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

    • 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 Spheres: Physical Attacker that deals Weakness and wants ATK or BRV DMG Spheres. Physical ATK or Melee ATK are good too!

  • E Sphere: Boost her ATK, Phys ATK or drop a debuff/debuff aura

How-To-Play Notes

  • Raise her Dressphere stacks to 5 with any skill

  • Paine's Full Throttle is based on her positioning and allies:

    • If she's on the Left or Middle, she will grant the party BRV DMG, BRV Gains Up and Overflow boosts.

    • If she's on the Right or Middle, she will debuff the enemies with HP DMG Taken up, BRV DMG and BRV Gains down

    • If on the left or right, she full commits to one of these. If she's in the middle she gets both but only half as effective as if she were on one side or the other (For numbers, see the infographic)

    • Allies and Calls raise her Full Throttle stacks depending on their placement so party formation needs to take this information into account

    • Stacks will go up after 2 buffs/debuffs are applied. Paine keeps track so if an ally grants 3 buffs, she will only raise 1 stack, but once another ally grants a buff, the 2nd stack will raise (up until max limit)

    • Paine herself cannot raise her stacks!

  • The rest of her kit is much more straight forward, maintain her debuff on enemies and upkeep her buffs.

  • Currently has access to highest (non BT) BRV Gains Up aura when at max stacks in the left party slot.

  • Also has highest standalone HP DMG Taken Up at max stacks in the right party slot without a BT.

  • She is very good at either enabling your party and crippling enemies making her very flexible

  • The Wild Throttle skill is also a clutch cleansing/dispeling tool as she removes party debuffs and enemy buffs should you need them

Featured Videos

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