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Tier
1

Berserker
April Fool's
2
2
1
3
15
Attribute
Heaven
Alignment
Chaotic Madness
Max HP 10,327
HP Rank
Max ATK 10,655
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,775Base HP1,652
Max Atk 10,655 Max HP 10,327
Grail Atk 12,901 Grail HP 12,521
NP per Hit (%) 1.07%
NP when Attacked (%) 5%
Star Absorption 10
Star Generation per Hit 5.0%

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Servant Skills

Valor A+

Increases own attack for 3 turns.
Increases own mental debuff resistance for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10.5%12.6%14.6%16.7%18.7%20.8%22.8%24.9%26.9%31%
Debuff Res + 21%23.1%25.2%27.3%29.4%31.5%33.6%35.7%37.8%42%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Mind's Eye (Fake) B

Grants self Evasion for 1 turn.
Increases own critical damage for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Crit Damage + 18%19.8%21.6%23.4%25.2%27%28.8%30.6%32.4%36%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Battle Continuation A

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 5 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Revives with 1000 HP1150 HP1300 HP1450 HP1600 HP1750 HP1900 HP2050 HP2200 HP2500 HP
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills

Madness Enhancement B

Increase your Buster Card effectiveness by 8%.

Divinity A

Apply Damage Plus for yourself (Total Card Damage +200).

Noble Phantasm

Nine Lives C~A+

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge>

Decrease DEF for a single enemy (3 turns).

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Nine Lives

Shooting Down a Hundred Heads

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C~A+ Unknown 15
Effect

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

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

Decrease DEF for a single enemy (3 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
10% 15% 20% 25% 30%

Assorted Info

ID 47
Cost 12
Gender Male
Growth Reverse S
Inst. Death Chance 39.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 25,75
Damage Distribution Arts 33,67
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 12,25,63
Damage Distribution NP 1,2,1,3,4,4,5,6,7,8,9,9,10,11,20

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude 1
Chapter Completion: Orleans

Ascension: 1

Bond: 2

Interlude 2
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki

Ascension: 2

Bond: 3

✔ = 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

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. 2,500 3,750 5,000 6,250 10,000 232,500 240,000 270,500 309,500 410,000
Castle of Snow

When equipped on Heracles,
Apply Guts (3 times, restore 500 HP) for himself only.

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Overview

▂▂▃▃▅▅ーーー!! ”

An iconic demigod hero and the embodiment of strength, the greatest hero of Greece is a powerful Berserker with exceptionally rare endurance to match. Despite being one of the launch Servants, Heracles’ simple but highly effective skill set has ensured his relevance at the higher echelon of Servants for a long time.

Heracles is exceptionally newbie friendly, as most of his skills are quite straightforward. Thanks to his class, his Madness Enhancement, his triple Buster card deck, his great offensive stats, and Valor boosting his Attack, Heracles will hit very hard by a normal Servant’s standards. However, hitting hard is part of the standard job description for Berserkers. What sets this demigod apart from his peers is his tenacity. Packing both a Guts from Battle Continuation and an on-demand Dodge from Mind’s Eye (Fake), Heracles can stay on the field a lot longer than most of his peers. To further emphasize this strength, he possesses arguably the strongest Bond Craft Essence in the game: Castle of Snow, which provides a three-time Guts at the start of the battle, making him one of the best last man standing candidates for tough content.

But even the mightiest hero has weaknesses, and Heracles is no exception. Firstly, the lack of longer-lasting Defense buffs to counteract his class’s innate frailty makes him susceptible to stray critical hits when his defensive tools are not up. Secondly, Heracles does not offer any form of utility at all to the team, which can limit the team’s capacity to adapt to certain situations. Last but not least, while his damage against general enemies is good, he does not have the same offensive ceiling that other more specialized damage dealers possess.

Overall, Heracles is a fantastic Servant for any Master. His combination of sheer damage and endurance makes him a premier pick for many Challenge Quests as the last man standing, and he can carry newer Masters through the early stages for a long time. When things get tough, this great hero will rarely let you down.

Gameplay Tip

Guts has an interesting and powerful interaction that may not be immediately apparent. If there is only one player Servant left on the field, and that Servant has a Guts status buff, once an enemy triggers the Guts status the enemy’s turn will end entirely. This allows Masters to essentially “skip” part of the enemy’s turn, which could potentially be the difference between clearing and failing the quest.

This is one of the main reasons why Heracles and other Servants whose kits are centred around multiple defensive measures and Guts, such as Nero Claudius and Cu Chulainn, are often chosen to occupy the last spot in a team. With their Guts status they can buy themselves several turns when they are the only Servant alive. It is also highly effective for soloing, for any Masters that enjoy challenging themselves.

Strengths

High Damage Output

Heracles has one of the best base Attack stats amongst 4 Star Servants, even higher than many 5 Star Servants when his Berserker class modifier is taken into account. Furthermore, he possesses the fabled triple Buster deck and a Buster Noble Phantasm, which are highly effective at outputting high raw damage. To top this off, Heracles’s high rank of Madness Enhancement, Defense Down after NP, and the strong, low-cooldown Attack buff on Valor all cement his status as a good damage dealer.

Strong Survivability

Unlike the majority of Berserkers, Heracles can hold his own quite well when it comes to taking a heavy beating. A combination of Guts, on-demand Dodge and more Guts from his Bond Craft Essence make him quite long-lasting if played right. Thanks to this, Heracles is more often than not a staple last man standing for many Masters’ Challenge Quest teams once he gets his Bond Craft Essence, all the while dealing much more damage than most other Servants who fulfill the same role.

Weaknesses

Inherent Frailty

While Heracles’s survivability is much better than most Berserkers, it does not change the fact that he still takes double the damage from every class. Without his Guts or Dodge status up, he can be taken out with an untimely Critical Hit, a risk most Masters should be aware of when building a team to support him.

Non-existent Team Utility

Heracles’s skill set does not bring any powerful teamwide utility or support. While this is not a particularly huge detriment per se, it hinders his team building potential for bosses with a myriad of special conditions. In comparison, some of his direct competitors such as Ibaraki Douji or even Cu Chulainn (Alter) do offer more to the team than just damage and survivability.

Comparatively Lower Offensive Ceiling

Heracles’s general damage is stellar. In the same situation without a lot of buff stacking against a generic enemy, he will most likely come out ahead of many Servants in terms of smashing. However, while his floor is higher, his ceiling suffers as a result. Servants with other ways of pumping out damage (i.e Critical Damage, trait-bonus damage or NP spamming) will pull ahead of him with more specialized setups. As a result, he is rarely chosen as the ideal focal damage dealer for Challenge Quests, but more as an insurance policy in case things go south.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Valor A+

Increases own attack for 3 turns.
Increases own mental debuff resistance for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10.5%12.6%14.6%16.7%18.7%20.8%22.8%24.9%26.9%31%
Debuff Res + 21%23.1%25.2%27.3%29.4%31.5%33.6%35.7%37.8%42%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Mind's Eye (Fake) B

Grants self Evasion for 1 turn.
Increases own critical damage for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Crit Damage + 18%19.8%21.6%23.4%25.2%27%28.8%30.6%32.4%36%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
Battle Continuation A

Grants self Guts status for 1 time, 5 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Revives with 1000 HP1150 HP1300 HP1450 HP1600 HP1750 HP1900 HP2050 HP2200 HP2500 HP
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7

All of Heracles's skills are quite effective and straightforward. If Masters do plan on using him extensively, it is highly recommended that at least both Valor and Mind Eye’s (Fake) are raised to reduce the downtime on both his offense and his defensive tools. It will greatly boost his survivability and damage output overall.

  • Valor is Heracles’s main offensive steroid, and it scales quite well with levels. Furthermore, at max level, the downtime for this buff is only 2 turns, which makes Heracles’ damage output quite consistent. The mental debuff resistance component is not particularly enticing, but it will definitely help out here and there. All in all, this skill should be raised first amongst Heracles’ skills.

  • Mind Eyes (Fake) is great for more than just using it on turns where the enemies use their Noble Phantasm. The Critical Damage buff component does not always factor in very often due to Heracles’ inherently low Star Weight, but if the team produces a huge amount of Critical Stars every turn then it is a sizable buff in terms of damage. Consider using this frequently against normal attacks during non-challenging quests to prevent Heracles from dying to random focus fire. Level this second.

  • Battle Continuation has a lengthy cooldown even at max level, and the duration of the Guts status is quite long. Generally, most Masters will not have the opportunity to use this skill more than once per battle. Since only the heal after reviving improves after leveling, it is not of as much priority as the other two skills. Masters can skip leveling this past level 4 if resources are tight.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Heracles is a simple but effective Servant, and his Bond Craft Essence choices are also quite easy to pick. Overall, Heracles will want to either improve his offensive capacity through Craft Essences that grant Buster Performance Up and/or Starting NP Gauge, or bolster his survivability with Guts Status and/or Evade/Invulnerability.

  • Castle of Snow / Volumen Hydrargyrum: Heracles’s Bond Craft Essence grants him exactly the tool to cheat death multiple times per battle. Do note that Guts status does not stack, so when using a Craft Essence that grants him Guts status at the beginning, Masters should hold on using Battle Continuation until he depletes his Guts stockpile. Volumen Hydragyrum is another very powerful alternative to Castle of Snow for Masters who have yet to unlock the Bond Craft Essence.

  • Limited Zero Over / Verdant Sound of Destruction / The Crimson Black Keys / Hero Eli-chan Adventure: Pure Buster Performance Craft Essences are strong picks to improve his damage output, as he has a triple Buster deck and a Buster Noble Phantasm

  • Kaleidoscope / Imaginary Element: Heracles’s Noble Phantasm can hit quite hard, but building up his NP gauge might be a problem in battles that need to be ended quickly. These Craft Essences are good way to give him a headstart in this regard.

  • Partake with the King / Golden Sumo / First Sunrise: These hybrid Craft Essences offer two relevant stats to Heracles, and are generally powerful options to raise his overall performance.

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Other Info

Release Date Since Launch
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Berserker, BASAKA, Hercules, Herc
Country/Place of Origin Greece
Illustrator Azusa
Seiyuu (CV) Tadahisa Saizen
Series Fate/stay night

Parameters

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

Valentine's CE

Availability

Non-Limited - Available in the general summoning pool.

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