Democalypse is a fortnightly event in which factions compete against one another by defeating Calamities (boss demons with extremely high HP, shared across faction members), in three areas across Tokyo.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Etiquette
- 3 Scoring
- 4 Schedule
- 5 Area Information
- 6 Rewards
- 7 Ranking
- 8 Guide
- 8.1 AI Behavior
- 8.2 Other important notes
- 8.3 Generalists
- 8.4 Damage Optimization
- 8.5 Element Specific
- 8.6 Team Composition
- 9 See also
Each Democalypse event is divided into three phases: Before Cull, During Cull, and After Cull.
In the Before Cull phase, faction leaders will choose one of three available areas to target: Shinjuku, Akihabara or Odaiba. Each of these areas corresponds to an elemental weakness that is shared across all enemy demons in that area. In this phase, players may do simulated practice battles.
In the During Cull phase, players are able to fight their faction's selected Calamity twice each day. Each battle requires that players prepare a team of 6 unique demons, divided into sub-teams of 3: One sub-team to use elemental All Targets (also known as AoE, area-of-effect) attacks against a horde of demons, and the other sub-team to use elemental Single Target (ST) attacks against the Calamity boss. Once a demon has been used in a battle, it cannot be used in a Democalypse battle until the next day. This means players must prepare 12 unique demons, to be used across 2 daily battles.
In the After Cull phase, faction and player rankings are displayed, and rewards are distributed.
Democalypse is a team effort, and 1 person not participating drags everybody down a lot.
If you are going to be absent please make sure to inform your clan as to minimize drama from lack of participation. The Democ system will unfortunately not allow clan leaders to see detailed stats, meaning that players can troll by not participating, bringing everybody down coins not only in the overall score if you get knocked down from a percentage tier, but downed bosses as well. Accountability is the most desired trait if you are a player looking to join a high end Democ clan above sheer account power level.
During the Horde wave of a battle, players score in the form of a bonus multiplier. The multiplier increases based on damage done, and how many times the elemental weakness of enemy demons is exploited. During the boss wave, all damage done to the Calamity is multiplied by this bonus multiplier, and is added to the total score.
In-depth multiplier explanation
- You start off with 1.0 base multiplier
- On day two and three, the base multiplier will be increased based on your faction's participation bonus. The maximum increase is by 0.8 points for at least 20 participants, netting you a 1.8 base multiplier.
- You get 0.1 per weakness hit (max 0.4 per spell), and 0.05 per 1% of the horde's HP
- a maximum of 4.8 for 12 skill uses, in addition to the multiplier rewarded for any damage you do
- The Prelim Horde demon is actually coded as 4 separate demons. Weakness hit is capped at 0.1 per demon per spell. This means skills like Ashura, Dragon Blade and MahaLantine will only give +0.4, despite hitting weakness more than once.
- This also makes Random Targets attacks bad for Prelim, since if you hit the same demon twice, you will not gain multiplier from the second hit.
- You can gain additional multiplier by using specific demons:
- Demons like Agni, Ym, and Anzu can increase your multiplier due to their passive's additional hits.
- Demons like Mot and Masakado A can increase your multiplier due to gaining extra press turns.
- Flauros is unique in that his chain effects all come from separate skills (Iron Fist chains into Hell Leopard, which further chains into his Panel 2 Bonus). This allows him to farm an absurd amount of multiplier, since he can bypass the "only once per skill" limitation on weaknesses hit bonus.
Democalypse has 7 Calamities, each based on a different weakness. These cycle with the following order:
Each Democalypse season uses a "sliding window" of 3 elements, continuing from the last season.
- For example: If a season has Dark, Elec, and Ice weaknesses, then the next season will have Light, Phys, and Force weaknesses.
- Akihabara will use the first item of the window, Shinjuku will use the second, and Odaiba will use the third.
Three areas are available: Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Odaiba. One of these areas per season will be a "Bonus Area", cycling with the following order:
Therefore, there are 21 possible season layouts. Seasons cycle through these variants in the following order:
- Bonus areas are written in BOLD and have a star (★)
|-||Affinity Shift: Phys|
|Null Weak||Affinity Shift: Fire|
|Uses Rakukaja||Uses Rakukaja|
|Agility Amp II||Affinity Shift: Ice|
|Null Charm||Force Boost|
|Bufudyne||Affinity Shift: Elec|
|Kresnik|| Mother Harlot|
|Null Elec||Elec Boost|
|Mana Aid||Affinity Shift: Force|
|Baphomet|| Black Frost|
|Mana Gain||Affinity Shift: Light|
|Dekunda||Affinity Shift: Dark|
"Affinity Shift: <Element>: Becomes Weak against <Element>. -70% to all (including Almighty) attack damage received excluding <Element>. -100% to Critical hit rate of damage received."
- Note: "Affinity Shift: Phys" is the only one of these that does NOT have the crit rate reduction.
- You earn two kinds of rewards:
- Based on your faction's placement on the rankings
- and based on your personal placement on the rankings
|Faction Ranking Rewards||Faction Ranking Rewards (BONUS AREA)|
|Top||Gems||Demo Coins||Magnetite||Top||Gems||Demo Coins||Magnetite|
|0.1% - 3.0%||300||250||500,000||0.1% - 3.0%||450||375||750,000|
|3.1% - 10.0%||250||200||150,000||3.1% - 10.0%||375||300||225,000|
|10.1% - 40.0%||250||150||50,000||10.1% - 40.0%||375||225||75,000|
|40.1% - 70.0%||200||100||30,000||40.1% - 70.0%||300||150||45,000|
|70.1% - 100.0%||200||50||10,000||70.1% - 100.0%||300||75||15,000|
|Top||Yasaka Magatama 1★||Prize Cube (Personal)||Kasane Magatama|
|0.1% - 3.0%||10||10||1|
|3.1% - 10.0%||8||5||1|
|10.1% - 40.0%||8||1||-|
|40.1% - 70.0%||6||-||-|
|70.1% - 100.0%||6||-||-|
|Prize Cube (Personal) can contain|
|Skill Extraction File||2|
|Yasaka Magatama 2★||2|
In addition to the distributed rewards, a participation reward of 20 gems is given to players every time they participate in a Democalypse battle. A reward of 10 Democalypse Coins is also given to all faction members each time the faction defeats a Calamity.
|Participation Reward (up to 2 times daily)||Gems x20|
|Vanquish Reward||Demo Coins x10|
|Exchange Lineup||Democalypse Coin cost||Cap|
|Seraph (1st time) × 1||1,500||1|
|Seraph (2nd time and after) × 1||2,000||No cap|
|Seraph Spirit × 5||25||No cap|
|Seraph Transcend Stone × 1||100||94|
|Norn (1st time) × 1||1,500||1|
|Norn (2nd time and after) × 1||2,000||No cap|
|Norn Spirit × 5||25||No cap|
|Norn Transcend Stone × 1||100||94|
|Absolute Summon File × 1||1,000||No cap|
|Ultimate Summon File × 1||100||No cap|
- The Spirits and Transcend Stones are available after exchanging the first copy of each demon.
- The Spirits initially display a limit of 120 trades. However, after 120 trades this limit is removed and the price stays the same. So the spirits are effectively unlimited.
- Redeeming 600 spirits to reach panel 3 costs a total of 3,000 coins - this is much cheaper than redeeming dupes of Seraph/Norn to spiritize.
Past (and future) rankings can be found on its own wiki page: Democalypse Ranking
This section is intended to provide in-depth information on how to build demons and teams for Democalypse.
You cannot control your demons during Democalypse - they will act on their own according to the Democalypse AI. This AI tends to be very hungry for immediate damage, instead of prioritizing buffing itself first.
Democalypse AI behavior can be summarized as follows:
- Skills that deal damage as their base effect (before chain effects) - The AI is most likely to use these kinds of skills. Chain effects are not considered in this decision.
- For example, the AI will think Demonsbane is just a buffing skill since that's its base effect, even though the chain effect is a Phys attack.
- Debuffs - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.
- Single-stat buffs (Tarukaja, Sukukaja) - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.
- Double- or Triple-stat buffs - There are ways to force the AI to use them: see Manual Buffing in the Buffs section below.
- Good Status Effects ( Charge, Concentrate, Rebellion) - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.
Other important notes
Some quick rules to remember when building teams:
- MP cost doesn't matter - Your demons recover 10 MP each time they act, so the MP cost of their skills is completely irrelevant. Divine Brands' set bonus is therefore useless: focus on DPS sets like War, Spell, Lost, or Destruct instead.
- Ailments don't work - Neither Prelim nor Boss can be inflicted with ailments. Passives or chain effects that rely on ailments therefore won't trigger.
- Kills don't exist in this mode - Even when the enemy's HP bar is emptied, they'll still stick around for you to hit them, until you're out of turns. Passives or chain effects which trigger off a kill won't work here.
- Off-element attacks are heavily discouraged against Boss - Any attack that doesn't match the Boss's weakness deals 70% less damage ( Almighty also gets reduced).
- BUT Prelim doesn't punish off-element attacks - If your demons can deal absurd enough damage, being on-element for Prelim might not even be required. A prime example of this is Hachiman, whose damage output with physical teammates is through the roof in all prelims. However, note that all teammates will need to crit consistently for efficient press turn usage.
- Crit Rate Reduction - All Bosses except the Phys Boss apply -100% to Critical hit rate of damage received. Prelim does NOT reduce crit rate, though!
- You need 12 unique demons for a single element of Democalypse. No dupes! - You cannot, for example, run a Titania on your first set of 6 and a second Titania on your second set of 6 for the same element. That's not allowed.
- Some demons' alts cannot be run together - See Team restrictions for more details.
- Prelim lasts 2 turns, Boss lasts 3 turns - This is important when bringing demons that have a use limit on their skills. You don't want them to run out!
- Regarding Archetypes:
- Purple tends to be preferred - This archetype often grants damage-boosting passive skills, increasing your demon's damage potential.
- Red's attack skills are sometimes good - Sometimes this gives a better attack skill than those innate to your demon. In a few cases, you can even get an attack skill of a completely different element, potentially giving that demon an alternate role in that element.
- Yellow is usually for buffs, whether dual/triple or automatic - As described in the "AI Behavior" section above, the AI will not cast buffs unless it's a dual/triple buff AND you specifically manipulate the AI to force the buffs to be cast. Sometimes Yellow has automatic buffs such as Auto-Taruka, Auto-Rakunda, Tar Flexi, or Rak Flexi, which will work without AI manipulation.
- Teal is generally not helpful - The enemies don't deal significant damage, even if they hit your weaknesses and get extra turns. Your awaken slot is much better spent on something that will increase damage.
- Small note: technically Repels can reflect damage at the boss for a tiny bit of extra score, but this isn't enough of a score boost to make Teal worthwhile.
- Clear - The skills on Clear vary widely, but generally you're looking for something like what Purple or Red can provide (damage-boost passives, high-power attacks, etc).
With the addition of Bonus Areas, a lot of factions will tackle every single element and switch between them every week. With 12 Demons needed per element and 6 non-Phys elements, that would be 72 different demons specialized for each element. Not only is it basically impossible for Beginners to build enough demons for each element this way, it will also be fairly wasteful since the personal returns are low compared to the required investments.
Therefore it is usually a good idea to invest in a group of Generalist type demons first, that only need minimal investment like a transfer of a skill of the appropriate type and element, to perform well. This way you can save resources like Mitama, Evolving materials or Magnetite.
Generalists are the first demons you should focus on building for Democalypse.
A good guideline is to have around 6 or more generalists to vastly decrease the initial investment to prepare for an element. Once you have enough left over resources you can start optimizing your teams by slowly switching out the lower performing generalists with more specialized demons.
|Press Turn/Useful Aura|
|Press Turn/Useful Aura|
- Multi-element mages: Quetzalcoatl and Schierke (for Prelim), as well as Atropos (for Boss) all have innate access to a variety of elemental attacks as well as damage-boosting panels, allowing you to use them on several elements with minimal investment, should you lack better options or the resources to develop them.
- Manual Buffers: Ishtar, Yellow Huang Long, Yellow Vishnu and Barong (see Manual Buffing in the Buffs section below for more details). Other options like Yellow Wu Kong and Yellow Zhong Kui exist but their low MAG stat makes their use in other elements less reliable. Ishtar in particular can provide a full Luster Candy + Debilitate combo with Mesopotamian Star, while her very high MAG makes her not worthless in terms of damage dealing. Her low AGI stat may be an issue if you want to fine-tune turn order in your party, though.
- Ananta Panel 4: The 1-turn Debilitate activates on the enemy turn, or you can trigger it early if an ally receives any form of healing, including life steal and chain effects. This means you can trigger it with skills such as Seth's Ouas or Huang Di's panel 3, rather than using up a turn on a standard healing skill.
- Anubis and Titania panels: For their primary elements ( Dark for Anubis and Elec for Titania), go to panel 3 for the 10% damage boost. For other elements though, only unlock panel 2 for the +50 MATK.
- Mot: He very much wants Purple's Life Surge, so it's easier to force his AI to cast buffs (Make sure to transfer Luster Candy, War Dance, or Blood Rush onto him). General rule of thumb: If Mot is Panel 3 then use him in the Boss Phase, otherwise use him in Prelim.
- Trumpeter Panel 4: will get a 50% buff to damage dealt to enemies under Gloom, as well as apply said effect on all enemies at the start of his team's turn. This could potentially make Nyarlathotep viable in the Boss wave, and/or allow elemental physical attackers a chance to land critical hits.
- Vishnu A: can, through Nirvana, provide one more Press Turn Icon per turn. This, in combination with Mot, gives incredible turn generation power. Since there is no current way to make him cast Nirvana for his first move, then cast an elemental transfer attack, it's best to not transfer any attack skills to him, to ensure he casts Nirvana every time. This means he will do almost no damage to non- Light calamities (except Dark, where he can do some proper damage due to God of Ubiquity at the start of the turn), so you will need an incredibly strong unit as your main DPS to make up for what is basically dead weight in terms of damage, such as Adramelech for Fire, Vasuki for Ice, etc.
- Hachiman Prelim: He can dish out absurd damage when paired with physical demons - not just the Phys element, any attack that can crit or miss. This damage potential is so high that he can dominate every single element's prelim.
- Mahakala Prelim: While normally one of the best Fire Boss demons, The Great Darkness will provide him with automatic Concentrate on the second turn, letting him unleash a very strong attack regardless of element, paired with Merciless Blow in Purple.
- Nyarlathotep Prelim: As long as he's alive, Nyarlathotep will boost the entire party's magic damage by 25% towards enemies affected by Gloom, which he will apply at the beginning of the first turn. This means that Nyarlathotep will apply Gloom during the Prelim phase but NOT the Boss phase. Using him with one strong magic attacker (for example, Baal on Force) in addition to Masakado A with a magic All Targets attack (so no Rending <element>) of the corresponding element will allow you to get large amounts of multiplier.
- Beelzebub☆ Boss: He requires that your party attack first for King of Hell to apply Atk up/Def down. Normally speed is not an issue, but something to keep in mind when your faction is able to reach a high Calamity level.
- Elohim Boss: He has 65% (20% from Light of Elohim 25% from Godly Power in Purple archetype and 20% from a Merciless Blow transfer) before panels, which add another 45%, for a total of 110% extra magic damage on any element on top of a top 3 MAG stat, making him the best generalist unit in terms of raw damage.
- Michael Panel 4: will boost the damage of all other Divine/Herald demons by 15%, letting you slot him in along with Uriel and a third Angel of your choice for a increased damage and buff control. Also, try to avoid having Michael in Red, as Thunderclap does less damage to boss than Soul Judgement would.
- Seraph Boss: He will boost allies' damage by 10% when hitting a weak point, 5% more when panel 2 and 10% more when panel 3, for a total of +25% damage to all allies. This, in addition to his high MAGIC stat and passive skills, make him supremely useful for all elements.
This section will try to explain ways to increase your damage using a very simplified way of looking at the damage formula that breaks it down to the parts you can influence the most with how you set up your teams and demons.
For the full non simplified damage formula check out: Formulas
DAMAGE = Offensive-stat * Skill-Power * (1+(Damage Boosts/100)) * Buffs
The offensive stat a demon uses will usually be either Phys ATK (to deal physical damage) or Mag ATK (to deal magic damage). There are some exceptions, though:
- Some demons might use Phys ATK to deal magic damage (example: Susano-o), or Mag ATK to do physical damage (example: Tokisada). Be sure to check the skill description!
- Phys DEF is used for Earthquake or Muscle Punch, as well as some demons' unique attacks (examples: Mozgus, Longinus)
- Mag DEF is used for some demons' unique attacks (examples: Amon)
- HP is used for some demons' unique attacks (examples: Arioch, Gozu-Tennoh), Thus far, this is limited to only 30% of their HP.
- Surt's Ragnarok uses Mag ATK, as well as 20% of his Phys ATK.
Base stats are dependent on a demon's stats (STR, MAG, VIT) and their level.
PATK = STR * 2.1 + LVL * 5.6 + 50 MATK = MAG * 2.1 + LVL * 5.6 + 50 PDEF = VIT * 1.1 + STR * 0.5 + LVL * 5.6 + 50 MDEF = VIT * 1.1 + MAG * 0.5 + LVL * 5.6 + 50 HP = VIT * 4.7 + LVL * 7.4
This means the most basic way to increase a demons damage is the obvious way of awakening your demons and leveling them to 50.
From Personal testing, damage increase from a higher base stat scales linearly. This means that damage dealt increases by less percent for each additional point of Magic or Strength the higher the stat already is, meaning percentage-based damage transfers are generally better for demons unless they have a really low base stat.
- In other words: %-based damage boosts are better than adding a flat +X to STR or MAG.
Offensive stats can also be increased through Panels by a flat amount (usually Panel-2 on most demons).
The main way to increase your demons stats after they are fully leveled and awakened is Brands. In general, a well-branded demon will deal 3 times or more damage compared to an unbranded one during Democalypse.
For information on how to Brand your demons and specifics for Brand stats refer to this: Brands
The following is a quick reference table to evaluate the quality of your PAtk and MAtk brand sets.
For most demons every [8 Flat]-bonus will be about equal to a [1 %]-bonus on your brands.
- Note: when calculating your stats from brands, percentages are applied first, and flat bonuses are applied at the end.
- So for example, if we have 500 MAtk with +80% MAtk and +100 MAtk, the calculation will be: 500 * (1.8) + 100 = 1000 MATK
|Brand %||Flat||Set Bonuses in %|
Assembling a decent full brand set for Democalypse is already hard enough, even more so 12 or possibly 72. Therefore it is much more ideal to make 6 Brand Sets each for Phys Atk and Mag Atk, and use the "switch brand" function to move them between your teams and between elements depending on Democalypse. Doing this requires a large administrative overhead, but will increase your scores significantly, and decrease farming time as well.
Steps to proper brand management:
- Assemble at least 6 brand sets for both Magic Atk and Phys Atk. You might need to make additional ones for demons with special brand requirements ( Surt, Gogmagog) and for demons you are using to cast Buffs
- Organize your teams in such a way that you can quickly look up from who you have to switch brands to whom. For example: a spreadsheet with notes of who is currently holding each brand set.
- Run a simulation before every actual run to make sure you didn't mess up one of your brand switch-ups.
The Base Power of the attack skill your demon will use is a large factor in determining the final damage value.
- Unique skills frequently have higher Base Power than transferable skills, so demons with Unique Skills for the specific element and stage of Democalypse are always preferred.
- If you don't have access to higher-power transferable skills, you should instead use demons with those skills innately when possible, even if they are theoretically lower when it comes to maximum possible damage - it's better to have the skill in some form than to not have it at all. Plus, having the skill innately means you have another slot for a damage-boosting passive.
Random Targets skills should generally be avoided when the option for normal Single Target skills exists for the Boss phase, since they are worse than the best Single Target options on average (~165 BP vs 180 BP) and they will lead to a much larger variation in scores (Damage range for Single Target 95% - 105% vs Random Targets ~60% - ~140%)
Transferable skill availability depends on the Element, Base Power and type of the attack move.
- Click each skill's name in the tables below for their availability details.
The most-consistent way to get good transferable skills for specific elements, is by buying Genome Cubes from the Duel Point exchange shop for that element.
- In worst-case, a cube can give you a Tier 3 magic Single Target skill (Tier 4 for Phys), or a Tier 2 magic All Targets skill (Tier 4 for Phys).
- In best-case, a cube can give you a Tier 4 magic Single Target skill (Tier 5 for Phys), or a Tier 3 magic All Targets skill (Tier 5 for Phys).
- These cubes will sometimes give "Ma-dyne H" versions of skills. These cost 1 more MP than the normal Ma-dyne versions. Since MP cost does not matter in Democalypse, Ma-dyne and Ma-dyne H skills are functionally the same.
- Tier 4 - 180 BP: Usually only available as Gacha skills from 5★ demons, or as the transferable of banner-exclusive demons. (Exceptions: Hell Gaze and Thunderclap as Wu Kong's Gacha skills)
- Tier 3 - 160 BP: Available as transfers from fusible 4★s. Zandyne (from Loki) and Mudodyne (from Beelzebub) are more expensive to obtain via fusion than others.
- Tier 2 - 140 BP: The lowest you should go, and even then only if you have no resources to spare. Obtainable as transfer skills from 2★s available in the compendium.
Phys skills have an additional 5th tier:
|Phys||Fatal Sword||Berserker God||Megaton Raid||God's Hand|
Phys also has a separate set of skills with different base power and +30% critical rate:
- Note: these skills have a 0.95 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
- Tier 4 - 130 BP: Only available in the monthly Duel Point exchange shop, or by ranking in at least Diamond 1 at the end of a PvP week.
- Tier 3 - 120 BP: Rare as gacha skills on various demons, or as transferable skills on 5★ demons. It is possible to obtain equivalent versions to these skills ("Ma-dyne H") by ranking in at least Gold 1 at the end of a PvP week. (Exception: Hades Blast as Ose's innate transfer skill)
- Tier 2 - 100 BP: Similar availability to Tier 3, except some elements also have easily-fusible sources ( Phys - Ares, Ice - Tiamat, Elec - Tlaltecuhtli, Force - Jikokuten)
- Tier 1 - 80 BP: Obtainable as transfer skills from 2★ or 3★s available in the compendium.
Phys skills have different power for Tier 4, and an additional 5th Tier:
- Note: these skills have a 0.9 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
|Phys||Mow Down||Herculean Strike||Hades Blast||Vorpal Blade||Gigantomachia|
Phys also has a separate set of skills with different base power and +30% critical rate:
- Note: these skills have a 0.85 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
|Phys||Heat Wave||Megaton Press||Titanomachia|
Special Case: Rending and Slash
For certain Physical-Attack-focused generalists, such as Masakado A, Zeus, or Fariedone, participating in other elements would normally mean having to use a matching-element magic transfer skill. This would then use their weaker MATK stat, letting their stronger PATK stat go to waste.
However, the "Rending" and "Slash" series of skills deal PATK-based elemental damage. By transferring these to PATK-focused generalists, they can perform at their full potential regardless of element.
Rending and Slash skill genomes can only be obtained from events, usually as ranking rewards. Very-high ranks tend to get a specific skill depending on the event, while lower ranks get a box that awards a random Rending/Slash skill when opened.
|Fire||Rending Fire||Fire Slash|
|Ice||Rending Ice||Ice Slash|
|Elec||Rending Thunder||Thunder Slash|
|Force||Rending Wind||Wind Slash|
|Light||Rending White||White Slash|
|Dark||Rending Black||Black Slash|
Special Case: high-tier Random Targets
Earlier, it was stated that Random-Targets skills are best avoided for their low power. However, these high-tier ones are an exception.
With 60 base power per hit and 3-4 hits possible, high-tier Random has a damage potential of 180-240 BP when against a single target (i.e. Democ Boss). This means even the worst case of 3 hits is at least equal to tier 4 Single Target skills such as Hell Gaze (180 BP). In that sense, high-tier Random skills are a straight upgrade in the context of Democalypse Boss.
High-tier Random-Targets skills are available in the monthly Duel Point exchange shop, or by ranking in at least Diamond 1 at the end of a PvP week.
|Fire||Fiery Soul Prison|
Damage Boosts refers to anything that mentions a %-increase towards damage. These can come from the following sources:
- Skill Levels
- Team Boosts from unique skills
All of these percentage boosts are added together and then multiplied with the original damage, therefore leveling a skill until it gives 20% increased damage is the exact same as transferring Merciless Blow when it comes to damage for Democalypse.
| All Targets,
- Of note for this list is that the Physical Attacks row is not strictly talking about attacks using Phys element, but instead Physical attacks, meaning attacks that can crit and miss.
Buffs and Debuffs are one of the most essential ways to further increase your damage.
Here are some example buff situations you might see in Democalypse, and their effects on damage calculations:
|Effect on you||Effect on foe||Combined effect|
|Attack up||-||+20% to damage you deal|
|-||Defense down||+20% to damage you deal|
|Attack up||Defense down||+40% to damage you deal|
|Attack down||-||-20% to damage you deal|
|-||Defense up||-20% to damage you deal|
|Attack up||Defense up||No change to damage dealt|
|Attack down||Defense down||No change to damage dealt|
Since you are unable to give manual commands to your team during Democalypse, the process of obtaining buffs is frequently a bit more involved.
The most effective way to obtain buffs during the Prelim phase is by using Auto-Taruka and Auto-Rakunda. These skills are only rarely obtainable as transferable skills, therefore the easiest way to integrate them into your teams is by using demons with those skills innately.
- For Phys: Zhong Kui, Nergal, Orochi, Fenrir
- For Magic-based elements: Garuda, Agni, Ananta, Hresvelgr, Pale Rider
During Prelim, you usually do not want to use Press Turns for anything but casting All Targets skills to maximize the Weakness multiplier, and since the damage multiplier has a Maximum anyway. Therefore, actively casting buffs or using Single Target or Random Targets skills to obtain buffs is not advised.
There are two essential differences to consider between the Boss and Horde waves when it comes to buffs.
- 1. Auto-skills of any type do not activate on Boss waves. This is true for any skill that uses the words "at the beginning of the 1st turn", which also means Auto-Rebellion for example will not work. On the other hand, skills that activate at the beginning of a boss battle like Moment of Fate or Lord of the Abyss will work.
- 2. It is not necessary for every attack to exploit the weakness of the opponent for the highest possible score. While it is still optimal to use demons that apply buffs/debuffs as part of their skills (i.e Susano-o, Panel 3 Vasuki, etc) it is still possible to make a demon's AI actively use its turn to cast a buff skill.
While it is impossible to get a demon to cast any debuff skill (Rakunda, Acid Breath, War Cry, Debilitate, Offensive Cry) it is possible to get the demon AI to cast a buff skill as long as a few conditions are met.
These conditions are:
- The buff has to increase at least one other stat aside from Attack (Defense, Ev/Acc). This means skills like War Dance, Blood Rush, Luster Candy, Barong Dance are viable for Manual Buffing.
- Demon AI has to be changed to Support using an AI tendency selector from the Karma shop.
- The demon casting the buff has to be below a certain offensive stat threshold. This threshold varies depending on the attack skill the demon uses to attack, their HP (higher HP = higher threshold) and how many things their buff increases (Luster Candy has a higher threshold than War Dance for example). Depending on how much extra HP the demon gets from brands (Life set bonus, +HP%), panels, or skills, the thresholds are somewhere around:
- War Dance / Blood Rush : 1000-1500
- Luster Candy-type buff : 1500-1800
- Ishtar's Mesopotamian Star has a slightly-higher threshold than Luster Candy-type buffs.
- These thresholds can usually be met by using Life Brands with PAtk/MAtk% primaries. If the threshold isn't met, try HP% primaries until it's met.
- The demon casting the buff should go second. This is not a requirement, but otherwise you will have suboptimal Press Turn usage (buff would use one whole Press Turn instead of only half a Press Turn), making you lose out on a solid amount of damage.
- Lead or Trail brands can help to adjust team ordering, if the agility gaps between the demons are too large.
- Exception: Panel 3 Mot wants to go last, so his two allies get to use the extra press turns to attack.
Using a demon for Manual Buffing will give higher returns the harder the other demons in the team hit, because increasing the damage of your hardest hitters will frequently give higher returns than just using a third mediocre damage dealer.
- Mot: It's recommended to make his Archetype Purple, so Life Surge's HP boost raises his offensive stat threshold.
Demons in the chart below can be used for manual buffing without a buff skill transfer. They're also fusible, making them very accessible:
- Barong and Ishtar can provide buffs in any color, but all other demons in the chart above must be Yellow to have an innate buff.
- Additional non-fusible options: Yellow Rama, Party Pixie
Another thing to consider are the "Solar" skills, Solar Prosperity and Solar Downfall. These basically work like one-turn versions of Auto-skills, except that they are activated at the start of every wave, allowing them to be used even on the boss wave. This opens up some specialized applications for these types of skills:
Solar Prosperity (1-turn Taruka + Sukukaja)
- For Ice Boss, this effectively neutralizes the boss's Tarunda without requiring a manual buffer, making it strictly superior in that specific case.
Solar Downfall (1-turn Rakunda + Sukunda)
- For Fire Boss, this effectively neutralizes the Boss's Rakukaja.
This section will try to provide rankings for damage potential and things to look out for on each element.
- Tiers are generally sorted from Left > Right
- These lists are not fully complete, meaning not every possible demon will be included. Instead the focus is on only ranking each notable gacha demon, most usable fusible 5★s and at least 3x 4★s and 3x 3★s
- For demons without an innate skill of the appropriate type and element (considering base kit and archetypes), the highest-tier transferable skill is assumed for the evaluation.
- Ratings can vary slightly depending on investment. Investment consists of Transfers/Panels/Skill-Levels/Mitama/Demon-Level/Archetype. Gaps between tiers are generally larger than gaps within tiers.
- The primary ranking criteria is maximum damage potential, though ease of investment, minimum damage, average damage and utility (providing boosts to other demons) are also factored in. While most of these were determined through testing and calculations, it is still possible for some of these ratings to have a margin of error.
General Tier Explanation:
- Utility Demons: These demons are in general used to provide buffs for your team either through manual buffing or through Unique Skills. You generally want to have a maximum of one Utility Demon per team. The major exception is Panel 3 Mot, who can still be paired with demons that already generate buffs themselves ( Susano-o, Tokisada, Panel 3 Mahakala) just for the extra turns.
- Taruka effects: Demons who can buff the team's ATK passively, or through their unique attacks.
- Rakunda effects: Demons who can debuff the enemy's DEF passively, or through their unique attacks.
- Press Turn/Useful Aura: These demons provide some utility that lets the team do more damage, such as: more press turns, team-wide damage-up aura, bonus hits.
- Tier 0-X: Ranking of general damage potential for assorted demons. The lower the tier number the better. Tier 0 are the most outstanding demons that you should always use as long as you are able to.
- Filler: Demons that usually have an attack move or boost for the corresponding element. These are not worth investing into heavily - they should only be used to fill up slots if you have no other options.
- Panel 3-, 3xHerald- and 3xLady-: These prefixes apply to the demon listed immediately after them, to denote special rankings under specific circumstances.
- Panel 3 denotes having Spirit Panel 3 of the demon in question completed. Similar rules apply to Panel 1, Panel 2, or Panel 4.
- 3xHerald requires that all demons in the team that the demon is used in are from the Divine or Herald race.
- 3xLady requires that all demons in the team that the demon is used in are from the Femme or Lady race.
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- Team Restrictions: You cannot use both Masakado and Masakado A. Even if one is on prelim and the other is on boss, or if one is in team 1 and the other is in team 2 - it's still not allowed.
- Missing: Physical attacks have the possibility of missing. This needs to be taken into account, because a miss will be disastrous during either part and vastly hurt your score. If during simulations you notice one of your demons repeatedly missing, even if you have to decrease the damage for additional accuracy it will be worth it for the sake of consistency. Ways to increase a demon's accuracy are Brands or skill transfers like Good Aim or Great Aim.
- Crits: Physical attack type skills have the chance to land a critical hit which is 1.5x the normal damage of the attack, which is a significant difference. The physical boss is the only one without innate crit resistance, making it possible to land critical hits without Rebellion effects. This leads to a large damage variance depending on how often your teams manage to score critical hits. Therefore demons that can minimize this variance are scored slightly higher. Some examples:
- Futsunushi and Panel 3 Zaou-Gongen: Futsunushi and Zaou-Gongen is a really strong pairing - due to team-wide Might from Futsu's skill, Gongen doesn't need to carry Auto-Rebellion, nor does he need to be first in battle to achieve his infinite crit chain. They also make Gigantomachia Kali and Cu Chulainn A viable prelim opitions (Kali receiving a maximum +80% damage total if in Might and Cu Chu A due to his turn 2 Charge).
- Flauros Prelim: Due to Hell Leopard, Flauros will usually produce +0.5 Weakness multiplier per activation of Iron Fist. With Spirit Panel 2 there is an additional increase from +0.1 to +0.3 to each Iron Fist, depending on how many different "parts" of the Horde are hit. Probabilities for this: +0.1 = 6.25%; +0.2 = 56.25%; +0.3 = 37.5% (assumption: each hit is equally likely to hit different parts; please correct if wrong)
- Jack the Ripper Prelim: His unique ability Terror of London will hit Random Targets 1-3 times at the start of prelim, providing +0.1 extra multiplier per hit. On the other hand his base stats and innate skills are fairly bad for Democalypse meaning his damage potential is fairly low.
- Seraph Prelim: Due to his on Weakness Damage Aura, he can immensely increase your prelim score. However, because of his lackluster Strength he often runs Earthquake. Recall that Earthquake scales off of PDef, so he'll likely need a specialized brand set.
- Odin A Boss: He can't set up Zenith during the boss phase, meaning his damage boost aura won't trigger without help. Consider pairing him with a Zenith caster, such as Fariedone.
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- Prelim Rakukaja: Similar to the Boss the first move the Makara Horde will cast is Rakukaja. This means if you want to maximize damage you will need to apply a Rakunda effect during the second turn even if your team has an Auto-Rakunda. Efficient ways to do this:
- Atropos Prelim: Atropos' unique skill Passionate Rage can give up to +0.8 additional multiplier if used in an all Lady and/or Femme team. The highest potential team for this would be Kikuri-Hime, Cybele and Atropos, though even with large investment it might be hard for this team to fully clear the bar.
- Zaou-Gongen Prelim: Rending Fire is a consideration over his innate Maragidyne, letting ZG use his better strength stat as well as letting him crit. If he's panel 3, then this can also lead into Rebellion-looping, helping teammates that use physical Fire spells. However, Rending Fire is an event-only genome, so if you don't have it, then stick with the magic build.
- Boss Rakukaja: The very first move the boss will use is Rakukaja. After that no matter what he will not cast it again. Ways to deal with this in descending order of effectiveness:
- Elohim's Light of Elohim
- Mahakala's Wrathful Flame
- Surt A's Eruption
- Panel 2 Uriel in a team consisting of only Herald or Divine demons
- Panel 4 Lucifer
- When going second, two instances of Intimidating Stance cancel the boss's 2 press turns, and he won't cast Rakukaja afterwards.
- Abaddon A's Lord of the Abyss
- Solar Downfall
- Agni's Ignite
- Quetzalcoatl A's Aztec Pulse
- Azazel Boss: Due to Democalypse bosses' innate Critical Chance reduction, Guillotine Blaze will crit probably around 1 in 3 uses, even with investment into crit% through transfers and brands. Thus it might be better to transfer Trisagion for Boss, when using him.
- Cerberus A Boss: Even with the innate Democalypse Bosses' Critical Chance Reduction, Cerberus A can reach up to 160% crit chance without brands, this thanks to the boost level 2 and panel 3, making him reliably crit.
- Surt's Ragnarok: While Ragnarok gets additional scaling from PAtk, the primary stat you need to focus on with your Brands is still MAtk. PAtk% should be in his terts, if possible.
- Vairocana Boss: Radiant Mantra can remove the boss's Rakukaja at the start of the second turn allowing you to stay at neutral buffs.
- Zaou-Gongen Boss: Fire Slash doesn't work as well as you might think, due to the boss's crit rate reduction. By extension, ZG isn't going to be able to Rebellion-loop the team, since he can't land his first crit. Since Auto-Rebellion doesn't work on boss wave, it can't solve this problem.
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- Boss Tarunda: The very first move the boss will use is Tarunda. After that no matter what he will not cast it again. Ways to deal with this in descending order of effectiveness:
- Rahab's Enemy of God.
- Anahita's Hell Stream.
- Panel 4 Cybele.
- Uriel in a team consisting of only Herald or Divine demons.
- Ananta's Endless One.
- Norn's Moment of Fate. Additionally Panel 3 reapplies buffs during your last turn.
- Solar Prosperity
- Manual Buffing (refer to the corresponding section earlier in this guide)
- Anahita: will buff magic damage to the entire party when under Bulwark. Since Bulwark expires after 1 turn, Panel 2 is necessary to recast it every turn, and thus maintain the buff. ( Frost Ace's Vengeful Frost Fist is a physical move and thus won't benefit from this)
- King Frost Boss: If your team already has a way of applying Defense down, using Red Archetype will be more optimal. Otherwise, you will want him to cast Cold World except if your other two demons are very weak.
- Mastema's Archetype: It is assumed that he's Red for Ice Age. Panel 2 can add +100 MATK, but otherwise his panels will not help with Ice damage.
- Rahab Boss: He grants himself Might when anyone on his team hits a weak point, letting him bypass the boss's crit rate reduction. Ideally, Rahab should go second or third to ensure he has Might ready for every attack.
- Vairocana Boss: Radiant Mantra can remove the boss's Tarunda at the start of the second turn allowing you to stay at neutral buffs.
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- Team Restrictions: You cannot use both Nero☆ and the regular 4★ Nero. Even if one is on prelim and the other is on boss, or if one is in team 1 and the other is in team 2 - it's still not allowed.
- Atropos: Atropos' unique skill Passionate Rage can give up to +0.8 additional multiplier if used in an all Lady and/or Femme team.
- Nero☆'s Overture: After the first cast it becomes equivalent to a 180 Skill power All Targets move, because of the Concentrate effect. This means if Nero☆ is used for Boss, usually it will be better to NOT use Red Archetype (Ziodyne).
- Cthulhu: can apply Gloom on the Boss to help Thor A crit despite the innate crit reduction of Boss phase.
- Odin A Boss: He can't set up Zenith during the boss phase, meaning his damage boost aura won't trigger without help. Consider pairing him with a Zenith caster, such as Fariedone. If the Zenith caster uses physical attacks, consider transferring Thunder Slash onto them.
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- Baal: When considering whether you should use Baal for the Boss or Prelim stage, this will depend on the demon taking his place in the opposite phase. Additionally, it matters how your Baal is built, Red Baal for example is usually stronger for Boss.
- Koga Saburo: needs panel 2 to be used reliably, on account of Soaring Blades having only 3 uses without it, which is not enough for either Prelim or Boss phases. In addition, the maximum amount of Soaring Blades charges is 6, just enough for Boss phase, which makes him incompatible with demons who can increase the number of Press Turns.
- Cthulhu: can apply Gloom on Boss phase, helping demons like Koga Saburo and Seth to land critical hits despite the crit reduction innate to Bosses.
- Oberon: Red Oberon presents a gamble with Twister, as it can have 110, 165, or 220 power based on RNG, compared to Zandyne's consistent 160 power. If you prefer Zandyne's consistency, use a different color.
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- Light is pretty straightforward. Mainly you will have to test where to apply Archangel synergies if you have them.
- Where you use Vishnu A will depend on the rest of your teams, but he should be most effective on a boss team with Tokisada and Mot, to complement Tokisada's Atk buff while not interrupting any Archangel synergies.
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- Team Restrictions:
- Lucifuge: He provides a 10% damage aura to all Tyrants (20% if panel 3). This synergizes well with several demons, such as Lucifer, Beelzebub, Beelzebub☆, Hecate, and Abaddon A.
- His skill Light Devourer also heals himself, which can then activate Panel 4 Ananta's Debilitate in boss phase.
- Prelim Dekunda: The Ares Horde will use Dekunda as its first move, if they are debuffed in some way. Demons that can reapply Rakunda currently is Agni and P4 Lucifer
- Guedhe Boss: His skill Dark Gift has 100% crit rate by default, and it inflicts Gloom (+20% crit rate). With investment into Glee brands, he should be able to crit the boss consistently.
- Lilith A Boss: With panels 1 and 2, Temptation reaches 120% crit chance (without considering transfers or brands), helping her overcome the boss phase's 100% crit rate reduction.
This section will give specific builds for some common teams and strategies as well as explain some of the ratings of the more commonly appearing demons in the previous section.
One major general guideline is that you will want to have your stronger Prelim team paired with your stronger Boss team. If you want to optimize your teams you can not get around running a lot of simulations and adjusting your teams based on those results.
Extra Press Turns
There are a few demons that have the ability to give your team extra Press Turns, which is incredibly valuable. Since usually there are demons for every element that deal way more damage than the others (examples: Garuda A for Force Boss, Quetzalcoatl A for Fire Prelim) giving these demons more opportunities to attack will vastly outweigh just using another mediocre damage dealer.
- Harmonious Death gives an extra Press Turn and increases all of Mot's damage
- Spirit Panel 3 gives another Press Turn on your third turn, which allows for a total of 2 extra Press Turns in Boss Phase
- General rule of thumb: If Mot is Panel 3 use him on the Boss Phase, otherwise use him on Prelim.
Above is a generic example of what a Boss team using Panel 3 Mot looks like. Always use the two heaviest hitters you own in the first two slots of this team. To quickly identify those you can reference the ranking section above. By setting your team up this way you can ensure that your heaviest hitters get what's equivalent to a full fourth round of attacks while also getting the damage increase from buffs, which means on average around +33% to your total score.
Mot's Luster Candy can also be either War Dance or Blood Rush for manual buffing. His Thunder Reign can also be any other Single Target or Random Targets skill and has to be exchanged for a skill of the appropriate element for the other elements.
- Guardian of the East gives an extra Press Turn.
- Due to the introduction of the new Elemental physical skills, Hero Masakado is no longer held back by his poor Magic stat and the constant need of Magic based All Targets attacks.
- if you lack any of the Elemental All Targets Physical skills, Butcher and his Panel 1 allow him to not be completely useless in the damage area during Prelim slightly compensating for his low Magic stat
- Because of his high Agility you will need to use Lead Brands, Agility Mitama or high Agility Demons so they can go before him to fully utilize the extra Press Turn
Uriel has the ability through both his Panel 2 and his unique skill God's Fire to provide full offensive buffs to your entire team in the Boss phase, if combined with two more Herald or Divine demons. Full offensive buffs are a significant bonus (40% score increase) that would even make slightly suboptimal team compositions better than ones consisting of mainly higher tier demons.
Thankfully Seraph, which is usually within the top 3 best demons for all elements, is also a Herald demon and almost every element also has very good Herald and Divine demon options for the third slot, Panel 4 Michael being usually the best option since he grants all Herald/Divines a 15% boost to their damage.
Above is a generic example of a Generalist Archangel Boss Team. For each of those demons you will have to transfer a Single Target attack skill of the appropriate element. Other than that, transfers, brands, and everything else can be focused on maximizing their individual damage.
The following table lists some options for the 3rd slot in the Archangel team for each element, in descending order of maximum potential:
|Element||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3|
|Ice||P4 Michael||Metatron||Red Mastema|
|Light||P4 Michael||P3 Aniel or Michael||Any Divine/Herald|
|Dark||P4 Michael||Red Azrael||Metatron|
Generic Boss Team
This is a generic boss phase team example. An optimal Boss team generally should consist of two main damage dealers and a Utility demon that provides some form of support (usually Buffs).
Every single demon of course has to get a transfer of a skill of the appropriate element. In this team Abaddon A would fill the role of Utility demon and can of course be replaced with any other demon that could fill that role. Similarly Anubis and Izanami can be replaced with any other strong damage dealers.
- Skill List
- Demon List
- Brands, guide on equipment: essential for demons to deal a lot of damage.
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