The Modern Magus Magazine
It’s been a whiiiiiile…
Except not in the slightest. Shock and horror, the enemy-only extremely attractive Servant wasn’t enemy-only for long. And as a result, I only got a 1-week vacation between MMM’s.
Darn it. And I had to spend a 3-figure sum of money to satisfy my crippling Aoi Yuuki addiction.
You’ve got to love how you roll for the gigantic extra-thicc oni goddess character who drew your eye during Mandala, and instead you pull a lamia loli. Now, I’ll be the first to say that both are good, but it sounds like quite a measure just for Aoi Yuuki to flex her vocal range.
That, and the virgin-killer sweater. You have to respect Raita for throwing his fetishes straight onto FGO Servants no hesitation...maybe I should become a FGO artist.
|Base Atk||1,964||Base HP||1,979|
|Max Atk||12,709||Max HP||13,498|
|Grail Atk||13,912||Grail HP||14,788|
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I can practically hear a victory fanfare. After an eternity (well, it feels like one), the peak of the Saber class attack stat has been breached. And let me tell you, it’s not even because Ibuki’s own contribution to her stats is way better than her runner ups, Arthur and Sigurd. It’s just because she’s the first SSR Saber to have a full focus on Attack on her stat block (and solid parameters to back it up).
Now Ibuki’s immense attack doesn’t come without a drawback, which is poor HP, for a Saber. That turns out to just be average HP overall. So her stat block is still very strong.
But Ibuki just doesn’t quit, with her passive lineup bolstering her performance immensely. Her Magic Resistance and Riding are both quite standard for her class, providing her with reliable resistance to debuffs and a solid boost to her sole Quick card, but she possesses two unique and strong passives alongside it:
First of the two is Dragon Kin, granting Ibuki both a huge boost to her primary card type, Buster, and a significant passive 200 damage cut. While the offensive boost is likely the main draw, a passive 200 damage cut is nothing to sniff at. To word it differently, for every hit Ibuki takes and survives, she essentially has 200 more effective HP. Meaning her displayed bulk is actually far better than it seems, and it’ll be more effective with additional defensive buffs.
Then second is Serpent Goddess Core, your traditional variant on the super-Divinity passive, giving Ibuki a large passive damage up buff and also 20% passive buff removal resistance.
Buff removal resist may be one of those perks that is niche until you actually really need it, but it’s very neat to have passively - merely having a decent chance of ignoring many of the gauge-break buff cleanses or boss-only buff removal skills can be a lifesaver. Obviously not reliable or dependable, but it might come in clutch.
So Ibuki solidly falls into that blessed category of great base stats, insane passives.
So how much of a treasure is Ibuki in practice? On one hand, she’s cutting down her foes like grass:
However, she can also be seen as an overblown gardening tool:
Ibuki is something of a long-awaited addition to the Saber class, and frankly one that should have arrived a long time ago. We’ve been lacking a consistent, lazy “just pop this dude in with a 50% gauge CE and pop it” kind of Servant for Sabers, and Ibuki largely fills that role and beyond. Offensively, she’s pretty powerful. You’ll not be disappointed when pulling her out for Challenge Quests, simply due to how many annoying mechanics she at least has a chance to overcome or downright ignore. Then again her ability to fill in for farming in the Saber class, one that has historically had issues with convenient farmers, especially on the Arts and Quick side of things.
Ibuki does come with her fair share of issues, both in her Challenge Quest and Farming performance, but the Challenge Quest side of things is quite easy to fix with proper support. Nothing can really compensate for the lack of an LB Kaleido, I must admit. That doesn’t stop Ibuki from contributing to farm comps with two 50% gauge charger AOEs where you can battlesuit swap in a second 50% gauge charger support, however. Regardless of your collection, Ibuki will make things more convenient.
Oh, also, she’s hot. Boom, Rath™ Seal of Approval. It’s really that easy.
That’s a miniature MMM for you all, hopefully not provided too late to stop (or allow) your gacha splurges. Somehow I feel like Christmas and New Year is going to put me through the wringer for outputting reviews, but I’ve just got to stick to it.
After all, I have Yuuki Aoi making an onee-san voice as a voluptuous oni goddess in a sweater. You couldn’t possibly ask for more comfort in your life.