As mentioned earlier, you can manage your team arrangement via the Team tab in the Main Menu. You’ll start off with three character slots which can be expanded up to 5 as you continue through the story. Characters necessary for the current story task or request will be locked into your party until the objective’s completion. Otherwise, you’ll be able to choose which party members to bring along in normal requests. There are also certain points in the story where a party member temporarily leaves the team. You can only manage your team arrangement within your base / Guild building.
Party members who are not part of your active team will still earn 50% of the EXP. This EXP gain can be further enhanced by upgrading the Library
Room facility in your Guild. While this system is useful to prevent reserved members from lagging behind in level and strength, you’ll still want to shuffle your team members to build their bonds and have access to a well-rounded roster.
When building your team, it is recommended to follow some sort of standard yet effective team composition. Certain characters are adept at supporting the team with healing and buffs, others excel in defensive roles, while others are great damage-dealers. Always include a party member who can heal and don’t bring too many party members with overlapping magic. It may be manageable early on but as you eventually recruit more characters, you’ll be able to build your dream team.
There are certain story missions or requests where a guest character temporarily joins your party. Guest characters can’t be removed from the active team, chosen as an avatar, or controlled but will automatically fight during combat. Also, you can’t equip Lacrima to guest members. Guest members will have the locked icon when viewed from the Team menu.
The game also gives you the option to set your avatar or the player character that you can control while navigating the city or exploring the field. You can only set an avatar of characters that are part of the current team. You can set your preferred avatar by accessing the Team tab in the main menu or by pressing ZL and ZR to conveniently switch avatars of your current team. This is particularly useful especially when triggering Bond Rank conversations between certain characters. Guest characters can’t be set as avatars.
In Fairy Tail, you’ll have to manage your party and freely decide which characters to bring as required by the quest or personal preference. In this guide, we will discuss how team management in the game works and how to use the available features. You can freely access various team options by opening your Main Menu and going to the Team tab.