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Karin - Driven Knight

4-5

Obtainable as a 4 - 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
177
HP 41
ATK 37
SPD 42
DEF 26
RES 31

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 18 6 11 6 6
Middle 19 7 12 7 7
High 20 8 13 8 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
4★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 37 34 39 23 28
Middle 41 37 42 26 31
High 44 41 46 30 34

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

So what if we take Legendary Caeda, make her hair green, then remove the exclusive skills? (Offense)

Build by Wecondo12
Recommended
Firesweep Lance+
Alternate: Springy Lance+ (+Spd)
A Atk/Spd Boosting A Slot
Positional Assist B Flow Guard 3
Alternate: S/D Near Trace 3
Luna
Alternate: Moonbow
C Spd/Def Rein 3
IVs

+ATK or +SPD 

SBlade Session 3
Alternate: Atk/Spd Solo 3

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Weapon: Firesweep Lance+ / Springy Lance+ (+Spd) / It’s Curtains+ (+Spd) / Slaying Lance+ (+Spd) / Allied Lance+ (+Spd)

Assist: Positional Assist / Preference

Special: Luna / Moonbow / Galeforce

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

Passive B: Flow Guard / Flow Refresh / S/D Near Trace / Aerobatics

Passive C: Spd/Def Rein/ Preference

Sacred Seal: Blade Session / Atk/Spd Solo / Swift Sparrow / Life and Death / Quickened Pulse
 

  • To the surprise of no one, a new heroes banner brings us a new generic lance flier, although this one at least comes with good skill inheritance in the form of Allied Lance+. Her statline is essentially a copy of the previously released Legendary Caeda but without any of the features that make Legendary Caeda as good as she is. But hey, at least she isn’t a ranged flier!
  • Lance units aren’t strapped for choice in terms of  weapons, having plenty of excellent inheritables to choose from. Karin’s innate Allied Lance+ remains a decent choice if one wishes to give her supportive utility, but for maximizing Karin’s performance in combat player phase oriented lances such as the Firesweep Lance+ or the Springy Lance+ are superior. If available, It’s Curtains+ is also a good option alongside Quickened Pulse and Heavy Blade in order to trigger Galeforce in a single hit, provided Heavy Blade triggers.
  • Aside from Heavy Blade, Atk and Spd boosting A slots such as Atk/Spd Solo and Atk/Spd Catch are Karin’s best options as they allow her to stack as much Atk and Spd as possible on Player Phase. The same holds true for Karin’s Sacred Seal slot: skills such as Blade Session, Atk/Spd Solo, and Life and Death are her best seal choices.
  • While limited, Karin does have some decent B slot choices under her belt thanks to not being a ranged flier. In particular, Flow Guard and Flow Refresh let Karin get around follow-up negation effects from the likes of Fallen Edelgard, which would normally be a significant issue for her. S/D Near Trace and Aerobatics are also decent choices if one wishes to enhance her mobility instead, either for approaching foes with Aerobatics or for retreating with Near Trace.
  • Reins are generally good C slot options for fliers, but it can be replaced as needed.

Strengths

Statline

Legendary Caeda… I mean Karin’s statline is solid offensively. With base 37 Atk and 42 Spd Karin won’t have trouble dishing out damage and doing follow-up attacks consistently, especially when supplemented with the right skills. Her defenses are a bit more iffy, but base 26 Def and 31 Res are at least enough to reliably take a single hit (provided it isn’t a bow-user).
 

Flier

As a flier, Marcia… I mean Karin gains access to class exclusive skills such as Dive-Bomb and Guard Bearing, in addition to having her movement unhindered by terrain other class types are unable to cross such as mountains (particularly useful in Summoner Duels… good luck dealing with the Yuris though).

Weaknesses

Lacks a Personal Weapon

Being Legendary Caeda but without her potent exclusive skills is extremely unfortunate for Karin, as without those she lacks any means of standing out compared to the sea of generic lance fliers (unless you’re biased to fe5 like I am).

Bow Weakness

Karin’s Bow weakness means she should be kept away from any Bow using foes at all cost. Even with Iote’s shield, she’s unlikely to survive most bow users without additional Def investment due to her somewhat low base 26 Def.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Iron Lance
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Lance Users Only
50 1 6
Steel Lance
Learns by default at 2 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Lance Users Only
100 1 8
Allied LanceGrants Atk/Def+4 to allies within 2 spaces during combat. If unit is within 2 spaces of an ally, grants Atk/Def+4 to unit during combat.
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 10
Allied Lance+Grants Atk/Def+4 to allies within 2 spaces during combat. If unit is within 2 spaces of an ally, grants Atk/Def+4 to unit during combat.
Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Lance Users Only
300 1 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Special Skills

Special Skills SP Turns
New MoonResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
100 3
MoonbowResolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res-30%.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
200 2

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Atk/Def Form 1Grants Atk/Def+X to unit during combat. (X = number of allies within 2 spaces; max 3.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
60
A
Atk/Def Form 2Grants Atk/Def+X to unit during combat. (X = number of allies within 2 spaces + 2; max 5.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
120
A
Atk/Def Form 3Grants Atk/Def+X to unit during combat. (X = 2 × number of allies within 2 spaces, + 1; max 7.)
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
A
Spur Atk 1Grants adjacent allies Atk+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
50
C
Drive Atk 1Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk+2 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
120
C
Drive Atk 2Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk+3 during combat.
Inheritable by all units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

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