Published on September 29th, 2012 | by Sgt. Mettool0
A Beginner’s Guide To Surviving In “The Denpa Men”
Wow, so The Denpa Men is a lot more difficult than its adorable, candy-coated shell may lead you to believe. Even the most rugged of RPG aficionados are going to run into a snag at some point, and I’m here to help! Ahead are a few tips on how to tackle this new eShop downloadable and save your team from an early and painful death.
Hunting Denpa Men
The bread and butter of The Denpa Men is catching and raising new party members to tackle a variety of situations. Your Nintendo 3DS generates Denpa Men for you to catch based on the number and strength of WiFi signals nearby. As such, you’ll have better luck finding Denpa Men in areas with numerous signals, such as shopping malls, crowded neighborhoods, and college campuses. You will always find the same Denpa Men from the same signals, so try to visit a variety of locations to diversify your pickings.
You don’t have to stand in the same spot in order for your 3DS to retain Denpa Men. Generated Denpa Men will remain in your field of view for a reasonable amount of time (10 seconds or so) even after you’ve moved out of a signal’s range. This is just enough time to catch new allies if you’re on the move (such as on a walk, or on a car ride) and are constantly moving in and out of range of different routers.
Additionally, you don’t need to wait until you’re a higher level to catch useful Denpa Men. Even at Level 1, every imaginable variety of Denpa Man is available for you to catch, regardless if they have learned their ability yet or not. Catch as many different types as you can as early as you can to prepare for later.
Keep in mind that a signal’s strength will NOT determine a Denpa Man’s stats. It WILL, however, determine how easy the Denpa Man is to catch; stronger signals will place an associated Denpa Man closer to the camera.
Keep A Wide Variety of Denpa Men
From the get-go, you have four party slots, as well as fifteen slots in the Denpa House to keep your reserves. Fill them up with every sort of Denpa Men you can find, regardless of whether or not you immediately need them. Almost every Denpa Man will be useful to you at some point or another: you might not need that Cure Burn now, but once that fire dungeon drops you’ll be glad you kept that one guy.
Pay Attention to Body Size
Believe it or not, what your Denpa Man looks like will determine its stats and gains. Here is a breakdown of what to expect:
- Taller Denpa Men have higher HP, Attack, and Defense
- Shorter Denpa Men have higher Speed and Evasion
- Head shape determines AP.
Obviously this should coincide with what you want each individual Denpa Man to do. Healers should have higher speed, whereas melee characters should have higher attack. Additionally, Denpa Men with situational abilities (such as buffs) should have a sizable amount of attack power for when you don’t need to use them.
You may be quick to dismiss antenna-less Denpa Men as useless, but this is often far from the truth. While antenna-less Denpas can’t use abilities, their stats are generally higher than those who do. Especially tall ones can have obscene amounts of attack power and will pull your party through in rough spots.
Remember, just because a Denpa has an antenna does not automatically make it good. Melee characters most certainly have a place in this game.
Take Advantage of QR Codes
So far, the community has been very generous in providing less fortunate players with proper Denpas. If there’s a character you need, there’s sure to be a QR code available for it somewhere (try Gamefaqs).
- Your party fully recovers when you head back to Digitoll. If you need to grind levels, stay near the entrance or a warp point and return as necessary.
- The interface doesn’t allude to it, but you can manually enter commands for individual characters. Press Down to move the cursor onto a portrait to select commands.
- The Revive spell fully heals a downed Denpa. If a party member is close to death, it may be wise to simply let it die and revive him instead of wasting precious healing spells and items.
- Denpa Men in the Denpa House will level alongside your party. There is no need to bring everyone along to grind.