We’ve had a few days now with our new welfare, her father/octopus companion, and her very cute expressions. But is she the best Swordsmaster in FGO, or is she a pain(ting) in the ass to use?
S1 is pretty much a downgrade from Saberlot’s S1- it’s a smaller charge (20% and needs to be leveled vs. his flat 30%), but packs the same star bomb (20) and has 1 less turn of CD. I’m not sure that makes the trade worth it, since even in long battles his charge is just worth more (like say it’s a long battle by modern FGO standards, 50 turns, and you used his skill 8 times. That’s 240% total charge. You could use her skill 10 times but for only 200% charge). Still, a battery is a battery and that + the star bomb are good effects for her kit.
S2 can also be compared to Saberlot - it’s a star absorb for 3 turns, but it adds in a Guts effect that makes the CD much longer. The increase to gather weight (500%) isn’t nearly as much as his, but it’s still going to put her at 2x the average weight of a Rider so with normal supports she’ll grab the stars that are there. I mostly just don’t like this skill because the CD is so long because of the Guts.
S3 is a great skill for her - similar to her OG form’s S3, but instead of a Defense Down, it’s an 3-turn Arts boost (30%), and increases her Crit damage for 3 turns (20% each time) when she lands a crit. Because of her absorb and star bomb (and kinda her hit counts, paired with Lanling or CasGil) she should be able to have enough stars to crit with often, making this a fairly reliable way to increase her damage.
Skill (and Ascension) Mats:
You’ll Ascend her from the event, so nothing to worry about there. She takes Seeds (45), Shells (36), Magatamas (60), and Bells (60) for her skills.
We don’t get very many Seeds in the next month or so, but Summer is a good place for Shells (41 between the rerun and this event, plus farming nodes). You’re out of luck on Magatamas and Bells as well.
Mat Farming Locations and (Approximate) AP Cost:
Seeds (Village, Shimousa): This will drop Seeds + Magatamas (and Dust!): 2,686.5 AP (and 32 of your Magatamas)
Magatamas (Castle Town, Shimousa): 1,450.4 AP
Shells (Observatory, Babylonia): 1,879.2 AP
Bells (Ba Men Cave, LB3): 3,210 AP
Total: 9,226 AP/// 32 Days (Natural AP regen)// 66 Gold Apple Refills.
She manages to be pretty expensive to farm for even without needing ascension mats, but her skills are all solid. I’d probably focus on her 3rd skill first, then her 1st (gasp imagine not leveling the battery first) and only after those are done caring about her 2nd.
Her NP is a ST Arts, and she’s free NP5. It hits hard, and is pretty consistent with that damage since it has a baked-in pre-cast NP damage bump based on overcharge.
|Saberlot||1||29k||Has a flat 1k damage buff if NP’ing same enemy within 3 turns|
|Yagyu||1||23k/34k/27k/41k||Base/S1/S2/S1 +S2 (both are 1 turn skills)|
|Hokusaber||5||47k/61k||No S3/with S3|
|Saito||1||30k/39k||No S3/with S3. Also will have greater damage if NP’ing same enemy within 3 turns|
*Also all OC 100%, since Saito and Hokusai have OC effects that would boost their damage.
So we see Hokusai loses out a touch to Yagyu (story locked, and very bursty as he only hits that damage one time) and the upcoming Saito (who would have to avoid face cards, since his S3 attack buff is hit-based, not turn-based).
It’s enough damage to put her right up near the top for all the 5*s @NP1 (Musashi, Enkidu, some 'Zerks once you factor in their 1.5x mod) but she’s ahead of Scathach outside of her niche, or Melt, or Sigurd.
Hokusai is very good, and in some ways I consider her situation to be similar to Gil vs. Ishtar vs. Tesla vs. Napoleon. Those guys are all AoE Buster Archers (3 with bonus damage), but they’re all just different enough that there are times you’ll want Ishtar’s crit damage or Napoleon’s anti-Divine or Gil’s high hit counts.
Lancelot will have more consistent face card damage via his crits, and is much more self-sufficient with his bonkers star regen skill. Yagyu is a great soloer with his debuffs. Saito iirc has better NP refund (Castoria will be around to buff him when he comes next year). But Hokusai’s great for her NP damage at least and is very consistent. You can pretty much make her your default Arts damage dealer if you wanted to, she’d be great at it.
Thank you GP AI for saying this topic was similar to another one already created. What would we do without you? /s