Do you already have 100% T-Doll Collection and just want to know what units to level for ranking? The SC Ranking Teambuilding Recommendations spreadsheet by Brekkie (#8 Isomer Rank) should help you decide!
Can't wait to see detailed ranking mechanics? Consult this SC Ranking Guide by Ceia (currently in Open Beta).
9/19 update: Updated the preparation section for Shattered Connexion. Rolling for the following T-Dolls in the general rateup are recommended if you are solely focused on preparing for SC ranked:
- M200 (RF Recipe): Extremely Recommended
- Carcano M91/38 (RF Recipe): Optional but simplifies a large number of fights
- Buffer HGs (if you do not already have plenty)
- High RoF DPS ARs (see article for more details)
5/8 update: Added the HOC section.
4/23 update: Updated the preparation section for Isomer.
For recommended recipes, see the Recipes Infographic.
1/4 update: Added SG crafting section due to popular demand.
The contents of this article have been updated for players trying to maximize their gains during the GFL EN September 2020 General Rate-Up. Even when Rate-Up is over, it should remain relevant up until the conclusion of Shattered Connexion.
For more information about what a Rate-Up Event is, please see the above "GFL Explained" article.
While some of our readers may already know exactly what they're going for in the impending General Rate-Up, the answer isn't necessarily clear to everyone. Whether you're a new player or a veteran trying to prepare for the upcoming Shattered Connexion event, the information in this article should help you maximize your potential gameplay gains over the next week.
Use the Table of Contents above to navigate to section(s) appropriate for your personal situation.
I just want the optimal recipes
Here's a handy infographic summarizing the recommended crafting recipes from the GFL Explained: Rate-Up guide.
I want to prepare for Shattered Connexion
Just like Isomer, Easy Difficulty makes a full clear of Shattered Connexion doable even for beginners. Clearing the story should be relatively straightforward. As long as you have the following, easy should be a piece of cake and you might even be able to do EX mode:
- One or two decently strong ARSMG teams
- An RFHG team with strong Armor Penetration
- Heavy Ordnance Corps units
Because the story mode is fairly straightforward, this document will primarily focus on providing T-Doll recommendations for the Ranking Map.
This ranking can even be done with a 3 echelon + 7 dummy strategy - you just need to make the few combat echelons you field really strong.
Craftable T-Dolls aren't the only ones you have to worry about! Remember to save some data for Hanyang Mod, 416 Mod, and the upcoming GSG collab dolls Rico/Angelica!
There'll also be some other useful limited dolls like Kord and Desert Eagle who will become meta after SC, but since they are not a prime choice in SC ranking, it's not as important to save data for leveling them.
Here's a map. You'll start from the north side and mostly fight against KCCO enemies (using night ARSMG) and Paradeus enemies (using RFHG) in the southwest and southeast sectors respectively.
ELIDs from the northeast can be taken care of with one or two zombie-killing echelons that don't have very high requirements.
KCCO Sector (Night ARSMG)
The most annoying enemies in this sector are the Orthrus and Centaurus.
Some other options like Type97, AK-12, and MDR are usable but not important enough to specifically craft for. If you already have the T-Dolls, try saving up for some equipment for your KCCO zone echelons:
- PEQ (night battle equipment) x4+
- 4★ is sufficient. More is better, since your ARs will need them in order to hit anything and being able to field more echelons improves your flexibility.
- HV Ammo x4+
- One can be replaced with ST AR-15's Special Equipment.
- T-Exoskeleton x2+
- For the SMGs and HGs you plan to deploy
- X-Exoskeleton x2+
- As a backup option in case you don't have enough T-Exos
Lower-rarity Suppressors can be used for your SMGs/HGs as the additional Evasion from 5★ Suppressors is negligible. Backline HGs can even equip spare PEQs if you don't have enough suppressors to go around.
The equipment requirement for this bossing echelon has already been included in the equipment estimates provided above for the KCCO sector.
Paradeus Sector (RFHG)
Paradeus enemies are heavily armored and may even have Evasion, so strong RFHG echelons are needed. Accuracy actually becomes an important stat in this context, and RFs who can hit evasive enemies reliably like M200 or Carcano M91/38 are extra-useful in this ranking.
Aside from the three RFs mentioned below, you can pretty much use anyone; Rico from the upcoming Gunslinger Girl collab and R93 from a previous point event are excellent noncraftable DPS options that you can consider leveling!
Why is a 3-star RF in this list you might ask? Hanyang Type 88 is actually an ultra-rare craft despite her low rarity (so if you dismantled her previously, now's a good time to Recover her from the Index!).
Many other viable options exist (especially since an M200 echelon could be paired with an RoF-selfbuffer DPS like WA2000 or SVD as the other RF) - so long as players teambuild responsibly and do not overcap RoF or create a non-synergistic team. Training the RFs' Skill Levels to 8+ and HGs' to 6+ is highly recommended.
Once you have a decent assortment of HG buffers and some decent self-buffing RF T-Dolls, crafting Equipment becomes the next priority. Having MAX-calibrated, +10 Enhanced 5★ variants of the following will help tremendously:
- Optical Sight (crit scope) x4+ (ST AR-15 and M4 SOPMOD II need two)
- AP Ammo x2+
- Camouflage Cape x2+
- Optional but highly recommended.
- T-Exoskeleton x2+
- The position 4 HG can use an X-exo or a lower-rarity exoskeleton without much issue.
More copies of the above equipment can let you deploy more RFHG echelons in the Paradeus sector. Lower-rarity Suppressors can be used for your SMGs/HGs as the additional Evasion from 5★ Suppressors is negligible.
You'll need some stat sticks as well, so the extra Artillery/Command/Warrior/etc. copies are best fed to themselves if you haven't raised one to 5-star rarity yet!
Not sure if you need to dupe HGs you already have? See this article.
What about SGs?
SGs are not actually necessary for tanking in this ranking because you can't really use it outside of the ELID area. If you do want a SG tank for ELIDs, players lacking high-rarity SGs can easily still use the free SGs given to them by the game (Type 97 Shotgun and SPAS-12).
- Finishing Shattered Connexion story awards you with a True Core Mask that you can exchange for an SG (like S.A.T. 8) so there's even less reason to waste resources on this heavy production rate-up! If you want a specific SG really badly, just wait for the Core Mask!
If you just need a unit with Armor to drag 0-2, use M16A1 instead.
See the below guide by Ceia for farming M16A1's Special Equipment.
Due to the low drop rate of SGs in Heavy Production, it is once again not recommended to roll for them in this rate-up if your main goal is preparing for the next event - your resources are better spent crafting adequate Equipment and Fairies.
I'm totally new to the game
New players should follow the recommended roll order shown in the below article.
For players who already have a good SMG, they are basically set for the early game since the Career Quest Rewards will fill out their roster pretty well.
Due to the diminishing need for multiple ARSMG teams and increasing presence of highly armored enemies, newer Commanders can prioritize their production crafts for RFs and HGs instead. You always need HGs in the late game and they're cheap to craft, so if you have an excess of contracts and not enough resources, a few 130/130/130/30 HG crafts can't hurt!
I want my raifu
Fortunately, T-Dolls don't tend to have the extremely specific recipes that Equipment tends to demand. A lot of number crunching was done for GFDB stats and it showed negligible individual T-Doll rate differences between varying recipes that all have the same yield pool, except for MGs and SGs where MICA's recommended recipe was best.
Simply following the T-Doll class recipes in the Optimal Recipes infographic should be sufficient.
Is the Fairy Rate-Up Worthwhile?
As discussed previously, Fairy Rate-Up is basically a scam. If you nevertheless want to take advantage of the relatively minor boost to crafting rates, the same recipes as usual (500/500/500/500 for general fairies or 2000/500/2000/1000 for Parachute Fairy) will work just fine.
I maxed all other fairies and just want Para EXP
In this case, you should craft 500/500/500/500. The Parachute Fairy recipe is so expensive that it actually results in less Development EXP Per Resource Spent.
Here's a spreadsheet showing expected cost for raising a Parachute Fairy to 4★ through crafting. Assuming the player starts with 200k of all resources and buys more with Gems, the 2000/500/2000/1000 Recipe would cost about $800 while the 500/500/500/500 recipe would only cost about $400!
What about T2 and T3 Heavy Production?
As T2 and T3 Heavy Production consume substantially more Equipment Contracts and Cores, the Parachute Recipe may become preferable depending on how much you value those two resources. For T1 however, 500/500/500/500 is always better unless you are already very low on contracts.
What about HOCs?
The HOC Rateup is covered in a separate article below, but it's not something that players can minmax very hard.
Now that M2 is available in Analysis, she is likely the HOC you have the fewest copies of Central Data for. Nevertheless, you should not save for the M2 rateup unless your other HOCs have already reached 5 stars, because she's the weakest HOC out of the four craftable ones available.