Underneath the excitement of seeing Final Fantasy characters from different games spar in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a single player story mode that takes place on game board. Players spend Destiny Points (DP) to move their piece towards a goal to complete an area. Stationary battle pieces block your path and the only way to get rid of them is to fight them. In Dissidia: Final Fantasy battle pieces don’t represent Final Fantasy staples like goblins or cactaurs. You fight crystallized versions of the characters in Dissidia instead. Real villains from the Chaos team like Garland wait for you at the end.
Some lesser encounters with battle pieces also give you a chance to recover DP. Why do you want to recover DP? The amount of DP you have at the end of a stage determines the amount of gold you get.
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