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Analysis by RedFerrari1998
Lyon - Shadow Prince

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 41
ATK 34
SPD 21
DEF 26
RES 30

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Middle 19 10 4 4 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
Middle 41 34 21 26 30

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.

This unit has no access to IVs.

Skill Sets

Vessel for the King (Raven)

Naglfar A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Iceberg C Atk Smoke 3
SP1885SQuick Riposte 3
Alternate: Distant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Naglfar

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

  • Special: Iceberg / Moonbow  

  • Passive A: Triangle Adept / Distant Defense

  • Passive B: Swordbreaker / Quick Riposte / Bowbreaker

  • Passive C: Atk Smoke / Atk Ploy / Res Ploy

  • Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Distant Def

A relatively cheap but effective setup for Lyon. This set allows Lyon to make for an effective counter to Green units, Colorless units and sword units all in one.

Keeping his standard Naglfar is the best option for this setup. Naglfar is effectively a more powerful raven tome, granting Lyon a weapon triangle advantage against colorless units. When combined with Triangle Adept, Lyon will get an even further advantage against colorless units with added power against green units, though you sacrifice practically any effectiveness against blue units. Distant Defense also makes for a good choice in the A slot as it also increases his effectiveness against colorless units, though only on enemy phase and he receives no extra bonus against green units.

Swordbreaker in the B slot allows for Lyon’s utility to be pushed even further, allowing him to secure KOs against popular sword units such as Ayra, Mia, Zelgius, Black Knight, Ryoma, Siegbert, Elincia, Soleil and Ike. Quick Riposte and Bowbreaker can also work in the B slot, but his effectiveness against bow units is already high and using QR in the B slot as opposed to the Sacred Seal slot results in Lyon losing his ability to effectively counter popular sword units. With Atk Smoke in the C slot slot, Lyon will also debuff the Attack stat of enemies within 2 spaces of his target by 7, reducing their damage output. Atk and Res Ploy can also be considered as potential options thanks to his good Resistance, but it can be somewhat inconsistent. Iceberg makes for the ideal special thanks to his Resistance stat, but Moonbow is also a good option due to its low cooldown.

Quick Riposte makes for a great Sacred Seal with this build, allowing Lyon to attack twice on enemy phase when he's above 70% health. This allows him to consistently secure KOs against units such as Brave Lyn who can sometimes avoid a OHKO from Lyon if she has a fortify buff or is on a fort. Distant Def also makes for a good Sacred Seal on this build, increasing his tankiness against mages and colorless units on enemy phase. The assist slot is up to player preference as anything can be run effectively, but Reposition makes for a great standard choice in order to allow Lyon to assist in the positioning of his allies.

Shadow Hoot (Owl CC)

Rauðrowl+ (+Def)
Alternate: Naglfar
A Close Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Iceberg C Atk Smoke 3
SP1695SClose Def 3
Alternate: Distant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Weapon: Rauðrowl+ (+Def) / Candelabra+ (+Def) / Naglfar

  • Assist: Reposition / Player Preference

  • Special: Iceberg / Moonbow  

  • Passive A: Close Counter

  • Passive B: Quick Riposte

  • Passive C: Atk Smoke / Atk Ploy / Res Ploy

  • Sacred Seal: Close Def / Distant Def / Quick Riposte

While this is very heavy investment, Lyon can be a great enemy phase unit when utilizing the Owl tome and Close Counter, making him into a infantry Winter Tharja of sorts.

The Rauðrowl tome will boost all of Lyon’s stats by 2 times the number of adjacent allies, potentially allowing for a +6 boost to all stats. With a Defense forged Owl tome and 3 adjacent allies, Lyon reaches an impressive 35 Defense and 36 Resistance. You can also run a Defense forged Candelabra or his default Naglfar with this setup, but a Defense forged Owl tome is recommended over both.

With Close Counter allowing Lyon to retaliate at melee range and Quick Riposte guaranteeing a follow-up attack on enemy phase when above 70% HP, Lyon becomes very effective on enemy phase. This is then combined with Atk Smoke to reduce the Attack of enemies within 2 spaces of Lyon’s target by 7, making him even tankier. Lyon can also utilize Atk and Res Ploy with his good Resistance stat, but this can be somewhat inconsistent. Finally, Iceberg allows Lyon to benefit from his high Resistance and deal a very powerful attack, though you can also utilize Moonbow for the low cooldown.

The Sacred Seal of choice is either Close Def or Distant Def. Both are great choices that can serve Lyon very well. You can also use the Quick Riposte Sacred Seal to free up Lyon’s B slot, but this means forgoing one of the Defense skills and so it is recommended to run QR in his B slot. The assist slot is up to player preference, anything of choice can work with Lyon. Reposition makes for a great choice on almost any unit, helping your team to position units easier.


Coming to us as a Grand Hero Battle reward, the prince of Grado himself joins the fight as a infantry red mage. Lyon comes through with his own personal tome as well as strong Attack and good mixed bulk, though at the cost of Speed. His stats and spread are very similar to Sophia, allowing Lyon to run builds similar to what she enjoys.

Lyon possesses an Attack stat of 34 which is very good for a red mage. Combined with his personal tome Naglfar, Lyon is able to deal a good amount of damage in a single attack. Lyon also possesses good mixed bulk with 41 HP, 26 Defense and 30 Resistance which works well with Naglfar which is effectively a more powerful raven tome, granting Lyon with a weapon triangle advantage against colorless units. This does come at the cost of pitiful Speed however at just 21, meaning Lyon is very liable to receiving double attacks.

All in all, Lyon is a good red mage with fairly good stats around with the notable exception of Speed. He will benefit highly from adopting a more defensive playstyle designed around baiting his foes into attacking him. Build him well and Lyon will prove how strong he has become.


Great Attack

At 34 Attack, Lyon possesses the second highest Attack stat of all red mages with only Sanaki and Lilina having more at 37. This means Lyon is able to hit hard with whatever tome you give him, whether it be his default Naglfar or something else such as an Owl tome.

Good mixed bulk

With 41 HP, 26 Defense and 30 Resistance, Lyon has a good balance of physical and magical bulk. If combined with skills such as an Owl tome, Triangle Adept, Fury, Distant Defense or Close Defense, Lyon can reach very high levels of both Defense and Resistance.


Terrible Speed

At 21 Speed, Lyon has the third lowest Speed of all red tome units, with only Winter Tharja and Sophia having less. This makes it almost impossible for Lyon to double without skills like Swordbreaker or Quick Riposte and makes him very liable to receive double attacks.

Grand Hero Battle Unit

Since Lyon comes to us as a free unit through a Grand Hero Battle, he does not have access to random IVs, meaning you cannot optimize his stats outside of skills. He can become fully merged, but this will involve a large sum of Heroic Grails in order to obtain enough copies.

Team Options

Lyon will benefit the most from being around people who can boost his combat capabilities and will also appreciate teammates who can protect him from strong blue units, both physical and magical.

  • Green Melee Fighters: Strong green fighters such as Hector, Dorcas, Myrrh, Fallen Robin, and Brave Ike make for great counter to physical blue fighters thanks to all having great Attack and Defense. Hector, Fallen Robin, and Dorcas can also fight well against ranged blues thanks to their natural access to Distant Counter.

  • Green Mages: Magical green units such as Nino, Spring Sharena, and Summer Elise are all powerful and great counters to blue units thanks to their great offensive spreads.

  • Eirika and Ephraim: The buffing twins of Renais can give Lyon some much appreciated boosts. Ephraim is preferable to Eirika thanks to his enhanced ability to aid Lyon with red units he may struggle with, but Eirika can still make for a great partner due to having identical buffing capabilities to Ephraim.


There are many strong blue units that can make quick work of Lyon. Thanks to him being a red unit, blue units will be able to cut through him very well thanks to the weapon triangle advantage, especially should he be running Triangle Adept.

  • Strong Blue Fighters: Blue units such as Nowi, Hardin, Tana, Ephraim, Cordelia, and Shigure all have great Attack and can double Lyon with ease, meaning they will easily KO Lyon should you let them attack.

  • Blue Mages: Units such as Linde, Delthea, and Reinhardt can all double Lyon thanks to their superior Speed or brave weapon in the case of Reinhardt, making them very effective at dealing with Lyon.

  • Archers: If you choose to ditch his Naglfar for another tome, Lyon can become susceptible to enemy archers. Brave Lyn, Halloween Jakob, WF Hinoka, and Innes have solid offensive spreads and can very easily deal with Lyon should he not have Naglfar. Innes in particular is notable as he can counter Naglfar with Triangle Adept thanks to his natural Cancel Affinity skill.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Red Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Learns by default at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Red Tome Users Only
200 2 9
NaglfarGrants weapon-triangle advantage against colorless foes.
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
VengeanceBoosts damage dealt to foe by 50% of damage dealt to unit.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Resistance +1Grants Res+1
Inheritable by all units.
Attack/Res 1Grants Atk/Res+1.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Attack/Res 2Grants Atk/Res +2.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Spur Res 1Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
Drive Res 1Grants allies within 2 spaces Res+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Drive Res 2Grants allies within 2 spaces Res+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★

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