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Old 04/21/2015   #8
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As far as management differences between VP1 and VP2... every character has a unique, albeit "fixed" set of abilities they learn (mostly spells/attacks) from a pool of abilities. Einherjar don't exactly stand out from one another much except from the main characters. In a way they are unique in that some archers are more spell oriented like mages, while there are Heavy swordsmen who use the "right combination" of attacks for a given situation.

Management comes from learning additional skills, figuring out which Einherjar to summon through Object reading (since some give you good items on release, while others don't but have better abilities at lower levels), there's a random chance of getting certain Einherjar over others, but really you can just as easily reload your save and pick which ones you think will suit your journey best.

Character classes are pretty fixed too (Female Swordsman, Male Heavy Swordsman, Female Archers, Male Mages) but at the same time there's some variety in the form of interactions between Einherjar (like for example pairing Phyress with Celes as they are sisters who fought on both sides of an old war, you get interesting or funny conversations sometimes).

"Main characters" are often the strongest party members, but they don't start off with Skills like Einherjar do, so they are handicapped in that regard, so you have to work on them to get them stronger, that's why Einharjar are easier to level up in order to teach main characters key abilities for battles.

Also, while it's not as important, winning key boss battles quickly is a good way to get some accessories earlier, since runes are the main way to learn Skills and destroying monsters to get certain runes takes a little patience.

Weapons, Armor, and Accessories are still "created", but they cost OTH to make and are built in shops, so you have to use monster parts and other materials to get the stuff you want.

Also, releasing Einherjar with certain equipment is the best way to get certain stat-boosting items... hence why someone took the time to write a Perfect Release guide over at GameFAQs.

Most of the game is built around leveling up your party to get good items after Chapter 4, and working on getting more runes and getting stronger to take on tough bosses after that (and believe me, they are tough).
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