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Robin (M) - High Deliverer

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

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Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
149
HP 40
ATK 29
SPD 29
DEF 29
RES 22

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 6 6 6 4
Middle 18 7 7 7 5
High 19 8 8 8 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 36 25 25 25 19
Middle 40 29 29 29 22
High 43 32 32 32 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

Robin’s a defensive mage, so he does not value speed as much as many of his peers. His attack is still important for sealing KO’s. Robin can safely reduce any other stat, but keep in mind that it will affect the kind of units he can beat.

Boons

  • +ATK: Robin has low attack and uses the low-might tome Blárraven. Therefore he needs all the attack he can get to defeat foes cleanly.

Neutral

  • DEF: High defense is a staple for Robin and helps him survive many of his battles.

  • HP: Robin likes to tank both magic and physical hits so reducing both is not a good idea. This gives a reduction of four, making it undesirable.

Banes

  • -RES: Resistance is the only stat of Robin’s that is not reduced by four with a bane. Robin prefers to soak physical damage, so this can be safely reduced if necessary.

  • -SPD: Robin does not need speed for any of his matchups, so he can reduce this without penalty.

Skill Sets

Color Coordinated (TA Raven)

Recommended
Blárraven+ A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire C Spur Atk Spd 2
Alternate: Spur Def 3
SP1,445SDistant Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK/ -SPD

  • Weapon: Blárraven+

  • Assist: Reposition / Draw Back

  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis

  • Passive A: Triangle Adept

  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Bowbreaker / Swordbreaker

  • Passive C: Spur Atk/Spd / Spur Def

  • Sacred Seal: Distant Def / Quick Riposte

Robin’s signature set seems him set up as a dedicated counter to both colorless and red units. The core element of this set is the Raven tome/Triangle Adept combination, which gives Robin a 40% damage boost to red and colorless foes and a 40% reduction to damage incoming from them.

Quick Riposte is very important, as Robin’s comparatively low attack and speed makes it hard for him to naturally double or one-shot foes. He can also run Bowbreaker or Swordbreaker to neutralize those units respectively, but there are much better choices for slaying Sword-units. Even without Swordbreaker he can initiate safely onto most swords with Distant Counter due to Triangle Adept. Distant Def helps him soak damage, particularly on the resistance side on which he is very weak. If you use a Breaker skill in B slot, taking Quick Riposte as a seal will let Robin double most other foes.

Bonfire is the special of choice, triggering on Robin’s second attack provided he is doubled. Ignis is a very good alternative that lets Robin heavily dent or KO another unit after his first battle. His C passive and Assist skill are both mostly up to you and your team, but Robin works well with Reposition and Spur skills.

Owl’s well that ends well (Tanky Owl Tome)

Blárowl+ (+Atk) A Close Counter
Rally Atk/Spd B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire C Spur Atk Spd 2
SP1,700SClose Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK/ -SPD

  • Weapon: Blárowl+ (+Atk)

  • Assist: Rally Atk/Spd / Rally Def/Res

  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis

  • Passive A: Close Counter

  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Guard

  • Passive C: Spur Atk/Spd / Spur Def/Res

  • Sacred Seal: Close Def / Quick Riposte

One interesting option that Robin has is going for an Owl tome build. Owl tome builds are great for bulky mages due to their ability of buffing both speed and defense. Robin can form a great partnership with units like Lucina, Chrom, and Marth due to their new Falchion refines.

Close Counter is an important skill, letting Robin counter-attack against melee foes. Quick Riposte is also very important, letting Robin double despite his speed (which is still low even with buffs). Guard is a great B slot skill for tanking hits from Brave and Firesweep weapon users who try to proc specials on their first attack. If you take Guard, make sure you take Quick Riposte in the Seal slot.

Robin’s C slot and Assist skills are taken up by buffs of his own to synergize with his allies. If he is paired with Lucina or Chrom, his Spur skills will boost their stats to even greater heights. Atk/Spd is generally preferred over Def/Res, but if you’re using Distant Counter Lucina the latter is the stronger choice. Finally, Bonfire is again taken as a cheap and strong option for his special.

Introduction

Male Robin (Also called Robin-M) is a blue tome user notable for his unusual stat distribution. He has one of the most even statlines of any unit, with attack, speed, and defense all at 29. He is considered to be an anti-meta unit whose primary purpose is to counter and eliminate specific threats on the enemy team.

Being available at 3-4 stars, he is a common 5 Star upgrade for many players due to his ability to counter specific threats well in Arena and Arena Assault. He’s a decent merge candidate but does not have the general-use power of other 3-4 star units such as Corrin-F and Olivia.

Robin’s problems come mainly from his statline: He does not excel in any particular stat, making him a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. Low speed and resistance makes him susceptible to magic damage and his flagship Raven set is extremely weak to damage from green units.

Strengths

High defense for a mage.

Robin’s statline gives him passable stats in HP, Attack, Speed, but very high Defense for a mage. He’s great at taking hits from both daggers and bows especially with a Raven tome.

Excellent at countering specific unit types.

Robin is somewhat of a specialist unit, being very strong against both red and colorless units. Having a 40% advantage (thanks to Triangle Adept) against half of the units in the game means that Robin is likely to be useful in most battles.

Weaknesses

Low speed and resistance, for a mage.

29 Speed is very slow for mages, meaning Robin is all but guaranteed to be doubled by them. Many blue mages run B Tomebreaker, something he cannot afford to do as he needs Bowbreaker for Brave Lyn. 22 resistance not enough for him to survive multiple neutral hits on the magic side.

Can be ruined by Cancel Affinity.

Robin’s signature set is very easy to counter: Just have the Bow-user run Cancel Affinity, and Robin’s Triangle Adept advantage will be completely eliminated. This is common at higher levels of the Arena, making Robin an extremely poor unit there.

Team Options

Robin’s ability to remove enemy colorless units makes him useful as a sub in specialist situations. He does not require any support to do his job, making him a good all-purpose unit that can be slapped onto a team to handle a given threat.

  • Fliers: Offensive flier teams have trouble with Brave Lyn and Archers in general. Allies such as Myrrh, Elincia, and Tana will find themselves much more freedom to move once Robin has eliminated any Bow-users.

  • Green physical tanks: Despite his low resistance, Robin is good at handling red mages due to Triangle Adept. Units with low resistance such as Hector, Brave Ike, Dorcas, and Amelia all appreciate having them removed from the game.

Counters

Due to his statline and build, Robin’s matchups are zero-sum: He loses nearly everything he doesn't win. He has a long list of counters who can exploit Triangle Adept as well as his low Speed and Resistance stats.

  • Blue and Green mages: Robin is utterly decimated by green mages, but even blue ones can often double and KO him. Linde, Lute or mounted mages such as Reinhardt and L’Arachel are all deadly threats to Robin’s existence.

  • Green units with Distant Counter: Many green units choose to run Distant Counter, and due to Triangle Adept Robin will not be able to touch them. Stay right away from Hector and Dorcas as well as Distant Counter variants of Sheena, Amelia, Camilla, and Titania.

  • Cancel Affinity colorless: Archers and Daggers that run Cancel Affinity will be able to deal heavy damage to Robin. Firesweep Bow users can hit Robin for free, and units such as Felicia, Innes, and Faye all boast excellent anti-mage capabilities.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Thunder
Blue Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elthunder
Learns by default at 3 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
100 2 6
BlárravenGrants weapon-triangle advantage against colorless foes, and inflicts weapon-triangle disadvantage on colorless foes during combat.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
200 2 7
Blárraven+Grants weapon-triangle advantage against colorless foes, and inflicts weapon-triangle disadvantage on colorless foes during combat.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
300 2 11
Tactical BoltGrants weapon-triangle advantage against colorless foes, and inflicts weapon-triangle disadvantage on colorless foes during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Glowing EmberBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 4
BonfireBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Defiant Spd 1Grants Spd+3 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
40
A
Defiant Spd 2Grants Spd+5 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
80
A
Defiant Spd 3Grants Spd+7 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
160
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.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
100
C
Spur Def 3Grants adjacent allies Def+4 during combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
200
C

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Origin
Fire Emblem: Awakening

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