Welcome to the Learning with GamePress Q&A, where we’ll be covering the highly anticipated Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits event! I’m your host Da Vinci-chan, and joining us are GamePress staff members Chris (d'Eon), NorseFTX (Martha), and Hitter (Columbus). Without further ado, let’s begin!
Is it worth it to roll for Jeanne Alter?
Jeanne Alter is one of the better Buster damage dealers we’re going to have for a while, so yes.
I have heard that she is really good at robbing people’s bank accounts… *cough* In any case, Jeanne is definitely a good Servant to gun for, especially if you have a thing for one-shotting bosses.
Jeanne Alter can carry you through a lot of quests as your primary damage dealer since she does decent damage to all classes. She will get a new costume much later that you can purchase with Mana prisms, based on her Shinjuku appearance. She also has one of the greatest laughs in the game, in my opinion. Totally worth rolling for.
What a consensus! Given her assets, JAlter is indeed a strong servant, but the true value lies in how much you like this character. Although I do appreciate the Saint Quartz, remember to gacha responsibly and keep your health and finances in check. Set a budget and don’t go over it. I’m sure she’ll appear in future gachas!
You're not the boss of me! How much do you think this kidney will go for on the Chaldea Market?
Where did you get that kidney from? And... uh, let me get back to you on that. Next question!
Are the new Craft Essences any good?
Fake servants aside, It’s time to show off my new creations, the Craft Essences! Let’s begin with the event CEs, your lifeline for farming.
It increases your critical consistency. Pretty good, especially if you only have one “A Fragment of 2030”.
Servants who innately have high star weight and good star generation, like Francis Drake, can really benefit from both effects!
This CE is especially attractive for a certain 1-star Archer, it is a good choice for fodder Servants in solo runs.
(He means Arash). Overall however, having to sacrifice a Servant to get an effect isn't exactly the best way to use a CE, unless you're already planning on having that Servant die anyway.
A rather sustain-oriented option, coupled with initial NP gauge. Very interesting, but I believe more offensive choices would usually be preferred.
During the event itself, this CE is amazing for farming scrolls as it increases drops of all scroll types by +2 (or +3 with MLB). Stack a bunch of these during the event.
Although it doesn’t seem to be well received as a combat CE, prioritize equipping Scholars of Chaldea because it will always be useful for farming. If you want to focus on specific ascension materials, then it would be worth it to equip the corresponding True/Fake spawn chance CE. Sigh. Genius is never understood in its own time.
Well, up next we have the Gacha CE’s!
Very useful if you’re running a healer like Medea Lily. Hell, I’d even argue for giving it to Nightingale for the extra healing power before and after her Buster burst turns.
Arguably one of the best 4-Star damage CEs, as many enemies, Servants, and bosses are Humanoid. If I recall correctly, it was one of the top used/levelled CEs in the JP Server.
I suppose it’ll have some niche use… The Arts Up is huge, but the time limit is also short. It’s not a CE I would personally use unless I’m running some sort of blitzkrieg Arts team.
What are the best nodes to farm?
Since the reactions to some of my craft essences were just TERRIBLE, let’s brush past the misunderstood art and talk about farming! I’m sure you’re just dying to round up those counterfeits!
For Vitruvian Man (Fake) [Bronze event exchange item], the best node is the Lancer 40 AP node.
For Mona Lisa (Fake) [Gold event exchange item], it is probably best to wait for the Saber 40 AP node before going hard on farming these, since it has the best drop rate.
General Farming Strategies
Even though people may hold strong opinions on Jeanne Alter (myself included), I’m sure we can set aside our differences for the real hero of the event: Yours truly!
What? You’re not summonable yet!
…And by association, my generous lottery! Unlimited EXP, mats, prisms, and QP? I hope you like them apples. Just bring me manuscripts (also called scrolls by many), and get rolling! Let’s ask our panelists on the best general approach to farming.
When I was farming for scrolls, I’d make up a team of as many Extra classes as I could since they count towards both Black and White scrolls for the lottery. Sadly, a team with all 6 Extra class members, (Jeanne, Jeanne Alter, Dantes, Shirou, Mash + one support) is not pretty hard to complete, not to mention the farming speed is pretty slow.
You’ll want to buy as many of The Scholars of Chaldea CE as you can get ASAP! Every day, a 1AP quest will appear that will give a generous amount of Scroll drops (you choose between True or Fake). You will want as many copies of that CE ready & equipped when you run those quests since you can only do them once.
Remember to do the 1 AP quests as soon as possible, since they expire after 24 hours!
Hmm… Should players try to farm True (white) or Fake (black) manuscripts?
It depends on your ascension material and CE preference. White scrolls give Horseshoes, Octuplet Crystals, Proof of Heroes, and Dragon Fangs, with The Merciless One as the featured CE. Black scrolls give Forbidden Pages, Serpent Jewels, Evil Bones, and Void’s Dust, with Maiden Leading Chaldea as the featured CE. I personally plan to get at least one copy of each of the CEs but will concentrate on the Black scrolls since I need Serpent Jewels.
Outside of the 40 AP ALL stage, I would recommend against taking the lottery CE’s unless you want to set the final boss for an easier fight. The scroll drops aren’t too great, and you’re better off trying to maximize item drops by equipping the gacha CE’s. Otherwise, fill up empty CE slots with Scholars of Chaldea for general scroll drops.
And it looks like this Q&A is running long, so that’s all we have for the Da Vinci Panel today! But fear not, I’ve prepared more useful information. For more information, check out our “In-depth Farming Guides”!