Mugen Souls Tales: Part II – Money Changes Everything
Gold, gold, dollar bills, fat stacks of cash to cure your ills. In Part I of our ongoing preview of NIS America’s Mugen Souls , we talked about how Chou-Chou’s different personalities are of paramount importance to being successful in the subjugation of the universe. In Part II we examine the different types of currency in the game, how they are used, and where you can gather them most effectively.
As is the case with most role-playing games, Mugen Souls uses gold as its currency of choice. Gold is used to buy things like weapons, accessories, supplies, and clothing – but it’s also used to upgrade weapons. By spending obscene amounts of money you can take even the most mundane weapon and turn it into an implement of destruction that can shave the health of any foe. Of course, you’ll have to spend thousands or even millions in gold to break through those upper echelons of destructive power, but its money well spent if you can effectively collect and hoard that gold.
But in order to be able to spend millions in gold to upgrade weapons or accessories, you’ll need to get G Up points first. G Up points come from the Mugen Field, a seemingly endless dungeon that opens up later in the game at a point which I won’t disclose here (for the sake of those worried about spoilers or just acting spoiled for no apparent reason). G Up points are specifically used for changing the grade of an equip-able item, and should be used sparingly because even the Mugen Field doesn’t reward you very well with this currency.
By changing the grade of an item, you’ll be able to put more monetary resources into it, thus creating a more powerful and useful tool to be used in combat. Naturally whatever stats the weapons use will be increased by spending those resources; for example, an item with attack and defense on it will get boosted when you spend money.
You can also use gold to combine matter that you extract from gear. There are two kinds of matter in the game – the junky kind you get from slaying monsters, and the kind that can be equipped to items. By extracting the matter from items (they get destroyed in the process), you can then equip it to other weapons within the Weapons Shop. You can also – for a fee – combine matter of the same type together. Most weapons and accessories come with at least one matter slot…
The last form of currency in the game is called Mugen Points. Mugen Points are used to create your own peons from scratch. In the Mugen Field there are various things you can spend these points on too including additional character slots for your standby party, additional defense item slots, raising your characters’ level and skill caps, unlocking new active and passive skills, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately the Mugen Field is the best place to gain ridiculous amounts of XP, but it’s pretty terrible as a source for gold or Mugen Points – those resources are best farmed from the various worlds associated with the main single player campaign…
While matter is not a resource like the rest of the currency in the game, it is important for two reasons: it provides you with funds when you sell it, and it is used to unlock new items in the Weapon Shop. Each weapon and accessory requires a certain number of components to be available, so as you find new matter, you sell it to the store and in turn it unlocks new items for purchase.
Now that we have covered all the wonderful currencies you’ll be collecting in Mugen Souls, it might surprise players (when they finally get the chance to play the game) to learn that the best place to earn Mugen Points and gold is in the worlds you are conquering. While the lion’s share of that money will come from completely subjugating every continent in a given world (you get a bonus when conquering ten points on the map, or 100 percent – and then you get a huge bonus when you conquer every point on the map, or 300 percent).
Obviously unloading your inventory with pricy items you might have collected but never use is a another shortcut to making ridiculous amounts of cash too. On that note, we’ll leave you with a list of services you’ll spend money on in the game:
Here is where you create characters, combine characters, and change the jobs of characters you have already created. You’ll need lots of Mugen Points for those high level character classes.
In Mugen Souls you can equip clothing. Besides making a fashion statement (these items actually show up on your characters), clothing actually gives you some minor stat boosts. You can equip head-gear, glasses, tops, bottoms, and shoes. You’ll need thousands in gold to buy even the most mundane bits of finery from this shop, but the sting of being broke will be lessened by looking fabulous. .
As we mentioned earlier, the main form of currency used in the Weapons Shop is gold, but you can also spend those previous G Up points on improving the grade of your gear. Here you can buy weapons, accessories, and consumables with that hard-earned gold. You can also improve stats on your gear here by spending fat stacks of cash and you can waste your money combining equip-able matter.
For now we’re going to leave you guessing because we want to offer an in-depth look into this important part of the game because it has so many moving parts…
In Part III of Mugen Souls Tales we’ll discuss the intricacies of combat, exploring worlds, the Mugen Fields and Ship to Ship combat using Chou-Chou’s air ship, the G Castle.Explore posts in the same categories: Feature, Preview, PS3, RPG comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.