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Servant Rank Up Quests Part 7

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Introduction

Release Date: 2019-07-07 21:00 PDT - 2019-07-13 21:00 PDT

With a new batch of Rank Ups comes a new batch of Tier List changes. This time around, many of the affected Servants were already initially placed with some of these upgrades in the back of our mind. 

However, the recent Tier discussions within the writing team has made it increasingly clear that a single general list is starting to become more and more problematic. Boiling the various aspects of a Servant down to a single Tier placement is proving difficult as Servants kits become more specialized and the Servant roster grows ever larger. And, since the writing team contains new voices that value different Servant aspects, we've started discussing new ways of ranking Servants. 

As such, expect some of (older) Servants to move around a little in the 4* and 5* Tier List in the future.

If you do have any thoughts, ideas, feedback on the Tier List or these changes, feel free to share them with us in the Discussion Thread!

A quick Tip for global-only Master: In the future (ETA: August of 2020), all Rank Up Quests will reward 2 Saint Quartz instead of 1 for completion. This upgrade is applied retroactively - no Saint Quartz will be lost. Furthermore, completing a batch of 10 Rank Ups Quests will reward an additional 10 Saint Quartz, until Masters have completed 80 Rank Ups. 

Rank Up Quests Day 1

(Note: The Japanese Rank Up Images will be replaced with the global versions once they are available).

Shakespeare

NP Upgrade
First Folio B

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

Show Info

First Folio

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B Anti-Personnel 4
Effect

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
300% 400% 450% 475% 500%
Overcharge Effect

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
30% 35% 40% 45% 50%
First Folio (Upgrade 1) B+

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest 2 (not available, ETA 7/2019)

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge> Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

Show Info

First Folio (Upgrade 1)

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Personnel 4
Effect Deal heavy damage to all enemies.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
Overcharge Effect Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

First Folio: Shakespeare receives an upgrade to his NP Damage along with a slightly higher chance to stun enemies. Shakespeare's role has never been to actually do the killing himself, but he's surprisingly not that awful at it. After all, he can charge his own NP and he does have a 40% Buster steroid. For those of you on a budget, and with weak enemies to dispose of, Shakespeare is okay at doing so. He can then save the Buster buff for the last wave. 

But he's tiered for his Buster Support - which hasn't changed. 

Shakespeare thus remains in Tier 3.

Mysterious Heroine X (Alter)

Skill Upgrade

Ephemeral Shadowless Blade C+

Increases own Quick performance for 3 turns.
Gains critical stars.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Quick + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
Stars + 10111213141516171820
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Ephemeral Shadowless Blade: The first of MHXA's skill upgrades to arrive, and what an awesome upgrade it is. With a proper Quick steroid that lasts for 3 turns, and a much larger infusion of Critical Stars, MHXA can finally deal the NP damage her kit desperately wanted her to do. In addition the Quick Performance buff boosts her already strong NP Gain and NP Refund. 

But she is still a Quick Servant in a time where Quick Supports are but a whisper in the wind. Scathach=Skadi will give her everything she would want, and it is her introduction that truly makes MHXA's kit work as well as it does on the Japanese Server. 

At the time of her release we placed MHXA in Tier 4 in anticipation of this upgrade, now she truly belongs here, waiting for the inevitable arrival of her Quick Support. 

Mysterious Heroine X (Alter) remains in Tier 4.

Rank Up Quests Day 2

Chevalier d'Eon

NP Upgrade
Fleur de Lis C

Decrease ATK for all enemies for (2 turns).
Decrease DEF for all enemies for (2 turns).

<Overcharge>

Chance to inflict Charm on all enemies (1 turn).

Show Info

Fleur de Lis

Gorgeous Blooming Lillies

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C Anti-Army
Effect

Decrease ATK for all enemies for (2 turns).
Decrease DEF for all enemies for (2 turns).

Level 1 2 3 4 5
10% 20% 25% 27.5% 30%
10% 20% 25% 27.5% 30%
Overcharge Effect

Chance to inflict Charm on all enemies (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Fleur de Lis (Upgrade 1) C+

Upgrade via Rank Up Quest 1 (not available, ETA 8/2019)

Decrease ATK for all enemies for (3 turns).
Decrease DEF for all enemies for (3 turns).

<Overcharge> Chance to inflict Charm on all enemies (1 turn).

Show Info

Fleur de Lis (Upgrade 1)

Gorgeous Blooming Lillies

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C+ Anti-Army
Effect Decrease ATK for all enemies for (3 turns).
Decrease DEF for all enemies for (3 turns).
Level 1 2 3 4 5
10% 20% 25% 27.5% 30%
10% 20% 25% 27.5% 30%
Overcharge Effect Chance to inflict Charm on all enemies (1 turn).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
30% 40% 50% 60% 70%
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Fleur de Lis: A Rank Up for Chevalier d'Eon! Finally, will their NP be worth using? 

Unfortunately, not quite. This buff increases the duration of the Attack and Defense Down debuffs by 1 (to 3 turns), and increases the base chance to Charm to 30% at 100% Overcharge. It's all very minor and only really has a noticeable effect for Masters with multiple copies of Chevalier d'Eon. Even then, it's only an okay buff, but nothing groundbreaking.

Chevalier d'Eon remains in Tier 3

Amakusa Shirou

Skill Upgrade
Divine Judgement C

Chance to Stun one enemy servant for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Stun Chance +50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Divine Judgement (Fake) C++

Chance to Stun one enemy servant for 1 turn.
Increases own Buster performance for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Stun Chance +50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
Buster +20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Rank Up Quest

Divine Judgement (Fake): Amakusa Shirou's pure damage numbers have never been spectacular, even if we account for his general lack of class advantage. Truthfully, his placement in Tier 2 was bit dodgy before now. 

But his performance during Challenge Quests is great, often capable of wiping out some of the most difficult AoE fights by himself by virtue of his Ruler-class flexibility and Buff Removal. Now, he has access to a 30% Buster Performance buff to speed things up a little. It doesn't change what he does massively, but it certainly makes things easier for him. 

Amakusa Shirou remains in Tier 2

Rank Up Quests Day 3

Charles Babbage

Skill Upgrade
Mechanized Armor EX

Increases own attack for 1 turn.
Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack + 15%16%17%18%19%20%21%22%23%25%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Mechanized Armor 'EX'

Increases own attack for 3 turns.
Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Mechanized Armor: Charles Babbage has always been the odd man out from his peers, with a BBAAQ deck and Buster NP. His kit was always pretty solid, but lacked the damage to truly justify a Buster-oriented kit in the Caster Class. 

But that is the case no longer with both an upgrade in the value of the Attack buff and its duration. With NP Damage that now overshadows the likes of Elisabeth Bathory (Halloween) at full NP5, an Invincibility on a 5-turn cooldown, and some additional Star Gathering/NP Gain sauce, Charles Babbage is the best budget AoE Caster available. 

Charles Babbage's Tier placement has improved from 4 → 3.

Xuanzang Sanzang

NP Upgrade
Five Elements Mountain Buddha Palm B

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge>

Greatly decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (1 turn).

Show Info

Five Elements Mountain Buddha Palm

Wu Xing Shan: Shijia Rulai Zhang

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B Anti-Army~Anti-Fortress 12
Effect

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
600% 800% 900% 950% 1000%
Overcharge Effect

Greatly decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
80% 90% 100% 110% 120%
Five Elements Mountain Buddha Palm (Upgrade 1) B+

Upgrade via Rank Up Quest 1 (not available, ETA 8/2019)

Deal significant DEF-ignoring damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge>

Greatly decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (1 turn).

Show Info

Five Elements Mountain Buddha Palm (Upgrade 1)

Wu Xing Shan: Shijia Rulai Zhang

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Army 12
Effect Deal significant DEF-ignoring damage to a single enemy.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
800% 1000% 1100% 1150% 1200%
Overcharge Effect

Greatly decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
80% 90% 100% 110% 120%
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Five Elements Mountain Buddha Palm: Sanzang's NP Charge is the centerpiece of her offensive potential. With 80% NP Charge it's easy to have that NP ready to go immediately, or even launch two of them back-to-back. However, the damage her NP did was never that great, what with Sanzang only having a single 20% NP Damage boost for 1 turn. 

Thus, the NP Upgrade is a very welcome addition and comes with a Defense-Ignoring utility upgrade as well. It still doesn't hit that hard, but Masters can field her with any CE they like and still have her NP ready to go, and her easy synergy with Merlin is a great boon as well. Thus, where other Servants have to run, say, Golden Sumo and Waver and NP on turn 1, Sanzang can run with Merlin and Black Grail and still NP on turn 1 for massive damage. 

With Ilya not yet having her NP Upgrade, Sanzang is the clear victor...for now. The upgrade wasn't so large as to move her up a Tier as the same problems in her kit are stil there, she just punches a lot harder now

Xuanzang Sanzang remains in Tier 3. 

Rank Up Quests Day 4

Thomas Edison

NP Upgrade
W・F・D EX

Deal damage to all enemies.
Inflict Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).
Inflict NP Seal for all enemies (1 turn).

<Overcharge>

Decrease Critical Rate for all enemies (3 turns).

Show Info

W・F・D

World Faith Domination

Rank Classification Hit-Count
EX Anti-Populace 1
Effect

Deal damage to all enemies.
Inflict Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).
Inflict NP Seal for all enemies (1 turn).

Level 1 2 3 4 5
450% 600% 675% 712.5% 750%
Overcharge Effect

Decrease Critical Rate for all enemies (3 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
W・F・D (Upgrade 1) 'EX'

Upgrade via Rank Up Quest 1 (not available, ETA 8/2019)

Deal damage to all enemies.
Inflict Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).
Inflict NP Seal for all enemies (1 turn).

<Overcharge> Decrease Critical Rate for all enemies (3 turns).
Decrease ATK for all enemies (3 turns).

Show Info

W・F・D (Upgrade 1)

World Faith Domination

Rank Classification Hit-Count
'EX' Anti-Populace 1
Effect Deal damage to all enemies.
Inflict Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).
Inflict NP Seal for all enemies (1 turn).
Level 1 2 3 4 5
600% 750% 825% 862.5% 900%
Overcharge Effect Decrease Critical Rate for all enemies (3 turns).
Decrease ATK for all enemies (3 turns).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

World Faith Domination: With no steroids to speak of other than his 4% Territory Creation, Caster-class Attack and 0.9x modifier, and an extreme niche in Overcharge boosting, one would think Edison is not going to see any changes even with an NP Upgrade. 

But, no, Thomas Edison is a sneaky Servant who is actually really potent with this NP Upgrade. The NP Upgrade has a new Attack Down component as part of its Overcharge, and Edison can stall for a long time between potential Arts supports, his NP Seal on NP, and all the Defensive tools in his kit. 

Of course, it's agonizingly slow, but it is possible! His second Rank Up will only make him even better at stalling.

As such, Thomas Edison's Tier placement has improved from 5 → 4.

Nikola Tesla

Skill Upgrade
Inherent Wisdom A

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 3 turns.
80% Chance to increase own defense for 3 turns.
80% Chance to increase own NP damage for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Revive HP 1000120014001600180020002200240026003000
Defense + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
NP Damage + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Inherent Wisdom EX

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 3 turns.
80% Chance to increase own defense for 3 turns.
80% Chance to increase own NP damage for 3 turns.
Increases own attack for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Revive HP 1000120014001600180020002200240026003000
Defense + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
NP Damage + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Inherent Wisdom: Archer competition is fierce, and even without this upgrade, Nikola Tesla was a great AoE (farming) Archer. Now, he's become even better. With both a duration increase on his random NP Damage boost, and a new 20% Attack buff, Tesla will start putting out tremendous AoE Damage against Heaven or Earth enemies. 

He is certainly not weaker than Ishtar now, trading situationally higher damage for more certainty. 

As such, his Tier placement has improved from 3 → 2. 

Rank Up Quests Day 5

Jing Ke

NP Upgrade
All I Do Is Kill B

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.
Reduce your HP by 1000. [Demerit]

<Overcharge>

Medium chance to apply Death for a single enemy.
Gain Critical Stars.

Show Info

All I Do Is Kill

Unreturning Dagger

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B Anti-Personnel 1
Effect

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.
Reduce your HP by 1000. [Demerit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5
1200% 1600% 1800% 1900% 2000%
1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Overcharge Effect

Medium chance to apply Death for a single enemy.
Gain Critical Stars.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
50% 62.5% 75% 87.5% 100%
15 20 25 30 35
All I Do Is Kill (Upgrade 1) B+

Upgrade via Rank Up Quest 2 (not available, ETA 8/2019).

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.
Reduce your HP by 1000. [Demerit]

<Overcharge> Medium chance to apply Death for a single enemy.
Gain Critical Stars.

Show Info

All I Do Is Kill (Upgrade 1)

Unreturning Dagger

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Unit 1
Effect Deal significant damage to a single enemy.
Reduce your HP by 1000. [Demerit]
Level 1 2 3 4 5
1600% 2000% 2200% 2300% 2400%
1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Overcharge Effect Medium chance to apply Death for a single enemy.
Gain Critical Stars.
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
50% 62.5% 75% 87.5% 100%
20 25 30 35 40
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

All I Do Is Kill: With this NP Upgrade, Jing Ke solidifies her niche as the best budget Assassin for disposing of high HP Riders. Among the 1-3* Assassins she can deal the most damage, at least until Hassan of the Hundred Faces receives her NP Upgrade that allows her to refund amazingly well. 

Of course, she still can't generate Critical Stars despite the Overcharge buff, but active star generation isn't very strong anyway. 

Jing Ke's Tier placement has improved from 4 → 3.

Enkidu

Skill Upgrade
Presence Detection A+

Reduces one enemy's critical attack chance for 3 turns.
Removes their Evasion buffs.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Crit Chance - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Presence Detection A++

Reduces one enemy's critical attack chance for 3 turns.
Removes their Evasion buffs.
Grants self Evasion for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Crit Chance - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Presence Detection: Not satisfied with just removing an Enemy's Evasion and reducing their Critical Hit chance, Enkidu now also has access to an Evasion on a 5-turn cooldown. As if this piece of clay wasn't durable enough! 

Enkidu's solo potential is incredible now, and their staying power throughout the fight is matched by very few. Against Divine enemies, Enkidu's ability to rotate stuns, Evasions and healing make them a superb choice regardless of the enemy class. 

Yet, does that make up for the damage deficit and mismatched card set Enkidu has in team situations? The 5* Lancer category is clumped (haha...sorry), with good choices. 

For now, Enkidu remains in Tier 3, but we intend to examine all the 5* Lancers anew and they might be moved upwards. 

Rank Up Quests Day 6

Spartacus

NP Upgrade
Crying Warmonger A

Deal heavy DEF-ignoring damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Greatly restore your HP.

Show Info

Crying Warmonger

Howl of the Wounded Beast

Rank Classification Hit-Count
A Anti-Personnel 1
Effect

Deal heavy DEF-ignoring damage to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
300% 400% 450% 475% 500%
Overcharge Effect

Greatly restore your HP.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
3000 4000 5000 6000 7000
Crying Warmonger (Upgrade 1) A+

Upgrade via Rank Up Quest 3 (not available, ETA 8/2019)

Deal heavy DEF-ignoring damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge> Greatly restore your HP.

Show Info

Crying Warmonger (Upgrade 1)

Howl of the Wounded Beast

Rank Classification Hit-Count
A+ Anti-Personnel 1
Effect Deal heavy DEF-ignoring damage to all enemies.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
Overcharge Effect Greatly restore your HP.
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
4000 5000 6000 7000 8000
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Crying Warmonger: Spartacus's NP will now deal more damage, and recover an additional 1000 HP. Spartacus has always been amazing by virtue of his NP charge capability. He's one of the best, and fastest farmers around, and only his lack of pure AoE damage sometimes made him falter. But now his damage on NP rivals that of Darius, a 3* Servant (also with an NP Upgrade). 

In addition, any Master who levels him has 3 Rank Up Quests to clear for very cheap investment. That's 3 Quartz now (and effectively 9 Quartz total in the future) along with some material drops. If you haven't leveled him yet, what are you waiting for!?

Since he is not as essential as the current Tier 1 Servants, Spartacus remains in Tier 2

Mysterious Heroine X

Skill Upgrade

Star of Saber C++

Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn.
Gains critical stars.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Stars + 10111213141516171820
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Star of Saber: Another vanilla Intuition bites the dust! Hurray! 

In isolation, this skill is really good with an actually impactful number of Critical Stars and an Invincibility on a 5-turn cooldown. Yet, it doesn't really solve MHX's problem of not being able to boost her damage output against non-Sabers or ...Saber-faces. Her passives are great, her NP Gain on Quicks is pretty stellar, what she really needs in other words is a great Quick Support. 

In any case, MHX has always had decent bases to work with. Now she is more durable and a better pick as a main Assassin for any content. She neatly slides into the definition of a Tier 4 Servant. 

Mysterious Heroine X's Tier placement has improved from 5 → 4.

Rank Up Quests Day 7

Fionn mac Cumhaill

Skill Upgrade

Clairvoyance (Beauty) B++

Increases party's critical star generation rate for 3 turns.
Increases party's NP generation rate for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Star Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
NP Rate + 10%12%14%16%18%20%22%24%26%30%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Clairvoyance (Beauty): Ah Fionn, why did they give you such a weird kit to start out with. And what did they do to your Arts Cards? Such a shame. But no worries, Fionn will have his time to shine!

Just, not yet. 

The Skill Upgrade itself is actually really strong. 50% Star Generation is very noticeable for the team and the 30% NP Gain buff is great for Arts-based teams. Yet, it's not enough to salvage this kit. His farming potential will be unlocked with his second Rank Up, but until then, Fionn remains one of the weaker Servants in the 4* bracket (although his NP, if you can get it charged, hits quite hard). 

Fionn Mac Cumhaill remains in Tier 5.

Karna

NP Upgrade
Vasavi Shakti EX

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Deal extra Special Attack damage to all [Divine] enemies.

Show Info

Vasavi Shakti

O' Sun, Abide to Death

Rank Classification Hit-Count
EX Anti-Divine 5
Effect

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
300% 400% 450% 475% 500%
Overcharge Effect

Deal extra Special Attack damage to all [Divine] enemies.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
150% 162.5% 175% 187.5% 200%
Vasavi Shakti (Upgrade 1) 'EX'

Upgrades after Rank Up Quest 1 (Not available, ETA 8/2019)

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.
Decrease Buster resistance of all enemies by 20% (3 turns).

<Overcharge>

Deal extra Special Attack damage to all [Divine] enemies.

Show Info

Vasavi Shakti (Upgrade 1)

O' Sun, Abide to Death

Rank Classification Hit-Count
'EX' Anti-Divine 5
Effect Deal heavy damage to all enemies.
Decrease Buster resistance of all enemies by 20% (3 turns).
Level 1 2 3 4 5
400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Overcharge Effect

Deal extra Special Attack damage to all [Divine] enemies.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
150% 162.5% 175% 187.5% 200%
Rank Up Quest
Commentary

Vasavi Shakti: The favoritism among the writing team probably lead us to judge Karna a bit too charitably in the lead up to this Rank Up. There is some immense competition among the 5* Lancers, and before this writeup Karna's NP didn't hit quite hard enough nor his Critical Damage too devastating enough. 

But he will certainly hit hard enough now. The Buster Card performance debuff (applied post-NP) will stack with his own buffs really well to let him unleash some devastating Buster Criticals. Meanwhile, the upgrade to his NP Damage makes him an even better (Divine) Archer killer as well as a better farmer. Still, he doesn't quite make the jump towards Tier 1. 

Karna remains in Tier 2. 

New Servant Releases

Placed into Tier 2... for now

Sherlock Holmes proved very difficult to place among the writing team. Some swore by his support and offensive power, often using him as their primary Servant during Challenge Quests and even using him in some critical teams when farming. In addition, he does prove to be incredibly useful in (whale) optimized teams where his anti-defensive buffs are key to circumvent enemy protections.

On the other hand, he is hardly ever the best option to take along and similar to Servants like Amakusa: a great secondary option if the hard counter for a certain Challenge Quest is not readily available. A Master could never use him and hardly be worse for it. 

But at the end of the day, a call had to be made. For now we placed him in Tier 2, similar to other Ruler Servants who excel in Challenge Quest situations, with the aim to be consistent with the Tier List as it stands now. Since the whole structure of the Tier List is being discussed, it remains to be seen how permanent that is. 

Placed into Tier 2

Paul Bunyan thrives in the highly competitive AoE Berserker Servant list. With nice Buster team support, low costs in raising and fielding, and an Ultra fast NP (yeeees!), Paul Bunyan can be used for almost any sort of content.

The options for strong offensive support are often limited among 1-3* Servants, and the 3-turn duration of Bunyan's buffs can make her a more powerful option at times than even the likes of Shakespeare. Of course, many Masters will cherish her for her farming potential alone.

Either way, we believe her mixture of support and farming is powerful enough to warrant a place in Tier 2

Tier List Explanation

The explanation button on the Tier List brings up a personalized explanation on why we placed a Servant in the Tier that they are in. For Sherlock and Paul bunyan we added the following Tier List Explantions:

Sherlock Holmes provides a powerful mixture of Critical Damage, Offensive Team Support and situational Defense-Piercing Utility. With his flexible and durable Ruler class further augmented by an Evasion, Sherlock is great pick for almost any challenging content. Indeed, if supplied with Critical Stars, Sherlock's high NP Gain allows him to rather easily trigger back-to-back NPs, all the while he demolishes the enemy with his own critical hits. 

Yet, while Sherlock offers a significant amount of support on his NP, his skills are largely selfish and mostly serve to help him gain access to his NP. Meanwhile, his Ruler class leaves him without class advantage for most of the content, often making his damage and support inferior to full class encounters. This lack of class advantage and his non-damaging NP also make his use outside of challenging content rather limited.

With an incredibly fast Noble Phantasm animation, Paul Bunyan is a staple for Buster farming compositions. Yet, unlike her many of her AoE Berserker peers, Paul Bunyan provides more value than just her farming alone.

The impressive amount of Buster team support built into her kit makes Paul Bunyan an excellent budget support as well, capable of providing new Masters with cheap-to-level support for use during more challenging content or the more difficult farming quests. Her fragile nature can even be a boon in the right circumstance, allowing her to function as a strategic suicidal support who can make room for a Servant with fresh, new skills. 

Still, her damage output is a fair bit lower than her peers who often have stronger personal steroids, an NP Upgrade or simply much higher base stats.

Either way, Paul Bunyan does everything a low rarity Servant ought to do. It's a shame therefore that her availability is limited to Masters who have cleared her event during either July 2019 or July 2020. 

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