Best factors in Star Ocean The Second Story R

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Star Ocean The Second Story R has been a blast to play through, with some of the systems allowing you to make some absolutely broken items. Factors play a big part in that, so here’s our guide on the best factors in Star Ocean The Second Story R.

Related: How to use Item Creation in Star Ocean The Second Story R

The best factors in Star Ocean The Second Story R

Factors are something you can get when acquiring a new weapon, piece of armor, or accessory in-game. These can range from incredibly simple mini buffs, like a stat buff, or they can get to the level of being something that changes combat for you. Honestly, the vast majority of the factors leave a positive impact on your character. So if you see a piece of equipment with the ‘+’ next to it, odds are you’re going to want to equip that one. Some factors are a bit above the rest though, so here’s our list of the best factors:

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  • ATK UP 20% (and other stat buffs like this, but ATK is always a nice increase)
  • War Cry –  ATK, DEF, HIT, AVD, and INT increase by 5% with each successive battle.
  • Rally/Super Rally – Revive at a certain threshold of HP when HP reaches 0.
  • Economizer – 15% chance of keeping items upon use.
  • Full Bonus – 120% bonus effects when the bonus gauge is full.
  • Temporary Measures – Recover 20% HP and MP with each successive battle.
  • Red/Blue Dragon (used in combination) – Converts 10% of symbology/physical damage taken to HP. Also converts the other damage type if paired with the other factor.
  • Narrow Escape – If reduced to 0 HP by an attack when HP is at 40% or more, survive with 1 HP
  • Back from the Brink – Become invincible for five seconds after revival.
  • All for one – Deal 5% more damage per number of party members (not including yourself).
  • Gathering Stars – ATK, DEF, HIT, AVD, and INT increase by 20% when there are three of the same factor.
  • CRT Energy – Critical hit restore 1% of your MP.
  • Full Reset – All negative status are removed after 10 seconds pass.

Some notes about the list of best factors

There may be rare variants of some of these factors, but I’ve been unable to find them after a long time using Blacksmith, as I haven’t unlocked the necessary materials to use Remaking yet because I’m not far enough into the game. But these are the best factors I’ve found in Star Ocean The Second Story R, and through doing some research online. 

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