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Type
Icon Move Armored.png Icon Class Red Sword.png
Stats
46 / 36 / 33 / 38 / 21
Exclusive skills

Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Unstoppable Destiny
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Zelgius is a master swordsman and a very formidable duelist, as he has all the tools to properly fight on either phase and fire off his immensely powerful Black Luna Special.

Weapon: Attack Plus W.png Slaying Edge+ is Zelgius's weapon of choice. This is chosen to help bring his Black Luna's charge down to 2, letting him activate it in any round of combat, provided his Special charges aren't being deterred.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot is a good Assist for any armour, letting the user jump ahead of an ally, helping them keep up with them as armours have poor movement. Icon Skill Assist.png Swap is another acceptable option that simply switches the user and an ally around, which works better in tighter spaces.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special. It allows him to pierce through 80% of an opponent's defense when it activates, ensuring that almost nothing will survive his onslaught.

A Passive: Distant Counter.png Distant Counter is the best choice for Zelgius's A skill. This is necessary so that he isn't helpless against ranged foes, being able to threaten and destroy them as well. When paired with Quick Riposte he'll be able to activate Black Luna on the enemy phase very easily.

B Passive: Bold Fighter 3.png Bold Fighter 3 is a fantastic choice for Zelgius's B skill, as it's what gives him a fearsome player phase presence. If Zelgius initiates combat, then his attacks will gain an extra Special charge. If he exchanges blows with his opponent, then Zelgius's second strike will be able to fire off Black Luna.

C Passive: Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 is an option for Zelgius's C skill, as it can help deter opponents who rely on their buffs, letting him take them on much more safely. However, this skill slot is pretty flexible, open to be whatever the player needs, depending on team composition and the player's discretion. Armour buffs like Armor March 3.png Armor March 3 to help improve the mobility of him and his allies are a good choice as well, while Ward Armor.png Ward Armor is pretty accessible and good for buff stacking.

Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte 3.png Quick Riposte 3 is Zelgius's Sacred Seal. While Bold Fighter strengthens Zelgius's player phase presence, this Seal will help improve his enemy phase presence by letting him perform a follow up attack if he's attacked above 70% HP. He should be mindful of the HP threshold, but as long as Zelgius can tank the hits that come his way, his opponents will have to think twice before engaging him.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Jet-Black General
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This build's goal is to give Zelgius a menacing enemy phase presence, as when he's given the right tools, his foes will have to tread carefully if they even think about engaging Zelgius.

Weapon: Speed Plus W.png Slaying Edge+ is Zelgius's weapon of choice. This is chosen to help bring his Black Luna's charge down to 2, letting him activate it in any round of combat, provided his Special charges aren't being deterred.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Swap can be used as Zelgius's Assist. This will help him switch places with an ally, while Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot could be used to help Zelgius move ahead of an ally. This comes down to player preference, as both do the job of improving mobility.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special of choice. It's unique to him, and has a high defense piercing effect. With it, he can break through even the toughest of opponents.

A Passive: Distant Counter.png Distant Counter is the best choice for Zelgius's A skill. This is necessary so that he isn't helpless against ranged foes, being able to threaten and destroy them as well. When paired with Quick Riposte, he'll be able to activate Black Luna on the enemy phase very easily.

B Passive: Special Fighter 3.png Special Fighter 3 is Zelgius's B skill. This allows him to charge his Special very quickly while also deterring the opponent's Special at the same time. While this build is geared for the enemy phase, this skill will also help charge Zelgius's Special on the player phase as well, should he able to outspeed a slower foe.

C Passive: Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 is an option for Zelgius's C skill, as it can help deter opponents who rely on their buffs, letting him take them on much more safely. However, this skill slot is pretty flexible, open to be whatever the player needs, depending on team composition and the player's discretion. Armour buffs like Armor March 3.png Armor March 3 to help improve the mobility of him and his allies are a good choice as well, while Ward Armor.png Ward Armor is pretty accessible and good for buff stacking.

Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte 3.png Quick Riposte 3 is Zelgius's Sacred Seal, chosen to ensure that Zelgius will perform a follow up attack when he's attacked and that his second strike will fire off Black Luna.
Pen.png Creative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Wrathful General
Icon Skill Assist.png Swap / Pivot
Stats: +Spd,+Atk/-HP,-Def,-Res
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Much like the Jet-Black General build, this is another enemy phase oriented set, but it aims to use Wrath to strengthen Black Luna to even greater heights.

Weapon: Icon Class Red Sword.png Alondite is his weapon of choice, which lets him counterattack against almost any foe, regardless of distance. Not even mages and most archers will be safe from Zelgius's wrath.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Swap or Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot work as Zelgius's Assists. Either one will work, as they do the job of helping Zelgius move around, so just use whichever is preferred.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special. It can pierce through most of an opponent's Def, allowing Zelgius to do considerable damage to many opponents, which can even be further improved with Wrath. With Steady Breath, Wrath, and Quickened Pulse, Zelgius just has to get hit once and he will respond to his opponent with this Special already charged.

A Passive: Fierce Breath.png Fierce Breath is the only A skill that Zelgius needs for this set, although other Breath skills can replace it. It grants him an offensive boost when attacked, as well as the extra Special charge he needs to retaliate with Black Luna, providing an incredible boost to his first counter.

B Passive: Wrath 3.png Wrath 3 is Zelgius's B skill. This skill can add +10 damage when the user's Special activates, provided that the user was damaged sufficiently enough. Ideally, Zelgius would take enough damage to activate Wrath's effect, activate Black Luna with this heightened power, and annihilate his attacker. Afterwards, Wrath will help Zelgius charge up Black Luna again.

C Passive: Armor March 3.png Armor March 3 is an option for Zelgius to help him and his armored allows move around better, although this skill slot is ultimately flexible, as other armor buffs or other skills can be used, depending on the player's discretion and team composition.

Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse.png Quickened Pulse is Zelgius's Seal. It is necessary for this set to help bring Black Luna's charge down so that he can fire it off immediately upon being attacked.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Dueling Crest.png Arena
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
No Draw, No Escape!
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The aim of this build is to give Zelgius a nearly unstoppable player phase presence through the use of Bold Fighter and a different weapon. Like other builds, the end goal is to fire off Black Luna immediately to completely decimate his opponents.

Weapon: Icon Class Red Sword.png Brave Sword+ is Zelgius's main weapon here. He can strike consecutively with it, and with Bold Fighter, he can quadruple strike anyone he comes across, should his first two strikes not be enough. With Quickened Pulse, he can potentially activate Black Luna twice in that round of combat.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Swap or Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot work as Zelgius's Assists. Either one will work, as they do the job of helping Zelgius move around, so just use whichever is preferred.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special. When it activates, it'll pierce through almost all of the opponent's Def, letting Zelgius annihilate his victim.

A Passive: Death Blow 4.png Death Blow 4 is Zelgius's A skill. Given that this build is player phase oriented, this skill will grant an immense +8 Atk when he initiates combat, which will help him obliterate his foe.

B Passive: Bold Fighter 3.png Bold Fighter 3 is Zelgius's B skill. This is what gives him such a monstrous player phase presence as it will allow him to perform a follow up attack as long as he initiates combat. He'll also gain an extra Special charge for each of his strikes, letting him activate Black Luna much sooner.

C Passive: Armor March 3.png Armor March 3 is an option for Zelgius to help him and his armored allows move around better. It'll also help him reach his foes, as he will have to rely on walking up to them to smash their face in. However, as long as the player has a way to help Zelgius reach his foes, then this skill slot is ultimately flexible, as other armor buffs or other skills can be used, depending on the player's discretion and team composition.

Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse.png Quickened Pulse is Zelgius's Seal. It is necessary for this set to help bring Black Luna's charge down so that he can fire it off more quickly during combat, like on the second consecutive strike with his Brave Sword+.
Pen.png Creative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Paint it Black
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This build is very similar to the Brave Sword+ build, but it requires a bit of patience and support to truly thrive. The aim is to use Special Spiral so that Zelgius can launch Black Luna every turn.

Weapon: Attack Plus W.png Slaying Edge+ is Zelgius's weapon of choice. This is chosen to help bring his Black Luna's charge down to 2, letting him activate it in any round of combat, provided his Special charges aren't being deterred.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Swap or Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot work as Zelgius's Assists. Either one will work, as they do the job of helping Zelgius move around, so just use whichever is preferred.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special. When it activates, it'll pierce through almost all of the opponent's Def, letting Zelgius annihilate his victim.

A Passive: Death Blow 4.png Death Blow 4 is Zelgius's A skill. Given that this build is player phase oriented, this skill will grant an immense +8 Atk when initiating, which will help him obliterate his foe.

B Passive: Special Spiral 3.png Special Spiral 3 is Zelgius's B skill. Once his Special activates, this skill will grant him two Special charges after combat, meaning Black Luna will be ready again. This means he can continue to spam it without remorse, unleashing havoc on anyone he comes across. It should be noted that, once this skill gets going, Zelgius will have no trouble with opponents who deter Specials thanks to this skill.

C Passive: Armor March 3.png Armor March 3 is an option for Zelgius to help him and his armored allows move around better. It'll also help him reach his foes, as he will have to rely on walking up to them to smash their face in. However, as long as the player has a way to help Zelgius reach his foes, then this skill slot is ultimately flexible, as other armor buffs or other skills can be used, depending on the player's discretion and team composition.

Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse.png Quickened Pulse is Zelgius's Seal. It is necessary for this set to help bring Black Luna's charge down to 1. He can then proceed to tank a single hit and retaliate with Black Luna. However, this build would very much appreciate the support of Legendary Hector for his Ostian Pulse to help charge Black Luna at the start of the map so Zelgius can start spamming it without remorse.
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Budget General
Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot / Swap
Stats: +Atk,+Spd/-Res,-Def,-HP
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This build is for players who wish to use Zelgius right away without having to worry about elusive skills. Thankfully, Zelgius already has a pretty great natural skillset. One can just give him an Assist and a Seal and call it a day while using all of his natural skills.

Weapon: Icon Class Red Sword.png Alondite is his weapon of choice, which lets him counterattack against almost any foe, regardless of distance. Mages and most archers will have to think twice before engaging against Zelgius.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Swap or Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot work as Zelgius's Assists. Either one will work, as they do the job of helping Zelgius move around, so just use whichever is preferred.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Black Luna is Zelgius's Special. It's all he really needs, as it can pierce through most of an opponent's Def, allowing Zelgius to do considerable damage to many opponents.

A Passive: Fierce Stance 3.png Fierce Stance 3 is a solid choice for Zelgius's A skill, as it grants him an offensive boost when he's attacked, letting him deliver a more powerful counterattack to his assailant.

B Passive: Warp Powder.png Warp Powder is an interesting option for Zelgius's B skill, and it is exclusive to him. This lets him warp to any adjacent space of any ally within two spaces as long as his HP is high enough. This improves his mobility greatly, letting him reach his foes more easily. Should the player feel like Zelgius's combat performance should be improved instead, then Quick Riposte 2.png Quick Riposte 2 is a great choice for him, letting him perform a follow up attack if he's attacked above 80% HP.

C Passive: Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 is a decent option for Zelgius's C skill, as it can help deter enemies that rely on stat buffs to win their battles. Should the player get a Zelgius with an -HP bane or simply feel like this is not necessary, then this skill slot is flexible, open to be anything else that the player needs. Ward Armor.png Ward Armor is a good, fairly easy to obtain option should Zelgius be on an armor team. He'd be able to bolster their defensive bulk this way.

Sacred Seal: Armored Boots.png Armored Boots is an option Zelgius's Seal. With Warp Powder, he'll have excellent mobility. However, both skills have HP thresholds, and should mobility not be a worry then this skill slot is flexible, open to be whatever else the player needs depending on preference and team composition. Quick Riposte 3.png Quick Riposte 3, Close Def 3.png Close Def 3, and Distant Def 3.png Distant Def 3 are all excellent options as well to help improve Zelgius's enemy phase presence.