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Florina - Lovely Flier

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 42
ATK 29
SPD 27
DEF 25
RES 34

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 6 7 5 7
Middle 18 7 8 6 8
High 19 8 9 7 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 39 25 24 22 31
Middle 42 29 27 25 34
High 45 32 31 29 37

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

Florina has many barriers keeping her from being a good unit, but any one of them can be broken through with proper investment- the problem is that this prevents one from increasing her other stats.

Boons

  • +ATK: With an Attack stat of 29, it is generally in Florina’s best interest to further increase her offensive power by building her subpar Attack, rather than her poor Speed.
  • +RES: Increasing Florina’s Resistance helps her to become even more tanky when facing off against mages and manaketes, in addition to giving her nearly unparalleled access to Ploy skill debuffs.

Neutral

  • SPD: Florina can readily take Speed as her bane or her boon- it doesn’t help her much sitting at 27, and she can either try to increase it to avoid being doubled by her enemy, or take a bane in it to guarantee doubles from her enemy and offer her access to more powerful Specials in a single turn.
  • DEF: Defense is not Florina’s strong suit, and there are better options for defensive lance fliers, though it is a superboon and she can stand to increase it to 29 to further her dueling capabilities.

Banes

  • -HP: HP is one of Florina’s strong suits, but if not taking a bane in Speed, it’s more worthwhile to drop HP than any other stat. If it’s kept at neutral, however, then she can run Boost skills or Panic Ploy.

Skill Sets

Delicate Slayer (Anti-Armor)

Recommended
Florina's Lance (+Eff) A Fury 3
Alternate: Steady Stance 3
Reposition
Alternate: Draw Back
B Guard 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3
Iceberg
Alternate: Glacies
C Threaten Def 3
Alternate: Def Ploy 3
SP2,025SQuick Riposte 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +DEF / -HP or -SPD
  • Weapon: Florina's Lance (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Iceberg / Glacies / Aether
  • Passive A: Fury / Steady Stance
  • Passive B: Guard / Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Def Ploy
  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Atk Ploy

Florina naturally comes with a very nice kit for dueling armor teams, where she’s not as set back by her poor Speed as she is when facing off against other units. She is perhaps the best natural counter to Winter Tharja in the game due to her high Resistance, her color typing, and her effective weapon.

Due to the versatility in armor units, Florina’s IV set is therefore also flexible.  Increasing her Defense via her superboon or her A slot (or both) are good options for her to increase her dueling capability, and may be more valuable than Attack since her weapon is effective against armor anyway. However, against the bulkier armors, then she will need all the damage she can get, and a +ATK Florina will deal 5 more damage per hit.

Florina’s Lance does not activate when she is attacked by a ranged user, therefore a Florina using her native prf generally wants to focus on her melee engagements. This makes Fury an excellent A slot for her, as it increases her effectiveness in all forms of combat, increasing her Defense to easier tank hits, while also giving her a better Attack and manageable Speed stat. With +DEF -HP IVs, Florina ends up with 39/52/34/36/41 in melee combat. She can run Renewal in her seal slot to counteract the recoil damage from Fury, however, Guard may prove to be more effective for her niche.

Guard 2 can be inherited from a four star unit and is sufficient enough to suit her needs, as it can allow her to mitigate the effects of Bold and Vengeful Fighter skills on her armored opponents. Quick Riposte can therefore be utilized in her Seal Slot so that she can double faster armors in her Enemy Phase.

I'll Try My Best! (Anti-Mage)

Berkut’s Lance+ (+Res) A Distant Counter
Reposition
Alternate: Swap
B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 2
Iceberg
Alternate: Glacies
C Def Ploy 3
Alternate: Hone Fliers
SP1,695SDistant Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +RES / -SPD
  • Weapon: Berkut’s Lance+ (+Res)
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Iceberg / Glacies
  • Passive A: Distant Counter / Water Boost / Fury
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Guard
  • Passive C: Def Ploy / Hone Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Quick Riposte / Atk Ploy

Florina’s largest weakness is that her neutral stats don’t allow her to play to her strengths without heavy investment. A high Resistance stat is only suitable against manaketes or if the user has Distant Counter. Giving Florina such a high value skill may seem like a waste, but it allows her to be one of the best available mage counters.

With an effective Resistance stat of 46 (49 with Boon) when attacked by a ranged unit, Florina takes virtually no damage from most sources of magic and can even withstand being attacked by green mages or manaketes. When combined with a Special skill such as Iceberg or Glacies, Florina’s mediocre Attack stat is suddenly a force to be reckoned with and she’s capable of killing many units on retaliation. For this reason, Speed is chosen as her bane, as it ensures that she will be doubled by all but the slowest units, which guarantees an Iceberg proc.

Quick Riposte is her ideal B slot, though you can also run it in her Seal slot if you favor Guard over the Distant Def or Ploy Seals. Guard helps Florina to mitigate some of the potentially-lethal Special activations, particularly from armored mages who have access to Bold and Vengeful Fighter.

If she’s running as a standalone unit, Def Ploy helps to patch up her poor Attack markedly well, as it’s extremely likely that she’ll be able to activate it when baiting an enemy during Enemy Phase given that her neutral Resistance will be 38 with this build, 41 with a Boon in Resistance.

If you don’t have Distant Counter to invest, or if you don’t want to invest it in her, then this build loses most of its potency and you may want to consider a different weapon and skillset entirely; however, Fury or Water Boost can both help to recapture some of her effectiveness, and still allows her to deal with manaketes appropriately or bait mages without counterattacking.

Introduction

Despite her tendency toward Speed in her previous iteration, Florina in Fire Emblem Heroes sports an unfortunately low Speed stat, with poor Attack and Defense stats to match. The only areas in which she is above-average is her Resistance and arguably her HP.

While this can be disappointing for her fans, there are definitely ways to build Florina to be lethal, though it often means either sacrificing a Hector for Distant Counter or using her for a niche counter to armor units, where Florina's Lance can overcome the stat differential by giving her an additional +4 to every stat.

Strengths

Availability

Florina can easily be found at three and four stars, meaning that she is likely already in your barracks.

This means that there is generally no shortage of IV options to choose from.

Good Niche

Florina trades her below-average Attack, Speed, and Defense for a markedly high Resistance stat, making her fantastic at dueling manaketes and mage units.

Her prf, Florina's Lance, further increases her viability against armors by increasing all stats by 4 during an Enemy Phase melee engagement while retaining effectiveness vs armors. This makes her a great choice for an Arena Assault armor killer.

Weaknesses

Poor Stat Spread

Of course, her Attack, Speed, and Defense suffer for her high Resistance

Despite her poorer statline, she doesn’t have any stats that are absolutely unredeemable, and with a full investment, her Attack, Speed, and Defense could all be singularly workable

Poor Skill Options

Florina’s base kit does not synergize well with her stat spread, and she cannot inherit skills that would truly make her shine, such as Warding Breath or Null Follow-Up.

Furthermore, Florina's Lance only works at melee range, making her unable to utilize its effects when running Distant Counter to take advantage of her high Resistance stat.

Team Options

As a slow blue lance flier with high Resistance, Florina pairs well with fliers who can offer mutual buffs, as well as units who may not deal well with mages.

  • Flier buffs: Units such as Palla, Hinoka, NY!Azura, and H!Nowi can offer her offensive flier buffs that will help her to do more damage.
  • Poor Resistance: Ogma, Subaki, Beruka, and Cherche will appreciate Florina being able to handle mages and dragons.
  • Armors: She can also be used as a Guidance unit, increasing the effectiveness of armors such as Amelia, Hector, and Black Knight.

Counters

Due to her poor Defense and Speed, Florina is easily countered.

  • High Defense: Florina will be unable to puncture high Defense units without the effectiveness of her Spear, particularly blue and green units, meaning that Lukas, Fae, Myrrh, and Spring Xander will prove too bulky for her.
  • Physical greens: She will crumble immediately to axe units, such as Hector, Raven, Bartre, or Spring Alfonse.
  • Flier weaknesses: Bow units like Bridal Cordelia, Brave Lyn, and Leon are all dangerous to her, though she is not as threatened by Merric as many of the other blue fliers are.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance
Lance Users Only
50 1 6
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Heavy SpearEffective against armored units.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 8
Heavy Spear+Effective against armored units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 12
Florina's LanceEffective against armored foes.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
Ardent SacrificeHeals adjacent ally 10 HP. Unit loses 10HP (but cannot reach 0 this way)
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Darting Blow 1Grants Spd+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Darting Blow 2Grants Spd+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100
A
Darting Blow 3Grants Spd+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200
A
Breath of Life 1If unit initiates attack, adjacent allies recover 3 HP after combat.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Breath of Life 2If unit initiates attack, adjacent allies recover 5 HP after combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Breath of Life 3If unit initiates attack, adjacent allies recover 7 HP after combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
200
C

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Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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