Is it worth playing through the Bravely Default Demo before you start the full version?

If you're an European gamer who loves JRPGs, you've probably already got your hands on the full version of Square-Enix's Bravely Default. As you might've read in our Bravely Default review, it's an exquisite mix of old-school gameplay and new mechanics, with the kind of depth that only the Job system can provide. But if you live in the US, you still have to wait until the game's release on February 5th. Luckily, there's something to tide you over: the Bravely Default Demo, a standalone, hours-long chunk of content that's totally separate from the full game.

Playing the demo gives you a distinct advantage, besides getting to try out Bravely Default's turn-based battles for free. Depending on how much you build up your in-game town, and how far you progress through the demo's content, you'll be able to start the full version of Bravely Default with a slew of bonuses. So what do you get for completing everything in the Bravely Default Demo? See below to find out!

Caldisian Relief Set (awarded simply for playing and completing quests)
Antidote (2)
Eye Drops (2)
Echo Herbs (2)

Caldisian Adventurer's Set (Norende town fully restored)
Bronze Bangle
Phoenix Down (2)

Boss rewards:

Caldisian Recovery Set (beat Melusine)
Potion (3)

Caldisian Black Mage's Set (beat Adamant. Shell)

Caldisian White Mage's Set (beat the Minotaur)

Caldisian Solder's Set (beat the Dragon final boss)
Bronze Helm
Leather Armor

Caldisian Knight's Set (beat the Automaton secret final boss, from a quest after the credits)

While the rewards won't give you an earth-shattering advantage when starting the full game, they should save you some money and give your stats an edge in the early game. If you aren't already playing the demo, there's no need to rush to finish it before playing Bravely Default proper. But for those who will be trying out the demo anyway, they're a nice set of bonuses just for playing.


  • Doctalen - January 26, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    I'm in love with this game. Just beat the turtle (that has a fuck ton of HP managed to do like 3k damage in water magic alone on a turn and it ate it up like nothing). Looking for the other bosses >:D
  • Doctalen - January 26, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    Actually thats a gross exaggeration since I looked up his stats are he only has 2.25k hp. Still felt like a 'amount due to the high defenses. Too bad I couldn't land a poison.
  • BladedFalcon - January 25, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    Shawksta and Cyberninja had already made me aware that the demo was it's own story and for that alone I definitely want to play it, but it also gives you extra rewards for the actual game? that IS pretty fantastic! And yeah... Why wasn't this more widely publicized as soon as the demo hit? I mean, it's good this article got released NOW, but most other sides didn't say a peep ._.
  • shawksta - January 25, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    Its probably because its more or less a niche title, which is sad honestly.
  • BladedFalcon - January 25, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    ...And yet everywhere I've seen it's been talked very highly off and reviewed, and also I HAVE seen various articles talking about Bravely default that are things that are far less important than this, which is what baffles me.
  • shawksta - January 25, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    My guess is that, like you, most people dont pay attention much to the Nintendo Directs that otherwise tells you about these things and just focus on the more important news. And game sites more or less get games earlier than us to which some of them dont even need to bother with a demo to discover something like this.
  • BladedFalcon - January 25, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    You shouldn't need to watch an overly long, mostly boring company produced video to know about something of that caliber, specially when it's not even a first party game. Secondly, game sites regardless of WHEN they get the games, they SHOULD have at least one person looking at the Nintendo directs, and even if they need didn't play the demo, they should have been able tot ell this was kind of a big deal, and something new and noteworthy.
  • Arobadope - January 26, 2014 5:10 a.m.

    Nintendo has actually been advertising Bravely Default demo for awhile now on their youtube, twitter, and various other things they have. But you are right that the sites have largely ignored the demo release, I think I only saw one maybe two articles on IGN and I know Joystiq only did one article on the dmeo being released.
  • BladedFalcon - January 26, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    That's what I meant yes. I don't doubt Nintendo has promoted it the best that it can. But even then only people that actively follow Nintendo's sites would be aware of this. For all those who don't have the time nor desire to follow new coming from companies' sites, gaming sites are the best resource we have. So yes, it's shitty that they haven't covered this correctly.
  • Doctor_Pancakes - January 26, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    I think anyone who has even slight love for JRPGs knows this game is on the radar. Nintendo has done their part with the direct, Square Enix needs to step up their game in advertising now and they sort of have. I'm sure most SE fans know about the franchise especially since every gamesite I can think of has been doing articles for the sequel already.
  • Doctor_Pancakes - January 26, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Try, and; they all put out impression articles that worked as mini demo reviews. Got me psyched to play the demo and recently pre bought the game! The release is so close! I don't see how anyone can hate the directs, they are like mini E3's placed through out the year lol
  • shawksta - January 26, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Pretty much yeah. Its kind of sad and pathetic considering everyone was raving the Dead Rising 2 Pre-release DLC that did the same purpose beforehand and currently with what people are considering to be Metal Gear Solid 5's Ground Zero
  • Cyberninja - January 25, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    I have literally done everything the demo offered, maxed out my stats and Village, it was so good
  • Sinosaur - January 25, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    The demo is a lot of fun, but it did bring about concerns with how easy the autobattle system can be for leveling.
  • GOD - January 25, 2014 1:15 a.m.

    Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes has been talked about like crazy for setting the new precedent of prerelease DLC, but this game has a full alternate 10 hour story as a completely free demo before the game is out, that also gives you some extras for the full game! Why is that not brought up more as an amazing thing!? /rant

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