Bravely Second: End Layer
|Bravely Second: End Layer|
North American Box Art
|Alternative Title(s):|| BS, BSEL,|
|Developer(s):||Square Enix, Silicon Studio|
|Publisher(s):||Square Enix, Nintendo|
|Release Date(s):|| April 23, 2015|
February 26, 2016
February 27, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 15, 2016
|Genre(s):||Role Playing Game (RPG)|
|Rating(s):|| CERO: 15+|
|Media:||Nintendo 3DS Game Card|
Bravely Second: End Layer (ブレイブリーセカンド エンドレイヤー, Bureiburī Sekando Endo Reiyā) is a Nintendo 3DS game that serves as the direct sequel to Bravely Default, and was announced on December 4, 2013. It takes place two and a half years after the end of the first game.
Main Article: Plot (Bravely Second)
After saving Luxendarc with the aid of her allies, Agnès Oblige became the spiritual leader of the Crystal Orthodoxy. She immediately set about persuading the Crystal Orthodoxy and the Duchy of Eternia to form a peace and, following years of animosity and endless effort on Agnès’ part, a truce between the two is finally near. Flanked by her bodyguard Yew Geneolgia, a bright young soldier of the Crystalguard, Agnès hosts a ceremony to declare a peace between the two parties.
But just as the peace treaty is about to be signed, a mysterious man known only as Kaiser Oblivion and his forces invade the ceremony, attacking Agnès and critically injuring Yew in the process. Yew later awakens from a coma, only to discover that Agnès has been abducted and the Crystalguard has been left devastated.
Determined to rescue Agnès, Yew goes in pursuit of Kaiser Oblivion’s flying fortress, the Skyhold. As he embarks on this grand adventure, Yew meets supporters both old and new, including Edea Lee, now head of the Eternian Ducal Guard, and an enigmatic girl from the moon called Magnolia Arch. Together, these newfound allies must save Agnès and restore the peace once again...
And just like the Norende Village Restoration mini-game in Bravely Default, players will be able to rebuild Magnolia's village in the moon in Bravely Second: End Layer. Players will once more be able to quicken the progress of the reconstruction by utilizing the Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature.
 Battle System
Bravely Second: End Layer will almost have the same battle system as its prequel: a turn-based system with focus on a job system. Various mechanics, such as Brave, Default, and Bravely Second, make a return to the game.
New to the series is a feature called Bring it on!, where characters can constantly face enemies from a single encounter by defeating every enemy on the first turn. By unceasingly winning against each battle, characters can gain a bonus on experience, JP and pg.
 Job System
The eighteen jobs from Bravely Default, with the exception of Spell Fencer, Salve-Maker, Arcanist, Spiritmaster, Conjurer and Vampire, make a return in the sequel, and players still rely on the Asterisks to acquire jobs. Twelve new jobs are introduced: Hawkeye, Wizard, Astrologian, Catmancer, Patissier, Exorcist, Guardian, Charioteer, Bishop, Fencer, Kaiser and Yōkai.
JP Required for each Job Lv.
Main Article: Summoning (Bravely Default)
Summons are an essential part of the game, especially to the Summoner, and they appear in the sequel too. They are as follows:
 Main Characters
- Magnolia Arch - a brave, if eccentric, fighter from the Moon. Her mission? To intercept and destroy the fearsome entities known as Ba'als. She seems to have taken a real liking to Yew.
- Yew Geneolgia - a dedicated Crystalguard knight who was assigned as a bodyguard to Agnès Oblige. He's determined to rescue her, no matter what the cost.
- Janne Angard - another 16-year-old Crystalguard knight from Gathelatio who was assigned as a bodyguard to Agnès Oblige.
- Nikolai Nikolanikov - a 34-year-old Crystalguard veteran from Gathelatio who was assigned as a bodyguard to Agnès Oblige.
- Edea Lee - she became good friends with Agnès and Tiz when they saved the world together in their last adventure. Edea may be hot-tempered, but she has a heart of gold.
- Tiz Arrior - After the last big adventure, he fell into a deep, unnatural sleep. His common sense and can-do attitude would really help on this quest..
 Additional Information
 Changes from Bravely Default
- Normally, jobs are mastered at lv. 10. Previously, it was not until lv. 14 that jobs are mastered.
- Bring it on! replaces 1-turn Victor, Unscathed and Sweeper as the Cmbt. Bonus system.
- Some magic now have 7 and 8 levels.
- Special Moves now have one additional level, going up to four.
- There are two additional summons, on top of the original six.
- If an enemy has been Examined once, their info (i.e. HP, Stats, Family, Weaknesses) will be displayed indefinitely, as opposed to having to use Examine on every encounter.
- Enemies of the same species can have differing size and stats.
- Job Changes:
- Freelancer's Specialty is changed from Late Bloomer to Stand Ground, Mislead is moved to Catmancer, and it loses Treat, Prayer, MP 10% Up, Endure, Poison Immunity, Flee and Lure Enemy.
- Knight's Sword Lore is moved to Fencer, and it loses P.Defense 10% Up, Vengeance and P.Defense 30% Up.
- Black Mage's Silence Immunity is moved to White Mage, Damage Dispersion is moved to Wizard, and M.Attack 20% Up is moved to Time Mage. It also loses the spells Silence, Poison, Sleep, Fear, Kill, and Death.
- White Mage's Specialty is changed from Self-Healing to Angelic Ward, Staff Lore is moved to Bishop, the spells Poisona and Blindna are moved to Bishop under the names Antidote and Open Eyes respectively, the spell Dispel is moved to Exorcist under the name Purgation, and the spell Reflect is moved to Astrologian under the name Magic Mirror. It also loses M.Defense 10% Up, Self-Healing, Abate Water and M.Defense 30% Up, as well as the spells Protect and Shell.
- Monk's Blind Immunity is moved to Dark Knight, HP 20% Up is moved to Catmancer, and it loses HP 10% Up, P.Attack 10% Up and HP 30% Up.
- Ranger's Specialty is changed from Hawkeye to Precision, Paralyze Immunity is moved to Monk, Hawkeye is moved to Hawkeye, and it loses Aerial Slayer, Undead Slayer and Demon Slayer.
- Ninja loses Evade 10% Up, Cleave, Evade 20% Up, Kakuremi and Evade 30% Up.
- Time Mage's Slow World and Hasten World are moved to Kaiser under the names Citadel and Dawn of Odyssey, respectively, and it loses M.Attack 10% Up, Save TM MP and M.Attack 30% Up.
- Swordmaster loses Abate Earth, Confuse Immunity, Know Thine Enemy and Slow and Steady.
- Pirate's Berserk is moved to Ranger, P.Attack 20% Up is moved to Charioteer, Mass Attack is moved to Catmancer, and it loses Torrent.
- Dark Knight's Helm Lore is moved to Guardian under the name Armor Lore, and it loses Abate Dark, Demon Master, Gloom and P.Attack 30% Up.
- Templar's P.Defense 20% Up is moved to Freelancer, Magic Critical and Item Critical are moved to Patissier and combined into one ability known as Critical Hitter, Armor Lore is moved to Guardian, and it loses Heart Strike and Abate Light.
- Summoner loses Abate Lightning, Friendship and Amp Friends.
- Valkyrie loses Judgement, Decimate, Aerials and Sky High.
- Red Mage's MP 20% Up is moved to Summoner, and it loses Adrenaline, Save Magic MP and An Eye for an Eye.
- Thief's Specialty is changed from Master Thief to Rob Blind, and it loses Abate Wind, Speed 10% Up, Raid, Master Thief and Speed 30% Up.
- Merchant loses Speculate, Millionaire, Full Leverage and Low Leverage.
- Performer's Charm Immunity is moved to Templar, Prolong Support is moved to Astrologian, and it loses Love Rush, Support Amp, Catch Me and Save Singing MP.
- Arcanist's Absorb M. Damage is moved to Wizard, and Status Ailment Amp is moved to Patissier.
- Salve-Maker's Attack Item Amp is moved to Catmancer, and Item Group-Cast is moved to Patissier under the name Items for All.
- Vampire's Genome Drain is moved to Catmancer under the name Learning, and Blood Thirst and Magic Thirst are moved to Thief under the names Steal Breath and and Steal Mind, respectively.
- Conjurer's Steady MP Recover is moved to Exorcist, Obliterate is moved to Yōkai, and Invocation is moved to Summoner under the name Summoning Lv 5.
- Spiritmaster's M.Defense 20% Up is moved to Bishop.
In Japan, a demo of the game was released on the Nintendo eShop on December 10, 2014, featuring the main characters, Magnolia and the Three Cavaliers, along with some of the old and new jobs like Freelancer and Wizard. Players will take on several quests from retrieving lost items and delivering goods to exploring forests and fighting monsters. Job levels max at Lv. 4 and character levels initially max at Lv. 15 until an update was made available on February 4, and extended the level cap to Lv. 20. Progress can be transferred to the main game and players can get play bonuses, such as Potion, Ether and Phoenix Down.
In Europe and Australia, the demo became accessible on February 11, 2016 via the Nintendo eShop as well. It included the same content as the updated Japanese demo, but the voices and texts were locked to English. Players who downloaded the demo were also eligible to a 10% discount on the full game bought from the eShop. The offer was up for grabs until March 10, 2016.
 Packaging & Distribution
The original release of the game in Japan offered fans a Collector's Edition package which included a copy of the game, a small figure of Agnès, a mini soundtrack, a copy of U's Journal, a rubber strap Magnolia, a copy of the novel BRAVELY DEFAULT 200 Years Later: ~ Vestal of Wind: Edea Oblige ~ and a code for a downloadable weapon. The whole package costed ¥14,800 and was sold on the Square Enix e-Store.
In Europe and Australia, the game arrived in stores with a Deluxe Collector's Edition, in addition to the standard edition. It included a copy of the game, an original soundtrack (mini album) CD, an Agnès mini figurine and a deluxe art book containing over 250 pages of Bravely Second art. In Europe, exclusive outfits for the characters were also given out as pre-order bonus.
In North America, the game was made available, along with a Collector's Edition that included a copy of the game, a 10-song original soundtrack and gorgeous 250-page deluxe art book. It was sold for $69.99.
In South Korea, aside from the normal stand-alone game, the game came out with a limited Special Edition that went for 79,000원. Inside the box is a copy of the game, an Agnès figurine, an original soundtrack CD, and a code that can be used in-game to acquire a special costume.
- ↑ http://www.nintendo.co.kr/3DS/software/BS/index.php. Nintendo of Korea.
- ↑ "Bravely Default Sequel, Bravely Second, Announced For 3DS". Ishaan, Siliconera. December 4, 2013.
- ↑ bravelysecond.nintendo.co.uk#overview bravelysecond.nintendo.co.uk
- ↑ "Bravely Second introduces the main protagonist and the Tomahawk class". David Kreinberg, RPG Site. December 3, 2014.
- ↑ "Bravely Second Details On Moon Base Battles And Special Moves". Sato, Siliconera. February 26, 2015.
- ↑ "Bravely Second Offers Interesting Combat But a Lackluster Beginning". Alexa Ray Corriea, GameSpot. May 14, 2015.
- ↑ "Bravely Second Adds New Special Moves For Each Weapon Type". Sato, Siliconera. February 19, 2015.
- ↑ "Bravely Second demo hits Japan next week". Sal Romano, Gematsu. December 1, 2014.
- ↑ bravelysecond.nintendo.co.uk/#demo. Nintendo of Europe.
- ↑ "Download the free #BravelySecond prelude for #3DS & get 10% off the full game on #eShop! (offer ends: 10/03)". Nintendo UK, Twitter. February 11, 2016.
- ↑ "Bravely Second release date and collector’s edition announced". Patrick, Nintendo Everything. December 9, 2014.
- ↑ "Return to Luxendarc for new adventures in Bravely Second: End Layer on Nintendo #3DS, coming to Europe on 26/02/2016". Nintendo of Europe, Twitter. December 10, 2015.
- ↑ "Return to Luxendarc for new adventures in Bravely Second: End Layer on Nintendo #3DS, coming to AU/NZ on 27/02/2016". Nintendo AU NZ, Twitter. December 10, 2015.
- ↑ "Pre-order the Bravely Second: End Layer Collector's Edition to get these exclusive outfits! #ForTheGravy". Nintendo UK, Twitter. January 16, 2016.
- ↑ "Nintendo provides new details about upcoming RPGs for Nintendo 3DS". Nintendo. January 19, 2016.
- ↑ 「BRAVELY SECOND SPECIAL EDITION」. Nintendo of Korea.
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