Rabbit's Reviews #329: Zhang Jiao (3* Caster)

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Rabbit's Reviews Zhang Jiao
NA Release Date: 06/2024

Now this is a nice one. Zhang Jiao is our first non-limited silver in nearly three years, but fortunately he brings plenty of good stuff. At his core, Zhang Jiao is a budget support. We have a fair number of these already, and Zhang Jiao doesn’t exactly have a higher overall power budget than the others do, but the combination of things he brings is pretty unique, and that uniqueness goes beyond the obvious gimmicks. Zhang Jiao is an AoE Quick Caster—something that didn’t exist this year—and he’s our first support with the ability to set field types. Even setting aside those shiny bits, though, he also brings debuff removal in conjunction with actual damage buffs, which is neat considering the closest non-welfare FP-pool Servant to that until now was Jason, who’s capped at 20% attack up for non-Argonauts and who only removes a single debuff. Zhang Jiao, by contrast, gets card-type buffs, a nifty crit tool, and easy access to his own NP. He’s not a gold-tier support, sure, but as a free Servant he brings a ton of really nice things.

He also helps Nemo a ton, which makes me personally happy. So there’s that.

Servant Data
Card Hits 4 3 3 4 5
Per Hit 0.61% 0.61% 0.61% 0.61% 0.61%
NP per Hit (%) 0.61%
NP when Attacked (%) 3%
Star Absorption 51
Star Generation per Hit 10.7%
Material Requirements
Servant Skills
Noble Phantasm
Usage Tips
Grail Potential

I don’t know that I’d bring Zhang Jiao for normal use cases. Even if I wanted a budget support, I’d probably bring someone like Hans or Barti for their lower cost and slightly more generic usefulness. On the other end of the spectrum, Zhang Jiao doesn’t outdo meta supports unless… well, unless your DPS’s name is Nemo. That said, 40-50% steroids (depending on whether you have the bond CE) is pretty solid for a budget support, and you get some utility and a burst of crit damage on top of that. Could be worse.

Zhang Jiao is also an AoE Quick Caster, which is extremely rare. The likelihood that you need an AoE Assassin killer who is specifically Quick is nearly zero, but Zhang Jiao is free and actually outdoes Daikokuten’s damage under certain circumstances, so that’s enough to make him my recommendation if you really want this particular NP type. No reason to invest in Daikokuten when Zhang Jiao is right there. …Not that there was much reason anyway, but still, Zhang Jiao does most of the same things while also being free and a support.

All-in all, though, it’s been way too long since we’ve had a non-limited silver, and Zhang Jiao doesn’t disappoint. Solid addition.

Rabbit's Arbitrary Ratings

Overall: 8/10
Single-Target DPS: 4/10
AoE DPS: 6/10
Survivability: 2/10
Offensive Utility: 8/10
Defensive Utility: 3/10
Farming Usefulness: 5/10
Trusting No One, Not Even Himself: 10/10

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