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Unit Overview: Zeno of the Beta Star (Final Fantasy Brave Exvius)

Discussion in 'Unit Reviews' started by Memel0rd, May 10, 2019.

  1. Memel0rd

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    The Beta Star of the Orders, said to be the strongest man with a blade. Zeno is a veteran member of the organization, and seems to have the Emperor's complete trust. Apparently the Emperor feels that Zeno is filled with a murderous intent towards him, but he still chooses to keep him close.
    I'm actually mad for what Gumi did. I'll explain more towards the end as I don't want to have bad vibes from the start of the review.

    Small disclaimer: There is no reason to review Akstar now. Zeno is almost the exact same unit from his design but way way better.
    If you are wondering about his TMR / STMRs, they are both great. His TMR is a different version of Marshal Glove with LB fillrate instead of Auto LB and his STMR is a 2h Katana, which is really good on Akstar himself and Auron.


    Zeno of the Beta Star Overview by Memel0rd

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    TMR: Obsidian Helm (Helmet) - 42 ATK, 20 DEF, 20% MP, 50% LB Fillrate
    STMR: Searing Ember (Katana) - 180 ATK, 40% ATK, 75% Human Killer

    Overview:

    I don't have to fool you: Zeno is busted.

    Not only does he have massive basestats with great HP/DEF/SPR and huge ATK, but his passives alongside his TMR ability are ridiculous. His own TMR is a strong 42 ATK helm and Zeno is the first unit to break the 100% TDW cap, though at the same time immediately hits the 200% TDW cap through passives. On top of it he has 130% ATK, 50% HP, 80% DEF, 20% SPR and even permanent 10% phys/mag mitigation buffs on him. Though if you thought it stops here... despite him having stronger options, Zeno also buffs his own ATK each turn by 200%!
    Zeno is resistant against blind, paralyze and petrification.

    Regarding his damage output, Zeno not only has 200% TDW but the newest dualwield addition: A higher chain cap. Initially Raegen and Lasswell were the first ones in JP who got a 6x chain cap opposed to a 4x chain cap with DW, but Zeno has that as well. Yeah....

    If you receive damage Zeno has a 35% chance to counter with a 3 Turn AoE 65% ATK/DEF break, which can perhaps save your life occasionally.

    There are many abilities that sound good but shouldn't be used in comparison to his other options.
    Cold Blood - Flint , Acuity, Iai Strike, Dismissal, Blazing Heat - Ash, Imminent Death, Firaga Slash, Disorder (unless you need HP/MP), Supremacy, Absolute Mirror of Equity.
    The reason why Blazing Heat - Ash and Firaga Slash won't be used is due to Zeno being a TDW unit and easily being able to equip elemental weapons without many drawbacks.

    He has a few abilities that can see occasional usage such as Fingersnap for the ST Dispel, Kaleido Slash for an AoE Aureole Ray chain and Crimson Flash for a Bolting Strike chain, though his highest damage output will be with a dupe so generally it's not worth to pair him up with e.g. Esther.

    Zeno so far has undispellable phys/mag mitigation and a 200% ATK buff that refreshes every turn, though what about using Perfect Void?
    A CD ability available on Turn 1 with a 10 turn cooldown that buffs his ATK by 250% for 10 turns and increases the modifier to True Mirror of Equity and Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar by 100%. These two are the most important damaging abilities and the modifier boosts can't be dispelled.

    His second CD ability, True Mirror of Equity (TMoE), is quite similar though best used after his LB.
    It has AT frames, is backloaded with an effective 1300% modifier and grants Zeno T-Cast for the next turn as well as a 150% modifier boost to the same abilities as Perfect Void for 4 turns.

    Why would you use True Mirror of Equity after his LB?
    His LB hits pretty hard despite being a TDW unit. It has a 2980% base modifier that perfectly chains and afterwards boosts the modifier of Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar by 300% for 4 turns and True Mirror of Equity's modifier by 150% for 4 turns.
    This means after his LB and perfect void True Mirror of Equity goes up to a total 2300% modifier, though his LB is still stronger.

    So far so good, but what about the obnoxiously named Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar?
    It's yet another AT chain with an effective 200% modifier and a backloaded 400%~1000% modifier. It stacks up by 150% each time thus after 4 uses reaches max stacks.
    Once you are at max stacks you have a 1200% modifier, but what happens if we add the 100% from Perfect Void, 150% from TMoE and the 300% from his LB?
    Well.....
    We end up with a backloaded 2850% chain that can be triple casted after TMoE. Alongside the 6x chain cap and his massive ATK stats this deals outrageous burst damage.


    How does he fare in the meta?
    Zeno
    is the strongest chainer by a good amount.
    His damage output is roughly 37% higher than Esther's in a TMR comparison and he has a huge burst turn every 4 turns with the rotation I provided.

    His AT frames can still be useful after CG Bartz though the difference isn't really important anymore as Zeno is roughly on par with CG Lightning at this point. He will not grow with incoming TDW TMRs as he already has 200% TDW innately, though that doesn't stop him from being good by any means.

    While Esther has lower damage you might think her tankyness is superior. Which it is however Zeno's is also far from bad with 10k HP and almost 600 DEF without any IW enhancements. On top of it he has permanent 10% phys/mag resistance.
    If you have high ATK enhancements on his weapons you can skip more ATK materias and add more bulk for free! Or even more killer slots!
    The build I used uses an LB damage materia though you should always swap it out for a killer materia, which grants him another edge over Esther: Having access to killers without dropping stats.

    His STMR is really good for Zeno himself. Hitting the ATK cap even faster leads to the exact same conclusion that I just made and it has a massive ATK stat of 180 as well as a 75% human killer.

    Just so you know, if you have Esther you really have no reason to pull for Zeno. Esther is already way too strong, being even stronger doesn't really matter for a long time. Don't worry!


    Build + Maths:
    Flaming Blade Agni (125 ATK, Fire)
    Murasame (FFBE) (172 ATK)
    Obsdian Helm (42 ATK, 20 DEF, 20% MP) + 100% TDW
    Hyoh's Clothes (28 ATK, 42 DEF, 30% ATK)
    Storm Kickers x2 (90 ATK, 20 DEF, 40% HP, 30% LB Damage)
    Heart Overcoming Hatred (50% LB Damage)
    Disparate Swordsman (70% ATK)
    Hero's Vow - Dark (60% ATK)
    Legendary Guardian (60% ATK)

    Stats with Odin 3*:
    10574 HP
    559 MP
    2811 ATK
    580 DEF
    329 SPR

    ATK post 250% buff: 3373 LH | 3316 RH

    Turn 1: Perfect Void + Scorch
    Turn 2: Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar x2
    Turn 3: Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar x2
    Turn 4: LB
    Turn 5: True Mirror of Equity
    Turn 6: Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar x3
    Turn 7: Scorch + Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar
    Turn 8: LB
    Turn 9: True Mirror of Equity
    Turn 10: Obliterating Mirror of Equity's Roar x3


    Turn 1: 3373^2 x 4.5 x 4.125 x 1.5 = 316781935
    Turn 2: [ 3373^2 x 9 x 4.93 + 3373^2 x 10.5 x 6 ] x 2 = 2443124681
    Turn 3: [ 3373^2 x 12 x 4.93 + 3373^2 x 13.5 x 6 ] x 2 = 3189236801
    Turn 4: 3373^2 x 29.8 x 1.8 x 4.93 x 2 = 6017254307
    Turn 5: [ 3373^2 x 23 x 4.93 + 3316^2 x 29 x 6 ] x 2 = 6406663202
    Turn 6: [ 3373^2 x 28.5 x 4.93 + 3373^2 x 28.5 x 6 x 2 ] x 2 = 10979043256
    Turn 7: 3373^2 x 4.5 x 4.125 x 1.5 + 3373^2 x 28.5 x 6 x 2 = 4207760053
    Turn 8: 3373^2 x 29.8 x 1.8 x 4.93 x 2 = 6017254307
    Turn 9: [ 3373^2 x 23 x 4.93 + 3316^2 x 29 x 6 ] x 2 = 6406663202
    Turn 10: [ 3373^2 x 28.5 x 4.93 + 3373^2 x 28.5 x 6 x 2 ] x 2 = 10979043256


    Average Turn 1-10: 5,696,282,500
    -> 398% higher than Sora ( 1,143,081,268 )
    -> 329% higher than Jecht ( 1,315,657,191 )
    -> 224% higher than Crimson ( 1,755,403,103 )
    -> 145% higher than Akstar ( 2,326,331,295 )
    -> 37% higher than Esther ( 4,145,746,483 )


    Character Design: 0/10 (Copy of Akstar in better)
    Sprite: 9/10
    Chainer: 9.99/10
    Trust Master Reward: 8.5/10
    STMR: 9.5/10
    Arena: 5/10
    Limit Burst: 9/10
    Future Proof: 9.5/10
    Free 2 Play: 9.5/10
    Pay 2 Play: 9.5/10
    Personal Rating: 9.5/10
    Optimal Rating: 9.5/10



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    So... why am I mad exactly?
    Gumi tried to slow down the powercreep as I explained in my Nerf Esther post. And they did for a while, then went nuts with Esther and despite her nerf she was still way too strong.
    Not only did they mess up Akstar as a unit, but also messed up the entire powercreep curve twice in a row. They could have buffed Akstar and push him to the same level as Zeno, which would have been better, but Zeno is harder to pull due to the double banner so players have to pull more to obtain him.
    Personally I'm not a fan at all. Powercreeping a 2 week old unit that was WAY above the powercreep curve by a good amount is just... so weird.

    What's next? I don't know.


    Memel0rd out
     
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    First thanks for the review ::blackmage::
     
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    Are you crying again? Stop ruining the fun for us, i bet ur a jp player crying about how good our GLEX units are.
     
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    JP is still alive?
     
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    Fayleen How about few round of gwent? VIP Supporter

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    My babe Esther have way more Niche and fun build rather than him so yeah both still relevant to me

    Also do you plan to quit or not? (Just asking btw)

    Lul ::ink::
     
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    Don't know.
     
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    Financially speaking, in one of their best moments.
     
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    Thanks for the review. I'm still not a fan of this character. Somehow, this Akstar/Zeno storyline reminds me of one of a TV-show I watched when I was a kid.



    I'm skipping this banner though. Kinda want Gravie and Tomoe still.

    PS: I've been waiting for your review to pop up to post this video.
     
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    Sure. Short term profit at the expense of the long term health of the game. But that's the mobile gaming industry so no surprise.

    I could swear I saw you pulled him? I, too, despise his helmet.
     
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    ::thonk::

    I thought you were Caliber for a moment
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    I did try to pull for Gravie. But I got trolled hard... again. Long story short, this is the third time that I got a rainbow from chasing a 4* on a banner right after another banner that I actually tried to pull for the rainbow (Golbez). He is permanently benched though.
     
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    So we should max his LB?
     
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    If you want more damage output, yes. Otherwise it's not going to do much.
     
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    Lol yea will do then. I usually don't pot LB unless most agrees on it.
     
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    I don't think this means what you think it means ::thonk::

    Thanks for the review as always.

    I was planning to skip this banner but got one Zeno from tickets while trying to get Gravey. Now I don't know::rudecat4::
     
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    Go get that Zeno man. I plan on getting him on all my account. I'll need your Zeno friend unit to power crept some trials later.
     
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    Lol i see what you mean, my bad
     
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