Hey, Captains! Today we are going to be taking a look at the Ruler of Sky Set Kepler that will be available through Crafting via Bounty in version 4.1. Kepler was available via gacha early in the game’s release and was tailored for Knight Moonbeam. In this guide, we will review the set’s functions, which valkyries will enjoy the stigmatas the most, and its place in today’s meta.
※ Stats below are all Lv.50 figures.
5★ HP: 345; ATK: 117; DEF: 35
Law of Area: Upon scoring a crit strike, deal an additional 200% ATK of Physical DMG to the target and surrounding enemies within a 3-meter radius. CD: 3.0s.
5★ HP: 518; DEF: 123; CRT: 16
Law of Orbit: Upon scoring a crit strike, paralyzes the target and surrounding enemies within a 3-meter radius for 2.0s. CD: 4.0s.
5★ HP: 414; ATK: 53; DEF: 70; CRIT: 11
Law of Period: Upon scoring a crit strike, heals self for 250 HP. CD: 6.0s.
2-pc bonus: Meteor Impact
Gain 55% Crit DMG.
3-pc bonus: Heavenly Verdict
Critical strikes mark non-Boss enemies for Judgment. These enemies then take 15% ATK of Physical DMG per second for 30s. CD: 5s. For every enemy marked for Judgment, gain 6% Crit Rate. Stacks up to 5 times.
In the following reviews, keep in mind that Kepler revolves around the host dealing crit strikes.
Kepler (T): Deals AOE Physical DMG. The damage is percentage-based on the host’s ATK stat. It’s decent and can help break shields in an AOE. 3-meters isn’t too shabby and is usually paired with Kepler M for the 2-pc effect if it’s ever to be equipped.
Kepler (M): Provides AOE paralysis. While pretty standard, there aren’t too many stigmatas that can provide paralysis debuffs to their host’s attacks. While Rinaldo M can also inflict AOE paralysis, Kepler M does a better job with its 3.0-meter radius instead of 2.5-meters that lasts 0.5s longer than Rinado M’s 1.5s duration. And it also comes with a 1s shorter cooldown. However, these are minor effects, thereby only paving the path for Kepler M to be used as a niche for triggering paralysis-QTE based valkyries such as Luna Kindred in fights against bosses that can be paralyzed. Unfortunately, there are so little opportunities that you can count that number on one hand.
In addition, with the introduction of the paralysis inducing PRI-ARMs Positron Blasters, Knight Moonbeam no longer needs a paralysis stigmata to trigger her Shock Resonance passive sub-skill to deal more DMG.
Kepler (B): Provides 250 Heals. The B piece is really bad. Not only are heals very unnecessary and unhelpful most of the time, Kepler B only heals a set amount rather than a percentage, meaning its value decreases as the Captain and his valkyrie’s levels (and base HP) increases. 250 heals won’t amount to much.
2-pc bonus: Provides Crit DMG bonus. Pretty self-explanatory. The Crit DMG bonus is pretty large but it’s no longer worth equipping for when considering the set’s single pc effects. Even Knight Moonbeam, when equipped with Positron Blasters, prefers equipping either Tesla T + Dark Xuanyuan M or Dante TM for a better DPS performance.
3-pc bonus: Deals damage over time and increases Crit Rate. When taking into consideration all the other effects of the Kepler set, it’s not worth it. Even if you do not, the 3pc effect only applies to non-Bosses, making it unusable in most if not all of the competitive scenes. In addition, due to its bonuses revolving around how many enemies there are, this makes the 3pc set rather lackluster.
Knight Moonbeam (KMB) & Celestial Hymn (CH)
This does not mean in general. Kepler M is often the only piece used out of the entire set. Sometimes Kepler T is included but not often. In the competitive scene, only when fighting Doom from Memorial Arena is Kepler M utilized. The host’s attacks can gain the paralysis attribute that can disable Doom(s) and render them immobile, thus keeping them from phasing out. The paralysis also helps trigger Luna Kindred’s QTE to invoke time fracture, deal physical damage, and invoke bleed without her needing to set up much. Provided below are links to three set-ups of Knight Moonbeam, Celestial Hymn, and Luna Kindred against Doom.
CH with Kepler M - 31520
CH with Kepler M - 31466
KMB with Kepler TM - 30613
While Kepler has been around for a long time, it’s outdated. Knight Moonbeam, the valkyrie this stigmata set was designed for, no longer uses Kepler after the introduction of Positron Blasters. Not many bosses could be paralyzed in the first place, and even then, Kepler M isn’t often the first choice. However, due to its niche use for triggering LK’s QTE and the fact that it does a better job than Rinaldo M, Kepler’s M stigmata has a place in the meta during times when Doom is the available Memorial Arena boss. If you plan to get Kepler, I’d advise getting it. You won’t find many situations where you can excel with Kepler.
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