Azur Lane: Hyperdimension Neptunia Crossover Event Guide

The English/Global version of Azur Lane is finally getting the Hyperdimension Neptunia crossover event that previously hit the Chinese and Japanese versions of the game. Since I usually do guides for Neptunia games and picked up the game just for this crossover, I figured I’d make a little guide for players in a similar situation.

The event isn’t out yet in English yet, so this is Work In Progress and will be updated as info comes in.

The Neptunia characters are viable/high rarity units (Elite and Super Rare, the top two in the game) so if you want to play with just/mostly the Neptunia games it should be pretty viable. Take my advice with a grain of salt though as I only dove in to get the Neptunia characters myself; as always corrections and questions are welcome in the comments below! Or in our Discord Server

Game Info

Title: Azur Lane
Platform: Android iOS
Language: English (Global Release)
Release date: 2018 (Global)
Developer: Yostar Limited.
Price: Free to Play with IAP/Gachapon. No ads.
Genre: “Mobage” style collectable character RPG
Filesize: 1.59GB (installed and updated)
Always Online: Yes, persistent internet connection required
Gambling element: Yes (standard character Gachapon a la FateGO etc. Some characters can be acquired outside the gachapon. Other IAPs present)
Battery Drain: High

Azur Lane Quickstart Info

Azur Lane is a fairly standard “mobage” style collection/RPG game. IF you’ve played FateGO, Fine Emblem Heroes, Food Fantasy, or hundreds of others, you probably know what you’re in for.

If you’re just starting the game/haven’t started yet, you’ll want to get to level 15 as soon as possible. This is achievable within a day or two at most with moderate play; I’m level 30 now in 3 days.

Make sure to go to Settings, Account to bind your account to a Twitter/Facebook account. This is your cloud save option; without it, you may lose your account or be unable to transfer it to a new phone.

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CyberDimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Guide

This is a guide for gameplay, progress, and trophy information in CyberDimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online! The single most important thing to know about this game is nothing is missable and there’s no need for replays! It’s the lowest-anxiety Neptunia game ever, so no need to worry about True Ending requirements, bad ends or anything annoying like that!

As always, if you have questions simply ask them in the Comments section below and I’ll answer them and update the guide. This guide is a work in progress but I’m always willing to update my guides with new info, and I’m playing the English version right now to keep it up to date.

Updates

Guide Updates
Cyberdimension Neptunia Game Updates

The english version of Four Goddesses Online comes with all the Japanese patches by default. In case you’re not aware of these changes, this is the most major changelist from the base Japanese version:

Guide Index

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Series Release Date Calendar

Have you ever hoped someone composed a nice table of all Hyperdimension Neptunia games and their release dates across all platforms and regions? I certainly hope so, because you’ve found exactly that and will have to deal with it either way.

Note: The United States (US) and Japanese (JP) release dates will be used as generic “Western” and “Eastern” dates respectively, their exact release in all sub-regions like Asia, EU, AU may vary by a few days. PC releases are listed as World Wide (WW) even though technically they have different (or no) release date in Japanese, oddly enough.

This guide is for release dates only, try this post if you want help understanding the Neptunia Timeline/Canon, and if you want help understanding what kind of game each is/which you should buy for what reason, I have a guide for that coming up soon.

Main Title Release Dates

The Platform column links to where to buy that game for that platform.

TitlePlatformRelease Date
Hyperdimension NeptuniaPS3JP: 2010-08-19
US: 2011-02-15
Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2PS3JP: 2011-08-18
US: 2012-02-28
Hyperdimension Neptunia VictoryPS3JP: 2012-08-30
US: 2013-03-21
MegaDimension Neptunia VIIPS4JP: 2015-04-23
US: 2016-02-02
PCWW: 2016-07-05
Cyberdimension Neptunia:
Four Goddesses Online
PS4 JP: 2017-02-09
US: Winter 2017
PCWW: Winter 2017

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Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Gamindustri Font

Style has a big impact on a game’s tone and perception, and one of the strongest ways a game can create that sense of style is with it’s own font. Hyperdimension Neptunia has a unique, in-universe font we’ll just call the Gamindustri Font (keep reading for a download link too!).

The font was prominently featured in the first Neptunia game and its promotional works:

Large holograms spell out "Area C" etc in HDN1 Planeptune
Large holograms spell out “Area C” etc in HDN1 Planeptune

The planeptune font, behind Neptune, spelling out "Are you ready for Program execution?"
Is your body ready?

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Four Goddess Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune Import Guide

This is a guide for English importers of the Japanese release of Four Goddess Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.

If you’re playing the English version, check out my guide for the English version! This guide won’t be kept up to date and might not match the names in the English version, and was meant to help English speakers wade through the Japanese version.

If you have any questions or info to contribute, please leave a comment, send an email or whatever. If you need extra info you can use this Japanese Wiki to help as well.

Updates

Guide Updates
Game Updates

The game was updated around 2017-3-14. Thanks to AzureValkyrie again for translating these!

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Localized Terms in Hyperdimension Neptunia

Welcome to the second article about Neptunia localization. In our first article we discussed about how character names have been localized and the rationale behind the changes (or lack thereof). This time we’re going to talk about different terms that have been used through the series.

Some information was obtained from this interview:
http://www.siliconera.com/2016/04/18/hyperdimension-neptunia-editor-nick-doerr-talks-localization/

The list

Neptunia ← ネプテューヌ (neptune)

In Japan the Neptunia series is just called Neptune. When NISA localized it, they were worried about potential trademark issues (this was around the time companies were being sued over the word Edge), and so the word was changed slightly into a non-existent word.
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Neptunia Title Generator – Make Silly Neptunia Titles!

Hyper Dimension Neptunia Title Maker

This page generates a random Neptunia-series style title! Share your favorite discoveries in the comments below, with the Tweet button, or however you like!

The next game in the Hyper Dimension Neptunia series could be:

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Name Changes in Neptunia Localizations

Of all the issues discussed in localizations, characters’ names are often the most contentious issue. Hyperdimension Neptunia has had just about every possible different style of name change across its history: different name but same meaning, direct romanization, and even completely made up replacements.

An aspect of localization that’s often hard to grasp is that sometimes wording has to change for the meaning to stay the same, but sometimes things are changed for other reasons (or worse, no reason).

What was changed, and why?

The List

Arfoire ← マジェコンヌ (majekon’nu, romanized “Magiquone”)

Probably the most well known of the name changes. Her Japanese name is taken from a DS flashcart sold in Japan called Majikon. Her English name is taken from the R4 flashcart (which is essentially its Western counterpart), and also happens to fit more in line with the French-style naming.

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Welcome aboard Sik, a new Neptunia focused guest writer

When I started this site I didn’t plan on bringing other writers on board, but plans always change. So today I’m announcing two changes.

First, this site will be somewhat of a home for Neptunia information, as I’ve found it frustratingly difficult to scrape together information on what’s a fairly popular series (for it’s budget/pedigree). These stories will be collected under a new top level menu item for Neptunia. I’ll keep making import guides and covering the release of new games in Japanese, as well as guides once (or before!) the English version hits western shores.

Second, welcome aboard guest writer Sik, who will be assisting in writing about Neptunia!

Sik is a Genesis Homebrew Game developer from Argentina and artist who does lots of Neptunia art, it so happens. Some of his stuff is on itch.io as well.

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Neptunia Re;Birth1 Black Heart Fight Strategy and Save File

So Neptunia Re;Birth 1 has a pretty disastrously hard boss fight: Black Heart, and it’s right at the start of the game. If you’re here, you might have ragequit because of it. I come bearing the following good news:

  • Re;Birth 1 is the only game in the series this unreasonable
  • There’s only 2 fights like this, both at the start of the game
  • A half hour+ of grinding is really all that’s needed to make this quite easy, it’s mostly a level mismatch
  • I have a PC save file to help you get past it without spoiling the rest of the game!
Guide Index

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Fighting Black Heart: Easy Mode (PC Only)

Download this save file (created by @badp) and you’ll be level 15 and just before the Black Heart fight. It copies to save slot 19 so it shouldn’t erase any of your saves. Copy it to “Documents\My Games\Idea Factory International, Inc\Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1”, on modern Windows systems pasting that into Windows Explorer’s bar will take you right there. Failing that, navigate to your My Documents folder and continue down.

No DLC was used in making the save so it’s maximally compatible, but you’ll have to re-obtain Peashy/Plutia and grind them a tiny bit if you bought the DLC (not a big deal at all since all characters get XP not just the party). Should be fairly easy but read the strategy below if you’re still new to the series/having issues.

Unfortunately due to trophies I do not believe such a method is possible on PS Vita so you’ll have to grind a bit yourself and follow below.

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