Very early on you’re given the opportunity to rebuild your home town and in doing so unlock a whole range of items and exclusive power-ups not available any other way. By tapping the house/tree icon on the left-hand lower-screen sub-menu; you’ll enter the screen where you can rebuild both shops and access to other parts of the town’s map.
How it Works
Each building (or broken access point) requires a certain amount of time to repair. You need villagers to help you repair them and you start off with one (out of a potential maximum of 999 villagers). The more villagers you tell to rebuild a particular shop/point the less time it will take (we’ll talk more on the exact timescales later).
The time taken is also calculated in real-time! This means that 1 minute in-game means a real-life 60 seconds needs to pass before the building work is finished. Fret not though; as this happens constantly as long as:
- You’re playing the game normally or,
- You put your 3DS into sleep mode, while the game is still running.
Getting Extra Villagers
With the longest areas/shop levels taking a scary 99 hours to rebuild; it’s clearly a wise idea to increase your villager count as soon as you possibly can. The old adage of ‘many hands make light work’ stands true here, so take a look below at the three ways you can increase population Norende Town.
Via the Internet: For those with very few 3DS friends, this allows you to add some extra villagers by scouring the current database of Bravely Players. Note that you can only chose this options once every 24 hours!
Via Your Friends List/Streetpass Hits: If you’ve got lots of friends that play Bravely Default then sweet! They’ll all be auto-added to your list when you first synch up via the internet.
Via The Demo: If you’ve downloaded the demo version then you can transfer some villagers you’ve already got from that into the full game.
Why it’s Worth Doing
There’s quite a few unique special moves and items available once unlocked in your village and these are then available to buy from the adventurer with the red hat (who allows you to save).
Each shop has multiple ‘levels’ that unlock new items to buy and therefore - with some proper planning - you can unlock some really handy skills and items fairly early on (such as Ether for refilling your magic meter, or compounds for when you’ve unlocked the Salve-Maker job).
Not only that; but the red-hatted adventurer will also give you a fairly regular stream of free items! They can be Potions, Phoneix Downs, Element-based attack items etc. So clearly, with exclusive unlocks, free items (and if you use our tip about sleep mode) then free SP too!
Best Way to Rebuild
We’ve found that putting your extra villagers to work - right after adding more friends via Streetpass or online synching - is the best way to unlock the extra shop levels/new areas (don’t forget to trigger any upgrades as you’re playing normally either - so you’re not wasting any time).
Sleep mode uses very little of your 3DS battery and you can leave it to work overnight as you’re sleeping. As an extra bonus, for every 8 hours your 3DS is in sleep mode, you’ll gain 1 Sleep Point (SP), which you can use to trigger Bravely Second.
So for every 8 hours of sleep mode use you’ll add +1 SP to your total (up to a maximum of three) and you’ll have been building shops/opening new areas at the same time! Using 8 hours as a barometer for the lengthier builds is good as it means you’ll roughly know when it’ll be finished (and you’ll know you’ve gained another SP).