Rulers of the Sky - A Guide to Flier Teams

Rulers of the Sky - A Guide to Flier Teams
Heroes
PallaPalla
CaedaCaeda
CordeliaCordelia
HinokaHinoka
CatriaCatria
Est
Est
Shanna
Shanna
Subaki
Subaki
Florina
Florina
Spring Camilla
S. Camilla
Cherche
Cherche
Minerva
Minerva
Clair
Clair
Michalis
Michalis
Camilla
Camilla
Beruka
Beruka
Narcian
Narcian
Introduction

Often overshadowed by the ever-popular "Horse Emblem", a Flier Team is a solid movement-based core with tremendous firepower, great mobility, high availability and a strong scoring potential.

Given how the arena point calculation works, flier units have the same scoring weight as infantry units. This makes them the 3rd best team to run in the current state of the game when aiming to score (after Armored and Dragon ones, respectively) while also being one of the more flexible and accessible teams, only behind Horse Teams. 

If you are a fan of badass Wyvern Riders and elegant Pegasus Knights, would like a solid team that can circumvent any challenge in the arena, or want an easy-to-assemble squad with strong synergy, then a Flier Team might be what you're looking for!

This guide aims to provide basic guidelines for choosing the right members for a typical Flier Team: What skills are good to have, how to play with the team, and the threat checklist for all avid Flier Team users.

Why Flier Teams - The Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • They have as much BST as Infantry units, meaning they have the 3rd highest BST average after Armored and Dragon teams
  • Access to Flier buffs
  • Unrestricted Movement giving them fantastic kiting potential in maps containing terrain inaccessible or hard-to-move for other units (rivers, mountains, lava, forests)
  • Great availability thanks to their high population, many of which are available at lower rarities thus giving players a lot of freedom in choosing team members
  • Many of their members are often featured as an Arena Bonus, meaning there will be many seasons where players can run a full 4-unit Flier Team.

Cons:

  • Weak to Archers
  • Weak to the Excalibur Tome
  • Only two ranged unit, which also happens to be 5 star limited units
  • Mainly deals Physical Damage and might struggle against highly defensive units.

There aren't many downsides to running a Flier Team as they have a lot of good things going for them. Their mobility is unmatched in maps with a lot of obstacles, and can only be competed by Cavalry units and their great movement range. Many of the Fliers' members have fantastic offensive capabilities which gets further enhanced by the powerful Flier buffs. Their population is equally amazing, allowing even low-budget players to assemble a Flier Team that can do well in most circumstances. Last but not least, most of their weaknesses can be circumvented due to Skill Inheritance and AI manipulation.

Overall, a Flier Team is a great option for both high-end players wanting to conquer top arena tiers or new players wanting a solid team for most content, perhaps even more so than a Horse Team due to its balance in terms of arena scoring and performance.

Meet the Fliers - Who to Pick

Disclaimer: The rating for each Flier is more or less a tentative rating at how they perform in their respective role in comparison to their counterparts in a general Flier Team. For example, the Red Flier Palla is the best choice in her class, giving her a 5/5, while Caeda is a 3.5/5 due to being noticeably less effective. It should not be used for general rating or Tier List in terms of which units are better than the other, but only as a rough guideline on which unit should be considered over their peers.

A/ Red Fliers
A/ Red Fliers

There are currently only three Red Fliers in the game - Elincia, Palla and Caeda. Elincia in general outclasses both but that does not mean Palla and Caeda are useless. They have the perks of being more readily available in the long run, and can still do a decent job when called upon. Nonetheless, Elincia should be the go to choice for Red Flier if available.

 

Elincia - Flier Rating: 5/5

There is very little to like about Elincia. Spotting one of the best offensive stats line in the game with a pref. brave weapon with 3 more might and and 3 more speed than your normal Brave Sword, Elincia represents everything you want from an offensive flier. She outclasses both Palla and Caeda in term of of offensive capability while remain deceptively tanky thanks to her great speed and decent resistance. She also comes naturally with an incredible base skillset with Death Blow and Flier Formation ready. Without a shadow of any doubt, Elincia is the go to Red Flier, the Queen of All Brave Sword.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Amiti
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna / Galeforce
  • Death Blow / Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Desperation / Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Wings of Mercy / Guard
  • Goad Fliers / Hone Fliers / Fortify Fliers
  • +Speed or Atk / -Hp or Res
  • Quickened Pulse / Speed +1 / Attack +1

Elincia soars into the battlefield with grace, yet not lacking in destructive potential. Amiti is tailor made for her 34/36 offensive stats spread, and she can run any normal Quad or DeathBlow set with immense success. Within any Flier team setting she becomes a monstrous attacker that can glide in and out of enemy's face with Flier Formation and banish them into the shadow realm. 

Death Blow comes naturally and when combined with a +Attack boon gives her a total 54 attack on initiation with a Brave weapon unbuffed. Life and Death/Swift Sparrow are for +Speed Elincia, allowing her to abuse her amazing speed to quad enemy to oblivion and retreat or continue her onslaught with Galeforce.

Desperation is a natural choice for Galeforce/LnD/Swift Sparrow build to ensure her 2nd attempt at quadding enemy unhindered. Flier Formation is amazingly flexible and essentially give her 1 more attack or retreat range depending on teammates' position. Hit and Run / Drag Back is the classic B slot for Death Blow set, and should be used to ensure her safety if players decide to go with that route. Winds of Mercy is basically for Galeforce spam shenanigan to clear the map faster, or to support teammates that get low with Reposition. 

Guard is an interesting choice, Elincia by nature cannot 1 round Brave Ike due to Steady Breath and Urvan, and his standard QP Ignis set will destroy her on counter regardless of weapon choice. Guard is a niche counter to Brave Ike if the team is extremely weak to him and require a dedicated check. In general fully buffed S Camilla can deal with most Brave Ike, so be mindful of Brave Ike when building your Flier Team.

 

Palla - Flier Rating: 4/5
Palla  - Flier Rating: 5/5

Palla is a red flier with balanced stats. She starts with a great base skill set with Goad Fliers, Moonbow, Wings of Mercy and the Ruby Sword, meaning she will require very little inheritance. Her offensive and defensive spread is also good, with a 31/31 spread for Attack/Speed and a 42/28/26 for defensive ones. Furthermore, her availability is fantastic due to being available at 3-4 stars, meaning most players will have at least a few copies of her if they have been playing for a while. Even if players do not want to use her over Caeda, her Goad Fliers is still a highly coveted ability to give to other units as it is available at 4 stars. 

All in all, there are few reasons to not use Palla unless you already have an Elincia. Caeda still has the niche of running Defense Ploy as well as being a better Galeforce candidate nonetheless, but Palla is the more reliable one of the two.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Ruby Sword
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Moonbow
  • Darting Blow / Swift Sparrow / Fury 
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy 
  • Goad Fliers / Hone Fliers / Fortify Fliers
  • +Speed / -HP

This set takes advantage of Palla's already good base skillset by giving her a stat-boosting A slot, a strong positional support skill, and other adjustments depending on Player's Preferences. Her main job in a Flier Team is to take care the green units Hector, Frederick, Michalis, Merric or Cherche, who are domineering the blue Pegasus Knights. She can go for any general stat-boosting skill, but those which give her more speed or attack are greatly appreciated to improve her chance of netting the kill in one round.

Drag Back is a great choice on most Fliers thanks to their unrestricted movement, but Wings of Mercy can be used as it is naturally available to her and it can help her act as a rescue unit with Reposition/Draw Back when an injured unit is in danger zone. Both are budget options over the obvious Flier Formation choice.

Caeda - Flier Rating: 3.5/5
Caeda

Caeda trades her attack, HP, and defense for speed and resistance, making her offensive power quite weak even with Skill Inheritance. Her base skillset is also mediocre, as Armorslayers are niche and don't do as much as the Ruby Sword, while Rally Skills aren't particularly needed due to its inferiority when compared to positioning assists in a Flier Team. Her availability is unfortunately worse than Palla, as Caeda can only be summoned at 4-5 stars.

She is valuable to any Flier Team even when they choose not to use her, as Fortify Fliers is a great skill to give to a team member. If players fancy a speedier flier with high resistance to serve as a mage bait or to run Galeforce/WoDao build shenanigan, then Caeda is the better choice over Palla. 

Suggested Skillset:

  • Wo Dao / Brave Sword
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Moonbow / Luna / Iceberg / Glacies / Galeforce
  • Darting Blow / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Triangle Adept
  • Desperation / Wings of Mercy / Flier Formation
  • Fortify Fliers / Goad Fliers / Hone Fliers / Defense Ploy
  • Any +Atk or +Speed that isn't -Atk or -Spd

Caeda's main asset is her incredible speed, making her one of the best units for running a Quad build or a Speedy offensive set. Within a Fliers' setting, her speed can reach extremely high thresholds capable of doubling many meta threats even with the Brave Sword's -5 speed penalty. Wo Dao is an excellent alternative as it provides immense firepower when combined with Moonbow and has great synergy with Desperation. 

Due to her high resistance but low attack, she can either run Moonbow/Luna to punch through high defense units like Hector or Michalis, or Iceberg/Glacies for a more stable damage spike when her Special is up. Galeforce is mainly taken to increase the player's overall scoring potential, but Caeda can actually put it to decent use thanks to her high speed helping her score quad-strikes and triggering Galeforce.

If players only want Caeda to check green units, she can run Triangle Adept to remedy her poor attack. It will also allow her to kill Merric a lot better, preventing him from surviving and killing Caeda's teammates in the following turn.

Caeda, similar to Est and Clair, are good users of Defense Ploy to support other Brave users such as Cherche and Cordelia to vastly improving their damage output. Do consider that running Defense Ploy will forego a slot for another Goad Flier, and is only recommended if the team doesn't rely on Quad.

B/ Blue Fliers
B/ Blue Fliers

The Blue Fliers have the highest population amongst Fliers with 8 available units to choose from. In general, most of them are quite fast and have decent to high attack, making them strong offensive units in any Flier Team. They often excel in a Hit-and-Run play style, with the best Blue Fliers being excellent users of Brave Lance. Amongst them, Cordelia is the undisputed best Flier unit for offensive purposes, with Catria, Hinoka and Est being strong candidates for the runner-up.

Summer Corrin - Flier Rating 5/5

Summer Corrin (F) is the Spring Camilla of Blue Color with a fantastic offensive stats spread. Being a ranged flier with access to Blade Tome, she offers every Flier team that use Cherche/Minerva strong form of magic damage and compete for Hinoka/Cordelia/Catria for a spot as the main blue damage dealer.

Her offensive power is undeniable, as free 30 attacks from Blade Tome with Fortify/Hone Flier is immensely powerful when coupled with her speed. Being a magic damage dealer, she also is much better than Cordelia, Hinoka or Catria at taking down physically tanky red units, and also fares much better against most popular lance users due to  the majority of them having low  Res. Her main downside is her poor Base Stats Total due to being a mage, and her being a seasonal limited unit, meaning her availability is extremely poor just like Spring Camilla.

Nonetheless, Corrin - similarly to her older Nohrian sister - is one of the best offensive threat in the game in a Flier setting, and should not be passed if available.

Suggested Skillset 1

  • Blarrblade+ / Blarrowl+
  • Ardent Sacrifice / Reciprocal Aid / Reposition
  • Moonbow
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Death Blow / Darting Blow / Fury / Close Counter
  • Desperation / Vantage / Flier Formation
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Speed - Def or +Atk-Def

Corrin works extremely well as a Blade Tome carrier, thanks to her excellent speed and access to Flier buffs. A general cookie cutter blade tome build with Life and Death or Swift Sparrow and Desperation will serve well in most Flier team setting. Death Blow or Darting Blow can be cheaper alternatives while Fury will allows her to act as a decent Opponent's Phase units and can get to Desperation's range easier.

The Owl tome is a weaker alternative if Blade Tome is not available, as when used right Corrin can gets an insane amount of stats boost from her allies being around, and will wreck havoc offensively while being immensely tanky defensively. The main problem of the Owl Tome is how restrictive it is in term of positioning, but in general a Flier team will have much easier time making use of this Tome.

Close Counter + Vantage is a decent combo for Corrin, thanks to her good base attack and when coupled with Blade Tome and Flier buffs can obliterate an entire arena team within a single turn. It offers immense power for Opponent's Phase by sacrificing some of her initiating power.

SCorrin can hold Flier Formation if she manages to get a +Atk Boon and can forego Desperation when attacking threats that can kill her. However it is riskier and not recommended if the team already have a few user of this skill.

Tana - Flier rating 4.75/5

Tana has one of the best legendary lance in the game with an amazing 34/36 stats spread. Her offensive prowess as a Lance Flier is only rivaled by Cordelia but Tana has more options and can fulfill more roles and duties than Cordelia thanks to her stats spread and Vidofnir, thus effectively put her behind Summer Corrin as the second best Blue Flying unit.

How to use Tana depend on what the players are looking for on their Blue Flier. She is best described as a combination of Catria and Cordelia, and is quite flexible with builds and usage. Within Flier Team setting, Tana can deals a lot of damage even when she runs a Tank set, and given how Flier Team is often littered with either squishy offensive mages and Brave users that die to a breeze, Tana can be the Blue Minerva that the team need for easier time baiting in certain maps.

That being said, if you are looking for an offensive unit, then Tana is also an amazing choice. 34/36 speed allows her to run effectively every offensive set to great effect, from Death Blow Brave Lance, Quad Brave Lance to Firesweep Lance. Having a Tana in your squad with several builds at once will lower the stock price of other great blue fliers like Cordelia and Catria, because she is simply too good at many roles at once and has little trouble switching gears.

 

Suggested Skillset 1

  • Vidofnir
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Bonfire / Aether
  • Close Def / Fury / Armored Blow / Heavy Blade
  • Quick Riposte / Desperation / Flier Formation
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -Res or +Spd / -Res

Standard tank set for Tana. Within Flier Team, offensive steroids are not a problem for Tana, and even with an Opponent's Phase build she still has amazing offensive power with a potential 62 attack / 51 speed on top of 38 defense when attacked by enemies Lance/Sword/Axe users. Quick Riposte ensure she always double back and in a Flier team there are almost no units capable of doubling her so Quick Riposte is almost as close to a All Breaker skill for her. If players are not concerned with doubling since her speed is fantastic either way, go with Desperation on her as it allows her to also function at low hp as an offensive powerhouse.

 

Suggested Skill Set 2:

  • Firesweep Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Heavy Blade
  • Flier Formation  / Drag Back / Hit and Run / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Speed -Res or +Atk -Res

66 potential attack with 56 possible speed make her a destructive force with this set, and can be extremely annoying in both Defense and Offense due to Firesweep Lance removing counterattacks. This set is a standard Firesweep set which while immensely expensive, takes full advantage of Tana's fantastic base stats.

 

Suggested Skillset 3

  • Brave Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna / Galeforce
  • Death Blow / Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Desperation / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -Res for a Death Blow build, +Spd / -Res for Life & Death + Desperation

Tana is a worse Death Blow Brave Lance user than Hinoka, Est and Cordelia due to 1 lower attack. That being said she's still quite solid with it. Quad build, however, suit her a lot better thanks to her speed, and can function just as well as a Cordelia with this skillset.

Cordelia - Flier Rating: 4.5/5
Cordelia

Cordelia has a fantastic 35/35 spread for offensive purposes. There are only two units in the game with a better Atk/Spd spread than her, being Hana and Linde. This make her the third best offensive Flier after Spring Camilla and Cherche, tied with Tana. Her main downside over Tana is that she is stuck being used as an offensive flier, while Tana can do her job arguably just as well while also has the option of being an immense Opponent's Phase unit. She has natural access to the Brave Lance which is the strongest weapon she can use, and can run a successful Death Blow/Quad set depending on her IVs. Though, like Caeda, she is available only at 4-5 stars, meaning she is not too common nor rare.

It's hard to pass Cordelia for another blue Flier thanks to her versatility. Her main weakness is that she is squishy against both types of damage, and thus should be used as a skirmish / hit-and-run offensive flier. She scales well with Hone and Goad Fliers, and said skills will be the main sources of damage for any team the Knight Paragon joins.

Suggested Skillset 1

  • Brave Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna / Galeforce
  • Death Blow / Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Desperation / Wings of Mercy / Hit and Run
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -Res for a Death Blow build, +Spd / -Res for Life & Death + Desperation

Cordelia's safest set is Death Blow + Flier Formation / Drag Back, allowing her to weave in and out of combat as she picks off straggling units. This set is also the bread and butter set of Hinoka and Est due to them having a base attack of 35. 

However, Cordelia can also run the Quad build which boasts tremendous firepower, especially with the assistance of Goad/Hone Fliers. In Flier Team, she can reach a maximum of 54 speed (2 Goad Flier + 1 Hone Flier with +Spd boon), meaning there is almost no mainstream unit that she can't deal a quad hit upon.

Cordelia comes naturally with Galeforce, one of the only Tier 3 Specials in the game alongside Aether. This skill slightly helps increase arena scoring if equipped, while also being quite decent on her, especially with the Quad build. It has great synergy with her nature as a hit-and-run unit and can be taken over Luna if the player believes that Luna is unnecessary for landing kills.

 

Suggested Skill Set 2:

  • Firesweep Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow / Heavy Blade
  • Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Speed -Res or +Atk -Res

Cordelia is an excellent user of the Firesweep Lance thanks to her enormous attack and speed. This build functions similarly to Brave Lance, has a bit more firepower but is more expensive to build. If players have enough resources then Firesweep Lance+ is the more powerful option between the two and will bring out Cordelia's full potential.

With this set up Cordelia can reaches 67 attack and 55 speed upon initiation with 3 Goad Fliers buffs, making her an offensive monster. There are very few units that can take her offensive prowess face on and live to tell the tale.

 

Hinoka - Flier Rating: 4.25/5
Hinoka

Hinoka can be aptly called "a slower and rarer Cordelia with a better starting skill set". Compared to Cordelia, she trades 3 points in speed for a few more point in resistance and defense, which in the grand scheme of things won't matter much. She has the worst availability out of all blue fliers due to being a 5 star-exclusive unit. However, she also has natural access to one of the most important skills for Flier Teams: Hone Fliers. Overall, she is one of the best blue Fliers a player can use thanks to her great and strong starting kit. It can be said that, most of the time, the differences between Hinoka and Cordelia are negligible due to their great similarities.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Brave Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna 
  • Death Blow 
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Hit and Run / Wings of Mercy
  • Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -Res 

Due to her lower base speed, Hinoka is less versatile than Cordelia as she doesn't do as well with the Quad set, and thus her best build involves the Brave Lance + Drag Back/Hit and Run combo. She makes quick work out of most of her targets thanks to her fantastic 35 base attack, which goes to a whopping 52 attack (without hone buffs) on initiation with a +Atk boon. In a Flier setting, Hinoka's performance is more or less the same as Cordelia, and she requires arguably less investment thanks to her natural access to Hone Flier.

Catria - Flier's Rating 4/5
Catria

Catria has a fantastic stat spread and perhaps one of the best vanilla kits among Flier units before Skill Inheritance was implemented. She has good attack, great speed and respectable physical bulk with 29 defense and 39 HP. She comes equipped with a Killer Lance and Luna and can do well with her default skill set, but is also capable of running different builds depending on the player's preference. Catria is available at 4-5 stars, so her availability isn't terrible nor common. 

Catria is best described as a duelist due to being a great physical fighter thanks to her high speed and decent bulk. She is the second tankiest Blue Flier after Subaki, but packs a lot more punch than the Perfect Expert. She is capable of running an offensive set with Life and Death and Desperation, or as a physical tank with Fury/Armored Blow and Quick Riposte/Lancebreaker. All in all, Catria is an effective Flier with fantastic versatility, and is a great choice for any Flier Team looking for a blue unit.

Suggested Skillset 1:

  • Slaying Lance / Killer Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna 
  • Life and Death / Fury / Armored Blow / Swift Sparrow
  • Desperation / Lancebreaker / Swordbreaker / Wings of Mercy
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Spd / -Res 

Catria will perform well with whichever build the player picks for her. Her default weapon and special skill Slaying Lance and Luna have an already amazing synergy with her base stats, hence should not be replaced. Afterwards, there are two routes to go with the Middle Whitewing.

With Life and Death and a +Spd boon, she reaches 47 attack and 42 speed before Flier buffs kick in. She maintains decent physical damage soak with 39 HP and 24 defense, allowing her to survive one hit to enter the Desperation threshold.

Fury/Armored Blow with Lancebreaker/Swordbreaker turns her into a competent duelist that is comfortable taking hits followed by striking back with strong damage. It is also a less expensive build than Life and Death and arguably more versatile as she can act as both a damage dealer and a pseudo-tank when needed.

Catria can also run the Quad build like Cordelia and use Galeforce. However, unless you can spare a Brave Lance+ and a Galeforce, it is not worth overriding her already great base kit since she is perfectly fine with the Slaying Lance and Luna. Nonetheless, it is a good option that will yield more arena points thanks to Galeforce being a Tier 3 skill along Aether.

 

Suggested Skill Set 2:

  • Firesweep Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Speed -Res or +Atk -Res

Similar to Cordelia, Catria can also run Firesweep Lance well due to her great combination of Attack and Speed. This set sacrifices her dueling and baiting potential to make her a fantastic hit and run unit with 51 attack and 42 speed before Goad Flier buffs kick in (63 attack and 54 speed).

 

Valter - Flier Rating: 4/5

Valter is a quite an interesting unit. He is best described as a Blue Minerva thanks to their very similar stats spread and legendary weapon. Similar to Minerva, Valter has great potential as both a damage dealer and a bulkier duelist. His main problem lies in his availability in the long run and inability to have a favorable boon/bane. Of his blue counterpart, Valter will have to compete directly with Tana and Catria, the former having an amazing offensive stats spread while having a great pref. weapon, the latter being more available in the long run with similar stats line.

Overall, Valter is still a very good units. Cursed Lance allowing him to run different set to good effects, but his niche is competitive, and most will prefer to run Cordelia/Tana/Summer Corrin or even Brave Lance Est/Hinoka given the chance. Nonetheless, if you decide to pick up the corrupted Grado general, then he'll still do a fine job for your team.

Suggested Skill Set:

  • Cursed Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna / Draconic Aura / Bonfire / Aether / Galeforce
  • Fury / Swift Sparrow / Close Defense / Life and Death / Heavy Blade 
  • Desperation / Quick Riposte / Vantage / Flier Formation / Lancebreaker
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier

Valter's default weapon is already fantastic and doesn't need changing. He can either run as a tough duelist or a squishy damage dealer or both depending on players' preference. Thankfully, he does quite well with both.

Fury or Close Defense make Valter an amazing close combat specialist, especially when paired with Quick Riposte or Lancebreaker. Desperation can also be used in conjunction with Fury, effectively allowing him to become a speedy damage dealer after his first round of combat. Vantage is also a decent alternative as his attack is quite good and goes well with Fury.

He can also abuse Heavy Blade quite nicely thanks to his weapon being a 16 might killer one, allowing him to pick up high profile special like Aether or Galeforce, especially when comboed with Quick Riposte or a Breaker.

Otherwise, Life and Death / Swift Sparrow with Desperation/Flier Formation is a good offensive set for Valter, abusing his good strength and spped. 

 

Est - Flier's Rating 4.25/5
Est

If you cannot get your hands on Hinoka or Cordelia, then Est is the budget version of both. She has the same base attack as them (35) but lower speed and is available at 3-4 stars. Est's biggest downside is her extremely poor base kit. She necessitates a complete makeover from top to bottom to pull her own weight and reach Cordelia/Hinoka's offensive level. Just like those mentioned, she is best used as a Brave Lance hit and run user.

A good way of using Est while being budget-focused is to merge her into a 4 star +10 unit. She can easily do this thanks to her high availability and also has no noteworthy skill for Skill Inheritance. With just a vanilla Brave Lance instead of Brave Lance+, at 4 star +10 she can do roughly as well as a +0 Hinoka with the same build while having the same weight in terms of arena scoring as a +5 Hinoka.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Brave Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna 
  • Death Blow 
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Hit and Run / Wings of Mercy
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Defense Ploy
  • +Atk / -Res 

Est is usable without a Brave Lance but is a lot worse without it. Even a normal Brave Lance (not +) is fine as Flier buffs can make up for the damage difference. Nonetheless, only pick Est if Hinoka or Cordelia are not available and Catria isn't preferred.

One good thing about Est is she has a good combination of Attack and Resistance to run Defense Ploy, allowing her to do amazing damage solo while also supporting units like Cherche, Cordelia or Caeda. However it takes a slot over another Goad/Hone Flier, so use it with consideration in mind.

Shanna - Flier Rating: 4/5
Shanna

Shanna is quite similar to Catria, trading one attack for one more speed but also sporting weaker defense, making her worse than Catria as a physical duelist. Shanna however has a fantastic base skillset with the Slaying Lance, Iceberg and Desperation available. She is also a common summon at 3-4 stars making her availability fantastic, and like Est, can easily merge into a 4 star +10 if players do not want to commit promote her to 5 stars.

 

Suggested Skillset 1:

  • Slaying Lance / Brave Lance / Killer Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Luna / Iceberg / Glacies / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Fury / Swift Sparrow
  • Desperation / Lancebreaker / Swordbreaker
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Spd / -Res

Shanna goes best with her default skillset and players can fill the missing skill slots with other standard Flier skills. Iceberg is great with Fury as she reaches 32 resistance with it, granting her 16 bonus damage every time she can proc it. Glacies can be used for a bigger burst as she makes great use of it thanks to Slaying Lance.

Life and Death goes well with Desperation and makes her a slightly speedier Catria but with much less tanking potential. Most fliers are not often required to tank mages so her high resistance is not as useful as Catria's Defense. Nonetheless, Shanna is a good alternative for a Blue Flier and she will do her job well enough to warrant a spot in a Flier Team.

Similar to Catria and Cordelia, Shanna can run the Quad set thanks to her speed, but the other two pack more firepower. It also requires a lot of investment, so only do it if you can afford it and wouldn't mind using Galeforce for a greater amount of Arena points.

 

Suggested Skill Set 2:

  • Firesweep Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Speed -Def or +Atk -Res

Similar to Catria, Shanna can also run Firesweep Lance fairly well with a 30/35 offensive spread, turning her into a strong skirmisher.

Subaki - Flier Rating: 3.25/5
Subaki

Subaki has the most different playstyle compared to his peers, thanks to his enormous defense and high speed. There are no red physical units capable of denting him, and they risk being killed on counterattack, making him a fantastic check for red physical units. He also comes with a good base skill set including the Sapphire Lance and Quick Riposte. His availability is great due to being summoned at 3-4 stars, and can easily be merged into a 4 star +10.

Subaki's main problem is that his damage output is poor and relies mainly on his Special to deal damage. His playstyle is also not that strong in Flier Teams due to the preference for offensive units and the blue color often expected to provide an additional source of damage. 

Suggested Skillset:

  • Sapphire Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Bonfire / Ignis
  • Fortress Defense / Iote's Shield 
  • Quick Riposte
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -Res / +Def -Res

Subaki's main draw is his tankiness. He is an effective wall against red units and is also capable of taking hits from most blue physical units. His base skill set is already quite strong and he really only needs a strong Special Skill like Bonfire/Ignis and a Support Skill to perform well.

Fortress Def boosts his tankiness to a ridiculous level. Subaki already deals poor damage outside of his special anyways, and taking away 3 attack won't necessarily affect his performance all that much. Iote's Shield is another good choice, allowing him to act as an Archer bait for the team when necessary.

Clair - Flier Rating: 2/5
Clair

Clair can be considered the Blue Caeda due to many similarities between them. She has poor attack and low defense but comes with high speed and resistance. Her base skillset is also quite mediocre, with nothing worth keeping outside of Hit and Run. Unlike Caeda who has only one competitor, Clair pales against a plethora of good blue fliers, making her obsolete in comparison. She also has even worse availability than Est, Subaki and Shanna, being summoned only as a 4-5 star.

Clair is most often used as a weaker version of Shanna thanks to her high speed and resistance. She is a good mage bait (perhaps the best amongst all blue fliers) and can run Distant Counter surprisingly well. Nonetheless, her many drawbacks and the availability of better alternatives make her a sub-optimal unit for the offense-natured Flier Teams.

 

Suggested Skillset 1:

  • Slaying Lance / Brave Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Iceberg / Glacies / Galeforce
  • Distant Counter / Life and Death / Fury / Swift Sparrow
  • Quick Riposte / Desperation
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Spd / -Hp 

Clair is a great mage and dragon killer thanks to her fantastic base speed and resistance. Distant Counter, Quick Riposte, Slaying Lance and Iceberg have amazing synergy and make her capable of checking popular red and blue mages, and also some unbuffed variants of green mages.

Outside of it, she can run both the speedy Desperation and Quad build thanks to her sky high base speed. She relies quite a lot on her Special to deal damage however, and should be kept away from physical damage due to her poor defense. In any case, despite having a great base speed, Clair is a poor choice over other speedy blue fliers such as Cordelia, Shanna or Catria.

 

Suggested Skill Set 2:

  • Firesweep Lance+
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Galeforce
  • Life and Death / Swift Sparrow
  • Flier Formation / Hit and Run / Drag Back / Wings of Mercy
  • Fortify Flier / Goad Flier / Hone Flier / Defense Ploy
  • +Atk -Def

Firesweep Lance is the perfect weapon for Clair, albeit expensive. As the fastest unit among Pegasus Fliers, she make fantastic use of this weapon and can function nearly as well as Cordelia and Catria. Her attack however is quite lacking and thus a +Atk boon is chosen over +Speed thanks to her already fantastic speed.

Florina - Flier Rating: 1.5/5
Florina

Florina has the worst stat distribution out of all Fliers. She has no noticeable quality aside from her base 34 resistance, but her poor base speed, defense and attack make her the least optimal choice for Flier Team. Her only upside is her availability as a 3-4 star rarity, but her base skill set is heavily underpowered and requires a lot of investment to be decent.

It is most advisable to keep 4 star copies of Florina, merge her into a 4 star +10, and use her only when she is a bonus unit due to being outclassed by all of her peers.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Sapphire Lance / Slaying Lance
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Iceberg / Glacies
  • Fury / Darting Blow
  • Swordbreaker / Lancebreaker / Flier Formation / Quick Riposte
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier / Defense Ploy
  • +Spd / -Hp 

This set is functional and allow her to serve as an supportive anti-sword check for the team. 

Between her weapon choices, the Sapphire Lance is better if the player uses her as a bonus unit to check popular red swords, while the Slaying Lance has good synergy with Iceberg / Glacies. Darting Blow is available as a native skill and is one of the better choices on her, allowing her to redeem her poor base speed. Lancebreaker can be used over Swordbreaker if the player wants more dueling potential against other spear users.

C/ Green Fliers
C/ Green Fliers

Of all three colours, green is the most offensive color for Fliers. Most of their members barring Beruka and Narcian have fantastic offensive capabilities, with Cherche and Spring Camilla being amongst the best in the game. As a result, it is common for Green Fliers to be the focal point of the team, either by being facilitated as the main damage source or as another threat alongside a Blue Flier.

Spring Camilla - Flier Rating: 5/5
Spring Camilla

Spring Camilla is the best and most offensive threat in a Flier Team without question. Being the only flying mage in the game, she is the only source of magic damage for the team and will more or less force the entire battlefield to revolve around her. 

Spring Camilla comes with sky high attack but poor speed. Her defense is fantastic, and in a Flier setting with speed buffs, she can survive even the most damaging of swordsmen such as Ryoma, Ike or Lucina. With access to Gronnblade and Gronnraven, she can be either a deathly one-shot machine with the help of Fortify Fliers and Hone Fliers or the main counter towards Archers so her teammates can clean the rest of the map.

However, Spring Camilla's main drawbacks are huge. Her base stat total is the lowest amongst all Fliers, making her a poor choice when maximizing Arena score. She is also a limited unit, meaning her availability is one of the worst in the game. Furthermore, she has a terrible base skill set and requires a lot of investment before being usable in a Flier Team. Nonetheless, Spring Camilla is extremely potent in a Flier Team, and there is little reason to not use her as she can blow through some of the toughest units in the game with relative ease.

Suggested Skillset 1:

  • Gronnblade
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Moonbow / Aether 
  • Death Blow / Life and Death / Close Counter
  • Green Tomebreaker / Desperation / Vantage / Flier Formation
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -HP

The typical Gronnblade build is Spring Camilla's bread and butter set. With Death Blow and a +Atk IV, she can reach 87 attack upon initiation (1 Hone and 1 Fortify Flier), an absurd number that can decimate even the most popular red units (such as Ike or Ryoma) without trouble. Her firepower is so ridiculous that she does not even need a Special and players can forego it for Aether to raise their Arena score.

Green Tomebreaker allows her to duel units like Julia with more efficiency when she does not have enough buffs to score a clean kill, while Desperation goes well with Life and Death but is much riskier to run compared to Death Blow due to its defense and resistance penalty of -5.

The Close Counter + Vantage combo is harder to utilize on Offense but if players can supply her with enough buffs she can destroy the entire enemy team within 1 turn. Her physical tankiness is amazing and she can survive even units like Ryoma or Ike. This build also has great chance of catching people offguard in Defense and yield some much needed Defense Points.

S Camilla is also a premier user of Flier Formation, due to her not needing a B slot for this oneshot build, and can support her team very well through said skill.

Suggested Skillset 2:

  • Gronnraven
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Bonfire
  • Triangle Adept
  • Flier Formation
  • Goad Flier / Fortify Flier / Hone Flier
  • +Atk / -HP

Spring Camilla can also run the Triangle Adept Raven tome build with great success thanks to her high attack and defense. She works as a fantastic cover against blue units and archers, the latter often being the bane of a Flier Team. With this set however, her offensive capability is quite limited. It is recommended to have the Blue Flier be a strong offensive unit to compensate for it and to check red units for Spring Camilla.

Cherche - Flier Rating: 4.75/5
Cherche

Cherche, has a sky high attack stat (2nd best in the game) so she is a natural user of the Brave Axe. In a Flier Team, her offensive capability becomes even more destructive, as few units in the game are capable of taking swings swung by her. Cherche also has an excellent availability at 3-4 star, and is a fantastic addition to any Flier Team regardless of being a 4 star or a 5 star.

Her main drawbacks are her poor speed, low resistance and poor native skill set. Most mages will have no problem killing Cherche due to her abysmal magical bulk. She also requires hefty investment to start taking a place in Flier Team, while also being a fairly one dimensional unit. Nonetheless, Cherche is a dominant force in and out of Flier Team thanks to her obscene firepower. Due to the rarity of Spring Camilla and Minerva, Cherche is one of, if not the best option for most Flier Teams thanks to how readily available, easy to use and effective she is.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Brave Axe
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Bonfire / Luna
  • Death Blow 
  • Flier Formation / Drag Back / Hit and Run / Wings of Mercy
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier
  • +Atk / -Res 

This is the best set that Cherche can run and she runs it extremely well. She scales best with Hone Fliers or stacking Goad Fliers, thanks to them boosting her Brave Axe rampage. She can also run Bonfire/Ignis with Quick Riposte and her default Hammer weapon for killing high-defense armored units, but that build is a lot weaker than her bread and butter Brave Axe build.

Minerva - Flier Rating: 4.75/5
Minerva

Minerva can be considered the Catria of Axe users with a Legendary Weapon. She has balanced stats and one of the best vanilla skill sets amongst Fliers. Her legendary weapon is particularly strong, allowing her to be an excellent damage dealer (especially in a Flier Team) and has more value in terms of arena score. Minerva is the only unit who possesses Ward Fliers naturally, although it can be considered the weakest Flier buff. Most of the time it is recommended to give her Goad or Hone Fliers to encourage the offensive playstyle of a Flier team. Her stat spread also allows her to play as a physically bulky brawler while maintaining strong damage output thanks to Hauteclere. 

Her main con is her availability, and it is only better than Spring Camilla's due to her being a 5 star exclusive unit, meaning most of the time it is much more economical and easy to go for Cherche instead of Minerva. Nonetheless, she is a fantastic choice for the Green slot and is one of the best units in the game in a Flier Team thanks to her powerful potential and versatility.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Hauteclere
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Draconic Aura / Bonfire / Luna / Galeforce / Aether
  • Life and Death / Fury / Heavy Blade / Swift Sparrow
  • Desperation / Vantage / Flier Formation
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier
  • +Atk / -Res or +Spd / -Res

Minerva is quite versatile and can run various different skill sets while maintaining her identity. Her base skill set is already fantastic and can be rounded up by giving her Reposition and Desperation, making her a powerful pure attacker. Swift Sparrow is an expensive replacement for Life and Death and does not hamper her 32 base defense, although her Enemy Phase will be a little bit weaker on the offensive side. It is a versatile skill and allows Minerva to shine in a Flier setting since she will also acquire attack and speed buffs from her allies. 

If the player wants to play around with her stats and legendary weapon a bit more, Fury + Bonfire is a good option as it makes her a strong bulky duelist since it allows her to retain her naturally high base Defense while having excellent offensive power.

Heavy Blade is good choice for a +Atk Minerva, and in a Flier setting she can reach 61 attack when affected by 3 Goad Flier buffs and a +Atk boon, allowing her to charge her special extremely fast with Hauteclere. Galeforce and Aether are both viable options for the Heavy Blade build, though Galeforce is better in most cases since it improves mobility and sweeping potential.

Vantage is an interesting option for B slot, as with Hauteclere Minerva often has her special up during Opponent's Phase, allowing her to even wins duel against unit like Lucina or Ryoma if she has her Special up thanks to her Speed. It gives her some flexibility in Opponent's Phase but in more prolonged combat Desperation provides more frequently useful effects.

Michalis - Flier Rating: 4/5
Michalis

Michalis is the one and only possessor of Iote's Shield while also wielding the legendary Hauteclere. Compared to his younger sister, he has fantastic base attack, high defense and HP, but a lot less speed and equally terrible resistance. In a way, he is slightly similar to Subaki, but his incredible attack and legendary weapon allows him to be a lot more versatile and useful than the Perfect Expert. He is also more readily available than Minerva and S!Camilla due to being a Grand Hero Battle unit, meaning most players should have access to him. Michalis also has a more different playstyle than Cherche or Minerva, preferring to be the meatshield of the team and firing strong Special skills upon retaliation. With the combination of Hauteclere, his natural bulk, and Ignis, Michalis is a fantastic bruiser and is good as a standalone unit, as well as in a Flier Team. 

Michalis' problems are his noticeably low speed, poor resistance and being locked to a neutral IV. In the long run, due to copies of him being limited, he might be not worth it to invest over Cherche who has more availability than him. Nonetheless, he is a fantastic unit that can be used as a great lance bait, and a special-charged attack can kill red units with ease. Use him well and he can bring a lot of balance to a Flier Team.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Hauteclere
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Ignis 
  • Heavy Blade / Fury / Iote's Shield
  • Quick Riposte 
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier

The standard Michalis set that works well as both a standalone unit and a bruiser in Flier setting.

Heavy Blade goes well with Hauteclere and his sky high attack, allowing him fast access to Ignis. With 35 base defense, he hits extremely hard when Ignis is up, capable of killing even the popular sword units like Lucina or Ryoma. Iote's Shield offers protection against Archers, while Fury is the standard A slot stat-booster that gives him a bit of everything.

Quick Riposte is his best B slot and solves his issue of being slow. He takes minimal damage from lance wielders making Lancebreaker not needed, and Quick Riposte allows him to deal with both axe and lance users at the same time.

Camilla - Flier Rating: 4.25/5
Camilla

Regular Camilla has a balanced stat spread. She has good base skills and is a decent user of the Quad Brave Axe build. Her defense and resistance are also quite nice and she is great at baiting blue mages and killing them. Within a Flier's setting, Camilla benefits a lot as the bonus stats from Flier buffs makes all of her stats go from "decent" to "great".

Nonetheless, she is a lot less specialized than units like Cherche or Minerva. She is capable of running several builds depending on the need of the team. Her availability is much better than Minerva and around the same level as Michalis, making her a solid choice for the green slot.

Suggested Skillset 1:

  • Emerald Axe
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Iceberg
  • Distant Counter
  • Quick Riposte / Green Tomebreaker
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier
  • +Speed / -HP

Camilla has amazing defensive stats line to run the DC Emerald Axe build, allowing her to serve as a great mage killer, which is a role that's tend to be pretty lacking in a Flier Team due to the majority of other units go for more offensive build.

Suggested Skillset 2:

  • Brave Axe
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Galeforce / Luna
  • Swift Sparrow / Darting Blow / Life and Death
  • Flier Formation / Desperation / Wings of Mercy
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier
  • +Speed / -HP

The standard Quad build works well on her as with a +Spd boon, she reaches a base 35 speed becoming even higher with Flier buffs. Camilla has an already decent base skill set and she won't need a lot of replacing to start performing well. 

Swift Sparrow and Darting Blow are much more preferred on Camilla as she has pretty nice bulk against both physical and magical attack, allowing her to serve as an effective tank when necessary. Luna massively improves her damage output, but she is also not a bad user of Galeforce thanks to Quad hits.

Beruka - Flier Rating: 2.5/5
Beruka

Beruka can be aptly described as an inferior Michalis with higher potential to merge thanks to her availability. Her identity among her peers is being a flying fortress with mediocre offensive power outside of her Special Skill. Unfortunately, Michalis outclasses her thanks to his high base attack and legendary weapon. Beruka is not a bad unit per se as she can even tank units like Ryoma thanks to her absurd bulk, but often finds her role unwanted in a Flier Team due to a more offensive approach being preferred, and Cherche is just as readily available as her. All of these factors combined end up hurting Beruka's viability.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Slaying Axe
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Ignis
  • Fortress Def / Iote's Shield
  • Quick Riposte / Drag Back
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier
  • +HP / -Spd

Lower speed is to make use of Quick Riposte. With her immense bulk, Beruka can shrug off most physical attacks even from sword units. She deals quite poor damage outside of Ignis, so it is often better to either use her as a bait or give her Drag Back to pull back enemy units that you want to kill.

Narcian - Flier Rating: 2/5
Narcian

Narcian is a one-trick pony who is often used in a normal team as a dedicated anti-blue unit thanks to his natural Emerald Axe and Lancebreaker. In a Flier setting, Narcian is a lot worse than Minerva or Michalis, who can handle most lance users with no problem as well as keeping the offensive capability to perform other tasks. Narcian does handle mages better than almost all other Green Fliers barring Camilla thanks to his bulk, but because his stat spread is a bit all over the place, players will find it hard to include him anywhere.

Suggested Skillset:

  • Emerald Axe
  • Reposition / Draw Back
  • Bonfire
  • Distant Counter / Fury / Iote's Shield
  • Quick Riposte / Lancebreaker
  • Hone Flier / Goad Flier / Fortify Flier

Narcian can serve as a decent blue mage killer by utilizing his base skill set and Distant Counter. Otherwise, he should be used as a specialist in killing lance units and physical tanks for the team with either his base Lancebreaker skill or Quick Riposte.