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The English version of Fate/Grand Order was released last month. With a massive collection of (almost) all of your favorite Servants from the Fate universe you might be tempted to dive in and try your luck in obtaining one of the really rare ones. But hold up. The current roster only just scratches the surface.

[Note: This post contains spoilers about upcoming servants to be released in Fate/Grand Order.]

The summoning system of Fate/Grand Order involves using an in-game currency of “Saint Quartz” to do random draws from a summoning pool of various Servants ranging in rarity from the most common (1 star) to the extremely rare (5 stars). Obviously, the rarer the Servant, the more powerful he/she is, so a new player will be tempted to use every Saint Quartz they obtain or purchase to get a fabled 5-star Servant into their roster.

But the English version of Fate/Grand Order has only just begun its journey. Currently there are only two story chapters released and a rather sparse summoning pool of a little under 60 servants when compared with the Japanese version that has been out for nearly two years, has nine full chapters and well over 160 servants. As a veteran player of the Japanese version myself—and an unabashed fan of the franchise—I can say that if you want a really powerful 5-star Servant, there are plenty that have yet to be released.

One important note though: The English version of Fate/Grand Order is separate from the Japanese version and the developers have stated that there will be tweaks and possible changes, so it’s impossible to accurately predict when certain Servants will be added. Still, if we look at the existing Japanese timetable it is possible to make educated guesses at the general timing of when they should be released.

With all that out of the way, here is a list of some of the most useful servants that will eventually added—so you might want to hang onto your Saint Quartz.

Saber Class

Okita Sōji

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Expected release: During the “GUDAGUDA Honnnouji” event, likely after Halloween. Okita Sōji is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: Okita, aka “Sakura Saber,” is a Servant that started off as a character for the gag manga, Koha Ace. Okita Sōji is an extremely useful Saber in that she’s a Saber who acts like an Assassin. With three quick cards, she drops critical stars like crazy and has an excellent NP gain rate which allows her to fire off her Noble Phantasm fairly frequently. She’s also uniquely designed to work together with the free archer class servant for the “GUDAGUDA Honnnouji” event, Oda Nobunaga.


Archer Class

Altria Pendragon [Archer]

Expected release: During the summer event next year. Altria Pendragon (Archer) is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: Altria Pendragon is one of the few Servants with a different iteration for almost every class (“almost”… Give it time). Her Archer version has her wearing a swimsuit and sporting a water gun, which may seem funny at first, but she boasts one of the highest NP gains in the game. That, coupled with her Noble Phantasm that partially re-fills her NP gauge based on the damage she does, makes her a veritable Noble Phantasm rapid shooter. Under the right conditions, it’s possible to have her firing her Noble Phantasm every turn.


Ishtar

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Expected release: Right before the release of story chapter 7. Ishtar is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: The Mesopotamian goddess of love. In terms of sheer base firepower, Ishtar is currently one of the most powerful Archers in the game. Her skills, which have insanely short cooldowns when maxed out, work to buff her for increased damage making her a headstrong powerhouse of pain. She also inhabits the body of a familiar character that all you Fate/Stay Night fans are sure to recognize.


Lancer Class

Scathach

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Expected release: Right before the release of story chapter 4. Scathach is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: The female Lancer in the official promotional material. Scathach is extremely useful not only against Archers, but against enemies with a divine trait as well. A legendary “god killer,” Scathach’s Noble Phantasm can take out most divine enemies in one hit. Even if it doesn’t, her Noble Phantasm has an added bonus of an almost guaranteed stun, making her one of the best 5-star Lancers in the game, if not THE best.


Caster Class

Merlin

Expected release: After the release of story chapter eight. Merlin is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: The legendary sorcerer. Merlin is quite literally a game-breaking character. Not only does he have skills to 1) add invulnerability to all party members for one turn and 2) to buff attack power and instantly give 20% of your NP bar, but his Noble Phantasm gives all party members thousands of HP in regeneration for five turns AND a modest NP regeneration for five turns. That added to the fact that the effects of his Noble Phantasm can be stacked and Merlin becomes a must-have character in almost every battle. Parties become literally unkillable in all but the most unlucky of circumstances making “if you have Merlin” one of the most commonplace and annoying pieces of tactical advice that players will dish out. If you plan to save your Saint Quartz for any Servant on this list, save them for Merlin.


Rider Class

Ozymandias

Expected release: With the release of story chapter 6. 

Why You Need This Servant: Each class has its best single target damage-dealing character. For Riders, it’s Ozymandias. On top of that, his skill set also makes him an extremely useful in the role of support as he can boost all party members NP gauge by 20% and boost their attack power as well.


Assassin Class

Jack the Ripper

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Expected release: Right before the release of story chapter 4.

Why You Need This Servant: The Assassin class has relatively few 5-star Servants compared with the other of the main seven classes—especially at the start. Fortunately, Jack the Ripper is one of the best Servants in the game. A critical star generating machine, Jack the Ripper not only dishes out critical hits like it’s going out of style, but her Noble Phantasm gives her bonus damage against female enemies, of which—surprise, surprise—there are quite a few of in Fate.


Old Man of the Mountain/King Hassan

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Expected release: After the release of story chapter 8. King Hassan is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: The Grand Assassin. King Hassan is a somewhat rare type of Assassin in that he goes more for brute force—i.e., Buster cards—than for getting critical star drops and utilizing critical hits. He has a high survivability rate with a self-heal and a guts skill that, at max, will resurrect him with up to 5,000 HP upon death. He also has an insane passive class skill that not only makes him immune to instant kill attacks but also gives him a slight chance of instant kill enemies with his own normal attacks. He is indeed the king of killers.


Berserker Class

Minamoto no Raikou/Minamoto no Yorimitsu

Expected release: During the “Onigashima” event. Minamoto no Raikou is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: One of the best Servants for sheer unbridled damage. Minamoto no Raikou comes equipped with the Berserker class’ standard ability for pain delivery as well as a skill for critical star gathering that allows for even more extended damage. Her Noble Phantasm also allows for a good amount of critical star drops which, coupled with her aforementioned skill, can make her a perpetual damage machine. She also gains a skill that allows for extra damage against various Servants and enemies, making her an all-purpose damage-dealer and the go-to character for grinding for XP in daily missions.


Cu Chulainn [Alter]

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Expected release: With the release of story chapter 5.

Why You Need This Servant: Berserker class Servants are useful in that they are able to deal extra loads of damage to almost any class of Servant. However, this is a double-edged sword in that they also receive extra damage, making them rather fragile and often in need of support to fully utilize their potential. Cu Chulainn (Alter) is a bit of an outlier in this category, as he comes equipped with multiple ways of survival. Much like his Lancer iteration, Berserker Cu has both a skill for multiple dodges and a guts skill to resurrect him in case he is taken down. While not as hilariously unkillable as Lancer Cu, once on the battlefield, it’s hard to get Berserker Cu to leave it.


Avenger Class

Jeanne d’Arc [Alter]

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Expected release: During the “Da Vinci and The Seven Counterfeit Servants” event. Jeanne d’Arc is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: People who have played the first story chapter have already encountered Jeanne d’Arc’s twisted incarnation. While the story Alter Jeanne was of the Ruler class, this Alter Jeanne is an Avenger class character. Built for extreme damage, she is, hands down, the most powerful single damage-dealing character in the game. Despite having no class-specific bonus—save against the rarely-appearing Ruler class—she can stand toe to toe with almost any enemy. Top to bottom she is designed for a merciless barrage of damage making her a key player against high HP boss enemies.


Alter Ego Class

Meltlilith

Expected release: During the “Fate/Extra CCC” event. Meltlilith is a limited Servant and is only added to the summoning pool for limited periods of time before being taken out again.

Why You Need This Servant: The Alter Ego class is a recent addition to Fate/Grand Order in Japan. While most classes—save for Berserker and Shielder—have a single class that they are strong against and a single class that they are weak against, the Alter Ego class is strong against multiple and weak against multiple. This can makes Alter Ego class Servants somewhat tricky to use at times, but in cases where you’re up against multiple combinations of different class enemies—which, let’s face it, is almost all the time—they can be a godsend. Meltlilith is has the added bonus of decent survivability and well-balanced attack cards, making her the best attacker of the three Alter Ego class Servants currently out there.


Bonus List: 3 Already Released Servants Worth Trying For

Aside from the upcoming 5-star Servants, if you seeking to get an edge in the game, there are a few 5-star Servants that have already been added to the roster that are extremely useful to have around.

Jeanne d’Arc

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Why You Need This Servant: Until the release of Merlin, Jeanne d’Arc was one of the essential Servants for a survivable party. The invulnerability her Noble Phantasm provides is key to surviving boss fights even from early on in the story. While her Noble Phantasm does have the drawback of stunning her for a turn, the latest update of her intermission story in the Japanese version actually removes that drawback completely, making her even more useful than she already was. Pair her with Merlin and you have a party that will not die. They won’t do much damage, true, but they will not die.

Zhuge Liang [El-Melloi II]

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Why You Need This Servant: Until the release of Merlin, Zhuge Liang was the must-have Servant. The ultimate in buffing support, there are very few situations in which having Zhuge Liang is not a distinct advantage. Put him in your support roster and watch the friend requests pour in. He is one of the first characters you are going to want to completely max out, skills and all.

Gilgamesh

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Why You Need This Servant: The king of heroes himself. While at present, Gilgamesh is not the most powerful or most useful Archer in the Japanese version of the game, he is still incredibly powerful in his own right. His Noble Phantasm also does bonus damage against most Servants making him a very useful character to have in boss fights.


Fate/Grand Order is a rather generous game at times (though not in the gatcha). Even if you don’t have a 5-star Servant, when properly leveled, weaker 3-star, 2-star, and even 1-star Servants can prove to be tactically sound. There’s nothing wrong with spending resources to power up your favorite Servant no matter what their rarity is. Every Servant has its use in the game. That said, having a 5-star is always nice. If you’re looking for massive advantage, know that there are a bunch of really good ones that you might want to save your Saint Quartz for.

Fate/Grand Order can be downloaded from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

Comments (4)
  1. All you need in this game to be good is the “Jeanne Alter-Zhuge-Merlin” core and you’ll be fine. You can swap Jeanne Alter with Cu Alter too.

    If you want NP spam, you need “Tamamo + Zhuge” with any other character of your choice.

    There are a lot of fun combinations in this game, so even if you don’t have most of the “good” Servants, try to come up with a strategy for yourself with what you have.

    • Indeed. The list is mainly Servants that give a clear tactical advantage, but personally, if you really love a Servant, level them accordingly and they won’t let you down.

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