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Fallen Takumi
Fallen Takumi

Fallen Takumi: Empty Vessel

Considering his brutal treatment in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, it’s no surprise that Fallen Takumi’s Grand Hero Battle is one of the most challenging maps to date. Featuring healers toting Dazzling Staff, reinforcements, multiple enemies carrying Savage Blow / Cancel Affinity, and not one, but two Fallen Takumis joining the party (causing a whopping 20 non-lethal damage to be inflicted to a team on turn 3 due to Skadi’s effect) it’s a given that the Infernal version of this Grand Hero Battle will be difficult for most Summoners to complete -- to say the least!

If one is really determined to reap the rewards of this map, however, it is possible to beat it with creative use of available tools and relatively little investment. There’s no need to spend 20 000+ feathers or grind supports, though if a few points of damage are needed to net a KO, the latter tool may be a good option if a seal is otherwise occupied and Skill Inheritance pickings from your barracks are slim.

Who to Choose

As is generally true of GHBs, the individual units used is very important as they will primarily inform a strategy. There are a few routes one can take depending on what units are personally available, and, of course, adjustment based on the units one possesses is always a possibility.

Baiters

Although made somewhat difficult by the presence of the Dazzling Staff wielding healers, baiting is possible on this map if you have units who can adequately hold the line. As a general rule, a tanky blue unit should be used to bait on the left of this map and a bulky red used on the right, though of course greens are still potential options.

Ideally, you’ll also want to use a Distant Counter or Close Counter user utilizing the Quick Riposte skill or seal who can withstand the assault of both melee enemies and mages. Self-sustaining tanks who tote Aether, Radiant Aether, or Sol / Noontime can potentially forego healer support as well. Nowi, Adult Tiki, Lightning Breath Young Tiki, Fae, ZelgiusWinter Tharja, Fallen RobinHector, and Valentine Hector are all good choices who are able to counterattack regardless of distance. F2P options include Fjorm, Camus, Black Knight, and Legendary Ike. Fjorm is particularly notable due to Atk / Def Bond boosting her damage output as well as her Defense. Additionally, her exclusive Special, Ice Mirror, allows her to take reduced damage from ranged enemies and deal increased damage to them in return.

Fjorm Build Screenshot
Seals such as Threaten Atk 1 can help Distant Counter baiters like Fjorm tank hits more easily.

Strikers

Brave Bow users once again prove to be incredibly potent strikers in this Grand Hero Battle due to their ability to overpower enemies that other units may otherwise struggle with. Alternatively, Speedy archers with the Desperation skill (which can be found on a 4 star Shanna or Navarre) along with the Brash Assault 2 seal are able to effectively gain a Brave effect against enemies who can counter when their HP hits the prerequisite threshold. Brave Lyn, Bridal Cordelia, Klein, and Setsuna are potential strikers you may want to use, with a special mention going to Brave Lyn given her F2P status and her ability to utilize the Desperation/Brash Assault combo to great effect in this map.

Alternatively, Brave and Blade weapon wielders can also serve to be useful if your team composition provides them with the appropriate buffs. Reinhardt and Nino are potential options here, especially if they are equipped with a Breaker skill to add to their coverage.

Dancers

Dancers help support units with high firepower, may even have a decent offensive presence themselves, and can usually tank a hit or two, if need be. They can also abuse Wings of Mercy (found on 4 star Palla, Frederick, and Cain) very easily on this map because of the commonality of Savage Blow. Olivia, Performing Olivia, Performing Inigo, Performing Shigure, Performing AzuraAzuraNew Year Azura, and Ninian all give the support that high-firepower units need while also possessing the ability to provide an assist to KO an enemy. Do note that if Inigo or Shigure are using a Triangle Adept / Raven tome build, they’ll be easily KO’d by any colorless enemy who is running Cancel Affinity. Baiting with them is therefore not recommended.

Healers

While not generally a great choice over units who can deal heavy damage or dancers, Healers can be incredibly useful in this Grand Hero Battle due to the prolific nature of Savage Blow on this map and the 20 non-lethal damage the dual Takumis deal on turn 3. In particular, healers that tote Rehabilitate, Heavenly Light, and / or Wings of Mercy (which can be found on a 4 star Lissa or Wrys for healing skills) are used in some strategies for this map. Genny, Priscilla, Elise, Wrys, and Lissa are potential additions to a team that may serve useful in this Grand Hero Battle, though any healer who has inherited the proper healing skills will likely do the trick.

Strategy

Strategizing for this GHB can be a challenge because of reinforcements, so while it’s difficult to exactly predict what will happen due to IV / Merge variance, here’s some general tips to get you started.

Roll for Initiative

Starting this map is definitely one of the most difficult aspects of defeating it, as it may seem that whatever is done, you can’t win. Should you attempt to weather the Dazzling healers? Or should you wait for the enemy to come to you?

Of course, what you should do varies on the strategy you choose. Fjorm can easily tank the healer on the left and start a good setup, but most striker and tanking strategies will require breaking down at least one of the walls that are directly below starting space 3 and 4, if not approaching the healers to KO one of them. While this may seem counterproductive, these walls will not provide protection, and with a GHB of this difficulty, you’ll need to take initiative to secure yourself some breathing room.

Breaking down the walls screenshot
Breaking down these walls may seem foolish, but you don’t want them getting in your way once the action ramps up.

Where There’s a Will...

If you encounter a foe that you simply cannot KO outright, there may be skills and seals you can use to mitigate their effectiveness. For example, while the blue tome user on the right side of the map that spawns on turn 2 is able to KO Brave Lyn outright when she initiates combat, if she attacks the red flier first, the resulting debuff from Atk Smoke allows her to tank the hit. Fjorm is able to more easily tank hits from melee enemies that approach her when she is equipped with the Threaten Atk seal.

Attack Smoke Effect Screenshot
Debuffs from skills like Atk Smoke can make the difference when you’re trying to survive a round of combat.

Use Dancers

Because of the reinforcements that spawn in this Grand Hero Battle, dancers serve a valuable role of refreshing your units, allowing them to get some KOs they cannot net outright or move out of danger when they’ve overextended. Moreover, the chip damage caused by Savage Blow can either allow your dancers to utilize Wings of Mercy to teleport to damaged units, as was mentioned above. Another option is Escape Route (found on a 4 star Marth or Cecilia), which instead allows your dancer to teleport to an ally’s side if they’re low on health.

Wings of Mercy effect screenshot
Skills like Wings of Mercy or Escape Route can get your dancer out of tricky situations.

The Best Offense

Is sometimes a good defense. That means that on this map, you may need to retreat instead of attack in order to put yourself in a favourable position. Reinforcements should always factor into your strategy, which means that you’ll need to pay close attention to where and when they spawn. Nothing is worse than getting caught by surprise by a foe -- if you can anticipate an enemy appearing, then you can figure out a way to counteract them.

Reposition in action screenshot
Movement skills like Reposition can help your units ferry one of their allies away from danger.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

On a more general note, Spurs, Drives, Hones, and Fortifies can make the difference between a win and a loss on this map, no matter if you’re using an offensive or defensive strategy. If you have a great unit with a horrible IV, then these skills and seals can help patch up there defenses, give them a few extra points of Speed, or up their damage output. Also, don’t forget that a pinch, dancers can also help out their stronger allies by providing an assist in the form of an attack. While it isn’t generally a good idea to go on the offensive with support units, they can help clean up a map when you’re sure no more reinforcements are going to spawn.

Azura assist attack screenshot
While not exactly ideal, a dancer can attack a foe in order to help you secure a tricky KO.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Don’t be fooled by video walkthroughs of any Grand 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 (Breaker skills, low cooldown Specials, and the Attack +3 seal are your friends!), and 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
36 39 19 18 23
Weapon Silver Lance A Atk/Spd 2
Support B Obstruct 2
Special Aegis C Threaten Atk 2
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
30 27 20 17 27
Weapon Gravity A Distant Def 2
Support Physic B Dazzling Staff 2
Special C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
37 41 32 21 20
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B Cancel Affinity 3
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
37 41 32 21 20
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
35 36 16 17 18
Weapon Silver Bow A Death Blow 2
Support B Quick Riposte 2
Special Glimmer C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
49 49 24 25 30
Weapon Silver Lance+ A Steady Stance 3
Support B Obstruct 3
Special Aegis C Threaten Atk 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
40 38 28 23 35
Weapon Gravity+ A Distant Def 3
Support Physic+ B Dazzling Staff 3
Special C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
51 48 40 28 27
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B Cancel Affinity 3
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
51 48 40 28 27
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
48 48 22 24 23
Weapon Silver Bow+ A Death Blow 3
Support B Quick Riposte 3
Special Glimmer C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
57 52 27 28 33
Weapon Silver Lance+ A Steady Stance 3
Support B Obstruct 3
Special Aegis C Threaten Atk 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
46 43 31 25 38
Weapon Slow+ A Distant Def 3
Support Physic+ B Dazzling Staff 3
Special C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
46 41 31 25 38
Weapon Gravity+ A Distant Def 3
Support Physic+ B Dazzling Staff 3
Special C Savage Blow 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
60 51 43 31 30
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B Cancel Affinity 3
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
60 51 43 31 30
Weapon Skadi A Fury 3
Support B Cancel Affinity 3
Special Vengeance C Spd Smoke 3
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
55 51 24 27 25
Weapon Silver Bow+ A Death Blow 3
Support B Quick Riposte 3
Special Glimmer C Savage Blow 3

User Submitted Teams

Four will live, everyone else will die!
08-08
Submitted by Remnant
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Zelgius basically carries the team. Zelgius and Sheena should work on the right side of the map, while Effie and BK take care of the left side.

Setups:

Zelgius (+Def -Res)
Alondite
Swap
Black Luna
Fierce Stance 3
Vantage 3
Panic Ploy 3
Squad Ace J 3 (Atk +3)

Black Knight +2
Alondite
Ardent Sacrifice
Black Luna
Warding Breath
Wings of Mercy 3
Ward Armor
Free S slot

Sheena 5* (+HP -Res)
Slaying Axe+ (Def refine)
Swap
Ignis
Distant Counter
Lancebreaker 3
Fortify Armor
Armored Boots

Effie 5* (+Def -Spd)
Silver Lance+ (Def Refine)
Swap
Bonfire
Death Blow 3
Wary Fighter 3
Ward Armor
Panic Ploy 3

Full Armor (Lunatic)
08-07
Submitted by randante
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(Lunatic Full Armor) https://youtu.be/bsrKMvkvB3s
(Infernal - old) https://youtu.be/uWEJ4ZBuOp4

Arena cecilia destroys all
03-07
Submitted by hanyuu
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Cecilia is MVP. With +spd IV, 10 merges and fury, she reaches 38 speed and with both buffs she just obliterate the low end of the map the first turn she plays(+3 atk seal, 1 is enough I think). You buff her with Sigurd and Reinhardt, move her to the right, dance her, reposition her kill the first staff user and bowbreaker Kill all 3 archers on their turns. Then you just cleanup. Azura Dances Cecilia to finish the Staff user because you don't double with all the debuffs.

Sigurd and Reinhardt Take care of the mage and red cav that spawn. The rest is free with Cecilia now not debuffed. Truly easy if you ever build the wonder that is Cecilia(such a balanced unit tbh, does so many things). Sigurd is probably not optimal. I cleared that the first time with another dancer(normal azura I think) and I don't remember if I had Reinhardt on the team also... but redoing this was very easy, did it the first try so the team I first cleared it with was probably similar, though I remember playing the map much differently after the first turn.

Good old Lyn + Reinhardt (mostly no SI)
03-07
Submitted by ecpgieicg
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It's been so long since Lyn + Reinhardt was of any use as people amass dual counters to both such as TA + Raven tome green mages, Fae, and Micaiah. It's been a while since I've able to use this duo for good effect.

As many have probably already pointed out, Reinhardt needs his vanilla Blazing Thunder special and Heavy Blade 3 seal. One or two of Death Blow 2/3, +Atk IV, team support, summoner support is probably required. Lancebreaker 2/3 can help but is not necessary. Reposition should be put on Lyn and Reinhardt. Everyone and everything else can be vanilla and unmerged. Although it would add flexibility to your strategy is your dancers have WoM 2/3. Also in my run, Azura needs to tank a hit from Thief after taking one (not two) Skadi curse. That should be a common occurrence for any similar strategy. Make sure one of your dancers can tank the thief.

The key to victory here is that the low defense of Azura and Lyn will attract the Lance Cavalier to the right while the potential damage Lyn can do to the Bow Cavalier will move her to the left. This allows you to clear the enemies methodically without being swarmed early. In order for the latter to happen, one of Atk seal, +Atk IV, merges, or friend support on Lyn is required. In first turn, break both walls and line the team in a straight horizontal line: from left to right, Reinhardt, Azura, Performing Azura and Lyn. The two cavaliers will be attracted to the opposite side as a result. In second turn, be sure to use Reinhardt to kill the Blue Mage (requires special activation) instead of Azura and use Lyn to kill Sword Flier in the position of the dead Blue Mage. That will avoid the attack from the healers early on. Otherwise, just go with the flow. In order to avoid early encounter with the healers and Takumi, Reinhardt will probably have to make most of the kills.

Takumi GHB- No Lyns needed
03-03
Submitted by AgravainX
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This team focuses on using minor skill inheirtance with pretty decent units. Legendary Ike and Ephraim make this map a joke, and its easy with a good dancer.
I will attach a video showing off the strategy later, but all you need to do is buff ike with hone/defresistance, and run him down the right side. An archer, in my case takumi, just needs a brave bow (not plus) and blue tome breaker1. After sending ike one way and ephraim the other, the map will sort it self out, and you will easily complete it.

Remember, the archer/dancer are interchangeable!