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Bravely Default

Rebuilding The Village

Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) Norende isn’t just a cheesy mini-game; it’s essential for getting Special Moves and rare items.

Norende isn’t just a cheesy mini-game; it’s essential for getting Special Moves and rare items. (left), (right)

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

(1 of 2) Rewards are two-fold: New moves and items that you can buy PLUS free samples occasionally delivered to you.

Rewards are two-fold: New moves and items that you can buy PLUS free samples occasionally delivered to you. (left), (right)

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).


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  • Publisher
    Square Enix
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  • Guide Release
    14 February 2014
  • Last Updated
    23 January 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Welcome to the most comprehensive guide to the Final Fantasy-esque JRPG from RPG veterans Square-Enix. Inside our essential guide to the entire game we’re leaving no stone unturned as we show you:

  • A complete breakdown of the combat and game mechanics.
  • How to rebuild Norende in record time (for the very best upgrades).
  • All of the Jobs and the craziest combinations to destroy all enemies with.
  • How to conquer the main story (and get the true ending).
  • Easy-to-follow tricks to pummel every boss into the ground with!
  • Every single item, weapon or piece of armor in the game.
  • A complete enemy bestiary (and what items you can steal from them).
  • Killer tricks needed to beat all of the ultra-tough Nemeses bosses.
  • Exclusive 720p HD videos.

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