Hana

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Hana
Focused Samurai

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4
/ 5
Attacker Rating3.5 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 37
ATK 35
SPD 36
DEF 23
RES 26
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 8 9 5 3
Middle 18 9 10 6 4
High 19 10 11 7 5

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 34 32 33 20 22
Middle 37 35 36 23 26
High 40 38 39 26 29
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

These natures capitalize on Hana's two greatest strengths, her ATK and SPD, while reducing her least important stat, RES. A +SPD boon boosts her naturally incredible SPD and allows her to safely double non-boosted fast units. Similarly, a +ATK boon nets her more KOs and enables her to become an overall better offensive threat.

Skill Sets
Highlander Hana
Optimal
Brave Sword+ A Life and Death 3
Ardent Sacrifice B Desperation 3
Luna C Threaten Def 3

SP Cost1,775

  • Preferred Nature: +ATK/-RES 
  • Weapon: Brave Sword+
  • Support Skill: Ardent Sacrifice / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Life and Death 3 / Death Blow 3
  • B Slot: Desperation 3
  • C Slot: Threaten Def 3 / Any Hone or Fortify 
  • Sacred Seal: Attack +1

The strengths of Highlander Hana cannot be overstated. By inheriting Brave Sword+, she gains the ability to quadruple hit slower units, which either leads in their death or your death. Hana's survivability becomes almost nonexistent with Life and Death 3, leaving her vulnerable to almost anything. This makes running in wildly and attacking unviable, as keeping your units alive is the number one priority in Arena. This build, while accentuating Hana's strengths, also amplifies her glaring weaknesses with the main goal of safely killing a unit, without getting punished.

For support skills, Ardent Sacrifice synergizes well with her B slot passive, Desperation 3, purposefully dropping her health to below 75% . Once below the required HP threshhold, Hana can now start quad-hitting on initiation before the enemy can make their counter attack.

Life and Death 3 boosts Hana's ATK and SPD by 5, but reduces her DEF and RES by 5, a fair trade because of Hana's already poor defenses. Finally, Hana's C skill is fairly flexible, any Hone/Fortify skills that fits her team is also viable. Threaten Def 3 softens tankier enemy units that can withstand Hana's offensive onslaught.

Tankbuster Hana
Budget
Armorslayer+ A Death Blow 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Draconic Aura C Threaten Def 3

SP Cost1,725

  • Preferred Nature: +ATK/-RES 
  • Weapon: Armorslayer+
  • Support Skill: Reposition / Any Movement Skill
  • Special: Draconic Aura / Moonbow
  • A Slot: Death Blow 3
  • B Slot: Swordbreaker 3 / Desperation 3
  • C Slot: Threaten Def 3 / Any Hone or Fortify 
  • Sacred Seal: Attack +1

With the rise of popularity of tank-based team comps, Tankbuster Hana becomes increasingly more viable, able to ORKO all armored units with the exception of Effie. Her standard weapon, Armorslayer+, deals 50% bonus damage to armored units, meaning she can shred through tanks like Hector and Zephiel, even through Goad and Fortify buffs. A +ATK nature is preferred, as it increases her ability to kill non-tank units on initiation. Moreover, trading Life and Death 3 for Death Blow 3 increases Hana's survivability, while still keeping her insane damage on combat initiation. 

For Specials, her standard Moonbow can be traded out with Draconic Aura, a three-turn Special that scales with a unit's ATK stat for more KOs. Swordbreaker 3 replaces Desperation 3 to check other red swordsman that can potentially out-duel Hana. Finally, her C skill should adapt to fit her team's needs, but Threaten Def 3 works nicely to shred enemy unit's defenses.

Weapon Skills
Learns by default at 1 ★
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
SP:
200
Rng:
1
Mt:
8

Effective against armored units.

Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
SP:
300
Rng:
1
Mt:
12

Effective against armored units.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Support Skills
SP:
150
Rng:
1

Grants Atk+4 to an adjacent ally until the end of the turn.

Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Passive Skills
Unlocks at 3 ★
Unlocks at 4 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
50
Slot:
B

Prevents foes from moving through adjacent spaces while this unit's HP ≥ 90%. (No effect on foes with a Pass skill.)

Unlocks at 1 ★
SP:
100
Slot:
B

Prevents foes from moving through adjacent spaces while this unit's HP ≥ 70%. (No effect on foes with a Pass skill.)

Unlocks at 2 ★
SP:
200
Slot:
B

Prevents foes from moving through adjacent spaces while this unit's HP ≥ 50%. (No effect on foes with a Pass skill.)

Unlocks at 4 ★
Introduction

Pros:

  • Extremely high offensive stats
  • Can KO many units in one round of combat

Cons:

  • Paper-thin defenses
  • Cannot survive many counterattacks
  • Competes for a team slot

Hana is a red sword user that is the definition of glass cannon. She comes equipped with an astronomical ATK and SPD stat, but has one of the lowest overall defenses of any unit in the game. She’s available to everyone at 1/2 stars and can be worth a team slot if your team doesn't include a solid red unit.

Hana is a very straight-forward unit: She annihilates one unit and attempts to survive the following enemy turn as best she can.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Strengths

Blistering SPD stat

  • She has one of the highest SPD stats for a swordsman
  • Combined with a SPD buff, she is able to double a majority of cast

Built-in Life and Death 3

  • Hana is prepackaged with an expensive A slot skill, Life and Death 3, meaning there is no inheritance required.
  • Synergizes well with Hana's great offensive stats, while giving up her less important mediocre defenses

Monstrous ATK stat

  • Has the 2nd highest ATK stat for a red swordsman, below Chrom and tied with Alfonse
  • With Life and Death 3 and a +ATK boon, has a base 43 ATK without weapons or buffs

 

Weaknesses

Low DEF and RES

  • Hana has below average DEF and RES at a base 23 and 26 respectively, but Life and Death 3 neuters both stats
  • As a result, her safety is dependent on whether or not she can cleanly enemy units and retreat

Below average HP

  • Low base HP is a double-edged sword for Hana; she can more readily activate Desperation 3, but is left completely vulnerable with her already bad DEF and RES
Team Options

Hana works best with units that can quickly dispose of powerful ranged threats from the field. She relies on teammates that can boost her combat effectiveness while covering her glaring weaknesses.

  • Azura, Olivia, and Ninian: Dancers, while good in any team composition, assists Hana in sweeping the enemy lineup or for retreating back after an attack.
  • Eirika, Ephraim, and Sanaki: Heroes with a built-in Hone skill in their legendary weapons help buff Hana's offensive capabilities to cut through tankier enemies
  • Hector: Bulky green tank that can be used to kill blue mages with Distant Counter by baiting them with Hana
Counters

Hana's effectiveness can be crippled by any bulky unit that can survive her initial burst. She especially struggles against tanky blue units that can not only shrug of her damage due to the weapon triangle, but also kill her through a counterattack. Even the most feeble units can deal significant damage to Hana, due to her lack of defenses, so proper placement is key. Watch out for strong ranged units especially. 

  • Linde, Olwen, and Reinhardt: Blue tome users wielding deadly offensive power and either a brave weapon or high speed
  • Male Robin: Tanky blue mage that generally runs Triangle Adept 3 and Swordbreaker 3, truly a red swordsman's worst nightmare
  • Ephraim and Lukas: Bulky and mobile infantry units that have high DEF with a strong counterattack
  • Cordelia, Effie, and Hinoka: Popular Brave Lance+ users that can easily kill Hana on initiation
  • Female Corrin, Ninian, and Nowi: Tanky dragons that can combat Hana with their powerful defenses and Triangle Adept 3
From Series
Fire Emblem Fates
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