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Lyon - Shadow Prince

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
152
HP 41
ATK 34
SPD 21
DEF 26
RES 30

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 9 3 3 7
Middle 19 10 4 4 8
High 20 11 5 5 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 37 31 18 22 26
Middle 41 34 21 26 30
High 44 37 24 29 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.
HPATKSPDDEFRES

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

Skill Sets

Vessel for the King (Raven)

Build by
Recommended
Naglfar A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Iceberg C Atk Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK or +DEF or +RES / -HP

SQuick Riposte 3
Alternate: Distant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Naglfar

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

  • Special: Iceberg / Moonbow  

  • Passive A: Triangle Adept / Distant Defense

  • Passive B: Swordbreaker / Quick Riposte / Bowbreaker

  • Passive C: Atk Smoke / Atk Ploy / Res Ploy

  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Distant Def

A relatively cheap but effective setup for Lyon. This set allows Lyon to make for an effective counter to Green units, Colorless units and sword units all in one.

Keeping his standard Naglfar is the best option for this setup. Naglfar is effectively a more powerful raven tome, granting Lyon a weapon triangle advantage against colorless units. When combined with Triangle Adept, Lyon will get an even further advantage against colorless units with added power against green units, though you sacrifice practically any effectiveness against blue units. Distant Defense also makes for a good choice in the A slot as it also increases his effectiveness against colorless units, though only on enemy phase and he receives no extra bonus against green units.

Swordbreaker in the B slot allows for Lyon’s utility to be pushed even further, allowing him to secure KOs against popular sword units such as Ayra, Mia, Zelgius, Black Knight, Ryoma, Siegbert, Elincia, Soleil and Ike. Quick Riposte and Bowbreaker can also work in the B slot, but his effectiveness against bow units is already high and using QR in the B slot as opposed to the Sacred Seal slot results in Lyon losing his ability to effectively counter popular sword units. With Atk Smoke in the C slot slot, Lyon will also debuff the Attack stat of enemies within 2 spaces of his target by 7, reducing their damage output. Atk and Res Ploy can also be considered as potential options thanks to his good Resistance, but it can be somewhat inconsistent. Iceberg makes for the ideal special thanks to his Resistance stat, but Moonbow is also a good option due to its low cooldown.

Quick Riposte makes for a great Sacred Seal with this build, allowing Lyon to attack twice on enemy phase when he's above 70% health. This allows him to consistently secure KOs against units such as Brave Lyn who can sometimes avoid a OHKO from Lyon if she has a fortify buff or is on a fort. Distant Def also makes for a good Sacred Seal on this build, increasing his tankiness against mages and colorless units on enemy phase. The assist slot is up to player preference as anything can be run effectively, but Reposition makes for a great standard choice in order to allow Lyon to assist in the positioning of his allies.

Shadow Hoot (Owl CC)

Build by
Rauðrowl+ (+Def)
Alternate: Naglfar
A Close Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Iceberg C Atk Smoke 3
IVs

+ATK or +DEF or +RES / -HP

SClose Def 3
Alternate: Distant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Rauðrowl+ (+Def) / Candelabra+ (+Def) / Naglfar

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

  • Special: Iceberg / Moonbow  

  • Passive A: Close Counter

  • Passive B: Quick Riposte

  • Passive C: Atk Smoke / Atk Ploy / Res Ploy

  • Sacred Seal: Close Def / Distant Def / Quick Riposte

While this is very heavy investment, Lyon can be a great enemy phase unit when utilizing the Owl tome and Close Counter, making him into a infantry Winter Tharja of sorts.

The Rauðrowl tome will boost all of Lyon’s stats by 2 times the number of adjacent allies, potentially allowing for a +6 boost to all stats. With a Defense forged Owl tome and 3 adjacent allies, Lyon reaches an impressive 35 Defense and 36 Resistance. You can also run a Defense forged Candelabra or his default Naglfar with this setup, but a Defense forged Owl tome is recommended over both.

With Close Counter allowing Lyon to retaliate at melee range and Quick Riposte guaranteeing a follow-up attack on enemy phase when above 70% HP, Lyon becomes very effective on enemy phase. This is then combined with Atk Smoke to reduce the Attack of enemies within 2 spaces of Lyon’s target by 7, making him even tankier. Lyon can also utilize Atk and Res Ploy with his good Resistance stat, but this can be somewhat inconsistent. Finally, Iceberg allows Lyon to benefit from his high Resistance and deal a very powerful attack, though you can also utilize Moonbow for the low cooldown.

The Sacred Seal of choice is either Close Def or Distant Def. Both are great choices that can serve Lyon very well. You can also use the Quick Riposte Sacred Seal to free up Lyon’s B slot, but this means forgoing one of the Defense skills and so it is recommended to run QR in his B slot. The assist slot is up to player preference, anything of choice can work with Lyon. Reposition makes for a great choice on almost any unit, helping your team to position units easier.

Strengths

Great Attack

At 34 Attack, Lyon possesses the second highest Attack stat of all red mages with only Sanaki and Lilina having more at 37. This means Lyon is able to hit hard with whatever tome you give him, whether it be his default Naglfar or something else such as an Owl tome.

Good mixed bulk

With 41 HP, 26 Defense and 30 Resistance, Lyon has a good balance of physical and magical bulk. If combined with skills such as an Owl tome, Triangle Adept, Fury, Distant Defense or Close Defense, Lyon can reach very high levels of both Defense and Resistance.

Weaknesses

Terrible Speed

At 21 Speed, Lyon has the third lowest Speed of all red tome units, with only Winter Tharja and Sophia having less. This makes it almost impossible for Lyon to double without skills like Swordbreaker or Quick Riposte and makes him very liable to receive double attacks.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Flux
Red Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Ruin
Learns by default at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Fenrir
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
200 2 9
NaglfarGrants weapon-triangle advantage against colorless foes, and inflicts weapon-triangle disadvantage on colorless foes during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
RetributionBoosts damage dealt to foe by 30% of damage dealt to unit.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
VengeanceBoosts damage dealt to foe by 50% of damage dealt to unit.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Resistance +1Grants Res+1
Inheritable by all units.
30
A
Attack/Res 1Grants Atk/Res+1.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
80
A
Attack/Res 2Grants Atk/Res +2.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
160
A
Spur Res 1Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Drive Res 1Grants allies within 2 spaces Res+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Drive Res 2Grants allies within 2 spaces Res+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

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