Defina Finance is a play-to-earn anime-styled gacha game that runs on blockchain technology. It has a strategic idle turn-based gameplay that features DeFi and NFTs to allow players to own their gaming assets truly. Competitive players are awarded FINA tokens, the utility and governance token of the Defina Metaverse. There are multiple token sinks and a fair withdrawal system that are not seen on other play-to-earn games.
The Defina team adopts a governance system to allow Defina Finance to become a decentralized autonomous organization. FINA token is the governance token for the community to do proposal votings. The Defina team will have a centralized operation first and gradually pivot to a decentralized project to give players more governance over the ecosystem.
Defina currently requires players to have four heroes to be able to play. Heroes are one of the primary non-fungible tokens (NFT) that are acquired through minting mystery boxes or buying/trading them from the marketplace. All the heroes are BEP-721 compatible non-fungible tokens. Players can upgrade these heroes in three different ways; leveling up, resonance and rebirth. Resonance is the system that allows the player to add elements to their hero's skills by swapping them from another hero. As the name suggests, Rebirth regenerates the stats for the hero from the ground up.
In terms of gameplay, Defina has multiple play-to-earn game modes such as Adventure, Arena, Quest Bounty(Vrykos Tower), and Mining (yield farm). Players will have to invest in their Hero levels, skills, elements, and team synergy regardless of rarity to maximize their gaming experience truly.
The Adventure Mode is Player-Versus-Environment (PvE) based. In Adventure Mode, players will need to assemble a team to fight computer-controlled mobs to unlock different chapters. Every battle depletes stamina, but players won't be consuming stamina if defeated in a battle when playing Adventure Mode. Players can earn experience points, FINA tokens, and treasure chests by defeating enemies in the Adventure Mode. In addition, there is another PvE mode called "Vrykos Tower." In this mode, players can assign and send heroes to complete bounty quests to earn rewards. This is an idle game mode where heroes will complete the bounties and earn rewards after a certain amount of time. FINA tokens are needed to assign heroes to the quests.
In the PvP Mode - the Arena, a player is pitted against another player with a similar hero and skill level. To find a game, players need to assemble an attack and a defense team. Different heroes and strategies could be used in these teams to achieve victory.
Lastly, in the Mining Mode, the goal is to conquer and occupy a mining pool to mine FINA tokens. Players will be able to enter different types of mining pools depending on the highest hero grades on their team. Higher levels of mines do generate more FINA tokens. Players can discover a mining pool and claim ownership after defeating the NPC enemies that occupy it.
In order to start playing this NFT strategy game, you need to connect your wallet, create a Defina account, own four heroes alongside some FINA tokens, and download the game. Open the official Defina website and connect your Metamask wallet; you can see this option at the top-right of the website. Then, you can create and verify your account by checking your email.
Your account should look like this after connecting your wallet, purchasing NFTs, and transferring your characters.
Through the market, you need to purchase four NFTs to start playing the game. If you’re lucky, though, you can stumble upon a mystery box sale and get newly minted characters from them. After deciding which characters you want to have in your team and buying your NFTs, you need to transfer them to the game from your wallet. I recommend buying six characters initially, even though you need only four. Your initial team can have six heroes, and you can progress and level faster through the game.
The first time you launch the client, you need to log in to your account and install the game. After that, you will be looking at the main menu with several different options. New players can claim various one-time rewards by checking their mailbox under their player portrait.
After launching the game, you should be here, the main menu.
Next, you should go to the Hero section and look at their abilities and stats. You can check out their skills, elements, and factions, as well as their attributes. These are essential for your team composition. Ideally, you would want SSS heroes, which is the highest rank and rarity for a hero, but they may be incompatible with each other in terms of factional and elemental synergies. It is better to select a few SSS heroes who have better attributes and skills, then form your team around them with tanks, healers, and supports.
Characters' detailed attributes and skills can be examined through the Hero section by clicking on a specific character.
The next thing you should be checking out is your team's Formation. It is how your team lines up on the battlefield. It dictates which order and enemies your characters attack. These need to be set up before participating in the adventure mode and the arena. You can see your team’s synergies and buffs they give to each other.
You should always be aiming to create team compositions that have factional and elemental synergies which give bonuses to your team.
You can set up your primary team formation, which will be used in PvE modes, and your Arena attack and arena defense team comps which are for PvP modes.
You should now be ready to take on the adventure mode. Three stars in every battle possible will give great experience points for your heroes and FINA earnings. Stars earned are determined by your team's performance in the battle. Each star is given depending on specific qualifications; if you win the battle or not, if you win within eight rounds, and if all your heroes survived at the end or not. You probably wouldn’t be able to complete them all with your initial starting team, but your main goal should be beating as many levels as possible with your current team. You will level your team up as you progress.
Adventure mode has many battles you should complete with three stars to earn rewards.
Stamina is required to participate in battles, and each successful battle uses one stamina point. However, being defeated in PvE battles or PvP arenas won’t decrease your stamina. New players who own four to seven hero cards will have a stamina pool of twenty. In order to increase your rate of progress, you can own more cards, which increases your stamina pool. Owning 8 to 16 cards grants 40 stamina, while owning 17 and more cards will grant you a total of 60 stamina.
Adventure mode will help create your desired and powerful team until you are ready for the PvP Arena.
In addition to these two main modes, you can also try participating in Vrykos Tower, an idle game mode where you can spend a certain amount of FINA to start a timed quest and assign your team to complete it. After the quest timer runs down, if the quest is a success, you will get rewards in the form of experience, items, and currency, depending on the quest. Usable items such as potions will speed up your progress. Completing daily and weekly tasks will also grant more experience, items, and FINA tokens. Over three days of playing the adventure mode and mining during downtimes, I was able to earn ~6 FINA with a team of four A quality heroes.
Heroes can have skills ranging from single target damage, multiple target damage, healing, tanking, and ultimates. Elements and four different factions all provide strong bonuses if used in certain ways. These need to be taken into consideration when buying heroes and forming teams. Let’s say you have decided on a certain team composition, such as having four water element heroes in your team. If you have only three, you can use the Resonance tool in the Alchemy section, which can both add elements to and swap elements from particular heroes, but you will need two heroes and resources to perform this action.
Your team’s formation is customizable for both the PvE and the PvP modes.
+15% heal and attack vs. targets >30% health
Restore %5 health each round
Allies on the same row takes %10 less damage
Each hero can attack twice in the first round
Each hero receives +15% heal and attack
Each hero regenerates if they have >50% health, +20 energy
Each hero receives +20 energy
Each hero takes %10 less damage
+20 maximum energy for each hero
+30% critical strike chance for one Thoth Book hero
Each hero receives a %20 maximum health shield
+30% attack damage for each dead ally for a maximum of 3
+50% attack damage if the 20 bonus energy is used
+30% critical strike chance for each hero
Lowest health hero receives a %10 maximum health shield each round
+30 energy for each hero when an ally dies
Battles are carried out automatically; your characters take turns to attack the enemy.
You should balance your teams to include tanks, healers, supports, and damage dealers, which maximizes your adaptability. Generally, building a team around one or two damage dealers is best for starting out. Capitalizing on a heroes’ strengths should be one of your main goals.
I have found success in forming teams that focus on two different element bonuses or one of the same element.
This means having 2+2 heroes from 2 different elements or four heroes of the same element. For example, having two fire damage dealers and two earth tanks will result in a balanced team. Faction bonuses can act the same. Having a tank along with Ouroboros bonuses (increasing attack damage and energy by each dead ally) will make the tank a carry. The same goes with if you have a carry with high damage with low health; you should be aiming for Athena’s Aegis bonuses (granting a shield that absorbs damage) within your team.
Formation should be taken into consideration before going into battle. You can set your main tank in front of the enemy’s damage dealer and set your own damage dealer to attack low-health heroes of the opponent’s. You should always aim to disrupt and gain an advantage over the enemy by strategically deciding on your team’s composition and formation.
You can examine and choose which mines to conquer; Amethyst has the highest FINA yield per minute, while Low concentration Kyanite has the lowest.
In order to own a mine, you need to fight an unshielded player or an NPC-occupied mine. They are marked with green and yellow, respectively. Red-colored mines are shielded and can’t be attacked. After winning the fight, your team will automatically be staked to defend the pool.
You can add shield items to your mine to protect it from harm.
Shields are hourly items that can be obtained in several different ways. One, four, eight, and twenty-four-hour shield items can be gained through gameplay elements such as daily and weekly tasks. You can recall your heroes to harvest your yield. If your occupation time is less than three hours, you will get half of the unharvested FINA. Losing a mine to another player will result in losing the %10 of the FINA, conquering player gets the 5% while the remaining 5% will be transferred to the arena reward pool. I tried mining on two separate occasions on a low concentration Kyanite pool with a team of four A heroes, one where I assigned my team and left them on their own, and the other where I observed and assigned shield items when necessary. Your team will automatically be shielded for the first three hours, and be attacked at the end in an hour at most if you do not check on them. This three to four hour mining period usually granted me ~0.45 FINA. Carefully monitoring and assigning shields allowed the mining periods to extend more than eight hours, which earned me ~1 FINA on average.
There are four different mining pools that require various hero rarities to enter:
That is all there is to Defina at the moment. As long as you establish a great team composition and keep on battling while mining on the side you should be able to earn a decent amount of FINA in a short period of time. As the game evolves and adds new features this guide will be updated. Thank you for reading, enjoy!
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