Tower of Fantasy’s Crow is a stealthy assassin in combat and a loveable goofball just about anywhere else. Sharp as a razor and always happy to crack a lame joke, it’s easy to see why he’s earned a place in many of our hearts, while also slicing up the competition with his super speedy volt dual daggers, Thunderblades.
If you want to capture lightning in a bottle, this Tower of Fantasy Crow build guide is perfect for you. Come with us as we take an in-depth look at Thunderblades’ skills, attacks, upgrade materials, advancement, and best matrices. We also go over ToF Crow’s favourite gifts, awakening rewards, voice actors, and more.
Crows of a feather should flock together, which is why you should also check out our Tower of Fantasy King build and get to grips with his weapon, Scythe of the Crow. Or you can head over to our Tower of Fantasy tier list to see how high these birdies soar, and snag some freebies from our list of all new Tower of Fantasy codes.
Tower of Fantasy Crow
You first meet Tower of Fantasy’s Crow setting up fireworks and lanterns during the preparations for Graceday in Banges, and this is a perfect introduction to his personality. Never one to miss a party, Crow is always on the lookout for fun. Whether he’s mesmerising you with his glorious collection of daggers and the dazzling tricks he pulls off with them, or giving you a giggle with his lame jokes and puns, there’s never a dull moment with him around.
Crow is an SSR Simulacra who wields a pair of volt daggers called Thunderblades and excels at stealthy combat.
Crow is one of the SSR Simulacra currently available on all weapon banners. This means that you can pull him on the standard Weapons Galore banners using black or gold nucleus, and you also have a chance of getting him on the limited banner if you don’t pull the featured weapon.
To find out more about drop rates, currencies, and current and upcoming limited banners, check out our Tower of Fantasy banners guide.
Tower of Fantasy Crow’s Thunderblades are designed around stealthy gameplay, with sneak attack buffs that push his damage to devastating heights. He has low shatter value, and his gameplay heavily relies on your ability to land those sneaky hits, but, with a bit of practice, he has the potential to be an incredibly strong DPS. To push his damage capabilities even further, the orbiting blades he shoots out through his discharge attack are very powerful, dishing out heaps of volt damage to enemies.
Due to his reliance on sneak attacks, Crow isn’t always the best choice for PvP play and can struggle to reach his full potential against bosses. However, he’s brilliant for world exploration and gameplay modes where you’re facing multiple enemies, such as the Bygone Phantasm.
Below, we’ve listed all of the main stats for Crow’s weapon, Thunderblades. These are the weapon’s base stats before levelling it up or equipping it with any matrices.
The shatter ranking relates to how quickly Crow can break enemy shields, whereas the charge ranking shows how quickly the weapon gains charge.
- CS: 272
- Shatter: 6.00 (B)
- Charge: 8.00 (A)
- Attack: 18
- HP: 1165
- Crit: 14
- Type: Volt – when your weapon is fully charged, your next attack paralyses targets for one second and electrifies them for six seconds, negating all buffs and dealing damage equal to 144.00% percentage of attack. Targets can’t receive any buffs for the next six seconds.
Here are each of Tower of Fantasy Crow’s skills and attacks. Note that this is based on Thunderblades’ level one stats, which increase as you level up the weapon.
|Twin blades (normal attack)||While on the ground, swing the dual blades to attack five times in a row.
First Attack: deal damage equal to 60.1% of attack +3 and knock the target back a short distance
Second Attack: deal damage equal to 73% of attack +4 and knock the target back a short distance
Third Attack: deal damage equal to 90.9% of attack +5 and knock the target back a short distance
Fourth Attack: deal damage equal to 96.8% of attack +5 and knock the target back a short distance
Fifth Attack: deal damage equal to 202.2% of attack +11 and knock the target back a short distance
|Sky flurry (aerial)||While airborne or after jumping, tap normal attack to attack 4 times in a row.
First Attack: deal damage equal to 65.6% of attack +3
Second Attack: deal damage equal to 38.4% of attack +2
Third Attack: deal damage equal to 92% of attack +5
Fourth Attack: deal damage equal to 138% of attack +7
|Rapid lunge (hold attack)||After the third normal attack, hold the normal attack button to trigger rapid lunge. Upon hit, strongly suspend the target, dealing total damage equal to 116.8% of attack +6.|
|Spiral drive (hold attack)||Tap and hold normal attack while airborne (or tap when a target is selected), or tap normal attack while climbing, jumping backward, or using the jetpack to trigger spiral drive. While falling, deal damage equal to 42% of attack +2 each hit.|
|Sneak attack (crouch attack)||Approach the enemy from behind while crouching, then tap normal attack to use sneak attack, dealing damage equal to 570% of attack +30.|
|Flying blades||Tap normal attack during the short perfect dodge window (tap an arrow button before dodging) to trigger flying blades. Slash a target five times, each dealing damage equal to 26.4% of attack +1. You gain immunity to control effects while phasing.|
|Returning blades||Fire six returning blades, each dealing damage equal to 52.8% of attack +3. Also gain hyperbody for up to eight seconds. This effect is removed when the blades return.||45 seconds|
|Orbiting blades||When weapon charge is full or you trigger Phantasia, switch to this weapon to cleanse yourself of all debuffs, blink to the target location, and attack, dealing damage equal to 86.9% of attack +5 and electrocuting the target. After five seconds, deal volt damage equal to 15% of damage dealt, up to 350% of your attack. This is an abnormal status that can be dispelled. Also spawn three blades that orbit around you, dealing damage equal to 65.2% of attack +3 to enemies they come into contact with.|
You can advance Tower of Fantasy weapons by using their corresponding fusion cores, which you get by collecting more than one copy of a character. After you get your first copy of Crow and his Thunderblades, you can purchase another copy through the Commissary’s weapon store for 120 black gold. Alternatively, you can get a duplicate of Crow by pulling on the banner, but, of course, this is entirely up to the RNG gods.
Advancing your weapons by spending fusion cores and gold unlocks special bonuses. Here are all of the bonuses you gain from unlocking each of Crow’s advancement stars.
- One star: attacking targets from behind increases the crit rate of all dual blade attacks by 40%. Backstabbing an electrified target increases crit rate by 100% and crit damage by 30%.
- Two stars: increases the weapon’s base attack growth by 16%
- Three stars: increases damage by 30% to targets with less than 60% HP
- Four stars: increases the weapon’s base HP growth by 32%
- Five stars: triggering a back attack grants 100% crit chance for the next four seconds and increases crit damage by 50%. Cooldown is ten seconds.
- Six stars: after using a skill, increases volt damage dealt to the target by 20% for 20 seconds
Like other SR and SSR Simulacra, ToF Crow has his own unique matrix set tailored around his kit. As such, this is the best option for him. Samir’s set also compliments Thunderblades well, due to its increased damage per hit, and mixing two of each of these sets offers some good bonuses.
However, both of the above sets are SSR-rank which means they’re pretty tricky to get. If you’re looking for an SR alternate, Sobek’s set suits Crow as it increases his damage dealt for each enemy nearby, which is perfect for close-quarters, melee combat. Or, for a more affordable R-rank option to fill the void while you wait for something better to come along, you can use standard operation, which buffs your volt damage. Check out our Tower of Fantasy matrices guide to find out more.
Here are the best Tower of Fantasy Crow matrices.
|ToF matrix set||Rarity||Effect|
|Crow||SSR||Two equipped: increases crit damage to targets with less than 60% HP by 24%/30%/36%/42%
Four equipped: crits deal additional damage over time equal to 18%/22%/26%/30% of attack every second for five seconds. Does not stack.
|Samir||SSR||Two equipped: increases your damage progressively by 1% upon hitting a target. Stack up to 10/13/16/20 times. Lasts 1.5 seconds
Four equipped: increase Dual EM Stars’ electrical explosion damage by 16%/22%/30%/40% of attack.
|Sobek||SR||Three equipped: increases damage dealt by 6%/7.5%/9% for each enemy nearby. Up to three stacks.|
|Standard operation||R||Three equipped: increases damage dealt by volt weapons by 6%.|
If you want to upgrade Tower of Fantasy Crow’s weapon, Thunderblades, you need the following items. Check out our Tower of Fantasy map guide for help finding what you need.
|Three||30||1,200||Three magcore, three nano coating I|
|Four||40||1,600||Three magcore, three nano coating I, three nanofiber frame I|
|Five||50||20,000||Four magcore, four nano coating I, four nanofiber frame I|
|Six||60||24,000||Six magcore, six nano coating I, six nanofiber frame I|
Crow is a great DPS who suffers from a low shatter value, so we recommend teaming him up with Tower of Fantasy’s King, as his Scythe of the Crow is the best shield breaker in the game. Additionally, both Crow and King benefit from being at the heart of the battle, so you can switch between their weapons with ease, while also gaining the benefits of the attack weapon resonance buff. If you don’t have King, Tower of Fantasy’s Shiro is also a good choice in this role, though has slightly lower damage.
For the third slot, Crow synergises well with Tower of Fantasy’s Nemesis, who offers plenty of healing for self-sustain and is capable of dishing out a nice chunk of damage herself.
When looking for gifts for the wise-cracking Crow, remember that his favourite tags are everyday items, figurines, and limited store items. We’ve listed all his favourite gifts below, along with their rarity, the number of awakening points they give, and where to get them from. Head over to our Tower of Fantasy gifts guide to find out more.
|Gift||Rarity||Awakening points given||How to obtain|
|Aida comic||Purple||80||Special gift box|
|Limited Tata figure||Purple||80||Special gift box|
|Angela ornament||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|Crown token||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|Limited Peanut figurine||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|Metal Alf figurine||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|New game console||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|Void angel figurine||Purple||60||Special gift box|
|Crazy Dumont figurine||Blue||30||Fine gift box|
|Perfume bottle||Blue||30||Fine gift box|
|Spirit princess figurine||Blue||30||Fine gift box|
|Tailor-made suit||Blue||30||Fine gift box|
|Vitamin pack||Blue||30||Fine gift box|
|Flower bouquet||Green||15||Small gift box or from the item vendor in Banges|
|Snack box||Green||15||Small gift box or from the item vendor in Banges|
|Wool scarf||Green||15||Small gift box or from the item vendor in Banges|
Giving Crow gifts earns you awakening points. When you hit certain awakening progress milestones, you also unlock recollection rewards. Here are all of Tower of Fantasy Crow’s awakening rewards. Keep in mind that you can use a Simulacra’s unlocked trait without taking on their appearance by toggling the ‘use Simulacra trait’ switch underneath them on the Simulacra selection page.
|Awakening points||Recollection reward|
|600||Log: Friend Identified|
|1,200||Crow: Loner trait – when Crow is not in a team, increases damage dealt by 6% and reduces damage received by 4%.|
|2,000||Log: Optimist Romance|
|4,000||Crow: Loner trait – when Crow is not in a team, increases damage dealt by 10% and reduces damage received by 6%. When Crow enters combat, increases damage dealt by 12% for 12 seconds.|
Tower of Fantasy Crow’s English voice actor is Casey Mongillo, whose previous roles include Emporio Alnino from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, the protagonist from Shin Megami Tensei V, Floofy Fizzlebean from Bugsnax, Limstella from Fire Emblem Heroes, and Hex, Milo, and Zoe from Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp.
Crow’s Japanese voice actor, Nobuhiko Okamoto, has an equally prolific portfolio, including Andrias Rhondarson from The Diofield Chronicle, Kacchan/Katsyki Bakugo from My Hero Academia, Cookie Run: Kingdom’s Mint Choco Cookie, Disney Twisted Wonderland’s Floyd Leech, and Cupid Parasite’s Peter Flage.
That’s if for our Tower of Fantasy Crow build. For more adventures beyond Aesperia, be sure to check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact.