This Long Blade is another weapon that I find many players are using.
In fact, in my card list, there are more Granite Tombstone users than Wild Sword Laoyang users.
Apparently, it’s a rather special blade because while Long Blades are generally pure Sunder (slash) attribute weapon, this one is pure Crush. Crush weapons are normally Buster Blades and Boost Hammers.
One of its skills, Sword Master, modifies the blade’s damage.
In God Eater, depending on the weapon’s attack attribute and the Aragami’s body part’s resistance, there are 4 types of damage: Critical, Great, Good and OK. It can be visually identified by the hit effects. Critical is big white slash, Great is red, Good is green, and OK is just little sparks.
The Sword Master increases Critical damage by 1.5 while reduces Good and OK damage to 0.5.
The negative effect of the skill might be worrisome, but apparently it’s pretty easy to find Aragami’s body parts that lead to Critical damage, perhaps thanks to its very high Crush stat, and then focus on them and lead to big damages. Even the Great parts are okay too, since they are not affected. Just avoid the Good and OK ones.
There’s also a concept of breaking enemy’s armors and generally I find it easier than ever to break armor parts with this weapon (I guess most armors are susceptible to Crush?)
It also has All Out Attack skill, which increases damage at the cost of using some stamina for each attack (it’s as if this blade is built to kill!), and Increase Oracle Intake during Burst skill.
But really, players use the Blood Arts Impulse Edge Rapid Fire with this weapon.
This Blood Arts shoots rapid-fire bullets and while I’m not sure how it really works, the bullets supposedly derive their attributes from the blade’s (so it should be very powerful as well). This move spends OP, so the Increase Oracle Intake skill is also beneficial. With Blast Gun’s OP reserve system (when OP gauge is full, you can ‘store it’ for future use and carry on accumulating), you can keep shooting for a very long time.
So players collect enough OP, target the Aragami’s Critical parts, spam this Blood Arts, down the enemies, and continue spamming while they’re down. The Aragamis usually die pretty fast. It’s pretty much the secret of the fast killers, if you meet these players ^^;