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Pirate Darros

Analysis by UmbraCorvus
Pirate Darros - Seawalker

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
172
HP 46
ATK 36
SPD 32
DEF 37
RES 21

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 20 10 6 9 6
High

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 46 36 32 37 21
High

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

Prince Marth Sends his Regards (Physical Tank)

Build by UmbraCorvus
Recommended
Deck Swabber+ (+Def)
Alternate: Huge Fan+ (+Def)
A Sturdy Stance 3
Alternate: Distant Foil
Positional Assist B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Lull Atk/Spd 3
Noontime
Alternate: Bonfire
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Odd Def Wave 3
IVs

+ATK or +DEF / -RES

SSturdy Stance 2
Alternate: Even Def Wave 3

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Weapon: Deck Swabber+ (+Def) / Huge Fan+ (+Def) / Guard Axe+ (+Def)

Assist: Positional Assist

Special: Noontime / Sol / Bonfire

Passive A: Sturdy Stance 3 / Steady Stance 4 / Distant Foil / Steady Stance 3

Passive B: Quick Riposte / Lull Atk/Spd / Lull Atk/Def

Passive C: Pulse Smoke / Odd Def Wave / Atk Smoke

Sacred Seal: Sturdy Stance 2 / Even Def Wave / Quick Riposte

  • Darros can be built around his high physical Defense and Attack to function as a strong Enemy Phase defensive unit. The choice of weapon can vary depending on preference and Skill availability. Darros’ default Deck Swabber is an excellent weapon to take advantage of as it inflicts -5 Attack/Defense on the opponent while ignoring their displayed buffs to said stats if Darros is not adjacent to an ally during combat. Huge Fan can give +4 Attack/Defense and additional cooldown charges when Darros is attacked so long as he has a displayed bonus applied on himself. If desiring the Guard effect but are unable to utilize a Tier 4 Stance Skill, Guard Axe can be the next best option.
  • For the Special of choice, Noontime and Sol can be taken to focus on healing Darros and taking advantage of his Attack stat to rely on for damage output. Bonfire on the other hand can result in heavy burst damage when it activates.
  • Steady Stance 4 and Sturdy Stance 3 are excellent Skill options that give bonus stats during the Enemy Phase, while also possessing a Guard effect that can prevent enemies from charging their Specials. Distant Foil can be taken instead which allows Darros to counterattack against physical ranged opponents. Steady Stance 3 can be used as a budget option, though unlike the Tier 4 Stances, it does not possess a Guard effect.
  • Quick Riposte should be used in the B Passive in order to give Darros a means of securing follow-up attacks in the Enemy Phase as he will likely not possess the natural Speed to secure follow-up attacks. Lull Atk/Spd can be a viable alternative that allows Darros to add Speed displayed buff ignoring to his repertoire, while Lull Atk/Def can be great when using a weapon other than Deck Swabber.
  • Pulse Smoke or Atk Smoke can be used, either to prevent opponents from charging their Special attacks or abusing preemptively charged Specials from occurring, or to inflict Attack debuffs on nearby opponents. Darros’ default Odd Def Wave is not only a useful budget Skill, but it can have solid synergy with Huge Fan if that is the weapon of choice as it can guarantee that the weapon’s effect is in play on odd turns.
  • The Sturdy Stance Sacred Seal capitalizes further on Darros’ Attack and Defense with a further boost. If Odd Def Wave is being used in the C Passive, the Even Def Wave Seal can be used to guarantee that regardless of the turn, Darros will receive a Defense buff from the two Wave Skills. If Darros is not running Quick Riposte in his B Passive, it is recommended to use the Quick Riposte Sacred Seal.

Set sail for Fire Emblem! It’s the name of the treasure in the Grand Line! (Speed Investment)

Build by UmbraCorvus
Deck Swabber+ (+Spd) A Atk/Spd Solo (3 or 4)
Alternate: Atk/Def Solo 4
Positional Assist B Spurn 3
Alternate: Lull Spd/Def 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Noontime
C Atk Smoke 3
Alternate: Spd Smoke 3
IVs

+SPD / -RES or -HP

SSpd/Res Solo 3

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Weapon: Deck Swabber+ (+Spd)

Assist: Positional Assist

Special: Moonbow / Noontime / Sol

Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo (3 or 4) / Atk/Def Solo (3 or 4) / Spd/Def Solo / Fury (3 or 4)

Passive B: Spurn / Wrath / Lull Spd/Def / Lull Atk/Spd

Passive C: Atk Smoke / Spd Smoke / Odd Def Wave

Sacred Seal: Spd/Res Solo

  •  A player can choose to invest in Darros’ otherwise middling Speed and turn it into something quite respectably high. Due to the nature of Deck Swabber already forcing Darros to not be adjacent to an ally in order to reap the full rewards of the weapon, adding Solo Skills into the mix can result in some strong generalist stats. A Speed refined Deck Swabber will be used in this build in attempt to score some natural follow-up attacks with the aid of other Skills.
  • Moonbow offers stable damage output with its ability to bypass 30% Defense on activation, while Noontime and Sol are excellent low cooldown sources of self healing.
  • Atk/Spd Solo will be the most ideal A Passive due to its high boosts in both Attack and Speed, capitalizing on not only Darros’ damage output but also his ability to score follow-up attacks. Atk/Def Solo and Spd/Def Solo are some other options that can be taken advantage of and that Darros would appreciate. If Solo Skills are not available for Darros to use, Fury can be taken on a budget for a general stat boost.
  • If one is confident with how far Darros’ Speed can be taken, a Speed based damage reduction Skill such as Spurn can be used to take advantage of reducing heavy damage that Darros would have otherwise suffered. Wrath can be another solid option that also happens to be accessible through Astram in the Heroic Grail shop, as it can result in powerful Special activations with the 10 bonus damage on activation. Lull Spd/Def and Lull Atk/Spd add the ability for Darros to ignore displayed Speed bonuses on the opponent while also inflicting Speed debuffs alongside further debuffs to whichever second stat the Lull Skill possesses.
  • Atk Smoke and Spd Smoke make good C Passive options, with Atk Smoke being able to reduce enemy Attack and result in Darros shrugging off blows easier. Spd Smoke on the other hand reduces enemy Speed and makes it more likely for Darros to secure a follow-up attack. Odd Def Wave can be taken as his base Skill if no other options are currently available.
  • The Spd/Res Solo Sacred Seal is the perfect compliment for this build as it follows on Solo Skills to begin with. It will further boost Darros’ Speed while also giving him a decent boost in his Resistance which might come in handy. If other Speed based Solo Sacred Seals are released in the future, they may end up as better options than this Seal as the Resistance may not always be taken advantage of.

Strengths

High Physical Capabilities

With a solid Attack stat of 36, and his equally as strong Defense stat of 37, Darros is no slouch when it comes to taking a physical hit and dishing out punishment in return to pesky scalawags. His high Defense combined with his 46 HP means that building upon his defensive capabilities will result in a swashbuckling surprise for those that try to lay a finger on him.

Middling Speed can be Improved Upon

Darros isn’t quite the swiftest wind on the seven seas, but with enough aid, even his base Speed of 32 can be improved upon with the right Skills and a Speed refined weapon. This can result in some builds that take the otherwise middling Speed of Darros and make it fly farther than expected, especially against other middling Speed opponents that have chosen to not invest in their Speed stat.

Weaknesses

Two can play at That Game

Unfortunately for Darros, his status as an axe infantry that does not have a unique weapon of his own means that he does not have any true long lasting uniqueness to his name. While his stats are quite potent, he faces direct competition from other axe infantry units with roughly the same base stat totals as him which include but are not limited to Ross, Echidna, and Mustafa.

Low Resistance

In exchange for most of his stats being in solid values, Darros sports a lower end Resistance stat of 21, which will either require some assistance in patching up if one expects Darros to deal with magical damage, or to just avoid taking hits from magical damage dealing opponents altogether.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
50 1 6
Steel Axe
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
100 1 8
Deck SwabberIf unit is not adjacent to an ally, inflicts Atk/Def-5 on foe and neutralizes foe's bonuses to Atk/Def (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) during combat.  
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 10
Deck Swabber+If unit is not adjacent to an ally, inflicts Atk/Def-5 on foe and neutralizes foe's bonuses to Atk/Def (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) during combat.  
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
300 1 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
ShovePush adjacent ally 1 space farther away.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Earth Boost 1If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Def+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
50
A
Earth Boost 2If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Def+4 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
100
A
Earth Boost 3If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives def+6 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
A
Odd Def Wave 1At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Def+2 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
60
C
Odd Def Wave 2At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Def+4 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
120
C
Odd Def Wave 3At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Def+6 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

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