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Sonya - Vengeful Mage

5 Legacy

Obtainable as a 5 during certain summoning events only.

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
147
HP 36
ATK 33
SPD 31
DEF 15
RES 32

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 16 6 6 4 7
Middle 17 7 7 5 8
High 18 8 8 6 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 33 30 28 12 29
Middle 36 33 31 15 32
High 40 36 34 19 35

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

Assets

  • +ATK: Sonya benefits immensely from receiving an Attack Asset to build upon her solid base Attack stat of 33 and bolster her raw damage output, allowing her to solidify her already potent OHKO capabilities.  

Neutral

  • SPD: Although a Speed Asset can a decent option to develop her ability to regularly perform follow-up attacks, she will generally receive greater returns from investing in her Attack stat instead to capitalize on her primarily OHKO-dependent playstyle, making it best to simply leave her Speed stat untouched. 
  • RES: Sonya’s base Resistance stat of 32 is rather solid, allowing her to make reasonable use of Ploys in addition to making her quite adept at handling opposing mages. However, elevating it further with an Asset is not as important as raising her Attack stat and should be left neutral.  

Flaws

  • -HP / DEF: Sonya’s physical bulk is absolutely horrendous, allowing her to safely take a Flaw in either stat as lowering it further will hardly affect her overall performance. An HP bane can be a particularly good option if making use of an AoE Special build to more easily allow her to receive Infantry Pulse support. 

Skill Sets

Vengeance Incarnate (Offensive Nuke)

Recommended
Dark Excalibur (+Eff) A Death Blow 4
Alternate: Death Blow 3
Reposition B Special Spiral 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Res Ploy 3
SP1695SAttack +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP or -DEF
  • Weapon: Dark Excalibur (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Glimmer / Moonbow
  • Passive A: Death Blow 4 / Death Blow 3 / Mirror Strike
  • Passive B: Special Spiral
  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Even Atk Wave / Res Ploy / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Attack +3 

This set aims to capitalize on the power of Sonya’s legendary tome, Dark Excalibur, an incredibly potent personal weapon that grants her a flat +10 damage increase whenever her Special activates -- and what’s more, its unique weapon refinement allows her to utilize this effect quite frequently, providing her with -2 Special cooldown at the start of the first turn. When utilized properly, this combination of effects enables her to be entirely self-sufficient, being much less reliant on receiving team support in order to function properly in contrast to some of her direct comparables while still possessing tremendous destructive potential. Given this build’s primarily OHKO-dependent playstyle, an Attack Asset is highly recommended here to augment her raw damage output as much as possible. 

For her Special, those with a two-turn cooldown will be her strongest (and most consistent) options thanks to their fantastic synergy with Dark Excalibur’s effects and Special Spiral. When utilized in tandem, such Specials will be fully charged at the start of every round of combat -- not only does this ensure her ability to consistently benefit from Dark Excalibur’s +10 damage boost, but it also functions as a way to circumvent her middling Speed by capacitating her to simply kill her opponent before they can even counterattack, thus eliminating the need for her to perform a follow-up attack in most scenarios. As for which Special to actually use, however, Glimmer offers her the strongest damage potential of her available options, though her native Moonbow can also be taken to help against magically bulky foes. 

Moving on to her main skills, Death Blow 4 is Sonya’s ideal choice of A slot skill as it grants her the greatest boost to her Attack stat possible, allowing her to push her raw damage output to exceptionally high extents. However, should Death Blow 4 be unavailable, Death Blow 3 or her native Mirror Strike can make for acceptable budgetary alternatives. Special Spiral composes the crux of this build and is necessary in order for Sonya to consistently make use of Dark Excalibur’s effect without being reliant on her ability to consistently perform follow-up attacks. 

Odd Atk Wave and Even Atk Wave are particularly standout candidates for her C slot, and serve to heighten her self-sufficiency even further with the massive +6 Attack buff they provide her with on odd and even-numbered turns respectively. With a strong base Resistance of 32, Sonya’s can also make great use of Ploys, with her native Res Ploy being her preferred option here to similarly enhance her damage output. Otherwise, her C slot can be filled with any skill that best compliments her chosen team composition. Lastly, since she has no need to utilize Quickened Pulse thanks to her unique weapon refine, Sonya can take the Attack +3 seal or any of its variants to gain a solid boost to her offensive potential. 

Sword of Promised Victory (AoE Special Activation)

Recommended
Dark Excalibur (+Eff) A Life and Death 3
Alternate: Death Blow (3 or 4)
Reposition B Special Spiral 3
Blazing Wind
Alternate: Blazing Light
C Odd Atk Wave 3
Alternate: Atk Ploy 3
SP1695SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP or -DEF
  • Weapon: Dark Excalibur (+Eff)
  • Assist: Reposition / Flexible
  • Special: Blazing Wind / Blazing Light / Growing Wind / Flexible
  • Passive A: Life and Death / Death Blow 4 / Death Blow 3 
  • Passive B: Special Spiral
  • Passive C: Odd Atk Wave / Even Atk Wave / Atk Ploy / Res Ploy / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade

This build takes a slightly more unconventional approach to Dark Excalibur and its unique interactions with AoE Specials. Although this set does require additional setup to function properly in contrast to the first, it conversely enables Sonya to possess exponentially stronger and more applicable offensive capabilities, in large part due to AoE Specials’ ability to effectively bypass the Weapon Triangle entirely. That being said, aside from the aforementioned setup, two other specific skills are also required in order to ensure this build’s effectiveness: Special Spiral and the Heavy Blade seal. Following their initial activation, AoE Specials will only have a two-turn cooldown thanks to Special Spiral’s effect, which in combination with the Heavy Blade seal, allow for them to consistently activate in every round of combat -- combined with Dark Excalibur's +10 damage boost upon Special activations, this practically guarantees that Sonya will be able to quickly decimate any foe who dares cross her path. 

Despite detracting significantly from her overall bulk in addition to disallowing her from making use of Ploys, Life and Death remains Sonya’s ideal choice of A slot skill as the calculation for AoE Specials’ damage is based solely on visible stats and does not account for in-combat boosts, making Life and Death’s flat +5 Attack exceedingly valuable. However, should one wish to preserve her bulk in the case that she needs to take a single hit from an opposing mage in the Enemy Phase, or if aiming to make use of Ploys, Death Blow makes for a powerful alternative, offering her a substantial boost to her raw damage output as well as her ability to OHKO a weakened opponent; it also allows her to activate the Heavy Blade seal much more reliably. 

Odd Atk Wave and Even Atk Wave are once again stellar options for her C slot thanks to their ability to make Sonya much more self-sufficient, however, they are not strictly necessary for her to function properly and can be replaced by any other skill that complements her teammates’ needs. Alternatively, she can also take a Ploy of one’s choosing, provided that she is not using Life and Death as she will otherwise not have enough Resistance to reliably activate them against opposing foes. In particular, although Sonya should rarely (if ever) be taking damage with this build, Atk Ploy can still be a suitable choice for her C slot skill as it strengthens her ability to consistently activate Heavy Blade. Her native Res Ploy is also a great option to enhance her raw damage output. Otherwise, any skill that complements her teammates can be used here. 

As for her choice of AoE Special, Blazing Wind is her overall best choice due to its wide radius giving her the greatest chance of inflicting damage to more foes with one hit. In exchange for losing out on some of Blazing Wind’s damage, Growing Wind can also be considered should one wish to inflict AoE damage upon as wide a group of opponents as possible. However, depending on personal preference, Blazing Light or Blazing Flame may be preferred, thus allowing her choice of Special to be flexible.

Introduction

Joining the already bloated pool of infantry green mages, Sonya manages to distinguish herself from her competition through her unique tome, Dark Excalibur. It grants her an impressive +10 damage whenever she activates her Special, allowing her to reach high levels of damage output while still remaining fairly self-sufficient -- a characteristic that is only enhanced further through its unique weapon refinement which, when utilized in tandem with Special Spiral, ensures that Sonya will consistently be able to activate her Special frequently and benefit from her tome’s powerful damage boost in every round of combat. Furthermore, her Attack stat is quite solid and inherently provides her with the means to make exceptional use of Dark Excalibur. Her base Resistance stat of 32 is also respectable and gives her good matchups against fellow mages as well as the ability to use Ploys and Resistance-scaling Specials effectively. 

Conversely, however, Sonya possesses markedly low physical bulk that leaves her susceptible to Distant Counter users she does not possess Weapon Triangle advantage over or whom she cannot OHKO, most notable of which being high Resistance tanks; opposing archers and dagger units can also prove to be quite troublesome for Sonya in the Enemy Phase. Nevertheless, Sonya’s weaknesses are not substantial enough to truly detract from her effectiveness heavily -- with a fantastic personal weapon and refine, a good Attack stat, the ability to perform effectively without being reliant on team support to function, and undeniable charm, Sonya is an exceptional, self-sufficient offensive frontliner who stands tall as one of the most powerful green infantry mages around and will undoubtedly be a great boon to have in any team composition willing to take her.

Strengths

Dark Excalibur 

Sonya’s unique tome sets her apart from the other plentiful green infantry mages available and allows her to attain incredible destructive power right off the bat, gaining a flat +10 damage boost upon Special activations in addition to -2 Special cooldown on the first turn when refined. 

Self-Sufficient

In contrast to a vast majority of her direct comparables, Sonya is not reliant on team support for her damage output -- thanks to the advent of Special Spiral, Dark Excalibur’s unique weapon refine enables her to unleash devastating Special activations upon unsuspecting foes in every round of combat and obtain impressive offensive potential, all without needing the assistance of another unit to do so. 

Good Attack

Sitting on a solid base Attack stat of 33, Sonya is on the higher end of Attack stats in comparison to other green infantry mages. This coupled with Dark Excalibur’s effects allows her damage output to be extraordinarily high to shred through opposing foes with relative ease. 

Good Resistance

Sonya’s strong base Resistance stat of 31 allows her to be quite good at dealing with other mages and enables her to use Resistance-scaling and Ploys to great effect, the last of which can be used to help improve both her and her teammates’ overall performance.

Weaknesses

Poor Physical Bulk

Sonya’s combination of low HP and low Defense causes her to crumble to most forms of physical attacks, making it crucial that she be kept out of harm's way from physical damage dealers in the Enemy Phase. 

High Investment

Although Sonya can perform reasonably well at lower levels of investment, her overall effectiveness suffers immensely when unable to benefit from the effects of premium skills such as Death Blow 4 and Special Spiral to truly capitalize on her offensive potential, leaving her liable to struggle in carving a niche for herself should such skills be unavailable. 

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Wind
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elwind
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Rexcalibur
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 9
Dark ExcaliburGrants +10 to damage when Special triggers.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
New MoonResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%
Learns by default at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
MoonbowResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Warding Blow 1Grants Res+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Mirror Strike 1Grants Atk/Res+2 during combat if unit initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
120
A
Mirror Strike 2Grants Atk/Res +4 during combat if unit initiates attack.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
A
Res Ploy 1At start of turn, all foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res-3 until the end of foe's next action.
Inheritable by all units.
60
C
Res Ploy 2At start of turn, all foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res-4 until the end of foe's next action.
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Res Ploy 3At start of turn, all foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res-5 until the end of foe's next action.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
C

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Origin
Fire Emblem Echoes

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