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Tier Rating

Analysis by Naz
Valentine's Soren - Addled Strategist

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Related Heroes

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
144
HP 37
ATK 35
SPD 33
DEF 14
RES 25

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 17 8 8 3 2
Middle 18 9 9 4 3
High 19 10 10 5 4

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 34 32 30 11 21
Middle 37 35 33 14 25
High 41 38 36 18 28

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

  • +SPD: Speed is a fantastic choice of asset, as it allowing Soren maximize his damage by securing additional follow-up attacks. This is especially effective when using a Blade tome.

  • +ATK: An Attack asset also benefits Soren greatly, as it boosts his already solid base value to an impressive 38. This is particularly effective against slower opponents with high bulk.

Neutral

  • RES: Despite its low base value, Soren prefers to keep his Resistance intact in order to better survive at least one counterattack from magical opponents.  

  • HP: A flaw in HP is comparable to a flaw in Resistance, making it another good choice to keep neutral.

Flaws

  • -DEF: Defense is Soren’s weakest stat and the best flaw that he can receive, as further lowering it will hardly affect his overall performance.  

Skill Sets

Rainbow Cannon (Offensive Nuke)

Recommended
Blárblade+ A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2
Ardent Sacrifice
Alternate: Reposition
B Desperation 3
Glimmer
Alternate: Moonbow
C Hone Cavalry
Alternate: Odd Atk Wave 3
SP1935SHeavy Blade 3

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  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -DEF

  • Weapon: Blárblade+

  • Assist: Arden Sacrifice / Reposition

  • Special: Glimmer / Moonbow

  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Fury

  • Passive B: Desperation

  • Passive C: Hone Cavalry / Odd Atk Wave / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Darting Blow / Attack +3 / Speed +3

As with most Blade tome users, Attack and Speed are Soren’s most important stats. As such, an asset in either of these stats compliments the purely offensive playstyle by maximizing the damage that Soren is able to do in a single round of combat. For his assist, Ardent Sacrifice has great synergy with Desperation. Soren’s lacking overall bulk makes him susceptible to getting killed in only one hit by both physical and magical damage. By dropping his HP without the need to engage in combat, he can safely get into Desperation’s 75% HP threshold. Otherwise, any choice of movement skill such as Reposition will make for a suitable Assist.

Glimmer is a great choice of Special on any Blade tome user, as it scales with the additional damage received from Hone/Fortify buffs and activities within a reasonable timeframe despite the cooldown penalty tied to Blade tomes. Moonbow also makes for a suitable alternative, particularly against opponents with high Resistance such as Micaiah and Lute.

Moving on the main skills, Atk/Spd Solo makes for a premium choice of A skill by providing a significant boost to Soren’s offensive stats when not adjacent to any allies. Similarly, Swift Sparrow provides a slightly weaker boost to Attack/Speed on initiation without losing anything else. Life and Death is another great option; while it does grant Soren a strong offensive boost, it comes at the cost of severely damaging his overall bulk. This makes him even more susceptible to getting OHKO’d by physical and magical damage alike. Finally, Fury makes for yet another solid alternative by making it easier to get into Desperation range as well as increasing his overall bulk at the cost of a marginally weaker offense.

Desperation is the cornerstone of any offensive glass cannon mage build. One in the HP range, Soren will be able to safely double his opponents without the risk of getting killed on the counterattack. Hone Cavalry makes for a great choice of C skill, as it allows Soren to be a benefactor on a cavalry-centric team where he is most effective. Wave skills such as Odd Atk Wave also make for a good option, as they boost Soren’s self-sufficiency by giving him an automatic stat boost every other turn. Otherwise, the C slot can be replaced as needed to suit the team.

Last but not least, Soren has several options for Sacred Seals. Heavy Blade makes for a very effective option by allowing Soren to consistently accelerate the cooldown of his Specials thanks to the damage scaling property of Blade tomes. Darting Blow also makes for a very effective choice and suits the purely offense playstyle perfectly by granting Soren a significant boost to his Speed on initiation. If the aforementioned are unavailable, both Attack +3 and Speed +3 give Soren a solid boost to his key stats.

Radiant Companion (Offensive/Support)

Juicy Wave+ (+Spd) A Atk/Spd Solo 3
Alternate: Swift Sparrow 2
Rally Atk/Spd+ B Chill Spd 3
Alternate: Chill Res 3
Moonbow
Alternate: Luna
C Hone Cavalry
Alternate: Def Tactic 3
SP1320SRes Tactic 3

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  • Preferred IV: +SPD or +ATK / -DEF

  • Weapon: Juicy Wave+ (+Spd)

  • Assist: Rally Atk/Spd+

  • Special: Moonbow / Luna

  • Passive A: Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Fury

  • Passive B: Chill Spd / Chill Res

  • Passive C: Hone Cavalry / Tactic Skills / Flexible

  • Sacred Seal: Darting Blow / Tactic Skills

In exchange for the sheer offensive power of a Blade tome, this build aims to give Soren an additional role as a strong support unit by making use of the weapon Juicy Wave. Overall, this set bears many similarities to a purely offensive one with a few notable changes. Without the damage-scaling property of a Blade tome, Soren prefers Specials that scale with his opponent’s Resistance such as Moonbow or Luna.

Having Desperation built into his weapon, Soren has the freedom to run other skills in his B slot such as Chills. Both Chill Spd and Chill Res make for great choices by potentially increasing Soren’s damage output as well as the overall support that he can provide to his team. While Chill Res can massively increase damage against the affected target, it is not always consistent. This is due to it targeting the unit with the highest Resistance and not necessarily the unit with the highest magic bulk.

Class-exclusive buffs such as Hone Cavalry remain coveted when running Soren alongside other cavalry. On a mixed team composition, any form of a Tactic skill can also allow Soren to provide buffs to his teammates. These can be run in both the C and Sacred Seal slot. Otherwise, Darting Blow remains a good offensive choice in the latter.

Introduction

Despite his cold demeanor, the Greil Mercenaries’ calculating tactician makes his first appearance on a festive banner as a blue tome cavalry unit.

Statwise, Soren sports a solid offensive statline with 35 Attack and 33 Speed, making him a great choice for the role of an offensive cavalry mage as well as a particularly good Blade tome user. Thanks to his status as a cavalry unit, not only does Soren have an innate advantage when it comes to mobility, Soren also has access to powerful class-exclusive buffs such as Hone Cavalry.

Soren’s biggest weakness stems from his poor overall bulk of 62 magical and a measly 51 physical. This makes him highly reliant on Desperation in order to avoid counterattacks from Distant Counter units, as they will likely take him out in only a single hit. Regardless Soren remains a good choice for an offensive blue mage thanks to his solid statline, superior movement, and access to class-exclusive buffs.

Strengths

Great Attack

At a base value of 35, Soren can do impressive damage with his raw attack alone. This is particularly useful in OHKOing units that are too fast to double.  

Decent Speed

While nothing outstanding, Soren’s base 33 Speed does him well in avoiding follow-up attacks as well as performing them when provided with a bit of team support such as Hone Cavalry.

Cavalry

In addition to his superior mobility, Soren has access to powerful class-exclusive buffs such as Hone Cavalry.

Weaknesses

Terrible Physical Bulk

With only 51 physical bulk, Soren is highly susceptible to getting killed in only one hit by many physical attackers.

Cavalry

Being a cavalry unit also has its downsides. In addition to forests and trenches making it more difficult to navigate maps, Soren has an innate weakness to cavalry effective weapons

Team Options

  • Cavalry: Ares, Hrid, Eliwood, Legendary Eirika, WT-Olwen, GD-Mist, and Brave Veronica all make for fantastic teammates by providing Soren with powerful buffs such as Hone Cavalry and Fortify Cavalry while keeping up with his superior movement.

  • Physically Bulky Units: Hector, Surtr, Myrrh, Zelgius, Adult Tiki, and Lukas can all tank physical hits while keeping Soren safe.

  • Refreshers: YT-Olivia, HS-Micaiah, Legendary Azura, Sylvia, Lene, and Ninian are among many great choices that provide Soren with fantastic support through an extra turn, allowing him to get into more favorable positions.

  • Strong Reds: Ike, Legendary Ike, GD-Ike, Tibarn, Lilina, and Winter Tharja can all perform well in checking both physical and magical greens that may pose a threat to Soren.

Counters

  • Strong Green Attackers: Powerful physical attackers such as Hector, Surtr, Cherche, Halloween Jakob, Raven, Linus, and Fallen Male Robin can all make short work of Soren’s sparse physical bulk.

  • Buff Ignoring Skills: Julia, Deirdre, Brave Ike, as well as any unit running the skill Dull Ranged can potentially mitigate the damage that Soren is able to do by bonuses he receives through Hone/Fortify buffs.

  • Effective Weapons: Anti-cavalry weapons, both physical and magical will easily tear through Soren’s health bar due to their Attack multiplier. Common users include Micaiah and HS-Micaiah.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Thunder
Blue Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Elthunder
Blue Tome Users Only
100 2 6
BlárbloomsIf unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+3 during combat.
Blue Tome Users Only
200 2 9
Blárblooms+If unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+3 during combat.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Blue Tome Users Only
300 2 12
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
Rally SpeedGrants Spd +4 to an adjacent ally until the end of the turn 1 150
Rally Atk/SpdGrants Atk/Spd +3 to an adjacent ally until the end of the turn. 1 300
Rally Atk/Spd+Grants Atk/Spd+6 to target ally for 1 turn. 1 400

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Atk/Res Bond 1Grants Atk/Res+3 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
60
A
Atk/Res Bond 2Grants Atk/Res+4 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
120
A
Atk/Res Bond 3Grants Atk/Res+5 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
A
Spd Feint 1If a Rally Assist skill is used by unit or targets unit, inflicts Spd-3 on foes in cardinal directions of unit through their next actions.
Inheritable by all units.
60
B
Spd Feint 2If a Rally Assist skill is used by unit or targets unit, inflicts Spd-5 on foes in cardinal directions of unit through their next actions.
Inheritable by all units.
120
B
Spd Feint 3If a Rally Assist skill is used by unit or targets unit, inflict Spd-7 on foes in cardinal directions of unit through their next actions.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
B
Res Opening 1At start of turn, grants Res+2 to ally with the highest Res for 1 turn. (Excludes unit.)
Inheritable by all units.
60
C
Res Opening 2At start of turn, grants Res+4 to ally with the highest Res for 1 turn. (Excludes unit.)
Inheritable by all units.
120
C
Res Opening 3At start of turn, grants Res+6 to ally with the highest Res for 1 turn. (Excludes unit.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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