Basic Grids

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As a beginner, the quickest way to increase your power is to improve your weapon and summon grid. Fortunately, every element has farmable/free-to-play options which perform respectably (even compared to more exclusive builds) and can ultimately tackle any content in the game.

The grid examples below are commonly called Omega (M1) grids (Magna in Japanese) due to their focus on Omega Weapon Skills from raids unlocked before Rank 101 (High Level). They represent developed grids using weapons that can be obtained before reaching rank 101, but include weapons from limited-time, rotating events. Accessible alternatives have been listed in their Filler Weapons sections.

For the reasoning and mathematics behind why these grids are effective, see the Damage Formula page and related sources. For a simple, visual guide, see "Understanding How Grids Work for New Players" (via reddit)

For later-game progression, see the Team Building guide.

Overview[edit]

Weapons[edit]

Forming Your Grid

  • M1 grids always want weapons with 1 or more ATK skill(s). Without one, a weapon is effectively an empty grid slot regardless of its stats.
  • Set up a base grid first before uncapping weapons with copies. Weapon skills and skill levels are more important for party strength than raw stats.
  • Each grid example below depicts 9 out of 10 weapon slots. The 10th slot, your main weapon, is limited to your Class weapon specialties, so its weapon skill will depend on your options.
  • Filler weapons listed under each example grid can be used as placeholders while working on your grids. For the most part, they are meant for temporary use, but those that see continued use are noted on their bullet points.
  • Do not rely on the in-game Estimated DMG display to accurately display a grid's strength. You can tweak its settings (using the (i) button) for a more accurate count, but the best way to judge strength is to test it in Trial Battles or in real battle.

About Weapon Skills

See also: Team Building § Weapons and Raising Weapon Skills
  • There are four main types of weapon skills: Omega, Normal, EX (Unknown), and Seraphic. Omega grids usually have 5-6 Omega weapons, 1-2 Normal weapons, 1-3 EX weapons, and 0-1 Seraphic weapon. The reason for that is because skills within one type stack additively, but skills between different types stack multiplicatively.
  • Omega: Before reaching HL, these drop from Omega Raids, Tier 1 Summon Raids, Tier 2 Summon Raids (also drop weapons with Normal skills), and Arcarum: The World Beyond.
  • Normal: Most M1 grids will use Bahamut Weapons and/or Ultima Weapons. These weapons provide boosts based on character race or weapon specialty, and are not limited by element. The grid examples below use their most common picks, Weapon s 1040103700.jpg Dagger of Bahamut Nova and Weapon s 1040011300.jpg Atma Sword, but your choice may vary. (Note: These weapons require much more skill fodder than regular SSRs)
  • EX: Xeno Clashes provide the most powerful EX weapons for pre-HL players. However, their limited availability and unreliable schedules make them difficult for newer players to obtain, uncap, and upgrade. Alternate sources of EX weapons before reaching HL include story events, some Side Stories, and Proving Grounds (another limited-time event with an unreliable schedule).
  • Seraphic Weapons should always be in your grid as long as you have elemental advantage (Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire; Light/Dark is superior to each other in your favor). They are upgraded using materials from the Primarch Trials. Only one Seraphic weapon exists for each element.

Summons[edit]

See also: Team Building § Summons
  • The grids below assume you have a 3★+ Omega summon as a main summon or support summon. Using a 0-2★ Omega summon is not recommended.
  • In the Summons sections below, ones labeled Farmable can either be farmed from permanent or recurring events, or are given out as 3★ rewards from clearing Side Stories; their auras list their 3★ versions. Summons that come from Premium Draw have their 0-2★ auras listed.

About Main and Support Summons

  • Aura-wise, the Main Summon and Support Summon slots are interchangeable. Omega main × Elemental support is the same as Elemental main × Omega support.
    • Some summons are better as Support Summons so their calls can be used on Turn 1. For example, Summon s 2040185000.jpg Shiva (Summon)Awaken Inner Eye Massive Fire damage to all foes.
      All allies gain Status Path of Destruction.pngPath of DestructionATK is boosted
      Strength: 100%Multiplier: UniqueDuration: 1 turn
      .
      can be used immediately if brought as a Support Summon, but has a 9-turn initial cooldown if set as your Main Summon.
  • If you have less than 4 Omega weapons on your grid and/or have not skill leveled your Omega weapons to at least SL4, consider running Elemental × Elemental instead of Omega × Elemental. Elemental summons from Side Stories have been listed on their respective elements' sections.

About Sub Summons

  • Sub summons are typically picked based on whether it has: a useful call, a useful sub aura, or high raw stats. Their elements do not matter.
    • A sub summon that matches the party's element receives a 3-turn cut to its initial cooldown.
  • Sub auras are additional abilities that take effect when the summon is equipped as a sub summon. Identical sub auras do not stack and only the strongest effect is applied.
  • Arcarum Summons, obtained using materials from Arcarum: The World Beyond, have powerful calls and sub auras. While their base stats are low as SRs, their unique benefits compensate for it.

Glossary[edit]

A few terms, abbreviations, and acronyms that appear on the page:

  • Enmity: The name for weapon skills that boost ATK proportional to how close the party is to 0% HP. Broadly refers to anything that synergizes with low-HP playstyles. Fire, Wind, and Dark Omega grids are notable contenders for Enmity-based playstyle. Stamina is the opposite of Enmity.
  • Fodder: Refers to farmable weapons that aren't used on grids, and are instead used to raise other weapons' skill levels.
  • Fodder-intensive weapons: Also called Bahamut leveling. Certain weapon series require more points to level their skills than regular weapons do. Filler weapons that have been skill leveled, or free skill-leveled weapons you don't need, will usually be used to raise such weapons. See Raising Weapon Skills for details.
  • HL: Short for High Level, or content unlocked after reaching Rank 101. In-game, such content is typically labeled "Impossible".
  • OTK: Short for One-Turn Kill. Because much of the game comes down to efficiency and speed, a lot of emphasis is placed on strong parties capable of OTKs.
  • M2: Short for the Omega Impossible II (Magna II) raids that unlock at Rank 120: Shiva, Europa, Alexiel, Grimnir, Metatron, and Avatar. Grids using weapons from these raids are known as "M2 grids".
  • Mainhand: Colloquial term for main weapon.
  • RotB: Short for Rise of the Beasts, a recurring event that provides several lucrative rewards, including Beast Weapons.
  • SL: Short for Skill Level.
  • Stamina: The name for weapon skills that boost ATK proportional to how close the party is to 100% HP. Broadly refers to anything that synergizes with maintaining high HP. Water, Earth, and Light Omega grids are notable contenders for Stamina-based playstyle. Enmity is the opposite of Stamina.

General Progression[edit]

Using Pendants to speed up the grind

  • Renown Pendants are gained from fighting non-HL raids. Up to 2000 Renown can be gained per week, and up to 20,000 Renown can be held at a time. Bonus Pendants, which are gained in addition to the weekly cap, can be obtained by clearing raids with Rarity SR.png characters and/or Rarity R.png characters as main allies (sub allies do not count).
  • Normally, Prestige Pendants are obtained by fighting HL raids. However, Nightmare raids during Unite and Fight events yield Prestige Pendants no matter your rank, making Prestige farming possible for pre-HL players during the event's duration.
  • Pendants are used to buy SSR weapons and other materials from the Pendant Shop. The Shop is restocked every month. (With the exception of Luminiera Swords, which have a total limit.)
    • Luminiera Sword Omega square.jpg Luminiera Sword Omega and Celeste Claw Omega square.jpg Celeste Claw Omega are typically prioritized for Pendants due to their low drop rates. Their respective raids are also the most difficult among Omega raids, making it easier to grind for the other elements' grids.
  • As your grids become stronger, consider forming "pendant farming teams" to maximize SR and R bonus pendants. These teams typically consist of 2 SR characters and 1 R character as main allies, and are used during Strike Time to quickly burst down bosses.

Icon Element Fire.png Fire[edit]

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX

Normal
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Seraphic

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX

Normal
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Seraphic

  • Colossus Cane Omega square.jpg Colossus Cane Omega is the easier Omega grid to farm and remains useful in one-turn content. However, in longer battles, it loses out in damage to an Ancient Ecke Sachs grid. Generally, 1-2 Canes are kept in High Level grids for OTK purposes.
  • Ancient Ecke Sachs square.jpg Ancient Ecke Sachs (AES), obtained from Twin Elements, is stronger than Canes in longer battles thanks to having two ATK skills (Medium ATK/Crit + Small Enmity). AES have low drop rates and can only be bought with Prestige Pendants, but they carry over into HL grids.
  • Weapon s 1040511400.jpg Summer's Mirage is an exceptional Omega weapon from Rise of the Beasts and has relatively low 4★ uncap requirements. It is the highest-priority Beast Weapon for new players and should be 4★ uncapped ASAP for its second weapon skill, which boosts Charge Attack damage and damage cap.
  • Weapon s 1040306300.jpg True Infernal Flamescythe and Wrathfire Longblade square.jpg Wrathfire Longblade are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Ifrit Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • The Flamescythe is a higher priority for newer players due to its party-wide multiattack boost on C.A. However, advanced players generally get more use out of the Longblade thanks to powerful katana-wielding Row IV and EX II classes like Chrysaor and Glorybringer.
  • In general, Summon s 2040185000.jpg Shiva (Summon)Main Aura120% boost to Fire Elemental ATK. is an unparalleled support summon due to the strength of his call. Once your grids are powerful enough, using a support Shiva off-element to OTK raids during Strike Time is a quick way to get dailies done.

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skill

EX Skill

Normal Skill

Summons[edit]

Farmable

Premium Draw

Fire Progression[edit]

Icon Element Water.png Water[edit]

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
Leviathan Gaze Omega icon.jpg
Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX

Normal
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Seraphic

  • Leviathan Gaze Omega square.jpg Leviathan Gaze Omega is the only weapon from Leviathan Omega with an ATK skill, making it the only worthwhile grid option. In M2 grids, they will be largely replaced by Tyros Zither square.jpg Tyros Zither.
  • Weapon s 1040809800.jpg Dante Alighieri and True Glacial Dream Staff square.jpg True Glacial Dream Staff are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Cocytus Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • These two weapons about equal in strength for newer players, but for advanced players, the Harp is unparalleled as a mainhand whereas the Staff faces competition with weapons such as the Staff of Renunciation.
  • For weaker players, Summon s 2040225000.jpg Europa (Summon)Main Aura120% boost to Water Elemental ATK. is an ideal support summon due to her strong aura and her call's revive ability. However, players who no longer need to rely on her revive will find alternative support summons equally as useful or perhaps even more useful.
  • Summon s 2040167000.jpg BonitoMain AuraUp to 130% boost to Water Elemental ATK based on the number of Water summons equipped.
    10% boost to Water allies' DEF.
    Main/Support: MC gains Status Summon Crystal Water.pngFinal Uncap: BonitoGain all of Bonito's call effects upon summoning (1 time)
    Unofficial translation
    at the start of battle.
    (4★) has a powerful initial call—a guaranteed, party-wide +200% Charge Bar boost. (Subsequent calls no longer guarantee the charge boost.) Although its aura strength depends on the number of Water summons on your grid, there are plenty of free Water summons from side stories and Arcarum. For the most part, once your grids are developed enough to start OTKing raids, Bonito is generally favored over Europa.

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skill

EX Skill

Normal Skill

Summons[edit]

Farmable

Premium Draw

Water Progression[edit]

Icon Element Earth.png Earth[edit]

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX

Normal
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Seraphic

  • Yggdrasil Crystal Blade Omega square.jpg Yggdrasil Crystal Blade Omega is the strongest weapon from Yggdrasil Omega, with a single Big ATK skill. In M2 grids, they are typically replaced by Nibelung Horn square.jpg Nibelung Horn ×3 and Nibelung Klinge square.jpg Nibelung Klinge ×3.
  • Last Sahrivar square.jpg Last Sahrivar and True Judgement Lyre square.jpg True Judgement Lyre are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Vohu Manah Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • These two weapons are roughly equal value for players. The Harp is a useful mainhand for longer battles but faces competition for advanced players with Weapon s 1040809500.jpg Harp of Renunciation, whereas Sahrivar faces little competition as a mainhand but has a rather situational C.A. effect.
  • Summon s 2040205000.jpg Godsworn AlexielMain Aura120% boost to Earth Elemental ATK. is largely the most useful support summon for weaker players due to her strong aura and useful one-time call. Summon s 2040203000.jpg UrielMain Aura100% boost to Earth Elemental ATK., despite having a weaker base aura, has a powerful call that makes up for it.

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skill

EX Skill

Normal Skill

Summons[edit]

Farmable

  • Summon s 2040014000.jpg Vohu ManahMain Aura50% boost to Earth Elemental ATK. (Vohu Manah Showdown/Xeno Vohu Manah Clash)

Premium Draw

Earth Progression[edit]

Icon Element Wind.png Wind[edit]

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX

Normal
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Seraphic

  • Tiamat Bolt Omega square.jpg Tiamat Bolt Omega is the backbone of Omega Wind grids; it has two ATK modifiers (Medium ATK + Small Enmity), making it stronger than a Tiamat Gauntlet's single Big ATK modifier in any situation where your party loses HP.
    • 3 Bolts will be kept in advanced grids, while the others will be replaced by Last Storm Harp square.jpg Last Storm Harp.
  • Weapon s 1040611100.jpg Arkab Prior and True Conviction Flashspear square.jpg True Conviction Flashspear are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Sagittarius Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • Arkab has higher raw stats than the Flashspear and faces little competition as a mainhand, although there are relatively few melee classes. The Flashspear has more classes to pick from, but also faces competition as a mainhand with the likes of Qinglong Spear Malus and Spear of Renunciation.
  • Summon s 2040261000.jpg Grimnir (Summon)Main Aura120% boost to Wind Elemental ATK. is useful if you need his call's Shield, but if you don't need to rely on it, Summon s 2040297000.jpg Anat, for Love and WarMain Aura120% boost to Wind Elemental ATK.'s ATK Up buff on call may be more useful.

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skills

EX Skills

Normal Skills

Summons[edit]

Farmable

Premium Draw

Wind Progression[edit]

Icon Element Light.png Light[edit]

This grid is used before reaching HL content. Afterwards, you will transition to a Lumi Sword grid.

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Normal

EX

EX
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Seraphic

This grid requires reaching HL so Luminiera Sword Omega square.jpg Luminiera Sword Omega can be 4★ uncapped. The example below represents a developed Lumi Sword grid to use as reference.

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
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Omega / Normal
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Omega / Normal
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Omega / Normal
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Omega / Normal
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Omega / Normal
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Omega / Cap Up

EX or Normal
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Cosmic Sword
Azure Sword's Discipline
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Seraphic / Normal

  • Luminiera Bolt Omega square.jpg Luminiera Bolt Omega is the standard weapon for pre-HL grids, with a single Big ATK skill and higher base stats than Lumi Harps. HL grids will replace all Lumi Bolts (and Harps) with Lumi Swords, however, so using Harps in place of Bolts is perfectly acceptable.
  • Luminiera Sword Omega square.jpg Luminiera Sword Omega should not be used before getting its 4★ uncap. However, after being uncapped and leveled to Lv. 120, its second skill (Small Normal ATK) is unlocked, allowing it to simultaneously cover the role usually played by a Bahamut Weapon. (Notably, a Lumi Sword grid can double as a F2P Summon s 2040080000.jpg ZeusMain Aura120% boost to Light's, Thunder's, and Zion's weapon skills. grid, for players who want to go that route.)
  • True Purity Sunblade square.jpg True Purity Sunblade and Weapon s 1040511600.jpg Flamma Orbis are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Corow Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • The Sunblade's strong second skill and its tight synergy with both Lumi Sword grids and the the higher priority weapon, and while Flamma is an extremely good mainhand for gun-wielding classes, Lumi Bolts can fill its spot in the meantime.
    • In Sword grids, the Sunblade is the preferred EX weapon for its synergy with Weapon s 1040008000.jpg Cosmic Sword, with Flamma Orbis or Huanglong Gauntlet getting added as a second EX weapon if needed.
  • Huanglong Gauntlet square.jpg Huanglong Gauntlet is a Beast Weapon purchased through the Shop, using materials gathered from Huanglong raids. It has a Big EX ATK modifier (as opposed to Xeno's Massive EX ATK), but has a second skill that reduces Dark DMG taken. Useful for weaker players or in difficult solo content.
  • Weapon s 1040008000.jpg Cosmic Sword can be obtained through Grand Order (Raid). Cosmos Weapons grow stronger by having more weapons of the same type on the grid, and a Lumi Sword grid has an abundance of swords.
  • Summon s 2040056000.jpg LuciferMain Aura150% boost to Light Elemental ATK. (5★) is easy to find as a support summon, and is useful for his call's ATK Up buff and healing. (Beware of using his call in Celeste Omega raids, however, since she inflicts Status Zombie.pngZombifiedReceives DMG if healed
    .)
  • Summon s 2040330000.jpg MetatronMain Aura100% boost to Light Elemental ATK. has a weaker call than a 5★ Lucifer, but his call inflicts skill damage (based on MC's stats), dispels an enemy buff, and grants allies the powerful Status Auroracoil.pngAuroracoilPleiades is strengthened
    Duration: 3 turnsLocal status effect
    buff.

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skills

EX Skills

Normal Skills

Summons[edit]

Farmable

Premium Draw

Light Progression[edit]

Icon Element Dark.png Dark[edit]

Main Summon Support Summon
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Omega Weapon Skill Boost
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Elemental ATK Boost
Weapon Grid
Celeste Claw Omega icon.jpg
Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega
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Omega

Omega or EX

EX
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Normal
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Seraphic

  • Celeste Claw Omega square.jpg Celeste Claw Omega has two ATK skills (Medium ATK + Small Enmity), making it stronger than the single Big ATK skills on Celeste Horn Omega square.jpg Celeste Horn Omega and Celeste Zaghnal Omega square.jpg Celeste Zaghnal Omega in any situation where the party loses HP. In M2 grids, a few are typically replaced by Abyss Spine square.jpg Abyss Spine.
  • Weapon s 1040213300.jpg Advocatus Diaboli and True Phantom Demon Blade square.jpg True Phantom Demon Blade are powerful EX weapons from Xeno Diablo Clash that boast stronger ATK modifiers than regular EX weapons. However, its farming period is limited, making it difficult for new players to obtain a fully-uncapped copy.
    • Advocatus has a useful effect for lower-rank players that rely on C.A. damage for the bulk of their damage output and have better access to Spear-wielding classes. The Blade has better synergy with powerful katana-wielding Row IV and EX II classes like Chrysaor and Glorybringer. The weapon you aim for first will be up to personal preference.
  • Qilin Sword square.jpg Qilin Sword is a Beast Weapon purchased through the Shop, using materials gathered from Qilin (Raid). It has a Big EX ATK modifier (as opposed to Xeno's Massive EX ATK), but has a second skill that reduces Light DMG taken. Useful for weaker players or in difficult solo content.
  • Summon s 2040003000.jpg BahamutMain Aura150% boost to Dark Elemental ATK. (5★) has the most powerful Dark Elemental aura with an equally-powerful call. It, and its lower-uncap versions, are easy to find on support summon lists.
  • At 4★, Summon s 2040347000.jpg BelialMain Aura130% boost to Dark ATK. Cap Dark allies' max HP at 20,000. Cap DMG taken at 5,000 per hit.'s aura has a unique gimmick; it lowers all elemental damage taken to a max 5,000 damage at the cost of capping all allies' HP at 20,000. In difficult battles, he can be a highly useful support summon—if he's available. (Also, note his call's gimmicks before using it.)

Filler Weapons[edit]

Omega Skill

EX Skill

Normal Skill

Summons[edit]

Farmable

Premium Draw

Dark Progression[edit]

Additional Resources[edit]

The links below are other resources commonly used by the Granblue community.

Grid Resources

Raid Finders

References[edit]