Know Your Hero’s Secrets

Discover all abilities your heroes have

Every hero has a skill that they are known for. Whether it’s just hitting a monster or helping you with your research, they are important in their own way. Whether you are a new player or have played since the beginning, using your heroes to their best abilities can help make building your empire easier or less costly.

Hero Skill Resets:

These are available in packs from the gold store. They will reset your skills and give you all your AP points back so you can put them in any of the skills you like. This is useful when you are using a hero for a different purpose than you did before, or you made mistakes in your early game before you realized what was best for your empire. Many people have to reset their Noctis hero when they were allotting their first AP points.

 Noctis Lucis Caelum:

Son of King Regis, Noctis is the crown prince and heir to the Lucis throne. He is the hero everyone playing Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire starts off with. His skills are broad and if you look at his hero skill tree you can see that it branches off into an “attack” side and an “empire production” side. New players are often tempted to max out the production side since early game is where it helps out the most. If you are just starting out, you might be tempted to do this, but you will benefit more from the troop’s skills on the left side of Noctis’ hero tree. If you have already done this, remember that you can always use a hero skill reset to wipe the board clean.

*Noctis Special Skills*

  • March size increase
    • Use when filling a rally
    • Good when sending hero fewer marches for any reason
    • Use for fake rallies to save more troops
  • Extra march slot
    • This is good when you need to trade RSS
    • One more camp can be helpful
  • Monster attack boost
    • When you need to hit a monster harder
    • Not useful for Moogle Market monsters!!
  • Research and construction
    • This is only useful if you don’t have Ignis or Cindy, but have other heroes that you use for attack/defense
  • Dungeon Attack
    • His Link Strike is deadly when combined with other Link Strike abilities

 Prompto Argentum:

Friends with Noctis ever since their teenage years, Prompto comes from a lower class family. He uses humor to diffuse situations and is good with weapons and machinery. He was the first offensive hero released in FFXV: ANE and a lot of attackers took advantage of his skills to increase their damage on their victims. Prompto’s tree splits into city assault and troop specific skills. Prompto’s skills on both sides are good for offense, and you will do better to have a high-level hero to benefit from his skills. He starts out with great attacking boosts as it is, and it just gets better the more AP you have to allot. He is great at leading rallies, with rally boosts, and rally time decrease.

*Prompto Special Skills*

  • Resource trade speed is increased (all march speed and return speed skills)
    • Great when you need to trade large amounts at a time
  • Fast march speed
    • Especially when combined with Winged Assassin’s gear (Powered up!)
      • You can change to your attack gear after the march is set
    • Dungeon Attack
      • Concussive Shot is the hardest hitting attack in the Adventure Hall, for now

 Lunafreya Nox Fleuret:

Betrothed to Noctis and Ravus’ younger sister, Luna became the youngest Oracle in history. In FFXV: ANE she boosts mage troops, crystal, and defense stats. Luna’s first skill is double Luna gifts! Her skills are best used in defense since she increases hospital capacity and decreases healing time. Luna’s abilities make her the best defender before Gladiolus is introduced. Most players apply AP to the hospital and city defense nodes finishing off with the guardian and mage skills. Don’t forget about attack resistance, which reduces your enemy’s attack by that percentage!

*Luna’s Special Skills*

  • Double Luna gifts
    • When you unlock her double gift mastery, you can get quadruple gifts:
      1. Start game with any hero besides Luna active
      2. Switch to Luna
      3. Collect Gift
      4. ENJOY your four times Luna’s Gift!
    • Dungeon Healing
      • The only hero whose special ability heals yourself or other players in the hall

 Ignis Scientia:

Advisor to Noctis, he is also the group’s cook and driver. Ignis is calm and composed and is the brains of the party. His abilities in this game are research and trap-focused. His first unlocked skill is double loyalty, which comes in handy at all points of the game.  Most people know to use him for research, but do you know the other tricks he can do?

*Ignis’ Special Skills*

  • Double loyalty
    • Have Ignis active when running loyalty blitzes to maximize loyalty gained
    • Collect your guild quests using Ignis for your loyalty boost
    • Open loyalty packs with Ignis active and the double loyalty applies, too
    • Combined with double loyalty from the Oracle or purchased in a pack, you get TRIPLE loyalty!
  • Research
    • Research cost efficiency
      • Makes the use of resources more efficient by 55% (not a 55% reduction) Basic to divine
    • Research speed
      • Speed up your research time by up to 323% Basic to divine
        • Combine with the following gear for more speed:
          • Divine Prospector’s Helm (exalted and divine)
          • Zephyr Cape (All research speed)
          • Hydraean’s Tempest (exalted and divine)
        • Research tome reduction
          • Lowers the number of tomes you need for researches by up to 21% Basic to divine
        • Combine with Oracle blessings or boosts bought in packs to reduce your costs even further
      • Trap capacity
        • Increase trap capacity by
          • Remains active even when other heroes are active until the walls are broken

 Aranea Highwind:

A former mercenary, Aranea specializes in Dragoon type combat and aerial attacks. She is free-spirited and suspicious of other high ranking officials. Her skills are highly focused on mercenary and cavalry troops. Her first AP point is used to unlock Aranea’s Elite Dragoon. These special type of dragoon are “trained in combat by Aranea as part of an elite soldier program in the Third Army Corps 87th Airborn Unit”. They are strong against guardians and Imperial City troops in the early stages of the game.

*Aranea’s Special Skills*

  • Reduces the cost of training mercenary troops by 44%
    • That’s close to getting twice as many troops with the same amount of materials!
  • Useful when using dragoon type troops against Imperial Fortresses in early game stages

 Gladiolus Amicitia:

Sworn shield to Noctis, as is his family tradition, Gladiolus uses his strength to keep his companions from harm. His family has always been guards of the Lucis family. In Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, his skills are useful in combat, including defense. The first AP point is applied to Commander Recruiting which gives you a commander chest every day. Commanders boost certain troop types or stats to make your attack or defense stronger.

*Gladio’s Special Skills*

  • Troop training speed
    • Helpful when training t7 troops and higher when you can’t train and then speed up due to lack of materials you need to train and the inability to buy them from the store.
    • Speedups end up costing more and more, so anything that reduces the time needed to train troops is extremely helpful.
  • Troop load and gather march size
    • Great for events where you need to gather from resource tiles for points
  • Steal enemy HP and attack
    • Reduces your enemy’s attack and/or HP by a percentage and adds it to your stats

 Ravus Nox Fleuret:

As Luna’s older brother, Ravus will do whatever in his power to keep her from harm. He lost his left arm while seeking revenge against the Lucis empire, and it was replaced with a Magitek prosthetic. His strength comes from his new arm and he is able to control electricity. Ravus’ skills in-game are troop attack and Magitek. His first skill to be unlocked is the ability to train Elite Magitek Troops. This gives you the ability to train each type of Elite Magitek troop with the attack and HP equivalent to t7 troops. You also receive a daily gift of Elite Magitek Shards in order to train them. Most offensive players use Ravus because of the many ways to increase attack percentage.

*Ravus’ Special Skills*

  • Expansion production
    • Increase your expansion’s production by up to 462%
      • All you need to do is activate Ravus when you collect from your expansions and the boost will remain active, even when switching heroes.
      • Increase your Ice well boost by collecting with Shiva!
    • Expansion cost reduction
      • Lower the expansion blueprint cost of building your expansions by up to 56%
        • Activate Ravus before building or upgrading expansions to take advantage of this huge savings in blueprints
      • Increase attack with prisoners
        • With the max prisoner’s skill, you get attack boosts from the higher leveled heroes in your prison. This increases how many you get that boost from.
          • Grab heroes from farms, enemies, or even guildmates to increase your prisoner count!

 Cindy Aurum:

Truly beloved by those that know her, Cindy is the head mechanic of Hammerhead. She runs the family business and is trusted by Noctis with the group vehicle when he visits her shop in Leide. During gameplay, you will see her skills range from monster attack to trap transportation. Cindy’s first skill point is given to Realm Boss Blueprint Scavenging, which will give you a random drop of the current blueprint needed by your citadel level.

*Cindy’s Special Skills*

  • MP Recovery up to 110%
    • Use this when you’ve used all your available MP, especially against a realm boss with her blueprint scavenging ability
      • Increase MP even further by using Dreadmist Armbands due to her accessory all stat boost!
    • Boost construction speed up to 877%
      • As of this writing, it only applies up to Elite building, even though it says “All Construction Speed”
      • Increase this boost by using the Divine Prospector’s Power Wrench (exalted and divine)
    • Trap transportation abilities
      • Add traps to the crystal or your offensive marches when Cindy is active

These skills are just listing what is available with each hero active. Hero mastery skills are an entirely different monster and are always available when your hero is not active. The only mastery skill you really need to be aware of is Luna’s Double gift mastery. You will not get the mastery skill activated if the gift pops up or your game is started with Luna active. If this happens, just change your hero and restart the game. Follow the instructions under the Luna’s Special Skills above to claim your double double gift!

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3 Comments
  1. RA says

    Could you explain the Luna gift trick in more detail? It doesn’t seem to work for me. Checked with a guildmember who also tried but couldn’t get it to work. I check what the gift is, go back, switch to Luna, check the gift and go back again. Switch to other hero, exit game and restart the game. Switch to Luna and open the gift again. Still only double the gifts and not quadrupel.

    1. Tylianna Zaraine
      Tylianna Zaraine says

      Have you checked the email that you get when you collect the gift? It’s easier to see when it is a contract or port where you will see the x4 amount easily.
      If Luna is active when the gift pops up, then it will say x1 no matter which hero you use to collect. If another hero is active when it pops up, then the gift will say x2. Then by switching to Luna she will double that x2 gift (but the gift will still say x2). Check the email to see the x4. I will update the article with clearer instructions and a screenshot of the x4 email. Thank you!

  2. LK says

    Amazing information as always. Love your in depth analysis and reports via articles. Thanks for keeping everyone’s gaming up to date. Will keep an eye out for the next article 🙂

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