Bravely Default 2 is a JRPG released by Square Enix for the Nintendo Switch. The latest in the Bravely Default series, it follows an entirely new group of four protagonists as they search for the missing Crystals.
The series is known for its unique combat system and the ability for characters to switch between multiple Jobs in order to gain different skills. While it can take a little getting used to, in time, you can make your characters extremely powerful and take down a variety of tough monsters and bosses.
This guide will help you get started with some beginner tips and tricks to help you on your journey through the world of Bravely Default 2.
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Understanding the Brave & Default Commands
The combat system revolves around the two commands which give the game its name: Brave and Default. Using these commands at the right time is the key to success in battle.
"Brave" allows each character to use Brave Points to act multiple times in a row. A character can stack up to 4 actions at once. However, if a character's Brave points go into the negatives while doing this, they will not act again until they have built back up to 0.
"Default" causes a character to skip their turn and instead increase their defense slightly and gain one Brave Point. A character can bank up to 3 Brave points at once, allowing them to use the Brave command four times without going into the negatives.
In Bravely Default 2, each character has a Speed stat which will cause their turn to come around faster or slower. This is highly dependent on which job they are currently in, so make sure to equip some fast jobs to rack up those Brave points more quickly.
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Don't Forget About Sub-Jobs
Each character can have two jobs equipped at once, a main job and a sub-job. Only the main job gains JP and levels up during battle. However, the character will have access to all of the active skills of the sub-job in combat.
Experiment with main and sub-job combinations to find out what works for you. To get started, try combining two magic-related jobs, such as White Mage and Black Mage, or setting someone's sub-job to Freelancer so they can still examine enemies in battle.
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Don't Be Passive About Passives
As you level up your characters' jobs, they will gain passive abilities which can be set in the "Abilities" menu. These have a variety of effects ranging from stat increases to money, experience, and JP boosts.
Each character has a certain number of slots for passive skills. A character can equip passive skills from any job, even if they do not have it equipped as their main or sub-job. There are a large number of useful combinations of passives which suit each character's strengths.
For example, the Freelancer job learns "JP Up" at level 9. Equip this passive to level up your jobs more quickly.
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Playing the Field
Unlike in previous Bravely Default titles, monsters appear on the overworld in Bravely Default 2. This provides opportunities to observe and interact with monsters before beginning combat.
Monsters which are much higher level than your party will glow red. On the other hand, those that are much lower will run away and cry blue tears when approached. When a monster sees your party and begins chasing you, an exclamation point will appear over its head.
Use "Y" when you get close to a monster to attack with your weapon and gain an advantage in battle. Your party might even start the fight with a bonus 1 BP each!
When in the field, you can also use "Y" to cut down long grass, which might be concealing chests or hiding items various NPCs need. Just be careful, because a monster could jump out and attack you!
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Stock Up on Status-Curing Items
There are a number of harmful statuses which enemies can use to affect your party within a battle. These include Poison, Sleep, Blindness, Confusion and many more.
Certain jobs will learn skills that can cure status ailments. However, it is still helpful to keep a stock of curing items in your inventory. Status-curing consumable items can be bought at most Shops. Don't forget Phoenix Downs, too, in case your party members need to be revived in battle!
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Continuous Battles & Repelling Monsters
If you want to avoid attacks for a little while, purchase a Watch Light and use it in the field. This will make it harder for monsters to see your party for a few minutes.
Alternately, you can use a different type of consumable to draw monsters into Continuous Battles. Each type of monster (such as aquatic, humanoid, or beast) is allured using a different item. Chaining battles together will cause your characters to earn more JP after each victory. Use chain battles to level your jobs up quickly!
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Check for Chests
The Freelancer job possesses a passive ability called Divining Rod. Make sure to have this ability equipped by one member of your party at all times. This useful skill will inform you how many treasure chests are located in each area, including dungeons, towns, and even individual rooms. This is extremely helpful as many chests are well-hidden.
Bravely Default 2 Guide: Watch Your Weight
Bravely Default 2 adds a Weight system. Each character has a certain amount of Weight which they can carry, which is affected by both job and level. Weapons, armor, and accessories all contribute to a character's Weight total.
If a character attempts to carry more than their limit, they will become Overloaded. Overloaded characters will experience a number of drawbacks in battle, so this should be avoided.
If you're struggling with weight, look for accessories such as the Wind Charm which have a weight of 0.
With these helpful tips, you will be able to progress on your journey through Bravely Default 2 and master many different powerful jobs!
Bravely Default 2 is currently available for the Nintendo Switch.