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|Base Atk||1,893||Base HP||2,048|
|Max Atk||12,252||Max HP||13,965|
|Grail Atk||13,412||Grail HP||15,299|
Attack / HP Growth
Truly, Rin Tohsaka attracts trouble and misfortune like no other. The ancient Mesopotamian goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, but also War and Destruction, has manifested as a Pseudo-Servant in Rin’s body. In this guise, Ishtar is a powerful offense-oriented Buster AoE Archer with some unique, at times, chance-based mechanics.
Skill-wise, Ishtar has access to some incredible values. Her Charisma features not only the standard party-wide attack boost, but an additional critical damage component as well. She can charge up to half her NP bar at her leisure, with a high chance for Invulnerability and/or Invulnerability Pierce. And last, but not least, her Mana Burst (Gem) is a very low cooldown high damage steroid that activates on the following turn. For a cherry on top, Ishtar has a plethora of high value passive skills, and her NP comes with an overcharge effect that buffs her Buster cards before it fires.
Still, unlike her main competitors, Ishtar does not possess any special niches to exploit, but takes the straightforward approach of hitting and critting really, really hard. Furthermore, the nature of her skill set may lead her to fail to trigger her Invulnerability at the right time or draw the wrong set of cards to exploit her Mana Burst skill. Nonetheless, at her best, Ishtar stands tall as one of the best farming Servants in the game who can still perform very well in the most difficult and challenging encounters.
Ideal Kit for Farming
Ishtar packs some of the ideal components for a farming Servant. With high base attack and access to up to 70% in attack bonuses and at least 20% Buster Up, Ishtar can dish out Interlude-level NP damage despite her lack of one. Her own 50% NP charge meanwhile opens up plenty of flexibility in Craft Essence selection and team compositions. Finally, a team-wide attack buff is always a welcome addition to help reach specific damage benchmarks for the entire team. Even timing her Mana Burst (Gem) tends to be a non-issue when farming except when Masters forget to pay attention.
The Archer class packs some of the finest passives and boons in the game, and Ishtar is no different. Through her Manifestation of Beauty and Independent Action, Ishtar’s critical damage bonus can reach up to 30%. Meanwhile, her high hit counts and Archer class Star Weight will ensure that she only needs a little bit of extra help in star generation to get the critical pain train going. These critical hits in turn will enable her to NP more often as well.
Sheer Damage Potential
Ishtar not only possesses a vast amount of tools to increase her damage, the cooldown on those skills also lend themselves well to longer duration quests. Her Mana Burst (Gem) has a whopping 3 turn cooldown at max rank, while her Manifestation of Beauty lasts for 3 turns with a standard 5 turn Charisma cooldown. The attack buffs are also card-neutral, meaning that even if Ishtar does not draw any Buster cards, the overall (critical) damage increase is still impressive. And, if the stars align, an NP Buster Brave Chain will deal some utterly stupendous damage when fully buffed.
Fragile at Key Moments
On the surface, Ishtar has decent HP considering her high base attack and access to an Invulnerability. Unfortunately, her Invulnerability is chance-based (80%) and can cause loads of problems if relied on during the most challenging encounters. Generally, the hardest quests demand that skills are used optimally and a failure to provide Ishtar with an Invulnerability at a key moment can instantly spell death. There’s nothing like more gacha in your gacha games. In practice, her Shining Majestic Crown is thus mainly used as a NP gauge boost with a chance for bonus effects.
Mana Burst (Gem), Educated Guesses and Luck
Mirroring Rin Tohsaka’s propensity to falter at the last moment, extracting the full potential from Ishtar’s Mana Burst (Gem) delayed attack buff can be difficult and is often reliant on luck. Ideally, Ishtar gains her attack buff on an NP turn with good card draws and healthy dose of critical stars. If the right cards fail to appear, Ishtar loses a large chunk of her damage potential. In practice, setting that up reliably is difficult outside of farming and often requires multiple turns of planning. It is possible to predict to some extent which Command cards will appear by card “counting”, for which a more detailed guide will be available soon (ETA: After Christmas crunch).
Lacks a Clear Specialization Compared to Competition
Ishtar performs well across the board, but does tend to fall behind other Archers in situations with a clearly defined niche. For example, Gilgamesh is better equipped to deal with any Servant opponents, while Tesla’s farming with his bonus trait damage is even easier to set up and more damaging. Ishtar’s AoE NP meanwhile will neither deal as much damage against single targets as ST NPs nor grant any refund or more than a minimal amount of critical stars.
Craft Essence Recommendation
Given her powerful NP charge skill, Ishtar has great flexibility when choosing Craft Essences. Hybrid Craft Essences with Starting NP Gauge are the ideal choice for farming, while for consistent damage performance both Buster Up and Critical Damage scale very well with her attack buffs and Archer class. NP Damage Up also performs well as it scales multiplicatively with both her attack and Buster buffs, but grants less benefit to Ishtar’s sustained damage potential during longer fights against single opponents.
Holy Night Supper / Partake with the King / Golden Sumo
With at least 50% NP gauge, any of these options provide Ishtar with the means to NP straight away. Holy Night Supper seems tailor-made to improve each aspect of Ishtar’s kit and provides a pure attack boost unlike Halloween Princess. Golden Sumo provides the least benefit, but is still a good general pick and at least provides a large chunk of attack stats.
Joint Recital / Victor of the Moon / Limited/Zero Over
For long fights, the static bonuses provided by mixed Buster and Critical Craft Essences provide the most additional damage. If those options aren’t available, single Buster buff Craft Essences still perform decently.
For new Masters or if Cost is an issue, this basic Craft Essence is all that is needed to blast enemies with an instant NP.
Black Grail/Heaven’s Feel
If one powerful NP is needed, these two scale incredibly hard for Ishtar. Generally though, these NP damage Craft Essences are not needed very often.
Level Up Skill Recommendation
Plainly put, Ishtar has no bad skills. Any of her skills can be prioritized based on which Servants a Master has access to. It’s highly recommended to max all her skills.
Manifestation of Beauty is Ishtar’s Charisma variant. Both the attack and critical damage component scale well each level, but the reduced cooldown is especially nice. At max rank, it is not uncommon to use it twice per farming quest unless Ishtar is used in an optimized 3-turn farming setup. Level this skill either last or second based on personal preference as it trades sheer damage for team support.
Shining Majestic Crown is Ishtar’s NP charge skill which scales up to 50%. The chance to trigger Invulnerability and Invulnerability Pierce is set in stone at 80%, and they trigger independently of one another. In general, try not to rely on these bonus effects for survival or breaking through enemy defensive measures. Still, the charge is extremely valuable, so to improve Ishtar’s farming, general performance, and selection of Craft Essences, it’s highly recommended to level this skill first.
Mana Burst (Gem) is Ishtar’s primary damage steroid. It grants a buff that boosts Ishtar’s attack by up to 50% on the next turn. To fully extract as much damage as possible, Masters will need to “count” cards to predict the card draws the upcoming turn. It often also requires some quick thinking on whether Ishtar’s NP will be charged or perhaps if the enemy will die and the next wave begins. This skill has a very short cooldown at max rank and scales very well with increased levels. Level this skill either second or last based on personal preference as it trades team support for selfish burst damage potential.
Available from the start
Unlocks after 1st Ascension
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Deals damage to all enemies.
Increases own Buster performance for 1 turn.
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|
|NP Charge per Hit (%)||0.45%|
|NP Charge when Attacked (%)||3%|
|# of Hits (A)||4|
|# of Hits (B)||1|
|# of Hits (Q)||4|
|# of Hits (EX)||7|
|Trait 1||Divine||Trait 6||Servant|
|Trait 2||Earth or Sky||Trait 7||Weak to Enuma Elish|
|Trait 3||Female||Trait 8|
|Trait 4||Humanoid||Trait 9|
|Trait 5||Pseudo-Servant||Trait 10|
|Instant Death Chance||22.50%|
|AKAs/Aliases/(Fan) Nicknames||Inanna, Mistress of Heaven, Tohsaka Rin|
|Country/Place of Origin||Mesopotamia|
|Seiyuu (CV)||Ueda Kana|