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Effie - Army of One

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
168
HP 50
ATK 40
SPD 22
DEF 33
RES 23

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 21 11 4 10 3
Middle 22 12 5 11 4
High 23 13 6 12 5

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 47 37 19 29 20
Middle 50 40 22 33 23
High 53 43 25 36 27

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

Skill Sets

Enemy Phase Bruiser

Build by raelet
Recommended
Effie's Lance (+Eff)
Alternate: Courtly Candle+ (+Res)
A Distant Counter
Alternate: Distant Foil
Swap B Vengeful Fighter 3
Alternate: Slick Fighter 3
Noontime
Alternate: Aether
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK / -SPD

SAtk/Def Solo 3
Alternate: Spd/Res Solo 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Preferred IV: +ATK / -SPD

Weapon: Effie's Lance (+EFF) / Courtly Candle (+Def) or (+Res)

Assist: Swap

Special: Noontime / Aether

Passive A: Distant Counter / Distant Foil

Passive B: Vengeful Fighter / Slick Fighter

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Atk Smoke

Sacred Seal: Atk/Def Solo / Spd/Res Solo

  • Effie's Lance neutralizes all of her foe's field buffs during combat, but only in the first combat of each phase. If you foresee Effie being used as more of an omnitank (such as in a game mode like Aether Raids) and taking on multiple foes per phase, then Courtly Candle is actually more useful, as the buffs remain on her and she gets a hefty -50% damage reduction in the first attack.
  • The rest of this set is straightforward - Vengeful Fighter helps Effie to set up Noontime procs, or even Aether procs if you're able to tank both of her enemy attacks, though the heal from Aether will likely be minimal since it'll come on the second hit of her attack.
  • The rest is simply about what you'd like her to do: she can enhance her Res stat via a boon, refine, and Spd/Res Solo seal to be more of an omnitank, or she can enhance her Defense further via Distant Foil and Atk/Def Solo in order to be a physical damage specialist.

One Woman Army (Player Phase)

Build by raelet
Recommended
Slaying Lance+ (+Atk)
Alternate: Slaying Lance+ (+Def)
A Death Blow (3 or 4)
Alternate: Atk/Def Solo 4
Swap B Bold Fighter 3
Galeforce
Alternate: Ignis
C Armor March 3
Alternate: Armored Stride 3
IVs

+ATK / -DEF

SDeath Blow 3
Alternate: Atk/Def Solo 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Preferred IV: +ATK / -SPD

Weapon: Slaying Lance+ (+Atk/Def)

Assist: Swap

Special: Galeforce / Ignis

Passive A: Death Blow / Atk/Def Solo

Passive B: Bold Fighter

Passive C: Armor March / Armored Stride

Sacred Seal: Death Blow / Atk/Def Solo

  • Due to Effie's high Attack and armor inheritance, she can fit right in on an Armored Galeforce team thanks to the synergy between Bold Fighter, Slaying Lance, and Galeforce. Bold Fighter grants her two guaranteed hits with cooldown reduction on each hit, while Slaying Lance reduces the Special Cooldown of Galeforce to 4.
  • This means that as long as Effie strikes twice and her opponent does not have a Guard effect, Effie will activate Galeforce and be able to attack another opponent.
  • This allows Effie to be used well in Aether Raids Offense, where she can KO several units at a time.
  • Death Blow and Atk/Def Solo are interchangeable here, though if you're concerned about her getting oneshot in return, you may want to use a Resistance boosting skill in her A or S slot, such as Warding Blow or Mirror Strike.

Strengths

High Attack

With a boon that grants her 40 base Attack, Effie is a hard hitter. Her access to skills like Bold Fighter and Vengeful Fighter means that she can leverage her Attack by hitting multiple times.

Armor Inheritance

Armors have access to very strong skills like Bold Fighter and Slick Fighter, which helps Effie overcome her poor mobility in combat.

Weaknesses

Poor mobility

Despite its strengths, being an armor unit has its disadvantages as well. Namely, poor mobility - Effie can only move one space per turn. This can be mitigated via Armor March, but even that carries the opportunity cost of taking the skill, as well as forcing positioning requirements.

Anti-Armor weapons

As an armor unit, Effie shares a weakness to anti-armor weapons such as Hammer. Technically she could easily mitigate this with Svalinn Shield, but it severely limits her potential to not be able to run another A skill like Distant Counter.

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 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Silver Lance
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 11
Silver Lance+
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 15
Effie's LanceAt start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 50%, grants Atk+6 during combat.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
SmitePush adjacent ally 2 spaces farther away.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Death Blow 1Grants Atk+2 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
50
A
Death Blow 2Grants Atk+4 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
100
A
Death Blow 3Grants Atk+6 if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
A
Wary Fighter 1Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 90%
Only inheritable by armor units.
60
B
Wary Fighter 2Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 70%
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
120
B
Wary Fighter 3Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 50%
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
B

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Fates

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