Evolution (進化), otherwise called Awakening, is the process of going through Evolution Synthesis (進化合成) and making your flower knight progress to a more powerful form.
Certain 5* and 6* flower knights may also have a second evolution phase known as Blooming (開花). Note that "Blooming" is not the same as the Blossomed Affection, which refers to 2nd affection or 200% affection.
Some bloomable characters may only have Blooming (Powers-only) / 開花（能力のみ）. This means that they can achieve the powers of blooming, but they don't have extra features like the 3rd portrait, 2nd bed scene, extra voice clips, etc.
In short, a character's state can go Unevolved -> Evolved -> Bloomed.
Effects of Evolution
For all flower knights, both Evolution and Blooming resets their current level to one, but increases their max level and boost their stats.
Evolution doubles the stat boost obtained from affection. Depending on the rarity of the flower knight being evolved, they may learn new ability or improve their existing abilities.
|3 Star||50||60||Learns an ability|
|4 Star||50||60||Owned ability is powered up|
|5 Star||60||70||Learns secondary ability|
|6 Star||60||70||Learns secondary ability|
The exception to the above table is Lilac who is a 4 star flower knight that learns a secondary ability instead of getting her primary ability powered up.
Effects of Blooming
Characters that go through Blooming (Powers-only) / 開花（能力のみ） get the following benefits.
- A further increase to the stat boosts from affection to around 2.5 ~ 2.7x.
- A higher max level of 80.
- Additional and/or improved abilities.
Characters that go through Blooming / 開花 get the previously listed benefits and also the following ones.
- A 3rd portrait for their bloomed form.
- A 4th accessible Character Quest.
- More voice clips in battle and on the Home Screen.
Also, bloomable girls with the extra features (meaning not the Powers-only type) have a 2nd H scene at 200% affection. Seeing this does not require blooming the character ahead of time.
How to Evolve
Click the Character button to get to the Character Management screen. Then click on the fourth tab from the left labeled Evolution/Blooming Synthesis (進化開花合成). to select a flower knight for evolution.
In the Evolution/Blooming Synthesis tab, the game will list all girls that can be evolved or bloomed regardless whether or not they have fulfilled the requirements. Note that the same sort and filter rules apply as with the Character Management screen.
Selecting the knight girl will open a page where the evolution requirements, as well as the pre and post-evolution stats are listed. If you click on the cyan Particulars (詳細) button, you can also see what abilities change/are gained after evolving/blooming.
All flower knights can perform the Evolution when the following conditions are met:
- The flower knight must be at maximum level.
- The required amount of gold must be sufficient in order to pay for the process.
- The required Evolution Dragons/Blums must be available for consumption during the process. The Blums must be the of the same type as the flower knight to be evolved.
Note: There is no condition for the character's affection to be at any level before evolution.
Blums (ブルム), also called Evolution Dragons (進化竜), are earned from events or dragon-based Daily Missions. Dragons come in three rarities and four different types. The types are the same as what flower knights can be: slash, thrust, blunt, and magic.
|1 Star, 5 Year Old Blum|
|3 Star, 20 Year Old Blum|
|5 Star, 100 Year Old Blum|
A flower knight's rarity will determine what consumables are required for her evolution.
The exception to the above table is Golden-rayed Lily who, despite being a 5 star flower knight, has the same evolution requirements as a 4 star flower knight.
Unlike the Evolved form which only requires Blums, blooming requires several materials as shown at the slideshow at the right, which may vary depending on type, nationality and rarity.
When the Bloomed form was first implemented, only a few Flower Knights has a bloomed form which is accompanied with new bloomed CG. Starting from 29th May 2017 onwards, the power-only Bloomed form is implemented to introduce the form to all Flower Knights more rapidly as stated in Blooming Schedule. As of February 12th 2018, the bloomed form has been implemented for all Flower Knights at 5 and 6 stars rarity.
Only 5 and 6 star Flower Knights can reach their bloomed form. However, certain Flower Knights with the rarity of 4 or below can be rarity grown to 6 stars, and then be bloomed after it has reached the max level.
The following conditions needs to be fulfilled to perform Blooming:
- The flower knight must already have its Bloomed Form implemented in the game.
- The flower knight must already been evolved and be at max level.
- The required amount of gold must be sufficient in order to pay for the process.
- Blooming requires the following materials: Elixir, Blooming Birds and Petals.
Note: There is no condition for the character's affection to be at any level before blooming.
The required bird color depends on the type of the Flower Knight. Two Blooming Birds of matching type are needed for each Blooming. Blooming Birds can be purchased from Shop by spending Medal of the Sun. Blooming Birds can also be aquired from the Unique Missions.
The required petals depends on the Nationality of the Flower Knight. Two petals of matching nationality are needed for each Blooming. Petals can be purchased from Shop by spending Crystal of Life, and may be made available in nation-based maps in subsequent updates.
Elixirs, also known as Secret Medicine, are currently available in either gold or rainbow color. An Elixir with the matching rarity to the Flower Knight is required for blooming. They can be obtained as stage rewards from a certain mission map.
The required Gold for blooming is 50,000 Gold higher than the evolution cost relative to its rarity. As such, 5-star knights requires 200,000 Gold while 6-star knights requires 250,000 Gold for blooming.
As stated above, the required material for blooming is affected by three factors: type, nationality and rarity. Let's look at the example below:
|Before Blooming||Required Material||After Blooming|
In Sakura's case, she is a magic-type Flower Knight, so she requires purple Blooming Birds as shown above. As she is one of the 6-star Flower Knight in Blossom Hill, she requires the Petal of Knowledge and Virtue and a rainbow blooming elixir. And finally, she needs 250,000 Gold to perform the Blooming.
|5 star unit||6 star unit|
How to Check if Blooming Comes With Extra Features
Determining if a character has blooming or blooming (powers-only) is not possible with just the filters on the Character Management screens. There is a roundabout method you can do to check if a character will have the extra features that go along with blooming or if they will get blooming (powers-only).
Attempt to change the character's skin by clicking and holding on their icon in any character management tab then clicking the skin change button on the lower left. If they have extra features the third icon will show a darkened version of their bloomed art. Otherwise it will be blank with some Japanese text.
- Evolve the character. You do not need to level up the character after evolution to do this check.
- Go back to the Evolution/Blooming Synthesis screen and select your character for blooming. (If the character does not show up, they may be unable to bloom, or they may be hidden by your filter settings).
- Click on the bottom Details (詳細) button to see the changes that will occur after blooming. (If you see Blums instead of blooming materials, this character is trying to undergo evolution instead of blooming; you did not do step 2).
Irregardless of whether the character gets extra features upon blooming or not, remember that blooming makes the character more powerful in battle. Determining if a character gets the extra features or not is important only to people who want to further enjoy what their character has to show outside of battles.
When to Evolve
A flower knight will usually experience a stat reduction upon evolution due to their level resetting to one. That said, simply leveling them up a couple times will offset this stat reduction very quickly. Upon evolution, performing strengthening synthesis with 10 Manyus of any age/rarity should be enough to make the flower knight stronger than when she was not evolved. Also note that at the moment of evolution, flower knights may experience some stat increases if the flower knight has a lot of affection because evolution will double the effectiveness of affection.
Hence, evolving is probably most effective if you can do at least one strengthening synthesis after the evolution. This will only cost 1,000 gold for synthesizing 10 Manyus at once.
Finally, be aware that the maximum level of the flower knights owned by any Comrade in Arms is limited by the highest leveled flower knight you own, so getting the most use out of your friends will require evolving and fully leveling up at least one 5 star or 6 star flower knight. New players should aim for this as one of their first major goals.
Although it is not set in stone how often and when characters get blooming, some patterns are apparent. Blooming updates are released on the scheduled maintenances that occur once a week. That means the schedule coincides with the two weeks that Events work with.
Consider a "set" to be a 6*, two 5*s, and an event 5* girl. Some events deviate from this by having multiple gacha 5* girls.
- Event 1st Half: Everyone in the set of new event characters come with blooming (powers-only).
- Event 1st Half: Furthermore, an older set gets blooming (powers-only). The chosen characters may all be related to an upcoming reprint event.
- Event 2nd Half: A random set get blooming with extra features.
- Event 2nd Half: Furthermore, an older set gets blooming (powers-only).
As of February 12th 2018, the bloomed form has been implemented for all Flower Knights with gold and rainbow rarity, while extra blooming features are kept being introduced on 2nd Half of the event as usual.