Check here for our beginner's guide on the basics for Bravely Default 2 for the Nintendo Switch. From explanations on all status ailments to how to effectively use stat buffs and debuffs, we have everything you need to master the combat basics and jump into battle!
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Whenever you feel lost, just follow the yellow marker you'll see on the screen. This leads to your current objective and the story will progress after reaching it.
The Jp Up and Jp Up and Up are valuable support abilities from the Freelancer. They multiply the amout of JP you earn by a solid 1.7 combined. While leveling this far early in the game may be difficult, always consider leveling the freelancer whenever you can and set these two abilities as your goal.
The Freelancer's ability Forage allows you to farm items in the middle of the fight. By leaving a weak enemy alone, you can just Brave 4 times for each character and use Forage to net yourself several items. Take note that the item quality depends on the Freelancer's Job level so do consider leveling it up further if you wish to farm items with this method.
Offensive items deal a fixed amount of damage against enemies. During the lower levels, these damages can be considered high so using these against them can be effective.
Quests can reward you with several things like PG, items, and even equipment. Always talk to NPCs with a blue speech bubble to get quests!
|Black Mage||・Can dish out high damage using enemy weaknesses.
・Can deal massive damage to bosses via Poison (if they're vulnerable)
|White Mage||・Excellent support class via buffs and recovery.|
|Monk||・Cheap class due to not requiring weapons
・Bare handed fighting has no weakness
|Beastmaster||・Extremely versatile with summons.
・Can cover various roles like support, attacker, and even a healer.
The stats of your 4 characters are the same. They may look different but it is only due to the job's stat modifier. Some example of this are the Vanguard class and the Black Mage. A level 11 Vanguard will have more HP than a Black Mage but the Black Mage will have higher Magic Power then the Vanguard. Swapping their Job will have the other character have more HP but less magic power and vice versa.
Some jobs can only be obtained by doing quests and aren't obtainable by just playing the main storyline. Make sure to explore and complete those quests when possible!
The Divining Rod can show you the amount of unopened chests in the area. This is a great skill to have at all times and is pretty easy to acquire as it only needs a job level of 3 from the freelancer.
The grass on the worldmap isn't just for show. You can use the attack command on the world map to cut them. Sometimes, doing so will yield pg, items, and even strong weapons!
Enemies have certain resistances and weaknesses not just to elements but to weapon types as well! Make sure to exploit this weaknesses to effectively deal damage to your opponents.
HP is your character's primary resource and depleting it will make your character incapacitated. MP is used for casting spells and is vital for using your character's abilities. To replenish your HP and MP, prepare consumables such as potions, ethers, and tents to recover your character's stats. Some characters also have abilities that allow them to recover HP or MP under certain conditions like the black mage's speciality that allows MP regeneration upon Defaulting.
Bravely Default 2 contains of number of status effects that can turn the tide of battle, for better or for worse! Like you and your allies, enemies are also vulnerable to status ailments, so be sure to remember the effects of each ailment.
|Poison||Deals small damage to the unit after performing an action. Also deals damage to the character while moving on the map.
Cure:Antidote, Basuna, Inner Alchemy etc.
|Blind||Makes attacks and physical abilities less likely to hit.
Cure:Eye drops, Basunam Inner Alchemy, time.
|Silence||Prevents unit from casting spells.
Cure:Echo herbs, Basuna, etc.
|Sleep||Makes unit unable to act for the sleep's duration.
Cure:Wakeup Bell, Basuna, time, take physical damage.
|Paralysis||Prevents character from making an action for a short while.
Cure:Animator, basuna, time.
|Dread||Prevents Brave and Default usage. Also prevents BP to increase beyond zero.
Cure:Balsam, Purge, time, etc.
|Berserk||Physical attack is increased by 50%. Defense is lowered by 30% and only the attack command may be used.
Cure:Remedy, Purge, time, etc.
|Confusion||Causes the unit to perform random actions.
Cure:Smelling salts, Purge, time, physical damage.
|Charm||Causes the unit to aid the enemy party.
Cure:Remedy, Purge, time, take physical damage.
|Contagion||Causes a character to take MP damage per turn.
Cure:Remedy, Basuna, time, etc.
|Freeze||Prevents action for a short while and take damage each turn.
Cure:Basuna, time, fire damage, etc.
|Stop||Makes a character unable to act for a short while.
|Slow||Causes the unit's time to come around more slowly.
Cure: Inner Alchemy, time, etc.
|Doom||Causes the unit to get knocked out/die after the timer runs out.
|Daub||Reduces a character's resistance to all elements.
Buffs and Debuffs can be used by your enemies and allies alike. Each buff and debuff can stack, but they all have a limit to how many multipliers they can reach. Make sure to check your stats while in battle to see any buffs or debuffs.
You can level up quicly in Bravely Default 2 by farming items called Experience Orbs. These orbs can help you gain a large amount of experience is no time! For the complete explanation on gaining experience points quickly, see our guide below.
Job Points, or JP, are points that count torwards leveling up your assigned Job! As your Job levels up, new abilities and specialties will be unlocked. JP can be farmed by making use of different monster baits to engage in consecutive battles. These battles will net JP at a higher rate than normal. For a more detailed explanation on how to effectively farm JP, see our guide below.
Pg are the game's currency and is used for purchasing items and equipments. They are also used by certain classes' abilities so make sure to stock up on pg!
|Basic Tips and Tricks|
|How to Get Asterisks||Beginner's Guide|
|Job Tier List||Best Party Build for Each Story Chapter|
|What Happens If You Don't Go to the Light||How to Cut Down Trees|
|How to Increase Steal Chance||How to Unlock the Max Job Level|
|What Happens if You Beat Galahad on the First Try?||What Happens if You Beat Adam on the First Try?|
|New Game + Options ＆ How to Unlock||List of Beastmaster Moves ＆ Effects|
|Best Weapons List||Unlocking Sub-Job Specialities||Item Lists|
|List of Item Drops||List of Stealable Items|
|List of Forage Items||All Chest Locations and Items|
|How to Farm Money Fast||How to Farm EXP Fast|
|How to Farm JP Quickly||How to Quickly Forage Items|
|How to Kill Wiki-Wikis||How to Kill Undead Enemies in One Hit|
|Guides by Category|
|Story||Boss Battle Guides|
|List of Jobs||Tips and Tricks|
|List of Characters||Location Guides|
|Weapons||Armor and Shields|
|News ＆ Game Info||Game Mechanics|
|List of Abilities||B ＆ D Card Game|
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