As an F2P player in Fate/Grand Order, it can be extremely difficult to find and upgrade some of the best legendaries in the game. This, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun while you’re at it. Fortunately, a few lesser Servants can be just as useful in terms of progression, especially since you’re more likely to find copies of them during summons.
When fully upgraded, a 5-star Servant will always be better than a 4-star one. Yet, even if you find your favorite 5-star, it can take ages until you pull another copy to upgrade their NP or until you gather the right mats to level them. Most of the time, your legendaries will be under-leveled compared to your 4-stars, which is why, as an F2P player, you might prefer the latter over the former. At the end of the day, a fully upgraded 4-star (and even a maxed out 3-star) is significantly better than a bare legendary Servant.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our favorite 4-stars in Fate/Grand Order so that you know which of your Servants you should keep and possibly upgrade from the very beginning.
Of all the 4-star Servants that can be summoned post-tutorial for free, Heracles is the only one who consistently ranks well against the other heroes in the game. As a Berserker, he hits hard against all other classes, but this is only half of his strength. What sets him apart is that, unlike other Berserkers, he is actually very enduring and will ensure better survivability for your team.
His “Battle Continuation” ability buffs him with Guts status, which essentially ignores the next time he would be killed and heals him instead. Once his Bond Craft Essence (Castle of Snow) is unlocked at Bond level 10, he automatically gains 3x Guts at the start of each battle, which makes him nearly invincible in the most difficult of engagements. Although he does not offer any utility for the rest of the team, Heracles is 100% worth the effort of Rerolling your account, especially since you get make the entire process faster with BlueStacks’ Multi-Instance Manager & Sync.
Mash Kyrielight (Shielder)
Even though Mash is given to you for free at the start of the campaign, she is far from a mere token character. Her damage potential is, indeed, poor, but as a Shielder, she fulfils the much more important function of keeping the rest of your party alive. Her Noble Phantasm skill applies a strong party-wide defensive buff and can be kept up through most of the fight thanks to her Shield of Rousing Resolution, which helps her generate massive amounts of NP.
Lancelot is an interesting mix of NP- and crit-based features. Although most of his skills focus on generating, absorbing, and critting with stars, these are fairly mediocre compared to proper crit Servants. However, when he does deal bonus damage – which happens often enough – he generates massive amounts of NP for his Noble Phantasm ability. The fact that you can reliably use his hard-hitting NP at regular intervals is what makes this Servant truly shine.
Sakata Kintoki (Rider)
Although he suffers slightly in the survivability department, Sakata Kintoki (Rider) makes up for this deficiency through NP generation and an excellent set of Quick-focused skills. His Long-Distance Dash improves both the damage and the crit star generation on his Quick moves for 3 turns at a time (with a cooldown of 5, when maxed out), while his Animal Communication can charge his NP gauge by a staggering 50%. His NP skill, Golden Drive – Good Night, deals massive single-target damage and further improves this Servant’s Quick cards.
Ryougi Shiki (Assassin)
Probably the best 4-star Assassin in the game, Ryougi Shiki (Assassin) works best in an Arts-focused team that helps her spam her Noble Phantasm skill throughout the course of a battle. Even without support from her teammates, however, she generates a decent amount of NP thanks to her Yin-Yang ability and her Mystic Eyes. Meanwhile, her Mind’s Eye ability grants on-demand evasion during difficult fights and improves her crit damage for 3 turns. Her NP skill empowers her Mystic Eyes for considerable damage and grants the latter a chance to instantly kill the targeted enemy.
Altaria Pendragon (Lancer Alter)
As a Lancer, Altaria Pendragon lacks in terms of self-sufficiency, but thanks to her Rhongomyniad NP skill, she can become an AoE beast if properly supported by her teammates. Her Mana Burst and Charisma buffs increase her damage significantly during burst turns, whereas her Protection of World’s End helps her generate and absorb a decent number of crit stars. However, her NP and crit star generation is fairly slow, which means that she must be accompanied by Servants who can help her charge faster and thus give her more frequent bursts.
Chloe von Einzbern (Archer)
An Archer-class servant with naturally boosted crit capabilities, Chloe von Einzbern can become a single-target DPS monster that spams her NP and deals bonus damage at the same time. Her primary NP generation comes from Kissing Freak, an ability that also improves her crit star generation for 3 turns. Furthermore, her Mind’s Eye ability grants evasion on demand and boosts her crit damage, while her NP skill – Triple Crane Wings – deals devastating damage to a single target.
Although slightly less reliable than the other Servants mentioned here, Nitocris is a fantastic farmer that can fully charge her NP skill on demand by using Rapid Words of Divine. Her NP ability – Anpu Neb Ta Djeser – deals massive AoE damage and has the chance to inflict Instant Death on her opponents. The fact that she can self-heal and apply Guts to herself ensures higher survivability, which tends to make up for the fact that her NP proc is more or less unreliable.
Of all the 4-star Servants in Fate/Grand Order, these are the ones that we find most useful and that we believe are incredibly fun to play. Nevertheless, there are other excellent heroes out there, so we’d love to hear from you about your personal favorites! Why not drop us a message in the comments section below?