Valkyrie Crusade (jp.:神界のヴァルキリー) is a Card Collection Game (CCG).
The main goal of the game is to collect and evolve different kinds of cards which you use to either fight against other players or go into the campaign mode to conquer different areas and fight against archwitches. End-level play involves competing in the leaderboard rankings for unique and exclusive rewards.
Another feature of the game is the ability to build your own city inside your kingdom. You can upgrade important and useful facilities by spending resources on it. Building/Upgrading any facility takes time. In fact, the game is based in real-time, meaning that every minute that passes in real life is a minute passed in the game.
The very first thing a player will do if they enter the world of Valkyrie Crusade is construct their first buildings. There are a lot of either useful ones, or ones that are limited decorations and can be only obtained by via jewels or clearing a special event world.
As explained in the intro, you are also able to upgrade your facilities, like your castle or resource generators and many more. With each level your building is gaining, their upgrade prices and upgrade time increases as well.
Read more about buildings here.
The most important base of Valkyrie Crusade are the cards.
There are hundreds of unique cards that can be obtained by various summoning methods, ranging from the lowest rank (N) to the highest (HUR). They are mainly acquired from summons or as rewards from archwitches.
Cards can be leveled up either in battle or by upgrading them.
Duplicates of a card can be merged together to evolve into a more powerful version, but only when done properly! Read more about evolution here.
The hundreds of individual cards have their own way to express and display their feelings towards their master.
Raising the friendship level of a card to 30 leads into an event where the card usually confesses to the player. The card also gets a 5% bonus to its attack and defense stats.
The friendship level can be raised randomly on any card that you have by 1 level, just by logging into Valkyrie Crusade each day (not anymore). It can also be leveled up by having the card in your team when battling, or by performing upgrade fusions or evolutions on them.
Tip: Defeating bosses appears to increase the chances of friendship levels going up, so repeating Campaign 1-1 for 8 vitality each run is a good place to work on maxing friendship.
Another objective in Valkyrie Crusade is conquering different areas.
The standard world "Celestial Realm" is always available. Some special events offer an additional world during their time.
Conquering areas lets you progress into the game further and also awards you with items after each completed area.
You complete an area by simply conquering all previous areas and the last one (marked as an Castle).
Each area has its own set of unique "War Trophies". They can be obtained by progressing through the area. The rate of getting one is random, but can be increased by certain facilities like the "Goddess Statue". Special War Trophies are "Sacred Treasures" which can be only found in certain areas. Completing one kind of a sacred treasure allows you to obtain several R Cards.
Throughout your journey, progressing further into the game makes the enemies more difficult. Also, you'll use more vitality to progress, and your progress bar also fills up more and more slowly.
Last but not least but the most important aspect of Valkyrie Crusade is the battle against archwitches. You encounter them randomly but the chance of encountering one can be further increased by special facilities like the "Magic School". Read more about them here.
The campaign does not provide you with complete sets of Sacred Treasures. To collect the remaining ones, you must battle with other players from around the world.
You do not lose a treasure if you lose a battle, and for each battle, win or lose, you have to wait for a specific time to be able to battle again.
If you lose while defending a Relic (someone else choosing you as a duel partner), you will lose the Relic and a portion of your soldier count from your Defense team. You will also receive a notification that you were challenged to a duel.
Once you complete a set, you can earn a Rare card! A list of various rewards can be found here.
Note: When dueling other players, the soldiers lost in battle are permanent, just like in the campaign!
When walking through the campaign, you will encounter Archwitches. These enemies play a huge role in Valkyrie Crusade. Participating in Archwitch battles rewards you with items, cards, and subjugation points for ranking. Fighting many Archwitches can provide plenty of SR cards even for free players!
If you can't defeat an Archwitch yourself, you can request reinforcements from comrades and your alliance. If you lack them, it's time to start looking! Try browsing the Comrade Requests page and the Alliance Recruitment forum.
For every event, there is a leaderboard in which players worldwide are tallied by their total subjugation points from Archwitches. Unique UR cards are given out to players who achieve certain ranks.
In the current meta-game, the key to success in ranking comes from Fantasy Archwitches and requires a team effort among other players. To compete in the rankings, you will need a lot of points, which comes from battling a lot of Fantasy Archwitches — more than you can find on your own. Participating in other players' Fantasy Archwitch battles is the best and most efficient way of obtaining points. Having an active and dependable alliance and list of comrades are important in helping you achieve your goal in the rankings.