Analysis by Chibi_Chu
Brunnya - Devoted General

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 42
ATK 35
SPD 31
DEF 21
RES 33

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Middle 18 9 7 4 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
Middle 42 35 31 21 33

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.

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

Skill Sets

Earning the Title of Wyvern General (Supertank)

Build by Chibi_Chu
Fimbulvetr A Close Counter
Reposition B Special Spiral 3
Alternate: Null C-Disrupt 3
Alternate: Sol
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3

+ATK or +SPD or +DEF or +RES / -HP

SAtk Smoke 3
Alternate: Steady Stance 3

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Note that this set should only be used if players are willing to invest merges, Dragonflowers, and expensive skills into Brunnya.

Weapon: Fimbulvetr

  • Fimbulvetr’s passive +3 Resistance, +4 to all stats during combat if Brunnya’s HP is below 100% or she is inflicted with a penalty, and neutralization of any debuffs (including buffs reversed by Panic) make Brunnya a great supertank. While 21 base Defense is low, 42 HP and 33 Resistance are both very solid; Brunnya can overcome her middling physical bulk with buffs, Fimbulvetr, enemy Attack debuffs, and sustainability via her Special.

Assist: Reposition / Flexible

Special: Noontime / Sol

  • Both Noontime and Sol grant Brunnya healing and sustainability that she otherwise lacks. In combination with Special Spiral, Noontime will always be ready after its initial activation and cannot be prevented by a Guard effect.

Passive A: Close Counter 

  • Close Counter is needed for Brunnya to counterattack against melee enemies. This greatly benefits her damage output and survivability, as Brunnya cannot activate Noontime or Sol if she cannot attack.

Passive B: Special Spiral / Null C-Disrupt / Null Follow-Up

  • With her special being her only self-healing, Brunnya wants to activate it as often as possible. Special Spiral accelerates Brunnya’s Special cooldown by -2 after she initially activates it, allowing her to activate Noontime every subsequent battle.

  • Null C-Disrupt is another solid option, guaranteeing that Brunnya will counterattack against her initiator.

  • Another sufficient choice is Null Follow-Up, preventing enemies from utilizing any skill that guarantees their follow-up or prevents Brunnya’s.

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Atk Smoke 

  • Pulse Smoke is the premier choice for Brunnya, shutting down Infantry Pulse teams and preventing enemies from tearing through her defenses with Specials such as Lunar Flash and Luna.

  • Another strong choice is Atk Smoke, as its -7 Attack debuff on enemies within 2 spaces of the target increases her chances of survival.

Sacred Seal: Atk Smoke / Any Stance skill 

  • If utilizing Pulse Smoke in Brunnya’s C slot, Atk Smoke should be used as her Sacred Seal to maximize her survivability.

  • If Atk Smoke is being used instead, any Stance skill will work fine. Fierce Stance increases her damage output and healing with her Special, Steady Stance and Warding Stance increase her defenses, and Darting Stance boosts her chances of performing and avoiding follow-up attacks.

Avenging Zephiel (Offensive)

Build by
Alternate: Fimbulvetr
A Atk/Spd Push 4
Alternate: Bonus Doubler 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Null Follow-Up 3
Alternate: Iceberg
C Res Smoke 3
Alternate: Spd Smoke 3

+SPD / -HP or -DEF

SDarting Blow 3
Alternate: Brazen Atk/Spd 3

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Weapon: Blárblade+ / Fimbulvetr

  • Brunnya is capable of dealing massive amounts of damage with Blárblade, which grants bonus damage equal to the total of Brunnya’s visible buffs. Note that Brunnya becomes reliant on team support for visible buffs.

  • While not raising Brunnya’s damage ceiling as high as Blárblade, Fimbulvetr grants +4 to all stats during combat when her HP is below 100% or a penalty is active on her. This makes it easier for Brunnya to perform follow-up attacks in comparison to Blárblade, which does not increase Brunnya’s Speed at all.

Assist: Reposition / Flexible

Special: Glimmer / Iceberg 

  • If utilizing Blárblade, Glimmer is Brunnya’s best Special, as its damage scales based on Blárblade’s bonus damage.

  • Iceberg is a good alternative (especially if utilizing Fimbulvetr), as Brunnya’s impressive 33 Resistance synergizes well with Specials that increase damage based on Resistance.

Passive A: Atk/Spd Push 4 / Bonus Doubler / Fury (3 or 4) / Swift Sparrow (2 or 3) 

  • Atk/Spd Push 4 grants a massive +7 Attack and Speed on both Player and Enemy Phase, making it a fantastic choice for Brunnya. This synergizes particularly well with Fimbulvetr, as Brunnya’s HP will fall below 100% after one combat.

  • Given that Brunnya should be receiving many visible buffs, Bonus Doubler is a fantastic choice for increasing her offensive and defensive capabilities. Note that Bonus Doubler does not grant extra damage with Blárblade, as it grants in-combat buffs, not visible buffs.

  • Fury strengthens both Brunnya’s Player Phase and Enemy Phase capabilities, granting +3/4 to all stats. Its recoil damage can drop Brunnya into Desperation range, and +3/4 Resistance helps her activate Ploys and Sabotages more reliably.

  • Since this set focuses on offense, Brunnya will be initiating for most of her combat; this makes Swift Sparrow a synergistic and great alternative. Granting +4/6 Attack and +4/7 Speed on initiation, Brunnya’s damage output and chances of performing a follow-up attack will increase.

Passive B: Desperation / Null Follow-Up / Any Sabotage skill

  • Despite Brunnya’s fantastic damage output with Blárblade, she may fall short of OHKOing, and her ability to survive multiple counterattacks is inconsistent. Desperation allows Brunnya to perform a follow-up attack before receiving a counterattack, circumventing her inconsistency in receiving more than one counterattack and in OHKOing.

  • Null Follow-Up is another solid choice, ensuring that Brunnya will perform a follow-up if she can and eliminating the possibility of receiving more than one counterattack in one combat.

  • With an impressive 33 base Resistance, Brunnya makes great use of Sabotage skills. Sabotage Res and Sabotage Spd are the most beneficial for her, as they increase her damage output.

Passive C: Res Smoke / Spd Smoke / Res Ploy / Spd Ploy

  • Brunnya’s native Res Smoke is a great choice for her, as debuffing the enemies’ Resistance increases her damage output. Spd Smoke benefits her as well, helping her perform and avoid follow-up attacks.

  • Both Res Ploy and Spd Ploy increase Brunnya’s damage output either by increasing her raw damage or increasing her chances of performing a follow-up, making them great alternatives.

Sacred Seal: Darting Blow / Brazen Atk/Spd / Sturdy Blow 

  • Unfortunately, because of Brunnya’s 31 Speed, she may have trouble performing follow-up attacks even with skills and buffs that increase Speed. Darting Blow can help alleviate this issue, granting +6 Spd when she initiates.

  • Brazen Atk/Spd grants Brunnya the most Attack and Speed out of any Sacred Seal, making it a fantastic choice for any offensive powerhouse. This also has good synergy with Fimbulvetr and Fury or Atk/Spd Push 4, as Fimbulvetr also has an HP requirement and Fury and Atk/Spd Push 4 inflict recoil damage.

  • Sturdy Blow works as well, granting Brunnya increased damage output and chances of surviving a physical counterattack via +4 Attack and Defense on initiation.

Loving and Loyal (Support)

Build by Chibi_Chu
Silver Goblet+ (+Res)
Alternate: Fimbulvetr
A B Duel Infantry 3
Alternate: Fort. Def/Res 3
Alternate: Rally Up Atk+
B Sabotage Atk 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Ruse 3
Alternate: Aether
C Atk Ploy 3
Alternate: Distant Guard 3


SSpd Ploy 3
Alternate: HP/Res 2

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Due to Brunnya’s F2P status, she will be able to be merged via Heroic Grails; as such, she can play a support role in high-scoring Arena.

Weapon: Silver Goblet+ (+RES) / Fimbulvetr 

  • Silver Goblet is the strongest support tome, granting allies within 2 spaces +4 Def/Res when ranged enemies initiate against them (Distant Guard). Brunnya is capable of providing lots of support for her allies with the combination of Silver Goblet, Drive skills, Rallies, and more.

  • Brunnya’s native Fimbulvetr is still a strong option and costs 50 more SP than Silver Goblet, which can potentially make a difference in Brunnya’s Arena score. Its passive +3 Resistance also increases Brunnya’s consistency with Ploys and Sabotages.

Assist: Reposition / Rally Up Atk+ / Flexible

  • Brunnya’s Assist skill is flexible if not using a Feint or Ruse skill; if she is, however, then a Rally such as Rally Up Atk+ is needed to activate them.

Special: Moonbow / Luna / Aether / Blue Flame / Ruptured Sky 

  • Moonbow and Luna are solid Specials that can greatly increase Brunnya’s damage output against high-Resistance enemies.

  • If utilizing Brunnya in Arena, a 500 SP Special such as Aether, Blue Flame, and Ruptured Sky is highly suggested to increase her Arena score.

Passive A: B Duel Infantry / Fort. Def/Res 3 / Fury (3 or 4)

  • B Duel Infantry is key for Arena, increasing Brunnya’s scoring from a 160-165 BST bin to a 170-174 BST bin (increase of 2 scoring echelons).

  • Fort. Def/Res 3 is Brunnya’s best option for modes outside of the Coliseum, granting Brunnya a massive +6 Defense and Resistance in exchange for a measly -2 Attack. The +6 Resistance also greatly boosts Brunnya’s consistency with activating Sabotages and Ploys.

  • Fury is another strong (and budget) alternative increases Brunnya’s offensive, defensive, and supportive capabilities in exchange for 6/8 recoil damage after every combat.

Passive B: Any Sabotage skill / Any Ruse skill / Any Feint skill

  • Thanks to a great 33 Resistance, Brunnya can use Sabotage skills very efficiently. Its condition of enemies being adjacent to each other is especially beneficial for Arena and Aether Raids where enemies are frequently tightly-packed.

  • If using a Rally, both Ruse and Feint skills are great for debuffing enemies in cardinal directions of Brunnya and her Rally target.  

Passive C: Any Ploy skill / Distant Guard / Close Guard / Any Drive skill

  • Brunnnya’s 33 Resistance allows her to use Ploys efficiently in combination with Sabotages, Ruses, and Feints. Atk Ploy and Spd Ploy are particularly helpful, as their utility does not vary based on Brunnya’s team unlike Def Ploy and Spd Ploy.

  • Both Distant Guard and Close Guard are great alternatives. Distant Guard stacks with Silver Goblet and can grant +8 Defense and Resistance when ranged enemies initiate on allies within 2 spaces of Brunnya, while Close Guard guarantees that allies within 2 spaces of Brunnya will receive +4 Defense and Resistance when enemies initiate.

  • Drive skills also synergize well with Silver Goblet, granting an in-combat buff regardless of whether the enemy is ranged or melee. 

Sacred Seal: Any Ploy skill / HP/Res 2 / Resistance +3 / Any Drive skill 

  • As with Brunnya’s C slot, Ploy skills work wonders for support, allowing Brunnya to debuff enemies in cardinal directions and increase her team’s damage output and/or survivability.

  • Any Sacred Seal that increases Resistance can also be run to help ensure that Brunnya can Ploy and Sabotage.

  • Drive skills provide extra in-combat buffs for allies within 2 spaces of Brunnya on top of Silver Goblet’s Distant Guard effect.

Fighting to the Bitter End (Vantage Sweeper)

Build by Chibi_Chu
Blárblade+ A Close Counter
Reposition B Vantage 3
Glimmer C Res Smoke 3
Alternate: Even Atk Wave 3

+ATK / -HP or -DEF

SFierce Stance 3
Alternate: Brazen Atk/Spd 3

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Weapon: Blárblade+ 

  • Given that this set focuses on activating Vantage and OHKOing enemies before they can attack Brunnya, she wants to increase her damage output as much as possible. As such, Blárblade is the premier weapon; however, Brunnya will be reliant on allies to grant her visible buffs.

Assist: Reposition / Flexible 

Special: Glimmer 

  • Glimmer is Brunnya’s strongest Special for this set, as its damage scales with Blárblade’s bonus damage from visible buffs.

Passive A: Close Counter

  • Close Counter is vital for this set, as Brunnya cannot activate Vantage and have a chance at OHKOing an enemy if she cannot counterattack them to begin with. This allows her to counterattack against melee units, vastly increasing her reliability.

Passive B: Vantage 

  • Vantage is also vital for this set, as Brunnya’s bulk isn’t high enough to take several hits on Enemy Phase. Activating Vantage gives Brunnya the potential to OHKO enemies before they can inflict damage.

Passive C: Res Smoke / Odd/Even Atk Wave 

  • Debuffing enemies’ Resistance via her native Res Smoke increases Brunnya’s damage output, which is her top priority.

  • Odd Atk Wave and Even Atk Wave allow Brunnya to be partially self-reliant, as she can grant her own Attack buffs and increase her total damage output by 12. This can also be beneficial if she is far away from allies, as they may be too far away to grant Brunnya visible buffs.

Sacred Seal: Fierce Stance / Any Brazen skill 

  • Any Attack increase is greatly beneficial for Brunnya; as such, Fierce Stance is a great Sacred Seal, granting her a consistent +6 Attack on Enemy Phase.

  • Brazen skills increase Brunnya’s Attack by 1 more than Fierce Stance does, but has an HP requirement attached to it rather than a phase requirement. However, note that Brunnya will usually take at least one attack, with that attack usually dropping her into Vantage range; if Brunnya is activating Vantage, she is also activating her Brazen skill, as Brazens’ HP requirement is ≤80% while Vantage’s is ≤75%.


High Attack

Brunnya sports a great 35 Attack, allowing her to consistently deal high amounts of damage.


Fimbulvetr sets Brunnya apart from the rest. Granting +3 Resistance, neutrality to debuffs, and +4 to all stats if her HP is below 100% or she has a debuff/penalty, Fimbulvetr contributes to Brunnya’s fantastic flexibility by allowing her to play both Player Phase and Enemy Phase roles effectively.

Great Resistance and magical bulk

Boasting 42 HP and 33 Resistance, Brunnya does a great job at tanking magical hits with her 74 magical bulk and supporting both herself and her allies via activating Ploys and Sabotages.

Very flexible

Thanks to her 42/35/31/21/33 statline and Fimbulvetr, Brunnya is able to play a variety of roles efficiently. She can become offensive via Blárblade or Fimbulvetr with Fury or Atk/Spd Push 4 and Desperation, Enemy Phase oriented via sweeping with Blárblade and Vantage or becoming a supertank with max-investment and Fimbulvetr, and supportive via Ploys and Sabotages. Infantry status also contributes to her flexibility, granting her access to powerful skills such as Bonus Doubler and Null Follow-Up and allowing her to have increased mobility via her flying allies’ Guidance and Ground Orders.

Free-to-play benefits

As a TT+ unit, all players can receive 1 4-star copy and 1 5-star copy of Brunnya. Brunnya can also be merged via Heroic Grails rather than Orbs, which is a blessing for many players.


Middling physical bulk

While not necessarily bad, 42 HP and 21 Defense leaves Brunnya with a shaky 62 physical bulk. Thankfully, with visible buffs, Fimbulvetr, and potentially lots of investment, Brunnya can overcome this and tank physical hits fairly reliably. Alternatively, she can attempt to completely circumvent her physical bulk via Desperation.

Mediocre Speed

Unfortunately, Brunnya’s 31 Speed holds her back considerably. She’ll need support or a fair amount of Speed investment via passive skills to reliably perform and avoid follow-up attacks.

Free-to-play drawbacks

Being a F2P unit is a double-edged sword. Players that plan to invest or have already invested in a unit that can be merged with Heroic Grails may lack the motivation or resources to merge Brunnya.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
200 2 9
FimbulvetrGrants Res+3. At start of combat, if【Penalty】 is active on unit or if unit's HP < 100%, neutralizes penalties on unit and grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 during combat.  【Penalty】 All effects that last "on foe through its next action." Includes penalties inflicted by a skill like Panic or Threaten and negative status effects (preventing counterattacks, restricting movement, or the effects of a skill like Triangle Adept or Guard).
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Chilling WindBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Res.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 4
GlaciesBoosts damage dealt by 80% of unit's Res.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Death Blow 1Grants Atk+2 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Death Blow 2Grants Atk+4 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Death Blow 3Grants Atk+6 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Res Smoke 1After combat, inflicts Res-3 on foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
Res Smoke 2After combat, inflicts Res-5 on foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
Res Smoke 3After Combat, inflicts Res-7 on foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★

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Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

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