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Lucius

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Lucius - The Light

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Stats
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
147
HP 37
ATK 32
SPD 30
DEF 13
RES 35
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 5 7 2 8
Middle 18 6 8 3 9
High 19 7 9 4 10

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 34 29 26 10 32
Middle 37 32 30 13 35
High 41 35 33 17 38
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

Lucius has fantastic Resistance, coupled with decent Attack and Speed for a healer. This opens him up to a lot of offensive options that many of his fellow healers lack.

Boons

  • +SPD: A boon in Speed raises Lucius’ Speed to 33, making it harder for mid-tier mages and many PVE units to double him, particularly if he invests further in his Speed with his A slot skill or seal.
  • +RES: Lucius’ neutral Resistance is 35 and taking a boon in it allows for him to be a formidable Resistance tank while furthering his ability to activate Ploy skills.

Neutral

  • HP: HP helps with his magical tankiness, which is always appreciated. At neutral HP and Resistance, Lucius has to be hit with 72 magical damage to KO him.
  • ATK: While it’s possible to raise his Attack further, particularly for his more lethal builds, it isn’t strictly necessary on a healer. If you’re using Lucius as a damage dealer than Speed is a better boon, and if you’re using him as a magical tank then Resistance is preferable.

Banes

  • -DEF: Lucius’ Defense is low enough that he’s not likely to survive many physical engagements in the first place. Reducing it has little impact on his playstyle

Skill Sets
Raymond's Confidant (Offensive Utility)
Recommended
Dazzling Gravity+
Alternate: Dazzling Slow+
A Atk/Spd Bond 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd 2
Recover+
Alternate: Physic+
B Wrathful Staff 3
Miracle C Spd Ploy 3
Alternate: Res Ploy 3
SP1,730SRes Ploy 3

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  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +RES / -HP or -DEF
  • Weapon: Dazzling Gravity+ / Dazzling Slow+
  • Assist: Recover / Physic
  • Special: Miracle / Imbue
  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Bond / Atk/Spd 2 / Speed +3
  • Passive B: Wrathful Staff
  • Passive C: Spd Ploy / Res Ploy / Odd Atk Wave
  • Sacred Seal: Res Ploy / Speed +3 / Distant Def

Lucius is one of the more flexible healers, thanks to his decent Attack and Speed stats, offset by his impressive Resistance. He is capable of hitting his opponent with massive debuffs via Ploy skills and then baiting or attacking them into an advantageous situation. This Lucius should never be attacked, and so his HP and Defense are negligible; his Resistance however, is focused on slightly to improve his chances at landing his important Ploy skills. Speed is generally preferable in the long run, unless you anticipate running up against many opponents with a Res stat higher than 35.

The idea here is to increase Lucius’ Speed and Attack to give him more opportunity to double and do as much damage possible. He won’t be counterattacked due to the Dazzling effect on his staff and if he’s Repositioned away by an ally, he cannot be pursued due to the Gravity debuff on all of his opponents. This utility alone makes him incredible at crowd controlling the enemy team, particularly if up against a highly mobile cavalry team or a team of armor units with Armor March.

Atk/Spd Bond is both a rare skill and difficult to set up properly, but due to healer inheritance limitations, it’s the only significant stat boosting A slot that Lucius can equip. Due to this, he needs an ally near him at all times in order to give him a nice +5/+5 to Attack/Speed, which helps his middling stats very well.

Be careful of using this Lucius against an opponent with Wings of Mercy, of course: if he can’t finish the kill then there’s a chance that his Gravity will be negated due to a dancer with the skill. Otherwise, he’s fantastic at offering your team the space to breathe when confronted by a highly mobile team, and he pairs very well with Player Phase units.

The Frail and Sickly Monk (Enemy Phase Tank)
Wrathful Fear+
Alternate: Wrathful Slow+
A Atk/Res Bond 3
Alternate: Brazen Def Res 3
Recover+
Alternate: Physic+
B Quick Riposte 3
Miracle C Res Ploy 3
Alternate: Atk Ploy 3
SP1,730SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +RES / -HP or -DEF
  • Weapon: Wrathful Fear+ / Wrathful Slow+
  • Assist: Recover / Physic
  • Special: Miracle
  • Passive A: Atk/Res Bond / Brazen Def/Res / Atk/Res 2
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Res Ploy / Atk Ploy / Odd Atk Wave
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Atk Ploy / Fortress Res

This Lucius disregards his Player Phase utility entirely to work properly in the Enemy Phase, foregoing the Dazzling effect in favor of picking up Quick Riposte. He is lethal to cocky mages who think that healers are easy targets, as this set boasts a Resistance of 46 at neutral- 49 with a boon. Coincidentally enough, his Attack also hits 49, with the added benefit of an Atk Smoke debuff to his attacker and surrounding enemies.

The concept here is simple: debuff your opponent through Res Ploy and then bait out any magical target while counterattacking twice. Lucius will often win duels against the mages due to his sheer hardiness and massive debuff potential.

Like his first set, his Enemy Phase set revolves around having a nearby ally for Atk/Res bond to activate, however this is much easier to set up for an Enemy Phase unit. Brazen Def/Res is his secondary option, which requires him to be damaged before it activates, but offers him a very nice Resistance buff that makes it nearly impossible to drain the rest of his HP through magic-based attacks.

Because many mages are competing in the 40-45 tier of Speed, it’s better to just give up on his Speed entirely in order to pick up Quick Riposte, a skill which will ensure that Lucius hits twice with his impressive damage, vastly increasing his odds of a KO.

When selecting weapons, Slow over Fear is a personal choice: Slow will not benefit Lucius himself much, but is a massive help for his Player Phase teammates. Conversely, Fear will help Lucius himself to tank even further (but will not stack with Atk Ploy if you choose to run that) Fear also may not be as useful for his teammates if they have Player Phase builds. Both of these have higher damage than other staves, such as Gravity or Panic, and can kill, unlike Pain, and so they’re both recommended for a build in which you intend for Lucius to get a KO.

Introduction

Lucius was one of the first healers introduced into Fire Emblem Heroes via a banner, and while he existed for a long time in colorless pitybreaker hell, he’s actually one of the best (if not the best) offensive infantry healers.

With an impressive Resistance stat of 35 and decent Attack and Speed for a healer (32/30 respectively), he comes with an admirable ability to put mages into check and is often able to bait them out so that your other units can come in for the kill- that is, if Lucius himself can’t finish them off first.  Unlike some healers, he’s very flexible and can easily fit into many of the playstyles your team needs.

Strengths

Utility

Being a healer gives Lucius remarkable utility in his access to staves

He can heal your team of course, which is a big boon when considering that many popular units prefer Enemy Phase builds and are guaranteed to take some chip damage

His weapon can debuff the enemy team in remarkable ways, with the option of crippling their Attack, Speed, or even their movement

High Resistance

Despite all of the tank-like units coming out in recent times, Lucius still has an impressively high RES stat, with the second highest Resistance in the game (at the time of writing, 3 units have 36 Resistance, and 7, including Lucius, have 35)

He can utilize this to debuff his opponent with Ploys, and he can also bait out threatening mages. It stands to note that Lucius can counter and kill a standard +ATK/Death Blow/Moonbow/Quickened Pulse Reinhardt with nothing but a Resistance Boon and a Wrathful Staff enhancement.

Weaknesses

Horrible Physical Bulk

Lucius’ Defense and HP stats are quite poor, giving him a combined physical bulk of 50 before a bane

Many physical units can outright one-shot him if they catch him without a Miracle proc

Limited Inheritance

Like every other healer in the game, Lucius is limited in what he can and cannot inherit

His lack of offensive Specials is particularly sad, as it prevents him from unleashing a fantastic Iceberg or Glacies

His A slot is similarly limited, with an inability to obtain skills that would benefit him, such as Warding Breath, Swift Sparrow, or Fury

Team Options

Lucius is a supportive and utility unit, meaning he can work with many different team builds

  • Low Resistance Units: Units with low Resistance, such as Raven, Ogma, Ephraim, and Cherche would all appreciate Lucius’ ability to bait out mages.
  • Enemy Phase Units: Strong Enemy Phase units such as Brave Ike, Hector, Zelgius and Effie could all use his healing skills to keep above their various skill thresholds.
  • Player Phase Units: Player Phase units like Cordelia, Shigure, Alm, and Reinhardt all appreciate Lucius’ ability to crowd control the opponent with Gravity during Enemy Phase.
Counters

While Lucius is decent at 1v1s where mages are concerned, he falls quite short in other battles.

  • Dragons: These units, such as Nowi, Myrrh, and Adult Tiki are an unfortunate massive counter due to them targeting his low Defense.
  • Physical Units: Any physical unit with over 50 Attack can one-shot him. There are many units who fall under that category, not the least of which are highly mobile cavalry such as Eldigan, Oscar, and Legendary Ephraim.
  • Archers: He is similarly bad at taking fights with archers, including Bridal Cordelia, Brave Lyn, and Takumi.
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Assault
Restricted to units that use a Staff.
50 2 10
PainInflicts 10 damage on targeted foe after combat.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Restricted to units that use a Staff.
150 2 3
Pain+After combat, if unit attacked, deals 10 damage to target and foes within 2 spaces of target.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Restricted to units that use a Staff.
300 2 10
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades
Support Skills
Support Skills Rng. SP
HealRestores 5 HP. 1
ReconcileRestores 7 HP each to target and this unit.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 100
MartyrRestores HP=7+this unit's suffered damage. Unit heals HP=half suffered damage. Slows Special trigger (cooldown count+1).
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 4 ★
1 150
Martyr+Restores HP = this unit's suffered damage +50% of Atk. (Minimum of 7 HP.) Also restores HP to unit = half suffered damage.
Unlocks at 5 ★
1 300
Special Skills
Special Skills SP Turns
ImbueWhen healing an ally with a staff, restores an additional 10 HP to target ally.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Restricted to units that use a Staff.
50 1
MiracleIf unit's HP > 1 and foe would reduce unit's HP to 0, unit survives with 1 HP.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
200 5
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
HP +3Grants +3 to max HP.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
40
A
HP +4Grants +4 to max HP.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
80
A
HP +5Grants +5 to max HP.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
160
A
Other Info
Origin
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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