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KOF 98 UM Online Tips and Strategy Guide

Updated on November 13, 2018
KOF98 UM OL Guide
KOF98 UM OL Guide

King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match Online Tips for Free Players

This KOF 98 UM online beginner's guide aims to help new free players (players who are not willing to spend real money on the game to progress) to maximize their in-game currency benefits to unlock more fighters faster and assamble your desired team.

Even though this guide was made thinking on free players, I am sure every new player will benefit from the tips below.

1. Get Your Free Diamonds Every day

As a "free to play" player, Kof98 ultimate match online offers you several sources to get diamonds for free, diamonds are the most valuable currency in the game, which you can buy with real money. These are the daily activities you must complete to get as many diamonds as possible in the game.

-"Check-in" and "total check-in pack" rewards both include diamonds, so make sure to log in every day to get a nice amount of diamonds per month.

-Arena will reward you with diamonds every day according to your rank, the better the rank, the better the rewards, this means you will need to assamble a decent team fast, to get those daily diamonds sooner. Below I will recommend you some of the best fighters for beginners and the easiest to unlock. (you can claim the diamonds in your email)

-The daily combo reward is 50 diamonds, you will have to execute an specific combo to earn this reward, ask for it to the leader of your club or you can also ask in the world chat window, people is always willing to tell (you can claim the reward in your email).

-Join the club battle everyday, no matter if your team doesn't perform very well, you still receive 20 diamonds as a reward (check your Email to claim).

-Join the clone battle everyday and complete the 3 stages for the chance to get up to 30 diamonds.

-Billy stick (club feature) is a mini game that will grant you some diamonds according to your performance, at the begining you most likely won't get too many, but once you reach level 62 you will unlock the "skip to stage 20" feature making so much easier to reach the max amount of diamonds you can get per day in this mini-game which is 60.

-Keep tracking the official calendar events, since some of them give away diamonds and there are other important promotions you should consider

2. Do not Spend any Diamonds

Kof 98 um ol Save your diamonds!
Kof 98 um ol Save your diamonds!

Diamonds are probably the most important currency in kof98 UM Online, they can be purchased with real money and they can also be acquired by free players through the game without spending a cent but you will have to be more patient and careful with your diamond managment as the game will tempt you to spend them many times through the day.

There are obviously, some exceptions to this rule, such as limited events or sales where spending diamonds is really worth it. I will name them in the tips below.

So, where to spend diamonds?

This is really a subjective topic, besides the first x10 draw to get a 4 star fighter, which is a recommended invest, it really depends on your play style, some people may be looking for specific fighters since they are their favorite characters from the King of fighters universe, some others won't care about that at all and they just want to get the strogest fighters to be super competitive, both are valid reasons to play.

So let's say you are one of the first group and there's a sale where you can buy your favorite fighter for a set amount of diamonds, then go for it!. The lucky draw event is too risky in my opinion since you can spend literally thousands of diamonds and that does not guarantee you get the desired fighter, I rather invest in a safe bet. If you want to try your luck in this event, I suggest you have at least 18000 diamonds to invest in.

If you are one of the second group, save a lot of diamonds so you can get your first aptitude 14 fighter as soon as posible from the "time limited draw chest", i will explain this event below.

Time limited draw event.

This is probably the most anticipated event in the game and for a very good reason, as I metioned before, in this event you can get an apttitude 14 or 15 fighter, commonly known as "bosses".
This is pretty much an auction, where the first 30 people who invest the most diamonds buying chests during the event will get the fighter, you can either buy one chest for 80 diamonds or 10 for 680, it is also worth to mention that with every chest you open there is a small chance to obtain said fighter, and for every set amount of diamonds you spent you will get a free chest that contains fragments for the featured fighter and a lot of other nice rewards like tomes and badges.
Of course, winning is not going to be easy, and if you are interested in participate in this event you need to save tons of diamonds, the problem is, it is impossible to predict an mount of diamonds that will guarantee you the fighter, for instance, in my case, I spent around 18k diamonds, I was ranked 18 and got the fighter, some other people in my server got it for much less than that. If i had to set a safe amount I would say 23k diamonds, just because that's what you require to open the last free chest that grants fragments from the featured figther.

If you don't get the boss in your first try, don't worry, wait for the next auction of the same fighter and eventually you will get it, either you win the auction or you get enough fragments, just keep in mind you will have to be very patient and wait months in this process. The are only 2 actions for each fighter, then you can buy boss fragments in some events.

3. Save Diamonds for the Slot Machine Event (One Arm Bandit)

Saving diamonds for the "One Arm Bandit" event is always a good idea to multiply your diamonds, this is definitely the best event for free and VIP players, It happens once a month, free players get five pulls and VIP 5 or more get up to 3 more pullls, but every pull cost a set amount of diamonds and you will get a random amount higher than the cost of the pull within a set limit, the cost each consecutive pull is more expensive but the reward is greater, below you can see the cost of each pull and the limit of the reward;

First pull:
Most available: 177
Cost: 77

Second pull:
Most available: 577
Cost: 277

Third pull:
Most available: 1677
Cost: 777

4th pull:
Most available: 4377
Cost: 2077

5th pull:
Most available: 7777
Cost: 5077

6th pull: (you need to be vip 5 to continue here)
Most available: 17777
Cost: 10777

7th pull:
Most available: 37777
Cost: 23777

8th pull:
Most available: 67777
Cost: 55777

Remember to keep tracking the events in the oficial Kof 98 um ol page to know when the slot machine event comes.

Kof 98 um ol Guide: Save Diamonds for the Slot Machine Event
Kof 98 um ol Guide: Save Diamonds for the Slot Machine Event

4. Join an Active Club

Joining a club will unlock the club store and more features that will grant you club coins and free diamonds every day and the posibility to buy fighter fragments.

The better the club you join is ranked the higher the rewards you gain, so make sure you join an active club and also be active yourself by completing the daily club activities, like the club battle, the daily gold donation and the club challenge among others. The faster you join a good club the sooner you will start to stack the club currency.

5. Recommended Fighters for Beginners

Ko98 UM OL Guide; Recomended Fighters for beginners  (Ftp)
Ko98 UM OL Guide; Recomended Fighters for beginners (Ftp)

In order to progress through the main and elite campaing you need to assemble a decent team early on, this will also help to position yourself in a better rank in the Arena which will grant you more Diamonds per day.

The next fighters are easy to obtain and are probably the best low rank fighters:

Kyo - (Dps) You will get him for free at the start of the game along with other fighters, but kyo kusanagi is a strong aptitude 13 damage figther that is worth to keep on your team.

Note: you will aslo recieve Athena, a healer fighter that will help you a lot in the beggining of the game, keep her until you get Kensou to replace her. She can be used as a decent frontline.

Kensou - (Gank) There is no doubt he is the best aptitude 12, half tank and half healer, he belongs to the frontline.
How to unlock- You can buy his fragments from the trial store (5 frags x 900 trial coins), 2 nodes in Elite campaing; Chapter 4-2 and Chapter 10-2.

Vice - Damage dealer and buff for your dps fighters, her ultimate ability aims to the lower health enemy, very useful in many situations.
How to unlock- You can buy her fragments from the honor store (5 frags x 900 honor coins), 1 node in Elite campaing; Chapter 6-2.

Mature - (Dps) Damage dealer and buff for you rear line, her ultimate skill aims to the higher health enemy and deals extra damage to enemies with 50% hp plus, great to get rid off enemy tanks.
How to unlock- You can buy her fragments from the honor store (5 frags x 900 honor coins), 1 node in Elite campaing; Chapter 7-2.

Ryo - The easiest tank to improve and also a good one, strongly recommended to have at least 1 tank in your team.
How to unlock- You can buy his fragments from the honor store (5 frags x 900 honor coins), 2 nodes in Elite campaing; Chapter 4-4 and Chapter 9-5.

King - Damage dealer who can silence enemies with her ultimate and basic skill, deals extra damage to gank fighters.
How to unlock- You can buy her Fragments from the club store (5 frags x 900 club coins), 2 nodes in Elite campaing; Chapter 3-3 and Chapter 13-4.

Note: Fragments of Orochi Shermie are also availiable to buy from the club store (5 frags for 1500 club coins), if you are patient enough and willing to wait a few months in order to get her, then you can skip King and go for Shermie, since she is one of the strongest figthers you can adquire as a free to play (apttitude 13).

Take into account I am not suggesting you must assemble this exact team in order to progress in to the game. You can create your own initial team and success either way, but consider to get at some of the fighters I recommend, and you will succed faster.

6. Be Patient and Enjoy the Game

Following the simple tips of this Kof 98 UM OL guide guarantees faster progress in the game, but let's be honest, even so, you will have to be very patient, this kind of mobile games are designed to take some time to progress, unless you decide to pay a good amount of money, if you are not willing to invest, keep this in mind and better enjoy the game.

I hope this guide is useful for you and feel free to ask me anything about the game in comment section below.


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      The S max? you need to unlock the 6th element gate (Water)

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      How to have 2nd ult move?


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