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Base Atk1,028Base HP1,520
Max Atk 5,798 Max HP 8,080
Grail Atk 8,402 Grail HP 11,661

Stat Ratings

Attack / HP Growth


The famous playwright is an alright support for a Buster team due to his party-wide Buster buff and targetable NP charge after his Rank Up quest, but he doesn't offer much else outside of that due to his subpar offensive capability. It is best to completely avoid using his cards for damage because he does not have such a capacity, and focus more on his two skills - Enchant and King's Men.

He is best used in conjunction with the Chaldea Combat Uniform Mystic Code to take advantage of the Order Change ability by either switching him out when your main Buster damage dealer is about to unleash his/her Noble Phantasm or Buster critical hits and/or need some last percentage on their NP bar. His lower cost due to being a 2 star Servant also makes him easier to slot into teams during events or challenge quests where party cost becomes a big issue and as a disposable buff bot.


  • Enchant is a powerful party-wide Buster buff for one turn with great value (40% is almost as big as Mana Burst). It also has good cooldown at 7 base and 5 when maxed.
  • King's Men is a targetable 20% NP buff, which is valuable in pretty much any circumstance and can facilitate his teammate in gaining NP charge in conjunction with his 3 Art cards.
  • Decent survivability for a low stats Servant, thanks to having a skill that grants invincibility on demand.


  • Low stats and being a Caster class means he does very little damage. It is best to completely avoid using Shakespeare cards for damage and only when you need his Arts cards for an Arts chain.
  • Most of his skills only last one turn, meaning he is quite useless on the field once he's already used his skills as he doesn't offer any other continuous buffs or debuffs.
  • Low HP base for being a low rarity Servant means he can go down quite fast even with his invulnerability skill. However, in some cases this can be a pro to get him off the field after already using his abilities

Craft Essence Recommendation

Normally Shakespeare does not need Craft Essence because he is a disposable unit after already using his skills and/or only switched in when the team requires the steroid he offers. Having no CEs will also reduce the cost that he imposes on the Party too, leaving more options open for other teammates. Nonetheless, if possible, there are certain CEs that Shakespeare can use to give him a bit more value.

  • Fragment of 2030: Every support Servant can do great with this CE as its effect is so great especially when stacked. Shakespeare doesn't need to attack most of the time so this is perfect for him.
  • Grand New Year / GudaGuda Poster Girl / Halloween Arrangement: Since he is so disposable once he already uses his skill, making him a taunter to make use of his Invincibility skill and protect teammate is a good idea.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Shakespeare has a decent supporting skillset. His best skill is Enchant, which is available at the start, is close to a normal Mana Burst in terms of value but for the entire team instead. It also has a nice 5 turn cooldown at max level, so leveling this skill should be a priority for any Master looking to use the playwright.

King's Men is a really good skill that he gets from his Rank Up quest and should be maxed after Enchant to support his allies. The 20% NP charge is available at level 1 already, but lowering its cooldown allows him to help allies who have difficulty raising their NP bar more frequently.

Self-preservation is decent, but not mandatory as even at level 1 it is perfectly fine for him.

Suggested Servant Synergies

  • Heracles: The premier Buster Servant can effectively stack Enchant with Valor’s attack buff, making the most out of NP Buster Brave chain. Post Rank Up, Shakespeare can give Heracles a straight up 20% NP charge, which is invaluable for faster NP usage.

  • Kiyohime: On the other side of Berserkers is Kiyohime, whose NP stacks nicely with Shakespeare for a higher chance of stunning the target while making good use of Enchant. Kiyohime also furthers her own damage with Stalking, and in the future, she gains her own Mana Burst-like skill that can be stacked with Enchant.

  • Edward Teach: With a decent amount of Arts cards, Teach can build up NP gauge quickly enough with Shakespeare. Additionally, if you would like to be contrarian and use Shakespeare as an offensive Servant, Teach’s Voyager of the Storm combined with Enchant complete the trinity of damage buffs, furthering Shakespeare’s usage of First Folio.

Interlude Quests

Quest Ascen. Bond Reward
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki
1 1
Rank Up 1
Chapter Completion:
4 0
Rank Up 2 (ETA: 2019/07)
Chapter Completion:
4 0
✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Servant Skills

Enchant A

Increases party's Buster performance for 1 turn.

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Buster + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Self-Preservation B

Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn.
Recovers own HP.

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Heal + 50060070080090010001100120013001500
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

King's Men C

Charges one ally's NP gauge by 20%.
Increases their critical star generation rate for 1 turn.

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Star Rate + 50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest

Class Skills

Territory Creation C

Increase your Arts Card effectiveness by 6%.

Noble Phantasm

First Folio

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Deals damage to all enemies.

Overcharge Effect

Chance to stun to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage + 300% 400% 450% 475% 500%
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
Stun Chance 30% 35% 40% 45% 50%

First Folio

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest 2 (not available, ETA 2019/07)
Deals damage to all enemies.

Overcharge Effect

Chance to stun to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage + 400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
Stun Chance + 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%

Ascension Materials


Skill Enhancement Materials

1 → 2 20,000
2 → 3 40,000
3 → 4 120,000
4 → 5 160,000
5 → 6 400,000
6 → 7 500,000
7 → 8 1,000,000
8 → 9 1,200,000
9 → 10 2,000,000

Unit Info

Star Info

Star Absorption50
Star Generation10.8%

NP Info

NP Charge per Hit (%)1.59%
NP Charge when Attacked (%)3%

Hits Info

# of Hits (A)1
# of Hits (B)1
# of Hits (Q)2
# of Hits (EX)3

Traits Info

Trait 1HumanoidTrait 6
Trait 2ServantTrait 7
Trait 3Weak to Enuma ElishTrait 8
Trait 4Trait 9
Trait 5Trait 10

Death Info

Instant Death Chance45.00%

Other Info

Release HistorySince Launch
AKAs/Aliases/(Fan) Nicknames Caster of Red
AlignmentNeutral Balanced
Country/Place of OriginUnited Kingdom
IllustratorOtotsugu Konoe
Seiyuu (CV)Tetsu Inada