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Nero Fest 2019 - Exhibition VII: Grand Finale: The Crimson Olympian

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Enemy Layout

Fatal Battle 1/1
158,983
Medea (Lily)
158,961
Saint Martha
129,600
Kid Gilgamesh
163,075
Brynhild
131,268
Fuuma Kotarou
135,516
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
155,952
Nero Claudius

Boss Statistics

Kid Gilgamesh
Kid HP
129,600
LVL
90
Class
Archer
NP Bar

NP Type
AoE
Actions
Up to 3 per turn
Traits
Male, Humanoid, Servant, Divine, Heaven or Earth, King, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Increase own Buster Resist (3 turns). (Cannot be removed)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Increase NP Strength of all allies while he is on the field. (Unremovable)
When Cu Chulainn (Alter) Enters This Weapon Is For You: Gains additional NP Charge/turn and Increase Critical Rate for Cu Chulainn (Alter).
Skill 1 Charisma A+: Increase ATK for all allies (3 turns).
Skill 2 Fair Youth C: Chance to Charm one [Humanoid] enemy (1 turn).
Skill 3 Golden Rule A: Increase own NP Gain (3 turns).
NP Effect Gate of Babylon: Deal damage to all enemies. Decrease NP Strength, Critical Strength, and Debuff Resist for all enemies (1 turn).
Saint Martha
Saint HP
158,961
LVL
90
Class
Rider
NP Bar

NP Type
AoE
Actions
Up to 3 per turn
Traits
Female, Humanoid, Servant, Riding, Divine, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Increase own Crit Resist (3 turns). (Unremovable)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Increase Critical Strength of all allies while she is on the field. (Unremovable)
When Fuuma Kotarou Enters Show Us Your True Power Once In A While: Increase Buster effectiveness, ATK, and Critical Strength for Fuuma Kotarou.
Skill 1 Protection of the Faith A: Increase own Debuff Resist (3 turns). Recovers own HP.
Skill 2 Miracle D: Recover HP and remove debuffs for all allies.
Skill 3 Oath of the Holy Maiden C: Decrease DEF for one enemy (3 turns). Remove Buffs from one enemy. (Not sure if used)
NP Effect Tarasque: Deal damage to all enemies. Decrease DEF for all enemies.
Medea (Lily)
Medea HP
158,983
LVL
90
Class
Caster
NP Bar

NP Type
Support
Actions
Up to 2 per turn
Traits
Female, Humanoid, Servant, Heaven or Earth, Argonaut, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Increase own NP Resist (3 turns). (Unremovable)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Increase DEF for all allies while she remains on the field. (Unremovable)
When Brynhild Enters I think burning love is wonderful!: Apply Debuff Immunity and HP Restoration each turn to Brynhild.
Skill 1 Rapid Words of Divine A: Increase own NP Gauge by 2.
Skill 2 Poison Resistance A: Remove Party's Poison Debuffs. Recovers HP for all allies.
Skill 3 Ephemeral Love EX : Increase Healing Received for one ally (1 turn).
NP Effect Pain Breaker: Remove debuffs for all allies. Greatly restore HP for all allies. Greatly increase Debuff Resist for all allies.
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
Cu HP
135,516
LVL
90
Class
Berserker
NP Bar

NP Type
ST
Actions
Up to 2 per turn
Traits
Male, Humanoid, Servant, Divine, Brynhild's Beloved, Heaven or Earth, Evil, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Increase own Quick Resist (3 turns). (Unremovable)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Increase ATK for all allies while he remains on the field. (Unremovable)
Upon Entry - Medea Lily Alive Hang in there, Missy!: Apply Evade (3 times) and Increase DEF for Medea (Lily) if she is on the field when Cu Chulainn (Alter) enters the battlefield.
Skill 1 Madness of the Spirits A: Decrease ATK for all enemies (3 turns). Decrease Critical Star Drop Rate for all enemies (3 turns).
Skill 2 Protection from Arrows C: Apply Evade (2 times). Increase own DEF (3 turns).
Skill 3 Battle Continuation A: Apply Guts to self (1 time, 5 turns).
NP Effect Curruid Coinchenn: Deal damage to a single enemy. Increase own ATK and DEF (1 turn).
Fuuma Kotarou
Fuuma HP
131,268
LVL
90
Class
Assassin
NP Bar

NP Type
AoE
Actions
Up to 3 per turn
Traits
Male, Humanoid, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Apply Evade to self (3 turns). (Unremovable)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Increase Critical Rate for all allies while he remains on the field. (Unremovable)
Upon Entry - Kid Gilgamesh Alive Ancient King Brigade: Increase Max HP and apply Additional Effects upon Attacking for Kid Gilgamesh if he is on the field when Fuuma Kotarou enters the field.
Skill 1 Sabotage B+: Decrease ATK for all enemies (3 turns). Decrease Critical Star Drop Rate for all enemies (3 turns).
Skill 2 Ninjutsu A+++: Apply Evade to an ally (1 turn). Increase Critical Rate for an ally (1 turn).
Skill 3 Suspicious Shadow C: Decrease Debuff Resist for all enemies (1 turn).
NP Effect Immortal Chaos Brigade: Deal damage to all enemies. Inflict Disorder: Chance to inflict Skill Seal each turn (5 turns).
Brynhild
Brynhild2 HP
163,075
LVL
90
Class
Lancer
NP Bar

NP Type
ST
Actions
Up to 3 per turn
Traits
Female, Humanoid, Servant, Riding, Divine, Heaven or Earth, Weak to Enuma Elish
Active Buff Blessing of Rome: Increase own Arts Resist (3 turns). (Unremovable)
Buff to Allies Festive Fighting Spirit: Apply Ignore Invincible for all allies while she remains on the field. (Unremovable)
Upon Entry - Cu Alter Alive Brave Warrior, My Blessing: Increase ATK and Decrease DEF for Cu Chulainn (Alter) if he is on the field when Brynhild enters the field.
Skill 1 Mana Burst (Flame) B: Increase own Buster effectiveness (1 turn). Increase own NP Strength (1 turn).
Skill 2 Primordial Rune: Decrease NP Strength for one enemy (1 turn). Decrease Critical Star Drop Rate for one enemy (3 turns).
Skill 3 Hero's Assistant C: Increase Critical Rate for an ally (3 turns). Recovers HP for an ally.
NP Effect Brynhild Romantia: Deal damage to a single enemy. Increase Critical Rate for all allies (3 turns). Deal extra damage to [Brynhild's Beloved] enemies.
Nero Claudius
Nero HP
155,952
LVL
90
Class
Saber
NP Bar

NP Type
AoE
Actions
Up to 3 per turn
Traits
Female, Humanoid, Servant, Riding, Roman, Saberface, King, Weak to Enuma Elish
Buff to Allies I Am Having Fun: Apply Guts to all allies(and herself) while she is on the field (Revive with 100% HP, 1 time). (Unremovable) - Deactivates if Nero Claudius is defeated.
Upon Entry - Kid Gilgamesh Alive Treasures, One By One! Charge!: Apply Ignore DEF to Kid Gilgamesh. Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Upon Entry - Martha Alive Great Armored Dragon, Attack--!: Increase NP Strength for Saint Martha. Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Upon Entry - Medea Lily Alive A Massage Please!: Increase Healing Effect by 500% for Medea (Lily). Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Upon Entry - Cu Alter Alive A Storm of Thorns Indeed!: Apply Ignore Invicible to Cu Chulainn (Alter). Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Upon Entry - Fuuma Kotarou Alive Ninja!? Are you a ninja!?: Increase Critical Strength for Fuuma Kotarou. Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Upon Entry - Brynhild Alive Burning Love Indeed! Our Enemies Shall Die: Increase ATK vs [Brynhild Beloved] for Brynhild. Increase NP Gauge to MAX.
Skill 1 Migraine B: Increase own Mental Debuff Resist (3 turns). Recovers own HP.
Skill 2 Imperial Privilege EX: Chance to increase own ATK and DEF (3 turns). Recovers own HP.
Skill 3 Invictus Spiritus A: Apply Guts to self (3 times, 5 turns). (Not sure if used)
NP Effect Laus Saint Claudius: Deal DEF-ignoring damage to all enemies. Decrease DEF for all enemies (1 turn).

Overview

  • The finale of Nero Fest 2019 is upon us! Surely a massive team fight with even more complex mechanics than last year awaits us!.... But no, this Challenge Quest is straightforward with low enemy HP Pools and rather predictable behaviour.

  • The Set Up is similar to last year: A 7 Servant Boss rush that ends with Nero Claudius in her new Bloomers Costume, each with a teamwide personal buff that is active while they are alive, and some additional Servant buffs if they are on the field with another particular Servant in the rush.

  • The fight is quite soloable, with options opening up especially if a (borrowed) Servant has NP2+ or grails invested.

Boss Mechanics

  • With the exception of Nero and Fuuma, each enemy Servant possesses a personal 3-turn duration, unremovable Damage Resistance buff that makes them immune to damage of a specific type. Fuuma achieves a similar deal thanks to having a 3-hit Evasion that lasts up to 3 turns.

  • In addition, all enemy Servants possess a permanent, unremovable buff that’s active for all enemy Servants while that Servant is on the field and deactives the moment they perish.

  • Each enemy Servant is able to confer additional buffs to a particular ally of theirs if both compatible enemy Servants are on the field at the same time. All but Nero can grant this to a specific single enemy Servant, with Nero able to buff every enemy Servant. These buffs have unlimited turn duration, though they can be removed.

  • Nero is the only enemy Servant who does not receive a specific buff from another enemy Servant.

  • A key decision early on is whether to slow down the fight and leave Medea (Lily) alive with her Defense Up buff, or whether to kill her but instead have more pressure on your own defenses. A slowed offense can be very problematic in the face of enemy NPs.

  • No matter what order is used to beat the finale, at least 1 enemy Servant will benefit from an additional buff granted by another enemy Servant.

Notes per Servant

  • Kid Gilgamesh enters the field with a powerful Buster Defense Resistance buff for 3 turns that prevents him from dying quickly to Buster compositions. Since he has Golden Rule, odds are that he will launch his NP first. Often dies 1st or 3rd.
  • Saint Martha has some nasty allied buffs, increasing their Critical Damage output especially, and she can remove your buffs if unlucky. Still, with her long charge bar and lack of truly nasty mechanics, she is often kept alive for a while. Often dies 5th or 6th.
  • Medea (Lily) has one of the worst teamwide buffs: Teamwide Defense Up, yet she is also fairly harmless herself and the buffs she otherwise grants are not very debilitating. Cu Chulainn (Alter) does buff her with hit-based Evasion, slowing down a later kill. Thus, She either dies 1st, just before Nero, or last. 
  • Cu Chulainn (Alter) can cast his annoying Protection from Arrows (and will grant it to Medea (Lily) if alive), plus boosts teamwide Attack. While his Quick Resist is problematic for Quick-based Servants, he dies very quickly on the turn he appears due to his Berserker class, which also prevents the NP Gain buff Kid Gil grants from being a problem. Given his high damage output, he generally dies 2nd as soon as he appears.
  • Fuuma Kotarou enters the field with a 3-turn 3-hit Evasion buff and increases the team's Critical Rate. Masters could wait out his Evasion, as his Assassin damage output isn't too high versus support Casters (although beware that Martha buffs him). Try to avoid having him and Kid Gil on the same field (as he grants MAX HP/other stuff) by killing Kidgil on the same turn as Cu Chulainn (Alter). He generally dies 5th or later.
  • Brynhild is a problem as she grants Pierce Invincibility to the whole team in addition to her own personal Arts Resistance. Ideally, be prepared to slug her the moment she appears. As such, She generally dies 4th.
  • Nero Claudius herself is not a problem whatsoever. It's her immediate NP Charge on entry effect that is very dangerous. The 1-time Guts status she grants can be deactived (it's a full HP restore) if she is killed (although she will always have 1 Guts herself). Ideally, either clear the field entirely before she appears, or be prepared to receive incoming NPs/have only weak NPs on the field like Medea (Lily)'s. Brynhild is of course very problematic to have alive if Nero appears for this reason. Either kill her last, or 5th.

Team Recommendations

  • The fight is much more straightforward if Masters can blast through it quickly by bringing strong damage. Enemy HP is quite low, and a buffed ST NP with the Event CE will rapidly Overkill. 
  • Both AoE Servants and ST Servants are thus viable, but AoE Servants are very useful to clear the field before Nero Claudius arrives to charge enemy NPs or to kill all enemies before NPs are charged. 
  • With so many different classes, Berserker Servants and Extra-Class Servants do shine, and a mention must go out to Gilgamesh for his Anti-Servant shenanigans.
  • Archers are strong picks in general here, especially if their NP/buffs are saved to deal with Brynhild. Nero Claudius does have the largest HP pool by far after all.
  • Pierce Invincibility/Sure Hit and Ignore Defense are also very useful to shake up the kill order. The various Evasion buffs can then be bypassed, while Ignore Defense can speed up the initial kills while Medea (Lily) is alive (or keep her alive until Nero).
  • Of course Buff Removal can dispose of the various additional buffs as well, with Amakusa putting in exceptional work.
  • Naturally, the usual high-profile Supports are recommendeded. Considering the low enemy HP, the best defense is a good offense, thus make sure to bring Servants like MerlinWaverTamamo or any of their more "budget" variants such as Gilgamesh (Caster),  HelenaShakespeareHansMozart and so on.

Specific Servant Recommendations

While there are plenty of other great Servants to use, hopefully the following Servants will give a good idea in what works especially well for this Challenge Quest.

  • Suzuka Gozen - Blessings of Talent gives her a way to bypass Fuuma’s unremovable Evasion without having to resort to the Royal Brand Mystic Code, equipping a Sure Hit or Invincibility Pierce CE, or having Sherlock Holmes in the party.
  • Gilgamesh - Has good NP damage against all enemy Servants, can reliably crit, and has a moderate NP battery skill.

  • Tesla - Trades Gilgamesh’s reliable crits and full enemy Servant coverage on NP for Ignore Invincibility via Pioneer of the Stars and a stronger NP battery skill.

  • Oda Nobunaga - Of all enemy Servants, only Fuuma lacks a trait that Nobunaga can capitalize on (i.e. Riding, Divine, and class advantage).

  • Altria Pendragon (Lancer) - Has class neutrality or advantage against the first 6 enemy Servants, can easily recharge her NP, and gets Ignore Invincible from her NP.

  • Francis Drake - Essentially the Rider version of Tesla, but trades NP damage for crit potential the turn after her NP.

  • Leondardo Da Vinci - Good NP battery, NP has Ignore Defense, has Ignore Invincible on Pioneer of the Stars, and moderate self-healing + NP recharging.

  • Nero Claudius (Caster) - Similar to Da Vinci, but with a Buster NP instead of Arts, and can negate Martha’s and Cu Chulainn (Alter)’s class advantage when they hit Nero Claudius (Caster).

  • Minamoto-no-Raikou - Mystic Slayer provides her a minor (when considering MLB Divine Three-Legged Race) damage bonus against 3 of 7 enemies, has a dual damage/defensive ability in Mana Burst (Lightning), and can utilize crits to great effect with Eternal Arms Mastery.

  • Spartacus - Despite being low rarity, he can hit for a surprisingly high amount of damage to all enemies thanks to Defense Ignore (for the initial 3 Servants), Berserker-class, and an MLB Divine Three-Legged Race.

  • Amakusa Shirou - The Ruler class grants Amakusa a useful defensive boon for this fight, and his NP that strips buffs before dealing damage can handle pretty much all annoying buffs except Brynhild’s and Fuuma’s unremovable buffs. Baptism Rite is a potent NP/turn skill to let Amakusa NP more frequently than normal as well.

  • Edmond Dantes - Being an Extra class lets Dantes deal neutral damage to all enemies, and Iron Determination gives him a method to bypass Fuuma’s Evasion.

For defensive purposes:

  • Zhuge Liang (Waver) - As always, a good option to bring thanks to party-wide NP battery, good party buffs, and an NP designed for stalling and weakening the enemy.

  • Merlin - Provided that Garden of Avalon can be applied quickly, it serves as a powerful healing tool. Illusion is great for blocking NPs while Brynhild is not around.

  • Jeanne d’Arc - Ever since her NP upgrade, Jeanne remains one of the most powerful defensive-oriented Servants in the game. The only downsides she has in this fight are Brynhild's Pierce Invincibility and, if allowed to happen, Cu Chulainn (Alter) buffed by Nero. Also has a useful Stun.

  • Mash -  Aside from Nero and Kid Gilgamesh if buffed by Nero, no enemy possesses a method to bypass Defense Up, which Mash excels at granting.

  • Leonidas - Mostly for sacrificial taunt purposes, but it’s a powerful mechanic to avoid damage on your main damage dealer

  • Georgios - Like Leonidas, though he can tank 2-3 rounds before falling.

Soloable for New Masters?

Certainly! The main key is to be able to deal enough damage to close out the fight in time and be able to deal with Brynhild/Nero smoothly.

  •  Having an NP2 or grailed borrowed Servant makes this process a lot easier, especially as an (ST) NP can be used during, say, an BBNP chain and clear the entire field.
  • When soloing, Masters field lvl 1+ Servants with a Taunt (Georgios and Leonidas) to draw fire for 2 turns (one at a time) and then leave the borrowed maxed Servant on their own. 
  • The most smooth solo Servant is once more Cu Chulainn (Alter), but with enough firepower, plenty more Servants are possible, such as (Grailed/NP Upgraded)HeraclesVladNero ClaudiusEmiya, and so on. 
  • In addition, Masters can extend the solo operation by fielding more Taunting Servants if more time is required, albeit at the cost of doing lower damage and risking more enemy NPs/RNG.

Cu Alter Solo notes

  • Medea (Lily)’s party-wide 50% Defense Up must be removed first, as solo Servants live and die by their potential to deal damage. Also, it is ill-advised to let the enemy Cu Chulainn (Alter) give Medea (Lily) 3-hit Evasion and permanent Defense Up, especially if lacking a method to remove enemy buffs or increase Attack Up.

  • Cu Chulainn (Alter) is the second enemy to defeat, as he can potentially stall a fight longer than need be due to Protection From Arrows and Battle Continuation. In addition, the buffs he can receive from Brynhild and Nero are too dangerous to let him stay on the field for long.

  • Kid Gilgamesh is the third enemy to defeat, and it’s best to defeat him the same turn as Cu Chulainn (Alter), if possible, as this prevents him from receiving the large Max HP increase and other buffs that Fuuma Kotarou can grant him.

  • While Brynhild is the next enemy that needs to be defeated due to her party-wide Ignore Invincible, it is best to spend a turn attacking Fuuma to remove Fuuma’s 3-hit Evasion.

  • Also, at this point, it is best to be able to eliminate Brynhild, St. Martha, and Fuuma in the same turn, so as to prevent Nero from buffing any of those 3 with Nero’s special buffs and party-wide Battle Continuation. This can be accomplished by taking advantage of how targets change as a Servant switches from their regular cards to NP card, and vice versa.

  • Once Nero is by herself, she should only take 2 turns to defeat with a Buster Brave Chain each turn.

Quick Servant Suggestions

Recommended AoE Servants with Anti-Protection effects
Nikola TeslaAmakusa ShirouEdmond DantesAltria Pendragon (Lancer)Francis DrakeNero Claudius (Caster)Leonardo da VinciSuzuka Gozen SpartacusNero Claudius
Recommend other AoE Servants
GilgameshMinamoto-no-RaikouOda Nobunaga IshtarCleopatraGorgon
Recommended Berserker/Extra-class ST Options
Jeanne d'Arc (Alter)Vlad IIIMysterious Heroine X (Alter)Hijikata ToshizoSherlock HolmesIbaraki-DoujiPenthesileaOda Nobunaga (Berserker)Saint Martha (Ruler)BB
Support – NP Charge for DPS
Merlin Helena Blavatsky (Archer)
Support – Teamwide Protection
MerlinDavidTristan
Damage Supports
Minamoto no Raikou (Lancer) PenthesileaPaul Bunyan
Wu Zetian