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.
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.
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 attack rate.
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.
Cat 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.
Strategy 2 (ft. Hermit Cat)
Hermit Cat is a very useful unit in this stage. Not only does he make killing Kurosawah a LOT faster, he helps control the black hordes, preventing them from ruining your bomber stack.
Lineup:: Prof. Cat Jobs, Awakened Bahamut Cat, Hermit Cat (30+), Manic Macho Legs, Pizza Cat, Manic Mohawk Cat, Manic Eraser Cat, Eraser Cat, Bombercat (Must be True Form), Cyborg Cat / Drone Cat / Cameraman Cat / Nymph Cat (Super Rare Cat) / Manic Flying Cat.
Spammable DPS ubers, such as Kasa Jizo, also work in the last slot. All units should be level 30 or higher.
Professor Cat Jobs is present for his combo and not required.
Battle: For the startoff, use meatshields, Bomber, MML, and Hermit to deal with the enemies. Stack Bomber, making sure to unsync at least the first 3. Make sure to not spawn the other units. Eventually, you will push. When you get about halfway, spawn Awakened Bahamut to activate the boss wave without your bombers syncing on base hit.
Once the Razorback and the rest of the enemies come out, keep spamming meatshields, Bomber, MML, and Hermit. If Catjobs is in True Form, spawn him too. Once the second Razorback comes out, slow down your bomber spam as to not hit the deploy limit. Eventually, Kurosawah will die, and at that point, just spam everything.
- Prior to he Version 6.6 Update, this stages location was called ```Deadly 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.