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Athena - Borderland Sword

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
156
HP 36
ATK 31
SPD 38
DEF 27
RES 24

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 16 6 9 7 4
Middle 17 7 10 8 5
High 18 8 11 9 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 33 28 35 24 21
Middle 36 31 38 27 24
High 40 34 41 31 28

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

Assets

  • +ATK: An Attack asset will boost Athena up to 34 Attack, putting her Attack on par with Ryoma while having more Speed and similar defensive stats (though no natural DC).

  • +SPD: A Speed asset will boost Athena up to a very strong 41 Speed. This helps greatly with her doubling potential and allowing her to potentially avoid double attacks from extremely fast units such as Ayra and Legendary Marth.

Neutral

  • DEF: While Athena does not have the greatest Defense, 27 Defense is still fairly decent. Keeping her Defense intact is recommended so she can better duel with other physical units.

  • HP: Athena doesn’t have great HP, but keeping it neutral will still be a benefit in most situations due to HP affecting both her physical and magical bulk. There is a reason one might want to use an HP flaw: if one wants Athena to use Ardent Sacrifice to reach skill thresholds. Outside of this though, keeping HP neutral is recommended.

Flaws

  • -RES: A Resistance flaw with allow Athena to keep her HP and Defense for dueling with physical units. Even with the Resistance flaw, green and red mages can still sometimes struggle to KO her due to her Speed helping her to avoid double attacks.

Skill Sets

Vun Voman! (Full Offense)

Recommended
Wo Dao+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Slaying Edge+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Wrath 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Glimmer
C Even Atk Wave 3
SP1,505SSpeed +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +SPD / -RES

  • Weapon: Wo Dao+ (+Spd) / Slaying Edge (+Spd)

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

  • Special: Moonbow / Glimmer

  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Fury

  • Passive B: Wrath / Desperation

  • Passive C: Even Atk Wave / Player Preference

  • Sacred Seal: Atk/Spd 2 / Speed +3 / Attack +3

This set focuses on maximizing Athena’s offensive capabilities.

Athena will want either an Attack or Speed asset with Resistance flaw. Both Attack and Speed will help Athena greatly with her offensive capabilities while Resistance is her least important stat overall. Her default weapon, Wo Dao, is perfect for this set, helping her to deal even more damage with her Special. Slaying Edge is also a fantastic choice, helping her to activate her Special more often. Whichever one you choose, refining for either Attack or Speed is recommended. For Assist, anything can really work. Reposition is a safe choice for most units. For Special, one of the two cooldown offensive Specials, these being Moonbow and Glimmer, will work fantastically. While these two skills are low in raw power, this is made up for with a low cooldown and the fact that Wo Dao and Wrath will make up for the lower power.

In the A slot, Atk/Spd Solo is an excellent choice, granting Athena with a huge offensive boost whenever she has no nearby allies. Swift Sparrow is another great choice, granting a lesser but still strong offensive boost whenever she initiates combat. As a budget obtain, Fury grants an overall boost in stats and can help her to more easily reach the threshold of Wrath or Desperation. Speaking of, Wrath is the perfect B slot for Athena, increasing her Special’s damage and granting her a free Special charge when active. Desperation is an effective budget alternative, allowing Athena to make any follow-up attack immediately after her first when active.

A Wave skill such as Even Atk Wave works great for the C slot, helping Athena to boost her own offensive capabilities every other turn. However, this is not necessary for this set to be effective, so one should see what would benefit their team the most. Finally, using the Sacred Seal slot to give her one last offensive boost is recommended. Using Atk/Spd 2 will give her a nice boost to both of her offensive stats, or you can boost one or the other with either an Attack or Speed Seal instead.

Sweeping in the Vind! (Firesweep)

Firesweep Sword+ A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Life and Death 3
Reposition B Chill Spd 3
Alternate: Hit and Run
Moonbow
Alternate: Glimmer
C Even Spd Wave 3
SP2,055SFlashing Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -HP or -DEF or -RES

  • Weapon: Firesweep Sword+

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference  

  • Special: Moonbow / Glimmer

  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo / Life and Death

  • Passive B: Chill Spd / Chill Def / Hit and Run  

  • Passive C: Even Spd Wave / Player Preference

  • Sacred Seal: Flashing Blade / Atk/Spd 2

Athena’s good offensive stats make her a natural fit for the Firesweep Sword.

Either an Attack or Speed asset will be desired for this set to increase Athena’s offensive potential. What flaw is used matters less here since Firesweep weapons prevent enemy counterattacks. As long as the bane is not Attack or Speed, Athena will do fine. The titular Firesweep Sword is a powerful offensive weapon, preventing enemy counterattacks at the cost of being able to counterattack herself, making Athena practically useless on Enemy Phase. Assist is open to player preference, with Reposition remaining a staple general choice. Either Moonbow or Glimmer will be a great Special choice, particularly when used with the Flashing Blade Sacred Seal to get consistent activations.

In the A slot, Atk/Spd Solo is a perfect fit, granting a huge offensive boost to Athena whenever she has no adjacent allies. Life and Death is also incredibly strong. While a bit weaker in terms of the bonus provide compared to Atk/Spd Solo, it is a much cheaper skill and the main drawback is rendered mostly obsolete thanks to the Firesweep Sword preventing enemy counterattacks. Chill skills are great B slot choice for Firesweep weapons, giving a huge stat debuff to the enemy with the highest value of the stat that gets affected by the Chill. Both Chill Spd and Chill Def will help Athena and the rest of her team greatly. Hit and Run is an effective budget option for Firesweep users, allowing Athena to move back one space after combat which helps to keep her safe.

A Wave skill such as Even Spd Wave will make for an effective C slot, allowing Athena to boost her own combat capabilities without any external support. This is absolutely not needed for the build to function though, so feel free to experiment and see which C slot skill works best for Athena and her team. Flashing Blade is a great Sacred Seal slot choice, granting Athena will extra Special cooldown on her attacks when she outspeeds the enemy. When combined with Moonbow or Glimmer, she can consistent activate either Special with each round of combat so long as she doubles her opponent. Outside of this, the Atk/Spd Seal will give her one last handy boost to her offensive stats.

Ve Vish to Fight (Budget Brawler)

Wo Dao+ (+Atk)
Alternate: Wo Dao+ (+Spd)
A Sturdy Blow 2
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Moonbow C Threaten Def 3
SP1,265SAttack/Def +2

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -RES

  • Weapon: Wo Dao+ (+Atk) / Wo Dao+ (+Spd)

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference  

  • Special: Moonbow  

  • Passive A: Sturdy Blow / Fury

  • Passive B: Swordbreaker / Desperation  

  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Player Preference

  • Sacred Seal: Atk/Spd 2 / Attack/Def +2

This is a minimal investment set, making the most use of Athena’s default kit and making her into a decent brawler.

For her IVs, Athena will want either an Attack or Speed asset to help her offensive capabilities with a Resistance flaw. Her default weapon, Wo Dao, is a strong weapon that boosts the power of Athena’s Special. Refining this sword for either Attack or Speed will help out her offensive capabilities even further. The Assist slot is open to player preference. Reposition is a generallu safe choice for most characters. Moonbow is a perfect Special for Athena, with the low cooldown allowing for consistent activations.

Her default A slot, Sturdy Blow, is a decent choice for brawling which gives Athena a good boost to Attack and Defense when she initiates combat. For a little bit of investment, Athena also makes good use of Fury for an all-around boost to her combat capabilities. Swordbreaker in the B slot allows her to ensure follow-up attacks against other fast sword units such as Karla, Legendary Marth, and Legendary Eirika. She can also use Desperation effectively, allowing her to perform any follow-up attack immediately after her first. Threaten Def is a good C slot choice for her, reducing the Defense of any enemy within two spaces of her. A lot of different C slots can work though, so one should choose whatever works best for them and their Athena. Finally, Atk/Spd 2 is a natural fit for the Sacred Seal, boosting Athena’s two most important stats. She can also use Attack/Def +2 effectively as well.

Introduction

Athena storms her way onto the battlefield with blistering speed and ready to fight. Sporting very high Speed, good Attack and a great weapon, Athena has the tools she needs in order to serve as a strong offensive sword unit.

Sporting a very impressive base 38 Speed, Athena is able to secure doubles against middling Speed units while also being able to avoid doubles from every unboosted character in the game. Athena also sports 31 Attack which, while not amazing, is still good, especially when combined with her Wo Dao, giving her +10 damage upon special activation.

She does suffer in some areas, most notably her defenses. Her HP of 36 is quite low, making her not the bulkiest sword unit available, particularlu when combined with her mediocre defensive stats of 27 Defense and 24 Resistance. This means that Athena cannot sustain herself under heavy fire, so she can often struggle with facing multiple opponents at once.

All in all, Athena is simply a strong offensive sword unit. Like many sword units, she faces heavy competition from other popular sword units such as Karla, Legendary Marth, and Ayra, making it sometimes tricky to justify using her over some of her competitors. Still though, train her right and this vun voman will serve you well.

Strengths

Excellent Speed

At 38 Speed, Athena is one of the fastest units in the entire game, tying in Speed to units like Leif and Summer Cordelia. This makes her competent at securing double attacks against other fast units, especially with considerable Speed boosts through skills and buffs. it also means that opponents can struggle to easily perform a double attack against her without considerable Speed boosts.

Good Attack

At 31 Attack, Athena is by no means the hardest hitter but she can still deal a lot of damage with her attacks. This good Attack stat pairs well with her high Speed which allows her to put her Attack to good use thanks to her high doubling potential.

Weaknesses

Mediocre Defenses

27 Defense and 24 Resistance is far from the worst bulk in the game but combined with her HP, these defensive stats can make her quite susceptible to enemy attacks. While she can deal with a single opponent on Enemy Phase, it is not recommended to leave her in the open where she may be attacked by multiple opponents at once.

Low HP

At 36 HP, Athena has one of the lowest HP stats among sword units. While her defenses are mediocre, her low HP means that she will go down quite quickly when under attack. However, her low HP can somewhat benefit her if you plan to use Ardent Sacrifice. Even with an HP asset, a single use of Ardent Sacrifice will put her to 75% HP, allowing her to make use of skills such as Desperation or Wrath. Do remember though that forged weapons grant five HP, meaning you’ll need an HP flaw to do this with a forged weapon.

Team Options

Athena’s biggest weakness is powerful blue units such as Brave Hector who can easily stop Athena dead in her tracks. Having a green unit for protection is a good choice. Athena will also appreciate any support she can be given.

  • Distant Counter Greens: Being able to fight against ranged threats, a green unit with DC will be able to deal with both lance units and blue mages. All Armads wielding Hector and Dorcas come with Distant Counter naturally and are very good at handling both melee and ranged blue threats. Both can occasionally struggle with magic though. Fallen Robin also naturally comes with Distant Counter and also has the added benefit of not being blocked by Sacae’s Blessing. Myrrh can also perform exceptionally, but she’ll need Distant Counter if she wants to also easily deal with blue mages.

  • Green Mages: If one is looking for ranged greens to fight blue units with, there are many powerful green mages available. SF Nino, Lewyn, and Spring Sharena are all very strong offensively with good Attack and Speed. Deirdre and Julia possess high resistance, making them great magical walls.

  • Melee Buffers: Melee buffers such as Brave Lucina, Delthea, and Linde will provide great support to Athena. Brave Lucina can help protect Athena from powerful sword units while also providing a substantial offensive buff with Gierskogul and Drive Spd. Delthea and Linde can both use Dark Aura to provide a huge boost to Attack to Athena.

Counters

  • Defensive Blues: Units such as Legendary Tiki, Brave Hector, Winter Ephraim, and Hardin boast strong defensive potential and are able to shrug off Athena’s attacks with relative ease and deal a lot of damage in return.

  • Blue Mages: Blue mages will be able to deal a lot of damage to Athena. Reinhardt, thanks to his Dire Thunder, is easily capable of an ORKO against Athena. Other blue mages such as Ishtar and Ophelia will also be very capable of dealing with Athena easily, often capable of an OHKO against her.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Sword
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
50 1 6
Steel Sword
Learns by default at 3 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
100 1 8
Wo DaoGrants +10 to damage when Special triggers.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
200 1 9
Wo Dao+Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
300 1 13
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
New MoonResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
MoonbowResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Armored Blow 1Grants Def+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Sturdy Blow 1If unit initiates combat, unit granted Atk/Def+2 during battle.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
120
A
Sturdy Blow 2If unit initiates combat, unit granted Atk/Def+4 during battle.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
240
A
Sword Experience 1If unit survives, unit gets 1.5x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
30
C
Sword Experience 2If unit survives, all sword users on team get 1.5x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)
Unlocks at 3 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
60
C
Sword Experience 3If unit survives, all sword users on team get 2x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)
Unlocks at 4 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
120
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

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