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Gaming Log- Fate Grand Order Saber Wars

Fate: Grand Order’s first event of 2018, Saber Wars, wrapped up yesterday and it was fairly productive for me. I was able to get everything I wanted out of the event shop, reach two million points to clear the reward ladder and even add to my stock of Reverse Dragon Scales via battle drops.

The story was fun, if short – Mysterious Heroine X crash lands near where Saber Lily is training. Ms. X vows to help train Lily while secretly plotting to destroy all other saber-class servants. In the final act, another mystery woman arrives to battle Ms. X.


Lily helps Ms. X defeat Ms. Z, and then we’re launched into two weeks of farming to gather items and Altrium points to help Ms. X repair her space ship.

This event marked a departure from some recent ones in that we had a choice of battles to fight to gather resources. For people with low level servants or who had yet to acquire the damage-boosting craft essence cards, there was a set of relatively easy battles. If you had to stick with them for the whole event, you could certainly clear the event shop and would have a chance of getting enough Altrium points to obtain all five copies of Saber Lily, but you wouldn’t have much of a shot of obtaining everything from the points ladder.

But if you had strong servants, you could move on to the tougher fights. Most of the people I know who play Fate: Grand Order spend the bulk of their time fighting a version of Scathach with nearly a million hit points because it gave them a chance to collect Hearts of the Foreign God, Octuplet Crystals and Eternal Gears. The consistent rewards were a mix of Vacuum Tubes and Altrium points.

So I ended up moving on to the next fight once I had all the Vacuum Tubes I needed and spent the last week of the event fighting Ultra Heroine Z, who had over a million hit points. That battle only gave you Altrium points, so you got more of them – and I decided to stop using Golden Fruits for this event once I’d gotten enough copies Saber Lily to max out her Noble Phantasm.

I relieved on borrowed Okitas (and one of my in-game friend’s level 100 Mordred with 10/10/10 skills) to be my main damage dealer, with my max leveled Altria and Saber Lily to back them up. My back row consisted of Waver, to help support whoever was left after my first front row servant was defeated, Mashu, to switch in and taunt Ultra Heroine Z when she charged her Noble Phantasm, and a level 50 Nero to increase my Altrium points bonus.

That lineup worked well, for the most part. But occasionally I’d end up losing all of my sabers and be left with just Waver, or Waver and Mashu. And every time that happened, Waver came through as my damage dealer and carried the day. One time he pulled it off despite being down to one hit point. So he’s my MVP for moving out of his customary role to save me.


I did try to summon Mysterious Heroine X, but she didn’t answer my call within the 90 Saint Quartz and handful of summon tickets I was willing to use. That’s ok. Shiki will be coming soon.

I was really trying for Nero, and I got her.


I was able to get her to level 50 during the event, and I should be able to get her to level 60 at least during our two million download celebration with its 1/2 AP ember gathering missions. Saber Wars also helped me to final ascend Waver and Kiyohime, and fully level Saber Gilles, Medusa and Mashu (for now.) I also got Caesar, Saber Lily and Waver to bond level six.

How did Saber Wars go for you?

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Fate/Grand Order – Christmas comes early…

Well crap….Fate/Grand Order’s Christmas event starts on Friday.

My original plan was to take advantage of the Thanksgiving event’s 1/2 AP daily quests to level up the servants I ascended during GudaGuda Honnouji and get my Christmas bonus servants ready… well, that’s out the window.


I did manage to get Waver up to level 60, but he’s still not really gonna be that great until I unlock his third skill and start leveling them up. And Cú Chulainn is maxed out at level 70, and I did manage to get Julius Caesar and Jing Ke up to level 60, and Robin Hood up to level 55, so I could be doing worse on Christmas bonus servants. (Poor Medea Lily is NP2 and still at level 1.)

But whatever experience I get over the next couple of days is going to have to be saved for Santa Alter… and hopefully I will manage to have 30 SQ to roll for event craft essences before it starts.

I was expecting to see the London story chapter first, with Christmas coming later in the month so it would actually still be around for the holiday.

If we’re lucky, we’ll get London when Christmas ends. But they could be rushing Christmas so they can shove Saber Wars at us next — on the Japanese server, Saber Wars was loosely tied to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so they might want to have it come out with the North American release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for us….

and that would leave pretty much no opportunity to level up Saber Gilles or try to summon (and level) a fifth saber class servant before the event… and little chance to accumulate an SQ to roll for the event craft essences.

I’m guessing the game is not going to slow down anytime soon, but it would sure be nice if it did.

If you’re playing Fate/Grand Order, are you excited about the early arrival of Christmas? Or were you hoping for more time to get ready?

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Gaming Log: Fate/Grand Order – Thanksgiving

So last week, the Fate/Grand Order developers made a surprise announcement at AnimeNYC. North America would be getting a special Thanksgiving event, combining elements of Japan’s Scáthach banner and New Year’s 2016 events.

The highlight is the Thanksgiving Celebration Summon, a guaranteed opportunity to get one of nine five-star servants if you do a paid 10-card summon. Under normal circumstances, you have a one percent chance of drawing one of the game’s best servants. I’ve been playing for five months and had gotten exactly one.
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