Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream is a brand new JRPG from Koei Tecmo. This newest adventure has Sophie and Plachta on an adventure through Erde Weige, where she will meet new characters, fight many monsters, and use alchemy to craft all kinds of items! Despite the game’s cute and colorful appearance, it can be pretty deep and involved, and new players might need a leg up when experiencing the game for the first time. In this guide, I will give you a few tips to make Atelier Sophie 2 as fun as it can possibly be without becoming confusing. So, do some mental stretches and get ready to do some alchemy!
Don’t Be Shy, Pick Up Everything!
One of the main features of Atelier Sophie 2 is the ability to synthesize items using alchemy. But, to do this, you’re going to need items! A whole lot of items. You will come across materials constantly during your journey, and it’s a good idea to pick up as much as you can. Having a stockpile of items can make quick work of your quest list, which will often require you to turn in a certain number of a certain item. If you already meet the requirements when you accept a quest, you can turn it in immediately, and you’re on to the next one!
Know Where to Go
Since Atelier Sophie 2 is a JRPG, you’re going to be juggling many quests as well as side quests, often at the same time. Because of this, it might be difficult to keep track of what you need and where to find it at the beginning. Thankfully, the in-game map has a feature that will show you which items in a given location are quest essential! If you open your map and hover over a specific location, you will be presented with a list of items and monsters that can be found there. If an item is needed for a quest, it will have a blue flag badge, and if there is a monster at that location that is part of a quest, it will be marked with a red creature badge. Knowing this will allow you to maintain your momentum progressing through the game without getting stuck because you can’t find something.
Make Use of Magic Savings
You’re going to experience many team battles throughout Atelier Sophie 2, and a new feature can result in optimal magic usage. In combat, after you meet a set requirement, you will be given an option to press a button to engage in “Twin Actions”. These Twin Actions will link up two of your characters and have them attack one after the other in quick succession, before the enemy can react. In the list of attacks in Twin Actions mode, you are presented with a number of powerful attacks, and often the top attack will use zero magic points. Using this attack for both characters can greatly save you available magic points if you know you’re going into a boss fight or another difficult encounter.
Frequently Visit The Crystal Pavilion
When you valiantly return to the hub area in between main quests, it’s a good idea to visit the Crystal Pavilion to turn in any quests and take on new ones. Constantly turning in quests here is a great way to stockpile ability points for you and your team. Additionally, if you’re following the first tip on this list, you’ll often already have the required items for many quests, so you’ll fly right through them! Some quests require that you synthesize items, which will also be fairly easy if you already have the necessary materials. Completing these quests will also raise your Adventurer Grade very quickly.
Know When to Auto Synthesize
In Atelier Sophie 2, you synthesize items by completing alchemy puzzles. These puzzles aren’t terribly difficult, but need to be done for every item you’d like to craft. This can get quite a bit tedious if you’re crafting many different items, so there is an auto synthesize option you can use. But, you should only use auto synthesis for items that aren’t weapons, equipment, or quest items. For these items, you’re going to want to manually synthesize them so you can maximize their elemental stats and potential effectiveness. It’s not too difficult to synthesize a “Grade A” item, and auto synthesis will often result in an item that is Grade C or D. So, if you’re making an item that you consider important, I recommend taking the time to make it the best it can be!
There you have it, potential new Atelier fans! The tips on this guide should be enough to set you in the right direction. I hope you’re able to make use of them and enjoy everything Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream has to offer!