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Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

Numbers listed below refer to the 7 passives to select for each Ultimate Summon Board for the character. Top is 1, bottom is 7.
  • Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6

  • Usuals:

    • Ifrit, Shiva, Ramuh, Brothers 4 / 5 / 7

(Shiva & Ramuh 4 can be replaced with 2 or 3 if you want risk taking more damage to counter more)
    • Leviathan, Pandemonium, Alexander, Diabolos 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 Sphere - Melee Attacker that wants ATK or BRV DMG Spheres

  • B Sphere - Gabranth or Celes.

How-To-Play Notes

  • Start with Stunning Slash to drop [Spiral's Lynchpin] as it gives Machina 2 more HP attacks after he attacks or after an enemy take a turn with the debuff.

  • Free skill usually goes to Awakening for free damage and to get Furious Blades+. You may choose to AA instead for the buffs as there is very little risk of running out of skills when played well due to his special HP commands.

  • With BT+ 3/3:

    • use can BT Finisher then spam Furious Blades (Burst) in Burst phase

      • Ideally go into BT phase with 3 stacks of BT effect with 7T remaining to cover the entire phase

    • You can use BT finisher before/during Force Time with full duratin of [Spiral's Lynchpin] and EX buff up if enemies have high speed/turn rate or lots of threshold attacks for Machina to take advantage of.

    • To get 3 stacks of his BT Effect quickly, set up a launch for Machina to act in or let the enemies take turns with his [Spiral's Lynchpin] up as both these will grant stacks.

  • Without BT:

    • You want to make use of his free turns and high turn rate from Furious Blades(+), Awakening and Additional Attacks. His off-turn damage from his counter and [Spiral's Lynchpin] Trap can add up and perform very well under Force Time

  • Cyclone Drive has instaBREAK which can help in a pinch if you can't shave quickly enough and lack the mitigation to deal with the oncoming damage.

  • Guardian Blades provides him his EX buff which provides him good stats and the counter from it has an HP attack.

  • You want to invest into BT+ and HA+ to make the most of his damage