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Ratings

Nicholas Icon Gamewith.png 9.1This character's rating from GameWith out of 10 Icon Kamigame.png 8.5This character's rating from Kamigame out of 10. This rating is intended for advanced players. 🔰 5This character's beginner rating from Kamigame out of 5. This rating is intended for beginners and is a separate evaluation from the advanced player rating. Label Type Defense.png Label Race Human.png Label Weapon Katana.png
Npc m 3040156000 01.jpg
  • Role: Attacker/Defender
  • Status Dmg Cut 60.png60% DMG CutTaking 60% less DMG
    Duration: 1 turn Damage Cut reducing damage taken for all elements.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    and the substitute effect from Status Counter Strike.pngCounter StrikeFocused on foe's attacks and ready for a counter (Cannot deal attacks / Can't be removed)
    are rare defensive abilities in Dark.
  • Status Counter Strike.pngCounter StrikeFocused on foe's attacks and ready for a counter (Cannot deal attacks / Can't be removed)
    can nullify enemy one-ally attacks, including one-ally hits from charge attacks.
  • Increased hostility can draw attacks away from allies, and Status AttackDownStack.pngATK Down (Stackable)ATK is lowered (Stackable)
    , high DEF, and self-healing help with survivability.
  • Difficult to fit in a party for fights that don't require defensive support.

Overview

Overall a very straightforward tank character.

Strengths

  • Ability Giga Shield.png Giga ShieldAll allies gain Status Dmg Cut 60.png60% DMG CutTaking 60% less DMG
    Duration: 1 turn Damage Cut reducing damage taken for all elements.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    .
    has sufficient mitigation potential on off turns without Phalanx or as a general-use mitigation tool.
  • Ability Willow Counter.png Willow CounterGain Status Counter Strike.pngCounter StrikeFocused on foe's attacks and ready for a counter (Cannot deal attacks / Can't be removed)
    Duration: 1 turn
    and Status Uplift.pngCharge Bar +20%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 20%
    Strength: 20%
    (Dodge all foes' attacks and debuffs / Substitute effect / Can't attack on that turn).
    (Blast a wicked counter smash upon dodging!)
    helps negate target-based charge attacks, and acts similar to Seox's Thunderflash and Six-Ruin's Enlightenment while being available at Turn 1 but with a 6 turn cooldown. Very useful in situations where you can exploit a boss's charge attack timings using Status Gravity.pngDelayReduce a foe's charge diamonds by 1
    to use this skill consistently in it's required situations.

Weaknesses

  • Low multi attack and damage cap potential, in an element where there are a lot of characters that easily hit cap as well as have some form of innate multi attack buff, he suffers from being less reliable in dishing out consistent damage. Early on he will merely be utilized as a defensive option but his value will diminish over time.
  • Low innate healing and a lack of Garrison-like (Defense increases as HP is lowered) skills means he suffers from becoming potentially squishy, especially when he has to compete for a slot against some of Dark's best attackers or supports at the moment who all have either dodge (Npc s 3040035000 01.jpg Seox, Npc s 3040252000 01.jpg Vikala, Npc s 3040228000 01.jpg Anthuria (Yukata)) or strong innate garrison while being able to draw attacks (Npc s 3040029000 01.jpg Vaseraga). In most situations, players will forego using him due to how consistent dodge abilities have become and the need to push for higher damage.

How to Play

  • His main utility lies in Ability Giga Shield.png Giga ShieldAll allies gain Status Dmg Cut 60.png60% DMG CutTaking 60% less DMG
    Duration: 1 turn Damage Cut reducing damage taken for all elements.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    .
    , a 60% cut skill, as well as Ability Willow Counter.png Willow CounterGain Status Counter Strike.pngCounter StrikeFocused on foe's attacks and ready for a counter (Cannot deal attacks / Can't be removed)
    Duration: 1 turn
    and Status Uplift.pngCharge Bar +20%Instantly boosts Charge Bar by 20%
    Strength: 20%
    (Dodge all foes' attacks and debuffs / Substitute effect / Can't attack on that turn).
    (Blast a wicked counter smash upon dodging!)
    , a unique buff that provides him substitute and dodge. Because of this he is useful in several team compositions, and in early game a lot of players will greatly benefit from his mitigation against boss charge attacks. For HL raids he can offer mitigation in pinch situations (e.g. tanking Phosphorus from Lucilius (Hard) or Ultimate Bahamut (Impossible)'s Deadly Flare).
  • Keep in mind, his 60% cut does NOT stack with Phalanx, and his utility is more ascertained if you were to combine his skill with a Light Carbuncle for Light raids or on off turns where you do not need 100% cut but require mitigation. Otherwise it is still safer to run a defensive Main Character Class alongside him such as the Spartan line of Phalanx classes or Tormentor in more difficult raids if you cannot ascertain that you will be able to survive most Charge Attacks.
  • Ability Bio Blade.png Bio Blade4-hit Dark damage to random foes (Damage cap: ~540,000).
    Inflict Status AttackDownStack.png5% ATK Down (Stackable / Max: 25%)ATK is lowered (Stackable)
    Strength: 5% (Max: 25%)Duration: 180 seconds
    on all foes.
    At level 55:
    Effect enhanced.
    provides some utility in a form of a stackable attack down as a skill nuke but is mildly inefficient in later raids due to having to wait for his charge attack to activate for it to hit twice, however this debuff can help as a small tool in survivability.

Synergy

Extended Mastery Perks

Nicholas Stars: 10 EMP: 55
ZenithAtk.pngATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
ZenithDef.pngDEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
ZenithDef.pngDEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
ZenithHP.pngHP
★☆☆★★☆★★★
250500750
ZenithLightDmgDown.pngLight Damage Down
★☆☆★★☆★★★
2%4%5%
☆☆☆ ★☆☆ ★☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
ZenithAtk.pngATK
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+500+800+1000
ZenithDef.pngDEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
ZenithHP.pngHP
★☆☆★★☆★★★
250500750
ZenithDA.pngDouble Attack Rate
★☆☆★★☆★★★
3%5%6%
ZenithCritHit.pngCritical Hit
★☆☆★★☆★★★
12% chance for 12% more DMG20% chance for 20% more DMG25% chance for 25% more DMG
☆☆☆ ★☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ★★★
ZenithDef.pngDEF
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
ZenithCritHit.pngCritical Hit
★☆☆★★☆★★★
12% chance for 12% more DMG20% chance for 20% more DMG25% chance for 25% more DMG
ZenithSkillDmgCap.pngSkill Damage Cap
★☆☆★★☆★★★
5%8%10%
ZenithHostilityUp.pngHostility Up
★☆☆★★☆★★★
+5+8+10
ZenithSupportSkill.pngBoost to C.A. DMG upon Reverso activation (1 time)
★☆☆ ★★★ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
Last update: 2018-04-16

Gamewith's recommended EMP build for Nicholas.

Priorities

Prioritise Critical Hit first to increase damage output. Then put one point to each DEF node to improve survivability because of his high baseline hostility. After this take DA, ATK for damage. Take Hostility to further protect allies like Orchid and Narmaya. Or choose Extended Mastery Ability to boost charge attack damage.

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