Analysis by Elegear
Dark Shadow


Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
/ 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 39
ATK 32
SPD 34
DEF 23
RES 20
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 16 7 7 5 4
Middle 17 8 8 6 5
High 18 9 9 7 6

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 35 29 31 20 17
Middle 39 32 34 23 20
High 42 35 37 26 23
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.


  • A +Attack boon is quite good, allowing the Dark Shadow to maximize her attack and have an easier time scoring kills.

  • A +Speed boon will give Tharja some insurance to prevent follow-ups and allowing her to double more units, increasing her kill count.


  • As for the detriment, both a -Resistance and -Defense bane won't affect any major match-ups, making them the safer pick.

  • Though if one would like to use skills utilizing a "below HP threshold", a -HP bane will be chosen.

Skill Sets
Shadows of Ylisse (All-Purpose Blade)
Rauðrblade+ A Fury 3
Draw Back B Swordbreaker 3
Vengeance C Spur Res 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -Defense
  • Weapon: Red Blade+
  • Assist: Draw Back / Flexible
  • Special: Vengeance
  • A Slot: Fury
  • B Slot: Swordbreaker
  • C Slot: Spur Resistance / Varies with team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

A budget build focusing on utilizing Vengeance, her nice bulk and her Blade Tome.

With the Blade Tome, it is imperative that buffers be present in the team to give her a Hone Attack and/or Hone Speed, increasing Tharja's overall damage output.

Vengeance is paired with Fury to allow Tharja to take a hit and fire back with great power.

Swordbreaker will allow the Plegian mage to follow-up against the speedy sword users, notably Ryoma.

Hayato's Offspring (Colourless Combat)
Rauðrraven+ A Triangle Adept 3
Reposition B Swordbreaker 3
Moonbow C Hone Spd 3

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  • Preferred Nature: +Attack / -Defense
  • Weapon: Red Raven+
  • Assist: Reposition
  • Special: Moonbow
  • A Slot: Triangle Adept
  • B Slot: Swordbreaker / Renewal
  • C Slot: Hone Speed / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

The standard TA Raven Tome build.

If you would like a twist on the build, Renewal can be used for self-sustain.

Plegian Flight (Follow-ups)
Rauðrblade+ A Darting Blow 3
Reciprocal Aid B Vantage 3
Moonbow C Hone Atk 3

Show Explanation/Analysis
  • Preferred Nature: +Speed / -Defense
  • Weapon: Red Blade+
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid
  • Special: Moonbow
  • A Slot: Darting Blow
  • B Slot: Vantage
  • C Slot: Hone Attack / Varies on team
  • Sacred Seal: HP +3

A Blade build utilizing Tharja's native Darting Blow skill to allow her to follow-up.

In the case that she does not KO a Takumi, Vantage can be used to negate his own and finish him off.

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User Submitted Build Statistics
Weapon Skills
Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Flux 50 2 4
Ruin 100 2 6
RauðrbladeSlows Special Trigger (cooldown count +1). Adds total bonuses on unit to damage dealt.
Learns by default at 4 ★
200 2 9
Rauðrblade+Slows Special Trigger (cooldown count +1). Adds total bonuses on unit to damage dealt.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
300 2 13
Special Skills
Special Skills SP Turns
RetributionGrants bonus to damage dealt equal to 30% of damage suffered.
Learns by default at 4 ★
100 3
VengeanceGrants bonus to damage dealt equal to 50% of damage suffered.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200 3
Passive Skills
Passive Skills SP Slot
Darting Blow 1Grants Spd+2 during combat if unit initiates the attack. 50
Darting Blow 2Grants Spd+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack. 100
Darting Blow 3Grants Spd+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Spur Res 1Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat 50
Spur Res 2Grants adjacent allies Res+3 during combat
Unlocks at 4 ★
Spur Res 3Grants adjacent allies Res+4 during combat
Unlocks at 5 ★


  • Speediest Red Mage
  • Can trade with Hector, Ryoma and Takumi with no worry
  • Native user of the Red Blade Tome


  • Red Tome users are not favoured in Arena at the moment

Tharja, the Dark Shadow is one of the speediest red tome users and a native wielder of the Red Blade Tome.

While not as strong as her mage rivals Linde and Nino (35 and 33 attack, respectively), she does retain a respectable amount of attack (32).

She sacrifices her potential power and resistance for a much easier time dueling physical units, allowing her to trade with Hector, Ryoma and Takumi without risk of death.

Unfortunately, her low resistance means she will lose a chunk of HP against Nino or Julia.

Her speed is not on par with Nino or Linde (Tharja 34 vs 36) but it sure will prevent double attacks from almost all heroes.

Overall, Tharja is a native Blade Tome user that when compared to her peers, trades her offensive spread and ability to duel other magic users for more HP and defense. All of these traits make her a pretty good tome user to have on your team.

  • Good physical bulk for her role
    • A neutral attack will require 62 damage to OHK Tharja.
    • This means she can safely trade with Ryoma.
  • High Speed
    • Unless faced with a Lon'qu or a Brash Assault user, Tharja will naturally negate all attempts of follow-up attacks.
  • Brave Weapons
    • Tharja has the advantage of denying follow-up attacks, but her defense is not perfect. She will die to Brave Weapons
  • Reinhardt & Olwen
    • Due to her lower resistance, these two are a top threat to our stalker girl.
  • Lancers
    • Lance wielders will require 52 attack to one-shot Tharja, a value Ephraim and Effie can easily achieve.
Team Options

Should Tharja be the pillar of your team, she will be hard-countered by her peers Linde and Spring Lucina, as well as Reinhardt and Olwen.

In this case, green units with a respectable amount of speed and/or a good amount of magical soak will prove useful as her support, such as Julia, Nino, Camilla, Faye or Soren.

Units Tharja helps are ones who expect to be destroyed by Hector, such as Azura, Cordelia, Catria, or Sharena.

As for the builds:

  • "Shadows of Ylisse" makes Tharja the center of attention and works best in a team with Eirika or Ephraim due to their ease of double-buffing, or triple with a Rally.

  • "Hayato's Offspring" is the standard TA Raven Tome build, helpful for teams weak against our dear Takumi.

  • "Plegian Flight" is a build which focuses on doubling enemy units and denying the enemy ranged units from killing a low HP Tharja. It can be placed on any team.


Tharja takes pride in her overall bulk and good offensive stats. Her resistance is bad for a mage and will be beaten by almost every blue mage, such as:

Of course, Brave Weapons will spell her doom.

From Series
Fire Emblem: Awakening