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Halloween Dorcas - Pumpkin Smasher

Related Heroes

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
173
HP 49
ATK 41
SPD 25
DEF 37
RES 21

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 23 11 6 9 6
High

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 49 41 25 37 21
High

Skill Sets

Monstrous Mutton (Mixed Phase Monster)

Recommended
Slaying Axe+ (+Def)
Alternate: Hack-o'-Lantern+ (+Def)
A Steady Breath
Alternate: Sturdy Stance 2
Swap
Alternate: Pivot
B Bold Fighter 3
Alternate: Wary Fighter 3
Ignis
Alternate: Bonfire
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Armor March 3
SP1,605SQuick Riposte 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Slaying Axe+ (+Def/Atk) / Hack-o’-Lantern+ (+Def/Atk)

  • Assist: Swap / Pivot

  • Special: Ignis / Bonfire / Aether

  • Passive A: Steady Breath / Sturdy Stance / Brazen Atk/Def

  • Passive B: Bold Fighter / Wary Fighter / Vengeful Fighter

  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Armor March / Panic Ploy / Ward Armor

  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Close Def / Distant Def

A build aiming to make Dorcas a monster on both Player Phase and Enemy Phase given high investment, although can be adjusted for low investment to provide an adequate combat effective build as well.

In terms of delivering pure damage, Halloween Dorcas would prefer to take a Slaying Axe to decrease his Special cooldown. Dorcas’ default Hack-o’-Lantern+ is also a great choice of weapon that can be used instead, allowing Dorcas to avoid having to deal with an enemy Special proc during combat. Either an Attack refine can be taken to improve Dorcas' damage output or a Defense refine to both increase his bulk and the amount of damage Bonfire and Ignis will do.

Swap is a good option as an Assist skill to get Dorcas into position to bait an enemy attack. Pivot is also a decent choice as well that can perform the same function albeit in a slightly different way.

Bonfire can be taken to give Dorcas very quick Special activations while Ignis will allow him to deal massive amounts of damage at once. Aether can be taken for sustain and arena scoring as well.

Steady Breath will work very well on Dorcas, allowing him to either immediately activate a very powerful Bonfire on Enemy Phase if he is running Slaying Axe. Brazen Atk/Def is another great choice that will provide a huge damage boost to Dorcas, but it requires him to first reach the required HP threshold which can be inconvenient to do at times. Sturdy Stance is still a great choice though if the more premium skills are not available, providing a solid boost in Attack and Defense on Enemy Phase.

Like with so many other armored units, Bold Fighter is the preferred choice of B slot, allowing Dorcas to double on Player Phase and decreasing his Special cooldown. If Bold Fighter is not available, Dorcas’ default Wary Fighter is a serviceable alternative that will help offset his very low Speed. Vengeful Fighter can be a decent option as well if one decides to run a defensive seal.

The C slot should ideally be either a self-buffing skill such as Odd Atk Wave or a support armor skill such as Armor March. As Dorcas will have a large HP pool when his refined weapon is taken into account, he can also run Panic Ploy quite well. A more common armor oriented team skill such as Ward Armor can be helpful as well.

The Quick Riposte seal will allow Dorcas to double on Enemy Phase, complementing Bold Fighter very well which allows Dorcas to double on Player Phase. It should be noted, however, if one is running Wary Fighter in the B slot, that Quick Riposte should NOT be used as the seal slot as they will cancel each other out, effectively making it a useless combination. Aside from Quick Riposte, Close Def and Distant Def are both great options to help improve Dorcas’ survivability as well as increase the amount of damage he will be doing with Defense scaling Specials like Ignis and Bonfire.

Smashin' Pumpkins (Brave Bold)

Brave Axe+ A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Swap
Alternate: Reposition
B Bold Fighter 3
Alternate: Wary Fighter 3
Aether
Alternate: Ignis
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Armor March 3
SP2,475SAttack +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Brave Axe+

  • Assist: Swap / Reposition

  • Special: Aether / Ignis

  • Passive A: Death Blow 4 / Death Blow 3

  • Passive B: Bold Fighter / Wary Fighter

  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Even Atk Wave / Armor March / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Attack +3 / Armored Boots

With the highest base Attack stat in the game, it’s no surprise that Halloween Dorcas can run a Brave Axe build very effectively. While Winter Chrom and Legendary Hector are capable of dealing more damage given an Attack Boon, Halloween Dorcas is not tied to the gacha and is a reward to anyone who participates enough in Tempest Trials, making him a great alternative option for running this powerful build.

Aether is taken for sustain and is the preferred choice for Arena Scoring, while Ignis can be taken for pure raw damage.

Death Blow is taken to push Dorcas’ Attack to even more monstrous heights when he initiates.

Bold Fighter makes this build far scarier, allowing Dorcas to quad attack every time he initiates. With the decrease in Special Cooldown thanks to Bold Fighter, Dorcas will also be able to activate Ignis or Aether every time he initiates. Dorcas can take Wary Fighter instead to help him on defense, but his damage output will be much less impressive on Player Phase without it.

The Atk Wave skills will work great on Dorcas to maximize his damage output. Aside from them, Dorcas can run an armor team oriented skill such as Armor March or Ward Armor.

Attack +3 is a great choice of seal, as the extra boost in Attack will be really appreciated considering Dorcas will be attacking 4 times with this build. Armored Boots is an interesting option if Armor March is not being run on the team, and will greatly improve Dorcas’ mobility and ease of initiating on enemy units.

Introduction

The pumpkin smashing Halloween Dorcas makes his appearance as an armored axe unit, and for a free unit, he does not disappoint.

Sporting the highest base Attack of all units in the game (outside of some units with a +Atk boon), Dorcas can deal extreme amounts of damage given the right build. Being an armor unit, Dorcas has access to the ridiculously powerful B slot Bold Fighter, allowing him to double units on Player Phase despite his horrible Speed while also allowing him to activate Specials quicker.

Halloween Dorcas is most comparable to Winter Chrom statwise. Overall, Winter Chrom has generally better stats; Dorcas has more Speed than Winter Chrom that ultimately ends up going to waste as Dorcas is still too slow for it to be of any use. Winter Chrom also will be able to straight up out damage Dorcas if he has an Attack boon. However, Halloween Dorcas is also a free unit, something many players will surely appreciate.

Overall, compared to some other free units that have been handed out, Halloween Dorcas is a monster of a unit that will absolutely not disappoint should one build him properly.

Strengths

Monstrous Attack

Dorcas has the highest base Attack stat in the game of all units, sitting at a very impressive 41. Only a few units are capable of surpassing Dorcas’ base Attack unmerged, but they require having an Attack boon.

Free Unit

Halloween Dorcas is available to anyone participating in the Tempest Trials he is a reward from, making him a widely available unit that most players will be able to build.

Armored Unit

Although this means his movement is limited, being an armored unit means Halloween Dorcas has access to the broken Bold and Vengeful Fighter skills, greatly helping his maximum combat potential.

Weaknesses

Limited Unit

As Dorcas is a limited Tempest Trials reward he does not have access to IVs, and he will only be able to be merged to +1 unless he is rerun in the future. This makes him a suboptimal choice if maxing Arena scoring is a goal, but Dorcas’ combat potential is still very good and should not be discounted simply because of a lack of access to more merges.

Awful Speed

At 25 base Speed, Dorcas will almost certainly always be doubled by the majority of enemies. Luckily his physical bulk is very good, often not making it a problem, but virtually any mage or dragon with decent Speed will be able to deal heavy damage to him.

Limited Movement

As with all armored units, ideally Halloween Dorcas will want to be put on an armor team that has Armor March in order to help offset his poor movement.

Team Options

Dorcas will appreciate units that can cover his weapon color disadvantage.

  • Armored Units: In particular, armored units that can provide Armor March and can cover Dorcas’ color weakness. Zelgius, Halloween Myrrh, Halloween Jakob, Winter Tharja, Winter Robin, Fallen Hardin, and Brave Hector will be great choices.

  • Healers: Although not as important on a Bold Fighter build, Dorcas will want to keep his HP up if he is running Wary Fighter, and having a healer can help accomplish this. Some powerful healers that Dorcas will appreciate having around include Brave Veronica, Maribelle, Elise, and Genny.

Counters

Halloween Dorcas generally wants to avoid powerful sword units, speedy mages, and dragons.

  • Armor effective Weapons/Swords: Units running Armorslayer and other red weapons that have armor effectiveness will make very short work of Dorcas, thanks to them having a weapon triangle advantage as well as effective damage. Caeda and Hoshidan Micaiah will cut straight through Dorcas.

  • Speedy Mages/Dragons: Although Dorcas has the bulk to survive a single hit from most mages, he will usually get doubled due to his very low Speed and take significant damage thanks to his middling Resistance. Lewyn, Ishtar, Adult Tiki, Young Tiki, Halloween Myrrh, Summer Tiki (Young), and Myrrh are some fairly common threats that will deal significant damage to Dorcas.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
50 1 6
Steel Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
100 1 8
Hack-o'-LanternInflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack during combat. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Learns by default at 4 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 10
Hack-o'-Lantern+Inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack during combat. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Learns by default at 5 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
300 1 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
SwapSwap places with an adjacent ally.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Fierce Stance 1Grants Atk+2 during combat\nwhen this unit is attacked.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Fierce Stance 2Grants Atk+4 during combat\nwhen this unit is attacked.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100
A
Sturdy Stance 2Grants Atk/Def+4 during combat if foe initiates combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
240
A
Wary Fighter 1Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 90%
Only inheritable by armor units.
60
B
Wary Fighter 2Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 70%
Only inheritable by armor units.
120
B
Wary Fighter 3Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 50%
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only inheritable by armor units.
240
B

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