Hinoka

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Hinoka
Warrior Princess

5

Obtainable as a 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4
/ 5
Attacker Rating4.5 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 41
ATK 35
SPD 32
DEF 25
RES 24
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 6 7 5 6
Middle 19 7 8 6 7
High 20 8 9 7 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 37 32 29 22 21
Middle 41 35 32 25 24
High 44 38 35 29 27
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

Hinoka appreciates both +Atk or Speed boon. +Atk is more versatile since it helps all of her build including her cheapest build which is Brave Lance + Death Blow/Atk +3, while Speed is mostly only relevant for Firesweep/Duelist build.

Hinoka should not be the one to tank magic attack, since most mages will severely hurt to outright kill her with Res boon or not, so it is the stats that should be lowered. Her HP is also disposable, as she has quite big HP pool for an offensive unit, and even in worst case scenario she can remedy it with a HP+3 seal.

Skill Sets
Hinokopter MKII
Optimal
Brave Lance+ A Death Blow 3
Budget: Attack +3
Reposition B Flier Formation 3
Budget: Drag Back
Luna C Hone Fliers
SP1,425SAttack +1

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Brave Lance
  • Support: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Special: Luna / Moonbow
  • A passive: Death Blow / Attack +3 / Life and Death
  • B passive: Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back
  • C passive: Hone Fliers / Varies on Team
  • Boon/bane: +Atk -HP or +Atk -Speed
  • Sacred Seals: Atk +1 / Quickened Pulse

This is a standard Brave + Death Blow + Hit and Run set that Hinoka runs very well thanks to her fantastic attack and unhindered movement. Her natural access to Brave Lance also makes it a much cheaper set to run compared to her other builds, and is quite effective even outside of Flier Team.

Most of the skill choices are self-explanatory, as Hinoka's main priority for this build is the Attack stats, and Luna will help help out against units that has too much defense that she has trouble breaking through.

Flier Formation should be prioritized as B slot to both helping out teammates but also to combo with Reposition to improve her reach.

Thicc Thighs = High Speed
Brave Lance+ A Swift Sparrow 2
Budget: Life and Death 2
Reposition B Desperation 3
Galeforce
Budget: Luna
C Hone Fliers
SP1,925SQuickened Pulse

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Brave Lance
  • Support: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Special: Galeforce / Luna
  • A passive: Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Darting Blow
  • B passive: Desperation / Wings of Mercy
  • C passive: Hone Fliers / Varies on Team
  • Boon/bane: +Speed - Res or +Speed -HP
  • Sacred Seals: Quickened Pulse / Speed +1

With a Speed boon, Hinoka literally become a neutral Cordelia, and neutral Cordelia screams Quad build. This build is particularly dangerous in a Flier Team due to the massive Speed and Attack buff she receives.

Galeforce is particularly dangerous with a Quad build, and with Quickened Pulse she can proc it after her first round of combat, allowing her to either retreat or continue her rampage and allow her other Fliers colleague to join in with Wings of Mercy.

Either Life and Death or Swift Sparrow works well with this build, since Hinoka is mainly about Player's Phase. Swift Sparrow does not compromise her defensive stats but Life and Death has higher Attack/Speed ceiling. If players are concerned about budget, a Life and Death 2 or Darting Blow are decent enough as substitutes.

Desperation allows her to remain very useful at low HP, but Wings of Mercy has potential for more outplay and unexpected sweep, as well as stronger in Defense.

A Song of Wind and Fire
Firesweep Lance+ A Life and Death 3
Budget: Life and Death 2
Reposition B Flier Formation 3
Budget: Drag Back
Galeforce
Budget: Draconic Aura
C Hone Fliers
SP1,925SQuickened Pulse

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Firesweep Lance
  • Support: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Special: Galeforce / Draconic Aura
  • A passive: Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Heavy Blade
  • B passive: Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy
  • C passive: Hone Fliers / Varies on Team
  • Boon/bane: +Speed - Res or +Speed -HP
  • Sacred Seals: Quickened Pulse / Speed +1

Firesweep Lance is a natural choice for +Speed Hinoka, as she can be a total force of destruction in Flier team with it. Worth noting that this build is extremely pricey, but its ceiling is worth the investment although Tana and Cordelia are slightly better at running this build than her due to their superior offensive stats.

Life and Death is the best A slot for her, due to defensive stats are generally unneeded for Firesweep build. Swift Sparrow is close, but even still a Life and Death 2 would be much cheaper and just as wood as Swift Sparrow. Heavy Blade is a good choice if Players want to go with Galeforce and use a full Goad stack / Hone + Goad stack team that support Hinoka. She can proc Galeforce extremely fast and can take out two units every turn with little difficulty with that build.

Aside from Galeforce, Draconic Aura is a good choice for anyone wanting to give her more damage boost. AoE specials such as a default Blazing Wind is decent to since she can kill some tanky units in the game when it procs.

Flier Formation is self-explanatory for Flier team. Hit and Run / Drag Back makes this a pseudo Brave set with more offensive stats while Wings of Mercy is per usual extremely versatile B slot skill for pretty much any Firesweep build.

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Hinoka by Yurio 1 day ago
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Hinoka by Emalisha 5 days ago
User Build Statistics
Passive C # of Builds
Hone Spd 2 6
Hone Fliers 30
Hone Spd 3 3
Hone Atk 3 1
Threaten Spd 3 1
Weapon Skills
SP:
200
Rng:
1
Mt:
5

Spd-5. Attack twice when initiating combat.

SP:
300
Rng:
1
Mt:
8

Spd-5. Attack twice when initiating combat.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Special Skills
SP:
150
CD:
5 Turns

Before combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).

Learns by default at 5 ★
SP:
300
CD:
5 Turns

Before combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to 1.5x (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).

Unlocks at 5 ★
Passive Skills
SP:
40
Slot:
A

Grants Def+3 at start of turn if unit's HP < 50%

SP:
80
Slot:
A

Grants Def+5 at start of turn if unit's HP < 50%

SP:
160
Slot:
A

Grants Def+7 at start of turn if unit's HP < 50%

Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
50
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent allies Spd+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

SP:
100
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent allies Spd+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

SP:
200
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent flying allies Atk/Spd+6 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

  • Requires Hone Atk 2 or Hone Spd 2.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Hinoka is a pegasus flier with high attack and decent speed and HP, and mediocre defensive stats. Along with Cordelia and Est, she is amongst the best pure Death Blow + Brave Lance user in the game, thanks to her base 35 attack, access to Flier buffs, and good mobility.

Hinoka exists in a niche that has a lot of strong competitor. Cordelia outright does everything she can do better, Est, Shanna and Catria can compete with her for certain slots while being more accessible, while Tana and Valter can do things she cannot do.

Nonetheless, Hinoka is still a fantastic Blue Lance flier for anyone aspiring to build a complete Flier Team, and is also a great offensive unit in general. Play her to her strength, and Hinoka will very rarely disappoint any summoner.

Strengths

High Attack:

  • 35 base attack is the highest among Pegasus Flier, tied with Est and Cordelia
  • Outside of her traditional Brave Lance + Death Blow build, this attack stats also make her very potent with other build such as Firesweep

Good Speed:

  • 32 base speed is lower than Tana, Cordelia, Shanna or Catria, but is good enough to make her a terrifying sweeper
  • Flier buffs such as Hone or Goad Flier, as well as a speed boon can bring her to high speed threshold that is enough to kill most meta units.

Good base skillset:

  • While she is a 5 star exclusive unit, Hinoka comes with a respectable base skillset.
  • Natural access to Brave Lance+ and Hone Fliers make her a desirable choice for Flier team, as she does not require a ton of Inheritance to start elevating the team.
Weaknesses

Mediocre Defensive Stats:

  • 41/25/24 isn't particularly bad, but also not outstanding. In Flier team, Hinoka can survive some matchups, but she fare terrible against brave weapons due to her low-ish defense and resistance

Weak to Archer and Excalibur:

  • Most common Archer build and Merric will decimate her.
  • Hinoka can somewhat deal with Archers with the Brave build if she has sufficient damage. Merric will outright wall her with most of his build however.
Team Options
  • Hinoka comes natural with Hone Flier, and she also goes best with other Fliers. Within Flier team context, either offensive or defensive buffs will make her a terrifying prospect.
  • Outside of Flier team, she is a great unit to use alongside strong buffers. Delthea is an amazing teammate for Hinoka thanks to her Dark Aura Tome and Drive Attack. Ephraim or Eirika is also universally strong with offensive units.
  • Brave units are particularly strong with Dancer such as Ninian, Azura or Olivia. Of these Olivia is the best choice due to her being a red unit and can help cover green enemies that Hinoka struggles to break through like Hector.
Counters
  • Merric is one of if not the hardest counter of Hinoka. He has amazing physical bulk and deal effective damage to her while also being a green unit. Most of Merric's popular build also pack Close Counter, so he can 1 round whichever Hinoka attacking in.
  • Most strong Archers such as Bridal Cordelia, Takumi, Leon, Innes, Jeorge or Klein will one round Hinoka with their popular builds (either Brave Bow or Firesweep Bow). Units like Leon or Takumi can tank some variants of Hinoka thanks to their bulk and, if pack Close Counter, will one shot her with counterattack.
  • Physically tanky green units such as Michalis, Hector, Frederick, Cherche, Bartre, Summer Tiki. Summer Xander or Spring Chrom have no problem tanking Hinoka and can 1 round her in return.
  • High damage green mage such as Sonya, Julia, Soren, Nino or Summer Elise are also good counter of Hinoka, as her Resistance is quite mediocre.
From Series
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