In Theater Mechanicus, players must set up Mechanici that deal Elemental and Physical DMG to enemies throughout the arena in designated spots to prevent them from escaping the stage. Buying Mechanici requires a certain number of points, and selling Mechanici recuperates up to 50-75% of points spent.
As the gameplay mirrors that of tower defense games, characters are unable to deal any direct damage (indirect such as Fall Damage remains unaffected) and cannot use their Elemental Burst abilities, as energy is temporarily drained to 0. Elemental Skills remain unaffected and enemies can be applied elements for Elemental Reactions. Enemies are also significantly easier to stagger.
If too many enemies escape during the stage, the player automatically fails.
Theater Mechanicus has 3 occurrences:
|Theater Mechanicus (Lantern Rite)||February 10, 2021||February 28, 2021||1.3|
|Theater Mechanicus: Stage of Wonders||August 12, 2021||August 26, 2021||2.0|
|Theater Mechanicus: Stage of Brilliance||April 9, 2022||April 25, 2022||2.6|
|Language||Official Name||Literal Meaning|
|Chess Tales of Mechanism[• 1]|
|Engine Chess Talk|
|Spanish||Arena mecánica||Mechanical Arena|
|French||Théâtre mécanique||Mechanical Theater|
|Vietnamese||Cờ Cơ Quan|
|German||Theater der Vorrichtungen||Theater of Devices|
|Portuguese||Teatro Mechanicus||Theater Mechanicus|
- Chinese: 棋谭 Qítán may be a pun on 奇谭 Qítán meaning "Curious Tales," often used in titles for works of fiction.