Analysis by Firestorm350
Hapless Hero


Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 43
ATK 32
SPD 29
DEF 30
RES 24
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 18 7 6 7 4
Middle 19 8 7 8 5
High 20 9 8 9 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 40 29 25 26 21
Middle 43 32 29 30 24
High 46 35 32 33 27
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.


  • A +Speed boon is used to prevent follow-up attacks from reaching our hapless hero.

  • Should power be preferred, +Attack can be taken to maximize his damage output.


  • -HP or -Resistance is used for the bane. A detriment in HP should be taken if the player wishes to conserve his overall defenses, and resistance would be to avoid tampering with his nice physical bulk.
Skill Sets
Justice Burns (All-rounded)
Slaying Axe+ A Fury 3
Reposition B Renewal 3
Bonfire C Panic Ploy 3
SP1,995SHP +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -HP
  • Weapon: Slaying Axe+
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Bonfire
  • A Slot: Fury
  • B Slot: Renewal / Lancebreaker
  • C Slot: Panic Ploy / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

Utilizing Arthur's all-rounded stats, he ends up being quite similar to the Nohrian Princess Camilla, just without the resistance.

Slaying Axe is Arthur's weapon of choice. With it, he can unleash his specials much faster.

Fury helps enhance the hapless hero's overall performance, further increasing the performance of his very equal statline.

Renewal will allow Arthur to participate in more fights if he has to, while Lancebreaker lets him mow down faster units like Tana/Nephenee with ease.

Thanks to his base 43 HP, Arthur can effectively run Panic Ploy to shut down common Bladetome wielding mages. A HP seal helps ensure that he can get the Panic status off.

Justice Delta (Emerald)
Emerald Axe+ A Death Blow 3
Swap B Lancebreaker 3
Escutcheon C Hone Spd 3
SP1,650SHP +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +Attack / -Resistance
  • Weapon: Emerald Axe+
  • Assist: Swap / Flexible
  • Special: Escutcheon / Pavise
  • A Slot: Death Blow
  • B Slot: Lancebreaker
  • C Slot: Hone Speed / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

A budget build for Arthur giving him more power and flexibility at the cost of opening a big weakness.

Emerald Axe allows Arthur to scoff at blue units, and Death Blow is paired with Lancebreaker to ensure he gets the kill on faster lances. These two factors combined make him a fantastic blue counter at the cost of being absolutely terrible at facing a red unit, and mediocre against greens.

As for the special skill, Escutcheon / Pavise is taken to minimize the damage if our hero faces a red or green unit.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe 50 1 6
Steel Axe
Learns by default at 3 ★
100 1 8
Emerald AxeGives Atk+20% if weapon-triangle advantage, Atk-20% if disadvantage.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
200 1 8
Emerald Axe+Gives Atk+20% if weapon-triangle advantage, Atk-20% if disadvantage.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300 1 12
Support Skills
Support Skills Rng. SP
SwapSwap places with an adjacent ally.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 150
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
HP +3Grants +3 to max HP. 40
HP +4Grants +4 to max HP.
Unlocks at 3 ★
HP +5Grants +5 to max HP.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Lancebreaker 1If unit's HP > 90% in combat against a lance user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lancebreaker 2If unit's HP > 70% in combat against a lance user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Lancebreaker 3If unit's HP > 50% in combat against a lance user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Unlocks at 5 ★


  • All-rounded Axe user
  • Native user of Lancebreaker
  • Has Swap
  • Nice physical bulk


  • "Whatever" magical soak
  • Speed isn't too good
  • Nothing special
  • Nothing outstanding

Arthur, the Hapless Hero is an all-rounded axe unit with okay attack, defense and speed.

The hero of justice has good bulk allowing him to take some hits, but his speed is just below okay and he becomes quite vulnerable to follow-ups.

His physical bulk is quite good though due to his nice HP and nice defense.

However, like many axe users, Arthur's resistance is pretty low and he'll have to take caution when against magical units.

Overall, Arthur is an all-rounded axe unit with very "meh" speed and low resistance. Thus, he is a very average unit to have on your team.


Good attack

  • Arthur has a nice attack stat of 32, tied with Gunter.

Good physical soak

  • At neutral IVs, Arthur will require 73 neutral or 61 advantage attack to fall in one hit.
  • As for double attacks, heroes will need either 52 neutral or 44 advantage attack.

"Whatever" speed

  • At 29 speed, Arthur will be doubled by units such as Ogma, Marth and Catria.

Bad magical tolerance

  • With only 24 resistance, Arthur will require 67 neutral or 56 advantage attack to fall in one hit.
  • With two hits, this becomes 46 neutral required.
  • As for Dire Thunder, Reinhardt and Olwen will need 58 attack (disadvantage) to defeat the hero of justice.
Team Options

Arthur is a very all-rounded unit with bad speed. To counteract this very awkward value (29), the hapless hero would sing to lady Grace if placed with Hone Speed users.

Otherwise, Arthur can do many things but not too well. He can be placed in any team requiring an anti-blue unit. There isn't much to say about his placement in teams due to how average he is, allowing him to fulfill not too many roles.


Arthur is quite hapless if encountering a magic unit. Really, any of the common speedy mages Linde, Nino and Celica will send him to the shadow realm.

Of course, the speedy sword units Ryoma and Lucina will cause Arthur to have an unfortunate day.

From Series
Fire Emblem Fates