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Cherche

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Cherche - Wyvern Friend

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Stats
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 46
ATK 38
SPD 25
DEF 32
RES 16
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 19 9 5 7 2
Middle 20 10 6 8 3
High 21 11 7 9 4

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 43 35 22 29 12
Middle 46 38 25 32 16
High 49 41 29 35 19
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

With a sky-high Attack stat, low Speed and Resistance, and above-average Defense and HP, Cherche is best focused as an attacker first and defender second. This means choosing an IV that works toward her strengths while minmaxing her weaknesses.

Boons

  • +ATK: Self explanatory, and works best with her Brave Axe set. Cherche's Attack is monstrously high, and making it higher allows her to reach an Attack stat of over 50 while holding her Brave Axe
  • +DEF: This works better for her Slaying Axe set and should be considered secondary to her Brave Axe set.

Neutral

  • HP: Cherche's HP is naturally pretty high, high enough to be able to be your designated Panic Ployer with a weapon forge. For this reason, her HP should be left alone.

Banes

  • -RES: Her ideal bane, as Cherche's Resistance stat is already rather low and functionally useless to her.
  • -SPD: Cherche's Speed doesn't matter in her Brave Axe build, and sacrificing it for her Slaying Axe build may allow you to reliably get more Special activations off and increase her damage.
Skill Sets
Heavy Brave Axe
Recommended
Brave Axe+
Alternate: Brave Axe
A Death Blow 3
Alternate: Attack +3
Reposition B Hit and Run
Alternate: Axebreaker 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Bonfire
C Goad Fliers
Alternate: Fortify Fliers
SP1,800SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -RES or -SPD
  • Weapon: Brave Axe+
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Glimmer / Galeforce / Bonfire
  • Passive A: Death Blow / Heavy Blade
  • Passive B: Hit and Run / Drag Back / Axe Breaker
  • Passive C: Goad Fliers / Fortify Fliers / Hone Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Quickened Pulse / Attack +3

Cherche is one of the deadliest Brave weapon users in the entire game, able to fly over terrain and wallop foes with her huge Attack stat. This set works to have her completely demolish opponents by proccing Glimmer on every single initiation with a Brave Axe/Heavy Blade combination. This allows for Cherche to do an incredible amount of damage that scales off of the opponent's Defense on every turn before the enemy can counterattack. Of course, this only works perfectly when facing opponents with 55 Attack or less, unless Cherche is buffed or spurred by an ally to increase her Attack- still, even if Heavy Blade doesn't activate, she's still capable of massive amounts of damage.

Alternatively, if you'd like to attempt a 1 turn Galeforce build so that Cherche can kill two opponents in the same turn, you would need to sacrifice an Ike to put Heavy Blade in Cherche's A slot to run Quickened pulse in her seal slot. This way, Cherche will attack and proc Heavy Blade (with an Attack of 49), which will allow her to use Galeforce for a turn reset. This is generally only advised if you have a unit with Hone Fliers that can buff her back up to 55 Attack, as she may fail to proc Heavy Blade on an Attack stat of 49.

The rest of the set is self explanatory- if you're going with the upfront damage then you'd prefer Hit and Run/Drag Back as a way to get in and out of enemy territory quickly. If you're looking more for Galeforce, using Axebreaker will be more beneficial as it will allow her to kill Hector more easily- in addition, Hit and Run can pull Galeforce users out of position, so you'd need to be careful about that.

Her C slot is a choice you can make based on what else you run on your team. Cherche is versatile in the buffs that she likes to receive and give; she can happily buff her team in any way and still work as a unit.

High-flying Slayer
Slaying Axe+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Slaying Axe+ (+Def)
A Atk/Def Bond 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Aether
Alternate: Bonfire
C Panic Ploy 3
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP2,055SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +DEF or +SPD / -RES
  • Weapon: Slaying Axe+ (+Spd/Def)
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Aether / Bonfire
  • Passive A: Atk Def Bond / Fury / Heavy Blade
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Panic Ploy / Goad Fliers / Fortify Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Close Def / Panic Ploy

Defensive Cherche is a bit of an anomaly in that she can be very versatile depending on how you'd like to use her. Due to her +4 Speed superboon, she hits a Speed of 29- add in a Speed refine to her Slaying Axe for 32 base Speed, which is workable. With buffs and A-Slot, Cherche can actually find herself resting comfortably at above 40 Speed. This doesn't necessarily mean that she should be considered a Player Phase unit; however, this Speed stat allows her to avoid doubles from the enemy, which is a great boon to her survivability.

Alternatively, you can increase her already-formidable Defense instead- a Defense boon to her IV brings her to 35, and a Slaying Axe refine can pull it up to 39. Furthering her defenses can help you easily get it to over 40 for great tanking capabilities, though you'll be far more likely to be doubled.

The piece that brings this set together is Heavy Blade. A neutral IV Cherche with no A slot or buffs reaches 52 Attack with Slaying Axe.  Her A slot can be utilized to further increase her Attack or can be run with Heavy Blade if you want to run Panic Ploy in her Seal Slot- though if you run Heavy Blade in her A slot, you might want to consider giving her a teammate who can buff her Attack, just to be sure. Heavy Blade's activation means that Cherche can proc Aether either in the same turn combat or during her first action in the following Player Phase- the difference here boils down to whether or not the enemy doubles her.

If she's doubled by her opponent (more likely with her defensive-oriented build) then she will respond with an Aether proc on the second attack, likely killing her opponent and healing herself. If she is not doubled (more likely with her Speed-oriented build) she will hold the Aether until the player phase next turn, allowing for her to attack a new opponent for potentially more healing.

In this way, Cherche's Speed-oriented build offers her more survivability and more healing potential, but slightly less 'finishing' potential in the Enemy Phase.

The last piece to this build is Panic Ploy. After forging her Slaying weapon, Cherche sits at 51 HP which allows her to apply a panic debuff to many enemies that she baits. This works out particularly nicely with a Summoner Support, which helps round out her stats as well as padding her HP up to 56, opening up her opportunity to Panic many more opponents. Even without Summoner Support though, she has the best Panic Ploying potential among flier units.

Introduction

Generally considered to be one of the better F2P units, Cherche is commonly found at 3 and 4 star availability but boasts minmaxed stats that a 5 star unit would be proud of. Her Attack is one of the highest in the game (behind armored units like Effie and Winter Chrom) and her mobility allows her to take full advantage of it. Being a flier allows her to navigate over rough terrain and receive big +6/+6 stat buffs if she has flying teammates- all of this put together makes Cherche one of the best Brave weapon users in the game, remaining dominant despite the meta shift away from Brave attackers.

Her defensive stats are alright as well. With a Defense of 32 and HP stat of 46, Cherche can run similar builds to Michalis and Beruka, but is played in a different way: she does more damage while having slightly less bulk. Michalis offers up a 34 Attack/35 Defense, while Beruka offers 29/37. Cherche, conversely, has 38/32, making her the other side of the 'tank vs damage' spectrum.

Cherche is a fantastic unit to invest in, though the majority of her kit needs replacing if she's going to be particularly useful. Still, her incredible availability makes her easy to find and merge up, and her minmaxed stats allows her to be consistently best-in-class when it comes to raw damage nuking.

Strengths

Massive Attack

Enough cannot be said about Cherche's Attack stat- this is the stat that allows a 3-4 star rarity unit from launch to compete with the best units in the game.

Her Attack lends itself extremely well to Brave Axe builds, but she can use it to supplement other builds and playstyles as well. With her Brave Axe, she's able to kill all blues in the game, many greens, and even quite a few reds.

This is also particularly useful with Heavy Blade builds- Cherche is almost guaranteed to proc Heavy Blade for even further damage or healing potential.

Good Defenses

Cherche doesn't have the best bulk in the game, but she's got it where it counts: her HP and Defense both allow her to take a little punishment if she needs to.

Her HP stat is also rather high, which opens her up for the option to Panic Ploy, particularly if she has a refinement.

Flier Synergy

The ability to give a Brave weapon wielder a +6 buff shouldn't be undersold: this is essentially +12 damage to the enemy every turn she has a buff. In addition, you can stack on Goad Fliers with her, allowing for a possibility of a flat +14 buff- +28 extra damage in all.

Her flier status also allows her the mobility to pull off quick 'assassinations' on the enemy team. Cherche can be Repositioned, fly in over mountains or forests, ORKO an enemy unit, and pull away with Hit and Run or Drag Back. There's very little counterplay to this sort of strategy and it works very well.

Weaknesses

Poor Speed

Cherche's Speed is not her strong suit- at 25 (though with a +4 superboon), she's not likely to be outspeeding much at all, and will easily be doubled by any enemy unit who remotely invests in Speed.

This can make her deceptively fragile, particularly when running a Brave Axe build. Her enemy phase capabilities are very low and she must rely on her HP and Defense to allow her to survive two hits.

Bad Res

Being a minmaxed unit means that Cherche's Resistance is also rather poor. At 16, this ensures that Cherche will crumble to any magical attack, and red mages are liable to oneshot her before she can close the gap between them.

High Investment

Any practical build with Cherche means replacing most of her default kit.

While Hammer is actually becoming more of an attractive option due to the rising armor meta, Cherche's most useful builds (Brave/Slaying axe) both require a 5 star unit's weapon- though luckily, these can be easily promoted.

It's a high investment to reach her max potential, whether you're going for the typical Brave Axe+/Death Blow sort of build or otherwise, but if you're looking for a cheap and easy build, then Cherche's stats are forgiving enough to make decent use of a 4 star Brave Axe, her native Atk +3, and Drag Back.

Team Options

It's no surprise that Cherche works best on flier emblem, and she's capable of protecting her red teammates by completely deleting blues from the map. She may need some support from blue units, which works out well as there are so many to choose from in flier emblem.

  • Fliers: Units like Hinoka and Caeda can give Cherche much-needed buffs, while units like Cordelia can join her in the nuking battlefield. Valter and Tana are both very solid options for teammates as they can be played more defensively and can still cover her weakness to red units.
  • Dancers: Dancers are always great for player phase nukers and units like Ninian, Bridal Ninian, New Year Azura and Olivia can help Cherche by allowing her to attack twice or by minimizing red threats on the enemy team.
Counters

Cherche fears very little- the only units she'll need to be careful about are units that can either outrange her or resist her attacks.

  • Red magic users: Red mages such as Winter Tharja, Tharja, Cecilia, and Lilina all pose a threat to her. Winter Tharja in particular can be brutal as she often comes with Close Counter, eliminating Cherche's ability to safely attack her. Sacred Memorie Eirika is also dangerous, as she outranges Cherche with powerful red magical attacks.
  • High Defense red units: Red tanks such as Zelgius and Zephiel also pose a threat- while Cherche can typically burst through most defensive tanks, Zelgius is a class all in himself and will retaliate hard against her.
  • Archers: As a flier, Cherche is naturally weak to bow units, particularly the ones at the top of tier lists like Brave Lyn, Bridal Cordelia, and Halloween Jakob.
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
50 1 6
Steel Axe
Learns by default at 3 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
100 1 8
HammerEffective against armored units.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 8
Hammer+Effective against armored units.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
300 1 12
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades
Support Skills
Support Skills Rng. SP
PivotUnit moves to opposite side of adjacent ally.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 150
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
Attack +1Grants Atk+1.
Inheritable by all units.
30
A
Attack +2Grants Atk+2.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
60
A
Attack +3Grants Atk+3.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
A
Fortify Def 1Grants adjacent allies Def+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Fortify Def 2Grants adjacent allies Def+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Fortify Def 3Grants adjacent allies Def+4 through their next actions at the start of each turn.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
200
C
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Origin
Fire Emblem: Awakening

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