Who to start with in Octopath Traveler 2 might seem like a daunting question, especially if you played the first game, where some starting classes made life harder than necessary. Fortunately, Octopath Traveler 2’s classes and characters are more balanced, leaving you free to choose whichever role-playing character you’re interested in. That said, there are some whose stories start with a strong narrative drive or who have more utility in combat.
This guide explains which character to start with in Octopath Traveler 2 and which path to take after chapter one.
Who to start with in Octopath Traveler 2
The opening chapters of Octopath Traveler 2 are more evenly balanced than those of the first game, so you’re not at a disadvantage no matter who you start with.
Best story to start with in Octopath 2
If you want a story that starts with a strong hook and stays interesting, your best options are Partitio, Throné, Ochette, or Temenos.
Partitio’s story may start out as a typical merchant’s tale of an intrepid adventurer looking for money-making opportunities, but it quickly becomes something more serious and nuanced. His quest to end poverty has some surprising angles on capitalism and the duty Partitio believes people owe one another.
Throné’s story moves away from optimism in favor of a closer look at the dark side of the world and oppressed people. It’s an intense story, but also consistently strong throughout the game.
Ochette has one of the most interesting first chapters, with a mix of heavy themes and breezy optimism, as well as a unique twist to the game’s economy. Their tale also offers a different perspective on the lore of Octopath 2 and the larger story that unites the eight heroes.
Finally there is Temenos, a priest whose favorite pastime is making people doubt their faith. Temenos acts as the church’s Inquisitor, but soon discovers that it is not the unbelievers who pose the greatest threat.
Best Octopath 2 starting character for combat
Each class can hold its own in Octopath 2, but Osvald, Ochette, and Hikari make your first few battles a lot easier.
Osvald’s class advantage allows him to spot an enemy weakness as soon as a battle begins. Even though he can’t cover these weaknesses, his spells hit every enemy on the field, making him perfect for dealing with tough enemies and the strongest night mobs.
Regardless of which animal companion you choose for Ochette, she can automatically target an enemy’s physical or magical weakness when summoning it. Additionally, Ochette can capture and summon monsters, many with multi-target attacks and some with healing abilities to keep Ochette going during 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 takes even bosses’ work out of it. His counter skill reduces the damage he takes and then automatically hits the attacking enemy and reduces their shield points by one regardless of their weaknesses.
Which way to go in Octopath Traveler 2
After choosing your starting character, the next step is up to you. Each character’s first chapter has a recommended level of one, and they’re situated in low-level areas that you can access at any time without any problems. Both continents have ports more or less in the center, so you can access the other side of the world at any time.
There’s a slightly more defined structure once you’ve completed the first eight chapters. The second chapters all have staggered recommended levels that make it easy to decide where to go next. The second chapter of Throné has an event on the eastern continent with a recommended level in the 30s, for example, while the event on the western continent has a much lower level.
If you want to go the most efficient route, the ideal way is to choose a character to cover your starting character’s weakness. Those who specialize in magic should ally themselves with a melee character, for example.
This would look more or less like this:
- Osvald: Partitio, Ochette or Hikari
- Temenos: Osvald, Hikari or Partitio
- Throne: Osvald, Ochette or Castti
- Ochette: Osvald, Castti or Hikari
- Casti: Osvald or Hikari
- Hikari: Temenos, Osvald or Castti
- Partition: Osvald or Throne
- Agnea: Osvald or Ochette
If you’re looking for more help getting started, check out our Octopath Traveler 2 tips for beginners before you leave.
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