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Nagi - Dragon Avatar


Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 46
ATK 37
SPD 19
DEF 36
RES 41

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 23 10 3 5 10
Middle 24 11 4 6 11
High 25 12 5 7 12

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 42 34 16 33 38
Middle 46 37 19 36 41
High 49 40 22 40 45

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.


  • +ATK: Nagi’s base Attack stat of 37 is quite impressive and inherently offers her formidable raw firepower, especially when taking her ability to deal adaptive damage against ranged opponents into consideration. Increasing it further with an Asset can thusly make for a fantastic option to build upon this strength and bolster her overall damage output. 

  • +DEF / RES: Both of Nagi’s defensive stats are quite spectacular and offer her high durability against physical and magical damage; this makes an Asset in either one of these stats a superb choice to reinforce her tanking capabilities. It’s worth noting that Defense and Resistance are both four-point Assets, resulting in dramatically improved longevity regardless of the chosen IV. 


  • HP: Although increasing Nagi’s HP is not necessarily recommended, it should still be preserved if possible to retain the entirety of her extraordinary mixed bulk.  A -HP IV can be especially debilitating since its status as a four-point Flaw combined with her low Speed may result in a much greater bulk loss than necessary. Should no other option be available, however, it can be an acceptable choice. 


  • -SPD: Nagi’s base Speed stat of 19 renders her prone to follow-up attacks and offers very little to her, remaining well past the point of redemption. Accordingly, a Speed Flaw will typically be Nagi’s best option as lowering it further will hardly impact her overall performance.

Skill Sets

Paradise Lost (Defensive Tank)

Build by
Ethereal Breath A Distant Counter
Pivot B Special Fighter 3
Alternate: Wrath 3
Alternate: Noontime
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3
IVsSFierce Stance 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3

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Preferred IV: +ATK or +DEF or +RES / -SPD

With the combined power of her unique personal weapon and well optimized statline, Nagi’s sheer durability is exceptional and enables her to excel when equipped to perform as a defensive tank. A +ATK IV is a fantastic option (and is likely ideal) if making use of healing Specials, as increasing her damage output results in improved sustainability; this also allows her to OHKO incoming opponents with greater ease. A +DEF or +RES IV are also great candidates to reduce the amount of damage Nagi takes directly, with both having the capacity to boost her stats by four points (as opposed to the typical three). 

Weapon: Ethereal Breath 

  • Boasting four distinct effects in addition to the typical adaptive damage property of dragonstones, Ethereal Breath is a rather specialized exclusive weapon that synergizes perfectly with a defensive role. Most notably, it is one of the few dragonstones to grant its user a Slaying effect and thusly offers Nagi a distinct advantage over her direct comparables, as she is capable of utilizing Specials with longer cooldowns much more effectively. 

  • Ethereal Breath also provides Nagi with a massive 80% damage reduction from AoE Specials, as well as the ability to possess Weapon Triangle advantage over opposing colorless foes similarly to Raven tomes. Combining these two effects with accelerated Special cooldown and her exceptional bulk makes Nagi a formidable asset at one’s disposal who can easily shut down some of the most prominent threats in the game (particularly in Aether Raids), most notable of which being Ophelia and Legendary Alm.

  • This weapon also allows Nagi to deal effective damage against dragon foes, building upon her immense applicability even further. Given the typically high prevalence and durability of such units, this effect can prove quite useful in securing OHKOs against them (as she may have otherwise struggled to do so). 

Assist: Pivot / Swap / Flexible

Special: Sol / Noontime

  • Especially in Aether Raids, healing Specials are of the utmost necessity to ensure Nagi’s ability to engage in consecutive rounds of combat while remaining relatively healthy, as relying on her raw defensive stats alone will not always work. 

  • Sol is ideal if making use of her native Special Fighter; combined with her PRF’s passive -1 Special cooldown, Nagi will be able to activate it instantly on her first counterattack in the Enemy Phase. Alternatively, Noontime can be paired with Wrath to take a more aggressive approach to Nagi’s intended playstyle and improve her likelihood of landing OHKOs against incoming foes, all the while granting her a comparable (albeit lesser) boost to her survivability. 

Passive A: Distant Counter

  • Her default Distant Counter is ideal to make the greatest use of Ethereal Breath and her phenomenal mixed bulk, providing her with the coveted ability to counterattack regardless of range. Through this effect, Nagi will be able to handle a much wider breadth of opponents than normally possible. 

Passive B: Special Fighter / Wrath

  • Nagi’s native Special Fighter is a powerful choice that supplies her with the increased Special charge effect of Breath skills in both phases, synergizing particularly well with Sol as this combination allows her to counterattack immediately with a Special activation for maximum healing potential. This skill also comes packed with the Special deceleration properties of Guard, which can prove useful in the instance that she has to tank multiple hits in the same round of combat. 

  • Wrath can make for a worthwhile consideration to help secure KOs on opposing foes with greater consistency, offering her a formidable +10 damage boost upon Special activations. However, since it lacks the ability to replicate Special Fighter’s effect of accelerated cooldown, Wrath should be paired with Noontime (instead of Sol) as the Slaying effect from Nagi’s PRF allows her to activate it on every counterattack. 

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Atk Smoke / Flexible

  • Pulse Smoke is a fantastic choice for Nagi’s C slot if aiming to utilize her in Aether Raids to neutralize enemy team compositions that are centered around the use of fast or instant Special activations through its unique debuff. While this may seem unnecessary given that Ethereal Breath dramatically reduces the effectiveness of AoE Specials (which tend to be common features on such teams), Pulse Smoke remains necessary to safeguard Nagi from receiving the full brunt of other potential pre-charged Specials like Glacies and Dragon Fang that her PRF doesn’t help with. 

  • On a budget, Atk Smoke is a readily available alternative that serves to minimize the amount of damage she takes from incoming foes directly. 

Sacred Seal: Fierce Stance / Quick Riposte

  • Given the proper support, Nagi can quickly accumulate enough raw offensive might such that she should typically only need to counterattack once to KO an opponent. This renders the Fierce Stance seal a great option to build upon this unique characteristic, as well as heighten her survivability via stronger healing (through her Special) and a lesser chance of being doubled (as she will likely kill her opponent before they can do so). 

  • However, should this be viewed as too risky (which may very well be the case at lower levels of investment), the Quick Riposte can be taken instead to guarantee her follow-up Attack in the Enemy Phase. Do keep in mind, though, that this can leave her susceptible to foes who have methods of denying her follow-up attack, such as those equipped with Null Follow-Up and Sturdy Impact. 

Out of the Ashes (Mixed Phase)

Build by
Ethereal Breath A Distant Counter
Pivot B Bold Fighter 3
Alternate: Iceberg
C Armor March 3
Alternate: Odd Atk Wave 3
IVsSQuick Riposte 3

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Preferred IV: +ATK -SPD

Nagi can also perform quite well when equipped with a standard mixed-phase build to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with on the offensive and defensive. Since the focus of this setup will be primarily to maximize her damage output, a +ATK IV (in addition to accompanying boosts to her Attack stat through team support) will be Nagi’s ideal choice of IVs. 

Weapon: Ethereal Breath

Assist: Pivot / Swap / Flexible

Special: Glacies / Iceberg 

  • Thanks to Ethereal Breath’s built-in Slaying effect and Bold Fighter’s powerful effect, Nagi can make consistent use of Specials with a four-turn cooldown and activate them in each round of combat, provided that her opponent can counterattack; they can activate in the Enemy Phase as well, but require the use of the Quick Riposte seal in order to do so. In this regard, Glacies is Nagi’s best option as it scales exceedingly well with her colossal base Resistance stat, adding 32 points of damage each time upon activation if assuming neutral Resistance. 

  • In exchange for losing out on some of Glacies’ immense firepower, Iceberg may be taken instead to ensure that Nagi can consistently able to activate her Special in the Player Phase, regardless of whether her opponent possesses the ability to counterattack. 

Passive A: Distant Counter

  • Distant Counter remains Nagi’s best choice of A slot skill to grant her the flexibility of being able to counterattack against ranged threats if necessary, bolstering her versatility as a unit even further -- and fortunately enough, she has immediate access to this skill in her base kit.

Passive B: Bold Fighter 

  • Bold Fighter constitutes the core of this build and is the key behind Nagi’s Player Phase prowess, allowing her to bypass the impact of her poor base Speed stat entirely by granting her guaranteed follow-up attacks upon initiation. This skill’s +1 Special charge per attack is also incredibly useful as it enables the mysterious maiden to quickly unleash devastating Special activations against unsuspecting foes and increases her overall damage output massively. 

Passive C: Armor March / Odd Atk Wave / Flexible

  • While not strictly necessary for Nagi to function properly, Armor March may potentially prove to be a worthwhile investment to improve her mobility greatly and allow her to engage in combat from favorable positions. Offensive stat-boosting Wave skills like Odd Atk Wave are also nice options to bolster her self-sufficiency. Otherwise, feel free to equip any C slot skills that suit Nagi’s specific team composition. 

Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte

  • The Quick Riposte seal is another crucial aspect of this set that serves to grant her a respectable offensive presence in the Enemy Phase; combining it with Ethereal Breath and Bold Fighter allows Nagi to deal heavy damage against anyone she initiates against or who attacks into her. 


A character shrouded in mystery, Nagi: Dragon Avatar makes a surprise appearance in Fire Emblem Heroes and debuts as a powerful green armored dragonstone user boasting some of the strongest defensive capabilities seen to date. Her statline alone is thoroughly impressive; with excellent values in HP, Attack, Defense, and Resistance (the last of which being the highest in the entire game), she has no shortage of offensive might or durability. This is not to mention her access to the incredible Fighter skills as an armored unit, which she can equip to utilize her min-maxed statline to its greatest potential and bolster her overall performance massively. 

However, Nagi’s single most defining feature is her exclusive weapon, Ethereal Breath. It carries several distinct, albeit varied, effects that collectively make the mysterious maiden one of the most specialized (yet equally potent) dragonstone users around; combining dragon effectiveness, an 80% damage reduction from AoE Specials, and the ability to boast Weapon Triangle advantage over colorless foes all into one weapon enables Nagi to easily maintain high levels of survivability and shut down a vast number of prominent threats in the current meta, such as (but certainly not limited to) Legendary Alm and Ophelia. As if this weren’t enough, Ethereal Breath also comes as one of the few dragonstone weapons in the game to carry a built-in Slaying effect. This grants her a distinct advantage over the rest of her direct comparables, with this being particularly noteworthy when using healing Specials as her options for obtaining consistent sustain are much more flexible. Her PRF retains the typical adaptive damage property associated with dragonstone weapons as well, strengthening her ability to handle ranged opponents even further. 

It should be noted that although Nagi definitely possesses several distinct strengths in her favor, she has her fair share of drawbacks that prevent her from being truly perfect. Most notably, as an armored dragon, Nagi suffers from a pressing weakness to two types of effective damage, with sources of dragon effective damage becoming increasingly more common as the game goes on; taking steps to avoid such sources will prove crucial to ensuring her success. In addition, her poor Speed means that she will almost always be doubled by incoming threats, and can cause her to take more damage than necessary without the adequate support and investment. Her poor mobility may also be a problem if not accounted for properly. 

Nonetheless, despite these weaknesses, her overall potential should definitely not be underestimated. With a fantastic personal weapon in Ethereal Breath, incredibly min-maxed statline, and access to powerful armor-exclusive skills, Nagi: Dragon Avatar remains a shining example of what it means to be a stalwart defensive hero and can undoubtedly prove to be a useful asset at one’s disposal, even at lower levels of investment. 


Ethereal Breath

Nagi’s unique personal weapon, Ethereal Breath, carries a handful of different effects: a Slaying effect, Weapon Triangle advantage over colorless opponents, effective damage against dragon foes, and a substantial damage reduction from AoE Specials. Incorporating them all into a singular weapon enables Nagi to function as a formidable counter to an extremely broad range of foes easily and obtain outstanding defensive capabilities. 

Strong Attack

Her base Attack stat of 37 is considerable and provides her with a strong foundation for dealing damage, allowing her to frequently secure OHKOs against incoming foes when provided with the proper support. In addition, this makes her a strong user of healing Specials for consistent sustain, especially when taken into consideration alongside her PRF’s built-in Slaying effect. 

Phenomenal Mixed Bulk

Nagi’s mixed bulk is amongst the best of her class; with 82 physical bulk and 87 magical bulk, she is well suited for a defensive role and should have relatively little problem with tanking most forms of sustained offensive pressure. Her access to a four-point Asset in both of her defensive stats only serves to bolster this strength further. 


As an armored unit, Nagi is able to access class-exclusive buffs and the notorious Fighter skills (such as her native Special Fighter), both of which can prove to be key strengths augmenting her overall potential to its fullest extent. This also allows her to benefit from an ample boost to her BST. 


On top of granting her access to even more class-exclusive buffs, Nagi’s status as a dragon provides her with the unique ability to deal magical damage against melee opponents, as well as target the lower of ranged opponent’s defensive stats (more commonly known as adaptive damage). 

Excellent Base Kit

Nagi’s base kit is extremely synergistic and makes her quite budget-friendly, as simply equipping an Assist skill and seal of one’s choosing allows her to have a complete (and fully functional) build. 


Effective Damage

Although being an armored dragon is one of Nagi’s greatest strengths, it also renders her astoundingly frail to two types of effective damage. Given the increasing commonality of sources of such damage in the enemy team compositions, one must take caution when deploying Nagi on certain maps as she may otherwise be killed unexpectedly. 

Low Speed

Nagi’s poor base Speed stat makes her rather susceptible to follow-up attacks from opposing foes. While her strong defensive stats do help mediate this weakness to a certain extent, it can still create some complications by potentially causing her to take more damage than necessary.

Poor Mobility

In exchange for the various strengths associated with being an armored unit, Nagi’s class type hinders her mobility greatly by limiting her to one-space movement. This means that if using her without the proper support (such as Armor March, Ground Orders, or Guidance), Nagi will struggle tremendously in maneuvering around any given map, though this is not too much of an issue if equipped with a defensively oriented build. 

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Fire Breath
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
50 1 6
Fire Breath+
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
100 1 8
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
200 1 11
Ethereal Breath

Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). Effective against dragon foes.

Grants weapon- triangle advantage against colorless foes, and inflicts weapon-triangle disadvantage on colorless foes during combat. Reduces damage from area-of-effect Specials by 80% (excluding Røkkr area-of-effect Specials). If foe's Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Available Rearmed Weapons
Arcane Grima
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns

Restores HP = 30% of damage dealt.

Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3

Restores HP = 50% of damage dealt.

Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Distant Counter

Unit can counterattack regardless of foe's range.

Restricted to melee units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Special Fighter 1

At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 90%, grants Special cooldown charge +1 to unit and inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Special Fighter 2

At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 70%, grants Special cooldown charge +1 to unit and inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Special Fighter 3

At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 50%, grants Special cooldown charge +1 to unit and inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Dragon Valor 1

While unit lives and uses a dragonstone, unit gets 1.5x SP. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by Dragon units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
Dragon Valor 2

While unit lives, all dragonstone allies on team get 1.5x SP. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by Dragon units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
Dragon Valor 3

White unit lives, all dragonstone allies on team get 2x SP. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

Only inheritable by Dragon units.
Unlocks at 4 ★

Other Info

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
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