Summer Elise

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Tropical Flower
Tropical Flower

Summer 5 Star - Nohrian Summer

Obtainable as a 5 only - Nohrian Summer
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5
/ 5
Attacker Rating5 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
147
HP 34
ATK 36
SPD 34
DEF 18
RES 25
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 16 9 7 2 5
Middle 17 10 8 3 6
High 18 11 9 4 7

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 31 33 31 15 22
Middle 34 36 34 18 25
High 37 39 37 21 29
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

Similar to all other offensive mages, Summer Elise excels with a +SPD or a +ATK boon to increase her overall damage dealt. +SPD is preferred as it increases her odds of doubling units with similar stat spreads, but +ATK is always still viable as increasing damage is never bad. It should be noted that +SPD is heavily recommended in a blade comp to maximize doubling potential.

For banes, the usual -DEF or -HP for mages still holds true here. Her already terrible DEF can just be completely forgotten about in favor of other stats and -3 HP doesn't hurt her too much overall. Just remember to keep Elise out of the way of bow and dagger users.

Skill Sets
Nino 2.0
Optimal
Gronnblade+ A Life and Death 3
Ardent Sacrifice B Desperation 3
Draconic Aura C Hone Spd 3
SP1,875S-

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  • Preferred Nature: +SPD/-DEF
  • Weapon: Gronnblade+
  • Support Skill: Ardent Sacrifice / Movement Assist
  • Special: Draconic Aura / Luna
  • A Slot: Life and Death 3 / Swift Sparrow 2
  • B Slot: Desperation 3
  • C Slot: Hone Spd 3 / Varies On Team
  • Sacred Seal: Speed +1

Nothing really special here, just your ordinary bread and butter Blade tome set lifted straight from Nino. Summer Elise makes for a terrifyingly strong Blade mage with proper buffs from units like Ephraim and Eirika. Draconic Aura synergizes well with her sky high ATK, but can be replaced with Luna if your Elise struggles to deal damage to tankier units.

Life and Death 3 and Swift Sparrow 2 are the standard A skill for Blade tome mages, and Elise benefits from the skills just the same. Desperation and Ardent Sacrifice is another powerful combination that helps Elise double ranged units without taking any punishment in return. Finally, C skills are always team dependent, but Hone Spd is a pretty safe general pick, increasing adjacent allies SPD during the following turn.

Supportive Swimmer
Budget
Hibiscus Tome+ A Fury 3
Rally Attack Resistance B G Tomebreaker 3
Draconic Aura C Hone Spd 3
SP1,200S-

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  • Preferred Nature: +ATK/-DEF
  • Weapon: Hibiscus Tome+
  • Support Skill: Rally Attack Resistance
  • Special: Draconic Aura / Luna
  • A Slot: Fury 3 / Death Blow 3
  • B Slot: G Tomebreaker 3
  • C Slot: Hone Spd 3 / Varies On Team
  • Sacred Seal: Spur Def 1

This build maximizes Elise survivability in order to provide buffs for her team and deal with opposing green tome users. Her standard tome is the first of its kind, granting a spur-like buff of Atk/Spd +1 to allies 2 spaces away. This combined with her standard Support Skill, Rally Attack Resistance makes Elise an excellent team player, protecting her teammates while also giving them an offensive boost.

Draconic Aura and Luna both increase Elise's damage which is still nothing to overlook, even though she is more team-oriented. Fury and G Tomebreaker make Elise slightly more tanky and a counter to Nino and Julia, two popular Arena units. Finally, C skills are always team dependent, but Hone Spd is a pretty safe general pick, increasing adjacent allies SPD during the following turn.

Weapon Skills
SP:
50
Rng:
2
Mt:
4
SP:
200
Rng:
2
Mt:
8

Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk/Spd+1 during combat.

SP:
300
Rng:
2
Mt:
12

Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk/Spd+1 during combat.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Support Skills
SP:
150
Rng:
1

Grants Atk+4 to an adjacent ally until the end of the turn.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Passive Skills
Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
30
Slot:
C

If unit survives and uses a green tome, unit gets 1.5x SP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)

SP:
60
Slot:
C

If unit survives, all green tome users on team get 1.5x SP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)

SP:
120
Slot:
C

If unit survives, all green tome users on team get 2x SP. (If similar skill effects also used, only highest multiplier applied.)

Unlocks at 5 ★
Introduction

Pros:

  • Fantastic offensive stat spread, similar to Delthea
  • Green is a great offensive color
  • With enough ATK, can KO red units with low RES

Cons:

  • Competition from other green mages (Julia and Nino)
  • Overall low physical and magic bulk

Donning her new swimsuit, Elise ditches the horse and staff and instead becomes an incredibly powerful green mage, specializing in burst damage. Similar to her normal counterpart, Elise is gifted with high ATK and SPD, but is sorely lacking in proper defenses. It should be noted that Summer Elise loses a large amount of RES when compared to regular Elise, making it difficult to combat other mages.

The issue with Summer Elise's spread is its similarity to a very common and popular unit, Nino. In comparision, Elise hits a little harder but loses out on a valuable 3 SPD. With the SPD stat being very competitive, every single additional point is incredibly important as it denies and allows for plenty of doubles. Overall, Summer Elise is a fantastic unit with great stats and a great typing.

Strengths

Highest ATK for a green mage

  • Summer Elise boasts a whopping 36 ATK which can tear through units with low RES, especially combined with her above average SPD

Solid SPD 

  • Sporting a solid 34 SPD, Elise finds herself in a fairly competitive SPD tier, although she doubles non-buffed enemies quite easily

Synergy with offensive skills and Gronnblade

  • Summer Elise's impressive ATK combined with skills like Life and Death 3, Death Blow 3, and Gronnblade+ makes her a great fit on teams that plan on stacking buffs
Weaknesses

Competition from other green mages

  • One of Elise's main issues is her competition from units like Julia and Nino; both having something unique that Elise simply lacks (Naga and SPD)

Terrible defensive bulk

  • At only 18 DEF and 25 RES, Elise can easily be dealt with by a multitude of dangerous red and green units if put in a vulnerable spot
Team Options

Elise pairs best with teammates that can buff up her stats to insane levels and other Blade mages that benefit from the stacking Hone, Rally, and Fortify Buffs. Units that can cover the red side of the triangle are incredibly valuable as they can protect Elise from her weakness to any sort of red damage. Like all squishy units, proper positioning is the most important thing for Elise to thrive.

  • Azura, Olivia, and Ninian - dancers that enable Elise to make another offensive move or to retreat
  • Tharja, Celica, and Katarina - red Blade mages that benefit from potential buffing and cover enemy green units
  • Linde, Delthea, Mae, Bride Caeda, and Spring Lucina - blue Blade mages that benefit from potential buffing and cover enemy red units
  • Nowi, Effie, Male Robin, and Lukas - bulky blue units that can absorb most of the red damage from enemy teams
  • Eirika and Ephraim - both wielding legendary weapons that act as Hone Atk 2, incredibly useful buffers that can increase Elise's devastating offensive power
Counters

Summer Elise struggles against many common red threats and other units that can take advantage of her low defenses and kill her in on round of combat. Her pitiful DEF and mediocre RES makes it fairly easy for her to get killed once put in a dangerous spot.

  • Ryoma, Ike, and Xander - strong red sword units with Distant Counter built into their weapon
  • Lilina, Sanaki, Sophia, and Summer Leo - red tome users gifted with high ATK and usually run Triangle Adept
  • Reinhardt and Olwen - calvary units that possess a blue Brave tome in the form of Dire Thunder
  • Tharja, Celica, and Katarina - high ATK and SPD units that capitalize on Elise's low RES
  • Kagero, Bridal Cordelia, and other Brave Bow archers - Elise will get burst down before she can counter attack against these ranged physical damage dealers
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