Kadaj

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Infographic (June 2021)

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

      • 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%

8HG 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

How-To-Play Notes

  • Kadaj opens up with his LD to get his special effect active. You’ll generally use this again when the effect is about to end. This maxes his Fixation stacks, so you will generally focus on this enemy moving forward.

  • Set Fixation Slash is his AA and is best used to open a new wave or to switch targets. You can choose to use this for free from:

  • 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 gold debuff.

    • Divinity recharges in 2 skills & 1 HP+ (confirmed a bug in both GL & JP as it should be 2 skills recharge flat, expected to be fixed in both versions at the same time) with his first speed passive removed. 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 or for the ATK boost. In general though, you will want to use the free skill on:

  • 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. It’s really only useful when Kadaj has a lot of BRV because he has 2 BRV dumps. He actually has high BRV quite often thanks to absorbing BRV gains, sap, and his Mother’s Casket effect giving him BRV refund based on HP damage dealt. 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.

Team Synergy Notes

  • See the sphere recommendations for considerations on some more interesting allies.

  • Typical team comp with Kadaj is him covering Utility, while the other 2 cover damage dealing & support. As with typical utility characters, he’s usually the best character to swap out.

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, 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 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!