Alright. Want to build one of these guys for arena core. I was never all that interested in Ross or Echidna, but was going to grudgingly build Ross when Hinata caught my eye. His weapon is awesome, he scores the same as Ross and Echidna(175BST), and I really like his statline. You can count on your hands the number of units that hit 50 visible def without buffs or fort def/res. That said, he costs grails. I merging up Itsuki who also costs grails. Now, after this month’s legendary banner I am forcing myself to save orbs until CYL4. As of right now I have enough copies to merge him to +7, but since I’m going on a summoning hiatus he’ll stay there unless I get a random copy on the mythic banner. I would like to build Hinata, but I have to make smart decisions and allocate resources in the right places if I want to reach T20/T21 arena eventually. Once I’m in the higher tiers then I can afford to mess around with the units I like the looks of and won’t need to spend everything(orbs, feathers, fodder) I get as soon as it comes in.
So, if I was to build G!Hinata, I would want him to end up looking something like this
That def is huge(he hits almost 70 during combat), and Distant Foil lets him stop L!Chrom and L!Lucina dead in their tracks(L!Chrom is currently a serious pain in my rear end). He problem is that I(am now regretting) picked Midori as a free summon and not Rinkah so I don’t have Distant Foil(any chance Rinkah is on the mythic banner or too soon?). I also don’t have lull atk/def either but that could be easily swapped for more budget option, whereas subbing Distant Foil for say Steady stance 4 eliminates his ability to nuke L!Chrom/Lucina. I do have Distant Counter from Hector I could give him, but as I only have the one copy of DC it feels like a bit of a waste given his low res. Prior to DF I would’ve had no problem giving him DC, but now it feels like a huge waste.
For Ross I could just copy-paste the same set
This runs into the same problem as hinata(namely, no DF), but also just feels like an inferior version of the same build. He has 10 less def and sure he’s got a bit more res but any mage fast enough to double will still nuke him out of orbit. Overall he just feels like a worse Hinata as a physical specialist.
So if I was to build Ross I’d be better off going with something like this
This set capitalizes on one of his superboon and takes full advantage of DC. But this set feels too… balanced? I’ve always preferred min-maxed units with a set role and huge stats for their role over “ball of stat” units. Such as hinata having over 120 physical bulk. Ross’s defenses are more even, but all that res comes at the cost of his defense. All that spd feels very wasted unless you run something like steady posture on him. As it is 36 spd is going to get doubled A LOT(as my 40spd nowi has taught me), and any mage who doubles him will still do over half his health. And unlike Hinata Ross also has to worry about physical units hitting almost as hard. I dunno I’m probably overthinking and this would probably be a great set but it looks to me like he’s just spreading his stats too thin. Like I said I prefer min-maxed to generalist.
Anyways tl;dr what unit and build do you guys think I should invest into?