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Rarity
Element
Fire
Class
Mage
Zodiac
Scorpio
Max CP15594
A blank-faced Homunculus chosen by The Last Spellbook
Eye of Kal's Bookmark
Eye of Kal's Bookmark
Dispatch Mission:
Unknown Knowledge
Specialty Effect:
Reward Bonus +10%
Trust
Ras
Longing
Ras
Trust
Aither
Grudge
Arbiter Vildred
Trust
Cartuja
Trust
Jecht
Grudge
Specter Tenebria
Grudge
Sigret
Grudge
Sigret
Trust
Violet
Trust
Luluca
A Homunculus placed in the care of Queen Diene some years previously, Mercedes has a poker face that gives away little emotion, but she grows quickly attached to those who show her kindness. Sometimes, she may awkwardly mimic others or repeat what they say.
Imprint Release

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

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

Table of Contents

Hero Stats

Hero CP: 15594
HP 4491
ATK 1187
SPD 96
DEF 627
Crit Hit Chance Crit Hit DMG Dual Atk Chance
24.00% 156.00% 5.00%
Effectiveness Effect Resist
0.00% 0.00%

Campsite Stats

Campsite Topic

Reality Check
Happy Memory

Skills

Skill 1: Divine Bolt
0 Turns
+1 Souls
Attacks two enemies with shock magic.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
3 Turns
+2 Souls
Attacks all enemies with a massive light sphere. When there are three or fewer enemies, damage dealt increases as enemies become fewer.

Soul Burn Effect
-10 Souls

Increases damage dealt.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
4 Turns
+2 Souls
Releases the power of the Ancient Book to attack all enemies. The lower the enemy's Health, the greater damage dealt.

Awaken
Releases the power of the Ancient Book to strongly attack all enemies. Damage dealt increases proportional to the amount of the enemy's lost Health.
Skill Enhance
Effects and Multipliers
Eye of Kal's Bookmark
Dispatch Mission: Unknown Knowledge
Specialty Effect: Reward Bonus +10%

Awakening

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

Flame Rune
x8
Lvl
Attack +3% Attack +20 / Health +60

Flame Rune
x12

Greater Flame Rune
x2
Lvl
Critical Hit Damage +10% Attack +30 / Health +80

Greater Flame Rune
x8

Epic Flame Rune
x1
Lvl
Critical Hit Chance +8% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Flame Rune
x5

Erikion Carapace
x12
Lvl
Attack +6% Attack +30 / Health +80

Epic Flame Rune
x8

Black Curse Powder
x8
Blazing Eye of Kal
Releases the power of the Ancient Book to attack all enemies. The lower the enemy's Health, the greater damage dealt.
Ability Upgrade
Releases the power of the Ancient Book to strongly attack all enemies. Damage dealt increases proportional to the amount of the enemy's lost Health.
Stat Increase
Attack +20 / Health +60

Flame Rune
x17

Greater Flame Rune
x8

Analysis

Overview

As one of the few free units in Epic Seven and a major character in the game's main storyline, Mercedes holds a special place in many players' hearts. It is well known that there are many units who are better to raise than Mercedes, but her value as a reliable budget farmer that new players are guaranteed to obtain is undeniable. While you will likely bench her in favor of stronger farmers like Vildred, Clarissa, or Celestial Mercedes further down the line, her early-game contributions can still be invaluable.

Strengths

AOE Damage

All of Mercedes' attacks target more than one enemy. Even her base S1 targets two enemies at once, and both her S2 and S3 target all enemies on the field. This is the primary reason she is such a good early-game farmer: with her high base Atk and AOE attacks, she can easily wipe waves of enemies without breaking a sweat.

Low Cooldowns

If Molagoras are invested into her S3, both her S2 and S3 will have 3-turn cooldowns. This allows her to cycle through her attacks with great speed, piling on the AOE damage nonstop.

Free to Pull

The biggest advantage of Mercedes is that she is given to the player for free in the first chapter of the main story. Especially for players who are unlucky with their early pulls and have no farming units available to them, Mercedes can be a real lifesaver.

Weaknesses

No Utility

Mercedes brings a lot of AOE damage, but unfortunately, that's all she brings to the table. She has no buffs, healing, debuffs, or other forms of team utility to boost the performance of her teammates. Since Epic Seven is a game heavily focused on buffs and debuffs, this is a major strike against her longterm viability.

Can Waste Resources

Because Mercedes is outshone by so many other AOE-focused units -- including easy-to-pull 3★ heroes like Lena -- most players will quickly pull a better hero that they should replace Mercedes with. However, by the time that better hero is pulled, players may have already invested Runes, Catalysts, Molagora, or -- worst of all -- World Fragments into Mercedes, which are all valuable resources that they will not be able to get back. Think very carefully before investing any resources other than gear into Mercedes, and only do so if you are totally dedicated to using her long-term.

Builds

Burn Baby Burn

If you are committed to using Mercedes long-term as more than just a farmer, she has some viability in Golem or Azimanak raids. Both are fights where AOE is very important, and Mercedes' Fire element is an advantage against Golem and neutral for Azimanak.

Building her is very simple, but also a little different from most other Mages. Since Mercedes has no debuffs, she doesn't need Effectiveness, which frees her up to focus purely on damage. Stack her gear with Atk, Crit Chance, Crit Damage, and the ever-important Spd, then just point her in the right direction and watch her work.

There are two ways to approach giving Mercedes an Artifact: you can give her additional utility (since she doesn't have any) or you can maximize her DPS (since that's her specialty in the first place).

If you are fortunate enough to have Necro & Undine from the Guilty Gear collaborative event, this is also a very strong option, as it helps Mercedes combat her low Spd.

Equipment

Main
Spd
CritD %
Atk %
Sub
Spd
CritC %
CritD %
Atk %
Set
Speed
Critical

Artifact

Upgrade Priority

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

Team

Core

This is a relatively budget example of how to build a team around Mercedes for PvE content. Mercedes' AOE burns down the waves before the boss and any adds the boss comes with, aided by the Defense Break provided by Falconer Kluri. Nemunas brings potent single-target damage and cleanses debuffs for the party, while Mascot Hazel keeps the party healthy and buffs Mercedes' Atk with her S3. If you're lucky enough to have Aurius for Kluri and Wondrous Potion Vial for Hazel, then this team should be an excellent introduction into later-game content.