While Food Fantasy has a rather comprehensive tutorial, this Beginner's Guide will hopefully gather most of the information that starting players should know, or that the game doesn't explain well.
For a list of Food Souls in the game, see: Food Souls
Food Souls are the characters you use to form teams and man your restaurant. A few Souls are given to you at the start of the game, and there is a mandatory summoning session as part of the tutorial that will fix your pulls to Tom Yum and Black Tea.
In summary, you will start the game with:
More Souls can be summoned, and receiving another copy of a Soul you already own will give you 15 shards of that character, which can be used to Ascend them.
There are four different unit rarities: UR (the strongest), SR, R, and M.
M stands for "Managing"; units of this rarity are better-suited for running the Restaurant than they are at combat. They usually have 300 freshness and have Restaurant Skills. While Restaurant Skills can be found on units of other rarities, they usually have less maximum freshness; around 200, while units without Restaurant Skills only have 100 freshness.
Each Food Soul also has a specialty, can be identified by the following icons:
Combat Skills are found on all units. All units have a Basic Skill and an Energy Skill. Some units also have Linked Skills, which replace Energy Skills if the unit and their pair are in a team together. Skills can be leveled up in the Souls menu, though the number of times a Soul can have their skills upgraded is based on their level.
Each Food Soul has a set amount of maximum freshness, which is consumed in tasks such as cooking in the restaurant, serving as a waiter, or going on deliveries. Most Food Souls without Restaurant Skills have a maximum of 100 freshness, while most M Souls have 300. However, there are some cases (like Jiuniang) where a Soul with Restaurant Skills only have 100 freshness, so pay attention!
Your Souls' current freshness can be checked by going to the Restaurant and looking at the Staff menu, where you can also exchange your workers.
Freshness will not replenish on its own. There are two ways to replenish freshness:
- Once you reach level 16, the Ice Arena will open up. You can place three Food Souls in the Ice Arena, which will restore their freshness over time. (The number of Souls you can fit can be increased by expanding the Ice Arena.)
- Inside the Restaurant or the Ice Arena, click on the worker (for the chef, click on them in the Prep screen), then "Feeding" on the bottom right. If you have recipes, they can be used to restore freshness.
Each team can hold up to five Food Souls at a time; a Food Soul can only be in one team at a time. By default, the first team will be unlocked. You can form a second team at level 9, and unlock a third team at level 15. The rest of the teams can be bought using Magic Crystals.
Food Souls with Linked Skills will replace their Energy Skill with the Linked Skill if their pairs are in a team with them. For example, Milk and Black Tea, who you are guaranteed to acquire, have Linked Skills when a team together.
Because Linked Skills are more powerful versions of a unit's Energy Skill, it is recommended to pair units up if you can.
When handling Deliveries, one of your teams will be dispatched. The team handling a delivery, cannot be used for anything else, such as combat or running the restaurant, while they are away.
Deliveries will take up the team members' freshness. The cost is divided equally over the members, so having more team members will lower the freshness cost on each of them.
From the Summon button on the main screen, you can summon more Food Souls. Each summon costs 150 Soul Embers, which can be acquired by winning battles or completing Story Missions.
There is an option to summon 6 times using 600 Magic Crystals, but this is not recommended. The card pool doesn't change for the Magic Crystal summon, and 600 is a steep price when they are rarer than Soul Embers and are better-used for things like instantly finishing preparing food in the Restaurant and buying more team slots. If you have enough Soul Embers to summon 6 times (900 Soul Embers), it will automatically replace the Magic Crystal option.
Main article: Restaurant Overview
The Restaurant is an important way to gain money, fame, and tips.