Chained Echoes Battle System Guide

Chained Echoes Battle System Basics, Overdrive, Sky Armor Battles

Battle System: Basics

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Commands

Attack

Makes the selected party member do a regular attack against a single enemy. Restores 10 TP.

Skills

Makes the selected party member execute a skill they learned and set in the main menu.
Using skills costs TP. The cost amount per skill is displayed right next to the skill type and name in yellow.

Skill TypeIconDescription
AttackChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQOffensive skill that deals physical damage to one or multiple enemy targets
MagicChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQOffensive skill that deals magical damage to one or multiple enemy targets
BuffChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQSupporting skill that adds at least one buff to one or multiple party members
DebuffChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQSupporting skill that adds at least one debuff to one or multiple enemies
HealChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQSupporting skill that increases one or multiple party members’ stats or adds at least one stat regenerating buff
UtilityChained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQUnique skill that varies in effect

Items

Makes the selected party member use / consume an item from the party’s inventory.

Defend

Makes the selected party member defend. Reduces incoming physical and magical damage until their next turn by 50%. Applied on top of Overdrive modifiers. Moves the overdrive cursor backwards.

Switch

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Switches the selected party member with the one in the back row. The switched in member can then use all of their available options except switching out again. Moves the overdrive cursor backwards.

You can only switch members that are in the same row. Which member is in which row is changeable in the main menu under “Formation” and switchable members are indicated with a chain icon between them. In battle, the formation is displayed in the Party Info section on the bottom right of the screen.

Unconscious party members cannot switch. The switched out party member retains all of their buffs and debuffs and durations are paused until they are switched in again.

To switch, press the button during a party member’s turn. A summary of the member to be switched in shows up. Press the button again to confirm the switch.

Escape

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Exits the battle and returns the party to the map outside of the enemy’s range. The encounter is reset, which means:

  • Enemy formation resets regardless of which or how many enemies were defeated
  • Enemies fully recover
  • Drops received during the fight are lost

Some battles are not escapable.

Ultra Move

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Executes the selected party member’s Ultra Move. The details of the Ultra Move are different for each party member. Depletes the entire Ultra Move bar.

All actions except Switch and Escape immediately increase the Ultra Move bar slightly upon use.

Turn Order

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Turn order indicates the order of the party members and enemies in battle from left to right. The currently acting party member or enemy is displayed on the leftmost and highlighted with a banner labeled “Act”. The party member or enemy who acts after that is labeled by “Next”. The following party members or enemies are taking turns in order from left to right.

The party member who is currently acting is highlighted with a yellow ring around their battle sprite and their name is displayed above the action menu.

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Enemy Status

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

When targeting an enemy during battle after selecting an action, their status containing useful information gets displayed.

NameThe enemy’s name, displayed on the top left
TypeThe enemy’s type, displayed on the top right
StrengthThe element the enemy has highest resistance against
WeaknessThe element the enemy has lowest resistance against
StealThe enemy can be stolen from once using a party member’s skill
CannedThe enemy can be canned by a specific character’s “Uncanny Encounter” skill

A red X indicates that the enemy is not affected by any action influenced or influencing that enemy property.

Additionally, the currently targeted enemy has their name and HP bar displayed above them.

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Battle System: Overdrive

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

The Overdrive bar controls the flow of the battle. The bar consists of the title “OVERDRIVE” or “OVERHEAT”, an icon on the left and a bar separated into minimum 3 segments with different colors.
Within that bar, the player moves forward or backwards during the battle, depending on their actions, indicated by a white arrow.

A battle always starts in the Neutral (yellow) zone.

The bar is separated into three segments.
Neutral (yellow)

  • All party members deal and receive 100% damage
  • All skills cost the 100% the amount of TP

Overdrive (green)

  • All party members deal 125% and receive 85% damage
  • All skills cost 50% the amount of TP

Overheat (red)

  • All party members deal 100% and receive 125% damage
  • All skills cost 100% the amount of TP

The player ideally wants to stay in the green Overdrive zone as much as possible.

When a party member or enemy attacks or uses a skill, the player’s cursor on the Overdrive bar moves to the right. Specific actions move the cursor to the left.

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Before confirming an action, a second smaller arrow will show up on the Overdrive bar previewing the position the cursor will be in when confirming it.

Actions that move the cursor forward

  • Attack
  • Skills
  • Enemy action

Actions that move the cursor backwards

  • Defend
  • Switch
  • Ultra Move
  • Some skills
  • Some items
  • Skills with the corresponding Overdrive icon type


When entering Overdrive or Overheat, an indicator will show on the center of the screen with a sound informing the player.

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Once leaving the Neutral zone, the icon left to the Overdrive bar changes from a grey lock to a display of a skill type with a number.

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

Chained Echoes Basic Guide and FAQ

During a party member’s turn, any skill matching its skill type with the type displayed in the Overdrive bar will be displayed in yellow.

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When using a matching skill type, the player’s cursor on the Overdrive bar moves backwards a large amount.

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The number on the icon indicates how many player turns this Overdrive skill type icon will be displayed. When reaching 0, the type changes to a random other type.

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Using a matching skill also immediately changes the icon to a different type, unless the skill used this way moves the player cursor into the Neutral zone.

Battle System: Sky Armor Battles

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Sky Armor battles behave like regular battles, with some differences regarding the Overdrive system.

Overdrive

There is no Overdrive Zone, only Neutral and two Overheat zones to the left and right end.
The player starts in the middle of the Neutral Zone. The skill type icon is always locked.

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Combat Actions

Above the Combat Actions menu there is a spinning cogwheel and a number labeled “Gear”.
The battle always starts with all party members in Gear 1.

Switching GearOnce per turn, a party member can switch gears.
Switching order is always Gear 1 → Gear 2 → Gear 0 → Gear 1

Gear 1

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  • All party members deal and receive 100% damage
  • All skills cost 100% the amount of TP
  • All party member actions except Items and Defend move the
    player cursor on the Overdrive bar forward
  • Defend moves the cursor backwards

Gear 2

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  • All party members deal and receive 125% damage
  • All skills cost 125% the amount of TP
  • All party member actions except Items and Defend move the
    player cursor on the Overdrive bar backwards
  • Defend moves the cursor forward

Gear 0

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  • All party members deal and receive 100% damage
  • No skills are available
  • Every party member action recovers 60TP for each attack,
    defend and item use.
  • No party member actions move the player cursor on the
    Overdrive bar in either direction

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