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Linus - Mad Dog

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
163
HP 42
ATK 37
SPD 33
DEF 32
RES 19

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 18 9 9 8 4
High

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 42 37 33 32 19
High

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

This unit has no access to IVs.

Skill Sets

The Absolutest of Units (Defensive)

Recommended
Basilikos (+Def)
Alternate: Basilikos (+Eff)
A Steady Breath
Alternate: Steady Stance 3
Reposition B Guard 3
Aether
Alternate: Sol
C Drive Def 2
Alternate: Panic Ploy 3
SP2,175SQuick Riposte 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Basilikos (+Def/Eff)

  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible

  • Special: Aether / Sol / Bonfire

  • Passive A: Steady Breath / Steady Stance / Close Def

  • Passive B: Guard / Quick Riposte

  • Passive C: Drive Def / Panic Ploy / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Close Def / Panic Ploy

With his great physical bulk and personal weapon, Linus can work fantastically in a defensive Enemy Phase set.

Basilikos is a powerful weapon in itself, acting as a 16 might Slaying Axe with refinery options. This combines amazingly with the skill Steady Breath, allowing him to proc even lengthy Specials very consistently. A Defense refine will grant Linus a significant boost to his physical bulk, whereas even the Life and Death refine could be considered as he will still possess good physical bulk while also gaining more protection from double attacks. The Assist slot is open to whatever one wants. A skill such as Reposition fits well on him as he can potentially move an ally out of danger and protect them.

His A slot and Special go hand in hand. Thanks to the skill Steady Breath, Linus can easily make use of Aether. With Steady Breath charging his Special by two per action and Basilikos reducing Aether to a cooldown of four, Linus will always activate Aether on his second attack, making him a dangerous opponent to fight. In order to guarantee Aether’s activation, Quick Riposte is used as the Sacred Seal so Linus will perform a guaranteed follow-up attack when above 70% HP.

As alternatives to Aether, Sol will grant Linus with good self-sustainability while Bonfire will scale off of his high Defense. If combined with Steady Breath, both will activate on Linus’s first attack and even his second attack should he be doubled. Steady Stance and Close Def are two strong alternatives to Steady Breath, granting Linus will a solid boost to his defenses when attacked. If one does use a A slot other than Steady Breath, making use of either Sol or Bonfire is recommended over Aether due to them still being able to activate every round of combat without relying on Steady Breath.

For the rest of the build, Guard in the B slot will prevent the enemy from charging their own Special when Linus is above 80% HP, allowing Linus to more safely bait anyone using skills such as Quickened Pulse, Heavy Blade, or Bold Fighter. One could also run Quick Riposte here and free up the Sacred Seal slot for something else such as Close Def or Panic Ploy. The C slot is open to player preference. His default Drive Def is a safe general choice that allows Linus to boost the Defense of nearby allies. With his high HP, he can also make use of skills such as Panic Ploy and Infantry Pulse.

Power and Pride (Offensive)

Basilikos (+Eff)
Alternate: Basilikos (+Spd)
A Brazen Atk/Spd 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition
Alternate: Reciprocal Aid
B Wrath 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Draconic Aura
C Drive Def 2
SP1,765SAttack +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Basilikos (+Eff/Spd)

  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid / Flexible

  • Special: Moonbow / Draconic Aura / Luna

  • Passive A: Brazen Atk/Spd / Fury

  • Passive B: Wrath / Desperation

  • Passive C: Drive Def / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Attack +3 / Speed +3 / Heavy Blade

With high Attack, good Speed, and his personal weapon, Linus can function very well in a fully offensive set.

With Basilikos reducing the cooldown of any Special by 1, Linus can utilize a number of different Specials to great effect. The Life and Death refine for Basilikos gives Linus a huge boost to his offensive potential while still maintaining acceptable defenses. If one wishes to not hinder his bulk, the Speed refine is a solid choice as well. His Assist can be used for any standard movement skill such as Reposition, or one could also use Reciprocal Aid to instantly reach the activation range for Brazen Atk/Spd (Though unfortunately not low enough to activate Wrath or Desperation). For his Special, Moonbow is extremely powerful when combined with Basilikos due to it only having a cooldown of one, making it activate incredibly consistently and pairing well with both Wrath and Desperation. Draconic Aura and Luna are both powerful options as well, but won’t activate as consistently as Moonbow does unless Heavy Blade is also being used.

Brazen Atk/Spd in the A slot will give Linus a huge seven point boost to both Attack and Speed when he’s below 80% HP. As his B slot skill will require him to be below 75% anyway, this makes for a huge increase to Linus’s offensive potential when he’s under that threshold. Fury is a strong alternative that not only boosts all of his stats, but the passive recoil damage he takes will can help him to reach the HP threshold for his B slot. Wrath gives Linus +1 Special charge at the start of each turn if he’s below 75% HP, which when used alongside Moonbow allows him to have it charged at the start of every turn and even deal an additional 10 damage from his Special attack. Desperation is a cheap but still effective alternative that lets Linus perform any follow-up attack immediately after his first if he’s below 75% HP.

The C slot is completely open to one’s own choice. Drive Def is Linus’s default option and is a effective choice for almost any situation, allowing Linus to boost his allies’ Defense. His Sacred Seal slot can be used to boost either his Attack or Speed to improve his offensive potential. An Attack +3 Seal goes great with Wrath for the extra power from his attacks while a Speed +3 Seal goes great with Desperation for the extra doubling potential. Heavy Blade is another option if Linus is running Draconic Aura or Luna, allowing Linus to activate either skill on his second attack should he activate it with Desperation.

Force of the Fangs (Galeforce)

Basilikos (+Eff) A Brazen Atk/Spd 3
Alternate: Life and Death 3
Reposition
Alternate: Reciprocal Aid
B Desperation 3
Galeforce C Drive Def 2
Alternate: Even Spd Wave 3
SP2,155SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Basilikos (+Eff)

  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid / Flexible

  • Special: Galeforce

  • Passive A: Brazen Atk/Spd / Life and Death

  • Passive B: Desperation

  • Passive C: Drive Def / Even Spd Wave / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade

With the right investment, Linus can make use of the powerful Galeforce Special.

For this set, Linus wants the most Attack and Speed possible. Because of this, the Life and Death refine for Basilikos is the most optimal option as it grants Linus the largest boost to both of these stats. His Assist slot is open to a variety of options. One could use a skill such as Reposition or any other movement skill so Linus can assist with unit positioning, or Reciprocal Aid to allow Linus to instantly reach the range of Brazen Atk/Spd, though unfortunately not low enough for Desperation.

As it is what this build is based around, Galeforce is the only option for the Special. This high cooldown Special allows Linus to immediately act again after his first action, allowing him to then safely retreat, use his Assist, or even attack again. With the Basilikos bringing Galeforce’s charge down to four and Heavy Blade as the Sacred Seal, he is capable of charging Galeforce in a single round if he doubles and activates Heavy Blade. Because of this, his A slot and B slot are based around increasing his chances to double and activate Heavy Blade.

Brazen Atk/Spd will grant Linus with a huge Attack and Speed boost whenever he’s below 80% HP, greatly increasing his offensive potential. Life and Death also provides a substantial boost to Attack and Speed, though at an even further cost to his defenses. Both of these A slots can significantly improve Linus’s chance to activate Galeforce. In the B slot, Desperation lets Linus perform any follow-up attack immediately if he is below 75% HP. With this skill, Linus can potentially fully charge Galeforce without even taking a hit, assuming he doubles and also activates Heavy Blade.

His C slot is open to Player Preference. His default C slot skill, Drive Def, is a safe choice which allows Linus to buff his nearby allies with increased Defense. Though very expensive, Even Spd Wave will allow Linus to boost himself and adjacent allies by six Speed at the start of even numbered turns. As this skill will activate even when Linus has no adjacent allies, Even Spd Wave effectively gives Linus increased doubling potential every other turn.

Introduction

Linus joins Heroes as a infantry axe fighter obtained from his respective Grand Hero Battle. Unlike his brother Lloyd, Linus has been done justice in Heroes, coming with a great set of stats, good starting loadout, and, most importantly, amazing artwork.

His standout stat is his amazing Attack stat of 37. Combined with Basilikos, Linus is capable of dealing a lot of damage in a single hit and trigger his Special more often for even more damage. On top of this, he comes with great physical bulk thanks to his HP of 42 and Defense of 32. His Speed stat of 33 is also fairly good too, granting him some decent protection from follow-up attacks and being quite easily boosted if one wants Linus to have a more offensive playstyle.

His two notable weaknesses are his Resistance and his Grand Hero status. At 18 Resistance, Linus is very susceptible to fast mages and dragons who can deal with him quite easily. Being a Grand Hero Battle unit, he also does not have access to random IVs and has limited merging potential.

All in all, Linus is a solid free unit. His combination of Attack, Speed, and Defense allows him to serve as a strong melee fighter as well as run a variety of offensive and defensive sets. If you’re looking for a axe infantry fighter, Linus is a strong contender and is a Grand Hero worthy of your consideration.

Strengths

Amazing Attack

Linus’s base Attack of 37 is the third highest in the entire game, matching units such as Chrom and Lilina. Combined with his personal weapon Basilikos, Linus has a base Attack of 53 that can also easily be boosted through skills or refining the Basilikos. This gives Linus immense damage per attack and can even cut through some higher Defense foes as well.

Great physical bulk

With 42 HP and 32 Defense, Linus possesses a physical bulk of 74. This high physical bulk gives him strong survivability when fighting physical foes, making him well suited for dueling other physical units and running more defensive sets such as utilizing Steady Breath.

Good Speed

33 Speed isn’t the fastest, but it’s still pretty good. Offensively, Linus can make use of Basilikos’ refine and other skills to boost his Speed into the 40s. Defensively, he has decent protection from follow-up attacks which helps increase his survivability and further increases his physical bulk.

Great starting loadout

Linus comes out of the gate with plenty of useful skills that one could easily consider using all of. Basilikos is the star of the show. While it is normally just a legendary Slaying Axe, which it in itself is pretty strong, it can then also be refined to give a boost to any of Linus’s stats or even grant him the Life and Death skill, giving him a huge boost to his offensive potential. He also comes with Luna, Brazen Atk/Spd, and Drive Def, all of which are good options on him, making him a good budget unit.

Weaknesses

Low Resistance

At 18 Resistance, Linus fares very poorly against magical opponents. Fast red and green mages will be able to deal with him with relative ease, while blue mages will be able to deal a lot of damage to him, if not KO him in the case of certain mages. On top of this, dragons will deal a lot of damage to Linus too.

Grand Hero Battle unit

While being a Grand Hero means everyone will be able to obtain him for free, it comes with two notable drawbacks: lack of random IVs and limited merging potential. No random IVs means his stats are set in stone and cannot be further optimized for improved performance. His limited merging potential also means he cannot be fully merged like summonable units can, which in turn limits his usefulness for those who play in high level arena. While this won’t be of concern to everyone, it is still a drawback nonetheless.

Team Options

Linus’s main weakness is magical foes such as mages and dragons, though he can also find trouble with many common sword fighters as well. Having allies that can help deal with these troubles is advised.

  • Units with effective damage against dragons: With dragons being one of Linus’s biggest weaknesses, having allies which can deal with dragons easily is a big help. Anybody with a Falchion such as Alm, Lucina, and Marth will be very useful for fighting dragons, particularly Alm who can cut through even the blue dragons with a little help. Julia and Deirdre also both come with the Naga tome which also grants bonus damage against dragons and both can also act as a magical wall thanks to their high Resistance. Adult and Young Tiki also both possess effective damage against dragons with their new personal weapon.

  • Colorless mage counters: When it comes to countering mages, colorless has some strong options thanks to them avoiding the Weapon Triangle. For daggers, there are units such as Felicia and Halloween Sakura who both possess great Speed and Resistance. For archers, Faye and LA Roy both possess great Resistance and can run a Guard Bow with Distant Def to reach incredible levels of both Defense and Resistance.

  • Tanky blue fighters: Having a blue fighter with good defenses can help to protect Linus from enemy sword fighters. Hardin, Effie, Nowi, and Shiro all possess solid Defense and can resist attacks from sword fighters with ease. Be careful with Nowi though if the sword fighter is a Falchion user, particularly Alm.

Counters

  • Mages: With his low Resistance and only good Speed, a majority of the faster red and green mages can easily deal with Linus. Bridal Tharja, SM Eirika, Celica, Nino, SF Nino, and Spring Sharena for example can all easily double Linus and secure a KO. The blue mages such as Ishtar and Linde struggle a bit more thanks to the Weapon Triangle, but can still obtain a KO.

  • Dragons: Due to his low Resistance once again, many of the dragons pose a threat to Linus. Primarily, both Young and Adult Tiki possess high Attack, high Defense, and a Weapon Triangle advantage against Linus, making them extremely dangerous opponents. The green dragons such as Fallen Robin and Myrrh also pose a notable threat.

  • Sword Fighters: Thanks to their Weapon Triangle advantage, many of the popular sword units are able to cut through Linus’s strong physical bulk. Ayra, Mia, and Karla for example all possess amazing offensive stats, allowing them to double Linus with relative ease and deal high damage per attack. Other than that, Zelgius and Legendary Ike both possess strong defenses and can resist Linus’s attacks, allowing them to retaliate and deal high damage in return.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
50 1 6
Steel Axe
Inheritable by Axe users only.
100 1 8
Silver Axe
Learns by default at 4 ★
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 11
BasilikosAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1).
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
New MoonResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%
Learns by default at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
LunaResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-50%
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Brazen Atk/Spd 1If unit's HP ≤ 80% at the start of combat, grants Atk/Spd+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
60
A
Brazen Atk/Spd 2If unit's HP ≤ 80% at the start of combat, grants Atk/Spd+5 during combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
A
Brazen Atk/Spd 3If unit's HP ≤ 80% at the start of combat, grants Atk/Spd+7 during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
240
A
Spur Def 1Grants adjacent allies Def+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Drive Def 1Grants allies within 2 spaces Def+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Drive Def 2Grants allies within 2 spaces Def+3 during combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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