I decided to use tiermaker to rank servants based on how much they need animation updates, since it’s a neat way to put all of them in the same place.
The tiers are pretty straightforward, while the ranking within the tiers is based on a mix of preference and the animation potential that I can think of. I’ll explain in a more detailed manner below.
Magic Blasts take first because they’re extremely lazy and have the least character movement. Mata Hari is at the end because I’m not too sure what the improvements would be, whereas the others are easier to think of.
Projectiles take second for similar reasons as first, just have slightly more character movement.
Melee is third because it has more movement, but because so many fall under that group it gets very noticeable that animations are being recycled. There are some slight differences based on the weapon, but mostly they’re the same. As for the ranking there are some sub-groups:
- Has much more to offer: Benkei only uses one weapon despite being literally loaded with other weapons that are part of his legend, Phantom actually uses a lot of traps in the original story rather than attacking directly, and George can use a variety of weapons.
- Special weapons: Romulus can control plants/trees with his weapon, Mephy uses scissors and bombs, Babbage is a steam-powered mech, Fergus uses a drill sword, Sanson uses a guillotine blade sword. Several of these don’t make sense with current animations or could have long-range attacks or both.
The others are less organized, Diarmuid jumps ahead out of being so tragically under-animated compared to Zero, then David to Leonidas all could have armies/underlings fight in animations, and then the others I’m less sure on (Anne&Mary could have teamwork in their attacks, but I don’t think the summer form does, so that’s why I assumed the same for rider).
Punching Melee takes another tier because how few are in that group makes it less noticeably repeated, even if they are plain animations.
Then there’s the final tier. Lancer Alter is pretty much only different because of the horse, so she’s first there, and then there’s the Apocrypha servants that aren’t as bad as the ones earlier in the list but are still rather plain, then Li Shuwen, who has a noticeable fighting style but is still a bit plain, and then Nursery Rhyme, where they combined crystal and elemental effects for the attacks rather than basing them on the stories, and finally Paracelsus who has elemental attacks, but I expect more from an alchemist that creates elementals, his are still a bit plain.
Anyway, let me know what you think of my rankings, if you agree/disagree and if I missed anyone. Also feel free to make your own, this was pretty fun to do.