side build is to deal a lot of damage. This can be achieved either through high bravery damage output or high base bravery. In both cases wall rush is a big help. For equipment you can apply a lot from the damage build paragraph. 69 attack or 70 if your exclusive weapon has it. Wall rush HP damage is also a good option e.g. Earthbreaker, Cloud's exclusive weapon Fenrir. For high base bravery, Piggy's Stick is a Katana-type weapon that provides +239 to your base bravery in addition to the head armor, but it comes with -80 % BRV recovery. You have to be able to secure base bravery for each hp for optimal damage, so boosting BRV recovery will become a part of your build. If you focus your meter depletion on accessories, you can opt to equip Royal Crown (head) with 100 % BRV recovery, Borghertz's Hands (hand) and Lufenian Armor (torso) both providing 39 base bravery each. Lufenian sets' meter depletion is still nothing to sneeze at, so don't rule them out. For accessories you now have an excellent 1.5x booster at your fingertips, Empty EX Gauge. This is a big booster that will be active for the entirety of the match, and bundled with Pre-EX Mode, Pre-EX Revenge, Aerial and Summon Unused (as well as BRV = 0 if you can secure wall rushes) you have a lot of profit on your hands. Aforementioned damage rings, as well as Sniper Eye for wall rush HP damage are good picks. If you don't equip Royal Crown, Bravery Orb as well as Great Gospel are worthy candidates too. But mostly Bravery Orb as that scales with your boosters. If you feel you need a good headstart in the meter race, Together as One is a great pick. Include Badge of Trust and you pretty much start the match with two assist bars if you deem it essential for your upcoming matchup. EX EX builds prioritise EX absorption either through added intake range or increased value per ex absorbed into oneself, but even so they never sacrifice assist (they're that important). Weapon department provides Heaven's Cloud for +4M EX intake range, but with a measly 67 attack. Addded intake range is good as you can accumulate more ex in one place more quickly and if your character does not deal big bravery damage like Lightning, the 67 attack is not that big of a deal. Another weapon is once again Cleaver. 69 attack with +10 % ex force absorption. Garland, Kuja, Ultimecia and Gilgamesh have exclusive weapons with +10 % ex force absorption, but Garland's is undisputed best among them. 70 attack and +10 % ex force absorption is something other characters can only dream of. Special accessories is where most of the magic happens. White Drop and White Gem add a fixed boost to ex force absorption by 5 % and 10 % respectively and you can equip up to three White Drops for a total of 25 % boost to your ex absorption rate. These accessories come with a downside of reduced assist gauge duration, meaning your assist bar will begin to decay sooner. With well placed whiffs it won't get you killed. Not often, anyway. The other two accessories influence when you can acquire EX. Tenacious Attacker and Glutton allow you to absorb ex even when attacking or taking damage. Tenacious Attacker is a standard in EX builds as it allows you to whiff for meter and reap the rewards as you deal damage. Both work great in conjunction with Heaven's Cloud's added intake range as you will in most cases get a part of the ex either you or your opponent generated. Seal of Lufenia is a good anti-EX equipment set, but a basic accessory "EX Breaker" is particularly potent with Ultimecia. The accessory has a chance of depleting the opponent's EX gauge in one bravery hit and since it's a basic accessory, it can scale with your booster accessories. Other characters don't get mileage out of it as easily due to how one attack = one chance at triggering the EX Iai effect of the accessory, you don't get a new chance with every bravery hit you land except with Ultimecia. Don't ask why. Bravery boost on dodge / block This kind of build tailors specifically to few matchups: Ultimecia, The Emperor and Sephiroth (Shadow Flare abuse). By forgoing pure damage and some meter gain and depletion you can amass over 100 bravery every time you dodge a move, including unblockable projectiles. Same applies to blocking, except for the unblockable part of course. An example build involves the Adamant Chains set for an 8 % BRV boost on dodge. Weapon of Choice Adamant Shield Adamant Helm Adamant Vest You can swap out Adamant Helm for Dueling Mask (3 % BRV boost on dodge) and your weapon of choice for Adamant Knife if the matchup you're playing won't grant you many opportunities to land hits. For accessories Zephyr Cloak is a no-brainer. Heart's Ease if you can block consistently (e.g. Jecht and his Jecht Block) and of course Battle Hammer and Dismay Shock for meter depletion. Boosters should include the general Summon Unused, Pre-EX Mode, Pre-EX Revenge and Aerial (or Empty EX Gauge if you go Side by Side). BRV > base value is great too as the point is to accumulate a lot of bravery over time. Special accessory Back-Breaking Straw is a good addition as well despite it not scaling with your boosters. At this point you should have one or two accessory slots to spare and if you do not use it for Side by Side + Together as One, other complementary special accessories such as Tenacious Attacker, Hero's Essence and First to Victory are not the worst picks out there. Or you can go for Opponent's Summon Unused and After 30 seconds boosters, that's fine too. EX Core Another matchup specific build, this one prioritises the amount of EX you get from a single EX core. This often means you play a grounded game and / or are prepared for EX core races. Against characters who tend to hug the ceiling (Ultimecia and Exdeath) this can be an easy way to acquire a great amount of EX every time an EX core shows up. It is also viable in matchups where character x can outrun character y in a lot of situations e.g. Onion Knight vs. Cloud of Darkness. For equipment, Loki's Lute weapon provides +20 % boost to EX core absorption, although it does only have 67 attack. Squall and Vaan can equip their exclusive weapons for a 30 % boost with 68 attack. The Soul of Yamato equipment set (Genji parts) provide an EX Core appearence boost, but is usually preferable only on Gabranth as the set complements more of his EX mode gameplan than others. For accessories, Dragonfly Orb is often the go-to basic accessory for EX core builds. The assist gauge duration nerf is hardly relevant, it decays from two bars a bit faster, but if you can maintain your assist meter consistently it's not really a big problem. Aside from the aforementioned good boosters, EX Core Present adds a good 1.5x bonus to each of your cores. Aerial is preferable as not all stages plant their ex cores to the ground (see World of Darkness) and the matchup you play is most likely aerial-oriented anyway. Hybrid This is all about picking a good balance between damage and meter play. Maybe some added ex force absorption with more wall rush damage? Or perhaps you really want that early assist meter boost with Together as One but still desire to benefit from EX cores? Hybrid builds can make that happen. In hybrid builds assist and ex co-exist and it's all about what you prefer. An example set of accessories could include basic accessories Muscle Belt, Sniper Eye, Battle Hammer, boosters BRV > Base Value, Pre-EX Mode, Pre-EX Revenge, Aerial, special accessories White Gem, Tenacious Attacker and First to Victory for a nice headstart. At the end of the day you can mix and match a lot of these concepts in your build. If high base bravery and wall rush damage is your thing but you still want to benefit ex, that is fine. It's not wrong to think that with good boosters you can enjoy the benefits of bravery boost on dodge as well as meter drain and maybe damage if you go for it. For boosters you will always want something consistent, something that activates when it's most optimal for you and can be relied on through the course of a single match and pick special accessories that you feel are necessary to your gameplan or playstyle. Just don't equip Center of the World or any of the set damage / defense rings (aside from Sturm und Drang and maybe Avenger). End words And lastly don't be that guy who contemplates 20 minutes whether to go Side by Side or hybrid and delay tournaments at every turn because chances are your opponent is not going to play any worse. A bad decision is a still a decision, and people don't have all fucking day for yours. Please don't be that guy, don't be Sys. Plan ahead and make the right decision. Remember the art of war. If you know yourself but don't know your opponent('s character) you are only going to win 50 % of the time. Don't be that guy who only wins 50 % of the time, be the guy who wins 100 % of the time. Make your builds in advance and take your potential adversary into consideration. Have fun in creating your own character builds! (Sharing Builds) If you want to share your build you can use http://www.charlietang.net/dissidia/012.php but: Have fun sharing!
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