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Shun (Small) is a Permanent 3* Explosive Striker student who will be having a rerun during the upcoming event recap alongside other returning students Saya (Casual) and Kokona. Following her release, S.Shun was a strong option for an Explosive Single Target damage dealer with a relatively complex Buff and Debuff cycle. While she did not see as much usage in raids due to other alternatives being farmable such as Azusa, she was able to cover a different niche as her Terrain and Armor type covered different niches than Azusa.
- High Single Target damage
- Wants high investment and not farmable
- Hard to use (Self ATK buff and debuff cycles)
Similar to other Single Target damage dealers, S.Shun EX Skill deals damage to 1 enemy with a somewhat lackluster damage multiplier. However, where this skill makes up for its lower multiplier is its ability to ignore 44% of the enemy's DEF. This boosts her damage to a respectable amount if you can properly time this skill with the buff from your Sub Skill.
Similar to her EX Skill, this deals damage to 1 enemy every 25s, with Bond Item 2 unlocked it now ignores 44% of enemy’s DEF increasing the amount of damage this skill deals.
At base this skill provides an ATK SPD boost which isn’t a terrible buff when considering her weapon type. Where this sees its value comes from its Enhanced+, providing S.Shun with a respectable ATK boost.
Lastly, we have the main reason why S.Shun is difficult to use. Due to the nature of this skill, you will be required to pay attention to the Debuff and Buff cycle that occurs when S.Shun uses her EX Skill to maximize damage. Being unable to do so causes her to lose a significant portion of her damage, causing her to fall behind other damage dealers.
Early game: Similar to most Single Target damage dealers, S.Shun does not find a lot of usage in the early game, as it is mainly centered around AoE content. However, if you are struggling to defeat a Light armored boss, then she can be a strong option.
Early game alternatives:
Students listed here are only some of the notable options available.
Late game (High Investment): At high investments, S.Shun is a competitive choice for an Explosive Single Target damage dealer. She finds more usage in Insane+ rather than Extreme, as a counterpart to Azusa who has a different Mood and Terrain match-up. However, with alternatives such as Aru being farmable and more specialized damage dealers like S.Nonomi being released, S.Shun has mostly been relegated as an extra pickup for Kaiten and Hieronymus.
- Minimum Required Investment: Unique Equipment 40
- Skill Leveling Priority: Sub > Enhanced > Basic
Overall, S.Shun is a strong Single Target damage dealer that has unfortunately been overshadowed by other farmable or more specialized alternatives. In addition to this, it is also difficult to maximize her damage as it requires you to pay attention to the Buff and Debuff cycle on Sub Skill. However, if you do not have the other alternatives or are willing to learn how to use her kit, she can be a strong and viable option for both Kaiten and Hieronymus.
How Much Should I Invest?: Unique Equipment 40 for the additional ATK boost and Bond Item level 2 also helps increase her damage output.