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Tier
4

Saber
April Fool's
2
2
1
5
4
Attribute
Earth
Alignment
Lawful Good
Max HP 11,419
HP Rank
Max ATK 10,173
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,695Base HP1,827
Max Atk 10,173 Max HP 11,419
Grail Atk 12,317 Grail HP 13,845
NP per Hit (%) 1.14%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 102
Star Generation per Hit 10.0%

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Servant Skills

Numeral of the Saint EX

Increases own attack by 20% for 3 turns.
Increases own Buster performance on Open Field with Sun shine for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Charisma E

Increases party's attack for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 6%6.6%7.2%7.8%8.4%9%9.6%10.2%10.8%12%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Nightless Charisma B

Increases party's attack for 3 turns.
Applies [Sun] Field status to self for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Upgrades after Rank Up Quest 1. (Not available, ETA 7/2021)

Belt of Bertilak EX

Charges own NP gauge by 20%.
Gains critical stars.
Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Stars + 56677889910
Revives with 1000110012001300140015001600170018002000
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills

Magic Resistance B

Increase your Debuff Resist by 17.5%.

Riding B

Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 8%.

Noble Phantasm

Excalibur Galatine A+

Deals damage to all enemies.
Inflicts Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).

<Overcharge>

Apply Burn for all enemies (5 turns).

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Excalibur Galatine

The Reborn Sword of Victory

Rank Classification Hit-Count
A+ Anti-Army 4
Effect

Deals damage to all enemies.
Inflicts Skill Seal for all enemies (1 turn).

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

Apply Burn for all enemies (5 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
1000 2000 3000 4000 5000

Assorted Info

ID 123
Cost 12
Gender Male
Growth Linear
Inst. Death Chance 21.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 33,67
Damage Distribution Arts 33,67
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 6,13,20,26,35
Damage Distribution NP 10,20,30,40

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude 1
Chapter Completion: Camelot

Ascension: 2

Bond: 1

Rank Up 1 (ETA 2021/07)
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
50,000
3
150,000
4
500,000
Max
1,500,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
1 → 2 100,000
2 → 3 200,000
3 → 4 600,000
4 → 5 800,000
5 → 6 2,000,000
6 → 7 2,500,000
7 → 8 5,000,000
8 → 9 6,000,000
9 → 10 10,000,000

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. 3,500 8,500 7,000 6,000 2,500 272,500 330,000 310,000 290,000 286,000
Gringolet

When equipped on Gawain,
Increases party's Buster Card effectiveness by 15% while he is on the field.

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Overview

“On my name as the Knight of the Sun, I shall deliver victory to you.”

The wielder of the Sword of the Sun, and a fiercely loyal member of the Knights of the Round Table, Gawain is a dedicated AoE Buster damage dealer who excels in — guess what — sunny fields.

Gawain’s offensive might stems from his high ATK stat, triple Buster deck, and multiple offensive buffs. Most notably, his signature Numeral of the Saint grants a bonus (up to 30%) Buster buff on sunny stages, a location condition that becomes easily accessible after his Rank Up skill Nightless Charisma adds the Sun condition to any stage. Considering Numeral of the Saint and Charisma already include a standard unconditional Attack buff, his overall buff stacking on his four Buster cards (including NP) on sunny stages is suitably impressive. Meanwhile, Belt of Bertilak’s flat 20% NP charge allows him to perform turn 1 NPs, which makes him a decent farming option against weaker waves with Excalibur Galatine. As an added bonus, his NP also inflicts Skill Seal and Burn, offering a bit of utility to the team.

Unfortunately, his NP Damage outside of sunny stages leaves much to be desired. With neither his Buster buff to draw on nor an NP Upgrade to bolster his output, Gawain’s NP ranks among the weakest of AoE Sabers. Even with his Buster buff, his NP Damage merely catches up to his main competition. In addition, with his BBBAQ deck making it more difficult to charge his NP, Gawain is unlikely to be able to spam his NP. The Knight of the Sun’s final weakness lies in his survivability as his sole survivability rests on an unwieldy 1-turn Guts that is tied to his NP charge, one which ideally is used offensively.

Overall, Gawain is a decent Buster-centric AoE damage dealer, whose overall kit is hamstrung by his reliance on stages with the Sun condition. Fortunately, his Rank Up alleviates his main limitations and shapes him into the respectable Buster Gorilla he is meant to be. Gawain may not be perfect, but when he shines, he scorches.

Strengths

High Buster Damage

Gawain has three Buster cards in his deck, a Buster AoE NP, self / party Attack buffs, and he also gains an additional Buster buff in sunny fields (which after his Rank Up he can always force). With all his buffs active, his Buster cards become devastating for three turns, and with four of them in his deck, he is able to form Buster chains (especially NP-B-B ones) with relative ease. 

NP Charge Skill

Gawain’s Belt of Bertilak charges his NP Gauge by 20%, which allows him to NP right off the bat with a Kaleidoscope. This is a huge boon considering his single Arts cards, and it also greatly aids Gawain in terms of farming, allowing him to make short work of weaker mobs right off the bat.

Skill Seal and Burn on NP

Gawain can inflict the Skill Seal status on all enemies for 1 turn with his NP, preventing the use of troublesome skills such as Evade/Invincibility, Stuns, Guts, or NP gauge drain. Additionally, Excalibur Galatine also applies a Burn effect to its target, which scales pretty decently with Overcharge. While normally not very impactful, the burn’s high base damage can be useful for stages with immense damage reduction when combined with Burn Damage Up effects from other Servants such as Archer of Inferno.

Weaknesses

Performance Relies on Sunny Stages

While Excalibur Galatine deals respectable, if not outstanding damage when Gawain’s 30% sunny Buster buff is active, its damage is reduced to the point of underperformance without it. Thankfully, his Charisma’s Rank Up into Nightless Charisma lets Gawain treat any field as sunny for 1 turn (and thereby giving him access to the Buster buff), allowing him to temporarily bring out his full potential on any stage. 

Weak Survival

Although Gawain has some survivability built into his kit in the form of Guts on his third skill, the Guts only lasts for 1 turn, which can make using it a bit of a gamble if the enemies choose not to attack him. His Guts is also tied to his 20% NP gauge charge skill, which means that he is often forced to choose between having his NP ready earlier, or reserve the Guts to bail him out when the situation calls for it.

Limited NP Gain Opportunities

Outside of Belt of Bertilak’s 20% NP Charge, Gawain has limited means to charge his NP Gauge by himself. While his high base NP Gain means that his Brave chains —  if started with an Arts cards — are able to provide him with considerable NP charge, Gawain’s “gorilla” BBBAQ deck means that such an occurrence is far and few between, and it also prevents him from having reliable access to Arts chains.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Numeral of the Saint EX

Increases own attack by 20% for 3 turns.
Increases own Buster performance on Open Field with Sun shine for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 20%21%22%23%24%25%26%27%28%30%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Charisma E

Increases party's attack for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 6%6.6%7.2%7.8%8.4%9%9.6%10.2%10.8%12%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Belt of Bertilak EX

Charges own NP gauge by 20%.
Gains critical stars.
Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Stars + 56677889910
Revives with 1000110012001300140015001600170018002000
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Maxing any of Gawain’s skills is not necessary for him to perform his job, as some of the most important effects of his skills are flat across levels.  At the same time, all of Gawain’s skills improve his overall performance in small ways, but the cooldown reduction is especially helpful after his Rank Up shores up his overall performance. His skills ought to be leveled if Masters enjoy using him and wish to optimize his performance.

  • The Attack buff on Numeral of The Saint EX is flat across all levels. What changes is the Buster bonus on sunny stages. The Buster buff has a very noticeable impact on his performance, although finding sunny stages is a bother until his Rank Up. Therefore, this skill can be leveled second or last until then, mainly for the cooldown reduction.

  • The percentage of Gawain's Charisma E buff is relatively weak initially, with a 6% attack bonus at base (12% at max). After its upgrade to Nightless Charisma B, however, these values increase to 10% and 20% respectively, and it gains the added effect of letting him treat the field as sunny for one turn, giving him reliable access to Numeral of the Saint’s Buster buff. Before its upgrade, this skill should be leveled second or last, but afterwards, it may even be leveled first.

  • Raising Belt of Bertilak EX is useful to decrease the cooldown of his NP gauge charge move, while providing a little more Critical Stars each time this skill is used. Since this is probably his least situational skill that has the most effect if he used for longer fights, this would be his most impactful to level. Level this last once his Rank Up available though.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Due to his ability to NP Charge and quickly roast a wave, Gawain benefits greatly from Craft Essences with Starting NP Gauge. Alternatively, he can pump up his damage with Buster Performance Up or NP Damage Up effects. With a potential Buster Performance buff of his own on sunny stages, NP Damage will scale harder for his NP, but naturally does nothing to improve his Buster chains.

  • Kaleidoscope / The Imaginary Element: Gawain benefits the most from a Kaleidoscope, which when combined with his third skill, allows him to NP immediately at turn 1. 

  • Aerial Drive / Partake with the King / First Sunrise: These CEs provide a hybrid of Starting NP Gauge and a Buster Performance buff, both of which are great for Gawain’s overall performance especially if his conditional buff does not trigger.

  • Holy Night Supper: This CE provides both Starting NP Gauge, and a small boost to both NP damage and critical damage. The NP Damage scales well with Buster Supports, while Belt of Bertilak does make a few Critical Stars.

  • Limited/Zero Over / Hero Elly’s Adventure / Verdant Sound of Destruction: Buster performance buffs help bolster his primary source of damage (3 Buster cards + Buster NP).

  • Victor of the Moon / Joint Recital: In compositions with heavy support (Merlin, Hans, etc.) the Buster Performance Up and Critical Damage Up combine well with his Buster deck for a steady rate of Buster Critical Damage.

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Other Info

Release Date
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Knight of the Sun, White Knight of the Round Table, Knight of Midheaven, Gorilla
Country/Place of Origin United Kingdom
Illustrator Wada Arco
Seiyuu (CV) Mizushima Takahiro
Series Fate/EXTRA

Parameters

STR
B+
END
B+
AGL
B+
MP
A
LUK
A
NP
A+

Valentine's CE

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