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Medusa (Lancer)

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Overview

Medusa (Lancer)

RarityCostClass
4★12Lancer
Lancer
Rating5.5/10

Medusa Lancer’s main feature is the high-chance stun built-in to her Noble Phantasm. Coupled with her first skill’s Charm, it enables her to stall male opponents reliably. As her NP is single-target and Quick-type, it allows her to deal an acceptable amount of damage when coupled with her Monstrous Strength skill - though it is nowhere near exceptional due to her Monstrous Strength’s low percentage and low-ish ATK stat. Medusa Lancer also has some defensive capabilities to an extent, through her 3rd skills’ Invincibility and Guts buffs. Her NP upgrade further increases her NP damage, and it now inflicts a Quick resistance debuff on the target, which can help the team to an extent.
Medusa Lancer’s primary flaw, however, is that she lacks any clearly defined role. Though she has her stun, being NP-locked means that she is unable to spam it enough for it to be significant. Additionally, most of her skills lack synergy with each other (and with her NP), which is made even worse by the long cooldowns on her first and third skills. All of these mean that she would be a rather undesirable alternative in most situations.

Pros

  • High-chance Stun on NP
  • Possess survival skills
  • Acceptable NP damage
  • Decent critical star gain

Cons

  • Skillset lacks synergy
  • Long skill cooldowns
  • First skill is somewhat situational
  • Subpar skill effects
  • Somewhat low ATK stat

Strategies & Tips

Medusa Lancer should be used in stages filled with male Archers, in order to make the most of her 1st skill’s charm. Due to stun’s high chance and her average NP gain, her Noble Phantasm should be kept for crucial turns, where the stun would be most useful. Additionally, due to her skillset, she is unable to provide enough damage on her own, meaning that she’d most likely be used as a secondary damage dealer.

Noble Phantasm

Caress of the Medusa is a Quick-type, single-target damaging Noble Phantasm. It also has a high chance to apply Stun, which is 80% at 100% Overcharge. While it is able to deal a decent amount of damage, it can only be unleashed every so often, meaning that it is generally better to save it for certain turns. Thanks to its high hitcount, this NP is able to generate a decent amount of critical stars. After the NP’s upgrade, its damage becomes rather high, and it also weakens the target against quick cards for 3 turns.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge’s NP gain aid helps Medusa in performing her NP, and his NP’s stun go well with hers. Additionally, his buffs are all beneficial to the team, thanks to Medusa’s quick-oriented deck. Still, the lack of sustainability may be somewhat of a problem for harder stages.
Assassin of Agartha
Assassin of Agartha


Altria (Alter)

Atalante
Atalante
Servants with Quick buff (Wu Zetian, Altria Pendragon [Alter Summer], Atalanta)
Quick performance buffs increase Medusa’s damage, as well as NP gain and critical star generation. It is even more preferred if the chosen Servant is able to serve as a primary damage dealer, or is otherwise able to make use of the critical stars.
Stheno
Stheno

Euryale
Euryale
Servants with Anti-Male Charms (Stheno, Euryale)
Pairing Medusa with these Servants will highly increase the significance of their charms and stun, greatly hindering male enemies. However, such opportunities may be somewhat rare, as it only works against single-boss stages, and the boss has to be male.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Heaven's Feel
Heaven's Feel
The Black Grail
The Black Grail
NP Damage Up (Heaven’s Feel, Black Grail)
These CEs add to the effectiveness of Medusa’s NP damage, meaning that the team can focus more on charging her NP.
Imaginary Around
Imaginary Around

Gandr
Gandr

Dangerous Beast
Dangerous Beast
Quick Performance Up (Imaginary Around, Gandr, Dangerous Beast)
These enhance Medusa’s Quick cards’ damage, NP gain, and critical star generation. Best used in critical-oriented teams, thanks to her decent critical star generation rate.
Prisma Cosmos
Prisma Cosmos
NP Charge (Prisma Cosmos, Afternoon Party)
This type of CE allows Medusa to unleash her Noble Phantasm more reliably, meaning that she can perform her stun more often. Best used if Medusa Lancer is used as a secondary damage dealer.

Max Bond Level CE

work in progress

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base2,0991,375
Lv407,5644,786
Lv8013,1198,253
Lv9014,5079,119
Lv10015,9079,993

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.44%
NP Charge (DEF)4%
Star Weight89
Star Rate12.2%
Death Resist40%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeEarth
TraitsServant, Humanoid, Female, Divine, Weak to Enuma Elish, Earth or Sky

Noble Phantasm

Caress of the Medusa (Rank B)

Deals damage to a single target
[Overcharge]Chance to stun the enemy for 1 turn

RankB
ClassificationAnti-Personnel
TypeQuick
Hit-Count8
Lvl Damage +ChargeStun Chance
11200%100%80%
21600%200%100%
31800%300%120%
41900%400%140%
52000%500%160%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

Alluring Nightingale B
Grants a chance to charm an enemy of the opposite for one turn. While situational, this skill may be very useful under the right conditions - however, even then it is hurt by its long cooldown. As such, this skill should be leveled last, if any.

Monstrous Strength C
Increases her attack for one turn. Though possessing subpar percentage for such a skill, it is still her most reliable one, meaning that it should have leveling priority.

Affection Towards the Beyond A
Grants Medusa a 1-hit Invincibility buff, as well as a one-time Guts buff which lasts for three turns. As only the amount recovered by the Guts scales with skill level, this skill should be leveled second to help the cooldown somewhat.

Priority: 2/3/1

Alluring Nightingale B

Alluring Nightingale B

Available from the start
Chance to charm one Opposite Sex enemy for 1 turn.

LvlCharm ChanceCooldown
160%9
263%9
366%9
469%9
572%9
675%8
778%8
881%8
984%8
1090%7

Monstrous Strength C

Monstrous Strength C

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increases own attack for 1 turn.

LvlAttack +Cooldown
110%7
212%7
314%7
416%7
518%7
620%6
722%6
824%6
926%%6
1030%5

Affection Towards The Beyond A

Affection Towards The Beyond A

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Grants guts status to self for 3 turns (1 time)
Grants invincibility to self for 1 Hit.

LvlRevives withCooldown
110009
212009
314009
416009
518009
620008
722008
824008
926008
1030007

Class Skills

Magic Resistance BMagic Resistance B
Increases own resistance to debuffs by 17.5%.
Goddess' Essence AGoddess' Essence A
Increases own damage by 250.
Increases own resistance to debuffs by 25%.

Command Cards

QuickQuickArtsArtsBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count3415

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
733
7912
711
112
B / Q710
000

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
11,5001,500
22,2503,750
33,0006,750
43,75010,500
54,50015,000
6225,000240000
7260,000500,000
8270,000770,000
9300,0001,070,000
10395,0001,465,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2100,000Shining Gem of Lancesx4 (Shining Gem of Lances)
2 → 3200,000Shining Gem of Lancesx10 (Shining Gem of Lances)
3 → 4600,000Magic Gem of Lancesx4 (Magic Gem of Lances)
4 → 5800,000Magic Gem of Lancesx10 (Magic Gem of Lances)
Yggdrasil Seedx5 (Yggdrasil Seed)
5 → 62,000,000Secret Gem of Lancesx4 (Secret Gem of Lances)
Yggdrasil Seedx10 (Yggdrasil Seed)
6 → 72,500,000Secret Gem of Lancesx10 (Secret Gem of Lances)
Seashell of Reminiscencex4 (Seashell of Reminiscence)
7 → 85,000,000Seashell of Reminiscencex8 (Seashell of Reminiscence)
Primordial Lanugox3 (Primordial Lanugo)
8 → 96,000,000Primordial Lanugox9 (Primordial Lanugo)
Snake Jewelx16 (Snake Jewel)
9 → 1010,000,000Crystallized Lore​x (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st50,000Lancer Piecex4 (Lancer Piece)
2nd150,000Lancer Piecex10 (Lancer Piece)
Seashell of Reminiscencex6 (Seashell of Reminiscence)
3rd500,000Lancer Monumentx4 (Lancer Monument)
Yggdrasil Seedx10 (Yggdrasil Seed)
Phoenix Plumex4 (Phoenix Plume)
4th1,500,000Lancer Monumentx10 (Lancer Monument)
Phoenix Plumex7 (Phoenix Plume)
Stinger of Certain Deathx24 (Stinger of Certain Death)

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