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Clive - Idealistic Knight

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 45
ATK 33
SPD 25
DEF 32
RES 19

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Middle 19 9 6 8 4

Level 40 Stat Variations
Middle 45 33 25 32 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.

This unit has no access to IVs.

Skill Sets

A Virtuous Heart (Defensive Tank)

Slaying Lance+ (+Def) A Steady Stance 4
Alternate: Atk/Def Bond 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Guard 3
Alternate: Bonfire
C Hone Cavalry
SP1635SAtk/Def Bond 3

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  • Weapon: Slaying Lance (+Def) 
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Ignis / Blue Flame / Bonfire
  • Passive A: Steady Stance 4 / Steady Stance 3 / Atk/Def Bond / Fury
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Guard
  • Passive C: Hone Cavalry / Fortify Cavalry / Atk Smoke / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Atk/Def Bond / Close Def / Quick Riposte

This build aims to capitalize on Clive’s excellent physical bulk and good Attack stat to turn him into a competent and capable Enemy Phase tank. Though his lack of IVs does hinder his potential significantly, this can be circumvented to an extent through the use of buffs, particularly those to his Attack and Defense stats. His weapon of choice for this build is a Defense-refined Slaying Lance, which pairs perfectly with this build’s defensively oriented playstyle, granting him a considerable boost to his already great physical bulk as well as accelerated Special cooldown. 

A movement Assist such as Reposition works great to take advantage of Clive’s excellent mobility as a cavalier. Thanks to Clive’s good Defense stat, Defense-scaling Specials are especially powerful and are the preferred option here. When used alongside the Slaying Lance and Quick Riposte, Ignis will be able to activate in any combat where Clive is doubled and he can counterattack and with his relatively low Speed, he will be doubled fairly often. However, should one value consistency over raw damage, Blue Flame and Bonfire will then be his best options and will be able to activate regardless of whether or not he is doubled; these Specials are most effective when running Clive alongside Hone and Goad Cavalry support, as it is possible to raise his Speed to a respectable enough defensive tier where he can avoid being doubled more reliably. 

Steady Stance 4 is Clive's ideal choice for his A slot skill as it provides him with the greatest possible boost to his physical bulk but more importantly, it comes with a Guard-like effect of Special deceleration with no accompanying HP threshold -- this is especially beneficial when facing off against foes who rely on speedy Special activations to deal significant amounts of damage. Should it be unavailable, Atk/Def Bond is also an excellent candidate to help increase his two most important stats at the cost of requiring a single ally to be adjacent to him. Sturdy Stance and Steady Stance 3 can be considered as well should one wish to make him more self-sufficient and less reliant on his teammates. On a budget, Fury may also be taken but will require Clive to be extremely picky in choosing his matchups since Fury’s chip damage can easily knock him out of Quick Riposte’s HP threshold. 

Quick Riposte is an essential component of this build and is necessary for it to function to its fullest capacity, as Clive’s Speed is far too low for him to be able to consistently perform follow-up attacks on his opponents. Running it in his B slot is recommended if utilizing Steady Stance 4, allowing him to take the Close Def or Atk/Def Bond seal to further enhance his survivability and physical bulk. However, if making use of any other A slot skill, one can use Quick Riposte as his chosen seal instead to open his B slot for Guard and gain a similar advantage against foes who rely on quick Special activations for their damage output. 

Hone and Fortify Cavalry are both good options for Clive’s C slot when using him in cavalry exclusive teams. Atk Smoke can also be taken to strengthen Clive’s performance as a tank when baiting multiple opponents by greatly reducing the amount of damage he takes after the first engagement. However, his C slot is extremely flexible here and can instead be filled by any particular skill that best supports his team composition. 

On a Knight’s Honor (Brave)

Brave Lance+ A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition B Chill Def 3
Alternate: Lancebreaker 3
Alternate: Luna
C Hone Cavalry
SP2085SAttack +3

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  • Weapon: Brave Lance+
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Bonfire / Luna / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Death Blow / Sturdy Blow
  • Passive B: Chill Def / Lancebreaker / Hit and Run 
  • Passive C: Hone Cavalry / Fortify Cavalry / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Attack +3 / Quickened Pulse

In heavy contrast to the first build, this build focuses solely on Clive’s potential in the Player Phase. Though his low Speed does lock him out of many potent options due to his inability to reliably perform follow-up attacks, his good Attack stat and access to cavalry buffs allow him to be a rather decent user of the Brave Lance. In order to maximize his ORKO potential, it is highly recommended to utilize this Clive alongside Hone and/or Goad Cavalry support as well as the Attack +3 Seal. 

Due to the nature of Brave weapons, Specials with a 3-turn Special cooldown will activate every other turn and are ideal in order to not waste a charge. For consistent damage output increase, Bonfire will be Clive’s best option for a Special, granting him a +16 damage increase each time it activates if assuming his Defense stat is unbuffed. Luna is also a good choice to help against particularly bulky opponents who Clive would otherwise do minimal damage to. Moonbow may also be used alongside the Quickened Pulse Seal in order to ensure that his Special activates in his first round of combat. 

Death Blow is an incredibly effective option when used in tandem with the Brave Lance and is essential in order to maximize Clive’s raw damage. Alternatively, one can run Sturdy Blow to increase his survivability when initiating against opposing physical hitters while simultaneously giving him a solid +4 boost to his Attack; it also has the added benefit of weighing slightly more in Arena and can help increase one’s overall score. 

Like most other Brave weapon users, Clive’s B slot is extremely flexible with one option of note being Chill Def. Chill Def can help increase his individual performance tremendously but it can be inconsistent in that it can target someone Clive would not want to initiate against, such as a high Defense green unit. Lancebreaker is a more consistent alternative and gives Clive an easier time against high Defense blues who would otherwise kill him in retaliation, with this skill being the determining factor in his match-ups against Fallen Hardin, Winter Robin, and Gwendolyn. Clive’s native Hit and Run can also be an effective B slot on a budget. Lastly, Hone and Fortify Cavalry are again good options for his C slot if using him in a cavalry exclusive team but if using him in a mixed team, his C slot will vary depending on what supports his team composition the best. 


Taking up a new cause to fight by the Summoner’s side, Clive joins the game as a Tempest Trials reward unit. He is a lance cavalier boasting a good Attack stat and excellent physical bulk, allowing him to easily take the role of a capable Enemy Phase tank. His status as a cavalry unit also comes with the perks of having access to cavalry buffs as well as great mobility, both of which are strong advantages in Clive’s favor. 

However, this means he must also deal with the disadvantages of being a cavalry unit, such as having to maneuver around terrain obstacles like forests and trenches. In addition, his distribution as a reward unit is much more of a loss than a gain, disallowing him access to IVs. This makes heavily investing in him less desirable in the long run as there are currently other lance cavaliers that are more readily available and with better-distributed stat spreads. His low Speed and Resistance render him extremely weak to mages, with most having no issue in killing him. Nevertheless, with sufficient investment and team support, Clive can be a serviceable unit when played to his strengths. 


Decent Attack

Clive’s Attack stat of 33 inherently allows him to deal solid amounts of damage, especially so when using him alongside a supportive team composition.

Great Physical Bulk

With a natural physical bulk of 77, Clive can easily take most forms of physical damage and still remain relatively healthy. This can be further augmented through the use of weapon refines and cavalry buffs.


As a cavalry unit, Clive has excellent mobility as well as access to cavalry buffs which can be used to considerably improve his overall performance.


Lack of IVs 

Clive was originally awarded to players who reached a certain point threshold in Tempest Trials. While the introduction of Heroic Grails have allowed for him to acquire conventional merges, he still lacks a regular unit's access to receiving IVs, greatly hindering his potential as a unit.

Extremely Weak to Mages

His combination of low Resistance and Speed does him absolutely no favors and causes him to die quickly to sustained magical pressure. 


Though being a cavalry unit comes with its own quirks, it also comes with its own disadvantages. In addition to having a weakness to cavalry-effective weapons, Clive will also have to deal with maneuvering around terrains such as forests and trenches. His status as a cavalry unit also disallows the use of powerful skills such as Steady Breath and Wrath. 

Team Options

  • Cavalry: Clive excels when supported by cavalry buffs such as Hone and Fortify Cavalry, making fellow cavalry units excellent choices for teammates. Many units fall under this category with those who also provide Clive with Weapon Triangle coverage, such as Eirika (SM), Ares, Reinhardt (WT), Groom Marth, and Gunnthrá, being a clear cut above other potential options.

  • Healers: Particularly so when using skills who require Clive to stay above an HP threshold like Quick Riposte, healers also work excellently when used alongside Clive. Nanna, Elise, Priscilla, and Clarine are especially effective due to their being cavalry units, meaning they can provide him with cavalry buffs and healer support concurrently.

  • Strong reds: Strong reds such as Lilina, Summer Tana, Sanaki, Soleil, and Legendary Ryoma are also options and help check strong green threats who Clive has difficulty dealing with.

  • Anti-mages: Mages, in general, pose an extremely strong threat to Clive’s overall performance and as such, anti-mages like Felica, New Year Takumi, and Summer Gaius who can dispose of them can make for a coveted ally.


  • Tanky greens: Tanky greens such as Sheena, Hector (LA), Summer Xander, Cherche, and Myrrh can utilize their Weapon Triangle advantage and naturally high Defense stats to easily take on Clive’s attacks and then promptly kill him.

  • Strong offensive mages: While Clive definitely boasts strong physical resilience, his low Resistance and Speed make it so that he is frail to sustained magical pressure. Strong offensive mages such as Nino (SF), Spring Catria, Olwen (WT), and Summer Corrin can use this to their advantage and wipe him off the map effortlessly.

  • Effective damage: Like all other cavalry units, Clive is weak to cavalry-effective weaponry and should easily fall to units wielding them. Some examples of such units include the likes of Micaiah, Gerome, and (ironically enough) Mathilda.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Silver Lance
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 11
Silver Lance+
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 15
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
BucklerReduces damage inflicted by attacks from adjacent foes by 30%.
Restricted to melee units.
100 3
EscutcheonReduces damage inflicted by attacks from adjacent foes by 30%.
Restricted to melee units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Defense +1Grants Def+1.
Inheritable by all units.
Defense +2Grants Def+2.
Inheritable by all units.
Defense +3Grants Def+3.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Hit and RunIf unit initiates combat, unit moves 1 space away after combat.
Restricted to melee units.

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