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Analysis by Lunare
Berkut - Prideful Prince

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
154
HP 43
ATK 34
SPD 22
DEF 31
RES 24

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 19 8 5 7 7
High

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 43 34 22 31 24
High

IV Sets

Key stats worth increasing through nature if possible.
Complementary stats that matter, but not to the point of picking them over key stats for nature increase.
Relatively worthless stat that can safely be decreased through nature.
HPATKSPDDEFRES

This unit requires use of Trait Fruits to get access to IVs.

Skill Sets

Prince of Scorn (Range Enemy Phase)

Build by Lunare
Recommended
Dark Royal Spear (+Eff) A Distant Counter
Alternate: Distant Ward
Positional Assist
Alternate: Rally Assist
B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Lull Atk/Def 3
Sol
Alternate: Noontime
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK / -SPD

SWarding Stance 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Dark Royal Spear

Assist: Reposition / Any

Special: Sol / Noontime / Bonfire

Passive A: Distant Counter / Distant Ward

Passive B: Quick Riposte / Lull Atk/Def

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Atk Smoke / Joint Drive Res

Sacred Seal: Warding Stance / Heavy Blade / Quick Riposte / Spd/Res Solo

  • The crux of this build is the Dark Royal Spear: Berkut can benefit from both the +5 bonus stats and the Lull Atk/Def effects when defending against enemy attackers, so the rest of his skills serve to complement this Enemy Phase playstyle.
  • While Berkut’s Assist skill is unessential, best filled by a movement assist or any other complementary skill, his Special skill is significant. Restorative Special skills such as Sol or Noontime ensure Berkut’s survival, while Bonfire can be a serviceable alternative for those seeking greater damage output.
  • Distant Counter is near essential for Berkut. While an alternative like Distant Ward can be effective, and in some uses superior, the overwhelming versatility of Distant Counter is difficult to pass up on. Distant Counter ensures that Berkut can combat the main hero-type he is best suited to fighting: ranged Player Phase attackers. 
  • Quick Riposte is another essential skill. While this can be run in the B slot passive or as a Sacred Seal, the limitations regarding skill inheritance for cavalry heroes makes Berkut’s Sacred Seal slot more valuable. For B slot alternatives, stacking Lull Atk/Def can be a viable option.
  • Berkut’s Passive C can be used to mitigate enemy damage or augment the defensive stats of himself and his teammates. Pulse Smoke, Atk Smoke and Joint Drive Res are all worthy of consideration.
  • If Berkut is not running Quick Riposte in the B slot, it’s a necessity here. Otherwise, Berkut’s Sacred Seal slot is quite versatile: Warding Stance and Spd/Res Solo both offer bonus Resistance alongside other stats with conditions which Berkut can adhere to with ease. Heavy Blade is another fair choice for Special acceleration.

Strengths

Dark Royal Spear

Berkut’s PRF weapon, the Dark Royal Spear, transforms the Rigelian scion from an unnoteworthy lance cavalry hero into a respectable Enemy Phase combatant. Atk/Def/Res+5 and a Lull Atk/Def effect make this weapon the premium choice for any of Berkut’s best builds.

Good Attack

Berkut has a respectable Attack stat of 34, which serves as a respectable foundation to be further augmented with dragonflowers and trait fruits. Berkut’s Attack is no doubt his most important stat, as it complements skills like Quick Riposte exceptionally well.

Respectable Mixed Bulk

Berkut's physical bulk is noteworthy: base 43 HP and 31 Defense give Berkut adequate combat potential against melee heroes and allow him to take reasonable physical punishment. While his base 24 Resistance is less noteworthy, the +5 bonus from Dark Royal Spear and neutralisation of enemy Attack bonuses allows him to sustain magical damage more effectively than it would appear at first glance.

Weaknesses

Weak on Player Phase

The Dark Royal Spear offers plentiful combat bonuses, but they are best utilised when defending against enemy attacks. Berkut will be much less effective in the Player Phase, forcing him to rely on his high Attack.

Limited Trench Movement

As a cavalry hero, Berkut will struggle to operate in rough terrain with forest or trench tiles. While this isn’t a huge drawback given his Enemy Phase-oriented playstyle, it limits his usability on maps where trenches and forests are relevant.

Low Speed

Berkut’s Speed is a clearly defined dump stat. The Rigelian Prince is incredibly vulnerable to follow-up attacks, and must rely on his defensive stats to protect himself. Berkut's low Speed also forces him to rely upon skills like Quick Riposte to deal considerable damage on the Enemy Phase.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Lance Users Only
50 1 6
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Berkut's LanceGrants Res+4 when the unit is under attack.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 10
Berkut's Lance+Grants Res+4 when the unit is under attack.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 14
Dark Royal SpearIf foe initiates combat or if foe's HP = 100% at start of combat, grants Atk/Def/Res+5 to unit during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Rising FlameBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).
Learns by default at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
150 4
Blazing FlameBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to 1.5 x (unit's ATK minus foe's Def or Res).
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
300 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Water Boost 1If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
A
Water Boost 2If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+4 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
100
A
Water Boost 3If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+6 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
A
Spur Res 1Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Spur Res 2Grants adjacent allies Res+3 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Ward CavalryGrants cavalry allies within 2 spaces Def/Res+4 during combat. Requires Spur Def 2 or Spur Res 2.
Only inheritable by cavalry units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Echoes

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