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With its RPG mechanics and mostly multi-player gameplay, some obtainable characters and items from the game tend to stand out from the rest, to the point that they could make some aspects of the game trivial, as well as being copied and emulated by the competitive players until the individual game-breaking parts combine and gradually evolve into a Metagame.

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    General Metagame 
  • Summer Zooey combined with an Enmity-based weapon grid can destroy any Omega or most event/raid bosses in a few turns, which resulted to the "Zooey Meta". Enmity is a weapon skill that buffs characters' attack based on how much percentage of HP they're missing. In most cases, trying to get the most of the skill presents two major drawbacks. 1) It might take some time to get party members' HP at a low-yet-manageable percentage (around 60%), which in a raid the boss might be defeated before the player's party is buffed enough 2) It's harder to keep party members alive fighting with low HP. With Summer Zooey's Conjunction skill, those two drawbacks no longer matter. The skill reduces party members' HP to 1, so they're getting the maximum possible attack boost from that skill, makes the party immune to damage for a turn, and for 4 turns party members can get up to 15% of their HP back by attacking the boss. Generally, the Enmity/Zooey Meta is a risk-and-reward gameplan that encourages the player to defeat the boss as fast as possible while your characters are in a near-death state, since high healing trades away your damage output, unlike the Stamina Meta. While this works for a majority of the early-to-midgame content, having low-health characters is quite risky in end-game raids such as Ultimate Bahamut or Lucilius, since these bosses have a wide number of gimmicks that can remove Conjunction's invulnerability buff or outright kill near-death party members with Non Elemental Damage.
    • What generally makes the Zooey Meta a game-breaker is the fact that mid-game builds for the Dark and Wind elements are usually Enmity based and are easily accessible to everyone through grinding, or by purchasing them from the shop. With the Celeste Claw Omega and the Tiamat Bolt Omega, players who own Summer Zooey early on can easily take advantage of her capabilities even by just collecting six of the aforementioned weapons each. To elaborate, both weapons have Medium Attack Boost and Small Enmity passives that contribute well enough to the game's damage formula. And since they are technically farmable from the Omega raids, one can accomplish such grids faster than end-game builds. The fact that Summer Zooey ends up being in another elemental team such as Wind for an "Enmity Enabler" makes her shake the meta a bit.
    • So as stated above, the Celeste Claw Omega provides Medium Attack Boost and Small Enmity passives, right? Well, there is another weapon that directly upgrades those passives! Gisla provides Big Attack Boost and Medium Enmity passives. However, making the most benefits out of the weapon also requires having the summon Hades, as Gisla uses a Normal modifier as a counterpart to Celeste Claw Omega's Omega modifier. If the Celeste Omega summon boosts Omega modifiers, Hades is the counterpart for Normal Modifiers. Lastly, getting both Hades and Gisla requires luck, or several draw attempts, as both only are obtainable from the gacha. Those who are extremely lucky or have spent a lot of time, effort and money are usually the ones who own these two game-breaking items.
    • The aforementioned Summer Zooey and other factors of the Dark element like the wide variety of weapons usable compared to other elements and most enemies lacking an elemental resistance to it makes the whole element a game-breaker to the point where parts of the game are getting rebalanced and/or deliberately designed to blunt its power and encourage players to use other elements. In fact, several bosses have access to party-wide Plain Damage attacks that can completely ignore the invulnerability buff of Summer Zooey's Conjunction, so at least players would be forced to think of the timing or prepare Auto-Revive abilities in advance before casting Conjunction.
  • The year 2018 gave rise to the Ougi-centric meta with the release of Vajra, the Kengo class and 4★ Bonito, mostly for elements like Water which is known to have several characters (i.e. Yngwie, Lilile, Altair, Silva) that instantly fill (or increase the rates of gaining) Charge Bar boosts for themselves or for the entire party. The combination of the three were later dubbed and memed within the entire Granblue playerbase as the "Kengonito Meta"note . With the number of Vajra's multi-attack buffs and the Double Strike buff, she can easily refill her charge bar. And for every Charge Attack that she unleashes with the Loyalty Eternal passive, succeeding Charge attacks get increased damage. Being a Katana user also gives her 200% Charge Bar allowing her to cast multiple Limit Breaks in a single turn. The Kengo class is built around Charge Attacks with the No More Doubt and One With The Blade abilities essentially turning the Player Character into a stronger Vajra. The final uncap of the Bonito instantly grants 200% Charge Bar upon calling, greatly benefiting Katana users.
    • While the combo of Kengo, Vajra and 4★ Bonito is already powerful, there's one more character that can be added to make the combo even more broken, Summer Grea. Her main gimmick is her second skill, which gives both herself and one other character a buff that gives them even more powerful charge attacks along with a bit of healing and additional charge bar at the end of every turn, and there's no downtime and it can't be dispelled. Her third skill also gives herself and her linked partner guaranteed triple attacks with a high crit rate, which combos nicely with Kengo's or Vajra's multi-strike buffs. And to top it off, Grea isn't too shabby with dealing damage herself, especially if the opponent is afflicted with her signature Dracoforce debuff.
    • Lastly, the 4★ Upgrade of Drang's weapon, Blue Sphere and a weapon dropped by Europa, Tyros Zither also increase Charge Attack Damage. Combine all of these factors and one can just call Bonito, apply buffs and watch as the bosses die by back-to-back Limit Breaks.
  • As a direct counterpart to the Zooey Meta, the year 2019 brought the "Monkey Meta" with Andira having a synergy with Stamina-based weapon grids. If the Enmity status buff requires your characters to have low amounts of HP to benefit from attack boosts, Stamina requires your characters to maintain a high percentage of HP remaining. Andira's "Unborn, Undying" skill just so happens to restore your entire party to full HP with a single press of a button, allowing your team to recover while benefiting from Stamina grids at the same time. Not only that, the skill also restores 1000 HP to the parties involved in the raid. The only downside to this is that the skill has a 12-turn cooldown, making it more of an emergency button. Her 5★ uncap upgrades in 2019 just also happens to make all of the buffs provided by her second to fourth skills become undispellable by your enemies. Her "Tricumulo" skill provides a Unique "Loop" buff which in itself is a combination of several offensive buffs. And with a 6-turn duration and a 7-turn cooldown, Tricumulo is spammable. Lastly, the debuffs provided by her "Multi-Decree" skill last indefinitely and can't be removed. To prevent it from outright weakening the boss for everyone else, Multi-Decree is a local debuff, applicable only to your party. All of these, (despite turning into a meta) require you to put some effort and level Andira to 100. The damage output for Stamina Meta is not as strong as the Enmity Meta since the turn-based system of Granblue ensures that your party would slowly lose health the longer a boss fight runs. But with Andira's ability to completely restore HP, Stamina Meta tends to shine more on end-game raids where survivability is prioritized over quick boss killing.
    • The end-game Omega II Raid of Grimnir may drop a Stamina-based weapon named Last Storm Harp, which makes a synergy with Andira even more. While its initial stats are weaker than the Tiamat Bolt Omega of mid-game wind grids, the harp makes up for it with the "Verity" weapon skill that boosts Critical Hit rate.

    Character and Weapon Synergies 
  • Korwa is another one, even after getting nerfed. While a bit tricky to set up (you need 7 turns and her actually getting attacked once for most of them to work), once you get her buff/charged attack cycles going, she will bestow buffs beyond almost any other character and keep them going. Even though she's a wind character, her effectiveness isn't reduced for most other elements. The fact that she doesn't synergize well at all with Summer Zooey/Dark Enmity builds prevents a combination of the two from absolutely wrecking the game. With the rise of 5★ Niyon and Kokkoro, more prevalent enemy uses of Dispel and Korwa's need of ramping up, she has fallen out of this status.
    • And this is AFTER being nerfed. Release Korwa lasted 24 hours, during which strong players that were lucky enough to roll her could defeat bosses designed for coordinated groups of rank 101+ players solo due to stronger buffs and longer buff extensions from her Limit Break. While nowadays a player has to have a little luck to break even on Korwa's buff extensions, during this time it was possible to see buff durations exceeding 60 turns.
  • Earth De La Fille. While an improvement (a good buffer for Earth), the game breaking part comes from her passive skill that has a 20% chance to drop casino coins ranging from double digits to over millions per activation at the end of every battle. Goodbye Scrappy Mechanic!
  • For a duration of about half an hour after release, the Elysian class was the most broken thing in the game's history, due to one of its skills that massively debuffed the enemy's resistance to status effects. It doesn't sound that amazing until someone found out that the list of said effects included Lethal Hit... by accidentally murdering a Proto Bahamut Impossible raid in one shot. The class's newfound ability to quite literally kill any enemy in the game in two clicks made quite the uproar and ended up very quickly patched out.
    • Among the characters who can provide the Lethal Hit debuff, Tweyen of the Eternals is an easy candidate as she is free (obtainable via grinding) and her second skill can inflict 13 Status Ailments (including Lethal Hit) with a rather high success rate.
    • As seen above anything able to quickly kill a high level raid like Proto Bahamut Impossible will most certainly get patched in a hurry.
  • With the release of the updated Arcarum in the late 2017, the Ground Zero skill of Threo becomes one. In this mode, the enemies have a high health pool, with a majority having a high resistance to damage. Add the fact that you only have 100 Turns (Normal) or 50 Turns (Hard and Extreme) for completing an entire expedition - Moving blocks, taking turns during battles, and even retreating will reduce the counter. With Ground Zero however, Arcarum battles end up as quickly as clicking a single button. To elaborate, it is a skill readily available at Turn 1 that can deal a massive amount of damage (up to a million) based on how high Threo's health is. Being a Plain-damage attribute, it ignores enemy defenses, while also allowing the player to one-shot almost all low-tier mobs on the Normal difficulty, while saving the remaining turns for the more challenging and difficult bosses at every 3rd expedition. However, any sources of Non-Elemental damage were Nerfed to deal only half of their supposed value in the mode's Extreme difficulty, as Cygames' measure to prevent Ground Zero from breaking all of the mode's content.
    • Any unit capable of copying Threo's Ground Zero also counts. And because of her Facsimile skill, even an R rarity character like Lunalu became a game-breaker. Note the above-mentioned Nerf where Arcarum Extreme halved Plain Damage values? That would mean nothing to Lunalu when she has the chance of making you unleash two Ground Zeroes in the same turn. She later received an SSR version where Facsimile is no longer chance-based, but guaranteed to succeed. This combo makes the tedious grind of Arcarum Extreme a piece of cake to those who have both characters.
    • Once upon a time, damage for Ground Zero was calculated in a way to quickly escalate to absurd levels, able to one shot Proto Bahamut, this got patched quickly into what we have today.
    • Threo is commonly used in Slime quests as her Ground Zero can easily bypass the absurdly high defense of the otherwise low-HP slimes, killing any of them in one hit. This even includes their "King" variants, which makes her very useful when it comes to Money Grinding or Level Grinding your other party members' levels and EMP.
    • Since the solo Slime Quests are composed of two waves, Threo may not be sufficient enough for farming as her ability can mostly clear out one wave. For that, any other character with Non-Elemental damage gets added to the party to clear the rest. Or if the player doesn't want to sacrifice other slots, any weapon with a Non-Elemental damage ability such as Disparia and Spiked Baseball Bat can be utilized by the Swordmaster or Glorybringer classes to farm slimes alongside Threo.
    • Ground Zero can also be used to annihilate the six Daily Hard Omega raids for farming their respective animas and fodders. Because almost all of them have HP values lower than the skill's soft damage cap of 1.2 million, it can be guaranteed that Threo can kill them with one press of a button. Among the six, only Celeste has a higher HP value which exceeds the skill's damage cap, but she can still be easily killed on Turn 1 with a follow-up Berserker's Forge, Arcarum Summon Call, or the Swordmaster/Glorybringer's Awaken Blade ability from the two aforementioned anti-Slime weapons Disparia and Spiked Baseball Bat.
  • Pick a 5★ Eternal. Any of them (albeit some moreso than others). They all have powerful abilites, a higher charge attack cap, and a powerful ultimate skill that can be used after turn 10 in case everything else isn't enough. Good luck getting one though.
    • Anre 5★ gets both a "nuke" skill with an insanely high damage cap, and an incredibly powerful buff that lets him deal insane damage for one turn, on top of all the defensive skills he already had, including his ultimate, which cuts all damage in half and then heals any damage that was taken. His charge attack also gives both a Stamina (increased damage the higher your health is) and Shield buff to the whole party. His kit is so powerful that he has been called Water's version of Summer Zooey.
    • Tweyen 5★ gets improvements that make her a better auto-attacker, but what makes her really broken is her ultimate, which extends the duration of all debuffs by 90 seconds including her trademark minute-long paralyze.
    • Threo 5★ gets even more plain damage to Ground Zero and her Sword mode charge attack, as well as a slew of other buffs to her offensive power. And if the enemy isn't dead within 10 turns, her ultimate gives her four straight turns of full charge bar in order to murder it.
    • Feower 5★ is basically a Chaos Ruler with a Four-Sky Blade on steroids. He can inflict a slew of useful debuffs (including a unique defense down debuff that breaks the normal cap for defense debuffs), coupled together with powerful nukes, extend the duration of buffs, randomly reset his cooldowns after each turn (and after using a skill with his EMP) and give the entire party a multiattack buff on charge attack. Even better, his kit synergizes insanely well with Anre's.
    • Fif 5★ has incredibly powerful heals, can reduce damage from dark enemies and resurrect the entire party with her ultimate. Compared to everything else on this list, it doesn't seem like much, but in a Stamina-based grid where your damage depends on how high your health is, she's invaluable. A recent buff gives her a Stamina buff along with her heal, and turns her auto-revive into an absurdly powerful buff that still auto-revives.
    • Seox 5★ has insane damage buffs that ramp up incredibly fast, defensive buffs that protect him from damage (and losing his most powerful buff), additional damage whenever he has Mirror Image (which is easily provided by his charge attack) and his ultimate gives him four turns of invincibility and attacking twice per turn to wail on the enemy.
    • Seofon 5★'s improved Swordshine system lets him give the whole party full charge attack bars as early as turn 2, and lets him triple attack 100% of the time so long as one remembers to refresh his Swordshine stacks. In addition, just being in the party gives everyone higher charge attack damage, as well as a higher charge attack damage cap. His ultimate also gives the party full charge attack bars, but also pairs it with a huge charge attack damage buff for good measure.
    • Eahta 5★ generates huge amounts of charge attack meter between his absurdly high multiattack rate buffs, increased charge speed, and skills that give him even more charge attack on top of that. All that meter can either be transferred to other party members or used for himself, making him a perpetual charge attack battery. And if it isn't enough, his ultimate gives him permanent uplift, giving him even more meter. And to top it off, his powerful offensive buffs make him a great attacker as well, particularly on element.
    • Niyon 5★ has both powerful buffs and debuffs that pretty much make her Korwa 2.0, without the Fil buildup that Korwa needs. She also synergizes extremely well with Seofon 5★, protecting him during the first few turns he needs to stack up his Swordshine and further increasing his offensive power. Her ultimate gives the party 4 straight turns of 100% triple attack and echo.
    • Tien 5★ can give herself powerful buffs every few turns based on how high Bounty Hunter has been stacked. Her ultimate allows her to apply these buffs to the entire party, and give them Break Assassin/Salted Wound on top of them to decimate any enemy in break status. She was then buffed in September 2018 to get a debuff that lets anyone use Break-affecting skills at any time. While she's the weakest out of the Eternals overall, her status as this cements just how powerful they all are.
  • Playable Alexiel applies in that on top of tanking abilities that outclass Sara, her offensive abilities are nothing to sneeze at (to the point where she renders all other offensive/defensive characters unneeded). It's gotten to the point where there is no more debate on who to have as an ultimate earth party as she fills the opening not taken by the final-uncapped Eternals.
  • Shiva. Essentially Fire's answer to Summer Zooey, he's the closest thing to a Master of All the game has. His skills apply a permanent debuff to its target on top of dealing a very respectable amount of damage; gives a five turn buff to the party that provides both damage cap up and damage taken reduced; and a buff that gives him a number of useful things like guaranteed triple attack, 20% wind damage lowered and an 80% increased chance to crit. Using his Charge Attack gives him both a 25% boost to attack for the next turn and a unique buff that dramatically increases both the damage and the damage cap of his next CA use, though he can't get it with the same attack that is boosted by it. Like other Disciples, he also has a passive that provides a 30% boost to Fire Attack Up when it's applied, but he also has a passive that provides a flat 15% boost to one target attacks (conveniently all he can do) and makes him even stronger with each CA use. His only downside - reduced meter gain - by Anila (the now second best Fire character) patching that up alongside making him even more busted than he already is.
  • Grimnir does not disappoint all his fans who've been waiting for him to be playable. If Alexiel has the ultimate defensive kit, and Shiva has the ultimate offensive kit, then Grimnir has the ultimate utility kit. His 1st skill applies a Shield, a Veil (in an element sorely lacking in this buff), and an entirely new buff, Dispel Cancel, which does Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The last one alone makes him very valuable in HL raids, where bosses like to toss out Dispels. And if the fight lasts long enough to warrant using the skill a 2nd time, it also gives Mirror Image and a 50% damage cut. His passive lets him attack all enemies with his normal attack, but his 2nd skill can disable that in exchange for a buff that gets better the more times he uses his 1st and 2nd skills or uses a charge attack, and after the second time, it starts throwing in a party-wide turn of Anytime Assassin. Finally, his third skill is a powerful nuke that comes with a Delay, and if the Delay lands, it gives Grimnir a charge attack buff and some meter.
  • The Campaign-Exclusive Quests have a Fake Difficulty that Caps the damage instances that you use against it, essentially making the fight a bit longer since the damage formula gets thrown out of the window for a bit and you'll have to prioritize multi-hit damaging abilities. However, the release of the Gladiator class breaks this questline's rule as it offers Decimate, a single skill with up to 10 damage instances. With a single press of a button, you can say goodbye to that Fake Difficulty.
  • The Windhose weapon boasts a unique weapon skill called "Chain Force" which increases Charge Attack Damage and Cap. It is solely built around improving a team's Charge Attack capabilities, as its Charge Attack provides 30% and 10% boosts to Charge Attack damage and cap to the entire party, which makes a synergy with its passive weapon skill. By default, all allies also gain a 10% boost to their Charge Bar, which even makes chains much easier. This weapon is otherwise a staple for two classes:
    • Glorybringer: The Resonance skill provides the captain a full Charge Bar on demand, allowing them and their party members to benefit from the C.A. effects at Turn 1. This can be beneficial during Strike Time, as well as for initiating quick Combos with Wind characters who also have "C.A. Instant Standby" like Melissabelle.
    • Much like the Glorybringer, the Chrysaor class can greatly benefit from Charge Attack boosts due to the number of skills that the class relies on C.A. effects:
      • "Blade Swap II" allows you to have an alternative Charge Attack effect to go along with Windhose, while also providing further boosts to your base Charge Attack Damage and Cap.
      • "Dual Arts" allow you to re-activate your Charge Attack within the same turn - dealing additional damage while reapplying the effects given by Windhose.
      • Even before using the previously-mentioned "Dual Arts", you can use the Chrysaor's "Diptych" skill for the Double Strike buff. Combine this with Dual Arts and you can have an additional two charge attacks and one normal attack on the same turn!

  • This is the reason why the Genesis Series summons are only limited to one Summon Call per battle. Aside from their passive 120%-140% damage boost that easily makes them Infinity +1 Summons, they have such overpowered call effects that making them one-time-use summons is the only way to prevent them from turning the gameplay into a joke:
    • Shiva provides the "Path of Destruction" buff which raises the damage output of the characters' next attack by 110% and also raises the damage cap. This essentially means that the next source of attack will deal more than a double of its original value. With this buff, Charge Attacks will deal a lot until they reach their upper "hard" damage cap values, easily allowing you to deal millions of damage per character. Yet, you can still deal higher amounts of damage other than Charge Attacks if you've managed to optimize your grid and team buffs to the point where you can deal millions of damage per auto-attacks. This strategy is more viable, since auto-attacks take lesser time to cast than the longer animations of Charge Attacks.
    • Godsworn Alexiel initially provides 70% guaranteed damage reduction to the party for 1 turn, which can then be combo'd and stacked with other character abilities that provide further damage reduction. When you uncap the summon to 3★, the buff is strengthened to 100% damage reduction... or in other words, a complete invulnerability to your entire party for 1 turn. Even the notorious 10-million damage from Bahamut's Skyfall would mean nothing if you can simply take it without risks. The only things that could render it useless are Plain Damage attacks that ignore defense buffs. Thing is, there are only a handful of end-game bosses that possess such Plain Damage abilities that would make Godsworn Alexiel useless.
    • Grimnir provides your party with a 10,000-point shield as well as the "God of War Returns" buff. The latter is simply nothing more than a support nuke that automatically fires 3 times with an interval of 2 turns per shot. What makes this buff viable is that it is a free damaging attack that doesn't take up a turn. The shield is not to be sneezed at either. While a fixed 10,000-point shield sounds weaker compared to Godsworn Alexiel that can negate millions of damage for a turn, Grimnir compensates by making the shield buff last for 3 turns instead. This becomes beneficial against bosses who have 1-2 Charge Diamonds and can spam their special damaging attacks.
    • Europa stands out to be the tamest of the Genesis Series summons as her Call Effect is merely an Auto-Revive for 2 random knocked-out characters with a 50% HP upon revival. If you don't have dead characters, her call is practically useless. If you have more than 2 dead characters, you are at the mercy of the Random Number God to decide who lives. However, being an on-demand revival option is still beneficial to have for a Water Summon, because most of the Fire-elemental bosses tend to have such highly-damaging attacks that could outright kill your party members if you became unprepare, such as Colossus Omega's Dimensional Cleave.
  • Even before being 5* uncapped, the Providence Series summons Lucifer and Bahamut are considered to be the best and most sought after unticketable light and dark summons in the game, and even more so their 5* uncap where their auras are a whomping 150% at level 200.
  • The Primarch Series summons are also sought after in their own right due to their subauras which give a 5% boost to their respective elements damage cap , which rises to 10% uncap being fully uncapped, and their call effects. It helps that unlike the Genesis series summons, they’re like the Providence series summons and can be reused after cool-down. Most notably:
    • Uriel is considered to be the best Primarch series summon due to his call which gives all Earth allies Uriel’s Favor, a unique multiplier that boosts attack up to 30% and defense up to 50%. He also gives all allies a 30% charge bar boost which is useful for Okto teams.
    • Gabriel is considered to be the second best Primarch series Summon after Uriel due to her call, which inflicts Pureflow on all fire enemies, an effect which boosts the damage taken and lowers damage dealt on water allies from fire enemies. The effect is local and has a 5 turn up-time. This along with the fact that she grants a 70% fire damage shield to all water allies which lasts one turn.
    • Sariel is the dark Primarch summon that combines part of Uriel’s call, which is his 30% charge bar gain, and Gabriel’s call, her damage taken damage dealt making him a powerful summon to slot into your grid.
    • Metatron is a powerful light Primarch summon that combines part of Gabriel’s call, her damage taken damage dealt, and Michael’s ability to remove one buff from the enemy, making him a good summon to slot into your grid.
    • Halluel and Malluel unlike the other Primarch series summons, they can only be summoned once per battle and have a lower boost to elemental attack. However, what makes them good is their call which inflicts on an enemy 15% attack down, 15% defense down and Everbane, which boosts damage taken to an enemy and lowers its HP every turn. It’s duration is indefinite and cannot be removed.


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