The First Descendant – Special Operations & Void Intercept Battles Guide

Greetings, Descendants! In this guide, we’ll cover Special Operations and Void Intercept Battles, from which large amounts of EXP and materials needed for Descendant research and advanced equipment can be obtained.

What is a Special Operation (Resource Defense & Mine Blocking)?

In Special Operations, you are matched as a party and enter a field of your choice to complete a mission with your party members.

During Special Operations, you can obtain large amounts of EXP and equipment, as well as a chance to obtain “Amorphous Materials,”

“Amorphous Materials” is an item that can be used to obtain Descendant production materials, Crystallization Catalyst blueprints, Energy Activator blueprints, etc.

You can obtain 1 of the Amorphous Material components by defeating the Colossus linked to the possessed Amorphous Material in a Void Intercept Battle (Raid).

Hover the mouse over the obtained Amorphous Material to open it and view the list of items you can obtain.

Click “See Linked Colossus (L)” to view the Colossus you must defeat in order to obtain the items inside the Amorphous Material.

You can view information about the Colossus that must be defeated to use Amorphous Materials via “See Linked Colossus”

Regularly playing Special Operations can help you quickly level up your Descendants, obtain new Descendants, and enhance your equipment even more efficiently.

Special Operations will be available after you have completed all main quests in the Kingston zone, and Special Operations in other zones will become available by stage each time you complete a main quest in a new zone.

Tip: On the start screen of each Void Intercept Battle (Raid), you can view the Amorphous Materials linked to each Colossus!

In the Void Intercept Battle (Raid) UI, click the Colossus to view the Amorphous Material linked to it.

Click the Boss on the Void Intercept Battle screen to view information about the linked Amorphous Materials at the bottom

If you defeat a Colossus with Amorphous Material in your Inventory, you can select and use 1 of the Amorphous Materials from the corresponding linked Colossus, as well as 1 of the Amorphous Material Component items.

The obtained item will be sent to your Inventory.

How to Play Special Operations

To enter a Special Operation, you can either enter via the “Special Operations Terminal” in the Albion zone, or through each zone’s “Special Operation Mission”.

Albion – Special Operations Terminal location

Kingston – Special Operations Mission Terminal locations

Through these two methods, you will be matched with a party when entering a Special Operation and proceed with the mission with the party members.

However, Special Operations for which the required conditions have not been met will be deactivated and you will not be able to enter.

Tip: Required conditions for Special Operations can be viewed beforehand!

Required conditions for deactivated Special Operations can be viewed on the mission start screen.

Interact (E) with the Special Operations Terminal or the Special Operations Mission Terminal → Select a Special Operation to play→View the required conditions for the selected Special Operation

Types of Special Operations

What is Resource Defense?

Resource Defense is a type of Special Operation in which you defend the “Albion Kuiper Carrier” from incoming monster attacks for a set amount of time.

The object that must be defended from monsters during a Resource Defense mission

If you successfully defend until the time ends, the wave will end and the next wave will begin.

When you clear a certain wave, mid-mission rewards can be obtained, with a set chance of obtaining Amorphous Materials.

Once you’ve reached a wave where you can obtain rewards, you can choose either to continue and challenge new waves or to abort and leave the Special Operation.

As the wave number increases during the mission, so will its difficulty.

The Death Count (the total number of times party members are allowed to die) for Resource Defense Missions is 8. If the total party deaths exceed the Death Count, the mission will fail.

What is Mine Blocking?

Mine Blocking is a Special Operation in which you must defeat all of the monsters that get created on the field.

Once every remaining monster in the field is defeated, the next wave will begin.

Once you defeat every monster in the field, the wave will end. After a certain period of time has passed, the next wave will begin.

When you clear a certain wave, mid-mission rewards can be obtained, with a set chance of obtaining Amorphous Materials.

Once you’ve reached a wave where you can obtain rewards, you can choose either to continue and challenge new waves or to abort and leave the Special Operation.

As the wave number increases during the mission, so will its difficulty and the number of monsters.

Just like Resource Defense, the Mine Blocking mission also has a Death Count (the total number of times party members are allowed to die) of 8.

If the total party deaths exceed the Death Count, the mission will fail.

What is a Void Intercept Battle?

A Void Intercept Battle is a raid in which you enter a zone as a party with the objective of defeating the Colossus (Boss).

Successfully defeating the Colossus will reward you with a large amount of equipment and advanced modules.

Just as in Special Operations, if you clear a Void Intercept Battle while possessing Amorphous Material, you can obtain 1 of the Amorphous Material Component items as a reward. The Amorphous Material used will then disappear from your Inventory.

You can select your Amorphous Material reward on the results screen after defeating the Colossus. The selected reward will be sent to your Inventory.

Void Intercept Battles have Standard and Hard difficulties, and each Colossus has specific quest completion requirements which must be fulfilled to participate.

The required conditions for each Colossus are specified separately.

In addition, a “Shaper Key” is needed to increase the chance of gaining special rewards in Void Intercept Battles.

During the upcoming Crossplay Open Beta, this item will be provided regularly, so anyone who meets the required conditions will be able to participate with the item in possession.

Hover your mouse over the boss to view the required conditions

Click the Colossus that will be in the Intercept Battle to view information about the linked Amorphous Materials, the Damage Type for the corresponding Colossus, Main Attack Type, and Type Resistances.

Information about the Colossus’s Destructible Parts, Removable Parts, and Destructible Parts when Frenzied will also be displayed.

  • – Information about the Colossus’s Weak Point Type, Attack Type, and Type Resistances
  • – Information on the Colossus’s Destructible Parts
  • – Hotkeys can be used to view the Colossus’s Destructible Parts, Removable Parts, and Destructible Parts when Frenzied

Tip: You can participate in your first Void Intercept Battle after completing the final main quest in Kingston!

Once you complete the final main quest in Kingston, a quest ‘Another Duty’, in which a Void Intercept Battle can be played will be activated.

Start this quest and try out a Void Intercept Battle!

How to Participate in a Void Intercept Battle

There are 2 ways to play a Void Intercept Battle. First, you can talk to NPC “Seneca” in Albion and select a boss to begin.

Second, you can select a boss in the World Map (G) to begin.

Albion – NPC Seneca’s location

Participate in Void Intercept Battles via the full map

When starting a Void Intercept Battle, you will be matched with a party and sent to a zone with a Colossus.

Void Intercept Battles have a time limit and a Death Count (the total number of times party members can die) of 3. If the party’s Death Count exceeds 3, the mission will fail.

The mission will also fail if you do not defeat the Colossus within the time limit.

Death Count and Time Limit display locations

Tip: Tips for defeating the Colossus!

Pressing Tab will highlight the destructible parts of the boss in blue. If you focus your attacks on these parts, the highlighted parts will turn yellow.

When this happens, you can either use a Grappling Hook to remove the highlighted part or continue focusing the attacks to destroy the part. Doing so will put the boss into a Groggy state.

Tip: Sort your Inventory before starting a Void Intercept Battle!

A successful Void Intercept Battle will drop large amounts of items. You must pick up these items before the Albion return counter ends to obtain them.

After returning to Albion, you will not be able to obtain additional rewards.

Location of Albion return counter

Tip: You can leave immediately if you want!

After completing a Void Intercept Battle and farming all the items, you can use the ESC key to bring up the menu and click Leave Intercept Battle to return to the town of Albion.

Tip: Rescue Stunned party members during Special Operations and Void Intercept Battles!

During a Special Operation or Void Intercept Battle, a party member will become Stunned and unable to fight if their HP is completely depleted.

Rescue that party member within the rescue time limit to save them and avoid reducing the Death Count.

You can view the rescue time remaining via the gauge under their nickname. If they are not rescued before this gauge runs out, the party member will die.

If you move near a Stunned teammate and press Rescue Teammate (X), the Death Count will not be reduced.

Experience co-op with many other users through Special Operations and Void Intercept Battles in this Crossplay Open Beta!

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