Fire Emblem 6: Fuuin on Tsurugi (Sealed Sword) Hard Mode Character Guide Version 1.03 By: Fabian Ahmed Did I miss anything? Did I make any prominent mistakes? Is something not clear? Do you need further explanations? Do you have questions, comments or anything do you want to point out? Talk to me on AIM at NachoandCheese07 or email me at ChangWufei@comcast.net. I don't check my email often but I'm on AIM frequently. ================================= Table of Contents: I. Introductions II. Version History III. Terminology (IMPORTANT! CHECK HARD MODE GAINS!) IV. Classes V. Character Ratings VI: Conclusions VII. Credits =============================== I. Introductions: Welcome to the wonderful world of FE6! For all of you FE7 players in the U.S, playing FE6 will be a gigantic jump in difficulty. FE6's normal mode is as hard as or even harder than Hector hard of FE7. Hard mode of this game is at least twice as hard as normal, nearly 4 times harder than Hector hard. Enough of that. Characters that were once useful may be on the verge of uselessness, and the useless characters in normal may shine in hard mode. Normal mode is a joke compared to hard. In normal mode, balanced stats easily overcame those who excelled at few things and sucked at others. However, now, it will be the other way around. Character's excelling abilities will pay off more than ever, and you need to adjust the characters you use according to your strategy. ========================= II. Version History Version 1.00-Original. Version 1.01-Fixed errors. Version 1.02-Added a looks part to each character, and fixed a little more errors, changed some ratings. Version 1.03-Fixed some ratings ========================= III. Terminology Here is also some FE terminology that you might like to know: Jeigan character: These are characters that start out stronger than the others at the first point you get them, and will be much weaker in the end. You will know a Jeigan when: A. They start out promoted B. Their stat gains are slow C. When you get them, they are stronger than most of your other units. So for example, Marcus, Zealot and Echnida would be Jeigans, but Douglas, Garret and Cecilla wouldn't be. Jeigans can provide to be a big help in the early levels, and try not to kill enemies with them. Keep them handy for when you need them. You will be getting no more Jeigans after chapter 13, because that marks the end of them for this game. That's because the majority of your characters will be vastly superior to the rest of the prepromotes, and very few characters will need to catch up. D. Their starting stats are weak in many ares. Sucky Leader Syndrome: This is the common disorder where the main character, or lord, suffers bad stats. Roy is no different. Marth, Leaf and Eliwood have suffered the same thing. Don't know about Alm. Triangle-Attack: Usually, it's the three pegasus sisters. Not only that, in this game, the three armored knights can also triangle attack. The first attack will ALWAYS do 3x the damage and be a perfect hit. The second attack (if the character hits twice) will be a normal one. If you want Bors, Barth, and Wendy to do the triangle attack, you need to decide who will execute the attack. For now, let's say Barth. I would position Bors and Wendy in a specific manner one space next to the target so that once I have Barth attack, they make a triangle formation around the enemy. It does help you know. Especially when trying to develop Wendy in chapter 7. Random Number Generator: IMPORTANT!!! The random number generator has been the moderator for strategy rpgs perhaps forever. It's a system that generates thousands upon millions of numbers. The numbers it generates ranges from 1-100. Stat growths, criticals and hit chances are affected by this. As long as the number generated is below the percentage, that stat will gain/you will land a hit/you will land a critical. Hard Mode Stat Gains (VERY IMPORTANT!!): Some units that started off as enemies in normal mode may now gain hard mode bonuses, but they are completely random. If you plan on using a character with hardmode gains, it is imperative that you hire them when they come with the best stats. If their hard mode gains do not satisfy you, then retsart, as they should be different. Characters with hard mode gains are: Rutger Shin Fir Gonzales Klein Miredy Percival Cass Zeiss Characters that lack hard mode gains: Douglas Rei Hugh Keep in mind that there are limited possibilities to these hard mode stat gains. More coming in my next update. =============================== III. Classes Non-Promoted Classes -Lord People who have this class: Roy Description: A sword-only class. Balanced in many areas. Weapons: Swords Promotion Item: Auto-Promote -Social Knight/Cavalier People who have this class: Lance, Allan, Treck, Noah Description: A mounted class specializing in many areas. Has powerful move range. Weapons: Swords, Lances Promotion Item: Knight's Crest -Armored Knight People who have this class: Bors, Wendy, Barth Description: A class that specializes in taking damage. Trades speed for defence, although Wendy breaks that rule. Weapons: Lances Promotion Item: Knight's Crest -Archer People who have this class: Wolt, Dorothy Description: A class that specializes in bows. Can only attack from two spaces away, and has a good balance of speed, skill and strength. Weapons: Bows Promotion Item: Orion's Bolt -Nomad People who have this class: Sue, Shin Description: A class that specializes in bows. Has good movement through forests and deserts. Weapons: Bows Promotion Item: Orion's Bolt -Mercenary People who have this class: Ogie, Dieck Description: A class that is balanced in many areas. Has weak defence and resistance, but is powerful in many other areas. Weapons: Swords Promotion Item: Hero's Crest -Pirate People who have this class: Geese Description: A class that specializes in water combat. Has powerful strength and speed, but weak skill. Weapons: Axes Promotion Item: Hero's Crest -Brigand People who have this class: Gonzales Description: A class specializing in mountain combat. Has incredible strength and speed, but takes a heavy blow in skill. Weapons: Axes Promotion Item: Hero's Crest -Fighter People who have this class: Lot, Wade Description: A class specializing in axe combat. Uses strength combined with the power of axes to deal damage. Weapons: Axes Promotion Item: Hero's Crest -Myrimidon People who have this class: Fir, Rutger Description: A class specializing in high speed. Can use the Katana, a sword that gives a +40% bonus to critical Weapons: Swords Promotion Item: Hero's Crest -Mage People who have this class: Lugh, Lilina, Hugh Description: A class specializing in combat using the elements of nature. Can break through heavy armor easily, and can fight toe-to-toe with dark magic users eventually. Weapons: Anima Magic Promotion Item: Guiding Ring -Cleric/Priest People who have this class: Ellen, Saul Description: A class that specilizes in staves. Weapons: Staves Promotion Item: Guiding Ring -Shaman People who have this class: Rei, Sophia Descrpition: A class that specializes in the use of 'Elder' magic. Has incredible power. Weapons: Elder (Dark) magic Promotion Item: Guiding Ring -Trabouador People who have this class: Clarine Description: Mounted stave wielders. Weapons: Staves Promotion Item: Guiding Ring -Pegasus Knight People who have this class: Thany, Tate Description: A class that specializes in air combat. Gets an automatic +20% dodge bonus (cannot be put in forests/mountains for extra) and has strong magic resistance. Weapons: Lances Promotion Item: Elysian/Sky Whip -Dragon Rider People who have this class: Miredy, Zeiss Description: A class that also specializes in air combat. Has strong defence, but lacks magic resistance. Also has the 20% dodge bonus for being a flyer. Weapons: Lances Promotion Item: Elysian/Sky Whip -Mamkute People who have this class: Fa Description: A class that uses dragonstones to transform into dragons. The dragonstone grants immense bonuses to stats. Weapons: Dragon Breath Promotion Item: None, doesn't promote. -Dancer/Bard People who have this class: Elfin, Lalam Description: A class that specializes in giving other units another turn Weapons: None Promotion Item: None, does not promote -Thief People who have this class: Chad, Astore, Cass Description: Fast fighting units. Can steal anything except weapons, spells, and staves so long as the theif has at least +1 more speed than the target it's stealing from and can use universal lockpicks that open chests and doors. Weapons: Swords Promotion Item: None, does not promote -Transporter People who have this class: Merlinus Description: A big wagon that can carry 100 items, 105 if you count Merlinus carrying 5 items on his own. Weapons: None Promotion Item: None, does not promote Promoted Classes -Master Lord People who have this class: Roy Description: An honorary bestowed upon the wielder of the Sword of Seals Weapons: Swords -Paladin People who have this class: Marcus, Allan, Lance, Treck, Noah, Percival, Zealot Description: An honorary bestowed upon dedicated Social Knights. Powerful in many areas. Weapons: Swords, Lances, Axes -General People who have this class: Bors, Wendy, Douglas, Barth Description: A class with incredible armor. Weak to magic, can be nearly immune to physical weapons, although Wendy and Douglas won't. Weapons: Lances, Axes -Sniper People who have this class: Wolt, Dorothy, Igrene, Klein Description: Peerless veteran archers. Weapons: Bows -Nomad Trooper People who have this class: Dayan, Sue, Shin Description: Incredible sword-swinging arrow-flinging horsemen. Being able to use a bow and a proximal weapon is an incredible advantage. Weapons: Bows, Swords -Hero People who have this class: Dieck, Ogie, Echnida Description: Mercenaries that are experts in all fields of combat. Weapons: Swords, Axes -Berserker People who have this class: Geese, Garret, Gonzales (hey, triple G combo) Description: Axe-flipping masters. Gets a +30% bonus to critical, has insane power, but will still lack skill. Weapons: Axes -Warrior People who have this class: Wade, Lot, Bartre Description: An honorary bestowed upon strong, battle-worn fighters. Weapons: Axes, Bows -Swordmaster People who have this class: Fir, Rutger, Karel Description: People who have dedicated their souls to the sword. Gets a +30% bonus to critical, and has insane dodging ability. Weapons: Swords -Sage People who have this class: Lilina, Hugh, Lugh Description: Mages who have mastered the practice of Anima Magic. Weapons: Anima Magic, Staves -Bishop People who have this class: Yodel, Saul, Ellen Description: Clerics/Priests that have mastered the use of staves. Incredible resistance to magic. Weapons: Light Magic, Staves -Druid People who have this class: Niime, Rei, Sophia Description: Masters of Elder Magic. Awesome power. Weapons: Elder Magic, Staves -Valkyrie People who have this class: Cecilla, Clarine Description: Masters of staves. Agile dodgers. Weapons: Staves, Anima Magic -Falcon Knight People who have this class: Yuuno, Tate, Thany Description: Promoted Pegasus Knight. Has strong resistance and speed. Weak at taking physical blows. Weapons: Swords, Lances -Dragon Master People who have this class: Zeiss, Miredy Description: Promoted Dragon Rider. Powerful defence and strength, but is still weak to magic. Weapons: Swords, Lances -King People who have this class: Zephyr Description: A title bestowed upon the 'King' of Bern. Has the ability to use the legendary Exaccus, and has the greatest potential of all classes. (In other words, Kings have the best caps for stats) Also, all promoted units can get an S rank in all of their weapons, which allows them to use the legendary weapon for that skill, but it does not add a +5% bonus to critical (that's no mistake). All promoted units that were once not able to go on mountains are now able to. (not peaks, mountains) ========================== III. Character Ratings The other two character guides specifically rate the characters in normal mode. However, this is for hard mode, and it will be much different. I will also give the best unit of each class. Lord ----> Master Lord Roy The main lord sucked without supports in normal, and he's even worse. Normally, you'd max out his supports and then give him a kill sword. Roy's high luck and speed combined with his extra dodging ability from supports will be beneficial. The Sword of Seals will make up for all of his weaknesses. What kills him is that he remains unpromoted for an incredibly long time, thus bringing down his rating a ton. Rating 5/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 40% Skill 50% Speed 40% Luck 60% Defence 25% Magic Defence 30% Looks: Red hair, with a hedband, and blue clothing. Social Knight ----> Paladin Marcus Actually, Marcus is very useful in the beginning. There will be occasions for when you will need him, which is why he gets t wo ratings: A Jeigan rating and a standard rating. Keep him with an iron sword in the beginning and he won't be killing, just weakening enough to the point where someone else can finish the enemy off in a single blow. Otherwise, don't even think about using him. Jeigan Rating 8/10 Rating 1/10 Looks: Old, light purple hair, and purple armor. Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 25% Skill 20% Speed 25% Luck 20% Defence 15% Magic Defence 15% Allan Allan is still very good to use. The high strength will help, so will the speed and maybe luck. Be sure you give him supports to take care of his accuracy. Keep him with lances if his skill messes up, but if he gets good skill, try giving him axes. He will provide to be a huge help in the beginning, which is why he gets a high rating. You should get his sword and lance levels to S. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 45% Skill 40% Speed 40% Luck 40% Defence 25% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Red hair and red armor. Lance Lance is also still good to use this time around. He will get high skill, speed and decent strength. Keep him with lances as often as possible (save weapon triangle advantage) and support him like you would for anyone else. Like Allan, he can be a huge help in the beginning boosting his rating, and you should get his lance and sword levels to S. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 40% Skill 45% Speed 50% Luck 35% Defence 20% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Green hair, with green armor. Treck Treck can still be used. He's basically the balance of the social knights. He will end up getting high luck, and sometimes good defence. Support him as often as possible and keep him away from mages unless he has high dodge. You should keep him with lances. However, his support options are rather low, downgrading his rating. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 40% Skill 30% Speed 35% Luck 50% Defence 30% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Dumb face, light yellow hair, and blue armor. Noah I suggest you don't use Noah. He is nowhere near the level of Allan, Lance,Treck,and Percival. All Noah really has is skill and everything else has a chance to mess up. You should use him to hire Fir, but that's it. Use him otherwise if you want, but make sure you support him as early as possible! As a paladin, he should stick with axes because of hisskill and con. He should already have his sword level at S rank if he had it at A prior to promotion. Rating 5/10 Looks: Happy expression, purple hair, blue armor. Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 30% Skill 45% Speed 30% Luck 40% Defence 30% Magic Defence 10% Zealot Zealot is a good Jeigan. You can seriously give him a steel weapon, probably even silver, and he still won't be exp hogging. Use him if you need to make sure your army doesn't mess up in the beginning and to help in leveling low leveled units, but he should not be used after chapter 13. He can be incredibly useful in chapter 7 lending a hand to help Treck survive, dealing with the dragon riders and helping with the ambushing social knights. He may end up getting good defence, which will greatly help in the beginning. Have Zealot be the Jeigan for ch 9-13 (replace him with Echnida if you get her). Jeigan Rating 8/10 Rating 1/10 Looks: Grey-Silver armor, black hair. Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 25% Skill 20% Speed 20% Luck 15% Defence 30% Magic Defence 15% Percival Say hello to the best paladin! Percival has awesome hard mode gains, ties with Noah for the best con, has the best weapon levels, and is totally immune to the RNG! Percival will max hp, str, and speed while all of his other stats will remain high. Lance and Allan will never surpass him unless you beef them up with stat-up items. Percival should NOT be ditched. He can easily max lances and swords, but he works really well with axes, especially killer axes. Also, his level-ups tend to speed up in the end, another great bonus. He is perhaps the only character that will be able to max three weapon levels easily, and max out three stats while being incredibly well balanced in others. Rating 9/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 30% Skill 25% Speed 35% Luck 20% Defence 20% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Cool expression with blond hair, and purple armor. Best Paladin: Percival. RNG immunities, best weapon levels, tied for 1st place with con, and his stat gains tend to speed up in the end. He is the only paladin that can max 3 stats without sucking badly in other areas. Heck, he's the best paladin out of FE6 and 7. Worst Paladin:. . .Marcus and Zealot. Marcus will be real useful in the beginning while Zealot will be useful in the next 5 chapters (once you hire him) Armored Knight ----> General Bors In normal mode, high defence was not needed, thus making Bors less useful.However, high defence especially pays off big time, and this is what Bors has. As a general, his defence will be insane and he will be able to feed damage right back at his enemies. Seriously, Bors's high defence will actually pay off in hard mode. He also has strong speed and luck, while he will get decent strength and skill. I give him a higher rating than Wendy because Bors's defence will help you GREATLY in the beginning, otherwise you'd be using Marcus too much. He's also got the same speed as Wendy with better luck growth, but his CON gives him the speed advantage. Not only that, he can triangle attack with his armored friends, and ALL of them will prove to be VERY beneficial at times, shooting his rating up above Percival. Rating 9.5/10 Stat Growth: HP 90% Power 30% Skill 30% Speed 40% Luck 50% Defence 35% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Ugly, gold armor, and green hair. Wendy I overrated her last time, all Wendy has is offence, like I stated earlier. However, her offencive caps aren't that high, and she can get pitiful defence. Unless you use the triangle attack, or be extra careful, raising her is a huge pain. You might want to keep her around for the triangle attack, but that's it. Her con is horrible for a general. For pete's sake, why does she as general get damage from IRON WEAPONS? When Bors can resist silver weapons, while Barth can be immune to them. Pitiful. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 40% Skill 40% Speed 40% Luck 45% Defence 30% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Pink hair, pink armor, red headband. Barth Barth somewhat sucked in normal because defence was so not needed. However, now, defence does play a huge role. Barth's powerful defence will render him immune to silver weapons, and you can add in addition to that, the power of his supports. If you need a defencive character, do not hesitate to use Barth. Like all characters in hard mode, make your best effort to beef up his support options. Keep him away from mages if you don't mind. He can also triangle attack, making him FAR more useful. If your strategy does not call for a high defence character,then mind as well forget him, but he is incredibly useful. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 100$ Power 60% Skill 25% Speed 20% Luck 20% Defence 40% Magic Defence 2% Looks: Blue armor, odd haircut. Douglas: First of all, this guy flat out sucks. He comes at such a high level that he's an exp hog, he gets NO hard mode gains, and ALL of his stats, save hp, are mediocre. His stat gains are usually very dismal, and do not help at all, making him not any more useful. He will not last as long as Barth, Wendy, or Bors in any situation. You should only use him to get Aureola. Poor Douglas. . .At least he is BETTER than Marcus and Zealot. However, if he came as a level 1-4 general instead of 8 (sometimes ten), then I would've given him a much higher rating. He must've been worse than Marcus and Zealot when he was a level 1 general. He can't even get a Jeigan rating because he's so darn pathetic compared to all of your other units when you get him. Rating 2/10 Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 30% Skill 30% Speed 30% Luck 20% Defence 30% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Purple armor, brown hair, with a brown beard. Best General: Bors. I already have enough people with offensive capabilities and dodging abilities, but not enough people with defence. Bors will also get sufficient strength, and supports will make up for his skill. He should get very high luck and great speed as well, so his avoid will be very similar to Wendy's, but he has the advantage in CON, so he should end up faster. Not only that, Wendy has average offence caps, while Bors can reach his high defence cap. And if it wasn't for Bors, you'd rely on Marcus too much, who will fail at times. Worst Armored Knight: Douglas. He's as useless as a soldier, and takes too much effort to raise. All of his stats suck, and his hp is only average. His level-ups are usually too dismal. He also has no potential whatsoever. Archer ----> Sniper Wolt Wolt is alot more useful in hard mode. Why you ask? Dragon riders! There are way more Dragon Riders and Dragon Masters that anyone could ask for in hard mode. That makes the bow users shine, like Wolt. Wolt should max strength, skill, and speed.Max his supports, and keep him away from close range combat unless he has high avoid in a forest. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 40% Skill 50% Speed 40% Luck 40% Defence 20% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Light green hair, cool-looking Dorothy She's basically just as useful as Wolt. She has higher strength, giving her the edge against Dragon riders. She also has more speed. She has less skill, but bows have some of the best accuracy, so that can be excused. Eventually, she and Wolt will mimic each other. However, she can support with. . .PERCIVAL!! That makes her quite useful. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 50% Skill 45% Speed 45% Luck 35% Defence 15% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Somewhat ugly, brown hair Igrene She's got the worst stat growth of the snipers, but she is RNG proof, making her a replacement character. All of her stats have a pretty good balance, and they will rise slowly. However, Klein, Dorothy and Wolt are still better. She is a decent replacement if your Wolt/Dorothy got screwed, or something. Rating 6/10 Stat Growth: HP 70% Power 35% Skill 25% Speed 35% Luck 20% Defence 10% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Long hair, brown skin, red lipstick Klein Klein is way, way better in hard mode. He gets the hard mode gains that he really needed. However, if you promote Wolt and Dorothy at level 20, they will still be better. Klein is in no way RNG proof, and getting screwed up in areas will kill him. He can support with Percival, making him somewhat more useful, and he can beat up those dragon masters. His starting stats are still a little weak, and he can end up weak in a few areas. Rating 6.5/10 Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 35% Skill 40% Speed 45% Luck 50% Defence 15% Magic Defence 25% Looks: Blond hair, cool-looking. Best Sniper: After making a long decision, I'd say Dorothy. She has more strength than Wolt, and will inflict much heavier damage on Dragon masters. Her skill might be worse, but it is still at a high rate, and bows are some of the most accurate weapons. She has 5% less luck and 5% more speed. Eventually, Wolt and Dorothy should mimic each other pretty well, but Dorothy has a better affinity for support. She can also support with Percival, and fire + darkness is one of the best combinations. Worst Sniper: Hmm, tough choice. Igrene is a RNG proof in a way while Klein can mess up badly in few areas. I'd say Igrene, because Klein will clock in much higher speed and luck, he has the best resistance growth of many physical units and he can support with Percival. Not only that, at least Klein will excel at many areas, and excelling works much better than being balanced unless you're Percival-crazy. So Igrene is the worst, but being RNG proof is still a bonus. Nomad ----> Nomad Trooper Sue Sue still kicks ass, and with all of those Dragon masters, she will kick even more ass. She has insane skill, speed, and luck, while her other stats tend to suffer a little. However, it is good that she excels at three stats. She is a great choice. Keep her with supports like you would with everyone else. Sometimes, her stat gains will be insane and if that starts happening, then keep on using her gosh dang it! Rating 9/10 Stat Growth: HP 55% Power 30% Skill 55% Speed 65% Luck 50% Defence 10% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Red headband, long blue hair. Shin Shin kicks some serious ass. He gets insane hard mode gains, and is way more RNG proof than Sue is. Sue and Shin is a great support combination that I suggest you don't miss. Shin can deal some insane damage, and will still have very high skill and speed. It's just that he sacrifices luck for hp and power, but he doesn't need luck. He comes at an early level with awesome hard mode gains, so he will have powerful potential. Rating 9/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 45% Skill 50% Speed 50% Luck 25% Defence 10% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Green clothing, green bandana Dayan Give Marcus and Zealot better starting stats, and worse stat growth, and this is what you've got. His speed is his only good stat. And it may not rise. Seriously, don't use him. Like Douglas, he doesn't make the cut for a Jeigan because all of your other units will be way stronger than he is when you get him. Rating 2/10 Stat Growth: HP 55% Power 20% Skill 20% Speed 15% Luck 20% Defence 10% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Yellow clothing, green mustache. Best Nomad Trooper: Shin. He comes at level 5 with awesome hard mode gains. Having great stat growth overall + RNG proofness is an awesome combination. Still, do not be discouraged to use Sue, because she is a female swordmaster on a horse + a bow and - a +30 boost to critical.. Worst Nomad Trooper: Dayan. Duh, no need for explanation. Mercenary ----> Hero Dieck Dieck still rocks. To make him good, you need to take advantage of his con and abilities. He obviously has high strength and skill, so you would naturally give him axes. I prefer him using steel and silver blades. Dieck should max speed, and he will not lose any inch of that speed unless he uses a steel axe. The high skill greatly helps him with the accuracy of axes and blade weapons. Supports will skyrocket his accuracy. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 90% Power 40% Skill 40% Speed 30% Luck 35% Defence 20% Magic Defence 15% Looks: No shirt, scars, light blue hair. Ogie Ogie is still pretty good. I suggest you give him a body ring if possible. He will get very high speed and luck, which is something you must take advantage of. He will get better gains than Dieck overall, but that doesn't mean he is that much better. Use the Jeigan method to develop him, if it's really a pain for you. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 40% Skill 30% Speed 45% Luck 55% Defence 20% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Blue hair, young looking. Echnida She's definately not a Percival, but she isn't a Marcus/Zealot/Bartre/Douglas/many other prepromotes. She is a great Jeigan character for some time, but then you should just ditch her. Ogie and Dieck are much better. She is somewhat RNG proof, in speed and skill, but it may not rise much. Not much else to say here. However, she is stronger than the majority of your units when you get her, so she does get a Jeigan rating. Helps on chapter 13. If you really want to use her, then go ahead. I'd use her only because she's Geese's best choice. Rating 5/10 Jeigan Rating: 7/10 Looks: The only female hero, need I say more? Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 30% Skill 25% Speed 30% Luck 20% Defence 15% Magic Defence 15% Best Hero: I'd say Dieck. There are enough fast dodgers to begin with, and definately not enough big people with high skill. Worst Hero: Echnida. Ogie and Dieck are easily better. Myrimidon ----> Swordmaster Rutger Rutger is even better in hard mode because he has great hard mode bonuses. He dodges well, he's got a great support list and affinity, and the swordmaster is a kick-ass class. Rutger will have very high stats, but lose in luck, def, and resistance, but he's a swordmaster, and they have enough dodge to make up for that. He can help you big time in the beginning if you take advantage of his awesome starting stats. Rating 9.3/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 30% Skill 60% Speed 50% Luck 30% Defence 20% Magic Defence 20% Looks: Red scaarf, long brown hair. Fir I seriously overrated her last time. Fir is a unit that needs to be continously babysitted from the moment you get her. Her low STR will kill her and she'll just be a burden. Unlike Rutger, she can not boast being a huge help since you get her. Yes, she has HM bonuses, but those don't get her very far. Rating 6/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 25% Skill 50% Speed 55% Defence 20% Magic Defence 15% Looks: The only female myrimidon, so you'll know her when you see her. Purple hair in a bun, with a white coat. Karel Karel doesn't get hard mode gains, but his starting stats are still awesome. And, just hope he gets many +2s in his single level-up. He should max speed, or skill, but that's really it. He's nowhere near the level of Fir or Rutger, but he still rocks. A pity he comes so late. And, although his stat growth rocks, it's only one level. But that one level-up can be an equivalent of three. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 240% Power 130% Skill 140% Speed 140% Luck 120% Defence 110% Magic Defence 100% Looks: Somewhat old looking, happy expression, short hair. Best Swordmaster: Rutger. Simply because he can help you out far more in the beginning than you can imagine. That is, if you take advantage of his abilities. Worst Swordmaster: Karel. He will only max one stat, and he comes too late in the game to really make that much of a difference. Some of your other characters will deal more damage than he does in the final level. He is still one of the best prepromotes, so don't be discouraged to use him if he's one of your favorites (like mine). Fighter ----> Warrior Wade Wade is nowhere near as useful as he was in normal. He's a huge pain to raise, and he has no endurance later on. Sure, he does have high skill and strength, but he lacks speed, his luck won't really make up for that, and he won't have enough defence to last. His resistance is horrible, and he will get torn apart by magic easily. If you plan on using him, keep him away with any enemies with speed, and have him use a bow when he's behind someone. Have him use axes if he's fighting armored knights and generals, but he should stay away from the front lines if there are no forests. Use him as a support unit. Rating 5/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 50% Skill 45% Speed 20% Luck 45% Defence 30% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Blue outfit, blue headband. Lot Lot is better than Wade in hard mode. In fact, he is the only warrior worth using in hard mode. His stat growth might be balanced, but he will get the speed and endurance to last. He will not get torn apart by magic easily, and he has a chance of getting general-like defence. His skill suffers a bit, but he will get alot of speed, so he makes a bow user as opposed to being an axe-user. With all the Dragon Masters prawling around, Lot will shoot them down easily. His strength growth isn't that great, but he will still have good strength nonetheless. His bow level seems to rise a bit fast. Keep him with bows as a warrior, support him, and you won't be disappointed. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 30% Skill 30% Speed 35% Luck 30% Defence 40% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Orange haired, dark grey outfit. Bartre Bartre is yet another sucky prepromote, sadly. His starting stats are too low,except strength, and his stat growth is also very low. He comes with the brave axe, which is his only redeeming feature, and he can hire Karel, but I think you'd rather have Fir do that. Bartre is one of those prepromotes that should be benched immediately. He isn't a Jeigan character because he will only be superior in power and hp, and be weak everywhere else compared to your other units by the time you get him. Rating 2/10 Stat Growth: HP 70% Power 40% Skill 20% Speed 30% Luck 20% Defence 20% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Wario Best Warrior: Lot. He isn't as much of a pain as Wade to raise, but he can still be a pain. He will prove to be far more useful, as he easily will last longer. He kicks ass with bows, because the bows save him from his horrible skill, and he has good speed to tie with it. He should be double-attacking Dragon Masters, and the damage he should be dealing will be great. Keep him with bows, and you shouldn't be disapppointed. Worst Warrior: Bartre. You know why. Pirate/Brigand ----> Berserker Geese Geese is pretty good. His stat growth is balanced, and he can be very reliable. The only stat that really suffers is his skill, but it's still not bad. However, he has one of the worst support lists, making him more useless in hard mode. The only thing really making him more useful is the massive amounts of Dragon Masters and lance units. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 50% Skill 30% Speed 40% Luck 40% Defence 20% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Pimpin' with long purple hair. Gonzales Gonzales is also pretty good. His skill is the only stat he suffers badly in, but he has hard mode bonuses. He is much better than Geese however, because of the fact that his support list is way better. And, if Gonzales can land a hit, man, it could be as bad as Durban's hit with Armads. Maybe not, but still. With all those Dragon Masters and lance units, that axe ability will be useful. He also gets hard mode gains, which can save him in few areas. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 90% Power 60% Skill 15% Speed 50% Luck 35% Defence 25% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Broken teeth, somewhat ugly-funny looking Garret Garret is a prepromote that must be benched immediately. The only thing he has is HP and strength, and all of his other stats suck. His 30% critical boost will place him higher than some of the other prepromotes, but then again, all of your other characters will surpass him in many other stats so he doesn't get a Jeigan rating. Rating 2.5/10 Stat Growth: HP 70% Power 45% Skill 25% Speed 25% Luck 15% Def 15% Magic Def 5% Looks: Darker skinned, scars, bald Best Berserker: Gonzales. He gets hard mode gains, and his support list is nowhere near as bad as Geese's. If Geese had a good support list, then he would be better, but because of that, he is not. Worst Berserker: Garret. Another prepromote to boot. Pegasus Knight ----> Falcon Knight Thany Thany is very useful. She has strong resistance and dodge, but her strength is horrible. Her support list isn't bad ethier, and she can make life easier when trying to recruit Tate. Her ability to rescue in the beginning will be pretty darn useful if you take advantage of it. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 45% Power 30% Skill 50% Speed 60% Luck 60% Defence 10% Magic Defence 20% Looks: Open mouth, dark blue hair Tate Tate gets hard mode gains, and will be far better in the end. She won't have crazy dodge like Thany, but it will still be high, and her hard mode gains and strength will make up for it. Her support list isn't too bad ethier, so make the best use of it. Rating 7/10 Looks: Light blue hair Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 40% Skill 45% Speed 55% Luck 40% Defence 15% Magic Defence 20% Yuuno Yuuno (get it? You know? hehehe) is yet another prepromote to boot. She can triangle attack with her sisters, but it isn't worth it. Unless you stat boost her like crazy, she won't be useful. Granted, she's better than Zealot, but that won't save her from the pit of uselessness. She gets a higher rating because she can triangle attack, but that's it. Rating 3/10 Stat Growth: HP 50% Power 20% Skill 35% Speed 30% Luck 45% Defence 10% Magic Defence 10% Looks: Best Pegasus Knight: Tate. Her hard mode gains make her more RNG proof than Thany, and her support list still isn't too bad. I suggest you don't use both Tate and Thany, but if you want, go right ahead. Keep her away from bows, if you don't mind. They're pretty daggone accurate. Worst Pegasus Knight: You know, Yuuno. Sad that she's a prepromote who sucks. I have much pity for her, but she just has to be that bad. Dragon Rider ----> Dragon Master Miredy Miredy, somehow, gets hard mode stat gains o.O. She starts as an enemy, but she only appears as an enemy for one turn, then switches sides. She has a great support list, and her hard mode gains plus her low level gives her high potential like Shin, and RNG proofness. She will end up with high strength (she should max it out rather fast), and she'll have strong skill, speed, and defence. Her main weaknesses are arrows and magic, especially Air Calibur, so be careful with that. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 50% Skill 50% Speed 45% Luck 25% Defence 20% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Woman with red hair and red armor. Zeiss Zeiss is still awesome. His hard mode gains are incredibly insane, and he comes at a lower level than Miredy. Thus, that makes him resistant to getting screwed in stats, and he'll max out rather quickly. He also excels at the Dragon Master's traits, defence, hp and strength and he has strong speed on top of that. He's still weak to magic and arrows, so you still better be careful with that. However, his support list is nowhere as good as Miredy's. His only supports worth using are Miredy and Shin, but support with Shin rises at an incredibly slow pace, and Karel comes in really late. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 60% Skill 50% Speed 35% Luck 20% Defence 25% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Man with red hair and blue armor. Very cool looking. Best Dragon Master: Miredy. Supports are key in hard mode, and she's got that advantage. Miredy's chance of supporting will be much higher than Zeiss's, and she will have the benefits much longer. Miredy also has RNG proofness and great stat growth, so she does have the advantage. They would make great general substitutes, so if you want two characters with high defence, Miredy and Zeiss are your mercenaries. Worst Dragon Master: . . . Cleric ----> Bishop Ellen Ellen's good, but not as good as she was in normal as in, not as powerful compared to her enemies. She's an early healer, but Saul also comes in rather early. Her support list is pretty good, and she should have high magic power as a bishop, powerful resistance and extreme luck. She has horrible speed and defence, so you better keep her away from physical units whenever possible. Rating 6/10 Stat Growth: HP 45% Power 50% Skill 30% Speed 20% Luck 70% Def 5% Magic Defence 60% Looks: Woman in white robes with brown hair. Saul Saul also rocks, and using him will pay off. He starts out with great stats. He also ties with Yodel for the best con of the mages, add Saul's resistance to that and you've got a magic tank. Saul should get great hp for a mage, good attack power, great accuracy and many double-attacks. He suffers horrible luck, and is very weak to criticals. His resistance isn't Ellen-crazy, but it's still going to max out. He's a magic tank, so he can rescue units and expect to take the magic punishment. He will also max light magic far quicker than Ellen, which will be very beneficial. His support list sucks though, because it's all female adults but that's not what makes it bad, its just that only two of those adults are actually worth using, Dorothy and Ellen. Odd that he can't support with Miredy. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 40% Skill 45% Speed 45% Luck 15% Def 15% Magic Defence 50% Looks: Male with blue hair, white robes. Yodel Yodel sucks now, but his resistance sure doesn't. He comes at level 20 with horrid stats, and the only good stat he has is resistance which is maxed. He has the least potential because he can't gain anymore levels and he's useless. Use him if you need to rescue someone in chapter 21 from magic, or something. However, Yodel is one of only bad prepromote that will actually have a stat maxed, which gives him a higher rating. Rating 3/10 Stat Growth: He comes as a level 20 bishop, he has stat growth but why would you want to know? I'll just tell you that it's worse than Marcus and Zealot's, which is convincing enough. Looks: Old with white facial hair. Best Bishop: Both. Saul's only good support is with Dorothy, who is actually worth using. Saul should also have high, balanced stats, which is a benefit. If you're not using Dorothy, then it's Ellen, or you could use both because they can support with each other. Sometimes, I wonder why Saul can't support with Miredy. . .But if you're not using Dorothy, then it's Ellen, otherwise, you could use both, but I already said that. It's all about preference, but Saul should last LONGER (he has WAY MORE HP) and dish out more damage, which is why I said he's better. But then again, it boils down to playing style, so it's both, not to mention Ellen's support list is FAR better. Worst Bishop: Yodel. Saul and Ellen will tie with him in resistance and be better in every other stat. Yodel might beat Ellen in hp, but hp is not as important as it used to be. Trabouador ----> Valkyrie Clarine Clarine is seriously the only trabouador worth using. Her support list ain't bad ethier. She will be a crazy dodger, but not have much of anything else. Nothing else to really say here. She's also an early healer, and that helps. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 40% Power 30% Skill 40% Speed 50% Luck 65% Defence 10% Magic Defence 40% Looks: Young with blond hair Cecilla Cecilla is no better than the average prepromote, unless you power level her at an arena as soon as possible. Her stat growth is pretty good for a prepromote, because she should get high hp, good power, and high skill. She's not really going to have much of anything else. However, in order for her to be useful, you HAVE to level her up as much as possible at an arena, but she will be far more useful than many of the other prepromotes. She doesn't make the cut for a Jeigan ethier, so she doesn't get a Jeigan rating. Rating 3/10 Stat Growth: HP 60% Power 35% Skill 45% Speed 25% Luck 25% Defence 20% Magic Defence 25% Looks: Long green-blue hair Best Valkyrie: Clarine. She's far more useful in the beginning, and she rocks at promotion. She may not have the power Cecilla has, but she's definately a reliable dodger, and having a high move range is always a good bonus. Worst Valkyrie: Cecilla. She's better than many other prepromotes, but she has to be power levelled in order to be useful. Even with that, lots of her stats will remain rather low, and pummel her. You shouldn't use her at all in hard mode; I don't see why you would. Mage ----> Sage Lugh Lugh is incredibly useful in the beginning, because there aren't many units with magic defence. He should get high speed, which will promote his double attack chance. He isn't a pain to raise because he comes early,and most of the enemies aren't crazy in speed or resistance. He also has a good support list, which boosts his rating. He is definately a character you shouldn't miss out on using. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 50% Power 40% Skill 50% Speed 50% Luck 35% Defence 15% Magic Defence 30% Looks: Little with green hair and a happy expression Lilina Lilina does not kick as much ass as she did in normal. Enemies are way faster now, and that could very well hurt Lilina's accuracy. She's definately not as useful as Lugh, but she can make the cut if she gets the speed she needs. All she has is power and luck, while most of her other stats will suffer. She may get high resistance. If you plan on using her, support her as often as possible and keep her away from physical combat as often as possible. Rating 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 45% Power 75% Skill 20% Speed 35% Luck 50% Defence 10% Magic Defence 35% Looks: Happy expression with long, blue hair Hugh Hugh's the only mage that has a chance of getting his hp in the 50s without the need of an angelic robe, and he has somewhat RNG proof stats. He's basically the unpromoted version if Pent from FE7. His stat growth is plain average, but his starting stats make up for that. Just make sure you hire him at full price so he doesn't lose his stats, and you shouldn't be too disappointed with him. He should get high speed and hp, combined with decent defence. He's also the only mage that'll get his hp up in the 50s. . . Rating 7.5/10 Stat Growth: HP 75% Power 30% Skill 30% Speed 45% Luck 25% Defence 20% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Cool-looking with purple hair Best Sage: Lugh. He is far more useful in the beginning and can prove to be a major help. He also has great speed and accuracy, and his magic power isn't half bad. He's also got a good support list. Even without supports, Lugh will still be powerful, which gives him the advantage. Worst Sage: Lilina, but she's still very good. Without supports, she's easily pathetic, and won't be able to survive on her own. You need to get her supports skyrocketed before she will prove to be useful, while Lugh and Hugh will be able to live without it. She does make a dragon-killer with Air Calibur. Of course, Hugh has horrible support options and they grow rather slow, but he can still last. You know what? I can't decide. Hugh can last longer to grow his supports, while Lilina needs them fast before she gets thrown into uselessness. Shaman ----> Druid Rei Rei doesn't get hard mode gains, but he doesn't need them. He comes with great stats, and the weaknesses of Elder Magic are covered with his growths. Elder Magic is heavy, so Rei has good con and great speed to back that up, and it is the most dissacurate form of magic, while Rei still has powerful skill. He's definately not a pain to raise. Rei may not have Sophia crazy power, but he will still manage to get it high. He's easily the best. Rating 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 55% Power 45% Skill 55% Speed 40% Luck 15% Defence 15% Magic Defence 35% Looks: Green hair with a funny, evil expression. Sophia Sophia is good when trained up, but training her up is the major problem. She already loses speed because of her con, and she comes so late a such a low level (well, her level and the chapter are really far apart) that it is nearly impossible to raise her. She will get sent to school rather easily, and it will be hard getting her out. Like I said earlier, Elder Magic is the heaviest and least accurate form of magic. Sophia doesn't have the speed and she doesn't have the skill. She has the endurance and power. She will rarely be hitting, and will usually be getting double-attacked. She's not worth the effort in Hard mode because Rei will prove to be far more useful, and Sophia isn't Nino-crazy when trained up. The fact that it takes way too much effort to train her and she is not better than Rei pulls down her score a ton, although I wish it not so. Rating 3/10 (would've been 7/10 if she wasn't such a pain to raise) Stat Growth: 60% Power 55% Skill 40% Speed 30% Luck 20% Defence 20% Magic Defence 55% Looks: Young with long, light purple hair. Niime Niime sucks, and that's that. Her starting stats aren't too bad, but her hp is horrid. She is weak to everything, and the old lady should never be fighting. Another prepromote to bench. Rating 2/10 Stat Growth: HP 25% Power 15% Skill 15% Speed 15% Luck 5% Defence 15% Magic Defence 15% Looks: Very, very, super, mega, ultra, super old. Best Druid: Rei. His stats cover the weaknesses of Elder Magic, and his power is still high. He is no pain to raise, and he has good support options. He can do massive damage and not risk being double-attacked unless he uses Apocolypse or fights a class with insane speed, like a swordmaster. Worst Druid: I'll just say Niime, in case you find some sort of way to train Sophia. Mamkute Fa Fa is Chiki revived. She still kicks ass, but you must keep her away from the frontlines, due to her low hp, and have her finish off enemies. She's incredibly accurate, so she would do well in finishing off a boss. She excels at everything, but hope she gets a double hp and luck level up. You can also take advantage of a glitch to get her a stone with unlimited uses, but she's still pathetic without her standard stone. So I'll just rate her on her USEFULNESS. Rating 9/10 (usefulness) Stat Growth: HP 130% Power 90% Skill 85% Speed 65% Luck 150% Defence 30% Magic Defence 50% Looks: Purple hair and a little. . .Odd Thief Chad Chad is still crazy, as he has his beginning usefulness and his stat growth is crazy. If FE6 had assassins, Chad would be the best character next to Fa, easily. Chad should excel at many stats, but not have as much def or magic def. He would be useful fighting brigands and pirates, but he should be used for his thief ability, which is what I rate him on. Rating 4/10, with a usefulness rating of 8/10 Stat Growth: HP 85% Power 50% Skill 50% Speed 80% Luck 60% Defence 25% Magic Def 15% Looks: Light, blonde hair, little with a cool expression. Asotre Astore is not as good as Chad, and should not be used instead of Chad. He can help in stealing Cass's lockpick and getting treasure, but that's it. Don't use him unless Chad died or something. Rating 2/10, with a usefulness of 7/10 Stat Growth: HP 90% Power 35% Skill 40% Speed 50% Luck 15% Defence 20% Magic Defence 20% Looks: Older with purple facial hair. Cass Cass is not as useful as Chad or Astore because she comes way later, and Chad/Asotre would be much more reliable. She's also a pest in the levels she appears in and the only reason why I rush is because of her. Use her if both Chad and Astore died or something. She is better than Astore though, but Astore is more useful for the chapters behind 12. Rating 3/10, with a usefulness rating of 6/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 40% Skill 45% Speed 85% Luck 50% Defence 15% Magic Defence 20% Looks: Light, brown hair. Best Thief: Chad. You get him earlier and the treasure he can get in chapter 6 will help greatly for chapter 7. His stat growth is crazy, and he would be a madman if he could become an assassin. You can use him for brigand/pirate fighting, but don't use him for any other fighting purpose. Worst Thief: For usefulness Cass, for a fighter, Astore. Cass's stat growth is far better than Astore's, and she can catch up. Astore comes earlier, and can help out more with the treasure chests. Like you'd ever have thieves as fighters anyway. Dancer/Bard Lalam Hmm, I don't know what to say. She dances to give people who have already spent their turn a second one. She can also hire Echnida, who may be very useful for chapter 13. However, I'd much rather take another character I need who can be more beneficial. Use her if you want, but another character might be a better replacement. Sadly though, she can't fight. Rating 5/10 Stat Growth: HP 70% Power 10% Skill 5% Speed 70% Luck 80% Defence 20% Magic Defence 30% Looks: Female with hair buns. Elfin Elfin plays music, which gives people a second turn. Basically, he's the music-playing male version of Lalam. He's just a bit slower in speed but has strong magical resistance. If you want to use him, go ahead, as he may be able to last longer than Lalam. Rating 5/10 Stat Growth: HP 80% Power 5% Skill 5% Speed 65% Luck 65% Defence 25% Magic Defence 55% Looks: Long, blond hair, eyes closed. Best Dancer/Bard: Lalam for her route, but Elfin if you actually plan on using him. Worst Dance/Bard: Err, they're pretty much equal. Lalam is much faster as Elfin lasts longer. Transporter Merlinus Merlinus is useful outside of battle for his ability to carry items. If it wasn't for him, holding lots of weapons and key items would be a major pain, and everybody uses Merlinus outside of battle. You don't need him on the field if you need items transferred to him. He must survive 100 battles in order for him to level up and nobody has the time and effort. And why does he have skill? Rating 0/10, with a 10/10 in usefulness Stat Growth: HP 100% Power 0% Skill 50% Speed 50% Luck 100% Defence 20% Magic Defence 5% Looks: Old, bald man with blue hair. =================== IV: Conclusions I have rated characters specifically in hard mode, and the ratings have NO relationships with normal. There are many new characters worth trying, and characters that sucked in normal can be extremely useful now, like Barth, and vice-versa. Now, I am going to suggest out of each class which character you should use. A * means that I suggest you don't use them, but it wouldn't hurt too much to, a ** means that I suggest you use them, and a *** means I STRONGLY suggest you use them. People without a * should not be touched unless it is for Jeigan purposes. Lord/Master Lord Roy* (**Roy when he promotes) Paladin Lance*** Allan*** Percival*** Treck* Noah* Zealot Marcus Armored Knight/General Bors*** Barth** Wendy** Douglas Archer/Sniper Wolt** Dorothy** Klein** Igrene* Nomad/Nomad Trooper Sue*** Shin*** Dayan Mercenary/Hero Dieck** Ogie** Echnida* Myrimidon/Swordmaster Rutger*** Fir*** Karel** Fighter/Warrior Lot* Wade Bartre Pirate, Brigand/Berserker Gonzales*** Geese** Garret Pegasus Knight/Falcon Knight Thany** Tate** Yuuno Dragon Rider/Dragon Master Miredy*** Zeiss*** Cleric, Priest/Bishop Saul** Ellen** Yodel Trabouador/Valkyrie Clarine*** Cecilla Mage/Sage Lugh*** Hugh** Lilina** Shaman/Druid Rei*** Sophia* Niime Mamkute Fa** Thief Chad*** (for stealing and treasure purposes) Astore*** (for stealing and treasure purposes) Cass*** (for stealing and treasure purposes) Dancer/Bard Lalam* Elfin* Transporter Merlinus =============== V: Credits CJayC: Making the site Intellegent Systems: Making the game Nintendo: Publishing the game People of GameFAQs: Giving me a reason to make the guide DGaban: For having the stat growth list Juigi Kario: Support options Legal Stuff: This FAQ is only been posted here in www.gamefaqs.com. 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