Once you have reached the field with swords, you will be attacked and you will start the battle. At the beginning of the battle, you will learn about the main objective of the battle side challenges that increase the number of experience points you receive. Each battle is different has different objectives. Usually, you have to defeat some other opponents, or survive a given number of rounds, reach a specific field or neutralize one of the enemies.
After you have learned the objectives, you will start to position your party members. You can only pick four of them for the battle. When it comes to the positioning itself, I recommend that you adopt the tactical approach. Much depends on the objectives, e.g. if you are supposed to defend, try to position your characters so that natural obstacles provide covers. Always try to have tougher characters fight in the first line. Keep Kay and the rest farther away from the enemies.
The battle screen presents many important elements. These have been described below:
1. Movement. Each of the characters in the battle can move a specific number of fields. During your turns, the character can move and perform one additional action: use an object or skill.
2. Enemy information. When you roll your mouse over an opponent, a short information note about him will display. Here, you can look up, e.g. health points, defense points.
3. Movement queue. Here, you learn about the order of movement of your characters. Characters with higher initiative have the way of movement.
4. Authority. Authority is very important and it plays two major roles during battle, You can use a single point for a character to be allowed one more action (,e.g. attack). Apart from that, each of your characters has a powerful ability that requires as many as four Authority points. The points are generated spontaneously, during turns.
5. Information about the battlefield. After you roll your mouse over this icon, you will receive information about the battlefield. Some of them, e.g. limit the freedom of movement of characters.
6. Additional actions bar. Here, you can access several additional options: end turn, use item, take back the move, wait for others to move and use authority to activate a skill.
7. Skills. Here, you can access all of the skills of a given character.
8. Information about the active character. This option informs you about a character's name, health points and available defense points. Apart from that, above the emblem, there is an icon that will inform you about passive ability of the character.
9. Combat options. Here, you can access several options: flee from battle (you can start the battle over, without any consequences), terms of victory, save the course of the battle, speed up the battle and game options.
Each time you finish a battle, you will receive experience points, which you can use to upgrade your party members. Apart from that, you will ooften gain valuable items for the party.