Collab Review – Fist of the North Star

If you’re fine with the horrible collab REM rates, Fist of the North Star is a fine REM to spend some stones on. The gold eggs are all great and the silver eggs are surprisingly high quality.

Gold Eggs

Raoh – A
Pros
  • Orb change active
  • Skill up fodder exists
  • Great awakenings
  • Devil/Attacker
  • Leader skill rivals Heroes’
  • Pairs well with existing leaders
  • Great sub
Cons
  • ?
Notes
I’m not sure there’s anything bad to be said about Raoh except for the amount of stones it might take to get him. His strengths are obvious, but he also lacks the weaknesses generally associated with collab REM monsters: lack of friend leaders to pair with and lack of skill up fodder. We all know how many RSonia users there are, so at the very least Raoh can find a compatible leader there. The collab dungeon also has a 20% chance to drop Roah’s skill up fodder which, while a poor rate, is better than resorting to Pys (~1250 stamina per skill up vs 2-3k). Just imagine how good he’ll be when he gets his uevo; most likely an A+.

Kenshiro – B
Pros
  • Great awakenings
  • Good, Horus-esque leader skill
Cons
  • Long active cooldown
  • Mediocre sub
Notes
Kenshiro is the runt of this collab’s gold eggs, but he is still a fine leader boasting excellent awakenings in 2 TPAs and 2 skill boosts. What kills him is the long cooldown on his active. I would gladly trade in some flavor to remove the defense break clause from the active to get a few turns knocked off the cooldown. The recently released Sonia Gran has a similar active — which is extremely powerful — but gets it at an 11 turn minimum cooldown (vs. 15 for Kenshiro) in addition to a damage boost which makes it significantly more useful. Looking ahead, there is a possibility that he could get a 3rd TPA which would quickly vault him into the A range.

Toki – A-
Pros
  • Great awakenings
  • Leader skill rivals Heroes’
  • Pairs well with existing leaders
  • Good sub
Cons
  • Long active cooldown
Notes
Toki is much like Raoh except he trades offensive power for anti-bind utility (the flavor!). His healer type allows him to pair up nicely with I&I and, unlike Raoh, can be effectively paired with the on-color — and on-type — Hero, Andromeda. His only real weakness is his 15 turn cooldown. While both the bind recovery and 100% damage reduction are certainly powerful, you usually only need one or the other.
In my personal opinion, Toki is one of the most powerful water leaders in the game: he enjoys the same excellent sub and utility-sub selection that Andromeda and Sarasvati already take advantage of, but the HP boost allows him to tackle dungeons they can’t.

Silver Eggs

Shin – B
Pros
  • Great awakenings
  • Orb generating active
Cons
  • Light devils are somewhat shallow
Notes
Where DC collab kinda pushed light attackers, Fist of the North Star is doing the same with light devils. Shin is a great silver egg roll, boasting an orb generator and powerful awakenings. While his time extend awakening seems to indicate he’d be great on a combo team, he can’t be used reliably to full effect as his active may replace some orbs you need and leave you unable to activate your leader skill. For this reason he’s much better on a row team and as light is currently lacking depth in that department, he isn’t a horrible choice.

Rei – B
Pros
  • Orb change active
  • Good awakenings
Cons
  • Mediocre ATK multiplier
  • Mediocre awakenings
Notes
Rei’s active is quite interesting. While it will never compete with a 5-turn orb change, the fact that it also eliminates poison orbs makes him a nice option to deal with Beelzebub in Challenge Dungeons Lv10. His attacker type also makes him a possible Awoken Neptune sub (although devil would’ve been nicer for Hera-Is). This is all assuming you’re okay with spending Pys on a collab silver egg.

Juda – D
Pros
  • ?
Cons
  • Mediocre awakenings
  • Unreliable active
  • Poor leader skill
Notes
Juda is easily the worst monster in this collab. While his orb creation active is on a short minimum cooldown, it likely won’t help you make the rows you want even if you factor in that random orb creators don’t replace orbs of the same color. While it may be asking too much from a silver egg to have 2 rows of the same color — in this case wood — Juda’s dark row would have been better served as something else like a skill boost. It’s unfortunate that he’s G/D and not a devil to help bolster the emerging G/D devils.

Shu – C+
Pros
  • Good awakenings
Cons
  • Resolve, even with a 2x ATK bonus, is outdated
Notes
Perhaps the most boring egg in the machine, Shu doesn’t offer anything of note. He could be a serviceable stopgap sub on a combo team with the time extend and orb reshuffle.

Souther – B+
Pros
  • Mass orb creation
  • Great awakenings
  • Usable leader
Cons
  • Needs more light devil support
Notes
Souther actually has a usable leader skill which is very rare for silver eggs; like actual usable, not just in cost restricted dungeons. 3x is not that amazing in this day and age and light needs more relevant devil support, but the 1.25x HP boost makes him an intriguing option. His active is also interesting as it generates enough light orbs for a row and TPA at a minimum and will often be enough to get you 2 rows. Not shabby for a silver egg.

Mamiya – B
Pros
  • All them awakenings
  • Orb change active
Cons
  • Mediocre stats
Notes
Mamiya is one of the most surprising collab silver eggs I’ve seen. Not only does she have a decent orb change active, she comes loaded with 9 awakenings. Critics might complain that 4 of them are resists, but 20% reduced damage from dark is still pretty damned good. Sadly, this appears to have come at the cost of stats as she has by far the lowest weighted stats of these silver eggs. She’s still quite good.

Conclusion

This collab REM is quite strong. I’m not familiar enough with the JP-only collabs, but at least for NA this is the strongest overall collab REM we’ve seen. Some may argue Batman is still better, but I think Fist of the North Star offers something useful to a wider range of players.

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