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Void Blade Weapon Guide

Void Blade Weapon Guide by Reinbex  

In version 4.3, two katanas have been added to the Bounty Mark's craftable list. In this guide, we will be taking a look at one of these two swords in detail. And that sword, now available to players outside of the Gacha and Exchange shop, is none other than Void Blade

Weapon Intro

5★ ATK: 267; CRIT: 43 
A katana designed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. It is shaped like two snakes biting each other's tail, forming the symbol of eternity.

Weapon Skills

★ Stats below are all Lv.50 figures.
 

The Ouroboros
[SP: 15] [CD: 20] Create a self-centered area of Time Slow lasting 6.00s, during which Basic, Combo and Charged ATKs have a 30.0% bonus Crit Rate and wielder restores 2 SP per second.

Energy Devourer
After a one-time consumption of 10, 40, or 70 SP, gain 15%, 30%, or 45% Physical DMG respectively for 8s. This effect cannot stack.

 

Skill Review

The Ouroboros
Creates a Time Slow bubble around the wielder, increases Crit Rate, and restores SP.

The main feature of this weapon is its capability to create a Time Slow bubble as a Katana. The Void Blade is one of the two only katanas that can invoke Time-Slow based QTE, the other being the Vibro Cutter. However, unlike the Vibro Cutter, the Void Blade's Time-Slow is much more reliable and can affect multiple enemies. A katana that can invoke Time-Slow enables players to use Mei and Yae battlesuits as supports to trigger the QTEs of their DPS. Optionally, it also enables the wielder to fight enemies safely at close quarters. Keep in mind that this Time-Slow bubble, lasting 6s max (4.40s/4.88s/5.41s/6.00s at levels 35/40/45/50 respectively), follows the wielder and only the wielder around. Meaning if the wielder were to cast The Ouroboros weapon's active and switch out before 6s is up, the Time-Slow bubble will disappear along with the wielder.

The second effect of the weapon's active provides the wielder with increased Crit Rate for their Basic, Combo and Charged ATKs. When considering all the other existing forms of weapons and Physical Katana-wielding battlesuits there are, 30% bonus crit rate for the wielder is not bad...if it didn't last for only 6s tops. In other words, this effect is lackluster

The final effect is that the wielder gains 2 SP per second after activating the weapon's active. Assuming the weapon is at max level, the effect lasts 6s. Meaning activating this weapon's active (costs 15 SP to activate) gets you back 12 SP, resulting in a net loss of only -3 SP after 6s. In addition, the wielder only needs to activate the weapon's active to trigger this SP recovery effect; the wielder can activate the Ouroboros, immediately switch out, and switch back in to find themselves with 12 SP recovered from this effect. This makes the effect of using Void Blade's most important aspect, to create a Time-Slow bubble, less straining on the wielder.

Energy Devourer
Provides wielder with a temporary Physical DMG bonus based on their SP consumption.
After a one-time consumption of 10, 40, or 70 SP, gain 15%, 30%, or 45% Physical DMG respectively for 8s. This effect cannot stack.

Void Blade's passive for providing the wielder with Physical DMG buffs is extremely bad. Not only are the DMG-buffs of this passive so meager and therefore outdated in comparison to the power-creep of today's buffs, the effects do not even last that long. Unless the wielder can spam 70 SP every 8s for a barely worthwhile bonus of 45% Physical DMG bonus, relying on the Void Blade for DPS-ing is just not worth it.

 

Bounty

As mentioned earlier, players will be able to craft for Void Blade starting in v4.3 in the Bounty section of the Foundry. Ignoring the Ghosts, Shades, and Spirit, players will need a total of 550 Ether Fuel, 80 Honkai Pieces, and 150 AE Imaginons to craft a Void Blade.

 

Comparison to other Weapons

Instead of comparing Void Blade to other Katanas in for DMG performance, we'll be comparing it in terms of utility. And with the Vibro Cutter being the lesser of the two, why not put up to the test of comparing the Void Blade with...itself AND itself? To be precise, we're going to take a look at its lv35 variant and its Spirit counterpart.

We need to keep in mind that the main feature of Void Blade is its ability to trigger other members' QTEs. When we consider that, it really doesn't matter how long the Time Slow lasts. Because the swords all share the same cooldown, you would only need to activate the weapon skill when you are close enough and switch out asap. However, in SP tight situations, you may consider a -3 SP net loss to be better than -7 SP. While true, that's not really an option unless you have plenty of Honkai Cubes lying around. So what does this all mean? 

Void Blade Spirit - Cheapest  to acquire; you don't need to spend an extra 150 AE Imaginons and 300 Ether Fuels to gain access to a katana with Time Slow abilities. Most recommended to get if you want a katana that can trigger Time-Slow related QTEs and you lack a Void Blade.
Void Blade (lv35) - Has the SP cost and SP recovery as its Spirit counterpart. If you already own a lv35, that's great. Otherwise, avoid getting the lv35 and just focus on the Spirit; 0.40s worth of extra Time Slow wouldn't do you any good.
Void Blade (lv50) - Has best SP recovery out of all the Void Blades and its Time-Slow bubble lasts 2s longer. Really not worth getting because longer-lasting Time-Slows are not really the major selling point of this weapon. If you want to min-max everything and are rich in materials, gear, etc, then go ahead in maxing out your Void Blade to lv50. Otherwise you are just making a bad decision and wasting your materials in getting a max level Void Blade. 

 

Recommended For


Danzai Spectramancer (DS)


Gustav TM + Newton B

The Valkyrie best-suited for Void Blade is DS. Void Blade lacks is not capable enough of a weapon for a DPS valkyrie to wield and thus is only useful for its Time-Slow creating abilities. DS is capable of recovering her SP in the backlines. Thus, she will not mind the [-3 to -7] SP net loss from Void Blade. In addition, DS invokes her support buffs and debuffs through her QTE, Combo ATKs, and Ultimate ATKs. Her ultimate happens to cost 75 SP, so her quick DMG dealings will enjoy the short window of Physical DMG buff that Void Blade provides. But most importantly, because she only needs little time to set up, DS can activate Void Blade immediately after entering without worrying that her teammate's QTE's window of activation expires. And keep in mind that DS cannot trigger Time-Slow QTEs apart from using her own QTE.

Here is a demonstration:


Closing thoughts

The Void Blade was once a top tier weapon in the early days of Honkai Impact 3rd. It had great stats and resonated greatly with Physical Katana-wielding DPS such as Shadow Dash. Over the years, the game has power creeped past Void Blade. Physical DMG Katana-wielding DPS are no longer a viable option and the buffs the sword provides pale in comparison to today's choice of gears. However, it remains in its extremely niche, dusty, and untouched spot of being the better Time-Slow inducing Katana. With the introduction of DS in v4.2, Void Blade can be in good hands now and be in the slightly less niche zone of seeing some gameplay. And in v4.3, players will have access to it in Bounty. For the Captains who do not have Void Blade and plan to get one from Bounty, it's highly recommended that you just get the Spirit to save yourself a lot of materials and the fact that Void Blade is only good for its utility. And if you already have the blade, it's discouraged that you upgrade it beyond lv35 for the same reason mentioned earlier. All in all, players would like a way to invoke Time-Slow QTEs will now have easier access to another weapon that can make that those opportunities happen.

You've reached the end of this Weapon guide! I hope you enjoyed reading this guide! If you wish to visit me, my discord ID is Reinbex #1347. My Armada's ID (NA) is 1019 and Discord link is https://discord.gg/bVBRkF4. If you have any questions or just want to visit, don't hesitate to say hi!

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