Rabbit's Reviews #314: Dobrynya Nikitich (4* Rider)

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Rabbit's Reviews Nikitich
NA Release Date: 12/2023

Tunguska brings with it a pair of non-limited Riders. The SR, Dobrynya Nikitich, is—wow, I feel like I just wrote this exact same thing. Wonder why that could be?

Of the two AoE Riders Tunguska introduces, Nikitich is by far the weaker. She’s more-or-less just a modern take on Siegfried, with better skills overall in exchange for somewhat less dragon-smashing power and a lack of an Interlude. She is sadly not Koyanskaya-farming compatible, despite being a Buster Servant, and while you can rig things with the help of Habetrot, you might as well just loop with Habetrot and ignore Nikitich at that point. As such, she’s mostly relegated to niche CQ use, and she’s not really powerful enough to be remarkable even in those cases. She’s within range of being made worthwhile if she gets good buffs down the line, but as-is she’s one to avoid.

Servant Data
Riding EX

Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 12%.

Magic Resistance A

Increase your Debuff Resist by 20%.

Card Hits 3 2 3 5 4
Per Hit 0.86% 0.86% 0.86% 0.86% 0.86%
NP per Hit (%) 0.86%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 205
Star Generation per Hit 9.0%
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential

Nikitich is an unfortunate case where too much of her potential is locked behind a small niche for her to be worthwhile. Furthermore, even against Dragon’s she’s just sort of okay—this isn’t the case of Jiang Ziya, who’s truly impressive in-niche. Between her inability to farm, her small niche, and her unexciting performance, I’d call her the first straight-up bad Servant we’ve had in a while, and almost certainly the worst Servant of 2021. That said, 2021 has been a year of exceptionally high Servant quality, so being the worst of the bunch isn’t the condemnation it would have been in past years. This is a Servant who could become valuable with the right buffs—she’s not unsalvageable or anything—but at release, at least, she’s not very good.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 4/10
Single-Target DPS: 4/10
AoE DPS: 6/10
Survivability: 4/10
Offensive Utility: 4/10
Defensive Utility: N/A
Farming Usefulness: 2/10
Russian Mythology Deep Cuts: 10/10

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