Rabbit’s Reviews #373: Ptolemy (5* Archer)

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Rabbit's Review Ptolemy
NA Release Date: 10/2025

In the abstract, Ptolemy is a really cool unit. He switches between two forms, with his third skill and NP changing between them. In theory, this means he’s a Servant who can switch playstyles flexibly depending on the needs of the fight, reacting tactically to the situation at hand. In practice, though, FGO’s card-type-specific supports and rigid fight gimmicks mean Ptolemy will only get to use his third skill once, and he ends up as either a decent ST Buster Archer or a decent AoE Arts Archer. There are teams in which Ptolemy can switch back and forth, but they aren’t really optimal, which on the whole means Ptolemy is a much less interesting Servant than he might otherwise be. Alas.

Servant Data
Magic Resistance B

Increase your Debuff Resist by 17.5%.

Independent Action A

Increase your Critical Strength by 10%.

Territory Creation A+

Increase your Arts Card effectiveness by 11%.

Spirit Origin Data Preservation A

Increase own Buff Removal Resist by 20%.

Card Hits 3 3 3 5 5
Per Hit 0.43% 0.43% 0.43% 0.43% 0.43%
NP per Hit (%) 0.43%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 154
Star Generation per Hit 8.0%
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential

Ptolemy is both a good AoE Arts Archer and a good ST Buster Archer. He’s… probably the best option in both roles, currently, but that’s more a testament to the lack of great options in either role than it is an endorsement of Ptolemy. He unfortunately can’t really function effectively as both at once, as the roles are too different to work well in tandem.

Objectively speaking, there’s nothing wrong with Ptolemy. He’s two Servants in one, and both of those Servants are entirely respectable. The problem is just that there are a lot of better options once you look outside of the realm of Archers specifically, which makes Ptolemy a hard sell… and less rationally, it just doesn’t feel good when the best way to use a Servant is to ignore their key gimmick. He’s almost a really cool unit, and it’s too bad he falls short in the particular ways he does.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 8/10
Single-Target DPS: 7/10
AoE DPS: 8/10
Survivability: 3/10
Offensive Utility: 7/10
Defensive Utility: 2/10
Farming Usefulness: 8/10
Time: Day/Night

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