Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy: How to Increase Your Tactics Level
Atelier Ryza 2's hybrid system of action and turn-based battles is incredibly fun and carries a surprising amount of depth. One of the most important aspects of its combat system is the Tactics Level (T. Lv). It's integral as it determines how many hits your characters' normal attacks will unleash per turn.
Each normal hit results in you earning 1 AP. You need AP to perform Special Attacks, and the more hits you get in, the more AP you gain per turn. Subsequently, having a high Tactics Level means that you'll be able to earn more AP, and the higher the level, the higher the max AP cap is.
In the first Ryza game, you could manually increase your Tactics Level by accumulating enough AP and then pressing down a button to raise it by 1 level, with higher levels requiring more AP to reach.
The only other way to increase your Tactics Level was to get a preemptive hit on an enemy in the field. Usually, Ryza's party starts at Tactics Level 1 at the start of each battle, but a preemptive strike grants Tactics Level 2 when entering battle.
In Ryza 2, the main way to increase the Tactics Level is completely different.
How to Raise Your Tactics Level in Ryza 2
It rises automatically, and the only way to do so is to keep using Special Attacks. This means you have to keep spending AP continuously in order for the meter to fill up, as you can see below with the T. Lv bar at the bottom corner.
I used Ryza's Whirlwind Special Attack and now the second segment of the bar is almost filled, indicating that I'm nearing Tactics Level 2.
This change is welcome as it results in much faster and flashier battles when your party is throwing out special attacks more frequently than in Ryza 1. In the previous game, you had to decide whether to keep only using normal hits to build AP and increase your Tactics Level, or spend that precious AP on performing special skills, thus losing your chance to increase your Tactics Level.
Battles in Ryza 2 now flow better and are much more exciting. Additionally, the preemptive strike method still works too. You'll start with Tactics Level 2 at the start of battle as you can below.
Be aware that it's not common to go past Tactics Level 3 in most regular fights, as enemies will perish to your onslaught of Special Attacks rather quickly (unless you're on higher difficulties). Boss fights, however, is where you'll likely reach the higher levels of 4 and 5.
That is how you increase your Tactics Level in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. For more on the game, consider heading over to our growing guides page.