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Tier
3

Caster
April Fool's
2
1
1
3
4
Attribute
Human
Alignment
Neutral Balanced
Max HP 8,080
HP Rank
Max ATK 5,798
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,028Base HP1,520
Max Atk 5,798 Max HP 8,080
Grail Atk 8,402 Grail HP 11,661
NP per Hit (%) 1.59%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 50
Star Generation per Hit 10.8%

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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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Lvl12345678910
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 B

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

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First Folio

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B Anti-Personnel 4
Effect

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

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

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
30% 35% 40% 45% 50%
First Folio (Upgrade 1) B+

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest 2

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge> Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

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First Folio (Upgrade 1)

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Personnel 4
Effect Deal heavy damage to all enemies.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
Overcharge Effect Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
40% 50% 60% 70% 80%

Assorted Info

ID 34
Cost 4
Gender Male
Growth S
Inst. Death Chance 45.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 33,67
Damage Distribution Arts 100
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 12,25,63
Damage Distribution NP 10,20,30,40

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki

Ascension: 1

Bond: 1

Rank Up 1
Chapter Completion:

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

Rank Up 2
Chapter Completion:

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
15,000
3
45,000
4
150,000
Max
450,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
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

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 10,000 192,500 198,000 222,000 250,000 313,000
Really Convenient

When equipped to William Shakespeare only,
Increase NP Gain of all allies by 15% while on the field.

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Overview

“I don't particularly hate anything. But I detest mediocre people. They simply live their lives as they are told.”

Responsible for some of the most well-known and beloved tragedies in theatre, the extravagant and erudite playwright William Shakespeare is a supportive Buster Caster suspiciously gathering more (tragic) material for his writing at Chaldea. Despite his weak base stats and limited usage in lengthy battles, Shakespeare is a highly useful Servant for both farming and shorter fights.

Shakespeare’s main values come from his two one-turn buffs. Enchant is a party-wide Buster buff that is as simple as it is powerful. It is well-suited for heavy Buster-centric compositions that need an extra push in damage for a crucial turn. Unlocked after finishing his Rank Up Quest, King’s Men represents his second main value as it makes Shakespeare one of the rare freely accessible Servants that are capable of charging a teammate’s NP gauge. NP Charging skills are always highly useful for pretty much any form of content but especially so when it comes to farming, and it comes with an additional sizable one-turn Critical Star Generation buff. Lastly, his second skill, Self Preservation, allows him to survive for a decent period, while his NP damage after his 2nd Rank Up is decent enough to farm wave 1 or 2 enemies.

On the other side of the spectrum, true to his identity as a non-combatant, Shakespeare’s sustained offensive (support) capacity is mediocre, a culmination of his low base stats, the Caster class’s 0.9x modifier on Attack and lack of long-term offensive buffs. Furthermore, as his two most useful abilities last only one-turn, Shakespeare is essentially picking his nose support-wise after using his skills. Even the utility on his Noble Phantasm is limited as First Folio’s low chance to stun all enemies upon dealing damageis simply too unreliable to be called upon in critical situations.

In conclusion, while Shakespeare is ill-suited for long drawn-out fights, he is a fantastic budget Buster farming support that will return his low investment cost a hundredfold.

Strengths

Strong One-Turn Teamwide Buster Buff

Enchant provides a significant 40% Buster Performance boost to the entire team for one turn, which greatly empowers the performance of Buster-centric teams. This buff is particularly potent when used on explosive Buster Servants who lack any powerful Buster buffs of their own, such as Gilgamesh, Rama or Lu Bu.

NP Battery Support

With King’s Men, Shakespeare is one of the rare Servants who can grant a 20% NP charge to a teammate. NP Batteries are useful regardless of content, but are particularly valuable during farming sessions for any (Buster) Servants who lack an NP battery of their own. Note that the 50-100% Critical Star Generation buff on King’s Men will create a vast sum of Critical Stars if used in combination with an (AoE) Noble Phantasm with high hit counts  

Weak Wave Clear Potential

After Shakespeare’s 2nd Rank Up, First Folio packs a decent punch considering Shakespeare’s rarity. As Shakespeare has both good NP Gain and can use either King’s Men or Enchant for himself, he is a nice pick for clearing waves of weak enemies. Masters can choose whether to boost his damage or save his support for a later wave. 

Decent Survivability

Self-Preservation is a nifty survival tool that allows Shakespeare to live through most Noble Phantasms and live for longer than most Servants of the same rarity. However, Masters may elect to intentionally let him escape the stage rather than trying to keep him alive considering the short duration of his support.

Weaknesses

Poor Sustained Offensive Power

With a base Attack of 5798, no long-term steroids and a class unsuited for combat, Shakespeare’s normal Attacks hit about as hard as a wet paper towel. His Noble Phantasm does paint a slightly better picture, thanks to the upgraded damage from his second Rank Up Quest. He is capable of sniping weaker waves with his Noble Phantasm, but over several turns his damage output is distinctly lackluster. 

Lack of Sustained Support

All of Shakespeare’s skills only lasts for but a single turn. Combined with his lackluster overall damage and unreliable stun on NP, Shakespeare is rather unsuited for long combat encounters. Ideally, Masters ought to switch him out for another teammate after he already used his skills or NP, either through using Chaldea Combat Uniform Mystic Code or Craft Essences with Taunt effects.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Enchant A

Increases party's Buster performance for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Self-Preservation B

Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn.
Recovers own HP.

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Lvl12345678910
Heal + 50060070080090010001100120013001500
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
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

Due to his status as a 2-star Servant, Shakespeare’s skill leveling costs are quite minimal. Furthermore, as he tends to not stay on the battlefield for long, there is no need to level his skills purely for the sake of lowering their cooldowns. In general, maxing Enchant (or at 9 if a Crystalized Lore is too valuable) and leaving the other two skills untouched is already good enough for most users of Shakespeare, and Master can save further resources for other Servants.

  • Enchant should be maxed as soon as possible, as the Buster value scales with level quite nicely (20-40%). The lowered cooldown will not come into play very often, but in cases that Shakespeare stays on the battlefield, Masters might be able to use this skill for a second time for another burst damage turn.

  • Self-Preservation has the lowest priority for Shakespeare, as it does not contribute to the team and only the healing value scales with additional skill levels. Generally, this skill can be skipped, as it may not even be used to save Shakespeare. Leaving it at skill level is generally sufficient.

  • King’s Men can also be left unleveled, as the NP charge component does not scale and remains at 20%. There are still merits to leveling this as the Star Generation buff increases based on skill level and the lowered cooldown can help during long fights. If Masters want to provide more Critical Support to Buster Servants with high hit counts on their Noble Phantasm, then it is a decent investment to raise King’s Men skill level further.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Ideally, Shakespeare should be used in one-turn setups or/and buff stacking teams. This means he is a fantastic user of Craft Essences that grant buffs Upon Entry. Taunt is another exceptional effect to be used on Shakespeare, especially as his job is mainly to support Buster-centric Servants who are often lacking in the defensive department. Other Craft Essences that grant Passive Partywide Buffs are great choices if Shakespeare must stay on the battlefield. In farming scenarios where a wave consists of low level Assassin / Berserker enemies, Masters can opt for a Craft Essence with Starting NP gauge to help clear the wave.

  • Golden Captures the Carp/ Ox-Demon King: Both grant incredible effects upon entering the battlefield and supplement Shakespeare’s best play-style extremely well, which is to come in and set up massive burst damage for his teammates.

  • GUDAGUDA Poster Girl / Halloween Arrangement / Grand New Year / Outrage: Taunts are a great way to not only grant value to Shakespeare when he is on the battlefield, but also to get another more valuable teammate in after he used his buffs. As many of Shakespeare’s best partners are Berserkers, this is a great way to improve their survivability as well.

  • Ideal Holy King / A Fragment of 2030 / Profoundly Conducive (Bond CE): These Craft Essences grant useful party-wide effects. Ideal Holy King and Fragment of 2030 Tree both work in the background, while Profoundly Conducive is a decent alternative for Masters who have bonded well with the playwright.

  • Kaleidoscope / The Imaginary Element: Craft Essence with pure Starting NP Gauge are ideal to quickly chuck out Shakespeare’s NP with King’s Men.

Gameplay Tips

Shakespeare, and by extension most Servants with short duration but powerful buffs and/or NP Battery skills, are often best used in conjunction with the Chaldea Combat Uniform Mystic Code. The Mystic Code’s Order Change skill allows these Servants to either grant their buffs and support and then be swapped out for someone else, or vice versa, bringing them in to unleash a (final) devastating barrage of damage.

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Other Info

Release Date Since Launch
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Caster of Red
Country/Place of Origin United Kingdom
Illustrator Ototsugu Konoe
Seiyuu (CV) Tetsu Inada
Series Fate/Apocrypha

Parameters

STR
E
END
E
AGL
D
MP
C++
LUK
B
NP
C+

Valentine's CE

Availability

Non-Limited - Available in the general summoning pool.

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