- Oct 25, 2017
Humans and dragons...pactbound once more.
Alberia... A kingdom where dragons rule over nature. The Alberican royal family possesses the power of shapeshifting. By forming a pact with a dragon, they can borrow its form and wield its immense strength.
On day, the kingdom is met with a strange most troubling occurrence. The power of the Sacred Shard that protects the city begins to weaken. In order to protect his person, the seventh prince of Alberia, not yet pactbound with a dragon, sets out on what's known as the Dragon's Choosing.
While he seeks a dragon to form a pact with, he'll meet new companions -- including a mysterious girl from another time -- and face a sudden and inexplicable change in his own father, the king.
Such are the chronicles of the bonds and battles that await the Dragonblood Prince.
By creating a party of four, you embark on quests to slay monsters and clear quests. The game is a top down, action RPG that focuses on dodging enemy attacks while attacking at key moments. Dragalia Lost uses the simple controls of tapping to attack, dragging to move, and swiping to dodge. There are four main classes, five elements, and eight different weapon types, so building a team that works well together is part of the strategy.
Characters can form bonds with dragons, and by attacking and gathering crystals in combat, can transform into dragons themselves to deal massive damage and turn the tide of battle. You can also swap between characters on a short cooldown, whether that be to swap to a healer to land a critical healing spell or a wizard character to freeze all enemies in their tracks.
While the game employs the standard EXP leveling system, there are a couple of other ways to improve your characters. The first is the standard weapon leveling system, where you feed materials to your weapons to rank them up. Weapons are only obtainable from stages and events and are not a part of the gacha. Another way to strengthen your party is through the Mana Circle system, similar to the system found in Tales of Xillia, where you spend mana to upgrade stats of your characters permanently. Finally, there is The Halidom. Your base of operations, it can be improved by building structures like mines, barracks, and so on which can earn you idle gold, improve skills for your characters, and so on.
A major focus of the game is multiplayer. By joining forces with up to three other players, you can take down special bosses that would be unfeasible alone. The game uses a stamp communication system. In addition, every single quest can be done multiplayer as well, so if a friend needs help on a story quest, or you feel like running some repeat missions, you are free to do so.
The gacha system is a triple gacha. You pull from a single well, but it can contain characters, dragons, or Wyrmprints. Characters are the characters you play as in the game proper. They are your direct control units, and are members of a specific class, have elemental properties, and use specific types of weapons. Dragons are the dragons you can transform into using the Shapeshifting ability. Finally, there are Wyrmprints, which act as little accessory cards you equip to your characters. These have special effects outside of just straight number buffs, so they can change how a character or team is played. They can be improved just like weapons.
Similar to some other gacha games, characters 'star' levels (their rarity) can be promoted by pulling duplicates and using Eldwater, a currency just for this purpose.
Finally, the game employs two premium currencies: Wyrmite and Diamantium. Wyrmite is earned from login bonuses, quest completions, event rewards, and so on. Diamantium is purchased only. They will likely have certain banners that can only be pulled from using Diamantium, like the "guarantee 1 SSR character" banners in other games that require paid premium currency only.