New Octopath Traveler II Info Details The Hunter And The Apocathery, Plus Different Story Structures

Square Enix has revealed more details of Acquire Corp. and Team Asano’s upcoming sequel to Octopath Traveler. The JRPG has revealed details of all but two of the eight playable characters. And this info drop is about the remaining two protagonists.

The first is the Hunter, Ochette. Based in the isle of Toto’haha (in the southeast section of the world), she set sail to find help to save her lands and fellow beastlings from an “encroaching calamity”.

Ochette’s Path Actions lets her Provoke townspeople during the day, and Befriend them at night. Provoking during the day will see Ochette challenging townspeople to a duel using a monster. Win and they’ll get knocked unconscious. Lose and you’ll lose town reputation, which will stop you from using Path Actions should it go too low. At night, you just bring specific items to people, and they’ll be able to be summoned in battles afterwards.

Ochette’s Talents are Capture and Prepare. She can Capture monsters, with success rate increasing when HP is lowered, weakness has been exposed, afflicted with status ailments, or broken. Defeating a monster has a chance for Ochette to automatically Capture them. Captured monsters can be summoned in battle.

Preparing lets you turn captured monsters into items. Prepare items can be used to Befriend people.

Ochette’s Latent Power taps into her Animal Instincts skills. These skills do not consume SP.

One other character you can play is the Apothecary named Castti Florenz. Her tale will start at the port town called Harborlands, located in Southern Solistia. Castti was found adrift at sea and is amnesiac, with little of her identity revealed from a satchel and her apothecary skills.

Castti’s Path Actions let her Inquire in the day, or Soothe in the Night. Inquire lets you learn information from townspeople. More information can be learned if she has a higher level.

Soothing will turn townspeople in pain to be sleeping, should you have the specific items to do it.

Castti’s Talent is Concoct. She can create healing and damage-dealing items by combining ingredients.

Castti’s Latent Power, Every Drop Counts, lets her Concoct without using up ingredients or materials.

On another note, in Castti’s story path, she will come across Malaya, a fellow apothecary, though unlikely a gamer.

Castti and Ochette will have a Crossed Paths story moment, where the duo investigates the village of Cropdale.

In Octopath Traveler II, the main story quests are structured differently. The quests can be non-linear, letting players pick what to do first, or even make a game-changing choice. Ochette has to pick one of two available companions that will accompany her through the adventure, and you cannot change that choice once made.

Also, it’s confirmed that Octopath Traveler II will have a Game Speed changer to speed up battles. There is also an option to fast-forward event scenes as well.

Octopath Traveler II will be out on February 24 for the PS4, PS5, PC via Steam and Switch. For Asia, the Steam version will be out one day later, on February 25.

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