Anime games are frequently some of the flashiest, most over-the-top titles in their respective platforms, and the new The Seven Deadly Sins game is no exception. Released on Android just a few moments ago, this is one of the newest titles available on PC with BlueStacks, and is a veritable breath of fresh air in relation to all the other gacha games on the market. While the core gameplay loop of 7DS is the same as most gacha RPGs out there, the innovative combat system makes it stand out among the rest as a beacon of ingenuity and variety.
As we mentioned just now, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is a gacha game, which means that a lot of your time will be spent on gathering materials for summoning characters, which can then be added to your team. While this standard gameplay cycle is quite familiar, especially for those who have already played numerous gachas like RAID: Shadow Legends, King’s Raid, or AFK Arena, among others, 7DS distinguishes itself by giving the player ample opportunities to pull for many powerful heroes from the very beginning, which makes rerolling in this game quite feasible.
However, while 7DS is quite identical to other gachas in many of its systems, its card-bwbat mechanic is what truly makes this game stand out. We’ve already written a preview of what you’ll find in this game. However, now that we finally got to actually play it, we can describe the mechanics in further detail.
In this guide, we’ve listed several beginner tips that you can read to get started in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross on the right foot. If you don’t want to miss a beat, then keep the following in mind.
Understanding the Card-Based Combat System
Instead of your traditional turn-based combat system where you can choose from a list of preset commands, 7DS offers a card-based battle mechanics where every action you can perform comes in the form of cards that are drawn every turn. The cards themselves are picked at random from a list that is exclusive to each character. For instance, Master Meliodas comes with two different skills, Triple Attack and Full Counter, as well as an Ultimate move that is drawn automatically drawn to your hand once the ultimate meter fills up.
Like Meliodas, each character brings different attacks with unique properties and damage types, in the form of cards that you draw at the beginning of your turn. However, these moves are not limited to damaging the enemy as there quite a few different types of cards which, in turn, determine their effects on the battlefield.
The different types of moves in 7DS are the following:
- Attack Skills
- Buff Skills
- Stance Skills
- Debuff Skills
- Debuff Atk Skills
- Recovery Skills
The properties of each type of card are self-explanatory, for the most part. Attack skills inflict direct damage to the enemy and are some of the most common cards. There are also cards that can grant positive effects to your group, or negative effects to the enemies, called the buff and debuff skills, respectively. The debuff atk skills are similar to the regular debuff cards, but they also inflict damage while applying their negative effects. The stance skills don’t have any direct effect when used, but consist of the character assuming a stance for the entire turn and unleashing an action when certain conditions are met. Lastly, recovery skills simply heal HP.
Every turn, you draw cards that can be set on the field to unleash different attacks. You can set one card per character every turn, up to a maximum of three. However, you can use two cards of the same character in one turn with no problems. For instance, you can use both Meliodas’ Full Counter and Triple attack in a single turn without issues. For every attack you use, the corresponding character will receive a single point in their ultimate bars. Once full, you will draw a special card corresponding to the said character’s ultimate skill, which is usually devastating and can quickly end battles or cause a variety of different effects.
Cards can also level up in battle. When two cards of the same type land beside each other in your hand, either by manually placing a card and causing them to shift or from automatically drawing it beside an identical card, they will automatically combine into the same card of a higher level. You can even forfeit one of your card placements for the turn to manually move a card in your hand in order to force a level up. As a card levels up, not only will its original effect become stronger, but it can also gain several new effects, significantly improving its functionality.
The key to dominating in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is to create teams that have a balanced distribution of card types, including plenty of attack skills, supplemented with recovery skills, and some buffs, debuffs, and stances for good measure.
Learn the Elemental Advantages
As there are many different types of attacks in The Seven Deadly Sins, every character has a different elemental affinity as well. These elements interact with each other in a dynamic of weaknesses and advantages, where red beats green; green beats blue, and blue beats red. This triumvirate of type matchups is the cornerstone for optimizing your damage in battle and is something you’ll need to always consider when battling the most challenging enemies in 7DS.
Use the “Go Now” Function if You’re Lost
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross might be a gacha game, but it also has an overworld exploration aspect, which means that you’ll be walking around from to place to access and complete many different missions and assignments, including side quests that are important for obtaining valuable materials and unlocking certain aspects.
Due to the fact that most mobile games are designed to be played sporadically, while you’re on the go, it’s easy to lose track of current events every time you log into the game, and 7DS is no exception. For this reason, you’ll want to rely on the “Go Now” button to refocus your efforts when you forget what you’re supposed to be doing. By using this function, your character will automatically walk towards the next quest objective, saving you lots of time and hassle as you don’t necessarily have to recall every little piece of dialog to know where to go.
The battle system in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is definitely one of its strongest and most unique components, which you’ll surely come to love if you’re a fan of strategic and engaging gameplay. Luckily, you will find everything you need for getting started in this gacha game within this guide.