Zephiel

Zephiel
The Liberator
Hero Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5
/ 5
Attacker Rating4 / 5
Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
168
HP 55
ATK 35
SPD 16
DEF 38
RES 24
Stat Variations
Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 25 9 3 12 5
High

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
3★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low
Middle 55 35 16 38 24
High
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
Skill Sets
(F2P) Standard Build
Eckesachs A Attack +3
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Reprisal C Threaten Atk 3
SP1,545S-

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This set incorporates a lot of Zephiel's baseline skills to make him a powerful unit without needing too much SP. Pivot improves his mobility, whereas Threaten Atk 3 synergises with the Eckesachs weapon effect and improves Zephiel's attack power. Attack +3 is a cheap alternative to Life and Death 3 that allows Zephiel to maintain his strong defensive statline at the cost of 2 attack.

Death Blow - Bonfire Build
Eckesachs A Death Blow 3
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Threaten Atk 3
SP1,765S-

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This set adds two important skills to Zephiel's kit: Death Blow and Bonfire. Death Blow allows Zephiel to deal more damage than he would with Life and Death 3 when initiating combat, but without the -5 penalty to defense and resistance. Bonfire is a more reliable source of damage than Reprisal, adding an extra 20 damage to Zephiel's attack when his skill is off cooldown. The support and C skill are down to player preference, but it's hard to go wrong with Pivot and Threaten Atk.

Impenetrable Wall
Eckesachs A Fortress Def 3
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Hone Armor
SP1,965S-

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This set utilises Fortress Def to maximise Zephiel's defense. The -3 penalty to attack hurts Zephiel's damage output, but with 43 defense he will be near invulnerable to physical attacks. Bonfire improves his damage output, though Ignis or Moonbow are good alternatives. Hone Armour is a solid choice if Zephiel is alongside other armour units, as this set allows him to perform admirably as the main tank of the team. Otherwise, something like Threaten Atk 3 is recommended.

Distant Counter Build
Eckesachs A Distant Counter
Pivot B Wary Fighter 3
Bonfire C Threaten Atk 3
SP1,915S-

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Zephiel can make fantastic use of Distant Counter if he's able to inherit it, as it allows him to win 1-on-1 fights against Linde, as well as many other mages. Beyond the addition of Distant Counter, this build is largely similar to the above builds.

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Weapon Skills
Learns by default at 3 ★
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
SP:
400
Rng:
1
Mt:
16

Inflicts Def-4 on foes within 2 spaces through their next actions at the start of each turn.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Special Skills
SP:
100
CD:
3 Turns

Grants bonus to damage dealt equal to 30% of damage suffered.

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

Grants bonus to damage dealt equal to 30% of damage suffered.

Unlocks at 4 ★
Passive Skills
Unlocks at 4 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
SP:
60
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 90%

SP:
120
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 70%

SP:
240
Slot:
B

Prevents follow up attack in combat from unit and foes if unit's HP ≥ 50%

Unlocks at 4 ★
Introduction

Pros:

  • Phenomenal HP and Defense
  • Strong unique weapon
  • Wary Fighter compensates for low speed
  • No chance of bad boon/bane stat

Cons:

  • Low resistance
  • One movement
  • Cannot be merged past +1

The king of Bern boasts staggeringly high defensive stats, with Wary Fighter to boot. 55 HP, 38 defense and preventing all follow-up attacks makes it impossible to ORKO him without Swordbreaker or a Brave weapon. Eckesachs puts him at a respectable 51 attack, granting him decent damage output as well. He suffers from poor mobility like all other armour knights, but Zephiel will still perform exceptionally well.

Strengths

Zephiel's physical bulk is unrivalled. He has the highest HP and second highest defense stat out of every available unit, making him a formidable frontline unit. Zephiel will take very little damage from any red or green physical unit, with Wary Fighter compensating for his awful speed and improving his already impressive bulk. With the synergy between his high stats and Wary Fighter, Zephiel is easily one of the most durable units accessible. Though his damage will be somewhat lower than Hector or Effie, his defensive prowess is much greater.

Weaknesses

However, Zephiel faces one glaring weakness: his low resistance. Coupled by his triangle disadvantage against many popular mages including Linde and Reinhardt, the latter of whom can ORKO Zephiel if he has a +Atk spread. Other mages will still deal considerable damage to him, pushing him below the 50% HP threshold for Wary Fighter where Zephiel is extremely vulnerable. With his poor mobility, Zephiel will struggle to enter the frontline safely before enemy mages have been dealt with.

Team Options

Zephiel works well alongside units that can check his primary counter: mages. Nino or Julia with G Tomebreaker can check most of the common mages, making them suitable partners. Otherwise, Zephiel appreciates any buffs to his attack and defense stats or any possible healing to keep him above the threshold for Wary Fighter.

Counters

The aforementioned blue mages pose the greatest threat to Zephiel. +Atk Reinhardt is the only unit that can ORKO Zephiel without inherited skills, but Linde, Spring Lucina and Nowi will all do considerable damage to Zephiel. With Swordbreaker inherited, all three will also be able to ORKO Zephiel.

From Series
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
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