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Tier
1

Saber
April Fool's
4
2
1
4
4
Attribute
Human
Alignment
Lawful Balanced
Max HP 11,135
HP Rank
Max ATK 9,999
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,666Base HP1,781
Max Atk 9,999 Max HP 11,135
Grail Atk 12,107 Grail HP 13,501
NP per Hit (%) 0.81%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 100
Star Generation per Hit 10.3%

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Servant Skills

Shinkageryu A++

Increase own Arts Card effectiveness (1 turn).
Increase own Critical Star Gather Rate for Arts cards (1 turn).
Increase own Debuff Resist by 100% (1 turn).

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Lvl12345678910
Arts + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Arts Absorption + 300%320%340%360%380%400%420%440%460%500%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Suigetsu B

Apply Evade to self (1 turn).
Increase own ATK (1 turn).

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Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Swordless Form A

Decrease ATK for a single enemy (1 turn).
Increase own NP Gain (1 turn).

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Lvl12345678910
Attack - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
NP Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
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

Kenjutsu Musou - Kenzen Ichinyo A

Deal damage to a single enemy.

<Overcharge>

Decrease ATK for a single enemy (3 turns).

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Kenjutsu Musou - Kenzen Ichinyo

Peerless Swordsmanship - Zen and the Blade as One

Rank Classification Hit-Count
A Anti-Unit Secret Technique 4
Effect

Deal damage to a single enemy.

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

Decrease ATK for a single enemy (3 turns).

Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

Assorted Info

ID 187
Cost 12
Gender Male
Growth Linear
Inst. Death Chance 35.00%
Damage Distribution Quick 10,20,30,40
Damage Distribution Arts 33,67
Damage Distribution Buster 100
Damage Distribution Extra 10,20,30,40
Damage Distribution NP 10,20,30,40

Attack / HP Growth

Stat Ratings

Interlude Quests

Quest Requirements Reward
Interlude 1 (ETA 2021/3)
Chapter Completion: Shimousa

Ascension: 3

Bond: 5

✔ = Available ✖ = Unavailable

Ascension Materials

StageCostMaterials
2
50,000
3
150,000
4
500,000
Max
1,500,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LevelCostMaterials
1 → 2 100,000
2 → 3 200,000
3 → 4 600,000
4 → 5 800,000
5 → 6 2,000,000
6 → 7 2,500,000
7 → 8 5,000,000
8 → 9 6,000,000
9 → 10 10,000,000

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. 5,000 15,000 10,000 2,000 18,000 150,000 400,000 300,000 280,000 370,000

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Overview

“Mine body is as a single blade. There is naught but to kill.”

An impeccable strategist, a skilled politician, and, above all, a peerless swordsman, Yagyu Munenori performs his deadly blows in perfect calmness without any hesitation. Fitting for a man of such skill, his strategic Arts kit is composed of multiple facets, displaying formidable offensive as well as defensive capabilities all at the same time.

Yagyu Munenori is an offensive Servant first and foremost, owing to his NP’s single-target nature. With Shinkageryu's Arts Performance and Arts Star Gathering buffs, an attack buff on Suigetsu, and even an NP gain buff from Swordless Form, Yagyu Munenori’s already strong NP gain and buffed NP Damage is outstanding, and with the right cards, he is even able to perform back-to-back NPs. What truly sets him apart from his competitors, however, is the formidable defense resulting from his two attack down debuffs (3-turn on his NP Kenjutsu Musou and 1-turn on Swordless Form), on top of Suigetsu’s evasion. Normally, this simply means that he is able to reduce the enemies’ overall damage, but his attack debuffs can also be stacked on top of each other (preferably with external attack debuffs/defense buffs) to counter enemy NPs.

Unfortunately, the duality of his skill set also means that Yagyu Munenori usually forgoes either his defensive or offensive aspects in favor of the other, a weakness which is exacerbated by his 1-turn skill durations. As a result, his skills should be used with utmost care, but at the same time, holding off on using them reduces Yagyu Munenori’s offensive prowess by a significant margin. In addition, multiple opponents, enemy debuff cleansing, debuff immunity and attack buffs can shut down his attack debuffing capability

Overall, Yagyu Munenori is a very flexible Arts cornerstone with phenomenal synergy with all common Arts supports who can easily adapt to fulfill either offensive or defensive roles, though a focus on either role often comes at the expense of the other. 

Strengths

Multiple Attack Debuffs

Assuming maxed skills, Yagyu Munenori’s double attack debuffs provide 70% attack down when used together, and the number goes up if his NP is Overcharged. In best case scenarios, these can even be paired with other Servants’ defense buffs/attack buffs (or even his own, if he has used his NP in the last 3 turns) to reach 100% Attack Down/Defense Up, effectively nullifying the damage of a single enemy for one turn. Even when the attack debuffs are used separately, they are still effective at reducing the enemy’s damage output.

Great NP Gain

Yagyu Munenori has two ways of increasing his NP gain, which are Shinkageryu’s Arts Performance buff as well as Swordless Form’s NP Gain buff. This capability is further boosted (albeit indirectly) by the Shinkageryu’s Arts Star Gathering buff. Thanks to Kenjutsu Musou’s Arts type, it is able to refund considerable amounts of NP charge with the help of these skills, and Yagyu Munenori’s NPXA Brave (critical) chains can be expected to refill most if not all of his NP gauge. Aside from providing consistent damage, the ease with which Yagyu Munenori is able to recharge his NP also helps him stack the NP’s 3-turn attack debuff. 

Arts-only Star Gathering 

On first glance, it would seem as if Yagyu Munenori’s Arts Star Gathering Rate Up is a weaker version of normal Star Gathering Rate Up buffs. In his case, however, this proves to be an advantage, as a single Arts critical would often be enough to fully charge his NP gauge. This is especially visible when working with a limited number of stars, guaranteeing that Yagyu Munenori’s Arts cards would get all the stars they need.

High Burst NP Damage

While Yagyu Munenori’s Attack and Arts buff only last a single turn, if used together his NP Damage far surpasses many of his 4* ST Saber peers.

Weaknesses

One-Turn Skill Effect Duration

While all of Yagyu Munenori’s skills have pretty nifty effects, all of their effects last for only a single turn. As such, Masters need to plan his cooldowns carefully, not only to maximize the benefits brought by these skills, but also to ensure that they would be available during emergencies.

Conflicting Skill Effects

Aside from arguably Shinkageryu, Yagyu Munenori’s two other skills have both offensive and defensive effects built-in into them, and the skills' one-turn durations typically force Masters to sacrifice offense for defense or vice versa. 

Attack Debuff Limitations

While Yagyu Munenori's attack debuff stacking is highly formidable, each use only affects one enemy at a time. As a result, Yagyu Munenori's defense effectiveness falls off hard when facing multiple enemies. In addition, enemies can resist his Attack debuff, cleanse his debuffs, be straight up debuff immune, or counter Attack Down with Attack buffs of their own. The difference between survival and death against enemy NPs is often a matter of minor changes in percentages when using Defense buff strategies after all.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Skill Priority
Shinkageryu A++

Increase own Arts Card effectiveness (1 turn).
Increase own Critical Star Gather Rate for Arts cards (1 turn).
Increase own Debuff Resist by 100% (1 turn).

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Arts + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
Arts Absorption + 300%320%340%360%380%400%420%440%460%500%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5
Suigetsu B

Apply Evade to self (1 turn).
Increase own ATK (1 turn).

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack + 10%11%12%13%14%15%16%17%18%20%
CD 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6
Swordless Form A

Decrease ATK for a single enemy (1 turn).
Increase own NP Gain (1 turn).

Show Info
Lvl12345678910
Attack - 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
NP Rate + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Much of Yagyu Munenori's performance relies on his skills, in particular on his primary Arts steroid and his main Attack Down/NP Gain skill. It is thus recommended to max these skills as soon as possible. Maxing his Suigetsu, while preferable, is not as mandatory.

  • The main draws of Shinkageryu A++ are its Arts Performance and Arts Star Gather Rate buffs, though it also provides a tremendous increase to Yagyu Munenori’s debuff resistance. Ideally used on an NP turn with an Arts card available, this is Yagyu Munenori’s primary steroid, and should be leveled first.

  • Suigetsu B’s Evasion is Yagyu Munenori’s only hard survival tool. While it also increases his attack for one turn, the effect of the Attack buff isn’t very strong even when maxed, so Masters may elect to save the skill for its Evasion. This skill can be leveled last.

  • Swordless Form A’s two effects are notably powerful in terms of percentage, with both the Attack Down and NP Gain Up reaching 50% when maxed. While incredibly useful during difficult content, it provides no direct increase to Yagyu Munenori’s raw burst damage numbers. As such, it is best leveled second, although it is an essential skill for stacking Attack Down debuffs/Defense buffs in order to survive enemy NPs.

Craft Essence Recommendation

With access to only single turn duration buffs, Yagyu Munenori has the freedom to select Arts without having to worry overly much about multiplicative stacking. Arts Performance Up CEs are Yagyu Munenori's preferred choice, increasing both his damage and his NP gain. As far as secondary effects are concerned, Starting NP Gauge and NP Gain Up are excellent alternatives in Arts buff heavy composition, while Critical Damage Up stacks wonderfully for Arts critical teams. NP Damage Up ones are the go-to only if pure damage increase is desired.

  • Formal Craft / Kaleid Sapphire / Projection: Basic Arts-based CEs are a generally safe choice especially in teams without many Arts buffs. 
  • Magical Girl of Sapphire / Little Halloween Devil / Cute Orangette: NP Gain CEs may not improve Yagyu Munenori’s damage directly, but they stack multiplicatively with any Arts buffs from supports.
  • Golden Sumo: Boulder Tournament / Holy Night Supper / Dive to Blue: These CEs hold the advantage of letting Yagyu Munenori perform a relatively early NP while still benefiting his overall playstyle in the long term.
  • The Black Grail / Heaven’s Feel: While these CEs dramatically increase Yagyu Munenori’s NP damage, they lack the NP gain benefits other options provide and are overall less flexible. It is recommended to use these CEs only in well-supported teams which have their defenses covered.
  • Another Ending: Yagyu Munenori can function decently in Critical-based compositions, which Another Ending complements particularly well.

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Other Info

Release Date
AKA/Alias/Nicknames Ryūtan, Yagyū Tajima-no-Kami Munenori, Munenori Yagyu, Saber of Empíreo
Country/Place of Origin
Illustrator Furumi Showichi
Seiyuu (CV) Yamaji Kazuhiro
Series

Parameters

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

Availability

Story-locked - Only available in the Story Summon after completing their associated Story section, or in limited banners in which they are explicitly listed as a Rate-Up Servant.

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