Top 10 Strongest Hero List: Season 18-20

Rank Hero
1 hector
2 ryoma
3 azura
4 reinhardt
5 ninian
6 ike
7 linde
8 julia
9 takumi
10 effie

Log: Reinhardt 8 ⇨ 4, Ninian 4 ⇨ 5, Julia 9 ⇨ 8, Takumi 5 ⇨ 9, Effie added to 10, Celica removed from 10

Effie – after considering additional Inheritance Tier List, she placed #10 on this list. Aside from her, only Reinhardt and Takumi got a big change in ranking and everyone else stayed the same.

Top 10 Strongest Hero List: Season 16-17

Rank Hero
1 hector_general_of_ostia
2 ryoma_peerless_samurai
3 azura_lady_of_the_lake
4 ninian_oracle_of_destiny
5 takumi_wild_card
6 ike_young_mercenary
7 linde_light_mage
8 reinhardt_thunder_s_fist
9 julia_naga_s_blood
10 celica_caring_princess

Log: Azura 2 ⇨ 3, Ninian 3 ⇨ 4, Takumi 4 ⇨ 5, Ryoma 5 ⇨ 2, Julia 8 ⇨ 9, Reinhardt 10 ⇨ 8, Celica added to 10, Lucina removed from 9

Celica – You can read my review about Celica and the other heroes on her banner here:

Lucina – Without Distant Counter, she struggles to keep up with the other sword units with it like Ryoma and Ike.

Top 10 Strongest Hero List: Season 13-15

Rank Hero
1 hector_general_of_ostia
2 azura_lady_of_the_lake
3 ninian_oracle_of_destiny
4 takumi_wild_card
5 ryoma_peerless_samurai
6 ike_young_mercenary
7 linde_light_mage
8 julia_naga_s_blood
9 lucina_future_witness
10 reinhardt_thunder_s_fist

Log: Ryoma 6 ⇨ 5, Ike added to 6, Linde 5 ⇨ 7, Julia 7 ⇨ 8, Lucina 8 ⇨ 9, Tiki (Young) removed from 9

Ike – IT’S IKE! But I guess I overrated him to think he will place higher than Ryoma. He is immediately under Ryoma in ranking and I think it’s just right.

Top 10 Strongest Hero List: Season 11-12

Rank Hero
1 hector_general_of_ostia
2 azura_lady_of_the_lake
3 ninian_oracle_of_destiny
4 takumi_wild_card
5 linde_light_mage
6 ryoma_peerless_samurai
7 julia_naga_s_blood
8 lucina_future_witness
9 tiki_dragon_scion
10 reinhardt_thunder_s_fist

Log: Takumi 2 ⇨ 4, Azura 3 ⇨ 2, Ryoma 4 ⇨ 6, Ninian 6 ⇨ 3, Lucina 6 ⇨ 7, Julia 7 ⇨ 6, Ephraim removed from 10, Reinhardt added to 10

Factor in determining the Strongest Heroes:
• Ranking in Tier Lists across the web
• Difficulty of reaching a unit’s full potential
• Effectiveness of unit’s full build in the meta
• Unique weapons and skills place a unit higher
• Different IV spread are not considered

Reinhardt – Horse Emblem has been doing great lately. When Reinhardt gets buffs from the cavalry support skills, on top of his unique brave tome, he can swipe 98% of every match-up. If he also gets support from a dancer, he covers a lot of ground from being a cavalry. He ruins a lot of arena runs, I’m sure.

World of Shadows Hero Review

World of Shadows banners brings new units to Heroes equipped with some new skills that offers the current meta a bit of something new. Some of the new skills can be treated as a way to balance out few of the currently must-have skills in the game like Vantage, Quick Riposte and many more. These new skills might work well with some of the builds of the current units we have but it is best hold onto them first, if you are not a whale, until the banner ends to know if we can get a lower rarity version of the unit to use as a Skill Inheritance fodder.

alm_hero_of_prophecy Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn1_sword ★★★

Alm: Hero of Prophecy

 Equipped with Falchion
 Windsweep stops activation of some skills
 Windsweep is a double-edged​ sword
 Mediocre SPD

Alm is equipped with Windsweep that prevents his target from retaliating from his attacks if his SPD ≥ 1 compared to the opponent’s but in return, he can’t follow up his attack when he initates the combat. This suppresses skills and prevent them from being used to protect themselves from the attack like Counter, Close Counter, Vantage, Quick Riposte, Breakers, etc as long as the target is not a tome, staff or stone user. Alm can use this skill in different ways. One of which is to poke a target to bring it out of a skill’s activation range, e.g. Alm can attack head first a Hector and remove him from Armad’s HP range. Another use of this skill is for a safe clean up on an enemy with low HP, e.g. a Takumi with Vantage on critical HP won’t be counter-attacking first but instead die. Windsweep will work well with units how has heavy ATK and high SPD which is Alm lacks. This is fixable, he can be inherited with Darting Blow which gives him +6 SPD on his initiates or Fury or Life and Death but this will depend on Alm’s role on your team.

I rolled Alm in this banner and use him as my clean up unit. Here is my build for him:


faye_devoted_heart Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn_colorless2 ★★★★

Faye: Devoted Heart

 Firesweep bow
 Slow SPD

Faye owns a new bow that can be inherited by other bow users. This bow is Firesweep Bow. This bow, like every other bow, is effective against flying units but what makes it unique is that is prevents the person equipped with this bow and it’s target from making any form retaliation. To make things clear, here are some example situations:

Unit A and B is has the same range.
1) Unit A is equipped with Firesweep bow and is initiating an attack to Unit B. Units B can counterattack. Unit A can follow up it’s initial attack.
2) Unit A is equipped with Firesweep bow and is getting attack by Unit B. Unit A can’t​ counter attack. Unit N can follow up it’s initial attack.

Like Windsweep, this can be used in different ways and is good in some situation except that Firesweep bow doesn’t have the restriction to making a follow up to an attack as long as the user’s SPD is enough for it. This is the problem with Faye, she has a natural SPD of 21/25/28 which means even with Darting Blow, the highest SPD she can reach is 34 without any help. She would be needing support from her team made to make her a hard carry but she can pass her bow to someone else with better stats if she doesn’t fit your team.

clair_highborn_flier Type Weapon Score
type_fly wpn1_spear ★★★

Clair: Highborn Flier

 Hit and Run is Drag Back v.2
➤ No different from other Pegasus Riders

There’s nothing special about Clair compared to the other Pegasus riders in the game except that she gets the a new skill, Hit and Run, which is a derived version of Drag Back without dragging his target back. The in-game description of this skill is confusing but if you see Clair’s movement in the Paralogue, you’ll understand how it works. This is an alternative skill to have for those builds with Drag Back which is commonly used to bring the unit back to safety, usually seen on glasscannon builds like Brave Axe Cherche. Reminder: This skill is only for melee units, so there will be no crazy builds like never ending stutter step build Leo.

lukas_sharp_soldier Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn1_spear ★★★

Lukas: Sharp Soldier

 Very high DEF
 Can make a great wall
 Fortress Defense gives +5 Def for -3 ATK

Lukas boasts high DEF for an infantry unit that can reach to 41 naturally on boon. They also gave him Fortress Def to increase his already concrete wall DEF. It gives him +5 DEF but will lowers his ATK by 3. This skill looks very unappealing than the other A skills we have like the regular Defense+, Fury, etc. but I’m pretty sure we are yet to discover how to fit this skill on some builds. He also have Obstruct which he can make a choke point by himself and be a meat shield for his teammates against charging melee units.

Top 10 Strongest Hero List: Season 9-10

Rank Hero
1 hector_general_of_ostia
2 takumi_wild_card
3 azura_lady_of_the_lake
4 ryoma_peerless_samurai
5 linde_light_mage
6 ninian_oracle_of_destiny
7 lucina_future_witness
8 julia_naga_s_blood
9 tiki_dragon_scion
10 ephraim_restoration_lord

Log: None

Note: Top 10 Strongest Hero List tallies out how many times a hero appeared in different tier lists and their respective ranks. The purpose of this list is to help people identify who are the best heroes they can use or what most people use to help them prepare for Arena.

With the changes and planned changes of sites who makes tier lists for Heroes, I will be doing some changes with the Top 10 Strongest Hero List in the future to make it more condense and easier to make and read.

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1 hector_general_of_ostialinde_light_magetakumi_wild_card
1.5 klein_silver_noblemanninian_oracle_of_destinyazura_lady_of_the_lakelucina_future_witnesslucina_spring_exaltrobin_high_deliverereffie_army_of_oneryoma_peerless_samuraiolivia_blushing_beautynowi_eternal_youtheirika_restoration_ladyjulia_naga_s_blood
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Log: Spring Lucina added to 1.5, Olivia added to 1.5, Spring Chrom added to 2, Fae added to 2


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Log: Spring Chrom added to S, Spring Lucina added to A, Spring Camilla added to A, Sheena added to A, Kagero added to A, Spring Xander added to B


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S tharja_dark_shadowlucina_future_witnessryoma_peerless_samuraieirika_restoration_ladyninian_oracle_of_destinylinde_light_mageeffie_army_of_one
A marth_altean_princetiki_dragon_scionkarel_sword_demonlyn_lady_of_the_plainssanaki_begnion_s-_apostlelucina_spring_exaltreinhardt_thunder_s_fistephraim_restoration_lordcordelia_knight_paragonnowi_eternal_youthcatria_middle_whitewingcamilla_spring_princessjulia_naga_s_bloodminerva_red_dragonklein_silver_noblemankagero_honorable_ninja

Log: Spring Lucina added to A, Abel removed from A, Olwen removed from A, Spring Camilla added to A, Camilla removed from A


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SS azura_lady_of_the_lakehector_general_of_ostia
S eldigan_lionheartryoma_peerless_samuraitharja_dark_shadowtiki_dragon_scioneffie_army_of_oneninian_oracle_of_destinyreinhardt_thunder_s_fistlinde_light_magekagero_honorable_ninjatakumi_wild_cardklein_silver_nobleman
A karel_sword_demonsanaki_begnion_s-_apostlelyn_lady_of_the_plainslucina_future_witnesseirika_restoration_ladyhinoka_warrior_princess.pngcordelia_knight_paragonephraim_restoration_lordnowi_eternal_youthcamilla_bewitching_beautycamilla_spring_princessjulia_naga_s_blood

Log: Kagero added to S, Hinoka added to A, Cordelia added to A, Spring Camilla added to A


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SS ninian_oracle_of_destinyryoma_peerless_samuraileo_sorcerous_princehector_general_of_ostiatakumi_wild_cardjulia_naga_s_bloodazura_lady_of_the_lake
S karel_sword_demonlyn_lady_of_the_plainstiki_dragon_scionlinde_light_magechrom_exalted_princelucina_future_witnesseirika_restoration_ladyephraim_restoration_lordsanaki_begnion_s-_apostlecamilla_bewitching_beautyjaffar_angel_of_death
A kagero_honorable_ninjarobin_high_delivererroy_young_lionmarth_altean_princecatria_middle_whitewingcordelia_knight_paragonelise_budding_flower

Log: None


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S karel_sword_demonsanaki_begnion_s-_apostleryoma_peerless_samurailucina_future_witnessleo_sorcerous_princetiki_dragon_scionmarth_altean_princeephraim_restoration_lordlinde_light_magecatria_middle_whitewingjulia_naga_s_bloodklein_silver_noblemanlachesis_lionheart_s_sisterelise_budding_flower
A eldigan_lionhearteirika_restoration_ladychrom_exalted_princeseliph_heir_of_lightlyn_lady_of_the_plainsroy_young_liontharja_dark_shadowlilina_delightful_nobletiki_naga_s_voicelucina_spring_exaltreinhardt_thunder_s_fisthinoka_warrior_princessabel_the_panthercordelia_knight_paragonnowi_eternal_youtheffie_army_of_onecamilla_spring_princesscamilla_bewitching_beautyminerva_red_dragonsheena_princess_of_graraven_peerless_fighterjaffar_angel_of_death/priscilla_delicate_princessjakob_devoted_servantsakura_loving_priestessmaria_minerva_s_sisterjeorge_perfect_shot

Log: Corrin M removed from A, Spring Lucina added to A, Spring Camilla added to A


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S sanaki_begnion_s-_apostletiki_dragon_scionryoma_peerless_samurailucina_future_witnesslyn_lady_of_the_plainsleo_sorcerous_princeminerva_red_dragonjulia_naga_s_bloodazura_lady_of_the_lakeephraim_restoration_lordnowi_eternal_youthlinde_light_magerobin_high_delivererninian_oracle_of_destinyklein_silver_noblemanlucina_spring_exaltcamilla_spring_princess
A corrin_fateful_princechrom_exalted_princetharja_dark_shadowmarth_altean_princeroy_young_lioncamilla_bewitching_beautyfae_divine_dragonmerric_wind_magecordelia_knight_paragonlachesis_lionheart_s_sisterxander_spring_princechrom_spring_exalt

Log: Spring Lucina added to S, Spring Camilla added to S, Spring Xander added to A, Spring Chrom added to A


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S tiki_dragon_scionmarth_altean_princelucina_future_witnessephraim_restoration_lordlinde_light_magejulia_naga_s_bloodelise_budding_flower
A eirika_restoration_ladycaeda_talys_s_heartlyn_lady_of_the_plainsleo_sorcerous_princeroy_young_lionabel_the_panthereffie_army_of_onecatria_middle_whitewingcordelia_knight_paragonnowi_eternal_youthcamilla_bewitching_beautysheena_princess_of_graraven_peerless_fighter

Log: None


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Spring Festival Hero Review

We finally got our first batch of special costume units from the Spring Event which is Easter themed. We should not expect much from alternate costume units in terms of power because their real purpose is for fan service.

xander_spring_prince Type Weapon Score
type_cav wpn1_spear ★★★

Xander: Spring Prince

35 DEF on neutral
Live for Honor for farming badges
Good support + tank skill set
He has a big carrot

Spring Xander boasts high DEF of 35 on neutral. He will be good for tanking and countering sword users. He is equipped with a huge Carrot Lance that has 13 Might and heals 4 HP if you initiate the attack on an enemy. This is a decent lance compared to the other lances in the game right now and it doesn’t necessarily need to be changed. His Assist is Swap which is good saving an ally out of an enemy’s sight and changing the aggro to Xander. Spring Xander also brings Fortify Def that gives allies adjacent to him +4 DEF buff. This set makes him a unit whose job is to bail out an ally out of a sword unit range and counter that enemy. You can improve Spring Xander’s role by giving him Triangle Adept on A and Swordbreaker on B to ensure a kill on every sword user that will touch him.

Spring Xander also holds Live for Honor which gives bonus 1.5x to badge earn on Training Tower, however, we still on have a clear purpose for farming badges so this Passive might be useless for now.

camilla_spring_princess Type Weapon Score
type_fly wpn2_green ★★★★★

Camilla: Spring Princess

First flier mage unit in the game
Can access areas a normal mage can't reach to snipe enemies
Will benefit from Hone Flier/Fortify Flier
Can access areas a normal mage can't reach to snipe enemies
 Green Egg, her weapon, is not that amazing

Spring Camilla is the first mage flier unit in Heroes. This makes her very desirable to get in this banner. Her default weapon is Green Egg with 11 Might and the same healing passive as Carrot Lance. This is a mediocre weapon compared to other Green Tomes we have. She is given an Assist skill, Rally Attack, instead of a Special. Her passives are Defiant SPD and Live for Bounty on A and B respectively. (Note: Live for Bounty has a typo in its description, it does not actually increase the number of badges, but rather the number of shards and crystals gained.) Her set looks unappealing but her true potential blooms with Skill Inheritance. You can give Spring Camilla Gronnblade which will benefit her so much if you’ll be having a unit with either Hone Flier or Fortify Flier. It is an instant minimum +8 to her damage and can possibly reach +18 damage with a single Hone Flier. This concept is the same as cavalry teams(horse emblem) except fliers have higher BST than cavalry units in exchange for their bow weakness which is better for Arena. This makes her a flying Nino that can snipe enemies anywhere without the bother of terrains and packs more nuking power. Now tell me that isn’t terrifying.

chrom_spring_exalt Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn1_axe ★★★

Chrom: Spring Exalt

Axe Experience makes training axe units fasters
 Mediocre like his normal version

This version of Chrom is as unappealing as his normal version is, both in his default skill set and art. He has a Carrot Axe that is not different with Carrot Lance and  works like a lesser version of the Falchion, if you think about it. As Assist, they gave him Shove and for Passives, he gets 2 skills that is new to the game; Attack/Def+ and Axe Experience. Axe Experience gives additional 2x experience to every axe units in your team, this is good to shorten your trips in the Training Tower when maxing your axe hero. Attack/Def+ grants +2 to both ATK and DEF stat. This skill gives +4 stats compared to the normally +3 of the respective Passive A stat plus. This passive is efficient but in some cases the +3 stat is better. Attack/Def+ of Spring Chrom looks good for passing down to a different unit that needs it more but since he is a special event unit, you might not want to.

lucina_spring_exalt Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn2_blue ★★★★

Lucina: Spring Exalt

Can be a pseudo Linde
Swift Sparrow give +4 on both ATK and SPD when initiating combat

I have a feeling we will be getting more alternate version of Lucina on every special event. Aside from her art, Spring Lucina’s base stat alone is very appealing. Her base ATK is acceptable and her SPD is high that she can make her double on most units. Her weapon is Blue Egg which is a blue version of Green Egg. She has an Assist, Rally Speed, which is a nice niche. She is also equipped with Seal Res as Passive on B. Lastly, she is brings a new Passive skill that is introduced first with her named Swift Sparrow. This procs when you initiate combat and it’s effect is to buff your unit +4 to both ATK and SPD until the end of combat. Like Attack/Def+, Swift Sparrow buffs your unit for a total of +8 while the regular buff combat Passive A only gives +6. It is more efficient than the normal ones but again, on some situations +6 on a stat alone is better that just +4. With all of this combined, she can nuke most of her target. We can say she is a pseudo Linde but Linde is still the queen of blue tome.