Ever one to milk a good thing, Square Enix continues building the Final Fantasy universe with Brave Exvius, a collaborated spin-off title from A-lim and Gumi. Set in a fantasy filled world powerful forces known as Vision and Lapis play an integral part in maintaining balance and peace to the world.  “Vision is the manifestation of people’s thoughts and feelings and Lapis is the world where all Magic Crystals exist alongside all the visions of the world”.   Thus, much like Fire Emblem Heroes, by harnessing visions characters from the entire Final Fantasy multiverse and the realms and power within the crystals.

Focusing around the main protagonist Rain and his children friend Lasswell the story opens on their airship as they are confronted by the mysterious young girl Fina who, trapped in a crystal, begs the pair to face the Dark Lord Veritas and stop his evil plan to destroy the world by demolishing all crystals.


Working off the turn based role playing game format, Exvius builds on fundamentals from Final Fantasy Brave Frontier where battle systems consist of players tapping a characters action icon to deal physical attacks while swiping in the following direction will allow players to;

  • Up – Default attack.
  • Right – Abilities. One can select a spell (which can be White, Black or Green Magic), a special ability, a Limit Burst or an evocation.
  • Left – Items. The unit can use one of ten items set at the battle inventory, selected by the player before the battle.
  • Down – Guard. It decreases the enemy’s attack damage by half.

True to the FF series, strikes are not only limited to epic physical attacks with logic defying weapons, yet also include magic and summons known as Espers. Gameplay weaves between storied text and short dungeon crawler style battles before ending with a boss before returning to the main screen to upgrade gear and level up with the use of the iconic base currency gil and of the premium currency Lapis which along with tickets can collect new heroes from the gatcha summon, before heading off to complete the next stage and mission.


Intuitive and strategic battles

Unleash devastating attacks with a tap of your finger, and combine magical abilities with tactical know-how to overpower your foes!

Join forces with Cecil, Terra, Vivi, Vaan, and other legendary heroes from your favorite FINAL FANTASY games, and experience a tale of high adventure in the palm of your hand.

And that’s not all—summon legendary FINAL FANTASY espers like Shiva, Ifrit, and more with awe-inspiring visuals!

A vast realm to explore

Roam freely through exotic locales, and delve into perilous dungeons to search for items, rare treasures, hidden passages, and routes to new destinations!

Converse with the denizens of the realm and undertake challenging quests to reap items, gil, and even rare rewards.

Enjoy all the wonders of a grand RPG in the palm of your hand!



Similar to virtually every other squad controlled team, it is important to build well balanced teams that can counter any threat. It is also extremely valuable to invest resources upgrading gear for and levelling up healers as, as the game progresses they will become much more invaluable than even the most powerful attacker.  This is especially important as the completing certain stages of the story quest unlocks special story campaigns.

Auto Play & Chain Combos

Whilst the Auto-play feature may feel a little bit like cheating at times and a waste of actually game enjoyment, the fact is that the auto play feature is the fastest and quickest way to breeze through missions. Doing so is also the most adroit way of linking chain combos to take out enemies as fast as possible.  That said however, the auto-play feature will usually make the most of basic physical attacks first rather than carefully selecting magic assaults and so forth which will often result in players not being able to fulfill all mission objectives which results in a loss of potential loot meaning that players will have to replay missions again if wanting to acquire all that there is to obtain.  Nevertheless, if wanting to breeze through missions, or play inconspicuously at school or work, or while watching TV etc., then the auto-play is without a doubt the quickest way to do so.


Espers are the summon units of the game and as such can be a little tricky to first understand yet are extremely important as they play a critical part in advancing through the story and game. Firstly, Espers need to be equipped to a unit to gain their benefits.  The first Esper Siren unlocks naturally within the story arc yet others must be defeated in various dungeons for them to be obtained.  Espers can be levelled up to increase their stats and skill points which unlock different skill nodes.  If Espers reach their limit players can revisit their original dungeon and attempt to fight a stronger version which will rank up that Esper to a higher tier with higher stats etc.  Esper skills vary in style and as such players should careful analyze their style of play and preferred party to bolster weaknesses and capitalize on strengths.  These skills can be reset however once for free or at the cost of 100 Lapis if players wish to change strategies.

Visit the Vortex!

When in need of some extra materials and resources to quickly level up heroes visiting the vortex and completing the missions within. There are five different stages which offer virtually any item  and valuable XP needed to quickly upgrade characters yet be aware that vortex events are limited in the amount of free plays available so it is best to log in daily even if only to take advantage of the free plays.  This especially true on weekends which usually allow a higher rate of free plays.

Explore the Expeditions

Another great feature of FFBE is that players can earn XP and loot from not only the main characters included in the main squad yet also have otherwise unused heroes which have already been acquired but not actively used. By sending these characters out on varied expeditions they can return with some much sought after rewards whilst players focus on other modes of gameplay.  It important to remember however that heroes sent on Expeditions cannot be used for any other battle until they have returned and as such players need to plan their play and think ahead as to make the most of active gameplay and time offline.

Colosseum & Arena

The Colosseum is another very profitable way to earn loot and rewards as well as prized Lapis, yet the Arena is perhaps the most efficient way to progress as there are huge daily, weekly and monthly rankings rewards of which if players conscientiously adhere to can reap high amounts of medals which can be traded for precious items and gear. It should also be noted that the Colosseum and the Arena do not use the standard stamina needed for story battles yet instead use orbs which means players should alternate between modes whilst the other is rejuvenating.

Pay Attention to the Text

As tempting as it can be to simply half read or skip through some of the less exciting role playing text screens it is actually important to pay attention to all information from non-playable characters as they will often offer clues and hints as where to find the location of unlocked Espers and other items etc.

Additional Tips

  • Log in constantly to take advantage of daily bonuses.
  • Always complete the daily and arena quests for easy Lapis.
  • Be sure to summon units at the daily discounted price rather than pay full price.
  • Invest in four star and above units, if unattained then simply save resources.
  • Don’t chase after hard to get five star units as they are very rare and more often than not are a waste of Lapis and tickets if not found.
  • Make friends with the strongest allies possible to strength your squad.
  • Deplete all stamina and orbs before ranking up as doing so refreshes energy levels.

Personal Impressions // Review of FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS

As avid readers of Blue Lagoon may attest to we here are unabashedly not the most impartial of reviewers when it comes to Final Fantasy. Yet because of this blatant bias we are in fact actually more critical in dissertation due to the fondness of the original series of old.  So expect there to be areas of leniency in some aspects whilst also being critically harsh in others and please forgive accordingly.

Straight away, Brave Exvius looks, sounds and feels like a classic Final Fantasy game! Whilst the track record of mobile games sporting the FF brand have been a little hit and miss in the past, Exvius makes the most out of drawing upon past character favourites like Gilgamesh (V), Cloud (VII), Lightning (VIII), Tidus (X) as well as hundreds more!  Furthermore, the game is filled with other nostalgic nuggets like Gil being the currency, Cactuses and Chocobos etc. which all come together to make the retro looking game actually quite involved!

Yet despite all what makes Brave Exvius fantastic, there are a few areas which may not appeal to all. Firstly, as with most similar games, the process can start to feel a little heavy on the grind after a while.  Secondly, the menu screens and reward collection format may be a little cumbersome to some.  The small initial download size is extremely enticing, yet I personally would prefer to have a larger one off download than having to constantly download new data constantly as new levels and progress unlocks.  The ease of gameplay also falls into the good for some, not for others category as it allows for new players to effortlessly pick up the basic mechanics of gameplay yet perhaps may feel a little too watered down and simplified to veteran Final Fantasy fans.  That said, Brave Exvius as a freemium mobile game measures up very well considering all things, so whether a fan of JRPG’s or not, FFBE is worth spending a little time exploring.  Four stars out of five.


Current Version:
2.6.0 (iOS) (Last Update Jan 25 2018) (as at the time of writing)
2.6.1 (Android) (Last Update Feb 02 2018) (as at the time of writing)

111.6 MB (iOS)
79.9 MB (Android)

5,000,000 – 10,000,000

Requires iOS:
6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Requires Android:
4.0.3 and above.

Content Rating:
Rated for 12+

English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese.


In-App Purchases:
$0.99 ~ $159.99

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Download FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS for iOS from the App Store Here!

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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!