Setzer

Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

  • Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 3 / 4 / 6

  • Usuals:

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

    • Leviathan, Pandemonium, Diabolos, Alexander 4 / 5 / 6

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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

  • Setzer starts with his LD buff only active on himself, and unless boss stats are already boosted it’s best to wait to use his LD until his buff is falling off, or until enemies hit the 79% HP threshold when they buff their stats, whichever is first

  • Dive-Bomb is Setzer’s new claim for greatness, as it applies a framed party buff which allows allies to deal a BRV hit that appears in rainbow colors which is capped. While you certainly can use this early in the fight, it’s best used to counter enemies buffing their stats.

  • This buff bypasses every form of boss stat, DEF, BRV DMG reduction, BRV DMG nullification. The rainbow cap triggers per hit, and there’s a percent chance of that happening. If the rainbow cap triggers, they will deal their maximum possible BRV amount in that hit. The percent chances are based on the number of turns remaining on that ally’s buff:

    • 7+ turns: 70% chance

    • 4-6 turns: 50%

    • 3 turns: 40%

    • 2 turns: 30%

    • 1 turn: 20%

  • Generally open with Red Card, or situationally, Freeze Joker (more below). Red Card has multiple HP attacks, and is technically best when his BRV pool is high since it refunds based on HP damage dealt in between. It delays a target by a turn and has a slightly higher turn rate than a normal attack. This skill is also recharged per LD use, so it’s best to have used one before using the LD, if you are concerned about longevity.

  • Freeze Joker is 100% used only for utility situations, and make sure you have your LD buff active when you use it, as it will allow his Freeze debuff to be applied for 3 turns. Freeze is a powerful debuff that keeps enemy’s from gaining or stealing any BRV, so it will protect you from all forms of HP attacks while they have the debuff. Just be careful - it’s a generic debuff and may be easy for a boss to cleanse or to accidentally push off.

    • Note that enemies can still break you, they just can’t add BRV to their pool in any way

  • Prismatic Flash recharges in just 1 skill use, so Setzer can spam skills for 37 of his turns, which is plenty. You can lean on his freeze/delay utility when you need to without worrying.

Team Synergy Notes

  • His Fixed Dice buff goes down in BT windows, so consider timing it well, and using your attacker's AA before Setzer uses his LD

  • Trap characters and counter characters absolutely shine with Setzer because they have more chances to deal BRV hits, and therefore cap their BRV hits. The more hits in a kit, the better they are with Setzer. Is it a requirement for Setzer to run with these allies? Certainly not.

  • Blue armor is ideal for him to boost the party’s BRV cap, allowing the rainbow BRV hits to be even higher. This stacks, so the more BRV caps being boosted from blue armor or BT effects, the better! Just make sure your HP cap can hold all this extra BRV you’re getting!

  • Characters like Terra, Tidus, and other consecutive turn characters are likely to burn through his LD buff quickly.

Sphere Recommendations

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  • A sphere: whatever you want here. ATK/BRV DMG if you want to deal more damage when you aren’t hitting for rainbow damage. mBRV probably is the most relevant stat to boost, but even that is so trivial.

  • E spheres: Faris & Fujin are absolutely best. He only debuffs from Freeze Joker, which a rarely used utility skill, so the only way you could reliably trigger a debuffing sphere is to add his own sphere or a debuff inflicting sphere to one E slot, which is actively *terrible* because you may push off his Freeze debuff situationally. Seymour would give him a 9% ATK boost by the end of the fight, but even Ink, as a die hard FF6 fan wouldn't waste this sphere on Setzer since he's generally hitting rainbows anyway. Faris/Fujin or leave em empty.

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 (never used)

  • Low HP Attack Up (this is a joke right?)

  • Break Speed Up (SPD +10% for a turn after breaking isn’t very impactful)

  • Dive-Bomb Focused Attack (irrelevant vs AoE enemies)