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Should You Farm? October Rescue Event

Article by Soulmuse
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Introduction

Now that the lineup for the October Rescue Event has been revealed, the question of which T-Dolls are worth farming becomes all the more important. This article provides a quick overview of each farmable unit as well as an optimized farming path. 

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Each Rescue T-Doll will drop from the Boss of a specific Chapter in either the Normal or Emergency Stages, and one additional chance is conferred by a S-Rank clear of the map. As S-ranking the map often takes a very long time compared to just rushing the boss again, it is not recommended to S-rank the maps. 

(Auto-battles will allow Rescue dolls to drop, but at a rate of only 1 chance per attempt.)

In general, there is not a great deal of value to farming the Emergency Stages (with the exception of Chapter 3-4E and 6-4E --- more on that later), as they only increase the difficulty of the enemies while the drop rate for limited T-Dolls remains the same at roughly 0.8%.

Note: As the new client has not yet dropped on EN, Rescue Fairy ironically does NOT affect Rescue Event drops due to a bug. 

K5

Drops from: 1-6 and 1-4E

Availability: Standard T-Doll Production (0.5%, HG recipe)

Minimum Farming Requirements (1-6): 

New Players: One echelon of any level. (This map can actually be farmed with a team of level 1 2★ T-Dolls, if the Commander wants to be really frugal - disassembly will be tedious, though.) 

Veteran Players: 1 3x Linked AR or 5x linked HG. Equips are helpful, but not required.

Overview

K5 is relatively rare drop from the HG crafting pool, sporting fantastic Tile Buffs and a stellar Skill to match. With her Skill effect providing tailored buffs for each type of unit, K5 is a versatile general pick for any type of Echelon. While not as rare as Contender, crafting K5 is by no means assured, and her excellent utility makes her a valuable asset to a wide variety of teams and players. 

Unfortunately, K5 drops from Chapter 1. While Chapter 1 is completable by any Commander, including those who have just started, 1-6 and 1-4E are both tedious maps to complete, taking several turns and only providing one chance at a drop, the fight with Scarecrow. While active play can allow for S-Rank clears, these are not assured, and the extra time invested will not yield enough extra chances of a drop to be worthwhile. Furthermore, both 1-6 and 1-4E rely on RNG, as enemy movement can require either the deployment of a second echelon, or a friend echelon, or Scarecrow’s movement can make the shown path not encounter her, thus wasting a run. 

Thanks to the changes to Auto-Battle, allowing for up to 3/5 Auto-Battles to be queued in a row, K5 can be passively farmed with one potential drop every hour. The low autobattle cost of 120-120-120-40 makes this actually fairly efficient, and this does make it much easier to farm K5 in the background while hunting for other T-Dolls.

1-6 is therefore the only map where Auto-battle farming is recommended, due to the restrictive time and resource costs of active farming.

A sample farming route for Chapter 1-6

This route will ensure a kill on Scarecrow majority of the time, and will always complete the map, regardless of enemy movement RNG.

You may wish to farm K5 if: 

  • You are looking for Damage-boosting HGs

  • You are a new player and want to grab a versatile HG

  • You want to dupe K5 for some reason

  • K5 refuses to drop from production

Reasons to skip farming for K5: 

  • You already enough copies of K5

  • You are unwilling to farm Chapter 1

PP-19(Bizon)

Drops from: 2-6 and 2-4E

Availability: Event-Only

Minimum Farming Requirements: 

New Players: 1 AR/SMG Echelon, at least level 15 and 2x linked. 

Veteran Players: 1 5x Linked AR with 5★ equipment. 

Overview

Last seen in the previous rescue event, PP-19 ‘Bizon’ is an Offtank SMG with an AoE  Hand Grenade Skill. Unlike the Incendiary Grenade used by Vector or Skorpion, PP-19’s Skill is more analogous to the one used by PPS-43, trading the damage-over-time burn for a substantially wider explosion radius on the initial impact, spreading 2.5 yards instead of 1.5.  In this regard, PP-19 performs approximately equally to PPS-43, compensating for her lower base Damage with a higher Skill multiplier while offering a far more potent Tile Buff in return for somewhat limited coverage. Unfortunately, as with all Grenade based Skills, PP-19 will still suffer from targeting RNG, although her much wider blast radius will often catch many enemies in it. Due to the relative rarity of strong Hand Grenade users among SMGs, PP-19 has little competition in this niche - only PPS-43 comes anywhere close. 

Farming for PP-19 takes 2 turns, but poses little difficulty. Any Echelon capable of clearing Chapter 2 is sufficient, and for those wishing to be resource efficient, a single 5x Linked AR is more than capable of completing this run when provided with good equipment. A good fairy will further increase efficiency, but is not required.

A sample farming route of Chapter 2-6

The extra node of movement after killing Executioner causes the map to auto-end, allowing for slightly faster farming runs. 

You may wish to farm PP-19 if: 

  • You missed the previous chance to acquire her

  • You want some variety in your Offtanks

  • You wish to use a specific Echelon requiring PP-19’s Tile Buff over other Offtanks

  • PPS-43's polydactyly upsets you

Reasons to skip farming for PP-19

  • You farmed for her in the last event

  • You do not want more Grenade-based Offtanks

AUG

Drops from: 3-6 and 3-4E

Availability: Event-Only

Minimum Farming Requirements: 

New Players:  1AR/SMG Echelon, 3x Linked, level 30+   

Veteran Players: 1 AR/1 HG with good equipment and Fairy can handle the 3-6farm as well, although 1AR/2HG can be used to minimize Damage to the tanking HG while still conserving resources. Farming 3-4E, it is recommended to use 1AR/2HG with good equipment and a Fairy.

The Hunter fight has a rather large number of enemies, so a Rate-of-Fire selfbuffing AR is recommended. 

Corpse dragging with 1AR as DPS is possible, but not recommended due to tediousness. 

Overview

As an event only T-Doll, this is only the second chance for EN players to acquire AUG. AUG’s main standout feature is her Skill, which breaks the Rate of Fire cap at the cost of switching targets every shot. Her Tile Buffs are unique as well, buffing all Dolls. This should be seen as a neat bonus rather than a primary feature however, given AUG’s somewhat situational nature and her tendency to under-kill enemies due to the unique targeting mechanic of her Skill. The only other comparable T-Doll is SAR-21, whom AUG outperforms substantially. (For more information, see SAR-21’s character page.)

Both 3-6 and 3-4E feature one turn farming routes, although the 3-4E route allows the ? node to be skipped, potentially saving resources.

Although Hunter represents a jump in difficulty over Executioner, budget farming remains well within reach for those wishing to do so.

A sample farming route for 3-4E including auto end.

If farming 3-6, the left route requires fewer resources to farm, although the random node does have the potential to spawn an ambush or eat some resources, so make sure to have at least three battles worth of supplies at all times. For veteran players, 3-4E is recommended along the central route, to ensure only two battles are fought. If farming 3-4E, move the echelon positioning forwards so that the tank is in the front row so that your DPS will shoot the Jaguar immediately. Due to the amount of time required to S-Rank the map, it is recommended to repeatedly kill Hunter when farming instead. 

To slightly speed up farming, you can deploy a second dummy and follow the extra nodes shown to cause the map to auto end. 

You may wish to farm AUG if:

  • You missed AUG's point event

  • You found yourself disappointed with SAR-21, but think the Skill is interesting

  • You want to try building teams around AUG

Reason to skip farming for AUG:

  • You already have AUG

  • You have a solid collection of DPS ARs, and feel like AUG’s limitations are more trouble than they are worth

MDR

Drops from: 4-6 and 4-4E

Availability: Standard T-Doll Production (0.4%, AR Recipe)

Minimum Farming Requirements: 

New Players: 1 AR/SMG Echelon, 3x Linked, level 45+. 

Veteran Players: 1AR/2HG, or 1AR/1HG and a decent Fairy. 

Corpse dragging with 1AR as DPS is possible, but not recommended due to tediousness. 

Overview

Professional internet troll MDR may be, but her performance is nothing to laugh at. On her own, she outputs good DPS, backed up with a solid set of Tile Buffs. What makes MDR unique is her Skill, which hinges upon the presence of a Doll directly in front of MDR. Should there be a Doll in front of her, MDR provides a damage absorbing shield and Evade buff, or, if the tile in front of her is empty, MDR receives a potent Damage buff. With appropriate micromanagement, MDR’s performance is exceptional, but this does require more attention than average. 

Chapter 4 maps takes only one turn. Once again, S-Ranking the map takes far too long for the time investment, so repeated Boss kills are the name of the game. While this map can be corpse dragged, budget farming remains well within reach if using a self buffing AR.

A sample farming route for Chapter 4-6

Again, the extra move after killing Intruder causes the map to auto-end, speeding up farming runs. 

You may wish to farm for MDR if:

  • You do not have MDR

  • MDR’s Skill sounds interesting and you are willing to micromanage your battles

Reasons to skip farming for MDR:

  • You already have at least one copy of MDR

  • You don’t want to mess with micromanaging to ensure that MDR performs well

TAC-50

Drops from: 5-6 and 5-4E

Availability: Event-Only

Minimum Farming Requirements: 

New Players: 1 AR/SMG 4x Linked, Level 70+. 

Veteran Players: 3/4/5 HG, 1AR/2HG, or 1AR/1HG and a decent Fairy. 

Corpse dragging with 1AR as DPS is possible, but not recommended due to tediousness. 

Overview

Another event exclusive T-Doll, TAC-50 is a rather unique Single Target Nuke RF. While the 4.5x Damage Multiplier seems rather low for the length of her Initial Cooldown, this shot is able to Critical Hit, which can let TAC-50 deliver some truly outstanding Damage to a single target. Without the limitation of long aiming time that other Single Target Nukes have, and the ability to Crit, TAC-50 is a premier choice in the rare cases that a nuke RF is needed, or for those who wish to phase skip Bosses.

Dropping from Chapter 5, TAC-50 joins the long tradition of Destroyer Bullying. Another 1 turn farm, corpse dragging this route is possible, especially thanks to Destroyer’s pathetic accuracy. Indeed, more budget farming is possible, if using a high DPS AR such as G11 or ST-AR 15.

A sample farming route for Chapter 5-6

Farming 5-6 is recommended, due to the lower number of enemies along the farming route. An extra move after killing Destroyer will auto-end the map, as before. 

You may want to farm for TAC-50 if:

  • You plan to use Nuke RFs to phase skip bosses

  • You like to experiment with nuke RFs for hilariously large damage numbers

  • You missed the Operation Zongzi event where TAC-50 first became available

Reasons to skip farming TAC-50

  • Nuke RFs are not something you plan to use

  • You have limited time to play and would like to prioritize other, more useful rescue T-Dolls

Contender

Drops from: 6-6 and 6-4E

Availability: Standard T-Doll Production (0.2%, HG Recipe)

Minimum Farming Requirements:

6-6: 1AR/3HG 5x Linked and a Fairy. 

6-4E: 2 5x Linked AR/SMG Echelons, 1 Dummy Echelon. It is possible to corpse drag in this map as well, as shown here, although without good micromanagement skills, it will be expensive in repairs. 

Overview

One of the rarest craftable HGs, Contender is a go to HG for Boss killing. Buffing Crit and Damage in all directions, Contender’s usage is flexible, and duplicates of her can always be put to use, either for her Tile Buffs, or in specialized Boss hunting echelons. Her Skill’s properties make her quite valuable to Boss nuking echelons or in other situations where a single target needs to be focused. More importantly, in the upcoming Singularity Event, Contender plays an important role in Ranking, killing KCCO tanks.  Regardless of the intended use case, Contender is a valuable addition to any arsenal, and will easily pull her weight in combat.

The downside to all of this is that Contender is the limited drop from Chapter 6. This presents two options. The first is to farm 6-6, repeatedly punching Alchemist in the face for a single drop chance per run. There are budget methods of farming this map, involving 5HG echelons, corpse dragging, while a self buffing AR and 3HGs can complete this run with a Fairy and some micro.

A sample farming route for Chapter 6-6

After killing Alchemist, setting the planner to make a one node backtrack will auto end the battle. 

6-4E

However, for the enterprising, a second option exists, as 6-4E can be a more efficient method of farming for limited drops.

Thanks to the presence of no less than 5 copies of Alchemist, S-Ranking this map becomes a more worthwhile prospect, giving a total of 6 chances to acquire a limited drop.

S-Ranking all 5 Alchemist fights is possible, but it does require micromanagement to limit incoming damage, and two echelons capable of fighting the enemies on this map.

It is also possible to corpse drag this map, should one have the correct T-Dolls and Fairies. While this method does require more active play, it can pay dividends for those willing to invest, offering 6 drop chances for about ten minutes of time, when compared to 1 drop chance in two and a half minutes or so to do a full supply run of 6-6 in the background.

You may want to farm Contender if: 

  • You do not have Contender

  • You want to try for a high ranking in Singularity and need Contender for gunboats

  • You plan to build high single-target-burst Echelons that can leverage Contender's Skill

Reasons to skip farming for Contender:

  • You have enough copies of Contender

  • You do not plan to aim for top % in Singularity ranking

  • Farming Chapter 6 is more challenging or resource-intensive than you would like

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