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Amazon's Study Hall - Daily Questions Megathread (05/19)

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kiroyapso2

Haven't played this game for a couple years now but was curious if they added any interactions to this game with characters like in blue archive/nikke with their DMs or character stories? Or is it still only main story or events with story?


Nice-Spize

You mean secretary quests?


CrippleMyDepression

You mean like the secretary storylines?


ProfessionalBoot3460

So quick question, since Bismarck II will be the next UR ship, should i spent all my cubes (321 cubes) on her or should i wait for New Jersey since she was the girl i was saving up for ? I really like Bismarck II new desgin but the New Jersey rerun might be around the corner. What would you guys do ?


a_goblin_warlock

To prepare for the worst case - getting NJ via the 200 pull pity - you would need about 272 cubes on the day the Mirror Involution rerun starts, since we should be able to collect 44 tickets for the rerun (login event: 6; daily task: 7; stage clears : 11, shop: 10, milestone rewards: 10). Those tickets save 2 cubes each. The rerun also lasts for a week, which should earn you a little over 40 cubes. If you decide, that you want to get NJ at all costs, then the sensible thing would be to try to keep your cube count above those 272 cubes. At least until we have confirmation, that the Mirror Involution rerun won't happen directly after the event, which would free up at least 1 week worth of cubes. If you're torn between both. Go for Bismarck Zwei, just like Nice-Spize said. You should gain more than enough cubes to guarantee her and have leftovers, that - combined with the tickets and any cubes you gain during the rerun - should give you a decent shot at NJ, even if the event were to happen directly after. Just be aware that you are taking your chances, if you decide to do so. While getting unlucky both times is overall rather unlikely, it is not impossible. Other things to consider: * Bismarck Zwei's event will have a rerun. That should happen in about two years, unless the timeframe between the initial event and its rerun extends further. * Both will eventually become permanent, NJ likely sometime next year. Bismarck Zwei a fair bit later.


ProfessionalBoot3460

Thanks for your help, I think I'll do as you say and not go below the limit of 272 cubes. Really love all the ships and designs that came out for them so i hope i will have luck at getting them early. My main targets for the event will be Bismarck II and Regensburg.


Nice-Spize

I would go for Bismarck 2, this event will run for nearly a month long and there should be a down time in preparation, I don't know exactly when NJ will drop but I wager it's enough to stockpile the cubes Not to mention, NJ's rerun come with around 42 event tickets to pull the banner for free


Fox_Hunt-327

Need help, I can't play hard mode or any combat content, it just loads up and then goes black with loading manjuus, any advice? I apparently can't repair assets as well (if that will do anything)


Nice-Spize

It aeeks that the optional patch from the playstore is what cause the bug so best advice is to not install it for now


mrmime1

How useful will the Watatsumi Research Notes be in QEM fight? I'm thinking of replacing the Battle Tracto Max on Helena Meta.


zenithtreader

I don't see it winning over Tracto by enough to forgo 18 evasion the later provides.


hexanort

5% damage on a vanguard wont make a noticable increase, all you'd do is trading tracto max EVA for some AVI Its not gonna be useful, typical carrier/battleship will have over 500 eva/avi after adding aux, the 50-60 avi or eva loss by replacing their standard aux wont be offset by 5% damage increase


Extemperanious

Can someone explain the new opsi shop changes they announced. Are there still going to be a fixed number of items you can buy each month?


Nice-Spize

Instead of shuffling items on a rotation, now all available items in each port shop are now displayed, effectively letting you buy the good stuff right out of the bat or at least done on a fixed order


cheekywarship2018

The number of items will not change. Instead of having the shop draw from a fixed pool to stock the shop with 8 items each refresh, all the times will instead be available at once as far as I understand but split into groups, and in order to progress to the next group you need to buyout the previous. Do not quote me on that last bit.


Nice-Spize

>Do not quote me on that last bit.


[deleted]

Game's currently not letting me do... well, anything. Combat content, at least. Exercises, regular maps etc, all just freeze the game to a black screen with Loading... manjuus. Anybody else getting this?


Nice-Spize

Do not download the optional patch from the store as that seems to be the root of the whole problem


Turbofied

as a F2P player, at what point should I start getting more dock slots, and what is the best way to get them?


Nice-Spize

As soon as you're done upgrading your dorm (2nd floor + 2/3 extra slots), spend tbe rest on expanding the dock >what is the best way to get them? Free gems are very limited, guaranteed one-time only sources are from 3 starring campaign maps and completing the Memento collection and Private guilds can research extra dock slot for an extra of 20 slots max Outside of the free gems above, anniversary and lunar new year are the only other guaranteed source. There's a rare chance that a gem commission will appear but it's not reliable nor worth the hasspe


cheekywarship2018

>as a F2P player, at what point should I start getting more dock slots, Depends on what type of player you but pretty much no matter what the base 150 won't be enough. >and what is the best way to get them? There are only 2, you can get 20 from Guild Tech, and the rest you must purchase with Gems. You get around 4k Gems guaranteed as a free to play so that gives you a decent chunk ofdock space.


Turbofied

are the 20 from guild tech able to be gained through public guild or do I have to join one?


cheekywarship2018

Public Guild only goes up to 6 iirc so you will have to join an actual Guild.


spring-express-train

I know Aurora Noctis was added to the War Archives for JP already, but does anyone know when it’s gonna hit EN as well?


cheekywarship2018

Most likely when CN and JP get Dreamwaker's Butterfly added to the War Archives. When that will be is anyone's guess.


Fazuku7

Good evening fellow commanders! I'm currently in a half-stopped/empty guild and I wanted to know if, if I leave it, I lose the "tech" I acquired (like the dock spaces).


cheekywarship2018

You maintain the Guild Tech you have acquired even if you leave.


zimbledwarf

Help with w14-2 boss. Current fleet is Imp/Haku/Enty with Azuma/kazagumo/Helena.best I've gotten is just over half health to boss before backline wiped out. Gear could be a bit better but is all at least 10+. Ryuseis, one tenrai, helldivers, flapjacks Also have used FdG/Georgia/Belo with worse results. I dont have NJ/Vanguard/Mushashi... well any gatcha UR pre Yorktown II


cheekywarship2018

​ >Current fleet is Imp/Haku/Enty with Azuma/kazagumo/Helena.best I've gotten is just over half health to boss before backline wiped out. Gear could be a bit better but is all at least 10+. Ryuseis, one tenrai, helldivers, flapjacks > >Also have used FdG/Georgia/Belo with worse results. You can run triple CV but frankly, it's better to run a battleship to intercept the rammers. It seems to me you've fallen into the trap of not staggering your main fleet's strikes enough. W14 bosses are basically long mob fights and staggering to keep damage uptime high and the amount of time enemies stay on screen is key to getting doing well in W14. For this reason, ditch Helena, she's pretty useless in W14 as she's neither suited to mobbing nor consistent. Drop Enterprise for a battleship. FDG would be ideal so you'll have to find someone else to be your mob fleet flagship. There's a lot more that can be done but I would like to see your dock and the gear you're using first. Can you share both using imgur?


zimbledwarf

So who would I put at flagship? FdG and Belo both got vaporized before they can get 2 salvos off, and I only have been able to launch 1 airstrike wave on the boss before getting blasted. I should have mentioned used Agir/Kazagumo/Azuma on my first run with triple CV, but Agir was still lvl 115 (still survived)


cheekywarship2018

>So who would I put at flagship? FdG FDG. Also if they're getting killed then it's definitely a stagger issue. W14 isn't all that difficult but it is very stringent on comps and the difference is very obvious between a good and bad comp for W14. ​ >I should have mentioned used Agir/Kazagumo/Azuma on my first run with triple CV, but Agir was still lvl 115 (still survived) You want to run double CB for W14 bosses ideally. The 3rd slot is usually DPS, Jeanne d' Arc or another tank.


zimbledwarf

So drop Kazagumo for someone else? I've got Kitakaze at dev 29, Scylla, dev 20 Plymouth i think are my best options for vanguard DPS


cheekywarship2018

A Dev 30 Kita may be your best bet from that but she isn't exactly ideal. Here's a example of how I'd gear that backline. https://x94fujo6rpg.github.io/AzurLaneFleet/?AFLD=No4FgTggGBWaA0ZnUWWBGMiBMA2PbBDAdj0QwGYiNpsMdEAiEgDgENOumkBdBYJSjRKiMQnHiWHLpx5h%2Bg4UUkS1zNrLl9FSmPAQ5W2REOppWdCimI3aJaDkYJpW9vMWQYziLVQJKJ3JDAn8GYPIKaHIGDRlZDwFGBwdiEkpgsEsiIxMEPEtbGmgHJzi3D34MXl4AQmgAOhLaylYMACNYSgBTIA


zimbledwarf

Any other recommendations? I have most PR ships unlocked except for Harbin/Brest/Rup/Odin, just not at a high dev level yet. My gatcha collection is lacking


cheekywarship2018

>Any other recommendations? I have most PR ships unlocked except for Harbin/Brest/Rup/Odin, just not at a high dev level yet. Could you just post what you have using imgur instead so we don't need to go back and forth with what you do and don't have. I can't say for certain but if you're missing a lot of PRs and most of what you have isn't Dev 30 then I don't think you're ready for W14 just yet.


zimbledwarf

Excellent point, imgur would be easier, thanks again! https://imgur.com/a/Bkp5VUy Pretty much whole fleet, minus alot of purple ships. I think your right, not sure if I have the ability to form a good enoguh fleet. Not sure how to improve other than getting NJ/Mush/Shinano


cheekywarship2018

This is actually better than I expected. From this dock I'd do Mob: Odin/ Gascogne/ Marco Polo(all must be FS5), Unicorn Retro, Yorktown 2, Azuma, Chang Chun Retro, An Shan Retro Boss: FDG, Implacable, Hakuryu, Anchorage, Plymouth, Agir You're overall missing one or two elements but you really aren't that far off. I assume you have An Shan and Chang Chun as they were both given away for free during LNY and post-retrofit are very strong. Here's how I would gear it. Note that not all the UR gear is necessary and some things like the fighter selection and AA Guns in the boss fleet aren't that important but you do want a Wyvern or two for W14, etc. I also want you to note the staggering the main fleets and how their strike all come out at different times, this is key for success in W14. I doubt you have all this ready at the moment so what I would do is take some time and start leveling up some of the needed ships and getting the gear. It doesn't have to be this exact comp that you end up using but the main take away is the principles in building a fleet for W14. [https://x94fujo6rpg.github.io/AzurLaneFleet/?AFLD=No4FgTggGBWaA0ZnUWWBGMiBMA2PbBDAdj0QwGYiNpsMdEAiEgDgENOumkBdBYDihxErTOSSYi%2BQhTIVqFaIwbM2XbnwEZhlNHqKwUCGTXkJ4S%2BowQsOG9jzC9%2BISsPgnW2RO8VJWOgpjLBpoEmUbOwdHLXBhGwhaVARKHHxcAhSGCXIlclVbdQcnV0YIiOISSgkwQOlvFLxA4hDwyLV7DVL%2BDFcQeFodJAwMCQg8zKNfPTQsJSGo4u64weh3EbHECdQpokpZk1hAhehC6JK49xgiZB9NiXxpqokqMOtOmJ6BQWhyDdIYBsOEamTyCGa%2BjCEXSn0uzgEeGEtFallS6UeWQoGQh2T%2BZyWXU0COAtBIySqNQoSQa91CwWhHSKRM43z6vAAhNAAHThDlUHAAUwgADN2EA](https://x94fujo6rpg.github.io/AzurLaneFleet/?AFLD=No4FgTggGBWaA0ZnUWWBGMiBMA2PbBDAdj0QwGYiNpsMdEAiEgDgENOumkBdBYDihxErTOSSYi%2BQhTIVqFaIwbM2XbnwEZhlNHqKwUCGTXkJ4S%2BowQsOG9jzC9%2BISsPgnW2RO8VJWOgpjLBpoEmUbOwdHLXBhGwhaVARKHHxcAhSGCXIlclVbdQcnV0YIiOISSgkwQOlvFLxA4hDwyLV7DVL%2BDFcQeFodJAwMCQg8zKNfPTQsJSGo4u64weh3EbHECdQpokpZk1hAhehC6JK49xgiZB9NiXxpqokqMOtOmJ6BQWhyDdIYBsOEamTyCGa%2BjCEXSn0uzgEeGEtFallS6UeWQoGQh2T%2BZyWXU0COAtBIySqNQoSQa91CwWhHSKRM43z6vAAhNAAHThDlUHAAUwgADN2EA)


hegeliansynthesis

So since meta ships are getting fleet tech sounds like we should have a meta tier list at this point? Helena meta has the good gun damage or whatever it was plus her small buff? QE Meta is apparently decent and buffs other metas? Nevada meta is apparently good for W14. Ark Royal meta has a slow I think? ​ Who else (metas) should we be looking at?? Edit: Also what are the next two Meta ships to be archived and when are they do?


Baltrak

> Edit: Also what are the next two Meta ships to be archived and when are they do? Scharnhorst followed by Repulse should be the next two up. After the introduction of Dossier fights when they added 3 in at once they have been adding a new one in alongside the release of a new META showdown. Thus we will likely see Scharnhorst added when the Algerie META showdown begins.


hegeliansynthesis

Thank you very much! Repulse was the one I didn't finish so waiting on her.


cheekywarship2018

>Helena meta has the good gun damage or whatever it was plus her small buff? Yep, her debuffs are pretty minor though. ​ >QE Meta is apparently decent and buffs other metas? She does but that's largely a nonfactor. Her damage output is actually quite good and she's effectively a sidegrade to Howe which is not a bad thing. ​ >Nevada meta is apparently good for W14. Arizona META you mean. Testing shows that she is not a lot better than any other SR Candidates such as FS5 Marco Polo and Gascogne and if anything she's worse. ​ >Ark Royal meta has a slow I think? She does but in effect, she's just worse than her normal counterpart. Hiryuu and Soryuu META are both decent mobbers with wide barrages and Genisneau META is actually really solid BC. I don't think META ships getting fleet tech changes much though. Anyone who needs them for fleet tech will be decided by what they give which is currently unknown. For newer players, they sound nice but I think the grind behind them while ultimately surmountable is really off-putting for someone who's still relatively new and by the time they ultimately do they're not usually needed anymore.


hegeliansynthesis

Lots of good info thanks. I guess i was also thinking of meta tier list relative to itself. Like if we need a meta fleet or some form of it to help clear content. I'm chipping away at Ginsneau so maybe her and QE might do well together. I also remember hearing good things about Yamamato meta. The elite rarity mobbing unit.


cheekywarship2018

>Yamamato meta Yamashiro you mean lol. I think it was actually her sister Fuso though that got some praise but only to the extent of being half-decent honestly and being decent for newer players and it didn't really go beyond that which is a real shame.


hegeliansynthesis

Long day and maybe wish fulfillment with the names. Lol. It was the one with the fox mask I think and bent knees and black hair. She had some blood letting skill that increased her power at the expense of losing some hp. Supposedly she was decent for an elite but i didnt test her.


Op45667

anyone got a cheap Agir vanguard 2.4m xp farm fleet and which map to do? was thinking K sisters (koln, konigsberg, karlsruhe) but open for more suggestions


hexanort

Cheap Fleet are pretty much not a thing anymore, from chapter 9 onwards, stage has oil cap, which mean your oil cost wont exceed a certain amount, so using 6 common ship + 6 rainbow ship will cost the same amount of oil 11-1 is the map with best exp/oil yield, so that's the optimal stage, as for the fleet, your best ironblood vanguard fleet will do, as their oil cost doesnt matter because oil cap


cheekywarship2018

>anyone got a cheap Agir vanguard 2.4m xp farm fleet and which map to do? was thinking K sisters (koln, konigsberg, karlsruhe) but open for more suggestions Why a cheap fleet? Just get an IB vanguard together and farm W12. Oil caps have made low-cost fleets obsolete especially for XP farming.


Op45667

rejoined recently, looked up the oil cap and holy, wasn’t there when I last played. thanks for the heads up!


Ventes_XIII

Is this really an 8 gig game?


zenithtreader

Not it's actually around 12 gigs


cheekywarship2018

For me it's 12.67 GBs right now. Skins and voice lines do take up a fair bit of space.


Loymoat

Nope. When you download all the additional voice lines and skin animation it's even bigger!


hegeliansynthesis

Is challenge mode returning with the anni update or as future content in a few months? ​ What did the old challenge mood entail? I don't believe i tried it.


zurcn

when - not really sure, but it was announced after the new OpSi Meta and that will only happen on June 8th. Algery meta's slide is labelled as "part 2" while the Gear Lab update and Challenge mode is labelled as "part 3". But I would expect the Meta rollover and Gear lab to happen at the same time. So my guess is June 8th


hegeliansynthesis

Yeah they usually roll things out a week or two after for the big holiday events. So makes sense. Thank you. Here's hoping the rewards are nice and that it's fun.


Nice-Spize

The old challenge mode is just running a marathon against 6 EX bosses iirc where if you get 8k points you'll earn a portrait frame for that season It also unlocks Endless Mode where you, of course, fight as many EX bosses as possible


hegeliansynthesis

That's interesting. Reminds me of Devil May Cry in a way. Some of the continuous mob fights...so much button mashing. It was removed because it was unpopular? I remember hearing about it but maybe I wasn't paying much attention to the game back then. Just popped in to dailies and that was it.


Nice-Spize

It was removed because people could cheese it with Perseus and other preload ships since the bosses here are a lot less durable i think than your standard EX boss Now it came bacj after a couple of tweaks


hegeliansynthesis

I hope the rewards arent just frames or it means we get no content for YEARS.


Agitated-Hat-4057

in 12-4 do i still use my mob fleet just for escorts or can I use my boss fleet for some


zurcn

the higher you go, the less you want your boss fleet to have suffered any damage before the boss


Nice-Spize

There is an ammo node in 12-4 that lets your mob fleet to fight 3 more fights without the damage penalty But since this is 12-4, you can still let your mob fleet run through escort nodes while under the damage penalty so long as the backline are well-equipped at this point


Asahi_Bushi

I'd say just use the reload tile and keep using your mob fleet. 12-4 and 13-4 are perfect for grinding, but 13-4 can be a bit hard to survive for ships under Lv110.


SirRHellsing

when is the ur event on en? I have terrible searching skills tbh


zurcn

the prelude to the event is ongoing in game at this very moment. the dates on phase 2 of the call to arms overlap with the UR event's dates (including the final week where the event has ended but you can still redeem rewards)


Loymoat

Same time as CN and JP. After the Thursday maintenance the event is officially announced.


Super_Treacle

How to get gear lab ingredients to cook some good gear ? I mean I've be playing opsi just for meta analysis but I think it's time to get some good gear? How do I farm for gear lab stuff?


Nice-Spize

You do everything OpSi have to offer: Strongholds, Arbiter, Abyssals, Hidden Zones, clearing actual zones and burn AP on C5-6 zones afterwards as well as the daily missions and buying items in the port shop There's no one good spot to farm as all gear lab materials are random


Loymoat

Pretty much everything. Strongholds, Abyssals, Hidden zones. When you're out of those blow your AP on c5 zones. Make sure to buy at least 5 items per port shop refresh to make sure the good stuff appears (though this is being changed)


Acraelous

What are they changing exactly?


Loymoat

Iirc from watching the AzureLaneMeta stream, all items in the port shops will be visible from the start and will be unlocked as you clear the maps.


Lost-Diver1298

After a buying spree on the newcomers support campaign, i have 3k core data. What should i be buying? Roon u seems good, and so does a F4U for my enterprise, but if theres anything else i should buy or save for then im not really sure.


ninaisunderrated

Black and white shells! They're auxiliaries you'll want to use on any and all BB/BCs so having 2 or 3 of each is really handy. If you have HMS BBs there's a sort of orange coloured shell which you can use instead too. I bought Roon mu but by the time I got around to MLBing her I already had Anchorage and Cheshire for tanking, so I didn't get that much use out of her other than as a filler fleet tank for OpSi. If you are already making good progress towards getting any of the CBs or have other good tanking ships then Roonmu is kinda redundant imho. Independence is only worth if you don't have any good CVs, and if you've been playing recently you'd surely have some from the last few major events. F4U I wouldn't recommend. You can get F4U Corsairs from farming 3-4 instead easily (and then upgrade those to flapjacks in the gear lab which are top tier).


cheekywarship2018

>Roon u seems good, and so does a F4U for my enterprise, but if theres anything else i should buy or save for then im not really sure. Neither of them is reccomended these days to be brutally honest. Both are just expensive stopgaps that aren't necessary early game and will be replaced by better things later on. I'd recommend getting Independence from the core shop first and then buying yourself a pair of Black and White Shells. Independence post retro is one of the most potent mobbers in the game and you will end up using her a lot. The shells are some of the best auxes for BBs and you'll be using them even into late game.


kyoshiro_y

https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/wiki/faq/#wiki_what_is_the_best_use_of_core_data.3F


tobey69420

Any site from where I can download Azur Lane official arts and l2ds on my phone?


kyoshiro_y

I'm not sure about L2D, but the loading screen artwork can be found in the [Wiki](https://azurlane.koumakan.jp/wiki/Loading_Screens). You might want to use SauceNao to track the higher-resolution if the illustrator uploaded it somewhere.


raynovac

Hi, I took a break for about 2 months, did they change something for the ships you get farming? Because now a lot of the gray and blue ships always get the new ship announcement and they used to not do that...


kyoshiro_y

Yes, after the second-last update, they somehow set that on. Go to Settings > Options > Duplicate Ship Display > Off.


raynovac

cool thanks so much.


Quon_Star

What is the best way to farm UR weapon blueprints in research?


kyoshiro_y

Adding to the other replies, check [here](https://azur-stats.lyoko.io/research5-equipments) for more data about the drop rate.


Rafaeael

Q > G > D. Rest are garbage so refresh or pick the shortest one (Ds aren't that great either so also refresh if you got them).


Quon_Star

When you say Q G D what exactly does that mean? I went on the wiki trying to look it up and couldn't figure it out, sorry lol


Rafaeael

Each research project have its "code" which is X-YYY-ZZ. The X part is what defines the type of the research. They also have names at the top like Basic Research, Cognition, Collection, Cube Analysis, Rigging Analysis, etc. but instead of using these long names, just saying that single letter which defines their type is preferred. Qs are rigging analysis, the ones that take gear plates and don;t give any ship prints. Gs are grant donation, the ones that cost coins but don't have ship face on it. Ds are cognition, they also take coins but they have ship face on them.


Quon_Star

Thank you for the very detailed answer 👍👍


AlarmingSundae7250

research missions all have a big letter at the start G for example is Grant Donation - coins for ship and gear prints, Q is upgrade plates for equipment blueprints https://azurlane.koumakan.jp/wiki/Research_Academy#B_type_(Data_Collection)


Quon_Star

OMG I feel so dumb lol. Thanks for dumbing it down for me 👍👍


icantnameme

Q missions are the most efficient for gear blueprints. [Here's some collected data from PR4](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_rgRUQe7CCrUBD-yEZ-G7nZeAdKob9yfObUZafoVgwA/edit#gid=59753601)


potpol789

Best maps to get commission fast and what ship to use in map farm


cheekywarship2018

There was 2-1/ 2-4 but frankly, the people who farmed them used bots/ macros as it was tedious and time-consuming for very little payoff. You're better off just farming your usual spot.


a_goblin_warlock

>there was 2-1/ 2-4 but frankly, the people who farmed them were flat-out bots Guess I'm a bot now ... Beep Boop. > it was tedious and time-consuming for very little payoff. Not that I'd advise farming the low level stages these days, but ... I wouldn't qualify pressing a single button every couple minutes and eventually checking the commissions every couple runs as tedious. In that regard it was just like grinding any other stage, just at a slightly higher frequency due to the fewer & quicker fights in the early stages. If the topic was farming the ?-nodes in 7-2, then that would be a different story, since that required way more attention - too much for my tastes - and that's saying something. The value of the payoff obviously highly depends on what people are looking for. The coin & exp situation is obviously far better with the oil capped stages. On the other hand I'd be lying, if I claimed that the reduced frequency of the gem commissions - after I stopped doing 2-1 with the retirement changes - was not noticable. The same applies to any other type of urgent commission, obviously.


Agitated-Hat-4057

can someone explain to me how and why my unicorn is doing most of the [damage?](https://imgur.com/a/8fSLNdq) this is world 12 and using her in mob fleet


ninaisunderrated

The people who made the ECTL weren't joking around when they listed Unicorn as tier EX.


molten_panda

Because she's best girl, and best girl does best damage.^(And the whole preloaded airstrike thing...)


AlarmingSundae7250

because she's a good girl she gets two full air strikes before your CV can launch one and her air strikes are ~20 seconds apart (unlike Perseus) so she has new victims.


Rafaeael

Preload clears the screen preventing rest of the fleet from doing dmg.


icantnameme

Unicorn Retrofit gives her 1 preload. If the battle finishes quickly, then other ships won't be able to deal more damage than her.


Edvs1996

Is it worth to get illustrious muse?


cheekywarship2018

From a meta perspective no, she's quite mediocre and expensive.


Nice-Spize

If you want to get her for waifu reason and collection rate then yes If not then there are better things to buy before thinking of Roon and Lusty muse


lordwahu

I've run into a bug where if I start a battle, once the loading screen finishes, the game gets a black screen and the loading Manjuus. They just stay there and the battle never actually loads


wadech

At least I'm not the only one. Not sure if I want to do a full delete and reinstall.


lordwahu

I will say that uninstalling and reinstalling the app and the entire client did fix the issue


ThaWulf

I have been getting the same thing since I opened the game this morning, was fine yesterday. I didn't manually install an optional patch like the other guy mentioned, but I don't see it on play store so it might have auto-installed idk. Can't run battles or exercises (was able to run 2 exercises but it fails to load like 9/10 times).


Nice-Spize

It probably have something to do with the optional patch on the playstore since many other people have reported the same bug when they installed it


kyoshiro_y

I tried to search around, but my search-fu is too weak. Any tips on making a good team compo for Ark Royal META? Any gimmicks that I need to be careful for?


Nice-Spize

Ark META will spawn 3 ghost boats that can't be killed and will ram your backline, this primarily affects your CVs since they'll be immediately spotted and lose the damage bonus while BBs take basically scratch damage And that's it, she's the 2nd META ship to be added and like Hiryuu META before, her fights are pretty easy to clear by using Agir / Plymouth / Drake or Anchorage setup without an issue Old META fights don't have a lot of flashy gimmicks like now so you actually have a much easier time steam rolling them


kyoshiro_y

I see. Musashi - FdG - Implacable, Anchorage - Helena - Drake. Is this enough? Do I need to prepare Musashi - Yorktown 2 - Implacable instead?


Nice-Spize

Either setup will work just fine, you can try to see which comp does higher damage and more consistent at it


kyoshiro_y

I'm thinking on putting 2xBF109 + 1 Skyraider for Yorktown 2 and 2xBF109 + 1x Ryusei for Implacable, paired with Musashi for backline cover.


Nice-Spize

You're free to try out which comp does better since Ark META is not that threatening, the only real downside I can see is that you won't be able to use the damage bonus from the concealment gauge more than once which is when she spawn in the invincible ghost boats


kyoshiro_y

I see. I'll probably try that later since the Skyraider is so expensive to enhance. Thanks again, Spize.


Nice-Spize

Run the HVAR as substitute, its rocket still hurts a fair amount against medium armor


kyoshiro_y

Will do.


LOZFFVII

Afair, the first couple of META bosses didn't have any major gimmicks to them. Just throw together your strongest ships and roll over the fight.


kyoshiro_y

Cheers, mate.


Altruistic_Ad_7776

Hello fellow SKKs, I’m currently on my very first trip to Japan and I’d like to bring AL art books as souvenirs. I know I could just order them, but it wouldn’t feel as good as getting them personally. To be specific, I’m looking for AL anniversary art books 1-3 (I’ve managed to get 4 and 5 from animate already), as well as the newest AL Figure Archive. Can anyone confirm their availability in the following locations: Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka? Thanks in advance!


Nice-Spize

I don't think those anniversary books are sold anymore since they're a limited time thing years ago I think there are people selling the 1st anni one on ebay iirc


Altruistic_Ad_7776

Found artbooks 1-3 in Animate in Nagoya😄 Thanks for your response anyway!


tks13

Hi Friends, I need some advise on my 14-4 boss fleet. Just slapped my highest levelled ships & gave it a go, managed to clear it but I was nearly wrecked by it, with only 2 backline & 2 frontline surviving with 20% or so hp. I'm currently using: Musashi/NJ/Shinano , Agir (dev 30)/Yuudachi (reftrofit)/Azuma Is there any ships I should change for a more stable clear? I currently do not have any gear lab UR weapons Thank you!


cheekywarship2018

>Musashi/NJ/Shinano , Agir (dev 30)/Yuudachi (reftrofit)/Azuma It could be better but you could do a lot worse. The main thing to worry about staggering your main fleet ships to reduce damage downtime and the amount of time enemies stay on screen. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Here's an example of what I'd run with that fleet. Yes the converging torp bomber in Nano is deliberate. A mixture of converging torp bombers and parallel torp bombers is best for W14 and mobbing in general. The Wyvern wave clears and the Ju-87d helps take care of some of the beefier targets. [https://x94fujo6rpg.github.io/AzurLaneFleet/?AFLD=No4BgXQGnbb4BGMBWRB2MUCcyxcUQCYA2LUsg0rSqZM4rAInQBMBDTrpqEuAZlR4o-ACyIAHFn5FqUCvl6KSRAmAaqoLDl048%2BMQZilRRU0dOxjyEiwVEW6DtZlnM2ujvojREPgIRgAHRg6P4ARuGiRADGrOFAA](https://x94fujo6rpg.github.io/AzurLaneFleet/?AFLD=No4BgXQGnbb4BGMBWRB2MUCcyxcUQCYA2LUsg0rSqZM4rAInQBMBDTrpqEuAZlR4o-ACyIAHFn5FqUCvl6KSRAmAaqoLDl048%2BMQZilRRU0dOxjyEiwVEW6DtZlnM2ujvojREPgIRgAHRg6P4ARuGiRADGrOFAA)


Nice-Spize

For the boss fleet, I went in full tank ham of Agir / Plymouth / Anchorage to tackle the boss, popping smoke on manual to eat the upcoming damage. Backline is a bit different: NJ / Shinano or Hakuryuu / Illustrious with module NJ in this case should use the prototype 137mm gun in gear lab (EU tree) to shoot down the ramming boats as a heads up. Lusty's improved bubble shield does help the vanguard to survive longer and she use rocket fighters to nuke the boss iirc Hakuryuu is a bit better than Shinano here due to having more dive bombers, that said, it's a good idea to start equipping parallel torpedo bombers to torpedo bomber slots since the wide coverage would help deal with the large cluster of ships on screen You ideally want to use 2 CVs on manual to delete the arcing barrage from the production BBs protecting Mogami since those ships are the actual threat to your fight


hexanort

Azuma, azuma is mainly a HE sheller, and that's not optimal for W14 boss since the main adversary is heavy armor command fleet, and medium armor boss. Drake or Plymouth w/ AP gun would perform better here. Also hakuryuu would be slightly more optimal than shinano, as her dive bomber and barrage is better at clearing waves of enemies faster, which equal taking less damage and reaching the boss faster.


Skylair13

From 16k sync points to 25k points within 19 days is more than doable right? I have sudden doubts with my progress with QEM.


ninaisunderrated

From only doing your own 2 showdowns per day you can get 750 points a day, so 9000 takes 12 days. With the 3 extras a day where you help other people's showdowns you can reliably get 189 points a day on top of that, or 939 points total, which means 9000 only takes 10 days.


Nice-Spize

Make sure to clear your own summoned boss AND do the daily assists And u/hexanort, the lowest point for assist on a level 15 boss is 63 points


Skylair13

> on a level 15 boss is 63 points The struggles of having a grand total of 3 vanguards above 110, lol. Only Sheffield Meta is in permanent showdown rooster out of those 3 though. Well, it's doable at least.


00zau

The lowest vs. highest diff is like 10-15 points.


Nice-Spize

There's nothing wrong with hitting the lowest points, you're still helping others by dealing damage to shorten the fight


hexanort

Yeah, clearing your own lv 15 yield 375 points, assisting lv 15 yield min 61 points IIRC. So that's ~933 points per day.


GeneralFailure099

375+375 from your own two attempts +\~210 from hitting a decent amount on 3 other players' summons=960 per day, and you only need 9K. Just don't slack. ;)


v4nquished_

Tamaki. Looked at the ECTL today and saw her FAR higher tired than I had initially expected her to be. How are you guys using her? Is she worth raising quickly? Has she replaced anyone in your fleets?


zenithtreader

She's basically Amagi plus. Same debuff, but she is FAR tankier than Amagi and deals more damage. Perfect for w14 (or any stage really) mobbing https://imgur.io/a/LlOKjwx That said, if you have FdG at dev 30, you really don't need her meta wise. Leveling her up would mostly be a waifu choice.


Nice-Spize

She hasn't replaced anyone in my fleet because I already have the URs which dwarfs over every BB/BC. She's tiered that high is probably due to her consistent skills Tamaki is *alright*, her kit isn't flashy but she is reliable at her job and her barrage does not require her to be the flagship so one can put her on the side and the proc rate is 100% at max level (if the module is present). Her being a BC also meant she's useful in several hard mode maps that doesn't allow BBs, assuming you don't have Hood already I'm just using her like a generic barrage BB tbh but for new players, she's a pretty strong ship to have as a starter and even better if her unique module is there since it makes her more consistent to use


cheekywarship2018

>How are you guys using her? Not at all because I have all the UR BBs. Whether you should level and use her depends on what you have at your disposal. If you're still relatively new she's a good BB to have in your fleets.


whiplash10

Out of curiosity, I know that Enterprise x Belfast is a popular pairing but why is Enteprise shipped with Illustrious? Is it because Enterprise and Illustrious have a knight and princess dynamic?


nntktt

Enterprise and Belfast was paired in the anime for whatever reason. I don't remember there ever being a thing between Enterprise and Illustrious. Sometimes they just get featured together in things from early years being the few year 0 SRs.


v4nquished_

Where did you see Enty + lusty paired? That’s new to me.


whiplash10

I saw a couple of art for it like: [This](https://www.reddit.com/r/wholesomeyuri/comments/ubaq26/enterprise_x_illustrious_azur_lane/) [That](https://www.reddit.com/r/wholesomeyuri/comments/u1tbs7/enterprise_x_illustrious_azure_lane/) [Those](https://www.reddit.com/r/wholesomeyuri/comments/vlq37o/enterprise_x_illustrious_azur_lane/)


v4nquished_

Never seen that before, Looks like they’re mostly from the same artist - which could just be his own personal preference. The only reason Belfast + Enty exists because of the anime, most other stuff can be “anything goes”


Nice-Spize

It's nothing important other than the artist like it or because it's part of the early year thing


Nice-Spize

Thing is, I've never seen such a pair being used like that other than the answer of "they're one of the best options in the early days of the game"


Extemperanious

Im getting a black loading screen whenever i try to sortie, does anyone know how to fix this?


Nice-Spize

Either do a data repair or try to file a report to the customer service


icantnameme

I have the same issue, and it gets stuck at 37% when trying to repair. I'm guess it's related to the optional update that my phone auto-installed today, but the game is basically unplayable now since sortie fails to load.


Nice-Spize

I guess it's better to not download the optional patch


icantnameme

The backup emulator I have doesn't have the update installed and I can still sortie on it, so I would imagine that's the cause and would recommend people don't install it (unless someone else reports the same issue without updating). EDIT: I did have to full reinstall to fix the issue. * Dorm was all white, no room or furniture * Any kind of Sortie would load the assets at 100% and then show the manjuus loading * Operation Siren grid was all white, missing terrain assets I'm guessing maybe it had something to do with saving the game on an SD card but I don't really know. Either way I'm pretty confident that the update caused it.


DioRemTW

Will we get gems on the CN anniversary event? I'm running out of dock space and I have some gems left but idk if they'll give some. When are free gems given anyway? I know that they usually give some in the chinese new year but I don't remember if there are other times where they usually do.


Nice-Spize

Possibly no since this is a CN anniversary which CN players are guaranteed to get free gems, we'll get our's in mid-August when EN anniversary starts But we do get their free content


DioRemTW

How many gems do we receive in the anniversary? To be honest I've playing azur lane on and off for a few years so I don't think I've ever been playing during an anniversary except maybe the first.


Nice-Spize

Last year we got 500 gems + oath ring and other goodies so that's probably the bar to set. There's also the AR event running alongside it which adds an extra 200 for a total of 700 gems


DioRemTW

That sounds great, makes me feel bad I missed them all these years. I'm struggling with dock space without spending real money haha. Thanks for your quick answer!


hexanort

Likely no, we'll get the anniversary freebie, gems included during global server anniverary, which is july or august i cant remember exactly.


Abdullah_Abulkhair

I have most of the zones in opsi 1/5 stars but I unlocked every zone I know 8 can revisit them but I feel like the rewards are way less so is there anything to do in opsi or I should just wait for this month to end?


LOZFFVII

Don't forget to clear out the port shops. They're not random, but filled from a limited pool every month - once you buy an item from them, it's gone until its restocked next month. In particular you want to get the UR design plans - three of them, one from each of the European port shops. The 500 special coin one from the NY port shop is also good to pick up.


Nice-Spize

The upcoming QoL change will eventually make all items in the OpSi port shops available to buy rather than through a rotation btw


LOZFFVII

Cool, useful to know. That's not relevant to \*this month\* though. OP probably still needs to bare in mind the rotation for another 12 days.


Nice-Spize

Just a heads up after all, soon that advice becomes obsolete very quickly so better do it while the ship is still afloat


LOZFFVII

Yep, fair enough. Not complaining.


Nice-Spize

Have you tried clearing out daily missions, hidden zones, strongholds, abyssals and arbiter? The stars collection is more of a long term thing since some require multiple resets to achieve


hexanort

Depending on your need yeah the rewards arent very good, i usually just do dailies everyday, meta showdown and then stop playing opsi because they're not worth that worth it. And clearing abyssal/stronghold when they're available


nntktt

You're meant to just repeat secure zones though for more loot. A significant portion of the resources you'll farm out of OS is from burning out your AP repeating secured zones, particularly since you'll need the coins and tokens to covert to vouchers for buying loggers the next month. A lot of the stars are also locked behind repeating for random spawns.


[deleted]

So is Azur Lane gonna go down business mode? Lots of talk influence me to marry Bismarck because of the talk of her "retrofit" 7 months ago. I didn't becoz I saw the Type 2 riggings and boi i was right. So yeah should I spend more money (more dock, rings) in AL? What are the signs that a game is gradually being greedy? TYIA!


Rafaeael

...what? I don't see how the community's speculation about Biscuit retro being shot down by the II variant is a sign of AL getting greedy. People have been inhaling loads of copium on various things over the years like QE retro, Bismarck retro, Eugen retro, Mainz skin, Alaska, new HMS UR, new French event, Z23 oath skin, Amagi skin, Yamato, etc. Some of them came true, some came much later than "anticipated", some became less likely and some are still up in the air. Skins cost the same, quality didn't deteriorate, quality of new ships haven't gone down and their quantity is either similar or lower. So I don't see how the AL is getting greedy.


Nice-Spize

I mean, the game doesn't go anywhere near business mode and if you don't like the new ships then you could simply just skip it If a game is actually going full on AAA mode then you would see core gameplay mechanics being locked behind a time-gated paywall


nntktt

Probably more appropriately discussed here: [https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/13lu8t6/cn\_6th\_anniversary\_livestream\_summary/](https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/13lu8t6/cn_6th_anniversary_livestream_summary/) *Personally* if there was an old ship I really liked with no niche space I'd rather get a II that fits in the meta than a medicore retrofit that I'll never actually field. But hey, that's just me.


hexanort

The sign is that they start hiding stuff behind paywall, or greatly cutting back playability without paying, which no sign for that so far The game adding new unit that you dont like is not a sign of changing business model. You could stop spending money if you dont like bismark, doubt that's gonna change things tho


Fall0fReach-jOnYx-NA

I opened my dorm this morning to find that only one furniture shows up and the rest is a white screen. How do i fix this?


icantnameme

I have the same issue, I think it's because my phone auto-updated the optional update in the Play Store from May 13. EDIT: I also can't start an Exercise at all... guess I can't complete the event mission?


Dvalinn25

I have the same thing whenever I try to battle. It's just white squares instead of an ocean. Crashes whenever I initiate a fight. Gonna try asset repair. Edit: Asset repair crashes at 37%. Great.


Nice-Spize

Either do a restart or initiate the ingame data repair option


Fall0fReach-jOnYx-NA

Yeah restart isnt working, before this, when I loggednin, it said I needed to download 2.6 gb worth of files even though there wasn’t a new update


Nice-Spize

Hmmm might want to do an asset repair then


car8r

What do you have to do to get the UR ship during the event? Is it only pull from the banner or can you grind for it? I have only been playing for like a month and I have over 100 cubes but I basically spend all my gold every day. Is there a recommended plan going in?


ninaisunderrated

Try to farm up some gold over the next few days and save all the cubes you can. You're well short of 400 cubes so you won't be able to reach pity (if you do 200 builds it'll guarantee the ur), so hopefully you get lucky. For hoarding gold try to avoid doing expensive research projects (basic research is free), MLBing ships, buying augments, etc, then farm 12-4 or whatever highest level you can in W9 or higher. If you only have 100 cubes that's only 50 pulls so you'd only need to save up 75000 gold, which is honestly not hard to do in only a few days so it's really not worth stressing about too much. I mean the event lasts two weeks so you could honestly just farm the gold as you need it during the event. Tl;dr: Do all the commissions you can with potential cubes as rewards and get all your daily mission cube rewards. Hope to get lucky.


Nice-Spize

If there is an event banner like the UR one, go solely for the UR banner. Don't bother pulling Light/Heavy/Special during events as the event pool itself is either a heavy or event pool with the event ships sprinkled in If you're a new player and want to keep a decent pace then it's wise to do 3 pulls from the event pool per day and only go ham on the last few days if you still haven't got it Since URs come with a pity that lets you claim a free copy for every 200 pulls (400 cubes, 4 times max for 800 cubes), the best plan in the long run is to stock up at least 300k gold and 400 cubes in case you need to pull a pity. Note that a pity copy is independent from the actual pull itself so it's possible to suddenly score 2 URs at the pity mark Note that new event ships will come with a Rate-Up, how much is based on their rarity (you can check it out by hitting the small blue "i" button at the bottom * URs = 1.2% * SRs = 2% * Elites and Rares = 2.5%


cheekywarship2018

>What do you have to do to get the UR ship during the event? Is it only pull from the banner or can you grind for it? Gacha only, there's a pity system though so you're guaranteed a copy after 200 builds though most players will only need to spend roughly half that as URs have a 1.2% rate. The recommended strat is to 3 pulls a day for the daily event missions and then go all out on the final day of the event if need be. It will last weeks instead of the usual two though giving you time to get more cubes and coins.


Loymoat

Pull from the banner at a 1.2% rate. Every 200 pulls (400 cubes) you can claim a free copy. This counter does not reset if you pull the UR normally. Recommended plan is save 400 cubes and 300k gold (or slightly less coz the event lasts 2 weeks) before the event to guarantee you get her. Easier for vets ofc. Just save as much as you can if you're a newer player. Do 3 pulls a day if you want to be efficient with your resources and blow the rest on the last day if you still don't have the ships you want. The UR events are pretty predictable at this point. February, CN Anniversary, JP anniversary and December.


ninaisunderrated

So other than double biscuit, anyone know what the other 'new' ships will be next week?


Rafaeael

From what I've seen, Jade (CVL), Regensberg (CL) and Alvensleben (DD). No idea about the rarities though. There's also Taihou-chan, U-556 META, Algerie META (in META fights) and Vestal META (in cruise pass).


Nice-Spize

>Vestal META The nun has had enough of your shenanigans


hexanort

[Vestal META now fire barrages instead of healing](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj6MnHueUUI)


Nice-Spize

Vestal being going out with a Glock on her hand


hexanort

Maybe she can start equipping DD gun instead of AA gun for backline defense lmao.


Nice-Spize

Even better, her DD guns are modified to provide arcing shots like BBs do


hexanort

This need to happen.. Manjuu idc if you already had her kit finished, make it happen. That or make Akashi do it, she's already a mafia boss


Nice-Spize

Anything to make support vessels like Vestal more viable will do


cheekywarship2018

Jade(Elite, CVL), Alvensleben(SSR, DD), Regensburg(Elite, CL), U-556 META(Elite). Yes, we are getting a gacha META ship. No we don't know if she'll be retitrable.


Nelgorgo88

Is there a YouTube link to the 5th anniversary livestream? They usually upload one a few days in advance.


nntktt

Only if it's JP or EN. CN anniversary only officially streams on bili.


Nelgorgo88

Ahh I see I see. Can someone send the link to that?


nntktt

https://live.bilibili.com/h5/7761331


TerminalNoop

Can't do hard mode anymore after I updated the client yesterday. Fixing bugs etc. my ass, the map is just white and after the loading screen it's just a black screen with loading manjuus. Useing the asset repair function in the settings doesn't work, it gets stuck at 38% something .


Chadime

Same


Xamorc

same


Chadime

Just hope they fix it before the event


nntktt

You're the first person I've seen here to complain about the patch being broken. I honestly have no idea what to tell you besides try a reinstall or contact support.