Nothing gets my heart racing quite like a really close Rally. Whether it’s against an opposing empire, Magitek, or the Crystal, watching that Wairship inch across the screen at a snail’s pace keeps me on the edge of my seat.
To be honest, I’m surprised I haven’t given my dog a heart attack yet, because when I see that little green battle report appear in my mailbox, I explode off the couch with a triumphant “YES!”
Of course, we’re all familiar with the other battle report. The red one that makes you scream out an incoherent string of obscenities when you see that your Rally has been defeated. In Final Fantasy: A New Empire, the only feeling worse than losing a Rally is the retro-cringe you feel upon realizing that you could have won had you remembered to use all of your boosts.
It happens to everyone, which is why The Hub made this handy Rally Checklist! Bookmark this page or print out this checklist and keep it handy so you can refer to it before starting your next Rally. Also, be sure to read our Essential City Assault Checklist.
Take these steps to determine whether or not you should set a Rally on your opponent. A bit of planning beforehand will ensure that you don’t start a Rally in the first place if there is no chance of winning.
- Scout. The most obvious-yet-essential first step to any successful Rally is to scout your target. Countless players have lost their heroes in a Rally simply because they didn’t scout their opponent first. Don’t be that guy.
- Get a Troop Count. You will want to know approximately how many Warriors, Mages, and Calvary your opponent has, what level they are, and whether or not they receive additional boosts from mercenaries such as Seiryu and Genbu.
- Plan Your Troops. Once you have those numbers, it’s time to plan what troops you’ll be sending in your rally. The ratio of troop types included in your rally should be based on the weaknesses of your opponent’s troops.
- Make sure your Guild know what they are sending in the Rally!!! Many of us simply assume that other players know what is good for a rally and what is garbage, but it’s not always that simple. The Rally leader is putting his or her hero on the line for this thing to be successful, so always make sure that the members of your guild who will be joining your rally know exactly what troops they will be putting in.
Deciding Who Will Lead the Rally
When deciding who will lead your rally, first consider the following.
- Hero Skill & Level. Different situations will call for different heroes and hero skills. If Rallying an empire, a high level Prompto with the skills Rally Attack, Rally City Assault HP (available at level 80) and Rally City Assault Attack (available at level 90) is an excellent choice to use as a Rally leader. Gladiolus also has Rally HP with Commanders (level 80) and Rally Attack with Commanders (level 90), which work well when Rallying an enemy empire.
- Rally Capacity. While choosing a Rally leader who has the highest Rally capacity isn’t always essential to winning, it certainly helps if you’re facing an opponent with millions of high level troops.
- Equipment. Equipment is where a majority of your Rally’s boosts will come from, so more often than not, whoever has the best equipment will determine the leader of the Rally. If you are the Rally leader, are you emphasizing Troop Attack or Troop Armor & HP? Do you have any gear that would benefit the specific types of troops in your Rally?
While checking each of these off prior to a Rally, remember that Rallies are won by whoever kills the most troops. This means you don’t just want all offensive heavy troops, you’ll also want to minimize your troop deaths with some defensive troops.
- Monster Farm. Make sure you’re using the right monster. Troop Attack, Armor Piercing, or Attack Resistance are usually preferred depending on what your opponent has.
- Order of Heroes. If you have the Order of Kings unlocked, make sure that has an active hero in it. If your Rally is heavy on one particular type of troop, it’s best to have the corresponding Order unlocked and active as well.
- Prison Bonus. The Prison gives an attack boost based on the highest level hero you have captured. For an extra offensive boost, have your guild member with the highest level hero drop tags and attack you with their hero and one troop.
- Gems. At VIP 30, you gain the ability to remove gems for free. This will allow you to re-gem your equipment for each battle depending on the troops you’re using to attack, and the troops you’re up against.
- Combat Items. This should seem obvious, but before your Rally hit its target, make sure you scroll down your list of Combat Items and use the most relevant ones while being mindful of each item’s duration.
- March Boost. If you can’t fill a full rally, don’t forget to have everyone in your rally pop a 10% March Boost! This can greatly help towards filling up a rally a little more.
- Morale. Make sure you don’t have people in your guild telling you how horribly the Rally is going to lose, that you didn’t put the right troops in, or that they are going to lose all of their troops. It’s just not good for morale.
- Astrals. With the addition of Astrals, you can include up to 3 in a rally. Make sure that you are sending your 3 highest level Astrals in each and every rally.
While it’s true that Rallies can be won by overwhelming force and sheer numbers, to truly master the art of winning Rallies you must incorporate a number of strategic elements that bolster your offense while solidifying your defense. Keep in mind the items listed here in this checklist, and you may be surprised to find out just how powerful your Rally is.