Welcome to the Type-0 Breakdown. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be giving a rough breakdown on the characters and other aspects of Square Enix’s upcoming release, Final Fantasy Type-0. While these won’t be in-depth guides that will tell you how to gear or exploit the game, they will be brief introductions to the characters, as well as character stat rankings. I’ll be telling you what’s going to be good for beginners, a challenge for advanced players, and which character personality might drive you nutty. All of it will be spoiler-free, so fear not. This will just be a quick glance to get you geared up and pumped to play!
Please note that there is the possibility that abilities or other small changes may be made in the translation of the game. The information in the guide is based upon the existing Japanese terms and controls used. Very little is expected to change in the released game.
Last time we shot true with
Legolas Trey, the archer. Proving that Square Enix is much better than Valve at counting, we have reached number four: Cater, the gunmage. I’m sure you’ve noticed these clever little titles I’ve been giving the characters. The goal of these mini-titles is to give you a general summary of their specialties.
Cater may be another ranged, but she isn’t following in the quiet or serious footsteps of her fellow distance attackers. Impulsive and confident, she can be described as straightforward, hiding nothing from others. While this makes her easy to read, it also means that she puts everything she has into anything she tries. The downside is that she can be a bit of a sore loser. One unique thing about Cater is her ‘deja vu’ moments. Out of all of the members of Class Zero, she is the only one to experience these unsettling sensations.
Cater uses a firearm, similar to King. Unlike King, however, Cater’s weapon is powered by magicite, granting her the ability to convert magic into bullets instead of actual physical components. This allows her to shoot far quicker than her fellow gunner and eliminates the need for reloading. Cater is also extremely nimble and has excellent dodging due to a passive ability that allows her to cancel her current action. However, Cater is unable to move while shooting. This will require the player to dodge more often if attacks get in the way.
Cater offers some variety in attack patterns, as you can choose to either fire continuously and finish with a charge shot; or you can choose to keep her idle, allow her attack to charge up, and fire the charged shot. While it may be tempting to apply the former strategy, I once again remind you that she cannot move while shooting. Make sure you gauge the situation before choosing tactics, as Cater does have the second-lowest HP in the group, as well as having the lowest strength.
But to make up for that, Cater is able to fire bullets of all three elements, freeing the player to equip her with Cure instead of elemental spells. With HP-boosting accessories, Cater is actually an excellent character for beginners, due to her quick movement, easy evasion, and rapid attacks. She is also capable of performing solo missions. On top of that, Cater has debilitating spells that make her an excellent support character.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of Cater’s abilities:
- Land Mine Bullet – Plants a crystal on the ground that detonates when stepped on by an enemy.
- Weakening Bullet – A bullet that reduces an enemy’s defense.
- Stop Bullet – Fires bullets to the sky. Inflicts damage and Stop on multiple targets.
- Toxic Bullet – Sprays toxic gas. Inflicts Poison on multiple targets.
- Attribute Bullet – Fires one of three elemental bullets. Defaults to Fire Bullet.
- Fire Bullet – Homing fire bullet with 20% chance of inflicting Burn. Default attack (Command Button) of Attribute Bullet.
- Freezing Bullet – Penetrating ice bullet with a 45% chance of inflicting Freeze. Activated by Analog Up + Command Button.
- Lightning Bullet – Spread-like lightning bullet with 30% chance of inflicting Shock. Activated by Analog Down + Command Button.
Despite her weak stats, Cater’s ability to use all three elements without equipping spells can be crucial in some missions where an extra healer might come in handy. Her ability to cripple enemies shouldn’t be overlooked, especially when paired with the right party.
Cater’s stats are ranked as the following among all the characters:
- HP – 13th
- MP – 6th
- Strength – 14th
- Defense – 10th
- Flame Magic – 5th
- Cold Magic – 8th
- Lightning Magic – 6th
- Defense Magic – 9th
Overall, Cater is an excellent character for beginning players. While her stats may be lackluster, her quick movement, attacks and evasion make up for that. On top of that, her ability to use elemental attacks without needing additional spells equipped can make her ideal for solo missions. It is recommended to use HP-boosting accessories as well as equipping her with Cure. Mastering her multiple debilitating spells will make her handy to many missions.
Don’t be unpredictable and leave us, because next we’ll be looking at Cinque, the tank!
Checking out the Type-0 Breakdown for the first time? Here’s a list of everything you’ve missed!
- Ace, the Gambler
- Deuce, the Bard
- Trey, the Archer
- Cater, the Gunmage
- Cinque, the Tank
- Sice, the Reaper
- Seven, the Ravager
- Eight, the Monk
What else would you like to see me cover before the game’s release on March 17th (NA), March 19th (Japan re-release and Australia), and March 20th (Europe)? Comment down below and tell me what you would like to see covered after I tackle the characters!
Kayla Swenson is an aspiring author and former DJ from Seattle, WA that procrastinates far too much with video games to get a book out. When she’s not gaming until carpal tunnel sets in, she’s working on dreams of being a voice actor as well as a published writer. Fond of RPGs, she will happily disappear into the void to tackle whatever bad voice acting awaits. Contact her at the email above, or on all major systems/networks as Beltravi.