Zenless Zone Zero’s Anton Ivanov is a senior staff member of Belobog Industries who delivers piercing attacks in battle, dealing a mixture of physical and electric damage. He’s always ready to go, willing to rise to the occasion, and is a great asset when you’ve gotta take on those hollows.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with ZZZ’s Anton, be sure to check out our Zenless Zone Zero characters guide to meet other fighters in the lead-up to the Zenless Zone Zero release date, then head over to our Zenless Zone Zero tier list to see how they size up against each other. We’ve also got a list of all the new Zenless Zone Zero codes so you can start saving for the next Zenless Zone Zero banner.
Here’s everything you need to know about Zenless Zone Zero’s Anton.
Anton’s attack type is pierce, and his element is electric, though he also deals physical damage with several of his attacks. He predominantly excels in multi-target situations, as he zips between enemies and can dish out powerful AoE attacks. He’s also capable of dazing enemies to stun them and make them easier to finish off.
To make the most of Anton’s core skills, we recommend teaming him up with at least one other electric and/or pierce character. This offers both a hefty buff to his drill attack and pile driver attack, as well as the stun damage multiplier he applies to enemies. This makes Zenless Zone Zero’s Rina a great choice for Anton’s squad, as she also offers some great ranged attacks to make up for Anton’s mostly melee-focused kit.
Anton’s best W-engine is the A-rank Drill Rig – Red Axis. It’s tailor-made for his kit, boosting his crit rate and giving him a heft electric damage buff when he uses his EX special attack.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a B-rank option, you can go with [Reverb] Mark II or [Reverb] Mark III to boost Anton’s personal damage.
|Drill Rig – Red Axis||Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: When launching an EX special attack, the wearer’s electric damage from their basic attacks increases by 45%, lasting ten seconds. This effect can only trigger once every 15 seconds
|[Reverb] Mark III||Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: increases damage dealt by basic attacks and special attacks
|[Reverb] Mark II||Bonus stat: attack
Skill: when an attack hits an enemy, the damage dealt increases with the user’s distance from the enemy. The closer they are, the greater the damage
We’re currently still working out what disc drives suit Anton best, but we currently recommend the following.
If you’ve managed to upgrade the Bardic Needle enough to unlock it, a four-piece set Thunder Metal is a great choice for Anton as it boosts both his electric damage and the damage he deals to shocked enemies. You can pair this up with a variety of other two-star bonuses, such as Shockstar Disco for impact, Woodpecker Electro for crit rate, or a set with a two-piece attack bonus, like Assassin’s Ballad or Noisy Pop.
Alternatively, we’re currently using a four-piece set of Vagabond Folk to boost his impact and daze, alongside two pieces of Assassin’s Ballad to boost his attack. However, we’ll be sure to update these recommendations once we’ve crunched some numbers and compared some stats.
|Thunder Metal||Two equipped: increases electric damage by 10%
Four equipped: upon hitting a shocked enemy, the struck target takes 30% more damage for six seconds. This effect does not stack
|Shockstar Disco||Two equipped: increases impact by 6%
Four equipped: when an enemy is stunned, the entire squad’s attack increases by 20% for ten seconds. This effect can trigger once every 15 seconds and does not stack
|Vagabond Folk||Two equipped: increases impact by 6%
Four equipped: increases daze caused by dodge counters, EX special attacks, and assist attacks by 16%
|Woodpecker Electro||Two equipped: increases crit rate by 8%|
|Assassin’s Ballad/Noisy Pop||Two equipped: increases attack by 10%|
Here are all of Anton’s skills, attacks, and talents as of the second closed beta. Keep in mind that the game is still under development, so details may change in the full release.
|Basic attack – Enthusiastic Drills||Unleash up to four mixed attacks, dealing physical damage. The fourth hit is a pile driver attack|
|Basic attack – Enthusiastic Drills (burst mode)||Press the attack button during burst mode to unleash up to three mixed attacks, dealing massive electric damage. During the second drill attack and third pile driver attack, continually press or hold the attack button to increase the attack duration|
|Special attack – Turn Around, Bro!||Unleash a pile driver attack against enemies in front, dealing electric damage. Anti-interrupt level increases during this skill|
|EX special attack – Horizon Smash, Bro!||When Anton has enough energy, press the special attack button to launch several pile driver attacks at enemies in a line, dealing massive electric damage. Anton is invulnerable throughout this skill. He also enters burst mode after using this skill, where his attacks become more powerful while continually consuming energy. Burst mode ends once Anton consumes all his energy. Anton’s energy consumption slows down slightly while he’s idle|
|Special attack – Explosive Drill (burst mode)||Press the special attack button during burst mode to launch a pile driver attack at enemies in front, dealing electric damage. Anti-interrupt increases during this skill|
|Dodge – Let’s Move||A rapid dodge, during which Anton is invulnerable|
|Dash attack – Fire With Fire||Press the attack button during a dodge to smash enemies in front dealing physical damage|
|Dodge counter – Retaliation||Press the attack button during a perfect dodge to continuously strike enemies in front, dealing physical damage. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
|Dodge counter – Overload Drill (burst mode)||While in burst mode during a perfect dodge, press the attack button to launch a drill attack at enemies in front, dealing massive electric damage. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
Anton’s chain attacks:
|Chain attack – Go Go Go!||When a chain attack triggers, switch to Anton to unleash a pile driver attack on the ground in front of him, dealing massive electric damage to enemies in a large AoE. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
|Ultimate – Go Go Go Go Go!||When decibel rating is at maximum, press the ultimate button while Anton is on the field to unleash a pile driver attack on the ground in front of him, dealing massive electric damage to enemies in a large AoE, ignoring 10% of the target’s damage res on hit. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
Anton’s core skills:
|Core passive – Brothers in Arms!||Increases the damage of Anton’s drill attack and pile driver attack by 8%|
|Additional ability – Teamwork||When there are at least two electric agents on Anton’s squad, the buff from Brothers In Arms! increases by 145%. If there are at least two pierce agents on Anton’s squad, when Anton’s chain attack hits a stunning enemy, their stun damage multiplier increases by 22%|
|Reactive assist – Shoulder-To-Shoulder||When a character in combat is knocked back, switch to Anton to continuously strike enemies in front, dealing physical damage. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
|Reactive assist – Protective Drill (burst mode)||When a character in combat is knocked back, switch to Anton to attack enemies in front with a drill attack, dealing massive electric damage. Anton is invulnerable during this attack|
|Defensive assist – Iron Wrist||When the character in combat is about to be attacked, switch to Anton to parry the enemy, inflicting massive daze. Anton is invulnerable during this skill|
|Assist follow-up – Limit Burst||Press the skill button after a defensive attack to launch a drill attack that ends in a pile driver attack, dealing electric damage. Anton is invulnerable during this skill|
Like constellations in Genshin Impact, talents are special buffs and bonuses you can unlock if you pull more than one copy of a character. Here are all of Anton’s talents.
|A – Warm-Up Exercise||When a drill attack hits an enemy, Anton gains additional energy. During a single use, he can gain a maximum of five energy this way|
|B – State of Flow||When Anton uses his EX special attack and enters burst mode, he gains a shield based on his energy and equal to 1-10% of his max HP. The greater his energy, the larger the shield. Throughout the shield’s duration, his crit rate increases by 5%. The shield dissipates when he leaves the explosive stance|
|C – Rotational Training||Increases the level of all of Anton’s skills by two|
|D – Everyone Get Fired Up!||When Anton uses a chain attack or ultimate, the squad’s crit rate increases by 6% for 15 seconds|
|E – Jack of All Trades||Increases the level of all of Anton’s skills by two|
|F – Break the Limit||When Anton’s pile driver attack crits, the damage of his drill attack increases by 6%, stacking up to eight times and lasting 15 seconds. The duration refreshes if he triggers this skill again|
You can level up Anton’s skills using basic, advance, and specialized shock chips. You can purchase these from the 141 store on Sixth Street (the one run by the three bangboos).
You can level Anton up using investigator logs, but you also need to promote him at certain intervals. In order to promote Anton, you need lots of pierce seals, which you can earn through VR Training.
Anton Ivanov is a senior staff member and onsite project manager for Belobog Industries. He’s very energetic and reliable, and you can count on him to always rise to the occasion. Despite his tough appearance and sharp tongue, Anton is very kind-hearted, and never says ‘no’ to people in need. He’s unwavering in his open and honest mindset, to the point where nothing seems to upset him.
Ever-motivated, Anton spends most of his spare time striving to better himself, including dropping and doing push-ups or training to become stronger. Anton is known to always lead others in his passion for work, and is a great symbol of Belobog Industries’ slogan of ‘our goal is not to build a house, but a home’.
Anton’s CN voice actor is Xiao Di, who has lent his voice to many other iconic characters including Honkai Star Rail’s Luka and Ike from Teamfight Tactics. Anton’s Japanese voice actor is Kamio Shinichiro, who also has a lot of fabulous roles under his belt, including Kuro Kiryu from Ensemble Stars, Leonardo Luna from BLUELOCK, and more.
Unfortunately, we don’t know who Anton’s English voice actor is just yet, but we’ll be sure to update this section as soon as we find out.
That’s all we’ve got on Zenless Zone Zero’s Anton for now. Be sure to check out our Zenless Zone Zero events guide so you can keep on top of all the exciting stuff happening in any upcoming Zenless Zone Zero updates. Or, if you want a different kind of Hoyo fun, check out our Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list, and Honkai Star Rail codes.