I got done work just in time for them to post it, yay.
Also that means I need to finish up my thoughts on Qin Liangyu, huh? I pretend I do not see it.
Lanling was placed in the “A” tier, meaning very good or something, and I absolutely agree with that. Basically his weakness is he doesn’t hit for very hard, but he’s not supposed to be doing the hitting.
So for my review of him, even though it’s almost exactly the same:
Lanling Wang (Saber) Review:
Spoiler, they’re good.
S1 provides a 2 hit/3 turn Invincibility for himself, then a standard Charisma that caps at 20%. It’s on a 6 turn CD at max, which is a bit longer than most Charismas (5 turns) but it helps keep him alive a little longer. I’d like the Invincibility to be targetable, but that’s just me being greedy. Charisma is a nice skill to have and it’s good here.
S2 is an ever-useful 20% gauge charge for an ally, along with a buff success rate increase. You CAN use this with say, Hans or Cleo or Ozy, but there are real benefits to using it selfishly. And since most DPS’ don’t have Imperial Privilege, in practice you probably will just end up using it more often on Lanling himself.
S3 - they saved his best for last. The Arts boost is great for Arts teams. It has a chance at party star gen and crit damage for 3 turns as well (why I said you’d like to use S2 on Lanling himself). It’s best on Arts crit team (say, Lancer Li; Kuro; Shiki; Sheba) but the crit boost and star gen are something that any team can enjoy.
Skill (and Ascension) Mats:
His mats aren’t the worst in my opinion, but maybe I’ve just become jaded by what some of the other Servants have been needing lately Feathers, Proofs, Stingers, and some Scarabs. I know for myself Scarabs are a dime a dozen and nothing that I worry about. We had Proofs in the last lottery, plus 30 in the Christmas shop and 10 Scarabs. Feathers will drop in the final lottery node. There will be 30 more Scarabs in Jan/Feb; 43 Feathers; 40 Stingers; 53 Proofs.
Mat Farming Locations and (Approximate) AP Cost:
Proofs: Pirate Ship (Okeanos): 2,203 AP
Stingers: Field of Reeds (Babylonia): 4,838 AP
Feathers: Town Hall (Salem): 1,964 AP
Scarabs: 4,387 AP
Total: 13,392 AP///47 Days (Natural AP regen)///96 Gold Apple refills
Verdict: It seems worse than it is because I’d assume that you have Scarabs handy, but even if you don’t right now you need 24 total and between now and March 1st we’ll get 40, so really farming isn’t that necessary for a lot of those mats. You will want to max out all of his skills though, truly - they’re great and work well together.
Competition: Lanling does have some good competition in his role - the closest is probably Caster Gil (Arts, Charisma, Star Gen), but we could include Summer Medb (passive star gen, Arts, Crit Damage, Attack); Nero Bride (Attack, NP Gen; Star Gen; Defense (which is a part of Wang’s NP). Lanling has less damage potential than the others (and considering Medb has bad damage, that’s saying something) but the support he provides is phenomenal.
Verdict: Lanling is just really, really good. He is. His kit makes sense and has good values, in addition to covering a wide area. Card type, crit buffs, attack, and star gen. And his NP? Whew it’s a good one. The charge drain and Attack are basically what Waver offers, but then he has a team damage cut (similar to Waver’s 2nd skill). Pair him with Mash or Tamamo and any Arts damage dealer (Saberlot; Archuria; Vlad; Robin; Hundred Face Hassan) and go to town.
Outlook: His own kit won’t change over the next two years, and we will be getting Castoria who is just crazy, but in between now and then? We’ll get Kuro (if you missed the original run); Saber Hokusai; Kagetora; Salome and Charlotte as free options, as well as gacha-optional choices like da Vinci Rider, William Tell, Dioscuri, Astrea, Reines (who won’t be there for damage, but also provides defense buffs that ‘Zerks will appreciate that can pair with Lanling, so now Musashi or Summer Bryn can now work with him somewhat). Really just a wonderful Servant to get now.
Also he looks really good now and his NP looks even better in the future with his summer skin, so yeah. go gacha