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Character Notes & Recommendations

Infographic as of April 2020, Notes below last updated April 2020

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Summon Board Passive selections:

  • Note that Exdeath does NOT want critical & BRV DMG based passives!

  • We recommend choice 1) Resist Up instead of 7 for Ifrit & Shiva and instead of 6 for Alexander

  • Odin choose 4 / 5 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6

  • For any summons not shown here, please use our Board Passives Cheat Sheet located on Summon Hub!

7 HG Armor: Tactics

  • Held BRV +10% (109998) & Enemies iBRV, mBRV, ATK -10%, DEF -20%

Call Effects:

  • CA: Almagest attack & debuff

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:

  • It’s generally best to open with LD, to inflict Exdeath’s HP poison, while also maxing his Bud of Darkness stacks. The free skill is always best used on Almagest, which applies his other HP poison, while also dealing its max damage thanks to the max Bud stacks.

  • Exdeath is fairly easy to play, Black Hole is his bread and butter ST attack, which is also used to upkeep his Bud of Darkness debuff.

  • Keep his 2 poisons applied as often as possible, just be mindful vs bosses that cleanse debuffs at various thresholds.

  • You may want to hold off sometimes on his EX if the boss has a powerful HP attack that you need to dodge. It’s also very useful if the boss has an instant turn rate, since Exdeath will reduce their BRV to 0 unless…

  • Gravity effects + Shields are wonky. Exdeath is a unique case, as his gravity effect is based on his own stat (like Penelo), versus most of the others, which are based on *current enemy BRV* (like Ultimecia, Bartz, Sephiroth EX, Sherlotta EX, etc).

    • With current BRV gravity effects, if the enemy is broken, nothing happens to the shield. If the enemy has low BRV (like 6k BRV), a current BRV gravity effect will tickle the shield. 100% gravity reduces the shield by 6k only.

    • In the case of Exdeath’s skills which reduce based on his ATK, the shield value will be lowered by that amount. This makes Exdeath a premium shield destroyer, capable of nullifying 50k-70k shields outside of synergy. Note that his LD interacts terribly with shields, as it is based on enemy current BRV.

Team Synergy Notes:

  • Remember that Exdeath never deals BRV DMG so he can't be enchanted or ever benefit from imperil

  • Some of the biggest ATK buffers in the game are Ciaran, Basch, Edward, & Kimahri - but you can opt for any of them, find more on our Infographics by Buffs page.

  • Careful with too debuffs as Exdeath occupies up to 4 of them with his 1 turn EX debuff.


  • Exdeath is the only character in the entire game which has *some* BRV gains based on ATK that *are* influenced by Magic ATK (MATK).

    1. Thanks to Kev13579's testing, MATK raises the gains of S1/S2 BRV gains. It does not raise the HP Poison damage, nor the BRV gain on LD

  • A sphere - Focus completely ATK & Magic ATK, don’t be distracted by another stat. Avoid any triggers based on breaks or vs a broken target.

  • E spheres - Same here, look for Seymour, Yuffie, or Emperor. Kefka is okay, but belongs on other characters. If none of these, use refined spheres over any other sphere.

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

  • BRV Attack+ HP Attack+ (character board, is useless)

  • BRV Attack++ HP Attack++ (character board, ONLY if spamming skills, he can go for 30 turns, ~90 turn quest)

  • DEF passives

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