Marfusha – Survival Mode Character Guide

A guide for character selection in the survival mode.

General Information

In survival mode, characters appeared as followers in the main mode can be used as a player character, in addition to Marfusha.

Those eight characters come with different status and traits as described in following sections. Note that the status in the character selection screen are “base” status, and thus the final, maxed-out status differs by character even though the in-game status graph looks the same.

Affinity Bonus

With some certain combinations of a protagonist and a follower (which is which does not matter), a special event will trigger. This includes a short movie scene (which are exclusive to the survival mode) and a small bonus to the protagonist’s status.

  • Marfusha and Laica: Rapid fire +2, Reload speed +2
  • Enos and Alibina: Magazine capacity +2, Concentration +2
  • Bion and Strelka: Attack +1, Concentration +2
  • Belka and Felicette: Rapid fire +2

Character Review: Marfusha

Traits:

  • Average stats.
  • Weapons obtained have 1 more durability.
  • Can use the special Electric Cannon card.

Status:

  • Attack – 3
  • Rapid Fire – 3
  • Magazine Capacity – 3
  • Reload Speed – 3
  • Concentration – 3
  • Bullet Speed – 3

A jack-of-all-trades, which is a rare thing to find in this dystopian hellhole. Her status is all “3”, which means you can invest in any status, weapons, or consumables as you like.

In addition, she has a unique ability to increase the weapon durability by 1. This will help you greatly in terms of cost reduction and smooth weapon swapping. A decent character if you want to survive for 100+ days.

She also has an ability to use the electric cannon, an insta-death BFG, but its spawn rate is extremely low.

Character Review: Belka

Traits:

  • Attack UP when using SMG guns/advanced SMG.
  • Lv1 Barricade cards can place 2 barricades.
  • Fast movement speed.

Status:

  • Attack – 1
  • Rapid Fire – 5
  • Magazine Capacity – 1
  • Reload Speed – 4
  • Concentration – 1
  • Bullet Speed – 2

She sacrificed everything for reload speed and fire rate. While being the most inaccurate shooter in game, this old-school twin-tailed tsundere can spit out tremendous amount of dakka. Her fast movement speed helps getting up close and personal, but investment in concentration is mandatory if you want to survive longer.

Her unique ability is to place two level 1 barricades instead of one, which makes late-game survival way easier. A good character for both offense and defense.

Character Review: Strelka

Traits:

  • Attack UP when using SMG/advanced SMG.
  • Advanced SMG appear more frequently.
  • Fast movement speed.

Status:

  • Attack – 2
  • Rapid Fire – 4
  • Magazine Capacity – 1
  • Reload Speed – 4
  • Concentration – 2
  • Bullet Speed – 2

Similar to Belka, with a bit more balanced status. Same Touhou-style bullet hell output, same “fast movement” and “improved SMG damage” traits.

However, her unique trait is “Advanced SMG appear more frequently”, which is far less reliable than Belka’s double barricade. In my opinion, Strelka is better used as a follower rather than a player character.

Character Review: Bion

Traits:

  • Attack UP when handling AR/advanced AR.
  • Can place more land mines with Land Mine cards.

Status:

  • Attack – 4
  • Rapid Fire – 1
  • Magazine Capacity – 3
  • Reload Speed – 3
  • Concentration – 4
  • Bullet Speed – 3

She has a relatively high damage per shot, but this is offset by low rate of fire. Other status are about average. Investment in “Rapid fire” is your top priority if you want to use her and survive.

She can lay four land mines instead of two by other characters. While being less reliable than barricades, it can still fend off small and medium ground enemies, and especially effective against shield bots.

Another trait is not good, since assault rifles are not so useful in late game even with the damage buff.

Character Review: Alibina

Traits:

  • Attack UP when handling AR/advanced AR.
  • Advanced assault rifles appear more frequently.

Status:

  • Attack – 5
  • Rapid Fire – 2
  • Magazine Capacity – 3
  • Reload Speed – 3
  • Concentration – 4
  • Bullet Speed – 3

On status-wise, she is Bion on steroids. She is the character who has the highest Attack of 5, and all other status are the same or better than those of Bion’s. Her overall combat capability is above the average, with the top-tier damage per round.

And her traits are… Oh the greatest leader of Kazormia, what have you done? She shares the same almost-useless AR damage buff with Bion, and has another useless trait of “Advanced assault rifles appear more frequently”. Even with the “advanced” prefix and damage buff, assault rifles are still assault rifles, and you need something better than that in late game.

Character Review: Felicette

Traits:

  • Rapid fire UP when handling advanced sniper rifles.
  • Advanced sniper rifles appear more frequently.
  • Slow movement speed.

Status:

  • Attack – 4
  • Rapid Fire – 4
  • Magazine Capacity – 2
  • Reload Speed – 2
  • Concentration – 5
  • Bullet Speed – 3

In terms of DPS output, she seems to be the best of all. With high firepower and rate of fire, everything melts like a snowflake on Hawaiian beach. Give her an advanced SR for extra killiness if you want someone really, really dead.

However, her movement speed is slower than a slug suffering from whole body paralysis, which can be fatal in late game. In addition, using her as a player character disables her as a follower, which is a massive downside since she is one of the strongest followers in this game.

Character Review: Enos

Traits:

  • Attack UP when handling LMG/advanced LMG.
  • Gates are slightly repaired every day.
  • Slow movement speed.

Status:

  • Attack – 2
  • Rapid Fire – 2
  • Magazine Capacity – 4
  • Reload Speed – 5
  • Concentration – 2
  • Bullet Speed – 1

While being designed as a “defensive” type character, her DPS-wise damage output is pretty decent thanks to high magazine capacity and reloading speed. She is the only character who can fire five shells from a standard shotgun.

She has an ability to regenerate the gate health each day, which is quite helpful since it makes small damages by some stray rounds almost negligible. Although she has the same “Slow movement speed” trait as Felicette, Enos’ movement speed is not so bad. A good choice if you want steady defense and long, uninterrupted streams of lead.

Character Review: Laica

Traits:

  • Increases buckshot when handling SG/advanced SG.
  • All weapons become buckshot.

Status:

  • Attack – 3
  • Rapid Fire – 4
  • Magazine Capacity – 2
  • Reload Speed – 3
  • Concentration – 1
  • Bullet Speed – 2

A cute Marfusha’s boss returns as a player character, with an ability to turn everything into a shotgun in this time. Her status is below the average, but this unique and reliable trait solves everything.

While being extremely effective for horde-sweeping, note that the damage of each projectile is greatly reduced, so her attack will not hurt as it looks. The total damage output seems to be almost in the same level as other characters.

Currently she is the only character who cannot receive the affinity bonus, as Marfusha does not appear as a follower.