Tempered in Flame (Deadly) is the only stage in the XP Colosseum stage.
The level starts with a 200% Kurosawah spawning, and soon 1000% Doge Darks in groups of 3 appear periodically. After some time, 3 Bun Bun Blacks 200% will also spawn. If the player takes too long (about 4.5 minutes) 100% Tackeys will appear, and will be constantly spawned until the end of the game.
About Battle Items
- You might want to bring a Rich Cat if the initial burst of money is not enough. Managing money at the beginning of the stage is rather difficult since Doge Darks can easily rush and destroy the base within 6 hits.
- CPU Cat can be useful for meatshielding, however it may be not too useful until Bun Bun Blacks appear.
- Sniper isn't nearly as useful as the strong enemies come in numbers.
- Speed Up is also not that impactful (feel free to use though) as the stage is quite fast-paced.
- As the stage with the 2nd highest base XP gain in the game, (other being taste of success) Cat Jobs will earn more XP for beating this stage than any other. If you can beat this stage reliably, you can get the most out of your Cat Jobs power ups here.
- Treasure Radars can be used to guarantee the 1.23 million XP treasure drop. Buying Treasure Radars from the store and beating this stage is the most cost effective way to spend Cat Food on gaining XP. If you're confident in your lineup, you can even bring Freshman Cat Jobs in order to increase the XP gained.
- Bring any cheap cat that can handle Doge Darks. A good example is Paris. Urashima Taro is also useful for tanking them.
- Bring lots of meatshields because of the 3 Bun Buns. 3 of them work, but if you experience constant defeat, consider bringing more. Also anti-Black can help a lot, for example Tin Cat can, even in low numbers, handle Kurosawah quite well. Consider bringing meatshields with different movement speeds (e.g. Crazed Cat + Mohawk Cat + Crazed Tank Cat).
- Be sure to bring any cat with potential to kill all 3 Bun Buns simultaneously. Otherwise, Tackeys will appear and provide very powerful long-rang support for Bun Bun Black, and the stage would become much more difficult. Aim for good DPS ubers, or ones with Massive Damage against Black or Floating. Using Awakened Bahamut early when all three Bun Bun Blacks are still alive is virtually a waste of money on them because Awakened Bahamut will be outranged by the Bun Bun Blacks. However, Awakened Bahamut beat the Tackeys alone (with help of some meatshields).
- When the Doges spawn, start meatshielding. When they gather and get near the base, kill them together. This is important: if you wait, the Doges will fill the enemy cap and if then you kill them together, Bun Buns will spawn synced and your job will be a lot easier (or a lot harder, depending on your strategy). However, be aware that their damage on the base is quite strong, and mind Kurosawah's occasional clear.
- From now on: kill everything FAST. More details below.
- Now Bun Buns spawn. Kill them fast, while constantly meatshielding. If your DPS is not high you're likely screwed, because Tackey's damage will hit the backlines. If this is frequent try units with range between 200 and 300, to avoid both Bun Bun and Tackey, bring extra anti-Black to lock Bun Bun, extra and faster meatshields to lock Kurosawah, and good luck.
- After Bun Buns are dead, you can breathe again. If the Kurosawah is also killed, and A. Bahamut is on the lineup, deploy, wait, and win. Only Tackeys can't hurt A. Bahamut, except when it's coming. However, if the Kurosawah is still alive with Tackeys tightly packed, things get hairy, A note here: try to put Tackeys in front, by thinning your meatshields to mostly appear from 401-700 range from Kurosawah, and then kill the Tackeys with a 400ish range unit (probably your anit-Bun Bun unit) while stacking TIn Cats. If done correctly you win.
Strategy 2 (ft. King Gamereon)
All you need to win this stage are some meatshields, Bombercat, a cheaper area-attacker to deal with the early Doge Dark rush (Cyborg or Pizza Cat works fine), and King Gamereon. Note: this strategy takes about 10 mins, but it's pretty easy. It leverages the fact that, provided with proper meatshielding and Bombercat's occasional freeze, King Gamereon is virtually impossible to kill, even when Tackeys appear.
When the level starts, upgrade your wallet once, then stop the Doge Dark rush by deploying Bombercat, some meatshields and Cyborg or Pizza Cat. Once you have enough money, send out Gamereon. From this point on, it's pretty straightforward: spam your meatshields and Bombercat, while saving your money. Avoid sending out money-draining cats like Cyborg, because after the Doge Darks die, this stage is pretty scarce on money. Send out a second Gamereon, once he's recharged.
If you have other anti-black ubers with high health and/or range, like Nurse Cat or Vars, you can send them out as well to speed up the process. Don't use cats like Awakened Bahamut, because he'll die quickly and you'll run low on money.
Strategy 3 (ft. Catman)
Using a high levelled Catman (about 25), 3 cheap meatshields (preferably including Crazed Cat) and Crazed Wall (at least level 16), and powerful ranged attackers (such as Cyborg or even Cameraman), you can stall the Bun Buns until they die, without ever letting them touch your Catman or ranged attacker stack. For the end, you can include a high DPS unit too (Crazed UFO). More Ubers work, especially if it is anti-Black or Floating. Fill the rest with Catcombos (because money isn't too plentiful, and by the time the Bun Buns die, you've basically won).
At the beginning, send out Crazed Walls to group the Doge Darks. When they are close to the base, send out one last Crazed Wall, and just after they have killed it and are in the same spot, spawn some ranged attackers to kill them. Save up some more and start spamming meatshields, and when you are sure they have advanced enough to trigger Kurosawah, spawn Catman.
The Bun Buns will spawn and intercept Catman and your ranged attackers on the way to Kurosawah, saving them from death. As soon as all three Bun Buns arrive, fire your Cat Cannon and sync them. Each attack from Catman almost results in a knockback, so if you have enough ranged attackers, the Bun Buns are under control. From now on, you should occasionally let the Bun Buns push, but not too far. If you don't, Catman will knock them back too far and will get killed by Kurosawah.
When the Bun Buns die, Catman will get sniped by Kurosawah and the Tackeys will start coming. Don't waste your money on meatshields anymore; just send out an occasional Crazed Cat to stop Kurosawah from advancing. Spam your ranged attackers and your high DPS to knockback Kurosawa, kill the Tackeys, and use the money to spawn Catman and get a few hits.
Don't be afraid to use Professor Cat Jobs' combo for extra XP. He won't take up a useful slot anyways.
Lineup: Two freeze combos, Awakened Bahamut (Lv 30), Manic Mohawk Cat (Lv 20), Manic Eraser Cat (Lv 20 can work, but recommend at least lv 30), Bombercat (Lv 25-30), Manic Lion (Lv 20/30), Manic Flying/Jizo or any other cheap DPS unit.
Note: there are many other ways to do this, if you don't have freeze up, you can use a research up combo. you don't even need a combo if you have good bomber rng.
Spawn manic mohawk first off to reset Kurosawah's attack and spam Manic Mohawk, Manic eraser, Bomber cat and Manic Lion to perma-freeze Kurosawah and dark doges. When the dark doges die, you should have enough money to spawn A.Behamut, keep spamming everything except combo units and you should win. Enjoy your truck load of XP!