Gathering is a mechanic introduced in EPISODE 4. This mechanic allows you to collect items from Free Fields that enable you to craft unique gear, including Skill Rings and Cuisine.
Gathering is a system by which you can farm, in the literal sense of the term, unique items from Free Fields that can only be obtained through this method. These include Rocks, Gemstones, and Fish, which can then be used at Shops in Franka's Cafe to create new equipment and consumables.
How To Gather
To Gather, one must travel to any Free Field and locate a Gathering Point. Gathering Points come in two varieties: Mining Points and Fishing Points. Mining Points allow you to gain various Minerals and vegetables and fruits, while Fishing Points allow you to acquire various kinds of wildlife. Once you have found a Gathering Point, you may interact with it, at which point a menu will appear at the top left, with a list of Gathering Achievements next to it. From this menu, you can select which kind of Pickaxe or Rod to use, then proceed to Gather. Mining occurs automatically, while Fishing requires interacting again to reel in your catch; getting a Just Timing catch gives you a better chance at getting a good item. Each Point has a capacity of 3 draws; once you have exhausted a Point, it will disappear.
Gathering is metered by a Stamina system, which is displayed on the Start Menu below your Character overview. You have 100 Stamina of both Mining and Fishing Gauges. When you Mine or Fish, 10 Stamina is consumed from the respective Gauge, regardless of what quality tool you use to perform the action. When you are out of Stamina, you can no longer perform that type of Gathering. Stamina recharges at a rate of 1 point every 3 minutes; an empty Stamina gauge will recharge after 5 hours. Stamina will also refill by gaining a Gathering Level Up and by spending Star Gems, or recharged manually by using Stamina Drinks.
When you begin any Gathering action, you will start a Combo. This is displayed at the top right of the screen, with a timer; if one full minute passes without performing another Gathering action, the Combo will expire. Every time you perform a Gathering action, the Combo counter increments by 1. Exhausting a Point will also raise the Combo by an additional +2 or +3 Combo. As your Combo rises, you have a chance of starting a Fever. When a Fever occurs, the occurrence rate of rare items greatly increases and all Points will gain temporary infinite draws, enabling access to the same Point more than three times. Fishing will also dispense three items for every one round of Fishing. Fever typically has a 1 minute timer, but as your Gathering Level rises, the timer will extend for more seconds, enabling longer Fevers. At the end of any Combo or Fever, you will gain EXP relative to the Combo value when your Combo/Fever expired.
Mining allows you to find Rocks, Gemstones, and vegetation from a variety of fields. Mining uses Pickaxes to Gather.
|Example||Pickaxe||Default||Always available. No special effects.|
|Example||Good Pickaxe|| Mining Achievement
Casino Coin Shop
Battle Coin Shop
|Rare Drop Rate +5%|
|Example||Super Pickaxe||AC Shop||Rare Drop Rate +100%|
|Example||Famitsu Pickaxe||Gavas Ticket Exchange||Rare Drop Rate +80%. Expired.|
|Mining Stamina Drink 20|| Battle Coin Shop
|Restores Mining Stamina by 20.|
|Mining Stamina Drink 50|| ARKS Bingo
Sofia (Client Order)
|Restores Mining Stamina by 50.|
|Mining Stamina Drink||AC Shop||Restores Mining Stamina by 100.|
|Sub Tunnels Peridot
|Quarry Lapis Lazuli
|Las Vegas Diamond
See the Skill Rings page for more info.
Fishing allows you to fish up some unique creatures, as well as some not-so-unique artifacts, to create Cuisines.