StreetPass functionality in Echoes is fairly basic compared to previous games. After passing another player, you will swap Profile cards and there’s a chance of receiving a present or gossip.
To enable StreetPass communications in-game, you must go to Connect – StreetPass History while on the world map menu. If you haven’t yet enabled StreetPass, the game will ask you to do so.
Receiving StreetPass Tags
Once StreetPass has been enabled for Echoes, you merely need to carry your 3DS or 2DS with you and hope you bump into somebody doing the same. This is easier in busy towns or during big gaming-related events.
StreetPass communication occurs automatically as long as your 3DS or 2DS is in sleep mode or not in Local Wireless mode.
Also, if you have an older 3DS model, your wireless switch must be on; for newer models, “Wireless Communication/NFC” must be enabled via the HOME Menu Settings.
You can check your HOME Menu Notifications or the in-game StreetPass History to determine if you have received an Echoes StreetPass tag.
After a Successful Tag
Having tagged a fellow Echoes player, you will find their Profile card in your StreetPass history. From here, you can view their Profile similar to the Global Rankings. The main difference is that you can favourite profiles.
In addition, towards the very right of the profile list, there may be one of two icons: a present box or a speech bubble (white or greyed out). If it’s not a greyed out speech bubble, there will be an additional option when you select the corresponding profile.
- Present (gift box) – You will instantly receive a random item. (85% chance)
- Gossip (speech bubble) – You will be told to visit a specified location on the map. If the speech bubble is greyed out, this means you need to progress the story. (15% chance)
If you get a present, there’s a 85% chance of there being no item. Should that happen–and there’s a very high chance (72.25% chance) of it happening–no icon appears.
Gossip is further divided into two categories.
- Treasure – Upon entering the location (battle maps only), there will be a single treasure chest containing a random item. (40% chance)
- Enemy – Upon entering the location (dungeons only), you can encounter a rare enemy with a guaranteed chance. (60% chance)
The items you may find differ depending on if you receive them as a present or if you find them from a treasure chest.
In general, rarer items can be found via treasure chests. However the chance of finding a treasure chest is fairly low, equal to 15% x 40% = 6%. Meanwhile, the chance of receiving an item as a present is equal to 85% x 15% = 12.75%.
To further understand the futility, the chance of getting an item with a rarity of S is approximately equal to 0.5% x 6% = 0.03%. Which isn’t actually that bad assuming you can StreetPass many Echoes players.
|Rarity of Item||Rate (via Present)||Rate (via Treasure)|
|E||Iron [weapon], Splitting Axe, Leather Shield, Iron Shield, Handmade Doll, Bear Carving, Ale, Leftover Ale, Soup, Cold Soup, Wine, Garlic, Drinking Water, Orange, Carrot, Bread, Leftover Bread, Bread Piece, Hard Bread, Flour, Holey Cheese|
|D||Steel [weapon], Shadow Sword, Javelin, Devil Axe, Steel Shield, Coral Fragment, Bonewalker Oil, Herring, Yogurt, Butter, Dried Meat, Raw Meat, Mana Herbs|
|C||Silver [weapon], Brave Sword, Zweihänder, Ilwoon, Ridersbane, Longbow, Silver Shield, Silver Platter, Blessed Ring, Coral Ring, Dragon Scale, Mila Carving, Duma Carving, Black Pearl, Gargoyle Ear, Red Tricorn, Dubious Mask, Ram Wine, Sausage, Dried Shieldfish, Honey, Ham|
|B||Lightning Sword, Blessed [weapon], Ladyblade, Rapier, Emperor Lance, Rhomphaia, Saunion, Killer Bow, Radiant Bow, Blessed Shield, Emperor Shield, Prayer Ring, Duma Moss, Dagon Fillet, Medicinal Syrup, Exotic Spice, Blue Cheese, Sweet Cookie|
|A||Mercurius, Gradivus, Parthia, Hexlock Shield, Angel Ring, Speed Ring, Mage Ring, Grimoire Ring, Gossamer Hair|
|S||Astra, Sol, Luna, Dracoshield|