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★★★★★

Type97

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Self-buff RoF

Buffs SMG
Evasion +18%
Rate of Fire +10%
HP 58 → 116x5
(580)
DMG 19 → 54
ACC 6 → 51
EVA 6 → 46
RoF 48 → 72
Armor -
Clip -
Crit 20%
Speed 10
Recommended
Initial CD: 2s
CD: 16s
Assault Focus T: Increase self rate of fire by 50% for 15s.

Pros

Cons

  • Falls out of meta due to the prevalence of armors and the existence of new high-performing ARs

Analysis

One of the two ARs with the shortest initial skill CD, the other one being her sister, Type95AR.

Unlike Type95AR, Type97AR has a RoF self-buff instead of FP self-buff, bringing her to 108 RoF (only 1 frame away from cap) which aids her role of clearing out enemies quickly with early skill activation. Both Type97AR and Type95AR achieve very similar DPS, but against non-armored, having a RoF self-buff allows the former to avoid overkilling as well as better target switching. The opposite is also true however, as armored would diminish her effectiveness whereas her sister still has a better fighting chance. Her tile buff follows a more traditional placement, allowing her to be placed in 1.

While there is nothing wrong with Type97AR for the current time being, she has a rather bleak future. Traditional self-buffers show their limit due to their lack of unique mechanics, and Type97AR is among those who is hit the hardest. The AR pool becomes bloated and there is not a whole lot of justification in raising Type97AR over different ARs like Zas M21AR, who excels at early wave-clearing with her fast nade, or Gr G11AR, who has great team synergy alongside massive DPS potential. She is essentially an overpriced ST AR-15AR, without any future MOD to back her up.

Like her sister, Type97AR is not bad, but the standard for AR has risen high enough that your cores are better spent elsewhere. She is optional, but is Recommended if you have her special equipment.