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Ni No Kuni 2 Skirmishes Guide – What Are Skirmish Battles, Army Upgrades, Reinforcing Troops

In chapter 3 of Ni No Kuni 2, the latest game in the Ni No Kuni franchise, Evan gets his own Kingdom and that means one thing, Battles. Ruler of the throne will need to lead his armies in the battles and hence we have a fun little side activity in Ni No Kuni 2 called Skirmish Battles.

Since this is a totally new thing for Ni No Kuni franchise, we have curated this Ni No Kuni 2 Skirmishes Guide in which we have detailed everything that you need to know about these Skirmish Battles in Ni No Kuni 2.

Ni No Kuni 2 Skirmishes

In this Ni No Kuni 2 Skirmishes Guide, you will find a detailed guide on the Skirmish Battles that you will have to fight in Ni No Kuni 2. We have gone across all the major mechanics of these battles and our tips and tricks will ensure that you absolutely dominate the opposition during these battles.

Skirmishes are fun battles that provide you a good diversion from the traditional RPG experience. Below you will find details on what exactly these skirmish battles are, how you can play them, and how to win them. We have also detailed on how you can reinforce your troops during these battles.

Understanding Skirmishes

Skirmish Battles introduced in Ni No Kuni 2 are large or small battles in which you as Evan must control a number of troops in battle and lead them to victory after defeating the opposing armies. They work just like a real battle in which there is one commander and he must lead his army of soldiers to victory by wiping out the enemy from the map.

Here, different units ranging from swordsmen to archers in the battle will support Evan. At one time, you will have four units with you comprising of different numbers of soldiers in them. You get the option of rotating them to face the enemy or for using a strategic move. Coming to the enemies, you can expect to come up against anything from soldiers to robots to dragons.

Each unit in your army is color-coded and each one is strong against a certain type of enemy and weak against a certain type of enemy. The Red ones are your Sword units. They are strong against Axe but weak against Spear. The Green ones are your Axe units. They are strong against Spear but weak against Sword. The Blue ones are the Spear Units. They are strong against Sword units but weak against Axe.

Yellow are the ranged units. They enjoy longer attack range but their attacks do not pack a lot of punch. The last unit type is the Purple one and they are your Shield units. They have excellent defense but are very weak when it comes to attacking. You must always send stronger unit types to attack and refrain from sending weaker units to attack the ones they are weak against.

The game has a feature that will make this easy for you. If you see a blue line going from your units to the enemy units, this will mean that they are strong against this type of enemy. If there is a red arrow coming from the enemy units to your units, it will mean that the enemy is stronger against your troops so avoid sending that unit to attack. Keep this in mind and you will have no problems in winning the Skirmish Battles.

Reinforcing your Troops

No matter how good you are during these battles, you will suffer losses, which will need to be replaced on the go. Thankfully, there is an easy way to bring in more reinforcements during the battle or replace the dead soldiers in your already deployed units. Pressing the Circle during the battles will allow you to summon reinforcements.

When you press and hold Circle, a menu will open and give you some options to choose from. From there, you can choose to either replenish the dead ones in the deployed troops or bring in all new units if your current unit is completely dead. Make sure you do this at the right time because it takes some time for the reinforcements to arrive.

There is an upgrade as well which will help you call in reinforcements much quicker but still you will need some time to hold on until they can arrive and strengthen your numbers on the battlefield. Make sure you do not let all your units die on the battlefield as that will end the battle with a defeat.

Upgrading your Armies

From the ‘Bolster Forces’ tab in the Skirmish menu, you can easily upgrade different aspects of your army as well as the battle overall. These upgrades help clearing the battles easily and makes certain tasks much easier for you to perform. When you open the Bolster Forces tab, you will see six upgrades that you can buy by using your currency, Kingsguilders. These upgrades are detailed below.

The first upgrade option is ‘Might Boost’. When this is purchased, you will get more starting Might when a battle begins making it easier for you to do some extra special tactic and maneuvers right at the start of the battle. The second upgrade is the “HP Boost’. This gives more health to your units and they are harder to defeat.

The third upgrade option is Reinforcement Boost. When you call reinforcement during a battle, you will have the option of calling more units as reinforcements but they will take some time. This upgrade will shorten that time. The fourth upgrade is ‘Slow Might Gauge’. Your Might Gauge depletes over time during a battle, this upgrade will slow down the depletion allowing your Might to stay higher for greater periods.

The fifth upgrade option is ‘Long Shock Tactics’. This is a boost for your Shock Tactics and causes them to last longer on the battlefield. The last upgrade option is basically a challenge. It is the ‘Hard Mode’. When this is activated, you will face much harder enemies in the battle but you will also earn higher rewards and experience for defeating them.

Apart from these upgrades, you can buy some permanent upgrades for your units at the Barracks and Training Grounds. This is found in your Kingdom of Evermore. These are permanent upgrades and will stay even when the battles are over unlike the temporary ones before the game.

You can purchase these six different upgrades before starting a Skirmish Battle. Play around with them to see which ones are most suitable for you and do not forget to take their advantage during the battles. Depending on how much currency you have, you can purchase as many upgrades as you like. They are good for the battle they are purchased, if the battle ends and you start a new one, you will have to purchase them again for the new battle.

This concludes our Ni No Kuni 2 Skirmishes Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below!