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Nero Claudius (Caster, Summer 2017)

Nero Claudius (Caster), Summer 2017, Swimsuit Nero.
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Overview

Nero Claudius (Caster)

Nero Claudius (Caster) is currently unavailable on the EN ver.
Nero Claudius (Caster) is available only in Dead Heat Summer Race (2017 Summer Event) Pickup Summon.

RarityCostClass
★516Caster
Caster
Rating7.5 / 10

The swimsuit version of Emperor Nero possesses the balanced QAABB deck. Along with her notable NP generation rate also comes a 50% instant NP gain skill (with a 50% NP gain bonus at half HP or lower), enabling Nero to perform her Noble Phantasm very reliably. The fact that she has high-ranking Riding and Territory Creation skills also contribute to this boon. Her second skill allows her to take neutral damage from enemies with class advantage; combined with the skill’s defense up and her third skill’s Guts, Nero is able to survive even in a Rider-heavy map. Still adding further to her reliability is her NP’s built-in Invincibility break, meaning that neither Invincibility nor Evade can stop her from dealing damage. As her third skill is targetable, Nero also performs well as a secondary damage dealer.

As with all other damage dealer Casters, however, the 0.9 damage modifier plagues Nero as well, as her Buster cards do not benefit from her Riding and Territory Creation skills. Additionally, as her Noble Phantasm is AoE, its damage is nowhere near impressive, being mediocre at best even with her third skill’s buff - which possesses a very long cooldown. While the fact that she can perform her NP much more often compared to other Damage Dealers means that she will be able to perform more brave chains, she needs a supporting ally to be truly effective.

Pros

  • Survivable against any class.
  • Can perform Noble Phantasm often.
  • NP allows her to ignore opponents’ Evade/Invincibility.
  • Able to generate a decent amount of stars.

Cons

  • Lower base damage due to her ATK stat and Casters' modifier.
  • Needs support to be effective.
  • Major damage buff (third skill) has a 7 turn cooldown.

Strategies & Tips

Nero should be used alongside damage-supporting Servants with at least two Arts cards. She mainly aims to use her wonderful Noble Phantasm charging rate to create as many Brave chains as possible. Her skill is mainly used for the damage buff, although it is possible to use it for the Guts effect when necessary.

Noble Phantasm

Laudarentum Domus Illustrias is a Buster-type AoE damage Noble Phantasm, with the secondary effects of NP damage up and Invincibility Pierce. With a normal, unupgraded AoE modifier and a somewhat low NP damage buff, this NP doesn’t deal impressive amounts of damage. Instead, its main purpose is to be used to start Nero’s Brave chains, granting her easy access to the Buster first card bonus that most Casters lack.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Merlin
Merlin
The supreme Buster Servant support, Merlin grants offensive buffs greatly welcomed by Nero. He also amplifies her formidable NP gain, and provides a hard defensive skill in the form of his Invulnerability. The stars he generate also help Nero in performing critical hits.
Nightingale
Nightingale
Nero benefits greatly from Buster buffs, which Nightingale is able to provide. Due to Nero’s tankiness, Nightingale’s heal can be more freely used on herself, and Nightingale’s Berserker class also helps Nero in dealing damage.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Limited/Zero Over
Limited/Zero Over
Buster Performance
As Nero lacks Buster performance buffs, the effect of these Craft Essences scale well with her skillset, and gives her increased damage on both her NP and normal Buster cards.
Talk on the Heated Sands
Talk on the Heated Sands
Critical Absorption
Being a Caster, Nero possesses low base critical star weight, meaning that she needs additional help to tap into the vast potential of Buster-inclined critical teams. Seal Designation Enforcer works as well.
Black Holy Grail
Black Holy Grail
NP Damage Up
Black Holy Grail and Heaven’s Feel. These Craft Essences are used in compositions maximizing Nero’s high NP gain to make her spam her Noble Phantasm.

Max Bond CE

CEEffect

Domus Aurea de Curcubeu Mare
When equipped to Nero Claudius (Caster) only, while that servant is on the field, increase Buster Card effectiveness by 10% & NP Gain by 10% for all allies.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base2,0071,667
102,3571,952
203,3962,769
304,9844,017
406,9115,532
508,9677,148
6010,8828,653
7012,4129,856
8013,38110,618
9013,68510,857

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.40%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight51
Star Rate11.1%
Death Resist42%
Alignment
AttributeMan
TraitsFemale, Chaotic, Humanoid, Riding, Roman, Saberface, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish, King

Noble Phantasm

Lauda Lentum・Domus・Ilusterias

Deal heavy damage to all enemies
Apply Invincibility-pierce for yourself (1 turn)
[Overcharge] Increase your NP Strength (1 turn)

RankA
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count
LvlDamage +ChargeNP Damage +
1300%100%20%
2400%200%30%
3450%300%40%
4475%400%50%
5500%500%60%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

  • Runaway Privilege EX

    This skill is mainly used for the massive instant NP gauge gain, as the rather situational second effect requires her to be at half HP. Still, Nero’s NP gain rate is formidable to begin with, and with supporting allies in the picture, this skill’s relative importance decreases. This skill should be leveled second for general use, though Undying Magus takes precedence if Nero is to be used in more specialized teams.

  • Seven Crowns C

    This skill is Nero’s primary buffing skill, improving both her offense and defense. While her third skill has the better attack buff, it also has a longer cooldown time, meaning that this skill wins in terms of reliability. This skill should be leveled first.

  • Undying Magus A

    This skill is most of the time used for its formidable attack buff. Due to its very long cooldown, however, it is not nearly as reliable as Nero’s second skill, and using the skill twice in a single wave is rather unlikely. As such, this skill can be left alone for general Nero usage (such as farming), but if she is to be used in specialized teams, this skill should be leveled before Runaway Privilege.

Runaway Privilege EX

Available from the start
Increase your own NP Gauge
Increase your NP Gain (3 turns) when HP is less than 50% 

LvlNP Charge +NP Rate +Cooldown
130%30%8
232%32%8
334%34%8
436%36%8
538%38%8
640%40%7
742%42%7
844%44%7
946%46%7
1050%50%6

Seven Crowns C

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increase ATK (3 turns)
Increase DEF (3 turns)
Negate class disadvantage when attacked (3 turns)

LvlAttack +Defense +Cooldown
120%20%7
221%21%7
322%22%7
423%23%7
524%24%7
625%25%6
726%26%6
27%27%6
928%28%6
1030%30%5

Fortitude Magus A

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Apply Guts to 1 ally (1 time, 3 turns)
Increase 1 ally's ATK (3 turns)

LvlAttack +Cooldown
130%9
232%9
334%9
436%9
538%9
640%8
742%8
844%8
946%8
1050%7

Class Skills

Riding Skill BRiding Skill B
Increase your Quick Card effectiveness (8%).
Territory Creation ATerritory Creation A+
Increase your Arts Card effectiveness (11%).
Item Construction (Odd) EXItem Construction (Odd) EX
Increase HP restoration received (10%).

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsBusterBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count4626

Nero’s QAABB deck is unusual for a Caster, but it gives her access to more Buster first card bonuses, which allows her to deal much more damage compared to her peers, particularly on her Brave chains. Meanwhile, thanks to her high base numbers, her NP gain is still notable even with only two Arts cards.

Skill Enhancement Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Caster Piecex5 Caster Piece
2nd300,000Caster Piecex12 Caster Piece
Forbidden Pagex8 Forbidden Page
3rd1,000,000Caster Monumentx5 Caster Monument
Phoenix Featherx8 Phoenix Feather
Scarab of Wisdomx2 Scarab of Wisdom
4th3,000,000Caster Monumentx12 Caster Monument
Bizarre Godly Winex5 Bizarre Godly Wine
Scarab of Wisdomx4 Scarab of Wisdom

Skill Reinforcement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Gem of Casterx5 Gem of Caster
2 → 3400,000Gem of Casterx12 Gem of Caster
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Casterx5 M. Gem of Caster
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Casterx12 M. Gem of Caster
Phoenix Featherx4 Phoenix Feather
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Casterx5 S. Gem of Caster
Phoenix Featherx8 Phoenix Feather
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Casterx12 S. Gem of Caster
Forbidden Pagex5 Forbidden Page
7 → 810,000,000Forbidden Pagex10 Forbidden Page
Seashell of Reminiscencex6 Seashell of Reminiscence
8 → 912,000,000Seashell of Reminiscencex18 Seashell of Reminiscence
Primordial Lanugox15 Primordial Lanugo
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 Crystallized Lore​

Summer 2017 Servants & CEs

Here is a list of servants & CEs that can be obtained for the duration of the Summer 2017 event part 1: Dead Heat Summer Race and part 2: Death Jail Summer Escape.

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