NP1 is perfectly fine for farming assuming one’s also got Waver, which is why I said if I didn’t like him so much I’d be aiming to stop at NP1 (but nope I want him and Jarcher at high NP levels rip my not-whale self).
Neutral attribute 2K HNS* Fou’d Dantes, 2x Skadi + Waver:
No DEF Down: 68,652-83,797 (76,224).
1x Skadi DEF Down: 84,379-103,019 (93,699).
2x DEF Down: 100,107-89,410 122,242 (111,174).
2x DEF Down, his own ATK Up (used on W3): 126,319-154,279 (140,299), and 160K is the breakpoint for W3 farming. + 30% Plug ATK Up: 142,046-173,501 (157774).
No: 85,690-104,621 (95,156).
1x: 105,349-128,649 (116,999).
2x: 125,008-152,677 (138,843).
2x + self: 157,774-192,724 (175,249).
2x + self + Plug 30: 177,433-216,752 (197,092).
Superscope NP1 Dantes (thus instead assuming 2004 or Arctic)
NP1 Dantes 2x DEF + 2004 50 NP Up: 143,598-175,509 (159,553)
NP2: 179497-219,386 (199,442).
NP1 Dantes 2x DEF + L4 Arctic 121,570-148,586 (135,078).
NP2: 151,963-185,733 (168,848).
Much of the time the remaining health can be deleted regardless because lol Merlin-tier Quick crits just numerically speaking (well actually superior, 50 Quick+100 Quick crit, so 200).
Naturally NP2 is often recommended for anyone you intend to use seriously/whatever, and various AOEs and particularly the Extra folks highly welcome NP2+ to varying degrees (Okitan needs it to not be potato, Kiara’s BG-compatibility gives her a lot of leeway but she still does appreciate it for assurance, Dantes really varies on what you’re most specifically asking for but IMO “Appreciates, not strictly necessary (for farm)”). Also backed up by others that have farmed with him at NP1, in fact I recall there being a streamer whose name I forget that’s just been farming using him consistently and probably roughly that.
Of course this is from the approach of Just Killing Things, numbers change if you’re wanting to minimize clicks or whatever but I’m not going to get into that either when it’s so varied, just the matter of him “needing” NP2 (I know you did say recced though), when that’s not strictly necessary. That said NP2 does open up various CQ cheesing crap, but that also assumed MLB BG and you can by and large just solo cheese that stuff if your only concern is “clearing” so I don’t focus on that personally.
Also no frigging MLB BG.
Incidentally it’s for this reason I would LOVE if Jarcher were to get an NP RUQ that also came with a star bomb (or something else highly beneficial), since she needs much more to match his NP1 and she suffers from low ATK… but I’d hope to make her one of my main DPS’ and general Archers RNG willing. Please give her a buff DW.
* No HNS because you missed it (such as on my alt)? Well we get Tenkihime/HDP next year which is functionally the same so woot woot.
@ the topic: Maxed skills all around, maxed CE is often assumed in calculations too. The difference between L15/711 and L100/2K matters a lot.