I didn’t read all the previous comments, but I have not figured out the final stage of the aether quest. Don’t get me wrong, I beat it. I am talking in terms of efficiency.
I did mono red on stages 1-3 and then switched. My reds are both fragile and rely heavily on buffs and ailments. That is a bad combo for this.
My attempt was for mana control. I brought Leo and Chao. Li Xiu is too weak/ineffective. LJ and Gretel would have no impact as it is an ailment. That went okay, although Chao +1 isn’t durable.
Two mistakes I made were bringing Gullinbursti and Cyprian. The bosses stole the attack portion of Gullinbursti’s special. I didn’t think that counted as a buff, but apparently it does count as such for that. I then brought costume Cyprian which, in retrospect, was obvious. I just wasn’t thinking.
I was looking for heroes that have just raw power. No buff and no ailment related to their impact. That left basically Quintus. In retrospect now Lianna may have done well even if a weak color.
I could have brought Sabina or Rigard. All other healers have buffs or ailments that would be stolen.
These quests are fun as I need to think much more than usual. My goal was to find a team I could use for all of them. My general thought was if I am not going strong color any neutral color will work. Neutral is neutral.
I beat it with battle items, but eventually I want to reduce the need of some of the more expensive battle items I use for it. Back to the drawing board….
Still have not limit broken a single hero, whoops