March Fest, and upcoming FF:RK features! A lot is happening in the somewhat near future in FF:RK! I'm kind of losing track of it myself so I decided to write everything down in one place, and then figured this may help other people as well. Much of this information is from Reddit or Gamefaqs, I'm just putting it all into one place. Credits with links are at the bottom, and I'll be linking ~~Fest-based Special Banners~~ - Free Banner - 2x50 Pick awakening banner - Lucky Draws - Special Ticket Draws - Dream Selects - Luck of the Realms - Fest banners themselves ~~Big Gameplay Changes~~ - Gen 2.5 chains - Kaito Shop - Unique Abilities & Record Boards - Upcoming Abilities - Cumulative Login Bonus - Orbfest - Cardia/Phantasm Dungeons - Historia Crystals - Limit Break Overflows - Soulbreak honing ~~Miscellaneous buffs and smaller changes~~ - XP dungeon buff - 3/4 mote dungeon buff - 5* mote dungeon stamina reduced - Default/Shared/ Unique/OSB become 1 gauge (?) - Two new books of trials, no picks but yes to tickets. - Regular events will be getting d300 ~ d400 stages - Wallpaper creator thing - Credits They then had special fortune bag draws but we probably won't be getting those ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Free Banner Just that, we get a free banner! You can pull on it once, the pull is an 11 pull, with one guaranteed 5* or 6* relic ('1 G5'), and then you can select from one character from the following list. You get that character's Awakening, Arcane, and LMR, so it's a pretty nifty reward! Terra (Fire) Loser (Ice) Cloud (Wind) Ingus (Earth) Shantotto (Lightning) Tidus (Water) Orlandu (Holy) Sephiroth (Dark) Butz (Multi) It's a little surprising that the only two mages are Terra and Shantotto, but generally it's popular kit for shoring up an element you're weaker in. I have no idea what the actual banner has on it. I presume it's like most lucky draws - a huge general 'just about everything on it' banner, and it's probably BSBs or better, but I haven't found much information thereon. If anyone knows, post away and I'll edit ^_^ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - 2x50 Pick awakening banner This is a special banner, that costs the normal 50 mythril to pull on. If you pull on this banner twice, then you get to also select an Awakening from a much larger list from the above. The banner in question has the following featured relics: Awakenings: Butz (Multi), Terra (Fire), Orlandu, Tyro Ultras: Dr. Mog, Rufus, Rikku, Faris(Wind imperil) Glint: Terra (EnFire) LMR: Terra (EnFire), Butz(+Spellblade), Faris(EnWind), Rufus (wCast Dark), Rikku(Machinist -> self QC1) Pull twice on the above and you get to select one of the following Awakenings: FF1: Warrior of Light, Garland, Meia FF2: Firion, Maria, Emperor FF3: Luneth, Ingus, Onion Knight FF4: Dark Knight Cecil, Paladin Cecil, Kain, Rydia FF5: Butz 1, Lenna FF6: Terra 1, Locke, Celes, Strago, Kefka FF7: Cloud 1, Tifa, Vincent, Zack, Sephiroth FF8: Loser, Loser 1, Selphie, Seifer, Ultimecia FF9: Zidane, Vivi FF10: Tidus, Yuna, Lulu, Kimahri, Auron FF11: Shantotto FF12: Vaan, Ashe, Penelo FF13: Lightning, Snow, Raines, Noel FF14: Y'shtola, Yda, Alphinaud FF15: Noctis, Gladiolus, Cor FFT: Agrias, Orlandeau FF0: Rem, Queen Core: Tyro, Elarra Definitely a more extensive list, haha. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Lucky Draws We get one lucky banner a day for three days, as is relatively usual. I believe these are 25 mythril, you get an 11 pull, any character relics gained will be the theme of the lucky. First: Glint+, Glint, LMRs. This lucky draw guarantees you two character relics. Second: Arcanes. This lucky draw guarantees you one arcane. Third: Awakenings. This lucky draw guarantees you one awakening. The pools are probably 'all of the appropriate relics in the game' before a certain point, usually five or six months ago. We'll know the cutoff when we get closer, but you can expect it to be 'Not the most recent options'. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Special Ticket Draws I'm having trouble finding information about what was /on/ this banner, but a special banner will show up that requires you to have a 'relic draw ticket' to pull on it. Each pull is a 10-pull, guaranteeing one 6* relic. 5 tickets are given out as login bonii. Then two more are from the new book of trials that land, and then a chunk more from the cumulative login bonus for veterans, both of which are explained below. If I can find more information about what precisely is on these banners I'll put it here, haha, but until then it's probably 'Everything in the game that's BSB or better after a cutoff a few months ago' the way their other giant freebie banners tend to be. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Dream Selects Gem only as usual, categories are awakening, arcane, ultra, glint, BSB, LMR. No glint+s this time around. In Japan, the cutoff date was the Locke/Strago awakening event, so 'everything after that'. Japan also had two sets of these - one just before fest, one just /after/ fest. To look at just awakenings, the list was: First time: Ingus, DK Cecil/Pecil/Kain/Rydia, Lenna/Butz, Terra/Locke/Celes/Strago, Cloud/Tifa/Vincent/Zack/Seph, Loser/Seifer, Zidane, Tidus/Kimahri/Auron, Shantotto, Ashe, Lightning/Snow/Raines, Alphinaud, Noctis, Agrias/Orlandeau, Rem/Queen Second time: Warrior of Light, Maria/Emperor, Loser/Selphie/Ultimecia, Lulu, Noel, Y'shtola*/Yda*, Gladiolus/Cor I presume those stars are 'may not be there' For reference, Japan did get a third one that happeend later, which corresponds to about may our time. If we get that one then, it'll add: Maybe in May: Garland/Meia, Firion, Luneth/Onion Knight, Edge, Gogo/Faris, Terra2/Mog/Gau/Kefka/Leo, Aerith/Yuffie/Rufus, Fujin, Vivi, Yuna/Wakka, Vaan/Fran/Penelo/Larsa/Vayne, Fang, Ace/Cinque/Trey, Tyro/Elarra ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Luck of the Realms Going on now. They're the usual 'spend 5 mythril, get a 3 pull with one guaranteed character relic from the realm'. Many people find them to be especially valuable now as we have 'Phantasm' dungeons coming, which are explained in greater detail below but are basically 'Newer Torments', or 'Rather high level realm-based content'. So having more usable characters in each realm may become more important in the future. In addition, getting dupe awakenings or dupe arcanes may sting a bit less in the future, due to 'soul break honing' which is also below. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Fest banners themselves I am leery to poke about fest banners before they land, since the one certainty in FF:RK is that our fest banners have /always/ changed from Japan's. Sometimes it's minor changes, but there's always /something/ different. The general rule is, relics that debut in this fest are extremely likely to /be/ there still, although which banner they are on may shuffle a bit. Anything we've seen before may be shuffled out for something else we've seen before. Historically, DeNA shuffled around our banners so they were generally more powerful but without one 'golden banner' with a lot of power stuff on it. Lately, uh, DeNA has been shuffling around our fest banners to make them pretty much objectively worse than the original ones, heh. Still, while we can't be /certain/ we'll get them, what Japan got can be found here. For a quick glance at the highlights from Japan's fest (remember, these may change!) Banner 1: Water focused banner. Onion Knight (mag) and RIkku (phy) syncs, both are purely water. Noel, Quistis, and Paine get water awakenings, and Paine's gen 2 physical water chain is on here. Banner 2: Earth focused banner, but much less focused than the water one above as there's a lot of ice here. Rydia (Earth, mag) sync is on here. Yuffie (earth), Vivi (ice & lightning), Edea (Ice), and Tellah (Earth) all have awakenings thereon. Edea gets a gen 2 magical ice chain on here, while Tellah gets a gen 2 magical earth chain here as well. Banner 3: Fire focused banner. Locke and Noctis have physical fire syncs here. Sephiroth, Balthier, and Sabin come in with awakenings, while Balthier has our new gen 2.5 physical fire chains (See below for more on those). Noctis sync is a fire clone of Lightning's, and thus is extremely powerful. Banner 4: Wind focused banner, but with a lot of healer stuff thereon. Alphinaud comes in with the magical wind sync. Seraphie has a wind awakening, while Porom, Alma, and Deuce come in with their healer awakenings.