Infographic (January 2021)

Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

  • Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6

  • Usuals:

    • Ifrit, Shiva, Ramuh, Brothers 4 / 5 / 7

    • Leviathan, Pandemonium, Alexander 4 / 5 / 6

    • Diabolos 4 / 6 / 7

  • For more details and help with summons, check Summon Hub!

7 HG Armor: Attack

  • BRV / HP DMG Limit +15% (up to 11498 / 114998)

Supplementary Notes to the Infographic Analysis:

The infographic covers the key critical points and should be reviewed prior to delving into the in-depth notes

Gameplay Notes:

  • Tides of Fate is best used for utility to cleanse the party of debuffs while also stealing 3 random buffs from enemies.

  • Open with Snatch Shot or Great Aim and be sure to break the target or have them already broken so that he immediately gains access to his + versions

  • Snatch Shot is better for AoE shaving, but notably can easily steal a buff from an enemy.

  • Great Aim is best for removing debuffs from himself or stealing multiple buffs from enemies. It is otherwise just good single target damage even if you don't have much BRV since it has 2 BRV gains associated

  • Fires of War is recharged in 2 skill uses. Since Balthier has no high turn rate skills, with 19 skill uses, he can reliably spam skills and EX for 28 of his turns, which is good for an 84 turn quest (most are less than this).

  • Save Steal BRV Attack Up for cases when there is a very large BRV gain that you need to shave down. The gravity effect shores up his low hit count and should not be wasted at the start of the fight to gain access to his party aura 2 turns sooner. That is a waste of utility since bosses aren't even powered up during the first 4 turns anyway.

Team Synergy Notes:

  • Stack HP DMG up effects alongside Sherlotta or Kurasame, as when paired with a fast turn jumping ally (like Lightning) it will enable very high damage.

  • Pair him alongside characters with off turn damage like Firion, Gau, & Gladio to amplify their damage significantly. These 3 also cover wide support roles, stacking auras with Balthier allowing your third to deal damage and counter the orb if not countered already.

  • Careful! Pairing him with other dispellers like Beatrix, and perhaps even Cloud with his WoI passive equipped means that they may dispel buffs before Balthier can steal them.

  • In a similar vein, when expecting to steal buffs, avoid Amidatelion friend or heavy debuffers (especially Kefka) in the main party as they may lock out enemies from applying their buffs. The same goes for heavy debuff calls like Caius.


  • A sphere - Focus on ATK primarily, but BRV DMG is also excellent. Kain's sphere is excellent, though it won't boost his BRV gains from Great Aim, which is fine. Avoid overflow spheres and save his own sphere for someone else like Noel, or another frequent unbreaker.

    • There are too many to list, so click the link to see which ATK spheres you might want.

  • D sphere - Focus on ATK aura: Hope Lyse Ashe Sazh & Desch are all excellent

  • E sphere - As Balthier doesn't inflict any debuffs, you can give him a debuff aura sphere like Faris or Fujin, or for flavor, give him Fran's sphere, since that will stack with his debuff aura, giving enemies 50% mBRV Down! No other spheres work well on him (especially not Vanille's... please) so give a refined version of those listed or skip the E slot.

Bad passives (if you lack enough CP to equip important passives):

  • BRV Attack+ Up (useless)

  • HP Attack+ Up (useless)

  • The Fleetfooted (inflict SPD Down & gain SPD up after using BRV attack... this will never get used)

  • BRV Initiative

  • DEF passives

  • Back Attack

Analysis for Future Utility Potential for Lufenia Orbs, Buff Stealing, & Debuff Cleansing

Lufenia Orbs

Mar 2021: Arciela LC

  • Dispel Orb

Mar 2021: Story 3.1.2

  • Cleanse Orb

Buffs Worth Stealing

Permanent: Beatrix LC

  • 5% HP Poison

Feb 2021: Caius LC

  • Iron Cluster (AoE ATK Down)

Feb 2021: Boss Rush 2, Wave # in ( )

  • (2) Physical DMG Resist, (3) HP Regen*

*HP Regen may not be applied if dealing heavy AoE DMG

May 2021: Divine Ramuh

  • BRV Gain Up, BRV DMG Up, HP DMG Up

Apr 2021: Eald'narche LC

  • Shield

Debuffs Worth Cleansing

Feb 2021: Heretics

  • BRV Poison, HP Poison, HP DMG Up

Feb 2021: Story 3.1.1

  • Petrify

Mar 2021: Arciela LC

  • Fluke (HP Poison & many other debuffs)

Mar 2021: Story 3.1.2

  • 2 variants of HP Poison

Apr 2021: Eald'narche LC

  • Confuse

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