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Gawain

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

Gawain

Gawain is currently unavailable on the EN ver.
Gawain is available in the Story Summon after completing 6th Singularity.

RarityCostClass
4★12Saber
Saber
Rating6.0 / 10

This review features the annoying pest in Camelot known by the name as The knight Gawain of the round table. Most players should be familiar with the trouble Gawain has given when he possesses the holy grail, he has massive HP making him very hard to kill plus he can deal damage which can easily wipe your team. Unfortunately we can only dream about DW giving us such a Gawain.

Gawain base stats are a clear indication that he is unlike the knight we see in the story. He sports the lowest HP amongst all the 4* saber, his Attack compensate for his low HP as it is second to only his King Artoria (Saber Alter), making him a very offensive oriented servant.
His generation stats are great for a saber on paper, but due to his deck which holds only one Quick and Arts card coupled with their low hit counts, his NP and Crit star generation feels really lackluster in game.

For skills, he offers pretty solid offensive buffs while also giving him some hard sustain in the form of a guts skill. His skill “Numeral of The Saint EX” is excellent for damage, not only does it give him a “charisma A” damage buff but also a Buster Performance boost under certain battle conditions. His second skill is the same “Charisma” skill found on Saber alter which isn’t great for the team even at max level, but considering he has heavy Attack buffs from his first skill, this is quite decent. Lastly we have his third skill “Belt of Bertilak EX” which increases his NP gauge, gains star and most importantly his only defensive tool which is a self guts status for 1 turn.

Pros

  • Heavy Offensive kit.
  • High damage with Buster Cards.
  • High Attack Stats.
  • NP can seal skills and burn.

Cons

  • Only one defensive tool.
  • Guts status only for 1 turn.
  • Weak “Charisma” Buff.
  • Low HP stats.
  • Berserker servants are better for damage.

Strategies & Tips

Gawain kit is very offensive minded servant so there is two route to go with him, the first is a Buster team that will make use of his deck to deal tons of damage, the second is a team that grants him more sustain in a fight. The Buster team around him should consist of servants that have a high number of buster cards to abuse the damage buff when using a Buster chain, while the second option for him would be to pair him with servants such as Nightingale and leonidas to ensure we can use his damage long enough in a fight.

Noble Phantasm

Gawain Noble Phantasm is the sister sword of the infamous “Excalibur” which is an AOE Buster Attack that also inflicts a burn and a skill seal. Although the damage multiplier is very weak on paper, his high Attack stats and his heavy Attack buffs helps him to deal stupid amounts of damage. I also need to mention that the Burn effect is really good and is worth the overcharging as it is a lot of damage over time (25k over 5 turn at 500%).

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Merlin
Merlin
Whenever a unit is heavy on Buster cards, Merlin will always be an option. Not only does he buffs his damage via his Attack and Buster buffs but he also provides sustain and defense too.
Nightingale
Nightingale
Buster buffs and heavy healing, this is what Gawain needs to excel. I wouldn’t choose Merlin over her as she doesn’t offer hard sustain like with Merlin’s second skill does she does a great job of helping Gawain.
Leonidas
Leonidas
Leonidas is essentially is a more attainable version of nightingale. However in some cases, he can even be greater than her as against single target NP bosses, leonidas can tank the hit for the team with his taunt and guts skill and still offer the Buster buff for Gawain.

Best CEs

CEExplanation
Limited/Zero Over
Limited/Zero Over
Considering his deck with his NP has 4 Buster cards, this is a no brainer and should be the craft essence of choice for Gawain, there is no need for further explanation.
Verdant Sound of Destruction
Verdant Sound of Destruction
A more viable option for players who aren’t favored by the RNG mechanics of the Gacha but still want a great CE for Gawain.
The Crimson Black Keys
The Crimson Black Keys
If you are a free to play player or if your party doesn’t have a lot of space then this option is great for you. This CE offers a decent Buster performance buff but since you can easily limit break, it can even gives some 4★ and 5★ Craft Essences a run for their money.

Max Bond Level CE

CEExplanation
Gringolet
Gringolet
When equipped to Gawain (Saber) only, increase Buster Card effectiveness for all allies by 15% while on the field.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base1,8271,695
Lv406,5555,874
Lv8011,41910,173
Lv9012,62711,241
Lv10013,84512,317

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)1.14%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight102
Star Rate10%
Death Resist21%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeEarth
TraitsMale, Servant, Humanoid, Weak to Enuma Elish, Riding, Brynhildr's Beloved

Noble Phantasm

Excalibur Galatine (Rank A+)

Deal damage to all enemies
Inflict Skill Seal to them (1 turn)
[Overcharge] Inflict Burn to them (5 turns)

RankA+
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count4
LvlDamage+ChargeBurn DMG
1300%100%1000
2400%200%2000
3450%300%3000
4475%400%4000
5500%500%5000

Skills

Upgrade Priority

1>3=2:

This upgrade order is great for both teams mentioned earlier as gawain first skill is extremely important for his NP and overall damage output hence it is undeniably the first skill to max. Whether to upgrade his second or third skill next is highly dependant on the team you are running him with, as more damage can never hurt with a buster team thus maxing his second skill next is a viable option. As for a more sustainable team, maxing his last skill will ease the defensive load off the support unit in the team and it can never hurt to gain NP faster as well.

  • Numeral of The Saint EX

    When the Sun shines in the field, increase Buster performance for 3 turns.
    This is Gawain best Attack buff and even without the Buster buff, he can still dish out good damage, it is definitely worth upgrading on him.

  • Charisma E

    This skill offers a bad attack buff to the party but gawain kit is so heavy on offense, this skill is just the icing on the cake and should be used for gawain alone. Essentially this skill is an extension of his first skill.

  • Belt of Bertilak EX

    As mentioned before, this skill is gawain only defensive tool and since it is his only form of sustain, it isn’t bad at all to decrease the skill’s cooldown am i right?

Numeral of The Saint EX

Numeral of The Saint EX

Available from the start
Increase your ATK by 20% (3 turns)
When the Sun shines on the field, increase Buster Card effectiveness (3 turns)

LvlBuster +Cooldown
120%7
221%7
322%7
423%7
524%7
625%6
726%6
827%6
928%6
1030%5

Charisma E

Numeral of The Saint EX

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Increase ATK for all allies (3 turns)

LvlAttack +Cooldown
16%7
26.6%7
37.2%7
47.8%7
58.4%7
69%6
79.6%6
810.2%6
910.8%6
1012%5

Belt of Bertilak EX

Belt of Bertilak EX

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Increase your NP Gauge by 20%
Gain C. Stars
Apply Guts for yourself (1 turn, 1 time)

LvlStars +Revives withCooldown
1510008
2611008
3612008
4713008
5714008
6815007
7816007
8917007
9918007
101020006

Class Skills

Magic Resistance BMagic Resistance B
Increase your Debuff Resist by 17.5%
Riding BRiding B
Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 8%

Command Cards

QuickArtsBusterBusterBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count2215

A Buster heavy deck is great for an offensively heavy servant like gawain, not only can he profit from getting a NPBB chain but his kit overall is just loaded with damage. The drawback to this is that his Star generation is just plain bad even with his passive skill “Riding B” helping him.

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
13,5003,500
28,50012,000
37,00019,000
46,00025,000
52,50027,500
6272,500300,000
7330,000630,000
8310,000940,000
9290,0001,230,000
10286,0001,516,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2100,000Shining Gem of Swordsx4 (Gem (Saber))
2 → 3200,000Shining Gem of Swordsx10 (Gem (Saber))
3 → 4600,000Magic Gem of Swordsx4 (M. Gem (Saber))
4 → 5800,000Magic Gem of Swordsx10 (M. Gem (Saber))
Dragons Reverse Scalex2 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
5 → 62,000,000Secret Gem of Swordsx4 (S. Gem (Saber))
Dragons Reverse Scalex4 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
6 → 72,500,000Secret Gem of Swordsx10 (S. Gem (Saber))
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx4 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
7 → 85,000,000Octuplet Twin Crystalsx8 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
Dragon Fangx12 (Dragon Fang)
8 → 96,000,000Dragon Fangx36 (Dragon Fang)
Spirit Rootx8 (Spirit Root)
9 → 1010,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st50,000Saber Piecex4 (Saber Piece)
2nd150,000Saber Piecex10 (Saber Piece)
Octuplet Twin Crystalsx6 (Octuplet Twin Crystals)
3rd500,000Saber Monumentx4 (Saber Monument)
Dragons Reverse Scalex4 (Dragons Reverse Scale)
Medal of Great Knightx8 (Medal of Great Knight)
4th1,500,000Saber Monumentx10 (Saber Monument)
Medal of Great Knightx16 (Medal of Great Knight)
Heros Proofx30 (Heros Proof)

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