Operator Analysis – Gravel

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, Operator Analysis – Gravel

General Information

★★★★
Name: Gravel
Class: Specialist
Block: 1
Attack Interval: 0.93 Sec
Redeploy Time: 18 Sec → 16 Sec (Potential 4)


Max Trust: HP +300
DP Cost: 6 (Initial) → 7 (E1 with talent) → 5 (E1 Potential 5 with talent)
Trait: Significantly reduced Redeployment Time

Stat Comparison

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E0 Max Level

NameHPATKDEFRES
Gravel8852562160
Red9383011940
Waai Fu9073051960

E1 Max Level

NameHPATKDEFRES
Gravel11073522530
Red11734132530
Waai Fu11344182550

E2 Max Level

NameHPATKDEFRES
Gravel14204523350
Red15055303020
Waai Fu14555363040

Comment: After adding her trust buff, Gravel has significantly higher DEF and HP than its 5 star archetypes, making her a potential defensive fast-deploy unit.

Talent

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Fast Deployment (E1) → Support of the Little (Updated at E2)

(E1) DP Cost -1
(E2) Cost -1; The DEF of all allies with DP Cost lower than 10 increases by 6%
(E2 P5) Cost -1; The DEF of all allies with DP Cost lower than 10 increases by 8%

Comment: A decent talent for Gravel’s own usage. The upgrade in E2 is not exactly significant in real battle. There are limited operators with DP Cost lower than 10. Still, it may do well if the team mainly run on specialist combo (Gravel, Red and Waai Fu together). Other operators who may find such buff useful include Sora, and some 4 stars Vanguards like Myrtle and Vigna. Take note that the talent does not affect summons (Mayer’s otter for example).

Potential

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PotentialAccumulated Effect
2DP Cost -1
3HP +160
4Redeployment Cooldown -2
5Talent Effect Up
6DP Cost -1

Comment: Gravel receives exceptionally good benefits from her potential upgrades. The cost and redeployment cooldown reduction further push her limits as a fast redeployment unit. At her best, she only require 5 DP Cost and can be redeployed in 16 seconds.

RIIC Skill

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Skill NameUnlockTypeDescription
Focus α  InitialWorkshop When this Operator is assigned to the Workshop to process random material, the production rate of byproduct increases by 40%
Metalwork β E1Factory When this Operator is assigned to a Factory, Precious Metal formula related productivity +35%

Comment: Gravel’s E1 RIIC Skill is just too sweet to be missed. She has one of the best factory skill in game, another being Haze. Pair them together and you’ll see precious metal raining all over you.

Skill Analysis

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Shadow Assault

Passive charging; Passive trigger

LevelEffect
1 DEF +200% after Gravel is deployed; DEF continuously reduces within 6 seconds
4 DEF +270% after Gravel is deployed; DEF continuously reduces within 7 seconds
7 DEF +340% after Gravel is deployed; DEF continuously reduces within 8 seconds
M3 DEF +400% after Gravel is deployed; DEF continuously reduces within 12 seconds

Significant Changes: Level 4, 7, and 10
Mastery Suggestion: No
Comment: Gravel’s initial skill which is exceptionally helpful when used to tank on physical damaging enemies. From personal experience, she was able to tank 2 hits from 3-8 boss despite being base level 1 just with this skill itself.

Rat Swarm

Passive charging; Passive trigger

LevelEffect
1 When deployed, generates a shield with 100% of Max HP; The shield strength decays over 10 seconds
4 When deployed, generates a shield with 140% of Max HP; The shield strength decays over 10 seconds
7 When deployed, generates a shield with 180% of Max HP; The shield strength decays over 10 seconds
M3 When deployed, generates a shield with 250% of Max HP; The shield strength decays over 10 seconds

Significant Changes: Level 4, 7 and 10
Mastery Suggestion: No, but can be considered
Comment: This skill balances Gravel’s survival against both physical and magical enemies. Useful when you need a diversion to keep other operators alive. Specialization is not necessary but can definitely prolong her survival in some situations.

Usage Guide

As a defensive fast-deploy unit, Gravel is best used as a tool in diverting threat from enemies in various situations. This include, bombing drones, mages, or even boss attacks. She can also act as a very temporary tank when player is earning time to respawn any dead operators.

, Operator Analysis – Gravel

Either case, player should not treat Gravel as a complete downgraded Red. Red is an offensive operator meant for assassinating, while Gravel can hardly do that. Yet, Gravel can certainly survive way longer than Red in terms of holding of damages. They have very different role despite both being a fast-deploy unit.

Conclusion

Gravel is not a rare operator. Any player who recruit long enough in game would realize how she plagues ‘Fast Deploy’ tag almost 99.9% of the time. This does not mean she is bad, because she do have her unique usage in holding off foes. Again, it is unfair if player attempt to compare her to Red, considering they have different roles. Even if the player has no need for Gravel, E1 her is almost necessary for her RIIC skill.

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