Honkai Impact 3: Beginner’s Guide
There are a lot of things to master Honkai Impact 3rd, especially if you haven’t been invested in the show in years. Newcomers trying the game on a whim, or discovering it on PC since its Steam debut, may feel completely overwhelmed. Even Genshin Impact players looking to get another taste of MiHoYo’s magnificent game design may be a little shocked when noting everything there is to watch.
The number of characters and items that regularly join your roster, not to mention the various currencies and materials you’ll need to level them up, is more than enough to make your head spin. That’s why we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to help you break everything down and understand the basic mechanics of the game.
Game progress and navigation in Honkai Impact
Each time you log in, you will be taken to the central hub and notified of your daily rewards and various in-game events. Stocking up on these free daily items is a great way to get a head start when it comes time to undergo upgrades and upgrades for your Valkyrie.
On the central hub, there are four main buttons on the right side of the screen. These are “Attack”, “Valkyrja”, “Equipment” and “Supply”. Here is what they do.
The Attack button will take you to the story page where you can see your progress, collect challenge rewards for completed story stage sets, and select the next story stage to take.
By completing the stages of the story, you gain experience towards your captain level and upgrade the Valkyrja who participated in the completed stage. Raising your captain level allows you to advance in other story missions.
The Valkyrja button will take you to your Valkyrie ranks, where you can manage each person’s skills, weapons, and stigma as they progress. You can also upgrade them manually from this page if they don’t progress fast enough through experience alone.
As they level up, Valkyrie will unlock new skills and can upgrade existing ones. They’ll also need to keep up to date with the latest weapon upgrades and upgrades, which we’ll get to a bit later.
The Equipment button will take you to your inventory, where you can see your arsenal of weapons, as well as your collections of stigma and valkyrie shards and your material stores. This is where you can take an inventory. For example, under the Weapons and Stigmata tabs, you will be able to quickly analyze which ones are being used and see which new ones have arrived to make sure all of your Valkyrie are equipped with the best gear and support. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to take stock of all the winnings that have passed as they stack up through missions, achievements, and other rewards.
The refueling button will take you to the in-game store and refueling tabs. Supply is Honkai’s gacha feature, the gumball-style lottery-style mechanic for getting new characters. There’s the standard Dormitory Supply drop as well as several more, including limited-time Supply events that come in and out. Each prize draw offers the possibility of obtaining slightly different material rewards.
Those crystals at all costs, the main premium currency of Honkai Impact, and pulling unique draws will quickly eat away at your income. But by investing in a prize draw x10, you will be guaranteed to draw a specific number or rank of Valkyrie, weapons or stigmata. That is why we suggest you save. If you play the game regularly and are careful about storing your crystals, you will likely be able to draw one of the x10 reward draws at least once, if not twice a week.
Combat mechanics in Honkai Impact
Honkai Impact 3rd follows a rock paper scissor style combat system, with each Valkyrie categorized into a particular type. The three types you will discover first are Organic (Bio), Psychic (Psychic), and Mecha (Mech). They interact as follows:
- Biological is effective against Psychic
- Psychic is effective against Mecha
- Mecha is effective against Biological
There is also Quantum (QUA) and Imaginary (IMG), who are not particularly efficient or responsive to any of the other three, but have unique and powerful skills and impressive maneuvers.
You will enter the stages of history with a team of three Valkyrja. Inactive team members will be listed on the right side of your screen during the battle so that you can discuss according to their strengths and weaknesses.
With the gacha-based character collection, you’ll have plenty of Valkyrie to choose from, so you’ll be able to focus on a few favorites once you’ve racked up more. You’ll want to get a feel for each Valkyrie’s fighting style and learn their different attacks and combos. As you become familiar with how each of your favorite Valkyrie behaves, you will be able to better use them on the battlefield. You will also be able to team them up more effectively.
Teamwork is very important in Honkai Impact 3rd. There are special maneuvers that allow you to perform a swap and strike tactic. To make the attack the most effective, you need to position yourself correctly for the exchange and have an idea of what the Valkyrie is going to strike with. For example, Bronya’s special attack gathers enemies, then allows another valkyrie to topple over to deal massive damage to trapped enemies. But, if you swap a Valkyrie whose type is ineffective for these types of enemies, you will have wasted a great maneuver for little result.
Besides knowing your Valkyrie and their type effectiveness, the only other the fundamental aspect to master is elusive timing. The in-game tutorial will teach you this in some depth, and that’s because it’s a very useful tactic to master right off the bat. When a pink light animation bar flashes on the enemy, press the evade button to dodge the attack. Perfectly timed dodge will trigger a time freeze, allowing you to illuminate enemies for massive damage.
Don’t forget to collect your Challenge rewards for completing sets of story stages to keep restocking material for upgrades and upgrades you will need to keep progressing.
How to get Valkyrja
You mainly go pull Valkyrie from supply draws. That’s why it’s best to save your crystals and spend them on 10 drawing sessions to ensure your chances of getting a new Valkyrie. You will also get a new Valkyrie for complete random story stages or be rewarded with them for other different leveling or achievement milestones.
Preparing Valkyrja for battle
As they progress through experience, you will have to deal with the various upgrades and upgrades of your Valkyries. It comes down to their weapons, skills and stigma.
|Weapons||Upgrading weapons upgrades them while upgrading them will increase their star rating. Upgrading weapons can also give them new skills.|
|Skills||As we mentioned before, Valkyrie will unlock new skills as they progress. These are basically passive skills that either bolster the Valkyrie’s active skills or automatically take effect when the Valkyrie performs a certain action. You’ll have to activate them and upgrade them with gold, but it’s a relatively easy aspect of the game to master. Remember to look for new skills on the The Valkyrja page whenever a Valkyrie levels up.|
|Stigmata||While they wear many faces, Stimata are essentially stat buffs that offer better stats when equipped with sets of the same stigma. Their star rating also affects their efficiency. Stigmas with better star ratings are generally sought after rather than creating a matching set. But you’ll also want to make sure that the stigma upgrades will bolster the skills of the Valkyrie you equip her with. If the stigma doesn’t provide the right kind of support, there’s no point in equipping it at all.|
Most of these investments require materials and various forms of premium currency – all of which you can earn through the natural progression of the game. Nonetheless, you can consider picking up a few selected items every now and then from the in-game store if you wish. activate some valkyrie.
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