Desperation 3


If unit initiates combat with HP ≤ 75%, follow-up attacks occur immediately after unit's attack.

Inheritable Restrictions?

All Units

  • Inheritable by all units.

Unlocks at 4 ★

Skillsets that use skill

Last-Ditch Squall (Desperation Offense)

The Little Dragon (Player Phase)

Dragoon Axe A Mirror Impact
Alternate: Sturdy Impact
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Flier Formation 3
Alternate: Bonfire
C Def Smoke 3
Alternate: Atk Smoke 3
SP1635SSwift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Darting Blow 3

The RGB Tyke Bomb (Flier Team Nuke)

Blood of Flames (Desperation Offense)

On Friendly Wings (Bond)

Bun-Bun Bop (General Offense)

Even if the Stars Betray (Offensive Support)

Ilia's Bread and Butter (General Offense)

A Kiss Flying in the Wind (Galeforce)

Crusader’s Gale (Desperation Offensive)

Inheriting Ayra's Light (Offensive)

Breezing Past Suitors (Galeforce)

Starstruck (Galeforce Offense)

Gun Gale Online (Offensive Support)

Setting Mareeta's Example (Offensive)

Avenging Zephiel (Offensive)

Alternate: Fimbulvetr
A Atk/Spd Push 4
Alternate: Bonus Doubler 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Null Follow-Up 3
Alternate: Iceberg
C Res Smoke 3
Alternate: Spd Smoke 3
SP1635SDarting Blow 3
Alternate: Brazen Atk/Spd 3

Rebellious Phase (Offensive)

Large Sand Dunes (General Offensive)

Rushing the Exam (Desperation Blade Tome)

Hunter's Volley (Offensive Player Phase)

White-Winged Assault (Offensive)

Heart and Soul of the Battlefield (Offense)

Waltz of Delirium (Offensive Support)

Friegean Foxtrot (Offense/Support Hybrid)

Attack Formation (Offensive Nuke)

Hunter Princess (Standard Offensive)

Hot Topic (Offensive)

Agarthan Stabby (Mixed Phase / Budget Friendly)

Crossroad Mirage (Offensive Nuke)

Running Lights (Budget Offensive)

Sands of Sacae (Deep-Blue Offensive)

Eyes Up, Black Fang! (Offensive)

Four Scoops (Offense Focus)

Half-Cold, Half-Hot (Offensive Nuke)

Taguel Protection Squad (Offensive Nuke)

Bride of Begnion (Player Phase Offense)

Focused On Battle, Not Bridal Gowns (Budget Offensive)

Louise’s Betrothed (Offensive)

Remote Drone (Offensive Nuke)

Ride of the Valkyries (Offensive)

When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large and now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs so I'm roughly the size of a barge! (Sample Text)

Chaotic Cute (Player Phase)

Funny Bunny (Offensive Nuke)

Yes, that's right. I am a rabbit. (Offensive Nuke)

Battle Ready Bunny (Player Phase Offense)

Vengeful Whirlwind (Player Phase Offense)

A Page From his Mother's Book (Offensive)

The Most Blessed Smile (Blade)

Rauðrblade+ A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Alternate: Swap
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Moonbow
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Spd Ploy 3
SP1995SEven Def Wave 3
Alternate: Darting Blow 3

Amidst a Starless Sky (Offensive Nuke)

Rainbow Cannon (Offensive Nuke)

Stacked Sweeper (Offensive)

Anti-Dragon Specialist (Budget)

Quack Attack (Offensive)

Blaze of Glory (Offensive)

Upon the Frozen Heavens (Offensive Nuke)

Broken Night (Offensive Nuke)

Blades of Darkness (Offensive Nuke)

Winter Sonata (Offensive Nuke)

The Grimleal's Curse (Bladetome)

Galaxian Explosion (Offensive Nuke)

Like Father, Like Daughter (Budget Offensive)

Auspices of the Ethereal Blade (Blárblade Build)

Blade at the Wind (Offensive Nuke)

Inside the Fire (Full Offensive)

Shooting a Bright Arrow of Hope (General Offense)

Dancing with the Wind (Offensive Support)

Skuld A Swift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Fury 3
Dance B Desperation 3
Alternate: Chill Spd 3
Alternate: Luna
C Guidance 3
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP1320SSpeed +3

Tequila Shots (Offensive Nuke)

Blistering Sunlight (General Offense)

Soaring Princess (Offensive Nuke)

Ephraim's Rival (Player Phase)

Brave Noire (Offensive Nuke)

Raining Shellfire (Offensive)

The Janitor (Cleaner Offensive)

Hungry Hurricane (Lethal Carrot Offensive)

Dashing Duelist (Jack of all Trades)

Slaying Axe+ A Swift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Fury 3
Alternate: Rally Spd/Def
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Luna
C Drive Atk 2
SP1875SDrive Atk 2

More Blades than the Poultry Industry (Rauðrblade)

Frostflowers (Budget Offensive)

Filla's Might (Offensive Dancer)

Tempest of Jugdral (Offensive Nuke)

Friege Bladestorm (Offensive Nuke)

Can you shoot with all the Colors of the Wind? (Offensive)

Swift Mulagir
Alternate: Firesweep Bow+
A Flashing Blade 4
Alternate: Swift Sparrow (2 or 3)
Alternate: Rally Def/Res
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Lull Spd/Def 3
Alternate: Luna
C Joint Hone Spd
Alternate: Spd Tactic 3
SP1625SDarting Blow 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd 2

Corrin’s Protector (Offensive)

The Crescendo (Desperation Lancer)

Freedom Bombs (Offensive Nuke)

Ninjabbit Annihilation (Optimal - Player Phase)

Pants Like These Require Bravery! (Quad Brave)

No Shame To The Whitewings (Blade Offense)

Blárblade+ A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Alternate: Draw Back
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Chill Res 3
Alternate: Moonbow
C Hone Cavalry
Alternate: Drive Spd 2
SP1835SAtk/Spd 2
Alternate: Speed +3

Aggressive Amnesiac (Offensive)

Master Knight (Player Phase Offense)

Hateful Hoshidan (Skadi Offense)

Sacaen Whirlwind (Offensive Focus)

Be Mine Or Face My Blade! (Blade Build)

Gronnblade+ A Fury 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Draw Back
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Glimmer
C Fortify Cavalry
Alternate: Odd Spd Wave 3
SP1875SSpeed +3

Crimson Swordmaster (Offensive Generalist)

Grado and Renais as One (Offensive)

Gambling Berserker (Utility Nuke)

Commander of Daein (Player Phase Offense)

Thani A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Sacrifice B Desperation 3
Alternate: Desperation 2
Alternate: Iceberg
C Res Ploy 3
Alternate: Drive Atk 2
SP1690SBrash Assault 3

Explosive Start (Offensive)

Bootleg Green Tharja (Blade)

Soaring Wings (Offensive Nuke)

High-Risk Gambler (Hyper-offense)

Wowzers Ka-Bam-Bam! (Rauðrblade)

Naughty Kitty (Player Phase Assassin

Champion of the Grill (Offensive Nuker)

Naga's Scion (Player Phase Attacker)

Thunderstorm of Friege (Offensive Player Phase)

Sound Thrashing (Offense Oriented)

Friend To All (Mixed Team)

Swiss Army Knife (Generalist)

Only the Finest Retainer (Offensive)

Frelia’s Bravest (Brave Bow)

Sink or Swim! (Flier Offensive Blade)

Thorn in You (Blade)

Alternate: Gronnblade
A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Ardent Sacrifice
Alternate: Rally Atk/Res
B Desperation 3
Alternate: Moonbow
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Hone Atk 3
SP1995SSpeed +3
Alternate: Attack +3

Hibiscus Bloom (Offensive Support)

Yorokobe, Shounen (Offensive Nuke)

Sovereign of the Beach (Offensive)

Moreses, Moreses, Moreses! (Galeforce)

Now, Die! (Brave/Firesweep Offensive)

Reese’s Pieces (Mixed Phase/Utility)

Bridal Blade Boom! (Offensive)

The Nuclear Option (Offensive Nuke)

Cutting Wind (Offensive Blade Tome)

Raining Holy Swords on her Enemies (Blárblade)

Unique from her Brother (Dire Thunder)

The Archer General (Offensive Nuke)

Your Blood Only Makes Me Stronger! (Brazen Duelist)

Stabby, Stabby MORE STABBY! (Galeforce)

Prodigy's four-shadowing (General Purpose Offensive)

Like Daughter, Like Father (Player Phase Offensive)

Quadsuna (Quad-Attack Offensive)

Gauntlet's Victor (Offensive)

Shanna's Lance (+Eff) A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Luna
C Even Spd Wave 3
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP1845SAttack +3
Alternate: Speed +3

Death by Chocolate (Offensive Nuke)

The Fang's Swift Justice (Offensive Blade Tome)

You're Already Dead (Player Phase Nuker)

Her Best! (Offensive)

Time to Take out the Trash (Jakob's Tray Offense)

Hinoka's Buff (Prf lance build)

The Oldest Xbox Known to Talyssian Seas (Standard Offensive)

Better Cup Size Than Edelgard (Galeforce)

Clere the Way (Player Phase Offense)

Piercing Light (Offensive Nuke)

Shadow Dragon’s MVP (Aggressive Flier)

Wing Sword (+Eff)
Alternate: Wing Sword
A Fury 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2
Reposition B Desperation 3
Alternate: Moonbow
C Fortify Fliers
Alternate: Spd Ploy 3
SP1425SDef Ploy 3

Unexpected Power (Flashing Offense)

Come to my Bosom (Support / Generalist)



This skill lets a unit perform follow up attacks in immediate succession, giving them an instant double attack as if they had a Brave weapon equipped. Like Brave weapons, Desperation is a powerful ability which can be used to circumvent annoying skills such as Distant Counter and Quick Riposte. There are two requirements for this skill: The user must be under 3/4 HP, and have enough speed to execute a follow-up attack naturally.


This skill is only useful on characters with high speed, as single attacks will not trigger this skill’s effects. High speed characters such as Linde, Nino and Setsuna are great candidates for the skill. Wielders of Blade tomes are excellent users, thanks to their high speed after buffs. Having a low max HP makes it easier to reach the activation threshold. Pairing up Desperation with Ardent Sacrifice or Reciprocal Aid can let the skill user reach the threshold without having to take damage themselves. This skill enables glass cannon melee units such as Hana to destroy foes without fear of retaliation. Desperation can be used to circumvent the negative effects from Life and Death, as it prevents the foe from counterattacking. Lastly, any skills that can help your unit score double attacks, such as Darting Blow and Threaten Spd, synergise well with Desperation. Make sure your team’s speed buffer is not the one using Desperation, as they will want the buff themselves.


Desperation has one main weakness: The health requirement, which can be tricky to activate during a battle. Desperation is good on glass cannons, who in turn can be KO’d easily thanks to their poor defenses. Having a user with Reciprocal Aid allows for another unit on your team (such as a tank) to fight, take damage and transfer that damage to the Desperation user. This also means that the skill is not ready to be used at the beginning of fights. When fighting a unit with this skill, remember that the AI will play around it poorly, often sending the unit to attack without thought for the skill’s activation. Enemies using the skill should be quickly eliminated with a powerful ranged attacker, or lured to a unit with Distant Counter before they reach the HP threshold. And lastly, skills such as Seal Spd and Threaten Spd can prevent them from double attacking entirely. A strong enough unit with Vantage is a good way to avoid the effects of Desperation.