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Unit Builds: Cloud of Darkness

Discussion in 'Unit Builds' started by SummonerBWM, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. SummonerBWM

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    I want to help everyone as far as how to make use of their units, how to build them, and the many different ways to build them with their pros and cons. So, to start off, I would like to talk about one of my favorite character, Cloud of Darkness, and the many different ways to build her! Remember: These builds are to determine are to utilize the items to THE BEST as possible in terms of desired stats for said unit! Everyone's builds will differ and it is up to YOU to determine how to use the items you already have to achieve desired build! Also, because players may not have exclusive items, units such as Black Cat Lid with exclusive TMs, Event-TMS and also pot stats will not be factored in most builds.

    Stats
    Rarity
    HPMP ATKDEF MAG SPR Attack Hits Drop Check Exp. Growth Pattern
    3[​IMG] 1596 70 71 63 55 48 1 6 [​IMG] 4
    4[​IMG] 2059 90 92 82 71 61 1 8 [​IMG] 4
    5[​IMG] 2574 113 115 102 89 77 1 10 [​IMG] 4
    6[​IMG] 3346 146 149 132 115 100 1 12 [​IMG] 6
    Resistance
    Her status ailment resistances are upgraded from +10% to +30% when she reaches 6[​IMG].
    Element Resistance
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    +50% +50% +50% +50% +50% +50% +50% +50%
    Status Resistance
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    +30% +30% +30% +30% +30% +30% +30% +30%

    As you can see, at 6*, she has high ATK and her Def is also good as well. She could at least do better in her MAG and SPR however. Her majestic beauty is her resistance, which allows her to stand her grounds more than ever. Her main role is physical damage dealing and support due to her high ATK and Man-Eater + ability, and the support abilities she gets from Comeback, an AOE Esuna, Aura Ball, an aoe Debuff as well as Omni-Veil, an AOE Element Resistance. Her Man-Eater + ability also allows her magic to deal extra damage as well against humans.

    Physical-Damage Builds
    Build #1: (NO TM)
    • Right Hand: Thorned Mace +78ATK +Man Eater
    • Head: Tiger Mask +14ATK+3DEF
    • Body: Black Belt Gi +8ATK+24DEF
    • Accessory 1: Hero's Ring +3DEF+3SPR+10%ATK+10%MAG
    • Accessory 2: Hero's Ring +3DEF+3SPR+10%ATK+10%MAG
    • Ability 1: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 2: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 3: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 4: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Esper: Ifrit HP:4500 MP:2200 ATK:5100 DEF:2800 MAG:2100 SPR:2100
    • Total Stats: HP: 4528 MP: 233 ATK: 535 DEF: 219 MAG: 190 SPR: 153
    Build #2: (With TM and Event-Exclusives)
    • Right Hand: Thorned Mace +78ATK +Man Eater
    • Left Hand: Rising Sun +107ATK (Locke's TMR)
    • Head: Black Cowl +28ATK+25DEF+25SPR+100%Sleep (Hayate's TMR)
    • Body: Brave Suit +51DEF+15%ATK+15%MAG (Ramza's TMR)
    • Accessory 1: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (Luneth's TMR)
    • Accessory 2: Genji Glove +10%ATK/MAG & Dual Wield (Gilgamesh's TMR)
    • Ability 1: Power of Creation +30% ATK +30% MAG (Maxwell's TMR)
    • Ability 2: Seal of Destruction +20% ATK +20%MAG +10%HP (Karl's TMR)
    • Ability 3: Lunge Combo +10%MP+20%ATK+20%DEF (Fencer's TMR)
    • Ability 4: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Esper: Ifrit HP:4500 MP:2200 ATK:5100 DEF:2800 MAG:2100 SPR:2100
    • Total Stats: HP: 4901 MP: 254 ATK: 760 DEF: 323 MAG: 297 SPR: 202
    Build #3: (With Tms/ NO Event-Exclusives)
    • Right Hand: Thorned Mace +78ATK +Man Eater
    • Left Hand: Rising Sun +107ATK (Locke's TM)
    • Head: Black Cowl +28ATK+25DEF+25SPR+100%Sleep (Hayate's TM)
    • Body: Brave Suit +51DEF+15%ATK+15%MAG (Ramza's TM)
    • Accessory 1: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (Luneth's TM)
    • Accessory 2: Genji Glove +10%ATK/MAG & Dual Wield (Gilgamesh's TM)
    • Ability 1: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 2: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 3: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Ability 4: ATK +10% +10% ATK
    • Esper: Ifrit HP:4500 MP:2200 ATK:5100 DEF:2800 MAG:2100 SPR:2100
    • Total Stats: HP: 4060 MP: 168 ATK: 614 DEF: 266 MAG: 194 SPR: 176
    These builds strengthen her ATK to the highest as much as possible. She also will take advantage of Ifrit's killer abilities. The downside to the builds is that she will be lacking in her Def, which she is good in and will be severely low in her SPR and MAG. However, if the enemy's attacks are elemental in physical or magic, she would not have too much to worry about. If you want an ATK build for CoD, you need to equip her with equipment which boosts her physical prowess.

    Balance Build
    Build #1: (Without TM/with Event-Exclusive)
    • Right Hand: Golden Staff +19ATK+9MAG+48SPR
    • Head: Creepy Mask +15MP+15DEF+30MAG (Halloween Pumkin-EVent Exclusive)
    • Body: Magi Robe +40DEF+23MAG+23SPR
    • Accessory 1: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Accessory 2: Black Belt +15DEF
    • Ability 1: Guardian's Authority +10% HP (Grand Gaia Event Materia)
    • Ability 2: Guardian's Authority +10% HP Grand Gaia Event Materia)
    • Ability 3: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 4: SPR +10% +10% SPR
    • Esper: Ramuh HP:2800 MP:6200 ATK:1600 DEF:1100 MAG:5900 SPR:4500
    • Total Stats: HP: 5258 MP: 288 ATK: 312 DEF: 286 MAG: 265 SPR: 279
    Build #2: (No Tms and Event-Exclusive)
    • Right Hand: Golden Staff +19ATK+9MAG+48SPR
    • Left Hand: Rising Sun +107ATK
    • Head: Red Cap +5ATK+5DEF+5MAG+5SPR
    • Body: Magi Robe +40DEF+23MAG+23SPR
    • Accessory 1: Earrings +3DEF+20%MAG
    • Accessory 2: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Ability 1: MAG +10% +10% MAG
    • Ability 2: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 3: SPR +10% +10% SPR
    • Ability 4: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Esper: Shiva HP:3300 MP:5900 ATK:2100 DEF:2300 MAG:5400 SPR:5400
    • Total Stats: HP: 4048 MP: 205 ATK: 378 DEF: 242 MAG: 243 SPR: 250
    Build #3: (With TM and Event-Exclusive)
    • Right Hand: Golem's Staff +17ATK+7MAG+42SPR
    • Left Hand: Nue +51ATK+82MAG (Hope's TMR)
    • Head: Black Cowl +28ATK+25DEF+25SPR+100%Sleep (Hayate's TM)
    • Body: Lordly Robe +45DEF+35MAG+35SPR (Alma's TM)
    • Accessory 1: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (Luneth's TM)
    • Accessory 2: Genji Glove +10%ATK/MAG & Dual Wield (Gilgamesh's TM)
    • Ability 1: Guardian's Authority +10% HP (Brave Frontier Event Materia)
    • Ability 2: Seal of Protection +20% DEF +20%SPR +10%HP (Seria's TM)
    • Ability 3: Lunge Combo +10%MP+20%ATK+20%DEF (Fencer's TM)
    • Ability 4: Sticky Fingers +10%MP+20%MAG+20%SPR (Juggler's TM)
    • Esper: Shiva HP:3300 MP:5900 ATK:2100 DEF:2300 MAG:5400 SPR:5400
    • Total Stats: HP: 5263 MP: 312 ATK: 476 DEF: 352 MAG: 391 SPR: 368
    Build #4: (With TMs/WIthout Exclusives)
    • Right Hand: Magi Staff +25ATK+12MAG+70SPR (Lenna's TM)
    • Left Hand: Aegis Shield +53DEF+25SPR+100%Petrify (Leo's TM)
    • Head: Chapeau +20MP+8DEF+12MAG+12SPR
    • Body: Lordly Robe +45DEF+35MAG+35SPR (ALma's TM)
    • Accessory 1: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (Luneth's TM)
    • Accessory 2: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Ability 1: MAG +30% +30% MAG (Shantotto's TM)
    • Ability 2: Equip H Shield Can equip Heavy Shields (Charlotte's TM)
    • Ability 3: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 4: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Esper: Ramuh HP:2800 MP:6200 ATK:1600 DEF:1100 MAG:5900 SPR:4500
    • Total Stats: HP: 4043 MP: 228 ATK: 297 DEF: 318 MAG:300 SPR: 327
    These builds is to round CoD out as much as possible. The main problem, ESPECIALLY the No TM build is that without any TMs, CoD ends up becoming average or even below average. Balancing her stats out is VERY DIFFICULT and is not recommended until the game progresses even further where there are Non-TM and TMs which can balance her stats out even more.
    Tank Build
    Build #1: (Without TM/ With Event-Exclusive)
    • Right Hand: Golden Staff +19ATK+9MAG+48SPR
    • Head: Green Beret +50HP+10ATK+10DEF
    • Body: Magi Robe +40DEF+23MAG+23SPR
    • Accessory 1: Black Belt +15DEF
    • Accessory 2: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Ability 1: Guardian's Authority +10% HP (Grand Gaia-Event Exclusive)
    • Ability 2: Guardian's Authority +10% HP (Grand Gaia-Event Exclusive)
    • Ability 3: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 4: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Esper: Golem HP:5500 MP:4300 ATK:3200 DEF:4500 MAG:1600 SPR:1600
    • Total Stats: HP: 4789 MP: 189 ATK: 287 DEF: 294 MAG: 166 SPR: 207
    Build #2: (NO Tms and Event-Exclusives)
    • Right Hand: Golden Staff +19ATK+9MAG+48SPR
    • Head: Green Beret +50HP+10ATK+10DEF
    • Body: Magi Robe +40DEF+23MAG+23SPR
    • Accessory 1: Black Belt +15DEF
    • Accessory 2: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Ability 1: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 2: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 3: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 4: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Esper: Golem HP:5500 MP:4300 ATK:3200 DEF:4500 MAG:1600 SPR:1600
    • Total Stats: HP: 4120 MP: 189 ATK: 287 DEF: 308 MAG: 166 SPR: 197
    Build #3: (With TMs and Event-Exclusives)
    • Right Hand: Magi Staff +25ATK+12MAG+70SPR (Lenna's TM)
    • Left Hand: Aegis Shield +53DEF+25SPR+100%Petrify (Leo's TM)
    • Head: Black Cowl +28ATK+25DEF+25SPR+100%Sleep (Hayate's TM)
    • Body: Minerva Bustier +47DEF+45SPR+30%Fire/Ice/Lightning/Wind (Celes' TM)
    • Accessory 1: Ice Rosetta +50DEF+50MAG+25%Ice (White KNight Noel's- Exclusive TM)
    • Accessory 2: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (LUneth's TM)
    • Ability 1: Equip H Shield Can equip Heavy Shields (Charlotte's TM)
    • Ability 2: Guardian's Authority +10% HP (Grand Gaia-Event Exclusive)
    • Ability 3: Seal of Protection +20% DEF +20%SPR +10%HP (Seria's-Exclusive TM)
    • Ability 4: Lunge Combo +10%MP+20%ATK+20%DEF (Fencer's-Exclusive TM)
    • Esper: Golem HP:5500 MP:4300 ATK:3200 DEF:4500 MAG:1600 SPR:1600
    • Total Stats: HP: 4739 MP: 203 ATK: 368 DEF: 441 MAG: 223 SPR: 336
    BUild #4: (With TMs/ No Event-Exclusives)

    • Right Hand: Magi Staff +25ATK+12MAG+70SPR (Lenna's TM)
    • Left Hand: Aegis Shield +53DEF+25SPR+100%Petrify (Leo's TM)
    • Head: Black Cowl +28ATK+25DEF+25SPR+100%Sleep (Hayate's TM)
    • Body: Minerva Bustier +47DEF+45SPR+30%Fire/Ice/Lightning/Wind (Celes' TM)
    • Accessory 1: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Accessory 2: Celestial Gloves +30ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR (Luneth's TM)
    • Ability 1: Equip H Shield Can equip Heavy Shields (Charlotte's TM)
    • Ability 2: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 3: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Ability 4: DEF +10% +10% DEF
    • Esper: Golem HP:5500 MP:4300 ATK:3200 DEF:4500 MAG:1600 SPR:1600
    • Total Stats: HP: 4070 MP: 189 ATK: 341 DEF: 384 MAG: 176 SPR: 321
    This build take advantage of knocking her Def and SPR as high as possible to turn her into a tank. Through Golem, she will be able to even have the Last Stand ability, which increases her Def and SPR when her HP drops below 30% and to also give her the Provoke and Cover ability. Due to her having such high resistance and have Omni-Veil as well, element damage, whether physical or magical, will deal very little and Provoke will keep all attacks off of the other units as well. She will be able to operate as a secondary tank. You also can stick in a Black Belt so that if she gets hit, she can counter back. If you want CoD to be able to tank and be as strong as a boulder, put materia and equipment which will boost her Def, HP, and even SPR. The cons to the tank build is she would be average and low MAG.

    Build I'm Aiming

    • Right Hand: Thorned Mace +78ATK +Man Eater
    • Left Hand: Force Shield +40DEF+8SPR+10%Fire/Ice/Lightning
    • Head: Green Beret +50HP+10ATK+10DEF
    • Body: Minerva Bustier +47DEF+45SPR+30%Fire/Ice/Lightning/Wind (Working on)
    • Accessory 1: Defender's Bracer +3ATK+3MAG+10%DEF+10%SPR
    • Accessory 2: Black Belt +15DEF
    • Ability 1: Equip H Shield Can equip Heavy Shields (Working on)
    • Ability 2: Destroyer's Authority +10% HP
    • Ability 3: Destroyer's Authority +10% HP
    • Ability 4: ATK +10% +10% ATK

    This is my build and making use of what I have. My Golem and Ifrit is not max so I left them out. Since my CoD already strong, why not knock her ATK power up even more and why not strengthen her Def so she is able to be a boulder as well as to counter when she gets hit? I love my CoD since she helped me out so much in many trials and she is rarely replaced.
     
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    That Genji Glove and Brave Suit are so rare...
     
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    I love my CoD and ran her for awhile. Had DW, rising sun, thorned mace, and minerva bustier on her. She was a beast! Got super lucky with Elza and Noctis so she has been kicked from the team. Great backup unit now.
     
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    Yea. It is. The builds would still work with a Dual Wield materia from Zidane if we do not have Gilgamesh; Means giving up some stats but would still help.
     
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    Update: Hey guys. So, while I was working on the Noctis build, I've realized that there can be players who may not have TMS or items which can be exclusive. IN addition, I also factored in the fact that players may not put in pots on their unit to max them. Because of this, I have redid CoD'sbuilds as well as added in builds that does not include event-exclusive items and I also did not include pot stats.
     
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    Please remove left hand in Balanced build #2 - no tms/no exclusives.

    Also, Arsha's Talisman (Elle's TMR) > Defender's Bracer.
     
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    Don't know how I placed a left hand weapon in CoD's build. As for Arsha's Talisman, since it just came out, I can agree with you on it in term of builds using TMs.
     

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