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General[edit | edit source]

What is Tears of Themis?[edit | edit source]

Tears of Themis is a mobile otome game for Android and iOS developed by Chinese game developer miHoYo, notably also the creators of mobile RPG Genshin Impact. The game was first released in The Chinese Mainland (29th July, 2020, pubilished by miHoYo), with the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan server(published by NIJIGEN) release date on 20th August, 2020 and the global server(published by HoYoVerse) release date on 29th July, 2021.

What is joseimuke and why do I frequently see this game and similar games in this genre labeled as otome?[edit | edit source]

Joseimuke is an all-encompassing term for media targeted towards female audiences in general. It is an umbrella term for genres such as otome, yaoi, shojo manga, etc. Otomemuke ("otome": maiden) games are a genre that features romance between the female lead character and her male love interests. The actual gameplay itself varies from title to title. A simple rule of thumb is that all otome is joseimuke, but not all joseimuke is otome.

Traditional otome mechanics at play in Tears of Themis include increasing the male leads' affection to unlock personal storylines. These personal stories, as well as events and card stories, focus on the developing romances between the main character and the four male leads.

Traditional otome mechanics that are missing include route-based gameplay (while there are "soft routes" at play in the form of mutually exclusive timelines, the player is never asked to choose between them) and collection of good/bad/neutral story endings. Additionally, note the main story is on a "neutral" or common timeline, with the relationships kept in the background as the main character and four male leads solve the mystery of the X-NOTE.

For a more in-depth overview of the topic, this article by Otome Obsessed offers an excellent break down of the distinctions in terminology.

What is the point / objective / appeal of this game? Why should I play it?[edit | edit source]

Appeal in Tears of Themis lies in its plot, design, and romantic elements. The game plays like a visual novel as the main plot of the story is less focused on romantic development and more on the detective mystery aesthetic. There are also a collection element through obtaining cards and art through evolving collected cards.

How is this game different from Genshin Impact?[edit | edit source]

Unlike Genshin Impact, Tears of Themis does not have an open world, and there are no avatars to control. It is a visual novel with card collection by means of the gacha.

How is this game different from Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice or similar games?[edit | edit source]

MLQC and Tears of Themis are similar in how they are structured. Cards are obtained through the gacha (and occasional events) and used to beat mission quests and other objectives to progress through the main plot and side stories.

Can I change the gender of the MC?[edit | edit source]

No, the MC is a fixed character with a female gender that cannot be changed.

How long is the story? Is there a suggested reading order?[edit | edit source]

The game was initially released in global (late July 2021) with Episodes 1 to 5(I) of the Main Story. Each male love interest also has their own Character Stories, where at release, two chapters were available. New Main Story episodes and Character Stories chapters are periodically added in the game. For a beginner player, an early common route can be found here: Suggested Reading Order.

Cards of SR and SSR rarity come with side stories specific to the artwork of that card. Card stories generally do not affect the Main Story, and the order they are read will be based on their release order or more generally, the relationship status of the Main Character and the Male Lead (e.g. "not yet in a relationship" cards to "in a relationship" cards).

Progress in completing the available content will be dependent on a player's card collection and regulated by the limited nature of resources like stamina, but eventually most long-term players will complete all available main story and personal story content and be left to focus on card collection-related tasks, mini-games, and events while waiting for new content updates.

Do the choices I pick affect the story permanently?[edit | edit source]

At the time of publishing, there’s no indication that anything you choose will have a long-term effect on the story or is irreversible, nor does the game force you to choose one love interest over the others.

The romance development in Tears of Themis is highly dependent on the collection of cards for the love interests, from the permanently available set of cards as well as from time-limited events that occur regularly. Otherwise, though, the romances are fixed, meaning that you can pursue any (or all) of the characters without being locked into a ‘route’ and affecting your progress with the other characters or causing the development of the overall story to change somehow.

In some events, however, the player may have to choose between completing content for different love interests. This does not affect the main story though, and players will usually have the ability to complete the previously unchosen content after advancing far enough into their selected item.

Where can I buy miHoYo/Tears of Themis merchandise?[edit | edit source]

Please visit miHoYo Tmall for merchandise.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

What time does the server reset? What time do events/new Shadows of Themis start?[edit | edit source]

Daily tasks, affection limit, friendship badge claims, and daily tries for stages all reset at 4:00 AM UTC+9. You can also view your Daily tasks in-game for a rough timer.

New events and Shadows of Themis start at 11:00 AM UTC+9.

How fast does AP recharge?[edit | edit source]

1 AP every 6 minutes or 10 AP per hour.

What are all the currencies in Tears of Themis? What do they do?[edit | edit source]

Please visit Currency for more information.

What are Btn money s.pngS-Chip used for?[edit | edit source]

Btn money s.pngS-Chip can be used to purchase Btn coin gacha s.pngTears of Themis (Btn money s.pngS-Chips x180 for Btn coin gacha s.pngTears of Themis x1), AP (Btn money s.pngS-Chips x20 for 60 AP), refresh limited attempts in certain game modes such as Fieldwork and Special Consultation, and exchange for other valuable items such as "MR Bingo" event currency.

Please visit S-Chip for more information.

What are the Gift and Star currency for? How to get more?[edit | edit source]

Star currency is used to upgrade cards.

Star currency are obtained from exchanging Btn db sr s.pngGift I or Btn db ssr s.pngGift II in the Exchange Shop. A single upgrade costs 4 Stars.

Gift currency are obtained when pulling a duplicate card that is already at max upgrade. R cards will convert into Btn db sr s.pngGift I x100, SR cards into Btn db sr s.pngGift I x1000, and SSR cards into Btn db ssr s.pngGift II x100.

Please visit Card Fragment/Star Upgrading for more information.

I'm out of Btn coin s.pngStellin / Oracle of Justice! How to get more?[edit | edit source]

  • Complete your Business and Operations dailies in Legal Studies.
  • Do Anomaly Stages / Temple of Trials / Trials of Themis.
  • Always claim your NXX Headquarters Resource Requisition (unlocked after completing Main Story 04-02).
  • Exchange in Exchange Shops using Friendship Badge, Case Report and Astral Memory

What should I spend Btn fp s.pngFriendship Badge on?[edit | edit source]

You can spend it on whichever resource you are lacking.

Do Rookie Tasks disappear?[edit | edit source]

No, they will stay around indefinitely/forever until you have completed all tasks and claimed all rewards.

What should my game progression be like?[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to complete Main Story episode 4 to unlock NXX Headquarters and its features, which helps with resource gains and deck strength. When you cannot progress further, you should focus on grinding Stellins, Oracles, and evolve Chips to power up your deck. Once your cards are strong enough again, you resume Main Story and repeat the cycle.

After you have finished the Main Story, you can look into continuing the grind to level up your cards in preparation for future chapters.

It is also worth doing Anomaly stages daily for card fragments as there is a limit of 3 tries/stage/day.

You should also try to progress Trials of Themis which will raise the S-Chip cap that you can earn weekly from Temple of Trials.

Gacha / Shadows of Themis / Cards[edit | edit source]

What is Shadows of Themis? What should I pull on?[edit | edit source]

Shadows of Themis are card banners. Currently, there's Permanent Shadows of Themis, Rotation Shadows of Themis, and Event-Exclusive Shadows of Themis.

It is recommended to begin with pulling for the guaranteed SSR in 30 pulls on the permanent banner. Thereafter, it is recommended to save currency and pull for your favourite. Events occur time to time, so if unsure, it is good to save for the future.

How does pity work? Is there a soft pity in the game?[edit | edit source]

The guaranteed pity count is NOT shared across different types of banners.

An SR card or higher is guaranteed within 10 draws.

On birthday banners, an SSR card is guaranteed within 90 draws.

On most types of banners, an SSR card is guaranteed within 100 draws.

Please check the Shadows of Themis Types page for detailed rules on guaranteed pity count for each type of banner. You can also click on Probability on each banner to read detailed explanation of the banner pity and to view the card pool.

There is no soft pity in the game.

How many Btn money s.pngS-Chip will I need to hit pity? Does banner pity carry over?[edit | edit source]

180 S-Chip = 1 Pull, so 18,000 S-Chips = 100 Pulls.

For 4 SSR Event Exclusive banners, pity carries over to rerun of the same banner.

For other banners, banner pity will carry over to next banners of the same type. For example, Rotation banners to Rotation banners.

Please check the Shadows of Themis - Pity page for more details.

Does it matter if I do single/ten-pulls?[edit | edit source]

No, there is no difference doing single/ten-pulls. The pity counter to getting an SR/SSR in 10/100 will be the same regardless of single or ten-pulls.

What are the card rarities? What are their differences?[edit | edit source]

There are 4 card rarities: SSR, SR, MR, and R. Please check Card Rarity for more details.

Do SSR/SR/R cards rerun? How long does it take before a card gets rerun?[edit | edit source]

SSR and SR cards that originally run in 2-SSR Event Exclusive Shadow of Themis may rerun in Rotation Shadow of Themis and in other banners later. It may take a number of months before they are rerun.

SSR cards that originally run in 4-SSR Event Exclusive Shadow of Themis usually rerun a year later. This includes anniversary cards.

Birthday SSR cards rerun every year during the male lead's birthday.

Free event-limited R cards may become obtainable again through limited-time mall exchange during rerun of the event.

Please check Shadows of Themis for more details.

Do MR cards rerun?[edit | edit source]

MR cards that originally ran with "MR Bingo" type event can become obtainable again during the rerun of the same event.

MR cards that originally run with Special Consultations type event can become obtainable again on the next Special Consultation of the same male lead.

MR cards will typically cost a bit higher during rerun.

Mall[edit | edit source]

Can I top-up outside the App Store / Play Store?[edit | edit source]

Yes, you can visit Tears of Themis official website and click the Top Up option on the banner.

What is P-Points? How to get SR Thin Veil and SSR Matching Tattoos?[edit | edit source]

Every time you make a purchase, you will receive P-Points corresponding to the amount you spent (1 USD = 6 P-Points).

SR Thin Veil and SSR Matching Tattoos are cards only obtainable through P-Points and are not available anywhere else in the game. The first costs 100 USD and the second costs approximately 833 USD.

Please see Mall for a list of total purchase rewards and their estimated USD rate.

What should I buy in the mall?[edit | edit source]

If you're looking to spend, the best purchases typically are the Monthly Pass and the Investment Fund.

The Investment Fund is more of a long-term purchase though, as it requires you to get to Level 80 in order to obtain the full rewards, which may take several months.

There is also the Welcome Gift, where you can buy any amount of Gems ($0.99) for materials and a free SR.

If you're looking to maximize Gem -> S-Chip Conversions, look for packs that offer a better ratio than the standard 1 Gem -> 10 S-Chip or 18 Gems -> 180 S-Chips -> 1 Tears of Themis ratio, such as the limited-time event pack conversions (e.g. During release, there was a pack that offered 1 Gem -> 40 S-Chips).

I purchased Btn money2 s.pngGem and claimed the Welcome Gift but didn't claim the SR![edit | edit source]

You can go to Home Screen > Profile > Inventory to exchange for your SR.

Deck-building[edit | edit source]

How do debate stages work? What do cards do?[edit | edit source]

Please visit debate mechanics and card mechanics to learn more about the game mechanics.

What is Influence? What are arguments?[edit | edit source]

Influence is the Attack stat in the game. Arguments are essentially the enemy's arguments that you deal damage to when selecting a card.

How should I level my cards? Can I focus only on cards of one character?[edit | edit source]

Leveling your cards equally is more effective than hard focusing on a single card. Early on, it is recommended to level your SSR and SR to Lv. 70/100, and R cards to Lv. 40/70 instead of raising them all the way to Lv. 100/100 or Lv. 70/70. This is because it takes more materials to level higher-level cards than lower-lever ones, and your deck will be stronger overall if you have multiple leveled cards vs. a single strong card.

Depending on the level you get stuck on, you may want to focus on cards with attributes strong against the boss.

Some stages force you to use characters from a single character only (e.g. Character Stories, Birthday events), so unless you plan on skipping out on these character stories/events, it is still recommended to eventually level every character's cards.

What do support decks do?[edit | edit source]

A portion of the support deck card's stats will be applied, strengthening your overall deck (as how much damage you do is also affected by your overall deck strength).

The only two skills that activate when placed in the Support Deck are the Formidable skill and Progressive skill, these are unlocked by evolving R cards.

Other skills (even passive boosts) must be in the Primary Deck to activate.

What skills should I focus on? Do card buffs stack?[edit | edit source]

It is typically recommended to focus on offensive skills. Some offensive skills include:

  • Layer by Layer - Boosts Influence (Attack) % of all cards for X turns.
  • Preemptive Strike - Selfish offensive skill that makes a card do more % damage.
  • Attribute Buffing Cards - Boosts Influence % of <Attribute> cards for X turns.

Yes, card buffs do stack.

Story / Card Story[edit | edit source]

I need help with a story investigation stage![edit | edit source]

The Wiki has pages for each stage, some of which include guides to things like Clue Analysis, Inspection, etc.

Do choices affect the story / text messages / calls?[edit | edit source]

No, choices do not affect the story outside of minor dialogue differences and maybe unlocking different illustrations.

If you wish to see different dialogues, you can replay stories / text messages / calls to choose the other choices.

Are all card stories voiced? How do I unlock video calls / text messages?[edit | edit source]

All SSR card stories are fully voiced. Most SR card stories are partially voiced at the CG portion of the story if you are using CN voice; for other voice packs, there may be no voice available at the moment.

Some chapters of card stories will unlock video calls/text messages. This is denoted by a call/message bubble symbol on the card story chapter.

What are Private Messages? How do I listen to Private Messages?[edit | edit source]

Main Story SR cards and MR cards have Private Messages. These feature short ASMR-like audio that the player can listen to. In the beginner Vision tutorial with Davis, one SR containing private messages will be randomly drawn. SR cards with Private Messages include:

Players can level the card to Lv. 40 to unlock Private Message 01 and Lv. 70 to unlock Private Message 02.

What are Blossom Chapters and Sweet Chapters? Can I replay Sweet Chapters?[edit | edit source]

Blossom Chapters and Sweet Chapters are permanently-available Character Stories focusing on one male lead only. They are accessed from the Visit page.

Blossom Chapters are replayable. Currently, Sweet Chapters can be played through once only. This wiki provides a record of the script of all released Sweet Chapters for reference; please refer to Character Stories.

Anomaly[edit | edit source]

What are Card Fragments? Can I get a new card with Card Fragments?[edit | edit source]

Card fragments can be used to craft a new card or to upgrade an existing card when you have 100 of the same fragments.

Certain stages in Anomaly drops SR card fragments. These SR cards are the Main Story cards that come with Private Messages.

It is recommended to farm for a new card you like or a new card of the attribute you lack.

Legal Study[edit | edit source]

How do I obtain more Work Permits?[edit | edit source]

You can receive one a day from completing daily tasks, and an extra one a day if you have Monthly Pass.

Where can I find the Legal Study schedule?[edit | edit source]

The Wiki front page has one along with reset timers.

Trials of Themis / Temple of Trials[edit | edit source]

I don't know the answer to a Trials of Athena (owl) question![edit | edit source]

Please visit Trials of Themis for a list of questions and answers.

NXX Headquarters[edit | edit source]

How can I get more S/A-rank case analyses?[edit | edit source]

The chance is random. As you rank up your File Room, your chances of higher-tier cases will also increase.

What is Deep Analysis? What does it do?[edit | edit source]

Deep Analysis triples the amount of materials you receive upon completion a case analysis. The higher level your cards, the higher chance you can trigger Deep Analysis.

What talents should I level in the Study Room?[edit | edit source]

It is generally recommended to prioritize offensive skills first. This is because due to the limited turn mechanics during debates, it is recommended to hit the enemy as hard as possible rather than try to defensively turtle a fight. Defense skills may still be warranted though if a player finds themselves getting killed by the enemy.

After offensive skills, the talent skill choices are more flexible and may vary player to player depending on preference.

Please see the NXX Headquarters for detailed recommendations.

What is Logical Thinking in the Study Room? What does it do?[edit | edit source]

Logical Thinking refers to the thought bubble that appears over the MC's head during debates. This bubble starts filled up at 50%. Without talents, this bubble fills back up to 50% each time a player uses a card.

If a player has a talent that reduces the time of the next logical thinking, then the bubble will fill up by the talent's given %. Once the bubble is filled to 100%, a player will be able to take two turns in a row without the enemy counterattacking in between.

For the talent skills, the following are the trigger effects:

  • Reorganizing cards refers to refreshing your deck.
  • Refuting an argument refers to destroying an argument.
  • Trumping an argument refers to attacking an argument with the attribute with increased effectiveness against it (e.g. using a logic argument on an empathy argument).

User / Profile-Related[edit | edit source]

Is there a birthday feature?[edit | edit source]

Introduced in Global Version 1.4 (13th October 2021), birthdays of the player are also celebrated. Four birthday presents may be obtained. Each present will contain Btn coin gacha s.pngTears of Themis ×1, Energy Drink Family Pack icon.pngEnergy Drink Family Pack ×1, and skill level-up material for the respective male lead.

The birthday blessings you obtain by logging into the game on your birthday can be replayed in the "Birthday Surprise" interface. If you do not log in on your birthday or if you do not watch their birthday blessings to you, you can log in any time within the next seven days to obtain their birthday presents to you via the in-game Mailbox. The mail will be valid for 30 days. The birthday surprise will end at 00:00(UTC+9) on the next day. Birthday presents can be opened by tapping "Inventory," then "Consumables." The present box will disappear after opening.

Birthday-exclusive presents can only be claimed once per year. For players born on 2/29, you will be able to access your birthday surprises on 2/28.[1]

How do I share? Do I have to share?[edit | edit source]

Go to your Profile and there should be a share icon in the bottom left. You do not have to actually share your post. Simply clicking on the social media you want to share with and backing out is enough to trigger the rewards. Please make sure you have the social media installed on your device before sharing.

How do I get the blue Judgement Badge? How to get more?[edit | edit source]

It was only available to Closed Beta users who completed all their Closed Beta tasks in May. It is no longer obtainable.

Other badges are obtainable during various events. Please check Badges for a list of all badges and how to obtain them.

What are Illustrations? How to get more?[edit | edit source]

Illustrations are art snippets that appear during Main Story, Character Stories, Dates, etc. Viewing the art when you're playing through the story automatically unlocks it in your archive.

What are Invitations? How to get more?[edit | edit source]

Invitations are home screen backgrounds. You can earn free Visit invitations of the main love interests from completing Main Story episodes. Events have invitations that can be obtained through in-app purchases, and sometimes for free.

Technical[edit | edit source]

Can I play this game on emulator?[edit | edit source]

The game can be run on emulators such as Bluestacks, LDPlayer, etc. If the game doesn't run properly, you can consider changing the emulator version (Bluestacks 4 vs Bluestacks 5) or use a different emulator.

I can't connect to the game! My Wi-Fi works fine for other apps![edit | edit source]

Please try connecting using a different Wi-Fi, mobile data, or through VPN. Make sure you verify the VPN you're connecting to is safe before using it!

In the case you can't connect through mobile data and VPN doesn't work, please contact Customer Service for further support.

My game lags / freezes / crashes a lot![edit | edit source]

You can turn down the graphics options and close other running applications while playing the game. If the game crashes often or doesn't work properly, you can try Manual Repair through Title Screen > Support > Manual Repair.