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Rabbit's Reviews #275: Saito Hajime (4* Saber)

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Rabbit's Reviews Saito Hajime
NA Release Date: 10/2022
Introduction

Guda5 introduces a new limited SR Arts Saber in Saito Hajime. Hajime’s one of those odd Servants who’s super strong in absolute terms but whose value is limited due to his direct free competition. He has great steroids for an ST Servant, his damage has the potential to snowball, he has access to powerful crits, and, most importantly, he’s an Arts Servant with stellar NP refund, all of which should make him an appealing pull. Unfortunately for Hajime, Saber Hokusai exists and is automatically NP5. Hajime is so similar to Hokusai that even though he has a few unique advantages he’s not really worth bringing over her (outside favoritism reasons) unless he’s NP4 or NP5. That said, Saber Hokusai is one of the strongest ST Servants in the game, so “marginally worse than Hokusai” isn’t a bad place to land, and if you like Hajime enough to want to use him despite him not being the optimal pick (or if you missed Hokusai) he’ll do quite well for you.

Servant Data
Saber

4

4
Max HP 11,873
HP Rank
Max ATK 9,425
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,570Base HP1,899
Max Atk 9,425 Max HP 11,873
Grail Atk 11,412 Grail HP 14,396
Magic Resistance D

Increase your Debuff Resist by 12.5%.

Independent Action C

Increase your Critical Strength by 6%.

Card Hits 4 2 2 4 7
Per Hit 0.76% 0.76% 0.76% 0.76% 0.76%
NP per Hit (%) 0.76%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 102
Star Generation per Hit 10.0%
Overview
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential
Conclusion

Hajime is really really good. His kit works together nicely and he’s a powerful point Servant in both high-end and low-to-mid-range Arts teams (for different reasons). He has relatively easy NP recursion, and he can crit hard in a pinch. That said, if you have Saber Hokusai, there’s basically no reason to pull for him. If you have him, like him, and want to use him, he’ll do great work for you, but if you don’t have any particular investment in the character and you already have Hokusai this one’s an easy skip.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 9/10
Single-Target DPS: 9/10
AoE DPS: N/A
Survivability: 5/10
Offensive Utility: 3/10
Defensive Utility: 3/10
Farming Usefulness: 2/10
Aku Soku Zan: 10/10

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