The Modern Magus Magazine
Bon Voyage, my fellow interstellar explorers! After a slight delay due to a global bout of cabin fever, it seems we’re back in course for humanity to breach the final frontier - the become the greatest sailors amongst the stars, and to...play board games. Forget Voyager, are we sure the Little Prince’s true name isn’t Tet?
At any rate, it seems the stress and rage from Gacha wasn’t enough, so we’re playing Monopoly in FGO, too. Either this will go down as the best or worst event in the game’s history. No inbetween.
I always believed that space probes are our adorable, hard-working boys who deserve to be praised over galactic communication that takes years to reach them. A Servant is somehow a little less far-out to reach, but boy is he still adorable. And he gets bomber jacket fashion in his 3rd Ascension. Remember to thank
NASA VAUC the first chance you get. Whatever that is.
|Base Atk||1,615||Base HP||2,286|
|Max Atk||10,450||Max HP||15,592|
|Grail Atk||11,439||Grail HP||17,082|
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Voyager is the first male addition to the Foreigner roster, and also refreshing in the sense that he’s the first Quick-focused Foreigner too. The Skadi-looping goober in me is already salivating, but I’ll hold that off for now.
In terms of base stats, Voyager shows us that, yes, Foreigners CAN have a mediocre attack stat. In exchange, though, he gives himself a colossal hp stat that numbers 10th highest in the game. Relative to his HP stat, his attack is still fairly weak, though, but it’s the same for all Foreigners. It’s just nicer to have poor hp for a solid attack score than the other way round. At any rate, he’s durable.
Adding onto his bases, Voyager has the Foreigner standard skill, granting 2 stars each turn and a small boost to Magic Resistance. On top of that, he has the passives Solo Voyage A and Civilization Contact D, giving him a solid boost to Arts cards and crit damage, and a small passive Buff Removal Resistance boost respectively. Compared to most Foreigners, it’s a pretty solid passive lineup that aids his otherwise-mediocre offensive prowess. Not sure a 1/10 chance to ignore buff removal will come in handy often, though.
So how is Voyager in the broader sense? On one hand, he’s going where no man has gone before:
However, he’s also somewhat lost in space:
In conclusion, Voyager is a farming-focused Quick Servant with some neat quirks tied to him. While his Foreigner class may hold him down in some aspects, it makes him extremely versatile in others, making him a very reliable farming option for anyone with access to Skadi, and still good for those lacking her. Combined with his minor niches in dealing with Sky-attribute Servants and Quick crit damage, he makes a handy Servant to have, even if he’s not an overwhelming staple Servant. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Welp, there’s another Jojo reference Servant to add to the pile, right alongside Raiko and Sanzang’s team in Summer 2, Summer BB in general, every single Servant with a punchy NP, and apparently the multiple times the dialogue has used that JP-only “Kakyoin.” meme.
But yes, if you like 「SCARY MONSTERS」, then this lady’s the girl for you. Get yourself a girl who’s Oni on the streets, and prehistoric in the sheets.
|Base Atk||1,529||Base HP||1,800|
|Max Atk||9,177||Max HP||11,250|
|Grail Atk||11,111||Grail HP||13,640|
As is tradition, Japanese Servants don’t tend to have the most overwhelming statlines, but Koyo seems to get away with it a little - at the very least, she’s not Chacha. With the second-highest HP for a Berserker of her rarity, but the third-lowest attack, Koyo is pretty clearly leaning defensively, a specification which doesn’t really lend to Berserker’s universal class weakness making that extra HP feel like a futile effort against the high-damage hits she’ll be taking versus most opponents.
Well, at least the plus side is that even a “bad” attack stat for a Berserker is very good for every other class, due to the class’s attack modifier of 1.1 and the fact their attack stats are just generally high to begin with.
Like most Berserkers, she doesn’t have a particularly long list of passives, but her Madness Enhancement gives her the class standard bump-up to Buster cards, and she’s also a rarity in the class, possessing Magic Resistance. Having a Berserker who isn’t a complete sitting duck to debuffs can be handy, from time to time. But on the whole, nothing game-changing.
So how is Koyo in practice? On one hand, she’s a millenniums-old marvel:
On the other hand, she’s an outdated fossil:
All in all, Koyo might be an amazing Servant to just watch as she pummels and shreds the enemy with her gaping jaw and muscular dino-arms (seriously though, those arms are thick as heck), but she doesn’t provide much gameplay-wise to entice it. If you want a Buster-focused Berserker with strong offense and (somewhat) reliable durability, Jalter Berserker outclasses Koyo in pretty much every aspect, but especially her NP damage. Meanwhile, ‘ol reliable Heracles will simply do better for a Berserker who can endure, even if he lacks the same supportive options. That’s still ignoring Penthesilia, Nobu Zerker, and even lower-rarity hitters like Lu Bu, who all also outclass her in one aspect or another.
And speaking of supportive options, the one niche Koyo might have is just invalided by Skadi’s NP. Frankly, it’s a huge shame. She’d have a better chance at being gameplay viable if her name were read ‘Momiji’ instead of Koyo, so she can ride the Touhou meme curtails. Awoo.
Now, this is normally where I’d have Elice’s (No, I’m not using Erice even if it’s on Type-moon wiki. Kawasumi clearly pronounced it as an “L”, and since she’s had to deal with introducing herself with “Arturia” for an eternity, I think she knows best) page, but as it turns out, she’s not implemented in the game currently. That gives me some nostalgia. I think the last time an event had half-implemented Servants until they were officially added was Summer 1.
A Servant completely not added to the game despite it being their own event? Pretty new. But hey, it means you get MMM twice as often for this event, right? Rejoice, boys and girls. Just ignore that to keep up with the writing I might have to take a double dose of Asacoc-
Ah crap, almost injected my hobbies into the outro again. Who am I kidding, I did. At least Dinosaurs and Dragons are somewhat similar, right? See you all in like, a week. And don’t stick your dick in scalies.