Nichol Review [Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius]

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Rating

Max Rarity Skills Future Proof Stats Equipment Trust Master Overall
5 A B B C N/A B-
Rarity Job Origin Gender Family
3★ – 5★ Tactician   FF BE Male Human

Trust Master Rewards: None

GuideUnitsTier ListTrust Master
Town of MitraRoyal Capital GrandsheltPort City LodinOrdol Port
Port City LydiraVillage of KolGrandportVillage of Marlo
Ghost Port KolobosFelicitas TownIndustrial City DilmagiaVillage of Ambel
Town of KoltsAquapolis OlderionTown of AmoreRaven's Hideaway
Earth Shrine ExpLatius Woods ExpDalnakya Cavern ExpGrandshelt Catacombs Exp
Fulan Pass ExpPhantom Forest ExpZadehl Westersand ExpLanzelt Highlands Exp
Wolfsfang Peak ExpLanzelt Mountains ExpKolobos Marsh ExpGolzas Canyon Exp
Kolobos Reef ExpShrine of Decay ExpMaranda Coast ExpDwarves' Forge Exp
Windy Heights West ExpMobreeze Airship Factory ExpJunkyard ExpWind Shrine Exp
Mystic WoodsAquatic CoverLake DorrGhost Ship Exp
Water Shrine ExpAbandoned Orphanage ExpTimber Tracks Exp
WeaponsArmorAccessoriesCrafting
MagicSpecial AbilitiesEspersColosseum
ItemsSirenIfritGolem
ShivaRamuhDiabolosCarbuncle
White DragonDemon ChimeraThe IntangirSurging Menace
Antenolla
FestivalJoin FacebookBlog
3★ 4★ 5★
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General Thoughts

FFBE recently introduced Nichol as the 5th permanent band member of Team Rain. Team Rain as you may know has been doing backup vocals for Team Everything Else for sometimes now and with the addition of Nichol Team Rain will still be doing backup vocals for Team Everything Else. I do like Nichol’s lines in FFBE though and while he is a forgettable unit, his snappy lines are not.

Nichol brings along these active abilities:

Back to the Wall (Increase ATK/MAG (40%) while decrease DEF/SPR (20%) for 3 turns to all allies), going with his military tactician theme, Nichol has BttW as his offensive maneuver and IS as his defensive one, both abilities are easily outclassed by 5-Star Base Units and with their negative side effects, are marginal at best since Fina already has Cheer and Lid already has Focus.

Impenetrable Stance (Increase DEF/SPR (40%) while decrease ATK/MAG (20%) for 3 turns to all allies), I could see these abilities having marginal use on certain boss fights where the boss charges up, the problem is with Nichol being as squishy as he is, if he uses this ability rather than defends he will probably die.

Waterga (Water magic damage (1.8x) to all enemies), only one of the few characters to have Waterga, but it certainly not enough to make Nichol worth leveling.

Barblizzara (Increase ice resistance (50%) for 3 turns to all allies) and Barwatera (Increase water resistance (50%) for 3 turns to all allies), situational abilities on a character that is probably more of a liability to bring than whatever support his abilities could provide.

Along with these passives:
None

Being a basic unit, Nichol does not have a Trust Master Reward

Ancient Flood (Base: Water magic damage (2.5x) to all enemies – Max: Water magic damage (3.45x) to all enemies), well it looks cool at least, but its vanilla water damage with no added effects. Not worth casting really.

Verdict: Nichol just doesn’t bring anything to the table other than taking up a lot in your unit box, maybe a Christmas alternate reality version of Nichol will be useful (remember Black Cat Lid?) and his Water and Ice theme makes him a good candidate for that, but regular ‘ole Nichol is just a last string bench warmer, but since he’s an ice mage, Nichol probably can’t even manage even that.
Zzz… If you’re a completionist then level him up, otherwise just forget that he exist, could avoid getting him even if you don’t do the final Olderion cut scene until the next island gets released.

Stats

Rarity HP MP ATK DEF MAG SPR Attack Hits LB Drops Exp. Growth Pattern
3★ 1136 73 48 46 58 50 1 6 2
4★ 1477 96 63 61 76 65 1 8 2
5★ 1921 125 82 80 100 85 1 10 2

Maximum Stats Increase

Rarity HP MP ATK DEF MAG SPR
3★ 150 25 10 10 10 10
4★ 210 35 14 14 14 14
5★ 240 40 16 16 16 16

Resistance

Nichol is neutral to all elements and status ailments.

Learned Abilities

Min Rarity Level Icon Name Effect MP
3★ 28 MP +10% MP +10% MP +10%
4★ 54 mag-10 MAG +10% MAG +10%
4★ 60 impenetrable-stance Impenetrable Stance Increase DEF/SPR (40%) while decrease ATK/MAG (20%) for 3 turns to all allies 25
5★ 80 back-to-the-wall Back to the Wall Increase ATK/MAG (40%) while decrease DEF/SPR (20%) for 3 turns to all allies 25

Magic

Min rarity Level Icon Name Effect MP
3★ 1 Blizzard Blizzard Ice magic damage (1.2x) to one enemy 3
3★ 12 Water Water Water magic damage (1.2x) to one enemy 3
3★ 40 Barblizzard Barblizzard Increase ice resistance (30%) for 3 turns to one ally 3
4★ 21 Blizzara Blizzara Ice magic damage (1.4x) to all enemies 9
4★ 30 Watera Watera Water magic damage (1.4x) to all enemies 9
4★ 42 Barwater Barwater Increase water resistance (30%) for 3 turns to one ally 6
5★ 32 Imperil Imperil Decrease all element resistance (20%) for 3 turns to one enemy 15
5★ 51 Blizzaga Blizzaga Ice magic damage (1.8x) to all enemies 20
5★ 62 Waterga Waterga Water magic damage (1.8x) to all enemies 20
5★ 72 Barblizzara Barblizzara Increase ice resistance (50%) for 3 turns to all allies 12
5★ 72 barwatera Barwatera Increase water resistance (50%) for 3 turns to all allies 12

Limit Burst

Rarity Name Effect
3★ Aqua Wave Base: Water magic damage (2.1x) to all enemies
Max: Water magic damage (2.55x) to all enemies
4★ Marine Wave Base: Water magic damage (2.3x) to all enemies
Max: Water magic damage (3x) to all enemies
5★ Ancient Flood Base: Water magic damage (2.5x) to all enemies
Max: Water magic damage (3.45x) to all enemies

Equipment

Nichol  can equip 3 weapons and 4 armors.

Weapons Armors
Short SwordStaff1Rod1  AccessoryHatClothesRobe 
Rarity Ability Slots Affinity
3★ 2 Black Magic Lvl 5, Green Magic Lvl 3
4★ 3 Black Magic Lvl 6, Green Magic Lvl 4
5★ 4 Black Magic Lvl 7, Green Magic Lvl 5

Awakening

Rarity Material 1 Material 2 Material 3 Material 4 Material 5
4★ Allure Powder (20) Esper Cryst (10) Quality Parts (8) Deepsea Bloom (3) Sacred Crystal (3)
5★ Quality Parts (15) Deepsea Bloom (8) Sacred Crystal (5) Dragon Heart (3) Holy Crystal (3)

Lore

A military tactician for the Olderion Federation. He was given a great many books on magic as a young child, as their were high expectations of him being of the Wardens of the Waters.

Raised in isolation from other children his age, he took a deep interest instead in the people he read about in books. Among these characters, he took particular interest in a legendary female warrior from an army of darkness.

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