gnip Posted July 12, 2018 Share Posted July 12, 2018 (edited) €²: This run is dead, Jim. Check out this one instead. €dit: Here's a chapter list: Spoiler Lyn Mode and ch.11-15 in this very postChapter 16 - including character statschapters 17-19 (and another stat update)chapter 19xchapters 20 & 21, plus unit statschapter 22chapter 23 &23xchapter 24 (Lloyd), plus stat update, plus the first Funds calculation I recently had to mention for the umpteenth time in another thread that I never tried my hand at S-ranking any mode in Blazing Sword outside of LHM and ENM a few aeons ago. So I will try to rectify that and fill that gaping hole in my FE CV. And in case anyone is interested in my progress, I'll try and keep my status updated. And to be completely honest, I did not plan ahead as much as I probably should, so I'd also appreciate a warning if someone notices me running headfirst into an unwinnable scenario. I'm using @Florete's ancient report of her first ranked HHM run as a guideline for which turncounts I should aim for and I'm aware that I will have to be careful to always stay on top of the XP requirements, but I'm less sure about how tight-fisted I exactly have to be with stuff like stat boosters and promotional items (well, at least I know that I won't promote Dart). I did play LHM (unranked) beforehand to get those units a kickstart, so here's the results of that: Spoiler Lv HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res WRank B/W Lyn 9.55 21 8 10 17 8 2 2 A 46/27 Sain 7.36 25 11 5 10 7 7 3 S:D+.5 L:D+.5 36/21 Kent 7.19 25 8 9 9 3 7 1 S:C L:D 39/23 Florina 9.24 31 12 12 11 14 5 7 C+.8 42/28 Ring+Robe Erk 8.97 22 8 8 8 7 4 6 C+.6 45/21 Serra 3.54 19 3 5 9 6 2 5 C 1/0 Rath 8.44 26 9 10 10 5 8 3 B+.2 17/11 Nils 3.71 16 0 0 13 12 7 6 - 1/0 Lucius 3.69 18 7 6 10 2 1 6 D+.2 3/3 Matthew 5.68 20 4 7 13 5 4 0 D+.8 16/7 Wil 3.23 21 6 6 5 6 6 1 D+.3 11/1 Dorcas 3.09 30 7 7 6 3 3 0 C 1/0 Wallace base I hope those weapon ranks are clear - "D+.2" means that the character is about 20% on their way to C rank. Most notably, Sain beats Kent in both Str and Spd. :D I actually stopped feeding him (in particular boss-)kills so that he can gain more unpromoted XP in HHM because he shouldn't have too much trouble finding kills with 11 Str / 10 Spd. Instead, I did silly things like this: Certainly no S rank'ed Lyn mode. Oh, and Lyn procced Spd in all of her 8 level-ups. And I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the Short Bow gives double WExp - I completely forgot about that. Brave Bow in the desert shall be a thing Anyway - I'm currently at the start of chapter 16 and probably about where one would expect in terms of turncounts and total XP: 15 turns behind and almost 23 levels above the XP requirement. I'm not sure how good or bad the latter is at this point, but the turncount is actually the same as Florete had in her run - I spent one more turn in chapter 12, but cleared ch.13 one turn faster than her. I do keep track of my XP/turncount status with excel, so here's an overview of what I've done so far: Yellow just means "fielded in this chapter", because I'm curious to see how much I will be rotating. You might also notice that I just now thought about how I would probably prefer to go to Kenneth's PFoD. And since I've been actively using all three Hero Crest users so far, I should probably keep an eye on those XP gains. Shout-out to @Interdimensional Observer who reminded me of those requirements in a mostly unrelated discussion. :) A few notes to the chapters I've played so far: Chapter 11: How fast can you do this chapter while getting the gem without rigging? 9 seems like the "natural" turncount to me - any faster and you'd have to rely on some dodges because Hector needs to be at full health to survive two hits from the boss; any slower and you'll get overwhelmed by the enemies' numbers. Chapter 12: Lost a turn because I'm stupid and sent Marcus the wrong way so that Lowen, Eliwood, and Dorcas had to gang up on the boss. The bosskill was fairly safe though - Lowen had to dodge one out of two attacks but he stood on a forest tile, and of course Dorcas had to hit at a not-so-great hitrate. I didn't reset for the turn because this chapter get a lot harder if you're trying to keep Marcus' kill count low. Chapter 13: Pretty tricky, as well. I got the mine (although I don't think I'll use the glitch), but I'm pretty sure I had some enemy phases that weren't all that reliable. I sent Oswin and Hector to get the village (plus Bartre to pull a few peg knights so that they would preserve their HP) and the rest took the scenic route. (although half of them didn't even come close to the boss). Bosskill was [email protected] with Hector taking the kill. Chapter 13x: Guy was the MVP here, killing the boss with a KE crit (on his 2nd try) and surviving the rest of the enemy phase with exactly one HP remaining. Technically still a reliable EP since iirc he didn't dodge a single hit. ;) Chapter 14, aka The One Chapter In Which Rebecca Was Good. To be fair, I sent her to get the Secret Book in 11 and she picked up more XP in the subsequent chapters, but this chapter's soldiers are honestly the only time where her chip damage was all that meaningful outside of the XP rank. Avoiding counters from the soldiers really helps the HP management. To absolutely noones surprise, the Bosskill went to Hector (without anyone else chipping in, too) during the rain - which was actually helping me not to get swarmed by all the horsies. All in all, I had less problems with this one than I anticipated. Chapter 15: Conversely, I had more trouble here - less with beating the chapter and more with getting ALL the treasure (which includes the thief's lockpick). ;) Erk and Dorcas were pulling their weight here by blocking the left (Erk) and right (Dorcas) breach, although Dorcas had to bank on a hit against the mercenary after Matthew weakened him (and then had to go off stealing). But 6 Spd is barely enough to avoid getting doubled by the nomads, so Dorcas was doing fairly well here. Meanwhile, Bartre is still sitting at 3 Spd at level 5. ;) Maybe I'll find an opportunity to dump some XP on him, but I sure as hell won't get Karla in this playthrough. Speaking of not getting Karla - pretty sure I'll favour the 2-turn clear over Wallace's recruitment. I know that there's an arena on that map that could make it worthwhile to spend a few more turns on the map, but there are honestly other maps where arena abuse is less stressful. ;) I'll probably take my time in 17x and 21. I'm still on the fence wrt Karel/Harken and Farina. I lean towards "no" for the former, but I wouldn't mind recruiting Farina just because I like her. ;) But maybe I should wait until I'm certain who I want to promote before making that decision. Well, let's see what I can do. =) Edited January 26, 2019 by ping Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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