10 things to know before you start

A watercolor portrait of Frederica, Gustadolph, Thales, Erika and Geela.

image: Square Enix

When you go inside triangle strategy I think it will be like Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tacticsthen you’re going to have a hard time. Indeed, Square Enix’s latest turn-based strategy game is neither from these. It takes strong inspiration from tactics and octopathbut triangle is solid its own animal. If you’re thinking of giving the game a try, here are some tips to get you started.

Let your allies die

Anyone who played the old Fire Emblem games knows that if you’re playing on permadeath, you’ll need to reload immediately if one of your units falls. Turn-based tactics games have countless chapters, and even losing a character can cause significant pain on more difficult maps.

There is no such thing as permadeath triangle, and the game will be scaled harder for it. So don’t punish yourself by immediately reloading if one of your soldiers bites the dust. They’ll be fine as long as they weren’t a key character that you had to protect during certain maps.

Literally watch your back

In this game you can take additional backstab damage. If your character is surrounded by an enemy on each side, he can be stabbed from behind and attacked twice. You don’t want that to happen. When you end your turn, you can choose which direction you want to face. Ideally, you want your back to be facing a wall or other ally.

A word of warning: you can still be stabbed by archers from above. Use this weakness to your advantage, but don’t assume your back is always secure either.

Pay attention to the turn order

Look at the bar at the bottom of your screen and regularly check the unit order numbers. I know it’s tedious to keep tabs on 20 or 30 people at a time, but it’s vital to the survival of your army. It doesn’t matter if your tank has very high defense if 10 enemies attack before your healer can reach them (sorry, Erador…).

If you’re in a tight spot, use either Serenoa or Jens to delay enemy moves. Alternatively, you can use Benedict’s ability to make an ally move instantly.

Triangle strategy map with Serenoa's range of movement highlighted.

screenshot: Square Enix

Pay attention to the height

As a rule of thumb, attacks do more damage when you are at a higher level than your opponent. But be careful: if you are too high up, certain attacks and abilities cannot hit the enemy, even if your character is right next to an enemy unit.

Taunt early and taunt often

I was really unlucky with maps where faster enemies would critically damage my characters before they even had a chance to move or heal themselves. You can fix this by giving Erador the Vanguard Shawl, which will ensure your well-trained character has first turn in battle. Once he taunts the nearest enemies with his modest AoE, you can move the rest of your army without worrying that they’ll all get caught outright.

Don’t sleep on Benedict

Benedict is the responsible manager of the protagonist. I’ve been annoyed with him the longest because his advice was never funny but always right. He also has a very short attack range and no offensive skills to speak of. Yes, I didn’t like Benedict at all.

It was only in the later maps that I realized I was wrong to miss him. This man is one of the most assertive core characters in the game. He has to be, because he is the party buffer. Need more range of motion? More damage? Defense? Need a specific character to move to immediately? This man can do anything. Battlefield conditions are constantly changing, so you’ll need his buffing skills to adapt to any situation. Did I mention he’s immortal? Yes. Even if you don’t use Benedict now, you should keep him at the level in case you need him later.

Use Anna for big chip damage

Anna is the party’s spy figure. She can poison enemies from a distance and then stealth within the same turn. Use this tactic wisely on dangerous maps.

Don’t worry about Medina and Picoletta if you’re short on cash

Medina is one of the healers you can pick up throughout the story, and Picoletta can extend the range of your offensive items. The only problem is that there isn’t much money available in this game (at least in the first playthrough). I spent most of my gold on weapon upgrades and healing items were an afterthought. Also, I’m stingy. If you tell me that I have to pay money to use a character to its full potential, then…I just won’t use it.

Sir Maxwell and Avlora compete in a duel.

screenshot: Square Enix

Play mind games with yourself

If you’ve been struggling through several chapters and wondering why it feels like you’re underwhelmed the whole time, it’s probably because you are. If you go to the Stock menu, you can talk to the bartender in the top right corner. There you can play “Mental Mock Battles” where you try out strategies against fake enemies. And yes, imagining fake battles will give you EXP and loot.

Don’t just choose the third answer

in the triangle, you can influence your party members’ opinions by speaking to them prior to important story votes. Be warned – the correct answer is not always the last one. Or the answer just unlocked. You really need to listen to each character’s concerns and consider what their stats are. You know, just like you do with your real friends.

https://kotaku.com/triangle-strategy-tips-characters-square-enix-guide-tac-1848643925 10 things to know before you start

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