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It's time to revisit Matt's weapons for December 2023. We'll sort his weapons according to their usefulness in clearing content, efficiency in certain builds, and potential use as a sub-weapon.
- Holiday Cane
|• Absolute Royal
• Core Defender
• Prime Number
• Slick Beetle
• Killer Hornet
|• Broadsword: Axis
• Orthodox Raven
|• Espee Rapiere Next-G
• Holiday Cane
Absolute Royal deals AoE magic ice damage and boosts magic attack (matk) and ice potency. It has a high matk base stat. Its third support materia slot increases damage to X sigils. This makes it a great sub-weapon for increasing matk on mages, especially useful on Sephiroth with his ice mage build. Overall, it's a great weapon to invest in and deserves a spot on your wishlist.
Core Defender has a high matk base stat. It turns Matt into an AoE magic defense buffer, which is really useful against bosses with AoE magical nukes. It also heals a bit of HP and boosts matk and water resistance. Its third support materia slot boosts wind damage by 30%. This is a good weapon paired with Absolute Royal for a mage/buffer build and can also be used as a sub-weapon for other mages.
Prime Number turns Matt into an AoE healer, which is really good for clearing content. However, it's not as good as Aerith's Fairy Tale and has a slow animation time. It boosts heal potency and lightning resistance. Its third support materia slot increases buff/debuff time by 20%. You can place a Manaward/Barrier/Breach materia there for some support while not healing. It makes for a good sub-weapon on healers and is worth investing in if you want Matt to be your primary healer.
Slick Beetle boasts a high patk base stat and deals single target physical non-elemental damage that also debuffs the target's physical attack. It's really good against boss fights that have physical attacks. It boosts HP and crit potency. It's a good secondary weapon for a physical damage build and can also be a good sub-weapon for boosting HP. You can't go wrong investing in this.
Killer Hornet is Matt's latest weapon. It has a high patk base stat and deals physical non-elemental damage. It boosts physical attack and physical ability potency. Its third support materia slot increases damage to O sigils. Killer Hornet can also do bonus damage to diamond sigils with its skill. Its second support materia slot increases physical damage by 20%, so you can't just slot in any physical attack materia there. It can also serve as a good sub-weapon for a physical damage dealer. Overall, it's a great weapon for Matt and any physical damage dealer. It's worth investing in and pairs well with Broadsword: Axis for a physical damage build for Matt.
Broadsword: Axis deals physical non-elemental damage to a single target with a high modifier. It has a fairly low physical attack (patk) base stat but above-average matk base stats. It increases patk and lightning potency. I wouldn't use it on Matt, but it's really good on other characters for increasing patk. It's a good investment until level 80 for the patk bonus and stats.
Orthodox Raven has a fairly high matk base stat and deals AoE magical water damage. It boosts HP and water potency, making it a good weapon against water-weak bosses like Ramuh. It's also a good sub-weapon for boosting HP, although the Tonberry weapons do a better job.
Stingray has a really high matk base stat. It deals magical non-elemental damage while reducing a target's magic defense. Sadly, the abilities don't match its strength as it gets a patk boost and wind resist boost. It pairs well with Absolute Royal for an ice mage build and can be used as a sub-weapon for a physical damage dealer, but there are better options.
The Holiday Cane truly shines as a sub-weapon in mage builds since it provides a significant amount of magical attack boost points.
Espee Rapiere Next-G
Espee Rapiere Next-G allows Matt to single target heal. It boosts magic defense (mdef) and magical ability. It has a low attack base stat but fairly high healing potency. It could be useful for a healer build, but I wouldn't invest in this. I value AoE healing too much. Its third support materia slot increases fire damage by 30%, but it's not a great sub-weapon without overboost levels.