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Merric - Wind Mage

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
148
HP 43
ATK 26
SPD 32
DEF 28
RES 19

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 6 7 5 3
Middle 19 7 8 6 4
High 20 8 9 7 5

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 40 23 29 24 16
Middle 43 26 32 28 19
High 46 30 35 31 22

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

All of Merric's stats are used in his builds, limiting his ability to really minmax any of them- though this also serves as a positive because it's difficult to find an IV for him that won't work in some manner.

In general though, one will want to increase Merric's Attack if possible. At a pitiful base of 26, Merric's Attack stat will greatly benefit from the +4 Asset. HP or Resistance are ideal as a Flaw, as this will affect Merric's overall bulk the least.

Assets

  • +ATK: Attack is a +4 Asset for Merric, and increases his pitiful 26 Attack to a more workable stat of 30.
  • +SPD: More Speed will help Merric avoid double attacks while increasing his own potential for doubling enemies.

Neutral

  • DEF: It is preferred not to drop Merric's Defense stat, as it is quite decent for mages and is a -4 Flaw.

Flaws

  • -HP: Merric still has 40 HP with an HP Flaw, which is quite good for a mage. It will also not significantly affect his overall bulk
  • -RES: Merric already has poor Resistance, and so it's better to drop that than to sacrifice his better stats.

Skill Sets

The Dark Side (All-Purpose Generalist)

Recommended
Dark Excalibur (+Eff) A Close Counter
Alternate: Atk/Spd Solo 3
Reposition B Special Spiral 3
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire
Alternate: Moonbow
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Threaten Res 3
SP2095SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP 
  • Weapon: Dark Excalibur (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Bonfire / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Close Counter / Atk/Spd Solo / Death Blow
  • Passive B: Special Spiral / Quick Riposte / Vantage
  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Threaten Res / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Close Def / Quick Riposte / Brazen Atk/Def

Merric's surprisingly sturdy Defense allows him to function as a bait unit for the melee enemy users before striking back hard for a KO. With Close Counter, Merric is capable of retaliating from melee range, which is ideal for him as his Defense stat is high enough to tank physical threats while he wants to avoid the magical threats. Through this, he functions as a very good counter to popular blue units like Effie, Lukas, Ephraim, and Azura, and can kill them easily in the enemy phase.

Bonfire adds a +14 to his damage and Dark Excalibur amplifies that to an impressive +24. Thanks to the cooldown reduction given to him by the refined Dark Excalibur, he can fire off a Bonfire at his first counterattack. This has impressive synergy with Special Spiral, which reduces his Special cooldown by 2 after he activates his Special, which primes Bonfire to go again after being attacked. In this way, Merric can be pushed into an enemy team and activate Bonfire on every counterattack he makes, leaving a trail of carnage in his wake. Of course, he has to sustain an attack first, and his defensive stats aren't high enough to continuously do this, making Vantage another option for him.

Moonbow is an alternative Special option due to its lower cooldown (lower cooldown = more bonus damage from Dark Excalibur), and its synergy with the refined Dark Excalibur. With Moonbow, Merric becomes a Player Phase specialist, capable of firing off Moonbow activations upon every attack. The drawback to this is that his Moonbow Specials would be somewhat weaker than his Bonfire Specials, unless his opponent has 42 or higher Defense. If you want to run his Moonbow/Special Spiral set, then you'll want a different A slot- Atk/Spd Solo or Death Blow are both ideal in granting him additional damage to work with.

Threaten Res works well with Close Counter, as it allows for Merric to weaken any opponent who approaches him or survives his first counterattack before he attacks them again. Distant Def is preferred as a Seal to help improve his matchups vs blue mages and bow users, particularly Reinhardt and Brave Lyn, however, he's capable of taking them both down without Distant Def, it just leaves him with dangerously low HP. To make him better against melee units, Close Def is an attractive option, as it will make him far tankier and increase his Bonfire damage in melee range.

This set is a generalist set for him and increases his viability in multiple matchups across the board by using his additional Special damage to patch his low Attack and make him more flexible in either phase.

Feather Plucker (Anti-Flier)

Recommended
Excalibur (+Eff) A Close Counter
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: G Tomebreaker 3
Moonbow C Odd Def Wave 3
Alternate: Threaten Res 3
SP1620SClose Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -HP or -RES
  • Weapon: Excalibur (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis
  • Passive A: Close Counter / Atk/Def Bond / Fury
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / G Tomebreaker / Vantage
  • Passive C: Odd Def Wave / Threaten Res
  • Sacred Seals: Close Def / Panic Ploy

As the only non-archer unit who deals bonus damage to fliers, Merric is a great choice against all flier teams, particularly those who think that they're safe because they run a Raven tome Spring Camilla. Since most fliers are melee attackers, Merric still benefits from Close Counter, though he can also make use of Atk/Def Bond and even Fury to patch his Attack, further increase his Defense, and generally boost his capabilities. If both Atk/Def Bond and Merric's Excalibur effect is met (such as if there is a mage or staff user next to him) then Merric will effectively gain +10 Attack, +5 Speed, and +5 Defense before any visible buffs. That allows him to do 81 neutral damage to a flier unit in a single hit- not something that a lot of them can recover from! 

Fliers also tend to outspeed him, particularly the meta fliers such as S!Corrin, Cordelia, Tana, and Shanna. Due to this, Merric can run Quick Riposte to attack twice and deal with them effectively. For fliers who run brave sets, such as Hinoka, Cherche, or Cordelia, Merric can prime a Bonfire on his first retaliation, enabling him to counter kill them instantly. As a note, Merric can still be killed by a +ATK Cherche with Cherche's Axe unless he has some sort of defensive buffs or support.

To counter Spring Camilla, it's good to run a skill like G Tomebreaker, as Merric's higher Speed will ensure that he can still double her if she's running G Tomebreaker. This ensures that Merric has full reach over both the blues and most of the green units in flier emblem- units like Bridal Sanaki and flying Nino will still threaten him significantly if he's not running G Tomebreaker.

Take care around units such as Palla, Elincia, and Halloween Nowi, though- these three can easily get rid of Merric on initiation. Likewise, Caeda has an impressive Resistance stat and can tank Merric's damage easily.

Close Def is the obvious choice in Sacred Seal if Merric is running Close Counter in his A slot, otherwise he may benefit from Panic Ploy. While his HP isn't the highest at 43, he is still able to Panic Ploy all of flier emblem's mage units, therefore preventing flier bladetomes from being a threat to him at all.

Color Me Raven (Gronnraven)

Gronnraven+ A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire C Threaten Atk 3
Alternate: Spur Res 3
SP1935SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -HP or -RES
  • Weapon: Gronnraven+
  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Bonfire
  • Passive A: Triangle Adept / Distant Def / Fury / Earth Boost
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Axebreaker
  • Passive C: Threaten Atk / Spur Res / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def

Merric is a great choice for running a Raven tome, thanks to his ridiculous HP base. Without Excalibur, he won't be able to counter flier teams, but he gains the ability to tank colorless units like Kagero, Brave Lyn, and Bridal Cordelia much more effectively, all of which could be a threat to him in the arena.

Triangle Adept matches well with a Gronnraven tome as it amplifies the amount of damage dealt while mitigating the amount of damage received. Distant Def and Earth Boost are alternatives to boost his tankiness without losing the ability to damage red and Cancel Affinity. Fury is universally good thanks to the stat boost, but Triangle Adept has more value on Merric.

With Triangle Adept, he kills all blue mages with little difficulty while taking minimum damage from them, including some of the most popular ones like Olwen, Linde and Reinhardt. Most lance users don't stand a chance either as none of them are capable of breaking through his enormous Defense. Only Effie can survive thanks to Wary Fighter.

Quick Riposte allows him to effectively kill units in a single enemy phase, while Axebreaker puts him more in the player phase, allowing him to kill many axe users on initiation, of which the most notable is Hector.

Introduction

With middling stats at all levels, Merric does not necessarily excel in any particular thing over his green mage counterparts: Boey is stronger defensively, Soren and Nino are stronger offensively, and Sonya and Julia are stronger vs magical threats. However, Merric actually has the stats to be run as a jack of all trades and can feasibly cover many of the roles that other green mages can with respectable success.

Prior to the weapon refinery, Merric was commonly regarded as a pitybreaker at worst, an a niche flier emblem counter for AA at best. However, due to his tome's ability to be upgraded into Dark Excalibur (along with Dark Excalibur's subsequent buff) or to be refined to give him additional stats and cooldown reduction, or to be refined to give him additional Attack and Speed when magical allies are nearby, he now has more options and can be run as a respectable tanky damage dealer or a flier emblem counter.

Strengths

Multiple options

With the weapon forging update, Merric now can choose between dealing bonus damage to fliers with a unique refine option or dealing bonus damage upon Special activation while also granting him Special cooldown reduction. This gives him build variety and both help to patch up his lackluster Attack.

Good bulk

With his fantastic HP bulk and decent Defense stat, Merric is capable of tanking physical hits, making him a good counter to archers and daggers. His Resistance stat, though lower, is still high enough to run a respectable anti-meta Raven/TA build if necessary.

Decent Speed

Merric's Speed is on the average side, and while it's not high enough to reliably double many units, he uses it to avoid doubles which makes him tankier. His Speed can be increased through skills, boons, and Seals to make him capable of doubling other units if necessary.

Weaknesses

Poor Attack

Merric's 26 base Attack isn't doing him any favors in the damage department, and he hits less hard than many of his green mage counterparts. Unless he's dealing bonus damage (vs fliers or on Special activation) or going up against blue units, his damage is rather pitiful.

Jack of all trades

Merric's stats are all middling at best and he is outclassed in his niches by most other green mages. His high HP and average Speed works alongside his passable Defense and Resistance stats to make him respectably tanky, but more specialized units can achieve this with a higher Defense (Boey) or Resistance (Julia).

Team Options

Merric prefers buffs, particularly to his Attack, and appreciates a unit who can deal damage to reds as he will not be able to deal with them himself.

  • Lance units: Merric pairs very nicely with Ephraim as well as other lance units that are powerful enough to take care of common arena sword threats. Other units that Merric benefits from being paired with are Lukas, Cordelia, Tana, and Shanna.
  • Mage tanks: Merric enjoys partners who can tank magic damage that he cannot. He pairs well with high Resistance units such as Linde, Julia, Sanaki, and high Resistance melee units with Distant Counter.

Counters

  • Strong mages/dragons: Merric's higher defenses means that in order to take him down, one will want to attack his Resistance. This means that he's particularly weak to red mages such as Sanaki, Celica, and Tharja. Dragon units will target Merric's lower Resistance stat, making him much more susceptible to units like Young and Adult Tiki, Fallen Robin, Legendary Robin, and Fae.
  • Fast units: Despite having decent physical bulk, Merric will fall to the faster sword units that will easily double him. Common sword threats are Ayra, Soleil, Ryoma, or Mia.
  • Units with G Tomebreaker: G Tomebreaker is a relatively common B skill that will absolutely wreck Merric considering his low Resistance if it is being run by an enemy unit. Units such as Julia and Deirdre that would otherwise not be able to dispose of Merric in one round will be able to with ease if they happen to be running G Tomebreaker.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Wind
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elwind
Learns by default at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Rexcalibur
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 9
ExcaliburEffective against flying units.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Rising WindBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
150 4
Growing WindBefore combat this unit initiates, foes in a wide area around the target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
300 4

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
HP +3Grants +3 to max HP.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
40
A
HP +4Grants +4 to max HP.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
80
A
HP +5Grants +5 to max HP.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
160
A
Spur Res 1Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Spur Res 2Grants adjacent allies Res+3 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
100
C
Spur Res 3Grants adjacent allies Res+4 during combat
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

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