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Altria Pendragon (Santa Alter)

FGO Altria Pendragon (Santa Alter), Pros and Cons, Rating, Strategies and Tips, Stats, Skills, Wiki, and Noble Phantasm.
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Overview

Arturia Pendragon (Santa Alter)

RarityCostClass
4★12Rider
Rider
Rating8/10

Unlike her Saber counterparts, Altria Santa Alter is actually one of the more powerful versions among her incarnations. She doesn’t really do much outside of acting as a damager or a waveclearer, but she has great value as one due to the fact that she hits very well without costing for too much. Despite being an old Servant she benefits from her class and deck in that she is able to fit in the powerful Buster meta, which prevents her from becoming entirely outdated.

Pros

  • Has the 2nd most NP damage among AoE Riders
  • Decently strong Buster chains and compatibility with recent meta
  • Has a targetable 3500HP heal skill with a decent cooldown
  • Her Rider class can make use of her Instinct skill better than her Saber counterparts

Cons

  • Lacks a hard counter defensive skill
  • Does not have means to counter gimmicks from challenge quests

Strategies & Tips

As an AoE Servant, Santa Alter is usually relegated to clearing waves. However, due to the power of her NP and the decently common boss rush scenario, Altria is still able to act efficiently as a damager.

Her kit allows her to charge her NP at a well enough pace, which grants her the possibility of performing good-powered NP Buster chains. As a Rider her instinct skill is also somewhat more usable, as she has the proper star absorption rate to make use of the stars she is able to produce, which grants her access to the potential of doing Buster crits.

Santa is simple that way, and she doesn’t really do much outside of performing her role well at little costs. Although, if one was to point out her largest weakness, it would be the fact that she doesn’t have utility to counter gimmicks, which are fairly common these days. However, she does have a great targetable heal that allows her to aid your team’s sustain, which can ease the burden of keeping your team alive.

Noble Phantasm

Excalibur Morgan hits as the 2nd most powerful AoE NP among all the Riders ingame. It places at an impressive 33k at NP5, which is actually already at the same level as an average ST NP. This is probably because of the fact that her multiplier at NP5 is 650%, which actually surpasses the multipliers of upgraded AoE Buster NPs. It being a Buster NP also allows her to create NP Buster braves with it, which can boost her overall damage even further. Sadly, the secondary effect is hardly worth taking note of.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Waver’s ATK up skill and NP stack up very well, which can allow Santa to hit harder on her bursts. His DEF up can also be useful in keeping her alive, and his ability to instantly charge an ally’s NP gauge can allow her to use her NP more often.
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans is able to buff Santa’s ATK and provide her with stars passively, which when used with her skills can allow her to hit harder on both her NP and crits. He is also able to provide her healing and DEF buffs to sustain her, and she in turn can help heal Hans, which can aid players who have trouble keeping him alive.
Merlin
Merlin
[JP]
Merlin is able to charge Santa’s NP gauge directly over time, which can be useful in letting her use her NP more often. He also provides both an ATK and Buster buff, which can stack with her own buffs for damage, and he also provides both healing sustenance and a hard defensive skill, countering her lack of survival.

Best CEs

Increase NP damage

NP damage up CEs scale quickly with her damage, multiplying with her own buff immediately.

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Llamrei Mark II
Llamrei Mark II

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base1,8051,543
406,4605,331
8011,2869,258
9012,48010,230
10013,68411,209

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.87%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight204
Star Rate8.9%
Death Resist35%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeMan
TraitsFemale, Artoria, Humanoid, Dragon, Riding, Saberface Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish, King

Noble Phantasm

Excalibur Morgan

Deal very heavy damage to all enemies
[Overcharge] Restore minor NP Gauge for yourself

RankA++
ClassificationAnti-Fortress
TypeBuster
Hit-Count3
LvlDamage +ChargeNP +
1450%100%10%
2550%200%15%
3600%300%20%
4625%400%25%
5650%500%30%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

Saint’s Gift EX/ Cooldown: 7-5
Restore an ally’s HP
Increase ally’s star generation (3 turns)

While most targetable heal skills cap at 3000HP, this one heals for 3500HP at max level. The extra 500HP is a fairly meager amount to be honest, but sometimes that small amount can settle decisive moments in battle. It also provides a small boost in star generation to the targeted ally, which can be useful depending on your team’s setup. It’s not exactly an amazing heal skill compared to most, but it comes with good bonuses without sacrificing cooldown time.

Instinct A / Cooldown: 7-5
Receive critical stars

Instinct isn’t exactly something that works well with 90% of the Servants that have it, as it’s meager effects make it undesirable for use when compared to the cost of leveling it to max. However, Santa Alter is a Rider, and while that doesn’t change the cost-efficiency rate of the skill, it does make the actual effect more worthwhile. Having a Rider’s innate high absorption rate benefits Santa in giving her access to Buster chains, which allows her to make use of the skill better as she has more access to crits.

Mana Burst A- / Cooldown: 7-5
Increase in Buster Performance (1 turn)

Much like with most old Servants, this skill is fairly standard in being a 1 turn damage boost. Although it scales for 5% less at max level than her Saber counterparts, the fact that this skill is paired with her NP5’s 650% multiplier and access to crits, it actually allows her to deal potentially more overall with much more ease.

Skill Priority: 3/1/2

Saint's Gift EX

Saint's Gift EX

Available from the start
Restore HP & Increase C. Star Rate by 30% (3 turns) for one ally.

LvlHeal +Cooldown
115007
217007
319007
421007
523007
625006
727006
829006
931006
1035005

Instinct A

Instinct A

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Gain Critical Stars

LvlStars +Cooldown
157
267
377
487
597
6106
7116
8126
9136
10155

Mana Burst A-

Mana Burst A-

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Increase your Buster Card effectiveness (1 turn)

LvlBuster +Cooldown
125%7
227%7
329%7
431%7
533%7
635%6
737%6
839%6
941%6
1045%5

Class Skills

Magic Resistance AMagic Resistance A
Increase your Debuff Resist by 20%.
Riding Skill ARiding A
Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 10%.

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsBusterBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count2213

Just like her Saber counterparts, Santa comes with QAABB deck, which is very nice for her. Having 2 Arts cards allows her to charge her gauge decently enough, and having 2 Busters allow her to do heavy damage on Buster chains with her NP. Although her NP gain and star generation isn’t amazing, the deck fits with her overall use.

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
13,5003,500
28,50012,000
37,00019,000
46,00025,000
52,50027,500
6272,500300,000
7330,000630,000
8310,000940,000
9290,0001,230,000
10286,0001,516,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2100,000Shining Gem of Cavalryx4 (Gem of Rider)
2 → 3200,000Shining Gem of Cavalryx10 (Gem of Rider)
3 → 4600,000Magic Gem of Cavalryx4 (M. Gem of Rider)
4 → 5800,000Magic Gem of Cavalryx10 (M. Gem of Rider)
Dragon Fangx10 (Dragon Fang)
5 → 62,000,000Secret Gem of Cavalryx4 (S. Gem of Rider)
Dragon Fangx20 (Dragon Fang)
6 → 72,500,000Secret Gem of Cavalryx10 (S. Gem of Rider)
Meteoric Horseshoex4 (Meteor Horseshoe)
7 → 85,000,000Meteoric Horseshoex8 (Meteor Horseshoe)
Dragons Reverse Scalex2 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
8 → 96,000,000Dragons Reverse Scalex6 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
Heart of a Foreign Godx8 (Heart of the Foreign God)
9 → 1010,000,000Crystallized Lore​x (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st50,000Chicken Bucketx (Chicken Bucket)
2nd150,000Chicken Bucketx (Chicken Bucket)
3rd500,000Chicken Bucketx (Chicken Bucket)
4th1,500,000Chicken Bucketx (Chicken Bucket)

Saint Graph (Spoiler)

1st~3rd4th
SantaSAlter1SantaSAlter4

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