The Final Fantasy Tournament uses the loved/dreaded preset teams. With a preset team, it helps even the playing field as no one can gain an advantage via specific cards or combos. However, it does dramatically cut down on creativity and also results in more “luck” when trying to min-max your score as skyfalls/bad boards will play a massive role in determining how well you place. With this post, I will try my best to help give my readers a slight competitive edge based on my own experience running the dungeon.
In these ranking dungeons, we are scored based on 3 criteria:
- Average combos made: 5,000 points per combo
- Time Remaining: 500 points per second remaining
- Maximum damage: up to 10,000 points if you hit 40 million.
—talking about the dungeon itself—-
Everyone will be using the same team (max skill and max awoken) and it is important to understand how your leader skill functions along with any combo synergy you may have.
Noctis at a glance
This is based off the current form and does not take into consideration the future Yama P buff.
Noctis’s Scaling Leader Skill
This may seem like an amazing leader skill, but you have to remember you cannot match 3 connected orbs. Thus, every match must be at least 4 and it is wise to match primary colours in a TPA fashion (4 connected) and dead orbs in any number you can.
Based on the floor you encounter, you can make fewer combos in order to save time. Remember, you can always use Noctic’s active skill to increase you combo count by 1.
Cards and relevant damage awakenings
The only thing that matters in this tournament is your damage output so I will only be highlighting their relevant awakenings along with their total attack value.
Elemental Brawl Tournament Team
Despite the fact that Sephiroth has 3 Killer awakenings, none of them are relevant in this dungeon. On the other hand, your two Noctis will be dealing 3x damage to all bosses except for the fourth floor.
You are forced to always match 4+ connected orbs and you should always form a TPA on dark and light matches (as Noctis will benefit from the light TPA). Your other colours/elements can be matched in any pattern you wish and it may be advantageous to match more than 4 connected to better remove them from the board.
Your team has an outrageous amount of time extend and you should get into the habit of preemptively dropping your orb once enough combos have been formed.
The goal of any ranking tournament is to clear the dungeon as fast as possible and only take one turn on every single floor. Thus, speed is crucial to your success and the less actives you use, the better your score will be as they add additional time to the end result. However, you should always use an active if it can save you from wasting a turn.
The information displayed always assumes a TPA match and shows the lowest combo count required to sweep that particular floor.
In an ideal world, you only use Cecil on the final floor; however, you rarely will have things going your way and if you are simply going for a top 10% clear, you can use actives as listed above. If you are orb trolled on floors 1-4, use Lightning to reset your board.
Using an active skill will drain your time as you have to go through the animation along with the haste component hindering your score. Furthermore, due to the randomness of your actives, you will not be able to plan ahead and will be more rushed when matching.
Remember to turn off the skill confirmation animations through Others -> Options -> Dungeon -> Skills Off to save a couple extra seconds!
My current placings
These are my two highest scores that I achieved within the first hour or so of the dungeon being released. I am uncertain what the cutoff point will be and what kind of movement I can expect:
Hopefully this overview will help shed some light on how to better approach the Final Fantasy ranking dungeon. Many players are thrilled to have a preset team, but it does cut down on the creativity along with forcing players to use a playstyle that is possibly foreign to them.
One last pro tip is to use the same team I used 😉