Character Shards

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Character shards can be used to limit break units. Limit breaks will allow a unit to increase their maximum level and combo rate as well as access additional jobs and gear slots. You can also transmute a unit you don't own with character shards, although the cost rises with the unit rarity and this is rarely efficient for any unit above 2 star rarity unless they are a free event unit. In addition to character specific shards, there are also elemental shards that can be used as replacements for them.

Summonable Units[edit | edit source]

For units acquired through summoning, there are a few primary ways to acquire character shards.

Summoning Duplicate Units/Soul Summon[edit | edit source]

This will provide a quantity of character shards relative to the rarity of the unit. You receive 25 shards for a 5 star unit, 20 for 4, 15 for 3. Unit shards which are 1 or 2 star can be acquired via the normal summon. In addition, sometimes some summon banners provide shard selector or random shard tickets for specific units as bonus rewards for certain steps.

Farming Character Shards[edit | edit source]

Some units (typically older ones) are available for farming via hard versions of story quests that drop their shards. Each quest can be repeated up to 3 times a day and you receive one shard for that specific unit each time you complete it.

To see a list of units which are currently farmable, you can go to the hard section of the story quests and click "Select by Unit" or you can check the Farmable Character Shards list. Alternatively, you can go to a unit's limit break screen and if there is a quest available to farm their shards, you will see it listed there.

Over time, almost all non-collaboration units are expected to receive a permanent hard quest for farming shards (based on the JP version of the game). It is expected that we will not see farming for Balt, Mielikki, Lucretia, Eve and Fraise for a long time as those were just recently added in JP. Time limited units such as Uzuma are also not expected to receive farm quests for a long time as they don't have them yet in JP.

You do not have to have a unit to farm their shards, and if you have spare AP, it might be a good choice to farm some of the better unit shards prior to obtaining them so you will be able to limit break them further once you obtain them. It is also possible to transmute a unit from farmed shards, but it is typically not a good idea for any unit above 2 stars as the amount of shards required is so high.

Purchasing Character Shards[edit | edit source]

There are some character shards available for purchase via zeni or gems in the Normal Shop and sometimes the Secret Shop. In addition, some 1 and 2 star unit shards can be purchased via the Multi Coin Exchange.

Soul Exchange Shop[edit | edit source]

You can purchase 3 shards of older 4 or 5 star units via the Soul Coin Exchange shop if you have soul coins. These soul coins are only obtained by trading in excess shards for units you have already reached maximum limit break on, so this is typically only an option once you have been playing for more than a few months.

Other Coin Exchange Shops[edit | edit source]

In addition to the permanent coin exchange shops, there are often temporary event specific coin exchange shops which may make some unit shards available for purchase via those coins.

Collaboration Units[edit | edit source]

Units acquired from collaboration events do not receive permanent unit shard farming, but some do receive temporary shard farming during their events (for example, the Final Fantasy XV collaboration provides a hard quest during the event to acquire tickets to summon unit shards). Collaborations also often provide bonus shards via other sources, such as login bonuses, special coin shops and challenge board rewards.

Free Event Units[edit | edit source]

For free units acquired via special events, you typically will receive enough shards to transmute the unit from the first stage of the event. Additional shards for the unit can typically be acquired via milestone rewards, drops within the event quests, or occasionally from mission challenge rewards. Typically free event units can be raised to maximum level (85) via the shards available in their events, although some events make the shards easier to acquire than others. Some special cases (notably Kanon and Kagura) are not farmable but do give shards through milestones and don't yet have enough shards available via the milestones to raise to 85 (the noted units have a limit of 75 currently). Soren from the Magni Historia event can currently only be raised to level 65, but future chapters should allow him to be raised further.

Arena Coin Units[edit | edit source]

There is currently one unit, Yuan, which can only be acquired via the Arena Coin Exchange. Another unit named Lotia will later become available only through arena coins as well.

Elemental Shards[edit | edit source]

In addition to shards that are specific to a unit, there are also generic shards that are specific to an element which can replace a character shard for any unit of that element. In addition there are rainbow shards which can be used to replace a character shard for a unit of any element. These shards are not plentiful and can't be farmed in quantity, but they can be acquired from the more difficult event quests and occasionally from other sources. It is recommended that you save these shards for very good units which are limited (not part of the general summon pool), especially in the case of rainbow shards.

Login Bonus[edit | edit source]

If you log in every day, you will receive 5 elemental shards of each color, including rainbow every 30 days from the login bonus. In addition there are sometimes elemental shards rewarded as special event login bonuses.

Mystic Tower Veda[edit | edit source]

The Mystic Tower Veda event returns roughly monthly and has elemental shard rewards for completing some floors for the first time. From clearing all 80 floors you can currently gain 60 rainbow shards and 45 each of fire, water, thunder, wind, dark and light shards. As more floors are added more shards will become available.

Event Quest Rewards[edit | edit source]

Some harder event quests (primarily EX but not always) provide elemental shards as rewards from mission challenges or occasionally from milestone rewards. Most of these events are only available for a short time (typically 2 weeks) but some are permanently available.

Permanent Event Quest Elemental Shard Rewards[edit | edit source]

Event Quest Reward Type Requirement for Reward
Blue Flame & Scarlet Blood Tide Episode 5 Light Soul ShardLight Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Clear without mercenary
Nightmare Memories Episode 5 Dark Soul ShardDark Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Clear without mercenary
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 1 Entrusted Justice [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 15 Mission Challenge Clear without continues
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 1 Entrusted Justice [EX] Fire Soul ShardFire Soul Shard x 20 Mission Challenge Max 30 skills used
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 1 Entrusted Justice [EX] Light Soul ShardLight Soul Shard x 20 Mission Challenge No deaths
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 2 Demonic Spearman [EX] Fire Soul ShardFire Soul Shard x 20 Mission Challenge Clear without mercenary
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 2 Demonic Spearman [EX] Dark Soul ShardDark Soul Shard x 20 Mission Challenge No items used
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 2 Demonic Spearman [EX+] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 15 Mission Challenge Clear before reinforcements
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 3 Arrow of Destiny [EX] Wind Soul ShardWind Soul Shard x 10 Mission Challenge No deaths
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 3 Arrow of Destiny [EX] Thunder Soul ShardThunder Soul Shard x 10 Mission Challenge Clear without continues
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 3 Arrow of Destiny [Bonus Rewards] [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge No deaths
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 3 Arrow of Destiny [Bonus Rewards] [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 10 Mission Challenge Kill 3+ foes in one blow
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 4 Inherited Cause [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Kill all foes
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 4 Inherited Cause [EX] Water Soul ShardWater Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Clear with only Water type units
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 5 Fallen Sun [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Kill 3+ foes in one blow
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 5 Fallen Sun [EX] Water Soul ShardWater Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Max 15 skills used
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 6 Two Swords, Two Wills [EX] Water Soul ShardWater Soul Shard x 10 Mission Challenge Clear with max 4 units
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 6 Two Swords, Two Wills [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Clear without mercenary
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 7 Laws of a Fluctuating World [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge No deaths
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 7 Laws of a Fluctuating World [EX] Dark Soul ShardDark Soul Shard x 10 Mission Challenge Kill 4+ foes in one blow
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 8 Lion Monarch's Charge [EX] Thunder Soul ShardThunder Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Clear with max 4 units
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 8 Lion Monarch's Charge [EX] Wind Soul ShardWind Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge No deaths
Sacred Stone Memories - Chapter 8 Lion Monarch's Charge [EX] Rainbow Soul ShardRainbow Soul Shard x 5 Mission Challenge Kill 3+ foes in one blow

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

In addition to the more reliable sources of elemental shards, you can sometimes get them from alternative sources, such as bonus rewards from certain steps of summon banners, bundles, or for gems or special coins from event specific shops.