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Defender
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Attack Type

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Archetype

Traits

Blocks 3 enemies

Operator Description

Nian, a mysterious visitor from the faraway land of Yan, is willing to provide a little bit of assistance.

Operator Quote

Always in the middle of where the excitement is.

Potentials

Potential Item

Nian's Token A simple, antique dagger. Legend holds that if this dagger is ever lifted with an intent to murder, the blade will disappear.

Talent

When this unit is in the squad, all Defenders gain +8% Max HP
When this unit is in the squad, all Defenders gain +12%(+4%) Max HP
When this unit is in the squad, all Defenders gain +16% Max HP
When this unit is in the squad, all Defenders gain +20%(+4%) Max HP
When deployed, this unit gains 3 shields (each shield can block 1 instance of damage)

Stats

Level:
HP
ATK
DEF
Arts Resist
0
Redeploy Time
70
DP Cost
19
Block
3
Attack Interval
1.5

Skills

SP Cost:
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
Initial SP:
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
20 Seconds
21 Seconds
22 Seconds
23 Seconds
24 Seconds
25 Seconds
26 Seconds
27 Seconds
28 Seconds
30 Seconds
Skill Effect
DEF +25%, ATK +10%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +30%, ATK +10%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +35%, ATK +10%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +40%, ATK +20%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +45%, ATK +20%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +50%, ATK +20%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +55%, ATK +30%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +60%, ATK +35%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +65%, ATK +40%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
DEF +70%, ATK +45%, and normal attacks now deal Arts damage
SP Cost:
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
Initial SP:
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
35
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
30 Seconds
30 Seconds
30 Seconds
31 Seconds
31 Seconds
31 Seconds
32 Seconds
33 Seconds
34 Seconds
35 Seconds
Skill Effect
Stops attacking; DEF +60%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 50% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +65%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 50% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +70%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 50% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +80%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 60% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +85%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 60% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +90%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 60% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +100%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 70% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 3 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +110%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 70% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 4 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +120%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 80% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 4 seconds
Stops attacking; DEF +130%, Block +1, upon receiving an enemy attack, deals Arts damage to the attacker equal to 90% of Nian's ATK and silences them for 5 seconds
SP Cost:
85
85
85
85
85
85
85
85
85
85
Initial SP:
40
42
44
48
50
52
56
60
64
70
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
40 Seconds
41 Seconds
42 Seconds
45 Seconds
Skill Effect
ATK +55%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +30%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +55%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +30%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +60%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +30%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +65%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +40%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +70%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +40%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +75%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +40%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +80%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +50%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +90%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +60%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +100%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +70%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
ATK +120%; increases the DEF of nearby Operators by +80%, grants them Block +1, and status resistance (Reduces the duration of stun, cold, and freeze effects by 50%)
Skill Range

RIIC Base Skills

(稀有金属辨识)
Room Type:
Workshop
When this Operator is assigned to the Workshop to process elite material, the production rate of byproduct increases by 100%
Reckless Lvl: 1
(肆无忌惮)
Room Type:
Workshop
When this Operator is assigned to the Workshop to process Elite materials, increases the Morale consumed by all corresponding formulas by +2

Botzu's Quick Evaluation

+ Talent 1: significant boost to HP of all Defenders
+ Talent 2: Blocks first 3 attacks (no damage), great for soaking special attacks or high-damage phases
+ DPS/defense/support hybrid enables flexible use
+ S1 and S2: deal Arts Damage.
+ S2: disables enemy special abilities and increases her block count
+ S3: buffs all nearby allies in a large range, increasing their block count, giving them status resistance, and increasing their DEF. Especially good for Defenders and Operators with abilities that hit multiple enemies based on Block count. Useful for helping Operators survive Aak buffs.
= Pure DPS and Silence roles are usually more effectively provided by other Operators
= Talent 2 shield use can be tricky to optimize when used as a core Defender
- Being a Limited Operator makes increasing Potential very difficult
- S2: Silence not effective against enemies with very long attack intervals
- S3: Increasing Block can be detrimental to some Operators

Operator Overview

Most of the time, Nian is something of a slacker, preferring to play mahjong and plan independent movies rather than focus on work. However, when the chips are down, Nian shows her true colors as a draconian 6 Normal Defender whose unique blend of survival tools, defensive buffs, and Arts damage can change the flow of battle.

First, a special note: Nian is Arknight’s first limited gacha unit. She was available only on a special Chinese New Year banner and was not added to the regular gacha pool after the banner ended. 

Nian’s E1 Talent, Tectonic Armor, is a useful but generic buff that increases the HP of all allied Defenders, and her E2 Talent, Clairvoyance, grants her three “shields” upon deployment that block the first three hits she takes. This allows Nian to be used to absorb crushing enemy special abilities or to give your healers some breathing room when deployed in high-damage situations.

Even after her Clairvoyance shields are consumed, Nian has a lot to offer. Her Skill 1, Tin Burning, increases Nian’s ATK and already-high DEF and causes her attacks to deal Arts damage. Since Nian’s ATK is good for a Defender, Tin Burning can deal a decent amount of damage, especially against armored targets. Her Skill 2, Copper Seal, is more defensive: while active, Nian stops attacking, gains a huge DEF boost and Block +1, and counters enemy attacks with an Arts-damage blast that also Silences the attacker (preventing their special abilities). However, all of this pales in comparison to the utility of her Skill 3, Iron Defense. It grants Nian a large ATK buff, but more importantly, it supports allies in a wide area around Nian by giving them bonus DEF, the Resist buff (halves duration of Stun, Cold, and Freeze), and Block +1. Nian giving herself Block +1 is already strong, but giving it to allies can be game-changing.

The power of a dragon is staggering, but it’s not always easy to harness. Like all Defenders, Nian costs a lot of DP to deploy, and her shields can be under-utilized if using her as a core team Defender. Her second and third Skills have pretty high SP costs, and Iron Defense, though strong,  needs to be used with care: giving an AoE Guard (like Specter) Block +1 is great, but giving a Controller Specialist (like Manticore) Block +1 can get her killed. 

Is Nian worth the effort? YES. Her great stats and potent Skills pack a punch that cannot be ignored. For this year and all others, here’s wishing you all good luck for your Chinese New Year pulls!

For more detailed information see the Nian Operator Spotlight!

Elite Promotion Discussion

  • 3rd Skill - Iron Defense - Release the Nian!  With the activation of her S3, Nian unleashes her monstrous… protecc mode!  All allies in a large area around her gain DEF, the Status Resistance buff, and Block +1.  Nian is the only Operator currently in the game that can increase the Block of other Operators.  This can not only help your blockers stop large enemy rushes in their tracks, but also increase the offense output of abilities that are based on block count (like AoE Guard Trait).  She also gets a decent ATK buff herself, so make sure she gets to unleash some of her beastly aggression on some enemies while it lasts.  
  • Talent 2 - Clairvoyance - Part beastly Tank, part deploy Specialist, Nian’s second Talent allows her to negate the first 3 damage sources after she is deployed.  This can be an incredibly useful tool to mitigate big damage sources, but unfortunately it may often be wasted if you need to deploy Nian in a timely fashion as one of your core blockers.
  • Talent 1 Upgrade Tectonic Armor - What’s better than a lot of HP?  Even more HP.  Her HP buff for Defenders is increased at E2, making your tanks that much harder to bring down.

Operator GIF Gallery

Skill Upgrade Costs

Level Requisites Materials
1 ➝ 2
Lv1
x5
2 ➝ 3
Lv1
x5
x6
x4
3 ➝ 4
Lv1
x8
x5
4 ➝ 5
Lv1
x8
x4
x4
5 ➝ 6
Lv1
x8
x5
6 ➝ 7
Lv1
x8
x3
x5
Skill Level Requisites Materials
1
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x7
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x10
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x6
2
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x5
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x7
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x7
3
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x5
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x9
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x6

Overall Skill Cost

Elite Upgrade Costs

Level Materials
x30000
x5
x12
x5
x180000
x4
x4
x7

Overall Elite Cost

Total Cost

Operator Profile

Artist Huànxiàng Hēi Tù
CV Aoi Yuuki
Gender Female
Place of Birth Yen
Birthday Sep 9
Race Undisclosed
Height 165cm
Combat Experience None
Physical Strength Standard
Mobility Standard
Physiological Endurance Standard
Tactical Planning Standard
Combat Skill Excellent
Originium Adaptability Defective

Profile

Nian, unemployed, is familiar with all kinds of metal craftsmanship and exhibits a profound knowledge in metallurgy that is inconsistent with her background. She is currently staying in Rhodes Island as a visitor, occasionally advising on Rhodes Island's metalworking projects. She claims to be skilled in audio-visual entertainment, often providing products that are not received too well by Operators.

Clinical Analysis

Increase Trust to 25.
Nian insisted on entering Rhodes Island as a visitor and refused to undergo medical tests.
After a series of gambling bets, dice-rolling, wrestling, and other competitions, the gathering of physiological data was finally put on indefinite hiatus.

"It's a darn shame that Gavial lost the last rock-climbing competition! We were so close to forcing her to get a medical examination.
I never expected that Gavial would contribute to the medical department in such an important manner. Do your best, Gavial! There's always next year!"
--Hibiscus, Medic Operator

Archive File 1

Increase Trust to 50.
Most Operators cannot remember exactly when Nian arrived at Rhodes Island.
Surprisingly, Dr. Kal'tsit did not drive her away, as she does with most would-be visitors. With a terse "let her do whatever," Dr. Kal'tsit hurriedly returned to the operating room.
Amiya has a friendly relationship with Nian, but most of the time, the two rarely meet.

This may be due to Amiya's busy work schedule, whereas Nian has just been resting, on vacation, or... doing absolutely nothing all day.
Because Nian is not an employee of Rhodes Island, her behaviors have gotten on the nerves of many Rhodes Island Operators.
Fortunately, Nian has no habit of interfering with others' work and mostly pursues her own self-satisfaction, which largely allows Operators to turn a blind eye to her antics.

"Has no habit of interfering with others' work...?" She tries to get people to play mahjong with her in the middle of work hours. Won't someone stop her?!
-Yato, Rhodes Island Operator

Archive File 2

Increase Trust to 100.
Although her attitude leaves much to be desired, Nian is still a kind-hearted person. Few words are more appropriate when seeing her in front of the doors of the engineering department.
Nian will engross herself in discussing the similarities and differences between various materials with the engineers, participating in the design and experimentation of new alloys. Once structural issues are involved, she will often stay up with them for several days.
At least when she is among engineers, she is shielded from the words she hears far too often, "unemployed folks sure have it easy."
When watching Nian debating fiercely with weapon designers over a blueprint, one might speculate that Nian simply is more accustomed to investing in her hobbies rather than pursuing regular work.
However, when she was recommended by a Rhodes Island engineering officer, she refused the job offer.
It must be pointed out that Nian treats workers in the metallurgy industry more gently than she treats others. Generally, the only people who enjoy such treatment are the actors in one of the "independent films" she's trying to produce.
Which raises the question, why?

Archive File 3

Increase Trust to 150.
With the permission of Dr. Kal'tsit, Nian has participated in a few operations as a squad member, though only with the purpose of "relieving the boredom of daily life." However, there was nothing playful about the nature of the support she offered to her teammates.
Nobody who sees Nian's fighting style will say that she's playing around. She is a force to be reckoned with upon the battlefield.
She never wears armor despite the fact that she serves as a heavy operator, and yet nobody has ever seen her get injured.
To explain this, Nian attributes her success to the special equipment she carries around.
The equipment functionally flows like water, capable of taking the form of a heavy shield or a strange sword. It is even capable of splitting into shards that can be dispersed across the battlefield, channeling some unknown technique to soften all kinds of blows that would have otherwise rained down upon teammates.
Although Caster Operators have all come to the conclusion that there is little overlap between Nian's abilities and Originium Arts, that information is hardly relevant to her teammates.
As long as it works, anyone not just running logistics has little concern for how it works. That's right, even if Nian uses a massive sword to split apart a Metal Crab. Probably.

Under normal circumstances, engineer operators do not recommend trying to analyze or reverse-engineer Nian's equipment.
"It's no good, we can't recreate it. It's best just to let her play around with it."
Nian claimed to be a bit disappointed hearing this.
Of course, Workshops #3 and #6 have been tirelessly working on it for the last three months, with their experiments incurring a massive amount of wasted resources. Not like they'll ever bring that up though. Take it as proof of their motivation.

Archive File 4

Increase Trust to 200.
[Classified Log]
We can't wait any longer. That has nothing to do with it. Say you're sitting on a water kettle, and the water is about to come to a boil. Would you keep waiting?
I only have eleven siblings. I'm also not here to ask for help. Who would even be able to help me with a situation like this?
Think about it. For each one of us that dies, everything related disappears as well. If I die, everything about me will completely vanish from this world.
If it said that people can create worlds in their dreams, then this sweet dream is about to pop like a soap bubble.
Like I said, I'm not here to ask for help. I just want to invite others to witness this matter.
Having a witness is the proof that something existed.
Don't let everything you are disappear without a word.

Oh, you can talk to Kal'tsit and have her record it. I know she's busy, but she should be willing to take a look.

Promotion Record

Upgrade to Elite LV2.
"There exist beasts of chalk Their bellies a great furnace
In nine they come Their horns like hot copper
Time passes and colors fade The year turns once more
......
Harken The forge of the sky Awaits five earthborn metals
Among the ten peoples Walk beasts tenfold
......
With a single stroke Ruination befalls a hundred worlds
Countries turn to rust A brief spark in the wind A bubble gone without a trace"

Many parts are blurred and cannot be read.

Voice Lines

Appointed as Assistant Man, I'm so bored... Might just go shopping... You know what, yeah, we're doing it! Come on, put your shoes on. Yeah, we're both going out, that's why I said "we"!
Talk 1 That lame look of yours is grinding my gears... Here, have a toy to lighten up. You're busy with work? Who cares about some boring-ass work? Just one thing: don't lose sight of this little doll, or else it'll vanish in the blink of an eye.
Talk 2 Maaan, I'm so hungry... But as they say, gourmet food takes a gourmet cook to make. I've got a brother who's a great chef, and when our family all gets together, he can cook you something up in a jiffy if you just ask. Now that's what I call a good chef! Rhodes Island's food just tastes like crap compared to his.
Talk 3 Lungmen's a pretty chill place, but their cuisine? It's just got no kick to it! How can they eat that flavorless baby food? Listen up: spice is a way of life. Once you taste a little pleasant pain and feel that explosion of heat on your tongue, you'll realize just what you've been missing out on all this time.
Talk after Promotion 1 My skills used to just be a regular part of my life, but as I'm easily influenced by my surroundings, I've wound up with a little penchant for getting into battles. I've grown used to the feeling of holding a weapon in my hand. Or rather, it just feels weird to NOT carry a weapon around. So it goes, I guess.
Talk after Promotion 2 Rituals get passed down through generations not 'cause they have any inherent meaning, but because people find their own meaning in them. A performance has its rewards, and a wish has its fulfillment. And when one of my favorite stories is involved, you bet your ass I'm gonna participate.
Talk after Trust Increase 1 People out of touch with reality will end up crushed beneath its cruel boot, sooner or later. You'd think that's common freakin' sense, but I've got several siblings who ignore reality for what it is. Their dull lives are only gonna get harder for 'em as time goes on.
Talk after Trust Increase 2 Your dreams turn to a haze when you've lived as long as I have. But I've got better stuff to do than dream all day, and that's why l feel so alive. Sure, life is suffering, but seeing people carve something out for themselves is what I love. And as for you: think you got what it takes to be the anvil to my hammer?
Talk after Trust Increase 3 Blacksmithing may just be a regular old occupation, but it was also always a part of early civilization. I'll keep metallurgy well and alive, even if everything else dies out. That's the future I chose for myself long ago. And you, you've made important choices before, haven'tcha? Don't ever go back on them. Stay true to your word, and everything will work out.
Idle You're sleeping AGAIN? Wake up, sunshine! We're going shopping! C'mon, hurry up!
Onboard Anyone here? Heard from one of your guys that I can make a comfy living here! Something about free lodging and food, with plenty of free time left over... Hm? This area is for staff only? Don't be like that! You make it sound like I don't belong here!
Watching Battle Record Huh? What good do you think this stuff's gonna do me? Skills like these are only useful to people who value them.
Promotion 1 A promotion? That reminds me... I got something like that in the past once. Anyway, that's cool, I guess. You have my thanks!
Promotion 2 People are like tools; you can classify 'em. And you, you're an interesting one... Or should I say "unusual"? I could forge you a good sword, but since you ain't gonna swing it, let alone fight in the first place, it'd just be a waste of metal.
Added to Squad Guess one thing's never gonna change with time: swords will inevitably clash between people.
Appointed as Squad Leader Say what? Lead the team? Never led anyone before, but I guess I'll try.
Depart A smith's gotta be ready to pay the debt owed by the weapons she forges.
Begin Operation My sword's gonna cleave your bodies and your values apart.
Selecting Operator 1 Well, well, you got orders for me?
Selecting Operator 2 A knife, a life; weapons are the basis for society.
Deployment 1 "When 'tis a choice of life and death, why shouldst thou lay down thy arms?"
Deployment 2 Let's just get this done with.
In Battle 1 You dare strike my shield with your spear? That's gonna end with you in pieces!
In Battle 2 My body burns at over 1,400 degrees!
In Battle 3 "O virtuous King, who can lead our army if not you?"
In Battle 4 Why do I gotta waste my precious time on the likes of you third-rate amateurs?
4-star Result Niiice! I see some faint promise in you!
3-star Result These small fry ain't even close to quelling my hunger.
Sub 3-star Result Man, you sure messed up. What'd I tell you air bubbles weakening the iron?
Operation Failure We totally blew this one... If only these guys knew what I could do to them if I actually get serious.
Assigned to Facility Mind if I do some redecorating in here?
Tap Dude! Stop it!
Trust Tap Hey, stand still! I'm trying to redecorate the place!
Title Arknights.
Greeting Yo, Doctor, you had lunch yet?