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Formations are a gameplay feature in SaGa Scarlet Grace, returning from other games in the series. Different formation grant different benefits while in battle. Some formations will grant more BP if you kill enemies, some will help you defend more fragile characters, and so on.

You gain new formations by recruiting new characters. There are 23 total normal formations in the base game, with more added in with Scarlet Ambition.

Normal Formations

Free Fight

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
1
2
3
4
5
1 Speed up large
  • Starting Formation
  • Allows characters to move quickly
  • When not acting, speed increases for the next turn
2 Speed up large
3 Speed up large
4 Speed up large
5 Speed up large
BP Usage: Start 3, Max 7, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: All
Graces: 1

Royal Hearts

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
2
4
1
3
1 Weapon power up small, speed up small, targeted rate up large
  • Default formation in Urpina's scenario
  • The vanguards are targeted more, so it's good if you have two high defense characters
2 Weapon power up small, speed up small, targeted rate up large
3 Speed down small
4 Speed down small
5 Speed down small
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Urpina, Antonius, Kuroshōzoku, Armored Princess
Graces: 1

Crooked Cross

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
4
1 3 5
2
1 Weapon power up small, targeted rate up, speed up
  • Default formation in Balmant's scenario
  • The vanguard's attack power is high, and the rearguard's survivability is high
2 Targeted rate up, speed up small
3 Targeted rate up, speed up small
4 Targeted rate up, speed up small
5 Magic/Physical Defense up, speed down large
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Balmant
Graces: 1

Double Combine

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
5
3
4
1
1 Speed up extra large, targeted rate up
  • Default formation in Leonard's scenario
  • The two vanguards have high speed
2 Speed up extra large, targeted rate up
3 Speed down large
4 Speed down large
5 Speed down large
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Elisabeth
Graces: 1

Feather Guard

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
4
5
3
1
1 Speed up small, targeted rate up
  • Default formation in Taria's scenario
  • The rearguard is good for weak or caster characters
2 Speed up small, targeted rate up
3 Speed up small, targeted rate up
4 Speed up small, targeted rate up
5 Physical/Magical defense up extra large, speed down
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Taria
Graces: 1

Hunter Shift

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
4
2
5
1
3
1 Speed up small, targeted rate up small
  • A great formation for strong archers
2 Speed up small, targeted rate up small
3
4
5 Bow BP reduction, weapon power up small, speed down large
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Colleen, Heigl
Graces: 2

Desert Lance

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
3
5
1
4
2
1 BP reduction, speed up large, targeting rate up
  • The vanguard's speed has increased and they can use stronger skills at a lower cost, but the rest of the team is slowed down and the vanguard will be targeted more.
2 Speed down small
3 Speed down small
4 Speed down small
5 Speed down small
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Socrates, Lamarr
Graces: 2

Greater Cross

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
4
1 3 5
2
1 Speed up, targeted rate up large
  • Good for Great sword users, but beware the speed penalty
  • Put a tough character in position 1
2 Target rate increase
3 Great sword BP reduction, speed down
4 Target rate increase
5 Speed down
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Kumi, Natsir, Luna
Graces: 2

Bastard Wing

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
3
1
2
4
1 BP reduction for long swords, speed increase large, targeting rate up
  • BP reduction will also work for dual-wielding
2 Speed up small, targeting rate up
3 Speed up small, targeting rate up
4 Speed down small
5 Speed down small
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Ereich, Chichi, Hilda
Graces: 2

Norm Ax

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
5
3
4
1
1 Speed up small, targeting rate up large
  • Put tough characters in the front row
2 BP cost reduction, Speed up small, targeting rate up
3 Speed up small, targeting rate up large
4 Speed down
5 Speed down
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Kenji, Nehe
Graces: 2

Club North Watts

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
3
5
1
4
2
1 Reduce BP cost for club, speed up, targeted rate up
  • Good for club attackers
2 Speed up small
3 Speed up small
4
5
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Ignatius, Paul, Madanite, Yeoman
Graces: 2

Catalina Wedge

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
4
5
3
1
1 Targeted rate increases
  • Good for short sword attackers, speed can be compensated for by using interrupts
2 Targeted rate increases
3 Speed down
4 Speed down
5 Small sword BP reduction, weapon power up small, speed down
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Ingres, Keegan, Giselle, Raphael
Graces: 2

Hook Marshall

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
4
1
3
2
1 BP cost reduction for barehanded skills, attack up small, physical/magical defense down, speed up
  • The strength of barehanded attacks is increased, so try to hit your opponents before they can hit your decreased defense
2 Grace trigger rate up
3 Grace trigger rate up
4 Grace trigger rate up
5 Grace trigger rate up, speed down
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Orville, Rico
Graces: 2

Magical Shower

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
5
3
4
1
1 Speed up small, targeting rate up extra large
  • Great for teams with two casters
  • Put defensive characters up front
2 Speed up small, targeting rate up extra large
3
4 Bp cost down for magic, speed down small
5 Bp cost down for magic, speed down small
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 9, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Elysed, Chrysa, Sai'd Stabian, Nevan, Nolan, Mirane, Julia
Graces: 2

Counter Hazard

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
3
1
2
4
1 Large BP reduction for reserve skills, attack up small, speed up, targeted rate up large
  • Reserve skills are protects, counters, and interrupts
  • BP reduction is 2
2 Target rate up
3 Target rate up
4 Large BP reduction for reserve skills, speed down
5 Large BP reduction for reserve skills, speed down
BP Usage: Start 3, Max 8, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Lewis
Graces: 2

Big Rack

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
3
4
5
1
1 Attack up small, speed up small, targeted rate up
  • BP increases by 2 if a continuous attack is triggered
2 Attack up small, targeted rate up
3 Grace trigger rate up, speed down small
4 Grace trigger rate up, speed down
5 Grace trigger rate up, speed down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 11, Gain 2 each turn if criteria is met
Characters: Adill, Roh Sung
Graces: 3

Stray Sheep

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
5
3
4
1
1 Physical/magical defense down, speed up, targeted rate up
  • BP resets to 5 if a continuous attack is triggered
2 Physical/magical defense down, speed up, targeted rate up
3 Physical/magical defense down, speed up, targeted rate up
4 Physical/magical defense down, speed down
5 Physical/magical defense down, speed down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 11, Gain 1 each turn
Characters: Aslana, Francis, Hongswan
Graces: 3

Brave Rise

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
2
3
1
4
1 Gains BP if they kill an enemy, attack up, speed up small, targeted rate up
  • 2 BP will be gained each time a vanguard character kills an enemy
2 Gains BP if they kill an enemy, attack up, speed up small, targeted rate up
3 Speed down small
4 Speed down
5 Speed down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 11, Gain 2 if the criteria is met
Characters: Ogniana, Griffin, Thiago
Graces: 3

Erakleos Guard

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
4
2
5
1
3
1 Increases BP with guarding, Physical/Magical defense up, speed and targeted rate up
  • If the two front characters guard, BP will increase.
2 Increases BP with guarding, Physical/Magical defense up, speed and targeted rate up
3 Physical/magical defense up large, speed down small
4 Increased chance of activating Grace, Physical/Magical defense up large, speed down
5 Increased chance of activating Grace, Physical/Magical defense up large, speed down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 11, Gain 2 if the criteria is met
Characters: Irene
Graces: 3

Poison Dance

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2
5
4
3
1
1 Speed up small, targeted rate up
  • All characters start off poisoned
  • Due to this, you will start with 8 BP
2 Speed up small, targeted rate up
3 BP reduction for arts, speed down
4 BP reduction for arts, speed down
5 BP reduction for arts, speed down
BP Usage: Start 3, Max 8, Gain 1 for every character poisoned
Characters: Alexandra, Sasha, The Arch Witch
Graces: 3

Angry March

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
4
2
5
1
3
1 Physical/Magical defense down extra large, speed up small
  • All characters start off angry
  • Due to this, you will start with 7 BP
2 Physical/Magical defense down extra large, speed up small
3 Physical/Magical defense down extra large
4 Physical/Magical defense down extra large
5 Physical/Magical defense down extra large
BP Usage: Start 2, Max 7, Gain 1 for every character angry
Characters: Strumiknen
Graces: 3

Rogue Trap

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
3
2
4
1
5
1 Increases Grace activation chance, speed up small, targeted rate up
  • BP increases if all three rearguard member use reserve techniques
2 Increases Grace activation chance, speed up small, targeted rate up
3 Increase BP by using a reserve technique, speed down small
4 Increase BP by using a reserve technique, speed down
5 Increase BP by using a reserve technique, speed down small
BP Usage: Start 4, Max 12, Gain 1 if the criteria is met
Characters: Maximus
Graces: 3

Houdini Grue

Wings of Brahma

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
2 5
3
1 4
1 Attack down
  • Defensive formation
2 Attack down
3 Target rate up, defense up, attack down
4 Attack down
5 Attack down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 7, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Mondo
Graces: 2

Triple Sword

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
3 5
2
1 4
1 BP reduction for Greatsword techniques
2 BP reduction for longsword techniques
3 BP reduction for short sword techniques
4
5
BP Usage: Start 2, Max 6, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Camelia
Graces: 3

Frontier Line

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
3
2
1
4
5
1 Reduces BP for ax skills
2
3
4 Reduces BP for ax skills
5 Reduces BP for bow skills
BP Usage: Start 2, Max 7, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Tissisaaq
Graces: 3

Unison Strike

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
1
3
5
2
4
1 BP reduction for barehanded skills, speed up, aim rate up
2 BP reduction for club skills
3
4 Speed down small
5 Speed down small
BP Usage: Start 2, Max 6, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Sabit
Graces: 3

Speculation

Layout Position

Number

Notes More Notes
5
3
1
2
4
1 Defense down
  • Take advantage of the high early BP to strike before the opponent takes advantage of your lowered defense
2 Defense down
3 Defense down
4 Defense down
5 Defense down
BP Usage: Start 5, Max 7, Gain 1 each turn.
Characters: Khan
Graces: 2

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Characters
Main characters
Urpina - Leonard - Taria - Balmant
Supporting characters
Antonius - Elisabeth - Khan - Sigfrei - Lewis - Hongswan - Sasha - Francis - Mondo - Arthur - Aslana - Thiago - Elysed - Adill - Victoria (Grand Empress Dowager) - Roh Sung - Griffin - Ogniana - Paul - Strumiknen - Maximius - Irene
The Arch Witch - Tissisaaq - Camelia
Recruitable characters
Alexandra - Armored Princess - Beatrice - Casper - Cecilia - Chichi - Chrysa - Clover - Colleen - Compass - Ereich - Gabriel - Giselle - Guinevere - Haus - Heigl - Hilda - Ignatius - Ingres - Isaac - Jerome - Julia - Keegan - Kenji - Kumi - Kuroshōzoku - Lamarr - Luna - Madanite - Marion - Mirane - Natsir - Nehe - Nessa - Nevan - Nolan - Orville - Patricia - Queen - Raphael - Rico - Robert - Sai'd Stabian - Snail - Socrates - Solon - Tomato - Yamato - Yeoman - Zigor
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