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Analysis by Naz
Nino - Pious Mage

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
147
HP 33
ATK 33
SPD 36
DEF 19
RES 26

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 15 6 9 3 6
Middle 16 7 10 4 7
High 17 8 11 5 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 30 30 33 16 23
Middle 33 33 36 19 26
High 36 36 39 22 30

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

Her Best! (AR Ranged Tank)

Build by Naz
Recommended
Amity Blooms+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Plegian Torch+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Res Solo 4
Alternate: Mirror Stance 3
Reposition B Null Follow-Up 3
Alternate: Null C-Disrupt 3
Ruptured Sky
Alternate: Noontime
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Joint Drive Atk
IVs

+ATK or +SPD

SAtk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Mystic Boost 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Amity Blooms+ (+Spd) / Plegian Torch+ (+Spd)

  • Amity Blooms makes for a very strong general option by providing a conditional significant stat boost as well as healing during combat.
  • Another strong option with a higher ceiling of potential is Plegian Torch, which scales based on the amount of debuffs the foe has inflicted on them.

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Noontime / Sol / Moonbow / Ruptured Sky

  • The choice between healing specials such as Noontime and Sol compared to offensive ones such as Moonbow and Ruptured Sky can be weighed depending on the amount of healing from other sources such as Amity Blooms and/or Mystic Boost

Passive A: Solo Skills / Stance Skills / Unity Skills

  • Both Stance skills and Solo skills that boost Nino’s key stats have their advantages. Stance skills are exclusive to Enemy Phase but come with the added benefit of the Guard effect while Solo skills can be active in both phases with the condition of not being adjacent to any allies.
  • Unity skills can be the premium options if your primary focus is Aether Raids. In addition to the simple +5 boost to the chosen stats, any debuffs and/or Panic effect inflicted on those stats will be reversed to become an in-combat buff.

Passive B: Null Follow-up / Null C Disrupt

  • Null Follow-up offers exceptional utility by nullifying foe’s skill that guarantee their follow-up attacks as well as those that prevent your own. 
  • Null C-Disrupt is another highly coveted skill for infantry tanks, as it allows them to retaliate against opponents that would otherwise disable any form of counterattack such as Firesweep weapon users and Dazzling Staff healers.

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Joint Drive Atk / Flexible

  • Smoke skills such as Pulse Smoke are very effective when taking on multiple opponents. Pulse Smoke is particularly effective in reducing the damage of opponents around the target after combat by slowing down the activation of their Special.
  • The C slot can otherwise be replaced as needed to suit the team.

Sacred Seal: Solo Skills / Mystic Boost

  • Any Solo or Stance skills that boost Nino’s key stats makes for an effective Sacred Seal option.
  • Mystic Boost grants additional healing after combat as well as disabling the effects of Wrathful Staff and adaptive damage.

aaaaaaaaaa (Arena focus)

Build by Naz
Iris's Tome (+Eff) A G Duel Infantry 4
Rally Def/Res+
Alternate: Harsh Command+
B Lull Atk/Res 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3
Blue Flame
Alternate: Aether
C Atk/Res Menace
Alternate: Joint Drive Atk
IVs

+ATK or +SPD

S

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Iris’ Tome (+Eff)

  • Though it doesn’t really matter how you refine it, aim to easily maximize scoring potential by using Nino’s personal weapon. 

Assist: Rally Def/Res+ 

  • A maximum SP rally skill, ideally containing the stats that are less important to Nino herself.

Special: Blue Flame / Aether

  • Neither of these max SP skill options are exactly “optimal” on a typical offensive mage but Blue Flame can at least activate in a relatively reasonable amount of time for a good damage boost. 

Passive A: G Duel Infantry

  • G Duel Infantry is the choice A slot for optimal arena scoring, as it greatly boosts Nino’s BST bin.  

Passive B: Special Spiral / Lull Skills / Quick Riposte

  • As far as offensive B slot options go, both Special Spiral and Lull skills such as Lull Atk/Res make for great max SP options. 
  • Though not ideal with a set like this, there are a number of max SP budget options such as Quick Riposte that can provide some combat utility. 

Passive C: Atk/Res Menace / Joint Drive Atk / Flexible

  • Atk/Res Menace makes for an especially effective choice with this set by debuffing nearby foes and granting it as a buff for Nino. 
  • The C slot can otherwise be replaced as needed to suit the team

Sacred Seal: Heavy/Flashing Blade / Atk/Spd Bond

  • Atk/Spd Bond compliments Nino’s offensive playstyle as well as synergizing with the adjacency condition of Specials such as Blue Flame.

Nino!!! (PvE General Offense)

Build by Naz
Iris's Tome (+Spd) A Atk/Spd Push 4
Alternate: Life and Death 4
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Special Spiral 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Blazing Wind
C Time's Pulse 3
IVs

 +SPD or +ATK

SHeavy Blade 3 / Flashing Blade 3
Alternate: Life and Death 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Iris’ Tome (+Spd)

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Glimmer / Dragon Fang / Blazing Wind

Passive A: Atk/Spd Push / Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death

Passive B: Special Spiral / Desperation / Lull Spd/Res

Passive C: Times Pulse / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Life and Death / Heavy/Flashing Blade / Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow /

Also her Best! (AR Vantage)

Build by Naz
Iris's Tome (+Atk) A Close Counter
Alternate: Close Foil
Reposition B Vantage 3
Miracle
Alternate: Glimmer
C Fatal Smoke 3
Alternate: Time's Pulse 3
IVs

+ATK

SHeavy Blade 3 / Flashing Blade 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Solo 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Iris’ Tome (+Atk)

Assist: Reposition 

Special: Glimmer / Miracle

  • Another great use of the Blade tome type weapon and another effective choice for Aether Raids is the Vantage sweeper setup.
  • The choice of Special is mostly inconsequential but there is quite a bit of utility in being able to charge Miracle and having that safe extra hit against you. 

Passive A: Close Counter / Close Foil

Passive B: Vantage

  • The main focus of this set is running Close Counter with Vantage. Upon hitting the HP threshold for Vantage, any subsequent opponents that initiate on Nino are forced to take at least one hit before having the chance to counterattack.
  • With this combination, Nino can potentially take out multiple opponents in the Enemy Phase completely unscathed. However, the amount of support that Delthea needs in order to take out her opponent in only one hit can vary greatly depending on who she is left in the range of. Opponents with high magical bulk can be difficult to face.

Passive C: Fatal Smoke / Times Pulse / Res Smoke / Savage Blow 

  • Fatal Smoke is the premium with any Vantage-centric build, as it prevents any opponents afflicted from being able to restore their HP. In particular, it stops the effects of the healing tower structure. 
  • Times Pulse is particularly useful when run alongside Miracle, as it allows Nino to easily charge the Special with two hits. 
  • Cheaper options such as Res Smoke and Savage Blow also make for solid options in increasing this set’s effectiveness. 

Sacred Seal: Heavy/Flashing Blade / Atk/Spd Solo

  • Heavy/Flashing Blade are choice in getting Nino’s Special charged as quickly as possible. This is especially important alongside miracle. 
  • Otherwise, any form of Attack boosting seal will make for an effective option.

Strengths

Iris’ Tome

Look, I know the refine effect is bad. But there is still a lot of value in a Blade tome effect without the cooldown penalty.

Good Offensive Stats

33 Attack and 36 Speed at base might not look very impressive to you now but the potential for 15 dragonflowers and resplendent stats allow Nino to naturally deal significant damage as well as easily double most opponents.

Infantry 

Thanks to her status as an infantry unit, NIno gets to enjoy a wide variety of skills exclusive only to certain movement types such as Time’s Pulse, Null Follow-up, Special Spiral, etc.

Weaknesses

Low Physical Bulk

Nino’s low Defense can spell trouble if she ever needs to take a hit from a strong physical opponent

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Wind
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elwind
Learns by default at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
GronnbladeSlows Special trigger (cooldown count+1). Grants bonus to unit’s Atk = total bonuses on unit during combat.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 9
Gronnblade+Slows Special trigger (cooldown count+1). Grants bonus to unit’s Atk = total bonuses on unit during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Green Tome Users Only
300 2 13
Iris's TomeGrants bonus to unit’s Atk = total bonuses on unit during combat. 400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
Draw BackUnit moves 1 space away from target ally, who moves to unit's former position.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Resistance +1Grants Res+1
Inheritable by all units.
30
A
Resistance +2Grants Res+2
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
60
A
Resistance +3Grants Res+3
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
120
A
Hone Atk 1Grants adjacent allies Atk+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
50
C
Hone Atk 2Grants adjacent allies Atk+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
100
C
Hone Atk 3Grants adjacent allies Atk+4 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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