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Summon Board Passive selections:
Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7
Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6
Ifrit, Shiva, Ramuh, Brothers 4 / 5 / 7
Leviathan, Pandemonium, Diabolos, Alexander 4 / 5 / 6
Diabolos "usual" was recently updated from 7 to 5, as Lufenia has changed how players cope with HP damage, and has generally no impact on a fight. The mBRV in 5 isn't too impactful, but may accommodate <100 BRV if it's triggered. This is a minuscule improvement at best, so don't feel compelled to switch previous choices!
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7★ HG Armor: Tactics
Self Held BRV +15% (114998) & Enemies iBRV, mBRV, ATK -10%, DEF -20%
8★ HG Armor+: BRV Limit++
Self BRV DMG Limit +30%, HP DMG Limit +10%
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
Team Synergy Notes
Sphere RecommendationsNOTE: The sphere letters below are hyperlinked to our Sphere Hub which lists all available spheres sorted by effect!
A spheres: 100% focus on ATK, Melee ATK, or BRV DMG. Nothing else matters. If you get an ATK/mBRV combination, that’s a convenient bonus since he holds onto a good amount of BRV due to his BRV gain absorb, constant BRV refund, & sap debuff.
E sphere: Here’s where things get interesting. You have 2 choices, give Kadaj an ATK sphere since he’s a damage dealer, which is the best choice, OR exploit his Stigma debuff and get some marginal utility out of an otherwise garbage sphere.
Ultimecia’s sphere (or RF) is the best garbage sphere for him. He can reliably trigger it to inflict 6T of 30% (12% for RF) DEF down on an enemy. Now usually, 30% on a generic debuff is a waste of a debuff slot, but...
Because of Kadaj’s Stigma debuff, this 30% DEF down will be framed and gold, so it cannot be removed. Because it is technically still considered a generic debuff, you can use another ally or call to inflict a better DEF down debuff, and their better DEF down debuff will replace Kadaj’s and be gold framed and irremovable!
Faris call works well with this setup, but note that you want to get your other important debuffs like Jack, Seven, Trey, Hope, etc BEFORE using Faris call. Faris call + Kadaj = 7 debuffs, so expect to have no room left after you use her call!
If you still want to use a garbage sphere, and no Ultimecia sphere is in hand, Fran for mBRV is the next best, and you can use Kadaj on the same team as Serah for a 60% framed mBRV down.
Removable PassivesNOTE: 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++ Up (you will never need to use either of these, and even if you do, you won’t need this passive’s effects anyway)
Buff Speed Up (10% SPD) - marginal effect with no other stats associated, but note that it may be hard to upkeep his debuffs if you slow him down!