Naru/Nal information is out. She's the Girl on the Coeurl and the new 5-star in JP.
Quick thoughts on Nal:
Trust Master Reward
: +25% ATK & 25% Accuracy + +50% Equipped ATK when 2-Handing
This was kind of expected in regards to modifiers. I was secretly hoping for 75% TDH but that definitely wasn't happening, lol. This is nice though because you'll be able to use it alongside the Martial Gloves and Buster Form to determine what your best in slot will be. In some cases, you might want to use this one over the Martial Gloves so you can take advantage of Desch's Earring or the flip might be true too. It'll depend on character. If they end up adding more TMRs that are higher than Desch's 45 attack, the value of this TMR will go up.
She has a lot going for her surprisingly for what folks would consider an off-peak 5-star unit.
- 200% TDH with her own TMR
- 5 Turn Thunder Imbue
- Max LB is -100% Thunder imperil + 140% Attack buff
- 100% Killers for Beast/Plant/Insect with and extra 50% Beast Killer with 1 turn prep
She easily caps both attack and equipment attack with her best in slot equipment. She can use a TDH weapon like the Zodiac Spear while imbuing and imperiling her opponents to further increase her damage alongside damage variance. She has a lot of Killer effects and can reach ridiculous levels in Beast Killer with Ifrit.
Her two attacks are:
- 雷鳴槍 - 250% ST 12 Hit (5Fr) Physical Attack + Ignore 50% DEF & ST 3 Turn -60% Thunder Resist
- 槍牙襲雷 - 2 Turn Cooldown: 1100% AoE 12 Hit (10Fr) Thunder Physical Attack
The former's damage gets increased by 70% at max level in 7-star form which puts it at 640% after the ITD is included. The cooldown skill goes to 1170%. Modest percentages when you look at it but they're 12 hits each and she has damage variance on her side for this as well. Still, that's pretty strong. I'd have to look at the other 7-star characters in detail to see how she compares to them.
She has 2 things that might be a problem. She doesn't do 2 attacks per turn while doing TDH and she loses out a bit of her effectiveness depending on the element. She either gives up her element or her damage variance for anything but Thunder, I think. That's a little unfortunate.
Her best in slot would be:
Weapon: Stoss Spear
Helmet: Dragoon Helm
Body: Cloud's Uniform or Sephiroth's Coat
Accessory 1: Martial Gloves
Accessory 2: Martial Gloves
Materia 1: Sonic Hunter (Nal's TMR)
Materia 2: Dragoon's Pride (Duke's TMR)
Materia 3: Dragoon's Pride (Duke's TMR)
Materia 4: Pride of the Veritas - Wind
Edit: Aranea's Stoss Spear has higher attack than the Zodiac Spear. I totally forgot about that one. Zodiac would be the best choice for folks that don't have Aranea though!