Who to start with in Octopath Traveler 2 can seem like a daunting question, especially if you played the first game, where some starting classes made life more difficult than it needed to be. Fortunately, Octopath Traveler 2’s classes and characters are more balanced, leaving you free to choose any character you care about for the RPG. That said, there are some whose stories begin with a strong narrative thrust or have greater utility in battle.
This guide explains which character to start with in Octopath Traveler 2 and which path to follow after the first chapter.
Who to start with in Octopath Traveler 2
Octopath Traveler 2’s starting chapters are more even than the first game’s, so you’re not at a disadvantage no matter who you start with.
The best story to start Octopath 2
If you want a story that starts with a strong hook and stays interesting throughout, your best choices are Partitio, Throné, Ochette, or Temenos.
Partitio’s story may start out as your typical merchant story of an intrepid adventurer looking for opportunities to make money, but it quickly becomes something more serious and nuanced. His quest to eradicate poverty takes some surprising angles on capitalism and the duty Partitio believes people have to each other.
Throné’s story eschews optimism in favor of a closer look at the dark side of the world and oppressed people. It’s an intense story, but it’s also consistently strong throughout the game.
Ochette has one of the most interesting first chapters, with a mix of heavy themes and lighthearted optimism, as well as a unique twist on the game’s economy. Her tale also offers a different perspective on the cult of Octopath 2 and the larger story that unites the eight heroes.
Finally there is Temenos, a priest whose favorite pastime is to make people doubt their faith. Temenos acts as an inquisitor for the church, but soon discovers that the infidels are not the biggest threat.
Best starting Octopath 2 character for combat
Each class can hold their own in Octopath 2, but Osvald, Ochette, and Hikari make your early battles a lot easier.
Osvald’s class perk allows him to identify an enemy weakness as soon as the battle begins. Even if he can’t cover these weaknesses, his spells target every enemy on the field, making him ideal for dealing with resilient enemies and the strongest night mobs.
Regardless of which animal you choose for Ochette, she can automatically target an enemy’s physical or magical weakness by summoning it. In addition, Ochette can capture and summon monsters, many with multi-target attacks and some with healing abilities to keep Ochette in tough battles.
Hikari starts with a sword attack that hits multiple enemies, and while his spear attacks are initially single-target, you can learn a powerful skill that makes short work of even bosses. His counter ability reduces the damage he takes and then automatically hits the attacking enemy and reduces their shield points by one, regardless of their weaknesses.
Which path to follow in Octopath Traveler 2
Once you’ve chosen your starting character, the next step is pretty much up to you. The first chapter of each character has a recommended level of one and they are in low level areas that you can access at any time without a problem. Both continents have ports roughly in the center so you can access the other side of the world at any time.
There is a slightly more defined structure after you delete the first eight chapters. The second chapters of each have staggered suggested levels that make it easier to decide where to go next. Throné’s second chapter has an eastern continent event with a suggested level in the 30s, for example, while the western continent event has a much lower level.
If you want to go the most efficient route, the ideal way is to pick a character to cover your starting character’s weakness. Those who specialize in magic should work with a melee character, for example.
It would look something like this:
- Osvald: Partitio, Ochette or Hikari
- Temenos: Osvald, Hikari, or Partitio
- Throné: Osvald, Ochette or Castti
- Ochette: Osvald, Castti or Hikari
- Cast: Osvald or Hikari
- Hikari: Temenos, Osvald or Castti
- Partitio: Osvald or Throné
- Agnea: Osvald or Ochette
If you’re looking for more help getting started, check out our Octopath Traveler 2 beginner tips before you get started.
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