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Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Skill Assist.png Flexible
Stats: Flexible

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Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Shard.png Low investment
Stats: +Atk,+Spd/-Res
Passive Icon C.pngDrive Atk 2.png
 Drive Atk 2 / Flexible
Passive Icon S.pngSpeed Plus 3.png
 Speed +3 / Flexible

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Build Icon Alternative.png Alternative
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Icon Move Infantry.png Infantry
Icon Skill Assist.png Reposition / Flexible
Stats: +Atk,+Spd,+Def/-Res,-HP
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Leif is an incredibly flexible unit overall, his 32 base Atk is workable with his weapon, and can be patched up with either a

+Atk IV or an '"`UNIQ--item-654--QINU`"' seal, his 38 base Spd is topped only by Mia: Lady of Blades '"`UNIQ--item-657--QINU`"' and Lon'qu: Solitary Blade '"`UNIQ--item-660--QINU`"', 40 HP is neither so cumbersome that he'll never reach desperation range, neither so tiny that he's danger of being 1 shot super easily, 30 Def makes bonfire workable on him with Fury and/or a +Def IV, and whilst 23 RES kinda sucks, plenty of top tier units don't care (Ayra: Astra's Wielder '"`UNIQ--item-663--QINU`"' says hi) as long as they have enough defenses or other ways to survive then kill at least certain types of enemies.

Weapon choice here is obvious, Leif really wants the Light Brand to patch up his rather "meh" Atk stat, and he doesn't really have the Spd to make a quad build work without a +Spd IV, thusly, we stick with his base weapon, as this build is meant to show off the many things that Leif can do. Whilst I could see an argument for a '"`UNIQ--item-666--QINU`"' build, this build is already effectively 2 in one, so I have no intentions to bloat this further.

His assist skill is also obvious, as a melee unit without some particular niche, Leif should always take '"`UNIQ--item-669--QINU`"'.

His special is where things start to get muddied. Depending on any given Leif's IVs, if you have the will to merge him up, and what A skill you will be running, you'll choose one of 4 different specials. '"`UNIQ--item-672--QINU`"' is your standard one, if you have a +Def Leif, this is probably what you want, if you intend on running '"`UNIQ--item-675--QINU`"', this is almost certainly what you want, if you are going to merge Leif up, this is probably what you want. '"`UNIQ--item-678--QINU`"' is a solid choice, if you manage to have the Light Brand's effect go off, even with neutral IVs and no Fury, it should add a whopping 17 damage to your attack. If you got -Def on your IVs, have no intention on running either '"`UNIQ--item-681--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-684--QINU`"', or '"`UNIQ--item-687--QINU`"', or just don't have the fodder for '"`UNIQ--item-690--QINU`"' or the upcoming choice, '"`UNIQ--item-693--QINU`"' will help you out. '"`UNIQ--item-696--QINU`"' is, IMO, the best choice for Leif without +Def IVs and '"`UNIQ--item-699--QINU`"', and is definitely the best choice if you intend on running either of the Breath skills, as it could help you pierce through some of the HP tanks and will charge in just 1 hit if you are running a Breath skill. '"`UNIQ--item-702--QINU`"' is never a particularly bad choice, but '"`UNIQ--item-705--QINU`"' tends to do its job but better. Run it only if you don't have fodder for any of the other skills. Just as a side note, '"`UNIQ--item-708--QINU`"' would also work if you are running a Breath build, but at this point this entire thing is way too long, and I have to stop typing eventually.

Alright, that was a wall of text, hopefully his A skill is a little bit easier to parse through.

The obvious and all-around choice for Leif's A skill is '"`UNIQ--item-711--QINU`"', it adds stats for, well, everything, and if you want Leif to only really be a CC/TT unit, then it works really well with '"`UNIQ--item-714--QINU`"'. However, given his solid Def stat and far from terrible everything else, either of the Breath skills will help Leif survive those pesky mages and retaliate in full force. If you have a -HP Leif, running '"`UNIQ--item-717--QINU`"' will bring Leif's Res up to nice 27, enough to tank plenty of mages in combination with '"`UNIQ--item-720--QINU`"' as a seal. Even with -Res, '"`UNIQ--item-723--QINU`"' and '"`UNIQ--item-726--QINU`"' are still valid choices to help Leif's Enemy Phase viability. If you run a breath skill, I'd recommend either '"`UNIQ--item-729--QINU`"' or '"`UNIQ--item-732--QINU`"' as your Special proc, depending on your fodder choices and/or Breath skill/IVs. If you run Fury, '"`UNIQ--item-735--QINU`"' is definitely what I'd recommend. But this also excludes '"`UNIQ--item-738--QINU`"', another option if you want a player phase focused build.

Leif's B skill is also a bit difficult to parse through, with a +Spd IV and/or '"`UNIQ--item-741--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-744--QINU`"' allows Leif to take out certain really tanky units that would kill him on retaliation, Hector: General of Ostia '"`UNIQ--item-747--QINU`"' is a good example if you have an unfavorably low HP total, same with Amelia: Rose of the War '"`UNIQ--item-750--QINU`"'. '"`UNIQ--item-753--QINU`"' is an obvious choice for CC and TT. '"`UNIQ--item-756--QINU`"' could be used to help buff his special procs. '"`UNIQ--item-759--QINU`"' is always a possibility for defense teams if you want to catch someone off guard. Breakers help his match ups against certain trouble units. But overall, the B slot is really flexible for most builds, but '"`UNIQ--item-762--QINU`"' is always good with '"`UNIQ--item-765--QINU`"' or '"`UNIQ--item-768--QINU`"'.

Leif's C skill, like with a bunch of characters, is super flexible. His inbuilt '"`UNIQ--item-771--QINU`"' will be a good option for those without other options, but any hones, tactics, threatens, ploys, spurs, drives, etc. are also options.

As far as seals go, Leif could do with a lot of them, '"`UNIQ--item-774--QINU`"' patches up his Atk stat, '"`UNIQ--item-777--QINU`"' helps his survivability against mages (like a certain caped not crusader with a brave blue tome), '"`UNIQ--item-780--QINU`"' is a little redundant when '"`UNIQ--item-783--QINU`"' is an option, but it's not terrible, and they, afaik, stack, '"`UNIQ--item-786--QINU`"' would help his survivability against mages that just want to hit him once, but very hard, and '"`UNIQ--item-789--QINU`"' helps with '"`UNIQ--item-792--QINU`"' builds, maybe even making him into a '"`UNIQ--item-795--QINU`"' user.

Overall, mixing and matching a bunch of these to find the one that best fits your Leif and his IVs is probably the best option, I personally have a +Spd/-Res Leif, and will be running '"`UNIQ--item-798--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-801--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-804--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-807--QINU`"', '"`UNIQ--item-810--QINU`"', and '"`UNIQ--item-813--QINU`"'. So I guess that last part there is my actual recommended build, huh.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Stamina Potion.png Chain
Universal Crystal.png Medium investment
Icon Move Infantry.png Infantry

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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Dueling Crest.png Arena
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Infantry.png Infantry
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Leif is here, meaning that all the lords from their respective Fire Emblem game are here (not counting BS FE or Warriors). If you like Leif and you are willing to make some sacrifices for him, then this guide MAY be for you.

First things first, his signature weapon deals +7 damage when his enemy's Defense is greater or equal to their Resistance + 5. That means that if the enemy has, say, 30 defense and 25 or less Resistance, Leif will make +7 extra damage. That's why I chose, oddly enough, to choose Chill Res 3 of all things. Of course, you can run better B skills like Chill Def 3, Chill Spd 3, breaker skills, or his default S Drink.

Then he goes with Distant Counter set. No need to explain as to why. If you don't have a spare Hector, you can always use a B!Ike for Steady Breathe.

As we are not going to use in our first build any B skills that requires HP penalty on him, you can have him inherit Aether for arena points, and Heavy Blade or Distant Defense sacred seals to let him cooldown his special. That means that is, if we are lucky enough, Aether should be ready by the end of the combat, so then he can be buffed by a dance like PA!Azura and finish the enemy. Or run Bonfire/Draconic Aura/Luna so that he can activate it the 2nd time he attacks, regardless of phase.

On his C skill you can vary it like you want. Is it necessary for him to help your team? If you answer is yes, then inherit him any kind of Hone, Fortify, Spur or Drive skills.

As long as you keep him outside of blue mages, dragons and lances, you will be alright with him.