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[Azur Lane] Graf Spee rerun is live; The War God approaches...

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Azur Lane is a mobile shoot-em-up featuring shipgirl versions of a variety of WWII warships. Destroyers, cruisers, battleships, carriers and more are at your disposal as you relive historic battles and fight back against the evil abyssal Sirens.

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EN Updates and Events:

The Pursuit of Graf Spee is live through October 17:
- Minor event campaign featuring three SP stages.
- Rewards are earned for clearing each stage, earning three stars on each stage and replaying SP3, culminating in the heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee being rewarded at 60 total SP3 clears. Progress from the previous run will be reset!

Return of the War God is expected to run October 17-30:
- 4-day event quest. One mission unlocks each day.
- The first three days' quests reward Flag Pieces. Turn them in on Day 4 to receive the Z Flag, a unique auxiliary equip for Mikasa!

The 2019 Popularity Poll is live through October 30 - Current round is Group E with voting open October 10-14.
- Players at Commander Level 25 and up are eligible to receive Ballots from completing Event missions or redeeming Support Points.
- Support Points are earned by completing Main Story sorties (Normal, Ch3 and up) or Event sorties (currently Graf Spee). After each clear you have a chance for a Support Order - complete the Captcha-esque minigame to receive your Points.
- Once received, Ballots may be cast at the main event screen. Note that all Ballots and Support Points expire at the end of each round!
- In addition to casting ingame Ballots you can also vote at https://vote.azurlane.yo-star.com/ in the website poll.

Wishing Well is open through October 16:
- Choose two characters from one Construction Pool to grant them a temporary Rate Up!
- SR 2%, Elite 2.5%, Rare and Common 5%
- Excludes Limited Construction, unockables (Leipzig, Maury, etc.) or those introduced after July 25.

A special Login Event is running through October 10:
- Log in each day to receive an additional daily reward, culminating in the Fletcher-class DD, Stanly, on day 14.

Rally Request is live through October 10:
- Enter the UID of a new or returning Commander to call them back to active duty!
- Recalled Commanders who complete missions will earn points for those that refer them.
- Rewards can be redeemed for total Points acquired, including "Leader" chat and portrait frames which last for 30 days.

New and Limited Ship Additions:
- Graf Spee Heavy Construction: Admiral Graf Spee (available through October 17, 2.5% Rate Up)
- Special Login: Stanly (log in for 14 days through October 10)
- War Archives (Visitors Dyed in Red) drops: Shoukaku (B3, D3), Akatsuki (A3, B3, C3, D1-3)
- Core Data shop: Akatsuki (Rare DD) has been added for the October refresh.
- Permanently added to Construction: Bache (Light), Black Prince (Light), Jupiter (Light), Kirishima (Heavy), Shoukaku (Special), Zuikaku (Special), Yukikaze (Light), Nowaki (Light), Ise (Heavy) and Hyuuga (Heavy).
- Newest retrofits: Hiryuu and Souryuu
- Newest character stories: Souryuu's "Together with Souryuu", Zara's "Storia di Rosa"
- October's 21-day Login Reward is Jersey.

New and Limited Sale Items:
- Admiral Graf Spee's "Girl's Sunday" and "Peaceful Days" are 10% off through October 17.
- Skins available through October 16: Yamashiro's "Street Corner Offensive!" and York's "Truth Seeker"
- Core Data shop: SBD Dauntless (McClusky Division) and Improved Storage Battery have been added with the October refresh.
- "Slice of Sardegna" dorm set available through October 14. Includes "City Canal" furnishing for 150 Gems.
- "Summer Park" dorm set available October 10 through November 13.

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Quick-and-Oily Tips and Advice:
- DO NOT REROLL. Your account name is unique and cannot be reused and your first few free rolls won't matter too much in the long run.
- Rarity is not a 1:1 indicator of usefulness. There are Elites and Super Rares which are unimpressive (Prince of Wales, San Diego pre-retrofit); there are Commons and Rares which provide excellent value with investment (Leander and Portland are great retrofits). Only once you run up against endgame content will specific ships feel "necessary".
- Do your dailies! You have six Daily Raids, three Hardmode Story levels and numerous Daily and Weekly Missions to complete which will give you a healthy supply of stuff.

BIND YOUR ACCOUNT!
- To bind your game: Log in and go to Options > Account. Select the services you wish to associate with your account to link your accounts. (It is recommended you link multiple services.)
- To recover your account: At the title screen, tap whichever icon on the left corresponds to the service your account is bound to. The game will pull your account info and you can log in. (Please double-check that you are also logging in to the correct game server!)

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Links:

Azur Lane English Wiki (serves all versions)
EN Community Discord (serves all versions)
EN Official Discord (serves EN version)

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Writing is not really my thing so thanks for making the thread. Hope I don't go broke in Fallen Wings since the rumor was that Neptunia collab would be the 3rd or 4th event.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I just had my first ship hit 100 affinity. Long Island of all ships, which I find strange because I had a large gap where I wasn't using her, but she's been my secretary since her side quest started, so maybe that helped. I have no idea which I want as waifu at this point.

  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Picked Laffey for my starter ship, because of fucking course I would. Axen is my commander name.

    Current fleet is;

    Laffey (DD)
    Juno (DD)
    Northhampton (CA)

    Long Island (CVL)
    Repulse (BC)

    I shall hang on to my various resources for awhile I suspect. At least until I know what's what.

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Axen wrote: »
    I shall hang on to my various resources for awhile I suspect. At least until I know what's what.

    Don't wait to open your purple and gold equipment boxes. There's no reason and you can use the stuff right away when it's most helpful (I waited too long). I'd also recommend doing all of the daily battles you can each day (they're under Fight>Daily). I waited on those and just ended up missing out on some stuff. You can also start training skills now (in the academy). I'd recommend getting the skills of the ships you use to 5 for the moment. It doesn't take much to get there (and you'll be getting skill books from the dailies and from normal battles), and then you can figure out later which skills to go further on.

    I'll also point out, since it wasn't obvious to me, that the Bulin ships are for limit breaking other ships. I wouldn't use them for combat. The purple Bulin can be used on anything Elite and below, and the gold Bulins are for Super Rare ships. I'd save the purple Bulins for actual Rares or Elites, though you'll get a lot from doing the daily and weekly missions. As far as when to limit break, if you're planning on grinding battles pretty frequently, I'd wait to limit break until they're at their level limit, but otherwise I'd limit break as soon as you can because they get a pretty big bump in strength. I personally haven't run into oil issues, but I don't spend hours grinding either. My main 2 fully limit broken fleets use about 60 oil per battle.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    Not sure what server you are on but the for Avrora server the medal shop currently has Hood who is a great buy if you can get 80 medals before she rotates out.

    Upgrade and open equipment boxes once they are purple boxes. Eventually you will need 10 purple Sakura boxes and 5 gold Sakura boxes for the quest to unlock Akashi(start by tapping her in the gem shop a bunch) and once you get enough Twin 150mm TbtsK and Twin 203mm SKC34 from Iron Blood boxes you might want to start saving those for when magnetic torpedoes come out.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Good to know.

    I had gotten that Universal Bulin and didn't know what she was, then I checked the comments on her and the top one was, "It's a loli that upgrades other lolis." Which was actually more insightful then you'd think.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Another tip that helped me that I'll mention is check what daily missions are available (tap Missions > Daily) and see which ones you can do. They'll be things like build 1 ship, claim victory 1 time, retire 1 ship, etc. Do as many of those as you can each day (and save stuff for them if necessary) just for the free stuff. There are also weekly missions that typically consist of the same things you'll be doing for the daily, so you'll meet those by doing the dailies. One of them is complete 10 weekly missions, which gets you a SR Bulin.

    Also, don't be afraid of the Exercises (basically automated combat against other player fleets). Initially you'll probably hit a wall where the ships you're up against are stronger than you, but you still get a half reward if you lose, your ships will get xp either way, and you'll often find people who gutted their fleets without remembering about exercises, so you'll always be able to find easy matches. My fleet has both lines over 8,000 at this point, and I'll still see fleets ranked higher than me that are like 3k or under consisting of 2 or 3 ships.

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    Not sure what server you are on but the for Avrora server the medal shop currently has Hood who is a great buy if you can get 80 medals before she rotates out.

    On the Sandy server, it's currently Warspite for another day. I just checked and I have 79 medals. Is she worth grabbing?

  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    Not sure what server you are on but the for Avrora server the medal shop currently has Hood who is a great buy if you can get 80 medals before she rotates out.

    On the Sandy server, it's currently Warspite for another day. I just checked and I have 79 medals. Is she worth grabbing?

    She has good stats but her skill only shines in PVP. You can earn 80 medals in 2 weeks pretty easily if you want whoever is next in the exchange.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    Not sure what server you are on but the for Avrora server the medal shop currently has Hood who is a great buy if you can get 80 medals before she rotates out.

    On the Sandy server, it's currently Warspite for another day. I just checked and I have 79 medals. Is she worth grabbing?

    She has good stats but her skill only shines in PVP. You can earn 80 medals in 2 weeks pretty easily if you want whoever is next in the exchange.

    I might wait, then. There are some others I don't have yet that I'd prefer.

    I also am right at 20k merit. I can get either South Dakota or Eldridge. Any thoughts on those two?

  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Both are also more for PVP. South Dakota teams up with Washington who is going to be one of the top pulls in Fallen Wings. Eldridge can save your escort fleet if her skill procs at the right time or if you S/L the fight enough for RNG to be in your favor.

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  • a nu starta nu start regular Registered User regular
    I got a guild on Avrora...

    A Q U A

    but it's no one but me. Join it if you want. Whatevs

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    Quite a few people logged in today to find a little surprise waiting for them in their mailbox...

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  • DracilDracil regular Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    If you're looking into PVP setups, I believe one of the best current setups (and the one I've been using to almost 100% victories all the time except for super lucky Enterprises that chain Lucky E non-stop and have incredibly fast launch times) is: Hood, Elizabeth, Warspite in the backline. Juneau (with Pearl's Tears), Fortune Kai, and Belfast in the frontline. The vanguard has a bunch of anti-air skills against carriers as well as a massive heal when Juneau goes down, while your backline wrecks their backline. Specifically Hood shoots in front of her while Warspite basically shoots the furthest target, so if you put Warspite on top and Hood on the bottom, they focus fire the bottom ship (and vice versa if you flip the positions). I tend to set that up to snipe enemy Hoods and Enterprises.

    Once Washington is out with Fallen Wings things may shuffle a bit though.

    I've basically been using the following two charts for my PVP

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  • a nu starta nu start regular Registered User regular
    My PvP technique is pretty simple:

    Pick a person with a lower number and beat them up.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    a nu start wrote: »
    My PvP technique is pretty simple:

    Pick a person with a lower number and beat them up.

    It's worked pretty well for me. I'm currently ranked in the mid 7,000's. Those numbers can be deceiving, though. I've had my 8000 strength fleet wiped by a 3000 fleet with only 2 ships, more than once.

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I'm glad I waited on spending the medals because the new SSR available on Sandy is Illustrious, which I didn't have but wanted for.... obvious reasons. I haven't spent much time doing Special building because there's been event limited building pretty much constantly since I started, so I didn't have any of the Special SSRs.

  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    a nu start wrote: »
    My PvP technique is pretty simple:

    Pick a person with a lower number and beat them up.

    It's worked pretty well for me. I'm currently ranked in the mid 7,000's. Those numbers can be deceiving, though. I've had my 8000 strength fleet wiped by a 3000 fleet with only 2 ships, more than once.

    The level of the girls plays a pretty big role it turns out.

    I haven't gotten too deep in to PvP yet, but I've had a few nail biters. If you run out the clock it counts as a victory, which is pretty cool.


    Outside of PvP I've been working on getting a number of ships up to par. I'm still fairly new so I haven't unlocked all the Fleets yet, though I'm about to get my third.

    Question, what is the best way to deal with duplicates? I'd have figured using them for Enhancement fodder would've been the best use, but honestly it barely changes anything. I suspect straight up Retiring them is best?

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited October 2018
    Axen wrote: »
    a nu start wrote: »
    My PvP technique is pretty simple:

    Pick a person with a lower number and beat them up.

    It's worked pretty well for me. I'm currently ranked in the mid 7,000's. Those numbers can be deceiving, though. I've had my 8000 strength fleet wiped by a 3000 fleet with only 2 ships, more than once.

    The level of the girls plays a pretty big role it turns out.

    I haven't gotten too deep in to PvP yet, but I've had a few nail biters. If you run out the clock it counts as a victory, which is pretty cool.


    Outside of PvP I've been working on getting a number of ships up to par. I'm still fairly new so I haven't unlocked all the Fleets yet, though I'm about to get my third.

    Question, what is the best way to deal with duplicates? I'd have figured using them for Enhancement fodder would've been the best use, but honestly it barely changes anything. I suspect straight up Retiring them is best?

    Retiring them is only really useful if you get medals from it, so common aren't worth it. I think keeping up on enhancement would be good because I've got some of my ships around level 80 that I've neglected that can gain 40+ points in stats from enhancement. It will tell you in their bars what their current and max stats are, so don't waste enhancing on ships that are currently maxed. I think leveling them increases the max.

    What I've been doing is keeping duplicates of ships I plan to limit break (2 each of common ones, more if needed for more rare ships) so I have them when needed, but that takes up a lot of dock space. I've increased it several times to where I have 190 max ships, but before I had a number of ships hit 70 (where I don't need to keep duplicates anymore) I was still constantly running into storage issues.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Ship level matters a lot 2 level 100s are going to wipe a low level fleet. Power level is more of an indicator for how geared and leveled their skills are an Akagi pushing 3k isn't that big of a threat if Kaga is missing. Retire blue or higher rarity for medals, feed white rarity dupes to other ships for stats, the higher their level the more you can raise their stats from enhancement.

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  • DracilDracil regular Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    Dups are used for limit break and retrofits so definitely account for that. Generally you need 4 dups total to full limit break any ship, plus an additional dup for the final retrofit.

    Extra blues above that are good medal fodder. Whites are basically used for enhancements.

    If you're running out of space, I think it's better to sacrifice the purple bulins than your other purples you need as you get 1 extra medal.

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    Fusou and Yamashiro retrofits are on their way! Too bad they're considered downgrades to just keeping them as BBs.

    Also, formatting the info lists in the OP is not going like I want it to.

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    Bullins give 4 medals same as all the other elites. Fusou and Yamashiro don't change classes till the last column so you can grab a bunch of stat remodels and then stop. Of course if you want to 100% your pokedex then you need to get the remodels.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Remodels for Laffey, Javelin, and Z23 announced. Laffey and Z23 each take 13/13/10 remodel BPs, 30 T3 torpedo parts, 20 T3 gun parts, 36,800 gold, 1 dupe/bullin. Javelin remodel came out earlier on other servers so she is a bit cheaper. Hope we get the hard mode quality of life improvements soon.

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    Maint tonight, midnight Pacific. I hope everyone's got their cubes and fuel ready!

    ...I'm low on fuel since I'm trying to progress on the normal maps.

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    Tweet explaining some new mechanics. https://azurlane.koumakan.jp/Events/Fallen_Wings_Rerun. The events wiki page is currently based on the CN/JP version so some stuff like enemy levels and the exchange gachas rewards will be different in EN servers.

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    Word's starting to filter through that the update is live!

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    That first event stage had an interesting mechanic. There's no ambush meter, and your fleets can only move a certain number of tiles per move. After you defeat the boss, a courier ship appears that will try to flee to the edge of the map. You have to use your fleets and some placeable mines to herd it into a corner to capture it.

  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Got Washington, Maryland, and Colorado all in a row.

    Which is pretty sweet.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I got a Wasp from the first tier of rewards, but nothing from the builds yet. I'm waiting to see if this event has the daily reward for building three ships before I go crazy. I played the A levels enough to clear and 3 star them all, so not a bad start, but I'm not doing any crazy grinding.

  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Every event that has a limited banner and currency has a build 3 ships daily.

    If you cleared A3 at least once on day 1, cleared B3 at least once on day 2, do the daily missions and clear the 6 normal maps once per day then you will get enough pulls in the exchange gachas to sweep phases 1-3 and do 449/1500 pulls in phase 4. Since all the ships, equipment, and furniture are in phases 1-3 then you don't have to grind past that unless you want more swings at the phase 4 loot pinata.

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    Finally got the gold Fire Control Radar from Phase 3. My Hood is one step closer to being perfected.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I'm still on Phase 2, though have almost exhausted it. I'm basically playing through each stage once per day, though.

  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    I just got the second Phase 2 reward last night. Also finished B3 for the first time and, uh, that was a helluva cutscene. Makes me wish the devs (or whoever's doing the translating) had a better English editor on the project.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    Pro-tip: Siren pursuit fleets can drop gold equipment blueprints. Which makes farming anything from C2 and onwards cheap cause you can go in do the siren fights, retreat, and repeat.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Those siren fights on C3 jumped up in difficulty. I was walking through everything on auto with barely a scratch, but for some reason those sirens or their ships absolutely murder my vanguard.

  • TNTrooperTNTrooper regular Registered User regular
    There is a lot more bullet hell in those fights so if you are unlucky with auto movement and main fleet targeting the escort ships you end up eating a lot of bullets.

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    I also think Siren bullets may ignore evasion? That could contribute to lighter vanguards getting thrashed.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Ianator wrote: »
    I also think Siren bullets may ignore evasion? That could contribute to lighter vanguards getting thrashed.

    Yeah, that might be it. Even if I control it and avoid 85% of them, I still take a hell of a beating. I use a vanguard in the high 70's for mob clearing. Even the large fleets on that stage barely scratch them.

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