Grace Howard Guide – Best Builds

Grace Howard in Zenless Zone Zero is an S rank Agent who deals Electric anomaly and piercing damage. She specializes in rapid shock AOE damage and can easily apply the shock effect in record time thanks to her special ability.

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Below, you will find the best anomaly DPS builds for Grace as of the ZZZ 1.0 release. Rather you are a F2P player or a spender, this guide is for you! *Note that these builds assume base talent level.


Overview

Available on the standard banner, Grace Howard is a Belobog Industries S rank agent, who deals ranged pierce and electric damage. She can weave in dodges and special attacks without interrupting her basic combo, making her a highly versatile agent. Her ranged attacks consist of rapid fire with a rifle, as well as electric grenades, which both deal wide AOE damage. Due to this, she is one of the best anomalies build up characters in the game thus far.

Due to the versatility of her kit, she can be built as a more supportive anomaly unit, or more of a damage dealer role. Now then, let’s get on with the best W-Engines, Disc Drives, Stats, Skills, Bangboo, and Teams for Grace!


W-Engines

S - Fusion Compiler

⭐ PEN Ratio

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  • Increases ATK by 12/15/18/21/24%
  • When using a Special Attack or EX Special Attack, the equipper's Anomaly Proficiency is increased by 25/31/37/43/50 for 8s, stacking up to 3 times. The duration of each stack is calculated separately.
  • Best in slot for Grace, making her even into more of a deadly shock applicator.

A - Roaring Ride

⭐ Attack

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  • When EX Special Attack hits an enemy, one of three possible effects is randomly triggered for 5 seconds. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. The same types of effects cannot stack. Repeated triggers reset the duration allowing several effects to be active at once:
  • Increases the equipper's ATK by 8/9.210.4/11.6/12.8%,
  • Increases the equipper's Anomaly Proficiency by 40/46/52/58/64,
  • Increases the equipper's Anomaly Buildup Rate by 25/28/32/36/40%.
  • All 3 of these buffs will help out Grace tremendously, but especially the Anomaly Proficiency and Buildup, turning her into an even better Anomaly agent.
  • As Grace is able to use her EX Special multiple times, this makes it great for her as well.

A - Weeping Gemini

⭐ Attack

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  • Whenever a squad member inflicts an Attribute Anomaly on an enemy, the equipper gains a buff that increases Anomaly Proficiency by 30/34/38/42/46, stacking up to times. This effect expires when the target recovers from Stun or is defeated. The duration of each stack is calculated separately.
  • With Grace on an electric mono team, this effect will proc constantly, adding to Grace's shock damage, making her an even better damage dealer.

A - Electro-Lip Gloss

⭐ Anomaly Proficiency

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  • When there are enemies inflicted with Attribute Anomaly on the field, the equipper's ATK increases by 10/11.5/13/14.5/16% and they deal an additional 15/17.5/20/22.5/25% more DMG to the target.
  • In general, a very good option for all Anomaly units who you want to be able to deal more damage, and is guaranteed if you decide to purchase the battle pass and pick this up.

Disc Drives + Stats

Option 1 - "Short Circuit"

4 Piece Thunder Metal

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(2) Increases Electric DMG by 10%.

(4) As long as an enemy in combat is Shocked, the equipper's ATK is increased by 28%.

2 Piece Swing Jazz

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(2) Energy Regen increases by 20%.

Main stats: IV. Anomaly Proficiency | V. Electric DMG or PEN Ratio | VI. ATK or Anomaly Mastery

Sub stats in order of priority:

1. Anomaly Prof. | 2ATK% | 3. Pen (If using PEN Ratio on V) | 4. Crit Rate or Crit DMG

This build is more focused on having Grace deal more damage while the enemy is shocked in exchange for a little less anomaly proficiency. Grace is so good at applying Shock, that you might be able to get away with not using the more obvious 4 Piece Freedom Blues. This build is more suited for a DPS Anomaly setup.


Option 2 - "Scheduled Maintenance"

4 Piece Freedom Blues

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(2) Increases Anomaly Proficiency by 30.

(4) When an EX Special Attack hits an enemy, reduce the targets Anomaly Buildup RES to equippers attribute by 20% for 8s. This effect does not stack with others of the same attribute.

2 Piece Swing Jazz

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(2) Energy Regen increases by 20%.

Main stats: IV. Anomaly Proficiency | V. Electric DMG or PEN Ratio | VI. Anomaly Mastery

Sub stats in order of priority:

1. Anomaly Prof. | 2ATK% | 3. Pen (If using PEN Ratio on V) | 4. Crit Rate or Crit DMG

This is a straightforward build, with this, Grace will stand on top as the number one shock applicator in the game right now. Robots will stand no chance with Grace facing them! This build is more suited for a Support Anomaly setup.


Skill Priority

ALWAYS PRIOIRITZE CORE SKILL FIRST!!!

1. This is Grace's key skill, an extremely powerful EX Special for applying electric damage and to easily apply shock effect. Max this as soon as you can.

2. Grace's Ultimate and Chain Attack deals a decent amount of electric damage, which is good for applying shock to a wide area.

3. You will be using Grace's Basic Attack quite a lot in order to build up Zap, making this third priority.

4. Grace does not get much damage return from her dodge, so this is not too important to upgrade.

5. The upgrade here is just a damage upgrade, making this the same priority as the dodge.


Bangboo

S - Plugboo

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Key Trait - When there are 2 or more Electric Attribute characters in your squad: Bangboo Chain Attack inflicts 100% more Anomaly Buildup.

This makes Grace and her even more effective at applying Shock, with in combination of using Bangboo, the uptime for shock is basically 100%.


S - Safety

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Key Trait - When there are 2 or more Belobog Heavy Industries characters in your squad: Bangboo Chain Attack DMG increases by 20%. If the target is Burning or Shocked, this buff increases by an additional 20%.

As Grace will often have the enemy shocked, this increases the chain attack damage of Safety by a total of 40%, which will be great on boss mobs.


A - Electroboo

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Key Trait - When there are at least 2 Electric Attribute characters in your squad: Bangboo Chain Attack inflicts 60% more Anomaly Buildup.

A weaker version of Plugboo, but with Grace, this Bangboo will still up your shock efficiency by a giant percentage.


Optimal Team Comp

 In the case of Grace, when there are at least 2 electric agents or two Belobog Industries agents, the Shock damage the enemy suffers increases by 25%. This means that your team consisting of electric agents will be able to deal much more electric damage.


Overall Thoughts

While Grace can be used as a more DPS focused anomaly unit, I think she clearly shines the best when used as a support anomaly DPS. And by support, I mean pop her on the field when she has energy to spend, apply shock, then put her back into reserves while you let Anton or someone else of your liking act as your main DPS. If you're dealing with a bunch of robotic trash mobs, however, Grace will ensure that you can clear them out quickly.


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