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Incarnations is a roguelike RPG heavily inspired by Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and the Etrian Odyssey series. Like most umbrella games, it features an Author Appeal roster.
The game's story follows the exploits of a large cast of heroes and ruffians alike who, after being torn from their stories, band together to delve into their distorted worlds of origin, stopping their former allies and longtime enemies from abusing the bridges between worlds to wreak havoc and destruction, all the while trying to discover what cataclysmic event caused their worlds to get pulled together in the first place.
A more in-depth description of the story can be found here!
The game follows a party of up to five characters from various forms of fictional media inside of a sprawling labyrinth. The player has to guide them through the labyrinth and into its deepest floors while fending off powerful monsters.
Exploring the Labyrinth
When outside of combat, most of the gameplay consists of exploring maze-like Labyrinths. This maze is viewed from a first-person perspective, and most of its detail comes from descriptive events. Certain points on the map can be used for gathering resources, while others are events that can rejuvenate the party. However, an accurate map of the maze is not automatically recorded. It is up to the player to build their map as they progress through each floor, adding notes for helpful events or secret passages.
F.O.E.s are powerful enemies that, rather than being encountered randomly, exist on the map itself. They are incredibly powerful, but by being careful, the player can avoid having to confront them in battle. Defeating one will always yield rare items.
While exploring, an indicator at the bottom-right corner of the screen will slowly change color, indicating how close the player is to the next enemy encounter. Once it's red, they will soon enter a random encounter with monsters. Combat is turn-based, and players can command Fighters to Attack, Guard, use Skills or Items, or attempt to Flee the battle. There are two "rows" in combat - the front row, and the back row. Back-row fighters get damage penalties to their melee attacks, but also take less damage from enemies' melee attacks. Three fighters can be in one row at any time, but the player's party can only be five characters maximum, so there will always be at least one empty slot. Certain skill effects, like Zer0's Decepti0n and Rydia's Summon Eidolon, can fill empty slots with computer-controlled allies for a single battle. Story events sometimes also add a computer-controlled character to the party, but they do not fill the sixth slot.
Upon hitting an enemy with an element that they are vulnerable to or obtaining a critical hit, the attacker becomes Boosted. Boosted characters act at the very start of the turn and can use any skill (except Combo Attacks) they know without spending any HP or SP. Enemies can also become Boosted by exploiting party members' weaknesses, however!
When setting up a party, a party member must be designated as the party's Leader. The Leader gains the temporary privilege of wielding their Leader ability - a special passive boon that affects all party members. Your Leader also determines miscellaneous minor details, such as which character appears on the victory screen after battle, or which character participates the most in cutscenes.
Each character has a Combo Meter which charges as combat progresses. When it is full, they gain access to use Combo Attacks - attacks that combines the user's ability with another party member's to change the balance of the fight. Some dish out massive damage, while others empower allies with unique effects. Players are encouraged to try different combinations of heroes to discover them all. It should be noted, however, that Combo Attacks drain SP from both users.
Each character possesses five stats: Strength, Vitality, Magic, Agility, and Luck. Strength affects the power of physical attacks and physical skills. Vitality affects defense and maximum HP. Magic affects maximum SP and the power of magical attacks. Agility affects turn order, hit rate, and evasion rate. Luck affects critical hit rate and fortune in labyrinth events. These stats rise upon leveling up.
Winning battles and completing quests will grant characters Experience Points, or XP. Once they've gained a set amount of XP, a character will gain a level. Every time a character levels up, they will gain eight points in their stats. Five of these points are distributed automatically based on the character, and the remaining three can be spent on whatever stats the player likes. The maximum level is ???, and characters that reach this level will stop receiving experience. Characters that level up usually also obtain a new skill.
Each character has four equipment slots. The first is devoted exclusively to their Weapons, and the second to their Bodywear. The last two are "blank" slots. Headgear, Armwear, Footwear, or Accessories can be equipped to these slots, but each character can only have one of each type equipped at a time.
Apollo Justice Apollo Ace Attorney
A defense attorney who can be recognized by his gelled hairdo, his confidence-building "Chords of Steel" shouting exercises, and his strange talent for sensing the tics made by liars.
Resists Fire. Uses Bracelet weapons and Medium armor.
Chords of Steel Lv1 - Hold It! Lv1 - Take That! Lv2 - Gotcha! Lv? - Surge Eye Lv? - Spirit of Justice
Argilla of Embryon Argilla Digital Devil Saga
An optimistic sniper who aligns herself with the Embryon, one of six Junkyard factions battling to ascend to Nirvana. She is infected with Atma, which lets her transform into the demon Prithivi.
Resists Earth. Uses Rifle weapons and Light armor.
The ninth of the heartless Nobodies that make up Organization XIII. He isn't particularly good at fighting, and tends to act cowardly and lazy. In reality, he is incapable of feeling fear due to his lack of heart.
Resists Water. Uses Guitar weapons and Light armor.
Heartless Lv1 - Aqua Note Lv1 - Water Dance Lv2 - Bubble Shield Lv? - High Tide Lv? - Wave Gigs
Denys Geneolgia Denys Bravely Default
A noble swordsman who used to go by the alias of Kaiser Oblivion, ruler of the Glanz Empire, and sought to rewrite history and create a world free of corruption. Half-brother of Yew Geneolgia.
Resists Light. Uses Longsword weapons and Heavy armor.
Cerberus Lv1 - Blinding Light Lv1 - Noble Eagle Lv? - Spring Awakening Lv? - Dawn of Odyssey Lv? - Overlord
Dio Brando DIO JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
An ambitious and greedy vampire who stole the body of his adoptive brother Jonathan and used an ancient arrow to obtain the power of a time-stopping being he calls The World.
Resists Ice. Uses Knife weapons and Light armor.
The World Lv1 - Vaporization Lv1 - Stinging Eyes Lv1 - Blood Drain Lv3 - Arm Smash Lv? - Time Shift Lv? - Time Stop Lv? - Regenerate
The Fafnir Knight Fafnir Etrian Odyssey
A warrior from the Midgard Library who was dispatched to escort a princess in the Ginnungagap ruins. There, he awakened to his power as a Knight of Fafnir, allowing him to morph into a monster at will.
Resists Light. Uses Sword weapons and Medium armor.
The student body president of Shujin Academy, as well as a member of the Phantom Thieves. She is highly intelligent, passionate, and ever-so-slightly brutal... but also deathly afraid of ghost stories.
Resists Fire. Uses Gloves weapons and Medium armor.
A young summoner from the village of Mist whose home was destroyed by a Bomb delivered unwittingly by a Dark Knight named Cecil. She joined Cecil on his quest for redemption to bring his deceivers to justice.
A nigh-immortal hedgehog with the power to tap into the energies of Chaos Emeralds to distort space and time. He rarely shows any interest in any causes aside from his own, making him hard to fight alongside.
Resists Shadow Uses Bracelet weapons and Light armor.
A Gekkoukan High student who's taking time off after he lost control of his Persona, which killed innocent people. He acts grim and tough, though he also has a soft spot for small dogs and likes to cook.
Resists Light. Uses Hammer weapons and Heavy armor.
Once upon a time, this cloak-clad phantom was a thief named Donovan. But after an encounter with Shield Knight, he died, and was resurrected by the Enchantress to help her assemble an Order of No Quarter.
Resists Shadow. Uses Scythe weapons and Light armor.
Also known as the Dark Knight Alternis Dim. Ringabel is from an alternate world, where the elemental crystals created a gateway through space-time that threated to release immense destruction upon the world.
Resists Light. Uses Sword weapons and Medium armor.
Adversity Lv1 - Dark Bane Lv1 - Minus Strike Lv? - Dark Nebula Lv? - Gloom
A dimension-hopping U.S. president. He and his infinite alternate universe doppelgangers are on a quest to reassemble the Saint Corpse parts and gain its blessing to protect his country forever.
Resists Wind. Uses Pistol weapons and Light armor.
Love Train Lv1 - Warp Away Lv1 - Other Valentine Lv? - Fusion Bomb Lv? - Replacement Lv? - Backup Plan
Bosses and Antagonists
Sundowner Sundowner Metal Gear
Naoki Kashima Demi-Fiend Shin Megami Tensei
Dante Dante Devil May Cry
Yoshikage Kira Kira JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Sanae Hanekoma Hanekoma The World Ends With You
A Fallen Angel who serves as the Producer, an overseer and guardian of the Reapers' Game, and runs a coffee shop in Shibuya as a hobby. He possesses a wide range of odd talents, but is too laid-back to explain anything himself.
Hanekoma can be found in the WildKat Café. In his store, party members can relax to fully restore themselves and chat to strengthen their bonds.
Elizabeth Elizabeth Persona
An eccentric but cheery woman who resides and assists in the Velvet Room, which exists between dream and reality. She is especially notorious for her strange experiments, which she tackles without caution or foresight.
Elizabeth can be found in the WildKat Café. She catalogs quests and requests for party members to take on.
Ravio Ravio Legend of Zelda
A greedy and ever-friendly merchant who used to run an item rental business in a legendary hero's house. The tools that he distributed proved to be vital to that hero's success. He always hides his face under his rabbit hood.
Ravio can be found in the Traders' Square. He sells weapons, armor and other useful equipment.
Reese Reese Animal Crossing
A cheerful alpaca who enjoys a happy life with her husband, the hardworking carpenter Cyrus. Together, they run a business that lets their neighbors sell their used furniture for any price they want.
Reese can be found in the Traders' Square. She buys materials to help Ravio expand his wares.
Greendy Greendy Hover: Revolt of Gamers
A daredevil gamer who uses a set of special "skates" to help lead a peaceful rebellion against an anti-leisure government. She'll racing anyone who accepts her challenge, though her favorite routes are highly dangerous.
Greendy can be found in the Chaos Carnival. Players can take on her Labyrinth Race minigame to win prizes.
Mona Mona Shovel Knight
An eccentric alchemist who works alongside Plague Knight, who she has a crush on. In her spare time, she runs a strange game involving knocking mysterious bottles into targets.
Mona can be found in the Chaos Carnival. Players can take on her Spin Ye Bottle minigame to win prizes.
Gaur Plains Xenoblade Chronicles
A sprawling grasslands located on the right thigh of a dormant titan known as the Bionis. The first labyrinth in all of the game's story routes.
Stone Tower Temple The Legend of Zelda
The tower at the very center of the Labyrinth. It can be rotated using the power of light, allowing the user to either ascend or descend depending on its orientation. The second labyrinth in all of the game's story routes.
A giant fortress that appears every night at midnight. Shadows make their home within it. An optional labyrinth.
Bramble Heights Donkey Kong Country
Pork City The World Ends With You
A building in Shibuya that serves as a gathering point for all the raw Imagination in the area. TBA!
Enrichment Shaft Portal
A salt mine containing a series of abandoned test chambers once run by Aperture Science Innovators. TBA!
Schwarzwelt Shin Megami Tensei
A list of enemies in Incarnations, including bosses, can be found here!
A list of skills in Incarnations can be found here!
A list of items in Incarnations, including materials, can be found here! Additionally, a list of weaponry can be found here, and a list of armor and other equipment here!
A list of quests in Incarnations, including both story quests and optional sidequests, can be found here!
Greendy's Minigame Labyrinth Race Hover: Revolt of Gamers
Greendy's Labyrinth Race is a test of your labyrinth navigational abilities. You are placed inside of an endless labyrinth of randomized floors, with the end goal of making it to the next floor before Greendy does. If she beats you to the staircase, the minigame is over. The more floors you clear, the better prizes you'll get.
Mona's Minigame Spin Ye Bottle Shovel Knight
Mona's Spin Ye Bottle is a test of your precision and management abilities. You are pitted in battle against a swarm of spinning bottles, which revive instantly when defeated. Your goal is to defeat as many bottles as possible within the alloted number of turns. The more bottles you defeat, the better prizes you'll get.
Normal Battle (Overworld) Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
The game's original name, Monstrous Index, was in reference to its creator's original wikia username Monstermanchego. After their name change to IncarnateParanoia, the title was appropriately changed to a name suggested by Pyrostar(t∣b∣c) to reflect this.