It’s easy to look at Roland and think he’s unimpressive. And it’s true, for that matter, that he probably doesn’t have much of a place outside of counterclassing. It’s also true that he’s cleanly the weakest Servant on his debut banner. Once you get past that, though, Roland does actually start to make a place for himself. He’s an ST Buster Servant with all the standard things—survival, ramping steroids, utility, Koyan-compatible batteries—and, more importantly, he’s the only ST Buster Saber to bring all of those things at the same time. It’s true that Tsuna hits harder in-niche, and that Musashi and Sigurd deal more damage in general, but none of them have batteries. Bedivere has a battery, but he has limited utility and no damage ramp. And Rama’s… generally undertuned. Roland may not be the best ST Buster Saber, but he’s the only one without notable asterisks, which makes him a nice addition to the spookable Servant pool, if nothing else.
|Base Atk||1,614||Base HP||1,966|
|Max Atk||9,687||Max HP||12,293|
|Grail Atk||11,729||Grail HP||14,905|
|NP per Hit (%)||0.83%|
|NP when Attacked (%)||3%|
|Star Generation per Hit||10.0%|
Roland is solid. He has some neat utility, and the short CD on his third skill sets him apart a little. He has all the normal things you want in a Buster DPS, and he works well with a range of supports. As I said at the top of the review, it’s easy to look at his kit and write it off as boring, but he’s actually the first ST Buster Saber to… well, be boring in this way. There’s really nothing wrong with the guy, and when all of his direct competition has to deal with one flaw or another, that makes him stand out. He’s not so good that you’d pull for him as a neutral damage-dealer, and there are plenty of other options for Lancer-killing—whether that’s a Buster Berserker or an Arts Saber or what-have-you—but still, no complaints here. Nice kit. No objections.
Single-Target DPS: 8/10
AoE DPS: N/A
Offensive Utility: 3/10
Defensive Utility: 3/10
Farming Usefulness: 5/10