The Emperor

Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

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  • Odin choose 4 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 3 / 4 / 6

  • Usuals:

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

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

  • For more details and help with summons, check Summon Hub!

Sphere Recommendations

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  • A Sphere - Focus on BRV DMG, ATK, & Magic ATK

  • E Spheres - Focus on ATK. Kefka, Seymour, and his own are the best options available. Yuffie is a bit short in duration and if there's no room for his SPD down when triggering his S1 trap, it will be hard to refresh.

How-To-Play Notes

  • Emperor's EX is an instant turn and charged on Quest Start so press it as his first button to get the ball rolling. Be sure to look at enemy turns, as your target will get delayed by one turn when triggering all traps.

    • If the turn order of the enemies is A B - you should target B to delay them. If you target A, the turn order will just become B A, which isn’t much different.

    • You can use the LD mainly as a big damage skill or a critical delay. The long duration means that he won't have trouble with longevity.

  • HP+++ is the most used button in Emperor’s kit. If the enemy has all of his traps applied, HP+++ is generally the way to go, and it will delay the target by a turn as well, so long as Dreary Cell’s trap is triggered.

  • Beckoning Blast is best for single target BRV shave, and to apply a 1T trap.

  • Thunder Crest is best for AoE BRV shave, and to apply a 2T trap. Having at least 1 trap go off on each enemy turn is generally a good thing.

  • Dreary Cell charges in 2 skill uses, or 1 skill and 2 HP+++. Thanks to his change, even if directly in front of an enemy turn you can use EX and HP+++ and get a little more breathing room.

  • Note: Absolute Dominion's trap will not trigger from his BRV/HP+++

    • BT rotation is generally, EX (if enemies lack the traps, otherwise use before LD), 3 HP+++ and LD.

    • With Enna Kros LDCA, start with EX and pray for more EXs

Team Synergy Notes

  • Allies that have no debuffs are especially great with Emperor.

  • Almost all kinds of supports work well with him. BRV Retain is the only support that isn't a flat increase (it's still good for him), but otherwise BRV DMG, BRV DMG Limit, BRV Steal, BRV Gains, BRV gain per crit hit, mBRV Floor, BRV gains after HP attack all help him do damage.