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SP:
200
CD:
2

Boosts damage dealt by 50%.

Inheritable Restrictions?

No Staff

Skillsets that use skill

Rushing the Exam (Desperation Blade Tome)

A Concentrated Student (Vantage Blade Tome)

Python's "Motivational" Prodding (Player Phase Offense)

Spiraling Out of Control (Special Spiral Nuke)

Role Model Wannabe (Pure Support)

Divine Retribution (Blade Offense)

Waltz of Delirium (Offensive Support)

Fan the Flames of Nohr (Close Counter Vantage)

「KILLER QUEEN」 (Player Phase Nuker)

「SKYLINE PIGEON」 (Aether Raids CC Vantage)

Before the sun comes up (Vantage)

Hot Topic (Offensive)

Crossroad Mirage (Offensive Nuke)

Refrosted Illian (Offensive/Support Flier)

Recommended
Petal Parasol+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Petal Parasol+ (+Atk)
A Swift Sparrow (2 or 3)
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Chill Def 3
Alternate: Chill Spd 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Goad Fliers
Alternate: Hone Fliers
SP1185SChill Spd 3
Alternate: Chill Atk 3

Summer’s Bloom (Offensive Nuke)

Information Erasure (AR Defensive Nuke)

Flashfreeze Heatwave (Specialized Nuke)

Regal for Reglay (CC Vantage)

Louise’s Betrothed (Offensive)

Lonely Dragon (Special Fighter Mixed Phase)

Remote Drone (Offensive Nuke)

The Knife That Cuts The Tomato (CC Vantage)

Dracoknight Delivery (Brave Axe / Budget Friendly)

Brave Axe+ A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Chill Def 3
Alternate: Hit and Run
Glimmer
Alternate: Bonfire
C Even Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Threaten Def 3
SP1695SAttack +3
Alternate: Quickened Pulse

Funny Bunny (Offensive Nuke)

3 Days Risen (Vantage Sweeper/AR focus)

Stormy Support (All-Rounder)

A Page From his Mother's Book (Offensive)

The Most Blessed Smile (Blade)

Recommended
Rauðrblade+ A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Desperation 3
Glimmer
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)

Eternal Bond (One-Shot Nuke)

Rainbow Cannon (Offensive Nuke)

Anti-Dragon Specialist (Budget)

Upon the Frozen Heavens (Offensive Nuke)

Christmas Ninja (Player Phase)

Blades of Darkness (Offensive Nuke)

Closet Raider (Bladetome)

Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Book Of Dreams)

The Grimleal's Curse (Bladetome)

Galaxian Explosion (Offensive Nuke)

Anti Anti-Dragon. Or is that Anti-Dragon Dragon? (Anti-Meta Dragon Team)

Auspices of the Ethereal Blade (Blárblade Build)

Blade at the Wind (Offensive Nuke)

Offensive (Budget AA)

Flame Odori (Offensive Dancer)

Recommended
Dawn Suzu A Atk/Res Bond 3
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Dance B Swordbreaker 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Res Ploy 3
SP1230SSpd Ploy 3

Anti-Mage Dancer

Recommended
Kitty Paddle+
Alternate: Barb Shuriken+ (+Spd)
A Fury 3
Alternate: Triangle Adept 3
Dance B Chill Atk 3
Alternate: Vantage 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Hone Atk 3
SP1710SHone Spd 3

Tequila Shots (Offensive Nuke)

Summer Breeze (Mixed Phase Generalist)

Recommended
Summer's Breath A Distant Counter
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Guard 3
Alternate: Renewal 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Res Smoke 3
SP1635SQuick Riposte 3

Soaring Princess (Offensive Nuke)

The Janitor (Cleaner Offensive)

Roots of a Simple Samurai (Raijinto / Budget)

The Burned Bride (Múspell Fireposy / Budget)

More Blades than the Poultry Industry (Rauðrblade)

Offensive Blade

Recommended
Gronnblade+ A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition
Alternate: Draw Back
B Chill Res 3
Glimmer C Hone Fliers
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP2085SAttack +3

Frostflowers (Budget Offensive)

Friege Bladestorm (Offensive Nuke)

Thunder Warhead (Offensive Nuke)

Ninjabbit Annihilation (Optimal - Player Phase)

Airborne Assassination (Player Phase)

Can't Make An Omelette... (Budget Bait Build)

All-Out Attacker

Recommended
Gronnblade+ A Swift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Fury 3
Draw Back
Alternate: Rally Atk/Spd
B Chill Res 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Glimmer C Even Spd Wave 3
Alternate: Spd Smoke 3
SP2055SAttack +3

No Shame To The Whitewings (Blade Offense)

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

Odd Future (Defensive Nuke)

Aggressive Amnesiac (Offensive)

Sacaen Whirlwind (Offensive Focus)

Grado and Renais as One (Offensive)

No Different From the Sword (Aether Raids Utility)

Blade Runner (Blade)

I Can Fly! (Flier Emblem)

Magical Festivities (Enemy Phase Mage Killer)

Offensive (Blizzard)

Offensive (Blade Tome)

Recommended
Gronnblade+ A Fury 3
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Chilling Seal
Glimmer C Hone Cavalry
Alternate: Res Ploy 3
SP1875SAttack +3

A Typically Normally Plain Red Mage (Armor Team Bladetome)

Recommended
Rauðrblade+ A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Pivot
Alternate: Swap
B Bold Fighter 3
Glimmer C Armor March 3
Alternate: Ward Armor
SP2145SAttack +3

Our Gifts Give Me Strength! (Wary Fighter, Budget friendly)

Hit ‘Em Out of the Park! (DC Enemy Phase)

Recommended
Slaying Edge+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Wo Dao+ (+Spd)
A Distant Counter
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Wrath 3
Alternate: Vantage 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Atk Smoke 3
Alternate: Threaten Atk 3
SP1695SQuick Riposte 3

Bootleg Green Tharja (Blade)

Vendetta Against Horses (Anti-Cavalry)

1,000 Degree Hot Knife (Mixed Phase Duelist)

Multilayer Firewall (Enemy Phase Bruiser)

Soaring Wings (Offensive Nuke)

Jehannan Tempest (Distant Counter)

Recommended
Audhulma A Distant Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 2
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Def Ploy 3
Alternate: Spd Ploy 3
SP2095SDistant Def 3
Alternate: Atk Ploy 3

Wowzers Ka-Bam-Bam! (Rauðrblade)

Neko Overlord (Enemy Phase Mage Killer)

Naughty Kitty (Player Phase Assassin

Champion of the Grill (Offensive Nuker)

A Song of Ice and Fire (Offensive/Support)

Grand Finale! (Offensive Support)

Sink or Swim! (Flier Offensive Blade)

Thorn in You (Blade)

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

Vengeance Incarnate (Offensive Nuke)

Yorokobe, Shounen (Offensive Nuke)

Blessed by the Goddess (Offensive Support)

Villager’s Tact (Budget Anti-Armor)

Saltwater in the Wound (Assassin)

The Smile Protector (Generalist Tank)

Bridal Blade Boom! (Offensive)

Protective Onii-chan (Range Enemy Phase)

At The Top Of Her Game (Orchid Offensive)

On a Roll Today (Orchid Hybrid)

The Nuclear Option (Offensive Nuke)

Crimson Commander (Anti-Mage)

Cutting Wind (Offensive Blade Tome)

Blade Bunny

Nothin’ Personnel (Distant Counter)

Raining Holy Swords on her Enemies (Blárblade)

Begnion's Blade Bomb (Blade Tome Nuke)

Redemption Arc (General tank)

Eldritch Smackdown (Offensive Support)

Power Overwhelming (Offensive Support)

All Together! (Flier DPS)

Divine Vanguard (Defensive Nuke)

Blade (Offensive)

Blade at the Wind (Distant Counter)

Dance of Blades (Enemy Phase Nuke - Optimal)

Budget Offensive

Your Blood Only Makes Me Stronger! (Brazen Duelist)

Wrathful Hero (Anti-Ranged)

Muscle Up! (Low-Investment Armor Check)

Recommended
Axe of Virility (+Eff) A Fury 3
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition
Alternate: Draw Back
B Axebreaker 3
Alternate: Vantage 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Drive Res 2
SP2085SSturdy Blow 2
Alternate: Chill Def 3

Don't Skip Leg Day! (High-Investment Offensive)

Power Overwhelming (Defensive Nuke)

Offensive (Blade)

Honorbound Vassal (Defensive Nuke)

The Valiant Little Tailor (Armor counter)

Oh Nohr You Didn't (Vantage Build)

The Fang's Swift Justice (Offensive)

You're Already Dead (Player Phase Nuker)

What the Hex just Happened!? (Aether Raids Vantage)

All-Rounder (Budget)

Recommended
Raijinto A Fury 3
Reposition B Vantage 3
Alternate: Swordbreaker 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Spur Atk Spd 2
Alternate: Hone Spd 3
SP1485SAttack +3

Angst Personified (Budget Anti-Cavalry)

Her Best! (Offensive)

Bird of the Dark Kingdom (Raven tome)

Hinoka's Buff (Prf lance build)

It’s All Me! (Offensive)

Hammer Time (Budget Anti-Armor)

PICK A GOD AND PRAY (Offensive Anti-Armor)

Recommended
Frederick's Axe (+Eff) A Swift Sparrow (2 or 3)
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Lull Spd/Def 3
Alternate: Guard 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Ignis
C Pulse Smoke 3
Alternate: Panic Smoke 3
SP1645SDarting Blow 3
Alternate: Chill Def 3

One Shot Man (Offensive)

Snacktime, Minerva! (Player Phase Offense)

The Scourge of Talysian Seas (Wrath Offensive)

Miloah’s Blessing (Offensive Utility)

Recommended
Dark Aura (+Eff)
Alternate: Aura (+Eff)
A Fury (3 or 4)
Alternate: Life and Death 3
Reposition B Chill Atk 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Joint Hone Spd
Alternate: Hone Spd 3
SP1110SDrive Atk 2

Piercing Light (Offensive Nuke)

Steadfast Strategist (Anti-Ranged)

Threshold Sweeper

Recommended
Slaying Edge+ (+Def) A Brazen Atk/Spd 3
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Wrath 3
Alternate: Swordbreaker 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Def Smoke 3
SP1605SAttack +3

Pure Offensive (Offensive Nuke)

Damage Scaling Specials

Overview

Glimmer and Astra are specials with very straightforward effects: more damage. Glimmer has a charge time of two and grants +50% damage, while Astra has a long charge time of four and increases damage by +150%. Night Sky is the un-upgraded version of these skills. The large difference in charge time and eventual damage make them quite different from each other, despite having the same direct effect. Both scale directly off the damage that would be normally dealt from combat. Therefore, the foe’s defense or resistance matters quite a bit more than normal when calculating damage from these specials. Astra is notable for being one of few specials capable of reliably OHKO’ing opponents, provided the attack would deal decent damage regardless.

Synergy

Unlike other specials, the damage from Glimmer/Astra varies hugely based on your opponent’s stats. It is much more effective on foes with low defense/resistance. Naturally, the higher the user’s attack, the more damage from the specials. But debuffs to an enemies’ defense or resistance will boost the power of these moves significantly. Seal, Threaten and Ploy skills all make great partners to Glimmer/Astra. Glimmer, with its low cooldown is best used as a duel finisher, whereas Astra is best used to KO a completely fresh enemy. Standard special cooldown reduction skills such as Heavy Blade, Quickened Pulse and Infantry Pulse can be used to get these skills ready quickly.

Glimmer can be found on meta builds due to its low cooldown. Dragon Units make excellent use of Glimmer due to their refined breaths targeting the lower defensive stat against ranged units. Bladetome users, likewise, can use Glimmer to deal astronomical levels of damage in a single hit. Weapons that grant "effective" damage such as Falchions, Wolf Tomes and the Poison Dagger have excellent synergy with Glimmer, as they already deal high damage and with Glimmer or Astra can turn a 2HKO into a OHKO. As a general rule, Glimmer and Astra tend to be more effective when the user has high Attack.

Weaknesses

While these skills seemingly have great damage multipliers, the way the damage is calculated often makes these specials a poor choice compared to others. Using specials which deal damage based on the user’s stats more often than not gives them much higher multipliers, at similar cooldowns. Astra is still capable of dealing high damage, but be wary of enemies with high defenses, as the multiplier will be heavily reduced.

The counterpart to Glimmer, Moonbow, can be frequently more reliable than Glimmer since it allows your unit to break through high defenses. Glimmer fails to be of use against enemies that can easily sponge your attacks; Moonbow gives your unit an edge against these foes.