How to Skip Those Pesky Downloads in Dragalia Lost
Dragalia Lost is exactly what I wanted out of a Nintendo-published mobile title from Granblue Fantasy developer Cygames. It's got actual gameplay, some really nice character art, and plenty of content to play through.
No mobile RPG is perfect, though.
Dragalia Lost is no exception, and it does have a handful of problems both large and small -- the energy system is about as restrictive as the one in Fire Emblem Heroes, summon rates on 5-stars are low as heck, and summons yield a lot more than just characters. Nonetheless, the game is very fun. Mobage (mobile RPG) players know what they are getting into.
What may be considered the game's smallest issue is its habit of constantly prompting the player to download data. Even if your phone or tablet somehow downloads at incredibly high speeds, you're still going to be looking at that download screen.
I don't know about you, but I didn't sign up for a Cygames download simulator.
What you may not know is that you can actually make the constant download prompts a thing of the past; the game does have an option to download all of the its quest scenes and data. You don't have to download data every 10 minutes!
How to Start the Batch Download
- Tap on the More button at the bottom right
- Tap Options
- Tap System
- Scroll to the bottom
- Tap Download Settings under the Batch Download
From here, you can choose to either download all of the game's data or to exclude the voices. The differences between these are:
- All Data downloads all of the game's data to your mobile device, where it will stay until you uninstall Dragalia Lost. This option makes the game take up a fair amount of space on your device but the only download prompts you'll ever get are for patches.
- Exclude Voices downloads everything but the voices, which you are prompted to download before story quests like usual. The downloads will be smaller and once you close the app, voice files for quests you've completed will be deleted to not take up space. This is the better option if you have limited space on your device.
Once you choose one option and tap the 'Download' button, the game will begin downloading.
If You Want to Use Japanese VAs...
If you're like me and prefer Japanese VAs, I recommend swapping your voice over language first so you don't have to do an extra download. You can do this in the System menu as well.
It's also worth mentioning that the Japanese voices take up more space than the English ones.
On launch day, the batch download size with English voices was over 500mb, while downloading with the Japanese voices took over 600mb. This gap is sure to widen as Dragalia Lost gets updates, so this is something to keep in mind!
The game is just in its infancy but the future looks bright for Dragalia Lost as it's already rushing up the top free games charts on both Google Play and iTunes.
If the record of Cygames is any indication, we're in for some great content updates over the coming years. I can't wait -- but I can wait to sit through more mandatory downloads.