|Class line||Lancer ⇢ Dragoon ⇢ Valkyrie ⇢ Apsaras|
|Description||Dance and flow along the currents of the winds as you glide your way to victory.|
|Level BonusesLevel bonuses are earned with levels 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20.||
|Completion Bonuses||Inhibit Overdrive +1% and Double attack rate +1%|
|Release date||2017-01-25||Other sites|
|Swim Like a Bird, Fly Like a Fish||Spear: Boost to double attack rate.
Axe: AmplifySeraphic modifier normal attack damage by 10%. This effect does not stack with Free-Flowing Style.
|Crisis Blow||Boost to's damage.|
|Free-Flowing Style||Unlocks at Master Level 20:
Gain effects in order based on number of axes and spears equipped:
|Base Multiattack Rates|
|Base DA RateIncluding Support Skills/Level Bonuses||20%||Base TA RateIncluding Support Skills/Level Bonuses||15%|
|Recommended Extended Mastery Perks|
|Attack, DA Up, Debuff Success|
Extended Mastery Skills:
|Master Level BonusesRequirements to unlock Master Levels|
|Total Master Level Bonuses|
| ATK +2800
Skill DMG +20%
Skill DMG Cap +10%
|New Support Skill: Free-Flowing Style
Skill Upgrade: Thunder on the Water
Alternate color class outfits
|Icon||Skill Name||Effect||C/DCooldown in Turns||DurDuration in Turns or Seconds||SubSubskill usable on other classes||LVLClass level required||Notes|
|Thunder on the Water||3-hit, 100% elemental damage to a foe (Damage cap: ~200,000 per hit).
Inflict to a foe in Break.
(Boost to specs based on number of axes and spears equipped.)
At level 30:
Additional boost to specs based on number of axes and spears equipped.
Extended Mastery Skills
|Icon||Skill Name||Effect||C/DCooldown||DurDuration||EMPCost in EMP||Notes|
|Swan Song||All parties gain
Spear: All parties gain .
Axe: All allies gain and .
|Dance of Zeal||Gain
All other allies gain and .
debuff can be removed with or other debuff removal skills.|
Veil does not circumvent self-inflicted debuffs.
|Springwater Robe||Gainand .||6T||3T||10|
|Crestfallen Flower||Gain 
Spear: All allies gain .
Axe: All allies gain .
|Lightning Strike||Spear-specialty allies gain
Axe-specialty allies gain .
|6T||1T / 3T||50|
Thunder on the Water
- Boost to specs and gain additional effects based on number of axes and spears equipped:
|Axes and Spears||Effect||Notes|
|4||Mastery Level 30 only|
|5||Mastery Level 30 only|
Apsaras is a support class which boasts the one of the highest innate multiattack rates, right after Drum Master and Luchador and rivaled only by Runeslayer. Like the previous classes in its line, Apsaras has bonus effects in its skills that activate depending on whether an Axe or Spear is equipped as the main weapon. Equipping activates both Spear and Axe effects at once, including the class support skill, bringing them to their full potential. The EM skill is an alternative to Helmwige, but only affects the next applicable skill.
Compared to the other high-level Spear-proficient classes (Spartan, Cavalier and Sage), Apsaras is the most offense-oriented, Spartan provides the best defense against single-turn damage, Sage provides the best healing, and Cavalier (with a Spear) provides the strongest tanking and countering abilities against enemy normal attacks.
In the Axe-specialty department, Apsaras' competition are Berserker and Lumberjack. While Apsaras carries a wider range of party-wide buffs, Berserker generally has better damage potential and its Sword proficiency is easier to build an Ultima or Hollowsky weapon team around. Lumberjack competes with Apsaras more directly as a support class, and while it needs more ramp-up time, its abilities are much better for solo play or long battles than Apsaras is.
An Apsaras functions best in a party entirely made of spear and axe users, with a weapon grid made mostly of axes and spears, especially at max Master Level. The more axes and spears are equipped, the better Free-Flowing Style andwill be, and a party of axe/spear users will be eligible for the very strong buffs from . , , , , , and will be all strong grid picks for applicable teams.
As a result of the rework to emphasise the class to synergize more with spear and axe characters and grids, it is a bit more difficult to use for newer players compared to its peers or even its previous form, Valkyrie. no longer innately boosts charge bar when used with an Axe mainhand, but instead the effect is granted by having one more axe or spear equipped to the grid. On the upside, at that point the skill always provides the full effects without requiring or Helmwige, which now no longer have any effect on this skill.
- : A strong damaging and self buffing skill that gets significantly better the more axes and spears are in grid. If you have at least two axes or spears in grid, be sure to use first for the extra charge bar gain (assuming you have that skill equipped).
: A useful support skill that affects all parties' charge bar gain. However, its low strength and lengthy cooldown makes it less desirable compared to skills with shorter cooldowns or character skills with stronger effects.
- Spear: A relatively reliable Crit buff is always welcome, but doesn't have any explicit synergy with other skills.
- Axe: Minor party healing and some party utility via and . Note that unlike the Spear effect this only affects your team.
is the most situational Extended Mastery Skill that depends heavily on the fight, your main weapon, and team.
- Its buff is strong, but only effects party members besides the MC. If you need a party-wide ATK up, may provide a lower effect, but it also has a lower cooldown, affects the MC as well as all other raid participants, and does not self-inflict DEF Down.
- Helmwige (Humanity) or True Conviction Flashspear's. However, Devotion's poor uptime (3 turns vs. its 8-turn cooldown) means you need other character abilities to fill in the gaps, and it cannot redirect damage from all-ally attacks. Combos well with for up to double damage with enough time to build up. shines when the MC must not be hit in order to maintain a buff or trigger an effect, such as -style buffs or certain weapon skills such as
- Consider bringing or a character with debuff clearing abilities if you expect to take heavy damage.
- Helmwige, both modifiers are multiplied with each other, and the party's damage output becomes more well-rounded regardless of health. The skill is more useful against enemies that debuff your party upon using special attacks, as the party gains a 50% chance of avoiding the debuff. provides useful damage buffs but is hampered by its low values. Certain elements typically favor one buff or the other, making the skill pickier about your main weapon than Apsaras' other options. However, when used with or
- is useful as long as you don't have in that element—which means it's useful in most situations, provided at least one of the 3 skills that benefit are also selected ( , or ). is a slightly situational, but potentially very useful, bonus that works well with for negating single-target charge attacks or triggers.
- Ultima/Hollowsky weapons.
provides a burst of extra power for the whole team, provided your characters have Spear and/or Axe specialties. The skill can be used with a mixed Spear/Axe team, but shines as a way to provide power to single-weapon teams using
- The Spear effect lends itself to use in teams built around a burst turn, especially those with access to skill resets from summons like Qilin and Aphrodite. Spear teams using Lightning Strike should bring sources of Bonus Damage and Supplemental Damage for maximum effectiveness. ( , for example, shines for its passive Supplemental Damage when characters are above 80% HP.)
- The Axe effect provides a strong damage increase on a 50% uptime, but characters with Axe-specialty are relatively rare and few elements can build an all-Axe lineup.
- Unlike Apsaras' other skills, this skill doesn't require Helmwige or Springwater Robe; as long as the character has both weapon specialties, they will get both effects. That said, besides the MC who automatically qualifies, few characters are applicable for both effects.
Notable Main Weapons
Apsaras can work with most spears and axes, however your choice of main weapon will affect what skills you can use (unless taking). Consider what flavor of Apsaras skills you wish to use on top of the weapon charge attack and skills.
If using, a main weapon that provides , or on charge attack will be very helpful. If using , a main weapon that clears the Def Down debuff for the team on charge attack may be useful.
- Class Champion Weapon
- Allows both Spear and Axe effects of Apsaras skills to activate at once, without the need for , thus saving a skill slot for something else. Also grants both passive buffs from the first support skill, though the Master Level 20 buff can effectively override this benefit with the right grid.
- Devilry: Also grants to other allies upon using Dance of Zeal. Only worth considering if you are committed to always using Dance of Zeal (and probably ).
- Divinity: Also grants Damage Cap. upon using Swan Song. Because it does not grant a boost to C.A. DMG Cap, much of the increased damage will be lost due to hitting the
- Humanity: Boosts the Main Character's multiattack rate every turn (Ends upon taking damage). Requires the use of 's , characters with high Hostility, or characters with to be effective. This emblem won't be of use against enemies with all-ally attacks.
- - Its second weapon skill stacks to boost multiattack rate when the MC is not hit - similar to the Humanity emblem on Helmwige. The same upsides and downsides apply, including the near-necessity of use of .
- - Once Master Level 20 is reached and a single extra axe or spear is present in the grid, this will be guaranteed to stack ATK and DEF every turn for the MC.
- - The on every charge attack can make a strategy built around much more reliable.
- Reddit Class Discussion (2019-07-23)
- Reddit Class Discussion (2020-04-23) (post-March 2020 EMP Update)
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- Hecate_mk2, Lightning Strike https://twitter.com/Hecate_mk2/status/1237345334008754181?s=20