Equipment Guide for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross
One of the main objectives in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is, like in any other gacha game, to unlock some of the strongest characters and create powerful formations with them. The rarest heroes in these games usually have an inherent advantage over their more common counterparts, either due to their versatile skill sets or due to their powerful base stats.
Nevertheless, even a team comprised of the strongest characters in 7DS won’t hold a candle to a group of weaker, yet properly-upgraded characters. Even with their superior skills, the most powerful characters can’t win against sheer numerical advantages. In this sense, it’s not enough simply to unlock these heroes; you also have to upgrade them as much as possible.
There are many ways to upgrade your characters in 7DS. However, the single best and most effective way to go about this is by equipping them with powerful gear. Your character’s gear accounts for a good chunk of their combat power, even being more important than things like Awakening them. In other words, your gear in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is quite important and you should always focus on upgrading and awakening these pieces.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. In this guide, we’re going to explain the basics of gear in 7DS.
Getting Started With Gear in 7DS
Every character can equip up to 6 pieces of gears, divided into two sides in the hero equipment screen. On the left side, we have bracer, necklace, and belt slots, while on the left we have ring, earrings, and rune slots. Moreover, just like the characters in 7DS, you can find equipment of various rarities, from as low as C rarity, to as high as SSR rarity.
The gear rarity in 7DS is as follows:
C → UC → R → SR → SSR
Gear Rarity and Stats
The stats in every piece of gear are divided into three main categories: Attack, Defense, and HP. Depending on the slot, a piece of gear has a specific attribute as their main stat:
- Bracer and Ring: Attack
- Necklace, Earrings, and Belt: Defense
- Rune: HP
The amount in each main stat that a piece of gear will offer varies according to their quality, with higher-quality gear giving more of the main stat. However, every piece of gear can be upgraded to increase this main stat by paying gold and enhance stones. The quantity required for every upgrade increases depending on the current level of the piece, as well as its rarity. For instance, upgrading an SSR gear to +1 is much more expensive than upgrading a C gear to +1.
Gear Awakening and Secondary Stats
Once you upgrade a piece of gear to +5, you can choose to awaken it to reset its level back to +0, while retaining its main stat. Moreover, every time you awaken a piece of gear, it’ll inherit a random secondary stat, which usually increases a certain stat by a fixed percentage. These secondary stats are completely independent of the gear’s rarity, meaning that a C gear may have equal or even stronger secondary stats than an SSR piece. You can Awaken a piece of gear up to 5 times, for a total of 5 stars.
The type of secondary stats that a piece of gear can have will depend on their type:
- Ring and Bracer: Attack, Pierce Rate, Crit Rate, and Crit Damage.
- Necklace and Earrings: Defense, Resistance, Crit Resistance, Crit Defense.
- Belt and Orb: HP, Regeneration, Lifesteal, Recovery Rate.
The secondary stats are exceedingly important in 7DS, especially at the beginning, since they will increase your power tremendously. In fact, it’s ALWAYS better to completely upgrade and perform awakenings on C gear than it is to upgrade, for example, an SR piece. This is because upgrading rare gear is prohibitively expensive, and you’ll replace them once you obtain SSR equipment, anyway, losing all the resources you invested.
Since the secondary stats are independent of the piece’s rarity, it’s much more cost-effective to spend a tiny sum of gold to completely upgrade C gear, and then replace them for SSR pieces, than it is to upgrade and Awaken R or SR gear. In this sense, you can still receive decent gear bonuses from C gear at a fraction of the cost, and this will carry you to the endgame.
Gear Set Bonuses
One thing you ought to consider whenever choosing what type of gear to equip is their set bonuses. Most pieces of gear will grant you additional boosts for equipping pieces of the same set. You can usually tell that pieces belong to the same set by their name. For instance, two of the earlier sets you can unlock in 7DS are the Onslaught and Iron Wall sets. The former gives +20% attack for equipping four pieces of the set, while the latter gives +20% defense from equipping two pieces of gear from this set.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to combine set bonuses depending on the role of the character in question:
- DPS Characters: 4-piece attack bonus + 2-piece defense bonus.
- Tank Characters: 4-piece HP bonus + 2-piece defense bonus.
- Healer/Support Characters: 4-set attack bonus + 2-set recovery rate bonus.
Your mileage may vary depending on your team setup. However, these are the general recommendations when it comes to the best gear for every type of character in 7DS.
Finding New Gear Early On
Most of what we’ve been saying in this guide applies for the later stages of the game. After all, it’ll be a while before you find your first piece of SSR gear. Luckily, finding starter gear is quite simple as you can easily purchase them from any vendor in town. In fact, this is precisely what you should do to get started. Not only does buying gear give you characters a nice boost for virtually no cost, but these are also the pieces of gear you’ll want to use up to the endgame when you finally gain access to SSR equipment.
Remember, however, that in order for your C-rarity equipment to become worthwhile, you need to upgrade and Awaken them ASAP. This will ensure that you will receive those sweet, sweet, secondary stats. Keep in mind that you can pay to reroll a secondary stat until you receive the one you want or need.