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FGO Merlin, Pros and Cons, Rating, Strategies and Tips, Stats, Skills, Wiki, and Noble Phantasm.
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Merlin

This servant is currently unavailable on the EN ver.

RarityCostClass
5★16Caster
Caster
Rating10.0 / 10

Merlin is a very clearly defined support caster with a versatile kit and few weaknesses beside the ones that casters like him face by default. His kit on offense grants teams heavy on buster, buffs that can shred through bosses, while on defense he can be overwhelming enough to make boss stages look like easy mode was turned on.

His base stats aren’t great at first glance, although he has the highest HP amongst all the caster he suffers from having the lowest attack amongst all the casters too. However, it has to be said that his stats are great for a support type servant whose job isn’t to deal damage but to stay on the field to aid his team.

Merlin NP generation is great, although his arts card make his NP generation average for a caster but because of the hit counts in his Quick and Buster cards, he can gain quite a chunk of NP even without his AAA chain. He also has two passive skill that aids his NP gain as “Mixed Blood” offers him 5% NP charge each turn while “Territory Creation” grants more damage to his arts cards therefore helping his NP gain. His Crit star generation is respectable considering he is a caster, offering around 20 stars or so with his QAB or ABQ chains.

Merlin skills are undoubtedly a huge reason why he is so sought after, his first skill is really dreamlike as it’s name puts it. It grants a flat attack buff to the team while granting them a solid 20% NP charge. His second skill offers him his whole team invincibility for a turn while giving them a good Crit star generation buff as well however this skill is useless if enemies have pierce or insta death. His last and final skill grants is a buster buff giving a unit a buster performance buff while also increasing the unit’s critical damage and Max HP.

Pros

  • Best Support
  • Extremely Versatile
  • High HP
  • Great NP generation

Cons

  • Mostly for buster teams
  • Low attack stats
  • Second skill can be useless against pierce or instant-death

Strategies & Tips

Merlin is so versatile that he can be placed into almost any team, however because of his low attack and his third skill, placing him into a team that has a servant that can deal damage using buster cards will make sure the team is using merlin to his fullest potential.

Noble Phantasm

Merlin reproduces a land full of hope, a utopia in which he resides in till this day, full of blooming flowers and boundless sky. Granting his team HP recovery and NP charge of 5% for 5 turns, this NP is how Merlin is able to sustain a team.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
EMIYA
EMIYA
Emiya is a great fit with merlin as his deck can help both of them get their NP up as well as his Buster type NP can utilise merlin third skill buster effect. Add the fact that most archer have “Independent Action” which grants them more crit damage will allow him to deal tons of crit damage with his NPAB chain.
Jeanne d’Arc (Alter)
Jeanne (Alter)
Jeanne D’arc (Alter) is already considering one of the best damage dealer in the game, pairing that with the fact she has sustain with merlin is scary but a buster buff that also add critical damage up is just a whole other level of horror, need i say more?
Ramesses II
Ramesses II
If Crit damage satisfy you then ozymandias is a servant that you should pair with merlin, especially if you have Fragments Of 2030 on him. Ozymandias can absorb and use those stars very well, pairing him with merlin is gonna be Crit damage haven.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
This is undoubtedly the support duo that all player can dream of, it is buff city for the servants beside these two on the team, not only do they both have three arts cards to gain NP but with just their skills you can get 70% NP on servant without anything else.
Buster
Servants
Any buster servants would pair well with him as not many of them have good sustain and all of them can use attack and buster buffs to deal more damage as well.

Best CEs

CEsExplanation
Prisma Cosmos
Prisma Cosmos
Unit gains 8% NP each turn
This pairs very well with merlin as with his passive you can get 13% NP charge every turn without attacking at all thus making this ideal for teams that have a low arts card count.
Piece of Year 2030
Piece of Year 2030
Gain 8 critical stars each turn
Looking at Merlin’s crit star generation alone, he can reliably get 20 Crit stars with a brave chain, give or take a few. Pairing this with his overcharge effect he can get 30 plus Crit stars reliably and consistently, this CE can serve as a sort of Crit star generator. We cannot overlook that this can also be used if he is placed in a crit team as well for the team to crit more reliably.
Formal Craft
Formal Craft
Increase Arts Card effectiveness by 25%
Pairing him with an arts team would mean that he can use his arts cards more often thus having this CE on him would serve him well in a team like that.
Divine Banquet
Divine Banquet
Increases your NP Gain by 25%
Divine banquet is more easier obtainable by players and it can serve the same purpose as “Formal Craft” thus i would recommend it on merlin if you do not have any other CE that serve a similar purpose as the other ones mentioned before.

Max Bond Level CE

CEsExplanation
Tower at the End of the World
Tower at the End of the World
When equipped to Merlin (Caster) only, increase Buster Card effectiveness for all allies by 10% & Critical Strength by 15% while on the field.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base2,0911,629
Lv508,9536,658
Lv6010,6457,897
Lv7012,1539,003
Lv8013,3829,903
Lv9014,25910,546
Lv10015,62111,544

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.81%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight49
Star Rate10.8%
Death Resist36%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeEarth
TraitsServant, Humanoid, Male, Weak to Enuma Elish, Earth or Sky

Noble Phantasm

Garden of Avalon (Rank C)

Apply HP Recovery for all allies (5 turns)
Apply NP Charge (5%) for all allies (5 turns)
[Overcharge] Apply C. Star Gain for yourself (5 turns)

RankC
ClassificationAnti-Unit
TypeArts
Hit-Count-
LvlHP Recovery +ChargeGain Stars
11000100%5
21500200%10
31750300%15
41875400%20
52000500%25

Garden of Avalon (NPC Only at Babylonia)

Recovers party's HP.
Charge party NP gauge 5% for 5 turns.
[Overcharge]HP recovery for party for 5 turns.
Gain critical stars each turn for 5 turns.

RankC
ClassificationAnti-Unit
TypeArts
Hit-Count-
LvlHP Recovery +ChargeGain Stars
12000100%1000
22500200%1250
32750300%1500
42875400%1750
53000500%2000

Skills

Upgrade Priority

1=2>3: This skill upgrade priority is useful when you do not have a buster servant, hence his third skill will have the last priority. You could upgrade the second skill before the first if your team lacks much defense, but this is debatable and really depends on the type of team he is placed in.

1>3>2: This path of upgrading your skill is the way to go when you have a proper buster servant to use with merlin like Jeanne d’arc (Alter) as her NP is a buster card and she can even do her NPBB chain, thus Merlin third skill can be used fully in this scenario.

  • Dreamlike Charisma A+

    This skill grants his team on the a flat 20% NP buff while also giving them a 20% flat attack buff at max level. This is super useful since merlin has low damage and also it help charge his NP which is extremely Important for sustain if he is the only support on the team.

  • Illusion A

    This skill is merlin’s only defensive skill, prioritising this skill can be useful when merlin is your only support and if your team cannot survive an NP attack from the enemies. However as mentioned later into the game, bosses and enemies have pierce or insta death making this skill sometimes useless.

  • Hero Creation EX

    As stated before, this is very useful for servants that uses buster cards for damage however if you are not using anyone that does damage using their buster cards, prioritising this skill doesn’t serve much of a purpose even considering the HP buff.

Dreamlike Charisma A

Dreamlike Charisma A

Available from the start
Increase ATK for all allies (3 turns)
Increase NP Gauge by 20% for all allies

LvlAttack +Cooldown
110%7
211%7
312%7
413%7
514%7
615%6
716%6
817%6
918%6
1020%5

Illusion A

Illusion A

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Apply Invincible for all allies (1 turn)
Increase C. Star Drop Rate for all allies (1 turn)
Decrease Critical Rate for all enemies (3 turns)

LvlStar Rate +Critical Chance -Cooldown
130%10%9
232%11%9
334%12%9
436%13%9
538%14%9
640%15%8
742%16%8
844%17%8
946%18%8
1050%20%7

Hero Creation EX

Hero Creation EX

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Increase Buster Card effectiveness for one ally (3 turns)
& Increase Max HP for the target (3 turns)
Increas Critical Strength for the target (1 turn)

LvlBuster +Max HP +Crit Damage +Cooldown
130%200050%8
232%210055%8
334%220060%8
436%230065%8
538%240070%8
640%250075%7
742%260080%7
844%270085%7
946%280090%7
1050%3000100%6

Class Skills

Territory Creation CTerritory Creation C
Increase Arts Card effectiveness by 6%
Item Construction CItem Construction C
Increase Debuff Success Rate for yourself by 6%
Mixed Blood EXMixed Blood EX
Gain 5% NP Gauge for yourself each turn

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsArtsBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count3256

Merlin deck is very arts focused as can be seen by the cards in his deck, aside from his first active skill and his third passive skill on offense there is no other way to get his gauge up thus you will want to use his arts cards as often as you can.

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
767
7912
747
236
B / Q710
000

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
15,0005,000
215,00020,000
310,00030,000
42,00032,000
515,00050,000
6150,000200,000
7430,000630,000
8340,000970,000
9320,0001,290,000
10405,0001,695,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Shining Gem of Spellsx5 (Gem (Caster))
2 → 3400,000Shining Gem of Spellsx12 (Gem (Caster))
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Spellsx5 (Magic Gem of Spells)
4 → 51,600,000M. Gem (Caster)x12 (M. Gem (Caster))
Forbidden Pagex5 (Forbidden Page)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Spellsx5 (S. Gem (Caster))
Forbidden Pagex10 (Forbidden Page)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Spellsx12 (S. Gem (Caster))
Infinity Gearx5 (Eternal Gear)
7 → 810,000,000Infinity Gearx10 (Eternal Gear)
Spirit Rootx3 (Spirit Root)
8 → 912,000,000Spirit Rootx8 (Spirit Root)
Heart of a Foreign Godx10 (Heart of the Foreign God)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Caster Piecex5 (Caster Piece)
2nd300,000Caster Piecex12 (Caster Piece)
Infinity Gearx8 (Infinity Gear)
3rd1,000,000Caster Monumentx5 (Caster Monument)
Forbidden Pagex10 (Forbidden Page)
Scarab of Wisdomx2 (Scarab of Wisdom)
4th3,000,000Caster Monumentx12 (Caster Monument)
Scarab of Wisdomx4 (Scarab of Wisdom)
Dragons Reverse Scalex5 (Dragons Reverse Scale)

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