Halloween Jakob

Analysis by Firestorm350
Halloween Jakob
Devoted Monster

Special Heroes (Trick or Defeat!)

Obtainable as a 5 only - Trick or Defeat!
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
165
HP 42
ATK 35
SPD 23
DEF 33
RES 32
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 19 8 5 8 7
Middle 20 9 6 9 8
High 21 10 7 10 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 38 32 20 30 29
Middle 42 35 23 33 32
High 45 38 26 36 35
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

Jakob wants an attack boon to supplement his high offense even further. Should that be unavailable, Def/Res boons are also solid options (For Res+ Jakobs, please replace Bonfire/Ignis with Iceberg/Glacies)

Sitting at a base 23 speed, Jakob does not mind a speed bane, since it's unlikely that he’ll double anyway.

Skill Sets
Undead Bravery (Player Phase)
Optimal
Brave Bow + A Death Blow 3
Swap B Wary Fighter 3
Moonbow
Budget: Ignis
C Armor March 3
Budget: Threaten Atk 3
SP1,875SQuickened Pulse

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  • Preferred Nature: +ATK -SPD
  • Weapon: Brave Bow +
  • Support Skill: Swap / Pivot /
  • Special: Moonbow / Bonfire / Ignis
  • A Slot: Death Blow/ Close Counter
  • B Slot: Wary Fighter 
  • C Slot: Armor March /  Atk Smoke / Varies On Team
  • Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse / Attack+3

Tying with Bridal Cordelia for highest attack for all Archers, it’s a no-brainer (Halloween joke btw) that Jakob can pull off a very effective Brave Bow set. What sets him apart from her is his defensive bulk and ability to run Wary fighter, letting him take hits in a pinch.

As such, his choice of special varies depends on your playstyle. Moonbow combined with Quickened Pulse emulates the “Rein” method of smiting fragile units to death on the first engagement, while Bonfire/Ignis can be taken for more physically bulky enemies.

Death Blow fits onto Jakob like bread and butter, as his speed doesn’t allow him for many doubles anyway. Close Counter is another option should you be interested in charging up his special while chipping foes during Enemy Phase.

Armour March is his preferred C skill, as it allows him to snipe units easily with Armored allies. Should the latter be unavailable, Attack Smoke grants him more survivability after killing off a unit.

For seals, Quickened Pulse is preferred if running Moonbow. Otherwise choose Attack+3 for more overall power.

Loyal Frankenstein (Enemy Phase)
Optimal
Slaying Bow+ A Distant Def 3
Swap B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire
Budget: Ignis
C Atk Ploy 3
SP2,055SDistant Def 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +ATK -SPD
  • Weapon: Slaying Bow +
  • Support Skill: Swap / Pivot 
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis
  • A Slot: Distant Defense 3 / Close Counter
  • B Slot: Quick Riposte 3
  • C Slot: Atk Ploy 3 /  Ward Armor / Varies On Team
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Defense 3 / Deflect Missle / Deflect Magic

A set for dedicated Jakobs, this build revolves around taking hits for his liege to get stronger. With Slaying Bow, this aims to bait offensive juggernauts like Reinhardt/Brave Lyn, then blast them with his charged special. Bonfire is preferred against Brave weapon attackers, while Ignis covers other fast attackers.

Distant Defence allows him to tank more ranged hits and increase his Bonfire/Ignis damage, making it the ideal skill for mixed teams. On Armour teams, Close Counter is a viable alternative to give him versatility against melee units, especially with Ward Armour stacking.

Quick Riposte is the optimal skill for this set, letting him build charges for his specials.

The choice of C skill depends on team composition. Atk Ploy helps his tank more hits while being a team player in mixed compositions, while Armored teams benefit more from Armor buffs.

As for seals Distant Defence (again) allows him to tank more ranged hits. Should it be unavailable, Deflect Missle/Magic can be chosen to stop Brave Bow users / Reinhardt cold respectively.

Parasitic Butler (Debuffer)
Monstrous Bow+ A Close Counter
Swap B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire
Budget: Ignis
C Atk Ploy 3
SP1,695SAtk Smoke 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +DEF/RES -SPD
  • Weapon: Monstrous Bow +
  • Support Skill: Swap / Pivot 
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis
  • A Slot: Close Counter
  • B Slot: Wary Fighter 3
  • C Slot: Atk Ploy 3 /  Ward Armor / Varies On Team
  • Sacred Seal: Atk Smoke 3 

Unlike the other sets, this build aims to take advantage of his default bow, turning him into an annoying debuffer. With Close Counter, Jakob is able to spread Panic status when he counterattacks from any distance, making him a nuisance if one isn’t able to dispatch him quickly.

Wary Fighter is chosen for sustainability, allowing him to get his debuffs off. As this build doesn’t have a lot of offensive firepower, Bonfire is preferred for reliable damage. 

As for his C slot, Atk Ploy is preferred to lower enemies’ attack from a distance, helped by his base 32 Res. Though if on an Armor team, he can take up an Armour buff skill to support his allies instead.

For this build, Attack Smoke is used in his seal slot. Combined with his bow, he can spread both Panic and Attack debuffs on an enemy’s allies.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
SP:
50
Rng:
2
Mt:
4

Effective against flying units.

SP:
100
Rng:
2
Mt:
6

Effective against flying units.

SP:
200
Rng:
2
Mt:
8

Effective against fliers.
After combat, bonuses become penalties on all foes within 2 spaces through foe's next action.

SP:
300
Rng:
2
Mt:
12

Effective against fliers.
After combat, bonuses become penalties on all foes within 2 spaces through foe's next action.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Special Skills
SP:
100
CD:
4 Turns

Boosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def

Learns by default at 5 ★
SP:
200
CD:
4 Turns

Boosts damage dealt by 80% of unit's DEF.

Unlocks at 5 ★
Passive Skills
SP:
50
Slot:
A

Grants Def+2 druing combat if unit initiates the attack.

SP:
120
Slot:
A

Grants Def/Res+2 during combat if unit initiates combat.

SP:
240
Slot:
A

Grants Def/Res+4 during combat if unit initiates combat.

Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
60
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 90%

SP:
120
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 70%

SP:
240
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 50%

Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Debuting as the first Armored bow user, Jakob boasts incredible attack and defenses for a ranged unit. Supplemented with Wary Fighter, he can be extremely hard to take down. 

Though being Armored does come with having one movement, it’s nothing that skills can’t patch up, such as Guidance and Armor March. True to his title of “Devoted Monster” Jakob possesses frightening stats that strikes fear in enemies’ hearts.

Strengths

High Attack 

  • Tied for highest attack of all Archers, Jakob can dish out serious hurt, especially with a Brave Bow. 

Great Defence/Resistance

  • Boasting a similar defensive spread to Sheena, Jakob makes for a hard opponent to kill regardless of his build, especially with Wary Fighter.
Weaknesses

Restricted Movement

  • Like all other Armors, Jakob can only move one step at a time.
  • Mitigated with movement skills (Pivot/Swap), Armour March, Guidance.

Low Speed

  • With a base of 23, Jakob isn’t doubling many units. Thankfully he has access to Wary Fighter to mitigate some of his speed issues
Team Options

Jakob no doubt shines with Armour allies. He can receive Armour March to make him a more aggressive unit with his Brave Bow build, or become more tanky with Ward Armour buffs, increasing his survivability in his defensive sets.

Though not an Armour Jakob also benefits from fliers with Guidance. This skill opens for more positioning options to snipe enemies, especially with his (once again) Brave Bow.

In a mixed team, Jakob may struggle damaging physical tanks, even with his high attack. Thus, magically offensive heroes (Tharja, Nino) make for good teammates.

Counters

As a Colorless unit, Jakob primary weakness is Raven tomes, especially with Triangle Adept. Common wielders such as M!Robin, Boey and Sophia shrug off his attacks while dishing major hurt in return.

Outside of that, Jakob existing outside of the weapon triangle makes it difficult to KO him with his bulk and Wary Fighter. However, units with high defense such as Lukas and Xander do not mind absorbing his arrows, making it easier to approach and kill with a charged Ignis/Bonfire.

From Series
Fire Emblem Fates
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