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Potential is a mechanic added in version Mobile: 1.1.0 Switch: 1.0.0c. It serves as a rating that quantifies a player's overall skill, based on the average of their 10 best recent performances and 30 best overall performances (see Calculation). A player's Potential value is displayed next to the partner icon at the top of the screen. It generally does not affect gameplay or content unlocks, with a few exceptions.

Mobile: Potential is only affected by songs played while online. Switch: Like individual scores, Potential is calculated separately for Joy-Con and Touch controls. The displayed Potential is for the currently chosen control scheme.

Mechanics[]

Early research credit goes to choka_noah and is posted here with their permission.

Depending on a player's performance after a song play, their Potential may increase, decrease, or stay the same. Performance is quantified via a Play Rating that depends on the score modifier for that play (which is determined solely by the score), and the chart constant for that particular chart (which depends only on the chart). These quantities are explained in more detail below.

Chart Constant[]

The chart constant is an internal value assigned to a chart, which is a more precise representation of its difficulty than its displayed difficulty level. Chart constants for various songs, as well as the methods used to obtain these values, are detailed in Songs by Level.

Score Modifier[]

The score modifier is a value computed from the score after a song play. It can be positive, zero, or negative, depending on whether the final score is above, equal to, or below 9,500,000.

Below is a table showing the formula for calculating the score modifier for various score ranges.

Score Score Modifier
≥ 10,000,000
9,800,000 ~ 9,999,999
≤ 9,800,000

Below are score modifiers for some notable scores:

Grade Score Score Modifier
EX+ 10,000,000 2.0
9,900,000 1.5
EX 9,800,000 1.0
AA 9,500,000 0.0
A 9,200,000 -1.0
B 8,900,000 -2.0
C 8,600,000 -3.0
Score Modifier Plot

Play Rating[]

The Play Rating, previously called chart potential, quantifies a player's performance for a specific song play. Play Ratings are used to calculate a player's Potential, as well as the total steps gained if the play is in World Mode. After a song play, it is calculated by adding the chart constant and the score modifier, then rectified to zero if the result is negative:

e.g. Sayonara Hatsukoi [FTR] has a chart constant of 7.0. Obtaining a Pure Memory will give a score modifier of 2.0. This results in a Play Rating of 9.0.

Calculation[]

After each song play, the Play Rating is recorded under a player's Recent Entries (with exceptions). High enough Play Ratings will also be recorded under a player's Best Entries.

Best Entries
The 30 highest Play Ratings attained over a player's entire play history. Charts can only appear once, i.e. for multiple high Play Ratings on the same chart, only the highest will appear in Best Entries. Arcaea Online subscribers can view these Play Ratings and export them as an image.
Recent Entries
The 10 highest Play Ratings out of the 30 most recent plays. Charts are only included once, i.e. for multiple recent Play Ratings on the same chart, only the highest will be included. (prior to v3.0, multiple recent Play Ratings on the same chart could appear in Recent Entries)

The formula for Potential is as follows:

  • is the sum of all Play Ratings in Recent Entries.
  • is the sum of all Play Ratings in Best Entries.

This formula applies even when not all entries are filled, with unfilled entries being set to 0. The displayed Potential is truncated to two decimal points.

There are 2 special cases for which Potential cannot decrease:

  • Obtaining EX rank or above.
  • Losing by reaching 0 Recollection Rate with a HARD Gauge.

Plays falling under either of these situations are only added to the recent/best entries if they cause an increase in Potential.

Ranks[]

There are nine different icons for the Potential rating: eight representing distinct potential ranges, and one for when "Show Potential" is disabled under Settings.

Icon
Rating 0
Rating 1
Rating 2
Rating 3
Rating 4
Rating 5
Rating 6
Rating 7
Rating off
From 0.00 3.50 7.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 12.50 13.00 --
To 3.49 6.99 9.99 10.99 11.99 12.49 12.99 --

Unlocks[]

The following songs and World Mode maps/chapters have Potential-based unlock requirements:

Maximum Potential[]

Main article: Misc Trivia § Maximum Potential

The maximum possible Potential can be attained by achieving a Pure Memory on the 30 charts with the highest Chart Constant, with 10 of these happening within the 30 most recent plays.

Trivia[]

  • Several aspects of Arcaea's scoring and Potential mechanics were changed in mobile v3.0 (see also Scoring#Trivia). Prior to v3.0:
    • Recent Entries could contain multiple plays from the same chart.
    • The Play Rating formula for scores between 9,800,000 and 9,999,999 was given by:
      • From 9,800,000 to 9,949,999, Play Rating = 1.0 + (Score-9,800,000)/400,000
      • From 9,950,000 to 9,999,999, Play Rating = 1.5 + (Score-9,950,000)/100,000
      • This formula had a jump in Play Rating at the 9,950,000 score mark.

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