Beginner’s Guide for Punishing: Gray Raven – The Most Useful Tips and Tricks for Newcomers
Punishing: Gray Raven is an intense, fast-paced action RPG that was just released globally and is available for everyone to download, play, and enjoy all its awesome stylish combat. PGR is an action RPG with gacha elements, similar to Honkai Impact 3rd, but with a wholly different and engaging storyline, as well as many nuances in its combat system, all of which add up to give an entirely unique experience to the gamers.
Nevertheless, even though it has many unique elements, PGR is still a mobile game, which means that it’ll inevitably have a gameplay loop that players will need to grind through in order to progress and unlock everything it has to offer. Between novice missions, daily and weekly tasks, story levels, resource grinding, and equipment management, among many others, there are many different recurring elements that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with if you want to have an easier time in Punishing: Gray Raven.
With that being said, we want to go over some of the most basic aspects in this Punishing: Gray Raven beginner’s guide, so that you know exactly how to start and make your way through the initial stages of the game. However, on this occasion, we’ll only address some of the basic aspects of the main menus. If you’re interested in learning more about how to dominate in the field, check out our combat guide for Punishing: Gray Raven.
Constructs and Team Building
As a gacha game, there are many different characters to unlock and collect in Punishing: Gray Raven, only in this game they’re called “Constructs”. These characters all have their unique sets of skills, stats, and properties, and even though their goal is always the same, which is to obey your orders and defeat the hordes of the corrupted, their playstyles can vary greatly depending on the character.
However, despite these differences, all characters fall into one of three categories:
- Attacker: Characters with huge offensive potential and whose specialty is dealing as much damage as possible in the shortest period.
- Tank: Characters who trade in offense for good survivability. Like their category implies, these are the most sturdy characters, with skills that allow them to absorb tons of damage without falling.
- Support: Buffers and healers whose sole purpose is to support their teams. While they can’t do much on their own.
These categories will determine, in great part, the role of a character in your team. However, this is far from the only thing you need to consider when assembling a squad of Constructs in PGR. Less important than the category themselves is the character’s attack types, which can be either melee or ranged. Aside from the range of their attacks, an important distinction between both of these types is that melee characters get 1,000 stamina for evading, while ranged Constructs get 800, which limits their evasive potential with the upshot that they can safely attack from longer distances.
Similarly, another distinction between different characters is their element. Every character can deal different types of elemental damage, including Physical, Thunder, Fire, and Dark, among others. These elements can come in different distributions (i.e 50% Physical and 50% Fire), which will determine the performance of the Construct in combat, and could potentially lead to significant benefits if used correctly.
As a general rule of thumb, however, we recommend focusing on 100% Physical characters as your main DPS at the beginning, particularly since these characters are much easier to power up and require less investment in order to unleash their full potential.
When it comes to building teams, however, the process is quite simple. You can only bring three Constructs to any mission, and you can swap freely between them by tapping on their portraits in the field. Each slot in your team has a color banner associated with them: Red, Yellow, and Blue. These colors are important since they will affect which characters you summon to the field via QTEs to lend assistance. Furthermore, the character you set as leader of your squad is also important, as depending on your selection, you will get a different passive to your entire formation.
The Gacha and Banners
Now that you know how to build teams and what the distinctions between character types in PGR are, let’s discuss how to add new Constructs to your roster.
Unfortunately for those who enjoy rerolling in gacha games like PGR, construct recruitment is unlocked after finishing chapter 1, which can take almost an hour. Regardless, this won’t stop the most committed among you, especially if you’re playing on BlueStacks, since you can use the Instance Manager to reroll on multiple instances at the same time, and significantly speed up the process.
Every summoning on the gacha consumes 250 cards of varying colors, depending on the type of banner. Regardless of the currency you need, they can all be converted from Black Cards, which is the main premium currency in PGR. To make a summoning, simply select the desired banner and choose whether you want to perform a single pull, or a 10x summoning.
Even though there’s a very low chance of getting good characters from a summoning, there’s always a guaranteed A-rank character every 10th summoning. Furthermore, the standard banner has a guaranteed S-rank pity roll every 60 summonings. In this sense, regardless of your luck, the game always gives you consolation prizes in the form of guaranteed rarities.
Using these pity rolls to your advantage is the key to rerolling in Punishing: Gray Raven, at least if you’re looking to go through the hoops to do so.
Upgrading and Gearing Characters
Even if you manage to get some good Constructs from your banner pulls in PGR, you will still need to sink significant resources into them in order to unleash their full potential. Upgrading your characters in this game can be done in several different ways, and requires specific resources depending on the type of upgrade:
- Upgrade: While your characters can level up through different methods, you can use Construct Exp. Pods in this section to level them up, increasing their stats in the process. However, a character’s level can never be higher than the one of your Commandant.
- Promote: Once your character has fulfilled certain conditions, you can invest resources to promote them and increase their stats permanently, while also adding a white star to their rank per promotion.
- Evolve: In this section, you can use character shards to permanently evolve your characters, increasing their rank and elevating their potential.
- Skill: You can use Cogs to commit your character’s skill points to specific skills, increasing their effectiveness in combat. Choose wisely as skill points are limited in the beginning, and leveling up the right skills can significantly boost the power of your characters.
Aside from these upgrades, however, you can also equip your characters with memories, which is this game’s equivalent to armor pieces. Every memory can grant different bonuses, depending on the type and the slot in which you equip it. Similarly, equipping a full set of the matching memories can yield set bonuses, further increasing the characters’ potentials. It’s sometimes worth going out of your way to obtain these bonuses, though you won’t really need to pay attention to this in the beginning.
Just like your characters, the memories you can equip come in different qualities, represented by their color and number of stars. And just like with your characters, you can also upgrade every single piece of gear to enhance the stats they confer to the user. In order to upgrade these pieces, however, you must sacrifice other pieces of armor. The experience they grant to the upgraded piece will depend on the type and quality of the pieces you’re sacrificing.
Aside from memories, however, your characters can also wield different weapons, which also come in many types and qualities. Weapons can boost certain aspects of a character, such as increasing the damage done by orbs of specific colors. Nevertheless, better weapons will also boost the character’s ATK and CRIT, which in turn will boost the damage done with basic attacks.
You won’t really need to pay attention to your weapons early on; simply equip the one with the best stats and quality. However, later on, you’ll want to invest resources in upgrading the 5-star and 6-star pieces, as these will grant massive bonuses to your characters. Furthermore, remember when we mentioned that Physical-type characters don’t require as much investment as Elemental-types? This is because while the former can get by just fine with upgraded 5-star weapons, the latter might need to upgrade 6-star weapons to reach a comparable level of performance.
With the tips and info we’ve shared in this guide, you’re ready to get started in Punishing: Gray Raven. Feel free to share your own beginner tips and tricks in the comments below to help your fellow gamers out!