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Tier Rating

Analysis by Lunare
Julia - Naga's Blood

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
148
HP 38
ATK 35
SPD 26
DEF 17
RES 32

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 15 8 6 3 7
Middle 16 9 7 4 8
High 17 10 8 5 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 34 32 23 13 29
Middle 38 35 26 17 32
High 41 38 30 20 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

Assets

  • +ATK: An Attack Asset pushes Julia’s base stat to an impressive 38, greatly improving her damage output. +ATK serves Julia well in improving both her Player Phase and Enemy Phase ability and is easily her best choice.
  • +SPD: Julia’s base Speed is less than impressive, but a 4-point Asset places her at a decent base stat of 30. This improves Julia’s defensive combat against dragon heroes that may otherwise make follow-up attacks against her. This is less crucial than Attack however, as Naga’s unique refinement and her high Resistance are just as effective.

Neutral

  • HP: As Julia suffers a 4-point Flaw in HP, this stat is worth preserving in order to avoid the additional penalty. HP is also useful against dragons and mages, who Julia is likely to fight.
  • RES: Julia’s Resistance is one of her greatest strengths when it comes to countering dragons, and is, therefore, best left neutral.

Flaws

  • -DEF: Julia’s physical bulk is already incredibly poor and she should avoid combat against physical attackers, so a Defense bane does little to harm Julia’s usefulness.

Skill Sets

Naga’s Prodigy (Anti-Dragon Enemy Phase)

Recommended
Naga (+Eff)
Alternate: Naga
A Atk/Res Bond 3
Alternate: Fury (3 or 4)
Draw Back B Quick Riposte 3
Dragon Fang
Alternate: Iceberg
C Odd Atk Wave 3
SP2,005SFierce Stance 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -DEF
  • Weapon: Naga (+Eff)
  • Assist: Draw Back
  • Special: Dragon Fang / Draconic Aura / Iceberg / Glacies
  • Passive A: Atk/Res Bond / Mirror Stance / Fury
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Odd Attack Wave / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Fierce Stance / Attack +3 / Resistance +3

As the Naga tome’s unique refinement allows Julia to retaliate against dragon heroes in melee range, she can invest considerably in an Enemy Phase build that can perform reasonably well against mages too. +ATK is the clear choice, as no other Asset will improve Julia’s combat so considerably.

Regarding Julia’s choice of Special, Dragon Fang provides fantastic value as Julia can stack several sources of Attack to reach a fantastic combat value around 60-70. However, if she does not receive buffs or invests more heavily in Resistance, Iceberg may provide greater value.

Quick Riposte and the Naga tome are the two key skills in Julia’s possession. In conjunction, these two skills allow Julia to deliver two attacks to any dragon hero that initiates combat against her, guaranteeing their defeat. Mage heroes will also struggle to take down Julia: with Atk/Res Bond, Julia wields a respectable 37 base Resistance before buffs.

Odd Attack Wave improves Julia’s self-sufficiency, but can easily be replaced by a partner with an equivalent skill. Atk/Res Bond and Fierce Stance both serve to improve Julia’s damage output and greatly complement Quick Riposte, though either of these can be replaced with more budget options.

Divine Justice (Player Phase Nuke)

Naga (+Eff)
Alternate: Naga
A Death Blow (3 or 4)
Alternate: Fury 3
Draw Back
Alternate: Ardent Sacrifice
B Special Spiral 3
Luna C Even Atk Wave 3
SP1,645SBrazen Atk/Res 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -RES
  • Weapon: Naga (+ATK) / Naga (+Eff)
  • Assist: Draw Back / Flexible
  • Special: Luna / Blazing Wind / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Death Blow / Life and Death / Fury
  • Passive B: Special Spiral
  • Passive C: Even Attack Wave / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Brazen Atk/Res / Attack +3 / Atk/Spd Bond / Atk/Def Bond

Though Julia is a more defensively-inclined hero more suited to Enemy Phase, her high base Attack can allow for a respectable Player Phase offensive build. While it’s difficult for Julia to get the first KO against any non-dragon hero, afterward she can deal considerable damage and KO most enemies she’ll face. She will be very reliant on team support as well as reliable Special charges, however, and incredibly vulnerable to enemy attacks.

There’s little difference between Naga and the +Atk refinement, but if you have dew to burn the extra point can make a crucial difference. With that said, a +ATK Asset is highly recommended, and the rest of Julia’s skills serve to push her Attack stat as high as possible. Death Blow, Even Attack Wave, and Attack +3 are all pretty standard skills, though there’s some flexibility possible here depending on skill accessibility and team composition. Even Attack Wave can be replaced with any other C skill if the Attack buff can be provided by an ally, whereas budget alternatives to Death Blow such as Fury can complement Julia’s Sacred Seal.

Attack +3 provides the easiest to utilize bonus, but other skills may be more effective if you can meet their requirements: Brazen Atk/Res can work fantastically well if you can cut Julia’s HP to below 80%, whereas any of the Bond skills that grant Attack will also be a greater boost if you can keep Julia next to an ally.

Regarding Julia’s Special Skill, Luna offers reliable single target damage on a guaranteed cooldown after Special Spiral, whereas Blazing Wind will often deal more damage and has the added advantage of area of effect damage. If Julia’s partners can further improve her Special charge through skills like Infantry Pulse, Blazing Wind is highly recommended, otherwise, Luna is the go-to choice.

Introduction

As one of the first heroes released after launch, Julia has struggled to remain capable against stronger heroes released more recently. Her stats are reasonably unimpressive, with the clear highlights being her base 35 Attack and 32 Resistance. However, she wields one clear defining trait: the Naga tome.

While not as powerful as it is in her origin game, Julia’s Naga tome vastly improves her combat potential against dragon heroes; who remain some of the strongest heroes around. In addition, with Naga’s unique refinement, Julia firmly cements a unique position for herself as one of the top counters to dragon heroes through improvements to her Enemy Phase potential.

Though Julia lost a lot of her power against dragons after they gained the ability to target Defense instead of Resistance, Naga’s new refinement reverses this effect. However, she remains incredibly frail against physical attackers, so should be reserved for enemy dragons and mages exclusively.

Overall, Julia is an incredibly average mage due to her balanced stats and low Speed, but the Naga tome and its unique refinement carve a powerful niche for her as a dragon counter with no additional support required.

For the first time in my life I know what I’m here for. And that’s to fight… I’m not scared anymore.

Julia, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Strengths

High Attack

Julia’s base 35 Attack, with +ATK pushing this to a fantastic 38, provides a solid foundation for Julia’s combat to be further improved with strong Player Phase or Enemy Phase skills like Death Blow and Quick Riposte respectively.

Naga

Julia’s Naga tome is easily her best asset, granting fantastic power and a powerful Enemy Phase against dragon heroes. This tome sets Julia apart from her other mages, as well as her mother and rival Deirdre. With arguably the stronger of the two refinements, Julia holds a strong position thanks to this weapon.

Decent Resistance

While Julia’s Resistance isn’t the best, her ability to force dragons to target her Resistance instead of Defense makes it far more useful in countering dragon heroes. This stat also improves her combat against other enemy mages.

Weaknesses

Pitiful Defense

Julia’s base Defense of 17 leaves her incredibly susceptible to physical attackers, especially as she’s likely to drop another 4 points with a Defense Flaw. Julia should avoid reckless encounters against physical heroes.

Poor Combat against Non-dragons

Though her combat ability against dragon heroes is superb, Julia’s mediocre Speed stat makes her a poor attacker, as she has to rely on follow-up attacks from skills like G Tomebreaker or Quick Riposte.

Team Options

Julia surprisingly has little reliance on her teammates. Any heroes that can improve Julia’s Attack or Resistance stat will be helpful to her, regardless of whether she is built for Player Phase or Enemy Phase. Besides that, other heroes that can improve Julia’s Special charge or provide healing may offer some usefulness, but for the most part, Julia is very self-sufficient.

  • Buffers: Attack is the most crucial buff that Julia can receive, but she can make use of all possible buffs: therefore heroes like Eirika, Ephraim, Robin (M), Robin (F), Legendary Marth and other buffers make for good partners.
     
  • Special Support: Heroes like Legendary Hector or any hero running Infantry Pulse can improve Julia’s offense by charging her Special skill more quickly.
     
  • Healers: As Julia is quite frail, ensuring her HP remains high will allow her to survive enemy engagements. Staff heroes or heroes with minor healing like Leanne and Reyson can be helpful partners.
     
  • Strong Blue Heroes: Blue heroes can check Julia’s triangle disadvantage by keeping red enemy heroes at bay.

Counters

Julia will crumble to any physical attack, so good positioning and careful engagements are crucial. In addition, mages with high Speed may deal enough damage to defeat Julia despite her good Resistance.

  • Strong Physical Heroes: With her awful Defense stat, Julia will struggle to survive a single hit from any physical attacker regardless of color.
     
  • High-Speed Mages: Mages with high Speed can circumvent Julia’s high Resistance stat to drop her due to her low HP stat. This is much more possible with a triangle advantage, making mages like Celica, Winter Tharja, and Eirika (SM) can all threaten Julia.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Wind
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elwind
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Rexcalibur
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 9
NagaEffective against dragons. Grants Def/Res+2 when this unit is attacked.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Dragon GazeBoosts Atk by 30%.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 4
Dragon FangBoosts Atk by 50%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Resistance +1Grants Res+1
Inheritable by all units.
30
A
Resistance +2Grants Res+2
Inheritable by all units.
60
A
Resistance +3Grants Res+3
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
A
Breath of Life 1If unit initiates attack, adjacent allies recover 3 HP after combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Breath of Life 2If unit initiates attack, adjacent allies recover 5 HP after combat.
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

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

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