Guide:The Feast for Dummies
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Core Points
- 3 Match Flow / Timing
This page is intended to give you a basic rundown of strategy, do's, don'ts, and more for The Feast (4 on 4). If you've tried The Feast and find yourself eating dirt more often than not, you're in the right place to tilt things back in your favor! This guide is about Feast tactics and strategy, and tries to be job neutral where possible, but role details are included.
The feast has a lot of situational moments, and it can be overwhelming. The first part of this guide focuses on the basics of the mode itself, while the second part of the guide focuses on the key moments and secondary objectives within the Feast.
- The goal of The Feast is to reach a total of 600 Medals, or have more than your opponent when time runs out. Each player starts with 100, and in order to pick your targets correctly to come out on top, you are going to need to pay attention to the medal counts for each player.
- When you K.O. an opponent, they will drop medals on the ground signified by an icon with either a coin (<=25 medals), a bag (26~74 medals, or a chest (>=75 medals). However, when people get KO'd and then pick up a different number of medals, these icons may not accurately reflect who you need to kill to win. A good thing to do here is to lock the scoreboard on the screen (scale down the window if needed) so you always know exactly how many medals players have. This way you can target the players that will give you the medals you need to win.
- Remember, you have to pick up the medals for them to count! If you K.O. someone near the end of a match, if you don't pick up the medals in time, they won't be counted in either team's total.
- Medals will disappear and go back to their original owner after 10 seconds. Make sure to pick them up promptly, or instruct someone else to! If a member of your team has dropped medals, you can exploit this by using crowd control abiltiies on opponents to keep them from picking them up until they get returned.
- If you think you should be collecting the next medals that drop, communicate this to your team with the Collecting Medals! chat command. Conversely, if you already have a lot of medals and your team scores a KO, signal someone else to get them with the Get the Medals! chat command.
- As a match nears its end, when a team is behind, one of the most common behaviors is to simply target the person who has the most medals (typically the tank)- however, if they are the tank and haven't taken on too many medals (e.g. less than 5 vulnerability stacks), this might neither be necessary or the best option. If you only need 25 medals to win, any player with that many medals or more will do! Go after whoever you think you can take down that will win the game!
Get the Medals!
- Picking up 150 medals or more will give you Heavy Medal stacks. Each stack increases damage taken by 12%, up to a maximum of +120% damage taken at 10 stacks. As you need more medals than your opponent to win, your team will inevitably accrue stacks, making keeping a lead more difficult. To maximize your chances of survival it is a good general rule to try to keep to the following, after which another person should be directed to Get The Medals!:
|Role||Max Heavy Medal Stacks||Max Medals|
- K.O.ing a player for the first time will always drop 50 medals. A second time (with no pickups in between), 25 medals.
- As a healer, avoid picking up more than a 25 medal pack unless you've already been KO'd and dropped medals. That is, don't take medals from the first kills unless your Tank is unable to or does not pick them up. Getting any stacks will make you a much more attractive target than you already are, so be very careful about this.
- As a tank, the ideal situation is to pick up the medals from the first two KOs of unique players- This will take you up to 200 medals / 4 stacks. To avoid too many vulnerability stacks, have other members of your team pick up the smaller medal packs if your team KOs the same player more than once. Signal someone else to "Get The Medals!" when you are "full" (4+ stacks)
- As a DPS, it is best to pick up <=25 medal packs, but it is okay to gain 1 vulnerability stack if necessary. Go ahead and take medals from the first kill(s) if the Tank isn't able to get to them in time.
- Defeating the same player repeatedly will drop fewer and fewer medals (unless they pick more up). While sometimes this can be a necessary tactic, it can make tracking the medal totals more difficult.
- While it may be hard to resist, if you can't handle more vulnerability stacks, Dont Get The Medals. If none of your team mates pick them up and they go back to their owner, as long as you have the lead it is not a big deal. Defeating them still gave you a combat advantage.
Match Flow / Timing
Being aware of the time of the match is very important. Certain things will happen at certain times, and being prepared for these events is critical to your success. This section covers key events during a match. As a general rule, you may wish to be cautious when these time milestones are approaching, because dying close to these times will likely mean giving these objectives up to the enemy team.
Hello! (Before the Start)
- There is a 60 second waiting period before the match begins. Don't just stand there! Get buffed up and communicate your intentions for the start of the match.
- Don't forget to ready your PvP gear set (More on that later) and your PvP Ability preset before queuing up, lest you leave yourself at a disadvantage when the match starts.
- You can change your selected PvP Skills and Traits at any time as long as you're not in combat, so when the match begins, look at the composition of your team and the enemy team and consider which actions and traits to use.
Collecting Offfensive/Defensive Supplies! (0:00 Match Time)
- Update: The offense and defense boxes were removed with the launch of Stormblood.
A few quick tips for when you get started: -Stick together! As DPS, you don't want to chase people too far. If you allow the enemy target to lead you away from the action, it will put you in a vulnerable position and you'll be targeted for a burst, and you risk being out of reach of the healer. Similarly, if you're the healer, you want to stay behind your team and use the walls for cover, but don't stand so far back that you won't be able to reach your allies when they need help. Working together and being aware of where everybody is will help you secure a kill before the first 90 seconds have passed.
-Don't block line of sight with the healer! Especially if you're being attacked, chasing people behind the walls can be a death sentence. Put a marker on your healer so it's easier to see where they are, and do your best to keep the time you're untargetable by them to a minimum.
Collecting Adrenaline Supplies! (1:30 Match Time)
At 4:30 on the game clock (90 seconds in), two adrenaline supply boxes will appear in the center of the arena.
- Whichever team does the greater amount of damage to the boxes will have the buff drop on the ground under their control. Act fast to claim them before the enemy!
- Each Adrenaline buff increases the adrenaline gauge of the player who picks it up by 25%.
- If you obtain both, it is usually best to let the melee pick up one and the ranged pick up the other. While one person picking up both will fill the gauge sooner, some of the adrenaline will be wasted, so keep that in mind.
- Try to signal to your team when you plan to use the Adrenaline so your team mates can coordinate their actions with you. A well timed attack (or defense!) will help ensure the move is a success.
- If no player has been K.O.'d yet, this is also when the first Culling Time will occur. Be careful! The adrenaline boxes are important, but you won't be breaking them faster, so if the enemy decides to jump on you right away, the distraction could be dangerous.
Collecting Wolf's Heart! (3:00 Match Time)
After three minutes, the Wolf's Heart Supplies will appear in the center of the arena.
- The team that does the most damage to the box will claim the buff for their team. This box has much more HP than the others and will take a bit of time to destroy. Act fast to claim it, or try to defeat an opponent before it appears to make sure your team gets it!
- The Wolf's Heart buff grants MP and TP regeneration for the player that picks it up.
- This buff is almost always given to the healer as it ensures they do not run out of MP at a crucial moment.
- Because the box is very sturdy and the overall power of the buff is high, it is not unusual to see a DPS use their Adrenaline Rush on the box to deny it from the enemy team. This may seem extreme, but this buff will prevent deaths from late heals and lack of MP, which gives your team a substantial edge.
- More so than any other point in the match, do your best not to get KO'd near the spawning of the Wolf's Heart box. Dying will likely give up the buff to the enemy team. That being said, if you don't expect that you will be able to obtain the buff, don't help the enemy destroy it- Take the opportunity to attack the enemy without being attacked back!
- Additionally, try to make sure any diminishing returns from crowd control abilities are gone at this point. Suppressing the enemy with crowd control is especially powerful during this time.
Collecting Adrenaline Supplies (Again)! (4:30 Match Time)
Two more adrenaline boxes appear at 1:30 on the game timer (six and half minutes in). All the same info from before applies here.
Good Match! (8:00 Match Time)
A Feast match lasts 6 minutes from when the battle starts. At this point, the victor will be determined based on the medal count. However, if the score is tied, Sudden Death will occur.
- If a match ends in Sudden Death, Culling Time will automatically kick in regardless of the timer and the match will continue, with Culling Time damage vulnerability increasing over time as normal.
- The match will continue until the first time that any medals are picked up. Even if people die at the same time, whoever picks up the medals first will win, so pay attention and grab them fast!
Sudden death lasts for 2 minutes. If still no medals change hands, the match will end in a draw.
After the match, players ratings will be adjusted based on the outcome and the average rating of each team, you are updated on your promotion series progress if you are up for tier promotion, and it's back to the open world where you will probably queue up another match!