Should Ochette Befriend the Malamaowl or Lajackal in Octopath Traveler 2

Should Ochette Befriend the Malamaowl or Lajackal in Octopath Traveler 2

The story of the hunter Ochette in Octopath Traveler 2 begins with a difficult questions, which is whether she should befriend a malamaowl or lajackal as her first animal. Juvah, her mentor and the beastling village and island guardian, offers her a choice between the two. This ally will then stick by her side as a character she can summon with Provoke at any time in battle, and it proves quite helpful! But which one do you choose?

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Should Ochette Befriend the Malamaowl or Lajackal in Octopath Traveler 2

What are the benefits of deciding to befriend either the malamaowl or lajackal for Ochette in Octopath Traveler 2?

Essentially, each animal is a “safety” animal. When you summon a creature with Provoke in a fight as Ochette, you’ll see in the list what type of damage they’ll deal. It could be single-target or multi-target AOE. It could deal physical, weapon-type damage or elemental magical damage.

The malamaowl and lajackal in Octopath Traveler 2 cover two bases for Ochette. The lajackal, who ends up being named Akala, deals weapon damage. It is guaranteed to hit one of a single opponent’s weapon weak points. This serves to both reveal one of the foe’s weaknesses and to always deal one damage to their shield. Meanwhile, the malamaowl deals a magical attack to one foe to an element it is weak against. Again, this reveals a weakness and knocks off one shield point.

Should Ochette Befriend the Malamaowl or Lajackal in Octopath Traveler 2

So which animal should I have Ochette befriend in Octopath Traveler 2?

Okay. So, I picked Akala. I thought the character was cute, I figured it’d be more useful to me to get a guaranteed weapon weakness reveal, since all of the characters can use weapons, but not everyone will always be guaranteed magic users, and it seemed like I was encountering a lot of enemies who had lots of weapon weaknesses, but few elemental ones.

And it did work for me! Especially since a lot of the monsters Ochette can end up capturing during the game deal AOE magical elemental damage. (Getting a great magic ability for no MP cost is a godsend.)

However, after spending so much time with Octopath Traveler 2, I’d say deciding to have Ochette befriend Mahina the malamaowl would be the wiser choice. Magic can get expensive, and it’s a free, guaranteed break magical attack.

But again, both allies are very good, cute animals, and each one will serve Ochette well as a BFF as you play.

Octopath Traveler 2 is available for the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. A demo is available.


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