Ninian

Analysis by Ceui
Ninian
Oracle of Destiny

5

Obtainable as a 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5
/ 5
Attacker Rating1.5 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
149
HP 42
ATK 24
SPD 33
DEF 23
RES 27
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 15 4 6 5 4
Middle 16 5 7 6 5
High 17 6 8 7 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 39 21 30 20 23
Middle 42 24 33 23 27
High 45 28 36 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.
HPATKSPDDEFRES

Ninian's best boon to have is speed. A speed increasing boon will put her at 36 neutral speed, which is fantastic and quite pivotal for her survivability.

Her weakest stat is attack. It should be the most disposable stat for all Ninian's builds, due to her being a dancer for the majority of the time instead of an attacker, and she won't do much damage even if players invest into it.

Skill Sets
Gentle Oracle (Full Support)
Optimal
Lightning Breath+ A Fury 3
Dance B Wings of Mercy 3
Moonbow C Hone Atk 3

SP Cost1,710

  • Weapon: Lightning Breath
  • Assist: Dance
  • Special: Moonbow / Luna
  • Passive A: Fury 3 / Distant Defense / Fortress Defense / Earth Boost
  • Passive B: Wings of Mercy / Escape Route
  • Passive C: Varies on team
  • Boon/bane: speed increasing attack decreasing
  • Sacred Seal: Fortify Res / Spur Def

This is Ninian's best set, focusing on boosting her support capability. Your priority when using Ninian is as a dancer, and thus offensive capabilities are not needed.

Lightning Breath allows Ninian to counter from range and is quite easily the best weapon available for dragons, allowing her to contribute some damage to the team when attacked.

Moonbow / Luna are the best specials for low attack units, although it is worth mentioning that Lightning Breath will make them harder to proc due to the increase in charge, so Moonbow is generally preferred due to it being 2 (3 if Lightning Breath is equipped) charge.

Fury, Distant Defense, Earth Boost or Fortress Defense are all decent options to make her a bit tankier. Fury is preferred due to it giving speed, defense and resistance all at once, and the chip damage from it will help you get into Escape Route's range easier.

Wings of Mercy / Escape Route are both fantastic choice for her B slot, and compliment her well. Wings of Mercy is better if the team have a lot of in-your-face melee type of characters that tend to take damage, or mages who run Desperation build like Nino or Linde. Escape Route is better if you often use Ninian to tank one or two hits for the team, and once she gets into range her reach will be better than Wings of Mercy.

Wings of Mercy however is generally the superior choice, due to it being one of the best skill to get defense points in arena, as well as being more flexible

The last C slot should be a Hone/Fortify/Spur buff, depending on what your team is lacking. If you are running a dragon core team instead, then Fortify Dragons is a must.

The Female Kyurem (Tank Dragon build)
Budget
Lightning Breath+ A Triangle Adept 3
Dance B Swordbreaker 3
Moonbow C Threaten Def 3

SP Cost1,650

  • Weapon: Lightning Breath
  • Assist: Dance
  • Special: Moonbow / Luna
  • Passive A: Triangle Adept
  • Passive B: Swordbreaker / Quick Riposte
  • Passive C: Varies on team
  • Boon/bane: speed increasing attack decreasing
  • Sacred Seal: Fortify Res / Spur Def

This set allows Ninian to stand on the frontline and act as a blue wall for the team while retaining her support capability, making her useful in both player’s phase and opponent's phase.

Lightning Breath is required as it helps her retaliate against units like Tharja, Sophia, Leo or Celica.

Triangle Adept is a must for this build, as without it she cannot tank Falchion users. It helps her tanking potential and damage output against red units immensely, which is her main role beside dancing with this build.

Swordbreaker ensures she wins duels against every popular red sword unit, including Lucina who would normally 2HKO her. Without Swordbreaker, Ninian will lose against speed boon Lucina, as she will get doubled and killed. The only reason to give up Swordbreaker is to be able to kill Tharja with Quick Riposte. If Ninian can get constant Hone/Spur Spd buffs to ensure she never get doubled against any variation of Lucina, then Quick Riposte is a good choice.

Debuff Lady
Dark Breath+ A Triangle Adept 3
Dance B Windsweep 3
Luna C Threaten Spd 3

SP Cost1,650

  • Weapon: Dark Breath
  • Assist: Dance
  • Special: Luna
  • Passive A: Triangle Adept / Armored Blow / Fury 3
  • Passive B: Windsweep / Seal Res / Seal Def
  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Threaten Res
  • Boon/bane: speed increasing attack decreasing
  • Sacred Seal: Fortify Res / Spur Def

Ninian can run this set decently, thanks to her good speed and bulk. Although not as effective as Corrin F, Ninian has the luxury of having access to dance, meaning even in turns where she cannot debuff the enemies, she can always pass her turn to her allies.

With Dark Breath instead of Lightning Breath, Ninian can use Luna instead of Moonbow, as there is no penalty on Special's charge.

Triangle Adept allows her to safely attack into red units that do not wield Falchion, taking no damage while debuffing several units at once.

Armored Blow and Fury 3 are decent alternatives to bolster up her defensive capability, allowing her to take better hit from blue units like Ephraim, Effie or Lukas.

Seal Res/Def and Threaten Def/Res allows her to debuff four stats at once on an enemy, while Windsweep allow her to safely attack and debuff units that have lower speed than her including powerful green units (36 with speed increasing boon) without the fear of being retaliated, notably Hector, Ephraim, Effie, Ike, Fae, Michalis, etc.

In general, Windsweep is more valuable for her, as the ability to safely attack into low speed green units and high damage blue units is quite versatile.

Weapon Skills
SP:
300
Rng:
1
Mt:
9

Grants adjacent allies Def/Res+4 through their next actions after any combat this unit initiates.

SP:
300
Rng:
1
Mt:
13

Grants adjacent allies Def/Res+4 through their next actions after any combat this unit initiates.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Support Skills
SP:
150

Enables target to take another action. Cannot be used on units with Sing or Dance

Learns by default at 5 ★
Passive Skills
SP:
60
Slot:
B

Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 30% to wrap adjacent to any ally.

SP:
120
Slot:
B

Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 40% to wrap adjacent to any ally.

SP:
240
Slot:
B

Enables unit whose own HP ≤ 50% to wrap adjacent to any ally.

Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
50
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent allies Def+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

SP:
100
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent allies Def+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

SP:
200
Slot:
C

Grants adjacent dragon allies Def/Res +6 through their next actions at the start of each turn.

  • Requires Fortify Def 2 or Fortify Res 2.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Pros:

  • Has access to dance, the best support skill in the game
  • Great HP
  • Decent speed
  • Access to Fortify Dragons, making her a must for dragon teams.

Cons:

  • Low BST
  • Vulnerable to Falchion/Naga
  • Weak in direct combat

Ninian is a dancer with surprisingly good bulk when compared to similar units like Azura and Olivia. Her decent speed combined with her good HP pool allow her to avoid follow-up attacks from units of 35-37 speed range.

Ninian has very poor offensive capability however, sporting a pitiful 24 base attack, which pales in comparison to her direct competitor Azura. Her dragon typing also makes her weak against Falchion/Naga users, the latter being quite common in arena due to the popularity of Julia. Her low BST will also impact arena scores compared to other dragons like Nowi or Young Tiki.

Nonetheless, dance is a common arena support skill that can change the flow of battle completely in one's favor and is the reason why she is one of the best support units in the game, as she will vastly improve the performance of all of her teammates.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Strengths:

+/ Good HP pool:

  • Although her defense and resistance might be a bit middling, her HP pool is incredibly high, allowing her to tank through more damage than fellow dancers/singers.

+/ Good speed:

  • 33 speed is a good start for a supporting character, and it helps her avoid being doubled by units like Lucina, Ryoma and Linde when on the same tier of boon/bane and buffs.

+/ Dance:

  • Dance is an immensely powerful tool capable of turning the tide of battle completely.
  • It allows Ninian to always be useful, no matter the circumstances as she can pass her turn to a powerful ally.

+/ Access to Fortify Dragons naturally

  • This skill allows her to bolster her kin’s defensive capabilities to great levels.
  • It makes her the best ally to have for dragon tanks like Nowi, Fae, Corrin F and both the Tiki’s.

 

Weaknesses:

+/ Poor attack:

  • Ninian should not be expected to be a damage dealer, as even with her 33 base speed, her base attack is too low to make use of it.

+/ Weak to Falchion/Naga:

  • Being a dragon, Ninian is completely at the mercy of Julia, and to a certain extent the Falchion users.

+/ Low defense and resistance:

  • Even with her decent speed and big HP pool, there is a plethora of units that can burn through it fast, especially if they can double her due to her mediocre defense and resistance

+/ Low Total Base Stats

  • Her low base stat total means she does not weigh as much as other infantry units for arena score.
Team Options
  • Being a dancer, Ninian is a great ally for every unit in the game, barring her fellow dancer/singers. However, she goes best with strong damage dealers that need her to improve their sweeping potential, mobility and survivability. Notable examples include units like Reinhardt, Linde, Nino, Tharja, Celica, Takumi, Olwen and Kagero.
  • As a dragon dancer with natural access to Fortify Dragons, units like Nowi, Tiki Young, Tiki Adult, Fae and Corrin F become a whole lot tankier alongside her. It is a mandatory skill for anyone using a full dragon team, or a triple dragon core.
Counters
  • Julia is her biggest counter, as she takes virtually no damage from Ninian, and will OHKO her no matter the build.
  • Falchion wielders like Marth, Lucina, Chrom or Alm can do severe damage to her, and Ninian has to build Triangle Adept + Swordbreaker to survive them.
  • Strong green attackers, be it physical or magical, can blow through her HP fast. Units like Raven, Minerva, Titania, Hector, Nino, Soren, Cherche or Cecilia are particularly dangerous, as they pack great offensive power.
From Series
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
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