Buy 10% drop rate core and 30% monster population for the first few times so you can start getting some cores.
I usually configure evo to do one of two things: 1. Go for exp. 2. Go for drops.
1. If you want exp, use these cores 30% monster population, 4x hp, 5% party exp. And turn on your 1.5 family exp if you have.
2. If you want drops use cores 30% monster population, 10% drops, and any specific drop you might need. Also use 1.5 drop rate from family. Also use spider familiar if you have. (raises drop rate.)
You will find new cores that unlock links and slots to add more cores as you go. The best cores drop from monsters so just start killing.
I had my best evo run last night when I used the following cores that I had bought/found: 30% population, 30% drop rate, mineral drop 50%, bronze drop, 10% exp.
I also used 1.5 drop rate from family and had the spider familiar. I finished with 113 boxes 150 bronze and got a complete level up (lv 135->136)
@GunPowder: Sweet, I didn't even notice that one in the shop. So you say the do mass damage, did you have any cores on that affected how hard it was to kill them?
And I was just wondering what then next item I'd spend my coins on was.
Again I appreciate the info.
@shadowind7: Thanks for the info. Can't wait to try. I haven't gotten that center core slot yet, do you know how to get it? Just another drop I'm guessing.[/quote]
That is what I've heard. I haven't confirmed. Also @above, the link 9 ones stun and can gang up on you o_o long range ftw
@mrkungpow Well it depends on what you mean by "maximize" and if you're including only what's in the shop, or drops as well.
Monster HP x20
Monster Population +100%
Monster level +10 (or Party Exp +15% if in a party)
-If Unique core slot is unlocked: Monster Population +50% (stacks with other population cores)
Monster Population +100%
Drop rate +30%
Whatever item/ore/herb drop rate core you want
-If Unique core slot is unlocked: Monster Population +50% or Drop rate +20%
Obviously you won't have those types of cores active each time you go in though (the ones above are rare drops), so in that case you would just purchase whatever cores fit your needs for what you plan on doing. For exp Monster HP cores give the most noticeable difference (of course it will slow you down if you don't kill them fast enough, but you can experiment), and then monster population and monster level are the others you would want. For drops you'd want increased drop rate and monster population, but you wouldn't want extra hp or levels as those don't affect the drop rates and would only slow down your farming.
Also these would be done in Link 3 as the flying monsters there are great. Also as was already stated, if you try to unluck the special/unique slot, it has you kill monsters in link 9, which also has to be unlocked. So make sure you have it unlocked first and make sure you can take 3k+ damage since the monsters in link 9 are Evo versions of mutant ribbon pigs that are normally found in the 160+ area known as Future Hene.