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Tier
3

Caster
April Fool's
2
1
1
3
4
Attribute
Human
Alignment
Neutral Balanced
Max HP 8,080
HP Rank
Max ATK 5,798
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,028Base HP1,520
Max Atk 5,798 Max HP 8,080
Grail Atk 8,402 Grail HP 11,661
NP per Hit (%) 1.59%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 50
Star Generation per Hit 10.8%

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Servant Skills

Enchant A

Increase Buster Card effectiveness for all allies (1 turn).

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Buster + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Self-Preservation B

Apply Invincible to self (1 turn).
Recovers own HP.

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Lvl12345678910
Heal + 50060070080090010001100120013001500
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

King's Men C

Increase NP Gauge for an ally by 20%.
Increase Critical Star Drop Rate for an ally (1 turn).

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Star Rate + 50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest

Class Skills

Territory Creation C

Increase your Arts Card effectiveness by 6%.

Noble Phantasm

First Folio B

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge>

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

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First Folio

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B Anti-Personnel 4
Effect

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
300% 400% 450% 475% 500%
Overcharge Effect

Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
30% 35% 40% 45% 50%
First Folio (Upgrade 1) B+

Unlocks after Rank Up Quest 2

Deal heavy damage to all enemies.

<Overcharge> Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).

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First Folio (Upgrade 1)

When the Curtain Rises, There Will be Thunderous Applause

Rank Classification Hit-Count
B+ Anti-Personnel 4
Effect Deal heavy damage to all enemies.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
400% 500% 550% 575% 600%
Overcharge Effect Chance to inflict Stun for all enemies (1 turn).
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
40% 50% 60% 70% 80%

Assorted Info

ID 34
Cost 4
Gender Male
Growth S
Inst. Death Chance 45.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 33,67
Damage Distribution Arts 100
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 12,25,63
Damage Distribution NP 10,20,30,40

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude
Chapter Completion: Fuyuki

Ascension: 1

Bond: 1

Rank Up 1
Chapter Completion:

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

Rank Up 2
Chapter Completion:

Ascension: 4

Bond: 0

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
15,000
3
45,000
4
150,000
Max
450,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
1 → 2 20,000
2 → 3 40,000
3 → 4 120,000
4 → 5 160,000
5 → 6 400,000
6 → 7 500,000
7 → 8 1,000,000
8 → 9 1,200,000
9 → 10 2,000,000

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. 2,500 3,750 5,000 6,250 10,000 192,500 198,000 222,000 250,000 313,000
Really Convenient

When equipped to William Shakespeare only,
Increase NP Gain of all allies by 15% while on the field.

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Overview

“I don't particularly hate anything. But I detest mediocre people. They simply live their lives as they are told.”

Responsible for some of the most well-known and beloved tragedies in theatre, the extravagant and erudite playwright William Shakespeare is a supportive Buster Caster suspiciously gathering more (tragic) material for his writing at Chaldea. Despite his weak base stats and limited usage in lengthy battles, Shakespeare is a highly useful Servant for both farming and shorter fights.

Shakespeare’s main values come from his two one-turn buffs. Enchant is a party-wide Buster buff that is as simple as it is powerful. It is well-suited for heavy Buster-centric compositions that need an extra push in damage for a crucial turn. Unlocked after finishing his Rank Up Quest, King’s Men represents his second main value as it makes Shakespeare one of the rare freely accessible Servants that are capable of charging a teammate’s NP gauge. NP Charging skills are always highly useful for pretty much any form of content but especially so when it comes to farming, and it comes with an additional sizable one-turn Critical Star Generation buff. Lastly, his second skill, Self Preservation, allows him to survive for a decent period, while his NP damage after his 2nd Rank Up is decent enough to farm wave 1 or 2 enemies.

On the other side of the spectrum, true to his identity as a non-combatant, Shakespeare’s sustained offensive (support) capacity is mediocre, a culmination of his low base stats, the Caster class’s 0.9x modifier on Attack and lack of long-term offensive buffs. Furthermore, as his two most useful abilities last only one-turn, Shakespeare is essentially picking his nose support-wise after using his skills. Even the utility on his Noble Phantasm is limited as First Folio’s low chance to stun all enemies upon dealing damageis simply too unreliable to be called upon in critical situations.

In conclusion, while Shakespeare is ill-suited for long drawn-out fights, he is a fantastic budget Buster farming support that will return his low investment cost a hundredfold.

Strengths

Strong One-Turn Teamwide Buster Buff

Enchant provides a significant 40% Buster Performance boost to the entire team for one turn, which greatly empowers the performance of Buster-centric teams. This buff is particularly potent when used on explosive Buster Servants who lack any powerful Buster buffs of their own, such as Gilgamesh, Rama or Lu Bu.

NP Battery Support

With King’s Men, Shakespeare is one of the rare Servants who can grant a 20% NP charge to a teammate. NP Batteries are useful regardless of content, but are particularly valuable during farming sessions for any (Buster) Servants who lack an NP battery of their own. Note that the 50-100% Critical Star Generation buff on King’s Men will create a vast sum of Critical Stars if used in combination with an (AoE) Noble Phantasm with high hit counts  

Weak Wave Clear Potential

After Shakespeare’s 2nd Rank Up, First Folio packs a decent punch considering Shakespeare’s rarity. As Shakespeare has both good NP Gain and can use either King’s Men or Enchant for himself, he is a nice pick for clearing waves of weak enemies. Masters can choose whether to boost his damage or save his support for a later wave. 

Decent Survivability

Self-Preservation is a nifty survival tool that allows Shakespeare to live through most Noble Phantasms and live for longer than most Servants of the same rarity. However, Masters may elect to intentionally let him escape the stage rather than trying to keep him alive considering the short duration of his support.

Weaknesses

Poor Sustained Offensive Power

With a base Attack of 5798, no long-term steroids and a class unsuited for combat, Shakespeare’s normal Attacks hit about as hard as a wet paper towel. His Noble Phantasm does paint a slightly better picture, thanks to the upgraded damage from his second Rank Up Quest. He is capable of sniping weaker waves with his Noble Phantasm, but over several turns his damage output is distinctly lackluster. 

Lack of Sustained Support

All of Shakespeare’s skills only lasts for but a single turn. Combined with his lackluster overall damage and unreliable stun on NP, Shakespeare is rather unsuited for long combat encounters. Ideally, Masters ought to switch him out for another teammate after he already used his skills or NP, either through using Chaldea Combat Uniform Mystic Code or Craft Essences with Taunt effects.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Enchant A

Increase Buster Card effectiveness for all allies (1 turn).

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Lvl12345678910
Buster + 20%22%24%26%28%30%32%34%36%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Self-Preservation B

Apply Invincible to self (1 turn).
Recovers own HP.

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Heal + 50060070080090010001100120013001500
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
King's Men C

Increase NP Gauge for an ally by 20%.
Increase Critical Star Drop Rate for an ally (1 turn).

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Lvl12345678910
Star Rate + 50%55%60%65%70%75%80%85%90%100%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Due to his status as a 2-star Servant, Shakespeare’s skill leveling costs are quite minimal. Furthermore, as he tends to not stay on the battlefield for long, there is no need to level his skills purely for the sake of lowering their cooldowns. In general, maxing Enchant (or at 9 if a Crystalized Lore is too valuable) and leaving the other two skills untouched is already good enough for most users of Shakespeare, and Master can save further resources for other Servants.

  • Enchant should be maxed as soon as possible, as the Buster value scales with level quite nicely (20-40%). The lowered cooldown will not come into play very often, but in cases that Shakespeare stays on the battlefield, Masters might be able to use this skill for a second time for another burst damage turn.

  • Self-Preservation has the lowest priority for Shakespeare, as it does not contribute to the team and only the healing value scales with additional skill levels. Generally, this skill can be skipped, as it may not even be used to save Shakespeare. Leaving it at skill level is generally sufficient.

  • King’s Men can also be left unleveled, as the NP charge component does not scale and remains at 20%. There are still merits to leveling this as the Star Generation buff increases based on skill level and the lowered cooldown can help during long fights. If Masters want to provide more Critical Support to Buster Servants with high hit counts on their Noble Phantasm, then it is a decent investment to raise King’s Men skill level further.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Ideally, Shakespeare should be used in one-turn setups or/and buff stacking teams. This means he is a fantastic user of Craft Essences that grant buffs Upon Entry. Taunt is another exceptional effect to be used on Shakespeare, especially as his job is mainly to support Buster-centric Servants who are often lacking in the defensive department. Other Craft Essences that grant Passive Partywide Buffs are great choices if Shakespeare must stay on the battlefield. In farming scenarios where a wave consists of low level Assassin / Berserker enemies, Masters can opt for a Craft Essence with Starting NP gauge to help clear the wave.

  • Golden Captures the Carp/ Ox-Demon King: Both grant incredible effects upon entering the battlefield and supplement Shakespeare’s best play-style extremely well, which is to come in and set up massive burst damage for his teammates.

  • GUDAGUDA Poster Girl / Halloween Arrangement / Grand New Year / Outrage: Taunts are a great way to not only grant value to Shakespeare when he is on the battlefield, but also to get another more valuable teammate in after he used his buffs. As many of Shakespeare’s best partners are Berserkers, this is a great way to improve their survivability as well.

  • Ideal Holy King / A Fragment of 2030 / Profoundly Conducive (Bond CE): These Craft Essences grant useful party-wide effects. Ideal Holy King and Fragment of 2030 Tree both work in the background, while Profoundly Conducive is a decent alternative for Masters who have bonded well with the playwright.

  • Kaleidoscope / The Imaginary Element: Craft Essence with pure Starting NP Gauge are ideal to quickly chuck out Shakespeare’s NP with King’s Men.

Gameplay Tips

Shakespeare, and by extension most Servants with short duration but powerful buffs and/or NP Battery skills, are often best used in conjunction with the Chaldea Combat Uniform Mystic Code. The Mystic Code’s Order Change skill allows these Servants to either grant their buffs and support and then be swapped out for someone else, or vice versa, bringing them in to unleash a (final) devastating barrage of damage.

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Other Info

Release Date Game Launch
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Caster of Red
Country/Place of Origin United Kingdom
Illustrator Ototsugu Konoe
Seiyuu (CV) Tetsu Inada
Series Fate/Apocrypha

Parameters

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

Profile

Character Info

William Shakespeare is definitely the most renowned playwright and actor.
His name, which is highly praised in the world of English literature, is probably one of the most recognized names on this planet.

Profile 1

Height/Weight: 180cm, 75kg
Origin: History
Region: England
Alignment: Neutral-Balanced
Gender: Male
Quietly married.

Profile 2

Even though he was a famous writer, half of his life is surrounded in mystery. He wrote some of the best literature known to mankind and there was no limit to his fame. In his time he was criticized as "an upstart crow" by writers senior to him.

Profile 3

Shakespeare uses short but effective words to expose things people are trying to hide. Being confronted by something so intangible must comes as a shock to anybody.

Profile 4

Enchant: A
Unique skill. Applies a certain concept to any weapon.
Originally this skill is meant to apply magical concepts to items but in Shakespeare's case, he can enhance a weapon beyond its innate potential through his writings.

Profile 5

[First Folio]
Rank: B
NP Type: Anti-Personnel
When the Curtain Rises, the Applause Shall Be As Ten Thousand Thunders!
The ultimate play written by Shakespeare.
Regardless of allies or foes, he can turn targets into characters of his play.
Capable of breaking the will of even the greatest of heroes, an Anti-Psyche Noble Phantasm.

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One of the few Servants who "will not fight" during a Holy Grail War. The more interesting your choice is, the better he writes. On the other hand, if you are nothing special, he would probably leave you to your own demise.
That does not change, even in the current situation.

Voice Lines

Battle Start 1 I know begin my writing. You two, fare thee well.
Battle Start 2 I will have you know I'm quite busy! You ask me to fight, but...
Skill 1 The passion of King Lear!
Skill 2 The sadness of Romeo!
Command Card 1 I see!
Command Card 2 Huh!
Command Card 3 Excellent!
Noble Phantasm Card Draw the curtains!
Attack 1 A poem for you!
Attack 2 A tragedy for you!
Attack 3 A comedy for you!
Extra Attack Oh great wind, blow I say, blow!
Noble Phantasm My Noble Phantasm, First Folio,
begins now!
Damage 1 Ghhh!
Damage 2 Aahh!
Incapacitated 1 I can still make that deadline... I swear...
Incapacitated 2 Allow me to at least write my own end...
Victory 1 Victory yes, but I must know, how does it feel for you losers there?
Victory 2 A victory for us. Shall I compose a poem in commemoration?
Level up This script is coming along!
Ascension 1 My story is making its way!
Ascension 2 My works are magnificent!
Ascension 3 I can see the end already. This is the most crucial point.
Ascension 4 This is the end of ends. My poem will stand for time immemorial.
Bond Level 1 Hmm, my shoulders have stiffened. Oh Master, what impeccable timing.
Bond Level 2 Allow me to share some verses with you.
Bond Level 3 Yes, let me present you with a poem. I guarantee it will move you to tears.
Bond Level 4 Oh well, let me write you a story! I will fill the story of your life with many adventures!
Bond Level 5 I hope that your story will come to a happy end! No matter what tragedy you face, may you face it with strength! And should it be a comedy, may everyone stand in applause for you at the end!
Conversation 1 We should make our way. We must see the beauty of the world before it is gone!
Conversation 2 Yes, I am a Servant who serves no purpose at all. Is something the matter?
Conversation 3 Now then Master tell me, how do you feel?
Likes What would I like? Hahaha, I have been a slave to words and prose for so long.
Dislikes I have nothing to profess a distaste for! Nothing but the plain man. Yes, the ordinary man is too easily controlled by the likes of Antony!
About the Holy Grail My hopes for the Holy Grail? I would wish for a more exciting world!
During an Event The kingdom awaits you, Master! Allow me to lead your horse!
Birthday Oh, it's your birthday, Master. Allow me to improvise a poem.
Summon I am Caster-class Shakespeare, and I have come to see you!
So, shall we begin our story?

Valentine's CE

Availability

Non-Limited - Available in the general summoning pool.
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