Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier kicked off its fourth season recently, and with the Variant Mode event that had allowed players to play as Sephiroth, an entirely new Style Mastery was added: Trickster. With the game almost approaching 10 Mastery Styles, Trickster is definitely one of, if not the best, Mastery Style for players to use.
Trickster is a smooth and elegant style that joins Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier. With his melee attacks using cards to slash, throw and explode on hit, he has really made a name for himself with his powerful Mastery Style compared to the other recently added Mastery Styles such as Dragon along with Machinist which are already present. in the game. We’ll break down how to play Trickster effectively, his best Materia options, which of his two Skills to use, and more in this guide.
Trickster has a three window melee combo. First, the user does a dash forward using their card which propels the player in the direction. The second part of his combo is two quick slashes in a row that move the user forward. If the full combo is used, Trickster jumps back slightly and throws several cards that explode on impact.
It is one of the fastest melee attack combos in the game and provides great capabilities against enemy players or even bunched up monsters like Security Guards or Hedgehog Pies. The full combo at the end will push enemies caught in the card blast away and give you enough distance to switch to a weapon or cast Materia, while the enemy dashes to recover.
The Trickster’s passive trait is Gold Trick. Gold Trick rewards you with Gil every time you level up. It’s very simple and encourages players to immediately spend Gil at the vending machines to upgrade their weapons, cards, and buy potions or ammo. More importantly, Gold Trick also increases the critical hit rate of your melee attacks as well as reducing the cooldown of your ability according to the total amount of Gil collected.
As they say, more money means more solutions. Being able to constantly generate Gil helps you survive much longer during the match and allows for more advantages by having the means to receive stronger equipment or accessories.
There are two Skills to choose from as a Trickster.
The Skills are:
Decoy Card creates a copy of the user. This decoy will start attacking nearby players or monsters. It can be used to absorb damage, distract enemy players, and help defeat enemy players with ease by outnumbering an opponent.
Marking Card throws a card on the ground, containing half your HP. If his HP reaches zero while the card is active, he returns to the position of the card with that HP restored. Lay down the card, go to Burning Matter, and if you make a mistake or die, at least you’ll have a second chance from a safe place.
Decoy Card is the better of the two Skills. Decoy Card is the Trickster’s starting ability, so you will have to unlock Marking Card by increasing your mastery style level. Being able to throw a doppelganger to pull in enemy players, help you take down monsters to gain experience, and reduce an enemy’s HP to zero to win the match is manageable. With Gold Trick’s passive, whenever you gather Gil, the decoy card’s cooldown will be reduced. Being able to send an incarnation, as the game says, creates alternatives to winning a match. From distracting an opponent to using a potion or even making the decoy take down an enemy on its own. If you don’t have ammo then you can cast Area of Effect Materia like Blizzard, Thunder or Fire at the same time your decoy casts fire with his weapon for example.
There are three Skills to choose from as a Trickster.
The Skills are:
- drain shot
- Soul Drain Platform
Seize rewards you with additional Gil after defeating a monster.
Drain Shot restores HP if you headshot enemy candidates.
Soul Drain Deck will recover MP after using an ability.
As with Marking Card, you’ll need to level up your mastery style by playing matches to unlock the Drain Shot and Soul Drain Deck to equip as your ability.
Leveraging has the greatest benefits. Killing monsters will give you Gil, and when you level up, you will earn even more Gil. Drain Shot heals with headshots, but headshots can be hard to land due to recoil from a weapon, so you’d be better off stocking up on Potions or having Cure than Drain Shot. Soul Drain Deck will allow you to cast more Materia, but only when you use an ability. If you don’t have a lot of Gil, then Gold Trick’s cooldown increase may not be as efficient to work in tandem with Soul Drain Deck.
Harnessing will give you more boost to kill monsters and level up before fighting enemy candidates; which you can take down effortlessly with your purchased epic/legendary weapons and accessories from the extra Gil of the monsters.
There is a lot of Materia throughout Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, Blizzard, Cure, Water, Bio, Aero, and even the recently added Tornado for this season to name a few.
The ideal Materia you want to use in conjunction with Trickster’s decoy card ability is Blizzard.
The other two slots can be Cure to provide a quick heal, and the last slot can be your choice. Tornado, Fire, Thunder, and Bio are great for knocking out enemy candidates hiding behind cover, or taking down monsters, while playing early.
Blizzard is the ideal Materia that you definitely want to gather every match as soon as possible. Creates an ice crystal that is perfected to fire icicle shards at enemies in the area with great accuracy. Casting your decoy card and then casting Blizzard will completely overwhelm and confuse your opponent. Should they destroy the decoy, the ice crystal, first, or aim for you to hide behind these two defenses? Blizzard coupled with Decoy Card creates a win condition that very few enemy candidates will ever rival when facing you one on one.
Trickster is one of the best styles to pick up in the game and provides gameplay mechanics that other styles can barely follow. It is certainly the best style to go for right now if you want to have the highest chance of reaching first place in matches. Since you are given Decoy Card and Seize without leveling up the Mastery Style past level 1, take a few matches to try out different tactics with your decoy, from harassing enemies, killing monsters, distracting enemy candidates to taking them out with your own weapon, and giving you a decisive moment to escape extreme situations to heal.
Good luck with the new Trickster Style in Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier!
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