SB69 = Show By Rock
[NOTE: This guide is relatively outdated. The game has gone through several updates at this point and some of the information is a little more scattered, and new things have been added. Apologies for not yet updating.]
To get started, there’s a small “tutorial”. The first entry screen is for you to put your name, and then it’ll ask you if you want to see a tutorial. If you’re not used to rhythm games, I’d suggest hitting the blue button and it will show you the tutorial. Otherwise, it’s pretty simple, so I skipped it personally. You need to set your timing next, which is pretty important, but you can change it again later in the options menu if it’s not working. Proceed to set the timing, hitting the note on the beat. Once that’s done, you can hit “check” and it’ll play a little test track to see if the timing is right now. Lastly, you’ll have to do one normal stage and then a boss stage in order to move on and go to any other menus.
Bottom row: Home | Tour | Cards | Gacha | Shop | Menu
Bingo board (upper left): This is AWESOME and you will want to go to it whenever it has an update. You have to complete certain tasks and it’ll fill in a bingo space, and you get money, friend points, exp cards, and melodician (crystals) like crazy when you get bingos. Some of them you may have to complete a certain tour quest, look at a tutorial explanation somewhere, max out a certain number of cards, login a certain amount of days, etc. But the rewards are absolutely amazingly worth it.
If you’re not sure what to do, and you click on the square and it shows two options, click the right one and it will lead you to where you need to complete it. If you’re on the 1st or 2nd bingo board, it might just be simply clicking around and looking at tutorials, or pulling the gachas for the first time.
Egg guy (bottom right): Chatting scenes between band members. Click through to see these and you’ll get rewards at the end. Money, friend points, and even more melodician. Worth it to speed through when you get updates. (They’re also cute, but I don’t know if/when I’ll personally ever translate them unless someone specifically wants me to for a certain band or something.)
Present: Your item box. The button at the top is for collecting everything at once.
Tour: The “quest” line of the game. You have to play these songs in order to unlock them for band practice, for which you can play to level up your bands quickly. You also get melodician if you’re able to defeat the boss in the boss stages at the end of each area.
Event: Holiday events/special events, daily events, and the daily free play songs.
–Daily events: (Changes 12am Japan time.)
—Sunday: Money cards
—Monday: Dark soul exp cards
—Tuesday: Fire soul exp cards
—Wednesday: Water soul exp cards
—Thursday: Wood soul exp cards
—Friday: Light soul exp cards
—Saturday: Sheet music (used for evolving bands)
–Daily free play songs: One song offered per day, changes each day. No stamina cost, but also no rewards.
Band: This is where you level up your bands. Click on the band name, and you can either practice (top) or evolve (below). Leveling and evolving bands will get you more “tension” (your HP) and allows you to hit bad/miss (or good during boss attacks) without losing as quickly. Tension is specific to the band, and songs are specific to each band. If you want lots of HP for all the songs, you’ll need to level each and every band.
–Practice: You have to practice with the band in order to level them up to max before you can evolve them. Practicing costs money (potentially a lot of it) but no stamina. Once you max out the band’s current level, you can evolve. You also get EXP by playing songs normally through the tour or events, but you can get a SHIT TON of exp through this practice area depending on how well you rank and how much money you spend on the studio.
—Studio: You’ll need to switch between studios to determine how much you want to spend and how much exp you’re going to get. Here’s the breakdown. The columns listed there are: Studio | Cost | Rank | Full Combo | Master | EXP. You can look at the cost and rank and see how much exp you can get per studio.
–Evolve: You need sheet music from the Saturday event quest in order to evolve bands. Your band also needs to be at their current maximum level. More info here. Columns are: Evolve level | Max level they need to be at | And the required amounts of the three respective types of sheet music.
Note– once you evolve a band, you can change their appearance back to whichever form you like by going to the band menu, scrolling to the band, and hitting the bottom button, use left or right arrows to pick, and press the blue button to select the style you want.
This screen shows up when you’re about to start a song. Reiterating some important things:
Tension = HP
Souls = Attack power (*The ONLY color that matters for the song you’re about to play is the color that’s shown. Pick a friend/guest and your deck with a high amount of it.)
The amount of souls in black text is the souls that this particular band has, and the red is the amount that your deck(+friend) adds to it.
Each song has a normal clear condition and a challenge. The normal clear is generally easy, and challenge can be difficult. Usually (IMO) the challenge does not even matter since you’ll generally just get 1000 coins or something. EXCEPT FOR THE BOSS STAGES. Clearing the challenge (killing the boss) is so important because that’s the only way you get a melodician from a boss stage.
You can only get the challenge bonus once. You can’t just grind the same boss over and over for melodician.
The recommended amount of souls is for clearing the normal condition, not the challenge.
The pink section appears to be under construction, and may contain new features sometime soon. I have no idea what it’ll be for…
General card tips:
Feed same color to same color and get extra exp.
Winged egg angel things are great exp feed.
What you want to build is your number of souls PER COLOR. This number is your attack power. It’ll get you better scores the higher it is, and kill bosses faster. Do not try to build one single “well-rounded” deck, it’s inefficient. Build five different decks for each of the five colors to get the highest amount of souls you can for that one color at a time. You do NOT need high power in more than one color at a time since I am unaware of any songs that use more than one color.
1st button: Rearrange your decks. I suggest using the auto-build (top right in the deck arrange screen) and use your five slots to build a deck for each color.
2nd button: Level up your cards. Click on the card you want to level up, proceed, and then add in what you want to use up. Use feed cards (and egg angels) of the same color for better exp. No need to level up the feed.. as far as I know. I tried it once and got lower exp using one leveled up card than if I’d just used em individually. Try to keep anything 2 star and up, at least when you’re starting out. Even fully leveled 2 stars give pretty great souls for their dominant color.
3rd button: Sell. I don’t particularly sell anything but the egg guys holding money that you can get from the Sunday quest, since they’re specifically for selling.
4th button: View your cards.
2nd row 1st button: Your card gallery by band.
2nd row 2nd button: UR+ menu. I haven’t actually done this yet so I’m not familiar with it. But this is where you can upgrade your UR cards.
2nd row 3rd button: God gacha point exchange. This menu is where you can “sell” your cards of rarity R or higher for god gacha points. This god gacha pulls you a guaranteed UR. However, it costs a lot of points, so you’ll need to exchange a lot of R/SR/SSR cards for points.
[Gacha screen, sorry no screencap at the moment]
Super bromide gacha: This costs 5x for 1 card or 50x melodician for 10 cards. I will always recommend the 50x pull.
Super bromide gacha [event]: Same as above, but may contain different URs.
God gacha: This costs god gacha points that are earned through exchanging R/SR/SSR cards in the card menu. See above. 1 pull is 300 god gacha points (I am not sure if this number changes). Guaranteed UR.
UR gacha: Guaranteed UR. You can only get UR gacha tickets through doing well in certain events (like, REALLY well), or certain special promotions if you buy a lot of melodician with real currency.
SSR gacha: Guaranteed SSR. You can get these tickets through events sometimes if you do well.
Normal gacha: This costs friend points. You get friend points through song rewards, having people use your leader for their songs, bingo, event rewards, etc. You pull by using 100 points for 1 card, or up to 1,000 points for 10 cards at once. You’ll generally get N rank cards, sometimes R, and rarely SR.
This is where you can (in order), buy melodician with actual money;
Recover your stamina by using a melodician;
Use a melodician to increase your friend slots by 5;
And use a melodician to increase your card slots by 5.
[Options menu: this screen has completely changed. I’ll update the pic eventually.]
Menu: (left to right, top to bottom)
Friend [accept/delete friend requests, enter friend referral code]
Profile [change greeting, highlighted song]
Band member gallery
SB69 ID [create an account]
Enter code [I don’t know much about this area]
Set twitter account [like for when you pull the gacha you can post the result to twitter, or post your referral code]
Official twitter account
Official facebook account
Update game data
Close the game
Search for a user
Friend requests (incoming and outgoing)
Referral code (entering one in or giving out your own)
Display skill names
Display guidelines (show horizontal lines on the track during a song)
Low spec mode (if you have trouble with your phone not recognizing input and skipping notes during songs, put this on and connect your phone to your charge cord. it should help.)
Restore to default
Adjust timing settings
Feel free to ask me any questions!