Blue Archive is a free-to-play mobile game developed by Nexon Games (formerly known as NAT Games) in South Korea. Game uses gacha game mechanics for obtaining characters as the primary monetization method.
|Japanese version||Global version|
|Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store (Teen)|
|iOS Appstore||iOS Appstore||iOS Appstore (Teen)|
|QooApp (popular sideload method)||QooApp|
Japanese version of the game was launched in February of 2021 and is operated by Yostar. This version is available only in Japanese language, and the app is not published in mobile app stores for other regions. Anyone can still play the game outside of Japan, provided they sideload the app.
Global version of the game launched in November of 2021 and is run on several regional non-interconnected servers. This version is available in English, Korean, Thai, and Chinese languages. Similar to Japanese version not being published globally, this version is not normally available in Japan; additionally connections from Japanese IP-addresses seem to be restricted by global servers.
In November 2022, a slightly censored Teen-rated version of the client was published. This version operates on the same servers and can be used interchangeably with the regular client to play on the same game account. Several Memorial Lobbies were altered to secure lower age rating.
What server should I start on?
If you can't read Japanese, global version of the game is likely the better pick. Global version content schedule is very slightly sped up compared to Japanese release, with Global expected to be roughly 6 months behind in content by January 2023.
Global regional servers are North America, Europe (Global), Asia, TW/HK, and Korea. Be aware that Korean server is known to be particularly competitive compared to other regions, while others are typically pretty laid-back.
Playing on PC
There is no dedicated PC client for the game, but emulation is possible. Bluestacks 5 emulator with a 64-bit instance of Android Pie is the common choice.
What is Rerolling? Should I reroll?
Rerolling is when you reset your account after doing initial gacha pulls, before actually committing to playing on any given account. This process can be very time consuming as you are at the mercy of the gacha RNG. This is often done by people who want a head start in the game and can afford to spend the time required to do so. If you have the time to do so and want a head start in the game then it is recommended you do so but the game is perfectly playable and able to be completed without having to reroll.
I got an account I like, now what?
Now it's time to clear main Missions stages as far as you can. Nearly everything is locked until you finish the stage that unlocks it so make sure to push story until you get stuck then improve your team until you can push through.
Eventually just running one team of starter students will become unfeasible, continue to Combat basics for an explanation on how to advance from there.
There's an event going on and I just started
Events typically require players to have cleared area 2-3; after getting access to the event see how far you can clear event stages and decide on how to split your AP between clearing main Missions and the event. Events are typically well worth doing, rewards-wise, even if you can only clear the first 4 Quest stages.