I remember when all I wanted were more collabs to come to NA. Now that we’re actually getting them, I’m decidedly unimpressed. The Evangelion Collab is no exception. After Misato the quality drops off quickly, although the new Shinji and Rei uevos provide some much needed value at silver. The entire REM seems to be waiting for machines to become a thing; hopefully someday this collab will be able to cash in on that type. Hopeful speculation aside, the only reason to roll this REM is a love for the franchise.
5-Star Gold Eggs
Grades are given relative to monsters of the same rarity.
Misato – A
- Powerful orb change + haste
- About as close TPA teams will get to Ares
- Fine awakenings; bind utility a nice bonus
- Not a Shiva Dragon sub
- Leader skill overshadowed by Awoken Freyr
Misato has all of the makings of a great sub — orb change, good awakenings and she even has a one-turn haste now — which makes her one of the best collab monsters NA has ever gotten. Perhaps her most coveted attribute is her bind utility. I’m not a fan of dedicated bind clearers, but when it comes at little cost it’s something I can endorse. Unlike a sub like Ame no Uzume, you make very little sacrifices running her on your team as she’s still fully functional offensively. One shortcoming is that she doesn’t have a bind clear in her active, but I prefer an active that is useful in all situations and planning ahead for a row of hearts is a small cost.
Her biggest downside is that she doesn’t have a place on the most prevalent fire team, Shiva Dragon. Context is everything in this game and while Misato is plenty powerful, not qualifying for fire’s most elite team is certainly a demerit. That being said, she’ll be a fine option for Shiva, Raoh and just about any fire leader she qualifies for (she’s a surprisingly good option for Leilan).
Shinji & Kaworu – B-
- A farming lead for water
- Puts Neptune to shame
- Overshadowed by Awoken I&I
Shinji & Kaworu are somewhat of an enigma; it’s just not obvious what we’re supposed to do with them. Water-attackers are in a much better state now than they were when we last got this collab over a year ago — Karin, Hermes and BValk come to mind — so that’s one obvious application, but the inclusion of machine type feels like GungHo intended to start something, but failed to finish it. At least until machines become a thing, there’s very little use for them.
4-Star Silver Eggs
Grades are given relative to monsters of the same rarity. Low-cost dungeons are no longer factored due to the Descended Carnival.
Asuka – C
- It’s Asuka
- Has a skill up fodder
- A five-second Change the World is horrible
Asuka was once one of the premium low-cost leads in the game, being a fine match-up for Draggie. With the advent of the Descended Carnival, low-cost dungeons are all but obsolete, pretty much killing any of Asuka’s previous value. It’s nice that they gave her a skill up fodder, but requiring 10 levels for a five-second Change the World effect that often lowers the amount of time you have to move isn’t worth the investment. Here’s hoping she someday gets buffs that put her on par with the REM’s other silver uevos.
Shinji – A-
- An orb change is an orb change
- Fine awakenings for a silver
- Has a skill up fodder
- Can use guaranteed uevo skill ups
Shinji is a good example of what every collab should have at least one of among its silvers. Everything about him is mediocre, yet he provides so much value considering his rarity. I’ve never been a fan of Rider-style orb changes, but any type of orb change effect is useful. His jack-of-all-trades assortment of awakenings are unimpressive, but it does give him the flexibility to contribute to a wide range of teams. Perhaps the most important aspect is that he now has a skill up fodder. Many collab silvers with usable actives go to waste since they can’t be easily skilled up. Shinji not only avoids this problem, but at five skill levels he’s relatively easy to max out. He may not have the niche utility that makes something like Mamiya so valuable, but Shinji is more likely to be an effective part of a newer player’s roster than the majority of collab silvers.
Mari – C-
- Overshadowed by Awoken Freyja
Mari is a fine damage enhancer choice for wood-attacker teams like Ishida and Summer GSonia, but she’s now severely overshadowed by Awoken Freyja and many would rather use GZL even on a row team. She’s just a bit too narrow and underpowered to be considered a good option, even at silver, but is a decent stand-in until you find something better.
Rei – B-
- Damage shield
- Can use guaranteed uevo skill ups
For a silver egg, there’s a lot to like here as damage shields are always useful. Her awakenings aren’t terrible either; they’re easier to swallow if you think of her having a row, OE and skill boost and the auto-heals are just a nice bonus. That being said, as a damage shield Rei has stiff REM competition in Indra, Yuna, and the soon to be uuevo Raphael and even faces pressure from the farmable Sandalphon and Sherospada. As such, it’s questionable if she’s worth the investment, at least until she gets a skill up fodder.
Kaworu – D
I guess every collab needs one true dud and Kaworu is it for Eva. Mari gets a slightly higher grade due to the extra row and being a bit more relevant in her element and type, but Kaworu has very little use anywhere with Tiamat, a largely outdated farmable, being generally better. I guess he can take comfort in the fact that he’s better than Vivi.
I guess NA should count its blessings that it gets collabs at all, but it’s hard to get excited when we’re in the midst of a huge wave of power creep and the collab offerings we get are so lackluster. Even with decent value at silver, I’d advise most players to avoid this collab, instead saving for the inevitable end-of-year Player’s Choice Godfest or what is hopefully an improved Christmas REM.
I’d like to avoid rolling at all, but I’ll likely throw a pack at the machine, stopping early if I roll a gold. I started PAD the last time NA had Eva and didn’t roll at all. It’s not like I regret not rolling, but for some reason I’d like to get in on the action, even knowing that there’s almost no use for any of the rolls.