|Tales of Link|
|Developers||•Bandai Namco Games|
|Publishers||Bandai Namco Games|
|Directors||•Keisuke Naoi (Bandai Namco Studios)|
•Yamamoto Kazuya (Akasuki Inc.)
|Character Designers||Daigo Okumura|
|Japanese Releases||iOS March 3, 2014|
Android April 23, 2014
|North American Releases||April 5, 2016|
|End of Service||March 28, 2018|
|Opening Theme||"Scarlet Starlet" by Straightener|
Tales of Link (テイルズ オブ リンク Teiruzu obu Rinku?) is a Mobile Title in the Tales series for iOS and Android devices. Okitomo Shiratori is the main producer of the game, while Ryuuji Oodate is the project producer. The game's plot consists of the player taking the role of an amnesiac Savior and venturing on a quest with a young adventurer named Sara and the divine sprite Lippy to seal the seeds of ruin. On January 25, 2018, it was announced that the game is going to be shut down on March 28, 2018, both Japanese and global servers.
The setting of the story is Liafyse, a world where deities watch over the people of the land and maintain peace. This peace ends when an unknown entity enters the shrine of the heavens and destroys the seal on the seeds of ruin. The seeds then scatter across the world, leaving havoc in their wake.
- "The Stonecanting Savior" (石詠みの救世主 Ishiyomi no Kyuuseishu?) (2014)
- "Starlight Sinking into the Blue" (碧に沈む星の灯 Ao ni Shizumu Hoshi no Akari?) (2017)
The player's battle party consists of nine heroes stored in a prearranged order, optionally aided by up to three guardian characters. The player is also aided by a friend, through the friend system, who brings three additional members. Guest characters part of the story or a special event may also participate.
Heroes are obtained through events, lottery summons, or after defeating an enemy, with rarer heroes being stronger. Heroes are divided up into one of five predefined weapon types and one of six elemental types that is usually given randomly when the hero is obtained. Each hero has a leader skill, an active skill, an arte and a set of up to five passives. The leader skill is a passive beneficial effect granted to specific types of party members when that hero is in the lead position.
Active Skills can be used during battle to provide additional beneficial effects but have an activation cost. Only the first three heroes in the party and the lead hero of the friend can use them during battle. Artes activate randomly during battle, and are leveled through use increasing their activation chance. Artes multiply the hero's damage and can have special effects. Passive skills are unlocked as the hero lands finishing blows on enemies and increase the strength of the hero or provide further randomly activated battle effects. Each hero can also have two pieces of equipment as well as an Arte Soul, if one exists for them. The Arte Soul allows a hero to use thier Mystic Arte.
Guardians are obtained similarly as with heroes. Guardians can be one of the six elements; the three guardians brought into battle unlock those elements for any heroes in the battle party with that element, allowing heroes to give and take elemental damage. Guardians are divided into three classes: ATK, DEF, and SUP. ATK guardians increase ATK, DEF guardians reduce damage taken, and SUP guardians have other effects. Only one of each type can be brought to battle.
Quests are how the player progresses through the story. Embarking on a quest requires the use of stamina. All quests require stamina with more difficult quests requiring more. Stamina is recovered with the passage of time or through the use of items. There are storyline quests and special limited events. Completing a quest awards the player EXP that increases their level. Upon a level increase, the player's stamina is restored and their maximum is increased. Special event quests can reward players with heroes, guardians and equipment. Some are purely skits of characters in the Tales Of world.
Missions allow the player to start a timer that, at the end, will grant them resources depending on the mission chosen, from heroes to items. Sometimes, special event missions will be available to coincide with a concurrent event. The more times a mission is completed, the greater the possible rewards, though the longer the mission will take. A mission can be instantly completed with a hero stone.
Contracts are special tasks that can be completed for a reward. Daily contracts include simply viewing the contract screen or completing a certain amount of missions during the day. Other, more arduous contracts may appear on a limited time basis.
Battle consists of the player's heroes populating a 3x3 grid. The goal is to link heroes together to deal damage; heroes later in the link deal increased damage. Each hero is on top of a certain marker, which can be any of the following shapes: ●, ▲, ★, ■, ♥. The ♥ is special in that it heals the player rather than deal damage, and linking 4 or more at the same time grants the next character an aura, which guarantees they will activate their arte. Heroes may only be linked to heroes of the same marker. The next three markers that will appear is also indicated in the top left which are assigned randomly.
Every link created allows the player to gain LC for their chosen four active skills. If the player manages to link all nine characters, an "Overlink" arte will activate that allows the final character to deal much greater damage. If that final character has an Arte Soul equipped, they will instead activate their mystic arte, the strongest and most significant kind of damage in the game.
Hero Stones are the game's primary currency. They are rewarded for completing events as well given as various bonuses. Hero Stones can be bought through real money transactions. Hero Stones are the primary means to obtained heroes but can be used to purchase the games other currencies or to expand the player's account in several ways.
Tales of Link has had several collaborations with Brave Frontier (ブレイブフロンティア Bureibu Furontia?), a Japanese mobile role-playing game developed and published by A-Lim, with a worldwide release handed by Gumi Asia. There are two events in the Japanese version that appeared as one in the global release. Both games obtain special units and skits based on the other game, and playing Tales of Link allows bonuses to be unlocked in the Brave Frontier account.
- [JP] Tales of Link (Official Website)
- [JP] Tales Channel (Tales Series Official Website)
- Google Play profile
- Tales of Link Wikia, a wiki focused on the global release
- Tales of Link Is Shutting Down In Japan On March 28, 2018 (2018-01-25) Retrieved on 2018-01-25.