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Lyon - Shadow Prince

Hero Stats

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

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 18 9 3 3 7
Middle 19 10 4 4 8
High 20 11 5 5 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
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.

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

Skill Sets

Vessel for the King

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Naglfar (+Eff) A Bracing Stance 3
Alternate: Fort. Def/Res 3
Reposition B Null C-Disrupt 3
Alternate: Sol
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3

+ATK or +DEF or +RES / -HP

SDistant Def 3
Alternate: Fort. Def Res 2

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Weapon: Naglfar (+EFF)

Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

Special: Moonbow / Sol

Passive A: Bracing Stance / Mirror Stance / Fort. Def/Res

Passive B: Null C Disrupt 

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Atk Smoke

Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Atk/Def Solo

  • This set allows Lyon to drastically bulk up his defenses and be a decent counter to enemy mages, staves, archers, and dagger units alike. With Null C-Disrupt in his B slot, Lyon counters Firesweep enemies as well as Dazzling staves, allowing him to take up a utility slot in any team composition.
  • With this set, Lyon basically functions as a poor-man's version of Fallen Lyon: lower stats, no damage mitigation, but the ability to free up his seal slot to run a skill like Distant Defense instead since he no longer requires equipping Quick Riposte
  • Unfortunately, the defensive effects of his Naglfar refine require his HP to be high - and given his average mixed bulk, it's likely that he'll lose some effectiveness after his first combat due to taking damage. Because of this, Sol is an option to help try and recoup some lost HP on his second attack.
  • Bracing Stance is Lyon's best A slot for ranged defense. This skill prevents enemies from charging their Specials on him and doing more damage, while also bulking up both of his defenses. It pairs nicely with Distant Def in his seal slot to give him +12/+12 to both defenses, while his Naglfar debuffs his opponent's Attack by -4.

Shadow Host (CC)

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Naglfar (+Eff) A Close Counter
Alternate: Close Foil
Reposition B Lull Atk/Res 3
Alternate: Special Spiral 3
Alternate: Sol
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Time's Pulse 3

+ATK or +DEF or +RES / -HP

SFort. Def Res 2
Alternate: Mystic Boost 3

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Weapon: Naglfar (+EFF)

Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

Special: Luna / Sol

Passive A: Close Counter / Close Foil

Passive B: Lull Atk/Res / Special Spiral

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Time's Pulse

Sacred Seal: Fort. Def/Res / Mystic Boost

  • Lyon can also run a Close Counter build, though it doesn't allow him to stack his defensive stats quite as high. To counter this, he runs Lull Atk/Res in his Seal slot to work alongside his Naglfar tome, which ultimately debuffs his opponent's Atk/Res by -7.
  • Because he can't run a Guard Stance in his A slot, Lyon relies on Pulse Smoke to keep his opponents from triggering Specials on him. 
  • He can also run a Time's Pulse/Special Spiral combination in order to trigger Sol on the first attack after his initial engagement. This will help in keeping his HP topped up for his prf weapon to retain effectiveness, but is somewhat tricky to get it to work properly.
  • Luna is a more nuclear option, which will activate on his second attack if his opponent doubles him. This drastically increases Lyon's KO potential, but carries the added risk of him being unable to keep up his Naglfar tome buff.
  • Mystic Boost is another option to try and keep his HP high, or you can simply run him with a healer.


Workable Statline

At 34 Attack, 26 Defense and 30 Resistance, Lyon has a decent offensive power with a mix of physical and magical bulk. His statline has been powercrept even by underwhelming units, but to those who desperately want to use him, he's far from impossible to utilize.

Good Refine

Contrary to the phrasing in Naglfar's refine, the auto-followup only works in the Enemy Phase. This puts a pretty big damper on it, as it only really amounts to a glorified Quick Riposte. But... Quick Riposte is a staple skill of Lyon's, so having it in his weapon is still one of the best things any fan could have hoped for, as it frees up his B slot to run powerful skills such as Lull Atk/Res.


Terrible Speed

Lyon's base Speed is terrible at 21, and will likely not save him from any sort of followups. Due to this, he must rely on his average mixed bulk to tank attacks, which can be dicey if he does not have weapon triangle advantage

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Red Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Learns by default at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
200 2 9

Grants 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

Boosts 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

Boosts 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 +1

Grants Res+1

Inheritable by all units.
Attack/Res 1

Grants Atk/Res+1.

Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Attack/Res 2

Grants Atk/Res +2.

Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Spur Res 1

Grants Res+2 to adjacent allies during combat.

Inheritable by all units.
Drive Res 1

Grants Res+2 to allies within 2 spaces during combat.

Inheritable by all units.
Drive Res 2

Grants Res+3 to allies within 2 spaces during combat.

Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★

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