With dozens of story only stages and only 20 combat-oriented maps, the event's incredible amount of dialogue is paced via multiple map objectives that demand multiple map clears to unlock. (You can do different objectives in Normal and EX if you want to reduce total runs needed.) In total, there are 34 different map objectives to complete across the course of the event, many of which offer completely unique challenges and twists on the GFL gameplay loop!
Viewing the story-only stages will give rewards as well, so do not neglect them!
Farming & Ranking
If you're just here for the Shattered Connexion farming guide, check out the Should You Farm page!
After clearing Chapter 4, the Ranking Map will unlock. A dedicated ranking guide will be coming later - if you are an early ranker and can't wait that long, the Shattered Connexion Prep page links to some ranking docs that should help you get started with your first run.
Shattered Connexion carries over the difficulty switch from Isomer, with both Normal and EX(Hard) Difficulties, allowing even newly started Commanders to use Normal difficulty for clearing the entire event, while also providing a greater challenge for veteran players willing to tackle EX. There is no penalty for playing on Normal mode (aside from missing out on the EX rewards), so if you are struggling to clear the missions, do not be afraid to drop down to Normal to finish the event first and come back to the EX map at a later date.
Both Normal and EX offer clear rewards, but if you clear EX first, you will receive both rewards.
Heavy Ordnance Corps
Since the Heavy Ordnance Corps (HOC) units were released prior to CT, players should have now had plenty of time to raise them up to higher rarities - with Ranking EX mode being balanced around higher rarity HOCs! The story has less reliance on them this time around, but this doesn't mean you can skimp out - they will be valuable in Ranking!
HOCs are invaluable to deplete enemy shields, destroy enemy emplacements, and sometimes just for the devastating direct firepower certain HOCs like 2B14 can provide.
For shield-breaking and installation-destroying purposes, BGM-71 is the ideal unit, with AT4 a close second for Commanders who managed to max her out via Theater. Commanders without all HOCs trained should focus on training BGM-71 before all others. All chapter guides containing HOCs that involve breaking force shields or structures will assume the usage of BGM-71 unless otherwise specified.
Commanders are highly encouraged to read the introduction and guide to HOCs below for the full details about these new units and systems.
Already raised your HOCs but want a little bit of extra firepower for ranking? Optimize their stats by calculating the best possible chip layout!
Supply Boxes can be earned by clearing any event stage.
Other rewards from Supply Boxes include Original and Pure Samples, Tokens, Quick Analysis Contracts, exclusive Furniture, along with at least Dummy Cores, Resources, Universal Parts, Calibration Tickets, and possibly much more not shown in this infographic!
All Commanders can farm 60 Supply Boxes per day easily. As these offer a sizable influx of resources as well as a chance at rare and useful T-Dolls, everyone is encouraged to farm these daily since the returns are very worthwhile for the short amount of time required.
The unique reward this time is ACR, an interesting if somewhat odd AR. Give her Doll page a look to know how to make the most of her unusual debuff-based kit.
The limited drops in Shattered Connexion are extremely lucrative; Kord is the must-farm this time and SSG3000 is no slouch either - the returning T-Dolls available are well worth getting a copy of for the most part as well, with P22 and HS2000 making an unexpected return!
For more information on effective farming, please check out the All-in-One Farming Guide!
Chapter Clear Guides
Shattered Connexion's ranking rewards are fantastic - the Beach Fairy is fun to play with and used in a variety of places, including Polarized Light Ranking so don't skip out on getting at least one! Meanwhile, Lee Enfield's Scope takes an already powerful DPS Rifle and turns her up another notch, making this an extremely compelling value.
Shattered Connexion's Ranking Stage will also not unlock until Chapter 4 is cleared, in a bit of a change from older events!
We'll be publishing multiple detailed ranking guides later like we did for Continuum Turbulence - stay tuned! If you can't wait, check out the ranking docs linked in the prep guide!
Craft some Camouflage Capes too, if you don't have any - green capes (4-star rarity) are fine.
Want ranking rewards but don't have super stacked teams? No problem! You can do Easy Mode and still get the rewards if you do well!