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An Elder Secret (Merciless) is the first stage in Growing Strange. Beating this stage allows the player to access one of seven random Continuation Stages. The possible Continuation Stages include:

Each is based around a different enemy type, with a 99% chance of yielding an Elder Catfruit Seed and a 1% chance of an Elder Catfruit. (At least one reward is guaranteed.)


Battleground

Strategy

Since you will have to deal with another level afterwards, you can use one of these 2 methods to beat this:

  1. Hope for 1-2 specific follow-up level(s) and go with a focused army that can defeat them easily. (Very luck-based and inefficient, but MUCH easier.)
    • Example 1: You can use Eva Unit-01, Ganglion/Orbital Platform Armageddon and anti-Zombie, Alien or everyone as general attackers, so if the Alien stage or the Zombie one comes out, you can beat them without much trouble, but you will fail against the other 5 stages (unless you have enough free spaces for other cats), getting the Catfruit Seed 2/7 of the times on average.
    • Example 2: You can use an army such as: Ramen, Jiangshi, Cat Machine Mk 3, an anti-Zombie and a Critical Hitter for this level (Mk 3 is for the Pigeons, it will die and be resummoned in time for Berserkory as well, Eva Unit-00 is worse here because it can't be resummoned nor resist Berserkory), then add something to make a couple of stages doable, such as a Metal staller or 2 for the Metal stage, an extra unit who is strong against Zombies for Zamelle in the Zombie stage, Bombercat and a unit who deals very high damage to Black for the Black stage, etc.
  2. Go with an anti-everyone loadout that can defeat (almost) all follow-up levels. (VERY hard, but efficient.)
    • Example: You can use a combination of certain cats and some anti-everyone to have a chance against every possible follow-up level except, maybe, 1 or 2, this way you WILL have an hard time, but if you can manage it, the chance to win (and get the Seed) will be higher, maybe even guaranteed.

Here are some units that can help greatly using this strategy:

  1. Manic Eraser Cat, Eraser Cat, Ramen Cat, and/or Shigong Cat - They are good choices for meatshields, with Ramen having extra use against the Angel stage and Sifu being specialized for the Zombie stage.
  2. Cyborg Cat, Kasa Jizo, and/or Baby Gao - Powerful spammable attackers, although if using the latter 2, a good unit for the Angel stage is needed.
  3. Bombercat - Nearly required for the Black stage unless you have some very powerful Ubers that can brute force it, notably ultramaxed Jizo.
  4. Aphrodite, Bardiel, or Cyberpunk - Using any of these will guarantee a win on the Alien stage, although Cyberpunk must be stacked for best effect.
  5. Roe Cat, Cat Machine MkIII, or Tokyo Miku - For stalling the Berserkory in the first stage, as well as for the Red stage.
  6. Generalist ubers with excellent damage and/or CC effect (Amaterasu, Kasli, Ragnarok, Mitama, MOMOCO, and/or Chronos to name a few) can help on more than one stage and are a great use of your precious 10 slots.
  7. Waitress / Soba Cat, Paladin Cat, or Hayabusa - Critters for the Metal One Horn in the first stage as well as the entirety of the Metal stage. Note that Soba is more consistent for the former with her 100% crit, but the Ubers are more consistent for the latter as they have Area Attack.

You must also remember that items do not carry over, meaning that Treasure Radars will be useless and you can't get any extra help in the second stage, but you can use a weaker anti-everyone army that can only beat the first stage with the help of items to focus a bigger part of the army on the second level.

Trivia

  • Prior to version 7.5, this stage contained a 400% Calamary instead of a 1600% Maawth.
  • In the speech-bubble reference beside the event name, this level is labeled "Deadly", although it should be "Merciless".
  • This stage's gimmick is the opposite of the regular Catfruit stages. The first level is similar to Catfruit Jubilee, while the Continuations are similar to the other "Growing" stages, featuring enemies of one trait (only that a Metal and Zombie level were added as well).

Reference

Special Stages
Daily Stages
Normal Stages Monday Stage (Rich Cat) • Tuesday Stage (Speed Cat) • Wednesday Stage (Cat Jobs) • Thursday Stage (Sniper Cat) • Friday Stage (Helpful Cat) • Weekend Stage
Blitz Stages Monday Blitz StageTuesday Blitz StageWednesday Blitz StageThursday Blitz StageFriday Blitz Stage
Guerrilla Stages
Cat Ticket Guerrilla Love, Metal Hippoe (Hard)Super Metal Hippoe (Expert)Steel Visage (Deadly)Forged to Kill (Deadly)
XP Guerrilla XP Stage/Weekend StageXP Megablitz!XP ColosseumMerciless XP!The Proving Grounds (First Round (Easy)First Round (Expert)First Round (Deadly))
Catfruit Guerrilla Growing Green (IIIIII) • Growing Purple (IIIIII) • Growing Red (IIIIII) • Growing Blue (IIIIII) • Growing Yellow (IIIIII) • Growing Strange (IRedFloatingBlackAngelAlienMetalZombie) • Growing Epic (III) • Catfruit JubileeCatfruit Buffet
Material Guerrilla Cavern of Comets (IIIIII) • Island of Ash (IIIIII) • Strait of Wings (IIIIII)
Enigma Guerrilla Isle of the Map Lord (IIIIII)
Cyclone Stages
Solo Fights Attack on R-Cyclone (Expert)Attack on B-Cyclone (Expert)Attack on W-Cyclone (Expert)Oncoming Maelstrom (Expert)Attack on Titanium (Insane)Black Hole Rising (Insane)Oncoming Storm (Insane)Unholy Tempest (Insane)The Wormhole Opens (Deadly)Wrath of Hell (Deadly)Charybdis' Mouth (Merciless)
Dual Fights Bad to Worse (Tragedy in Red (Insane)Doom Paradise (Insane))
Day of Judgement (Explosion in the Sky (Insane)Acts of Cat-God (Insane))
Techneurosis (Nuts 'n' Bolts (Expert)Space is the Place (Insane))
Advent Stages
Solo Fights Tier 1 No Plan A (Deadly)Realm of Carnage (Deadly)Honey Trap (Deadly)Parade of the Dead (Deadly)
N-1 Grand Prix (Deadly)Bombergirl (Deadly)Puffer Planet (Merciless)Flow Like the Stream (Merciless)
Possessed by Evil (Merciless)
Tier 2 The Pure Land (Merciless)Saintly Sister (Merciless)I'll Be Bug (Merciless)Dogsville (Merciless)
Last of the Dead (Merciless)Baby Fake (Merciless)
Dual Fights The Angel & The Demon (No Plan A (Deadly)Realm of Carnage (Deadly)
The Queen & The Dead (Honey Trap (Deadly)Parade of the Dead (Deadly)
The King & The Maiden (N-1 Grand Prix (Deadly)Bombergirl (Deadly))
Crazed Stages
Crazed Cats Dark Souls (Insane)Absolute Defence (Insane)Berserk (Insane)
Festival Gross (Insane)Head Shaker (Insane)Flappy Cat (Insane)
Fish Hell (Insane)Mammals? (Insane)Crazy Cats (Insane)
Manic Cats Deathhawk (Deadly)Vulcanizer (Deadly)Unjust War (Deadly)
Muscle Party (Deadly)Lots O' Lion (Deadly)Forest Beasts (Deadly)
Ogre Island (Deadly)Draconian (Deadly)Resident Feline (Deadly)
Clan of the Maniacs The Wild Dance (Deadly)Insane Rhythms (Merciless)
Awakening Stages
Buyable Cats Actress AwakensKung Fu AwakensMr. AwakensBondage AwakensThe Dom Awakens
Box Cats AwakenPanties AwakensNinja AwakensZombie AwakensSamurai Awakens
Sumo AwakensBoogie AwakensSkirt Awakens
Monthly Cats Adult Cat AwakesEvil Cat AwakesDoll Cats AwakeMaiden Awakes
Koi AwakensBride AwakensVacation AwakesVengeance Awakes
Kung-Fu X AwakensSports Day AwakensSalaryman AwakesReindeer Fish Awakens
Li'l Cats Tiny Meows (Deadly)Tiny Will (Deadly)Tiny Chopper (Deadly)
Tiny Creeper (Deadly)Tiny Horns (Deadly)Tiny Wings (Deadly)
Tiny Fins (Deadly)Tiny Tail (Deadly)Tiny Fists (Deadly)
Cyclone Cats Crimson VengeanceNEO Darkness HeavenPeerless Too
Wrath of the DivineBitter IronyDimension of Delirium
Red Sky At NightThe Dead Keep RollingThe 3rd Dimension
Advent Cats Clionel DominantRiver AcheronQueen's Condemnation
Dead by EncoreKing Wahwah's ReturnA Deeper Dream
Other Cats Tricycle AwakensCat Kart AwakensFlower Cat Awakens!Nekondo AwakensCatburger Awakens
Event All-Stars Stages
Special Thanks! (Insane)Ultra Stress! (Insane)Miracle Tactics! (Insane)Wonderful Conquest (Insane)Elite Corps (Insane)Megaton Blast (Insane)Presents of Mind (Insane)
Memorial Stages
Year's First Dawn • Happy Birthday (IIIIII) • Grats! 3 Years!!Joy of 20 Million!Joy of 30 Million!Joy of 40 Million!CAT DAYJoy & ProsperityJoy of 50 Million!Golden Week Special!!Joy of 60 Million!
Region Restriction
Punchy PrizefighterSecret DelicacyFaster Than Fast FoodWe're Number OneCola Flavor CatWafer Cat Advent
Unknown Schedule
Dark Descent I: Eastern Cave • II: Western Walk • III: Southern Fort • ∞: Northern Crater
Seeing Red I: Sands of the East • II: Wastes of the West • III: Peaks of the South • ∞: Ruins of the North
Duel Stages Duel on the Prairie (VanguardEliteCommander) • Duel at Sunset (VanguardEliteCommander) • Duel Under the Stars (VanguardEliteCommander) • Duel on the Dunes (VanguardEliteCommander) • Duel at the Lava Fields (VanguardEliteCommander) • Duel Under the Sea (VanguardEliteCommander)
Tag Arena Rookie (QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals) • Beginner (QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals) • Adept (QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals) • Pro (QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals) • Expert (QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals)
Total Wars Spring Special (BasicStandardAdvancedExaltedSupreme) • Summer Special (BasicStandardAdvancedExaltedSupreme) • Fall Special (BasicStandardAdvancedExaltedSupreme) • Winter Special (BasicStandardAdvancedExaltedSupreme)
Deadly Carnival Tornado Carnival (Deadly)Awakened Carnival (Deadly)
Deadly Carnival II Tornado Carnival II (Deadly)Awakened Carnival II (Deadly)
Deadly Carnival III Tornado Carnival III (Deadly)Awakened Carnival III (Deadly)
Heavenly Tower Floor 1Floor 2Floor 3Floor 4Floor 5Floor 6Floor 7Floor 8Floor 9Floor 10Floor 11Floor 12Floor 13Floor 14Floor 15Floor 16Floor 17Floor 18Floor 19Floor 20Floor 21Floor 22Floor 23Floor 24Floor 25Floor 26Floor 27Floor 28Floor 29Floor 30Floor 31Floor 32Floor 33Floor 34Floor 35Floor 36Floor 37Floor 38Floor 39Floor 40Floor 41Floor 42Floor 43Floor 44Floor 45Floor 46Floor 47Floor 48Floor 49Floor 50
Legend Quest LEVEL 1 - LAST LEVEL (randomized SoL stages & lineups)
Citadels Floor 1Floor 2Floor 3Floor 4Floor 5Floor 6Floor 7Floor 8Floor 9Top Floor
Gauntlet Stages
General Baron Seal Strikes Baron Seal Strikes!: Red Alerts 1~20 • Baron Seal Strikes!!: Red Alerts 21~40 • Baron Seal Strikes!!!: Red Alerts 41~60
Le'Grim Strikes Le'Grim Strikes!: Rampage Lv1~20 • Le'Grim Strikes!!: Rampage Lv21~40 • Le'Grim Strikes!!!: Rampage Lv41~60
Mega Menace Mega Menace!: On Mighty Wings Lv.1~20 • Mega Menace!!: On Mighty Wings Lv.21~40 • Mega Menace!!!: On Mighty Wings Lv.41~60
Horrorpotamus Horrorpotamus!: Cosmic Juggernaut Lv.1~20 • Horrorpotamus!!: Cosmic Juggernaut Lv.21~40 • Horrorpotamus!!!: Cosmic Juggernaut Lv.41~60
Seasonal A Colossal New Year!A Colossal Valentine'sSuffering Spring!Summer Break Cats
Monthly June GauntletJune Gauntlet IIJuly GauntletJuly Gauntlet IIAugust GauntletAugust Gauntlet IISeptember GauntletSeptember Gauntlet IIOctober GauntletOctober Gauntlet II
Other Special Stages
The Battle Cats POP! Poppin' in 3D!Fight your Friends!Player VS PlayerPay Only Once!No I-A-P!Get Those UbersConquer the GalaxyAt Nintendo eShop!
Mystery Package Sender Unknown
BitSummitBCJP Only Held in Miyako Messe! (2016)Held in Miyako Messe! (2017)Held in Miyako Messe! (2018)One more thing... (2018)Held in Miyako Messe! (2019)One more thing... (2019)
Crazed Moneko in JAPANin LONDONin NEW YORKin THE MOON
The Battle Cats Together! Play Battle Cats Together!Team Up & Win!Over 350 Cats!Play All you Want!Legend Stages Too!Minigames Galore!At the Nintendo eShop!But the App's Fun Too :)
Most Defeated 2019 Surprising #5Not Uncommon #4As Expected #3Runner-Up #2Unbelievable #1Unseen in 2019
Most Appearances 2020 Congrats on #5#4 As ExpectedSomehow #3#2 Out of Nowhere#1 Thanks to You!No New Appearances
Empress' Research Arcane ConfluenceServant of DarknessデーモンパークWicked CatWicked TankWicked Axe
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