The new Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY gives us a slightly different yet very interesting approach to the standard gacha RPG formula, revolving around a varied cast of sexy and sultry characters that players can unlock and recruit to their teams, and deploy into combat. This gives a different type of incentive to play and progress in the game, since it’s more of a “pure” character collector rather than a standard auto-combat RPG. In this sense, you’ll not only be building and upgrading teams, you’ll also want to unlock, collect, and advance even the weakest characters, just to complete your collection and obtain all the related imagery.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

However, in order to build your collection, you’ll need to obviously play the game and collect resources required for summoning and upgrading your cast of sexy demonesses. And to this end, we’ve decided to write a beginner’s guide with a brief overview of the most important elements in Seven Mortal Sins, as well as a few tips to get a good start in this gacha RPG.

The Combat System

As a gacha RPG, most of your time in Seven Mortal Sins will probably be spent on the battlefield farming and grinding for resources to both unlock new characters, as well as upgrade your current lineup of demonesses. Because of this, you’ll need to become very familiar with the combat system, in order to win all your battles.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Luckily, at least when it comes to the combat in this game, there’s really not much to do or learn: Fights are turn-based, with your team lined up on the left side of the screen and the enemies on the opposite side. The order of turns is determined by the blue bars above your character’s head, which fills up over time. Once a character’s bar is full, it’ll be their turn to act. The rate at which the turn bar fills is determined by a character’s speed, and can also be sped up or slowed down through the effects of buffs and debuffs.

When it’s their turn, each character has access to three main moves:  Basic attacks, power attacks, and special moves. Though the first two are available from the start of the battle, the latter can only be used after a certain number of turns, determined by the skill’s charge time (CT). Moreover, the special attack, while it can be used from the beginning, has a cooldown timer, which means that correct and timely use of this skill can usually make the difference between victory and defeat.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

The fight ends when either team is defeated entirely.

The Elemental Matchup System

While it’s easy to just run into battle and use your strongest skills on random enemies to get the win, you will have a much easier time if you consider the elemental matchup system present in Seven Mortal Sins.

In a nutshell, every character in this game has one of three affinities: AGI, TEC, or STR. These affinities don’t really affect or determine any aspect of your character’s stats or skills, but they do interact with the affinities of other characters, in the sense that each of these is strong against one, and weak against another. Specifically, STR defeats TEC; TEC defeats AGI, and AGI defeats STR.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

If a character has an affinity bonus over another, they will deal more damage to the target, while receiving less damage from them. Additionally, those with a type advantage will also have higher odds of inflicting negative status effects to their victims. In this sense, properly choosing your targets in combat can make fights go much smoother.

Formations and Support Skills

Putting together strong teams with good synergies is a big part of Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY. In fact, some would argue that this is the entire point of the gacha RPG genre—and they would be arguably correct. However, when it comes to this game, in particular, there’s an important aspect of team building that you should be aware of: Support skills.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Though you could just unlock the best and strongest characters in the game and just throw them into a formation haphazardly, you could benefit more from actually adding a good support character to your squad. Even though they might not be as strong in combat as others, support characters often bring a lot to the table thanks to their innate passives that benefit the entire team. Because of this, bringing at least one of these units to battle can provide a lot of value to your team.

Formations are pretty self-explanatory; you simply choose the characters you want to bring to battle and that’s it. Using support heroes is just as easy; you just need to choose the one that has a support skill that you like, and add them to your team. And once you’re in combat and the conditions are met, the support effect will trigger automatically and your entire team will benefit from it. For instance, the character you get very early on in the story, Jacqueline, has a passive support effect that increases the team’s SPD by 6%, making everyone act faster. 

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Using the right support for your team’s specifications is often a good idea, even if you have to sacrifice a slot that could be dedicated to adding a stronger character—the value that a support unit provides is often well worth the effort.

Unlocking New Characters

As is the case with most games in this genre, the vast majority of your characters in Seven Mortal Sins will come from the gacha system. And just like with the other games, there’s no way of knowing what you’re going to get on each pull. The only certainty here is that you need resources to perform summonings, and these don’t often come cheap—most of the time, you’ll have to grind a lot to get enough currency to perform summonings.

Summonings in Seven Mortal Sins can be performed through the Gacha menu, with a 10x summoning costing 600 diamonds. You can also use scrolls to summon from the gacha for free, though these items are usually difficult to come by. It’s worth pointing out that while you can’t control which characters you’ll get from the gacha, the 10x summonings always yield a guaranteed 4-star character. Moreover, as you reach certain numbers of accumulated summonings, you may also receive rewards such as scrolls or coins.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Due to its inherent chances of yielding a 4-star unit, we always recommend saving up for 10x summonings. Moreover, since the game just launched a few days ago, there are tons of different ongoing events at the moment, all of which offer lots of scrolls and currency, making this a prime time for beginner gamers to reroll and unlock the best Seven Mortal Sins characters from very early on.

Upgrading Your Characters

Last but not least, we want to close this beginner’s guide by talking briefly about the different ways to upgrade your characters.

In Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY, there are four main methods of powering up your heroines: Leveling up, ranking up, upgrading skills, and transcending. There’s also inheritance, but we won’t be talking about that in this guide.

Leveling up is your basic RPG system where, once you get enough experience, your character levels up and gains a permanent stat boost. In Seven Mortal Sins, you can also use Trainers of various rarities along with coins to grant a character a set amount of XP and level them up quickly. However, every character has a level cap, which can be increased by transcending them or ranking them up.

Beginner’s Guide for Seven Mortal Sins X-TASY

Ranking up consists of using Evolution Gems to give characters a significant permanent boost to their stats and increase their star level. Ranking up also increases the level cap of a character, though in order to reach the maximum level, you’ll always have to transcend them a few times. Every character can rank up to a maximum of 6 stars.

Transcending a character requires sacrificing other units to acquire points. Once enough points have been acquired, your character will transcend, increasing their level cap by 1 each time. The idea here is to sacrifice unused and unwanted units to progressively boost the maximum level of your best units further each time.

Lastly, upgrading skills is one of the most significant ways to enhance a character, and consists of using grimoires, bunrei, or duplicates of the same unit to increase the level of their skills. The reason why this upgrade is so good is because, whenever you level up a skill, it’ll not only power up, but it may also unlock new effects. Some characters don’t even achieve their true potential unless you enhance their skills.