Potentials are buff and debuff effects associated with units in Valkyria Chronicles, being conceptualized as abilities reflecting the fighting skills and personalities of the members of Squad 7. Most units have up to four Personal Potentials and up to four Battle Potentials.
Potentials are not a big deal; the main reason is that they are one of the few things that make each character different. However, regardless of any Potential differences, even from the absolute best to worst, all the characters are 95% the same and can be treated and used like grunts.
Almost all Potentials activate only 10% of the time. Even the ones with activation conditions or ground requirements. In those cases the Potential activates 10% of the time when you meet those conditions. The Awaken Potential order increases the rate at which potentials activate. It also gives your potentials the chance to randomly activate even if the conditions haven't been met (i.e. Alicia's "Maternal" activate while on solo scouting runs; Marina's "My Way" activate in the middle of a crowd). Note that this applies for both the good potentials (ex. Invincible) and the bad (ex. Humanitarian), so be careful on who to use it on and when.
A very few of the strongest Potentials are always active (i.e. the "Ultimates"); these are the good ones. There are also a few that have activation conditions that are glitchy and can be attempted to activate again and again in rapid succession (i.e. Nest Masters' climb up and climb down ladder over and over; Power Scouts' see an enemy then not see an enemy over and over); many of these are good too.
There are also a few of the 10% ones that the effect is so good that they are also among the best; these are really rare also. Most of the best Potentials don't appear on your characters until you are maximum level either so they won't be available for most of your first playthrough.
Activation of Potentials
There are various conditions under which a Potential might activate; most have a chance of activating under these conditions and will deactivate if the conditions are no longer met, while a few, such as the "Ultimate" potentials, are guaranteed to activate. Each time the character meets the conditions during a Movement Phase, the game will check to see if the Potential activates. For example, Dorothy Howard's Personal Potential Stage Fright will be in its "off" state if she is sighted by four or fewer enemies: if she is sighted by a fifth, the game will perform a check to see if the Potential activates. If she moves out of sight of one of those enemies, but is then sighted by a fifth again, the game will perform a second activation check for Stage Fright. If she is sighted by a sixth, because the game only cares that the number has changed, it will run another check to see if the Potential activates. This means that Potentials related to conditions like being spotted or encountering Interception fire are markedly more likely to activate.
Potentials based on Terrain are divided by the five terrain types in the game: grass, dirt, desert, city and metal. The unit must be standing on the terrain for the effect to occur; just being near something made of metal won't trigger a metal-based potential, for example.
Most types are self-explanatory; grass is anything green, while desert is sand or blasted rock as found in the Barious missions. Dirt refers to brown ground, such as dirt trails and earthworks, while city is cobbled or paved roads. Metal is the rarest terrain type, limited to a handful of areas such as the bridges at Fouzen and the Marmota's deck.
Potentials that trigger full-screen animations also reset enemy sightlines, which can cause Potentials activated by being sighted to trigger. It cannot, however, cause those Potentials to deactivate.
Battle Potentials, also called Class Potentials, are earned by levelling up an infantry class through training; they are unlocked at specific levels, depending on the class in question. Their effects are always positive, and typically improve combat abilities relevant to the class in question. The following table shows the levels for each class:
|Scout||Level 4||Level 6||Level 14||Level 17|
|Shocktrooper||Level 3||Level 7||Level 11||Level 18|
|Lancer||Level 2||Level 4||Level 11||Level 20|
|Engineer||Level 4||Level 9||Level 14||Level 20|
|Sniper||Level 2||Level 8||Level 13||Level 16|
Personal Potentials reflect a given character's personality, and can be good or bad. Effects can vary from extremely positive, like letting a character take two actions consecutively, to character-ruining, such as having a random chance of their not being able to attack or instantly ending their turn.
Personal Potentials not unlocked initially are called Hidden Potentials, and must be unlocked at Castlefront Street; the game invisibly awards points to characters for various accomplishments in battle, and after five such points are scored, visiting the Street will unlock their next Personal Potential, if they have one. If a potential is unlocked, Ellet will make a comment about the "new rising star of Squad 7" and the personnel tab will be updated for that character. The exception to this rule is the Leaders in Squad 7, who get their extra Personal Potentials by completing campaign missions or Reports.
In Valkyria Chronicles, there is only one way to get normal characters with no Personal Potentials: if all non-Leader recruits are permanently killed in combat during the campaign, generic recruits with randomized names will start appearing in the roster. These generics have no Personal Potentials (and also no friends list). The code that generates them is somewhat buggy and can sometimes generate units which have better stats than any of the actual characters.
List of Potentials
- Accuracy Boost - Firing accuracy is boosted a set percentage of the time.
- Acrobat - High places excite them, yielding a boost in their attack power.
- Acrophobic - High places make them uncomfortable, causing a drop in their attack power.
- Aicmophobic - Deathly afraid of pointed objects, being around lancers' weapons makes them hyperventilate, steadily losing HP.
- Alicia Hater - Having Alicia around is a drag, causing a drop in evasion.
- Alicia Lover - Just knowing that Alicia is nearby gives confidence and boost in evasion.
- Ambush Spotter - Enemy units in hiding can be spotted from the same distance as a scout.
- Ammo Refill - They have a chance of recovering all ammunition after attacking.
- Ammo Worries - After the last bullet is fired, anxiety sets in, causing a drop in attack power.
- Anti-armor Boost - Their attack power against tanks is occasionally increased.
- Lancer Hater - For whatever reason, Lancers aren't their thing. Attack power is lowered against Lancers.
- Lancer Killer - Confidence that they can best any Lancer grants a boost in attack abilities.
- Largo Hater - Having Largo around is a drag, causing a drop in attack power.
- Largo Lover - Just knowing that Largo is nearby gives confidence and boost in attack power.
- Lone Wolf - Having allies nearby is a distraction that causes a drop in evasion ability.
- Lonely - Loneliness soon sets in when no allies are nearby, leading to decreased evasion ability.
- Loyal Teammate - When surrounded by allies, he feels the drive and energy to work that much harder, enjoying a boost in abilities.
- Lucky - Pure luck is occasionally enough to narrowly avoid taking critical damage.
- Accuracy Boost: -Catherine O' Hara -Emile Bielert
- Acrobat: -Alex Raymond
Acrophobic: -Cezary Regard
Alicia Hater: -Coby Caird
Alicia Lover: -Dallas Wyatt
Ambush Spotter: -Aisha Neumann -Alex Raymond -Lynn -Salinas Milton
Ammo Refill: -Catherine O'Hara -Emile Bielert -Largo Potter -Nils Daerden -Walter Nash -Yoko Martens
Ammo Worries: -Catherine O'Hara
Anti-armor Boost: -Rosina Selden
Backup Sniping: -Cezary Regard
Bad Back: -Coby Caird -Noce Wordsworth
Big Sister: -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
Big-Hearted: -Largo Potter
Bloodthirsty: -Musaad Mayfield
Born Leader: -Coby Caird -Edy Nelson -Hector Calvey -Juno Coren -Vyse Inglebard -Yoko Martens
Bug in a Rug: -Musaad Mayfield -Nancy Dufour
Bully: -Theold Bohr
Calm Heart: -Welkin Gunther
Camaraderie: -Audrey Heitinga -Catherine O'Hara -Nadine -Noce Wordsworth
Camp Defender: -Elysse Moore -Nils Daerden -Nina Streiss -Wavy
Challenge Lover: -Vyse Inglebard
Chameleon: -Ramona Linton
Chatty Cathy: -Cherry Stijnen -Melville Young -Ramona Linton
Child of Nature: -Cherry Stijnen -Hannes Salinger -Jane Turner -Largo Potter -Lynn -Musaad Mayfield -Theold Bohr -Vyse Inglebard
Chronic Fatigue: -Hermes Kissinger
City Kid: -Claudia Mann -Nils Daerden -Yoko Martens
Claustrophobic: -Hermes Kissinger -Juno Coren -Kevin Abbott
Cocky: -Walter Nash
Concentration: -Freesia York -Hermes Kissinger -Noce Wordsworth
Country Bred: -Alicia Melchiott -Coby Caird -Edy Nelson -Nina Streiss -Noce Wordsworth -Susie Evans
Coward: -Oscar Bielert
Critical Shot: -Emile Bielert
Damage Boost: -Coby Caird -Dorothy Howard -Mica Hawkins -Wendy Cheslock
Darcsen Bond: -Lynn -Nadine -Wavy
Darcsen Hater: -Cezary Regard -Rosina Selden -Theold Bohr
Darcsen Pride: -Zaka
Daredevil: -Hannes Salinger
Dbl. Tank Damage: -Elysse Moore -Jann Walker -Largo Potter -Walter Nash
Defense Boost: -Claudia Mann -Dallas Wyatt
Demolition Man: -Claudia Mann -Dallas Wyatt -Knute Yung
Desert Allergy: -Aisha Neumann -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark -Dallas Wyatt -Melville Young -Rosina Selden -Salinas Milton
Desert Bred: -Cezary Regard -Freesia York -Herbert Nielsen -Walter Nash
Double Action: -Dallas Wyatt -Knute Yung -Nadine
Double Attack: -Brigette "Rosie" Stark -Dorothy Howard -Kevin Abbott -Nina Streiss -Vyse Inglebard
Double Movement: -Aika Thompson -Alicia Melchiott -Juno Coren -Melville Young -Wavy
Dud Mine: -Brigette "Rosie" Stark -Cherry Stijnen -Coby Caird -Kevin Abbott -Lynn -Nancy Dufour -Ted Ustinov -Wendy Cheslock
Eagle Eye: -Cezary Regard -Oscar Bielert
Energetic: -Melville Young
Engineer Killer: -Knute Yung
Evasion Boost: -Freesia York -Melville Young -Montley Leonard -Wavy
Extra Shot: -Elysse Moore -Hector Calvey -Jann Walker -Marina Wulfstan -Oscar Bielert
Fancies Men: -Cherry Stijnen -Freesia York -Jann Walker -Ted Ustinov
Fancies Women: -Dallas Wyatt -Hermes Kissinger -Salinas Milton -Ted Ustinov
Fatalist: -Herbert Nielsen -Ramsey Clement
Fearless Will: -Jane Turner -Mica Hawkins -Nina Streiss
First Aid Boost: -Aisha Neumann -Alicia Melchiott -Audrey Heitinga -Hermes Kissinger -Kevin Abbott -Largo Potter -Melville Young -Nils Daerden -Nina Streiss -Noce Wordsworth -Susie Evans -Vyse Inglebard -Yoko Martens
Frail Body: -Dorothy Howard -Emile Bielert -Homer Person
Full HP Recovery: -Jane Turner -Lynn -Montley Leonard -Nancy Dufour -Salinas Milton -Susie Evans
Good Buddy: -Aika Thompson -Audrey Heitinga -Emile Bielert -Musaad Mayfield -Nancy Dufour -Susie Evans
Hard Worker: -Lynn
Head-Lit Deer: -Karl Landzaat
Humanitarian: -Susie Evans
Imp Hater: -Hannes Salinger -Jane Turner -Oscar Bielert
Impatient: -Montley Leonard
Indecisive: -Kevin Abbott
Intimate Company: -Hector Calvey
Into Macho Men: -Rosina Selden
Invincible: -Claudia Mann -Karl Landzaat -Ramsey Clement
Jam Jinxed: -Mica Hawkins
Kamikaze: -Dorothy Howard -Hannes Salinger -Kevin Abbott -Wendy Cheslock
Lancer Hater: -Nina Streiss
Lancer Killer: -Jane Turner -Salinas Milton
Largo Hater: -Yoko Martens
Largo Lover: -Jann Walker
Lone Wolf: -Marina Wulfstan -Nils Daerden
Lonely: -Aisha Neumann -Homer Person -Karl Landzaat
Loyal Teammate: -Largo Potter
Lucky: -Knute Yung
Maintenance Lazy: -Ramsey Clement
Man Hater: -Dallas Wyatt
Masochist: -Homer Person
Maternal: -Alicia Melchiott
Meadow Bred: -Catherine O'Hara -Emile Bielert -Hermes Kissinger -Montley Leonard -Nancy Dufour -Oscar Bielert
Melee Skills: -Alex Raymond -Edy Nelson -Salinas Milton
Metal Allergy: -Hector Calvey -Juno Coren -Knute Yung -Ted Ustinov
Metal Head: -Dorothy Howard -Karl Landzaat -Kevin Abbott -Mica Hawkins -Ramsey Clement -Wendy Cheslock
Mid-Range Skills: -Hannes Salinger -Jane Turner -Mica Hawkins
Misogynist: -Nils Daerden
Mooch: -Audrey Heitinga
Moody: -Herbert Nielsen
My Way: -Marina Wulfstan
Mysterious Body: -Alicia Melchiott
Nature Lover: -Welkin Gunther
Neat Freak: -Alex Raymond -Elysse Moore -Homer Person -Ramona Linton -Wavy
Nest Master: -Marina Wulfstan -Oscar Bielert
Neutralize: -Aisha Neumann -Alex Raymond -Dorothy Howard
Never Say Die: -Emile Bielert
Night Blind: -Theold Bohr
Night Vision: -Alex Raymond -Knute Yung -Marina Wulfstan -Oscar Bielert -Walter Nash
Nocturnal: -Aika Thompson -Freesia York -Ramona Linton -Ted Ustinov
Outcast: -Wendy Cheslock
Panicky: -Aisha Neumann -Edy Nelson
Penetrator: -Catherine O'Hara -Marina Wulfstan
Perfect Dodge: -Cezary Regard
Pessimist: -Catherine O'Hara -Mica Hawkins -Walter Nash
Phoenix: -Coby Caird -Edy Nelson -Mica Hawkins -Wendy Cheslock
Posion Tolerance: -Audrey Heitinga -Homer Person -Karl Landzaat -Rosina Selden -Theold Bohr
Pollen Allergy: -Aika Thompson -AUdrey Heitinga -Jann Walker -Marina Wulfstan -Nadine
Power of Love: -Welkin Gunther
Power Scout: -Musaad Mayfield -Nancy Dufour -Wavy
Rear Guard: -Nadine
Repair Boost: -Herbert Nielsen -Nadine -Ramsey Clement
Resist Counters: -Herbert Nielsen -Ramsey Clement
Resist Crossfire: -Aika Thompson -Alicia Melchiott -Freesia York -Nadine -Ramona Linton -Wavy
Roof Hunte: -Catherine O'Hara -Emile Bielert
Rosie Hater: -Edy Nelson
Rosie Lover: -Cherry Stijnen
Runner's High: -Aika Thompson
Sadist: -Jane Turner
Scout Hater: -Elysse Moore
Scout Killer: -Alex Raymond
Show-Off: -Ted Ustinov
Shut-In: -Claudia Mann -Wendy Cheslock
Sibling Ties: -Welkin Gunther
Sighting: -Noce Wordsworth -Susie Evans
Skilled Assassin: -Cherry Stijnen -Juno Coren -Montley Leonard
Slow Starter: -Elysse Moore
Sniper Hater: -???
Sniper Killer: -Cezary Regard
Song of Peace: -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
Stage Fright: -Dorothy Howard
Stand Ready: -Nils Daerden
Starting Dash: -Aisha Neumann
Stealth: -Aika Thompson -Hermes Kissinger -Juno Coren -Nancy Dufour
Strong-Willed: -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
Super Accuracy: -Cezary Regard -Oscar Bielert
Super Anti-armor: -Hector Calvey -Nils Daerden -Yoko Martens
Super Damage: -Edy Nelson -Nina Streiss -Salnias Milton -Vyse Inglebard
Super Defense: -Knute Yung -Nadine
Super Evasion: -Hermes Kissinger -Juno Coren -Noce Wordsworth -Susie Evans
Super First Aid: -Herbert Nielsen -Homer Person -Ramsey Clement
Super Repair: -Claudia Mann -Dallas Wyatt -Karl Landzaat
Tank Destroyer: -Hector Calvey -Rosina Selden -Theold Bohr
Tank Hater: -Nina Streiss
Tank Killer: -Elysse Moore -Hector Calvey -Jann Walker
Tank Lover: -Salinas Milton
Tank Slayer: -Audrey Heitinga -Largo Potter -Theold Bohr -Yoko Martens
Third Eye: -Melville Young -Montley Leonard -Musaad Mayfield
Trooper Hater: -Susie Evans
Trooper Killer: -Lynn -Melville Young
Ult. Accuracy: -Marina Wulfstan
Ult. Anti-armor: -Audrey Heitinga -Elysse Moore -Jann Walker
Ultimate Damage: -Aisha Neumann -Alex Raymond -Hannes Salinger
Ultimate Defense: -Herbert Nielsen -Homer Person
Ultimate Evade: -Cherry Stijnen -Musaad Mayfield -Ramona Linton -Ted Ustinov
Under Pressure: -Freesia York
Undercover Fire: -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark -Hannes Salinger -Jane Turner -Lynn
Undodgeable Shot: -Alicia Melchiott -Brigitte "Rosie" Stark -Cherry Stijnen -Coby Caird -Edy Nelson -Homer Person -Karl Landzaat -Knute Yung -Musaad Mayfield -Ramona Linton -Ted Ustinov -Vyse Inglebard
Unlucky: -Claudia Mann
Valkyria: -Alicia Melchiott
Veggie-Maniac: -Largo Potter
Welkin Hater: -Noce Wordsworth
Welkin Lover:-Juno Coren