Rupee dressed up in a Santa Claus costume, which she has done to deliver gifts and spread the Christmas cheer to everyone this winter. The first white Christmas in 15 years has Rupee incredible busy.
■ Affects target enemy.
Deals 13.65% ATK as damage.
■ Activates when the last bullet hits the target. Affects all allies.
DEF ▲ 19.02% for 5 sec.
■ Affects all allies. Activates when any ally unit uses Burst Skills.
Shopping: DEF ▲ 1.33%, stacks up to 4 time(s) and lasts for 20 sec.
■ Affects all allies. Activates when the caster reaches max stacks of Shopping at the end of Full Burst.
Burst gauge loading speed ▲ 7.9% for 5 sec.
■ Affects self.
Attract: Taunt all enemies for 5 sec.
Recover 50.47% of attack damage as HP over 10 sec.
■ Affects all allies.
Reload Speed ▲ 63.17% for 10 sec.
Re-enter Burst Skill Stage 1.
Winter Shopper Rupee is a Burst I Defender who is a tank/buffer hybrid.
Her S1 skill increases the DEF of allies, but the issue is that DEF has very little impact on the damage reduction, so while it sounds nice on paper, it barely does anything. Her S2 skill again gives DEF to allies, this time when she uses her Burst, but at least there's a second part here that's really interesting - XRupee is the first character in the game that increases the speed of the Burst gauge filling, which translates to lower downtime between Full Bursts. 7.9% might not seem much, but it can make a difference.
As for XRupee Burst skill, it's split into two parts.
The first part Taunts all enemies for 5 seconds and also gives XRupee Lifesteal which in theory should help her survive the beating as she will heal as she attacks the enemies as they attack her. The issue is that when you fight below the recommended power, she will often die instantly as the damage she takes is so big, she can't outheal it. Even the DEF buffs in her kit can't save her as they barely help.
As for the second part of the skill, the massive Reload Speed buff makes her the perfect partner for characters that really need it, like the fan favorite Scarlet. Since the Reload Speed buff lasts for 10 seconds, it will massively increase her DPS.
But wait, there's more! Yes, XRupee has a really packed Burst skill. Let's discuss the last line of the skill.
What 'Re-entering the Burst Skill Stage 1' means is that XRupee is the first character that changes the rules of the game. Till now, you were forced to follow the chain when using Burst Skills (Burst I > Burst II > Burst III), but with XRupee you can sneak in a fourth Burst skill there.
With XRupee in your team, the burst chain would look like this instead: Burst I > Burst I > Burst II > Burst III. This is honestly really strong so of course, it comes with some restrictions that you have to be aware of.
If you want to use XRupee you are forced to run a 2-1-2 formation and XRupee must occupy the most-left spot on the team. Why? Because after she uses her Burst skill, instead of it 'moving' to Burst II characters like it currently does, you will have to ability for your other Burst I character to use her Burst Skill. After that, the chain will follow the normal way.
While this looks great on paper, there's one massive flaw. Mainly that there's an internal cooldown of 1 second after which you can't use the Burst of your other Burst I character. While in PVE this makes it feel clunky, in PVP it means that your enemies would have already used their Burst II and Burst II skills while you're still stuck on Burst I.
Overall, while XRupee looked great before her release, after we will able to test her for a few days we found some flaws in her kit: she can't tank when fighting under a power deficit and the Re-bursting is flawed with the internal cooldown.
massive Reload Speed buff to all allies,
can Taunt and selfheal
re-entering Burst I allows for some fun team formations
you have to play the 2-1-2 (or 2-2-1) formation if you want to use XRupee
the internal cooldown for re-entering Burst is meh in PVP
she feels like paper when fighting enemies under the required power