Chained Echoes – The Alpha Not the Omega Walkthrough

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As you begin the game Chained Echoes, you take on the role of a character named Glenn. The game starts off with a shocking introduction, and you soon find yourself on a ship called the Sternenritt. Your first task is to explore the ship’s hold, where you can find a chest containing a snack and a bunk bed with 25a on it. Remember that “a” is the in-game currency, and you will need a lot of it to progress in the game.

As you explore the hold of the ship, take some time to talk to the mercenaries you come across. It’s important to note that you should advise one of them to run away in case of danger. Once you’re finished, head east and you’ll come across two sets of stairs. If you go downstairs, you will find the engine room of the Sternenritt. There, you will find a technician who is having trouble with the engine. You, as Glenn, can help him fix it and he will reward you with some sweets. Be sure to check the east end of the engine room for a chest containing an Angel Wing.

After that, head back upstairs and go up another level. The bridge is located to the west, where you will find a person who seems to believe that using dynamite in battle is a good idea. On the bridge, you will meet Marlock, the commander of the force. He will tell you and a man named Kylian to put on your Sky Armor and prepare for battle. The two of you head out and the fighting begins.

Talk to the commander on the bridge

As you continue to move to the right, enter the first room you come across. Speak with the merchant in there, but also take a moment to look for the blue sparkle on the ground to pick up 25a, the in-game currency. As you continue to the right, you’ll come across a soldier with a speech bubble that has a red dot. He will tell you that he is scared and ask you what he should do if he is outnumbered. It’s important to tell him to run away, as doing so will reward you with some items later on. However, if you tell him to fight, he will end up dead.

Talk to the commander on the bridge

As you move further to the right, talk to other people and go down the stairs. Go left, and as you talk to more people, you will reach a cauldron. Talk to the blonde NPC here to help him repair it, and you will be rewarded with a sweet. Keep moving left, and open the chest to find an Angel Wing. This item allows you to revive fallen allies.

After that, go back to the previous floor, and now head upstairs. Up there, go left and talk to the man outside the room with the Sky Armors (mechas), the person with the dynamite. You will be given a choice when you talk to him. If you tell him “I think you might hit our own men,” he will do nothing, but if you tell him he’s the expert, he will help you out against a boss. Make sure to tell him he’s the expert.

Head left into the bridge to trigger a scene with Commanders Marlock, a dolphin named Hyne and Kylian, your other party member. It appears that Kylian will be joining you after the prologue.

Watch the scenes that play out as you ride your Sky Armor out into the sky. You will also be given some Battle Basics, so be sure to check them out. Reference them if needed.

Combat

Chained Echoes is based on a turn-based combat system, which means that each character takes their turn based on their speed. The order of combat is displayed in the top-right corner of the screen as a timeline, so you can easily see who is going next. The objective is to reduce the enemy’s Hit Points (HP) to zero while keeping your own HP above zero. The enemy’s HP is displayed as a red bar above their head. The Attack command allows you to perform a basic strike against a single opponent.

During battle, you can use Tech Points (TP) to use Skills. Skills are special moves that often have effects beyond just inflicting damage. For example, Glenn can use the Piercer Skill, which causes 2.2 times more damage than a normal attack, or he can use Poison Salvo, which inflicts poison status on an enemy and drains their health for five turns. As you become stronger and progress through the game, your characters will learn more Skills. Also, keep in mind that the Skills your characters know vary depending on whether or not they are wearing Sky Armor.

In Chained Echoes, your characters’ HP and TP are fully restored after each battle, so you don’t have to worry about using items or going to an inn to heal. This also means that you can go all-out during normal battles without having to worry too much about preserving TP, although you may want to hold back a bit during boss battles.

Unlike other games, you don’t earn experience points in Chained Echoes. Your characters’ strength is increased at predetermined points in the game. If you want to get ahead, you will use materials and SP to upgrade your characters, but you first need to complete the introductory section.

Your first battle is against a Tarynean Sky Armor. You can’t target its weaknesses, so any combination of Skills or normal attacks will take it down with little effort. A second Tarynean Sky Armor will appear, giving you the same battle. Things are going well, at least until Glenn and Kylian are shot out of the sky. You’ll need to continue on foot from here.

Wyrnshire Castle

You will find yourself on the beaches of Wyrnshire Castle. Kylian will join your party for this part of the journey, and he will prove to be useful as he can heal your party members with Helping Hand. Head north and you’ll find a battle taking place to the west, blocking your passage. Use the handholds along the cliff to the north to climb around it and head west. Be sure to check the chest containing 100a at the top of the handholds before proceeding.

As you continue, you will run into a battle with Tarynean Soldiers, but Glenn’s Cross Slash and Kylian’s Wide Slash will make quick work of them. Follow the winding path generally north until it veers through a hole in the castle’s walls. You can go down some handholds on your right before entering the castle to find a path leading to a chest, which contains Sweets.

Through the breach in the walls, you’ll run into a Tarynean Commander. He can buff himself and improve his defenses, but using Glenn’s Armor Break will make him easier to take down. Then, use Cross Slash over and over. Behind him is an entrance into Wyrnshire Castle.

You will find yourself in a storage area. Check the rear room for a chest containing a snack, then go up the stairs. You will be on the outer walls. Head west, back into the castle, then back out again. Another Tarynean Commander is waiting for you. Past him and further west, you will find another door, but ignore it for a moment and keep following the walls north. You will find a chest containing a snack. Take it, then head back south.

If you had told the mercenary from the beginning of the game to flee from trouble, you will find him waiting inside the castle. He will give you an Angel Wing, Sweets, and two Snacks as a thank you for Glenn’s advice. Head outside and you will run into a group of soldiers, but Marlock will jump in to help out. This fight brings up a new combat mechanic: Overdrive.

Overdrive

The Overdrive mechanic in the game Chained Echoes is a way to measure how well your party is working together. It shows up as a bar on the top-left of the screen that fills up as you take actions in the game. Every action you take will move the bar a little bit to the right. You can see how much a specific action will fill the bar by highlighting it.

Overdrive

As the bar fills up, it will change color from yellow to green. Once it’s green, your party will be in Overdrive mode. This means their attacks will be stronger and they’ll use less energy for special abilities. But if the bar fills up too much and turns red, your party will go into Overheat mode, which makes them more vulnerable to enemy attacks. So, you want to keep the bar in the green Overdrive zone without letting it go into the red Overheat zone.

There are a few ways to reduce the Overdrive so it doesn’t jump into the red for too long:

  • One way to reduce the Overdrive gauge is to use a specific type of skill. When your party becomes overheated, a skill type will appear next to the gauge. If you use that skill type, it will decrease the gauge significantly.
  • Another way to manage the gauge is to switch out party members during combat. But keep in mind that this feature is not available at the beginning of the game.
  • You can also use the Defend command to increase the defenses of your characters, but they won’t be able to attack while defending.
  • Later in the game, you will have access to something called Ultra Moves. These are special abilities that have a big impact, but you won’t be able to use them right away.
Marlock and Hyne, one of your fellow soldiers, will join the party for this battle to test out Overdrive. Hyne’s Water Prison is a good way to soften up your foes while Marlock can use Motivating Words to improve everyone’s defenses. Keep a close eye on the Overdrive gauge and use Skill types that will keep it out of the red. Not too difficult as long as you’re paying attention.
Get past the soldiers and you’ll find the Opus Stone, the chink in the enemy’s armor that your force has been trying to destroy. Before you can take it out, though, enemy Sky Armor will soar down to engage your team in battle.

Wywyan

When facing the first boss, Wywyan, don’t worry too much. He mainly uses single target attacks or a Fire Tail attack that hits everyone, but he’s quick enough that he’ll get in a few turns before your team gets a chance to act. To take him down, have Hyne use poison on Wywyan and have Marlock buff everyone with Motivating Words. Then, use your strongest skills to attack him. Occasionally, Wywyan will increase his defenses, so use Glenn’s Armor Break to bring him down to size. During the battle, Kylian should focus on healing your team with either Helping Hand or items.

Wywyan

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This fight will also be your first test of the Overdrive feature. Wywyan takes some time to defeat, and the gauge will steadily rise as the fight progresses. Keep in mind that Wywyan will do more damage to your party members if you’re in the Overheat status. So, keep an eye on the gauge and use the appropriate skills or defend as necessary to stay in Overdrive. Make sure not to use up your characters’ TP too quickly, as you want to be able to drop out of Overheat on a moment’s notice.

After defeating Wywyan, you’ll receive a Grimoire Shard which will upgrade everyone’s stats to the second level. Things will get hectic after the fight with Wywyan, and you won’t be able to control Glenn for a while.