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FAQ/Walkthrough by Asbel__Lhant

Version: 3.0 | Updated: 02/15/19

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Walkthrough: Arc I
    1. Zaphias
    2. Deidon Hold
    3. Quoi Woods
    4. Halure
    5. Aspio
    6. Shaikos Ruins
    7. Halure Revisited
    8. Ehmead Hill
    9. Capua Nor
    10. Magistrate's Palace
    11. Capua Torim
    12. Caer Bocram
    13. Heliord
    14. Dahngrest
    15. Keiv Moc
    16. Underpass
    17. Ghasfarost
  3. Walkthrough: Arc II
    1. Dahngrest Revisited
    2. Heliord Revisited
    3. Capua Torim Revisited
    4. Atherum
    5. Nordopolica
    6. Weasand of Cados
    7. Mantaic
    8. Kogorh
    9. Yormgen
    10. Mantaic Revisited
    11. Weasand of Cados Revisted
    12. Nordopolica Revisited
    13. Dahngrest Revisited Again
    14. The Manor of the Wicked
    15. Mt. Temza
    16. Phaeroh's Crag
    17. Aspio Revisited
    18. Renansula Hollow
    19. Egothor Forest
    20. Myorzo
    21. Yormgen Revisited
    22. Baction
    23. Heracles
    24. Zopheir
    25. Zaphias Revisited
    26. Zaude
  4. Walkthrough: Arc III
    1. Zaphias Revisited Again
    2. Aspio Revisited Again
    3. Dahngrest Revisited Yet Again
    4. Zopheir Revisited
    5. Nordopolica Revisited Again
    6. Phaeroh's Crag Revisited
    7. Ereaulmen Crystallands
    8. Relewiese Hollow
    9. Capua Nor & Atherum Revisited
    10. Aurnion
    11. Endgame
    12. Tarqaron
  5. Walkthrough: Postgame
    1. Remaining Side Quests
    2. Labyrinth of Memories
    3. Nordopolica Coliseum
    4. Necropolis of Nostalgia
    5. Tarqaron Revisited
  6. Grade
    1. Grade Shop
    2. How To Farm Grade
  7. Miscellaneous Gameplay & Mechanics
    1. Fatal Strikes
    2. Over Limit
    3. Burst Artes
    4. Sorcerer's Ring
    5. Weapon Skills & Skill Symbols
    6. Search Points
    7. Difficulty Settings
    8. Cooking Recipes
  8. Mystic Artes
    1. Yuri's Mystic Artes
    2. Estelle's Mystic Artes
    3. Repede's Mystic Artes
    4. Karol's Mystic Artes
    5. Rita's Mystic Artes
    6. Raven's Mystic Artes
    7. Judith's Mystic Artes
    8. Patty's Mystic Arte
    9. Flynn's Mystic Artes
    10. Yuri & Flynn's Dual Mystic Arte
  9. Altered Artes
    1. Yuri's Altered Artes
    2. Estelle's Altered Artes
    3. Repede's Altered Artes
    4. Karol's Altered Artes
    5. Rita's Altered Artes
    6. Raven's Altered Artes
    7. Judith's Altered Artes
    8. Patty's Altered Artes
    9. Flynn's Altered Artes
  10. Titles
    1. Yuri's Titles
    2. Estelle's Titles
    3. Repede's Titles
    4. Karol's Titles
    5. Rita's Titles
    6. Raven's Titles
    7. Judith's Titles
    8. Patty's Titles
    9. Flynn's Titles
  11. Collector's Book
    1. Items
    2. Main Weapons
    3. Sub Weapons
    4. Head Armor
    5. Body Armor
    6. Accessories
    7. Food
    8. Synthesis Materials
    9. Valuables
  12. Monster Book
    1. Human Type
    2. Beast Type
    3. Bird Type
    4. Magic Type
    5. Plant Type
    6. Aquatic Type
    7. Insect Type
    8. Inorganic Type
    9. Scale Type
  13. Achievements
  14. Closing
    1. FAQs
    2. Version History
    3. Legal
    4. Credits

Grade

So what is this Grade thing? Why have I been accumulating it the whole game? And what can I do with it? Well I'm glad you asked! The Grade you have been earning the whole game is, obviously, meant to be spent in the Grade Shop! The Grade Shop is a shop you will automatically enter when you start New Game +. In the grade shop, you can purchase goodies for your next run of Tales of Vesperia, including Experience and Gald Multipliers.

Also, to answer a very common question. Grade is not spent permanently. Grade is refunded to you at the end of each of your runs. It is never gone forever. For example, if you spend 3000 Grade before you start your second run of the game, and earn another 4000 during the course of your second run, the 3000 will be refunded at the beginning of your third run, and stack with the 4000 you just earned on your second run, granting you 7000 in total to spend on your third run.

Now let's get to the good stuff. What can you buy? And how much Grade does it cost? Look no further.

Grade Shop

1/2 Experience

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Decreases the amount of experience that is earned during battle by 0.5x.

2x Gald

Purchase Price: 600 Grade
Description: Increases the amount of Gald that is earned in battle by 2x.

2x Grade

Purchase Price: 3000 Grade
Description: Increases the amount of Grade that is earned during battle by 2x.

10x Experience

Purchase Price: 3000 Grade
Description: Increases the amount of experience that is earned during battle by 10x.

Artes

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Inherits all Artes learned by all characters.

Battle Techniques

Purchase Price: 50 Grade
Description: Decreases the amount of experience that is earned in battle to 1. In exchange. The bonus experience from combos is increased by 5x.

Collector's Book

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Inherits all data acquired in the 'Collector's Book.'

Cooking Skill

Purchase Price: 50 Grade
Description: Inherits all cooking skill learned by party members.

Craft Skill

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Removes all level requirements for synthesis.

Decrease Max HP

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Each character joins the party with 20% less max HP.

Decrease Max TP

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Each character joins the party with 20% less max TP.

Double Experience

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Increases the amount of experience that is earned during battle by 2x.

Estellise Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Estelle only.

Fell Arms Power

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Inherits the unlocked abilities of the Fell Arms but does NOT inherit the Fell Arms themself. In order to inherit both the Fell Arms and their unlocked abilities, you must purchase this AND 'Items.'

Flynn Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Flynn only.

Gald

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Inherits all Gald currently in possession.

Increase Drop Rate

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Increases the enemy drop rate by 2x.

Increase Max HP

Purchase Price: 500 Grade
Description: Each character joins the party with 20% more max HP.

Increase Max TP

Purchase Price: 500 Grade
Description: Each character joins the party with 20% more max TP

Increase Over Limit

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Increases the boost rate of the Over Limit guage
by 2x. Effective for both allies and enemies.

Items

Purchase Price: 500 Grade
Description: Inherits all items, equipment, and attachments. Does NOT inherit valuable items. Inherits the Fell Arms but does NOT inherit their unlocked abilities. In order to inherit both the Fell Arms and their unlocked abilities, you must purchase this AND 'Fell Arms Power.'

Judith Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Judith only.

Karol Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Karol only.

Max 99 Items

Purchase Price: 400 Grade
Description: Increases your item capacity to 99.

Monster Book

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Inherits all data acquired in the 'Monster Book.'

Patty Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Patty only.

Raven Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Raven only.

Recipes

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Inherits all acquired Recipes.

Records

Purchase Price: 10 Grade
Description: Inherits all data from 'Records.'

Repede Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Repede only.

Rita Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits all artes and mastered weapon skills for Rita only.

Skill SP 1

Purchase Price: 3000 Grade
Description: Decreases the SP cost to equip each weapon skill to 1.

Skills

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Inherits all mastered weapon skills for all characters.

Titles

Purchase Price: 500 Grade
Description: Inherits all acquired Titles.

Unlock All Skits

Purchase Price: 1000 Grade
Description: Enables the 'Skit Viewer' at Nam Cobanda Isle. This will also unlock all previously unseen skits.

Unlock Battle Rank

Purchase Price: 50 Grade
Description: Unlocks the hardest difficulty called 'Unknown.'

World Map

Purchase Price: 300 Grade
Description: Inherits all known town and dungeon data for the 'World Map.'

Yuri Artes & Skills

Purchase Price: 350 Grade
Description: Inherits allartes and mastered weapon skills for Yuri only.

How To Farm Grade

Now after seeing how much Grade it takes to buy the good stuff, you may be wondering, 'How can I possibly get that much Grade?' Well there are a number of methods you can use to not only grind Grade, but also slowly accumulate more than a normal player would as you run through the game. We'll start with what we can do over the course of normally playing the game before we focus on the methods for grinding.

First of all. The higher the difficulty you play on, the more Grade you will gradually earn. Hard gives you more grade. And Easy gives you none. So if you want to gradually accumulate the most Grade, be sure to play on Hard.

Next. Try to minimize your item use. Using items will deduct the total Grade you receive at the end of a fight. Also try to keep your party members from getting knocked out, as that will also penalize the Grade you receive. Be sure to use Fatal Strikes as much as possible as well, as you will receive more Grade every time you do.

Now if you play through the whole game while keeping these tips in mind, you should accumulate a fair bit more Grade than a typical play through. However, you will likely find that this still isn't enough to buy everything. This is where we will need to grind. My favorite method for grinding in Tales of Vesperia, is with the help of our favorite broody little mage. Rita Mordio.

Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE!

Many refer to the following method of grinding Grade as the 'Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE!' method. It requires a lot of set up, but the pay off is huge, as you can quickly grind any amount of Grade you want.

In order to use this method, you will need Rita to have the Tidal Wave Arte, as well as the following skills equipped.

Light Magic
Minimum Damage
Spell End
O.L. Boost
Spirits, Spirits 2, Spirits 3, and Spirits 4
OVL Bonus 2

With all of these skills combined, Rita will be able to cast spells faster, in rapid succession, do only 1 damage, and occasionally restore TP after going into Over Limit. Now equip Rita with the Risky Ring, which will reduce her TP consumption to 1.

Next, you want to equip the Weapon Skill, 'Taunt 2' on your three other party members. And also equip Blue Dice on them as well. Each Blue Dice will increase your Grade earned by 20%, making for a maximum of a 60% increase. Now you will want to set up your other three party members with the following strategy settings.

Target: Help Allies
HP: Avoid Risk
TP: Do Not Use
Action: Defend
Position: Keep Distance
Item: Do Not Use
OVL: Do Not Use
FS: Do Not Use

With these settings, the AI will stand and do nothing but taunt while you go about your business. Not only staying out of the way, but raising the Over Limit gauge as well. Now set the difficulty to Hard and max out your Over Limit gauge. Then go outside of Halure at night and get into a Link Encounter with three or four of the enemies that look like a boar.

Once the battle has begun, have Rita enter Over Limit Lv. 1 and cast Tidal Wave. Mash the 'Arte' button and never stop. The goal here is to juggle the enemies and get the Fatal Strike glyph to pop up over and over and over again. But do NOT do a Fatal Strike. Got it? Just keep using Tidal Wave and keep those enemies juggled. Every time the Fatal Strike glyphs pop up, you are earning Grade. Now all you have to do is . . .

Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE! Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE!

Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE! Blah Blah Blah TIDAL WAVE!

When the Over Limit gauge is about to empty, cast Tidal Wave, then immediately enter Over Limit Level 1 again, and cast Tidal Wave. The combo should keep going. If you start to run out of Over Limit gauge, have an ally throw a Limit Bottle to refill another bar for Rita to use. If you find yourself low on TP, order one of your allies to throw Rita an item to restore it.

The longer you keep this up, the more Grade you will ultimately earn. At least to a point. I suggest the maximum time you keep this up for is 15 straight minutes, as the Grade will eventually cap and you won't earn as much, if anymore at all.

When you are ready to end the fight, go ahead and use Fatal Strikes to kill all of the enemies and net yourself even more Grade. If all went correctly, you should have earned hundreds upon hundreds of Grade in about 15 minutes.

There are other methods, but this was always my preferred one as I find it to be by far the fastest and most efficient method. You will be able to acquire any amount of Grade you could ever possibly need using this method.