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Tier Rating

Analysis by Ceui
Minerva - Red Dragoon

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
158
HP 40
ATK 31
SPD 33
DEF 32
RES 22

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 6 8 7 4
Middle 18 7 9 8 5
High 19 8 10 9 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 36 28 30 29 19
Middle 40 31 33 32 22
High 43 34 36 35 25

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

Boons

  • +SPD: This boon is crucial to Minerva's performance both offensively and defensively. This is due to her Speed being in a heavily congested zone -- any additional point in Speed can swing potential matchups heavily in her favor.
  • +ATK: Is also a favorable boon for Minerva, helping her a lot in term of damage output for any build she runs, particularly builds that also use Heavy Blade.

Neutral

  • DEF: Since Minerva's Defense is considerably better than her Resistance, it's the better choice for neutral investment.

Banes

  • -RES: Resistance is Minerva weakest stat, and is one of the viable banes for her. It does, however, hamper her ability to duel dragons and mages, but Minerva is not generally an effective mage check anyway.
  • -HP: Is also a decent bane as Minerva's Weapon Refinery upgrade does help mitigate the reduction -- do note, however, that Minerva has a superbane (-4 instead of -3 penalty) in this stat.

Skill Sets

Haute Couture (Generalist Flier)

Recommended
Hauteclere (+Eff) A Atk/Def Bond 3
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Lancebreaker 3
Aether
Alternate: Luna
C Hone Fliers
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP1,995SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IVs: +SPD or +ATK / -RES or -HP
  • Weapon: Hauteclere (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Specials: Aether / Luna / Glimmer / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Attack/Def Bond / Fury / Close Def / Swift Sparrow
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Lancebreaker / Flier Formation
  • Passive C: Hone Fliers / Goad Fliers / Fortify Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Close Defense / Iote's Shield

This build aims to turn Minerva into an unit that can function in both Enemy Phase and Player Phase while supported by a flier team, making use of her physical bulk and potential damage output with Hauteclere.

Thanks to Refined Hauteclere, Minerva can use Aether / Luna to devastating effect and one-round many bulky threats once her Special goes off. Aether is better for sustaining and Arena scoring while Luna will provide a more consistent threat due to its lower cooldown.

For her A slot, Attack/Def Bond is one of the best choice of skills due to its ability to function in both Phases. A more budget option is Fury, which vastly improves Minerva's bulkiness. Close Def is also a viable option and is very valuable against dragons like Nowi and Female Corrin but will lower Minerva's power during Player Phase. Conversedly, Swift Sparrow provides excellent Player Phase power at the cost of Enemy Phase bulkiness.

Minerva is quite flexible with her B slot. In general, Quick Riposte or Breaker skills will yield a higher number of favourable matchups. Flier Formation provides excellent mobility and can be comboed with other Fliers for unmatched kiting potential.

Minerva works best with either Heavy Blade or Close Def as her Sacred Seal. Heavy Blade provides more consistent damage output and goes quite well with skills like Desperation or Fury. Alternatively, summoners can run Iote's Shield to minimize the risk of her being KO'd by Archers.

Haute Take (Mixed Team Duelist)

Recommended
Hauteclere (+Eff) A Distant Counter
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Alternate: Lancebreaker 3
Aether
Alternate: Luna
C Guidance 3
SP2,145SDistant Def 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IVs: +SPD or ATK / -RES or HP
  • Weapon: Hauteclere (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Specials: Aether / Luna / Glimmer / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Distant Counter / Atk/Def Bond / Close Defense
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Lancebreaker / Renewal
  • Passive C: Guidance / Atk Tactic /  Varies
  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Deflect Magic / Guidance / Close Defense

A modified version of Minerva's optimal flier team-centric build would be useful in a mixed team to make full use of Guidance and her mobility to support her teammates.

Unlike in flier team, Minerva will be less mobile due to lack of teammates to combo Reposition / Flier Formation. Distant Counter should therefore be considered due to the abundance of strong blue mages in Arena like Reinhardt, Micaiah, Linde, and Delthea. If Minerva is designated to be the blue mages check for the team, Sacred Seals like Distant Def or Deflect Magic will help her tremendously. Glimmer or Moonbow can also be considered for her Specials for more burst damage immediately upon retaliation to deal with speedy mages more effectively.

This skillset shines the most when Minerva is paired with strong armored or infantry teammates when she has the Guidance Seal. Tactic Skills can also be considered to help buffing the entire team as well, but using the Tactic Skills might force her to use Guidance in her Sacred Seal slot instead.

All Clere (Offensive Flier)

Hauteclere (+Eff) A Swift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Life and Death 3
Reposition B Renewal 3
Alternate: Desperation 3
Luna
Alternate: Glimmer
C Hone Fliers
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP1,545SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IVs: +SPD or +ATK / -RES or -HP
  • Weapon: Hauteclere (+Eff) / Hauteclere (+Atk)
  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back
  • Specials: Galeforce / Luna / Moonbow / Glimmer
  • Passive A: Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Fury
  • Passive B: Renewal / Desperation /  Flier Formation / Varies
  • Passive C: Hone Fliers /  Goad Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Brash Assault

This build focuses more on utilizing Minerva as a heavily offensive unit with Hauteclere. It works especially well in flier team where she thrives off her mobility and flier buffs to devastating effect.

For Refinery options, go with +10 damage to special if you use Minerva without Galeforce. Otherwise, Moonbow, Glimmer and Luna all work well with her, but Luna will works best with the Heavy Blade seal as Glimmer/Moonbow will be reduced to 1 turn Cooldown by Hauteclere anyway, and thus will prefer Brash Assault instead.

Desperation allows Minerva to remain powerful even at lower HP thresholds, and it goes extremely well with Brash Assault. Renewal can be an alternative to helps her stay on the battlefield longer. Other B slots alternative include Flier Formation or Breaker skill depending on playstyle.

Introduction

Minerva is a axe wielding flier with great versatility thanks to her balanced stats spread and an overwhelmingly powerful weapon in Hauteclere. She is often deployed in a flier-exclusive team as either as a heavily offensive striker or a bulky duelist, but she also functions extremely well outside of dedicated flier teams thanks to her high damage output, mobility and competent physical bulk. Play to her strength and this fearsome Macedonian princess can cleave apart enemy lines with ease.

Strengths

Good Physical Bulk

32 base Defense along with 40 base HP is enough to help Minerva hold her own in close combat.

33 base Speed is enough to keep Minerva from being naturally doubled by most foes.

Powerful Personal Weapon

Minerva is one of the two heroes who possess Hauteclere -- a legendary weapon whose effect is essentially a hybrid between Wo Dao and Slaying Weapon.

Its high mgt and duel effects allow Minerva to deal massive damage to enemies with her Special in quick succession.

This weapon is one of the biggest reasons to ruse Minerva, as she is extremely versatile in term of potential builds and skill choices thanks to it.

Flier Mobility

Being a Flier grants the perk of not being subject to terrain movement penalties, which equates to great kiting potential and the ability to support allies with positioning with skills like Guidance or Reposition.

Weaknesses

Vulnerable to Anti-Flier weapons

With how popular archer units like Halloween Jakob or Brave Lyn are, Minerva might struggle to find foothold in game modes like the Arena without proper team support or skills like Iote's Shield.

Poor Magic Resistance

Minerva's Resistance is quite poor, and she does not fare particularly well against magical attacks.

Against units like dragons, healers, or mages, Minerva is practically required to initiate.

Team Options

Minerva generally prefers some buffs to boost her damage output due to her middling Attack stat. Dancers and Singers offer her more positioning options, the ability to attack twice to net a tricky KO, and sometimes grant buffs. Flier teammates can also prove Minerva with valuable and powerful class-specific buffs.

  • Buffers: Brave Lucina, Ephraim, Delthea, Linde, and Sanaki are strong buffers with an offensive presence in their own right who also provide color coverage. They also benefit from Guidance.
  • Refreshers: Performing Azura, Azura, Ninian, Olivia, and other infantry dancers work well with Minerva due to her ability to run Guidance. New Year Azura is by far her best supportive ally, however, thanks to her ability to also provide flier buffs like Hone Fliers on top of Sing/Dance utility.
  • Flier Teammates: Minerva works best in a flier team composition, so strong flier allies covering other colors are great teammates with her. Notable examples include Tana, Cordelia, Halloween Nowi, Summer Corrin, New Year Camilla, and Elincia.

Counters

Minerva will typically struggle against three type of enemies: anti-fliers, physically bulky reds, and high damage mages. She can mitigate this first weakness with skills/seals such as Iote's Shield, but will struggle to overcome weapon triangle disadvantage and/or her low Resistance.

  • Anti-Flier units: Aside from the obvious and ubiquitous Brave Lyn or Halloween Jakob, other physically bulky bow users like Leon, New Year Corrin, or Excalibur users like Merric will also prove to be major threats to Minerva.
  • Physically Bulky Red Units: Minerva will heavily struggle against most physically bulky red units, particularly fast ones like Ayra or Siegbert, or ones that also deal magic damage like Winter Tharja, Young Tiki, and Adult Tiki.
  • High Firepower Mages: Minerva's low Resistance make her particularly vulnerable to mages, especially high firepower red mages like Celica, Sanaki or Lilina.

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
Inheritable by Axe users only.
200 1 11
HauteclereAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1).
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Holy VestmentsReduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 30%.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Restricted to melee units.
100 3
Sacred CowlReduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 30%
Unlocks at 5 ★
Restricted to melee units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Life and Death 1Grants Atk/Spd+3. Inflicts Def/Res-3.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Life and Death 2Grants Atk/Spd+4. Inflicts Def/Res-4.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100
A
Life and Death 3Grants Atk/Spd+5. Inflicts Def/Res-5.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200
A
Spur Def 1Grants adjacent allies Def+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Spur Def 2Grants adjacent allies Def+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Ward FliersGrants flying allies within 2 spaces Def/Res+4 during combat. Requires Spur Def 2 or Spur Res 2.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Only inheritable by flier units.
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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