Shining Resonance Refrain Walkthrough

3. Opus 1 : Moonlit Overture

Start by selecting new game. You'll be asked whether you want standard or refrain mode. There's a few achievements that you can only get in refrain mode, so you want to choose that. The downside is that you have two extra characters, which will break your immersion of the story, because of who they are. However, why force yourself into 2 playthroughs?

Your next choice is difficulty. I did casual. Even on casual things can get rough sometimes, I assume you'll need to do extra grinding on normal to be able to keep up with bosses, so that's up to you. You can change it in-game if you feel it's too easy. After some scenes you'll be in a prison cell block. Turn around and open the chest for a potion. Now follow the path to an event, which you can see on the map is a circle with exclamation points in it. You'll have a battle, the game will tell you the basics. There is a ring around your character's feet that displays your AP, when the bar is empty you can't attack, so you have to be careful about just mashing cn_B. Generally you can get 2-3 full attack strings out before you'll need to stop attacking to let your AP regenerate. Cut both soldiers down to win, and get an achievement.

Knight of Astoria in Shining Resonance Refrain
Win a battle.
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If you look at the map (press cn_Y to change whether it's invisible, minimap, or whole map superimposed over the screen) you'll see red dots, these are battles. There's one southwest of you, and one straight south. Fight them both, and try to win one of the battles without getting hit. Note that you can block with cn_X, but this only reduces damage, it doesn't block all the damage. Your best bet is baiting the soldiers into attacking and then getting some hits in.
You can use force abilities by holding cn_LB and pressing either cn_X or cn_A, but they have a charge time, so you might just get hit while charging it, or during the attack itself. Anyway once both groups are dead, head west to the event for a scene. Afterward another event will be west of you, it's a battle. North of that battle is another battle, and there was only one guy in it for me, so this is the ideal place to get the achievement. Just mash cn_B and you should kill him before you run out of AP.

Advancing Melody in Shining Resonance Refrain
Win a battle without taking damage.
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Fight the enemies west of you and then head south, you'll see a blue light, which is a save point. For some reason they aren't on the map. Save, and then head up the stairs south of you. After some scenes, you'll be in control of someone new. Head north for an event. You can simply mash cn_B to kill everyone, Kirika is quite strong. If you need to, you can hold cn_LB and press cn_A to use her Heal force. After you press the button select a character to heal. After a bunch of scenes, you'll be in a battle and have control of Yuma. The enemies will not be a threat, just mash cn_B.
After a bunch of scenes, you'll have a boss battle of sorts. Its’ life bar is above its head. The game will tell you about breaking. As you hit an enemy the targeting cursor will change colors until it is red, then they will enter break status. They take much more damage in this state and generally are stunned and can't be attacked. Pressing cn_Y is your break attack. Normal attacks (with cn_B) generally won't do any break damage at all. On casual, you will likely kill it during the first break. As for the fight itself, he uses the claw and tail attacks you'd expect from a dragon. He can also use an AoE fire attack, and his last attack is spitting fire on the ground that burns, that you need to walk out of. On casual the fight is quite easy, you can just mash cn_Y until he breaks, and then kill him. Kirika will heal if necessary. You'll get an achievement for breaking the boss.

First Break in Shining Resonance Refrain
Trigger a Break.
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You'll have a ton of scenes and an achievement will unlock during for finishing Opus 1.

Moonlit Overture in Shining Resonance Refrain
Complete Opus 1.
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