Ivan the Terrible (Ivan the Thunder Emperor)

Fate Grand Order Ivan the Terrible, Noble Phantasm, Skills, Team, Craft Essence, Servants to Work With.
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update 02/05/2018

Ivan the Terrible is currently unavailable on the Global ver.
Ivan the Terrible is a limited servant and only available in the second Anastasia Summoning Campaign banner.



Ivan is perhaps one of the most powerful Riders so far--- his skillset provides him with access to great potential for both damage and utility that can aid the team against many foes.


  • Good NP damage that applies Buster resistance down
  • Is able to remove own debuffs
  • Has great overall NP gain
  • Can remove all enemies buffs
  • Has an AoE ATK down
  • Is able to produce stars every turn


  • His 3rd skill’s effects are packed, which may sometimes make it hard to benefit from all of them

Strategy and Tips

Ivan is quite the juggernaut, and not just with his sheer size--- not only is he able to hit with great potential for damage, he also has good utilities that can turn the tides of battle to his team’s favor. He has no visible weaknesses that hinder his performance. To fully understand how good he is, we’ll go over his strengths in detail.

In regards to damage, Ivan does quite a good amount--- with his skills alone he can power up his Buster cards by 40%, but through his NP’s debuff he can stack up to at least a 60% increase for 3 turns. His Buster up skill also comes packaged with a buff that gives him stars per turn, so with his class’s naturally high star absorption rate, he would be able to easily deal high-powered Buster crits. And it doesn’t stop there--- he’s also able to buff his NP gain for most of the time he’s on the field, which with his 2 Arts cards and crit potential allows him to recharge his gauge at good speeds. This means that as long as his buffs and debuff are active, he would hit for more damage on his next NP, allowing him to potentially stack more of his Buster resistance down.

As for utility, Ivan has mainly three. His first is the ability to remove his debuffs. The ability to remove debuffs is quite useful as a tool, as it lets Ivan rid himself of any pesky effects that may aim to hinder his damage or survival. It’s not that noticeable, but it can add a lot to how good he performs on his strong points, and even counter debuff-based gimmicks from difficult enemies. His 3rd skill grants him 2 more utilities: an ATK down and an AoE buff removal. An ATK down is rather straightforward--- it reduces enemy damage which can allow the team more survival, especially when it’s stacked with similar effects from other Servants. The AOE removal of buffs however, is quite a splendid tool. It allows for Ivan to counter and defend from buffstacking and/or gimmicky buffs that may disable or kill the entire team.

He’s not perfect however, of course. Being able to use his NP twice within three turns can be quite difficult to pull off most of the time. His 3rd skill’s effects are also packed together, which makes it hard to use regularly, as one would usually prefer to save the buff removal for key moments.

Noble Phantasm

Zveri Krestniy Hod deals decent damage at 23.7k damage against all enemies when buffed with his own skills and at NP1. It has a built-in NP buff that multiplies with his Buster buff, and applies an AoE Buster resistance down. It’s quite straightforward, really, and serves mostly to buff his own damage.

Best Servants to Work with

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans can increase Ivan’s damage by providing him with ATK up and crit damage up, along with passively providing stars for him. He can also stack his DEF buffs on the latter’s ATK down debuff, as well as heal the party, giving way for decent sustain for the entire team.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Waver is able to provide Ivan with an ATK and crit up buff that can improve his damage further. He’s also able to provide high-scaling DEF buffs that can stack with the latter’s ATK down for more reduction in damage. He’s also able to charge Ivan’s NP gauge directly, further improving his potential for using his NP twice within 3 turns.
Merlin is able to provide Ivan with large amounts of boosts to his damage, by granting him an ATK up, Buster up, and crit up. He can also heal the entire party as he generates stars every turn, granting Ivan more chances to crit and healing to pair with his ATK down.

Best CEs

NP Damage Up

Heaven's FeelAngel's SongThe Black GrailPurely Bloom

An increase in NP damage can boost Ivan’s potential for damage overall, especially due to the fact that he is able to charge his NP gauge quite quickly.

Max Bond Level CE

Library of Ivan IV
Library of Ivan IV
When equipped to Ivan the Terrible (Rider) only and while that servant is on the field, increase Buster Card effectiveness and NP Damage of all allies by 10% while on the field.



Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.62%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight200
Star Rate8.9%
Death Resist40%
AlignmentLawful Evil
TraitsBeast, Earth or Sky, Humanoid, King, Male, Riding, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

Zveri Krestnyy Khod

Deals damage to all enemies
Reduces enemies' Buster Resistance by 20% for 3 turns
[Overcharge] Increases' own NP Damage for 1 turn (activates first)

LvlDamage +ChargeNP Damage+


Upgrade Priority

  • Contradicting Memory A / Cooldown: 7-5

    A gnarly great skill that can allow Ivan to charge his NP gauge at good speeds. Most NP gain skills have a cooldown of 6 turns at max level, which makes this one quite a cheat as it boosts his gain for good numbers without having long downtime. With a short cooldown, it becomes somewhat manageable to use the skill for either effect, and one wouldn’t worry much about wasting one for the other.
  • Innocent Monster (Strange) A / Cooldown: 7-5

    Gaining 10 stars per turn allows Ivan to make use of his potential well. While it’s not enough to support a 100% crit rate for all his cards every turn, it can grant him good chances to make use of his NP gain up buff and Buster up to either charge his gauge quickly or hit very hard with his Arts and Buster cards.
  • Great Supreme Authority A / Cooldown: 8-6

    As mentioned earlier, this carries most of Ivan’s potential for survival and support his allies. It can be quite hard to benefit from all effects though, due to its longer CD and tight packaging. For most cases, one would opt to use the ATK down as often as possible due to how much it can help with the team’s survival. In other words, it’s a skill that’s meant to be for continuous use due to its potential for sustain. In this case, due to having 2 effects that are meant for countering dire situations can make it harder to use, as one would want to instead wait for said situations to benefit from the skill’s effects. Still, it’s not as if it’s entirely problematic to use--- the ATK down can be used with other Servants who can stack similar effects, so that even though only Ivan has invulnerability, his allies don’t get left for slaughter. The buff removal can also take away pierce invulnerability buffs or ATK ups the enemy might have, further adding unto how its effects can work together.


Contradictive Mind A

Contradictive Mind A

Available from the start
Increases own NP Generation Rate by for 3 turns
Removes own debuffs

LvlNP Rate +Cooldown

Innocent Monster (Lost)

Innocent Monster (Lost)

Unlocks after 1st ascension
Gains Critical Stars per turn for 3 turns
Increases own Buster Card performance for 3 turns

LvlStar Regen +Buster +Cooldown

Emergency Powers A

Emergency Powers A

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Grants self Invincibility for 1 turn
Reduces all enemies' ATK for 3 turns
Removes all enemies' buffs

Lvl ATK -Cooldown

Class Skills

Magic Resistance DMagic Resistance D
Increases own resistance to debuffs by 12.5%.
Riding EXRiding EX
Increases own Quick card performance by 12%.

Command Cards


A QAABB deck allows Ivan the capability to both charge his NP with his Arts cards and deal damage through his Busters. It’s the perfect fit for him.

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp

Skill Enhancement Material

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Gem of Riderx5 (Gem of Rider)
2 → 3400,000Gem of Riderx12 (Gem of Rider)
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Riderx5 (Magic Gem of Rider)
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Riderx12 (Magic Gem of Rider)
Meteor Horseshoex5 (Meteor Horseshoe)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Riderx5 (Secret Gem of Rider)
Meteor Horseshoex10 (Meteor Horseshoe)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Riderx12 (Secret Gem of Rider)
Evil Bonex15 (Evil Bone)
7 → 810,000,000Evil Bonex29 (Evil Bone)
Stinger of Certain Deathx15 (Stinger of Certain Death)
8 → 912,000,000Stinger of Certain Deathx44 (Stinger of Certain Death)
Permafrost Ice Crystalx24 (Permafrost Ice Crystal)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 Crystallized Lore​

Ascension Material

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Rider Piecex5 (Rider Piece)
2nd300,000Rider Piecex12 (Rider Piece)
Evil Bonex22 (Evil Bone)
3rd1,000,000Rider Monumentx5 (Rider Monument)
Meteor Horseshoex10 (Meteor Horseshoe)
Primordial Lanugox3 (Primordial Lanugo)
4th3,000,000Rider Monumentx12 (Rider Monument)
Primordial Lanugox6 (Primordial Lanugo)
Cursed Beast Cholecystx5 Cursed Beast Cholecyst

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