It’s hard to believe that Ys: Memories Of Celceta has been around for more than three decades, starting in 1987 as Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. Widely praised upon release, the Nihon Falcom franchise popularized many of the action RPG conventions and spanned ten major entries. With the exception of the distant prequel, Ys Origins, each game focuses on Adol Christin, the red-haired adventurer with an endless passion for exploration, and Memories Of Celceta is the fourth canon entry.
Explore The Map – Ys: Memories Of Celceta
Not long after you defeat Casnan’s first dungeon, Adol is officially introduced to the Governor-General, Griselda. Thanking him for his efforts to save the trapped miners, she confirms that Romn has tasked her with obtaining gold to fund their war efforts against Altago. Aware of the Great Forest that was said to contain veins of gold and countless beasts, Adol was quickly tasked with mapping the area.
Our map auto-populates as you advance, so you should explore each area as thoroughly as possible. Go back up every wall, checking each fork, exploring as wide as your story progression allows. This may seem like a chore, but for every 10% you cover, Griselda will reward you with an increasing amount of gold. Keep in mind that before the final dungeon you can only get to the map 99.8%, but definitely pay if you notify her.
Learn To Pick Battles
As mentioned before, the Great Forest of Celceta in Ys: Memories Of Celceta was largely unexplored prior to this expedition but with good reasons. Despite its promises of gold, it lurks many dangers and ferocious beasts, prompting only a few daring adventurers to venture in but even fewer to return alive. Adol was certainly an exception but, as we quickly discovered, came at a heavy price. Surely, you will meet many beasts after leaving Casnan, small in strength but large in number.
It doesn’t take long to find them, but every so often, you’ll run into an enemy that’s significantly out of level. Pressing L3 will confirm their details, but quite often these monsters pass you by several levels. That EXP boost might sound tempting, but overall, they’ll wipe out your health in a few hits. So unless you’re extremely cautious or planning to burn all your inventory, you’re better off retreating.
Keep Party Varied – Ys: Memories Of Celceta
Recent Ys games use a party setup, allowing the player to control up to three characters at a time. The MOC starts with Adol and Duren, but you’ll meet four more allies to join your party, who can be swapped at will. Like Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana, there are three different attack patterns, and between your team, Adol and Frieda deal slash damage, Duren and Calilica use attacks, while Ozma and Karna use attacks. piercing attack.
While it doesn’t apply to all enemies, some are vulnerable to specific damage types. The numbers will always appear white when you hit them, indicating the amount of damage, but if they appear yellow, you’ve hit their hole. It is therefore a smart move to include all three types of damage on your party slots. To make life easier, inactive members level up with you, so don’t worry about EXP.
At the start of your adventure, Duren supplies Adol with a basic sword to keep him alive but upon leaving, takes us on a guided tour of Casnan, showcasing other shops to trade in materials, healing items, and weapons. As you make your way through the Great Forest, Adol discovers other settlements with similar options and you’ll want to visit their local blacksmith.
Better weapons in Ys: Memories Of Celceta can’t be bought until you reach a new area, so it’s a good idea to use the tweaking system, which allows you to combine materials with gear. Weapons and armor have eight different stats for attack/defense, and through tweaking, you can improve things like overall attack power, resistance to status effects, and more again. If you need that extra boost, it’s an avenue worth exploring.