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DARE to risk everything in battle

Calculated risk and reward are central to the battles in Bravely Default. As you wander the landscape of Luxendarc, enemies will take the fight to you when you least expect it— so you need to be ready with a well-balanced team and sound strategies.

Gameplay Overview

Breaking down the battle

Bravely Default offers turn-based battles with a twist. You'll find a wealth of traditional moves and abilities at your disposal, and also innovative game play mechanics—like the Brave, Default, and Bravely Second commands—that enhance battles in new ways.

Brave & Default

Success in combat demands that you wisely manage your Brave Points (BP). When you enter a battle, you can elect to Default—which partially shields you from attacks and builds up BP—or to Brave—which spends BP to unleash multiple attacks at once. If you unleash your Brave attacks at the right time, you can defeat tough enemies quickly, preserve the health of your party members and gain bonus points towards jobs and experience.

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Bravely Second

In addition to Brave Points, your characters can use Sleep Points (SP) to freeze time for your enemies during battle with the Bravely Second command. It's a powerful tool, but you should use it sparingly—you need to put your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system in Sleep Mode to slowly build up your SP.

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Special Moves

Each weapon has special moves that you can make your own with customized names. You can also create a battle cry for when you unleash the move in combat. Assign your move to your profile, and then exchange it with other Bravely Default players via the StreetPass feature.

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SUMMON help with StreetPass

Thanks to the unique connectivity features of the Nintendo 3DS & 2DS systems, you can call on your friends to help you out in the wilds on Luxendarc.

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  • Rebuild Norende

    Collect villagers via the StreetPass feature, then put them to work rebuilding the village of Norende, which was recently consumed by The Great Chasm. Manage the reconstruction by assigning villagers to specific projects. The more villagers you find, the faster Tiz will get his hometown back.

  • Abilink

    It pays to have friends in high places. You can borrow a powerful ability from a friend's character and assign it to one of your characters for extra power when you into battle. You only get one ability per connection, so try to find a firend for each of your party members.

  • Summon Friend

    Need a hand during a tough battle? Use Summon Friend to bring another Bravely Default player to your side for a powerful attack or ability. Register a battle command in your in-game profile that other players can use, and then exchange the information with them to get their commands. The more often you use Summon Friend for the same person, the more powerful the associated command becomes.