Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (2024)

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (1)

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Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (2)Ether

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (3)Support

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (4)Strike

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (5)Cunning Hares

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1.

Introduction - Nicole Demara

Nicole Demara is an A-Rank Ether Support Agent in Zenless Zone Zero.She specializes in debuffing enemies with her energy fieldsto reduce a target's Attribute Anomaly RES. Nicole Demara belongs to the Cunning HaresFaction alongside other characters such as Nekomata and Billy Kid.

The leader of the odd-job agency the Cunning Hares, who accept all kinds of Hollow-relatedcommissions. She's been on the streets for many years, and has a reputation among her peers asbeing exceedingly cunning. She's been blacklisted by many clients due to her all-or-nothing approach.She loves money, but it surprisingly bad at managing it, leaving the Cunning Hares constantly on theedge of bankruptcy and owing many debts.

Nicole Demara can be pulled at a regular rate from all Channels, excluding theBangboo Channel. She is also given to you through the story, specifically after rescuing Billy Kid and Nekomata in The Hare and the Proxy.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (6)Strengths

  • Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (7)Great crowd control being able to easily group multiple enemies.
  • Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (8)Powerful 25% Ether damage buff.
  • Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (9)A significant 40%(At Lv.7) DEF reduction core passive.

Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (10)Weaknesses

  • Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (11)Both Core Skills have a 3.5s cooldown meaning that planning, timing and regular swapping are important to maintain these passives.
  • Nicole Demara Guide and Best Builds (12)Crowd control utility is less effective on larger boss enemies.

3.

4.

Skills, Mindscapes, and Promotions

SkillsMindscapesPromotions

Basic Dodge Assist Special Chain Core

SkillDescription
Basic Attack: Cunning Combo

Press to activate:

Unleashes up to 3 strikes, dealing Physical DMG.

Basic Attack: Do As I PleaseAfter using a Special Attack, EX Special Attack, Chain Attack orUltimate, Nicole can reload, and her Basic Attack and Dash Attack areenhanced, increasing the power of her bullets.
SkillDescription
Dodge: Speed Demon

Press to activate:

A rapid dodge. Character is invulnerable while using this skill.

Hold to reload after dodging, enhancing BasicAttack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Dash Attack: Jack in the Box

When moving during a dodge press :

Dashes in the target location direction and strikes nearby enemies,dealing Physical DMG.

When not moving during a dodge, press :

Vaults backward and launches a ranged attack against enemies in front,dealing Physical DMG. Automatically reloads after the attackto enhance her Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Dodge Counter: Diverted Bombard

Press during a Perfect Dodge to activate:

Dodge backwards and send a ranged strike at enemies in front,dealing Ether DMG.

Character is invulnerable while using this skill. Automatically reloadsafter the attack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

SkillDescription
Quick Assist: Emergency Bombard

When the character on-field launched, press activate:

Dodge backwards and send a ranged strike against enemies in front, dealing Ether DMG.

Character is invulnerable while usingthis skill. Automatically reloads after the attack to enhance BasicAttack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Defensive Assist: The Hare Strikes Back!

When the character on field is about to be attacked, press to activate:

Parries the enemy's attack, dealing massive Daze. Character isInvulnerable while using this skill.

Assist Follow-Up: Window of Opportunity

Press after a Defensive Assist to activate:

Charge forward and bombard enemies, dealing Ether DMG.Character is invulnerable while using this skill.

SkillDescription
Special Attack: Sugarcoated Bullet

Press to activate:

Unleashes a ranged strike against enemies in front, dealing EtherDMG.

Anti-Interupt level is increased while using this skill.Automatically reloads after the attack to enhance BasicAttack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

EX Special Attack: Stuffed Sugarcoated Bullet

With enough Energy, press to activate:

A powerful ranged strike, generating an energy field that pulls enemiestowards its center to deal Ether DMG.

Hold down to charge up this attack,during which a small energy field is generated at themuzzle as Energy is consumed, dealing bonus damage to enemies nearby.

Character is invulnerable while using thisskill. A Quick Assist is triggered when this skill hits an enemy. Automatically reloads after the attack to enhance Basic Attack andDash Attack up to 8 times.

SkillDescription
Chain Attack: Ether Shellacking

When a Chain Attack is triggered, select the Agent to Activate:

Unleash powerful ranged strikes at enemiesin a small area, generating an energy field that pulls enemies towards itscenter to deal Ether DMG.

Characteris Invulnerable while using this skill. A Quick Assist is triggered when thisskill hits an enemy. Automatically reloads after the attackto enhance Basic Attack and DashAttack up to 8 times.

Ultimate: Ether Grenade

When Decibel Rating is at Maximum, press toactivate:

Unleashes a powerful ranged strike at enemies in a small area,generating an energy field that pulls enemies towards its center to deal Ether DMG.

When using this skill, other squad members recover 10 Energy. Thenext character to switch in gains an additional 20 Energy.

Character is invulnerable while using this skill. A Quick Assist istriggered when this skill hits an enemy. Automatically reloads after theattack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

SkillDescription
Core Passive: Mechanical Case

When using a Special Attack, EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, orUltimate, Nicole can reload, enchancing her Basic Attack and Dash Attack.

When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hit an enemy, thetarget's DEF is reduced by 20%(Lv.1) for 2s.

Additional Ability: Hare of Many Burrows

When another character in your squad shares the same Atribute or Faction:

When Nicole's Core Passive applies a debuff, the target takes anadditional 25% more Ether DMG.

5.

Nicole Demara's Best Mindscapes

Nicoles best Mindscape is Corrupting Energy Field (M6) which provides avery significant CRIT Rate buff to all squad member's including nicole. Thatbeing said, M1, M2 and M4 are also noticeable upgrades to her base kit allowingher to further embrace her supportive role.

#MindscapeDescription
M1Supercharged BombThe DMG and the Anomaly Buildup inflicted by Nicole's EXSpecial Attack increases by 16%. For each additional 0.1sof charging when Nicole activates her EX Special Attack,the duration of the energy field created at the targetlocation increases by 0.15s.
M2Charging DeviceNicole recovers 5 Energy when Core Passive: Mechanical Case's debuff is triggered. This effect can trigger once every 15s.
M3A Hare's CunningBasic Attack, Dodge, Assist, Special Attack, and Chain Attack Lv. +2.
M4Field ExpansionWhen Nicole uses her EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, or Ultimate, the diameter of the energy field generated at the target location is increased by 3m.
M5Industry StarBasic Attack, Dodge, Assist, Special Attack, and Chain Attack Lv. +2.
M6Corrupting Energy FieldWhen Nicole's energy fields deal DMG to an enemy, all squad member's CRIT Rate against that enemy increases by 1.5% stacking up to 10 times, and lasting 12s. The duration of each stack is calculated separately.

5.1.

Nicole Demara's Promotion Passives

SkillDescription
Core Skill Enhancement A
  • Base Energy Regen increases by 0.12/s
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 25% for 3.5s.
Core Skill Enhancement B
  • Base ATK increased by 25
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 30% for 3.5s.
Core Skill Enhancement C
  • Base Energy Regen increases by 0.12/s
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 34% for 3.5s.
Core Skill Enhancement D
  • Base ATK increased by 25
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 36% for 3.5s.
Core Skill Enhancement E
  • Base Energy Regen increases by 0.12/s
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 38% for 3.5s.
Core Skill Enhancement F
  • Base ATK increased by 25
  • Core Passive: Sharp-Toothed Skill Lv.+1
  • When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 40% for 3.5s.

6.

How to Play Nicole

Nicole Demara is used primarily as a support character; she specializes indebuffing enemies hit by using her enhanced bullets and launching powerful crowd control inthe form of Ether Energy Fields.

This character operates off a reload system. Plainly put, using her crowd control abilities(EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, or Ultimate) will force a reload on her bullets, enhancing themand causing her Basic Attacks and Dash Attacks to deal more damage.

Nicole can debuff the enemy using enhanced bullets orEnergy Fields, all enemies hit by this will have theirDEF reduced by 40% (With Enhancement F) for 3.5 seconds.

To add to the aforementioned debuffs, Nicole's Energy Fields will pull enemiestogether, acting simimlarly to how you'd expect a black hole to work. Thiscreates a window of opportunity for your main damage dealers to strike,dealing increased amounts of damage to all enemies in the Energy Field.

Upon reaching Mindcape 6 and obtaining Corrupting Energy Field,Nicole can also increase the CRIT Rate against an enemy by up to 15%

7.

Nicole Demara Support Build

BiS W-Engine Weeping Cradle
Alternative W-Engines
  1. The Vault
  2. Slice of Time
  3. [Reverb] Mark II
  4. [Reverb] Mark III
Best Drive Discs

4 Piece:

  1. Swing Jazz

2 Piece:

  1. Freedom Blues
  2. Chaotic Metal
Main Stats
  • Disc 4: Anomaly Proficiency
  • Disc 5: Ether DMG
  • Disc 6: Energy Regen
Substat Priority
  1. Anomaly Proficiency
Skill Priority
  1. Core Skill
  2. EX Special Attack
  3. Assist
  4. Ultimate
  5. Dodge
  6. Basic Attack

Nicoles best W-Engines are Weeping Cradle and The Vault which both help to enhance the squad's DMG. WeepingCradle is likely better used on other characters being an S-Rankso The Vault should be your go to.

There is currently only a single 4-piece Drive Disc that Nicole cantake advantage of, which is Swing Jazz. Other 2-piece options only reallyhelp to increase her personal damage which is less significant. For Main Statson your Discs, the only important one is having Energy Regen in slot VI, theother main stats are flexibile if you managed to roll good pieces.

7.1.

Bangboo Information

In terms of Cunning Hares Bangboo, Amillion is yourbest and only real option outside of generic supportive Bangboo due tobeing the only Bangboo with a Cunning Hares ability.

Nicole however has 2 good Ether Bangboo, Devilbooand Resonaboo are both great options when playing in Ether teams.

8.

Nicole Demara Team Comps and Synergy

As a support, Nicole Demara can be used in any team that is able to utiliseher grouping or DMG buffs however her best teams feature members of the Cunning Hares faction or Ether so that herHare of Many Burrows additional ability can be activated. Until Zhu Yuanreleases, there are no Ether DPS for Nicole to be paired with.

DPSStunSupportBangboo
Nekomiya Mana
  • Von Lycaon
  • Koleda Belobog
  • Anby Demara
Nicole Demara Amillion
Billy Kid
  • Von Lycaon
  • Koleda Belobog
  • Anby Demara
Nicole Demara Amillion

Shown above are Cunning Hares teams using Nekomiya Mana and Billy Kid as the DPS of the group. Any of the availablestun characters can work however Von Lycaon is your best optionif available and not being used in an Ice team.

8.1.

Changelog

  • 07 Jul. 2024: Full Guide released.
  • 15 Jun. 2024: Page added.

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