About Enhance Skills
Enhance Skills (合体スキル), previously referred to as Skill Boost or Skill Link, are a certain type of skill denoted by the icon on a monster card. Rather than attack on their own, cards with these skills only activate when another card in the hand does, modifying the base skill in one of three ways:
- Power-Up (威力UP) - Increases the Skill Power of the base skill by some percentage.
- Hit Multiply (複数化) - Multiplies the number of targets of the base skill, typically by three. Follow-up effects still only activate once.
- Area-of-Effect (AOE) (全体化) - Causes the base skill to affect all enemies/allies instead of its original number of targets.
- A base skill can only be enhanced by one card (this includes certain subcards that give an Enhance-type effect).
- Enhance skills that have not been Guaranteed will only proc if no other Enhance skill in the hand has proc'd.
- An enhance skill that has been Double Guaranteed will induce, at lowest priority, other unguaranteed cards to activate.
Common Enhance Cards
|Nimue & Nyanko|| 3x Multiply OR
Enhance Skill Priority
Everything you ever needed to know about enhance cards
Things you should know already: enhance cards do nothing by themselves. They give bonuses to other skills, like AOE, multihit, or powerup. Used effectively, they can make your life a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how they work.
Enhance cards will link with any available activated skill, so theoretically you can just throw them out without guaranteeing them. You'll still need other skills to activate in order for the enhance card to work though. Enhance cards will link with skills that have the highest priority, and this priority follows some basic rules:
1. Cards that have been skill guaranteed (SG) have higher priority
2. Non-attack skills have higher priority than attack skills
3. Cards placed first have higher priority
Non-attack skills include Support Cards such as Heal, Shield, Status, Buff, and Debuff. What that rule means is that if a non-attack card is played with SG, then it will take a higher priority than any attacking cards, no matter when it's placed.
As for Status Cards, they fall in an interesting category. For example, Chloe and Witch Nimue; their Skills involve directly attacking the enemy with Non-Elemental attacks. Therefore, they're considered Attack cards. However, for Status Cards that don't directly attack the enemy, they're considered Support (or Non-Attack). For example, a SL5 Harpy would be considered a Support Card as far as Enhance Priority goes.
Example (all examples taken from Famitsu):
J and A are both attack skills, and have been placed before 8 and 4, but 8 is a non-attack skill. As such, it will fire before either J or A. And yes, 4 will also fire before those two. So on this hand, 8 will link with Snow to give everyone a heal.
Since a lot of people don't know this rule, they'll do dumb things like this:
Without the last card in this hand, 4 would have linked with Undine for an AOE attack. Instead, Player 5 stumbles in with an SG non-attack skill which steals the enhance from 4. In this case 10 will do a garbage AOE poison (with a good chance of missing no less). Player 5 either doesn't know how enhance works, or doesn't know that his skill is trash. Anyway, this is a lesson in not SG'ing at every possible opportunity. If your card's skill is shit, don't boast about it. Think a bit first.
Here's a hand that looks good. All skills are SG, and all are attack. An AOE attack is definitely happening. But whether this is optimal sort of depends on what the enemy is. If the enemies are all blue, for example, then red kid's AOE will be inferior to Blades' AOE (insert jokes about Blades' miss rate here), but red kid has priority thanks to being placed first. Often it helps to pay attention to what cards your teammates have, so you don't steal enhance from something a lot stronger than your card.
4. Super fusion has higher priority than enhance
Pretty simple rule, this. It can work a couple of ways. First is the infamous example of Ifrina's super fusion with Phoenix/Apollo/Yohan. Because of the super fusion, Ifrina's powerup enhance is wiped out. The other way is if a card that would have gotten enhance fuses with something else:
Without Player 5's intervention, Athena would have linked with Snow for an AOE shield. But now the two Athenas will fuse instead, which in this case provides a much greater benefit than the Snow enhance. Snow will now link with Blades instead.
5. SG enhance has higher priority than non-SG enhance, otherwise it's random
Ok, so normally you don't have to SG enhance. But it can be useful to do it. Situation one:
The CPU plays their crappy sl1 nymph, which is at first linked with SG Emo Lancelot. Low sl enhance weakens the linked skill a lot, so in this case Player 5 rides in with an SG sl5 Undine, which steals the enhance away from the nymph. So one case where you want to SG enhance is when you want to make sure a certain skill will definitely link with your enhance card. On the flip side, I've seen horribly stupid stuff happen like a 5th player throwing in an SG sl1 Priquet (AOE) to steal enhance from a non-SG sl5 Miku (powerup), with just one enemy on the board! The attack that might have gotten a huge boss-killing powerup was instead forced to do a completely pointless and weakened AOE, and the hand was completely ruined. Don't be that person. Situation two:
Now what? J has an SG, but neither enhance card has SG. When neither enhance card has SG, it's completely random as to which card provides the enhance. So in the suicidal Priquet play I was talking about, there was no guarantee that Miku would have linked if the guy hadn't SG'd Priquet, but there was still a chance of it happening. Situation three:
Two SG enhance, two SG skills. This works the same way as Situation two, so it'll be random as to who enhance 3 and who enhances A. However, following the basic rules, 3 will fire first, then A. If 4 was also SG, then it would go 3, 4, A, so A would have no enhance.
Preventing Enhance Link
As mentioned above, a number of cards can grant an Enhance-like effect when used as Subs. When used in this fashion, the card whose Skill is activated will prevent Enhance Linking. This can be very useful to utilize when you have cards that you don't want to link with Enhance Cards (like Shield Skills for example). Listed below is a list of some of the cards that offer this unique function. Check the cards' pages for more detailed information.
- Loki: When Main Card's skill activates, chance that it activates 2-3 times instead
- Ham Han: 20% chance to apply a 1.5x Power-Up Enhance effect to the Main Card's Skill.
- Yata no Kagami: On Straight+, activates Main Card's Skill twice
- Books of Eibon: See Page for more details.
- Magician: When Main Card's Skill activates, grants 10% Skill Boost and 33% chance not to link with Enhance cards.
- Victoria: When Main Card's Skill Activates, 33% chance to not link with Enhance cards (On Straight+, grants 15% Skill Boost)
- Queen's Pudding: When Main Card's Skill Activates, Heals (4/6/8%) HP and grants +1 (ATK/DEF/AGI). If subbed alongside Victoria, (20/25/33%) chance to not link with Enhance cards.
- Wheel of Fortune: On Skill Activation, heals 5% HP and 33% chance to activate Main Card's Skill twice
- Duran + Phaser Gun/Hadron Pod + Dark Matter: Prevents linking with Enhance cards when subbed. (See Duran's Page for more details.)
- Thor (New Year) + Banquet Tassel: When Main Card's Skill Activates, (20/25/33%) Chance to prevent linking with Enhance Cards. When subbed alongside Thor (New Year) on the same card, chance increases to (60/80/100%)
- Koropokkuru: When Main Card has Heal Skill, 33% chance to activate its Main Skill twice (If under a Status Effect, will activate three times instead)
- Nyarlathotep (B): When Main Card's Skill Activates, 33% chance to activate Main Card's Skill twice; When 3 Eldritch cards are subbed, adds 40% chance to activate Skill three times instead.
Enhance Block Probability
For 33% Subs (or any other Chance-based Sub for that matter), the percentages are actually multiplicative when stacked.
- 1 Sub: 33%
- 2 Subs: 55.11%
- 3 Subs: 69.92%
Example: 3x 33% Subs:
(1 - (1 - 0.33) x (1 - 0.33) x (1 - 0.33)) x 100 = 69.9237%
For Sub Cards with a higher/lower chance, simply replace the numbers accordingly.
Awakened Loki is slightly more complex, since he can do 2-3x. (33% for 2x, 22.1% for 3x; the initial number for calculating would be 55.1%)
For Nyarlathotep (B), this comes out to 59.8% (33% for 2x, 40% for 3x).