Mizuki & Caerula Arbor: Cognitive Shaping

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Cognitive Shaping is Mizuki & Caerula Arbor's enhancement system, improved by spending Subjective Imagination.png Subjective Imagination and made up of multiple nodes spread out as a tree diagram divided into three categories:

  • Efficiency-Enhancing nodes improve the effectiveness of friendly units, all of which costs 1 Subjective Imagination.png to unlock.
  • Exploration-Expanding nodes expand the nodes that may be available during a run, all of which costs 3 Subjective Imagination.png to unlock.
  • Squad-Extending nodes, as the name suggests, upgrades the three Squads exclusive to Caerula Arbor, all of which costs 5 Subjective Imagination.png to unlock.

To complete Cognitive Shaping, the player must spend 89 Subjective Imagination.png (112 Subjective Imagination.png from Expansion II).

Unlike The Preparations Behind Scenes in Phantom & Crimson Solitaire, Cognitive Shaping is applied to all modes, including Memory Mapping and Deep Dive.

Complete effects

Effects denoted in underlined text are added in Caerula Arbor's Expansion II.

Efficiency-Enhancing
  • Friendly units have their maximum HP, ATK, and DEF increased by 20%/max. HP and ATK/DEF increased by 20% and 30%, respectively.
  • Increases the Command EXP from clearing operations by 40%.
  • Increases the squad size and Unit Limit by 1.
  • Increases the starting resources:
    • +2/+3 Life Points.png
    • +10/+15 Originium Ingot icon.png
    • +1/+2 Key icon.png
    • +2 die rolls
  • Earn 20% more Living Cells.png Living Cells.
Exploration-Expanding
  • Obtains 1 Objective Shield when clearing operations without losing Life Points while having more than 8 Life Points.png.
  • Unlocks the Drifting Cache feature and Duck Lord's Golden Brick.png Duck Lord's Golden Brick (upgrades the player's die).
  • Fortituous Opportunity, Emergency Dispatch, and Wander Into Wonderland are now accessible.
  • If the player's die roll upon entering a new Chapter and in a Wish Fulfilled lands in unfavorable numbers, the player can re-roll the die at the cost of 1 die roll. Each can only be done once per run and per Wish Fulfilled.
  • The Rogue Trader may give a 40%/60% discount to his wares after rolling the die there.
Squad-Extending
  • Mind Over Matter Squad: Now becomes more likely to receive a Collectible upon clearing an operation and the player can choose a second Regional Commissions reward; starts the run with Survivor Contract.png Survivor Contract (an Operator gets +20% ATK/DEF on the next operation and every subsequent operations).
  • Resourceful Squad: Now gives 2 die roll upon entering a new Chapter and starts with an eight-sided die; now has 15 die rolls in operations.
  • People-Oriented Squad: The Hope.png Hope cost reduction now also applies to promoting Operators and the player can choose a second Safe House reward; the Command Level is now capped at 11.

Nodes

Efficiency-Enhancing

Node Previous Next
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Accumulation I
Increases Living Cells.png Living Cells earned by 5%.
Curiosity Leadership Drive II
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Accumulation II
Increases Living Cells earned by 5%.
Survival Instincts II
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Accumulation III
Increases Living Cells earned by 10%.
Survival Instincts V
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Aggression I
Increases the ATK of friendly units by 2%.
Transactional Behavior Aggression II
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Aggression II
Increases the ATK of friendly units by 3%.
Aggression I Sensibility
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Aggression III
Increases the ATK of friendly units by 4%.
Self-Preservation I Appreciation of Life I
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Aggression IV
Increases the ATK of friendly units by 5%.
Sensibility Self-Preservation IV
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Aggression V
Increases the ATK of friendly units by 6%.
Aggression IV Self-Preservation V
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Appreciation of Life I
Starts with +1 Life Points.png.
Aggression I
Self-Preservation III
Danger Awareness I
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Appreciation of Life II
Starts with +1 Life Points.png.
Danger Awareness I Danger Awareness II
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Appreciation of Life III
Starts with +1 Life Points.png.
Added in Expansion II.
Common Sense Negotiation III
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Gambler I
Starts with +1 die roll.
Survival Instincts III
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Gambler II
Starts with +1 die roll.
Precautionary Measures I Divine Duckforce
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Hoarder I
Starts with +2 Originium Ingot icon.png.
Resource Allocation Hoarder II
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Hoarder II
Starts with +3 Originium Ingot icon.png.
Hoarder I Rationality and Estimation
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Hoarder III
Starts with +5 Originium Ingot icon.png.
Negotiation I Multi-Pass Information Processing
Negotiation II
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Hoarder IV
Starts with +5 Originium Ingot icon.png.
Added in Expansion II.
Precautionary Measures II For Survival
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Leadership Drive I
Increases Command EXP from operations by 10%.
Loot Awareness
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Leadership Drive II
Increases Command EXP from operations by 10%.
Accumulation I Habit
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Leadership Drive III
Increases Command EXP from operations by 10%.
Habit
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Leadership Drive IV
Increases Command EXP from operations by 10%.
Negotiation II Common Sense
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Management Strategy
Increases the squad size by 1.
Multi-Pass Information Processing
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Multi-Pass Information Processing
Increases the Unit Limit by 1.
Hoarder III Management Strategy
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Precautionary Measures I
Starts with +1 Key icon.png.
Rationality and Estimation Gambler II
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Precautionary Measures II
Starts with +1 Key icon.png.
Added in Expansion II.
Cognoscenti Hoarder IV
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Survival Instincts I
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 2%.
Loot Awareness Survival Instincts II
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Survival Instincts II
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 3%.
Survival Instincts II Accumulation II
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Survival Instincts III
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 4%.
Introspection Gambler I
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Survival Instincts IV
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 5%.
Practice Survival Instincts V
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Survival Instincts V
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 6%.
Survival Instincts IV Accumulation II
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Survival Instincts VI
Increases the maximum HP of friendly units by 10%.
Added in Expansion II.
Self-Preservation VI Matter from Mind
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Self-Preservation I
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 2%.
Loot Awareness Self-Preservation II
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Self-Preservation II
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 3%.
Self-Preservation I Aggression I
Self-Preservation III
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Self-Preservation III
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 4%.
Self-Preservation II Appreciation of Life I
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Self-Preservation IV
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 5%.
Aggression IV Aggression V
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Self-Preservation V
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 6%.
Aggression V Emotionalization
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Self-Preservation VI
Increases the DEF of friendly units by 10%.
Added in Expansion II.
Self-Preservation V Survival Instincts VI

Due to an oversight, the Accumulation II node and both Gambler nodes are named "Accumulation I" and "Gambler", respectively.

Exploration-Expanding

Node Previous Next
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Cognoscenti
If the player rolls a 1 on a Wish Fulfilled, the player can re-roll the die at the cost of 1 die roll. This can only be done once per Wish Fulfilled.
Divine Duckforce Practice
Precautionary Measures II
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Curiosity
The "At a Glance" Encounter (Wander into Wonderland) may now appear.
Resource Allocation Accumulation I
Rationality and Estimation
Sensibility
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Danger Awareness I
The player gains 1 Objective Shield after clearing an operation if they have more than 10 Life Points.png at the time.
Appreciation of Life I Appreciation of Life II
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Danger Awareness II
The player gains 1 Objective Shield after clearing an operation if they have more than 8 Life Points.png at the time.
Overrides Danger Awareness I.
Appreciation of Life II
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Divine Duckforce
Duck Lord's Golden Brick.png Duck Lord's Golden Brick (upgrades the player's die) is now unlocked.
Gambler II Cognoscenti
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Introspection
If the player rolls a number that would give off Twists and Turns/Cursed results upon entering a new floor, the player can re-roll the die at the cost of 1 die roll. This can only be done once per run.
Sensibility Survival Instincts III
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Loot Awareness
Drifting Cache.png Drifting Cache may now be obtained.
Leadership Drive I Self-Preservation I
Survival Instincts I
Transactional Behavior
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Negotiation I
The Rogue Trader may give a 20% discount to his wares after rolling the die there.
Habit Hoarder III
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Negotiation II
The Rogue Trader may give a 40% discount to his wares after rolling the die there.
Overrides Negotiation I.
Hoarder III Leadership Drive IV
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Negotiation III
The Rogue Trader may give a 60% discount to his wares after rolling the die there.
Added in Expansion II. Overrides Negotiation II.
Appreciation of Life III All for One
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Resource Allocation
The "Emergency Dispatch" Encounter may now appear.
Transactional Behavior Curiosity
Hoarder I
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Transactional Behavior
The "Mutual Aid" Encounter (Fortituous Opportunity) may now appear.
Loot Awareness Aggression I
Resource Allocation

Squad-Extending

Node Previous Next
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All for One
People-Oriented Squad now allows the player to reach Command Level 11.
Added in Expansion II.
Negotiation III
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Common Sense
People-Oriented Squad now also reduces the Hope cost to promote Operators by 1.
Leadership Drive IV Appreciation of Life III
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Emotionalization
Mind Over Matter Squad now further increases the likelihood for a Collectible to be awarded from operations.
Self-Preservation V
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For Survival
Resourceful Squad now allows the player to roll the die in operations up to 15 times.
Added in Expansion II.
Hoarder IV
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Habit
People-Oriented Squad now also allows the player to choose a second reward from Safe Houses.
Leadership Drive II Leadership Drive III
Negotiation I
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Matter from Mind
Mind Over Matter Squad now also makes the player start with Survivor Contract.png Survivor Contract (a random Operator gets +20% ATK and DEF at the start of the next operation and every subsequent operations).
Added in Expansion II.
Survival Instincts VI
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Practice
Resourceful Squad now gives the player 2 die rolls upon entering a new floor.
Cognoscenti Survival Instincts IV
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Rationality and Estimation
Resourceful Squad now also makes the player starts with an eight-sided die.
Hoarder II
Curiosity
Precautionary Measures I
Survival Instincts III
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Sensibility
Mind Over Matter Squad now also allows the player to choose a second reward from completing Regional Commissions.
Aggression II
Curiosity
Aggression IV
Introspection