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Snowbreak Containment Zone Beginner's Guide

By Flux Kairos

Introduction

[No Tier List V1.5 video, but we got this from Seasun]
This guide is best viewed in light mode.

Disclaimer

This guide is meant to be for reference only.
It is not a bible or a definitive guide, since many of the mechanics of the game have yet to be unravelled and a lot of testing is required to find the optimal builds & teams. The translation of a lot of mechanics is also not accurate, so we won’t know how things actually work till we test them out. Please use this as a way to try out new teams and playstyles rather than a manual for how the game should be played.
This game is somewhat skill based, so some builds might work better for your playstyle than others. There will also be times where it might be worth tweaking your builds for specific endgame stages, so please keep that in mind.
Team building is very dependent on your roster and the recommendations listed in this guide are only suggestions for experimentation as opposed to optimal team recommendations from extensive testing. Team recommendations might also be outdated, so just use them as reference for ideas.
Navigator, Mizuho and Usha are available in Underground Purge shop.
4* weapons can be bought from shop for 300k silverbucks. The featured 4* weapon refreshes daily, so make sure to always keep 300k available if you really need the weapon. Compatible 3* weapons, max modified to Tier 5 with dupes, will often be more effective than an incompatible 4* weapon. Strawberry Shortcake and Prismatic Igniter are high value 4* weapons which are worth purchasing from the shop if needed.
Certain logistic sets and weapons might not be available after the event, they were introduced in, has ended.
Some weapons are only available from boxes, so choose carefully when you get a 4* weapon box.
The substats column shows the optimal logistic substats for that specific build, it’s not a priority list.
For theotropic clusters, 1 is top left and 2 is top right. All the clusters have numbers when you click on them to upgrade.
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Starter’s Guides

Best Pick for Free Selector & Reroll Guide

Note: Make sure the limited banners are good before rerolling for them.

Shop and Resource Farming Guide

Logistics Guide

5* Orange Logistic Talent Chart
0
Talent
D
C
B
A
S
1
Max HP
4.0%
5.5%
7.0%
8.5%
10.0%
2
ATK
4.0%
5.5%
7.0%
8.5%
10.0%
3
DEF
4.0%
5.5%
7.0%
8.5%
10.0%
4
CRIT DMG Amplifier
4.2%
5.8%
7.4%
9.0%
10.6%
5
Shooting CRIT Rate
2.1%
2.9%
3.7%
4.5%
5.3%
6
Skill Haste
7.7
10.6
13.5
16.4
19.3
7
Alignment Index
42.4
58.3
74.2
90.1
106
8
S-Energy Recovery Bonus
5.6%
7.8%
9.9%
12.0%
14.1%
9
U-Energy Recover
5.6%
7.8%
9.9%
12.0%
14.1%
10
Kinetic DMG (3rd Talent)
3.4%
4.7%
5.9%
7.2%
8.5%
11
Thermal DMG (3rd Talent)
3.4%
4.7%
5.9%
7.2%
8.5%
12
Frost DMG (3rd Talent)
3.4%
4.7%
5.9%
7.2%
8.5%
13
Electrical DMG (3rd Talent)
3.4%
4.7%
5.9%
7.2%
8.5%
14
Chaos DMG (3rd Talent)
3.4%
4.7%
5.9%
7.2%
8.5%
15
Heal Bonus (3rd Talent)
4.2%
5.8%
7.4%
9.0%
10.6%
16
Auxiliary Units Strength (3rd Talent)
4.2%
5.8%
7.4%
9.0%
10.6%
17
Shield Construction Efficiency (3rd Talent)
4.2%
5.8%
7.4%
9.0%
10.6%
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Weapons Guide

Weapon ATK Buff Stacking Chart
0
1

Strawberry Shortcake

Prismatic Igniter

Lapis Lazuli

Deep Sea's Call

Frigatebird

2

Strawberry Shortcake

X

O

O

O

O

3

Prismatic Igniter

O

X

O

O

O

4

Lapis Lazuli

O

O

X

X

X

5

Deep Sea's Call

O

O

X

X

X

6

Frigatebird

O

O

X

X

X

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Neuronics Guide

Base/Dorm Guide

(Tutorial in the video above)

Advanced Guides

Phantom+Xinye Build for Neural Simulation Speedruns

Note: This build is only good if you have a highly invested main DPS character where the majority of their DPS is through their ultimate skill. You are trading damage for time, so that you can score higher for Neural Simulation.
Roles
Weapons
Logistics
Operatives
Substats
1
Main DPS with high Manifestations
Optimal Weapon
Optimal Logistics
Yao - Winter Solstice
Haru - Absconditus
Fritia - Hush
or any other viable main DPS depending on the buffs for that week.
Optimal Substats
2
1st Support
Optimal Support Weapon
4* Phantom U-Energy Recovery (Squad) +21% & After any operative deals DMG, +1.5 U-Energy. 5s Cooldown
Mauxir - Shadow Ka


Acacia - Kaguya


Marian - Swift
Start with her and use the ADS → Standard Skill → Hip fire → Standard Skill → Hip fire rotation to generate U-energy quickly, and then swap to Main DPS with ultimate. She is the fastest U-energy generator.
1) Max HP: 10%
2) Alignment Index: 106
3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
1) Alignment Index: 106
2) Skill Haste: 19.3
3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
1) U-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1%
2) Skill Haste: 19.3
3) Kinetic DMG: 8.5%
3
2nd Support
Optimal Support Weapon
Xinye U-Energy Recovery (Squad) +28%, After this operative uses their Ultimate Skill, refund 20% U-Energy
Acacia - Redacted
You typically want to use Redacted for speedruns because of her Deiwos:
Upon entry, full squad immediately gains 29 initial U-Energy, for each 100 Alignment Index, gains extra 1 U-Energy
For your second team, use any support that best supports your second main DPS
1) Alignment Index: 106 2) Skill Haste: 19.3 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
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The idea of this build is to maximize U-energy recovery so you can ult faster for faster times. There’s a certain point of investment in your main DPS where this is more effective than maximizing damage for speedruns.

Winter Solstice demonstration by ryeo

Thermal/Kinetic +30% DMG Chaos Resist -25%
M5 Winter Solstice + T2 Space Cowboy. Amano-Iwato Logistics. M5 Shadow KA + T2 Alloy Truth. Phantom Logistics. M5 Redacted + T5 Prismatic Igniter. Xinye Logistics.

Hush+Swift U-energy battery demonstration by Sviel

Credits: Thanks to ryeo, paep3nguin, Vicyush & Sviel for help with this guide

Tier List V1.5

Disclaimer: This is an investment tier list for clearing content with ease, not a DPS comparison. Support is a highly valued ability for this list as it is always useful.
1

SSS+

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2

SSS

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3

SS+

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4

SS

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(S Tier at M0)
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(A without optimal Tess)
5

S

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(SS at high investment)
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6

A

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7

B

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8

C

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9

D

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Character Builds

Acacia - Kaguya

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1
2
3
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Debuff Support
Spam support skill to make the enemy take more damage.
1) T2 5* Pine Aurora (M2) 2) T5 4* Prismatic Igniter 3) 5* Pine Aurora 4) 4* Prismatic Igniter 5) 4* Aye, Aye, Captain! 6) T5 3* Muddy Snow
Amarna Using a Support Skill boosts Ballistic Damage by 30% for 15 seconds (Iteru Flood). If the operative's Support Skill deals damage during this time, deployed operatives gain an extra 20% ATK boost for 1.5 seconds (Aten's Sight), which is removed when Iteru Flood ends.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% or Alignment Index: 106 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
4,3,5,6,1,2
Frost Damage Skill DPS
Spam her standard skill to do lots of frost dmg.
1) 5* Pine Aurora 2) 4* Rotten Orange (have to hit weakspots consistently to be better than max muddy snow) 3) T5 3* Muddy Snow
Thebes Each time a Standard/Support/Ultimate skill hits the target, increases own ATK +2% for 5s. Max 20 stacks.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,4,3
Frost Support
Buff your main Frost DPS like Lyfe Wild Hunt by reducing the resistance of the target.
1) T2 5* Pine Aurora (M2) 2) T5 4* Prismatic Igniter 3) 5* Pine Aurora 4) 4* Prismatic Igniter 5) 4* Aye, Aye, Captain! 6) T5 3* Muddy Snow
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
4,3,5,6,1,2
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Tier: SSS+
She has one of the best AOE clears in the game with her standard skill which does a lot of frost damage and, with the 2nd cluster unlocked, can freeze multiple enemies at the same time. Her ultimate and support skill can pull enemies which makes her incredible for utility, especially with stages with tanky mobs or multiple elite enemies. She is a good general support with her 5* weapon, Pine Aurora, as it buffs the damage taken by the target by 15% when you use her support skill. Unlocking her neuronics is the highest priority, since that’s where most of her strength lies. With the introduction of Amarna Squad, she is now a universal support that can fit in any team and a must pull if you want to rank high in Neural Simulation.
Manifestations
M2 is the only big change for the support build, her resistance shred makes her invaluable for team building especially if combined with Pine Aurora’s 15% damage buff. Aside from that, her manifestations do not have a big impact so they’re not a high priority. You can prioritize farming shards of other characters instead.
Team Recommendations
1) Frost Damage Main DPS: Acacia - Kaguya, Lyfe - Wild Hunt/Mauxir -Meow, Yao - Quiet Quitter
Frost Main DPS, Frost Sub-DPS and a Healer is the basic idea of this team. You would build Twilight on the Sub-DPS to reduce frost resistance and Moira on Yao to increase healing.
2) Classic Trinity DPS: Acacia - Kaguya, Fenny - Coronet/Fenny - Lionheart, Yao - Winter Solstice/Marian - Swift or Queen of Pain
AOE DPS, short range DPS and long range DPS is the classic trinity combo of weapons in many shooter games. This team can clear pretty much any content in the game that you throw at them as long as you can skilfully dodge all enemy attacks. A neat combo for AOE clear against tanky enemies with shields is to use Kaguya’s support skill to pull enemies and then use Swift’s ultimate when they are gathered in one place.

Chenxing - Ethereal Cloud

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1
2
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Electrical ADS Ballistic Damage DPS
Max out ADS ballistic damage for max slip detonation damage.
1) 5* Anti-Evil Ward 2) 4* Wild Leer 3) T5 3* Ender
Amano-Iwato Critical hits = ADS Ballistic DMG +10%, max 5 stacks. Effect cleared when operative leaves the field.
1) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 2) ATK: 10% 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,4,3
Electrical Support
Buff your main Electrical DPS by reducing the resistance of the target.
1) 4* Strawberry Shortcake 2) 4* Duckling 3) 4* Odd Alley Cat 4) T5 3* Ender
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
4,3,1,2,5,6
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Tier: SSS
Ethereal Cloud is mainly good at AOE DPS for mobbing and for bosses with multiple parts, but suffers when bosses don’t have any parts. Her support skill is decent for paralyzing enemies and recovering some U-energy, but not as good as Wednesday’s paralyze duration. Her ultimate is good for resetting duration of slips, but doesn’t deal enough damage to make a build around it. Most of her damage comes from increasing ballistic damage since that’s what the slip detonation damage is scaled off of. ​
Manifestations
M3 is a good stopping point if you want to farm her shards, but she does her job well without any manifestations.
Team Recommendations
1) Electrical Damage Main DPS: Chenxing - Ethereal Cloud, Lyfe - Wednesday/Chenxing - The Observer, Fenny - Coronet/Acacia - Kaguya
Ethereal Cloud uses Amano-Iwato to do a lot of ballistic and electrical damage from slip detonations. Wednesday helps reduce electrical resistance with Twilight, but you can also use The Observer instead as her turrets from the standard skill also apply the Twilight effect and at M1 & above, her slayer aura gives a huge damage buff. You can choose Coronet if you want increased rate of fire for more DPS or Kaguya for more resistance shred and mob pull.
2) Electrical Damage Aptitude DPS: Chenxing - Ethereal Cloud, Mauxir - Meow, Fritia - Little Sunshine/Siris - The Goldfish
The idea of this build is to use the additional damage from other operatives along with the slip detonation damage. Mauxir, Fritia and Siris can add aptitude through their skills. Mauxir with her ultimate and the other two with their support skills. You can use Siris instead of Fritia if you want a shield support, but Fritia does more consistent aptitude DPS.

Fenny - Coronet

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1
2
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
ADS Electric DPS
Aim down sights to maximize shotgun dps on weakspots.
1) 5* Sunny Payback 2) 4* Discordance 3) T5 3* Malbec
Amano-Iwato Critical hits = ADS Ballistic DMG +10%, max 5 stacks. Effect cleared when operative leaves the field.
1) ATK: 10% 2) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
1,5,2,6,3,4
Hip fire Electric DPS
Spam standard skill and use hip fire shotguns shots with the increased rate of fire. Crit rate from Deiwos alignment means she might do almost as much DPS as the ADS build at high investment.
1) 5* Sunny Payback 2) 4* Discordance 3) T5 3* Malbec
Mingyi When dealing Electrical DMG, increases ATK of the equipping operative by 1% for 3 sec. Max 45 stacks. Repeated triggers will reset the duration.
1) ATK: 10% 2) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
1,5,2,6,3,4
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Tier: SSS
Coronet is the best shotgun character in the game with lots of utility and an incredibly good support skill. Pretty much everything about her kit is really useful. She can stagger and paralyze multiple enemies with her skills, she can buff the whole team’s rate of fire and she does a lot of damage with the increase rate of fire & damage buffs from her standard skill.
Manifestations
She gets better with every manifestation in a pretty big way. I recommend farming her shards. M3 is good, but M1 is a decent stopping point as well if you want to farm another character’s shards.
Team Recommendations
1) Electrical Damage Main DPS: Fenny - Coronet, Lyfe - Wednesday/Chenxing - The Observer, Fritia - Little Sunshine/Acacia - [Redacted]/Yao - Quiet Quitter
Coronet is the main electrical DPS, with Chenxing(Twilight) or Lyfe (Twilight) as sub-DPS and you can choose between Fritia (Twilight), Acacia(Navigator) or Yao(Moira) based on whether you want more damage from Fritia’s aptitude, healing support or a time slow.
2) Time Control Support: Any good DPS, Fenny - Coronet, Acacia - [Redacted]
The whole idea of this team is to take advantage of Acacia’s time slow and Fenny’s increased rate of fire to increase the DPS of your main DPS. This can work with most characters, but I recommend a sniper character like Yao - Winter Solstice, since you can use this support skill combo to ensure you land all of your ultimate shots.

Fritia - Hush

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1
2
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
ULTIMATE LASER DPS
Spam the laser as much as possible. Not necessarily a practical DPS build, but it could become viable with buffs to her kit in the future.
1) 5* Lava Bones 2) T5 3* Warhammer
Thebes
Each time a Standard/Support/Ultimate skill hits the target, increases own ATK +2% for 5s. Max 20 stacks.
Note: Only with optimal Tess
Fenya
DMG +46% for 10s after using Ultimate Skill.
1) ATK: 10% 2) Alignment Index: 106 or U-Energy Recovery: 14.1% 3) Thermal DMG: 8.5%
6,5,2,1,3,4
Fire Support
Very good as support for fire team. Stun & Iron body are very good utility effects.
1) 4* Strawberry Shortcake 2) T5 3* Warhammer
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Thermal DMG: 8.5%
3,4,2,1,6,5
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Tier: SS (A without Tess)
She’s just a decent fire damage DPS character who relies a lot on her ultimate. With Tess, you can really unlock her full potential, otherwise she’s meh.
Manifestations
Hush really needs her manifestations for the ultimate laser DPS build. Without M2, it would be hard to justify ever using her ultimate in difficult stages. M4 is a good stopping point for farming her shards, which is when her ultimate starts paying off for all the trouble it takes to safely use it.
Team Recommendations
1) Fire Damage Laser Ultimate Main DPS: Fritia - Hush, Tess - The Magician, Acacia - Kaguya/ Acacia - Redacted/ Fritia - Little Sunshine
This team is about spamming Hush’s ultimate for DPS and maximizing thermal damage.

Katya - Blue Bolt

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Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Frost Single Target DPS
Pew Pew with standard skill to do big numbers while the assets on display
1) 5* Neptune Nova 2) T5 4* Alpine Gentian 3) T5 3* Burbank Sky
Eli When the equipping operative's shot hits but is not CRIT, gains Cyclonic Fissure: Increases Frost DMG by 3% for 3 sec. Max 20 stacks. Each CRIT Hit removes 1 stack. Dodging refreshes the effect duration.
1) ATK: 10% 2) Alignment Index: 106 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,4,3
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Tier: SSS
The best frost single target DPS in the game. Her DPS in the standard skill is very high and she’s got a massive ass (I pulled her on Day 1).
Manifestations
M1 is a must, M3 recommended
Team Recommendations
1) Frost Single Target DPS: Katya - Blue Bolt, Acacia - Kaguya, Mauxir - Shadow Ka/ Lyfe - Wild Hunt
Shadow Ka buffs ballistic DPS with Amarna (ideally also using T2 Alloy Truth), while Kaguya reduces frost resistance with Twilight. Then you pew pew with Katya standard skill till enemies die.

Haru - Absconditus

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Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Kinetic Standard Skill Mobbing DPS
Spam skills to kill mobs.
1) Psyche-16 2) Star Ocean 3) T5 Wild Wasp Stinger 4) T1 Yojimbo 5) T1 Wild Wasp Stinger 6) T5 3* Hammer Hit
Thebes Each time a Standard/Support/Ultimate skill hits the target, increases own ATK +2% for 5s. Max 20 stacks.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) ATK: 10% 3) Kinetic DMG: 8.5%
2,1,6,5,4,3
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Tier: SS
Good multi-target DPS. Useful for Co-op and Jotun Tunnel. She’s only okay for bossing though. I recommend T5 Wild Wasp Stinger because it’s good enough to shred mobs. There’s no content where you would need the extra DPS from 5* weapons to kill mobs.
Manifestations
M2
Team Recommendations
1) Kinetic Main Skill DPS: Haru - Absconditus, Acacia - Kaguya, Chenxing - The Observer
Kaguya reduces resistance and pulls mobs, while observer buffs your skill damage with slayer aura
2) Kinetic Main Skill DPS 2: Haru - Absconditus, Acacia - Redacted, Chenxing - The Observer/Mauxir - Meow
Redacted slows time and gives navigator buff while also giving high U-energy regen, while observer buffs your skill damage with slayer aura. You can also use Mauxir’s support neuronics to spawn avatar orbs using Redacted’s support skill and do a significant amount of extra damage to the mobs.

Lyfe - Wild Hunt

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2
3
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Frost Damage AOE Skill DPS
Frost damage build good for mobbing.
1) 5* Stardust Memory 2) T5 3* Safety Line
Thebes Each time a Standard/Support/Ultimate skill hits the target, increases own ATK +2% for 5s. Max 20 stacks.
1) ATK: 10% 2) Skill Haste: 19.3 (1) & Alignment Index: 106 (2) 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,3,4
Frost Support
Freezing, a lot of freezing and reducing frost resistance.
1) 4* Frigatebird 2) T5 3* Safety Line
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) ATK: 10% 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
3,4,5,1,2,6
Ballistic DMG Support
Frostbite from support skill applies Amarna effect.
1) 4* Frigatebird 2) T5 3* Safety Line
Amarna Using a Support Skill boosts Ballistic Damage by 30% for 15 seconds (Iteru Flood). If the operative's Support Skill deals damage during this time, deployed operatives gain an extra 20% ATK boost for 1.5 seconds (Aten's Sight), which is removed when Iteru Flood ends.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) ATK: 10% 3) Frost DMG: 8.5%
3,4,5,1,2,6
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Tier: SS
Wild Hunt is an SMG character, which is the worse weapon type for the endgame, but her skills eventually make up for it with enough investment. She becomes a great DPS at M1 and even better at M4. Her crowd control also makes her very desirable for Titan boss fights in endgame stages. She needs M1 to be SS Tier, otherwise she’s S Tier.
Note: She can use Navigator, but the issue with this logistic set is that it’s terrible when the enemies are immune to frozen.
Manifestations
As I mentioned above, M1 is a high priority. You want to farm those shards asap.
Team Recommendations
1) Frost Damage Main DPS: Lyfe - Wild Hunt, Acacia - Kaguya/Mauxir - Meow, Yao - Quiet Quitter
Frost Main DPS, Frost Sub-DPS and a Healer is the basic idea of this team. You would build Twilight on the Sub-DPS to reduce frost resistance and Moira on Yao to increase healing. Kaguya is an incredible support for frost DPS since her support skill already reduces resistance and, with Twilight, it reduces even more.
2) Freeze Support: Mauxir - Meow, Acacia - Kaguya, Lyfe - Wild Hunt
This team is a super late game team since it needs high investment, but Mauxir is the main DPS with the other two as sub-DPS. Lyfe’s freeze support skills really helps Mauxir deal more damage. This team is very good against Titans, since you can keep spamming freeze.

Marian - Swift

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2
Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Standard Ballistic Kinetic DPS
ADS→ Standard Skill → Hip fire shot is the rotation for Marian Swift without M1. With M1, you don’t have to ADS again for a while.
1) 5* Horn of the Orca 2) 4* Wetland Park 3) T5 3* The Wrench
Dharma After using Standard Skill, Hipfire Ballistic DMG +46% for 5s.
1) ATK: 10% 2) Skill Haste: 19.3 (2) & S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% (1) 3) Kinetic DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,3,4
ADS Kinetic DPS
Aim down sights to hit weakpoints like a classic sniper character.
1) 4* Crystal Drill 2) T5 3* The Wrench
Amano-Iwato Critical hits = ADS Ballistic DMG +10%, max 5 stacks. Effect cleared when operative leaves the field.
1) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 2) ATK: 10% 3) Kinetic DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,3,4
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Tier: SS
Swift is easily the most fun character in the game for me, her highly mobile playstyle is really fun. She really excels at destroying shields, so she is very good against bosses like Beauvoir and Katya. With M1, you don’t even have to aim for a while after the first ADS shot on a weakspot. Her ultimate is incredible for AOE clear and the interrupt & cleanse effects on her support skill make her a great support for certain enemies too.
Manifestations
If you’re going for the Dharma build, then you should rush M1 as that is when her kit really feels good to play. Highly recommend getting at least M1, but M3 is a good stopping point even though all of her manifestations are useful.
Team Recommendations
1) Kinetic Damage Main DPS: Marian - Swift, Fenny - Lionheart, Acacia - Kaguya
Kaguya decreases all type resistance with her support skill and can help suck in mobs to use your ultimate for AOE clear. Fenny is a great sub-DPS who also replenishes bullets and can further reduce kinetic resistance with Twilight. You can use either builds for Marian in this team.
2) Classic Trinity DPS: Marian - Swift, Fenny - Coronet, Acacia - Redacted
This team covers all ranges and you can maximize DPS windows with the support skill combo of Coronet and Redacted. ADS damage build will benefit more from the combo of this team.

Mauxir - Shadow Ka

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Purpose
Weapons
Logistics
Optimal Substats
Theotropic Clusters
Ballistic DMG Buff Support
Spam support skill to give big attack buffs to the active operative. Make sure to attack the Kebechet. Great to pair with Ballistic DPS.
1) 5* Alloy Truth 2) 4* Frigatebird 3) 4* Wave (Recommended at M3 and above, if you don’t have Alloy Truth) 4) T5 3* Tension Headache
Amarna Using a Support Skill boosts Ballistic Damage by 30% for 15 seconds (Iteru Flood). If the operative's Support Skill deals damage during this time, deployed operatives gain an extra 20% ATK boost for 1.5 seconds (Aten's Sight), which is removed when Iteru Flood ends.
1) Max HP: 10% 2) Skill Haste: 19.3 (Alignment Index: 106 for speedruns) 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
4,3,5,6,1,2
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Tier: SSS
Shadow Ka has an insanely good support skill which flat out gives you a 10% multiplicative damage buff (20% at M5) which is extremely good for every ballistic DPS character when they attack the summoned Kebechet. You can trivialize mobile bosses or bosses which have weakspots that are difficult to hit. The slow and damage on the ultimate is also pretty good for Jotun Tunnel. She’s great for Neural Simulation as the potential for damage increase is really high with her buffs compared to Kaguya. Though, she’s not very good at supporting skill-based DPS like Absconditus, so that makes her a little niche. I recommend getting HP weapon parts and maxing out her HP. Amarna squad is a really good logistic squad unlike the previous event logistics, so I recommend farming at least a few good sets with optimal substats if you can.
Manifestations
M1 is a must, M3 is highly recommended for the extended duration. M5 is incredible, especially if you like using multiple ballistic DPS characters. That extra 10% is pretty huge when it stacks on top of every other buff.
Team Recommendations
1) Ballistic DPS Support: Yao - Winter Solstice/ Any ballistic DPS, Mauxir - Shadow Ka, Acacia - Redacted/Fritia - Little Sunshine/ Fenny - Coronet/ Acacia - Kaguya
Shadow Ka’s Deiwos alignment gives a decent Crit DMG buff, which is best taken advantage of by Winter Solstice, but you can use Coronet/Lionheart as well for your main ballistic DPS. If you use Ethereal Cloud, aim for the enemy’s weakspot, not the Kebechet. The Kebechet is useful since it acts as “part” of the enemy for her standard skill. Use Redacted to slow time or Coronet to increase fire rate. Wild Hunt is also okay as your main DPS, but not as good as the ones listed above. Keep in mind, Amarna does not stack, so you might want to use Navigator on Redacted or Twilight on Little Sunshine to reduce fire dmg resistance for main DPS Winter Solstice.

Tess - The Magician

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U-Energy Battery Support
Use Ultimate to get U-energy for ultimate-based DPS
1) 5* Eccentric Joker 2) 4* Wasp/ 4* Deep Sea’s Call 3) 4* Wetland Park 4) T5 3* Raven Feather Tempest
Hjartagard
Operatives gain a 20% boost to all types of damage for 25 seconds after using the equipping operative's Ultimate Skill. If another operative uses their Ultimate Skill during this time, the bonus increases to 25%. The effect cannot stack, refresh, or be triggered again within 30 seconds.
1) Alignment Index: 106/ U-Energy Recovery: 14.1% 2) Skill Haste: 19.3 (ATK: 10% if you’re using Deep Sea’s Call) 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
6,5,3,4,1,2
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Tier: SS+
Tess is a great U-energy battery. She’s a good investment for future ultimate reliant DPS characters.
Manifestations
M1 is a must, M3 recommended.
Team Recommendations
1) U-energy Support: Yao - Winter Solstice/ Fritia - Hush, Mauxir - Shadow Ka/Acacia - Kaguya/ Acacia - Redacted/ Fritia - Little Sunshine, Tess - The Magician
Step 1: Get U-energy
Step 2: Use ult
Step 3: Profit?

Yao - Winter Solstice

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ADS Thermal DPS
Aim down sights to hit weakpoints like a classic sniper character.
1) 5* Space Cowboy 2) T5 3* Mulberry 3) 4* Site of Racket (lvl up for the weapon part)
Amano-Iwato Critical hits = ADS Ballistic DMG +10%, max 5 stacks. Effect cleared when operative leaves the field.
1) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 2) ATK: 10% 3) Thermal DMG: 8.5%
1,2,6,5,3,4
Fire Support
Buff your main Thermal DPS by reducing the resistance of the target.
1) 4* Deep Sea's Call 2) T5 3* Mulberry
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) ATK: 10% 3) Thermal DMG: 8.5%
4,3,1,2,6,5,
Ultimate Spam
Use ultimate more and keep reloading with standard skill. This is more of a fun build rather than a real meta build, but it can work well in niche situations.
1) 5* Space Cowboy 2) 4* Infernal Decade 3) T5 3* Mulberry
Xinye U-Energy Recovery (Squad) +28%, After this operative uses their Ultimate Skill, refund 20% U-Energy
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) U-Energy Recovery: 14.1% 3) Thermal DMG: 8.5%
6,5,1,2,3,4
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Tier: SSS+
Winter Solstice is the highest DPS character at low investment. With M1 and Space Cowboy, her DPS is unmatchable during her ultimate. Her playstyle is very much a classic sniper style, which some might find boring, but she does have cool animations. Her support skill is a very good battery for skill based main DPS chars, but she’s going to be the main DPS of your team most of the time with the current state of the game. No doubt, it’s a no brainer to pull her from the free selector if you didn’t get her from your beginner banner or free standard pulls. She’s good for pretty much all bosses.
Manifestations
Highly recommended to rush M1, she’ll be doing great damage at M1 even without Space Cowboy. M2 is a good stopping point, if you want to prioritize other characters.
Note: M2’s description is incorrect. The cooldown of standard skill during ult reduces by 3 secs to 5 secs.
Team Recommendations
1) Thermal Damage Main DPS Fire Team: Yao - Winter Solstice, Mauxir - Shadow Ka, Acacia - Redacted/Fritia - Little Sunshine
Little Sunshine’s Deiwos Alignment and Strawberry Shortcake makes her a great support for Yao as she reduces resistance and buffs damage quite a bit. Shadow Ka’s Kebechet gives a huge boost to the final damage for Yao’s shots and Amarna gives a massive ballistic dmg buff using her. Redacted is also great with Navigator since she improves U-energy.
2) Ultimate Spam: Yao - Winter Solstice, Fritia - Hush, Acacia - Redacted
This team is focused on spamming ultimates to crowd control or DPS in various scenarios. Fritia and Acacia can use Xinye
so it really increases how fast you gain U-energy. Acacia can use Prismatic Igniter and Fritia should use Strawberry Shortcake.
Note: Yao fits in most teams because of how much damage she does with M1 & Space Cowboy.

Acacia - [Redacted]

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Ballistic DMG Support
Time slow and damage buff using support skill.
1) 4* Prismatic Igniter 2) T5 3* Pisco
Amarna Using a Support Skill boosts Ballistic Damage by 30% for 15 seconds (Iteru Flood). If the operative's Support Skill deals damage during this time, deployed operatives gain an extra 20% ATK boost for 1.5 seconds (Aten's Sight), which is removed when Iteru Flood ends.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
3,4,6,5,1,2
Time Slow Support
Support skill to slow down enemies and buff damage done to them.
1) 4* Prismatic Igniter 2) T5 3* Pisco
Navigator After applying Control effect to target, target receives +14% DMG for 10s
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
3,4,6,5,1,2
Ultimate Battery & CC Support
Increase U-regen of squad. Spam ultimates and support skill for time slow cc.
1) 4* Prismatic Igniter 2) T5 3* Pisco
Xinye U-Energy Recovery (Squad) +28%, After this operative uses their Ultimate Skill, refund 20% U-Energy
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) Alignment Index: 106 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
6,5,3,4,1,2
Resistance Shred Support
Support skill to slow down and reduce chaos resistance.
1) 4* Prismatic Igniter 2) T5 3* Pisco
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery: 14.1% 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
3,4,6,5,1,2
Chaos Knives AOE DPS
Spam standard skill to kill mobs.
1) 4* Nexus 2) T5 3* Pisco
Thebes Each time a Standard/Support/Ultimate skill hits the target, increases own ATK +2% for 5s. Max 20 stacks.
1) Skill Haste: 19.3 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Chaos DMG: 8.5%
1,2,5,6,3,4
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Tier: SS
[Redacted] is a top tier support character as her ability to slow time applies to all enemies and she also gives U-energy to the team with her Deiwos Alignment. She’s great in early game for AOE clear with her standard skill and can still be good for AOE clear in late game if you build her for it.
Manifestations
M2 is a decent stopping point, if you’re farming her shards.
Team Recommendations
1) Chaos Damage Main AOE DPS: Acacia - Redacted, Cherno - Those Two, Marian - Queen of Pain
This team is pretty simple. Redacted is the main AOE DPS, Cherno is the auxiliary unit support and Marian is the sub-dps.
2) Ultimate Spam: Acacia - Redacted, Yao - Winter Solstice, Fritia - Hush
This team is focused on spamming ultimates to crowd control or DPS in various scenarios. Fritia and Acacia can use Xinye
so it really increases how fast you gain U-energy. Acacia can use Prismatic Igniter and Fritia should use Strawberry Shortcake. M1 Yao is the main DPS.
3) Time Control Support: Any good DPS, Fenny - Coronet, Acacia - [Redacted]
The whole idea of this team is to take advantage of Acacia’s time slow and Fenny’s increased rate of fire to increase the DPS of your main DPS. This can work with most characters, but I recommend a sniper character like Yao - Winter Solstice, since you can use this support skill combo to ensure you land all of your ultimate shots.

Chenxing - The Observer

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Electrical Resistance Shred Support
Her turrets from standard skill apply resistance shred effect of Twilight. You can just keep applying the Twilight debuff for your main DPS this way.
1) 4* Strawberry Shortcake 2) 4* Odd Alley Cat 3) T5 3* Ender
Twilight Dealing DMG with an Active Skill = Target Resistance to that type of DMG -16% for 5s.
1) Max HP: 10% 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% (Support skill needs 40 S-energy without M4) ATK: 10% (M4) 3) Auxiliary Units Strength: 10.6%
3,4,1,2,6,5
Skill Damage Support
At M3, her slayer aura increases skill damage of all operatives by 30%.
1) 4* Strawberry Shortcake 2) 4* Odd Alley Cat 3) T5 3* Ender
Amarna Using a Support Skill boosts Ballistic Damage by 30% for 15 seconds (Iteru Flood). If the operative's Support Skill deals damage during this time, deployed operatives gain an extra 20% ATK boost for 1.5 seconds (Aten's Sight), which is removed when Iteru Flood ends.
1) Max HP: 10% 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% (Support skill needs 40 S-energy without M4) ATK: 10% (M4) 3) Auxiliary Units Strength: 10.6%
3,4,1,2,6,5
Auxiliary Unit Electrical DPS
Spam Thunder Soldiers and let them take care of all enemies. Great for AOE DPS and making them act as a decoy for boss fights.
1) 5* Anti-Evil Ward 2) 4* Odd Alley Cat 3) T5 3* Ender
Usha After shot hits, Auxiliary Units DMG +42% for 3s.
1) ATK: 10% 2) U-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Auxiliary Units Strength: 10.6%
1,2,6,5,3,4
Electrical Damage ADS Ballistic DPS
Assault Rifle Ballistic DPS on weakspots while ADS.
1) 5* Anti-Evil Ward 2) 4* Wild Leer 3) T5 3* Ender
Amano-Iwato Critical hits = ADS Ballistic DMG +10%, max 5 stacks. Effect cleared when operative leaves the field.
1) CRIT DMG Amplifier: 10.6% 2) ATK: 10% 3) Electrical DMG: 8.5%
1,2,6,5,3,4
Electrical Damage Ballistic DPS
Assault Rifle Ballistic DPS without ADS.
1) 5* Anti-Evil Ward 2) 4* Odd Alley Cat 3) T5 3* Ender
Mingyi When dealing Electrical DMG, increases ATK of the equipping operative by 1% for 3 sec. Max 45 stacks. Repeated triggers will reset the duration.
1) ATK: 10% 2) U-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% 3) Auxiliary Units Strength: 10.6%
1,2,6,5,3,4
Healer
Maximize healing from support skill.
1) 4* Strawberry Shortcake 2) 4* Odd Alley Cat 3) T5 3* Ender
4* Green Spirit After using Standard/Support/Ultimate Skill, healing effect received (Squad) +28% for 10s.
1) Max HP: 10% 2) S-Energy Recovery Bonus: 14.1% (Support skill needs 40 S-energy without M4) ATK: 10% (M4) 3) Auxiliary Units Strength: 10.6%
3,4,1,2,6,5
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Tier: SS
Observer is a very useful auxiliary unit DPS character who does great AOE electrical damage and is also a decent healer. The fact that she can’t use Moira makes her a worse healer than Quiet Quitter, but she makes up for it by increasing your skill damage with her support skill, with investment in manifestations, and her Thunder Soldiers can be decoys to tank for you. She’s good for both sub-DPS and support. At M3, she buffs skill damage of operatives by 30% with her Slayer Aura around the drop pods. She is a great character to invest in.
Note: She can’t use Moira because her support turret heals don’t count. This might be a bug, but I’m assuming it’s intentional for now.
Manifestations
M3 is a decent stopping point, but M4 will drastically reduce the S-energy required for support skill, so you can focus on building attack on logistics instead.
Team Recommendations
1) Auxiliary Units DPS Squad: Chenxing - The Observer, Cherno - Those Two, Lyfe - Wednesday
As the name suggests, this is all about having all the auxiliary units active. A typical rotation would be to farm U-energy with Chenxing and then use Cherno’s Ultimate to give all auxiliary units 25% of Cherno’s ATK. Then, summon Thunder Soldiers with Chenxing and swap to Lyfe t