Is using skills affected by praising also? I don't know what happened, but it seems that one of my Shinkis won't use SP to finish off the opponent even when I use the command to "Use SP as much as possible". Instead of using a skill when the SP is ready, she'll use a normal attack. It's pretty frustrating. And on that note, my Shinkis also seem to be flying sideways more often now instead of attacking right away. I've had them doing the same missions over and over again, and their behavior seems to be getting worse, but I have to praise them for what they do or else their range sense will get all messed up. I'm amazed at how much of the game is based on simply praising or scolding. It's too much if you ask me.
I was also wondering if anyone had some tips on teaching a Shinki how to guard only Skills using "Steady Protection", the skill on the FATE shield.
Yes, depending on your Shinki, skill usage can be another pain-in-the-behind.
...And here are four things that goes rather annoying because they grouped together with one single praise/scold system:
2. Skill (usage of skill, priority of skill, may cross a little from 1 -- use skill only in certain range).
3. Method of attacking (kinda a cross of 1 and 2 -- which range to attack, normal or skill attack, which weapon to attack, etc).
4. Method of defending (boost up evasion by moving in the same spot, also cross a little from 2 -- use of skill to dodge/defend, etc).
...As many discussion before (on the official 573 Shinki website's forum even) had players complain that 573 should separate them into individual category, or even do a turn-by-turn (as in, you did good in turn five but bad in turn three, etc). Because it is really common that your Shinki did really well in the start, fooled around in the middle (to an extreme that you started to scream "DROP THAT IDIOT BALL!"), then suddenly finishes the battle with two ninja throws in a row.
Praise, Scold, or Neither?
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One common thread is that "Dodge type will only use counter skill, Defense type will only use defense skill".
However, there are players who trained (or by totally random acts of kindness from) their Shinki to use defense skill to defend skill attack while dodge the regular attack.
Some said that switching command may be it (as in "dodge and look for opening" then "guard and wait for your chance"), but I don't think that does it because command ties to turns -- so it really should be dodge only for three turns and then defense only for three turns.
...In any case, what you are looking for (defend skill attack with fate shield and defend normal attack with steady defense) is also something along that line. And I would say that's some pretty high end stuff, which you probably needs to do some in-depth research...
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PS: Please do give me a head up if you find something along the line, thanks in advance.