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Champion Zerato

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Rarity
Element
Dark
Class
Mage
Zodiac
Aries
Max CP16702
An arrogant and impudent supremacist who only cares about strength
Victory Streak
Victory Streak
Dispatch Mission:
Hunt
Specialty Effect:
Time Required +-6%
Rival
Dingo
Rival
Cidd
Rival
Dominiel
Rival
Sven
Incredibly skilled in fighting, Champion Zerato boasts a flawless win streak, largely thanks to his refusal to fight anyone he may be at risk of losing to. Frost Mage Zerato has been trying to pick a fight with him for a long time, but Champion Zerato keeps making excuses to avoid it.
Imprint Release

+Attack %
SSS : +8.4% SS : +7.2% S : +6% A : +4.8% B : +3.6% C : +2.4%
Imprint Concentration

+Effectiveness %
SSS : +22.8% SS : +20.4% S : +17% A : +13.6% B : +10.2% C : +6.8%
*Red tiles mark the effective area of a Devotion Skill.

Table of Contents

Hero Stats

Hero CP: 16702
HP 4733
ATK 1159
SPD 99
DEF 627
Max Stats at Lvl 60 + Fully Awakened
Crit Hit Chance Crit Hit DMG Dual Atk Chance
27.00% 150.00% 5.00%
Effectiveness Effect Resist
18.00% 0.00%

Campsite Stats

Campsite Topic

Heroic Tale
Self-Indulgent

Skills

0 Turns
+1 Souls
Attacks two enemies including the target with an earthen blast, transferring two debuffs from the caster to the enemy and recovering the caster's Health. Amount recovered increases proportional to the caster's max Health.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Skill 2: Iron Will
0 Turns
+0 Souls
Passive
Immune to stun, sleep, and Decrease Hit Chance. Has a 80% chance to counterattack when the caster is debuffed after being attacked.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Skill 3: Cataclysm
5 Turns
+3 Souls
Attacks all enemies by slamming rocks, with a 60% chance each to decrease Defense and Attack for 1 turn. Increases Defense of the caster for 2 turns.

Soul Burn Effect
-20 Souls

Ignores Effect Resistance.

Awaken
Attacks all enemies by slamming rocks, with a 60% chance each to decrease Defense and Attack for 2 turns. Increases Defense of the caster for 2 turns.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Specialty: Victory Streak
Victory Streak
Dispatch Mission: Hunt
Specialty Effect: Time Required +-6%

Awakening

Lvl
Effectiveness +6% Attack +20 / Health +60

Dark Rune
x8
Lvl
Critical Hit Chance +4% Attack +20 / Health +60

Dark Rune
x12

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

Greater Dark Rune
x8

Epic Dark Rune
x1
Lvl
Effectiveness +12% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Dark Rune
x5

Blessing of Orbis
x12
Lvl
Critical Hit Chance +8% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Dark Rune
x8

Nightmare Mask
x8
Cataclysm
Attacks all enemies by slamming rocks, with a 60% chance each to decrease Defense and Attack for 1 turn. Increases Defense of the caster for 2 turns.
Ability Upgrade
Ignores Effect Resistance.
Stat Increase
Attack +20 / Health +60

Dark Rune
x17

Greater Dark Rune
x8

Analysis

Overview

Champion Zerato is a durable CC counter-play hero with a unique passive that grants him immunity to stun, sleep, and blind. If he is struck while being debuffed or is debuffed with an attack, he has a 80-100% (with skillups) chance to counter with his S1. His S1 is equipped with a debuff transfer mechanic that allows him to transfer two debuffs to the enemy. He also has a 75% aoe DEF break and a 60% DEF buff to bring to the table with his S3. Champion Zerato is the ideal solution to the oversaturated Dizzy population in the current defense meta.

Strengths

Counterplay Mechanic 

Anytime Champion Zerato is struck with a debuff, he has a 100% chance to retaliate back at the attacker and one additional enemy with his S1. His S1 will remove up to two of his debuffs and transfers it to the enemies. It’s important to note that, should the debuff transfer fail on both his targets, he will retain the debuffs.

Immune to Stun, Sleep, and Decrease Hit Chance

The bread and butter of his kit. With his recent buff, Champion Zerato is now immune to decrease hit chance. Champion Zerato can now retaliate reliably with his S1. This allows him to be a solid check against Dizzy and other debuff-heavy comps. He’s also strong in Hell Raid and other debuff-heavy content, and has excellent morale values..

Built-in Durability

Champion Zerato has a built in DEF buff from his S3 which allows him to be durable. Additionally, he also has a 75% chance to decrease the enemy’s attack and defense with his S3 further crippling them. Champion Zerato also heals 5% of his HP every time he hits an enemy with his S1.

Ignores Effect Resistance on S3

Champion Zerato is currently the only character in the game who has access to an aoe DEF break paired with an ignore effect resistance soul burn. This allows his S3 to bypass heavy effect resist stackers with minimal investment when soul burned.

Weaknesses

No Enemy Debuffs

His S2 relies heavily on opponents inflicting debuffs for his counter-play to function. When there are no enemy debuffs, Champion Zerato is simply a lackluster bruiser with a self DEF buff and an AOE defense break.

Immunity

Champion Zerato debuff transfer can be completely walled off by Angelica, Vivian, and DJ Basar’s team-wide immunity buff. In order for Champion Zerato to cleanse his own debuff  and transfer them, his S1 cannot be resisted, immuned, or missed by more than one enemy.

Requires Team Support to Sustain

Though Champion Zerato is durable, he’s no tank. For sustain and survivability he’ll require heavy support from his teammates to stay alive. 

S3 Unreliable and Uptime is Low

Despite having 2 excellent debuffs on his S3, C. Zerato’s uptime is less than stellar, at only 2 rounds every 4 turns. He also has a 75% chance at max for either debuff, making it somewhat likely that he will miss a debuff, especially on groups.

Builds

No u

This build revolves around a mix of soul weaver and knights wielding idol’s cheer and arius. Any variation of this build will require at least 1 soulweaver to keep Champion Zerato alive. The more soul weavers holding Idol’s cheer, the faster Champion Zerato will become. The more knights there are, the more durable Champion Zerato will be. Champion Zerato’s role for this setup is simple. Constant counter-play with his passive to wear the enemy team down. Sira-Ren will be effective for long fights. Lela Violin will be effective for removing immunity. Abyssal Crown will be effective for the RNG stun cheese.

Equipment

Main
Atk %
HP %
Sub
HP %
Atk %
CritC %
CritD %
Set
Counter
Critical

Artifact

Upgrade Priority

Early Mid Late
0 0 +6
+3 +3 +3
+4 0 0

Team

Core

Champion Zerato will have incredible synergy with most soul weavers and knights, as long as they don’t pack team-wide debuff immunity. His kit relies on a second turn counter-play meaning the enemy will usually attack before he does. This setup will require heavy support to be bulky enough to absorb the incoming damage and soul weavers to sustain him. Ruele and Destina are prime examples of soul weavers that can sustain Champion Zerato for long fights. ML Cecelia and ML Crozet are great examples of knights that can keep Champion Zerato bulky enough to absorb damage and retaliate.

PVE Cheese

This is a standard lifesteal build. Champion Zerato’s role is to constantly counter bosses and sustain himself until they die. Raid bosses are known to inflict many different debuffs. Champion Zerato will be able to constantly counter and transfer them all back at the bosses. Lifesteal set is here for sustainability. Critical chance is here for more damage. You will need a decent amount of HP to survive the damage as well, as C. Zerato’s heals scale from his HP. It is therefore more important to have a large stock of HP than to have extra DEF.

Equipment

Main
Atk %
Sub
CritC %
Set
Lifesteal

Artifact

Upgrade Priority

Early Mid Late
0 0 +6
+3 +3 +3
+4 0 0

Team

Core

Champion Zerato can actually solo both hell raid and a11 with this build on auto. An Idol’s cheer support, or additional attack buffer/defense breaker might speed up the process.