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William Shakespeare

FGO William Shakespeare, Pros and Cons, Rating, Strategies and Tips, Stats, Skills, Wiki, and Noble Phantasm.
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update 18/07/2017

Overview

William Shakespeare

RarityCostClass
2★4Caster
Caster
Rating7/10

[JP]
William Shakespeare exists as a Buster support. He specializes in buffing Busters for damage and helping Buster Servants charge NP, and while he does pretty decently in his specialization, but unfortunately he is highly outclassed by Merlin.
Unlike other supports like Mozart and Alexander, Shakespeare has 2 burst skills and no sustained skills, which is rather unfortunate as it means he does nothing in his downtime but give Arts cards.

[NA]
Shakespeare receives his targetable NP charge with his 3rd skill upgrade, which makes his performance rather limited at this stage. But at the same time, at this stage there is no one else but Shakespeare who can increase Arts chains and buff Busters.

Pros

  • AAA Deck + Buster buff aids NP charging with Buster Servants through Arts chains.
  • High-scaling Buster buff.
  • Targetable NP charge skill (JP).
  • Decent AoE NP damage for Casters in NA.

Cons

  • Has no sustained skills, does nothing on his downtime.
  • Needs upgrade for full potential.

Strategies & Tips

Shakespeare acts as a middleman for Arts chains in Buster teams. He can aid the team’s NP gain through creating more Arts chains, and with his 3rd skill he can charge an ally’s NP gauge. He’s usually used with a Buster damage dealer and another support, and one would usually use his Buster buff for the damager’s NP Buster Braves.

Best Servants to Work with

Most Buster Servants
Lu Bu Fengxian, Eric Bloodaxe, Darius III, Altria Pendragon, Siegfried, Altera, Elisabeth Bathory, Romulus, Heracles, Sakata Kintoki, Kiyohime, Hector, Francis Drake, Oda Nobunaga, Gilgamesh, etc.
Shakespeare can aid most Buster Servants in NP gain, and offer them a good boost in Buster damage.

ServantExplanation
Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen
Hans provides Arts cards to increase Arts chains, and sustains the team through def buffs and heals. His atk up also multiplies with Shakespeare’s Buster up, which makes for a solid support team.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Provides offensive and defensive buffs through his skills and NP, as well as charging the party’s NP gauge. His atk buff multiplies with Shakespeare’s Buster buff, and his NP charge skills can stack with Shakespeare’s for an overall 70% NP gauge on one target.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Piece of Year 2030
Piece of Year 2030
While being a support, sadly Shakespeare doesn’t do much outside of his skills. His NP isn’t a good support function, therefore one way to improve his performance is to let him passively produce stars.
Maiden Leading Chaldea
Maiden Leading Chaldea
Final Destination
Final Destination
Fox's Night Dream
Fox's Night Dream
Heaven's Feel
Heaven's Feel
Shakespeare deals a decent amount of NP damage if buffed by his own Buster buff, so there is some worth in buffing his NP. However, one must not expect high numbers from it still.
Angel's Song
Angel's Song
Black Holy Grail
Black Holy Grail
Purely Bloom
Purely Bloom

Max Bond Level CE

work in progress

Stats

LvlHPATK

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)1.59%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight50
Star Rate10.8%
Death Resist45%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeMan
TraitsMale, Humanoid, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

Shakespeare’s NP is rather useless, as it deals mediocre damage and has a mediocre chance to stun as a secondary effect. The stun chance is highly unreliable, and because of his NP being Buster, it is unusable for Arts chains to aid NP gain nor is it able to refund his own gauge.

First Folio ()

Deals damage to all enemies.
[Overcharge]Chance to inflict Stun to all Enemies

RankB
ClassificationAnti-army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count4
LvlDamage +ChargeStun Chance
1300%100%30%
2400%200%35%
3450%300%40%
4475%400%45%
5500%500%50%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

Enchant A / Cooldown: 7-5
Increase all allies’ Buster Performance (1 turn)

A good skill that maxes out on 40% increase in Buster for a turn. It’s used mostly to boost the NP and Buster damage of his allies, for maximum damage output. It has a decent CD time, but its 1 turn duration means you won’t be able to use it as much as you’d like.

Self-Preservation B / Cooldown: 8-6
Apply Invincible (1 turn)
Restore HP

A nice skill to help Shakespeare survive. Because Shakespeare has a decently long downtime, he does well in extending his life with this skill.

The King’s Men C / Cooldown: 8-6 [Strengthening Upgrade]
Increase an Ally’s NP gauge
Increase an Ally’s crit generation rate (1 turn)

A decent skill but suffers from its CD time, as it doesn’t improve the consistency of your team’s NP gain as reliably. But it still is rather useful in helping Buster Servants generate NP decently.
The crit generation rate is rather situational, but it maxes at 100%, making it rather useful for allies with a high number of hits on their NPs. Paired with the Buster buff, it can allow allies to generate as much as 40 stars on their Buster NP, depending on hitcounts.

Skill Priority: 1/3/2

Enchant A

Enchant A

Available from the start
Increases party's Buster card performance for 1 turn.

LvlBuster +Cooldown
120%7
222%7
324%7
426%7
528%7
630%6
732%6
834%6
936%6
1040%5

Self-Preservation B

Self-Preservation B

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Grants self invincibility for 1 turn.
Recovers own HP.

LvlHeal +Cooldown
15008
26008
37008
48008
59008
610007
711007
812007
913007
1015006

King's Troupe C

King's Troupe C

Unlocks after Strengthening Quest
Charges one ally's NP gauge by 20%.
Increases their critical star generation for 1 turn.

LvlStar Rate +Cooldown
150%8
255%8
360%8
465%8
570%8
675%7
780%7
885%7
990%7
10100%6

Class Skills

Territory Creation CTerritory Creation C
Increases damage of unit's Arts cards by 6%

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsArtsBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count2113

With an QAAAB deck, Shakespeare fits well as a Buster support, as he is able to create more possibilities in making Arts chains, therefore increasing NP gain.

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
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Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
12,5002,500
23,7506,250
35,00011,250
46,25017,500
510,00027,500
6192,500220,000
7198,000418,000
8222,000640,000
9250,000890,000
10313,0001,203,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 220,000Shining Gem of Spellsx3 (Shining Gem of Spells)
2 → 340,000Shining Gem of Spellsx6 (Shining Gem of Spells)
3 → 4120,000Magic Gem of Spellsx3 (Magic Gem of Spells)
4 → 5160,000Magic Gem of Spellsx6 (Magic Gem of Spells)
Forbidden Pagex3 (Forbidden Page)
5 → 6400,000Secret Gem of Spellsx3 (Secret Gem of Spells)
Forbidden Pagex5 (Forbidden Page)
6 → 7500,000Secret Gem of Spellsx6 (Secret Gem of Spells)
Ghost Lanternx3 (Ghost Lantern)
7 → 81,000,000Shadow Servantx6 (Shadow Servant)
Ghost Lanternx5 (Ghost Lantern)
8 → 91,200,000Shadow Servantx18 (Shadow Servant)
Snake Jewelx10 (Snake Jewel)
9 → 102,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st15,000Caster Piecex3 (Caster Piece)
2nd45,000Caster Piecex6 (Caster Piece)
Ghost Lanternx4 (Ghost Lantern)
3rd150,000Caster Monumentx3 (Caster Monument)
Forbidden Pagex5 (Forbidden Page)
Homunculus Babyx3 (Homunculus Baby)
4th450,000Caster Monumentx6 (Caster Monument)
Snake Jewelx5 (Snake Jewel)
Homunculus Babyx3 (Homunculus Baby)

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