Help and FAQ
We've tried to make Inochi easy to use but we know that sometimes things can be confusing. That's why we've done our best to answer some Frequently Asked Questions.
Click on the titles below to see the answers.
What is Inochi?
Inochi is a free to play, online battle game where you play as robot animals called AniMechs against servants of the Rust King. It is currently available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Coming soon to Amazon Appstore.
What is an AniMech?
AniMechs are the robot animal stars of Inochi. Each AniMech has its own special ability that it uses in battle:
- Gorilla - Endurance
- Chick - Speed
- Panda - Strength
- Croc - Intelligence
- Rabbit - Luck
- Tiger - Skill
Every AniMech is made up of six body parts each giving ability points of the AniMech type. As the table above shows, Gorilla has the Endurance ability and Chick has the Speed ability. But what if Gorilla had his legs swapped with Chick?This creates a combo AniMech who is now stronger against a range of opponents.
Players begin Inochi with all six parts from the AniMech they choose, but as new parts are unlocked in battle players can customise by swapping parts from other AniMechs! Adding parts from other AniMechs in the Customiser gives you new abilities and is the key to winning battles in Inochi.
What is Customisation?
Beating Rust opponents in battle will strip the rust from their limbs, make them shiny again and unlock them for your use! New parts will appear in the Customiser where they can be bought and equipped.
Each part brings the ability from that AniMech type. Swapping limbs creates AniMechs with a range of abilities which is crucial to fight some of the harder opponents. The Customiser shows the strength of each ability.
A plain bronze Gorilla has all of its ability points in Endurance.
Swapping arms with Chick loses a few Endurance points but gains points in Speed
An AniMech with both Endurance and Speed will be stronger against a wider range of Rust opponents. The Cog of Dominance explains how abilities compare to each other.
What is the Cog of Dominance?
The Cog of Dominance is the key to winning battles in Inochi and saving the AniMechs from the Rust King.
The arrows around the Cog show how strong an ability is against the others. Starting at the top with Endurance and following the arrow clockwise we can see it's strongest against Speed, pretty good against Strength but by Intelligence it's getting weaker. The further around the Cog we go, the less power Endurance has.
Endurance is at its weakest against Skill because we make a full loop of the Cog, so Gorilla AniMech is going to be hopeless against Tiger! But because Skill is only one arrow around from Endurance, playing Tiger against Gorilla is much easier!
Always follow the Cog arrows!
So what if you are playing against a Rust opponent which is part Gorilla and part Rabbit? This is where the Customiser will save you.
Tiger is strongest against Gorilla, but weakest against Rabbit.
Croc is strongest against Rabbit! If you add a few Croc parts to your Tiger you'll be strong against the Rust and you will prevail!
That might take a while to remember. Is there an easier way?
Every move the player makes causes a strength indicator to appear. This shows how well the move took advantage of the Cog of Dominance effect.
As the Cog of Dominance picture showed, each ability is strong against some and weak against others. If Strongest or Strong appears then the opponent's ability will have been one or two steps clockwise from the player's ability. But if Weak or Weakest appear then the opponent's ability is further around the Cog of Dominance and the player needs to use a different ability to sap the opponent's power!
If Weak or Weakest is shown, try using moves with a different ability or changing the AniMech's limbs in the Customiser. 'How do I select a move in a battle' explains more about this.
How do the battles work?
Battles in Inochi are turn based. The player takes a turn attacking their opponent and then defends whilst the opponent launches its attack. Every round the player completes a microgame which influences how successful the turn will be.
All AniMechs have an XP level which is shown in the Battle Map, on the Pre-Battle screen and by their name during the battle. If you are closely matched and pick your moves well you have every chance of defeating one more of the Rust King's soldiers!
The more rusty limbs you rescue from each Battle Arena the closer you get to fighting that Arena's ultimate foe - the Rust King Rider! When you have recovered all six limbs the Rust King will send out his Rider upon the shoulders of an AniMech in a desperate attempt to block your progress. Rust King Rider battles are harder, but worth it!
As you win more battles you will see AniMechs with silver and gold limbs. Earn the right to wear these prestigous parts by beating their rusty owners and you will gain new levels of attack and defend strength, as well as access to new microgames.
At the end of every battle you will be rewarded for your effort. If you win you will be blessed with bountiful XP, new limbs or MechCoins; if you lose, you should not complain!
As your XP level rises new arenas and opponents will be unlocked for you, and your strength will increase. You must be a strong and wise AniMech to challenge the opponents you will find on Shine Planet.
The winner is the AniMech that knocks all the power out of their opponent's charge bar.
How do I select a move in a battle?
When it is your turn to attack you will see the Move Selector. Drag a move onto the opponent's body and pick the limb you want to target.
Dropping a move onto your opponent starts a microgame - how well you do helps determine the power of the attack!
Each button shows:
The limb that provides the attack - this is from the Head
The ability it represents - this is a Skill attack
and the quality of the move - Bronze, Silver or Gold border.
Each move takes some time to recharge before it can be used again. Recharge takes longer for Silver and Gold moves so plan carefully!
The Cog of Dominance shows how each Ability compares to the others, and you should use this to make the most of your attacks. Always try to find a target on your opponent that your attacking Ability is strong against. The image below will appear to help you.
How do I win more battles?
Choosing the right AniMech parts will always give greater success in battle.
Each AniMech type has its own ability (see What is an AniMech). A player could be faced with a Rabbit opponent which will have the Luck ability. The Cog of Dominance shows that Intelligence beats Luck
so to win against Rabbit the player needs to have parts from Croc.
When dragging an Attack, try to target a limb you are strong against. If you are Croc and your opponent is half-Gorilla, half-Rabbit then attack the Rabbit limbs as much as possible.
When first playing Inochi your AniMech will always have the strongest ability against its first opponent, but as new arenas are unlocked with different opponents this will change. Limbs won battling in the first arenas will give ability points needed to fight the Rust opponent found in the later arena. Using the Customiser and equipping new parts is important!
Checking the XP level of your opponent is important too. As a fresh AniMech you don't want to be battling level 10 Rust AniMechs! If the Rusty AniMech is too strong, win other battles, build up your XP and then come back and get your revenge.
If you need a helping hand there are Battle Buffs that can be selected before each battle. These will give you a range of bonus effects for the next battle.
Even if you have won all six limbs from an arena the Rust King Rider might still be too hard unless you are perfect with your microgames. Come back later when you have earned more XP to claim the bragging rights of having beaten that arena's ultimate foe.
Each AniMech type has particular microgames so learning the challenges, or picking AniMech limbs with microgames you are good at could help your microgame rating and how well you attack or defend.
What are microgames?
Microgames are short challenges that appear every battle move. They might test coordination, reaction times or quick thinking, but be fast and try to get them right first time. These influence how well the attack or defence will work!
There are four results:
- Perfect - Well, perfect! This has the most effect and will often be necessary against tricky opponents.
- Rockin' - Very good. Not perfect, but pretty good especially against weaker opponents.
- Super - This is ok, you're getting there but practice is required.
- Good try - This will land the weakest of blows or block the least incoming damage. Keep going and you'll soon improve!
How do I get new parts?
AniMech parts are unlocked as prizes for winning battles and will be shown next time in the Customiser. Clicking on the new part will exchange it for MechCoins and allow it to be equipped on the AniMech.
If there aren't enough MechCoins available more can be earned by winning battles, or they can be bought for real money.
The parts unlocked by winning battles comes from the Rust opponent being fought. For example, fighting Rust Pandas will unlock Panda parts. There are six limbs for each AniMech: Head, Body, Left Arm, Right Arm, Legs and Tail.
What are MechCoins (currency)?
MechCoin is the game currency used in Inochi.
MechCoins are earned by winning battles and are used to equip the limbs won by fighting Rust AniMechs. MechCoins can also be used to unlock Arenas early if you don't want to wait for your XP level to reach the arena unlock amount. MechCoins can be bought within the App in exchange for real money.
Can I battle my friends?
Yes! The first time you enter the Multiplayer screen or click the Friends button you will be asked to register and choose a username. Once you have registered you can press the Friends button to view your online friends.
Online friends have a green circle next to their name.
To add a new friend, click the green plus at the bottom of the window and type in your friend's username. They will have to accept your request before you can battle them.
If you later decide you want to remove a friend, click their name and select the Delete button.
If you want to make sure a friend can no longer contact you, click their name and select the Block button.
To battle your friend, click their name and select Battle. Choose which Battle Arena you want to meet in and click Battle.
What is The Rust?
The Rust is a mechanical malaise that turns AniMechs from the kind, shiny robots of Inochi into the Rust King's minions.
At first the Rust went almost unnoticed; a scuff mark that began to flake, a dent that began to crack. But soon the Rust was spreading fast.
The Rust epidemic is rumored to be the work of the mysterious Rust King.
The Rust is enveloping AniMechs, swelling the ranks of the Rust King's army who do his bidding by battling the remaining AniMechs of Shine Planet.
Why are we battling Rusty AniMechs?
If the AniMechs don't make a stand against the Rust King and his Army then Shine Planet and the AniMech's way of life will be lost forever.
The remaining six core AniMech tribes have fled the wave of destruction caused by the Rust King and his ever growing Rust King army. They gathered together inside the walls of the last AniMech stronghold, Shine City.
Here in newly claimed districts they train, battle and defend under the banner of an uneasy truce.
Perhaps if the six core AniMechs can unite and combine their abilities they will have a chance of becoming strong enough to make a stand against the Rust King's legions.
Only then will they form the Inochi: legendary cross breed AniMechs, a mastery of all AniMech abilities in one. Powerful enough to battle the rusty AniMechs and free them.
It's time: Beat Rust or Bust!
Who is the Rust King?
No one knows exactly who the Rust King is, where he came from or why he is determined to destroy all the AniMechs on Shine Planet.
All we know is that he and his growing army can be stopped only by a powerful Inochi AniMech who has mastered all abilities!