Raven

Analysis by Ceui
Raven
Peerless Fighter

4-5

Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4
/ 5
Attacker Rating4 / 5
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’s best two stats to get a boon are speed and attack. Speed is general the superior choice as it allows him to have more options in both offense and defense, while an attack increasing boon is preferred if you run Death Blow Brave Axe build.

Raven’s resistance is bad nonetheless and can be disposed since very rarely do you expect him to tank magic attacks. However a HP decreasing bane can also work as it is easy to fix thanks to the HP increasing Seal.

Skill Sets
Braven Mark I (Quad Brave Axe build)
Optimal
Brave Axe+ A Life and Death 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Luna C Threaten Def 3
SP1,625S-

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

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

With this setup, Raven reaches 47 attack and 44 speed, which is enough for him to start quadrupling the majority of common arena 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. Four hits in a row allow Luna to proc almost every time Raven attacks, making it the perfect special for him.

He is a decent user of Galeforce + Quickened Pulse combo, thanks to how fast he is. One Quadstrike is enough for Raven to proc this special and run havoc around the enemy's team.

Life and Death is a good A-slot option as it boosts both Raven's fantastic speed and attack, albeit making him squishier. Swift Sparrow can help him survive better thanks to no defense decreasing/resistance penalty, and it works well with Brave build since it's mostly on player’s phase. Fury is also a decent alternative as it boosts 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 four hits. You can also use Threaten Spd 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
SP1,550S-

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  • 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: Attack increasing Resistance decreasing
  • Sacred Seals: Attack +1

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, attack increasing boon and +1 Seal, Raven has a whopping 52 attack unbuffed, ensuring he can 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 skills, as it allow him to do ten more damage each time he attacks. Other Hone/Spur skills are also good options depending on what your team needs.

Worth noting 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 no.1 candidate.

Offtank
Melon Crusher+ A Fury 3
Reciprocal Aid B Desperation 3
Luna C Threaten Atk 3
SP1,875S-

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  • Weapon: Melon Crusher / Hammer+ / Slaying Axe+ / Emerald Axe
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Luna
  • A Slot: Fury 3 / Distant Counter / Triangle Adept / Close Def
  • B Slot: Desperation / Vantage
  • C Slot: Threaten Atk
  • Boon/bane: Speed increasing HP decreasing
  • Sacred Seals: Speed +1

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 one turn thanks to his great speed.

Melon Crusher is the best axe for general use as it provides a lot of free stats at the beginning of the fight, and its high might allow Raven to deal an insane amount of damage right off the bat during his first encounter.

Hammer is a decent weapon at higher tiers, 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 good option to consider.

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

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 makes him virtually invulnerable against them, and KO them on the return.

For most weapons except Emerald Axe, Fury is a great choice thanks to the overall stat 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. Triangle Adept is another good option if you only use Raven mostly to kill blue units.

Close Def is a really good choice for Raven as well as it boosts his generally mediocre tankiness to great level, especially when used with Melon Crusher. Raven in general does not lack damage, so a more defensive A skill won't hurt him a lot in firepower.

 

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User Build Statistics
Special # of Builds
Sol 32
Blazing Flame 1
Luna 10
Moonbow 4
Daylight 3
Escutcheon 1
Bonfire 1
Aether 1
Weapon Skills
SP:
200
Rng:
1
Mt:
5

Spd-5. Attack twice when initiating combat.

Learns by default at 4 ★
SP:
300
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 sports a good combination of attack and speed, decent HP pool but poor defense and resistance. Thanks to this he works as a typical glass cannon, and most of his builds should be catered around maximizing his damage output.

In the current arena, 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 range, as well as being able to counter popular blue arena threats.

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

Strengths

High attack

  • Raven has a fantastic 34 attack base, ranked six 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 common arena, allowing him to avoid many crucial double attacks like against Linde, Ryoma and Lucina.
  • The combination of his attack and speed allow him to be the best axe user to run the quad Brave Axe 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 peers.

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: attack and speed are welcome. Eirika and Ephraim are the best bids since they are of different colors than him and can buff four 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 attacks 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 attacks 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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