Raven

Basic Rating:
Analysis by Ceui
Raven
Peerless Fighter

4-5

Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only
Advanced Ratings
Rating TypeBudget Optimal
Attacker
5.5
6
Supporter
1.5
2
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 41
ATK 34
SPD 35
DEF 25
RES 22
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 7 8 5 4
Middle 19 8 9 6 5
High 20 9 10 7 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 37 31 32 22 19
Middle 41 34 35 25 22
High 44 37 38 29 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

Raven best two stats to get a boon are definitely Speed and Attack. Speed is general the superior choice as it allows him to have more options in both offense and defense, while a +Atk boon is preferred if you run Death Blow Brave Axe build.

Raven Resistance is bad nonetheless and can be disposed since very rarely do you expect him to tank magic attacks. However a -HP bane can also works as it is easy to fix thanks to +HP Seal.

Skill Sets
Braven Mark I (Quad Brave Axe build)
Budget
Optimal
Brave Axe+ A Life and Death 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Luna C Threaten Def 3

SP Cost1,325

  • Weapon: Brave Axe+
  • Assist: Reposition / Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Fury
  • B Slot: Desperation
  • C Slot: Threaten Def / Threaten Speed
  • Boon/bane: +Spd - Res
  • Sacred Seals: +1 Spd

This set could be considered Raven's bread and butter. Thanks to his combination of high attack and speed, he runs the quadaxe build better than anyone.

With this setup, Raven reaches 47 Attack and 44 Speed, which is enough for him to start quadruple the majority of meta units, and can kill most of them unanswered once he gets to low HP.

Luna is chosen as it is the best special against high defense units, whom Raven will struggle breaking. 4 hits in a row allow Luna to proc almost everytime Raven attack, making it the perfect Special for him.

Life and Death is a good A-slot option as it boost both Raven's fantastic speed and attack, albeit making him squishier. Swift Sparrow can help him survive better thanks to no -Def/Res penalty, and it works well with Brave build since it's mostly on Player's Phase. Fury 3 is also a decent alternative as it boost all of Raven's stats, allowing them to tank and get to Desperation range easy.

Threaten Def can make a difference of 20 damage in total thanks to Raven hitting 4 hits. You can also use Threaten Speed to ensure he can quadruple his opponent.

Unmounted Cherche (Safe Brave build)
Brave Axe+ A Death Blow 3
Reposition B Drag Back
Luna C Threaten Def 3

SP Cost1,250

  • Weapon: Brave Axe+
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Death Blow
  • B Slot: Drag Back / Hit and Run / Escape Route / Wings of Mercy
  • C Slot: Threaten Def
  • Boon/bane: +Atk - Res
  • Sacred Seals: +1 Atk

This is the typical safe Brave build that Raven can run well, thanks to his high attack. On initiation with this set with Death Blow 3, +Atk boon and +1 Seal, Raven has a whopping 52 attack unbuffed, ensuring him to kill many units before they can threaten him.

Though the damage output is lower, the advantage of this set over the Quad build is that it is a lot safer, thanks to Drag Back/Hit and Run. Escape Route / Wings of Mercy are also decent choices, giving Raven more mobility.

Threaten Def is almost always better than other Threaten skill, as it allow him to do 10 more damage each time he attack. Other Hone/Spur skills are also good options depending on what your team needs.

Worth notice that Cherche will run this exact set better than him, thanks to her having higher base attack and being a flier. Cherche however requires a lot more investment than Raven, due to her needing a Brave Axe+ while Raven started with his.

Thus this is a very decent budget build that Raven can run in an identical fashion if you want a high damage Brave Axe user with minimum investment. But if you have enough investment and want a stronger Brave Axe + Death Blow user, then Cherche should be your no1 candidate.

Offtank
Hammer+ A Fury 3
Reciprocal Aid B Desperation 3
Luna C Threaten Atk 3

SP Cost1,425

  • Weapon: Hammer+ / Killer Axe+ / Emerald Axe
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Fury 3 / Distant Counter / Triangle Adept
  • B Slot: Desperation / Vantage
  • C Slot: Threaten Atk
  • Boon/bane: +Spd - Hp
  • Sacred Seals: +1 Spd

This set alleviates Raven of his Brave Axe's Speed penalty, and allow him to act more as a frontline unit. Although it is not really optimal, he can make it work thanks to his fantastic offensive stats, meaning very rarely will he fall in 1 turn thanks to his great speed.

Hammer is one of the best weapons at higher tier, thanks to the constant appearance of armored units like Hector and Effie. Raven will always one round both of these with Hammer, so it is a great option to consider.

Killer Axe will have more firepower in general, especially when comboing with Luna and Desperation, and is a good general choice in most situation.

Emerald Axe goes best with Distant Counter and Vantage, turning him into a fantastic blue mage killer. If your team is weak against Reinhardt or Linde, then Emerald Axe can makes him virtually cannot lose against them, and KO them on the return.

For most weapons except Emerald Axe, Fury 3 is a great choice thanks to the overall stats boost allowing him to last longer. The chip damage also goes well with Desperation, whom will be utilized to great effect thanks to his 42 Speed with this build. Tri Adept is another good option if you only use Raven mostly to kill Blue units.

Weapon Skills
Rng:
1
Mt:
5

Spd-5. Attack twice when initiating combat.

Learns by default at 4 ★
Rng:
1
Mt:
8

Spd-5. Attack twice when initiating combat.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Special Skills
SP:
100
CD:
4 Turns

Heal 30% of damage dealt

Learns by default at 4 ★
SP:
200
CD:
4 Turns

Heal 50% of damage dealt

Unlocks at 4 ★
Passive Skills
SP:
40
Slot:
A

Grants Spd+3 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

SP:
80
Slot:
A

Grants Spd+5 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

SP:
160
Slot:
A

Grants Spd+7 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

Unlocks at 4 ★
SP:
50
Slot:
C

Inflicts Def-3 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn

SP:
100
Slot:
C

Inflicts Def-4 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn

Unlocks at 4 ★
SP:
200
Slot:
C

Inflicts Def-5 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn

Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Raven is a competent melee damage dealer. He spots good combination of Atk and Speed, decent HP pool but poor Defense and Resistance. Thanks to this he works as a typical glass cannons, and most of his builds should be catered around maximizing his damage output.

In the current meta, unfortunately for Raven, axe wielders do not have a strong presence aside from units like Hector or Cherche. Green mages like Nino or Julia are also often chosen to be the green damage dealers, thanks to them being able to attack from ranged, as well as being able to counter popular blue arena threats.

Nonetheless, Raven is a good unit that if utilize well can have devastating effect. He is also fairly straightforward and easy to use , making him a good choice for your green slot.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Strengths

+/ High Attack

  • Raven has a fantastic 34 attack base, ranked 6 among axe users. Raven however has better speed than all units above him
  • His high attack allows him run any offensive set fine, and very rarely he will be lacking in firepower

+/ Fantastic speed:

  • Raven has immense speed, 35 neutral is potent in current meta, allowing him to avoid many crucial double like against Linde, Ryoma, Lucina, etc ...
  • The combination of his attack and speed allow him to be the best axe users to run the Quad BraveAxe build by a long shot

Weaknesses:

+/ Poor Resistance:

  • Raven's only redeeming quality against mages and dragons is that he is fast, and thus even with his 22 resistance he can somewhat fare better against fast magic attackers than many of his peer

+/ Low Defense for a melee unit:

  • 25 defense is relatively poor, especially considering how offensive oriented arena is
  • Raven does have some decent survivability against physical attackers, thanks to his good health pool and high speed

+/ Lack of way to deal with ranged attackers

  • Without Distant Counter, Raven should not be tanking ranged attacks
Team Options
  • Raven is a pure offensive unit. Any units that can improve his two important stats: Atk and Speed are welcome. Eirika and Ephraim are the best buds since they are of different colors than him and can buff 4 stats at once
  • Being a melee sweeper, Raven appreciates Dance more than most. Dancers like Ninian, Azura and Olivia are fantastic allies to almost every unit in the game.
  • Units that can help Raven in taking out his counters are also fantastic choices. Linde, Reinhardt, Nowi, Effie, Spring Lucina are some of his best allies, thanks to their offensive power and the ability to take out most red units with ease.
Counters
  • Raven's counters are tanky red units that can shrug off his attack and destroy him on the counter such as Eldigan, Xander, Ryoma, Ike, Zephiel, Tiki Young and Tiki Adult. In general it is better to avoid these units and let your blue unit take care of them
  • Mages, especially red mages like Tharja, Leo, Celica, Sanaki, Sophia and high damage ranged units like Takumi or Kagero are also a problem, as Raven has no way to counter their attack unless he runs Distant Counter. In many case he can die from them even with Distant Counter.
From Series
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
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