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Karna

FGO Karna, Pros and Cons, Rating, Strategies and Tips, Stats, Skills, Wiki, and Noble Phantasm.
[JP] Fate Grand Order
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update 18/07/2017

Overview

Karna

RarityCostClass
5★16Lancer
Lancer
Rating7.5/10

Karna boasts a high attack stat, which when coupled with his Mana Burst (Flame) skill makes him a powerful damage dealer. He also possesses a critical-enhancing skill in the form of Uncrowned Arms Mastery, which allows him to deal large amounts of critical damage as well as generate quite a lot of critical stars. Additionally, his first skill is a decent crowd control tool as it seals the target’s natural NP gain and NP usage for one turn.

However, his damage potential is severely limited by the fact that his third skill does not have a built-in critical absorption buff. As Lancers have an innately lower-than-average critical weight, this makes him unable to make the most of his otherwise-formidable set. Additionally, his Noble Phantasm is rather plain, and though it deals a good amount of damage against Divine opponents, being unupgraded, Vasavi Shakti will often find itself losing in the damage competition against other Servants’ Noble Phantasms.

Pros

  • High base attack

  • Great critical damage, decent critical star generation

  • NP seal skill

Cons

  • No critical absorption skill
  • No survival function
  • Low NP damage [Removed Post-Upgrade]

Strategies & Tips

Karna can generally be used as a decent standalone Lancer; however, to make the most out of his set, it is best to use him with two low-critical weight Buster/critical supports, so that he is able to perform critical hits more consistently. A critical absorption Craft Essence is also recommended for Karna.

Noble Phantasm

Vasavi Shakti gains increased damage against Divine opponents. However, aside from this, it has no other gimmick, and since most other Servants have gotten their Noble Phantasm upgrades, it makes Karna’s NP a rather weak one comparatively.

[Post-Upgrade] Thanks to the upgrade, Vasavi Shakti is no longer afflicted by its formerly low damage, bringing it to equal standing with other AoE NPs. The Buster Resist Down adds to Karna’s great offensive prowess, which is always a good thing.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Merlin
Merlin[JP]
With low critical weight, offensive buffs, instant NP gain, and critical stars per turn, Merlin is an obvious choice for Karna. As with most others, Merlin turns Karna into a monstrous damage dealer.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang’s attack buff is multiplied with all of Karna’s buffs, making it extremely potent. His instant NP gain also aids Karna in performing NP Brave chains, and the critical buff is always welcome. Additionally, being a Caster, Zhuge Liang has a lower star weight, allowing Karna to gather more stars.
Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen
Hans possesses everything Karna needs; that is, critical stars, offensive buffs, and defensive assistance. Due to being a Caster, his low star weight allows more stars to be allocated to Karna’s command cards.
Nightingale
Nightingale
Nightingale, being a Berserker, adds to the team’s damage output overall. Additionally, her Buster buff skill allows for Karna to hit much harder than normal. However, one of the defining factors is her nonexistent critical weight, which allows Karna to perform more criticals.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Seal Designation Enforcer
Seal Designation Enforcer
Critical Absorption Up / Combination
These Craft Essences cover Karna’s greatest weakness, and allows him to compete with other Servants in the critical damage department. Generally speaking, these Craft Essences with additional effects (such as critical damage up) are better than pure absorb CEs.
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
Starting Noble Phantasm
Imaginary Number
To be used in battles where Vasavi Shakti is needed early on; that is, on fast-paced fights against Divine enemies, Archers in particular.
Limited/Zero Over
Limited/Zero Over
Buster Performance Up
Further increases Karna’s damaging potential. These Craft Essences should be used instead of Critical Absorption Up CEs when Karna has no access to critical stars whatsoever.

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Poor Man's Lamp
Poor Man's Lamp
When equipped on Karna, Increase Quick Card, Arts Card, & Buster Card performance of all allies by 8% while on the field.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base1,9991,850
Lv507,8856,973
Lv9013,63211,976
Lv10014,93413,110

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.72%
NP Charge (DEF)4%
Star Weight88
Star Rate12.2%
Death Resist28%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeSky
TraitsBrynhildr's Beloved, Divine, Humanoid, Riding, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

Vasavi Shakti (Rank EX)

Deals damage to all enemies.
[Overcharge]Deals extra damage against Divine enemies.For more details

RankEX
ClassificationAnti-God
TypeBuster
Hit-Count5
LvlDamage +ChargeAdd. Damage +
1300%100%150%
2400%200%162.5%
3450%300%175%
4475%400%187.5%
5500%500%200%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

  • Discernment of the Poor A

    As the most important part of this skill - the NP seal - does not scale with increased skill level, this skill should only be leveled last, and only for the cooldown.

  • Mana Burst (Flame) A

    As this skill has combined effects, it give slightly more bonus to Vasavi Shakti compared to normal Mana Burst due to how buffs of different types are multiplied. However, its effect is less on Karna’s other command cards. Still, this is his most reliable damage increasing skill, so it should be the first to be leveled.

  • Uncrowned Arms Mastery

    Due to the NP gauge increase, this skill is an useful one even when Karna has no access to critical stars. However, due to the unreliability of this skill, it should be leveled after Mana Burst (Flame), unless a reliable way to make Karna perform a critical is readily available.

Discernment of the Poor A

Discernment of the Poor A

Available from the start
Reduces one enemy's debuff resistance for 1 turn.
Prevents them from using their NP for 1 turn (this also prevents the enemy from gaining NP charge).

LvlDebuff Res -Cooldown
130%8
232%8
334%8
436%8
538%8
640%7
742%7
844%7
946%7
1050%6

Mana Burst (Flame) A

Mana Burst (Flame) A

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increases own Buster card performance for 1 turn.
Increases own NP damage for 1 turn.

LvlBuster +NP Damage +Cooldown
120%10%7
221%11%7
322%12%7
423%13%7
524%14%7
625%15%6
726%16%6
827%17%6
928%18%6
1030%20%5

Uncrowned Arms Mastership

Uncrowned Arms Mastership

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Charges own NP gauge by 25%.
Increases own critical star generation rate for 3 turns.
Increases own critical damage for 3 turns.

LvlStar Rate +Crit Damage +Cooldown
130%20%8
232%22%8
334%24%8
436%26%8
538%28%8
640%30%7
742%32%7
844%34%7
946%36%7
1050%40%6

Class Skills

Magic Resistance CMagic Resistance C
Increases own resistance to debuffs by 15%.
Divinity ADivinity A
Increases own damage by 200.
Riding ARiding A
Increases own Quick card performance by 10%.

Command Cards

QuickQuickArtsBusterBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count3314

While Karna’s QQABB deck may present an NP gain problem for other Servants, Karna’s decent base gain coupled with his third skill makes him largely unaffected by this. Instead, it increases the effectiveness of Uncrowned Arms Mastery’s critical star gain bonus.

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
867
81215
800
257
B / Q1013
000

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
16,0006,000
224,00030,000
315,00045,000
42,50047,500
52,50050,000
6160,000210,000
7440,000650,000
8330,000980,000
9350,0001,330,000
10375,0001,705,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Shining Gem of Lancesx5 (Shining Gem of Lances)
2 → 3400,000Shining Gem of Lancesx12 (Shining Gem of Lances)
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Lancesx5 (Magic Gem of Lances)
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Lancesx12 (Magic Gem of Lances)
Infinity Gearx5 (Infinity Gear)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Lancesx5 (Secret Gem of Lances)
Infinity Gearx10 (Infinity Gear)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Lancesx12 (Secret Gem of Lances)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx5 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
7 → 810,000,000Octuplet Twin Crystalsx10 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
Heros Proofx18 (Heros Proof)
8 → 912,000,000Heros Proofx54 (Heros Proof)
Heart of a Foreign Godx10 (Heart of a Foreign God)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Lancer Piecex5 (Lancer Piece)
2nd300,000Lancer Piecex12 (Lancer Piece)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx8 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
3rd1,000,000Lancer Monumentx5 (Lancer Monument)
Infinity Gearx10 (Infinity Gear)
Phoenix Plumex4 (Phoenix Plume)
4th3,000,000Lancer Monumentx12 (Lancer Monument)
Phoenix Plumex8 (Phoenix Plume)
Heart of a Foreign Godx5 (Heart of a Foreign God)

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