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D1 Bonus Gauge Example

The Bonus Gauge and list of prizes in Disgaea 1.

The Bonus Gauge is a recurring feature in the Disgaea series. It consists of a bar that fills as the player performs certain actions, granting rewards at the end of a stage.

The Bonus Gauge goes from level 0 to 9, granting one reward for each level filled(plus a free reward for level 0). The possible rewards are: EXP, HL, Items, Accessories and Weapons. Each map has a Bonus Rank, which can viewed from the stage selection screen, determining the overall quality of the obtainable rewards. The list of rewards is assigned randomly at the beginning of each stage and can be seen in the menu, with higher levels of the gauge granting better rewards(items may even be of Rare or Legendary Rarity).

Filling[]

The Bonus Gauge can be filled in a number of ways:

  • Attacking enemies(whether it's with normal attacks, counterattacks or skills) fills the bonus gauge by a minor amount. The amount doesn't change by hitting multiple enemies at once.
  • Killing enemies fills the gauge by a moderate amount. Like with attacks, the amount doesn't change if multiple enemies are killed at once.
  • Performing Combos. The longer the combo, the more the gauge will be filled for each attack and for killing an enemy.
  • Performing a Geo Chain. The gauge will fill by an amount equal to the final Chain Hit counter, with every 100 points granting a full level. Clearing all Geo Panels on the map grants another moderate bonus.

Notes[]

  • EXP bonuses from the Bonus Gauge are given to all of the player's characters that are out on the map at the end of the stage.
  • By passing the 'Prinny Day' Bill, only prinnies are allowed on the next map but only items will be on the Bonus Gauge.
  • By passing the 'Boost Bonus Gauge' Bill the bonus gauge will start partially filled on the next map. It is filled randomly between 1 to 5 levels.
  • Attacks and kills by the Thief in Disgaea 1 and Beastmaster in Disgaea 2 fill the gauge twice as fast as other classes.
  • The "Bonus Change" skill randomly rerolls all rewards in the Bonus Gauge. It's learned by Wiseman in Disgaea 2 and 3, Onmyo Monk in Disgaea 4 and D2, and Pirate, Sage and Nine-Tails in Disgaea 5. Enemy units of those classes can also learn the "Bonus Blast" skill, which destroys a random Bonus Gauge reward.
  • In Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days, the Bonus Gauge Items one can get from Item World and Dark World stages in Axel Mode are double the Rank of what they would be if one was playing as Adell. The Story Maps in Axel Mode do NOT have this effect, however.
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