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Sabin Rene Figaro
"Well don't that just beat all..."

BASE STATS

Vigor: 48 / Magic: 24 Speed: 36 / Stamina: 42

HP: 136 / MP: 0   BatPwr: 48 / Def: 42 / M.Def: 42 / Blk%: 18 / M.Blk%: 12


EQUIPMENT

Weapons: Claws
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Shield: 
-
Head: Bandanas, Masks, Hats
Body: Light Armor, Robes, Vests

 

SKILLS (Blitz)

(Note: all Blitzes are untargetable)
Pummel (lv. 1) - physical attack (Vigor); sets Sap
Suplex (lv. 9) - stronger physical attack (Vigor); ignores defense, sets Slow/Muddle
Fire Dance (lv. 12) - fire damage (Magic) to all foes
Mantra (lv. 15) - restores HP to Sabin's allies (Stamina and current HP)
Aurabolt (lv. 20) Stamina-based (magical) holy attack; sets Blind
Chakra (lv. 25) - restores MP to Sabin's allies (Stamina)
Sonic Boom (lv. 30) - wind damage (Magic) to all foes; ignores defense
Bum Rush (???) - strongest physical attack (Vigor); ignores defense


ESPERS

Stray - Stamina+2 -------------  24 MP: sets Muddle/Slow/Sap on all foes
Golem - HP+20/Vigor+1 ---  56 MP: blocks physical hits for party (durability = caster's max HP)
Terrato - HP+60 -------------  64 MP: earth damage to all does (Magic)

SPELLS

Quake - Magic
Drain - Magic
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Imp
Bserk
Sleep
SleepX

Safe
Float

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Sabin Rene Figaro

Hikes halfway across the world, recruits a master samurai, ninja, & wild child with magic to his cause, Suplexes a Train, and survives jumping into waterfalls and fast ocean currents. Why isn't he the main character? What were Terra, Locke, & Celes doing at this time anyways?

Strengths

  • He's Sabin
  • Easy to use; High damage options are easy to find
  • Incredible defense-ignoring damage & elemental control
  • Very high HP, Incredible HP espers, Royal Jacket for HP+
  • Solid party support; Possesses unique party MP recovery Blitz
  • Great status control; Possesses unique never-miss Slow setting Blitz
  • High base stats, Claws give solid stat boosts
  • Good physical evade

Weaknesses

  • Very low defense, low mg.eva, Average Equipment, cannot equip shields
  • AoE is highly limited; Just mid-WoB (Fire Dance) and lategame randoms (SleepX)
  • Poor healer
  • Defense-ignoring damage is untargetable & falls off by endgame
  • Potentially frail in mid-WoR if HP esper or Royal Jacket aren't obtained swiftly

Less versatile than his brother, but Sabin's raw power and ease of use secures him a spot as one of the best characters in Brave New World. He's almost always a very solid pick for team needing a high damage character.

Builds

Master

The standard Sabin build; just lots of vigor and HP. Some people prefer raw Golem, some like to grab a little Terrato once he becomes available. Remember to use both Blitzes AND elemental claws - Sabin's potential damage is lessened if you ignore his elemental control. This build is awesome all game long, though he's trickier to use in the mid-/late-WoR. It's highly recommended to keep an HP booster equipped at all times.

Monk

Chakra Sabin, built with oodles of stamina and some / lots of HP. Very useful if you've got a team of MP users but you're struggling to maintain their MP. Also has some utility with mid-game Mantra & an ultra-high (near 100%) counterattack rate. He lacks big selling points outside of Chakra & counterattacks though.

I personally recommend the Red Belt (hybrid) build if you want to use stamina. It's more flexible, taking advantage of Sabin's strengths of "raw power and HP" and "solid WoB damage dealer," then boosting his counterattack rate & Chakra healing once his core role is firmly built. This build seems to only shine if you've got an all-mage team that forsakes even MP growth for all-in magic growth.

Guardian

HP Sabin, built with Terrato - either pure, or with a handful of either Stray or Golem. Almost certainly requires an endgame respec. Sabin's only true tank build, both for himself and for Cover allies. All the HP also greatly strengthens his Golem summons and Mantra blitz, further strengthening Sabin's role as party guardian. Sabin's high vigor & strong attacks (especially elemental claws) insure that he stills hits hard. A few Stray levels, if desired, can be used to give a minor boost Chakra, Cover/Counter chances, and Sabin's status evade.

Red Belt

Hybrid Sabin. The build's name comes from Final Fantasy 1's "Black Belt" and "Red Mage" class. Sabin's the "black belt" (martial artist) class from Final Fantasy 1, but this build is more of a hybrid, like Red Mage. Hence the name "Red Belt."

Build Golem levels first, then switch to stamina & HP levels when Chakra and Terrato become available. Like his brother, the hybridization works because the two stats (vigor & stamina) play two different roles for Sabin. This build's damage is honestly quite close to that of the full vigor build. The real catch is the reduced HP. A handful of Terrato levels are indispensable.

This build is about giving vig Sabin more frequent counterattacks and a more useful Chakra, sacrificing the raw damage/HP from pure Golem + Terrato.

Misc.

  • Pay attention to the enemy's elemental weaknesses & defense stats. Sabin's claws have much higher damage potential than his Blitzes. If it's a fight for claws instead of blitzes, consider Berserking Sabin.
  • Golem is stupidly powerful, especially paired with Image, and you should abuse this powerful summon.
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Threads now actually have content and intro posts now, so tossing out the old joke posts >.>

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He only has access to Vigor+1 and Aurabolt/Chakra don't gain a ton from Stamina anyway, Mantra also is more based on his current HP than Stamina. For these reasons a pure Terrato Build is also very viable. Chakra still provides respectable mp, Mantra is INSANE unless Sabin lost a lot of health and Sabins damage is respectable if exploiting a weakness. Terrato also doesn't take much away from his random encounter potential with full powered SleepX Sonic Boom Fire Dance and Quake.

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Part of the changes to 1.9 was a bump to Aurabolt's power, which in turn should affect how much stamina helps it out.

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While I haven't played it, I figure that a pure Terrato Sabin still falls under the category of "Master" (vig) Sabin. AFAIK, he's still played the same way, just with less vigor and a lot more HP. Which, I'm betting, makes him straight superior to Golem Sabin for the endgame.

Guess I should update the "Master" build to include this. Unless I'm wrong in my analysis of what Terrato Sabin is all about. (@GamingFiend? @Nowea?)

While I don't care for a dedicated Chakra set-up (stam Sabin), I do like the hybrid Golem + Stray. On a hybrid build, I do find extra power on Chakra to be quite nice. It's not a huge amount, no, but when you're talking low numbers like 30 vs. 40, it can be somewhat significant. Also, surprisingly, I didn't have too many problems with hyb Sabin's bulk in the endgame (3-4 Terrato ELs helps). So, I would consider hyb Sabin to also be purely superior to a pure Golem build for the endgame. (Stam Sabin can go cry in a corner).

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...OK, now that I really look at Terrato Sabin, yeah, he should be mentioned in the guide. Thing is, where? I could mention him as his own build (20 Terrato), as a variant on support Sabin (15 Terrato / 5 Stray), or as a variant on vig Sabin (10 Golem / 10 Terrato). Kinda leaning towards mentioning him as a variant on support Sabin; so, support Sabin would be either heavy Stray (pure Chakra), or heavy Terrato.

Thoughts, anyone? Especially those like @GamingFiend who have played Terrato Sabin?

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19 hours ago, thzfunnymzn said:

...OK, now that I really look at Terrato Sabin, yeah, he should be mentioned in the guide. Thing is, where? I could mention him as his own build (20 Terrato), as a variant on support Sabin (15 Terrato / 5 Stray), or as a variant on vig Sabin (10 Golem / 10 Terrato). Kinda leaning towards mentioning him as a variant on support Sabin; so, support Sabin would be either heavy Stray (pure Chakra), or heavy Terrato.

Thoughts, anyone? Especially those like @GamingFiend who have played Terrato Sabin?

In my personal opinion I'd go with it's own build, because Stray Sabin probably wants some Terrato levels anyway because of the synergy with the regen ticks and Golem Summons. Terrato is designed to maximize Golem summons while maintain a lot of Stamina's benefits (high regen ticks due to extremely high natural HP, and massive Mantra Heals). It also maximizes his survivability in the front row, and because Sabin doesn't have a shield and generally lower defense equipment, having the massive HP is really helpful, because he will take 1,000+ damage from powerful boss hits. Because his Vigor is quite high naturally, he can still hit very hard too! Focusing exclusively on Golem levels will lead to higher damage but I feel Sabin's damage will never be as high as the top damage dealers so it's better to focus on his tanking and support potential in general.

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1 hour ago, GamingFiend said:

In my personal opinion I'd go with it's own build, because Stray Sabin probably wants some Terrato levels anyway because of the synergy with the regen ticks and Golem Summons.

This is actually why I was thinking that maybe they're the same build. Both Terrati & Stray lead to a more tanky / support oriented Sabin. (In theory. In practice, Stray Sabin lacks bulk, which also hurts its damage potential, seeing as its less safe to be in the front row.) Mishrak even prefers a 10 Stray / 10 Terrato set-up for support Sabin.

In some of my character guides, I consolidated various different builds into one archetype: like with Support Celes encompassing Crusader, Siren, and Shiva. Then again, I don't think I was perfectly consistent with that, was I?

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