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SOS, also known as mortal peril, is a player condition.

DS: This condition occurs when either Neku or his partner has 0 HP in his or her portion of the HP bar. Any damage taken while in SOS will deplete the HP of the other character.

Solo/Final Remix: This condition occurs with 25% or less of total HP. This condition affects both characters.

AnalysisEdit

In most cases, SOS is an undesirable condition. However, there is a strategy that deliberately induces SOS to increase one of the character's stats, usually Neku, beyond normal means. There are two ways to achieve this for Neku:

In DS, Tin Pin Thrift only cuts Neku's HP. To induce SOS on a partner, that partner must wear one of the above three threads. It is possible to induce SOS for both characters, which sets HP to 0. (Game over will only occur if HP is below 0.)

AbilitiesEdit

In exchange for SOS, the afflicted character is gifted with some of the most powerful abilities in the game:

  • Sacrifice: +30% ATK, +20% EXP (affects Neku only)
  • SOS ATK Boost 1/2: +20%/+50% ATK
  • SOS DEF Boost 1/2: +20%/+50% DEF
  • SOS Power Up 1/2: +10%/+15% ATK and DEF
  • SOS Null Damage: 30% chance of nullifying any attack

ATK boosts are applied after final ATK (base ATK + pin ATK) is calculated, making these boosts much more potent than Resonance or trend boosts. Stacking SOS boosts result in the final boost to be the sum of all individual boosts. Check Damage for more details.

The two threads with SOS ATK Boost 2, Vampire Dress and Black Book Bag, are considered to be among the most powerful items in the game. The ability allows ATK be boosted far beyond what Samurai Sword grants.

SetupsEdit

SOS threads, along with Tin Pin Thrift, are first available on week 2, day 5. LOB and LASS are the two maingame configurations, while the others are only available during the postgame.

Lo-BRV [LOB]Edit

This setup is available on week 2, day 5. Neku requires only 45 BRV, so there is no need to spend money on multiple BRAVE+. This also makes LOB an option for Beat on week 3, day 2. Goth Bondage Coat induces SOS.

Lapin Angelique Suicide Special [LASS]Edit

The more powerful feminine setup using only clothes from the Lapin Angelique brand requires Neku to have 152 BRV. It is available on week 3, day 2. See LASS for alternative setups and additional details.

Standard SOS (postgame)Edit

This is the standard postgame setup that is suitable for most pin decks. Vampire Dress and Black Book Bag are the two threads with SOS ATK Boost 2. Your Cap and Pi-Face's Jeans have the highest ATK, excluding the slots that have already been filled.

SOS 2.7 (postgame)Edit

This specialized setup is better than Standard SOS for a few pins. All SOS ATK boost threads are equipped on Neku, causing the SOS multiplier to reach 2.7, the maximum possible. If Neku has 100 base ATK, SOS 2.7 deals more damage than Standard SOS if pin ATK is >194. This can happen with trends and/or Resonance, or by using the three pins with ATK >194: Dope Line, Big Bang/Crunch, and Anguis.

Cosmic SOS (postgame)Edit

The Darklit Planets require all six pin slots, so Tin Pin Thrift can't be used. Instead, Goth Bondage Coat induces SOS. With a triple efficiency multiplier, this is the most powerful all-around setup for Neku in the postgame.

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