Skadi is a powerful DPS unit in Aether Gazer’s Yggdrasil faction. She specializes in the Ice element and has a user-friendly playstyle. In this guide, we’ll focus on her preferred build and how to optimize her skills for maximum efficiency.
Skill Set Rundown
Skadi has several skills that contribute to her damaged output. Let’s take a closer look at each of them:
Basic Attack: Skadi’s basic attack charges and hits twice, dealing 413.4% of her ATK stat each time. You can cancel the attack animation by dodging after the second hit, allowing you to quickly repeat the charge attack without delay.
Skill 1: This skill unleashes a series of rapid sword strikes, dealing 1871.8% of Skadi’s ATK stat as damage. Each use of this skill grants her 1 stack of the ‘Icebreaker’ mark.
The mark enhances her charge attack damage by 20% and increases her ice elemental damage by 10%. The skill has a cooldown of 9 seconds and can accumulate up to 3 marks.
Skill 2: Skadi performs a swift dash and slash move, dealing damage equal to 1310.2% of her ATK stat. Successfully hitting the target grants her 15 DG (Dodge Gauge). The skill has a cooldown of 9 seconds.
Ultimate Skill: Skadi’s ultimate skill is a powerful AOE attack that deals damage to multiple enemies. It deals 1871.8% of her ATK stat and boosts the charge attack damage of the entire team by 45% for 15 seconds.
Perfect Dodge: Skadi can activate shield mode by holding the dodge button. While in shield mode, all damage taken is reduced by 60%. Using a dodge meter can also block the first instance of damage.
If Skadi has at least 1 Icebreaker mark when blocking, she will automatically exit shield mode and perform an instant charge attack while becoming invulnerable.
Dodging while moving deals ice damage to enemies along the dodge path. Performing a perfect dodge grants Skadi 1 Icebreaker mark.
The recommended Aether Code for Skadi is triple blue. This choice optimizes her Skill 1, Skill 2, and charge attack. The triple blue build disregards her underperforming Skill 3. Here are the effects of each code:
Blue 1: When Skadi’s Dodge Gauge (DG) is at 100%, using Skill 2 consumes 25 DG and freezes enemies for 2 seconds.
Blue 2: When Skadi has accumulated the maximum number of ‘Icebreaker’ marks, using Skill 1 consumes 1 ‘Icebreaker’ mark and boosts Skill 1 damage by 60%.
Blue 3: Reduces the maximum charge time for Skadi’s charge attack by 1 second. Additionally, landing the charge attack triggers a 1-second cooldown reduction for either Skill 1 or Skill 2 if they are on cooldown.
To effectively play Skadi, follow this sequence: Use Skill 2, then Skill 1, and spam the charge attack to reduce skill cooldowns. Repeat this rotation to maximize damage output.
Skadi’s functor is a mechanic that reduces the enemy’s ice resistance upon landing charge attacks or basic attacks in jetski mode. This reduction lasts for 15 seconds and increases the damage dealt to the enemy.
The amount of increased damage is calculated as 64% of the ice resistance percentage reduced on the enemy. For example, if the enemy’s ice resistance is lowered by 30%, Skadi gains a 19.2% increase in damage against that enemy.
Skadi is most effective when paired with units that can further reduce enemy ice resistance if she is used as a DPS character.
For Skadi as the main DPS, here are some recommended sigils:
Set 1 (With S Poseidon on the team):
- Vanargand’s Seal: Ice DPS set. Placement: 1, 3, 5
- Griffins’ Pride: Crit% set. Placement: 2, 4, 6
Set 2 (Without S Poseidon on the team):
- Icy Edge of Frozen Seas: New set that comes with Skadi’s debut. Decreases enemy ice resistance by 10% upon skill/ultimate hit, lasting for 8 seconds. Increased effect against enemies currently CC resistant. Placement: 1, 3, 5
Enchanting Skadi’s equipment should prioritize enhancing her damage output and survivability. Focus on increasing her ATK, crit rate, and ice damage.
For the best team composition with Skadi as the main DPS, consider the following setup:
Skadi Team 1
- Skadi (Main DPS)
- S Poseidon (Ice support and Sub-DPS)
In this team, S Poseidon’s sigils should be changed to the new ice support sigils. Poseidon’s role will be to freeze enemies, apply ice resistance shred using her Skill 2 passive and sigil, and deal damage as a Sub-DPS.
Her functor will enhance the ice resistance shred, making it valuable for this team composition.
Potential Skadi FAQs
Q: Should I aim for SS or higher?
A: Reaching SS rank provides your functor with a +2 transcendence level, increasing the damage buff based on ice resistance reduction. However, consider the meta and plan accordingly as there might be more popular characters to save resources for after the Skadi patch.
Q: Why is her Skill 3 not recommended?
A: Skadi’s Skill 3 deals low damage and decreases overall DPS. It’s more effective to ignore the skill and act as if it doesn’t exist. Additionally, the dodge animation during ‘jetski mode’ leaves Skadi vulnerable to attacks.
Q: Why isn’t Philosopher’s on Skadi’s sigil recommendations?
A: Philosopher’s sigil is not suggested because it doesn’t synergize well with the triple blue build, which doesn’t require the passive Dodge Gauge (DG) gain provided by Philosopher’s sigil.
By following these tips and strategies, you can maximize Skadi’s potential as a powerful DPS unit in Aether Gazer’s Yggdrasil faction. Have fun exploring her skills and dominating your enemies with ice.