Epic Seven is one of those mobile RPGs that really hits the spot. It has a fairly good balance between f2p and p2w modes, while the hero drop rates are generous enough to keep players motivated. More than one year from its release, people are still farming end game content. However, like any gacha game out there, there are a few things you always want to do in the beginning of the game in order to set yourself up for a nice and easy cruise.
Some of the most important early-game tips are related to your summoning strategy, but gearing, artifacts, farming, and strengthening heroes also have essential mechanics you’ll want to discover sooner, rather than later. In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the 10, most essential things you need to know about Epic Seven as a beginner.
1. The Selective Summon
Your first major milestone as an Epic Seven player takes place at the end of chapter 1, when you unlock the selective summon. You get 30 attempts to get a hold of a great hero. When you hit gold, it’s time to stop, because you won’t get another 5-star character. The drop rates here are slightly higher than the other summons, just to make it more fun. The developers at Smilegate Megaport seem to know the gacha genre all-too-well.
As a rule, you won’t want to pass up on Angelica. The only situation where you want to do this is if you get a strong 5-star unit, like Ravi, Vildred, or Tamarinne. To find out which of them are worth it, you can check out our guide to the best Epic Seven PvE heroes. Don’t be fooled by shiny artefacts. You need good heroes right now.
We were fortunate enough to land on Angelica, so we’ll go with her. Even if the other heroes are trash, she can carry us easily until the endgame.
2. The Labyrinth and the Abyss Tower
The more you progress through the labyrinth, the higher your odds of getting T4 equipment. These sets are incredibly strong (Unity, Immunity, and Rage, among the best), so you’d best take advantage of them to get your main DPS in the 50k CP threshold. In addition, the Abyss tower has no less than 3 Lifesteal sets that also come with strong attack stats.
Take advantage of these two modes to clad your team in the best armor possible before considering other gearing options. As we mentioned in our basic guide to Epic Seven gear, the right side is the one that matters the most. Whenever you get right-handed piece of gear that has a flat, instead of percentage boost, you can go ahead and sell it.
3. Upgrade the Good Gear
When the secret shop is selling any jewelry or boot items that have over 50% attack or health, you should absolutely get them. They’ll be a handsome boost for your tank or main damage dealer.
If you do get a hold of some neat, right-side pieces, don’t be afraid to really push them in terms of enhancement.
To give you some perspective on how much enhancement can change the impact of a single piece of armor, an item with +15 is 5 times stronger than the same item with +0. It is of utmost importance for your success in the mid game to get the perfect right-side armor up to +12 or, ideally, +15.
4. Do the (Side) Story
Clearing the main chapters should be your first concern… after you clear the Side Story event. Whenever one of these is taking place, do your best to farm them as religiously as possible. You will need your account to be Rank 9 in order to access them, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve spent more than a couple of hours in-game.
5. The Fodder Ladder
Never feed away your fodder units before you fully max them out. From a strategic standpoint, this is a kernel aspect of Epic Seven and, if you know what you’re doing, your best heroes will always have fodder to feed on. This means they’ll keep growing at a steady pace and you’ll be able to progress through the game nicely.
You want to feed random 2-stars to white doggies (Angara), as well as to a select one or two other fodders. 3-star yellow dogs and 3-star white dogs eat the lower ranks, along with any other 3-stars you might have lying around. On the 4-star step, black dogs and yellow dogs eat everything on their level and underneath. Since yellow puppies level up the fastest, you’ll want to keep some of these around.
6. Who to Strengthen?
*Insert premium DPS or core tank*. To maximize the value from your fodders, you’ll want to focus on upgrading the best AoE farmer. We’re thinking Sez, Vildred, Bellona, Ken, Montmorancy, etc.
7. Best Way to Spend Your Time
After the Side Story, you ought to do your best to clear everything that’s available on the main story map. Max them out to three stars, since the rewards are more generous than usual. Many players don’t know that world farming for catalyst has the best stamina and/or gold return in the entire game.
8. Do the Labyrinth
As we mentioned before, the labyrinth is an essential part of your Epic Seven progression. You can auto-battle here as much as you want, since each trip has no respawn cost the first time you fail. The mini-map is a good tool so use it to teleport to different spots. Your goal is to reach those tiny places that stick out. If they don’t have a gold chest, they usually have an exit.
9. Fight Bots in the Arena
Just by participating, the Arena hands out great equipment for your team. Winning is usually better than losing, but don’t beat yourself up if you end up on a loss streak. Five defeats “earn” you a repeat prize. Look for players who lose intentionally because you can literally reach masters just by targeting them.
10. Join a Guild
We really hope that by the time you read this you’ve already joined an Epic Seven guild. The shop has a lot of goodies, so you’ll want to donate to the group as much as possible. We wouldn’t go as far as giving away catalysts unless you’re really tight with your team, since they’re much harder to farm than the other mats. Buying out the guild store every week usually gives a lot of value, so aim for this to be the case on a regular basis.
So far, these are some of the most important Epic Seven tips every beginner ought to know. With them, your gameplay will be much improved, while your decisions will have a constructive, long-term impact on your late-game potential.