Virion

Analysis by Maskilraid
Virion
Elite Archer

3-4

Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
2
/ 5
Attacker Rating3 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
147
HP 46
ATK 31
SPD 31
DEF 26
RES 13
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 19 6 6 6 2
Middle 20 7 7 7 3
High 21 8 8 8 4

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 43 28 28 23 10
Middle 46 31 31 26 13
High 49 34 34 30 17
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

Viron prefers a either a speed-boosting nature or attack-boosting nature. A speed boost helps him to cross Nino off his list of counters, and beat Jaffar. Attack boosts gives more options for Virion to run Brave Bow builds more effectively.

Skill Sets
DIE WITH MAGNIFICENCE! (Brave Bow)
Optimal
Brave Bow + A Life and Death 3
Budget: Life and Death 2
Reciprocal Aid B Swordbreaker 3
Budget: Swordbreaker 2
Luna C Threaten Def 3
SP1,875S-

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  • Preferred nature: +ATK, -HP/RES
  • Weapon: Brave Bow+
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid/Draw Back
  • Special: Luna/Moonbow/Bonfire
  • A slot: Life and Death 3
  • B slot: SwordBreaker 3
  • C slot: Threaten DEF 3/Hone ATK 3/Hone SPD 3
  • Seal: SPD+1/ATK+1

This set covers both squishy and beefy targets. It preys on the squishy targets by shooting them twice with a high ATK power. Due to Virion's decent SPD, Virion could actually double many tanky units. This allows Virion to activate Luna in the fourth attack, which kills the target most of the time. This meant that Virion with this set could kill targets of extremities, namely the low and high DEF ones. Swordbreaker could be substituted for any breaker skills for team coverage.

ONE FOR THE BARDS! (Firesweep)
Firesweep Bow+
Budget: Silver Bow+
A Swift Sparrow 2
Budget: Fury 3
Reciprocal Aid B Swordbreaker 3
Budget: Seal Spd 3
Moonbow C Threaten Def 3
SP1,475S-

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  • Preferred nature: +ATK, -HP/RES
  • Weapon: Silver Bow+/Firesweep Bow+
  • Assist: Reciprocal Aid/Draw Back
  • Special: Luna/Moonbow/Bonfire
  • A slot: ATK 3/Fury 3/ Life and Death 3/Swift Sparrow 2
  • B slot: SwordBreaker 3/Seal SPD 3
  • C slot: Threaten DEF 3/Hone ATK 3/Hone SPD 3
  • Seal: SPD+1/ATK+1

The Firesweep build for Virion. Due to Sword generally have higher SPD, Swordbreaker is largely preferred. Fury 3 is also used to take advantage of Virion's above average bulk.

The budget variant is meant to be paired with a dancer. The idea is for Virion to use his base kit of Seal SPD to guarantee a double in his follow-up attack from your ally's dance. Moonbow is better for this set as most of the time, Virion attacks the target 3 times (once from the first attack, and twice from the second). For a more expensive build, one could consider Firesweep Bow+ in order to prevent any possible retaliations.

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Virion by KudziV 2 weeks ago
Virion by voldiir 3 weeks ago
Virion by superkonijn98 4 weeks ago
Virion by Cobaltdoom 2 months ago
Virion by areia 3 months ago
User Build Statistics
Weapon # of Builds
Silver Bow+ 1
Steel Bow 1
Brave Bow + 1
Silver Bow 3
Iron Bow 1
Support # of Builds
Ardent Sacrifice 2
Reposition 1
Special # of Builds
Astra 2
Luna 2
Night Sky 1
Passive A # of Builds
Defiant Res 3 1
Death Blow 3 1
Earth Boost 3 1
Defiant Res 2 1
Passive B # of Builds
Seal Spd 3 2
Poison Strike 3 1
Seal Spd 1 2
Passive C # of Builds
Breath of Life 3 1
Threaten Def 3 1
Threaten Atk 3 1
Weapon Skills
SP:
50
Rng:
2
Mt:
4

Effective against flying units.

Learns by default at 1 ★
SP:
100
Rng:
2
Mt:
6

Effective against flying units.

Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
SP:
200
Rng:
2
Mt:
9

Effective against flying units.

Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
SP:
300
Rng:
2
Mt:
13

Effective against flying units.

Unlocks at 5 ★
Special Skills
SP:
100
CD:
4 Turns

Grant +50% to damage dealt

Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
SP:
200
CD:
5 Turns

Grant +150% to damage dealt

Unlocks at 4 ★
Passive Skills
SP:
40
Slot:
A

Grants Res+3 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

Unlocks at 3 ★
SP:
80
Slot:
A

Grants Res+5 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

Unlocks at 4 ★
SP:
160
Slot:
A

Grants Res+7 at start of turn if unit's HP ≤ 50%.

Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
40
Slot:
B

After combat, foe suffers Spd-3 through its next action.

Unlocks at 1 ★
SP:
80
Slot:
B

After combat, foe suffers Spd-5 through its next action.

Unlocks at 2 ★
SP:
160
Slot:
B

After combat, foe suffers Spd-7 through its next action.

Unlocks at 4 ★
Introduction

Virion is the first archer that is available to the player in the game, and is given as a 2-star unit. Virion is also available in the current daily rotation of units. This makes Virion one of the most easily obtainable archer in game.

As a unit, Virion is similar to Gordin in a sense that he can actually take some physical punishment. With the advent of distant counter characters, Virion could actually take a couple of physical hits from such counters before going down. Coupled with the advantage as a colourless unit, Virion is capable in taking down most physical melee characters in the game without much problem.

The most dominant build would be the Brave Bow build, as it enables Virion to be both a glass cannon killer using the first 2 hits, and a tank killer using Luna, as most units with high defences gets doubled by Virion anyway.

With that said however, Jeorge, Klein and Takumi does use this particular build extremely well. However, Virion is the only 3-star archer that is capable of running this build well. Setsuna and Niles hits way too soft, and Gordin is too slow. So in that sense, Virion does have his little own niche.

Strengths
  • High HP stat for an archer.
  • Decent ATK/SPD spread.
  • Decent DEF.
  • Mostly consistent damage as a colourless unit.
  • Bonus damage to fliers.
Weaknesses
  • Pitiful RES.
  • SPD could only double slower units.
  • Gets countered extremely hard by -Raven tomes.
Team Options

Virion could pretty much operate by himself most of the time. However, Virion does appreciate ATK and SPD buffs, especially so with Brave Bow+. For builds that do not involve Brave Bow+, Virion would appreciate Dancer/Singer support in order to finish off targets that he could not in the first turn.

Counters

Similar to many archers, Raven tome users are the main counters for Virion. What adds to Virion's agony is his extremely low RES, which meant that these mages could hit Virion very hard. Fortunately Virion does have a thick HP pool, allowing him to occasionally survive the mage attacks.

As a ranged unit, Virion also dislike units who could get into melee range. His SPD also meant that doubling him is not very difficult with the help of a SPD buff.

From Series
Fire Emblem: Awakening
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