Last Update: Jan 26th 2018
So your heard Cygames finally introduced Medusa as a playable character in Granblue Fantasy. You also heard they are making her a Nippon-exclusive promotional character because fuck gaijins. You talked to yourself, “Well, that’s not much of an issue I can just buy the code off someone just like Light Zooey.”
Well, bad news. Unlike Light Zooey, you don’t get the playable Medusa in the form of a serial code. Instead, you can only get her through linking your game account with their MVNO service, within Japan. “Fuck KMR,” you said to yourself again, “so us filthy gaijins can never get her without first paying 150 gold moons. Suptix when?”
Well, fear not! Despite what many international players believe, signing up with their Linksmate service is completely doable as a gaijin and the steps it takes are actually quite simple. The biggest hurdle to getting Medusa is the final account-linking part, which requires you (or someone you know) to be personally in Japan to complete the step. But if you can get that part covered you can get her easily. This article will guide you step by step to sign up with Linksmate and get Medusa.
What to Prepare?
To sign up with Linksmate, you will need to prepare the following items:
- Credit card
- A JP address
- And Google translate (to help you fill out the forms)
Yup, that’s right. A credit card and an address in Japan are all you need to sign up with their service. Unlike other JP cellular services, Linksmate doesn’t come with phone call function with the basic plans and so there is no need to provide any ID/address proof.
This however doesn’t mean you can just use whatever JP address you got, because the address you fill in is where they will ship your SIM card to you. For those who don’t live in Japan or have someone they know there, we recommend signing up with one of the proxy purchasing services like Tenso and use the JP address they provide you as your billing/shipping address on Linksmate. If you are planning to go to Japan soon, you may also make them send the SIM directly to where you are staying there (provided that your hotel can accept your parcels for you).
Update (9/19): Although Linksmate doesn’t come with phone call function, you will still receive a JP phone number upon signing up with them (for SMS verification purpose). If you are a mobage platform user, you can actually use this number to verify your account and collect those tasty 1000 crystals that have been sitting in your notification box since Day 1. Thanks Reddit!
Which Plan to Get?
Linksmate offer 5 data plans with different data sizes. Realistically though, as a gaijin, you would only be looking at two of those options which are the 1GB and 10GB plans.
The 1GB Plan
The 1GB plan is technically your cheapest ticket to Medusa. At first glance, it seems that you can get her for just 500 yen by signing up with them for one month and immediately terminate your contact with them once you have gotten your Dusa. But those who have dealt with these phone plan stuff before would know there are always additional costs hidden somewhere with these plans – and Linksmate is no exception.
To sign up with Linksmate, you will first have to pay 3,000 yen for the first-time registration. Then, you need to add an extra 500 yen to subscribe to the “Count Free” option to become eligible for the game linking/loyalty rewards (aka Medusa).
To cancel your subscription after you have gotten your Dusa, you will have to pay another 3,000 yen for the termination fee.
Finally, adding in the monthly fee and other misc costs (such as the price of the actual Sim card) , the 1GB route would end up costing you around 7,500 yen (~Usd 68), which is more expensive than the prices of two Suptix combined.
10 GB Plan
Alternatively, if you are dedicate to this game and can afford spending a bit extra outside of food and gacha each month, we would recommend signing up with their 10GB plan. The major difference between the 1GB and 10GB plan is that the latter makes you eligible for their “loyalty” program. With the 10GB plan, you receive a “star” each time you are billed. At 6 stars, you can trade them for one of the three loyalty bonuses.
Among the three options in the above picture, the Linksmate Ticket certainly takes the spotlight. In short, the linksmate tix is a variant of the notorious Sierotix, which can be used to trade for almost anything in the premium draw pool.
(Updated 1/26/2018) IMPORTANT: Since the game linking/loyalty rewards (e.g. Medusa, the monthly pots/Stars) are actually linked to the “Count Free” option, you will need to keep subscribing to that service (500 yen per month) to keep receiving those rewards.
Unlike Sierotix, you can’t use the linksmate tix to trade for the non-suptixable primals or any of the Grand Series characters. What you can do, however, is to use it to trade for any of the seasonal/promotional limited characters in this time, at any time (regardless of whenever the character in the draw pool when you use it). This includes all of the Summer/Halloween/X’mas versions, Zodiac and other promotional characters like Light Zooey, and new seasonal characters are added to the pool as soon as they are released.
This means that at the price of
just 10 draws per month (3,000 yen), you can get one seasonal character of your choice every 6 months. This is quite a game-changing thing for non-whales: with 2 linksmate tix per year, you can choose to spend them on limited characters that come only with a 3% rate up (e.g. X’mas versions) and conserve your spark fund for those limited characters that overlap with Legfest to increase the likelihood of getting good “by-products” from your spark.
IMPORTANT: Please note that you can only start accumulating stars once you have linked your game account with your linksmate service (which is the final step you have to complete to get Dusa). You will still be charged for the monthly fee regardless of whether your accounts are linked or not. Be sure not to sign up with them until you are ready to complete the final step.
The application forms you have to fill in are pretty straightforward and you should have no trouble filling them out with the help of Google Translate.
Be sure to order the correct SIM size for your device or else you will have to pay extra costs to order a new one from them.
Getting to Japan (or have someone else go there for you)
This is the final and the hardest step in getting Medusa. To make her appear magically in your game, you will have to successfully link your game account with your Linksmate service. Just linking them on the Linksmate website is not enough: you will have to be in Japan and login to Granblue using a device with your Linksmate SIM installed.
You can either complete this step by traveling there yourself, or have someone you trust who live there/will be traveling there for holiday to link your accounts for you. If you are “dedicated” enough, you can even consider spending a weekend in Tokyo just to link your accounts (and perhaps visit Akibahara while you are there). While this may sound absurd and expensive, do keep in mind that it is still guaranteed to be cheaper than the alternative (that is, spending 150 gold moons to get her with Sierotix).
Realistically though, you will have better chance “bribing” your friends/relatives to do it for you by offering them free, fast and unlimited internet access while they are in Japan. Despite the fact that Linksmate is managed by the infamous HRT (former game producer of Granblue), my personal experience with the MVNO service was pretty positive. You should use this as an advantage to get people into helping you to complete this final step. Just remember to teach them on how to enable Linksmate on their device and login to your Granblue account.
Linking Linksmate and Your Granblue Account
To hook up your game account with Linksmate, you would have to play the game through their network. Playing the game through a WiFi network, even with a Linksmate SIM installed, doesn’t count for the purpose of linking your accounts.
Most phones nowadays support a wide range of cellular frequency, and so they can be used directly in Japan. However, do take note that in order to connect to Linksmate, your device will need to be SIM-free or at least compatible with the NTT DoCoMo network in Japan (as a MVNO, Linksmate doesn’t have its own network and has to rent DoCoMo’s one).
If you don’t have a SIM-free device, the alternative is to bring a travel wifi router, put your Linksmate SIM in it, and connect your device to it. It seems that so long as the game data is sent through a Linksmate-connection their system will recognize your game info and complete the linking process, regardless of whether the device you use to play the game has the SIM installed or not.
Once you (or your proxy) have logged to your game with a Linksmate-connected device at least once, you should receive a confirmation email 2-3 hours after saying that your accounts are linked. After that, you may login to your profile on the Linksmate website and claim your Medusa in-game!
That’s all for this guide. I hope this can help more of you acquire this little cute, exotic tsundere primal!