Your Starting Character Can’t Leave Your Party
Alright, so maybe you already knew this, but it’s worth repeating anyway. At the start of the game, Octopath Traveler allows you to choose to play as any of the eight characters. The one that you pick will be locked into your party for the whole game, and you can’t swap them out for anyone else. This means that you’re going to want to pick a character with a backstory you really resonate with, or one with a play style that suits you best. Don’t worry too much about this, though; once you hit chapter 2, you’ll start unlocking secondary classes, and this will give your main character a little more flexibility when it comes to abilities and weapon types in Octopath Traveler.
You will be able to remove your main character from the party once you complete all four chapters for them, but this means you can only swap them out at what is basically the very end of Octopath Traveler’s story. So unless you plan on grinding that character up to level 45 before playing around with the rest of the cast, you’re stuck with them for the whole duration of the game. We found that the experience was way better with a character and story that we really liked, so just go with your gut and don’t worry too much about it. Also, Primrose has the best story by the way.