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PSO2 Affixing Guide 2020

When I first wrote PSO2 affixing guides, Dudu was the unbeatable final boss of PSO2. That was more than 5 years ago. Today, he’s a lot nicer. While old affixing methods still apply, a lot of shortcuts have been added. This guide is still Affixing 101 for PSO2 JP, and will cover accessible, safe and easily replicated affixing methods in four main steps.

Why Affix in PSO2?

Affixing improves the stats of endgame items. It can costly and doesn’t make as much of an impact as upgrading gear. Offensively, If an item isn’t the highest rarity, it doesn’t make much sense to affix it. Switching the weapon for a better one will make a bigger impact. So if you’re below level 65, save your Excubes. Get out of here and go have fun! In the endgame, a few % more damage does help with causing boss staggers or wave clears at critical windows, so it can shave quite a bit of time off a run.

Defensively, affixing has a bigger impact because HP boosts are typically hard to come by normally. In PSO2’s higher difficulties, there are some challenges that will throw out a lot of damage. It’s easy to get one-shotted or juggled to death. Some classes also need to take damage in order to do damage, because their strongest attacks have long charge times or animations. Dodging halfway to avoid dying wastes the charge and PP for 0 damage.

Most of the time, trying to run difficult content with default affixes on gear just doesn’t cut it. Default gear usually comes with 60 Attack or 60 HP when people are running with triple digits on their items.

Sometimes too, the goal is to hit a certain stat threshold for some class skills. Hero’s Hero Boost can be more sustainable with more HP, while Phantom’s Photon Stream gets better with more PP.

Units and Weapons are Different

Weapons tend to change often because a lot of the time, a new weapon might come with a game-changing feature, much higher stats and so on. In addition, there’s more affixing shortcuts available to weapons. PSO2 tends to rain weapons too, so there’s a lot of material to work with for weapons.

On the other hand, Units tend to last longer before they get power-creeped. Between Episodes, Attack stats on Weapons can change by hundreds, meanwhile defensive stats barely move double digits. In addition, affixes on units are also more expensive, though HP and PP affixes tend to be cheaper.

Personally, I like to cover HP and PP needs with Units, then get as much Attack as I can after, so that weapons can be more flexible with affixes. That said, goals and methods can vary from player to player, so exercise personal discretion. After deciding on goals comes the four-step process to get there.

My personal benchmark in 2020 is around 1500 HP, which is enough to tank a few hits in familiar endgame content. For days when I’m not feeling 100%, I can use a Guts Drink to get a healthy buffer of >2200 HP. This also applies to unfamiliar content, running quests at 2am in the morning and other situations where taking lots of damage is likely.

Step 1: Load up S-Class Special Abilities (SSAs)

SSAs are special affixes that usually have a bigger impact than normal affixes. Most items that are worth affixing will support SSAs, so take advantage of that.

SSAs can be added using a special system that swaps them freely. The second tab of an item will show what SSAs it can accept. Weapons have some combination of S1 to S5. Units depending on slot will use S6 to S8.

Weapons can have multiple SSAs, making things much easier.

Affix SSAs with S-Class ability transfer. Select the target item, then the item with a desired SSA. Highlight the SSA and press OK. Done.

Another method is by using an SSA Add item, in which case, add it in Step 2.

Once applied, SSAs will always transfer at 100% without needing any special items or considerations. 100% is good because the non-SSA stuff is a complete mess of complex recipes with failure chances and arbitrary rules. Even without the exact SSA for the final affix, use a placeholder since it can easily be replaced later.

Bonus Step: SSA Dispensers

SSAs tend to be very seasonal. When dumpster diving for placeholders, it’s not a big problem. Any defensive or PP-related SSA that drops in a current Emergency Quest is going to be dirt cheap. Damage-related SSAs on the other hand are going to be hit and miss. If it comes from a trending quest, it’ll be affordable, otherwise they tend to shoot up into the millions. To protect yourself from price fluctuations, invest in SSA dispensers.

When fully grinded to +35 for weapons or +10 for 13⭐ units, these items unlock their Special Ability Factors (SAFs). This means the item can spawn an affix at 100% without needing any recipes. An SAF is denoted by a special blue icon next to the affix, shown below:

If an item’s Special Ability Factor happens to be an SSA, it can spawn that SSA to transfer out to another item, then spawn a new one indefinitely. For instance, there’s the classic Atlas Ars, which has S4: Vampiric Strike as it’s SAF. A single Atlas Ars +35 can be used to make an arsenal of lifesteal weapons. This is very helpful in making sure any new weapon has a solid baseline of SSAs regardless of market supply.

Step 2: Upslotting

After loading as many SSAs as possible onto the item, it needs to be taken to a decent amount of slots to work with. On a normal day, it is possible to take any item up to 5 slots with no chance of failure.

This process usually involves buying a 30% Booster or 40% Booster from the Excube shop. With boosters in hand, select the target item and 2 more items with a bunch of cheap, easy to transfer affixes (aka Junk). When choosing affixes, choose then SSAs first, then load as many 100%s as the game allows and climb up the slot counts.

After adding the very last affix, the success rate drops. To mitigate that, use boosters and simple math. If the chance of success is 70% or better, use a 30% booster. Alternatively, if it’s worse than 70%, use a 40% booster. To get more Excubes easily for buying boosters, run Solo Profound Darkness XH.

For weapons. Given how easy Excubes are to get nowadays, if an item is worth affixing then throw Excubes at Monica until she passes 6 slots, or during boost weeks, 7 to 8 on the item.

For units. Even if Dudu passes 6 slots, the cost of affixes in the player shop becomes prohibitive. To keep costs low, stop at 5 or even 4 and use other ways to get additional affixes.

Here’s a list of cheap, easy to pass junk affixes to use while upslotting:

  • Body I
  • React I
  • Mind I
  • Power I
  • Shoot I
  • Technique I
  • Arm I
  • Any Fever
  • Any single damage type Resist I

Special callout on Fever affixes. There’s an affix called Arks Fever that gives 5PP and is easy to transfer. If that sounds good, add it here.

Caveats. Try to use exactly 2 fodders when upslotting. When only one fodder is used, the success chance is lower. When more than 2 fodders are used, the cost ramps up quickly.

Step 3: Basic Affix Plan

To demonstrate how affixing works, I’ll start with a budget affixing plan for a Novel Striking weapon from exchange shops. Assume it’s been loaded with an S4, upslotted to 6 slots and it’s not a boost week. Skip this step if budget is no issue.

The idea is to create a plan to change all the non-SSA junk into relevant affixes. These affixes can be planned a simple Excel sheet to keep track of what’s needed, or an affixing simulator link.

Add the Item’s SAF

Grind the item up first to unlock it’s Special Ability Factor. Most weapons will come with SAFs that make it possible to cut a few fodders out. Like, why put Power III on a weapon when it’s SAF can spawn Power VI during the affixing attempt? So anything related to Power III can go.

To keep this guide simple, I’m showing a one-size-fits-all plan, but if the final weapon has a good SAF, skip the corresponding part. Usually, it’s either the Attack III or one of the complex affixes.

Add a Soul

Start with a Soul affix. Soul affixes are literally affixes with “Soul” at the end. They’re usually associated with boss drops. These affixes are simple to add and give a combination of stats that are quite high for the ease in adding them. They also increase the success rates of other affixes.

I’ll use Act the Soul, since it gives a nice amount of Attack and PP for a Striking weapon. The recipe for Act the Soul is:

“New” boss Soul from Episode 4 or 6 (Escarde) + “Old” boss Soul from Episode 1 to 3 (Vol).

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Act the SoulJunkEscarde SoulVol Soul

For the “New” Souls, in place of Escarde Soul, other souls like Toh’oh Soul, Full Vegas Soul, Historia Soul, Fabula Soul can also be used.

The “Old” Souls also boost related stats. For instance, Vol Soul boosts Power and Stamina. For other stats, see the table below for the stats each boss soul boosts.

Gunne SoulYesYes
Snow SoulYesYes
Vol SoulYesYes
Ex SoulYesYes
Quartz SoulYesYes
Zigmor SoulYesYes
Meduna SoulYes
Bal SoulYesYes
Vardha SoulYesYes
Fang SoulYes
Ringa SoulYesYes
Nepto SoulYesYes
Shrayda SoulYes

Other Soul Transfer Methods

Besides the XX the Soul method, there’s also options for affixing a normal Soul. These methods are normally used for preparing fodders. One method is to use 3 copies to pass them at 80%.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Vol SoulJunkVol SoulVol SoulVol Soul

Another is to use a copy of the desired Soul with a Soul Receptor. Since it’s 100%, this is normally used while upslotting.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Vol SoulJunkVol SoulSoul Receptor

Add a Complex Affix

The Soul is the lowest-hanging fruit. After that, adding nice affixes starts to get complicated. They usually require 3 copies or more to have a good success rate, and may need something else to improve success rates further.

For this example, since I’m already using Escarde Soul from Episode 4’s final boss, Deus ESC-A, I can also use 3 copies of Deus Factor the same boss for a decent 20 Attack with HP and PP on the side. His solo quest trigger is easily available, so players run him quite often and sell his affixes cheaply.

Escarde Soul also boosts the success chance of Deus Factor further and it’s fairly common to see items dropping with both Escarde Soul and Deus Factor.

So that adds a couple more things to buy from player shops and takes this plan to 4 fodders.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Act the SoulJunkEscarde SoulVol SoulJunkJunk
Deus FactorJunkDeus FactorJunkDeus FactorDeus Factor

From season to season, what’s readily available and affordable can vary greatly. In addition, stat needs can change between different characters. Deus Factor here can be replaced with any other complex affix that needs 3 copies or less to have a decent chance of success. If Dark Falz Persona is running, this can be Persona Reverie with Fabula or Historia Soul. The appendix below has a list of alternative affixes for different stat needs, budgets and seasons.

Add Stat IIIs

Stat IIIs are stat affixes that end with a “III”, like Power III, Stamina III, Spirita III and so on. The bonuses they give are low for Episode 6, but for filling in blanks they’ll suffice. On the bright side, they’re very common and demand is low so they’re cheap and can usually be found on items with other desired affixes.

They’re also easy to add because using them with a compatible Soul boosts their success chances. Here, Vol Soul from Vol Dragon is a Striking-focused Soul, so it boosts the success chance of Power III and Stamina III. In this example, I can add Power III by looking for a Deus Factor item with Power III, and it’s success chance will be boosted by Vol Soul on another item.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Act the SoulJunkEscarde SoulVol SoulJunkJunk
Deus FactorJunkDeus FactorJunkDeus FactorDeus Factor
Power IIIJunkJunkJunkPower IIIJunk

(Optional) Add Another Complex Affix

I’m going to plan for another complex affix, Varuna Glare. Outside a boost week, it needs one Varuna Glare and one Divine Order for a 60% chance of success. I only have one fodder left, but need to cram two things into the plan, so the base item will need some prep.

Here, I decide to move a Varuna Glare to the base first, using 2x Varuna Glare and a Divine Will for 70%.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Varuna GlareJunkVaruna GlareVaruna GlareDivine WillJunkJunk

Then I add Divine Order to the original plan.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Act the SoulJunkEscarde SoulVol SoulJunkJunkJunk
Deus FactorJunkDeus FactorJunkDeus FactorDeus FactorJunk
Power IIIJunkJunkJunkPower IIIJunkJunk
Varuna GlareVaruna GlareJunkJunkJunkJunkDivine Order

(Optional) Add Fevers

Suppose this is a weapon with an upgrade path, like Novel which can eventually be upgraded to Liberate and gain an S5 slot. When this weapon is upgraded, one affix will need to be replaced.

I suggest using a Fever as a placeholder since it’s easy to add it while upslotting. The older Fevers are very attractive options here, because no one bothers with 10 Attack affixes nowadays. When the weapon is upgraded, replace the Fever using SSA Transfer.

Counting the SSAs added back in Step 1, this is now a complete plan for a 6 slot weapon. The most risky affixes have a 60% chance of success, so a 40% is needed to make it failsafe.

GoalBaseFodder 1Fodder 2Fodder 3Fodder 4Fodder 5
Act the SoulJunkEscarde SoulVol SoulJunkJunkJunk
Deus FactorJunkDeus FactorJunkDeus FactorDeus FactorJunk
Power IIIJunkJunkJunkPower IIIJunkJunk
Varuna GlareVaruna GlareJunkJunkJunkJunkDivine Order
Love FeverLove FeverJunkJunkJunkJunkJunk

Step 4 (Weapons): Mass SAFs

Going all out for a weapon is typically about collecting a bunch of +35 weapons to unlock their Special Ability Factor (SAF), then loading them onto the main weapon. As long as a weapon added as one of the fodders is grinded to +35, it will always spawn it’s SAF at 100%, no recipes needed.

Of course, if said +35 weapon is a fodder during normal affixing instead of SSA Transfer or Ability Transfer, the +35 weapon is consumed in the process, so focus on weapons that won’t be missed much. These are typically outdated weapons that can easily be bought in badge exchange shops or player shops.

Common SAF Fodders

Here’s some common candidates that are easy to get and have a good SAF when grinded to +35. Some of these can even be bought from player shops at 8 slots so they don’t need to be upslotted.

  • Ray weapons. Can be bought with SP badges. Unlocks Astral Soul.
  • Detonation weapons. Bought with SP badges. Unlocks Modulator.
  • Dim weapons. Commonly sold in Player Shops. Unlocks Power, Shoot or Technique VI.
  • Phobos or Gix weapons. Drops from a few Emergency Quests and the Deus solo trigger. Unlocks Sentence.
  • Schvelle weapons. Seasonally drops from some quests. Unlocks Sentence.
  • Homura weapons. Another SP badge weapon. Unlocks Phrase Weak for Bouncers and Techers.
  • Basilis weapons. Sold in player shops. Unlocks Phrase Decay for Phantoms.
  • Profound weapons. Sold in player shops. Unlocks Reverie Catalyst at 100%.

In this example, I affix a Liberate Sword +35 and use 3 other weapons’ SAFs to add a bunch of ATK and PP at 7 slots, and throw in a Deus Factor for good measure. Since Deus drops Phobos weapons, it’s possible the Phobos weapon already has a Deus Factor. If not, it’s easy to add one affix to a weapon. Because I’m cheap and am not affixing Power III here, I can replace the usual Vol Soul with a Shrayda Soul, since the giant tortoise appears quite often in Emergency Quests.

This plan demonstrates how to mix normal affixing with SAFs. It’s certainly possible to use another 2 more SAFs if budget allows. On the opposite side of budgets, it’s also possible to cut SAFs and add some cheaper affixes like Power III.

Step 4 (Units): Ability Transfer and Add Special Ability

Units only support one SSA and don’t have that many SAFs, so they’re still a pain to affix. That said, there’s Ability Transfer and Add Special Ability to help make things somewhat less painful.

Ability Transfer is different from normal affixing. It transfers all non-SSA affixes from Item A to Item B at 100%, even typically non-transferrable ones like Grace or Grand affixes. It also gives an option to use an Add Special Ability item while transferring.

The only catch is it costs Ability Transfer Tickets which the game drips out somewhat slowly. To get these tickets, make sure to have 80 class cubes across 4 classes ready every month for the Recycle Shop. It really is a drip.

The Plan: Use a Low Slot SAF Dispenser

Onto the plan proper. I personally feel that the best balance between good stats and as little frustration as possible is to use an SAF dispenser unit. So start off with a 13⭐ unit that has a good SAF – this will not be the final unit, but it will house the final affixes.

As for the final unit, if the goal is 6 slots, the SAF dispenser only needs to have 4 slots. One slot is taken by the SSA. Another will be taken by an Add Special Ability item. That means only 4 things to transfer.

I’ll go with a Schvelle Kibbs to unlock Sentence Power for a mix of stats, but it can be a Liberate Unit for Attack VI, a Nova for Stamina VI and so on.

Once again I’ll rely on Good Guy Deus for the foundation. Escarde Soul, Deus Factor and so on. For units, I’ll go with Ares the Soul since it has good HP.

I’ll put Alter Arma on it. It’s available in the Photon Sphere shop for 10 Photon Spheres. Pair it with an Extreceptor from player shops to get 100%.

So this gives a Soul and 3 fairly nice affixes using freshly-bought player shop items. The only preparation needed is putting a Soul on the base.

The Ability Transfer

Suppose the final unit is an Atlas Sumer. Load an SSA and five junk affixes beforehand. Four are for the unit that was just affixed, the last junk affix will be replaced by an Add Special Ability. Use Ability Transfer and when prompted, use the Add Special Ability, for instance HP/PP 3 for Grace Power.

Making a 6 slot item costs 25 Ability Transfer tickets, so a set of three units costs 75 tickets. To get the needed tickets takes 2 months of recycling class Excubes. I hope this set lasts at least a year!

This gives a balanced 6-slot unit with 135 Attack, 85 HP and 13 PP using some fairly common materials and relatively few steps. For higher ATK, use different affixes. For instance, use a Liberate unit for it’s Attack VI SAF, or switch the Factor out for a Reverie. After using Affix Transfer, the Schvelle unit’s affixes are wiped, but the unit isn’t consumed, so it can be re-affixed again as an SAF dispenser for the other 2 units.

This plan can also be expanded with Add Special Ability (Mark) and Add Special Ability (Attack VI). When adding Grace, transfer to a dummy unit with 5 slots like Solid Barrier, instead of the final unit. After that, transfer from the unit to another unit with 6 slots and add Mark. Finally, transfer to the final unit and add Attack VI.

Unfortunately, this method only works with single attack sets for now. There’s no unit with an SAF like Sentence Triple or Persona Reverie for triple attack sets, though this may change in future.

And that’s it! Four steps to shiny new affixes.

Appendix: PSO2 Affixing Recipes

I’ve covered affixing SSAs, Souls, Stat IIIs, Fevers and Junk, which are the easy affixes. For complex affixes, I used Escarde Soul and three Deus Factors as an example for practically the entire guide, but that basic formula can be applied to many other affixes.

Going down the Attack numbers, I’ll cover what to look out for or might be outdated.

45 Attack and Above: Whale Items

These affixes have 45 Attack and above. They’re usually either very convoluted or need rare and expensive items.

AffixHow to affix
Grand Pow / Tech / Shoot
60 S, R or T ATK
20 HP
5 PP
Add Special Ability from limited AC scratches
Grace Pow / Tech / Shoot
50 S, R or T ATK
5 PP
Add Special Ability from regular AC scratches
Mana Reverie
50 All ATK
20 HP
4 PP
4x Reverie Catalyst
1x Soul Catalyst
60% chance
Mark Angar
50 All ATK
40 Dex
Mark Receptor or Add Special Ability from seasonal Star Gem scratches
Divine Order
50 All ATK
20 HP
10 PP
Divine Receptor from seasonal Star Gem scratches
Pow / Tech / Shoot VI
45 S, R or T ATK
For weapons, Dim +35 SAF
For units, Liberate +35 SAF

Add Special Ability from seasonal Star Gem scratches

35 to 40 Attack: Reveries, Marks, Stat Boosts IV to V

At the 35 to 40 range, the options are typically affixes that need 3 copies of something, with something else to boost chances. The Reveries are the most accessible because they’re raid boss drops.

An interesting one is Attack V from Novel units’ SAF. There’s too many 2020 badges being handed out, so it might be worth cashing in 300 of them for a Novel unit fodder.

AffixHow to affix
Persona Reverie
40 All ATK
-20 All Def
3x Persona Reverie
1x Historia Soul, Fabula Soul, or Omega Memoria
70% chance
Elder Reverie
Persona Reverie
Persona Reverie
40 S, R or T ATK
Misc penalties
3x same Reverie
1x Historia Soul, Fabula Soul, or Omega Memoria
70% chance
Mark Joyo
Mark Couragena
40 All ATK
50 HP or PP
Mark Receptor or Add Special Ability from seasonal Star Gem scratches
Pow / Tech / Shoot V
40 S, R or T ATK
3x same affix V
60% chance

For weapons, Autumn series SAF, bought from the SP badge shop

For units, Novel unit SAF, bought from 2020 badge shop
Lesser Pow / Tech / Shoot V
35 S, R or T ATK
3x same affix V
100% chance

3x same affix IV
20% chance

For weapons, Grates Series SAF
EV Attack
35 S, R or T ATK
60 HP or 4 PP
1x Lesser Pow, Tech or Shoot V
1x Lesser Stamina or Spirita V
50% chance
Pow / Tech / Shoot IV
35 S, R or T ATK
2x or 3x same affix IV
60% or 80% chance

3x same affix III
Mutation II or relevant Soul
70% or 60% chance

For weapons, Nox series SAF

30 Attack: Glare, Modulator, Older Affixes

At the 30 Attack range, the options besides Stat IIIs are also typically affixes that need 3 copies of something, with something else to boost chances. Of these options, older affixes such as Returner and Crack don’t feel very worthwhile in the age of SSAs, Glares and Add Marks.

Glares drop from Episode 6 content so they’re quite affordable. They only need 2 copies instead of the usual 3, though there’s no Divine Will for units yet. They’re almost as good as Ether Factor, but much easier to affix. Definitely worth considering for weapons, and even units during boost weeks.

AffixHow to affix
Sentence Triple
30 All ATK
For weapons, Zeinesis, Qliphad or Novel SAF.
Ether Factor
30 All ATK
30 All DEF
30 Dex
10 HP
6 PP
4x Factor Catalyst
1x Ether Soul
60% chance
30 All ATK
3x Modulator
80% chance
90% with 1x Apprentice or Double Soul.
Doom Break III
30 All ATK
2x / 3x Doom Break III
50% / 80% chance

5x Doom Break II
50% chance
Returner V
30 All ATK
30 HP
5 PP
3x same affix IV
20% chance
Crack V
30 All ATK
50 All DEF
50 HP
2 PP
3x same affix IV
20% chance
Varuna Glare
Mitra Glare

30 Main ATK
20 HP
2 PP
20 All DEF
1x / 2x Glare
30% / 50% chance
50% / 70% with 1x Divine Will
60% / 80% with 1x Divine Order
Ange Glare
Beluge Glare
Dominus Glare

30 Main ATK
40 Main DEF
20 Other DEF
1x / 2x Glare
30% / 50% chance
50% / 70% with 1x Divine Will
60% / 80% with 1x Divine Order

20 to 25 Attack: Sentence, Flict, Alter and Factors

In the 20 to 25 Attack range, affixes start to become less about Attack and more about the additional stats on the side. For HP or PP builds, there’s quite a few affixes here that give a healthy amount of those, and also 20-ish Attack on the side.

The most accessible ones are Factors, Flicts and Alters. Sentence is kind of okay depending on whether the SAF is cheap. I personally avoid the Attack-only affixes in this tier like Vinculum. They’re typically older affixes with unreasonably complex recipes for low reward, and have been replaced by newer ones with more ATK and other stats, like Doom Break III, Marks and Reveries further up this list.

AffixHow to affix
Arks MAX
25 All ATK
3x Arks Fever
60% chance
Attack Boost
25 All ATK
3 PP
Add Special Ability from seasonal Star Gem scratches
Doom Break II
25 All ATK
3 PP
2x / 3x Doom Break II
50% / 80% chance

5x Doom Break I
50% chance

For weapons, Dusk Series SAF
Sentence Power
Sentence Shoot
Sentence Tech
20 S, R or T ATK
4 PP
For weapons, Gix or Phobos SAF

For units, Schvelle SAF

Sentence Receptor from Buster Medal shop
Sentence Arma
Sentence Tiro
Sentence Magia
20 S, R or T ATK
20 HP
3 PP
For weapons, Evelda, Cleasis or Schvelle SAF

Sentence Receptor from Buster Medal shop
Flict Arma
Flict Tiro
Flict Magia
20 S, R or T ATK
3 PP
3x same affix
80% chance

Extreceptor from PSO2es / player shops

For weapons, Extreme Quest 11 SAF
Alter Arma
Alter Tiro
Alter Magia
20 S, R or T ATK
30 HP
3x same affix
80% chance

Extreceptor from PSO2es / player shops

For weapons, Extreme Quest 11 SAF
Deus Factor
Mother Factor
Yamato Factor

20 Main ATK
10 Other ATK
20 HP
1 PP
2x / 3x same affix
30% / 50% chance
50% / 70% with Escarde, Full Vegas or Toh’oh Soul respectively

Factor Receptor from PSO2es / player shops
20 All ATK
2x / 3x Vinculum
30% / 50% chance
50% / 70% with Anga Soul

15 Attack and Below: Baby Affixes

At 15 Attack and below, most affixes are baby versions of higher affixes, like Crack IV, Ability III, Doom Break I. In 2020’s PSO2, they usually need to be evolved into their higher versions before they’re worth the slot. There might be a lucrative market for upgrading some of these, check the player shops and see. As for putting them on an item for actual use, only the very cheapest ones are worth it, for very limited budgets.

I’ll skip the lower version affixes and cover only the unique ones in this range. Ability III has a bunch of other recipes, but the usual one is Power, Shoot, Tech because it’s usually used for budget affixing and can borrow an Attack III somewhere else in the recipe. The older Fevers are practically junk affixes today, but they can be cheap placeholders.

AffixHow to affix
Offense Boost
15 All ATK
1 PP
Outdated Add Special Ability from seasonal Star Gem scratches
Mutation II
15 All ATK
15 HP
2x / 3x Mutation II
50% / 80% chance

5x Mutation 1
50% chance

For weapons, some Seasonal 13⭐ SAFs
Ability III
15 All
Power III
Shoot III
Tech III
60% chance
70% / 80% / 90% with Doom Break I / II / III
Love Fever
Saint Fever
Latan Fever
10 S, R or T ATK
2 PP
1x Fever
100% chance
ARKS Fever
5 All
5 PP
1x Fever
100% chance

0 Attack: Phrase, Stamina, Spirita

Attack isn’t the only stat in PSO2. Sometimes a unit has a ton of Attack but not much HP or PP. Stacking a bunch of HP or PP might make it more serviceable than throwing even more Attack on. Some abilities like S5: Vigorous Response might need a fixed amount of something to work better too. That’s where heavy HP and PP affixes come in.

There’s also the Phrase affixes which don’t add Attack, but come with a small multiplicative bonus to damage which can be better than Attack when conditions are met.

Try to go for the mixed stat options like Marks, EVs, Glares, Alters and so on first. Typically an affix with a combination of stats makes a bigger impact than a specialized affix with only 10 more points in one stat, but nothing else – this applies for Attack too. Reserve these for the last bit of something to get over the line.

AffixHow to affix
Grand Stamina
100 HP
6 PP
Add Special Ability from limited AC scratches
Grand Spirita
15 PP
Add Special Ability from limited AC scratches
Grace Stamina
80 HP
5 PP
Add Special Ability from regular AC scratches
Stamina VI
80 HP
For weapons, Genon or Flotea series SAF

For units, Nova Cell SAF
Spirita VI
7 PP
For weapons, Oblisana, Resonant or Alta series SAF

For units, Mirage Cell SAF
Phrase Decay
+5% vs Jellen’d
For weapons, Basilis SAF
Phrase Weak
+2% vs Weak Element
For weapons, Homura SAF

Useful Links

Affixing Assistant. Choose a bunch of affixes and it will show you how to get there.

PSO2 Affixing Simulator. Helps with planning fodders.

43 thoughts on “PSO2 Affixing Guide 2020”

  1. I dont know what about others opinion about the change in this section is, but for me, I’m fully against removing the old receipt from the page. Sure, updating is nice and all, but when newbie come and seek for a guide, you cant just say “Oh hey, that’s what i want to share, figure the rest yourself.”. Beside, consider that many dont have much luck when it comes to RNG, there will be people who prefer the old receipt, which has better affix chance than this.
    That is my sincere opinion on this. Anyhow, goodjob with the guide.

  2. What’s the difference between on and off season fevers? And I don’t understand what a lot of these affixes do either.

    1. On season means currently available via drops and therefore cheap like Frog Fever right now. Off season means the last time they were available might have been months ago like Saint Fever.

      Good point on what those affixes do, I’ll have to table the important affixes out.

      1. Thanks! I see what you mean. So the fevers dropping on items right now or on-season, and those that haven’t dropped in a while are off-season.

        And thanks for all the hard work! The more I read this, the more I understand it. I was so totally lost at first.

  3. Hey im new to the game. I play for the past 2 weeks and i just hit 70 a while ago, but i need a pointer to crafting units cause is a full crafted hiel better than ideal(uncrafted)?

    1. I would value the extra PP on the Hiei set more.

      Ideal to me is outdated since the weapons are situational and don’t use the NT system.

      Without the weapon, Ideal units are very low on PP and the ATK gain over Hiei works out to less than 0.5% damage

      1. how many affixes should i get for hiei and also what weapon should i get cause right now i have a max out 9* talis

  4. I don’t know if I get the prioritations correctly from reading the guide.
    Is this the correct order to do things ?
    Priority 1 upslot to right amount of slots
    Priority 2 get a soul on and right atk booster
    Priority 3 get spirita/fever on the weapon
    Priority 4 get alter/flict/modulator on the weapon
    Priority 5 get vinculum on weapon
    Priority 6 change fever for noble power ?

    I has a saika revo katana i am thinking of making 5 slot and change stamina to power III.
    So want to know how I should priorities


    1. Whoops I’m late on this but well…

      1 2 3 look correct. After that Vinculum doesn’t stack with Modulator, pick one. If you have a Fever don’t drop it :p Add slots in such a way that you don’t lose anything valuable. But you can go with a cheaper set of 5 slots e.g. Till/Pow3/Fever/Doom Break/Abi3.

      If you want to do Flict + Mod the weapon has to be set up from the ground up for that really, because the foddering for that is quite complex and a little risky on upslot.

      1. np with the wait, I just had time to get a RAY katana instead but I plan to do the same with it once I have the mats. but thanks for giving the correction to my misunderstanding.

  5. Can you please post a guide on how to affix a weapon with Apprentice Soul + Power V + Modulator + Alter Arma + Ability III + Noble Power you mentioned?!

    1. Power V is risky xD

      I actually used a screenshot from a player shop item for that lol.

      But if I had to reverse engineer it…

      Base: Apprentice/Pow/Mod/Tech/Shoot/X (Upslotted with Receptor and Gryphon/Pow/Tech/Shoot)
      Item 1: Mod/Alter/X/X/X/X
      Item 2: Mod/X/X/X/X/X
      Item 3: Alter/X/X/X/X/X
      Item 4: Alter/X/X/X/X/X
      Item 5: Apprentice/X/X/X/X/X

      And then 10% boost week + 40% booster + Noble Booster

      1. That’s insane… You can’t even find s 6s weapon with Modulator and Alter Arma in the player shops…

        1. Yep you need to DIY it, HUGE expenses involded there which i don’t recommend unless you’re really feeling rich.

  6. Proper thanks for this guide, man! I’ve been using it a lot… May I ask for your help? Hopefully I’ll be able to get the austere sword soon… And I would really like to know what affix would you consider to be optimal for it (for a Hu / Fi build)? Should I downslot it and do the 145 / 150 S-ATK affix from your guide or maybe it would be better to use 6s swords and mix a status effect like Poison III / IV in there? Please give me your guidance! 🙂

    1. Selphea, can you please reply?! I would love to hear your answer myself – I think an effect like Freeze III will be an awesome addition to the 150 atk bonus and using 6s fodder won’t require downslotting austere even if it will cost more…

      1. Well if you can afford it, go for it :p But personally procs seem a little unreliable when things tend to die straight up.

        1. Thanks for the help, Selphea, you are the best! 🙂 I guess I’ll take the safe way… Oh, can you please tell me one more thing? How to do the 5s version of Double Soul + Modulator and Modulator + Flict Arma – should I just add another junk affix, or is more complicated?

      2. Wait… But austere is 5s… And thanks for the help, I guess I’ll take the safe way… Oh, can you please tell me one more thing? How to do the 5s version of Double Soul + Modulator and Modulator + Flict Arma – should I just add another junk affix, or is more complicated?

    1. ^^; try the fast & safe recipes. In about 10 mins you can still get something decent even of you don’t want to go deeper.

  7. hello, thanks for the guide very helpfull! ^-^ erm can i ask where to get noble boost(im wanna get noble shot) and till the soul, cause if in vid it sells hella expensive…can we make from mixing stats when affix?

  8. So, um… what do you do when Gal Gryphon drops you a 13* with EIGHT slots? I got a Gale Vishner +5, 54 light, 8 slots tonight. It’s too gorgeous not to at least do something with it, but trying to affix it kinda terrifies me. I might grind it and leave the affixes as is (gryphon soul, ability III, arm I, power I, mutation I, react I, shock III, lucky rise III) as a show piece and to mess around with while soloing…

  9. First thing i want to say is your old guide helped me out a ton when i was a newer player getting into affixing and welcome back to the game!.
    To follow that up on your “Sample Ether Factor / Mana Reverie Fodder” section, this is incorrect information because catalysts are unique, just like how you cant have multiple reveries/factors. The only way to get Mana Reverie and Ether Factor on the same affix is to use a Factor receptor.

    1. Thanks, I did caveat that it wasn’t a practical recipe, only there to show how the two are similar, but you have a point. Some people just want a practical recipe. I’ll take it out for now since it’ll need to be rewritten in a few weeks for super Glare, and in the meantime figure out how to make super Glare/Ether Factor look simple.

  10. Love the guide ^_^ are you considering playing Global PSO2, it’s not that hard to level and such. So many people play on JP server would have to play NGS also on JP server and who knows how much or how difficult it would be for 3rd party to support it forever… Good luck !

    1. Thanks! I’ve tried global but I still prefer JP. I’ve mainly played without a language patch to learn the language, and because of where I live the, my ping to JP is 100ish but to the US it’s 300ish. The emergency quest schedule in JP more closely matches my timezone too.

      I might try global at some point though, most likely after Phantom releases.

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