I’m going to assume that the fact we’re in the LB5 pre-release campaign right now means we’re getting a small change from Japan’s schedule and getting Atlantis before Christmas, which I’m perfectly fine with myself (I need that story Grail ). That means though that we’re skipping the reviews of pyon pyon maid trap and Mary Poppins and going straight to the face so loveable (?) it somehow convinced Artemis to stop being a badass, independent huntress and become a yandere simp.
His attack is excellent, his deck is the dreaded BBBQA with an Arts NP, and he’s got a skill that makes him take extra damage from poison (remember that for CQs). But is his chad-ness only in relation to women, or does his kit cement his place among the stars as well?
S1 is a 1-turn, 50% Mana Burst for his Buster cards, and a 1-turn, 50% damage buff for Wild Beast or Demonic enemies. There’s a decent amount of “Wild Beast” including even some servants, and it’s a trait that so far had gone mostly unfilled. Cu Proto is the only other one iirc before CinderLiza just a month ago. Demonic has a lot more competition, but also has a lot more enemies with the trait (still crying over Martha Ruler getting it vs Demons instead). Even without those traits though, Mana Burst skills can hurt, and he can BBB brave chain if you’re lucky.
S2 pairs a decent Guts (3000 HP; 1 time in 3 turns), a small Attack boost (20%, but again his Attack is sky-high so that’s a good amount), and a star bomb (20). He really wants to crit, so having ready access to stars is wonderful. Since you’ll probably be bringing Orion to harder fights where you need big damage numbers, the Guts isn’t as much of a waste as it would be on someone designed seemingly only for farming. Still, the stars are the best part because of the crit damage Orion has elsewhere in his kit.
S3 is a crit-star absorption skill (500%, which for him is more than enough to get those stars even from a Rider). It then gives him an on-hit buff for 3 attacks/3 turns - each attack (when using a Buster card) will increase crit damage by 100% for a turn, activating first. That means if he has a BAQ brave chain, and has the stars, every card in that chain is dealing +100% crit damage. If he gets a BBB brave chain, that’s doing +100% crit damage on the first, +200% on the second, and +300% crit damage on the third. Plus his high attack and his buster buff from his s1, if you’re lucky with timing. Or you could try to break it up over the 3 turns, either with brave chains that don’t have all Busters and doing 3x BQA (use Summer BB for card locking? and passive stars?) or just doing Buster chains using your supports and putting Orion’s card last, he’d still have that 100% crit damage each time.
Skill (and Ascension) Mats:
He needs Proofs (22), Crystals (10), Lanugos (9), and Gallstones (5) for his Ascension mats. For his active skills he needs more Crystals (45) and Proofs (132), as well as Arrowheads (72) and the new LB5 Gold mat, Comet Shards (30).
We’ll get some Proofs in the Christmas shop and IIRC Crystals are a lotto prize. There isn’t any amount of Arrowheads coming up that you could really count on. Lanugos and Gallstones shouldn’t be an issue, but by Valentine’s next year we still won’t have 30 Comets so get farming those
Mat Farming Locations and (Approximate) AP Cost:
Total: 16,631 AP/// 58 Days (Natural AP regen)// 119 Gold Apple Refills.
Verdict: All of his skills are good, and directly tie to him dealing more damage. If you were really strapped for Lores, I’d probably go for his s3 ASAP, then his S1 because it’s a 1-turn skill you want to minimize the downtime as much as possible. The difference in skill values for his S2 is only 2% attack and 2 crit stars from lvls 9 to 10 (well, also some difference in his Guts but that’s not the real draw of the skill).
His NP is self-buffing, along the lines of say Houzin/Qin Liangyu/QSH. It’s also a lot There are 3 flat effects, no matter the NP level: 1) Ignore Invincible for 3 turns 2) Debuff Immunity for 3 turns 3) 10 stars/turn for 3 turns
Then, depending on level it increases his attack for 30% for 3 turns (scaling to 50% @NP5) and increases his own crit damage by 100% for 3 turns (scaling to 200% @500% overcharge). Clearly this NP gives him ridiculous damage, but it also helps him out on boss fights and CQs as well.
Ignore Invincible is a great way to get around bosses that spam evade skills, and debuff immunity is great for bosses or stage effects that are constantly trying to inflict attack down or something. The crit stars let him crit more often, which is what he really wants to do.
With just an NP1 Orion, no CE, and a Command spell to charge his NP to full, Orion is looking at:
+50% attack, +50% Buster damage, and +200%/300%/400% crit damage for each card (1 turn)
+50% Attack, and 3 turns of +200% crit damage on every card. (Well, he has a passive with some crit damage as well but I just like the easy numbers).
He doesn’t have any buffs yet on JP, outside of maybe better CEs or supports available, but he doesn’t need them lol. He’s capable of insane damage already. Notable people to pair him with are, in no particular order:
Merlin, Summer BB, Waver, Sherlock, Lancer Raikou, Shakespeare, Leonidas, Chiron, Nightingale, Helena, or Chen Gong. In the future we could look at Himiko, Doumon (esp. if you also use Moriarty to make Orion Evil? But that’s a lot of work), or Koyanskaya.
But if you’re not pairing him with a Merlin (star gen, np gen, attack, Buster, crit damage) or Summer BB (card lock, star gen) I’m not sure why. They’re the ones you want to go into battle with here.
I’m going to quote my review of QSH from last December:
Providing you have a couple of good supports of your own, the best Orion is the one on your friend list you borrow. He does such ridiculous unga bunga numbers, even if broken into a couple of turns instead of all focused on 1 break bar, that he’s a giant meme but also mostly unnecessary for the majority of content. But please, share your favorite YouTube or bilibili video with him just clubbing some poor enemy to death because we all know nothing speaks Archer like running up to the guy you’re fighting and smacking them in the face