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Kagero - Honorable Ninja

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Related Heroes

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
148
HP 31
ATK 35
SPD 32
DEF 22
RES 28

Stat Variations

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

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 28 32 29 19 24
Middle 31 35 32 22 28
High 34 38 35 25 31

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 is an excellent choice for capitalizing on her already great Attack stat and is ideal for one-shot builds revolving around the use of effective damage weapons such as her native Poison Dagger or the Sky Maiougi. 
  • +SPD: Taking a Speed Asset bumps up Kagero’s middling base Speed stat of 32 to a more workable 35, and is ideal for offensive builds that are reliant upon her ability to consistently double. 

Neutral

  • RES: Although raising it is not a priority, Kagero’s Resistance stat is serviceable and gives her the ability to tank a single hit from a mage should she need to; it also allows her to make decent use of Ploys. 
  • HP: It is recommended to avoid taking an HP Flaw as doing so detracts from her magical bulk, though it can be an acceptable alternative should a Defense Flaw be unavailable. 

Flaws

  • -DEF: At a neutral physical bulk of 53, dropping Kagero’s Defense stat is ideal as it is too low to ever make a difference in her match-ups.

Skill Sets

One with the Shadows (Offensive)

Recommended
Lethal Carrot+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Barb Shuriken+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Even Spd Wave 3
Alternate: Def Ploy 3
SP1545SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD / -DEF or -HP
  • Weapon: Lethal Carrot (+Spd) / Barb Shuriken (+Spd)
  • Assist: Reposition / Ardent Sacrifice
  • Special: Glimmer / Moonbow / Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Fury / Brazen Atk/Spd
  • Passive B: Desperation 
  • Passive C: Even Spd Wave / Def Ploy / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Atk/Spd 2 / Attack +3 / Speed +3

This set aims to turn Kagero into an extremely potent force during the Player Phase, relying on her ability to double in order to consistently activate her Special. As such, a +SPD IV is ideal for this build, though an Attack Asset can be considered as well to strengthen her damage output outside of Special activations -- do keep in mind though that taking this IV will make her more reliant on team support to perform follow-up attacks. 

Low cooldown Specials like Glimmer and Moonbow are especially effective for this build, though the choice between the two is ultimately up to personal preference. Given her good damage output, Glimmer will generally provide Kagero with a solid boost to her damage output and fares considerably better than Moonbow against enemies whose bulk lies mainly in their HP. For more consistency against foes with a high Defense stat, however, Moonbow will be the preferable option. 

Moving on to weapon choice, Lethal Carrot makes for a fantastic weapon on Kagero, granting her a flat +10 damage boost whenever her Special activates; when paired with the Heavy Blade seal, she will be able to consistently unleash deadly Special activations upon her opponent in every round of combat even when under Desperation's HP threshold, provided that she performs a follow-up attack and that Heavy Blade activates. Barb Shuriken's consistent -1 Special cooldown allows it to function as a powerful candidate as well for those who wish to be less reliant on the Heavy Blade seal to activate her Special, or if wishing to make use of stronger Specials altogether such as Draconic Aura. 

Atk/Spd Solo is her A slot of choice, allowing her to maximize her offensive presence with its significant +6/+6 boost to her offenses. In addition, as this build primarily focuses on Kagero's capabilities in the Player Phase, she will typically be away from her allies regardless, allowing her to reliably activate the skill's effect. Swift Sparrow and Fury are good alternatives should Atk/Spd Solo be unavailable, with the latter in particular having the added benefit of improving her low overall bulk and gives her an easier time in using ploys. If making use of Ardent Sacrifice, Brazen Atk/Spd and Life and Death are available options to her as well as a single use of Ardent Sacrifice will immediately drop her into Brazen’s and Desperation’s HP threshold. 

For her C slot, Even Spd Wave is a powerful skill that grants her and any adjacent ally a substantial boost to their ability to perform follow-up attacks on even-numbered turns. Her decent base Resistance allows her to be a pretty good user of Def Ploy, especially if equipped with Fury and can be taken to sizably boost her damage output against any foe she manages to land its debuff on. However, it should be used with caution if Kagero is running Moonbow as the debuff does lower Moonbow’s effectiveness slightly. Otherwise, Kagero can run any C slot that compliments her team composition. 

Momentous Kunoichi (One-Shot Nuke)

Sky Maiougi+ (+Atk)
Alternate: Poison Dagger+
A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition B Chill Def 3
Alternate: Cancel Affinity 3
Glimmer C Odd Atk Wave 3
SP1695SAttack +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP or -DEF
  • Weapon: Sky Maiougi+ (+Atk) / Poison Dagger+ / Cloud Maiougi+ (+Atk) / Kitty Paddle+ 
  • Assist: Reposition 
  • Special: Glimmer / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Death Blow 4 / Death Blow 3
  • Passive B: Chill Def / Cancel Affinity / Flexible 
  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Attack+3  

A Player Phase oriented build that capitalizes on Kagero’s ability to one-shot opponents through the use of her native Poison Dagger, the Kitty Paddle, or any of the other effective-damage daggers such as the Sky and Cloud Maiougi. Such weapons are fantastic options and pair well with her already fantastic base Attack stat, granting her a 50% Attack increase against opponents infantry units, mages, armors, and dragonstone users respectively. To further boost her ability to one-shot such opponents, it is recommended to take an Attack Asset coupled with the Attack +3 seal. 

Glimmer is a fantastic choice for a Special and scales well with the effective damage boost from her chosen weapon, but does worse against opponents that Kagero doesn’t do effective damage to. For more consistency across a wider variety of opponents, Moonbow is also an option though ideally, Kagero will only be attacking opponents she can one-shot as she lacks the bulk to tank any kind of retaliation. 

Death Blow is her ideal A slot, supplementing her Attack stat even further, and offers her the highest chance of killing her opponent with a single strike. Her B slot with this build is extremely flexible, leaving it open to a variety of different options. Chill Def is a great option thanks to the fact that units have become increasingly bulkier and harder to one-shot with the introduction of weapon refines; however, it is not a guarantee that Chill Def will target a foe who she does effective damage against and can be inconsistent at times. Chill Def may also find its uses with the Kitty Paddle against bulky mages such as Winter Tharja but generally, it is unnecessary. Instead, she has the option of running Cancel Affinity in case she ever faces off against a TA Raven mage. Otherwise, she is free to run any B slot that could possibly compliment her allies, such as Wings of Mercy or a Chill skill. 

Like her B slot, her C slot is flexible as well and can be filled in with any skill that best suits her allies' needs. That being said, Odd Atk Wave is a formidable option that one can take to make her much more self-sufficient, augmenting her OHKO capabilities greatly on odd-numbered turns.

Introduction

Once considered the strongest dagger unit in the game, Kagero has definitely fallen quite a bit as the game progressed. Though she is still in possession of a decent offensive stat spread of 35/32, she has been thoroughly outclassed, lacking the offensive prowess or utility that other new dagger units possess. Her low overall damage soak does her no favors either and renders her unable to initiate against DC users she cannot kill in one round of combat for fear of being killed in retaliation.

However, the recent addition of offensive daggers such as Lethal Carrot and Barb Shuriken has breathed new life into many dagger units with Kagero being no exception. With new toys at her disposal, Kagero finds herself able to become an incredibly powerful unit in the Player Phase, capable of shredding teams apart with the proper set-up and support. Even though she does have her well-defined weaknesses, keep her out of harm’s way and Kagero still proves to be a strong offensive presence in her own right. 

Strengths

Good Attack

Boasting one of the highest Attack stats amongst all daggers, Kagero's good Attack stat ensures that she will consistently be able to deal good amounts of damage and decently chunk opposing foes. Additionally, this gives her some much-needed flexibility with her builds as she has the option of going all in for one-shot builds or investing in her Speed for more general use builds. 

Great Availability 

Kagero is currently available in the 3-4* pool, making the task of acquiring merges and the perfect IVs for her relatively easier in comparison to some of her competition. 

Weaknesses

Low Overall Bulk

With a horrid physical bulk of 53, Kagero has an incredibly difficult time dealing with Distant Counter users that she cannot OHKO or ORKO. Even her magical bulk is rather lacking, as her incredibly low HP takes away from her ability to tank more than a single magical hit. 

Outclassed 

Having started out as the strongest dagger unit in the game, Kagero has slowly fallen out of favor for dagger units with a stronger offensive presence like Spring Kagero or who provide more utility like Sothe and Performing Olivia. 

Team Options

Since Kagero should always be looking to capitalize her strength in the Player Phase, allies like refreshers and buffers who can enhance her overall performance are greatly appreciated. To take care of high Defense units that she can’t ORKO herself, physically tanky allies who can make quick work of such foes are also welcome. 

  • Refreshers: Though many units appreciate refresher support, this is especially the case for Kagero as such support allows her to either kill multiple foes in one sitting or to safely get out of enemy range after having picked off an opponent. As such, refresher allies like Bridal Ninian, Lene, and Performing Azura are great choices for allies. 
  • Buffers: Units such as Sanaki, Ephraim, and Brave Lucina who can offer buffs to her offensive stats improve Kagero’s Player Phase tremendously; buffs to her Attack may prove to be particularly useful if running the Heavy Blade seal. 
  • Physical Tanks: Even with her decent offenses, Kagero may sometimes find herself unable to ORKO a DC tank, leaving herself  liable to be killed on the counter; in such instances, physical tanks like Lukas, Shiro, and Winter Chrom come in handy, ridding Kagero of the worry of having to initiate on such foes. 

Counters

As a unit with low damage soak, Kagero is an easy target to pick off so long as one initiates against her. Player Phase oriented archers and strong melee units who can apply pressure on her are particularly effective counters. Mages who run the tried-and-true Triangle Adept/Raven tome build are also great counters, shutting down her high Attack through Weapon Triangle Advantage. 

  • Offensive Archers: Particularly those who wield Player Phase weapons like Brave Bow and Firesweep Bow, offensive archers such as Brave Lyn, Hinoka (WF), and Halloween Jakob exploit Kagero’s weak Enemy Phase to easily defeat her. 
  • Strong Melee: Kagero’s paper-thin Defense stat allows strong melee units such as Tana, Elincia, and Raven to kill her in just a single round of combat.
  • Raven Tomes: Mages such as Lyon, Sophia, and Spring Camilla who commonly make use of a Triangle Adept/Raven build can easily dispose of colorless units, with Kagero being no exception even with her decent Resistance. 

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Dagger users only.
50 2 3
Steel DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Learns by default at 3 ★
Dagger users only.
100 2 5
Poison DaggerEffective against infantry units. Infantry foes suffer Def/Res-4 after combat through their next actions.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Dagger users only.
200 2 2
Poison Dagger+Effective against infantry units. Infantry foes suffer Def/Res-6 after combat through their next actions.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Dagger users only.
300 2 5
Kagero's DartAt start of combat, if unit's Atk > foe's Atk, grants Atk/Spd+4 during combat. Effect:【Dagger 7】 【Dagger 7】 After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res-7 on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
RetributionBoosts damage dealt to foe by 30% of damage dealt to unit.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
ReprisalBoosts damage dealt to foe by 30% of damage dealt to unit.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Warding Blow 1Grants Res+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
50
A
Warding Blow 2Grants Res+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
100
A
Warding Blow 3Grants Res+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
200
A
Daggerbreaker 1If unit's HP ≥ 90% in combat against a dagger user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Inheritable by all units.
50
B
Daggerbreaker 2If unit's HP ≥ 70% in combat against a dagger user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
100
B
Daggerbreaker 3If unit's HP ≥ 50% in combat against a colorless dagger user, unit makes a follow-up attack and foe cannot.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200
B

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Fates

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