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Red Dragoon


Obtainable as a 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 40
ATK 31
SPD 33
DEF 32
RES 22
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 17 6 8 7 4
Middle 18 7 9 8 5
High 19 8 10 9 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
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.

A +Speed IV will make sure Minerva can keep up with the speedy mages and sword users' speed to not get doubled by them.

As for bane, her Resistance is quite low and won't stop the mages' monstrous attack and as such is suitable for sacrifice.

-HP is also acceptable bane, though the -4 in said stat makes it slightly worse than other banes.

Skill Sets
Macedonian Might (All-purpose)
Hauteclere A Fury 3
Reposition B Drag Back
Luna C Goad Fliers

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  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -Resistance
  • Weapon: Hauteclere
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Fury
  • B Slot: Drag Back
  • C Slot: Goad Fliers / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

An all purpose build which increases Minerva's overall bulk and speed.

Drag back is utilized for safety and retreat, and has great synergy with fliers.

Luna allows Minerva to activate her Special charge with one engagement if she follows-up due to Hauteclere making it have a 2 charge cooldown.

Clear Heights (Offensive)
Hauteclere A Life and Death 3
Reciprocal Aid B Vantage 3
Luna C Ward Fliers

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  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -Resistance
  • Weapon: Hauteclere
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid / Flexible
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Life & Death
  • B Slot: Vantage
  • C Slot: Ward Fliers / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: Speed +1

An offensive build utilizing Minerva's native Life & Death for a more glass cannon-type of unit.

Luna is used for easy access to guaranteed damage, and Vantage to allow Minerva to be utilized even at lower thresholds of HP.

Scarlet Shield (Defensive)
Hauteclere A Iote's Shield
Reciprocal Aid B Axebreaker 3
Escutcheon C Fortify Def 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -Resistance
  • Weapon: Hauteclere
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid / Flexible
  • Special: Escutcheon
  • A Slot: Iote's Shield
  • B Slot: Axebreaker
  • C Slot: Fortify Defense / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

A build that deals with Hector and bow users such as Takumi.

Iote's shield is used to ignore bowmen from scoring very high damage at Minerva, and Axebreaker is to prevent the enemy Hector from following-up with his built-in Quick Riposte.

With Hauteclere, Escutcheon has a charge time of 1. This means that any melee or close counter unit such as Takumi will always deal less damage if the Red Dragoon attacks first. Of course, units with Guard will prevent this.

Watch the Throne (Pseudo-Tank Glass Cannon)
Hauteclere A Heavy Blade 3
Draw Back B Drag Back
Miracle C Threaten Atk 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +Attack / -Resistance
  • Weapon: Hauteclere
  • Assist: Draw Back / Flexible
  • Special: Miracle / Galeforce
  • A Slot: Heavy Blade
  • B Slot: Drag Back / Breaker
  • C Slot: Threaten Attack
  • Sacred Seal: Attack +1

A very anti-budget build which takes advantage of the combination of Hauteclere and Galeforce or Miracle.

If Minerva double attacks, Miracle or Galeforce will be active regardless of counterattack. This is combined with Drag Back for ridiculous safety, allowing her to act as a pseudo-tanky glass cannon.

Should the player choose to specialize against certain units, Breaker skills such as Axebreaker or Blue Tomebreaker can be used instead.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Axe 50 1 6
Steel Axe 100 1 8
Silver Axe 200 1 11
HauteclereAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1).
Learns by default at 5 ★
400 1 16
Weapon Upgrades
Weapons HP SP Rng. Mt.
Hauteclere (+Eff) Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). Deals +10 damage when Special triggers. +3 400 1 16
Hauteclere (+Atk) Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 18
Hauteclere (+Res) +4 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Hauteclere (+Def) +4 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Hauteclere (+Spd) +3Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). +5 400 1 16
Special Skills
Special Skills SP Turns
Holy VestmentsReduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 30%.
Learns by default at 5 ★
100 3
Sacred CowlReduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 30%
Unlocks at 5 ★
200 2
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
Life and Death 1Grants Atk/Spd+3. Inflicts Def/Res-3. 50
Life and Death 2Grants Atk/Spd+4. Inflicts Def/Res-4. 100
Life and Death 3Grants Atk/Spd+5. Inflicts Def/Res-5.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Spur Def 1Grants adjacent allies Def+2 during combat. 50
Spur Def 2Grants adjacent allies Def+3 during combat. 100
Ward FliersGrants flying allies within 2 spaces Def/Res+4 during combat. Requires Spur Def 2 or Spur Res 2.
Unlocks at 5 ★


  • Speedy Wyvern Rider
  • Can be used with Flier buffs
  • Good bulk
  • Wielder of the legendary weapon Hauteclère
  • Native user of Life & Death
  • Possesses Ward Fliers


  • Caution should be taken against archers
  • Magical damage will leave her in a critical state

Minerva the Red Dragoon is an axe wielding wyvern rider wielding the legendary axe Hauteclere.

Her offensive stats are quite good and she naturally negates follow-ups from mages such as Linde and sword users such as Lucina.

The Red Dragoon's legendary weapon not only gives the highest Mt in its class (16) but it has the added effect of the Killer Weapons, reducing special charge time by 1.

In addition to her good speed, Minerva sports respectable defense and resistance which allows her to take a hit and not fall to single hitters.

Fortunately and unfortunately, Minerva is of the flier class and is vulnerable against archers, though she can carry the Iote Shield and/or take part in Flier-centric teams to increase her stats tremendously.

Overall, the Red Dragoon is a fast offensive wyvern rider with a legendary weapon, and is a great flier to have on your team.

  • Has respectable attack and a Legendary Weapon
    • With neutral IVs and no passives, Minerva will reach an attack rating of 47.
    • Her Axe carries a built-in Killer Weapon effect, making skills such as Luna require 2 charges.
  • Good defensive bulk
    • As with all Wyvern Riders, Minerva has respectable defense and requiring 55 attack from a Sword Lord to fall in one hit.
    • Unfortunately, Brave Swords will put her in her place.
  • Flying units are vulnerable to archers
    • While Minerva does sport good defense, a bowman will need 49 attack to kill her in one shot.
    • Brave Bows will need a measly 35 attack.
  • Brave Swords
    • Popular Brave Sword users such as Chrom or Alfonse will very easily kill Minerva.
  • Magical damage is a threat
    • Assuming she doesn't get doubled, a red mage such as Tharja will require 52 attack.
    • As for neutral attacks, it will require someone such as Julia 62 attack for one hit.
    • A double hit from a colour disadvantage such as Linde will need but 53 attack.
Team Options

Minerva being a Flying unit automatically validates her for Flier-centric teams with their respective buffs. Due to being a green unit, she will pair well with counters to the popular Ryoma such as Nowi or Effie.

"Macedonian Might" can be used if a team requires a good rounded skirmish fighter that is relatively safe to play (due to Drag Back).

"Clear Heights" is a very offense-oriented build with more frailty and can be used in a Flier team to counteract Life & Death's defense reduction.

"Scarlet Shield" is a defense-oriented build aimed at countering popular units, notable Hector and Takumi.


Despite her respectable bulk, Minerva will be hunted down by archers on the hunt.

Red mages, units with Axebreaker or the ever-powerful Brave Sword heroes such as Alfonse or Chrom can easily score an ORKO on her.

From Series
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