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The AP cost of levelling up an art depends on both the art and the level. The cost for each additional level follows a consistent pattern:
For example, raising Shulk's Back Slash to level 2 costs 200 AP, while raising his Slit Edge to level 2 costs 220 AP. Raising these arts to level 3 costs 400 AP and 440 AP respectively (2x200 and 2x220), while raising them from level 5 to level 6 costs 2,400 AP and 2,640 AP respectively (12x200 and 12x220).
Initially, arts cannot be raised beyond level 4. Intermediate books allow the art to be raised as high as level 7, and can be bought from shops. Advanced books allow the art to be raised to level 10, even if an intermediate book for that art has not yet been obtained, and can be found in gold chests dropped by monsters above level 45.
After an art book is obtained, it is necessary to select it in the inventory and read it to unlock the additional levels of that art.
All physical and Ether attacking arts at level 1 have an additional hit rate of 5%. Each level increased will increase the hit rate further by 5%. However, the hit rate will not increase beyond 25% at level 5 or higher.
Furthermore, arts will have their effects enhanced by levelling up. These enhancements may include, but not limited to: increased aggro added to enemies, increased damage, increased healing power, increased buff or debuff duration, and reduced cooldown time.
Drop Rates of Advanced Books Edit
Generally, the drop rates for advanced books are extremely low—some have a drop rate of less than 1%. Higher level monsters tend to have higher drop rates. The save and reload method can be used to open the same gold chest repeatedly until a desired advanced book is obtained. Up to two of four named books can be acquired without duplicates (e.g. a given monster can drop up to two of either Back Slash, Battle Soul, Slit Edge or Light Heal).
|Slit Edge||Ether Light (Colony 9)|
|Back Slash||Ether Light (Colony 9)|
|Light Heal||Ether Light (Colony 9)|
|Shaker Edge||Kyn Shopping Street (Frontier Village)|
|Air Slash||Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)||
|Shadow Eye||Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)|
|Battle Soul||Kyn Shopping Street (Frontier Village)||
|Stream Edge||Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)|