Ochette is one of Octopath Traveler 2’s best characters, as the hunter is just incredible. Her Provoke ability is phenomenal for fights. She’s also just generally adorable. I highly recommend using her whenever you can, so here are some tips for making the most of her abilities.
How Do You Recruit Ochette in Octopath Traveler 2
If you don’t start with Ochette as your first character, you’ll find her in the Beasting Village in Toto’haha.
How Does Ochette Work in Octopath Traveler 2
Ochette is amazing, and it is all because of Provoke. She can have six not-story-relevant monsters by her side at all time. You can also turn an Auto-Capture function on, to add a random chance of capturing any monster she defeats. So frankly, because of its versatility, I recommend relying on that.
Here’s the full list of Hunter skills Ochette can learn in Octopath Traveler 2. Note that you can only get Draefendi’s Bow after learning all of the other skills.
- Precise Shot: 6SP to attack enemies twice with a bow.
- Thunderbird: 7SP to attack one enemy with lightning.
- Cleaving Blow: 12SP to hit one enemy with an axe and get a buff based on their type.
- Mercy Strike: 4SP to hit an enemy with a bow and leave them with 1HP.
- Take Aim: 8SP to temporarily raise everyone’s accuracy and critical rate.
- Leghold Trap: 10SP to make one enemy act last temporarily.
- Abating Orb: 9SP to nullify an enemy’s buffs.
- Draefendi’s Bow: 30SP to deal bow damage to every enemy three times.
All of the hunter skills are great, and to be frank you want to learn all seven as soon as possible. That’s because all four Support Skills are fantastic for Ochette. Heighten Senses makes her act first, which is good for capturing monsters. You get that at four skills. You also get More Rare Monsters at six skills, which means potentially better allies to summon with Provoke. Eagle Eye is great, since her critical rate goes up by 50. You get that after learning five skills. Finally, Salt in the Wound is the seven skill unlock. Since the official description says it best, “The equpping character has a 50% chance of acting twice when breaking a foe. This will not trigger in succession.”
Her Talent is just to Prepare monsters she isn’t using. This turns them into food. It’s used for Befriending. However, you can also use it to heal.
Also, her Animal Instincts Latent Power limit break is wonderful. It enables you to use Beastly Claws, Beastly Fangs, or Beastly Howl once. Beastly Howl is good, due to lowering all defenses and Shield Points, so I like to save it for bosses. The same goes for Beastly Fangs, which is a super strong single enemy attack. With Beastly Claws, that’s a good one to pull out when facing general enemies, as it attacks everyone.
What About Ochette Octopath Traveler 2 Path Actions?
Okay, so Ochette has one super helpful Path Action and one that’s only so-so in Octopath Traveler 2.
Befriend is great! It’s a NPC-recruiting action that lets you bring an NPC along to use in battle or complete side stories. It’s tied to the food she “prepares” from monsters she “captures” too. So if you’re pushing yourself and venturing into high level areas, you can get access to folks you normally couldn’t, due to Temenos’ level being too low to guide them or Agnea’s Allure depending on chance. Not to mention it’s cheaper than Partitio’s Hire.
She can also Provoke someone. This is basically a way to knock them out in the same way Throne can Ambush or Castti can Soothe. Like Hikari’s Challenge, it’s a daytime action. However, I’ve really only ever needed it for side stories like “The Late Riser,” so… it’s not the best!
Which Secondary Jobs are Good for Ochette in Octopath Traveler 2
Honestly, Ochette’s Provoke is so good that you might not even find yourself needing to use any job skills. It’s just wonderful.
If you do, then going with an Octopath Traveler 2 secondary job that add additional weapons to Ochette’s repertoire can be helpful. Armsmaster gives her everything, which can’t hurt. If you’re using Ochette as an attacker, giving her the warrior class adds the sword and spear to the axe and bow she always uses.
If you’re leaning into her hunter skills as a means of debuffing, then the thief and its complementary skills and sword and dagger weapon access works well.
Octopath Traveler 2 is available for the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. A demo is available.