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■ Sotenbori Battle Arena
“Sotenbori Battle Arena” is an underground battle event being held at an under construction building in Sotenbori, Osaka. At the Sotenbori Battle Arena, you will fight strong enemies prepared by the event’s administrator. You will start from the first floor and aim for the top floor, the 30th floor. You will not be able to proceed to the next floor without defeating the strong enemies that await on the current floor.
Unlike standard battles in town, there are various special rules, such as “always receiving poison damage,” and many special combinations of enemies.
Also, in addition to the rewards you receive at the battle results, it is possible to receive Sotenbori Battle Arena-unique rewards such as the “standard rewards” that can be obtained only once per floor completion, and “additional rewards” that can be obtained many times over by clearing the specified conditions.
Also since it is a place full of strong enemies, it is optimal for leveling up. Since you can obtain rare items such as powerful equipment and materials as rewards, you should take advantage of the battle arena for training protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and company.
—Yappie-kun is the receptionist of the Sotenbori Battle Arena. With the favorite phrase “yappie!,” it seems to be a robot installed for customer service in various shops.
—On the battle information screen, you can check the battle’s special rules, enemy strength, and rewards. The enemies and rules differ for each floor.
—You can fight against strong enemies that you rarely meet in the city. These fights are perfect for testing your abilities and leveling up.
As you progress through the story, Kasuga and company will use underground passages to move to the headquarters of enemy organizations. However, these underground passages are dangerous “dungeons” that are extremely lacking in security and a nest for strong enemies that do not appear on the surface.
After clearing events with enemy organizations, you can use a dungeon at any time to efficiently level up your characters, as well as collect weapons, armor, and materials. Since the contents of the attache cases commonly found in dungeons are random, you will always be able to obtain a variety of items each time you visit.
—Underground passages have a dangerous atmosphere and are dotted with piles of trash and homeless houses.
—Kasuga and company explore a dungeons. Dungeons are extremely vast. Be careful as you never know what kind of enemies await you.
Traits of the Enemies in the Dungeon
When you make your way into an enemy organization, enemies associated with that organization will appear in the dungeon. At other times, many rare and unique strong enemies that are hard to encounter in the city will appear, such as degenerates and escaped prisoners.
—Masked men await in the dungeon. What kind of enemies can you expect to encounter?
—Many unique strong enemies hard to encounter on the surface will appear, including hospital patients.
Items Obtainable in Dungeons
“Safes” and “attache cases” are commonly found in dungeons, which contain various items and equipment.
Attache cases have one item, and its contents are different each time. The most common items are health recovery items, but sometimes
rare EXP boost items can be found as well, so make sure to collect them when you find them.
Safes require keys to open, but contain more and rarer items than attache cases. Powerful equipment that cannot be found in shops can be found inside these safes, so keep an eye out for where they are. There are also gold safes and silver safes, with gold safes containing better items.
Other than the safes and attache cases, many materials required to create new weapons and armor can be found inside the dungeon. There may be strong enemies in dungeons, but there are also valuable items, so be sure to actively head into dungeons.
—Found a safe! It might contain weapons and armor not found in stores.
—Open the safe and get equipment!
Safes with Traps
In some safes found in dungeons, enemies will hide inside instead of items and jump out to attack you. They are often a tough challenge, so watch your health when you open a safe.
—A degenerate waiting inside a safe. You cannot escape.
—Degenerates may attack you with ice attacks, beware of how powerful they are!
As you progress through the dungeons, there will be strong bosses awaiting you. The numbers and sizes of bosses differ, from a squad of human enemies to an excavator, there is a great variety.
—An excavator dungeon boss. How will Kasuga and company tackle this foe?
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