Hello, this is a boss guide for an in-depth analysis of the newly arrived Memorial Boss in 4.0 and Shicksal's No.1 Valkyrie: Bright Knight: Excelsis (BKE). Just like her Valkyrie variant, she is also a MECH Physical DMG dealing Boss. We will be taking a look into her skills and recommended teams to face her.
Keep in mind that we will be analyzing her at SS rank difficulty.
BKE intakes 50/100% more Lightning Damage when she loses becomes temporarily imbalanced (how you imbalance her depends on the what but more on that later). It is extremely crucial that you can deal vast amounts of Lightning DMG during the times when BKE is at her most vulnerable.
BKE actually has two sets of HP like Houdou the Fire-Lion. When she loses all of her HP once, she loses one red dot and gains a new set of HP. Her fight style will change depending on how many sets of HP she has. When both sets of HP have been depleted, with both red dots greyed out, only then will she truly be defeated.
When facing BKE, you will come across a bar below your screen called the Execution Value. This bar will rise when certain attacks hit your valkyries and will deplete over time if they do not get hit. The Execution Value bar only represents one valkyrie, so switching to a different valkyrie will display a different Execution Value amount instead, if any.
It's very crucial that you dodge BKE's attacks because once it fills up, you will get hit with a Throw no matter what. This wastes a lot of time and therefore diminishes your score potential. You can switch to keep from getting the Execution Value maxed out if you are about to do so.
First Set of HP:
BKE will always start off a battle in Retaliation State. And every time she enters Retaliation state, she will say “Bring It On!” You want to attack her while she is in this state.
When you attack her, she will interrupt your attack sequence and hit you with a Throw attack. You want to dodge/parry when you see the blue light and hear a light “bleep” sound cue as shown below.
Keep in mind that:
ELF attacks will not affect her actions
Lasts 15 seconds; you will barely have enough time for 4 evasions and 1 mistake.
Time Fracture does not slow her down nor extend the 15s.
Her hits from retaliation mode do not increase Execution Value
For each successful evasion you perform, the bottom screen will inform you how many you have gotten so far. When you have gathered 4 successful evasions, she will say “Hmm, not bad” and enter the Imbalanced State. During then she will be immobilized for 10s, and intake 50% more Lightning DMG! This is the best time to clear away her first set of health.
If you took too long for 4 successful evasions within the 15s of Retaliation State or if she still has HP left after 10s of Imbalanced State, BKE will say “Humph, you have disappointed me” and attack you normally.
During this time, BKE will be very aggressive with her attacks, ranging from creating quakes to throwing lance projectiles. These attacks will raise your Execution Value and evading any of her attacks will not give you any successful evasion counts. During this time, it will be very difficult for you to drain BKE of her HP.
After a while, she will re-enter Retaliation mode and the successful evasions count(s) reset.
Second Set of HP:
After you cleared BKE's first set of HP, she will say "Rise, Imperial Paragons", much like the playable Burst Mode counterpart. And like before, she will rotate between attacking you in a special mode and her normal attacking (which is much like punishment mode instead).
And immediately afterwards, she will engage you in a duel. In all instances, except the first time, she will always say "I'm challenging you to a duel." and emit a red warning indication of damage underneath her feet. During the duel, she deals much more DMG and gains a shield bar (displayed underneath her HP).
You want to destroy her shield during the duel. This shield only exists while BKE is dueling.
Keep in mind:
Duel lasts 25s
Switching to another valkyrie will regenerate some of BKE's shield
Her attacks during the duel do not increase Execution Value
If you successfully destroy her shield, she will say “Ugh...I underestimated you.” and become weakened. When she is weakened:
Her debuffs lasts 15s
She becomes immobilized
Intakes 100% more Lightning DMG (Best time to take her down)
Your team all gain 60 SP instantly
If you took too long to destroy BKE's shield within the 25s of dueling or if she still has HP left after 15s of being weakened, BKE will say "Humph, you have disappointed me" and attack you normally. During then, which is much more like a punishment phase, she will make it extremely difficult for you to approach her and deal damage. You're better off avoiding getting hit and getting ready to apply debuffs for the next duel.
Here is a flowchart for an easier depiction of your battle against BKE:
Because it's still fairly early, since the time of writing this guide, there are not too many demonstrations on how to face Bright Knight: Excelsis. However, here are some teams you can still consider while keeping in mind that BKE is a MECH who is susceptible to Lightning DMG.
Lightning Empress (LE) - Hawk of the Fog (HF) - Divine Prayer (DP)
This is currently the most recommended team to fight BKE. LE provides a good initial 50-70 SP and TDM bonus for her team. Also, LE takes very little time to invoke conductivity and other various debuffs when equipped with her PRI weapon Mag-Typhoon. DP has her niche role of slowing down the timer with her ultimate, and if she has Kikaku equipped, she can inflict conductivity for more support. It's important that she slows down the timer when trying to get through BKE's Retaliation mode. HF, the DPS, is not only one of the top meta Valkyries right now (at the time of writing), she is perfect for facing BKE. As a lightning DMG dealing PSY valkyrie, she can tear through BKE's health and shield with her relatively affordable (SP-wise) and quick ultimates and combos.
EX-Memorial -31093 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7395
EX-Memorial - 31040 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7378
EX-Memorial - 30720 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7397
EX-Memorial Arena - 30613 - My attempt
Masters-Memorial - 30986 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7382
Masters-Memorial - 30986 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7387
Starlit Astrologos (SA) - Bright Knight: Excelsis (BKE) - Drive Kometa (DK)
With the introduction of SA in 4.0, your own BKE stands a chance to land a good score against her MA counterpart. Despite not having a Lightning DMG dealer nor PSY dps, this team enables your BKE to stay on the field to continuously dish out damage. With DK's barrier and your BKE's shield, you don't need to worry about getting interrupted as you take the boss down.
EX-Memorial - 30400 - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7379
Darkbolt Jonin (DJ) - Hawk of the Fog (HF) - Battle Storm (BS)
In Masters-Memorial, Captains can reach a reasonable high score if they can gear up their HF while providing support from their DJ and Blood Dance weapon wielder.
Masters-Memorial - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7433
Masters-Memorial - https://www.3rdguide.com/web/teamnew/detail?id=7402
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