In School-Side Reservoirs: Chronicles of Hearts, certain gameplay mechanics are implemented to determine the outcome of a battle.
Area of Effect
The AoE element is present in the game. Normal attacks have an area measured in square grids. Any character or enemy present within the area may be subjected to the attack. Certain skills have an AoE effect measured in a circle with the main target as the center point. Enemies will be subjected to the skill attack if they're present inside the AoE.
There are six elements present in School-Side Reservoirs: Chronicles of Hearts:
While Ice and Lightning elements are not present as a singular, but they are classified as Water and Wind elements respectively. The affinity for an element affects the damage output of an elemental attack. It also determines the elemental resistance a character has against elemental attacks from an enemy. The higher percentage of affinity a character has for an element, the higher the damage output and resistance a character have for that particular element.
Guard Break allows the player to deal more damage to an enemy if its guard guage (GP) is depleted. Aside from decreasing HP, dealing damage to enemies will also decrease their GP. If the GP is completely depleted, the enemy will enter into a Guardbreak status, decreasing its VIT and MEN stats and increasing its damage intake. The guard gauge will replenish when the enemy takes action.
Guardian Drive (GD)
Main Article: GD
Guardians and Guardian Apprentices can transform into their GD forms, which will let the gain access to their Weapon Installs, increasing their stats significantly. A Guardian or Guardian Apprentice requires at least 20% of their maximum SP to transform. GD will remain until the character manually reverts, is killed, or is inflicted with the Darkening status.
Main Article: Origin Change
The Origin characters gain access to Origin Change mechanics, which separates their skill lists (not including EX Drive) into two separate groupings:
- Artes Origin: Mainly utilizes physical skills, though lower in damage.
- Burst Origin: Main utilizes spellcasting but also higher damage physical skills.
Unlike GD, Origin Change does not need a requirement and can be freely change between both style during their turn.
Movement and Escape
The area of movement is measured in a circle with the character acting as the center point. Mobility is determined by the character's MOV skill and may move a certain distance within the area in a single turn. If a character is near the boundary of the playable area, the player has an option to escape the battle. Scripted battles, including boss battles, are inescapable.
The statistics of a character plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of a battle. Stats could increase/decrease by either leveling up, wielding certain weapons, and wearing certain equipment. The descriptions are directly taken from the manual.
|Hit Points (HP)||Hit Points, or health. If this falls to zero, the character will be incapacitated.|
|Skill Points (SP)||Skill Points. These may be spent when using a Skill or transforming into GD forms.|
|Strength (STR)||Influences physical attacks.|
|Vitality (VIT)||Influences defense against physical attacks.|
|Intelligence (INT)||Influences magic skills.|
|Mentality (MEN)||Influences defense against enemy magic skills.|
|Agility (AGI)||Speed and quickness. Influences turn order in battle, evasion, and escape probability.|
|Technique (TEC)||Influences probability of connecting with attacks.|
|Luck (LUK)||Influences the probabilty of critical hits, accuracy, and evasion.|
|Movement (MOV)||Influences battlefield mobility.|
A status ailment imposes a handicap against the one inflicted on and can last up to 8 turns. They can be inflicted by both players and enemies alike. Status ailments are automatically removed if a battle is ended.
|Poison||Character loses 1/16th of maximum HP per turn.|
|Paralysis||Character's turn is automatically skipped.|
|Skillseal||Character doesn't have access to skills and EXE Drives.|
|Darkening||Guardian Drive (GD) is sealed. Only enemies can inflict this ailment. Any character can be afflicted, but only Guardian and Guardian Apprentice experience the effect. Character is reverted to human form if already in GD form.|
|Regen||Character gains 1/6th of maximum HP per turn. This ailment invariably lasts for 8 turns.|
School-Side Reservoirs: Chronicles of Hearts uses a system of turn-based strategy. Turn order is determined by the character's AGI skill. Sometimes, it can be noticed on the Turn Order interface that a character or enemy may have multiple consecutive turns. The number of turns on the consecutive list will decrease depending on how much AP an enemy or character uses within one turn.