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Heracles

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

Heracles

RarityCostClass
4★12Berserker
Berserker
RatingA (4★ Tier List)

Heracles is a Berserker most well-known due to his survivability, though a large part of this can be attributed to his famous bond CE - which makes him one of the best Servants for last stand scenarios. Aside from it, his skillset still leans on the defensive side, with an Evasion skill as well as Guts. His NP and first skill greatly increases his damage in burst turns, allowing him to compete against other Berserkers in that regard.

However, as Heracles lacks any sort of skill assisting his NP gain, this means that outside assistance would be needed for him to fill his NP gauge. When his bond CE is equipped, if he still has an ally on the field, it is possible for opponents to make him use more than one Guts in a single turn - in a sense, wasting his survival - meaning that he should be deployed with care.

Pros

  • Powerful offense.
  • Solid defensive kit.
  • Amazing bond CE.

Cons

  • His strongest point (bond CE) requires a rather specific situation to truly shine.
  • Needs NP gain assistance from other Servants.

Strategies & Tips

Generally speaking, Heracles is a rather flexible Servant - he can be brought in the frontline (preferably with the assistance of somebody capable of helping him gain NP, such as Zhuge Liang), or in the backrow, with a starting NP CE. Once he gets his bond CE, however, Heracles is best used as a last stand Servant for certain stages - in a pure last stand situation, he can survive for 5 turns on his own (which may be extended to 7 turns with sufficient skill level and a Master Evasion/Invincibility).

Noble Phantasm

Nine Lives is a Buster-type damage-dealing single-target Noble Phantasm, which reduces the target’s defense for three turns. Due to the defense down, this NP is ideal as a starter to Heracles’ Brave chains, and should be used as such.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge’s 50% NP gauge increase is highly appreciated by Heracles. His defense and attack buffs also increase his overall performance, and he also works well with any Taunter Servant which may be brought along.

Leonidas
Known for being somewhat tricky to use, Leonidas was one of the less appreciated Taunt Servants before his upgrade. After that, however, the Buster buff he provides makes him a perfect match for most Berserkers, something that is further aided by the critical stars his NP provide.
Saint George
Saint George
Possessing the highest percentage defense buff among all Taunt Servants, St. George is a natural fit for any Berserker due to the ease of which he could be used. He also has good synergy with Servants such as Zhuge Liang, which further increases his desirability.

Best CEs

Starting NP

Recommended for situations where Heracles’ NP is needed early on in the stage. The higher percentage ones are especially useful in the absence of NP gain supports, while the 50% starting NP variants would be enough with such supports in the team.

Buster Up

Increases Heracles’ overall Buster damage. Should be used when multiple Servants capable of increasing NP gauge are available, or in longer fights where Heracles is deployed as a frontline Servant.

Other notable CEs

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Castle of Snow
Castle of Snow
Easily Heracles’ best CE, it allows him to survive much longer in last stand scenarios. If this CE is used, he should be positioned as the last member of the party to maximize his potential.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base1,6521,775
405,9896,215
8010,32710,655
9011,42011,773
10012,52112,901

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)1.07%
NP Charge (DEF)5%
Star Weight10
Star Rate5%
Death Resist39%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeSky
TraitsMale, Humanoid, Divine, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

Nine Lives (Rank C~A+)

Deal damage to a single enemy.
[Overcharge]Decrease DEF for the target (3 turns)

RankC~A+
ClassificationAnti-Unit
TypeBuster
Hit-Count15
LvlDamage +ChargeDefense -
1600%100%10%
2800%200%15%
3900%300%20%
4950%400%25%
51000%500%30%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

Pre-Bond CE Priority: 1 > 2 > 3
Post-Bond CE Priority: 2 > 1 > 3

  • Bravery A+

    Increases Heracles’ attack and mental debuff resistance for three turns. While this skill is mostly used for the first part, the second somewhat makes up for Heracles’ lack of Magic Resistance, which means that he can potentially avoid certain annoying debuffs (especially Charm).

  • Eye of the Mind (False) B

    Applies Evasion (1 turn) on himself as well as increasing his critical damage for three turns. Being a Berserker, Heracles would rarely be able to perform criticals, meaning this skill’s worth mainly lies in its Evasion. As a result, leveling this skill may feel somewhat useless - however, the cooldown reduction gained may be the difference between life and death in last stand situations.

  • Battle Continuation A

    While at times highly questionable on other Servants, Battle Continuation is an important part in Heracles’ kit, especially with his bond CE in mind. This skill, when combined with his bond CE and Evasion, allows Heracles to survive for 5 turns straight on his own, which is an impressive feat. However, the fact that it has to be used after his bond CE’s Guts are gone means that reducing this skill’s cooldown is not a priority.

Bravery A+

Bravery A+

Available from the start
Increase your ATK (3 turns)
Increase your Mental Debuff Resist (3 turns)

LvlAttack +Debuff Res +Cooldown
110.5%21%7
212.6%23.1%7
314.6%25.2%7
416.7%27.3%7
518.7%29.4%7
620.8%31.5%6
722.8%33.6%6
824.9%35.7%6
926.9%37.8%6
1031%42%5

Eye of the Mind (False) B

Eye of the Mind (False) B

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Apply Evade for yourself (1 turn)
Increase your Critical Strength (3 turns)

LvlCrit Damage +Cooldown
118%8
219.8%8
321.6%8
423.4%8
525.2%8
627%7
728.8%7
830.6%7
932.4%7
1036%6

Battle Continuation A

Battle Continuation A

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Apply Guts for yourself (5 turns)

LvlRevives withCooldown
11000 HP9
21150 HP9
31300 HP9
41450 HP9
51600 HP9
61750 HP8
71900 HP8
82050 HP8
92200 HP8
102500 HP7

Class Skills

Mad Enhancement BMad Enhancement B
Increase your Buster Card effectiveness by 8%
Divinity ADivinity A
Apply Damage Plus (by 200) for yourself

Command Cards

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

Heracles’ QABBB deck allows him to have great sustained damage, which is especially important for his last stand performance. It does hamper his NP gain quite a bit, however, though he makes up for it somewhat through his good defending NP gain.

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
856
81115
811
234
B / Q913
000

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
12,5002,500
23,7506,250
35,00011,250
46,25017,500
510,00027,500
6232,500260,000
7240,000500,000
8270,500770,500
9309,5001,080,000
10410,0001,490,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2100,000Shining Gem of Madnessx4 (Shining Gem of Madness)
2 → 3200,000Shining Gem of Madnessx10 (Shining Gem of Madness)
3 → 4600,000Magic Gem of Madnessx4 (Magic Gem of Madness)
4 → 5800,000Magic Gem of Madnessx10 (Magic Gem of Madness)
Heart of a Foreign Godx2 (Heart of a Foreign God)
5 → 62,000,000Secret Gem of Madnessx4 (Secret Gem of Madness)
Heart of a Foreign Godx4 (Heart of a Foreign God)
6 → 72,500,000Secret Gem of Madnessx10 (Secret Gem of Madness)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx4 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
7 → 85,000,000Heros Proofx15 (Heros Proof)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx8 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
8 → 96,000,000Heros Proofx45 (Heros Proof)
Dragons Reverse Scalex8 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
9 → 1010,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st50,000Berserker Piecex4 (Berserker Piece)
2nd150,000Berserker Piecex10 (Berserker Piece)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx6 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
3rd500,000Berserker Monumentx4 (Berserker Monument)
Talon of Chaosx3 (Talon of Chaos)
Heart of a Foreign Godx4 (Heart of a Foreign God)
4th1,500,000Berserker Monumentx10 (Berserker Monument)
Talon of Chaosx5 (Talon of Chaos)
Dragons Reverse Scalex4 (Dragons Reverse Scale)

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