Character Notes & Recommendations

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Summon Board Passive selections:

  • Ifrit choose 3 / 4 / 7

  • Shiva choose 3 / 4 / 7

  • Pandemonium choose 3 / 4 / 6

  • Alexander choose 3 / 5 / 6

  • Odin choose 4 / 6 / 7

  • Bahamut choose 3 / 4 / 6

  • Usuals:

    • Ramuh, Brothers 4 / 5 / 7

    • Leviathan, Diabolos 4 / 5 / 6

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

Additional Weapons

  • Lila Edge: ATK & mBRV +20% for TT after breaking an enemy

    • Acquire by purchasing in the Power Token Exchange

  • Manikin Weapon: Adds S1 & S2 BRV DMG +10%

    • Acquire by finishing Act 2, Chapter 5 and going to Chapter 5.8

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

  • TLDR: Press buttons and watch enemy HP bars melt, Vaan innately imperils enemies with his attacks so that he he always hits for weakness if not absorbed.

  • Open with Red Spiral if you need the ATK buff, though depending on your team comp, it may not be needed. If you're just slamming your foot on the gas, open with White Whorl!

  • Both Red Spiral and White Whorl gain additional attacks after 1 use

  • Both Red Spiral and White Whorl gain + versions after 2 uses

  • Once you have your + versions, use Earthen Eruption, and spam your + skills! Earthen Eruption is also useful for shaving AoE.

  • Red Spiral gives ATK up buff, and is preferred vs single target due to more hits & BRV gains. It also leaves Vaan with BRV, which can help avoid break, or it can lead to a massive...

  • White Whorl gives mBRV up buff, and is preferred vs AoE due to the splash. It has bigger BRV refunds, so it's great to use if your BRV pool is filled.

  • Generally never press EX button, but note that the EX+ realization is still preferred due to buff start! Honestly, Pyroclasm may be important if exceeding 84 turns in a quest, though Vaan's 28 skill uses is quite high.

  • Your AA, BRV Up Attack Advance, can be useful if you're not capped on BRV before wanting to use White Whorl!

Team Synergy Notes

  • Note that Vaan's imperil aura is only for himself!

  • Give him HP DMG cap up from other blue armors, and get his own blue armor while you're at it

  • Batteries can be very helpful to further push refunds since Vaan gets BRV back in his pool based on his HP DMG dealt

Sphere Recommendations

NOTE: The sphere letters below are hyperlinked to our Sphere Hub which lists all available spheres sorted by effect!
  • A spheres: Very straight forward - ATK / BRV DMG is best, MATK +15% is also great, can also go Noel, Cloud

  • E spheres: Avoid spheres that give more generic debuffs, Vaan needs ATK and mBRV. Kefka, Yuffie, Emperor are all great - Paine provides an aura which is pretty interesting!

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.
  • Spite (worst passive in the game)

  • BRV Attack+ BRV Attack++ Up (never used)

  • HP Attack+ HP Attack++ Up (never used)

  • Entire section of EX character board!

  • Earthen Eruption Focused Attack (can be removed in AoE fights, don't forget to add it back)