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Lawful Evil
Max HP 12,028
HP Rank
Max ATK 12,089
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,868Base HP1,764
Max Atk 12,089 Max HP 12,028
Grail Atk 13,234 Grail HP 13,178
NP per Hit (%) 1.08%
NP when Attacked (%) 5%
Star Absorption 9
Star Generation per Hit 4.9%

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Servant Skills

Demon of the Battlefield B

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

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Buster + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
Star Rate + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Disengage C

Removes own debuffs.
Recovers own HP.

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Heal + 50060070080090010001100120013001500
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Laws of the Shinsengumi EX

Increases own critical star absorption for 3 turns.
Increases own critical damage (Min 20%, Max 100%) based on own remaining HP for 3 turns.
Critical Damage Formula = 20% + [80% *(1 - Current HP/Max HP)]
Deals 1000 damage to self. HP cannot fall below 1 from this skill. [Demerit]

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Absorption + 2000%2200%2400%2600%2800%3000%3200%3400%3600%4000%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills

Madness Enhancement D+

Increase your Buster Card effectiveness by 5%.

Noble Phantasm

Shinsengumi C+

Deals damage to a single enemy.


Deals extra damage when your HP is low.
Extra Damage Formula = Multiplier Based on Overcharge * [1 - (Current HP/Max HP)]

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Undying Sincerity

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C+ Anti-Personnel 5

Deals damage to a single enemy.

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

Deals extra damage when your HP is low.
Extra Damage Formula = Multiplier Based on Overcharge * [1 - (Current HP/Max HP)]

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
600% 700% 800% 900% 1000%
Shinsengumi (Upgrade 1) C++

Upgrade via Interlude (not available, ETA 2021/03)

Deals damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge> Deals extra damage when your HP is low.
Extra Damage Formula = Multiplier Based on Overcharge * [1 - (Current HP/Max HP)]

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Shinsengumi (Upgrade 1)

Undying Sincerity

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C++ Anti-Personnel 5
Effect Deals damage to a single enemy.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
800% 1000% 1100% 1150% 1200%
Overcharge Effect Deals extra damage when your HP is low.
Extra Damage Formula = Multiplier Based on Overcharge * [1 - (Current HP/Max HP)]
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
800% 900% 1000% 1100% 1200%

Assorted Info

ID 161
Cost 16
Gender Male
Growth Linear
Inst. Death Chance 65.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 16,33,51
Damage Distribution Arts 33,67
Damage Distribution Buster 33,67
Damage Distribution Extra 12,25,63
Damage Distribution NP 6,13,20,26,35

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Ascension Materials


Skill Enhancement Materials

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

Costume Dress Materials

Costume Cost Materials
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Bond CE

Bond Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bond Pts Req. 5,000 15,000 10,000 2,000 18,000 150,000 430,000 340,000 320,000 405,000
Haori of The Oath

When equipped on Hijikata Toshizo,
Apply Guts (1 time, Revive with 1 HP) to self.
Increase own Critical Damage by 30%.

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“I merely swing my sword for my own sake. Not for anyone else's sake, but my own! But, as long as you do not back down, I! The Shinsengumi! Will stand with you.“

Hijikata Toshizou may lack the image of a traditional rampaging Berserker with his surprising sanity and insightfulness, but taking his Takuan away from him may change that impression. Rampaging onto the battlefield with gun and sword alike, the Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi and Okita Souji’s superior is a Buster-Critical force to be reckoned with.

Hijikata is a hyper-offensive Berserker, unsurprisingly, with a penchant for packing the heaviest-hitting blows when on low HP. Both his Noble Phantasm’s damage and his Laws of the Shinsengumi’s critical damage buff improve immensely as his HP total gets lower, leading to impressive offensive output when put on the brink. In addition, he functions as an effective critical damage dealer, possessing a powerful 3-turn star gather skill in Laws of the Shinsengumi to stack on top of his solid Buster booster, Demon of the Battlefield (which also doubles as a Buster and star generation support skill).

Where Hijikata falters is his defense, unsurprisingly. While his class’s weakness to almost all other classes doesn’t help, he’s also hindered by his lack of strong defensive tools, low HP total and the HP loss demerit on Laws of the Shinsengumi. While one can argue his goal is to drop to low HP in order to dish out even more damage, without any outside help he’s far more likely to just fade into gold dust than pull out the clutch rampage one is hoping for. His Disengage skill can assist in preventing himself from getting gibbed too easily, but it’s ultimately a short term measure, not a solution to the problem.

On the whole, Hijikata is a powerful force on any team - provided he can be kept alive long enough to bring the pain. He’s helped by the fact that his most preferred supports efficiently both cover his defensive weakness and further improve his damage output, but he remains a Berserker dependent on external support. Should he be given said support, however, he becomes one of the most fearsome Single-target damage dealers in the game.

Gameplay Tip

The HP penalty from Laws of the Shinsengumi will never kill Hijikata directly, leaving him at 1 HP. Naturally, this is prime time for him to bring the pain with both his critical hits and Noble Phantasm.

It’s possible to keep him in this 1 HP state for a shockingly long time through Guts buffs, Dodge/Invulnerability, Stuns/Charms, or Taunts. This can even be applied to solo situations.

A backline Hijikata can run a pure offensive CE, drop into his opponent as a last resort, survive his first turn using the Anniversary Blonde Mystic Code then dish out absolutely absurd amounts of damage with his NPBB chain. While other servants may be able to last longer in a solo scenario, Hijikata’s damage output in clutch situations is utterly mind-boggling.


Immense Critical and Noble Phantasm Damage

While Hijikata’s regular card damage may not be quite comparable to other Berserkers of his rarity, he possesses a fearsome combination of powerful critical damage and Noble Phantasm damage where they do not. In ideal circumstances (at 1 HP) Hijikata blows the damage output of most Servants out of the water with his critical strikes and Noble Phantasm. A damage output that is improved even more after his NP Upgrade. Even with a more reasonable expectation of being at half HP, his offense is impressive.

Self-sufficient NP gauge and star generation

With two 3-hit Quick cards and a relatively high base NP gain rate on top of the moderate star generation buff from Demon of the Battlefield, Hijikata is capable of providing some stars for himself without external help, as well as having NP gain well above most Berserkers. While he still appreciates additional stars and NP gauge charging from his allies, he won’t be a sitting duck on his two strongest fronts should his supporters drop dead.

Self-Debuff Cleanse

While this may seem like a minor point, the debuff cleanse on Disengage can be surprisingly handy in challenge quest situations. Many servants, and most Berserkers for that matter, lack any means of shrugging aside debilitating debuffs should they be placed on them. In the post-Merlin meta, many challenge quests intentionally try to cripple Buster-oriented teams. While a debuff cleanse won’t entirely solve Hijikata's defensive problems, it does help ensure that what offense and durability he has remains intact.


Terrible Durability

Hijikata is pretty much always going to be taking class-weak attacks to the face without any external help. Disengage’s heal can assist in keeping his HP topped up, but otherwise his low max HP total and vulnerability means he it isn’t too uncommon to see him instantly dropped by an enemy Buster crit. Should Masters value his longevity, running Hijikata with a defensive support is a must.

Risky to gain full offensive potential

As is the way for any Servant who incentivizes nearly dying, Hijikata is playing a dangerous game when it comes to optimizing damage. While Guts buffs can provide a means of assuring he won’t just suddenly drop to a round of poor luck, he can’t gain one through his own means (short of his Bond CE). As such, he has to equip a Guts CE or run alongside a support who can give him Guts to safely drop to low HP values. This is ultimately a tradeoff, as Hijikata can greatly benefit from the offensive boosts of a CE, and his options for a Guts-giving support don’t complement him well otherwise, with most of them being better suited for Arts-oriented teams.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Hijikata should focus on bolstering his offensive might when leveling skills. He has two options in that regard - Laws of the Shinsengumi or Demon of the Battlefield. While none of Hijikata’s skills get immense scaling in their numbers from leveling, the cooldown reduction is an important aspect to consider. Leveling Laws of the Shinsengumi will further bolster Hijikata’s critical damage output, while Demon of the Battlefield is for more direct damage output and team support. Disengage is a useful tool for Hijikata, but it doesn’t gain too many benefits from being leveled, and at times the increased healing could even be seen as a detriment. As a result, it’s low priority.

  • Leveling Demon of the Battlefield B increases both the Buster performance buff and Star generation buff by 10% total from skill levels 1 through 10. While the numbers themselves aren’t impressive, being able to get the skill’s cooldown down to 5 turns at level 10 can make it a very reliable offensive boost for Buster teams, and one which also aids in critical star generation a small bit.

  • Disengage B has its healing increased by 1000 for being leveled to level 10, on top of the normal cooldown reduction. Regardless of its skill level, it’s a very weak heal skill (especially for Berserkers) that should be used more for its debuff removal. With that perspective, having its cooldown reduced in order to be more available for cleansing Hijikata of debuffs is useful, though in general it’s a minor contributor to Hijikata’s kit and doesn’t need to be leveled for him to be maximally effective.

  • Laws of the Shinsengumi EX can be considered the bread and butter of Hijikata’s kit, but it surprisingly doesn’t gain much from being leveled. Getting increased star weight from the star gather buff allows Hijikata to more efficiently use the critical stars provided to him, but otherwise the main appeal of leveling this skill is to get it on a lower cooldown so it can be used more frequently.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Hijikata’s specialties lie in Buster card damage and critical damage. As a result, CEs which grant Buster Performance Up and Critical Damage Up are naturally a good fit. However, his lack of NP gauge chargers mean he can also appreciate a CE with Starting NP Gauge. For improving Hijikata’s NP damage, both Attack Up and NP Damage Up CEs give him a lot of mileage, especially if his supportive allies do not already provide him those buffs. Lastly, CEs that bestow Guts are a safe way to bring Hijikata to low HP without the risk of dying immediately.

  • Golden Sumo: Boulder Tournament / Holy Night Supper / Partake with the King / First Sunrise / The Classic Three Great Heroes: Lacking any NP gauge charger of his own, choosing an NP gauge CE should be Hijikata’s first priority if he wishes to NP early in the battle. Holy Night Supper is the best bang for your buck, boosting both Hijikata’s NP damage and critical damage by a reasonable amount, but Golden Sumo can also increase Hijikata’s general offense significantly.

  • Black Grail. With Hijikata’s focus on reaching low HP values, it’s almost a given he has great synergy with Black Grail’s colossal damage output increase. While he will require much greater support for both his defenses and NP gauge charging, the offensive returns are well worth it. Do note that Black Grail can kill Hijikata directly.

  • Haori of Oaths (Bond CE) / Star of Altria / Nightless Rose / Chaldea Lifesavers / Princess of the White Rose:Following a similar yet different line of thinking to Black Grail, using a Guts CE can allow Hijikata to safely drop to low HP while not risking his life. Haori of Oaths and Star of Altria are the best picks in this regard - Hijikata’s bond CE is the most cost-to-effect efficient, but Star of Altria provides all attack from being equipped, giving the biggest offensive boost overall.

  • Victor of the Moon / Joint Recital / Summertime Mistress: Hijikata is an excellent critical damage dealer, so wanting to improve his offense further is natural. Victor of the Moon remains its regular amazing self, giving an unmatched increase to Hijikata’s attack stat and his Buster crit damage. Joint Recital fulfils a similar purpose to a lesser extent, while Summertime Mistress allows him to still keep his NP gauge charged at the battle’s start should you want a balance between critical damage and NP damage.

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Other Info

Release Date
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Demon of the Battlefield; Berserker of Bakumatsu Period; Vice Captain of Shinsengumi
Country/Place of Origin
Illustrator Yogo Yū‏‎ki
Seiyuu (CV) Hoshino Takanori




Limited - Can only be summoned during certain events

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