Fate Grand Order/Gacha Hell (Not a review)

My first real post in a while and I thought I share my love and hatred for the Mobage (mobile game) Fate Grand Order. The game is developed by DELiGHTWORKS and published by Aniplex. It’s a free to play game with Gacha summoning mechanics common in Japanese Mobage games. It’s a mechanic they used to generate income and give players a chance of rolling servants and craft essences (think of it like equipment cards) with Saint Quartz. You can buy Saint Quartz from their shop, gain it through the story/free quest, and through consecutive login rewards.

Servants are what you summon in the game ranging from one to five stars. Fate Grand Order distinguishes itself from other mobage in their servant’s viability in all aspects of the game. While other mobage games hampers player’s progression if they lack a certain unit, players in Grand Order can complete the campaign with three stars and below servants. It’s all about the synergy of your servants. Servants are classified into different classes: Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, Avenger, Ruler, and Alter-Ego. Each servant is strong and weak against other servants. Saber is weak to Archer and strong against Lancer. Lancer is strong against Archer and weak against Saber. Etc. You make a team fitting for the mission.

The summoning screen featuring a rate up servant.

The summoning rate for the game:

5* SSR: 1%
4* SR: 3%
3*: 40%

Craft Essence
5* 4%
4* 12%
3* 40%

Looks terrible right? You have three types of roll options available to you: tickets, a single three quartz roll, and a ten roll costing thirty quartz. The thirty quartz roll guarantees you a four star servant or craft essence. It’s technically the most efficient roll a player can do. The odds are always against you if you want the five star. The game has events that happen every so often which introduces limited servants. As stated on the Grand Order wikia page, “It is only available during special summoning campaigns. When no such campaigns are active, this Servant cannot be summoned.” There are many campaigns from the GudaGuda event starring limited servant like Okita Souji to the recent SE.RA.PH campaign featuring limited CEs and two limited servants Passionlips and Meltlilith. Most campaigns have welfare servants after completing the event giving the player a free servant with a maxed out noble phantasm (special attack).

The current event in Fate Grand Order featuring the welfare servant B.B

Informal qqing in progress

Now you know the gist of it. Let me explain to you Gacha Hell. When you saved up months and months of quartz to roll for your favorite servant during their rate up (during a rate up, the summoning chance is still listed as above, but the targeted servant in question is likely to show up instead of another. For example, if SSR Artoria Pendragon is the rate up and you happen to summon a five star, the player has increased odds of getting her over all other five star servants) and you get freaking Steel training Kotomine CE and zero SR and SSR after 300 quartz, you’re bound to be in Gacha Hell and despair.


The current event which features Passionlips and Meltlilith, I’ve spent all 150 quartz and 14 tickets trying to get one of the new Alter-Ego classes to no avail. Gacha Gods are cruel q_q.

The game is fun, but if you desire a certain servant,

The game is available on both IOS and Android. I’m going to cry in a corner as I failed another thirty quartz roll. DAMN YOU FOUR STAR CEs!


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