Alm

Analysis by Ceui
Hero of Prophecy
Hero of Prophecy

5

Obtainable as a 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
3
/ 5
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 Stat Variations
5★
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
Key stats worth increasing through nature if possible.
Complementary stats that matter, but not to the point of picking them over key stats for nature increase.
Relatively worthless stat that can safely be decreased through nature.
HPATKSPDDEFRES

Alm inefficient stats spread makes it hard to improve him with Boon/bane. His best stats to get a boon is definitely speed however, as going from 30 to 33 is tremendous for his survival. Outside of Speed, both Atk or HP boon are good, as one improve his damage output while the other make him a much better partners for high hp tanks like Hector or Effie.

His Res can be throwaway as even with a boon in it, very rarely will Alm survive against a speedy mages of the same color such as his beloved Celica or Tharja, let alone blue mages like Reinhardt or Linde

Skill Sets
Call an Alm-bulance! (Healer build)
Optimal
Falchion A Fury 3
Reciprocal Aid B Renewal 3
Draconic Aura C Hone Atk 3
SP1,385S-

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  • Weapon: Falchion
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid / Ardent Sacrifice
  • Special: Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Fury 3
  • Passive B: Renewal / Swordbreaker
  • Passive C: Varies on team
  • Boon/bane: +Speed / -Resistance or +HP / -Resistance
  • Sacred Seals: HP+3

This is perhaps the best set for Alm, turning him into a semi healer/duelist with his good health pool and Falchion. This set is versatile and can help your tanks immensely against mono-color teams, or if your tanks have to handle more than two units but lack the HP to do so.

With Renewal and Falchion's passive, Alm's HP will heal ridiculously fast, allowing him to continuously juggle HP with his allies, especially units that can stand in choke points and absorb attacks like Hector or Nowi.

With a HP seal Alm reaches 48 HP, allowing him to nearly full health Hector/Nowi/Effie and bringing them back to Quick Riposte/Wary Fighter range in 1 turn.

Ardent Sacrifice is a slower choice, but synergizes well with Celica, allowing her to run another passive in slot B instead of Renewal.

Draconic Aura is Alm's default special that he uses, it goes well with his attack and there is no need to switch to another.

Fury is a fantastic slot A choice for any healer build, as the chip damage from it will be quickly mitigated with Renewal/Reciprocal Aid, and it helps him in duels against most units.

Swordbreaker is a good choice in place of Renewal. Thanks to Falchion, Alm still has another form of recovery instead of just renewal so he can run Swordbreaker to duel Lucina/Ike/Ryoma.

Distant Counter Tank
Falchion A Distant Counter
Reciprocal Aid B G Tomebreaker 3
Draconic Aura C Hone Atk 3
SP1,475S-

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  • Weapon: Falchion
  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Distant Counter
  • Passive B: Green Tomebreaker / Quick Riposte / Vantage
  • Passive C: Varies on team
  • Boon/bane: +HP / -Defense
  • Sacred Seals: HP+3

Alm has good bulk as well as enough attack to run the Distant Counter build. He has lower resistance than Fury Ryoma, but better HP pool.

With this set up he can survive a attack increasing Gronnblade Death Blow 3 Spring Camilla with a Hone Flier and Fortify Flier buffs, which is as good as you can expect from an anti-green mage build. Having an ally with Fortify Res is also beneficial, as it can help him if she has Goad Fliers. Same situation applies to Cecilia, although it's a lot easier to kill her.

A speed increasing boon is also a good choice over the attack increasing one to avoid double attacks. If you use a speed increasing boon, a speed increasing Sacred Seal is mandatory as he needs to reach 34 speed to avoid doubling from Ryoma. He will still get doubled by Tharja and Lucina however.

Reposition is usually a strong assist for any team, but Alm can still run Reciprocal Aid with this set for emergency heal to tank and recharge his Quick Riposte. Thanks to Falchion's heal he makes very good use of Quick Riposte.

Green Tomebreaker is mandatory if your team is weak against Spring Camilla, as he cannot one round her without it, and risks dying to her if she doubles him. If not then Quick Riposte is a good option, allowing him to retaliate archers and melee units better.

Vantage has poor synergy with Falchion's heal but can save Alm if he has to tank multiple green mages in succession, plus a stronger Opponent's Phase. If the player can keep track of Falchion's heals and play around them, then Vantage is a solid choice.

It's Time to D-d-d-duel ! (Duelist / Survivalist build)
Falchion A Steady Breath
Budget: Fury 3
Reciprocal Aid B Swordbreaker 3
Aether C Hone Atk 3
SP1,860S-

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Falchion
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Aether / Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Steady Breath / Close Def / Heavy Blade / Fury
  • Passive B: Swordbreaker / Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Varies on team
  • Boon/bane: +Attack / -Resistance
  • Sacred Seals: Attack +1

This set aims to make Alm a strong duelist against red swords, while fulfilling his role as a good sword wielder. It has good survivability thanks to the Steady Breath+ Aether combo, Falchion's passive and Reciprocal Aid.

Heavy Blade, Close Defense, Fury are all decent alternative over Steady Breath.

Alm has enough bulk to duel most sword units, but Swordbreaker is mandatory to this build, as he needs to not be doubled by units like Ryoma or Lucina. It also allows him to double Ike and Zephiel, who have strong bulk.

His priority using this set is to charge Aether fast with Steady Breath against either green units or sword users, and heal himself or his teammate through Renewal, Aether and Reciprocal Aid.

Draconic Aura can be a decently cheap alternative despite not providing any healing. Charging a three charge special fast can help him dent even some really tanky units.

Although this build is perfectly viable and can achieve moderate success in arena, it is not recommended as Ike is generally a better sword unit than Alm, unless your Ike has terrible boon/bane and you don't mind sacrificing him.

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Alm by Valiant 20 hours ago
Alm by Kaze_Gaming 2 days ago
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Alm by starchimp224 6 days ago
User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
SP:
400
Rng:
1
Mt:
16

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

Learns by default at 5 ★
Special Skills
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Passive Skills
Unlocks at 5 ★
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.

Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Alm is another Falchion wielder, the fourth after Lucina, Marth and Chrom. Like most of his peers, he has good attack and the dragon killing / healing passive that Falchion provides. Unfortunately for Alm, his stats spread lacks a particular focus to separate him from the cast and give him an identity. Unlike Lucina or Marth, he doesn't have great speed while Chrom has superior attack and defense. This make him a bit more awkward to use compared to them.

Nonetheless, like all other Falchion users, he is a good unit and can fill the red role well. With Reciprocal Aid and Renewal he joins his fellows as one of the best healers in the game. His decent stats and high might unique weapons also allow him to fulfill his duty as a sword user effectively with the bonus perk of being able to deal good damage to dragons.

Strengths

High attack:

  • Although 33 attack is below other tough competition such as Ike, Ryoma, Lucina and Chrom, it is still decently high.
  • He isn't good at running the Brave Sword build like Chrom, due to the latter's superior attack, while Lucina overall deals more damage thanks to her superior speed.
  • Nonetheless, 49 attack neutral with Falchion is nothing to scoff at, and he remains a good choice for a red slot.

Good bulk:

  • 45 HP and 28 defense are solid bulk for a sword unit. While it pales in comparison to Chrom's bulk, Alm has a lot more speed to ensure he doesn't get doubled by some popular fellow sword units like Xander or Eldigan in cavalry teams or Ike.
  • It also means that the Renewal 2 passive from Falchion gives good value all the time.

Falchion:

  • Despite falling out of favor compared to Raijinto, Siegfried or Ragnell, the Falchion is still a powerful sword with great might and a healing passive.
  • Anti-dragon damage meaning even against blue dragons like Nowi or Ninian that build Triangle Adept/Swordbreaker, Alm can still finish them off if they're weakened.
  • It’s healing passive turns Alm into a strong HP management unit and can help out his team immensely against Mono color teams or upkeeping HP reliant skills like Quick Riposte
Weaknesses

Low resistance:

  • 22 resistance is low, and coupled with Alm's relatively middling speed means he struggles against fast or high damage blue mages like Mae, Linde, Reinhardt or Olwen
  • Alm does fare a bit better against magic damage than Lucina, Chrom or Ike however, as he has 45 HP and more resistance than them. He also will not die to one attack from neutral Triangle Adept Nowi, even with a resistance decreasing bane. With Fury he survives one hit from attack increasing Triangle Adept Nowi, meaning in emergency case he can let her attack into him and stay alive, unlike Ryoma/Lucina/Chrom/Ike.

Not optimized stats:

  • Alm has quite poorly optimized stats. All over the place is a good way to call it, as he lacks a focus to separate him apart from the others.
  • This means there is no build where Alm clearly is superior to his fellow swordsmen.
  • Alm's best build is as a healer / red sword hybrid. Hence he pairs the best with a tank of a different color so he can perform both his duties well. Hector, Nowi, Effie, Lukas or Ephraim are notable examples.
  • A dancer is always a good ally, as she can help him shuffle HP around two targets in one turn, as well as improving his damage output and mobility
  • Alm struggles immensely against physically tanky blue units and blue mages, thus a strong green mage like NinoJulia or Soren is a good teammate.
  • It's worth noting that his childhood sweetheart Celica is a good partner for him, despite being a red unit as well. She benefits a lot from units that can constantly heal her to make use of Ragnarok, while she provides magic damage to supplement Alm's physical attacks. Plus the novelty factor is a good reason to use the couple.
Team Options
  • Alm's best build is as a healer / red sword hybrid. Hence he pairs the best with a tank of a different color so he can perform both his duties well. Hector, Nowi, Effie, Lukas or Ephraim are notable examples.
  • A dancer is always a good ally, as she can help him shuffle HP around two targets in one turn, as well as improving his damage output and mobility
  • Alm struggles immensely against physically tanky blue units and blue mages, thus a strong green mage like NinoJulia or Soren is a good teammate.
  • It's worth noting that his childhood sweetheart Celica is a good partner for him, despite being a red unit as well. She benefits a lot from units that can constantly heal her to make use of Ragnarok, while she provides magic damage to supplement Alm's physical attacks. Plus the novelty factor is a good reason to use the couple.
Counters

Alm is weak to most blue units, due to not having enough resistance to resist magic damage and not enough firepower to break through them either. Some notable units include:

  • Effie, Lukas, Ephraim: These physical blue beasts will destroy Alm one on one.
  • Cordelia, Donnel, Hinoka: They kill him on initiation with Brave Lance and he can't kill them even if he initiates.
  • Linde, Reinhardt, Olwen, Spring Lucina, Ursula: They have enough firepower to blow him apart due to his poor resistance.
  • Nowi, CorrinF, Ninian: Even with Falchion, Alm will lose to them as they most of the time build Triangle Adept, Swordbreaker, or both.
From Series
Fire Emblem Echoes
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