As a near-max level player, I've been kicking myself recently for some of the mistakes I made early on in the game. I made this so others don't make the same mistakes as I did. Notice the title says Ultimate - it won't be "ultimate" with the input of one person. If there's something important you think I'm missing, please tell me. Or feel free to disagree with me and let me know why! EDIT: For a TL;DR, check out words in this color 1. Build a team for every Prize Fight Bronze, Silver, and Gold. I skipped straight over Bronze PFs when I unlocked them because I was more interested in Gold (although I occasionally did silver). I made the brash assumption that Gold=Better milestone rewards. It doesn't. Theonite is pretty important, and you'll want to get it whenever you can. For this, you'll want a sold team for each Prize Fight that will help you complete the milestones with ease. If you're new and reading this, I recommend: BRONZE Cold Stones, Headstrong, Sheltered, Rusty, Bad Hair Day. (Or Heavy Reign - she's not praised as the best fighter but she totally carried me early game.) SILVER (Note that Bronze fighters can be taken to Silver) Blood Drive, Scarlet Viper, Toad Warrior, No Egrets*, Ivy League*, Doublicious, Purrfect Dark, Pea Shooter. (*These wouldn't be my top reccomended fighters to take to gold - they're more useful in the sense that Parasoul on Critical Mass is, especially because of their meter control.) GOLD You can take most of the previously mentioned characters to Gold and have an easy time getting to the milestones. I won't get into ranking every fighter here. If you're new, check out the Character Tier Lists or the Official Community Tier List. If you get a gold early on, just about any will do you good for a while. 2. Focus This is a large part of what I regret. I can picture myself now, letting my attention wander from Headstrong to Bloody Valentine to - ooh, is that a new silver? While you should have fun with your fighters, I strongly reccomend building up a strong three-fighter team before going and building fighters for fun. You'll spread yourself too thin if you try that, and end up having to work extra hard to level up for Story Mode bosses. 3. The Rift As of writing this, the Rift has been a source of frustration for many players. As Brother Null has stated, the Rift is difficult. It's meant to be. Know this before going into it and realize that many people have had trouble with matching - not every fight will be a "fair fight". It is what it is. You can choose to grind for the rewards or not. If you're still pretty new, don't stress about grinding for materials from the Rift. 4. Combos Yeah, this wasn't a huge focus when I first started. It's important though. You can check out combo lists for every character here on the forums. On that note... 5. Know Your Fighter Each character has a different playstyle that benefits from certain situations and stats. A Parasoul is going to do great at keeping the enemy at bay and performing short combos, but a Ms. Fortune is going to stay up close and personal and benefits greatly from critical hits. Also, some fighters are made for defense - not offense. If you find yourself having trouble with timing out/not dealing enough damage, try switching your Bloody Valentine (a healer) to Scarlet Viper (an attacker). 6. Remember to upgrade moves + a note about movesets Upgrading moves is crucial later on in the game. Stuff like DEF% on a Blockbuster is killer on an Armed Forces once you get to streaks in the Gold Prize Fight. Try to upgrade moves that you can A) combo together and B) have % stats, not flat stats. Also keep in mind that you will pretty soon reach a point where most of your moves will be gold, so try not to invest too heavily into bronze and silver moves. 7. Have Fun! At the end of the day, this is a game. I've kinda poked fun at Bloody Valentine out of personal experience but I'm a believer that you can make almost any fighter work with enough patience. BV may be made for defense but Eliza does have two bleed moves, and certain fighters can buff her attack. Moves can buff attack, crit rate, crit damage, meter gain. It's more work but if that's who you wanna use, go for it. Do what you want! Certain strategies may not make you a top player, but if it makes your experience more enjoyable, then do it. I hope this was helpful and if it wasn't, please share why!