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Zhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II, Waver)

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

Zhuge Liang

RarityCostClass
5★16Caster
Caster
Rating--/10

Zhuge Liang is, simply put, the best support Servant currently in the game. Boasting powerful buffs, an instant 50% NP gauge fill for any ally, and crowd control in the form of his Noble Phantasm, he is able to maximize a damage dealer Servant’s potential like no other.

However, as his skillset is dedicated towards supporting others, Zhuge Liang himself does not have any means to deal large amounts of damage; the largest gun in his arsenal being being his Brave chains. He also does not possess healing functions, which may be a problem in extended fights. All these limits his role outside of buffing, but the sheer quality of his buffs is more than enough to make up for it.

Pros

  • Possesses a wide variety of buffs.
  • Easy-to-use 50% instant NP charge makes up for many Servants’ lower NP gain.
  • NP contains crowd control effects.

Cons

  • Zhuge Liang deals little to no damage.
  • Has no heal function.

Strategies & Tips

Zhuge Liang is best paired up with a strong damage dealer. With maxed skills, it is possible to use his skills on a battle’s first turn to maximize the NP gained; however, generally speaking it is better to use them only on turns where they are immediately needed.

Noble Phantasm

Formation of No Return is a crowd control Noble Phantasm. It drains the enemy party’s NP gauge by one bar, and it applies a defense buff as well as a DoT effect. It also comes with a chance to stun, which increases with Overcharge. The NP drain is this Noble Phantasm’s greatest asset, especially in the lategame where it gives an extra turn for defensive cooldowns to refresh.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Damage DealersThese Servants get the most out of Zhuge Liang’s kit, enabling them to more quickly kill opponents they would have problems with otherwise. He also bypasses some Servant’s innate weaknesses, such as Berserkers’ lack of defense buffs and Arts cards.
Sustaining SupportsThese Servants possess what Zhuge Liang does not, primarily the healing skill. This would let the party survive longer battles. In turn, these supports benefit from Zhuge’s instant NP gains, allowing them to perform more healing overall.
Taunters + BerserkersZhuge Liang’s defense buff allows for Taunters to exceed their normal life expectancy. He also eases their job by increasing the damage dealer’s damage output through his buffs and NP fill. Additionally, his Noble Phantasm’s Stun is able to nullify large amounts of potential damage, further increasing Zhuge Liang’s usefulness in these teams.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Formal Craft
Formal Craft
Increases Zhuge Liang’s overall damage as well as the NP gauge filled by his Arts cards.
Prisma Cosmos
Prisma Cosmos
Helps Zhuge Liang to fill his NP gauge at a faster rate than Formalcraft, though giving up the extra damage.
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
Only for battles where you need to use his Noble Phantasm in the first three turns.
Piece of Year 2030
Piece of Year 2030
The extra stars gained per turn allows for more reliable criticals from the damage dealers, as well as allowing an overall faster NP gain rate for the team due to random criticals

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Relic of a King
Relic of a King

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base2,0911,637
Lv9014,25910,598
Lv10015,62111,601

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)1.64%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight50
Star Rate10.8%
Death Resist34.5%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeMan
TraitsBrynhildr's Beloved, Male, Humanoid, Servant, Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

Formation of No Return (Rank C-)

To All Enemies:
Apply Curse (500 damage/turn, 3 turns)
Reduce NP gauge by 1
Reduce defense (3 turns)
[Overcharge]Chance to Stun (1 turn)

RankC-
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeArts
Hit-Count-
LvlEnemy Defense -ChargeChance to Stun
110%100%50%
220%200%57.5%
325%300%65%
427.5%400%72.5%
530%500%80%

Formation of No Return (Rank C)

To All Enemies:
Apply Curse (1000 damage/turn, 6 turns)
Reduce NP gauge by 1
Reduce defense (3 turns)
[Overcharge]Chance to Stun (1 turn)

RankC
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeArts
Hit-Count-
LvlEnemy Defense -ChargeChance to Stun
130%100%50%
240%200%57.5%
345%300%65%
447.5%400%72.5%
550%500%80%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

  • Discerning Eye A:
    This skill grants a critical damage buff to a target, and fill their NP gauge by 30%. With the lowest cooldown out of Zhuge Liang’s skills, this skill is primarily used for the NP filling effect. Level this skill last, as the percentage of NP gauge filled is fixed and this skill is leveled mainly for the cooldown reduction.
  • Advice of the Strategist A+:
    Grants a defense buff to all allies, and fill their NP gauge by 10%. The defense buff is 30% at max level. Generally speaking, level this skill after Command of the Strategist, although it may have a higher priority in defense-oriented teams.

  • Command of the Strategist A+:
    Grants an attack buff to all allies, and fill their NP gauge by 10%. The attack buff is 30% at max level, making this skill a very valuable asset for any team. Level this skill up before the other two.
    work in progress

Discerning Eye A

Discerning Eye A

Available from the start
Increases one ally's critical damage for 3 turns.
Charges their NP gauge by 30%.

LvlCrit Damage +Cooldown
120%7
223%7
326%7
429%7
532%7
635%6
738%6
841%6
944%6
1050%5

Advice of the Strategist A+

Advice of the Strategist A+

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increases party's defense for 3 turns.
Reduces party's damage taken for 3 turns.
Charges party's NP gauge by 10%.

LvlDefense +Damage Taken -Cooldown
120%2008
221%2308
322%2608
423%2908
524%3208
625%3507
726%3807
827%4107
928%4407
1030%5006

Command of the Strategist A+

Command of the Strategist A+

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Increases party's attack for 3 turns.
Increases party's damage dealt for 3 turns.
Charges party's NP gauge by 10%.

LvlAttack +Damage +Cooldown
120%2008
221%2308
322%2608
423%2908
524%3208
625%3507
726%3807
827%4107
928%4407
1030%5006

Class Skills

Territory Creation ATerritory Creation A
Increases damage of own Arts cards by 10%
Item Construction BItem Construction B
Increases own debuff success rate by 8%

Command Cards

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

Zhuge Liang’s QAAAB deck is perfect for his supporting role, allowing for the team to get more Arts chains as well as Arts first card bonuses. It also helps him charge his Noble Phantasm, which is very useful for boss fights.

NP Gain

1st2nd3rd
7810
7912
711
346
B / Q810
000

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
15,0005,000
215,00020,000
310,00030,000
42,00032,000
518,00050,000
6150,000200,000
7430,000630,000
8340,000970,000
9320,0001,290,000
10405,0001,695,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Shining Gem of Spellsx5 (Shining Gem of Spells)
2 → 3400,000Shining Gem of Spellsx12 (Shining Gem of Spells)
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Spellsx5 (Magic Gem of Spells)
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Spellsx12 (Magic Gem of Spells)
Forbidden Pagex5 (Forbidden Page)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Spellsx5 (Secret Gem of Spells)
Forbidden Pagex10 (Forbidden Page)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Spellsx12 (Secret Gem of Spells)
Shadow Servantx10 (Shadow Servant)
7 → 810,000,000Shadow Servantx20 (Shadow Servant)
Heart of a Foreign Godx3 (Heart of a Foreign God)
8 → 912,000,000Heart of a Foreign Godx8 (Heart of a Foreign God)
Phoenix Plumex20 (Phoenix Plume)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Caster Piecex5 (Caster Piece)
2nd300,000Caster Piecex12 (Caster Piece)
Shadow Servantx15 (Shadow Servant)
3rd1,000,000Caster Monumentx5 (Caster Monument)
Forbidden Pagex10 (Forbidden Page)
Infinity Gearx5 (Infinity Gear)
4th3,000,000Caster Monumentx12 (Caster Monument)
Infinity Gearx10 (Infinity Gear)
Phoenix Plumex10 (Phoenix Plume)

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Comments

Anonymous
I think Kaleidoscope should be removed from Zhuge Liang's the best CE section since that one is a bit situational.
<< Anonymous
Kai Reply
although it is situational, it is great since you can get your NP back or overcharge it faster due to his skills enabling him to do so. hence I would say this Kaleidoscope should be mentioned here :)
<< Anonymous(Kai)
Anonymous Reply
Lol, Zhuge Liang's NP overcharging effect is to increase the stun chance by 5.7%. I am pretty sure there are better candidates for Kaleidoscope. Also as a support servant, he should be using his skill to aid his allies need not using them to refund his own NP.(Not that Zhuge Liang has problem charging his own NP anyway)
Anonymous
This guy is my favorite. Practically fills any NP by himself, plus his ascension materials are really easy too.

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