|With the recent release of the Brazen Atk/Def seal from the Hostile Springs Tempest Trials, Alfonse was bestowed a memetic, albeit destructive niche among all heroes: The ability to triple-stack the same Brazen skill in his set. This set attempts to make Alfonse a hilariously bulky nuke upon meeting certain conditions.
The Assist is pivotal to this build, as it is what allows Alfonse to drop his HP low enough in order for all his Brazen skills to trigger, pushing him at a shattering 74 Atk and 53 Def with an Atk-refined Fólkvangr (72/57 with a Def refine), turning him into the ultimate bulky attacker that will destroy everything but the tankiest blues. Whether you choose Ardent Sacrifice or Reciprocal Aid is up to you and depending on the unit you intend on pairing him with.
Vantage is preferred here as Alfonse will usually be set up and ready during enemy phase right after using his Assist, allowing him to fire devastating attacks before the enemy can even attack him; However, pay mind the HP requirements for Vantage and the Brazen skills differ by 5%, so you might occasionally get a bad surprise due to a single HP of difference. Alternately, if you want to push the meme factor of this set to its absolute maximum, Atk/Def Link is thrown in to give him an extra bonus from using his Assist, making his final numbers 80 Atk and 59 Def with an Atk-refined Fólkvangr (78 Atk and 63 Def if Def-refined). Note, though, that said bonus only applies for a turn, so it's more one-time-nukey than anything; besides, this skill's usefulness is vastly reduced if you already have another teammate ready to dispense Attack and Defense bonuses through Waves, Spurs, etc.
C Passive is flexible, it generally depends on team composition, though Waves are always good to go, especially the Atk and Def one to complement this meme build. If another teammate has Odd Def Wave, Alfonse will want the Even variety, and vice versa; etc. Be careful about running Waves if you also run Atk/Def Link in the B slot, again, as both are bonuses and therefore do not stack (only the highest bonus applies).
Even though it sounds tempting to have Dragon Fang or Draconic Aura as a Special due to how ridiculously high Alfonse's Attack becomes by virtue of his skills, he'll actually deal several digits of damage more with Bonfire or Ignis in spite of his Defense being lower simply by virtue of the stat percentage taken into account being far greater. Whichever Defense-scaling Special you choose ultimately depends on whether you want the occasional absurd nuke or more damage consistency.
A few other options exist, such as giving him Quick Riposte in his B slot as his Speed is pretty awful in nowadays' powercrept metagame. Feel free to experiment and choose what's best for you.
Oh also, did I mention this set dies to mages quicker than Gunnthrá when she first physically appeared in Book II? Don't be a dipshit. Don't throw Alfonse in The Reinhardt™'s attack range and you'll be fine.
Miguling (talk) 20:45, 4 February 2019 (UTC)