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Francis Drake

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

Francis Drake

Currently unavailable on the EN ver.

RarityCostClass
5★16Rider
Rider
Rating9.0 /10

Francis Drake is a servant that is well-balanced in terms of damage and utility, providing damage boost and critical stars to the party while still able to deal a huge chunk of damage on her own. Although she do not have any defensive skills, it is usually neglected due to her high offensive capabilities.

Pros

  • High Star Generation and Absorption:

    10 critical stars from Pioneer of the Stars EX and 20 critical stars from her Noble Phantasm overcharge effect, Drake is a monster when it comes to star generation. Even though it might still be insufficient to supply the whole party with critical stars on her own, Drake’s high star absorption made up for it by absorbing almost all the stars for herself to unleash high critical combos next turn.

  • Buster-focused Rider:

    Although Drake is classify as a Rider class servant, her command cards layout of QAABB is similar to those that Sabers have, making her a rare Rider that focused on Buster cards especially when her NP is also a Buster type.

  • Efficient NP Charging Rate:

    With a NP charging rate of 0.42% per attack and minimum of 1.68% per Arts card, Drake’s ability to charge up her NP gauge can further be increased through her Golden Rule B skill and not to forget Pioneer of the Stars EX that directly charged her NP gauge by 50%.

Cons

  • Only One Quick Card:

    With only one Quick card in her command cards layout, Drake is kind of in a weird spot where she might have problems generating stars besides using her skills.

Strategies & Tips

Drake fits the role of primary attacker by gaining large amount of critical stars and devastate the enemy with critical hits. Her NP is mainly used as a sweeper to deal large amount of AOE while chaining with another servant’s NP, not to forget that her first skill also increases the party’s NP damage and attack for a turn.

Noble Phantasm

Drake’s Noble Phantasm, Golden Wild Hunt deals AOE damage to the enemies while generating critical stars. The NP itself doesn’t really deal a lot of damage but mainly used as a star generator or to link with another NP due to how efficient it is for Drake to charge up her NP gauge.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh
With Gilgamesh, Drake works as the star generator with Gilgamesh as the star absorber to deal heavy damage through critical hits.
Lancelot
Lancelot
Both Lancelot and Drake have NP that provides additional critical stars after used, allowing for another turn of burst damage after using their NP.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Generic support that fits in every party. Supports Drake by providing her with additional critical and NP charges.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Kiss Your Hand
Kiss Your Hand
Further increases the performance of Drake’s cards which are already excellent.
Piece of Year 2030
Piece of Year 2030
Additional critical stars supply which is compatible with Drake’s kit.
Victor from the Moon
Victor from the Moon
Increases Drake’s damage output by increasing her Buster card effectiveness and critical hit damage.
Heaven's Feel
Heaven's Feel
Increases her NP damage which is useful at the later stages in the game where the enemies have higher HP.

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Golden Helm
Golden Helm
When equipped to Drake (Rider) only, increase NP Strength for all allies by 20% while on the field

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base1,8811,750
Lv507,4216,595
Lv9012,83011,326
Lv10014,05612,398

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.42%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight208
Star Rate9%
Death Resist50%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeStar
TraitsFemale, Humanoid, Riding, Servant

Noble Phantasm

Golden Wild Hunt (Rank A)

Deals damage to all enemies.
[Overcharge]Gain critical stars.

RankA
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count5
LvlDamage +ChargeStars +
1300%100%20
2400%200%25
3450%300%30
4475%400%35
5500%500%40

Golden Wild Hunt (Rank A+)

Deals damage to all enemies.
[Overcharge]Gain critical stars.

RankA+
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count5
LvlDamage +ChargeStars +
1400%100%20
2500%200%25
3550%300%30
4575%400%35
5600%500%40

Skills

Upgrade Priority

Drake’s third skill should be maxed out as the top priority as it packs NP charges, critical stars gain and the ability to pierce invincibility, all within a skill. What more can you ask for? After that, focus on maxing her first skill which increases the party’s attack and NP damage for a turn. Her second skill should be left as the last skill to be levelled as her main NP gain comes from her third skill.

Voyager of the Storm A+

Voyager of the Storm A+

Available from the start
Increases party's NP damage for 1 turn.
Increases party's attack for 1 turn.

LvlNP Damage +Attack +Cooldown
18.5%8.5%7
29.4%9.4%7
310.2%10.2%7
411.1%11.1%7
511.9%11.9%7
612.8%12.8%6
713.6%13.6%6
814.5%14.5%6
915.3%15.3%6
1017%17%5

Golden Rule B

Golden Rule B

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increases own NP generation rate for 3 turns.

LvlNP Rate +Cooldown
118%8
220.7%8
323.4%8
426.1%8
528.8%8
631.5%7
734.2%7
836.9%7
939.6%7
1045%6

Pioneer of the Stars EX

Pioneer of the Stars EX

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Charges own NP gauge.
Own attacks will ignore invincibility for 3 turns.
Gain 10 critical stars.

LvlNP +Cooldown
130%8
232%8
334%8
436%8
538%8
640%7
742%7
844%7
946%7
1050%6

Class Skills

Magic Resistance DMagic Resistance D
Increases own resistance to debuffs by 12.5%.
Riding BRiding B
Increases own Quick card performance by 8%.

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsBusterBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count6424

Drakes’s command cards all have high number of hits per card with six hits on Quick, four hits on Arts and two hits on Buster. Therefore it is to aim for overkill with Drake for additional critical stars.

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
14,0004,000
212,00016,000
33,00019,000
413,00032,000
53,00035,000
6165,000200,000
7380,000580,000
8360,000940,000
9380,0001,320,000
10360,0001,680,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Shining Gem of Cavalryx5 (Gem (Rider))
2 → 3400,000Shining Gem of Cavalryx12 (Gem (Rider))
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Cavalryx5 (M. Gem (Rider))
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Cavalryx12 (M. Gem (Rider))
Dragon Fangx12 (Dragon Fang)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Cavalryx5 (S. Gem (Rider))
Dragon Fangx24 (Dragon Fang)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Cavalryx12 (S. Gem (Rider))
Pumpkin Headx15 (Pumpkin Head)
7 → 810,000,000Ghost Lanternx6 (Ghost Lantern)
Pumpkin Headx29 (Pumpkin Head)
8 → 912,000,000Ghost Lanternx18 (Ghost Lantern)
Heart of a Foreign Godx10 (Heart of the Foreign God)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Rider Piecex5 (Rider Piece)
2nd300,000Rider Piecex12 (Rider Piece)
Pumpkin Headx22 (Pumpkin Head)
3rd1,000,000Rider Monumentx5 (Rider Monument)
Dragons Reverse Scalex2 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
Dragon Fangx24 (Dragon Fang)
4th3,000,000Rider Monumentx12 (Rider Monument)
Dragons Reverse Scalex4 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
Heart of a Foreign Godx5 (Heart of a Foreign God)

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Comments

Anonymous 23days ago
Wow, Drake star weight is really high, 55 points higher than Gil.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
All riders have a naturally high star weight.
Kai 27days ago
Nice Strategies and tips, If i had a healer on my team, i would placed black grail on her to deal even more damage using her NP!

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