Meet EO2U's Bow-Toting Survivalist Flavio

By Shawn Collier on June 9, 2015, 9:20PM EDT

Atlus's Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight releases this August in North America and in the lead-up to that release date Atlus has been releasing new information about the game at a steady pace. For those wanting to know more about the characters in the story mode option, here's your look at the Survivalist's class's character Flavio.

Much like the first Untold game, this entry is essentially two games in one as it includes both a Nintendo 3DS update to the original Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard with new dungeon layouts, graphics and system improvements that were first featured in the first Etrian Odyssey Untold in the Classic mode. The second part is the Untold portion which includes a brand-new story mode with a fixed party, voiced dialogue and animated cutscenes that follows the bittersweet tale of the Fafnir Knight, Princess Arianna, Flavio ­- another hero of the Midgard Library - and the two adventurers, Bertrand and Chloe. The five meet while exploring the Ginnungagap ruins, and then after misfortune unfolds, they venture back and forth between the Yggdrasil Labyrinth and Ginnungagap, slowly working their way to discovering the origins of the Fafnir Knight.

The twist with the new Fafnir class is that the hero has the ability to switch between his human and a beastly demonic form which enhances his abilities and attributes and is exclusive to the Untold portion of the game. Untold 2 also includes changes to the Grimoire system from the first game which some players had issues with due to its implementation to make it easier to use and understand. The easier Picnic difficulty featured in the original Untold game also carries over into this version.

Flavio's expertise deals in archery-based attacks and skills which can hit multiple enemies at one time, as well as inflict various status debuffs on said enemies. Playing to his class's namesake, he also has evasion skills in the form of "Trick Step" and "Chain Dance." The former skill lowers an enemy's hit rate, and the latter raises the Survivalist's target and evade rate. The "Scapegoat" skill lowers incoming damage to an ally, but forces them to act as a shield for the whole party.

In addition to dodging skills, Flavio also has a number of Risk Perception skills available to learn, which involve revealing chests and F.O.E.'s, raising the party's sneak attack percentage, and even lowering the encounter rate inside dungeons.

All initial copies of the game at retail will include an official staff book filled with 22 pages of artwork, including early drafts of character concepts, introductions to the characters, with both explanations of their individual back stories as well as developer insight to the character creation process, and QR Codes that will unlock some beginner-friendly Grimoire Stones. The second bonus is a CD soundtrack filled with early versions of the EO2U music by series composer, Yuzo Koshiro. There will also be three Nintendo 3DS themes, with the first being released on July 14.

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight will be released on August 4 in North America in both retail and digital format via the Nintendo eShop for $49.99. NIS America will be handling the European release, which will release in that territory on February 12, 2016.

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