Beginner's Guide

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The following is a beginner's guide to getting started with The Alchemist Code.

Guide[edit | edit source]

Complete the initial tutorial. You will receive a 5 star unit (one of 6: Ryle, Shenmei, Vettel, Yomi, Anastasia or Magnus) to begin with. You will also receive a ticket to summon a 5 star fire element unit from the first day login bonus.

You can skip the subsequent tutorials if you want. At this point, you need to get 500 gems to do step 1 of the 500 gem for 10x summon banner (the name varies). If you get a bad roll, it is advisable to reroll.

When you start, you will receive a minimum of 200 gems: (sometimes there are other bonus gems provided to new accounts)

  • Accept the "Welcome to the Alchemist Code" Achievement reward under Missions (100 gems)
  • Accept the Daily login reward under Gifts (100 gems)

To amass the other gems you need, there are a few preferred options:

  1. Do story quests and collect the mission rewards for them (50 gems for every other story quest)
  2. Do the training arena quests and collect the mission rewards for them (50 gems for each quest)
  3. Do multiplayer quests (any quest that says it gives job tokens or unit evolution materials is ideal) and collect the first meeting bonus gems from gifts (25 gems per new player met in multiplayer)

Once you have received 500 gems, you should go to the summons section and look for a stepped summon where the button says 10x summon and the cost is 500 gems. Do that summon and then determine whether you wish to keep this account or reroll for a better selection of units. For more information about where you can acquire gems, see the Gem Sources guide.

Rerolling[edit | edit source]

Before investing too much time in your characters, you might want to make sure that you have a good set of starting characters. It isn’t necessary to reroll as over time you will get other characters and eventually it’ll even out, but starting out with at least one very strong character can make a big difference, so if you haven’t been playing long you may want to consider rerolling. You should not reroll until after you have collected 500 gems and done your first 10x summon for 500 gems (step 1 of one of the multi-step banners, the number of steps tends to vary depending on the banner and there are often multiple banners available for that price).

For details about how to reroll and what units to aim for, see the Reroll Guide. You can also see the AC Starting Unit Guide for an evaluation of which units will be useful early on.

Link Your Account[edit | edit source]

Once you are satisfied with your account and are sure you don't plan to reroll you should link your account so you don't lose it and so it can be accessed from multiple devices. You can either create a Gumi ID to use for logging in or you can link the account to your Facebook account.

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In general, for f2p players, it is only worth it to do the 1st step (when it is 10x summon for 500 gems) on a banner since its is discounted heavily. It's only a good idea to do 3 steps is when the banner is for limited, collab or really really good units and those units are guaranteed on the 3rd step. Don't do a 2nd step on any banner unless you also plan to do the 3rd. The 1st step of the gear banner (when it is 10x summon for 300 gems) is also considered cost effective.

Shop Guide[edit | edit source]

Rare equipments that could only be found in shop 3.

There is an in game shop in the game itself, where players can access to. The product content of all three shops change 5 times per day, and newcomers only get access to the first shop when they first join. The second shop is unlocked at Lv25, and the third shop is unlocked at Lv40. All three shops sell character shards, apples, equipment and equipment fragments, skip tickets etc, but they do not sell gear, although they sell gear enhancement items. It is a good idea to keep an eye on these shops to purchase equipment diagrams for your units so you can reduce the amount of farming required for their equipment.

The various shops of the game.

Upon reaching Lv40, the third shop will be unlocked and sometimes, rare equipment that either costs 200+ gems or 100k+ zeni will appear in the shop. If the player has a lot of zeni, it is a good idea to purchase said equipment.

The shop content will be reset at 00:00, 04:00, 09:00, 14:00 and 19:00 server time (you can look at the in game clock to see how server time converts to your time zone).

For the first 14 days of your account, you will also have access to the Beginners' Shop under the Secret Shops, which contains items that are all at a steep discount from normal prices. You should take full advantage of these discounts.

Farmable Characters[edit | edit source]

As you progress through the story quests, you will unlock hard mode quests that will give you access to farm character upgrade shards. You'll want to start farming shards for the more useful 4 and 5 star characters as soon as you have access, even if you don't have the characters yet, because then when you get them you'll be that much closer to unlocking their better jobs (you unlock the 2nd job at 5 limit breaks and the 3rd at 15 and you can farm 3 shards a day for limit breaks).

You may find it difficult to do the hard quests at first, but if you can beat them once (use a strong mercenary to help) then you can use skip tickets to beat them in the future, at least until you're strong enough to do them on auto.

What To Do Next[edit | edit source]

Once you have settled on an account and started playing, you have many options. Generally your priorities for quests early game should be as follows:

  1. Do all the daily milestone quests. This is your primary source of AP each day and also provides other rewards such as gems and ingots (which are converted to zeni).
  2. Do the training arena quests to learn some basic game mechanics and obtain materials for switching Logi to his 2nd job and evolving him.
  3. Do any temporary event quests which are a high priority (this is mainly during collaboration events, where there may be critical items you need for the collaboration units). It's best to ask on Discord whether any current events should be given special attention to. Limited time event quests will display how long they will be available for. Most return regularly, but some may not return at all (many collaborations do not). Gold Rush is also available Tuesdays and Fri-Sun and you should do the advanced version to stock up on zeni.
  4. If Mystic Tower Veda is available (under Tower) you should complete as much as you can each day. It runs for 2 weeks roughly monthly.
  5. Do any hard quests you have unlocked to farm character upgrade shards for high priority units you have.
  6. Do story quests to complete milestones, unlock hard quests and access good stages to farm equipment.

In addition to questing, you will want to focus on raising an initial team of units. These should be the units you have which are strongest at the job(s) you have unlocked. You can check the Starting Unit Guide to get an idea of which units to focus on first or ask on Discord for advice. Don't try to raise too many units at once- start with a core few. You will want to focus on raising their job levels as that is where they get most of their stats. Buying equipment and equipment tickets from the beginner shops and monitoring the shops for diagrams sold for zeni for their equipment will help reduce how much equipment you need to farm.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Raising Units[edit | edit source]

  • You can't level your units higher than your player level. Fastest way to raise player level is story quests for mission rewards and the experience they give.
  • Max level for skills is 20 (it costs ~650k to max)
  • Max job level is 11. Job level increases the stats of the unit and when you fill all equipment slots at job level 11 you get a job mastery bonus which applies to all jobs on the unit.
  • Evolve increases the unit max level and max job level.
  • The level required to evolve is 10/20/30/50.
  • To farm evolve materials, do the evolve dungeons (golem/alchemia/goddess) in Multiplay. It costs half the AP and is available anytime. Rainbow materials have lower drop rates.
  • Equipment and gear are different in this game. Equipment is used to raise job levels and is permanently applied to the unit. Gear can be moved between units and adds additional stat bonuses. Many gear items are limited to specific jobs.
  • For your hunter/ranger units, DO NOT MAX the basic hunter or basic ranger skill. The last skill that is unlocked is not very good (it misses a lot) and the AI really really likes using it if it is available.

Shopping/Acquiring Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • DO NOT BUY CHARACTER SHARDS THAT COST GEMS IN THE SHOPS UNLESS YOU ARE A WHALE (someone who spends large sums of money on the game)
  • The beginner shop only lasts for 14 days. Everyday, spend 50k to buy the equipment tickets. These tickets can drop job-specific items which cannot be obtained from zeni gacha and cost ~110k normally in Louise's shop. Other items in the shop are also sharply discounted and are worth purchasing.
  • Zeni gacha can be rolled for a chance to get gold bordered equipment such as sacred blades which are needed for job levels 9-11. Unfortunately job-specific items are not available through zeni gacha.
  • Finding job-specific items: You can roll equipment tickets for a chance of getting them. You can also find either recipe fragments for job-specific items, the complete recipe itself or the actual item itself in Louise's shop (requires player level 40). These are needed for job levels 9-11. 10 fragments cost around 16,000 zeni, the recipe costs around 128,000 zeni and the job-specific item itself costs around 110,000 zeni. The cost of turning that recipe into the item outweighs the cost of buying the complete item.

General[edit | edit source]

  • When you fail or retreat a quest, you will only be charged 10% of the AP cost of that quest (i.e. if it costs 20 AP, you will only be charged 2 AP)
  • Mercenaries are free until level 50, abuse them. Fill your friend list- friend mercenaries give you a buff when you use them.
  • You get max 250 gems from meeting 10 new players in Multiplay.
  • Make sure to add friends (you can invite people from multiplayer or check chat or Discord to find people to friend) so you can use mercenaries with good friend bonuses to complete harder content. In addition, you should go to the gifts section under friends and change your desired gifts to friendship coins, and be sure to send friendship coins every day (this will not cost you anything). The coins can be used to buy items in the friend coin shop.
  • Do arena 5 times a day for the new ranking gem rewards. Don't rush up the ranks- you get 5 gems every time you get a new high rank even if you go up a lot of levels, so it's best to challenge people very close in rank to you so you can milk the easy gems as long as possible.
  • To farm rainbow apples do Multiplay. Hosting a room gives 60 Multiplay coins and joining one gives 30 Multiplay coins. 10 rainbow apples cost 360 Multiplay coins.

For More Information[edit | edit source]

See the New Player Help Center for additional guidance. Also feel free to ask questions in the Discord channel in #ac_questions.