Three Houses: Official Site Update (Exploring the Monastery)

Today, the Japanese official website for Three Houses received another update, this time covering the activities you can do while exploring the monastery during weekends.

Most of the details were already covered by Famitsu, especially the articles released on 29th May and 19th June. That said, there are a few cool tidbits. I’ll also recap most of the key information, just in case.

As you may know, during weekends, one of the things you can do is explore the Garreg Mach Monastery, through a third person perspective. The monastery is equipped with various facilities that you can make use of, to enrich your time at the Officer’s Academy. You can use these facilities to improve your abilities and deepen your bonds with your students.

Making Use of Facilities

The monastery where the students all reside features many different facilities. Depending on the facility, you can do different things, like getting to know the students and monastery occupants better or obtaining items, etc.

Here’s a quick look at some of the notable facilities:

Dining Hall

Share a meal together or work together to prepare your own food. If the characters like the food, their Motivation will really go up.

Greenhouse

By mixing different seeds, you can grow crops like vegetables that can be used as ingredients in the dining hall or flowers that can be given as gifts.

Drill Grounds

Here, you can select a class representative and challenge an opponent in aim of victory. If you succeed, you can earn a prize (such as passes to take exams to change class).

This seems to be the inter-house tournaments that we’ve seen bits and bobs from in the past. It basically functions like a casual arena (or the drill grounds in New Mystery of the Emblem). You can check the suggested level, your opponent’s weapon and potential rewards. It seems your weapon is based on the tournament rules (here, it’s Lance).

Fishing

Use your timing to pull your fishing rod and try to score a big catch. There are also special days where you can catch rare fish.

amiibo Gazebo

Simply called the “amiibo Spot” in the Japanese version. Here, you can scan compatible amiibo to receive items and other rewards.

Recruiting Others to Your House

The houses that each student belong to are pre-determined from their nation of origin. But the students themselves are always eager to study under a better environment, so if the protagonist can meet their conditions, you can recruit students from other houses into your own house.

The required conditions are varied. So it’s important to train hard to make yourself into a charming teacher who they can look up to as a role model.

The better you are in the students’ strong skill areas, the easier it’ll be to earn their respect. From the above screenshot, it looks like Annette is a potential recruit (indeed, there appear to be many, with the exception of the house leaders and a few others).

The “train hard” bit links to a video showing the protagonist receiving Faculty Training. This is one sub-activity you can do while exploring, which lets you boost your own skill levels by speaking to other monastery staff.

The staff member looks to be Gilbert, a character we don’t know much of. He can teach Lance, Axe, Heavy Armour and Riding skills. From his skill set, I’m guessing he’s a member of the Knights of Seiros?

Getting to Know Each Other

The monastery during weekends is full of people spending their time in their own ways. If you can return a lost item that you’ve found while exploring or give them a nice present, they’re sure to be happy.

Additionally, there’s a unique activity designed for the upper classes gathered at the monastery–“tea parties” where you can sit down and enjoy tea and conversation. The more you can keep the conversation going, the more you’ll closen your gap.

As the bonds between companions grows, special conversations will occur and the “support rank” will increase. The higher the support rank, the better you’ll perform in battle. Why not try to get friendly with many students?

Often, you may find shocking lost items on the floor. Who on earth could have dropped this?

During tea parties, it’s important to choose topics that the other person is likely to be interested in. If the conversation proves fruitful, you can spend more time together than usual.

The “special conversations” bit links to an explanation of support conversations.

When the protagonist and a student, or two students form a deep enough bond, a special “support conversation” can occur. Viewing this will increase the support rank. You can see different sides that you wouldn’t have normally known, thus deepening your friendship.

The conversation contents vary according to the students, such as confessions of anxiety or being caught up in a sudden incident.

Though each student has different backgrounds and goals, they all study under the same house and fight together as allies. So it’s wise to keep note of the friendship between students as well.

Exchange Students

When connected to the Internet, the monastery will be filled with “exchange students” from players across the globe. By speaking to exchange students, you can do many things, like buying items. Note that a Nintendo Switch Online paid subscription is required.

The available options are: Purchase Specialty (an Iron Sword in this case), Ambush Training for 1, Ambush Training for 4 and Hire as Assistant.

The two exchange students are labelled as “Valmese Exchange Student” and “Valentian Exchange Student”. I’m guessing you can choose your title? The “Hire as Assistant” may mean you can recruit them as a support-only unit for the Assistant system (the new version of Pair Up).

Taking on Quests

In the monastery, there may be requests from people who need help. If you answer to these requests, you can receive rewards and increase the protagonist’s Renown within the monastery.

All quests can be found in the bulletin boards dotted around the monastery. Be sure to check them out from time to time.

Battling Alongside Students

Besides the field studies at the end of each month, you can enter battles during weekends, to freely earn experience points (this can be done infinitely in Normal mode, but not Hard mode).

Among these, there are “paralogues” separate from the main story, featuring battles focusing on specific characters

Note: If you select “battle”, you cannot select “explore” during the same weekend. Also, some paralogues may only be available for a certain amount of time.

Each battle has a recommended level. Try to find a battle that’s a reasonable difficulty for you.

All characters live with complicated circumstances behind them. In “paralogues”, they will confront some of the problems that they face.

Time is of the Essence

Your time in the monastery is limited. There’s also a limit to how much the protagonist can get done in a day. By improving your Instructor Level, you can gain more activity points to spend. The better you are as a teacher, the better your weekends will be.

The number at the top of the screen show’s the protagonist’s activity points. Points are consumed when using certain facilities or performing certain actions.

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  • Miley Kliss

    Great article. Maybe Mission Assistance is the same as hire for assistance. You’d just have them paired up with one of your units. Not bad if it means you can utilize that feature and have a full team as well.

    • Aveyn Knight

      Oh, that’s a good theory. I’ll have to look into that.

      • Miley Kliss

        I’m so excited for this game. I wish we had a brief demo so I could play it over and over analyzing everything.

  • Matthew Tate

    Weekend battles being “infinite” on Normal is probably still limited by something though…? Like the activity points you have available? Time in the monastery being limited, hardly seems like weekend battles could be unlimited, but I wonder to what degree…

    • KoriCongo

      No, it’s infinite.
      Side Battles, Grinding Maps, and Paralogues use a different resource than the Stroll Gauge, the Venture Gauge.
      At the start, it appears you have 1 use a weekend.
      There’s always a grinding map that is free to use every weekend on Normal Mode that requires no resources, as such you can grind for as much as you want without advancing the week.

      • Matthew Tate

        I’m okay with this if it’s true! I enjoy over-leveling and customizing characters builds and such. I just didn’t/don’t expect it to be that simple or easy.

    • Aveyn Knight

      There’s an infinite grinding map on Normal, but it’s likely the enemies won’t scale so eventually your exp gain will drop off.

      • Matthew Tate

        This is the kind of balancing factor I was expecting. This makes a lot of sense, but if it’s true, it does mean that you could grind your units up to the plateau each time before moving on to the next week. Is it possible that it affects the students’ morale/motivation levels, too, so eventually they’re worn out and have debuffs?

        It’s hard for me to understand these systems by watching and reading; I usually start a game and either end up having to restart them or finish out with a sub-optimal setup because I can’t follow the “theory.” Thanks for collecting and sharing all of this stuff though! I was unsure about this game for a long time, but keeping up with these updates has brought me around.

  • yoyomom

    Does this mean cooking will return? Because that will definitely make up for the lack of shipping.

    • Aveyn Knight

      Yeah, there are two versions. Cooking your own meal works like the mess hall in Fates. Where you pick ingredients and get a temporary buff.

      • yoyomom

        YES! That’s what I wanted to know. I love the cooking feature in Fates. I’ve already decided I was getting Three houses with or without shipping, but this sweetens the deal. Thanks for telling me.

        • Brave Lady Lyn

          There still is shipping at least for the Avatar after the timeskip.

          • yoyomom

            True, but there are plenty of games where you decide who the avatar ends up with. Not many games where you decide who multiple characters end up with. Then again, even if I could decide who ends up with who in this game, I haven’t decided who to ship, and I’m sure there would be limitations. I got my shipping fix from fates, I think I’m over shipping in Fire emeblem.

  • FletcherJY

    Are we sure that you can both explore the monastery and go and battle on the same weekend? From what i saw of the treehouse stream after they run out of explore points the weekend automatically ended. So unless I’m mistaken you have to choose if you want to train character levels in battle or train weapon ranks in the monastery each weekend, not both

    • Aveyn Knight

      What you’ve wrote sounds correct to me. That’s pretty much what I wrote as well, unless I made a mistake somewhere.

      Note: If you select “battle”, you cannot select “explore” during the same weekend.

      This means once you choose to battle, you’re locked out of exploring (and presumably other options). This also implies the reverse. So if you choose to explore, you’re locked out of battling.

  • Wait. Did I read that last bit wrong, or is the exploration timed? Does that mean I can’t spend hours circling around cats and NPCs before actually interacting with anything? :c