Exdeath

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Infographic (September 2021)

Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

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

  • Ifrit, Shiva, & Alexander choose 1 / 4 / 5

  • Odin choose 4 / 5 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6

  • Usuals:

    • Ramuh, Brothers 4 / 5 / 7

    • Leviathan, Pandemonium, Diabolos 4 / 5 / 6

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

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

How-To-Play 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…

  • If the enemy has a shield effect... Note that gravity + shields is wonky. The shield value will be reduced by the enemy’s current BRV. In the case of Exdeath’s skills which reduce based on his ATK, the shield value will be lowered by that amount. In all of these cases, the enemy’s BRV amount will not change because of the shield.

Team Synergy Notes

  • ATK buffers work well to boost his HP poison effects. Ciaran, Queen, and many other supports are perfect for him. Magic attack won't boost his poison damage, just his S1, S2, EX attacks, which isn't worth it vs ATK boosts.

  • Exdeaths attacks behave differently vs shields:

    • S1, S2, EX shave enemy BRV based on his ATK stat, and will reduce shield values drastically

    • EX debuff trap effect shave enemy BRV based on the enemy's current BRV amount, but shields will get in the way and prevent the enemy BRV from being set to 0

    • LD attack shaves enemy BRV to 0, and ignores shields. This is the only attack in the game (that we know of), which ignores BRV shield values on an attack .

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

Sphere Recommendations

NOTE: The sphere letters below are hyperlinked to our Sphere Hub which lists all available spheres sorted by effect!
  • Exdeath is the only character in the entire game which has BRV gains based on ATK that *are* influenced by Magic ATK

  • A sphere: Focus completely ATK, not 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 only. If none of these, use refined ATK spheres over any other sphere.

Removable Passives

NOTE: Passives should generally only be removed if you lack CP space. There are very rare occasions where a character has a bad passive that disrupts their optimal gameplay.
  • 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)