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Rabbit's Reviews #281: Ibuki-Douji (5* Saber)

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Rabbit's Reviews Ibuki
NA Release Date: 12/2022
Introduction

LB5.5’s second banner brings with it a single new SSR. Ibuki-Douji is really bland. She would be a good unit had she released a few years back, but with the current state of the game she’s a super standard Buster Servant in an environment where Buster is heavily disfavored and an AoE Buster unit more or less needs an Interlude to be at all worthwhile. She does have the distinction of being the only Saber with a 50% battery as of the time of writing, but for the most part she’s a triple-Buster Servant who’s pretty reliant on her cards for damage and who isn’t even a particularly remarkable crit Servant. For a shiny new Limited SSR, she’s a pretty huge disappointment.

Servant Data
Saber

5

5
Magic Resistance A

Increase your Debuff Resist by 20%.

Riding B+

Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 9%.

Dragon Kin EX

Increase own Buster Card effectiveness by 12%.
Apply Damage Cut by 200 to self.

Serpent Goddess Core A

Apply Damage Plus 250 to self.
Increase own Buff Removal Resist by 20%.

Card Hits 4 3 3 5 4
Per Hit 0.78% 0.78% 0.78% 0.78% 0.78%
NP per Hit (%) 0.78%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 98
Star Generation per Hit 9.9%
Overview
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential
Conclusion

Ibuki’s most direct competition is Artoria and Mordred (and Altera, I suppose, but her lack of a battery makes her meaningfully inferior). Artoria hits much much harder in burst in exchange for a little less sustain, while she and Mordred both have the ability to battery loop even with just a standard Kaleid—although this runs into the same problem as Ibuki in that their damage while looping is super low, so it’s probably not worth it regardless. Overall, Ibuki’s probably a bit better than Mordred but worse than Artoria in practical terms.

The larger issue, though, is the fact that she’s in contention with these two at all. Our existing AoE Buster Sabers aren’t exactly shining examples of what a powerful Servant should be—they’re all pretty mediocre—and Ibuki definitely doesn’t make herself an appealing enough target to justify being the limited alternative to the general-pool options. She’s an easy skip even if you don’t have her competition, and if you do have alternatives she brings basically no unique value.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 5/10
Single-Target DPS: 5/10
AoE DPS: 3/10
Survivability: 4/10
Offensive Utility: 2/10
Defensive Utility: 1/10
Farming Usefulness: 7/10
Sword Coolness: 10/10