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Rabbit's Reviews #304: Sei Shonagon (4* Berserker)

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Rabbit's Reviews Summer Sei
NA Release Date: 09/2023
Introduction

Just in case the Jet Set Radio design influences weren’t clear enough, Sei joins this Summer event with a skateboard in tow and a graffiti-themed NP. Sei has been variously referred to as a limited version of Atalanta Alter and an ST version of Xiang Yu, both of which are… pretty accurate analogies. Sei is heavily burst-oriented even by Quick standards, with next to no loop potential, but with a situationally brutal NP and easy access to powerful crits. Her kit is about as good as it could be given its intended function, but sadly bursty, crit-focused units just aren’t what they used to be. Sei is generally going to be a weaker option than ST units with more of a focus on NP gain, which makes her an easy Servant to skip, especially for players who have one of the many powerful class-neutral ST Servants. That said, she does quite well in her preferred playstyle, so if you’re willing to commit to a dated gameplay approach, Sei will do a good job of downing single targets.

Servant Data
Berserker

4

4
Madness Enhancement D

Increase your Buster Card effectiveness by 4%.

Independent Action (Selfishness) D

Increase Critical Star Gather Rate of own Quick Cards by 4%.

Dharma of the One Path B

Increase own Charm Resist by 100%.

Card Hits 4 3 3 4 7
Per Hit 0.77% 0.77% 0.77% 0.77% 0.77%
NP per Hit (%) 0.77%
NP when Attacked (%) 5%
Star Absorption 10
Star Generation per Hit 5.0%
Overview
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential
Conclusion

Sei is an odd Servant in that while her playstyle is not top-notch, her kit is top-notch relative to her playstyle. She’s a very strong Buster crit unit with the potentially for powerful burst Quick NP damage against her favored enemies. She’s an easy skip from a pure powergaming perspective—especially if you already have a good ST Berserker—but if you want to use her anyway she’ll do quite well for you. Even with the obvious comparisons to Atalanta Alter and Xiang Yu, Sei does enough to differentiate herself that she’ll be fun and unique for those who choose to invest in her.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 8/10
Single-Target DPS: 9/10
AoE DPS: N/A
Survivability: 6/10
Offensive Utility: 1/10
Defensive Utility: 2/10
Farming Usefulness: 4/10
Understanding the Concept of Love: 10/10

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