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Leif - Prince of Leonster

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
163
HP 40
ATK 32
SPD 38
DEF 30
RES 23

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 5 9 7 5
Middle 18 6 10 8 6
High 19 7 11 9 7

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 36 29 35 26 20
Middle 40 32 38 30 23
High 43 35 41 33 26

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

Boon

  • +ATK: A fantastic boon, as it pushes Leif’s Attack to a solid base 35. This greatly increases his damage output if he can ensure follow-up attacks with his high base Speed or through skills like Quick Riposte.

  • +SPD: One of Leif’s best boon stats thanks to his stellar base 38 Speed. With a Speed Boon, this value reaches an impressive base 41 before skills, which assists Leif’s offensive and defensive abilities greatly.

Neutral

  • DEF: Worth preserving on Leif when possible. Though a bane is somewhat mitigated by the +3 Def from Light Brand, Leif’s base 30 Defense grants him respectable physical soak. This is important, as most of Leif’s opponents will be high-Defense heroes as he wants to capitalize on the +7 damage of Light Brand as much as possible.

Bane

  • -RES: Arguably Leif’s best bane. While base 23 Resistance isn’t completely unsalvageable, Leif’s superbane in HP makes this bane slightly more appealing. Leif should have little issue surviving a hit from most mages regardless of his Resistance stat thanks to his high Speed.

  • -HP: This bane allows Leif to maintain some of his magical bulk at the cost of worsened physical bulk and a lower BST. This superbane does not place Leif in a different BST bin, but a Resistance bane is generally preferred in order to preserve Leif’s physical bulk.

Skill Sets

Lord of Light (Wrath Distant Counter)

Build by
Recommended
Light Brand (+Eff) A Distant Counter
Reposition B Wrath 3
Moonbow C Atk/Def Oath 3
Alternate: Even Atk Wave 3
IVsSBrazen Atk/Spd 3
Alternate: Brazen Atk/Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Preferred IV: +ATK or +SPD / -RES

  • +ATK or +SPD are both excellent choices for Leif's Asset. +ATK improves Leif's damage output, whereas +SPD improves Leif's ability to make Speed-based follow-up attacks and avoid enemy follow-up attacks. For his Flaw, 

Weapon: Light Brand (+Eff)

  • The Light Brand can be a powerful weapon under the right circumstances. The +7 damage offered if Leif's foe has more Defense than Resistance +5 isn't the most reliable, but coupled with the Special acceleration and bonus Speed and Defense from the refinement, the weapon becomes Leif's best choice.

Assist: Reposition / Flexible

  • Leif's Assist skill is rather flexible and should be determined by whatever his teammates need. Mobility skills such as Reposition or Draw Back are good budget choices.

Special: Moonbow / Glimmer

  • Moonbow is Leif's best choice for a Special skill. With the Special acceleration from Light Brand and an additional +1 charge from Wrath, Leif can activate his Special at the start of every turn and repeatedly during combat.
     
  • Glimmer is another option as a strong 2-turn Special, but Moonbow generally scales better as Leif's base Attack is somewhat middling.

Passive A: Distant Counter

  • Distant Counter allows Leif to retaliate against ranged attackers such as archers and dagger wielders. This greatly improves Leif's versatility and also improves Leif's match-ups against mage heroes if he can KO them with his Special.

Passive B: Wrath

  • Wrath allows Leif to cycle a 2-turn Special skill extremely often and offers a massive damage boost to Leif's Special. This skill is fundamental to Leif's damage output and playstyle: Light Brand offers bonus Speed and Defense to ensure that Leif can reach the necessary HP threshold for Wrath, at which point he becomes a powerful offensive hero.

Passive C: Atk/Def Oath / Atk/Spd Oath / Even Atk Wave / Flexible

  • Atk/Def Oath offers Leif bonuses to two vital combat stats while synergising well with an Enemy Phase playstyle that Distant Counter encourages.
  • Atk/Spd Oath is also a great option as the extra Speed ensures that Leif can withstand attacks from especially fast opponents. The extra Speed complements Leif's other sources, including his S slot skill and the boost from Light Brand.
  • Even Atk Wave is a relatively budget option for an offensive skill: it allows Leif to buff his own Attack and improve his offensive capability. Other C slot skills can be suitable replacements: this slot is flexible.

Sacred Seal: Brazen Atk/Spd / Brazen Atk/Def / Fierce Stance

  • Brazen Atk/Spd is a great choice for improving Leif's offensive stats. Brazen Atk/Spd synergises with Wrath exceptionally well and allows Leif to deal impressive damage. Other Brazen skills such as Brazen Atk/Def are viable alternatives for those looking to augment different stats.
  • Fierce Stance is a fair choice for those looking to commit to an Enemy Phase playstyle. This allows Leif to benefit from these stat bonuses without needing an HP threshold, but the bonuses are generally weaker. Brazen skills are preferred as Leif must reach an HP threshold for Wrath regardless.

Master Knight (Player Phase Offense)

Build by
Light Brand (+Eff)
Alternate: Wo Dao+ (+Spd)
A Swift Sparrow (2 or 3)
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Reposition B Desperation 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Aether
C Even Atk Wave 3
IVsSSwift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Brazen Atk/Spd 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Preferred IV: +ATK or +SPD / -RES

  • +ATK or +SPD are both excellent choices for Leif's Asset. +ATK improves Leif's damage output, whereas +SPD improves Leif's ability to make Speed-based follow-up attacks and avoid enemy follow-up attacks. For his Flaw, 

Weapon: Light Brand (+Eff)

  • The Light Brand can be a powerful weapon under the right circumstances. The +7 damage offered if Leif's foe has more Defense than Resistance +5 isn't the most reliable, but coupled with the Special acceleration and bonus Speed and Defense from the refinement, the weapon becomes Leif's best choice.

Assist: Reposition / Flexible

  • Leif's Assist skill is rather flexible and should be determined by whatever his teammates need. Mobility skills such as Reposition or Draw Back are good budget choices.

Special: Moonbow / Aether

  • Moonbow is Leif's best choice for a Special skill. With the Special acceleration from Light Brand, Leif can activate this Special very regularly to deal consistent bonus damage. Moonbow also vastly improves Leif's combat against heroes with high Defense.
  • Leif can be a decent enough user of Aether thanks to the Special acceleration from Light Brand. In addition, Leif can maintain the bonus Speed and Defense offered by Light Brand's refined effect if Leif can preserve his HP.

Passive A: Swift Sparrow / Fury

  • Swift Sparrow offers a large bonus to Leif's Attack and Speed, either +4/+4 or +6/+7, which greatly improves his offensive capability and his likelihood of making follow-up attacks. This skill is straight-forward for Player Phase usage, making it an appealing option.
  • Fury is a strong alternative that improves all of Leif's combat stats, but sacrifices his ability to benefit from the bonus Speed and Defense at 100% HP without support from a staff user. Nevertheless, this is a great combat skill worthy of consideration.

Passive B: Desperation / S Drink

  • Desperation complements Leif's Player Phase playstyle perfectly, allowing him to ignore enemy retaliation and KO enemies with his high Speed. Desperation is also an easily accessible skill, making it an effective choice of skills for those looking for a cheap build.
  • S Drink isn't particularly useful for the healing, but the Special acceleration offered allows Leif to activate Moonbow on his opening attack. This makes S Drink a viable B slot skill, but better options exist.

Passive C: Even Atk Wave / Flexible

  • Even Atk Wave is a relatively budget option for an offensive skill: it allows Leif to buff his own Attack and improve his offensive capability. Other C slot skills can be suitable replacements: this slot is flexible.

Sacred Seal: Swift Sparrow / Brazen Atk/Spd / Brazen Atk/Def / Fierce Stance

  • Swift Sparrow is a great seal choice as the Player Phase requirement is easy to achieve. With Swift Sparrow 3 in the A slot, these bonuses offer a tremendous +10/+11 in Attack and Speed on initiation, ensuring that Leif can KO his opponent with a Speed-based follow-up attack.
  • Brazen Atk/Spd is a solid choice for improving Leif's offensive stats. Brazen Atk/Spd synergises with Desperation exceptionally well and allows Leif to deal impressive damage without fear of retaliation. Other Brazen skills such as Brazen Atk/Def are viable alternatives for those looking to augment different stats.

Strengths

Light Brand

Light Brand has a relatively binary activation requirement, but this weapon effectively grants 23 might against many heroes in the game, as dropping points in Resistance is common among high Defense heroes. This effect also considers Resistance debuffs, meaning that a teammate debuffing an enemy hero’s Resistance stat could allow Leif to gain bonus damage. +3 Defense is also quite useful.

Strong offensive stats

32/38 Attack and Speed is very impressive, even among sword infantry. Leif’s naturally high Speed is fantastic for offensive and defensive builds, and requires little investment to reach the low-mid 40s. 32 Attack, while not as good, is still decent enough, and vastly improved by Light Brand: a neutral Leif with Light Brand’s effect will have an effective 55 Attack before skills.

S Drink

While S Drink has very little practical use in Arena, the skill is notable as the strongest effect in the game for modes with consecutive battles, namely: Tempest Trials and Chain Challenge. In Arena, the skill has a niche use for charging special skills more quickly, but this is rarely worth sacrificing another B slot skill for.

Weaknesses

Light Brand is sometimes useless

Light Brand is a double-edged sword: though it will grant an extra +7 damage per attack, other times it may be nothing more than a 16 Might sword. Without any guarantee that Leif will benefit from this effect, Light Brand is much weaker.

Poor Resistance

Resistance is the weakest of Leif’s stats, and while his high Speed will help prevent mages from defeating him, his poor Resistance means he’ll still take heavy damage. Many high-attack blue mages can KO Leif with relative ease.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Sword
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
50 1 6
Steel Sword
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
100 1 8
Silver Sword
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
200 1 11
Light BrandGrants Def+3. If foe's Def ≥ foe's Res+5, deals +7 damage.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Rising LightBefore 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 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
150 4
Blazing LightBefore 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 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
300 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Armored Blow 1Grants Def+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Steady Blow 1If unit initiates combat, unit granted Spd/Def+2 during battle.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
120
A
Steady Blow 2If unit initiates combat, unit granted Spd/Def+4 during battle.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
A
S DrinkAt the start of turn 1, restores 99 HP and grants Special cooldown count -1.
Non-Inheritable skill.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300
B
Spur Atk 1Grants adjacent allies Atk+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Drive Atk 1Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Drive Atk 2Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

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