Hi ya. If you are here then a couple things are going on. The first is that you are enjoying Skullgirls, and the second is that you want to know how to go from your early bronzes, up to an army of Gold monsters. To be fair, I'm not quite there but being in the middle of it I'm probably closer to being able to give advice more so than some of the long standing regulars who have to make some effort to remember what it was like. One point of clarification: I'm not going to cover specific character builds, there are subforms with tier lists and build recommendations that I recommend looking for. Also each player will have different preferences on fighters they like (I like speedy fighters so I kinda like Filia and Valentine) so this guide is intended to be mostly Fighter neutral. Sadly this is two posts long, so take your time to read it ... if not I have this: Table to Contents/TL DR 1) Theonite (Spend it on 10+1 normal pulls) 2) Story Mode (Do it at your leisure) 3) Event Mode (Do the highest you can for good specials/Blockbusters) 4) Prize Fights (XP!) Second Post: 5) Fighter Development/Evolutions (Adv. Combo Node/Don't Power Up) 6) Fighting (Play defensive to offensive) Closing (Thanks for reading) 1) Theonite Theonite is one of the two resources of the game, it is basically the real money currency and can over write any Canopy Coin (and skill point) requirement for developing fighters. I have spent no money on this game and gotten 7 Gold fighters from roughly 12ish 10+1 pulls and the bonus fighter relics from story mode and Prize fight rewards. At this point I basically have most of the characters minus the relic specific Gold fighters. If you really really like a specific fighter you 'can' spend it on a fighter specific 10+1 buys but you do lose out on basically 5 fighters. The reason I recommend the 10+1 normal relics is that you get a silver/gold fighter relic after getting so many fighters. 2) Story Mode Story Mode is where you will feel like you spend most of your time early on. Each chapter gives you some move relics and fighter relics. At this point I need to point out some things. There are a couple of nodes that have specific requirements that make your life a little interesting. Through normal difficulty you shouldn't have too many issues, but in advanced things get more complicated, and in Expert they get down right hard and lucky for fighters. The short version is level up a variety of fighters and invest some skill points in them. However ... keep a couple of your strong fighters at bronze, and wait to deal with evolutions until you beat Story mode. (Short version: there is a 1 bronze vs 2 Gold in Expert story mode near the very end, any fighter.) In addition to Story Mode there is now Origin Story mode. Don't worry about this till you get a Gold fighter up and running. These missions are HARD even on basic mode. I believe origin story mode requires Player level 20 to even start. Not only that every origin story requires that you bring a Fighter for that origin story to every fight. So if you are doing Peacock's Origin story, you need Peacock in every fight (including the solo fights). The rewards are nice, but you might want to finish the normal story mode first. 3) Event Mode Event mode is a weekly cycle of 1-2 fighters a day that allows you to get skill points and moves for that fighter. You will end up spending some time here in the early game just to get skill points, and moves. It is probably one of the more effective uses of your energy and time for getting skill points and moves. Later on getting moves from event mode is a pretty good way to get Canopy Coins. Although you might only do the highest difficulty. 4) Prize Fights! Well this is where you are going to spend quite a bit of time once you get going. This is where you gain most of your fighters XP. On top of that Prize Fights has its very own energy system so go nuts. With that in mind the main rewards from Prize fights early on is Theonite to buy more fighters. As you progress and get some fighters you can work not only on the milestone rewards, but the Event rewards (keys, fighters, moves). The nicest thing is that you get 3 days to work on this so don't feel rushed if you are only doing the milestone rewards. That being said there is some strategy: First: Each bracket of prize fight (bronze/silver/gold) has fighter requirements and each prize fight normally has a special effect that will make you rethink how you fight. So look at those as they are different between each bracket. If you are working on two different brackets then remember that if you swap between them. Second: Prize fights are 'streak' based in terms of points you get and XP you gain. The higher the streak the higher the reward. Now ... you can use your strongest fighters but the difficulty is based upon your Fight score (sum of all your fighters). What you can do is take one of your strongest fighters and two of your weakest fighters and fight 1 v 3. You will notice this just a little bit as you look at opponents. If you do go for the 1v3 strategy look for even teams to take advantage of. Up till about a 3x multiplier (roughly 8 win streak) you will have almost no problem winning. The down side is that if you lose your 1 man carry, you basically lose your streak. Just remember, it is bound to happen at some point. Special mention - Medici Events: While these look like Canopy Coin providers, they are probably one of the best ways to level up your higher level characters. This is because this is the only prize fight that can pair Golds in the same fight with Bronzes. This means that you Golds can have two very low strength allies that keep your enemy strength down so you should be able to 1v3 up into 10 win streaks and get piles of xp.