I started in Terrera, then quickly took Pugilis and Chrysalia by storm (Terrera can be tricky to hold, and I needed Ranmaru and Oichi on the team). I develop Pugilis until it's maxed out (and for once wild Riolu
actually start to appear in it, so I make sure that everyone who has Fighting or Steel specialty gets one -- Ranmaru being at the top of that list). I recruit all Warlords I can find (including Ina, whose Quagsire
was a challenge since I didn't have any Grass types -- I ultimately succeeded in taking it down without it landing any successful Mud Bombs), catch a few Anorith
that swarmed in....
After I take Cragspur the AI opponents take note and start level grinding (but nobody really attacks me any, yet). Aya has the bright idea to send in a team of six Warriors with three Abra
to take Cragspur -- silly AI, no Cragspur for you! A few turns later I proceed to wipe Aya's army off the map, leaving only Ginchiyo. I want
her to attack me so I can get XP faster (castle battles always seem to give you a mininum +3%), but she's not level grinding fast enough to become any threat. (It doesn't help her out that Violight has no gold mines to dig up gold with, so she can't exactly develop her lands either.)
So I decide to have some fun: I put Oichi in Pugilis (with a Fraxure
, acquired during an earlier story) and have everybody else back out to farther territories. So now Ginchiyo thinks she can take me one-on-one, but nope -- Fraxure easily trounces her Shinx
. Then I move No in (also with a Fraxure acquired from an earlier story) and they hold Pugilis pretty much unscathed -- even when outnumbered two to one (a four-Mon team of Luxio
still can't dislodge me). At about 60% both evolve into Haxorus
, and then Ginchiyo stops challenging me at all.
...at which point I storm Violight with just those two dragons (outnumbered 3 to 1) and they sweep everything
; nothing can survive an Outrage from either one. Story's over with a bang.
Now I'm playing Hanbei's story. I've recruited Oichi and Aya, while the rest of the map has become an unsettled war between Ranmaru, Muneshige and Tadakatsu. I'm actually surprised Ranmaru is still holding out, because Muneshige's got the most territory in eastern Ransei by now. Meanwhile I've got everything from Violight/Pugilis southward.