Didn’t see one of these, so I made one.
Pickles gets a bad rap as a poorly designed servant. (The discussion on Rabbit’s review on Gamefaqs basically derailed into a Xiang Yu vs. Hijikata comparison, with the majority of people ignoring Hijikata completely to talk about how Xiang Yu was actually salvageable…which says a lot.)
He’s a Berserker with a low-HP high-NP/crit damage gimmick. In other words, he’s a Berserker that gets more berserk as he gets closer to dying. Makes sense.
He has EAM with a crit bonus and high attack, which means he’ll hit harder than Raikou and Zerklot (double Quick cards be dammed) bar special damage buffs. He has a small teamwide buster buff and stargen up—20% buster buff combined with 5% from Madness Enhancement is nice, but a 20% bonus to stargen is negligible, to my understanding.
He also has Disengage at a worse rank than Ibaraki and it…goes against his niche by healing him? Selfish debuff clear is nice (unless you’re charmed/stunned/skill sealed, which happens often enough in CQs) and makes his damage consistent, but it’s an odd skill on him.
Still, high attack, decent NP/stargen, and a free EAM with a crit mod is pretty juicy. Let’s unpack how to get the most out of it.
First question I have is actually on FGO mechanics. I read that Laws of the Shinsengumi’s crit modifier actually gets calculated upon skill usage, so you can’t use this T1, get hit, and expect to pull out a clutch crit on T2. But you CAN use it on T5, heal with GoA or Hero Creation, and still crit for fun numbers. Can anyone confirm that?