The latest Nintendo Mobile Direct shed some new light (and information) on Nintendo’s latest mobile game, Dragalia Lost. After watching the Direct, Dragalia Lost seems like it has combined the best aspects of the various mobile games I enjoy playing and it seems like it can be a fun RPG players can play while they’re waiting in line.
The game is set in a Kingdom called Alberia, where humans and dragons co-exist, and the Kingdom is founded around a Sacred Shard that has the ability to protect the citizens from various monsters. For the upcoming IP, players will be able to control the Seventh Royal Prince, the unnamed player character, and he will have to create pacts with the various dragons in the Kingdom.
In the game, players can select up to four adventurers for their party, and they will have direct control over their party. From the Direct, it does seem like there will be dungeons for players to explore and it will be broken into several different quests.
As for the battles, players will have to tap the enemy to do a normal attack, and once the player fills the Skill button, they’ll be able to unleash the Prince’s special ability. Also, players will be able to dodge attacks in this game. To dodge, the player will have to swipe quickly away from the attack. Then when the player wants to switch among their various party members, they’ll have to tap the character icon in order to switch to the next character in the party.
For boss battles, players can find the standard HP bar displayed at the top, but the boss will also have a new feature called a Rage bar. The Rage bar will slowly fill as the player attacks the boss, and once it is full, the boss will enter into Overdrive, where the boss’s attacks will dramatically become more powerful. To decrease the Rage bar when the boss is in Overdrive, simply attack the boss until the bar has been depleted. This will Break the boss and the player can continue to attack the boss while the boss is in a weakened state.
The Prince can also shapeshift into a dragon he has made a pact with. Not only can the Prince shapeshift into a dragon, but other characters in Dragalia Lost can as well. Unfortunately, this ability will only work for a limited amount of time so make sure you use this ability wisely.
In order to shapeshift into a dragon, the player will have to obtain the crystals that defeated enemies have dropped, or they can break a Dragon Obelisk that is found throughout the dungeon to fill the Shapeshifting Gauge.
As of now, not much is known about whether the player can set one dragon to a party or if each party member can be paired with a dragon and it will be switched when the player switches which party member they control. I can only assume more will be revealed when the game launches.
As of now, we have been introduced to Elisanne, the Anointed Lance, Ranzal, the Arc in the Storm, and Cleo, the Belle Healer. I’m not too sure if they will be characters that all players will encounter or if the player will have to acquire them through the Summoning system.
From what it seems like, the characters will be divided into four different groups – Attack, Defense, Support, and Healing. Not only that but each character will be assigned an elemental property – Flame, Wind, Water, Light, and Dark. On top of the elemental property, the characters will have a distinct weapon as well which will affect the player’s team composition.
Thankfully, it does seem like Dragalia Lost will have a special marker on the dungeon’s map to indicate what elements the player will be encountering so they can prep ahead of time. Also, there will be over 60 adventurers the player can choose from which can lead to some interesting combinations in the future.
There are multiple ways to strengthen a unit in Dragalia Lost. The player can either level a unit, equip a stronger weapon or strengthen a weapon, learn new skills or abilities through a unit’s mana circle, or use a mode called The Halidom to build shrines.
I’m sure many players will mix-and-match the different ways to strengthen their units.
In Dragalia Lost, players can summon either new Characters, Dragons, or Wyrmprints.
The character summoning works like the various mobile games. Players will be able to summon characters with a range of rarity. If the player summons two of the same character, Eldwater will be given to the player and this will allow the player to promote their unit. The dragon summons work similarly to the character summons although not much is known what will happen if the same dragon is summoned. I can only assume we’ll find out once the game launches!
As for Wyrmprints, they are the embodiment of the memories of the world. From what it seems, Wyrmprints are Dragalia Lost’s equivalent to accessories that players can equip to their units to strengthen or enhance an attribute.
As for the currency to Summon, players will need the following:
- Can be obtained through login bonuses, event rewards, and other ways
- The game’s name for “Premium Currency” where players will have to use their own money to purchase Diamantium in the game
Dragalia Lost will allow players to work with other players or their friends to clear a quest. As of now, there does seem like there will be multiplayer events planned for in the future.
Overall, there are many aspects of the game I love. I love how neat and clean the game’s UI looks. The battle UI does not look too cramped and I like how players can see where the enemy’s attacks will land. I do think it’s interesting that the game takes the features from other mobile titles and incorporates them into the game while making it seem unique.
But my favorite feature of the game is the ability to dodge attacks. From the various mobile games I have played, I have not played a mobile game that allows me to dodge attacks from foes. I think it will add a different dimension to the game and I’m curious to see how well it will work once the game is released.
Dragalia Lost will be available to download and play on September 27, 2018 for Japan, USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. No word yet on when the game will be available in other regions, but one can hope Nintendo will announce it soon! As of now, players can pre-register for Dragalia Lost on the Google Play store or the App Store.