Part 44: CPU Black HeartUgh, last time on Hyperdimension Neptunia stupid Neptune got her stupid memories back I guess. Now on Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hey, you said you wouldnt do this.
I said nothing of the sort.
LWE Feinne on Neptunia Game Mechanics: Recruiting Black Heart Edition
Okay, so were recruiting a goddess today. So lets talk about the chain of events that lets us do that. Once we have the Quartet Arms, we are able to see an event The Last Battle?! in Lowee. We need to select this event and then carefully NOT go to it. At this point well see the three events where the other CPUs tell us to get fucked appear. This in turn will allow us to get Neptunes memories back, after which point we are finally read to recruit the other three CPUs.
So, in order to do this we need to, in each of their lands, trigger an event called Versus <Goddess Name>. This will happen when that land has approximately 40% of total shares. Lastation is pretty easy, there are several low level Boss Conquest quests in small dungeons. Dont both too much with higher level quests, they all give similar changes in shares. If you havent done some of the Lastation quests this is a really great time to do them and get the processor parts from the hidden chests. Even if youre starting from scratch this really shouldnt take more than a good half hour or so, just get good at skipping animations and using Monster Call to cut down on encounters.
Once Versus Black Heart appears, its time to assess your readiness for the fight. You want to be in the high 40s to low 50s ideally, because this is a one on one fight of Neptune versus Black Heart. The first step is to turn things to Easy, because otherwise you really need to probably grind up into the mid fifties and thats a pain. Easy, as I noted a bit ago, makes both sides do less damage. Otherwise you will start running into some real issues from the massive damage she can dish out. Normal Nep Bull should be good enough to get you through things, but you might want to watch your health and switch to a better one if it looks like itll get triggered next turn. Now lets get to the pre-show.
Im pretty sure you agreed not to be a sore loser.
I dunno, but we gotta try. If it still doesnt work, then well just bop her on the head like you did to me!
Are you still sour about that?
I know it was kinda my bad, but Ugh, I cant believe I lost!
I agreed to no such thing. And even if I did, you dragged me out of the crepe shop to do this stupid thing in front of Blanc, that wasnt cool. I, I totally wasnt cool with just hanging out with you, jerk.
Yknow, I can tell you actually are happy to see me. Histy told me its best to come talk with you alone.
Dont waste my time. Just answer the question I asked. What is it? What do you want?
I wanna defeat Arfoire. I need your help! This isnt the time for us to be all grr! at each other. Its bigger than us!
Us ? You remember now? This is surprising. I thought youd be more depressed and whiny.
Im over it.
Thats nice. Im still not gonna help. Ill get her on my own, if it comes down to it.
I dont have any desire to help you, nor do I need to. Next time you come here, Ill be in Celestia. I hope.
We should buddy up and help each other! Lets go get Arfoire arm-in-arm. Itll be really fun.
Sure. I gotcha.
I like aiming for future-proof perfection. Were not the same. Ill do this my way. Go ask someone dumb enough to agree!
I heard youre resigning as a goddess. So whats the rush? You got some spare time since youre unemployed, right?
Dont you think youre the one lacking a sense of urgency, quittin like this?
Ive made my decision. Im not stepping down because I want to quit!
Its best I dont interfere with the imperfect human world. For Lastation and myself.
Ugh. Youre pretty committed, huh? Look, just gimme a chance. What can I do to convince you?
Okay. I guess I can give you a chance. Ill help you if you can defeat me.
If I win, this talk is over. Ill go to Celestia as planned. Whaddaya say?
All righty, deal!
I still dont see how you beat me.
Im not. I realized that girl with the cleavage and plug suit was you when I got my memory back.
Thats right. You remember now. Then I wont have to go easy on you, right?
Not like you would if you could, but you should!
Maybe Im just awesome.
Video- Versus Black Heart
Boss Battle: Versus Black Heart
So the actual fight now. First of all the fight is super long, shes got lots of health and even on Easy hits hard enough that you want to Defend consistently. She starts out with simple stuff like Tricolor Order for the first section of her health. Throw about half of your AP at her each turn, watching the Guard meter so as to time your Breaks to maximum effect. You actually probably want to wait out the Break so that shes back to normal when her turn comes around, because shell wreck you even harder on her turn if shes still in Break status. Shell move on to some more powerful attacks increasingly commonly as her health drops, but youll really know things have started once she does her first Infinite Slash. From this point on shell consistently do either an Infinite Slash or Volcano Drive every turn, sometimes even both. If youre not Defending these attacks will probably wreck you, especially if you started the turn relatively low. Note that if she does Infinite Slash first she wont do a second attack, but shes totally allowed to cheat and do it second. Dont take any risks at this point, because if you die youre probably out twenty minutes of fighting her. Just play it slow and steady until she falls.
Maybe youre just a cheap jerk.
Im not that irresponsible, unlike you.
Fine, I guess it cant be helped. Ill assist you, but only until we stop Arfoire.
LWE Feinne on Neptunia Mechanics:
So now we have Black Heart!
Black Heart uses one handed swords, and as Ive noted is the most balanced of the CPUs. She has good magic stats and a lot of magic-based gun attacks, with a full array of strong specials available on that front. Shes also got good normal attacks, and most of her specials do a lot of hits. I build her combos a lot like Neptunes, since its convenient for me to do so. Its designed to open with a Triangle combo into her powerful transform attack, Splendid and Naughty. Unlike Neptune, I actually have it set up with a Switch as the Cross (Volcano Drive in this case) because its totally viable to just spam S and N (since its a lot of hits, unlike Neptunes good Transform). I of course also have Tricolor Order, her cheap Combo Link, on Circle so I can transition to the Circle combo series. Ive got that set up to be able to switch like Neptune with a Circlex2 Trianglex2 into a Lace Ribbon Dance switch as well as throw out her ultimate, Infinite Slash, or transition into a Cross combo and move to magic damage. Black Heart is able to do all sorts of shit so building her for versatility is so key. Oh yeah, and as to the vote. We were in fact voting for which variant of her costuming we were going to use. Vanilla, the standard Black Heart, won. Lets see the other two.
Ill have some bonus videos to show her off where Ill be using those, so dont feel too bad if you prefer one of the others. Black Hearts dungeon skill is Monster Call, probably the least useful of the three sadly. So once you recruit Black Heart, youll get a whole bunch of scenes available (well see those next time). She starts at level 60, and Id suggest you have her replace IF like right away because shes infinitely better.
Oh well, at least Next Time on Hyperdimension Neptunia: Noire. An episode about me! Finally!