Bravely Default Beginner’s Tips- From Jobs and Abilities to Brave Points

This epic 3DS RPG finally made its U.S. debut. Find out how to build a town, earn Sleep Points and more!

There are a lot of features in Bravely Default. Here, we break down some useful tips for those starting out, and how to get your own town established.

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Jobs and Abilities

Every character starts as a Freelancer, but the further you get into the game, new jobs become available. After each job level increases, it opens new abilities.  Each job has certain abilities that only get better as you progress. Use your abilities often—doing so will rank up your job level faster. You can view JP (Job Points) in the character menu. All beginning Freelancers are automatically given the Examiner ability, a useful technique in showing enemies HP, weaknesses and family stats. Additional jobs are also unlocked by defeating bosses, progression in the main story and by completing side quests. 

Tutorial Quests 

Also worth mentioning is the informative quests known as Tutorial Quests. Here, you can view (from the lower-screen icon) current quests that are available to you. Slide your finger or press Left on the bottom-screen tab for the quest icon below the save cue. Think of these as side chores and practice to help you prepare for everything the game offers. Each time you complete a Tutorial Quest, you’re rewarded an item. The quest icon updates frequently throughout the game (and usually opens up new ones after completing each one), so be sure to check it often. 

Default Command 

Besides your traditional attack, abilities, items and such, two new commands are presented to you early on: Brave and Default. The game shows how this system works. Default simply allows that particular party member an additional turn, puts that character in a defensive state to reduce damage inflicted upon and rewards 1 BP (Brave Points) each time.  Think of it as taking a break, banking multiple turns for a character and fueling-up attacks. As of now, you can store to up to three BP in battle. 

Brave Command 

With all the turns you stored using Default, you can then use them by selecting Brave. This enables you to execute multiple actions in one shot – and setup chains of attacks. It’s critical in this game, and you won’t succeed without it. Brave will cost you 1 BP for each use. Additionally, setting up a chain attack using these two commands is a difference maker in winning battles with multiple foes (and bosses). For instance, selecting Brave once gives you an additional turn. You can select Brave multiple times each turn depending on how much BP you store. By having three BP stored with a character, you’ll be able to attack an enemy four times in one shot. 

What are Brave Points (BP)? 

Brave Points (BP) are basically your fuel for commanding a character. If you’ve stored two points, that character is allowed three turns (without going negative). You’re automatically rewarded one for each turn. However, if your BP goes negative, that character won’t be able to do much of anything, and you’ll have to wait until the BP reaches zero again. 

Strange Hourglass

The Strange Hourglass brings forth the option of Bravely Second. This allows you to freeze time (by pressing Start) during battle, and automatically grants you a turn. As the game explains, any tactics used during Bravely Second drains your SP (Sleep Points) instead of BP. Like Brave and Default, you aren’t capable of using Bravely Second while negative. 

What are Sleep Points?

Sleep Points are a unique feature in Bravely Default. As confirmed from Nintendo, you can gain SP by entering your 3DS into Sleep Mode (leave the game and system on, then close the screen). For every eight hours in Sleep Mode, you gain one SP. More so, if you don’t feel like waiting, you have the option to use an SP Drink. 

OK…What is A Sleep Drink? 

An S icon rests on the bottom screen during battle. Touching the icon opens the SP menu. Here, you can purchase SP Drinks that increase SP by three. You won’t have to wait that hefty eight hours to gain SP. The catch? SP Drinks are purchased with real currency—real cash in your pocket. We won’t encourage you to spend your hard-earned bucks here, but if you’re having trouble with a boss, Bravely Second is just an SP Drink away! Do so with your own risk and responsibility. 

Hey, Listen!

Airy, Agnès’ fairy friend, will give you hints on where to go next in your adventure. If you’re not sure what to do, see what she has to say and where to go. Refer to the bottom screen when navigating through the menus. 

Asterisks and Commands

Officers of the Eternian Forces hold asterisks that grant you new jobs. Take note there are two types of abilities in a job: Command and Support. Command Abilities can be prompted in battle (like the Martial Arts), while Support can be equipped (like the Knuckle Lore).  These have a cost, and you can customize your own fighting style. In essence, these are classes. For example, a Monk class will have Martial Arts, and a White Mage will use White Magic such as Cure. 

In order to use magic with an asterisk, you’ll need to purchase each corresponding magic scroll at the Magic Shop in Caldisla. Scrolls can be shared with multiple characters, but each one has level limits. You unlock additional support points as you progress further in the storyline. 

D’s Journal

D’s Journal is a massive book consisting of item descriptions, hints, secrets, Bestiary, Combat Bonuses (challenges you can complete in battle for rewards) and more. Take the time to read it, as it will update as you progress. 

Ablink a Friend

Abilink is a new feature presented to you after you defeat Barras and Holly at the southwest lake. This allows you to use your friends’ abilities in battle. It is quite useful, because your friend may have a more experienced character and higher job level. Access this through the Tactic tab in the menu. You are only allowed to link one character per friend, so find some pals for some help.  

AI Friends

If you don’t have friends to spare, the game gives you AI Friends. This works the same as Ablink, but you have an AI ally to rely on. You automatically receive a Friend-Bot when you speak to the Adventurer in Ancheim.  


A Nemesis is a creature that can attack your town, Norende, and appear through StreetPass, other gamers, friends and the Update Data feature. You can send a Nemesis to other gamers through StreetPass—and gamers can return the favor. These bosses can also be fought with your party, but we don’t recommend engaging with them until you’re far into the game and well-experienced.  Take note that once a Nemesis enters your town, it won’t go away until it’s defeated. Additionally, multiple may appear in your village over time. 

Special Moves 

These are challenges and steps you need to set up in battle that ends with a powerful attack. For instance, for a Knight, use Brave 10 times in row, and you’ll be able to perform a special move known as Hack ‘n Slash. These also boost your party members—think of it as bonus round in a fight. Again, Friend Boosting can play a huge part with this as well. As the music changes, you can continue your special attacks, and even customize your personal special moves to your preference in the Special menu. To unlock new moves and parts for a special attack, construct a Special Move Shop when rebuilding Norende and increase their levels. 

Summon a Friend

Early in the game, the “Summon” option becomes available in battles. To put it simply, you can have a friend send an attack of his/her own, or you’re capable of turning the tables and sending an attack to a friend for help. 

Building Norende 

After you complete Norende in the prologue, the game gives you an option to rebuild the village. Here, you can build several different shops, such as a Special Moves Shop or Weapons Shop. Over time, you’ll earn items and exclusive spells for your efforts. Each site starts at Level 1, and can be reconstructed/increased for additional items. For example, building a Trader Shop will allow you to receive free items periodically. It’s highly recommended you begin rebuilding Norende early on so you can acquire several features that will help—most importantly for boss fights. 

How do I Rebuild My Village?

To build, you need villagers. These people are your population—the more villagers you have—the faster your sites are built. To gather more villagers, you need to expand your town and use the Update Data option when talking to an Adventurer. You earn this option at the start of Chapter 1, including Net Friend Invites. Note that obstacles stand in the way of your town’s progression; for instance, you need to rid of a large boulder blocking the way  

Why does it Take so Long to Build?

If you only have one villager, it’s going to take a while to construct. Once you’ve gained more villagers, you can assign multiple ones to one job. For example, the obstacles in the village are the most time-consuming; some take up to 70 hours or more. Set villagers to the site, and the timeframe will reduce to, say 12 hours. All the construction you put together will progress while you play the game. 

Don’t Wait—Sleep it off

Do you hate waiting for a site to be completed? Luckily, putting your 3DS in Sleep Mode not only earns you Sleep Points, but also allows your villagers to continue their work while you go to school, take a nap or even head off to work! Leave your 3DS on if possible, and carry it with you wherever you go. You will have new sites in your town in no time.  

Be sure to read the Bravely Default free Prologue walkthough and the free Bravely Default Chapter 1 walkthrough.

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