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The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden is a turn-based, anime-style gacha game published and brought to us by Crunchyroll Games.
The game features great standalone storylines that are exclusive to the game, as well as real-time turn-based RPG combat mechanics.
In this guide, I’m going to show you everything you need to know as a beginner – including some tips and a list of things you should and shouldn’t do in the early stages of the game.
- Starting Out (Rerolling)
- Team Building Guide
- Element System (Strengths & Weaknesses)
- Combat Guide (How Battles Work)
- Powering Up Units (How To Get Stronger)
- How One-On-One Sessions Work
- Important Items to Farm
- Primary Objectives For Beginners
- General Tips for The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden
- Tip #1: Always 3★ Every Stage
- Tip #2: Execute Your Hidden Techniques Wisely
- Tip #3: Optimize The Order of your Combos
- Tip #4: Watch Out For Increased Item Drops
- Tip #5: Clear Chronicles [H] For Character Shards
- Tip #6: When In Doubt, Follow Your Beginner Missions
- Tip #7: Try To Do 10x Summons Instead of Single Summons
- The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden Do’s & Don’ts
Starting Out (Rerolling)
Here’s everything you need to know about rerolling in Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden.
Is Rerolling Necessary?
I highly recommend that you reroll in this game for at least 2 SS-Rank units.
This is because while A-Rank and S-Rank units alone can carry you quite far in the game, your options for one-element parties in the future will be severely limited without SS-Rank Units.
The rerolling process is also pretty fast in this game, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t do it.
How To Reroll (Step-by-Step)
To unlock the Summon feature, you must first clear Chapter 1 – Lesson 5:
After clearing Chapter 1 – Lesson 5, you’ll then be automatically guided to the Summon page by the Tutorial system.
There, you’ll be able to do a 10x summon from the Tutorial Summons banner:
After pulling from the Tutorial Summons, you’ll finally be released from the Tutorial and be able to navigate the game yourself.
To proceed with the rerolling process, simply go over to your Gift Box in your Home Screen and claim all of the rewards there:
With your claimed Phantasm Gems and/or Summon Tickets, go back to the Summon page and use them all to pull to your heart’s content.
Pulling in the Normal Banner is fine, but I recommend pulling from Event Banners more if there’s a top-tier unit being featured – just like the one shown in the image below:
If you’re unsatisfied with the units you got, go back to your Home Screen, then go to your Menu by clicking the “Menu” button located in the far-right corner of the Home Screen:
Next, click “Return to Title Screen” at the bottom-right part of the Menu options:
After being redirected back to the Title Screen, click the “Menu” located on the upper-left side of the Title Screen:
There, you’ll see a “Delete Account” option which you can click to delete your current account – resetting your progress and allowing you to pull for characters again:
There will be two prompts that’ll appear before you delete your account. Pay them no mind and click “OK” twice if you want to proceed:
And there we go – you can now reroll as much as you want!
This game has an incredible feature where you only need to clear Chapter 1 – Lesson 5 once to be able to reroll quickly.
To use this feature after following the steps above, make sure to click the “Skip” button that will appear in a prompt.
From here on out, this prompt will be displayed every time you delete your account and log in with a new account. No need to clear the tutorial over and over!
Who to Reroll For
Most SS-Rank units possess a clear advantage over A-Rank and S-Rank units, but here are seven of the best SS-Rank that you should reroll for:
|Recommended SS-Rank Characters||Element||Role|
|[NPC Technique] Cid Kagenou||Green||Tank|
|[First of the Seven] Alpha||Blue||Tank|
|[Innate Sword] Iris Midgar||Red||Attacker|
|[Small Predator] Delta||Blue||Attacker|
|[First Member] Alpha||Yellow||Attacker|
|[Training Hard] Gamma||Yellow||Support|
|[Young Researcher] Sherry Barnet||Green||Support|
Note: You will be given [Rose’s Retaliation] Rose Oriana – a very strong Yellow Tank – as a beginner. Make sure to invest in her and one other Tank, as you’ll need to alternate between two Tanks for easier Main Chapter clears.
Team Building Guide
If you want to build the best party as a beginner, you need to create a multi-element team like this one:
This arrangement is optimal for clearing Main Story Quests early on, where mono-element teams usually suffer.
I also recommend using the default 1 Tank/3 Attackers/1 Support role arrangement, as you’ll only need one Support and one Tank in every stage you’ll encounter in the early and mid-game.
Finally, you need to invest in one other Tank so that you can swap them in whenever your main Tank has an elemental disadvantage.
All Character Roles
Characters in Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden have three separate roles:
|Roles||Role Descriptions||Recommended Quantity per Party|
|Tanks||They have the highest HP and DEF stats in the game. They are responsible for absorbing most – if not all of the incoming single-target damage from enemies.||1|
|Attackers||They have the highest offensive stats in the game. They excel at mowing down enemies with their high DPS, but they’re quite easy to kill without a decent Tank protecting them.||3|
|Supports||They mostly focus on healing or providing buffs for your party. They’re pretty negligible in easy fights, but are indispensable once you’re facing enemies that can damage your Tank and Attackers.||1|
Element System (Strengths & Weaknesses)
This game also has an Element System that decides which enemies your characters are strong or weak against:
|Character Elements||Strong Against||Weak Against|
If you want your Tanks to survive longer or your Attackers to deal more damage, make sure to consider their elemental strengths and weaknesses.
Combat Guide (How Battles Work)
The in-game tutorial covers most of the combat mechanics pretty well in the Lesson stages, but there are four main combat mechanics that you need to know and master early on:
|1||Combo Gauge||This gauge fills up whenever your units deal or take damage. When full, clicking this button will allow your units to perform a 3-hit, 4-hit, or even a 5-hit combo. You can either heal your party, increase the combo’s DPS, or increase the party’s defense using this mechanic.|
|2||Hidden Technique Gauges||Hidden Technique gauges also fill up whenever a specific unit deals damage or takes damage. Once a specific unit’s gauge is filled up, you can click on it to unleash the unit’s unique Hidden Technique.|
|3||Gameplay Controls||This panel includes the Camera controls which you can use to zoom in or zoom out of the battle, the AUTO feature that allows your units to execute combos and Hidden Techniques automatically, and the Speed Controls that can either speed up or slow down the game.|
|4||Boss Special Attack Gauge||This gauge represents how soon the boss monster’s Special Attack will be executed and is filled up whenever the boss takes damage or deals damage. Always keep an eye on it!|
All Stats Explained
Each character in the game has a total of 13 stats that you, as a beginner, should know about:
|Combat Power||All||It is the sum total of all the unit’s stats. The higher it is, the more likely they’ll be able to survive and clear stages.|
|HP||Tanks, Supports||It signifies the amount of Health Points a unit has. The higher it is, the more damage they can take before fainting.|
|ATK||Attackers||It signifies the amount of damage a unit can do with their normal attacks, combos, skills, and Hidden Techniques.|
|DEF||Tanks||It signifies the amount of damage that will be mitigated before the value is deducted from the unit’s HP. The higher the DEF, the tougher the unit is.|
|CRIT Rate||Attackers||It shows the chances of a CRIT happening in every attack type (combos, skills, normal skills, etc.)|
|CRIT ATK Rate||Attackers||It shows the amount of additional damage that will be dealt to an enemy whenever a CRIT is triggered.|
|CRIT DEF Rate||Tanks||It shows how resistant a character is against CRIT attacks.|
|Healing Boost||Supports||It shows the amount of additional healing a character has whenever they execute a healing skill, combo, or Hidden Technique.|
|SP Boost||All Roles||It shows the amount of additional effectiveness that a character’s skills have.|
|SP Discount||All Roles||It shows the amount of cooldown reduction that a character’s skills have.|
|EVA||Tanks||It shows how often a character will be able to evade attacks from enemies.|
|ACC||Attackers||It shows how much an enemy’s EVA stat will be nullified by your characters.|
|Position||None||It determines the behavior of the character when it comes to positioning themselves automatically on the battlefield.|
Skills Guide/How Skills Work
Each character has 1 Hidden Technique, 2 Active Skills, and 1 Passive Skill that you can unlock by doing Rank Ups.
Skills are executed automatically during battles and do not require manual input from players.
They do have cooldowns which you can shorten by upgrading the skills themselves or via equipping Magic Gears, so make sure to take advantage of them early on!
Powering Up Units (How To Get Stronger)
Here are the five best methods of powering up units in Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden:
|Power Up Methods||Materials Required||Effects|
||Increases a unit’s overall stats|
||Increases a unit’s overall stats & unlocks/upgrades a skill|
||Increases a unit’s stats and the effectiveness of their skills|
||Increases a unit’s stats, rarity, and max level|
|Equipping/Enhancing/Infusing Magic Gears||
||Increases a unit’s stats individually and the effectiveness of their skills (SS-Rank Magic Gears only)|
Best Ways To Farm EXP/Level Up Fast
There are two ways that you can level up in the game.
First is leveling up as a Player, and the second is leveling up your Units.
Increasing your Player Level quickly is very important, as the maximum level that your units can achieve is limited by your own level.
To farm Player EXP fast, all you need to do is clear as many Main or Chronicle Stages as you can. You can even use the SKIP feature for stages you’ve achieved a 3★ clear on to earn tons of Player EXP!
Hard [H] stages give you more Player EXP, but they do consume more Stamina. This makes them pretty much comparable to Normal [N] stages in terms of Player EXP farming.
The Unit Level determines how strong your units are generally without Magic Gears or Rank Ups.
The best way to get some Unit EXP is to feed your units Magic Candies, which you can get mostly from Monster Hunts in the Material Quests.
Your units also gain Unit EXP after every battle, but the amount isn’t comparable to what Magic Candies can give. It’s not a bad way to earn some extra Unit EXP though!
How To Enhance Magic Gears
To Enhance your Magic Gears, begin by moving to your Character Page and clicking the “Enhance Magic Gear” option right below the “Characters” option:
Next, select the Magic Gear you want to Enhance from your Magic Gear List.
In this case, I’m going with Rose’s Retaliation – an SS-Rank Magic Gear for Yellow Tank Rose that can be earned by all players from the Beginner Quests.
Next, check the Required Items before clicking the “OK” button.
In this case, the following items are required for me to upgrade Rose’s Retaliation:
- x5 Polish
- x1 Fine Polish
- x100,000 Zeni
And voila – the Magic Gear is now upgraded!
Magic Gears are incredibly expensive to Enhance, so make sure to only Enhance S-Rank Magic Gears and above if you can help it!
How One-On-One Sessions Work
One-On-One Session is an interactive feature in the game that allows you to talk to your characters and get to know them better via dialogue options.
Going over each dialogue option increases your Bond Level with a specific character, but doing so costs Affection Points – which you can farm mainly from Daily and Weekly Missions.
If you want to max out your Bond with a character, just go over all the dialogue options that the character has. No need to worry about picking the right one!
Increasing your Bond Level with your characters is very important, as it gives you plenty of rewards:
- Phantasm Gems
- Stat & Skill Boosts
- Additional Scenes & Voices
I personally recommend reaching at least Bond Level 5 with every character you use frequently for the Phantasm Gems and the stat boosts.
From there, you can choose which character whose Bond Level you’d like to focus on!
Important Items to Farm
Here are five of the most important items that you should start farming as soon as possible:
|Important Items To Farm||Best Sources|
Primary Objectives For Beginners
Listed below are the things you need to accomplish as early as possible in the game – especially if you want the most efficient start possible.
Objective #1: Clear Main Quests
The best thing you can do for your account early on is to clear as many Main Quest stages as you can – preferably up to Main Quest Chapter 4 ASAP.
You’ll be able to unlock most of the in-game features and game modes upon reaching Chapter 4, not to mention you’ll also be able to farm a decent amount of Phantasm Gems this way.
Objective #2: Clear Chronicles [N]
As soon as you get stuck while clearing the Main Quest stages, the next thing you should do is clear as many Chronicles [N] stages as you can.
This game mode will allow you to farm equipment that you can use to Rank Up your characters – unlocking their skills and allowing them to clear more difficult stages.
You should also do a few SKIP clears while farming Equipment here, since you’ll be able to farm tons of User EXP that way too!
Objective #3: Unlock & Clear Material Quest Stages
Material Quests can only be unlocked upon clearing the Main Quest stages. The further you are in the Main Quest, the more resources you can farm here:
- Monster Hunt (Magic Candies)
- Bandit Hunt (Zeni)
You only get 2 attempts per day for each of these game modes, so make them count by playing as much as you can before clearing them right before the daily reset (20:00 UTC).
Objective #4: Compete In The Versus Game Modes ASAP
Armageddon, Bunshin Festival, and Bunshin Festival: Battle Royal are this game’s versions of PVP game modes.
As a beginner, you should make it a priority to unlock at least the Bunshin Festival ASAP so that you can compete in it as fast as possible.
This’ll allow you to farm a lot of Phantasm Gems and Bunshin Coins early on – both of which are very helpful for your growth in the long run.
General Tips for The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden
If you want your early game to go as smoothly as Cid Kagenou’s frequent monologuing, here are several tips that you should follow religiously as a beginner.
Tip #1: Always 3★ Every Stage
Getting a 3★ clear in a stage allows you to clear it again via the SKIP feature repeatedly – as long as you have enough Stamina for it.
All you need to do to get 3★ clears is to:
- Complete the stage
- Complete the stage with no knocked-out characters
- Complete the stage within 50 seconds
This is very useful not only because you gain more Phantasm Gems if you 3★ a stage, but you’ll also be able to farm equipment and User EXP much faster with the SKIP feature unlocked.
Tip #2: Execute Your Hidden Techniques Wisely
Whether you can execute your Hidden Techniques with impeccable timing or not can mean the difference between not clearing a stage and clearing them with ease.
A character’s Hidden Technique often has a specific purpose according to their role:
- Tank (DEF Boost, DEF Debuff, & Self-Heal)
- Attacker (Single-target DPS, AoE DPS, & Crowd Control)
- Support (Party Heal & Party Buff)
Tank and Support units generally fill their Hidden Technique Gauges faster than Attackers, but you should always wait for the perfect time before executing them to optimize your stage runs.
Tip #3: Optimize The Order of your Combos
Just like how it is for Hidden Techniques, mastering the Combo feature as a beginner will help you tremendously in the long run.
|Combo Types||Effects||Recommended Use|
|Tank Combo||Raises the Party’s DEF||
|Attacker Combo||Raises Combo DMG||
|Support Combo||Recovers the HP of all allies||
The closer the Combo option that you chose is to the end of the combo sequence, the better the effects will be. Make sure to pick the order of your Combos properly depending on the situation!
Tip #4: Watch Out For Increased Item Drops
In The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden, a limited-time event that doubles the drop rate of items is conducted every once in a while.
This event often lasts over 24 hours only, and will allow you to farm twice the amount of resources from a game mode where the event is in effect.
You must take advantage of these events as a beginner – especially when farming Equipment from Chronicles [N/H] stages to reduce the Stamina you consume early on.
Tip #5: Clear Chronicles [H] For Character Shards
Chronicles [H] stages may require double the amount of mana to clear or SKIP, but they also allow you to farm a variety of useful materials.
This includes Character Shards, which are required materials for increasing the rarity of a unit to make them stronger and increase their max level.
Each Chronicle [H] stage features different Character Shards as drops. My personal advice is to pick at least one stage you’ll farm every day so you can focus on increasing the rarity of one unit only.
Tip #6: When In Doubt, Follow Your Beginner Missions
If you’re at a loss on what to do next, you can use your Beginner Missions as a loose guideline on what tasks you should do in the early game.
If that isn’t enough, there are also a lot of very useful rewards you can get here:
- [Rose’s Retaliation] Rose Oriana
- [Rose’s Retaliation] Rose’s Rapier (Magic Gear)
- Magic Candies
- x1 SS-Rank Character Summon Ticket
- x10 Normal Summon Tickets
- Phantasm Gems
I would recommend that you clear the missions ASAP so that you can get these rewards right away, but feel free to do them at your own pace. The Beginner Missions have no expiration date.
Tip #7: Try To Do 10x Summons Instead of Single Summons
Phantasm Gems are quite hard to farm – especially so once you get past the early stages of gameplay where you’re initially showered with free resources.
If you want to use your Phantasm Gems efficiently early on which will help you in the long run, I recommend saving up for 10x Summons instead of summoning one character at a time.
|Summon Types||Total Cost Per 10 Summons|
|Single Summons||3,000 Phantasm Gems|
|Multi (10x) Summons||2,800 Phantasm Gems|
Sure a discount of 200 Phantasm Gems per 10 pulls may not seem like a lot, but this value adds up tremendously over time – especially considering how rare Phantasm Gems are.
The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden Do’s & Don’ts
Now that you know so much about different aspects of the game, here’s a brief list that summarizes everything that you should and shouldn’t do as a beginner.
- Do clear as many Main Stages as you can early on
- Do clear as many Chronicles [N] stages as you can early on
- Do make a multi-element team in the early game
- Do join a Guild ASAP
- Do execute your Hidden Techniques properly
- Do clear your Daily and Weekly Missions consistently
- Do keep an eye out for Story Events and participate in them
- Do keep an eye out for Increased Drop Rate events and take advantage of them
- Do spend your Stamina and Stamina refreshers wisely
- Do save up your Phantasm Gems for Event Banners
- Do talk to your characters every day via 1-on-1 Sessions
- Do save up for 10x Summons instead of summoning one character at a time
- Don’t forget to clear your Material Quests every day
- Don’t forget to participate in Bunshin Festival (PVP) battles early on
- Don’t waste your Akashic Crystals on shards of characters you don’t use often
- Don’t – or at least avoid using characters in stages where they have an elemental weakness
- Don’t rely on the AUTO feature for moderately and highly difficult battles
- Don’t forget to invest in at least two Tanks so you can swap them out freely
- Don’t waste your Phantasm Gems on the Normal Banner
- Don’t forget to consult the Beginner Missions if you don’t know what to do next
- Don’t use your Enhancement materials on B-Rank or even A-Rank Magic Gears
- Don’t forget to farm at least one Chronicle Stage [H] three times a day for shards
- Don’t use x2 Speed for difficult boss battles
- Don’t – or at least avoid spending your Phantasm Gems on Stamina if you’re F2P