GODDESS OF VICTORY: NIKKE Beginner’s Guide - Everything You Need to Know to Win in This Gacha Shooter RPG
GODDESS OF VICTORY: NIKKE is an awesome gacha RPG with a shooter twist, in which you get to control a variety of beautiful and strong android girls wielding a wide assortment of weapons and firearms, and command them to gun down the hordes of robotic enemies that are roaming around the ruins of Earth. In this sense, the game features the same formula of collecting different characters to assemble powerful squads, like in many other gachas, but spices things up by also offering blood-pumping exciting combat stages where you’ll be shooting your way to victory.
If you’re just getting started with this game, we strongly suggest playing GODDESS OF VICTORY: NIKKE on PC with BlueStacks in order to get the best experience. Additionally, if you’re new, you’ll be wanting to keep the following beginner tips and tricks in mind if you’re looking to get the best start in this awesome gacha shooter.
The Different Types of Nikke
While the basic gameplay in Nikke revolves around intense shooter battles, this game is actually more of an RPG where your team composition and the selection of the right Nikke for the job is often more meaningful than your ability to aim and shoot. And when it comes to building the right squads for the task at hand, this all begins with learning about the different types of Nikke that you’ll find in this game.
Case in point, there are two main categories of Nikke in this game, which correspond to the types of weapons they wield, as well as the role they fulfill in any given team. For the former category, we can find the following:
- Assault Rifle (AR): Nikkes with a balance between fire rate, ammo capacity, and damage. Their weapons are suited for most occasions, though they are a bit lacking when engaging distant targets.
- Machine Gun (MG): Guns with high ammo capacities that are ideal for providing suppressing fire against the enemy. They’re great for engaging against mobile enemies.
- Submachine Gun (SMG): These guns have high fire rate and low ammo capacity, while also suffering from poor accuracy. Nevertheless, their superb damage makes them ideal for spraying down weaker enemies at close range.
- Shotgun (SG): Low fire rate and high bullet spread make these weapons deadly at close range, as they are capable of hitting multiple targets at once with every shot. However, when used correctly, they can also hit a single target multiple times, inflicting massive damage. Shotguns are essentially the best tool for engaging enemies when they are in close range.
- Rocket Launcher (RL): Slower weapons with low fire rate, but whose explosive projectiles are ideal for inflicting massive splash damage across wide areas. They are perfect for dealing with multiple weaker enemies that are arranged in tight formations. Otherwise, they’re quite weak in terms of single-target damage output, at least compared to other weapon types.
- Sniper Rifle (SR): Powerful weapons whose sole purpose is to engage distant enemies, or to target the weaknesses of tougher opponents. As their name implies, these are ideal weapons for precision shooting, and boast high damage per shot.
Other than their weapon types, Nikke are also divided into the roles that they can fulfill within any given formation. These roles are divided into the following:
- Attacker: Nikke with high offensive capabilities and that specialize in destroying enemies on the battlefield.
- Defender: Units with high defensive stats that primarily focus on keeping their allies shielded and safe from harm.
- Supporter: Special Nikke that can offer protective and supporting buffs and positive effects to their allies, while possibly inflicting negative status effects on the enemy to limit their potential on the field.
Even though two Nikke might wield the same weapon type, their role within any given team can vary greatly. As such, it’s very important to keep in mind their vital stats before choosing to add them to your team, since even if a character wields a powerful weapon type like an SMG, they might not do much damage if, for example, they’re Supporters.
Burst Skills and Team Composition
Aside from the Nikke’s role and weapon type, the last aspect you should keep in mind when putting together your teams, which is important enough to warrant its own section in this guide, is the Burst Skills.
The Burst Skills in Nikke are, in short, the strongest abilities that your characters can unleash in combat. However, more than that, they are also unleashed in a series of phases going from I to III, each with increasingly powerful effects. In this sense, while each Nikke has their own weapon type and role, they also have different Burst Skill levels. As such, while optimizing your team with a balanced distribution of roles is important, you also need to ensure that you have at least one Nikke of each burst level.
The reason why you want all three Burst Skill levels on your team is because, when you unleash level I, II, and III in order, you activate FULL BURST mode for a short duration. During this mode, ALL your active Nikke will focus their fire on your reticle and inflict massive damage to whatever you’re aiming at. During this burst phase, your damage will increase dramatically, and this boost will become increasingly more useful as the enemies get tougher.
As we mentioned above, each Nikke has their own unique Burst Skill, which can be of any level. And while the individual effects of each of these skills can make or break your squad, the combined might of a Burst Skill chain is more than worth the effort to achieve.
Choosing the Right Squad
Now that we know about the individual attributes and parameters of every Nikke, or at least when it comes to weapon types, roles, and Burst Skills, we can go ahead and try to put together a good squad for general use.
The first thing you need to consider is the role distribution, as you can’t have a squad of all Supporters or all Tanks, and much less a pure Attacker squad, since this would be inviting enemies to steamroll you due to lack of damage in the former two, and lack of sustainability and support in the latter. A good recommendation for this aspect is to keep three Attackers, one Tank, and one Supporter. This distribution will ensure that you always have a Nikke on the frontline tanking most of the hits, another Nikke working to keep everyone alive, and three Nikke just tearing up the battlefield with their superior firepower.
The second aspect is the balance of weapon types, though this aspect is a bit more flexible since many weapons types can excel at different situations. For instance, while Rocket Launchers are great against enemies that are standing closely together, they can also deal decent damage to individual units if necessary—they’re just weaker compared to other, more specialized weapons when it comes to single-target DPS.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend keeping around at least a couple of ARs as these are general-use weapons that are good for most occasions. However, it’s also important to try and bring a Sniper Rifle Nikke who will let you adequately engage distant enemies. For the other two units, you can either consider bringing a Rocket Launcher Nikke for the AoE damage, and then also either a Shotgun or Submachine Gun Nikke for those close-range encounters.
Last but not least, when it comes to Burst Skills in your squad, this aspect is much easier to set up: Just bring at least one of each Burst Skill level (I, II, and III). That’s it, literally. As long as you have a Nikke of each level, you can unleash the entire combo and gain access to the overpowered Full Burst mode, which will often help you to clear stages with ease, especially if you have a few top tier Nikke in your squad.
Targeting Enemy Weaknesses
Even if you have a squad of powerful Nikke, you’ll often start struggling if you resort to simply shooting at your enemies haphazardly, without consideration for their weaknesses. And while this standard shooting method will often take you a long way, especially against weaker enemies, you will need to start keeping in mind the enemy weaknesses when engaging the tougher bosses.
Simply put, the bigger boss enemies often have certain gimmicks or weak spots that, when targeted, can make your life much easier. For example, there are some bosses that have secondary targets on their bodies, such as additional weapons or cannons. Moreover, when you successfully target and destroy these parts, you will often remove or greatly limit their capabilities, making the fight much easier. In some cases, these weaknesses are not apparent until the enemy starts charging up their special skills, and successfully targeting these weaknesses might even interrupt the said skills, saving you from taking tons of damage.
Keep in mind that some weapons are much better than others for targeting weaknesses. In some cases, precision weapons like Sniper Rifles could come in handy when it comes to shooting these weak spots, which is another reason why you’ll always want to keep a Sniper Nikke around.
Using Cover Effectively
Fighting and winning is not just about attacking; you also need to guard and defend if you expect to survive against the toughest enemies in the game. Luckily, your Nikke always have reliable pieces of cover in handy so that they can hide and protect themselves from enemy attacks. And all you have to do to take cover is simply to stop shooting, after which your Nikke will crouch back into cover, while also reloading her weapon.
Even if you don’t need to cover at the moment, it’s always a good idea to return back to cover in order to keep your weapon reloaded, in case an opening shows itself, so you can easily exploit it without having to hold back due to running out of ammo in your gun.
A useful tip to consider when it comes to avoiding damage is to observe the enemy. Often when they’re about to attack, a red light will start to converge on their model. Once this light converges completely on the target enemy, this means they’re about to unleash their attack. At this moment, you should always crouch back into cover to significantly reduce the damage that your Nikke will take.
Keep in mind that, for stronger attacks used by enemy bosses, this telegraph might be slightly different, and in some cases, these are the only moments when you can actually attack some of their weak points. As such, it might not be ideal to simply stay behind cover whenever these enemies are charging their attacks; you could also risk it and try to gun down their weak points in order to interrupt their attacks, cripple their capabilities, and make the ensuing fight much easier.
Use the Right Nikke for the Task at Hand
Last but not least, always remember that your squad consists of not just one Nikke, but a maximum of five of these powerful fighters. As such, even if you have a preferred Nikke in your squad that you like to use, it’s important to swap to the right one for the occasion, which will let you inflict maximum damage to the current enemy. For instance, if you’re fighting targets that are very far away, you might want to switch to a Sniper Nikke, which will let you dispatch these foes with relative ease.
Just like with the above example, there are different Nikke that excel in various different occasions. And by choosing the right one for the task at hand, you’ll ensure the easy and swift completion of your objectives at all times.
And that’s it for our beginner’s guide to GODDESS OF VICTORY: NIKKE. Feel free to leave your own tips and tricks in the comments below to help out your fellow readers!