Octopath Traveler will allow you to choose which of the eight characters available to start the adventure with. Once the first chapter of his story is complete, the character will be free to explore the world and enlist others in the order he prefers, so the choice of the starting character will not affect the long-term future.
However, there is an important factor to keep in mind for his choice: the first character will be considered the "main protagonist" and can not be removed from the party. It is therefore good to choose a character who is useful in every moment of the game, someone who is unlikely to want to change with another. Below we offer a generic description of the characters to get an idea of their characteristics and choose:
- Alfyn: Balanced between physical attack, magic and healing abilities, but doesn't excel at any of them. His travel ability allows him to know details of NPCs that are useful for completing subquests, but which can sometimes reveal hidden objects in cities, or get discounts.
- Cyrus: Specialized in attack spells, physically weak, therefore not very useful against enemies not weak to magic. Its Analyze skill allows you to identify the weaknesses and HP of the enemies (especially handy for bosses). Travel skill is pretty much the same as Alfyn's, but is tied to a success rate, so it might fail.
- H'aanit: rogue able to use axes and bows, as well as some interesting skills. Capable of capturing weakened enemies and summoning them into battle, making her versatile in terms of attack types. The travel skill consists of challenging the NPCs with his captured beasts.
- Olberic: the tank of the group, resistant and effective with physical attacks with swords and spears. He does not use spells, but has very effective offensive abilities against single or group enemies; he can also learn to protect his teammates by getting hit for them. He too can challenge NPCs.
- Ophilia: main healer of the team, with healing and resurrection spells for the entire party, especially useful in boss battles; he also knows offensive spells of light. He partially compensates for his physical weakness with his travel ability with which he can recruit NPCs to summon into battle.
- Primerose: similar to Ophilia, but devoted to party support rather than healing, as well as having dark magic. He is slightly stronger physically, but has a hard time keeping HP high. She can also enlist NPCs, but with varying success rates.
- Therion: Thief able to wield knives and swords, can steal items from enemies in battle, use debuff techniques, and useful techniques to absorb HP and AP. He is the only one who can open purple chests, and with his travel ability he can steal items from NPCs depending on the success rate.
- Tressa: he can handle spears and bows, and learn wind magic, but like Alfyn he does not excel either physically or magically. Its usefulness is all about money: it can rob enemies and spend money to call mercenaries. She has a passive ability that makes her find money on the street, and her travel ability allows her to buy items from NPCs at a lower price than in shops. It is true that Therion can steal them without spending money, but not all items can be stolen, and there is still a chance for him to fail.
From this list, you can decide which character best suits your play style. On a personal level we would like to recommend the following:
Therion: it is sufficiently balanced and always useful in battle thanks to its offensive abilities. As you explore the world and dungeons and come across a purple chest, you will be grateful for having it in the party and being able to open it right away, instead of being forced to return later. Robbing NPCs in cities will save you a lot of money and get equipment that is sometimes not available in normal shops.
Olberic: For better or worse, it will always be convenient to have at least one physically strong character in the party, and no one hits like Olberic. Although his abilities are not very eclectic towards the rest of the party, he is still the perfect element to bring down the HP of monsters and bosses, especially in the Dominion phase. And his propensity to defend his teammates, combined with his excellent physical defense, will save you more than once.
H'aanit: he is one of the most balanced but at the same time efficient characters in the game. Has good strength, defense, and speed stats, wields two weapons and a lightning spell (not powerful but useful for hitting any opponent's weakness). It also has some useful skills for gaining additional turns at the expense of enemies. He doesn't have healing spells, but he can rely on creatures he can capture, and some of them can heal or cast offensive spells. In this sense he is the most versatile character in the game, although after a certain number of summons the creatures will go away. Finally, it must be considered that in the most advanced stages of the game it becomes one of the most powerful, if you have the patience to capture the right beasts.
Ophilia: similar speech to Olberic, you will always need a party curator, and Ophelia is the best at that. Dedicating her to repetitive care during particularly tough boss fights will save you from numerous worries, as long as you keep an eye on her AP. Yes, it is true that from an offensive point of view it leaves a lot to be desired (except against weak enemies to light attacks, in that case it will become your main caster), but it can still do its part by summoning an NPC.
► Octopath Traveler is a JRPG-type game developed by Acquire and published by Square Enix for PC and Nintendo Switch, the video game was released on 13/07/2018 The version for PC came out on 07/06/2019
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