Alm

Hero Rating:
8
alm
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
158
HP 45
ATK 33
SPD 30
DEF 28
RES 22
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 20 8 5 5 4
Middle 21 9 6 6 5
High 22 10 7 7 6

Level 40 5★ Stat Variation
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 42 30 27 24 19
Middle 45 33 30 28 22
High 48 36 33 31 25
IV Sets
HPATKSPDDEFRESGrade
Mid
Mid
High
Mid
Low
A
Low
Mid
High
Mid
Mid
B
Mid
Mid
High
Low
Mid
B

A speed boosting nature is practically essential for Alm, considering the nature of Windsweep.

Skill Sets
Revenge Tank

A set that allows Alm to threaten mages with double attacks coming from his already huge attack stat. Quick Riposte lets him double attack, making him an effective unit to lure and KO many foes. If needed, you can stall for Falchion's heal to restore HP to allies with Reciprocal Aid, or get above the HP threshold for Quick Riposte. Beware: Linde, Reinhardt and Olwen are still counters to Alm!

Weapon Skills
Rng:
1
Mt:
16

Effective against dragons. At the start of every third turn, unit recovers 10 HP.

Special Skills
Passive Skills
SP:
50
Slot:
B

If unit initiates attack, no follow-up occurs. Against foe with sword, lance, axe, bow, or dagger, if unit’s Spd - foe’s Spd ≥ 5, foe can’t counterattack.

SP:
100
Slot:
B

If unit initiates attack, no follow-up occurs. Against foe with sword, lance, axe, bow, or dagger, if unit’s Spd - foe’s Spd ≥ 3, foe can’t counterattack.

SP:
200
Slot:
B

If unit initiates attack, no follow-up occurs. Against foe with sword, lance, axe, bow, or dagger, if unit’s Spd - foe’s Spd ≥ 1, foe can’t counterattack.

Introduction

Pros:

  • Good physical bulk
  • Excellent attack
  • Strong vs. dragons

Cons:

  • Low resistance
  • Not particularly tanky or fast
  • Windsweep can work against him

Alm is the latest of the Falchion wielders, and adopts a strange role thanks to his unique skill Windsweep. With his Falchion in hand, Alm is a burly frontline unit with numerous advantages, but lacks some key attributes such as speed and resistance which hurt his viability compared to other Falchion users.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Alm has tankier stats than most red sword-users, with a very nice 45 HP and a solid 28 defense. These defenses come at the cost of speed. 30 Speed is unfortunately low for Alm, allowing common red threats Ryoma, Lucina and Karel to double attack him. Where Alm comes into his own is with his effective 52 attack: this plus his defense lets him lure and KO most red sword-users, despite being outsped and even double attacked in some cases.

Windsweep is Alm’s signature ability, and one of the most complex in the entire game. At a glance, it seems powerful: being able to stop the enemy from counterattacking. However it can be redundant, as most attackers want to outright KO enemies. Since Windsweep prevents double attacks from the user, it is unlikely for Alm to KO enemies in a single turn. The most likely scenario is this: Alm attacks, Windsweep prevents the enemy from attacking. But this means that the enemy can just attack during their next turn, making the skill effectively worthless. It does have some niche uses: Quick Riposte and Vantage are two excellent B skills, and Windsweep can allow Alm to effectively negate both.

Alm falls into a strange middle ground thanks to his stats: He isn’t fast enough to be a monster offensive threat, and isn’t bulky enough to perform the role of a frontline tank. He is weak to units at both ends of the spectrum, thanks to a somewhat unfortunate stat distribution. And with low speed and Windsweep, Alm is weak to mages too.

Team Options

Windsweep can be fruitful when paired with a dancer: Ninian or Azura are the top candidates for this role. Being unable to duel the top red swords means he requires an ally to do so. Sharena is a great F2P choice, bringing excellent dueling potential and useful buffs and debuffs. Paired up with a ranged attacker, Alm is great at finishing off low-hp targets, avoiding the annoying Vantage skill. Jaffar, Klein and Kagero are three excellent partners for him.

Counters

Alm is countered by a long list of units. Fast red sword-users such as Lucina will KO him. He is afraid of mages, particularly Reinhardt and Olwen, but also Linde and Robin(M). He has no real defense against ranged attackers, allowing units like Klein to score free damage.

From Series
Fire Emblem Echoes
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