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Legendary Caeda

Analysis by lordhelpme
Legendary Caeda - Beloved Queen

5

Obtainable as a 5 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
178
HP 39
ATK 38
SPD 43
DEF 27
RES 31

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 16 9 12 4 6
Middle 17 10 13 5 7
High 18 11 14 6 8

Level 40 Stat Variations
5★
HP ATK SPD DEF RES
Low 35 35 40 23 28
Middle 39 38 43 27 31
High 42 41 47 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

the actual lord of Shadow Dragon (Mixed Phase Generalist)

Build by lordhelpme
Recommended
Wing-Lifted Spear A Distant Storm
Positional Assist B Faithful Loyalty
Moonbow
Alternate: Ruptured Sky
C Atk/Def Rein 3
Alternate: Atk/Def Menace
IVs

+ATK or +SPD / -DEF 

SAtk/Spd Solo 3

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Weapon: Wing-Lifted Spear

Assist: Positional Assist / Flexible

Special: Moonbow / Glimmer / Ruptured Sky 

Passive A: Distant Storm / Atk/Spd Unity / Atk/Spd Push / Atk/Spd Solo / Atk/Spd Catch

Passive B: Faithful Loyalty

Passive C: Atk/Def Rein / Menace Skills / Guidance Skills / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Atk/Spd Solo / Iote’s Shield / Atk/Spd Form / Aerobatics / Ground Orders

  • Legendary Caeda’s abilities were quite clearly designed for her to shine in mixed phase applications, bringing an abundance of goodies between Wing-Lifted Spear and Faithful Loyalty that secure a competitive edge whether on the offensive or defensive. This build stays true to this intention, with one’s choice between +ATK or +SPD for her IVs working well to complement her damage lean.
  • Realistically, her base kit itself works phenomenally with her designated playstyle and can be left untouched for most purposes: Distant Storm builds on her versatility so that she may leverage her Vantage nukes regardless of enemy type and even carries neat bonus damage, while Atk/Def Rein and Moonbow continue solidifying her base damage output further. However, as always, alterations can always be made for specific cases.
    • Assuming she’s the team’s primary carry, Distant Storm genuinely should not be removed as any ranged threat will otherwise trample her immediately. That being said, even with this skill, those that can deny Caeda’s counterattack — through means like Firesweep Bow, Windsweep, and Dazzling Staff — will still steamroll her, and it doesn’t help that they remain ubiquitous in the current meta. 
      • For this reason, it may be worthwhile considering pairing Legendary Caeda with a Far Save ally; this removes any worry of having to deal with ranged combat, instead enabling her to focus fully on melee matchups and use a standard stat-enhancing A skill instead. 
      • Anything that augments her Attack and Speed is generally most worthwhile, though those that can activate in either phase easily — Unity, Catch, Solo, and Push — deserve the most priority to keep with her dual-phased nature. The choice between which ultimately boils down to which activation requirement you prefer. 
    • Legendary Caeda’s base Atk/Def Rein is a perfectly respectable C skill, as its modest in-combat debuffs come into play every round of combat without fail and can even aid allies as well. The main reasons to consider replacing it is if a Menace is preferred for greater stat differentials between Caeda and her opponents (though it does place her at a disadvantage against Unity effects), or for something with a supportively-tuned purpose like Guidance or Ground Orders.
    • Lastly, Moonbow’s reduction to her foe’s Defense during combat upon activation helps the queen push through durable foes while coming on a short cooldown, but Glimmer and Ruptured Sky are possible replacements that feature identical activation rates. 
  • Any Sacred Seal that hones Legendary Caeda’s offensive potential is a natural fit here, but Iote’s Shield is an interesting candidate that helps mostly as a “just-in-case” tool against archers who manage to land an attack; she doesn’t have the bulk to endure multiple engagements, but this should give her a fighting chance at survival in case of any mishaps. Movement-based seals like Aerobatics and Ground Orders can be considered as well to expand either her own range or that of her team.

Do Care. Did Ask. But You’re Still Dead. (Aether Raids Offense / Galeforce)

Build by lordhelpme
Wing-Lifted Spear A Heavy Blade 4
Alternate: Distant Storm
Positional Assist B Faithful Loyalty
Alternate: Wings of Mercy 3
Galeforce C Savage Blow 3
Alternate: Atk/Def Rein 3
IVs

 +ATK / -DEF 

SQuickened Pulse

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Weapon: Wing-Lifted Spear

Assist: Positional Assist / Flexible

Special: Galeforce

Passive A: Heavy Blade / Distant Storm 

Passive B: Faithful Loyalty / Flow Guard / Wings of Mercy

Passive C: Savage Blow / Odd Tempest / Atk/Def Rein / Smoke Skills / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Quickened Pulse / Heavy Blade 

  • This build offers an alternative approach to the Beloved Queen’s assets, emphasizing her functionality within Galeforce compositions in Aether Raids Offense — a setting she can perform admirably in thanks to her stellar mobility and faculty for eliminating pesky Save units through the glory of armored effectiveness. She’ll typically want +ATK over anything else to ensure Heavy Blade activations, but +SPD can work decently as well. 
  • Galeforce naturally stands as the essence of this build. Its self-refreshing quality, paired with allied refreshers and other Galeforce-equipped teammates, allows for multiple initiations in quick succession so Caeda may sweep through the enemy forces alongside her friends. However, the Special’s glaring five-turn cooldown at base requires that Caeda be equipped with Heavy Blade in some capacity to ensure it actually activates in time.
  • Savage Blow and stat-targeting Smoke skills are notable C skill candidates to improve the quality of Legendary Caeda’s subsequent matchups (as well as that of any other allies participating in the Galeforce chain), though her base Atk/Def Rein works solidly too. While relatively costly, Odd Tempest may be considered to obtain cavalry-esque mobility with the advantage of being unhampered by terrain.
  • As for the remaining build specifics, Legendary Caeda has two main courses of action she can adopt in terms of her gameplan, depending on personal preference. 
    • Traditional Galeforce
      • This essentially has the Beloved Queen equipped to operate as any other typical Galeforce unit. Maximizing Special charge accumulation is key so that she may activate the Special without wasting turns, making it highly recommended that she utilize Heavy Blade as an A skill with the Quickened Pulse seal. 
        • This lowers the minimum amount of initiations required to activate Galeforce down to two, assuming Heavy Blade triggers and Guard isn’t in play.
        • Players with access to Velouria support can consider slotting her in alongside Caeda for the greatest amount of safety, as this at worst guarantees the Special’s activation in two rounds even against Guard.
      • For her B skill, though Faithful Loyalty can certainly be kept on a budget for its Null Follow-Up effect, those with the resources available may consider replacing it with Flow Guard for more safety upon initiations (as Faithful Loyalty’s Vantage won’t really be coming into play here). Wings of Mercy is another option as well to enable quick proximity to the enemy composition without needing outside assistance. 
    • Mixed-Phased Galeforce:
      • While the majority of her combat will still ideally occur during the Player Phase, this strategy has Legendary Caeda stick with the original intent of her Faithful Loyalty and essentially uses Galeforce’s refresh (and any other actions provided by allies) to eliminate the most pressing threats first, such as foes with counterattack-negation. Those remaining are then dealt with during the Enemy Phase via Vantage. 
      • Distant Storm is highly recommended for her A skill here, as it makes it much easier for Caeda to simply plug-and-play. However, since this means she’ll need to use Heavy Blade as her Sacred Seal and thus cannot use Quickened Pulse, this does place a greater strain on actually accumulating the charges needed to trigger Galeforce.
      • Do note that utilizing Savage Blow in her C skill and destroying the enemy Healing Tower bears far greater significance here, as she will be relying almost entirely on landing OHKO’s for her Enemy Phase combat, and lowering enemy health as much as possible beforehand massively improves her chances of success.

Strengths

Faithful Loyalty

Legendary Caeda’s exclusive (and appropriately named) Faithful Loyalty is certainly the most unique aspect of her kit, offering a surprising reprieve from the recent trend of hyper-offense and damage reduction shenanigans by instead leaning towards the roots of her Young version

  • Specifically, Faithful Loyalty grants not only permanent Vantage against armored and cavalry foes but moreover allows Caeda to extend that same benefit of immediate counterattacks regardless of enemy type as long as she engages in one round of combat beforehand — no extra frills and HP requirements attached. 
  • Although the commonality of Vantage strategies has somewhat declined given the greater emphasis on bulk, she can leverage it to noteworthy effect nonetheless, particularly as she can uniquely maintain Vantage active at full HP with minimal setup; this imparts some wiggle room in case she’s unable to successfully OHKO an opponent to absorb their attack. 

However, the true beauty of Faithful Loyalty lies in the combination of these aforementioned mechanics with the offensive half of Null Follow-Up, nullifying all effects that would otherwise impede her double. This opens up some much-appreciated flexibility in her playstyle, as it presents a workaround to certain enemies that would be troublesome to take down solely with Vantage due to follow-up denial, and in turn helps prevent Caeda from being shoehorned into a purely defensive role.

Wing-Lifted Spear

Finally wielding her signature weapon from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (well, sorta), Legendary Caeda’s Wing-Lifted Spear carries a nifty mix of effects that lends well to generalist purposes and expands on the groundwork laid by Faithful Loyalty. For starters, armored and cavalry effectiveness is crucial to maximizing the benefits of her persistent Vantage against them, but armored effectiveness, in particular, is highly lucrative regardless given the current landscape of the game; it ensures her damage can keep pace with their evergrowing durability, minimizes the risk of being warded off by Near Save, and makes for extremely good tank-busting overall.

The bonus【Canto (2)】effect provided by Wing-Lifted Spear is another compelling draw, melding wonderfully with her lack of positioning restraints as a flier to altogether allow for great movement options. This also adds flexibility to her chosen playstyle since she can use her Canto as intended to initiate against a foe, trigger Faithful Loyalty’s【Vantage】buff, and reposition somewhere favorable for the following Enemy Phase combat — or she can simply just retreat as needed or even pair this with Galeforce and adopt a more offense-heavy approach. 

Combined with a supplemental +8/+5/+5/+5 stat enhancement for merely existing and the ability to “steal” enemy bonuses (a la Freyja’s Binding Necklace), Wing-Lifted Spear does a lot for the Beloved Queen’s performance and, together with Faithful Loyalty, makes it so she maintains an active presence in both phases.

Fantastic Offensive Statline

Caeda seemingly decided that her Legendary version was the time to finally feature a competitive Attack stat, as her 38 base value is well above her previous incarnations and does wonders as a foundation for raw damage — especially once her effectiveness kicks in. It’s outshined only by her staggering 43 Speed (which also comes available as a four-point Asset), solidifying her capacity for mixed-phase functionality through generally consistent follow-up attacks given that Faithful Loyalty carries partial Null Follow-Up.

Flying Benefits

As mentioned previously, Legendary Caeda’s flying status comes as a great boon when it comes to exploiting Wing-Lifted Spear’s【Canto (2)】effect, widening her flexibility in positioning options by disregarding most terrain. What’s more, this lets her assist her team’s own mobility via skills such as Guidance and Ground Orders like the generous queen that she is, in addition to making her feel right at home in flier compositions due to class-exclusive buff support access.

Weaknesses

Lack of Null C-Disrupt & Other Vantage Drawbacks

Between both of her PRF abilities, Legendary Caeda showcases so many assorted effects — partial Null Follow-Up, Vantage, 【Canto (2)】, a superior Lull, and dual-effective damage against prominent enemy types — that it’s a bit of a shame she doesn’t carry the one thing she needed to fully exploit her B skill: Null C-Disrupt

Although its lack of inclusion probably saved many of us from needless headaches, the fact remains that being unable to work around counterattack negation heavily hampers a core aspect of Caeda’s gameplay and keeps her from shining among the best of her peers. Any foe with Hardy Bearing effects or who are simply too bulky to defeat in one strike present troubling issues for her as well, though this is more so for anybody seeking a strict Enemy Phase lean (as she can otherwise attempt chipping them down and subsequently retreating in the Player Phase).

Exploitable Defenses

The benefit of maintaining Vantage active at higher levels of health or even full HP is greatly undermined by the fact that Legendary Caeda’s defensive statline simply isn’t that strong; her 31 Resistance is workable, but having 27 Defense with only 39 HP and irregular access to Blessing enhancements creates difficulty in dealing with sustained offensive pressure.

Flying Drawbacks

The consequences of both aforementioned weaknesses are compounded further by her weakness to archers as a flier. While she may have enough firepower to outright OHKO such threats in a vacuum due to their typical lack of physical bulk, it means nothing if Legendary Caeda can’t actually retaliate against them as archers in competitive modes are often seen wielding means of negating counterattacks like the Firesweep Bow — and in such instances, given that they target her weaker Defense, attempting a Vantage-reliant strategy against such foes will easily result in her defeat.

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
Silver Lance
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Lance Users Only
200 1 11
Wing-Lifted SpearEnables【Canto (2)】.  Effective against armored and cavalry foes. Grants Atk+3. If unit initiates combat or is within 2 spaces of an ally, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+5 to unit during combat, and also, if foe has bonuses, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+X to unit and inflicts Atk/Spd/Def/Res-X on foe during combat. (X = current bonus on each of foe's stats.) Calculates each stat effect independently.  【Canto (2)】 After an attack, Assist skill, or structure destruction, unit can move 2 space(s).  (Unit moves according to movement type. Once per turn. Cannot attack or assist. Only highest value applied. Does not stack. After moving, if a skill that grants another action would be triggered (like with Galeforce), Canto will trigger after the granted action. Unit's base movement has no effect on movement granted. Cannot warp (using skills like Wings of Mercy) a distance greater than 2 space(s).)
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
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
Distant CounterEnables unit to counterattack regardless of distance to attacker.
Restricted to melee units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
300
A
Distant StormUnit can counterattack regardless of foe's range. At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 25%, grants Atk+5 during combat, but after combat, if unit attacked, deals 5 damage to unit.
Restricted to melee units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300
A
Faithful LoyaltyIf armored or cavalry foe initiates combat, unit can counterattack before foe's first attack. Neutralizes effects that prevent unit's follow-up attacks during combat. After combat, grants 【Vantage】to unit.  【Vantage】 If foe initiates combat, unit can counterattack before foe's first attack for 1 turn.
Non-Inheritable skill.
Unlocks at 5 ★
300
B
Atk/Def Rein 1Inflicts Atk/Def-2 on foes within 2 spaces during combat.
Flying Only
Unlocks at 1 ★
60
C
Atk/Def Rein 2Inflicts Atk/Def-3 on foes within 2 spaces during combat.
Flying Only
Unlocks at 2 ★
120
C
Atk/Def Rein 3Inflicts Atk/Def-4 on foes within 2 spaces during combat.
Flying Only
Unlocks at 4 ★
240
C

Other Info

Origin
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

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