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Icon Move Infantry.png Icon Class Blue Tome.png
33 / 29 / 37 / 19 / 30
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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Blade Caeda
Stats: +Atk/-Def
Passive Icon C.pngEmpty Passive Icon.png
Passive Icon S.pngEmpty Passive Icon.png

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Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Anti-Mage/Buffbot Caeda
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Working within the default kit she comes with, Caeda is a very capable counter-mage. The only mages she dies to are ones that can OHKO her. She's in a 5-way tie for most base speed of any unit in the game. (1st place is Lon'Qu, 2nd is Anna, and 3rd is both varieties of Caeda, Lyn, Setsuna, Felicia and Navarre.) What this means is the only units who can get double attacks on her must have +Spd IVs, and either Darting Blow or LND3, or are running B Tomebreaker.

If you have +Spd IV yourself, you don't even need to worry about LND3 mages (except other +Spd Bridal Caedas, I suppose). Nino and Linde, the next fastest mages, require the +Spd seal or Speed buffs to get to the magical 45 number. And you can always match that with your own team set up, if you find you need your Caeda to tank a hit from either of them.

If you manage to separate the green blade tome mages that are rampant in the meta from their Hone/Fortify/Rally support, you can even tank a shot from them. Fury 3 neutral Nino still requires +7 to her total damage to OHKO Bridal Caeda, while neutral attack Julia, Spring Camilla or Cecilia need +5. They are probably going to have the support to easily reach that threshold, but still. If you can separate them from the heard, you can tank a shot from them and if they aren't going to get a kill against some other unit in your party, they will gun for her because AI chases WTA matchups. Obviously, she fairs a lot better against other blue mages. Except Reinhardt. He still wins. Hopefully you have other ways to deal with him.

If you want to get silly with the anti-mage potential, you could feed her Blárowl for spur shenanigans. It'll also help her lowish attack, and definitely solidify her crazy speed, if you have more than one unit directly next to you. (Worth noting that Mae herself is a pretty capable blue anti-mage already so feeding her tome to Bridal Caeda is a bit redundant when you could just actually use her.)

When not fighting other mages, Caeda is as servicable a mage as you could expect. Her attack power may be a little on the low side, but that's fine because she's going to double pretty much the entire cast save a very select few units. When Iceberg procs, pretty much anything is dies. And she's buffing the defense and resistance of the rest of your team every time she lands an attack, which is pretty handy. She already comes with Hone Speed 3 default so that covers all the defensive buffs.

Reposition is fairly standard. Swap could work. Might even want to do Ardent Sacrifice depending on the rest of your team's needs.
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Atk Bane? WHAT Atk Bane??
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This build is designed to take advantage of Bride Caeda’s resistance to boost her damage output. This build will put her Res at 38 at the least, meaning that when Iceberg triggers, she will have an additional 19 damage added to her attack. The rest of the skills take advantage of her weapon’s unique post-battle effect, blessing her allies with plenty of defensive stats and giving her a flexible utility option should she need to step behind the rest of the team. Her naturally high speed makes her a good candidate for Desperation, as she can tank a wide variety of magic attacks and dish out bouquets of pain on retaliation, be it on enemy phase or player phase. Spur skills such as Spur Spd/Def 2 and Spur Def/Res 2 are ideal since they add to her utility and compliment her unique weapon.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Furious Bride, par for the course for Sheeda
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With the addition of Dragonflowers, and the ability to add to (eventually) improve all the stats of any infantry unit by 2, Bridal Caeda has the ability to act as a dedicated ploying unit, an incredibly fast nuke, and a Blárblade nuke all at the same time. While her build is fairly standard, it is, nonetheless, potent.

Icon Skill Special.png Iceberg both capitalizes off of one of Bridal Caeda's higher stats, and has a lower cost than Icon Skill Special.png Glacies, not even mentioning that it's in her base kit. However, Icon Skill Special.png Moonbow can be taken instead if one believes that the lower cooldown helps, though its viability is entirely subject to the resistance of enemies.

Icon Class Blue Tome.png Blárblade+ is Bridal Caeda's standard weapon of choice due to the fact that it can improve her shoddy attack power, though Icon Class Blue Tome.png Blessed Bouquet+ can be taken if this isn't an option. Keep in mind that if you do wish to take the latter, +Res should be considered, as it improves her ability to ploy enemies, her speed is already incredibly high, and the +Atk refine gives too small of a boost to be potent.

Fury 4.png Fury 4 is the crux of the build, giving Caeda +4 to all of her stats, making it easier to survive the first hit she takes. Plus, with it's 8 damage penalty, she can reach Desperation 3.png Desperation 3 range much faster, and when that happens, her high speed allows her to double a great deal of characters. Fury 3.png Fury 3 is a budget option, but it has a lower chance of pushing Bridal Caeda into Desperation 3.png Desperation 3 range, especially if her first combat is against a mage like herself. Still, having less after combat damage might improve her sustainability by a small amount.

Res Ploy 3.png Res Ploy 3 and Spd Ploy 3.png Spd Ploy 3 are very important to the build, and can both go into the C-slot and S-slot of Bridal Caeda's skillset. When she baits opponents into Ploy range, she effectively has a 34/42 base offensive stat line against those she can ploy. This not only makes her ability to kill things much more impressive, but it allows her to help other mages that would benefit from enemies with lower Res, such as Nino: Pious Mage, or Tharja: Dark Shadow, two units that, with their refines, can also support Bridal Caeda in return.

The main flaw with this build is that it relies on Icon Class Blue Tome.png Blárblade+, which, while allowing for a greatly increased offensive output, is also at the mercy of the Panic effect, as well as forcing Bridal Caeda to huddle around specific teammates to support her. If she's using the Icon Class Blue Tome.png Blessed Bouquet+, this isn't as big of an issue, and she can support alles better, but this comes at the cost of her attack, which, without Icon Class Blue Tome.png Blárblade+'s bonus, is incredibly subpar. She also faces competition from Lute: Prodigy, who has better Res and can carry an extra Ploy, and Saias: Bishop of Flame, who also has better Res and the ability to use more than 2 ploy skills. Still, it's one of Bridal Caeda's greater builds, and in the day and age of armor units with inflated stats, the ability to debuff, as well as improved survivability against Veronica: Brave Princess thanks to being both fast and highly resistant to magic means that she can somewhat stand out from her fellow Blue Tome bretheren.