Apothecary Job Tower Guide

octopath traveler cotc apothecary job tower guide

The Apothecary Job Tower is a recurring Tower that resets every 4 weeks. 

All job towers open for 3 weeks, and close for 1 week. The job shop also opens for 4 weeks and resets with Tower.

Rewards (Fragments) earned from clearing job floors do not carry over after a reset; use it or lose it.

How to Unlock Job Tower #

You must clear at least Chapter 1 of Master of All. Then clear Kota’s quest to unlock the Tower in the Nameless Town.

Available Units #

Each job tower imposes a restriction that only permits units with certain jobs to participate.
At the time of writing, the following units are available for the Apothecary Job Tower:
apothecary options

Enemy Overview #

There are 5 normal floors and 5 EX floors.

There is a single enemy on each floor, 3 enemies on the 4th floor and 2 enemies on the 5th floor. 

Enemy Weakness Cheat Sheet  #

Apothecary tower weakness cheat sheet

The most common and important elements are Wind, Light, Dark.

Best Units #

This section will cover the EX 4 floor enemy, as during the time of writing, there is an official event from COTC SQEX that offers up to 300 gems for video recording your EX 4 clear.

The three enemies are fairly easy for veteran players. They can apply PATK/PDEF debuff to your allies.

All three enemies are weak to Axe, so quite frankly any decently leveled unit on your team can wipe the floor with them. With so many apothecaries having Regen, you’re team is literally unkillable.

EX 5 Floor Guide (Lv 100) #

Unlike Warrior Job Tower EX 5, there is no 15 turns limit for this stage.
  • Trial Great Apothecary Stats: 708622 HP, 334 SPD
  • Trial Great Apothecary’s Apprentice: 405900 HP, 200 SPD
You’ll want as many units on your team to have SPD greater than 334. 
The Apothecary boss can remove your team’s Regen, so you’ll want to use units that can burst heal like Soleil, Lumis, Merret. 
The boss casts a variety of status ailments: Fear/Paralyze/Poison, with the latter being the most deadly. If his poison is applied twice to the same unit, that unit can take more than 3000 damage during this turn.
Curing abnormal status ailment is very important here.
Alfyn, Hayes, Soleil and Theo can cure status ailments. Theo, Shelby and Rita also have passives that boost status ailments immunity of their paired ally by 50%.
If you have Hayes, you might want to give him an accessory that boosts his immunity by an additional 50% to receive total immunity. Hayes is arguably the best DPS unit we have for this tower. 

Recommended Units

  • Hayes – top tier Axe and Fire DMG
  • Alfyn – 4-hit Axe and Ice with Pomegranate Shower
  • Soleil and Lumis – front row burst healing
  • Backpack your main DPS with Merrit and give Merrit as much EATK as possible to receive thicc unremovable passive regens

Apothecary Job Shop #

The amount of fragments you get from completing each floor: 
Lv1 – 100 
Lv 2 – 200 
Lv 3 – 300 
Lv 4 – 400 
Lv 5 – 500 
EX 1 – 600 
EX 2 – 700 
EX 3 – 800 
EX 4 – 900 
EX 5 – 3000
Total: 7500 fragments
Exchange List: 
5000 fragments – 30% Axe damage up accessory (once)
2500 fragments – Gertrude’s awakening orb (1 per reset) 
200 fragments – Lv 50 Axe that gives 30% EXP up (1 per reset) 
100 fragments – traveler seal (1 per reset) 
1000 fragments – gold scholar seal (1 per reset) 
100 fragments – silver scholar seal (3 per reset) 
800 fragments – one gold wisdom orb (3 per reset) 
40 fragments – one silver wisdom orb (no limit) 
20 fragments – one copper wisdom orb (no limit) 
10 fragments – 50k exp nut (no limit)
*New items will appear in the shop once we get Soul weapons.
Your highest priority item is going to be the 30% Axe Damage accessory, followed by Gertrude’s Awakening Orb.
30% Axe DMG > Gertrude Orb > Gold Scholar Seal > Traveler Seal > Gold Wisdom Nut > Everything Else
However, you can only purchase the 30% Axe accessory if you clear EX 5. If you’re not able to, forget about the accessory and buy Gertrude’s awakening orb. 
You only need to clear up to EX 2 to have enough fragments for her orb.
No, you cannot convert her awakening orb into other character’s awakening orb.
Any unused fragments do not carry over to the next Tower reset. Use it or lose it.
With 3 job tower resets, you will have enough to A4 Gertrude.

Gertrude’s A4 Accessory #

60 PATK, 40 EDEF, 40 SP, 15% Axe DMG
When using “Attack”, restore HP equal to 10% of damage dealt
This seems somewhat lackluster but healing from normal attacks might see decent usage in long and drawn out battles. Keep in mind, you only heal from using normal attacks. Otherwise, slap this on your Axe DPS unit as a stat stick.
Credit much of the information from the Game8 article.