Sorry Jet, the first point doesn't matter given the proper end game config ExDeath can get. Consider these two builds: Code: Dark Fina 6 Star FFBEDB Unit Calculator Right Hand: Omnirod +20ATK+91MAG Left Hand: Omnirod +20ATK+91MAG Head: Creepy Mask +15MP+15DEF+30MAG Body: Lordly Robe +45DEF+35MAG+35SPR Accessory 1: Genji Glove +10%ATK/MAG & Dual Wield Accessory 2: Magistral Crest +30%MAG+30%SPR Ability 1: Dark Bond +30%MAGwithRod/+20%MAGwithRobe Ability 2: Dark Bond +30%MAGwithRod/+20%MAGwithRobe Ability 3: Dark Bond +30%MAGwithRod/+20%MAGwithRobe Ability 4: Dark Bond +30%MAGwithRod/+20%MAGwithRobe Esper: Ramuh HP:2800 MP:6200 ATK:1600 DEF:1100 MAG:5900 SPR:4500 Total Stats: HP: 3890 MP: 408 ATK: 211 DEF: 217 MAG: 710 SPR: 280 Code: Exdeath 6 Star FFBEDB Unit Calculator Right Hand: Enhancer +82ATK+23MAG Left Hand: Omnirod +20ATK+91MAG Head: Grand Helm +45DEF+100%Sleep/Silence/Confuse+20%DEF with Heavy Armor Body: Force Armor +51DEF+13SPR+10%Fire/Ice/Lightning Accessory 1: Genji Glove +10%ATK/MAG & Dual Wield Accessory 2: Magistral Crest +30%MAG+30%SPR Ability 1: Letters and Arms +50% MAG Sword Ability 2: Letters and Arms +50% MAG Sword Ability 3: Letters and Arms +50% MAG Sword Ability 4: Letters and Arms +50% MAG Sword Esper: Ramuh HP:2800 MP:6200 ATK:1600 DEF:1100 MAG:5900 SPR:4500 Total Stats: HP: 3539 MP: 389 ATK: 275 DEF: 269 MAG: 805 SPR: 251 You can see here quite clearly ExDeath is able to reach 805 MAG using his innate sword training and letters and Arms, where Dark Fina is limited to "More proper" mage weapons and stuck around 710. No, Meteor is the same as Ultima (unattributed area damage) that CAN be dual casted and will hit the same 999 damage Ultima will in the arena but for 10 less MP per cast. Wicked Light is ExDeaths advantage as he is able to deal rare Holy (Ability Skill), something Dark Fina is incapable of. His Wicked Light was the spell I crushed ELT Dark Fina with (the last hit of my double chizuru chain) due to her vulnerability. ExDeath also has EarthShaker which like Wicked Light is high output Ability damage working around Silence. ExDeath is able to get Lv10 Grand Cross for 49 min burst pots, Dark Fina requires 185 burst pots to get the same tier given her 5* base status. Due to his rarity ExDeath is significantly more likely to be pulled @ 3 star than Dark Fina is at 5 star. ExDeath also doesnt appear to be locked to a banner as I still pull him, where I am sure Dark Fina will disappear once this banner is done. Comparing Attack Vectors: Elements ExDeath and Dark Fina Share (4) : Gravity, Lightning, Earth, Dark, Non-Elemental Elements Exclusive to ExDeath (3) : Fire, Ice, Holy Elements Exclusive to Dark Fina (2) : Air, Water Conclusion: ExDeath has more attack elements. Comparing Utility: Exdeath: Strip enemy buffs (Dispel), Reduce All element resistance (Imperil), Absorb Mana (Osmose), Buff target MAG by 20% (Faith) Dark Fina: Reduce Physical ATK/DEF (Physical Fall), Inflict Random Status Ailments (Distress and to a lesser degree bioga), Absorb Mana (Osmose) Conclusion: Distress is kind of a meh skill. Against vulnerable(unprotected) enemies they can have great success, I am not a huge fan of status ailments as wearing a ribbon or any number of the other more common items (Jeweled Ring) can take most of the sting out of these skills. (Distress is not Fire Flask, as Flask hits freaking hard is hybrid damage bypassing certain defenses and fire element and double activated with dual wield). The poison aspect of Bioga is matched by the ability Bio Blaster so this isnt a huge deal either. So then we have Physical Fall which arguably helps non mages more than it helps her as it reduces the DEF of the enemies. Contrast this to ExDeath who can strip off powerful effects from enemies via Dispel such as Boss ATK/MAG boosts or soften up elemental resists so all damage dealers (magical or physical) can hit harder on a target. ExDeath also has the ability to further increase himself or another targets MAG with Faith as required. Overall verdict is Dark Fina is a great mage, but to say she is better than ExDeath is overstating her capabilities in any practical manner.