Now that the global version of Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross was finally launched, everyone knows that if they’re ever stuck in the game, all they have to do is go to quests and press the magic yellow button. This helps players navigate the somewhat complicated story of the game… but only for a time. Sooner or later – depending on your playstyle – you will hit a progression wall. As an F2P player, it might take a while to break it down.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

What’s worse, new players tend to make a few crucial mistakes early in the game, which can cost them weeks or even over a month of farming later on. If you want to make sure that your early decisions don’t hurt your later progression or if you’re just looking to min-max on your upgrades and combat, this is the article for you. And with avoiding early game mistakes, you can also learn many more gameplay tricks with our guides on heroes, rerolling, farming, and combat.

Below, you’ll find the 6 mistakes you should most definitely avoid when you start a new game in SDS: Grand Cross. Hope you’re reading this before you started playing!

1 – Don’t Forget to Bind Your Account

We cannot overstate the importance of this step. If you’re going to reroll your account, then don’t bother binding it until you find 1-2 heroes that you love. Once you’re satisfied with your pulls, however, you should absolutely go to your player settings and connect the account to Google, an email address, or both.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

This will give you a few Diamonds for free, but most importantly, it will ensure that your progress is not lost when, for whatever reason, you uninstall SDS: Grand Cross on the device you’re currently using. In addition, once you’ve completed this step, you’ll be able to play on multiple platforms. For instance, you’ll be able to play SDS: Grand Cross on your PC using BlueStacks when you’re at home or on your phone when the PC is out of reach.

2 – Don’t Combine Cards Randomly

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is a Gacha game at heart, which means that the rarity of your heroes will matter in combat, regardless of the way you look at it. However, you do have a few strategic options that can help you increase your win rate in both PvP and PvE, even if you’re using lower-rarity, F2P characters. We discuss this at length in our guide to combat.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

One mistake that new players make in combat is that they combine cards intuitively, without planning ahead for future turns. In PvP especially, this can (and usually will) lose you the game. For example, when you have the option to combine to the right or to the left, it’s more advantageous to do the former. The left-hand side is where new cards are added every turn, which means that you should always keep your rank 1 cards on that side for future combinations. It will then be easier to create rank 3 cards by using and collapsing abilities, which won’t take up space in the turn queue.

3 – Don’t Throw Out Any Gear

Most veteran players will agree that gear is not something that you should emphasize early in the game. But this doesn’t mean that you should completely ignore this aspect of SDS: Grand Cross or that you should throw out any gear you do get early on.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

For example, during your first few weeks on the game, you should focus on equipping your characters with sets, rather than with top-notch items. To see whether an item is part of the right set, look at the small icon displayed in its upper-right corner. Items that are part of an attack set, for instance, will display a small sword.

4 – Don’t Use Low-Level XP Potions (If You Can Help It)

You can waste bucket-loads of gold – a resource that just happens to be extremely scarce in the game – on upgrading characters the wrong way. Basically, the gold cost applied to each upgrade is calculated based on the current level of the hero you’re trying to improve. In other words, using 3 XP potions on a level 1 hero costs significantly less than using the exact-same materials on a level 30 one.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

To bypass some of this additional cost, you should always use 6-star XP potions to max the level of characters in one go. Unfortunately, these materials are fairly rare early in the game, but you can still aim for 5-star potions and save a good deal of money in the process.

5 – Don’t Upgrade Just Any SSR Hero

Once Chapter 6 is released for the global version of the game, you will need to get Red Ban and Blue Meliodas to UR level 60 before you are allowed to progress any further. This will cost quite a few pendants, which you might no longer have if you’ve already upgraded a bunch of other SSRs in the meantime.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

So that you don’t lock yourself out of Chapter 6, make sure that you’ve saved enough resources to upgrade Red Ban and Blue Meliodas before you enhance other characters. Tier lists are important, but all the best heroes in the game won’t help you progress through the story if you don’t have the required characters.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

6 – Don’t Waste the Night

This is one of the most important things to remember while playing SDS: Grand Cross – you have to utilize every bit of the day if you want to maximize your progression.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – 6 Mistakes to Avoid Early in the Game

Fortunately, Special Dungeons can be farmed on auto for XP potions, as well as other upgrade materials. If you’re playing the game on PC, you can (and should) leave it open overnight so that your best farming team can complete a dungeon as many times as possible before the morning. The more farm-intensive heroes you include on the team, the more runs you’ll be able to fit into the available time and the more resources you’ll have to play with.

Avoid all of these common mistakes as a new player and you’ll be on your way to a solid team of characters in no time. Remember: the more you can farm in SDS: Grand Cross, the further you can progress in the game. There is no other more important thing to do, so optimize your playtime and prioritize your hero upgrades carefully to make the most of your account.