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Sabareta [Free Unit]

Discussion in 'Unit Reviews' started by Zenith, May 27, 2018.

  1. Zenith

    Zenith Active Member

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    Foreword

    Sabareta is a very gear-reliant unit, which is fast, rather squishy and serves as a mobile poke unit. He has the Thief, Hunter and Dark Knight classes, but the only classes he should ever be making use of are the Thief and Hunter.

    General Usage
    Sabareta can come in handy in Arena and Veda tower and potentially even some EX missions. In Thief class, he can quickly walk up to an opponent and inflict charm or rack up jewels in order to follow up with some devastating ranged shots. In Hunter class, he can poke from afar and make use of 100% hitrate shots to counter dodge-characters (e.g. Baruto).
    The main point Sabareta has going for him is his exclusive gear and the fact that he has access to ranged attacks combined with Over Limit.
    You can either try to make intensive use of his WA by keeping his PDEF buff up for up to 9 turns and use the time in between to poke and get jewels back or you can make use of the fact that sabaretas shots hit hard, either by shooting from a distance as Hunter or by moving into range and kiting more easily as Thief and then shooting with Sub Hunter skills, mainly his Wild Shot, which has no cast time and hits AoE but with a low (fixed) 70% hit rate.

    Sabaretas primary moves are few:
    - Wild Shot: While just an inferior version of the Ranger's Wide Barrage, the Thief class actually has more total Dex+Patk than the hunter does and coupled with Over Limit(+Deep Focus), which Ranger's typically do not have, Wild Shot actually turns into a comparable version of Wild Barrage under Sabareta, allowing him to act as a pseudo-Ranger. Note that you do not necessarily want to use Over Limit if you plan on using his WA.
    - Charming Dagger: Charm is a fearsome status effect and while many tougher enemies in EX missions are generally immune to it, there are a lot of opponents in Veda and even some bigger foes in EX missions that can be charmed.
    - His Weapon Ability (see Dirk of Projection)

    Gear that benefits Sabareta greatly
    - Armor of Wrath
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    Sabareta has low HP and defenses in all of his classes, so he urgently needs this armor for a massive defense boost. Even with the armor, his defense stats are still highly lacking. However, coupled with his Dirk of Projection in Thief Class, he can double his defense stat by using his Weapon Ability(WA). This enables him to turn his rather low 200ish defense into a whopping +400 PDEF, a force to be reckoned with, even with sabaretas low health.

    - Dirk of Projection
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    This item is not a must-have on Sabareta, as he can still fulfill his role of doing ranged pokes and, in fact, the weapon does not add anything to his offensive capabilities that you could not get from a Tiger Kris instead. However, if you plan on using Sabareta, this item is what separates him from the rest. A 15% chance to disable enemy attacks triggered with every attack, +10 Agi for an already fast unit, more HP to add onto his low base HP and the 40 Patk which can compete with a Tiger Kris.
    The weapon ability can not be used in turn 1 even at lvl85 without some form of starting jewel help from another gear, but it has a good multiplier and hits a cross-shape with extra damage against demons, who are commonly found in EX missions and Veda tower.
    You want to use the WA as soon as you get into attack range of nastier foes, to double your PDEF and become tanky for 3 turns. This ability can be used 3 times in battle, so you should use your time to regain jewels while you are tanky to prepare for another hit with the WA if necessary.

    - Snowman Hat/Curious Doll
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    While the Snowman Hat's PDEF clashes with the Wrath Armor, it serves its purpose in raising sabaretas starting jewels to a point where he can use his WA on the first turn.
    The curious doll gives sabareta more jewels per hit and makes him even tankier through the added % resistance vs all elements for good synergy with his WA buff. It allows him to gain his jewels back faster to keep up the Wild Shot spam or alternatively his WA.

    Recommended Setup
    Main: Rogue
    Sub: Basic Bow
    Reactive: Quick Action
    Passive: Over Limit/Hawk Eye/Move+1/Jump+1
    Passive: Deep Focus
     
  2. udon

    udon Moderator Staff Member

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    very nice write up!

    now that i have the armour... i'm thinking of building this guy up - alot more interesting than zahar for now
     
  3. Mishikasei

    Mishikasei Moderator Staff Member

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    I disagree about relying on Basic Bow as sub.
    Wild Shot isn't really reliable when it comes to hitting targets and the other skills aren't reliable due to lack of locking target.
    I would rather pick Basic Dark Knight instead because you can use Jewel Drain to take some jewels and Assault to increase his damage and you can use an inferior version of Retribution which has higher dmg the lower your HP is. Imo it's more useful than Basic Bow coz in arena he's also likely to spam Wild Shot but it's not always reliable when it comes to hitting an enemy, at least with basic Dark Knight he can use a weaker Retribution.
    I wouldn't recommend to use him as Hunter as we have Milis and Archer (if you manage to farm him during Fate collab) that can do the same job and if you get Ryle, even better as he is farmable now. If you really lack a ranged unit and you want to use a Dark unit one then ok...
    You mainly will use Sabareta as Thief because of 4 move (5 with Move +1 passive) and with his 2 Gears, especially Dirk of Projection he is definitely more usable, combined with Overlimit, you can do decent dmg although being squishy but Sabareta has weak defense to begin with so fair enough...
     
  4. Zenith

    Zenith Active Member

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    That's fine too if it works out.

    I want to shortly explain why I do not like to use Dark Knight on Sabareta:

    1. In Arena you are often either in close-range maps where his agi is insufficient to function as Dark Knight since even far tankier units than Saba die before they get a turn. Or you are in long-range maps (often with obstacles in between) where he can at least shoot over some height with Wild Shot. It's hit-rate is unreliable but in such maps often a single hit or 2 are enough to get rid of opponents.

    2. Unlike Dias, he does not start out with 60% starting jewels and if you got his Dirk of Projection, you have an even harder time to get enough jewels for his WA. He has jewel problems as it is, so just getting enough jewels for his WA is already problematic and Dark Knight is a very jewel-costly class considering that it needs to get close up with few Move.

    3. The PDEF threshold is lower for Dark Knight.
    The aim is usually to get his PDEF to a point where he receives little to no damage, so that his low HP becomes irrelevant. If you use Dark Knight you lose out on at least 9 to 18 def just from the class and Assault has bad synergy with his WA +100% PDef vs -15% PDef.

    Granted in Dark Knight class he has more HP to make up for less defense and you can potentially deal far more damage with him if he receives support.
    Also, on the Over Limit + Wild Shot combo I also want to say that it's not as good as it sounds, since it gives 25% more Patk, but Hunter splits its scaling up between Dex and Patk, so you effectively gain a ~10% boost. But it's still some good extra damage that serves to make the shot hit harder if needed.
     
  5. Mishikasei

    Mishikasei Moderator Staff Member

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    I mean using Dark Knight sub, not main...
    For me Dark Knight is a bad class to use as main expect on Dias which is because he's usable...
     
  6. XingHa

    XingHa Moderator Staff Member

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    Its no point to sugarcoat him. He is totally outclassed. And to add more, the combination of the jobs he got is totally mess up.
     
  7. Zenith

    Zenith Active Member

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    Haha, yeah hes bad.
    But well, you never know. Sometimes worse units come in handy too.
    Especially for dark units since there is so few of them right now.
     
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  8. WeikerX

    WeikerX Moderator Staff Member

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    Love this write up!
     

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