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Tier
5

Caster
April Fool's
4
3
4
4
5
Attribute
Human
Alignment
Lawful Balanced
Max HP 15,846
HP Rank
Max ATK 9,212
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,423Base HP2,324
Max Atk 9,212 Max HP 15,846
Grail Atk 10,084 Grail HP 17,360
NP per Hit (%) 0.51%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 52
Star Generation per Hit 10.8%

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Servant Skills

Storyteller EX

Chance to reduce one enemy's NP gauge by 1.
Increases own Arts performance for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Drain Chance + 80%82%84%86%88%90%92%94%96%100%
Arts + 10%12%14%16%18%20%22%24%26%30%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Available from the start

Bedchamber of Survival A+

Chance to Charm all Male enemies for 1 turn.
Increases own defense for 2 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Charm Chance + 30%33%36%39%42%45%48%51%54%60%
Defense + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Anti-Hero A

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 5 turns.
Reduces one King enemy's attack for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Revives with 1000 HP1200 HP1400 HP1600 HP1800 HP2000 HP2200 HP2400 HP2600 HP3000 HP
King Attack - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Anti-Hero (Speech) EX

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 5 turns.
Grants party Guts status except herself for 1 time, 2 turns. (Revives with 500 HP.)
Reduces one King enemy's attack for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Revives with 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 2600 3000
King Attack - 30% 32% 34% 36% 38% 40% 42% 44% 46% 50%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Upgrade via Interlude 1 (ETA 2020/04)

Class Skills

Territory Creation A++

Increase your Arts Card effectiveness by 11.5%.

Noble Phantasm

Alf Layla Wa-Layla EX

Increase your NP Strength by 20% (1 turn).
Deals damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Deal additional Special Attack damage to [King] enemies.

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Alf Layla Wa-Layla

One Thousand and One Nights

Rank Classification Hit-Count
EX Anti-King 5
Effect

Increase your NP Strength by 20% (1 turn).
Deals damage to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
450% 600% 675% 712.5% 750%
Overcharge Effect

Deal additional Special Attack damage to [King] enemies.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
200% 225% 250% 275% 300%
Alf Layla Wa-Layla (Upgrade 1) EX

Upgrade via Rank Up 1 (ETA 2/2020).

Increase your NP Strength by 20% (1 turn).
Deals damage to all enemies.
500% Chance to decrease Debuff Resist for all enemies by 50% (1 time, 3 turns).

<Overcharge>

Deal additional Special Attack damage to [King] enemies.

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Alf Layla Wa-Layla (Upgrade 1)

One Thousand and One Nights

Rank Classification Hit-Count
EX Anti-King 5
Effect Increase your NP Strength by 20% (1 turn).
Deals damage to all enemies.
500% Chance to decrease Debuff Resist for all enemies by 50% (1 time, 3 turns).
Level 1 2 3 4 5
20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
600% 700% 825% 862.5% 900%
50% 50% 50% 50% 50%
Overcharge Effect

Deal additional Special Attack damage to [King] enemies.

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
200% 225% 250% 275% 300%

Assorted Info

ID 169
Cost 16
Gender Female
Growth Semi S
Inst. Death Chance 48.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 10,20,30,40
Damage Distribution Arts 16,33,51
Damage Distribution Buster 10,20,30,40
Damage Distribution Extra 10,20,30,40
Damage Distribution NP 6,13,20,26,35

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Rank Up 1 (ETA: 2/2020)
Chapter Completion:

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
100,000
3
300,000
4
1,000,000
Max
3,000,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
1 → 2 200,000
2 → 3 400,000
3 → 4 1,200,000
4 → 5 1,600,000
5 → 6 4,000,000
6 → 7 5,000,000
7 → 8 10,000,000
8 → 9 12,000,000
9 → 10 20,000,000

Total Materials Required

Ascension
Skill
Total

Costume Dress Materials

Costume Cost Materials
April Fool's 0

Bond CE

Bond Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bond Pts Req. 4,000 12,000 3,000 13,000 3,000 165,000 380,000 360,000 380,000 360,000
King Shahryay's Bedchamber

When equipped on Caster of the Nightless City,
Increases her Debuff Resistance by 100%.

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Overview

“Please do not kill me, that's all I wish for.”

A mysterious Servant serving as an advisor for the Nightless City, Caster is a woman with only one wish - to evade death, and her kit is filled with a combination of buffs and debuffs to achieve this end. Despite this defensive focus, she also has an offensive side, defined by her anti-King NP and high Arts NP refund.

The disdain for sovereigns clearly visible in her kit, Caster of the Nightless City’s anti-King NP possesses a super effective modifier higher than any other anti-trait AoE NPs. Furthermore ,it also applies an NP Damage Up buff on Caster for one turn - noticeably increasing the damage on her NP alongside the Arts Performance Up buffs gained from Storyteller and Territory Creation. Additionally, the NP’s high hit counts and AoE nature allows it to refund a substantial amount of NP charge, even enabling Arts NP looping with Overkill. Lastly, Caster’s assortment of defensive tools lets her thrive in challenging content, especially after Anti-Hero’s skill upgrade grants her access to a party-wide Guts.

Unfortunately, despite having two damage boosts, Caster is cursed with an incredibly low attack stat and the dreaded 0.9x Caster modifier, both of which make her struggle to create any sort of general damage impact before her essential upgrades arrive. This lack of damage has a massive impact on her various niches. Without her NP Upgrade (at NP1), she cannot reliably trigger Overkill to improve her refund potential nor deal the massive damage to Kings she wants to do. Even after her upgrades, Caster of the Nightless City’s AoE nature can often be at odds with her Challenge Quest-oriented kit, as her various skills are only situationally useful in farming situations.

All in all, Caster is a Servant with considerable potential, featuring a broad anti-King niche, high NP refund, as well as an affinity for difficult quests. While she has several major weaknesses on release, Caster of the Nightless City turns into a solid Servant following her two upgrades, a bane of royalty who excels at surviving through even the darkest of nights.

Strengths

Kingslayer

Caster of the Nightless City’s high super effective modifier, as well as her two damage buffs, make her a very effective Servant against any sovereign (of which there are many). While her low ATK initially prevents her from maximizing this potential, her NP’s Rank Up quest greatly increases her NP’s damage, making Caster a decent pick even against class neutral kings.

NP Refund & Arts NP Looping

Caster’s AoE NP hits each of its targets 5 times, which, when combined with her substantial Arts buffs, allows her to instantly refill a considerable part of her NP gauge. Initially, this potential is hindered by Caster’s low damage preventing Overkill from triggering, but especially after her NP’s Rank Up, she is capable of refunding her NP Gauge completely in Arts farming compositions.

Challenge Quest Specialist

The various defensive tools in Caster’s possession work very well in harder quests, especially after she gains the ability to apply Guts to the whole party and her NP Upgrade adds a Debuff Resistance Down to help her land her AoE Male Charm. With multiple ways to hinder certain enemies and a substantial personal defensive cooldown, she pairs up pretty nicely with most defensive (Arts) supports.

Weaknesses

Low Offensive Presence

Caster of the Nightless City’s attack stat is notably low for a 5-star Servant. Her 0.9x Caster damage modifier certainly does not help with this, and neither is her triple Arts deck suited for dealing damage. While her NP refund potential is noteworthy and her normal cards’ NP gain is decent, the NP’s AoE nature limits the amount of single-target burst Caster can output. Thankfully, her Rank Up quest partially solves this problem turning her NP into a reliable anti-King nuke.

Situational Kit

A lot of Caster’s value rests on her anti-trait gimmicks, especially her NP’s super effective damage. As such, she loses most of her main advantages when facing other enemies where her skills are also ineffective, and in these cases there is generally little justification to bring her instead of other damage dealers.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Storyteller EX

Chance to reduce one enemy's NP gauge by 1.
Increases own Arts performance for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Drain Chance + 80%82%84%86%88%90%92%94%96%100%
Arts + 10%12%14%16%18%20%22%24%26%30%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
Bedchamber of Survival A+

Chance to Charm all Male enemies for 1 turn.
Increases own defense for 2 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Charm Chance + 30%33%36%39%42%45%48%51%54%60%
Defense + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
Anti-Hero A

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 5 turns.
Reduces one King enemy's attack for 1 turn.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Revives with 1000 HP1200 HP1400 HP1600 HP1800 HP2000 HP2200 HP2400 HP2600 HP3000 HP
King Attack - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Caster of the Nightless City starts out with fairly long skill cooldowns. To have her skills up on a consistent basis and greatly improve her Challenge Quest compatibility, Masters will have to invest in maxing out all her skills. However, only her first skill offers any sort of offensive advantage, and whether the rest of her skills should be maxed depends on whether Masters intend to field Caster during Challenge Quests.

  • The main draw for Storyteller EX is its Arts Performance Up buff, which is Caster’s only active damage boost. Fortunately, its NP Drain effect is fairly flexible, and it can easily find value even when the skill is used solely for the Arts buff. Aside from increasing the buff magnitude, leveling this skill also increases the chance of a successful NP Drain. Should be leveled first.

  • While Bedchamber of Survival A+’s anti-Male charm is somewhat situational, it is applied on all enemies, making it a rather powerful skill under the right situation. Fortunately, anding the charm becomes substantially easier after Caster’s NP Upgrade adds a Debuff Resistance Down to all enemies. It also applies a strong defense buff on Caster, allowing her both to survive longer as well as enabling defense buff-stacking strategies. Still, considering the skill’s situational aspect as well as the fact that it gives no offensive bonus, it should be leveled after Storyteller.

  • Anti-Hero A is essentially an upgraded Battle Continuation which also applies an attack debuff on an opposing King upon activation, and comes with a slightly shorter cooldown compared to its Battle Continuation peers. After its upgrade, it also applies a Guts buff on Caster’s allies, making it a very powerful tool for harder content. While this skill gives the least benefit in farming, it should be leveled before Bedchamber of Survival if Caster is to be mostly employed as a special anti-King unit in difficult quests.

Craft Essence Recommendation

As an NP-reliant Servant, hybrid Starting NP Gauge CEs are Caster’s best picks for more casual stages. As her super effective modifier stacks multiplicatively with all buff types, Attack Up and NP Damage Up CEs tend to provide the most damage, while Arts Performance Up and NP Gain Up effects offer benefits to her overall NP spam.

  • Golden Sumo: Boulder Tournament / Holy Night Supper: These CEs are valuable picks for Caster when NP-charging allies are not around, allowing her to fill her NP gauge reasonably early while still giving long term benefits.

  • The Black Grail: By far Caster’s best option when it comes to damage, the Black Grail’s buff is applied multiplicatively to her own super effective, turning her NP into a very potent Anti-King nuke.

  • Formal Craft / Projection / Kaleid Sapphire: Despite being more generic options, Arts Performance CEs have the added benefit of increasing Caster’s Arts NP gain, allowing her to fire off more NPs in the long run.

  • Cute Orangette: The mixture of NP damage, full attack and NP Gain is especially effective with Arts support during Challenge Quests with multiple enemies. Notably, NP Gain Up stacks multiplicatively with all Arts buffs and greatly boosts her refund potential as a result.

  • Kaleidoscope / The Imaginary Element: With no NP charge of her own, pure Starting NP Gauge becomes essential for firing off her NP in turn 1 in Arts farming compositions and starting her NP Refunding loop. Also useful for simple farming stages in general compositions.

Gameplay Tips

In terms of damage calculation, attack buffs stack additively with defense buffs, which makes it possible to combine the two for defense-stacking strategies. With maxed skills, Scheherazade’s second and third skill allows her to reach 90% effective defense buff against King enemies, effectively crippling their offensive power.

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Other Info

Release Date
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Caster of the Nightless City, Shahrazad (Persian), Scheherezade
Country/Place of Origin
Illustrator Namaniku ATK
Seiyuu (CV) Inoue Kikuko
Series

Parameters

STR
E
END
D
AGL
E
MP
C
LUK
EX
NP
EX

Availability

Non-Limited - Available in the general summoning pool.

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