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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 an upward zigzag pattern are called Tiles. As you ascend 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 required to move to the next Tile.

Tiles and Steps are counted from 0, with Steps being rounded to 1 decimal place.

  • The number of Tiles on a map is the Tiles displayed on the map selection screen + 1. This is due to the presence of a final tile with the reward.
  • To move to the next Tile, you need to progress by current Steps required + 0.1. However, the additional 0.1 does not apply to the final Tile as it always has a Step requirement of 0.

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 (6 hours for a full refill from an empty meter)
  • 50 Memories for 6 stamina (no cooldown)
  • 1000 Fragments for 6 stamina (1 day cooldown)
World play button disabled

Disabled Play Button

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

Your Stamina can exceed the maximum amount of 12. There is no limit to excess stamina.

Play Rewards

After playing a song, your Partner will receive experience points (EXP) and you will move up a certain amount of Steps. No Fragments are rewarded at the end of plays in World Mode, but they still have an effect on Potential.

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.

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.

Tile Rewards

Name
Icon
Description
Song Reward
Reward song shadow
May appear on any Tile type. Upon reaching a Tile with this icon, 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
Reward character

May appear on any Tile type. Upon reaching a Tile with this icon, 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
Reward fragment
May appear on any Tile type. Upon reaching a Tile with this icon, 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
Reward core
May appear on any Tile type. Upon reaching a Tile with this icon, 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.

Legacy

Legacy banner

Since v1.7.0, 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 Step and EXP gained by spending more Stamina and/or Fragments.

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

Boost

World Mode Boost

Since v2.4.0, one can multiply Step and EXP gained in non-Legacy chapters as well by spending Memories.

By selecting the Boost icon, 50 Memories are consumed for the next play, which results in a ×4 multiplier for Steps and EXP gained.

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
175 (2027)

Hikari (Summer)

Tairitsu (Summer)

4448 Fragments

7 Ether Drops

2019/08/03 - 2019/09/10
Phantasia 65 (1065) Phantasia

Ayu

2800 Fragments

2018/11/29 - 2018/12/06
85 (1593)

Ayu

3600 Fragments

10 Ether Drops

2019/10/20 - 2019/10/27
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 Hikari Art 90 (2640) Default

Babaroque

Shades of Light in a Transcendent Realm

Kanagawa Cyber Culvert

350 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

15 Hollow Cores

1-2 Tairitsu Tech 90 (2640) Default

Lucifer

Anökumene

Ignotus

350 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

15 Desolate Cores

1-3 Hikari Happy 125 (1185) 200 Fragments

Harutopia ~Utopia of Spring~

GOODTEK (Arcaea Edit)

Dreamin' Attraction!!

625 Fragments

5 Ether Drops

1-4 Tairitsu Arcs 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 Axium Crisis 60 (600) Vicious Labyrinth

Axium Crisis

Tairitsu (Axium)

750 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

1-7 Grievous Lady 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 Originals 100 (2007) Default

Syro

Blaster

Cybernecia Catharsis

1110 Fragments

5 Ether Drops

10 Crimson Cores

2-2 Binary Light 21 (211) Binary Enfold

Eto

353 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

2-3 Binary Conflict 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 Spire Light 75 (1815) Default

Suomi

Rugie

794 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

15 Hollow Cores

3-2 Spire Conflict 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 Ether Strike 35 (215) Luminous Sky

Ether Strike

Hikari (Zero)

200 Fragments

3-4 Fracture Ray 22 (565) Fracture Ray

Hikari (Fracture)

750 Fragments

3 Ether Drops

3-5 Spire Conflict 2 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 Ripples 50 (805) 200 Fragments

Grimheart

VECTOЯ

720 Fragments

2 Ether Drops

4-3 Waves 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

4-5 Sunset Radiance 20 (308) Sunset Radiance

Kanae

460 Fragments

4 Ether Drops

4-6 GLORY:ROAD 27 (1345) Crimson Solace

GLORY:ROAD

400 Fragments

15 Crimson Cores

4-7 The Calm 145 (1562) 200 Fragments

Diode

FREEF4LL

Monochrome Princess

1295 Fragments

3 Ether Drops

Map Icons

Icon Name Description
Complete
Map Complete The green "COMPLETE" banner appears once a map is completed. These maps can no longer be accessed.

Certain game updates extend maps, which removes the banner from those maps.

CurrentChapter
Current Map The most recently accessed map.

From 2.2.0, this map can be immediately accessed from the Main Menu by pressing the Continue text at the bottom of the World Mode button.

RewardGet
Map Reward The image in the icon indicates the next reward to be unlocked.

A check mark indicates that the next reward is already owned. This is only for players who had played the songs or unlocked the partners before World Mode was implemented in 1.5.0.

World Mode Data

These pages list Step requirement and reward data for each chapter. For ease of navigation, data sheets have been separated by chapter.

Tiles on a map are divided into groups of 5 tiles, which might aid in calculations.

Trivia

  • When playing a song in World Mode, the retry button on the pause menu is disabled.
    • 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.
  • Spire Light, despite its internal name "chapter3_light", has both Light and Conflict songs.
  • The cooldown time for refilling stamina with Fragments decreased over updates:
    • Original - 3 days
    • v1.5.2 - 2 days
    • v1.7.0 - 1 day
  • 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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