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Tier
2

Saber
April Fool's
3
3
1
5
2
Attribute
Human
Alignment
Chaotic Bride
Max HP 14,248
HP Rank
Max ATK 11,607
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,793Base HP2,089
Max Atk 11,607 Max HP 14,248
Grail Atk 12,706 Grail HP 15,609
NP per Hit (%) 0.70%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 102
Star Generation per Hit 10.1%

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Servant Skills

Stars for the Sky A

Increases one ally's NP generation rate for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
NP Rate + 35%36%37%38%39%40%41%42%43%45%
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7

Available from the start

Stars for the Sky EX

Increases one ally's NP generation rate for 3 turns.
Charges one ally's NP gauge.

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Lvl12345678910
NP Rate + 35%36%37%38%39%40%41%42%43%45%
NP + 20% 21% 22% 23% 24% 25% 26% 27% 28% 30%
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7

Upgrades after Rank Up Quest 1. (Not available, ETA 7/2021)

Flowers for the Earth A

Increases one ally's attack for 3 turns.
Increases their critical star generation rate for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 30%31%32%33%34%35%36%37%38%40%
Star Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Love for the People A

Recovers one ally's HP.
Increases their defense for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
Heal 1000 HP1200 HP1400 HP1600 HP1800 HP2000 HP2200 HP2400 HP2600 HP3000 HP
Defense + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills

Magic Resistance C

Increase your Debuff Resist by 15%.

Riding B

Increase your Quick Card effectiveness by 8%.

Noble Phantasm

Fax Caelestis B+

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge>

Inflict Burn for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease DEF for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (5 turns).

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Fax Caelestis

Closing Rose That Fames Stars

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Personnel 2
Effect

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
900% 1200% 1350% 1425% 1500%
Overcharge Effect

Inflict Burn for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease DEF for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (5 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
500 600 700 800 900
20% 25% 30% 35% 40%
20% 25% 30% 35% 40%
Fax Caelestis (Upgrade 1) B++

Upgrades after Interlude Quest 2

Deal significant damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge> Inflict Burn for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease DEF for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (5 turns).

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Fax Caelestis (Upgrade 1)

Closing Rose That Fames Stars

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B++ Anti-Personnel 2
Effect Deal significant damage to a single enemy.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
1200% 1500% 1650% 1725% 1800%
Overcharge Effect Inflict Burn for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease DEF for a single enemy (5 turns).
Decrease Critical Rate for a single enemy (5 turns).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
1000 1250 1500 1750 2000
20% 25% 30% 35% 40%
20% 25% 30% 35% 40%

Assorted Info

ID 90
Cost 16
Gender Female
Growth Semi S
Inst. Death Chance 35.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 16,33,51
Damage Distribution Arts 16,33,51
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 6,13,20,26,35
Damage Distribution NP 25,75

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude
Chapter Completion: London

Ascension: 1

Bond: 2

Interlude 2
Chapter Completion: Solomon

Ascension: 4

Bond: 5

Rank Up 1 (ETA 2021/07)
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

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

Bond CE

Bond Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bond Pts Req. 3,500 8,500 7,000 6,000 2,500 292,500 360,000 340,000 320,000 315,000
Ring of Bay Laurel

When equipped on Nero Claudius (Bride),
Increase Arts Card effectiveness of all allies by 15% while on the field.

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Overview

“You want to know why I changed into a wedding dress? Fufufu. Do you really have to ask? You know me! I did it because I wanted to!”

The lively emperor of roses also comes in a bridal package, complete with a pure white outfit, a matching sword, and even a unique Bride alignment! Nero Claudius (Bride) - or Nero Bride, as she prefers to be called - is one of the best examples of a hybrid damage dealer, one able to support her allies in various ways while still maintaining a considerable offensive presence as an ST Arts Saber.

The defining aspect of Nero Bride’s kit is that all three of her skills are targetable, letting her either assist allies or boost her own performance as needed. All of these skills also have standard, easy-to-use effects and generous modifiers, which are worthwhile for any kind of team. Offensively, Nero’s martial side is built on her solid base stats and balanced card deck, as well as her single-target Arts NP, the damage of which competes well against other similar NPs after its upgrade. Her NP’s defense debuff, Flowers for the Earth’s attack buff, and Stars for the Sky’s NP gain buff all allow Nero to serve as an effective damage dealer through her NP spam potential. Love for the People rounds off her kit by providing a targetable heal as well as a defense buff, offering some amount of survivability to the team.

Having such a flexible kit also comes with a cost, however, as both Flowers for the Earth and Stars for the Sky come with steep base cooldowns, which results in a longer offensive downtime. Additionally, while Nero’s third skill provides some semblance of staying power, she lacks a hard defensive tool, creating a dependency on other defensive supports. Nero Bride’s final drawback is that each of her skills only affect a single target, often making her less powerful as a support for difficult quests compared to Servants with teamwide support skills and better cooldowns.

On the whole, Nero Claudius (Bride) generally leans even more to the offensive side after her NP upgrade and is a powerful Arts Servant in her own right. Even so, the flexibility brought along by Nero’s kit still allows her to fill the support role convincingly when needed, and she particularly excels in Arts teams in which both her roles can be used to great effect.

Gameplay Tip

Not all buffs are brought via Rank Ups or Interludes! Nero Bride’s updated animations included a boost to her Extra hit count, thus improving her overall performance indirectly.

Strengths

NP Spam Potential

Nero Bride possesses a great NP gain baseline thanks to her solid Arts cards and Stars for the Sky. With the aid of external Arts buffs, Overkill or a lucky critical hit, her NP Arts Brave chains are often able to instantly recharge her NP gauge, which grants her substantial damage potential thanks to Flowers for the Earth’s 3-turn attack buff. Furthermore, as Nero’s NP’s burn and defense debuffs last for an astonishing 5 turns, she can potentially stack more than one of each on a high-health boss, increasing the team’s overall damage dealt.

Targetable Versatile Buffs

All three of Nero Bride’s skills contain straightforward, easy-to-use effects that can be used to aid anyone in the team, allowing her to allocate their benefits to whomever needs it most. Furthermore, thanks to the skills’ high modifiers, Nero proves to be an effective offensive support despite her own damage dealing penchant. It is thus not uncommon to see her being used to great effect in unconventional compositions, especially those revolving around offensive NP spam.

Rare High-value NP Gain/NP Charge Buff

Stars for the Sky can grant up to 45% NP gain to any Servant in the team. NP Gain buffs with such high values and duration are incredibly rare, and until the release of Paracelsus’s Rank Up, are not accessible to most Masters. Furthermore, NP Gain boosts stack multiplicatively with any Card Performance buffs, which makes them essential to many NP refund farming strategies performed by the likes of Mordred (Rider) or with the help of Skadi. Thus, Nero Bride functions as a key component in some Arts and Quick-based setups that require an NP Gain buff to fully refund an NP.  

This role has only become more pronounced with the release of her Rank Up which bestows an additional 30% NP Charge unto Stars for the Sky. As a result, Nero Bride becomes an even more powerful option for any NP looping strategies, especially for Masters without access to an MLB Kaleidoscope.

Weaknesses

Longer Offensive Downtime

While both of Nero’s offensive skills last for three turns, they also suffer from longer base cooldowns. As her damage dealing potential and support are greatly reduced when these skills are not available, they should be utilized carefully, especially at lower skill levels or with less optimized teams.

No Hard Survivability Skills

Nero Bride has no way to completely mitigate or delay incoming damage, and while Love for the People’s defense buff makes her durable enough to survive normal hits (if it is cast on herself), she is unlikely to survive highly damaging boss NPs.

Lacks Party-Wide Support

Outside of Fax Caelestis’ debuffs, all of Nero’s skills only benefit a single target, which limits the viability of her support role in longer fights. Fortunately, this is not as big of a concern when she is used as a damage dealer, though it slightly hurts her relative performance against other Arts damage dealers who do have teamwide support capability, such as Altria (Archer).

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Stars for the Sky A

Increases one ally's NP generation rate for 3 turns.

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Lvl12345678910
NP Rate + 35%36%37%38%39%40%41%42%43%45%
CD 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7
Flowers for the Earth A

Increases one ally's attack for 3 turns.
Increases their critical star generation rate for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack + 30%31%32%33%34%35%36%37%38%40%
Star Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
Love for the People A

Recovers one ally's HP.
Increases their defense for 3 turns.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Heal 1000 HP1200 HP1400 HP1600 HP1800 HP2000 HP2200 HP2400 HP2600 HP3000 HP
Defense + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

All of Nero’s skills benefit greatly from being leveled, and those seeking to use her intensively should aim to max all of them as soon as possible. It is recommended to get her first two skills to level 6 at the very least, reducing their cooldowns and increasing her offensive uptime.

  • Stars for the Sky A: While Nero Bride’s NP spam is central to her gameplay, Stars for the Sky sadly doesn’t scale well with additional levels, giving 10% extra NP gain when maxed compared to its initial value. Still, this difference can prove essential when it comes to NP-looping farming strategies. On the other hand, the cooldown reduction gained is rather valuable, increasing the skill’s uptime in longer fights while allowing it to potentially be used twice in normal ones. Post Rank Up, the additional levels also boost the NP Charge, making it an even more important skill to raise for NP looping.

  • Flowers for the Earth A: As Nero’s primary damage boosting skill, maxing this skill first generally grants Masters the most benefit. Flowers for the Earth possesses immense value thanks to a combination of high modifiers, its three-turn duration, as well as its targetable nature. While its Star Generation buff is often overlooked, it is still a decent secondary effect, allowing Servants with high hit counts to generate more stars.

  • Love for the People A: Aside from being a targetable heal, Love for the People also increases the target’s defense for 3 turns - and at such a low cooldown, it is easily one of the best of its kind. Unfortunately, this skill doesn’t improve on Nero’s dominantly offensive role, and despite being the best-scaling of her three skills, it is generally best to level it last. However, anyone looking to use Nero Bride extensively should still max it for its high overall value and it works especially well with additional defense buff stacking.

Craft Essence Recommendation

As an Arts NP spammer, Nero Bride benefits the most from NP Damage Up CEs, followed by Arts Performance Up ones. Meanwhile, Passive Star Generation is a great option for when she is used as a support, while Critical Star Gathering CEs help her spam more NPs in Arts-critical teams. As a buffer, Nero Bride can be used to great effect with Chaldea Combat Uniform’s Order Change ability, and thus she is a great holder of CEs with on-entry effects.

  • The Black Grail / Heaven’s Feel: A large part of Nero Bride’s damage comes from her NP, and CEs of this category amplify her NP Damage to a whole new level. The increased damage also helps her to reach Overkill more quickly, which in turn allows Nero to spam more NPs on the whole.

  • Formal Craft / Kaleid Sapphire / Kill on Sight: Although Arts Performance Up CEs do not give out as much of a damage increase compared to the NP Damage Up ones, they provide NP gain boost in addition to damage for all of Nero’s Arts cards, resulting in a more well-rounded performance.

  • Holy Night Supper / Dive to Blue: For shorter fights, a hybrid CE with 50% NP Gauge is ideal. Holy Night Supper's full Attack stat budget makes it a better option, but Dive to Blue synergizes quite well with Nero Bride's play style. 

  • A Fragment of 2030: When Nero Bride is utilized as a support, A Fragment of 2030 allows her to provide more critical stars for the team, though at the expense of some personal performance.

  • Golden Catches the Carp / Ox-Demon King: Nero Bride is a great candidate for switch-in strategies, and equipping this CE on her grants the team access to instant critical stars, helping secure the main damage dealer’s critical hits when needed.

  • Leisure Stroll / Conversation on the Hot Sands / Fragarach: Arts-critical teams mostly rely on Passive Star Generation effects as their main source of critical stars, and the amount of stars available is generally less compared to their Quick counterparts. Equipping Star Absorption Up CEs on Nero Bride increases her critical consistency in these teams, boosting both her damage and NP gain. She would also be able to make use of Critical Damage Up buffs from Servants such as Hans or Zhuge Liang, further increasing her damage potential.

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Other Info

Release Date 1/25/2018
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Nero Bride
Country/Place of Origin Italy
Illustrator Arco Wada
Seiyuu (CV) Sakura Tange
Series Fate/EXTRA CCC

Parameters

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

Valentine's CE

Availability

Limited - Can only be summoned during certain events

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