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Cath - Master Thief

4-5

Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
177
HP 41
ATK 36
SPD 43
DEF 27
RES 30

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 5 12 4 7
Middle 19 6 13 5 8
High 20 7 14 6 9

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 37 33 40 23 26
Middle 41 36 43 27 30
High 44 40 47 30 33

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

Sneak: 100 (Offense)

Build by Wecondo12
Recommended
Vicious Dagger+ (+Spd)
Alternate: Quick Dagger+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Spd Boosting A Slot
Alternate: Flashing Blade 4
Positional Assist B Windsweep 3
Alternate: Lull Spd/Def 3
Luna
Alternate: Lethality
C Joint Drive Atk
Alternate: Time's Pulse 3
IVs

+ATK or +SPD / -HP

SBlade Session 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Solo 3

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Weapon: Vicious Dagger (+Spd) / Quick Dagger (+Spd) / Bone Carver (+Spd) / Barb Shuriken (+Spd)

Assist: Positional Assist / Preference

Special: Luna / Lethality

Passive A: Atk/Spd Boosting A Slot / Flashing Blade 4

Passive B: Windsweep / Lull Spd/Def / Null Follow-Up

Passive C: Joint Drive Atk / Time’s Pulse / Preference

Sacred Seal: Blade Session / Swift Sparrow / Atk/Spd Solo

  • Cath boasts extremely high Speed and decent Attack, making a Player Phase build an obvious choice for her. As a Dagger unit, Cath has plenty of weapon choices as well: the Vicious Dagger, Quick Dagger, Barb Shuriken, and Bone Carver are all excellent weapon choices. The Effective damage Daggers are also a decent choice should a player desire to make Cath more effective against specific foes, but they’re somewhat situational otherwise.
  • Cath has many options to increase her Special cooldown, making Lethality a decent option when used alongside Flashing Blade, Time’s Pulse, and the Barb Shuriken as those will enable her to trigger it every round of combat as long as Cath’s can activate Flashing Blade successfully.
  • Other than Flashing Blade, Cath will mainly want A slot skills that boost her Attack and Speed such as Atk/Spd Unity and Atk/Spd Ideal. 
  • Windsweep should only be used alongside the Vicious Dagger as it negates it’s self inflicted follow-up attack prevention penalty, but with the Vicious Dagger it’s a great option as it allows Cath to avoid dangerous counterattacks from Physical foes. Otherwise, Cath’s best B slot options are Lull Spd/Def and Null Follow-Up for buff negation and disabling automatic follow-ups respectively.
  • Attack and Speed boosting sacred seals such as Blade Session and Atk/Spd Solo are great options for her seal slot, although she can also opt to use Flashing Blade as a sacred seal to run a different A slot skill.

Strengths

Statline

Cath’s Attack is quite decent at base 36, but her main draw statwise is her incredible base 43 Speed, which gives her a very easy time performing follow-up attacks against most foes that lack follow-up prevention skills(which she can negate with Null Follow-Up).

Weaknesses

Middling Bulk

While not terrible, her average base 30 Resistance and 27 Defense leave her vulnerable to being KO’d quickly by hard-hitting foes of all kinds.

Lacks an exclusive weapon

Cath’s lack of an exclusive weapon makes it difficult for her to stand out compared to dagger units with exclusive weapons themselves, such as Lelia and Kagero.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Dagger users only.
50 2 3
Steel DaggerAfter combat, inflicts Def/Res-3 on foe through its next action.
Learns by default at 2 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Dagger users only.
100 2 5
Armorpin DaggerEffective against armored foes. Disables unit's and foe's skills that change attack priority. Effect:【Dagger 5】  【Dagger 5】 After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res-5 on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Dagger users only.
200 2 8
Armorpin Dagger+Effective against armored foes. Disables unit's and foe's skills that change attack priority. Effect:【Dagger 7】  【Dagger 7】 After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res-7 on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Dagger users only.
300 2 12
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
RepositionTarget ally moves to opposite side of unit.
Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Atk/Res Bond 1Grants Atk/Res+3 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
60
A
Atk/Res Bond 2Grants Atk/Res+4 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
120
A
Atk/Res Bond 3Grants Atk/Res+5 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
A
Spd/Res Link 1If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Spd/Res+2 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
60
B
Spd/Res Link 2If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Spd/Res+4 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
120
B
Spd/Res Link 3If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Spd/Res+6 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
B

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

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