There are at least a dozen different things you can do every day in Calibria: Crystal Guardians and combat is involved in almost all of them. Regardless of whether you want to progress through the story, level up your heroes, or defeat other players in PvP, you have to get the hang of the game’s battling system before you can meet your goals.
The first few stages are encouraging. Especially if you’ve already obtained your Angel of Death attack hero, you should have no problem clearing the first 3 chapters of the game. However, as you discover more game modes and climb the ladder in the Arena, you have to make additional strategic decisions to gain the upper hand in combat. Read on to find out exactly what you need to do to become a master battler in Calibria: CG.
Get the Team Composition Just Right
There are four types of heroes in Calibria: Crystal Guardians. These include:
- Attack heroes – These characters are DPS beasts with the single purpose to kill enemy units. They will often feature damage over time abilities, as well as AoE attacks and plenty of Defense Down debuffs.
- Support heroes – These characters focus on enabling the rest of your team, which they can do in two different ways. Some supporters have excellent healing abilities, others buff their allies with useful stats, and others still can do both.
- Tank heroes – These are essentially the punching bags of every team. They have hefty HP and Defense, mixed with several Taunt abilities in some cases. Their goal is not to DPS (although some of them do), but rather to soak up most of the incoming damage and give the rest of your team enough time to defeat the enemy.
- Defense heroes – It’s not exactly clear why the developers of Calibria: CG felt the need to include the Defense class since these heroes are very similar to Tanks. However, there are minor differences, such as, for example, the fact that Defenders sacrifice some of their survivability in favor of improved DPS abilities.
All in all, the ideal team should contain at least 1 Support hero, 1-2 Tank and/or Defense heroes, as well as 2-3 Attack heroes. Furthermore, when it comes to the latter, you should focus on either AoE or single-target damage, based on your specific goal.
If, for instance, you’re using this team to farm resources, you’ll likely have better success with AoE Attackers that can easily clear multiple waves of enemies. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to defeat a difficult boss, you’ll have a much easier time using single-target Attackers and a couple of bulky Tanks/Defenders.
Choose the Best Factions
Factions are not a big deal during the early-game for two main reasons: 1) you don’t have enough heroes to be too picky about who you use on your team and 2) the battles are too easy for you to actually worry about min-maxing your choices. Even as you progress through the game and obtain more heroes, it can be excruciating to level more than 5-6 characters at a time. As such, it will take a while before factions become an important factor in your gameplay.
That being said, once battles get tough during the mid- and late-game, choosing the right factions will make a tremendous difference. There are a total of 5 factions in the game and they work as follows:
- Evil (Pink) is strong against Chaotic (Yellow), but weak against Lawful (Green).
- Chaotic is strong against Lawful, but weak against Evil.
- Lawful is strong against Evil, but weak against Chaotic.
- Dark and Light and strong against one another.
Activating a faction bonus gives you increased damage and additional crit rating, while fighting against a faction that is stronger than you reduces your damage and hit chance. You can also tell whether or not your heroes have an advantage over a particular enemy by inspecting the arrow above the enemy’s head in combat. Green is a go, while Red signals a weak attack.
Use the Correct Skills
One of the coolest things about Calibria: Crystal Guardians is that heroes have upwards of 7 abilities to choose from, even though they can only use 3 of these in battle. Based on the skillset that you select before combat, your characters can fulfil slightly different purposes, which adds another layer of strategic thinking to the entire game.
We talk about how you can acquire and upgrade more skills for each hero in a different guide, so for now, let’s focus on how you can choose the correct abilities before each battle.
Take the Shaman’s set of skills for example. For his second skill, you have to choose between Ball Lightning and Ancient Witchcraft. The first, which deals damage to up to 5 targets and has a chance to reduce their defense, is best used in farming parties, while the second, which heals all allies, is most appropriate during difficult boss fights or PvP.
The third skill gives you even more options, but the bottom line is similar. You can opt for an offensive ability, which is likely to help you clear large groups of enemies faster, or for a defensive skill, which becomes necessary during damage-intensive fights.
Focus on Your Best Heroes
If a fight seems absolutely impossible to you, that’s probably because it actually is – at least given the current state of your team. To progress through Calibria: Crystal Guardians, you have to keep upgrading your heroes and improving their skills.
However, as you know already, this is an excruciatingly expensive endeavor, which means you can’t upgrade just any hero. First, you have to take a good look at the best characters in the game and pick a core team. Then, while you work your way through level ups and ascensions, remember to prioritize your best heroes over everyone else, even when it comes down to the core team itself.
In Calibria: CG, it doesn’t matter how many of your heroes survive the battle, so long as you survive. In other words, you can (and should) focus on leveling up just 1-2 heroes that can then carry the rest of the team. This way, you can push through additional content sooner and ultimately farm more resources for the characters that were temporarily left behind.
Like with most idle RPGs, the result of combat in Calibria: Crystal Guardians is mostly decided when you choose your team, prior to the battle itself. With these combat tips and tricks, however, you have the information you need to create teams that work and that are more likely to win against tough opponents.