This. Rolf is amazing. I just let Shinon die in my last PoR playthrough. So useless by the time you get him back. --- Evil will always triumph over good because good is dumb. - Dark Helmet, Spaceballs http://www.youtube.com/user/nuetralkid
You do know that Shinon outperforms Rolf in RD right? In PoR, Rolf had better potential because Shinon was a prepromote.
It doesn't help that he's gone for 3/4 of the game either. By the time you get him back, his only hope to be good is if you baby him with bexp. I admit that I still always use Shinon over Rolf in FE 9 because I like having the stat bonuses in FE 10. --- Anime is for imbeciles.
This isn't really a matter of preference -- archers in general are just bad, bad, bad units. The main problem is not being able to attack from one-range, meaning on enemy phase (where the majority of combat happens), an archer is practically useless. Killing fliers and dishing out chip damage is about as much use as most archers tend to get.
Shinon is in a game with one-range bows, which helps him tremendously. Nomads can be pretty good post-promotion. --- The only thing more consistent than the Pats beating the Texans is my mother's regret she survived childbirth, knowing she spawned a welcher