We’re seeing many, many posts about Skadi’s gameplay lately, along with some doubt and confusion.
This is not a Double Skadi System guide - while I am already using and loving it, that information is all over these boards, and examples are easily located on YouTube.
For players who are…
Not yet prepared to run Double Skadi comps
Having no interest in running Double Skadi comps
Lacking their own Skadi (examples below assume single Skadi)
Looking for ways to use her outside of her looping specialty
…I wanted to make a dedicated thread for sharing alternative uses and personal favorite strategies. These don’t have to be (and most likely will not be) the definition of efficiency or optimization, but that’s okay! Realistically, optimal Skadi looping isn’t always possible on every single node configuration for any and every Servant you might want to use with her, so we do occasionally need to get creative even if we have the right tools to work the DSS magic.
A few of my favs thus far, to start things off:
SKADI/MERLIN/(QUICK SERVANT) - Damn near universally workable. Skadi brings the card performance boost that the Quick DPS was lacking while Merlin adds 1T of even higher crit damage and a not-inconsequential boost for the Buster card(s). Turn-to-turn defense is a weak point in this group, so some speed is still desirable, but Merlin can add bulk with his NP and provide a superior hard defense option to shore up Skadi’s slightly dodgy Evade effect. Skadi’s s2 also hinders enemy criticals, as Merlin’s s2 happens to do (though the timing on that will usually be dictated more by enemy NP activity).
SKADI/MERLIN/ENKIDU - Special mention because clay has 3x Quicks in their deck and a big, nasty Buster NP. Could do worse for support.
SKADI/WAVER/??? - Preferably a Servant who can make good use of Skadi’s signature card buff, but this is an especially valuable option for players who have either Skadi or Waver. Skadi functions very well as a Substitute Waver in any party that doesn’t depend on the additional 20% team-wide NP charge that she is missing in comparison.
SKADI/PARACELSUS/LOOPER - Not a perfect combo, but extremely serviceable, especially if Paracelsus is able to knock out wave 1 himself to increase the probability of a min-turn clear for farming. Doesn’t replace DSS (partly due to lower damage output), but a really nice bandaid if you’re looking for an alternative. Bonus points for putting a 3* Servant from the general FP pool to great use!
SKADI/TAMAMO/SHERLOCK - An interesting variation generally applicable wherever a Servant has a QQ/AA Deck. Between Sherlock’s NP Seal and Tamamo’s Curse, there is some potential to stall an enemy NP, and Sherlock himself is naturally sturdy vs. most classes. Skadi’s cards naturally won’t be prioritized, but she may be in a position to save the party if an NP does manage to slip through before everything dies.
SKADI/BRIDE/??? - A more expensive and more damaging semi-looping option and/or a general-purpose hybrid NP/Crit comp, preferably for a Quick-heavy Servant. Bride also brings even more star gen for the point Servant and some added bulk with her s3.
SKADI/PARVATI/DEBUFFER - For giggles, support Parvati with Skadi and add a Servant who significantly debuffs enemy resistance to status effects. Too much card RNG for a regular strat for my taste, but hilarious when Parvati loops 2-3 times in a row off of card crits and charm locks each time.
To reiterate, these are NOT suggestions for being as efficient as you can be, and they have only tangential connection to any kind of meta. This is more “I want to play with my Skadi but can’t or prefer not to 3T refund farm all the time.”
What has everyone tried so far that they’ve enjoyed?