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Tier Rating

Analysis by Adonyx
Sothe - Zephyr

4-5

Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
151
HP 39
ATK 36
SPD 33
DEF 22
RES 21

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 16 9 8 4 3
Middle 17 10 9 5 4
High 18 11 10 6 5

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 35 33 30 19 18
Middle 39 36 33 22 21
High 42 39 36 25 24

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

Boons

  • +ATK: Ideal to capitalize on Sothe’s excellent attack stat, which is the highest out of all daggers.

  • +SPD: Also a solid boon, as it provides more options offensively and defensively.

Banes

  • -DEF / -RES: -DEF very slightly edges out -RES, as Sothe will typically be taking magical damage more often than physical damage. However, both can be considered optimal.

  • -HP: Acceptable, but not ideal as it is a superbane (-4), resulting in more bulk lost compared to -DEF or -RES.

Skill Sets

Gambling Berserker (Utility Nuke)

Recommended
Peshkatz A Swift Sparrow 2
Alternate: Fury 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Draconic Aura C Spur Atk Spd 2
SP1,425SSpeed +3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -DEF or -RES
  • Weapon: Peshkatz
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Swift Sparrow / Fury / Life and Death
  • Passive B: Desperation / Vantage
  • Passive C: Spur Atk/Spd / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Speed +3 / Attack +3

Sothe’s Prf dagger Peshkatz has an interesting effect - it’s a combination of refined Smoke Dagger and refined Light Breath. It also shares the downside of Light Breath, which is that the buff only lasts a turn, meaning that if applied during Player Phase, it will last through both the rest of Player Phase and the following Enemy Phase. If applied during Enemy Phase, however, it will only last for the rest of Enemy Phase and be gone at the start of the following Player Phase. The dagger can still have interesting applications in certain scenarios, with very high potential - particularly when supported by dancers.

This build is called the Gambling Berserker because it relies on a number of factors to fall into place in order for maximum potential. First, Sothe needs to be able to engage onto an enemy that either cannot counterattack or fails to kill him in a single hit. This action is what activates Peshkatz and primes Sothe to go on a rampage. Second, Sothe should kill this enemy in the single round of combat. Third, the dead enemy should have nearby allies that then get struck by the debuff from Peshkatz. If all three of these conditions are met, Sothe and his allies (assuming they were within range) will be capable of murdering pretty much everyone with his massive +8 to all stats as a result of the comparative differential produced by the combination of Peshkatz’s debuff and buff. Every condition that is not met results in Sothe being less effective. Fortunately, even in the worst case scenario, Sothe can still be very effective.

Swift Sparrow is chosen over Life and Death because the loss in bulk from Life and Death makes a very big difference in whether Sothe dies or not from a single counterattack. He goes from 61/60 physical/magical bulk to 56/55 physical/magical, which is now in the range that a lot of typical Distant Counter units and mages are able to hit. Fury is an acceptable alternative, as the added bulk can help particularly in scenarios where Sothe has no choice but to take a hit. Life and Death should be used only on a budget, as it hinders Sothe’s choices of targets.

Desperation pairs well for an offensive build, as Sothe will often need two hits to kill units with reasonable physical bulk, even when in full berserker mode - 62 effective attack with both of Peshkatz’s effects active and Swift Sparrow. Vantage is also an acceptable choice, as Sothe’s potentially sky high attack power enables him to one hit kill most squishier ranged units, such as mages and archers.

Speed is boosted at every possible point, including IVs and Seal, to maximize the chance that Sothe can both double enemies and avoid being doubled himself, which would be a death sentence.

Food Fight (Offensive Nuke)

Lethal Carrot+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Barb Shuriken+ (+Spd)
A Fury 3
Alternate: Life and Death 3
Reposition B Desperation 3
Moonbow C Spur Atk Spd 2
SP1,365SHeavy Blade 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD / -DEF or -RES or -HP
  • Weapon: Lethal Carrot+ (+Spd) / Barb Shuriken (+Spd) / Kagami Mochi+ (+Spd)
  • Assist: Reposition / Ardent Sacrifice
  • Special: Moonbow / Draconic Aura
  • Passive A: Fury / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Brazen Atk/Spd
  • Passive B: Desperation
  • Passive C: Spur Atk/Spd / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Speed +3

While Sothe has multiple good weapon choices for this offensive set, every single option is unfortunately only available on limited units. Lethal Carrot’s +10 damage on Special activations gives Sothe a significant damage boost, which allows him to make up for the lack of color advantage. Barb Shuriken and Kagami Mochi both grant -1 Special cooldown, which can grant a similar damage boost as Lethal Carrot by allowing for either a more powerful (and higher cooldown) Special or allowing Sothe to not rely on Heavy Blade.

Aside from a movement Assist, Sothe can potentially run Ardent Sacrifice in order to safely drop him into Desperation range, removing the potential danger of getting KO’d in a single enemy counterattack. -HP is the ideal bane in this scenario, as having neutral HP with a refined weapon will put Sothe at over 40 HP. Running Ardent Sacrifice also allows Sothe to run Life and Death or Brazen Atk/Spd, as entering Desperation range outside of combat allows him to almost entirely mitigate the pitfalls of those skills. Otherwise, Fury is generally the best option due to the increased bulk giving a bit more safety, or Swift Sparrow if Sothe has access to merges and/or team support (such as buffs).

The Heavy Blade seal allows Sothe to consistently activate his Special every combat even when running Lethal Carrot. It’s vitally important for Sothe to be able to activate his Special constantly due to them being the source of most of his damage. It is also worth using even if running Barb Shuriken or Kagami Mochi, as it then allows him to run a higher damage Special like Draconic Aura. Otherwise, a Speed +3 seal works just fine with Moonbow.

Sweep Support

Peshkatz A Life and Death 3
Reposition B Windsweep 3
Draconic Aura
Alternate: Glimmer
C Spur Atk Spd 2
SP1,325SPhantom Spd 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -DEF or -RES
  • Weapon: Peshkatz
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Draconic Aura / Glimmer
  • Passive A: Life and Death
  • Passive B: Windsweep / Watersweep
  • Passive C: Spur Atk/Spd / Drive Spd / Savage Blow / Flexible
  • Sacred Seal: Phantom Spd / Spur Atk / Savage Blow

This build focuses on Peshkatz’s buffing and debuffing ability to enable support for Sothe’s teammates. The centerpiece of this build is Windsweep/Watersweep - by disabling enemies’ ability to counterattack, Sothe can stay safe while simultaneously mass buffing and debuffing to enable another ally to become supercharged and clean up.

Sothe has 33 speed at neutral, 38 with his base Life and Death, and 41 with a +Speed IV. Phantom Spd seal can be added on top of this to deny counterattacks from anyone with less than 51 speed. If 41 is considered sufficient, you can instead run another seal as desired. Both Windsweep and Watersweep are equally viable - Sothe will struggle equally versus either unit type, as with Life and Death he will be too frail to safely take a hit from them, so the decision is up to preference.

Peshkatz’s buff synergizes incredibly well with Blade tome units, due to providing a massive +4 buff to Attack/Speed/Defense/Resistance for 1 turn. If running Sothe alongside a blade tome unit, his C slot (and possibly seal) are best relegated to support skills such as his native Spur Atk/Spd or Drive Spd, based on preference. Savage Blow is an option for Sothe’s C slot (and possibly seal) if he is being run alongside a Firesweep unit, who appreciates the extra bit of damage to secure kills. Because a Firesweep unit cannot be counterattacked, they don’t have to worry about any units getting Vantage activated due to Savage Blow’s chip damage.

Introduction

Sothe is an infantry dagger unit with very powerful offenses - 36/33 makes him completely outclass Kagero offensively, while also having more bulk than her. He has a decent kit right out of the box, but it can definitely use improvement to maximize synergy. His unique dagger, Peshkatz, can potentially be exceptionally powerful when utilized properly; being able to mass buff and debuff simultaneously can be very strong.

Despite these strengths, Sothe shares some very glaring weaknesses with similar units. As a ranged unit with poor defenses, he is susceptible to melee units with Distant Counter, and fairly bulky units that can survive his offenses and kill on the counter. Target choice and smart play are key to avoiding these. Sothe also has lower BST compared to melee range units, though 151 BST means that he has slightly higher BST than other ranged units.

Strengths

Powerful offenses

36/33 is solid for an offensive unit, and Sothe has a fair number of build options to take advantage of this.

Surprisingly decent physical and magical bulk

61 physical and 60 magical bulk means that Sothe can survive a single hit from quite a large number of units and still be able to perform. His base kit’s Life and Death takes away from that, however.

Peshkatz

Peshkatz is an interesting dagger that combines the effects of Smoke Dagger and Light Breath. In an optimal scenario, Sothe and his allies can wind up with a staggering +8 advantage to all stats over all units affected.

Weaknesses

Poor base kit synergy

Despite all being stellar picks individually, Sothe’s overall kit doesn’t really function all that well together. He’s going to want to keep pieces of it and entirely replacing others for more functional builds.

Peshkatz can be unreliable

Despite its incredible potential, Peshkatz is very difficult to work with, as it has a large number of conditions attached to its function. As a result, Sothe can wind up being less impressive than he could/should be as a result of a map or situation not allowing Peshkatz to work to its fullest.

Poor Bulk

While Sothe’s bulk is typically enough to survive a single hit in most situations, he will completely melt underneath pressure from offensive powerhouse units, particularly those with Brave weapons. For example, Reinhardt will obliterate Sothe unless Sothe specifically prepares for him with the Deflect Magic seal.

Team Options

  • Dancers: Refresher units such as Olivia, Azura, Inigo, Performing Azura, and New Year Azura can all provide excellent versatility for Sothe. In particular, Performing Azura and New Year Azura are standout choices due to the former's ability to buff while singing, and the latter's ability to run Guidance to grant Sothe additional mobility.
  • Tanks: Bulky allies that can tank hits (mostly physical, but magical is also appreciated) are an important consideration for building a team with Sothe. Some examples of these units are Lukas, Eldigan, Sheena, Hector, Winter Tharja, Zelgius, Nowi, and Myrrh.
  • Buffers: Units that can buff via Spur and Drive skills can make Sothe very powerful, particularly if he can get his Peshkatz to activate. In particular, Brave Lucina and Sanaki are an incredible units to run alongside Sothe due to the massive combat buffs they bring with the Drive buffs in their weapons.
  • Debuffers: Debilitating enemies can boost Sothe’s combat capability just as much as directly buffing him, making allies like Lute, Soren, Arvis, and Spring Sharena excellent allies.
  • Hyper-Offense: Blade tome mages and Firesweep weapon users particularly benefit from Sothe's ability to simultaneously mass buff and debuff, such as Linde, Nino, Cordelia, Tana, New Year Camilla, and Katarina.

Counters

  • Tanks: A strong physical wall like Myrrh, Hector, or Xander will not only minimize his damage, but can also easily kill him on the counter.
  • Raven Tomes: Bulky raven tome wielding mages such as Lyon, Sophia, Boey, and Robin (M) can both tank Sothe's damage and kill him on the counter.
  • Buff/Debuff Control: Skills such as Panic Ploy, Harsh Command, and Micaiah's unique Sacrifice ability will nullify Sothe's mass buffing advantage. Some examples of users include Zelgius, Marisa, Bartre, and Fae.
  • Ploys: A triple Ploy unit like Lute or Arvis can completely shut Sothe down with ease, as the mass amount of debuffs is very crippling if he can't activate Peshkatz beforehand.
  • Brave Weapons: Units that can bypass Sothe's high speed with Brave weapons can easily obliterate Sothe, such as Brave Lyn, Reinhardt, Cherche, Bartre, Elincia, and Cordelia.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Dagger users only.
50 2 3
Steel DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Dagger users only.
100 2 5
Silver DaggerAfter battle, inflicts Def/Res-5 on foe through its next action.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Dagger users only.
200 2 7
PeshkatzAfter combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Atk/Spd/Def/Res-4 on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions, and grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 to unit and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Night SkyBoosts damage dealt by 50%.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
GlimmerBoosts damage dealt by 50%.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Life and Death 1Grants Atk/Spd+3. Inflicts Def/Res-3.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
50
A
Life and Death 2Grants Atk/Spd+4. Inflicts Def/Res-4.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100
A
Life and Death 3Grants Atk/Spd+5. Inflicts Def/Res-5.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200
A
Spur Atk 1Grants adjacent allies Atk+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
50
C
Spur Atk Spd 1Grants adjacent allies Atk/Spd +2 during combat.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Spur Atk Spd 2Grants adjacent allies Atk/Spd +3 during combat.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
240
C

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Origin
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

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