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A gacha pull in Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, prior to reveal.

Gacha (ガチャ?) are lotteries that are a recurring element in select Final Fantasy titles. They are common in free-to-play games, where they account for the majority of a game's revenues.

OverviewEdit

Gacha add an element of random chance and frequently use the game's premium currency to acquire better units and equipment. Microtransactions can also be used to participate in a gacha.

Gacha are frequently associated with loot crates found in free-to-play titles outside the Final Fantasy franchise, since loot crates are essentially paid packages of random items. Within the franchise, however, purchases of loot crates are not necessary to play a gacha game, but can sometimes improve the odds of drawing better items.

LegalityEdit

Because gacha games are often considered on par with gambling because of their randomness and the tendency to involve real-world cash, they are regulated or barred outright in certain territories. China, for instance, requires gacha games to disclose odds. Belgium and the Netherlands have a full ban.

In Japan, "complete gacha" (requiring drawing multiple parts to complete a premium item) has been banned since 2012, while the other types of gacha require the publishers to declare the drop rates.

Apple Inc. recently modified its App Store policies to require full disclosure of gacha odds.

Games using gachaEdit

King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon-Edit

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Used a forked gacha system. Within any given event period, the player could participate in one of two gacha spins: one for units, and a second for weapons used by those units. Each required Regalite to play.

Where a unit spin became available, it was either a standard spin (choice of 1 or 10) or a step-up spin (tiered spins with increasing rarity guaranteed per step up to a max of 250 Regalite for a 10-draw spin with one featured unit guaranteed). Any 10-draw spin could award an event item for the duration of the event. Some draws were only available to players who purchased Prime Regalite, and even if this was not the case, regular Regalite took precedence.

3★ units and above added subquests to the narrative, which were queued in the order each unit was drawn. 4★ weapons often carried a powerful King's Might when fully forged to 5★.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit

Opera Omnia uses a system of overlapping equipment draws that rotate weekly, or in time with current story events. The player can choose which draw to participate in, and spend Draw Tickets or accumulated Gems to attempt pull(s). Draw Tickets are 1:1, but do not guarantee a high pull. 500 Gems are equivalent to one Draw Ticket for the same odds. Within each draw is a 5,000 Gem "10+1 Multi-Draw", wherein 11 items are pulled including one guaranteed 5★ item. There is no guarantee that the item(s) carry Affinity for a player's current units, or that the same item is not pulled more than once. Even so, this can work to the advantage of the player, as duplicates can be fused up to three times to boost a relic's attributes.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

While it is possible to draw one free piece of equipment per day beginning at 5:00 AM PST/13:00 UTC, such equipment is often of lower rarity than found in the gacha Relic Draw. Relic Draws rotate periodically with in-game events, offering a chance at 5★ and 6★ relics that could prove advantageous in high-difficulty stages. Featured Relic Draws require accumulated Mythril stones or purchased Gems, with most guaranteeing one 5★ or better drop per draw. Though duplicates may also occur, they can be fused up to two times in order to boost the strength of the relics and the mastery rate of any Soul Breaks and/or Legend Materia present on them.

Some events have used roulette to award exclusive relics and rare materials. The player needs to obtain gambling chips from an accompanying dungeon. Only the highest-value spin is displayed if multiple spins are bought.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

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A rainbow crystal in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, indicating a 5★ vision.

The gacha system is the most complex used in the series. Non-story units are frequently subject to lottery, which requires the use of special summon tickets or accumulated Lapis. There are several varieties of lottery summon as well, each requiring a specific ticket type. Standard Rare Summon Tickets guarantee a 3★ or better unit. Guaranteed 4★ Rare Summon Tickets are also available, requiring completion of certain advanced events or other high-ranking tasks.

Mobius Final FantasyEdit

As a card battle game, Mobius relies on a gacha system to acquire ★3 or better ability cards. This gacha rotates every two weeks. Players can use magicite or stocked Summon Tickets to draw new cards, with a chance at obtaining a maxed ability card, a Job card, a Legend card, or any combination of these special cards. Summon Tickets may drop as area completion rewards, rare treasure chest rewards, Login Bonus items, or as part of the "Mobius Gift Box" loot crate available every 30 days from the last Gift Box purchase.

Some gacha draws award special prizes when a signature card from a set (called a "batch") appears in a player's draw. The prizes may include accessories for Meia, multiplayer stamps, or special Echoes for a given event.

EtymologyEdit

In its original Japanese, gacha is a contraction of gachapon, a term used to describe the toys dispensed in plastic capsules from vending machines. Western audiences did not use the term until recently. but may be familiar with the concept through toys dispensed in plastic eggs from similar machines.