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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
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Note: This is listed as 'High Investment' but all skills can be inherited from 4★ units.

A budget build meant to make Anna more viable in general use, especially if you need her as an Arena bonus unit. She has no IVs nor merges, so there's not much you can do to alter her stats; however, she will reach 46 Spd with LnD3 and a Spd refine on her weapon, which makes Flashing Blade relatively reliable and allows her to fire off her special more often -- this is necessary, as it's her main way of dealing significant damage. Slaying Axe+ with a Spd refine is the better choice of weapon due to its built-in reduced Special cooldown, but it's an expensive investment compared to her native Nóatún.

--Reddazrael (talk) 17:46, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
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Arthur got perhaps his only lucky moment in his entire existence by winning the refine lottery - not only it brings him a +3 boost to all stats when he has a visible buff, but he also gets +5 to all stats during combat when his HP is below 100% or he gets struck with a penalty! This essentially turns an initially brutally outclassed unit into a behemoth of destruction who can use the massively inflated stats in order to wreck havoc on everything, while also benefitting of a leveraged resistance to Panic. As a result, he's one of the best users of Fury and its related skills, given the damage it deals every initiation, allowing him to duel most units without a problem.

Because of this, any boosting IV will work, bar perhaps HP, which doesn't directly benefit from Arthur's weapon unless you're trying to avoid Panics. Even his Resistance can be considered as a potential increase, given the superasset bringing it to an alright base 28 and improving his arena scoring. For a special choice, Luna helps him blast through high defense units he might have trouble against, while Aether is for the Arena score if you really do bother about that mode.

Atk/Spd Push or Fury allow him to get into <100% HP range after one initiation, but also offer a well-needed stat increase to him; The bump to his offenses that Atk/Spd Push offers is great, but Fury grants all his stats a flat boost, allowing him to avoid Ploy-related effects running rampant better, especially if he runs +Res.

Given his HP will quickly drop due to his A skill, Desperation allows him to chain hits and become capable of 2HKO'ing what would kill him in retaliation, while Null Follow-Up does the "Cannot Make Follow-up Attacks" in. Double Wave allows him to keep the stat increase granted by bonuses permanently while the choice of Res is both because the Odd variant is available on Aversa, a free unit, and the higher Res improves his ability to escape ploys and duel dragons.

As a reference, with that set and under 100% HP, an unmerged Neutral Arthur reaches an Atk/Spd/Def/Res of 47/44/38/38 during combat with Atk/Spd Push active (or 43/40/41/41 with Fury 3), which is certainly not too shabby for a launch unit like him. While having spent years in the shadows of the misfortune that Gem weapons are, Arthur finally gets the chance to shine he's always deserved. Congratulations on never giving up, you legendary Hapless Hero you!

Miguling (talk) 15:51, 5 December 2019 (UTC)
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment

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Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
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- CV (talk) 17:35, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
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- CV (talk) 17:35, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Shard.png Low investment
Passive Icon C.pngEmpty Passive Icon.png
 Flexible
Passive Icon S.pngAttack Plus 3.png
 Attack +3 / Flexible
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This build is for players who wish to use Ayra right away without having to worry about finding any fancy skills. Thankfully, Ayra has an excellent base kit, geared to help her be a great player phase unit.

Weapon: Icon Class Red Sword.png Ayra's Blade is Ayra's weapon of choice. It grants her +3 Spd, and it grants her an extra Special charge if she's faster than her opponent. With her high Spd and Swift Sparrow, it's very easy to activate this effect.

Assist: Icon Skill Assist.png Reposition is a good Assist in general to use. Its uses are versatile, as it can either help bring an ally closer to the fray, or bring an ally out of danger.

Special: Icon Skill Special.png Regnal Astra is Ayra's Special, unique to her, and adds damage to Ayra's attack based off of her Spd. It adds a pretty good amount of damage considering how fast Ayra is, and this lets her break through a lot of opponents,

A Passive: Swift Sparrow 2.png Swift Sparrow 2 is Ayra's A skill. She comes with it naturally, and is an excellent player phase skill, granting her +4 Atk and Spd when she initiates combat.

B Passive: Desperation 3.png Desperation 3 is an option for Ayra's B skill. She comes with it naturally, and if Ayra's weakened just enough, and if she's faster than her opponent, then she'll strike once, gain an extra Special charge, then strike again with Regnal Astra charged before the opponent can even react. Should the player feel like other skills are necessary however, then this skill slot is flexible, open to be whatever else the player needs.

C Passive: This skill slot is flexible, open to be whatever the player needs. A buffing skill, like a Drive or a Tactic skill could suffice, but this is up to the player's discretion and team composition.

Sacred Seal: Attack Plus 3.png Attack +3 is an option for Ayra's Seal. It's just simple boost to Ayra's Atk to help her deal more damage, but her Seal slot is ultimately flexible, open to be whatever the player needs.
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
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Azura's builds are usually suited for support, with some killing potential through Triangle Adept 3.png Triangle Adept 3, but as a mage, young Azura has quite better offenses if assisted. As such, this build aims to take a more offensive approach.

For IVs, +atk is better suited for the one-shot potential, especially considering Azura's statline, while -def is to further dump her weakest stat, hopefully avoiding as many physical counters as she can.

Gronnblade+ is the star of this set, and it's chosen to bolster her relatively mediocre offense to plausible use. Moonbow is chosen as her special, as it lets her combat higher-res mages more effectively. she likely won't see as much combat as other blade nukes you might field alongside her, so the shorter cooldown is generally recommended. Dance is her assist, and is really the only reason you'd consider using Azura as a blade tome user.

Fury 3 gives her additional attack and speed, along with bulk, which may help her survive green nukes such as a Fury 3 Nino: Pious Mage buffed by Eirika: Restoration Lady and a fully-bladed Corrin: Novice Vacationer. And with Hones, she can stand to best Fury 3 Elise: Tropical Flower and Fury 3 Soren: Shrewd Strategist if they aren't +Spd nature or honed. Also to note, with this set, she can be able to KO Ike: Brave Mercenary if bladed up to 3/4/4/4.

Desperation 3 can let her KO these threats and others without the threat of getting KOed on a counter attack, while Wings of Mercy 3 bolsters her dancing utility by increasing her movement coverage.

Passive C is entirely flexible, but Hone Atk 3 is always an option, because she comes with it naturally.

Seals are flexible for the most part, but shoutouts go to Atk+3, Spd+3, and Quickened Pulse for boosting her offense, and HP+5 for helping her survive attacks from key threats such as most forms of Fury 3 Nino: Pious Mage and +Spd Fury 3 Elise: Tropical Flower.

While Azura's not the best blade tome user, she offers utility to separate himself from the rest. She exists as a backup nuke if you need it.

Steelux (talk) 19:14, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
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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
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Stats: +Atk/-Def
Passive Icon C.pngEmpty Passive Icon.png
 Flexible
Passive Icon S.pngEmpty Passive Icon.png
 Flexible

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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
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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.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Dueling Crest.png Arena
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
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This set aims to take advantage of the Wing Sword's Flashing Blade refine, allowing Caeda to potentially activate Galeforce in one round. +Atk is recommended due to being a superboon and patching up Caeda's own poor Atk stat, but +Spd is an option to better guarantee Flashing Blade. -Def is chosen due to her Res being useful for baiting mages and for Defense Ploy. Reposition serves as a solid assist skill, made even better by the fact that Caeda is a flier. Fury gives Caeda extra power and durability and also allows for better use of Defense Ploy. Swift Sparrow, however, gives Caeda a bit more offense than Fury if one would prefer this to the extra bulk granted by Fury. Desperation allows Caeda to still serve as a solid Player Phase unit even after her HP has fallen, while Swordbreaker may help against other fast sword units like Ayra and Mia. Defense Ploy allows Caeda to take advantage of her high Res in order to boost her damage. Fortify Fliers allows Caeda to better support her teammates on a flier team. Attack +3 once again serves to help patch up Caeda's low Atk while Speed +3 can be used to assist in activating Flashing Blade. It is worth noting that, due to her Atk superboon, running +Atk with the Speed +3 seal is better than running +Spd with the Attack +3 seal.
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
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184.103.70.244 10:25, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
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184.103.70.244 10:27, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Camillas Axe W.png Camilla's Axe (Skill)
Stats: Flexible

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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
Stats: +Atk,+Spd/-Def,-HP
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- CV (talk) 17:12, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

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