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Brave Hector - Brave Warrior

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
174
HP 48
ATK 37
SPD 22
DEF 39
RES 28

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 23 10 4 8 5
Middle 24 11 5 9 6
High 25 12 6 10 7

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 45 34 19 36 24
Middle 48 37 22 39 28
High 51 40 25 43 31

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

Brave Hector’s burly statline leaves little to be desired in the way of raw stats. His boon and bane sets are relatively straightforward, with Attack and Defense being the best choices and Speed being his least useful stat due to his skills.

Boons

  • +ATK: A boon here pushes Brave Hector’s Attack to a staggering 40 and is the recommended general choice.

  • +DEF: Brave Hector gains a stat increase of four to his Defense with a boon which allows him to score more in the Arena. This is the recommended boon for players looking to max out their Arena score. Increasing Defense also powers up Brave Hector’s Ignis and Bonfire Specials.

Neutral

  • RES: Brave Hector is too slow to avoid doubles from most dragons, meaning he relies on Resistance to weather their assaults. It’s not recommended to have a bane in Resistance, as it gives him a stat reduction of four.

  • HP: As HP affects both his physical and magical sturdiness, he would rather keep it neutral than reduce it with a bane.

Banes

  • -SPD: As Maltet already comes with an enhanced Quick Riposte and Brave Hector often runs Bold Fighter, he will score guaranteed follow-ups through his skills instead of his Speed. And at base 22, small changes to his Speed won’t affect many of his matchups.

Skill Sets

Just Use Hector

Recommended
Maltet A Ostian Counter
Rally Def/Res
Alternate: Reposition
B Bold Fighter 3
Ignis C Ward Armor
Alternate: Even Res Wave 3
SP1190SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +DEF / -SPD
  • Weapon: Maltet

  • Assist: Rally Def/Res / Reposition

  • Special: Ignis

  • Passive A: Ostian Counter

  • Passive B: Bold Fighter

  • Passive C: Ward Armor / Armor March / Even Res Wave

  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Armored Boots

As mentioned elsewhere on the page, Brave Hector is a unit lucky enough to come with many of the skills he wants and needs only minimal Skill Inheritance. This set is Brave Hector’s version of the classic mixed phase Armor, which performs in a similar way to the Slaying Lance set used by fellow blue unit Effie.

Maltet is an incredible weapon for Brave Hector, granting him the effects of a Slaying weapon and Quick Riposte in one. While other units have to run Quick Riposte in their seal slot, Hector has the freedom to choose whichever skill he wishes. Ostian Counter lets Hector counter from a distance, allowing him to defend against ranged attackers. The boost to his Attack and Defense is also very useful, allowing him to OHKO most blue mages who initiate on him.

Bold Fighter lets Brave Hector take the offensive, allowing him to initiate combat and score guaranteed double attacks. Thanks to the Special acceleration it provides, Hector can trigger the slow but powerful Ignis even when he attacks foes. This is the skill that enables Hector to be a threat during both phases.

His C slot skill and Seal are mostly team-dependent. Ward Armor is best when fighting with Armored allies, but Armor March is a near-necessity and Brave Hector can be the one to provide it. He can also go with his default skill Even Res Wave, letting him buff all kinds of allies and himself. It has the nice effect of making Hector much stronger against mages. Distant Def also makes him even harder to KO by mages, and allows Hector to effectively wall daggers and bows. Armored Boots is a great option if Brave Hector is fighting in a mixed team, granting him the effects of Armor March without needing an armored ally.

Defensive Hector

Maltet A Ostian Counter
Rally Def/Res
Alternate: Swap
B Special Fighter 3
Ignis C Ward Armor
Alternate: Spur Def/Res 2
SP1310SQuickened Pulse

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +DEF / -SPD
  • Weapon: Maltet

  • Assist: Rally Def/Res / Reposition

  • Special: Ignis

  • Passive A: Ostian Counter

  • Passive B: Special Fighter

  • Passive C: Ward Armor / Atk Tactic / Spur Def/Res

  • Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse

Brave Hector is also capable of running a defensive set, helped greatly by Maltet’s effects. This build is designed to let Brave Hector OHKO foes who try to attack him by quickly charging and firing off Ignis. It’s more niche than his recommended build, but unquestionably effective and more suitable when you can’t give him Armored Boots or Armor March.

Maltet + Quickened Pulse mean that Ignis’s cooldown starts at two instead of four, and with Special Fighter, he can activate it after receiving just one hit from his foes. Ignis is chosen as the Special thanks to its unparalleled damage coming from Brave Hector’s base Defense of 39. Ostian Fighter means that Brave Hector is a threat to all units, and also gives his counterattacks more bite.

Ward Armor is again chosen as the C slot skill of choice, but if using Brave Hector in a mixed team, a Tactics or Dual Spur skill will work well. Brave Hector is forced into using Quickened Pulse to activate Ignis, making it the only real choice of Seal on this build. Rally Def/Res lets Brave Hector support allies with buffs, while Swap is better if you want to give him a boost to his mobility.

Introduction

Brave Hector is a form of Hector chosen by popular vote through the second Choose your Legends event. Taking first place among the male candidates, he is an Armored lance user who wields the legendary lance Maltet from his game of origin.

Hector’s statline alone puts him in contention for one of the best blue units in the game. Boasting exceptional Attack, Defense, and HP with good Resistance make him a dominating force on the field and very difficult to KO. Hector has the tools to get around his weaknesses thanks to Maltet and his unique skill Ostian Counter. These skills set him apart from rival blue Armors like Effie and Hardin, who are Brave Hector’s primary competition for a team slot.

His status as an armored unit only helps him, granting him powerful skills such as Bold Fighter and allowing him to be run in Armored teams. Hector boasts nearly no weaknesses and many valuable strengths, making him one of the most fearsome units in the game.

Strengths

Monstrous Attack and Defense

Hector’s statline is incredible, but the jewels in the crown are his Attack stat of 37 and Defense of 39. With such high Attack complemented by Bold Fighter, Hector will be activating Ignis in nearly every battle. And coming with 39 Defense, Ignis hits extremely hard. Hector is nearly impervious to physical damage and even gets a small boost to Attack and Defense from his unique A slot skill, Ostian Counter.

Decent magical bulk

Unlike most high-Defense units, Hector boasts a respectable base 28 Resistance which, when combined with his titanic HP stat of 48, allows him to tank hits on the magical side well. He is likely to be doubled by dragons, but can tank hits decently enough and can choose to initiate combat.

Versatile Playstyle

Unlike the typical physical tanks, Hector can choose to initiate combat and abuse attack order to prevent foes with higher Speed from doubling him. Hector has his choice of attacking foes directly or letting them come to him, making him a more versatile unit than many of his brethren.

Comes with a near-optimal build

Like many units from the Choose your Legends event, Hector comes preloaded with many great skills. In fact, his optimal set has very little skill inheritance, meaning Hector can be picked up and used without additional investment. He is a great unit for newer players to pick and even gives Bold Fighter, a valuable skill which can be inherited to other Armored units.

Weaknesses

Low Speed

Hector’s Speed is the only weak point in his statline. However, thanks to the effects of Maltet and Bold Fighter granting him guaranteed follow-ups, Hector’s Speed is of little consequence to him. Low Speed does mean that Hector is prone to being doubled when foes initiate combat on him, sometimes causing him issues defensively.

Weak to Anti-Armor

Hector is weak to weapons that grant bonus damage to armored units, such as Micaiah’s Thani and Slaying Hammer. These foes can deal heavy damage to Hector even through his Defense due to the multiplicative boost to their Attack. However, red is typically the most common color for anti-armor units, giving Hector some reprieve as he boasts a type advantage against them.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Lance Users Only
50 1 6
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Silver Lance
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 11
MaltetAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). If unit's HP ≥ 50% and foe initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Glowing EmberBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 4
IgnisBoosts damage dealt by 80% of unit's Def.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Ostian CounterUnit can counterattack regardless of foe's range. If foe initiates combat, grants Atk/Def+4 during combat.
Non-Inheritable skill.
Unlocks at 5 ★
350
A
Bold Fighter 1If unit's HP = 100% and unit initiates combat, grants Special cooldown charge +1 per unit's attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. (Does not stack.)
Only inheritable by armor units.
60
B
Bold Fighter 2If unit's HP ≥ 50% and unit initiates combat, grants Special cooldown charge +1 per unit's attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. (Does not stack.)
Only inheritable by armor units.
120
B
Bold Fighter 3If unit initiates combat, grants Special cooldown charge +1 per unit's attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. (Does not stack.)
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
B
Even Res Wave 1At start of even-numbered turns, grants Res+2 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
60
C
Even Res Wave 2At start of even-numbered turns, grants Res+4 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Even Res Wave 3At start of even-numbered turns, grants Res+6 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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