Taste of Success is the fourth event stage in the game where the player can receive a large amount of XP upon completing. Like other XP stages, it consists almost entirely of Black enemies, with the exception of Ms. Sign.
The level starts with several Doge Darks, Gory Blacks and Shadow Boxer Ks spawning. Once the player hits the enemy base, Director Kurosawah and Razorback spawn with the aforementioned peons alongside Tackeys and Dark Otters. After 33.3 seconds, a second Razorback will spawn, and a third Razorback appears after another 33.3 seconds.
Strategy 1 After the first time you beat the level, if you are confident in your strategy, bring a Treasure Radar and Cat Jobs. With those two items and Prof. Cat Jobs thrown in, you can get around 3 MILLION XP.
Though not necessary, a few recommended ubers for this stage are:
Imagawa Yoshimoto - A good counter to Tackey, if you can manage to push him into Tackey's blindspot. Guaranteed weaken makes Tackey less of a threat.
Yukimura / Twinstars / Kasa Jizo - Fast, cheap, capable of easily getting into Tackey's blindspot and with short recharge time, they can help a lot for this level. Though be cautious when deploying them, as too much DPS can lead to the Razorbacks dying too fast and getting everyone to Kurosawah's range. Though they're great for rushing the stage and ending it before the 2nd razorback can even leave the base.
Divine Kuu - Capable of both taking and dealing a lot of damage at a reasonable range, though be wary of her long attack animation and massive TBA.
Oda Nobunaga: Can perma-freeze the Razorbacks and tank alot of hits from the tackey due to his one KB.
The vast majority of Anti-Blacks help out in here, excluding the ones with knock back ability, as those will bring everything to Kurosawah's range and kill your whole stack.
Lineup: Biohazard + Bony Bone, Dual Erasers, Can Can Cat (Though not necessary, Speed talents can make it easier to time Can Can so Tackey doesn't hit them), Bombercat, Thaumaturge Cat (Can help to allow high-leveled erasers to tank a Razorback hit), Rodeo Cat, Pizza Cat.
If Bombercat isn't available, Pizza must have max wave/slow Talents.
Battle Items: optional, but Cat CPU is recommended.
Preferred Cannon: Slow Beam
At the beginning, turn off CPU. Use the enemies at the beginning to obtain money, stack Pizza and Bombercats and level up the wallet. Once you have enough money and a high enough wallet level (6 or higher, preferably 8 if you can stall long enough), you should have a good enough Pizza stack to deal with the next wave. Spam everything except the combo units once you hit the base (CPU can work well for this, but you have the risk that CPU fires the slow cannon at a wrong time, leaving you unable to use it on a crisis).
Bomber's freeze is, of course, the main key to control the Razorbacks from crushing your frontlines, while Pizza and Rodeo provide a safety net or replace it completely if Bomber is unavailable. Additionally, Pizza's wave attack can work to kill any Tackey that shows up. However, sometimes your stack can end up running to Kurosawah as Pizza's gargantuan damage (which becomes higher if he makes shockwaves) can kill the Razorbacks too fast for it's own good at levels above 30, but thanks to the research catcombos, re-stacking if that happens becomes a lot easier. Use the slow cannon when your stack fails to slow/freeze Razorback to save yourself from a crisis. Once the Razorback trio is defeated, kill the remaining Tackeys before they start sniping your base and you will win. Do note that this strategy is fairly hard to follow and requires extremely high levels for each cat.
The strat is from Nurse Wuffa. Go check it out. The following articles expands on some of the requirements and miscellaneous stuffs.
Lineup:: Bring Cat, Wall Cat, C/M cat, Crazed wall or Manic eraser, Bombercat, Manic macho leg, C/M flying Cat, and pizza and AYY Bahamut. Pizza can be replaced with Catway Cat (advent unit). I also bring metal because if when you hit the base, you meatshields melt right away because of razorback or kurosawah, metal cat makes it salvageable. But it is not necessary. (No Gacha Strat, just toss pizza cat and bring Catway)
- It is recommended that you bring cat CPU, Treasure (For 2mil XP treasure), and XP up. No snipe (it will chip you into kurosawah hitzone, your MS will all die, exposing your bombercat and manic leg).
- Your cat and C/M cat can be at any level, but your manic leg shall be level 20 or higher same goes for C/M Flying cat. Your wall cat should be level 66 (20+46) so that its health is 20100. Manic eraser shall be level 34 so that its health is 20305. At 20k health mark your wall/manic eraser can tank 2 hits from doge. It makes a huge difference. It is not necessary, but will boost success rate. You can simply bring a low level eraser (like 30) or crazed wall (20).
This strategy is made to abuse unit limit, so that tackey won't spawn and kill all your cats!
Phase 1. Once u start the fight stall the wave with 3 Meatshields, bombercat, and one or two of your manic flying. Do not put in manic leg just yet. You should be able to kill the first wave of peons and upgrade your wallet cat. If your MS died and doge killed your manic flying immediately spawn another one to push them back to prevent losing the game. In this first phase if your cat level is low you might need all 4 meatshields to tank the wave.
Phase 2. Upon second wave (Shadow Boxer X spawn), deploy your manic leg cat and spam all 4 meatshields and bombercat. Deploy manic leg as soon as it is possible and stack up a few before your cats reach the base. You should deploy a few manic flying to help pushing, you can also push slower for wallet by spawning less.
Phase 3. Once you reach the base and your cats are pushed back, use slow beam. Or u can simply let it sit there and use it whenever necessary. Continue spamming nothing else, but your 4 MS, manic leg, and bombercat. If you do everything correctly, kurosawash shall die to your manic legs' waves.
Phase 4. Before Kurosawah died (After the second knockback, it shall die in less than or slightly longer than a minute). Spawn your AYY bahamut, Catway and pizza (if u have it) in such a way that they reach the frontline right when Kurosawah died. Or you can simply wait till kurosawah died and spawn attackers (Turn on cat CPU). The reason why you should spawn them in the way that I suggested is because when u killed kurosawah, unit limit is about to reach the point where tackey will spawn. Killing stuff asap can increase success rate. If you just wait until it dies and spawn attackers there is a chance of failing. Small but not to be ignored!.
The fight is officially done. Enjoy your 1mil+2mil XP.
- This was the first Merciless stage introduced in Battle Cats.
- Once you beat the stage once, it disappears completely, you need to wait for it to appear again to beat it once more.
- It was originally one of the first stages to act this way upon completion.