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Fiora - Airborne Warrior

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
166
HP 38
ATK 32
SPD 38
DEF 21
RES 37

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 7 9 5 6
Middle 19 8 10 6 7
High 20 9 11 7 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 35 29 35 18 34
Middle 38 32 38 21 37
High 42 35 41 24 41

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

Sweeping Inspection (Firesweep)

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Recommended
Firesweep Lance+ A Atk/Spd Push 4
Alternate: Swift Sparrow (2 or 3)
Reposition B Pegasus Flight 3
Alternate: Chill Def 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Iceberg
C Def Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK or +SPD / -DEF

SHeavy Blade 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2

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Weapon: Firesweep Lance+ 

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Moonbow / Iceberg 

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

Passive B: Pegasus Flight / Chill Def / Sabotage Def / Hit and Run 

Passive C: Def Smoke / Flexible 

Sacred Seal: Swift Sparrow / Heavy Blade 

  • Fiora’s poor physical bulk can sometimes prevent her from initiating against melee enemies. Thanks to the Firesweep Lance, she can avoid counterattacks from all enemies in most circumstances.

  • As with other offensive sets, Fiora greatly appreciates Assets and skills that increase her Attack and Speed to secure higher damage and chances of performing follow-up attacks. Atk/Spd Push 4 is an especially effective skill, as it grants Fiora +7 Atk/Spd during combat if her HP is ≥ 25%; since Fiora can avoid counterattacks with Firesweep Lance, she’ll likely be able to take advantage of this for many combats. Alternatives include Swift Sparrow and Fury, with the latter helping Fiora activate Pegasus Flight.

  • While Fiora has a middling 32 base Attack, she can still take advantage of Heavy Blade with the help of Attack-increasing skills and buffs. In tandem with a 2-cooldown Special, Fiora can activate her Special on her follow-up attack if no Guard effect is active on the enemy. Alternatives include Iceberg and Glacies, both of which take advantage of Fiora’s excellent Resistance.

  • Skills that debuff the enemy’s Defense are valuable, as Fiora will generally have more trouble dishing out high damage than performing a follow-up attack. Her base Pegasus Flight is a great choice, inflicting up to -7 Atk/Def on the enemy if her Resistance is at least 14 higher than the enemy’s (given that she passes the lenient Speed check). Chill Def, Sabotage Def, and Def Smoke also help; the combination of Pegasus Flight and Def Smoke is especially effective, since the former is an in-combat debuff while the latter is a visible debuff.

Ilia's Bread and Butter (General Offense)

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Slaying Lance+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Lofty Blossoms+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Spd Push 4
Alternate: Heavy Blade 4
Reposition B Desperation 3
Iceberg
Alternate: Galeforce
C Def Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK or +SPD / -DEF

SHeavy Blade 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2

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Weapon: Slaying Lance+ (+SPD) / Lofty Blossoms+ (+SPD) 

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Iceberg / Galeforce / Moonbow

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

Passive B: Desperation

Passive C: Def Smoke / Flexible 

Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Swift Sparrow 

  • While a generic offensive set, Fiora can make great use of Desperation to circumvent her unfortunate physical bulk, which could cause Fiora to be OHKO’d by melee counterattacks.

  • Desperation allows Fiora to perform her follow-up attack before the enemy counterattacks if her HP is ≤ 75%, so if she 2HKOs the enemy, she won’t need to face a potentially lethal counterattack. In order to drop Fiora’s HP into Desperation range, Atk/Spd Push 4 and Fury are fantastic choices, as they force Fiora to suffer recoil damage.

  • If Desperation and Heavy Blade are active, Fiora can activate a 3-cooldown Special with Slaying Lance (or 2-cooldown with Lofty Blossoms) on her follow-up attack or activate Galeforce after 2 attacks if no Guard effect is active on the enemy and Fiora performs a follow-up attack. To ensure that Fiora activates Heavy Blade and performs a follow-up attack, skills that increase Attack and Speed such as the aforementioned Atk/Spd Push 4 and Fury (along with Swift Sparrow) are greatly appreciated. Lofty Blossom’s Swift Sparrow effect makes it a great alternative for Slaying Lance.

  • Fiora’s C slot is flexible and can change depending on her allies’ skills, but Def Smoke will always be helpful, as debuffing the enemies’ Defense allows Fiora and her physical allies to deal increased damage. Def Smoke is especially beneficial for a Galeforce set, as Fiora can immediately take advantage of the -7 Defense infliction to potentially deal 14 more damage to enemies within 2 spaces of the previous target.

Dance in the Dread Isle Skies (Enemy Phase)

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Guard Lance+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Guard Lance+ (+Res)
A Distant Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Pegasus Flight 3
Glacies
Alternate: Iceberg
C Atk Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK or +RES / -DEF

SMirror Stance 2
Alternate: Iote's Shield

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Weapon: Guard Lance+ (+RES or +SPD)

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Glacies / Iceberg 

Passive A: Distant Counter 

Passive B: Quick Riposte / Pegasus Flight 

Passive C: Atk Smoke / Flexible 

Sacred Seal: Any Stance skill / Iote’s Shield / Distant Def

While this set aims to bolster Fiora’s magical bulk as high as possible while preserving reasonable damage and solid Speed, her Resistance is good enough to potentially turn Fiora into a mixed tank by focusing on increasing her lackluster Defense. If such a set is desired, +DEF now becomes a recommended Asset, +DEF the recommended Guard Lance refine, and Iote’s Shield a necessity. 

  • Fiora boasts an excellent 37 Resistance that can be raised even higher through skills and a refine. With this, she can become an effective dedicated magical tank that can survive many magical hits, then nuke her enemies with Iceberg or Glacies, both of which grant bonus damage based on her Resistance. +ATK is chosen to increase her damage output, while +RES is chosen to increase her Iceberg/Glacies damage and ability to take several magical attacks; while -DEF is recommended due to this set’s sole focus on magical resistance, it can become a great Asset if choosing to focus on her physical bulk, given that her magical bulk is already great.

  • While Barrier Lance or Vanguard may seem appealing, Guard Lance’s -1 Special charge infliction on the enemy is arguably more valuable, as enemies now have more difficulty charging Specials that would rip through Fiora’s defenses. A +RES refine increases her magical bulk, +SPD helps secure performing and avoiding follow-up attacks, and +DEF may be chosen for a mixed bulk set.

  • Distant Counter is vital for this set, as it’s usually not very helpful to tank multiple attacks if Fiora cannot deal damage in return. While Quick Riposte can guarantee follow-up attacks at ≥ 70% HP, Fiora’s native Pegasus Flight can also be used to increase Fiora’s damage output and survivability by debuffing the enemy’s Atk/Def. Atk Smoke furthers the attempt at increasing Fiora’s survivability (along with her allies’ survivability), as it inflicts -7 Attack on all enemies within 2 spaces of the target.

  • Any Sacred Seal that activates on Enemy Phase works wonders for Fiora, with Mirror Stance being particularly useful. Depending on which stat(s) the player would like to focus on, a different Sacred Seal may be chosen. If wanting Fiora to become a mixed tank or survive attacks from enemy Archers, Iote’s Shield is necessary.

Strengths

Amazing Speed

With a great 38 Speed, Fiora will consistently perform and avoid follow-up attacks. This can help make up for Fiora’s mediocre Attack and terrible Defense.

Great Resistance

Fiora boasts an excellent 74 magical bulk thanks to her fantastic 37 Resistance. With this, Fiora can reliably survive multiple magical attacks and duel dragons. In conjunction with her high Speed, Fiora will also have little trouble taking advantage of her native Pegasus Flight.

Flier advantages

As a flier, Fiora has various advantages at her disposal. She can cross nearly all terrain, making her mobility and flexibility stronger than any other movement type. Also, she can provide further support through skills such as Ground Orders, Air Orders, Flier Formation, Aerobatics, and Guidance to grant her allies more options for escaping from and attacking enemies.

Weaknesses

Middling Attack

While 32 Attack is far from the worst, its mediocrity prevents Fiora from standing above her other Lance Flier peers. Her damage output relies heavily on Attack buffs, Defense debuffs, and performing follow-up attacks (which is thankfully easy thanks to her 38 Speed); without a variety of these, Fiora’s raw damage is middling.  

Awful physical bulk

Unlike many recent Lance Fliers, Fiora suffers from terrible 58 physical bulk due to the combination of 38 HP and 21 Defense. Because of this, Fiora may be prone to being OHKO’d by many physical enemies, and like with many other fliers, surviving an arrow is a pipe dream.

Flier drawbacks

Fiora’s status as a flier is a double-edged sword. While she receives plenty of skills to increase the flexibility of both herself and her allies along with the being able to cross nearly all terrain types, Fiora cannot use many valuable skills that would greatly boost her offensive and defensive capabilities, including: Bonus Doubler, Null Follow-Up, Null C-Disrupt, and Flashing Blade. While her physical bulk is already poor, Archers will ensure that Fiora meets a swift end unless she has Iote’s Shield equipped.

Failure to stand out

Unfortunately, FEH’s Blue pool is bloated with Lance Fliers that have generic statlines. Due to the lack of a personal weapon and middling Attack, Fiora joins her peers as a basic Lance Flier with very little to distinguish herself.

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
Guard LanceInflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack during combat. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 10
Guard Lance+Inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack during combat. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 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
IcebergBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Res.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Fury 1Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+1. Unit takes 2 damage after combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
50
A
Fury 2Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+2. Unit takes 4 damage after combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
100
A
Fury 3Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+3. Unit takes 6 damage after combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200
A
Pegasus Flight 1At start of combat, if unit's Spd ≥ foe's Spd-7, inflicts penalty on foe's Atk/Def during combat = 30% of difference between Res stats (unit’s Res minus foe’s Res) before combat. (Maximum penalty of -3.)
Flying Sword, Lance & Axe Only
Unlocks at 3 ★
60
B
Pegasus Flight 2At start of combat, if unit's Spd ≥ foe's Spd-7, inflicts penalty on foe's Atk/Def during combat = 40% of difference between Res stats (unit’s Res minus foe’s Res) before combat. (Maximum penalty of -5.)
Flying Sword, Lance & Axe Only
Unlocks at 4 ★
120
B
Pegasus Flight 3At start of combat, if unit's Spd ≥ foe's Spd-7, inflicts penalty on foe's Atk/Def during combat = 50% of difference between Res stats (unit’s Res minus foe’s Res) before combat. (Maximum penalty of -7.)
Flying Sword, Lance & Axe Only
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
B

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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