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Caeda - Talys's Heart

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
156
HP 36
ATK 25
SPD 37
DEF 24
RES 34

Stat Variations

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

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 33 22 34 21 31
Middle 36 25 37 24 34
High 40 29 40 28 37

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

Boon

  • +ATK: This is Caeda's ideal boon, as it is a superboon and will allow her to reach a much more workable Attack stat of 29. Combined with the effectiveness of her weapon, a boon in Attack can drastically effect Caeda's matchups.
  • +SPD: Caeda's Speed is already excellent, but a boon in Speed will allow her more freedom over doubling some of the faster threats in Arena.

Neutral

  • RES: Caeda has a naturally high Resistance, which benefits her quite a bit when fighting with dragon units, mages, or using it for Ploys. It's best to leave it where it is.
  • DEF: Caeda's Defense is low enough as it is, and lowering it further risks her being oneshot by armored units she supposedly counters. Still, she can take a bane in Defense if there's no other option.

Bane

  • -HP: While taking a bane in HP affects her overall bulk, Caeda doesn't have much other options- she wants her other stats far too much. With a bane in HP as opposed to Defense, she take overall less damage from multiple attacks.

Skill Sets

Shadow Dragon’s MVP (Aggressive Flier)

Recommended
Wing Sword (+Eff)
Alternate: Wing Sword
A Fury 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2
Reposition B Desperation 3
Iceberg
Alternate: Moonbow
C Fortify Fliers
Alternate: Spd Ploy 3
SP1,425SDef Ploy 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP
  • Weapon: Wing Sword (Eff+)
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Iceberg / Moonbow / Aether
  • Passive A: Fury / Swift Sparrow
  • Passive B: Desperation
  • Passive C: Fortify Fliers / Spd Ploy
  • Sacred Seal: Def Ploy / Atk +3

Wing Sword grants Caeda a specialization in eliminating Cavalry/Armored units, and so this build aims to capitalize on that niche. Her unique Flashing Blade refine is the upgrade of choice, allowing her to frequently use her Special against opponents.

The choice of Special depends on your playstyle. Iceberg gives her more damage on her first initiation, with an additional 17 damage at neutral- assuming her Speed is high enough to double her opponent. Otherwise, Moonbow will be effective if she is within Desperation range, as it will activate every time she initiates (again, as long as she is faster than her opponent).

Fury is the the optimal choice with this set. Aside from appreciating the extra stats Fury grants, it allows her to enter Desperation range safely thanks to the recoil damage. The increase in Resistance also makes her more reliable in utilizing Ploy skills efficiently. If reliability is required, Swift Sparrow can be taken instead for the guaranteed offensive boosts.

As for B skill, Desperation is preferred above all else, as Caeda’s physical bulk is too fragile to realistically survive multiple engagements without some form of healing. Her C skill is based on whether you decide to field her in a flier team. Caeda’s native Fortify Fliers is perfect to provide her fliers with bulk, helping them tank powerful physical units such as lances that Caeda will inevitably struggle against. Outside of a Flier team, Spd Ploy is taken to ensure that she doubles her opponents, as well as providing more Flashing Blade charges.

Def Ploy should always be taken for her sacred seal slot. This helps patch up her poor Attack, and provides utility for other units to take advantage of. If being able to reliably land Ploys isn’t a feasible option, a simple Atk seal will suffice.

Mage Duelist (Distant Counter Tank)

Wing Sword (+Eff)
Alternate: Wing Sword
A Distant Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Guard 3
Iceberg
Alternate: Aether
C Fortify Fliers
Alternate: Spd Ploy 3
SP1,535SDef Ploy 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP of DEF
  • Weapon: Wing Sword (Eff+)
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Iceberg / Aether
  • Passive A: Distant Counter
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Guard
  • Passive C:  Fortify Fliers / Spd Ploy
  • Sacred Seal: Def Ploy / Distant Def

Taking advantage of Caeda’s excellent Resistance, this set aim to handle mages on top of the usual Cavalry/Armored enemies. This build is more reliant on Flier Emblem support to truly shine, but the payoff allows her to diversify the amount of units she can counter easily. Distant Counter is self explanatory, allowing Caeda to bait and kill mages on enemy phase. Iceberg is her preferred Special, as it will proc with Quick Riposte when combined with Caeda's natural Flashing Blade skill.  However, Aether can also be taken to make her more sustainable, as repeated blows from mages will undoubtably wear her down over time.

As for B skill, Quick Riposte is the preferred special of choice, ensuring a follow up attack against speedy mages such as SM!Eirika. Guard is another option that will stop mages such as Ophelia, Reinhardt, and Lewyn from activating Specials that would otherwise do serious damage to her. This is additionally helpful against armored units who Caeda can hit with effective damage- however, be aware that Guard's high HP requirement makes it difficult to maintain.

To aid in tanking magical hits, Distant Def can be considered in her Sacred Seal slot. Otherwise Def Ploy is recommended once again to hit her foes harder if it manages to land.

Gladiator's Goddess (Arena Support)

Wing Sword (+Eff) A R Duel Flying 3
Rally Up Atk+
Alternate: Rally Spd/Def+
B Chill Def 3
Alternate: Chill Atk 3
Aether
Alternate: Blue Flame
C Atk Ploy 3
Alternate: Res Ploy 3
SP2,520SSpd Ploy 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP
  • Weapon: Wing Sword (Eff+)
  • Assist: Rally Up Atk+ / Rally Spd/Def+
  • Special: Aether / Blue Flame
  • Passive A: R Duel Flying
  • Passive B: Chill Def / Chill Atk / Chill Spd
  • Passive C:  Atk Ploy / Res Ploy
  • Sacred Seal: Spd Ploy / Atk Ploy

Note that this is a build based purely around the current Arena mechanics, in which Caeda is designed to be a core member of a F2P (or minimal investment) player's high-scoring Arena team.

Because the current scoring method in the Arena utilizes Bonus Unit mechanics, where the bonus unit must obtain kills for additional score, many units who are built for ORKOs find that they are less viable for high scores because they 'take' kills from bonus units. In response, this Caeda build is wholly supportive, utilizing her strengths (high Resistance, Prf weapon) in order to assist her teammate in obtaining kills.

Caeda is now one of the units capable of scoring highest in the arena, due to her Wing Sword and ability to inherit R Duel Flying. With this, the imperative then becomes to give her skills that will continue to push her score cap higher, while still offering utility to her team. Rally Up Atk+ or Rally Spd/Def+ are both excellent options for her Assist slot, as both of these cap out at 400 SP, while also allowing her to buff her bonus unit teammate in order to secure kills.

In addition, because she already has a high Speed stat, she can utilize Chill Def in her B slot in order to further debuff her opponent. Caeda is still able to double her opponents despite not using Quick Riposte, though her sustainability will suffer somewhat due to not taking Desperation- in order to offset this, you can pick up Aether, which helps her to use her opponent's Defense against them and heal her back up.

Any of the Chill skills will work in her B slot, but be sure that you use one that has no overlap with her C and S slot Ploys. At +10, Caeda has 38 Resistance with which to Ploy her opponents, allowing her to land Ploys even against many +10 armored units. She can inherit Atk Ploy from Julius or Oliver, and Chill Def from Walhart, while Seals require no orbs to upgrade. Therefore, the only 5 star units you would need to summon for this build would be Laegjarn for R Duel Flying and a unit for a 400 SP Assist skill.

All in all, this Caeda will be able to debuff an opponent by -5/-5/-7/-0, while buffing her ally by +6 to Attack or to Speed and Defense. In addition, she can still utilize her effective weapon and above-average Speed and Resistance stats to counter dragons, armors, and cavaliers you may come across if necessary.

Introduction

While Caeda was once disregarded for her low Attack and Defense, a combination of her Wing Sword, armor meta, and a myriad of new dragons being released means that Caeda is finally seeing her time in the sun. Because she can deal effective damage against armored and cavalry units, has a high Resistance to deal with dragon units, and can equip R Duel Flying, she is now one of the most attractive options for f2p players to take into the Arena.

Caeda can utilize her Resistance for Ploys to make up for her shortcomings in other areas as well as to help out her team, and the Flashing Blade skill built into her Wing Sword increases her damage potential so that she can be an active participant in any battle.

While her exclusive weapon certainly gives Caeda a new lease on life, her old weaknesses continue to plague her. Her low Attack is still a glaring flaw, and persists against any foe that she isn’t hitting for effective damage. Physical bulk remains an issue, making her vulnerable against any strong physical blow. With that said Caeda has definitely emerged victorious from the new update, granting her an excellent niche that is relevant to the current arena metagame.

Strengths

Wing Sword

The weapon that currently defines Caeda, dealing effective damage against both armored and cavalry units.

The popularity of these two archetypes ensure that Wing Sword is extremely relevant in the Arena.

She also gets built in Flashing Blade, helping her to build her Specials much faster due to her high Speed stat.

Excellent Speed

Sitting at 37 speed at neutral, Caeda has no problem with outspeeding common units found in arena, especially after a Hone Flier buff.

This synergizes well with Wing Sword’s Flashing Blade refinement.

Great Resistance

Caeda has 34 Resistance at neutral, enabling her to be a fantastic Ploy user for your team.

The magical bulk also aids her in dueling mages, especially in a Distant Counter build.

Finally, she is excellent at dueling dragons, particularly the newer armored dragons that have dominated the arena meta.

Weaknesses

Low Physical Bulk

With a mediocre 24 Defense at base, Caeda will keel over against any bows or Brave weapons in general.

Her HP isn’t helping matters, making repeated melee encounters difficult without Desperation.

Low Attack

Her native attack at 25 is one of the lowest natural Attack stats in the game.

Fortunately, her Wing Sword's effectiveness against armor and dragon units helps to counteract this, but if she's not facing off against an opponent she has effectiveness against or if she does not have a Special charged, then Caeda will not be doing much damage at all.

Team Options

Caeda absolutely shines in Flier Emblem, and for good reason. Anyone who can give her Hone/Goad Flier support helps her immensely to boost her low attack. Past that any hero with great defenses easily make good partners to complement her substandard physical bulk.

  • Green Fliers: Cherche, Minerva, and Spring Camilla can all counter the blue units who would hassle her.
  • Refreshers: Good for any team, units like New Year Azura and Bridal Ninian can help Caeda increase her effectiveness in combat.
  • Bow Counters: Lyon, Halloween Jakob, Legendary Ike, or other defensive units with Distant Counter who can eliminate enemy bow units for Caeda are always a plus.

Counters

Any physical unit that isn’t cavalry, armored or green will pose some problems for her, but her biggest counters will ultimately be anyone wielding a bow.

  • Archers: Units like Takumi, Klein, Halloween Niles, and Leon who have no problem shooting Caeda out from the sky, regardless of bow used.
  • Bulky Blues: Blue units who can take Caeda’s attacks with ease, and finish her off easily in return are a threat to her, such as Nephenee, Tana, Shiro, and Lukas
  • Brave Weapons: Units who can double her regardless of her Speed are lethal to her, such as Alm, Reinhardt, and Brave Lyn.

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
ArmorslayerEffective against armored units.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
200 1 8
Armorslayer+Effective against armored units.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Sword Units.
300 1 12
Wing SwordEffective against cavalry and armored foes.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
Rally SpeedGrants Spd +4 to an adjacent ally until the end of the turn
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Darting Blow 1Grants Spd+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Darting Blow 2Grants Spd+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100
A
Darting Blow 3Grants Spd+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200
A
Fortify Res 1Grants adajacent allies Res+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Fortify Res 2Grants adajacent allies Res+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Fortify FliersGrants adjacent flying allies Def/Res+6 through their next actions at the start of each turn. Requires Fortify Def 2 or Fortify Res 2.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Only inheritable by flier units.
200
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

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