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, 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 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, 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 Kurasame, Raijin, Seymour, 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 debuffing sphere, and no Ultimecia sphere is in hand, Laguna/Fran for mBRV is the next best, and you can use Kadaj on the same team as Serah for a 60% framed mBRV down.

How-To-Play Notes

  • Kadaj gets a free skill use at quest start so pop that AA and follow up with EX to get him going! Be mindful with his Fixation debuff whoever wasn't targeted by Kadaj's last attack will have their stacks reset to 1.

  • Divinity is packed with value as it has 100% gravity (reducing enemy BRV to 0) while also dispelling 2 buffs from enemies, getting a free ability use, and dropping his Stigma debuff to gold frame his debuffs.

    • Divinity recharges in 2 skills. With the free skill after, this gives him incredible longevity to spam skills, which is why you can use his AA, Set Fixation Slash, occasionally to switch targets and the ATK boost.

  • Volley is his AoE shaving skill, and importantly refreshes his Fixation debuff on both targets. Even though Fixation can only reach 5 stacks on one enemy at a time, the 1st stack is very useful for absorbing 50% of enemy BRV gains.

  • Mayhem only attacks one target, but has splash. Just be careful with this skill since it only refreshes his debuff on one target, so you may lose the debuff on the other target and lose the BRV gain absorb effect on that enemy.

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++ 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!