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Analysis by Cecil
Cecilia - Etrurian General


Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Stats
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 36
ATK 32
SPD 25
DEF 22
RES 29
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 16 7 5 4 6
Middle 17 8 6 5 7
High 18 9 7 6 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 33 29 22 19 25
Middle 36 32 25 22 29
High 40 35 29 25 32
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.

Cecilia’s optimal sets are typical for an offensive mage. Like most units, she prefers to increase her attack at the cost of her defenses. However, speed is not important for her since it’s already low, and she prefers to cleanly one-shot foes.


  • +ATK: Attack is the best choice for Cecilia, powering up both her Blade and Raven sets.


  • RES: Resistance is a stat Cecilia would prefer intact, as it helps her Ploy skills and overall magic survivability. If not running a Ploy skill, it can be reduced.

  • SPD: Cecilia is better as a one-shot mage due to her already poor 25 base speed. She’d prefer to keep it, but it can be reduced. The Raven set can reduce Speed safely.


  • -HP: HP is not a priority stat for Cecilia, but it’s more valuable than defense since it boosts her magical bulk.

  • -DEF: Defense is the worst stat Cecilia has, and it can be reduced safely. She already dies to all units with Distant Counter. However, it is important on the Raven set for tanking Bows.
Skill Sets
Blade (Offensive)
Gronnblade+ A Death Blow 3
Alternate: Draw Back
B G Tomebreaker 3
Glimmer C Hone Cavalry
SP1,875SAttack +3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -DEF

  • Weapon: Gronnblade+

  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back

  • Special: Glimmer / Draconic Aura

  • Passive A: Death Blow / Attack +3

  • Passive B: G Tomebreaker

  • Passive C: Hone Cavalry / Res Ploy / Atk Smoke

  • Sacred Seal: Attack +3 / Quickened Pulse

32 base attack might not seem like much for a one-shot build, but Cecilia makes up for the lack of raw attack with powerful Cavalry buffs. Her primary set sees her take on the role of an attacker with a Blade tome in hand. Unlike most mages, Cecilia’s low speed and powerful buffs lends her to a one-shot build.

Death Blow and Attack +3 give her more raw power when attacking. It’s assumed that Cecilia will be run on a Cavalry team making Hone Cavalry her optimal C slot skill. Running this is not mandatory however, and both Res Ploy and Atk Smoke are great secondary options for her on mixed teams or when she is not required to provide buffs.She takes G Tomebreaker to help with her matchups against other green mages, who can defeat her if they have the speed to double Cecilia.

Glimmer is the special of choice, scaling marvellously off her boosted attack. Draconic Aura is another option, but it comes with a long charge time when used with a Blade tome. It’s recommended to use Quickened Pulse if opting for the latter.

Raven (Anti-meta)
Gronnraven+ A Triangle Adept 3
Alternate: Triangle Adept 2
Alternate: Draw Back
B Bowbreaker 3
Alternate: Moonbow
C Atk Smoke 3
Alternate: Hone Cavalry
SP1,785SDistant Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -RES

  • Weapon: Gronnraven+

  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back

  • Special: Luna / Moonbow

  • Passive A: Triangle Adept

  • Passive B: Bowbreaker

  • Passive C: Atk Smoke / Hone Cavalry

  • Sacred Seal: Distant Defense

While her first set sees to take on an offensive role, the Raven set is designed to let Cecilia handle specific problematic enemies, primarily Reinhardt and Brave Lyn. However it can be used to beat most blue mages or archers, and is an excellent build for PVE modes or Arena Assault.

The crux of this set is the Raven Tome/Triangle Adept combo, which grants Cecilia a 40% advantage against both blue and colorless units. Bowbreaker is also essential for stopping Brave Lyn from doubling her, and letting Cecilia double back in kind.

Distant Defense rounds out her defensive skills, giving Cecilia more padding against ranged foes. Her special of choice is Luna for chunking tanks once she’s defeated her primary targets. However, if a faster-charging special is desired, Moonbow is a good option. This Cecilia is more at home outside of Cavalry teams, so Atk Smoke is the most useful skill for general combat.


Cecilia is a mounted green cavalry mage, and one of only a few in the entire game. She’s a reasonably versatile unit who can take on an offensive or defensive role, and be built to counter some top threats within the Arena. She’s a great unit in all modes and can excel in Arena Assault as a dedicated counter to specific matchups.

Statistically, her main claim to fame is a solid attack and resistance which forms the basis of her kit. High attack and low speed define her as a one-shot mage as opposed to the traditional high-speed mage archetype.

Due to being a cavalry mage she has a very low stat total which comes at the cost of her speed and defense. Cecilia is threatening at range, but an easy target for foes who can close the distance or hit on her weak defense. She is also arguably worse than Gunnthrá, a Legendary Hero with the same movement type, color, and weapon type as well as a unique weapon and B slot skill.


Great attack and resistance.

Cecilia’s two best stats are her attack and resistance. High attack is what defines Cecilia as an offensive mage and enables her to reach 51 with an attack boon. 29 resistance isn’t all that high amongst mages, but is still plenty and is enough to let Cecilia opt for Ploy skills in her C slot if she desires.

Counter to common Arena threats.

Being a green mage means Cecilia is a natural counter to Reinhardt, and with the correct build she can tank and KO Brave Lyn as well. These are two extremely common and potent threats in the Arena and only a few units can boast being able to beat both.


Low speed and defense.

Cecilia has 25 base speed and 22 base defense. This makes her very susceptible to physical damage, especially from faster units who can double her. Low defense also makes her weaker to dragons and a potential target for enemy Gunnthrá’s Chilling Seal.

Outclassed by Gunnthrá.

It’s true that Cecilia has slightly higher attack, defense and resistance, but Gunnthrá’s extra eight speed more than makes up for any other statistical differences. Gunnthrá also comes with an excellent unique weapon and B slot skill in Chilling Seal. While there are some things that Cecilia does better (such as her Raven build) there is little reason to use Cecilia over Gunnthrá when one has the choice.

Team Options

Cecilia’s two builds both have different team options. Her Blade build relies heavily on Cavalry class buffs while her Raven build does not depend on such buffs and can be used in a wide variety of teams.

  • Cavalry: Blade Cecilia is right at home with team members such as Brave Lyn, Reinhardt, and Sigurd. They help cover her weaknesses, tank damage, and grant her the buffs she needs to sweep.

  • Red and Blue Melee: Raven Cecilia is used as an anti-Rein and Brave Lyn unit. She’s great at covering for allies such as Vanguard Ike, Zelgius, Ayra, Lucina, and Olivia who otherwise cannot handle them on their own.

  • Fliers: Most fliers have trouble with Brave Lyn + Reinhardt, so Cecilia can support allies such as Tana, Elincia, Cordelia, and Est with ease.

Her counters change wildly depending on her build. However no matter the set, she dies easily to physical damage and must be kept safe from even some blue units that deal physical damage.

  • Red units with Distant Counter: Raven Cecilia is easily cut down by units such as Ike, Ryoma, and Zelgius due to having Triangle Adept. The Blade set is able to OHKO some of these units depending on boon/bane and skill build.

  • Green Mages: It’s quite common for mages such as Nino, Julia, and Soren to run G Tomebreaker. This means that Cecilia will often lose to faster mages who can double her and sometimes trigger a Special.

  • Cancel Affinity: This is more about a skill than a specific unit, but it is commonly seen on Bridal Cordelia, Brave Lyn, and Innes. She does not have the requisite defense to survive Brave Bow wielding archers with Cancel Affinity.
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Learns by default at 1 ★
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
GronnravenGrants weapon advantage vs. colorless foes.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 7
Gronnraven+Grants weapon advantage vs. colorless foes.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Green Tome Users Only
300 2 11
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades
Support Skills
Support Skills Rng. SP
Rally ResistanceGrants Res+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
Attack +1Grants Atk+1.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
Attack +2Grants Atk+2.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
Attack +3Grants Atk+3.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
Escape Route 1Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 30% to warp adjacent to any ally.
Unlocks at 1 ★
Inheritable by all units.
Escape Route 2Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 40% to warp adjacent to any ally.
Unlocks at 2 ★
Inheritable by all units.
Escape Route 3Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 50% to warp adjacent to any ally.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
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Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

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