So... I'll try to cover all September banners 1- Awakening 1 - Warrior of Light: Awesome! He can lock enemies and shield all your party, has battery on every ability and an aura framed buff and can give allies regen with clv70. If you manage to get his EX he can heal as well! He can carry your party even outside synergy, great help for Abyss and event cosmos, a good character to take in co-op for fun, you won't die with one of them. If you didn't pull his EX you can buy it in EX shop at end of this month/early Oct. Shantotto: Good. She can imperil many elements to pump your party damage expecially during summon. She works better in a party who can enchant element she weaken, her abilities hit quite hard, unfortunately dps fall soon and terra getting her rework in the same month doesn't help. Yda: Bad. No EX, no rework, she will hinder your party damage, she can't pull her own weight even in her event. In cosmos co-op she is a liability. I'm sorry if she's waifu, but atm she's quite bad. Banner rating: Awesome! Warrior of Light is a must pull, he can help you through content for months and a 2 EX banner is not something to sleep on easily, expecially as Shantotto is still nice to play with, you just have to learn about rage mechanic. 2- Awakening 2 - Laguna: Average. The only ex in this banner, the character didn't get the power up he needed, while he can debuff and battery there won't be many fights you will feel the need to take him with you. Sazh: Average. He can still buff your party but our Savior ruled for a bit then gone sleeping. Serah is a better support right now if you maxed her passives and next batch will have Ramza so outside Abyss you won't take him out of bench. Cater: Cater tier. A new cursed character, wonderful. I hope you all remember Serah. If you do then... I'm sorry she doesn't get good even with perfacts. If you don't know about cursed characters: there are 6 chars who get 2 new must have passives in artifacts. She sill sucks. Even in jp. Not future proof. Banner rating: Skip. Nothing in this banner will be useful to you. And cater is a mocking prize. Don't use even in this banner. This banner does not exist. 3- Alisaie - Alisaie: Good. A quite difficult to use character, you must learn her rotations and elements. Her abilities are all element based so you may hit some resistances and get a lower damage against some bosses while running your rotations. Despite this her damage outside turn count is quite good helping high scores just like Vayne but with his same weakness: too many turns means fast buff burn. be careful with her. Terra: Bad. yeah, sorry. I feel bad at saying but she hit low damage now, will leak brv with most of her abilities and will get so many self buffs you have to be careful who you party her with. Papalymo: bad. No ex and his damage is not suited for longer cosmos fight without synergy. His element abilities may not be suited for every boss (as sometimes bosses who are weak to ice is resistant to fire and viceversa) Banner Rating: Average. Alisaie is really good. Her companions are not. If you pull Terra weapons you may try to pull for her ex in her awakening/rework banner... With risk of getting only dupes. Papalymo is the usual black sheep, but can be used in Abyss. 4- Porom Porom: Good. Really good supporter. It's hard not pulling for her, she has the unique ability to give an hp overflow to your party AND reduce hp damage taken. She offers good aura buff to party BUT she has a big drawback you must know before using her: just like Selphie she can't easily dump her brv (you lose more turns to deal damage) and can't shave. While this doesn't seem bad, if you get porom turn when boss recover from break, get ready for an hp attack... and her reduction may not be enough to save you. Parom: Average. Unlike his sister Parom has the ability to shave and his kit is meant to work for longer fights so you can try to take him in cosmos with a good supporter. He won't be your first choice as dps tho. Yang: Average. If you missed out on Squall and Lann&Reynn, Yang is a good character to carry you in some Abyss missions with his high splash damage on Kick+. Aside from this he has no utility. Banner Rating: Good. Only because of Porom unique abilities and auras. Parom can be a nice dps in come Abyss EX when you try to lock or characters without using your best ones and Yang is a good carry for Abyss missions or fast run. 5- Paine Paine: Good. Damage, Debuff, Selfbuff, she is a good all around character with only drawbacks of a random target move (unreliable to break multiple targets) and st stack debuff, with multiple bosses you may lose time to debuff all of them if you can't focus on one at time. Firion: Average. Unfortunately he has no ex in the banner with 100% AoE damage but he can still fight well batterying party and recovering his health. Pairs well with Lenna for ibrv buffs. Wakka: Average. Blind is a great debuff and he can battery the whole party while getting some awesome self buffs. Unfortunately Wakka wants to add RNG to a RNG game. Blind is not a 100% miss like kefka's debuff or paralysis and his self buffs are random with great daring. Banner Rating: Average. Paine is good but unless you're planning to buy Firion's ex for husbando reason, her companions in this banner are not having a good time out there. If you already own Firion EX but didn't buy his other weapons, this banner get slighty better. 6- Noctis Noctis: Awesome. It hurt to say terra is bad... Saying Noctis is awesome even more. With rework and clv70 he get an easier time reaching the max stack for high burst damage, launch on demand. High dps. You can skip him if you already own meta wol/vayne/serah but his damage is going to be awesome until chaos. Spoiler yeah, I don't pull for him, he is Noctis Rem: Bad. Rem has no EX in this banner and her turn convert while being an awesome ability does take a turn in your count, this is bad for scores. Irvine: Bad. He can be used in Abyss if you really have to (like being locked by a user) otherwise you won't use him. Banner Rating: Good. Noctis is an awesome dps but Rem without EX won't help you much, Irvine is plain bad. If you don't own Vayne and other meta characters like wol this banner is a must pull. 7- Cinque Cinque: Good. Huge damage, another launcher EX and debuffer. She will hit hard your enemies but just like many dps she will fall off for a long time. Cait: Average. He's not the buffer he used to be, not suited for very long fights (some cosmos) and not much future proof. As a supporter he is still quite good for Abyss strata. Snow: Bad. The worst sentinel and not an hero (come on, there are so many cutscene in Zack's event and they used only Seifer, what about the char who spammed 'me hero' for all the game?). He recently got back from bench in jp so he's not future proof at the moment. Banner Rating: Average. Old characters out of meta and another huge dps who's going to be powercrept.