Hey, Captains! Today we are going to be taking a look at the new scythe weapon: Sanguine Gaze introduced in v4.8. Sanguine Gaze is an Ice-based DMG scythe-type weapon. In this guide, we will review the weapon’s functionalities and where it excels best at. For the sake of convenience, the weapon will be abbreviated to SG in this guide. In addition, valkyries Starchasm Nyx and Argent Knight: Artemis will be shortened to “SNyx” and “AKA” respectively at times.
★ Stats below are all Lv.50 figures
[5★ ATK: 300; CRT: 12]
A giant scythe forged by Seele’s maturing inner strength that resembles a sanguine beak craving for blood in the dark. Those who dared to look into its crimson eyes have all been plunged into the eternal abyss.
[SP: 4] [CD: 7s] Use chain claws to grapple the target towards the wielder or send the wielder to the target and perform scythe slashes dealing 100% + 800.0% ATK of Ice DMG. Starchasm Nyx equip bonus: Scythe slashes restore 1 Carmine Gash and can be connected into Sequence 4 of Basic ATK.
Ice DMG increases by 25.0%. Ultimate and Burst mode attacks deal 30.0% more Total DMG.
Closes the distance (if possible), deals Ice DMG, helps SNyx restore SP. The wep’s active gets SNyx closer to the target enemy and deals some Ice DMG.
More importantly, it provides its SNyx wielder with a Carmine Gash and skips to her 4th Basic ATK sequence. Her 4th Basic ATK and 5th Basic ATK provide 1 Carmine Gash and 2 Carmine Gashes respectively.
Carmine Gashes are a unique bar that SNyx consumes to restore SP and Ult sooner. This is important because SNyx’s main and best method of outputting DMG is via her Ult.
Also, if there’s no close enough target, using the wep’s active will fortunately not cost any SP nor CD, but will unfortunately waste time animating.
Provides Ice DMG and (Ult/Burst-only) TDM buffs. The passives are pretty simple and strong. The buffs encourage the wielder to deal DMG via Ult and Burst mode since the TDM buff is only limited to those attacks. This synergizes well with the ult-reliant SNyx.
Since SG is a non-PRI-ARM Ice-based DPS scythe weapon that works best only on Ice Valkyries, it’s compared to similar non-PRI-ARM Ice Scythe weapons. All weapons are compared at their max levels.
There were 2 DPS tests for each valkyrie, totaling 4. Each valk equips their signature stigs while their weapon choice will vary. Keep in mind these tests are to compare weapon performance per valk, not which valkyrie is better than the other. The test sequences for the valks are:
Wep's active > Ult > Spam Basic ATK until no more Carmine Gashes > Ult Finisher
Ult > Wep’s active > (Spam Basic ATKs until Hypothermia > Charged ATK) x2 > Ult Finisher
Based on the chart, it can be observed that, in terms of damaging, SG outforms Skadi by 11.2% for SNyx and 7.5% for AKA. While it can be easy to determine that SG is the better weapon for DPS here, keep in mind that AKA, in most cases, needs to use her ultimate multiple times. SG unfortunately does not provide AKA with any sp-regen, so a 7.5% loss in DMG output is a necessary trade-off for the SP-regen that Skadi provides for AKA in the long run.
Without a doubt, Sanguine Gaze is best used for the one it’s designed for: SNyx. The passive DMG buffs it provides synergizes well with SNyx’s playstyle. More importantly, it helps with SNyx’s biggest problem: lack of SP. SNyx can use SG’s wep’s active to gain more Carmine Gashes quicker so she can ult sooner. Not to mention SG also helps SNyx close the distance between her and her target.
Provided is a sample video gameplay(s) utilizing Sanguine Gaze:
QS Abyss: vs HoV |141 Eh - 804
The Sanguine Gaze has some good passives designed for Ice Scythe wielders who focus on ulting. It also comes with a very low SP-cost and short-CD wep’s active that primarily helps Starchasm Nyx recover Carmine Gashes for SP regen. If you want to use SNyx, I highly recommend getting Sanguine Gaze.
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