Tales of Arise is the latest entry in the long-running Tales franchise and is arguably the most visually impressive and engrossing installment to date. Like most of its predecessors, it's full to the brim with content and features a long and exciting main story campaign that's more than befitting of its JRPG genre.
As well as the main story, there are plenty of other things to keep players busy in Tales of Arise. These include sub-quests, collectibles, and powerful monsters known as Gigant Zeugles, which, together, can easily take a player's total playtime up towards the 100-hour mark. To unlock all of the game's trophies and achievements, players will also need to find the best weapons and armor, as well as mastering the game's unique combat system.
Updated November 5, 2021 by Tom Bowen: It's now been almost two months since the release of Tales of Arise. During this time, the game has sold more than one and a half million copies, catapulting total sales of the Tales franchise well beyond the 25 million unit mark. The game has also received its first substantial piece of post-launch DLC, which came in early October in the form of the Sword Art Online collaboration pack. For all those who are new to the Tales franchise or anyone who is having trouble with the game, this guide will cover everything they could ever need to know about Tales of Arise.
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Getting Started in Tales of Arise
Though simple on the surface, combat in Tales of Arise can at times be fairly complex, particularly as the size of the party begins to grow and new skills and abilities are unlocked. The game does a pretty good job of explaining certain mechanics through short tutorial battles, but, in the heat of the moment, it can be very easy to miss a key piece of information.
Certain things are not quite as well explained, with players largely left to figure these things out for themselves. These guides are designed to cover all of the basics in Tales of Arise, as well as some of the things that the developers glossed over. They're therefore a great resource for those just getting started or anyone who wasn't paying enough attention when a key mechanic was first introduced.
- How to Change Characters in Battle
- How to Use Mystic Artes
- How to Increase CP
- How to Level Up Fast
- How to Get DLC Items
- How to Catch Every Type of Fish
- How to Fast Travel
- How to Unlock New Artes
General Tips & Tricks
- Things To Know Before Getting Started In Tales of Arise
- Tips & Tricks for Beginners
- Advanced Tips & Tricks
- The Best Artes for the Early Game
- The Best Skills for the Early Game
- The Best & Worst Innate Perks
- The Best Consumables in the Game
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Main Story in Tales of Arise
The bulk of Tales of Arise's main story takes place on Dahna, a small planet that has been ruled over and pillaged by neighboring Rena for hundreds of years prior to the beginning of the game. Players take control of a mysterious Dahnan man named Iron Mask, who, together with a small group of rebels and a couple of sympathetic Renans, sets out to bring an end to the Dahnans' plight.
When the game begins, Iron Mask has absolutely no memory of his past. As the party sets about defeating the five Renan Lords who rule over Dahna, however, the mystery surrounding his past is slowly chipped away; as too is the iron mask that covers his face. Their quest for freedom eventually leads the party into space, where it's revealed that not everything is quite as it seems.
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Sub-Quests in Tales of Arise
For those looking to take a break from Tales of Arise's exhausting main story, there are 70 sub-quests scattered throughout the game. These are identified on the map with a small envelope icon, with more becoming available as the main story progresses. Completing them all will unlock the Problem Solver trophy/achievement, while also providing some useful and unique rewards.
Above all else, completing sub-quests is a great way to earn Skill Points, which are required for learning new skills and Artes. Players can even unlock permanent stat boosts using SP, many of which will be essential for tackling some of the tougher end-game content in Tales of Arise. Completing certain sub-quests will also unlock new titles, which opens the door for yet more Artes and bonuses.
Weapons, Armor & Accessories in Tales of Arise
There are 127 weapons in the base version of Tales of Arise, 103 of which will need to be crafted by players. The rest are the party's starting weapons or are tied to story and sub-quest progression. This means that players will need to track down an awful lot of crafting components during their playthrough, which, without a guide, can be incredibly time-consuming in and of itself.
It's often said that the key to a good defense is a good offense, and, while this is true to a certain extent in Tales of Arise, that's not to say that defense can be ignored. That's where armor, which is found in red chests or purchased from merchants and inns, comes into play. Choosing the right accessories can also be important, particularly when up against enemies that use elemental attacks or inflict status ailments.
Weapons in Tales of Arise
- Every Weapon For Alphen
- Every Weapon For Shionne
- Every Weapon For Rinwell
- Every Weapon For Law
- Every Weapon For Kisara
- Every Weapon For Dohalim
- Every Character's Best Weapon
- Every Character's Devil's Arms Weapon
Crafting Components in Tales of Arise
Armor in Tales of Arise
- Every Armor Set For Alphen
- Every Armor Set For Shionne
- Every Armor Set For Rinwell
- Every Armor Set For Law
- Every Armor Set For Kisara
- Every Armor Set For Dohalim
Accessories in Tales of Arise
Gigant Zeugles in Tales of Arise
There are hundreds of different types of Zeugle in Tales of Arise, though none are quite as terrifying as the monstrous Gigant Zeugles. 20 of these colossal beasts can be found scattered throughout the game, each providing players with rare crafting components and an Astral Flower upon their demise. These flowers, in particular, are incredibly useful, as each one will increase the party's maximum CP by ten.
Many of the Gigant Zeugles can be found roaming around in the wild, while others are attached to certain sub-quests. Given their high levels though, it can often be worth coming back to them after leveling up the party a little more rather than wasting time and valuable healing items on a battle that cannot be won. The good news is, however, that all of the Gigant Zeugles have a weak point, which is usually indicated by an orange crystal somewhere on their body.
Collectibles in Tales of Arise
As well as trophies and achievements, Tales of Arise features a ridiculous amount of other collectibles for players to track down. Finding them all isn't just a case of ticking off boxes though, with each collectible set providing useful and unique rewards that can make life considerably easier for players as they make their way towards the end of the game.
Initially, finding owls unlocks a wide array of cosmetic items, but the final six also reward players with artifacts. These strange relics of a long-forgotten past, which can also be found out in the world, each has a special effect attached to it including things like SP and EXP boosts. There are also 38 cooking recipes, which can be used to prepare meals at campsites and inns and provide limited-time stat boosts for the party.
- Trophies & Achievements in Tales of Arise
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- Artifact Locations in Tales of Arise
- Cooking Recipe Locations in Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise News & Opinions
The Tales franchise has always been pretty popular in the west, and the series' latest entry continues this tradition. It was the second best-selling game in the UK during the week of its release and smashed the franchise's total concurrent player record on Steam shortly after launch. It's now sold more than one and a half million copies worldwide, and, with the game still relatively new, there'll likely be plenty more records and major milestones to follow.
This section will be regularly updated with all of the latest news and opinions about Tales of Arise, as well as any rumors surrounding updates and downloadable content. Given that Bandai Namco has already released one fairly substantial piece of post-launch DLC, it seems fairly likely that there'll be plenty more to follow in the coming months and years. Assuming that's the case, players will be able to read about it all right here.
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