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Tier Rating

Analysis by Cecil
Faye - Devoted Heart

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
154
HP 42
ATK 30
SPD 25
DEF 26
RES 31

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 15 5 2 3 6
Middle 16 6 3 4 7
High 17 7 4 5 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 39 27 21 22 28
Middle 42 30 25 26 31
High 45 33 28 29 34

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

Faye’s IV sets are wildly different from most other archers. Instead of prioritizing speed, Faye instead would rather keep her defenses high and sacrifice speed. Attack is as important as always, especially with her low base 30 in the stat.

Boons

  • +ATK: Faye’s optimum boon is attack. She uses a low might weapon and with only 30 base attack, she needs all the help she can get to secure KO’s.

Neutral

  • RES: Faye is primarily a magic tank, so she does not want to reduce her Resistance. This is her most important defensive stat.

  • HP: As this affects her overall bulk , she would rather not reduce this. It also makes it harder to trigger Panic Ploy.

  • DEF: Defense is her least important defensive stat, but she needs it to tank hits from archers. A bane in this stat results in a reduction of four, making this undesirable.

Banes

  • -SPD: Speed is Faye’s only bane without drawbacks. She does not need speed due to Quick Riposte guaranteeing follow-ups and her massive defenses sparing her from damage.

Skill Sets

Anti-Ranged Tank

Recommended
Guard Bow+ (+Def) A Distant Def 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Draw Back
Alternate: Reposition
B Cancel Affinity 3
Moonbow C Panic Ploy 3
SP1,545SQuick Riposte 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -SPD

  • Weapon: Guard Bow+ (+Def)

  • Assist: Draw Back / Reposition

  • Special: Moonbow

  • Passive A: Distant Def / Fury

  • Passive B: Cancel Affinity

  • Passive C: Panic Ploy / Spd Smoke / Atk Smoke

  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte

Faye's optimum build gives her the best matchup spread vs. ranged attackers. And since her role is so niche, there isn’t much room for flexibility here. Faye’s build is designed to make her a hard counter to nearly every ranged attacker in the game. It’s her only job and one she is very good at.

The core element of the build is stacking levels of Distant Def. When Faye uses a Guard Bow and Distant Def in her A slot, she gains +12 to her defensive stats, giving her an effective 41 Defense and 43 Resistance. This is helped in part by a +Def refine on her weapon to bring her Defense to a solid base 29.

In order to fix up Faye’s speed, Quick Riposte is taken in her Seal Slot. The addition of this seal is excellent for Faye, as she can now use her B slot for Cancel Affinity. Previously, she could only pick between one of the two skills, leaving her weak to the Triangle Adept + Raven tome combo that Cancel Affinity counters.

While her defenses are high when attacked, Faye’s base stats are only average. Combined with her low Attack, this makes Moonbow her best choice of special. It activates quickly and scales well off her low damage. The reason why Luna is not picked is because Moonbow can be activated after taking a single double-attack from a Brave Bow user. Faye is very susceptible to quad-attacks, and she needs to KO Brave Bow users before they can do this.

Like most builds, she’s reasonably flexible with her Assist and C slot skill. Panic Ploy is a good reliable choice that helps Faye beat excessively buffed Blade Tome users, or units such as Reinhardt who can get a large merge advantage over Faye. She isn’t the best general user of Panic Ploy, but her HP is high enough to activate it onto the targets she needs to.

Faye is a great sub on many teams and if you don’t want to use Panic Ploy, Smoke skills are recommended due to being strong in general combat situations. Draw Back and Reposition both let Faye support other attackers on her team, and the choice of which is largely up to the player and their personal preferences.

Anti-Ranged Tank (DD9)

Guard Bow+ (+Def) A Distant Def 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Draw Back
Alternate: Reposition
B Quick Riposte 3
Iceberg C Panic Ploy 3
Alternate: Def Ploy 3
SP1,605SDistant Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -SPD

  • Weapon: Guard Bow+ (+Def)

  • Assist: Draw Back / Reposition

  • Special: Iceberg

  • Passive A: Distant Def / Fury

  • Passive B: Quick Riposte

  • Passive C: Panic Ploy / Def Ploy

  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def

This build is similar in purpose and construction to the above build. However, it differs in one major way: Cancel Affinity is dropped for Quick Riposte in Faye's B slot, which leaves her Sacred seal open to take Distant Def. This gives Faye a whopping +18 to her defensive stats when attacked from range. However, this means that Faye will be helpless against Triangle Adept + Raven tome users.

If looking to use her in Arena Assault, this build is stronger. Iceberg's damage is incredibly high when boosted by Distant Def, but it will be much weaker when initiating combat. If one doesn't need to Panic Ploy dangerous Blade tome users, Def Ploy is a solid choice to boost Faye's damage. Functionally this set can be used in much of the same way as her optimal one can.

Introduction

Hailing from Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia, Faye is an infantry archer who does not fit the typical archetype for an archer. Other archers are offensively oriented with good offensive stats and usually aim to destroy foes with a Firesweep or Brave Bow.

Faye on the other hand, has 30/25 offenses, the worst of any archer. In exchange for this, she has a whopping 42 HP and 26/30 Defense and Resistance. Her unusual stat distribution means that she is better at taking hits than giving hits.

Overall , this makes Faye a monstrous anti-mage unit. When given the correct skills, she is a defensive powerhouse that makes mincemeat of ranged attackers. She is useless outside of this niche, but regardless she does her job extremely well. She is a fantastic unit for modes like Grand Hero Battles and Squad Assault due to her reliability at slaying ranged attackers.

Strengths

Exceptional mixed defenses.

26/31 base Defense and Resistance makes Faye tough to KO with physical or magic damage. These stats are also coupled with an impressive 42 HP, improved further through weapon refines. Guard Bow and Distant Defense only serve to make her defenses even more impenetrable.

Has a near-perfect matchup spread vs. ranged attackers.

Faye’s excellent defensive stats mean that she can tank and KO every mage in the game. She also beats the vast majority of archer and dagger units. Faye is one of the most reliable niche units available.

Weaknesses

Useless outside of her niche.

As mentioned earlier, Faye’s ability to beat ranged attackers is second to none. However, outside of those matchups, she is relatively useless. She can be used to KO some fliers, but with her low Attack this can be tough even with the damage bonus.

Vulnerable to melee attackers.

Faye’s low Speed means that it’s very easy to double her. She relies on her exceptional defenses to make up for this weakness. Since she relies on Guard Bow and Distant Defense, melee attackers can cut through her fairly easily.

Team Options

Boasting the ability to beat all mages makes Faye a valuable teammate for many allies. Low-Resistance units are dime a dozen, and Faye makes good partners with the vast majority of them. In addition, she requires no support to be able to do her job and does not care about color advantage in the slightest.

  • Melee Tanks: While most tanks now run a form of Distant Counter, many such as Brave Ike and Lucina commonly do not. Faye is a great ally for any low-Resistance physical tank such as Nephenee, Minerva, and Eldigan.

  • Mages: Mages typically have low defense and many opt to reduce it as their optimal bane. Faye can handle archers for mages such as Nino, Soren, Celica, Linde and Reinhardt.

  • Fliers: Faye soaks up arrows for these guys, making her a nice sub onto a Flier duo or trio. Elincia, Camilla, Myrrh, Tana, and Cordelia love having Faye around.

Counters

Faye might have the most straightforward list of counters in the game. She dies to nearly every melee attacker, making her deadliest threats those who can close the gap to her easily.

  • Any unit that can attack from melee range: Faye’s low speed and reliance on Distant Defense mean that she will die to nearly every physical attacker in the game. Cavalry and Flier melee units in particular can surprise Faye with their movement and KO her. Sigurd, Oscar, Tana, Cordelia and Cherche will obliterate Faye if they can attack.

  • Halloween Jakob and Bridal Cordelia: Halloween Jakob is the only archer who beats Faye 100% of the time. Even Firesweep Lyn and Cordelia can attack Faye with impunity, but die if Faye counterattacks the next turn. What makes him so deadly is that Faye cannot avoid being quad-attacked by him, and he deals enough damage to punch through Faye’s Defense. Bridal Cordelia can also beat Faye with a Resistance or Speed bane.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron BowEffective against flying units.
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
50 2 4
Steel BowEffective against flying units.
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
100 2 6
Firesweep BowEffective against flying units. Unit and enemies cannot use counterattacks.
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
200 2 7
Firesweep Bow+Effective against flying units. Unit and enemies cannot use counterattacks.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
300 2 11
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
DaylightRestores HP = 30% of damage dealt.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
NoontimeRestores HP = 30% of damage dealt.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Wings of Mercy 1Enables unit to warp adjacent to any ally with HP ≤ 30%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
60
B
Wings of Mercy 2Enables unit to warp adjacent to any ally with HP ≤ 40%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
B
Wings of Mercy 3Enables unit to warp adjacent to any ally with HP ≤ 50%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
240
B
Bow Exp. 1If unit survives and uses a bow, unit gets 1.5x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applies.)
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
50
C
Bow Exp. 2If unit survives, all bow users on team get 1.5x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applies.)
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
100
C
Bow Exp. 3If unit survives, all bow users on team get 2x EXP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applies.)
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only Inheritable by Bow users.
200
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Echoes

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