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Type
Icon Move Armored.png Icon Class Blue Lance.png
Stats
50 / 40 / 22 / 33 / 23
Exclusive skills
None

Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Distant Effie
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Like most armored units, due to her lack of movement, Effie is often picked off or damaged for free fairly easily by ranged enemies while trying to approach her target. On top of that, with a Dancer or positioning skills on the other team, these ranged units can essentially move out of Effie's range and kite her until she dies. Thus, this build takes and revolves around Distant Counter.png Distant Counter to deal with ranged units. Although not an extreme player phase powerhouse like Brave Effie, this build is still extremely potent due to her already high base Atk. For many ranged units who cannot one-shot Effie or lack the Defense to take a hit, this build shuts these units down. Thanks to Effie's already-high base Atk, tankiness and Wary Fighter, this build still poses a threat to melee units as well, making her a more rounded unit.

For her IVs, to start -Spd is her bane of choice. Not only is this because her Spd is already abysmally low, but because with Wary Fighter, she doesn't need to worry about her Spd being even lower. +Atk is taken as her boon to increase the damage Effie can dish out. Other boons are acceptable to increase her tankiness.

Icon Class Blue Lance.png Deft Harpoon+ is taken as her weapon of choice. Deft Harpoon+ provides an overall stat boost for Effie's first engagement. However, this weapon is not only an expensive investment but was an exclusive weapon limited to the Ylissean Summer (Focus) and no longer available. Icon Class Blue Lance.png Slaying Lance+ is also a strong alternative that also has high Mt and decreases her special cooldown by 1. This means she run Icon Skill Special.png Bonfire at the same charge cooldown as a regular Moonbow with much greater damage thanks to Effie's high Def. Alternatively, Effie's default weapon Icon Class Blue Lance.png Silver Lance+ can be used instead if neither option is available.

Defensively, the build keeps Effie's default B-slot passive Wary Fighter 3.png Wary Fighter 3 to prevent other units from doubling Effie. This is what allows Effie to successfully survive most encounters despite her low Spd. Without it, she will lose several match ups against speedier units such as mages.

Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot is chosen as her Assist of choice due to armored units appreciating the extra movement. Icon Skill Assist.png Swap can also be taken as well. Swap is typically seen on tankier units. For example, one common scenario is using Swap on an ally who is in range of the enemy. Unlike other skills like Reposition which will keep both heroes out of range, Swap will leave one unit in range. Effie is fantastic at taking hits, thus Swap is a potential Assist skill that can be taken as well.

For her special, Icon Skill Special.png Moonbow is selected due to its quick charge time and extra damage, but as mentioned before, she can opt for 3-charge specials if running Slaying Lance+ such as Icon Skill Special.png Bonfire or Icon Skill Special.png Draconic Aura.

For her C passive, Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 works well on Effie due to her high HP, and allows her to reverse the buffs prevalent on common themed teams (Cavalry, Flying Unit, Armored). This also includes teams that revolve around a -blade tome mage and buffs. Since a green mage with Gronnblade+ (eg. Nino: Pious Mage Nino: Pious Mage) has the potential to one-shot Effie, using Panic Ploy to reverse these buffs means Effie has the chance to not only survive a -blade attack, but also potentially kill the mage on the counter.

Otherwise, her C-slot is left open for whatever else a team may need such as Hone Buffs, Threaten / Other Ploy Debuffs, etc.

Her Seal is Distant Def 3.png Distant Def 3, which helps mitigate the damage she takes from a range. Alternatively, she could use Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3, which would free up her C skill slot for another armor buff.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Cavalry Counter
Dull Cavalry W.png Ridersbane+ (Skill)
Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot / Swap
Stats: +Atk/-Spd

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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Brave Effie

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Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Budget Effie
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This build is mostly the same as her Brave Lance+ build, but opting for easier to obtain skills like the regular Brave Lance. She still has an incredibly powerful player phase presence, which is improved with Death Blow 3.png Death Blow 3. Her lack of movement means she has a hard time approaching units without heavy positioning assistance however. Against ranged enemies (especially mages), her lack of movement weakness becomes even more apparent since most of the time any ranged unit will be able to engage on her first during her weaker enemy phase.

Defensively, Wary Fighter 3.png Wary Fighter 3 is selected to ignore her already low Spd, brought even lower by Brave Lance+, negating Brave weapon users' greatest weakness. Wary Fighter is also why -Spd is Effie's bane of choice in this build. With her high Def, Icon Skill Special.png Bonfire is taken as her special of choice to beef up her damage even more. Thanks to her incredibly high Atk, Icon Skill Special.png Draconic Aura can also be considered.

For her assist, Icon Skill Assist.png Pivot is chosen to increase Effie's range of movement, allowing Effie to move up to 3 spaces a turn depending on ally positioning.

Her C passive slot is left up to team composition considerations and player preference; however, Ward Armor.png Ward Armor is a good choice to help Effie support her fellow armored allies.

As for her Seal, Attack Plus 3.png Attack +3 will help her increase the damage she can dish out. Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 is another option for her to deter opponents with stat buffs.
Pen.png Creative
Icon Arena Defense.png Defense
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Sweeping Gale

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Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Steal Yo Birthday Cake!
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The build that Effie used to steal Feh's birthday cake. 'Nuff said.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
A Better Wall
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This build is designed to chase a high Arena score, while also being very synergistic as an Enemy Phase unit. +Res is chosen as Effie has a superboon, and -Spd is chosen as it will be mitigated by her B skill. While many builds tent towards an Atk boon, this build is attacking twice, once with Icon Skill Special.png Aether, and putting those points towards Res gives her the ability to tank more.

Icon Class Blue Lance.png Slaying Lance+ drops Aether's cooldown to 4, letting you activate it when attacked thanks to Vengeful Fighter 3.png Vengeful Fighter 3. This allows you to heal back a bit of HP, keeping you above the 50% HP threshold for Vengeful Fighter to activate. Distant Counter.png Distant Counter is chosen so that Effie can respond to all units other than Firesweep, Sacae, Dazzling Staff, and Windsweep units, and it also boosts Arena score.

Ideally, she will be on a team with multiple users of Ward Armor.png Ward Armor, further boosting her Def and Res. This also ties into her Assist skill, which is useful for both increasing Arena score and increasing the tanking capability of the team's other units.

Close Def 3.png Close Def 3 is a great seal, especially as with a high enough merge level most Arena enemies tend to be Dragons or Armors. If you're still facing mages, then Distant Def 3.png Distant Def 3 patches up her Res a little more.
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Icon Move Armored.png Armored
Unkillable Effie
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Basically aimed at making Effie really hard to kill. With Burkut's Lance haing a decent attack stat, she can still do some damage. Fierce stance will help to keep her alive against magic and/or dragons. Aegis is for mages specifically. Wary Fighter keeps her from being doubled. The seals accomplish more of the same.