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World

Not to be confused with Story.

World Mode is where content such as songs and Partners can be unlocked by progressing through maps. This mode was added in version 1.5. Partners can gain EXP and level up when playing in this mode. Only registered users who are logged in have access to this mode.

Chapters & Maps

When the 'World' button on the main menu is pressed, a chapter selection screen is displayed. Upon selecting a chapter, a map selection screen is displayed. Many maps have unlock conditions, such as spending Fragments or purchasing song packs.

Progression

Tiles & Steps

Tiles types (172 update)

Tiles. Image credit: Japanese Arcaea Wiki

The hexagonal spaces forming a zigzag up the screen are called Tiles. As you climb up the Tiles, you can receive the rewards stated on them. In order to progress, you need to gain Steps by playing songs. The number displayed under each Tile is the number of Steps you need to get to the next Tile. For more detailed information (Step count and reward) on each individual map, see World Mode Data.

Tiles, as well as Steps, are counted starting from 0 instead of 1, and Steps only have 1 decimal place.

  • To complete a map, you'll need to progress the number of Tiles displayed on the map selection screen + 1.
  • To move to the next Tile, you'll need to gain the number of Steps on the current Tile + 0.1. Hence, you might have gained enough Steps, but have not moved to the next Tile. However, the final Tile on every map has a Step count of 0, so the additional 0.1 may be omitted.

Calculating Steps

The amount of steps gained per song depends on the Chart Potential and the selected Partner's STEP stat. It may be calculated as:

$ \text{Steps Gained} = \bigl(2.45\sqrt{\text{Chart Potential}}+2.5\bigr)\times\dfrac{\text{STEP Stat}}{50} $

Every 1 point of STEP stat above 50 corresponds to +2% steps, and every 1 point below 50 corresponds to -2% steps. This is similar to the multiplier for Fragments based on FRAG stat.

Stamina

Stamina

Stamina count. Image credit: Japanese Arcaea Wiki

Unlike Music Play mode, you must consume two Stamina for each song play. Stamina can be recovered in three ways:

  • 30 minutes for 1 stamina (3 hours for a full refill from an empty meter)
  • 50 Memories for 6 stamina
  • 1000 Fragments for 6 stamina

If you don't have enough Stamina, the "Music Play" button will be greyed out.

World play button disabled

Disabled Play Button

If you recover stamina using Fragments, you will have to wait 24 hours until you can do so again.

  • Originally, the waiting time was 3 days, but was changed to 2 days in 1.5.2, and then to 1 day as it is now in 1.7.0.

Your Stamina can exceed the maximum amount of 6, shown on the bar as +N. Theoretically, there is no limit to excess stamina, but the highest that players have managed thus far is +7.

Rewards

After playing a song, your partner will receive experience points (EXP for short), and you'll gain Steps determined by chart potential (see Potential). You will not gain Fragments, but it will affect your Potential. The number of Steps earned is also influenced by your partner's STEP stat.

Every 1 STEP above or below 50 equates to 2% steps above or below what you would normally get. For example, if your song result is 10.0 and your Partner has a STEP stat of 50, you'll gain exactly 10 steps. If your Partner has a STEP stat of 80, you would get a 60% increase, which would be 16.0 steps gained. Conversely, if your Partner has a STEP stat of 30, you'll get a 40% decrease, which would only net you 6.0 steps.

Legacy

Legacy banner

Since version 1.7, special chapters known as Legacy chapters have been introduced. In these chapters, the number of Stamina required per play (by selecting "Play") is reduced from 2 to 1.

Play+

A "Play+" button is available in these chapters, where one can multiply the number of Steps achieved by spending more Stamina and/or Fragments.

Playing a song by selecting "Play+" requires 2, 4, or 6 Stamina, and results in x2, x4, and x6 Step count respectively. Fragments can also be consumed to further upscale the Step count: consuming 100, 250, and 500 Fragments results in ×1.1, ×1.25, and ×1.5 Step count, respectively.

Chapter 0: Extra

World 0 icon
World 0 map

Chapter 0 contains one map (0-B) that can be replayed indefinitely. In addition, all limited-time events are listed here. These can only be completed once and disappear after the stipulated end time. There are also unrestricted events with unlockable songs and Partners.

Limited Event Map

Event corner

This is a single map, 0-LE (Limited Event), used to host all limited-time events.

Although each event is available only for its listed duration, returning events are possible. For each returning event, past progress on the event is restored.

Map Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards Dates Available (Y/M/D)
Stellights 86 (851) Yosakura Fubuki

Stella

1650 Fragments

2017/11/24 - 2017/11/30
Metallic Punisher 87 (865) Metallic Punisher

Ilith

2512 Fragments

2018/02/16 - 2018/02/24
2018/12/16 - 2018/12/22
carmine:scythe 84 (862) carmine:scythe

Shirabe

2400 Fragments

2018/04/29 - 2018/05/05
2018/12/09 - 2018/12/16
Fixed Speed I 85 (575) dropdead 1500 Fragments 2018/08/13 - 2018/08/20
Fixed Speed II 74 (725) Fallensquare 1740 Fragments 2018/08/13 - 2018/08/20
Summer Special 113 (1332) Auxesia

Hikari (Summer)

Tairitsu (Summer)

3683 Fragments

2018/08/31 - 2018/09/09
Phantasia 65 (1065) Phantasia

Ayu

2800 Fragments

2018/11/29 - 2018/12/06
2018 Winter Event 55 (825) Empire of Winter

Eto & Luna

2750 Fragments

2018/12/23 - 2018/12/31
Groove Coaster Event 144 (1800) Groove Coaster Collaboration

Yume

3500 Fragments

2019/01/09 - 2019/01/23
CHUNITHM Event 1 105 (1646) CHUNITHM Collaboration

Chuni Penguin

3120 Fragments

12 Ether Drops

30 CHUNITHM Cores

2019/05/23 - 2019/06/20
CHUNITHM Event 2 105 (1639) CHUNITHM Collaboration

Haruna Mishima

Pandora Nemesis (MTA-XXX)

3120 Fragments

12 Ether Drops

15 CHUNITHM Cores

2019/05/23 - 2019/06/20
CHUNITHM Event 3 105 (1645) CHUNITHM Collaboration

Nono Shibusawa

Regulus (MDA-21)

3120 Fragments

12 Ether Drops

15 CHUNITHM Cores

2019/05/23 - 2019/06/20

Other Maps

Map Another Name Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards
0-A Fragments I* 50 (500) No longer available

550 Fragments

(per playthrough)

0-B Fragments II* 50 (455) Default

500 Fragments

(per playthrough)

0-L Lanota 34 (367) Lanota Collaboration

Hikari & Fisica

390 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

0-T Tone Sphere 37 (376) Tone Sphere Collaboration

Tairitsu & Trin

360 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

0-G Groove Coaster 45 (360) Groove Coaster Collaboration

Hikari & Seine

385 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

* The first map was introduced in version 1.5, but was deleted with the introduction of Stamina Plus Tiles, wherein it was replaced by the second map.

Chapter 1: Lost World

World 1 icon
World 1 map

This is the first, and currently the only Legacy chapter.

Map Another Name Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards
1-1 Light I 90 (2640) Default

Babaroque

Shades of Light in a Transcendent Realm

Kanagawa Cyber Culvert

350 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

15 Hollow Cores

1-2 Conflict I 90 (2640) Default

Lucifer

Anökumene

Ignotus

350 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

15 Desolate Cores

1-3 Light II 125 (1185) 200 Fragments

Harutopia ~Utopia of Spring~

GOODTEK (Arcaea Edit)

Dreamin' Attraction!!

625 Fragments

5 Ether Drops

1-4 Conflict II 125 (1185) 200 Fragments

Rabbit In The Black Room

qualia -ideaesthesia-

Red and Blue

625 Fragments

5 Ether Drops

1-5 Eternal 65 (650) Eternal Core

Essence of Twilight

PRAGMATISM

Sheriruth

750 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

1-6 Vicious I 60 (600) Vicious Labyrinth

Axium Crisis

Tairitsu (Axium)

750 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

1-7 Vicious II 20 (149)

Grievous Lady

(any difficulty)

Tairitsu (Grievous Lady)

300 Fragments

Chapter 2: Outer Reaches

World 2 icon
World 2 map
Map Another Name Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards
2-1 Extra I 96 (1146) Default

Syro

Blaster

Cybernecia Catharsis

1110 Fragments

5 Ether Drops

2-2 Binary I 21 (211) Binary Enfold

Eto

353 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

2-3 Binary II 35 (419) Singularity Challenge

Luna

703 Fragments

3 Ether Drops

2-4 γuarδina 33 (369) Dynamix Collaboration

γuarδina

360 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

Chapter 3: Spire of Convergence

World 3 icon
World 3 map
Map Another Name Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards
3-1 Extra II 75 (1815) Default

Suomi

Rugie

794 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

15 Hollow Cores

3-2 Conflict III 84 (2350) 200 Fragments

Bookmaker (2D Version)

Illegal Paradise

LunarOrbit -believe in the Espebranch road-

1055 Fragments

6 Ether Drops

15 Desolate Cores

3-3 Luminous I 35 (215) Luminous Sky

Ether Strike

Hikari (Zero)

200 Fragments

3-4 Luminous II 22 (565) Fracture Ray

Hikari (Fracture)

750 Fragments

3 Ether Drops

3-5 Conflict IV 40 (400) 200 Fragments

Nhelv

500 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

3-6 Solitary Dream 9 (162) Eternal Core Solitary Dream

Chapter 4: Dormant Echoes

World 4 icon
World 4 map
Map Another Name Tiles (Steps) Unlock Requirement Total Rewards
4-1 Absolute Reason 25 (250) Absolute Reason

Saya

400 Fragments

4-2 Light IV 50 (805) 200 Fragments

Grimheart

VECTOЯ

720 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

4-3 Conflict V 40 (830) Luminous Sky

ReviXy

SUPERNOVA

700 Fragments

3 Ether Drops

4-4 CHUNITHM 27 (378) CHUNITHM Collaboration

World Vanquisher

Tairitsu (Grievous Lady) & Chuni Penguin

230 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

Tile Types

There are many different types of Tiles, each with its own function. The required Step count for one Tile generally differs from Tile to Tile.

Name
Tile Icon
Label Icon
Description
Tile
Step tile
None
Uncleared and cleared Tiles have this appearance, with the addition of the required Step count on uncleared Tiles.
Current Tile
Step tile current
None
Your currently selected Partner is displayed above this Tile, and the remaining Steps to move to the next Tile is displayed on the bottom.
Song Restriction Tile
Step tile restrict
Step banner restrict
To progress on these Tiles, you need to play a specific Song or Song Pack. There is no restriction on difficulty.
Fixed Speed Tile
Step tile speedrestrict
Step banner speedrestrict
To progress on these Tiles, you need to play Songs under a predetermined Note Speed. There is no restriction on difficulty.
  • So far, only "Speed = 2" restriction Tiles can be encountered, but future updates may implement more Speed restrictions.
Random Song Tile
Step tile random
Step banner random
To progress on these Tiles, you'll need to play a randomly-chosen Song either from the whole collection or limited to a certain Song Pack. There is no restriction on difficulty.
Stamina Plus Tile
Step tile plusstamina
Step banner plusstamina
Upon ending a turn on these Tiles, the listed amount of Stamina is recovered.
  • In order to receive the listed Stamina amount, you must end a turn exactly on the Tile. No Stamina is replenished if the Tile is missed.
Song Reward Tile
Step tile
Reward song shadow
Appears identical to a normal Tile. Upon reaching these Tiles, you'll unlock the displayed Song.
  • You do not have to end a turn exactly on the Tile in order to unlock the Song; you unlock the Song even when moving past the Tile.
Partner Reward Tile
Step tile
Reward character

Appears identical to a normal Tile. Upon reaching these Tiles, you'll unlock the displayed Partner.

  • You do not have to end a turn exactly on the Tile in order to unlock the Partner; you unlock the Partner even when moving past the Tile.
Fragment Reward Tile
Step tile
Reward fragment
Appears identical to a normal Tile. Upon reaching these Tiles, the listed amount of Fragments are gained.
  • You do not have to end a turn exactly on the Tile to get the Fragments; you gain the Fragments even when moving past the Tile.
Core Reward Tile
Step tile
Reward core
Appears identical to a normal Tile. Upon reaching these Tiles, you'll unlock the displayed Core(s).
  • You do not have to end a turn exactly on the Tile in order to unlock the Core(s); you unlock the Core(s) even when moving past the Tile.

Map Icons

Picture Meaning
Complete

Map Completed

The green "COMPLETE" banner appears once you've completed a map. You'll no longer be able to access it.

CurrentChapter

Current Map

The map you most recently left off in.

RewardGet

Map Rewards

A check mark means that you already own the reward. This would be for players who had played the unlockable songs before World Mode was implemented; the chapter may not have been played at all, but the rewards are owned.

World Mode Data

These pages are lists of step data and reward data fetched from the game server API. They are not likely to change, though it is possible for them to be reset in the game server.

Notes: Tiles on a map are divided into groups of 5 tiles. This might aid in calculations.

For ease of navigation, data sheets have been separated by chapter.

Trivia

  • When playing a song in World Mode, you cannot retry until you finish or quit a song and return to the map.
    • Quitting a song in World Mode will abandon it. You will not earn progress (Steps and EXP). Moreover, the consumed Stamina will not be refunded, even though the song is not completed.
  • Extra II, despite being named chapter3_light internally, has both Light and Conflict songs.
  • The buildings in the background of Chapter 3 strongly resemble and are likely inspired by real-world constructs:
  • The World Mode icon changes when a new chapter is released. Past icons were:
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3
World old 0 World old 1 World old 2
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