Updated for 2.0
Analysis by raelet
Army of One


Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 50
ATK 40
SPD 22
DEF 33
RES 23
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 21 11 4 10 3
Middle 22 12 5 11 4
High 23 13 6 12 5

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 47 37 19 29 20
Middle 50 40 22 33 23
High 53 43 25 36 27
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.

An Attack-increasing nature complements Effie's battle style the best because it allows her to secure many more OHKOs while improving her best stat.

A Defense-increasing nature improves Effie's overall bulk and physical trades as well as increasing her Bonfire/Ignis damage.

A Speed-decreasing nature is the optimal stat to reduce due to the effect of Wary Fighter which is Effie's primary B-Passive.

Skill Sets
Throwing Logs (DC build)
Slaying Lance+ (+Def) A Distant Counter
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Threaten Def 3
SP1,635SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +atk / - spd Alternatives: +res, +def
  • Weapon: Slaying Lance+ (+Def/+Res Forge) / Berkut's Lance (+Def/+Res Forge) / Ridersbane (+Effect Forge)
  • Support Skill: Pivot / Swap
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis / Glimmer
  • A Slot: Distant Counter
  • B Slot: Wary Fighter 3
  • C Slot: Threaten Def / Threaten Def 3 / Armor buffs
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def 3 / Close Def 3 / Quickened Pulse

Due to the poor movement of armors, many units prefer for their enemies to come to them and Effie is no different. The preferred A slot for the main 'core' of an armor team is Distant Counter, due to the inherent tankiness of Armor units and their ability to bait out a hit from the enemy and kill them on counter, particularly squishy mages.

This set is versatile where weapon selection is concerned: Slaying Lance offers you more power in mitigated cooldowns on her special proc, while Berkut's Lance will turn her into a magical tank to match her physical tank status- and finally, a Ridersbane will be incredibly helpful against those pesky Cavalry teams, and will help her to kill units like Reinhardt and Olwen with little issue.

With this set, Effie becomes a master of ranged combat in addition to her close quarters abilities. With Slaying Lance and Bonfire, Effie can successfully bait a unit and counterattack for the two required cooldown charges, leaving you free to have her initiate on any enemy within her reach during player phase with a massive Bonfire proc. Wary Fighter ensures that as long as Effie is able to counterattack (ie: the enemy is not running Sacae's Blessing, Firesweep, or Windsweep), then Bonfire will always be primed to go on player phase. If you foresee running into Brave weapons, then you can run Ignis for more damage at the expense of a longer cooldown. Alternatively, you can run this with Quickened Pulse seal so that she retaliates with a Bonfire in the first encounter.

Glimmer is another interesting option now that the cooldown for the skill has been lowered, and would proc upon Effie's first retaliation for increased damage on whoever was unfortunate enough to hit her in the first place. If Berkut's Lance is chosen over Slaying Lance for the added Res buff, then Effie will want to go with Glimmer as her special so that she can have it charged in the following turn. As a note, with +Res, Effie gets to 27 Res, with Berkut's Lance + Res Forge, she finds herself at a whopping 38 Res- definitely something worth looking into if you want a mage counter.

Lastly, running Close or Distant defense as seals mostly boils down to how you see yourself using her: either as a counter to squishy mages or as a wall for your team. However you decide, choosing the appropriate IV and Forge (+Def or +Res) will help to supplement that.

OG Effie (Silver Lance)
Silver Lance+ (+Def) A Death Blow 3
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Threaten Atk 3
SP1,265SClose Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +Attack/ -Speed
  • Weapon: Silver Lance+ (Def Forge)
  • Support Skill: Pivot / Swap
  • Special: Bonfire
  • A Slot: Death Blow 3 / Distant Counter
  • B Slot: Wary Fighter 3
  • C Slot: Threaten Atk 3 / Threaten Def 3 / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: Close Def 3

Effie utilizes her natural-borne skills quite well with Silver Lance producing the strongest, non-buffed, neutral attack in the game aided by Death Blow 3 and Bonfire for added damage, though she can also run Escutcheon and make herself even more tanky. When forging her lance, take care to note that a +def forge will give her +4 stat points, whereas an +atk forge only gives her +2. In addition, she gains 5 HP, all of which makes her much more difficult to take down by a melee unit.

Wary Fighter 3 and Threaten Atk 3 work together to increase Effie's overall bulk while Pivot is used to improve her walking distance by up to 2 extra movement spaces if she does not have an Armor March or Guidance ally. Threaten Def 3 can also be used to weaken the enemy's defense further before hitting them even harder. She can run Armor buffs to further supplement her team as well.

Close Defense is the ideal seal for this build as it increases her defense even further when hit by an enemy from an adjacent tile. This is technically a 'budget' build but it's extremely effective and turns Effie into a fearsome tank for your team.

Effie Learned To Hit Twice (Brave Lance+)
Brave Lance+ A Death Blow 3
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Threaten Def 3
SP1,715SAttack +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +Attack/ -Speed
  • Weapon: Brave Lance+
  • Support Skill: Pivot / Swap
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis
  • A Slot: Death Blow 3 / Distant Counter
  • B Slot: Wary Fighter 3
  • C Slot: Threaten Def 3 / Threaten Atk 3 / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: ATK +3

Keeping most of her original build, Effie finds a new lance and becomes an entirely different unit. With a Brave Lance in hand, she can ORKO nearly any non-Green unit and half of the Green units. If a Bonfire or Ignis is charged up, very few units outside of a Hector will live to tell the tale of the Effie who blasted through mountains. For example, a neutral Effie with Ignis loaded can hit a neutral Hector for upwards of 35 damage. That is two-thirds of his full HP. In the hands of the right strategist, Effie can set the tone for many battles baiting and killing enemies she has a direct disadvantage towards. Threaten Def 3 is the preferred C-Passive since the debuff effect is "doubled" by Brave Lance's double attack feature. Death Blow 3 pairs well with Brave Lance as well, but Distant Counter offers a lot of strategic value for Effie building up Bonfire/Ignis charges as well as OHKOing or softening up ranged foes for allies to pick off.

Effie appreciates Armor-buffs such as Hone and Goad Armor that further increase her attack power and improving the Brave Lance's usage. Or Fortify and Ward Armor to further improve her overall bulk as she takes foes out as they run into her.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance 50 1 6
Steel Lance 100 1 8
Silver Lance
Learns by default at 4 ★
200 1 11
Silver Lance+
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
300 1 15
Weapon Upgrades
Weapons HP SP Rng. Mt.
Silver Lance+ (+Atk) +5 350 1 18
Silver Lance+ (+Res) +4 +5 350 1 16
Silver Lance+ (+Def) +4 +5 350 1 16
Silver Lance+ (+Spd) +3 +5 350 1 16
Support Skills
Support Skills Rng. SP
SmitePush adjacent ally 2 spaces farther away.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
Death Blow 1Grants Atk+2 if unit initiates combat. 50
Death Blow 2Grants Atk+4 if unit initiates combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Death Blow 3Grants Atk+6 if unit initiates combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Wary Fighter 1Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 90% 60
Wary Fighter 2Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 70% 120
Wary Fighter 3Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 50%
Unlocks at 4 ★


  • Solid bulk
  • Very high attack
  • Has the stats to support Wary Fighter, making her difficult to KO
  • High BST supports high score in Arena


  • Armored movement range
  • Weak to magic damage
  • Vulnerable below 50% HP

Effie is almost always at the top of tier lists for a strong reason: with an incredibly high attack stat offset by a reasonably high defense and horrible speed, Effie is the strongest user of wary fighter out there.  She is a top tier bait unit due to her ability to force the enemy into attacking only once, and she's extremely dangerous once the opposing unit is within her admittedly short range. She has a high BST, is not difficult to get merges for, and will perform solidly in any team.

She is held back by her movement type of course, as well as her slow speed which almost requires her to run Wary Fighter in her B slot.  However, her stats are perfectly designed to make the most of Wary Fighter and can be strengthened even more through IVs and skills.


High Attack:

  • The highest ATK in the game.  Effie hits everything hard, which is offset by the fact that she can only hit once.
  • No matter how she's played- offensive or defensively- her raw attack stat will enable her to hit hard.

High Defense and HP:

  • Her bulk makes her incredibly hard to KO, unless running against a Brave Axe or powerful green magic
  • Combined with Wary Fighter, she makes one of the best 'bait' units in the game

Scores highly in Arena:

  • Due to armored-units having a naturally high BST, they can be used effectively to bump up Arena scores.

Low Speed:

  • With a neutral speed of 22, she has the third-lowest speed in the game.
  • She needs to run Wary Fighter to mitigate this; running a different B skill decreases her sustainability significantly

Very Low Resistance:

  • Takes heavy magic damage from any color, which makes running her against mages a liability
  • Also weak to dragons, which are becoming very popular in the meta

Restricted Movement:

  • Being an armored unit means she can only move one tile at a time.
  • Due to this, she has poor matchups against mages, particularly those with teammates who have movement skills
  • This can be improved with Pivot, Swap, or Armor March if being run on a team with other armors

Be wary of her limited movement and magic-users with Lancebreaker.  And once she drops below 50% HP, her Wary Fight becomes inactive, so she will take double attacks from most units at that point.

Team Options

Effie is an armored unit, so she pairs well with other armored units giving their movement-type buffs:

Dancers that can give her another turn to move and close the gap between enemies:

Healers that can buff her defenses/debuff the enemy while keeping her Wary Fighter active:

Mages that can hide behind her as they cover for each other's weaknesses:


Green units with high defense and/or high physical attack can outlive Effie in a slugfest:

Green units with magical attack can give Effie some trouble or hit her hard:

Abilities to be wary of:

From Series
Fire Emblem Fates