This special event contains a series of maps you must fight your way through from beginning to end. Losing does not mean game over, as you can retry with a second team. At the end of each round, points are received based on clear speed, survivability and bonus units. Your total points are tallied and used to unlock various rewards, many of which are exclusive to the Tempest Trials. Additionally, there is a player ranking with large feather rewards given to those with the highest scores.
- Bonus allies gain significant stat boosts (HP+10, +4 other stats).
- Bonus allies gain double EXP and SP.
- Your first two runs per day earn triple points.
Brash Assault 1 seal (12,000 Score)
- Brash Assault is a skill that lets a unit guarantee a follow-up attack when certain conditions are met. Normally obtainable as a B slot skill, Brash Assault isn’t particularly difficult to get, but now it can be paired up with Desperation to let melee units sweep when at low health.
Atk Smoke 1 seal (20,000 Score)
- This Sacred Seal debuffs units in an area, lowering attack by seven after combat once it’s upgraded to level three. This is one of the best rewards from the Tempest Trials, allowing units to extend their survivability beyond normal levels.
5★ Arden (30,000 Score)
- Arden is the reward unit for these Tempest Trials, boasting both an incredible statline and a unique B skill that combines Quick Riposte and Brash Assault. Arden is a standout unit, rivaling even the Black Knight who came before him as a red armored sword-user.
Guidance 1 seal (40,000 Score)
- Previously only available on just one unit, Guidance lets infantry and armored allies gain a Wings of Mercy-style effect when less than two spaces away. It’s easy to use and huge help in maneuvering low-movement allies around, and can even let them cross impassable terrain.
In addition to the normal rewards, there are also a large amount of Sacred Coins available at varying reward tiers!
There are two approaches to the Tempest Trials: manually playing through higher difficulties, and using auto-battle to clear lower difficulties. A good strategy for players who want to avoid burnout is to manually play twice per day on the highest difficulty, to get the largest possible score from the 3x multiplier. Afterwards, they can simply auto-battle on lower difficulties to use up any spare stamina.
Thanks to the large stat bonuses granted to bonus units, team-building largely revolves around them (although ultimately, only one is ever truly required). The Tempest Trials are a fantastic way to increase a unit's Hero Merit and SP, so some may use sub-optimal teams for this purpose.
Without further ado, let us jump into the team-building part of the guide. Instead of talking about just completed teams, I’ll be talking about the elements that make those teams successful, so that players with varying boxes can construct viable teams. Unless otherwise stated, all units from here on out are assumed to be running their recommended builds. A team with the best chance of success will have the following:
- As many bonus units as possible.
- Source of healing.
- Strategy for the final map.
- A unit to combat each colour (As the actual units within each map can vary greatly).
The first units you’ll want to think about using are of course, the bonus units. With their huge stat bonuses (+10 HP, +4 to all other stats) They will punch far above their normal weight. Ayra is the strongest unit available for this Tempest Trials, and at high merge levels can destroy most of it with ease. Sigurd’s ability to survive vs. magic damage also makes him a great choice, and with some healing, can tank most enemies present. Deirdre and Tailtiu are the ranged options, but fulfil different roles. Deirdre is a magic tank with excellent resistance, and Tailtiu is offensively inclined with great speed and enough resistance to survive most magical-based threats.
Arvis and Arden are the F2P choices, and each excels at their own niche. Arvis is a great counter to Julia, and can provide debuffs, healing and strong magic damage to your team. Arden is nearly unkillable on the physical side and can tank most of the enemies with ease. Eldigan is more than usable and with a simple swordbreaker build will pull his weight. Just keep in mind that Fury’s damage will add up over time, and he will either need solid healing or a different A slot skill. Lastly, Lachesis is a great choice for a team, being the only bonus unit healer.
On the whole, most of the red units here can reliably KO Julia, but must beware of the excessive amounts of Triangle Adept/Sapphire Lance users in the trials, particularly in the final stage.
Healers are fantastic in the Tempest Trials, and can single-handedly sustain your team throughout the duration of the run. However, running a healer can compromise your team (unless you can get Wrathful/Dazzling Staff). It’s highly recommended to take a healer for safe runs, but keep in mind that they can slow your runs down compared to more offensive teams. There are also many viable alternatives to dedicated healers.
There are a few types of builds which can be used to heal teams without using a valuable team slot on a dedicated healer. The first of these is the “Renewal Medic”, a build type which relies on healing from Renewal and the legendary weapon Falchion. Arvis is a bonus unit with access to the Recover Ring, allowing him to be one of the best healers. Reciprocal Aid is a must-have skill to ensure clean transferral of health to allies.
Breath of Life is another great skill capable of turning a unit into a substitute healer. With the skill itself and the fully upgraded seal, it’s possible to heal 14 health to allies every attack. Dagger-users have access to a dagger to provide further healing, as does Linde with her unique tome Aura. Reciprocal Aid is a must here too, to ensure that Linde herself can remain sustained. Remember that a dancer can potentially double this healing output. Lastly, there is the "sustain tank" build recently popularized with the addition of the Steady Breath skill. With a cooldown -1 weapon, Steady Breath, Quick Riposte and Aether, a unit can charge and fire off their special every round of combat, keeping their health topped up over a long time.
These are some of the most potent allies for Tempest Trials, offering both safety and speed to your run. In short, they are great for all the usual reasons, but are affected by their low combat stats, which can hold them back. Due to team limitations, if you choose to field a dancer they must be a respectable combat unit in their own right, with either a full build or something close. However, none are featured as bonus units this time.
One of the easiest ways to clear the Tempest Trials is with a powerful ranged attacker wielding a Brave bow or Blade tome. Combined with a buffer or dancer, they can destroy most units in the trials with ease once they are under the Desperation threshold. Nino, Linde, Tharja and The Reinhardt are all common choices. Cavalry teams are great for this, and can be run with Sigurd or Eldigan. Tailtiu is a natural Blade tome user and can easily clear the maps with proper support.
For those looking to save time, the autobattle feature lets you quickly gain tempest points with minimal effort. When creating an autobattle team, there are a few considerations:
- Hard (5 Battles) is for most people the most suitable difficulty, assuming you can use a whole team of five star characters. With enough bonus units or merges, it may be possible to do the lower infernal difficulty.
- Team building considerations are mostly the same for manual teams. The AI tends to play recklessly, making tanky units with well-rounded statlines and Distant Counter fare the best. A dedicated healer is nearly always better unless you have multiple units with Aether or other healing. If you choose a dedicated healer, don’t forget to un-equip their weapon. Otherwise, the AI will treat them like a ranged attacker, and play aggressively with them.
Triangle Adept/Gem Weapons
- Enemies with gem weapons can prove troublesome, as the AI will rush forth headlong into them if you’re in range. Your own units will most likely decimate foes they are strong against, and thanks to the AI, will have many disadvantageous matchups. There are quite a few blue units with either Triangle Adept/Sapphire Lance, so a solid green unit is recommended.
Don’t sweat it!
- At the end of the day, losing a team or two does not affect score by a large margin. Speed is much more important, so building slightly riskier (but much faster) teams is a good idea.
|Special||Dragon Gaze||C||Breath of Life 1|
1.) sigurd (+def/-spd) → divine tyrfing, reposition, bonfire; close defense 3, crusader's ward, atk smoke 3; deflect magic +1
2.) m!robin (+atk/-res) → blárraven+, reposition, bonfire; triangle adept 3, swordbreaker 3, hone atk 3; close defense +1
3.) p!azura (+res/-def) → urðr, sing, moonbow; triangle adept 3, wings of mercy 3, hone atk 3; defense +1
4.) takumi +1 (+atk/-res) → brave bow+, reposition, luna; life & death 3, desperation 3, threaten spd 3; resistance +1
ah, the good & old school pineapple boy. takumi does all of the sniping and ohkos with the help of p!azura for buffs from urðr. it also speeds the gameplay up so turns are not wasted. however, takumi is susceptible to both physical + magic attacks because of l&d 3 lowering his defense bulk, so you've been warned.
m!robin checks out red sword lords & colorless units (except for innes bc of cancel affinity 3). sigurd can tank pretty well against green & red units with his fantastic defense + resistance, and can even ohko some blue mages if you strike them first during player phase.
reposition is vital to keep your units out of contact from enemies, but swap & ardent sacrifice are also good alternatives as well.
Arvis: A slot: Fury 3
B slot: Recover Ring
C slot: Def Ploy 3
Seal: Breath of Life 3
Support: Ardent Sacrificed
Nowi: A slot: Defense +3
B slot: Quick Riposte 3
C slot: Threaten Res 3
Weapon: Lightning Breath+
Support: Rally Defense
Nino: A slot: Fury 3
B slot: Desperation 3
C slot: Hone Atk 3
Seal: Distant Def 3
Support: Draw Back
Special: Draconic Aura
Performing Azura: A slot: Triangle Adept
B slot: Wings of Mercy 3
C slot: Drive Res 2
Seal: Fortify Def
Azura is merely a support for the three units, who pose no problem in every stage, especially with her weapon granting stat buffs after Sing. Arvis, despite being a main attacker, plays a role as the healer, being able to give 10 Hp through Ardent Sacrifice plus some more through Breath of Life. Nowi, depending on her matchups, should have no problem keeping her HP up for Quick Riposte, but Arvis can heal if she gets a little too slow for comfort. Nino is the glass canon, but because of her setup she is easily able to murder in one turn thanks to Desperation. It's important that Arvis manages to heal her once or twice, however, because she can be KO'd if reckless.
Reinhardt (+HP/-Spd): Reposition Deathblow 3, Lancebreaker 3, Goad Cavalry, Luna; Attack +3 Seal
Sigurd (+Def/-Att): Reposition, Close Defense 3, Crusader's Ward, Speed Smoke 3, Miracle; Distant Defense 3 Seal
Performing Azura (Neutral): Triangle Adept, Wings of Mercy, Drive Resistance 2, Moonbow; Spur Defense 1 Seal
Elise (+Def/-Att): [Rehabilitate] Resistance +3, Live to Serve 3, Hone Cavalry, Heavenly Light; Attack Ploy 1 Seal
Basically Reinhardt kills everything that isn't green and Sigurd baits whatever is out of range + kills greens. P.Azura is the ideal dancer just because she can give Sigurd defensive buffs for baiting plus she can take care/bait blue units, if needed. Finally Elise with rehabilitate keeps Sigurd at max HP straight to the end!
I have consistently gotten to the end of the 7 battle lunatic mode with a max score of 705 (2116 with daily multiplier).