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Ascended Idunn

Analysis by StanTheWoz
Ascended Idunn - Divine Demon

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
195
HP 45
ATK 43
SPD 26
DEF 43
RES 38

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 14 9 6 9 7
Middle 15 10 7 10 8
High 16 11 8 11 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 42 39 23 39 35
Middle 45 43 26 43 38
High 49 46 30 46 42

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

“Hey can I copy your Bector build” “Sure just don’t make it too obvious” (Standard Near Save)

Build by StanTheWoz
Recommended
Dew Dragonstone A Sturdy Stance 3
Alternate: Close Def 4
Positional Assist B Wily Fighter 3
Alternate: Dragon Wall 3
Bonfire C D/R Near Save 3
Alternate: A/D Near Save 3
IVs

+Atk or +Def / -Spd

SSteady Breath
Alternate: Deflect Melee 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Dew Dragonstone

Assist: Positional Assist / flexible

Special: Bonfire

IVs: +Atk or +Def / -Spd

Passive A: Sturdy Stance 3 / flexible

Passive B: Wily Fighter / Dragon Wall / flexible

Passive C: D/R Near Save / any Near Save

Sacred Seal: Steady Breath / flexible

  • Idunn’s base kit makes her an excellent choice for Near Save, with many similar characteristics to Brave Hector: a weapon that accelerates Special trigger, removes her armor weakness, conditionally boosts stats, nullifies penalties, and blocks follow-ups. As such, she can run similar builds to great success. 
  • By using a 3-cooldown Special such as Bonfire, which scales with Idunn’s high Def, and a special charge seal like Steady Breath, Idunn can activate a Special on her first counterattack after getting hit once, under normal circumstances. This enables her to KO many attackers in one hit. If Idunn can obtain a Special charge effect from another source, such as Worldbreaker from Thorr, then she can opt for other seals like Deflect Melee to reduce damage taken from weapons that strike twice, or Atk/Def Form to boost her Atk and Def by up to 7. 
  • Sturdy Stance 3 boosts Idunn’s Atk and Def by 6 on enemy phase while also slowing enemy Special charge gain, all useful effects. Other stance skills like Bracing Stance 3 can be used if a different stat boost is desired. Close Def 4 provides a larger stat boost of 8 Def and Res while also nullifying the buffs of any melee enemy that attacks Idunn, but it does not boost her Atk or slow Special charge, and the buff nullification is redundant with Wily Fighter
  • Wily Fighter is a great B skill that grants Idunn a guaranteed follow-up on enemy phase when she has at least 25% HP, as well as neutralizing the visible buffs the foe has. It can be replaced with Dragon Wall in order to grant Idunn up to 40% damage reduction if her Res exceeds her foe’s by 10 or more, however, this means she will not follow-up attack against faster opponents. 
  • The optimal boon is either +Atk in order to oneshot more enemies on the first counterattack, or +Def to take hits more easily. +Res can also be used to give her more favorable matchups against melee units that hit Res, such as dragons. -Spd is generally the best bane for this build, as Idunn’s Spd is generally not useful or necessary.

Dracoshield (Hardy Fighter Near Save)

Build by StanTheWoz
Recommended
Dew Dragonstone A Sturdy Stance 3
Alternate: Close Def 4
Positional Assist B Hardy Fighter 3
Pavise C D/R Near Save 3
Alternate: A/D Near Save 3
IVs

+Atk / -Spd

SSteady Breath
Alternate: Quick Riposte 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Dracoshield (Hardy Fighter Near Save)

Weapon: Dew Dragonstone

Assist: Positional Assist / flexible

Special: Pavise

IVs: +Atk / -Spd

Passive A: Sturdy Stance 3 / flexible

Passive B: Hardy Fighter / flexible

Passive C: D/R Near Save / any Near Save

Sacred Seal: Steady Breath / Quick Riposte / flexible

  • Idunn can also opt for the combination of Hardy Fighter and Pavise in order to obtain extreme amounts of damage reduction against melee attacks when Pavise activates, 75% and then an additional 5 damage on the first incoming hit. This improves her survivability compared to using Wily Fighter, but does reduce her power somewhat compared to using an offensive Special like Bonfire
  • Other than switching out the B skill and Special, the build functions relatively the same as the previous one. Steady Breath is useful for charging Pavise again when Idunn counterattacks. Deflect Melee may also be useful against melee foes that strike twice. Quick Riposte allows Idunn to follow-up, which she otherwise has no reliable way to do when using Hardy Fighter. However, it only works above 70% HP and is not always useful. 

Distant Arcadia (Far Save)

Build by StanTheWoz
Recommended
Dew Dragonstone A Distant Stance
Alternate: Distant Counter
Positional Assist B Wily Fighter 3
Alternate: Hardy Fighter 3
Bonfire
Alternate: Aegis
C A/R Far Save 3
Alternate: D/R Far Save 3
IVs

+Atk or +Def or +Res or +Spd / -Spd or -Res

SSteady Breath
Alternate: Darting Breath

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Dew Dragonstone

Assist: Positional Assist / flexible

Special: Bonfire / Aegis

IVs: +Atk or +Def or +Res or +Spd / -Spd or -Res

Passive A: Distant Stance / Distant Counter / flexible

Passive B: Wily Fighter / Hardy Fighter / flexible

Passive C: D/R Far Save / any Far Save

Sacred Seal: Steady Breath / Darting Breath / flexible

  • Each of the previous 3 builds can also be adapted to use Far Save instead of Near Save if the player wishes. Idunn generally wants to use an A skill that will allow her to counterattack ranged foes in that case, of which Distant Stance and Distant Counter are the most reliable choices. 
  • Aegis should only be used with Hardy Fighter for a very high damage reduction build. Otherwise, Bonfire will generally be the highest damage 3-cooldown Special due to Idunn’s great Def. A 2-cooldown Special like Glimmer could also be used to allow Idunn to activate it on the first counter without using a Breath skill, but the damage is much lower in most cases. 
  • The B skill is flexible, as any of the B skills mentioned in the previous builds can work: Hardy Fighter, Wily Fighter, Savvy Fighter, Dragon Wall, and more are all good options that offer different strengths. 

Sanic and the Lost Dragon (Savvy Fighter Near Save)

Build by StanTheWoz
Dew Dragonstone A Kestrel Stance 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Bond 4
Positional Assist B Savvy Fighter 3
Bonfire
Alternate: Aether
C D/R Near Save 3
Alternate: A/D Near Save 3
IVs

+Spd / -Res

SDarting Stance 3

Show Explanation/Analysis

Weapon: Dew Dragonstone

Assist: Positional Assist / flexible

Special: Bonfire / flexible

IVs: +Spd / -Res

Passive A: Kestrel Stance 3 / Atk/Spd Bond 4 / flexible

Passive B: Savvy Fighter / flexible

Passive C: D/R Near Save / any Near Save

Sacred Seal: Darting Breath / flexible

  • While Idunn’s base Spd is mediocre, Savvy Fighter offers several useful effects including Null Follow-Up on enemy phase and 30% damage reduction if Idunn is at least 4 points slower than her foe. She can improve her Spd considerably using skills and support units such as Peony, so this build does offer strengths the others lack in combat against some foes. 
  • The skills are mostly chosen to improve Idunn’s combat while boosting her Spd enough to follow-up and reliably use Savvy Fighter’s damage reduction. Kestrel Stance 3 boosts Atk and Spd while providing a Guard effect, other skills like Atk/Spd Bond 4 can provide a slightly larger stat boost but lack the Guard effect. The penalty neutralization effect of Atk/Spd Bond 4 is generally redundant with the penalty neutralization effect of Dew Dragonstone

Strengths

Dew Dragonstone

Dew Dragonstone is a great weapon, with many of the same effects on Maltet (+Eff) that have made Brave Hector the dominant force he is in the meta. It accelerates Special trigger by 1, is effective against armored foes, neutralizes Idunn’s own armor weakness, lowers enemy stats in combat as long as Idunn is within 3 spaces of an ally, neutralizes her stat penalties, and blocks enemy follow-up attacks, in addition to the standard Dragonstone effect of targeting the lower of Def and Res when attacking ranged enemies. While it lacks the guaranteed follow-up that Maltet has, the stat boost from Dew Dragonstone is superior, and targeting Res allows Idunn to do more damage against many foes.  

Blue Armor Dragon

Idunn’s status as a blue armored dragon allows her to use great skills like D/R Far Save, Wily Fighter, Hardy Fighter, and Distant Stance. Her dragonstone also means she is not subject to the effects of Windsweep and similar effects, which gives her better matchups against units like Brave Alm compared to many other Near Saves.

Amazing Atk and Def

Idunn’s 43 base Atk and Def are fantastic and allow her to deal high damage and take little damage from most physical attacks. 

Great HP and Res

Idunn’s base 45 HP is solid and her base 38 Res is great, giving her great overall bulk. 

Weaknesses

Mediocre Spd

Idunn’s base 26 Spd is middling, meaning she may struggle against faster units using Null Follow-Up or damage reduction from a skill like Close Call - though they may struggle to damage her as well. Her mediocre Spd makes it more difficult, though not impossible, for her to use a Spd-based build with Savvy Fighter

Dragon-Effective Weaponry

Units using dragon-effective weapons gain an extra 50% Atk when targeting Idunn, making her take high damage from weapons like Dracofalchion and Ninis’ Ice Lance

Competition

There are many other armors available to use for Near Save or Far Save. While Idunn is undoubtedly one of the best and has effects that other units do not, she also has weaknesses like the aforementioned dragon effectiveness and lacks certain strengths of other units. 

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Fire Breath
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
50 1 6
Fire Breath+
Learns by default at 2 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
100 1 8
Flametongue
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Only inheritable by Dragon units.
200 1 11
Dew DragonstoneAccelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). Effective against armored foes. Neutralizes "effective against armored" bonuses. If unit is within 3 spaces of an ally, inflicts Atk/Spd/Def/Res-5 on foe during combat, neutralizes penalties on unit during combat, and foe cannot make a follow-up attack. If foe's Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 1 16
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
Glowing EmberBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 4
BonfireBoosts damage dealt by 50% of unit's Def.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 3

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Steady Stance 1Grants Def+2 during combat when this unit is attacked.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
50
A
Sturdy Stance 1Grants Atk/Def+2 during combat if foe initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
120
A
Sturdy Stance 2Grants Atk/Def+4 during combat if foe initiates combat.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
A
Sturdy Stance 3If foe initiates combat, grants Atk/Def +6 during combat and inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300
A
Wily Fighter 1If unit's HP ≥ 75% and foe initiates combat, neutralizes bonuses (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) on foe during combat and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
60
B
Wily Fighter 2If unit's HP ≥ 50% and foe initiates combat, neutralizes bonuses (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) on foe during combat and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
120
B
Wily Fighter 3If unit's HP ≥ 25% and foe initiates combat, neutralizes bonuses (from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) on foe during combat and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
B
D/R Near Save 1If a foe uses sword, lance, axe, dragonstone, or beast damage and initiates combat against an ally adjacent to unit, triggers【Savior】on unit.  If unit triggers Savior, grants Def/Res+1 during combat.  【Savior】 Unit takes ally's space, enters combat in ally's place, and receives all after-combat effects.  Savior will not trigger if ally is on terrain that unit cannot move to or if multiple units are able to use Savior during the same combat. If Savior triggers, after-combat movement effects do not occur.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
100
C
D/R Near Save 2If a foe uses sword, lance, axe, dragonstone, or beast damage and initiates combat against an ally within 2 spaces of unit, triggers【Savior】 on unit.  If unit triggers Savior, grants Def/Res+2 during combat.  【Savior】 Unit takes ally's space, enters combat in ally's place, and receives all after-combat effects.  Savior will not trigger if ally is on terrain that unit cannot move to or if multiple units are able to use Savior during the same combat. If Savior triggers, after-combat movement effects do not occur.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
200
C
D/R Near Save 3If a foe uses sword, lance, axe, dragonstone, or beast damage and initiates combat against an ally within 2 spaces of unit, triggers【Savior】on unit.  If unit triggers Savior, grants Def/Res+4 during combat.  【Savior】 Unit takes ally's space, enters combat in ally's place, and receives all after-combat effects.  Savior will not trigger if ally is on terrain that unit cannot move to or if multiple units are able to use Savior during the same combat. If Savior triggers, after-combat movement effects do not occur.
Only inheritable by armor units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

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