The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Strong Bond Achievements Guide (with Grind Link Exp)

Explains how to get strong bond trophies.

How to Obtain Strong Bond Achievements

All credit goes to DartNak!

Intro

There are 12 strong bond achievements = 12 characters to focus on. Each character will need to meet two criteria for the final bonding event. On the first playthrough, it is possible to get a maximum of 9 out of 12.

Grind Link Exp (Neithardt Would Be Proud)

The easiest place to get quick wins in battles = link exp(+3 Rean’s link partner and +1 other party members including “support”) is the 1st floor of the Old Schoolhouse. Just run through all the enemies on the way from the elevator to the depths and back.

The best time to grinding is the night of 10/23, after all festival tickets have been spent. Since you will have +1 party member Emma. This will allow you to farm link exp with 6 out of 10 characters at the same time.

Recommended equip: Megalith(charge CP overtime) master quartz lvl 5 and Force(+25 CP per kill) master quartz lvl 5. Also a good addition would be a gladiator belt or headband.

Hold “Turbo mode” and spam “Break Craft” each battle. It will also give you an achievement for them in no time.

Don’t forget to change Rean’s link partner when needed! Also periodically save your progress.

Alisa

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Laura

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Fie

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Emma

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Elliot

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Gaius

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Jusis

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Machias

  1. Link exp 5250+ (Link lvl 5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Millium

  1. Link exp 3500+ (Link lvl 4).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Crow

  1. Link exp 3500+ (Link lvl 4).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR bike ride(go alone) on 10/21 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Sara (Ungrindable 99%)

  1. Link exp 4400+ (Link lvl 4.5).
  2. Chapter 6 bonding event on 9/19 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Highly recommend leave her for New Game+. Since you’ll need to attend ALL possible bonding events + spend 2 tickets at festival on 10/23 to reach 4400+ link exp.

Towa (Ungrindable 100%)

  1. Link exp 2000+ (Link lvl 3).
  2. Chapter 5 bonding event on 8/22 OR spend 2 tickets at Festival on 10/23.

Highly recommend leave her for New Game+. Since you’ll need to attend ALL possible bonding events + spend 2 tickets at festival on 10/23 to reach 2000+ link exp.

Example 1st Playthrough (9 Strong Bonds)

Chapter 6 – 9/19 Bonding events (except Towa)

  • Gaius – Profile Page 3 +600 Link EXP
  • Machias – Profile Page 3 +600 Link EXP
  • Fie – Profile Page 3 +600 Link EXP
  • Emma – Profile Page 3 +600 Link EXP
  • Alisa +600 Link EXP

Final Chapter – 10/21 Orbal Bike ride(except Sara/Towa)

(Go alone) Crow +600 Link EXP

Final Chapter – 10/23 Spend 2 tickets

  • Eliot – Gate of Avalon Sharon Profile Page 3 +600 Link EXP
  • Jusis +600 Link EXP
  • Laura +600 Link EXP

Final Chapter – 10/23 Night(after all tickets spent)

You can enter on the 1st floor of the Old Schoolhouse. This is your last chance to effectively farm “link exp” with your classmates.

Final Chapter – 10/24 Afterparty (!Save!)

Reload the save and select them all, hold “turbo mode” + “skip”. You’ll get 9 bonding trophies on the first playthrough.

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