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Unit Review: Elena (Final Fantasy Brave Exvius)

Discussion in 'Unit Reviews' started by Memel0rd, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Memel0rd

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    The protagonist of "Fundamental Forces," a graphic novel popular throughout the whole of Paladia. Written by a relatively unknown author as his first published work, it unexpectedly captivated the hearts of both children and adults alike with its intricate story-line full of riddles. Fans of the series usually refer to it as "FF" for short.
    Here we have it, after my first initial glance at Elena at long last, the review.


    Elena Review by Memel0rd


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    TMR: Astraea (Sword) - 150 ATK, 130 MAG, 2-handed, 1.35x AVG variance, Elena Only
    STMR: Warrior of the Crystal (Materia) - Increase ATK/MAG (60%)
    Increase equipment ATK/MAG (50%) and accuracy (25%) when single wielding any weapon

    Overview:
    Elena
    , unnecessarily complicated to look at and describe, though once you get the hang of it she's quite linear. If my explanations aren't on-point, please bear with me.

    Elena starts off with pretty hefty base stats, which are very important as hybrid gear barely offers defensive stats. Every stat of hers is... high. And her passives are, too! With her own TMR she has 110% HP/DEF/SPR, 80% MP, 200% ATK/MAG AND 200% TDH/MTDH. Now if that isn't beastly for a damage dealer... idk. On top of it she has 20% phys and magic evasion... I'd say that's not bad. With an additional 15% MP refresh and 50% human / demon killer she makes for a great first impression.
    Elena is resistant against blind, paralyze, confusion and petrification, which is a decent roster of immunities.

    Elena has a shit ton of abilities and while none of them are useless, many are so self-explanatory or too niche to be mentioned:
    Reset Stance, Purifying Slash, Reinforce Stance, Aurora - Valor, Aurora - Radiant Might, Aurora - Brilliance, Blossom - Vigilance, Blossom - Frost Hedge, Blossom - Regrowth.

    If you pair her up with Morgana, which I'd not really recommend in most scenarios, she gains a 100% demon / human killer buff for as long as Morgana is alive.

    Now that we've broken down which abilities are self-explanatory or too niche to be used (including all the unlockable abilities except if you need stop / charm immunity), Elena's kit went from a huge clusterfuck to... pretty simple.
    You have to keep in mind that her CDs can't be T-casted and can't be casted alongside her chains. Thus most ideally you'd use them alongside an imbue. However the damage abilities can be T-casted with all other non-CD abilities that weren't mentioned in the ability list earlier on. Still sounds a bit complicated but... oh well.

    For her imbues it is recommended to go with the light imbue due to the optimal damage output, though the damage drop wouldn't be huge and if you can provide higher external imperils it doesn't matter. Elena can imbue herself for 5 turns with water, lightning, ice and light, which is a large selection to choose from. She also imperils the respective element by 50% for 5 turns.

    Not only does she have four different imbues, nonono. She also has 4 different chain families with Bolting Strike, Aureole Ray, Stardust Ray and Disorder. All of them have different modifiers and receive different modifier boost. For optimal damage, her Bolting Strike move (Blade of Crystal) will almost always be the best as it receives 800% from passives, from Way of the Blossom / Aurora, 1800% from her LB and another 400% from Aurora / Blossom Arts. This brings it up to a 4600% or even 5000% modifier that can be T-casted.
    Occasionally we will use Blade of the Heavens, her Stardust Ray move, which has a 1500% modifier that will go up to a 2700% modifier in our rotation.
    The other modifiers are as followed:
    Aureole Ray - 800% up to 3000% after all mod buffs
    Disorder - 1800% up to 4600% after all mod buffs
    This means that all of her chaining abilities are definitely viable, though another copy will always be her best chaining partner.

    Then we have Way of the Blossom / Aurora as well as Blossom / Aurora Arts. I will treat them as one despite being two different abilities as they are very similar except for a few differences. The different Arts unlock different abilities, though frankly most of the unlockables won't be commonly used and the only one worth mentioning in my opinion is Aurora - Valor if at all due to its 50% ele resistance buffs.

    Both CD abilities are available at Turn 1 with a 5 turn CD , fill your LB gauge up entirely and boost the modifiers of Blade of Crystal by 800%. They both have a 3 turn AoE 75% imperil (Aurora: Light, Blossoms Ice).
    Whereas the Aurora path buffs your ATK/MAG by 250% for 3 turns and buffs your party's fire, ice, light and dark resistance by 70% for 3 turns, the Blossom path buffs generic mitigation by 30% and grants a 1000 HP barrier. Generally said Way of the Aurora is... the way to go *wink*.
    Note that the mod boosts of both Ways do not stack.

    Aurora / Blossom Arts don't matter as much as the prior ways as both permanently increase the modifier of Blade of Crystal and Blade of the Heavens by 400%. Aurora Arts buffs your own ATK by 150% for 10 turns as well as charm immunity, Blossom Arts buffs generic mitigation by 30% for 10 turns as well as stop immunity. Since both buffs are most likely to be overwritten, choose the one that grants the more suitable immunity, if not pick Blossom Arts.

    Elena's last CD ability, Celestial Guidance, is also available at Turn 1 with a 6 turn CD, provides an AoE 3 turn 75% ice / light imperil and buffs the modifiers of Aurora Tempest and Aurora Storm. This is only useful if you use Elena alongside Aurora Fryevia AND Fryevia, though that most likely will never happen. Don't force it now because I said it.

    This lastly leaves us with her Limit Burst. 30 Hits with a 40 LB cryst cost, though it'll be 100% up everytime we need it in our rotation due to her CD abilities.
    At max level it has a 4500% modifier (+50% LB damage from her passives), buffs everybody's stats by 150% for 3 turns and increases her modifier for Blade of Crystal by 1800%. This is huge and plays a major part in her rotation.


    How does she fare in the meta?
    Elena
    does pretty well and can reach the likes of Zeno of the Beta Star with some external help. Despite being a hybrid chainer, she currently sits at the #2 spot of all chain damage, which is something you can be proud of considering how utterly broken Zeno is.

    The only thing that holds her back from the true #1 spot are her imperils. With 75% and once a 50% imperil her damage doesn't live up to Zeno, though if you have a 100% imperil for example through e.g. Fid, she can definitely meet his standards.

    On top of it, her bulk and elemental versatility is excellent. She can imbue 4 different elements and despite of the fact that the majority of all hybrid gear provides absolutely no defensive stats she still manages to hit 11k HP with 650 DEF and 700 SPR. There are multiple gear slots she can exchange for higher survivability without sacrificing too much damage.

    Elena is definitely a unit that should be acknowledged due to her versatility and high damage output, though it can be hard to gear her and we will soon hit monsters such as CG Bartz, while her banner isn't nearly as good as e.g. Bartz's. Morgana isn't the hottest unit to be pulling for and the step up isn't helping on that.

    I know that Elena is special as in she's the first GLEX CG unit, but if you already have Esther / Zeno, you should hold onto your ressources. Makes for a huge Arena unit though with AoE T-cast Aureola Ray non-elemental with accuracy and high bulk.

    TMR is only available for her and her STMR on any unit is 50% TDH + 60% ATK/MAG, which can be pretty damn good on pmuch any unit who uses TDH or MTDH.


    Build + Maths:
    It turned out that the build I crafted for our first impression is.... the best. If you do not use any buffs for the builder, the result will differ, though once you apply 150% / 250% ATK + MAG buffs, you should get the same build I provide. Which I'm quite happy about.
    Astraea (150 ATK, 130 MAG, x1.35 variance) + 30% HP/MP/ATK/DEF/MAG/SPR, 50% TDH/MTDH
    Black Fox Shapeshifter Mask (40 ATK/MAG)
    Fryevia's Robe (30 ATK/MAG, 10% ATK/MAG)
    Iceblade Hilt x2 (80 ATK/MAG)
    Buster Style (100% TDH)
    Magic Charger (100% MTDH)
    Adventurer V (40% ATK/MAG)
    Nature's Loving Spellblade (40% ATK/MAG)

    Stats with Fenrir 3*:
    11411 HP
    905 MP
    2294 ATK
    2214 MAG
    652 DEF
    700 SPR

    ATK post 250% buff: 2931
    ATK post 150% buff: 2676
    MAG post 250% buff: 2851
    MAG post 150% buff: 2596
    Assuming spark chains


    Rotation:
    Turn 1: Way of Aurora + Luminous Enervation
    Turn 2: Limit Burst
    Turn 3: Blade of Crystal x3
    Turn 4: Blade of Crystal x3
    Turn 5: X Arts + Blade of the Heaven x2
    Turn 6: Way of Aurora + Luminous Enervation
    Turn 7: Limit Burst
    Turn 8: Blade of Crystal x3
    Turn 9: Blade of Crystal x3
    Turn 10: Blade of the Heaven x3

    Turn 1: 0
    Turn 2: (2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x (45 x 1.5) x 3.814 x 1.75 = 4443503867
    Turn 3: [(2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x 46 x 3.6115 + (2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x 46 x 4 x 2] x 1.75 = 9219073113
    Turn 4: [(2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 46 x 3.6115 + (2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 46 x 4 x 2] x 1.75 = 7667804712
    Turn 5: [(2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 27 x 3.4225 + (2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 27 x 4] x 1.5 = 2465994286
    Turn 6: 0
    Turn 7: (2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x (45 x 1.5) x 3.814 x 1.75 = 4443503867
    Turn 8: [(2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x 50 x 3.6115 + (2931^2 x 1.35 + 2851^2)/2 x 50 x 4 x 2] x 1.75 = 10020731644
    Turn 9: [(2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 50 x 3.6115 + (2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 50 x 4 x 2] x 1.75 = 8334570339
    Turn 10: [(2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 27 x 3.4225 + (2676^2 x 1.35 + 2596^2)/2 x 27 x 4 x 2] x 1.5 = 3794923507

    Average Turn 1-10: 5,039,010,533
    -> 217% of Akstar's damage ( 2,326,331,295 )
    -> 145% of Yuffie's damage ( 3,478,364,670 )
    -> 122% of Esther's damage ( 4,145,746,483 )
    -> 118% of Regina's damage with 50% imperil ( 4,260,956,857 )
    -> 88% of Zeno's damage ( 5,696,282,500 )


    Character Design: Too Many Abilities/10
    Sprite: 9/10
    Chainer: 9.5/10
    Trust Master Reward: Elena/10
    STMR: 9.5/10
    Arena: 9.5/10
    Limit Burst: 9/10
    Future Proof: 8/10
    Free 2 Play: 8.5/10
    Pay 2 Play: 9.5/10
    Personal Rating: 9/10
    Optimal Rating: 9.5/10




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    My head when I first read through her kit



    What was your first impression on Elena and why was it confusion?

    PS: Off to play some Dark Souls! If I don't reply immediately, you know why.


    Memel0rd out
     
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  2. YHEsys

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    I had to plot a table in order to understand her moves ::rudecat10::
     
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    She has some large "assets", other than that, meh.

    Thanks for the review as always, meme
     
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    Yeah, her kit is pretty simple once you take you figure out hee rotation. She does have nice support aspects tho
     
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    More like an antigravity generator, ::rudecat14::

    ::ink::
     
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    About the STMR.... I kinda disagree on it being kinda limited to her. This is incredible for any TDH unit, be it magical or physical.
    Put it on Esther, boom, you can use 2 of her TMR and have 60% ATK + 50% TDH on a single slot. This is already 30% more than the best possibility existing otherwise on TMR, the other alternative is Zack's STMR but using both is the best. On any magical TDH units, the only correct alternative is Karlette's TMR but it doesn't cover all situations and mag TDH is rare. It gets totally incredible on hybrid units, even if there are none close to her level to use it this I admit.
    This is a really versatile materia considering the number of units that can use it properly.

    And yeah, her kit was... Quite a mess to understand at 1st read. Really. I had no idea of what to think.
     
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    60% atk/mag is also good for malph
     
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    Yes it is, bus as she is TDW based she doesn't benefits as much at other hybrid units would. I forgot about how this is still 20 % atk/Mag more than the best non stmr alternative.
     
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    Probably spent to much to get her but since I don't have any of the top tier DD like Esther or Zeno, I think it's a good investment. Hoping I can gear her properly soon so I can se what she is capable of in my own party.

    PD: Would you use a Prism Moogle (my only blank one) to get Fryevia's Suit? Is the only piece of her build I could get without having the proper unit. If not, what would you replace it with? Thanks!
     
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    It would also work well for both Fryevia units.
     
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    You're welcome man
     
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    They have less than a quarter of her damage though.
     
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    save your tmr moogle for a limited TMR. Eventually you will get the units you need. Even without Fryevia suit you should have a good alternative if you got the 1850 Spr mission complete (yes you do lose the atk stat, but get a better mag stat and better def/spr). If you dont have that mission complete, you still will have access to something that can hold you down until then.

    Just my opinion tho....
     
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    I know, I was just stating in general because others are saying that the STMR is good for "only xy units", so I was offering other units that it would work well for. Granted, if you had Elena then why would you use the Fryevias? Other than you like the units and wanted to use them instead.
     
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    Id like to see a damage comparison between total bis vs zeno. Seems like with stmrs she has a lot more room to improve as u can basically cap out zeno with strictly tmrs.
     
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    There is the crafted robe from the event that you could use if you wanted specifically hybrid stats, although other equipment would provide higher stats in either ATK or MAG.
     
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    What units in the future probably will beat Zeno?

    Is it far?
     
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    Yeah, I'm currently aiming for that (2.5k of the currency left), but I didn't know if there was any other TMR that I was unnaware of and was specially good for her.
    I'll take a look to that mission and see if I'm able to do it.

    Thanks to both for the replies ^^/
     
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    I will be using UoC to get her a dupe for 7* seeing as how I pulled a free one.
    Elena + Esther + Loren and you have soooooo many different chaining options
     
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    If you can run a higher end STMR build, she takes the cake. I've played with the spreadsheet to see how much room some units have to grow between what the spreadsheet build uses traditionally, and one using Door pots and STMRs. Malphasie actually doubled in her listed output, for example, and Elena probably went up by a good 33% of her previous maximum. But it all depends on what you have to play with.

    That said, if you DO have Esther or Zeno (or Malphasie), then I do agree that you very likely do not need Elena.
     
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