F2P player here.
Before the rerun of Summer 1 started, I decided how I was gonna spend my ~310 Quartz that I had accumulated from my last roll: I would try to get NP2 Archuria, then stop and save for Merlin. The first goal was easily achieved with 5 or 6 multi rolls, but then something happened.
“Saberfran looks cute, I bet I can get her to NP2 easily”
And that’s how I spent all my remaining Quartz, getting Caster Nero and Saber Frankenstein, both at NP1. Now I’m not gonna complain since I still got an SSR, but the fact remains that now my best Saber (after Saber Lancelot NP1, who will get grailed to 90) has a much weaker NP than I wanted her to, especially because of that self NP drain that makes being unable to charge her over 100% so inconvenient. For those of you wondering, I still got Merlin, just today, from a ticket.
Now, those of you who’ve read my posts about grailing Ibaraki to 90 (who I ended up grailing) and grailing Bedivere to 90 (who I ended up not grailing) know that I will not grail a servant if there is a servant of higher rarity that straight up outperforms them at what they do.
Enter Okita. As they share the same deck and NP type (Quick ST), it’s obvious that there’s some degree of overlap. In terms of raw stats at level 90, Okita obviously has the upper hand, since despite her HP being actually slightly lower than Fran her Attack is a whole 1,7k higher. On the passive department, however, the tables are turned, as Okita’s Riding E can’t hold a candle to Fran’s Riding EX. They both share Magic Resistance E, and Fran also has Madness Enhancement E, which is mostly negligible but worth mentioning nonetheless.
Their NPs are somewhat similar to each other, but while Fran’s NP’s secondary effects are more geared towards utility, Okita’s are more geared towards damage; we see the same trend with their skills, where Okita has more damage while Fran has more utility, the key difference here being that most of Okita’s effects last a single turn only, while all of Fran’s skill have a duration of three turns. All of Fran’s skill come with demerits though, which should be kept in mind when making a team with her. Lastly I want to point out that Fran has incredible NP Generation, while Okita is great at making stars.
All of this taken into consideration, I feel like Okita Souji and Frankenstein (Saber), at equal levels, are more or less evenly matched, and that would justify using the grails in my eyes if Fran was at NP2 or higher. However, mine is only at NP1, so I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on the subject, considering that I still intend to get her to NP2 next year.