Debuffing S Tier – Autumn 2017

S Tier Debuffers

Poor debuffers. They used to be the shining beacon of hope against the dreadful “Ignores DEF” and “Ignores RES” bosses we were pummeled with week after week. How times have changed. FFRK has decided that our hardest content, bar none, is Magicites and as long as that’s true Debuffers will be relegated to a lesser role compared to other utility contributors.

They do still exist though! There is content beyond Magicite and Debuffers excel and ripping apart a boss’s capabilities even at half effectiveness. This brief list goes into which I believe are the best of them.

Faris (FFV)

Ability Schools: Support 6, Celerity 4, Thief 6, Dancer 5, Sharpshooter 5
Estimated Date Activated: Current
Record Spheres: Bow PHY Damage +3%
Legend Spheres: Bow PHY Damage +9%, Minor+Moderate Paralyze Resist
Legend Motes: Vitality + Bravery
Legend Materia: LM1“Sarisa’s Memory”
Support abilities deal 15% more damage
, LM2“Forgotten Family”
Increases the duration of stat debuffs by 40%
, LMR“Warrior Princess”
Increases damage dealt by 3/6/9/12/20% if 1/2/3/4/5 of the target’s stats are lowered

Notable Abilities: Full Break, Affliction Break, Mug Bloodlust, Multi Break, Crushing Tango, Enfeebling Jitterbug, Dash & Slash
Miscellaneous Notes: LMR +Wind Light Armor

Signature Soul Breaks

USB2 “Pirate Princess”
Nine random ranged Wind/NE attacks (0,82 each), causes Imperil Wind 20% for 25 seconds, ATK, MAG, and MND -50% for 25 seconds

With an expansive equipment selection and ability pool, along with a wide array of debuffing SBs, Faris is probably the most useful debuffing support in the game. There are very few situations she can’t be heavy contributor in and also sneak in damage while she’s at it. She’s also the only debuffer in the game with access to both Support 6 and Dancer 5, making her ideal for nearly every boss configuration requiring debuffs.

Her USB2 is what pushes her over the top since it’s so good it’s even valid as a physical Wind SB in Magicite dungeons, typically a no no for debuffers. That just means outside where the debuff has time to shine it becomes an offensive statistic wrecking crew.


Setzer (FFVI)

Ability Schools: Combat 3, Support 6, Celerity 3, Machinist 6, Sharpshooter 5
Estimated Date Activated: Current
Record Spheres: Machinist Damage +9%, Thrown PHY +3%
Legend Spheres: Support Damage +9%, Minor+Moderate Paralyze Resist
Legend Motes: Vitality + Bravery
Legend Materia: LM1“Taking Wing”
Support abilities deal 15% more damage
, LM2“Fate-Defying Bet”
30% chance to cast an ability (single, 0,25 physical) with ATK, MAG, MND -30% after dealing damage with a Support ability
, LMR“Second Chance”
Increases the duration of stat debuffs by 30%

Notable Abilities: Full Break, Affliction Break
Miscellaneous Notes: None

Signature Soul Breaks

BSB “Mostly Megaflare”
Randomly deals seven (80%) or fourteen (20%) random ranged NE attacks (0,95 each), ATK and MAG -40% for 25 seconds, grants Haste and Burst Mode to the user
Command 1: Deals one NE attack (2.10), ATK and DEF -20% for 15 seconds, ranged attack
Command 2: Deals one NE attack (2.10), MAG and RES -20% for 15 seconds, ranged attack

USB “Jokers Wild”
Ten random ranged NE attacks (0,71 each), ATK, DEF, MAG, RES and MND -30% for 25 seconds, grants Gambling Break“Gambling Break” [ID:296]
Grants High Quick Cast 1 and randomly casts Deadly Spade/Club/Diamond/Heart after dealing damage with a Support ability
“High Quick Cast 1” [ID:2020]
Cast speed x3,00, lasts for 1 turn
“Deadly Spade”
Two single ranged NE attacks (0,25 each), ATK -40% for 15 seconds
“Deadly Club”
Two single ranged NE attacks (0,25 each), DEF -50% for 15 seconds
“Deadly Diamond”
Two single ranged NE attacks (0,25 each), MAG -40% for 15 seconds
“Deadly Heart”
Two single ranged NE attacks (0,25 each), RES -50% for 15 seconds
to the user

Where Faris shines in doing many things well, Setzer takes a different route to the goal and simply does one thing exceedingly well. That thing is debuffing. Setzer stacks then stacks more, and more, and more. He’s so good at it he may single-handedly be the reason Magicite bosses aren’t affected by stat debuffs because if they were, Setzer would turn them into fluffy puppies with oven mitts for hands.


Vaan (FFXII)

Ability Schools: Combat 4, Support 4, Celerity 6, Thief 6
Estimated Date Activated: Current
Record Spheres: Thief Damage +9%
Legend Spheres: Dagger PHY Damage +9%, Minor+Moderate Slow Resist
Legend Motes: Dexterity + Bravery
Legend Materia: LM1“Thirst for Adventure”
PHY attacks deal 10% more damage when equipping a dagger
, LM2“Skybound”
Increases damage dealt by 5/10/15/20/30% if 1/2/3/4/5 of the target’s stats are lowered
, LMR“Undaunted Courage”
Increases the duration of stat debuffs by 30%
, LMR2“Aspirant Sky Pirate”
?% chance of smart ether 1 to the user after using a Thief ability

Notable Abilities: Dervish, Mug Bloodlust, Thief’s Revenge, Poison Leaf, Dash & Slash
Miscellaneous Notes: None

Signature Soul Breaks

SSB2 “Piercing Blow”
Instant, Six group attacks (0,84 each), ATK and DEF -50% for 25 seconds

 

BSB “Ark Blast”
Instant, Five single ranged attacks (1,52 each), DEF and MAG -40% for 25 seconds, grants Haste and Burst Mode to the user
Command 1: Half cast time, Deals one NE attack (2.00), MAG -50% for 15 seconds
Command 2: Half cast time, Deals one NE attack (2.00), DEF -40% for 15 seconds

USB “Cruelest Azure”
Instant, Ten random attacks (0,70 each), ATK and RES -50% for 25 seconds, ATK and RES +30% to the user for 25 seconds, grants EX: Sky Pirate“EX: Sky Pirate” [ID:286]
Thief abilities deal 30% more damage, cast speed x9999999 for Thief abilities for 15 seconds
to the user

What is a damage character doing here? Easy. Instantaneous debuffing, mixing DPS and stat breaks into a convenient package.

Debuffing of all varieties thanks to three fantastic SBs and strong damage to boot because of instant entries and fast casting or instant commands and abilities afterward. Versatile characters are the lifeblood of games like this, and Vaan is the best at what he does.


Honorable Mentions

Lion (FFXI)

A slightly less capable version of Vaan, Lion also has a couple varied instant debuffs. Would be right up there next to him if she were also treated like a main character.