Orion is a very strange servant. What with the strangely erotic talking bear and the screaming. This strangeness diffuses into her mechanics it seems. With an A opener, her Q cards actually gain more NP then her A cards. A WHOLE lot more. If she cannot be in an arts chain, I actually prefer using her Q cards for NP gain instead. Best 5 Signs I’m Probably A Dragon I Hoard Useless Shiny Things I Eat Too Much Shirt With the crit changes, they also generate like 5 stars each. Unless DW buffs her extremely weak A cards, I would actually prefer AQQQB as her setup instead. Her current AAQQB is as you say, not outstanding, not bad either. There are two ways to my knowledge to use her effectively: Bazett focus CE, or just be in a party where her crit weight dominates star gain.
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Even then, she is still probably outclassed by Gil and his moon destroying buster crits. (Would really LOVE a way of easily seeing total damage on multi hit cards, do we need to be human calculators to play this game??) Currently using Orion with Bazett CE, and her increase in performance is unlike any other CE / Servant combo I’ve seen outside kaleido. Even then, kaleido is a one shot thing, while Bazett contributes throughout the entire battle. Orion as an archer is what I call a star sink, Best 5 Signs I’m Probably A Dragon I Hoard Useless Shiny Things I Eat Too Much Shirt because of her high rank of Independent Action (A+). Her performance depends on whether or not she is making critical hits, this means getting stars. If she is critting often, it makes up for her other weaknesses; low damage, low NP gain.
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I’ve seen her Q cards gain roughly 25% NP on crit, and with a AQQ brave chain, she easily hits 75% if both Qs crit. If RNGesus wills it, you can easily get 100% before the first round is over. I love that you mentions Puchidevil as recommended CE on Tamamo, as that’s exactly what I’ve been using on her on my Arts team of Tamamo/Nero/Vlad. It makes her INSANE. The speed at which I can fire off her NP literally maybe every three turns average with that CE equipped makes her role as NP battery freaking amazing. Best 5 Signs I’m Probably A Dragon I Hoard Useless Shiny Things I Eat Too Much Shirt She’s not an offensive Caster… at least not by herself. Her role is to make the REST of your team super offensive at the rate you’ll be firing off NPs left and right.