1 Year Edit: I love this thread, but I needed to fix some broken gifs, so I thought I'd mention:
- Yes, these concepts still work today.
- I haven't broken a piece of equipment since writing this guide, and long before.
- 5% break chance (or under) + 7 points of Support in a party = no breaks
I'd like to keep the original mostly untouched, but thanks for all the support! Let me know if you've got questions or need clarification, there are so many great people in Shop Heroes who want to help.
Alright. Hi. It's me, Abqu, your resident .... person.
The goal of this guide is to provide a quasi-comprehensive look at how to build more efficient quest and raid teams. Building teams and giving advice is a passion project of mine, and so I thought I'd take an hour and try to break it down.
First off, we need to start with Team Building 101, the most pervasive strategy and how to identify gear effectively.Gearing with Full Unbreakables
Ah, the favorite phrase of world chat -- unbreakable. It's a great strategy, one I employed for some time. There are upsides, and downsides to this path. Upsides include having full confidence that gear will never break, and a "set and forget" mentality to gearsets. Downsides are that it is not "future-proof", meaning that if/when level caps go up again, some gear will become obsolete or unusable. Another downside, which we'll get to later, is that it is not as efficient for raid and quest outputs as it can be.
Identifying items for this strategy can seem a little daunting, but there is an amazing website out there that does all the work for us: AppGoons
You select your hero, you input their level, and push the magic button, and BAM, instant results, by item quality. It's outrageous, truly truly outrageous.Taking the Next Step: Building Your First Efficient Team
Already we're stepping into controversial territory. Why, just a few days ago I was called an puppy for even suggesting there was an alternative to unbreakable gearing strategies. Now, I totally agree that I'm an puppy, just not on this. And I'm obviously biased, I mean, it's the title of my topic after all.
Building the first team is really quite easy to do. You really don't need chest blueprints, but they help quite a great deal. First, let's outline the team composition and the base skills these ladies bring.
- Alicia L30+ in the leader spot. Amazon III, and Energetic III.
- Odette L24+. Support II.
- Azula L20+. Healer III. (inconsistent data on what level healer III unlocks)
- Louca L35+. Support III.
- Oniera L24+. Support II, Healer II.
I guess I should talk about what each of the skills do, plus some other important ones for later.
- Amazon: Increases female party survival rate, aka base power plus equipment power. Brothers-in-Arms is the male equivalent.
- Energetic: Reduces individual resting time after a quest. Will not work if the hero gets injured.
- Support: Prevents a piece of equipment from breaking, including the hero with this skill.
- Healer: Reduces healing time of the entire party. Works if a hero gets injured. Total party caps at 90% healer.
- Leader: Increases party size by 1.
- Resourceful: Prevents a piece of own equipment breaking, not party-wide.
- Speed Runner: Reduces quest time.
- Protector: Increases party survival rate.
So, in this comp, we have 75% healer and 7 supports. That means after every quest, the resting time of the entire party will be reduced by a huge, huge margin. The 7 points of support, however, are key. I'm no mathematician, so I can't really give you the odds. What I can say is that if you equip every single person in this party with an item that has a 5% chance or lower to break, your gear will be safe.
So now we've got the bare bones, ultra basic first team setup. Let's flesh it out a little.
Blueprints you'll need:
- Lion's Boots, Leader I, Leather Chest (absolutely essential, get this BP yesterday)
- Falcon Eye, Energetic I, Wooden Chest
- Colored Powder, Energetic I, Wooden Chest
- Moon Walkers, Energetic I, Leather Chest
That's it. Four chests. Wooden. Leather. Awesome. So now you've got your Lion's Boots placed firmly on Alicia's footsies, meaning we can add a sixth to the party. Here's the full comp:
- Alicia, Lion's Boots
- Odette, Moon Walkers, Falcon Eye
- Azula, Moon Walkers, Colored Powder
- Louca, Moon Walkers, Colored Powder
- Oniera, Moon Walkers, Falcon Eye
- Kuro Shobi, Moon Walkers, Falcon Eye
In this bare-bones setup, we have a 75% healer, 100% energetic party using just four chest items. In fact, two of them are the first BP's that show up in Gerrard's list, so you don't really have to open chests for them. With no other gear, you've got 11 items to contend with. Kuro saves her own, so there's just 9 to account for, and you're running seven supports. Again, the odds of breaks are so inconsequential. Plus, if you break one of these, it's not that hard to replace it.
There, you did it, you built your first efficient team!