Wondering how to get started with Digimon Survive? Check out our Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide.
In our Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide, we’ll give you some tips on Karma, Combat, Digivolve, and more to get the most out of the first few hours of the game.
Digimon Survive is a Digimon game like no other.
The blend of visual novel and tactical RPG style is a unique experience, but also results in many overlapping systems and moving parts.
From dialogue choices and karma to time management and combat, there’s a lot to cover in Digimon Survive.
We give you an early rundown of the key things you should know, and you’ll be sailing through the story in no time.
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Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide – Consider Your Karma
Karma is one of the most important new features in Digimon Survive.
Karma is granted when you make dialogue choices. Choosing one of three possible options grants either Morale, Harmony, or Wrathful Karma.
Morale is preserved when bold, just decisions are made, Wrathful relies on being direct and forceful, and Harmony comes from prioritizing peaceful action. The karma one accumulates most often influences the later direction of the story.
Karma affects not only how the story progresses in Digimon Survive, but also potential digitization paths for your Digimon.
Agumon is your main Digimon partner, and he gains the ability to digivolve into different forms in Digimon Survive based on your primary Karma Score.
Don’t just assume you’ll get a Greymon in Digimon Survive unless you’ve been looking for moral karma early on in the story.
Use the free cursor to get information about enemies
Digimon Survive’s grid-based battles are packed with tactical decisions and ways to gain the upper hand against enemy Digimon. One of the best ways to do this is to use the free cursor as much as possible.
As you move the free cursor to enemies, not only can you see the enemy’s overall health and track how close they are to defeat, but you can also gain information about their elemental affinities, weaknesses, and abilities.
If you know an enemy Digimon is going to apply status effects, you’ll be more prepared with positioning and know you’re ready with a healing item. Armed with their elemental weaknesses, you know which members of your team to use to exploit them.
Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide – Remember your passive skills
Your partners in Digimon Survive have a variety of ways to deal damage and defeat their enemies. From basic attacks to damaging skills like Agumon’s Pepper Breath and healing options like Labramon’s Healing Spirit, these skills are a crucial part of your combat toolbox.
But apart from these options, each Digimon also has a passive ability. These passive abilities vary greatly between Digimon, giving each a distinct niche in battle. Some passive abilities increase certain stats, while others increase elemental damage or your chances of applying status effects.
A Digimon’s passive ability gives you a good idea of what role they best fulfill in battle, and allows you to quickly gauge your team’s strengths and weaknesses.
In Digimon Survive, you often have the opportunity to explore areas and converse with your allies. Lastly, in these group conversation areas, select characters or locations marked with a red exclamation mark, as they advance the story.
Digimon Survive is packed with character dialogue and scene settings, and if you really want to immerse yourself in the game’s atmosphere, take every opportunity to chat and explore.
Because Survive is primarily a visual novel, it can be a lengthier experience than Digimon fans are used to. If you don’t want to get bogged down in too much text, you can only choose red options in these scenes as they provide the quickest path through the story.
Use free fights to recruit and level up
In Digimon Survive you often have the opportunity to participate in free battles. Their first free fight will become available as Chapter 1 progresses, and from there they’ll be available almost anytime you can access the map.
Free Battles are often less challenging than Story Battles, allowing you to face off against a range of enemy Digimon. Since free battles grant experience for defeating your enemies, you can use them as often as you like to gain experience and ensure your team is as powerful as you want.
In addition, you can talk and recruit Digimon to fight in free battles. Rather than being tied to a handful of options, Free Battles often allow you to fill out your roster with powerful new teammates. Use them to your advantage and you’ll soon have a team that can handle anything that comes their way.
Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide – Use your free time wisely
Starting in Chapter 2, Digimon Survive offers you the opportunity to spend time with your companions and increase their affinity levels. High affinity levels affect certain story developments and improve your teamwork in battle by activating bonuses and team attacks more often.
However, there’s a catch: every time you interact with one of your companions in free time, a timer expires at one. Once the timer reaches 0, the free time is over and the story continues. It will not always be possible to interact with every character. So if you know how much time you have, split it up between the characters you most want to talk to.
Although you’ll likely have favorite characters from a very early stage in Digimon Survive, it’s wise not to invest all of your time in just one or two characters. Increasing affinity with multiple party members allows your party to be more effective in combat.
Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide – Make the most of Digivolving
While RPG players can be notorious for refusing to use resources and hoarding them for later, this is not necessary with Digivolution. Digivolving is a key aspect of combat in Digimon Survive and should be used frequently once unlocked.
While keeping your Digimon in champion form and beyond can drain its SP quickly, you can also quickly gain an advantage over your enemies and even quickly overwhelm them in free fights.
If your entire team stays in rookie form in every fight, you’ll quickly find that the odds are stacked against you. Save SP in difficult battles and Digivolve at the right moment, and the battle will soon be your way.
Don’t expect to digitize every Digimon you recruit
Towards the end of Chapter 2, you gain the ability to digitize recruited Digimon. Unlike partners, who revert to their rookie form after battle, recruited Digimon remain in their digitized form permanently. This means you always have a powerful ally by your side.
However, recruited Digimon have no partners to spur them on to Digivolve and must be made to do so using Digivolution items. There are a limited number of these Digitization items, so make sure to only use them on your favorites.
If possible, try to avoid overlapping with other Digimon in your party. For example, both Falcomon and Biyomon can become Diatrymon, so it’s best to only bring one of these feathered friends into battle.
Digimon Survive Beginner’s Guide – Be flexible with battle difficulties
Digimon Survive caters to a variety of playstyles. If you’re just here for the fighting, you can speed through the dialogue with an option to skip. If the story is more important to you than scrapping, set the difficulty to easy and roll through your enemies.
There’s no reason to always keep the difficulty at the same level in Digimon Survive. The difficulty level can be changed before each battle, allowing you to customize your preferred experience.
If you find Digimon Survive too easy, increase the difficulty. If you’re stuck and frustrated with a particular fight, lower it back down. This level of control means that Digimon Survive’s battles should always be the perfect challenge for your preferred experience.