Despite its heavy narrative leanings, Cryptract is in most ways a very conventional gacha RPG, and if you’ve never played one of those before it’s a great place to start.
However, the world of Asian mobile RPGs can be bewildering, stuffed with arcane terminology and labyrinthine complexity in its upgrade systems and currencies.
We can’t promise to bring you totally up to speed on all that, but if you read this guide you should be able to hit the ground running – which is undoubtedly the best way to hit the ground during a monster invasion.
In Cryptract, your soldiers are called units. Each one has a lengthy profile of characteristics. Starting with the most straightforward, they each have HP, Attack Power, Defense Power, and Speed stats, which determine their strength in the most basic way.
They each belong to a particular type, too. These include thieves, archers, heroes, lancers, paladins, monks, and more, and they all have their own uses in battle.
Then there are the attributes. A unit can be aligned with fire, water, wood, light, or dark, and each of these attributes is affected differently by the other four attributes. For instance, units with the wood attribute are powerful against water units, but vulnerable against fire, while fire is vulnerable against water.
Light, meanwhile, has the upper hand against dark units, but can’t stand up to dark attacks, and vice versa. Essentially, dark and light units find it easy to kill each other.
Managing attributes is one of the key strategic tasks in Cryptract’s battles. The aim is always to ensure that you’re well-matched with your opponent – you’ll find it difficult to come out on top if you’re trying to topple a fire-heavy enemy with a wood-heavy party.
Your units also have skills. Two of these are basically additional weapons in battle, or at least useful spells (sometimes they heal, or do other non-violent stuff) linked to cooldown timers. The other two apply buffs. Only certain units have a passive skill, and only your party leader can utilize its leader skill.
There’s a lot of levelling up in Cryptract, as you would expect. You can level up your skills, and you can level up your units. You’ll earn EXP as you play, but the quickest way to level up a unit is through strengthening fusion. This involves taking weaker units and fusing them with a more powerful base unit, who enjoys a boost at the cost of the other units’ lives. Que sera.
Lastly, each unit has a star rating. The rarer the unit, the more stars it has, with one being the commonest and six being the rarest. To give you an idea of how badass a 6-star unit is, a 5-star unit is considered a god.
You’ll add new units to your army when you complete quests. In many cases, the monsters you’ve just defeated will appear in your inventory, ready to fight for their new master. Except these monsters are usually weaklings, best used for fusion.
The other means of bringing new units into the fold is through gacha summoning. Being gacha, the result is random, but you can improve your odds of scoring a rare unit in a number of ways.
Performing a basic summon costs Kizuna points, which you earn for using support units or having another player use one of your units for support. This will get you the commonest units.
The next point along the rarity spectrum is the special gacha spin, which costs orbs. You get these for completing quests. Also you get both Kizuna points and orbs for logging in every day and stuff like that.
Finally, there are gacha spins that cost crystals. These are the costliest summons, but the ones that tend to have the best results.
Cryptract contains a number of different quest types. These include beast battles, arena battles, union battles, Dinas quests, and of course the standard campaign missions, among others.
You can take up to four units into these quests, one of which is always a leader. And, of course, you can add a support unit to the mix – this will provide extra firepower, but you won’t be able to control it directly.
While the quest types differ, the basic format remains the same: turn-based combat against three waves of enemies. In certain quests – i.e. main quests, beast battles, and event quests – you’ll open up a second leg after completing the first.
This only applies when you’ve got space in your unit and material boxes to contain the loot you stand to win, and you’ve fulfilled the other necessary criteria.
Taking part in quests costs AP, and the harder the quest, the more AP you’ll have to spend to buy in. However, you’ll be rewarded accordingly if you make it through to the end. Tougher quests yield more EXP, gold, evolution items, and better units.
Cryptract is free to download, so why not check it out for yourself – armed with these tips and tricks? You can download it by clicking right here.