Over Energy is a gameplay mechanic in The 3rd Birthday. It refers to Aya Brea's capacity to modify her DNA with fragments, known as OE chips, which are obtained from soldiers or the Twisted when overdiving or performing overdive kills, respectively. These chips consist of one to three units of over energy, which correspond to abilities. By placing these abilities on her DNA board, Aya can make use of them in the field.
All OE slots on a DNA board can be leveled up to a maximum of OE level 25; the OE levels are capped by Aya's experience level, and OE abilities can only be raised to OE level 25 when Aya is at least level 53 or so. However, if OE slots with the same ability are adjacent to one another, they will link together and the ability level will be the sum of the two slots (still capped at 25).
If a DNA board has multiple copies of the same ability that aren't linked together, the lower level ones are ignored.
Over Energy types
There are a total of twenty-four Over Energy abilities, divided into six groups.
Cross Healing – Sometimes during Crossfire, Aya and soldiers who participate in it may have their health partially replenished. A higher OE level will increase the chances of activation and the amount of health recovered.
Overdive Kill (yellow)
By combining OE abilities, it is possible to generate others. As a rule, for any two non-malignant abilities, there are four possible outcomes of merging them. Note that it makes no difference which ability is the one already on the DNA board and which is being added; the possibilites depend only on what the two abilities are. An important special case is that if two of the same ability are combined, there will never be any mutation – the result is only ever that ability. Otherwise, the four possible outcomes are:
- The ability already on the board
- The ability being added to it
- A mutation to another ability
- A malignant mutation
The first two will be labelled as "A – Normal" or "B – Benign", depending on what the resulting ability is. The third is "C – Mutated"; however, note that a few OE combinations actually produce a "mutation" that is one of the two abilities being combined. If a malignant mutation appears, the caption is "D – Malignant". The existence of later labels overrides earlier ones, i.e. if there is a malignant result as well as a mutated result, "D – Malignant" will be shown rather than "C – Mutated".
In the following table, the upper right half contains Mutated outcomes, and the lower left, Malignant outcomes. Note that a "?" indicates that the outcome in question is not yet known.
Combining malignant OEs with anything is more complicated, as in addition to the usual possibility of one of the OEs being combined, they can have more than one each of malignant or mutated outcomes. In fact, some of the mutant outcomes are classed as A – Normal or B – Benign rather than C – Mutated.
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|Aya Brea - Eve Brea - Kyle Madigan|
Hyde Bohr - Thelonious Cray - Hunter Owen - Blank - Gabrielle Monsigny - Kunihiko Maeda - Emily Jefferson - Ginger - Seamus Rose
Slacker - Wad - Stinker - Snatcher - Bean - Roller - Rover - Detector - Worm - Spitter - Mudflap - Reaper - Helix - Queen
|Babel - CTI Headquarters - Club Sacrifice - Maeda's House - North Shallows Tower - Rockefeller Center - Saint Thomas Church - Spanish Harlem|
|Cheat Codes - Feats - Outfits - Overdive - Over Energy - Soundtrack - Weapons|