The worst thing about the post-game is that is that the difficulty curve slopes downwards and then drops off a cliff. Warlords keep their Pokemon (though their link percentage is reset), so I'm rampaging across Ransei with Garchomp, Hydreigon, Dragonite and Charizard and nothing can even slow me down. I'm taking kingdoms with a single Pokemon and haven't been in more than 3 wild battles. Now I'm going to seize Ignis, Greenleaf, Fontaine and Aurora in a single turn. Nobunaga will triumph!
Is there a list anywhere that has the link % necessary for evolving Pokemon? I haven't found one on Google and would like to know, given that I am starting to see stronger Pokemon now. I can tactically play around them but would like that leg up. Not that the game has been hard so far (getting ready to fight Illusio and Terrera).
Serebii also has warrior info and detailed pokedex entries.
If you want to level up your Pokemon before a fight, I suggest solo-grinding wild battles. It's easy to get 1.5% in Aurora for less than a minute of play, especially since Celebrate is the coolest ability.
Additionally, it may be advantageous to divide your enemies' forces by abandoning a kingdom for them to invade. This is a much faster way to grind and a good way to tell if you're ready to take on the next Warlord.
A lot of the maps are annoying if you're inexperienced fighting there. The traps are always in the same spot, though, so eventually you'll be able to exploit that. The environment has a large impact on the battle in this game.
Gah I hate when I recruit someone who comes with a Pokemon I REALLY want the evolved form of but the link cap is low. I got a guy who came with a Riolu, and it seems to have hit it's link limit at 45%. WHAT A CROCK. You'd think they'd at least have a good link with the Pokemon they came with.
Check the Warriors section on Serebii and match their portraits, it'll narrow it done and tell you their specialties and perfect partner. You're probably not going to get a good Lucario Warrior until the post-game. There's an entire new feature then: the Bank, used to upgrade locations. Once you get wild battle locations in Pugilis up to level 2, you can find wild Riolu.
I don't want to have to meta just to get some basic evos. I don't like how limited I feel with my Pokemon right now. Evolutionary items are a pain in the rear to get (damn random traveling merchant), and getting high enough stat boosts feels like it takes forever. I mean, I don't NEED them, I am plowing through most of the Warlords so far with basic type matching and tactics, but I see a lot of potential Pokemon I want to try out (Weaville, Lilligant, Lucario jump to mind) that I either can't get thanks to the link limit (just over 5% too low) or need an item I can't seem to get except for a lot of money and random chance. Still like the game, but it's really irking me.
That's because most of those things come into play in the post-game. You'll be able to get 15k gold per turn if you do it right. I bought 2 of every evolution item. As for getting good links, you have to start with the Warrior first. Their perfect partner is usually in line with their specialty.
Well, I just beat the main story. I was all nervous about Nobunaga with his Zekrom, bu it turned out to be piss easy once I learned to dodge the pylons. I only had trouble with one Warlord, and that was the Ice one, which was due more to the terrain than anything else. The last battle was easy as hell as well. And after all that, the game makes me do these limited little story missions? BLECH. I have only done two, so maybe it opens up, but I really don't like feeling like all the time I spent obsessive compulsively grinding out my ideal team was wasted since now I have to shoot through a ton of low scale side stories to get them again. Why not just give us a sort of game 2.0 with these side stories being something extra? Let us keep the world and our team, allow us to rebattle all the Warlords at will, and keep building up our army? Seems reasonable to me.
All pokemon acquired, evolutions and warlord transformations are carried over. Many of the "limited" story missions have a scale comparable to the main quest, except that you can get more of the warlords.
A game 2.0 wouldn't make sense in the context of the story. I mean, you've already conquered everything, there's not really anywhere to go from their. This isn't a game about battling so much as territory conquest. Even if you let them have all their territories back and powered them up, you'd still roll right over them if you kept your super-powered perfect team. The game is already too easy, that would just be boring. Masamune in Avia gave me some trouble, but that's because I challenged him immediately once he became available, which wasn't too smart considering he was basically the strongest I could challenge at the time.
On a side note, which Eeveelution did you choose? I picked Vaporeon, primarily for type advantage in the remaining kingdoms. However, Vaporeon and Jolteon are noticeably superior to the others in this game due to their stats and moves. Flareon, as always, still sucks.
I got her a Haxorus because Dratini only had a silver link. Outrage kills pretty much everything that isn't a steel type, and its best ability, Tenacity, can cause physical attackers to flinch. That's right, if you hit Haxorus, you have a good chance to flinch. Combined with the fact that Outrage hits all adjacent squares and that Haxorus has the highest Attack possible, Oichi takes entire kingdoms by herself. Hydreigon is a beast too.
I've been doing Rose of Ransei, and it's easier now that I have taken almost all the kingdoms and they can only attack me from two places, but good lord was it hard getting started. The enemy are a lot more aggressive outside of the main story, and none of the people I am recruiting are people I used in the main drag. So I had a lot of problems at the start, where I kept having to deal with enemy dragons who could dragon rage and knock my new recruits out in one shot. Every time I tried expanding out, I would get gangbanged by enemy kingdoms. I finally got around it by looping around the right kingdoms before ending up in Illusia, so they could only really hit the earth place, with the banners on the towers. With smart play I could take all the banners with a far inferior force and managed to actually get some troops together. Currently taking my time and trying to get a lot of Pokemon evolved so alter chapters are easier if I get the same people and I can avoid the rough start I had.
I recommend that you get the Warlords good, evolved Pokemon and then take your time on one of the stories that include the whole of Ransei. Valora has a Mystic Spring where you can change your Pokemon's abilities, and it's best if you can recruit as many Warlords as possible before developing your kingdoms and getting them the right Pokemon.
And, yeah, Dragon Rage is crazy cheap early on, but if you're careful you can capture Ranmaru early on and take his power for your own. Yeah, Ranmaru is a guy. Don't know why he's competing to be the most beautiful and powerful woman in central Ransei, but Japan is a weird place so there you go.
Yeah, I made sure to evolve most of the Warlord's Pokemon before moving on. I started the beauty contest version with the electric chick (whatever her name is), and having evolved Pokemon on several people I recruit is making things way easier. Ranmaru is still an asshole, though. Depending on what he recruits, he's a complete asshole to beat early with all those Dragon Rage Pokemon he keeps around. So cheap. And the way Dragons scale in power keeps them hard all game if you don't have powerful Ice types (which I didn't, with the area selection being what it was).