Eldigan

Updated for 2.0
Analysis by Ceui
Eldigan
Lionheart

5

Obtainable as a 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
154
HP 45
ATK 32
SPD 24
DEF 34
RES 19
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 7 4 7 5
Middle 19 8 5 8 6
High 20 9 6 9 7

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 42 29 21 31 15
Middle 45 32 24 34 19
High 48 35 28 37 22
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

Attack increasing is Eldigan's best boon. The arrival of inheritance means even with speed increasing boon/bane and Hone Cavalry buff, he doesn't reach high speed tiers, meaning it is better to invest in his attack, which opens a lot more possibilities for him. However, this does not mean speed increasing boon is bad, as it can help him mitigate some damage by not being doubled.

Resistance is disposable, as Eldigan's resistance is terrible in the first place, and he normally does not need to bait mages like Xander, unless you run a Distant Counter build.

Skill Sets
Offensive
Optimal
Mystletainn A Heavy Blade 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Galeforce C Hone Cavalry
SP2,335SSpeed +3

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Eldigan is a very potent user of Heavy Blade/Galeforce, especially with an attack or speed boon. Mystletainn grants him reduced cooldown and increased attack, making it surprisingly easy to trigger. However Eldigan is one of the slower users of Galeforce, so think carefully about his B slot skill. Swordbreaker is a great choice, but Eldigan can also run Brash Assault/Desperation, with the added downside of his health required to be low.

All-rounder
Mystletainn (+Eff) A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Ignis C Hone Cavalry
SP1,825SQuickened Pulse

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This set gives Eldigan strong capacity to handle green units without losing much HP, and still duel swords effectively. With Mystletainn and Quickened Pulse, Ignis has a charge time of only two, allowing it to trigger in the first round if Eldigan attacks twice, or the round thereafter. Bonfire is a good alternative if you want Eldigan to always trigger his special in the very first round.

Tank
Mystletainn (+Eff) A Fury 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire C Atk Smoke 3
SP2,145SQuickened Pulse

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With an effective Fury 6, Eldigan has very good stats overall. He can function well as a tank with Quick Riposte to fix up his speed. Bonfire charges and fires within one round thanks to Mystletainn. Noontime can be taken if you want to try to restore some of Eldigan's health, but the passive damage he takes is so high, it is better to focus on destroying the enemy. Atk Smoke is great for tanks, improving his duelling potential over multiple rounds.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Sword 50 1 6
Steel Sword 100 1 8
Killing EdgeAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). 200 1 7
MystletainnAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1)
Learns by default at 5 ★
400 1 16
Weapon Upgrades
Weapons HP SP Rng. Mt.
Mystletainn (+Eff) Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+3. Unit takes 6 damage after combat. +3 400 1 16
Mystletainn (+Atk) Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 18
Mystletainn (+Res) +4 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Mystletainn (+Def) +4 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Mystletainn (+Spd) +3Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Special Skills
Special Skills SP Turns
Rising LightBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res). 150 4
Growing LightBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in a wide area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk - foe's Def or Res)
Learns by default at 5 ★
300 4
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
Fury 1Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+1. Unit takes 2 damage after combat. 50
A
Fury 2Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+2. Unit takes 4 damage after combat. 100
A
Fury 3Grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+3. Unit takes 6 damage after combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
A
LungeIf unit initiates attack, after combat, unit and targeted foe swap places.
Unlocks at 5 ★
150
B
Introduction

Pros:

  • Fantastic attack and defense.
  • High movement.
  • Strong unique weapon, allowing him to use strong specials much faster.

Cons:

  • Mediocre speed.
  • Low resistance.

Eldigan is a powerful, sword-wielding cavalier with outstanding attack and defense. His high mobility, physically bulkiness and strong unique weapon allows him to effectively serve as both a damage dealer and a tank for the team.

Eldigan has low speed and resistance however, meaning he is susceptible to magic attacks, especially from mages.

Strengths

High attack:

  • Eldigan has high base attack at 32, tied with Xander and Cain for second highest amongst sword cavalry units (Luke is first). Eldigan has the edge over Xander in that he can get an attack increasing boon, which propels it to 35.

Physically bulky:

  • A combination of 45 HP and 34 defense at neutral makes Eldigan very tanky, and even strong physical lance users can find trouble killing him at full health.

Mystletainn:

  • His unique weapon is a much stronger Killing Edge, allowing him to run long charge specials like Ignis.
Weaknesses

Low resistance:

  • Eldigan struggles immensely against most dragons and mages due to his poor resistance despite high health

Low speed:

  • His 24 base speed hurts him both offensively and defensively, as it makes him susceptible to double attacks, as well as preventing him to make follow up attacks on most common arena units

Lack of way to deal with ranged attacks:

  • Unlike his closest competition, Xander, Eldigan cannot retaliate at range without inheriting Distant Counter. This means he has to rely on his teammates to take ranged hits for him, or bait them in and kill them with his three movement.
Team Options

+/ Most popular cavalry units carrying cavalry buffs are good enough, but there are some that help him a lot more than the other:

  • Frederick / Gunter / Cecilia: Strong green cavalries that can protect Eldigan from blue units.
  • Reinhardt / Olwen / Ursula: Their firepower is potent as cavalry mages, and Eldigan can serve as a good frontline and kill green units for them.

+/ In normal teams, most dancers (Olivia / Ninian / Azura) and strong buffers (Eirika / Ephraim) are good options to bring along Eldigan.

High resistance mages (Julia / Soren / Nino / Linde / Mae) are good with him, as they can soak up magical attacks while Eldigan protects them with three movement, reposition and strong physical bulk. Julia is an extremely potent ally, as she can take cares of blue mages and dragons at the same time as both are hard counters of Eldigan.

Counters
  • Eldigan suffers greatly against tanky dragons (Tiki Young, Tiki, Nowi, Corrin and Ninian) who can shrug off his physical attacks and retaliate with magic attacks.
  • He also can't tank attacks from mages well due to his poor resistance, the most dangerous being blue mages like Linde, Reinhardt, Olwen, Ursula, Spring Camilla and Robin M.
  • Tanky lance users like Lukas, Effie or Ephraim are also a pain to deal with since Eldigan has to rely on pulling off Ignis to damage them, while exposing himself to being KO’d from their attacks.
  • Blue Brave users with high damage like Cordelia, Hinoka, Donnel or Abel can kill him on initiation, assuming they run heavily offensive builds.
From Series
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
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