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Wait a minute, this isn’t a Pretender in a banner with every single male NPC Servant shown in the event?
We’ve been tricked, backstabbed, and, quite possibly, bamboozled by DW, and this cannot stand, so I am officially making a highly-influential Reddit post to show off my grievances. Surely the multi-million dollar Japanese company can’t ignore my influence on a western cat meme sharing site!
Well, even if my prediction of the banner for the second of the event was off (I had reasons to think it’d be a Pretender, honest!), there’s a new Servant to assess nonetheless. Let’s get on with it.
Come to think of it, even though I thought it rare for dudes in FGO to get a rarity-bumped alt, it has happened a few times already - Cu Zerker, Saber Diarmuid, Romulus, Muramasa if we’re really splitting hairs over EMIYA. But I guess the fact Ryouma isn’t as big a fan favourite as the others makes it a bit more shocking to me.
Well, those with his welfare form best nab a doppelganger while you can.
|Base Atk||1,661||Base HP||2,221|
|Max Atk||10,753||Max HP||15,147|
|Grail Atk||11,771||Grail HP||16,594|
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So far as base stats go, Ryouma’s Lancer form sits far on the defensive end of things. With the tied 5th best HP stat and 3rd worst Atk stat, his rankings don’t exactly seem too great, but it’s worth remembering that the SSR Lancer pool is filled with high BST Servants in the high HP, low Atk area, particularly in Ereshkigal, Bradamante, and Artoria Lancer, so the results are a little skewed against him.
The man’s Attack stat is perfectly reasonable for his high HP, especially when the Lancer class’s 1.05x Attack modifier is coming in with a clutch little bump relative to other classes.
As for passives, Ryouma comes with a modest but respectable set - his Magic Resistance gives him a decent chance of shrugging off debuffs as they come, his EX-rank Riding gives a sizeable boost to his sole Quick card, and his unique passive, Morph (Orochi) A grants a pretty solid 10% Critical Damage and Critical Resist buff, which in turn makes him essentially immune to random crits from most enemies unbuffed.
While he’s packing nothing exceptional off the bat, and could probably do with a bigger Attack stat, Ryouma is hardly off to a bad start in his bases.
So how is Ryouma in practice? Well, on one hand he and Oryou go together like Yin and Yang:
But on the other hand, he can be left buried in the bottom of the ocean:
If there’s anything I can count on in the world, it’s that the power of wholesome couple ships will triumph over base gacha game waifu pandering. No offense meant to Okuni, but the number of one-off mostly forgettable female Servants added in events are a little too numerous for my liking.
To that end, Ryouma and Oryou’s Lancer form is a very solid Servant, with good farming applications and a couple of useful traits for CQ purposes alike. Their only true flaw, if any, is that they will always be in the shadow of Melusine unless a player specifically lacks the components for Melusine’s farming but has them for Arts farming. That dragon loli is simply too powerful to overcome with love alone.
In the same sense, Ryouma isn’t that much better than other Arts Lancer farmers present in the game prior to them - Vritra boasts her more consistent NP refund at a cost of notable worse NP damage, Fionn’s damage sucks but he’s actually accessible, and Summer Melt has to run kind of abnormal setups, with her damage output mostly dependent on NP level. None of them vastly outclass the other, though most of the time my own conclusion is I would take Ryouma for 9/10 of farming nodes, Vritra for the remaining 1/10.
I’m making all this long talk to make two points - One, all of the Arts SSR Lancers in this game feature dragon women and I find that an odd coincidence, and two, Ryouma is good but not breaking new territory. He’s desirable if you lack a Lancer to already fill a role, and good but probably not worth breaking your back over if not. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Feels odd to be ambushed by a second gacha in an otherwise-unsuspecting event so quickly, and then again for a Servant class I...well, wasn’t expecting. The Avenger, Alter-Ego, and Foreigner classes all had additional members added to the roster added fairly swiftly after the first, so I was kind of hoping we would see another Pretender before the year ends.
I still have my hopes up, but I suppose they’re dashed for now, much like any hopes of the Male-Female ratio for this year recovering. Forget the female fanbase (well, don’t forget them, we respect women in this humble and unbiased publication), I want to see some hot guys added instead of cockteased, too!