Although similar to other idle RPGs on the Play Store, Calibria: Crystal Guardians brings a unique twist to the genre in order to keep things exciting. Yes, you still use heroes that you pull from Gacha in order to defeat evermore difficult monsters, but these characters are more thoroughly customizable, which unlocks new tactical options.
In case you’re looking for advice on rerolling, we’ve already put together a list of the best 5-star heroes currently in the game. In this guide, however, we’d like to focus on 7 essential tips and tricks that new players can use to progress faster through the game. Let’s get right to it!
1. Complete All Starter Perks
Starter perks are a great way to give your account a slight boost before you run into campaign stages that kick your butt. Plus, these tasks are designed as a sort of complementary tutorial, so that by completing them, you learn about everything you can do in the game and that you might have missed during the introduction.
The Starter perks are separated into three categories – combat, character improvement, and basic game functions. For the latter, you just have to explore different menus, settings, and character screens to get a whole bunch of premium currency and upgrade materials. We’ll count that as a serious win!
2. Complete Missions on the Growth Plan
The Growth Plan is a more long-term version of Starter perks with significantly better rewards. As a new player, this is where you will get most of your summoning books, premium currency (unless, of course, you pay for it with real money), and upgrade materials. You’ll also get your first 4-star hero from one of these missions and she is an excellent Attack-based character to have.
Tasks on the Growth Plan will ask you to do things you would normally do in order to progress in the game, so you shouldn’t worry too much about them once you’ve collected your Angel of Death hero. The missions are split into several tiers and with each tier you complete, you get a special summoning book for a guaranteed 4- or 5-star hero. This is your most important goal.
3. Pick Up Your Freebies
While Calibria: Crystal Guardians is tipped in favor of P2W players (what Gacha game isn’t, right?), this doesn’t mean that you can have fun if you choose to stay F2P. In fact, the game will give you plenty of opportunities to earn premium currency and to summon heroes, which is more than a lot of similar releases will do for you.
Aside from the regular log-in bonuses and new player boosts, you’ll notice a timer on the upper right-hand side of the screen. Every few minutes, you can click it to get all kinds of rewards, from upgrade stones to runes and even Gems.
You do have to be online to collect these boons, but if you’re playing Calibria: Crystal Guardians on your PC with BlueStacks, you can let the game run in the background and just check on it every now and then to keep the timer running. If you’re diligent enough to collect resources regularly, you can get upwards of 200 Gems each day, which is no small feat considering that 11 Mystic Summoning books cost 750 Gems.
4. Choose Your Team Wisely
Don’t be fooled by the fact that resources are abundant during the early game because this won’t always be the case. Once you start needing tens of thousands of upgrade stones per hero level, you’ll have to farm for days before you can improve your team in a significant way.
This is the main reason why you shouldn’t upgrade just any hero you get your hands on. While it can be difficult to prioritize during the early-game, when you have to make to with the heroes you pull, this will change in about a week’s time, when you’ll have enough characters to choose from. Until then, keep upgrades to a bare minimum.
5. Pay Attention to Hero Skills
We discuss the combat system of Calibria: CG in a different guide, which you might want to read next once you hit more difficult stages during the mid-game. For now, however, it’s important to note that while each hero can only use 3 skills in battle, they can actually learn at least double this amount.
Depending on each situation, choose the skills that are most likely to help your heroes succeed. If you’re up against a tough boss, for example, focus on single-target attacks, slows, and damage reduction.
6. Let the Autobattler Do the Grunt Work for You
Especially when you start a new game, most of the campaign stages are incredibly easy to pass. If you follow tip #2 and get your Angel of Death quickly, you can basically put a few levels on her and throw her into combat with any 3 companions. So long as you have some kind of defense and healing potential on your team, the autobattler will handle itself just fine.
This will not be the case during boss-fights later in the game, nor will you be able to rely on the autobattler for most Catacombs and Arena engagements. Still, it’s good that the option exists and that it can take care of the more boring missions.
7. There Are Many Ways to Level Up Your Heroes
Some Gacha games ask you to spend precious resources whenever you want to level up a hero, but this is not the case in Calibria: Crystal Guardians. Here, you have a number of different options in terms of enhancement and these include:
- Sacrificing other heroes or XP cats (as they are called).
- Completing missions with the heroes you wish to level up. This is especially useful if you have a very powerful, upgraded hero and a bunch of weaker ones that need to be improved. You can just slap them all on the same team and let your upgraded character do all the work.
- Using an XP booster. If you’re going to spend a lot of energy to level up your heroes, use the XP booster first to increase the amount of XP you get per completed stage. You can get these useful items by completing various missions and competing in events.
- Quick level quests. Under the Quest > Fight tab, you’ll find the Quick level quest, which gives you a ton of XP at a time. Since you can only complete this mission 7 times per day, you should choose your heroes wisely.
That’s it! These are the tips that will help you get started in a new game of Calibria: Crystal Guardians. You’ll still have to spend some time learning the ins and outs of combat, but at least you won’t be making any big decisions that you’d later regret.