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Cartuja

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Rarity
Element
Earth
Class
Warrior
Zodiac
Cancer
Max CP16316
Courageous and valiant, the greatest warrior in Farche
Explorer
Explorer
Dispatch Mission:
Barren Land
Specialty Effect:
Reward Bonus +10%
Trust
Basar
Trust
Roozid
Trust
Jecht
Trust
Armin
Trust
Aramintha
In Farche, the nomadic Tuharta Clan is wiped out by a great sandstorm. Cartuja leads the few survivors as they wander in search of a new home, working day and night as a mercenary to raise enough money to save his clan.

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Hero Stats

Hero CP: 16316
HP 6635
ATK 903
SPD 103
DEF 630
Crit Hit Chance Crit Hit DMG Dual Atk Chance
15.00% 150.00% 5.00%
Effectiveness Effect Resist
0.00% 0.00%
Imprint Release

+Health %
SSS : +10.15% SS : +8.7% S : +7.25% A : +5.8% B : +4.35% C : +2.9%
Imprint Concentration

+Health %
SSS : +14% SS : +12% S : +10% A : +8% B : +6% C : +4%
*Red tiles mark the effective area of a Devotion Skill.

Hero Tags

Builds

Break It Down

Cartuja is better suited for facing A.I. than for real players (definitely don't put him on your Arena Defense Team or anything). The A.I. in Epic Seven is easier to manipulate into attacking Cartuja, and Cartuja needs to be attacked to reach his full potential.

Gear

Cartuja's two most important stats are HP% (obviously) and Effectiveness. It's really important that Cartuja be able to land his Attack and Defense Breaks, since they're the only way he can help shift the momentum of a battle, so he really needs that Effectiveness.

From there, his needs are murkier. You can just build pure HP% on him, of course, but he also likes some Def% to help soften blows, and Effect Resistance is good or else he can just be Stunned right out of a fight. Spd and Atk% may seem less important due to his HP scaling and CR-push, but his HP scaling is very low and his CR-push relies on him being attacked. This means there can still be good reasons to build Atk and Spd on him.

For his gear sets, he definitely wants at least one Health set. You can go pure tank with two Health sets and a Defense set, but instead, consider a Speed or Counter set to go with his Health set. More Speed means more Defense Break, and a Counter set means more S1s (which means more Defense Break).

Artifacts

Most Warrior Artifacts are meant to help heroes deal more damage, but Cartuja's base damage is so low that he rarely gets much use out of these Artifacts. On the other hand, you can play into his strengths more solidly with Artifacts that synergize with his kit, such as:

  • Durandal is a great choice because it stacks with Cartuja's S2, which already gives him CR when he gets attacked. If attacked with less than 50% Health, a Cartuja equipped with Durandal will get 41% CR every time he gets hit. That's nasty!
  • Similarly, Prophetic Candlestick helps Cartuja a lot by lowering the cooldown on his S3. This is probably Cartuja's best budget Artifact.
  • If you're taking Cartuja against Banshee 11, consider Strak Gauntlet or Crimson Seed to help combat the Banshee's Poison effects.

Equipment

Main
Spd
HP %
Eff %
Sub
HP %
Eff %
Def %
Eff Res %
Spd
Atk %
Set
Counter
Health

Artifact

Upgrade Priority

Early Mid Late
0 +4 +4
+3 +3 +3
+3 +5 +5

Team

Core

This is a very efficient high-end Banshee 11 farming team. Cartuja benefits a lot during Banshee's split phase, as he can take multiple attacks from the Mistychains to rack up CR, and he is a good source of Defense Break when the queen herself is present. He can also help relieve some pressure on Destina to cleanse by equipping Strak Gauntlet or Crimson Seed. Vildred and Cidd are ideal DPS for the fight, and Destina is the perfect Banshee Soul Weaver, bringing lots of healing as well as cleanse (especially with her Exclusive Equipment).

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Analysis

Overview

If your Epic Seven team needs a hero who is absolutely not going to die no matter what, Cartuja is the hero for you. His survivability comes primarily from his extremely tanky base stats and his S3, which causes Attack Break and also grants Cartuja a massive heal. After his buffs on 12/13/19, he's somehow become even harder to kill, especially when combined with a powerful support like Diene or Destina. While he's busy not dying, Cartuja also threatens the enemy with Defense Break and self-CR-push whenever he is attacked. Unfortunately, his lack of direct influence over the enemy team holds him back when compared to more powerful tanks and disruptors.

Strengths

High HP + HP Scaling

Cartuja has some of the highest base HP in the game (plus a +HP% Imprint Concentration) and very respectable Def. On top of that, he has HP scaling on all of his damage, which further incentivizes him to gear himself like a brick wall.

Spammable Defense Break

Since Cartuja causes Defense Break with his S1, he can always use it whenever you need it (as long as he's not Stunned or otherwise disabled, anyway). His infliction rate isn't the highest, but being able to use it as much as you want can be helpful, especially in long PvE fights like Banshee 11.

Self-CR-Push When Attacked

Anytime Cartuja gets attacked, he gains Combat Readiness. This helps offset his low base Speed and also helps him burn down the long cooldown on his S3 more quickly. He also gains more CR when he's low on Health, helping him get a crucial turn to use his S3 when he needs it.

Self-Sufficient S3

Cartuja's S3, Predatory Roar, is his claim to fame. It causes Attack Break to all enemies, grants Defense Up to Cartuja, deals more damage when Cartuja is low on health, and heals Cartuja in the bargain (as if the rest wasn't enough). If Cartuja pulls this move off, you can bet it's going to take at least one more turn to kill him, if not several more.

Free Connection Hero

As a free Connection Hero, Cartuja is easy for any player to recruit (although the price is admittedly steep). Especially for players who really need a good tank for Banshee, Cartuja is an easy, convenient option.

Weaknesses

Low Damage

Despite the HP scaling on his attacks, Cartuja's damage tends to be unimpressive. The scaling isn't quite high enough for him to be dangerous, and his base Atk is pretty low, which holds him back even more.

Unreliable Defense Break

While Cartuja's Defense Break is spammable, it's not very consistent, capping at a 50% chance after Skill Enhancement. This is a problem because Defense Break is the most threatening thing Cartuja can do to the enemy team, so if his Defense Break isn't landing, Cartuja isn't contributing much.

Hard to Build

Cartuja is extremely stat-starved. He wants HP to stay alive, but he also wants Def because he wants to take a lot of hits for his passive. He needs Effectiveness for his ailments and Effect Resistance to avoid being disabled, and he even needs Spd because his passive relies on him getting attacked and he's very slow when it doesn't trigger. This makes building him quite difficult.

Lacks Impact; Easily Countered

This is the major problem with Cartuja: he can't really influence the course of battle on his own. He's great at staying alive, but since he's very bad at killing things, he's not going to pull out a miraculous one-man win if the rest of your team dies. And since he lacks any kind of Provoke and isn't a Knight who can equip Elbris Ritual Sword or Aurius, he isn't able to draw aggro from the rest of your team. Cartuja is easily counterplayed: simply pick off his allies rather than attacking him, and there isn't much he can do about it.

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Skills

Skill 1: Shred
0 Turns
+1 Souls
Attacks with sharp claws, with a 35% chance to decrease Defense for 2 turns. Damage dealt increases proportional to the caster's max Health.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Skill 2: Danger Zone
0 Turns
+0 Souls
Passive
Combat Readiness increases by 10% when attacked. Combat Readiness increases by an additional 10% when the caster's Health is less than 50%.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
5 Turns
+3 Souls
Attacks all enemies with wild energy, with a 75% chance to decrease Attack for 2 turns, and increases Defense of the caster for 2 turns. Damage dealt increases proportional to the caster's max Health, with additional damage increase when the caster has less than 75% Health.

Soul Burn Effect
-10 Souls

Increases damage dealt.

Awaken
Attacks all enemies with wild energy, with a 75% chance to decrease Attack for 2 turns. Recovers caster to 50% Health before granting increased Defense for 2 turns. Damage dealt increases proportional to the caster's max Health, with additional damage increase when the caster has less than 75% Health.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Specialty: Explorer
Explorer
Dispatch Mission: Barren Land
Specialty Effect: Reward Bonus +10%

Awakening

Lvl
Health +3% Attack +20 / Health +60

Life Rune
x8
Lvl
Defense +3% Attack +20 / Health +60

Life Rune
x12

Greater Life Rune
x2
Lvl
Health +6% Attack +30 / Health +80

Greater Life Rune
x8

Epic Life Rune
x1
Lvl
Health +6% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Life Rune
x5

Special Alarm Loop
x12
Lvl
Defense +6% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Life Rune
x8

The Heart of Hypocrisy
x8
Predatory Roar
Attacks all enemies with wild energy, with a 75% chance to decrease Attack for 2 turns, and increases Defense of the caster for 2 turns. Damage dealt increases proportional to the caster's max Health, with additional damage increase when the caster has less than 75% Health.
Ability Upgrade
Increases damage dealt.
Stat Increase
Attack +20 / Health +60

Life Rune
x17

Greater Life Rune
x8

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Campsite Topic

Criticism
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