The Modern Magus Magazine
Ignoring the fact I misunderstood the announcements which occurred around the previous game update, welcome to the ACTUAL collab event! Boy, that was shameful…
This time, we can all experience a 100% accurate recreation of Mississippi in modern times, including the treasure hunts, giant woodswomen, and eccentric paleontologists with an army of beasts that would make you think their Stand is Scary Monsters.
But hey, it’s not much weirder than Florida.
Where can I contact Lasengle and serve my lawsuit for making Bunyan attractive? You can’t just take a pseudo-joke Servant in overalls then give them the finest university-age lumberjack look ever conceived. Ah well, at least the bizarreness returns in her 3rd Ascension.
|Base Atk||1,784||Base HP||1,985|
|Max Atk||11,545||Max HP||13,537|
|Grail Atk||12,638||Grail HP||14,830|
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It feels like the Alter Ego lineup has padded out a lot lately, what with Bazette, Taisui Xingjun, and now Bunyan being added. But putting that aside, Super Bunyan doesn’t exactly measure up well on her base stats. With the worst Attack stat of the 5* Alter Ego lineup (though still about average for 5*’s), Super Bunyan only gets compensated with the 3rd best HP, and even then there’s a sizeable gap between her and the 1st and 2nd places of Kiara and Sitonai.
But as always, that sort of thing can be compensated for with strong passives. In Bunyan’s case…well, she has something. Her C-rank Magic Resistance and Item Creation aid her resilience against debuffs and her own ability to dish them out, while Likes! Power EX is more or less part of her gimmick that centers on her NP. It doesn’t provide any tangible benefit besides enabling the gimmick to work.
One thing I should point out from the Append Skills is that Bunyan gets anti-Berserker bonus damage from one of her Append Skills, easily the best Class to get for it. That essentially translates to a 20-30% damage boost against one of the classes she is viable to use against. While not a game changer, it’s a pretty notable benefit.
So Bunyan isn’t working off anything particularly impressive to start with, but that’s hardly a death sentence.
So how is Super Bunyan on the whole? On one hand, she’s got big things lined up for her:
However, the bigger they are, the harder they fall:
Upon reflection, it’s funny how there are now two Alter Egos with a specialty in growing big, and it’s sad that the only thing keeping me from saying Kingprotea completely outclasses Bunyan offensively in most cases is that one is ST, the other AOE.
But putting that aside, Bunyan’s issues mostly lie with simply not having enough offensive output to justify using her, even when she has her Like! Stacks set up. Musashi and Jalter can hit Alter Ego class advantage targets for equal or more damage than Bunyan can even when she’s near full power, and they also have the benefit of hard defensive tools and critical damage backing them. And that’s putting aside the various Arts/Quick Servants who pull off the ramping damage exceedingly better than Bunyan ever can.
That’s not to say Bunyan won’t perform well with Buster supports backing her. Her potential damage output against Berserkers is actually some of the best in the game, it’s just since every Servant bar Mashu can also hit Berserkers incredibly hard, it’s not exactly a high-demand role. While she’s a fine option for a ST Alter Ego if you lack one, Super Bunyan won’t provide much new to a Servant roster if you already have one in the back pocket. It’s kind of like getting Bazette but without any of the fun gimmicks or CQ-specific utility out of her.
She’s still very cute, though. And you can’t argue with a crazed film director and secret agent being part of the deal.
It’s always wonderful when Fate manages to turn a typical fat, Buddha-like deity into a conglomerate of ratgirl maids without even blinking. To be fair, there’s a reasonable mythological precedent for it, but I wonder when the fat Buddha deity will actually be a fat Buddha deity for once.
|Base Atk||1,438||Base HP||1,901|
|Max Atk||8,629||Max HP||11,882|
|Grail Atk||10,448||Grail HP||14,407|
Being a Caster, Daikokuten is already working with a lower base statline than most Servants, but within their class they don’t have it too bad - With the tied 5th best Attack stat for SR Casters, and the tied 6th worst HP stat, you can probably tell they’re largely middle-of-the-road. Possessing the same statline as Helena and Nursery Rhyme, there’s not anything particularly unique to their stats, but they’re certainly better off than some Casters.
The same can’t really be said for Passives, though. Daikokuten possess particularly poor Territory Creation and Item Creation, meaning their boosts to Arts cards and Debuff rate is minimal, and their only personal passive is E- rank Divinity, which arguably gives more weaknesses than it does benefits.
So from the get-go, these rats are looking pretty mediocre.
So how is Daikokuten on the whole? On the one hand, they’re clean, orderly, and ready for business:
However, they’re also just a filthy swarm of rats, clamoring about the kitchen:
All things in consideration…these mice ain’t half bad. Quick farmers have seemed, at least more recently, slightly under-compensated by Lasengle and end up having very strict farming setups with barely-manageable refund for little payoff compared to Arts or Buster setups. Daikokuten’s generous refund numbers and plethora of team support is definitely a move in the right direction, even if they suffer from the curse of the Caster attack stat. But hey, Scheherazade was once the same and now she’s one of the better Arts Caster farmers out there, so who’s to say Daikokuten won’t get some generous strengthenings in the future?
Even with those drawbacks, they make for a very competent Quick farming option with plenty of useful tools to bring into CQ’s. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
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|Base Atk||1,013||Base HP||1,438|
|Max Atk||5,574||Max HP||7,194|
|Grail Atk||8,661||Grail HP||11,090|
And last, but not least for this MMM, is a new 1* Servant addition (for a limited time) in the FP gacha. Since it’s not a question of spent resources, but how much you’re willing to hit the FP gacha button to get her, I’m going to briefly surmise what Mary Anning can provide to a team, rather than analyze her kit in-depth.
Mary Anning simply makes for a useful low-cost Arts support to keep in your pocket, as well as a reasonable Lancer for farming, should you not have access to the typical options like Percival or Fionn. While she won’t be a mainstay in efficient farming teams, she’s a niche pick that will probably pay off to have raised for when you need extra deployment points. So keep your local Paleontologist and her cute lil doggo in mind, would you? Rath™ Seal of Approval.
With the ahem collab out of the way for this year, we’ll need our eyes trained on what lies beyond the horizon. That, of course, is the Summer event! Right after we get the Summer rerun…and a random new event…and probably LB6.5…okay, so maybe it’s aways off. But it never hurts to save early, I say. Swimsuit Shuten will come this time, I swear!