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LoC stands for Land of Carnage, something you unlock by getting all pirate maps, and you'll hate doing it because of the amount of RNG involved. Also, Ambling pirates' spawn rate.
From what I understand the PSP version (and by extension the PC version) alleviates this a lot, both by making specific pirates more likely to appear in certain item types and by boosting pirate appearance rates in general.
I wouldn't say "a lot", but yeah... although I think this is the first time I've heard that they increased the spawn rate in general (you can do it by equiping the maps, but that was present in the original version as well). Regardless, it is still reliant on luck/RNG, so even with better odds or going into the right item, you can still have trouble finding some of them.
I don't know if they actually do have an increased overall spawn rate, it's just a thing I remember reading somewhere but it's not like I can verify it in any way.
Also this is kind of opinionated, but I think the pirate issue is greatly exaggerated even in the original. Sure, it's gonna take a long time to find all the pirates, but you can always keep making constant progress by combining pirate hunting with other tasks - compare that to perfecting items or even just getting that first dark assembly in a legendary item, where you're stuck doing the same thing over and over until the RNG rolls your way.
I agree to some extent. It might be exaggerated, but I personally hate RNG related stuff. And yes, I also hate perfecting items, but I still do it because of my OCD. And you (sort of) multitask when perfecting items given how many Mr. Gencys you need (mostly specialist farming, but nothing's stopping you from, say, slowly farm felonies that way). While you can do other things while pirate farming, if you want to prioritize unlocking LoC, the most effective way to spawn the desired pirate would involve resetting (to limit the later pirates to spawn; Z pirates are somewhat common after floor 60), and this involves a lot more variables than the DA Chicken (it's also much slower, since you have to wait for 2~3 turns each floor).
CoO is Cave of Ordeals. It's a set of maps made to serve as both tests to the player and as grinding spots. On the first map you can get a newly created character to level 50 or so in one clear, by setting off a geo chain and killing the near-dead enemies with tower attacks. The fourth map is the game's go-to grinding spot, it has 8 puppet enemies at base level 250 and exp+ and mana+ symbols. Unlock it at the dark assembly, if memory serves the only requirement is to have enough mana.
Dark World lets you (or sometimes forces you to) access alternate versions of all the story maps, with stronger enemies, better item rewards, and the "dark sun" which usually causes negative effects every turn and mostly exists to be a nuisance. Every map must be unlocked separately, and has a hidden condition to unlock. It can be a fun challenge if you continue there right after beating the story. Best to look up a guide for unlock requirements and such if you're interested, as there's quite a lot that can be said about it.
I'd maybe better wait before leveling my character as they're level 30.
I've made my first experience in the item world of a subpoena. I finally met two pirates and thought I was gonna die before going to the dark court. I've thrown all the 8 remaining party member into the court finally. It's hard and it takes a lot of time to kill everyone on every floor (about a little hour to go to stage 12)
I'll keep going. Seems there are hundred of hours remaining xD
You don't need to kill all enemies on every floor, you can head straight for the gate to the next level. The only thing you'll miss out on is the bonus gauge items from that level (and money for killing the enemies).
If you're trying to make an item stronger, you should kill the item bosses that appear every 10 floors as they will give a stat boost. Using a gency exit and killing them again will apply the bonus again (only once). But before you get the highest rank equipment, it's generally faster to just buy stronger equipment rather than leveling things up in the item world.
And yeah, it's a big game with lots of things to do. Have fun.