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Brave Ike - Brave Mercenary

5 Legacy

Obtainable as a 5 during certain summoning events only.

Related Heroes

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 43
ATK 36
SPD 28
DEF 35
RES 20

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 16 9 5 8 4
Middle 17 10 6 9 5
High 18 11 7 10 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 40 33 24 32 17
Middle 43 36 28 35 20
High 46 39 31 38 23

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.


  • +ATK: is a very powerful boon for Ike, as it improves both his raw damage output as well as his sustain with Aether.
  • +SPD: is also an excellent choice, as avoiding doubles will vastly reduce the amount of damage that Ike receives. Due to the cooldown reduction on Urvan, Ike does not need to be doubled to activate Aether every round.
  • +DEF: is a good choice for turning Ike into a strong physical tank, as he can potentially stack enough Defense (including his native Steady Breath) to be incredibly resilient versus physical damage threats.


  • -RES: is a good bane for Ike, as his base Resistance is low enough that it won't make much of a difference. When tanking mages, he can easily make up for this bane due to Urvan's effect.
  • -HP: is also a good choice of bane, as reducing Ike's HP won't have much of an effect on his actual tankiness; most of his bulk comes from raw damage mitigation and sustain from Aether. It also makes him easier to support with Infantry Pulse.

Skill Sets

Greil's Legacy (Defensive Bruiser)

Urvan A Steady Breath
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Beorc's Blessing
Aether C Threaten Def 3
SP1525SClose Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +SPD or +DEF / -RES or -HP
  • Weapon: Urvan
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Aether
  • Passive A: Steady Breath
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Guard / Beorc's Blessing
  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Varies
  • Sacred Seal: Close Def / Quick Riposte

This build changes very little of Brave Ike's base kit, and for good reason: it's incredibly effective. With the simple addition of Quick Riposte, Ike becomes an incredibly resilient KO machine.

The main reason Brave Ike is so resilient is his unique weapon, Urvan. 80% damage reduction on consecutive hits means that not only are brave weapons completely negated as a threat, but also that ranged damage dealers have a very difficult time killing him. Keep in mind that Urvan is not foolproof; if Ike takes too much damage from the first hit, it's possible that he'll either be KO'd from the second hit (even through the 80% reduction), or simply be KO'd in one hit (such as if he's hit by a high Attack red mage such as Sanaki or Lilina, particularly if they have Triangle Adept).

Steady Breath is the other reason that Brave Ike is so deceptively bulky. In addition to the +4 Defense, he also gains an additional Special charge for each attack (the enemy's as well as his own) when initiated on. This means that when combined with Quick Riposte, Ike will always be able to activate Aether, even if he is not getting doubled (this is why +SPD IV is good). It also contributes to Ike completely shutting down all melee Brave weapon users; when a melee Brave weapon user initiates onto him, he gets 80% damage reduction on the second hit, and instantly charges Aether (even at full cooldown) thanks to the additional charges from Steady Breath.

Ike's B slot is based mostly on preference. No matter what, he needs Quick Riposte, as his Speed is too low to reliably double otherwise; if it isn't run in his B slot, then it must be run as his sacred seal. If running the Quick Riposte seal, then choose between Guard and Beorc's Blessing. Guard significantly improves Ike's matchups versus units that rely on Special activations for their damage, such as units running Moonbow or Bold Fighter armor units. Keep in mind that even with Guard, Ike will have issues fighting strong red units such as Ayra and Zelgius, as Weapon Triangle Advantage will allow them to power through even without a Special activation. Beorc's Blessing is Brave Ike's native B skill, and is useful for keeping fliers and cavalry in check by preventing them from abusing their synergistic buffs. However, he can struggle to make effective use of it due to the strongest cavalry units being ranged (such as Reinhardt and Brave Lyn), while the strongest fliers tend to utilize Firesweep weapons (such as Cordelia, Tana, and New Year Camilla).

Threaten Def is a solid skill that can garner Ike some extra KOs on bulky units with the proper positioning. However, it is easily the least critical skill in this build, and can freely be swapped out for another skill that suits the team.

For seals, Close Def works very well if running Quick Riposte in Ike's B slot, as it significantly improves his bulk versus the melee units he is specialized in handling. However, if not running Quick Riposte in Ike's B slot, then it will need to be run it as his seal.

The Avenger (Defensive Duelist)

Urvan A Steady Breath
Reposition B Wrath 3
Aether C Threaten Def 3
SP1525SQuick Riposte 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP or -RES
  • Weapon: Urvan
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Aether / Ignis / Bonfire
  • Passive A: Steady Breath
  • Passive B: Wrath
  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Varies
  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Quickened Pulse

Although this is a defensive build in that it functions as an Enemy Phase oriented build, it is significantly more aggressive than the first build. This build is based around maximizing the potential of Brave Ike's Special activations.

The choice of Aether, Ignis, and Bonfire is dependent on the amount of team support Ike has available. With Aether, he is going to want -2 cooldown, meaning that either the team must include two allies with Infantry Pulse, or Brave Ike must run the Quickened Pulse seal along with one ally with Infantry Pulse. He only needs -1 cooldown for Ignis, so either a single ally with Infantry Pulse or just the Quickened Pulse seal will suffice. Ike does not require any support if running Bonfire. The difference between the three specials is that Aether provides healing on top of the damage, Ignis deals maximum damage, and Bonfire deals the most consistent damage (it will stay at 2 cooldown even after the first activation, allowing the combo to be done multiple times, or even activate Bonfire multiple times in a single combat).

The reason that Aether and Ignis require cooldown reduction is that ideally, Brave Ike's Special cooldown will be two at the start of combat, so that when he gets initiated on, he will instantly activate his Special thanks to Steady Breath. When combined with Wrath, this can be an incredibly devastating combo, as the +10 bonus damage leads to him often outright KOing most units in a single hit.

Wrath is the centerpiece of this build, as the +10 bonus damage on Special activations significantly increases Ike's damage output to the point that he can often KO enemies in a single hit with a Special. -HP is a particularly good bane for this build, as the lower HP makes it easier to enter Wrath range in the first place.

Ike's seal is dependent upon the chosen Special and the level of Infantry Pulse support he receives from his allies. If he doesn't need the Quickened Pulse seal to hit 2 cooldown on his chosen special, then Quick Riposte is the best choice as it allows Ike to still have a strong damage-dealing presence even without his Specials. Aether has particularly good synergy with Wrath and Quick Riposte; the extra damage from Wrath results in more potential healing, which can result in Ike re-entering Quick Riposte range. The downside is that two allies must provide Infantry Pulse support, which is a hefty cost for team-building considerations.


As expected of the most popular unit in the series, Brave Ike is a force to be reckoned with. With just his base kit, he is immediately ready to tear his enemies apart while retaining little damage in return, thanks to Aether. His unique axe, Urvan, gives him a unique niche in that not only is he practically immune to Brave weapons, but he is also very difficult to KO with ranged units. Urvan's additional effect of reducing Special cooldown by 1, combined with his native Steady Breath, results in Ike being able to easily fire off Specials over and over.

Brave Ike's power is such that he can sometimes completely ignore the weapon triangle and KO red units. However, the stronger reds can still easily handle him; for example, a powerhouse red mage like Sanaki or Lilina will completely blow him away, particularly if they are running Triangle Adept.

Overall, Brave Ike is a powerful asset to any team. He has his weaknesses, as being a melee specialist means he really struggles to handle ranged threats. However, his ability to output tremendous damage and tank incredibly effectively, all while being able to sustain via Aether makes him extremely versatile.



Brave Ike's unique weapon allows him to tank a truly ridiculous amount of damage. The reduced Special cooldown pushes this weapon's effect over the top, as it also allows him to be able to activate Aether in every single round of combat without having to resort to getting doubled (which significantly increases the amount of damage taken).

Beorc's Blessing

While this skill isn't quite as powerful as it may seem at first glance, it is still a potent skill that allows Brave Ike to completely shut down the cavalry and flier units that fall within his field of expertise (this mostly means non-red and melee units).

Strong Physical Bulk

With 78 physical bulk at neutral (82 with Steady Breath), Brave Ike is extremely resilient to most forms of physical damage. Not only does he take less damage, but he can also heal the majority of the damage he takes with Aether.

High Attack

The combination of Brave Ike's 36 base Attack and his 16 mt weapon Urvan means that he will be hitting very hard, even without activating his special.

High Arena Score Weight

Brave Ike's boosted BST, Legendary weapon Urvan, unique skill Beorc's Blessing, and high SP base kit (Aether and Steady Breath) all result in him being worth a lot of points in Arena. This has an additional benefit in that the higher an arena score range, the more melee units will be seen. So Brave Ike actually gets significantly more effective in the Arena with more merges!


Struggles Versus Ranged

As a melee specialist, Brave Ike has issues handling ranged units. Running Distant Counter to fix this causes a different problem in that Urvan, one of his most powerful features, is significantly less useful; with Distant Counter, Urvan's 80% damage reduction will only ever take effect versus Brave weapon users or units with Desperation active. Fortunately, even though Ike struggles to KO ranged units, they can also seriously struggle to KO him in return.

Vulnerable Against Strong Single Hits

While Urvan is incredibly powerful, it doesn't help Brave Ike against units capable of KOing him in a single hit. The most common units capable of this are the high Attack red mages Sanaki and Lilina, particularly if they are running Triangle Adept. Ike is also susceptible to being KO'd via other units if they have a powerful Special charged and immediately hit him with it.

Low Speed

Brave Ike can potentially increase his Speed enough to avoid doubles from a good number of units with a +SPD boon, but he will still be doubled by a huge portion of speedier units unless he gets team support. Getting doubled is extremely problematic for him, as Urvan can't save him from a second enemy attack if he counterattacks in between them (with Quick Riposte).

Weak Player Phase

While he excels in Enemy Phase, Brave Ike has issues when forced on the offensive, mainly due to his poor Speed. In particular, Firesweep weapon users can prove highly problematic to Brave Ike, as while they likely can't KO him in one round, Ike will also struggle to KO them as well.

Team Options

The most important form of support that Brave Ike can receive is buffs, especially Speed buffs. He also greatly benefits from Infantry Pulse support, particularly if he is running the Wrath build. Despite his power, he can still be taken out by red units, so a strong blue unit to provide color coverage is important. Refresher units increase Brave Ike's versatility, such as covering for his weaker Player Phase by simply allowing him to attack twice. Finally, units capable of handling ranged units are a must, as Brave Ike can struggle to deal with them.

  • Buffers: Brave Lucina, Ephraim, Eirika, and Sanaki are all powerful allies who can additionally provide buffs via their unique weapons. Brave Lucina in particular is an incredibly powerful choice, as she is capable of boosting Brave Ike's attack and speed to very high levels.
  • Infantry Pulse Support Providing Allies: Marisa, Nowi, and Ephraim provide great benefit to Brave Ike, as a faster initial special results in a significant increase in combat ability, particularly with the Wrath build.
  • Strong Blues: Nowi, Reinhardt, and Tana are all excellent allies that can provide excellent color coverage for Brave Ike.
  • Refreshers: Olivia, Ninian, Performing Azura, and New Year Azura all significantly increase Brave Ike's versatility; they can even cover for his weaker Player Phase by letting him attack enemies multiple times, effectively negating his speed disadvantage. Performing Azura and New Year Azura are particularly good choices as the former can buff while singing, and the latter can provide Guidance support.
  • Anti-Ranged Units: Fae, Adult Tiki, Fjorm, and Halloween Jakob are all excellent units that are capable of handling the ranged threats that Brave Ike can struggle to deal with.


Strong red units can easily destroy Brave Ike, particularly mages. While he has good Attack, units that shut down Brave Ike's Special activations with Guard can heavily dampen his damage, particular if they're a bulky red. As an Enemy Phase focused unit, Brave Ike struggles against units who can prevent him from countering. Finally, Brave Ike's low Resistance makes him vulnerable to getting hit by Ploys.

  • Strong Reds: Ayra, Mia, Zelgius, and Young Tiki can break through Brave Ike's low Speed and take him out. Sanaki, Lilina, and Celica can all KO Brave Ike even through Urvan due to targetting his lower magical bulk. He will likely be KO'd in a single hit if they run Triangle Adept. Finally, Adult Tiki, Legendary Ike, Siegbert, and Xander can shut out Brave Ike due to their bulk, especially if they run Guard.
  • Units who Prevent Counters: Units running Firesweep weapons such as New Year Camilla or Sweep skills such as Sanaki can easily handle him by negating Brave Ike's ability to attack them back. Even if Brave Ike insists on running Distant Counter, Brave Lyn can easily take him on even without Firesweep Bow, as she also has access to Sacae’s Blessing.
  • Units who Run Ploys: Ploys will easily land on Brave Ike due to his low Resistance, so a unit with built-in ploys like Arvis or simply inherited Ploys like Sanaki or Lyon can both heavily debuff Brave Ike as well as likely KO him due to their strong magical red damage.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
50 1 6
Steel Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
100 1 8
Silver Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 11
UrvanAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). If unit receives consecutive attacks, damage from second attack onward reduced by 80%.
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
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 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
LunaResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-50%
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3
AetherResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-50%. Unit recovers HP=half damage dealt.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
500 5

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Steady Stance 1Grants Def+2 during combat when this unit is attacked.
Inheritable by all units.
Steady Stance 2Grants Def+4 during combat when this unit is attacked.
Inheritable by all units.
Steady BreathIf foe initiates combat, grants Def+4 during combat and Special cooldown charge +1 per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Melee, Infantry, and Armored Only
Unlocks at 5 ★
Beorc's BlessingNeutralizes cavalry and flying foe's bonuses (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) during combat.
Non-Inheritable skill.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Threaten Def 1Inflicts Def-3 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn
Inheritable by all units.
Threaten Def 2Inflicts Def-4 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn
Inheritable by all units.
Threaten Def 3Inflicts Def-5 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★

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