Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is finally upon us, allowing us to fill the shoes of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum as he works to establish his own peaceful kingdom free of conflict, but getting there won't be easy (although it is hugely enjoyable, as we've said in our review). That's why we've prepared a useful guide to help you make the most of your epic adventure, whether that be the governance of your domain or making sure you can take down the monsters that stand in your way.
Invest in your Kingdom
We've put the most important tip as the first one, since the Kingdom-building aspect of Ni no Kuni is undoubtedly the most important when it comes to long-term success. After all, your Kingdom is what allows you to upgrade and improve every element of the game, from combat to skirmishes and even cookery, so it's not something you can easily avoid.
The first thing you need to know is that as time passes your coffers and your stores grow, and what this means is that you'll gain Kingsguilders (the currency to spend on your kingdom) and items automatically as you go about your business. You can upgrade these later to increase their capacity, but it's important to stress that they'll grow if you leave them. You should also regularly empty both if they get full, as it'll impede your progress otherwise.
Then we come to the three pillars of your kingdom: Citizens, Facilities, and Research. Citizens are the most important thing, as progressing through the story and side quests will recruit more people to your Kingdom, each with their own skills that suit particular areas. The Facilities, on the other hand, require you to build them on empty plots of land using Kingsguilders, before then assigning suitable citizens.
Once all this is done, you can then conduct research in each facility, and this is where things get really interesting, as you can research a whole host of things that will help you elsewhere in the game, be it spells, weapon development, Higgledies, and much more. As you make strides in all these areas of research your Influence increases, and as it does so you can then expand to create more facilities, conduct more research, and make your Kingdom stronger. Trust us when we say it's all rather moreish.
The key here is to invest time, resources, and Kingsguilders wisely, and pick what you want to research most out of the list. Influence is always good, but you might get more immediate use out of combat-specific research, which you can then use to take on the various beasts in the world. You'll also need to keep an eye on your citizens too, as they need levelling up once they earn enough XP as a beginner, which then increases their IQ, making them capable of more advanced research. Keep revisiting your Kingdom, keep an eye on things, and make sure to empty your coffers regularly... oh, and make sure to keep recruiting more citizens.
Take a look at the Tactic Tweaker
Within the first few hours of the game, you'll be introduced to the Tactic Tweaker, accessed via the in-game menu. Here, as you can see below, you'll be greeted with a number of intimidating sliders and symbols, but don't worry - it's not nearly as complicated as it looks.
The top left section is all about choosing which types of enemies you want to be extra effective against, at the expense of another. For example, sliding the bar towards reptilian foes will mean you're good against them but worse against natural enemies, which are on the other end of the slider. The top right sliders are all about resistance to certain things, which works in the same way - you prioritise one over the other in each pair.
Below that you have that funny looking square in the middle bottom area, and that's all about what you earn from battle, allowing you to prioritise XP, money, rare materials, or loot. Then last up is the bottom right section, which features the Arts of War. Here you can invest in certain combat bonuses, whether that be how much damage is reduced when blocking, increasing the length of time you're invincible when dodging (this one is good, and we'll circle back to dodging), or even decreasing how long it takes you to flee battles.
All of this is well and good, but you'll need Battle Points, earned as you progress through the game, which you then have to invest wisely in each of these four sections to make sure you can push the sliders further and upgrade higher. For instance, we invested all our Battle Points in the bottom right Arts of War section so we could dramatically improve dodging and heavy melee attacks, but we could easily have sunk them all into the top left and decided that we wanted to be able to make bigger changes to our effectiveness against different types of monsters.
The beautiful thing here is that you can change these on the fly, so if there's a particular huddle of reptilian enemies you can quickly enter the Tactic Tweaker to make yourself proficient against these foes, or go to the Arts of War and make yourself much better at blocking. It's worth going back to the Tactic Tweaker time and time again then to make sure you're always prepared for the situation at hand, and invest more Battle Points as you earn them.