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Tier
EX

Caster
April Fool's
CamelotCo
3
2
5
6
-
Attribute
Earth
Alignment
Lawful Good
Max HP 14,259
HP Rank
Max ATK 10,546
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,692Base HP2,091
Max Atk 10,546 Max HP 14,259
Grail Atk 11,544 Grail HP 15,621
NP per Hit (%) 0.81%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 49
Star Generation per Hit 10.8%

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Servant Skills

Dreamlike Charisma A

Increases party's attack for 3 turns.
Charges party's NP gauge by 20%.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Illusion A

Grants party Invincibility for 1 turn.
Increases party's critical star generation rate for 1 turn.
Reduces all enemies' critical attack chance for 3 turns.

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Star Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Crit Chance - 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Hero Creation EX

Increases one ally's Buster performance for 3 turns.
Increases their Max HP for 3 turns.
Increases their critical damage for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Max HP + 2000210022002300240025002600270028003000
Crit Damage + 50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills

Territory Creation C

Increase your Arts Card effectiveness by 6%.

Item Construction C

Increase debuff chance by 6%.

Mixed-Blood EX

Increase NP Gauge each turn by 5% for yourself.

Noble Phantasm

Garden of Avalon C

Restore HP each turn for all allies (5 turns).
Increase NP Gauge each turn by 5% for all allies (5 turns).

<Overcharge>

Gain C. Stars each turn for yourself (5 turns).

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Garden of Avalon

The Forever-Sealed Utopia

Rank Classification Hit-Count
C Anti-Unit
Effect

Restore HP each turn for all allies (5 turns).
Increase NP Gauge each turn by 5% for all allies (5 turns).

Level 1 2 3 4 5
1000 1500 1750 1875 2000
5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Overcharge Effect

Gain C. Stars each turn for yourself (5 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
5 10 15 20 25

Assorted Info

ID 150
Cost 16
Gender Male
Growth Semi S
Inst. Death Chance 36.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 16,33,51
Damage Distribution Arts 33,67
Damage Distribution Buster 6,13,20,26,35
Damage Distribution Extra 4,9,14,19,23,31
Damage Distribution NP

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
100,000
3
300,000
4
1,000,000
Max
3,000,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
1 → 2 200,000
2 → 3 400,000
3 → 4 1,200,000
4 → 5 1,600,000
5 → 6 4,000,000
6 → 7 5,000,000
7 → 8 10,000,000
8 → 9 12,000,000
9 → 10 20,000,000

Total Materials Required

Ascension
Skill
Total

Costume Dress Materials

Costume Cost Materials
April Fool's 0
Camelot&Co 3,000,000

Bond CE

Bond Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bond Pts Req. 5,000 15,000 10,000 2,000 18,000 150,000 430,000 340,000 320,000 405,000
The Furthest Tower

When equipped on Merlin,
Increases party's Buster Card effectiveness by 10% and critical damage up 15% while he is on the field.

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Overview

“Why don’t I just use an incantation, you ask? Well, I mean, isn’t it easier to just punch them?”

An immortal magus, Fou’s part-time punching bag, and possibly the most prominent kingmaker in history, Merlin’s capabilities as a Servant far exceed even his own lofty reputation. The Magus of Flowers allows virtually any Buster-oriented damage dealer to reach their true potential, enabling even the more utility-oriented ones to put out strong damage. Bringing nearly every single offensive buff a Buster Servant could ask for (Buster Up, ATK Up, and Critical Damage Up), Merlin is a one-man support army who takes full advantage of multiplicative buff stacking. What truly sets Merlin apart from other supports is that he can also grant sustain and support through party-wide Healing per turn, NP Charge per turn and Critical Star Generation per turn from his NP, as well as an NP Charge, Star Generation and even party-wide Invincibility from his skills. Merlin’s performance is thus spectacular during Challenge Quests.

As with every Servant though, Merlin does have a few weaknesses in practice. The biggest flaw in his kit is the lack of DEF Up buffs, which can make his team particularly vulnerable to bosses that can pierce Invincibility, and enemies who do high damage with their basic attacks. Many of his features are also tied to his NP, most notably the NP Charge per turn and the Healing per turn. The resulting ramp-up time, as well as his instant NP charge being “only” 20%, makes him less convenient in the stages where his magnificent damage buffs are overkill and farming/clear speed are more important. Lastly, Merlin’s effectiveness in non-Buster teams is a bit reduced, but still good.

Overall, Merlin is the ideal support for Challenge Quests, especially for Buster teams. His few flaws are rather trivial compared to the massive benefits he brings to a team. The Magus of Flowers is easily one of the most powerful Support Servants to have ever been released in the game. Befitting his lore, he is one who can be expected to stick around until the end of the universe.

Merlin's Round Table Discussion

Strengths

Buster Damage Support

When used alongside a Buster Servant, Merlin provides at minimum two offensive buffs, namely, Dreamlike Charisma’s party-wide ATK Up buff and Hero Creation’s targetable Buster Performance Up buff. Their high values crown him as the best Buster damage support. Furthermore, Merlin’s Hero Creation also contains a huge Critical Damage Up buff (although it only lasts for one turn), which synergizes greatly with his star generation capability. These factors allow any Master to use critical-based strategies to great effect, even with Servants who are not traditionally critical damage dealers.

Provides Party Sustain

One of the reasons as to why Merlin is exceptional is that he provides the means for (Buster) teams to survive longer battles and gain NP gauge. Merlin provides stable healing via his spammable NP’s Healing per Turn buff and Hero Creation’s MAX HP Increase. But the biggest tool in Merlin’s defensive arsenal is arguably Illusion's party-wide Invincibility which allows any party to easily brush off enemy NP turns. The same skill also applies a hefty Critical Chance debuff on enemies, further augmenting the party’s survivability.

High Consistency

While most Servants experience periods of downtime, Merlin’s high NP gain (including passive NP gain per turn) and five turn NP duration mean that his NP has a very high uptime once he gets going. As supports rarely equip Starting NP Gauge CEs, he may need a few turns to charge his first NP, but afterwards the party will consistently receive an influx of Healing, NP charge, and critical stars every turn.

Weaknesses

Vulnerable to Sustained High Damage Attacks & Pierce Invulnerability

Merlin’s main defensive problem is the lack of a reliable DEF Up buff, which often leaves the party vulnerable against harder-hitting (critical) attacks. As his NP heals over time, a team member may be bursted down before they get the opportunity to heal up. It is for this reason that Masters may wish to pair him with Servants that provide defensive buffs against enemies with Pierce Invincibility, or those capable of dealing heavy damage with their normal attacks.

Requires Ramp-up Time

A lot of Merlin’s general support is tied up in his NP, the benefits of which the team won’t be able to access until he has used it the first time. While the NP Charge per turn effects gained from Garden of Avalon and Merlin’s own Mixed Blood passive allow him to have a very high NP uptime afterwards, the initial ramp-up period leaves the party rather vulnerable in faster-paced (boss) battles. In addition, due to the effects-over-time nature of Merlin’s NP, buff removal sets him back slightly more than some other supports.

Trades NP Charging Speed for Higher Damage Ceiling

When it comes to farming, Merlin’s main benefit is the sheer power of the (Buster) buffs he provides, allowing players to breeze through the final enemy wave. However, farming speed is often dictated by how fast NPs can be charged from the get-go and what CEs can be brought. One aspect in which Merlin isn’t as powerful as his direct competitor(s) is the on-demand NP Charge (20%) he can give. Quite often, especially during events, it’s faster to simply borrow Zhuge Liang or (once available) Skadi instead. Due to his Buster focus, Merlin is also less flexible when it comes to creating farming teams.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Dreamlike Charisma A

Increases party's attack for 3 turns.
Charges party's NP gauge by 20%.

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Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Illusion A

Grants party Invincibility for 1 turn.
Increases party's critical star generation rate for 1 turn.
Reduces all enemies' critical attack chance for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Star Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Crit Chance - 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7
Hero Creation EX

Increases one ally's Buster performance for 3 turns.
Increases their Max HP for 3 turns.
Increases their critical damage for 1 turn.

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Max HP + 2000210022002300240025002600270028003000
Crit Damage + 50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

As a support, Merlin is heavily dependent on his skill levels to perform well. It is therefore (Extremely!) recommended to level all of his skills as soon as possible even at the expense of ascending other Servants. The leveling order varies a little depending on whether Merlin is being used primarily for farming, or if Challenge Quest performance is key.

  • Not only does Dreamlike Charisma A increase the party’s ATK for three turns, it also charges the party’s NP gauge by 20%, which when combined with its low cooldown makes it a ridiculously efficient skill. While the NP charge does not scale with level, this skill is still extremely good for its low cooldown, and is generally leveled second unless one is focusing on Challenge Quest performance.

  • Illusion A’s main usage lies in its absurd party-wide Invincibility, allowing the party to easily defend against bosses’ NP turns. It also features two situationally useful side-effects, with a Critical Star Generation buff which is highly useful with high hit count teammates, and a Critical Chance debuff to use against enemies with threatening critical capabilities. While Illusion’s long base cooldown means that the chances it will be used twice in a single fight are rather low outside Challenge Quests, the cooldown reduction gained from leveling this skill often determines whether a boss NP will wipe the party in longer fights.

  • As Merlin’s primary damage-buffing skill, Hero Creation EX nearly doubles in effectiveness when maxed. Although the Max HP Increase buff does not scale too hard with levels, the sheer damage increase easily makes it his highest priority skill, especially when cooldown reduction is taken into account.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Merlin is a pretty self-sufficient Servant who works great even without CEs, making him one of the ideal candidates for Bond Point Up CEs (in fact, most Merlin supports will be holding this CE). When “normal” CEs are used, his picks generally revolve around further amplifying his Passive Star Generation per turn, or Passive NP Charge per turn. He is also a Servant whose Bond Craft Essence directly benefits his main damage support niche, making it an alluring option as well. Lastly, Starting NP Gauge CEs are also an option to access Merlin’s NP early in certain fights while On Entry CEs work very well if Merlin is swapped in with the Chaldea Combat Uniform.

  • A Fragment of 2030 / His Rightful Place: Although Merlin’s NP provides a decent amount of critical stars (especially when Overcharged), it is often not quite enough for the whole party’s needs. Equipping passive Star Generation CEs helps greatly with this, allowing even Servants with average critical weight to unleash reliable critical hits.  

  • Prisma Cosmos: Further amplifying Merlin’s already-high NP gain, using passive NP generation CEs allows Merlin to use his NP far more often even without using any of his command cards, indirectly increasing the amount of benefits received by the party. They also help reduce his ramp-up time, although not to the extent of starting NP Gauge CEs.

  • The Furthest Tower: Increasing the party’s Buster Performance and Critical Damage, Merlin’s personal bond CE is a viable option for him - especially as he is not hindered by its low stat bonuses.

  • Devilish Bodhisattva: For short fights where Masters want Merlin's passive Star Generation via his NP immediately, boosting his overcharge and Starting NP Gauge can be a very potent alternative if Fragment of 2030 is not available.

  • Kaleidoscope / Little Halloween Devil / Magical Girl of Sapphire: The use of these CEs effectively eliminates Merlin’s ramp-up time, allowing him to get into his NP cycle early in the fight. This can be especially useful when Merlin’s teammates are those who also require ramp-up time to get going, as the NP charge per turn granted by Garden of Avalon would be invaluable. However, using Starting NP Gauge trades long term benefits for short term responsiveness.

  • Ox-Demon King / Golden Captures the Carp: Durings Raids, farming sessions or when massive damage is required on a single turn, Merlin makes for an excellent holder of CEs that grant either additional Buster Performance or immediate Critical Stars.

  • Chaldea Lunchtime: Merlin works perfectly even without any CE, making him the perfect Servant to equip Chaldea Lunchtime on. While harder quests may require the use of other CEs to augment his capabilities, there are only a few such quests, and he can be safely equipped with this CE most of the time.

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Other Info

Release Date
AKA/Alias/Nicknames

Memelin, Bustermeme

Country/Place of Origin
Illustrator Taiki
Seiyuu (CV) Sakurai Takahiro
Series

Parameters

STR
B
END
E
AGL
D
MP
A
LUK
C
NP
C

Valentine's CE

Availability

Limited - Can only be summoned during certain events

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