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.
  • Leviathan choose 3 / 5 / 6 (4 is slightly less relevant than 5...)

  • Odin choose 4 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 3 / 4 / 6

  • Usuals:

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

    • 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: BRV DMG or ATK are best stats, Magic Attack is ok. She hits weakness so that's a comfy conditional along she can handle others may struggle to hit.

  • C Sphere: Stay away from spheres that trigger from healing unless you bring a healing ally as Rydia herself doesn't heal. Alphinaud is the easiest slotted with best effect, but you can add Ceodore sphere to give her slight healing utility.

How-to-Play Notes

These notes are thanks to the work of Renki#4255, who proactively wrote these notes, allowing Cel to edit & add them here.
  • With Rydia’s new LD, she gains the ability to inflict Water Weak on any enemy (that can be imperiled), even those that absorb water, ensuring the party is always capable of dealing weakness damage. Otherwise, Rydia wants to upkeep her buffs and use her skills.

  • Flare (IV) (S1) is Rydia’s Single Target attack.

  • Summon Leviathan (S2) has a high turn rate and grants the party a generic stat boost and Water Enchant while inflicting Water Resist Down on all targets. This is her preferred attack in 2+ target fights.

  • Summon Dragon (EX) is Rydia’s normal charging EX, typically taking 3 skill uses to charge. Summon Dragon ignores defense and grants Rydia her Subjugating Strength buff granting Rydia some stat boosts, allowing her to retain some BRV after HP attacking, and boosting her water damage.

  • Radiant Breath (LD) ignores defense and grants a free skill use next turn. This also grants the new Mother’s Dragon buff to Rydia and 3 stacks of Blink on the party. Mother’s Dragon boosts the party’s damage while Blink III grants a 100% evasion buff to the party which decreases in stack count each time an attack is dodged and is dismissed when the stacks reach 0. Radiant Breath also inflicts Water Weak to the targets, forcing the target to take weakness damage from water attacks no matter what!

  • Once Water Weak is applied, Water Resist Down will refresh Water Weak instead of applying Water Resist Down.

  • Contrast Burst (FR) summons a super cute (but not green-haired) Terra and wants

    • Party members evading an attack (+50% once per enemy attack)

    • Party member selects a water skill (+20%, +50% if Rydia does it)

Team Synergy Notes:

  • Rydia has some really interesting tools with forced Water Weak and party Evasion.

  • Her FR doubles down on these points as she works amazingly well with evasion/counter units such as Galuf, Eight or Edge to name a few.

  • Rydia herself can enable the evasion to assist trap units like Firion, Maria, Ace, Sice, etc.

  • DO NOT pair her with units that want to get hit to counter like Beatrix, Auron, Gladio, etc.

Rydia FR Synergy Infographic thanks to Cross!