Hello there Xari. Welcome to the club where people throw away their wallet and money because of their love for shinkis
. Hope you enjoy your stay.
Joking, joking. No offense guys.
Unfortunately, I dont have pics to help, but I'll try to describe and help you the best I can. Here we go.
Before we begin....
Which Shinki should I choose?
Actually the answer for this one is simple. Choose the one you like the most and stick to her. Love and skill can overcome any obstacles. Starting stats only matter when you start. At high level and gear, starting stats doesn't matter. Their Ride Max skill does matter. And their special RA and EX RA. What is RA? I'll explain it below when answering question number two.
However, if you really want the best one, we can discuss it later since we need to focus on your big three question.
1. Equipment Requirements. Why I can't equip certain parts? It does not fit? Is my shinki overweight???
Parts have not only cost requirement, but also rank requirement. To see where the rank level of each part, take a good look at lower right bottom screen during parts selection. For weapon, the rank requirement is written just beside the attack rating. For parts and armor, the rank is written above def rating.
Your shinki rank depends entirely from the shinki love level. You can see at the top left screen. The rank is just below the love level.
To make it simple
Rank 1 is love 1-5
Rank 2 is love 6-10
Rank 3 is love 11-14
Rank 4 is love 15-18
Rank 5 is love 19-22
Rank 6 is love 23-26
Rank 7 is love 27 and above.
Though the cost start to stop growing (max cost your shinki can take is 1500) at love 30, you can keep going for reason for your own. My beloved Erica (Altlene) is love 57 right now.
2. Special Action. Where you see other shinki zipped like a bullet and ram your poor shinki. But you know what? You can do it too!.
These are called Rail Action, or where we in here usually just called it RA for easier discussion. They need SP to activate it during battle. You can equip four RA and assign them to four direction. Up, Left, Right, Down. To activate it, press the coresponding direction and both triangle and circle at the same time. If correct, you can hear a sound indicating it is activating and your shinki squat for a sec then do the RA. Some condition will skip the squat animation though, making it faster and more dangerous.
There four types of RA
1. Movement. Self explanatory, usually evasion or repositioning movement, though some of them can be used to rush your opponent.
2. Attack. Self explanatory, attack with the weapon you equip.
3. Combination. Basically attack, but with double weapon.
4. Special. This is each shinki special RA. Usually very damaging but cost a ton of sp, need specific equipment and quite risky. You get it for free once your shinki reach level 20 and see the event for Special RA and level 30 and the event for Special RA EX.
To equip RA, when you customized your shinki, there are four selection (these are not translation but just kinda).
So to equip the RA, choose the second part and you can see there are four slot with direction with it. So you can assign which direction will do which RA.
Hold your horses, we're not done yet.
One thing that is important, you must choose the correct attack RA with your weapon equip. If you want to use a knuckle RA, then you need to equip a knuckle and equip the knuckle RA.
Unfortunately, I don't know how to write the Japanese language in here, but the order of the attack RA (after the movement:route and have the prefix ATK:...) is
One Handed Sword
Bazooka (actually more like Grenade Launcher)
Maybe not all available from the start, but as you keep go fighting the shinki that have that RA, eventually you will get it too.
The easiest way to counter a RA is by knowing what weapon they use, the RA available, and the RA route and timing. And some of them have special properties, which I will explain below.
3. Super Armor?! Why on earth they keep going even though I hit her with a bazooka? Did she woke up at the wrong side of the charger and is completely pissed??
Actually some weapon and RA have special properties attach to them. So far I know three of them.
Shot Guard. During the attack all range weapon are defended where they will only take minimal damage and not interrupted. Spear and Dual Saber have this properties during the first swing and some special RA have this trait as well.
Guard. During the first swing or aproaching, all attack are defended and their attack is not interrupted. Big sword and Axe have this properties during their first swing and their RA.
Super Armor. During the attack, they took damage, but will never be interrupted. Hammer have this properties (which is the reason that although slow, fighting a shinki with a hammer at melee is a nightmare) as well the RA and some special RA.
Remember though, Super Armor is unbreakable, but you can break the other two if you use a powerful attack. Though depends on the shinki trait and equip, it will be easier or harder to break.
Example, My Rin (Yda) Big sword attack only can defend against lighter weapon (below big sword) and lighter range weapon (HG, SMG) while My Erica (Altlene) can withstand all weapon (even their RA) with impunity.
I also highly recommend you to read this. It is a simple guide that will make it easier to understand about the game mechanic. Kudos to OshareKeiji for making the mini faqhttp://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/990868-busou-shinki-battle-masters/55716579
I don't realize it already this long. Hope this will help.