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Bound Hero Battle: Reinhardt and Ishtar

Beware of the man with tiny hands… and his fearsome companion! This Bound Hero Battle pits us against Reinhardt in his sword variant and Ishtar -- you won’t have to deal with Reinhardt’s MAGIC IS EVERYTHING tome-wielding variant, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Ishtar’s charged Special makes her particularly deadly, and Reinhardt’s guaranteed follow-ups granted to him by the Meisterschwert make him an annoying foe to deal with as well.  

Thankfully, there’s still a few things on this map that are in your favor. Thankfully, there’s no reinforcements to deal with, and once you deal with Ishtar and Reinhardt, the rest of the units here don’t pose too much of a threat. As always, there’s a few tricky Skills and weapons to deal with here, but if you start off strong and keep your wits about you, victory shall be yours!

Who to Choose

As is generally true of Bound Hero Battles, the individual units used is very important as they will primarily inform your strategy. There are a few routes you can take depending on what units are available to you, and, of course, adjustment based on the units you possess is always a possibility.

Tanks

The enemies on this map won’t move unless you bait or strike them, so you’ll most likely want to use a tank to survive the initial onslaught. The more damage a unit can soak up and the stronger their Special activations are, the more useful they’ll be here -- if you have a powerful new unit you’ve been waiting to try out, now’s the time to use them. Also note that no enemy totes effective weapons against cavalry or armored units, and there’s only one bow wielder; almost any unit class of tank will work here.

Armors such as Zelgius, Black Knight, Winter Tharja, Fallen Hardin, Hector, LA Hector, Legendary Hector, Brave EphraimFallen Robin, and Legendary Tiki are able to hit hard very upon counterattacking, especially if they’re making use of Quick Riposte or Vengeful Fighter. All the green Hectors and Fallen Robin will do well tanking Ishtar due to their Weapons Triangle Advantage -- though Legendary Hector and Fallen Robin are particularly notable due to Hector’s ability to deny follow-ups and Robin’s damage-seeking against ranged foes.

Calvary tanks like Xander, Camus, Quan, and Sigurd perform better with class-specific buffs, and Sigurd is notable for his ability to tank a fair bit of magic damage due to Divine Tyrfing and the Crusader’s Ward.

An amazing F2P option is Fjorm, who is able to tank ranged foes extremely well with her exclusive Special, Ice Mirror, Legendary Ike, whose native Warding Breath grants him accelerated cooldown and extra Resistance.

Dragons are also very strong tanks, especially when they’re equipped with Lightning Breath (or another Breath and Distant Counter, if you’re feeling fancy). Nowi, Female Corrin, Male Kana, Fae, Myrrh, Legendary Robin, Female Kana, Adult Tiki, Young Tiki, and/or Summer Young Tiki will all likely be able to do the job and do it well.  They are also incredibly useful due to their damage-seeking effect against ranged foes -- since ⅔ of the foes here are mages or archers, being able to target the lower of their defensive stats will prove incredibly handy.

 

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Legendary Hector’s ability to deny follow-ups granted to him by Thunder Armads makes him a great choice against a variety of ranged foes.

Strikers

While not strictly necessary, a striker is almost always a good choice for an Infernal map due to their ability to deal heavy damage -- if not KO foes outright. When paired with a refresher, their destructive prowess is impressive; just make sure to keep them out of harm’s way.

In particular, archers can be incredibly potent strikers due to their ability to overpower and/or finish off any enemies your tank may otherwise struggle with, especially if they are equipped with a Brave Bow. Brave Lyn, WF Hinoka, Bridal Cordelia, Summer Takumi, Setsuna, and Klein are potential strikers you may want to use, with a special mention going to Brave Lyn given her F2P status.

Alternatively, melee Brave users are able to hit foes twice without retaliation, and may even quad hit if they outspeed an enemy. Cherche, Cordelia, Elincia, and WT Reinhardt are all great Brave users who can make excellent use of class-specific buffs.

Brave and Blade tome wielders can also serve to be useful if your team composition provides them with the appropriate buffs, though speedy mages can also be powerful strikers. Tharja, Bridal Tharja, Reinhardt, Tailtiu, Ishtar, Linde, OpheliaWT Olwen, LewynSF Nino, and Nino are potential options here, especially if they are equipped with a Breaker skill to add to their coverage.

Refreshers

Refreshers help provide support, may even have a decent offensive presence themselves, and can usually tank a hit or two, if need be. Lene, SilviaOlivia, Performing Olivia, YT Olivia, Performing Inigo, Performing Shigure, Performing Azura, Azura, New Year Azura, Bridal Ninian, and Ninian are all examples of refreshers -- though really, any of them will do the trick.  

Healers

Due to every healer having access to the Wrathful Staff refinement, they can serve as incredibly potent colorless pseudo-mages -- who can heal to boot! Brave Veronica is particularly notable due to her excellent exclusive weapon that prevents counterattacks (among other things), access to the Wrathful Staff Skill, and great support unity, but other healers like Genny, Priscilla, Elise, Maribelle, Nanna, Ethlyn, Wrys, and Lissa are potential additions to a team that may serve you well.

Supporters

As units that offer extra utility, supporters typically fit one of the above roles while also providing some sort of assist to your other units. Buffers, debuffers, and drivers all can play a valuable role in your team composition by making use of their incredible utility.

Because of Skill Inheritance, any unit can be a buffer with enough investment -- many Drives, Spurs, Hones, Fortifies, and Dual Rallies are readily accessible on 4 star units, and can be further stacked with seals for maximum coverage. Tactics seals are also easily accessible and provide a hefty +6 boost to one stat. Notable options who natively provide buffs through their exclusive weapons include YT Olivia, Performing Azura, Brave Veronica, Eirika, and Ephraim, while Brave Lucina, New Year Corrin, and New Year Azura are able to stack Drives through theirs.

Debuffers can make use of weaponry, Skills, or Seals to help de-fang the enemy team and make them significantly less threatening. Ploys, Chills, and Smokes especially are wide-reaching and potent debuffs that can easily turn the tide of the battle at a pivotal moment. Lilina and Soren have a Chill effect on their refined weapons, while Male Morgan has a unique buff/debuff dual effect on his. Dagger units also inflict debuffs when they attack, which can be very useful to cut through an Infernal foes’ inflated HP.

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Male Morgan is able to support his allies and debuff his enemies at the same time by making use of his unique tome, Grima’s Truth.

Strategy

Strategizing for this Bound Hero Battle should be a relatively simple matter due to the absence of reinforcements. While it can be difficult to exactly predict what will happen due to IV / Merge variance, here’s some general tips to get you started.

In the Beginning...

If you’re a dedicated reader of these guides, you’ll know by now that most of these maps are won or lost before they even start. While it may be tempting to jump right in, knowing (and loving!) your enemy will help you not only choose your units, but also figure out where to begin.

The elephant in the room here is most definitely Ishtar -- her pre-charged Special really lays on the pain, and she’s not even the only foe your unit will have to withstand. That’s right: this is one of those kinds of maps where you can’t bait one unit at a time. Isn’t this game fun? If you’re using a flying ranged striker, you can fly over the cliff and target Ishtar directly. Otherwise, you’ll have to bait her, which may prove to be a bit… difficult.

If you absolutely can’t find a way to survive Ishtar’s Moonbow, you can try avoiding her entirely and baiting in the one space she can’t reach. If you have a Brave weapon user that can target her Defense, then you may be able to safely sniper her down in your next turn. If you’re confident your unit will survive her, though, continue reading for a helpful tip.

nowhere is safe from Ishtar (except here)
This is the one space Ishtar can’t reach. If your units are struggling with her charged Moonbow, this may be a good place to start. 

Aiming the AI

If you don’t understand why the AI is doing what it’s doing, don’t worry -- you’re not alone. While there do seem to be some more concrete rules that inform its behaviour, more often than not you may find yourself in a position where you have to experiment to get the result you want.

hector baiting with fjorm in position 1.
All right, all set, and ready to go.

At first, this team layout may seem pretty optimized -- Morgan is positioned to Spur Hector’s Defense and Resistance, while Fjorm is close by to provide him with Drive Attack. But…

results.
Oof, that could’ve gone better.

Since Ishtar attacks Hector first, he’s knocked out of Vengeful Fighter range, leaving the archer with enough HP that Felicia can’t KO them. To make matters worse, the cavalry has arrived, which puts Hector in a sticky situation.

But there is a way this could go better -- if the archer attacks Hector before Ishtar, he’ll hit them twice with Vengeful Fighter, then activate his Special to KO the Thunder Goddess in one hit. So, how do we make this happen? The answer, of course, is positioning!

result of fjorm being in position 2.
Although we had to give up Fjorm’s Drive, this small difference in positioning caused Hector to deal 25 more damage! Now Felicia can KO the archer and debuff the enemy team, then Fjorm can Swap with her to get her out of harm’s way.

So if you see that one small difference in the way the enemy moves might grant you a big advantage, trial and error will likely be your best option to achieve your goal. Don’t be afraid to restart a map a few times to figure out which positioning works best for you -- since there’s no stamina cost, there’s literally no downside to testing out your options.

Delectable Debuffs

Speaking of debuffs, you may want to sometimes consider attacking a foe simply to activate debuffs on them. Skills like Attack Smoke, Speed Smoke, and Res Smoke -- as well as daggers and some other weapons -- have far-reaching debuffs that can make the enemy’s entire team a non-issue, or net you a key KO by decreasing the enemy’s defenses. This is especially true on maps like Grand Hero and Bound Hero Battles where foes tend to like to group together. If chip damage is more your speed, consider using Savage Blow; though you best watch out for enemies toting Vantage. Speaking of which…

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Morgan’s attack will debuff Reinhardt’s Attack, giving Fjorm more HP to tank the green cavalier with. Furthermore, Felicia’s already debuffed the enemy team’s Defense and Resistance, meaning that my units will deal significantly more damage to them.

Party Hardy

It’s always a good idea to keep in mind what seals you have available to you, and one often overlooked tool in most player’s kits is the Hardy Bearing seal. Enemy Dragons with Lightning Breath and Vantage can really ruin your day, especially if they’re the last foe you have to deal with and your units are already limping and wounded -- but never fear! With the Hardy Bearing seal, you can bypass the effects of Vantage and KO this foe as you normally would. While you may have to pay badges and sacred coins to upgrade this seal all the way (it’s not exactly a priority, after all), it’s a much easier option than having to start your strategy over from scratch.

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The Hardy Bearing seal allows your unit to bypass the effects of Vantage -- which proves very useful in KOing this foe.

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Don’t be fooled by video walkthroughs of any Bound Hero Battle that you watch -- it’s very rare for anyone to beat high-difficulty content (or record a video of themselves doing so!) on their first try.  Additionally, the potential variance in unit builds that Skill Inheritance brought along with the random nature of summoning has resulted in pretty much every single summoner having different building blocks to work with. This, when combined with the high difficulty level of Infernal, may prove frustrating while someone is trying to find the right combination of units and moves. The key thing to keep in mind is that it may take some light Skill Inheritance and seal shuffling as well as multiple tries of the map to find a strategy that works for you. Every single turn you complete gets you one step closer to completing the puzzle. Finally, reading about or watching videos of successful strategies may also help you break through a particularly difficult turn that you can’t complete, or may give you ideas of a new unit to use.

Map Enemies

  • Hard
  • Lunatic
  • Infernal
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
41 38 12 23 20
Weapon Meisterschwert A Death Blow 3
Support B Vantage 3
Special Pavise C Spur Atk/Def 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
39 40 28 12 19
Weapon Mjölnir A Swift Sparrow 2
Support B Vantage 3
Special Moonbow C Odd Atk Wave 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
38 33 25 23 22
Weapon Lightning Breath A Fury 2
Support B Vantage 2
Special Moonbow C Drive Atk 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
37 32 22 21 11
Weapon Guard Bow A Darting Stance 2
Support B Guard 2
Special Vengeance C Spur Spd/Res 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
29 33 18 12 26
Weapon Gronnowl A Distant Def 2
Support Draw Back B Vantage 2
Special Miracle C Fortify Cavalry
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
56 46 18 31 28
Weapon Meisterschwert A Death Blow 3
Support B Vantage 3
Special Pavise C Spur Atk/Def 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
53 48 36 17 26
Weapon Mjölnir A Swift Sparrow 2
Support B Vantage 3
Special Moonbow C Odd Atk Wave 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
52 46 33 32 31
Weapon Lightning Breath+ A Fury 3
Support B Vantage 3
Special Moonbow C Drive Atk 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
51 44 29 29 16
Weapon Guard Bow+ A Darting Stance 3
Support B Guard 3
Special Vengeance C Spur Spd/Res 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
39 45 25 17 34
Weapon Gronnowl+ A Distant Def 3
Support Draw Back B Vantage 3
Special Miracle C Fortify Cavalry
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
64 49 20 34 31
Weapon Meisterschwert A Death Blow 3
Support B Vantage 3
Special Pavise C Spur Atk/Def 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
61 51 39 18 29
Weapon Mjölnir A Swift Sparrow 2
Support B Vantage 3
Special Moonbow C Odd Atk Wave 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
61 49 36 35 34
Weapon Lightning Breath+ A Fury 3
Support B Vantage 3
Special Moonbow C Drive Atk 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
52 44 35 22 31
Weapon Rauðrowl+ A Atk/Spd Bond 3
Support B Quick Riposte 3
Special Glimmer C Even Spd Wave 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
59 47 32 32 17
Weapon Guard Bow+ A Darting Stance 3
Support B Guard 3
Special Vengeance C Spur Spd/Res 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
45 48 28 18 37
Weapon Gronnowl+ A Distant Def 3
Support Draw Back B Vantage 3
Special Miracle C Fortify Cavalry

User Submitted Teams

Honestly not that hard, y'all.
10-08
Submitted by vecisto
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If you've got the right damage output, this is a piece of cake. Hector, buffed by Sheena with Hone Armor and equipped with the Big DD, can take out Ishtar in one shot with Glimmer. Micaiah takes care of Swordhardt, and the player's Swordhardt can finish off the archer. After that, the mages and dragon are easily dealt with.

I did Infernal with this team in two tries, and the first try was because I accidentally moved Swordhardt up too far. Give it a try!

Dancing Tanks
10-06
Submitted by BossMagick
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This is an alternative to Blaze240's team where I replaced Summer Tiki with Sky-High Dancer Olivia (Because I don't have Summer Tiki).

The strategy is similar: Bait Ishtar with Hector while buffing him with L!Tiki and YT Olivia's Dance (from Blaze Dance 3 Seal).

After Ishtar crashes her face into Thunder Armads, kill the archer with Veronica, then Swap L!Tiki into Veronica's position. Move Hector one square to the left, then Dance Veronica and Heal Hector. The Red Mage and Green Manakete will eat some Thunder Armads on their own accord and lastly, Reinhardt will proceed to kill himself with L!Tiki's breath.

Legendary Hector's Loadout:

Thunder Armads
Swap
Draconic Aura
Vengeful Fighter 3
Ostia's Pulse
Distant Def 3

Legendary Tiki's Loadout:
Divine Mist
Swap
Moonbow
Fierce Breath
Bold Fighter 3
With Everyone!
Close Def 3

YT Olivia's Loadout:
Skuld
Dance
Daylight
Bracing Stance 2
Chill Spd 3
Guidance 3
Blaze Dance 3

Brave Veronica's Loadout:
Hiloskjalf
Recover +
Windfire Balm+
Speed +3
Wrathful Staff 3
Close Guard 3
Live to Serve 3

Just Hector and Tiki
10-06
Submitted by Blaze240
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Legendary Hector:
Swap
Bonfire
Distant Defense 3 Seal

Legendary Tiki:
Swap
Close Defense 3 Seal

Summer Tiki (Y):
Reposition
Ignis
Iote's Shield Seal

Literally just buff up L!Tiki and L!Hector with With Everyone! and Hector can easily take out Ishtar in the first turn, and after that it's a cakewalk with Summer Tiki and L!Tiki, with Veronica debuffing and healing when necessary.

Return of the "This battle is so damn easy I won't even bother to use skills"
10-06
Submitted by SJMistery
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+9/10 Corrin(+Atk, -Spd) (Summoner supported)
Dark Breath+(Res)
Pivot
Aegis
Distant Counter
Shield Pulse 3
Savage Blow 3
Deflect Magic 3 SS

Oh yeah baby, I got the last one on the ploys banner free summon, but I solved the battle when she was still +9 so..

S supported with

+3 Performing Azura (+HP, -Atk) (Seems I screwed up and merged the wrong Azura, no worries, I'll eventually pull another one)
Uror
Sing
Luna
Triangle Adept 3
Wings of Mercy 3
Drive Res 2
Drive Spd 2 SS

+6 Marth (+Spd -HP)
Falchion (Eff)
Reposition
Luna
Close Defense 3
Swordbreaker 3
Drive Spd 2
Drive Atk 2 SS

S Supported with

+1 Bridal Lyn (+HP, -Atk)
Candlelight+(Wrath)
Recover+
Miracle
HP+4/Res+2
Dazzling Staff 3
Infantry Pulse 3
HP+5 SS

From all of this crap, basically nothing was used: Only Pivot on Marth, the refined Falchion and Dark Breath, Uror, and a stantard Rehabilitate were necessary; and not a single passive, seal, or trigger skill was used. Just let Marth come on and walk right up to the green dragon and the archer to get everything in motion, and then just let Corrin take care of everything else.

OG Reinhardth is best Reinhardth
10-06
Submitted by SJMistery
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+2 Reinhardth (+Atk, -Res)
Dire Thunder
Reciprocal Aid
Luna
Brazen Atk/Spd 3
Desperation 3
Goad Cavalry
Brash Assault 3 SS

S supported with

+6 Cecilia (neutral)
Gronraven+
Repositon
Luna
Triangle Adept 3
Bowbreaker 3
Fortify Cavalry
Hardy Bearing 3 SS

+3 Xander
Siegfried
Reposition
Ignis
Distant Defense 3
Quick Riposte 3
Hone Cavalry
Distant Defense 3 SS

S supported with

+1 Brave Lyn (+Spd,-Def)
Mulagir
Draw Back
Draconic Aura
Swift Sparrow 2
Sacae's Blessing
Goad Cavalry
Speed Smoke 3 SS

Sir Quadhart rides again alongside his trusty teammates, to completely demolish this GHB without even Trying!.

Ishtar and the archer are no match for Cecilia, and Xander will receive literally no damage from the green mage. Meanwhile, Lyn and Reinhardth share a drink and watch the carnage their respective lovers do.

If you're feeling fancy, you can let Reinhardth take some damage and watch as his quadruple strikes one-round everybody on the map, even the green mage.