Rabbit’s Reviews #355: Larva / Tiamat (5* Alter Ego)

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Rabbit's Reviews Larva/Tiamat
NA Release Date: 2/8/2018

In anticipation of the Arcade collab, we get a Servant slightly early! It’s been ages since Tiamat originally debuted as an enemy in FGO’s story, so it’s a little wild to finally have her as a playable Servant. She doesn’t disappoint, either—Tiamat’s one of the best Buster units in the game, falling into the rare category of AoE Buster Servants who can loop anything CE-less and packing enough damage to work reasonably well for 90++ nodes. She also has a bunch of cool CQ utility. Tiamat’s only real drawback is her class—she doesn’t work for half the standard classes—but aside from that, she’s an excellent unit, and she’s a great pull for anyone without a go-to AoE Buster unit.

Servant Data
Alter Ego
Authority of the Beast C

Increase your Critical Strength by 10%.

Independent Manifestation D

Increase your Critical Strength by 4%
Increase your Mental Debuff Resist by 4%.
Increase your Death Resist by 4%.

Self-Modification EX

Apply Damage Cut by 500 for yourself.

Core of the Goddess EX

Apply Damage Plus (Total Card Damage +300).
Increase Debuff Resist for yourself by 30%.

Infantile Regression A

Increase NP Gauge each turn by 5% for yourself.

Card Hits 4 4 3 5 6
Per Hit 0.44% 0.44% 0.44% 0.44% 0.44%
NP per Hit (%) 0.44%
NP when Attacked (%) 4%
Star Absorption 104
Star Generation per Hit 9.8%
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential

Tiamat is probably the best of the CE-less Buster loopers now, at least as a pure damage-dealer. Arc struggles to hit 90++ damage thresholds by virtue of her lack of class advantage, Oberon is mostly a support, and CasCu and Melusine only get to counter one of the non-Berserker standard classes, rather than three like Tiamat does. The starting charge loopers—AA, Nobu, Morgan, and Kukulkan, especially—are generally better when starting charge is allowed by virtue of working versus wider pools of Servants, but Tiamat isn’t that far behind, and cavalry is an easier “niche” to keep track of than things like Earth or Sky.

All-in-all, Tiamat is a really really good unit held back only by being an Alter Ego. If you already have a favored Buster AoE, you don’t need her, but if you don’t, she’s a stellar pull.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Single-Target DPS: 7/10
AoE DPS: 10/10
Survivability: 5/10
Offensive Utility: 3/10
Defensive Utility: 6/10
Farming Usefulness: 10/10
LAAAAAA: 10/10

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