Macula Marius/Strategy

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Macula Marius

  • Role: Attacker, Debuffer
  • Excels at crowd control
  • Carries useful debuffs: all-foe 25% ATK DownATK is lowered
    Strength: 25%
    , GravitySpecial attack max charge turn is extended
    , and GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
    , plus single-target DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
  • C.A. heals party, and auto-activates her AoE skill for 1.5 turns
  • Synergizes with Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    -based teams and supplies her own stacks for players without Crest synergy
  • At 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    , nuke skill is double-cast, inflicting DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    twice
  • Better in long/difficult content
Site RatingThe character's overall rating out of 10. GrindingThe character's general efficiency in repeatedly clearing menial content with an emphasis on real-time speed.
GW Max Grade: SS
KG Max Grade: SS
Full AutoThe character's general performance in Full Auto parties.
GW Max Grade: SS
KG Max Grade: SS
High DifficultyThe character's capability relative to the game's most difficult content.
GW Max Grade: SS
KG Max Grade: SS
Last Update
GameWith 9.2 B A A 2020-09-23
Kamigame 8.5 C B B 2023-11-01

Overview

Macula Marius is a crowd controller—someone who inhibits enemies' actions and thins down their numbers. She inflicts ATK DownATK is lowered
, GravitySpecial attack max charge turn is extended
, and GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
on all foes, and her AoE damage skill is auto-activated when an enemy is afflicted by CrystallizeMacula Marius's skill Froststar Gale activates at end of turn
Duration: 1.5
from her charge attack. Once she has 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
, which she provides for herself through her AoE skill, she can double-cast her DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
skill, buying some time to prepare for a dangerous special attack.

At the same time, Marius' personal damage is only average without additional support, and her boost to Water allies' skill damage/cap takes effect even as a sub ally. As a result, as a front-line party member, she is better-suited for long and/or difficult content where her crowd control becomes useful.

Strengths

  • Good in battles against multiple enemies or when the enemy's special attack should be avoided as much as possible.
  • Deals lots of skill damage via  Froststar Gale300% Water damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~320,000).
    (Boost to damage specs based on number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .)
    Gain Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    Duration: Indefinite
    and Charge Bar +10%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 10%
    Strength: 10%
    .
    's auto-activations and  Hail Storm500% Water damage to a foe (Damage cap: ~630,000).
    Inflict DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    Base Accuracy: 100%
    .
    (When Macula has 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    :
    Activates twice.)
    's double-casts.
  • Self-reliant for Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    stacks.
  •  Jotunheim450%Massive Water damage to a foe.
    Inflict CrystallizeMacula Marius's skill Froststar Gale activates at end of turn
    Base Accuracy: Guaranteed to land if the foe does not have 100% debuff resistance (10,000% base accuracy)Duration: 1.5 turnsApplied during the attack phase.
    On the next turn, it'll have 1 turn remaining.
    .
    Restore 20% of all allies' HP (Healing cap: 1200).
    provides a party-wide heal and inflicts CrystallizeMacula Marius's skill Froststar Gale activates at end of turn
    Duration: 1.5
    , which auto-activates  Froststar Gale300% Water damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~320,000).
    (Boost to damage specs based on number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .)
    Gain Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    Duration: Indefinite
    and Charge Bar +10%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 10%
    Strength: 10%
    .
    at the end of the turn and the turn after.
  • Self-supportive for charge bar gain thanks to Froststar Gale's Charge Bar +10%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 10%
    Strength: 10%
    per cast.
  • Can inflict DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    twice through  Hail Storm500% Water damage to a foe (Damage cap: ~630,000).
    Inflict DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    Base Accuracy: 100%
    .
    (When Macula has 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    :
    Activates twice.)
    's double-casts.
  •  Extended Mastery Support SkillFire DMG reduction to all allies. lowers Fire damage taken by all allies, increasing survivability in longer battles.
  •  Frigid MaidenBoost to Water allies' skill specs based on their number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .
    (Takes effect even when Macula Marius is a sub ally.)
    works as a sub ally, making her useful in Crest parties without taking up a main ally slot.

Weaknesses

  • Average damage output and ramp-up time for Deluge Crest stacks makes her less ideal for short content.
  • 7-turn cooldown on  Hail Storm500% Water damage to a foe (Damage cap: ~630,000).
    Inflict DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    Base Accuracy: 100%
    .
    (When Macula has 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    :
    Activates twice.)
    is relatively long and makes double DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    near-necessary.
  • Relies on a Crest-based team to maximize her potential.
  • Does not supply party-wide Deluge Crests for  Frigid MaidenBoost to Water allies' skill specs based on their number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .
    (Takes effect even when Macula Marius is a sub ally.)
    .

How to Play

  •  Froststar Gale300% Water damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~320,000).
    (Boost to damage specs based on number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .)
    Gain Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    Duration: Indefinite
    and Charge Bar +10%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 10%
    Strength: 10%
    .
    is the cornerstone of Marius' kit. On its own, it's extremely straightforward; the only time you wouldn't use it is when you would waste its Charge Bar +10%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 10%
    Strength: 10%
    effect. (Even then, the skill's auto-activations make the "loss" negligible for most players.)
    • CrystallizeMacula Marius's skill Froststar Gale activates at end of turn
      Duration: 1.5
      , inflicted by her charge attack, auto-activates Froststar Gale if an enemy is afflicted by it at the start of the attack phase. This creates a feedback loop where her charge attack helps her use her charge attack faster, which may be helpful for players with fewer sources of multiattack (charge bar generation).
    • Even if the enemy afflicted by Crystallize is defeated before it expires, Froststar Gale will still activate.
    • Each Deluge Crest stack increases Froststar Gale's damage as well thanks to  Frigid MaidenBoost to Water allies' skill specs based on their number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
      .
      (Takes effect even when Macula Marius is a sub ally.)
      , helping her deal more damage over time.
  • Ideally, Marius can reach 5 Crest stacks before using  Hail Storm500% Water damage to a foe (Damage cap: ~630,000).
    Inflict DelayReduce a foe's filled charge diamonds by 1
    Base Accuracy: 100%
    .
    (When Macula has 5 Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    :
    Activates twice.)
    . In reality, without a dedicated Crest party, most enemies won't wait around that long. You may need to judge whether you want to use the single Delay now and wait for the 7-turn cooldown, or if you want to take the hit now and get to 5 Crest stacks before using it.
  •  Glacial TundraInflict 25% ATK DownATK is lowered
    Strength: 25%Base Accuracy: 100%Duration: 180 secondsStacking: Single
    and GravitySpecial attack max charge turn is extended
    Base Accuracy: 100%Duration: 180 seconds
    on all foes.
    Raise foes' GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
    Base Accuracy: Guaranteed to land if the foe does not have 100% debuff resistance (10,000% base accuracy)Duration: 180 seconds
    lvl by 1 (Max: 10).
    inflicts three useful debuffs on all foes. GravitySpecial attack max charge turn is extended
    in particular, together with double Delay, effectively buys 3 extra turns before the enemy reuses their Charge Attack.

Because Marius can easily generate charge bar, she is better placed in earlier party slots so she can give party members after her a 10% charge boost every time she uses her charge attack.

In Crest parties, she makes a fine sub ally if other characters have better synergy as main allies.

Synergy

  • Marius' self-sufficient nature means she really only wants multiattack buffs and damage/debuff mitigation, making her easy to slot into teams.
  • Because Marius provides a lot of skill-based damage, which is the easiest damage source to reach cap, Skill DMG Cap-boosting weapons work well with her.
  • Alternate sources of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    are needed to use her optimally.

Main Character

  • Monk: A Staff-wielding class built around auto-activated skill damage, Monk synergizes extremely well with Marius.
    •  Unyielding Form300% elemental damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~630,000).
      Gain Full Hostility100% chance to be targeted by one-ally attacks
      Duration: 2 turnsFull hostility has the same properties as Substitute, but has lower targeting priority than Substitute
      , 100% DEF UpDEF is boosted
      Strength: 100%Duration: 2 turns
      , and 100% Debuff Res. UpDebuff resistance is boosted
      Strength: 100%Duration: 2 turns
      .
      allows MC to serve as a pseudo-tank: Hostility UpMore likely to be attacked
      Duration: 2 turns
      guarantees that enemies will target MC, and 100% DEF UpDEF is boosted
      Strength: 100%Duration: 2 turns
      lowers damage taken. With Marius' passive Fire DMG Reduction and her healing abilities, the two can sustain the party through longer battles.
    • The Dark Opus Staff's charge attack grants party-wide Deluge Crest as its base effect and gains additional effects based on the pendulums used. (See the Weapons section below for details.)

Characters

  • Lily (5★): The two work well in long battles with their healing, damage mitigation, and Crest synergy. Both have Fire DMG Reduction EMP skills, which stack for a passive 9.75% reduction to incoming Fire damage (when both are at 3★).
    • Marius' Primal race works with most other Water Staff characters for Lily's  Envoy of the CrystaliaBoost to Lily's ATKUnique modifier based on number of main allies' racesCalled "Types" in-game. and  Frozen Gale150%-200% Water damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~420,000).
      Raise foes' GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
      Base Accuracy: Guaranteed to land if the foe does not have 100% debuff resistance (10,000% base accuracy)Duration: 180 seconds
      lvl by 1 (Max: 10).
      At level 75:
      Damage increased to 250%-350%.
      At level 100:
      Damage increased to 400%.
      Damage cap increased to ~500,000.
      Also inflict 10% ATK Down (Stackable / Max: 40%)ATK is lowered (Stackable)
      Strength: 10% (Max: 40%)Base Accuracy: 95%Duration: 180 seconds
      and 10% DEF Down (Stackable / Max: 40%)DEF is lowered (Stackable)
      Strength: 10% (Max: 40%)Base Accuracy: 95%Duration: 180 seconds
      .
      (When exactly 2 races among main allies: Damage cap increased to ~600,000.
      When 3 or more races among main allies: Activates twice.)
      (at Level 100), and GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
      boosts Lily's C.A. specs while Frozen Gale is on cooldown.
    • Lily's  Silverfrost BarrierAll allies gain 70% Fire CutFire DMG is cut 70%
      Duration: 1 turn
      Lvl 55: 2 turnsFire Damage Cut.
      .
      At level 90:
      All allies also gain Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
      Duration: Indefinite
      .
      Caster also gains Spring Breeze (3 times)White Heal activates when a foe uses a special attack (Can't be removed)
      Duration: Indefinite
      .
      reduces incoming damage and grants Deluge Crest to all allies. It also grants Lily Spring BreezeWhite Heal activates when a foe uses a special attack (Can't be removed)
      , which auto-activates  White HealRestore 20% of all allies' HP (Healing cap: 1500) and remove 1 debuff. after an enemy .
    • Note: In teams that rely on double-casting Frozen Gale150%-200% Water damage to all foes (Damage cap: ~420,000).
      Raise foes' GlaciateMultiattack rate is lowered based on lvl (Max: 10 / Can't be removed)
      Base Accuracy: Guaranteed to land if the foe does not have 100% debuff resistance (10,000% base accuracy)Duration: 180 seconds
      lvl by 1 (Max: 10).
      At level 75:
      Damage increased to 250%-350%.
      At level 100:
      Damage increased to 400%.
      Damage cap increased to ~500,000.
      Also inflict 10% ATK Down (Stackable / Max: 40%)ATK is lowered (Stackable)
      Strength: 10% (Max: 40%)Base Accuracy: 95%Duration: 180 seconds
      and 10% DEF Down (Stackable / Max: 40%)DEF is lowered (Stackable)
      Strength: 10% (Max: 40%)Base Accuracy: 95%Duration: 180 seconds
      .
      (When exactly 2 races among main allies: Damage cap increased to ~600,000.
      When 3 or more races among main allies: Activates twice.)
      for debuffs/damage, Marius competes for a main ally slot with Europa/Europa (Summer). In most cases, Europa will take a main ally slot while Marius stays in the back, but this may vary.

Weapons

  • Staff of Repudiation or Staff of Renunciation: Both weapons grant the party Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    on charge attack for Marius'  Frigid MaidenBoost to Water allies' skill specs based on their number of Deluge CrestWater magic is amplified (Max: 5 / Can't be removed)
    .
    (Takes effect even when Macula Marius is a sub ally.)
    , even if she's in the backline. In addition, the charge attack gains additional effects based on the pendulums used. Some common pendulum recommendations:
    • At level 120 (4★), most players use γ Revelation (boost to C.A. DMG Cap), which adds a 20% Charge Bar Gain UpCharge bar gain is boosted
      Strength: 20%Duration: 2.5 turnsApplied during the attack phase.
      On the next turn, it'll have 2 turns remaining.
      effect, increasing Froststar Gale's charge boost to 12% and helping her charge attack even faster.
    • At level 200 (5★), the Pendulum of Strength (Stamina skill) is usually picked, which adds a party-wide heal (Healing cap: 1500). A party with a Staff-wielding MC and Marius would certainly have little trouble keeping HP high!

Extended Mastery Perks

Macula Marius Stars: 15 EMP: 120
ATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
DEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Resistance
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Overdrive Attack
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Overdrive Curbed
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
ATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
DEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
HP
★☆☆★★☆★★★
250500750
Water ATK Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Charge Attack Damage
★☆☆★★☆★★★
10%15%20%
☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ★★★ ★★★
Skill Damage Cap
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Success Rate Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Success Rate Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Healing
★☆☆★★☆★★★
10%15%20%
Fire DMG reduction to all allies.
★★★ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ★★★ ★★★
Last update: 2020-04-12

Gamewith's recommended EMP build for Macula Marius.

Priorities

Because of Marius' 100% base accuracy on her debuffs, prioritizing other EMP nodes first is fine. First priorities should be Water ATK Up, Skill DMG Cap, C.A. DMG, and Healing. In higher-level content, you may wish to take her Debuff Success nodes as well.
Macula Marius Stars: 17 EMP: 153
ATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
DEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Resistance
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Overdrive Attack
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Overdrive Curbed
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
ATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
DEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
HP
★☆☆★★☆★★★
250500750
Water ATK Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Charge Attack Damage
★☆☆★★☆★★★
10%15%20%
☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ★☆☆ ★☆☆
Skill Damage Cap
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Success Rate Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Debuff Success Rate Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
Healing
★☆☆★★☆★★★
10%15%20%
Fire DMG reduction to all allies.
★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Last update: 2020-06-18

Kamigame's recommended EMP build for Macula Marius.

Priorities

Macula makes for an outstanding debuffer and support unit, with ATK Down, Gravity, Glaciate, and Delay (double Delay at 5 Deluge Crest stacks). As a result, prioritize her Debuff Success for longer battles, then take Skill DMG Cap, Healing, and her Extended Mastery Skill. Put some points into Water ATK and C.A. CMG if needed.

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