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Subaki - Perfect Expert

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
157
HP 40
ATK 25
SPD 35
DEF 35
RES 22

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 5 8 8 4
Middle 18 6 9 9 5
High 19 7 10 10 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 36 22 32 32 19
Middle 40 25 35 35 22
High 43 29 38 38 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

Subaki has an odd stat spread where he trades Attack and Resistance for Defense and Speed. There are many stats that will work as boons for him; conversely, there are only a few that will work effectively as banes.

Boons

  • +ATK: The biggest thing holding Subaki back is his poor Attack. The fact that he has a +4 superboon in Attack goes a long way in fixing it and should be the first priority when building him.
  • +SPD: Subaki naturally has a nice Speed stat at 35, which can be further improved to 38. Increasing this stat is a great start at turning him into a brawler.

Neutral

  • DEF: Subaki’s Defense is also naturally very good and can work well with a boon. However, his Attack and Speed hold higher priorities unless going for a heavy tank build.

Banes

  • -HP: Subaki’s HP is unfortunately a suberbane, but is one of the stats that he doesn’t particularly rely on in order to perform well, therefore it can be reduced safely.
  • -RES: His Resistance stat is poor and decreasing it further won’t affect most of his significant matchups very much.

Skill Sets

Player Phase Brawler

Recommended
Slaying Lance+ (+Spd) A Fury 3
Reposition B Chill Spd 3
Alternate: Swordbreaker 3
Bonfire C Threaten Def 3
Alternate: Goad Fliers
SP1,410SAttack +3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK / -HP or -RES
  • Weapon: Slaying Lance (+SPD) / Slaying Lance (+DEF)
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Bonfire
  • Passive A: Fury / Fortress Def / Spd Def Bond / Atk Def Bond
  • Passive B: Chill Spd / Renewal / Swordbreaker
  • Passive C: Threaten Def / Goad Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Atk + 3 / Spd +3 / Def + 3

Subaki’s rather interesting stat spread means that he can easily discard the Quick Riposte B slot that makes him somewhat infamous as a skill fodder unit.  His speed is high enough that, once invested in, he can reliably achieve doubles in Player Phase and deny doubles to his opponent during Enemy Phase- he is often capable of doubling in turn without needing Quick Riposte.

This set enhances his naturally-high stats (Spd and Def) to make up for his poor Attack, assuring doubles on his opponent where he will proc Bonfire to confirm a KO.

To accomplish this, he needs to equip a Slaying Lance and increase his speed enough to assure a double, which can be tricky on units such as Ayra, Mia, and Soleil. This can be done through his A slot and forges, but is particularly helped along with Chill Spd in his B slot, which reduces his fastest opponent’s Speed by 7. This allows Subaki to spend more of his build focusing on improving his poor Attack stat.  Finding the balance between Speed and Attack is key in ensuring his effectiveness on the battlefield.

Fury is generally taken because it boosts all of Subaki’s stats, which benefits him in particular due to wanting to increase Attack/Speed/Defense all at the same time to run this build.  The Bond skills are good alternatives that can increase his desired stats even further, however it’s not always feasible to coordinate an adjacent partner for Subaki when he’s attacking during Player Phase.  Fortress Defense is the last option, which increases Bonfire damage and tankiness during both phases at the price of reducing his already poor Attack value.

If not running Chill Spd, then Renewal or Swordbreaker can both work in his B slot. Renewal helps Subaki to heal off his Fury damage and maintain his tankiness throughout long skirmishes, whereas Swordbreaker allows him to more effectively shut down the fast swords in the meta.

His C slot is best suited for Threaten Defense, which helps him do more damage despite his low Attack stat. This can be replaced by emblem-appropriate buffs where necessary.

Enemy Phase Tank

Slaying Lance+ (+Def)
Alternate: Sapphire Lance+
A Atk/Def Bond 3
Reposition B Quick Riposte 3
Bonfire C Threaten Atk 3
Alternate: Hone Fliers
SP1,425SClose Def 3

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  • Preferred IV: +ATK or +DEF / -HP or -RES
  • Weapon: Slaying Lance (+DEF) / Sapphire Lance
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Bonfire / Ignis
  • Passive A: Atk Def Bond / Steady Stance
  • Passive B: Quick Riposte / Renewal
  • Passive C: Threaten Atk / Goad Fliers
  • Sacred Seal: Close Defense / Def + 3 / Quick Riposte

This Subaki takes up some of his default kit and works during the Enemy Phase. In this particular build, we’re letting go of his Speed stat- it’s high enough to generally avoid doubles, and Quick Riposte negates the need for it to be high enough to double himself. In return, his Attack and Defense require serious attention, both to be a functional physical tank and to strike back with some kind of force.

Bonfire is still preferred as his special due to his ability to negate doubles because Ignis will only proc on his second attack if his opponent attacks him twice. While this is possible, particularly with units such as Ayra, Mia, and Slaying Sword Soleil (so if you’re using Subaki to counter them, you’ll want to spring for Ignis), it’s not as effective for general use.

Atk Def bond is a fantastic A slot for a defensive Subaki because it enhances his best stat and his stat in need of most enhancement. In addition, it is rather simple to set up an adjacent partner with flier teams, particularly for baiting units in the Enemy Phase. If it’s too much, Steady Stance is always a good fallback and will increase his Defense by a static +6 at all times.

With an Attack IV, this set brings Subaki’s Defense up to 50, which is generally enough to take 0 damage from red units and limited damage from blues, while also increasing his Bonfire proc to 25.

He keeps Quick Riposte here in order to maintain his ability to double in Enemy Phase, though he can pick up Renewal instead for more sustain- if this is the case, he may want to pick up Quick Riposte through his Seal slot instead.

For a cheaper build, you can feel free to leave him with his default Sapphire Lance- this ensures that he’ll completely wall off all physical red units, which can be very helpful in Arena Assault.

Threaten Attack serves to make him take even less damage in engagements. This Subaki may not win the battle outright, but he generally achieves his victory through war of attrition.

Introduction

Subaki has a very unique stat spread that not many other heroes in the game can lay claim to.  He trades a laughably low Attack and fairly low Resistance for great Defense and Speed stats, which ensure three things: he will rarely be doubled, he will never get OHKO’d by physical damage, and he will never kill anything without a special proc.

He generally solves the third problem through use of Bonfire, which uses his high Defense as an offense and helps him to burst down enemy units through his Specials. It also helps that his Attack stat is a superboon, allowing him to hit a respectable 29/35/35 ATK/SPD/DEF while maintaining an average HP bulk.

His low Resistance makes him a prime target for anything magical- Subaki may be an expert, but his expertise lies solely in the physical attacker realm, and he crumbles quickly at range.

Strengths

Unique stat spread

Subaki’s high Defense and Speed allows him to play a highly defensive role that prevents doubles while also mitigating the enemy’s damage from their single attack.

This also makes him versatile- he can function well in Player or Enemy phase with different builds.

Good base kit

Subaki’s base kit is highly effective at making him an anti-red tank.

This allows him to function very well in Arena Assault out of the box, and he can stop many Ikes, Ayras, and Mias with very little investment required.

Weaknesses

Low Attack

Unquestionably his biggest weakness, Subaki’s Attack stat is a paltry 25, which makes it difficult for him to secure kills.

This is somewhat mitigated by being a superboon, but even then he still cannot break 30 natural Attack.

Low Resistance

While ordinarily, Subaki’s low RES wouldn’t be too much of an issue as it min-maxes him nicely, it prevents him from being able to run an effective DC build, despite his high Defense that he could use to counter physical ranged attackers with.

This also makes him exceptionally weak to magical attacks and dragons, particularly from green units.

Team Options

As a flier and a blue physical tank, Subaki naturally pairs well with other fliers and other units who have trouble handling reds.

  • Flier Teammates: Units such as Caeda, Hinoka, Minerva, and NY Camilla can offer him much-needed flier buffs that allow him to do his job better.
  • Fragile Greens: Green units with limited dueling capability such as Nino, Raven, Cherche, and LA Lilina appreciate being able to hide behind Subaki’s fantastic blue bulk .
  • Slow Armors: He can also be used as a Guidance unit, increasing the effectiveness of armors such as Amelia, Hector, and LA Hector.

Counters

Due to his low RES and emblem weaknesses, Subaki is easily countered by a lot of magic, greens, and bows.

  • Mages: As far as magic is concerned, even blue mages such as Linde, Reinhardt, and Delthea can handle him easily.
  • RES-Attacking Greens: Fae, Nino, and Myrrh are all hazards to him, despite Subaki being one of the few units who can naturally double Myrrh.
  • Archers: Bow units like Bridal Cordelia, Brave Lyn, and Leon can all pose serious threats to Subaki with Brave Bow builds.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance
Learns by default at 1 ★
Lance Users Only
50 1 6
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Sapphire LanceGives Atk+20% if weapon-triangle advantage, Atk-20% if disadvantge.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 8
Sapphire Lance+Gives Atk+20% if weapon-triangle advantage, Atk-20% if disadvantge.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 12
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
SwapSwap places with an adjacent ally.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Resistance +1Grants Res+1
Unlocks at 1 ★
Inheritable by all units.
30
A
Resistance +2Grants Res+2
Unlocks at 2 ★
Inheritable by all units.
60
A
Resistance +3Grants Res+3
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
A
Quick Riposte 1Unit automatically makes a follow-up attack if attacked at HP ≥ 90%.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Inheritable by all units.
60
B
Quick Riposte 2Unit automatically makes a follow-up attack if attacked at HP ≥ 80%.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Inheritable by all units.
120
B
Quick Riposte 3Unit automatically makes a follow-up attack if attacked at HP ≥ 70%.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Inheritable by all units.
240
B

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem Fates

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