Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

Numbers listed below refer to the 7 passives to select for each Ultimate Summon Board for the character. Top is 1, bottom is 7.
  • Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6

  • Usuals:

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

    • Leviathan, Pandemonium, Diabolos, Alexander 4 / 5 / 6

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

Sphere Recommendations

NOTE: The sphere letters below are hyperlinked to our Sphere Hub which lists all available spheres sorted by effect!
  • A Sphere - Focus on BRV DMG, ATK (Ranged and Physical ATK okay!)

  • D Sphere - Raise the party's ATK

  • E Sphere - Give him an aura debuff or poison sphere. A debuff sphere can mess with other member's debuffs so be careful.

How-to-Play Notes

  • Open with AA for a stack of Sky-Plying Strahl and go right into skills! This sets him up to have 5 stacks right off the bat.

  • Snatch Shot+ (S1) is stronger filler damage while

  • Great Aim+ (S2) is best for removing debuffs from himself or stealing multiple buffs from an enemy. It is otherwise just good single target damage even if you don't have much BRV since it has 3 BRV gains associated

  • Fires of War (EX) is recharged in 2 skill uses, dealing full AoE damage 4 times!

  • Tides of Fate (LD) is best used for utility to cleanse the party of debuffs. It also recovers a use of S1 and S2 to improve his longevity

  • Wake Damage (FR) also removes debuffs from the party and steals 3 random buffs. His Force Conditions are

    • Ranged BRV DMG on turn (20%)

    • Attacking a target with no buffs on turn (40%)

    • Removing an enemy buff (80%)

    • Note the removing an enemy buff condition can be triggered with counters/traps so Vanille's EX debuff or a counter/trap unit with Vanille's sphere removing an enemy buff will trigger the condition whenever.

    • This makes for a decent 60% on turn condition for ranged attackers with a huge leap in power with enemies that buff themselves.

Balthier FR Synergy Infographic thanks to Cross!